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Price drop! Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is now just £23.68 on 3DS

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Jonathan Lester
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3DS Games, Action Games, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Price drop! Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is now just £23.68 on 3DS

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate now just £23.68 on 3DS.

Make sure to use Rakuten Voucher Code FEB15%OFF.

This is a great price for an utterly superb game. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate deserves respect, building on every aspect of the franchise by adding more freedom, detail, verticality and personality, and was practically essential at £26.99. However, this new deal brings the price down even lower to a bargain £23.68 delivered. Thanks, toca73!

However, you might well hate Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. I certainly do from time to time. Occasionally I have wild fantasies about snapping the cartridge in half due to its stern difficulty and odd design quirks. But I'm not far off reviewing it now... and currently I'm teetering on the brink of a perfect score.

Cheapest yet: legendary SRPG Valkyria Chronicles now £6.00 on PC

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Jonathan Lester
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PC games, Strategy games, Valkyria Chronicles

Cheapest yet: legendary SRPG Valkyria Chronicles now £6.00 on PC

Valkyria Chronicles now just £6.00 on PC.

Use Green Man Gaming voucher code B1CYB0-CLSSD1-ARAAGM for the extra saving!

This is the best price yet for SEGA's cult classic strategy RPG that finally made its way to PC, not before time. The saving undercuts Steam's most recent deals, so definitely take advantage before the timer runs out in 24 hours!

In space, no-one can hear you buy Alien Isolation for £12.80 on PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Alien: Isolation, Horror games, PC games

In space, no-one can hear you buy Alien Isolation for £12.80 on PC

Alien: Isolation just £12.80 on PC this weekend!

Make sure to use Green Man Gaming voucher code B1CYB0-CLSSD1-ARAAGM for the extra saving!

"Alien: Isolation is the most terrifying game I've ever played," Matt wrote in our Alien Isolation review. "It has several flaws (the Alien glitching through your hiding place is a surefire way of ruining immersion), it can legitimately be accused of padding its mid-section, and piling up of Android towards the end can get a bit silly, but I didn't care about any of that, I was simply too busy giving myself heart attacks." £12.80 is a bargain.

Green Man Gaming Voucher Code: 20% off all digital games

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Jonathan Lester
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Green Man Gaming, Green Man Gaming vouchers, PC games, Voucher codes

Green Man Gaming Voucher Code: 20% off all digital games

Green Man Gaming have another new voucher code for you, which knocks 20% off of all digital games (not including VIP deals).

  • Voucher code: B1CYB0-CLSSD1-ARAAGM
  • Expires: 16:00 March 3rd

Click here to head over to Green Man Gaming and grab some cheap PC deals!

Tomb Raider DLC collection only £3.74 on PC

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Jonathan Lester
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DLC, PC games, Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider DLC collection only £3.74 on PC

Tomb Raider DLC Collection just £3.74 on PC.

The Tomb Raider DLC Collection brings all of the extra content together in one package. It features The Tomb of the Lost Adventurer, where Lara must explore the final resting place of an intrepid adventurer, and solve a puzzle involving a crashed plane to claim the reward. Additional single player content includes 6 outfits, 3 skill unlocks and 2 weapon upgrades for Lara. Then tackle Tomb Raider's multiplayer modes with 4 multiplayer characters, 6 weapons from Hitman: Absolution, and all of the map packs: Shantytown, Caves and Cliffs Multiplayer Map Pack, 1939 Multiplayer Map Pack & Shipwrecked Multiplayer Map Pack.

Not a bad haul for less than four quid! Thanks Gooner.

Dragon Ball Xenoverse out today - get it for just £27.99 on PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Dragon Ball Xenoverse, PC games

Dragon Ball Xenoverse out today - get it for just £27.99 on PC

Dragon Ball Xenoverse is out today in Europe... and it's brilliant.

"Dragon Ball Xenoverse captures the brutal thrill of soaring aerial anime battles better than practically any game I've ever played, all while allowing us to genuinely enter the Dragon Ball universe as our own character by participating in key canonical events and crazy 'what if?' scenarios," reads our glowing Dragon Ball Xenoverse review.

Want to get involved? You can buy Dragon Ball Xenoverse for £27.99 on PC (Steam Code).

Use voucher code #FUNRICE to bring the price down, courtesy of Rice Digital.

EA & GAME join forces for augmented reality Battlefield Hardline shenanigans

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Battlefield: Hardline, EA, GAME

EA & GAME join forces for augmented reality Battlefield Hardline shenanigans

EA and GAME have joined forces to launch an in-store promotion that lets gamers get a free T-Shirt and 1000 bonus GAME reward points if they pre-order Battlefield Hardline.

To do so, however, you'll need to head into your local store, download the mobile app and then scan the shop for evidence first. Augmented reality funtimes!

Click here to read more...

Pay what you want for Race The Sun on IndieGameStand, $0.25 minimum

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Jonathan Lester
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PC games, Race the Sun

Pay what you want for Race The Sun on IndieGameStand, <img .25 minimum

Pay what you want for Race The Sun on IndieGameStand.

Race The Sun is a welcome fresh take on the endless runner genre, but unfortunately it doesn't really do enough to justify its $10 price tag, particularly when there's a perfectly good version of the game (not to mention dozens of robust competitors) already available for free. Sure, it's elegant and it looks nice but it's also a relatively simplistic score attack game that gets old pretty quickly.

So don't pay £6.99, then. Pay what you want, starting at only $0.25 for a DRM-free download or $1 (64p... ish) for a Steam code! Ta Gooner.

New 3DS XL only £159.99 while stocks last

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Jonathan Lester
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Games consoles, Handheld consoles, New 3DS XL

New 3DS XL only £159.99 while stocks last

The New 3DS XL is an excellent piece of kit that improves on a fantastic portable console with small yet smart new features, all of which will add up over the coming years. If you plan on getting into Nintendo handheld gaming, the New 3DS XL is the console you want, while original 3DS owners should seriously consider an upgrade to take advantage of the vastly increased comfort and enhanced gaming experience.

You can read all the detals in our New 3DS XL review.

Interested? If so, think fast, because you can now buy a New 3DS XL for only £159.99, as much as the regular 3DS tends to cost elsewhere! Thanks to serialvelocity1 for a great spot.

Payday 2: Crimewave Edition already under £30 on PS4

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Jonathan Lester
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FPS, Payday 2: Crimewave Edition, PS4 games

Payday 2: Crimewave Edition already under £30 on PS4

Payday 2: Crimewave Edition is coming to PS4 and Xbox One in June, containing a graphical update and all of the paid DLC released thus far. A good thing too, because Payday 2 is still one of the most thrilling cooperative games on the planet.

The news was only announced a day ago, but you can already take advantage of a pretty decent pre-order deal that undercuts the likes of Amazon by a tenner and ShopTo by £20!

Interested? Payday 2: Crimewave Edition only £29.99 on PS4.

"It's a blank canvas for riotous cooperative shenanigans, a selection of unpredictable randomised heists hewn out of an eccentric engine that's never quite fit for task," I wrote in our Payday 2 review. "Your four-man crew will case banks, jewellery shops, art galleries, FBI headquarters and more in search of the big score; planning the perfect silent hit that, nine times out of ten, goes all to hell in the space of a single gunshot."

Get a COD: Advanced Warfare PC freebie as apology for Havoc DLC delay

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, DLC, FPS, PC games

The PC version of Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare's Havoc DLC pack has been delayed until March 3rd, but in better news, Sledgehammer Games want to make it up to you.

"Please pardon today's delay, and accept this KVA Paramilitary Exo as a small token of our appreciation," reads a contrite post on the Sledgehammer blog. "The KVA Paramilitary Exo's unique look matches the exclusive AE-4 Widowmaker directed energy Assault Rifle. This Rare Enlisted Loot will be contained in the next Supply Drop you open and Double XP has been activated through the PC launch of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare HAVOC DLC on March 3rd."

So that's a free EXO and double XP. Not bad.

The Havoc DLC pack is already out on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and releases on PSN today. You can still buy Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare for £23.85 on PS4!

Big Persona fan? Get the Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Fan Edition with Tarot Cards & T-Shirt for £29.99 on PS3/Xbox 360

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Jonathan Lester
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Fighting Games, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Fan Edition, Persona 4 Arena: Ultimax, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games

Big Persona fan? Get the Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Fan Edition with Tarot Cards & T-Shirt for £29.99 on PS3/Xbox 360

You can currently pick up Persona 4 Arena Ultimax for £18.70 on PS3, but if you're a massive franchise fan and you need some extra merch to show your colours, Rice Digital are still offering the Fan Edition complete with a Deck of Tarot Cards and a free T-Shirt for £5 less than anywhere else. Not that many other retailers have stock in the first place!

Considering that many stockists are charging upwards of £25 for just the game itself, this is a bit of a steal, so long as you crave the extra swag.

Get a grand strategy deal in the GamersGate Europa Universalis IV weekend!

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Jonathan Lester
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Europa Universalis IV, PC games, Strategy games

Get a grand strategy deal in the GamersGate Europa Universalis IV weekend!

GamersGate are running a Europa Universalis IV weekend sale, with the game and all DLC available at a 75% discount.

Grand Strategy fanatics will have probably already delved into this exceptionally deep take on the genre, which received rave reviews and is generally considered to be the best in the venerable series. Indulge in true exploration, trade, in-depth diplomacy and, when all else fails, all-out warfare.

Newbies can also grab the Paradox Grand Strategy bundle for £20.00!

Saints Row IV: Re-Elected + Gat Out Of Hell cheapest yet at £20.99 on PS4 & Xbox One

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Jonathan Lester
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PS4 games, Saints Row IV, Saints Row: Gat Out Of Hell, Sandbox games, Xbox One Games

Saints Row IV: Re-Elected + Gat Out Of Hell cheapest yet at £20.99 on PS4 & Xbox One

Ready to get re-elected? Saints Row IV: Re-Elected Edition + Gat Out Of Hell is only £20.99 on PS4 and Xbox One.

Saints Row IV is as brilliant, anarchic and deceptively clever fun now as it ever was, and Base.com have rustled up a seriously tasty bargain. £20.99 will net you both the Re-Elected Edition, Gat Out Of Hell expansion and the Devil's Workshop DLC, which is a seriously good haul. Thanks Turkey!

New 3DS Review | Small Wonder

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Games consoles, Handheld consoles, Hardware reviews, New 3DS, Nintendo

New 3DS Review | Small Wonder

We've already reviewed the New 3DS XL, which is a fantastic piece of kit for serious handheld gamers, but here in Europe it's not the only option on the table. The New 3DS includes all the extra inputs and new features -- faster processor, C-Stick, Super-Stable 3D, Z bumpers and more -- but manages to cram them into a much smaller form factor at a lower price point. With swappable cover plates to boot.

I must admit to writing off the New 3DS as a bit of a novelty, especially given its no-show on the other side of the Atlantic, but Nintendo were kind enough to lend me a review unit which I've been thoroughly testing over the last seven days.

Consider my eyes well and truly opened! While the 3DS XL was a great console that only needed small refinements, the original 3DS was deeply flawed in a number of respects that have all been completely shored up. Far from a gimmick, the New 3DS is actually a seriously impressive little machine that might even be more suitable for some players than its big brother.

Design, Form Factor & Build Quality

New 3DS Review | Small Wonder

Click to enlarge.

Unlike the New 3DS XL, which has remained almost completely unchanged in terms of dimensions, the New 3DS has put on a bit of girth. Or love handles, to be precise. Clocking in at 142mm x 80.6mm  x 21.6mm (compared to 134 mm x 74 mm x 21 mm), it's slightly but definitely chunkier in all but depth, which still lends the clamshell a slim form factor that can easily slip into a regular pocket or bag.

This extra heft is very much appreciated, though, as it allows the New 3DS to deliver a range of sweeping improvements starting with a larger screen. The top 3D screen has increased in size by a factor of 1.2 (3.88 inches vs 3.53 inches), which is still piddling compared to the beastly New 3DS XL or almighty Vita, but original 3DS owners will notice a massive difference in terms of comfort and viewing distance. The resolution remains the same, but in practice you'll actually be able to see more of the fine detail in better-looking titles.

Click here to read more...

Save a small fortune with 2 for £5 pre-owned game promotion

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC games, PS3 games, Wii games, Xbox 360 games

Save a small fortune with 2 for £5 pre-owned game promotion

Fallout! Ghost Squad! Dead Island GOTY!

GAME are currently running a 2-for-£5 pre-owned game promotion.

As you'd expect, you'll have to rummage through a lot of tat to get to the good stuff, but there are some gems to be snapped up here and huge savings to be made! Here are a few of my personal highlights.

And loads more. Thanks Gooner!

Get into Galactic Civilizations III for £14.99 this weekend (Early Access)

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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4X games, Early Access, Galactic Civilizations III, PC games

Get into Galactic Civilizations III for £14.99 this weekend (Early Access)

Steam are running a Galactic Civilizations sale this weekend.

You can pick up Galactic Civilizations for £1.74 and GalCiv 2 for £3.74, but for me the highlight has to be Early Access to Galactic Civilizations III for £14.99. In terms of raw value, this is the cheapest ever way to buy into the project, which has previously commanded insane prices.

However, I also have to urge caution: Early Access games carry inherent risks and the project may not turn out how you'd like - or even be finished. Stardock should stick this one out, though, and reviews are solid even if there's loads more ground to cover.