Here’s some good news for everyone depressed that it’s not the weekend and annoyed with all the news about loot boxes; Ubisoft is giving away free games! If you head on over to Uplay site now, or fire up the Uplay app on your PC, you can add World in Conflict Complete Edition to your account free, forever. A 2009 game, World In Conflict is a real-time strategy title with a big, expansive single-player campaign, multiplayer up to 16 players, and literally has the chops to bring high-end PCs to their knees still. This is part of a Christmas-themed giveaway by Ubisoft called “Happy Playdays”, and more games will be given out free in the holidays.
For those who don’t know about it, World in Conflict is set in a parallel timeline in 1989. With the United States not helping to prevent an economic collapse in Russia’s economy (hey, that sounds familiar), the Soviets takes it as a cue to finally invade their long-standing opponent, ending the Cold War era and jumping headfirst into the Third World War. The game’s campaign and storyline draws inspiration from the 1984 film Red Dawn and Tom Clancy’s The Hunt for Red October. The game is essentially Company of Heroes on steroids with modern warfare mixed in, and I had a lot of fun playing it back in the day. It is one of the better real-time strategy games that you can pick up for cheap.
For multiplayer, it’s not exactly working. Massgate.org, a community-based effort to support older games that relied on Massgate’s networking services, does have workarounds to allow multiplayer and the team behind the project is working to get the game’s functions working properly. An alternative is GameRanger, which does have support for World in Conflict. Massgate also hosts a few mods for the game, and they’re quite neat. Interestingly, World in Conflict Complete Edition does not appear on the Ubisoft store. It is very likely that this is instead the GOG.com version of the game without DRM.
As for system requirements, well, you probably have that covered already. World in Conflict Complete Edition runs on Windows XP, Vista, 7 through 10, and works on 32-bit or 64-bit versions of the game. It requires a dual-core processor with a clock speed of 2.5GHz or greater, 1.5GB of RAM or greater, a 256MB DirectX 9-compliant graphics card or greater, and about 8GB of free hard drive space. Hmmm, I wonder if my netbook could play this…