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Naval War: Arctic Circle | £3.55 With Code | GamersGate | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Paradox Interactive, PC games, Strategy games, Turbo Tape Games
Naval War: Arctic Circle | £3.55 With Code | GamersGate | PC

Turbo Tape Interactive's debut game is a bit of a corker, so long as you happen to belong to its tight niche. Tense, stealthy maritime strategy with an exceptionally user-friendly GUI awaits any prospective admirals, who will probably want to take advantage of the cheapest price we've ever seen. Remember to redeem voucher code G2PO for an extra 5% off - every little helps on the run up to Christmas.

War Of The Roses | £9.38 With Voucher Code | GamersGate | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Fatshark, multiplayer games, PC games, War of the Roses
War Of The Roses | £9.38 With Voucher Code | GamersGate | PC

Once again, GamersGate have managed to embarrass Steam's Autumn sale with a sneaky undercut. Their £10 price for the brutally brilliant War Of The Roses is already a bargain, which can be further reduced with the G2PO voucher code.

War Of The Roses is a fun, barmy yet supremely skillful experience that we described as a "fifteenth century Battlefield" in any sense of the phrase.

Doom 3: BFG Edition | £7.50 With Voucher Code | Green Man Gaming | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Bethesda Softworks, FPS games, id Software, PC games

Doom 3: BFG Edition | £7.50 With Voucher Code | Green Man Gaming | PC

The eagle-eyed Goonertillidie at HotUKDeals spotted an excellent deal for Doom 3's BFG Edition at Green Man Gaming. Though their base price is on a par with GAME, the GMG25-G4VDR-0ZL4Q voucher code brings it down to an immensely affordable £7.50. Since you'll get Doom and Doom II as well, it's well worth considering.

007 Legends Developer Eurocom Fires All But 50 Staff, Refocuses On Mobile Games

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
007 Legends, Activision, Eurocom

007 Legends Developer Eurocom Fires All But 50 Staff, Refocuses On Mobile Games

Eurocom, the British developer best known for their work on Activision's James Bond titles, have suffered a massive round of layoffs. Only fifty developers remain, who'll turn their attention to mobile games.

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Wii U Midnight Launch Event Set For HMV Oxford Street

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Midnight launch, Nintendo, Wii U

Wii U Midnight Launch Event Set For HMV Oxford Street

Nintendo has revealed that the Wii U's flagship midnight launch event will take place at HMV Oxford Street on the evening of 29th November. The first 100 people through the doors will receive two free games (New Super Mario Bros. U and another of their choosing), while the following 100 will get a £5 voucher that can be redeemed on software. The first 500 punters will also get a bag of swag.

Doors open at 23:00, though queuing will doubtlessly start much earlier.

3DS Corker Resident Evil: Revelations Rated For Consoles

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
3DS Games, Capcom, Horror games, Resident Evil Revelations, Survival Horror Games

3DS Corker Resident Evil: Revelations Rated For Consoles

Resident Evil: Revelations is one of the 3DS' most impressive games: a tense, exciting and thoroughly enjoyable survival horror experience that stays true to the originals while making numerous new gameplay additions. Interestingly, though, NeoGAF poster raven777 has spotted a Korean Ratings Board listing for PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, suggesting that Capcom may be set to bring Revelations to the big screen in the near future.

I awarded the handheld powerhouse 9/10 in our Resident Evil: Revelations review, calling it "a great addition to the franchise." Whether it will impress to the same degree on consoles, however, is another matter entirely.

Dizzy Returns Heads To Kickstarter

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Andrew Oliver, Blitz Games, Dizzy, Dizzy Returns, iOS games, Kickstarter, PC games, Philip Oliver, Platformer, Puzzle games

Dizzy fans, your time is now. Franchise creators (and twins) Philip and Andrew Oliver have taken to Kickstarter to crowd fund "a brand new Dizzy game for iOS and PC."

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Xbox LIVE Black Friday Deals

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
DLC, Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live

Xbox LIVE Black Friday Deals

Another Black Friday, another excuse for me to dust off one of my favourite banners. Microsoft has put a few more games and DLC packs on sale, and though it's not exactly the most inspiring selection we've ever seen, this might be a good time to stock up on some content you've been holding out for.

Quantum Conundrum and Dungeon Defenders are both nice and cheap, though I'd suggest picking up the latter on PC due to the bigger community and improved support. Note that a selection of other games are also still on sale.

Defender's Quest: Valley Of The Forgotten | £4.85 | Level Up Labs | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Defender's Quest, Indie Games, Level Up Labs, RPG, Tower Defence games
Defender's Quest: Valley Of The Forgotten | £4.85 | Level Up Labs | PC

Defender's Quest is still one of my favourite games of 2012: a stupendously deep RPG/tower defence hybrid that handles both aspects brilliantly. Though the new Steam version is currently on sale for £5.99, you can save an extra £1.14 by buying directly from the developers. You'll get a DRM-free version that can be updated to the Gold Edition, which contains loads of extra content and improvements (though you won't get Steam achievements - if that matters to you).

Steam Autumn Sale: Jon's Indie Pick

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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E.Y.E: Divine Cybermancy, Fairy Bloom Freesia, Fortune Summoners, Hard Reset, Indie Games, Krater, PC games, Rock of Ages, Steam Autumn Sale, Vessel, Waves

Steam Autumn Sale: Jon's Indie Pick

Steam's Thanksgiving sale is in full swing (as you doubtlessly know), but as an aficionado of Indie games, I can't help but feel that some of the smaller titles offer some of the the most worthwhile savings. From the puzzling prowess of Vessel to the deadly delights of EYE: Divine Cybermancy, I've reviewed plenty of cracking left-field titles over the last few months, and many of them can now be picked up for pocket money prices.

Note that all of the following are on sale until November 27th, and I've included links to our reviews where possible.

Click here for the list and links >>

IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs Of Dover | £1.99 With Voucher Code | Gamefly | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Flight sim, Maddoxgames, PC games, Ubisoft
IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs Of Dover | £1.99 With Voucher Code | Gamefly | PC
  • What: IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs Of Dover
  • Where: Gamefly
  • Voucher Code: NOV20OFFUK
  • Current Price: £1.99

IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs Of Dover is a bit of a marmite proposition to be honest. There's a great flight sim (God knows that there aren't enough around at the moment) in here, and it's difficult to get more exciting than tense dogfights over British soil, but there are plenty of graphical and technical issues to be battled through - let alone the Luftwaffe. That said, Gamefly have reinstated their £2.49 deal price, so flight sim fans who've been waiting on the fence might be ready to pounce.

UPDATE: Many thanks to gamestraderjames, who points out that you can bring down the price yet further by inputting voucher code NOV20OFFUK.

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition Gameplay Trailer

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Android Games, Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition, Beamdog, iPad games, Mac games, PC games, RPG

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition Gameplay Trailer

Beamdog have released a new trailer for Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition to foreshadow its November 28th launch on PC and iPad. It'll contain a new adventure (The Black Pits), new characters and "over 400 improvements" compared to the original game - plus some new voice acting if the (slightly messy) audio is anything to go by.

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The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director's Cut | £1.75 | GamersGate | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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CD Projekt, PC games, RPG, The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director's Cut

The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director's Cut | £1.75 | GamersGate | PC

The Witcher's Enhanced Edition was briefly on sale on Steam, but GamersGate seems willing to keep their similar price around for longer.

Put simply, this is a lot of good game for your money. Credit to bastings at HotUKDeals, who found this yesterday.

Endless Space | £7.82 | GamersGate | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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4X games, Amplitude Studios, Endless Space, Iceberg Interactive, PC games
Endless Space | £7.82 | GamersGate | PC

Endless Space is a truly brilliant 4X game: deep, addictive, infinitely customisable and (shock horror) actually easy to use. You can tailor every aspect of the experience to suit your whims, from the makeup of the galaxy to the traits and weaknesses of your own personal alien race.

And it's £7.82. GamersGate have shown up even the Steam Thanksgiving sale with what appears to be the cheapest price yet.

Quantum Conundrum | £2.49 | Gamestop/Impulse | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Airtight Games, PC games, Puzzle games, Quantum Conundrum, Square Enix
Quantum Conundrum | £2.49 | Gamestop/Impulse | PC

Gamestop Downloads (or Impulse Driven, as I will always know it as) are charging a meagre £2.49 for Quantum Conundrum, the dimension-hopping puzzler from Portal co-creator Kim Swift. The campaign delivers a solid dose of thought-provoking puzzles, though it's occasionally let down by some inconsistent platforming elements.

Emotional Molyneux Admits Promising Too Much: "I Can't Blame People For Not Believing"

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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22Cans, Peter Molyneux, Project GODUS

Emotional Molyneux Admits Promising Too Much: "I Can't Blame People For Not Believing"

'I Know I've Said Things... I Just Still Believe So Much'

Following the news that Peter Molyneux has Kickstarted a new God Game - Project GODUS - the influential and outspoken developer has tearfully acknowledged that he's sometimes 'over-promised' throughout the last few years... and that he can't blame people for being cynical about his upcoming projects.

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Planetside 2: ProSiebenSat Launcher Crashes Fixed

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
MMOFPS, PC games, Planetside 2, SOE

Planetside 2: ProSiebenSat Launcher Crashes Fixed

SOE Shoulders The Blame

Numerous European players (myself included) were been unable to play Planetside 2 at launch, due to the ProSiebenSat-hosted client crashing when connecting to the servers. Luckily, Sony Online Entertainment have fixed the problem (it's now working fine), and admitted that it was a fault on their end.

"Prosieben players - if you were crashing at the launchpad it's fixed now," SOE President John Smedley tweeted. That was SOE's fault. sorry. We fixed it." Game on.

While you're waiting for the hefty download and install procedure, why not check out Carl's Dealspwn Playthrough videos? The massive free-to-play vehicular MMOFPS is looking mighty tasty indeed.

Indie Airship Combat Game PULP! Releases Browser Demo For Final Kickstarter Push

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Indie Games, PC games, PULP!

PULP!, "a science fantasy airship combat game" from indie developer Kenneth Bowen, currently has eight days to secure the majority of its $25,000 Kickstarter total. In an effort to give prospective backers a taste of what to expect, a browser demo is now available on the Nectar Games site. Though it represents very early work in progress, it's an interesting look at how the airborne combat will play out.

If you like what you see, PULP! needs to raise $15K at the time of writing. Check out the Kickstarter page here.

Next Hitman Game Will Offer A "Fresh Perspective"

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Hitman, Io Interactive, Square Enix Montreal

Next Hitman Game Will Offer A "Fresh Perspective"

Square Enix Montreal To Develop, IO Moves Onto New Project

Hitman: Absolution has only been on shelves for 48 hours, but IO Interactive are already talking about the next game in the series. Interestingly, newly-formed studio Square Enix Montreal will be taking on the project, allowing IO to move onto a mysterious new venture.

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Halo 4 Matchmaking: SWAT Gets Another Week, FFA Throwback Incoming

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
343 Industries, Halo 4, multiplayer, SWAT, Xbox 360 games

Halo 4 Matchmaking: SWAT Gets Another Week, FFA Throwback Incoming

343 Industies have revealed next week's Halo 4 matchmaking updates. In view of its massive popularity, the SWAT gametype will be given yet another week's grace, while Team Snipers will be replaced by FFA Throwback (eight player free-for-all Oddball and King Of The Hill matches). The next round of updates will take place next Monday.

A few fixes have also been implemented as of this week. You can check them out after the break.

What are you playing online at the moment, Xbox 360 owners? Is Black Ops II or Halo 4 dominating your time... or something else entirely?

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