Free Play Friday: Dust 514 Beta Codes, Hand of Fate, Gotham Gangs!

Batman wannabe Justin Calvert doles out beta codes, DCUO subscriptions, and free gaming suggestions for the weekend.

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This week's selection of free stuff isn't nearly as eclectic as last week's, but I don't think you're going to be disappointed. Scroll down the page, and there are beta codes for PlayStation 3 folks, free legendary subscriptions to DC Universe Online for PC folks, and…well nothing for Xbox 360 folks. Sorry about that. But hey, Mark of the Ninja was just released on XBLA and, while it's sadly not free, I hear it's great.

Dust 514 (PS3) Beta

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away I used to play EVE Online. I had hoped that the famously impenetrable (at launch, anyway) spacefaring MMO game would recapture some of the magic that I remember from playing Elite as a kid, and at least for a short while, it did. In the three years or so since I quit playing, I've often wondered if I should give EVE Online another shot; the main reason I haven't, believe it or not, is simply that I receive so many emails inviting me back that I've come to resent them. I almost caved in July of last year, but the prospect of learning to play in that universe again is so daunting now that I probably never will. At least that's what I thought before I heard about Dust 514.

I haven't played Dust 514 myself yet, but I've recently come into possession of a beta code, and so I'm definitely planning to give the game a try sometime soon. With Halo 4 looming large, I don't know that I need another sci-fi shooter in my life right now, but Dust 514's intriguing integration with EVE Online (as well as the fact that it will be free to play) makes it difficult for me to ignore. I seriously doubt that anything Dust 514 does will inspire me to finally jump back into EVE Online, but never say never, right?

Oh, and by the way, I didn't really get a beta code; I got 1,000 beta codes. I don't need all of them, so hey, help yourselves:

Dust 514 - Beta Code Giveaway

Gotham City Impostors (PC)

Despite the fact that I'm a fan of almost all things Batman-related, this week--some seven months after it was released--was the first time that I played Gotham City Impostors. I'm not sure why I didn't try the game sooner, but when Warner Bros. Interactive announced last week that the PC version of the game is now free to play, I knew that it was finally time for me to don my mask and cape. I feel like I end up writing this almost every week, but I genuinely wish I had tried the game sooner.

In case you're not familiar with Gotham City Impostors, it's a team-based first-person shooter in which costumed gangs calling themselves the Bats and the Jokerz do battle. The improvised outfits that the combatants wear are great, and once you've played enough of the game to unlock some customization options, it's fun to mess with your look and loadout. Superhero thrift store ensembles aren't the only thing that I like about the game though; Gotham City Impostors also differentiates itself within the genre with gadgets such as spring boots, roller skates, glider rigs, and grapple guns that let you navigate levels and even attack enemies in different ways.

For the most part, premium options in the game are limited to vanity items and the usual assortment of temporary XP boosters and such. Weapon packs can be purchased that afford you instant access to the game's unlockable arsenal, but weapons and their upgrades can also be obtained using unlock keys that you earn simply by playing the game. That's what I plan to do.

If you're interested in Gotham City Impostors, you can queue the game up for download on Steam via the following link:

Gotham City Impostors on Steam

DC Universe Online (PC)

I featured DC Universe Online in Free Play Friday a couple of weeks ago after I started playing the PS3 version. Why is it here again? Because there are codes up for grabs! GameSpot has teamed up with the fine folks over at Sony Online Entertainment to offer 5,000 GameSpot readers a month of legendary membership for the PC version.

Most of the benefits associated with legendary membership are detailed on the official gameplan page, but the best part of this deal is that in addition to getting free access to all four of the existing DLC packs, you get early access to the upcoming Hand of Fate DLC, which is currently scheduled for release at the end of this month.

If you already have a DC Universe Online account and would like a free month of legendary membership, grab yourself a code here:

DC Universe Online - Legendary Giveaway

If you're looking to play DC Universe Online for the first time, you can create an account and download the game for free here:

DC Universe Online – Official Site

Previous Free Play Fridays

August 31, 2012 - Portals, Strategy, Charitable Donations!
August 24, 2012 - Steampunk Beta Codes, Superheroes, Automobiles!
August 17, 2012 - Guns, Guns, Guns, Medic!
August 10, 2012 - Beta Codes, Shooters, A Story About My Uncle!
August 3, 2012 - Wizards, Robots, Strategy, Bullets, Codes!

Discussion

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badybad
badybad

FORGET ABOU TDUST 514 ... LOL...... Planetside 2 is already in closed beta and will be soon open beta... PLanetside 1 was the best mmo fps of all times.. And now PS2 is about to make you forget about any other game .. lol espacially dust 54!! totally not on he same level^^^^^...

sonicdeathx
sonicdeathx

Dust 514 was very disappointing to me. I played it for a while and afterwards uninstalled it.

V_G
V_G

Please can someone give me a code for the Dust 514 beta? I really want to try this one, but I can't afford paying Plus..

PatrickJCollett
PatrickJCollett

the code i received for Dust 514 doesnt seem to work..

stonesour525
stonesour525

Good joob Mr. Calvert, you should take a look at Rusty Hearts for  your next show, it's a pretty good F2P game. Cheers

aldisimus
aldisimus

Why arent codes for DC universe working? :(

Sento_brean
Sento_brean

The Codes for DCU don't work unfortunately.

Liliroots
Liliroots

Sucks I don't have a PS3 to play Dust.  Might be a good time to buy ... hmm

fred426k
fred426k

its great now i can play 514

 

 

AlphaWolF_J
AlphaWolF_J

Guys just do as i did and create a USA account  using a valid street name and post code  for dust 514.

problem solved

Misaki2010
Misaki2010

Nothing really fun this week :( well anyway Thank you Mr. Calvert :D I love Free Play Friday <3

aamir69
aamir69

Gotham city looks good but TF 2 is still more enjoyable.

Winchester01
Winchester01

Impostors: you are waiting 5-10 minutes to connect to the server and what you get? Kicked or disconnected after 2 minutes of play... :/

jimy1475
jimy1475

only 3 this week? think this is for better

Kunakai
Kunakai

Can understand how it feels to resent something you love, I'm starting to resent this site due to the sheer frequency of survey requests I get, EVERY TIME I VISIT THE SITE, LOOK AT AN ARTICLE, CLICK SOMETHING, IT'S THERE, EVEN THOUGH I CLICKED NO LESS THAN 5 MINUTES AGO!!! Send email request or something a tad more tactful, I hope you can see why this would get irritating.

gorgeelow
gorgeelow

Finally a new PS3 beta ..... Good Job!!!!!

Psychokillaz
Psychokillaz

 @sonicdeathx that is because you did not know how to play it for real. it is very in depth a true mmo shooter. you need to play then spend skill point to unlock ubah items like med kit, remote detonators, vehicles, guns etc I love the minigun!!! then you buy at least 30 or so of every item. (you lose everything every death so you need enough for every round of play) after every round you replenish your supplies and continue. I thought the game sucked until I figured it out and then it became ubah!!!

Psychokillaz
Psychokillaz

 @V_G Just sign up on the Dust site. I have been in 3 beta's for free. They just sent me another code for this weekend.

Psychokillaz
Psychokillaz

 @Alpha1972 Yes but there are giving away Legendary Memberships that most players pay 10-15 a month for.

deadp77
deadp77

 @PatrickJCollett 

 

dude...you gotta make a USA psn account...I made one and the code worked for meh !

 

bgghgubcjhgknjk
bgghgubcjhgknjk

 @shadowhunter0 Hey gotham city imposters is great too and a lot of people like dc universe online as well, just because you think it's the only good one there doesn't mean that the others aren't as good if not better

bgghgubcjhgknjk
bgghgubcjhgknjk

you may as well try it out though, after all it does have a throwing hatchet as a weapon which must make it sound interesting

bgghgubcjhgknjk
bgghgubcjhgknjk

 @Winchester01 If you play deathmatch you can get in within 30 seconds, fumigation and other modes take a lot longer

koospetoors
koospetoors

 @Winchester01 I can't even pick up anyone with the utterly atrocious matchmaking. And the greedy hacks that are supposed to be fixing it would rather release more DLC instead.

 

It sucks though, the game is good fun when it works.

el_danny_m
el_danny_m

 @Kunakai Get AdBlock, free addon for web browsers, and you won't get any of those pesky survey pop ups or annoying ads.

V_G
V_G

 @Psychokillaz I did, days ago, and nothing...  Can you send me one code please?

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

 @bgghgubcjhgknjk well I should have said Dust 514 is the only one that I like I have played the others and didn't like them to much I think I got my chr on dcu has high has 15 before I quit not saying they are bad games just not for me

Psychokillaz
Psychokillaz

 @V_G Oh I signed up months ago. Try PS Home Dust place. If you complete the game you will get a beta code eventually.

Kunakai
Kunakai

 @Wizallah  @el_danny_m Nope I do now although I'd rather not since advertising is how a lot of websites earn income.