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Ryse, Ubisoft, Madden, Elder Scrolls and Ballmer: Speed Run

Free-to-play and microtransactions were the topics du jour at Gamescom. The developers of Ryse: Son of Rome detailed the game's microtransaction plans for its cooperative multiplayer mode. Ubisoft explained why it took the plunge with its line-up of free-to-play games. We reviewed Madden NFL 25, a sports game that is "more videogamey than ever." Colin took issue with The Elder Scrolls Online's subscription price and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced plans to retire from his position in the next 12 months.