Mini Game Review: Dust 514

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This one hurts deep, so I’ll make this quick like pulling out a broken tooth: Dust 514 is a bad game. Remember all, some odd years ago I said that Dust 514 was going to be better than sliced bread and going to finally bridge PC & consoles gamers together by working in tandem with the popular sci-fi economic MMO EVE Online? Well in reality it’s nothing but a paint by the numbers battlefield-clone with some slight sci-fi thrown it. And you know what; I wouldn’t mind that so much if they didn’t break the game with the addition of one irritating feature: finite gear. See, someone at CCP decide that buy weapons, armors, items, and upgrades once would be too easy and not a pain at all. So they made sure that you have to keep buying (with in game currency called isk) the gear you like by making the gear you equip on your character be destroyed every time you died. So players will have to keep bulk stocking gear just to keep competitive and if you run out of a certain item or money you’re out of luck. Never mind having to buy better gear as you level and vehicles (such as they are) are far too expensive and drive as well as drunken bull. And sure you can acquire special ‘blueprint’ gear that will let you equip gear without the fear of losing it – buuuuuut you have to buy them with real money (or be extremely lucky to get it for free). Now I’d had my issues with Baseball Superstars 2013 but at least buying items in that game only made it easier and not bring the game to freak par to the competition. *Sigh* this game is a disappointment of the highest caliber and the only reason it doesn’t get an epic fail is that I didn’t pay money for this turd. R.I.P. Dust 514, you were a great idea, poorly executed.

 

 

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Game Preview – D514 on PS3 is a FTPFPS by CCP

 

Dust 514 just keeps getting better and better! An expansive game that an offshoot of a very popular MMO (EVE online), works in tandem with said MMO and its players to cause numerous proxy wars on many different planets for fame, resources, and sweet ISK; but now Dust 514 will be the first free to play first person shooter on console – freaken sweet. That’s right put down your wallets people this won’t cost you one red cent; oh sure like most FTP models you can put down money to buy vanity items such as hats or a Minmatar MH82-BCR  Personal Auto cannon in burgundy but in general it’s a free ride. Also worry not; the developers promise players who buy their gear with real money won’t have an advantage against players who don’t. Sadly the game is still in beta, but if you live in Iceland you can give this titanic game a try at EVE Fanfest on March the 22th through the 24th. I can’t reveal the location of the Video Game Armada bunker, but I’ll say this, it’s not in Reykjavik so we’ll miss out this time – but we’re counting the days this title goes live on PSN.

 

 

 

 

This Just In (Or not) – Dust 514 vehicles & customization, no license required.

 

Just fresh after the Beta Weekend from Star Wars: The Old Republic, Dust 514 (the best MMOFPS not out yet) just released more information on the game: this time about vehicles. These ain’t just stock tanks people, players can customize any vehicle with the use of modules. They can tool up weapons, abilities, overall performance to the players satisfaction and that’s just the beginning – read on.

 

 

This just in (Or not) – Blizzfucius says; to play for free you must pay for a year.

 

Star Wars: The Old Republic will be out in two months, Guild Wars 2 is shaping up rather nicely, Dust 514 will open up the twitch shooter crowd in EVE Online, and almost every other major MMO has gone or going free to play – so that means Blizzard’s days are numbered, right?

 

Nope.

 

The king champ is ready to take on all comers; the proof is in the pudding – or in this case news.

 

So yeah, how do you top an end of the world scenario with all the classic maps being changed forever, new PVP modes, new races, more class access (human hunter – yes pls), reworked story missions, and a giant demon dragon cruising around the world and destroying it? By doing a complete 180. In the next expansion of the MMO juggernaut World of WarCraft, they introduced the mystical utopian lands of Pandaria. Where somehow both the inhabitants and the lost continent avoided all the events that has happened to Azeroth – til now. Players will not only have a new land to explore but a new race to play as: the Pandaren & a new class: the Monk. This reveal has caused mixed feeling in blizz fans but for me I’ll say this: if my future time didn’t already belong to swtor then I would totally try this when it comes out. Maybe I’ll still will.

 

Still on Blizzard news, remember Diablo III? No, it’s not out yet, but how bout this, you can get that game free of charge… Sort of. If you want the game free you have to sign up for the World of WarCraft annual pass, meaning you for full access of WoW for a year through monthly payments. You also get a special flying mount and beta access to the next WoW expansion; so for WoW fans this might be the best deal around but again thanks to swtor I won’t make much of this – at least for now.

 

 

 

Armada’s E3 picks – Dust 514

 

EVE Online is not your standard MMORPG; it’s in a sci-fi setting, but it involves a lot of star ship travel, interstellar finance, and not much else. It certainly lacks a human element that all other MMO’s have, til now. Finally the people at CCP Games decided that more action and less middle managing is the way to go – and thus Dust 514 was born. Now I’m still working out the story, but basically this title and EVE Online are connected in one universe so whatever happens to in one game will affect the other. Think of EVE players as rich corporate bodies that aren’t afraid to take things for other, Dust players will be the ones doing the taking for them. As hire mercs we would use many different weapons, armors, vehicles, and tactics to ‘repurpose’ a world. Then hold that world from other hired mercs (aka other Dust players hired by rival EVE players); the better you do, the bigger the payday, the bigger the payday, the more gear and training you can buy and become a more efficient merc. Heck even create your own PMC with your friends and become infamous in two games! Now I know this has been tried before and it didn’t quite work out in other titles, but EVE Online is known for having one of the most hardcore, never say die audiences in the world. While many MMOs dropped off the map, EVE still go’s on strong; now if they apply that same player-cetertic reality with Modern Warfare twitch shooting then that we got ourselves is a winner people.