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Reader Discussion – What Games Would You Pay To Play Early?

You could be playing Mass Effect: Andromeda right now, you know. Maybe not the whole thing, but if you have EA Access (on Xbox One) or Origin Access (on PC), you could be playing through the first 10 hours of Andromeda. But you have to pay for those services, which makes it a tricky proposition. It's not the first time this has happened, though; Forza Horizon was one of a handful of titles you could play days before its official launch if you ponied up for the special edition. Which begs the question: what game would it take to put you over the edge and pay up?

It's a difficult question, especially for someone in my position. As an editor for Game Informer, I regularly get codes and copies of games, occasionally before release. But that's not always the case, and I think that if I could have paid an extra $ 50 to have my own Switch and a copy of Breath of the Wild a week or two ahead of time, I would have been tempted. But usually, it's hard to know whether a game will be worth the extra money.

So what game would pay early to play, if at all? Have you imported games knowing they'd eventually wind up in the States? How much would you pay to play your most anticipated game? If you could pay $ 30 to play, say, Red Dead Redemption 2 a week ahead of release, would you? Let us know in the comments.

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Never Played Shenmue II? Watch Us Play The First 18 Hours

Last year, over the course of four months, we played through Shenmue for the Dreamcast in its entirety. It was an experimental video series, with an undefined schedule that allowed us to take in all the feedback for each episode by reading and responding to comments in (almost) real time. The experiment was a success! So we immediately decided (after playing through Dark Souls III, Tex Murphy: Under A Killing Moon, Shadow of the Colossus, and Resident Evil 4) that there was no time like the present to return to Yu Suzuki's masterpiece. For the sequel, we're playing the Xbox version that was published by Microsoft in 2002.

In the first episode we explore the city a little bit, make a friend with a fellow capsule toy collector, and get all our stuff stolen. There's also a lady who forgot to finish getting dressed who really likes her motorcycle. In episode two, we make some progress by giving a hungry guy who loves naps some money, and getting a job that's almost as cool as being a forklift driver. We punch a tree in episode three. In episode four we break a rock with our hand because a homeless porcupine asked us to. In episode five we follow a lady to her apartment in the middle of the day and sleep on her couch. In episode 6 we look for a book. Spoiler alert: we don't find it. In episode seven we calm our revenge nerves by catching some leaves, you know, as one does. In episode eight, we pursue duck races with every ounce of our being. In episode nine, we attend a Fight Club. In episode 10 we achieve something amazing. In episode 11 we punch a tree so hard a duck falls out. In episode 12, we get back to the actual game. I don't remember what we did in episode 13, but I am sure it is entertaining. In episode 14 we fight a caveman for way too long. In episode 15 we spend all the money we spent episode 14 trying to earn. In episode 16, we go to Kowloon and act out that one scene from Once Upon a Time In Mexico. In episode 17, we look through all the drawers in someone's apartment for some reason. In episode 18 we learn that Kowloon apparently has the economy to support 5,978 separate bird stores.

Stay tuned for more episodes at some point, and leave us lots of comments! We'll probably read yours on the next episode.

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    Watch Us Play Two Hours Of Mass Effect: Andromeda

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    Join Andrew Reiner and crew tomorrow for a two-hour live stream of Mass Effect: Andromeda, starting at 11 am CT. We'll be playing through the opening hours, fielding questions from the community, and giving a general (and non-spoiler) look at the game..

    In the meantime definitely check out our month of coverage for Andromeda last November where we go over art design, in-game squadmates, and much more.

    You can click the banner below to watch the stream on Twitch or Youtube on Tuesday, or just tune in here using the embedded video below.

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    Sony Offering Discounts On Upcoming Indies With Play Collective Promotion

    A new promotion called Play Collective begins today on PS4,  which will provide a 20 percent discount for six new titles as they launch on the PS Store. With a new discounted title launching every week from March 21 until April 25, there are certainly plenty of savings to indulge in. 

    The list of games and their release dates are as follows: 

    • Everything (March 21)
    • Rain World (March 28)
    • PaRappa The Rapper Remastered (April 4)
    • Cosmic Star Heroine (April 11)
    • Full Throttle Remastered (April 18)
    • What Remains of Edith Finch (April 25)

    You can find out more information on the sale and the games listed above on the PlayStation Blog

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    A New Way To Play Rocket League

    Rocket League developer Psyonix is planning a free update to the game on March 22, introducing a new mode for the already-addictive game – Dropshot.

    Dropshot removes the standard goals, instead tasking players to score by breaking panels in their opponents' floor and then dropping the electrified ball in. The first time the ball hits a panel it activates it, and the second time breaks it. The ball itself also gets stronger via multiple battle-car hits, enabling it to damage up to 19 panels at once.

    Along with Dropshot, the update also introduces a speed-themed Turbo crate, the fourth competitive season, new arenas, and much more. Click the links below for the update's full contents, and enjoy the Dropshot trailer.

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    Lunafreya Nox Fleuret To Join Final Fantasy XV Play Arts Figure Line

    As reported by Toyark, Square Enix announced that a new figure based on Lunafreya Nox Fleuret will be joining the Play Arts Figure Line. The figure will join Noctis, Prompto, Gladio and Ignis as the fifth figure based on Final Fantasy XV.  It is releasing in July in Japan, but currently has no announced western release date. The figure will cost around 13,000 Yen, or roughly $ 112. Luna Comes with her staff as an accessory, as well as four interchangeable hands. You can get a better look at the figure below.

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    In other Final Fantasy merchandise news,  it was announced earlier this week that the Final Fantasy XV soundtrack will be making it's way to the U.S. in a physical format. You can read more about it here.

    [Source: Toyark.com]

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    Cooperative Play Is Coming To Clash Royale

    In the year Clash Royale has been on the market, the focus has always been on 1v1 battles. Players are encouraged to join clans, but the interaction has been limited to trading cards and working together collectively to earn points to open chests. In an forthcoming update, we're finally get the chance to fight side-by-side with our friends.

    On this week's Radio Royale podcast, Supercell announced an "outrageous new game mode" called Clan Battle. Effectively a 2v2 team battle mode, you and a member from your clan can team up to take on two players from a different clan. The game board looks similar to the 1v1 game, but two kings now preside over each base. Each player has their own cards and elixir meter to manage. Since both players are dropping troops and units onto the battlefield at the same time, the elixir meters replenish15 percent slower than usual. At the beginning of the game you'll get a look at your partner's deck, but you won't see his or her meter on screen during play. The only way you can communicate mid-game is by dragging a card onto the battlefield and holding it, so your teammate can see what lane you are attacking or defending. The elixir collector will only accelerate your meter, but buffs such as Rage hit both players' cards.

    The screenshot below shows just how chaotic this mode will be. No release date has been given, but Supercell is already talking about how to expand upon it for clan tournaments and eSports. On a different note, is that a new troop type hiding behind the Royal Giant?

    Our Take
    Clash Royale is still played daily by many Game Informer staffers, and we've long been waiting for a mode that let the clan play together. We didn't expect a cooperative team battle mode quite like this, but we can't wait to check it out.

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    Play Steep For Free This Weekend

    Ubisoft is throwing a free weekend for Steep for anyone who wants to try out the game on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Furthermore, not only can you try out the winter sports title and its recent free Alaskan update, but you can get a big discount on purchasing the game digitally.

    Here are the dates for the free play weekend:

    • Xbox One: 3/10 at 12:01 a.m. PT to 3/13 at 11:59 p.m. PT
    • PS4: 3/10 at 10 a.m. PT to 3/13 at 10 a.m. PT
    • Uplay (PC): 3/10 at 10 a.m. PT to 3/13 at 10 a.m. PT

    During the free weekend, the game is 50 percent off (standard edition) and 40 percent off for the Gold Edition. This sale runs until March 13 on XBL, and March 20 on PSN. Meanwhile, at the Ubisoft store, both editions are 50 percent off until March 14.

    For more on Steep, check out our review as well as an Afterwords with creative director Igor Manceau.

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    Watch Us Play Two Hours Of Ghost Recon Wildlands

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    Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands is out today, and we're assembling a team of the finest* Game Informer editors to live stream the open world action.

    Tune in at 2pm CT and join Andrew Reiner, Matt Bertz, Javy Gwaltney, and Jeff Marchiafava as they galavant across the Bolivian countryside to party-crash the Mexican Santa Blanca cartel. In the meantime, check out the 22 things we learned from going hands-on with the game.

    You can click the banner below to watch the stream on Twitch or Youtube on Monday, or just tune in here using the embedded video below. See you then!

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