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Posted: Jun 25th 2010 10:40AM Seare said

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I hope that TOR will adopt the GW model but I know they probably won't.
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Posted: Jun 25th 2010 8:53AM mttgamer said

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Ya know what can make this news even better? Steam has this on sale 33% off :D

Posted: Jun 25th 2010 9:08AM Damn Dirty Ape said

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This is great news. One of the reasons I stopped playing GA regularly was because I knew I wasn't going to pay a sub for it. GA is a perfect complement to traditional MMOs because it is action based but still has that advancement carrot hanging in front of you.

Posted: Jun 25th 2010 9:11AM (Unverified) said

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Is the game any dang good? It looks medicore at best.

Posted: Jun 25th 2010 9:51AM dudes said

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Uh oh.

Posted: Jun 25th 2010 10:10AM Pingles said

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Half price of retail on Amazon right now.

Posted: Jun 25th 2010 10:15AM Valdamar said

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A sensible decision - most FPS players won't pay a sub for gameplay they can get for free in the Call of Duty games, Battlefield series, TF2, etc. or stuff like the Halo series and MAG on consoles.

Planetside couldn't get huge subscriber numbers from offering PvP battles with 400 players involved and a huge variety of vehicles - so Global Agenda wasn't going to do any better offering much smaller skirmishes than most non-sub FPSs support. In fact it was the small skirmish size that turned me off GA, as I'm still looking for a spiritual successor to Planetside's full-scale wars.

Hi-Rez may have just saved their game - I hope it hasn't come too late for them - I'm still not interested enough to buy GA at current price though - maybe that will change if Steam offers GA at a low sale price at some point.

Posted: Jun 25th 2010 3:31PM swarmofcats said

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$27 on Steam right now. If you are at all interested, now is a perfect time to pick it up. ;)

http://store.steampowered.com/app/17020/
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Posted: Jun 25th 2010 4:11PM Valdamar said

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Hehe yeah I noticed that - GA is £16.74 here in the sale.

Sadly I'd already splurged loads of cash on the Steam summer sale before I noticed it, so I can't really justify buying it atm - spent just over £50 today (admittedly I got 14 games/expansions in total for that - cheapest game was 90p, lol) and I'm sure I'll be tempted further by Steam's daily offers in the next two weeks. Plus I already have several games from the EA Week discounts that I haven't even played/installed yet (Mass Effect for £3! - I
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Posted: Jun 25th 2010 10:18AM (Unverified) said

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The game is mediocre, but has it moments. I am amused as quite a few people on here predicted they would ditch the subscription model. Score one for the cynics eh?

Posted: Jun 25th 2010 10:36AM Seare said

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I think I might try this out now.

Posted: Jun 25th 2010 4:37PM Psychotic Storm said

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Its a nice game, I personally place it on good category and not on average, a worth buy.

Posted: Jun 25th 2010 5:23PM (Unverified) said

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This increases the likelihood I will give GA a legitimate try. I had followed its development since its announcement, having been a huge fan of Tribes and Planetside, but I really only have time/money for one subscription MMO. So long as they monetize the game further with the release of content expansions and not "micro"transactions, I will probably support them.

Posted: Jun 26th 2010 12:28PM (Unverified) said

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No subscription fee = good. It got someone like me, who otherwise would have no interest in this game because of the monthly fee, to check out the free trial. Maybe it can fill my RPG/leveing up cravings while I wait for WOW's expansion to come out in the next 4-6 months.

Posted: Jun 27th 2010 12:50AM eNTi said

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if it was good (enough) it wouldn't need to take this step? what's with all the emo-talk here? "oh my this so great, now i can leech on another product to get my fix until a real game arrives?" this game will probably not last very long.

Posted: Jun 27th 2010 12:15PM Superman0X said

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The only issue I have with the article is the terms being used. This is a P2P Game (in the most classic sense) as P2P doesn't relate to the monthly fee, but rather to what is required to actually play the game the first time.

Posted: Jun 28th 2010 1:01PM Superman0X said

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You mean like Runescape... one of the oldest, and most popular F2P titles in the western world? (subscription based)

F2P/P2P was coined in the 90's, when games were sold as a one time purchase. The selling point of F2P was that you could try the game first, as it was free to play. Whereas the competition required that you pay first, because it was pay to play.

This is why almost every major P2P game has become F2P, because they are shifting the revenue from the initial sale, to the monthly fee/item mall/ etc. The amount of money made on the initial sale is small compare to the amount made over time for a good game.

Posted: Jul 25th 2010 8:23AM (Unverified) said

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This is great news and actually makes me consider buying the game now. But it has me a bit worried - why did they decide to go F2P? Did they not have enough interest? Did they not think they'd get the subscription numbers? Guild Wars was F2P from the beginning (after the box, of course) - they planned for that all along. Hi-Rez for some reason changed their minds. Didn't Fury take a similar path a few years ago? I need to read up more about this :S It just makes me worry a bit about their reasoning.

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