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Daily Gaming Deals Roundup – 25/11/14 | Free Torchlight & Xbox Black Friday Week Deals

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Black Friday, Console bundles, Daily Deals, Freebies, Games deals roundup, Voucher codes

Daily Gaming Deals Roundup – 25/11/14 | Free Torchlight & Xbox Black Friday Week Deals

Check out today's hottest gaming bargains and console bundle deals, and make sure you've bookmarked our console buyer's guide and Black Friday hub pages.

Xbox Live Deals Of The Week – Strider £6.00 on Xbox One, Kingdoms Of Amalur £2.99 on Xbox 360

  • It's Black Friday deals week, things are about to get juicy! Thanks teddy1590!

Theme Hospital just £1.99 on Origin

  • Is it the best sim ever? Quite possibly. Thanks elevation!

Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2 Dracula's Tomb Premium Edition just £14,99 at GAME

  • A damn fine price for a damn fine edition of a fairly average game. Cheers bargain76!

Assassin's Creed: Birth of a New World bundle just £19.99 at Grainger Games

  • Includes Assassin's Creed 3, Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag and Assassin's Creed Liberation HD. Thanks oUkTuRkEyIII!

Grab Diablo III on PS4/Xbox One for £32.99

  • The new Diablo is a cracking console game. Thanks slento86!

Pay what you want for the Humble Crescent Moon Bundle

  • Pay what you want for Space Chicks, 2-Bit Cowboy, Neon Shadow, and Ravensword: Shadowlands. Pay more than the average price, and you also get Topia World Builder, Shadow Blade, Mines of Mars, and Blocky Roads. Pay $8 or more to get all of that plus the alpha versions of The Deer God and Exiles: Far Colony and the full games once they're released.

Daily Gaming Deals Roundup – 25/11/14 | Free Torchlight & Xbox Black Friday Week Deals

Battlefield 4 just £7.99 at GAME (pre-owned)

  • It's probably playable now, a year on from release. Probably. Thanks gerardwilliamson321!

Voucher of the Day

Yes, we posted this yesterday, but it's only good until the 27th, so get on it! Get 25% off of PC titles at Green Man Gaming with the code 1MZ9FW-H92JSD-2CT74F

Click here to head over to Green Man Gaming and get spending >>

Thanks Gooner!

Freebie of the Day

Torchlight is free right now.

Also,  The Crew is in open beta ofr free on Xbox One and PS4 until Friday!

As always, be sure to check out the rest of our regular games deals posts here.

COMMENT | Ubisoft are right to warn against early reviews for The Crew

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Halo: The Master Chief Collection, multiplayer games, The Crew, Ubisoft

COMMENT | Ubisoft are right to warn against early reviews for The Crew

Ubisoft have warned gamers against early reviews of The Crew. Let's reiterate that: Ubisoft are warning people against a product they fear might be rushed and not up to scratch.

Hello pot, meet kettle.

"While we fully anticipate that you might see some reviews immediately at launch — largely built around the preview sessions we facilitated during the past months or the limited content of the closed and open betas — they won’t be based on optimal conditions or reflect the finished game," Ubisoft have said.

"We sincerely hope everyone will take the time to customize their ride as they progress through all five regions, explore every corner of the map solo and with friends, dive into our competitive and cooperative mechanics, race to the end of the main campaign, choose a Faction and compete with your crew in Factions Wars, and so much more."

COMMENT | Ubisoft are right to warn against early reviews for The Crew

To be fair to Ubisoft, The Crew is a game heavily predicated on its connected world and its online experience. We've long said that it's an ambitious title, probably the most ambitious racing game of the year. It's the same sort of missive that Bungie sent out ahead of Destiny, suggesting that reviewers appraise the game across its first few weeks out in the public domain, and warning against early critical appraisals that would surely be ill-informed and ultimately unreliable.

It's okay to scoff, for a moment, at Ubisoft attempting to tell critics how do to their job in the wake of the shambles that was Assassin's Creed: Unity's release, but I kind of want to play devil's advocate here. See, in spite of the (perfectly justified) savaging I've given Ubisoft over the last few weeks, I actually sort of agree with them on this count.

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Five Days of Games Deals! Green Man Gaming outline their plans for Black Friday

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Black Friday, Green Man Gaming, PC games

Five Days of Games Deals! Green Man Gaming outline their plans for Black Friday

Green Man Gaming have announced that they'll be kicking off their Black Friday promotions and massive games deals a day early with Green Thursday. According to a recent release from the retailer, there'll be discounts on "over 200 titles at up to 90% off" with "three blazing AAA deals per day from top publishers including SEGA, Bethesda, Capcom, and Square Enix".

Those triple-A deals are due to include the following:

  • 33% off Ultra Street Fighter
  • 33% off Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
  • 50% off Alien Isolation
  • 66% off The Evil Within
  • 66% off Wolfenstein: The New Order
  • 75% off Skyrim: The Elder Scrolls
  • 75% off Murdered Soul Suspect
  • 75% off Company of Heroes
  • 75% off Tomb Raider Game of the Year Edition

Moreover, there'll be "fabulous franchise deals changing every 24 hours" and GMG have promised "extra special deals" for VIP customers.

Green Thursday deals will start at 10:00 GMT on 27th November 2014, and will continue through Black Friday, Orange Saturday, Purple Sunday, Blue Monday, and will end on 2nd December 2014 16:00 GMT.

Check out our massive Black Friday Ultimate Guide here.

NVIDIA unveil their Black Friday Tablet Bundle promotion - £299 for tablet, controller, three games, and six months' free game streaming

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
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Black Friday, NVIDIA, Nvidia Shield

NVIDIA unveil their Black Friday Tablet Bundle promotion - £299 for tablet, controller, three games, and six months' free game streaming

NVIDIA have unveiled their Black Friday Tablet Bundle for the UK, detailing how their big promotion will work come November 28th. Starting at 00:01 GMT on Friday, and running until 23:59 GMT the same day, you'll be able to pick up a 32GB NVIDIA Shield Tablet for £299 along with a free Shield Controller, the Green Box Bundle (which includes Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One, and Portal), and the free use of NVIDIA GRID -- the company's on-demand, game-streaming service.

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Tropico 5: Special Edition just £19.98 on Xbox 360 at Zavvi, El Presidente

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Kalypso, Strategy games, Tropico 5, Xbox 360 games

Tropico 5: Special Edition just £19.98 on Xbox 360 at Zavvi, El Presidente

Tropico 5 is the latest in Kalypso's banana republic despot simulator series, and Zavvi are currently carrying what appears to be a £10 saving on the Xbox 360 special edition.

Reviews are positive and the consensus is that Tropico 5 is really rather good, not to mention the fact that this Xbox 360 deal is incredibly cheap even compared to Steam's £34.99 PC price! Even Gamersgate are charging £17.50 for the PC version, which doesn't include the physical merch, such as a map and postcards from your sunny new island. Thanks to leepaget1 @ HUKD!

COMMENT | Halo: MCC's continued woes are a disaster, may derail Xbox One's comeback

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
343 Industries, FPS games, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Microsoft Studios, Xbox One Games

COMMENT | Halo: MCC's continued woes are a disaster, may derail Xbox One's comeback

Enough is enough, Halo: Master Chief Collection. This is getting ridiculous.

That Halo: MCC's multiplayer matchmaking is still a muddled mess several weeks after release is frankly unacceptable. We've given 343i a lengthy spool of rope, and they've been allowed a fair bit of slack from the gaming press, but this was supposed to be the flagship title of the winter. And for all of the talk about what a great content package it is -- and it really is a cracking content package even as an offline game -- the fact is that Halo's multiplayer has always been just as much of an important part of the formula as the expansive, game-changing singleplayer/co-op aspects of the series, if not more so.

This was supposed to be the triumphant end to a year in which the Xbox One has really turned itself around, largely thanks to the efforts of Phil Spencer and his team; and what better series to deliver than Halo? Microsoft and 343i got everything right, delivering an outstandingly well-priced and well-balanced collection designed to (re)introduce a new generation of Xbox fans to the Master Chief and his exploits.

Everything except the matchmaking.

COMMENT | Halo: MCC's continued woes are a disaster, may derail Xbox One's comeback

Looking about on Reddit and N4G and the various comment streams across coverage of 343i's debacle, many have asked why the likes of Driveclub and Assassin's Creed: Unity came under such heavy fire while Halo has been given the benefit of the doubt in many quarters. With Driveclub, it's important to note that the game's unique selling points were all tethered to that online experience. Driveclub was a game marketed, previewed, and centred around the connected experience -- without it, the game was simply impossible to review and disappointing to play. Assassin's Creed: Unity was a Uplay-stuffed singleplayer game that released in a broken, shambolic state, filled with bugs that any decent QA department would have surely rooted out, with all signs pointing towards a game that could have desperately used a few more months in development.

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Xbox One with five big games only £369.85 at ShopTo

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Console bundles, Xbox One

Xbox One with five big games only £369.85 at ShopTo

Black Friday approaches, but retailers are already offloading a whole heap of stock with some great deals. ShopTo's eBay outlet recently offered a smashing 5-game Xbox One bundle deal for a shade under £350, and though out of stock, the main store is offering the same deal an extra £20 -- which is still a saving.

The five Xbox One games are really rather good (so we'll link to our reviews!): Titanfall, Wolfenstein: The New Order, Forza 5, Battlefield 4 and Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. A great haul at a great price despite the original eBay deal. Even if you don't get on board now, this is the sort of level you want to match or beat come Black Friday. Thanks to preparationiskey @ HUKD!

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd Review | Stealing Our Hearts, Breaking Our Fingers

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
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Games reviews, Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd, PS Vita games, PS3 games, Rhythm games, Sega

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd Review | Stealing Our Hearts, Breaking Our Fingers

Vocaloids are amazing. Half international pop phenomena, half musical instruments, Hatsune Miku and her friends/fellow synthesiser applications have taken the world by storm. Crowd-sourced virtual idols who'll sing anything you write for them, so long as you own the software. Despite existing as little more than anime advertising, animated music videos and fan art, these non-existent divas pack out shows, hold conventions and are no less real than any other pop star out there.

We really are living in The Future.

Confused? If so, Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd is not the game for you! The original will be more your speed, plus I start our 8/10 review with a deeper explanation of what/who vocaloids are. Project Diva F 2nd, meanwhile, is very much a direct sequel that pushes the intense rhythm gameplay into satisfying new territory while providing a more rounded selection of tracks, providing greater challenge and a wealth of new content for dedicated fans.

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd Review | Stealing Our Hearts, Breaking Our Fingers

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The Morning Papers | Prepare To Die Again

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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The Morning Papers

Good morning! The big news today is that Dark Souls II will hack and slash its way to PS4 and Xbox One next year, courtesy of a new edition with rebalanced gameplay, all the DLC packs and extra content. If you're prepared to prepare to die... again... only shinier... then you're set.

In other news, think twice about pre-ordering The Crew. Ubisoft will not be handing out review copies before launch, meaning that you won't know if Uplay or the netcode is actually up to the task. We don't mind having to wait, but we do take issue with incentivising gamers to pre-order something that won't even have pre-release reviews. Better to wait and let us test the waters.

In Case You Missed It...

The Morning Papers | Prepare To Die Again

UPDATED! Today’s Amazon Lightning Deals feature Xbox Kinect bundle, Hauppauge PVR 2double down on Disney Infinity, headsets

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Black Friday, Disney Infinity, Hitman: Absolution, Lightning Deals, Turtle Beach

UPDATED! Today’s Amazon Lightning Deals feature Xbox Kinect bundle, Hauppauge PVR 2double down on Disney Infinity, headsets

UPDATE: Amazon have added to today's deals roster, throwing a Hauppauge PVR 2, Watch Dogs PS4, an Kinectastic Xbox One bundle, and World of Warcraft into the mix. The list below has since been updated.

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I'm going to be honest, today's Amazon Black Friday Lighting Deals don't appear to be a patch on yesterday's games deals. A bunch of obscure DS titles and last-gen Disney Infinity seems a little bit muted compared to yesterday's rather strong (all things considered) showing. But, of course, it'll all depend on the deals and savings themselves. After all, given that the Portals of Power for the original Disney Infinity also work with 2.0, it might prove to be a super cheap way to sneak into the collectible-crossover franchise, and there are a number of Power Packs (compatible with all versions across all platforms) on offer today too.

Remember... You won't be able to get these deals from the product pages themselves, you'll have to click "Add to Basket" off of the splash page. But be quick as there's limited stock for all of these deals. Once they're gone, they're gone.

Here's the rest of today's upcoming Lightning Deals schedule:

(NB. All times are in GMT)

10:30 AM

12:30 PM

1:30 PM

2:30 PM

4:30 PM

4:40 PM

5:30 PM

6:30

6:40

7:30 PM

We will, of course, be bringing you all of the hottest gaming deals across our site, the Dealspwn Twitter stream, and Facebook page throughout the insanity of Black Friday week and all throughout the Christmas retail season. Make sure you've got our general games deals stream and console bundles channel bookmarked, and if you have any questions or queries, do be sure to pop a comment into our forum.

Tales Of Hearts R only £22.97 at Gamestop on PS Vita

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Bandai Namco, JRPG, PS Vita games

Tales Of Hearts R only £22.97 at Gamestop on PS Vita

Tales Of Hearts R is one of the Vita's biggest games of the year and an amazing remake of a brilliant DS JRPG -- which now looks gorgeous and plays brilliantly on Sony's handheld with new combat. You can save £2 at Gamestop.

Gamestop may have a chequered history with customer service and returns, but they're also the cheapest retailer around when it comes to this brand new Vita experience.  "Tales Of Hearts R is a fantastic handheld RPG and one of the most impressive remakes of recent years," I wrote in our 8/10 review. "Expect a top-quality JRPG experience from start to finish, even if it's a touch familiar in parts."

It's properly brilliant, even if  a few dungeon puzzles can be a little vexatious. Not a bad price ahead of Black Friday though we'll keep our eye out for more cheap Vita games and bundles.

How cheap can it get? Jet Set Radio HD only 56p at Greenman Gaming

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Jet Set Radio HD, PC games, Sega

How cheap can it get? Jet Set Radio HD only 56p at Greenman Gaming

Jet Set Radio is a Dreamcast classic that still holds up; a funky, fresh cel-shaded shot of pure awesomeness straight into your eyes and eardrums, baby! Whoa. Sorry. I tend to channel DJ Professor K in situations like this. All you need to know is that Jet Set Radio is exeptionally cheap at Greenman Gaming, costing a meagre fifty-six Pence.

Make sure to use voucher code 1MZ9FW-H92JSD-2CT74F and check out our full Jet Set Radio HD review! It's still a gorgeous game with a great soundtrack, even if the Original Xbox-exclusive sequel was the superior game in terms of mechanics and experience. Until SEGA finally see sense and revamp Jet Set Radio Future, this will more than tide you over. Thanks and credit to Dr4gOns_FuRy @ HUKD, who found this before I did!

Get Diablo 3: Ultimate Edition on PS4 / Xbox One for just £32.99 from Amazon

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Action RPGs, Blizzard Entertainment, Games deals, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

Get Diablo 3: Ultimate Edition on PS4 / Xbox One for just £32.99 from Amazon

This isn't a part of the on-going Black Friday countdown flash deals, but this listing is one of the cheapest we've seen for the current-gen versions of Diablo 3. Overall, there's a saving of around £5 compared to the next best deal elsewhere for both consoles.

The transition from PC to console has been expertly done by Blizzard, as we discuss in our review. The fact it comes with all the content (and fixes) that have been produced since the original launch makes this version of Diablo 3 great value for money. More to the point, it's lots of fun - especially in local co-op. Thanks to  slento86 @ HUKD!

Xbox Live Deals Of The Week - Strider £6.00 on Xbox One, Kingdoms Of Amalur £2.99 on Xbox 360

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Deals With Gold, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Xbox Live Deals Of The Week - Strider £6.00 on Xbox One, Kingdoms Of Amalur £2.99 on Xbox 360

Microsoft has revealed this week's Xbox Live Deals With Gold, which is a pretty impressive collection befitting Black Friday week. The Xbox One gets short shrift again with an admittedly great price for Strider (7/10 review) and Warframe premium currency (free to play, 7/10 review), whereas the Xbox 360 is absolutely awash with discounts. From Battleblock Theatre for under a fiver to the entire Gears Of War series at knockdown prices, this is a pretty decent showing.

Personally I'd suggest picking up Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning and Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit for £2.99. Check out all the offers below, and full credit to teddy1590 @ HUKD who rounded these up earlier today.

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Daily Bite: Fire Fighters

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Funnies
Tags:
Daily Bite

Do not mess with the Los Santos Fire Department!

Daily Gaming Deals Roundup – 24/11/14 | The History of GTA

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Console bundles, Daily Deals, Freebies, Games deals roundup, Voucher codes

Daily Gaming Deals Roundup – 24/11/14 | The History of GTA

Check out today's hottest gaming bargains and console bundle deals, and make sure you've bookmarked our console buyer's guide and Black Friday hub pages.

BACK IN STOCK: PS4 Console + GTA V for only £299

  • This will go fast, so get on it. Remember, you can always flog GTA V for £30 or so. A PS4 for £269? Yes! Thanks bingzauk!

Get a PS4 for £299.99 at ShopTo / Rakuten

  • Very popular on HUKD today. Good if you shop at Rakuten regularly and want those Super Points! Cheers oUkTuRkEyIII!

GTA Complete Package only £7 at Gamersgate

  • Includes GTA, GTA 2, GTA III, Vice City, San Andreas, GTA IV, and Episodes from Liberty City. Thanks dodgydealings!

Watch Dogs just £14.99 at GAME

  • Do note that this price is for pre-owned copies of the game. Thanks oUkTuRkEyIII!

Xbox One + Alien Isolation (Nostromo Edition) + Alien Anthology + Forza 5 GOTY just £329 at Amazon

  • Definitely one of the most popular of Amazon's Xbox bundles. Cheers joshk_92!
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BACK IN STOCK: PS4 Console + GTA V for only £299

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Console bundles, GTA V, PS4 games

BACK IN STOCK: PS4 Console + GTA V for only £299

UPDATE: Bundle is now back in stock. Thanks to bingzauk for the heads-up!

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Why wait for Black Friday when you can get a cheap console bundle today with a PS4 and the remastered GTA V for only £299? Like the XO deal we posted earlier, this price is for shoppers that opt to pay with a card, with it costing an extra fiver to use PayPal. With so many retailers opting for large multi-game bundles, this modest package is an ace deal if you're not wanting to spend a lot. This would be a fantastic price for the console on its own, so picking it up with GTA V is even better. You'll be able to flog the game for at least £30 on eBay if you don't want it.

GTA V's re-release has been a big hit so far, with the new first-person view certainly making us consider picking it up too. Frankly though, there are tonnes of  new-gen games you should be putting into a new PS4 first. Like Far Cry 4, Infamous: Second Son, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Wolfenstein. Not Assassin's Creed Unity though. Leave that one alone for a while.

Thanks to tony863.

Bundle Stars launch Reboot Bundle 9.0 - Get 7 Steam games for £1.09

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Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
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Ben There Dan That, Bundle Stars, Indie Games, No Time To Explain, PC games, Scourge: Outbreak, Steam, Time Gentlemen Please

Bundle Stars launch Reboot Bundle 9.0 - Get 7 Steam games for £1.09

Seven games for £1.09! Yes, I know it says six, but the last one is a double game bundle. It's a bundle within a bundle. It's Bundleception!

Ahem.

Yes, seven games for £1.09! That works out at under 16p per game. And there are some pretty sweet games to be had in the Reboot Bundle 9.0. Ben There, Dan That and Time Gentlemen, Please are two cracking little point-and-click adventure titles from the developer of Gun Monkeys and Gibbag, No Time To Explain is an absolutely wonderful, rather funny platformer, and Not The Robots is an interesting little stealthy title that sees you playing as a furniture-eating mechanoid.

The Reboot Bundle 9.0 contains Scourge: Outbreak, No Time To Explain, Not The Robots, Fearless Fantasy, 99 Levels of Hell, Ben There, Dan That, and Time Gentlemen, Please. Frankly, it's worth picking up just for the last two.

The Crew hits open beta tomorrow, running from November 25th - 28th

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
PS4 games, Racing Games, The Crew, Ubisoft, Xbox One Games

The Crew hits open beta tomorrow, running from November 25th - 28th

Ubisoft have announced that The Crew will be hitting open beta from tomorrow across PS4 and Xbox One. The beta will go live from 8AM BST/9AM CET tomorrow  until 8AM BST/9AM CET on Friday.

If you've already played the closed beta, the open beta will be ready and available to play on the dashboard of either console. If you're yet to sample The Crew, however, simply search for the game on PSN/Xbox LIVE and download from there.

It looks like you may well need PS Plus/XBL Gold to run the beta, given that it's an online title.

Click here for more info.