On this week’s show we dive into NCSoft’s most recent financials to see a downward spike for GW2 and maybe a glimmer of hope for WildStar, we pick apart Path of Exile’s approach to endgame in their upcoming update, and we rid the MMO world of bots…well in theory. All that and more on this week’s Free to Play Cast!

Discussion Timestamps:

01:04 NCSoft’s Financials and GW2’s Plummet
17:35 Path of Exile Mixes Up Endgame
28:05 Cleaning Up Bots and Spammers
38:17 Weekly Bombs (DA-Bomb / A-Bomb)
47:53 Questions and Answers of the Week

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Free-To-Play Cast is the official podcast (and videocast) of MMOBomb.com about free to play multiplayer online games. Free-To-Play Cast takes on the week’s biggest news with plenty of opinion, weekly bombs, community feedback, guests, laughs thrown in for good measure and much more. Have fun and expect a new episode next week!

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  1. Zach I fkin love you, bro…. I’m gonna just spoil this because its a complete waste of time… don’t rush to the center its just a repeat of the game LOL NAAAIIILLLLEEEDDD ITTT… eff you, No Man’s Sky….EFF YOU! I am still waiting on my Ferrari

  2. Da-bomb for Auriel in Heroes of the Storm. I’ve been talking for months about how she should be a hero, so I was so excited when she was announced. Now that I’ve gotten to play her, she is definitely my favorite support hero, maybe even my favorite over all. Now if they’ll just give me Lillian Voss…

    Belated bonehead story… it sort of just happened. I was playing my DPS monk on WoW in the Skyreach dungeon. There is a part of the dungeon that is a circular area with wind currents going in different directions, which slows you down and you have to take a certain path or be blown off. I was trying to use my roll ability to speed things along, but hit the wrong button and instead hit flying serpent kick, which instead of a short boost forward, sending me flying off the edge and to my death. Gravity is for suckers.

  3. I’m gonna give Atlas reactor a da-bomb. yes Trion made some dumb shit in the past, but that aside, Atlas reactor is still a good game regardless of the price tag.

    i started playing during the Alpha testing, bought a founder’s pack, which isn’t something i would normally do, then real life got in the way and basically stopped playing completely for around 3-4 months or so, i finally came back, and the game has lost nothing, it’s still fun, easy to learn and balanced, which is not something that comes around often,

    I can’t comment on how good or bad the Free option is since I’ve always had full access to the game, from what i read it’s nothing that won’t let you enjoy the game, and i haven’t seen anyone complaining about it, at least in a sensible way.

    The game is very different from other games, mainly because you can jump in and figure out the game pretty quickly, there’s no math to see what combination of items do more damage, there’s no having to buy card packs to get a better chance of getting the better characters/cards, there’s no overly OP characters that can balance a match towards a team, it all depends on you, you using you freelancer correctly, you paying attention to your team’s and the enemy team’s movements, and you moving towards the right position and using the map to your advantage, teamwork and communication actually matters, one player can’t carry the whole team.

    Everything happens with in the match, the outcome depends on how well you can read what goes on during each turn, and reacting to it, which i thing is what a real strategy game should do

    • QOTW: I doubt anyone is willing to do anything about bots, most games dont even seem interested in dealing with AFKers in any real way. If it were up to me, I would restict them to only playing against bots, no earning XP, stats, in game currency, no chat, for 30-50 matches, then after that label them as cheaters, or some other scumbag term for a year, so every time they log in they and everyone else knows they’re dog shit, after that perma ban, mak4e it an IP and MAC ban, and don’t allow players to use VPN, to try to make it a bit harder for them to come back, i know some people can get around that, but most people don’t wanna put the effort in6to that, i mean most people can’t even figure out VPNs, even though it’s easy. At some point people have to realize that letting people get away with shit is just gonna ruin games regardless of whether they spend money on the game of not.

  4. GW2 is boring so I’m not surprised by the drop. I stopped playing that a year or two ago and picked up TSW instead. The combat system has much to be desired, but the story is one of the best out there.

    • I kinda enjoyed GW2 until they made it F2P.

      At first I boycotted the game because they gave nearly nothing back to the paying players, and decided to have the DLC cost as much as the entire game last time.

      They did this to milk money from some old players, while going “F2P” to attract new players to buy their DLC.

      After awhile, I thought the reason I boycotted the game was nonsensical, so I decided to give them a second chance. But what I came back to was just the same game as I had left, with no real improvements to be seen from both the main game and the parts added by the DLC.

      So I left GW2 again, no big surprise. No money for them for their DLC. But I thank them for the fun times I had in he base game, so that much of the money was well-paid.


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