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At A Glance: Roundup 8th - 14th December 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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At A Glance: Roundup 8th - 14th December 2014

It's award season here at Dealspwn and we have a few community polls for you to choose your favourite releases of the year. The team have also taken the time to look back over the last 12 months to give you our personal highlights for best game, favourite/most played game, best moment, disappointment, surprise and naturally our most anticipated titles of next year.

Elsewhere we have a rather disappointed hands-on with The Order: 1886. We're not convinced the new Destiny DLC is worth your cash, luckily we've provided 10 alternatives. Be on the look out for more dodgy DLC in the future too and have a read of Jon examination of on-disc DLC. Our From the Vault piece dusts off an older article about linearity in games, which is still worth a read today. The Sunday Seven this week leaps to the side of Assassin's Creed Rogue as I explain how it truly smashes it's big brother, Unity.

We have a couple of reviews for you too. It'll come as no surprise that The Crew wasn't worth the effort, the hype or the headlines. good thing Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is here to provide a fantastic adventure for you and three buddies. Enjoy the links to all of these items below, and don't forget to head on over to our game deals page if you're after the latest cheap prices.

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The Sunday Seven: How Assassin’s Creed Rogue smashes Unity

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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Assassin's Creed: Rogue, Assassin's Creed: Unity, The Sunday Seven

The Sunday Seven: How Assassin’s Creed Rogue smashes Unity

Assassin’s Creed Rogue has been living under the shadow of Assassin’s Creed Unity since it was announced that both games would be sharing a release window. When both were moved to the very same day, faithful and eager new-gen fans of course opted for Unity. Sadly, that loyalty was rewarded by a broken and oddly dull entry. But now that we’ve had time to play through both games, it’s clear that Ubisoft has released a fantastic Assassin’s title this year, but one you’ll have to dust off the PS3 or 360 for. So then, here are seven reasons why Rogue has absolutely smashed Unity.

The Sunday Seven: How Assassin’s Creed Rogue smashes Unity

Ships!

As in Black Flag, Assassin’s Creed: Rogue lets you set sail and take a break from all the climbing and stabbing. It’s as moreish an experience as ever and has greatly benefitted from the shift towards the frozen waters of North America and expanded arsenal options that make you more formidable than ever. Where is Unity’s escape from itself though? There’s simply nothing in comparison, ensuring you feel landlocked in every way possible.

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Resident Evil Revelations 2 only £19.99 on digital Vs £34 on disc

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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PS4 games, Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Survival Horror Games

Resident Evil Revelations 2 only £19.99 on digital Vs £34 on disc

Want to save at least £14 on the upcoming Resident Evil Revelations 2 on PS4? Well, you might want to opt for the digital Season Pass version instead as it's available to pre-order now for £19.99. It makes a nice change to see digital versions considerably cheaper than their physical counterparts. The episodic four-parter will launch on 18th February.

The last Revelations game surprised us all by providing a classic take on the Resident Evil series and had much more in common with the original trilogy than the mutated mess of genres last seen in Resident Evil 6. Is an episodic format a good fit though? We'll find out early next year.

In related deal news. Keep an eye out in your local HMV, where they may be flogging copies of Resi 6 for a fiver with any purchase. I almost picked one up, then remembered I couldn't be bothered finishing the demo because I was so bored.

Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII.

Dark Souls II's Cheapest PS4/XO pre-order is £34.18

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Brendan Griffiths
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PS3 games, PS4 games, Voucher codes, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games, Zavvi voucher codes

Dark Souls II's Cheapest PS4/XO pre-order is £34.18

You can now pre-order Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin on PS4 or Xbox One for just £34.18. That may sound a bit pricey for a remaster, but this edition does at least come with all three DLC expansion packs and a brand new world in the shape of the frozen landscapes of Eleum Loyce. Online features have been rebalanced and tweaked too. Head on over to this site and you can use a voucher code to get an additional 10% off. To get the code to work, you may need to sign up with a fresh email address. Note: You can use the code on multiple games in the same transaction, so keep an eye out for our other deals to get some more hot prices.

If you'd prefer to pick up the re-release on the older consoles, you can use the same code to get it for £22.48 on PS3 or Xbox 360.

Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare can't be ignored at £31.49 on PS4

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, PS4 games, Voucher codes, Xbox One Games, Zavvi voucher codes

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare can't be ignored at £31.49 on PS4

COD's price has traditionally stayed high for ages in the months after release and with Advanced Warfare selling and scoring so well, you can bet the pattern will continue. Head on over to this site and you can use a voucher code to get an additional 10% off. To get the code to work, you may need to sign up with a fresh email address. Note: You can use the code on multiple games in the same transaction, so keep an eye out for our other deals to get some more hot prices.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has been a grand return and reinvention for the FPS series. The futuristic setting has been the perfect excuse to introduce the exoskeleton which gives players double jump and speed boost dodge skills. The campaign was oodles of fun and had the best of Hollywood (Kevin Spacey) and gaming VO actors (Troy Baker) to keep you hooked throughout. Oh, and the multiplayer is better than it's been in years -head straight to Uplink and Kill Confirmed modes to see why. Here's my full review.

Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII.

Save £10 and Get Diablo III for £30 on PS4/XO

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Action RPGs, Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

Save £10 and Get Diablo III for £30 on PS4/XO

Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition has held its value incredibly well since release, but this is one of the cheapest prices I've seen for it, On the plus side, I'm 70 hours in and yet to get bored. Awesome fun in local co-op too.

Thanks to asterix2000.

Tomb Raider - Survival Edition only £1.75 for PC

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Brendan Griffiths
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PC games, Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider - Survival Edition only £1.75 for PC

Tomb Raider for less than £2. Are you kidding me! Who'd be a console gamer right? Well, me apparently. Bitterness aside, this is an essential purchase if somehow you've managed not to pick this one up already. Forget the old days of clunky controls and bad acting, this Tomb Raider reboot is arguably the best in the series and is a genre classic all the way. Unless you hate fun and adventure.

What extras are included in the Survival Edition you ask? A digital 32-page mini art book compiled by Art Director Brian Horton, 10 downloadable tracks from the soundtrack, digital double sided map of the game’s island and the cover image. There's more: The Tomb Raider: The Beginning digital comic, Guerilla Skin in-game outfit and three in-game weapons from Hitman: Absolution - Silverballer, Agency SPS 12, and HX AP-15.

Thanks to BuzzDurband.

PS4 Console + 5 AAA Games and a Blu-Ray Movie for £399

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Brendan Griffiths
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Console bundles, console deals, PS4, PS4 games

PS4 Console + 5 AAA Games and a Blu-Ray Movie for £399

The long-running retailer is making a serious assault on their margins with these sizzling PS4 console bundles. For £399.99 you can grab a PS4 console along with five of the hottest games and a blu-ray movie too. We've listed the best of the various bundles below. Frankly, they're all pretty damn tasty and you'll also earn £8 of reward points for your next purchase too. Not that you'll need any more games for a while!

Or if you'd prefer four games and two blu-rays instead:

Thanks to Mark.

Forza 5 is £15.99 / £19.99 GOTY if you'd like a next-gen racer that works online

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Brendan Griffiths
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Forza 5, Racing Games, Xbox One Games

Forza 5 is £15.99 / £19.99 GOTY if you'd like a next-gen racer that works online

Want to save over £10 on a code for Forza 5? Or maybe you'd like the DLC-packed Game of the Year version for £19.99? Either way, you're getting a fantastic next-gen racer that even manages to work online, which is still more than we can say for DriveClub. The site are guaranteeing the codes will be sent out the same day as purchase, so you could be playing this today!

We love a bit of Forza 5 here at Dealspwn. For the sake of £4, we'd opt for the GOTY version as it represents a significant saving over buying the DLC at a later date. Check out our review of the original game.

Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII.

£32 for a year of PS Plus with freebies and PSN discounts

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Brendan Griffiths
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PS Plus, Rakuten voucher codes, Voucher codes

£32 for a year of PS Plus with freebies and PSN discounts

Fancy a year of PS Plus goodness for £32? Act fast then. A cheeky voucher code recently saw membership drop to an all-year low at £30, but that was snapped up fast. This latest deal is still about £3 better than other sites and the site won't be running hot voucher codes for much longer with Christmas fast approaching.

This is an essential purchase for new PS4  owners as you need it to play games online. The main benefit to membership is a regular plethora of free games though. One membership covers PS4, PS3 and Vita and there are loads of freebies on each platform. This is a great last minute present or one for any new Sony console owner. Don't forget, codes are stackable on top of any existing membership.

Get Last of Us + DriveClub for only £40

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Brendan Griffiths
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DriveClub, PS4 games, Rakuten voucher codes, The Last OF Us: Remastered, Voucher codes

Get Last of Us + DriveClub for only £40

The Last of Us: Remastered and DriveClub together for only £40? That's a pretty sweet deal. Don't forget to use the voucher code to get £10 off. Both games are physical editions, so you're able to resell one of them, if things don't work out.

I know what you're thinking, 'DriveClub - bleurghh', but things have improved since launch. I tried out the fancy new weather effects yesterday and it cements DriveClub as the best-looking racer I've ever seen. The online challenges are finally up and running too. Let's not talk about the fact I couldn't connect to any multiplayer races yesterday though.

Thanks to tmjw37.

Forget Unity, Assassin's Creed Rogue is awesome fun at £21.58

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Brendan Griffiths
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Assassin's Creed: Rogue, PS3 games, Voucher codes, Xbox 360 games, Zavvi voucher codes

Forget Unity, Assassin's Creed Rogue is awesome fun at £21.58

What a difference a week makes for Assassin's Creed Rogue. Last week this was a tenner more expensive at most sites. Since then, I've finished the game (it's a bit great) and it's seen a generous discount. Head on over to this site and you can use a voucher code to get an additional 10% off. To get the code to work, you may need to sign up with a fresh email address. Note: You can use the code on multiple games in the same transaction, so keep an eye out for our other deals to get some more hot prices.

Rogue is a follow-up to last year's Black Flag. Compared to Unity, this is a masterpeice. The combat's not broken, there's a rich and varied world to explore and yes, ruddy big pirate ships are back in. If you had fun with Captain Kenway, you should snap this one right up.

At A Glance: Roundup 1st - 7th December 2014

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

At A Glance: Roundup 1st - 7th December 2014

It's been party time this week as the original PlayStation turned 20. To celebrate we have a podcast chatting about the grey white wonder, give the games a Top 10 and the Sunday Seven goes through the seven most influential brands on Sony's debut console. The inaugural PlayStation Experience show kicked off last night and Sony ensured everyone will be talking about PS4 over the holidays thanks to blockbuster showings from the likes of Uncharted 4, Street Fighter V, Bloodborne and more - check out our highlights piece for the show.

Jon has some early review impression of The Crew for you and as a result has some strong words to say about the world of pricey microtransactions. With the news that Street Fighter V will be a PS4 console-exclusive we ask if this is the start of a third-party bidding war too. Black Friday is finally behind us, so we have a little post-mortem to see how things stand now the dust has settled. If you're still after some cheap game deals or console bundles though, just follow those hyperlinks.

Aren't the reviews meant to be thinning out by now? At mortal sites maybe (or those that don't put some decent hours into them), but here at Dealspwn we've been belting out dedicated verdicts for Dragon Age: Inquisition, Super Smash Bros, Never Alone, Tales from the Borderlands: Episode 1- Zero Sum, Far Cry 4 and the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Sentinel Task Force headset from Turtle Beach.

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The Sunday Seven: Top 7 Influential Brands on PS1

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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Playstation, PS1, Sony, The Sunday Seven

The Sunday Seven: Top 7 Influential Brands on PS1

Earlier this week, the PS1 (or PSX for our US readers) turned 20 years old since its Japanese birth in 1994. Think about that, we’ve been playing PlayStation for 20 years. There have been some incredible innovations and games from the multiple generations of PlayStation. But let’s take a look at seven of the most influential brands that shaped the original PS1’s success and turned the gaming world upside-down.

The Sunday Seven: Top 7 Influential Brands on PS1

7: Gran Turismo

Racing cars and video games have gone hand in hand for as long as we can remember. But they were always very much experiences set in a fictional world of kart racers or repetitive scrolling roads. Then Gran Turismo happened. The handling was more realistic than anything that had come before. The graphics seemed as close to reality as we thought possible (hey, we’re all young once) and the number of cars and tracks included meant that the experience lasted for months, even years. No other console was even attempting to do things Polyphony were doing and the PS1’s sales soared accordingly.

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FIFA 15 is a screamer for £22.79 on Xbox One

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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FIFA 15, Xbox One Games

FIFA 15 is a screamer for £22.79 on Xbox One

£22.79 for a FIFA 15 download, that's more like it! With physical copies costing at least £35, this is by far the best price you're going to get, possibly even for the rest of the year. This would go rather nicely with the 5-game console bundle I posted earlier too.

To get 5% off (normal price £23.99), just like the site's facebook page. If you're not redirected to a code, try this link. Tablet and mobile users may have to tell their device to look for the desktop version of the site to get it to work. If you've already used this trick before, just unlike the page, like it again and pop your email address in the box that appears and a code will appear on-screen.

Take a look at Matt's 8/10 review if you get a sec. Or check out the short version: Not much has changed off of the pitch, EA Canada still can't seem to work out how to create stable netcode at launch, and goalkeepers still make hideous errors in spite of their obvious upgrades, but ultimately FIFA 15 is a fast-paced, thrilling triumph where it counts. It's frustrating at times, but it's also the most rewarding FIFA in years.

Thanks to Mark.

Assassin's Creed Unity on Xbox One for £19.94 eases the pain

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Assassin's Creed: Unity, Xbox One Games

Assassin's Creed Unity on Xbox One for £19.94 eases the pain

This astonishing deal is half the price of the physical version at £19.44. That's less than £20 for a digital copy of Assassin's Creed unity on Xbox One. Worried  about hard-drive space? Come on now, we know the disc is going to have a massive install anyway.

To get 5% off (normal price £20.99), just like the site's facebook page. If you're not redirected to a code, try this link. Tablet and mobile users may have to tell their device to look for the desktop version of the site to get it to work. If you've already used this trick before, just unlike the page, like it again and pop your email address in the box that appears and a code will appear on-screen.

The Xbox One version of the game has been less buggy than the PS4 release and many issues have been patched. There's no patching the stale ideas and arsehole AI though. To be honest, I'd recommend Rogue over Unity any day of the week. That said, this is a great price and you won't find better this side of Auld Lang Syne.

Thanks to Mark.

Xbox One + Wolfenstein, Titanfall, Ground Zeroes, Forza 5 and Battlefield 4 is £325.98

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Console bundles, console deals, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Xbox One + Wolfenstein, Titanfall, Ground Zeroes, Forza 5 and Battlefield 4 is £325.98

Just because Black Friday is behind us, doesn't mean there aren't some super cheap Xbox One bundles around. Take this one, for £325.98 you can get the console Wolfenstein: The New Order, Titanfall, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, Forza 5 and Battlefield 4. That's five quality games with months of fun ahead before you'll need any more games.

Thanks to j44mro.

FREE - Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare (PS4), Mirror's Edge (PS3) and Need for Speed: Most Wanted (Vita)

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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PS Vita games, PS3 games, PS4 games

FREE - Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare (PS4), Mirror's Edge (PS3) and Need for Speed: Most Wanted (Vita)

In a very generous move last night at the PlayStation Experience in Vegas, EA has decided to celebrate 20 years of PlayStation by giving away three free games on PSN. This includes Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare on PS4, Mirror's Edge on PS3 and the Vita version of Need for Speed: Most Wanted. You only have until the end of the day though to get them for free, so get them now! Head on over to each platform's PSN store to download them. Or sign into the website and prime the downloads via these links.

If your hard-drive is a bit full, you can always start the download then cancel it straight away. The game will still appear in your download history for you to freely download at a later date.

Thief on PS4 is a steal at £10.13

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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PS4 games, Thief

Thief on PS4 is a steal at £10.13

Various vendors through the link are selling pre-owned copies of Thief on PS4 from £10.14. They're marked as 'very good' condition and you can spend a few more pennies and get a 'like new' copy for a very tempting £10.72. You're looking at £15-£20 for a new copy, so the saving is a reasonable one. Still not sure? Try out the demo on PSN first.

The Thief reboot 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. Be sure to take a look at Matt's full review.

Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII.

Can you ignore Wolfenstein on PS4/XO for £14.99?

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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PS4 games, Wolfenstein: The New Order, Xbox One Games

Can you ignore Wolfenstein on PS4/XO for £14.99?

Now the dust has settled on Black Friday, there are still some hot deals to be had, like Wolfenstein: The New Order for £14.99. These are pre-owned versions, so access to the upcoming Doom beta is not guaranteed. You will save a fiver over the next best deal though.

Wolfenstein: The New Order has a huge shout at my Game of the Year pick thanks to providing a classic bombastic old school shooter experience. There's an outstanding stealth game in there too if you fancy being a bit sneaky. Fantastic replay value is offered by multiple routes, unique skills and loads of treasure to reclaim from the Nazis. The story is way better than I expected too, with a pleasing mix of emotions and grin-inducing one liners. More of this please!

Thanks to Bure11.