Eve Online Docks at Green Man Gaming



Observant members of the site may have noticed a certain game popping up on our front page: EVE Online!

We’re working directly with EVE developers CCP to bring you 30 day and 60 day timecards at a competitive price, so if you’re a long time EVE player, or if you’re interested in giving it a go, we’ve got you covered.

You can pick up a one or two-month versions of the time cards, and both come with the following extras.
  • An Interbus Catalyst Skirmish ship
  • Cerebral Accelerator Booster implant to help you train faster
  • A Destroyer skill book 
If you’ve not picked up EVE before, you don’t need to purchase anything but a time card, simply buy the card of your choice and register it on the EVE site to download the game!

If you want to learn more about EVE, we highly suggest this totally excellent article by Keza MacDonald.

- Rob
Acting Senior Community Manager 

PayPal issues 29th October

Please note that PayPal are currently experiencing problems with their service - this is causing payment completion to hang on our site and may cause it to time out completely.  We are sorry for any inconvenience caused - PayPal are working on this as you can see from the link attached so we are hoping this will be resolved very soon and you can take advantage of our great offers again.

PayPal issue logged

/Darren

State of Playfire - October 29th, 2012


Game Pages
We have a number of small changes coming to game pages, a few of them are on the admin side, but there’s a couple you’ll be able to see as well, including a text limit on descriptions and some fixes to the design.
We’re also working through a backlog of game submissions that have piled up since early summer, and we hope to get through them all during November, so if you’ve submitted a game in the last few months and haven’t seen it appear on the site, you should be getting an email soon.





Playfire Emails
Those of you who have been submitting a lot of updates to game pages may have noticed we’re currently sending out a lot of emails to you. We apologise for the spam, and are looking at a way to inform you of updates without sending one email per upload.
Problems with Friend Finder
Friend finder was kicking up an error for anyone trying to use it to... find friends! It’s now working as usual, sorry for the inconvenience, please let us know if you have any further problems.
Game Tracking
Xbox 360 tracking should be working for most users, though we’re aware it can take a long time to update. We’re working purely on keeping it up and running right now while we continue to work out our new tracking system, which we’ll hopefully be able to talk about during November.
Game Collection and Reviews
Originally we wanted to focus on game collection work immediately after game pages, but as we’re now coming up to the busy Christmas period, we’re going to swap over and focus on getting a review system working first, as it’s actually a little less development work and fits in well with games pages as they work currently.  We’ll then pick up Game collection after that.
Please let us know in the comments if you have any ideas, suggestions, or things you liked / didn’t like about the old review system!
- Wayward & The Playfire Team

Meteor Shower of Deals



Hey space adventurers,

We've got some stellar deals available!  Not surprising considering our mascot, Alf, comes from the further reaches of the known universe. As a result, we’re pretty much experts in all things space related.  As Charles Bolden Jr., Administrator at NASA once famously said: “We ain’t got nothing on GMG.”*

We’re showing our space colours this week with a selection of sci-fi and futuristic games at great prices.

You can check out the full range here at our Space Station of Deals (We’re calling it Battlestar Dealactica, don’t tell the lawyers), all available until 1100 UTC November 5th.

Here’s a quick rundown of some of highlights:




We’ll leave with you with a fun space fact: 4/5 aliens use GMG to buy their digital games. The other 1/5 are still bitter about XCOM, they’ll get over it. Just as soon as they patch up the Smith-esque "Welcome to Earth" party shots.

-James
Community Manager

*To our knowledge Charles Bolden Jr. has never heard of, seen or used GMG. Doesn't mean he hasn't though.

Cashback deals for payday

Hey gamers,

Those who watch little green men closely will know that recently Green Man Gaming rolled out a cashback feature, launching it with XCOM in North America.  Now we're rolling it out across a wider range of titles to the world!

Explaining GMG Cashback so it fits on a coin:

On cashback titles, you can choose cashback or credit as a reward. Credit is always worth more and will get you bigger savings on big titles next time you shop!

Check out the offers we're running on a range of games, including:





How do you know if it's a cashback title? You'll see the reward options on the game's page, like in this picture, and then at the checkout you will have the option to select cash or credit.

Please note that when selected cashback instead of credit, it will take 2-3 working days to process with the relevant payment providers.

Bonus credit on pre-purchase titles will not be provided until the day of the product's release, and will be provided at the same time as your game key (if applicable).

-James
Community Manager

New to GMG: October 24th


Hey gamers,

Time for a quick catch-up on just some of the titles that are now available from Green Man Gaming.  Remember you can always see What's New with our awesome What's New page!

On the march for deals!


-James
Community Manager

Playfire Favourite: Dishonored


Can one of the years most anticipated games live up to the hype? Read on to see if Dishonored truly is deserving of its praise.

Story

You take control of Corvo Attano, trusted bodyguard to the Empress returning from a mission to gather help to cure the rat plague.  He fights to clear his tarnished name, overthrow those responsible for framing him and to rescue the kidnapped Lady Emily.

You work with the Empire Loyalists, a team who believe you are innocent and the only one capable of overthrowing the Lord Regent and bringing Lady Emily to the throne.  With your name soiled, you’re given a mask to cover your true identity and are bestowed powers by The Outsider, a mysterious higher being with a cult following.

Your actions will affect how those around you react to you, whether or not they’ll be scared or friendly. This will also affect your story and the way it ends, offering multiple playthroughs for those who want to experience everything.

Much of the story is told through journals, books, audiographs and letters.  Plenty of this information is important to the story and helps explain Dunwall.

Characters

You are introduced to many quirky characters but rather than being fleshed-out with reasons to care about them, they are one-dimensional and are mostly there to push the plot forward and give you places to shop.

Even characters hugely important to the plot such as Lady Emily and The Outsider are only briefly touched on. Their reason for being there being is clear but beyond that they seem redundant and only remain to fill out the also rather paper-thin plot.

Gameplay

The gameplay is where Dishonored shines most, encouraging stealth and the use of multiple weapons and magical abilities to creatively remove enemies and complete stages.

Your abilities includes several tricks such as possessing animals and humans, teleportation, being able to slow and stop time whilst your arsenal involves a crossbow which offers incendiary bolts for groups, sleep darts for stealth and normal bolts for discreet killing, grenades, a pistol and your trusty sword which is always equipped.

Creativity is where you’ll find most satisfaction from Dishonored.  For example, you can stop time, place a bomb on a rat, possess the rat and run in to a group of enemies to blow them apart.

Powers and skills are enhanced with Runes and Bone Charms which can be found by using the talking heart that you carry around which beats as you come closer to these items.



The gameplay is very reminiscent of Bioshock as it is quite like using the wrench and plasmids again, but the ability to climb specifics areas of the environment add a new layer and allow you to stealth with ease. It’s been likened to Assassin’s Creed but it’s more along the lines of a slower Brink. You cannot climb walls, but you’ll find yourself climbing many crates and chains as you prowl through a stage.

Graphics

The art style is also very reminiscent of Bioshock, especially in the character design where faces are almost caricature-like, giving an oddly animated appearance in a very serious setting.

Although the graphics aren’t the sharpest or most breath taking, the art style entices you to look in every nook and cranny, as you never know what you may come across in Dunwall, the fictional town Dishonored is set in.

The world of The Outsider is a sight to behold and really stands out next to the run-down ruin that is Dunwall. This world will see you jumping across floating stairways and platforms as you find your way back to the real world.

Audio

The strongest point of the audio is the voice-acting. Arkane Studios have managed to rope in several famous personalities to help bring characters to life such as Susan Sarandon, Chloe Grace Moretz and Billy Lush.

The constant chattering of NPC’s will keep you entertained with their varied conversations and they help bring in an extra layer of personality that is lost with Corvo being mute and never adding to any conversation.

Gunshots and explosions are satisfying and so are the sword combat effects as you parry and slice enemies, adding a layer of authenticity that never cease to amaze, unless of course you decide to do a no-kills playthrough where you may never once fire a pistol to take a life.

Lasting Appeal

The game lasts roughly 6-8 hours if you don’t do many side-missions or explore but it can easily last twice that if you’re thorough.

There are no multiplayer or co-operative modes but there are 4 difficulty levels that test your ability as an assassin, and although Dishonored has set the bar in terms of gameplay for future installments, I’d like to see a sequel that takes our choices in to account in a similar style to Mass Effect. 

Stay classy, Russia. Although Rob said he did this too. Naughty.


Mitchell is a freelance journalist and senior moderator at Playfire. You can find more of his work at http://mitchjay92.blogspot.co.uk/ or contact him at www.playfire.com/mitchjay1992.

Think Dishonored is your kind of game? It's available now on Green Man Gaming.

BioShock Infinite gives cashback


With the United States emerging as a world power, the floating City of Columbia is a mighty symbol of American ideals, launched with great fanfare to the cheers of a captivated public. But what begins as an endeavour of hope soon turns to disaster, as the city disappears into the clouds, its whereabouts unknown. The greatest accomplishment in American history has vanished without a trace.

BioShock Infinite is now available to pre-purchase from Green Man Gaming* with an incredible offer for you.

Pre-purchase from Green Man Gaming and get either cashback or creditback as a reward! Dollar users have the choice of $15 credit or $10 cashback, and Euro users have a choice of €9 credit or €5 cashback.



Onward!

-James
Community Manager


*Currently not available in the UK, Japan, or Russia. We are not able to offer this title in Burma,  China, Cuba, Iran, N. Korea, Sudan, Syria, or Venezuela.  Vouchers are not valid on BioShock Infinite.

Hot Deals Hot Drop on GMG Citizens


Soldiers,

You're in it now. There's deals ready to go off around every corner, so stay sharp and fast!


We've identified the following high priority targets that you must all be briefed on, along with their status:

These targets will disappear at 1100 UTC October 29th, so act fast!



Central have already completed several requisition forms and rerouted the following supply line:

GMG20-FXYD1-7WHP1

This is to be used at your own discretion, applying the necessary force for increased levels of discount. Supply will be exhausted at 1100 UTC October 26th.


UPDATE: Surveillance in the United Kingdom report special offers in the UK on console games for these titles:



Dismissed!

-James
Community Manager

Game Watch: RIFT: Storm Legion


Hey gamers,

A storm is brewing in Telara, with two massive powers vying to activate the  mysterious Infinity Gate.  Unless of course, you're strong enough to stop them. With a plethora of new tactics available, you'll need to keep your wits about you as you battle elemental commanders and dragons!

The critically acclaimed MMO RIFT is soon to receive a massive expansion pack!  Pre-purchase RIFT: Storm Legion now and get access to the beta starting on October 30th, all through til launch!



In the Infinity Edition you'll get these awesome features:

  • A personal portal generator to allow quick and easy travel between gates.
  • Cyclone mount.
  • 2 huge new continents.
  • 7 new dungeons, 3 raids, a Chronicle and more!
  • 10 more levels
  • 4 more souls
  • Your own customisable spaces
  • Capes!


-James
Community Manager

Update on Football Manager 2013 Beta


Hey football fans,

We can now announce that we have started to send out the keys for FM13, which will provide you with beta access (and automatically become the full game upon release, no other keys necessary).

To find your key you can login to your GMG account, and go to your Keys page, then look for the Football Manager 2013 key.

Don't worry if you can't see your key immediately. It may take a couple of hours to populate.

-James
Community Manager

GMG's Horror Deals


Green Man Gaming can happily say we have a massive selection of horror deals available from now through the weekend. With up to 75% off dozens of games we're certain you'll see something to stash in your games library for Halloween!

You can use our fiendish 20% voucher on top of all of these terrifying deals, giving you more blood, gore and terror for your money. The voucher is now valid until 1100 UTC October 26th:

GMG20-FXYD1-7WHP1



Here are just some of the deals available during this promotion, all available until 1100 UTC October 22nd:

This test will challenge your stress and accuracy to extreme levels.


-James
Community Manager

New to GMG: October 17th


Hey gamers,

Time for a quick roundup on the recent titles to hit Green Man Gaming's shelves!  Don't forget we still also have a 20% voucher available which you can use again and again to save plenty: GMG20-FXYD1-7WHP1 valid until 1100 UTC October 19th.



Remember you can always check What's New on GMG by clicking this link, or the one in the nav bar.

-James
Community Manager

Winners: New Vault Hunter



We had loads of entries for the New Vault Hunter competition! It was great seeing so many creative ideas from you guys.



Alas out of the 70 or so entries we received we can only pick three winners for the keyrings and Top Trumps cards, and they are as follows:

Geforcer with Clash, The Rocker.

Yzzin with The Puppet Master.

Happyhippy10 with The Senator.


Thanks to everyone who took part. Make sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and G+ to be the first to hear about more competitions.

To our winners, we'll be in contact soon via email.

-James
Community Manager

Cashback on XCOM in North America


Hey gamers,

We're rolling out an incredible new feature, currently for North America on XCOM: Enemy Unknown, which just rolls off the tongue...

CASHBACK

If you're in North America and haven't picked up XCOM, we're offering you the choice of either $5 cashback or $10 creditback (which will be put immediately into your account following your transaction)!

The following images should give you an idea of how it works on the site for users... 





Let us know what you think, and make sure to look out for this feature spreading across more games in all regions! So, how about that XCOM?

-James
Community Manager

Roundup: 20% Code, FM13 & Civ V



It's Friday and time for a roundup of the events happening at Green Man Gaming this past week!




Events at GMG you should read about:
  • CASHBACK! Currently rolled out for XCOM: Enemy Unknown in North America.
  • The Football Manager 2013 beta is currently set for Friday October 19th. We're not currently able to send out keys but will have more information available next week.
  • Civilization V keys for all non-North American pre-purchases of XCOM: Enemy Unknown have not yet been sent out. They will go out over the course of today.
  • Competition time! We want you to come up with ideas for new Vault Hunters, for a chance to win some awesome Borderlands 2 card packs.
Maliwan: Where form meets function. On the catwalk, yeah. Do your little turn.

Deals for the weekend:
  • GMG20-FXYD1-7WHP1 will get you 20% off of hundreds of digital titles. You can use this code multiple times, once per checkout. Valid until 1100 UTC October 19th.
What the GMG team are up to:
  • Members of the team have brought in various things for an internal raffle. They don't always get first dibs on the swag that comes in the door so we have a few things lined up, such as a Tomb Raider toothbrush (given how old it is, we're not recommending anyone actually cleans their teeth with it).
What we've been looking at:


-James
Community Manager

I am dying to go home and play XCOM Enemy Unknown. It looks so awesome.


    Competition: New Vault Hunter


    To celebrate the recent release of the Borderlands 2 Mechromancer DLC, we've got three packs of badass Borderlands 2 Top Trumps to give away, and paired with each of them is a sweet Borderlands 2 keyring!


    How do you have a chance at winning some swag?

    We want to hear your ideas for a new vault hunter type and their special move. Comment on our blog with your idea and sign off with your GMG username before 1100 UTC Monday October 15th.

    Example Entry:
    Rancher - Calls an angry bovine to repeatedly charge at the targeted enemy.
    -Greengamer

    You know, if you've not got the Premiere Club you can grab the Mechromancer Pack from Green Man Gaming and save a bundle with our 25% off code.

    -James
    Community Manager


    Terms and Conditions:
    Entries must be submitted to the designated channel by the specified end time (1100 UTC Monday October 15th). Any entries submitted elsewhere will not be considered, nor will they be considered if they are submitted late.  Selected winners will be contacted by their associated GMG account’s email.  Entries must abide by our forum and site terms and conditions. Basically check what you’ve done and think “Is it suitable for kids to see this?” If it’s not, change it. Otherwise we’ll likely remove it.  For physical items we will need a physical address to send them to. If you do not provide a physical address when requested after being selected as a winner for a prize we will be forced to choose another winner. GMG is not responsible for any loss or damage or prizes on receipt.

    State of Playfire - October 10th 2012







    Game Pages
    Games pages should now be live to all users of Playfire; we’ve been rolling them out since Monday afternoon!
    You can check them out by clicking on game box art on most places on the site. We’ve added screenshot and description uploading, video linking, and incorporated the buzz feed and your trophies into a single page rather than across two pages.
    Thanks for all the feedback so far, we've tried to deliver something that appeals to the many wonderful and varied members of the community! There’s still a lot of work to do, and plenty more coming, but these pages were important for us to start with, as we can now build many other features, like reviews into them. 
    We also need to work on how and when we integrate different games in a way that makes sense, and there are plenty of games we need to add, or edit, including things like the “Coming Soon…”Vita titles. Please remember that we don’t currently accept DLC or demos as game pages.
    We held them back for a couple of weeks to sort some bugs and design issues, but obviously nothing tests something like this more than letting everyone play with it, so please report any bugs, problems or just general opinions on this thread.
    One thing that’s already been mentioned is not being able to see friend’s trophies: We are aware of this, and it’s part of our future plans to make comparing trophies and achievements much more interesting / easy. For now, there was no quick and easy way to fit that feature back into the pages, but it’s not gone forever!
    Tracking
    After continued Xbox tracking problems, we’ve made a big decision: We’re going to stop trying to update and fix tracking as it is now, and work on a brand new system, alongside trying to work more closely with Microsoft, Sony and Steam to provide us with faster, more accurate data.
    I’ll post more about this as soon we have something more exciting to report. We’ll still be fixing errors when they come up (My personal 360 tracking just updated for the first time in a while) but we’re aware this system isn’t working in the long term for the site. Our current plans involve getting something out that you guys can actually see working before Christmas.
    In the meantime please continue to report errors and problems with tracking!
     - Wayward & The Playfire Team

    Dishonored Pre-load from GMG


    Hello gamers,

    Good news! We have begun sending out all keys for Dishonored to allow users to start pre-loading. If you do not receive your key immediately please do not panic, as it may take a few hours for the system to get to your order.

    You can check your Keys page here.


    Our 25% code has been extended until 1100 UTC October 12th. Anyone who hasn't already pre-purchased the upcoming hits like Dishonored now has that much longer to grab it.


    GMG25-EVFWS-4Z4ZN

    For users in North America, who can't use this code on XCOM: Enemy Unknown, make sure you check out this page. You can't use a voucher but you do get something no others will.

    On the note of XCOM: Enemy Unknown, is everyone else as excited as I am for it? Alas cruel world, you make us wait a little longer because we're in Europe!

    -James
    Community Manager

    XCOM: Enemy Unknown Pre-load


    Hey gamers,

    We can now announce that pre-loading will be available from Green Man Gaming.  Keys for all those who have pre-purchased will start going out in approximately 7 hours time from now, at 0200 UTC October 6th.  Please remain calm if you do not receive your key immediately.

    To cover off the bonuses all of those who pre-purchase from Green Man Gaming will receive:

    • Elite Soldier Pack DLC, containing
      • Classic X-COM Soldier: Instantly unlock a new recruit in your barracks inspired by the original X-COM: UFO Defense. The blonde, flattop hairstyle will return in its full glory, modernized with the rest of the XCOM universe.
      • Soldier Deco Packs: Customize your soldiers with several aesthetic upgrades to armor suits including the new Hyperion and Reaper soldier armor kits
      • Complete Color Customization: A variety of colors and tints for all armor sets provides complete customization of your squad’s appearance.
    • Civilization V for free!
      • These will be provided on the day of release for XCOM: Enemy Unknown.

    Pretty awesome, right?  And if that doesn't convince you, maybe Lead Designer Jake Solomon will.


    -James
    Community Manager

    Roundup: XCOM Bonus, FM13 Beta


    It's Friday and time for a roundup of the events happening at Green Man Gaming this past week!



    Events at GMG you should read about:


    Deals for the weekend:
    • Our 25% voucher is still valid for this weekend, expiring at 1100 UTC October 8th. The code is GMG25-EVFWS-4Z4ZN and can be used multiple times in different checkouts!
    • Skyrim for our UK and EU users is on offer until 2300 UTC October 6th, and on offer until 2300 UTC October 10th for North American users.*


    What the GMG team are up to:

    • Some of our team went into the MCV Quiz. They did okay. We've given them some encouragement for the future anyway!


    What we've been looking at:

    There's been a hell of a lot to look at this past week. Trailers galore for Dishonored, XCOM, Hitman: Absolution, and probably a bunch of other stuff! Though those are the games coming out sooner rather than later so definitely more interesting.



    *We are not able to offer Skyrim products to the following territories: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyszstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldavia, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Poland, Slovakia and Czech Republic.

    -James
    Community Manager