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

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Carl Phillips
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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

Author:
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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Game Night | Battlefield 4: Naval Strike - Part 2

Author:
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

Author:
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

Author:
Carl Phillips
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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?

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
News
Tags:
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
Category:
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

Author:
Carl Phillips
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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
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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.

Dealspwn Reload | Gaming SitRep - 24/03/14

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Carl Phillips
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New Releases
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Dealspwn Reload

Dealspwn Reload | Gaming SitRep - 24/03/14

It's time for another Dealspwn Reload - where each week we bring you a quickfire review of the interesting tidbits of industry news, be it the exciting, the ridiculous, or the completely irrelevant. We give a rundown of what games are releasing over the coming days, as well as what to expect on-site in terms of coverage.

This week's releases:

25/03/14 - Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls | £27.85 on PC from The Game Collection
26/03/14 - Fez | Price TBA on PS4 / PS3 / Vita from PSN
27/03/14 - Warhammer 40K: Storm of Vengeance | £6.99 on PC from Steam
28/03/14 - Professor Layton Vs Phoenix Wright | £32.95 on 3DS from The Game Collection

Interested in what was featured? Have some links!

SimCity gets offline mode, the "impossible dream" achieved
More Xbox One improvements incoming
Guitar Hero & DJ Hero DLC to be removed from sale
Far Cry 4 heading to the Himalayas
No tax breaks for UK developers in 2014 Budget
Sony reveals Project Morpheus

Carl Versus Dark Souls II #10 - Live together, die alone

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

Carl Versus Dark Souls II #10 - Live together, die alone
Fresh off of surviving a tense boss battle, Carl continues to explore Heide's Tower of Flame and discovers a friendly face. From there, it's time to face the true big-bad of the area, but things don't go according to plan. See for yourself by watching today's video.

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Carl Versus Dark Souls II #9 - Taking the scenic route to slaughter

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

Carl Versus Dark Souls II #9 - Taking the scenic route to slaughter
After descending down the never-ending staircase, Carl returns to an area he previously ran away from. With better gear and more confidence in his skills, watch as Carl fights his way to another nail-biting boss battle that pushes him to the very limit.

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Carl Versus Dark Souls II #8 - Return to the Scaffold of Death

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

Carl Versus Dark Souls II #8 - Return to the Scaffold of Death
So, giants hurt.

Having been handed his ass rather spectacularly, Carl returns to where gravity bested him previously in an effort to learn what lies below. After that, he goes in search of adventures anew, but not before going toe-to-toe with an old foe - the mole-pig-things.

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WildStar Preview | The Battlegrounds & Arenas of PvP

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Carl Phillips
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Features
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Carbine Studios, MMORPGs, NCsoft, PvP, WildStar

WildStar Preview | The Battlegrounds & Arenas of PvP
With our previous WildStar coverage, we’ve focused rather heavily on the PvE side of things up until now. Considering how much of it there is it’s understandable, but questing in the various zones and taking on raids alongside your fellow players isn’t the only way to kill time on Nexus. Oh no – if you want to put your skills to the test you can always dabble (or dive in completely) into the PvP offerings. I previously looked at one of the options available in an episode of Dealspwn Playthrough – with my Stalker coming up all kinds of victorious in Walatiki Temple – but last week I was invited by Carbine Studios to take part in a press event to sample the Battleground once more, and much has changed since I last ran around stealing Tiki masks. We’ll get to those details later on, though.

For now, let’s discuss how PvP fits into the delicious sandwich that is WildStar (and before you ask, yes – I’m writing this around lunchtime and I’m hungry, OKAY?) Like other MMOs that have emerged before it, WildStar has the usual modes to conduct righteous slaughter in, with open world and competative matches available, but in true Carbine style the developers have put their own spin on proceedings (thanks largely in part to the telegraph system, allowing for more action based content compared to tab-targeting mechanics.) As it stands, there are two ways to rack up the virtual kills before and after hitting the level cap – Battlegrounds and Arenas – and the best part of this is that taking part in does not distract from the levelling process. Players will earn XP based on their performance, along with loot to improve their gear, and specific crafting materials and recipes. The idea is that once a player hits level 6, it is up to them to decide if a career in hunting down the opposite faction is the right choice for them.

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Carl Versus Dark Souls II #7 - Level up!... the suffering

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

Carl Versus Dark Souls II #7 - Level up!... the suffering
Fresh from finding out that gravity is still a cruel mistress, Carl returns to the keep in an effort to overcome the ambushes that had previously smited him. After that, he finally, FINALLY, figures out how to level up, before coming face to face with the first true boss of the game.

It didn't end well.

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