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4:45 PM on 08.21.2014

Europe is getting another PS Vita Mega Pack

Sony will offer a fresh PlayStation Vita Mega Pack this autumn in Europe, available as a system bundle or a standalone memory card bundle for folks who already own a PS Vita. In either case, the featured games are Gravity Rus...

Jordan Devore



Play Borderlands 2 for free on Steam this weekend photo
Play Borderlands 2 for free on Steam this weekend
by Jordan Devore

As part of a 2K sale on Steam this weekend, the publisher is giving folks a chance to play Borderlands 2 for free on Steam today through Sunday at 1:00pm Pacific.

Borderlands 2 has also been marked down to $4.99 to own, or $9.99 if you want the Game of the Year edition and its numerous DLC packs. Elsewhere in the sale, there are discounts on Civilization V ($7.49), BioShock Infinite ($7.49), and XCOM: Enemy Unknown ($7.49).

Oh, and The Bureau: XCOM Declassified is $3.99. What, no takers?

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Play Garden Warfare, Kingdoms of Amalur for free on Origin for a limited time photo
Play Garden Warfare, Kingdoms of Amalur for free on Origin for a limited time
by Jordan Devore

Through Origin's Game Time program, it's currently possible to play Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning for free -- for a limited time, of course. Simply download either game and, once you launch it, the clock will begin counting down.

For Garden Warfare, which I cannot recommend enough -- seriously, now's your chance! -- Origin users are getting unlimited access for 72 hours, while Kingdoms of Amalur is restricted to 48 hours of free play. It's unclear how long these offers will remain valid, so I wouldn't wait too long if you're interested. Something to play over the weekend, perhaps.

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11:30 PM on 08.11.2014

Doujin Deals: So many Japanese indie game sales!

Good lord, there's a lot of great doujin games on sale right now. In celebration of this summer's fast-approaching Comiket 86, the folks at Playism, Rockin' Android, and Nyu Media have banded together with the "Japanese Indie...

Kyle MacGregor



Battlefield 4 is free to play for a week on PC photo
Battlefield 4 is free to play for a week on PC
by Jordan Devore

EA is back with another Origin Game Time promotion following that one for Titanfall. Those of you on PC can claim a week of free access to Battlefield 4 -- just add the game to your Origin library before August 14. The clock doesn't start until you launch the title, at which point you'll then have one full week (168 hours) to play as much or as little as you'd like.

This offer includes full access to the single-player campaign (don't feel bad about skipping it) and multiplayer, and any progress you make will be retained should you choose to buy Battlefield 4 afterward. Pretty good way to get your fill without committing.

Tempted to log back in after a long absence. Maybe I'll stand a chance now.

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Wing Commander III is free on Origin photo
Wing Commander III is free on Origin
by Jordan Devore

The next free game in EA's On the House promo for Origin is the classic space combat sim Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger. Add it to your account and its yours to keep.

This is definitely something to check out for folks who are into Star Citizen and want to revisit Chris Roberts' past work. It's unquestionably dated -- the game originally released in 1994 and features full-motion video cut scenes -- but not so dated that it can be enjoyed today.

I mean, if nothing else, you'll get a kick out of seeing live-action Mark Hamill and Malcom McDowell.

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9:00 PM on 08.05.2014

There's a huge Capcom sale on Xbox Live

More than 20 Capcom games are 50 to 75 percent off in this week's Xbox Live sale and, better yet, you don't even need to be a Gold subscriber to take advantage of the deals. Here are the sale prices: Asura's Wrath - $9.99 Bi...

Jordan Devore



PSA: Xbox Live Gold members, go get yo' free games! photo
PSA: Xbox Live Gold members, go get yo' free games!
by Brett Makedonski

As you flip the calendar from July's impossibly cute picture of a puppy to August's impossibly cute picture of a puppy, you should be reminded that there's a new stable of free games to download on Xbox One and Xbox 360 for Xbox Live Gold members. Maybe you should just start writing "Games with Gold" on the calendar for the first of every month so you don't have to rely on the Internet people.

The offerings right now are Crimson Dragon and Strike Suit Zero on Xbox One, and Motocross Madness on Xbox 360. The Xbox One titles are both available through the end of the month, but Motocross Madness is only free through August 15. That's when Dishonored -- the real highlight of August -- takes over until September rolls around.

Xbox Live Games with Gold for August 2014 [Major Nelson]

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7:00 PM on 07.31.2014

Transistor gets a Steam sale and extended soundtrack

Supergiant is hosting a weekend sale for Transistor on Steam. At 33 percent off, you can grab the action-RPG for $13.39 and its soundtrack for $6.69 until August 4. There's also a special something for those of us who already...

Jordan Devore



Final reminder: It's the last day to get your free Wii U game with Mario Kart 8 photo
Final reminder: It's the last day to get your free Wii U game with Mario Kart 8
by Jordan Devore

If you ordered Mario Kart 8 and somehow neglected to register your copy for one of the free Wii U games Nintendo is giving out, this is the final day to do so.

Just redeem the code printed on the insert using Club Nintendo, or link your Club Nintendo account to your Wii U before buying Mario Kart 8 if you're getting the title digitally.

The choices are, again, Pikmin 3, The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD, New Super Mario Bros. U, and Wii Party U in North America. Europe is offering those, plus Game & Wario, Sonic Lost World, Nintendo Land, The Wonderful 101, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, and Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. (What'd you get, by the way?)

Most of you who were going to register Mario Kart 8 probably did so already, so here's a potentially more useful nudge: don't forget to check your status in the Deluxe Digital Promotion if you're a Wii U Deluxe Set owner. You might just have a $5 eShop code in there.

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4:00 PM on 07.28.2014

This Humble Flash Bundle has Putt-Putt and other Humongous titles

Night Dive Studios brought the likes of Putt-Putt, Freddi Fish, Pajama Sam, and Spy Fox to Steam earlier this year, and here they are again in this flash sale from Humble Bundle. If you want to go on a nostalgia trip and come...

Jordan Devore



Heads up: Payday will be free on Steam in October photo
Heads up: Payday will be free on Steam in October
by Jordan Devore

It feels silly to tell you about a game that's going to be free months from now, but maybe, just this once, it'll prevent someone from buying said game right before the promotion begins. With that in mind, Payday: The Heist will be free for 24 hours on October 18, 2014.

This offer is connected to Overkill Software's Crimefest, a celebration of the Payday franchise's third anniversary happening in October. The studio has a goal of 1.5 million community member sign-ups on the Payday 2 Steam group, and there are milestones with rewards. The group now has over 1,050,000 members, hence the free Payday offer.

Even if you're done with the original game, I'd encourage Payday 2 players to take a look at that link -- the other rewards will be relevant to your interests. Looks like we'll get them all, too.

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August Games with Gold: Dishonored, Crimson Dragon, more photo
August Games with Gold: Dishonored, Crimson Dragon, more
by Jordan Devore

Microsoft has come out with its August lineup of free games for Xbox Live Gold members and the highlight here is unquestionably Arkane Studios' stealth title Dishonored. You'll want to clear hard drive space for it in a couple weeks. But, that's not the only one worth trying.

The first Games with Gold selections -- Crimson Dragon and Strike Suit Zero on Xbox One, and Motorcross Madness on Xbox 360 -- will be free beginning this Friday, August 1. Then, it's Dishonored's turn from August 16 - 31. We'll have a reminder post when the time comes.

One of the recurring complaints for Games with Gold has been its insistence on featuring stuff that many of us own and have owned for years. With Crimson Dragon and Strike Suit Zero next month, at least we're getting something I imagine not a ton of folks have played yet.

August Games with Gold [Xbox]

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12:15 PM on 07.24.2014

GOG.com now supports Linux with new and old games alike

Digital distributor GOG.com has launched its Linux support earlier than expected and, as of today, there are more than 50 games that feature Linux versions on the site. A number of these titles are also on sale, because you c...

Jordan Devore

2:15 PM on 07.22.2014

Snag a whole lot of Square Enix games for cheap in the new Humble Bundle

The latest Humble Bundle focuses on giving some exposure to Square Enix's titles. Like always, it also allows you the opportunity to pick up some games at a significant discount, and helps out a couple charities -- this time ...

Brett Makedonski

1:45 PM on 07.22.2014

This year's PlayStation Store PLAY lineup is solid

Four upcoming PS3, PS4, and PS Vita titles (with Cross-Buy!) have been confirmed for this year's PlayStation Store PLAY promotion: Rogue Legacy (July 29), The Swapper (August 5), Hohokum (August 12), and CounterSpy (August 19...

Jordan Devore