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Battlefield: Hardline Review - Campaign brings home the bacon

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Brendan Griffiths
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Battlefield: Hardline Review - Campaign brings home the bacon

Visceral games had a daunting task on their hands when they were given the reigns for the latest Battlefield game. But rather than attempt another military shooter, they've come up with a fresh angle for the series' single player campaign and the online multiplayer by infusing a cops and robbers vibe.

We'll start with the campaign, as it's always nice to get a feel for the guns before hopping online. That said, DICE's last two campaigns in Battlefield 3 and 4 have been terrible, you'd barely know that the same team were behind the excellent Battlefield: Bad Company games. Visceral know their way around a campaign though, having developed the excellent Dead Space series.

Battlefield: Hardline Review - Campaign brings home the bacon

You are Nick Mendoza, a Miami cop on the trail of the newest drug in town. The game plays out in TV episode-like chapters and as such has lots of ideal stopping points if you want to play through it in smaller chunks.

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Preorder the new Limited Edition Batman: Arkham Knight PS4 for £364.70

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Batman: Arkham Knight, Console bundles, PS4, PS4 games

Preorder the new Limited Edition Batman: Arkham Knight PS4 for £364.70

We'd be quick about preordering the new Limited Edition Batman: Arkham Knight PS4 console as they're going to sell fast. Why? Look at it! Only revealed a short time ago, there's already a serious amount of buzz around the new-look console that comes in a steel grey finish for the console and controller along with an image of the Dark Knight himself on the PS4. Naturally, you'll get a copy of the game too. This brand new deal is cheaper than Game's price by over £5 too. Even better, you'll earn £5 worth of points to spend at this site too.

The bundle will be released June 23rd.

Need cheap Xbox Live account credit for COD: Ascendance today? Here you go

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Xbox Live Account, Xbox LIVE credit, Xbox One Games

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's Ascendance DLC is arriving on Xbox One today. If you're tempted you might be needing a top up of Xbox Live account credit. We've got your back, here are a few options below that are cheaper than just paying £15 for £15 of credit for example.

If you want to stay updated on deals for Xbox Live account credit deals or the cheapest Gold subscription offers, be sure to check out our guide.

Far Cry 4 is incredible value at £24.51 on PS4

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Far Cry 4, FPS games, PS4 games

Far Cry 4 is incredible value at £24.51 on PS4

Far Cry 4 deals on consoles have taken a while to come down, but we're seeing sub-£30 more often now. Thankfully, a new PS4 copy is now available for just £24.51 when using today's voucher code. You're looking at £33 if you want a new copy elsewhere today.

Alternatively, you could order the Limited Edition from HMV.ie for just £20.35 via the VC20OFF code.

Far Cry 4 takes the action to the Himalayas and once again proves to be one of the greatest names in open-world gaming out there. Admittedly, many of the mechanics are the same as FC3, but the new setting makes everything feel fresh enough to dive back in. Plus you get to ride elephants into fortresses or play in co-op with a pal controlling the gyrocopter. PS4 owners will find some 'Keys to Kryat', DLC codes to give to their friends so they can play co-op with them for a few hours, without even owning the game.

Thanks to insideout for the HMV.ie find.

Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition only £23.99 on XO

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

Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition only £23.99 on XO

Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition has held its value incredibly well since release and this is one of the better deals we've seen for a new copy as it saves you at least £6. don't forget to use the code to get £1 off too.

I'm 70 hours in and yet to get bored with Diablo III. It's the co-op that's really pulled me in, I can't think of a game that I've played more in couch co-op since Street of Rage 2 or Dragon's Crown. With controls perfectly mapped to the controller, this was well worth the wait on consoles and is regularly patched with updates and tweaks that make it worth coming back to time and time again.

Xbox One Controller + Play and Charge Kit only £27.99

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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hardware deals, Xbox One, Xbox One Controller

Xbox One Controller + Play and Charge Kit only £27.99

Usually priced around £49, this is a great deal if you looking for an extra Xbox One controller with a Play & Charge Kit. This preowned package will only cost you £27.99.

This handy deal will save you over £20 compared to most sites. Usually we'd be a bit wary of preowned controller, but seeing as the XO isn't that old, we think they'll still be in good condition if GamesCentre are willing to sell them and they have a solid reputation. The play and charge cable is an essential piece of kit for avoiding any interruptions because of pesky battery failures. This is the best deal we've seen for an extra controller on the Xbox One and is well worth a punt for those of you wanting to bust out the local two player options.

Watch Dogs is only £9.99 on PS4 and Xbox One

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Action Games, PS4 games, Watch Dogs, Xbox One Games

Watch Dogs is only £9.99 on PS4 and Xbox One

For all our mixed feelings about Watch Dogs, we can't deny it's worth a look. And at £9.99 for a pre-owned PS4 or Xbox One copy, you'll have a lot of fun.

For the length of Watch Dogs' story, the unique hacking opportunities will keep you hooked, as there’s nothing else quite like it out there. But outside of the hacking, police chases go on too long, side-missions feel repetitive, the audio diaries or home hacks aren’t that interesting and never try to form a bigger picture of the story a la Assassin’s Creed’s extras. It’s a shame, as the game undoubtedly breaks new ground with the hacking opportunities both behind the wheel or when sneaking around on foot. Much like the first Assassin’s Creed, the game has struggled with its own hype, but as history shows, Ubisoft are more than capable of turning this into an essential series if they can make the world and the gameplay around the hacking more interesting too.

Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII.

COMPETITION | WIN a code Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae (Xbox One, 2 winners)

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Brendan Griffiths
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Competitions, Final Fantasy XV, Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae, Xbox One Games

COMPETITION | WIN a code Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae (Xbox One, 2 winners)

We've been mightily impressed with Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae. We want you guys to try it out too. There are two ways to do this: one option being to buy a copy of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD and get a code for yourself with our cheapest deal.

Or enter our competition, as we have two Xbox One codes to give away!

It's time to get a little bit creative. To enter, we want you to come up with a boyband name for Noctis and the gang, and/or the title of their first album with the following image as the album cover.

COMPETITION | WIN a code Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae (Xbox One, 2 winners)

Submit your entry in the comment box below, and make sure to use a valid email address as that's how we'll contact you! The funnier the better, but try and keep it clean (ish). Feel free to riff on past Final Fantasy lore, gaming culture or pop stars. We're big fans of bad puns too.

One winner will be selected randomly, while the other will be determined based on which makes us laugh the most! The competition will close at 23:59 Sunday, April 5th. Good luck!

While you're thinking about what to write, why not check out our Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae review.

Have all the insane fun with Sunset Overdrive for £19.99

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Action Games, Sunset Overdrive, Xbox One Games

Have all the insane fun with Sunset Overdrive for £19.99

You can save £5 on Sunset Overdrive on Xbox One with this £19.99 deal.

Alternatively, if you'd like the Day One Edition, -with extra DLC- you can get it for just £22.85.

Jon highly rated Insomnia's Xbox One debut in his Sunset Overdrive reviewSunset Overdrive brings the fun. Though Insomniac's inexperience with open-world games leads to inconsistent mission design and a few oversights, its infectious energy, breathtaking traversal, silly weapons and violently colourful playground make for a brilliant way to blow off steam.

Final Fantasy Type-0 with FFXV demo £28.60 on PS4/XO

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Brendan Griffiths
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Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

Final Fantasy Type-0 with FFXV demo £28.60 on PS4/XO

Western Final Fantasy fans have had to wait years to get their hands on the former PSP-exclusive, but now Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is out on PS4 and Xbox One for just £28.60 via the discount code. This is the cheapest price we've seen post-launch too. Why so much, for a HD port of a PSP game though? Because it comes with a huge demo for Final Fantasy XV. Find a review of Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae here.

Type-0 is a more action-orientated title in a similar vein to the excellent Crisis Core on PSP. Here's a sample of Jon's reviewThe fact that Final Fantasy: Type-0 HD is enjoyable on PS4 and Xbox One proves how magnificent the PSP original must have been. Its fantastic real-time battle system holds the entire game together, while the ending more than makes up for the confusing mess of jargon that precedes it.

Extend DualShock 3's charge with Venom battery pack - £3.97

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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DualShock 3, peripherals, PS3 peripherals

Extend DualShock 3's charge with Venom battery pack - £3.97

Fancy adding 20 hours to your PS3's DualShock 3 controller? Then head on over to Currys and see if any of these Venom rechargeable battery are in stock in your area.

I've generally found that the DualShock 3 has a great battery life (especially seeing as it doesn't have a huge blue light like the DS4), but as they get a bit older or fall out of use versus your new consoles, the overall battery life is going to fade. One of these packs should help out of that's the case by adding another 20 hours. The pack is USB rechargeable too. Seriously, who's still putting regular batteries in controllers? Oh, sorry Microsoft.

Thanks to NeoTrix.

Ignore the haters and get DriveClub for £11.99

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Brendan Griffiths
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DriveClub, PS4 games, Racing Games

Ignore the haters and get DriveClub for £11.99

A rough start isn't always a bad thing, sometimes it leads to some sweet discounting and DriveClub is now available for just £11.99. This is for a preowned copy, saving you nearly £10 over a new copy.

Sony and Evolution Studios have been hard at work since launch and the game's online issues (it was practically impossible to get online for the first two weeks) have been patched, meaning this is much closer to the driving game that was originally promised. The track design is exceptional both in terms of layout and visual class. Loading times for the single-player races are super fast too. The handling can be a mixed bag and the penalty system takes a while to adjust to, but this is well worth a look and setting online challenges for other users is competitive bliss. Recent patches have also included rainy weather effects (I've never seen better) and there are a few extra events and vehicles available for free in the store too. Sony recently reaffirmed that the PlayStation + version was still on the way, but seeing as it will only give you the India tracks and a few cars, we'd rather stick £11.99 down for the full thing.

Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII.

Life is Strange Episode 2 - Out of Time Review

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Brendan Griffiths
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Reviews
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DONTNOD Entertainment, interactive drama, Life Is Strange, PC games, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

Life is Strange Episode 2 - Out of Time Review

Seven weeks is far too long to wait between episodes. Episode 1 was a fantastic opener, but the initial six-week wait between episodes became seven after a small delay. Considering Capcom recently released four episodes in four weeks for their episodic Resident Evil: Revelations 2, it would seem to make much more sense to follow their model by finishing development of a game and then releasing it, rather than frantically trying to meet deadlines every six weeks.

More to the point, with story-heavy content like this, it can be difficult to remember just what the hell is going on. The major events stuck in my head easily enough, but some of the interactions with smaller characters were much harder to recall. That said, checking Max's diary and her character bios was a big help, and for the most part, I felt like I was up to speed enough without needing to replay the first episode. Naturally, if you're holding off until every episode is out, you're not going to have a problem.

Life is Strange Episode 2 - Out of Time Review

As we learned in Episode 1, Max has discovered that she can rewind time, giving the player an enormously satisfying skill of rewinding conversations, testing out multiple dialogue trees and carefully choosing what to say to people. Actions can be rewound too, which is something this episode plays with more as Max shares her skills with Chloe (the girl with the striking blue hair).

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Apple iPad Air 2 16GB only £293.25 or 64GB for £373.15

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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hardware deals, iPad Air 2, Rakuten voucher codes

Apple iPad Air 2 16GB only £293.25 or 64GB for £373.15

Wow, Rakuten's code today knocks a mighty 15% off the price of a brand new Apple iPad Air 2. The 16GB model is going for £293.25 and the 64GB for just £373.15. Colours include white, space grey and gold. You won't find a better price than this. The code lasts for the rest of the day, but we doubt stocks will.

Thanks to Mark2111.

Mortal Kombat X gets a rubbish TV trailer, but here are the best prices

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Fighting Games, Mortal Kombat X, PC games, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

Seen the new TV spot trailer above?. A bit rubbish wasn't it? Fear not, the game itself is looking hella strong.Mortal Kombat X marks the long running series' debut on PS4 and Xbox One and you can now reserve your copy (including Goro DLC) from £32.94 via Rakuten. PC gamers can get a sweet deal too by ordering for just £15.95 if they use the facebook code available through the link on CD Keys' page.

We've got high hopes for this one as the studios' last game, Injustice: Gods Among Us, was a great brawler. Expect loads of depth this time as each character has multiple variants that give them unique attacks, specials and even different weapons. We've just learned there will be optional easy Fatality moves so more casual fans can enjoy them too (about time!). The training challenge towers have been improved for each character and the online options now include factions to side with. Expect those brutal X-ray shots as you smash the bones of your opponents too.

Titanfall is essential at £10.21 on Xbox One

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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FPS games, Titanfall, Xbox One Games

Titanfall is essential at £10.21 on Xbox One

There's no excuse to not own a copy of Titanfall if you like shooters. Hell, at £10.21 for a 'like new' copy you can afford to give this one a go even if you don't, as we're sure the mech and parkour action will change your mind.

There's nothing quite like Titanfall on the market right now and the combination of massive mechs and jetpacks is all sorts of mad fun. Now's a great time to get involved too thanks to the DLC drops being made FREE for all. Be sure to check out Jon's review and have a look at  the video of Carl heading online with only a joystick for company.

Lego Jurassic World preorder £37.99 (PS4/XO) / £29.99 (PS3/360) / £20.99 (3DS)

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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LEGO Jurassic World, PS3 games, PS4 games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Lego Jurassic World preorder £37.99 (PS4/XO) / £29.99 (PS3/360) / £20.99 (3DS)

Fancy getting your preorder down early for Lego Jurassic World? We don't blame you if you've seen the Lego Jurassic World trailer. The PS4/XO deal will save you £7 over the next best deal and there's a saving on the PS3/360 versions too. 3DS owners can get it for £20.99, saving over £11!

Lego Jurassic World is set to be a comprehensive title featuring not just the events from the new Jurassic World movie, but the original trilogy too. That's a lot of collectibles to look forwards to. Expect voice-overs from the movies along with playable dinosaurs and recreations of the most iconic scenes from the series like the T-rex chase, the cliffhanger trailers and many more.

Thanks to jwewan.

At A Glance: Roundup 23rd - 29th March 2015

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

At A Glance: Roundup 23rd - 29th March 2015

There's lots to see in our top ten news stories this week. Like PlayStation TV finally getting a drastic price cut, the police calling for 'Adult Only' age ratings for games (um, what about 18 ratings?), Twitch got hacked, Batman: Arkham Knight got delayed, the PS4 got a new firmware update, GTA's graphics started to rot and more.

Features this week include a report from my first brutal night in Bloodborne's Yharnam and Jon has put together a list of things you can do while waiting for the game to arrive. Those of you wanting to sharpen your skills in Battlefield: Hardline may want to take a look at my multiplayer tips guide for the new shooter. Jon's put together a World of Warships preview and also penned his impressions of the Etherium launch. And we've got a neat Mario-themed fish tank for you to take a gander at -because why not?

Some big reviews for you this week including Final Fantasy: Episode Duscae and Pillars of Eternity. If that's not enough for you, we've also got verdicts on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, Game of Thrones Episode 3 and Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters.

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Brendan's Bloodborne Hangover - A Dark Souls virgin's first night in Yharnam

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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Action RPGs, Bloodborne, Gaming articles, Opinion piece, PS4 games, Survival Horror Games

Brendan's Bloodborne Hangover - A Dark Souls virgin's first night in Yharnam

As far as Dark Souls goes, you'll struggle to find anyone at Dealspwn that dislikes it more. But here I am, working my way through Bloodborne. From Software's latest title is essentially a spiritual successor to the incredibly tough Souls series. These are the joys of being the only full timer with a PS4 (until Jon bought one today!).

But screw it, I almost enjoyed the Alpha and Beta versions I played in recent months. So perhaps the tides were turning and I was going to start warming to the infamous brand of hardcore gaming that has built up such a large following since the early days of Demon's Souls. Incidentally, that game was the last one I played.

There are plenty of reviews and reports from seasoned players, but we thought we'd provide a perspective from a relative newcomer, as we imagine there are a few of you out there that didn't fancy (or flat out disliked) the Souls series, but are keen to see what all the fuss is over the PS4's biggest exclusive yet. So here I am, recovering the day after the oh so bloody night before. Here's how I earned my Bloodborne Hangover.

Brendan's Bloodborne Hangover - A Dark Souls virgin's first night in Yharnam

The first thing you'll do in Bloodborne is create a character. I didn't spend much time on this, as I figured I'd be covering them up with as much armour as possible the first chance I got. When selecting body build, I went for the slimmest option as it doesn't affect any stats. I figured the less of me there was to hit the better.

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Battlefield: Hardline Multiplayer Tips

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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Battlefield: Hardline, FPS games, PC games, PS4 games, Survival Guide, Xbox One Games

Battlefield: Hardline Multiplayer Tips

After easing ourselves in though Battlefield: Hardline's campaign (so much better than the last two games!), we've been hitting the servers pretty hard since launch. We've been impressed with how stable the online action has been and it looks like Visceral have learned from DICE's mistakes in Battlefield 4. So you've no excuses to not get the most from the online action. However, life as a cop or criminal can be seriously tough out there. So why not improve your chances by checking out our Battlefield: Hardline multiplayer tips.

Battlefield: Hardline Multiplayer Tips

Fire in bursts

Hardline's assault rifles have a mean kick to them and sustained firing causes your crosshair to dance around the screen making distant targets difficult to hit. You don't necessarily need to adjust the firing mode of your assault rifle to burst fire, just manually fire in shorter bursts and you'll notice how much easier it is to maintain a steady aim and not have to worry about reloading to finish of a single opponent.

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