EA's Origin platform is once again bringing free gaming treats to the masses, this week in the form of an updated Game Time promotion. The offer: one week of free Battlefield 4.
Game Time promotions last for a limited time (in this instance EA haven't stated just how long this one will be around), but unlike similar offers on other platforms the free time begins only after you launch the game for the first time. In the case of Battlefield 4 both single player campaign and multiplayer portion are open, and any progression you make will be retained if and when you pick up the full retail release.
Picking up Battlefield 4 will also allow you to try Mantle (with a compatible AMD Radeon GPU), and you can put any PC through its paces by using it as an excellent benchmarking tool. If you are bitten by the Battlefield 4 bug a digital deluxe edition of the game is on sale for £19.99 (50% off), including the China Rising DLC and three battlepacks.
Additionally on 48hr Game Time is Kingdom's of Amalur: Reckoning, a solid if unsuccessful hack'n'slash RPG brought to you by the now defunct 38 Studios. It's certainly worth a bash if Diablo-esq games are your cup of tea.
Those looking for a free game to access in perpetuity can instead take advantage of the latest On The House offer (updated August 6th), the classic space sim Wing Commander 3. Featuring the vocal talents of Mark Hamill and Malcolm McDowell, WC3 is a touchstone PC title of the mid-90's and of the same vintage as the much beloved Star Wars: Tie Fighter. The Wing Commander series' depth is a significant factor in the hype surrounding Star Citizen, 20 years later.