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You can get Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D with a free exclusive necklace for only £24.85 over the weekend

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Jonathan Lester
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You can get Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D with a free exclusive necklace for only £24.85 over the weekend

The Legend Of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D is a fantastic remake of one of the most underrated games in the series. Dark, mature and introspective, it dealt with thought-provoking themes and boasted an uncanny atmosphere that makes it memorable and unsettling. Oh, and it's an awesome Zelda game too, eclipsing even Ocarina when you take off the rose-tinted specs.

As such it's well worth picking up on 3DS, which is where this new bank holiday deal comes in. Thanks and credit to Quikfinder @ HUKD!

We've occasionally seen the game for less, but never with the special edition necklace in its own handsome storage pouch.

PREVIEW | Splatoon's Global Testfire was a messy success - here's what we learned

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Nintendo, Splatoon, Wii U games

PREVIEW | Splatoon's Global Testfire was a messy success - here's what we learned

Splatoon held its last public beta yesterday, and boy, was it ever messy. Not only was there paint and frolicking squid everywhere you looked, but the servers buckled under the demand and bricked for the best part of an hour, forcing Nintendo to bolt on an extra sixty minutes once they'd patched things up.

So a complete success on all counts, then, even though a horde of angry gamers forgot that it was a beta... not a demo.

Splatoon is shaping up brilliantly ahead of its launch this Friday, and the Global Testfire was a fascinating two-way process. Not only has Nintendo learned some essential lessons, but we've also learned a few of our own.

Nintendo knows how to stress test

PREVIEW | Splatoon's Global Testfire was a messy success - here's what we learned

Have you ever wondered why the Splatoon Global Testfire was limited to hourly slots rather than running over several days? That's because, despite the name, the Testfire was actually a server stress test designed to push Nintendo's capabilities to the limits ahead of release.

The fact that the beta was only open for 60 minutes at a time (or 120 yesterday) ensured that the maximum population possible descended onto the Splatoon servers, giving Nintendo a fairly realistic idea of what the first hours of launch day might be like. Diffusing a beta over a weekend or week doesn't give you the concentration of players needed to really break your servers, then improvise and practice ways to fix them.

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Batman: Arkham Origins - Legends Edition is now just £3.95 delivered on Wii U

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Action Games, Batman: Arkham Origins, Wii U games

Batman: Arkham Origins - Legends Edition is now just £3.95 delivered on Wii U

Wow. You can currently buy Batman: Arkham Origins - Legends Edition with change for £4, including delivery. It almost seems rude to say 'no.' Thanks to Illusionary @ HUKD!

We didn't feel that Arkham Origins was up to the standards of Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, seeing as Rocksteady set the bar incredibly high, but once the technical issues were ironed out we still discovered a fun sandbox with an interesting story and some memorable encounters.

Don't overlook Dying Light for £14.99 / $23.49 today (PC)

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Dying Light, game keys, PC games, Sandbox games

Don't overlook Dying Light for £14.99 / .49 today (PC)

Dying Light is one of this year's surprise success stories: a huge zombie sandbox powered by parkour, real exploration and genuine atmosphere closes down into horrifying nights. We've seen some incredibly low prices now that the biggest games of the year are starting to release, but the PC version has now dinked back down to one of its most tempting ever levels. We've only seen it a few pence cheaper.

"Dying Light is a game best experienced on your own terms and at your own pace. It eschews the excesses of its sibling franchise, Dead Island, but is no worse for it and if you can get past the clunky storytelling and the repetitive missions, you might a diamond in the rough that really empowers you to revel in the design aspects of its zombie-infested sandbox." - 7/10 Dealspwn review

Daily Bite: Transformers ruin everything

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Jonathan Lester
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Funnies
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Daily Bite

I freely admit that this isn't strictly gaming-related, but I can't stop laughing!

Commodore Amiga: A Visual Commpendium Review | Guru Meditation

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Amiga, Book reviews, Commodore Amiga: A Visual Commpendium

Commodore Amiga: A Visual Commpendium Review | Guru Meditation

Like many Brits, I don't get misty-eyed over hedgehogs or plumbers.

My nostalgia is a snarling floppy drive chewing at a Civilization disc as Shaka's drums blare out in the background. It's the "last Manta" in Uridium 2, the inexplicable bee magic of Apidiya, rotating a codewheel to marry Zool's pudgy body with the correct head. It's Jools and Jops. Psygnosis and the Bitmap Brothers. A thousand last-minute projects scratched together in Deluxe Paint. Superfrog, not Super Mario.

The trusty Amiga 500 and 600 (eventually upgraded with a whole extra Megabyte of RAM -- dead flash, I know) cemented my love of gaming, turning me into a lifelong fan of this magnificent hobby. Thanks to a successful Kickstarter, there's now a sensational tribute to to this golden age in the form of Commodore Amiga: A Visual Commpendium. Containing over 400 pages and 100 games along with illuminating interviews, it's a treasure trove full of evocative artwork designed to bring back a host of treasured long-forgotten memories.

It's now available to buy in the UK exclusively through Funstock Digital, who graciously sent us a copy to review. I'm thrilled to report that it's an amazing graphical journey through the Amiga's remarkable gameography, though you'll need to fully understand what it is and isn't to really make the most of it.

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COMMENT | It's time you gave Destiny another chance - even if you don't buy House Of Wolves

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Destiny, PS3 games, PS4 games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

COMMENT | It's time you gave Destiny another chance - even if you don't buy House Of Wolves

Stuck for something to play this weekend? How about the copy of Destiny that you're currently using as a coaster. Go on, dust it off. Put it in the drive and reinstall it.

Destiny's second expansion, House Of Wolves, released this week. You can read our first impressions here , which praises the new additions including the fantastic Prison Of Elders mode while complaining about the story questline and other features. All-told it brings a lot to the Bungie's controversial shooter, but believe it or not, it's also worth playing Destiny again even if you don't buy the new content.

COMMENT | It's time you gave Destiny another chance - even if you don't buy House Of Wolves

Like many early adopters, I was crushingly disappointed by Destiny when it first launched and even uninstalled it before the year was out. Back in January, however, I realised that there must be a reason why so many people still enjoy it and I soon discovered what it was. Destiny is a superb social experience that can be enjoyed on your terms, dipped into daily alone or with friends, cooperatively or competitively, which completely changes the way you engage with it. Played little and often, it's an satisfying blast and I've been hooked ever since.

I'm glad I did, because much has changed for the better and even more improvements are now free to enjoy regardless of whether you own the expansion.

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Get 35% off The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with our exclusive Green Man Gaming voucher code! (PC)

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Green Man Gaming vouchers, PC games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Voucher codes

Get 35% off The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with our exclusive Green Man Gaming voucher code! (PC)

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out now and garnering serious critical acclaim. If you've been waiting to pounce on this massive open-world RPG, you're in luck, because we've teamed up with Green Man Gaming to offer you a whopping 35% off voucher code!

  • Voucher Code: DEALSP-WN35OF-FWITCH
  • Effect: 35% off The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PC)
  • Expires: 23:59, 26th May

Copy the code and click here to buy The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with a 35% discount! Stay tuned for our full review and more coverage, but chances are you already know it's brilliant.

F1 2015 in the pits until July, but at least there's a trailer

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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F1 2015, PC games, PS4 games, Racing Games, Xbox One Games

F1 2015 in the pits until July, but at least there's a trailer

Just a quick heads-up: F1 2015 was originally supposed to release next month, but has been pushed back for unspecified reasons. Probably polishing, as per usual.

Still, at least we've got a new trailer for you.

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Save a bundle with the essential Xbox Live starter pack: 12 months Xbox Live Gold, £5 credit & free game for £26.86

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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game keys, Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live Gold, Xbox One Games

Save a bundle with the essential Xbox Live starter pack: 12 months Xbox Live Gold, £5 credit & free game for £26.86

If you own an Xbox One or Xbox 360, you're going to need Xbox Live Gold sooner or later, and there's currently no better way to get it than in this essential starter pack. For less than £27 all-in, you can get a year's subscription, £5 to spend on the store and even a free game -- Max And The Curse Of Brotherhood -- which you can redeem on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One!

Would you buy an Xbox One Slim?

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Microsoft, Xbox One, Xbox One Slim

Would you buy an Xbox One Slim?

With only three weeks to go until E3 2015, all eyes are on the big three console manufacturers to deliver and the rumour mill is spinning out of control. Plenty of hot-button reports have emerged regarding Microsoft in particular, who likely smell blood in the water after Uncharted 4 and Zelda's delay and will probably attempt to capitalise on their upcoming lineup. With a Gears Of War remaster all but confirmed, there's certainly a lot to look forward to.

One of the most pervasive rumours this time around, however, is that they'll announce or at least hint at a new Xbox One model designed to be slimmer, cheaper and more competitive than its bloated predecessor.

Our E3 2015 prediction coverage begins in earnest next week, but whether or not these rumours have any basis in reality, they do pose an interesting question. If Microsoft did bring out an Xbox One slim, would you actually buy it? What would it have to offer and cost to tempt you off the fence? What features would it have to provide and cut out?

Would you buy an Xbox One Slim?

Image courtesy of Dave Nunez.

Let's explore the possibilities and then open the floor to the jury: you.

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Insert Coin Voucher Code: 15% off this weekend

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Insert Coin voucher code, Voucher code

Insert Coin Voucher Code: 15% off this weekend

In the market for some gaming clobber and clothing? If so, the fine folks over at Insert Coin are celebrating London MCM with a tasty new voucher code, which you can use on all clothing including their Metal Gear Solid range.

As always they've got plenty of great gear on offer from shirts to hoodies, bags and patches. Click here to visit Insert Coin and start shopping!

PREVIEW | SMITE is divine on Xbox One - and a MOBA for people who hate MOBAs

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Action Games, Hi-Rez Studios, MOBA, SMITE, Xbox One Games

PREVIEW | SMITE is divine on Xbox One - and a MOBA for people who hate MOBAs

SMITE is going from strength to strength and is still my favourite MOBA on the market by far. Not just because it's a brutal no-holds-barred battle between gods and goddesses from numerous different religions and cultures, but because I hate MOBAs as a general rule.

Why yes, I do suck at League Of Legends and DOTA 2, and that's got a lot to do with it. However, I'm also tired of seeing the same basic template copied over and over again, a single mod stretched out into a genre. SMITE does things very differently. It plays like a brawler, a tight and hectic action game viewed from an intimate over-the-shoulder perspective, which makes the same familiar gamut of towers, minions and jungle feel fresh, new and exciting. And best of all, accessible. With plentiful modes, botmatches and even straight 5v5 deathmatch, it's as hardcore as you want it to be.

As such, you'd expect it to be a great fit for Xbox One. Having tested the closed beta I'm delighted to report that it absolutely is.

PREVIEW | SMITE is divine on Xbox One - and a MOBA for people who hate MOBAs

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YouTube steps to Twitch with 1080p 60fps livestreaming

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Livestreaming, Twitch, Youtube

YouTube steps to Twitch with 1080p 60fps livestreaming

I'd rather play a game than watch someone else do it, but I hear all you kids are into the streaming and the Facebooks and the Wireless-Fi these days. Anyway, if you enjoy sharing your broadcasts with the world, chances are that you use Twitch, but YouTube have upped their game with new top-tier streaming options.

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Etrian Odyssey Untold was cruelly underrated - find out why for £26.86 on 3DS

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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3DS Games, Etrian Odyssey Untold, RPG

Etrian Odyssey Untold was cruelly underrated - find out why for £26.86 on 3DS

Etrian Oddyssey Untold is one of the best remakes I've ever had the pleasure of reviewing, yet literally no-one I personally known owns it. A class act through and through, it brings the original Etrian Odyssey up-to-date with subtlety and restraint, adding some sensational new characters that delight without ever jarring and a story that's compelling yet never gets in the way. With some great new classes that force you to think carefully about class options, plus plenty of new content, it really is one of the most under-appreciated games of the last few years.

You can find out more in our full Etrian Odyssey Untold review. If you like the sound of that, you can now find out what you've been missing for £26.86 in ShopTo's end-of-week sale.

Watch Hanzo wrap things up with a bow in ten minutes of unedited Overwatch gameplay

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Blizzard, Gameplay footage, Overwatch, PC games

Watch Hanzo wrap things up with a bow in ten minutes of unedited Overwatch gameplay

Overwatch's design document probably begins and ends with "Team Fortress 2 meets Overstrike 9" but Blizzard are really bringing a huge amount of unique flair to their in-development team shooter. This new video highlights the bowmaster Hanzo, who uses his signature weapon to devastating long-range effect. It's also another great opportunity to watch ten minutes of unedited footage.

Yesterday's video features the gunslinger McCree.

Overwatch will enter beta this Autumn and will be free-to-play. Check out our Overwatch preview and let us know what you think!

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Torment: Tides of Numenera trailer reveals "a world unlike any other" (but a bit like Planescape obviously)

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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inXile Entertainment, PC games, RPG, Torment: Tides Of Numenera

Torment: Tides of Numenera trailer reveals "a world unlike any other" (but a bit like Planescape obviously)

Pillars Of Eternity isn't the only Kickstarted CRPG on the block. Torment: Tides Of Numenera is still in development at inXile and coming on strong, promising to be the sequel to Planescape Torment we need and deserve. This new trailer shows off both the artwork and the setting, which feels fresh and unique yet just familiar enough to satisfy. You can read more about the Ninth World here.

As a backer, I'm tremendously excited about this one. What do you reckon?

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Need For Speed reboot confirmed - "deep customisation" & "immersive narrative" in a nocturnal open world

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Need for Speed

EA has finally revealed the next chapter in the Need For Speed franchise: Need For Speed. That's right, there's no subtitle this time, rather it's a full reboot that promises "deep customisation, authentic urban car culture, a nocturnal open world, and an immersive narrative that pulls you through the game."

We can take or leave the "immersive narrative" bit, to be perfectly honest, seeing as The Run and The Crew completely failed in that regard. Still, we've got a few more choice details ahead of the first gameplay reveal on June 15th.

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