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Real exoplanets inspire Civilization: Beyond Earth pre-order deal

A pre-purchase offer for Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth is now available on Steam, offering early-bird buyers the Exoplanets Map Pack, which includes six custom maps, inspired by real exoplanets. The custom maps include the following exoplanets (list below), with added features from the imaginations of the development team at Firaxis. Publisher 2K Games is offering Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth for $49.99 and Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Classics Bundle, which includes three previous Civilization games, for $69.99. Civilization: Beyond Earth is a turn-based strategy game in which players settle an alien planet, while conquering or treating with neighbors and researching new technologies. It will be released on Oct. 24, 2014. ​Kepler 186f: One of the...
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Humble Jumbo Bundle 2 packages seven games for cheap

The Humble Jumbo Bundle 2 is available now and includes seven PC games on a pay-what-you-want scale. Anyone who purchases the bundle at any price can pick up The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Complete Pack — which includes the Blue Blood, Thaumaturge and Arcane Mechanic packs — as well as Deadlight and Galactic Civilizations 2: Ultimate Edition. Those who pay more than the average price will get Terraria, The King of Fighters 13 Steam Edition and Crusader Kings 2, in addition to the aforementioned titles. Buyers who pay more than $15 also get Age of Empires Legacy Bundle; the bundle includes Age of Empires 2 HD, Age of Empires 3: Complete Collection and Age of Empires 2 HD: The Forgotten. The Humble Jumbo Bundle 2 will be on sale until Sept. 2. Buyers have the choice to split...
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EA is giving you 168 hours to play Battlefield 4 for free

If you want to see how well Battlefield 4 is performing these days but don't want to drop a dime on the PC version, Electronic Arts is currently offering the first-person shooter for free through Origin for one week. One week is, of course, 168 hours, the total amount of time you can play Battlefield 4 on Origin for free. The free trial is part of Origin's Game Time program, which previously offered players free Titanfall time. EA promises the full Battlefield 4 experience — single-player campaign and 64-player online multiplayer. Battlefield 4 will be available to download and try for free until Aug. 14 at 10 am PT. Once you start playing, the 168-hour countdown begins in real time, so make the most of it. EA's Origin service is also currently offering a free copy of classic PC...
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Dead Rising 3, Forza 5 and other Xbox One launch titles get permanent price cut

Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5, Kinect Sports Rivals and Ryse: Son of Rome have been permanently discounted from $59.99 to $49.99, Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb announced via his blog. All four titles were released in the launch window of the new console last November. The discount applies to both the retail and digital copies of each game. This week, Xbox Live Gold subscribers can get discounts on Xbox One titles such as Angry Birds: Star Wars and Call of Duty: Ghosts. Capcom is also holding a sale for many of its games on Xbox 360, from DmC Devil May Cry to Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD. The full list of discounts is available on Hryb's blog. Earlier today, Deep Silver announced that Ryse would be released for PC as well.
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Wing Commander 3 goes free on Origin

Origin, Electronic Arts' digital distribution service, is going back to an Origin Systems classic for this month's free game: Wing Commander 3: Heart of the Tiger, publisher Electronic Arts announced today. The space combat title, which usually costs $4.99 on Origin, is available free on Windows PC from now until Sept. 2. Wing Commander 3 debuted in 1994 on MS-DOS and Mac, and was designed by Chris Roberts at Origin Systems. Hollywood actors who starred in the game included Malcolm McDowell and Mark Hamill. Roberts is now working on a new space simulation game called Star Citizen at his own studio, Roberts Space Industries, with $49.1 million and counting in crowdsourced funding. EA kicked off Origin's "On the House" program in late March with a free copy of Dead Space. Other titles...
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Eliss Infinity, Threes!, Duet and more kick off Humble Mobile Bundle 6

The latest Humble Mobile Bundle is a pay-what-you-want package offering acclaimed mobile games such as Little Eyes' Eliss Infinity, Sirvo's Threes! and Kumobius' Duet, the Humble Bundle organization announced today. A total of six DRM-free Android titles are included in the Humble Mobile Bundle 6. At the pay-anything level, customers will receive copies of Eliss Infinity (screenshot above), Duet Premium and The Game Breakers' Combo Crew. (This bundle represents the Android debut of Duet, which launched on iOS last October.) Buyers who pay more than the average price will also get Threes!, Crescent Moon Games' Mines of Mars and the full version of Forge Reply's Joe Dever's Lone Wolf. As usual, customers can allocate their funds between the developers, the Humble Bundle organization and...
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Steam deals announced for Far Cry 4 and Assassin's Creed Unity

Steam and Ubisoft have posted pre-purchase deals for two of the year's most anticipated big budget games, Far Cry 4 and Assassin's Creed Unity. Anyone who buys Far Cry 4 on Steam, prior to its November launch, will receive Hurk's Redemption Missions consisting of 60 minutes of gameplay as well as three extra missions and an exclusive weapon. Far Cry 4 is a combat and exploration adventure, set in the Himalayas, featuring a returning native who comes up against a power-mad despot. Assassin's Creed Unity, scheduled for release in October, is set during the French Revolution and features the series' trademark traversal and fighting mechanics. Pre-order Steam bonuses include the Chemical Revolution Mission, Royal Arsenal Pack, Athos Duel Shir, Black Musketeer Breeches and Pappenheimer...
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Strike Suit Zero, Dishonored and more available free on Xbox Live Gold in August

Xbox Live Gold subscribers will get four free games in August, including Dishonored on Xbox 360 and Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut on Xbox One, Microsoft announced today. Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut (screenshot above) is the console version of Strike Suit Zero, the space dogfighting title from Born Ready Games that debuted on PC in January 2013. The director's cut was released in April 2014 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. It will be available free to Xbox One owners from Aug. 1-31, along with Crimson Dragon, the Xbox One launch title from Grounding and Land Ho. The two free games on the Xbox 360 side will be split up over the course of the month, as usual. Bongfish's Motocross Madness will be available free from Aug. 1-15, while Arkane Studios' celebrated stealth action title D...
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GameStop has a plan to give The Last of Us owners half off of the Remastered edition

What do you do with that PlayStation 3 version of The Last of Us when the game makes its debut on the PlayStation 4 July 29 as The Last of Us Remastered? GameStop has an answer. From July 27 through August 2, the retailer will take your PS3 disc on trade and give you half off the PS4 version, which will retail for $49.99. Sony is not offering a discount for those who own the original version of the game, though it did drop the price by $10 in late June. For more on The Last of Us Remastered, be sure to read our recent impressions of the "stunning visual masterpiece" and watch the E3 2014 trailer below. You can also read our review of the original and the story-based Left Behind downloadable content, which will be included in Remastered.
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QuakeCon sale on Doom, Dishonored, Elder Scrolls and more hits Steam, Green Man Gaming

Digital deals to celebrate the opening of QuakeCon are appearing in retail-land today, with Steam and Green Man Gaming offering Bethesda and id-related bargains. Steam's QuakeCon Bundle 2014 is the big daddy of today's offers, packaging together 20 games and add-ons for $99, including a bevy of all things Dishonored, Doom, Elder Scrolls, Fallout and Wolfenstein. Stand-out individual sales currently include Dishonored, down 75 percent to $4.99; The Elder Scrolls Online cut by 50 percent to $29.99 and Wolfenstein: The New Order down 25 percent to $44.99. Green Man Gaming is selling Wolfenstein: The New Order for $29.99 as well as Doom 3 for $2.49 and Doom 3 BFG Edition for $4.99, among other offers. QuakeCon 2014, the annual gathering of all things Bethesda and id Software, kicks off...
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Humble 2K Bundle adds five more games in the XCOM Complete Pack

The Humble 2K Bundle is now five games bigger, thanks to the XCOM Complete Pack. Those who pay more than the average selling price ($8.14 as of this writing) will receive Windows PC versions of the first five original XCOM games. The package of DRM-free or Steam games includes XCOM: UFO Defense (aka UFO: Enemy Unknown), Terror from the Deep, Apocalypse, Interceptor and Enforcer. Announced last week, the bundle already offers BioShock, The Darkness 2 and The Bureau: XCOM Declassified. Pay more than the average price, and you'll get BioShock 2, Mafia 2 and Spec Ops: The Line. Choose to pay $20 or more, and you'll receive  BioShock Infinite and XCOM: Enemy Unknown. For more on the latest XCOM games, be sure to read our reviews of XCOM: Enemy Unknown, XCOM: Enemy Within and The Bureau:...
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Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham pre-order toys revealed

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced a list of retailer-specific pre-order bonuses for for Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. The game, due out on most platforms later this year, allows players to take on the roles of 150 DC characters including those from the Justice League and the Legion of Doom. It's the latest in a highly successful series of kid-friendly action puzzle games from developer TT Games. Here's the list of retail offers... Amazon: Lego Batgirl KeychainBest Buy: Digital Comic BookGameStop: Plastic Man toy (right image)Target: Batwing Miniset (top image)Toys R Us: The Joker Keychain Walmart: Lego Tumbler Miniset "Lego Batman 1 was all about Batman and Robin," explained game director Arthur Parsons in a recent Polygon interview. "Lego Batman 2 was...
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Destiny beta giveaway: We've got 100 codes!

Looking to get into the Destiny beta? You've come to the right place.The public beta of Destiny launches later this week. Anyone who pre-orders the game will get access to the beta, but what if you'd rather not plunk down cash quite yet? Well, we've got you covered. We've got 100 codes to giveaway. Here's how it's going to work: Every day this week (the week of July 14) we'll be posting a batch of 20 codes to our Facebook page. The codes will go up sometime between noon ET and 5pm ET, which should give multiple timezones a chance to take advantage. (UPDATE: There were some concerns of bots taking all the codes almost instantly, so we've changed up the rules a bit. We'll hand-mail codes each day to 20 random people who like/share the Facebook post. This should be good news for you, as...
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Humble 2K Bundle discounts BioShock, Spec Ops, XCOM games and more

You can name your own price for games in the BioShock and XCOM series and more through the Humble 2K Bundle, which is live now through July 22 at 2:00 p.m. ET. At its core, the Humble 2K bundle offers BioShock, The Darkness 2 and The Bureau: XCOM Declassified. Pay more than the average price, and you'll get BioShock 2, Mafia 2 and Spec Ops: The Line. Pay $20 or more, and you'll also get BioShock Infinite and XCOM: Enemy Unknown. The games are available through Steam for Windows, and "select titles" are also available for Mac and Linux, as is a DRM-free version of BioShock. As with each Humble Bundle, buyers can choose to split their spending between the game's creators and charities, here the American Red Cross and Action Against Hunger. For in-depth stories on the games above,...
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Xbox sale offers daily and weekly deals on Titanfall, Fallout 3, Dishonored and more

Microsoft's Ultimate Games Sale will cut prices on beloved Xbox 360 games such as Fallout 3 (screenshot above) and Dishonored, along with a couple of Xbox One titles, over the course of the next week, Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb announced today. Some deals will run from July 8-14. That includes two discounts on Xbox One games: 33 percent off Titanfall (regularly $59.99) and 40 percent off the season pass for Call of Duty: Ghosts (reg. $49.99). A bevy of Xbox 360 titles are also on sale during the week, such as Dishonored (67 percent off, reg. $19.99), Fallout 3 (67 percent off, reg. $14.99), Gears of War 3 (75 percent off, reg. $19.99) and EA Sports 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil (60 percent off, reg. $59.99). Microsoft will also rotate out a new set of deals every day for the next week....
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Humble Store's DRM-Freedom sale offers daily deals for two weeks, starting today

The Humble Store's latest promotion, the DRM-Freedom Sale, will offer discounts of up to 85 percent off of DRM-free games such as Free Lives' Broforce and Amanita Design's Machinarium, the retailer announced today. Each deal in the sale will run for 24 hours; new offers will be rotated in on a daily basis. Some of the games will include Steam access along with a DRM-free copy on Linux, Mac or Windows, where available. Here are today's discounts: 33 percent off Broforce (screenshot above) 40 percent off The Last Federation 75 percent off Surgeon Simulator 2013 85 percent off Bridge Constructor 50 percent off Teslagrad 80 percent off Retro City Rampage 80 percent off Space Pirates and Zombies (S.P.A.Z.) 80 percent off Machinarium 85 percent off Dungeon Hearts 75...
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