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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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The director of Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth is making a final plea to content creators regarding spoilers

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Final Fantasy VII Rebirth is on the horizon, with our review already available. There’s just one week left until the game’s official release on February 29th, exclusively on PS5. This highly anticipated sequel to Remake, based on one of the most beloved video game stories, is best experienced without any spoilers, according to creative director Tetsuya Nomura.

On Twitter, Nomura made a final request for players and content creators to avoid spoiling the game for others, especially on social media and video-sharing platforms, where spoilers can spread rapidly. Naturally, there’s a specific moment that everyone is eagerly anticipating to see how it will compare to the 1997 original, and it’s bound to be quite chaotic on launch day. Nevertheless, Nomura still holds onto a glimmer of hope for humanity and has made a seemingly impossible request for content creators to exercise a degree of restraint.

It’s important to remember to include spoiler warnings when sharing content related to the game’s story on social media and video-sharing sites to avoid spoiling the experience for others. I would greatly appreciate it if you could avoid using scenes from important parts of the story in your video thumbnails.

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Nomura points out that the developers intentionally did not limit the recording and sharing features of the PS5 for any aspect of the game. They believe players should have the freedom to share and discuss their favorite gameplay moments. It remains to be seen if that trust was justified.

Do you think players and content creators will follow Nomura’s request and minimize spoilers? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Xbox may want to become more acquainted with the Platinum Trophies on PS5 and PS4

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Obsidian’s first Xbox game, Pentiment, a historical adventure, is now available on the PS5 and PS4. From what we’ve seen, this port of a highly popular game seems to be solid, and we aim to provide you with a review soon. Meanwhile, one aspect caught our attention regarding the conversion that Microsoft may need to address in the future.

Pentiment’s list of Trophies perfectly mirrors its Xbox Achievements, featuring identical descriptions, titles, and icons. There is a slight variation between the two versions: PlayStation offers 42 trophies to unlock, whereas Xbox provides 41 achievements to earn. The distinction lies in the Platinum Trophy, which is awarded once you have collected all the other trinkets in the set.

Since it’s not included in the original game, the developer has not named the trophy, so it appears as ‘PlatinumTrophy’ in the list. This has already generated amusement among Trophy enthusiast communities. “They chose such a basic name for the Platinum Trophy and somehow still messed it up,” a fan expressed.

This issue is quite insignificant in the bigger picture and could likely be fixed with a quick update or patch. As Microsoft gains more experience with PlayStation development, we hope their command of the Trophy system will improve. After all, those platinums are difficult to earn and deserve a more memorable name.

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Brock Lesnar and Vince McMahon have been excluded from the final roster of WWE 22K24

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2K Sports unveiled the complete roster for the upcoming WWE 2K24, featuring more than 204 playable superstars, including 70 Legends who are no longer part of the main rosters, along with eight managers. However, fans were quick to point out the absence of some notable names from the list: 7-time WWE Champion Brock Lesnar and former WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon. Lesnar was previously excluded from the Forty Years of WrestleMania edition.

Following accusations of sex trafficking against McMahon by a former WWE employee, a report from the Wall Street Journal brought the issue to light. Although Lesnar’s name was not directly mentioned in the proceedings, insiders informed the WSJ that he was the unidentified WWE champion in question. McMahon refuted the allegations but stepped down as WWE CEO the day following the federal lawsuit.

Nonetheless, Lesnar and McMahon will still be present in the game. GameSpot has reported that the Lesnar vs. Undertaker match from WrestleMania 30 may be included in Showcase mode. It is speculated that another match already confirmed for Showcase mode (Stone Cold vs. The Rock, WrestleMania 17) will probably include an appearance from McMahon as well.

WWE 2K24 will be available for purchase on March 8th for PS5 and PS4, or March 5th for those interested in the Deluxe or WrestleMania editions.

 

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