Football Manager 2017 free to play this weekend

Oh, Sega, your cunning knows no bounds. Recognising, no doubt, that many football fans are itching for some excitement during the doldrums of an international break, they’ve only gone and made Football Manager 2017 [official site] free for the weekend on Steam. And that weekend starts now, but please don’t miss work or school tomorrow and blame “that man at RPS”. Blame Sega.

Download the game now and you can play with no limitations until 8pm on Sunday (UK time) and even though I don’t think Football Manager is perfect, I guarantee you’ll have more fun than you would watching a World Cup qualifier. Especially if you’re English because let’s face it, if the despair doesn’t end us, the hope just might. Merry Footmas!

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Vroom! Motorsport Manager free to play for a week

The full version of Motorsport Manager [official site] is free to play until Monday, giving plenty of time to check out Sega’s first foray into being a carboss. Our Adam’s a Football Manager fan and quite enjoyed his time with the PC adapatation of Playsport’s racecar management sim, so you might fancy a crack too. Read the rest of this entry »

Place 6 is a pleasant wintry wander

I post about plenty of walking simulators yet have somehow neglected to mention some of my favourites, the Places series [official site]. Once or twice a year, creator ‘jvl’ releases another little landscape, a sketch of somewhere quiet and remote, and once or twice a year I enjoy wandering around for a few minutes. The latest, Place 6, even has a spot of swimming. So shame on me for not even noticing it had come out until Warp Door mentioned it. For shame, Alice. Read the rest of this entry »

Free Loaders: Of resistance and roguelikes

Good day, fellow revolutionaries. The time has come to shake off the shackles of oppression but also to try some free games from this week’s round up. We’ve had a couple of game jams competing for attention – the Resist Jam, which is all about raising that fist and shaking it at The Man, and the 7 Day Roguelike Jam, which I presume is all about getting lost in a maze and succumbing to sweet, sweet death. Roll out, comrades. Read the rest of this entry »

WH40K: Eternal Crusade launches free version

Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade [official site] did not arrive as the PlanetSide-y peristent open-world war MMO once envisioned but, if you are still curious about the game it actually is, you might fancy the free version that’s now live. I mean, if you’re reading RPS, statistically you do already have an increased chance of wanting to roll into battle with da boyz. And while the original plan was to only let free players be cannon fodder for the Ork waaagh! machine, this here version offers all factions and most classes. Read the rest of this entry »

Settle down: Civilization 6 demo available now

If you’ve been living off the grid and wiping your bum with nettles in the hope that Civilization will one day have a ‘try before you buy’ policy, today is your lucky day. The latest in the venerable strategy series, Civilization VI [official site], now has a demo.

Players who download the Sid Meier’s Civilization VI demo will be able to play as China, led by Qin Shi Huang and take their first steps building a new civilization for up to 60 turns in to the game. For those completely new to the Civilization series the demo also includes the tutorial from the full game to introduce and guide beginners to the world of Civilization.

That’s just about enough time to get to grips with some of the new features, though not enough time to really unpack your capital city and to see all the districts spilling onto the map.

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Faeria getting new co-op campaign in first expansion

Snazzy CCG/board game hybrid Faeria [official site] left early access and properly launched only last week, and now here comes news of the first expansion. The ‘Adventure Pouch‘ will arrive this summer, bulging with a new cooperative campaign, co-op boss battles, and other odds and ends. While Faeria is free-to-play, the Adventure Pouch will be a paid expansion. Also, its name is Adventure Pouch. Adventure Pouch!

Can’t you imagine a filthy wizard propped up by a tavern counter, mead filtering through his nicotine-yellow beard, patting his knee and slurring “C’mere darling, I’ve got a quest reward for you in my Adventure Pouch”? Awful. Read the rest of this entry »