It’s almost time to return to the arena, so dust off that railgun and prepare to test your rocket jumping skills – the 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 🙂 Lot’s on fun times ahead testing this one out for ourselves with our own Gaming PC here at GGPC NZ.
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 😛
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!
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’ll 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 🙂
Tom Clancy’s The Division is having a FREE WEEKEND so we can all jump in and check out what’s good in this 3rd person loot grabbing shooter. you can download the client now directly from Steam by clicking the “play free” button 🙂
You’ll have access to the full base game (not the DLC, but that’s end game content anyway) which is great if you like to play solo, but the game really shines when you’re playing with friends so if possible group up and do the missions as a team – flanking is pretty effective and you’ll have a great time sitting back and dealing some savage damage with the biggest gun possible while the rest of your mates dive-roll endlessly 😛
These main missions contain what is certainly the most graphically impressive moments as well, and also tell the story of how everything became so messed up :/
You can of course jump into the Dark Zone PVP area as well and this is where you’ll find the most powerful loot, but getting it won’t be easy… be sure to spend some time in PvE honing your skills (diveroll diveroll diveroll) before getting involved in this side of the game, undoubtedly there will be ambushes awaiting all the new weekend recruits…
You’ll be able to carry over to any progress you made during the free weekend to the full version should you decide to grab it, and to tempt you further those fine folks a Ubisoft will have the game half price during the event!
As usual we couldn’t resist jumping on and capturing some gameplay with our own Custom Gaming PC 🙂 GAME ON!
This one has been in the works for a long long time now and it’s almost ready to release!
Gigantic is a free to play third person battle arena game with a great art style in which we can battle against Xbox One players from our PC, part of the new ‘Play Anywhere’ range this will require us to do our PC installs via the Windows 10 store.
With a starting roster of 16 Heroes (might be more, rotation roster) each featuring a nice skill tree allowing for different play styles this open beta features three maps, Siren’s Stand, Ghost Reef and Sanctum Falls. Teams can work together to attack the enemy while claiming points on the map to summon powerful Creatures to aid in battle. Players can power up their team’s Guardian by controlling the battlefield and defeating enemies. Victory will be rewarded to the team who can overpower their opponents’ Guardian.
We’ll be testing this one out on a range of Gaming PC builds as soon as it becomes available – GAME ON!
This weekend Titanfall 2 will be up as a free trial so everyone can check out the game’s full multiplayer modes 😛
This begins first for those with Origin Access and then becomes available for all starting December 3rd (early Saturday morning for us in New Zealand).
This free event provides the full multiplayer offering including all maps, modes, weapons and more including the brand new Angel City’s Most Wanted DLC which is also set to drop on December 4th \o/ All your in-game progress will carry over to the full game if you choose to purchase after the free weekend so you can keep going with all the perks and loadouts you’ve earned 🙂
We’ve already played this one quite a bit here on a range of Gaming PC and if you’re thinking of upgrading to the full game you’ll be happy to know it’s also got a solid story campaign and with their recent “no season pass” statement this one’s going to be a favourite online shooter for a long time indeed!
Totally Accurate Battle Simulator or TABS for short is a physics based war simulator which lets you pit wacky waving armies against each other. Right now it’s in open alpha testing stage which means we can all give this one a go for FREE!
The alpha offers 20 levels which increase in difficulty as they progress and also a free mode which you can use to wage wars with no limits… there are some very funny options available in the unit selection I won’t spoil in this blog, once you’ve completed the campaign mode though jump into free play and check out everything in ‘misc’ – it’s pretty darn funny!
To try this one out for yourself simply sign up via the Landfall games website – once you enter your email you will receive a super secret download link 🙂
We’ve had a bunch of fun battling our way through all the levels on offer and we’ll definitely keep following this one right the way through its development as the battles are bound to get bigger and better as time goes on – keep your eyes on the GGPC Computers Blog for the latest!
UPDATE: Battlerite is available as early access on Steam right now but this weekend it opens up and we can all play free!
An action-packed Team Arena Brawler focused on competitive combat. Fight side by side with teammates to the sound of the roaring crowd in vibrant, colosseum surroundings.
The game itself is a little bit like League of Legends and Smite but without the lanes and creeps so the focus is purely on fast paced PvP matches with a range of champions that have different strengths and abilities. There are 15 champions available currently and these provide players jumping in with a decent split of melee, ranged and support to play with. Once in matches it’s all about timing and precision where predictability leads to punishment. Each battle is a race to win three rounds, the rounds are generally pretty fast paced, usually over in around 1 minute – to ensure an entertaining fight a force field will start to move inwards pushing the players in together for a final clash in the center of the arena.
We’ve taken one of our new Custom Gaming PC in for a quick 3v3 match with the starting character Jade to see what the performance is like and as you’ll see from the YouTube gameplay framerate test below – things are looking very good indeed 🙂
Next we moved tests onto the new GTX 1060 Gaming Laptop to see how good things would be with this latest generation of mobile hardware. Battlerite matches were starting to get tougher as we increased in rank and now a more tactical approach was needed to win each round, playing as Varesh our roll was to debuff enemies while shielding allies against incoming damage and the GTX1060 + i7-6700HQ config was able to keep above 60FPS even during these most intense moments.
Finishing up the first round of testing we installed on our GGPC GTX 1080 Dark Knight jumped in Sirius, a melee healer with some excellent teleports that can heal teammates and deal damage to opponents, the matches now were getting pretty darn difficult with players teamwork becoming necessary to split opponents up. Performance was excellent at 4K with max settings and the added clarity certainly makes watching opponents ragdoll on death a lot clearer 🙂
So far we’ve had a blast in Battlerite and can’t wait to see where the developers take this one, if you’re looking to a battle that’s quicker than ARAM this could be the perfect ticket 😛
Life is Strange is an award-winning and critically acclaimed episodic adventure game and right now – Episode 1 is FREE!
You can download Life is Strange here via Steam – Try not to read any reviews though! The story for this one is genuinely excellent and a lot of reviewers seem to gush about this part or that, this is one of those from dusk till dawn moments when it’s best you go in not knowing what’s going to happen 😛 What we can tell you is that this one is a wonderfully written modern adventure game with a beautiful art style and soundtrack. Another great thing for those about to get into the series for the first time is you won’t have to wait for the next episode in the series to release.
With overwhelmingly positive feedback (both recent and from launch) this is definitely one worthy of some time check out, and that new price is ohhh so good 🙂
The Elder Scroll Online FREE TO PLAY has begun and this weekend is a great time to jump in and go on an adventure!
If you’re wanting to team up with friends this weekend it’s important to go the same faction, even though all players will start off in Coldharbor – (a Daedric realm, looks awesome) upon escaping this place your characters will find themselves in a faction-specific starting areas so unless you want to meet up later on make sure everyone is fighting under the same banner! The three factions, Daggerfall Covenant, Ebonheart Pact and Aldmeri Dominion each have three races to create character from so everyone can still look quite unique.
Although similar to Skyrim is many ways the gameplay mechanics are quite different, if you choose ranged combat weapons manual aiming is replaced with a more standard lock on (melee still feels good though) and the environments won’t let you loot everything right down to the candlesticks but it’s certainly got a great big story to follow which will take you to some graphically beautiful locations along the way 🙂
Downloading the client can be a little elusive but start with account creation here and you’ll find the client download in your account menu once you’ve signed up.