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Good Gaming – Free to Play PC Games

We’ve been playing a fair few games lately (as always :P) and recently we’ve been diving into as many free to play PC games as we can, this blog will be a sticky one that we constantly update with new games as we play them but for now we’ll start things off with a few¬†unique and rather good games for your PC that will cost you nothing but the data to download them ūüôā (the titles for each are download links, videos are short gameplay tests captured by GGPC NZ)

Currently checking out Duelyst and Warhammer: Eternal Crusade \o/

ARGO –¬†A hardcore tactical first-person shooter, jump straight into combat in this official standalone FREE total conversion of Arma 3. This one¬†has us fighting for supremacy in a familiar but new setting – the Mediterranean island of Malden, complete with dense urban areas¬†and wide open plains ideal for snipers you’ll find each location¬†has¬†been built to provide an optimal experience for each game mode¬†ūüėõ What really makes this one stand out for us here at GGPC so far is the new Combat Patrol CO-OP mode in which you can team up with some friends and fight against AI opponents¬†with both randomized objectives and procedural generation of enemy forces making each session of Combat Patrol unique. Combine this with three competitive game modes and a pretty good looking Scenario Editor with which you can create your own missions with and you’ve got ARGO, it’s a pretty darn impressive free to play war gaming experience ūüôā

Dreadnought¬†–¬†This is a medium¬†paced arcade action game which puts you in command of a massive sci-fi battleship, similar in many ways to Fractured Space and Cloud Pirates below but with some really beautiful landscapes to wage war on this is one¬†can be a stunner with settings cranked to high. Customisation for your starship is first class¬†from guns and turrets to coatings and decals and there are a range of configs for each ship class so you’re sure to find one that fits your playstyle perfectly. Massively enjoyable in a group or alone, we’ve been playing this one since early BETA days and it just keeps getting better!

Atlus Reactor – A rather refreshing and unique take on¬†turn-based tactical combat. Engage in 4v4 team battles with a short moment between each round to lock in your players actions after which all eight players will execute their command lists. Each character has¬†a range of moves available to them that will initiate at different¬†times in the action que depending on the type of move selected, this makes playing Altus Reactor a game of predicting what your opponents might do which just keeps getting better the more familiar you become with the growing roster of freelancers available (numbering 25 as I write this). Once you reach level 10 there is also a “Seasons” XP event¬†in which¬†players can complete challenges and receive some extra bonus loot to customise their characters.

Paladins РA team-based shooter set in a vibrant fantasy world and features a diverse cast of Champions ranging from sharpshooting humans to mech-riding goblins, mystical elves, jetpack-clad dragons, and bomb golems. Each Champion brings a unique set of abilities to the battlefield and new Champions are regularly added to Paladins, keeping the game exciting.  With strategy elements and character customisation through a unique collectable card system, players can amplify and augment a character’s core set of abilities to play exactly how they want to play.

Cloud Pirates – Arcade airship based combat awaits you in this science-fiction fantasy battleground game ūüôā Remarkably tactical but also good fun early on for a casual run-and-gun play style, as you progress though you’ll gain access a bunch of unique upgrades for your airships, captain and crew which leads to much more challenging¬†matches and modes as you progress. ¬†There are numerous visual customization options to tinker which as you go and plenty of airships to choose from each with their own unique handling and firing arcs – snipers, tanks, dps, tackle – there really are a lot!

Warframe – A¬†team based hack’n’slash shooter with some pretty action packed moments, heaps of gear and hours of fun ūüôā¬†The “War Within” update recently went live¬†live for this one so it’s a great time to jump into the fray and hack some enemies to pieces. You play as a¬†Tenno, an ancient warrior, a weapon master… You wield the mighty Warframes and command their awesome powers – the Grineer Empire grows stronger as a cryptic adversary surfaces. Underpowered, unprepared and forced out of your comfort, you must find it in yourself to improvise, not just to save yourself but the fate of all Tenno. The Queens’ Fortress awaits, where both Warframe and Operator will be pushed past their limits as they slowly unravel mysteries about the Tenno‚Äôs past and their true capabilities.

Blade and Soul¬†– A rather excellent MMO set in a world of martial arts masters and mythology¬†ūüôā¬†A¬†tale of revenge at its core that will have you exploring a beautiful, cinematic world inspired by the distinct visual style of acclaimed artist Hyung Tae Kim. This one’s got detailed character customization tools, offers some brilliant PVP matches and has an excellent action based combat system. The storyline is very good, especially the introduction to the game world and no matter which class you choose the cross server PVE multiplayer instances are quick to find match ups.

Path of Exile –¬†You are an Exile, struggling to survive as you fight to earn power that will allow you to exact your revenge against those who wronged you. Created by NZ game studio Grinding Gear Games, Path of Exile is an isometric online action RPG is set in the dark fantasy world of Wraeclast. It offers excellent co-op gaming with extremely¬†deep character customisation, the best skill tree¬†we’ve seen in a long long time and even a hardcore mode in which staying alive actually matters ūüėõ The game is completely free and will never be “pay to win”, the community is excellent and graphics are top notch. All in all this is our most recommended game right now, crazy good times to be had playing on your own but in a group with some friends the game really shines.

Planetside 2¬†–¬†It’s a very different experience from most first person shooters because instead of the usual 24v24 firefights – battles in Planetside 2 can typically involve a few hundred players. This war takes place over several continents each of which has a¬†defined¬†landscape, there are 3 factions to choose from each with there own infantry weapons, ground vehicles and aircraft. The scale of the game can be quite daunting at first but for new players if you go Engineer class and get a Sunderer vehicle you’ll rapidly begin leveling up while being a great addition to the war effort, doing this will allow you to quickly amass enough experience points to buy new¬†weapons, vehicle mods or abilities. The game world is large, but getting around is easy thanks to an instant action button on the map screen that will take you into hot spots,¬†you can also hover over locations to see just how many players from each faction are fighting in that specific sector which is excellent. Community wise (NZ players) we highly recommend jumping into this one on a Sunday afternoon, it’s pretty crazy!

Paragon¬†– Is a multiplayer online battle arena¬†game that feels a bit like SMITE,¬†but with some beautiful graphics ūüôā There are a range of heroes to choose from and a new ones joins the mix every three weeks so¬†it’s going to be great to see just how diverse the range will become. Like most MOBA games the action starts out pretty slow and this¬†escalates as the players level up and unlock more and more abilities leading to some great end game battles, there is also a card powerup system with which you can tweak each character to your play style a bit. It’s hard to say where to start with this one, having played so much League of Legends and DOTA 2 this game just seems to make sense right away.

Mechwarrior Online¬†– A slower paced, tactical online shooter set in the BattleTech Universe.¬†Victory requires a mastery of tactical positioning, teamwork, and firing discipline to prevent overheating and the dreaded shutdown (overload only works so much!). Each battle will reward you with credits depending on performance and these can be spent on new weapons, equipment and mech chassis to full your hangers. For new players there is a rotation of free to play pre-configured mechs to take into battle and these will give you a good taste of how each weight class performs so you can spend your credits wisely. Once you’ve brought a BattleMech of your very own there is a faction warfare system and if you spend a little time in each jumping from faction to faction you can quickly amass a bunch of personal¬†hangers to store more and more of your own mechs in, this becomes more important with multiple variants of the same frame offering different hardpoints to mount weaponry on and new skills to unlock as you progress. It’s not an easy fight¬†and don’t expect to just run in and win, this is a thinking persons shooter for sure.

Fractured Space¬†– Another MOBA at its core but very different from Paragon above, this one has us controlling a large battleship in space based 5v5 combat pushing our way towards a large enemy base that your team can only reach by pushing a spacelane¬†all the way up.¬†Each multiplayer match provides some pretty¬†intense team battles and also some¬†smaller¬†skirmishes with ships able to quickly warp to other locations on the map. The starships themselves look beautiful, there are three factions/manufacturers in the game right now each with their own unique art style for each class of ship available – each class backs some pretty awesome weapons and abilities that you can further tweak to suit your play style as you progress in the game. Fractured space is in early access now and we’ll be excitedly watching this one as it evolves, right now though it’s in pretty excellent shape and certainly a blast to play!

EVE Online¬†–¬†The new free to play mode in EVE will allow you gain a lot of skills with no money down ūüôā Leveling up an EVE Online character has always been a little different from most MMORPG, every player in the game controls a¬†clone which they train in new skills over time (even when you‚Äôre not logged in) as opposed to the far more common ‚Äúkill this and fetch that for XP‚ÄĚ. As your clone learns more and more you will be able to fly more ships and kit these out with new modules and equipment. When you die you respawn into another clone but depending on when you last did a clone imprint that new clone may or may not have the skills you previously acquired and it‚Äôs this investment in time that makes up one of many factors that gives each life in EVE a real feeling of value ‚Äď there are of course the in game monetary losses involved with death in EVE, losing your favourite ship certainly hurts! The new alpha clone state will allow you to get some pretty potent ships like the Caracal below, armed with many heavy missile launchers you’ll be a fine addition to fleets around the univese ūüôā

DOTA 2 ¬†Originating as a fan-made Warcraft 3 modification, Dota was an instant underground hit. After coming to Valve, the original community developers have bridged the gap to a more inclusive audience, so that the rest of the world can experience the same core gameplay, but with a¬†level of polish and depth that’s unmatched.¬†Much like League of Legends,¬†Dota is a competitive game of action and strategy. Players can choose from a roster of over a hundred unique heroes, forming two teams of five players. Radiant heroes then battle their Dire counterparts to control on a beautiful¬†fantasy landscape, battling one another with cunning, stealth, and outright warfare.

League of Legends – A popular take on the multiplayer online battle arena game type¬†that¬†first came about as a mod for Warcraft 3 named DOTA back in 2003… or was it 2002, anyways it was a while ago ūüôā League of Legends released to the public in 2009 and it has since become one of the most played games in the world today with some very cool new heroes to play as and more joining the ranks constantly. It’s quite a wonderful game to play if you’re a gamer that’s short on time¬†with matches lasting from twenty minutes to one hour depending on how well each team performs. The game is both newbie friendly and deep enough to keep a long term player interested, the roster of heroes to play as changes often and there is even a¬†rune loadout enabling you to tweak you heroes slightly using various power-ups you can purchase using currency accrued as you play matches.

Killer Instinct –¬†This one has been made available via the Windows Store so you’ll need a Windows 10 Gaming PC to try it out. It’s the same Killer Instinct we remember playing in movie theatres wayyy back in the 90’s¬†but¬†with some wonderful new graphics¬†to enjoy ūüôā The free version of this one gives players a single character with which you can access¬†all game modes, including online multiplayer!

War Thunder – ¬†This one gives us action packed battles both on the ground and in the skies (also boats are in BETA!), it’s crazy how good this game is with beautiful graphics and a massive line-up of tanks and planes for us to use in the PVP battles +¬†recently the games creators added a new PVE game mode named Assault which is a blast to play. A perfect game to play with friends¬†this one has options from Simulation to Arcade, it’s similar in many ways to World of Tanks and World of Warships but ultimately War Thunder wins the day with it’s seamless combination of modes and¬†unmatched intensity of aerial dogfights. A truly great game that deserves a download ūüôā

We’ll continue adding to this list as we test more and more Gaming PC, we’ve got our eyes on Battlerite but if you know a great new free game you think we should test out please drop a comment in via our GGPC YouTube channel¬†– we are on the hunt now for¬†a nice driving game!

GAME ON!

Good Gaming – DOOM UPDATE 6.66 Multiplayer and Play Free Weekend

Wooohooo! Those fine folks at ID software are making a few key changes to DOOM Multiplayer and this weekend it’s going FREE TO PLAY on PC so we can all check out the changes for ourselves ūüôā Toted as update 6.66 this one¬†completely changes the way DOOM’s multiplayer progression system and some mechanics around power ups. Now, instead of unlocking new content through random loot drops, we’ll race to complete in-game challenges.

You can download DOOM right now via STEAM, the button for this has replaced the¬†usual ‘buy’ button with new ‘play’ button ūüôā This will give you access to the first two levels of the campaign + full access to the mulitplayer¬†modes.

As a part of these massive changes to how it all works, ID will reset everyone’s level back to zero, but the good news is we won’t lose any of the gear and powers we’ve already unlocked and those who managed to get the top-tier Slayer level with the old system will get a special badge to reflect this. Little changes to the UI have been made too with a new HUD and kill cards that shows us detailed of kills, and the weapons used to get them.

Oh yes, and the Multiplayer DLC is going to be FREE!

These introduce nine new multiplayer maps to dominate, three new playable demons to unleash, new weapons to master, a new equipment, and a host of new armour sets, taunts and more!

If you haven’t¬†tried DOOM for yourself yet,¬†you’re in for a treat! It’s a brutally fun and challenging modern-day shooter experience packed full of relentless demons, impossibly destructive guns and has an absolutely killer soundtrack ūüôā

GAME ON!

Good Gaming – ARGO Free to Play Available NOW

Just released, Argo is a hardcore tactical first-person shooter, jump straight into combat in this official standalone FREE total conversion of Arma 3. This one will have us fighting across unrestricted terrain, where a single bullet is all it takes…

Master your craft to rank up and become (in)famous on the battlefield.

– Clouds vs Flames – Take on the role of a mercenary and be contracted by one of two rival factions. Start out as a rookie operator and gain experience to unlock new weapons, attachments, and gear.

РMalden 2035 РBe deployed to the 62 km² Mediterranean island of Malden Рa modern re-imagination of a classic Bohemia Interactive terrain. Ranging from dense urban areas, to wide open plains, and other unique points of interests, Malden features a variety of combat zones that have been built to provide an optimal experience for each game mode.

– 3 Competitive Game Modes – Compete as part of a 5-man unit across 3 different competitive game modes. In Clash, two units battle over territory in a series of combat engagements. In Link, the objective is to capture a chain of points before the enemy takes control. Raid tasks one unit to find a data terminal while the other unit needs to defend the three possible locations.

– Combat Patrol Co-op Mode – Team up with up to 10 hired guns, and fight against AI opponents in an open-world setting. Thanks to the randomized objectives and procedural generation of enemy forces, each session of Combat Patrol is different. Success depends on your ability to plan, work together, and adapt to new challenges.

– 3D Scenario Editor – Build and play your own missions using a built-in Scenario Editor. With its intuitive interface, you can place entities, assign waypoints, set triggers, and much more, in just a few simple steps. Creating your own content is more fun than ever before.

We’ll¬†be checking this one out on our Gaming PC here at GGPC, keep your eyes on the PC Gaming Blog for the latest!

Good Gaming – Fallout 4 Free Weekend

Those fine folks at Bethesda are making their epic game, Fallout 4, free to play via Steam this weekend! 

If you’ve someone missed this one (or maybe just experienced¬†it on a console) Fallout 4 is a massive post-apocalyptic role-playing¬†extravaganza that’s quite brilliant, you can play in a bunch of different styles¬†and if you¬†really want to rush it, you could actually complete the main storyline over the weekend ūüėõ

The PC version is MOD ready and plays well on¬†range of graphics cards, we’ve tested this one quite recently with the new Gaming Laptops as well and it ran like a dream!

If you’re lucky enough to be packing something like a GTX 1080 in your system you can even use our custom settings below and get crazy good performance at 4K \o/

Res: 3840×2160
Anitaliasing: Off
Anisotropic Filtering: 16 Samples
Textures: Ultra
Shadow Quality: Ultra
Shadow Distance: Medium
Decal Quality: Ultra
Lighting Quality: Medium
Godrays Quality: Low
Depth of Field: Standard
Ambient Occlusion: SSAO
Weapon Debris: Off (ON test)
Screen Space Reflections: On
Wetness: On
Rain Occlusion: On
Motion Blur: Off
Lens Flare: On

GAME ON!

 

Good Gaming – Mass Effect Andromeda – FREE ITEMS

GGPC Mass Effect Andromeda Free Vehicle Skin Free Helmet and Play First Trial

Many of us are already¬†running around in Mass Effect Andromeda now, screaming “WE COME IN PEACE!” while unloading our weapons into anything that moves ūüėõ For others this weekend will be filled with Sci-Fi adventures and¬†exciting co-op matches within APEX \o/

If you’re looking for some more cosmetic options to use in game¬†the Andromeda Initiative has a free helmet and vehicle skin you can claim by learning a bit about the Mass Effect universe, and your place within it. You can visit the Andromeda Initiative Website here, in order to unlock the helmet you’ll have to watch 6 short training videos (which are pretty cool) – unlocking¬†the Nomad vehicle skin is as easy as signing up the for newsletter ūüôā¬†

You’ll have to reach EOS (the first planet you’ll travel too when you get to free roam) in order to use the items in game, once you’ve got your ground vehicle go to your personal quarters on the Tempest (your super cool space ship) and look for the skin next to the email terminal –¬†you‚Äôll find the helmet in your bedroom on the Tempest as well \o/ We’re not sure how long these will be available for so get in quick and nab them while you can!

You can also still check out the game before you buy within EA’s Origin game launcher¬†(download button is hidden on the left) – this has a paid subscription feature called Origin Access that¬†will allow to jump into the galaxy with a limit set at 10 hours of game time – the timer ticks only when you are in the game so don’t worry about a lengthy download chopping into this. We rushed this one to see how far into things the game trial went and hit the end around 2 hours in, so feel free to take some time and explore ūüôā

You’ll find the game within your Origin Launcher under the Origin Access tab, once you click it to start the¬†download (40GB)¬†it’s going to be added to your regular¬†game library so it’s easy to find! If you do decide to keep going and buy the game all your progress will carry over + you won’t have to download another client, this one simply converts to the full game¬†\o/

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We’ve jumped into this one with a range of¬†Gaming PC¬†to check things out for ourselves and had a blast getting into fights around the universe – keep your eyes on the GGPC YouTube for the latest!

Good Gaming – Warhammer 40K Free to Play

The 3rd person battleground co-op shooter, Warhammer: Eternal Crusade just got a new free-to-play mode added so we can all jump in and try this one out with no money down ūüôā

Going with the free to play version we’re given access to play as Space Marines, Orks, Chaos and Eldar races¬†with a range of factions available for each. Leveling your character up¬†takes a bit longer with XP gained from each match being less than those playing the paid version of the game, the first level took around 4 matches to attain – it’s not really a massive disadvantage though with a range of weapon loadouts being available for each right away, the damage dealt while¬†using the standard bolter was pretty darn impressive anyways, friendly fire is something you’ve really got to consider in this one!

You can jump in and out of vehicles which are available at your base, some of these act as mobile spawn points allowing you to really push the objectives while others allow for multiple players to jump on the guns and really push in with some massive firepower. The level design is spot on with the Warhammer 40K universe and some of the structures are quite impressive looking, especially large gothic cathedrals which dominate the landscape.

We’ve just started testing this one out and if things go well we will add it to our sticky Free to Play PC Games Blog, below is a quick gameplay clip we captured last night as happily running around shooting Orks with the massive heavy bolter ūüôā

Good Gaming – Dauntless BETA about to begin!

GGPC Dauntless BETA about to begin

It’s almost time to gear up, grab your friends and enter the world of Dauntless! With the BETA tests about to begin you can sign up now to be involved and secure your player name at the same time ūüôā

For fans of the Monster Hunter or Dark Souls series this one is looking very good indeed and currently follows a similar style of gameplay requiring player to pay close attention to visual ques from the massive beasts and time a combination of light, heavy and special attacks to bring them down. As you inflict damage your characters aether will build up, this looks to behave like a rage meter allowing us to inflict even more damage as a reward for aggressive tactics but we won’t know for sure what else this can be used for until we get in and see for ourselves.

The different weapons available provide the player with unique moves and in the build up to the large trophy creatures we’ll be tackling smaller ones and gathering resources in preparation, of course the best weapons will be made from parts of the hardest creatures and that’s going to keep us going back for more – much like Monster Hunter the game has embraced dismemberment and not only will defeating the enemy reap rewards but selectively dissecting parts as you battle will limit the creatures means to defend itself and quite possibly yield the specific rewards needed to craft certain weapons. These weapons also setup the player into certain roles within the group and there are some very cool looking ones like the Hammer-Cannon with which you can effectively catapult yourself into combat on!

Below is 10 minutes of pre-alpha gameplay as a team work together to hunt down the massive icey beast – Pangar \o/ This is just one of the massive creatures we’ll be taking down in the months ahead, we can’t wait to try this one out for ourselves with our own Gaming PC¬†here at GGPC NZ.

GAME ON!

Good Gaming – Quake Champions BETA Sign up begins!

It’s almost time to return to the arena, so dust off that railgun and prepare to test your rocket jumping skills Рthe highly anticipated BETA tests for Quake Champions is about to begin! 

From the gaming giants at Bethesda Softworks this one follows in the arena shooting footsteps that were laid down over 20 years ago, the original Quake set new standards for multiplayer competition and pushed the boundaries for both graphics and gameplay (you could look up and down, this is the first FPS game I remember being able to do this in) with fast-paced, skill-based arena-style competition that turned the original Quake games into multiplayer legends paving the way for the arena based shooters we know and love playing today.

This latest version looks to have taken a few notes from those that have come in-between as well, with characters now available sporting different combinations of health, armour and speed as well as unique abilities like healing totems, shields and teleports.

You can register here now¬†for a chance to be involved in the upcoming closed BETA tests for this one, and through your feedback help shape the game into a¬†multiplayer masterpiece worthy of the Quake lineage ūüôā Lot’s on fun times ahead testing this one out for ourselves with our own Gaming PC¬†here at GGPC NZ.

GAME ON! 

Good Gaming – Star Wars Battlefront Death Star DLC Free Weekend

GGPC Star Wars Battlefront Free DLC Weekend Blog

If you’ve got Star Wars Battlefront but haven’t grabbed¬†the DLC packs this weekend you’ll be able to jump in and check out the Death Star DLC for free. Hot on the heels of the Rouge One movie release those fine folks at Origin are making the Star Wars Battlefront Death Star DLC pack available to all that have¬†got Star Wars Battlefront installed (if you don’t, you can sign up for Origin Access¬†on the cheap and it’s one of the included games:)

The Death Star DLC¬†includes new maps as well as the multi-stage Battle Station mode. What’s really cool about this one is it lets¬†us¬†re-live the iconic Death Star trench run as we attempt to take down the massive space station by firing a couple of torpedoes down a small exhaust port – an easy task for anyone that used to bullseye womp rats in a¬†T-16 back home,¬†they’re not much bigger than two meters ūüėõ

Star Wars Battlefront is a really good looking game and you won’t need a crazy¬†high end system to enjoy its beautiful graphics, below is a quick in-game performance¬†test with our GGPC Outlaw Gaming PC¬†as we run around blasting rebels with an AMD RX 460!

Good Gaming – Dead by Daylight FREE WEEKEND!

GGPC Dead By Daylight

Dead by Daylight is a multiplayer horror game where one player takes on the role of the savage killer, and the other four play as survivors, trying to escape the killer – and this weekend we can all run for our lives for FREE!

Survivors play in third-person and have the advantage of better situational awareness. The Killer plays in first-person and is more focused on their prey. The Survivors’ goal in each encounter is to escape the Killing Ground without getting caught by the Killer – something that sounds easier than it is, especially when the environment changes every time you play.¬†Each level is procedurally generated, so you‚Äôll never know what to expect. Random spawn points mean you will never feel safe as the world and its danger change every time you play.

Survivors can either cooperate with the others or selfishly just fend for themselves, each player has a progression system and plenty of unlockables that can be customized to fit your own personal strategy. Experience, skills and understanding of the environment are key to being able to hunt or outwit the Killer.

As a Killer you can play as anything from a powerful Slasher to terrifying paranormal entities. Familiarize yourself with your Killing Grounds and master each Killer’s unique power to be able to hunt, catch and sacrifice your victims.

The procedural levels and real human reactions to pure horror makes each game session an unexpected scenario. You will never be able to tell how it’s going to turn out. Ambience, music, and chilling environments combine into a terrifying experience.

The Dead by Daylight¬†download is available now via Steam¬†and¬†it’s around 15GB, should you decide to grab the game it’s currently running at 30% off for both the standard and deluxe editions ūüôā