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Senran Kagura Burst Review | Carry On Shinobi

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Jonathan Lester
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3DS, 3DS Games, Brawler, Marvelous AQL, Tamsoft, Zen United

Senran Kagura Burst Review | Carry On Shinobi

Platform: 3DS

Developer: Tamsoft

Publisher: Marvelous AQL Europe | Zen United

At face value, Senran Kagura Burst is essentially a 3D boob delivery system.

Legend has it that game director Kenichiro Takaki only needed thirty seconds to decide what gamers secretly wanted to see on the 3DS' stereoscopic top screen. Jiggling breasts. Thus Senran Kagura was born, a franchise designed to relay cleavage from the art designers' mucky minds to our eyeballs as efficiently as possible. The story revolves around a team of ninjas-in-training who conveniently also happen to be schoolgirls, sporting implausibly ample bosoms, with a penchant for flashing their underwear and eating enormous California Rolls in the most unnecessarily provocative ways possible. More cheeky, tame and cringeworthy than degrading, Takaki might as well have called it Carry On Shinobi. I genuinely expected Kenneth Williams to make a cameo ("ooh, Matron-san!").

As you'd expect, Senran Kagura Burst has attracted a fair amount of flack from pundits convinced that it actively harms the videogame industry, while import fans flock to the defence. It's easy to appreciate both sides of the debate, and I'll personally weigh in later on, but first we need to discuss something rather more important.

See, all the heaving lady lumps disguise a surprisingly capable handheld brawler built on a bouncy, outstanding combat system. Though perhaps I could have phrased that better.

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Blockbuster PSN sale discounts major EA games & Borderlands DLC

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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EA, PS3, PS3 games

Blockbuster PSN sale discounts major EA games & Borderlands DLC

We're now halfway through the working week, so it's once again time for Sony to reveal their PSN Sale. The appropriately-named Blockbuster promotion slashes prices across a range of EA games on PS3, alongside Borderlands, its sequel and enormous smorgasbord of DLC.

As always, you're better off cherry-picking a few key offers, since many of these games can be bought cheaper elsewhere. Not to mention the fact that EA inflate their PSN prices to outrageous levels as standard. Key highlights include FIFA 14 for £19.99 (a £7 saving, highlighted by BuzzDuraband @ HUKD!), Mass Effect 3 for £7.99 (a £2 saving, alongside a discount for its magnificent Citadel expansion) and Borderlands 2's DLC packs for £3.99 apiece. However, if you don't own any of the DLC, you might be better off grabbing the PS3 GOTY Edition for £11.99 from Base.

We've got the full list below, courtesy of the EU PlayStation Blog.

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Xbox One TV fix due in a "matter of weeks," party system overhaul gets demo video

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Firmware Update, Microsoft, Xbox One

The Xbox One's lacklustre party formation and friends options were an annoying sticking point at launch, throwing up all manner of annoying workflow issues, but Microsoft are gearing up to respond to feedback ahead of Titanfall's launch. A new firmware update is slated to roll out on March 11th, containing a completely revamped party interface and a 'recent players' list to efficiently add new acquaintances to your friends list.

It's a welcome if overdue update, which you can see in action by way of a new video fronted by Microsoft PR guru Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb and engineer Richard Irvin. However, once sorted, they'll be free to address some uniquely European concerns.

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Dead Rising 3: Chaos Rising DLC Review | Retch Quest

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
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Capcom, Capcom Vancouver, Dead Rising 3, DLC, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Dead Rising 3: Chaos Rising DLC Review | Retch Quest

Platform: Xbox One (£7.99)

Developer: Capcom Vancouver

Publisher: Microsoft Studios

You've got to feel sorry for Hunter Thibodeux. Before being pummelled and burned to a crisp by Nick Ramos in the first Dead Rising 3 boss battle, the hapless motorcycle gang leader spent his last hour on Earth undertaking fetch quests, smashing up emergency telephone booths, then doing another few fetch quests for a fistful of extra PP. Beneath his posturing and facepaint, he's basically a golden retriever with a mohawk, wagging his tail as he does everything his masters tell him.

It's such a waste, because this was Capcom Vancouver's golden opportunity to finally give us a decent slice of DLC. The groundwork's laid perfectly: you play as a boss character who's well-placed to enjoy the zombie carnage. He's out for a rip-roaring revenge story. You get to ride the outrageous offspring of a Harley Davidson and the Sea Drill from Tomorrow Never Dies. What could go wrong?

Pretty much everything, as it turns out. If you needed further proof that season passes are an idiotic waste of money, here's Chaos Rising with a textbook example of rushed, rehashed content that was pushed out to order with the minimum possible effort.

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The Fusion Bundle means serious business - includes Thunder Wolves, AI War Complete, Eryi's Action & more for £2.49

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Indie Games, PC. PC games

The Fusion Bundle means serious business - includes Thunder Wolves, AI War Complete, Eryi's Action & more for £2.49

Oh Bundle Stars, you magnificent black sheep of the bundle world. Their Fusion Bundle plays an absolute blinder, containing nine games with a seriously impressive quality baseline for a paltry £2.49. From insane helicopter destructon to hybrid 4X/RTS action, twisted psychological adventure and masochistic trapforming, there's something for everyone here.

Specifically Thunder Wolves, AI War Collection, Eryi's Action, The Cat Lady, Time Gentlemen Please - Ben There, Dan That, Realms of Arkania: Blade of Destiny, Blockland, Pressure and Luxor Evolved.

Not a bad haul for less than £2.50.

2K Games 75% Off at Gamefly, with a free copy of Spec Ops: The Line

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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2K Games, PC, PC games

2K Games 75% Off at Gamefly, with a free copy of Spec Ops: The Line

Gamefly are currently running a tasty little sale that sees loads of 2K games reduced by 75%. Highlights include XCOM: The Bureau for £4.99, Civ V for a fiver and Sid Meier's Pirates for £1.25. It's all on the splash page, and you can save even more with the UKFEB20OF voucher code. Thanks to xEndox @ HUKD!

However, the cheekiest thing about this promotion is a free copy of Spec Ops: The Line, which you'll be sent via email when you buy a participating game. As far as I can see, there's nothing stopping you from buying one of the UFO games for 75p, then laughing all the way to your free game.

State Of Decay 50% off on Steam, only £7.49

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC, PC games, Survival games, Undead Labs

State Of Decay 50% off on Steam, only £7.49

State Of Decay | Steam | £7.49
State Of Decay review

State Of Decay may have a limited budget and plenty of rough edges, but it's still one of the best zombie games ever made in our opinion. It forces you to own your decisions and consequences, taking care of an entire community who rely on your leadership in real-time. I can't recommend it enough (so long as you can handle the intense stress), and you only have to pay £7.49 on Steam. Thanks and credit to Webhead @ HUKD, who found this before we did!

Pre-order Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes for £19.75 on PS4 & Xbox One at Gameseek

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Kojima Productions, Konami, PS4, PS4 games, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Pre-order Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes for £19.75 on PS4 & Xbox One at Gameseek

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes | Gameseek PS4Xbox One | £19.75
Free delivery code: CELEBRATE

Wow, well that was quick. After ShopTo slashed their prices yesterday, Gameseek has gone even further with an extra £4 saving!

Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes is set to act as a prologue for Metal Gear Solid V proper, introducing players to new gameplay tweaks (such as regenerating health), the more open-world campaign structure and Kiefer Sutherland. There's some confusion regarding its length and value, mind. Thanks to InsaneNun and oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!

 

"Xbox, Broadcast" - full Twitch streaming coming to Xbox One next month

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Twitch, Xbox One

Xbox One owners will be able to stream live gameplay and Kinect footage directly to Twitch.tv from March 11th, thanks to a free voice-activated app. Will you take the opportunity to flaunt your Titanfall rodeo skills across the internet?

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Don't Panic: The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy is getting a free HD remake

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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BBC

Don't Panic: The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy is getting a free HD remake

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy is a legendary "trilogy in five parts" (and an even better radio show as far as I'm concerned) that should be read by literally everyone, but some of you may remember that it also spawned a hilarious text adventure back in the 1980s. As part of the franchise's 30th anniversary celebrations, the BBC has announced that this ancient videogame will be resurrected free of charge on the Radio 4 website, complete with revamped HD graphics and achievements to share on social networks.

Be sure to pack your towel in advance of March 8th. As far as we remember, playing the text adventure is a little like getting your brains smashed out by a slice of lemon wrapped around a gold brick.

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Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls scythed down to £22.99 on GMG

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Activision, Blizzard, Expansion Pack, PC, PC games, RPG

Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls scythed down to £22.99 on GMG

Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls pre-order| GMG | £22.99 (save £2 vs Gamestop)

Diablo III's first major expansion is now exactly a month from release, adding a new campaign and introducing a terrifying new enemy in the form of fallen angel Malthael. Unlike the fairly useless Tyrael (who transformed from an epic sword-wielding legend into a... bald guy), the Angel Of Death is at the height of his powers, and leads a horrific crusade to steal the Black Soulstone for himself. With new enemies, classes and environments to get to grips with, there should be a decent slab of game here, and Green Man Gaming are making with the savings. Note that you'll need the base game to play - and that the auction houses are set to close in a matter of weeks.

Thanks to ivandias @ HUKD!

COMMENT | The Xbox One price cut is slightly insulting, desperate & utterly brilliant

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
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Microsoft, Xbox One

COMMENT | The Xbox One price cut is slightly insulting, desperate & utterly brilliant

Microsoft Are Finally Ready To Compete

We love price cuts here at Dealspwn.com, and Microsoft dropped the hammer on an absolute doozy yesterday. From February 28th, the Xbox One will cost £399.99 in British stores, with Titanfall thrown in as a free sweetener while stocks last.

As you'd expect, the reaction has been wildly mixed. Pundits and fence-sitters are unsurprisingly overjoyed by the news, but many early adopters are outraged after paying £429.99 a matter of months ago, while some international gamers object to the fact that the price cut is a UK-only affair. Perhaps more importantly, early price cuts are historically seen an admission of outright failure, typically throwing the spotlight on a console that's struggling to perform. A move born of desperation, perhaps, not goodwill.

We, however, believe that this was nothing less than a stroke of genius, regardless of Microsoft's motives and where you stand.

COMMENT | The Xbox One price cut is slightly insulting, desperate & utterly brilliant

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Super Mario 3D World is only £29.99 at The Game Collection (Wii U)

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Nintendo, Wii U, Wii U games

Super Mario 3D World is only £29.99 at The Game Collection (Wii U)

Super Mario 3D World | The Game Collection | £29.99 (save £10)

Super Mario 3D World may have been trounced by Knack in the charts, but is widely hailed as one of the best games of 2013 by Wii U owners. If you own Nintendo's console and have yet to take the plunge, The Game Collection are retailling at just shy of £30, which is a £10 saving. We saw it slightly cheaper in Christmas sales, but it's still a nice little price.

Many thanks to supermetroid @ HUKD!

Xbox One Titanfall Bundle pre-order only £369.67 at Gamestop

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Microsoft, Xbox One

Xbox One Titanfall Bundle pre-order only £369.67 at Gamestop

Xbox One & Titanfall | Gamestop | £369.67 (RRP: £399.99)
Xbox One review | Titanfall beta impressions

Microsoft's Xbox One price cut is already causing a stir in the retail world, with stockists now jockeying for position ahead of the new Titanfall Bundle. Gamestop are currently offering the cheapest pre-order price around, granting you an Xbox One console, Kinect sensor, controller, headset, free month of Xbox Live and a downloadable copy of Titanfall (rumoured to clock in at 40GB, FYI) at an extra £30 saving. Thanks to TCO200 @ HUKD!

However, there's some confusion as to whether Gamestop will honour the deal, since it could well be a misprice. Just in case, Gameseek are also offering the bundle for £389.75, which should make for a decent fallback position. Thanks to chicodudi85!

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc Review | The Vita's Killing Game

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Game review, JRPG, NIS America, PS Vita, PS Vita games, Psychological horror games, Reef Entertainment, Visual novel

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc Review | The Vita's Killing Game

Platform: PS Vita

Developer: Spike Chunsoft

Publisher: NIS America | Reef Entertainment (distributor)

What could inspire high school students to murder each other in cold blood? Fear? Financial gain? Honour? Despair?

Hope?

This isn't a rhetorical question, because you'll have to work it out for yourself -- then prove it beyond all doubt -- to avoid grisly death at the paws of a sadistic robot teddy bear. After average student Makoto Naegi blacks out on the first day of attending his new school, he wakes up confined within the academy's walls for all eternity with his new classmates, who are offered only a single way out: commit a perfect murder, then get away with it. Surely the students will see the wisdom in peacefully working together to solve the mystery of their incarceration... right?

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc Review | The Vita's Killing Game

If only. Halfway between Phoenix Wright, Persona, Corpse Party and Virtue's Last Reward, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is one of the best (and most disturbing) visual novels to ever hit British shores, and easily one of the most compelling games on the PS Vita so far. If not the year so far, as long as you're comfortable with the differences between a visual novel and a traditional adventure game.

Important note: in an effort to avoid spoilers as much as humanly possible, I'm severely limited in my choice of screenshots. Be aware that the full game features graphic yet stylised depictions of brutal violence and mature themes. - Jonathan

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Xbox One gets official UK price cut & tasty Titanfall bundle

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Microsoft, Titanfall, Xbox One

Xbox One gets official UK price cut & tasty Titanfall bundle

In an effort to shorten the gulf between the Xbox One and PS4's price points, Microsoft has knocked £30 off their console's asking price here in the UK.

From February 28th, the Xbox One will retail at £399.99, while a newly-announced Titanfall bundle will include the anticipated shooter at no extra charge!

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Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction already in legal trouble, despite not even being revealed yet

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Duke Nukem, Gearbox, Interceptor, lawsuit

Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction already in legal trouble, despite not even being revealed yet

Gearbox unleashes the lawyers

Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction is set for a full reveal this week, after being outed as a top-down RPG based on the classic shooter license. Interceptor and series creator Scott Miller promised to kick ass and chew bubblegum, but Gearbox are having absolutely none of it, since they technically own the IP themselves. Unleash the lawyers!

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OUYA darling Towerfall jumps ship for PS4 & PC next month

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Local multiplayer, Matt Makes Games, multiplayer games, Ouya, OUYA games, PC, PC games, PS4, PS4 games

OUYA darling Towerfall jumps ship for PS4 & PC next month

The OUYA's selection of true exclusives is thin on the ground, but Towerfall is easily the jewel in its crown (alongside a superb redux version of MirrorMoon EP). This superb local multiplayer experience toes the line between brawlers and artillery games, throwing you and three friends into nuanced arenas armed with a fistful of arrows and unique character classes.

It's fantastic, hectic old-school fun... and is about to massively expand its audience by jumping to PS4 and PC as an enhanced version with new cooperative shenanigans, powerups and arenas.

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Horizon is only £5.75 on GamersGate, save £17

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
4X games, L30 Interactive, PC, PC games

Horizon is only £5.75 on GamersGate, save £17

Horizon | GamersGate | £5.75 (RRP: £22.99)
Horizon Review

Horizon was on course to become a space 4X contender, but its addictive gameplay and fantastic diplomacy system are let down by awful combat and tedious busywork. You can read our 5/10 review for the gory details.

However, this recently-released title is now only £5.75 on GamersGate, which will save you a whopping £17.  I reckon that's probably appropriate, at least if you've played GalCiv and MOO2 to death recently and hate Endless Space's divisive fleet combat.

Rambo: The Video Game Review | Blooded Or Expendable?

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
PC, PC games, PS3, PS3 games, Rail shooter, Reef Entertainment, Teyon, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 games

Rambo: The Video Game Review | Blooded Or Expendable?

Platforms: PC (reviewed) | PS3 | Xbox 360

Developer: Teyon

Publisher: Reef Entertainment

Surprise! Rambo is not a good game.

We knew that already. Its disastrous hype campaign explicitly told us to lower our expectations, with every new trailer and screenshot more hilariously awful than the last. We came down on it like a ton of bricks over the last few months, hard and often, having a good laugh in the process.

But that's not why we're here, because Rambo: The Video Game doesn't necessarily have to be big, clever, deep, thoughtful or even particularly good in an objective sense. When you get right down to brass tacks, it only has to be fun.

Which puts me in the strange position of having to say "mission accomplished"... at least, with some enormous caveats.

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