Wednesday, May 23, 2012

New free to play games

There are a couple of new "free to play" games on the horizon. One allows you to be the superhero that you've always wanted to be Marvel Heroes.


Marvel Heroes is an MMO in which you play a character from the Marvel universe. I'm sure that, while it is a "free to play" game, there will be plenty of stuff to buy to enhance your gaming experience and pull in more revenue for Marvel. Expect to see more about this game in the coming months.

I love sci-fi, and I have a love-hate relationship with the Syfy channel (link). Imagine (greater) my surprise when the Syfy channel announced that they were actually working on a new sci-fi series. No, not something that they brought from Canada or Americanized from the BBC and branded as "original", but something actually newish called Defiance 

Set in the near future, Defiance introduces players and viewers to a completely transformed planet Earth, inhabited by the disparate survivors of a universal war who endeavor to build a new society among the devastation. The game combines the intense action of a AAA console shooter, with the persistence, scale, and customization of an MMO, while its TV counterpart weaves the rich tapestry of the world into a series with the scope, characters, and drama of a classic sci-fi epic. Because they exist in a single universe, the show and the game will influence each other and evolve together over time, with actions in both mediums driving the overall story ofDefiance.Defiance stars Grant Bowler (True Blood), Julie Benz (Dexter), Jaime Murray (Warehouse 13), Tony Curran (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Blade II), Stephanie Leonidas (Mirrormask, BBC's Dracula), and Graham Greene (Dances with Wolves), plus recent additions Mia Kirshner (Not Another Teen Movie, 24) and Fionnula Flanagan (Lost) as fascinating characters whom you'll get to meet in the game.

On the one hand, I like the idea but I have experienced far too many disappointing sci-fi program cancellations to trust that the Syfy channel will stick with the show long enough to build up a fanbase. Not to mention, axing a show because it's too "expensive"  to continue making after just a few seasons.  At any rate check out the video for Defiance.