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Old 06-08-2017, 07:47 PM
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Make that three games for the wife and me.

Payday 2 is free on Steam right now.
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Old 06-09-2017, 01:54 AM
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GOG is giving away Rebel Galaxy with the first purchase in their Summer Sale.

And, if anyone wants my copy, PM me, and I'll give you my code (which I assume you can use). I'm just not into this type of game.
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Old 06-11-2017, 10:52 PM
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Titanfall 2 has a free trial week (not weekend but a whole week): https://twitter.com/Respawn/status/8...003844/photo/1
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Old 06-16-2017, 12:11 PM
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Fantasy General is currently free on the GOG home page.
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Old 06-16-2017, 04:12 PM
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Fantasy General is currently free on the GOG home page.
I was coming to post that, but of course I'm slow. Does anyone know if it is any good?
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Old 06-16-2017, 04:30 PM
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I was coming to post that, but of course I'm slow. Does anyone know if it is any good?
Is that an old SSI game that I never heard of or something? It's like 1984 all over again!

Seriously, tho: is it any good?
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Old 06-16-2017, 06:25 PM
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Is that an old SSI game that I never heard of or something? It's like 1984 all over again!

Seriously, tho: is it any good?
Fantasy General is one of the greatest strategy games of all time. Can it hold up after so many years? I don't know but it was amazing in its time.
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Old 06-16-2017, 07:20 PM
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Is that an old SSI game that I never heard of or something? It's like 1984 all over again!

Seriously, tho: is it any good?
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Fantasy General is one of the greatest strategy games of all time. Can it hold up after so many years? I don't know but it was amazing in its time.
It IS an SSI game! It's from 1996, but still... I can't believe I recognized their "look" after all these years!

I wasted a lot of time playing Battle for Normandy back in the day. My friends and I loved SSI because it meant we could play war games without having to clutter up a table or floor for days or weeks on end.

I went ahead and grabbed a copy of this; thanks for the heads up Jophiel!
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Old 06-20-2017, 04:00 PM
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I played Fantasy General back in 98-99. That was a great game especially back then. I loved getting a great "hero" character and building him up to ridiculous levels so he steamrolls over armies.
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Old 06-21-2017, 08:34 PM
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Just one more mention of it: that Rebel Galaxy offer from me is still there. I would guess that anyone interested at the time just went and bought something on GOG.
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Old 06-22-2017, 01:59 AM
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And now it's gone.
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Old 06-22-2017, 09:51 AM
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Steam Summer Sale starts TODAY June 22nd at 1pm EST.

Hmmm. wrong thread possibly.

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Old 06-22-2017, 10:38 AM
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Steam Summer Sale starts TODAY June 22nd at 1pm EST.

Hmmm. wrong thread possibly.
I'd tell you to post it here, except I beat you to it .
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Old 06-22-2017, 09:30 PM
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Bah, posted this in the wrong thread

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Killing Floor (Steam Key) is currently free over at Humble Bundle. Not my cup of tea (because I suck at these types of games), but others of the Teeming Millions may be interested.
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Old 07-14-2017, 12:11 PM
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Jotun is free on Steam

There's not a news entry or Discussion posting about it or why it's free but there it is.
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Old 07-15-2017, 12:39 AM
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It's also free on GOG if you're one of those people who hate Steam for some reason.
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Old 07-15-2017, 09:15 PM
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Mass Effect: Andromeda has a free ten hour trial available.

They allowed a free trial prior to release and it was enough for me to skip the game despite loving the franchise.

But they have since patched some things and, while not everything I would like, it seems worth another look on the free trial.
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Old 07-18-2017, 09:44 PM
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Speedrunners will have a free weekend in a couple of days. It's a fantastic game, it's sort of like a 2d sidescroller mario kart.
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Old 07-20-2017, 08:42 PM
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Humble Bundle has free Shadow Warrior: Special Edition steam keys available. Need Humble Bundle and Steam accounts to redeem.
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Old 07-20-2017, 10:06 PM
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Also on HB, there is a fun game about an evil little boy named Lucius on sale for .99 cents.
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Old 07-20-2017, 10:41 PM
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DOOM has a free weekend.
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Old 07-21-2017, 12:31 AM
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Also Blitzkrieg 3, which I'm kind of excited to check out tomorrow. Downloading it right now.
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Old 07-21-2017, 01:06 PM
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Humble Bundle has free Shadow Warrior: Special Edition steam keys available. Need Humble Bundle and Steam accounts to redeem.
And I can't get it to play on either of my (admittedly old) computers, even at the lowest settings. (I think it would be playable if I could get it to 640x480, as I have with other games from that era.) Fortunately, I thought to try out the Demo before activating my Steam code.

So, if you're reading this after the offer is finished, PM me and I can give you a Steam code. First come, first served. I will post back here when the code is taken. If I haven't, then the offer is still on the table.

(I unhooked my Steam account, and I still have the code. So I do not think it actually connected it to Steam. I think it just requires a Steam account for verification purposes, to avoid some sort of bot getting tons of free copies.)

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Old 07-26-2017, 12:52 PM
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Steam has Just Cause 3 free to play for the next 27 hours.
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Old 07-26-2017, 01:06 PM
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That's weird. I've never seen anything other than a 3-4 day free weekend, not a random 1 day in the middle of the week. Hard to complain about free but at 60gb a lot of people who find out about it later will barely have time to DL it to play.

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Old 07-26-2017, 01:28 PM
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That's weird. I've never seen anything other than a 3-4 day free weekend, not a random 1 day in the middle of the week.
Actually, it started yesterday and I didn't notice.

Guess this means more free FTP during Midweek Madness.
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Old 08-10-2017, 09:17 PM
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So I see it's a free weekend for Saint's Row 4 on Steam. There was a Deep Silver Humble Bundle a few weeks ago. (checks launch dates) Yup, Agents of Mayhem is about to come out...
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Old 08-14-2017, 10:20 AM
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Deadlight is free at GOG.

And they're running what is functionally a mystery-box sale.
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Old 08-22-2017, 07:44 PM
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Shadow Warrior 2013 is free until tomorrow morning. It's pretty good.
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Old 08-26-2017, 08:52 AM
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The developers of Darkwood have released it DRM free via BitTorrent on the Pirate Bay. Here's an article about it from PC Gamer, which includes the link to the Pirate Bay page.
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Old 08-26-2017, 09:23 AM
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Old 08-26-2017, 09:55 AM
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The developers of Darkwood have released it DRM free via BitTorrent on the Pirate Bay. Here's an article about it from PC Gamer, which includes the link to the Pirate Bay page.
Anyone ever play it? What's it like?
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Fixed link: http://www.pcgamer.com/darkwood-crea...e-can-play-it/
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Shadow Warrior 2013 is free until tomorrow morning. It's pretty good.
Hm. Disappointed I missed this.
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Old 08-27-2017, 02:08 AM
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Shit, sorry about that guys. Thanks for fixing the Darkwood link Terminus.
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Anyone ever play it? What's it like?
I checked it out based on this thread, and ended up paying for it.

I'm about 4 hours in and not bored or frustrated, so there's that. Had a couple re-starts to get the hang of it. I'm playing on normal difficulty, which I pretty much always do on the first playthrough of anything.

I wouldn't say it's 'scary', but I'm not one who gets scared. I saw a couple reviews that compared it to some scary movies, but I'm not getting it yet. Yes, the atmosphere is absolutely creepy and weird, though. It's set up very well. I'm only 4 or 5 nights in though..who knows, I may piss my pants here in an hour or of once I get back to it.

Gameplay is ok, it's been a long time since I played anything top-down. I haven't had a chance to get any skills yet. There is a lot of crafting, and I am generally weak when it comes to the crafting aspect of games, but in this game it appears to be necessary to finish at all. So lots of scavenging and crafting. You can also trade.

Graphics are nice enough to look at, there is a neat effect that things farther away are blurry and come in to focus the closer you get. I'm not a graphics aficionado, so it's good enough for me and for what it is, I think.

Combat is clunky, and there are plenty of reviews that concur. I find myself skipping the primary attack (hold L-Mouse to prep, aim, and click R-Mouse to attack) for the secondary one, which is M-Mouse, just because I can never get swing in with the primary. There is a dodge mechanic which I'm not good at yet, and that might make a difference once I get that down.

There is a day-night cycle, and there's no way to speed up the night or 'sleep' until something happens. So for my few nights so far, I end up sitting there listening to things and occasionally having a dog or a .....thing.....break in and attack me. I don't have a problem with this, as it does a great job of building anticipation and pulling you in to the atmosphere. Since you can only see in a cone of where you character is facing, and not what's going on in the entire screen, you spend a lot of time wondering if that sound was in the next room.

It's definitely worth free, whether it's worth $14 probably depends on if that's your bag or not.
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Old 09-05-2017, 07:22 PM
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Mirage: Arcane Warrior will be free tomorrow before going to $10.
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Old 09-05-2017, 08:13 PM
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Mirage is actually really fun. The fact that it flopped was weird and unexpected to me. There were a bunch of butthurt Chivalry players who mastered the exploits of that engine who were butthurt that the new engine fixed that and made the game more fair so they hit it with a massive negative review campaign on day 1. I have to wonder how much influence that had towards having it flop.

Definitely pick it up.
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Is it multiplayer only?
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Old 09-05-2017, 09:38 PM
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The minimum GPU requirements listed on Steam seem to be higher than I would expect for any competitive online game. Going by Passmark scores, it's higher than even the PS4 Pro. Competive gamers prefer to be able to play well and above the requirements, so they can run at really high framerates.

Granted, we all know the minimum GPU requirements are far above the actual minimum. You can always drop the resolution and other graphics settings, accept lower framerates, and run it on lower hardware. Still, I was surprised at the minimum they chose.

When your previous game was a DX 9 game, it seems a bit too big a leap to get old players onboard. The general eSports minimum is what I think games should target.

Especially since the graphics, given the Steam video, seem so cartoony. You can get away with a lot lower graphic fidelity on cartoony graphics.

That said, I've not been checking out the Online FPS genre. Maybe everyone is doing this. But I would try to build close to the current big eSports titles.
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Old 09-05-2017, 10:17 PM
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The minimum GPU requirements listed on Steam seem to be higher than I would expect for any competitive online game. Going by Passmark scores, it's higher than even the PS4 Pro.
The minimum is a GTX 670. that's not as powerful as a PS4 Pro, and I don't think that's really above what most competitive gamers will own.
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Steamworld Dig is free on orogin.
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Old 09-07-2017, 03:50 PM
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Humble Bundle has The Walking Dead Telltale Game for free for the next 30+ hours. It's an excellent game. My mother even played and enjoyed it, and she's not a fan of the comics, the show or zombies in general. You'll need a steam account to redeem the key.
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Humble Bundle has The Walking Dead Telltale Game for free for the next 30+ hours. It's an excellent game. My mother even played and enjoyed it, and she's not a fan of the comics, the show or zombies in general. You'll need a steam account to redeem the key.
Oh ma gawd, that is awesome. Not for me, but my wife will love you for this. I mean me. Us. Whatever.
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Monaco: What's Yours is Mine is free forever if you get it on Steam before 10AM Pacific on the 8th.
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Old 09-08-2017, 12:05 AM
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Humble Bundle has The Walking Dead Telltale Game for free for the next 30+ hours. It's an excellent game. My mother even played and enjoyed it, and she's not a fan of the comics, the show or zombies in general. You'll need a steam account to redeem the key.
And, as usual, I have an extra copy. But this time, it's from a long time ago and thus shouldn't expire. So PM me if you miss the deal.
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Old 09-14-2017, 01:21 PM
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Psychonauts is currently free for the next 48 hours on Humble Bundle.

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Old 09-14-2017, 01:46 PM
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Psychonauts is currently free for the next 48 hours on Humble Bundle.
Psychonauts is a wonderful game. If anyone here does not have it I strongly recommend you get it and play it (unless you hate the genre).
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Old 09-14-2017, 07:49 PM
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Psychonauts is a wonderful game. If anyone here does not have it I strongly recommend you get it and play it (unless you hate the genre).
I re-played it on PC a few years ago, having played it originally on PS2.

My notes from the replay say, "Absolute classic. One of the greatest games of all time."

It is. Even better, they actually patched their own PC version of the game years after release. It looks awesome in HD and they even made minor adjustments to one section of the game that was never quite right. There was a very difficult couple of moments, but the moments were only difficult unintentionally due to the pressures of releasing the game on a schedule. It's all fixed now and is perfect.

A true 10/10 game.
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