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Free games, DLC, and deals worth checking out this weekend

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Looking for some free games to play this weekend? Of course you are, we were, too, and actually found some pretty good ones while browsing around. As we all know, the most reasonable thing to do in situations like these is to share the good news with all your fellow gamers, which is exactly what’s happening right now. Most of the free games we’re going to recommend this time around are from Origin, of all places. While I don’t particularly enjoy EA’s gaming platform, it seems that lately they have some pretty nice freebies that are worth checking out. But even if you don’t want anything to do with Origin you should keep reading anyway because we’re going to look at some of the other platforms as well and see what they have to offer.

Origin

Okay, so let’s start with EA’s platform and see what we ca find there. First and foremost, you should really check out the Star Wars Battlefront beta that’s available exclusively on Origin, at least when it comes to the PC version. The beta ends on October 12 so make sure you hurry and jump into the action asap. At this link you can find everything you need to know about the Star Wars Battlefront beta and if you decide that you want to pre-order the game, you may want to avoid getting it at full price from Origin and just grab it from our friends over at CDKeys for just $46. Obviously, you’ll still need Origin to play, but that doesn’t mean you should also buy it from there.

More free games? No problem. You can get Red Alert 2 as part of the “On the House” program and you can also play for free The Sims 4, Battlefield 4, Titanfall and more for a limited time as part of the Origin “Game Time” program. Speaking of Titanfall, the game’s Season Pass is now available at no cost whatsoever, albeit you must own the base game in order to play. As for Battlefield 4, there’s a free DLC that you might be interested in called Night Operations. And since you’re already browsing around, you may also want to take a look at the free 6-hour trial for the Dragon Age Inquisition campaign or even better, play the multiplayer as much as you want at no cost. In addition, Dragon Age Inquisition also has two multiplayer expansion called Dragonslayer and Destruction, also available for free.

Steam

Alright, so enough about Origin, let’s look for some more free games elsewhere, shall we? Our next stop is unsurprisingly everyone’s best friend, good ol’ Steam. Unfortunately, you won’t find too much free stuff on Steam per say, so you’ll have to check with other websites that offer free Steam keys right now. A few of the most interesting ones I was able to find include Nosferatu, Bionic Dues, Anomaly Warzone Earth, as well as the Robo-Fortune and Beowulf DLC for Skullgirls, and Reverse Cosplay and Thank You packs for Saints Row 4.

More free games

If you’re in the mood for a major nostalgia trip you should visit the official Elder Scrolls website where you can download both Daggerfall and Arena for free. Keep in mind that you will need a DOS emulator to play them, though. Perhaps this is old news for some, but two great MMORPGs recently went free to play and they would make excellent candidates if you’re in the mood for some online action. The games in question are Guild Wars 2 and Wildstar, so once you’re done with everything else from this list make sure to check them out. Last but not least, the folks over at Good Old Games have a bunch of free games on offer for anybody with an account and even though these titles are a bit old by now you should still give them a shot because some of them are pretty good.

More deals

You can find great gaming deals all over the place nowadays, so I’ll just keep in brief and mention only a few. The first thing you’ll want to do is check the latest Humble Bundle where you can pay what you want for a number of great titles developed by Nordic Games. You’ve got Red Faction Guerilla, the Black Mirror series, the Desperado series, MX vs ATV, Jagged Alliance, and more. Also, on CDKeys you can find discounts for pretty much any game you can think of, including new releases like Civilization Beyond Earth: Rising Tide, Heroes of Might and Magic VII or Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and upcoming big hitters like Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void, Fallout 4, Call of Duty Black Ops 3, and Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, to name just a few.

Speaking of which, be sure to check out our ongoing Assassin’s Creed Syndicate giveaway for a chance to win a free copy for the platform of your choice and if you’re on the Xbox One take a look at our Halo 5 Guardians giveaway as well.

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“Really pleased” with Sea of Thieves PS5 sales, Microsoft

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After the recent port to PS5, Microsoft is “really pleased” with the overall sales and performance of Sea of Thieves. As a result, more people are playing the Xbox and PC versions as well. Matt Booty, president of game content and studios at Microsoft Gaming, said this:. He also said that the success of the series means it can grow and that more money should be spent on a Variety podcast interview.

Microsoft is bringing four games that used to only be available on Xbox to other systems. Sea of Thieves was the last of these games to come out. The others are Pentiment, Grounded, and Hi-Fi Rush. Even though things have been going well lately, Booty says that more ports will be dealt with “case-by-case.”

News spread before the port came out that Sea of Thieves was being used as a “key test” to see if more Xbox-only games would be ported to PS5, PS4, and Xbox One. In May 2024, the game was the best-selling PS Store game in both Europe and the US. It also did well in the weekly sales charts.

Aside from the four games that have already been ported to Xbox, nothing else has been officially confirmed. However, news reports say that a lot of exclusive games may be about to come to other platforms. Some say that PS5 games like Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, Starfield, and a rumored remaster of Halo: Combat Evolved are all being thought about.

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The new game from Danganronpa’s developers is being published by Aniplex, a Sony company, but it won’t be coming out on PS5

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The upcoming game from the creators of the Danganronpa series has found a publisher in Sony subsidiary Aniplex. However, it’s worth noting that it won’t be initially released on the PS5. It is highly likely that The Hundred Line: Last Defense Academy will be released on Sony’s system at a later date, just like Master Detective Archives: Rain Code in October. However, the development team is currently focusing on prioritizing the release of their latest title on the Nintendo Switch and PC.

Described as a strategy game, the title allows players to step into the shoes of teenager Takumi Sumino, who resides in the perpetually secure Tokyo Residential Complex. When monsters suddenly unleash chaos upon the town, Takumi finds himself thrust into the Last Defense Academy. His mission? To protect the school alongside 14 other students for a grueling 100 days.

As one would anticipate, alongside the strategic gameplay, it is crucial to foster strong relationships with your comrades. Moreover, the outcome of the game can vary greatly, with a staggering 100 possible endings contingent upon the choices you make. We will reach out to Aniplex to inquire about the possibility of a PS5 port. However, it is important to note that Aniplex operates independently from PlayStation, as it falls under the Sony Music umbrella.

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The photo mode in Alan Wake 2 on PS5 doesn’t hold many surprises

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Most new games these days have some kind of photography feature, so it’s hard to remember a time before Photo Modes. Some developers don’t think it’s important for players to be able to take pictures right away, so the feature is added later. One great example of this is Alan Wake 2, which now has Photo Mode thanks to a new update that is now available.

If you look at the trailer above, you can see that you can really get creative with your photos by adding cool borders, overlays, and filters. We always like photo modes, where you can move different lights around in the scene. As the video shows, Remedy really lets you use your imagination with the different colors and lighting props.

 

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