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The green man gaming summer sale is on now until august 7th and has up to 90% off along with the opportunity to get up to 5 free games which means there are some serious bargains to be had, however the nature of the giveaway can be a little confusing as the tiered games to purchase have a free game given away on a separate list so it’s not like buy one get one free within those tiers, and the silver and gold tiers come with an intel starter pack with a choice of 4 out of 10 available games for free so it’s worth knowing exactly what you can get with your purchase when making your mind up, on top of this any purchase made gains an entry into a giveaway with a grand prize of a INTEL® NUC KIT NUC8I7HVK gaming pc and a game bundle of 3 top titles to go along with it.

How Do The Free Titles Work?

Making a purchase from a specific band gives you a code to redeem off a specific list associated with that particular band, and all gold and silver tier purchases also receive a master key to redeem against an intel starter pack, where prizes can vary as raw data has already expired and been replaced from the list by another title

  • Buying a game tagged Gold gives you a free game off the gold gift list as well as a 15% off voucher code to spend in the summer sale and an intel starter pack master key to claim 4 free games out of a choice of 10
  • Buying a game tagged Silver gives you a free game off the silver tier list, as well as a 10% off voucher code to spend in the summer sale and an intel starter pack master key to claim 4 free games out of a choice of 10
  • Buying a game tagged Bronze gives you a free game off the bronze tier list as well as a 7% off voucher code to spend in the summer sale.

As well as this every purchase made giving you one entry to potentially win a new gaming pc on top of the already significant savings means there is plenty to tempt you available on the site and some serious bargains to be had that it can be pretty hard to find something you might want to grab from the sale, even if it isn’t buy one get one free on the same tiered lists there are some pretty good titles on both the redeemable prize pages directly on gmg but also through the intel prize pack.

What is available within the intel prize pack?

Though this list is subject to change as there’s already been a replacement within it, the prizes at time of print are
1. There Came an Echo
2. Star Wars™ Pinball (3 dlc’s)
3. Gas Guzzlers Extreme
4. GoatPunks
5. Raw Data (no longer available unfortunately replaced by) archangel hellfire fully loaded dlc (f2p pack)
6. Star Trek™: Bridge Crew
7. TERA: WinterWing Starter Pack (f2p pack)
8. Dreadnought (f2p pack)
9. AdVenture Capitalist – Savvy Investor Bundle (f2p pack)
10. Star Trek Online (f2p pack)

With all of this choice it may be a little hard deciding what you want to get, and while a couple of purchases on the bronze and silver lists will get you most things off the intel starter pack and reduce the value of extra free games in purchases the deals are still pretty good regardless. To help you narrow down some of the good bargains to be had during the sale I’m going to recommend some of my top picks from each category.

What are my top picks and bargains from the sale?

In the gold tier my personal choices are prey (which I picked up myself) and metal gear rising revengeance both of which have some pretty big discounts and are really good games as well as being rather cheap so you can get the maximum bargain with the intel pack and free game on top of these big bargains.

On the silver tier list my recommendations are dead rising 3 and borderlands the handsome collection bundle which at 91% off is a large bargain alone without getting the 5 free games along with it.

My bronze tier suggestions are rather difficult as there’s just so many to choose from, but Deus Ex: Game of the Year Edition is one of the many bargains available at 80% off, and with so many other choices at £1 you can get some pretty good bargain games from this sale.

This is just the latest in many sales on the site, and they’re always doing great giveaways and competitions as well as the wheel of mystery and more competitions and other fun things in the forum there’s plenty of reasons to check out the site even if you’re unable to grab anything from this sale another will come along in no time, as well as some of the ever changing game bundles they have available for huge discounts

Check out the green man gaming summer sale for yourself at https://www.greenmangaming.com/?tap_a=1964-996bbb&tap_s=4707-cadadd

The current war is a biopic drama following the life of Thomas Edison around the time of the spread of the new invention of electricity across America, and how the battle with Westinghouse begins over who can establish dominance across the land as to who’s electricity is best ultimately ending with the war over who gets to build their idea’s into the world of tomorrow presentation.

It’s an interesting insight into the mind’s of Edison and the others as to what motivates them and how their interactions with each other helped drive the path forward to the modern world we live in today, and it’s interesting to wonder what might be different had Edison not have snubbed Westinghouse driving his train past him at the station ignoring his dinner invite, as this triggered Westinghouse to begin his quest to take down Edison and provide a cheaper and more efficient dispersal system, which is ironic because Edison didn’t want to talk to him because he believed he was trying to steal his invention, where it is later revealed he only wanted to know what it was like and how he felt at that moment inventing something new and never before imagined.

The drama remains high throughout both with events unfolding in edisons private and personal life as his wife becomes ill but also with the constant battles over who claims which territory of America as the sole supplier of electricity. While this isn’t usually a movie I would go see I remained gripped and interested throughout the movie as events unfolded and evolved the nature of the race to both supply electricity to the nation, but also the interpersonal natures of the characters and seeing their motivations and drives which lead them to never give up despite the hardships entailed on both ends.

Nicola tesla plays a small but very pivotal role in the movie and clearly deserves greater recognition than he ever gained in life as he came up with idea’s both ahead of their time but also the pivotal piece of technology which allowed Westinghouse and AC to become viable and run machines and not just lightbulbs. He started out being hired by Edison, who actively refused to work with AC believing it to be dangerous, and was promised a huge $50,000 bonus in the event of doing something monumental however when it comes time to claim such a prize Edison laughst it off as joking leading him to go off on his own, and lacking the money or fame the other characters have and being an immigrant he’s quickly taken advantage of yet again losing both his patents and his company in the process.

In the end tesla has a meeting with Westinghouse who’s desperate for his designs of a transformer that allows his AC current to work on machinery, without which his company would fail and ultimately Edison would win, however seeing deficiencies and desperation in tesla he makes grand false promises which take advantage of tesla yet again, where the movie reveals he dies without fortune or family never having been able to turn his idea’s profitable which I feel is a real shame because he should have reaped the rewards for his inventions without which AC would never have been viable, and the movie does end a little abruptly without following this plot to it’s terminus, but ultimately where do you draw the line on the path of electricity across the nation, ending with the world of tomorrow battle being won is a good as place as any.

While I wouldn’t've chosen to go watch the movie with what I’ve seen I was gripped and entertained throughout and learnt new things both about the struggles of establishing electricity but also the mindsets of the inventors and their motivations which drove them as well as the sacrifices they made in order to be successful. Whilst it’s a very narrow audience who may be interested in this movie I think it’s a worthwhile watch, and if you don’t go see it at the cinema I would definitely suggest you take the opportunity to watch it on TV when it inevitably airs as you will be entertained and there are quire a few twists and turns along the way keeping up the drama throughout.

Killsquad is a twin stick shooter mixed with elements from a variety of genre’s from novarama, and while the game at it’s core remains true to the twin stick shooter experience adding levelling elements similar to moba’s unique to each mission along with the variety in both the level and enemy design as well as the variations in the way all of the heroes play make this a highly polished experience and a game that stands out above others in the genre. Offering a choice of single player or online multiplayer up to 4 player co-op action without throwing overwhelming waves of enemies at you whilst keeping it fun and challenging.

The game has been released today in early access with a roadmap ahead for future plans and expansions, but they wish to see what the community would like and build the game towards what players would like to see as well as fix those elements which don’t work for players and this is a good way of designing the game going forward to ensure the community get the experience they would like from the game. Even saying this the game as it stands seems a very polished experience and while there are a couple of bugs like breaking animations or causing enemies to lose agro if you do specific things (and really actively refuse to fight you) these bugs are expected in early access and bringing them up helps ensure they won’t be an issue going forward.

At present there are 3 main area’s in the game each with their own feel and experience all being very different, and although the enemies are varients of bigger waves of enemies coming in for melee combat and differing long range enemies as well as a few special ones unique to each area the way they do things does feel different enough, and they all look like they belong in their zones where many other games of the genre would simply throw the same enemy at you in each area rather than having the unique variants designed to fit the area.

The zones themselves offer a significant degree of variety beyond simply aesthetics with the factory area offering zones which traverse between rooms rather than simply being sidescrolling as well as incorporating mazelike stairway sections, and it is inhabited by a variety of mechanised enemies who feel like they belong in the factory zone, where the open world zones have fleshy inhabitants that look like they belong in those zones, with cave spiders inhabiting a crystalline landscape full of crevasses and bridges along with natural disasters occurring in the zone and the final zone currently in early access being a deserted wasteland with flying prawns and other wildlife.

There are a number of touches which have been given to the game which normally get neglected such as background elements making the world feel alive from flocks of birds flying by, to machinery working along in the factory area’s. This along with the level of detail put into the animations and mechanics for all of the skills which do vary greatly from each individual character to make sure that they play very differently to each other despite being two shooting and two melee classes they all feel and play very differently to each other.

Many games of this nature would often have a purely cosmetic difference between characters, but you can see the effort made to ensure the heroes play differently, starting with one of the shooting characters having a selection of skills and upgrades which revolve around marking the enemies with your primary weapon to trigger skills on them later, which plays very differently to the other projectile character who fires a ghostbusters style laser beam and fires huge plasma balls as well as providing health kits on demand for any character to use to heal. The two melee classes also play very differently due to one being very fragile with skills designed for dodging and avoiding enemies, whilst the other gains armour for hitting enemies and rewards remaining up close in the combat as well as having an option for an ultimate which provides momentarily invulnerability for the team.

Every run is different starting fresh with a basic hero and levelling up in a mobaesque fashion from a choice of options to tailor the run to what you require for that specific level based upon your team and the dangers you are facing. Providing a variety of choices for level up progression from synergies that will be unique to your hero or skills that may benefit a larger team, it’s down to you to create a build that works for you in that current moment, and as missions are fairly short levelling and progression happens quite rapidly. The choice comes to whether to explore for more enemies and more experience to make the boss easy or rush down the objective to get the rewards quicker.

A roadmap for expansions has been set out showing that new area’s are planned and being designed as well as extra playable characters, and new factions which may be new enemy types or even lead to further levels and layouts designed around them and this along with the fact that they are planning on expanding based on feedback from players as the game develops shows that they are putting a lot of effort into this game to ensure that it is a very good experience. Even as it stands with only a few worlds it’s very obvious that a lot of care and effort has been put in to ensure the game doesn’t feel stagnant and all the heroes, completion tasks and area’s all feel very unique and offer a variety to keep the gameplay fresh which all adds up to the game being a very polished experience and worth the asking price.

I look forward to seeing how the game progresses and what further developments will be coming out, and it would be really cool if they manage to have a huge roster of playable characters all feeling very unique in their styles and skills though I can understand this would be asking a lot especially as you can also change weapons and items on the characters for the missions, and perhaps further skill tree options would be fantastic to allow even greater customisation for runs though the game really doesn’t require any of this to be a very fun and playable experience worth the asking price.

Get killsquad for yourself over on steam now at https://store.steampowered.com/app/910490/Killsquad/ Currently in early access.

Also curated over at https://store.steampowered.com/curator/6860437/