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Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster Vita only £18.99 at GAME

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Jonathan Lester
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JRPG, PS Vita games, Square Enix

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster Vita only £18.99 at GAME

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster | GAME | £18.99
Final Fantasy X HD Remaster ReviewX-2 HD Remaster Review

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD remaster is one of Matt and Carl's favourite games of 2014 -- or two of their favourite games, I suppose -- especially on Vita. Square's HD rebuild really shines on that luscious screen, while the gameplay apparently still holds up. £18.99 is a £1 saving versus ShopTo, while Amazon are out of stock at a similar price. Thanks to Bure11 @ HUKD!

PSN Summer Sale goes hot, starts slow

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PS Vita games, PS3 games, PS4 games

PSN Summer Sale goes hot, starts slow

The PlayStation Store Summer Sale is now open for business and set to run over the next four weeks, promising hot deals aplenty. Sadly the PS4 options are currently fizzling rather than sizzling beyond a slight saving on Battlefield 4, providing a somewhat embarrassing glut of EA's excessive Battlefield 4 and Need For Speed DLC. Shortcut packs. Why. Sony promises 25 PS4 deals next week though, so stay tuned.

Better news for PS3 owners, who can nab a much wider range of bargains. From bigger games like the Injustice Ultimate Edition at £11.99 to smaller gems like underappreciated brawler Sacred Citadel for £3.49, there are some potential savings to be cherry-picked.

Vita owners who love localised Japanese games should also look at recently-released JRPGs Conception II and Mind Zero, which are available at massive markdowns. Neither is exactly a leading light of the genre, Mind Zero being distinctly average and Conception II being a tad... risqué ... but I still have a soft spot for both.

As per usual you can browse the links below courtesy of the EU PlayStation Blog. However, savvy and undiscerning dealhounds might want to quickly search for full games on Grainger Games first, who are running a 10% discount on pre-owned goods with GGPO10 voucher code (originally reported by Jas10 @ HUKD).

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Deep Silver buys Timesplitters devs & Homefront IP from ailing Crytek

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Crytek, Deep Silver, Free Radical, Homefront

Deep Silver buys Timesplitters devs & Homefront IP from ailing Crytek

From Free Radical to Crytek UK to Deep Silver Dambusters

Deep Silver, or more accurately Deep Silver's parent company Koch Media, has made a couple of canny purchases from financially-floundering Crytek. Specifically, the German media outfit has snaffled up the Homefront IP, upcoming sequel Homefront: Revolution as well as its developers Crytek UK... who were previously better known as Free Radical back in the day.

If that's ringing a bell, you probably played a little series known as Timesplitters back in the day.

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PlayStation outsells Xbox 3:1 between April-June

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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PS4, Xbox One

PlayStation outsells Xbox 3:1 between April-June

Sales figures really shouldn't mean anything to us gamers. We should be too busy revelling in our favourite hobby and interactive art form to worry about the performance of uncaring companies we have no financial stake in.

But hot-damn, Sony's latest quarterly financial report contains some seriously BIG numbers.

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So Many Me Review | Me Me Me Me Me Me Myself & I

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Extend Studio, Origo Games, OUYA games, PC games, Platformer, Puzzle games

So Many Me Review | Me Me Me Me Me Me Myself & I

Platforms: PC (reviewed) | OUYA

Developer: Extend Studio

Publisher: Origo Games

Wouldn't it be useful to have seven clones at your beck and call?  That way you could attend four different day jobs and still have doppelgängers left over for a full house of Mario Kart multiplayer. Decades of science fiction tells us that nothing can possibly go wrong with that plan. No sir.

Anyway, as a certain maniacal Agent once famously said: "the best thing about being me... there are so many MEs." In this case I'm a small green blob called Filo, tasked with saving a cheerful cartoon world in puzzly platform style. Foes need stomping, switches need pressing, bottomless pits need jumping and collectibles demand snaffling; a daunting task for a tiny gelatinous globule.

Or at least it would be if a run-in with a mysterious cosmic entity hadn't granted Filo the ability to control a small army of clones and transform them into useful platforms. And dinosaurs. And rocket-launching hovertanks.

So Many Me Review | Me Me Me Me Me Me Myself & I

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Fahrenheit now only £1.05 on PC at GOG

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Adventure Games, Atari, PC games, Quantic Dream
Fahrenheit now only £1.05 on PC at GOG

Fahrenheit/Indigo Prophecy | Good Old Games | £1.05

David Cage is currently best known for Heavy Rain and Beyond, but Fahrenheit (Indigo Prophecy to its American mates) arguably served as a foundation for hirs cinema-meets-gameplay formula. It's got a (mostly) great storyline, some superb characters and a deep chilling mystery that rather goes off the rails towards the end. For £1.05, though, this uncensored version definitely deserves your attention.

Thanks once again to jaystan @ HUKD!

South Park: The Stick of Truth £13.99 on PC at SimplyCDKeys

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Obsidian Entertainment, PC games, RPG

South Park: The Stick of Truth £13.99 on PC at SimplyCDKeys

South Park: The Stick Of TruthSimplyCDKeys | £13.99
Price ComparisonReview

South Park: The Stick Of Truth may have taken its sweet time, but was ultimately worth the wait back in March. Trademark OTT South Park humour acts as an accompaniment to genuinely solid RPG combat and progression, making for a game that's as solid as it is hilarious and outrageous. £13.99 is seriously cheap too. Thanks to apollolo @ HUKD!

FTL (Advanced Edition) £2.03 on The Humble Store

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Adventure Games, PC, PC games, Subset Games

FTL (Advanced Edition) £2.03 on The Humble Store

FTL: Advanced EditionThe Humble Store | £3.99 (save £2)
FTL: Faster Than Light Review

You've had plenty of chances to grab FTL for peanuts over the last couple of years, but The Humble Bundle are currently undercutting Steam's 'deal' price for the magnificent randomly-generated space adventure at one of the lowest levels we've seen. Outside of shortlived GOG sales, that is.

Get Expeditions: Conquistador, Rock Of Ages, Knytt Underground & more for £1.49 in the Reboot 6 Bundle

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC games

Get Expeditions: Conquistador, Rock Of Ages, Knytt Underground & more for £1.49 in the Reboot 6 Bundle

Bundle Stars' Reboot 6 Bundle is another example of 'great price, but check your backlog first.' £1.49 will net you legendary videogame nasty Postal, impressive Kickstarted SRPG Expeditions: Conquistador, Knytt Underground, Blockland, the complete edition of Steel Storm and crazy boulder-rolling smash 'em up Rock Of Ages.

Again, a fantastic price, but several of these games have starred in at least half a dozen bundles already. Check your Steam library and make sure you're not doubling up too much... or just think of it as paying £1.49 for Expeditions. Thanks to apollolo @ HUKD!

Here are your August PS Plus Freebies

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Playstation Plus, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Sony

Here are your August PS Plus Freebies

Sony has revealed the incoming and outgoing free games for PlayStation Plus subscribers next week. August 6th sees brand new PS4 'roguelike puzzler' Road Not Taken release free for members, joined by the critically-acclaimed Fez. Brendan acclaimed it as "a bit full of itself" in his review, though, so horses for courses.

PS3 owners will get to hunt aliens in Crysis 3 and saunter about a beautiful relaxing island in Proteus, while new platformer Metrico and LEGO Harry Potter Years 5-7 headline the upcoming Vita titles.

TowerFall Ascension, Strider, Vessel and more quality games will be leaving the Instant Game Collection, though, so be sure to queue up the downloads while you can! Full details below.

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Massive Squeenix Sale hits the Humble Store

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC games, Square Enix

Massive Squeenix Sale hits the Humble Store

The Humble Store is currently hosting a major Square Enix sale that sees all manner of games slashed down by between 50-75%. Once you've weighed up whether or not to buy the Square Enix humble bundle, it's a perfect way to cherry-pick a few extra bargains.

oUkTuRkEyIII recommends Sleeping Dogs at £3.49 @ HUKD, and it's a good shout too. Other highlights include Dungeon Siege III for £2.49, influential Sandbox game Urban Chaos at £1.29, loads of cut-price Tomb Raider titles (from the reboot to the originals) and dealbait puzzler Quantum Conundrum for £1.49.

Click the banner or this link right here to check out the splash page. Full thanks and credit to chrisrichardson24 @ HUKD, who was quick off the draw!

Sony blasts EA's Xbox One subscription scheme as poor value

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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EA, EA Access, Sony

Sony blasts EA's Xbox One subscription scheme as poor value

Handbags:ˈhan(d)bags. Noun, plural

  1. Small bags used to carry everyday personal items.
  2. a confrontation or squabble, typically involving videogame publishers, hardware manufacturers and fanboys
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New peripheral promises stronger pelvic floors & "improved orgasm quality"

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Kickstarter, Mobile games

New peripheral promises stronger pelvic floors & "improved orgasm quality"

"Skea can be comfortably positioned inside body"

We usually spotlight Kickstarter campaigns for the right reasons: having tested the latest prototypes, interviewed the developers and done our damndest to ensure that the project is potentially deserving of your hard-earned cash.

Occasionally, however, we highlight a campaign because it's utterly bizarre or all the cool Outbrain-pimping sites are doing it. So now that a gaming peripheral designed to be inserted directly into the body with the intention of strengthening pelvic floor muscles is seeking funding, it's time to jump on that bandwagon hard.

Pelvis-first, presumably. Let the shameless bid for hits commence.

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Please understand, Europe: Nintendo delays Captain Toad into 2015

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Financial reports, Nintendo

Please understand, Europe: Nintendo delays Captain Toad into 2015

6.68 Wii Us sold as of June 30th

"Please understand." Nintendo's boilerplate apology has felt like a distant memory of late following a resurgent year for the Wii U and a cracking E3 performance, but the latest quarterly financial report reveals that us Europeans won't be able to play the Wii U's biggest Christmas release before year's end. A shame, perhaps, because stonking sales of Mario Kart 8 haven't quite managed to pull the company out of another operating loss.

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Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge £7.95 on Wii U via TheGameCollection's eBay outlet

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Action Games, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge, Wii U games

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge £7.95 on Wii U via TheGameCollection's eBay outlet

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge | TheGameCollection (eBay) | £7.95

Ninja Gaiden 3 was a complete mess. QTEs aplenty, snooze-worthy difficulty and a deluded attempt to pander to a 'Western' audience led to an absolute shambles, but at least the Razor's Edge edition made plenty of additions, tweaks and profound improvements -- resulting in a markedly superior game. If you want in on Wii U, TheGameCollection's new eBay listing trumps even their recent deal by a clear Quid. Thanks once again to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!

Xbox One: The Hottest Exclusives Yet To Come In 2014!

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Microsoft, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Xbox One: The Hottest Exclusives Yet To Come In 2014!

Microsoft aren't messing about when it comes to Xbox One exclusives, and they've got an early foot in the door. Following a strong start last Christmas, they've secured a fearsome suite of big games from shooters to racers, platformers, dancing games, Kinect showcases, insane open worlds and even a radical new editing suite powered by user-generated content.

Though we'll have to wait and see whether they actually live up to the hype, here are the hottest exclusives slated for 2014 along with the European release dates for your calendar.

Forza Horizon 2 | September 30th

"Gone are the artificial walls and fences of the first game, with barriers placed far more realistically this time around. If you want to fashion yourself a shortcut in a race, the chances are that you can. If you want to veer off the beaten track and tear up a vineyard, you absolutely can. Wooden fences are there to be smashed in the name of curiosity, the European countryside a canvas on which you can paint a petrol masterpiece. But the roads themselves real natural rather than purposefully crafted , and it's clear that Playground have done their research." - Forza Horizon 2 hands-on preview

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Wii U: The Hottest Exclusives Yet To Come In 2014!

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Nintendo, Wii U, Wii U games

Wii U: The Hottest Exclusives Yet To Come In 2014!

After a couple of shaky years, the Wii U has stopped treading water and started fighting back hard, reminding gamers that it already boasts a fantastic lineup of great games. This trend is set to continue throughout the rest of the year, resulting in a slate that's relatively slim on quantity but utterly sensational in terms of potential quality.

So without further ado, here are the Wii U's exclusive highlights with release dates and links to our on-site coverage where possible!

Hyrule Warriors | September 19th

Wii U: The Hottest Exclusives Yet To Come In 2014!

Bringing Zelda characters into Dynasty Warriors is risky business, but Nintendo are rigorously putting the incredibly inconsistent Omega Force through their paces and watching their every move. What we've seen so far looks like simple satisfying fun, and what Matt played cemented our opinion.

"If Hyrule Warriors can manage to borrow as much from Hyrule as it can from the Warriors series, then we might just see a Warriors game that proves to be something a bit special here, rather than a novelty paint job," he wrote. "I had fun, though; I can say that." Fingers crossed.

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PS4: The Hottest Exclusives Yet To Come In 2014!

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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PS4, PS4 games, Sony

PS4: The Hottest Exclusives Yet To Come In 2014!

Sony are masters of The Long Game, and you can't fault their dedication. Instead of cutting the PS3 loose on the run-up to the PS4's launch, they instead delivered an emphatic exclusive lineup throughout 2013, which in turn means that some of their biggest first-party exclusives won't be ready until next year. "Greatness awaits."

But does that mean there's nothing to play on PS4 this year? Not on your nelly. Cross-platform releases notwithstanding, plenty of exclusives large and small are slated for Sony's slanty machine over the coming months.

So for your convenience, here are the hottest PS4 exclusives of 2014 along with European release dates.

The Last Of Us Remastered | August 1st

If you made the jump to PS4 directly from PC, Wii or Xbox 360, The Last Of Us Remastered will allow you to get to grips with one of the PS3's most critically-acclaimed exclusives in a definitive edition. Sporting overhauled visuals based on cutscene assets and all previously-released content, I daresay that even diehard PS3 owners will be champing at the bit to get on board with this atmospheric, frequently terrifying and thought-provoking experience, especially since it should put the hardware through its paces.

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Radial-G Interview | Military-Grade Arcade Racing On Oculus Rift & Project Morpheus

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Kickstarter, Oculus Rift, PC games, Project Morpheus, PS4 games, Racing Games, Tammeka Games, VR

Radial-G Interview | Military-Grade Arcade Racing On Oculus Rift & Project Morpheus

'Rip up the track with blistering visuals, without being sick'

Radial-G was one of the highlights of this year's Develop Conference Expo. Tammeka Games are currently Kickstarting an antigravity racer in the same basic vein as WipEout and F-Zero, seeking £50,000 to bring the fierce project to Oculus Rift and potentially Project Morpheus, and aren't afraid to let us try it out. Suffice to say that the hands-on prototype was intense... and yet somehow managed to throw me through twisting geometry-defying space tubes at breakneck speeds without even the slightest hint of simulation sickness.

You don't even have to take our word for it, because the demo is free to download and fully-playable on regular monitors.

Keen to know more, I grabbed Tammeka Games producer Sam Watts for an interview, who proceeded to explain how military precision, genre experience, years of preparation, careful planning and smart design have led to Radial-G becoming a very different kind of racer.

Radial-G Interview | Military-Grade Arcade Racing On Oculus Rift & Project Morpheus

Jonathan Lester (Dealspwn): Thanks for talking to us, Sam. First things first, can you give us the elevator pitch? In your own words, what is Radial-G?

Sam Watts (Tammeka Games): It's a high-octane futuristic arcade racer, filling the slot that's been woefully left open by a lack of F-Zero and WipEout, to bring a high-octane antigravity racing to the current and next generation!

Dealspwn: Not to mention Virtual Reality platforms such as the Oculus Rift and Morpheus. I was very impressed by your prototype – what opportunities and challenges did you face when developing a game for VR?

Sam Watts: I don't want to blow our own trumpet too much, but we are very experienced in creating VR experiences. We've done a lot of high-level military virtual reality simulations before with multi-channel output and a lot of back-end networking...

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Doom 4 is a double-jumping circle-strafing skull-crushing ultraviolent reboot

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Bethesda, id Software

Doom 4 is a double-jumping circle-strafing skull-crushing ultraviolent reboot

id Software spills the beans at QuakeCon

Doom 4 is dead. Long live Doom!

id Software has finally revealed that their long-awaited Doom sequel is actually a full-on reboot that plans to overhaul more than the story. As opposed to a tense horror crawl, our marine sets out on a brutal fast-paced orgy of destruction complete with double jumps, no regenerating health, messy melee executions and slippery combat that harks back to the original classics.

We are, as they say, so ready.

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