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Final Fantasy XIV will be free for a few days this month, but there’s a catch

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Final Fantasy may be one of the most well-regarded RPG series of all time, but if you’re a PC gamer you’ll have a pretty hard time playing most of the newer titles on your platform of choice. A while back, though, Square Enix did show some love to the PC by releasing Final Fantasy XIV: Online, a subscription-based MMORPG that has been met with some pretty mixed reviews by critics. If you are among those that ended up enjoying the game there’s some good news, as Square Enix is offering no less than 96 hours of access for free to those who log in between the 1st and the 31st of this month.

As it’s often the case with promotions like these, there’s a bit of a catch to the whole thing. The company is apparently trying to bring veterans back to Final Fantasy XIV rather than attract new players and as such, the 96 hours of free access are available only to those who already have an account. Not sure if this was necessarily the best move, but there you have it. If you played Final Fantasy XIV in the past, but decided to give it up for one reason or another, you now get the chance to jump back into the game for free, even if it is just for a limited time.

It’s worth mentioning that we’re not talking about 96 hours of actual game time, as the timer will kick off the moment you log in and end once 96 hours have passed, so you’d better make sure you have some free time on your hands if you plan on making good use of the promotion. Also worth pointing out is that Square Enix made no mention of the Heavensward expansion for Final Fantasy XIV, so we don’t know if the promotion includes all of the content or just the base game. For more information visit this link and download the client if you’re eligible for the free access.

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Amazon’s great Fallout TV show is nominated for 16 Emmys

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Critics and fans alike went crazy for Amazon’s take on the famous role-playing game series Fallout. There were a lot of nominations for 16 Emmy awards, including Best Actor and Outstanding Drama Series. The show was able to reach audiences outside of gamers and got a lot of attention from the industry.

Eurogamer has been keeping track, and now that all the votes are in, Fallout is tied for fifth place with 23 nominations for the 76th Emmy Awards, which are put on by the US Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. With 25, The Bear has the most nominations, followed by True Detective: Night Country with 23, and Shogun with 19.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Walton Goggins is up for Best Actor for his performance as The Ghoul. Although games will always be our first choice, it’s great that adaptations of games don’t have to be awful, and we can’t wait for the next season of the shows.

Are you surprised by how well Amazon’s version of Fallout has done in the mainstream? Is the curse of movies based on video games finally over? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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