All The Free PC Games You Can Play On Steam This Weekend

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Steam is aiming to help gamers tackle their huge backlog of games with its new spring cleaning event, which went live today and runs until Tuesday, May 28 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. From games you used to love but haven't played in years to those you grabbed because they were free but never even installed, you can earn trophies by playing them this weekend, which unlocks badges for your Steam profile.

But even if you're not interested in revisiting the neglected games in your Steam library, you can still enjoy some titles for free this weekend. A batch of seven games are available to play for free as part of the spring cleaning event, and with a three-day holiday weekend ahead for many in the US, there's plenty of time to check them all out.

The free-to-play offerings include classic zombie shooter Left 4 Dead 2, which lets you team up with up to four other players against the hordes of Infected. Other games worth checking out (or revisiting) this weekend include Endless Space 2, a sci-fi 4X game, and Grim Dawn, a gory, action-packed RPG. Play one of Steam's free game offerings every day this weekend, and you'll earn a Speed Clean badge

E3 2019: Gears 5 - What We Know And What We Want To See

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E3 2019: Gears 5 - What We Know And What We Want To See

Along with Forza and Halo, one of Xbox's most highly regarded exclusive franchises is Gears of War. Developed by The Coalition--formerly Black Tusk Studios--Gears 5 aims to up the scale of the series, while also shedding more light on returning Gears of War 4 character Kait Diaz, who is now the protagonist for the next game. Though the series has always stuck close with its cover-to-cover shooting gameplay, Gears 5 looks to be the most significant departure we've seen yet for the franchise, placing more emphasis on exploration and traversal across planet Sera following the events of Gears of War 4.

We haven't heard too many details about the game following its reveal last year, but that hasn't stopped us from coming up with ideas about what we want to see from the game at E3 2019. So here's a quick rundown of everything we know about Gears 5 so far, and what Microsoft should reveal during its E3 press conference.

Monster Hunter Movie Actress Milla Jovovich Talks At Cannes

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The Monster Hunter movie is steadily moving along, as producers Constantin Film and Impact Pictures--the team behind the Resident Evil movie franchise--locked down a 2020 release date earlier this year. Lead actress Milla Jovovich (Reisdent Evil series, Hellboy) spoke about the upcoming fantasy action flick at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

In a brief interview, Variety asked Jovovich what fans should look forward to next. Jovovich immediately quipped back with "Oh, Monster Hunter 2020!" She then descibes the movie as "incredible" before giving some quick context. She says that training for the movie is hard but it makes her "mentally more able to deal with the overwhelming experiences that we all go through in our lives." You can check out her thoughts on the movie below.

Milla Jovovich gives an update on the upcoming film "Monster Hunter," which is based on the popular video game #Cannes2019 #amfAR pic.twitter.com/rwWTNDFIC0

Microsoft xCloud Now Being Tested By Capcom And Other Game Devs

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Microsoft has offered only occasional updates on Project xCloud since debuting it last year, to the point that we assumed we had heard the last of it until at least E3 2019. But with the big event mere weeks away, Microsoft has shed a little more insight on the progress of its streaming service.

In an update from gaming cloud VP Kareem Choudhry, Microsoft noted that it has deployed its xCloud tech to 13 Azure regions, allowing game developers like Capcom and other devs to test games using the xCloud platform. This follows an earlier employee take-home program that served as the first real-world test.

Microsoft notes that Project xCloud has the potential to stream more than 3,500 games already, across the three generations of Xbox. An update to the Xbox One version of any game would populate across xCloud immediately without any additional work for developers or downloads for consumers. Microsoft also boasts another 1,900 games in development for Xbox One, which could be put on xCloud easily.

Swamp Thing Review: DC Universe Nailed Horror

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The DC character Swamp Thing doesn't have the best track record with being adapted. There were two movies, an animated series, and the best of the lot, the live-action series which lasted three seasons. However, none of them truly tapped into the most obvious aspect of the character and the world he lives in: It's all terrifying. The DC Universe streaming service, which has already taken big swings with shows like Titans and Doom Patrol, finally does Swamp Thing justice by creating a show that is truly horrifying.

Within Episode 1 of DCU's new show, Swamp Thing barely makes an appearance, and that's fine. The show centers around a town in Louisiana where something is making people sick and killing them. CDC investigator Abby Arcane (Crystal Reed) returns to her hometown to find the cause, where she comes across rogue biologist Alec Holland (Andy Bean), and the two find out that there's a problem in the swamp. While this synopsis sounds more like a copy and paste procedural, what sets Swamp Thing apart is its tone.

GOG Announces GOG Galaxy 2.0, An App Designed To Fix Gaming's Platform Problem

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GOG Announces GOG Galaxy 2.0, An App Designed To Fix Gaming's Platform Problem

GOG is the PC game platform you might know and love for its anti-DRM stance. It's a consumer-friendly policy that's the exception to the rule, and while it may also eat into GOG's marketability as a distribution platform in the eyes of AAA publishers, it sends a clear and positive message to consumers.

GOG's goodwill towards its customers got its foot in the door, but the pressures of competition from the likes of the Epic Store and Steam are no doubt hurdles to overcome. The trick to getting over these obstacles and ensuring growth for GOG may lie in the upcoming launch of GOG Galaxy 2.0, which doesn't merely overhaul the look of the platform's desktop client but expands its functionality in a bid to offer even more services and conveniences to users.

In a recent meeting with GOG's managing director Piotr Karwowski, and SVP of business development Oleg Klapovskiy, I got the first taste of their vision for GOG Galaxy 2.0: "All your friends and games in one place." What this means is a few things, including collating all of your digital PC games, across all platforms and services, and making them easy to launch and install directly from Galaxy.

Star Wars' Knights Of Ren Return In Episode 9: The Rise Of Skywalker

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Star Wars' Knights Of Ren Return In Episode 9: The Rise Of Skywalker

The hugely anticipated Star Wars: Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker is set to feature a variety of new characters alongside the series' regular cast. One villainous group that has been teased since 2015's The Force Awakens is the Knights of Ren. It has now been confirmed that they will appear in The Rise of Skywalker, which is directed by JJ Abrams.

The news comes via an article published by Vanity Fair about the making of the new Star Wars movie. In one of the various behind-the-scenes images we see a group of masked characters standing in the desert with stunt coordinator Eunice Huthart. The caption reads: "J.J. Abrams, alongside Stunt Coordinator Eunice Huthart, directs the Knights of Ren; elite fearsome enforcers of Kylo Ren's dark will." Check the image out below:

The Knight of Ren did feature in The Force Awakens, during one of Rey's visions on the planet Takodana. But that scene was short, dark, and set in the pouring rain--this new image gives us a much better idea of what to expect. According to Lucasfilm's creative art manager Phil Szostak, the look of the Knights in The Force Awakens was based on rejected designs for Kylo Ren, and you can certainly see how their appearance influenced Kylo's.