Crytek's FPS Warface out today on Xbox 360, new daily missions promised

Free-to-play shooter available today on Microsoft's last-gen console, but you'll need an Xbox Live Gold subscription ($60/year) to play.

Crysis developer Crytek today released their first free-to-play game--Warface--on Xbox Live. It's available to download right now, and if you're at school or work, you can queue it up through the Xbox Marketplace right here.

Warface had previously been available on Xbox 360 in beta. If you participated in the beta, you don't need to re-download the game, as you need only download a title update the next time you play the game. Anything you purchased or earned in the beta will be available to you in the full game.

On Xbox 360, Warface requires an Xbox Live Gold ($60/year) subscription, so it's not exactly free. The game, built on CryEngine 3, features four soldier classes, as well as competitive and cooperative modes. In a bid to keep you engaged, Crytek also plans to release new missions on a daily basis.

Warface has attracted more than 25 million players across PC and Xbox 360 to date, though Crytek has not released any data to speak to just how commercially successful the game has been. After all, it's not out of the ordinary for the overwhelming majority of free-to-play users to never spend a penny.

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futureops
futureops

Looks like Crytek don't want $$$ now,they want fame

TommyT456
TommyT456

Money isn't the only currency that is relevant in deciding which games to play, time available is also a big factor. So just because a game is free it doesn't mean it's automatically worth playing. I'd rather pay for a decent game than throw time away playing an average game for free.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

I am really glad this comment section didnt turned into the usuall fanboyism war

franken_stein
franken_stein

Does gamespot only have one writer or what? Warface is factually (FREE)!!!! Anyone can download it for free you do not need LIVE Gold to do so. To play any game online on any Xbox console you need Xbox LIVE Gold, but that doesn't automatically make Warface $15.00 or $20.00 nope its still (FREE). I subscribe to Live Gold already to play online with friends not to get Warface or any game. And I downloaded it guess what? It didn't magically out of nowhere cost me something, nope it was free as advertised. Get a new job Makuch your a hack.

PSYCHOV3N0M
PSYCHOV3N0M

It's not truly FREE to play on 360.....

drewjbx
drewjbx

yet another fps... ill pass

tightwad34
tightwad34

Do they make anything else besides FPS? I really don't know if they do.

NTM23
NTM23

Should have just been on the One really.

Xx_DemonSoul_xX
Xx_DemonSoul_xX

Crytek is dead. After playing the mess that was Crysis 3... They gave up a long time ago. The original game on PC was their finest achievement. The sequel was okay but still miles better than 3. Once they decided to go F2P, the nail was in the coffin. They said it was the future… LOL. I hope they remember that when they are filing for bankruptcy. Buh bye Crytek

smackdowner360
smackdowner360

@Xx_DemonSoul_xX  The first cysis was shit.I thought it would had been better on the Xbox 360 but no i was wrong.Crysis 2 was the best in the series and ryse is the best game crytek has made yet.Ive played every crytek game and ryse stands out from all of them.Even with mixed reviews it was a hit with gamers selling a million copys

NTM23
NTM23

@Xx_DemonSoul_xX  


Disagree. The first Crysis was amazing in my opinion, one of my favorite shooters, but when you mention a mess of a game? That really goes to Crysis 2, and not three. At least on console, three fixes many bugs and glitches; made the A.I. intelligible enough to make it so, while they're still somewhat stupid, they don't embarrassingly kill themselves by walking over a curb, and also had good voice acting. 


The game was short and too easy, which is why it kind of failed, but I actually like three, while two had bits and pieces of amazing aspects, though it was tarnished due to it being broken in many other ways. I have the original and two on PC, but I played the majority of two and all of three on consoles, so that's where I'm coming from there. 


I also liked Ryse; it's not a great game overall, but it didn't make me lose hope in Crytek. It'll take quite a lot, since I love the first Crysis so much. I also think Instincts is far better than the original Far Cry, which was unfortunate.

NTM23
NTM23

@smackdowner360 


The 360 versions fine, but nowhere near as good as the PC version, and not only due to visuals. Two (arguably amongst... Myself) has the best soundtrack though.

franken_stein
franken_stein

@Xx_DemonSoul_xX Crysis was good for the time. In comparison to Crysis 2 and 3 it's the most boring of the three games. It was just tedious and dull at times and very linear in parts. A lot of hype and bleeding edge software pushing old hardware made Crysis a hype machine and the game was good, just doesnt stand up to the test of time well. IMO it is the blandest of the 3. They are working on Homefront 2 so we will see how that turns out. I wouldn't count them out just because they want to do F2P to try and make tons of money. 

pspearman
pspearman

@Xx_DemonSoul_xX  Crytek make most of their money through engine licensing and the number of people actually using the engine is increasing, they need not make any games themselves, they do just because they can.

smackdowner360
smackdowner360

@mastershowtime @smackdowner360 @Xx_DemonSoul_xX  The graphics,story,gameplay,controls and the brutal kills are amazing.Im not even in to hack n slash type games anymore but ryse pulled me in.Went through  the game 5 times got every single player achievement couldnt get enough of it.Now im working on the coop and the DLC.If its in your top 3 worst games of all time then im guessing your are new to gaming or around 12 years old kid

rsiebelink
rsiebelink

This game is f2p completely done wrong. Not because it's p2w. It's because in every way it feels like a lesser version of a pay2play game. It has mediocrity and lack of inspiration all over it. 


That's simply a retarded way of looking at f2p. Other games have long proved that f2p doesn't have to be another recipe for generic boredom.

deth420
deth420

never even heard of it.

slipgraeme
slipgraeme

I played this on closed beta on PC back in september, the game was riddled with bugs. I've started to play it again recently and most of the bugs seemed to have been cleared up, the Versus mode i found quite boring/bland as some one previously said. The Co-op is Ok if you play with a solid bunch of mates and work as a team, the down side is the AI always spawn in the same place. But hey... the games free to play so i cant complain :-D 

dfuknb
dfuknb

I played this on PC and was greatly disappointing I wouldn't recommend it due to its bland game play. The team mechanics are EH! at best. I was really hoping for more. I much rather pay retail for BF4 or COD

Xx_DemonSoul_xX
Xx_DemonSoul_xX

That's what happens when a AAA developer switches to free to play games to save a few bucks. At least you were open-minded enough to give it a try. I wouldn't play it unless they paid me.

Iordanis1278
Iordanis1278

Crytek's games on the xbox 360 were a disappointment with the latest example being crysis 3 Somehow the cry engine on the xbox does not work well. Crysis 2 was a great fps but with various technical issues on the 360. 

franken_stein
franken_stein

@Iordanis1278 That's not really true I have played all three Crysis games on 360 and they ran fine and looked decent. Nothing is going to look as good on console as on the PC. Farcry 3 looked great on 360. I just finished up Crysis 3 not long ago for like the 3rd time through. Your statement of Cryengine not working well on xbox is meritless from my experience. And aside from Ryse on XB1, I've pretty much played everything Crytek has offered on Xbox and PC.

Iordanis1278
Iordanis1278

@franken_stein @Iordanis1278  You are right that far cry 3 was a great game with beautiful graphics, but crysis 3 in terms of graphics was like playing a low res version of the pc game and i know that the xbox 360 can do much better than that. When i played crysis 3 it was clear to me that the graphics were inferior compared to those of crysis 2 which was a very negative surprise to me. I got the impression that crytek just didn't put much effort on this game regarding the 360 version. As far as gameplay is concerned the game offered a remake of the same formula without anything new to distinguish it from other fps. 

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

Played Warface on PC recently and it's actually not quite as generic or terrible as people here say it is. Graphics are generally pretty good, gunplay is solid and the weapons feel powerful, and there are some neat Crysis-style mobility options, like climbing, sliding, etc.

I'd recommend sticking with the PC version though since it actually is completely free-to-play

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

who asked for this terrible game to be ported to the 360? it is the pinnacle of uninspired, generic, rubbish! let us hope it bombs and crytek learns its lesson. stop bombarding the world with these trashy fps titles. we have got enough of them as it is! for god sakes, put a little bit of creativity into it next time, even if it's just in the visuals!

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

@Xristophoros you're getting pretty worked up over the fact that a game exists

don't like it, don't play it

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

@Xristophoros "i absolutely won't play it"

So you're hating on a game that you haven't played? Haven't even tried the PC version?

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

@MattyTheButcher Keep in mind I didn't say it was the greatest thing ever, it's just not terrible.

Not much reason to play it if you've bought another non-F2P shooter such as Battlefield

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

@Spartan_418 i absolutely won't play it and i hope that i encouraged even ONE person who reads this forum to not waste their time on it either. it is for the good of the industry that these wretched games cease to exist. developers need to create games that have a bit of, you know, inspiration and substance. mindless shooters such a warface bring absolutely nothing new to the table, negatively impact the industry and give it a bad reputation. perhaps you should increase your standards a bit and encourage positive change in the fps genre. by supporting this game you are indirectly making the industry worse and telling publishers that "I WANT MORE WARFACE!"

hobotech64
hobotech64

The game is just awful, played the beta for an hour and immediately uninstalled.  Brain dead AI, awful PS2 graphics, bad performance, and the gunplay just feels so generic.  Why even bother with a 360 version.

ThePowerOfHAT
ThePowerOfHAT

@hobotech64 What A.I. does the game have, out of curiosity?  I didn't even realize there were any A.I. opponents.

ThePowerOfHAT
ThePowerOfHAT

I just wish that the game had something more unique going for it.  The Crysis games have had surprisingly solid multiplayer thanks in large part to the use of the nanosuit, but nothing about Warface really sticks out to me.  Apparently there are mechs, but they don't seem to play a particularly large part in the minute-to-minute gamplay.  Ultimately, it just looks like a pretty standard middle ground between Battlefield and COD, with nothing notable to really set it apart.  I just can't get excited about it.

hystavito
hystavito

@ThePowerOfHAT  When you say middle ground, do you mean less arcade-y and run&gun than CoD, but more than Battlefield?

shinrae5
shinrae5

Although I think it looks a bit underwhelming, I can't complain about a free game,

However, I hope MS does bring games like this and World of Tanks to the X1, more is always better!

Ps: yes it is dependent on gold status but do many gamers honestly lack a gold sub? And are there many gamers on the ps who don't have ps+? Subs are key to both of the new systems as well as you need a sub on both to play the majority of games online. A sign of the times

origkillmachine
origkillmachine

Game looks and plays better than blacklight. Horrible lag during the beta, hopefully they managed to fix it up a bit.

havesumnuts
havesumnuts

For a Crytek game it looks like an early 2007 title

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Man why is it Crytek only seem to make shit games?

DrKill09
DrKill09

If you have to pay $60 a year, then it is NOT "free to play"


And $60 a year?  I thought $50 a year was bad.  $50 a year for a service I never got to use because my console was always out for repairs, and their "one month free" cards NEVER worked.


I'll never pay for online again.

smackdowner360
smackdowner360

@DrKill09  Since there are over 50 million gold members on live then yes it is free to them.Do you have to purchase warface to play the damn game?No you do not that means its free.If your console was always out for repair i would suggest you take better care of it.I had a 360 launch system from 2005 that lasted till 2010 when i bought the slim never had a problem out of it till then.Now i have a X1 and my slim is still going after 4 years.You should take better care of your systems

hystavito
hystavito

@smackdowner360 @DrKill09  The people that are negatively affected by the need for Gold to play free games on 360 is probably not huge, but there might be a decent number.


I'm imagining people who haven't purchased an Xbox One or maybe bought a PS4 instead, and while they might want to try a F2P game on their 360, they have decided they no longer want to pay for a Gold subscription.