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Destiny PS4 Gameplay | Combined Arms

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
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Activision, Bungie, Destiny, Gameplay

In today's Destiny video, Carl and Matt investigate the new playlist of Combined Arms, touted as bringing vehicle-fuelled carnage to Bungie's title. However, as our duo found out over the course of the two games they played, that really wasn't the case. Watch the video above to see why they were so disappointed with Bungie's latest addition to the Crucible.

Deadly Premonition, Commandos Collection, Deadly 30 & more in the £3.67 Humble Weekly Bundle

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
PC games

Deadly Premonition, Commandos Collection, Deadly 30 & more in the £3.67 Humble Weekly Bundle

The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is a bit of a mixed bag in terms of both genres and quality, but if you stump up $6 (£3.67) for the second tier, you'll get the headline act. Deadly Premonition is shonky, bare-bones, incredibly weird and absolutely one of the best games of the last console generation.

You'll also get the Commandos Collection and Deadly 30, which I can both personally vouch for, alongside Lexica, Bridge Constructor Medieval, Battle Group 2 and The Book Of Legends, which I've never tried.

Alternatively you can just part with 60p for Lexica, Deadly 30, Bridge Constructor Medieval and Battle Group 2, which is cheap if potentially a bit of a punt quality-wise. Thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!

Save on classic shooters in GOG's Pew Pew Promo

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
PC games, SHMUPs, Shooters

Save on classic shooters in GOG's Pew Pew Promo

Love old-school shooters and SHMUPs? There will probably be something for you in GOG's weekend sale, then, which includes the likes of Postal and Sin Gold alongside newer niche gems such as Ring Runner: Flight Of The Sages and Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut (links to reviews!). Prices are rock-bottom across the board, and DRM-free as you'd naturally expect. Note that Luftrausers is in the current Humble Bundle, though.

Click here -- or the banner -- to peruse this weekend's offering!

Resoundingly Mediocre? - The Trouble With Destiny's Review Scores, and Metacritic Bonuses, and Idiocy

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Activision, Bungie, Destiny, Fallout: New Vegas, GameRankings, Metacritic, Review aggregation, Review Scores

Resoundingly Mediocre? - The Trouble With Destiny's Review Scores, and Metacritic Bonuses, and Idiocy

Do you consider 7/10 to be a bad score?

Have a real think about that one, and while you ponder that, here's a further, qualifying question to fit into our consumer-oriented editorial remit.

If you were looking forward to a game, would you be less likely to buy it if it received a 7/10 score or equivalent?

Converted mathematically into a star system, 7/10 equates to three and a half stars. Suddenly, it doesn't quite seem so bad. Hell, even 6/10 starts looking fairly attractive at that point. Put into pictures, the idea of suggesting that 7/10 might be something negative becomes an almost laughable notion. Sure, it isn't top marks, but it isn't bad. It's isn't even average. One certainly wouldn't call it mediocre.

And yet that's exactly what this industry seems hell bent on doing.

Resoundingly Mediocre? - The Trouble With Destiny's Review Scores, and Metacritic Bonuses, and Idiocy

Part of this has to do with the pervasive and ever-growing power of review aggregation sites. The shadows that Metacritic and, to a lesser extent, GameRankings cast over the industry have been well-documented. There has been much talk of corruption in the past few weeks, but in amongst the personal attacks on industry figures, the howling banshee noises from various entrenched factions of the internet, the slandered "gamers" and the harassed journalists, and everyone caught in between, let's take a look at something simple and clear and easy: bonuses should not be predicated on aggregated review scores when the entire scoring system is broken.

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The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing 1 & 2 on sale at Gamersgate this weekend

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
ARPG, Neocore Games, PC games, The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing

The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing 1 & 2 on sale at Gamersgate this weekend

GamersGate are throwing a 'Van Helsing weekend,' which allows you to grab their two excellent action RPGs at a serious saving. The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing was a fantastic start for the franchise, injecting humour and personality into the addictive Diablo formula, while its sequel pushed the boat out in practically every direction possible. For reference: our Van Helsing I review and Van Helsing II review.

The first game is available as a complete edition for £3.75, whereas the sequel will run you £6. You can import your character over and continue the adventure with more advanced skills, and I'd highly recommend doing so.

Click here to browse the selection!

Warner Bros Steam sale includes big LEGO discounts

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
PC games, Warner Bros. Interactive

Warner Bros Steam sale includes big LEGO discounts

Warner Bros are throwing this weekend's Steam sale, and it's exactly as you'd imagine: some decent if unspectactular savings on Batman, Bastion, LEGO, FEAR and Lord Of The Rings. Though we've basically just dropped down to typical 'deal' prices, such as we've seen on GMG and other retailers recently, the LEGO discounts are particularly worthy of note. £5.74 for The LEGO Movie Videogame is seriously good value, as is the similar price for The Hobbit - even if the game was clearly rushed out.

Anyway, click here to browse the selection on Steam... and be sure to thank jaystan @ HUKD!

The Morning Papers | Cloud (Strife) Gaming

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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The Morning Papers

The Morning Papers | Cloud (Strife) Gaming

Good morning! Now that Shinra Technologies is a real company, I have to assume that Final Fantasy VII was a spot-on prediction of our future. Or, perhaps, Square Enix really are supervillains after all. That would explain why we still don't have the Final Fantasy VII remake despite having enough money to launch its fictional corporations.

Anyway, we're entering in silly season, so expect the news to slow down and the reviews to ramp up. Here are your headlines:

In Case You Missed It...

Don't forget to enter our Heavy Bullets competition!

Game Night | Destiny - Dealspwn Vs Phogoth

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
Tags:
Activision, Bungie, Destiny, Game Night, Gameplay

In today's episode of Game Night, the team jump into Destiny and attempt to do The Summoning Pit on Hard. Watch as Carl, Brendan, and Matt try to survive the many moon Wizards before taking on the final boss Phogoth. Highlights include the creation of another sport, Carl demanding Matt calls him a hero, and Brendan dying in the most inconvenient places.

COMPETITION | WIN Heavy Bullets! [Steam, 4 Copies]

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Dealspwn
Tags:
Competitions, Heavy Bullets, PC games

COMPETITION | WIN Heavy Bullets! [Steam, 4 Copies]

Heavy Bullets is a heady blend of twitchy FPS action and Roguelike-style exploration that looks violently gorgeous in motion. Unlike many Early Access projects and competing shooters, it's elegant, simple and devastatingly effective.

"If you like your shooters tough, your visuals hot and your nerves shredded, you can buy with confidence," I wrote in our 8/10 review.

Sure, you could buy with confidence... but wouldn't you rather win a copy for free? Well now's your chance, courtesy of Devolver Digital who've provided us with four Steam codes to give away!

All you have to do is leave a comment below! We're keeping it dead simple this time. You can tell us about yourself, wax lyrical about the game or make some terrible puns (go on, you know you want to), but the four winners will ultimately be determined by random selection. Good luck!

Important Note: Due to technical gremlins beyond our control, you won't be able to comment or remain signed in using Google Chrome. Sorry! Please use IE (ugh), Firefox, Safari or somesuch.

Competition closes Thursday 26th September at 17:00. Winners will be notified and sent their Steam code to the email address associated with their Dealspwn account, so please make sure to use a valid email address!

Heavy Bullets Review | Bang Bang Bang Bang Bang Bang On

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Devolver Digital, FPS, Games reviews, Heavy Bullets, Indie Games, PC games, Terri Vellmann

Heavy Bullets Review | Bang Bang Bang Bang Bang Bang On

Platform: PC (£6.99)

Developer: Terri Vellmann

Publisher: Devolver Digital

Don't let the garish screenshots fool you. Heavy Bullets is one of the most elegant games released in years.

These days, shooters are obsessed with being the biggest. They crave the most features. The most polygons. The most connected worlds, the biggest DLC libraries, the most modes, the most maps, the shiniest companion apps, the biggest franchise potential, the widest audience. And they bloat themselves into huge shambling monstrosities in the process.

Heavy Bullets Review | Bang Bang Bang Bang Bang Bang On

In comparison, Heavy Bullets is an E-Type Jaguar parked on Southend seafront or Kate Middleton's dress at a Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. A strong and simple idea, executed as stylishly and solidly as possible, designed with as few moving parts and extraneous details as possible to obtain the required result. Throughout a procedurally-generated dungeon, you'll blast a menagerie of virtual beasties while jealously hoarding your limited resources, blending the permadeath progression and exploration of of a Roguelike with the nervy twitch reflexes of an old-school shooter.

As such, Heavy Bullets is the very definition of a game that perfectly achieves what it sets out to do - no more, no less.

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FIFA 15 Demo Impressions | Let's Talk About Our Feelings

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Demo, EA Canada, EA Sports, FIFA 15, Football games, Games previews, Sports Games

FIFA 15 Demo Impressions | Let's Talk About Our Feelings

The FIFA 15 demo has been out for around a week or so now, and I've been dipping into it in amongst swathes of Destiny, Hyrule Warriors and Bayonetta 2 (do check out Carl's review of Bungie's FPS, and my appraisal of the Zelda/Warriors mashup). As per usual, EA Canada have been showering us with buzzword-heavy promotional sentences largely devoid of any real meaning, and the biggest of the lot for this year's release has been "emotion" -- that is to say player and crowd reactions, presentation tuned to deliver the theatrical and entertaining, and a boost in dynamic atmosphere when it comes to the in-game environment.

Has it worked? Are all of the footballing feels writ large upon this new, super-shiny canvas? Here are a few thoughts are several hours spent playing the demo:

Emotional behaviour is a thing: FIFA's always been a rather emotional game for me, in much the same way as any multiplayer game that you love can be. When winning and bragging rights amongst your friends (or the rest of the online community) are onthe line, matches mean more, and the peaks and troughs of a game matter more than they really have any right to. But this is now reflected on the pitch. In one game where I was playing as PSG, Lucas skipped past several defenders, Ibrahimovic shook his man, but I wanted to get the winger a goal so I ignored the Swede and promptly ballooned a sitter over the bar. Ibra then launched several unintelligible insults Lucas' way.

Players will shove and barge more than they used to, they'll clamour and cheer when you do something awesome, but they'll also let you know when someone's been an arse. After unclean tackles, if those involved are not injured, they'll leap to their feet and start mouthing off and pushing one another. If anything, FIFA 15 has most gloriously captured the notion that footballers are whinging prima donnas, who'll get uppity about anything.

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Fantasy Life Review | Your Twelve New Day Jobs

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
3DS Games, Casual Games, Fantasy Life, JRPG, Level 5, Nintendo

Fantasy Life Review | Your Twelve New Day Jobs

Platform: 3DS

Developer: Level-5

Publisher: Nintendo

Fantasy Life will eat your real one if you're not careful.

Imagine the job system of Dragon Quest mixed with Skyrim's 'learn by doing' skill advancement and Animal Crossing's obsession with collecting stuff. The three most addictive, if not necessarily the best, bits of each genre thrown together into a single adorable JRPG.

You'll set out into a compact fantasy world and find your place in it. Whether you want to be a greatsword-swinging mercenary, heroic paladin, bragging fisherman, skilful tailor, deft hunter, renowned blacksmith, clever alchemist... and more... and any combination of the above... there's a career for you here. You'll kill monsters one minute, then make armour out of their hides the next.

It's grind, pure and simple, but the kind of wholesome 'gamey' busywork that makes minutes turn to hours and chores feel like a job well done.

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Opening Scenes | Hyrule Warriors - First 20 Mins Gameplay

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Action Games, Gameplay footage, Hyrule Warriors, Nintendo, Omega Force, Opening Scenes, Videos, Wii U games

Opening Scenes | Hyrule Warriors - First 20 Mins Gameplay

I can't get enough of Hyrule Warriors. It helps, of course, that I'm quite a fan of the musou genre, but Omega Force have quite outdone themselves with this hybrid mashup. I spent much of yesterday listening to the game's outstanding soundtrack, which mainly consists of epic, widdly, J-rock variations on an abundance of Zelda themes.

Much like the OST for Pacific Rim, it instantly makes whatever you're doing seem more awesome than before.

Anyway, our review is already out, in which I gave it 8/10 and called it a bunch of fun, along with branding it as probably the best Warriors game to date:

Hyrule Warriors doesn't pretend to be anything that it isn't. It does exactly what it says on the tin, producing what is probably the best Warriors game to date, and doing so by taking many of the best aspects of The Legend of Zelda and successfully incorporating them into the classic 1-vs-1000 gameplay. The fan service is astonishing, the level of detail very welcome indeed, and the action can be truly satisfying, with the various bosses going a long way to making the repetitive action seem quite refreshing at times. A triumphant mash-up indeed.

Not only that, but we've also gone and captured the game's first battle on Hyrule Field, which features lots of Spin Attacks from Link, and an appearance from King Dodongo.

Hit the jump to see Hyrule Warriors gameplay in action >>

Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed just £2.99 on The Humble Store

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
PC games, Racing Games, Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing Transformed

Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed just £2.99 on The Humble Store

Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed| The Humble Store | £2.99
Review

Why does Sonic need a car? Good question, but the answer is a resounding, "because it's really fun." Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed is a fantastic kart racer that gives Mario Kart a run for its money at times, and cheap as chips on The Humble Store right now. Thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!

PSN deals of the week - Muraski Baby, Garden Warfare & Disney discounts

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Disney, PS Vita games, PS3 games, PS4 games

PSN deals of the week - Muraski Baby, Garden Warfare & Disney discounts

Sony's latest store update brings us a selection of tasty discounts. PS Plus Members can grab the newly-released (and deeply odd) Murasaki Baby at a 20% saving, while Another World: 20th Anniversary Edition and Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare (PS3 and PS4) are available cheaper than the most competitive new physical copies out there.

Disney's publisher sale is less spectacular, but might be an opportunity to stock up on the Pirates Of The Carribean LEGO games or the Monkey Island Special Edition Bundle. Either way, we've got all the savings below courtesy of the EU PlayStation Blog.

Due credit must also be given to jaystan, daoverseer and dealhunter1233 at HUKD, since they individually posted several of these deals!

Deal of the week

  • Another World – 20th Anniversary Edition (PS Vita/PS3/PS4) – Was £6.49/€7.99/AU$11.95, now £3.29/€3.99/AU$5.95
  • MXGP – The Official Motocross Videogame (PS Vita) – Was £34.99/€39.99/AU$54.95, now £11.99/€14.99/AU$22.95
  • Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare (PS3) – Was £19.99/€29.99/AU$39.95, now £15.99/€19.99/AU$24.95
  • Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare (PS4) – Was £34.99/€39.99/AU$54.95, now £21.99/€26.99/AU$40.95
  • WWE2K14 (PS3) – Was £24.99/€34.99/AU$44.95, now £10.99/€14.99/AU$17.95
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Get Drunken Robot Pornography for £2.49 on The Humble Store

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Dejobaan Games, PC games

Get Drunken Robot Pornography for £2.49 on The Humble Store

Drunken Robot Pornography | The Humble Store | £2.49 (RRP: £6.99)

Accurately described as a "3D First-person bullet-hell giant robot boss-battle(Titans) action" game, Drunken Robot Pornography is yet another violently colourful masterwork from the folks at Dejobaan games. It's crazy, slick, engaging and an absolute steal at £2.49.

The Big Fat TGS 2014 Trailer Roundup | Silent Hills & Quiet Kills

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Games trailers, TGS 2014

The Big Fat TGS 2014 Trailer Roundup | Silent Hills & Quiet Kills

By now you all know that lavishly-produced trailers follow game conventions around like pilot fish behind a big fat shark -- nibbling away at any hype that happens to fall out. The Tokyo Game Show is no exception, and at least we've got some seriously exciting videos for your attention today. From Silent Hills to Bloodborne to Metal Gear Solid V and even Deep Down, there are plenty of shiny moving pictures to gawp at.

So without further ado, let's get cracking.

Bloodborne!

From Software's next title is shaping up to be absolutely brutal. It's out on February 6th.

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The Morning Papers | Ohayou Gozaimasu

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
The Morning Papers

Good morning and ohayou, since the Tokyo Game Show is in full swing. The last 24 hours bring us a huge slew of trailers -- that I'm going to round up later -- alongside a release date for Bloodborne. Good news indeed. Shall we?

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Daily Bite | Destiny: Abridged

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Funnies
Tags:
Daily Bite

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