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The Witcher 3 | My first night in White Orchard

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BuzzDuraband
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Features
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PC, PS4, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Xbox One

The Witcher 3 | My first night in White Orchard

Developed by a team of over 200 members over three long years CD Projeckt Red finally have all their cards on the table with their recent release of The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt. I finally got my hands on my much awaited PS4 copy of The Witcher 3 last night, going on to spend the next many countless hours exploring The Continent. Did The Witcher 3 surpass all my expectations?

Before I do get started with the game in hand, I would like to point out to anybody who is yet to play any of the games in The Witcher series that if you are expecting robe laden woman with pointy black hats then you have come to the wrong party. Although extremely similar in name (and possibly magical weirdness) Witchers are very different to Witches.

The game opens up with a cinematic based in Temeria way back in 1272 which to be quite honest is brutal, extremely brutal. The Empire of Nilfgaard has struck again making movement with intention to conquer The Northern Lands.

In short The Witcher 3 is beautiful, it's emotional and is most definitely the best RPG I have played since Skyrim. My attention was forgiven within seconds of the opening quest objectives after becoming increasingly distracted by the absolutely stunning scenery sitting in the backdrop. Everything is here, the combat system seems flawless with so much depth aimed at using the correct techniques against the relevant enemies reducing any feel of rinse and repeat confrontations. The combat system includes 5 Signs (think Skyrim shouts):

  • Aard: A directed blast of telekinetic energy that staggers opponents, leaving them open for a subsequent attack.
  • Igni: A directed fiery blast that damages enemies. Damage scales with Sign intensity.
  • Yrden: Magic trap that slows enemies who enter its area of effect.
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Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition from £16.99 on PS4 & Xbox One

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oUkTuRkEyIII
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Deals
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Devil May Cry, DMC, PS4, Xbox One

Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition from £16.99 on PS4 & Xbox OnePS4 owners can get themselves a copy of Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition for just £16.99 delivered at base.com. Xbox One owners will have to fork out the extra 25p if they want to grab a copy from Gameseek for just £17.24 delivered.

Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition includes all of the stylish action gameplay from the original release, all previously released downloadable content (including the Vergil’s Downfall campaign), plus brand new modes and additional content, making this the ultimate offering for Devil May Cry fans.

Thanks to AnimeDude92 and nunn at HUKD for the heads up.

Commodore Amiga: A Visual Commpendium Review | Guru Meditation

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
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Amiga, Book reviews, Commodore Amiga: A Visual Commpendium

Commodore Amiga: A Visual Commpendium Review | Guru Meditation

Like many Brits, I don't get misty-eyed over hedgehogs or plumbers.

My nostalgia is a snarling floppy drive chewing at a Civilization disc as Shaka's drums blare out in the background. It's the "last Manta" in Uridium 2, the inexplicable bee magic of Apidiya, rotating a codewheel to marry Zool's pudgy body with the correct head. It's Jools and Jops. Psygnosis and the Bitmap Brothers. A thousand last-minute projects scratched together in Deluxe Paint. Superfrog, not Super Mario.

The trusty Amiga 500 and 600 (eventually upgraded with a whole extra Megabyte of RAM -- dead flash, I know) cemented my love of gaming, turning me into a lifelong fan of this magnificent hobby. Thanks to a successful Kickstarter, there's now a sensational tribute to to this golden age in the form of Commodore Amiga: A Visual Commpendium. Containing over 400 pages and 100 games along with illuminating interviews, it's a treasure trove full of evocative artwork designed to bring back a host of treasured long-forgotten memories.

It's now available to buy in the UK exclusively through Funstock Digital, who graciously sent us a copy to review. I'm thrilled to report that it's an amazing graphical journey through the Amiga's remarkable gameography, though you'll need to fully understand what it is and isn't to really make the most of it.

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Nintendo Wii U Zelda Windwaker Bundle drops another £20 to only £179.99

Author:
BuzzDuraband
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Deals
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FIFA 13, Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Metroid: Other M, Nintendo Wii U, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

Nintendo Wii U Zelda Windwaker Bundle drops another £20 to only £179.99

Remember two days ago when I personally guaranteed that the Nintendo Wii U Zelda Windwaker Bundle Plus Mario & Sonic: 2014 Winter Games, FIFA 13, Metroid: Other M, Quiz Party AND £20 Argos Gift Vouchers for only £199.99 was the best Wii U bundle you would see in a long time? well I was absolutely right and I feel I still am. However, It's now dropped £20 to only £179.99!

This Wii U bundle from Argos contains:

  • Nintendo Wii U Zelda Windwaker Bundle (Review)
  • Mario & Sonic: 2014 Winter Games (Review)
  • Fifa 13 (Review)
  • Metroid: Other M (Review)
  • Quiz Party.
  • a £20 Argos Gift voucher!

That is an absolutely amazing amount of content for a Wii U bundle. Just to add to this if you feel the extra games are non needed excess,

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LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham drops to £13.99 on PS4

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BuzzDuraband
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Deals
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Base, LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, PS4

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham drops to £13.99 on PS4

I'm genuinely starting to think that this generation of gaming is the price drop generation. I don't think we have seen the price of games drop as rapidly as we have on the Xbox One & PS4!

Make sure to check out our LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Review | Holy Stagnation, Batman! where Jon scored it a 7/10:

LEGO Batman 3's irrepressible love for the universe and amazing attention to detail make for an essential DC experience, but the gameplay feels like a step sideways and even backwards for the LEGO series.

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PlayStation 4 Console Watch Dogs Bundle only £269.73

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BuzzDuraband
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Deals
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PS4 console, VideoGameBox, Watch Dogs

PlayStation 4 Console Watch Dogs Bundle only £269.73

Bank Holiday weekend is upon us which usually sees great savings on various gaming items. Lets kick this weekend off with a PlayStation 4 Console Watch Dogs Bundle for only £269.73.

Granted Watch Dogs isn't the game Ubisoft had us wishing it had been for so long, but for a PS4 console and game, £269.73 is one of the better prices!

Jon reviewed Watch Dogs for us back in June of last year going on to say:

Watch Dogs is a revolutionary sandbox that redefines player freedom and choice... that was subsequently eaten by a big bloated open-world game that takes less risks than it should.

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COMMENT | It's time you gave Destiny another chance - even if you don't buy House Of Wolves

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Destiny, PS3 games, PS4 games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

COMMENT | It's time you gave Destiny another chance - even if you don't buy House Of Wolves

Stuck for something to play this weekend? How about the copy of Destiny that you're currently using as a coaster. Go on, dust it off. Put it in the drive and reinstall it.

Destiny's second expansion, House Of Wolves, released this week. You can read our first impressions here , which praises the new additions including the fantastic Prison Of Elders mode while complaining about the story questline and other features. All-told it brings a lot to the Bungie's controversial shooter, but believe it or not, it's also worth playing Destiny again even if you don't buy the new content.

COMMENT | It's time you gave Destiny another chance - even if you don't buy House Of Wolves

Like many early adopters, I was crushingly disappointed by Destiny when it first launched and even uninstalled it before the year was out. Back in January, however, I realised that there must be a reason why so many people still enjoy it and I soon discovered what it was. Destiny is a superb social experience that can be enjoyed on your terms, dipped into daily alone or with friends, cooperatively or competitively, which completely changes the way you engage with it. Played little and often, it's an satisfying blast and I've been hooked ever since.

I'm glad I did, because much has changed for the better and even more improvements are now free to enjoy regardless of whether you own the expansion.

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Get 35% off The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with our exclusive Green Man Gaming voucher code! (PC)

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Green Man Gaming vouchers, PC games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Voucher codes

Get 35% off The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with our exclusive Green Man Gaming voucher code! (PC)

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out now and garnering serious critical acclaim. If you've been waiting to pounce on this massive open-world RPG, you're in luck, because we've teamed up with Green Man Gaming to offer you a whopping 35% off voucher code!

  • Voucher Code: DEALSP-WN35OF-FWITCH
  • Effect: 35% off The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PC)
  • Expires: 23:59, 26th May

Copy the code and click here to buy The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with a 35% discount! Stay tuned for our full review and more coverage, but chances are you already know it's brilliant.

F1 2015 in the pits until July, but at least there's a trailer

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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F1 2015, PC games, PS4 games, Racing Games, Xbox One Games

F1 2015 in the pits until July, but at least there's a trailer

Just a quick heads-up: F1 2015 was originally supposed to release next month, but has been pushed back for unspecified reasons. Probably polishing, as per usual.

Still, at least we've got a new trailer for you.

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Save a bundle with the essential Xbox Live starter pack: 12 months Xbox Live Gold, £5 credit & free game for £26.86

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
game keys, Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live Gold, Xbox One Games

Save a bundle with the essential Xbox Live starter pack: 12 months Xbox Live Gold, £5 credit & free game for £26.86

If you own an Xbox One or Xbox 360, you're going to need Xbox Live Gold sooner or later, and there's currently no better way to get it than in this essential starter pack. For less than £27 all-in, you can get a year's subscription, £5 to spend on the store and even a free game -- Max And The Curse Of Brotherhood -- which you can redeem on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One!

Would you buy an Xbox One Slim?

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Microsoft, Xbox One, Xbox One Slim

Would you buy an Xbox One Slim?

With only three weeks to go until E3 2015, all eyes are on the big three console manufacturers to deliver and the rumour mill is spinning out of control. Plenty of hot-button reports have emerged regarding Microsoft in particular, who likely smell blood in the water after Uncharted 4 and Zelda's delay and will probably attempt to capitalise on their upcoming lineup. With a Gears Of War remaster all but confirmed, there's certainly a lot to look forward to.

One of the most pervasive rumours this time around, however, is that they'll announce or at least hint at a new Xbox One model designed to be slimmer, cheaper and more competitive than its bloated predecessor.

Our E3 2015 prediction coverage begins in earnest next week, but whether or not these rumours have any basis in reality, they do pose an interesting question. If Microsoft did bring out an Xbox One slim, would you actually buy it? What would it have to offer and cost to tempt you off the fence? What features would it have to provide and cut out?

Would you buy an Xbox One Slim?

Image courtesy of Dave Nunez.

Let's explore the possibilities and then open the floor to the jury: you.

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Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin £24.85 on PS4/XO or £14.86 last-gen

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Action RPGs, Dark Souls II: Scholar Of The First Sin, PS3 games, PS4 games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin £24.85 on PS4/XO or £14.86 last-gen

These are some great prices for Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin on PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and 360.

If you've been enjoying Bloodborne lately, there's every chance you'll enjoy Dark Souls even though you may originally have skipped the series last-gen. This new edition includes lots of DLC, superior visuals, faster frame-rate and remxied item/enemy placements to throw off the veterans too. Be sure to take a look at Jon's review.

Insert Coin Voucher Code: 15% off this weekend

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Insert Coin voucher code, Voucher code

Insert Coin Voucher Code: 15% off this weekend

In the market for some gaming clobber and clothing? If so, the fine folks over at Insert Coin are celebrating London MCM with a tasty new voucher code, which you can use on all clothing including their Metal Gear Solid range.

As always they've got plenty of great gear on offer from shirts to hoodies, bags and patches. Click here to visit Insert Coin and start shopping!

Be ready for the sales with £35 PSN gift Card for £29.79

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
PSN credit, PSN Gift Card, PSN wallet

Be ready for the sales with £35 PSN gift Card for £29.79

Want some PSN wallet credit to make sure you've always got some money on hand for those PSN sales? Well, enjoy our pro tip and spend just £29.79 on a £35 gift card. Seems like a no brainer to us. PSN credit can be used to buy games, DLC, season passes, themes, films and TV episodes. To get a 5% discount, go to the retailer's Facebook page and click the link. You don't have to enter an email address, just enter any text and press enter for a code.

Or maybe this instead?

Keep checking in for more #gamedealalerts on Dealspwn.com and follow us over on Twitterand Facebook for by-the-minute updates, and bookmark our games deals stream for further savings! Be sure to book these guides too for the latest deals: PlayStation + and PSN Gift Cards cheap deals guide and Xbox Live account deals guide: cheap Xbox Live Gold & Xbox Live Gift Cards.

Dead Island Collection is only £3.83

Author:
BuzzDuraband
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Dead Island, Dead Island Collection, Dead Island: Riptide, IndieGala, Steam

Dead Island Collection is only £3.83

Zombie killing deals seem to be the focus this weekend (well this is the second after all). The Dead Island Collection is available from IndieGala at only £3.83 for a Steam key.

Dead Island Collection contains:

Given that the cost of the whole collection at IndieGala is cheaper than the Survivor Pack alone on Steam happily leaves me not having to justify the value of this collection.

Credit to jaystan over at HUKD for the heads up.

PREVIEW | SMITE is divine on Xbox One - and a MOBA for people who hate MOBAs

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
Tags:
Action Games, Hi-Rez Studios, MOBA, SMITE, Xbox One Games

PREVIEW | SMITE is divine on Xbox One - and a MOBA for people who hate MOBAs

SMITE is going from strength to strength and is still my favourite MOBA on the market by far. Not just because it's a brutal no-holds-barred battle between gods and goddesses from numerous different religions and cultures, but because I hate MOBAs as a general rule.

Why yes, I do suck at League Of Legends and DOTA 2, and that's got a lot to do with it. However, I'm also tired of seeing the same basic template copied over and over again, a single mod stretched out into a genre. SMITE does things very differently. It plays like a brawler, a tight and hectic action game viewed from an intimate over-the-shoulder perspective, which makes the same familiar gamut of towers, minions and jungle feel fresh, new and exciting. And best of all, accessible. With plentiful modes, botmatches and even straight 5v5 deathmatch, it's as hardcore as you want it to be.

As such, you'd expect it to be a great fit for Xbox One. Having tested the closed beta I'm delighted to report that it absolutely is.

PREVIEW | SMITE is divine on Xbox One - and a MOBA for people who hate MOBAs

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Games of Mayhem sale hits GoG with some fantastic pricing

Author:
BuzzDuraband
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Aliens vs Predator, Bloodrayne, Double Dragon, GOG.com, Mortal Kombat, Unreal Tournament

Games of Mayhem sale hits GoG with some fantastic pricing

GoG are 'dominating' the sale front this weekend with their 'wicked sick' and 'unstoppable' 'multi kill sale' on some absolutely stonking titles at amazing prices.

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YouTube steps to Twitch with 1080p 60fps livestreaming

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Livestreaming, Twitch, Youtube

YouTube steps to Twitch with 1080p 60fps livestreaming

I'd rather play a game than watch someone else do it, but I hear all you kids are into the streaming and the Facebooks and the Wireless-Fi these days. Anyway, if you enjoy sharing your broadcasts with the world, chances are that you use Twitch, but YouTube have upped their game with new top-tier streaming options.

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Resident Evil Revelations 2 now £16.85 on Xbox One

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BuzzDuraband
Category:
Deals
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Resident Evil: Revelations 2, ShopTo, Xbox One

Resident Evil Revelations 2 now £16.85 on Xbox One

Resident Evil Revelations 2 on at £16.85 is an absolute steal. Brendan reviewed Revelations 2 for us back in March saying:

This final episode was shorter than we were expecting and leaves more questions than answers. Some bad habits crept back in too as the horror atmosphere from earlier in the season has been replaced with backs-to-the-wall action. As an overall package though, the episodic take on Resident Evil has been a success. At half the price of a regular game release, the value for money is excellent. A nine-hour campaign, co-op options and a deep Raid mode make this an essential buy for Resident Evil fans.

If you wish to read Brendan's other episodic reviews you can check out Episode 1Episode 2 and Episode 3 in the attached links.