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Ubisoft knows how to celebrate an anniversary.
Here's proof: This month marks 10 years since the release of the top-rated real-time strategy game World in Conflict. So between now and Dec. 11, Ubisoft is giving it away. Yep: World in Conflict, free for PC, step right up. You also get the Soviet Assault expansion pack!
But, wait, there's more: Starting Dec. 12, you'll have a week to snag a free copy of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag – in honor of the 10th anniversary of the release of the first Assassin's Creed game. The former, a top-rated 2013 title, normally costs $ 20.
Bring it in, Ubisoft! You're getting an anniversary hug from me.
Now, let's talk about the various strings attached. Psych! No strings attached, though there is a requirement: You'll need Ubisoft's Uplay desktop client and a Uplay account. They're both free, both akin to Steam.
As for the games themselves, here's a quick summary of World in Conflict, courtesy of GameSpot's review: "World in Conflict is thrilling game about destruction. firepower of modern military units on an open battlefield, but you also get to experience the challenges of combined arms warfare. "
And for those unfamiliar with the Assassin's Creed franchise, specifically Black Flag, GameSpot once again sums it up: "The world of Black Flag is nothing short of remarkable." This is the most expansive setting in the history of the franchise, a virtual rendition of the West Indies that encompasses all manner of burgeoning colonies, Mayan ruins, and deadly jungles. "
Even more yes, please!
So grab World of Conflict now and mark your calendar for Dec. 12.
Bonus deal: In the market for a new / second monitor? For a limited time, and while supplies last, Walmart has an exceptionally good deal: the Acer KG251Q 24.5-inch desktop LED monitor for $ 109 shipped (plus tax).
Designed with gamers in mind (but perfectly good for everyone else) , the Acer features a 1ms response time, built-in speakers and two HDMI inputs.
If you can "get by" on a 5ms response time (which is typical for monitors in this class) and just one HDMI input, Walmart also has the Scepter E248W-1920 24-inch monitor for $ 92.99 shipped.
Both monitors come with a 1-year warranty.