With Si Stevens dragged off to do his Christmas shopping, I’ve been left at the reins to trawl the highways and the byways of the internet to find the biggest, best and most entertaining of the free gaming stock available this week.
So lets get started with the big enchilada in my trio of choices.
Sequel to the critically acclaimed 2003 SOE title, Planetside 2 became available for public consumption as of the 20th November.
Returning to the lands of Auraxis in a re-imagining of the first game, allows you to join the legions representing the interests of the Terran Republic, Vanu Sovereignty or the New Conglomerate.
If you are unaware of the series, Planetside is an MMOFPS with a persistent battlefield forever ebbing and flowing in the tide of war. Battlelines are redrawn day to day as ownership of territory changes hands. Exactly as set in the previous game, all three factions simultaneously fight to gain the upper hand.
As a AAA title, with a resource heavy requirement it would be worth checking your machine can run this game before you undertake download of the whopping 10gig files.
With a fully developed skill system for each of the available classes, years of development and a wide range of weapons and vehicles, this is a game every FPS fan should try (if your machine is up to the challenge).
Next up, we have another of the ever popular endless runner titles, in the form of Zombie Tsunami for the IOS.
Zombie Tsunami initially puts you in control of a single zombie, charging along a road, avoiding mines, moving traffic and army helicopters, infecting pedestrians and once a large enough horde is gathered, overturning cars, buses and even tanks in order to infect the inhabitants to expand your group.
With a simplistic but sufficiently in-depth upgrade and modification system, in game and purchasable power ups, no two runs are identical.
Scoring is based on the number of infected you gather in a single run, and with a healthy utilisation of the Game Centre challenge system, this is another game that can drive your GC friends to distraction.
Finally, we have my suggestion for last weeks Freebie Friday, which thankfully is still available for free, once again on your favourite IOS device. Galaxy on Fire 2, reduced to a perfect price point last week, is my third and final suggestion.
Set 35 years after the original game, this is a great pick up for anyone missing that Freelancer or Elite space fighting/trading/exploration game. With 20 unique solar systems with varied planets, jump-gates and space stations for you to explore and trade your wares. To round out the game there is a reputation system incorporating the four races in the known universe, multiple customisable ships with varied weapon, armour and accessory modifications flesh out a game epic in scale compared to some other IOS releases. It is also worth noting, that the HD version of Galaxy on Fire 2 is also available for £1.99, so if you enjoy the SD version and feel the developers deserve some cash for their work, the option is available.
I couldn’t really end without an honourable mention section.
PS+ has gone live for PS Vita with four titles at launch. I know some people will be saying “If I’m paying a subscription, its not free!”, which is true to an extent but its worth noting the following.
PS+ for a years subscription is £39.99, or a mere £11.99 for 3 months.
The titles given away for free in the first month alone are Uncharted: Golden Abyss; Chronovolt; Gravity Rush and Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack! totalling a massive £80.50, so you effectively get the last three games absolutely free for the price of Uncharted alone. Worth considering if you are a VITA owner.