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Happy Easter: The Video Game Easter Egg

Author:
Chris Hyde
Category:
Features
Tags:
Day of the Tentacle, Easter eggs, Perfect Dark, Skyrim, Zelda

Happy Easter: The Video Game Easter Egg

Easter isn't just about chocolate eggs from eager-to-please bunnies (I've been told there's some religious alternative purpose, but we'll gloss over that for now), it's also a perfect excuse to discuss the oft-forgotten gem of our industry - the video game Easter Egg.

Easter Eggs are essentially secrets, hidden jokes or messages left by developers and designers for you to hunt out in game. They serve no purpose and have no reward other than the satisfaction that comes with finding something that most will have missed whilst playing. The first Easter Egg was discovered in a game released exactly 35 years ago this month - Adventure for the Atari 2600. By locating and manipulating a hidden "dot" players could gain access to a hidden room, which had the message "Created by Warren Robinett" - the game's programmer. Once this secret was found, Atari decided to keep it in game and call such secrets "Easter Eggs". The rest, as they say, is history.

Happy Easter: The Video Game Easter Egg

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Borderlands 2 GOTY Edition now only £8.74 at Get Games

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
Tags:
FPS games, Mac games, PC games

Borderlands 2 GOTY Edition now only £8.74 at Get Games

Borderlands 2 GOTY Edition | Get Games | £8.74
PC price comparison | Borderlands 2 Review / Video (PC) Review

Here we have an excellent deal for the definitive Borderlands 2 experience for those who have yet to experience the latest adventure on Pandora. There's quite the saving to be had compared to other offers elsewhere, and while the listing states it is for Mac, this listing will work for PC owners as well thanks to the fact it's a Steamworks title.

So what do you get? Most of the major DLC packs released so far, which includes Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep, both Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Packs, the Mechromancer and Psycho characters, Creature Slaughterdome, Collector's Edition Pack, Premiere Club, and a number of character customisation skins and heads. Thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!

Titanfall now only £26.39 at Zavvi on Xbox One

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
FPS, Respawn Entertainment, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Titanfall now only £26.39 at Zavvi on Xbox One

TitanfallZavvi | £29.99 - which is discounted to £26.39
Price ComparisonReview

If you're looking to pick up Titanfall but don't want to spend much money, Zavvi are offering an interesting deal of two parts. Respawn's shooter currently costs a very inexpensive £29.99, but then gets an extra discount down to a tasty £26.39 by way of a "spend £20 and 12%" offer.

Whether an Easter treat or glitch, it might be worth taking advantage of. Thanks to Chanchi32 @ HUKD!

Beyond: Two Souls falls to £11.50 over at The Game Collection

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Adventure Games, PS3 games, Quantic Dream, Sony Computer Entertainment

Beyond: Two Souls falls to £11.50 over at The Game Collection
Beyond: Two Souls | The Game Collection | £14.95
PS3 price comparison | Beyond: Two Souls Review

Here we have yet another reduction for Quantic Dream's latest cinematic effort, with the price falling to the lowest we've seen in a while. Overall there's a saving of around £2.50 to be had with this listing.

Opinion on Beyond was scattered like a buckshot for good reason - the lack of apparent choice and interaction rubbed many people the wrong way, coming across as limited compared to Heavy Rain. While the storyline isn't the best in the industry has produced, it's certainly an enjoyable one, and the performances by Ellen Page and Willam Defoe are outstanding. That said, at this price it could be the right time to make up your own mind. Thanks to Jas10 @ HUKD!

Frozen Synapse gets free Steam Weekend and big discount... on Greenman Gaming

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Mode 7 Games, PC games, Strategy games

Frozen Synapse gets free Steam Weekend and big discount... on Greenman Gaming

More social wetworrk than social network, Frozen Synapse is a hardcore yet accessible strategy game designed to be played on your terms. Whether battling the AI or facing off against several opponents in asynchronous (read: play by mail) matches, it really is a special little game. Indeed, we gave it a perfect score.

You don't have to take our word for it, though, because Frozen Synapse is now free to download and play on Steam for the duration of the weekend! It's also got a discount down to £3.74, which will net you two copies - though you can undercut that via Greenman Gaming and their O3H7FE-D4NFO0-F0LIGK voucher code. It's unclear whether you'll get two copies, but I assume you will.

Get Call of Duty Ghosts Free Fall Edition on PS3 for £12.85 from Simply Games

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Activision, FPS games, Infinity Ward, PS3 games

Get Call of Duty Ghosts Free Fall Edition on PS3 for £12.85 from Simply Games
Call of Duty Ghosts Free Fall Edition | Simply Games | £12.85
PS3 price comparison | Call of Duty Ghosts Review

If you haven't decided to upgrade to the current gen of consoles, but still want to watch a dog take down a helicopter for a bargain price, this is an excellent opportunity to do so if you're a PS3 owner. This deal from Simply Games is the cheapest around by over £2.

While the multiplayer modes are limited in number, and the social features are lacking as well, it's the same COD-like experience with Ghosts. Basically, if you're looking for some no-nonsense shooter fun (now with added dog) you'll probably find enjoyment with Infinity Ward's latest. It's also worth pointing out that the Free Fall map that is thrown in with it is now available to everyone. Thanks to petes_1234 @ HUKD!

Salvation Prophecy only £3.74 on Steam, save £11

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Firedance Games, Indie Games, PC games

Salvation Prophecy only £3.74 on Steam, save £11

Salvation Prophecy | Steam | £3.74 (RRP: £14.99)
Salvation Prophecy Review

Salvation Prophecy may be rough around the edges, but it's one of the most ambitious indie space games in years. Ground combat, space combat and RPG elements are wrapped in a high tactical layer that, while inconsistent, is an absolute blast if it grabs you. It's only £3.99 - so why not check out our review and decide whether it's your cup of tea. Thanks and credit to uakiki @ HUKD, who found this before I did!

Xbox One Titanfall Bundle £344.97 at Gamestop

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
hardware deals, Titanfall, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Xbox One Titanfall Bundle £344.97 at Gamestop

Xbox One & Titanfall | Gamestop | £344.97
Xbox One ReviewTitanfall Review

Time to make the generation jump? Matt advises you to save your money, but Gamestop's £344.97 all-in price for the Xbox One and Titanfall will save you a fiver vs ASDA. We did briefly see it for £339 last week, though. Decisions, decisions. Thanks to Currey20 @ HUKD!

Game Night | Broforce - #OOOOOOOOOOOH

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
Tags:
Broforce, Free Lives, Game Night

In today's episode of Game Night, the trio are the height of bro-fessionalism as they take on side-scrolling action-fest Broforce from Free Lives. Trust me when I say, it's bro-sesstial viewing for everyone.

Just remember - it's not over 'til it's BRO-VER. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOH.

Throttle back, Warner Bros... or LEGO will go the way of Guitar Hero

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
Tags:
Guitar Hero, lego, Lego The Hobbit, Traveller's Tales, TT Games, Warner Bros. Interactive

Throttle back, Warner Bros... or LEGO will go the way of Guitar Hero

We love the LEGO games here at Dealspwn.com. From humble British beginnings, Traveller's Tales blended our favourite films with our favourite childhood toy, creating a gentle, accessible, hilarious and compelling set of adventures for everyone to enjoy. We've certainly had a lot of it to enjoy, too, from Star Wars to Indiana Jones.

And Harry Potter. And The Lord Of The Rings. And LEGO City Undercover and The Chase Begins and DC Super Heroes and DC Super Heroes 2 and Rock Band and The Adventure Continues and Pirates Of The Caribbean and Ninjago and The Legends Of Chima and Marvel Super Heroes and Universe in Peril and the LEGO Movie... culminating in a Hobbit tie-in that launched before the Trilogy has even completed, offers scant new features, feels unpolished and arrives less than two months after their last major release.

Throttle back, Warner Bros... or LEGO will go the way of Guitar Hero

Uh-oh. This is actually rather worrying... because we've seen it before. When a franchise oversaturates its own marketplace and directly competes with itself because a publisher wants too much of a good thing, the alarm bells are bound to go off  - as we learned thanks to a certain extinct music game featuring plastic guitars and a billion unnecessary semi-sequels all clamouring for attention.

If Warner Bros. doesn't throttle back, there's a real and present danger of our beloved LEGO series going the same way.

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Trials Fusion Review | Face(plant) Piles Of Trials With Smiles

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Games reviews, PC, PC games, Platformer, PS4, PS4 games, RedLynx, Ubisoft, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Trials Fusion Review | Face(plant) Piles Of Trials With Smiles

Platforms: PC | PS4 | Xbox One (reviewed)

Developer: RedLynx

Publisher: Ubisoft

Trials is as punishing and perfect as ever. It's a game of ludicrous excess and controlled restraint, as you scream over a ludicrous gravity-defying jump one moment and deftly feather the throttle to make it across a nasty gauntlet of overhangs the next. The interplay between speed, power, weight, balance, gravity and physics is one again spot-on, challenging us to excel through skill and perseverance, all while desperately attempting to shave miliseconds off our par time, beat our ghost and humiliate our friends.

Trials Fusion should be everything we want from a Trials sequel, then, but some new features and window dressing deserve a closer look.

Trials Fusion Review | Face(plant) Piles Of Trials With Smiles

We're in the future now, and Trials Fusion won't let you forget it. From the first second you boot it up, an annoyingly brain-worming theme song proudly proclaims "welcome to the future! Man! Machine! The futuuuuuuuuure!" while displaying a shiny armour-clad rider atop a slick skyscraper. It'd be a great excuse to introduce some futuristic new technology, but no, it basically boils down to a somewhat forgettable storyline involving two AIs (which features a few fun one-liners that you'll hear repeated ad nauseam each time you restart a checkpoint) and a vibrant colourful new aesthetic to punch up the tracks. We've come a long way since Trials HD's uninspiring collection of brown crates and grey pipes.

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COMMENT: Snap Marty Up Quick, 343i - O'Donnell *IS* Halo

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
343 Industries, Bungie, Destiny, Game soundtracks, Halo, Halo 4, Halo 5, Martin O'Donnell

COMMENT: Snap Marty Up Quick, 343i - O'Donnell *IS* Halo

As I write this, I'm listening to Martin O'Donnell's Rock Anthem For Saving The World. I have the Halo albums shuffled up in a Spotify playlist. Greatest Journey from Halo 3 is up next, and I'm steeling myself for epic Warthog flashbacks from that game's majestic final run. Under Cover of Night aurally describes the midnight before a dawn of fire -- the calm before the storm. The Overture from ODST takes me back to slinking around the Covenant-strewn streets of New Mombasa before Never Forget almost makes me shed a tear. Not for the plot of intergalactic war and the loss and despair that comes with it, but rather for nostalgic good times that have yet to be bettered.

So much of my enjoyment of the Halo series comes as a direct result of Martin O'Donnell's (and Michael Salvatori's) work. The Halo suite itself is an iconic theme that makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. It's a succession of strings that just says, Oh we got this!

In spite of his long service to the Halo franchise, it's the versatility shown in the games that don't feature Master Chief that gave me hope for O'Donnell's work on Destiny.

This week, though, presumably with much of the work on that game complete, Bungie terminated the contract of their in-house composer. Depending on whose account you read, it's either a straightforward affair, or possibly something a little fishy.

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Lego The Hobbit Review | Traveller's Treasure or Witless Worm?

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
3DS Games, Action Games, children's games, Lego The Hobbit, PC games, Platform games, PS Vita games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Wii U games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Lego The Hobbit Review | Traveller's Treasure or Witless Worm?

Platform: PS4 (reviewed) | PS3 | Vita | X360 | XO | Wii U |3DS

Developer: Traveller’s Tales

Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive

Yes, this is a review, not an advanced preview for a game which (with any sense) wouldn’t see a release until December when the final Hobbit movie hits cinemas. Instead, this Lego title encompasses the first two films with the third to be added as DLC later this year.

It would take the most upbeat of optimists to suggest that WB will do the right thing and release the add-on (the rest of the game) for free, but my cynical nature tells me to expect something around £15.99 –an oddly specific guess I admit. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see this game re-released complete with the remaining content in December for the same price it is today. So, I guess the only real question left, is how many Lego games do you need in your life? With Lego Marvel and the Lego Movie tie-in released just five and two months ago respectively, you have to wonder why WB didn’t wait.

Lego The Hobbit Review | Traveller's Treasure or Witless Worm?

But here we are, back in Middle Earth for another action-platformer collect em’ up. As with the Lego Lord of the Rings game, there are lines of dialogue and music from the movie giving the game an authentic air. In the Lego LOTR titles, I found this to be an odd match as the straight-faced dialogue was at odds with the characters messing about in the background. But The Hobbit movies have turned out to be lighter affairs and the seriousness and comedy seems to gel together better than I expected. Or maybe it’s because I loved the LOTR movies have been bitterly disappointed with the drawn-out Hobbit ones.

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PS4 getting digital pre-loads & beefy DVR editor in next update

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
PS4, Sony

Microsoft have been busy ironing out the kinks in their new-gen machine over the last few months, but Sony's next PS4 firmware update is set to be a big one. Not only will players have the ability to download their digital games before launch, but the share functionality will be kicked up a notch by way of a fully-featured editing suite.

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Bag 12 Months of Xbox LIVE Gold for under £25 at CDKeys

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Games With Gold, Xbox 360, Xbox Live, Xbox LIVE Gold Membership, Xbox One

Bag 12 Months of Xbox LIVE Gold for under £25 at CDKeys

12 Month Xbox LIVE Gold Subscription | CDKeys | £24.90 (£23.65 with FB code)

CDKeys are currently selling 12 months of Xbox LIVE Gold Membership for £24.90, but if you go over to their Facebook page and give them a "Like" you can get that price dropped even further down to £23.65, saving you a tenner on the standard price for such goodness.

Click here to nab that 5% off CDKeys Facebook voucher code.

Get Master Reboot, Gun Monkeys, Ultratron & Home Sheep Home for 60p at Groupees

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

Get Master Reboot, Gun Monkeys, Ultratron & Home Sheep Home for 60p at Groupees

Yesterday we reported that 37% of all Steam games are never played... and it's time to throw some more games onto your backlog with the Groupees Clash 3 bundle. You'll get eight games, including the fantastically fun Gun Monkeys, trippy Master Reboot and hectic retro-inspried Ultratron, for 60p.

And also Home Sheep Home 2, alongside some digital albums.

Not bad, considering that you'd hardly get any change for a packet of crisps.

Get 8 Steam Greenlight hopefuls for £2.00 on Indie Royale

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

Get 8 Steam Greenlight hopefuls for £2.00 on Indie Royale

Steam Greenlight is a dog-eat-dog popularity content, so every little helps. Hence it's time for the twelfth Indie Royale Debut bundle, which includes eight games that want your attention and votes.

You'll need to beat the minimum price (which changes periodically, but won't reach over £3.00 by my reckoning) to receive Gearcrack Arena, Luna’s Wandering Stars, Pester, Rot Gut, Selknam Defense, Storm over the Pacific, You Are Not A Banana: Chapter 1 & Yrminsul.

I can only personally vouch for Pester, which is a simple yet satisfying bullet hell/danmaku shooter that first released as an Xbox Live Indie Game. Naturally you won't get Steam codes (DRM free downloads and/or Desura only, I'm afraid) - until or unless the games eventually get Greenlit.

Have Senran Kagura Burst onto your 3DS for just £17.99 at GAME

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
3DS Games, Fighting Games, Senran Kagura

Have Senran Kagura Burst onto your 3DS for just £17.99 at GAME

Senran Kagura Burst | GAME | £17.99 | Review

I've got nothing to do really but pull a double facepalm and shake my head at Senran Kagura Burst, especially when it comes packing the tagline "Two good reasons to turn on your 3DS" directly below a pair of pendulous cartoon breasts. But apparently the combat is super awesome as Jon states in his review:

Though its ecchi overtones and puerile obsession with jiggling oversized breasts will rightfully deter many players, Senran Kagura Burst is still a capable brawler that's perfectly adapted for a handheld platform. There's a huge amount of content and responsive action to enjoy, so long as you're comfortable with the source material and tone.

Oh and it's now the cheapest it's been in a while at GAME.

Thanks to tbrossi46 at HotUkDeals.