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Call of Duty: Black Ops III gets ridiculously fun trailer

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Brendan Griffiths
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Call Of Duty: Black Ops III, FPS games, PC games, PS4 games, Treyarch, Xbox One Games

Call of Duty: Black Ops III gets ridiculously fun trailer

The brand new gameplay debut trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops III from Treyarch just landed and it's pretty damn awesome if we're honest.

You'll have fun spotting some of the 'influences' from other hit games. So far we can see reminders of the likes of Vanquish, Titanfall, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Binary Domain and wait,,, Haze? We can't wait to get our hands on the game as it looks set to continue in a similar manner to the highly enjoyable Advanced Warfare, despite development reverting back to Treyarch.

We didn't see exo-suits, but enhanced movement like speed thrusts, wall-running and knee slides certainly seem to be in. Along with Deus Ex-style upgrades and robotic enemies and mechs as seen in the likes of Vanquish and Binary Domain. We're certainly not complaining, mash up all these influences and you have the potential for a fantastic shooter. Advanced Warfare was the boot up the arse the series needed and Black Ops III looks like it may speed things up even more. We most certainly approve.

Click here to see the trailer.

Weekly Dealspwn.com Roundup 20th-26th April 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 20th-26th April 2015

It's time to round off your weekend with our weekly roundup of all the best news, features and reviews at Dealspwn.com. News highlights include the reveal details and trailers for Call of Duty: Black Ops III and Total War: Warhammer. We finally got a look at the new Mad Max game in action too - don't miss that trailer. Elsewhere, Bloodborne got a sweet patch, Rockstar's Social Club was hacked and we give you the latest details on the Play Blackpool expo.

Our features are mainly looking to the future this week. We have a roundtable impressions piece on the latest footage of Star Wars: Battlefront. Brendan examines why Rocksteady quitting Batman soon is a good thing. With rumours of the PS Vita 3000 being on the way, Brendan asks if third time's the charm for Sony's handheld. There's a preview of J-Stars Victory VS+ (catchy, right?) from Jon. PC gamers should be sure to check out NeoTrix's PC mouse guide. Elsewhere, Brendan looks at what Bloodborne's new patch means for players and Jon imagines what Marvel brands Telltale may be tackling soon. With Paid Steam mods going live this week, Jon asks if they're a good or bad thing.

Our trio of reviews includes the all-conquering GTA V on PC, State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition and Titan Souls.

Click here to read more...

Pay just £39.89 for £50 Xbox Live account credit

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Xbox Live Account, Xbox LIVE credit, Xbox One Games

Pay just £39.89 for £50 Xbox Live account credit

We're big fans of buying gaming credit for less than it says on the card, and so are CD Keys. So much so that you can now order £50 of Xbox Live account credit for just £39.89. 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.

Don't forget to bookmark our Xbox Live account deals guide: cheap Xbox Live Gold & Xbox Live Gift Cards for the cheapest prices around.

13 months Gold Xbox Live account sub for £24.60

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Xbox Live Account, Xbox Live Gold

13 months Gold Xbox Live account sub for £24.60

Need a new Gold subscription for you Xbox Live account? Well, head on over to the link below and you can grab 13 months for just £23.65. 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.

A Gold subscription allows you to play Xbox 360 and Xbox one games online, gives exclusive discounts and even some freebies with the Games with Gold promotion. be sure to bookmark this too: Xbox Live account deals guide: cheap Xbox Live Gold & Xbox Live Gift Cards. PlayStation fans are covered too with: PlayStation + and PSN Gift Cards cheap deals guide.

Get a year of PlayStation + for £33.99

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Playstation, Playstation Plus, PS Vita games, PS3 games, PS4 games

Get a year of PlayStation + for £33.99

We're always on the hunt for cheap PlayStation + deals, and today you can book yourself a year-long subscription for just £33.99.

This is an essential purchase for new PS4  owners as you need it to play games online. The main benefit to membership though is a regular plethora of free games. One membership covers PS4, PS3 and Vita. The code is stackable on top of any existing membership. Here's a list of potentially leaked titles for next month. Be sure to bookmark our PlayStation + and PSN Gift Cards cheap deals guide. Xbox fans are covered too: Xbox Live account deals guide: cheap Xbox Live Gold & Xbox Live Gift Cards.

Mortal Kombat X may be the best in the series and is only £13.29 on PC

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Fighting Games, game keys, Mortal Kombat X, PC games

Mortal Kombat X may be the best in the series and is only £13.29 on PC

Mortal Kombat X is one of the most discounted new releases I've ever seen and is only £13.29 on PC today. It's pretty damn great too. 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.

My review will be ready soon, but I can tell you now that fighter fans should be all over this one. The combat is super smooth and incredibly meaty and the story mode is surprisingly strong, giving you a taste of multiple characters. There's tonnes to do after the story too, with challenge towers with crazy match modifiers and hundreds of items to unlock in the Krypt.

Darkness II: Limited Edition is unmissable at £3

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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FPS games, The Darkness II, Xbox 360 games

Darkness II: Limited Edition is unmissable at £3

The Darkness II is usually lurking around at a wallet-friendly price, but today it's practically throwing itself at you for £3 on the 360.

The Darkness II is a fine example of how to improve on an average first game. We love the new comic-noir art style that perfectly complements this grim tale of a mob boss battling rival mobs and cults who want to steal his powers. The Darkness of the title enables Jacky to use two serpent-like arms that sprout from his shoulders to attack his enemies. Using these attacks in conjunction with guns provides the ultimate in quad-wielding bloodbaths.

Thanks to sethjee.

Bloodborne's best price is £38.99

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Bloodborne, PS4 games

Bloodborne's best price is £38.99

High review scores and strong sales are great for Bloodborne on the PS4, but they also mean that  retailer's aren't inclined to lower the price. Most sites are charging over £40, but we've found a deal for less at £38.99. On the plus side, you're still getting great value for money.

From Software's title has blown away the competition this generation and is Sony's first true classic on the PS4. I'd urge non-Souls fans to try it too as I really wasn't expecting to enjoy Bloodborne this much. It's knuckle-gnawingly difficult at times and would rather spit in your eye than point anything out for you. But fending for yourself in the incredibly well-designed environments is a rewarding, empowering and yet humbling experience that gamers will talk about for years to come. Those lengthy loading times have been fixed too.

Thanks to andrewww.

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons only £1.50 on PC

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Adventure Games, Brothers - A Tale Of Two Sons, game keys, PC games

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons only £1.50 on PC

Another win for PC gamers as they get the critically-acclaimed Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons for the price of half a pint.

Using a controller, each analogue stick controls one of the two brothers in this relaxing platformer-puzzle-adventure hybrid. It's brevity makes it a hard sell on consoles, but for £1.50 you should dive on in. The story is quite the emotional trip and the ever-changing visuals are gorgeous throughout.

Murdered: Soul Suspect is £6 on PS3. Worth investigating?

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Murdered: Soul Suspect, PS3 games

Murdered: Soul Suspect is £6 on PS3. Worth investigating?

Murdered: Soul Suspect is now available on PS3 for just £6.

In Murdered: Soul Suspect you play a dead detective solving his own murder. This is more of an old-school adventure game, a bit like LA Noire, but without the action bits. It's not had the best of reviews to be honest, but this is a tempting price nonetheless, especially as it's even cheaper than the last-gen versions. You'd be able to give this a go and sling it up on eBay when you're done and probably recoup most of your money.

Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII.

Watch Dogs is a bargain at £9.99 on PS4/XO

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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 a bargain at £9.99 on PS4/XO

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.

FIFA 15 only £24.99 on PS4 or Xbox One

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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FIFA 15, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

FIFA 15 only £24.99 on PS4 or Xbox One

Fancy saving yourself over £10 for a  copy of FIFA 15 on PS4 or Xbox One? Of course you do, so act fast before this special offer sells out.

FIFA 15 is pretty similar to 14 to be honest, but if you're yet to pick up a next-gen footy title, this is a great place to start. Pro Evo might have just edged it in terms of gameplay, but if you want to see the authentic game with the world's official teams and player names, FIFA's the one for you.

Finished Dark Souls and Bloodborne? Lords of the Fallen is only £19.85 on XO

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Lords Of The Fallen, RPG Games, Xbox One Games

Finished Dark Souls and Bloodborne? Lords of the Fallen is only £19.85 on XO

Need a new hardcore action RPG to get your teeth stuck into on Xbox One? We'd certainly recommend giving Dark Souls: Scholars of the First Sin a go first, but if you're looking for something completely new we'd recommend Bloodborne on PS4. Sorry, we'll stop now.

Lords of the Fallen was very rough around the edges at launch, especially for a full price game. But at half price it's worth a look if you're a fan of Dark Souls. The boss fights in particular are very rewarding.

Would you rather spend £299 on a solus PS4 or an Xbox One with Witcher III + Arkham Knight + 3 Month Now TV sub?

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Batman: Arkham Knight, Console bundles, Now TV, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Would you rather spend £299 on a solus PS4 or an Xbox One with Witcher III + Arkham Knight + 3 Month Now TV sub?

Sony are running a promo this weekend at select retailers for a solus PS4 for £299. We regularly post better deals in our console bundles section so we can't recommend that as a hot deal. However, one retailer seems to be loving team green this weekend with a stonking Xbox One console bundle for the same price - actually a few pence less at £299.84. Their bundle includes an Xbox One console + The Witcher III: Wild Hunt + Batman: Arkham Knight + 3 month subscription to Now TV. That's frankly ridiculously great value.

The console will be dispatched in time for The Witcher's May 19th release date and Batman will be shipped to you separately upon release by June 23rd. We're pretty sure The Witcher will keep you going until then. Or maybe you'll be using your Now TV pass to catch up on loads of Sky exclusive titles like Game of Thrones season 5? The deal ends on Sunday - if stocks last that long!

Final Fantasy Type-0 + FFXV demo only £18.95 on XO

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, RPG Games, Xbox One Games

Final Fantasy Type-0 + FFXV demo only £18.95 on 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 available for just £18.95, saving you £8. This is the cheapest price we've seen post-launch. There's added value with this HD port of a PSP game too, as it comes with a huge demo for Final Fantasy XV. Find our review of Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae here.

Or if you're feeling flush, why not splash out on the Collector's Edition for £74.86?

Type-0 is a more action-orientated title in a similar vein to the excellent Crisis Core on PSP. Be sure to check out Jon's Final Fantasy Type-0 Guide while you wait for the game to arrive. Here's a sample of Jon's review: The 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.

Cities: Skylines is the genre leader at £9.40

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Cities: Skylines, game keys, PC games, Simulation games

Cities: Skylines is the genre leader at £9.40

Cities: Skylines has become the best city builder in years and is an essential purchase at £9.40. To get your 5% discount, be sure to head over 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 and you'll get a code.

Cities: Skylines is the perfect tonic to the rancid mess that was EA's last Sim City game. Check out Carl's review for more, or read the short version:  "It’s time for us to finally move on from SimCity, as Colossal Order have taken the familiar aspects of city building simulators and given it enough of their own spin to make it fresh. It’s certainly not a flawless attempt, and will definitely need some post-launch patching, but the fun factor is there alongside the addictive gameplay. I guess you could even say that, for a first attempt, the foundations are solid as a rock."

Play Blackpool Arcade, Indie & Retro expo tickets still available

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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Arcade games, Events, Games expos, Gaming merchandise, multiplayer games, Play Blackpool, Retro games

Play Blackpool Arcade, Indie & Retro expo tickets still available

Gaming fans should get themselves up north for the excellent Play Blackpool event running from May 2nd to May 4th. The show is an absolute bonanza for fans of all things retro, indie and arcade.

The show floor will once again be packed with consoles from every generation and fully unlocked classic arcade cabinets (do not insert coin!), featuring a classic selection of games for you to try. The console range is incredible and you're bound to find a few that you never even knew existed. Or maybe you'll finally get to play on something you've had your eye on for a while. Last year, I got to try out Nintendo's ancient Virtual Reality headset, the Virtual Boy which was actually very impressive considering it was in people's houses in 1995.

The range of modern indie games has been expanded this year. In addition to the wide selection of PC titles, there will also be Xbox One and PS4 areas sporting a wide range of titles, especially ones that feature local multiplayer. If you've wanted to try out the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, then this is the place to do it, just like I did last year. Llamasoft have confirmed they'll once again be bringing something for you to play on it and a few other studios are said to be bringing VR games too.

Click here to read more about the show.

Seen the new Mad Max trailer? Here are the cheapest preorders

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Mad Max, PC games, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

Seen the new Mad Max trailer? Here are the cheapest preorders

Wow, the new Mad Max trailer is all sorts of awesome. You should take a look and then get your preoder deal down. We've been through the formats and have dug out the best prices for the PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Our PC deal is super hot at £19.99 for a physical copy, saving you a mighty £15 over the next best deal. There's the usual jump in price on consoles, but we've found a few deals that save you a couple of quid at least. It might be worth waiting on console as we expect a £35 (if not better) preorder deal will emmerge before the September release date.

Mad Max gameplay trailer unleashes the Road Warrior

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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Avalanche Studios, Mad Max, Trailers

Mad Max gameplay trailer unleashes the Road Warrior

Today's brand new Mad Max trailer has been well worth the wait as we finally get to see lots of gameplay. As expected, there's a large focus on the vehicular combat, which looks similar to Rage, but with the fun factor turned up to 11. The desert may be all sorts of brown, but it's looking very detailed too.

The extensive trailer also shows off lots of combat features and emphasises that most of the on-foot action will be based around melee fights as ammo is incredibly rare in this post apocalyptic world. Customisation of your Magnum Opus car and Max's gear also gets a look in showing that there's much more depth to the game than we originally imagined.

Fans of the Mad Max movies may be a bit annoyed that the Australian setting seems to have been ditched for the States (are those the remains of the Golden Gate Bridge we see?), but we're presuming this is something the upcoming movie remake has done anyway. That said, Gibson fans (he used to be cool, before he turned into a massive anti-semite) will enjoy brief glimpses of homages to the original movies, like Max eating dog food and a cheeky glimpse of the Thunderdome.

Click here to see the trailer

Bloodborne's new loading screens are a godsend

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Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Features
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Bloodborne, From Software, PS4 games

Bloodborne's new loading screens are a godsend

Hunter's gather! Bloodborne is now even better thanks to today's 1.03 patch. Despite it being all sunny outside, I was tasked with stapling the curtains shut and checking out the new patch's performance. A surprisingly large 2.75GB download later and I was able to do just that. What I found not only improved the game, but made failure that little bit easier to bear.

The new loading times are indeed much improved, with most now twice as fast. Before the patch, I'd typically expect a wait of around 40 seconds after death or nipping back to the Hunter's Dream for fast travel or to spend some Blood Echoes. Today, respawning after death was a brisk 17 seconds and multiple trips back and forth from the hub world were also about 17 seconds. The only time it was any longer was when choosing to fast-travel to a location far away from my last one.

For example, a trip from Hunter's Dream to the game's opening area in Yharnam after previously being in Hemwick Charnel Lane took around 34 seconds. But that's not a journey I'm likely to actually need to do. 17 seconds for most required loads seems to be the new normal and that's not all that's drastically improved.

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