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Massive Squeenix Sale hits the Humble Store

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
PC games, Square Enix

Massive Squeenix Sale hits the Humble Store

The Humble Store is currently hosting a major Square Enix sale that sees all manner of games slashed down by between 50-75%. Once you've weighed up whether or not to buy the Square Enix humble bundle, it's a perfect way to cherry-pick a few extra bargains.

oUkTuRkEyIII recommends Sleeping Dogs at £3.49 @ HUKD, and it's a good shout too. Other highlights include Dungeon Siege III for £2.49, influential Sandbox game Urban Chaos at £1.29, loads of cut-price Tomb Raider titles (from the reboot to the originals) and dealbait puzzler Quantum Conundrum for £1.49.

Click the banner or this link right here to check out the splash page. Full thanks and credit to chrisrichardson24 @ HUKD, who was quick off the draw!

Sony blasts EA's Xbox One subscription scheme as poor value

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
EA, EA Access, Sony

Sony blasts EA's Xbox One subscription scheme as poor value

Handbags:ˈhan(d)bags. Noun, plural

  1. Small bags used to carry everyday personal items.
  2. a confrontation or squabble, typically involving videogame publishers, hardware manufacturers and fanboys
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New peripheral promises stronger pelvic floors & "improved orgasm quality"

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Kickstarter, Mobile games

New peripheral promises stronger pelvic floors & "improved orgasm quality"

"Skea can be comfortably positioned inside body"

We usually spotlight Kickstarter campaigns for the right reasons: having tested the latest prototypes, interviewed the developers and done our damndest to ensure that the project is potentially deserving of your hard-earned cash.

Occasionally, however, we highlight a campaign because it's utterly bizarre or all the cool Outbrain-pimping sites are doing it. So now that a gaming peripheral designed to be inserted directly into the body with the intention of strengthening pelvic floor muscles is seeking funding, it's time to jump on that bandwagon hard.

Pelvis-first, presumably. Let the shameless bid for hits commence.

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PREVIEW | Can Lords of the Fallen step out from Dark Souls' shadow?

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
ARPGs, CI Games, Dark Souls, Deck13, Games previews, Lords Of The Fallen, RPGs, Tomasz Gop

PREVIEW | Can Lords of the Fallen step out from Dark Souls' shadow?

Lords of the Fallen is looking like Dark Souls crossed with The Witcher. And that's fine.

When you first pick up the controller and start playing Lords of the Fallen, it becomes readily apparent that From Software's opus has been an enormous influence on this game. The controller setup is almost identical, the challenging philosophy behind the action is clearly evident, as is the commitment to visually interesting spaces, vistas, and enemies. Oh, and let us not forget the enormous, hard-as-nails bosses.

But what's clear is that Tomasz Gop , Deck13 and CI Games have little interest in making Lords of the Fallen a measuring rod and an exercise in frustration. Combat is very much predicated on the weight of your weapon and the heft of your armour, but there's a greater distinction here in terms of playstyles than might be found in LotF's inspirational genre predecessor. Lords is never going to handle like a Platinum game might, but there's a pleasing fluidity to the action when you're wielding lighter weapons such as daggers, and a satisfying brutality to larger two-handed weapons. Timing is of course absolutely key when chucking around war hammers and the like, whereas using your agility to dance out of harm's way and then back in to deliver strikes and flurries is paramount when taking a lighter approach.

PREVIEW | Can Lords of the Fallen step out from Dark Souls' shadow?

Equipping a set of claws that makes central character Harkyn look like a medieval Wolverine allows for a sort of jump thrust that I'm pretty sure is pulled straight out of Brad Pitt's arsenal in Troy.

There seems to be a little more wiggle room in terms of setting up your character and doing things your own way, and that extends to the classes. You can choose between cleric, rogue or warrior at the start, but as far as I could tell, that only really affects your magical capabilities. There are bits and pieces of armour or weaponry labelled in a manner that might suggest class-specification, but these are simply suggestions. If you want your cleric romping about with an enormous axe and heavy armour, you absolutely can. And I do so love an RPG where I can mix and match.

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Please understand, Europe: Nintendo delays Captain Toad into 2015

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Financial reports, Nintendo

Please understand, Europe: Nintendo delays Captain Toad into 2015

6.68 Wii Us sold as of June 30th

"Please understand." Nintendo's boilerplate apology has felt like a distant memory of late following a resurgent year for the Wii U and a cracking E3 performance, but the latest quarterly financial report reveals that us Europeans won't be able to play the Wii U's biggest Christmas release before year's end. A shame, perhaps, because stonking sales of Mario Kart 8 haven't quite managed to pull the company out of another operating loss.

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EA Access subscription service on Xbox One points towards the future

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Battlefield 4, EA, EA Access, FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Microsoft, Subscriptions, Xbox One Games

EA Access subscription service on Xbox One points towards the future

We knew this was coming.

We've seen it across the other major entertainment mediums -- subscription services designed to offer consumers value, choice, and convenience. It was only a matter of time before a publisher followed in the footsteps of PlayStation Plus and PS Now, and it's happening sooner than we perhaps thought it might.

Not only that, it seems that the pioneer in this regard is EA.

EA Access has launched in beta over on Xbox One in partnership with Microsoft. The service went live earlier this week, giving a limited number of players access to four of EA's biggest titles: FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4. Here's the official blurb for good measure:

EA Access membership unlocks The Vault, a collection of EA’s biggest games on Xbox One ready for you to download and play.  During the beta, gamers will have unlimited access to four great EA games: FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4, with more titles being added soon. That’s over $100 worth of games for $4.99 a month. You can play these EA favorites as much as you want with the click of a button.

Here in the UK, you can sign up already for £3.99 a month. Stateside, there's a pretty damn generous $29.99 annual subscription option, but that's not been made available yet over here. Twelve months at £3.99 a month would run you £47.88.

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Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge £7.95 on Wii U via TheGameCollection's eBay outlet

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Action Games, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge, Wii U games

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge £7.95 on Wii U via TheGameCollection's eBay outlet

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge | TheGameCollection (eBay) | £7.95

Ninja Gaiden 3 was a complete mess. QTEs aplenty, snooze-worthy difficulty and a deluded attempt to pander to a 'Western' audience led to an absolute shambles, but at least the Razor's Edge edition made plenty of additions, tweaks and profound improvements -- resulting in a markedly superior game. If you want in on Wii U, TheGameCollection's new eBay listing trumps even their recent deal by a clear Quid. Thanks once again to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!

Daily Bite: If Squirtle evolved like a Digimon

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Funnies
Tags:
Daily Bite

This is pretty perfect. Worth it just for the guitars.

Top Ten Tuesdays | 10 things to do while we wait for Destiny's return

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Bungie, Dance Epidemic, Destiny, FPS games, Halo, Planetside 2

Top Ten Tuesdays | 10 things to do while we wait for Destiny's return

The Destiny beta is done, dusted, and now there's a void that can only be filled with expansive Bungie FPS gunplay and the mechanical tones of Peter Dinklage. I don't know about you, but I've found myself growing listless, fidgety, unable to focus or concentrate on anything in particular without tearing off my shirt and screaming DESTINY!! in the manner of some sort of game-obsessed, caramel William Wallace (caraMEL Gibson?).

I may have a serious problem.

Beta withdrawal is most definitely a thing. How dare these developers dangle their outstanding wares in front of our faces, only to take them away for further "polishing" and "optimisation". I need my fix, man. I'm starting to see Dreg crawling around the ceiling.

Top Ten Tuesdays | 10 things to do while we wait for Destiny's return

Thankfully, we have the answer to anyone experiencing similar symptoms. Fret not, weary friend of the Traveller, we've got some great ideas for how to while away the days until Destiny's release in no particular order.

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Binary Domain only £2.49 on PC at Steam

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Binary Domain, PC games, TPS games

Binary Domain only £2.49 on PC at Steam

Binary Domain | Steam | £2.49
Binary Domain Review |
Binary Domain PC Price Comparison

I looooove Binary Domain. Maybe it's the outstanding damage modelling. Maybe it's the cheesy sci-fi setting, but with the added bonus of interesting characters andsmattering of choice and consequence gameplay thrown in for good measure. Maybe it's because it handles really nicely. Or maybe it's because it went pretty much under the radar (much like the also excellent Singularity) and it takes people like me shouting about it to get others to buy and play the damn thing!

Seriously, play it. It costs less than a burger. Thanks to Sir_bob @ HUKD!

Evolve – Kraken Hands On Preview | Nom the humans!

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Features
Tags:
Action Games, Evolve, FPS games, PC games, PS4 games, Turtle Rock, Xbox One Games

Evolve – Kraken Hands On Preview | Nom the humans!

Turtle Rock’s upcoming title wants to shake things up a notch. The idea of four players teaming up to take on a large boss enemy is nothing new. But having a fifth player controlling the boss? That’s something we can definitely say we want a part of.

During my visit to the recent MCM Manchester Comic Con expo I was able to play the game as one of the hunters and as one of the newly revealed monster characters, the Kraken. Today’s preview is going to focus on the later, because let’s face it, why wouldn’t I tell you about controlling this absolute beast of a creature first?

Evolve – Kraken Hands On Preview | Nom the humans!

While there will be a separate solo campaign mode, most of the buzz around the game has been about the four vs one concept. In today’s stage the hunters were tasked with killing the monster before it was able to feed enough to evolve into larger forms. The monster’s objective though was either to take out all the hunters before they had a chance to revive each other or to grow strong enough to destroy a large generator at a facility on the other side of the jungle. Players are able to choose a perk in the match’s lobby such as faster feeding or tougher armour. I went for faster feeding, as I was keen to max out the monster’s form before trying to take on the hunters.

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Grab the SEGA Fun Pack ( inc. The Cave & Jet Set Radio) for ~ £5.84 at Amazon

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Jet Set Radio, NiGHTS into dreams, PC games, Renegade Ops, Sega, The Cave

Grab the SEGA Fun Pack ( inc. The Cave & Jet Set Radio) for ~ £5.84 at Amazon

This where things get a little quiet for a bit. Thankfully, though, there are still plenty of deals around for games you might not have played, and bundles such as the SEGA Fun Pack are designed to ensure that backlog of yours never nears completion.

You can currently buy the SEGA Fun Pack (which includes The Cave, Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit + DLC, Jet Set Radio, NiGHTS into Dreams. and Renegade Ops + DLC) for under $10 over at Amazon US. All you need as an EU resident to take advantage of that is to use your UK Amazon account, and just add a US billing address. It needs to be a valid address, but nothing will get sent there. The Fun Pack will register on Steam.

Thanks Ilium!

Become a Pwny of War - Join The Dealspwn Destiny Clan TODAY!

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Dealspwn
Tags:
Activision, Bungie, Clans, Destiny, FPS games

Become a Pwny of War - Join The Dealspwn Destiny Clan TODAY!

The Destiny beta is over (BOOO!) but there are still things to be done in order to get ready for the game's launch in September. One thing we found was that the game becomes so much more enjoyable when playing with a couple of chums, and thankfully Bungie have set up a cracking initiative to help like-minded Destiny mini-communities to come together, chat and link up with like-minded people, and fill out that Fireteam.

To that end, the Dealspwn Destiny clan is live. Thanks to everyone who got stuck into the naming debate. You can join up here:

http://www.bungie.net/en/Clan/161494

All you have to do is jump on over to the clan page, log in with your Facebook/Google/PSN/Xbox Live account and click "Request Join". We'll be checking in regularly to expedite approvals as well as launch the occasional poll and get stuck into some discussions regarding the game as well as crying over the fact that September 9th seems so damn far away.

Still, at least we'll have each other while we wait. Misery loves company and all that. You can catch up on all of our Destiny coverage so far right here.

Opening Scenes | Neil Gaiman's Wayward Manor - First 10 Mins Gameplay

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Indie Games, Neil Gaiman, Opening Scenes, PC games, Puzzle games, Videos, Wayward Manor

Wayward Manor is an odd little game. Something of a point-and-click puzzler, it involves you manipulating a variety of puzzle rooms within the eponymous domicile as the manor's resident ghost, attempting to scare the assorted miscreants currently residing in the house out of their minds.

The review will go live later this week, but here's a little taster of what to expect in the meantime.

Saints Row IV only £4 on PC at Games Planet

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Action Games, PC games, Saints Row IV, Sandbox games

Saints Row IV only £4 on PC at Games Planet

Saints Row IV | Games Planet | £4
Price ComparisonReview

Saints Row IV might not be the most difficult game out there, but by god it's fun. Probably one of the finest sandbox games out there just for sheer insanity, Saints Row IV might just be the best game in the series (although I kind of swing between this and SR2 on a daily basis). You can grab it for around £4 at German site Games Planet, though only buy if you're based in the EU as the Steam code is region locked.

Be quick, mind, as there are only 12 and a half hours left to go for this flash deal.

Thanks to socialjeebus at HotUkDeals.

Rocksmith 2014 (solus) £8.82 at Mac Game Store (Steam Key works for PC too)

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Mac games, Music games, PC games, Rocksmith 2014

Rocksmith 2014 (solus) £8.82 at Mac Game Store (Steam Key works for PC too)

Rocksmith 2014 (solus) | £8.82 (save up to £30) | Mac Game Store | Review

Rocksmith is outstanding, it really is. By smooshing together Rock Band and an extensive virtual suite on how to play an actual guitar, Ubisoft have created a gamified marvel. The Mac Stoire currently has the 2014 version of the game down at around £8.82, but you're paying for a Steam key, so PC owners can take full advantage of this deal too.

If you're yet to acquire a Rocksmith Real Tone cable -- the interface that allows you to plug your guitar into your platform of choice -- it could be worth shopping around the marketplaces for a bundle deal. But you can pick up the cable for around £15-20 on its own, and there are still plenty of retailers stocking the solus version (without the cable) for upwards of £30, so this is still a pretty damn good deal.

Thanks to jaystan at HotUkDeals.

Grid 2 just £4.60 at Tesco on Xbox 360

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Codemasters, GRID 2, PS3 games, Racing Games, Xbox 360 games

Grid 2 just £4.60 at Tesco on Xbox 360

Grid 2 | Tesco | £4.60
Price Comparison PS3 / 360Review

Grid 2 is a cracking little racer, and well worth a look if you don't fancy splurging out on Autosport just yet. Tesco have it for under a fiver for both PS3 and Xbox 360, although the PS3 version appears to be unavailable at the moment. Xbox owners, buy with gleeful abandon!

Cracking spot by fps_d0minat0r.

Gods Will Be Watching Review | Empty Prayers

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Deconstructeam, Devolver Digital, Gods Will Be Watching, Indie Games, PC games, Strategy games, Survival games

Gods Will Be Watching Review | Empty Prayers

I failed the first level of Gods Will Be Watching over ten times before I finally managed to balance hacking a computer mainframe, watching over a bunch of jittery hostages, and staving off some grenade-happy soldiers successfully. Even when I had, I still wasn't certain that I'd actually done it through my own skill and deft multitasking rather than some sort of fluke born from frustration.

The game's first level gives you four hostages and a computer system to crack. Soldiers inch their way towards you down a nearby corridor, and the only things you have to halt their progression is the threat of violence to the hostages or a spot of blind fire, both of which freak out your captives.

Gods Will Be Watching Review | Empty Prayers

The hacking progress bar takes its sweet time, and though you can charge a hacking boost in increments, each time you do, your own cyber security takes a hit. Occasionally, your corridor-covering chum will have a crisis of faith, sometimes your hostages will tell you that they're about to run or fancy ending it all or don't think you're looking, and you'll have to decide how to deal with the situation.

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