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Evolve – Kraken Hands On Preview | Nom the humans!

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Brendan Griffiths
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Action Games, Evolve, FPS games, PC games, PS4 games, Turtle Rock, Xbox One Games

Evolve – Kraken Hands On Preview | Nom the humans!

Turtle Rock’s upcoming title wants to shake things up a notch. The idea of four players teaming up to take on a large boss enemy is nothing new. But having a fifth player controlling the boss? That’s something we can definitely say we want a part of.

During my visit to the recent MCM Manchester Comic Con expo I was able to play the game as one of the hunters and as one of the newly revealed monster characters, the Kraken. Today’s preview is going to focus on the later, because let’s face it, why wouldn’t I tell you about controlling this absolute beast of a creature first?

Evolve – Kraken Hands On Preview | Nom the humans!

While there will be a separate solo campaign mode, most of the buzz around the game has been about the four vs one concept. In today’s stage the hunters were tasked with killing the monster before it was able to feed enough to evolve into larger forms. The monster’s objective though was either to take out all the hunters before they had a chance to revive each other or to grow strong enough to destroy a large generator at a facility on the other side of the jungle. Players are able to choose a perk in the match’s lobby such as faster feeding or tougher armour. I went for faster feeding, as I was keen to max out the monster’s form before trying to take on the hunters.

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At A Glance: Roundup 21st-27th July 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 21st-27th July 2014

Talk about a slow news week. Not to worry though, we're pretty sure it's because half the planet has been hammering the Destiny beta. There's just the one review this week in the shape of Unrest. Our features section is as packed as ever though. There's a hands-on preview for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel from my visit to Manchester MCM Comic Con and Matt plays an early access build of The Forest. There's a look at why the recent Battlefield: Hardline delay is no bad thing at all.

Videos include Opening Scenes for UnrestThe Forest, The Crew (beta), Oddworld: New 'N' Tasty and a look at a spectrum match in Arena Commander. Jon leafed through the release schedules to bring you lists of the hottest console exclusives for the PS4, Xbox One and Wii U. We're not saying the PS4 exclusives are a bit slim this year, but Samurai Warriors made the list...

There's tonnes of Destiny coverage and videos for you as Matt and I dive into the story missions, competitive multiplayer and Iron Banner events. Our comparison video shows the difference between the PS4 and Xbox 360 versions of the game too. Written pieces discuss ten things we love and hate about the game and Matt takes a look at how Sony are using the shooter to poach Halo fans away from Microsoft. Sadly, the beta is due to finish today, so I'm off for one last blast before the full game lands in September.

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Opening Scenes | Oddworld: New 'N' Tasty - 15 Mins PS4 Gameplay

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Oddworld: Nice N Tasty, Opening Scenes, Platform games, PS4 games, Videos

Opening Scenes | Oddworld: New 'N' Tasty - 15 Mins PS4 Gameplay

Abe's Oddysee was one of our favourite 2D platformers back in the PS1's heyday, so we're delighted that Just Add Water has given the game a shiny HD makoever, although we're not sold, nor see the point of, the new name - Oddworld: New 'N' Tasty. In addition to the new visuals, the separate screens that broke up a stage as you ran onto them from left to right have been replaced with one smoothly scrolling stage.

And you can check it out for yourself with a couple of videos I recently shot on the PS4, the first one contains the opening cutscene followed by a run through the entire first stage. To show off some of the more outdoorsy scenes I put together a second video with scenes of the Monsaic Lines and Scarabania stages. Notice the oh so smooth editing in the second video as I cut out multiple failed attempts at two bastard-hard platforming sections. Probably for the best I didn't record a commentary for the second video.

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Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes £15.74 on PS4/Xbox One

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Brendan Griffiths
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Action Games, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes £15.74 on PS4/Xbox One

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes | GameSeek PS4XO | £15.74
£2 Discount code: 2355682 | Review

You see, this is why I wasn't bothered about Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes being so short, because I knew eventually it would drop in price and seem better value for money. GameSeek are the cheapest by £3 if you use the above discount code. We've not seen the game drop in price much lately, so you might be waiting a while for it to drop below the £10 barrier. Ground Zeroes has some excellent replay value beyond the initial short run through the story as there's loads to discover around the base. Don't forget, a recent patch has added the previous platform exclusive Raiden and MGS1-style missions to each version.

Thanks to TOMBOY25360 at HotUkDeals.

Sniper Elite III £14.95 on PC at Game Collection

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Sniper Elite III £14.95 on PC at Game Collection

Sniper Elite 3Game Collection | £14.95 (save £4) | Review

Swapping wartorn Europe for an African setting hasn't changed the core of Sniper Elite and that's a good thing as it has become the leading sniper series on the market. Not that Sniper Ghost Warrior is the strongest of competition. You need to move around the battlefield a lot in order to remain hidden, which keeps the action feeling fresh rather than settling down in one spot and wiping out dozens at a time. A few glitches can be incredibly frustrating, but they're easily forgiven at this price.

Thanks to Jas10 at HotUkDeals.

Metro Redux £23.59 on PS4 and Xbox One

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Brendan Griffiths
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Metro Redux £23.59 on PS4 and Xbox One

Metro Redux | Wow HD | £23.59 PS4 / XO

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 cardboard_jase at HotUkDeals.

New Super Luigi U £15.99 on Wii U

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Brendan Griffiths
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New Super Luigi U, Platform games, Wii U games

New Super Luigi U £15.99 on Wii U

New Super Luigi U | Argos [eBay] | £15.99
Price ComparisonReview

Being a first-party Ninty title means that this one is holding its value, but Argos' eBay outlet has burst ahead of the competition and are the cheapest by a few quid. Luigi's turn in the spotlight sees the levels remixed for a speedrun playstyle. His bigger jumps and slippery handling takes a while to get used to, but those of you looking for a stern platforming challenge will certainly find one with the lanky green bean.

Thanks to mroffice at HotUkDeals.

Destiny Beta Iron Banner Mode PS4 Gameplay

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Brendan Griffiths
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Destiny, FPS games, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

Destiny Beta Iron Banner Mode PS4 Gameplay

Play Iron Banner Mode tonight!

With the Destiny Beta finishing tomorrow, we've been squeezing every last drop from the game. We even managed to get a few matches on the elusive Iron Banner mode and record a few tasty videos for you. This special mode only unlocks for the briefest of windows, allowing players the chance to partake in a new multiplayer mode where all the stats for weapons and armor are taken into account, meaning having earned the best gear could give you an advantage.

If you fancy a go yourself, be sure to see if you can get involved too by making sure you're logged on at the following times (UK times below).

  • 18:00-20:00
  • 22:00-00:00
  • 03:00-05:00

The Iron Banner mode also hosts two exclusive maps, Rusted Lands on Earth (also seen in the Alpha) and the brand new Blind Watch Mars map. The regular Moon and Venus maps are also on rotation in this mode. If you're struggling to find the mode, make sure you find Lord Saladin near the landing zone in the Tower to grab an invite. Be sure to activate some Iron Banner bounties too for a chance to earn some hot rewards.

So, onto the videos. First up is Earth's Rusted Lands, followed by Shores of Time on Venus and we conclude with First Light on the Moon. Check them out to see how I did with my Lv.8 (level cap reached) Titan and his devastating Fist of Havoc. Then join my tears as I'm given a new gun with 358 damage points only for the level cap to keep it locked away until September.

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Final Fantasy XIV £2.95 on PS3 with FREE PS4 Upgrade

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Brendan Griffiths
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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, MMORPG, PS3 games, PS4 games

Final Fantasy XIV £2.95 on PS3 with FREE PS4 Upgrade

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm RebornGame Collection | £2.95
Price Comparison

Ok, bear with me here. Buy this on PS3 and not only will you get a code for 30 days of play in this subscription-based MMORPG, but you will also get the option to upgrade to the PS4 version for free if you register by the end of the year. Once you do though, you'll be unable to use the PS3 version anymore. We're presuming there'll be a hefty PS4 download involved too. This is a great incentive to give the RPG a go regardless of which Sony platform you're using. Considering the PS4 disc version is at least £20, this really is a no brainer.

Thanks to cbr6fx at HotUkDeals.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance £6.95 on 360

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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance £6.95 on 360

Platinum Games really rescued this one when they took over development. While stealth is sometimes an option, Rising is much more fun when played with the pedal to the metal. One minute you slicing up troops with meticulous precision, then you're running up the sides of missiles in mid air, or you're taking on three Metal Gears at once. This is not a subtle game. Put it in your face now.

Thanks to tigerman10 at hotUkDeals.

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge £8.95 on Wii U

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Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge £8.95 on Wii U

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge | Game Collection | £8.95

As you can tell by the above screenshot, Ninja Gaiden 3 isn't scared to splash out with the red stuff. Hardcore fans of the series were left disappointed by the dumbed down combat and the horror of an optional easy difficulty mode (patronisingly called' Hero Mode'), but if all you want is a button bashing hack and slash title for a weekend, you could do far worse for £8.95 (Dynasty Warriors for example). This Wii U version of the game lets you use the gamepad screen to select weapons or initiate Ninpo strikes. There are also extra weapons and specials to enjoy in all their bloody glory.

Thanks to TOMBOY25360 at HotUkDeals.

Hyrule Warriors Pre-Order £29.26 on Wii U

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Brendan Griffiths
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Hyrule Warriors Pre-Order £29.26 on Wii U

Hyrule Warriors | VideoGameBox | £29.26 (with code)
Discount Code: FACEBOOKLIKE | Hands-On Preview

See, it is real. Yes, Nintendo are giving Link an appearance on the Wii U this year, but we would never have guessed it would be in a Dynasty Warriors spin-off. We're full of mixed feelings about this one, because, you know...Dynasty Warriors has been a bit rubbish since the PS2 days. But with the open-world Zelda effort still being at least a year away, we'll keep our fingers crossed that this one turns out ok. If -after that ringing endorsement- you fancy taking a punt, VideoGameBox are the cheapest around ahead of the September release.

Thanks to BuzzDuraband at HotUkDeals.

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition £21.99 at Base on PS4

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Brendan Griffiths
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Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition £21.99 at Base on PS4

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition | Base | £21.99 (save £8) | Review

This is the cheapest price Lara's adventure has seen on the PS4 and is £8 cheaper than the other sites today. If you have a PS4 and don't already own the last-gen version, I'd heavily recommend Crystal Dynamics' excellent reboot of the 90s series. This is a gorgeous game from start to finish and the huge explorable island is the best game world we've ever taken Lara through. In addition to the improved graphics, you can also use the PS4's camera or headset mic to swap weapons via voice commands.

Thanks to Jas10 at HotUkDeals.

The Last Of Us Remastered £29.97 at GameStop

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Brendan Griffiths
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PS4 games, The Last Of Us, The Last Of Us: Left Behind

The Last Of Us Remastered £29.97 at GameStop

The Last Of Us Remastered | GameStop | £29.97PS3 Review

Prices are yo-yo-ing all over for the internet for this one, but GameStop are sticking to a health sub-£30 to tempt you in for the new-gen upgrade. We're yet to see the remastered visuals running in-game, but so far things are looking remarkably similar to the (admittedly awesome) PS3 visuals. This is more for those gamers that made the jump from 360 to PS4, although my inner graphics whore really wants it too. At least the Left Behind DLC is included with the package, which makes this cheaper than buying that and the PS3 version separately.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 £11.99 on PS3

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 £11.99 on PS3

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2PSN | £11.99
Price ComparisonReview

Lords of Shadow 2 turned out to be a bit of a letdown, with a drab modern day setting, ill-advised stealth sections and a lack of innovation, but we know you'll want to know how the saga ends. Just a few months after release the downloadable PS3 version has plummeted to £11.99 (or £10.79 for PS+ members), currently a fiver cheaper than the disc version, which makes it, well, still a rubbish game, but well... cheaper.

CLOSED! WIN an Xbox One or 360 Destiny Beta Code

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Brendan Griffiths
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Competitions, Destiny, FPS games, Giveaway, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

CLOSED! WIN an Xbox One or 360 Destiny Beta Code

UPDATE: ALL CODES HAVE NOW GONE OUT, CHECK YOUR INBOXES!

We've given our PS4 gamers the chance to get a hold of a beta key for our most anticipated shooter in years, but fear not Xbox fans, we didn't forget about you. In fact, we have a bunch of codes to give away on both the Xbox One and Xbox 360. The codes are not region locked either so they should work wherever you're playing.

The hype for Bungie's upcoming shooter has been building significantly since players got their hands on the Alpha build and with new missions and extra multiplayer maps to enjoy in the latest Beta version, we really think you should give it a try.

Click here to enter the draw.

PREVIEW | Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel - There's more to space than Destiny

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Brendan Griffiths
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2K Australia, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, FPS games, PC games, PS3 games, RPG Games, Xbox 360 games

PREVIEW | Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel - There's more to space than Destiny

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel takes place on the moon of the planet Pandora in the time between the first and second games, with players working for Handsome Jack. Not played any of the other games? Don’t worry; this is a simple place to start and newcomer friendly while giving plenty of nudges to the fans. So let’s dive in and see what 2K Australia has brought to the table since Gearbox handed them the reigns.

Two playable characters were available to choose from in this demo. First time through the snaking queue at the MCM Manchester Expo I tried Athena, a light and nimble character packing a collection of long-range weapons. Her standard mêlée move involves a sweet red katana slash that has a satisfying feel. Athena's most impressive feature though is her shield ability. A tap of L1 sees her raise her shield in her left hand, leaving the right free to continue firing a gun. The shield can be thrown Captain America style for a devastating attack with a tap of L1. The shield is thrown automatically after the meter has depleted too. It’s a great way to create some breathing room when multiple enemies are closing in. You're going to be happy to splurge hard-earned skill points on reducing the cooldown period for this one.

PREVIEW | Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel - There's more to space than Destiny

The second character I was able to choose was the imposing figure of Wilhelm. So, it comes as no surprise that we’ve found this Pre-Sequel’s tank character. His default loadout favored more explosive weaponry like shotguns and rocket launchers. Sadly, his melee attack lacked any sort of impact or visual style compared to Athena’s. Why should we be content with a standard rifle butt jab when Athena gets a freakin’ sword? Come on 2K, give him a hammer at least or seeing as we expect mental weapons from this series, maybe a small rabid skag on a stick would be better? Wilhelm’s special ability is much more useful (but again not very unique), a small backup drone that flies around you shooting at will. Frankly, I was too busy shooting to see how useful it was being.

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At A Glance: Roundup 14th-20th July 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 14th-20th July 2014

Amidst all the cancelled Kickstarter news from the Yogscast team there were some tasty new trailers to get us in the mood for upcoming releases like Assassin's Creed Unity, Project Zero 5Super Smash Bros and The Walking Dead. There was also a trailer for the newly announced Tekken 7, but it failed to show us any gameplay whatsoever, instead focusing on the batshit mental family feud that's been torturing cutscenes throughout the series' history. Bad Bandai! And bad Microsoft, who fired 18,000 people this week (very bad) and shut down Xbox Entertainment Studios (not so bad).

Our Divinity: Original sin review may have been a long time coming, but this is a game that was well worth the wait as you can see with Matt's review of the RPG. Also racking up a high score this week is the Sokoban-inspired, Sokobond.

It's hard to believe our features section is so packed despite the Destiny beta landing this week. But land it did and we have our first wave of videos to prove it as Matt and myself work tirelessly to bring you the hottest content -ha, look at us pretending playing Destiny all day is work. You've probably been playing it too, if you haven't and you didn't enter our competition, then more fool you and keep an eye on the site in-case we have another prize draw next week. Jon has penned a careful reminder of what our expectations about kickstarter should actually be in the wake of the yogscast debacle. The team also have the latest previews for Sunset OverdriveRadial-GSplatoonMyriad and A Good snowman is Hard to Build. There are also videos and interviews for the likes of Star Citizen's Arena CommanderSunset OverdriveRadial-G and Supraball. Also be sure to check out our new Community Feedback video where things get a little bit, well you'll just have to watch it. Enjoy the links below and be sure to come back next week for more, including hands-on previews for Evolve and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel from my trip to MCM Comic Con Manchester earlier today. If I see one more Naruto headband or ill-advised corset...

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Opening Scenes | Destiny Beta Gameplay - First 15 Mins on PS4

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Brendan Griffiths
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Destiny, FPS games, Opening Scenes, PS4 games, Videos, Xbox One Games

Opening Scenes | Destiny Beta Gameplay - First 15 Mins on PS4

After a successful Alpha test last month, we've been itching to play more Destiny and have been all over the new Beta which launched earlier this week. Our first video of the new build includes the opening cinematic and the entire first mission.

We'll have lots of Destiny coverage for you over the next week included the competitive multiplayer, co-op strike missions, closer looks at specific features and much more. We're giving you the chance to get involved too with our latest competition where we have three PS4 beta codes to give away.

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WIN a Destiny PS4 Beta Code Here [CLOSED!]

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Brendan Griffiths
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WIN a Destiny PS4 Beta Code Here [CLOSED!]

[UPDATE: The draw has now closed, many thanks to everyone that entered. The winners will be contacted soon]

Destiny is shaping up to be one of the hottest games of the year. Here at Dealspwn, we've put hours into the recent Alpha and the brand new Beta and we think you should give it a try too. If you've pre-ordered the game, you've no doubt already got involved with the Beta, but if you're still on the fence we have a few UK/EU PS4 codes to share.

Click here for your chance to play Destiny!