Humble Summer Sale Kicks Off With Free Tropico 4

“We’re cool for the summer,” sang Demi Lovato in a song that is definitely not about, as some scurrilous pop culture commentators would have you believe, smooching (or WORSE!). No, Demi is singing about paying full-price for video games. It’s cool for the summer but what then? What comes next? The answer is: the Humble Store End of Summer Sale. They’ve got over 3,000 games on sale and right now they won’t let you pay even a penny for Tropico 4 – the dictatorship-building sim is free (as a Steam key).

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The Crew Isn’t Free Yet So Grab Rayman Origins Now

Ubisoft have announced that the next game they will give away as part of their 30th birthday celebrations is mediocre racing game The Crew, so consider this a warning that you’ve only got another few days to grab the wonderful, lovely, delightful platformer Rayman Origins for free.

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IF Only: Alien Life

Axolotl Screenshot

Stories about alien life raise interesting questions about what humans are, and whether there’s any other way we could be; about communication between very disparate cultures, and whether it’s even possible; about extremely alternate perspectives on earthly life. If you also like these stories, this week I have four pieces of IF about alien life forms to suggest:

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Forza 6 Apex Launches Leaves Beta With Wheel Support

Now Microsoft have unveiled plans to bring their headline Xbox One games to Windows 10 too, Forza Motorsport 6: Apex [official site] seems a little odd. It’s not full and proper Forza, see, rather a singleplayer-only free version of Turn 10’s drive ’em up. Well! We may now know that Forza Horizon 3 is coming to Win 10, multiplayer and all, but let’s not forget Forza 6 Apex. After four months in open beta testing, the free racer has left beta to properly launch, having added support for steering wheel peripherals.

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Cease Fire: Battlefield 1 Open Beta Ends On Thursday

When DICE launched the free Battlefield 1 [official site] open beta test last week, they didn’t say how long it would run for. Now we know. If you want to check out DICE’s arcade-y FPS take on World War 1, you’ve only got until Thursday. Or heck, if you’re happy living vicariously, you can read what happened when we sent Brendan trotting into the beta on his pony.

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Cyberpunk Social Engineering In Supercontinent Ltd

Social engineering is the bane of network security. Your firewall’s layers of barriers, dummy vaults, and deadly black ICE might stymie even a super wizard class hacker but that doesn’t matter if the wee scamp’s able to phone up some fool and cadge the password with a few lies. That’s the sort of datajacking which free game Supercontinent Ltd [official site] is interested in. You play a merc sent to gather intel on a criminal organisation in the grim cyberpunk future, only to find they don’t use computers but some form of obsolete hardware called a… tell-o-phone?

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Blue Byte’s Champions Of Anteria Is Out, Has A Demo

Here’s a little something you might want to try this weekend if you’re looking to sink your time into a new game. Champions of Anteria [official site] launched this week, and it has a free two-hour demo so you can try it out before you buy. Champions of Anteria is what became of Ubisoft Blue Byte’s The Settlers: Kingdoms of Anteria, reborn as an RTS-RPG with a touch of city-building on the side.

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