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Battleborn is Free to Play Now. Sort of.

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I really feel for Gear Box. Instead of churning out the same title every year, they tried something new. An FPS/MOBA hybrid with colorful characters and a futuristic setting. Unfortunately, Blizzard did the same thing with Overwatch. And once everyone decided Battleborn was just a cheap copy of Overwatch it was all over. Overwatch cleaned up all the game of the year awards and Battleborn died a quick death. But it seems that heroes never die! (Last Overwatch talk I swear.) Yes, Battleborn is still kicking, and refuses to go down without a fight. Why? Because Battleborn is Free to Play Now. Sort of.

Battleborn: Free-ish to Play

Now, Gearbox isn’t keen on calling the game free to play. Instead, they’re calling it a free trial experience. And, in a twitter argument over what the model is, Gearbox head honcho Randy Pitchford, called the business model “retail with DLC”. However, nobody else seems to feel that way. Although you can only play 6 of the 30 characters in rotation, but the entire game is still functional. There are no level caps, no hidden content like skins or equipment, and your progress saves with the characters. So if a character you were playing went off rotation your progress will still be there when they come back to the free trial. And if you want to do a little more, heroes, skins, boosters, and Story Mode Operations are all unlockable individually in the Marketplace. Marketplace content is purchasable with either in-game credits or Platinum premium currency.

Steam seems to see it as Free to Play as well.

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And if you’re someone who purchases content and then upgrade to the full game, you’ll receive in-game credits to compensate duplicate items. Plus, anyone who already owns the game is getting upgraded to “Founder” status, which gives Legendary Gear, 1000 Platinum, 50,000 Credits, loot packs, a “Founder’s Crown” flair item, and other bonuses. All in all, not a bad bonus for the people who stuck with it.

Is It Worth It?

Let’s be honest. Battleborn isn’t a bad game. It’s not great either, but for what it is, it does alright. And the game actually did sell pretty well when it first came out. But thanks to the hype machine that Blizzard was able to orchestrate for Overwatch, Battleborn never had a chance. And because of this, there have been less than 100 players on at a time during off peak hours. Seriously. With the game officially in free-to-play mode no matter what Gearbox says, it’s worth a shot. Right? Nobody has to pay for the game anymore, and having all the characters be on a carousel might be the best thing for players.

Sure, not everybody will like who’s available at any given time, but it means everyone gets to try something new. It helps keep the game new and interesting for new players. And once they decide they want the game full-time? They can just buy the game for a pretty low price. ($30 really is a decent price for a game like this.) So now that you can try it out for free, will you be giving Battleborn a shot? I know I will. But not this weekend… Double XP for Overwatch…

 

 

 

 

 

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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Bandai Namco and Nike designed Tekken 8 sneakers with tag-team designs

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Nike, the maker of high-quality shoes, is working with Bandai Namco, the company that makes the Tekken series, to make a pair of sneakers. The fun competition is part of the franchise’s 30th anniversary celebrations. You can get your own pair for $250 or the equivalent in your country, though they’ll probably be worth a lot more on the sneakerhead black market.

Two pairs of Tekken 8 x Nike Air Foamposite One Fist sneakers are set to come out in September 2024, according to shoe fan Sole Retriever (thanks, VGC). The designs are based on Kazuya and Jin, two main characters in the series. You can get them at Nike and some other stores. People who like hypebeasts and fighting games are likely to buy these quickly, so if you like Tekken and shoes that make people talk, you should probably act fast.

Should Bandai Namco and Nike work together? What do you think? Are you going to fight for your own pair? Make sure to take good care of your shoes and keep their value in the comments section below.

 

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You can now preorder the official Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree strategy guide

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There will soon be a new book in Future Press’s Books of Knowledge series, which is FromSoftware’s officially licensed line of hardcover strategy guides. This will help players who are having trouble with Elden Ring’s Shadow of the Erdtree expansion. The base game came with two books, and now you can get the unholy trinity for $45 (or the equivalent amount in your currency). It will ship on September 30th.

Like the first two games, The Lands Between and Shards of Shattering, Shadow of the Erdtree is both a complete guide to how to play and a beautiful artbook with full-page pictures of enemies, landscapes, and weapons. This big book has 352 pages and is likely to sell out quickly, based on how quickly the ones that came before it did.

Do you know a lot about strategy guides? You could read the first two Books of Knowledge. If so, what did you think of them? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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