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Get Some Free Gaming on OnLive This Halloweekend

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Game on the cloud for free. Play Amnesia: The Dark Descent, F.E.A.R 3, Metro 2033, and Orcs Must Die.

OnLive has taken four games and making them free to play through All Hallows Eve. From now through Monday, October 31st at Midnight, PDT, games Amnesia: The Dark Descent, F.E.A.R 3, Metro 2033, and Orcs Must Die will all be absolutely free to play on OnLive, both in the U.S. and the UK. In addition, as a special bonus, if you Like OnLive on Facebook you can play a fifth mystery game which will be announced on Halloween!

"There’s a little something for everyone during OnLive’s Free-Play Halloweekend and the best part is we’re giving everyone free access to four terrific games all weekend long," said Matt Jensen, OnLive Community Manager. "Whether it’s horror, FPS, multiplayer or action that you’re looking for, play for free on us, and make sure you ‘Like’ us on Facebook because we’re making a fifth game available on Halloween that will be free to play all day and night."

If you'd prefer to game locally instead, using your own CPU and GPU power, check out the Halloween Steam sale.

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    soccerdocks , October 30, 2011 12:24 AM
    I just tried playing a few of these free games and its absolutely terrible. The mouse jumps around a bunch while aiming. All the terrain is extremely fuzzy. I couldn't stand playing for more than 2 minutes.
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    bobusboy , October 30, 2011 3:39 AM
    So I just tested it out; load times were short (surprisingly short) and gameplay was relatively smooth. Addendum: Load times were short compared to loading metro on DX11 high settings, when I play on low it loads just as fast or faster than onlive did.

    BUT

    My 6790 renders metro 2033 on high DX11 at the same frame rate as onlive was rendering it on dx9 low. That is pretty poor performance for a company touting their product as the next best thing comming down the pipe.

    Additionally; you have ZERO control over the grapics, those options are removed from the game's options menu. WTF.

    Even Orcs must die was rendering low res. And stuttered a little.

    And I have a good connection 8down/1up
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    ikyung , October 29, 2011 11:19 PM
    Wow. Nice.
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    alhanelem , October 29, 2011 11:45 PM
    no thanks, not interested in 'cloud' gaming or any free gimmick trying to get 'likes' on facebook.
    Like im THAT dumb to not see what they are trying to do....
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    phatboe , October 30, 2011 12:04 AM
    alhanelemno thanks, not interested in 'cloud' gaming or any free gimmick trying to get 'likes' on facebook.Like im THAT dumb to not see what they are trying to do....

    You don't like that they are trying to increase business? Don't complain about things that are free. If you don't like it don't use it.
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    soccerdocks , October 30, 2011 12:24 AM
    I just tried playing a few of these free games and its absolutely terrible. The mouse jumps around a bunch while aiming. All the terrain is extremely fuzzy. I couldn't stand playing for more than 2 minutes.
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    soundefx , October 30, 2011 12:46 AM
    This is a nice way to attract potential future interest.
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    Anonymous , October 30, 2011 12:56 AM
    Told my friend about this yesterday so I can watch him freak out in Amnesia.
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    bobusboy , October 30, 2011 3:39 AM
    So I just tested it out; load times were short (surprisingly short) and gameplay was relatively smooth. Addendum: Load times were short compared to loading metro on DX11 high settings, when I play on low it loads just as fast or faster than onlive did.

    BUT

    My 6790 renders metro 2033 on high DX11 at the same frame rate as onlive was rendering it on dx9 low. That is pretty poor performance for a company touting their product as the next best thing comming down the pipe.

    Additionally; you have ZERO control over the grapics, those options are removed from the game's options menu. WTF.

    Even Orcs must die was rendering low res. And stuttered a little.

    And I have a good connection 8down/1up
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    ben850 , October 30, 2011 5:41 AM
    jasonpwnsAww, someone has a bad internet connection.


    I am on Comcast internet. 20mbps down, about 5 or 6mbps up. 60-70ms pings in online games. OnLive still looks like ps2 era graphics on my computer.

    It's a cool concept, considering how many things go on within 1/10th of a second, but it's not good enough yet in my opinion.
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    Benihana , October 30, 2011 5:46 AM
    Probably be better to just pick them up from the Steam sale, 'cause after Halloween is over, you still have your game to play.
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    DSpider , October 30, 2011 9:31 AM
    Orcs Must Die is actually kinda cool. It's like a tower defense game with hack and slash type action.

    FPS games and racing games are terrible because of high latency, but 3rd person games (Orcs Must Die, Prince of Persia, Assassin's Creed, etc) are ok. And it doesn't matter if you have a 10.000 GB/s connection! If it takes 3 seconds to receive/transmit, gameplay's gonna be ugly. In the future I hope they branch out to other countries, or at least have some (closer) competition.

    The fifth game is probably gonna be a zombie game like Left 4 Dead or something...
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    iiv , October 30, 2011 10:44 AM
    that great..
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    reggieray , October 30, 2011 12:02 PM
    alhanelemno thanks, not interested in 'cloud' gaming or any free gimmick trying to get 'likes' on facebook.Like im THAT dumb to not see what they are trying to do....

    Agree and I wonder how laggy Metro 2033 will be because that game is demanding on video hardware.
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    demonhorde665 , October 30, 2011 12:24 PM
    i know i'm about to get a lot of thumbs down. but before i start on my points that will earn me the most thumbs down of all time, i would like to point out I myself am a PC gamer more so than any thing else.

    now on to the comment that going to set me on the path of breaking a thumbs down record.

    I AM SO SICK OF ALL THE WHINEY ASS PC GAMERS HERE AT TOM"S THAT ATTACK ANY AND EVERY THING THAT SEEMS TO THREATEN THEIR EXCUSE TO EXPULGE GOBS OF MONEY OUT OF THIER WALLETS ON COMP HARDWARE THAT THE VAST AMJORITY OF GAMERS IN GENERAL CANT AFFORD !!!

    Seriosuly poepel , the PC gmaers here at tom's make pc gmaers all over look liek total dicks
    "whah consoles are holding PC's back and games shoudl only cater to super rich like me whah "

    "whah, This cloud gaming service sucks cos it doesn't use my 1200 dollars worth of SLI-ed Hardedware"

    "whah Xbox 360 sucks cos it was built in 2005"

    "whah, console kiddies are stupid whah"


    give me a break already grow up yourselfs, and for gods sake SOME ONE CALL A WHAMBULANCE ! for all these bitch ass whiney PC gamers here at toms, because you guys are all making the rest of us look like asses to any one that can't afford a gaming pc


    P.S. this is the last time i'm going to ever post soemthing in this regard tired of telling you guys to grow up guessing you'll never figure that part of life out
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    wooodoggies , October 30, 2011 12:47 PM
    ^ LOL and you are telling other people to get a life, ok.
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    bin1127 , October 30, 2011 1:08 PM
    what's the quality of graphics on the games over the cloud?
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    syrious1 , October 30, 2011 1:22 PM
    I have a badass desktop at home, but when I'm stuck at a hotel with wireless and laptop, onlive saves the day, I'm able to deal with the lag and still play effectively. L2play.
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    nelood , October 30, 2011 1:29 PM
    It may not be "there" yet for some years, but cloud gaming is probably going to be the future...
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    singemagique , October 30, 2011 2:52 PM
    While I wouldn't make OnLive my main gaming platform (since I have access to a decent computer system) for what it delivers it is quite nice. Now I know people are going to complain about the lag and graphics, but remember that the game is being rendered hundreds if not thousands of miles away and is taking and issuing commands in real time. That's pretty impressive in my book. It reminds me of Sega Channel back in the early 90. With time this service can only get better.

    It's also a great way to try out games with the 30min trial passes. And above all, it runs on my four year old laptop that I use while traveling.

    By the way if you haven't played Orcs Must Die, it is a fantastic puzzle/tower defense.
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    liquidchild , October 30, 2011 3:52 PM
    Sounds nice but I'm still doing devils night...nice try matrix.
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