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Free Hitman 2: Silent Assassin [Updated}

A one-day promo on the SQUARE ENIX website offers Hitman 2: Silent Assassin at a steep discount, but also says the game is free with the code FreeSilentAssassin (thanks PCGamesN). Since this is on the EU site, we checked to see how this would work from North America, and while the code zeroed out our balance, when we tried to check out, we received the following message: "Sorry, your order cannot be completed. There is no stock anymore for this product." We're not sure if this will change, but this still seemed worth sharing in case it works for you. Update: A few users on our forums confirm this is indeed working.

DOOM MP Alpha This Week

A FAQ for the multiplayer closed alpha for DOOM reveals the schedule for this upcoming testing of the shooter revival, which will begin this week. As was prteviously announced, the test is being offered to those who purchased Wolfenstein: The New Order before May 26, 2014. They offer the following outline of the schedule, which may have been posted a while ago, but it has not been noted here (thanks Rockn-Roll). Word is:


Start: Thursday, December 3, 2015 @ 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time (UTC - 5)
Burst test: Saturday, December 5, 2015 @ 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (UTC - 5)
End: Sunday, December 6, 2015 @ 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (UTC - 5)

Steam Top 10

These were the 10 bestselling games on Steam for last week:

  1. Fallout 4
  2. Grand Theft Auto V
  3. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  4. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  5. Elite: Dangerous
  6. Rocket League
  7. Call of Duty: Black Ops III
  8. ARK: Survival Evolved
  9. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary (RU)
  10. Sid Meier's Civilization V: Complete Edition

Sunday Patches

On Sale

Sunday Crowdfunding Roundup

Sunday Previews

Sunday Consolidation

Sunday Tech Bits

Sunday Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews


Thanks Ant.

Out of the Blue

Now that Thanksgiving is out of the way, I can sit down today for some leftover turkey and some football. Wait, is Thanksgiving out of the way? I just gave myself deja vu!

Deja Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Batman Returns
Links: What I learned from watching Star Wars in the wrong order. Thanks Redwood.
Media: HeroStorm Ep 07: Hopeless.
"Um.. You're doing it wrong." LMFAHS Gym Fails.
Worlds Worst Computer Tablet Teardown.
The Funnies: Cyborg Monday - FoxTrot.

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Saturday, Nov 28, 2015

Early Patch for Early Just Cause 3

Just Cause 3 is not due for official release until Tuesday, but apparently copies of the game are available early in some regions, and are already in the hands of eager customers (thanks GameWatcher). Rather than try to lock these users out, publisher Square Enix and developer Avalanche Studios are looking to support them, noting that the release version will benefit from some tweaks and bug fixes. They are accelerating their plans for a day one patch, which will now be something like a day minus four patch, and this should be out soon if not already. Here's the explanation from a blog post on the topic:

Hi everyone,

We’re aware of the fact that in some territories, Just Cause 3 is available ahead of its official release, which means many of you are enjoying Rico’s latest adventure early.

While we’re glad you’re getting familiar with Medici before Tuesday, this does mean that you’re playing the unpatched version of the game, and a host of fixes and improvements will be available within the next 24 hours.

Please keep an eye out for the update on PS4, Xbox One and PC this weekend!

Continue here to read the full story.

Red Alert 2 and Yuri's Revenge Free on Origin

Origin's On the House program now offers Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 and the Yuri's Revenge expansion for the classic real-time strategy sequel as free downloads (thanks PC Invasion). The only requirement is a free Origin account to get them during this offer and they will be yours to keep. Here's the description of the game, in case you don't recall it from when it was released in 2000:

The world erupts in conflict as Soviet forces invade American soil in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2. Time travel has helped to eliminate the German threat, and now the Soviets are expanding into the West unchecked. You are the Supreme Commander. Arm yourself to the teeth with top-secret technologies and lead the Soviet or Allied troops to victory.

Plus, defeat an army of mind-controlled Soviet forces in the expansion Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge.

Saturday Previews

Saturday Consolidation

Saturday Tech Bits

Saturday Safety Dance

Saturday Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • AK RACING Nitro Gaming Chair on Nikk Tech.
  • D-Link DCS-2630L 1080p Ultra-Wide View IP Wi-Fi Camera on TweakTown.
  • Sharp GX-BT7 2.1-Channel Wireless Bluetooth Speaker on TweakTown.
  • Thermaltake Suppressor F31 Silent Mid-tower Chassis on eTeknix.
  • TP-LINK Touch P5 AC1900 Wi-Fi Gigabit Router on Mad Shrimps.


Out of the Blue

It's been a fine old Thanksgiving weekend, but it still isn't going to feel complete until I can sit down and watch Babes in Toyland/March of the Wooden Soldiers. This was a staple on TV for the occasion throughout my childhood, and it never fails to make me feel like a kid again. "Upset? I'm housebroken!"

Links in Toyland: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: The Sequence.
Links: 5 Black Friday Myths the Media Wants You to Believe. Old but relevant.
42 Million Dead In Bloodiest Black Friday Weekend On Record. Old but funny.
Stories: Workington man is thrown a surprise birthday party by McDonald's. Thanks reddit.
Media: Sir Ian McKellen: Reddit Ask Me Anything.
Siberian Husky Bench Carved By Jordan Anderson.
Try to Watch This Without Laughing or Grinning #11 (REACT).

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