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Gameloft's Order & Chaos MMORPG Goes Free-To-Play After Flopping Between $6.99 And $0.99

Gameloft's Order & Chaos MMORPG Goes Free-To-Play After Flopping Between $6.99 And $0.99

Order & Chaos is well-known for being one of the most comprehensive massively multiplayer online role-playing games to hit a mobile platform, but unlike many of its desktop contemporaries, the game doesn't charge players a monthly subscription fee (having done away with them in 2012). Instead, the upfront cost supplies players with all of the available content. This price has generally sat at $6.99, but it regularly dipped to 99 cents over the past few months.

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[New Game] RE-VOLT 2: Multiplayer Takes The Pint-Sized Racer Online And Into Free-To-Play Territory

[New Game] RE-VOLT 2: Multiplayer Takes The Pint-Sized Racer Online And Into Free-To-Play Territory

Many fans of the original PS1-era RE-VOLT were thrilled when a port was released on Android last year. The portable version included all of the goofy kart-style racing that made the original a sleeper hit... with one exception. Both the remastered version and the free-to-play edition lacked online multiplayer, which was a crucial part of the old game. Well, except for the online part. That's been addressed in RE-VOLT 2: Multiplayer, available now as a free download.

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[New Game] Batman Arkham Origins Brawler Comes To Android Six Months After Everyone Stopped Caring About Arkham Origins

[New Game] Batman Arkham Origins Brawler Comes To Android Six Months After Everyone Stopped Caring About Arkham Origins

Batman always saves the day in the nick of time. So it's a bit out of character for him to come to Android for a mobile tie-in to his latest high-profile PC and console game... a full nine months after the game came out. Which is, incidentally, nine months after the iOS version of the tie-in game was released. At this point, we're probably closer to the release of the next full Arkham game, Arkham Knight, expected early next year.

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After Pressure From The European Commission, Google Will No Longer Call Games With In-App Purchases 'Free' On The Play Store [Update]

After Pressure From The European Commission, Google Will No Longer Call Games With In-App Purchases 'Free' On The Play Store [Update]

Update: After we reached out to a Google representative, the company gave us the following statement:

We’ve been working closely with the European Commission and consumer protection agencies for the last few months to make improvements to Google Play that will be good for our users and provide better protections for children.

The representative was unable to comment on potential changes for the Play Store in the US or other non-European locations.

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[New Game] In The Free-To-Play Game Of Thrones Ascent RPG, The Lannisters Aren't The Only Ones Who Pay

[New Game] In The Free-To-Play Game Of Thrones Ascent RPG, The Lannisters Aren't The Only Ones Who Pay

You almost have to respect the developers of Game of Thrones Ascent, a free-to-play role playing game based on HBO's uber-popular dark fantasy series. It takes real guts to make a text-based game these days, especially one that's clearly aiming for a wide audience. And despite the pretty backgrounds and sweeping music, that's what Ascent is: a text-based adventure game, set in the unforgiving and ruthless lands of Westeros. It's a free download in the Play Store.

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[New Game] Pay $3 To Win: FFFFF2P Makes A Statement On The Lamentable World Of 'Free To Play' Games

[New Game] Pay $3 To Win: FFFFF2P Makes A Statement On The Lamentable World Of 'Free To Play' Games

The various detractors of the free-to-play gaming model, including yours truly, often refer to such titles from the likes of Glu and Gamevil as "pay-to-win." That's never been so true as in FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE 2 PLAY, where an ogre steals the princess and you have to literally ransom her back. You could spend hours and hours grinding through the 2D platformer, avoiding the advertising that will crush you and stomping on it to collect coins, slowly building up to 1,000,000 in-game dollars.

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United Kingdom's Advertising Authority Declares  EA Guilty Of Misleading Advertising For 'Free To Play' Dungeon Keeper

United Kingdom's Advertising Authority Declares EA Guilty Of Misleading Advertising For 'Free To Play' Dungeon Keeper

There are a lot of people upset with Electronic Arts, and more than a few of them are unhappy about the company's mobile re-release of Dungeon Keeper. Even the CEO called the mobile game, which is riddled with in-app purchases alien to the original, "a shame." But an empty apology is unlikely to placate the United Kingdom's Advertising Standards Authority, which today declared EA's description of the game as "free to play" to be misleading advertising.

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[New Game] Dragon Finga Is A 2D Brawler That Might As Well Be Called 'Crouching Tiger Hidden Rag Doll'

[New Game] Dragon Finga Is A 2D Brawler That Might As Well Be Called 'Crouching Tiger Hidden Rag Doll'

Have you ever seen marionette puppets feign a martial arts battle? They look a lot like the fighters in Dragon Finga, a 2D brawler that lets the player control multiple points of articulation at once to take on enemies. Usually rag doll physics in 2D games look a little janky (see Flop Fu for a good example), but Dragon Finga's tongue-in-cheek take on classic Hong Kong fighting cinema is a surprisingly effective game in its own right.

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Some Mobile Game Publishers Are Forcing Developers To Go Free-To-Play (And Pay-To-Win) Or Go Home

Some Mobile Game Publishers Are Forcing Developers To Go Free-To-Play (And Pay-To-Win) Or Go Home

Free-to-play is a divisive topic in the games industry right now. Some developers and publishers, especially in the mobile gaming world, love it - free games get downloaded more, and they have the potential to bring in more revenue. Gamers used to the "pay once, pay forever" model of games and software in general over the last 30 years think it's changing the industry and damaging both the economics and the mechanics of gaming itself.

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Italy Investigates Google, Apple, Amazon, and Gameloft For Misleading 'Free To Play' Games

Italy Investigates Google, Apple, Amazon, and Gameloft For Misleading 'Free To Play' Games

You can't talk about mobile gaming without mentioning the elephant in the room: the free-to-play model. The bane of many a purist gamer and unwitting parent, an over-reliance on free downloads and hooks for in-app purchases has made mobile gaming a minefield of games based on upsell and addiction. Italy's had enough, and its antitrust authority is investigating app store owners Google, Apple, and Amazon, and game publisher Gameloft, for unfair commercial practices.

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