Want a tip? Have a tip. Sometimes tech, sometimes life, sometimes not a tip at all. Now faced with the prospect of not posting this month (shock and horror!), I throw ’em out there with wild abandon.
Satisfy* your hunger after the jump.
This started out as one of those, “another month, another post” kind of posts. Then I made the mistake of “I’ll just put some words down about my GTA V experience,” and now we have this. Basically a review. Except I never meant to review it so there are no screenshots to do the picture things. Once I play the thing again (The Witcher has me right now), I’ll snap some shots. I had meant to write about GTA V, NAG magazine stopping production (though I guess I did that in their comments), The Witcher (still on number one, even though I went and pre-ordered three…), perhaps The Smashing Pumpkins’ new album (I like it – not Siamese Dream or Machina love it, but like it), maybe Star Citizen’s recent developments (or rather this mini game), and generally waste your time. But now you have this. So, there you are.
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GTA V! ON THE MASTER PLATFORM FOR THE MASTER RACE!
(That’s the PC, for the peasants among you.)
That’s right, folks. GTA V has finally released on PC, and hot damn if it isn’t my first new-release pre-order game-purchase of the year! I’ve been chomping at the bit to play this since it got rolled out to the peasant platforms last year and studiously avoiding spoilers, too-detailed opinions, reviews, and gameplay videos (okay, I cheated a little with those, particularly after the PS4 and XBONE releases). After all this time, I now have the game sitting on my work desk. It and the lovely box, cover, (seven!) discs, map, poster, and most of all smell have all been doing their delicious parts to taunt and tease me, but it won’t be long now…
Wah-hey, it’s a another year. I almost skipped this post, because laziness or some such thing, but eventually my urge to type about the newest free thing on Origin won out and now here we are. So to get right to the pointy end, Origin’s latest On the House thing is ye olde Bullfrog classic Theme Hospital. To get it, you need to do the usual On the House thing of logging in to the Origin application/client, check out the Store, and click all over those helpful bits that, currently at least, are trying to tell you about what this very post is also telling you about (that is, Theme Hospital being free, obviously). Which is a terrible way of saying “open the Origin client and follow the prompts.” No idea how long this’ll last, Origin only gives us a cryptic “Available for a Limited Time Only” message, and I’ve no idea what’s up with the capitalisation…
Yep, that’s right: Dragon Age: Origins, the first game in the Dragon Age series, is free right now, until 14 October 2014, on Origin. The price of zero monies/credits/dosh/green/et cetera. Ala on the house. So get on over there and do the things to get it. Hurray!
Alrighty, this game. My first impulse buy in a long while, and perhaps the most important question to answer is “do I regret it?” Uncharacteristically, I’ll answer that right in the header: No. No, I have no regrets at all (thus far). I spent some three hours with Talion in the lands of Mordor last night, it and all three of those hours were engrossing, interesting, and fun. Some funny snippets, some “aww sweet!” bits, and more than a few “ooh’s” and “aah’s.” Vault the jump to splash in the less descriptively-muddy waters.
So what did Gamescom have in store for Evolve, the 4v1 monster-hunting game in development by Turtle Rock Studios (the chaps behind Left 4 Dead) and which is looking set to be monstrously fun? Make the jump to find out.
Hmm. I’m treading dangerously close to establishing a trend of only ever posting on here about free stuff. Which is great and all, because free stuff (obviously), but, y’know, doesn’t exactly hit the “credible original content” mark that I have sorta-intentions of hitting.
A sweet little side-scrolling action title by the name of The Expendabros was recently released with extra Freedom. That is, it’s actually free. So you should look past the validity of my claims regarding the title’s “sweetness” (because I haven’t played it or the previous title that it’s based on, so I really have absolutely no idea what it tastes like), and just get on with acquiring a free game. Acquire it here, on The Expendabros‘ Steam page (or right through the Steam client, if, y’know, you’re not stuck in an office reading about things you’d rather be playing because work PCs and the frowned-upon idea of gaming on them). Oh, and it’ll be “available for download until December 31, 2014.” Read more of the rubbish I type about The Expendabros after the jump (there’s a trailer too).
EA is giving The Sims 2 away for free, until 31 July 2014 10h00 PDT (that’s 19h00 for us GMT+2 people), to drum up anticipation for the impending launch of The Sims 4 (I/we/the internet/everyone figures, but EA says it’s “because you’re a passionate The Sims 2 player”). Even better, the edition being given away is the Ultimate Collection, which is The Sims 2 base game plus ALL THE THINGS (eight expansions, ten stuff packs, the whole shebang). So if it’s still before the cut-off time and you haven’t already done so and you like free things, you’d best open Origin up (app or website), keep reading to take advantage.
On one of my YouTube adventures (binges) I happened upon a video by Tek Syndicate. Well, actually, I ignored it there in the “recommended” section for a few days and finally let my curiosity out to click on it, but anyway… That indulgence in curiosity has steadily led to Tek Syndicate becoming one of my favourite places on the internet, with their technology and internet news, hardware reviews, and general cool. The Tek, their “main” video series, has become something that I eagerly look forward to watching every week and the other review, news, and gaming videos are almost always informative and interesting (and always entertaining). So, you should watch them (whoever you are), to know more things and stuff.
But that’s not all! Here’s the bit where I reveal an ulterior motive to this post… They’re (well, Logan is) giving away a car (Logan’s car), along with a sweet, new gaming PC that I’d be mighty proud to own (wanna know who Logan is? Watch The Tek! :P). So, y’know, watch The Tek (and everything else Tek Syndicate does), enter the car competition by referring my entry to give me more entries when you make entries (yeah, yeah, I’m in ol’ RSA and not really eligible but whatever, shut up; if you’re in Yankee Land or Canada make friends here, if I win maybe I could ask Logan to drive to you instead of getting him and car stuffed into a container for shipping), and just be a better human Tek. Being. Teing. Err…