There seems to be no stopping the downloadable expansions, online casual mini-games and outright, full-sized content that’s become available via services like Valve's Steam. But no one seems to have cracked the code to PC gamers' hearts (and wallets) like Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade has for 360 players - that is, until we saw the surprisingly high-quality lineup from NCSoft's new PlayNC service. PlayNC will serve gamers an array of genuinely high-quality games with a generous portion available for free. Of course, all in hopes of hooking into your Benjamins for continued gameplay and upgrades later on. Well, hopefully just Hamiltons, actually...
Click the links below for previews and screenshots of PlayNC's upcoming titles:
Dungeon Runners - A casual-friendly Diablo -esque action-RPG
eXteel - Titanic online robot arena fighting
Soccer Fury - Online combat soccer
Above: eXteel takes the greasy, grimy robots from other games and shoves them through the 'mech wash'
With all of the predictions about directly downloadable game content we’ve heard over the past few years, it looks like that day has finally arrived. If it’s as good as PlayNC’s initial offering looks - it can stay. Expect to see Dungeon Runners and Exteel in late 2006. Soccer Fury is planned for early next year.
June 15, 2006