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3079 | Pay What You Want (£0.16 Minimum) | IndieGameStand | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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PC games, Phr00t Software, RPG
3079 | Pay What You Want (£0.16 Minimum) | IndieGameStand | PC
  • What: 3079
  • Where: IndieGameStand
  • Current Price: Pay What You Want (£0.16 minimum)
  • RRP: £9.99

3079 has graced many a pay what you want bundle, but now the procedurally generated voxel-based sci-fi RPG is going it alone on IndieGameStand. You can grab it for next to nothing ($0.25 is the absolute minimum), but we'd suggest that you give the developers more than that - after all, they deserve to be paid for their hard work. Multiple thresholds are available if you want some extra games and soundtrack.

Alan Wake's American Nightmare | £2.99 | GamersGate | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Action Games, PC games, Remedy Entertainment
Alan Wake's American Nightmare | £2.99 | GamersGate | PC

Perhaps showing the future for slightly more niche singleplayer games, American Nightmare gives us all a tasty and well-polished snippet of creepy action for a bargain price. At £2.99, this twilight zone is well worth exploring, especially since Mr. Scratch is such a compelling nemesis.

Of Orcs And Men | £11.99 | Get Games | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Focus Home Interactive, PC games, RPG

Of Orcs And Men | £11.99 | Get Games | PC

It's not easy being green. Rather than typecasting orcs and goblins as stereotypical bad guys, this quirky RPG actually lets you play as them in what basically ends up being a buddy movie. It's not great, that's for sure, but it's certainly interesting enough if you want to save £3 thanks to Get Games.

Fist Of The North Star: Ken's Rage 2 Review | The Punchening

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Awful, Brawler, Fist Of The North Star: Ken's Rage 2, Koei, PS2 games, PS3 games, Wii U games, Xbox 360 games

Fist Of The North Star: Ken's Rage 2 Review | The Punchening

Platforms: PS3 | Xbox 360 | Wii U (eShop only, reviewed)

Developer: Koei

Publisher: Tecmo Koei

Fist Of The North Star: Ken's Rage 2 feels like a blast from the past, but not in a good way.

It's supposed to be a nostalgia trip that celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Hokuto No Ken (or Fist Of The North Star) anime franchise, considered to be an 80s classic by many aficionados. Coiffed and musclebound hero Kenshiro stalked a blighted post-nuclear wasteland as the sole bringer of justice in a world gone to hell, using insanely powerful martial arts to punch evildoers so hard that they exploded from the inside out. Oh yes. This is definitely videogame material. Despite the original Ken's Rage being vastly underwhelming, Fist Of The North Star still had enough legs for a functional piece of gratuitous interactive fan service.

Depressingly, though, this lazy and lacklustre brawler ends up reminding us of the very worst shovelware we suffered through more than a decade ago.

Fist Of The North Star: Ken's Rage 2 Review | The Punchening

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Another PS4 Controller Photo Leaks Online, Likely Genuine

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Controller, PS4, Report, Sony
Discuss:
PlayStation 4

Another PS4 Controller Photo Leaks Online, Likely Genuine

Touchpad, Loudspeaker, Headphone Jack & Motion Control

Another photo of what purports to be an early prototype PS4/Orbis controller has hit the net, courtesy of Digital Foundry. As industry sources line up to confirm the images as legit, it looks like we could well be getting our first look at Sony's next-generation offering. Meaning, presumably, that touch controls and PlayStation Eye compatibility could well be built directly into core next-gen PlayStation experience.

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HMV Secures Key Releases With Supplier Agreement, But Games Take A Hit

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Jonathan Lester
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News
Tags:
High street, HMV, UK retail

HMV Secures Key Releases With Supplier Agreement, But Games Take A Hit

Buyout Negotiations Making "Good Progress"

HMV will continue to stock major new DVD, Blu-Ray and music releases during the administration process thanks to a new arrangement with its key suppliers, while the business is receiving a "positive level of interest" from potential buyers.

However, it's possible that the beleagured retailer will move to massively downsize their videogame collection or even stop selling them entirely.

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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Beta Kicks Off On February 25th

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Beta, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, MMORPG, PC games, PS3 games, Square Enix

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Beta Kicks Off On February 25th

Hmm, I might have overplayed my hand with that headline. Just in case you didn't get the message, the beta for Final Fantasy XIV's totally-overhauled new lease of life will start on February 25th, a week later than planned. You can register for it over at the European site and specify whether you're interested in testing the PC or PS3 version.

The beta will feature several story quests, an instanced dungeon and non-instanced Full Active Time Events (read: events) that randomly pop up around the Gridania starting area. We hope that the revitalised MMO will redeem itself when A Realm Reborn launches later this year. [Gematsu]

GOG Weekend Sale: 50% Off RPGs

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
PC games, RPG

GOG Weekend Sale: 50% Off RPGs

Though the newly re-released System Shock 2 is bound to be at the top of most GOG customers' shopping lists, the retro retailer is also offering some discounts on bog-name RPGs over the weekend. You can pick up The Witcher and its excellent sequel at a saving, while the quirky Divinity series and the entire Geneforge saga are also on offer.

As always, click the banner or this link right here to browse the selection.

COMMENT | Wii U Woes: Let's Talk Solutions

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Nintendo, UK retail, Wii U

COMMENT | Wii U Woes: Let's Talk Solutions

2013 has been a bit of a mare for the Wii U thus far. There's certainly a lot to look forward to, especially from the summer onwards, but Nintendo's new console has spectacularly failed to set the retail world alight. Following news that the brand new device only attracted a 1.6% market share in terms of January software sales, one of its most important exclusives has jumped ship and retailers are up in arms. A destructive culture of doomsaying has sprung up around the Wii U over the last few months, both from gamers, pundits and even us hacks.

I've always tried to play devil's advocate, but there's no smoke without fire. Unfortunately, much of this negativity is well deserved. Nintendo have made a fair few compromises to release in time for Christmas, while there's a huge amount of work ahead for the venerable manufacturer if they plan to compete with the next generation of Microsoft and Sony machines (not to mention those pesky tablets). So rather than dwelling on problems and having a good old moan, let's take a look at some constructive ways that Ninty can capitalise on the next few months.

Price Cut?

COMMENT | Wii U Woes: Let's Talk Solutions

Let's deal with the big issue straight away. We've received numerous comments from readers who'd consider buying a Wii U if it was cheaper, while UK retailers suggest that manufacturer-led price cut would be a quick and easy way of netting some impulse sales. It's a win-win solution at face value, but things are rather more complicated than that.

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Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates To Infinity Dated For Europe

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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3DS Games, Nintendo, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates To Infinity, RPG

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates To Infinity Dated For Europe

The 3DS will receive yet another big-brand exclusive this summer in the form of Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates To Infinity, which has been officially confirmed for May 17th here in the UK. As in previous Mystery Dungeon games, you'll lead your pocket monster through randomly-generated dungeons, some of which can now be accessed by finding portals in the real world using Augmented Reality. More details below.

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A Virus Named Tom To Infect Vita This Summer

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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A Virus Named TOM, Misfits Attic, PC games, PlayStation Mobile, PS Vita games, Puzzle games, Tim Keenan

A Virus Named Tom To Infect Vita This Summer

Indie developer Tim Keenan has let us know that his impressive PC puzzler will release on PlayStation Mobile later this year. A Virus Named Tom will be playable on both Vita consoles and PlayStation Certified Android devices from "summer," and we'll keep you up to date as we hear more.

We raved about the "thoroughly worthwhile and addictive purchase" in our 8/10 A Virus Named TOM review.

UK Retailers Call For Wii U Price Cut And Strategy Rethink

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Jonathan Lester
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News
Tags:
Nintendo, UK retail, Wii U

UK Retailers Call For Wii U Price Cut And Strategy Rethink

"Wii U Has Not Caught The Public's Imagination Yet"

After a few nervous months for the Wii U, British retailers are clamouring for a price reduction and improved marketing for Nintendo's new console.

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Is This The PS4 Controller? [UPDATE: Yes, Probably]

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Controller, Playstation 4, PS4, Rumour, Sony
Discuss:
PlayStation 4

Is This The PS4 Controller? [UPDATE: Yes, Probably]

A photograph claiming to unveil a prototype of the PS4 controller has found its way onto the internet, featuring a front-facing touchscreen/panel and an ominous blue light on the back.

UPDATE: Eurogamer, IGN and Kotaku have been informed that the picture is legit by various development sources, but confirm that it's definitely a primitive pre-production model.

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2 Games For £8 Or Loads For £38 | Get Games | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC games

2 Games For £8 Or Loads For £38 | Get Games | PC

Here's another deal with a difference from Get Games, in that you can get a whole mess of games for £38 or cherry-pick two of them for £8.

To maximise your savings, my advice would be to grab Painkiller: Hell & Damnation as your first port of call, which will save you about a tenner on the 2012 FPS remake (if you assume that it costs £4). Afterwards, any pick out of BioShock 2, Borderlands GOTY, Super Meat Boy or Hotline Miami will probably serve you well.

Frozen Synapse (2 Copies) | £4.74 | Steam | PC

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Indie Games, Mode 7 Games, PC games, Strategy games
Frozen Synapse (2 Copies) | £4.74 | Steam | PC

We reckon that this Steam For Linux sale deal is worth its own special mention, because you'll get two copies of one of the best strategy games in years for less than £2.50 each. Frozen Synapse scored a perfect ten in our full review, as a genuine game-changer that replaces tedious turtling with a thriving social network and the ability to asynchronously take part in numerous simultaneous battles.

Save Big With Steam For Linux Sale

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Indie Games, Linux games, Mac games, PC games

Save Big With Steam For Linux Sale

It's time to bend over and show Valve the cash again, folks, because they've launched another big fat Steam sale to celebrate the official launch of Steam For Linux. Every game that's currently in the Linux catalogue has been discounted for all platforms, leading to one best of a promotion.

Plenty of indie savings can be found here (though bear this in mind before picking up Serious Sam 3), so I've prepared a shortlist for your consideration. We'll also pick out some of the most impressive savings as standalone deals so they don't fly under your radar.

Serious Sam 3: BFE, Shad'O, Oozi, Doc Clock, Lunnye Devitsy & Wake | Beat The Minimum | Indie Royale | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Indie Games, PC games

Serious Sam 3: BFE, Shad'O, Oozi, Doc Clock, Lunnye Devitsy & Wake | Beat The Minimum | Indie Royale | PC

Valentines Day may have been and gone, the hazy memory of tender moments, outrageous restaurant bills and acts of poor judgement slowly fading away, but Indie Royale are still here to share the love. You'll end up spending barely anything on a whole mess of games, including the excellent Serious Sam 3 and Shad'O.

Blast From The Past | Aliens vs Predator 2

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Aliens vs Predator 2, Blast From The Past, FPS, Monolith, PC games, Retro games

Blast From The Past | Aliens vs Predator 2

Or: How To Make A Great Aliens Tie-In

Aliens: Colonial Marines has finally stumbled out of its torturous development cycle, and without putting too fine a point on it, we're in for some chop. SEGA sadly didn't give us an advance review copy this time around, though considering the savage critical beating it's currently receiving from our peers, I use the word "sadly" in the most general and academic way possible. Aliens fans seem to have received short shrift yet again, this generation providing us with little of merit save a surprisingly decent DS platformer.

It's genuinely depressing, doubly so because we know that the rich Aliens universe can make for truly exceptional videogames. It's high time that we cast our Blast From The Past spotlight on one of the very best.

Back in 2001, Monolith were at the height of their powers. Atmospheric shooters were their bread and butter, long before they abandoned the likes of FEAR and Condemned for forgettable downloadable frippery, and they set their considerable skills to good use on a truly superior game. Bringing in lore and inspiration from the Aliens films, comics and even the Predator mythology, Monolith created a title that brought fear and empowerment in equal measure; three games in one that each offered unique gameplay experiences and a respectful take on a sprawling, engaging storyline.

Blast From The Past | Aliens vs Predator 2

Better yet, the second level started within a hapless human's ribcage... whereupon we fangloriously chomped our way out of his living body as a newborn Chestburster. Oh my. I'm talking, of course, about Aliens vs Predator 2.

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Assassin's Creed III | £22.99 | GAME | Wii U

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Assassin's Creed III, Ubisoft, Wii U GamePad, Wii U games

Assassin's Creed III | £22.99 | GAME | Wii U

GAME are touting a great price for the Wii U version of Assassin's Creed III, which was definitely one of the most-hyped games of 2012. It was also fiercely inconsistent too, with an enormous world tempered by enormous swathes of absolutely nothing, painfully linear missions and a boring progagonist (still, at least Haytham is amazing). The Wii U version suffers from some hellacious loading screens, but at least makes up for it with a cool map and the ability to summon your horse with a single icon.

Thanks and credit to karmapolice at HotUKDeals, who found this yesterday.

Qrth-Phyl | Pay What You Want | IndieGameStand | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Hermit Games, Indie Games, PC games, Qrth-Phyl
Qrth-Phyl | Pay What You Want | IndieGameStand | PC

Hermit Games' third title, qrth-phyl, continues their brilliance at using accessible arcade mechanics as metaphors for a deeper underlying theme. It's hypnotic, fun and engaging on several levels, making it well worth picking up for anything you can spare.

Note, however, that it's also available on the Xbox Live Indie marketplace for 80 MSP.