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Joystiq Giveaway: Score The Swapper and a free PS Vita

Say you were stranded on a derelict space station like the poor astronaut starring in Facepalm Games’ The Swapper. After you wander its crumbling halls, collect as much food, water, and emergency supplies as you can find, and secure life support out…
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Guardians of the Galaxy sets Marvel Pinball free on iOS

To celebrate Zen Studios’ new table modeled after Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy, the virtual pinball developer is now offering the iOS version of Marvel Pinball at no charge.

Like all of Zen’s recent pinball games, Marvel Pinball is less a…
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PlayStation Plus August free games include Fez, Crysis 3

It is soon to be a new month, and as most PlayStation Plus users know, a new month equals new free games. The August slate offers, like always, two new games per Sony console.

PS4 users will get to play Fez and Road Not Taken, two puzzle style games with refreshing ideas. PS3 users will be able to snag Crysis 3 and Proteus, giving you a good mix of first-person shooter and a casual explorer. Lastly, Vita owners will be able to download Metrico and Dragon’s Crown (too bad we couldn’t get this on the PS3 as well for some sweet cross-platform play).

These will be available for download on August 5th for PlayStation Plus subscribers. With the recent news that Xbox One users are gaining the EA Access program, there has become much more incentive for players to join up on PlayStation Plus to get their monthly member game fix.

Or wait for the PlayStation Now service coming very soon…


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Good Old Games glitch gave away free games in Linux sale

Getting a good deal in a sale is kind of the whole point, but clearing out a promotion’s spread without spending a cent is pretty unheard of. Good Old Games users kicked off its Linux Launch promotion this week, but users that were quick to browse…
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Trials Fusion Sells 1 Million Copies, Gets A Free Update

Publisher Ubisoft announced today that RedLynx's bike racer Trials Fusion has sold more than 1 million copies. The latest free update, which improves upon several existing game modes and adds the ability for players to create custom tracks for local multiplayer, is also available now.

In Trials Fusion, players race across a variety of tracks, taking motorbikes off jumps and avoiding a large number of different obstacles while they compete for the best time. The new update is available to download for free. It makes various improvements to the Tournament, Track Central, and Track Editor modes.

Track editing now allows for up to four fully customizable lanes to be built into tracks, for 4-player local multiplayer accessibility. The update also includes a selection of 15 of the best tracks created by Trials players, accessible on all platforms via the Uplay Recommended feed in the Track Central mode.

Trials Fusion originally launched on April 16 and is available to download or physically with the DLC season pass and unlockable items included on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC for $ 19.99. You can read our review of the bike racer here. For more on the Trials franchise, check out Trials Fusion Frontier, an iOS and Android game that released along with Trials Fusion.  

 

Our Take
It's always nice to see publishers and developers commit to their game, and get rewarded in turn. Releasing a free update of this size along with the 1 million copies sold announcement seems like it's Redlynx's way of rewarding their fans, especially with the cool 4-player multiplayer and "best of" created tracks additions. Redlynx has been good about updating their game since launch, and hopefully this means we can expect more improvements and new content in the future. 

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The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection free through Origin this week

After recently ending official support for the PC version of 2004′s The Sims 2, Electronic Arts is now offering all Origin users a copy of The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection for free, through the end of the month.

Users can redeem the expansion-bundled…
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Best Buy offers buy one, get one free on Pokemon, Zelda, more

Those looking to catch ‘em all might want to head down to and/or log on to Best Buy this week, as the store’s current promotions include a buy one, get one free deal on select Nintendo 3DS games, including Pokemon X / Y. Of course, if you’re less…
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Google won’t call games with in-app purchases ‘free’ anymore

In an era where video games can be sold as “free-to-pay” and/or “freemium” products, it’s important to know what “free” really means. A “free” game might actually cost you nothing and generate revenue purely through in-game advertising, or it might…
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Pre-order Disney Infinity Marvel Super Heroes, get a free hero at select retailers

There are a lot of character figurines for Disney Infinity, and we imagine it will be the same story with Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes. At least Infinity fans can save some cash by picking up Marvel Super Heroes through the right store:…
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PS Plus subscribers get free Powers in December

The PlayStation Network will be bitten by a radioactive crime drama series later this year; Powers, a live-action adaptation of the comic of the same name, will be available via the PSN starting in December, with the debut episode available for free….
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