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HALO INFINITE MULTIPLAYER TESTING THIS WEEKEND!

Another round of pre-release testing is on this weekend for those with Halo Insider access, testing will include big game maps with a range of vehicles and objectives, as well as the smaller 4v4 match modes in a variety of maps.

The best new is though, there are timeslots from 1pm – 5pm on Saturday + Sunday here in New Zealand.

Already a Halo Insider? Check your notifications and download the Halo Insider client via Steam https://store.steampowered.com/app/1240440/Halo_Infinite

Want to get involved? Sign up to be a Halo Insider via https://www.halowaypoint.com/en-us/community/halo-insider

As a Halo Insider, you’ll have the opportunity to regularly provide feedback and insights that help shape and inform current franchise initiatives and the future of Halo. You will also be given exclusive opportunities to participate in hands-on, pre-release tests (“public flights”) of in-progress Halo game releases and provide feedback to the development teams.

To increase your chances for selection, make sure your Halo Insider settings are complete and accurate – you must be opted-in for communications, verify your email address and for us players on PC, upload a DXDIAG file for our system too.

Once you’re in be sure to check for notifications, sometimes these also include invites codes so you can play with friends.

The Halo infinite multiplayer is in a very polished state already and we can’t wait to add this one to our good free to play PC games list!

GAME ON!

BATTLEFIELD 2042 TECHNICAL PLAYTEST ABOUT TO BEGIN!

The first round of technical playtests for the upcoming Battlefield 2042 game are about to begin, so check your inbox now to see if you’ve got a golden ticket.

If you’ve not heard of these but would like to get involved in future testing phases you’ll first need to sign up to become an EA playtester via https://www.ea.com/en-gb/playtesting (there is no New Zealand, we just select Australia)

Standard rules apply, the technical playtest will be in a closed environment and under strict NDA no captured gameplay is allowed to be shared, we’ll have to wait for the BETA testing to begin for that 🙂

Via EA: This means a few thousand participants will join us to help us test some of our new features and functionality that we’re building from the ground up for Battlefield 2042. Do keep in mind that the Technical Playtest is purposefully not intended to be the full experience you will see in the Open Beta, or at launch. It is a development-led environment with only a subset of features, focused on technical performance.

GAME ON!

Marvel Avengers PC BETA sign-ups begin!

UPDATE: BETA key offer has now ended

Intel Gaming Access is now live with their new Marvel Avengers BETA sign-up website so we can all register to get the first wave of access keys!

Register for access to the PC BETA here = https://game.intel.com/giveaways/avengers/beta-ww/

Marvel’s Avengers is an upcoming, third-person, action-adventure game that combines an original, cinematic story with single-player and co-operative gameplay.

The full game promises to be playable with a team of up to four players online so we can enjoy this one with friends if we want too, with each hero having their own unique abilities we can use to defend the Earth from escalating threats.

Set in a timeline when Super Heroes are outlawed, a young Kamala Khan must reassemble the Avengers to stop AIM. Marvel’s Avengers is looking to be an epic 3D beat-em-up with new heroes and missions planned to be delivered on an ongoing basis.

We’re excited to test the performance on a range of different gaming PC configs, this BETA times itself with the full game release expected in September too, so it’s sure to be a very polished looking game already 🙂

GAME ON!

Good Gaming – Halo Reach PC Beta Signups (last chance!)

If you want to join in, the remastered version of Halo: Reach is entering BETA testing on PC – so this is your last chance to jump in! (without buying the Game Pass subscription that is)

Signups for this one are two-fold, first, you’ll need to become an Xbox Insider, then a Halo insider, as the two accounts are tied together.

You’ll also need to provide your PC DXDIAG information during the process, so you can’t really do this one from your smartphone.

Step #1: Sign up for Xbox Insider here

Step #2: Sign up for Halo Insider here

Halo Insiders who choose to opt in to PC flighting will be considered for early access play sessions with in-development Halo games.  Every improvement to Halo: The Master Chief Collection over the past year was the direct result of Insiders participating in flights and sharing feedback to the development team. Each public flight has specific goals, meaning not all Insiders will be selected for every flight. To increase your chances for selection, make sure your Halo Insider settings are complete and accurate – and verify your email right away.

GAME ON!

Good Gaming – LawBreakers BETA Tests BEGIN!

UPDATE: Just ahead of the full release on August 8th, LAWBREAKERS has entered the open beta testing stage so everyone can jump in now and have a go!

You can download the game right now via Steam – we’ve been happily playing this one right through the closed BETA phase and it’s a very good shooter indeed, extremely fast paced with some excellent classes available that significantly change the way you’ll play.

Ohhh this one is good, really GOOD 🙂

Bring your skills and prepare to deliver death from every angle as you compete in unprecedented gravity-defying competition from legendary game designer Cliff Bleszinski and team.

LawBreakers challenges even the best players to get off the ground, and learn new ways to play in fast-paced, omni-directional multiplayer FPS combat unlike anything you’ve experienced before. Choose from 9 distinct roles represented by 18 unique characters for all FPS play-styles from offensive Battle Medics that can heal and kill, to high-flying Vanguards that can soar in 360 degree movement — all featuring multiple weapons, thrilling ability combos, dynamic movement systems and more!

We’ve jumped into the action with a GTX 1070 Gaming PC to check things out, be ready to stack that RAM up though – this one uses everything it can but WOW is it looking smoooooooth!

 

GO GIGANTIC – Arc Play Free Weekend about to BEGIN!

Starting this Saturday at 5am through till Monday, June 19th 7pm, Gigantic will be open to ALL PLAYERS via the Arc platform. You might be already playing Go Gigantic via the Windows 10 Store but with Arc stepping into the mix it’s now going to work if you have Windows 7 or 8 as well (you can use Arc on Windows 10 also, totally up to you)

You can download and play Gigantic on Arc here \o/ This weekend event is part of the Arc server stress-testing and matchmaking process, so we might hit a few intermittent connection issues 😛

Want to know what the best part is? All 18 Heroes will be available to play for free all weekend long! You’ll have plenty of time to try out each Hero and experiment with different gameplay styles over the weekend. You will also get to keep your progression once Arc expands into Open Beta.

Just a few important notes around this special the preview weekend:

– The ability to copy your Windows 10 Store progress will be made available when Arc officially joins the Open Beta. More details will be made available when the transfer is available.

– If you plan to use the Account Copy feature to bring your Xbox One/Windows 10 progress to your Arc account, any progress made over the weekend will be overwritten.

See you on the airship!

 

Good Gaming – Quake Champions Closed BETA test about to begin!

Check that inbox, a wave of Quake Champions BETA codes have just gone out for the upcoming tests running May 5th – 8th \o/

Bethesda have just revealed a new trailer for a map featured in this closed BETA test – the Ruins of Sarnath in which nature has taken hold, dripping verdant greens into the wreckage of this ancient temple, now, untold ages after they rose from the inky blackness of the Dreamlands, the Ruins of Sarnath are a blood-soaked killing field where Champions from the waking world fight to the death!

If you’ve not already registered to get into these you can find all the links needed in our Quake BETA Sign Up blog 🙂 Signups are still open, so come join us in the Arena.

GAME ON!

PREPARE FOR BATTLE – For Honor + Ghost Recon Wildlands YOU CHOOSE GTX BONUS!

GGPC Wildlands For Honor Nvidia GTX 1060 1070 1080 ti Free Game You Choose Bonus

UPDATE: This promotion has now ended, you have until the 30th Jun to redeem your codes.

 

Play a battle-hardened warrior in For Honor or go behind enemy lines to take down the cartel in Ghost Recon: Wildlands. For a limited time, claim your choice of these Ubisoft games as a bonus when you gear up with selected GTX 1070, GTX 1080, GTX 1080Ti graphics cards or Gaming PCs and Gaming Laptops featuring these beasts!

As usual the hardest part is going to be deciding which game to choose, so let’s take a closer look at both options.

First up – Ghost Recon: Wildlands!

Bolivia, a few years from now. The country has become the largest cocaine producer in the world. The Santa Blanca drug cartel has turned the country into a narco-state, leading to lawlessness, injustice, and violence. The Ghosts, an elite US Special Forces team, is sent behind enemy lines to wreak havoc and takedown the cartel.

This one enjoyed the largest turnout during the Ubisoft open beta phase and is best played with a group of friends, if you find yourself in solo queue being a helicopter pilot or driver for a bunch of randoms is still pretty darn fun as well!

Next up – For Honor!

This new hack’n’slash capture’n’hold game proved itself early on with some very beautiful graphics and a slick melee battle system that had us ramming our way through the ranks to take on opposing warriors in fierce hand to hand (or blade to blade) combat.

Many, many hours have been spent in For Honor at GGPC NZ, the matches often become fantastically close battles with the skill based player matching systems working very well indeed – this one is truly exceptional if you play often, you’ll start to recognise opponents from previous encounters in game and the focus shifts from an all out battle to hunting each other down relentlessly with some face-offs lasting the entire round.

This is a register to redeem promotion, once you’ve got your awesome new hardware simply visit the registration sites as below depending on your chosen flavour, enter the details as prompted and you’ll get a game code via email 🙂

UPDATE: Gigabyte Game Code redemption site is now live

UPDATE: EVGA Game Code redemption site is now live

UPDATE: Asus Game Code redemption site is now live

Good Gaming – Mirage: Arcane Warfare BETA + Chivalry Bonus

Get in quick and download Chivalry: Medieval Warfare for free on steam! It’s only going to be available for a short time but once it’s in your library the game is yours to keep 🙂

This free offer comes because the makers of this game, Torn Banner Studios are just about to release a sequel named Mirage: Arcane Warfare which is currently in BETA testing and looks amazing with a similar combat system, some beautiful new graphics, slick animations and most importantly – new ways to kill one another 😛

Mirage has a first person, skill-based combat system that lets you tear your enemies limb from limb with destructive magic and melee combat. Six diverse classes including stealthy assassins, hulking brutes, powerful mages and more. With an unparalleled focus on truly feeling in control of your magic and sword, Mirage demands combat creativity and will challenge you like never before.

GAME ON!