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Evolve's free map DLC is doing that 'Xbox first' thing photo
Evolve's free map DLC is doing that 'Xbox first' thing
by Jordan Devore

It's great to see free maps in a multiplayer-centric game like Evolve, but -- there just had to be a but -- timed platform exclusivity? Considerably less good. When the maps Broken Hill Mine and Broken Hill Foundry debut on March 31, they'll only be available for Xbox One. Following that initial release, PC and PlayStation 4 players will be able to download the pair on April 30.

"Mine" is set in a cave system whose hidden pathways should thoroughly confuse untrained hunters (like me!), while "Foundry" is more of an industrial zone containing crates of bohrium that the beast can consume (though doing so will make enough noise to give away its position).

If Turtle Rock Studios can keep a steady flow of new content going, there may still be a decently active player base by the time I dig into Evolve. Speaking of which, I need to check in on Titanfall.

Two new free maps coming to Evolve [Evolve]

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Titanfall turns one year old, gives away all DLC for free photo
Titanfall turns one year old, gives away all DLC for free
by Brett Makedonski

Titanfall celebrates the first anniversary of its launch today. There might not be a grand showcase dedicated to everything that's happened to the game over the year, but EA and Respawn haven't forgotten about it altogether. They're quietly handing out gift bags to anyone who still wants to party.

All of Titanfall's add-ons across all three platforms -- Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC -- have been made free. Users can simply queue up the season pass on their preferred system. It's currently unknown how long this freebie will last, so it's best to pick it up now instead of waiting.

Happy Anniversary Titanfall [Titanfall]

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Tactical cyberpunk game Syndicate free on Origin photo
Tactical cyberpunk game Syndicate free on Origin
by Jordan Devore

Remember that time Starbreeze and EA brought Syndicate back as a first-person shooter?

Wait, no, forget I ever mentioned it. I'm sorry.

Instead, nab the original Bullfrog Productions-developed Syndicate for free through Origin's On the House. Once the game is in your library, it'll stay there, and this is a good one to have.

[Thanks, Luna Sy]

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One last look at GTA Online heists ahead of next week's launch photo
One last look at GTA Online heists ahead of next week's launch
by Jordan Devore

For as long of a wait as it's been, I'm still enthusiastic about heists in Grand Theft Auto Online.

Rockstar previously said that coming up with missions in which every player in the crew feels important at all times "turned out to be a lot more difficult than we originally thought [and] took several passes from scratch." Console players will find out if the studio succeeded come Tuesday.

Until then, here's a bunch of new screenshots, some of which show the heist planning stage.

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Looks like Unreal Tournament is in capable hands photo
Looks like Unreal Tournament is in capable hands
by Jordan Devore

The new Unreal Tournament is going to look gorgeous once Epic and the community are finished working on it. Last I saw of the project, it had only just become "a game," and now here it is making real good use of Unreal Engine 4. According to Epic, the map shown in this video, Outpost 23, "sets our visual bar for where we would like to see Unreal Tournament continue moving forward."

You can download a pre-alpha build of the game (or simply follow its continued development) over here. It takes a certain type of person to be interested enough to want to do that, and I imagine said person is fully capable of destroying me in UT, so I'm going to pass for the time being.

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Contest: Win a set of BassPULSE speakers! photo
Contest: Win a set of BassPULSE speakers!
by Mr Andy Dixon

[Update: Contest over! Winner is Morty.]

Our friends at Accessory Power have just shipped us a set of awesome GOgroove BassPULSE speakers to give away to one lucky Dtoider! As is evident by the header, these bad boys do indeed glow in the dark. More importantly, they've got a pretty awesome sound to boot!

For a chance at winning, just leave a comment below! Limit one entry per person, and you have until this Friday, March 6 at 11:59pm Pacific to enter. Contest is open to anyone with a U.S. mailing address.

Good luck! And remember, our Huge Members get automatic entry into all contests (and double entries if you enter one manually), exclusive beta code giveaways for upcoming games, monthly newsletters direct from the staff, 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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The wonderful Double Fine Adventure documentary is going free photo
The wonderful Double Fine Adventure documentary is going free
by Jordan Devore

Folks who helped crowdfund Broken Age have gotten an up-close look at how Double Fine operates thanks to episodic videos chronicling development of the adventure game.

With 18 episodes down, 2 Player Productions has produced hours upon hours of compelling footage, and now it's being set free: the documentary series will be uploaded to YouTube piece by piece each Tuesday and Thursday, starting today. The first three episodes are up now.

I'm sure I've written this before, but the documentary was the main reason I backed Broken Age. It's phenomenal, insightful, humanzing, and funny. Whenever an email comes in with a new episode, I want to put down what I'm doing (usually work) and take an extra long "lunch break."

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Go build something: Unreal Engine 4 is free to use photo
Go build something: Unreal Engine 4 is free to use
by Jordan Devore

Epic Games is no longer charging developers a monthly subscription for Unreal Engine 4. The engine is now free for anyone to use. Well, free to a point -- "When you ship a game or application, you pay a 5% royalty on gross revenue after the first $3,000 per product, per quarter."

However, there's no royalty associated with "film projects, contracting, and consulting projects such as architecture, simulation, and visualization," according to Epic. The company also promises that all future updates for Unreal Engine 4 will be free.

Developers who just paid the old monthly fee for access to the engine will get a pro-rated refund to cover their most recent payment and everyone who's ever paid for an UE4 subscription will get a $30 credit in the Unreal Engine Marketplace. Smooth moves all around.

I wonder if Unity has any announcements lined up. It is Game Developers Conference week.

If you love something, set it free [Unreal Engine] [Image source]

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How do you Do It? I do it with action figures on Steam photo
How do you Do It? I do it with action figures on Steam
by Jed Whitaker

There sure have been a lot of free games coming out on Steam these days, and how do you Do It? is probably my favorite. You're an 11-year-old girl and you've just seen your mother having sex. Now you're hell bent on figuring out just how that works by using your action figures.

Go grab the game from Steam and make your action figures hump to your heart's content while pondering aloud if you're doing it right. I'm really hoping for someone to make a classic action figures mod. Thundercats, HO!

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Pokémaniacs! Gold/Silver starters now on Pokémon Bank photo
Pokémaniacs! Gold/Silver starters now on Pokémon Bank
by Jed Whitaker

Great news for all you Pokémaniacs out there: you can now receive Meganium, Typhlosion, and Feraligatr along with their Hidden Abilities from the Pokémon Bank, brother.

This comes just after the one year anniversary of the Pokémon Bank, meaning your subscription probably just ran out. Unlike the currently sold-out golden Mario amiibo, these will be available through the end of November this year. 

Pokémon News [Pokémon]

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March's Games with Gold are some of the best games photo
March's Games with Gold are some of the best games
by Brett Makedonski

In the recent past, Xbox Live's Games with Gold program has had mostly the same cadence every month: a standout title, an indie game, and a bit of filler. March breaks that mold with three superb games from 2013.

March's Xbox One title is Rayman Legends, which just happened to be my game of the year in 2013. Seriously, it's amazing. When informed of the selection, Destructoid editor Jordan Devore couldn't control his outbursts, exclaiming "So dang good!" and "Those games are masterful."

Legacy console Xbox 360's titles aren't slouches either. Crystal Dynamics' Tomb Raider kicks off the first half of March, and BioShock Infinite holds down the back-end. All three games here are certainly worth downloading and playing.

And, as an added bonus, Microsoft has announced that April will double down on Games with Gold. That means two games on Xbox One, and four on Xbox 360. Microsoft claims that this is to celebrate the program crossing 100 million game downloads across its lifetime. Whatever the reasoning, Xbox Live subscribers will certainly welcome the freebies.

Make Room for Three Amazing Games in March – and Double Games with Gold in April [Xbox Wire]

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Steam's running a free weekend for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer photo
Steam's running a free weekend for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer
by Jordan Devore

To jump straight to the not-so-fun part: it's a 43.5GB download for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and the promo only covers multiplayer. Also, it lasts until Sunday, February 22 at 1:00pm Pacific.

So you can't swoop in, oggle digital Spacey, and clear the campaign like I was planning to do.

I spent too long trying to figure out that instead of searching for a "play for free" button on the game's Steam page, I should have been looking for Advanced Warfare in my library, uninstalled, all along. Yup, there it is. If you're not seeing the title in your list, try updating the Steam client.

 

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Hotline Miami 2 digital comic series free on Steam photo
Hotline Miami 2 digital comic series free on Steam
by Rob Morrow

Devolver Digital and Dennaton Games have teamed up with Italian art collective Dayjob Studio to bring you an early taste of Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number in delicious, digital comic book form.

The free, five-part comic series digs into the backstory of the brutal events of the first game and introduces some of the new playable characters and factions that will appear in the gore-encrusted sequel, due to release in Q1 2015.

Each comic is viewable in the application on Steam and readers can turn through the digital pages as select music from the game's soundtrack plays in the background. The remaining three issues will be updated to the application leading up to the release of Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number.

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number Digital Comic Series [Steam]

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The Unova starter giveaway is live in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire photo
The Unova starter giveaway is live in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
by Jordan Devore

The codes for Serperior, Emboar, and Samurott in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are now all redeemable. Just head into the Mystery Gift option and choose "receive via code," then type in POKEMON497, POKEMON500, and POKEMON503, respectively.

These Pokémon are packing hidden abilities (Contrary, Reckless, and Shell Armor), so it's worth setting aside a couple of minutes to nab them before leaving 'em inside a box, unloved.

When this distribution event was announced, I asked which of the three monsters was best, and things got weird. I expect that to happen in all Pokémon posts these days. Or all posts, really.

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3000AD releases remastered Universal Combat CE for free on Steam photo
3000AD releases remastered Universal Combat CE for free on Steam
by Jason Faulkner

If Randy Pitchford and Peter Molyneux had a baby, Derek Smart would be the result. The long-running controversy concerning his first game Battlecruiser 3000AD is the stuff of internet legend and could fill a tome. With Usenet flame wars, lawsuits, and flipped tables, it was a huge ordeal.

I bought both BC3K and Battlecruiser Millenium and they're near and dear to my heart. They're not good games, they're broken, confusing, rambling games, but they were ambitious and I had as much fun trying to get them to work and figuring out just what the fuck was even going on than I've had with complete AAA titles.

3000AD is still around and kicking, though not nearly as vocal as it was in the late '90s. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Battlecruiser series, the company has remastered Universal Combat 2.0 Collector's Edition and released it on Steam for free. Derek Smart might be crazy as a shithouse rat, but he does show appreciation for his fans as this release is just the latest in 3000AD's policy of making its older games available as shareware when support for them is ended.

3000AD is still hard at work bringing its unique brand of broken, yet intriguing, space odysseys to new generations of players with a new refresh of Universal Combat underway. Regardless of quality I'm glad that there are developers like this in the industry who aren't afraid to reject the status quo.

Universal Combat CE "remastered" and released for free on Steam [PC Gamer]

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

Our friends at Kraken Empire have given us five keys for their crazy shoot-'em-up Kromaia to give away to lucky Dtoiders!

Described as a frantic, old-school, coin-op shoot-'em-up that's come crashing headlong into the 21st century, Kromaia has you blasting hordes of enemies in a 360-degree, sci-fi environment, and it looks like great fun!

To enter, just leave a comment in the thread below! You have until Sunday, February 8 at 11:59pm Pacific to enter, and the contest is open to anyone in the world!

Good luck! And remember, our Huge Members get automatic entry into all contests (and double entries if you enter one manually), exclusive beta code giveaways for upcoming games, monthly newsletters direct from the staff, 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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