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Jonathan Lester

"Cap 'em and shank 'em!" - Snoop Dogg will commentate on CoD: Ghosts in DLC voice pack

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Activision, DLC, Snoop Dogg

"It's the coolest game in the hood"

Yo dawg, so we heard you like Call Of Duty: Ghosts and Snoop Dogg. So we put Snoop Dogg... inside your Call Of Duty: Ghosts! OHHHHHHH[that's enough lame Pimp My Ride references for one day - Ed]

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Massive LEGO sale hits Steam: get Marvel Super Heroes for a ridiculous £3.74!

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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PC, PC games, Platformers, TT Games, Warner Bros. Interactive

Massive LEGO sale hits Steam: get Marvel Super Heroes for a ridiculous £3.74!

We're huge fans of Traveller's Tales' LEGO games, due to their accessible platforming, fun factor, respect for their source material and gently anarchic sense of humour, so this massive Steam sale is right up our alley. They're charging between £2.49 to £3.79 for the likes of Batman and LOTR, but the headline act is the fantastic LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, which costs less than £4. Do it.

Anyway, here's the selection - thanks to and courtesy of Webhead @ HUKD!

Football Manager 2014 only £9.99 at The Game Collection (PC)

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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PC, PC games, Sega, Sports Interactive

Football Manager 2014 only £9.99 at The Game Collection (PC)

Football Manager 2014Game Collection | £9.99 (save £8)
Price ComparisonReview

£9.99 won't buy you much heroin, but it will get you something infinitely more addictive courtesy of The Game Collection. Thanks to Arsenal1234 @ HUKD!

Carrier Command: Gaea Mission is only £4.50 on Xbox 360 at The Game Collection

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Bohemia Interactive, Strategy games, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 games
Carrier Command: Gaea Mission is only £4.50 on Xbox 360 at The Game Collection

Carrier Command: Gaea Mission | TGC | £4.50 (save £5)
Price comparisonCarrier Command Review

Carrier Command: Gaea Mission does a pretty good job of bringing the legendary Carrier Command up to date, especially now the pathfinding has been mostly patched up. It's a strategy game, except you can directly control your units too. Though a bit niche, we had a fair bit of interest on-site at the time, so if you didn't pick it up then you might have another chance of doing so now on Xbox 360.

Pre-order Mario Kart 8 for £35.00 at Tesco Direct

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Nintendo, Racing Games, Wii U, Wii U games

Pre-order Mario Kart 8 for £35.00 at Tesco Direct

Mario Kart 8 | Tesco Direct | £35.00 (save £5)
Hands-on preview | Voucher Code: TDX-PWP4

Is it here yet? Is it here yet? Is it here yet?

No, but we're less than two months away. Mario Kart 8 is finally on its last lap before May 30th - and Tesco Direct are on hand with a nifty saving thanks to their TDX-PWP4 voucher code. Thanks to HellRazer @ HUKD!

2014 is The Year Of The Vita

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Borderlands 2, Freedom Wars, Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines, PS Vita, PS Vita games, SCEE, Sega, Sony Japan Studio, Soul Sacrifice Delta

2014 is The Year Of The Vita

Sony Japan Confirms Three New Games For Europe

The PlayStation Vita received short shrift last year, especially here in Europe. A tiny handful of big hitters aside, Sony's handheld rarely found its way into our sweaty palms, completely outgunned and outgamed by the 3DS in ascendancy.

But 2014 could well reverse the Vita's fortunes. Over the last few months, Sony and third party partners have been bringing a huge number of fantastic localised titles to British shores, alongside some fantastic indie gems and cross-platform games, culminating in the announcement that three major Japanese releases are also headed West.

More than just a niche proposition, handheld gamers are going to have a lot to love this year - and so many reasons to keep Sony's portable powerhouse to hand.

2014 is The Year Of The Vita

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Hail to the king of shooters: UT99 only £1.49 at GOG.com

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Epic Games, FPS, PC, PC games, Unreal Tournament, UT99

Hail to the king of shooters: UT99 only £1.49 at GOG.com

Unreal Tournament GOTY Edition | GOG | £1.49 (save £4.50)
PWNCAST: The Best Multiplayer FPS Ever

Unreal Tournament is the best multiplayer FPS ever made. Ever. Ever.

Epic Games' superb shooter is still the benchmark for online multiplayer, featuring an extraordinarily enormous selection of the best maps ever made, the best guns of all time, loads of mutators, a bountiful cornucopia of modes (most of which laid the foundations of the games we play today) and even a fabulous singleplayer campaign. Not to mention more than a decade of fantastic mods and user-generated content. It's superb, a skill-based arena that you can play on your terms and a game for the ages. The GOTY Edition is only £1.49 at GOG.com, so you don't have to take our word for it.

HOWEVER, I assume that the impending GameSpy shutdown is going to cripple its server list, so you might need to swap some IP addresses or organise some LAN events if modders can't cobble something together...

Looks like Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction is back on track... without Duke Nukem?

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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3D Realms, Duke Nukem, Interceptor, RPG

Looks like Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction is back on track... without Duke Nukem?

"No Gum Needed"

Interceptor Entertainment revealed Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction what feels like an eternity ago: an action-RPG starring the legendary hero developed in conjunction with original series creator Scott Miller. The countdown went live and we were all out of gum.

Unfortunately, Gearbox were having none of it and quickly unleashed the laywers.

A few weeks later and Interceptor are back with another countdown, suggesting that the two companies may have worked out their differences... most likely by replacing Duke Nukem with a legally distinct ringer.

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The 7th Guest, STALKER: Clear Sky, Shadow Man, Xotic, Runespell Overture & more only £3.59 at Bundle Stars

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC, PC games

The 7th Guest, STALKER: Clear Sky, Shadow Man, Xotic, Runespell Overture & more only £3.59 at Bundle Stars

Bundle Stars' Toxic bundle is another seriously impressive compilation, at least in terms of the potential savings. £3.59 will net you Darkout, Desperados 2: Cooper’s Revenge, Heroes of Annihilated Empires, Runespell: Overture, S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Clear Sky, Shadow Man, The 11th Hour, The 7th Guest, Tribloos 2 & Xotic Complete on Steam: a whole heap and helping of game.

I'd personally recommend Runespell: Overture, Xotic and STALKER: Clear Sky as the standout games of the pack - alongside the dated if hilariously cheesy (and incredibly difficult) puzzle classic The 7th Guest. Darkout is a reasonable craftbox but never quite delivered on its promises.

Beware Planet Earth! PC Review | B-Moovie

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Bandai Namco, Lightmare Studio, PC, PC games, Strategy games, Tower Defence games

Beware Planet Earth! PC Review | B-Moovie

Platform: PC (reviewed, £6.99) | iPad version in development

Developer: Lightmare Studio

Publisher: Bandai Namco

Aliens are out to steal our cows and it's up to us to defend them. With towers.

Beyond its B-Movie premise, Beware Planet Earth! initially appears to be a friendly if incredibly generic tower defence title. As adorable martians trundle along their preset paths with bovine abduction on their minds, we'll place a small selection of static turrets to halt their advance. Some deal direct damage. Others slow or debilitate the hordes. Our war economy is fuelled by currency dispensing machines that create a cog every few seconds, which we have to click to redeem -- thus adding a hectic resource collection minigame to the proceedings -- but otherwise it definitely feels like a retread of very old ground.

Stick with it, though, and Beware Planet Earth! might just surprise you.

Beware Planet Earth! PC Review | B-Moovie

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Xbox One April update is live, makes stuff better

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Firmware updates, Microsoft, Updates, Xbox One

Xbox One April update is live, makes stuff better

Microsoft has deployed the Xbox One's April firmware update, which contains a whole host of useful fixes and quality of life improvements. From Kinect fine-tuning and audio clarity to friends list tweaks and app updates, there are plenty of unglamorous yet very welcome improvements to be found here.

They've also promised beta previewers that the aggravating disc read errors have finally been squelched - we'll be the judge of that. You can see the headline features after the break (courtesy of Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb).

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You should not pass on LEGO LOTR for £4.00 at Greenman Gaming (PC)

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC games, Platform games, Platformers, TT Games, Warner Bros. Interactive

You should not pass on LEGO LOTR for £4.00 at Greenman Gaming (PC)

LEGO Lord Of The RingsGreenman Gaming | £4.00 (Save Over £3.50)
PC price comparisonLEGO Lord Of The Rings Review
Voucher Code: O3H7FE-D4NFO0-F0LIGK 

TT Games know how to make a game fun, hilarious and involving no matter how old the player - and LEGO Lord Of The Rings is no exception. Gentle yet compelling gameplay, anarchic humour and all your favourite characters in LEGO form has to be worth £4.00, no?

Why not wait for the new Hobbit tie-in to depreciate and play this to tide you over. Thanks to Jas10 @ HUKD!

Final Fantasy VIII only £4.00 on PC at Greenman Gaming

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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JRPG, PC, PC games, Square Enix

Final Fantasy VIII only £4.00 on PC at Greenman Gaming

Final Fantasy VIII | Greenman Gaming | £4.00 (RRP: £9.99)
Story: boring and convoluted | Characters: Terrible |  Controversy level: high
Voucher Code: O3H7FE-D4NFO0-F0LIGK

Final Fantasy VIII is only £4.00 on PC thanks to Greenman Gaming's O3H7FE-D4NFO0-F0LIGK voucher code, which is the good news. The bad news is that, in my opinion, it's not particularly good. A moany tosspot goes on a convoluted adventure with a bunch of forgettable idiots, experiencing gameplay and a Junctioning system that resembles an Excel spreadsheet.

However, I daresay you'll find a billion people who strongly disagree, and you could well be one of them!

Sleeping Dogs £3.00 at Greenman Gaming on PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Action Games, PC games

Sleeping Dogs £3.00 at Greenman Gaming on PC

Sleeping Dogs | Greenman Gaming | £3.00
Price ComparisonReview
Voucher Code: O3H7FE-D4NFO0-F0LIGK

This open-world action movie manages to be both gritty and over-the-top in the most gratuitous of ways. It's awesome. We'd suggest going out to watch The Raid 2, then coming back for some Sleeping Dogs afterwards, perhaps - especially since Greenman Gaming are practically giving it away as part of their weeklong dealsplosion. Thanks to Jas10 @ HUKD!

Get BioShock Infinite, Borderlands 2 & Civilization V for £11.95 all-in with the Aspyr Fantastic 3 Bundle (PC & Mac)

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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2K Games, PC, PC games

Get BioShock Infinite, Borderlands 2 & Civilization V for £11.95 all-in with the Aspyr Fantastic 3 Bundle (PC & Mac)

Aspyr Fantastic 3 bundle | MacGameStore | £11.95 ($19.95)
BioShock Infinite review | Borderlands 2 review

These three high-profile games have all been individually discounted to around the £4.99 mark over the last few months, but if you're in the market for the lot, MacGameStore's Aspyr Fantastic 3 bundle is pretty impressive. $19.95 equates to roughly £12 over here, which is a decent saving. Thanks to pgregg @ HUKD!

Persona 4: The Golden only £18.49 at Gameseek on PS Vita

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Atlus, JRPG, PS Vita, PS Vita games

Persona 4: The Golden only £18.49 at Gameseek on PS Vita

Persona 4: The Golden | Gameseek | £18.49
Price ComparisonPersona 4: The Golden Review
Voucher Code: QUIDCO

The PS Vita is a cult connoisseur's paradise, and Persona 4: The Golden is easily one of the best flagship games on the system. If not the best handheld games ever made. Matt awarded this splendid remake with a perfect score, which went above and beyond the incredible original with a full graphical makeover and hours of extra content. For £18.49 (including delivery a £2 saving with the QUIDCO voucher code), it's worth having in your life.

Thanks to cr3ampie @ HUKD, who also found the £17.50 deal last month!

The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing 2 Preview | Vamp, Vamp!

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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ARPG, Games previews, Indie Games, Loot grinder, Neocore Games, PC games, The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing

The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing 2 Preview | Vamp, Vamp!

Platforms: PC

Developer: Neocore Games

I can't wait for Van Helsing's next adventure.

Neocore Games came out swinging with a fantastic idea: a massive loot-grinding RPG delivered in three episodes, each lasting 12-15 hours apiece with save file compatibility. We therefore get an enormous slab of gunslinging, swordswinging, swashbuckling and teh phattest of lewtz delivered on our terms, allowing us to test the waters for £11.99 apiece and buy the whole thing for the same price as Diablo III's expansion pack. The first episode was solid, versatile, challenging and off-kilter; a real rip-roaring adventure that didn't take itself too seriously yet was deadly serious about its gameplay.

Now the legendary monster hunter finds himself defending a city under siege by the villainous General Harker, who throws an army of steampunk horrors at the grim defenders. It's time to don the floppy hat, grab our ghostly companion and unleash our inner Van Helsing... with a little more strategy this time around.

The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing 2 Preview | Vamp, Vamp!

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Invizimals: The Lost Kingdom Review | Don't Bother Finding It

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Games reviews, Magenta Software, Platformers, PS3, PS3 games, SCEE, Sony

Invizimals: The Lost Kingdom Review | Don't Bother Finding It

Platform: PS3

Developer: Magenta Software

Publisher: SCEE

When I was a lad, you'd find me dogfighting in Frontier Elite or hunting down Superfrog's trickier Easter eggs. We thrived on challenge as children and nothing has changed, because these days kids eat Ender Dragons for breakfast and noscope headshots for dessert. They certainly know that red barrels are likely to explode or that coloured tiles will unlock something when you step on them, but Invizimals: The Lost Kingdom has no respect for its young target audience. It painstakingly explains every primitive and dated mechanic, convinced that its players are brain-dead drones who mustn't be allowed to think for themselves.

Still, if you are a brain-dead drone, you might get some enjoyment out of this criminally generic and dull little platformer.

Invizimals: The Lost Kingdom Review | Don't Bother Finding It

We're deep in shovelware territory here. Tasked with bringing the Invizimals franchise to the PS3, Magenta Software decided that Augmented Reality sounded like hard work, so decided to deliver a by-the-numbers platformer instead. Presumably because it was a Friday afternoon. We step into the DayGlo jacket of Hiro, a young boy exploring the digital realm of the Invizimals for the first time, whose ability to transform into sixteen of the critters has potential for interesting gameplay.

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Titanfall: Expedition DLC contains three new maps, count 'em

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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DLC, EA, FPS, Respawn Entertainment, Titanfall

Titanfall: Expedition DLC contains three new maps, count 'em

Titanfall's first DLC pack has been revealed. Expedition will be included as part of the season pass, offering three new maps set in uncharted territory. Hence the name, really. Runoff, Swamplands and Wargames should provide some temples, jungles and swamps to leap and stomp through - but we hope it's supported by new modes and content too.

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