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The Last Of Us Remastered £29.97 at GameStop

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Brendan Griffiths
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PS4 games, The Last Of Us, The Last Of Us: Left Behind

The Last Of Us Remastered £29.97 at GameStop

The Last Of Us Remastered | GameStop | £29.97PS3 Review

Prices are yo-yo-ing all over for the internet for this one, but GameStop are sticking to a health sub-£30 to tempt you in for the new-gen upgrade. We're yet to see the remastered visuals running in-game, but so far things are looking remarkably similar to the (admittedly awesome) PS3 visuals. This is more for those gamers that made the jump from 360 to PS4, although my inner graphics whore really wants it too. At least the Left Behind DLC is included with the package, which makes this cheaper than buying that and the PS3 version separately.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 £11.99 on PS3

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Action Games, PS3 games

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 £11.99 on PS3

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2PSN | £11.99
Price ComparisonReview

Lords of Shadow 2 turned out to be a bit of a letdown, with a drab modern day setting, ill-advised stealth sections and a lack of innovation, but we know you'll want to know how the saga ends. Just a few months after release the downloadable PS3 version has plummeted to £11.99 (or £10.79 for PS+ members), currently a fiver cheaper than the disc version, which makes it, well, still a rubbish game, but well... cheaper.

CLOSED! WIN an Xbox One or 360 Destiny Beta Code

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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Competitions, Destiny, FPS games, Giveaway, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

CLOSED! WIN an Xbox One or 360 Destiny Beta Code

UPDATE: ALL CODES HAVE NOW GONE OUT, CHECK YOUR INBOXES!

We've given our PS4 gamers the chance to get a hold of a beta key for our most anticipated shooter in years, but fear not Xbox fans, we didn't forget about you. In fact, we have a bunch of codes to give away on both the Xbox One and Xbox 360. The codes are not region locked either so they should work wherever you're playing.

The hype for Bungie's upcoming shooter has been building significantly since players got their hands on the Alpha build and with new missions and extra multiplayer maps to enjoy in the latest Beta version, we really think you should give it a try.

Click here to enter the draw.

PREVIEW | Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel - There's more to space than Destiny

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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2K Australia, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, FPS games, PC games, PS3 games, RPG Games, Xbox 360 games

PREVIEW | Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel - There's more to space than Destiny

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel takes place on the moon of the planet Pandora in the time between the first and second games, with players working for Handsome Jack. Not played any of the other games? Don’t worry; this is a simple place to start and newcomer friendly while giving plenty of nudges to the fans. So let’s dive in and see what 2K Australia has brought to the table since Gearbox handed them the reigns.

Two playable characters were available to choose from in this demo. First time through the snaking queue at the MCM Manchester Expo I tried Athena, a light and nimble character packing a collection of long-range weapons. Her standard mêlée move involves a sweet red katana slash that has a satisfying feel. Athena's most impressive feature though is her shield ability. A tap of L1 sees her raise her shield in her left hand, leaving the right free to continue firing a gun. The shield can be thrown Captain America style for a devastating attack with a tap of L1. The shield is thrown automatically after the meter has depleted too. It’s a great way to create some breathing room when multiple enemies are closing in. You're going to be happy to splurge hard-earned skill points on reducing the cooldown period for this one.

PREVIEW | Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel - There's more to space than Destiny

The second character I was able to choose was the imposing figure of Wilhelm. So, it comes as no surprise that we’ve found this Pre-Sequel’s tank character. His default loadout favored more explosive weaponry like shotguns and rocket launchers. Sadly, his melee attack lacked any sort of impact or visual style compared to Athena’s. Why should we be content with a standard rifle butt jab when Athena gets a freakin’ sword? Come on 2K, give him a hammer at least or seeing as we expect mental weapons from this series, maybe a small rabid skag on a stick would be better? Wilhelm’s special ability is much more useful (but again not very unique), a small backup drone that flies around you shooting at will. Frankly, I was too busy shooting to see how useful it was being.

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

Amidst all the cancelled Kickstarter news from the Yogscast team there were some tasty new trailers to get us in the mood for upcoming releases like Assassin's Creed Unity, Project Zero 5Super Smash Bros and The Walking Dead. There was also a trailer for the newly announced Tekken 7, but it failed to show us any gameplay whatsoever, instead focusing on the batshit mental family feud that's been torturing cutscenes throughout the series' history. Bad Bandai! And bad Microsoft, who fired 18,000 people this week (very bad) and shut down Xbox Entertainment Studios (not so bad).

Our Divinity: Original sin review may have been a long time coming, but this is a game that was well worth the wait as you can see with Matt's review of the RPG. Also racking up a high score this week is the Sokoban-inspired, Sokobond.

It's hard to believe our features section is so packed despite the Destiny beta landing this week. But land it did and we have our first wave of videos to prove it as Matt and myself work tirelessly to bring you the hottest content -ha, look at us pretending playing Destiny all day is work. You've probably been playing it too, if you haven't and you didn't enter our competition, then more fool you and keep an eye on the site in-case we have another prize draw next week. Jon has penned a careful reminder of what our expectations about kickstarter should actually be in the wake of the yogscast debacle. The team also have the latest previews for Sunset OverdriveRadial-GSplatoonMyriad and A Good snowman is Hard to Build. There are also videos and interviews for the likes of Star Citizen's Arena CommanderSunset OverdriveRadial-G and Supraball. Also be sure to check out our new Community Feedback video where things get a little bit, well you'll just have to watch it. Enjoy the links below and be sure to come back next week for more, including hands-on previews for Evolve and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel from my trip to MCM Comic Con Manchester earlier today. If I see one more Naruto headband or ill-advised corset...

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Opening Scenes | Destiny Beta Gameplay - First 15 Mins on PS4

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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Destiny, FPS games, Opening Scenes, PS4 games, Videos, Xbox One Games

Opening Scenes | Destiny Beta Gameplay - First 15 Mins on PS4

After a successful Alpha test last month, we've been itching to play more Destiny and have been all over the new Beta which launched earlier this week. Our first video of the new build includes the opening cinematic and the entire first mission.

We'll have lots of Destiny coverage for you over the next week included the competitive multiplayer, co-op strike missions, closer looks at specific features and much more. We're giving you the chance to get involved too with our latest competition where we have three PS4 beta codes to give away.

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WIN a Destiny PS4 Beta Code Here [CLOSED!]

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Competitions, Destiny, FPS games, Giveaway, PS4 games

WIN a Destiny PS4 Beta Code Here [CLOSED!]

[UPDATE: The draw has now closed, many thanks to everyone that entered. The winners will be contacted soon]

Destiny is shaping up to be one of the hottest games of the year. Here at Dealspwn, we've put hours into the recent Alpha and the brand new Beta and we think you should give it a try too. If you've pre-ordered the game, you've no doubt already got involved with the Beta, but if you're still on the fence we have a few UK/EU PS4 codes to share.

Click here for your chance to play Destiny!

Titanfall Xbox One Controller Back In Stock for £34.95

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

Titanfall Xbox One Controller Back In Stock for £34.95

Titanfall Xbox One Controller | Game Collection
£34.95 (save £10) | XO Controller Review

Last time GC had the controller this cheap it sold out fast, so be sure to get on this if you missed out last time. Sure, only the most hardcore Titanfall fan could call this anything other than hideous, but at least it's easier to pick out as your own pad at a glance during a local multiplayer session. This is just a paint-job, underneath is still the excellent official Xbox One controller. GC's recent deal is over a tenner cheaper than anywhere else on the net too. Note: you can get the original black controller for £34.85 at Amazon.

Thanks to darioredkin at HotUkDeals.

Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition £39 on PS4/XO

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Brendan Griffiths
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Diablo III, Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls, PS4 games

Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition £39 on PS4/XO

Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition | Tesco PS4 / XO
£39 (with code) | Discount Code: TDX-PFW6

The latest discount code can be used by new and old customers alike and will knock a fiver off any purchase over £30, saving you £5 off the next best price for the re-release of the dungeon crawler. Diablo III is a blast with your mates thanks to the four player co-op and this edition comes with the Reaper of Souls DLC and some new balances and tweaks.

Thanks to gu2gan at HotukDeals.

Grid Autosport is only £24.85 on PS3

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Brendan Griffiths
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Grid Autosport, PS3 games, Racing Games

Grid Autosport is only £24.85 on PS3

Grid Autosport | Amazon | £24.85 | Review

With months to go before the new-gen machines get a new racing game, Codemasters' Grid Autosport is the way to go. Expect race track and road circuit racing again from sports, saloon and open-wheel cars along with some extensive tinkering options under the hood. Now Codemasters, we assume this is missing PS4/XO because you're making a proper next-gen rally game? Right? Please?

Thanks to Jas10 at HotUkDeals.

Save £10 on Rare Blue DualShock 4 for £40

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Brendan Griffiths
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DualShock 4, hardware deals, PS4

Save £10 on Rare Blue DualShock 4 for £40

Blue DualShock 4 | Tesco | £40 (with code) | Discount Code: TDX-KYNK

Note: Yep, it's another 'new customers only' code, but it's easy enough to create a new account.

The red and blue DualShock 4 PS4 controllers have become very rare since launch and you're lucky to see them drop below £50. This latest voucher code knocks a cheeky tenner from the price though, beating the competition by £13. 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 Justsuperman at HotUkDeals.

Enemy Front Review – An Inglorious Bughunt

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Brendan Griffiths
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Reviews
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Enemy Front, FPS games, PC games, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games

Enemy Front Review – An Inglorious Bughunt

Platforms: PS3 (reviewed) | X360 | PC

Developers: CI Games

Publishers: CI Games

I wanted to love Enemy Front, I really did. As a big WWII FPS fan, I’ve been starved for years and have only recently got a taste of the genre coming back with the ‘what if the Nazi’s won’ Wolfenstein on PS4 and the ‘let’s shoot Italians in Africa for a change’ of the recent Sniper Elite III. Enemy Front could have been another game to show that WWII is still one of the best settings for FPS titles; instead, it’s probably buried it.

The game’s ambitions are pure enough, but CI have struggled to cope with the CryEngine and basic gameplay design, producing one of this year’s biggest messes. The frame-rate crashes into single-digits whenever you go indoors, especially when moving up the stairs of any of the multiple apartment buildings. The checkpointing seems intent on making you relive the worst parts of the game whenever you bite the dust after the increasingly random number of perforations deemed acceptable is reached.

Enemy Front Review – An Inglorious Bughunt

Glitches see enemies that can only be sniped get stuck behind pillars. You can be shot by enemies through several buildings, leading to the impression you’re being shot by ghosts. Your own shots frequently fail to register in some of the worst hit detection I’ve ever seen. You’re pretty much forced to rely on sniper weapons as the close range lunacy of the jitteriest MP40 in existence suggest the lead hero has wrists made of jelly. Sometimes weapons sink into the ground when you put them down for a sec to use a rocket launcher. Stealth melee takedown animations are so lengthy that you’ll be seen by another soldier every time. The ultimate slow clap award though goes to those gifted flying Nazis that seem to get skyhooked away from the battlefield. It gets to the point where all you can do is laugh through the rage.

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

Dragon Age: Inquisition proved to be a pleasant surprise this week with a couple of extensive gameplay videos that whetted our appetite for the fantasy RPG later this year. Ken Levine finally admitted that the Bioshock Vita game was dead, but given that he was planning on a Final Fantasy Tactics take on the series, it looks like we all dodged a bullet there. The upcoming Destiny beta got all the more exciting this week as Bungie announced that everyone involved would be getting codes for their mates too. Prepare for a quiet week from us lot next week then.

In the Reviews, The Wolf Among Us had an excellent finale and Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition (not a Capcom game despite the title) made its way to Xbox One in style. Concursion was a confused mess and Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark raised itself just above 'don't bother' thanks to a fun online survival mode and a massive fire-breathing robot dinosaur. The prolonged years of development haven't been kind to Enemy Front as it effortlessly takes the prize for Stinker of Week. A shame.

In between playing non-stop Supraball matches for video/article coverage, the team has been hitting the road to bring you previews for Forza Horizon 2, Sony's Project Morpheus virtual reality headset and Action Henk. As the year's half-way mark passes we have roundtable articles on our favourites for the year so far and what we're most looking forward to before the end of the year. Other articles look into GameStop's suspicious plans for getting involved with game development, how devs need to stop seeing the Wii U gamepad as a mere gimmick, the need for any more MOBAs and a look at how the Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus compare.

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Dragon Age: Inquisition - 15 Minutes Redcliffe Castle Gameplay

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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BioWare, Dragon Age: Inquisition, EA, RPG Games

Dragon Age: Inquisition - 15 Minutes Redcliffe Castle Gameplay

Earlier this week we posted part one of EA's behind closed doors demo of Dragon Age: Inquisition, which saw expansive outdoor environments and a bloody massive dragon. Today's latest video takes the action indoors to Redcliffe Castle.

The latest gameplay demo gives us a better look at the extensive tactical options available for those of you that don't want to play the game like a button-bashing action title. Ordering party movement, creating choke points and using elevation for an advantage are all shown off. There are also a few story scenes to enjoy along with some of those trademark Bioware decisions to make on the fly and it looks like your group is just as unruly as ever.

The game's certainly proving to be a bit of a looker too -although we prefer the lush outdoors of the previous demo- especially when compared to the rather dog-eared first two games. Be sure to check outy the new video and let us know if you're going to give the game a chance or are you just working your way through the backlog until The Witcher III arrives?

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The Walking Dead: 400 Days £1.69 on Xbox 360

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Brendan Griffiths
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interactive drama, The Walking Dead: 400 Days, Xbox 360 games

The Walking Dead: 400 Days £1.69 on Xbox 360

The Walking Dead: 400 Days DLCXBLA | £1.69Review

400 Days acts as an inbetween episode for Seasons 1 and 2 of Telltale's The Walking Dead series. While it doesn't star characters from the main series, it will play it's part in Season 2, so be sure to hook it up with an existing save from S1. It's currently half price in the sale and should be snapped up immediately if you're waiting for Season 2 to wrap up so you can hammer through it as you please rather than wait months between episodes.

Hotline Miami Now Going for 65p. Yes, Really.

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Hotline Miami, PC games

Hotline Miami Now Going for 65p. Yes, Really.

Hotline Miami | Nuuvem | 65p | Review

I've seen a few deals for under £2, but this is getting ridiculous now. At 65p, you really should see what all the fuss is about with the angry little thing that is Hotline Miami. After all, there'll be a sequel for you to get excited about soon too. This is the sort of game that the hacks at The Daily Mail had nightmares about in the 90s. The 8-bit stylings will give older gamers a constant nostalgia rush in this top-down shooter that can be tough as nails, but the frantic gameplay keeps you coming back for more. Don't forget to check out Jon's 9/10 review.

Lego Star Wars III £7.50 on PS3 at Asda

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Brendan Griffiths
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Family games, Platform games, PS3 games

Lego Star Wars III £7.50 on PS3 at Asda

Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars | Asda | £7.50

Did this one slip you by before you fell into your full-on Lego game addiction? Don't worry, Asda are one of the only sites flogging it for under a tenner. Sure, the Clone Wars setting might only appeal to the more hardened Star Wars fan, but the staple Lego gameplay is platforming and collectibles are still rock solid. There's a lot of space battles to be had too. And Lego Yoda.

Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII at HotUkDeals.

Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark Review – Grimlock Deserves Better

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Brendan Griffiths
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Reviews
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Action Games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark Review – Grimlock Deserves Better

Platform: PS3 | PS4 (reviewed) | X360 | XO

Developers:  Edge of Reality

Publishers: Activision

It’s always amused me just how much people hate Michael Bay. I mean, it’s a film about toys. Of course it’s just robots hitting each other and stuff exploding. Don’t like it? Well stop paying a fortune to watch it at the cinema thus encouraging him to make more. Seriously, I had to delete one person from facebook because they were complaining about how awful the film was despite them paying to watch it twice.

Personally, as an effects fan, I quite like the films (not seen the new one yet though), but wish they were about 45 minutes shorter. I approached the latest tie-in game with low expectations, but with a willingness to be pleasantly surprised, despite High Moon Studios -whose Cybertron series has been widely praised by critics and fans alike- not being at the helm. Fingers crossed they get to work on a brand new entry to the series once they’re done with helping out on COD: Advanced Warfare.

Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark Review – Grimlock Deserves Better

Rise of the Dark Spark is only a tie-in the sense that it’s been released alongside the movie, as most of it takes place on Cybertron with a few Earth levels bookending the campaign. Throughout the adventure you get to play as a large number of Autobots and Decepticons. The game handles like a standard third-person shooter with you mowing down waves of enemies with a variety of light and heavy weapons.

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The Witcher 2 Can't be Missed on 360 for £4.94

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Action RPGs, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition, Xbox 360 games

The Witcher 2 Can't be Missed on 360 for £4.94

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings | XBLA
£4.94 (Save £9) | Price ComparisonReview

We're really excited here at Dealspwn for The Witcher III next year on the new consoles and PC and we bet you are too every time you see some new footage. While you wait, why not check out the critically acclaimed second game that was only released on the PC and 360? The recent sale on XBLA sees the game priced in super-cheap PC territory at £4.94. Sure, it's over 7 GB, but it's also £9 cheaper than the best price I can find for the physical edition. Sold.

Bastion on 360 at £2.49 Leaves You No Excuse

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Bastion, Xbox 360 games

Bastion on 360 at £2.49 Leaves You No Excuse

Bastion | XBLA | £2.49 (save £7.50) | Review

Confession time: I've never played Bastion. I only picked up a 360 a few years ago and have missed it in the sale every time. Not wanting to take a £10-shaped punt on what I feared might turn out to be an over-hyped pile of nonsense *cough -Fez- cough*, I've been biding my time for a killer deal. Thankfully the recent sale on XBLA has seen them slash 75% off the price, so I've dusted of the XBLA credit and jumped in. You coming?