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Tropico 3 FREE on The Humble Store until 18:00

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Jonathan Lester
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Tropico 3 FREE on The Humble Store until 18:00

Tropico 3 | The Humble Store | £0.00 (!)

Just pop your email in the box and claim your freebie. The promotion lasts until 6 o' clock this evening.

Thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!

 

The Morning Papers | Rise Of The Triad Wars

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Jonathan Lester
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The Morning Papers | Rise Of The Triad Wars

Good morning!

Today brings us the news that Sleeping Dogs will finally be getting a sequel... no, hang on, sorry. Let's start that again. Sleeping Dogs will be getting an online open-world action-adventure-strategy PC game that focuses on building an empire. Hopefully it will be better than Mafia Wars at least, and that we'll finally get that promised sequel... after the spin-off... after the HD remake.

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Get a PS4 with FIFA 15, The Last Of Us Remastered, CoD: Ghosts and a year of PlayStation Plus for £399.99 at GAME

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PS4, Sony

Get a PS4 with FIFA 15, The Last Of Us Remastered, CoD: Ghosts and a year of PlayStation Plus for £399.99 at GAME

Christmas is fast approaching and the bundles are getting fatter. GAME are currently charging £399.99 for a great big one, which includes the PS4 console, FIFA 15, The Last Of Us Remastered, Call of Duty Ghosts (shame) and a year of PlayStation Plus.

Naturally it's possible to save more by buying a cheap solus console and cherry-picking a game or two, but for those who want to hit the ground running or win at Christmas presents, this one's rather impressive. Thanks to cbr6fx @ HUKD!

Play Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+ free for a week on Steam, buy it at 66% off

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Bandai Namco, Pac-Man Championship Edition DX, PC games

Play Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+ free for a week on Steam, buy it at 66% off

Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+ | Steam | £2.71 (RRP: £7.99)
Review

How can you update a legendary game like Pac-Man for a new generation? It seems like an impossible task, but Pac-Man Championship Edition DX managed it by ramping up the challenge and introducing hectic new predation mechanics. It's genuinely fresh and fantastic - and you can play it for free on Steam for a week.

If you like it and haven't had your fill by September 29th, it's available to buy at a 66% discount (the base game and DLC-complete full version). Thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!

FPS Redux Bundle just £2.99 at Bundle Stars

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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FPS, PC games

FPS Redux Bundle just £2.99 at Bundle Stars

Bundle Stars' FPS Redux Bundle is a mixed bag, but one that's stuffed full of shooters nonetheless. The highlight is naturally STALKER: Clear Sky, but you'll also get Lovely Planet (which is a serious shooter despite its adorable aesthetic), Depth Hunter 2, Dark Raid, app-turned-PC game Dead Effect, 3089, IronStorm, Chrome, Chrome SpecForce and Epigenesis.

Ah, Epigenesis. A promising winner of the Make Something Unreal competition that I would have reviewed... if I could find even a single game on its servers. Early access can be murder for small multiplayer titles, so if this bundle leads to a bigger player base, I'll give it some more coverage.

Waves only 79p on Steam

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC games, SHMUP, Squid In A Box, Waves
Waves only 79p on Steam

Waves | Steam | £0.79 (RRP £6.99)
Waves Review

Waves is still an absolutely sensational twin-stick shooter, offering both gorgeous visuals and a varied, hectic selection of gametypes to enjoy. At £0.74, it's also cheap as chips. As in, individual chips.

If you're feeling a cloying sense of deja vu, that's because we've run a few Waves deals and bundles before, only never this cheap. Be sure to check your backlog to avoid doubling up.

Disney Infinity 2.0 - Guardians Of The Galaxy Playset Review | Racket Raccoon

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Action Games, Avalanche Software, Disney Infinity 2.0, Disney Interactive, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Sandbox games, Wii U games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Disney Infinity 2.0 - Guardians Of The Galaxy Playset Review | Racket Raccoon

Platforms: PC | PS3 | PS4 | Wii U | Xbox 360 | Xbox One (reviewed)

Developer: Avalanche Software | Ninja Theory (combat)

Publisher: Disney Interactive

Guardians Of The Galaxy deserves a good game. This isn't it.

We were initially thrilled at the news that Disney Infinity 2.0 would be doing the heavy lifting when it came to Guardians' movie tie-in. Instead of a terrible Activision-published atrocity, we were promised a lengthy piece of fanservice including high quality miniatures and production values, boasting a story from none other than Brian Michael Bendis himself, available for £15 alongside the Star-Lord and Gamora figures. What a fantastic idea.

And what horrible execution. Disney Infinty 2.0 ultimately triumphs despite its issues, but the Guardians Of The Galaxy playset is one of the worst games I've suffered through in years. Other sites seem to have included this expansion in their reviews for the base game, but I'd like to discuss what is effectively a DLC pack in detail so you can be forewarned against throwing bad money after good.

Or, in other words, buy the Rocket Raccoon figure and steer clear of this sorry shovelware.

Click here to read more...

PS4 multiplayer is free for all this weekend

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Playstation Plus

PS4 multiplayer is free for all this weekend

If you own a PS4 but don't subscribe to PlayStation Plus, you'll be able to reap some of the benefits this weekend. From Friday 26th September at 09:00 BST until Sunday night, online multiplayer will be free for all regardless of PS+ membership, meaning that it's open season for snagging multiplayer trophies or sampling what you've been missing.

I'm not entirely sure how many gamers actually own a PS4 without subscribing to PlayStation Plus, mind. I'd be interested to know.

The decision to gate online multiplayer behind PlayStation Plus' paywall was met with indifference after the initial announcement, due to the raft of Instant Game Collection downloads and regular deals, though some players have found the PS4 selection lacking of late. Where do you stand? Will you be taking advantage of the free weekend? Let us know in the comments!

Disney Infinity 2.0 Review | Marvellous Toybox, Perilous Playsets

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Action Games, Avalanche Software, Disney Infinity 2.0, Disney Interactive, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Sandbox games, Wii U games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Disney Infinity 2.0 Review | Marvellous Toybox, Perilous Playsets

Platforms: PC | PS3 | PS4 | Wii U | Xbox 360 | Xbox One (reviewed)

Developer: Avalanche Software | Ninja Theory (combat)

Publisher: Disney Interactive

There's no such thing as a "good game for kids." There are only good games, some of which are more accessible than others. Take Minecraft, designed to encourage experimentation and creativity regardless of age. Or Mario, beloved by millions despite punishing each pitfall with instant death.

Half of Disney Infinity 2.0 gets this absolutely right. The toybox mode is utterly fantastic no matter how old you are. Create your own levels, invite some friends and then watch your favourite Disney and Marvel toys come to life. It's genuinely magical.

Disney Infinity 2.0 Review | Marvellous Toybox, Perilous Playsets

Sadly the other half displays the same lazy level design, shonky mechanics and lack of care that typifies so-called kids games. "Who cares? It's just for children."

Fun fact: everyone deserves quality software. So thank goodness that Disney Infinity 2.0's better half is also its biggest by far!

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Don't have a PS3? Final Fantasy: A Realm Reborn just £16.85 on PS4 at ShopTo

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, MMORPG, PS4 games

Don't have a PS3? Final Fantasy: A Realm Reborn just £16.85 on PS4 at ShopTo

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn | ShopTo | £16.84 (save £9)

This is a strange little deal that hinges around whether or not you own BOTH a PS3 and a PS4.

If you own both consoles, you can buy the PS3 version of Final Fantasy XIV for about a fiver, then upgrade to the PS4 version for free. This is naturally much cheaper than buying the PS4 version from the off... but if you don't own a PS3 and want to get involved with Square's much-improved MMO, ShopTo are currently touting a whopping £9 saving. Note that you'll have to start paying a monthly subscription once your included time is up, though. Thanks to cerberus1 @ HUKD!

Super Smash Bros Wii U pre-order only £36.95 at The Game Collection

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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multiplayer games, Super Smash Bros, Wii U games

Super Smash Bros Wii U pre-order only £36.95 at The Game Collection

Super Smash Bros. Wii U (pre-order) | The Game Collection | £36.95 (save £2)
Watch Jon suck at Super Smash Bros

Super Smash Bros will release in time for Christmas, meaning that Boxing Day plans are pretty much sorted. If you're not in the market for the Gamecube controller/adapter bundle, The Game Collection are currently running a pre-order for £36.95, which will save you £2 versus the next cheapest retailer Base.com. You can watch a Nintendo rep blatantly let me win a few matches in the linked video above.

Thanks to Ninjin00 @ HUKD!

The Morning Papers | The Day The Music Died

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Jonathan Lester
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The Morning Papers | The Day The Music Died

Good morning!

We're gearing up for some absolutely massive reviews and previews this week here at Dealspwn.com, but we've still got time to doff our caps and pour out our coffee for the Rock Band Network, which has pumped out new tunes on a consistent basis over the last few years. The peripheral market may be dead, but we've still got fond memories of Harmonix' superb franchise, and the many hours we spent rocking out.

Well played, Harmonix. Here are your headlines:

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Deadly Premonition, Commandos Collection, Deadly 30 & more in the £3.67 Humble Weekly Bundle

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Jonathan Lester
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Deadly Premonition, Commandos Collection, Deadly 30 & more in the £3.67 Humble Weekly Bundle

The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is a bit of a mixed bag in terms of both genres and quality, but if you stump up $6 (£3.67) for the second tier, you'll get the headline act. Deadly Premonition is shonky, bare-bones, incredibly weird and absolutely one of the best games of the last console generation.

You'll also get the Commandos Collection and Deadly 30, which I can both personally vouch for, alongside Lexica, Bridge Constructor Medieval, Battle Group 2 and The Book Of Legends, which I've never tried.

Alternatively you can just part with 60p for Lexica, Deadly 30, Bridge Constructor Medieval and Battle Group 2, which is cheap if potentially a bit of a punt quality-wise. Thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!

Save on classic shooters in GOG's Pew Pew Promo

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Jonathan Lester
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PC games, SHMUPs, Shooters

Save on classic shooters in GOG's Pew Pew Promo

Love old-school shooters and SHMUPs? There will probably be something for you in GOG's weekend sale, then, which includes the likes of Postal and Sin Gold alongside newer niche gems such as Ring Runner: Flight Of The Sages and Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut (links to reviews!). Prices are rock-bottom across the board, and DRM-free as you'd naturally expect. Note that Luftrausers is in the current Humble Bundle, though.

Click here -- or the banner -- to peruse this weekend's offering!

The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing 1 & 2 on sale at Gamersgate this weekend

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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ARPG, Neocore Games, PC games, The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing

The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing 1 & 2 on sale at Gamersgate this weekend

GamersGate are throwing a 'Van Helsing weekend,' which allows you to grab their two excellent action RPGs at a serious saving. The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing was a fantastic start for the franchise, injecting humour and personality into the addictive Diablo formula, while its sequel pushed the boat out in practically every direction possible. For reference: our Van Helsing I review and Van Helsing II review.

The first game is available as a complete edition for £3.75, whereas the sequel will run you £6. You can import your character over and continue the adventure with more advanced skills, and I'd highly recommend doing so.

Click here to browse the selection!

Warner Bros Steam sale includes big LEGO discounts

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC games, Warner Bros. Interactive

Warner Bros Steam sale includes big LEGO discounts

Warner Bros are throwing this weekend's Steam sale, and it's exactly as you'd imagine: some decent if unspectactular savings on Batman, Bastion, LEGO, FEAR and Lord Of The Rings. Though we've basically just dropped down to typical 'deal' prices, such as we've seen on GMG and other retailers recently, the LEGO discounts are particularly worthy of note. £5.74 for The LEGO Movie Videogame is seriously good value, as is the similar price for The Hobbit - even if the game was clearly rushed out.

Anyway, click here to browse the selection on Steam... and be sure to thank jaystan @ HUKD!

The Morning Papers | Cloud (Strife) Gaming

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Jonathan Lester
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The Morning Papers | Cloud (Strife) Gaming

Good morning! Now that Shinra Technologies is a real company, I have to assume that Final Fantasy VII was a spot-on prediction of our future. Or, perhaps, Square Enix really are supervillains after all. That would explain why we still don't have the Final Fantasy VII remake despite having enough money to launch its fictional corporations.

Anyway, we're entering in silly season, so expect the news to slow down and the reviews to ramp up. Here are your headlines:

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Don't forget to enter our Heavy Bullets competition!

COMPETITION | WIN Heavy Bullets! [Steam, 4 Copies]

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Jonathan Lester
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Dealspwn
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Competitions, Heavy Bullets, PC games

COMPETITION | WIN Heavy Bullets! [Steam, 4 Copies]

Heavy Bullets is a heady blend of twitchy FPS action and Roguelike-style exploration that looks violently gorgeous in motion. Unlike many Early Access projects and competing shooters, it's elegant, simple and devastatingly effective.

"If you like your shooters tough, your visuals hot and your nerves shredded, you can buy with confidence," I wrote in our 8/10 review.

Sure, you could buy with confidence... but wouldn't you rather win a copy for free? Well now's your chance, courtesy of Devolver Digital who've provided us with four Steam codes to give away!

All you have to do is leave a comment below! We're keeping it dead simple this time. You can tell us about yourself, wax lyrical about the game or make some terrible puns (go on, you know you want to), but the four winners will ultimately be determined by random selection. Good luck!

Important Note: Due to technical gremlins beyond our control, you won't be able to comment or remain signed in using Google Chrome. Sorry! Please use IE (ugh), Firefox, Safari or somesuch.

Competition closes Thursday 26th September at 17:00. Winners will be notified and sent their Steam code to the email address associated with their Dealspwn account, so please make sure to use a valid email address!

Heavy Bullets Review | Bang Bang Bang Bang Bang Bang On

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Devolver Digital, FPS, Games reviews, Heavy Bullets, Indie Games, PC games, Terri Vellmann

Heavy Bullets Review | Bang Bang Bang Bang Bang Bang On

Platform: PC (£6.99)

Developer: Terri Vellmann

Publisher: Devolver Digital

Don't let the garish screenshots fool you. Heavy Bullets is one of the most elegant games released in years.

These days, shooters are obsessed with being the biggest. They crave the most features. The most polygons. The most connected worlds, the biggest DLC libraries, the most modes, the most maps, the shiniest companion apps, the biggest franchise potential, the widest audience. And they bloat themselves into huge shambling monstrosities in the process.

Heavy Bullets Review | Bang Bang Bang Bang Bang Bang On

In comparison, Heavy Bullets is an E-Type Jaguar parked on Southend seafront or Kate Middleton's dress at a Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. A strong and simple idea, executed as stylishly and solidly as possible, designed with as few moving parts and extraneous details as possible to obtain the required result. Throughout a procedurally-generated dungeon, you'll blast a menagerie of virtual beasties while jealously hoarding your limited resources, blending the permadeath progression and exploration of of a Roguelike with the nervy twitch reflexes of an old-school shooter.

As such, Heavy Bullets is the very definition of a game that perfectly achieves what it sets out to do - no more, no less.

Click here to read more...

Fantasy Life Review | Your Twelve New Day Jobs

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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3DS Games, Casual Games, Fantasy Life, JRPG, Level 5, Nintendo

Fantasy Life Review | Your Twelve New Day Jobs

Platform: 3DS

Developer: Level-5

Publisher: Nintendo

Fantasy Life will eat your real one if you're not careful.

Imagine the job system of Dragon Quest mixed with Skyrim's 'learn by doing' skill advancement and Animal Crossing's obsession with collecting stuff. The three most addictive, if not necessarily the best, bits of each genre thrown together into a single adorable JRPG.

You'll set out into a compact fantasy world and find your place in it. Whether you want to be a greatsword-swinging mercenary, heroic paladin, bragging fisherman, skilful tailor, deft hunter, renowned blacksmith, clever alchemist... and more... and any combination of the above... there's a career for you here. You'll kill monsters one minute, then make armour out of their hides the next.

It's grind, pure and simple, but the kind of wholesome 'gamey' busywork that makes minutes turn to hours and chores feel like a job well done.

Click here to read more...