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INTERVIEW | How "Mingle-Player" is at the heart of Dead Island 2

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Carl Phillips
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Features
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Dead Island 2, Deep Silver, Gamescom 2014, Video interviews, Yager Development

After getting hands-on with the Alpha build and seeing how the gameplay had changed, Carl sat down with game director Bernd Diemer and producer Jan Eric Lauble to chat about Dead Island 2. Topics include how the seemless multiplayer will work, why the team went with a less serious approach compared to its predecessor, and what sort of weapon combinations we can expect to find in the open world zombie slaying title.

Then Toby the Dealspwny appears and hijacks the interview. Just because he could.

Be sure to check out our hands-on impressions for Dead Island 2 from this year's Gamescom.

PREVIEW | How Dead Island 2 is bringing fun back to the zombie apocalypse

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
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Dead Island 2, Deep Silver, Games previews, Gamescom 2014, Yager Development

PREVIEW | How Dead Island 2 is bringing fun back to the zombie apocalypse
I really wanted to like the first Dead Island. I really did. It hit all the right boxes in terms on concept – 4-player co-op with a huge world to explore, customisable weapons to find and upgrade, varied enemies to kill – but it was all undone by a hugely inconsistent tone and some of the worst voice acting in recent years. As such I didn’t get very far into the game despite multiple tries to play through it, and I made sure to give Riptide a wide birth as well.

So it came as a welcome surprise when the Dead Island 2 announcement trailer caught my attention with a new, less serious tone that looked to inject some fun into the series. “This is exactly what happened last time, Carl, and the game didn’t live up to the hype,” I told myself, but after getting hands on with the game at this year’s Gamescom I’m far more optimistic that the handover of development from Techland to Yager Development (makers of the criminally underrated Spec Ops: The Line… if we ignore that multiplayer) will make it a win-win situation for both Deep Silver and consumers.

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Game Night | Firefall Part 2 - Eggs, iron, & other treasures

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
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Firefall, Game Night, Red 5 Studios

Having gotten back into the swing of things, Carl & Jon see what else players can do in Firefall for the second part of this week's Game Night. Highlights include more bug stomping, Carl getting some much needed narrative closure, and Jon proudly showing off his new virtual pet.

Stay tuned to Dealspwn.com for Jon's official verdict on Firefall.

Postcards from Gamescom '14 | Day 2 - Warfare & Civilizations

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Civilization: Beyond Earth, Gamescom 2014

We're back with yet another video postcard from this year's Gamescom, highlighting some personal picks from the second day of the event. Jon surprises even himself stating how excited he is about Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and Carl explains why he's seriously looking forward to Civilization: Beyond Earth.

Stay tuned for more coverage from Gamescom!

Game Night | Firefall Part 1 - The unexpected text-based adventure

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
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Firefall, Game Night, Red 5 Studios

With it finally out of its seemingly never-ending beta and now released, Carl & Jon decided it was time to see how Firefall was doing for this week's Game Night. The duo sample the early game content on offer in Red 5's online shooter, although they have to meet up with each other first...

... and that proves easier said than done.

Stay tuned for Part 2 tomorrow!

Battlefield Hardline Preview | Choice-alution

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Carl Phillips
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Features
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Battlefield: Hardline, DICE, EA, FPS games, Games previews, Gamescom 2014, Visceral Games

Battlefield Hardline Preview | Choice-alution

Up until now, the general consensus regarding the single player portion of Hardline has been largely that dismissal – “it’s all about the multiplayer, stupid!” or “When has there ever been a decent storyline in a Battlefield game without Bad Company in the title?” It’s hard to ignore those cries as they’re fairly accurate, but Visceral Games came to Gamescom to restore some faith in the single player campaign, and I was invited to see how they planned to rekindle our interest in the storytelling aspect of the franchise.

The first thing we were told was that the focus on story was of great importance to Visceral, so much so that they had hired writers responsible for bringing the critically acclaimed series’ Justified and True Detective to life on the small screen. This was clearly evident during the early part of the level we were shown, which happened to be the same one used in the EA press conference. Taking place halfway through the game (or “season,” if the episodic thing is to be believed) protagonist Nick Mendoza finds himself and his partner Boomer being double-crossed in a deal-gone-south, with the player tasked with escaping their imprisonment and completing their assignment.

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Postcards from Gamescom '14 | Day 1 - Dawns & Dreamfalls

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
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Dreamfall Chapters, Gamescom 2014, Until Dawn, Videos

Carl & Jon return, this time from the show floor, give their highlights from the first proper day of Gamescom 2014. Jon explains why Until Dawn is looking promising, before Carl once again gushes about Dreamfall Chapters to anyone who'll listen.

We'll be back tomorrow with more impressions from the show floor!

Postcards from Gamescom '14 | Day 0 - Microsoft, Sony, & Disney Infinity

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
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Disney, Gamescom 2014, Microsoft, PS4, Sony, Videos, Xbox One

Dealspwn are once again in Cologne for this year's Gamescom, having sent Carl & Jon to check out the upcoming titles that have been brought along to the three-day-long event... but before we get to that, our dynamic duo give their thoughts on how Sony & Microsoft did with their press conferences. We also get to hear their impressions on the upcoming build of Disney Infinity.

Stay tuned for their first proper day of highlights in our postcard tomorrow!

Community Feedback | #3 - Dinner hosts, Kirby dangers, & totes legit critique

Author:
Carl Phillips
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Features
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Community Feedback, Videos

The Viceroy returns with another edition of Community Feedback - a show which focuses on what you, our marvellous audience, have to say over Dealspwn.com, our YouTube channel, and our Twitter account.

Along with some critique of Matt's opinion on the Xbone and a warning about Kirby, this week's main topic sees the community decide which gaming character would be the best dinner host.

Watch the video in the embed above, and hit the jump to find out how to get involved in next week's topic!

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Game Night | Tango Fiesta - Old school gaming blues

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Carl Phillips
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Features
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Game Night, Tango Fiesta

For this week's Game Night, the Dealspwn Trio decided to check out the Early Access title Tango Fiesta, with the aim of showing off the side-scrolling carnage of the latest build. They somewhat managed that, but upon trying to sample the second level the game froze on the game setup screen, and so the team take the episode to strange and (frankly) brilliant new places.

Highlights include I-Spy, Animal Vegetable or Mineral, and a rousing improvised musical number that will blow you away.

Landmark Beta Gameplay - Staking your claim | Dealspwn Playthrough

Author:
Carl Phillips
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Features
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Dealspwn Playthrough, Gameplay, Landmark, Sony Online Entertainment

At the beginning of the year we looked at the Alpha build for what was then called Everquest Next: Landmark - the sandbox experience from Sony Online Entertainment. Despite the fact it was incredibly rough around the edges in terms of user friendliness, we came away impressed by the scope of what could be achieved with heavily-modified Forgelight game engine. The community were building highly impressive constructions even back then, and it gave us a great idea of what we could expect from Everquest Next proper in the future.

Since then, the game has reached the beta stage having been continually patched, with new features and materials added to expand both the scope of creation possibilities and the scope of the progression. So, in today's episode of Dealspwn Playthrough, Carl provides commentary for this return to the renamed Landmark, with SOE dropping the Everquest Next label as players have been creating things that go beyond the franchise.

In this video, Carl demonstrates how to get a claim of your own, and shows just how powerful the voxel-based creation toolkit can be. We also get to see the template system, and how easy it is to use.

We will be back with more from Landmark in the near future. Access to the beta is available via an Early Access purchase, but it will be Free To Play when it eventually launches.

Community Feedback | #2 - Fame, voice, & villain choice

Author:
Carl Phillips
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Features
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Community Feedback, Videos

After the rip-roaring success of the first episode, The Viceroy returns with another edition of Community Feedback - a show which focuses on what you, our marvelous audience, have to say over Dealspwn.com, our YouTube channel, and our Twitter account. Along with judging fame and discussing voices, this week's main topic sees the community decide their preferred villainous overlord.

Watch the video in the embed above, and hit the jump to find out how to get involved in next week's topic!

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Arena Commander - Spectrum Match Gameplay | Dealspwn Playthrough

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
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Arena Commander, Dealspwn Playthrough, Gameplay, Star Citizen

Having tried out the single-player Drone Sim mode in the previous episode, we spend dive into the online Spectrum Match mode for today's Dealspwn Playthrough. Carl provides commentary as he attempts to dogfight in his first sortie of the free-for-all gametype, and finds out if the intense action against human opponents is any better than fighting waves of AI foes.

Get a Nintendo 2DS with 4GB memory from Tesco for just £69 (with code)

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Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
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2DS, Nintendo

Get a Nintendo 2DS with 4GB memory from Tesco for just £69 (with code)
Nintendo 2DS Console with 4GB memory | Tesco Direct (Red & White | Blue & Black)
£69.00 with code | Voucher Code: TDX-KYNK

The price for Nintendo's budget handheld continues to fall, with this latest offer from Tesco being the best one we've seen. By adding the voucher code above you can snag a 2DS in the colours of your choice for under £70. Admittedly this deal doesn't come with any games, but even so this is quite the bargain. Please note that you'll need to pay an extra £3.00 for home delivery if you're unable to click & collect. Thanks to goonertillidie @ HUKD!

Community Feedback | #1 - The Great Facial Hair Debate, & Diablo Douches

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
Tags:
Community Feedback, Videos

Welcome to Community Feedback - a new series for Dealspwn.com which focuses on what you, our marvelous audience, have to say on the hot topics of the week. Hosted by The Viceroy of the website, we highlight the best & brightest submissions over our website, YouTube channel, and Twitter.

The topics this week include the debate over the best facial hair in all of gaming, and a look back at Jon's review of Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls. Hit the jump to find out how to get involved in next week's topic!

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Game Night | Supraball - The New Patch

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Carl Phillips
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Features
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Game Night, Supraball

It was only last week the Dealspwn Trio had discovered the joys of Supraball, but a new patch released a few days ago meant they had to get used to some rather big changes. Today's Game Night takes a look at how they got on.

If you have downloaded the free Alpha version, be on the lookout for the official Dealspwn server and be sure to drop by! We'll be sorting out a community night in the very near future, so stay tuned.

Arena Commander - Drone Sim Gameplay | Dealspwn Playthrough

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
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Arena Commander, Cloud Imperium, Dealspwn Playthrough, Gameplay, Star Citizen

Today's episode of Dealspwn Playthrough is the long-awaited look at Arena Commander - the first playable module for the gargantuan crowd-funded space sim Star Citizen. Carl provides commentary as he demonstrates the animations for the Hornet fighter, gets a kick out of the lighting effects, and smashes up his craft to show off the damage system - all before getting stuck into some combat in the Vanduul Swarm mode.

Game Night | Dealspwn Plays... Supraball

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
Tags:
eSports, Game Night, PC games, Supra Games, Supraball, Videos

Our video introduction to Supraball went live yesterday, but that wasn't the first time the Dealspwn trio had dived into the upcoming FPSG. Today's episode of Game Night highlights the team's initial reactions and features their first full game of their favourite new eSport.

Highlights include Jon pretending to be John Terry, Matt mispronouncing Carl's in-game name, and Carl proclaiming himself to be the Tim Howard of Supraball. It's an episode you really won't want to miss.

Get Borderlands 2 on Vita for just £16.85 from Shopto & Amazon

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Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
Tags:
FPS games, Vita games

Get Borderlands 2 on Vita for just £16.85 from Shopto & Amazon
Borderlands 2 | ShopTo / Amazon | £16.85 | Borderlands 2 (Vita) Review

If you're looking for a shooter to play on the go, this is probably the best experience you'll get on the Vita. Amazon have price matched the current cheapest deal at ShopTo, meaning there is a choice of where you want to get your £3 saving from.

The port to the Vita isn't flawless, but it's a faithful one that brings the entire Borderlands 2 experience to a handheld. With most of the DLC included in the purchase, and the ability to cross save with the PS3 version, fans of the series might see it as a reason to return to Pandora. Thanks to pauledwardking1 @ HUKD!

An Introduction to Supraball | Our new favourite eSport

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
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eSports, Gameplay footage, PC games, Supra Games, Supraball

Ahead of this week's Game Night, Carl & Matt got together to introduce Supraball - a multiplayer FPS / Football hybrid title that is both accessible and downright fun. The duo explain how to play, what's involved, and explain why it's Dealspwn new favourite thing in the world. Ever.

They then forget they are supposed to be making an informative video because they are having too much fun, but in fairnes-SUPRABALL.

If you want to get involved with this Free To Play eSports title, you can head over to the official website to download the Alpha version. Stay tuned, as we will be posting details for the official Dealspwn server in the very near future!