Yes, we've covered this month's PlayStation Plus games for North America already. But I can't pass on having just one more opportunity to represent Binary Domain, which joins the PS Vita version of Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath ...
Joining PlayStation 4 titles Resogun and Contrast in the PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection this month in Europe are GRID 2, Guacamelee!, Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed (PS Vita), and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories. Those first two arrive on November 29, while everything else will be rotated in on November 27.
Besides being a great game in its own right, Guacamelee!also supports Cross-Buy. Definitely make some time to play through this -- with a friend if possible. I'm less familiar with All-Stars Racing Transformedon Vita, but the console/PC counterpart is one of my favorite kart racers in years. Even if you think you're burned out on the genre, give it a shot and let the nostalgia flow.
Given the popularity of Microsoft's Games with Gold promotion that gives out two free Xbox 360 games each month for Xbox Live Gold subscribers, the company said last month that it would be extending the initiative for an undisclosed amount of time. Microsoft's Larry Hryb has now confirmed that this promo will continue on Xbox One.
He says that more (see: actual) details are due out next year. That should hopefully give them plenty of time to examine what PlayStation Plus does well and figure out a plan to bridge the gap between the two offerings. If that means better, newer games but the inability to keep them after you cancel Xbox Live Gold, I'd be all for that. Potentially terrific news.
You can see how amazing this Finn-themed beauty looks in the gallery below. To win one for yourself, just leave a comment in this thread telling us your favorite moment from Adventure Time! Limit one entry per person, and the contest is open to anyone in the US. You have until this Friday, November 15 at 11:59pm Pacific to enter.
Don't forget that our Huge members are automatically entered into all contests! Good luck!
Something for everyone! For existing players of FTL: Faster Than Light on Windows, Mac, or Linux, there's the new Advanced Edition, shown above. This is a free expansion featuring new content -- mind control, hacking, another sector (written by Tom Jubert and Chris Avellone), more weapons, etc. -- and player-requested features like being able to save and quit mid-battle.
Then there's the new iPad version of FTL, which should translate well. This will support iPad mini and second-generation devices or newer when it arrives alongside Advanced Edition in early 2014. Subset Games wants to support more tablets like Surface and Android but says it won't be doing FTL for phones as there's not enough screen real estate. Understandable.
As someone who can't and probably won't ever beat the game, the part I'm most excited about is new music by Ben Prunty. Eff yes. And I should also point out that if you're deeply invested in the current FTL, know that the expansion's new content can be disabled.
[Update: Contest over! Winners are TerryBroadway, knightoftwo, and AWESOMEGAM3R!]
Our friends at Titan Books have given us three copies of The Art of Battlefield 4 to hand out to sexy Dtoiders! This hefty hardcover features awesome art from and inspired by the game, and it can be yours right now for free!
To win, just leave a comment on this thread telling me what vehicle you would add to the Battlefield universe if you could. Limit one entry per person, and the contest is open to anyone in North America. You have until this Sunday, November 10 at 11:59pm Pacific to enter.
Were you an Xbox Live subscriber on Xbox 360? If so, you might want to go check your email; there may be a free game or even an Xbox One waiting for you. Go ahead, I'll wait.
Xbox has been sending out gifts to some of its patrons this morning, no strings attached. In a note that says "You're a fan of us, and we're a fan of you," the Xbox team shows a token of its appreciation by offering up a free game at launch. An extremely lucky few have received emails announcing that they've won an Xbox One console with a host of launch games and a year of Live.
It's a nice gesture from Xbox to offer something like this with absolutely no catch. No participation required, no obligation, just a thank you to its supporters.
It seems that there are more interesting-looking free games hitting the PC lately than I have time to play. The latest free game you can check out is The Path of Shadows, a stealth-based game of assassination where the player controls shadows.
It was created by five students from Spain, and they have submitted it to IGF. Their plan was to create a twenty-minute-long demo that would show off their skills. It looks like a lot of fun, and I will definitely be downloading this to check out this weekend.
[Update: Contest over! Winners are Shadowiii, Tristrix, KymikoLoco, Shockwave3000, and BillyTheK1dd!]
BlizzCon 2013 is just one week away! Next Friday, November 8, Blizzard fans the world over will descend upon the Anaheim Convention Center to get some hands-on time with the latest games, attend panels, and high five other Diablo, Warcraft, and StarCraft fans. Fun!
Tickets sadly sold out long ago, but thankfully Dtoid has you covered! We've got five pairs to hand out, and all you have to do to win a set is leave a comment on this thread! You have until this Sunday, November 3rd at 11:59pm Pacific to enter, and you MUST check your Dtoid PMs soon after that because we'll need to ship the tickets by Monday afternoon. Travel is not included, so please only enter if you're able to make it to California on short notice!
While Blizzard is primarily known as the developer of Warcraft and Starcraft titles today, I have a deep affection for the games produced in the company's early years. Today, I'm a pretty happy camper, as one of those classic titles has been released for free on Blizzard's Battle.net service, Blackthorne.
A weird mix of fantasy and science-fiction, Blackthorne is a 2D platforming game where the deposed prince of an alien planet, hidden on Earth at childhood twenty years prior, returns to his world to save it from the despotic monster who now rules. It's a bit like the original Prince of Persia with a sawed-off shotgun in gameplay.
You can try Blackthorne out yourself starting today by going to your Battle.net account and acquiring it from the client downloader.
DriveClub may be removed from November's list of PlayStation Plus games after being delayed into next year, but it's still a hell of a month in North America. PlayStation 4 owners have the puzzle-platformer Contrastand Housemarque's Resogun to look forward to.
Elsewhere in the lineup, there's Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen, ibb & obb, Binary Domain, and on PlayStation Vita, Soul Sacrifice and Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath.
You definitely need to check out Binary Domain since I know a bunch of you haven't played it yet. What a pleasant surprise of a game that ended up being. You aren't ready for Big Bo.
[Update: Contest over! Winners have been notified via Dtoid PM.]
Our friends at Groupees have just launched their Bundle of the Damned 2, and just in time for Halloween we've got 20 codes to give out to lucky Dtoiders!
The Bundle of the Damned 2 contains some amazing dark games, music, and graphic novels. Included in the package is Lucius, Survivor Squad, Undead Legions, and Postmortem: One Must Die, plus there's music from Collide, Neverside, and Alone Architect, the 47 Decembers graphic novel, and much more!
To win, just leave a comment in this thread telling us what you're going as for Halloween. Limit one entry per person, and the contest is open to anyone in the (under)world. You have until 11:59pm Pacific tonight to enter. Good luck!
The Games with Gold titles for November are Ninjabee's relaxing city builder A World of Keflings and Double Fine's enjoyable multiplayer mech romp Iron Brigade. Those will become free for Xbox Live Gold members on November 1 and November 16, respectively.
This program has a reputation for being stingy -- for featuring games that many of us already own and have owned for years. From a savings perspective, yeah, neither of these two are expensive. But they are both worth playing, and you should get them if you haven't done so.
Our friends at Big Fish Games have just released their latest zombie puzzler Zombie! Zombie! Zombie!, and to celebrate they've given us a $100 Visa gift card and a Zombie Survival Kit to hand out to one lucky Dtoider!
Included in the survival kit is a Swiss Army Knife (with 8GB USB), LED Flashlight, camouflage netting, can of SPAM, emergency whistle, carabiner, a Nerf gun, handy wipes, and stickers. (Zombies hate stickers.) I played this game a bit at PAX and it's a ton of fun (and gets frantic rather quickly), so I encourage you to go check out the trailer on Zombie! Zombie! Zombie!'s Facebook page. In fact, that's how you can enter to win!
Like Zombie! Zombie! Zombie! on Facebook
Share the Zombie! Zombie! Zombie! trailer from their Facebook page
Comment in this thread once you've done both those things! You have until this Sunday, November 3 at 11:59pm Pacific to enter. Contest is open to anyone in the US. Good luck!
This week marks the second anniversary of the release of Uncharted 3. To celebrate, Naughty Dog has dropped a massive patch on the title's multiplayer mode with a few dozen balance changes and other adjustments. A new, "Dry Docks," map has been released for free and the cost to purchase all of the pre-existing multiplayer maps has been eliminated as well.
I would think by this point that just about every sale of this DLC which was going to be made has already been transacted, so this makes pretty good sense to me. If people come this late to the party, it's probably better to give them access to the full range in the hopes that you can hook them into buying on a later product.
Want some cheap Halloween-flavored games? How about a free one?
Our friends at GOG.com are having a 48 hour sale this week with titles marked down to as little as $1.79. The games include Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, The Penumbra Collection, Alan Wake, Alan Wake's American Nightmare, The CAT Lady, Clive Barker's Undying, three Gabriel Knight titles, Sanitarium, Phatasmagoria 1 and 2, Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare, Pathologic, and Waxworks. Grab them all for the cost of a single next gen game while the sale lasts.
For you with upgraded Dtoid accounts, you get one of these games free: Pathologic is sitting in your HUGE Perks Inbox right here. Thanks for supporting us!