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Why I've returned to Guild Wars 2 - and why you should give it a chance

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Carl Phillips
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Features
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ArenaNet, Guild Wars 2, Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns, MMORPGs, PC games

Towards the end of 2014 I found myself playing Guild Wars 2 again. The break I had taken from Tyria was fairly substantial thanks other MMOs appearing on the scene, but I finally had to time to give it another go and get my engineer Harry McGarnagle back into action. While I had dipped in and out throughout the year I hadn’t really appreciated the amount of content that had been added during that time. The new zones on the edges of the Maguuma Jungle, along with the second season of the Living Story, has ensured the player base have had plenty to do. See, that is exactly why I loved Guild Wars 2 so much in the first place – there is always something to do, and people to share the experience with.

But the thing that truly got me excited to play again? Beating the revamped Tequatl encounter for the first time.

For those that don't know, Tequatl the Sunless is one of the open-world bosses found throughout the gigantic world of Tyria. The original encounter against that bloody huge dragon wasn't exactly the hardest thing ever, so ArenaNet went about revamping the experience, and then some. That improved fight has been in-game for a while now, but having only witnessed it once before on a practically empty overflow server all I had seen was a bloodbath. Undead plagued the battleground, what few players were there had been defeated, and a massive bone shield was protecting the dragon that towered above it. My first true attempt at defeating him wasn’t a success either. Too many of us didn’t know what to do, especially in regards to the turrets and protecting the megalazer, and the end result was Tequatl wiping out everything with wave of mass destruction. It was both terrifying and amazing in equal measure.

Why I've returned to Guild Wars 2 - and why you should give it a chance

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Get Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition on PS4 for £13.99

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Games deals, PS4 games, Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition, United Front Games

Get Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition on PS4 for £13.99

Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition on PS4 is currently £13.99 from Base

Slowly but surely the price of this one is creeping towards the £10 mark, but this latest deal from Base is the best price we've seen for the PS4 version. If you've yet to play United Front Games' fantastic open world action title, you should probably rectify that with this offer. Oh, and it comes with an artbook. Which is nice. Thanks to BuzzDuraband @ HUKD!

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Save 40% on the Dreamfall Chapters Season Pass

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Adventure Games, Dreamfall Chapters, PC games, Red Thread Games

The Dreamfall Chapters Season Pass on PC is currently £14.39 from Steam

If you have yet to get involved with the first part of Dreamfall Chapters, now would be an excellent time to do so thanks to the current price drop for the Season Pass. There's a saving of around £7 over the regular price, and it set you up for the release of Book Two: Rebels next week. I called Book One "an excellent return to The Longest Journey saga" in our review thanks to the encouragement to explore its detailed world alongside the excellent storytelling. Admittedly, I would personally suggest playing The Longest Journey and Dreamfall first, but a quick video recap has now been included for those who just wish to jump right in.

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Get ZombiU on Wii U for just £4.95

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Games deals, Ubisoft, Wii U games, ZombiU

Get ZombiU on Wii U for just £4.95

ZombiU on Wii U is currently £4.95 from The Game Collection

Today's Flash Deal from The Game Collection provides yet another opportunity to get ZombiU for cheap. The saving may not be much, but let's be honest here - the fact one of the Wii U's most unique experiences is under a fiver is the important part here. Ubisoft's survival horror title won’t be to everyone’s tastes (much like those Souls games) but those brave enough to venture into the virtual streets of London will find a game that absolutely nails the terror of surviving against the hordes of the undead. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!

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Get Evolve on PC for £21.99, PS4 / Xbox One for £29.99

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Evolve, PC games, PS4 games, Turtle Rock Studios, Xbox One Games

Get Evolve on PC for £21.99, PS4 / Xbox One for £29.99

Evolve on PC is currently £21.99 from GAME

Evolve on PS4 is currently £29.99 from GAME

Evolve on Xbox One is currently £29.99 from GAME

There's a good chance the price will plummet further in the near future, but as it stands GAME's current reductions are the best prices around for Turtle Rock's asymmetrical multiplayer shooter. In our review we felt that, despite the gameplay capable of being very fun, Evolve is ultimate a shallow experience. Still, if you have a group of friends looking for a new shooter experience, this might be worth a look. Possibly. Thanks to Xtrartx & Gooner for the heads-up!

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Sunset Overdrive on Xbox One falls to £17.95

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Games deals, Sunset Overdrive, Xbox One Games

Sunset Overdrive on Xbox One falls to £17.95

Sunset Overdrive on Xbox One is currently £17.95 from CoolShop

The price continues to fall for Insomniac Games' latest, with this offer from CoolShop the best we've seen for the Xbox One exclusive. The saving is pretty significant too, as it beats the next cheapest deal by around £12. In our review, Jon said that Sunset Overdrive's "infectious energy, breathtaking traversal, silly weapons and violently colourful playground make for a brilliant way to blow off steam." In other words, it's Insomniac getting back to doing what they do best - bringing the fun. Thanks to BuzzDuraband @ HUKD!

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Free to be Unreal - Why Epic's masterstroke will unleash creative opportunity

Author:
Carl Phillips
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Features
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Development, Epic Games, Free, Modders, Modding, Unreal Engine 4, Unreal Tournament

Free to be Unreal - Why Epic's masterstroke will unleash creative opportunity

Last year we were taken by surprise when Epic announced that not only would Unreal Tournament would free, but it would be developing it alongside the community. Now, they’ve gone and surprised us again, dropping the subscription fee and opening to doors to anybody who has even a passing interest in developing with the Unreal Engine 4, let alone a professional one. The news arrived alongside a new video from the studio, explaining how the move will work and the opportunities available to anybody. See, that’s the key word there – anybody. All of a sudden Epic’s proprietary engine is no longer just developers and serious enthusiasts, meaning we should see even more weird and wonderful things emerge from the modding scene.

As I learned when I spoke to Epic Games at Gamescom last year, the team thrive on the interaction with the community, both in terms of their input and their creative contributions. While the Unreal Tourament project is the catalyst behind it all, the truth is that the Unreal Engine 4 is becoming a melting pot for innovative ideas. Case in point – in my interview I learned how a modder had created an Assassin’s Creed style parkour mod for others to download and tinker with, just because there previously wasn’t one for UE4. The only different between then and now is that the ability to get involved in the hands-on discussion no longer costs a thing.

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Save 75% off Rockstar titles in the latest Xbox Live Gold sale

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Games deals, Rockstar Games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live Gold

Save 75% off Rockstar titles in the latest Xbox Live Gold sale

It's all change in the Xbox Live Gold sale, with savings to be had on several tiles from Rockstar Games on the Xbox 360 that don't have GTA in the title (speaking of which, the GTA PC bundle is still available, FYI.) Bully: Scholarship Edition and Midnight Club L.A are £2.99 each, while Red Dead Redemption is currently at £4.99. Max Payne 3 is at £3.74, with its Season Pass (which adds plenty of multiplayer content) just £2.99, and L.A. Noire is currently priced at £4.99. That's plenty of great gaming for some low, low prices.

Oh, and there's reductions on The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but, erm.... yeah. I'd probably hold off on those. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!

Of course, you'll need an active Xbox Live Gold subscription to take advantage of these offers, but if you're in the market to reactive your account you should check out our recent highlighted deal for cheap XBL Gold subs.

Get Dying Light on PC for just £19.94

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Dying Light, FPS games, Games deals, PC games, Techland

Get Dying Light on PC for just £19.94

Dying Light on PC is currently £19.94 with code at CDKeys

We're kicking off the morning deals with a fantastic offer for the PC version of Dying Light. By using the ever-so-handy 5%-off Facebook voucher (ie. just like the product page) it sends the price below the £20 mark for the first time. 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 £20 is pretty good going, I'd say. Thanks to greysquaill @ HUKD!

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Pre-order Zombie Army Trilogy on Xbox One for £22.75, PS4 for £21.99

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Action Games, Games deals, PS4 games, Rebellion Developments, Xbox One Games, Zombie Army Trilogy


Zombie Army Trilogy on Xbox One is currently £22.75 to pre-order from Gameseek via Rakuten

Zombie Army Trilogy on PS4 is currently £21.99 to pre-order from Gameseek via Rakuten

With just over a week to go before its release, this is an absolute bargain of a pre-order price for Zombie Army Trilogy. By using the the voucher code MARGIFT5 it brings the console versions down to the lowest price we've seen. I rather enjoyed my recent hands-on session with ZAT, and called it an "essential purchase for co-op fans" with good reason. If you're looking for a game that promotes co-operative play whilst being competitive, I suggest you give it a whirl. Thanks to pauladam3954 @ HUKD!

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Price Match! Get Super Smash Bros. for Wii U for just £29.86

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Fighting Games, Games deals, Nintendo, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Wii U games

Price Match! Get Super Smash Bros. for Wii U for just £29.86

Super Smash Bros. For Wii U is currently £29.86 from Amazon

We're big fans of choice here at Dealspwn, and when it comes to getting the latest Smash Bros. for under £30 there's plenty. Amazon are the latest retailer to price match ShopTo after Simply Games did so a few weeks ago. If you're a Wii U owner who has yet to get this stand-out brawler, this is a fantastic fantastic price for yet another enjoyable installment in the series. Be sure to check out our review for the full lowdown. Thanks to Illusionary @ HUKD!

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Hex: Shards of Fate teases new Frost Ring in new trailer

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Carl Phillips
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News
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Free to play, Frost Ring, Hex: Shards of Fate, TCGs, Trading Card Games

In recent years, virtual Trading Card Games have certainly become more accessible. You only have to look at the popularity of Hearthstone and Scrolls to see how simplified gameplay can draw in the punters. However, for fans of the old Magic: The Gathering games (the physical one, not the computer games) the need for something more involved has never quite been satisfied. Arguments have raged for years that the Magic series of computer games hasn’t replicated the feel of playing the physical game, which is exactly why Cryptozoic Entertainment took to Kickstarter last year create a new free-to-play virtual TCG experience – Hex: Shards of Fate.

Admittedly, since then they’ve had to face law suits from a certain bunch of Wizards, but that hasn’t stopped development from continuing or the community from growing. With the base game reportedly improved by leaps and bounds since its initial closed Alpha last October, Cryptozoic is now in the final stages of Hex’s first PvE content drop. Titled the Frost Ring, it presents players with a four tiers of AI opponents to best, each tier ending with a boss fight for riches and glory. New cards exclusively for use in the PvE content will be available to win, alongside the usual loot of equipment and gold.

Although no firm release is available, the Frost Ring arenas are expected to land in March, according to the official website. In the meantime, you can register to join the Closed Beta by heading over to the official Hex website. We’ll be giving you hands-on impressions of the Free-to-Play TCG in the near future.

Play on – Why Video Game Music deserves to be in the Classic FM Hall of Fame

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Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
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Classic FM, Game soundtracks, Hall of Fame 2015, music

Play on – Why Video Game Music deserves to be in the Classic FM Hall of Fame

While I apologise to our readership for what is probably going to be surmised as an “off-topic rant,” I also don’t apologise, because it is a topic close to my heart. You see, I’ve been agonising over it for weeks. Indecision has surrounded me and I’ve been unable to reach an internal consensus with the different points of view in my head. Do I go with the status quo, ensuring that familiarity and stability within the ranks remains, or do I put my faith in something new and radical? Either way, it’s time to act before it’s too late, and I’ll be damned if I miss my opportunity to make my voice heard.

I am of course talking about voting in the Classic FM Hall of Fame, which closes its public vote at the end of Saturday. For me, it has become an important yearly tradition, combining two of my favourite things – my passion for playing video games, and my love for music.  After all, music has played a large part in my life. I grew up around it thanks to my family playing various instruments, going on to train on the violin from an early age, and later teach myself to play guitar in my teens. I even studied Music at A level and in higher education after that. With that in mind, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I have a strong appreciation for soundtracks, especially those for video games.

Play on – Why Video Game Music deserves to be in the Classic FM Hall of Fame

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Former Final Fantasy XIV subscribers get week-long free access, as subs reach 4 million milestone

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Carl Phillips
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News
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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

Former Final Fantasy XIV subscribers get week-long free access, as subs reach 4 million milestone

It's good news for the folks at Square Enix, as Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has bucked the recent trend and seen an increase of subscribers, hitting the 4 million mark. To celebrate, it has granted all former players who currently have inactive accounts access to the game for a full week/ Having kicked off at 8am this morning, the access will continue until Monday, March 9 at 8am GMT.

Considering the continued support for the game, which includes new additions such as in-game Triple Triad and the tribute to FF7's Gold Saucer (complete with Chocobo Racing) it's quite clear that franchise fan service is helping to keep subscribers happy. Well, that and the fact it's a pretty fun MMO to boot. If you're looking to try out the game for yourself, we've rounded up all of the best offers, although PS3 players are absolutely the winners, bargain wise.

Final Fantasy XIV on PC is currently £12.09 from Base

Final Fantasy XIV on PS3 is currently £2.85 from The Game Collection

Final Fantasy XIV on PS4 is currently £17.86 from Amazon

If you do decided to jump into the virtual world of Eorzea, don't forget that, beyond the initial 30 days, a subscription fee is required to continue playing the game.

Get Killzone: Shadow Fall for just £10.10

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Games deals, Guerilla Games, Killzone: Shadow Fall, PS4 games

Get Killzone: Shadow Fall for just £10.10

Killzone: Shadow Fall on PS4 is currently £10.10 from Tesco

You can probably find a pre-owned copy for a bit cheaper, but for a brand new copy you won't do better than this deal from Tesco. As for the game, it ended up being more of a tech demo than a definitive FPS experience, but the multiplayer is still a good romp and for the price it's certainly worth adding to your PS4 library. Thanks to RON4LD @ HUKD!

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Get Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel on PC for just £14.99

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Games deals, Gearbox Software, PC games

Get Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel on PC for just £14.99

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel on PC is currently £14.99 from Amazon

Here's one of the lowest prices we've seen for the PC version of The Pre-Sequel, with Amazon's latest deal working out £7 better than the next cheapest deal elsewhere. Although it didn't really offer anything particularly new, and the story didn't capitalise upon the potential that was there, it doesn't change the fact The Pre-Sequel is great fun, especially in co-op. You can read all about it by checking out our review. Thanks to zed68!

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Pre-order Zombie Army Trilogy on PC for just £17!

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Co-op, Games deals, PC games, Rebellion Games, Zombie Army Trilogy

Looking forward to Zombie Army Trilogy? Perhaps you want to brush up on your zombie killing skills ahead of the release next month? Well, here's a sneaky way of doing so while making a tidy saving. Gamersgate are currently doing a weekend sale on all things sniper related, which includes Nazi Zombie Army 1 and Nazi Zombie Army 2. You can grab both of them for a total of £5. Doing so will give you codes to redeem on Steam, which will in turn will reduce the pre-order price of Zombie Army Trilogy by 60%, making it a total spend of £17 overall. Considering how much fun I had with it with the recent hands-on event, I'd say it's a fantastic deal at £17 for a copy.

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GOG.com celebrates German language support with a special weekend sale

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Games deals, GOG.com, PC games, Weekend Sales

GOG.com celebrates German language support with a special weekend sale

GOG.com have finally added a German section on their website, allowing residents of Germany to browse the listings in their native language. To celebrate, a weekend-long sale has been kicked off featuring games from German developers. Highlights include strategy classics The Settlers 2 + 3, the highly rated RPG Blackguards, management sim Tropico 3, and the surprisingly entertaining adventure title Journey of a Roach. You can see the full list of games by heading over to the weekend sale page on GOG.com, and as always you can make additional saves when you buy several games in one go.

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Get a Wii U 8GB console with Super Smash Bros. for just £169.99

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Console bundles, console deals, Nintendo Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Wii U

Get a Wii U 8GB console with Super Smash Bros. for just £169.99

The Nintendo Wii U 8GB console with Super Smash Bros. is currently £169.99 from GAME

Here's yet another mighty tempting offer  to get a Wii U for an absolutely fantastic price. This time it's GAME who are the retailer in question, with a copy of Super Smash Bros. thrown into the bundle. With a whole bunch of highly anticipated games coming this year, as well as a strong back catalogue of tiles to get hold of in the meantime, now is an opportune time to find out why we at Dealspwn think Ninty's latest console a great investment in fun. Hell, even I'm tempted with this one. Thanks to Jinkz @ HUKD!

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Get the Xbox One COD Advanced Warfare Limited Edition Bundle with Forza 5 GOTY Edition for just £299.99

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, console deals, Forza Motorsport 5, Xbox One Games

Get the Xbox One COD Advanced Warfare Limited Edition Bundle with Forza 5 GOTY Edition for just £299.99

The Xbox One COD Advanced Warfare Limited Edition Bundle with Forza 5 GOTY Edition is currently £299.99 from GAME

Looking to jump into the current-gen with a couple of well-received games? If you're leaning more towards the Xbox One side of things, this deal from GAME is definitely worth a look. The Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare branded console comes with a copy of said game and the GOTY Edition of Forza 5. For under £300 it's actually a pretty good deal, and will set you up to be ready for the bigger releases later this year. Thanks to bigtam1 @ HUKD!

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