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MGS: Ground Zeroes' exclusive DLC will be free for all

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Jonathan Lester
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DLC, Kojima Productions, Konami, PS3 games, PS4 games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

MGS: Ground Zeroes' exclusive DLC will be free for all

There's no denying that Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes is wicked skinny, but at least you'll have a bit more to play of it soon. Konami has confirmed that the platform-exclusive DLC will soon be released on all consoles, free of charge, which is a nice touch.

PlayStation players will be able to sample Raiden's rambunctious bodysnatcher rampage, while Xbox owners can get all kinds of nostalgic with a retro-themed stroll down memory lane. Description through the links.

Ground Zeroes has proved to be one of the most divisive games of the year, with critical reviews and player opinions all over the shop. Personally I felt that its quality won out over its slim quantity - but felt that the series' fun factor has been totally replaced by a mishandled attempt to be totally edgy. Thoughts?

Get 11 awesome Steam indie games for £3.57 in the Humble Weekly Sale

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Indie Games, PC games

Get 11 awesome Steam indie games for £3.57 in the Humble Weekly Sale

Oh boy, the latest humble weekly sale may have some familiar faces, but it's a massive bargain!

Pay what you want (minimum 60p) for Cave Story+, Dustforce, Puzzle Bots, Thomas Was Alone & VVVVVV.

Beat £3.57 to also receive Cthulhu Saves the World, Element4l, Limbo, Lone Survivor, Mutant Mudds Deluxe, Puzzle Bots and Reus.

Some seriously great games there, or at least more cheap grist for your Steam Backlog. Credit to MrCollective @ HUKD, who posted this yesterday!

PS4 Console £314.10 at Tesco with voucher code!

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PS4, Sony

PS4 Console £314.10 at Tesco with voucher code!

PS4 ConsoleTesco | £314.10 (save £20)
PS4 Review| Voucher Code: TDX-KMNT

Tesco are currently selling PS4 consoles for £314.10 with their TDX-KMNT voucher code. And they're in stock. So... go go go!

Or don't, because you could get an Xbox One and Titanfall for the same money - if you're not planning on buying a PS4 for its future potential. Greatness awaits, it's just taking a while to get here, thanks to Sony supporting the PS3 right to the death rather than taking their studios off last-gen projects. Thanks to Bure11 @ HUKD!

You can add a Watch Dogs preorder for an extra £30.

Xbox One & Titanfall now only £314.10 at Tesco with voucher code!

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Microsoft, Xbox One

Xbox One & Titanfall now only £314.10 at Tesco with voucher code!

Xbox One & Titanfall | Tesco | £314.10
Xbox One ReviewTitanfall Review
Voucher code: TDX-KMNT 

Big saving alert! The Xbox One launched at £420 a scant few months ago, but this amazing Tesco deal sees its Titanfall Bundle (yes, you get the game too!) drop to less than a new PS4 usually costs solus. I personally feel that Microsoft's console has the edge game-wise right now, offering more variety in terms of exclusives, but there's not much in it. E3 is going to be huge this year. Thanks to airey @ HUKD!

COMMENT | Emulation Is Conservation, Not Piracy

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Emulation, Piracy

COMMENT | Emulation Is Conservation, Not Piracy

In almost* every case, videogame piracy is indefensible, inexcusable and plain wrong. Behind every angry assertion of draconian DRM or Robin Hood-style heroism lurks gamers who just want something for nothing, willing to effectively steal copyrighted code that developers worked hard to create. It may seem like a victimless crime, and it's difficult to sympathise with faceless corporations who clearly aren't short of a few bob, but when even struggling indie developers find their inexpensive wares being distributed and charity bundles end up on torrents, the whole thing becomes a farce. I can't stop you doing it, but don't try to defend it.

However, the practice of emulating older games via downloaded (or user-created) ROMs is usually lumped into same murky waters by overzealous publishers, and I'm not convinced that's entirely fair. At all. This might seem like a hypocritical double standard, but when you look closer at the scene, emulation has more in common with Kew Gardens' Millenium Seed Bank than the Jolly Roger.

COMMENT | Emulation Is Conservation, Not Piracy

In a perfect world, copyright holders make their back catalogues readily-available to purchase at appropriate prices on current hardware, else classify ancient games as free-to-distribute abandonware. And in fairness, in this imperfect world, it does happen. For example, Sony provides a huge library of PSX games on the PlayStation Store for pocket money prices, while Nintendo's Virtual Console and SEGA's Mega Drive compilations are a step in the right direction. There's no excuse for downloading a Metal Gear Solid ISO when you can just buy it on the store - or an Earthbound ROM now that Nintendo have finally released it on Wii U. That's... well, that'd be stealing.

Unfortunately, for every legacy game that's managed to make it into the 21st century, dozens if not countless hundreds more are becoming an endangered species.

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NES Remix 2 Review | Nostalgia Trippy

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Jonathan Lester
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Action Games, indieszero, NES Remix 2, Nintendo, Nintendo EAD, Platformers, Puzzle games, Wii U, Wii U games

NES Remix 2 Review | Nostalgia Trippy

Platform: Wii U

Developers: Nintendo EAD | Indieszero

Publishers: Nintendo

I love the idea behind NES Remix. Nintendo often comes under fire for just repackaging age-old games, but the truth is that they're often willing to subvert and tinker with familiar gameplay, and their latest minigame collection a key case in point. It cheekily crunched classic 8 bit gaming moments into addictive bite-sized time attack challenges, letting us enjoy our favourite titles from yesteryear in exciting new ways, and often blending games together with hilarious results. A nostalgia trip, highlights reel and zany WarioWare-esque funhouse all rolled into one.

Unfortunately the original NES Remix fell short, mainly because its sub-par collection of games (Clu Clu Land? Really?) didn't lend themselves particularly well to a pick-up-and-play experience. It felt like Nintendo were holding their big guns back for a sequel.

NES Remix 2 Review | Nostalgia Trippy

Turns out that they were, because NES Remix 2 is an improvement in every respect. Boasting a superb library of games from Metroid and Kid Icarus to Punch-Out! and Super Mario Bros 3, wild 'remixed' stages and even a pleasingly tricky extra game for £8.99, this really is a retronaut's dream package.

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SingOn Review | Your Streaming Karaoke Machine

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Karaoke games, Music games, PS3 games, PSN, SingOn, SingOn Inc.

SingOn Review | Your Streaming Karaoke Machine

Platform: PS3 (PSN, free client download/trial) | Other platforms TBA

Developer: SingOn Inc.

SingOn feels like the next generation of living room karaoke.

If you want to sing without complications, fuss or spending much money, this revolutionary Finnish upstart is pretty much everything you could want. It's a streaming service client as opposed to a locked-in boxed game, granting you access to hundreds and hundreds of songs that are updated on a weekly basis, always including the very latest charts alongside rock, jazz, cheese, rap, film classics and even Finnish folk music. Every decade is represented, every genre has plenty of choice on offer, and it's all delivered on our terms.

SingOn Review | Your Streaming Karaoke Machine

£2.99 nets you full access to the entire library for three hours, more than enough for an evening of crooning, letting you stream and sing to your heart's content while laying out considerably less than the cost of a London pint. Or an entire weekend sorted for £5.99. The days of having to spend £40 on a limited selection of tracks, many of which you won't like and will never sing, are well and truly over. If you've got a microphone, a PS3 and an internet connection, it's game on.

However, SingOn is more of a karaoke machine than a karaoke game - and it's clear that the service still has a way to go before it can cement its place in the lounge.

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Rayman Legends on Wii U just £10.99 at Base

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Platformers, Ubisoft, Wii U games

Rayman Legends on Wii U just £10.99 at Base

Rayman Legends | Base | £10.99 (Save £4)
Price ComparisonReview

You probably already know that Rayman Legends is utterly amazing in every way imaginable. But you might not know that the Wii U version only costs a meagre £10.99 at Base, saving you four quid.

In all honesty, I don't personally think that the touchscreen sections really add much to the game (in fact, I feel like they slightly detract and distract from the awesome platforming), but this is still a bargain for the original version. Thanks to Jas10 @ HUKD!

OUYA micro-console is £79.99 at Amazon & GAME, save £20 (or don't)

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Jonathan Lester
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OUYA micro-console is £79.99 at Amazon & GAME, save £20 (or don't)

OUYA console | Amazon & GAME | £79.99 (save £20)
OUYA Review |  Three months on, still a £100 punt

Cards on the table: I'm ready to call 'time' on the OUYA as a home console. The thrill of backing the device has worn off, leaving us with an underpowered if gorgeous Android-powered cube with an anaemic games library and dwindling support, not helped by some atrocious management decisions and PR over the last few months. Be sure to read our extensive reviews and retrospectives to find out why (links above).

However, for £79.99, you might find that the OUYA becomes a neat little box for XBMC, media streaming (nothing too intensive, though) and emulation. Not that any of you fine upstanding people have a bunch of ROMs just sitting around, of course. Thanks to cooliusxp @ HUKD!

UPDATE: It's also £79.99 from GAME. Thanks to Chris Vint for the heads-up!

Wii U premium console with Zelda: Wind Waker HD only £220 at Amazon

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Jonathan Lester
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Wii U premium console with Zelda: Wind Waker HD only £220 at Amazon

Wii U Premium 32GB Console + Zelda: Wind Waker HD | Amazon | £220
Console ReviewZelda: Wind Waker HD Review

Amazon and GAME's rivalry peetered out as the high street retailer's stocks ran dry, leaving Amazon with the best price for the Wii U premium edition, limited edition GamePad and The Legend Of Zelda: Wind Waker HD. A true classic has become even better thanks to a gorgeous makeover and a few tweaks, making it one of the true essentials. I'd also suggest grabbing Pikmin 3, Super Mario 3D World and The Wonderful 101 as a matter of priority. Thanks to Trebor_omatic @ HUKD!

Oh, and NES Remix 2 is pretty great. I'll have a review for you soon, before tonight's launch.

Red Orchestra 2 is FREE on Steam!

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Jonathan Lester
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FPS games, PC games, Tripwire Interactive
Red Orchestra 2 is FREE on Steam!

Red Orchestra 2: Heroes Of Stalingrad | Steam | FREE
Red Orchestra 2 Price Comparison | Red Orchestra 2

If you're a fan of authentic World War II shooters and free stuff, Red Orchestra 2 is about to make your day thanks to a 100% discount on Steam. Or, in other words, it's free to download for the next 24 hours.

Well, you'd be mad not to really.

Our first look at Call Of Duty 2014

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Activision, Call Of Duty, FPS, Sledgehammer Games

Our first look at Call Of Duty 2014

Sledgehammer Games have revealed the first image of their debut Call Of Duty title, which is due out this Christmas.

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Payday 2, Puppeteer & more coming to PS Plus next week

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Jonathan Lester
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PS Plus, PS Vita games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Sony

Payday 2, Puppeteer & more coming to PS Plus next week

All change, please! Sony has announced the next slew of free games headed to the PlayStation Plus instant game collection, along with a few departing titles that you should queue up ASAP on PS3, PS4 and Vita.

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Murasaki Baby Preview | Touch The Weirdness

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Games previews, Murasaki Baby, Ovosonico, PS Vita, PS Vita games, Puzzle games, SCEE, Sony, XDev

Murasaki Baby Preview | Touch The Weirdness

Platform: PS Vita (PSN)

Developer: Ovosonico

Publisher: SCEE

Murasaki Baby is terrifying.

In fact, "deeply unsettling" might be more appropriate. This odd Vita exclusive sees you guiding an adorable teetering tot through puzzly levels as she clings onto her favourite balloon, but everything is... wrong. Horribly distorted tentacle-nosed freaks lurk within the nightmarish backgrounds, hiding nearly out of shot. Atonal scraping sends shivers up your spine as our baby staggers across atrocious hellscapes or twisted uncanny interiors past things you'd rather not look at directly. Then reveals that she has an enormous toothy maw in the top of her head.

Murasaki Baby Preview | Touch The Weirdness

Underneath the weirdness, however, lurks a fascinating little game that's designed to hold your hand in a very literal way, while showing off the Vita's wild array of input methods.

If you can imagine a touchscreen blend of Ico, Limbo and Frobisher Says... perhaps directed by David Firth (yes, the Salad Fingers guy)... you might be somewhere near the mark.

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Mighty Wings or Cheap Trick? - Ace Combat Infinity launches next month

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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F2P, Project Aces, PS3 games, PSN

Following a successful beta earlier this year, Ace Combat Infinity is too close for missiles and other lazy Top Gun references.

In fact, let's get them out of our system now, shall we? You can be my wingman any time. Highway to the Danger Zone. Take me to bed or lose me forever. Yeehaw, Jester's dead! Paging Doctor Loggins... oh, hang on, that was an Archer reference.

Never mind, because the take-home message here is that Ace Combat Infinity will release on the European PSN on May 28th. It's free-to-play and designed about competitive co-op, and set in the brilliant Strangereal universe, making it the gutsiest move I ever saw, Mav. Come on, I had to leave one for last. Matt delivered a hands-on preview if you want a closer look.

Pool Nation only £1.04 for PC on The Humble Store

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC, PC games, Sports Games

Pool Nation only £1.04 for PC on The Humble Store

Pool Nation | The Humble Store | £1.04 (RRP: £6.99)
Review

We've seen it cheaper on XBLA, but Brendan describes Pool Nation as "a must buy for pool fans." The AI can be very challenging, perhaps too much so at times, but the multiplayer is where the flavour is. The user-friendly trick shot implementation raises Pool Nation above the competition and will tempt you to try them out down the pub. Thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!

The Last Federation £9.00 on Greenman Gaming with voucher code

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Jonathan Lester
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Arcen Games, Indie Games, PC games, Strategy games

The Last Federation £9.00 on Greenman Gaming with voucher code

The Last Federation | Greenman Gaming | £9.00 (RRP: £14.99)
Review | Voucher Code: OFU76E-1C6RHK-OX6OMC

Just in case you didn't read my review yesterday, The Last Federation is a fantastic space strategy game set within a 4X simulation. AI races go to war, live and die - but we play as a wild card capable of toppling governments, burning fleets and manipulating the galaxy to our whim. It's revolutionary, newly-launched and £11.24 on Steam for the next couple of days, saving you 25%.

However, the ever-reliable Greenman Gaming will save you an extra couple of quid with their OFU76E-1C6RHK-OX6OMC voucher code, bringing things down to a cheeky £9.00. Bargain.

Octodad: Dadliest Catch only £7.99 on Steam, save £4

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Indie Games, Octodad: Dadliest Catch, PC games, Young Horses

Octodad: Dadliest Catch only £7.99 on Steam, save £4

Octodad: Dadliest Catch | Steam | £7.99 (RRP: £11.99)
Review

Octodad: Dadliest Catch is adorable and hilarious, as you try to pull off everyday chores controlling a slippery suckery cephalopod disguised as a family man. The joke can wear thin at times, especially when things get too 'gamey' and contrived towards the end, but if you love the idea you can save £4 on Steam. Thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!

The Last Federation Review | Hail Hydral!

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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4X games, Arcen Games, Indie Games, PC, PC games, Strategy games, The Last Federation

The Last Federation Review | Hail Hydral!

Platform: PC

Developer: Arcen Games

I've never played anything remotely like The Last Federation, even if it looks like any number of space 4X games from yesteryear at first glance. Eight unique races reach out to the stars from their home planets, seeking conquest and coexistence depending on their philosophies. They build fleets, research technologies, make treaties and break them with impunity; thriving and dying in a meticulously-modelled situation that's detailed down to internal politics and populations.

And we can't play as any of them... because they're all AI.

The Last Federation Review | Hail Hydral!

We stand alone as the Hydral, the last of an extinct race of interstellar tyrants with dreams of uniting the galaxy into one eternal federation... and crushing any species who stands in the way. We're the dark heart lurking at the centre of the universe, the multi-headed tentacular puppet master, working behind the scenes to apply pressure through political coups, financial skullduggery, science and fleet combat; subtly influencing the balance of power with both the carrot, stick, cloak, dagger and gravity lance.

It's really rather wonderful, and a revolutionary twist on the 4X legends of yore.

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Short SEGA sale springs onto GamersGate for 24 hours

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC games, Sega

Short SEGA sale springs onto GamersGate for 24 hours

GamersGate's Spring Sale, which I so cleverly referenced in the headline (please hold your applause), has taken a decidedly SEGA-related turn when it comes to the flash deals. Several SEGA games are heavily discounted for the next 24 hours, including Aliens: Colonial Marines.

Oh dear, I seem to have forgotten to link to the store page. Whoops. Never mind, though, because I'll link to some good games instead. Highlights include:

Thanks to MrCollective @ HUKD, who also corralled the other discounts on offer!