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ORIGIN ACCESS – GET MASS EFFECT TRILOGY, TRINE & CO. & OTHER PUBLISHER’S GAMES

Since the start of Origin Access, the subscription service has been constantly expanded on the PC. The Vault’s collection of titles available to subscribers has already grown to 19 games . Next Wednesday, the collection is now again further increased : Whole six new games will then be available for players who pay four euros a month. The six titles are Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3, Trine and Trine 2 and Peggle.

In other words, one of the most legendary universes in the world will be playable for anyone who pays four euros for a month – Mass Effect is rightly considered one of the most important games ever. Incidentally, the six titles are in good company: Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4 (with Premium), Battlefield Hardline (with Premium), Titanfall, the “Dragon Age” trilogy, the “Dead Space” trilogy and several other games are already available , In addition, paying subscribers get a 10 percent discount on everything and have exclusive previews before release .

In other words, Origin Access is in the process of developing into an ever-better offer and once again offers games from other publishers with both Trine titles. Also interesting: According to EA, the subscription offer on PC and Xbox One are a real success and you get regularly requests from many publishers and developers who want to see some older titles added to the Vault.

Was Thunder

War Thunder had his release a few weeks ago, so we wanted to introduce you to this game.

1. What is War Thunder?
War Thunder is a Free2Play cross-platform MMO from Gaijin Entertainment that deals with aviation, tank and soon also sea battles. The game is available for PC, Mac, Linux and PS4. All platforms play together. Gaijin Entertainment was known among other things by “IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey”. The system requirements are here to find.

2. What makes War Thunder special?
Now you’re probably wondering what makes War Thunder special. What sets it apart from the competition? There are several things you can name: the game modes, the module system and the Armor Inspector. I would like to briefly explain this with reference to the tank battles.

2.1 game modes

There are three different game modes in WarThunder:

  • Arcade Battles
  • Realistic Battles (RB)
  • Simulator Battles (SB)

The three game modes differ significantly from each other, for example, in the realistic battles tanks and planes compete against each other, but in the arcade battles they are separated from each other. To enumerate all differences would be too much for this one article, but you can read them here .

2.2 Module system

Another special feature of War Thunder is the modular system. The tanks and planes have no HP beam. The vehicles each have specific modules (eg transmission, engine, ammunition storage) and crew. A vehicle is considered destroyed if the majority of its modules are damaged or the crew incapacitated.

The choice of ammunition plays a very important role. With an APHE grenade you can incapacitate an enemy vehicle with one to two hits as the grenade explodes inside the vehicle. An APCR grenade, however, does not explode inside the tank, so you’ll need a lot more hits.

Here are two pictures of the modules of the “Panzerkampfwagen VII Maus” and the “Flakpanzer I Gepard”.

2.3 Armor Inspector

Another small highlight of War Thunder is the Armor Inspector. With this you can have your individual armor levels displayed in your garage. The viewing angle is also included (> effective armor strength).

3. Vehicles
In War Thunder you have a large selection of vehicles. As fractions are America, Germany, Russia, Great Britain and Japan to choose from.

(Left tanks – right planes)

Germany:

 

America:

 

Russia:

 

GB:

 

Japan:

4. Golden Eagles
As in any Free2Play game, War Thunder has a premium currency, the so-called Golden Eagles. Of these, the premium status, premium tanks, camouflage and 3D decorations (eg bushes) can be purchased.

Premium status gives you more EXP and credits per battle. But you can play well up to rank 3 and 4 without premium.

There is no premium munitions. The premium tanks are usually worse than the regular models, get a little more credits and have special / unique camouflage.

The camouflage and 3D decorations are in the arcade mode purely optical nature, as you are marked in the arcade immediately when you come within sight of the enemy.

 

In the other two game modes you do not have this marker, so you have a small advantage through the camouflage. However, this is only a small advantage and on the other hand the most arcade mode is played.

So I think the Golden Eagles are fair.

5. Conclusion
War Thunder offers challenging battles. The graphics are beautiful and the gameplay thought through. The game offers something for everyone with its three different game modes and thanks to the modular system a tactical approach is necessary.

The game has – depending on the view – but also a few negative aspects. So you have a very steep learning curve at the beginning and a high frustration potential. Those who are not put off by it will find in War Thunder a good – and from the premium prices also fair – game.

 

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – Well released without cheat protection on the PC

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare was released yesterday, the reviews vary between okay and really good and the PC technology seems to be quite good – as long as you do not want more than 90 frames per second …. However, there is a different kind of problem with a topic: After Call of Duty: Ghosts with Infinite Warfare and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered are again “Call of Duty” titles from Infinity Ward reports without any cheat protection appeared.

Three years ago, it took almost half a year for VAC (Valve Anti Cheat) to do at least the bare minimum to stop cheaters. We keep our fingers crossed that this time it will go much faster and remain completely stunned until a change.

CALL OF DUTY: INFINITE WARFARE – SINGLEPLAYER-GAMEPLAY IM WELTRAUM

The revelation of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare as not quite optimal to call successful, you can not even get in the face of absolute negative records on Youtube as a constantly optimistic fan. We were all the more excited about what developer Infinity Warfare would be presenting at this year’s E3. The answer is now: Nearly eight minutes of gameplay show the single player, new weapons, functions and all that is just part of Call of Duty.

The first innovation can be seen right at the beginning: As captain of a spaceship we decide on the bridge, which of four missions we will tackle next – an enemy cruiser is to be destroyed. So far we do not know if the order of the missions is important, if there are optional missions and if the decision is more than a nice gimmick. After that, the small and fast glider takes on a real space battle between whole mountains of space junk – that looks fancy; but whether the combat glider really controls itself, is so far unknown and considering the brisk and always perfect sitting maneuvers felt a bit questionable.

Then it goes to the case of the cruiser to the point. Cool: With a grappling hook you can draw enemies and turn them off in close combat; Alternatively, you pull the hook quickly from cover to cover, instead of float around in Zero G. For the final, the bridge is stormed first and then leave the ship as quickly as possible, while the one or the other new technology gimmicks – such as a shield or a stasis grenade – are used. And one may say: that all looks cool. The end – with a look at Call of Duty Remastered – but then we liked a little better …

ORIGIN ACCESS – GET MASS EFFECT TRILOGY, TRINE & CO. & OTHER PUBLISHER’S GAMES

Since the start of Origin Access, the subscription service has been constantly expanded on the PC. The Vault’s collection of titles available to subscribers has already grown to 19 games . Next Wednesday, the collection is now again further increased : Whole six new games will then be available for players who pay four euros a month. The six titles are Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3, Trine and Trine 2 and Peggle.

In other words, one of the most legendary universes in the world will be playable for anyone who pays four euros for a month – Mass Effect is rightly considered one of the most important games ever. Incidentally, the six titles are in good company: Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4 (with Premium), Battlefield Hardline (with Premium), Titanfall, the “Dragon Age” trilogy, the “Dead Space” trilogy and several other games are already available , In addition, paying subscribers get a 10 percent discount on everything and have exclusive previews before release .

In other words, Origin Access is in the process of developing into an ever-better offer and once again offers games from other publishers with both Trine titles. Also interesting: According to EA, the subscription offer on PC and Xbox One are a real success and you get regularly requests from many publishers and developers who want to see some older titles added to the Vault.

MIRROR’S EDGE CATALYST – HAT EASTER-EGG AUS BATTLEFIELD BAD COMPANY

In der aktuell laufenden – und sehr spaßigen… – Beta von Mirror’s Edge Catalystverstecken sich nicht nur Hauptmissionen, dank Social Play von Fans erstellten Parcours-Runde und Mehr, sondern auch noch ein Easter-Egg aus Bad Company. Genauer gesagt: Man kann ein Audiofile finden, in dem Haggard und Sarge ein kleines bisschen aneinandergeraten. Im Easter-Egg scheinen beide für den großen Gegenspieler von Faith zu arbeiten und liefern sich ein kleines Wortgefecht, ob man den Oberschurken mit seinem Vornamen anreden sollte oder nicht.

Generell ist das Easter-Egg die x-te Neuigkeit zur B-Company aus den letzten Wochen. Ob das mehr als nur ein kleiner Zufall ist und was DICE für Battlefield 5 irgendwann einmal ankündigen wird, werden wir natürlich in den kommenden Wochen und Monaten herausfinden. Im Moment wollen wir einfach daran glauben, dass es einmal ein Bad Copmpany 3 geben wird – von Mirror’s Edge inspirierte Easter-Eggs gab es ja auch in Battlefield, bevor Catalyst angekündigt wurde…