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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – Blackout

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s battle royale mode is now free to download and play across all platforms. Until 24 January, the Blackout Free Trial features all the intense action from the game mode that brings together characters, locations, weapons and gear from across the series, with Black Ops signature gameplay in the biggest map in franchise history. The new game mode is available now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC exclusively on Blizzard Battle.net, and will end at 20:00 South African time on 24 January.

Click through to read more about the latest additions to the battle royale.

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“The community response to Blackout has been incredible, and we love watching how players have really made the mode their own, evolving gameplay to a new level,” said Dan Bunting, co-studio head at Treyarch. “We can’t wait to welcome new players to experience the unique Black Ops style of battle royale in Blackout.”

Blackout allows players to go solo, or join their friends in duos or quads, and battle across land, sea and air. Players fight as a variety of characters in locations inspired by maps including Nuketown, Firing Range, Raid, and Cargo, offering diverse gameplay action. 

“It’s amazing to see the amount of creativity and fun that our players have from the moment they start playing,” said Mark Gordon, co-studio head at Treyarch. “Particularly as game developers, we’ve always been fascinated watching clips and streams of how fans play, and we can’t wait to see even more people jump into the action.”

All progress and earned in-game items are saved and immediately accessible once a player upgrades to the full game from the Blackout Free Trial. Also, a playlist called “Down But Not Out” is live during the trial. This mode is available for quads, and allows players’ eliminated team members to wingsuit back into the game and re-join them in each new collapse, except for the final circle. “Down But Not Out” is live now on PlayStation 4, and will go live on other platforms to follow.

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Get GTA: San Andreas free on PC

Rockstar Games has introduced its new Games Launcher for Windows, which includes a free download of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for a limited time.

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The Rockstar Games Launcher is a new Windows desktop application that allows users to access the Rockstar Games PC collection in a single place, across both digital and disc-based titles. This includes Rockstar Games tittles purchased from various other digital stores like Steam. Users can also use the Launcher to shop for new Rockstar Games PC titles to add to their collection.

The Rockstar Games Launcher comes with a host of features, including the addition of cloud save functionality to supported titles, the ability to keep one’s Rockstar Games PC library updated automatically, and ways to follow Rockstar Games news from inside the Launcher.

For a limited time, anyone can install the Rockstar Games Launcher and claim a free copy of the classic Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on PC within the Rockstar Games Launcher, to permanently add it to their Social Club account’s library.

The Rockstar Games Launcher is available for download now here: https://socialclub.rockstargames.com/rockstar-games-launcher

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Control: Combat meets supernatural

In Control, Jesse Faden becomes the new director of the Federal Bureau of Control and uncovers the supernatural threats that haunt the headquarters.

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When the new Director of the Federal Bureau of Control starts her job, she discovers the headquarters has been taken over by some kind of supernatural threat. She needs to do what it takes to get the building back.

Control’s reluctant leading lady arrives at the bureau searching for the truth behind a tragic event from her childhood that ended in the unexplained disappearance of her brother – the supernatural ripples of which have followed her ever since.

She’s a far cry from an alpha male videogame archetype. Traditionally, the bureau is starchy and by-the-book, but Jesse is spontaneous, instinctive and prepared to do whatever necessary to get the answers she needs. 

Control’s big-bad is The Hiss – a mysterious otherworldly entity which travels between dimensions, corrupting and consuming everything it comes across. What that means for Jesse is a skyscraper full of compromised bureau employees out for her blood.

Don’t assume that translates as hordes of cookie-cutter white-collar office drones coming after you. Remedy has taken the concept and run with it, twisting the bureau’s workforce into variety terrifying forms that require strategic thinking to take down.

The bureau’s name is the Oldest House, where the game’s action plays out. It’s a huge, brutalist, Tardis-like structure that transcends its own physical boundaries, shifting its dimensions as players explore.

Control’s combat sees players combining two separate sets of systems to devastating effect: a highly customisable service weapon, and a range of supernatural powers. It’s sophisticated, creative and lots of fun to play around with.

Alongside the big action set pieces, players also need to exercise their grey matter to solve both environmental puzzles and narrative riddles that, in keeping with the dream logic that underpins the game’s plot, demands thinking outside the box. 

Control is out now for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

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