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Good Gaming – Guns of Icarus Alliance Free for a limited time

For a very limited time (one day and 16 hours from now) the steampunk airship co-op game, Guns of Icarus Alliance, is free via Humble Bundle. )

Lumbering, heavily-armoured airships bristling with guns patrol the skies above a land ravaged beyond repair by an out-of-control industrial revolution. Players must take on the roles of pilots, gunners and engineers, working together as a single unit to maximize their airship’s effectiveness and own the skies. You are basically forced to work together to succeed. Rival factions battle constantly capture and keep hold of territory and control the vital resources within – every victory and defeat will sway the tides of the larger war and your gaming will influence the story of Guns of Icarus Alliance.

Take your airship and crew, and pit them against a huge variety of AI-controlled challenges, including escort missions, convoy raids, base assaults, and more. The AI won’t take defeat lying down. Dynamic learning systems mean that every battle will teach the AI what tactics you use, increasing the challenge with every fight. Starting from a selection of basic hulls, players can mix and match hundreds of custom parts to create their own unique airship.

It’s a good game for those who enjoyed games like Sea of Thieves or Cloud Pirates, and that price is certainly good too 🙂

GAME ON!

Good Gaming – Dauntless Open BETA

The Dauntless Open Beta is set to begin on May 25th here, bringing huge improvements as the team opens the doors of Ramsgate to the entire world!

This is the perfect time for all those who have missed out on the closed BETA testing to join in on the fun, and the dev team at Phoenix Labs has also hinted at some sweet bonus items are going to be up for grabs for players taking part in this two-day testing event!

For those just jumping in, Dauntless is an action RPG game quite similar to Monster Hunter, with giant monsters to be hunted down co-op with friends. The early testing has proved to be an extremely fun time for all and with the full game set to be released in 2018, it’s looking very polished now.

 

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 🙂 (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/

Fortnite – It’s still claiming to be a beta but Fortnite is 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 🙂

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 😛 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 🙂 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 🙂 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’re not logged in) as opposed to the far more common “kill this and fetch that for XP”. 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’s this investment in time that makes up one of many factors that gives each life in EVE a real feeling of value – 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 🙂

Cloud Pirates – Arcade airship based combat awaits you in this science-fiction fantasy battleground game 🙂 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 😛 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 🙂

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 🙂 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 🙂 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 🙂 The free version of this one gives players a single character with which you can access all game modes, including online multiplayer!

Paladins – A 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!

Good Gaming – Final Fantasy XV PC Demo Available Now

The Final Fantasy XV Demo is available now via Steam!

Take the journey, now in ultimate quality. Boasting a wealth of bonus content and supporting Native 4K 3840×2160p ultra high-resolution graphical options and HDR 10, you can now enjoy the beautiful and carefully-crafted experience of FINAL FANTASY XV, before you buy 🙂

Essential stuff!

  • The download size is 21GB. The High-Res 4K textures are included in this demo and are apparently turned on or off automatically depending on your hardware specification, we’ll look for a manual tweak for this and update when we find one 🙂

If you’re want to test out your system before you commit to the 21 GB download, there is also a new Final Fantasy XV Benchmark tool which you can check out here.

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 🙂 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 🙂 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 🙂

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.

– Malden 2035 – Be deployed to the 62 km² Mediterranean island of Malden – a 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 😛

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 😛 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 🙂 

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’ll 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 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂

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!