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World War 2 shooter Hell Let Loose is free for the weekend

Hell Let Loose is a large-scale multiplayer romp where 100 players duke it out over open maps with the assistance of tanks and artillery. This week sees it get its third update since it launched in Early Access back in June, adding Omaha Beach to the map roster. If a weekend spent in sandy trenches sounds like your kind of thing, you can try it now for free. 

In the new map, the 100-player battle starts with half the players at sea, while the other half prepares to fill them with bullets when they try to land. Once the attackers land, they'll have to fight across the beach, with its extensive trench network, as well as fields and villages, each apparently requiring different tactics. 

In our list of the best depictions of World War 2 in PC games, we said that Medal of Honor: Allied Assault had the best recreation of the Normandy landings, despite its advanced years. It's a battle we've seen adapted again and again, but despite the familiarity it can still be a tense, evocative scenario. 

My experience so far has been more than a bit Sisyphean. I run up the hill and get shot. I run up the hill again and get shot again. I run up the hill but a slightly different part and then get blown up by a grenade. There's a theme. 

I did start to get into my groove when I found some allies and we climbed the hill together. It's much easier to sneak through the mud when there are other targets. That time, I actually managed to make it to the top—where I was shot. On none of these occasions have I seem my killer, but I hope to one day get close enough to see their face when they put a bullet through me. 

Hell Let Loose is free to try on Steam until 6pm BST on Monday. 

Fraser is the sole inhabitant of PC Gamer's mythical Scottish office, conveniently located in his flat. He spends most of his time wrangling the news, but sometimes he sneaks off to write lots of words about strategy games.