Developer gives game away to 'Batman Arkham Knight' PC customers

June 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Developer No Bull Intentions feels bad for people that bought the PC / Steam versions of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment's Batman: Arkham Knight. The game on PC was released last week but has suffered from a number of technical issues, hardware incompatibility problems, and bugs. No Bull Intentions feels so bad that it has offered to give the first three episodes of its super hero themed Supreme League of Patriots out for free - even if you've gotten a refund for Arkham Knight already.

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'Warframe' makers take shot at 'Destiny' with free emotes

June 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In a not-so-subtle dig at Bungie, online shooter Warframe is now offering small features that Destiny players often have to pay extra for.  Developer Digital Extremes has added four emotes to its third-person shooter for the tidy sum of $0.00.

The new emotes, which you can check out in action here, are a "shrug," a "clap," the "Eclipse Narta," and the "Fathom Narta."

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Microsoft reveals July's 'Games With Gold' freebies

June 25, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

July's Games With Gold from Microsoft will allow you to be an assassin-pirate, a soldier, a gaggle of clones, and the only thing standing between your home and the zombie apocalypse. Microsoft's Games With Gold is a free game give-away program for Xbox Live Gold subscribers who own an Xbox One or an Xbox 360 - in case you have been living under or rock or in a cave with no Internet access.

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Buy an Xbox One, get a free game

June 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft's Larry Hryb put out a gentle reminder that if you buy the Xbox One this week, you'll get a free game to go along with it. At E3 Microsoft announced that the $349 price drop for the Xbox One Kinect-free 500 GB would be permanent. They also announced a new Xbox One with a 1 TB hard drive and redesigned controller. Both console configurations come with a voucher for one free game redeemable on Xbox Marketplace.

The deal also covers special bundles like the white Special Edition that comes with Halo: Master Chief Collection.

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Back 'The Bard's tale IV' crowd-funding campaign, get the first three games for free

June 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

inXile Entertainment announce this week that that the original The Bard’s Tale, The Bard’s Tale II: The Destiny Knight and The Bard’s Tale III: Thief of Fate will be given away for free to anyone willing to back its current crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter with a $20 or higher pledge.

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'Dungeon of the Endless' update adds a little 'Team Fortress 2'

June 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Amplitude Studios announced the latest update to its rogue-like, dungeon-defense game Dungeon of the Endless, is now available. Most notably, the new "Australium update" adds four playable characters and five new items from Team Fortress 2 into the game - and it's all free.

The developer says that this free content is the result of a stretch goal that was surpassed during the spring ‘Endless Free Weekend’ on Steam.

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Frontier Developments releases free 'Powerplay' update for 'Elite: Dangerous'

June 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Frontier Developments is releasing a major update today that adds a bunch of free content to its highly successful space simulation Elite: Dangerous. The new update is called Powerplay and is free for all players.

Powerplay marks the third major free update for Elite: Dangerous and Frontier calls it the largest content update released to date. It gives players new ships, new features and a new strategic layer.

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Free game offer for 'The Bard's Tale IV' funding extended until June 4

June 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

inXile has extended the free games offers for anyone willing to pledge $20 or more for The Bard's Tale IV Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign.  Anyone who backs the project at the $20 level can get Wasteland 2, or CD Projekt Red's The Witcher, or The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings for free.

That offer is good only for a limited time - it ends on June 4 at 6:00 am PT.

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GOG.com DRM-Free Summer Sale starts today

June 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

GOG.com's "DRM-Free Summer Sale begins today, offering deep discounts on its catalog of current and classic PC games with new game deals every 12 hours and new bundle deals every 24 hours until June 21 at 11:59 pm GMT.

Free games will also be unlocked during the course of the sale. Right now SimCity 200 is free to anyone who spends at least $1, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky is free to anyone who spends at least $20, and Xenonauts is free for anyone willing to spend up to $50.

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Crowdfunding campaign for inXile's 'The Bard's Tale IV' launches

June 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

As promised, inXile has launched the official Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for its comedic action RPG sequel, The Bard's Tale IV. Yesterday the developer announced that anyone pledging $20 or more to fund the upcoming game would get access to three free games: The Witcher and The Witcher 2 from CD Projekt RED, and its own game Wasteland 2.

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Help fund 'The Bard's Tale IV' on day one, get free stuff

June 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Developer inXile announced today that those who back its Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for the latest title in the RPG series The Bard's Tale within the first 24 hours can score some free games. Earlier this month the company announced that it would launch the crowd-funding campaign for The Bard’s Tale IV on June 2. Those willing to take the plunge within the first 24 hours will be able to get a free copy of inXile’s Wasteland 2, CD Projekt’s The Witcher, or The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.

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Microsoft reveals June's 'Games With Gold' free games offerings

May 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft's Larry Hryb (aka Major Nelson) has revealed June Games With Gold free offerings for the month of June.  For Xbox One owners who have an Xbox Live Gold account, Microsoft is offering Double Fine's fantasy strategy game Massive Chalice and billiards game Pool FX Nation (which is being extended from last month's free game offering).

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Free games revealed for PlayStation Plus members in June

May 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony has announced the "free games" PlayStation Plus subscribers will have access to next week and during the month of June on PS4, PS3, and PS Vita.

PlayStation 4 owners will be able to download and play Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. They will also be able to play Skulls of the Shogun: Bone-a-Fide Edition, Super Exploding Zoo and Futuridium EP Deluxe cross-play titles.

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PSA: Buy 'The Witcher 3' on Uplay, get one free game

May 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

It's a risk versus reward situation with a new deal from Ubisoft. On the one hand, if you buy CD Projekt RED's The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on Ubisoft's Uplay platform, you can get one of four free games: Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Assassin's Creed Rogue, Far Cry 3 Deluxe Edition, or Watch Dogs.

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'Dragon Age: Inquisition' gets free DLC next week

May 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Next week BioWare will release free multiplayer Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC called "Dragonslayer." The downloadable content will include three new characters, add a new location, and a whole lot more. The three new characters, according to BioWare, are:

Skywatcher, a fierce Avvar warrior from the Fallow Mire; Zither the Virtuoso, a washed out rock bard; and Isabela, Raider Queen of the Eastern Seas.

Dragonslayer also add a new location called Ferelden Castle.

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PSA: Xbox Live Gold for free this weekend

May 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft is letting non-paying Xbox silver users on Xbox One and Xbox 360 get a taste of the good life starting today. Xbox Live Silver subscribers will get to see how the other half lives when they have full access to multiplayer features in all of their favorite games.

The free promotion will run from May 1 - May 3. No doubt Microsoft thinks that this free weekend will result in Silver to Gold subscriptions galore.

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Games With Gold freebies for May revealed

April 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft has revealed the free games Xbox Live Gold subscribers can grab in May that are part of its ongoing "Games With Gold" giveaway program.

Xbox One owners can download CastleStorm: Definitive Edition ($14.99 ERP) for free during the month of May. Microsoft also announced that it will hold over Pool Nation FX ($13.99 ERP) for an additional month.

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PlayStation Plus freebies revealed for May

April 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony has revealed the free games PlayStation Plus subscribers in North America can get during the month of May for PS4, PS3, and PS Vita. For PS4 owners, Sony is offering Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition and Ether One.

PS3 PlayStation Plus subscribers can score The Unfinished Swan (a cross-buy with PS4 and PS Vita) and Race the Sun (a cross-buy with PS4 and PS Vita).

Finally, PlayStation Plus subscribers who own a PS Vita can get Hohokum (a cross-buy with PS4 and PS3) and Murasaki Baby.

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'Ultima 8' is 'On The House'

April 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Ultima 8 Gold Edition is free as part of EA / Origin's "On The House" free giveaway program. The eighth adventure starring the Avatar sees our hero plucked from Britannia by the god-like villain the Guardian and thrust into the world of Pagan. The eighth entry was widely criticized by fans for abandoning the party system of the series and adding platforming elements into the mix.

Still, Ultima 8 is an interesting game that offered a solid role-playing game experience in its day - particularly after it was patched (and the platforming headaches were minimized).

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PSA: 'The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim' free to play on Steam all weekend

April 24, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Bethesda's hit role-playing game, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, will be free to download and play on Steam all weekend. The free weekend coincides with the launch of paid mods on the service. From now until Sunday April 26th at 1PM Pacific you can download the game on Steam and play it for free. After that deadline if you want to continue playing the game you'll have to buy it.

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Net Neutrality-themed game '404Sight' released

April 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

404Sight, an Unreal Engine 4 game about net neutrality, is now available on Steam. The game was developed by Retro Yeti Games, who received a $13,000 grant from Epic Games as part of its Unreal Dev Grant program in late March.

The development team is made up of University of Utah students who decided to create an endless runner game that makes a statement about net neutrality.

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Two more freebies available starting today for Xbox Live Gold subscribers

April 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Assassin's Creed: Black Flag and Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel are now free to download as part of Microsoft's Games With Gold monthly giveaway for Xbox Live Gold level subscribers. Earlier in the  month, Xbox Live Gold subscribers on Xbox 360 were able to score Gears of War: Judgment and indie sandbox RPG hit Terraria.

Xbox One owners got (and can still get) two titles during the month: Child of Light and Pool Nation FX.

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Epic releases free 'Open World demo' assets for 'Unreal Engine 4'

April 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Epic Games has released a "collection of realistic assets" from its Open World demo introduced during the Game Developers Conference back in March. The assets are for use with Unreal Engine 4.0, which the company made free to everyone during GDC 2015. The freely available assets were created using a process Epic calls 'photogrammetry' using photos of objects in the real world. Here's more from Epic on the assets:

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PS Plus games for April revealed

March 31, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony's PlayStation Blog has announced that Tower of Guns on PS4 and PS3 will be one of April's PS+ games. Dishonored for PS3 will also be available for the month of April, as will Killzone Mercenary and MonsterBag for the PS Vita. PS4 owners will also be able to get their hands on Never Alone as well.

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Get double the freebies though Xbox Games With Gold in April

March 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft has revealed the titles that will be available in April as part of its free games promotion to Xbox Live Gold subscribers - and this month subscribers get double the normal amount of games.

Xbox Live Gold subscribers on Xbox 360 will be able to score Gears of War: Judgment and indie sandbox RPG hit Terraria between April 1st-15th, and on April 16th until April 31st they'll be able to pick up Assassin's Creed: Black Flag and Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel.

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Play 'Tropico 5' and 'Killing Floor' for free on Steam this weekend

March 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

This weekend on Steam you can play Killing Floor and Tropico 5 for free. And if you like either game you can purchase them at a deep discount - 75 percent off its normal price.

Killing Floor is a first-person cooperative survival shooter that supports up to six players at once. It offers single, multiplayer, and cross platform play.

Tropico 5 is the latest game in the political strategy simulation series from developer Haemimont Games.

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Play 'Star Citizen' For Free This Weekend

March 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

If you haven't already purchased Cloud Imperium Games' space simulation game, Star Citizen, you can check it out this weekend... and it won't cost you a thin dime. During PAX East lack week Cloud Imperium Games handed out codes to get some free play time with the game. Punching in the code "PAXEASTFREEFLY2K15" at this web site will get you access to the game all weekend long, and if you like it you can buy the full game.

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Free Evolve Maps, But You Might Have To Wait For Them...

March 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Today is a good news/bad news day for fans of 2K Games and Turtle Rock Studios' online action game Evolve - depending on what your favorite platform to play it on is. First the good news: if you play the game on Xbox One, you'll be able to play two brand new free maps beginning March 30.

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'Titanfall' Celebrates First Birthday With Free Map Packs

March 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

They grow up so fast. Respawn Entertainment's Titanfall, celebrates its one year anniversary today and to celebrate publisher EA is giving away the game's Season Pass away for free on PC, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The Season Pass gives you access to all the downloadable content that has been released for the game so far - nine multiplayer maps.

Also, here's a thank-you from Respawn CEO Vince Zampella:

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'Syndicate' Is 'On The House'

March 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Origin's latest On The House free game giveaway is the classic EA game Syndicate. Developed by Peter Molyneux's Bullfrog studio and released in 1993 for PC, Syndicate is an action strategy game set in the far flung future where massive corporations control armies of genetically altered soldiers decked out in high tech gear and weaponry who fight for supremacy in a war-torn world.

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Goth_SkunkAnd at long last, I think I'm finally done.06/30/2015 - 3:08am
Goth_SkunkAnd if those progressive games fail to make any headway in the market, don't blame gamer culture for not being cultured enough to appreciate the product. Own up to the fact that the game either sucks, is not interesting, or both.06/30/2015 - 3:06am
Goth_Skunknor suggest that the games industry and culture is rife with toxicity because of it and needs to change for the good of the medium. There is room in the market for progressive games to co-exist with games like Hatred, not replace them outright.06/30/2015 - 3:04am
Goth_SkunkAnd if the overly violent content of most AAA games or the perceived mistreatment of women in such games bothers one, by all means criticize it, but do not under any circumstances suggest that it such content shouldn't exist or be promoted,06/30/2015 - 3:02am
Goth_SkunkGames, for the most part, let you do this! You can be the man or woman you're not. You can escape reality and immerse yourself in the experience. And that's wonderful! I play as female characters all the time in games I play, when the option is available.06/30/2015 - 2:59am
Goth_SkunkA choice that nature denied transgender people at birth! People don't undergo gender reassignment because they want to be transgender; they undergo gender reassignment because they want to be the gender they identify with!06/30/2015 - 2:52am
Goth_SkunkBut I think it gets silly when people start asking for the ability to play as a transgender protagonist. I mean, why would one do that? One usually has the option to create a character that's either a man or a woman, gay or straight. You have the choice!06/30/2015 - 2:50am
Goth_Skunkfirst two games, a move which was ultimately corrected in the 3rd game. By extension, Dragon Age has always had the option, and good on it!06/30/2015 - 2:45am
Goth_SkunkBut it certainly is good to see developers entertain the allowance of allowing the player to develop their protagonist to be homosexual if they want. The Mass Effect series was criticized rightly for not allowing a male homosexual romance plot in the06/30/2015 - 2:44am
Goth_Skunkand only just by the slimmest of margins. Homosexuality is sadly still a hot button controversy in the USA, which makes developing a noteworthy game with a hardcoded homosexual lead or theme a dangerous risk to take.06/30/2015 - 2:37am
Goth_SkunkThe United States is the largest single customer base for video games in the world, and it only just mandated by rule of its Supreme Court that marriage ought to be just as much an inalienable right for homosexuals as it is for heterosexuals,06/30/2015 - 2:35am
Goth_SkunkFor example, it would be difficult for a developer to produce a AAA quality game where the protagonist is hardcoded to be MtF transgender, and convince enough people to buy it in order to make it worth its production costs.06/30/2015 - 2:31am
Goth_SkunkNo Mecha, not woe unto those who ask for representation. By all means, ask and be represented. I don't have an issue with it, nor would I say anyone in GamerGate does either. But be reasonable about asking too.06/30/2015 - 2:27am
Goth_Skunkthat would've made Benedict Arnold raise a glass in toast.06/30/2015 - 2:25am
MechaCrashGamers are more than straight white men, but woe unto those who actually ask for representation!06/30/2015 - 2:24am
Goth_SkunkBut Games Journalism, who in the past has stood up for gamers and developers, when their hobby was under attack by idealogues and governments for being overly violent, suddenly switched sides in a move06/30/2015 - 2:24am
Goth_SkunkYet the media continues to push that narrative, and they will continue to do so until their medium dies out from obscelesence or when the old guard retires and is replaced by people who were raised by gamers, people who know the score.06/30/2015 - 2:20am
Goth_SkunkGamerGate, by my view, is far more diverse and inclusive that the purveying culture surrounding games journalism right now. The stereotypical gamer is a straight white male, but GamerGate has shown, time and time again, that this is not really the case.06/30/2015 - 2:18am
Goth_SkunkAfter all, you did just call it a "problem."06/30/2015 - 2:15am
Goth_SkunkAs opposed to setting the bar high, creating a culture clique that promotes exclusivity rather than inclusivity. Cronyism rather than diversity. Do you feel that inclusivity and diversity are just buzzwords to be used whenever convenient?06/30/2015 - 2:12am
 

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