Free PC game and free weekend notification thread

Yeah, I’ve played PC Builder and it’s an enjoyable little business sim. The PC building is mechanically fairly simple: cables auto-route, screws come out when you need them, etc. If anything, someone experienced might complain that it’s not realistic enough. But I thought it was fun and it’s worth picking up for free. My older kid actually learned a little bit about PC building from it (and more from actually building a PC), just basic “how stuff goes together” sorts of things.

Random amused “complaint”: You might get a request to upgrade the memory in a system. If you install used memory from an earlier build, they might complain and leave a bad review about you going cheap on them. I refuse to believe that the sort of person who pays a shop to put an 8GB stick of RAM in their box is the sort of person capable of noticing if a stick of RAM was used :smiley:

My big pet peeve is no tiny screw to anchor your M.2 card is sent with an M.2 card. Run into that one a lot and then spend a couple hours digging through boxes looking for one.

I’ve also had a case with no standoffs. There went two hours running to the store. Not fun.

If you have Amazon Prime, you can claim a free copy of Ghostrunner (redeems on GOG)

Also a free copy of Star Wars: Squadrons (redeems on EA Origin)

Thanks! I had been interested, but wasn’t sure. Free? Yes, please.

The original, twenty-year old, Ghost Recon is free from Uplay (Ubi’s client required)

If you own Ghost Recon: Wildlands, the “Fallen Ghosts” DLC is free as well

Both offers expire on Oct 11.

PC Building Simulator on Epic this week as previously referred to.

Epic this week: Stubbs the zombie in rebel without a pulse and Paladins epic pack which sounds like a bunch of fancy hats for a free to play game.

Just came in to make sure Stubbs the Zombie was posted. I played that one to death when it first came out. Fun for everyone!

Twin-stick shooter Drones: The Human Condition is free on Steam until Nov 1st.

New Amazon Prime gaming offerings are up (for anyone with Amazon Prime):
Dragon Age Inquisition (Origin)
Control: Ultimate Edition (GOG)
Rise of the Tomb Raider (Epic)

Plus a number of smaller indie titles that I think are direct downloads.

Aven Colony, a space-themed city builder, is free on Steam until November 11th.

I’m not sure where you got that idea, it’s $30 to purchase it.

It’s free on Epic, not Steam.

My apologies, it is Epic instead of Steam (not sure how I mixed that up). Here’s the correct link. Unfortunately it won’t let me edit my earlier post.

Thanks both of you. It’s a good-looking game, I’m grabbing it. :+1:

It does look intriguing. Installing it now. (47%)

I’m liking it so far. At least I’m liking it better than Surviving Mars, which I also installed just to compare. (It was also an Epic free game I picked up over the summer.) I did the first tutorial mission on Surviving Mars, then switched to Aven Colony.

After the first tutorial mission, Aven Colony seemed clearly better to me. Oddly, after the first 10 minute tutorial mission, I’m multiple hours into the second tutorial mission. There is a tremendous amount of information to take in, but still, will this second tutorial mission ever end? I think there’s like a half a dozen of these tutorial missions.

That’s good to know - I enjoyed Surviving Mars for a bit, but found myself losing interest after a few days of playing.

I love city builders but I am used to Anno 1800 and Civilization and find most others lacking (or Cities: Skyline if you want literal city building).

Are these games (Aven Colony and Surviving Mars) worth a go? Different in good ways other than setting?

I’ve never played any Civilization game. And in fact, I’m mainly trying to avoid spending $9 on Civilization 6, which is currently 85% off, I think until November 11th. (It’s a super old game to still be selling for $60.) The game I really want to play is Humankind, but that hasn’t gone on sale yet.

The second tutorial mission on Aven Colony finally ended after about 7 hours. It was fun and engaging, so that’s fine. The very next map, however, appears to have an extreme nanite shortage. Nanites are the only building material in the entire game, so a shortage of those is kind of a bummer. To the point that I’m going to have to restart and rethink my entire strategy. Honestly I may just give up. I’m not sure the whole nanite economy game balance is thought through well enough. But I will definitely try again. I’m hoping the one-two punch of Aven Colony and Surviving Mars helps me resist the overpriced Civilization 6 sale.

I do like Aven Colony’s hostile environment, at least. Ice storms and lightning and giant sand worms and all sorts of active threats. And you can build some nice defensive buildings to shoot them down with rockets and whatnot. That’s pretty fun and satisfying, at least.