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COMMENT | Forget resolutions - the console hard drive situation is out of control

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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PS4, Xbox One

COMMENT | Forget resolutions - the console hard drive situation is out of control

I filled up my Xbox One's hard drive last month.

Sure, I arguably receive more games than the average console owner in my line of work, but less than a year after launch I'm being forced to delete entire games from my hard drive just to play and review new ones, requiring me to then re-install them down the line if I ever fancy a quick impulse play. Forza 5 swerved off the track, Ryse fell on its sword and I'm still struggling to keep on top of things.

And soon Halo: The Master Chief Collection wants to guzzle up another 60GB or so... followed by a 20GB patch. I'm sorry, but this situation has gotten entirely out of control and we're only a year into the current generation. Put the important debate about frame rates and resolutions on hold for a moment, because we might have bigger problems on the console front.

COMMENT | Forget resolutions - the console hard drive situation is out of control

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FREE Warlock II: The Exiled – Great Mage Edition! Five codes up for grabs!

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Dealspwn
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Competitions, Freebies, PC games, Strategy games, Warlock 2: The Exiled

FREE Warlock II: The Exiled – Great Mage Edition! Five codes up for grabs!

The Warlock II expansion pack "Wrath of the Nagas" is out this week, and to celebrate, we've been given five codes for Warlock II: The Exiled - Great Mage Edition, which features pretty much everything you need in order to get up and running with the hextacular strategy game. Here's what I said about Ino-Co's sequel in my review:

Warlock II: The Exiled is a game that stands on the shoulders of its predecessor rather than blazing a trail, but that's okay. What Ino-Co have given us here is an incredibly solid, hex-based strategy title that provides a great entry point to the series (and the genre, to be honest), with enough here to keep fans engaged for several thousand turns.

Sounds pretty good, right? It's the sort of game that, while not spectacular, is a great entry point for genre newcomers, and will easily become a major timesink. And you can nab it for free. Here's what to expect from the the Great Mage Edition:

  • Warlock II: The Exiled - the game
  • Soundtrack for Warlock - Master of Arcane
  • Soundtrack for Warlock II: The Exiled
  • Digital Novel - The Great Mage Game - A story of action, intrigue and wizardry, set in the Warlock universe. Written by acclaimed fantasy and sci-fi author John Helfers.
  • Digital Artbook - 42 full-color pages of beautiful artwork from the Warlock 2 game: Great Mages, Environments and Units

There are also seven in-game items included with the bundle:

  • Domain of Death - Start your quest in the land of the dead!
  • Magic is Fun - The lord known as The Magical Genius is available to your cause!
  • Elementary, My Dear - Adds three new deadly elemental spells to your arsenal towards world domination!
  • Chants of Light - Gives access to three new magical powers, including a powerful Lord Summoning ability!
  • Frost Power - A former Great Mage who seeks retribution offer his services to you!
  • Half-of-Everyone - Nobody knows him, but this Jack-of-all-Trades can be the best ally by your side!
  • Ancient Dragon - A new Great Mage - the Ancient Dragon - joins the fray, and wants to show who is the greatest mage of all! Start as a huge almighty dragon who does not need any starting city. Be your own capital and conquer everything you want!

We've got five codes for Warlock II: The Exiled - Great Mage Edition. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is to pop a comment in the box below (apologies that the Chrome login bug is still an issue) telling us what you'd want to be called if you were a Great Mage. What name would you go by? What moniker would you choose for yourself? Make it inventive, keep it moderately clean, definitely abuse the English language for excellent and cringeworthy puns, just let us know in the comments.

We'll close the competition this Friday at 11:59am BST and email out the codes the same day!

Winners will be notified and sent their code to the email address associated with their Dealspwn account, so please make sure to use a valid email address. Good luck!

Corsair Gaming K70 RGB Keyboard Review | The Backlight Fantastic

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Reviews
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Corsair, Corsair Gaming, Hardware reviews, K70 RGB Mechanical Keyboard, Keyboard, PC accessories

Corsair Gaming K70 RGB Keyboard Review | The Backlight Fantastic

I'm a big fan of Corsair's mechanical keyboards. When I bought my current gaming rig last year, I slapped down some cash for the Vengeance K90 Performance MMO Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, with its programmable "G" buttons (that I've still never used, mainly due to the paucity of MMOs in my gaming diet), adjustable blue backlighting, Cherry MX switches, anti-ghosting, and USB pass-through. I give my hardware a true hammering too, and the robust nature of Corsair's stuff is why I keep coming back to them.

Mechanical keyboards and backlit models are nothing new, but few have attempted to bring the very best of both worlds together. Until now (alongside Razer's Black Widow Chroma, that is). Ladies and gents, say hello to the rebranded Corsair Gaming K70 RGB Mechanical Keyboard -- a piece of kit that mixes the durability and functionality of the old K70 with a disco ball. It might just be the most snazzy piece of hardware I've ever owned.

The K70 RGB mirrors its non-RGB predecessor in many ways. Last year's K70 was an outstanding piece of kit, and at first glance, this model seems to be its equal in every way. Both models utilise the same chassis and brushed aluminium faceplate, the same keycaps and 10-key number pad, and neither offer up the option of those programmable macro keys to be found on the K90 or new K95 RGB. The multimedia buttons are still in place too, and Corsair have kept the volume roller, which is much more preferable to the usual two-button setup. Also retained from the older model are the illumination level and gaming mode buttons, with the latter locking up Windows shortcuts like Alt-Tab, should you want to game away without fear of frantic mishaps should you accidentally mash the wrong buttons.

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Xbox Live Deals With Gold: BurnOut, Need For Speed & Strike Suits

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Xbox Live Deal of the Week

Xbox Live Deals With Gold: BurnOut, Need For Speed & Strike Suits

This week's selection of Xbox Live Gold Member-exclusive offers isn't the best selection of deals I've ever seen, to be honest. I personally rate Strike Suit Zero's Director's Cut, though it's an acquired taste to be sure, and I'd recommend putting £23.99 towards buying Forza Horizon 2 as opposed to Forza 5's car pack.

On Xbox 360 we have a selection of DiRT, Need For Speed, Dragonball and Burnout deals, which are fairly reasonable, though chances are you'll already own the likes of BurnOut Paradise.

Xbox One

Xbox 360

Batman: Arkham Origins Steel Pack Edition only £9.99 at GAME (PS3 & Xbox 360)

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Batman: Arkham Origins, PS3 games, Warner Bros. Interactive, Xbox 360 games

Batman: Arkham Origins Steel Pack Edition only £9.99 at GAME (PS3 & Xbox 360)

Batman: Arkham Origins Heroes & Villains (Steel Pack) | GAME PS3 / Xbox 360 | £9.99
Batman: Arkham Origins Review

Batman: Arkham Origins can't hold a candle to Rocksteady's two original games, but it's still an enjoyable open-world BatRomp now that the technical issues have been all but ironed out. GAME's exclusive steel pack Heroes & Villains edition is currently only £9.99 on last-gen consoles, which boasts beautiful presentation. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!

SimCity only £6.99 on PC at 365Games

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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EA, Maxis, PC games, SimCity

SimCity only £6.99 on PC at 365Games

SimCity | 365Games | £6.99
Price ComparisonReview

I think that we might have found the butter zone for SimCity pricing. What was broken and abusive at launch is now an enjoyable and accessible city builder, complete with advanced features like an offline mode (wow!), though restrictive compared to practically all of its prequels. 365 Games' incredibly cheap £6.99 cheap offer is tempting nevertheless. Thanks to Barst @ HUKD!

Pokemon Alpha Sapphire/Omega Ruby £29.95 at The Game Collection on 3DS

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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3DS Games, Game Freak, Nintendo, Pokémon

Pokemon Alpha Sapphire/Omega Ruby £29.95 at The Game Collection on 3DS

Pokemon Alpha Sapphire / Omega Ruby | £29.95

Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby are shaping up to be really rather excellent, despite releasing only one year after X and Y. With more features and Mega Evolutions than even its predecessor, including the ability to fly around the continent atop Latios or Latias, I'm more excited than any grown man (allegedly) probably ought to be.

Anyway, £29.95 is a great price courtesy of The Game Collection. Thanks to ElectroDragon8 @ HUKD!

The Morning Papers | Redmond Departs, O'Connor Spins

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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The Morning Papers

The Morning Papers | Redmond Departs, O'Connor Spins

Good morning! Today brings us the news that veteran producer Jade Redmond has left Ubisoft after a decade stint working on Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell and Watch Dogs. We wish her well and look forward to seeing what she's moving on to.

On the subject of veteran producers, 343 Industries' Frank O' Connor is still trying to convince us that a 20GB day-one patch is acceptable for the Halo: Master Chief Collection. It isn't. Here are your headlines.

In Case You Missed It...

The Morning Papers | Redmond Departs, O'Connor Spins

 

Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved Review | Kinect Semaphore Hero

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
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Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved, Games reviews, Kinect games, Music games, Rhythm games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved Review | Kinect Semaphore Hero

Platforms: Xbox One (reviewed) | Xbox 360

Developer: Harmonix

Publisher: Disney Interactive Studios

I genuinely love my Kinect sensor and the musical legends at Harmonix, but I think they might have missed the point here.

Guitar Hero and Rock Band make you feel like a rock god, whether you're shredding on a plastic guitar, smashing the drums, laying down a bass line or howling into a microphone. Rocksmith literally teaches you how to play a six-string, much like Dance Central teaches you a selection of hilarious dance moves. Child Of Eden makes you feel like a transcendent electric death machine. You're only stood in front of a telly with a plastic peripheral or Kinect sensor, but the physical movements feel empowering and rewarding in and of themselves.

Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved Review | Kinect Semaphore Hero

Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved is supposed to turn you into the Sorcerer's Apprentice and grant you dominion over music itself... but playing it feels like directing traffic at a busy intersection. Or attempting to guide a light aircraft in to land in your living room. You're just waving your arms about in time to music, more like a weather reporter in front of a greenscreen than a magical orchestra conductor.

It's a shame, because Disney Fantasia is otherwise one of the most fascinating and unique projects ever developed for the Kinect sensor, letting you create crazy remixes out of classic and current music.

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Daily Bite: Sunlight

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Funnies
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Daily Bite

See, the reason I don't go outside is because there's a giant ball of fire in the sky waiting to cook me and fire invisible rays of cancer at me.

Also wasps.

Minecraft: The Noob #2 - A Battle in the Skies

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
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Minecraft, Videos

Minecraft: The Noob #2 - A Battle in the Skies

After falling down a hole in last week's Hunger Games video, this week it's all about Sky Wars -- a game mode where everyone starts on their own little floating island and fights to become the last person standing.

True to form, the first thing I go and do is fall in a hole. Great.

I've discovered that I desperately need practice in terms of the basics when it comes to Minecraft, and that it always helps to have a crafting guide open on a second screen. This week's efforts are riddled with failure, but we also have our first taste of victory, and I follow Deadpool around demand that he gives me his skin.

Minecraft: The Noob #2 - A Battle in the Skies

It's all rather surreal.

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On #Gamergate - Communication not conflict is the only way forwards now

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Gamergate

On #Gamergate - Communication not conflict is the only way forwards now

Back in 1999, gamers banded together to demand an end to the accusation by mainstream media that violent video games were in some ways to blame for that decade's school shootings. Fifteen years on, just last week, and a woman due to give a speech at a university cancels the event in light of security measures implemented to prevent threat of a "Montreal Massacre" style attack. Her crime? Making feminist videos critiquing video games.

In the past week, the New York Times ran a front page story that put Sarkeesian's cancellation of her university talk due to a "massacre" threat in the same sentence as movement known as Gamergate. The Washington Post, and The Guardian weighed on it too. Sarkeesian appeared in Rolling Stone and Newsweek following the pulled event, her name in the ascendancy once more, largely thanks to the same anonymous abusers who would see her silenced. The mainstream media saw a woman who talks about sexism in games being hounded by anonymous sexist trolls online, and #Gamergate creator Adam Baldwin questioning her abuse and belittling her experiences in since-deleted Tweets. The mainstream media made a broad connection and had themselves a field day. Deja vu.

I'm fed up with all of this. I'm fed up of having a pastime and an identity that I treasure and believe in dragged through the mud because people would rather sling abuse and trade insults and invent "sides" and cling to a social media construct rather than engage in meaningful communication. This all started with a break-up made public and (unfounded) allegations of a developer sleeping with a journalist for positive coverage, and it has developed into a nebulous movement that has attracted all sorts -- from criminals to anonymous trolls, from disgruntled gamers determined to strike back against a press that has seemingly abandoned them to right-wing opportunists with a passing interest in games and a greater interest in scandal, from lifelong gamers protective of their sub-cultural identity to moderates who have tried to steer the conversation around to real talk about representation and ethical standards and how we all need to take a long hard look at ourselves.

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World of Warcraft 6.0.2 Impressions | Extreme Makeover Edition

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
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Blizzard Entertainment, Impressions, MMORPGs, PC games, World of Warcraft, World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor

World of Warcraft 6.0.2 Impressions | Extreme Makeover Edition

Long-time readers will know I have a soft spot for the Warcraft franchise, especially World of Warcraft. As a day-one player who has experienced everything the game has offered, including the Mists of Pandaria expansion, I’ve seen it go through a fair few changes. New races being added, enhanced weather and lighting systems being introduced, a new class thrown into the mix, talent points being redesigned, and a constant stream of rebalancing for everything involved, That said, some things have stayed the same in the face of change. New abilities would continue to crowd up toolbars, the rise of damage and health numbers for players and NPCs alike spiralling up exponentially, and the models for the playable races becoming more and more dated as the years went by. With the upcoming expansion Warlords of Draenor approaching, Blizzard saw it as an opportunity to fix these things, and so with patch 6.0.2 being unleashed last week I returned to the MMO behemoth for the first time in nine months. It was time to see if the game that sent the genre mainstream still had the ability to pull in new punters and veterans alike.

I’ll tell you one thing though – WildStar’s combat and traversal systems have spoiled me rotten compared to WoW's seemingly archaic mechanics, but we’ll get to that in a bit.

The inclusion of the Worgen, Goblin and Pandaren made it quite clear that the original race models needed an update. The blocky, expressionless and (in the case of humans) hairlipped choices on offer just didn’t blend with the rest of the updated visuals of the game. Thankfully, after years of waiting the update has arrived – except for Blood Elves, who will have to wait a little while longer to be made more beautiful. If I’m honest, I really shouldn’t be impressed by the new visuals and animations considering what the competition has produced elsewhere in the genre, but I really am.

World of Warcraft 6.0.2 Impressions | Extreme Makeover Edition

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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Review | One Giant Butt Slam For Mankind

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
2K Australia, 2K Games, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Games reviews, PC games, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Review | One Giant Butt Slam For Mankind

Platforms: PC | PS3 | Xbox 360 (reviewed)

Developer: 2K Australia

Publisher: 2K Games

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is ridiculously good fun. I really can't stress that enough.

This awkwardly titled segue might appear to be a lazy off-year cash grab, but it actually delivers the most fundamental mechanical update the series has ever received. Low-gravity combat. We're still shooting and looting, but now we're soaring merrily through the air (or vacuum!), using a nuanced double jump to gain extra height or boost our way around sprawling three-dimensional stages.

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Review | One Giant Butt Slam For Mankind

It's awesome, and unlocks a host of exciting new encounters as we take on airborne foes in the air, rain down firepower onto smart squads of jetpack troopers or employ an epic Butt Slam attack to smash down into enemy formations; cracking their faceplates and watching them asphyxiate to a wub wub soundtrack. On top of that, insanely powerful laser cannons and freeze-shattering Cryo weapons slot perfectly into the Borderlands experience, giving us more ways to brutalise anyone stupid enough to stand against us. Now that I'm used to The Pre-Sequel's very Australian humour and voice cast, I don't think I can go back.

It's so much fun, in fact, that while I'm playing I can ignore all of its many, many, many flaws.

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Anarchy Reigns just £2.78 on Xbox 360 at Amazon (plus delivery?)

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Anarchy Reigns, Platinum Games, Xbox 360 games

Anarchy Reigns just £2.78 on Xbox 360 at Amazon (plus delivery?)

Anarchy ReignsAmazon | £2.78
Xbox 360 Price ComparisonReview

Anarchy Reigns is amazing. It's one of the most ridiculously brilliant online multiplayer ever released, hailing from the developers of Bayonetta and God Hand, but SEGA royally screwed the pooch by staggering the release date, leaving the player base fragmented and very sparse.

£2.78 is an absolute steal, but remember that Amazon charge delivery on orders under £10 unless you have Amazon Prime. Worth adding onto an existing order, perhaps, or getting from a mate who subscribes for the Instant Video. Thanks to Wishwash182 @ HUKD!

Click To Play | Assembots - Robo-Lemmings

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Assembots, Browser games, Click To Play, PC games

Click To Play | Assembots - Robo-Lemmings

Welcome back to Click To Play , the new-old regular series that takes a look at a new browser-based curio each week to further the fine art of procrastination. We accept absolutely no responsibility if you get caught at work/school/uni gloriously wasting time on the games listed here when you should be working.

This week: Assembots

Assembots is basically what you'd get if you crossed robots with Lemmings.

Each stage sees you attempting to guide a certain number of robots from one factory to the next and, just like the eponymous heroes of Lemmings, your mechanical chums in this will simply trundle forwards until you give them a new instruction or they hit a wall. The game eases you into things with a smattering of commands available from a horizontal array at the bottom of the screen, and to begin with you'll dig through dirt walls and platforms, climb walls, and turn into stationary pillars that can be used to activate switches and prevent robots from hurling themselves off of cliffs. You'll only have a limited number of these commands, however, so it's important to think carefully before applying them to a robot -- you simple click the command (or use the hotkeys) and then click the robot you want to apply it to.

Click To Play | Assembots - Robo-Lemmings

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AI War complete collection only £2.70 at GamersGate

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
AI War, Arcen Games, PC games, Strategy games

AI War complete collection only £2.70 at GamersGate

AI War: All Of It | GamersGate | £2.70 (RRP: £12.99)

If you're spoiling for some incredibly tough space strategy action with the scale of an old-school 4X title, AI War is pretty much your dream game. Arcen Games delivered an absolute corker that has massively grown over the last few years with numerous DLC packs and sweeping expansions. It can all be yours for £2.70 from GamersGate, who'll also flog you the DLC separately at a massive discount if you already bought it in a bundle.

Be advised, though, I'm not kidding about AI War being hard. In fact, I didn't feel capable of reviewing it, because I sucked so badly at it.

Minecraft only £9.99 on PS4 at The Game Collection's Rakuten store

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Minecraft, Mojang, PS4 games

Minecraft only £9.99 on PS4 at The Game Collection's Rakuten store

Minecraft (PS4) | The Game Collection (via Rakuten) | £9.99 (save £2 vs Base)
Voucher Code: LAUNCHFIVE

The Game Collection ran a £9.99 flash sale for the PS4 version of Minecraft last week, a serious saving, but are still sneakily retailing at the same price via their Rakuten store listing. You'll need to use voucher code LAUNCHFIVE though.

I... don't need to explain what Minecraft is, do I? Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!

Saints Row: The Third - The Full Package just £7.98 on PS3 & Xbox 360 at Zavvi

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
PS3 games, Saints Row: The Third - The Full Package, Xbox 360 games

Saints Row: The Third - The Full Package just £7.98 on PS3 & Xbox 360 at Zavvi

Saints Row: The Third – The Full Package | Zavvi | £7.98
Saints Row: The Third Review

An absolute blast from the recent past. Saints Row: The Third is a crazy adrenaline-fuelled sandbox that pushes fun factor to the absolute maximum, and is still well worth checking out. For all you last-gen holdouts enjoying all the big savings without shelling out for new hardware, the Full Package is available for a paltry £7.98 from Zavvi as a PS3 Essential or Xbox One Classic title. Thanks to badger2609 @ HUKD!

Save on Devolver Digital games on The Humble Store until 18:00

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

Save on Devolver Digital games on The Humble Store until 18:00

Better late than never. There's still time to take advantage of the tail end of The Humble Bundle's weekend sale, which slashes some weird and wonderful games published by Devolver Digital down to size.

Personally speaking, and with links to our reviews, I'd recommend grabbing crazy Pigeon dating sim Hatoful Boyfriend for £3.49, glorious madcap shooter Serious Sam 3 for £2.99 (and the previous games, with the exception of Serious Sam 2!), elegant roguelike shooter Heavy Bullets for under a fiver and Cosmic DJ for £1.99.

Either way, the deals end at 18:00 BST today.