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Dealspwn Reload | Gaming SitRep - 21/04/14

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Carl Phillips
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New Releases
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Dealspwn Reload

It's time for another Dealspwn Reload - your weekly rundown of new releases, upcoming coverage over on Dealspwn.com, and your quickfire review of the interesting tidbits of industry news, be it the exciting, the ridiculous, or the completely irrelevant.

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Borderlands 2 GOTY Edition now only £8.74 at Get Games

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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FPS games, Mac games, PC games

Borderlands 2 GOTY Edition now only £8.74 at Get Games

Borderlands 2 GOTY Edition | Get Games | £8.74
PC price comparison | Borderlands 2 Review / Video (PC) Review

Here we have an excellent deal for the definitive Borderlands 2 experience for those who have yet to experience the latest adventure on Pandora. There's quite the saving to be had compared to other offers elsewhere, and while the listing states it is for Mac, this listing will work for PC owners as well thanks to the fact it's a Steamworks title.

So what do you get? Most of the major DLC packs released so far, which includes Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep, both Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Packs, the Mechromancer and Psycho characters, Creature Slaughterdome, Collector's Edition Pack, Premiere Club, and a number of character customisation skins and heads. Thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!

Beyond: Two Souls falls to £11.50 over at The Game Collection

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Adventure Games, PS3 games, Quantic Dream, Sony Computer Entertainment

Beyond: Two Souls falls to £11.50 over at The Game Collection
Beyond: Two Souls | The Game Collection | £14.95
PS3 price comparison | Beyond: Two Souls Review

Here we have yet another reduction for Quantic Dream's latest cinematic effort, with the price falling to the lowest we've seen in a while. Overall there's a saving of around £2.50 to be had with this listing.

Opinion on Beyond was scattered like a buckshot for good reason - the lack of apparent choice and interaction rubbed many people the wrong way, coming across as limited compared to Heavy Rain. While the storyline isn't the best in the industry has produced, it's certainly an enjoyable one, and the performances by Ellen Page and Willam Defoe are outstanding. That said, at this price it could be the right time to make up your own mind. Thanks to Jas10 @ HUKD!

Get Call of Duty Ghosts Free Fall Edition on PS3 for £12.85 from Simply Games

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Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
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Activision, FPS games, Infinity Ward, PS3 games

Get Call of Duty Ghosts Free Fall Edition on PS3 for £12.85 from Simply Games
Call of Duty Ghosts Free Fall Edition | Simply Games | £12.85
PS3 price comparison | Call of Duty Ghosts Review

If you haven't decided to upgrade to the current gen of consoles, but still want to watch a dog take down a helicopter for a bargain price, this is an excellent opportunity to do so if you're a PS3 owner. This deal from Simply Games is the cheapest around by over £2.

While the multiplayer modes are limited in number, and the social features are lacking as well, it's the same COD-like experience with Ghosts. Basically, if you're looking for some no-nonsense shooter fun (now with added dog) you'll probably find enjoyment with Infinity Ward's latest. It's also worth pointing out that the Free Fall map that is thrown in with it is now available to everyone. Thanks to petes_1234 @ HUKD!

Game Night | Broforce - #OOOOOOOOOOOH

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Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
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Broforce, Free Lives, Game Night

In today's episode of Game Night, the trio are the height of bro-fessionalism as they take on side-scrolling action-fest Broforce from Free Lives. Trust me when I say, it's bro-sesstial viewing for everyone.

Just remember - it's not over 'til it's BRO-VER. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOH.

WildStar Preview | Warplots – Go Big or Go Home

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Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
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Carbine Studios, Jen Gordy, MMORPGs, NCsoft, PvP, Warplots, WildStar


Over the last few months Carbine Studios have been slowly pulling the curtain back on a number of features for WildStar that, up until now, we had barely seen anything about. Customisation options were one such thing, Adventures were another, and we recently got a look at some of the Raids players will be (almost certainly) punished by during the developer panel at PAX East. However, one topic has been left until the very last second to discuss and it’s a pretty big one – Warplots. This PvP-centric mode aims to kick team-based combat up a notch with something that is part base raiding, part tower defence, and all-out warfare as two teams of 40 max-level players duke it out for supremacy.

It’s basically as if the original incarnation of World of Warcraft’s Alterec Valley and indie title Orcs Must Die! had a baby, and then many Chua were rained upon it for kicks – that’s pretty much Warplots in a nutshell.

You can get a general overview by watching the latest in-game engine-powered Flick embedded above, but you’re probably after some more details or something, and thankfully I have many to throw at you. Earlier this week, select members of the press were invited to watch a demonstration of Warplots in action, with a rather ill Lead PvP Designer Jen Gordy (who was suffering from PAX Flu at the time) providing commentary on what we were watching whilst giving us more detail into what options would be available for potential Warparties (yep, that means no hands-on experience just yet, but stay tuned – I assure you we’ll have something in the near future.)

WildStar Preview | Warplots – Go Big or Go Home

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WildStar Weekend Beta Key Giveaway #4 - CLAIM YOURS NOW!

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
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Beta, Beta Weekend, Carbine Studios, Giveaway, NCsoft, WildStar


UPDATE: Please note that the weekend beta keys we are giving away will only work with EU NCSOFT accounts. If you do not have an EU account, there are other websites that will be giving out keys that will work. You can find a list of all the sites giving away codes here. Apologies for the confusion here folks, and if you have any other issues please let us know so we can help you out!

ORIGINAL POST: Looking to get in on the action of the upcoming WildStar weekend beta, which is set to take place between 18th - 20th April? Well, if you haven't put money down for a pre-order (with which you will gain automatic access to every beta weekend between now and the release on June 3rd) you may want to hit the jump to find out how to snab yourself a key, as we have 2000 weekend beta keys to give away.

Click here to find out how to get one!

Dealspwn Reload | Gaming SitRep - 14/04/14

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Carl Phillips
Category:
New Releases
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Dealspwn Reload

It's time for another Dealspwn Reload - your weekly rundown of new releases, upcoming coverage over on Dealspwn.com, and your quickfire review of the interesting tidbits of industry news, be it the exciting, the ridiculous, or the completely irrelevant.

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Game Night | Battlefield 4: Naval Strike - Part 2

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Carl Phillips
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Features
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Battlefield 4: Naval Strike, Game Night


In the second part of the team's adventures in Naval Strike expansion, the trio take the fight to the Nasha Strike map for more boat-based shenanigans. Expect more death on the high seas, before a failed attempt at playing on Wave Breaker.

Sniper Elite 3 Interview | Christopher Payton on moving the franchise forward

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Carl Phillips
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Features
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Christopher Payton, Gadget Show Live 2014, Rebellion, Sniper Elite 3, Video interviews

At this year's Gadget Show Live, Carl got a chance to speak to Christopher Payton of Rebellio about the upcoming shooter Sniper Elite 3, which was on show to the public for the first time. The pair discuss the improvements over V2, the various options players can taken in the new expanded environments, and the transition developing on the current crop of consoles.

Stay tuned for a hands-on impressions piece onsite soon!

Game Night | Battlefield 4: Naval Strike - Part 1

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Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
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Battlefield 4: Naval Strike, Game Night

The trio return to Battlefield 4 this week to check out the latest addition to its multiplayer - the Naval Strike map set. In the first part of two, the trio head to the Lost Islands, play around in all of the boats, and experiment with various flying techniques in the helicopter. Stay tuned for Part 2 and our full review tomorrow!

Sony's H1Z1 - A new challenger to DayZ's crown?

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Carl Phillips
Category:
News
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H1Z1, John Smedley, MMOs, PC games, Sony Online Entertainment

If DayZ and PlanetSide a baby - SOE unveil new F2P survival sandbox H1Z1

It wasn't too long ago that SOE president John Smedley was teasing an upcoming reveal for a previously unannounced title, and last night the veil was well and truly lifted. It's called H1Z1, and it's a survival horror sandbox title that will utilize the Forgelight engine - the same engine used to power PlanetSide 2 - with some tweaks brought over from Landmark to provide players with the tools to build safehouses and fortresses.

So in short it's DayZ + Rust x PlanetSide 2. But there's going to be more to it than that, if the initial reports are correct, although we do know for certain that the entire game will be Free 2 Play. We've got the initial video reveal for you to watch above, but we've gathered up all the interesting bits of info for you to look over after the jump.

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It's savings across for board in the Playstation Store Easter Sale

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Playstation Store, PS Vita games, PS3 games, Sale

It's savings across for board in the Playstation Store Easter Sale

From 9th April until 30th April

While you could spend all those pennies you've saved on buying more chocolate (and I wouldn't blame you, really) Sony have decided to give Playstation 3 and Vita owners a chance to bag a saving or two during the Easter holiday. As always, PS+ subscribers get a little chopped off the top for an extra saving. Notable offers include those for Battlefield 4, the Mass Effect trilogy, Hotline Miami (a cross-buy purchase, which is nice), and the first season of The Walking Dead. Take a gander at the entire list of offers by hitting the jump.

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Concursion Interview | Daniel Garfield on his multi-genre mash-up

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Carl Phillips
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Features
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Concursion, Indie Games, Interviews, PC games, Puuba, Rezzed 2014, Videos

At this year's EGX Rezzed, there were plenty of indie titles on show that take slight spins on existing genres to create new experiences, but one title on show took matter the extra mile in that department by blending several genres together in an experience that changes at a moment's notice. That game is Concursion - an upcoming indie title from Puuba studios - and I was invited to talk to one of the key players behind the game, developer Daniel Garfield, on the show floor. We'll have a hands-on impressions piece landing later this week, but in this interview we learn about the influences Garfield had, the challenges of balancing a game that at first glance probably shouldn't work, and its notable musical direction.

You can learn more about Concursion by heading over to its Steam Greenlight page. Stay tuned for our preview later this week.

Dealspwn Reload | Gaming SitRep - 7/04/14

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
New Releases
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Dealspwn Reload

It's time for another Dealspwn Reload - your weekly rundown of new releases, upcoming coverage over on Dealspwn.com, and your quickfire review of the interesting tidbits of industry news, be it the exciting, the ridiculous, or the completely irrelevant.

Click here for this week's cheapest prices & featured links!

Game Night | Heavy Weapon: Atomic Tank - Nuclear Stretch Goals

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Carl Phillips
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Features
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Game Night, Heavy Weapon: Atomic Tank

Game Night | Heavy Weapon: Atomic Tank - Nuclear Stretch Goals
For this week's Game Night, Matt & Jon rectify a crime against gaming by making Carl play Heavy Weapon for the first time. Witness as the team attempt to beat the virtual communists, deal with randomers joining in, and attempt to get musical.

This week's perspective: Carl as Viceroy "Blue Tank" Mulk.

Not A Hero Preview | Cover, carnage, & cat bombs

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Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
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Gameplay, Games previews, Not A Hero, Rezzed 2014, Roll7

If you've not managed to check out Jon's interview with John Ribbins about Not A Hero, you probably should as it explains more about the setting for the game, what sort of features will be present, and features the Dealspwny (which is worth watching any video for.) This particular video preview focuses on the Alpha gameplay that was available on the show floor at this year's Rezzed, with Jon tagging me in to tackle the side-scrolling gun play. We scored some off-screen footage and I slapped my initial impressions in an audible manner over the top, so give it a watch to see why I consider it one of the more promising games I saw at this year's event.

You can watch it all in the video above, or on our YouTube channel.

Dealspwn Reload | Gaming SitRep - 31/03/14

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Carl Phillips
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New Releases
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Dealspwn Reload

Dealspwn Reload | Gaming SitRep - 31/03/14
It's time for another Dealspwn Reload - your weekly rundown of new releases, upcoming coverage over on Dealspwn.com, and your quickfire review of the interesting tidbits of industry news, be it the exciting, the ridiculous, or the completely irrelevant.

Click here for this week's cheapest prices & featured links!

Dead Space is currently free on Origin, grab your copy now!

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Dead Space, EA, Free, Origin

Dead Space is currently free on Origin, grab your copy now!
Dead Space | Origin | FREE

Well, this is unexpected. EA have decided to give away the highly-praised Dead Space to all Origin users in a promotion that runs until 8th May. So, if you haven't had chance to check out one of the scariest and most atmospheric sci-fi games since System Shock 2, you really should give it a whirl. Mainly because it's awesome, but also because, you know, IT'S FREE.

Carl Versus Dark Souls II #11 - The sound of suffering

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Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
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Bandai Namco, Dark Souls II, From Software, Gameplay

Carl Versus Dark Souls II #11 - The sound of suffering
The Old Dragonslayer may have been more troublesome than expected, but Carl has a plan - a scheme so brilliant it couldn't possibly fail - an 80's style action montage to get more souls and level up. Does the musical interlude work? Does Carl manage to take down the Old Dragonslayer? Should Carl be allowed near a microphone again? All these questions and more are answered in the conclusion of our Dark Souls II series.

If you want to learn more about Carl's feelings on Dark Souls II, you can read his review here.