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Next Week's Releases: Footy, murder and dungeons

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Next Week's Releases: Footy, murder and dungeons

Destiny has been a huge seller, but FIFA is bound to smash it off the top spot next weekend and is a good shout for Xmas #1. Other brave (foolish?) games are releasing the same week too, including the eagerly awaited Gauntlet remake and the intriguing murder mystery title, the Vanishing of Ethan Carter. Check out the full lineup for the week below, along with links to our past coverage and the best online pre-order prices.

September 23rd

Next Week's Releases: Footy, murder and dungeons

Gauntlet (PC)

As a console gamer, I’m really jealous that this is only coming to PC for the foreseeable future. I blame this newfound addiction to Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition. Gauntlet is a true original brand though and we can’t wait to see its modern update. It has four player co-op of course.

Pre-Order: Steam £14.99

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The Morning Papers - Expos, sequels and fixes

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Brendan Griffiths
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The Morning Papers

The Morning Papers - Expos, sequels and fixes

Morning folks, let's see what emerged in the gaming sphere last night. Highlights include Microsoft trying to flog more XOs with Halo seeing as Destiny has seemingly sided with the PS4. There are new Disgaea and Giana Sisters games on the way. Battlefield 4 is getting yet another patch, which will hopefully iron out some of those more persistent glitches. Or maybe just add a compulsory download for the next DLC, filling our hard-drives whether we're buying it or not. Finally, check out the near final list of games you'll be able to play at next week's Eurogamer Expo, or hold on for a fat collection of previews as I'm heading down there myself. You should get down there though really.

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Murasaki Baby Review - The Colourful Heart of Darkness

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Brendan Griffiths
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Reviews
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Murasaki Baby, Platform games, PS Vita games, Puzzle games

Murasaki Baby Review - The Colourful Heart of Darkness

Platform: PS Vita

Developer: Ovosonico

Publisher: Sony

Sony has repositioned the Vita as a champion of indie titles and Murasaki Baby has been on our radar for what seems like forever. The wait is over though and we finally get our hands on one of the most visually-striking games to land on the handheld in ages.

The aim of this 2D puzzle platformer is to help this incredibly creepy, yet somehow adorable, little girl find her ‘mummy’ as we guide her through the nightmare-like environments via a multitude of touchscreen and rear touchpad controls. Early Vita adopters may hear a few distant alarm bells ringing if they remember the infuriatingly clunky launch title Escape Plan. Thankfully, the controls in Murasaki Baby are much better. Mostly.

Murasaki Baby Review - The Colourful Heart of Darkness

To move the child, you use the touchscreen to hold her hand and drag it across the screen as her arm stretches out and she follows your movements. Pull too far and too fast and she’ll trip, so you must be mindful of moving at a consistent pace. Players also need care for balloon she carries. If it pops, you must restart the scene, so you’ll need to use another finger to drag it around the screen in order to move it past thorns or avoid flying safety pins, the latter of which you can also flick from the screen.

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

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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At A Glance, Game news, Game previews, Games reviews, Gamescom 2014, News Roundup, Weekly Roundup

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

I wonder how many postman lost their fingers this week as eager gamers yanked their copy of Destiny through the letter box after waiting for what seems like forever, *again, sorry Pat." It'll come as no surprise then that Bungie's shooter dominates our Features section this week with multiple videos, guides and early impressions chats. You see, there's not much point rushing out a review without playing the hell out of this online-orientated title first, so it'll be ready when it's ready - the way it should be.

Don't worry if Destiny's not your cup of tea, we have plenty more for you to enjoy. Matt's been rooting through the Bayonetta's wardrobe to show off her new outfits in a video for Platinum's sequel on the WiiU. Our previews include early looks at Dragon Ball Xenoverse, The Division, Pillars of Eternity, Act of Aggression and Hearts of Iron IV. Jon's reviewed the new Xbox One FTP space ninja release, Warframe. Finishing up the week I've been through all of next week's releases in my weekly guide, complete with the best pre-order prices. My Sunday Seven feature this week focuses on the best under the radar releases coming in the next few months before Christmas. 

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The Sunday Seven: Under the Radar Releases This Xmas

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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New Releases, The Sunday Seven

The Sunday Seven: Under the Radar Releases This Xmas

The Christmas release line-up has a long tradition of being ridiculously packed every year. After one of the driest gaming summers in recent memory, this is all the more frustrating. The big publishers will often drown out the marketing efforts of any releases that aren’t Call of Duty, FIFA, Halo or other major console branded spots, so this list is for seven games that deserve a little boost and ones we hope won’t get brushed aside in favour of the usual suspects. Keep your browser aimed at Dealspwn as we’ll be aiming to review the lot of them.

The Witness (PS4)

Jonathan Blow’s follow up to Braid is looking like one of the PS4’s must have digital titles and with a bit of luck it will be released this year. The game puts you on a large colourful island with little instruction for the world packed with puzzles to complete to unlock new areas. It reminds us a bit of Myst, but a bit more tranquil than the classic 90s puzzler. Blow has explained the puzzle progression would be taught naturally to the player without words, but by showing them simpler versions at some point in an environment, gradually teaching the player how to complete the 600+ puzzles. It sounds complicated, but the above video does a great job of explaining his concept and sets The Witness out as potentially one of the most innovative titles of the year.

Release date: TBC 2014.

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Grand Theft Auto V Cheapest PS4/XO Pre-Order £38.99

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Brendan Griffiths
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Grand Theft Auto V Cheapest PS4/XO Pre-Order £38.99

Grand Theft Auto V | GMG PS4 / XO | Last-Gen Review

With the original PS3/360 version available for around £20, re-releasing the PS4/XO version at full price+ seems a bit cheeky to be honest. Most retailers have pre-orders around £45-£48, but Green Man Gaming will send you a copy for £38.99, making it comfortably the best pre-order price around ahead of the November 18th release date. Expect better visuals, extra radio material and extra traffic on the roads (because that'll be fun). At full price, you should only be considering this if you didn't play the original. It's worth noting that other new-gen remasters like The Last of Us and Metro Redux appeared not long after launch for around £25 in numerous online sales.

Thanks to BuzzDuraband at HotUkDeals.

Borderlands Collection £8.86 on Xbox 360

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Borderlands, Borderlands 2, FPS games, Xbox 360 games

Borderlands Collection £8.86 on Xbox 360

Borderlands 1 & 2 Bundle | ShopTo | £8.86
Borderlands ReviewBorderlands 2 Review

While lacking the expansion DLC content provided by the individual Game of the Year editions, this is still tremendous value for money as Borderlands 2 alone is generally the same price as this collection. Gearbox's cel-shaded FPS series is more of an RPG take on the genre, which has been adored by millions since launch. Newbies should note that these games are much more enjoyably when played online if you don't want to face a lonely grind. Get involved!

Thanks to Buzzdurband at HotUkDeals.

Next Week’s Releases: Contains Plastic Avengers and Sheep

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Brendan Griffiths
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Next Week’s Releases: Contains Plastic Avengers and Sheep

Finished Destiny already or just have a really short attention span? Fear not, we’re back with our weekly look at next week’s releases. This is the week that parents will be dreading ahead of Xmas as Dinsey are rolling out their latest toy-fest. Will Zelda survive it’s whoring out to the Dynasty Warriors franchise and why are those sheep acting like Lemmings? This is the week to find some answers.

September 19th

Next Week’s Releases: Contains Plastic Avengers and Sheep

Disney Infinity 2.0 (PS3, PS4, 360, XO, WiiU)

This might be the year to check out Disney’s Skylanders-baiting franchise that sees real-life toy figures used on a portal to appear in-game. Since Disney acquired Marvel, it’s always been a sure bet we’d see them in Disney Infinity. So get ready for new playsets including The Avengers, Spider-Man and the crew from Guardians of the Galaxy. 2.0 also marks the series next-gen debut on the PS4 and XO. The base game and some extra figures is looking pricey, so be sure to check out our past coverage below first and stay tuned for Jon’s verdict on the XO version.

> PREVIEW | Skylanders who? Disney Infinity 2.0 assembles Avengers & guards the galaxy

> VIDEO INTERVIEW | Everything you need to know about Disney Infinity 2.0!

> VIDEO | Disney Infinity 2.0 Developer Walkthrough

Cheapest PS4 / XO Pre-Order: Simply Games £50.94

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Destiny down to £34.85 on PS4/Xbox One

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

Destiny down to £34.85 on PS4/Xbox One

Destiny | Simply Games| £34.85 PS4 / XOPreviewDestiny Starter Guide

This is even cheaper than Tesco's recent deal and also includes the Xbox One version of the game. To be honest I never thought we'd see the new-gen version of the game below £40 this year, but it seems like a few sites are resorting to hacking their profit margins to cash in on the hype. Head over to our Destiny hub, where you can see gameplay videos and impressions so far.

Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII at HotUkDeals.

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

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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At A Glance: Roundup 1st - 7th September 2014

This has been a belter of a week for previews. We have early looks at some of the hottest titles of the future including Batman: Arkham Knight, Project Cars, Far Cry 4, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor and Magicka 2. Ever-keen to shove a microphone into faces we have interviews for the likes of Project Cars and Epic Games, the team behind the ever-popular Unreal Engine. Other video features include looks at Bayonetta 2, Project Cars, GoD Factory: Wingmen and Velocity 2X. Article pieces provide a beginner's guide to Adventure Mode in Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition, take a look at the label of 'Gamer', ask if the new 3DS is going too far and we take a look at the release schedule for the week ahead. Apparently the dudes that used to make Halo are releasing some shooter next week. May be worth checking out.

We've been binging on reviews this week (not at all to clear our desks before Destiny arrives) to bring you verdicts on odd titles like Hatoful boyfriend and Deep Under the Sky. Slightly more normal releases include Runers and GoD Factory: Wingmen. The clear winners with a brace of 9/10 scores though are the excellent Velocity 2x and Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition.

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The Sunday Seven: Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition Adventure Mode Starter Tips

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Brendan Griffiths
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Action RPGs, Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, The Sunday Seven, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

The Sunday Seven: Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition Adventure Mode Starter Tips

If you patiently waited all that time for the new-gen version of Diablo III you may be wondering what all the fuss is about Adventure Mode. Well, after you finish the campaign mode, you’ll be wanting to bag some serious XP and loot to keep the game feeling fresh and getting to Level 70 so you can explore the Paragon system and maybe start on a few new characters to share the additional benefits of your first demon slaying hero. So why not take a look at this week’s Sunday Seven which has a few starter tips to get you going on the next part of your quest for epic loot in Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition. Naturally, we’d love to hear any hints you’d like to share too.

The Sunday Seven: Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition Adventure Mode Starter Tips

Bounties

Before diving into Rifts, you’ll need to complete a few bounties. Access the map, choose an act and then visit any of the locations with an exclamation mark. These quests task you with killing a mini-boss at the end or finding an item. If you finish five bounties in one continuous session, you may be in line to receive a bonus in the form of a bag full of loot and gems and a large haul of XP, usually a few million, which you’ll need on your way to Lv. 70 so you can start playing around with Paragon stats.

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Velocity 2X Review - Resogun Who?

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Brendan Griffiths
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Reviews
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Platform games, PS Vita games, PS4 games, shoot 'em up, Velocity 2X

Velocity 2X Review - Resogun Who?

Platforms: PS4 (reviewed) | Vita

Developer: Futurlab

Publisher: Futurlab

Futurlab may have just gone and made one of the best games of the year. And for anyone on PS+, you can download it for free now on PS4 and Vita.

The original Velocity title on the Vita was a cool retro shoot ‘em up that had you teleporting through barriers to reach other parts of a scrolling stage. We would have been happy enough with more of the same, but Futurlab really went the extra mile by adding in on-foot 2D platforming sections when you leave the ship. The game effortlessly shifts between the two modes with no loading screens to complete one of the slickest experiences we’ve seen on PS4.

Velocity 2X Review - Resogun Who?

But let’s go back to the flying parts of the game. Like many classic shooters, you travel up the ever scrolling screen to reach your goal at the top. Rather than fly to the top of the screen to speed up the scrolling, you hold R1 to boost, which effectively scrolls the screen a bit faster, with you needing to stick near the bottom of to have more time to avoid getting smushed.

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Next Week's Releases - New worlds, neon, hockey and ninja storms

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Brendan Griffiths
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New Releases
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New Releases, PS3 games, PS4 games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Next Week's Releases - New worlds, neon, hockey and ninja storms

For some reason, we get the feeling that one game is going to dominate next week. But that hasn’t stopped a few other titles braving the same release week as Activision’s new IP. Let’s take a look at what’s hitting the stores this week then.

September 9th

Next Week's Releases - New worlds, neon, hockey and ninja storms

Destiny (PS3, PS4, 360, XO) – MOST ANTICIPATED GAME OF THE WEEK!

It’s no wonder the release schedule is a little light this week as everyone sensibly gets out of the way of Bungie’s new juggernaut. After extensive time with the alpha and beta trials we’re confident that this is going to be one of the biggest smashes this year. Fingers crossed there’s plenty of depth in this ambitious FPSMMO. We have so much past coverage for you to check out including previews, deals, features and videos, be sure to check them out at our Destiny hub.

> Destiny Preview

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Opening Scenes: Velocity 2X - 27 Mins of Gameplay

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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Gameplay footage, PS4 games, Velocity 2X

Opening Scenes: Velocity 2X - 27 Mins of Gameplay

The PS4 offerings for PS+ have been a bit too niche for their own good in recent months, but Velocity 2X is a stone cold classic. This newly released title is available for free to anyone on Sony's subscription service and is out now on both PS4 and Vita.

Today we have 27 minutes of gameplay footage for you, captured from the PS4 version as I play the game for the first time. Velocity 2X is a hybrid of retro shooter and 2D platformer and works best when played at full tilt. The video shows off how effortlessly the game switches between the two genres to become one of the best releases of the year so far. We'll have a review for you soon, but for now check out what you're missing, then go and download it.

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At A Glance: Roundup 25th-31st August 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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At A Glance, Game news, Game previews, Games reviews, Gamescom 2014, News Roundup, Weekly Roundup

At A Glance: Roundup 25th-31st August 2014

It's Sunday roundup time folks, where you can find the links to all our features and reviews in one handy place. The previews and interviews are flowing thick and fast again with extensive coverage on the likes of Assassin's Creed: Rogue, Project Cars, Quantum Break, Dreamfall Chapters, Shape Up, Act of Aggression, WildStar, Bayonetta 2 and Pillars of Eternity. Feature pieces see Jon taking some time to re-evaluate what we should expect from the Vita going forwards. Matt shows us what's new in Infamous: First Light. There's a new regular feature that takes a look at the new releases in the week ahead. Only a brief summer vacation stopped me playing much Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition on PS4 this week, but I managed finish the campaign and record a video of the newly unlocked Adventure mode for you. I also had time to put down some thoughts about being tempted towards an Xbox One despite having a PS4.

This was one of the best weeks we've had in a while as far as review scores go, with everyone picking up a decent number of stars. Check out our verdicts for the likes of Metro Redux, Infamous: First Light, Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited and Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. See you all next week.

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The Grass Is Always Greener... I have a PS4, so why do I really want an Xbox One?

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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Opinion piece, PS4, PS4 games, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

The Grass Is Always Greener... I have a PS4, so why do I really want an Xbox One?

The grass is always greener on the other side. Early on in a new generation of consoles, you usually have to pick between two big rivals. It’s been like that throughout all of my formative gaming years. Sega vs. Nintendo. Nintendo Vs Sony. Sony Vs Microsoft. Whatever side you choose though, chances are your console is going to have a slow start during the first 18 months, especially with development time of the big Triple A titles getting longer and longer.

As a PS4 gamer I’ve had plenty of games to enjoy since launch from exclusives like Infamous and Killzone to the compelling third-party efforts like Assassin’s Creed IV, Wolfenstein the Lego games and more recently Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition. After E3 and Gamescom though, I have to admit I’ve been getting itchy feet and the feeling that I’m missing out by not having an Xbox One, like I said, the grass is always greener and all that.

Sony has kept many of their exclusives under tight wraps, with nothing solid to show yet for Uncharted and The Last Guardian. The constant delays and changing messages of DriveClub haven’t been encouraging and The Order: 1886 is still lacking that special something. And don’t even get me started on the complete silence on the future of the God of War series.

The Grass Is Always Greener... I have a PS4, so why do I really want an Xbox One?

Yet I look over at the Xbox One lineup and I see my beloved Insomniac bringing all the fun to the table with Sunset Overdrive (which I’ve managed to convince myself will be boring after half an hour) when gaming is crying out for a new-gen platformer in the ilk of Ratchet & Clank.

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Let's Play... Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition - Adventure Mode

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Brendan Griffiths
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Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition, Gameplay footage, PS4 games, Videos, Xbox One Games

Let's Play... Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition - Adventure Mode

The new Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition has been devouring our time here at Castle Dealspwn lately. Jon's putting the finishing touches to his review and I recently put together a beginner's tips guide. After getting back from my hols though I've finally been able to finish the campaign mode which, as players of the original version will know, has meant the Adventure mode has finally unlocked.

This part of Diablo III's end-game sees you tasked with bounties or killcount targets to bring in some seriously fat XP and gold rewards, not to mention all sorts of shiny loot. Blood Shards are rare rewards too and also a new currency that allows you to gamble for some exceptionally rare items. So, take a look at my new video and see some early missions and bounties I take on during my first day with Adventure mode. This is also where you earn keystone fragments to unlock the raid-like Rift missions. We'll have some coverage of those soon, although I'm wondering if I had better hit Lv. 70 first.

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Next Week’s Releases – Space ninjas, dancing and teleporting

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Brendan Griffiths
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New Releases, PC games, PS Vita games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

Next Week’s Releases – Space ninjas, dancing and teleporting

We’re getting awfully close to gaming’s silly season and there are a lot of games arriving in the coming months. So, we’re starting a weekly release roundup running through the new titles in the week ahead, with a bit of information about the games that will be appearing in the New Release section of your local retailer or digital store. Be sure to check out the links too for deeper coverage via our reviews and features.

September 2nd

Next Week’s Releases – Space ninjas, dancing and teleporting

Warframe (XO)

Warframe has been out for a while now on the PC and PS4 and the FTP title is coming to the Xbox One early next week. Be warned, this third-person shooter/slicer has a very grindy start that isn’t for everyone as you’ll struggle to shake the feeling you need to pump actual money into the game to get any decent weapons and upgrades.

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Assassin's Creed: Unity PS4/XO pre-order for £37.75

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Assassin's Creed: Unity PS4/XO pre-order for £37.75

Assassin's Creed: Unity | GameSeek PS4 / XO
£37.75 | Discount Code: 2355682

Considering how the new-gen version of ACIV is still going for about £35, this could be the best price you see for the newest entry to the series set during the French Revolution. Using the discount code to get £2 off puts GS nearly £8 cheaper than the next best deal. Note: the game was recently delayed until November 13th and most retailers still have their listing as October 28th.

Thanks to craig159753 and halodudify at HotUkDeals.

Blue PS4 Controller back in stock for £39.97

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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DualShock 4, hardware deals, PS4

Blue PS4 Controller back in stock for £39.97

Blue DualShock 4 | GameStop | £39.97

The red and blue DualShock 4 PS4 controllers have become very rare since launch and you're lucky to see them drop below £50. GameStop have proved to be one of the few sites to get them in on a semi-regular basis though and for the best price too. Today's deal is a fiver cheaper than the next best price at ShopTo. I have one of these controllers myself and can attest to its gorgeous looks that make it a firm favourite over the regular black model. The issue with degrading rubber on the analogue sticks has apparently been fixed with newer batches of all DualShock 4 pads too.

Thanks to ettienem1001 at HotUkDeals.