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MAG was a bit of an experiment when it launched last year
The madcap 256-player online multiplayer shooter had its critics, but ended up proving its worth. While never commanding a player base as large as a game like Call Of Duty, MAG has a very devoted audience that continues to play today. We still jump in every few months, such is the love developers Zipper have lavished on the title since its..
Here's a novel way of killing three birds with one stone: MAG's set to get an unlimited full-game trial for US PlayStation Plus subscribers this week
The trial will allow players to experience MAG fully, but will cap progress at level eight. This is actually the best idea ever. Why? It serves three purposes: keeps MAG's servers populated with fresh players, gives PlayStation Plus users a tasty..
If you're still heavily engaged in Zipper's massive action game, MAG, then you should probably know that a new patch has been released today
The update brings a fancy new multiqueue which allows you to line-up several game modes all at once. It replaces the game's Directive feature. The patch also includes the ability to take 720p screenshots in-game. The full patch notes can be found here.
Zipper Interactive's revealed that MAG will get a gameplay patch next week
Patch 2.10 includes "gameplay and technical amendments" along with new game queue technology. Bit of a non-story this really, isn't it? Yep, we thought so. It's that kinda day.
Zipper Interactive's Jeremy Dunham has responded to claims that MAG is struggling to maintain a substantial player-base
Posting on Zipper's official forums, Dunham stated: This is incorrect MAG has more concurrent players than SOCOM Confrontation worldwide on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. This has been true for every month since MAGs release on January 26, he said in response to..
Ever since MAG released we've always stated: "How cool would it be if all three factions from the game got to take part in one massive royal rumble style match-up?" Next week, our dreams come true
Zipper's confirmed that the Escalation DLC — which places 32 players from each faction on the map — will launch for $9.99 next week. The new game-mode actually sounds cool. Here's the gist of it: all..
We've tried MAG with the PlayStation Move controller and it's surprisingly good fun
We're not sure personally whether playing the game with Sony's glowing wand would be our preferred method, but it's nice to have the option there. And that's not to say it's not accurate enough for competitive play because it is - we know of plenty of people who've made the jump from analogue to motion controls..
A huge line-up of improvements made
MAG is enjoying something of a resurgence lately, with a sizeable price drop in North America and now the launch of a brand new 2.0 patch adding plenty of new features, including support for PlayStation Move. With an increased level cap, new skill trees as well as around 100 extra tweaks and changes, it's one of...
If you load up your copy of MAG right now, you'll be prompted to download a fresh patch which brings the 256-player shooter up to version 2
0. The update vastly changes much of MAG's progression system, aswell as increasing the level cap, introducing clan support and, of course, introducing PlayStation Move support. You're going to need to jump into the game to get an early feel for how..
Zipper's confirmed that the long-awaited "2
0" title update to MAG will be available within a month. The patch will not only include support for the PlayStation Move, but also a redesigned skill-tree and increased level cap. Zipper reckons that MAG now boasts "the deepest character customization and specialization ever found in a first-person shooter". Neat. The update will also..
MAG did surprisingly well
Not only has it been well received by players - drawing many hardcore PlayStation players away from the likes of Battlefield and Call Of Duty - but it was also a bigger commercial success than many anticipated. It comes with the PushSquare office seal of approval too; we really enjoyed it (and continue to do so). It's rather exciting to see MAG 2 listings pop-up on mega..
PlayStationLifestyle's uploaded some fantastic gameplay demonstrations of the new MAG beta being played with the PlayStation Move controller
We have to say, the implementation looks pretty darn impressive. Movement looks fluid (if a teensy bit clunky), while snapping between targets seems fast and precise. No doubt it's going to take a little bit of adjustment, but we're going to be all over this..
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Zipper Interactive's massive scale first-person shooter, MAG, will be getting a PlayStation Move update before the year is out
No other details were given, but this should stave off your squad-based Move-controlled shooting needs until SOCOM 4 releases next year.
Zipper's massive action game, MAG, is preparing to go through another round of updates next month, as the game gets upgraded to version 1
07. Detailed on the PlayStation Blog, the update includes a number of new features including a daily "Happy Hour" mode (which doubles XP for every first hour played in a whole day period) and some improved lighting effects. The full list of goods are..
We stopped playing MAG because SVER always win
SVER always win because their maps are so bloody easy to defend. So thank goodness for Faction Neutrality, a new update to MAG's Sabotage mode. The slight tweak means you'll be able to play in your relative faction, without necessarily defending your own home-turf. For example: perhaps you're a Raven player attacking Valor. With faction neutrality you..
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We stopped playing MAG when we eventually realised we'd never be able to beat SVER on their home-turf
Since then we've longed for a patch but, sigh, it's never really come has it? Still, new maps all together might fix the balance problem, and thus we have some excitement for MAG's new $9.99 DLC pack, detailed today on the Playstation Blog...
Zipper's just committed to an April 29th date for the second free DLC pack for their massive online shooter MAG
The "Fast Attack" gear pack adds three new special edition sniper rifles to the mix (Ravens HM 90 SE, SVERs SASR M, and Valors MK 14 Mod 1 EBR) that include a number of performance adjustments. You'll also get a new set of...
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Zipper's confirmed that there's MAG DLC incoming next week (March 25th) and that it'll be totally free
The Trooper Gear Pack includes flashbangs, two new uniforms, new SMGs and three new LMGs. Awesome. MAG's going to have a double XP weekend to celebrate the new content. We're so going to be there.
It seems to me that every video game has multiplayer these days
More or less. And even when it's debateable whether a game should have multiplayer (Bioshock 2 springs to mind), the resulting component tends to be rather impressive. But that causes its own sub-set of problems, particularly for someone like myself who has to play through multiple...
MAG will be upgraded to 1
03 today. Hurrah. That means we get to dissect a massive list of upgrades to our now-favourite online shooter. The upgrades are "dramatic" according to Zipper, and it certainly looks like they've gone to town with improving the experience. Which of course, is totally awesome news. We'd summarise the updates here,...
Zipper Interactive have confirmed via the Playstation Blog that MAG will be updated to version 1
02 today in the form of a patch. The patch will improve functionality for those playing as a medic, importantly removing the "medic" icon from those players with only a medical kit, and also the downed players icon only showing for those with resuscitation abilities. Neat.
Not at all, valued reader
The NPD has detailed the top-twenty games in January, continuing our coverage from last week. With five days on sales MAG managed to outsell the XBOX 360 version of Bayonetta which pulled in somewhere above 100,000 sales. It's safe to assume then that MAG easily beat out 100,000 unit-sales, but the official numbers are yet to be released. Sadly, the PS3 version of..
If we get beaten by S
V.E.R. one more time... Seriously! MAG is a fantastic shooter, that's only really been hindered in early months by its slight balancing issues. Y'see, those who have played MAG will know - S.V.E.R. rarely lose on their home turf, whereas Raven often lose at home. The problem isn't always strictly dependent on the quality of each team, it's a balancing issue, and thank goodness..
Very little change this week in the UK's all-formats chart, with Mass Effect 2 still holding the top-spot
Visceral Games' reimagining of Dante's Inferno entered fairly strongly at number four this week, knocking Sony's MAG to a respectable seventh. By the way, why did Ubisoft moan about Avatar's sales? It's been in the top ten for months now. Granted we've seen a few special offers on the game at..
The executive producer of Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Charles Magnusson, has told Eurogamer
de</a> that he believes Battlefield: Bad Company 2's multiplayer is simply "better" than Modern Warfare 2."I certainly respect our colleagues and they have made a first-class title on the legs, but I think we simply have a better, richer multiplayer experience. Exactly what we wanted..
The bitter Raven player in us wants to make a snarky comment about this group of S
V.E.R. players who were winning so comfortably</a> on Domination they decided to just, y'know, hang out in the middle of the map. Apparently, still no one was able to take their Cooling Towers. Yeah, us Ravens know why, eh? 'Cos the S.V.E.R. map is horrifically...
We were kind of worried about MAG's sales
Oh, there are plenty of people playing the game to make the servers active, and the actual game is worthy of 4/4 on this very website — but if the initial sales were bad then, yo, it might mean less post-support from the folks at Zipper. Which is where MAG is likely to thrive. So it's pleasing to see MAG enter the UK sales charts at number four. Sure, the..
In 2004 I fell in love
My XBOX Live subscription had been running for about 6 months and I'd had many enjoyable sessions on Project Gotham Racing 2. But Live never truly demonstrated its potential until later that year. Halo 2 released. Prior to Halo 2, my only real exposure to online shooters on a console had come via Quake III Arena on the...
Zipper Interactive has told VideoGamer
com</a> that MAG is "is what the PS3 can do and few others can."I don't even know if it's possible for multiplatform, senior designer Scott Rudi said. We're using so many architectural features unique to the PS3, like the Cell system, that I would be hard pressed to and I'm not a...
We've had our review copy of MAG sitting on the shelf since mid-last week
As an online-only release, we've been waiting for the servers to kick-in. But with copies being sent out ahead of the game's launch this week in the US and Europe, it seems Zipper have finally hit that switch on their massive action game. We had a 37mb patch to download, and a...
Monday means we tell you about all the cool Playstation software out this week
Of which there is some. Namely multiplayer action in the form of Zipper's MAG. PushSquare's Playstation Pick Of The Week: MAG Public opinion has been mixed for Zipper's MAG, but whether it ends up being a huge success or colossal failure, its scope and ambition is great...
Look, we're Raven dudes, ok?
We pledged our allegiance during the MAG beta, we swore on the oath. But you know what, forget it, because these S.V.E.R. sneakers are properly amazing. They've been designed by Cory Repp; alongside a faction-specific sneakers for both Valor and Raven. But they're a bit cack - we want the S.V.E.R. ones. It would be the...
Zipper Interactive's Ben Jones has hit back at comments aimed at the PSN, by claiming that XBOX Live is much "more juvenile" than the PSN, and hence MAG "definitely fits" the Playstation audience
The comments come via GamerZines, who were at a launch event in London yesterday. Jones reckons that the immature comments made by XBOX Live users make the service juvenile."Each service has its own..
The absolute best thing about MAG (aside from the chaos in 256 player) is the economy driven, faction based meta-game Zipper has created
The way in which you join a team, and fight for the good of that team. It's clever, it's different and most of all it's expandable. It's unusual to find yourself in a situation where you're excited about the "fiction" in an online multiplayer only game,..
Some videos of the various MAG dynamic themes have popped up around the 'Net (via PS3C)
There's a dynamic theme for each faction in the game. They're a bit dull to be honest (well, compared to the Heavy Rain one), but they will give loyal soldiers a sense of pride each time they boot their PS3. Currently the three themes are only available from...
So, we don't often post trophy lists and whatnot, but when it comes to big Sony exclusives we know there's a lot of buzz around, there's absolutely no exception
So, without us wittering any further, here are your MAG trophies; note: it'll take reaching the level cap with all three factions to, erm, get that platinum. Happy MAGing, you're going to...
Sony's told MCV that they reckon Zipper's 256-player online shooter MAG will be the "tipping point" for potential console purchasers to buy the Playstation 3
Sony also confirmed today that the game will release on January 29th in the UK."MAG is a very important IP for us and definitely a key exclusive for PS3," SCEE UK product manager Phil Lynch told MCV magazine this week. "MAG is a..
Some forum posts popping up around the 'net have questioned MAG's scale; but those of us who stook with it will have unlocked Domination mode, MAG's 256 player, objective based multiplayer component
A fan video by venuslourdes (via PSLS) showcases that sense of scale better than any other officially produced MAG trailer we've seen.
Here at PushSquare, we're way into MAG
Sure, we have a couple of issues with the game here and there; but in terms of achieving exactly what it sets out to (Massive Action), MAG absolutely hits the nail on the head. In fact, such is MAG's depth, it only gets better and better the more time you spend with it. With the final beta now done and wrapped up, trust Zipper to go and give us major..
Co-op is the future of online multiplayer
Never in all my years of opinionating have I been more sure of one thing: co-op is the future of online multiplayer. There'll always be a place in video games for the wrought solo escapades of a tight single-player experience, as will there always be the space for competitive multiplayer — but co-op is...
Patience, endeavour, team-work, intrigue - all words associated with Zipper Interactive's MAG; a wrought 256-player first person shooter stacked with the anticipation of simply delivering its namesake: massive action
It cannot be denied, MAG does exactly what it says on the tin; but only if you're willing to put in the effort it insists for payback...
There's a reason we're still yet to play MAG
It's not because we're not interested in it (we totally are), but it's because those downloads take way, way too long to complete. And that's the same situation for today's public MAG beta, which is, well available to everyone. Again, it's a short but sweet 37mb download from the Playstation Store followed by, well, 1.8GB of Game Data. We're cool..
This is more of a reminder to save any Christmas money you get this year; as Sony's exclusive line-up in Q1 is particularly strong
The company has confirmed that MAG will launch in January (29th), followed by Heavy Rain in February and God Of War III in March. It's also worth noting on the exclusives front, that White Knight Chronicles will also see launch in February, and SEGA's Yakuza 3 in March..