Monthly Archives: August 2012

Skyrim Hearthfire DLC Announced

Skyrim fans will be happy to know that more downloadable content is coming to the game next week. Besthesda has announced that the new Skyrim add-on Hearthfire is being released September 4th for 400 Microsoft points. The DLC won’t be adding new epic quests to the game, however. Rather than focusing on the adventurous part of Skyrim, Hearthfire focuses on the simulation.

Hearthfire will allow players to buy land in Skyrim and build their own house; as opposed to buying one of the pre-built houses in the game. You will be able to customize the house to your liking and add a variety of furnishings. These include stables, forges, alchemy gardens, enchanting tables, armories, shrines, mannequins, and a taxidermy. Various staff can be hired to perform tasks for you; such as a carriage driver to transport you around Skyrim, a steward to look after your home, and even a bard to entertain you. Finally, the ability to adoption and raise children is being added to the game as well.

A lot of fans who enjoyed Dawngaurd (previous downloadable content) might be turned off by Hearthfire’s lack of adventurous content. They might not care for the simulation content Hearthfire will add to Skyrim. As for me, I think this expansion looks really cool and will add some new fun to the game. Who doesn’t like the idea of owning their own personal estate? Besides, it will be nice to have something to do besides fighting monsters and completing quests.

The Sims 3 Seasons Announced

This might surprise some of you a bit. Back in June, EA announced The Sims 3: Supernatural expansion pack; which is set to come out September 4 next month. It won’t be long until another expansion comes out however. EA has announced The Sims 3: Seasons, which will be released on November 13th this year.

Just as it’s name suggests, The Sims 3: Seasons adds seasons and weather the game. You can expect to see blankets of snow in the winter, leaves falling in the autumn, sun tans in the summer, and rain storms in the spring. Real life holidays will be added as well; such as Christmas, Halloween, 4th of July, and Easter (all though they will be called something different in the game). There will brand new activities too; including snowboarding, soccer, bobbing for apples, pumpkin carving, and swimming in the ocean. For more information, check out The Sims 3: Seasons web page.

While I’m quite ecstatic about this expansion, I’m surprised at how soon it will be released. It’s set to come out 2 months after The Sims 3: Supernatural; which comes out in a month! However, The Sims 3 development team have been working on the Seasons expansion pack for a while (it hasn’t been easy creating a weather system for the game), so I doubt it’s been hastily thrown together. It looks awesome and should add a lot of content to The Sims 3!

Are you excited about The Sims 3: Seasons? What are you excited about the most?

Star Wars: The Old Republic Going Free-to-Play this Fall

Last month I mentioned how Bioware was offering a free trial for Star Wars: The Old Republic. The trial allowed players to try a small portion of the game with some restrictions. This free trail won’t be lasting much longer however. Bioware has announced that Star Wars: The Old Republic is going free-to-play this fall.

While the free-to-play version will allow non-subscribed players to have full-access to the game’s story content, other content will be restricted to them. For example, some of the character creation options (such as species) won’t be available for Free-to-Play players. Free-to-Play players are always behind Subscribed players in the login queues as well. For more information, check out the Subscription vs. Free Features page on the Star Wars: The Old Republic website.

To be honest, I’m not sure what to think about Star Wars: The Old Republic becoming a Free-to-Play game. While it seems to offer more content than the game’s current free trial, the upcoming Free-to-Play version seems to be just as restrictive. By the looks of it, I’d be better off becoming a Subscriber than playing the Free-to-Play version of the game. You know, this Free-to-Play move is probably EA’s attempt at gaining back some of the subscribers they lost. Who knows. We’ll have to wait till this Fall to see whether the Free-to-Play version of Star Wars: The Old Republic is any good or not.

Are you excited about Star Wars: The Old Republic becoming Free-to-Play, or are you leery of the restrictions associated with it?