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Game of Thrones Episode 3: The Sword In The Darkness Review | "The Best Episode Yet"

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

Game of Thrones Episode 3: The Sword In The Darkness Review | "The Best Episode Yet"

I have to hand it to Telltale – releasing Episode 3 with absolutely no build-up via the usual channels was a very welcome surprise, but then again having to wait extended periods between releases is probably the reason why. I just hope that, with the TV show returning soon, it doesn’t become an excuse to drag out the wait (something Tales from the Borderlands’ players have had to suffer with.) Anyway, before we dive into our review for The Sword In The Darkness, here’s some links to our reviews of Episode 1: Iron From Ice, and Episode Two: The Lost Lords. As always with our episodic reviews, our score will be published once the season is finished, reflecting the game as a whole.

Despite some moments of progression, I felt that Episodes 1 and 2 were more about the setup of the story than anything, building up the world of Westeros before things inevitably come crashing down. While Episode 3 still continues that trend to a degree, there is definitely a sense of moving forward this time around. Choices appear to be more diverse, and actions from previous episodes are finally coming back to haunt the player. Perhaps most importantly, while the other episodes have done a great job in replicating the feel of the show, Episode 3 is the closest Telltale have come to nailing it perfectly, all of which makes The Sword In The Darkness the best instalment so far.

Game of Thrones Episode 3: The Sword In The Darkness Review | "The Best Episode Yet"

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Get Pokemon Black / White for £12.99 each, or both for £22.00!

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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3DS Games, DS games, Games deals, Pokemon Black and White

Get Pokemon Black / White for £12.99 each, or both for £22.00!

Pokemon Black on Nintendo DS is currently £12.99 from Argos

Pokemon White on Nintendo DS is currently £12.99 from Argos

Those of you with a DS or 3DS looking to catch 'em all might be interested in this deal. The individual listings for Pokemon Black and White aren't the cheapest we've seen, but thanks to a special offer over at Argos you can get both titles for £22. Just click the 'Special Offer' button at the top of the listing, select the 2nd DS game you want, and then head to the checkout. Thanks to RW91 @ HUKD!

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Up to 75% off on all things Skullgirls on PC

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Autumn Games, Fighting Games, Games deals, PC games, Skullgirls

Up to 75% off on all things Skullgirls on PC

Get up to 75% off Skullgirls and its add-ons on PC in Green Man Gaming's latest sale

The fine folks over at Green Man Gaming have kicked off yet another sale, this time for the PC version of Skullgirls. With up to 75% off, the base game is currently priced at £2.99, but you can also get the Skullgirls bundle - which includes an additional character and alternate looks for the entire roster - for £3.74. If you already own the game, you can always just select the DLC which is currently priced at £1.99 each, so savings all round, really. Thanks to Gooner for the tip!

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Get your Zen on with the latest Bundle Stars indie bundle

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Carl Phillips
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Bundle Stars, Indie Games, PC game bundles, PC games

Get your Zen on with the latest Bundle Stars indie bundle

The Zen Bundle for PC is currently £1.99 from Bundle Stars

No, there isn't anything pinball related before you ask, but you can get 10 indie titles for £2 in the latest bundle from Bundle Stars. A mixture of thought-provoking curios and platform-based titles, highlights include Mountain, The Graveyard, and Over The Void. Upon purchase you'll get Steam codes for all of them. Thanks to FantasyDeals @ HUKD!

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Get the complete Borderlands 2 experience on PC for just £10

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Borderlands 2: GOTY Edition, FPS games, Games deals, Gearbox Software, PC games

Get the complete Borderlands 2 experience on PC for just £10

Borderlands 2 Complete Bundle on PC (Steam) is currently £10 from GameAgent

If you've managed to hold out on the many deals we've highlighted for Borderlands 2, or are in the market to get hold of everything for the game in one go, this deal from GameAgent is a bargain. When you add up the price of all the add-ons included this bundle, it beats out the reductions in the 2K Steam sale by over £3.50. Considering how much content is included here, those of you looking for an over-the-top FPS loot-fest will more than get your money's worth here.

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Thanks to Gooner.

Get South Park: The Stick of Truth on PC for just £5.99

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Games deals, PC games, RPGs, South Park: The Stick of Truth

Get South Park: The Stick of Truth on PC for just £5.99

South Park: The Stick of Truth on PC is currently £5.99 from CDKeys

Once again CDKeys has slashed the price for the South Park RPG with their daily deal, dropping it to the lowest we've seen for the PC version. As always, you can claim an extra 5% off the price by liking them on the product page. As Brendan points out in our review, Obsidian Entertainment have managed to create an enjoyable and authentic South Park experience thanks to the involvement of Trey Parker and Matt Stone. With a combat system that is surprisingly deeper than it appears, it would seem that The Stick Of Truth has ended up being worth the wait - despite the hilarious censorship issues.

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Get Destiny on Xbox One for just £18.99

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Bungie, Destiny, FPS games, Games deals

Get Destiny on Xbox One for just £18.99

Destiny on Xbox One is currently £18.99 from Base

Considering how the critical response for Destiny was a mixed bag, it's impressive how the price for it has stayed as high as it has. With that in mind, Base's current deal for a brand new copy on Xbox One is one of the cheapest deals we've seen, and beats the next best price by around £4. The debate still rages as to whether Destiny is worth the money, although we at Dealspwn still consider the season pass to be overpriced, but there's no denying that when played with friends the base game is actually a fun and enjoyable shooter. Thanks to preperationiskey @ HUKD!

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Get Banished on PC for just £4.49

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Banished, Games deals, Shining Rock Software, Simulation games

Get Banished on PC for just £4.49

Banished on PC is currently £4.49 from the Humble Store

Similar to the Steam listing we highlighted last month, Banished is once again below the £5 thanks to the Humble Store. Considering the usual price is £15 this deal provides a sizable saving, and best of all you will get a DRM-free version of the game alongside a Steam key. Taking the city-building sim back to its roots, Banished is not only incredibly charming but has the capacity to be thoroughly punishing, as you guide you group of exiles to tame the land around and form a thriving community. Thanks to Webhead @ HUKD!

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Get Sleeping Dogs Definitive Edition: Limited Edition on Xbox One for £13.99

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Carl Phillips
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Games deals, Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition, United Front Games, Xbox One Games

Get Sleeping Dogs Definitive Edition: Limited Edition on Xbox One for £13.99

Sleeping Dogs Definitive Edition: Limited Edition on Xbox One is currently £13.99 from Base

After giving the same offer to PS4 owners at the start of the month, Base have now decided to provide the same deal for Sleeping Dogs to Xbox One owners. If you've yet to play United Front Games' fantastic open world action title, you should probably rectify that with this offer. Oh, and this version of the game also comes with an artbook. Which is nice. Thanks to uwantsum @ HUKD!

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Awesomenauts Assemble! for PS4 is now just £4

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Carl Phillips
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Awesomenauts Assemble!, Games deals, PS4 games

Awesomenauts Assemble! for PS4 is now just £4

Awesomenauts Assemble! for PS4 is currently £4 on the Playstation Store

Today's wave of savings on the Playstation Store sees the PS4 version of Awesomenauts fall to a pretty attractive price point. Not only that, but Playstation + subscribers can save a few extra pennies thanks to the additional 10% reduction. If you're looking for a platform-based MOBA, or something you can play in local co-op against others online, this might do the trick. Thanks to BuzzDuraband @ HUKD!

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Get Metro Redux on PS4 / Xbox One for just £14.99

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Carl Phillips
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Games deals, Metro Redux, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

Get Metro Redux on PS4 / Xbox One for just £14.99

Metro Redux on PS4 is currently £14.99 from Amazon

Metro Redux on Xbox One is currently £14.99 from Amazon

Here's yet another chance to get the Metro Redux bundle for £15, with the offer this time coming from Amazon. With both games getting a graphical overhaul, those who have yet to play through Metro 2033 and its sequel Last Light will find an amazingly tense and highly atmospheric FPS experience. As our 9/10 review explains, it's more than worth a look its current asking price. Thanks to Jesse148 @ HUKD!

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Get the PixelJunk Collection on PC for just £2.55

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Carl Phillips
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Games deals, PC games, Pixeljunk Eden, Pixeljunk Monsters, PixelJunk Shooter

Get the PixelJunk Collection on PC for just £2.55

The PixelJunk Collection on PC is currently £2.55 from Gamersgate

The latest daily deal from Gamersgate brings the PixelJunk Collection down the the lowest price we've seen in quite some time. Included in the bundle are PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate, PixelJunk Shooter, and Pixel Junk Eden, all of which will be redeemable and played on Steam.

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Get a free copy of Commando Jack on PC over at IndieGala

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Carl Phillips
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Commando Jack, Free, Games deals, IndieGala, PC games

Get a free copy of Commando Jack on PC over at IndieGala

Commando Jack on PC (Steam) is currently FREE from IndieGala

Another free Steam key giveaway has begun over at IndieGala, this time for the PC port of mobile title Commando Jack. Reports suggest that the transition from smartphones for this tower defense title hasn't yeilded the best results, but it's not a bad game and the ability to jump into the towers and shoot things is a fun change of pace. Plus, you know, it's free. Give it a whirl and make your own mind up!

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Get Borderlands 2 on the Vita for just £14.99

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Carl Phillips
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Borderlands 2, Games deals, Gearbox Software, PS Vita games

Get Borderlands 2 on the Vita for just £14.99

Borderlands 2 for PS Vita is currently £14.99 from Grainger Games

The Vita version of Borderlands 2 has managed to hold its price surprisingly well, but this latest offer from Grainger Games is one of the cheapest we've seen for a brand new copy, beating the next best deal by a fiver. 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, newcomers and fans of the series alike might see it as a reason to return to Pandora. Thanks to BuzzDuraband @ HUKD!

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Dreamfall Chapters – Book Two: Rebels Review | Cause & guilt-ridden effect

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Carl Phillips
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Adventure Games, Dreamfall Chapters, Dreamfall Chapters - Book Two: Rebels, PC games, Red Thread Games

Dreamfall Chapters – Book Two: Rebels Review | Cause & guilt-ridden effect

Before we dive into our assessment for Dreamfall Chapters – Book Two, here’s a handy link to our review of Book One for those who need to catch up. I’d also like to add that, while we did score the previous episode, we will not be scoring Book Two. This is to match our new policy of only awarding a score to episodic games once they are completed. We’ll still provide “The Short Version” at the end as usual, but the numeric scale OF DEATH won’t return until Dreamfall Chapter’s conclusion. Anyway, let’s talk about Book Two: Rebels in as spoiler-free a manner as humanly possible.

Wow. I was not expecting that much content.

My personal run time for Book Two came in at just over 7 hours. When combined with the 4 hours I spent with Book One, it makes the current available content of Dreamfall Chapters longer than most entire seasons of episodic games. And we still have 3 instalments to go. Of course, all that time spent in-game means nothing unless the experience is any good, and while it’s quite clear that the increased size and scope of Book Two has made it a fairly buggy affair at launch, the end result is an engrossing, engaging, and entertaining second instalment.

Dreamfall Chapters – Book Two: Rebels Review | Cause & guilt-ridden effect

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99p for Viva Pinata on Xbox 360 is pretty sweet

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Carl Phillips
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game keys, Games deals, Rare Studios, Viva Pinata, Xbox 360 games

99p for Viva Pinata on Xbox 360 is pretty sweet

Viva Pinata on Xbox 360 is currently 99p from CDKeys

Horrible pun in the title aside, this is a cracking deal if you're still gaming on your Xbox 360. For just £1 you can get hold of Rare's addictive and whimsical management sim, with the download code emailed to you straight away. Thanks to FantasyDeals @ HUKD!

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Indulge in some EA Classics with GOG's latest weekend sale

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

Indulge in some EA Classics with GOG's latest weekend sale

Looking to turn back the clock and revisit some classic gaming franchises, back when EA was delivering a range of top quality across multiple genres? If you are, you should head over to GOG immediately and check out the list of over 40 games that currently have 60% off their asking price. Naturally, Theme Park and Theme Hospital are top choices, but you'll find games from the Wing Commander series, the Ultima series, titles like Populous and Syndicate, and SimCity games that aren't broken.

Check out the full list of EA Classics on sale by heading over the GOG. Thanks to BuzzDuraband @ HUKD!

Zombie Army Trilogy Review | Intended for sharing

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Carl Phillips
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Reviews
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PC games, PS4 games, Rebellion Developments, Xbox One Games, Zombie Army Trilogy

Zombie Army Trilogy Review | Intended for sharing

Those of you that have played the Nazi Zombie Army games will know what’s in store, but for those who have only just shambled in let’s get our summary on. In this alternate WWII timeline, the Allied victory is almost at hand when Hitler decides to activate “Plan Z” – unleashing a zombie apocalypse. It’s up to the last living souls left in Germany to fight their way through the endless hordes of undead, take out Zombie Hitler, and end the madness once and for all.

That’s pretty much all storytelling you’ll find in ZAT, although the new third campaign does its best to inject the odd bit of world building throughout. That said, the story was never going to be the focus of this game – killing zombies is – and in that regard developers Rebellion have clearly got it down. The weapons available feature enough variation in terms of weight and accuracy to suit most tastes, especially in regards to the bullet physics system in the game (which can be turned off when the easiest difficulty is selected.)

Zombie Army Trilogy Review | Intended for sharing

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Cities: Skylines Top Tips - Your guide to a dream city

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Carl Phillips
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Features
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Cities: Skylines, Colossal Order, Paradox Interactive, Simulation games

Cities: Skylines Top Tips - Your guide to a dream city

Our verdict on Cities: Skylines has been delivered, and overall we were impressed with Colossal Order's take on the city building sim genre. However, to be a top mayor you need to know how to work the system, how to balance the books, and how not to have corpses everywhere (no, really. That can happen.) So, to help you in your goal for the perfect metropolis we've put together a list of helpful tips and tricks to guide you on your way!

Start off small… very small

With such a limited budget at the start, you’ll have to start off much smaller than you would have done in the SimCity series. That includes the placement of power, water, and (eventually) waste collection services. Putting distance between such things to avoid upsetting your populous may seem like a good idea in the long term, but you’ll face certain bankruptcy if you overdo it.  So play it safe, and play it small to start with.

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Cities: Skylines Review | Fixing SimCity's arrested development

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Carl Phillips
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Reviews
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Cities: Skylines, Colossal Order, Games reviews, Paradox Interactive, PC games, Simulation games

Cities: Skylines Review | Fixing SimCity's arrested development

Ever since the omni-shambles that was SimCity, we’ve yearned for a city building simulation that wasn’t a hot mess. We even hoped and dreamed that Maxis might salvage the wreckage of their game and actually deliver on the illusions / tricks we had been sold. Sadly, that will never be, but hope isn’t lost. A new challenger to the genre’s throne has finally arrived with Cities: Skylines, promising to wipe away the disappointment with gameplay that not only works, but allows players to truly design their dream city.

And you know what? For the most part, Colossal Order have done exactly that.

This is thanks to the gameplay being informative and approachable right from the get-go. Starting a new game is simple enough, with information available on what travel connections are possible in each region. Once in-game, tutorial-style pop-ups announce the unlocking of options once certain milestones are hit, introducing players to new services and reminding them that they are there if they have yet to investigate them. It’s an approach I found not too intrusive as development of the city progressed.

Cities: Skylines Review | Fixing SimCity's arrested development

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