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Constructor HD announced, coming to current-gen consoles and PC next year

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Carl Phillips
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3Systems, Constructor HD, PC games, PS4 games, Simulation games, Xbox One Games

Constructor HD announced, coming to current-gen consoles and PC next year

After years of rumours, the classic property tycoon title Constructor is getting a HD remake by its creators at 3Systems. Coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC, we even have an official release date of January 29, 2016. It is being labeled as a "reimagining" of the original PC game released in 1997, where players are charged with building up a property empire of business and rented housing, while hiring degenerates to harass and drive their rivals out of business.

"Constructor is a game I took great joy in creating, and having the chance to delve into its universe once again has been incredible," said development head John Twiddy in a press release issued today. "A whole generation adored the original. I, along with the original collaborators, am delighted to be showcasing Constructor’s unique charm to a whole new audience."

I'll admit that I wasn't very good at Constructor back in the day, but I did enjoy its unique personality in-between all the hippies coming along and ruining my properties. We suspect we'll learn more about Constructor HD next week when Gamescom is in full swing.

[Videogamer]

Game of Thrones Episode 5: A Nest of Vipers Review | Family ties

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Carl Phillips
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Reviews
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Adventure Games, Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series, Game reviews, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Telltale Games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One

Game of Thrones Episode 5: A Nest of Vipers Review | Family ties

My sincerest apologies for the lateness of this review, but as I was on holiday during its release I’ve only just gotten round to reviewing it. Anyway, here’s the usual housekeeping – if you’ve missed our other reviews, you can get up to speed by reading them here: Episode 1: Iron From Ice, Episode Two: The Lost Lords, Episode 3: The Sword In The Darkness, and Episode 4: Sons of Winter. As always with our episodic reviews, our score will be published once the season is finished, reflecting the game as a whole.

While the action begins in a rather tense fashion (which in understandable given the ending to episode 4) the linearity of proceedings early on take away any true feeling of choice. This is yet another example of how the established timeline of the show disrupts anything that could happen in the game, but thankfully once we get past the first chapter the narrative opens up by diverging into uncharted waters. If Episode 4 set up the board for the final charge, Episode 5 pushes them past the point of no return, as it is made very clear that it is now all or nothing for House Forester.

Game of Thrones Episode 5: A Nest of Vipers Review | Family ties

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ArenaNet announce Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns Beta Weekend for August 7th

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Carl Phillips
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News
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ArenaNet, Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns, NCsoft

ArenaNet announce Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns Beta Weekend for August 7th

Ahead of a busy week at Gamescom, which kicks off next Tuesday in Cologne, ArenaNet have announced that the first Beta Weekend for Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns will kick off on August 7th, and end on August 10th. During that time those who have pre-purchased the upcoming expansion will be able to create a brand new level 80 character to test out all of the new class specializations. This includes the brand new Revenant Class, along with all four core legends (which change the abilities and playstyle of the class), including the recently announced Shiro.

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Blast Mode to provide “classic, core gameplay” for Star Wars: Battlefront

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Carl Phillips
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News
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DICE, EA, Rush Mode, Star Wars: Battlefront

Blast Mode to provide “classic, core gameplay” for Star Wars: Battlefront

We’ve already seen how Star Wars: Battlefront will be able to create huge, action packed moments over huge spaces, but DICE have decided to deliver something a bit more pure and simple with Blast Mode. The 10 vs 10 team-based competitive mode will focus on close-quarter skirmishes, and will contain no vehicles, heroes or villains, focusing on what DICE are calling “classic, core gameplay.” The match ends once one team reaches 100 kills or after 10 minutes, whichever happens first.

So, it’s Team Deathmatch, then, which is fine with us.

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Upgrading to Windows 10 | A Gamer’s guide to the big switch

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Carl Phillips
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Features
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Microsoft, PC games, Windows 10

Upgrading to Windows 10 | A Gamer’s guide to the big switch

Today is the big day – Windows 10 is launching worldwide. To mark the occasion, we thought we would collate all the information about Microsoft’s new OS and how it relates to PC gamers. After all, regardless of whether you think being an early adopter is exciting or foolish, there are many gamers that will be making the switch as soon as they are able. So take a look through our handy guide as we explain what is new, what to watch out for, and which games are confirmed to run on the new OS – along with those that definitely won’t.

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Angry Birds Star Wars II is just 10p for Android devices

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Android Games, Angry Birds: Star Wars II, Google Play, Rovio

Angry Birds Star Wars II is just 10p for Android devices

We normally don't highlight mobile games, but we felt it was worth bringing to your attention considering it's 10p for a spin-off of one of the most successful mobile franchises in recent years. Along with the usually bird-fueled, physics-based carnage with a Star Wars twist, this particular version allows you to play as the pigs, meaning you can (prepare yourself for terrible punnage) "join the pork side." In short, it's 10p for some over-used but highly addictive mobile gaming. Thanks to Plumbz @ HUKD!

Get Mortal Kombat X on Xbox One for £27.95

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Mortal Kombat X, Netherrealm Studios, The Game Collection, Xbox One Games

Get Mortal Kombat X on Xbox One for £27.95

Today's flash deal from TGC is giving Xbox One owners the chance to get Mortal Kombat X for under £30, slightly undercutting the next cheapest deal elsewhere. Brutal combat mechanics, paired with a range of new characters and an enjoyable story mode meant that we called MKX "[the] first essential fighting game of the new generation of consoles" when we reviewed it a few months back. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!

Be sure to read our Mortal Kombat X review for more details!

Get 12 months of Playstation Plus for just £32.29

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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cdkeys, Instant Game Collection, Playstation Plus

Get 12 months of Playstation Plus for just £32.29

Yet again CDKeys have thrown up yet another deal that gives you the cheapest price around for a year of PS+. Just claim your code at the link above and you'll be ready to get hold of July's Instant Game Collection, which includes the utterly brilliant Rocket League. Thanks to LuFc6686 @ HUKD!

Be sure to keep an eye on our PlayStation + and PSN Gift Cards cheap deals guide for future savings!

Get the Halo: The Master Chief Collection Limited Edition for just £19.72

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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343 Industries, GAME, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Xbox One Games

Get the Halo: The Master Chief Collection Limited Edition for just £19.72

The price has tumbled yet get for this Limited Edition making it slightly cheaper than lowest-priced standard edition available. Along with a copy of the game in a steelbook case, you'll also get a Physical Map book featuring all the maps available in the game, and the Grunt Funeral Skull DLC to liven up the in-game carnage. It's certainly a good way to keep you busy until Halo 5 arrives later this year, especially now that the multiplayer matchmaking has finally been sorted out. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII for the find!

Be sure to check out our Halo: The Master Chief Collection review for more details.

Get 12 months of Xbox LIVE Gold Membership with £4.60 worth of Rakuten credit for £23.99

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Rakuten, Xbox 360, Xbox Live Gold, Xbox One

Get 12 months of Xbox LIVE Gold Membership with £4.60 worth of Rakuten credit for £23.99

At the time of writing, the CDkeys website is down, but before you all panic about not being able to get cheap Xbox LIVE Gold subs you should make note of this deal on Rakuten. While it is a pound more expensive than the cheapest price available, you do get £4.60 worth of Rakuten points, which you can then spend on anything else available on the site. Thanks to iSM4SHxYOUx @ HUKD!

Be sure to keep an eye on our cheap Xbox Live Gold & Xbox Live Gift Cards guide to get the best prices for Xbox LIVE Gold subscriptions.

EXPIRED: Get an Xbox One console 500GB with £50 Rakuten credit for £249.99

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Games consoles, Microsoft, Rakuten, ShopTo, Xbox One

EXPIRED: Get an Xbox One console 500GB with £50 Rakuten credit for £249.99
UPDATE: Aaaaaand it's out of stock. We'll let you know if more become available!

This one's an interesting and tempting deal, provided there are other things on Rakuten that you wish to buy. With the 20X reward points promotion currently ongoing, this listing from ShopTo means that you're effectively getting an Xbox One console for £200. You can then use the £50 credit to get a game (or games) of your choice to go with it, although they will almost certainly be delivered separately. Thanks to quano @ HUKD!

Don't forget that you will need an Xbox Live subscription to play games online, so why not check out our cheap Xbox Live Gold & Xbox Live Gift Cards guide to help you get sorted?

Get The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited on PS4 for just £29.95

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Bethesda Softworks, MMORPGs, PS4 games, The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, The Game Collection

Get The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited on PS4 for just £29.95

Here's yet another chance to get hold of The Elder Scrolls Online on PS4 for under £30, saving you a few quid over the next cheapest deal elsewhere. From what I've played of it, there have been numerous improvements from its condition at launch, making it more MMO-like and more Skyrim-esque, but it still doesn't quite hit the mark of either. Still, at under £30 you can decide for yourself and fight back the forces of Molag Bal. Or spend the entire time stealing things. Either or. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII for the find!

Be sure to check out our The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited review for more details.

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition pre-orders fall to £23.99

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Gears Of War: Ultimate Edition, The Coalition, Xbox One Games, Xtra-vision

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition pre-orders fall to £23.99

With just over a month go, the pre-order deals for Gears of War Ultimate edition are hitting an all-time low here in the UK. While we're a little disappointed that only the first instalment will be given the remaster treatment, promising a slick visual makeover, concept art, and new content should make the Ultimate Edition excellent remake of what we'd consider to be the best game in the series (mainly because of the Cole Train's rap.) Cheers to goonertillidie for the heads-up!

StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void's prologue is now available to play... if you pre-purchase

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Carl Phillips
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News
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Blizzard Entertainment, StarCraft II

StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void's prologue is now available to play... if you pre-purchase

The release of StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void is still a fair way off, but Blizzard have decided to help make the wait a little more bearable by unleashing a 3-mission prologue campaign titled "Whispers Of Oblivion." There is a catch, though - you'll need to pre-purchase Legacy Of The Void to play it right now. It should be noted though that all players will gain access to it prior to its release, but this is a great way of keeping the die-hard fans entertained in the interim.

That's not the only big thing happening in the StarCraft universe today, as the Heart Of The Swarm expansion is being made a standalone product. This means that you no longer need to own Wings Of Liberty to play it, which is exactly how Legacy of the Void will be when it releases as well.

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Get Mortal Kombat X on PS4 for £28.45

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Fighting Games, Mortal Kombat X, Netherrealm Studios, PS4 games, The Game Collection

Get Mortal Kombat X on PS4 for £28.45

UPDATE: Zavvi have managed to undercut TGC thanks to a handy voucher code. You can get Mortal Kombat X on PS4 for just £28.45 when you use the code ZVC5 at the checkout.

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Once again the PS4 version of the latest Mortal Kombat is being featured as the daily flash deal over at TGC. It isn't the lowest price we've seen, but it is the cheapest deal around at the time of writing. Brutal combat mechanics, paired with a range of new characters and an enjoyable story mode meant that we called MKX "[the] first essential fighting game of the new generation of consoles" when we reviewed it a few months back. Thanks to Jon81 @ HUKD!

Be sure to readour Mortal Kombat X review for more details.

Pre-order Fallout 4 on consoles for just £36.95

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Fallout 4, PS4 games, RPGs, The Game Collection, Xbox One Games

Pre-order Fallout 4 on consoles for just £36.95

We still need to wait four months until its release, but the price war to secure your pre-order is well and truly heating up now. This time it's The Game Collection who have lowered their prices, beating everyone else to bring you the cheapest deal for consoles by around £3. After an impressive display at this year's E3, I think it's safe to say that Fallout 4 is one of the most anticipated games of the year. A huge open world, improved interaction mechanics, a plethora of customisation options, and a dog are but a few of the reasons it will (most likely) be taking away many an award by the year's end. Thanks to Andy@Xcite @ HUKD!

Green Man Gaming Summer Sale Day 6 | World Domination

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Green Man Gaming, PC games, Summer sale

Green Man Gaming Summer Sale Day 6 | World Domination

Day 6 of the Green Man Gaming sale is here, with today's theme being World Domination, which, considering this is possible their biggest list of discounts yet, is rather fitting. Remember to use code GMGSUM-MERSAL-E20OFF at checkout to knock a further 20% off these listed prices.
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Nostalgia goes mobile as Commodore return in smartphone form

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Carl Phillips
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News
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Amiga, Commodore 64, Commodore PET, Emulation, Smartphones

Nostalgia goes mobile as Commodore return in smartphone form

We love a bit of Commodore-based nostalgia here at Deaspwn, but this is pushing it into overdrive. It turns out that the Commodore brand is making yet another comeback this year, and it's all thanks to Commodore PET smartphone which is set to release across Europe later this month. Named after the iconic computer from yesteryear, the PET will be a capable mid-range smartphone, being power by a 1.7GHz octa-core Mediatek processor, 3GB RAM, a 5.5" screen capable of 1080p, a 13-megapixel rear camera, and a 3000 mAh battery. While it will be available with 16gb and 32gb storage there will be a microSD expansion slot to boost up the available space.

But you don't really want to know the specs do you? What you want to know about are the emulators that will come built into the Android 5.0 OS that runs the system - specifically the VICE C64 emulator and the Uae4All2-SDL Amiga emulator. At the moment the PET will only be available in Italy, France, Poland and Germany, but there are reportedly plans of expanding to other European countries and the USA in the near future.

So long as there is some sort of video-out capability (I couldn't find confirmation of such, annoyingly) it might well become the emulation choice for those wanting to relive the glory days of the Amiga. I know I for one will be grabbing hold of a K240 ROM for sure.

[Wired]

Deep Silver drop Yager Development as Dead Island 2 devs

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Carl Phillips
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News
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Dead Island 2, Deep Silver, Yager Development

Deep Silver drop Yager Development as Dead Island 2 devs

As the title pretty much sums, up, Yager Development have been dropped as the developers of Dead Island 2 after three years making the game. In a statement released to the press, publisher Deep Silver stated that despite the decision they were "dedicated to delivering the sequel that Dead Island fans deserve." Here's the statement in full:

"With Dead Island 2, Deep Silver has always been dedicated to delivering the sequel that Dead Island fans deserve. After careful consideration, today we announce the decision to part ways with development partner Yager. We will continue working towards bringing our vision of Dead Island 2 to life, and we will share further information at a later stage."

We were somewhat optimistic for Dead Island 2, especially considering how their previous game, Spec Ops: The Line, was universally praised for its storytelling, in addition to the less serious tone Dead Island 2 was going with compared to its predecessor. The game was originally scheduled to be released at in Spring of this year, but was pushed back to 2016 when it missed that window altogether. Right now we have no idea what ultimately caused the decision, but I for one think it was a shame after enjoying it at last year's Gamescom. If you fancy taking a look at what could have been, you can check out our Dead Island 2 hands-on impressions, and watch our video interview with the developers at Yager (if only for Toby the Dealspwny's appearance, which is just amazing.)

Witness Kratos' reignited rage in the God of War III: Remastered launch trailer

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Carl Phillips
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News
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God of War III: Remastered, Launch Trailer, PS4 games

Regardless of whether you think it was needed or not, the remastered version of God of War III will be arrive on Playstation 4 this Friday. To herald the return of Sparta's angriest man-turned-god, Sony have released a brand new trailer to highlight the improved visuals and improved frame rate, which they claim will be a consistent 60fps at 1080p. Another added feature for God of War III: Remastered is a photo mode - similar to the one included in The Last of Us: Remastered - allowing players to take stills of their bloody slaughter.

At the time of writing, the cheapest offer is still over at Videogame Box, where you can use a voucher code to get it for £25.70.