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Dieselstormers (early access) now 40% off on Steam

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Jonathan Lester
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Action Games, Black Forest Games, Early Access, PC games

Dieselstormers (early access) now 40% off on Steam

Dieselstormers (early access) | Steam | £8.37 (RRP: £13.99)
Project Ravensdale Interview

Dieselstormers, formerly known as Project Ravensdale, is already shaping up to be a seriously hectic cooperative run & gunner. Four dieselpunk knights do battle with Orcs and Goblins using crazy upgradeable weapons, nifty energy grappling hooks and a whole lot of firepower. Plenty of features are yet to be implemented, including armour customisation, a better crafting interface and more mission variety, but what's here is rather fun if a little bare-bones. I'll drop a preview this week.

Sony @ TGS 2014 | Persona 5 PS4, Resident Evil Revelations 2, Still No Last Guardian

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Jonathan Lester
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News
Tags:
Capcom, PS4 games, Sony, Square Enix, TGS 2014

The Tokyo Game Show is about to kick off, but you can always rely on Sony to turn up to the party early. They've been busy this morning; dropping a slew of major announcements including a Japanese release date for Bloodborne, a new platform for Persona 5, a new Resident Evil and absolutely no new details about The Last Guardian.

You can watch the press conference above, but I've rounded up the biggest headlines and trailers for your convenience.

Bloodborne: New Trailer & Release Date

Bloodborne is already looking seriously tasty, not to mention playing brilliantly, ahead of its launch next year. Let's face it: you're excited. As such, feast your eyes on this brand new Japanese trailer, which proudly proclaims a February 5th release date.

Japanese release date, I should stress. It's likely that Bloodborne will be somewhat delayed in Europe to give The Order: 1886 time to breathe, but we probably won't have to wait too long.

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Xbox One Sunset Overdrive bundle now only £309.97 at Gamestop

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Xbox One

Xbox One Sunset Overdrive bundle now only £309.97 at Gamestop

If you're in the market for an Xbox One this year, or hovering on the fence with a severe case of the 'grass is always greener' effect, Gamestop might be about to tip you over the edge. They're currently offering a £309.97 price for the white Xbox One console and Sunset Overdrive, which is extremely competitive to say the least. It's cheaper than the solus Xbox One and even PS4 at retail!

You won't receive it until 31st October, though, and remember that it's the garish white version. At least it won't show scratches and dust anywhere near as much. Thanks once again to BuzzDuraband @ HUKD!

Deep Under The Sky Review | Grooving On Alien Jellyfish

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Casual Games, Colin Northway, PC games, Puzzle games, RichMakeGame

Deep Under The Sky Review | Grooving On Alien Jellyfish

Platform: PC (£6.99, reviewed) | Also on iOS & Android

Developers: RichMakeGameColin Northway

Sorry, no, this isn't the stealth sequel to Beneath A Steel Sky. Instead, the developers behind Incredipede and Pineapple Smash Crew have collaborated on one of the most bizarre and intriguing game concepts you'll see this year: an alien jellyfish procreation simulator set beneath the thick Venusian clouds, which challenges us to help an intrepid Cnidarian spread its seed and fertilise a variety of extraterrestrial flora.

Or looked at another way, it's a groovy and relaxing one-button casual game that feels partway between Worms, Angry Birds, Tiny Wings and Machiavelli's Ascent.

Deep Under The Sky Review | Grooving On Alien Jellyfish

The brief opening cinematic sets the stage. Venus' dark side actually glows -- in real life as an unexplained scientific phenomenon -- emitting a faint auroral effect known as the 'Ashen Light.' Deep Under The Sky finally has the answers that have long eluded NASA's top boffins: beneath the crushing acidic clouds lives a thriving ecosystem of bio-luminescent creatures. Playing as one of them, a whopping wobbling jellyfish, we'll blast aerodynamic packets of seed material across 2D levels with the aim of exploding them within range of receptive plants, thus ensuring that the species will live on.

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VIDEO | Watch Jon's first space dogfight in GoD Factory: Wingmen!

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
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Arcade space sim, Gameplay footage, GoD Factory: Wingmen, Nine Dots Studio, PC games

VIDEO | Watch Jon's first space dogfight in GoD Factory: Wingmen!

GoD Factory Wingmen is the dictionary definition of an underdog success story. This ambitious, gorgeous and thoroughly intense multiplayer arcade space sim missed its Kickstarter target, but was picked up by Namco Bandai and finally released last Friday.

Spoiler alert: it's awesome. Hectic action goes hand-in-hand with addictive progression and comprehensive ship customisation.

I'm currently working on our full review, but to tide you over, here's the full unedited video of my first space skirmish. Four pilots per team, two carriers, one highway through the danger zone!

Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition Review | Third Time's The Charm

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Activision, ARPG, Blizzard Entertainment, Games reviews, PS4 games, RPG, Xbox One Games

Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition Review | Third Time's The Charm

Platform: PS4 | Xbox One (reviewed)

Developer: Blizzard Entertainment

Publisher: Activision

Here we go again. I reviewed Diablo III on PC... then the last-gen console version... then the Reaper Of Souls expansion pack... and finally we come to this. The Ultimate Evil Edition. The final showdown. It's time for the last dance with the devil -- that is, unless Blizzard brings out another expansion.

To be honest, I'm still in two minds about whether Diablo III really works on consoles. Despite pretending to be a glorious last stand against the forces of hell, all it really involves is holding the A button (X on PS4) until all the enemies are dead or you've passed out from boredom. The leap from mice to controllers removed an entire dimension of precision priority targeting, so instead you'll just mash that button and then mash it a few more times to pick up all the loot in the vicinity. Then roll. Then hold down A for another five minutes.

Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition Review | Third Time's The Charm

This shouldn't be fun. It should be torture. But ultimately, somehow, Diablo III's Ultimate Evil Edition ends up being enjoyable and annoyingly addictive to the point where I'd rather be playing it than leaving my den -- let alone writing this review.

Basically, Just Add Mates.

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VIDEO | Project CARS: Brands Hatch offscreen gameplay (PS4)

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Gameplay footage, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Racing Games, Wii U games, Xbox One Games

VIDEO | Project CARS: Brands Hatch offscreen gameplay (PS4)

Project CARS is looking more exciting (and gorgeous, it must me said) every time we see it - and I managed to scrape an amateurish fourth place during a hands-on race around Brands Hatch.

Be on the lookout for the dynamic weather, which massively affects the driving conditions, handling and visibility. This demo track accelerates the onset of a rainstorm over three laps, so you can judge for yourself.

Oh, and sorry about the glare! I'll have some shinier videos for you soon, along with more in-depth coverage. Did you catch our interview with producer Pete Morrish?

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Metro: Last Light now £7.00 on PS3 at Tesco & Amazon

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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4A Games, FPS games, Metro: Last Light, PC games, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games

Metro: Last Light now £7.00 on PS3 at Tesco & Amazon

Metro: Last Light | Tesco / Amazon | £7.00 (save £5)
PS3 360 Price Comparison | Metro: Last Light Review

Metro Redux is a fantastic new way to experience Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light on new-gen consoles, but if you've yet to take the plunge, your wallet will thank you. Amazon and Tesco will sell you a copy of Last Light at a £5 saving, which is a great price for this grim and unrelenting experience.

The Xbox 360 version is also available for £7.00 from Tesco. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!

Infinite Space III: Sea Of Stars (early access) is 63p on IndieGameStand - save £6.30!

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Digital Eel, PC games

Infinite Space III: Sea Of Stars (early access) is 63p on IndieGameStand - save £6.30!

Infinite Space III: Sea Of Stars | IndieGameStand | £0.63 minimum (RRP: £6.99)
Blast From The Past: Strange Adventures In Infinite Space

The Strange Adventures In Infinite Space series heavily influenced FTL as the original permadeath space odyssey, providing an entire procedurally generated galaxy to explore, loot, conquer and constantly surprise you in the space of a lunch break. The first two games were utterly superb and I have little doubt that the third will surpass them. The early access Steam build is currently only $1 -- 60p -- so get in on the ground floor.

Alternatively, pay £1.05 to also receive the first two games in the series. Thanks to TehJumpingJawa @ HUKD!

Nintendo unveils the NEW 3DS: beefier CPU, second stick, Xenoblade Chronicles!

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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New 3DS, New 3DS XL, Nintendo

Nintendo unveils the NEW 3DS: beefier CPU, second stick, Xenoblade Chronicles!

Nintendo are infamous for their handheld hardware revisions, but today's Japanese Direct presentation unveils their most ambitious update yet. The New 3DS and 3DS XL models contain a host of upgraded features including the long-awaited second circle pad, wider 3D viewing angles and a faster processor that can support a new wave of more graphically intensive games.

Unfortunately they won't be out in time for Christmas here in the UK... meaning that you might want to strike a 3DS off Santa's list, but fence-sitters might finally get the push they need.

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Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Review | Holiday Special

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Adventure Games, NIS America Europe, PS Vita games, Puzzle games, Spike Chunsoft, Visual novel

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Review | Holiday Special

Platform: PS Vita

Developer: Spike Chunsoft

Publisher: NIS AmericaReef Entertainment

Once more with feeling: Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is magnificent.

Seriously, I'll keep banging on about it until you buy it or show me a letter from your GP proving that you're allergic to visual novels. Halfway between Corpse Party, Cluedo, Battle Royale and Ace Attorney, this grim and frequently disturbing tour de force managed to be both an engrossing page-turner and a gripping videogame. Great characters, fantastic story, despair and hope in equal measure. It's still my GOTY thus far.

The reason I'm telling you this now is that you absolutely mustn't play Danganronpa 2 without fully enjoying the original. Partly because the sequel builds on the revelations of its predecessor, but also because it's worse.

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Review | Holiday Special

Not bad, mind you. It's actually rather good. But stacked up next to Trigger Happy Havoc, Danganronpa 2 lacks the subtlety, pacing and restraint to be a truly effective mystery, and often feels like a fan-service holiday special instead.

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Get an Xbox One Kinect Sensor for only £129 from Microsoft... wait, are you serious?!

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Kinect, Microsoft, Xbox One

Get an Xbox One Kinect Sensor for only £129 from Microsoft... wait, are you serious?!

Xbox One Kinect Sensor | Microsoft | £129.99
Xbox One review | Kinect Voice Commands Guide

Did you pick up a Kinect-less Xbox One and want to add voice command functionality to the Xbox experience? Fancy trying out auto sign-in and playing the tiny number of Kinect-enabled games the way they were meant to be experienced? Well you'll soon be in luck, because Microsoft are releasing the standalone Kinect sensor for the bargain price of...

... £129.99?!

This deal is over. Now it's ranting time.

DEAL ABORTED. CLICK HERE FOR THE ENSUING RANT >>

Rayman Legends only £16.99 on PS4 & Xbox One at GAME

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Platformers, PS4 games, Ubisoft, Xbox One Games

Rayman Legends only £16.99 on PS4 & Xbox One at GAME

Rayman Legends | GAME PS4 / Xbox One | £16.99 (save £6)
Rayman Legends PS4 review

Rayman Legends is fantastic, and if you absolutely must own it on PS4 or Xbox One, GAME are currently the cheapest retailer around. It's important to note that we've seen it cheaper before, though -- and its PC and last-gen versions will often set you back half as much with feature-complete 60FPS gameplay.

Thanks to Bure11 @ HUKD!

Black PS4 Destiny bundle only £319.99 at ShopTo (eBay outlet)

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PS4, Sony

Black PS4 Destiny bundle only £319.99 at ShopTo (eBay outlet)

Destiny is so close we can taste the moon-wizards, but what platform to play it on? If you're in the market for a PS4, ShopTo might be about to make you an offer you can't refuse, seeing as they'll sell you a black Destiny bundle for £319.99 -- £30 less than a solus console at RRP!

Hot. HOT. Thanks to vimaltailor1 @ HUKD!

Super Time Force rampages onto Xbox Live Games With Gold

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Super Time Force rampages onto Xbox Live Games With Gold

"Super Time Force delivers the depth of Braid with the intense SHMUP satisfaction of an old-school run and gunner, letting you assemble a ridiculous army of skateboarding dinosaurs and Uzi dolphins by abusing time paradoxes. Something we don't get to write often enough," I gushed in my 9/10 Super Time Force review.

"An outrageous, hilarious and potent shooter on its own merits becomes something utterly unique; deep without pretension and never losing the sense of anarchic fun. Fans of bombastic sidescrolling action and experimental indie gaming will find common ground here."

I mention this only because Xbox One Gold Members can download and play it for free from next Monday. And should download and play it. Because it's wonderful. Be sure to grab Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut while you can, though, and stay far away from the atrocious Crimson Dragon.

Meanwhile Xbox 360 owners will get Halo: Reach and Monaco. Chances are you all own the first one, but it's out in perfect time to set you up for the Master Chief Collection. Thoughts?

Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited Review | Sweeter On Vita, Dood!

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Editor's Choice, Games reviews, NIS America Europe, PS Vita games, RPG, SRPG, Strategy games

Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited Review | Sweeter On Vita, Dood!

Platforms: PS Vita

Developer: Nippon Ichi Software

Publisher: NIS America Europe | Reef Entertainment

Handhelds and strategy RPGs were made for each other, and Disgaea continues to be one of the biggest names in the business for those in the know. Nailing that sweet spot between quirky upbeat humour, insane social life-destroying tactical depth and adorable exploding demon penguin murderers, the irreverent series always feels more at home on portable consoles than it does in the living room.

Case in point, Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited, which provides the ultimate definitive edition of arguably the strongest game in the franchise.

Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited Review | Sweeter On Vita, Dood!

Sardines, dood! Yes, once again, Disgaea isn't ashamed to be deeply silly when it comes to the storyline. We find ourselves following Lord Valvatorez, a once-terrifying vampire tyrant now relegated to a lowly exploding penguin instructor in the depths of hell thanks to some hastily-made promises. His mission, not to mention his obsession with the nutrient value of sardines versus human blood, quickly derails as all manner of crazy characters show up and hilarious diversions poke fun at established conventions, but a strong central theme and great localised dialogue keeps things interesting even if you've never played a Disgaea game before.

It's a surprisingly engrossing tale, even providing alternate 'bad endings' with their own non-canonical epilogue when you fail certain battles. Just remember not to save after seeing one! More importantly, though, Valvatorez is by far the most interesting protagonist in the series. Older and more experienced (but no less bizarre) than his predecessors, he's genuinely hilarious, likeable and benefits from a believable and relateable motive. Move over Laharl.

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COMMENT | The Vita isn't dead, but it's not the console you thought you bought

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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PS Vita, Sony

COMMENT | The Vita isn't dead, but it's not the console you thought you bought

And that's okay!

Everyone keeps telling me that the PlayStation Vita is dead in the water. From our own Brendan Griffiths to James Portnow and co, it's hard to argue with the logic. Sony didn't mention the device once during their Gamescom presser, sales figures are buried in their financial reports and landmark releases have slowed from a trickle to a standstill over the last few months. If Sony hadn't nailed it to the shelves it'd be pushing up the daisies.

But there's a problem. If the PS Vita is floundering and fading as badly as many pundits believe, then why am I constantly spending every minute of my free time reviewing PS Vita games? I'd nail down the coffin lid, only there's so much new software spilling out of it! And I have to finish off my Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited and Danganronpa 2 reviews for tomorrow. And play some more Borderlands 2.

So no, dear reader, the Vita is very much alive. But the idea of the Vita, the whole philosophy behind it and even the reason many of you bought it, has radically changed. It's life, Jim, but not as we [no, stop it - Ed].

COMMENT | The Vita isn't dead, but it's not the console you thought you bought

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PREVIEW | Quantum Break: Xbox One stunner or samey slow-mo shooter?

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
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Action Games, Gamescom 2014, Microsoft Studios, Remedy Entertainment, Xbox One Games

PREVIEW | Quantum Break: Xbox One stunner or samey slow-mo shooter?

Max Payne meets Bernard's Watch... Max Bernard?

Quantum Break is still one of the Xbox One's biggest wildcards. Promising to transcend the boundaries between games and television, Remedy's latest creation finally broke gameplay cover at Gamescom, revealing that the creators of Max Payne are still capable of creating a handsome shooter with some nifty slow-motion mechanics.

We had to know more, so naturally I attended the Quantum Break showcase at the first possible opportunity. The lights dimmed. Our guide stepped up to the plate. And Remedy unveiled... an expanded version of the demo we already saw during Microsoft's press conference.

Wonderful, quoth Jonathan sarcastically. However, it's clear that while Quantum Break's gunplay looks rather fun, the time-based puzzling and intriguing transmedia setup are what's really going to set it apart from the crowd. Like Max Payne crossed with Bernard's Watch and Blinx: The Time Sweeper, perhaps.

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PSN Store Sale includes big games and niche gems

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
PS Vita games, PS3 games, PSN

PSN Store Sale includes big games and niche gems

Another week, another sale, another hilariously poor offering of PlayStation 4 "discounts." Oh ambassador, with this £39.99 Watch Dogs deal you are really spoiling us. No Ferrero Rochers for you, Sony.

Thankfully it's a different story on PS3 and Vita, which boast plenty of actual savings to be made. XCOM: Enemy Within is only £9.99, including the original game, while the Splinter Cell Trilogy will set you back £5.49. For me, though, it's an opportunity to sample a host of niche localised Japanese titles at a serious discount, including the "dangerously sexy" Demon Gaze for £15.99, the Atelier series alongside Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable and 2025. Forget the Ferrero Rochers, have some Pocky instead.

EDF! EDF! As always, we've got the prices and links below courtesy of the PlayStation Blog and voyager123 @ HUKD!

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Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster Vita just £16.85 at ShopTo & Amazon

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
JRPG, PS Vita games, Square Enix

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster Vita just £16.85 at ShopTo & Amazon

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster | ShopTo & Amazon | £16.85
Final Fantasy X HD Remaster ReviewX-2 HD Remaster Review

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD remaster is one of Matt and Carl's favourite games of 2014 -- or technically two of their favourite games, I suppose -- especially on Vita. Square's HD rebuild really shines on that luscious screen, while the gameplay apparently still holds up. £18.99 is a £1 saving versus ShopTo, while Amazon are out of stock at a similar price. Thanks to Wortho @ HUKD!