January 11, 2018

ESO Plus Free For All This Weekend, Extra Bonuses For Subscribers

Posted on January 11, 2018 by Rae Michelle Richards

Zenimax Online’s subscription service ESO Plus for The Elder Scrolls Online is free until next Monday for everyone. Non-subscribed players can once again enjoy access to all of the existing DLC (minus Morrowind but it does include the recently released Clockwork City) for free for the next 72+ hours. As well as double the bank space and a global 10% experience bonus for all characters. 

Existing subscribers get a bonus goodies during the events – one free Flame Atronach Crown Crate for each day that they login from the 9th until the event ends on the 15th. Each individual “day” resets at 9:59AM each morning and players have to log-out completely – all the way to the main menu, not just to the character select screen – to qualify for the free crates. 

Here’s a breakdown of all of the benefits of the ESO Plus trial weekend: 

  • Access to Clockwork City DLC 
  • Access to Dark Brotherhood DLC 
  • Access to Imperial City DLC 
  • Access to Thieves Guild DLC 
  • Unlimited “crafting bag” storage that persists after the trial ends (just new items can’t be deposited into it) 
  • Double personal inventory space 
  • Double bank space 
  • Access to dye stations 
  • 10% global EXP bonus 

Personally, I use these ESO+ free weekends to load up as many crafting items as I can to sell in my Trade Guilds. I used to subscribe to ESO+ until I had enough Crowns to buy all of the existing DLC (BTW Clockwork is excellent). Last time a free trial weekend rolled around I had enough crafting items stored to fuel my sales for almost an entire month! 

 [Images and info via Bethesda]


Final Fantasy XII Coming To Steam This Feb

Posted on January 11, 2018 by Rae Michelle Richards

The world of Ivalice is making the jump to Windows PC on February 1st with the release of Final Fantasy 12.  Join Princess Ashe, Vaan, Basch, Fran and others as the tale of the Rozzaria’s invasion of Dalmasca unfolds. Together they’ll have to band together to liberate their homeland, in one of the most politically interesting Final Fantasy titles. 

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac age includes a number of enhancements when compared to the 2006 PlayStation 2 original.  Along with the improved HD resolution support, The Zodiac Age also includes new texture work, a 60 FPS cap and all of the improvements found within Final Fantasy XII: International, which never saw release in the west. 

Here’s a list of the major enhancements found within Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age on PC: 

  • 60FPS – Ivalice will look better than ever with the game running at 60FPS. 
  • Compatible with 21:9 ultra-wide monitors – Up to three HD monitors can be used for a potential 48(16×3):9 experience. 
  • New Game Plus and New Game Minus – Post-game content modes are now accessible from the beginning of the game. 
  • Three background music options – The original, re-orchestrated and soundtrack versions are now available from the beginning of the game. 
  • Maximized License Points and Gil – New functionality added to grant players max License Points and Gil from the configuration screen. 
  • Full controller support, Steam Trading Cards and more to optimize the PC player experience. 

Through the first week of the game’s launch on February 1st, Square Enix will be offering a 20% discount through the Steam Store.  

Here are the minimum and recommended specs: 

Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
OS: Windows Win 7-64bit or later
Processor: Pentium G3260 @ 3.0GHz (2 cores)
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: nVidia GTX 660 or AMD equivalent w/ 2GB VRAM
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 50 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card

Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
OS: Windows Win 7-64bit or later
Processor: I5-4460 @ 3.2GHz (4 cores)
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: nVidia GTX 980 or AMD equivalent w/ 4GB VRAM
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 50 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
Additional Notes: Screen resolution: 1920×1080. Depending on the monitor and PC graphics card environment and setup used, this title can expand its display resolution to 4K. However, please be aware that 4K resolutions are not officially supported.


Dragon Quest Builders Gets a Playable Demo On Nintendo Switch

Posted on January 11, 2018 by Rae Michelle Richards

Square Enix has released a limited demo version of their upcoming Nintendo Switch port of Dragon Quest Builders. If the demo is anything like the original PlayStation 4 demo, it will allow players to experience around two hours of the main story and unlimited time repairing a single village and exploring a large section of the map. The resources and upgrades in the demo version are quite limited compared to the full version but some have reported a total playtime of between four and six hours – not bad for free.

Here’s the official description:

Dragon Quest Builders – Demo Version – A free demo for the Dragon Quest Builders game is available today in Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch. Gather, craft, and build the kingdom of your dreams to restore the ruined world of Alefgard! As the legendary Builder, you’ll construct rooms, towns and defenses while fighting monsters. The full version of Dragon Quest Builders launches for Nintendo Switch on Feb. 9.

Dragon Quest Builders was originally released in January 2016 for PS4 and was one of the first tiles to be development for the then code-named Nintendo NX. A sequel, Dragon Quest Builders 2, was unveiled in the Summer of 2017 and is expected to launch on both PS4 and Nintendo Switch sometime later this year.


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