F2P Cast: Red 5's Mark Kern Talks Firefall (Ep.31)

On this LONGER episode of the Free to Play Cast Magicman gets surrounded by the ladies (He'd say that's an everyday occurrence), we jump into some details about Sevencore, give our opinions on the multiple games in or starting betas now, and then chat it up with Mark Kern, Red 5's CEO/COO, about Firefall. As release marches closer and closer, Mark tells us the plans for the beta phases and chats about the cash shop. Oh... and there was one more thing... what was it... oh YEAH! MMOBomb welcomes Spunkify to the team as the U.S. Editor and YES he will appear on this very show in a few weeks! Enjoy!

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omifarizyza 11 years ago
Magic man and remotay should have a gamer showdown because my friend think that remotay is better which is not tru

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0lly 11 years ago
SWOTR will be disappointment for sure, with it's restrictions...bad idea. So I'm throwing FUTURE F...BOMB on SWOTR F2P :D

I was hoping for better F2P model :D

Crusio 11 years ago
Great video as always.

A Bomb to Brickforce for making it kinda P2W, since you can buy high tier weapons (5 stars out of 5) ONLY with Tokens (real money currency), which means that all the starting kids, who want to spend some money on their mommys credit card, then they can own buts of non-paying players, even when they aren't good in FPS games.

Inflictious 11 years ago
Another game bite's the dust, Not even making it to it's 2 year birthday.

It is with a bittersweet sadness that we announce that Zentia will be closing its doors August 13th, 2012 at 11:59PM PDT. Unfortunately, we are unable to continue to keep the Zentia servers available for play after August 13th.

I myself did spend some time on this a year ago,But the world really was dead even back than,Game ran fine.


0lly 11 years ago
Worst F2P game that i have ever played was LOTRO when it went F2P (i'm talking about first months or so, not after bunch of patches where made and restrictions were taken off).

I was so happy when it came out. Played it for like 2 weeks in a row non stop. Liked the hole concept of the game, liked instances , liked community. But when it came to restrictions it was so bad. Once you've reached LVL 20, you were forced to buy quest packs and content in order to continue with you typical gameplay. You could level further but without questing..but LOTRO is all about the story.....right? You could buy a horse but you couldn't ride it without a trait which you supposedly needed to buy in a cash shop. Restrictions were just awful. But after some time they took off some of the things and made original content available for people who didn't pay :) It took some time for them to adjust the F2P model, but they made it playable. Still biggest disappointment at the start, ever!

Guyshows 11 years ago
The worst mmo i ever played was WOI. First off i could never get used to the camera panning it would not go down at all. Also there was a ton of daily's which made it nearly impossible to focus on your main quest.

steuck 11 years ago
I'm sorry to say your female co-hosts have absolutely nothing interesting to say. They do not posses the ability to be descriptive at all in anything they say and they're opinions always seem to be extremely biased. Great show otherwise though.

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SoulOfOrigin 11 years ago
xoextreme, that's because most people are waiting for the big patch to arrive (will probably be sometime this week) because the characters will get wiped then. If people know the characters are getting wiped, they aren't really motivated and wait untill the wipe before they playing again. I'm sure you'll see (most of) them back when the patch gets released. ;)

Also, to answer Inflictious' first question about Firefall: The devs of Firefall announce a wipe at least a week before they'll do it. They try to keep the amount of wipes as low as possible, and only do it when it's really necessary because of big changes (for example now they've removed the leveling in the patch that'll release this week). In the wipes that happened before, only the levels and the inventory and such were reset, you still had your character (you didn't have to create your character again).

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DkDreamz 11 years ago
Do a review on Runescape Evolution of Combat

xoextreme 11 years ago
I have an A-Bomb for firefall. Well i got into the closed beta about 2 months ago and played for a few days. I got into Tera at the time so i did not play firefall much. When i played firefall the first couple of days i got in, the game was booming with players! But now the game is empty. I was in a pvp que for 20 minutes before i exited the game. I dont know what they would do to get more people into the game but they really should do something.

DkDreamz 11 years ago
Maestia Online could have more exciting enviroments and animations cause mage seems a little dull.

neokiva 11 years ago
Hiya guys and gals of the free to play cast great show!
da bomb for this week has got to be a split for me ^^; bounty hounds and maestia
bounty hounds got it because it's just a fresh form of mmo i haven't seen that many mmos do, mech games aside from hawken and mechwarrior online (got me excited) for maestia it has to be the freebies and the play as npcs or use npcs to solo which is cool.

the question from this week worst game i played was last chaos didnt even last one day the graphics were bad which could have been forgiven if the game machanics didn't also fail to be fresh or even appealling. a close second though is runescape but when i played years ago so my oppinion might change.

and finally my question to you guys/girls
have you recently heard of sword art online an anime based on a light novel in the same vein as .//hack virtual reality mmo however with a twist the players that are logged in as a feature not only can they not log out but if they die in game they also die in real life and also if people outside try to remove the head gear they'll also die and the only way to escape is to complete the 100 floors of the game world and beat the last boss. My question is do you think you'd play it if you knew before hand that you could die or would you have to be like the people in the anime and be blind to it till its too late to do anything about it.

Foldish 11 years ago
The worst game would probably be Mu Online for me. It wasn't too bad long ago, when it was hosted by K2 or something like that, but when Webzen started hosting it the exp rate got decreased, drop rate decreased, if I remember correctly if you want to have a decent exp/drop rate you'd have to spend approximately 90-100$ per month on it. And there is nothing really fun about the game, at least for me. It's a total grind since level 1 to the max level and even into the master levels or whatever they're called that got added on the way. They might as well make it p2p and give the boost to everyone because with f2p you'll be spending years and won't get anywhere.

Emil 11 years ago
Question of the week!
Waren Story,... You know... Yea...

Just joking :-D!!!!!!!!
The worst still existing MMO that me, myself and i have ever played is MU Online by Webzen. Haven't played it for 7 or 8 years now (i'm 20-y-o) and i know it can't change much but it hasn't changed at all :-/. To think that i spent countless hours and days into that thing to get to level 250 just to find that i can reset and start all over and do that until December 21st, 2012 comes, just pissed me off. It wasn't even worth the time my PC was on with a blocked right key so my Dark Magician could spam its' "Evil Spirits" spell at the mobs spawn point. The thing that drove me away from this game after realizing the reset thing was the PvP or accually the no-pvp-content except the PK which gets you red-named and you can't do s*** after killing 3 people without dying.

P.S. WEEKLY BOMB - *D* bomb for Path of Exile for the progretion they have made and the fact that we will all be enjoying the game soon (if i am not mistaken it goes into Open Beta in August). Although i find it difficult to die if i don't do it on purpose. Yes mobs really punch hard, but once i picked up a magic damage build for my Templar i just one shot everything except bosses and "elite" monsters (Bosses in my deffinition are big scary, ugly that are at the end of Acts or big places like the prison :-?).

*A* Bomb to Brickforce for not letting me update the client so i can accually see if i can play that damn thing :-D!!!

Rufinus 11 years ago
my friend and i was talking the other day and we came up with this great idea for revenge.

step 1 : invite you friend (person you want to get revenge on) to dinner
step 2: tell him there is gonna be a lot of food so come with a empty stomach
step 3: only cook fish. and those kind of fish with a lot of bone (you see where am getting at right)
step 4: when he comes give him the fish and enjoy the revenge.

Loxa 11 years ago
Hey guys, its not the first action mmo' :D

jonathansty 11 years ago
A message adressed to F2p cast.
Guys, when you are gonna play slender. Please, please record you with a webcam and record the game and upload it. It would be awesome to see you guys play it. Haha.

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Rufinus 11 years ago
The allods patch is amazing. You guys should cover that.

DFP 11 years ago
Good show! Enjoying the Firefall Interview ATM..

golix 11 years ago
O Nostromo o Nostromo lalalalala;))) red 5 release the patch already this last week is a nightmare waiting it for it ;)

TheGamer 11 years ago
Great show, the question of the week is easy:

DC Freaking Universe of P2W Online

God dammit, i hate this game, first time i was WOOT, i can fly!I can run in walls!I can beat Joker ass like Batman!!Then... they striked me, the worst villans EVER!!

Account restrictions and DLC, even Batman and Superman can't beat then...Dammit...

First i was super-happy with my little super powerfull badass hero, then i realize that i cant purchase the best R&D recipes, that i cant be Green Lantern or Flash, that my lvl 23 hero is a n00b and cant stand a chance against anyone...

Screw you Sony Online, you destroyed my dream! T.T

And please, dont talk about Slender, i got nightmares with this game. And Inflictious, how did you survived listen to that crap music?Man, iam glad i never played that game, it must be hard to do quests and blow things with that crap playing...

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Inflictious 11 years ago
Another Fine Episode!

Warrior Need's Food Badly ! :P

Aeria Game's
My GunZ Account's ( IjjI ) all 3 with my 100's of dollars of prems transfered with no problem.
I really want to thank these guy's for not being total A-Bomb's and making me rebuy everything.
Day 5 now ..Still No Hacker's ! (reminding me of the days of I-GunZ)

Question of the week.

lol, Really i gotta just thank you on this for bringing up the worst memory of my life !

Decide Online :
Reason,The Christmas song's looping in each zone,Higher your lvl the longer you had to listen to the same song over and over and over.
Would not have been to bad , But it was in the middle of summer !

Song: Jesus,Oh jesus, What a wonderful child. ( Starting zone and town )

Jesus, Jesus
Oh what a wonderful child
Jesus, Jesus
So lowly meek and mild
New life, new hope, new joy He brings
Won't you listen to the angels sing
Glory, glory, glory
To the new born King

I won't write the whole song , But thanks again for getting it stuck back in my head !
After all those years in therapy.
A-bomb to you sir. lmao just kidding ;)


Question : RaiderZ
The combat style of the game is not really new as you mentioned Tera ( I think,Never played)
But is it one of the first Free to Play mmorpg's to have this Style?

Question i would have liked to know when talking to Mark, Since there really is no open beta.How will Character wipe's work if any?
And he said about beta testing the Item Mall, And said he got that idea from other game's, I personaly have never heard of any company testing thier Item mall besides,The item mall being totaly accessable during beta ( Spirit Tales )

Thank's again my friend and looking forward to next episode.



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xoextreme 11 years ago
do we put our weekly bombs on here?

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EbonicHero 11 years ago
I want to give a "Da Bomb" to Free2Play games in general. Being a PC gamer since i was a kid, and being alienated and ridiculed by my console wielding neighbors in my younger years, i felt like the time of Person Computers was up. But NOW, with the new crop Free2Play games, I'm proud to brag to my 360 and PS3 friends that have to pay any sorts of money to even test the crappiest of "anticipated" releases.
So again a "DA BOMB" to ALL, and I mean ALL, games that have and will come out that will require no charge at all, it makes me happy that I stuck it out with PC.

I give an "A BOMB" to paying DLC. PUT THAT SHIT IN THE GAME!!!!

DC 11 years ago
Portuguese people ROCK! :D If you are Portuguese join our MMO facebook community! Search for MMO Geeks Portugal! Sorry for the ad guys!

2GuyzGaming 11 years ago
Once again a outstanding show! :-)

Magicman 11 years ago
Hey everyone!
Just wanted to let you know that Spunkify IS scheduled to appear on the F2P Cast that we record on August 12th! :)
Don't forget your weekly bombs!

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Sleiker 11 years ago
Nice one!

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