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Opening Scenes | The Last of Us Remastered - First 15 Mins Gameplay

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Action Games, Naughty Dog, Opening Scenes, PS4 games, The Last Of Us, Videos

So just how good does The Last Of Us look on PS4? We've got the game's opening quarter of an hour for you to have a look at, with a generational platform comparison vid coming shortly.

Classes, Romance, and Giant Heads - Pillars of Eternity Q&A with Josh Sawyer

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Features
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Games previews, Interviews, Kickstarter, Obsidian Entertainment, PC games, Pillars Of Eternity, RPGs, Videos

Classes, Romance, and Giant Heads - Pillars of Eternity Q&A with Josh Sawyer

I love the old Infinity Engine RPGs, and I'm not alone. Jon often makes the point that the stories modern games tell seem to have suffered as a result of having so many more advanced tools (particularly when we start bandying around the word "cinematic"), and that there's something to be said for text-heavy adventures and RPGs making the very most of their limited options. The writing had to be spot on, the world building exceptionally well researched, everything providing the optimal framing for whatever adventure was to be had.

Games couldn't rely on polish and looks to get by as they can now, they actually had to be good. And we were spoilt rotten with games of exceptional quality.

Pillars of Eternity wants to tap into all of that, reviving that old-school spirit, but upgrading and updating a few of the more clunky mechanisms that have grown rusty over the years, and the team at Obsidian look to be right on track. We've already sent the half-hour gameplay presentation we checked out a couple of weeks back, but we also got the opportunity to put a bunch of further questions to project director Josh Sawyer, and he waxed lyrical regarding classes, romance, and one of the game's best Easter eggs.

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Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster Vita only £18.99 at GAME

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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JRPG, PS Vita games, Square Enix

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster Vita only £18.99 at GAME

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster | GAME | £18.99
Final Fantasy X HD Remaster ReviewX-2 HD Remaster Review

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD remaster is one of Matt and Carl's favourite games of 2014 -- or two of their favourite games, I suppose -- especially on Vita. Square's HD rebuild really shines on that luscious screen, while the gameplay apparently still holds up. £18.99 is a £1 saving versus ShopTo, while Amazon are out of stock at a similar price. Thanks to Bure11 @ HUKD!

PSN Summer Sale goes hot, starts slow

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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PS Vita games, PS3 games, PS4 games

PSN Summer Sale goes hot, starts slow

The PlayStation Store Summer Sale is now open for business and set to run over the next four weeks, promising hot deals aplenty. Sadly the PS4 options are currently fizzling rather than sizzling beyond a slight saving on Battlefield 4, providing a somewhat embarrassing glut of EA's excessive Battlefield 4 and Need For Speed DLC. Shortcut packs. Why. Sony promises 25 PS4 deals next week though, so stay tuned.

Better news for PS3 owners, who can nab a much wider range of bargains. From bigger games like the Injustice Ultimate Edition at £11.99 to smaller gems like underappreciated brawler Sacred Citadel for £3.49, there are some potential savings to be cherry-picked.

Vita owners who love localised Japanese games should also look at recently-released JRPGs Conception II and Mind Zero, which are available at massive markdowns. Neither is exactly a leading light of the genre, Mind Zero being distinctly average and Conception II being a tad... risqué ... but I still have a soft spot for both.

As per usual you can browse the links below courtesy of the EU PlayStation Blog. However, savvy and undiscerning dealhounds might want to quickly search for full games on Grainger Games first, who are running a 10% discount on pre-owned goods with GGPO10 voucher code (originally reported by Jas10 @ HUKD).

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Deep Silver buys Timesplitters devs & Homefront IP from ailing Crytek

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Crytek, Deep Silver, Free Radical, Homefront

Deep Silver buys Timesplitters devs & Homefront IP from ailing Crytek

From Free Radical to Crytek UK to Deep Silver Dambusters

Deep Silver, or more accurately Deep Silver's parent company Koch Media, has made a couple of canny purchases from financially-floundering Crytek. Specifically, the German media outfit has snaffled up the Homefront IP, upcoming sequel Homefront: Revolution as well as its developers Crytek UK... who were previously better known as Free Radical back in the day.

If that's ringing a bell, you probably played a little series known as Timesplitters back in the day.

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PlayStation outsells Xbox 3:1 between April-June

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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PS4, Xbox One

PlayStation outsells Xbox 3:1 between April-June

Sales figures really shouldn't mean anything to us gamers. We should be too busy revelling in our favourite hobby and interactive art form to worry about the performance of uncaring companies we have no financial stake in.

But hot-damn, Sony's latest quarterly financial report contains some seriously BIG numbers.

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So Many Me Review | Me Me Me Me Me Me Myself & I

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Extend Studio, Origo Games, OUYA games, PC games, Platformer, Puzzle games

So Many Me Review | Me Me Me Me Me Me Myself & I

Platforms: PC (reviewed) | OUYA

Developer: Extend Studio

Publisher: Origo Games

Wouldn't it be useful to have seven clones at your beck and call?  That way you could attend four different day jobs and still have doppelgängers left over for a full house of Mario Kart multiplayer. Decades of science fiction tells us that nothing can possibly go wrong with that plan. No sir.

Anyway, as a certain maniacal Agent once famously said: "the best thing about being me... there are so many MEs." In this case I'm a small green blob called Filo, tasked with saving a cheerful cartoon world in puzzly platform style. Foes need stomping, switches need pressing, bottomless pits need jumping and collectibles demand snaffling; a daunting task for a tiny gelatinous globule.

Or at least it would be if a run-in with a mysterious cosmic entity hadn't granted Filo the ability to control a small army of clones and transform them into useful platforms. And dinosaurs. And rocket-launching hovertanks.

So Many Me Review | Me Me Me Me Me Me Myself & I

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Fahrenheit now only £1.05 on PC at GOG

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Adventure Games, Atari, PC games, Quantic Dream
Fahrenheit now only £1.05 on PC at GOG

Fahrenheit/Indigo Prophecy | Good Old Games | £1.05

David Cage is currently best known for Heavy Rain and Beyond, but Fahrenheit (Indigo Prophecy to its American mates) arguably served as a foundation for hirs cinema-meets-gameplay formula. It's got a (mostly) great storyline, some superb characters and a deep chilling mystery that rather goes off the rails towards the end. For £1.05, though, this uncensored version definitely deserves your attention.

Thanks once again to jaystan @ HUKD!

South Park: The Stick of Truth £13.99 on PC at SimplyCDKeys

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Obsidian Entertainment, PC games, RPG

South Park: The Stick of Truth £13.99 on PC at SimplyCDKeys

South Park: The Stick Of TruthSimplyCDKeys | £13.99
Price ComparisonReview

South Park: The Stick Of Truth may have taken its sweet time, but was ultimately worth the wait back in March. Trademark OTT South Park humour acts as an accompaniment to genuinely solid RPG combat and progression, making for a game that's as solid as it is hilarious and outrageous. £13.99 is seriously cheap too. Thanks to apollolo @ HUKD!

FTL (Advanced Edition) £2.03 on The Humble Store

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Adventure Games, PC, PC games, Subset Games

FTL (Advanced Edition) £2.03 on The Humble Store

FTL: Advanced EditionThe Humble Store | £3.99 (save £2)
FTL: Faster Than Light Review

You've had plenty of chances to grab FTL for peanuts over the last couple of years, but The Humble Bundle are currently undercutting Steam's 'deal' price for the magnificent randomly-generated space adventure at one of the lowest levels we've seen. Outside of shortlived GOG sales, that is.

Get Expeditions: Conquistador, Rock Of Ages, Knytt Underground & more for £1.49 in the Reboot 6 Bundle

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC games

Get Expeditions: Conquistador, Rock Of Ages, Knytt Underground & more for £1.49 in the Reboot 6 Bundle

Bundle Stars' Reboot 6 Bundle is another example of 'great price, but check your backlog first.' £1.49 will net you legendary videogame nasty Postal, impressive Kickstarted SRPG Expeditions: Conquistador, Knytt Underground, Blockland, the complete edition of Steel Storm and crazy boulder-rolling smash 'em up Rock Of Ages.

Again, a fantastic price, but several of these games have starred in at least half a dozen bundles already. Check your Steam library and make sure you're not doubling up too much... or just think of it as paying £1.49 for Expeditions. Thanks to apollolo @ HUKD!

Daily Bite: Incinerating the Companion Cube

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Matt Gardner
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Funnies
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Daily Bite

Farewell, old friend.

Here are your August PS Plus Freebies

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Playstation Plus, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Sony

Here are your August PS Plus Freebies

Sony has revealed the incoming and outgoing free games for PlayStation Plus subscribers next week. August 6th sees brand new PS4 'roguelike puzzler' Road Not Taken release free for members, joined by the critically-acclaimed Fez. Brendan acclaimed it as "a bit full of itself" in his review, though, so horses for courses.

PS3 owners will get to hunt aliens in Crysis 3 and saunter about a beautiful relaxing island in Proteus, while new platformer Metrico and LEGO Harry Potter Years 5-7 headline the upcoming Vita titles.

TowerFall Ascension, Strider, Vessel and more quality games will be leaving the Instant Game Collection, though, so be sure to queue up the downloads while you can! Full details below.

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Wayward Manor Review | Scarily Mediocre

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Matt Gardner
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Reviews
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Indie Games, Moonshark, Neil Gaiman, PC games, Puzzle games, The Odd Gentlemen, Wayward Manor

Wayward Manor Review | Scarily Mediocre

Why aren't you any fun, Wayward Manor? You're the result of a collaboration between a successful indie studio in The Odd Gentlemen -- responsible for the really rather good The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom -- and one of my favourite authors: Neil Gaiman; you have a promising set up that sees players taking on the role of a ghost and attempting to frighten an unwanted family out of the eponymous house; you look like a mix of the works of Tim Burton and Henry Selick...

So where did it all go wrong?

Let's break it down. Wayward Manor is a point and click puzzler set across twenty-five stages, each of which see you peering down into various rooms of the grumpy manor, itself rather wonderfully voiced by Gaiman himself, and manipulating various items and fixtures and fittings in each of these rooms to scare the unwanted family member currently inside. Six scares are required before you can summon the ghoulish energy to unleash a torrent of spectral energy that'll send the whole chamber rattling, and force your victim to flee in terror.

The manner by which you go about amassing those six scares differs in form, but not in function. The game basically revolves around you clicking the left-mouse button for everything, but timing and angles are key. Sending a mouse scurrying in front of your unsuspecting mark at just the right time involves precise deployment, as does dropping a bottle from the rafters as your target passes by. It's simple stuff, but the game restricts your abilities slightly. In each room, there are three tiers of interactive opportunities, expanding as you build up the scare count and amass more power. In the first level, you can only throw bottles around, then your influence spreads to the window shutters, and after that all bets are off.

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Massive Squeenix Sale hits the Humble Store

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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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

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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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"

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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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
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Features
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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

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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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

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Matt Gardner
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News
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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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