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Is a Final Fantasy XII remaster necessary?

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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Final Fantasy XII HD, Final Fantasy XIII: Definitive Edition, PS4 games, Retro games, Square Enix, Xbox One Games

Is a Final Fantasy XII remaster necessary?

Here at Dealspwn, we take each remaster as it comes and examine it on its own merits in terms of value and the perceived desire for it to exist in the first place. The latest title to apparently get the HD/Remaster treatment will be 2006's PS2 title, Final Fantasy XII. Is this more cash-grabbing and recycling of old games, or an essential chance to catch up with one of the PS2's last hailed gems? Let's take a look.

There have been no official announcements from Square-Enix yet, but at the Final Fantasy Distant World orchestral event in Pittsburgh, composer Arnie Roth, said on-stage: "...and there's the Final Fantasy XII remake underway. That's coming out soon."

He's probably received a stern phone call since, but it's looking highly credible with Hitoshi Sakimoto, who scored the original, apparently confirming it too [IGN]. It's important to consider that the term 'remake' was probably used very lightly and in error, as we're more than likely looking at a HD remaster. It's a wording error, that's frequently used to describe HD re-releases, even by yours truly I imagine. And come on, it took Square how long to announce a proper 'remake' of Final Fantasy VII? So they're hardly going to bother with one for the comparatively low-key XII.

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The Order: 1886 is damn tempting at £16.99

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Action Games, PS4 games, The Order: 1886

The Order: 1886 is damn tempting at £16.99

The Order: 1886 was admittedly a big letdown considering the hype, but at least that's meant some heavy discounting since release. We have options for both new and preowned versions and you should be able to get most of your money back on eBay if you want to get rid afterwards. My mission to find the game for £18.86 seems to have failed again, but I was close with this £18.99 deal for a new copy. Better yet, why not go preowned for £16.99?

The Order: 1886 is only about five hours long and makes you watch it rather than play it half the time. But I'd still recommend giving it a shot at some point, if the price is right for you. It's incredibly good-looking throughout and the shootouts are actually a lot of fun. Read my The Order: 1886 review for more on the game and take a look at my Order: 1886 survival tips or maybe even my other article, 12 ways The Order: 1886 could match the hype with a sequel.

Don't miss The Witcher 3 for £29.99 on consoles

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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PS4 games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Xbox One Games

Don't miss The Witcher 3 for £29.99 on consoles

Usually, in the first few months after a Triple A game's release, you're stuck looking at prices awfully close to the RRP. Here at Dealspwn, we're obsessed with chipping those prices down, and this hot preowned deal brings The Witcher: Wild Hunt down to £29,99 on PS4 and Xbox One, which is nearly a fiver cheaper than the best new price.

The game picked up one of our Editor's Choice awards in my review: "While the decidedly average combat and alarming number of technical gremlins are disappointing for a title that's been in development for so long, The Witcher III: Wild Hunt is still a must-buy title for genre fans. The Northern Kingdoms is vast and beautiful setting, packed with unique adventures and touching tales that you'll find away from the beats of the main story. A title to truly lose yourself in." Don't forget to keep your eye out for all the free DLC too.

Thanks to KoopaDuckie.

Mad Max on PC is worth a gamble at £12.96

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Action Games, game keys, Mad Max, PC games, PS4 games

Mad Max on PC is worth a gamble at £12.96

Wow, the Mad Max story trailer is all sorts of awesome. You should take a look and then get your preoder deal down. We've dug a fantastic deal for PC gamers at £12.96, saving you a mighty £18 over the next best deal. To get a 5% discount, go to the retailer's Facebook page and click the link. You don't have to enter an email address, just enter any text and press enter for a code.

Mad Max has been storming down the dusty development highway for years, but it's now only a month away and we'll finally get to see what the Road Warrior is made of. There'll be a mix of vehicular combat, car customisation, RPG upgrades and hand-to-hand scraps to keep things interesting in the wastelands. 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 m3racer123.

Aliens: Colonial Marines is finally worth the money

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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aliens: co, FPS games, PS3 games

Aliens: Colonial Marines is finally worth the money

It's undeniably terrible, but at this price for a new copy (of the Extermination Edition too), we'd urge you to take a look in a morbid sort of way. Essentially, we had to play it, so you should too damnit!

There's nothing quite like a wave of scathing reviews to smash the price of a game down. The game's campaign is only about six hours long and the co-op struggles to run smoothly enough to bother. But as a basic FPS, it generally works and the iconic weaponry does tick those nostalgic boxes. We know curiosity is going to get the better of you eventually, so you might as well get it as cheap as possible if you want to take a look at this train wreck. Take a look at the Aliens: Colonial Marines review.

Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII.

Borderlands: The Pre-sequel only £9.85 on PS3/360

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, FPS games, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games

Borderlands: The Pre-sequel only £9.85 on PS3/360

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is down to arguably its cheapest price yet on PS3 and 360. £9.85 is a great deal and this could see you through the rest of summer.

The Handsome Collection on PS4/XO includes a next-gen version of the Pre-Sequel and Borderlands 2, but most prices are around the £35 mark, which is all sorts of grim for old rope with a smidge of polish. Whereas picking up this version will save you loads, especially if you've already played the hell out of Borderlands 2.

Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII.

Weekly Dealspwn.com Roundup 27th July - 2nd August 2015

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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Game news, Game previews, Game reviews, Weekly Roundup

Weekly Dealspwn.com Roundup 27th July - 2nd August 2015

It's weekly roundup time, folks. You'll find links to the biggest news stories, feature articles and reviews below from everything at Dealspwn over the last seven days. There are some great new trailers to watch for Until Dawn, Lego Dimensions and Broken Sword 5. A few new titles were announced including Zombi (formerly ZombiU), Constructor HD and we even have an update about The Terminator coming to WWE 2K15.

Features include a look at how the keyboard/mouse control combo may be making a move for consoles again. Carl has a guide for all things gaming on Windows 10. And there's a fond Throwback Thursday article on Arcades, the golden age of video games.

Reviews include verdicts on God of War III: Remastered, Life is Strange: Episode 4, Game of Thrones: Episode 5 and the i-eX Bean Bag Gaming Chair.

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Batman: Arkham Knight Day 1 Edition only £29.86 on PS4

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Batman: Arkham Knight, PS4 games

Batman: Arkham Knight Day 1 Edition only £29.86 on PS4

Batman: Arkham Knight is a hot contender for Game of the Year. The PS4 version is the one to go for at 1080p, rather than the dodgy PC port. So take a look at this £29.86 deal that is comfortably the best price around, especially for the Day 1 Edition. This is the best price seen so far, aside from a brief glitch on Amazon, where many orders were cancelled by the retailer anyway.

Is it any good? Well, here's a short version of my review"Rocksteady and Batman is a combination we'll sorely miss. Their trilogy ends on a high though, with a refinement of their excellent Freeflow combat and Predator modes. The Batmobile is a somewhat mixed experience, but its heart is in the right place. Our much-awaited tour of the city of Gotham was a gorgeous sight to behold and an unforgettable goodbye." Be sure to check out these articles too: Batman: Arkham Knight's Batmobile - Brilliant fun or a legacy betrayed? and Why Rocksteady quitting Batman after Arkham Knight is the right choice.

Zombie Army Trilogy only £23.86

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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PS4 games, Xbox One Games, Zombie Army Trilogy

Zombie Army Trilogy only £23.86

The price of Zombie Army Trilogy is taking it's time to come down, but this is one of the best prices we've seen.

Here's a sample of Carl's review: "Its level design may be repetitious, especially on solo play, and it may not innovate on the genre or the Sniper Elite franchise, but if you’re looking for some competitive co-op fun that prioritises non-stop action over narrative, Zombie Army Trilogy hits the mark, and then some."

Thanks to Glennb.

i-eX Bean Bag Gaming Chair Review

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Brendan Griffiths
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Reviews
Tags:
gaming chairs, i-eX Bean Bag Gaming Chair

i-eX Bean Bag Gaming Chair Review

Physical comfort is an important part of gaming. Let's face it, sometimes a game just pulls you in for hours. Chances are, many of you want to lose yourself for a day in the likes of The Witcher III or Batman: Arkham Knight. Is your sofa/bed the most comfortable place still for lengthy sessions? With Fallout 4 thundering towards us, you're going to want to find the right seat.

Let me present the i-eX Bean Bag Gaming Chair. This faux-leather beast is much more gamer-friendly than your usual bean-bags (that attempt to swallow you whole) thanks to the addition of back support. There isn't a rigid component, it's more of a change to the shape of the bag that provides something similar to a racing car's bucket seat (but with the comfort of a bean bag).

The bag itself is roughly three quarters full of polystyrene 'beans' and they're poured into a separate internal zipped layer with another zip hidden underneath the seat, so you're not accidentally going to spill the beans any time soon.

Click here to read the rest of my review.

Glacier White PS4 only £266.94 with code

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Console bundles, PS4

Glacier White PS4 only £266.94 with code

How cool is the white PS4? It's cool as ice, but this price is hotter than hell for Sony's stylish glacier white PS4 console as you can now pick it up for just £266.94. With 5x Super Points at the moment, you're getting £14.45 back in points.

If they go out of stock, there's another tasty offer below for just £269.99.

This white PS4 is a 500GB model and comes with all the usual cables, a basic earbud headset and a white controller.

Lego Batman 3 only £16.99 on PS4

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, PS4 games

Lego Batman 3 only £16.99 on PS4

£16.99 is hard to resist for Traveller's Tales' latest Batman title.

The DC license may lack the star quality of its Marvel rival, but the refined elements of Lego Batman 3 ensure this is an improved sequel, despite the removal of an open world to explore. As ever though, this is best enjoyed in co-op if your sanity can take a bit of taunting from the camera. As you'd expect there's about 30 hours of collectible stuffed gameplay on offer.

Keep checking in for more #gamedealalerts on Dealspwn.com and follow us over on Twitter and Facebook for by-the-minute updates.

Time for a change? New vacancies at Game Stores and within company

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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GAME store, Retail

Time for a change? New vacancies at Game Stores and within company

Been looking for a new job? Well, if you have an awesome knowledge of games and a nose for sales, or maybe some admin skills, be sure to check out the newly listed vacancies all over England and a few in Wales and Northern Island.

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Get a solus PS4 console for just £235.85

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Console bundles, PS4

Get a solus PS4 console for just £235.85

Looking for a solus PS4 console? You won't find cheaper than today's offer at £235.85. Seriously, do you honestly have an excuse at this price? If you have an Xbox One, but are thinking about also picking up a PS4, check out Jon's opinion piece on his new PS4. Note: This is an Amazon Warehouse deal and item may have been out of the box before as the description reads: "The item may come repackaged. Minor cosmetic imperfection on the front of theitem. Accessories may have cosmetic damage."

There's still a while to go before we see the likes of Uncharted 4 or No Man's Sky, but there are plenty of exclusives to enjoy before then like Bloodborne, LittleBigPlanet 3, DriveClub and Infamous: Second Son. You'll be wanting some free games too then with a PlayStation + subscription. So take a look at our PlayStation + and PSN Gift Cards cheap deals guide too.

Lego Jurassic World only £29.99 on PS4

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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LEGO Jurassic World, PS4 games

Lego Jurassic World only £29.99 on PS4

With the movie still doing the business at the cinemas, there's still a buzz about Lego Jurassic World, so the price isn't dropping so fast on new-gen consoles. But £29.99 is the only deal we can find under £30.

There are some infuriating bugs in Lego Jurassic World, especially Trophies not pinging for player two or invisible QTE buttons, but there's well other 30 hours of game here with the inclusion of action from all four movies. Don't expect much innovation, but Telltale have done a great job of giving a Lego makeover to memorable scenes from all the movies. Take a look at my Lego Jurassic World review for more.

Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited only £30 on PS4/XO

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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MMORPGs, PS4 games, The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, Xbox One Games

Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited only £30 on PS4/XO

[Update: If you're not bothered about the Crown Edition on PS4, you can pay just £28.50 at CoolShop]

Been waiting for a hot deal for The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited on PS4 and Xbox One? This £30 deal is currently the cheapest price, although we've seen it for a bit less in recent weeks. On the plus side, this is the Crown Edition of the game, coming with 750 in-game crowns.

Don't worry about online subscription fees, they were dropped long ago for this title. There's plenty to do in the main game, but when you're done, take a look at the Imperial City DLC. Still not sure? Take a look at Jon's console review.

Thanks to KoopaDuckie.

Limited Edition Metal Gear Solid V PS4 console bundle only £280.52

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Console bundles, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, PS4, PS4 games

Limited Edition Metal Gear Solid V PS4 console bundle only £280.52

If you've waited this long for a PS4, you might as well pick up one in style with this Limited Edition Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain bundle for just £280.52. That's a huge saving. We've seen a few go for around £330, but most are selling for £349 or more.

This very limited release has a uniquely coloured PS4 and an exclusive DualShock 4 in a grey colour with a Diamond Dogs logo. Naturally, you're getting a copy of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain too. This edition will be released September 1st.

Thanks to nunn.

PlayStation TV + 3 games only £35.99

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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PlayStation TV, PS Vita games, PS4 games

PlayStation TV + 3 games only £35.99

PlayStation TV is now available for £35.99 and this version includes Worms Revolution Extreme, Velocity Ultra and OlliOlli.

PlayStation TV is a neat device that let's you play a selection of Vita games on your TV using a regular sized DualShock controller. What we find especially useful though is the PS4 streaming that is handy for playing your PS4 on a different TV in the house. So perhaps moving your PS4 up and downstairs is set to become a thing of the past? £35.99 sounds cheaper than buying a new PS4 when you inevitably fumble it too. Take a look at Matt's PlayStation TV review.

Thanks to nunn.

Get The Evil Within from £12.85 on Xbox One

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Survival Horror Games, The Evil Within, Xbox One Games

Get The Evil Within from £12.85 on Xbox One

Xbox One gamers can now pick up The Evil Within for just £12.85 including the Fighting Chance DLC pack for. For just a little ore, you can go for the Limited Edition for £14.85 Use the voucher code below to get these tasty prices.

The Limited Edition comes with:

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Huge Dying Light expansion 'The Following' announced

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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Dying Light, Dying Light: The Following, Techland

Huge Dying Light expansion 'The Following' announced

The Following, a large story-based expansion for popular zombie title, Dying Light, has just been announced by Techland. This new setting was teased earlier this week with images of an all-terrain dirt buggy.

Most of the details are being held back for a proper reveal at Gamescom next week., but the best news so far is that The Following will be made available to Season Pass holders at no extra cost. A price for non-pass holders has yet to be announced. 

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