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Ubisoft declares war on "fraudulent" serial keys, but hits gamers in the crossfire

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Far Cry 4, Ubisoft

Ubisoft declares war on "fraudulent" serial keys, but hits gamers in the crossfire

Ubisoft find themselves in the headlines once again as angry gamers flock to the forums, complaining that their Far Cry 4 keys were mysteriously deactivated without any warning or explanation. It eventually transpired that all of these keys were bought from serial key resellers, companies that buy and sell on digital codes at significant discounts, with Ubisoft claiming that the keys in question were "fraudulently" obtained in the first place.

It's an interesting situation and there usually two sides to every story, but in this case, I feel that there are three. Publishers, illicit sources of serial keys and gamers stuck right in the crossfire. And everyone has something to learn here -- Ubisoft especially.

To be clear, the sale of Steam, Origin, PSN, Xbox Live and Uplay codes is legal and most sites comport themselves openly and legitimately. Everyone from Green Man Gaming to GamersGate, CDKeys and SimplyCDKeys. However, this is apparently a special case.

Ubisoft declares war on "fraudulent" serial keys, but hits gamers in the crossfire

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MASSIVE Bundle Alert: 14 Steam Games only £1.99 in the Resurrection Bundle!

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
PC games

MASSIVE Bundle Alert: 14 Steam Games only £1.99 in the Resurrection Bundle!

The Bundle Stars Resurrection Bundle contains 14 Steam games for only £1.99. That's 14p per game, before trading cards. Click here to buy! >>

Quantity is incredible, though quality is all over the shop to be honest. The highlights are definitely excellent if ageing RTS Hostile Waters and brilliant if hammy FMV horror game Realms Of The Haunting. Gun Metal is also rather fun if you can get to grips with the controls. On the other hand there's some tat here too.

Still, again, 14p. Bargain. Thanks gooner for the tip!

Get 8 Steam games for £1.65 in The Flying Bundle

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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PC games

Get 8 Steam games for £1.65 in The Flying Bundle

The Flying Bundle is now live for £1.65. Click here to buy it! >>

Or perhaps wait until you know what's in it first. Namely Circuits, Crow, EvilQuest, Guns n Zombies, Leviathan: The Last Day of the Decade, Obludia, Vanguard Princess and an oh-so-enigmatic mystery game. Great value, especially considering that EvilQuest is a lot of fun - check out my ancient review. Thanks jaystan!

The Morning Papers | Updated

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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The Morning Papers

The Morning Papers | Updated

Good morning!

Great news for Xbox One owners today in that a new update halves the connection time of the controllers. It's currently available for preview members, though you'll need a micro USB cable to connect it to your console (play & charge will be fine). Microsoft have also announced that they've sold 6.6 million Xboxes during the lucrative last quarter, but failed to disclose how many were Xbox 360s.

In other news Ubisoft seems to be going after serial key frauds by punishing gamers -- deactivating their codes without warning -- which seems like a sure-fire way to get some fantastic publicity. We've got a few trailers and additional stories for you too.

In Case You Missed It...

The Morning Papers | Updated

6 Steam games for £0.98 in the Every Monday Bundle

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
PC games

6 Steam games for £0.98 in the Every Monday Bundle

The Every Monday Bundle is live on Indie Gala, costing only 98p until 16:30 this afternoon. Click here to buy! >>

We were a bit slow off the mark with this one, but jaystan was on point as per usual. Thanks again!

The bundle includes Save the Furries, Sugar Cube: Bittersweet Factory, Words for Evil, Dwarf Tower, Luna: Shattered Hearts Episode 1 and Basketball Pro Management 2014. I can't personally vouch for the quality of any of these, so I'd suggest doing a little digging to make sure they're up your steet.

Flash deal! Lara Croft And The Temple Of Osiris Gold Edition only £16.95 on PS4

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris: Gold Edition, PS4 games, Puzzle games

Flash deal! Lara Croft And The Temple Of Osiris Gold Edition only £16.95 on PS4

Lara Croft And The Temple Of Osiris PS4 Gold Edition is £16.95 at The Game Collection TODAY ONLY. Click here to buy! >>

It's a fantastic cooperative action game that I actually enjoyed more than this year's LEGO title. Check out my review for the details.

The Gold Edition includes physical swag, figurine and the season pass, and this cheap PS4 deal undercuts most other sites by around three quid. However, remember that Lara Croft And The Temple Of Osiris (and season pass) is still £10.00 on PSN if you're looking for a download and don't want the merch. Thanks FantasyDeals!

N.P.P.D. Rush is bizarre, experimental & only 29p on Steam

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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N.P.P.D. Rush, PC games, SHMUP

N.P.P.D. Rush is bizarre, experimental & only 29p on Steam

N.P.P.D. Rush: The Milk Of Ultra Violet is one of the oddest games I've encountered in ages, and now it's one of the cheapest too. Click here to buy it for £0.29! >>

It's half time attack shooter, half allegorical storyline, all visual lovechild of the ZX Spectrum and Teletext. Then it turns into a bullet hell SHMUP. Just because it can. Also there are nightmare staircases.

Though insane and frankly mediocre in some aspects, I ultimately found myself loving N.P.P.D. Rush. Find out why in our full review!

Dyad now a mindblowing £1.74 on Steam

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Dyad, PC games

Dyad now a mindblowing £1.74 on Steam

Dyad is trippy, gorgeous, mindblowing and only £1.74 on Steam, saving you 85% versus its usual RRP. Click here to buy! >>

This crazy game blends music, art, combat and motion together into something rather special. If you're still sane after browsing the screenshot gallery, definitely think about checking it out.

Vroom! Mario Kart 7 download only £18.99 on 3DS

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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3DS Games, Karting games, Mario Kart 7

Vroom! Mario Kart 7 download only £18.99 on 3DS

Mario Kart 7 is now £18.99 at CDKeys (download). Click here to buy! >>

I'm sure I don't need to explain the Mario Kart concept to you: suffice to say that this latest version contains the same arcade brilliance we love from the franchise and adds some nifty new elements such as the new glider wings. A great price for a great game! Click here and enter your email address to grab your 5% off CDKeys Facebook voucher code.

Thanks FantasyDeals!

COMPETITION | WIN Avernum 2: Crystal Souls! (Steam, 3 Copies)

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Dealspwn
Tags:
Avernum 2: Crystal Souls, Competitions, RPG, Spiderweb Software

COMPETITION | WIN Avernum 2: Crystal Souls! (Steam, 3 Copies)

If you love classic RPGs and pine for the Infinity Engine or tabletop days, you're going to love Avernum 2: Crystal Souls. This massively expanded remake of Avernum 2 provides dozens of hours of impeccably-written exploration, combat and dialogue as you create a party and set out into a massive open underground world, exploring over 100 towns and dungeons while defending your new home from a brutal attack. It released last week on Steam for £12.74 and there's a huge demo too.

"Avernum 2: Crystal Souls is an enormous, expansive and peerlessly written RPG that succeeds both on the strength of its world and its innovative campaign structure. So long as you're willing to read and exercise a little imagination, that is. Spiderweb have refined their winning formula over the last two decades and the result is pure roleplaying quality." - 8/10 Editor's Choice review

Great news for any serious RPG fan, but in even better news, the fine folks at Spiderweb Software have granted us three Steam codes to give away!

To be in with a chance of winning a copy, just leave us a comment in the box below! We're keeping it dead simple this time. You can tell us about yourself, wax lyrical about Avernum, reveal your favourite old-school RPG moments or make some terrible puns (go on, you know you want to), but the three winners will ultimately be determined by random selection. Good luck!

Competition closes Monday 2nd February at 17:00. Winners will be randomly selected. 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!

Dig up a discount: Terraria only £12.85 on PS4

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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PS4 games, Terraria

Dig up a discount: Terraria only £12.85 on PS4

Terraria only £12.85 on PS4 at Simply Games. Click here to buy! >>

Terraria takes Minecraft's basic template, turns it into 2D, adds a whole mess of MetroidVania platforming and ends up as something absolutely fantastic. You can read my PC review here, but if you're looking for a cheap PS4 deal, Simply Games are selling it for £12.85 including delivery -- a hefty saving indeed. Thanks oUkTuRkEyIII!

Get 12 Months of Xbox LIVE Gold for £25.12 at CDKeys

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Xbox 360, Xbox Live, Xbox Live Gold, Xbox One

Get 12 Months of Xbox LIVE Gold for £25.12 at CDKeys

Grab 12 Months of Xbox LIVE Gold for £25.12 from CDKeys. Click here to buy! >>

Click here and enter your email address to grab your 5% off CDKeys Facebook voucher code. This isn't the first and definitely won't be the last CDKeys Xbox Live Gold deal we've run, but £25.12 is an absolute steal regardless.

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge £9.99 new or £7.99 pre-owned on Wii U

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

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge £9.99 new or £7.99 pre-owned on Wii U

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge only £9.99/£7.99 at Grainger Games. Click here to buy! >>

Ninja Gaiden 3 was a complete mess when it first launched. 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 on Wii U.

The cheapest Wii U deal around can currently be found at Grainger Games with a decent price for a new copy and great price pre-owned. Thanks once again to Lomi @ HUKD!

Don't let Sleeping Dogs lie: Definitive Limited Edition now just £4.85 on PC

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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PC games, Sandbox games, Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition

Don't let Sleeping Dogs lie: Definitive Limited Edition now just £4.85 on PC

Sleeping Dogs Definitive Limited Edition now only £4.85 on PC.

The two big retail dogs are brawling again, but we come out on top in every price war. Last week GamersGate were selling Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition for a tenner, but now it's effectively half price. The limited edition includes special packaging and a 28-page art book. Thanks to FantasyDeals & Damrock!

Thief is only £4.99 on PC including 2 DLC packs

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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PC games, Stealth Games, Thief

Thief is only £4.99 on PC including 2 DLC packs

Thief (including Bank Heist & opportunist booster pack) now just £4.99 on CDKeys. Click here to buy! >>

Click here and enter your email address to get a 5% off voucher code. Thief certainly wasn't the return to form we were hoping for, but many sins can be forgiven for less than a fiver in this cheap PC deal. There's fun to be found here if you mess about with the versatile difficulty settings to find your sweet spot... and try not to remember the good old days. Thanks to rudi691 @ HUKD!

Super Smash Bros. For Wii U smashed down to £24.99 pre-owned

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Fighting Games, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Wii U games

Super Smash Bros. For Wii U smashed down to £24.99 pre-owned

Super Smash Bros For Wii U now only £24.99 pre-owned at Grainger Games. Click here to buy! >>

Want the cheapest price for Super Smash Bros on Wii U? If you don't mind buying used, Grainger Games are offering a pre-owned copy for £24.99. Click here to read our Super Smash Bros for Wii U review -- here's the short version if you're short on time.

"Super Smash Bros. For Wii U brings brilliant brawling back to the big screen. Though Smash Tour and the lack of a true story mode are disappointing, the exceptional character roster, great stage design, handsome visuals, addictive extra modes and timeless fun factor make for a guaranteed good time. Just add mates, whether online or on the couch. Smash Bros has come home. A fitting end to a great year for the Wii U."

Face The Evil Within for only £17.95 on Xbox One

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Horror games, The Evil Within, Xbox One Games

Face The Evil Within for only £17.95 on Xbox One

The Evil Within is now £17.95 on Xbox One at TGC (via Rakuten). Click here to buy! >>

Remember to use voucher code JANSALEDAY1&2 and click here to read our The Evil Within review. Thanks Gooner!

Remember to bookmark our games deals page for more cheap cheap Xbox One games deals!

NHL 15: two free Ultimate Team Gold Packs for all players!

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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NHL 15, PS4 games, Sports Games, Xbox One Games

NHL 15: two free Ultimate Team Gold Packs for all players!

If you're big into ice hockey and are plugging away at NHL 15's Ultimate Team mode, you should know that you can currently get two free gold packs on all platforms.  Each pack  contains twelve items, all gold, with four rare Gold Items and one rare player item guaranteed. You've got until this Wednesday (January 28th) to redeem your freebies.

You can find out the details here or continue reading below. Thanks to spitdis @ HUKD for the tip!

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Still haven't played one of the Vita's best JRPGs? Tales Of Hearts R now only £22.47

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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JRPG, PS Vita games, Tales Of Hearts R

Still haven't played one of the Vita's best JRPGs? Tales Of Hearts R now only £22.47

Tales Of Hearts R only £22.47 new at Gamestop. Click here to buy! >>

Tales Of Hearts R is one of the Vita's biggest games of 2014 and an amazing remake of a brilliant DS JRPG -- which now looks gorgeous and plays brilliantly on Sony's handheld with entirely new combat and extra content. £22.47 is the cheapest price around for a new copy, though note that Grainger Games will flog you a pre-owned copy for £19.99.

Click here to read our Tales Of Hearts R review and bookmark us for more cheap Vita games deals!

Mass Effect 3 Special Edition now just £5.23 on Wii U

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Action Games, Mass Effect 3, Wii U games

Mass Effect 3 Special Edition now just £5.23 on Wii U

Mass Effect 3: Special Edition is now £5.23 on Wii U at Base (via Rakuten). Click here to buy!>>

Remember to use voucher code JANSALEDAY1&2! In case you were wondering, the "special edition" includes the From Ashes DLC, extended cut ending, new weapon, gamepad controls and multiplayer DLC. However, it does not include Citadel. Many thanks to pitbullmern @ HUKD!

Click here to read our Mass Effect 3 review and bookmark our gaming deals stream for more cheap Wii U bargains.