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6:30 PM on 10.23.2014

Contest: Win a code for Warlock 2: The Exiled!

Warlock 2: The Exiled launched its Wrath of the Nagas DLC earlier this week, and to celebrate they've given us 10 codes for the base game to hand out to lucky Dtoiders! Sweet! Steven Hansen was a big fan of this game, so you ...

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Dress up like the bad guy in this free Shadow of Mordor DLC photo
Dress up like the bad guy in this free Shadow of Mordor DLC
by Jordan Devore

Monolith has released a free Power of Shadow DLC pack for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on Steam, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Most notably, it includes an alternate costume for Talion that resembles the Black Hand of Sauron. Epic Runes are included as well:

  • One with Nature – Immunity to Poison attacks from Uruk Captains or Ghuls.
  • Ascendant – Double Focus Time for slow motion Ranged combat.
  • Elven Grace – Increased defense which halves the damage of enemy strikes.

More clothing options are good if, like Steven, you want to live out matchmaking fantasies or, similar to Nic, you want to become the Dracula of Middle-earth. (I love these guys.)

I'm holding off on Shadow of Mordor until the holiday break, I think. This seems like something I'll want to dig into for a week straight and never touch again. Ever do that?

[Image credit: @mitnth]

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Contest: Win an Xbox One Sunset Overdrive bundle! photo
Contest: Win an Xbox One Sunset Overdrive bundle!
by Mr Andy Dixon

Our friends at Microsoft have provided us with an absolutely beautiful Xbox One Sunset Overdrive bundle to hand out to one lucky reader! Included in this special edition package are the following items:

  • Special edition white Xbox One console and wireless controller
  • Full game download for Sunset Overdrive
  • Day One Edition downloadable content including the Nothin' but the Hits gun, Fizzie outfit, and Hardcore! Hammer
  • Standard Xbox One chat headset
  • Special edition Sunset Overdrive packaging

For a chance to win, leave a comment below describing what your ideal mutant would look like... and how you'd go about blasting them into smithereens! Limit one entry per person, and the contest is open to anyone with a US mailing address. You have until Tuesday, October 28 at 11:59pm to enter.

Good luck! And remember, our Huge members get automatic entry into all contests (and double entries if you decide to enter manually), exclusive beta code giveaways for upcoming games, ad-free browsing, and more! And most of all, your $3 a month helps directly support the site you love. Try us out!

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Payday: The Heist is free on Steam today photo
Payday: The Heist is free on Steam today
by Jordan Devore

We told you way in advance that Payday: The Heist would be free to download (and keep!) on Steam for 24 hours, but the original date has since been moved up to ... today!

Claim your free copy here.

You know what this game is already, right? If not, it's the one about committing robberies with friends while wearing really creepy masks. Definitely worth adding to the ol' Steam library but it's also a freebie you might consider, well, playing. I know, I know -- crazy thought.

On a related note, Steam is hosting a free weekend for 10 games including the sequel to Payday. That promotion is live now and will continue until Sunday afternoon. Better prioritize.

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GOG.com is giving away Aliens vs. Predator 2000 photo
GOG.com is giving away Aliens vs. Predator 2000
by Jordan Devore

For 48 hours, GOG.com is giving out free copies of Aliens versus Predator Classic 2000 to people who register their email address for the GOG Galaxy beta test. Easy enough.

But what is Galaxy, exactly? It's an upcoming DRM-free online gaming platform, as previously described here. Think of Steam as imagined by the GOG.com folks, essentially.

For the beta, "You'll be helping us to analyze and improve the performance of the multiplayer component of GOG Galaxy," hence the free game with multiplayer. Note that keys will be sent in batches so there will almost certainly be some waiting required on your part.

AVP 2000 looks dated but it's possible to get past that after a while. The last time I played -- three or four years back, I think -- it held up fairly well. Still fun after all these years.

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XCOM, Payday 2, and eight other games are free to play on Steam this weekend photo
XCOM, Payday 2, and eight other games are free to play on Steam this weekend
by Jordan Devore

I like Steam's Free Weekend promotions in theory but I don't know that I've ever participated in one. That'll likely change tomorrow, beginning 10:00am Pacific, when 10 games become free to download and play on Steam until Sunday at 1:00pm Pacific. Here's the list:

  • Awesomenauts
  • Blade Symphony
  • Company of Heroes 2
  • Don't Starve
  • Grid 2
  • Injustice
  • Killing Floor
  • Payday 2
  • Trine 2
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Some great games, right? I'd be curious to try out Injustice and Grid 2 as a casual player of fighting and racing games, respectively. If Awesomenauts and XCOM are out of your comfort zone, consider giving those two a try. You may just come to dig the heck out of 'em.

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Contest: Win a copy of The Art of Alien: Isolation! photo
Contest: Win a copy of The Art of Alien: Isolation!
by Mr Andy Dixon

Our friends at Titan Books have given us a bunch of copies of The Art of Alien: Isolation to hand out to lucky Dtoiders!

To enter, just leave a comment in this thread! Limit one entry per person, and you have until this Friday, October 17 at 11:59pm Pacific to enter. Three US and three UK winners will be chosen, so please mention in your comment where you are located.

Good luck! And remember, our Huge members get automatic entry into all contests, exclusive beta code giveaways for upcoming games, ad-free browsing, and more! And most of all, your $3 a month helps directly support the site you love. Try us out!

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Relive that time Kirby was a golf ball with Club Nintendo photo
Relive that time Kirby was a golf ball with Club Nintendo
by Jordan Devore

Coming off of Kirby Super Star and Art Style: PiCTOBiTS, guess I should have lowered my expectations for this month's Club Nintendo digital game rewards. Too late. Actually, it's not all bad:

  • Wrecking Crew (Wii U) - 200 Coins
  • Kirby's Dream Course (Wii U) - 200 Coins
  • Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II (Wii) - 200 Coins
  • Maboshi's Arcade (Wii) - 250 Coins
  • Kersploosh! (3DS) - 150 Coins
  • Brain Age Express: Math (3DS) - 200 Coins
  • 3D Classics: Kid Icarus (3DS) - 200 Coins
  • Donkey Kong (3DS) - 150 Coins

Tempted to go for the oddity that is Kirby's Dream Course. It's an isometric golf game in which Kirby is the ball, so, yeah. Kersploosh!, a game about falling, is worth a look too.

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Add a shiny Gengar to your Pokémon collection photo
Add a shiny Gengar to your Pokémon collection
by Jordan Devore

Now through October 26, you'll be able to score a shiny Gengar holding Gengarite, the stone necessary for its Mega Evolution, at GameStop. Simply bring in your copy of either Pokémon X or Y for a free redeemable code.

If you're thinking of skipping this video, allow me to point out that it shows Mega Gengar spraying toxic throw-up ("Sludge Wave," officially) on a pack of Mime Juniors. It's what they get for being all small 'n' creepy. The move can't be learned in normal gameplay, for what it's worth.

This'll be a good get. But, leading into the Ruby / Sapphire remakes, I'm contemplating giving away (well, Wonder Trading) all of my Pokémon. Going in fresh. Decisions, decisions.

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Dragon Age: Origins is free on Origin until Tuesday photo
Dragon Age: Origins is free on Origin until Tuesday
by Jordan Devore

Many of you haven't seemed too thrilled with EA's free game offerings on Origin, which is understandable -- they've been hit or miss. This one should prove a bit more compelling.

The standard edition of Dragon Age: Origins is free to download on Origin now through Tuesday, October 14. To be clear, if you get the title in that time, it's yours to keep and play as you like. (Some of EA's other promotions don't function this way.)

Yeah, the promo is clearly timed as a lead-in to Dragon Age: Inquisition's impending release, but that's fine. Just glad it's the original we're getting here instead of the sequel.

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These free Octodad: Dadliest Catch levels are going to end in disaster photo
These free Octodad: Dadliest Catch levels are going to end in disaster
by Jordan Devore

Feeding watermelon to a hospital patient? What a nice guy, that Octodad. Such large, sharp forks he's got, too. It's a good thing he is an adult human with fully developed motor skills.

Octodad: Dadliest Catch was a treat, but I was left wanting more. Thankfully, more is coming, and it'll be here real soon. The adventures of our favorite secret octopus father continue with two new levels, Dad Romance and Medical Mess, releasing Tuesday for free on PS4, PC, Mac, and Linux.

What's more, Dadliest Catch will be half off next week on PlayStation Network, Steam, and the Humble Store. That brings the game down to $7.50. Pretty good.

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Enjoy these free remixed Spelunky jams photo
Enjoy these free remixed Spelunky jams
by Jordan Devore

Oh, cool! There's a new Spelunky EP up on Bandcamp and it's totally free, whether you're streaming or downloading. (Though you may want to consider tipping if you like what you hear.)

This is a nine-track EP with several guest contributions including one from Mega Man's Manami Matsumae. My favorite is "Smells like wet funk," and that's only partially because of the fun name.

Related: Spelunky is out on PS4 today. If you own it for PS3/PS Vita, this new version is free.

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Contest: Win a code for the Give Back Bundle! photo
Contest: Win a code for the Give Back Bundle!
by Mr Andy Dixon

Our friends at Groupees are in the midst of their new Give Back Bundle, and they've shared 20 codes with us to hand out to the Destructoid community!

Included in the bundle (for just $1!) are a bunch of awesome indie games, music, and comics, and 100% of the proceeds will benefit The Miracle of Music, which brings music to patients of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Go check it out! To be entered to win, just leave a comment in this thread! Limit one entry per person, and you have until next Friday, October 10 at 11:59pm Pacific to enter. Contest is open to anyone in the world.

Good luck! And remember, our Huge members get automatic entry into all contests, exclusive beta code giveaways for upcoming games, ad-free browsing, and more! And most of all, your $3 a month helps directly support the site you love. Try us out!

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Friendly reminder: Go get yo' free games on Xbox Live! photo
Friendly reminder: Go get yo' free games on Xbox Live!
by Brett Makedonski

With the beginning of a new month, it's time that we all flip our calendars from that picture of an adorable kitten rolling around in the leaves to that picture of an adorable kitten sitting in a pumpkin. It's also time that Xbox Live Gold members should go ahead and swoop on their free games.

As a quick reminder, DICE's highly praised Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is available until October 15 on Xbox 360. On Xbox One, newly released indie cooperative platformer Chariot is free all month long. Chariot's one that you won't want to pass up, especially if you have a partner to sit on the couch and work through it with.

Xbox Live Gold subscribers would be remiss to pass these up. Go ahead and put on your Uggs, froth your pumpkin spice lattes, and queue up some videogames to play.

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Contest: Win a code for Heavy Bullets on Steam! photo
Contest: Win a code for Heavy Bullets on Steam!
by Mr Andy Dixon

Heavy Bullets launched on Steam a little more than a week ago (Dtoid review coming soon!), and we've got 15 codes to hand out to lucky community members!

This game looks absolutely nuts (see video above for proof), and early impressions I've seen have been very positive. If you'd like to win a copy and see for yourself, just leave a comment in this thread! You have until this Friday, October 3 and 11:59pm Pacific time to enter, and the contest is open to anyone on the planet Earth. Limit one entry per person.

Good luck! And remember, our Huge members get automatic entry into all contests (as well as a bunch of other awesome perks). Try us out!

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Free update for Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare adds tweaked classes, tacos photo
Free update for Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare adds tweaked classes, tacos
by Darren Nakamura

Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare has already done right by its users by providing good post-launch support via free downloadable content, and it is continuing on that path with tomorrow's Legends of the Lawn update.

The DLC features a host of character variants that add options to both sides of play. Additionally, a new mode called Taco Bandits is included, which is described as capture the flag, but with tacos instead of flags.

Legends of the Lawn should release for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One tomorrow, at the low price of zero dollars. You can't argue with that.

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