FireFly Cargo Crate Exclusive Now Live!

A few weeks back I received an email from the folks over at Loot Crate, since I am a subscriber of their regular monthly service.  In that email I was surprised to learn that they had plans to create an exclusive FireFly crate!  Being a big fan of the short lived but awesome show and the Serenity movie, I signed up for the notification email without hesitation.  

Today, February 1st by happenstance I took a quick look at my email and notice one subject title said  "Firefly Cargo Crate - ORDER NOW!"  I headed over to the LootCrate site and found FireFly Cargo Crate landing page. Logged in, entered the info and ....

Now Loot Crate has partnered up with Qmx to bring the FireFly Cargo Crate to life.  The Firefly Cargo Crate will be a mystery subscription service which will include 5-7 exclusive FireFly collectibles every 2 months!  The contents of each crate will have a $65+ value.  Each subscriber will also be automatically entered to win their Big Damn Prizes drawings which could be awesome collectibles, gear and gadgets which so are big they can't fit in our regular crates!

There are many such subscription box services offering gamers, geeks, and collectors exclusive content and merchandise that you normally cannot find anywhere else.  Loot Crate has taken this model by storm and expanding rapidly beyond their standard Loot Crate, into other genres like Loot Pets, Anime Crate, the upcoming Gaming Crate, and their one time exclusive crates.  Be sure to check out the Loot Crate site, and let us know if you are subscribed to any of these or other subscription crate services?  Should we include some unboxing of these crates here on EVGAGaming.com?  Also, tell us what you most like about them and what your favorite item is that you have received so far, in our comment section below!

Origin Access; EA's Monthly Subscription for PC

EA originally launched "EA Access" on Xbox which was a monthly subscription service that was offered.  EA has recently announced that they are bringing this same subscription service to the PC user base and renaming it "Origin Access."

For only $4.99 a month, you will get all the perks that come with Origin Access.  You will have access to the Vault which at this time consist of  full versions of 15 games and more to be added:

  • Dead Space Series
  • Dragon Age Series
  • Battlefield 3 through Battlefield Hardline
  • FIFA 15
  • The Sims 3
  • Need for Speed Rivals
  • This War of Mine
  • Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare

In addition to the Vault, you will be able to play brand new EA games before they are released for a limited time such as Unravel

You will also receive a 10% discount off Origin purchases automatically, save on DLC and new releases as well.  

With the ever growing popularity of the "monthly subscription" based models for Loot Crate and Nerd Block, it would seem fitting that video games would follow suit, since the we already have the Humble Bundle Monthly subscription where you get a handful of games based off a theme, but that subscription costs $12 a month, of which the list is kept secret until they they release them.  Once released you are unable to purchase that set anymore, which is a bummer, depending on the games, which could be good or not so good.

$4.99 for a list of already popular games, the price is not half bad, especially if you haven't purchased lets say Dragon Age Inquisition which runs about $29.99.  And the 10% discount on new purchases would pay for a moth's worth of the subscription in the tax you would save.  What do you think about Origin Access?  Is it worth the $4.99 a month or would you rather buy the game out right?  For further details, check out their FAQ list here.  Let us know in comments in the section below!

Master X Master; a new Action MOBA

NCsoft has been on fire lately with their just released Blade & Soul game, which is a martial arts themed MMORPG.  They keeping their momentum going and have just announced a new action MOBA, which they are calling Master X Master or MXM for short.

What is Master X Master?  Well their site describes it as an Action MOBA with a unique Tag System.  This Tag system would allow you to quickly swap between two characters in mid-combat.  

Definitely sound somewhat similar to some older and current arcade fighting games, where you pick 2 fighters and are able to swap them out while fighting your opponent or use the 2nd characters "super or special" move.  The would sure be unique to the MOBA genre but nothing new in the gaming industry.  

The MXM site also states that you will be able to fight in different PvP modes or play with up to 4 other friends in a co-op story mode.  You will have over 30 Masters to choose from, using the Tag system will bring a new level of gameplay to the MOBA genre.

What are you thoughts on Master X Master?  Do you think we already have too many MOBA games out there?  Is this Tag System really that unique?  Let us know what you think in the comment section below.  Also check out the teaser trailer below, its a nice cinematic trailer but has no gameplay or details on the game yet. 

StarWars Battlefront DLC Updates

News was released from EA on the future updates coming to Star Wars Battlefront.  First to the updates is more free content for all players!

Its has now been 2 months since the initial launch of the what was to be the next big thing in the gaming world, Star Wars Battlefront.  Since its launch, not much has been released in the forms of news or updates.  But today that all changes.  

The EA team behind the Star Wars Battlefront title, has been listening to player feedback and they have been hard at work building a calendar of new content and changes for 2016.  

All players will be getting content which includes new maps for multiplayer and Missions modes, the introduction of Private Matches, new Hero outfits and more.  To get even more content and be on the for front of the updates EA recommends picking up the Star Wars Battlefront Season Pass, which will have future content feature Bespin, the Death Star and more.

After its initial launch, the Battle of Jakku DLC was released, which added two maps and the new Turning Point game mode.  Today, January 27th more content was added for all players which includes the following:  

  • The Tatooine Survival map will now support the Blast, Droid Run, Drop Zone, Hero Hunt, and Heroes vs Villains multiplayer modes, and is called Raider Camp.
  • New Hoth-themed outfits for Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, both of which will be available to all fans when they play as these two iconic characters on Hoth – these were unlocked by our players for completing our Heroes’ Holiday community mission last month.
  • We are giving players the ability to create Private Matches, which makes playing with friends even easier.
  • The introduction of Daily Challenges and Community Events. These are designed to rally the Community around certain goals and objectives, giving players the chance to earn credits and unlocks even faster. We'll have more news regarding Community Events and Daily Challenges in the days ahead.
  • And of course, we are also including some overall balancing tweaks to both weapons and multiplayer modes.

February will bring brand new content for all players as well, with a new survival mission on Hoth, and a brand new Hoth multiplayer map.  To read up on the rest of the content releases head on over to the new section of the Star Wars Battlefront site.

Let us know if you are still actively playing Star Wars Battlefront, and what you think of the new content free for all players that they are planning to release, in the comment section below!

EVGA @ Pax South 2016!

EVGA is going south! We don't mean going to Antarctica or anything...that's too far. By south, we mean PAX South 2016! EVGA will be showcasing the best in gaming hardware. If you'll be attending, stop by Booth #15069 to say hi and to check out the latest in graphics cards, motherboards and power supplies. You'll even get to test out our EVGA gaming notebook!

We'll also have a few gaming systems set up so you can play the newly released Rise of the Tomb Raider or Bombshell games.

Want another reason to stop by our booth? We'll be giving away some awesome prizes, so stop by for a chance to win one of the below prizes!

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Don't worry, we're also giving away prizes in case you can't make it! Just enter our giveaway here!

StarVR Headset and a Starcade in LA!

Starbreeze Studios is an independent creator, publisher and distributor of video games with offices in Stockholm, Paris and LA. They are most well know for being the parent company of Overkill who is responsible for creating the Payday and Payday 2 series. They had a major announcement to make on January 23, 2016.

They unveiled their Project Starcade VR initiative at the VRLA Winter Expo, and their intention to create a VR arcade venue in Los Angeles called StarCade. With their goal to make the VR experience available to the masses, Starbreeze will attempt to create a StarVR powered arcade where VR fans and enthusiasts alike can experience this new technology.

What headset's will they use you ask? Well, they have that covered with their StarVR Headset. The StarVR Headset appears to be in a class all of its own, with it boasting a "Natural and Panoramic Virtual Reality" field of view experience.

The StarVR headset is an immersive VR Headset with a unique 210 degree horizontal field of view, covering more than 75% of the entire human vision. They claim that experiencing VR has never been so natural, beyond 180 degrees the user can start feeling the scene around him, at 210 degrees the immersion is total. The user can move his eyes in any directions he will always be surrounded by the virtual world. The user will have no sensation of wearing blinders like other VR headsets.

Some of the features of the StartVR headset:

REALISTIC IMAGE QUALITY
Dual 5.5" Quad HD Displays
2560x1440 pixels per eye
5K total Panoramic definition

UNIQUE 210° WIDE FIELD OF VIEW
Custom Fresnel-based Optics
Crystal-clear image across the entire field of view
210-degree Horizontal FOV
130-degree Vertical FOV

POSITION TRACKING
Real-time 6 Degrees of Freedom
360° Submillimeter Optical Tracking
IMU and Optical sensor fusion for a low-latency experience

With all the recent VR Headsets hitting the marking or coming to market, it has many people out there being skeptical of the the popularity they will have. Now with the announcement of the Star Arcade, it brings back some memories of stories that I heard about towards the end of the Arcade era when BattleTech was a big thing and there were these game centers called Virtual World Entertainment centers which had these awesome BattleTech Pods. They were to revolutionize the way arcade games were to be played, in their own immersive pod with hundreds of controls, buttons, and switches the "pilot" could use to play. Along with the BattleTech game, there was another called Re Planet, which was a speeder trainer in these pods. Not a lot of them exist these days, and they are just relics of the past. Begs to ask the question of how long will this new VR revolution last or if it will even take off at all.

Let us know your thoughts on this new VR Arcade idea that Starbreeze will be creating in the near future in the comment section below!​

Overwatch Updates

 The folks over at Blizzard and the team working on Overwatch have released an update on the status of the much anticipated title.  

It seems that the next Overwatch Closed Beta will be delayed a few weeks for the team to do some work on the game's progression and reward system.   Also, they have taken into account the community and what the players want, by promising a new game mode to be added to the next Closed Beta.  

All additions and features are said to be work-in-progress and will allow the teams to add some polish to the game.  

Stay tuned and make sure to keep an out on the Overwatch Beta News page.  Let us know what you all think of the updates and the upcoming closed beta, possibly next month?