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Daily Bite: New Horizons

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Carl Phillips
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Daily Bite: New Horizons

[UPDATE: Brendan is launching a new site soon over at GamesMoviesDeals.com. They're taking on some staff too, so take a look at how to apply.]

All good things must come to an end, and Dealspwn is no exception. We'll get right to the point - today is our last day of operation. While it is sad that we will be no more, there's no denying that we've had a fantastic run since we began in 2009. We've covered some utterly brilliant (and frankly terrible) games during that time, built up a fantastic community that has engaged and entertained us, and we saved you all a few pennies here and there.

Or sent out back the way of Old Yeller. I'm not sure how the internet actually works.

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Game of the Year 2015 | Staff Highlights - Carl Phillips

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Carl Phillips
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Game of the Year 2015 | Staff Highlights - Carl Phillips

At one point, I thought that 2015 wasn’t going to be a great year for games, but boy was I wrong. Regardless of whatever system you owned, there was something for everyone to enjoy (even the Vita, provided you liked your Japanese imports). It certainly made choosing winners for some of these categories more challenging, that for sure. Anyway, enough banter - here are my picks for this year and the next. Enjoy!

Game of the Year 2015 | Staff Highlights - Carl Phillips

Best New IP – Life Is Strange

I appreciate this won’t be for everyone, but Life Is Strange resonated with me in a rather surprising way. There were some utterly cringe-worthy moments, both in terms of the over-exaggerated Americana vibe and some of the utterly ridiculous dialogue (it was hella bad, y’all) but I got really invested in Max’s adventure. There were honestly times when I forgot there was  a paranormal sub-plot to it all, as I was getting really invested in the characters.

More importantly, it was something that I played with my other half, as both of us agonised over the choices to be made (and, for the record, she chose poorly. Many times.) Admittedly, I did have some issues with way it ended, but the overall journey was something I would very much like DONTNOD to return to again. In short, if you liked adventure games and fancy something new, you should absolutely give this one a look.

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Get Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker on Wii U for just £21.95

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Nintendo, The Game Collection, Wii U games

Get Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker on Wii U for just £21.95

While we have seen this for slightly cheaper in the past, this is the lowest price at the time of writing by around a fiver. While it was ultimately a little short, what was there was a delightful cross between Fez and Screwball Scramble. In short, it's yet another title you really should have for your Wii U. Thanks to Gamer_U @ HUKD!

Be sure to check out our Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker review for more details.

Get FIFA 16 on Xbox One for just £18.99

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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cdkeys, EA Sports, FIFA 16, Xbox One Games

Get FIFA 16 on Xbox One for just £18.99

With the next best offer for a copy on Xbox One being over £10 more expensive, this offer is certainly worth highlighting. With the latest squad listings and all manner of graphical improvements, the big new additions this time around are the FUT Draft mode, an improved Career mode, tutorial indicators for newcomers, and the inclusion of international female players. Cheers to Buzz for the heads-up!

Get South Park: The Stick of Truth on PC for just £3.75

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Obsidian Entertainment, PC games, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Ubisoft

Get South Park: The Stick of Truth on PC for just £3.75

This is one of the lowest prices we've seen for this one, although it is worth pointing out that this is for a physical copy that is redeemable via Steam. As we point out in our review, Obsidian Entertainment have managed to create an enjoyable and authentic South Park experience thanks to the involvement of Trey Parker and Matt Stone. With a combat system that is surprisingly deeper than it appears, it would seem that The Stick Of Truth has ended up being worth the wait - despite the hilarious censorship issues. Cheers to Buzz for the heads-up!

Be sure to check out our South Park: The Stick of Truth review for more details.

Get Battlefield 4 on Xbox 360 / PS3 for just £1.99

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Argos, Battlefield 4, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games

Get Battlefield 4 on Xbox 360 / PS3 for just £1.99

Still not ready to jump into the current gen, but want some FPS action to tide you over? There's not much arguing with the value of this one at this price, really, even if the multiplayer servers aren't as populated as they used to be. Still, the campaign is a good distraction for a few hours, and certainly a challenge on higher difficulty settings. Plus, with Click & Collect being possible with this deal, it means you could make it a cheerful stocking filler if need be. Cheers to Buzz for the heads-up!

Be sure to check out our Battlefield 4 (PC) review for more details.

Get Just Cause 3 on PC for just £17.95

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Avalanche Studios, cdkeys, Just Cause 3, PC games

Get Just Cause 3 on PC for just £17.95

There's a saving of over a tenner on this listing, and it's made even better by using the voucher code above. In some regards, Just Cause 3 delivered more of the same, but when that more of the same is ridiculous carnage over a tropical island, that's no necessarily a bad thing. Unlimited C4 and the new addition of the wingsuit give the action new life, so as long as you can get over the load times you'll have a blast with this one. Cheers to Buzz for the heads-up!

Be sure to check out our Just Cause 3 review for more details.

Grim Fandango Remastered on PC falls to £2.19

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Double Fine, Grim Fandango Remastered, PC games, Steam

Grim Fandango Remastered on PC falls to £2.19

With the latest Steam sale knocking a massive 80% off the asking price, it means you can relive one of the genre's greatest titles for just over £2. Sure, its mechanics are somewhat dated, and some of its puzzles suffer from "developer logic", but its imaginative story, vibrant world, and unforgettable characters overshadow any grievance I could come up with. Thanks to FantasyDeals @ HUKD!

Be sure to check out our Grim Fandango Remastered review for more details.

Get Rocket League on PC for just £8.40

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Green Man Gaming, PC games, Psyonix, Rocket League

Get Rocket League on PC for just £8.40

The festive voucher code not only brings down the price to the lowest we've seen, but it also works on all of the DLC packs - the Back To The Future car pack, Choas Run DLC, Supersonic Fury DLC, and Revenge of the Battle Cars DLC - meaning there's even savings for existing players. Let's not beat around the bush here - Rocket League is a superb eSports experience that is easy to learn, difficult to master, and a hell of a lot of fun to play. With Season 1 having just kicked off recently as well, now is the time to jump in and score some awesome goals. If you need more convincing, why not check out myself and GMG's Matt Gardner showing off our incredible (and no way flukey) skills? Thanks to Mark43 @ HUKD!

Get Destiny: The Taken King - Legendary Edition on PS4 / Xbox One for just £20.27

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Bungie, Destiny: The Taken King, PS4 games, Rakuten, Xbox One Games

Get Destiny: The Taken King - Legendary Edition on PS4 / Xbox One for just £20.27

There are big savings to be had with this listing thanks to the voucher code above, with this being one of the best prices we've seen. As we point out in the review, The Taken King does enough to bring Destiny back on course thanks to a streamlined progression system and renewed focus on story. While newcomers will get the most value out of this (as the base game is included) former players will find this the right time to rejoin the fight as well. Thanks to MarkGelder @ HUKD!

Be sure to check out our Destiny: The Taken King review for more details.

Tearaway Unfolded on PS4 falls to just £9.99

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Media Molecule, PS4 games, simply games, Tearaway Unfolded

Tearaway Unfolded on PS4 falls to just £9.99

This is one of the lowest prices we've seen for Tearaway Unfolded, beating the next best offer by £3. While we were concerned that the former Vita title wouldn't translate without the use of the touchscreen, it actually ended up providing something just as charming and fun on the PS4. If you're looking for something a little less serious to play over Christmas, you'll definitely get your money's worth with this one. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!

Be sure to check out our Tearaway Unfolded review for more details.

Get Dying Light on PC for just £8.54

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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cdkeys, Dying Light, PC games, Techland

Get Dying Light on PC for just £8.54

This ends up being one of the lowest prices we've seen for the PC version, even without the use of the voucher code. In our review we called Techland's latest "a diamond in the rough that really empowers you to revel in the design aspects of its zombie-infested sandbox," so to grab it for under a tenner isn't too shabby. Thanks to kaylanify @ HUKD!

Be sure to check out our Dying Light review for more details.

Get Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection on PS4 for £21.99

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Base, PS4 games, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection

Get Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection on PS4 for £21.99

While this isn't the cheapest deal we've seen, this listing does work out £3 cheaper than the next best offer. If you missed out on the Uncharted series during last-gen, or just want to stay busy until Uncharted 4, this is fantastic value. After all, you're basically getting three games at under a fiver each. Don't forget that you'll also get access to the Uncharted 4 beta with this purchase, which is due to kick off next month. Thanks to domd212 @ HUKD!

Be sure to check out our Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection review for more details.

Get Metal Gear Solid V on PS4 / Xbox One for just £21.99

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Base, Kojima Productions, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

Get Metal Gear Solid V on PS4 / Xbox One for just £21.99

We've seen some cheaper deals in recent weeks, but this is the best price around for the current-gen versions at the time of writing. Did The Phantom Pain deliver a satisfying conclusion to the MGS saga? Not really, but as a stealth sandbox it was an amazing achievement. With Metal Gear Online now available as well (although access to the servers has been... temperamental) this could be the right time to get hold of a copy. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!

Be sure to check out our Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain review for more details.

Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns Interview | Drew Cady & Jerry Schroeder on Sound Design

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Carl Phillips
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Features
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ArenaNet, Audio, Drew Cady, Guild Wars 2, Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns, Interviews, Jerry Schroeder, MMORPGs, NCsoft, Sound design, Video interviews

Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns Interview | Drew Cady & Jerry Schroeder on Sound Design

I've stated many times that I think Guild Wars 2 is a visually pleasing game thanks to its distinctive art style, but I have just as many good things to say about the audio side of things. I'm not just referring to the soundtrack, either, as the sound design is often the unsung hero for ArenaNet's MMORPG. From the sword swing of a Warrior, to the explosive fireball of an Elementalist, to the sounds of a character running over sand - each action has had a sound effect forged for it.

ArenaNet have shown us how these sounds are created in the past - such as when the sound design team played with fire - but today they have released a new video in collaboration with Sennheiser that focuses on the audio effects and ambiance for the Heart of Thorns expansion. Ahead of its release, I was invited to chat with two of ArenaNet's sound designers, Drew Cady and Jerry Schroeder, to learn more about the sound design throughout the Maguuma jungle. While this one is obviously geared at Guild Wars 2 fans, I'd recommend checking it out if you want to learn how sound designers come up with some (frankly ingenious) methods to create audio effects for your favourite games. You can hear the interview in its entirety after the jump!

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WWE 2K16 on PS4 / Xbox One is once again just £29.99

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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GAME, PS4 games, WWE 2K16, Xbox One Games

WWE 2K16 on PS4 / Xbox One is once again just £29.99

Here's another chance to get the latest wrasslin' game for £30, beating the next best price on current-gen systems by a fiver. Included with the purchase is the ability to add the Terminator (no, you read that correctly) to the roster of available wrestlers. There's been some positive noise from this year's edition thanks to changes to the AI and reversal systems, although it comes at the price of inconsistent visuals. That said, you can also play through Stone Cold Steve Austin's career, so you'll probably be too busy raising some hell to care. Thanks to daddyblake @ HUKD!

Nintendo 3DS XL with Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros. and Mario Golf: World Tour for £99

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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3DS Games, Amazon, Console bundles, Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo 3DS XL with Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros. and Mario Golf: World Tour for £99

It might not contain the best games for the system, but this is still a fantastic bundle with two good games thrown in. Considering how both games mentioned are at least £20 each, it makes this offer great value. Do note that there is a chance that the items may be sent individually. Thanks to 1nternet @ HUKD!

Be sure to check out our Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros. review for more details.

Get Journey on PS3 / PS4 for just £7.59

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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cdkeys, Journey, PS3 games, PS4 games, Thatgamecompany

Get Journey on PS3 / PS4 for just £7.59

The usual RRP for £11.99 is certainly worth the price of admission, but this listing will save you a few pounds on that in one of the cheapest prices for Journey we've seen for some time. With it being a Cross-buy title you'll be able to download and play it on both PS3 and PS4. We awarded Journey a perfect score back in 2012, describing it as "a game that exhibits pure joy" and that "the end result is something inherently euphoric, deeply personal and, dare I say, even a little bit spiritual as well." Thanks to markgelder @ HUKD!

Be sure to check out our Journey review for more details.

Hideo Kojima reforms Kojima Productions, first title to be PS4 exclusive

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Carl Phillips
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News
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Games news, Kojima Productions, Playstation 4, Sony

Hideo Kojima reforms Kojima Productions, first title to be PS4 exclusive

After months of seemingly forced silence from Konami, Hideo Kojima has finally reemerged to announce that Kojima Productions has been reformed. The news was confirmed with the opening of a brand new website for the studio, which announces everything in a very Kojima-like manner. In addition to the studio creation, it was also revealed that the team's first game will be backrolled by Sony, and will be a PS4 exclusive as a result. We've got the announcement video, which features a slightly excited Andrew House, for you to watch after the jump.

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Assassin's Creed Syndicate on PS4 / Xbox One is once again just £22.99

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Assassin's Creed: Syndicate, GAME, PS4 games, Ubisoft, Xbox One Games

 

Assassin's Creed Syndicate on PS4 / Xbox One is once again just £22.99

Here's another chance to get hold of the Special Edition for £23 if you missed last week's offer. You'll get an hours worth of extra missions with the Special Edition, although that's a drop in the ocean considering how much else there is to do. We called Syndicate a return to form for the Assassin's Creed series in our review, thanks to its back-to-basics approach and the exceptional world building of its Victorian-era London. Plus, you know, you get to hit people with a sword cane whilst wearing a top hat. That right there is worth the price of admission. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!

Be sure to check out our Assassin's Creed Syndicate review for more details.