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VIDEO | Watch Jon's first space dogfight in GoD Factory: Wingmen!

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Arcade space sim, Gameplay footage, GoD Factory: Wingmen, Nine Dots Studio, PC games

VIDEO | Watch Jon's first space dogfight in GoD Factory: Wingmen!

GoD Factory Wingmen is the dictionary definition of an underdog success story. This ambitious, gorgeous and thoroughly intense multiplayer arcade space sim missed its Kickstarter target, but was picked up by Namco Bandai and finally released last Friday.

Spoiler alert: it's awesome. Hectic action goes hand-in-hand with addictive progression and comprehensive ship customisation.

I'm currently working on our full review, but to tide you over, here's the full unedited video of my first space skirmish. Four pilots per team, two carriers, one highway through the danger zone!

Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition Review | Third Time's The Charm

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Activision, ARPG, Blizzard Entertainment, Games reviews, PS4 games, RPG, Xbox One Games

Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition Review | Third Time's The Charm

Platform: PS4 | Xbox One (reviewed)

Developer: Blizzard Entertainment

Publisher: Activision

Here we go again. I reviewed Diablo III on PC... then the last-gen console version... then the Reaper Of Souls expansion pack... and finally we come to this. The Ultimate Evil Edition. The final showdown. It's time for the last dance with the devil -- that is, unless Blizzard brings out another expansion.

To be honest, I'm still in two minds about whether Diablo III really works on consoles. Despite pretending to be a glorious last stand against the forces of hell, all it really involves is holding the A button (X on PS4) until all the enemies are dead or you've passed out from boredom. The leap from mice to controllers removed an entire dimension of precision priority targeting, so instead you'll just mash that button and then mash it a few more times to pick up all the loot in the vicinity. Then roll. Then hold down A for another five minutes.

Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition Review | Third Time's The Charm

This shouldn't be fun. It should be torture. But ultimately, somehow, Diablo III's Ultimate Evil Edition ends up being enjoyable and annoyingly addictive to the point where I'd rather be playing it than leaving my den -- let alone writing this review.

Basically, Just Add Mates.

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VIDEO | Project CARS: Brands Hatch offscreen gameplay (PS4)

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Gameplay footage, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Racing Games, Wii U games, Xbox One Games

VIDEO | Project CARS: Brands Hatch offscreen gameplay (PS4)

Project CARS is looking more exciting (and gorgeous, it must me said) every time we see it - and I managed to scrape an amateurish fourth place during a hands-on race around Brands Hatch.

Be on the lookout for the dynamic weather, which massively affects the driving conditions, handling and visibility. This demo track accelerates the onset of a rainstorm over three laps, so you can judge for yourself.

Oh, and sorry about the glare! I'll have some shinier videos for you soon, along with more in-depth coverage. Did you catch our interview with producer Pete Morrish?

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Metro: Last Light now £7.00 on PS3 at Tesco & Amazon

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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4A Games, FPS games, Metro: Last Light, PC games, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games

Metro: Last Light now £7.00 on PS3 at Tesco & Amazon

Metro: Last Light | Tesco / Amazon | £7.00 (save £5)
PS3 360 Price Comparison | Metro: Last Light Review

Metro Redux is a fantastic new way to experience Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light on new-gen consoles, but if you've yet to take the plunge, your wallet will thank you. Amazon and Tesco will sell you a copy of Last Light at a £5 saving, which is a great price for this grim and unrelenting experience.

The Xbox 360 version is also available for £7.00 from Tesco. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!

Infinite Space III: Sea Of Stars (early access) is 63p on IndieGameStand - save £6.30!

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Digital Eel, PC games

Infinite Space III: Sea Of Stars (early access) is 63p on IndieGameStand - save £6.30!

Infinite Space III: Sea Of Stars | IndieGameStand | £0.63 minimum (RRP: £6.99)
Blast From The Past: Strange Adventures In Infinite Space

The Strange Adventures In Infinite Space series heavily influenced FTL as the original permadeath space odyssey, providing an entire procedurally generated galaxy to explore, loot, conquer and constantly surprise you in the space of a lunch break. The first two games were utterly superb and I have little doubt that the third will surpass them. The early access Steam build is currently only $1 -- 60p -- so get in on the ground floor.

Alternatively, pay £1.05 to also receive the first two games in the series. Thanks to TehJumpingJawa @ HUKD!

Daily Bite: Assassin's Creed AC/BC

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Matt Gardner
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Funnies
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Daily Bite

Given that the Animus can pull different things in from different eras, it strikes me that we could in fact get Ass Creed Flintstones.

Man and dino, together in harmony.

At A Glance: Roundup 25th-31st August 2014

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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At A Glance, Game news, Game previews, Games reviews, Gamescom 2014, News Roundup, Weekly Roundup

At A Glance: Roundup 25th-31st August 2014

It's Sunday roundup time folks, where you can find the links to all our features and reviews in one handy place. The previews and interviews are flowing thick and fast again with extensive coverage on the likes of Assassin's Creed: Rogue, Project Cars, Quantum Break, Dreamfall Chapters, Shape Up, Act of Aggression, WildStar, Bayonetta 2 and Pillars of Eternity. Feature pieces see Jon taking some time to re-evaluate what we should expect from the Vita going forwards. Matt shows us what's new in Infamous: First Light. There's a new regular feature that takes a look at the new releases in the week ahead. Only a brief summer vacation stopped me playing much Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition on PS4 this week, but I managed finish the campaign and record a video of the newly unlocked Adventure mode for you. I also had time to put down some thoughts about being tempted towards an Xbox One despite having a PS4.

This was one of the best weeks we've had in a while as far as review scores go, with everyone picking up a decent number of stars. Check out our verdicts for the likes of Metro Redux, Infamous: First Light, Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited and Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. See you all next week.

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The Grass Is Always Greener... I have a PS4, so why do I really want an Xbox One?

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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Opinion piece, PS4, PS4 games, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

The Grass Is Always Greener... I have a PS4, so why do I really want an Xbox One?

The grass is always greener on the other side. Early on in a new generation of consoles, you usually have to pick between two big rivals. It’s been like that throughout all of my formative gaming years. Sega vs. Nintendo. Nintendo Vs Sony. Sony Vs Microsoft. Whatever side you choose though, chances are your console is going to have a slow start during the first 18 months, especially with development time of the big Triple A titles getting longer and longer.

As a PS4 gamer I’ve had plenty of games to enjoy since launch from exclusives like Infamous and Killzone to the compelling third-party efforts like Assassin’s Creed IV, Wolfenstein the Lego games and more recently Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition. After E3 and Gamescom though, I have to admit I’ve been getting itchy feet and the feeling that I’m missing out by not having an Xbox One, like I said, the grass is always greener and all that.

Sony has kept many of their exclusives under tight wraps, with nothing solid to show yet for Uncharted and The Last Guardian. The constant delays and changing messages of DriveClub haven’t been encouraging and The Order: 1886 is still lacking that special something. And don’t even get me started on the complete silence on the future of the God of War series.

The Grass Is Always Greener... I have a PS4, so why do I really want an Xbox One?

Yet I look over at the Xbox One lineup and I see my beloved Insomniac bringing all the fun to the table with Sunset Overdrive (which I’ve managed to convince myself will be boring after half an hour) when gaming is crying out for a new-gen platformer in the ilk of Ratchet & Clank.

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Daily Bite: Slowpoke Is Evolving

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Matt Gardner
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Funnies
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Daily Bite

We're still not totally sold on Mega Slowbro, but this gif is pretty cool.

Daily Bite: Slowpoke Is Evolving

via.

Let's Play... Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition - Adventure Mode

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition, Gameplay footage, PS4 games, Videos, Xbox One Games

Let's Play... Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition - Adventure Mode

The new Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition has been devouring our time here at Castle Dealspwn lately. Jon's putting the finishing touches to his review and I recently put together a beginner's tips guide. After getting back from my hols though I've finally been able to finish the campaign mode which, as players of the original version will know, has meant the Adventure mode has finally unlocked.

This part of Diablo III's end-game sees you tasked with bounties or killcount targets to bring in some seriously fat XP and gold rewards, not to mention all sorts of shiny loot. Blood Shards are rare rewards too and also a new currency that allows you to gamble for some exceptionally rare items. So, take a look at my new video and see some early missions and bounties I take on during my first day with Adventure mode. This is also where you earn keystone fragments to unlock the raid-like Rift missions. We'll have some coverage of those soon, although I'm wondering if I had better hit Lv. 70 first.

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Next Week’s Releases – Space ninjas, dancing and teleporting

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Brendan Griffiths
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New Releases
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New Releases, PC games, PS Vita games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

Next Week’s Releases – Space ninjas, dancing and teleporting

We’re getting awfully close to gaming’s silly season and there are a lot of games arriving in the coming months. So, we’re starting a weekly release roundup running through the new titles in the week ahead, with a bit of information about the games that will be appearing in the New Release section of your local retailer or digital store. Be sure to check out the links too for deeper coverage via our reviews and features.

September 2nd

Next Week’s Releases – Space ninjas, dancing and teleporting

Warframe (XO)

Warframe has been out for a while now on the PC and PS4 and the FTP title is coming to the Xbox One early next week. Be warned, this third-person shooter/slicer has a very grindy start that isn’t for everyone as you’ll struggle to shake the feeling you need to pump actual money into the game to get any decent weapons and upgrades.

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Assassin's Creed: Unity PS4/XO pre-order for £37.75

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Assassin's Creed: Unity, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

Assassin's Creed: Unity PS4/XO pre-order for £37.75

Assassin's Creed: Unity | GameSeek PS4 / XO
£37.75 | Discount Code: 2355682

Considering how the new-gen version of ACIV is still going for about £35, this could be the best price you see for the newest entry to the series set during the French Revolution. Using the discount code to get £2 off puts GS nearly £8 cheaper than the next best deal. Note: the game was recently delayed until November 13th and most retailers still have their listing as October 28th.

Thanks to craig159753 and halodudify at HotUkDeals.

Blue PS4 Controller back in stock for £39.97

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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DualShock 4, hardware deals, PS4

Blue PS4 Controller back in stock for £39.97

Blue DualShock 4 | GameStop | £39.97

The red and blue DualShock 4 PS4 controllers have become very rare since launch and you're lucky to see them drop below £50. GameStop have proved to be one of the few sites to get them in on a semi-regular basis though and for the best price too. Today's deal is a fiver cheaper than the next best price at ShopTo. I have one of these controllers myself and can attest to its gorgeous looks that make it a firm favourite over the regular black model. The issue with degrading rubber on the analogue sticks has apparently been fixed with newer batches of all DualShock 4 pads too.

Thanks to ettienem1001 at HotUkDeals.

Fable: The Journey reduced to £3.85

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Fable The Journey, Kinect games, Xbox 360 games

Fable: The Journey reduced to £3.85

Fable: The JourneyShopTo | £3.85
Price ComparisonReview

Fable: The Journey didn't exactly set the world on fire at release, but if you fancy dusting off your Kinect for the bargain price of £3.85, you could do a lot worse. Saving you a few quid over the next best offer, this makes for a nice little early stocking filler for anyone wanting a bit of motion-controlled spell-casting.

Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII at HotUkDeals.

PREVIEW | "I need to lie down" - Bayonetta 2 just blew my mind, again

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Action Games, Bayonetta 2, Games previews, Nintendo, Platinum Games, Wii U games

PREVIEW | "I need to lie down" - Bayonetta 2 just blew my mind, again

Just in case I haven't told you yet, because I've got a sneaky suspicion that there are still some people out there who don't own a Wii U and therefore either haven't heard or fully understood the seriousness of what I'm about to say, I bought a Wii U for Bayonetta 2.

I've already waxed lyrical about the game's dual control systems in a previous preview so I won't repeat myself in that sense here. Having now played a large chunk of the game, I have to say that I'm not particularly fond of the touchscreen input for long periods of play (or indeed at all for that matter), but that's because I adore the way the game handles when you're playing it as you would have the original. The swipe and tap inputs essentially turn Bayonetta 2 into the most bonkers smartphone experience you ever laid eyes on, and although it's perfectly poised in that respect to bring in a new audience who want to enjoy the absurd spectacle, it's not really for me.

But that's the joy of choice. Finally, with the difficulty raised above the Easy setting that they must have been flouting months back at the preview event, the standard control system really comes into its own once more. Pirouetting about the place, cartwheeling out of danger before spinning back in for a flurry of attacks is beautifully balletic and gloriously responsive. It's a near perfect setup, the controller really just an extension of your mind. Everything is so fast and fluid that you're just stepping into combos on the fly, mixing and matching button combinations to see what happens, always with a finger delicately poised over the dodge button to take you out of harm's way.

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Nintendo unveils the NEW 3DS: beefier CPU, second stick, Xenoblade Chronicles!

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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New 3DS, New 3DS XL, Nintendo

Nintendo unveils the NEW 3DS: beefier CPU, second stick, Xenoblade Chronicles!

Nintendo are infamous for their handheld hardware revisions, but today's Japanese Direct presentation unveils their most ambitious update yet. The New 3DS and 3DS XL models contain a host of upgraded features including the long-awaited second circle pad, wider 3D viewing angles and a faster processor that can support a new wave of more graphically intensive games.

Unfortunately they won't be out in time for Christmas here in the UK... meaning that you might want to strike a 3DS off Santa's list, but fence-sitters might finally get the push they need.

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Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Review | Holiday Special

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Adventure Games, NIS America Europe, PS Vita games, Puzzle games, Spike Chunsoft, Visual novel

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Review | Holiday Special

Platform: PS Vita

Developer: Spike Chunsoft

Publisher: NIS AmericaReef Entertainment

Once more with feeling: Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is magnificent.

Seriously, I'll keep banging on about it until you buy it or show me a letter from your GP proving that you're allergic to visual novels. Halfway between Corpse Party, Cluedo, Battle Royale and Ace Attorney, this grim and frequently disturbing tour de force managed to be both an engrossing page-turner and a gripping videogame. Great characters, fantastic story, despair and hope in equal measure. It's still my GOTY thus far.

The reason I'm telling you this now is that you absolutely mustn't play Danganronpa 2 without fully enjoying the original. Partly because the sequel builds on the revelations of its predecessor, but also because it's worse.

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Review | Holiday Special

Not bad, mind you. It's actually rather good. But stacked up next to Trigger Happy Havoc, Danganronpa 2 lacks the subtlety, pacing and restraint to be a truly effective mystery, and often feels like a fan-service holiday special instead.

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Get an Xbox One Kinect Sensor for only £129 from Microsoft... wait, are you serious?!

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Kinect, Microsoft, Xbox One

Get an Xbox One Kinect Sensor for only £129 from Microsoft... wait, are you serious?!

Xbox One Kinect Sensor | Microsoft | £129.99
Xbox One review | Kinect Voice Commands Guide

Did you pick up a Kinect-less Xbox One and want to add voice command functionality to the Xbox experience? Fancy trying out auto sign-in and playing the tiny number of Kinect-enabled games the way they were meant to be experienced? Well you'll soon be in luck, because Microsoft are releasing the standalone Kinect sensor for the bargain price of...

... £129.99?!

This deal is over. Now it's ranting time.

DEAL ABORTED. CLICK HERE FOR THE ENSUING RANT >>

Rayman Legends only £16.99 on PS4 & Xbox One at GAME

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Platformers, PS4 games, Ubisoft, Xbox One Games

Rayman Legends only £16.99 on PS4 & Xbox One at GAME

Rayman Legends | GAME PS4 / Xbox One | £16.99 (save £6)
Rayman Legends PS4 review

Rayman Legends is fantastic, and if you absolutely must own it on PS4 or Xbox One, GAME are currently the cheapest retailer around. It's important to note that we've seen it cheaper before, though -- and its PC and last-gen versions will often set you back half as much with feature-complete 60FPS gameplay.

Thanks to Bure11 @ HUKD!