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EA Salutes Star Wars Battlefront Players With Free Emote

EA is incentivizing Star Wars Battlefront players to sign up for promotional emails with a free in-game emote. Similar to Destiny’s dances, emotes give players a way to communicate with friends and taunt enemies.

In order to get the salute emote, all you need do is sign up on the Battlefront landing page. You’ll unlock the salute for any platform you’ve connected to your EA account, so if you happen to be playing in multiple places, you don’t need to choose.

This week also saw the release of the free The Force Awakens-inspired Jakku maps for pre-order players. Everyone else will get in on December 8. You can check out our Test Chamber featuring then new maps and Turning Point mode.

[Source: EA]

 

Our Take
I rarely see people using the emotes in games, unfortunately. Some of them are pretty clever, but if you’re considering spending your earned credits on them, save this group of items for last. Focus on blasters and star cards first.

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GOG Winter Sale Offers Up $3 Mystery Deals And Free Games

’Tis the season for sales, it seems. We just came off a wave of Black Friday deals and now the winter sales are getting under way.

GOG has kicked off another sale that includes more than 500 games (including The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for $ 29.99). In addition to the standard offers, this sale includes a couple of free games and mystery bonuses.

Spend $ 5, and you’ll receive a copy of action-RPG Divine Divinity. At the $ 50 mark, you’ll get strategy-RPG Blackguards. 

For those who like to gamble, you can purchase a mystery game for $ 3. This pool of titles includes games up to $ 34.99. None of them are part of the regular discount pool.

You can check out the full list of deals on GOG’s website. The sale wraps up on December 11 at 5:59 a.m. Pacific / 8:59 a.m. Eastern.

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Jade Empire Free (Again) Via EA’s Origin On The House Program

Last month, BioWare’s martial arts RPG Jade Empire briefly popped up as a free title on EA’s Origin platform. It disappeared quickly, leaving only a small slice of fans with a shiny new (old) action RPG.

It turns out the trigger was likely just pulled early. The game has cycled into EA’s On the House program, a section of the Origin storefront that features a free game for a limited time.

You can nab it free right now, and there isn't an expiration date yet. It could disappear at any time. Don’t sleep on it, especially if you haven’t played it yet. 

Fans have been clamoring for a sequel for ages (you can read our rundown of what we've seen and would like to experience). Give it a go and let us know what you think.

[Source: EA Origin]

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Play Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 For Free In New Edition

Konami has announced a free-to-play version of its popular Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 title, and this new way to experience the game comes out on December 8.

This free download features an exhibition mode comprised of seven teams (Juventus, Bayern Munich, AS Roma, Brazil, France, and more), a training mode, and the full myClub mode.

MyClub mode is an Ultimate Team-style way to play the game containing microtransactions. You can can still build your squad without them, however.

This free version of the game is compatible with all the updates for the regular title – including the much-needed summer transfer roster update (to get rid of some of those outdated faces in the shot above) that's currently scheduled for December 3. 

Konami has the license for the Euro 2016 tournament, and has recently announced that unspecified Euro 2016 content will be free to users next year via a data pack.

For more on the full version of the game, be sure to read my glowing review.

[Source: Konami]

 

Our Take
Konami has caused understandable consternation amongst gamers for its shift away from a triple-A-heavy roster, but this could be a nice middleground. Make money on a smaller, commerce-focused product that doesn't take away from the main game. Hopefully this draws some interest in the full title as well as generate revenue that is pumped back into the franchise.

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Free Portal Customization DLC Heading To Rocket League On PS4 And PC

A companion cube antenna topper, gel-themed rocket trails, and other Portal items are coming to Rocket League free of charge.

The items will begin appearing at the end of matches (win or lose) starting on December 1. According to developer Psyonix, these items will be available for both the PlayStation 4 and PC versions of the game.

Here's the full list of items on the way:

  • Cake (Topper)
  • Conversion Gel (Rocket Trail)
  • Propulsion Gel (Rocket Trail)
  • Repulsion Gel (Rocket Trail)
  • Aperture Laboratories (Antenna)
  • Cake Sticker (Antenna)
  • Companion Cube (Antenna)
  • Personality Core (Antenna)
  • PotatOS (Antenna)

For our review of Rocket League, head here.

[Source: Rocket League on Steam, via Polygon]

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Gameplay Reveal For Star Wars Battlefront’s Free Battle Of Jakku DLC Set For Tomorrow

Star Wars Battlefront is getting some free DLC in the form of Jakku (a planet that will feature in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens), and we will be able to get a look at it tomorrow.

Tomorrow at 11 a.m. PT on twitch.tv/eastarwars, Electronic Arts will be streaming gameplay from the Jakku maps. The free DLC will include two maps, a large 40-player mode, and the Turning Point mode. It will be available starting December 1 for pre-order customers and December 8 for everyone. For more on the DLC, head here.

For more on Star Wars Battlefront, you can check out our review.

[Source: @ElectronicArts]

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PSA: You Can Play Two Of StarCraft II: Legacy Of The Void’s Modes For Free

Years ago, Blizzard announced that they were releasing a free version of StarCraft II called the "Starter Edition". While it doesn't get much attention, this free version of StarCraft II has been updated for the recent release of the final expansion called Legacy of the Void. Right now, the Starter Edition on Battle.net will let you play custom games of competitive Starcraft II with all of the updates and units found in Legacy of the Void.

The big qualifier here is that you can only play with friends, there aren't any match-making options. But since this is a free download, all you have to do is send this PSA story to a couple of RTS-appreciating friends and you'll be set.

The bonus on top of this whole offering is that the Starter Edition also gives players access to Legacy of the Void's co-op mode, which our reviewer Dan Tack called "great." You can only select from three of the six commander heroes, but you have access to all of the co-op missions and Blizzard says that they will be adding more missions in the future.

To learn more about StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void, check out our full review and also our Test Chamber of the game. Happy clicking!

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Lara Croft Go Gets Free Expansion, Twitch Event, And Flash Sale

Lara Croft Go is getting a free update for Thanksgiving. The Shard of Life expansion lands November 26 and introduces 26 new puzzles to Lara's entertaining mobile adventure.

Shard of Life takes place in the new Cave of Fire and boasts new treasures and artifacts, as well as two additional costumes. Square Enix Montreal is marking the occasion by hosting a week-long Twitch Plays Lara Croft Go event, challenging viewers work together to complete the turn-based puzzler. The publisher is also having a limited flash sale discounting Lara Croft Go at $ 2.99 (40% off). 

You can purchase Lara Croft Go at the itunes app store, Google Play, and Windows Marketplace

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CryEngine VR tech demo, Back to Dinosaur Island, now free on Steam

Crysis developer Crytek has made its Back to Dinosaur Island virtual reality tech demo available for free on Steam. …


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Play NBA 2K16 For Free This Weekend

The real NBA season is less than a month underway, but gamers can take a free crack at the digital version for a short period of time. Xbox Live Gold members can play NBA 2K16 free of charge this weekend.

Xbox Live Gold members will have access to the game from 9 a.m. PT on November 20 through 11:59 p.m. PT on Sunday November 22.

During the week, players will also have the option to purchase the game at a discount on the Xbox Store and retain their achievements and Gamerscore earned during their free play time.

Check out our thoughts on NBA 2K16 here.

 

[Source: Xbox Wire]

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