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Good Gaming – Asus RTX Black OPS 4 BONUS

UPDATE: THIS PROMOTION HAS ENDED (EARLY!)

PLEASE NOTE: BONUS STILL AVAILABLE WITH ASUS ROUTERS, MONITORS & MOTHERBOARD/INTEL COMBOS

Starting today, and till the end of December, if you gear up with Asus RTX Graphics Cards you can register to redeem a Call of Duty Black OPS 4 games bonus to go with your awesome new GPU ūüôā

This promotion is currently combined with another Asus Motherboard, Router & Monitor event, and uses the same redemption page right now – but graphics card purchases can only be redeemed between December 1st 2018 – December 31st.

As you may have gathered from the list of gear receiving a Black OPS 4 bonus from Asus right now they’ve gone pretty hard out in support of the game, creating a new range of special edition motherboards with skull logos, mouse pads and even routers wearing the COD badges.

For those who haven’t¬†jumped on yet, Black OPS 4 is still going strong with fast-paced FPS combat, creative weapons, zombies, and intense multiplayer action – it’s a pretty sweet bonus!

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GGPC LOGITECH G NOVEMBER WINNER ANNOUNCED!

 

**See latest GGPC December Promotions here**

**Congratulations to our November Grand Prize Winner: David O!**

Ohhh YEAH! It’s a new month and we’ve got some epic new prizes for those grabbing themselves a new Gaming PC! If you get yourself a Good Gaming PC this November you can register to redeem a¬†G240 Gaming Mouse Pad¬†to go with your new GGPC + you’ll go into the draw to win some of the latest gaming gear!

The G240 provides edge-to-edge performance on a clean surface with just the right amount of friction for low-DPI manoeuvres. Crafted for maximum control of your mouse movements, your gaming will benefit from the consistent surface texture, also giving your mouse sensors better imagery for translating mouse movement into cursor movement.

A great mousepad for any mouse, but that’s not all, our MASSIVE November Gaming Prize Pack will also be going out to one lucky gamer!

IMPORTANT: To be in to win the MEGA Prize you must register for the Logitech G240 Bonus!

Our November Grand Prize Pack is packed full of the latest Logitech G Gaming Gears that have just released worldwide!

Up first we have the new G Pro HERO Wireless RGB Gaming Mouse which features the HERO 16K, the most powerful sensor created by Logitech G!

As esports professionals strive for ever greater speed and accuracy, so too does Logitech G. With the invention of HERO 16K, the next-gen gaming sensor, the world now has a new leader. For PRO Wireless, HERO 16K has been optimized to track insane flicks at speeds over 400 IPS without spinning out. HERO 16K delivers peak performance at any sensitivity with zero smoothing, acceleration, or filtering from 100 to 16,000 DPI. HERO 16K also consumes 10x less power than predecessors, like PMW3366, enabling a lighter battery and longer battery life. Pros require the best, and that’s HERO 16K.

Next up we have the first Logitech G keyboard also wears the emblem of Pro¬†ūüôā¬†Designed and built to the exacting standards of some of the world‚Äôs top esports athletes, our lucky winner is in for a treat with the¬†G Pro Gaming Keyboard¬†on their desk! Engineered for extreme performance and designed to win, the short-throw Romer-G switches actuate at just 1.5mm, making them around 25% faster than the competition‚Äôs standard mechanical switches.

Providing a perfect blend of speed, precision and quiet performance, this Logitech G Pro Gaming Keyboard is the stealth assassin of mechanical gaming keyboards.

To complete this epic setup we’ve got a really excellent Gaming Headset too! The new¬†¬†G Pro Gaming Headset¬†will have our lucky winner hearing everything with greater precision, from quiet footsteps to gunshot audio signatures to voice comms. Patent-pending, hybrid-mesh Pro-G‚ĄĘ audio drivers solve common distortion problems to deliver booming bass and precise clarity.

Pro Gaming Headset is compatible with Windows 10 surround sound features like Windows Sonic for headphones and Dolby Atmos for headphones for accurate positional audio. Directional audio combined with exceptional clarity provides precise awareness of everything that’s happening around you.¬†Premium leatherette ear pads were selected for Logitech G PRO Headset to create a seal around the ears for improved passive noise isolation. Get incredible comfort with soft foam padding and reduce distractions with up to 50% more sound isolation than other ear pads. Also included in the package are soft micro-suede leatherette earpads.

Pro-grade advanced condenser microphone performs with wider frequency response, lower signal to noise ratio and higher sensitivity. Designed for improved clarity with a full-size pop filter, your voice comms come through loud and clear.

built to be extremely lightweight, strong and extremely comfortable. To achieve that, PRO headset uses advanced materials including TR90 nylon in the headband, stainless steel sliders, and glass fibre reinforced nylon joints. The lightweight construction with polymer shell and fork is perfect for long periods of wear and competitive gaming.

Incredible gear, amazing November fun ahead ‚Ästcheck out the latest range of¬†Good Gaming PC¬†builds today!

 

GOOD GAMING – BATTLEFIELD 5 RTX GAMING PC BONUS

**This promotion has now ended, though redemptions are still available for qualifying purchases (last day to register 15th Jan, last day to redeem 30th Jan**

Woohooo!

Another awesome promotion from Nvidia has just begun and this time it’s for the RTX 2070, RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti!

For a limited time and while code stocks last (20th of November 2018 to 7th of January 2019) you can Register to Redeem BATTLEFIELD 5 with selected brands Nvidia RTX Graphics Cards.

Battlefield V is World War 2 like you’ve never seen or played before. A mix of new and iconic multiplayer modes deliver all-out warfare for up to 64 players on maps traversing unseen and untold locations. Lead your squad to victory with modernised movement and weapon mechanics.

Register your Gigabyte/AORUS RTX Graphics Card HERE

Register your Asus/ROG RTX Graphics Card HERE

Register your EVGA RTX Graphics Card HERE

GOOD GAMING – AMD REWARDS 3x GAME BONUS

AMD are back at it again, this time celebrating the release of the new RX 590 Graphics Card with a triple game bonus via AMD Rewards!¬†Fear not if you’re grabbing the RX 570 or RX 580 though, you’ll still be able to choose a 2x games bonus to go with your new Graphics Card or Gaming PC ūüôā

Looking specifically at the games, all are soon to be released, so as I write this it’s more accurately¬†described as a pre-order bonus – but the games are awesome!

THE DIVISION 2: The city calls on us yet again to run, gun and diveroll like crazy in a bid to save Washington D.C. which is on the brink of collapse. Lawlessness and instability threaten our society, and rumours of a coup in the Capitol are only amplifying the chaos. All active Division agents are desperately needed to save the city before it’s too late. Unlike anything before it, The Division 2’s Washington D.C. is a 1:1 representation of the real city, making the game world more authentic than ever. The game’s map offers up-close-and-personal views of landmarks, natural landscapes, neighbourhoods, and enemy hideouts.

RESIDENT EVIL 2 REMAKE: The original Resident Evil 2 was released in 1998 and since then has sold almost 5 million copies. The action game centred around rookie cop Leon Kennedy and college student Claire Redfield, as they fought to survive a mysterious viral outbreak within Raccoon City.¬†The 1998 original was hailed as a gaming masterpiece and propelled Resident Evil into mainstream pop culture and the entertainment you know today… The horror, tension, characters and twisted narrative that made this one a survival horror masterpiece that captivated the world, returns reimagined in January 2019, with the characters, environments and story all been rebuilt from the ground up – promising us a truly terrifying world that feels both nostalgic and new!

DEVIL MAY CRY 5: Legendary DMC action returns and it’s made all the more stylish by the power modern gaming has to offer! With the Devil May Cry series boasting over 16 million sales worldwide, our latest adventure is set several years after the Order of the Sword incident with an unusual phenomenon suddenly appearing in Red Grave City. A gigantic tree pierces through the surface in the middle of town, attacking with roots that drain the poor citizens of their blood. Now Nero must bring his stylish destruction down on fiendish foes and show off his new demonic powers!

The process for registration and redeeming your games hasn’t changed much, you’ll still need to grab your AMD Rewards Key from the retailer who is hosting the competition, looking at NZ we have two promotions pages running for the RX 570 + RX 580 bonus, and another for the RX 590 specifically – quick links below!

AMD Rewards RX 570 or RX 580 2x Bonus Games

AMD Rewards RX 590 3x Bonus Games

GAME(S) ON!

 

 

New Fortnite Ready Nvidia Gaming PC

We’ve teamed up with Nvidia to create some wonderful new¬†battle royale gaming systems!¬†Powerful and affordable, our latest range of¬†Fortnite Ready Gaming Rigs are designed to look great while providing excellent performance and all come armed with ShadowPlay game capture and stream ready¬†NVIDIA 1050Ti, 1060 and 1070 Graphics Cards perfectly paired with the latest in Intel 8th Gen processors for smooth gameplay.

ShadowPlay is a key factor here, the Nvidia software works within Fortnite to capture your best moments automatically, using a function called ShadowPlay Highlights! Never let an epic moment go unsaved with ShadowPlay Highlights for Fortnite Battle Royale. Every kill, death, and Victory Royale moment is captured for easy sharing with all your friends and followers online.

All gameplay below was recorded using this built-in ShadowPlay game capture software!

Some of you will be thinking “I already have a GGPC with these exact specs so what’s new about these builds?!” – and fair enough! With these three new GGPC we’ve made them a little smaller than usual in the Phanteks P300 Chassis, every effort in choosing the parts has been made with a strong focus on a clean look and solid upgrade path too – with the 8GB Ram kits used being black HyperX single dimms to leave 3x slots free for expansion all the way up to 32GB, we’ve pre-fitted both SSD (for OS and your favourite games) and HDD (for everything else) but you’ll find 2x slots ready and waiting should you want to add more. We’ve added nothing that could be considered unnecessary except for maybe our GPU support bars – but those are awesome for big graphics cards and we’ve gone large on one of the builds here, using the biggest GTX 1070 we could find for GGPC Ace ūüėõ

Let’s start with the current favourite¬†GGPC Hero and drop in on Tilted Towers with the GTX 1050 + Ryzen 2200G combo, this gives us excellent FPS using a custom settings mix of medium shadows and epic view distance. (exact setting used shown at the end of all videos)

Moving onto our first new addition to the lineup, GGPC Drift with a GTX 1050Ti 4GB and an Intel 8th Gen i3-8100 quad core combo yet again proves itself very capable, although it’s certainly not the most powerful of the new range, Drift happily pushes out a very respectable 60FPS on all high settings, even while in some pretty intense Fornite rocket battles.

Stepping up the performance a notch we move onto the new GGPC Ravage with its Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB graphics card and Intel i5-8400 six core CPU inside. This tried and true config delivers smooth 60+ gameplay on epic settings in Fortnite.

If you’re hunting for even more frames then the new GGPC Ace with a powerful GTX 1070 8GB + Intel i5-8400 is just the ticket! Smoothly gliding into the Tilted Towers this build pushes out 90+ FPS even during the toughest battles.

Moving onto the new RTX series of graphics card we see excellent performance from all the new graphics cards even while capturing at 4K resolutions. We’ve used a new GGPC i5-9600K + RTX 2070 system for these tests, swapping out the graphics card to capture each.

The RTX 2080Ti is understandably the most impressive of the bunch, able to stay above 60FPS on full epic settings even while we drop on the cube and get into a firefight.

Moving onto the RTX 2080 we achieve very similar performance one we drop the shadows down from Epic to High. You can run on full epic with the RTX 2080 like we’ve done in this video too, it’s only during the very intensive drops and large firefights that it drops into the high 50’s.

Moving onto the RTX 2070 we again enjoy some incredible performance, this time dropping the Shadows setting to medium, with anti-aliasing and effects on high to maintain our 60FPS+ target at the 4K resolution.

You can check out all these and more quick gameplay FPS test videos on GGPC YouTube, and be sure to keep your eyes on the GGPC PC Gaming Blog for the latest!

 

GGPC Logitech G October Winner Announced!

UPDATE: This event has now ended, see the latest GGPC Promotions here!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ERIC P –¬† Winner of the October Grand Prizes below!

And our October Grand Prize Pack is pretty epic indeed, a full setup comprised of our most recommended Logitech G Gaming Gears!

Included in this months GGG Prize Pack is the outstanding Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB Gaming Mouse which is one of the top-rated Gaming Mice in the WORLD!

The Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Gaming Mouse with full RGB LED Lighting and tunable weight options included. Get maximum tracking accuracy from the responsive PMW3366 optical sensor which works with exclusive Logitech G Delta Zero optical sensor technology to minimize mouse acceleration and increase reliable targeting. Adjustable RGB lighting lets you select from up to 16.8 million colours and as our lucky winner is going to have a complete setup, Logitech Gaming Software will allow them to customise everything, and you can then set this theme over the whole kit ‚Äď synchronizing lighting patterns and effects to bring the gaming setup to life with breathing or light cycling! When it comes time to play you can have your setup adjust to pre-loaded colour configurations¬†automatically, each perfect setup highlighting the keys for the specific game you’re playing!

Next up we have the first Logitech G keyboard to carry the name Pro¬†ūüôā¬†Designed and built to the exacting standards of some of the world‚Äôs top esports athletes, our lucky winner is in for a treat with the¬†Logitech G TKL Pro Gaming Keyboard¬†on their desk! Engineered for extreme performance and designed to win, the short-throw Romer-G switches actuate at just 1.5mm, making them around 25% faster than the competition‚Äôs standard mechanical switches.

Providing a perfect blend of speed, precision and quiet performance, this Logitech G Pro Gaming Keyboard is the stealth assassin of mechanical gaming keyboards.

To complete this epic setup we’ve got a really excellent Gaming Headset too! The Logitech G933 Gaming Headset features advanced Pro-G audio drivers are made with hybrid mesh materials that provide the high-quality audio¬†performance gaming¬†demands. These Pro-G drivers deliver both clean and accurate highs as well as a deep rich bass that you would expect from premium headphones¬†so¬†you can experience incredible 7.1 surround sound with Dolby¬†or DTS Headphone:X Surround Sound. ¬†These audio technologies help to create a more lifelike in-game special awareness, allowing you to clearly hear enemies sneaking around.

Sporting a really good noise-cancelling boom mic, your communication in-game will be crispy clear and when you’re not using it the mic can be folded back into the headphones and is nearly invisible. G933 is travel-ready with an included mobile cable and secondary inline mic for mobile devices when you don’t want a microphone boom in your face.

Play either on the 2.4GHz wireless or use the 3.5mm analogue input on the headset to play wired without using battery power. Both the light strip and logo can each be programmed to different colours or effects or can be synchronised.

Amazing gear, amazing October fun ahead ‚Ästcheck out the latest range of¬†Good Gaming PC¬†builds today!

 

GGPC SteelSeries September Winner Announced!

UPDATE: This event has now ended, see the latest GGPC Promotions here!

Congratulations to Carley L – winner of our September SteelSeries Grand Prize Pack!

Throughout September, if you purchased a GGPC Ready-to-Run Gaming PC and you can register to redeem a BONUS SteelSeries QcK Mousepad to go with your new rig.

The SteelSeries QcK Mousepad is made of high-quality cloth material, providing a precise and consistent glide. Featuring a specially designed non-slip rubber base which prevents the pads from sliding, no matter what surface the mouse pad is placed on.

A wonderful mousepad for any mouse, but grabbing this awesome bonus will also put you into the draw for our MASSIVE September Gaming Prize Pack which will be going out to one lucky gamer!

IMPORTANT: To be in to win the MEGA Prize you must register for the SteelSeries QcK Bonus!

Our September Mega Prize Pack contains three awesome pieces of top-tier gear fit for a professional gamer, the first being the outstanding SteelSeries APEX 350 Gaming Keyboard!

This gaming keyboard designed to enable users to react quickly, move strategically, and customize its performance for every game. Beyond just choosing from 16.8 Million colours, the Apex features ActiveZone lighting, a visual support tool allowing the user to independently customize each of its 5 zones and in multiple macro layers.

Our next SteelSeries Prize goes perfectly with the gaming keyboard above ‚Äď the¬†SteelSeries Sensei 310¬†Gaming Mouse!

Sensei 310 signals the rebirth of an esports legend. Featuring the new custom TrueMove3 12,000 CPI, 350 IPS optical sensor and exclusive split-trigger buttons, you’ll have the power of ultra-low-latency, rapid-response tracking and the performance of lightning-quick clicks. Based on the legendary SteelSeries Sensei mouse, the extreme comfort of Sensei ensures balance and speed with all grip styles. Plus, Prism RGB illumination with lighting sync, eight programmable buttons, onboard memory, and a light and durable construction combine to deliver the perfect eSports mouse

With both hands covered our winner is also going to take away great headset as well, and for that, we’ve got the SteelSeries Arctis 5 7.1 Gaming Headset!

Widely recognized as the best mic in gaming, the retractable Discord-certified Arctis ClearCast microphone delivers studio-quality voice clarity and background noise cancellation. Specifically designed for the PC Gamer, Arctis 5 combines independent game and chat control, cutting-edge DTS surround sound, and dual-zone RGB illumination to create the perfect audio solution for your battle station.

Massive thanks to SteelSeries New Zealand for all the awesome gear – check out the latest range of GGPC systems and good luck to everyone for the September Grand Prize Draw!

 

RTX 2080 Graphics Cards Release Today in NZ!

Nvidia RTX Graphics Cards are available now in New Zealand, with models from EVGA, Asus and Gigabyte all looking very good. This latest generation of GPU has a slightly different naming style with the unexpected R Рthis highlights the real-time ray tracing aspect of this new release. Another new term to come along with the graphics cards in NVLink, the new SLi bridge for enthusiasts looking to build the most powerful gaming rigs in world.

Ray tracing relates to some of the graphic elements that make our games look good, or maybe realistic is a better¬†word for this, it helps with dynamic lighting and reflections and with the boost real-time ray tracing enables, we’re even closer to having games look like our favourite¬†CG cutscenes ūüôā It’s¬†not a game breaker and if your sticking with GTX you’ll still be able to play, just on lower settings. Youtube demos can be seen via these links for Battlefield 5, Metro Exodus and Shadow of the Tomb¬†Raider if you want to see real-time ray tracing in action.

Looking closer at the models available at launch, the new EVGA RTX 2080 XC with the Precision X1 software suite which, when paired with the NVIDIA Turing graphics card, promises to unleash its full potential with a built-in overclock scanner, adjustable frequency curve and RGB LED control.

The software is set for release along with the new RTX series, and it looks like this new generation of EVGA’s GPU stress testing utility, brings with it some excellent modes for pushing our new graphics cards to the limits.

If EVGA has the coolest software award then the coolest RTX award must go to Gigabyte’s new RTX 2080 OC with Windforce Cooling.

The triple cooling system features 3x 82mm fans, with an alternate spinning fan in the middle, 6 composite copper heat pipes and heat-pipe direct touch all working together to deliver an effective heat dissipation capacity for great performance at lower temperatures.

The airflow is spilt by the triangular fan edge, and guided smoothly through the 3D stripe curve on the fan surface, effectively enhancing the airflow.

The card looks amazing too, gone in the signature orange from the previous 10 series, replaced by a perfect semi-metallic grey.

Moving onto the new Asus Dual RTX 2080 we can highlight one thing all these new cards have in common, they’re large, and Asus is totally OK with this, making some of fattest.

Via Asus: This generation, our top-end cards adopt a 2.7-slot footprint to accommodate a larger heatsink because bigger is better. We’ve increased the overall surface area of our cooling array by over 50% compared to last gen. If you want to squeeze the most out of the Dual GeForce RTX 2080’s performance, our latest design gives you a lot more thermal headroom for overclocking. If you’re just looking for an amazing plug-and-play experience, the extra heat dissipation keeps your fans running at lower speeds while you game.

The coolers on all models sit high, so when you fit them in your systems (upside down), these new RTX series fill almost three-slots. Keep this in mind if you’re thinking of adding a component to the motherboard slots below. There is also no more DVI output, though the EVGA card looks to include an HDMI – DVI adaptor in the box. For the next generation VR headsets you’ll now see a special USB Type C connection on the back.

See these and more awesome new RTX Graphics Cards + RTX Gaming PC in the Nvidia Store at PB Tech, fun times ahead!

 

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 \o/

Dauntless –¬†Dauntless is a free to play co-op action RPG currently in Open Beta on PC, but it’s so polished we’ve jumped the gun and put into our list ūüôā Filled with airships and giant beasts this one is very similar to Monster Hunter although the art style is completely different.¬†Players team up to take down a range of Behemoths, bashing and slicing bits off to collect the parts needed craft and upgrade weapons and equipment with which we then proceed to hunt down larger Behemoths and smash them. Combos are a big part of the game, learning patterns of the monsters another – it all comes together perfectly in what feels like an almost finished, excellent game.

Fortnite – It’s still claiming to be a beta but Fortnite is yet again, very polished. More than just you vs 99 battle royale with even changing modes available (50v50 is great!) what really sets this one apart from other 3rd person shooters games is the building system, with almost all the objects in the map being able to be smashed apart into useful wood, stone, and metal. These can then be used to build ramps, walls, floors etc to create a defensible building, protect your team, or access a hard to reach area and flank your opponents. It all takes place in one large map, with a zeppelin battle bus full of opponents (and some friends) all scrabbling to grab a whole lot of guns. Construct and destroy environments while engaged in intense PvP combat, explore, or just riding around in golf carts if that’s what you do – with so many players no matter what you’re op to it’s likely you”ll stumble into some crazy fun times along the way!

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 enjoy 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

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.

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.

Warframe – A¬†team based hack’n’slash shooter with some pretty action packed moments, heaps of gear and hours of fun ūüôā¬†The massive “Plains of Eidolon” update introduced a massive open world in which hack some enemies to pieces but they haven’t stopped there, new updates introduce new ways to play constantly. You play as a¬†Tenno, an agile weapon master who wields the mighty Warframe and commands some awesome powers – Overpowered but unprepared and often forced out of your comfort zone, you must find it in yourself to improvise, not just to save yourself but the fate of all Tenno.

Battlerite –¬† If you enjoyed League of Legends but just want the team fights, you should check out this one for sure.¬†A PvP arena brawler and the spiritual successor to the critically acclaimed Bloodline Champions. The unique combination of a top -down shooter meeting a fast -paced fighting game and take part in highly competitive, adrenaline-fueled 2v2 and 3v3 battles. Engage in quick and intense action as you take control over one of many Champions, each with unique abilities to master. Welcome to a world where Champions dedicate their lives to the Arena.

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

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!

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.

Blade and Soul¬†– A rather fun 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 story line is very enjoyable, especially the introduction to the game world.

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!

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!

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!

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.

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!

Intel Master Key with i5 and i7 – Cuphead, VR and MORE!

This promotion has now ended, see the latest Intel Master Key promotions here!

There is a new Intel Master Key available now, and it unlocks some pretty awesome extras for those getting a new Intel Core i5 or Core i7 CPU, Gaming PC, or Custom PC featuring these processors.

On the code it says it unlocks quite a lot, including VR titles, but we’ve found some additions that don’t seem to be listed anywhere + even more unlocks as we completed the surveys that appear while redeeming the games!

First up, to claim your Intel Master Key simply visit your retailers Intel Master Key Redemption Website and register your new hardware to receive your special code. Now that hard stuff is out of the way let’s look at the games it unlocks!

PLEASE NOTE: Some of the titles need a VR Headset such as the HTC Vive or Vive PRO

Cuphead

Cuphead is a classic run & gun action game heavily focused on boss battles. Inspired by cartoons of the 1930s, the visuals & audio are painstakingly created with the same techniques of the era, i.e. traditional hand drawn cel animation, watercolor backgrounds, and original jazz music. Play as Cuphead or Mugman (in single player or local co-op) as you traverse strange worlds, acquire new weapons, learn powerful super moves, and discover hidden secrets while you pay your debt back to the devil!

Arizona Sunshine

When you hear a flash of a human voice on the radio, your hopes and beliefs are confirmed ‚Äď there are still survivors out in the blistering hear of the post-apocalyptic Grand Canyon state! Arizona Sunshine poses a two-fold battle for survival in a VR zombie apocalypse in which players need to navigate both the hordes of zombies coming for their brains and the scorching hear in their desperate search for human contact.

Arizona Sunshine is a VR shooter built and optimized for VR from the ground up. Step into the midst of a zombie apocalypse as if you were really there, and defend yourself against enemies close enough to touch. Enabled by the Intel¬ģ Core‚ĄĘ i7 CPU, Arizona Sunshine‚Äôs physics and particle systems bring zombie mutilation, wind & water effects, destructible environments, and an array of background detail never before seen in VR.

Sprint Vector VR

Championship Intergalactica! Race, jump, climb, and fly at extreme speeds through crazy-colorful courses and sabotage your competition as you sprint to victory. Innovative Fluid Locomotion mechanics let you attain incredible speed and control in this VR adrenaline platformer.

Redout: Enhanced Edition

Redout is pure Anti Gravity racing, a tribute to the classic arcade racing monsters. It’s designed to be an uncompromising, fast, tough and satisfying driving experience, soaked in that vertigo that stands at the core of the genre. Conquer a Single Player campaign spanning more than 100 events, 11 game modes and 30 racetracks. Then move on to Online Multiplayer, or challenge a friend in Split Screen. Your opponents will be fast and unforgiving. Ready to challenge the Solar Redout Racing League?

Raw Data VR

Built from the ground up for VR, Raw Data’s action gameplay, intuitive controls, challenging enemies, and sci-fi atmosphere will completely immerse you within the surreal world of Eden Corp. Go solo or team up and become the adrenaline-charged heroes of your own futuristic technothriller.

Interkosmos VR

Enter Zvezda, a fully interactive re-entry capsule heavily inspired by 1970’s space technology where every switch, gauge, and mechanical bit could be relevant to your survival.

Interkosmos is an arcady astronaut adventure in VR. Brace yourself for a rush of hectic gameplay to challenge your inner cosmonaut and a fun story full of twists and Cold War absurdities.

World of Tanks – In Game Content

World of Tanks is a team-based MMO game dedicated to armored warfare in the mid-20th century. Engage in free epic online tank battles for instant adrenaline-packed action! Take control of hundreds of authentic tanks, from heavy and powerful steel brawlers to light and fast scouts, and engage your enemy on immersive maps. Battle in teams and join 78 million other players worldwide!

Warhammer: Vermintide II

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 is the sequel to the critically acclaimed Vermintide. The time has arrived to revisit the fierce first-person co-op slaughter-fest featuring visceral and ground breaking melee action, set in the apocalyptic End Times of the war-ravaged Warhammer Fantasy Battles world

And these are the additional unlocks we got as we redeemed!

Star Trek: Bridge Crew VR

Star Trek: Bridge Crew puts you and your friends in the heart of a starship. As officers of the Federation, every action and decision you make together will determine the fate of your ship and crew. Developed specifically for VR, Star Trek: Bridge Crew offers a true-to-life level of immersion in the Star Trek universe.

In Star Trek: Bridge Crew, the Federation dispatches you and your crew to command the new vessel, USS Aegis, as part of a critical initiative. Your mission: explore a largely uncharted sector of space known as the Trench in hopes of locating a suitable new home world for the decimated Vulcan populace. The Trench contains stunning beauty and undiscovered wonders, but also strange anomalies and dangers yet unknown. The Klingon Empire is also active in the region, and their purpose is undoubtedly a threat to the Federation’s plans. It’s up to you and your crew to chart the sector to determine the Klingons’ aims and secure a peaceful Federation presence.

Rock Band VR

With 60 outstanding playable tracks, classic game mode, campaign mode, and leaderboards, Rock Band VR brings you hundreds of hours of ultimate rock’n’roll simulation!

However! It also requires your have the compatible guitar controller.

Breakroom

Breakroom lets you use Windows inside VR. You can surround yourself with applications. Work on Photoshop while watching a Youtube tutorial or just watch your favorite movie while playing online poker and browsing Reddit, while sitting on the beach or in a Japanese garden. You can finally use your headset for other things than gaming and free yourself from the limitations of the physical monitor. Turn your virtual reality headset into a multi-monitor system!

Guided Meditation VR

Meditation made simple & visual, built from the ground up for VR. Leave the worries of your life for a short virtual vacation across 17 environments, and return calmer and stronger. Find your happy place.

All up, a pretty good haul of games and VR experiences, you can check out the latest in Intel Gaming PC and eligible CPU options here and be sure to keep your eyes on the GGPC Blog for the latest!