GTA5 Giveaway Back Online; Civ6 Freebie Next Week?

Late yesterday the Epic Games Store seemed to recover from the problems that knocked it offline, and the site is back in operation. This may have been caused by the crush of users trying to get their free copies of Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Edition, which is this week's giveaway. The premium edition includes the Criminal Enterprise Starter Pack, which unlocks a bunch of content worth over $10,000,000 of in-game currency and also includes a million additional spacebux. The game is yours to keep if you get it before next Thursday and you should be able to pick it up now if you were previously locked out. Like they did last week they are teasing next week's freebie as a "mystery game," leaving us to wonder if this will be another giveaway that will prove as popular as the GTA5 promotion. According to an unconfirmed report on DSOGaming it will be Sid Meier's Civilization VI, but we'll know for sure soon enough. Here's word on what you get with the premium edition of GTA5:
Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Edition
The Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Edition includes the complete Grand Theft Auto V story experience, free access to the ever evolving Grand Theft Auto Online and all existing gameplay upgrades and content including The Doomsday Heist, Gunrunning, Smuggler’s Run, Bikers and much more. You’ll also get the Criminal Enterprise Starter Pack, the fastest way to jumpstart your criminal empire in Grand Theft Auto Online.

GRAND THEFT AUTO V
When a young street hustler, a retired bank robber and a terrifying psychopath land themselves in trouble, they must pull off a series of dangerous heists to survive in a city in which they can trust nobody, least of all each other.

GRAND THEFT AUTO ONLINE
Discover an ever-evolving world of choices and ways to play as you climb the criminal ranks of Los Santos and Blaine County in the ultimate shared Online experience.

THE CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE STARTER PACK
The Criminal Enterprise Starter Pack is the fastest way for new GTA Online players to jumpstart their criminal empires with the most exciting and popular content plus $1,000,000 bonus cash to spend in GTA Online - all content valued at over GTA $10,000,000 if purchased separately.

LAUNCH YOUR CRIMINAL EMPIRE
Launch business ventures from your Maze Bank West Executive Office, research powerful weapons technology from your underground Gunrunning Bunker and use your Counterfeit Cash Factory to start a lucrative counterfeiting operation.

A FLEET OF POWERFUL VEHICLES
Tear through the streets with a range of 10 high performance vehicles including a Supercar, Motorcycles, the weaponized Dune FAV, a Helicopter, a Rally Car and more. You’ll also get properties including a 10 car garage to store your growing fleet.

WEAPONS, CLOTHING & TATTOOS
You’ll also get access to the Compact Grenade Launcher, Marksman Rifle and Compact Rifle along with Stunt Racing Outfits, Biker Tattoos and more.
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Twitch Prime has $1,000,000 available if you login for GTA Online. Just a FYI
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They also announced it's a limited window of time where they're requiring 2FA to claim freebies. That period ends next Thursday, the 21st, when the GTA V giveaway is done...

Aside from that remarkable "coincidence," there would be no end date if they were actually interested in pushing people to be more secure. But then, that might affect how many people claim their other, crappier freebies, and that would negatively impact their year-end boasting.
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May 15, 2020, 16:27
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Greentiger wrote on May 15, 2020, 15:56:
Muscular Beaver wrote on May 15, 2020, 11:32:
HA, now we know why they did temporary 2FA. Rockstar didnt want that people did a billion of accounts and claimed this freebie on them, so that cheaters simply have endless copies to fall back to without paying.

Perhaps, but they required 2FA about a week before that sale--I think they're just trying to lock down their store.
Uh no, they did that because of this. They had this planned in advance. Probably been planning and negotiating this deal with rockstar for months. They were even hiding which game was going to be free next, when they hadn't before. That 2FA timing thing is in no way a coincidence. They don't want people claiming 100 copies per person. Either because R* demanded it in the contract, or because Epic is paying a subsidy for each copy and don't want to subsidize resales.

But they went about it in such a half assed way, with 2FA through email being an option, that they are only going to stop the most casual of people who want to accumulate and resale copies.
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Muscular Beaver wrote on May 15, 2020, 11:32:
HA, now we know why they did temporary 2FA. Rockstar didnt want that people did a billion of accounts and claimed this freebie on them, so that cheaters simply have endless copies to fall back to without paying.

Perhaps, but they required 2FA about a week before that sale--I think they're just trying to lock down their store.
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May 15, 2020, 15:47
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NKD wrote on May 15, 2020, 14:25:
TorTorden wrote on May 15, 2020, 11:21:
Alamar wrote on May 15, 2020, 11:17:
And speaking of GTA V... Anyone know if it's any good? : )

It's ok if you enjoy meandering guys in a midlife crisis whinging about life.

If we didn't enjoy that, would we be in the Blue's News comment section?

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DarkCntry wrote on May 15, 2020, 14:57:
Considering most of us are in said midlife crisis, I think the outlet that GTAV gives is a good thing...saves me from having to buy that convertable with real money

My convertible came with a free copy.
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NKD wrote on May 15, 2020, 14:25:
TorTorden wrote on May 15, 2020, 11:21:
Alamar wrote on May 15, 2020, 11:17:
And speaking of GTA V... Anyone know if it's any good? : )

It's ok if you enjoy meandering guys in a midlife crisis whinging about life.

If we didn't enjoy that, would we be in the Blue's News comment section?

Considering most of us are in said midlife crisis, I think the outlet that GTAV gives is a good thing...saves me from having to buy that convertable with real money
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TorTorden wrote on May 15, 2020, 11:21:
Alamar wrote on May 15, 2020, 11:17:
And speaking of GTA V... Anyone know if it's any good? : )

It's ok if you enjoy meandering guys in a midlife crisis whinging about life.

If we didn't enjoy that, would we be in the Blue's News comment section?
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May 15, 2020, 14:05
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Verno wrote on May 15, 2020, 12:14:
RedEye9 wrote on May 15, 2020, 11:11:
Dang it, I told myself I wasn’t going to buy anything until my backlog was reduced, but FarCry 5 for $5 was too much for my weak constitution to handle and I caved.

It'll be interesting to see what you think of it. I got Far Cry 5 with my CPU as part of some promotion and I really enjoyed the previous entries in the franchise. Far Cry 5 I just couldn't get into. The story is just some of the most bizarre, inane nonsense that Ubisoft has dreamed up and worse, it doesn't gel with the open world aspects of the game at all. They also do the horrible story nonsense of take control away from the player, kidnap you and make you listen to exposition for far too long. Then they do it 4 more times. Just nuts. The skill trees were fine but the gameplay loop just felt really repetitive and the combat had a lot of jank. I did like just chilling out and doing silly stuff like fishing but the way its implemented is cursory.

I love the core gameplay loop, but nothing you say is wrong. You do get kidnapped like 40 times, and for some reason, they never just kill you. The plot was terrible. It was kind of like the uncanny valley of timely plots - it looked from a distance like it had something to say, but up close, it was pointless gibberish that didn't fit together well and didn't give an enemy you felt strongly about in any particular way.

The three biggest sins to me, though, first came from the friendlies. You could hide behind a rock and send them to fight the overworld battles, like taking a fortress, and still get a perfect score. In fact, it was the ideal way to do the fight. Send two friendlies in, have them take the damage and spend ammo, get a perfect score including the stealth bonus, then just go pick up whatever was laying around.

Next came from what there actually was to pick up. Different weapon classes mattered, but different weapons (and weapon accessories) inside those classes were identical. There was no reason to not use the first weapon you pick up. Enemies never upgraded their weapons, anyway, so there was no reason to inspect what they dropped.

Last, there was no endgame. Once you beat a location, it was void of enemies. Once you beat the game, you could still run around to get 100%, but there'd be nothing to shoot at. It just became a walking simulator.

I enjoyed it. It had huge issues, but I enjoyed it. But even the vapid fratboy plotline of FC3 was better, and nothing here rose to the joys of being in a helicopter with a grenade launcher in the vastly superior FC4. But anyone into shooters can get their $5 here.
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TorTorden wrote on May 15, 2020, 11:21:
Alamar wrote on May 15, 2020, 11:17:
And speaking of GTA V... Anyone know if it's any good? : )

It's ok if you enjoy meandering guys in a midlife crisis whinging about life.

Trevor was great.
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RedEye9 wrote on May 15, 2020, 11:11:
Dang it, I told myself I wasn’t going to buy anything until my backlog was reduced, but FarCry 5 for $5 was too much for my weak constitution to handle and I caved.

It'll be interesting to see what you think of it. I got Far Cry 5 with my CPU as part of some promotion and I really enjoyed the previous entries in the franchise. Far Cry 5 I just couldn't get into. The story is just some of the most bizarre, inane nonsense that Ubisoft has dreamed up and worse, it doesn't gel with the open world aspects of the game at all. They also do the horrible story nonsense of take control away from the player, kidnap you and make you listen to exposition for far too long. Then they do it 4 more times. Just nuts. The skill trees were fine but the gameplay loop just felt really repetitive and the combat had a lot of jank. I did like just chilling out and doing silly stuff like fishing but the way its implemented is cursory.
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Alamar wrote on May 15, 2020, 11:17:
And speaking of GTA V... Anyone know if it's any good? : )

I enjoyed it for the most part. It's a little weird to play 3 different characters (bouncing back and forth between them) as you progress through the main story... but at the same time it kind of breaks up the monotony of focusing on one character doing the same stuff over and over.

I have to admit Trevor (The character that is completely nuts) was a blast to play in a perverted sort of way.
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Muscular Beaver wrote on May 15, 2020, 11:39:
RedEye9 wrote on May 15, 2020, 11:11:
Dang it, I told myself I wasn’t going to buy anything until my backlog was reduced, but FarCry 5 for $5 was too much for my weak constitution to handle and I caved.
Wow, RedEye bought a redneck simulator?
Wait... RedEye...RedNeck...

That is hilarious in the way that I didn't buy a couple of the those cult orientated/survival FarCry games because the PR literally reminded me too much of the people in the small rural town I grew up with. I even remember saying "that sounds like simulating Redneck life". I suppose that probably shows my ignorance in terms of the actual game(s) contents, but hey....its not my fault their ads reminded me of the jerks I grew up around. edit: obviously all people who call themselves rednecks are not jerks.
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RedEye9 wrote on May 15, 2020, 11:11:
Dang it, I told myself I wasn’t going to buy anything until my backlog was reduced, but FarCry 5 for $5 was too much for my weak constitution to handle and I caved.
Wow, RedEye bought a redneck simulator?
Wait... RedEye...RedNeck...
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I bought the game on Steam. Anybody know if I get the EGS giveaway will I log into the same Rockstar account? I could use the extra million dollars in GTA Online since everything's so expensive.
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HA, now we know why they did temporary 2FA. Rockstar didnt want that people did a billion of accounts and claimed this freebie on them, so that cheaters simply have endless copies to fall back to without paying.
I have given up on waiting for BIS to come back to their senses and do a real ArmA 2 successor.
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Alamar wrote on May 15, 2020, 11:17:
And speaking of GTA V... Anyone know if it's any good? : )

It's ok if you enjoy meandering guys in a midlife crisis whinging about life.
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RedEye9 wrote on May 15, 2020, 11:11:
Dang it, I told myself I wasn’t going to buy anything until my backlog was reduced, but FarCry 5 for $5 was too much for my weak constitution to handle and I caved.

I ended up using the GTA V awarded sale coupon for New Dawn, Deluxe Version (because it wouldn't work with the cheaper base version)... I thoroughly enjoyed 5 (and Primal, 4, 3), so figured this'd be a good bet finally.

And speaking of GTA V... Anyone know if it's any good? : )
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Dang it, I told myself I wasn’t going to buy anything until my backlog was reduced, but FarCry 5 for $5 was too much for my weak constitution to handle and I caved.
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