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Titanfall now only £26.39 at Zavvi on Xbox One

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Jonathan Lester
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FPS, Respawn Entertainment, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Titanfall now only £26.39 at Zavvi on Xbox One

TitanfallZavvi | £29.99 - which is discounted to £26.39
Price ComparisonReview

If you're looking to pick up Titanfall but don't want to spend much money, Zavvi are offering an interesting deal of two parts. Respawn's shooter currently costs a very inexpensive £29.99, but then gets an extra discount down to a tasty £26.39 by way of a "spend £20 and 12%" offer.

Whether an Easter treat or glitch, it might be worth taking advantage of. Thanks to Chanchi32 @ HUKD!

Frozen Synapse gets free Steam Weekend and big discount... on Greenman Gaming

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Mode 7 Games, PC games, Strategy games

Frozen Synapse gets free Steam Weekend and big discount... on Greenman Gaming

More social wetworrk than social network, Frozen Synapse is a hardcore yet accessible strategy game designed to be played on your terms. Whether battling the AI or facing off against several opponents in asynchronous (read: play by mail) matches, it really is a special little game. Indeed, we gave it a perfect score.

You don't have to take our word for it, though, because Frozen Synapse is now free to download and play on Steam for the duration of the weekend! It's also got a discount down to £3.74, which will net you two copies - though you can undercut that via Greenman Gaming and their O3H7FE-D4NFO0-F0LIGK voucher code. It's unclear whether you'll get two copies, but I assume you will.

Salvation Prophecy only £3.74 on Steam, save £11

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Firedance Games, Indie Games, PC games

Salvation Prophecy only £3.74 on Steam, save £11

Salvation Prophecy | Steam | £3.74 (RRP: £14.99)
Salvation Prophecy Review

Salvation Prophecy may be rough around the edges, but it's one of the most ambitious indie space games in years. Ground combat, space combat and RPG elements are wrapped in a high tactical layer that, while inconsistent, is an absolute blast if it grabs you. It's only £3.99 - so why not check out our review and decide whether it's your cup of tea. Thanks and credit to uakiki @ HUKD, who found this before I did!

Xbox One Titanfall Bundle £344.97 at Gamestop

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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hardware deals, Titanfall, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Xbox One Titanfall Bundle £344.97 at Gamestop

Xbox One & Titanfall | Gamestop | £344.97
Xbox One ReviewTitanfall Review

Time to make the generation jump? Matt advises you to save your money, but Gamestop's £344.97 all-in price for the Xbox One and Titanfall will save you a fiver vs ASDA. We did briefly see it for £339 last week, though. Decisions, decisions. Thanks to Currey20 @ HUKD!

Throttle back, Warner Bros... or LEGO will go the way of Guitar Hero

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Guitar Hero, lego, Lego The Hobbit, Traveller's Tales, TT Games, Warner Bros. Interactive

Throttle back, Warner Bros... or LEGO will go the way of Guitar Hero

We love the LEGO games here at Dealspwn.com. From humble British beginnings, Traveller's Tales blended our favourite films with our favourite childhood toy, creating a gentle, accessible, hilarious and compelling set of adventures for everyone to enjoy. We've certainly had a lot of it to enjoy, too, from Star Wars to Indiana Jones.

And Harry Potter. And The Lord Of The Rings. And LEGO City Undercover and The Chase Begins and DC Super Heroes and DC Super Heroes 2 and Rock Band and The Adventure Continues and Pirates Of The Caribbean and Ninjago and The Legends Of Chima and Marvel Super Heroes and Universe in Peril and the LEGO Movie... culminating in a Hobbit tie-in that launched before the Trilogy has even completed, offers scant new features, feels unpolished and arrives less than two months after their last major release.

Throttle back, Warner Bros... or LEGO will go the way of Guitar Hero

Uh-oh. This is actually rather worrying... because we've seen it before. When a franchise oversaturates its own marketplace and directly competes with itself because a publisher wants too much of a good thing, the alarm bells are bound to go off  - as we learned thanks to a certain extinct music game featuring plastic guitars and a billion unnecessary semi-sequels all clamouring for attention.

If Warner Bros. doesn't throttle back, there's a real and present danger of our beloved LEGO series going the same way.

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Trials Fusion Review | Face(plant) Piles Of Trials With Smiles

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Games reviews, PC, PC games, Platformer, PS4, PS4 games, RedLynx, Ubisoft, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Trials Fusion Review | Face(plant) Piles Of Trials With Smiles

Platforms: PC | PS4 | Xbox One (reviewed)

Developer: RedLynx

Publisher: Ubisoft

Trials is as punishing and perfect as ever. It's a game of ludicrous excess and controlled restraint, as you scream over a ludicrous gravity-defying jump one moment and deftly feather the throttle to make it across a nasty gauntlet of overhangs the next. The interplay between speed, power, weight, balance, gravity and physics is one again spot-on, challenging us to excel through skill and perseverance, all while desperately attempting to shave miliseconds off our par time, beat our ghost and humiliate our friends.

Trials Fusion should be everything we want from a Trials sequel, then, but some new features and window dressing deserve a closer look.

Trials Fusion Review | Face(plant) Piles Of Trials With Smiles

We're in the future now, and Trials Fusion won't let you forget it. From the first second you boot it up, an annoyingly brain-worming theme song proudly proclaims "welcome to the future! Man! Machine! The futuuuuuuuuure!" while displaying a shiny armour-clad rider atop a slick skyscraper. It'd be a great excuse to introduce some futuristic new technology, but no, it basically boils down to a somewhat forgettable storyline involving two AIs (which features a few fun one-liners that you'll hear repeated ad nauseam each time you restart a checkpoint) and a vibrant colourful new aesthetic to punch up the tracks. We've come a long way since Trials HD's uninspiring collection of brown crates and grey pipes.

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PS4 getting digital pre-loads & beefy DVR editor in next update

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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PS4, Sony

Microsoft have been busy ironing out the kinks in their new-gen machine over the last few months, but Sony's next PS4 firmware update is set to be a big one. Not only will players have the ability to download their digital games before launch, but the share functionality will be kicked up a notch by way of a fully-featured editing suite.

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Get Master Reboot, Gun Monkeys, Ultratron & Home Sheep Home for 60p at Groupees

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC, PC games

Get Master Reboot, Gun Monkeys, Ultratron & Home Sheep Home for 60p at Groupees

Yesterday we reported that 37% of all Steam games are never played... and it's time to throw some more games onto your backlog with the Groupees Clash 3 bundle. You'll get eight games, including the fantastically fun Gun Monkeys, trippy Master Reboot and hectic retro-inspried Ultratron, for 60p.

And also Home Sheep Home 2, alongside some digital albums.

Not bad, considering that you'd hardly get any change for a packet of crisps.

Get 8 Steam Greenlight hopefuls for £2.00 on Indie Royale

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Jonathan Lester
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Indie Games, PC, PC games

Get 8 Steam Greenlight hopefuls for £2.00 on Indie Royale

Steam Greenlight is a dog-eat-dog popularity content, so every little helps. Hence it's time for the twelfth Indie Royale Debut bundle, which includes eight games that want your attention and votes.

You'll need to beat the minimum price (which changes periodically, but won't reach over £3.00 by my reckoning) to receive Gearcrack Arena, Luna’s Wandering Stars, Pester, Rot Gut, Selknam Defense, Storm over the Pacific, You Are Not A Banana: Chapter 1 & Yrminsul.

I can only personally vouch for Pester, which is a simple yet satisfying bullet hell/danmaku shooter that first released as an Xbox Live Indie Game. Naturally you won't get Steam codes (DRM free downloads and/or Desura only, I'm afraid) - until or unless the games eventually get Greenlit.

OPINION | VR Has No Place In The Living Room

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Oculus Rift, Project Morpheus, Virtual Reality, VR

OPINION | VR Has No Place In The Living Room

Virtual Reality is already one of the hottest technologies and topics in videogames, with both the Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus promising to revolutionise the way we experience our favourite hobby. The ability to enter our videogames, to be immersed and surrounded by them, is intoxicating - and we've been excited about VR's potential despite a fair few hurdles facing the fledgling venture.

Now that I've finally got to grips with Oculus Rift courtesy of Private Eye (the psychological thriller, not Ian Hislop's mag), both my greatest hopes and most worrying concerns about the resurgent technology have been set in stone.

VR is absolutely incredible, a huge leap forward for videogames and revolutionary new forms of interactive entertainment... but the very things that make it so amazing are likely to keep virtual reality out of the living room.

Project Morpheus may have a bit of a fight on its hands.

OPINION | VR Has No Place In The Living Room

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Backlog by the numbers - 37% of all purchased Steam games have never been played

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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PC, PC games, Steam, Valve

Backlog by the numbers - 37% of all purchased Steam games have never been played

We've all got a Steam backlog. No matter how fastidious or frugal you are, those Humble Bundles and Christmas sales are just too tasty to resist.

Don't deny it - and don't worry, because you're in good company. In fact, it transpires that almost 37% of all Steam games ever purchased have never been played or even installed.

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Private Eye: The Oculus Rift Thriller Preview | VR Voyeur

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Games previews, Jake Slack, Oculus Rift, PC, PC games, Virtual Reality, VR

Private Eye: The Oculus Rift Thriller Preview | VR Voyeur

Virtual Reality is all about immersion. You've doubtlessly watched us hacks overuse this somewhat nebulous term to within an inch of its life over the last few years, but being able to get into our games, to be absorbed by them and enter a new reality for a while, is what many of us strive for. Considering that Oculus Rift is designed to effectively create a new reality around us, it's absolutely perfect for atmospheric games.

Private Eye is all about harnessing that power for a psychological thriller set in 1950s New York, wherein players become a wheelchair-bound gumshoe forced to relive the events that led up to his disablement, all while cracking a new case. It surrounds you with the videogame equivalent of Rear Window, letting you look around the environments in 360 degrees and spy on your neighbours from an intimate new perspective, all while building a sinister and tense atmosphere around us. Considering that the pitch was created as part of a VR Jam by single developer Jake Slack, Private Eye is already rather impressive.

It also has the privilege of being my first hands-on with Oculus Rift -- should that be eyes on? -- so naturally I was nearly violently ill all over the fine folks at EGX Rezzed 2014. At least we managed to interview Slack afterwards.

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"Cap 'em and shank 'em!" - Snoop Dogg will commentate on CoD: Ghosts in DLC voice pack

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Activision, DLC, Snoop Dogg

"It's the coolest game in the hood"

Yo dawg, so we heard you like Call Of Duty: Ghosts and Snoop Dogg. So we put Snoop Dogg... inside your Call Of Duty: Ghosts! OHHHHHHH[that's enough lame Pimp My Ride references for one day - Ed]

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Massive LEGO sale hits Steam: get Marvel Super Heroes for a ridiculous £3.74!

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC, PC games, Platformers, TT Games, Warner Bros. Interactive

Massive LEGO sale hits Steam: get Marvel Super Heroes for a ridiculous £3.74!

We're huge fans of Traveller's Tales' LEGO games, due to their accessible platforming, fun factor, respect for their source material and gently anarchic sense of humour, so this massive Steam sale is right up our alley. They're charging between £2.49 to £3.79 for the likes of Batman and LOTR, but the headline act is the fantastic LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, which costs less than £4. Do it.

Anyway, here's the selection - thanks to and courtesy of Webhead @ HUKD!

Football Manager 2014 only £9.99 at The Game Collection (PC)

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC, PC games, Sega, Sports Interactive

Football Manager 2014 only £9.99 at The Game Collection (PC)

Football Manager 2014Game Collection | £9.99 (save £8)
Price ComparisonReview

£9.99 won't buy you much heroin, but it will get you something infinitely more addictive courtesy of The Game Collection. Thanks to Arsenal1234 @ HUKD!

Carrier Command: Gaea Mission is only £4.50 on Xbox 360 at The Game Collection

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Bohemia Interactive, Strategy games, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 games
Carrier Command: Gaea Mission is only £4.50 on Xbox 360 at The Game Collection

Carrier Command: Gaea Mission | TGC | £4.50 (save £5)
Price comparisonCarrier Command Review

Carrier Command: Gaea Mission does a pretty good job of bringing the legendary Carrier Command up to date, especially now the pathfinding has been mostly patched up. It's a strategy game, except you can directly control your units too. Though a bit on the niche side, we had a reasonable amount of interest on-site at launch, so if you didn't pick it up then you might have another chance of doing so now on Xbox 360.

Pre-order Mario Kart 8 for £35.00 at Tesco Direct

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Nintendo, Racing Games, Wii U, Wii U games

Pre-order Mario Kart 8 for £35.00 at Tesco Direct

Mario Kart 8 | Tesco Direct | £35.00 (save £5)
Hands-on preview | Voucher Code: TDX-PWP4

Is it here yet? Is it here yet? Is it here yet?

No, but we're less than two months away. Mario Kart 8 is finally on its last lap before May 30th - and Tesco Direct are on hand with a nifty saving thanks to their TDX-PWP4 voucher code. Thanks to HellRazer @ HUKD!

2014 is The Year Of The Vita

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Borderlands 2, Freedom Wars, Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines, PS Vita, PS Vita games, SCEE, Sega, Sony Japan Studio, Soul Sacrifice Delta

2014 is The Year Of The Vita

Sony Japan Confirms Three New Games For Europe

The PlayStation Vita received short shrift last year, especially here in Europe. A tiny handful of big hitters aside, Sony's handheld rarely found its way into our sweaty palms, completely outgunned and outgamed by the 3DS in ascendancy.

But 2014 could well reverse the Vita's fortunes. Over the last few months, Sony and third party partners have been bringing a huge number of fantastic localised titles to British shores, alongside some fantastic indie gems and cross-platform games, culminating in the announcement that three major Japanese releases are also headed West.

More than just a niche proposition, handheld gamers are going to have a lot to love this year - and so many reasons to keep Sony's portable powerhouse to hand.

2014 is The Year Of The Vita

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Hail to the king of shooters: UT99 only £1.49 at GOG.com

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Epic Games, FPS, PC, PC games, Unreal Tournament, UT99

Hail to the king of shooters: UT99 only £1.49 at GOG.com

Unreal Tournament GOTY Edition | GOG | £1.49 (save £4.50)
PWNCAST: The Best Multiplayer FPS Ever

Unreal Tournament is the best multiplayer FPS ever made. Ever. Ever.

Epic Games' superb shooter is still the benchmark for online multiplayer, featuring an extraordinarily enormous selection of the best maps ever made, the best guns of all time, loads of mutators, a bountiful cornucopia of modes (most of which laid the foundations of the games we play today) and even a fabulous singleplayer campaign. Not to mention more than a decade of fantastic mods and user-generated content. It's superb, a skill-based arena that you can play on your terms and a game for the ages. The GOTY Edition is only £1.49 at GOG.com, so you don't have to take our word for it.

HOWEVER, I assume that the impending GameSpy shutdown is going to cripple its server list, so you might need to swap some IP addresses or organise some LAN events if modders can't cobble something together...

Looks like Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction is back on track... without Duke Nukem?

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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3D Realms, Duke Nukem, Interceptor, RPG

Looks like Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction is back on track... without Duke Nukem?

"No Gum Needed"

Interceptor Entertainment revealed Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction what feels like an eternity ago: an action-RPG starring the legendary hero developed in conjunction with original series creator Scott Miller. The countdown went live and we were all out of gum.

Unfortunately, Gearbox were having none of it and quickly unleashed the laywers.

A few weeks later and Interceptor are back with another countdown, suggesting that the two companies may have worked out their differences... most likely by replacing Duke Nukem with a legally distinct ringer.

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