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Watch Dogs Special Edition £23.99 on PS4 & Xbox One at GAME

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Jonathan Lester
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Watch Dogs Special Edition £23.99 on PS4 & Xbox One at GAME

Watch Dogs | GAME PS4 & Xbox One | £24.99
Review

Watch Dogs became one of the most divisive games of the year, delighting some and disappointing others largely depending on how much hype you'd been exposed to. However, it's still an interesting and unique sandbox game that contains some great hacking mechanics under a bit too much bumf.

What we can agree on is that GAME's £23.99 price for their exclusive PS4 and Xbox One special edition is very competitive indeed, and cheaper than almost all normal editions of the game elsewhere. Thanks to iamthebatman01 @ HUKD!

Saints Row Ultimate Franchise Pack just £12.49 on Steam

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC games, Saints Row 2, Saints Row IV, Saints Row: The Third

Saints Row Ultimate Franchise Pack just £12.49 on Steam

If you've never played a Saints Row game and want to know what all the fuss is about, you can know own most of the outrageous sandbox series for £12.49 on Steam. The Franchise pack includes Saints Row, Saints Row 2, Saints Row: The Third and Saints Row IV complete with an insane amount of DLC.

I say "most" because the original game and Gat Out Of Hell standalone expansion aren't included, but this is still a great price for a huge amount of satisfying inclusive OTT ridiculousness. Thanks to M_the_C @ HUKD!

Gunpoint only £1.20 on Steam, save £4.80

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Jonathan Lester
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Gunpoint, PC games

Gunpoint only £1.20 on Steam, save £4.80

Gunpoint | Steam | £1.50 (RRP: £6.00)

This smart strategic stealthy infiltrate 'em up has featured in a few bundles, but £1.20 is a seriously good price regardless.

PREVIEW | Sunset Overdrive is a high-octane adventure playground

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Games previews, Insomniac Games, Microsoft Studios, Sunset Overdrive, Third Person Shooters

PREVIEW | Sunset Overdrive is a high-octane adventure playground

(But don't call it a sandbox)

I'm currently hard at work on our Sunset Overdrive review, and by hard at work I do of course mean "grinding, swinging and leaping across a vibrant colourful city while shooting a huge horde of crazy enemies with insane weaponry." I know, it's a tough job, but somebody has to do it.

As such, I can't deliver any sort of value judgement until next week, and I don't plan to. We're a classy outfit here at Dealspwn.com. But based on the first two hours of gameplay, those official videos and previous contact time at preview events, I'd like to offer a purely descriptive preview of what Sunset Overdrive has to offer, and to point out a incredibly basic fact about what Sunset Overdrive is bringing to the table at this late hour. Or more accurately, what it actually is and what it definitely isn't.

See, there's a big difference between a "sandbox" and a "playground," and understanding the distinction will help you make the most out of Insomniac's high-velocity shooter.

PREVIEW | Sunset Overdrive is a high-octane adventure playground

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Fallout 3 GOTY Edition only £2.50 at GamersGate

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Jonathan Lester
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Fallout 3, PC games, RPG
Fallout 3 GOTY Edition only £2.50 at GamersGate

Fallout 3: GOTY Edition (PC) | GamersGate | £2.50
Fallout 3: GOTY Edition PC Price Comparison | Fallout 3 Review

For my money, Fallout 3 is probably the best RPG of the last console generation and quite possibly the best game too. Its enormous game world was both enormous, unpredictable and dense; while the story and gameplay armed us with more choice than any other game I can think of.

If you haven't yet sampled Bethesda's exquisite take on the Fallout franchise, you can now get the GOTY Edition for less than a London pint. Thanks to ferreirm @ HUKD!

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor only £32.85 Xbox One

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Jonathan Lester
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Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor only £32.85 Xbox One

Shadow of Mordor | Simply Games | £32.85
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It's great to see Monolith back on form after so many years in the doldrums, and it's even better to see a genuinely fantastic Lord Of The Rings game that genuinely expands on the universe. This stealthy stabby brutal bloodsoaked experience shines thanks to the quality of its systems and its unique Nemesis mechanic that creates unique bosses to hunt and take down depending on your performance.

Better yet, SimplyGames have slashed the price of the Xbox One version down to £32.85. Thanks to imsomethingyournot @ HUKD!

3D Realms anthology contains 32 games for just £12.45

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Jonathan Lester
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3D Realms anthology contains 32 games for just £12.45

3D Realms are back in action, and to celebrate, they've released their entire back catalogue in a 32-game download compilation. Don't let that picture of a CD-ROM fool you, this is very much a download, and a very reasonable one at only £12.45.

Highlights include Wolfenstein 3D, the Commander Keens, Terminal Velocity (one of my favourite games ever, though Fury³ was better) and the good Duke Nukems, though personally, I bought this immediately for Alien Carnage AKA Halloween Harry. Ah, the happy hours I spent secretly installing this superb shareware shooter onto my school's computers. What fun.

You can see the whole list of games below, and expect to see plenty of Blast From The Past articles in the near future...

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The Morning Papers | Realms Of The Flaunting

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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The Morning Papers

Good morning! The big news today is that Super Smash Bros Wii U has 8-way battles, completely overshadowing the fact that 3D Realms has returned from the distant past. The old guard is back and promise to... erm, actually I have no idea considering that Gearbox still owns Duke Nukem. Here's hoping they sell, or 3D Realms do the right thing and develop a new generation of Terminal Velocity sequels.

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Blast From The Past | Crackdown

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Jonathan Lester
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Blast From The Past, Crackdown, Realtime Worlds, Xbox 360 games

Blast From The Past | Crackdown

Skills For Kills, Agent!

I've been playing a great deal of Sunset Overdrive recently. My hands are tied until our full review goes live next week, but for now, I can confirm our earlier assertions that it feels like an outrageous and anarchic mash-up of Crackdown and Jet Set Radio Future. Only twice as meta.

Ah, Crackdown and Jet Set Radio Future. Two truly excellent Xbox exclusives from generations past -- has it really been seven and twelve years?! -- that I'd dearly love to revisit. If only we had some sort of semi-regular article format where we glorify classics from yesteryear and explain why they still have a place in our hearts through rose-tinted spectacles.

Oh wait. We do. It's time to reboot Blast From The Past, and I think there's only one place to start. We'll cover Jet Set Radio Future next week... and start with one hell of a super-sandbox, agent.

Blast From The Past | Crackdown

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Lord Of The Rings bundle includes LEGO The Hobbit, LOTR & more for £7.49

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Jonathan Lester
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Lord Of The Rings bundle includes LEGO The Hobbit, LOTR & more for £7.49

One Bundle to rule them all. One Bundle to find them. One bundle to bring them all onto your hard drive for £7.49.

Bundle Stars' Lord Of The Rings-themed bundle contains LEGO The Hobbit (and all DLC),  LEGO Lord Of The Rings, the extended version of Guardians Of Middle Earth and War In The North. The latter is pretty weak, but I personally found that deploying Eagle Smart Bombs doesn't get old.

Another great spot by jaystan @ HUKD!

FIFA 15 only £34.85 at SimplyGames on PS4 & Xbox One

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Jonathan Lester
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FIFA 15 only £34.85 at SimplyGames on PS4 & Xbox One

FIFA 15 | SimplyGames PS4 & Xbox One | £34.85 (save £5)
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FIFA 15 is an experimental art game in which you'll delve into Mandelbrot-inspired fractals to discover a hidden synesthesic world of... no, it's footy. This year's iteration is a bit faster and boasts superior player management. If you want in, SimplyGames will save you a fiver on the PS4 and Xbox One versions. Thanks to RK94 @ HUKD!

The Morning Papers | Here's Johnny!

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Jonathan Lester
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The Morning Papers | Here's Johnny!

Good morning! Today's big news is that ex-EA boss John Riccitiello is now the boss of the Unity 3D Engine. Will the gutsy little engine that can turn into a corporate juggernaut?

To be honest, though, I'm personally more excited about Titanfall's massive update that adds co-op and other unexpected features. Here are your headlines.

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Shadow Warrior PS4 & Xbox One Review | Hot Mature Wang

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Jonathan Lester
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Bandai Namco, Devolver Digital, Flying Wild Hog, FPS, Games reviews, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

Shadow Warrior PS4 & Xbox One Review | Hot Mature Wang

Platforms: PS4 | Xbox One (reviewed)

Developer: Flying Wild Hog

Publisher: Bandai Namco | Devolver Digital

"If you miss the thrill of classic old-school shooters, the simple joy of blasting hordes of foes with oversized weapons and ferreting around for secrets, quicksaving and circle-strafing all the while, you should buy Shadow Warrior immediately."

I wrote this line a year ago in my Shadow Warrior PC review, and it still holds true today. Laughing at the limp linear patronising state of the FPS genre, Flying Wild Hog looked back at classic PC shooters and delivered a Wangtastic slam-bang, honest-to-goodness, three-fisted humdinger of a game with huge explorable levels, massive guns and enormous hordes of deadly demons to point them at.

Shadow Warrior PS4 & Xbox One Review | Hot Mature Wang

Now a pixel-perfect port is available on PS4 and Xbox One, meaning that console owners have the opportunity to find out what they've been missing. I could probably end the review here... but in all honesty, this is also an opportunity for me to right a wrong.

See, Shadow Warrior has matured like a fine wine, becoming more delicious with age, and a year of perspective makes me realise that I might have weighted certain aspects of the game too heavily even though my criticisms are still the same. On PC I accused many of its unique features of watering down and diluting the classic FPS formula I've loved since Doom, and they do, but a year on I find myself enjoying Shadow Warrior as the game it is rather than the game I wanted it to be.

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Boo! PSN Halloween Sale starts today

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Boo! PSN Halloween Sale starts today

Ah, Halloween, the most annoying and pointless of all the holidays (seriously, even Guy Fawkes' Night has awesome fireworks!). Never mind, though, because it's also a time for digital distributors to launch some tasty horror-themed sales. Sony are quick off the mark and a week early, leading the charge with a pack of devilish discounts and scary savings.

Sorry. Anyway, the PS4 gets short shrift yet again as the PS3 and Vita pick up the slack. Dead Space is a steal at £3.99, while I'd personally recommend the utterly brilliant and shockingly overlooked Dead Space Extraction to anyone who still owns a PlayStation Move controller. For £5.79, it's a light gun masterclass. They're just the tip of the iceberg, joined by the likes of Resident Evil Revelations, Silent Hill (PSX original), BioShock and other worthwhile titles.

On Vita, meanwhile, I'd suggest taking a look at Toukiden: The Age Of Demons for any Monster Hunter fans (£14.99), alongside the dangerously sexy Demon Gaze at £15.99. It's a riot.

As always, check out the savings below courtesy of the EU PlayStation Blog and thanks to the eagle-eyed stevenjameshyde @ HUKD!

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Xbox One is finally "All In One" thanks to DLNA Media Streaming

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Xbox One is finally "All In One" thanks to DLNA Media Streaming

"All In One. Input One."

This awful slogan was terminated before launch, but the narrative remained: Xbox One is an "all in one" device. Rather than a games console, Microsoft positioned their new system as a total entertainment solution, a one-stop-shop for all of your digital content, services, television and media.

It wasn't. They lied. However, a year after it launched, the Xbox One finally has the right to call itself "all in one" thanks to the massive sweeping changes in the October firmware update last week. Admittedly we took this functionality for granted on the PS3 and Xbox 360, but the addition of DLNA media streaming and media centre extender functionality has turned Microsoft's console into the lounge commander it was born to be. One device capable of pulling all of your media onto your television, acting much like a home theatre PC alongside its console duties.

Xbox One is finally "All In One" thanks to DLNA Media Streaming

If you own an Xbox One and aren't already using this feature, you probably should be. Over the next few paragraphs I'm going to explain how to set it up and why it's important.

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Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved just £31.85 on Xbox One at Amazon & ShopTo

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Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved, Harmonix, Kinect games, Xbox One Games

Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved just £31.85 on Xbox One at Amazon & ShopTo

Disney Fantasia | Amazon & ShopTo | £31.85 (save £5)
Review

Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved is a fantastic idea that turns you into a full-body conductor with the power of your Kinect Sensor, allowing you to create and share crazy remixes on the fly. However, it just boils down to flailing your arms around in front of the telly like a drunk hailing a cab.

I was deeply conflicted in our full review, but in fairness, I should also point out that I've probably awarded it the lowest score on the internet. Definitely download the demo and try it out for yourself! Note that Kinect 2.0 is mandatoryThanks to Aeschylus @ HUKD!

Middle Earth: Shadow Of Mordor only £19.99 on PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Action Games, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, Monolith, PC games

Middle Earth: Shadow Of Mordor only £19.99 on PC

Shadow of Mordor | Bundle Stars | £19.99
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Shadow Of Mordor is a genuinely great game with excellent combat and an innovative nemesis system, and a true narrative bridge too. It's great to see Monolith back on form after a few miserable years, but it's even better to see Bundle Stars' astonishingly affordable £19.99 price point so soon after launch. PC gaming, as always, has its benefits.  Thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!

The Morning Papers | The Stanley Paranaut

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Jonathan Lester
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The Morning Papers | The Stanley Paranaut

Good morning! Today brings good news for Android fans, The Stanley Parable and Dark Souls PC players, but bad news for Paranautical Activity and Uber Entertainment.

What have we learned? Don't threaten Gabe Newell when your game is on Steam, don't ask for $1.4 million to develop an RTS when your last one still only has one faction, and do play The Stanley Parable before Hearthstone eats all of your free time. Here are your headlines.

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COMMENT | Forget resolutions - the console hard drive situation is out of control

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Jonathan Lester
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PS4, Xbox One

COMMENT | Forget resolutions - the console hard drive situation is out of control

I filled up my Xbox One's hard drive last month.

Sure, I arguably receive more games than the average console owner in my line of work, but less than a year after launch I'm being forced to delete entire games from my hard drive just to play and review new ones, requiring me to then re-install them down the line if I ever fancy a quick impulse play. Forza 5 swerved off the track, Ryse fell on its sword and I'm still struggling to keep on top of things.

And soon Halo: The Master Chief Collection wants to guzzle up another 60GB or so... followed by a 20GB patch. I'm sorry, but this situation has gotten entirely out of control and we're only a year into the current generation. Put the important debate about frame rates and resolutions on hold for a moment, because we might have bigger problems on the console front.

COMMENT | Forget resolutions - the console hard drive situation is out of control

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