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We can agree to disagree about whether or not Dragon Age II is a worthy successor to Dragon Age: Origins, but I think we can all agree on the fact that free stuff is cool. Apparently Bioware is running a promotion where you can score a free copy of Mass Effect 2 on the PC. Read more… »

Yesterday EA launched Battlefield Play4Free, a free-to-play first-person shooter developed by the team behind Battlefield Heroes. Featuring classic maps from Battlefield 2, the classes and weapons from Battlefield: Bad Company 2, and 16 vehicles, Battlefield Play4Free sounds like a great introduction for gamers who may not be too familiar with the Battlefield franchise.

In order to get in on the action, all you need to do is head over to the Battlefield Play4Free site, sign up, create a soldier and download the client. Read more… »

Today Sony announced that PlayStation Plus subscribers will be getting some free Sega Genesis games. On top of being free, subscribers get these retro games before they are available to the rest of the PlayStation audience. Be warned though, they will only be available for a limited time.

The games that will be available include: Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Golden Axe 2, Comix Zone, Altered Beast, and (my favorite game ever made) Streets of Rage 2.

To see the full release windows for both PlayStation Plus subscribers and non subscribers, hit the jump. Read more… »

Amongst the rest of this week’s massive PlayStation Store Update, everyone’s favourite new phone game, Angry Birds, is hitting the PS3 and PSP as a PlayStation minis game. Hit the jump for the rest of this week’s offerings from Sony.

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“Dear Humble Indie Bundle customer, I would just like to personally thank you for your support in making the Humble Indie Bundle #2 even more successful than the first one. As thanks, I have added the Humble Indie Bundle #1 into your bundle.  If you go to your personal download page, you will find the following games waiting for you: World of Goo, Aquaria, Gish, Lugaru HD, Penumbra Overture, Samorost 2

Happy holidays!  They’re (mostly) redeemable on Steam too, if you would like to link them to your account. If this kind of thing makes you happy, please feel free to add a little more to your Humble Bundle purchase (you can help bring up the average on your download page) and keep spreading the word!

Sincerely,
Jeffrey Rosen
Humble Bundle”

The Humble Indie Bundle 2 has made over $1.3 million so far and has just over 3 days left.

We’ve already told you about the Humble Indie Bundle 2, but there’s another Pay-What-You-Want promotion going on. YAWMA is currently running a PWYW promotion of their own in support of indie music and game development. A quarter of proceeds will go three charities: VH1′s Save the Music, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, and Child’s Play.

The promotion is segmented into three different music/game pairings. For the first two days Max and the Magic Marker and Twin Sister were available. Currently, Cold Beam Games’ Beat Hazard and Girl Talk’s Feed the Animals are on sale. Tuesday through Thursday Black Moth Super Rainbow and Multiwinia will be available for purchase.

If that sounds like a deal to you, head over to YAWMA and name your price for an indie game & album.

While I was at PAX earlier this year I had the great opportunity to sit in on a panel about the Humble Indie Bundle, a promotion that went on back in May that gave consumers the opportunity to net World of Goo, Aquaria, Gish, Lugaru, Samorost 2, and Penumbra: Overture for as little as a penny. The promotion managed to raise over a $1 million within a week, of which nearly $325,000 went to charity.

If this is the first you’re hearing of “the Bundle” and you’re feeling a little bummed, don’t fret. A second pay-what-you-want bundle of five new games launched today. Hit the jump for more information on the Humble Indie Bundle 2 and how you can get your hands on a package including titles like Braid and Machinarium for as little as $0.01.

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From the makers of Zombie Tycoon and Young Thor comes … A Space Shooter for Two Bucks! This PlayStation minis title is making its way to PS3 and PSP via the PlayStation Network for the low, low price of – yes, that’s right, $1.99. For PlayStation Plus subscribers the title will be absolutely free when the game launches next week.

The game is pretty much what you would expect, which is entirely fine by me. The PlayStation Network really could use some more good shmups. So if you could use a little more alien blasting in your life, be on the lookout for A Space Shooter for Two Bucks! on December 21st.

[Via PlayStation Blog]

You may already be familiar with this week’s big title if you have an iPhone. However, now Wii owners have the opportunity to enjoy Different Cloth’s lilt line.  lilt line is “an award-winning rhythm racing game with a dubstep soundtrack and a visual aesthetic that will confound your senses and rock your soul.” lilt line makes its way to the Wii-Ware service  as Gaijin Games’, the developer behind the Bit.Trip series, first attempt at publishing. Lacking a touch screen, lilt line‘s Wii release reportedly features similar controls to those of Bit.Trip Beat.

I had the opportunity to speak with Gaijin Games CEO Alex Neuse  in Los Angeles during E3. He seemed excited, but a little nervous about lilt line and Gaijin Games’ first foray into the publishing world. Do these guys a favour and try out lilt line. A free demo version is available via Wii-Ware for a limited time, so you really have no excuse not to at least try this sweet rhythm-racer out.

Hit the jump for the rest of this week’s releases.
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You know I hate to admit it but every now and then Twitter comes in handy. Take today for instance: had I continued to resist signing up for Twitter (like I had for the longest time) I wouldn’t have known about Tripwire Interactive’s upcoming event for Killing Floor (one of my favorite games).

According to Tripwire’s tweet, the developer will be hosting a special Christmas themed event for its Horde Mode shooter. Dubbed “The Killing Floor Twisted Christmas” this special event will feature Christmas themed monsters, a new “Santa’s Evil Lair” map, thirteen new achievements and an unlockable “the Baddest Santa” character. Read more… »

The most exciting title hitting Nintendo’s downloadable services this week is Fluidity. I had an opportunity to play this title while at PAX. It’s a fun, physics-based puzzle platformer and it’s definitely worth a look. The game puts you in control of a flow of water, and rotating the Wii remote will rotate the scenery and will allow you to navigate the water through the mazes which make up the title’s levels.

A demo of the game is also available on Wii-Ware…so you have no excuse to try this title out.

The rest of this week’s titles await you after the break.

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In the past, I’ve been pretty critical of Microsoft and their supposed support of the PC platform. That being said, I have to give credit where credit is due. Since releasing their new Games for Windows Marketplace application, Microsoft has been offering some pretty damn good deals on PC games. It’s hard to argue against a $0.99 game deal everyday.

Today’s $0.99 game is S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl, one of my personal favorites, which is why I felt obligated to let everyone know about this stellar deal. In order to jump on this deal all you need to do is head over to the Games for Windows Marketplace website, download the client, and make your purchase. Read more… »