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

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

A good week for the Xbox One this week with a console update smoothing over the experience and some new maps were announced for Titanfall. PS4 owners can at least look forward to a free update that will seriously beef up the video editor. Elsewhere, we found out that 37% of all Steam sold games have never been played, not that this will stop us snapping up those bundles. Oh, and Snoop Dogg is going to be in COD. Just because.

Trials Fusion and Lego The Hobbit were the big hitters in our reviews section this week. but we also have the smaller games covered too in the shapes and sounds of Invizimals: The Lost KingdomWarlock II: The Exiled and Beware Planet Earth.

Just look at that previews section, it's all sorts of packed. We have previews for WildStarOrbitalisNosgoth (there's an interview too), Private Eye and Van Helsing 2. Video footage includes a Nosgoth playthrough, Carl's Reload show and Broforce. There are articles on VR's place in the living room (or potential lack of) and the recent firing of a respected Halo composer. Chris takes at look at some gaming Easter Eggs and the curse of continuing a gaming franchise. Matt's review journal continues with The Elder Scrolls Online and we ponder that Warner Bros may be taking the mick with the never-ending stream of Lego titles after the disappointing Hobbit game.

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Saints Row IV £9.99 on PS3 at Zavvi

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Brendan Griffiths
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Action Games, PS3 games

Saints Row IV £9.99 on PS3 at Zavvi

Saints Row IV | Zavvi | £9.99
Price ComparisonReview

Stop pretending you're not interested in Saints Row 4's insanity, at £9.99 it's dipped under the £10 barrier for the first time, making it a much cheaper alternative to the super powered antics of buying a PS4 for Infamous: Second Son. Thanks to a nonsense alien invasion/Matrix story you now have powers like super sprinting, fireballs, telekinesis and the ability to leap over buildings. Volitions super-powered take on the open-world genre is an absolute blast to play.

Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII at HotUkDeals.

Battlefield 3 £3.75 on PC at Origin

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Battlefield 3, FPS games, PC games

Battlefield 3 £3.75 on PC at Origin

Battlefield 3 | Origin | £3.75 | Price Comparison | Review

The campaign is a bit naff, but the multiplayer is all sorts of awesome. Unlike last year's follow-up, we're pretty sure most of the bugs have been ironed out by now. Sure the servers aren't as busy as they used to be, but you shouldn't have a problem getting regular matches. If you're not sure about Battlefield being a fit for you, you may as well get this on the cheap before laying down the extra cash for Battlefield 4.

Thanks to Spark at HotUkDeals.

LEGO The Hobbit £24.99 on PS Vita at Amazon

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Action Games, Lego The Hobbit, PS Vita games

LEGO The Hobbit £24.99 on PS Vita at Amazon

LEGO The HobbitAmazon | £24.99 | Review

I posted a £34.99 deal for the PS4 version yesterday, but maybe you'd prefer saving a tenner and playing the handheld version instead. This is more suited to the solo gamer out there thanks to the lack of multiplayer. Amazon's Vita deal is £5 cheaper than the next best deal at the usual suspects.

Thanks to cr3ampie at HotUkDeals.

Rage £2.60 on PC at GMG

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Brendan Griffiths
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FPS games, PC games

Rage £2.60 on PC at GMG

RAGEGreen Man Gaming | £2.60 (with code)
Discount Code: O3H7FE-D4NFO0-F0LIGK | Price ComparisonReview

After all the hype, all the game really managed was to put the rage in average. For £2.60 we'd say it's worth a shot though. The open-world side of the game is as bland as they come, but the guns and enemy AI are excellent. It's good to see differences between enemy group types and having to change your tactics for each. Remember to stock up on ammo, later ones are seriously tough SOBs.

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons £4 at GMG on PC

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Brendan Griffiths
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PC games, Puzzle games

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons £4 at GMG on PC

Brothers: A Tale of Two SonsGreen Man Gaming | £4 (with code)
Discount Code: O3H7FE-D4NFO0-F0LIGK | Review

PC owners can now download the highly rated title for a bargain price of £4 thanks to GMG's code. The game sees you simultaneously controlling two brothers with the two analogue sticks, which as it turns out, isn't as complicated as it sounds. The story is what will stay with you the most in this delightful little adventure though. It's not the longest of games, but at this price that's hardly an issue.

Watch Dogs £19.75 at G2A.com on PC

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Action Games, PC games, Watch Dogs

Watch Dogs £19.75 at G2A.com on PC

Watch DogsG2A.com | £19.75 | Preview

Note: Be sure to switch the currency options to GBP, then scroll down to find the link.

This PC pre-order price price is £20 cheaper than the best price on the Xbox One. We're massively psyched for Ubisoft's upcoming open-worlder, as we have high hopes that they'll deliver on their promise of a world packed with interactions and citizens with back stories to exploit via your ridiculously over-powered mobile phone.

South Park: The Stick of Truth £17.99 on PS3 / 360 at Zavvi

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Brendan Griffiths
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PS3 games, RPG Games, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Xbox 360 games

South Park: The Stick of Truth £17.99 on PS3 / 360 at Zavvi

South Park: The Stick Of Truth | Zavvi  PS3360 | £17.99 (save £4)
Price Comparison PS3 / 360Review

Zavvi are currently £4 cheaper than any other site. South Park: The Stick of Truth was well worth the wait and should be picked up immediately by any of you that enjoy the show and old-school RPGs. It can feel a bit basic at times, but the show's trademark humour ensures you'll stick with it for hours on end. Don't worry about the censorship cuts made for the console version, there's still plenty of gross-out wrongness to experience. For example, last night I dodged a giant pair of testicles in a boss fight.

Thanks to Chanchi32 at HotUkDeals.

Dark Souls II £19.99 at Zavvi on PS3 and 360

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Brendan Griffiths
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Dark Souls II, PS3 games, RPG Games, Survival Horror Games, Xbox 360 games

Dark Souls II £19.99 at Zavvi on PS3 and 360

Dark Souls II | Zavvi PS3 / 360 | £19.99 (save £5)
Price Comparison PS3 / 360Review

Dark Souls II will prove to be one of gaming's true Marmite titles this year. Fans of all things horrible, mean and stabby will love it's relentless difficulty and cruel nature, while others will spend their time gaming in a brightly lit room wishing they'd never tried a Souls game. But Zavvi are inspiring a brave purchase with the cheapest price we've seen yet. So, if stubbing your toe or getting parking tickets gives you a chubby, head on over and ask Zavvi for a punch in the face / a copy of Dark Souls II. Be sure to check out some of Carl's videos for the game too by scrolling through our past coverage here.

Thanks to theg at HotUkDeals.

Doom 3: BFG Edition £4 at GMG on PC

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Brendan Griffiths
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Doom 3: BFG Edition, FPS games, PC games

Doom 3: BFG Edition £4 at GMG on PC

Doom 3: BFG Edition | Green Man Gaming |  £4 (with code)
Discount Code: O3H7FE-D4NFO0-F0LIGK | Price Comparison | Review

If you fancy an old-school alternative to modern FPS games then you'll want to check out the HD re-release of Doom 3. The lack of down-the-sights aiming takes a little getting used to, but at least the torch is attached to your gun now instead of being a separate item. This edition includes an expansion pack and the original Doom and Doom II games. Learn your history, kids!

Thanks to BuzzDuraband at HotUkDeals.

Skylanders Giants Starter Pack £15 at Amazon on PS3

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Brendan Griffiths
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PS3 games, Skylanders Giants


Skylanders Giants Starter Pack £15 at Amazon on PS3

Skylanders Giants Starter Pack | Amazon | £15 (save £8) | Price Comparison

This is the cheapest price I've seen for a while for the Skylanders Giants Starter Pack. The pack includes the game, the Portal of Power docking station, three toy figures for the game, three trading cards, stickers and a poster. It's quite a big box, so you'll probably have to be home to receive it, or face a trip to your local collection depot. Or, if your postman's a dick, you'll find it in your recycling bin a week later.

Thanks to theg at HotUkDeals.

Kinect Sports Rivals £34.99 on Xbox One at Zavvi

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Kinect 2.0, Party games, Sports Games, Xbox One Games

Kinect Sports Rivals £34.99 on Xbox One at Zavvi

Kinect Sports Rivals | Zavvi | £34.99

This would have been a handy launch title for the Xbox One thanks to the bundled Kinect 2.0, but instead you'll need to stump up some cash for some more motion-control sports activities. Zavvi are the cheapest by £4, making this best deal if you're after a new party game or just want your fat kids to be well...less.

Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII at HotUkDeals.

The Amazing Spiderman 2 £16.99 on PC at Base

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The Amazing Spiderman 2 £16.99 on PC at Base

The Amazing Spiderman 2 | Base | £16.99

This is an amazingly cheap pre-order price, even for a PC game. I'm looking forward to this one as I'm eternally optimistic that someone will eventually make a Spiderman game as good as Spiderman 2 on the PS2 all those years ago. This latest tie-in seems to focus less on putting you in dreary sewer levels and has put a bigger emphasis on webswinging again. Due for release on May 2nd, you've plenty of time to check out the latest movie before this one lands too.

Minecraft £11.99 at GMG on Xbox 360

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Brendan Griffiths
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Minecraft, Xbox 360 games

Minecraft £11.99 at GMG on Xbox 360

Minecraft | Green Man Gaming | £11.99 | Price Comparison

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 Green Man Gaming are selling the Xbox 360 version of the online phenomenon for £11.99.

Thanks to halodudify at HotUkDeals.

LEGO The Hobbit £34.99 on PS4 at Amazon

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Brendan Griffiths
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Action Games, children's games, Lego The Hobbit, Platform games, PS4 games

LEGO The Hobbit £34.99 on PS4 at Amazon

LEGO The Hobbit | Amazon | £34.99 | Review

Amazon are the cheapest for anyone looking at the next-gen version of LEGO  The Hobbit. Be warned though, there are more than a few glitches that make getting through the endgame a real pain at times. There's also the matter of the final third of the game being released separately as DLC later this year. Check out my review and then decide whether to wait for further discount or an inevitable complete edition in December.

The Wonderful 101 £22.49 at Argos on Wii U

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Brendan Griffiths
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The Wonderful 101 £22.49 at Argos on Wii U

The Wonderful 101Argos [eBay] | £22.49 (save £7.50)
Price ComparisonReview

The Wonderful 101 was doomed to be a niche title even before it was announced as a Wii U exclusive. That said, it's made by Platinum Games, the maniacs behind Vanquish and Bayonetta, so you know it's going to handle like a dream. A dream with all the explosions and mania. Argos are using their eBay stall to shift the game for £7.50 less than the competition.

Thanks to TwoSliceToaSter at HotUkDeals.

Mass Effect 3 £2.49 on PC at Origin

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Brendan Griffiths
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Mass Effect 3, PC games, RPG Games

Mass Effect 3 £2.49 on PC at Origin

Mass Effect 3: Special EditionOrigin | £2.49
Price ComparisonReview

Mass Effect 3's ending proved quite controversial, but the wounds were eased with a few post-mortem DLC fixes. Either way, there's no way you should miss out on the finale to one of the best gaming trilogys ever. With a fourth on the way, you won't want to be left behind again. So ignore all that superficial sunlight outside and hop aboard the Normandy again with Shepard and co.

Thanks to Spark at HotUkDeals.

Lego The Hobbit Review | Traveller's Treasure or Witless Worm?

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Brendan Griffiths
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Reviews
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3DS Games, Action Games, children's games, Lego The Hobbit, PC games, Platform games, PS Vita games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Wii U games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Lego The Hobbit Review | Traveller's Treasure or Witless Worm?

Platform: PS4 (reviewed) | PS3 | Vita | X360 | XO | Wii U |3DS

Developer: Traveller’s Tales

Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive

Yes, this is a review, not an advanced preview for a game which (with any sense) wouldn’t see a release until December when the final Hobbit movie hits cinemas. Instead, this Lego title encompasses the first two films with the third to be added as DLC later this year.

It would take the most upbeat of optimists to suggest that WB will do the right thing and release the add-on (the rest of the game) for free, but my cynical nature tells me to expect something around £15.99 –an oddly specific guess I admit. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see this game re-released complete with the remaining content in December for the same price it is today. So, I guess the only real question left, is how many Lego games do you need in your life? With Lego Marvel and the Lego Movie tie-in released just five and two months ago respectively, you have to wonder why WB didn’t wait.

Lego The Hobbit Review | Traveller's Treasure or Witless Worm?

But here we are, back in Middle Earth for another action-platformer collect em’ up. As with the Lego Lord of the Rings game, there are lines of dialogue and music from the movie giving the game an authentic air. In the Lego LOTR titles, I found this to be an odd match as the straight-faced dialogue was at odds with the characters messing about in the background. But The Hobbit movies have turned out to be lighter affairs and the seriousness and comedy seems to gel together better than I expected. Or maybe it’s because I loved the LOTR movies have been bitterly disappointed with the drawn-out Hobbit ones.

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At A Glance: Roundup 7th-13th April 2014

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

At A Glance: Roundup 7th-13th April 2014

This was the week for new game announcements in the shape of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, the Day Z-esque H1Z1 and a PS4 port of The Last of Us. And they say originality in gaming is dying a death, I wonder why. We also saw the Xbox 360 version Titanfall in action and it made us question the need for a next-gen console, it's that good.

In the reviews section Jon's been busy with hammering out verdicts on Age of Wonders III on the PC, Strike suit Zero: Director's Cut on the PS4, Episode 3 of The Wolf Among UsBattlefield 4: Naval Strike and Invizimals: The Alliance. Matt took his addiction out of the house for Football Manager Classic 2014 on the Vita and I reviewed the previously handhelds-only game Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate - Deluxe Edition on PSN.

The Rezzed coverage wraps up this week as Carl and Jon bring you a mix of articles and interviews for BroforcePrivate EyeBiome, Concursion and Sniper Elite 3. Elsewhere you can find pieces on XBL's 'Games with Gold' venture, Battlefield: Vietnam's birthday, the Naval Strike DLC for Battlefield 4, Square Enix's promise to shift their focus, an Elder Scrolls Online journal, a SingOn preview, a look at Nintendo's 'casual' audience and finally a look at why Matt thinks it might be worth holding off buying a next-gen console.

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Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – Deluxe Edition Review

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Brendan Griffiths
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Reviews
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Action Games, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games

Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – Deluxe Edition Review

Platforms: PSN (reviewed) | XBLA

Developers: Armature

Publishers: Warner Bros. Interactive

After not getting around to finishing the final version of the original Vita release late last year, I was delighted to see that Blackgate was making its way to the main consoles in a similar manner to Assassin’s Creed: Liberation HD. Keen to fill the long gap between now and Rocksteady’s next-gen Arkham adventure I dove in with both feet -but sadly without a cape.

Blackgate takes place three months after the events of Arkham Origins, making its original simultaneous release a little odd. But now we’ve had time to finish the console game, we don’t have to worry about spoilers; although I’ll not give any away today.

Batman finds himself visiting Blackgate prison after the inmates take over, with various crime lords taking a part of the facility for themselves. So yes, it’s a pretty bland mashup of the plots from the first Rocksteady games, but at least Bruce doesn’t seem to have any parent issues during the story for a change.

Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – Deluxe Edition Review

He does seem to have become hardcore drinking buddies with Ratchet & Clank though as he once again turns up to the rumble with fuck-all gear to navigate around the environments. Why Batman! Why do you never pack the line gun or exploding gel? You’re always going to need it, you bellend!

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