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Destiny £40 PS4 Pre-Order Cheaper Than XO Version

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Brendan Griffiths
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Destiny £40 PS4 Pre-Order Cheaper Than XO Version

Destiny | Amazon | £40 | Hands-On Preview

That September 9th release date is getting ever closer, so maybe it's time to knuckle down that pre-order before you're stuck with a more expensive option after launch. Amazon are currently a fiver cheaper than anywhere else for the PS4 version, but for some reason they're sticking with a £45 price for the Xbox One version.

Thanks to ViperKeith at HotUkDeals.

Metro Redux £25 on PS4/XO at Amazon

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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FPS games, Metro Redux, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

Metro Redux £25 on PS4/XO at Amazon

Metro Redux | Amazon PS4XO | £25 (save £3)

More than just a visual facelift for the series, Metro Redux has put some extra effort in to tempt a spend. Metro 2033 has extra animations (such as the mask wipe from the sequel) and the weapon handling has been reworked too. Both games are now playable in Ranger and Survival modes too for a harsher challenge. All the Season Pass content for Last Light is included, adding an extra ten hours of single player content. This is shaping up to be well worth a look if you missed out on the games last gen. Metro Redux is released August 28th.

Thanks to ViperKeith at HotUkDeals.

Xbox One Controller £30 at Amazon

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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hardware deals, Xbox One Controller

Xbox One Controller £30 at Amazon

Xbox One Controller | Amazon | £30 | Review

It's amazon's turn today for a £30 deal on the official Xbox One wireless controller as most over sites are between £3 and £15 more expensive. There's a school of thought amongst some XO gamers that you only need one controller because of the charge and play kits, but they're forgetting about local multiplayer matches. If the likes of Killer InstinctLego HobbitFIFA 14 don't float your boat, how about this week's new release of Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition for fun co-op loot-fests?

Thanks to Bure11 at HotUkDeals.

At A Glance: Roundup 11th-17th August 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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At A Glance, Game news, Game previews, Games reviews, Gamescom 2014, News Roundup, Weekly Roundup

At A Glance: Roundup 11th-17th August 2014

Gamescom! It's the biggest consumer gaming event in the world, with even more visitors than E3 and we've been there again to bring you the hottest interviews and previews for the best up and coming games you've heard of and a few that you should get to know too. We don't let the fact it's all the way over in Germany put us off (ha, like we need an excuse to go to Germany, play games all day and eat schnitzel at night).

Highlights to enjoy so far include previews for the likes of Bloodborne, Battlefield: Hardline, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's multiplayer and Hellblade (which I've become obsessed with linking to Heavenly Sword). We also got stuck into the impact (or lack of) the Vita made at the show and our Sunday Seven rounds up the very best of the Gamescom trailers you may have missed first time around. There are also reaction pieces to each of the pressers from Sony, Microsoft and EA along including deeper looks at Microsoft's killer Rise of the Tomb Raider timed-exclusive coup and the nightmarish combination of minds as Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro team up to make Silent Hills - Matt's pants will never be the same again.

The world doesn't just revolve around Germany this week though (leaves out a joke about the war) as we have a preview/interview from Jon's four-hour long hands-on with Alien Isolation. This week's Game Night video focuses on the finally-out-of-beta Firefall and Matt's flightstick arrives giving him the perfect excuse to dive into Elite: Dangerous. We even found some time to review the high-reaching (but average scoring) Mind: Path to Thalamus and the excellent miniature racing delights of Table Top Racing on the Vita.

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Top 5 Most Important Vita Moments at Gamescom 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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Freedom Wars, Gamescom 2014, Gravity Rush 2, Murasaki Baby, PlayStation TV, PS Vita games, PS Vita TV, Sony

Top 5 Most Important Vita Moments at Gamescom 2014

Sony’s handheld just gets quieter and quieter each passing expo season and this year was arguably its darkest yet, with Sony barely mentioning their once proud handheld. The Vita is a quality piece of kit, but it never caught the imaginations of the third-party developers in the triple A scene. Instead it has become the champion of niche and indie titles. While we here at Dealspwn love our indie games, they’re never going to be the true system sellers the Vita badly needs. That said, we’ve done some digging around at Gamescom 2014 to see what lies ahead for the PS Vita. Here’s our Top 5 most important moments we took away from this year’s Gamescom.

Top 5 Most Important Vita Moments at Gamescom 2014

PlayStation TV gets closer

The device released as PS Vita TV in Japan will be available on these shores later this year for around £85, allowing gamers to stream their PS4 games to a second TV in the house. As the original name suggests though, it will also effectively be a Vita console that you play on the TV. ‘Most’ card and digital titles can be played on PSTV, we imagine the ones that don’t will be those that include a lot of touchscreen/tilt controls like Uncharted: Golden Abyss. PSTV is considerably cheaper than a Vita handheld and could lead to more Vita software sales from gamers currently on the fence. There’s still a bit of a chicken before the egg scenario going on here though as there needs to be interesting titles to entice people to buy. Because let’s face it, remote play on the Vita doesn’t exactly inspire the smoothest of experiences with using the new device to stream PS4 gameplay to another TV. We’d love to be wrong on that though.

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The Sunday Seven: Gamescom 2014 Videos You Missed

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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Gamescom 2014, PC games, PS4 games, The Sunday Seven, Trailers, Xbox One Games

The Sunday Seven: Gamescom 2014 Videos You Missed

Well folks, the doors are closing today on yet another huge Gamescom Expo and just like you, we’re still eagerly devouring all the latest info, trailers and gameplay demos. Carl and Jon have an absolute tonne of previews and interviews to bring you in the near future, so be sure to stay tuned for those. Today is all about the videos though.

Seeing as you’ve probably already seen the videos for the hottest big-name games that you can’t wait to get your hands on (Far Cry 4 and Quantum Break look amazing, no?), we’ve been scouring the net to find those precious gems that slipped through the cracks amidst all the triple A noise. So here’s our picks of the seven best Gamescom videos you may have missed.

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris

The news that Rise of the Tomb Raider would be a (timed) Xbox exclusive buried alive Square’s other Tomb Raider game. This was a shame because Temple of Isis is the follow-up to the excellent Lara Croft and The Guardian of Light and it’s looking pretty damn awesome. The co-op options have been doubled from two players to four, which is all sorts of awesome. Plus, it’s the only new Tomb Raider game we’ll see on PlayStation for a while.

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WIN Table Top Racing for the PS Vita!

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Brendan Griffiths
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Competitions, PS Vita games, Racing Games, Table Top Racing

WIN Table Top Racing for the PS Vita!

If you read my recent 9/10 review for Table Top Racing on the Vita, you'll know that I think it's one of the best racers available on the handheld to date. The game inspires fond memories of older games like Micro Machines and Mashed with its miniature vehicles, weapons and old-school camera options.

At £4.99, it's an absolute bargain, but if you'd like a chance to get a copy for free, you should probably get involved with our competition. It's super simple to enter after all.

We have a UK/EU PSN code to give away and all you have to do is comment in the box below and enter a valid email address in the relevant box too. Say anything you want, there's no catch. Tell us your favourite racing game you played recently. Which one you're looking forward too? What makes a great burger? Anything really. Just remember, only one entry per person will be counted. A winner will be picked at random when the competition closes Sunday 24th August at 17:00 UK time. Good luck!

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Hellblade Preview – The Heavenly Sword Connection Examined

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Brendan Griffiths
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Action Games, Gamescom 2014, Heavenly Sword, Hellblade, Ninja Theory, PS4 games

Hellblade Preview – The Heavenly Sword Connection Examined

Hellblade was announced to be in development this week during Sony’s Gamescom presser. All we had to go on was a brief trailer (see bottom of article) with no signs of gameplay. But the short reveal was enough to get gamers thinking that the new Ninja Theory game was the long-awaited Heavenly Sword sequel. Join us for a deeper look at what we know so far and we’ll examine the connections between the two games.

The game will release digitally, but Ninja Theory has said that Hellblade will be an “independent AAA” title.  The studio’s Product Development Ninja (manager?) Don Matthews posted: “We’re calling Hellblade an ‘Independent AAA’ game, by which we mean that it will be developed and published independently but with all the quality and production values of any AAA game on the market.

Why have we chosen to self-publish this game? Certain types of game are very difficult to make for AAA retail without being watered down or otherwise compromised for a mass audience. This is especially true of sword-based combat games or games of a distinctive style or unusual subject matter. We want to make a smaller, more focused game experience that is uncompromising in its combat, art and story, and deliver this digitally at a lower price.” [PS blog]

Hellblade Preview – The Heavenly Sword Connection Examined

The talk of avoiding ‘watered down’ elements indicates that this could be a very bloody game, which makes sense with a game filled with swords. Heavenly Sword was a 15, despite the game being very light on blood, so we’re expecting a few lopped off limbs for this one.

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Table Top Racing Vita Review | Little Cars, Big Smiles

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Brendan Griffiths
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PS Vita games, Racing Games, Table Top Racing

Table Top Racing Vita Review | Little Cars, Big Smiles

Platform: PS Vita

Developers: Playrise Digital

Publisher: Ripstone

Racers, start your engines! Well, charge up your PlayStation Vitas first, as I’ve no doubt many of you haven’t had a reason to put it on for a while unless you’re a fan of niche Japanese titles. But that’s about to change and for a no-excuses price of £4.99 too.

Table Top Racing is an arcade racing title with healthy influences from the likes of Micro Machines and the weapon-sporting Mashed (but not Wrecked, thankfully). You race miniature toy cars across a range of tracks that include sushi restaurants, picnic areas and tables full of junk. Every course is fantastically designed with lots of tight turns and sudden shear edges that keep the racing pack together throughout.

Table Top Racing Vita Review | Little Cars, Big Smiles

Slight rubber-banding keeps the races tight too, but when some laps are as short as twenty seconds it never feels unfair. The AI is sharp too, especially in the later tournaments. Unlike many racers with weapons though, the AI don’t just focus on you, instead they’ll ruthlessly fight amongst themselves, often providing you with a chance to slip by an angry huddle, although you’ll often risk a rocket up the backside for such slyness.

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Heavenly Sword £10.65 at Base on PS3

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Brendan Griffiths
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Action Games, Heavenly Sword, Hellblade, PS3 games

Heavenly Sword £10.65 at Base on PS3

Heavenly Sword | Base | £10.65

With the recent announcement of Hellblade on PS3, maybe it's time you checked out the original game first. While not officially confirmed as a spinoff/sequel to Heavenly Sword yet, all the signs are there in the reveal trailer, although the lead character has changed from Nariko to Kai. Heavenly Sword is still an incredibly slick hack n' slash title from the developers of DMC: Devil May Cry and Enslaved. I played through the game again this week and the graphics and performances from Andy Serkis and Anna Torv frequently left my jaw on the floor. Nariko was also rocking a neat counter system way before Rocksteady got their hands on the Batman license too. Go on, you can thank  me later.

Castle of Illusion HD discounted to £5 on PS3

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Castle of Illusion, Platform games, PS3 games

Castle of Illusion HD discounted to £5 on PS3

Castle of Illusion HDGame | £5 (save £5)

Sega's HD remake ruffled a few feathers (well, mine) by daring to add 3D sections to the classic side-scrolling platformer from the glory days of the Sega Mega Drive. That said, this is a nostalgic blast, even if the final boss will make your rage-bleed from your eyes. Those with a calm disposition should give it a go, especially seeing as Game are selling codes for half price. For the rest of us, keep your fingers crossed Sega remake the two player World of Illusion without trying to use their imagination as much.

Thanks to goonertillidie at HotUkDeals.

Beyond: Two Souls only £9.99

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Brendan Griffiths
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Beyond: Two Souls, David Cage, interactive drama, PS3 games

Beyond: Two Souls only £9.99

Beyond: Two SoulsBase | £9.99
Price ComparisonReview

Now that it's more in line with the price of a TV series boxset, it becomes that little bit easier to recommend Beyond: Two Souls, mainly because you'll spend more time watching than playing. But despite this, I enjoyed the story because the acting from the two leads of Ellen Page  and Willem DaFoe is excellent throughout. Player choices don't have the same major impacts as Heavy Rain, but fans of Quantic Dream's efforts won't find a cheaper price than this today.

Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII at HotUkDeals.

Top 5 Reveals for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Multiplayer

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Brendan Griffiths
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Activision, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, FPS games, Gamescom 2014, Sledgehammer Games

Top 5 Reveals for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Multiplayer

The exoskeleton is out of the bag folks, Activision has finally shown off the eagerly awaited multiplayer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Carl and Jon will be fighting their way through the masses at Gamescom this week to bring you a hands-on report, but for now it’s time to take a look at the five most exciting things unveiled by today’s live stream. As ever, we’d love to hear your thoughts on the new-look multiplayer too.

Top 5 Reveals for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Multiplayer

The Exo suit is totally involved

Forget about those fears that all the cool exo abilities were going to be limited to set pieces in the single-player, the multiplayer looks set to be given a huge boost thanks to the new skills on offer. Hardly a sluggish FPS to begin with, the speed of the game will be hurtling forwards with sharper reactions set to play a critical role in staying on top. All movements are now able to have additional boosts. So being able to side-strafe or air-dash in any direction will give you an unprecedented level of movement compared to past entries in the series. There’s a lot to learn yet about the new perks, but one entitled Gung Ho allows you to sprint and shoot. This is going to be insane.

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At A Glance: Roundup 4th-10th August 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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At A Glance, Game news, Game previews, Games reviews, News Roundup, Weekly Roundup

At A Glance: Roundup 4th-10th August 2014

It's nearly Gamescom time folks! Jon and Carl are jetting off early next week to bring you a horde of previews and interviews from the hottest upcoming games. And probably a refreshed addiction to schnitzel. In the news we've seen new teasers for as yet unannounced games, Assassin's Creed: Rogue was leaked/announced and some older games like Resident Evil and Sleeping Dogs are getting a new-gen reboot. 2K announced that Evolve will be delayed into 2015, which given the state of the game I played recently, is certainly a good thing.

Highlights of the reviews section this week include a HD remake of Abe's Oddysee, entitled Oddworld: New 'N' Tasty and the latest Titanfall DLC, Frontier's Edge. Less than impressed verdicts were handed out for EidolonSacred 3 and Lego Ninjago Nindroids.

Features this week include videos for ExpendabrosEidolon, the Landmark beta, Tango Fiesta, Mind: Path to Falamus and Road Not Taken. In the face of all the recent delays, we also ask if 'next-gen' itself has been delayed into 2015. We know you like lists, so be sure to check out Five Reasons You Need The Last of Us: Remastered in Your Life, 10 games that made Matt cry, Jon's collection of the best upcoming niche Japanese titles, 5 Essential Tips About New-Gen Releases and we're bringing back the Sunday Seven series with Why Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Deserves Your Attention.

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The Sunday Seven - Why Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Deserves Your Attention

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Brendan Griffiths
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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, FPS games, PC games, PS4 games, The Sunday Seven, Xbox One Games

The Sunday Seven - Why Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Deserves Your Attention

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is going to be big news come November 4th. No surprise there, but could this year’s title be a game changer for the series? As enjoyable as COD has been in recent years, there’s no denying that recent entries have played things a little safe and not attempted to push any large scale changes. Well, apart from seeing a dog take down a helicopter, which was all sorts of stupid, or awesome, I’ll never be able to decide. So, unless the series is going to feature a cat taking on a submarine there will have to be other ways to get us psyched for the new game. Thankfully it would seem there are quite a few reasons; here are seven of the best.

The Sunday Seven - Why Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Deserves Your Attention

Kevin Spacey

Maybe it’s because we’re addicted to Netflix’s House of Cards here at Dealspwn, or maybe it’s because everything’s better with Spacey, but seeing Frank Underwood’s face here is kind of a big deal. COD’s stories have been gaming’s definition of ‘throwaway’ in recent years, but attaching a big name like Spacey to the project hints that maybe something interesting is going on behind all the explosions and bullet storms. Fingers crossed it’s a bit more natural than his awkward plug for a PS Vita in House of Cards though.

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Oddworld: New ‘N’ Tasty Review | Abe's Oddysee Reborn

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Brendan Griffiths
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HD remake, Oddworld: New 'N' Tasty, Platform games, PS4 games, Stealth Games

Oddworld: New ‘N’ Tasty Review | Abe's Oddysee Reborn

Platforms: PS4 | PS3, Vita, XO, PC and Wii U versions coming soon

Developers: Just Add Water

Publishers: Just Add Water

Abe’s Oddysee was a big hit for PS1 gamers back in the day with impressive pre-rendered backgrounds making the game one of the best looking 2D platformers ever made. It was also an absolute beast of a meanie to play. Nevertheless, when we heard Just Add Water were remaking the game with the Unity engine we couldn’t wait to see how well the game had aged. Not so sure about the name change though.

For the most part, the game is the same as the original. The action still takes place on a 2D plane and the level layouts haven’t been changed. However, some sensible changes have been implemented, and for the better too.

Oddworld: New ‘N’ Tasty Review | Abe's Oddysee Reborn

Instead of the action taking place on individual screens that you’d enter from the side, they now take place on a seamless scrolling screen. This sounds like sacrilege, but JAW have adapted the game fantastically, losing none of the original’s feel of suddenly happening across traps or waking up the angry sligs.

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5 Essential Tips About New-Gen Re-Releases

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Brendan Griffiths
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HD remake, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Remasters, Top 5, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

5 Essential Tips About New-Gen Re-Releases

With the news this week that Sleeping Dogs is to be re-released for the PS4 and Xbox One (and PC for that matter), the issue of old games being remastered for the new-gen consoles has again become a hot talking point among many gamers. Are they good value? Or a rip-off to fleece gamers who don’t have many titles to play on their shiny next-gen machines? Is there any point? Well, here are our five essential tips to help clear the waters a little.

5 Essential Tips About New-Gen Re-Releases

Check for additional content

Most new-gen remasters chuck in the paid DLC from the original release. Sleeping Dogs will include 24 pieces of DLC, one of which is a single-player story expansion. Start to add up the price of the DLC and it doesn’t take long for it to exceed the price of buying the old version of the game and the DLC separately. This is also true for The Last of Us: Remastered which includes the Left Behind story DLC. Pay for the old game and the DLC and it’ll be £30+, more than £28.97 we’ve seen for the new PS4 version. Granted, not all DLC is created equal; take Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition and the additional multiplayer material. Nobody needs more of that. Conversely, as excited as the Dealspwn team are for the Halo: The Master Chief Collection and the polished up campaign, that one’s all about having all the multiplayer maps in one place.

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Xbox One Controller Reduced to £29.95

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Brendan Griffiths
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Xbox One Controller Reduced to £29.95

Xbox One Controller | Game Collection | £29.95 | Review

Today's deal will save you over £5 for a spare official Xbox One wireless controller. Yes, it's still bloody expensive, but at least they're cheaper than the PS4 pads which are £40. Admittedly, there aren't many games that feature local multiplayer, so you may be better off buying a play and charge kit kit instead. But if you've got some mates coming round you'll need one of these to play multiplayer for the likes of Killer InstinctLego HobbitFIFA 14 or maybe even Tekken X Street Fighter in the distant future.

Thanks to Bure11 at HotUkDeals.

Thief is only £19.99 on PS4 and Xbox One

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Brendan Griffiths
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PS4 games, Stealth Games, Thief, Xbox One Games

Thief is only £19.99 on PS4 and Xbox One

Thief | Game PS4/XO | £19.99 (with code)
Discount Code: ITSASTEAL | Review

Some games take forever on next-gen consoles to drop below the £40 mark. Not Thief though, which has been dropping like a stone. Sure, it didn't set the world on fire, but it's a solid enough effort for fans of all things sneaky. Do yourself a favour and turn off most of the guides and other cheaty elements and you'll find the experience all the more rewarding. Using Game's discount code will knock a tenner off and make it a fiver cheaper than the next best deal. A demo recently appeared on the PS store if you want to try before you buy.

Thanks to missgem at HotUkDeals.

At A Glance: Roundup 28th July - 3rd August 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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At A Glance, Game news, Game previews, Games reviews, News Roundup, Weekly Roundup

At A Glance: Roundup 28th July - 3rd August 2014

Earlier this week, EA unveiled a new subscription service that allows gamers to play a large range of their top titles for what seems like a very tempting price. But it will only be available on the Xbox One as Sony snubbed their noses at the apparent "poor value" of the service, which seems to us that they're not keen on PS Plus having any competition. Sony have been tooting their horns with some impressive sales figures that saw them recently shifting considerably more hardware than Microsoft, although these figures are possible inflated by including all of the PS branded consoles, rather than just the PS4. Michael Ancel teased us again about Beyond Good & Evil 2 (the swine). Finally, there was some positive news for Homefront: The Revolution as the troubled game and dev team were bought from Crytek by Deep Silver, who worked wonders when they picked up Saints Row IV from THQ.

In our reviews we have verdicts on a range of PC titles including: Gods Will Be Watching, Neil Gaiman's Wayward Manor and So Many Me. I know, summer release schedules are truly an awful thing, especially for console gamers. Still, there's always The Pile.

In the features we have a hands-on preview from Lords of the Fallen as it looks to step out of the looming shadow of the Dark Souls series. There are also two hands-on reports for Turtle Rock's Evolve as I try out both the Kraken monster and the hunters' medic class. There's an Opening Scenes video for Wayward Manor and The Last of Us Remastered gets the comparison treatment and an Opening Scenes one too. With the beta of PlayStation Now recently launching, Matt gets stuck into Sony for the gob-smackingly awful prices. Microsoft aren't safe though, as he also thinks it's time they thought about a releasing a trimmed down version of the Xbox One if they want to catch the PS4. We imagine you've been pining for Destiny since the beta finished last weekend, so be sure  to check out Matt's Top 10 for a list of things to do while we wait for the full game next month.

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