Rockstar Games is a prolific video game studio that is responsible for releases that have reshaped the gaming world over the years. Whether it be the crime-ridden streets of Grand Theft Auto or the playground antics of Bully, the studio has, through its genius game design and impressive attention to detail, created immersive worlds and left an unignorable mark on gaming history. However, Rockstar‘s fame has not come without equal amounts of controversy that have put it at odds with the law and, at times, even gamers.
Fans of the company will be delighted to know that Rockstar Games is giving away some of its most iconic titles for free during December and January. There are a few hoops that players have to jump through to get those games, but it is arguably worth it. The games on offer represent some of the best that Rockstar Games has to offer, and the gesture of goodwill will likely go a long way towards repairing the public’s trust in the company after the somewhat disastrous launch of the Grand Theft Auto Trilogy remaster.
How to Claim Free Games From Rockstar
Rockstar’s giveaway is for a limited time, and the offer will run until January 5, 2022, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. That leaves gamers with about two weeks to redeem the free game of their choice. Although five games are part of the free game offer, players can only claim one of them. Furthermore, the free games being offered can only be claimed through Rockstar Launcher. Consequently, the free game offer is available on PC only.
The biggest condition is that the free games are only available to gamers who have purchased Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition on PC from the Rockstar Store. For gamers who are not interested in any of the free games on offer, the option to claim free money in Grand Theft Auto: Online or Red Dead Online is also available.
What Games is Rockstar Offering?
The five games that are part of the giveaway are all highlights of Rockstar’s illustrious past. Hence, it is wise for those eligible to not skip it. The first game available to claim is Grand Theft Auto 5: Premium Edition. Although it was originally released on PC in 2015, the game has stood the test of time and has managed to be one of the bestselling games year after year. The game takes players to Los Santos, a beautifully crafted city filled with things to do, whether it be leisurely activities or criminal heists. Players can easily switch between three protagonists, who each have different special abilities and offer a unique perspective of Los Santos. Grand Theft Auto 5‘s story is one of betrayal, the pursuit of the American Dream, and the dangers of striking deals with the devil. The premium edition also includes access to GTA: Online, which regularly receives updates.
GTA 5‘s predecessor, Grand Theft Auto 4, is also on offer. GTA 3‘s iconic Liberty City is reproduced in GTA 4, taking players to a fictionalized version of New York that is crawling with crimelords, crooked cops, and hustlers waiting for their opportunity to make millions. Protagonist Niko Bellic finds himself sucked into this world after traveling to America only to find that his cousin Roman has sold him false stories of what to expect. GTA 4: Complete Edition also features two singleplayer DLCs. Each is so packed with content that they would be impressive even if they were standalone titles. The Lost & Damned has gamers playing as Johnny, who is part of a biker gang. The other DLC is titled The Ballad of Gay Tony, and it paints Liberty City in a more colorful light. Players take control of Luis, who works alongside nightclub owner Tony Prince.
Also on the giveaway lineup is L.A. Noire, a detective game that centers on Detective Cole Phelps who works for the Los Angeles Police Department. His investigation into a morphine distribution ring leads him to join forces with Jack Kelso. Soon enough, they begin to unravel dark secrets about LA. Although it was originally released in 2011, the game holds up surprisingly well, and it does not take long to find oneself completely immersed in the experience. Like many of the games Rockstar is giving away, L.A. Noire is an open-world title that allows for plenty of free-roaming.
If none of the listed games seem intriguing so far, Max Payne 3 is also available. The game features the titular Max Payne who is a former detective that finds himself embroiled in more mysteries and conspiracies after becoming a private security contractor in Brazil. Many modern games owe a lot to the Max Payne series for pioneering and popularizing the bullet-time effect.
Lastly, there is Bully: Scholarship Edition, also known as Canis Canem Edit in some regions. Bully is yet another open-world game, except this title takes players to Bullworth Academy, a place where bullies rule the playground and survival of the fittest is a way of life. Players take control of Jimmy Hopkins, a kid who aspires to rise to the top of the school’s social hierarchy while dealing with the various bullies he comes across. While the game features Rockstar’s typical immature humor, it also has a story that has plenty of heart. For gamers on the fence about which game to pick, Bully may prove to be unexpectedly satisfying.
Although Rockstar Games may have done a lot of damage to its reputation with the release of the remastered GTA Trilogy, the giveaway may begin the reconciliation process between the company and gamers. Although some may be put off by the age of the games on offer, they are all great titles that serve as a reminder of what Rockstar is capable of when it dedicates itself to a project.
Rockstar Games‘ free game offer will run until January 5, 2022.
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