Usually I get angry or dismayed when one of Electronic Arts' shenanigans come to light, but when it comes to the downloadable content for Need for Speed World, I can't help but laugh. The free-to-play PC racer is offering cars for cash, and you need to spend obscene amounts of money for "premium elite" vehicles.
The first car to demand a ludicrous price tag is Koenigsegg CCX "Elite" Edition, which hopes to cost users $100. Yes, that's a hundo in exchange for a single virtual racing car, more than most games in their completion cost. Fortunately, it's discounted until December 21, only costing $75 at the moment. How generous!
EA recently instituted a subscription fee for Tetris, and is offering rides in Theme Park for $60. It's a shame, because I always thought free-to-play was an interesting model with serious potential. More fool me for not guessing the locusts would tear into it and ruin the whole thing before it ever gained serious ground.
|8:00 PM on 11.05.2012|
Drag Mode added to Need for Speed World
I remember playing Need for Speed World during its beta days. The free-to-play racing MMO certainly had me hooked for a while, but then something happened; I'm not even entirely sure what it was but it was enough to make me n...more
|11:00 PM on 08.03.2012|
Need for Speed World rolls out new drag race mode
The developers behind the free-to-play Need for Speed World recently reveled the addition of drag races, allowing players to compete against other racers in the online world. Also mentioned were plans for integration with EA'...more
|1:45 PM on 07.27.2011|
Need for Speed World gains Treasure Hunt mode
Electronic Arts' free-to-play online racer Need for Speed World is celebrating its one-year anniversary. As such, players are getting a new mode, 1000 SpeedBoost, and an exclusive vinyl and license plate. Treasure Hunt mode s...more
|3:00 PM on 06.15.2013|
Wargaming CEO is excited for World of Tanks on Xbox 360
A familiar site at every E3 for the past few years has been a giant tank sitting just outside West Hall of the LA Convention Center. Wargaming has been constantly promoting its free-to-play tank shooter World of Tanks, and th...more
|4:00 PM on 06.14.2013|
Ultima Forever reduces freemium prices due to fan outcry
As we all know, freemium models tend to do more harm than good if they're not well designed. There's a very fine line between "wanting to monetize your game" and driving players away, and in the Canadian beta for Ultima Forev...more
|10:00 AM on 06.13.2013|
Nintendo is planning to release a free-to-play game soon
Nintendo is apparently gearing up to launch a free-to-play game this fiscal year (which ends March 2014), as announced at E3 during an analyst briefing. Evidently the game has been ruled out as a Mario or Pokemon game, and it...more