Steam Offering Free Games For Active Military And Veterans
Active duty US military and veterans alike are currently able to get a pleasingly varied selection of video games on Steam entirely for free, via the Games to Grunts initiative, a program devised by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) to provide military members with games free of charge.
Right now, the games are a mix of a few bigger recent titles and some lesser-known indies, but there's a good mix in there for anyone interested. Tekken 7 and Soul Calibur 6, the most recent entries in both longtime fighting franchises, are probably the biggest games leading the pack, but there are plenty of other great titles to dive in to.
To grab the free Steam titles, US military personnel need to navigate to and create an account on Games to Grunts using their military ID, where they'll then be able to bag codes for their free games. It does unfortunately appear that there's a limit to how many of some game can actually be claimed, as titles like Gears of War 4 are appearing onsite with a "SOLD OUT" sign, so I'd get in quick if I were you.
Regardless, there's still a solid lineup to sink your teeth into, including Tekken 7 and Soul Calibur 6, which are both genuinely great fighting games in their own right, and arguably new high-points for both franchises.
There's also Rhiannon: Curse of the Four Branches, a spooky, immersive point & click adventure, and Insurgency, a much-loved multiplayer tactical first-person shooter that started life as a community made mod for Valve's Source engine. You can also get your hands on Air Conflicts: Secret War, Star Traders: Frontiers, World of Tanks, and plenty more.
The amount of indie games on offer over AAA titles might put off those after something a little more... mainstream, but I'd imagine that Games to Grunts will eventually expand and work with other publishers to offer a wider selection of free games, potentially on platforms other than PC.
For now, you could do a lot worse than two fantastic AAA fighting games and a string of interesting indies to tide you over. It's also worth noting that earlier in the year Games to Grunts offered a free two-year subscription to Xbox Game Pass and a free 12-month subscription to Xbox Live Gold, so active military and veterans would do well to keep an eye on the site for any updates.
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