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Pink 3DS XL Coming To UK Next Month

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Jonathan Lester
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3DS XL, Handheld consoles, Nintendo

Pink 3DS XL Coming To UK Next Month

Gosh, ain't it purdy? MCV reports that the pink 3DS XL model will be making its way to British shores next month, on May 31st. Beyond colour, it's identical to existing XL models in terms of features and price.

Apparently the multiple coloured chassis "provide newcomers to the Nintendo 3DS XL experience with more options than ever before." A second circle pad would probably also do that, but hey, the 3DS is currently smashing it in terms of epic exclusives, so I won't complain.

Luigi's Mansion 2: Dark Moon | £28.00 (With Code) | Tesco Direct | 3DS

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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3DS Games, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
Luigi's Mansion 2: Dark Moon | £28.00 (With Code) | Tesco Direct | 3DS

Luigi's Mansion 2 is one of the 3DS' best exclusives (one of many, I should point out), and if you're looking for a saving, Tesco Direct's TDX-KPWM voucher code does the business. Since first-party 3DS titles tend to hold their value longer than most, I wouldn't expect prices to fall much lower than £25 for a while - though I'd be happy to be proven wrong.

Matt's 8/10 review explains why bustin' will make you feel good.

The Basement Collection | £0.90 | GamersGate | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Edmund McMillen, Platformers

The Basement Collection | £0.90 | GamersGate | PC

  • What: The Basement Collection
  • Where: GamersGate
  • Current Price: £0.90
  • RRP: £2.99

We've seen Edmund McMillen's delectably bizarre collection of platformers, prototypes and pre-Super Meat Boy titles slightly cheaper at GMG, but for now, GamersGate are willing to save you two quid. Well worth a punt if you want something different and thoroughly strange to get stuck into.

You can knock off a little extra with the "elder-geek.com" voucher code.

The Cave | £3.40 | GamersGate | PC

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Adventure Games, PC games, Platform games, Platformers, Puzzle games, Ron Gilbert, The Cave

The Cave | £3.40 | GamersGate | PC

I'm amazed at how quickly Ron Gilbert's latest game is falling in price - six months and already just shy of £3. This adventure/platforming oddity (from the minds behind Monkey Island) is funny and cerebral, but a huge amount of repetition and padding is built directly into the experience. For the price, it's difficult to care. UPDATE: Credit to greysquaill at HotUKDeals, who found this before we did.

You can knock off a little extra with the "elder-geek.com" voucher code.

Galaxy On Fire 2 Full HD | £3.90 | GamersGate | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Fishlabs, Galaxy On Fire 2 Full HD, PC games, Space Sim
Galaxy On Fire 2 Full HD | £3.90 | GamersGate | PC

Galaxy On Fire 2 is one of the best games on the App Store: an entire galaxy to explore in a sumptuous space sim. On the PC, however, even a delicious HD makeover can't hide the few sacrifices necessary to make it run on phones and tablets. Thankfully it's still incredibly compelling and rewarding, despite feeling flimsy compared to some of the titans of yesteryear.

You can knock off a little extra with the "elder-geek.com" voucher code.

Endless Space: Emperor Special Edition | £13.48 | GamersGate | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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4X games, Amplitude Studios, Endless Space, Iceberg Interactive, PC games
Endless Space: Emperor Special Edition | £13.48 | GamersGate | PC

GamersGate's Spring Sale is now underway, and offers a huge saving for Endless Space's Emperor Edition. Though some of the extras are rather redundant now that the game has shipped (like your forum name in the credits), this 4X extravaganza is definitely worth picking up, even if you hold off for a cheaper deal on the standard version.

You can knock off a little extra with the "elder-geek.com" voucher code.

E.Y.E: Divine Cybermancy Getting Free PvP Expansion Tomorrow

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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DLC, E.Y.E: Divine Cybermancy, FPSRPG, Indie Games, PC games, PvP, StreumOn Studio

E.Y.E: Divine Cybermancy Getting Free PvP Expansion Tomorrow

Bizarre yet compelling indie FPSRPG E.Y.E: Divine Cybermancy is getting a free DLC pack that bolts on a competitive PvP mode entitled 'Blood Games.' This should be an interesting way of seeing how our different builds stack up, but we certainly wouldn't have minded some extra story content. Either way, you can get a closer look at Blood Games in a new gameplay trailer ahead of its Steam release tomorrow.

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Mutant Mudds Dev Slams State Of Steam Greenlight

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Mutant Mudds, PC games, Renegade Kid, Steam, Steam Greenlight

Mutant Mudds Dev Slams State Of Steam Greenlight

Mutant Mudds developer Renegade Kid have expressed their discontent with Steam Greenlight, suggesting that a "popularity contest" relying on "unique publicity angles" might not be a perfect way of getting deserving games onto the platform.

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Dyad Coming To PC This Wednesday

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Dyad, Indie Games, PC games, PS3 games, PSN, Racing Games, Shawn McGrath

Dyad Coming To PC This Wednesday

Utterly gorgeous PSN shooter Dyad is finally making its way to Steam and GOG on April 24th (this Wednesday), developer Shawn McGrath confirms, following a month's delay. Since McGrath was busy taking care of his newborn child, I don't think anyone's going to hold it against him.

You can watch the staggeringly candid announcement after the break, which was recorded as soon as McGrath rose from another fitful night's sleep. I'll endeavour to give you a full review of Dyad nearer the time.

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Achtung Panzer: Operation Star | Pay What You Want | IndieGameStand | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Achtung Panzer: Operation Star, PC games, Strategy First, Strategy games
Achtung Panzer: Operation Star | Pay What You Want | IndieGameStand | PC
  • What: Achtung Panzer: Operation Star
  • Where: IndieGameStand
  • Current Price: Pay what you want
  • Suggested price: £4.99

GamersGate are currently running a £4.99 deal for Achtung Panzer: Operation Star... giving you an intruiging benchmark to match, undercut or beat thanks to IndieGameStand. You can bid as low as $0.25/£0.17 for a direct download, though Steam and Desura Keys cost a minimum $1.15. Satisfying action Ruthless AI and innovative board game-style campaign structure means that it's worth a lot more - you can be the judge of that.

Tom Clancy Collection | £4.98 | GAME | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC games, Tom Clancy, Ubisoft
Tom Clancy Collection | £4.98 | GAME | PC
  • What: Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, Rainbow Six: Vegas, Endwar & H.A.W.X.
  • Where: GAME
  • Current Price: £4.98

GAME are willing to part with five Tom Clancy games for just under £1 each, and while they're all a bit long in the tooth, they all come highly recommended. Rainbow Six: Vegas and GRAW are still excellent shooters (the former holds up magnificently well), and worth the price of admission by themselves as far as I'm concerned. You'll also save roughly £5 all told.

Black Ops II: Uprising DLC Review | Whole Liotta Fun

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Activision, Black Ops II, DLC, FPS, Treyarch

Black Ops II: Uprising DLC Review | Whole Liotta Fun

Platforms: Xbox 360 (reviewed, 1200 MSP) | PC | PS3

Developer: Treyarch

Publisher: Activision

It's increasingly fashionable to rail against Call Of Duty and everything it stands for, but despite a few predictable grievances, millions of players still flock to its enjoyable blend of skill, uncomplicated fun and rampant spectacle to unwind after a long day. It's interesting, then, that the latest map pack for Black Ops II favours the latter. In an effort to give players something interesting to look at beyond wartorn streets, Uprising goes heavy on gimmicks, bells and whistles, offering four maps and a new Zombie level that all feature a unique 'thing.' Whether you're dodging through lava, stomping across a miniature city that makes you feel like a giant or punting zombies into a demonic maw as Ray Liotta, there's no denying that Uprising is gun fun on a bun.

If you've fallen out of love with Call Of Duty, don't regularly play Black Ops II or spend your days whining about there being "too many shooters" without making the effort to enjoy the cornucopia of different genres out there (you know who you are), there's nothing for you here. But if you're still enjoying Treyarch's blockbuster, Uprising is going to be a welcome breath of fresh air over the coming months.

Black Ops II: Uprising DLC Review | Whole Liotta Fun

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The Debut 2 Bundle | Beat The Minimum | Indie Royale | PC

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

  • What: Battlepaths, Beast Boxing Turbo, Croixleur, Dawnstar, Diehard Dungeon & Out There Somewhere
  • Where: Indie Royale
  • Current Price: Beat the minimum
  • Croixleur review

The latest Indie Royale bundle isn't all about big flashy names, rather, it contains a selection of decent games seeking to make it into the big time via Steam Greenlight. It's a properly insane collection of genres, to space sims to platformers, RPGs, beat 'em ups and even a fantasy Punch-Out! homage. Note that a couple of these games are slightly udnerwhelming, Croixleur and Dawnstar included, but the fluctuating price won't ever get high enough to complain.

GAME To Stock 3DS & Wii U Download Codes From Today

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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3DS Games, eShop, GAME, High street, Nintendo, UK retail, Wii U games

GAME To Stock 3DS & Wii U Download Codes From Today

GAME are now selling Wii U and 3DS eShop download codes in-store and online via email. Though this might initially seem to be just a little reactionary, most of these titles significantly undercut Nintendo's downloadable RRP.

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Gears Of War: Judgment - Call To Arms Map Pack Out Next Week

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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DLC, Epic Games, Gears of War: Judgment, People Can Fly, Xbox 360 games

Gears Of War: Judgment - Call To Arms Map Pack Out Next Week

Gears Of War: Judgment is fantastic fun in multiplayer, but its crippling lack of on-disc maps didn't go unnoticed. People Can Fly are quickly rectifiying the situation by releasing the first full map pack, which will be included as part of the season pass. Details about pricing, the three new maps and new Master At Arms gametype below.

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March Of The Eagles | £6.85 | ShopTo | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Grand strategy, Paradox Interactive, PC games, Strategy games
March Of The Eagles | £6.85 | ShopTo | PC

This relatively accessible Napoleonic grand strategy game is a little sterile in singleplayer, but becomes a superbly devious game of backstabbing and dirty dealing in when played online. Think Risk, only you can't throw the board off the table in disgust. ShopTo have the cheapest price around for this recently-released title, but are selling out fast by the looks of things (a £7 saving on RRP).

Pandora's Tower | £14.15 | Amazon | Wii

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Action Games, Ganbarion, JRPG, Nintendo, Wii games
Pandora's Tower | £14.15 | Amazon | Wii

Pandora's Tower isn't quite in the same league as Xenoblade Chronicles and The Last Story, but it's still a heartfelt and worthwhile exclusive that feels at home on the Wii. It's also more mature than most, to put it mildly. We've admittedly seen this cheaper several months ago, but with limited stocks getting more limited all the time, Amazon have the best price at the moment and offer a £5 saving.

TeamPixel Fails To Secure Homeworld IP, Refunds Backers

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Homeworld, teamPIXEL

TeamPixel Fails To Secure Homeworld IP, Refunds Backers

Despite crowd-funding thousands of Dollars to purchase the Homeworld IP from THQ's carcass, independent software developer TeamPixel was unable to go toe to toe with the bigger vultures at auction. The studio has thanked backers for their support, and set up a service to return each and every penny.

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Papo & Yo Developer Working On Emotionally-Charged OUYA Exclusive

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Minority Media, OUYA games, Silent Enemy

Papo & Yo Developer Working On Emotionally-Charged OUYA Exclusive

Silent Enemy To Explore Themes Of Childhood Bullying

Minority Media, the studio behind the moody and meaningful Papo & Yo on PSN, are hard at work on an intriguing OUYA title. Silent Enemy will offer shapeshifting survival gameplay that actively explores the harsh reality of childhood bullying.

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Ride To Hell: Retribution Trailer Has Two Wheels & No Rules

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Deep Silver, PS3 games, Ride To Hell: Retribution, trailer, Xbox 360 games

A new trailer for Ride To Hell: Retribution shows off the rock & roll grindhouse feel to this biker-themed revenge story. Players will help Jake Conway get his vengeance on a deadly biker gang using his two fists, two wheels and a total disregard for regulations, because Conway doesn't play by anyone else's rules. Not even his own.

We recently learned that Ride To Hell: Retribution has been slated for a June launch on PS3 and Xbox 360, having missed its original 2009 release window, and will be accompanied by two spin-offs. You can get the full details here.