Free Play Friday: Rocket Jumps, Through Balls, 15,000 Porsches, Codes!

Justin Calvert tears himself from League of Legends for just long enough to dole out more free codes and free-to-play gaming suggestions.

I'll level with you: Since getting back into League of Legends a few weeks back it's invariably the first game I play when I get home from work. I'm always on the lookout for more games and demos that I can play without paying, though, and I know that at least one of the games I've chosen to feature this week will be cutting into my LoL time in the coming weeks. Oh, and I should probably mention that we're giving away free codes for both Need for Speed World and Battlefield Heroes this week. Enjoy:

Quake Live (PC)

I'm going to be attending my first QuakeCon next week, so I figured it was about time I check out Quake Live. It has been a long time since I last played a Quake game; I played a lot of Quake II back in the day though, and I mistakenly thought that my previous experience with that game (and also with the original Quake) might see me at least managing to maintain a respectable kills/deaths ratio. I was wrong, and at the time of this writing I'm managing only one kill for every four deaths, and I'm not even sure that takes into account the numerous times that I've simply fallen off levels. Regardless, Quake Live evokes fond memories of some of my earliest online gaming experiences, minus the temperamental modem and all of the weird player models and skins that I used to download.

Based on 1999's Quake III Arena, Quake Live incorporates a number of modern conveniences and features that I wasn't expecting it to. Friends lists, detailed statistics screens, and even an achievements system are all included, as are practice matches against bots, and tutorials that cover important techniques like rocket jumping and strafe jumping. Playing in an online match for the first time can still be punishing, but at least you're afforded plenty of opportunities to get used to the controls, the maps, and the frantic pace that the game is played at beforehand.

Quake Live can be played for free indefinitely because it's supported by ads that are displayed before each match. There are two membership options available that let you bypass those ads and benefit from additional game features though. Among other things, the $1.99/month "premium" membership unlocks more than 50 additional arenas and lets you create your own clans; the $3.99/month "pro" membership adds even more options, like being able to customize your own matches and invite "standard" players to premium games.

Want to relive the glory days of Quake or put your current-gen shooter skills to the test in a classic? Get into Quake Live via the following link:

QuakeLive.com

Need for Speed World (PC)

EA's free-to-play online racing game, Need for Speed World, celebrated its second anniversary this week. Racers were earning double XP for finishing events, a new free cam feature was introduced for folks looking to take pictures of their rides, and the 2012 Camaro ZL1 appeared in the game for the first time and was given away to players for free. After playing and enjoying the game for a few hours, I still haven't bought any additional cars, not only because I've encountered very few events that the free Camaro isn't eligible for, but also because so many of the cars I'd be interested in adding to my garage can only be purchased with real money.

To date I've spent most of my time in Need for Speed World competing in multiplayer races that, aside from a few cars jumping about erratically because of lag, have been good fun. There are still a few event types scattered around the game's large open-world map (which incorporates locales from both Need for Speed Carbon and Need for Speed Most Wanted) that I haven't tried yet, but my favorites are definitely the single-player cop chases that pit you against increasingly tough law enforcement folks as you rack up points by causing property damage, disabling cop cars, and evading road blocks. Even if the MMO trappings of Need for Speed World don't appeal to you, the solo cop chases are definitely worth a look.

Far more difficult to speak highly of is Need for Speed World's car dealership. There are plenty of great cars available to buy, but the selection of those that can be purchased using dollars earned in-game is very limited compared to the options that you have when looking to rent or buy vehicles using real money, which is referred to as SpeedBoost. Furthermore, you have to look really hard to find the cars that are available without impacting your bank balance because there's no filter, and many of the "free" cars are variations of the premium ones that are promoted front and center. (I should point out, by the way, that it is possible to earn SpeedBoost without opening your wallet; you can complete sponsored deals that run the gamut from watching a video to applying for a new credit card.)

At the time of writing, the 2012 Camaro ZL1 is still available for free to all players. Cars typically cost the SpeedBoost equivalent of between $7 and $25 to buy, though I've seen at least one car that costs around $60 to add to your garage. I won't be taking that one for a drive anytime soon. I will, however, be getting myself a Porsche Boxster Spyder worth around $10 for free. You should do the same!

You can claim one of the 15,000 Porsche Boxster Spyder codes that we're giving away via the following link:

Need for Speed World Giveaway

Battlefield Heroes (PC)

You might recall that about a month ago in the first Free Play Friday feature, I mentioned that I had been playing a good amount of Battlefield Heroes. If you've been doing the same, or if you're interested to give it a try, EA has generously hooked us up with 10,000 codes that you can redeem for some premium threads and such. Each code is good for three items of clothing, a weapon, and an XP boost for three days.

Grab yourself a Battlefield Heroes code via the following link:

Battlefield Heroes Giveaway

PES 2013 (X360) Demo No. 1

I remember joining GameSpot UK back in 2000 and being horrified that the editorial team's football game of choice at the time was FIFA rather than Pro Evolution Soccer. Konami's Pro Evo games were sublime in those days, and once the GSUK guys came around to my way of thinking I don't think there were many days that went by without us sneaking in a match or two. In recent years, though, FIFA has firmly established itself as the superior soccer sim, and so while I still insist on using the Pro Evo button layout, it has been several years since I spent a good amount of time with any of Konami's football offerings. It's conceivable that that might change this year.

Shortly before E3 I had an opportunity to play a couple of PES 2013 matches at a press event and came away pleasantly surprised. Now that Konami has put out a demo on Xbox Live (the PS3 demo is scheduled to go live on July 31) and I've spent some time with it, I'm eager to get my hands on a copy of the finished game when it's released in September. There's not a lot of content in the curiously named PES 2013 Demo No. 1, but the nature of sports games makes a little go a long way where replay value is concerned.

The eight included squads are sorted into two groups: international teams (England, Italy, Portugal, and Germany) and South American club teams from the Copa Santander Libertadores (SC Internacional, CR Flamengo, Fluminense FC, and Santos FC), and between them they afford you 12 different matchups. Throw in the fact that you can play with up to three friends locally or against the AI (which only occasionally hoofs the ball into touch for no good reason), and this is a demo that you might still be having a great time with when PES 2013 arrives in stores.

Want to give PES 2013 a try? You can queue up the X360 demo for download via the following link:

PES 2013 Demo No. 1

Previous Free Play Fridays

July 20, 2012 - Awesometacular Beta Code Giveaway Edition!
July 13, 2012 - Star Wars, Soccer, League of Legends!
July 6, 2012 - Cave Exploration, Turn-Based Strategy, and Tanks!
June 29, 2012 - F1, Battlefield, Magic, and Space!

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39 comments
Flames21891
Flames21891

I actually logged on just to say this: Stay away from Need for Speed World. I played it from closed beta all the way until I couldn't take it anymore. It started out as a pretty good game, but EA's greed turned it into another Pay 2 Win game.

 

First it started with the exclusive cars that cost real cash. That wouldn't have been bad until you realize that those cars are head and shoulders above the others in most cases.

 

Oh but that's alright, they have a parts drop system (much like a loot system, after each event you might get a rare part...or more likely a crappy one/none at all, the rates are horrible) and if you work at it long enough, you might get some good ones. Well EA thought of that, and by again opening your wallet, you can buy card packs that GUARANTEE you one of the best parts in the game every time you buy one. And I do mean literally guaranteed, you will always get AT LEAST one end-game part.

 

So all the people with deep pockets will have the fastest cars with the best parts, meaning their car handles better so you can't beat them in the corners, accelerates faster so you can't beat them out of the corners, and has a higher top speed so you can't beat them in the straights. GG.

 

 

Bastion00
Bastion00

Lol.  He plays League of Legends.

 

nyran125
nyran125

i would hate to have a gambling addiction and play free to play games. Thank god i dont do either. I dont gamble adni dont play FTP. Rather play Counter Strike Global offensive and play it forever for $15.

poopinpat
poopinpat

HP sauce goes with EVERYTHING!  but is best with omelettes and sausage :D  This man clearly has great taste!

ferrarimanf355
ferrarimanf355

Got the free Porsche for NFS World. I'm going to try to get back into that game now that I have a decent PC that can run it. 

HLno1
HLno1

He pours HP sauce on everything, ty GS for that info XD

Sarijon
Sarijon

Its always PC, do you not have any Console Beta ie PS3 ??

 

MFulla
MFulla

I doubt my own ability to be objective when it comes to the PES/FIFA debate but since I switched from Pro in 08 I've found the gameplay drab and that's still the case with this demo.

SpongeC4ke
SpongeC4ke

Thanks for the heads-up! Great information indeed. (Y)

nyran125
nyran125

why are we encouraging free to play? its more expensive than buying full games.

eb8k
eb8k

waiting for FACEWAR beta keys :D

Black_Tribi
Black_Tribi

Good job Justin! Keep it up. This is an awesome weekly column.

fanaticsm
fanaticsm

THIS IS AN AWEOSME WEEKLY FEATURE......FREE GAMING FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

tenz01
tenz01

What a terrible free to play friday list... terrible.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

I don't know if I'd want to check any of these out....

I already checked out Quake Live and it sucks compared to base Q3A because in the "real" Quake 3 you can modify the game and add user generated player skins and weapon models, the mods change the flavor of the vanilla game to something more enjoyable but take all that away and you get a fast paced small screen version of one of the best shooters ever made, in short they ruined Quake 3 by making it a freaking browser based game.

 

NFS World seems kinda interesting......but I'm boycotting EA at the moment so F them.

TruthDefiner
TruthDefiner

Any chance getting PlayStation all stars Battle Royale Beta codes

djpetitte
djpetitte

probably most definitely wolfenstein 3d, commander keen, quake 3 arena and then doom3

B-boy
B-boy

those free to play game are rip offs

aqkamboh
aqkamboh

Here in this forum you mention a lot of nice game specially need for speed I like very much.

saucex4
saucex4

 @DeathProofDelta Absolutely true. Most people however, feel that when they see a F2P game they automatically think that if everything in the game is NOT free, that it's a scam. Sadly this is the biggest misconception in more modern F2P. F2P is what it is. You can play the game FOR FREE. This is absolutely true. But some features of the game you will have to pay for. This is very obvious. Good F2P models will charge for things that do not change the balance of the game, such as skins,  voice packs, and anything else that does not effect the balance of the game.

 

Remember it's FREE TO PLAY, not FREE EVERYTHING.

Majkic666
Majkic666

 @MFulla well they are both good, but people are ignorant to either choose one side, the pest football game would be if they combined the good stuff from FIFA and PES into 1 game

nyran125
nyran125

to get the full worth out of the game though, you paying way more than a full retail release, to play the game for real.

saucex4
saucex4

 @nyran125 I don't object to the F2P model, as long as the model does not effect multi-player balance and that the game itself has a reasonable amount of content. It is true that a lot of earlier F2Ps are down right awful, and anti-consumer, but some...not all but some are doing by their customers right. The F2P model does not work however with game types/genres that are more geared towards single player play. In my mind the traditional model is the best for those.

 

Example: Tribes Acend. Absolutely Free to play, but it will take you about 450 days to unlock everything, except skins. You pay about $50-60 for GP, and you can get boosters to help you and get some skins or voice packs and unlock everything in about 150 days. Not a perfect system, but decent.

Kevin-V
Kevin-V moderator staff

 @nyran125 For the small numbers of people that spend that money, sure. But the majority of people that play F2P games never spend a cent. We're hoping only to steer folks towards free games and demos that help them get a bit of fun without having to pay a dime for it. 

 

Also, it's fun to give away codes!

RedLegZeff
RedLegZeff

 @nyran125 Big time, if you're one of the ones who spend money. They just lure you in with promises of freedom, then try to gouge you. As someone with ocd they are the bane of my existence.

JusticeCovert
JusticeCovert

 @ShadowRun02 I hope to have some Planetside 2 codes to give away soon. Haven't received any additional ones since the Comic-Con batch yet.

supermoc10
supermoc10

 @ShadowRun02 PlanetSide 2 giveaway was during the Comic-Con live-stream. It was hard to get one but I got my code.

malec_1
malec_1

 @tenz01 I loved the list. But ONLY because it contained an Escape from Mount Stupid episode.

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

 @MJ12-Conspiracy I don't claim to know what the Quake 3 online scene is like.  I might be of the wrong assumption but I can't imagine that it's still living.  Quake Live or nothing?  I find it ridiculous that a game sucks just because you can't swap out character models and weapon models.  Isn't the gameplay the thing that's important?  If it's one of the best shooters ever made, why does it suck all of a sudden when you take mods away?  Doesn't that mean it sucks?

 

If you're caring about visual things like player models and weapon models why would you play Quake Live to begin with rather than UT3 or Nexuiz or whatever the newest Quake-like shooter is?  As I understand it you can take Quake Live to fullscreen, though I've never tried it.  It was a fun little diversion while at work for me and for obvious reasons I didn't bother with the fullscreen.

 

They ruined nothing, Q3 is still in there minus the customization.  Q3 is 13 years old, and you can probably still make servers and junk for it.  It's not like id shut Q3 down and Live is all you have.  The gameplay's the same.

TaoranPrince
TaoranPrince

 @Kevin-V Kevin my man! Way to put the smackdown! xD

 

Also, when it comes to codes, it's better to receive than to give. XD

jamesdvhunt
jamesdvhunt

 @RedLegZeff hes right though, there not pushing to make free to play games unless they are going to make more money from that then they would from non free to play. its stupid, u should pay ONE fee for a game and get everything, so far i have spent 140 bucks on battlefield 3, and i barely have any of the stuff, then they released premium so all the idiots that bought expansions b4 are now watching noobs spend 50 bucks and get everything. the video game industry is going to shit but most people don't see it because they didn't play games 15 years ago when it used to be all about progress and features, not making money. you see a lot of games now take old features out and replace them (*EA Need For Speed, EA Fifa*) so that way they never have to worry about out-doing themselves, they can just crank out new versions every year, and everyone thinks the games are progressing but they are not, they just change them a bit and everyone buys it. COD made 300 million dollars opening week. THATS TO MUCH MONEY FOR ANYONE TO MAKE