We kind of like this trend of free Internet-based games made just to promote their big-release cousins. Dragon Age Journeys
is the standout so far
, but Mafia II
is entering the ring with a free point-and-click game called The Story of Frankie Potts
, playable right now on the game's website. There's not much to see yet (just a few clickable scraps of paper and a darkroom where you can develops a new screenshot), but the timeline feature hints that there will be new content every day to check out. And not only will you get to learn about Mafia II
, but eventually there will be "four challenge games" in which you can compete with other players around the world
for "limited edition swag," and even a copy of the game along with a PS3 and 60" TV with surround sound system to play it on.
Yes, it's "promogaming" -- the goal is to sell you on the game. But especially if these free experiences are intriguing, we'll welcome a little extra gameplay for no extra charge. It's better than just reading a press release, right?