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.Issue 347, August 6, 2012
Top News of the Week:
World of Warcraft subscriptions continue to fall, dipping below the 10 million mark according to Activision-Blizzard's latest financial report.

Read more here.
Hit the link for the exact date and time of Guild Wars 2's Head Start.

Read more here.
Star Wars: The Old Republic will be launching a full free-to-play option this Fall.

Read more here.
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The Secret World: Funcom's Magnum Opus
As one of the early contenders for Game of the Year, Funcom's The Secret World has been in live retail release for a month now. We've got our official review of The Secret World for your viewing pleasure. Keep reading and then leave us your thoughts in comments.

Aesthetically speaking, The Secret World is one of the prettiest games I've ever seen particularly if played using DirectX 11. Each zone has its own look, sound and tone created through a fluid combination of music, ambient sounds, a brilliant color palette and mobs of monsters that fit the setting. Seoul, London and New York are filled with the typical sounds of cities and all are bustling with activity of one sort or another. Sometimes it's nothing short of breathtaking and you find yourself standing there in awe.



You can read the full review here.

More reviews can be found on our site here.
Star Wars: The Old Republic: Free-to-Play This Fall
With today's blockbuster announcement that Star Wars: The Old Republic will be adding a F2P option, we took the opportunity to chat with BioWare's Jeff Hickman, Executive Producer, Star Wars: The Old Republic and Matthew Bromberg, Studio General Manager, BioWare Austin about some of the new features players can expect. Read on!

It's happening, and sooner than you might think. BioWare's Star Wars: The Old Republic is going F2P with a hybrid business model this fall. Players have been wondering about it, journalists have been begging for it, and it seems that all this time BioWare's been listening and reacting. After being informed of the then embargoed announcement this morning, I had the rare opportunity to sit in on a call with BioWare's Jeff Hickman and Matthew Bromberg (who recently took over as GM of the Austin studio. We talked about the timing, the reasons, and the way in which they believe SWTOR going F2P is just finally giving the players what they've wanted, and breaking down the barrier into the Old Republic once and for all. The call was brief, but this is what I've learned.



Check out the article here.

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Game of the Week
City of Heroes is a premier free-to-play MMORPG from the vaulted game companies NCSoft, Paragon Studios, and Cryptic Studios, and holds the distinction of being the first super-hero MMORPG.

Players enter Paragon City or the Rogue Isles and create a hero or villain from 10 archetypes, add Powers from a list of over 40 primary and sub classes, then set about questing to rise to the top of the hero or villain hierarchy. Meet and fight alongside many signature heroes and villains, including Statesman, Lord Recluse, Sister Psyche, Scirocco, and others.

Ally yourself with other heroes and villains and build your own super Base of operations. Players may also use the Mission Architect to create and share adventures. Slip into your superhero tights, click to the official website, and play City of Heroes for free today!


Learn more about City of Heroes here, or check out our game list here.
This Week
Monday, July 30
Pokket Says: In the Apocalypse

Tuesday, July 31
The List: The Best MMO Business Models

Wednesday, August 1
Star Wars: The Old Republic: Free to Play and Schadenfreude

Thursday, August 2
World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria: Pandaria vs. Tyria

Friday, August 3
Independency: Evangelizing Die2Nite
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