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Resident Evil HD Remaster PS4 Review | Still Number 1

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Brendan Griffiths
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Resident Evil HD Remaster PS4 Review | Still Number 1

The original survival horror brand is back and for once we're not rolling our eyes at another HD makeover. Rather than an unnecessary PS4 port of Resi 5 or 6, this is a HD makeover of the 2002 GameCube exclusive remake of the 1996 PS1 Resident Evil. For those of you yet to play the GC version, this will be a remarkable experience if you enjoyed the original game.

The remake was extremely faithful to the original, meaning lots of fixed camera angles and pre-rendered backgrounds. There's no need to worry about the dated 'tank' controls as there's an option to switch to modern analogue movement rather than having to spin on the spot before moving. The different camera angles as you move onto a new screen can still have disastrous results that see you accidentally turn around and run straight back into a zombie's bitey embrace though.

Resident Evil HD Remaster PS4 Review | Still Number 1

Depending what difficulty you choose will affect how conservative with your ammo you are. Although it makes sense to save ammo when you can run past a zombie that you know will keep coming back later. The game is notably tougher than you'll remember if you're coming from the PS1 game thanks to the inclusion of Crimson Head zombies that reappear in older areas if you don’t burn corpses and they move much faster than their shuffling forebears. Defensive items like knives and tasers can be used to retaliate against bite attacks, ensuring that you're not as reliant on green herbs or health sprays.

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At A Glance: Roundup 19th - 25th January 2015

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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At A Glance, Game previews, Game reviews, Weekly Roundup

At A Glance: Roundup 19th - 25th January 2015

Some good news this week as Zenimax announced they would be dropping subscription fees from the Elder Scrolls Online, so we have a few reaction pieces on that. Elsewhere Jon gives us his impressions of the new Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate demo on 3DS. Matt picks out eight little-known games to look out for this year. We ask if the new Borderlands collection is new money for old rope. There's an hour of Gat out of Hell to take a gander at. We take a look at what Windows 10 might mean for gaming. Our From the Vault article brings back an older piece on the funniest games of all time, back from 2010.

In the reviews, Jon brings us verdicts on two (wait, what?) Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth games and Blackguards 2. Matt takes a look at the new Saints Row IV expansion, Gat out of Hell. And I take on the HD Remaster of Resident Evil.

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The Lego Movie game only £9.99 on the Vita

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Platform games, PS Vita games, The LEGO Movie Video Game

The Lego Movie game only £9.99 on the Vita

The Vita version of The Lego Movie game is currently much cheaper than the console ones at £9.99. GG are also £9 cheaper for the handheld version, making this pretty hard to resist.

Ok, one more Lego game for your collecting fix, because we know you'll be jonesing by the time you've finished the Hobbit and Marvel titles. The film has been a huge success in cinemas, so chances are your little ones are going to enjoy the game too. Expect another phoned in effort from Traveller's Tales, but fans of the film should enjoy it.

Get Kingdom Hearts 2.5 Remix for £17.99

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Brendan Griffiths
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Action RPGs, Kingdom Hearts 2.5 Remix, PS3 games

Get Kingdom Hearts 2.5 Remix for £17.99

Save yourself a few quid with this deal for Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix for £17.99 on PS3. That's a lot of Disney/Square-Enix mashup for your money.

Like the first collection, we’re getting the fancy pants versions of the games that were previously not seen on these shores. So you can look forward to Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix and the formerly PSP-only Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep Final Mix. A compilation of HD’d (yes, it is a word) cutscenes from the Nintendo DS title Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (not a word) has also been included to attempt to bring you up to date with the complex branching plotlines as the series has spread like wildfire across numerous consoles and handhelds. I’d be surprised if Kingdom Hearts III arrives this year, but even so, you better get cracking. Oh and Square, feel free to include Pixar stuff over Frozen, that snowman twerp is not joining my party.

Tales of Xillia is a Xilliant RPG for £14.99

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Action RPGs, PS3 games, Tales of Xillia

Tales of Xillia is a Xilliant RPG for £14.99

£14.99 is arguably the cheapest price I've seen for Tales of Xillia. This deal is a fiver cheaper than the next best price too.

Tales of Xillia is an action-orientated JRPG with lots of magic-infused melee combat with a tactical edge as you team up with party-members for unique attacks. This is the perfect tonic to soothe the pain left by Square's fumbled FFXIII series. Check out my full review here.

Save £20 and grab Tales of Graces f for £10.99

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Brendan Griffiths
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Action RPGs, PS3 games, Tales of Graces f

Save £20 and grab Tales of Graces f for £10.99

Tales of Graces f is tremendous value for money at £10.99 and should keep you going for a while. With most sites still trying to sell the game for over £30, you can probably make your money back on eBay when you're done too.

The Tales of series has excelled on PS3, with a vibrant anime style and action-packed RPG gameplay making for a neat change of pace compared to the genre's usual turn-based battles. Have a look at Matt's review.

Minecraft on PS4 only £10.85

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Minecraft, PS4 games

Minecraft on PS4 only £10.85

You'll either know and adore Minecraft already or you'll have an active and healthy social life. If you'd like to change the latter, then Amazon are selling the new PS4 version of the online phenomenon for £10.85.

Thanks to the_hukd_noob.

Loved the demo? Buy Bayonetta 2 for £27.49 now!

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Action Games, Bayonetta 2, Wii U games

Loved the demo? Buy Bayonetta 2 for £27.49 now!

Bayonetta 2 deserves a place in every Wii U out there (as long as you're aged 16+ naturally) and £27.49 is the best price on the market today, with most sites skulking around over £30. Alternatively, if you're after the Special Edition, including the original game. You can get it at the same site for £35.99, saving you at least £3 compared to the competition.

Our Matt, is rather keen on Bayonetta 2, going as far to say it was his pick of best game for 2014. Check out his review, or at least the short version: Bayonetta 2 is mechanically perfect, yet it is also a game that is stuffed with personality and wit and charm and an abundance of ideas and imagery and symbolism that its poor story cannot hope to make sense of or contain. But that's okay -- it is the finest game Platinum have ever made, and the best thing to grace the Wii U thus far.

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! Feel free to drop us a Tweet if you'd like us to hunt down a bargain for a specific title too.

Super Smash Bros Wii U cheapest at £29.86

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Brendan Griffiths
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Fighting Games, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Wii U games

Super Smash Bros Wii U cheapest at £29.86

Fancy saving a fiver for the best multiplayer fighting game on the Wii U? How about £29.86 for Super Smash Bros then? Amazon have recently price-matched ShopTo, so take your pick of merchants as the pair duke it out far from the competition.

Be sure to check out Jon's review. If you're short on time, here's the short version: Super Smash Bros. For Wii U brings brilliant brawling back to the big screen. Though Smash Tour and the lack of a true story mode are disappointing, the exceptional character roster, great stage design, handsome visuals, addictive extra modes and timeless fun factor make for a guaranteed good time. Just add mates, whether online or on the couch. Smash Bros has come home. A fitting end to a great year for the Wii U.

Thanks to tafkas and mrstaple.

Disney Infinity 2.0 Starter Pack finally under £30 on PS4/XO

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Brendan Griffiths
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Action Games, Disney Infinity 2.0, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

Disney Infinity 2.0 Starter Pack finally under £30 on PS4/XO

This is the best price I've seen for Disney Infinity 2.0 on the PS4 or Xbox One. £29.86 gets you the Marvel Super Heroes Starter Pack including the base game and figurines for Iron Man, Thor and Black Widow. This hot deal saves you between £10 and £20 over the competition, so don't expect stock to last long.

The starter pack should last you a while with an Avenger's themed playset giving you a base game based around the movie's characters. Once you're done with that, you could make your own levels with the updated Toy Box editor. Or maybe put some extra cash down for the Guardians of the Galaxy playset.

Thanks to russellwyatt1.

Dragon Age: Inquisition only £36.86 on PS4

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Brendan Griffiths
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Dragon Age: Inquisition, PS4 games, RPG Games

Dragon Age: Inquisition only £36.86 on PS4

Dragon Age: Inquisition has racked up a few Game of the Year awards recently and PS4 owners can now pick it up for £36.85. The deal is made all the sweeter by the inclusion of the Flames of Inquisition armour DLC. So, save a fiver and pick up one of the best RPGs in years. While we're sure many of you are waiting for a cheaper deal, the price is holding firm on this one thanks to a string of awards and a huge amount of playing time on offer.

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!

Thanks to Jawz.

Wii U Premium console + Mario Kart 8 available for £199

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Brendan Griffiths
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Mario Kart 8, Wii U, Wii U games

Wii U Premium console + Mario Kart 8 available for £199

A Premium Wii U bundle with Mario Kart 8 is now available for £199. If Santa thought you weren't quite as good as you hoped, this is a hell of a steal. You can pick your Wii U order up at a local store store for free or opt for home delivery for £3. Mario Kart 8 recently walked away with our accolade for best racing game of 2014 and even as a staunch PS4, gamer, I struggle to disagree. The Premium Wii U is the only version you want too as it comes with 32GB of memory.

To be honest after 2014, I'm closer to picking up a Wii U over an Xbox One. Bayonetta 2, Smash Bros and the promise of Splatoon, Zelda and Xenoblades Chronicles X prove that there's a healthy selection of exclusives on the once-ailing console.

Thanks to dazdm.

Shadow of Mordor really wants a home for £12.99 on PC

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Brendan Griffiths
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Action Games, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, PC games, Shadow of Mordor

Shadow of Mordor really wants a home for £12.99 on PC

Really, Mordor? Another price drop? Am I going to find you in my cereal tomorrow? Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor has been one of the surprise hits of the year and we'd thoroughly recommend you give it a go at this super cheap price of £12.99 for a download. You could be playing it today!

We can't get enough of Monolith's Shadow of Mordor here at Dealspwn and we thoroughly recommend you dust off your Uruk hunting skills to get a taste too. Turns out the Nemesis system has managed to back up its bold ambitions with a neat set of mechanics that sees enemies remember you and you can even brainwash them into fighting for you as you infiltrate the highest ranks of Sauron's army. There's an excellent set of skills available to take advantage of an enemy's weaknesses too to create unique experiences throughout. It also walked away with our Game of the Year award. Check out our full review here.

Thanks to doncarlos83.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare now £25 on PS4 and Xbox One

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Brendan Griffiths
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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, FPS games, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare now £25 on PS4 and Xbox One

£25 for a copy of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on your PS4 or Xbox One is a great price and about a fiver cheaper than the next best deal. The XO version is back in stock too.

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 uwantsum.

At A Glance: Roundup 12th - 18th January 2015

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Brendan Griffiths
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At A Glance, Game previews, Weekly Roundup

At A Glance: Roundup 12th - 18th January 2015

The first Nintendo Direct broadcast of the year was big news this week with release details of upcoming Wii U/3Ds titles and the new, erm New 3DS. We have a roundtable of our personal highlights for you to dive into. We also take a look at the hottest exclusives to look out for on PS4 and Xbox One in 2015. There are also hot topic opinion pieces on the latest games including Bloodborne, Evolve, and GTA V on PC. Carl asks if WildStar can make a comeback in 2015 and I ask if The Order: 1886 is set to be another 'next-gen' letdown or if it's just a victim of poorly chosen demos.

With so many games to save up for Jon takes a look at the very best of the free to play titles out there and even dusts off Destiny for one last chance, only to find he's finally fallen in love with it - mine's still refusing to sell for asking price on eBay. Some Boomerang game rental customers had their account details stolen this week and Matt has some strong words on the company's rather pathetic apology. Enjoy links to all of the above and more below and don't forget to enter our Avernum 2 competition!

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The Order: 1886 – Another ‘next-gen’ letdown or a victim of poorly chosen demos?

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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Action Games, Hands-On Preview, PS4 games, Ready at Dawn, The Order: 1886

The Order: 1886 – Another ‘next-gen’ letdown or a victim of poorly chosen demos?

There’s something not quite right with The Order: 1886. It’s undeniably gorgeous, a testament to the power under the hood of the PS4, but having played it at expos and press events and watched extra footage, many are struggling to form an attachment to the game. Where there should be a giddy urge to have the game in our lives as soon as possible, which should be a part of any AAA console-exclusive, we find ourselves struggling to gather much enthusiasm for Sony’s first big game of 2015. Given the rather lacklustre gameplay scenes we’ve seen so far, we can’t help but think that Sony has decided on some oddly dull demos to try and hook us journos and gamers in. Are they avoiding spoilers, or does The Order: 1886 just not have that much to show?

As I’ve already mentioned, the graphics aren’t an issue. After seeing what Ready at Dawn was able to do with God of War on the PSP, it’s great to see them unleashed on the PS4. The level of detail in this steampunk take on Victorian London is astonishing and that line between cutscene and gameplay has been obliterated. That said, Uncharted 2 effectively did the same thing back in 2009.

The Order: 1886 – Another ‘next-gen’ letdown or a victim of poorly chosen demos?

The constant presence of ‘cinematic’ widescreen borders really isn’t working for the game either. Especially as the widescreen ratio is a relic of cinema film exhibition. Seeing as most movie content is consumed at home nowadays, it’s something the movie industry should be moving away from to accommodate the different aspect ratios of cinema screens and TVs. So to see a game attempt such an act isn’t fooling anyone.

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PS Vita console + 10 game Mega Pack + 8GB card for £120

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Console bundles, console deals, PS Vita, PS Vita games

PS Vita console + 10 game Mega Pack + 8GB card for £120

This is a mega cheap deal for a PS Vita console, 8GB memory card and the 10 game Mega Pack. You'll find download keys included for these games (reviews in hyperlinks): LittleBigPlanet PS Vita, WipEout 2048, MotorStorm RC, Little Deviants, Frobisher Says!, Ecolibrium, Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters, Lemmings, Hungry Giraffe and The HD Adventures of Rotating Octopus.

Note: The packaging may be damaged, but Asda assure that the contents are intact.

Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII.

Zelda: A Link Between Worlds £24.99 on 3DS

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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3DS Games, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Zelda: A Link Between Worlds £24.99 on 3DS

The price has been a bit stubborn with this one, but if you're tired of waiting, this deal will save you £4 over the next best price.

This long-awaited sequel proved to be quite a hit with the critics, including our very own Chris Hyde who scored the game a rather delicious 9/10.  At first, Link's latest adventure looks to be a familiar 2D affair, but there are various degrees of depth on offer. For example, Link can now explore multiple horizontal layers, leaping upwards towards the screen to reach an upper area. He can also flatten himself on walls like a painting to walk around corners when platforms are absent.

Thanks to bargain76.

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z: Special Edition £2.86 on PS3/360

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Action Games, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games, Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z: Special Edition £2.86 on PS3/360

Been tempted by Ninja Gaiden Z: Special Edition? Well, we've found a deal even better than last week, as you can now get it on both formats for £2.86. This version includes a comic book and digital soundtrack.

We have to admit, Yaiba is something of a stain on the Ninja Gaiden series. But if you're desperate for some hack n' slash action, this may be worth a look at such a low price. Hell, it's cheaper than a bad pint of ale. The cel-shaded visuals are a refreshing new look for the spinoff, but we're not sure zombies are the best adversaries Ryu Hyabusa has ever faced off against.

Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII.

Assassin's Creed Unity's hot mess only £12.99 on XO

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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's hot mess only £12.99 on XO

This astonishing £12.99 download deal saves you over £10 off the already heavily-discounted retail version. Worried  about hard-drive space? Come on now, we know the disc has a massive install anyway.

To get a further 5% off, 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.

Thanks to adammissous.