Gaming News roundup, open-betas and some recommendations: February 2014

Gaming News roundup, open-betas and some recommendations: February 2014

Whether you stuck out in love or enjoy the ongoing cold weather, here are some great free games to check out this month. With plenty of launches and open betas there is plenty to try and play.

Loadout launches to a great reception

So Loadout launched a few weeks ago and it is awesome. This third person shooter is the Saturday morning cartoon for adults, with over the top violence, great visuals, fast gameplay and INTENSE matches. Becoming an instant success at launch itself, the chaotic game modes and the insanity of the games weaponcrafting have been a huge hit in the gaming community, with the game adoring massive fan praise from all corners like Steam and Reddit. If you are looking for a good laugh, look no further than the links below.

Official site    Steam link

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft open beta

For those of you who liked my recent look at the trading card game, should already be playing the open beta. With a lot more players expect better matchmaking and with no more fear of progress wipes this is it, the soft launch open beta for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft.

Check out my first Impressions here.

Sign up at this link.

Blizzard Arcade

With Blizzard making the StarCraft II engine available to everyone and making it free to play it has created a mini game universe within the Blizzard arcade. There are some amazing arcade games, in terms of the sheer complexity/technical aspects stand on par to many paid indie titles. People have twisted the SC2 engine into a completely different genre spending thousands of hours making them.

The link to download here.

Ubisoft’s The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot : Open beta Feb 25th

If the games above are not enough, you will also get to experience the free to play games from Ubisoft studios called Mighty Quest for Epic Loot. The game, which successfully sums the entire action RTS genre in its title alone, is a top down third person tower defence and offense game bearing slight resemblance to Dungeon Keeper. It’s full of humor and deadly traps and the payment system are a bit spotty, but that should not deter you from killing hordes of evil minions, well for, you know, loot.

Link to official website.

GunZ 2: The Second Duel now on Steam

GunZ 2: The Second Duel makes its way to Steam. After the Greenlight processes success, the third person pvp combat game with swords and guns arrives just in time for the 10th anniversary for the original. This is a fast paced third person online action shooting game featuring a user experience where there is no limit on how players move.

Steam store link.

SOE closes 4 MMO‘s to focus on Everquest

With selective alpha participation on their next epic called Landmark Next. SOE closed doors on 4 titles, reminding us how temporary the lives of our online avatars are. The list of games includes : Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, Wizardry Online, Free Realms and Clone Wars Adventures.

EQ landmark Official site.

F2P shooter : Renegade-X, Launches Feb 26th

Picking up on the Command and Conquer universe, standalone multiplayer game Renegade X is coming out on PC for free on February 26th, 2014. Renegade X is a First/Third Person Shooter with RTS elements. Players will be able to fight for two teams, manage their own economies, choose from over 30 weapons, 15 vehicles, and call in nuclear strikes, Ion Cannons, and airstrike’s, and much more.

Firefall gets more funding, will launch in 2014

After the departure of their CEO Firefall soon after receiving a fresh batch of funding to complete the game and they say, to expect the launch this year. The game is already in open beta right now so head to the website to register and play.

Official site for open beta.

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