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Dungeon Of The Endless Review | Mashup Masterpiece

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Jonathan Lester
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Dungeon Of The Endless Review | Mashup Masterpiece

Platform: PC (reviewed) | Xbox One version TBA

Developer: Amplitude Studios

Don't call it a Roguelike. Dungeon Of The Endless may feature permadeath and dungeon crawling, but one word can't do justice to this extraordinary genre-defying beast. To take a stab at pigeonholing it, I suppose that 'Real-Time Turn-Based Strategic 4X Tower Defence Roguelike RPG hybrid' is probably the closest I can get.

So the first thing you need to know is that Dungeon Of The Endless uses traditional Roguelike genre staples as a launchpad for a totally fresh and unique Sci-Fi experience that continually switches up the pace and challenge in exciting new ways.

The second and most important thing you need to know, however, is that it's absolutely bloody fantastic. Dungeon Of The Endless was already impressive when Ampltude Studios released the alpha last year, and has only grown stronger due to user feedback and honest painstaking hard work. I'm having trouble finding anything remotely wrong with it, but explaining how all of its crazy genre-blending systems interlock will take some doing.

Dungeon Of The Endless Review | Mashup Masterpiece

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Pre-Order Halo: The Master Chief Collection for £36.00 at Gameseek

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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343 Industries, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Microsoft, Xbox One Games

Pre-Order Halo: The Master Chief Collection for £36.00 at Gameseek

Halo: MCC | Gameseek | £36.00
Voucher Code: 2354682

Get set to come out swinging, because Halo: The Master Chief Collection is absolutely ridiculous. All four numbered Halo games in one package with retouched graphics, new achievements and 100+ multiplayer maps. Frankly it's set to put other re-releases to shame and £36 seems eminently reasonable (remember to use voucher code 2354682 for the extra £2 saving!).

Note, however, that you'll have to download an extra 20GB of multiplayer content before you can play online, though. Hopefully it will be finished by the time you've made it through to 'The Library' in Halo: Combat Evolved. Many thanks to Sunderland06 @ HUKD!

The Morning Papers | Overshadowed

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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The Morning Papers

Good morning. The big news news of the day is that Sunset Overdrive!

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The Morning Papers | Overshadowed

 

Deadly Premonintion Director's Cut only £1.99 on Steam until 16:00 today

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC, PC games, Rising Star games, SWERY65

Deadly Premonintion Director's Cut only £1.99 on Steam until 16:00 today

Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut | Steam | £4.00
Deadly Premonition Review

Deadly Premonition is shonky, bare-bones, incredibly weird and absolutely one of the best games of the last console generation. This Lynchian masterpiece tells one of the best stories ever delivered by a videogame, through some of the most memorable and damaged characters you'll ever encounter in the medium. It's chilling, uncanny, surprisingly vast, packed with personality and quite frankly essential for any Twin Peaks/Alan Wake fans out there.

And it's 90% off until 16:00 this afternoon. Go get it!

Sunset Overdrive Review | Xbox Fun

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Games reviews, Insomniac Games, Microsoft Studios, Sunset Overdrive, Third Person Shooters

Sunset Overdrive Review | Xbox Fun

Platform: Xbox One

Developer: Insomniac Games

Publisher: Microsoft Studios

Sunset Overdrive promised to bring the fun to Xbox One. Mission accomplished.

It's an explosive, anarchic and angry thing. Free to create the game they wanted to make after Overstrike was butchered into a generic shooter by EA, Insomniac vented their frustration in an all-out orgy of sweary gory irreverent ultraviolence as we take to the rooftops of a city gone to hell following a soda-related apocalypse. We'll create our character and destroy massive hordes of mutants and robots with outrageous evolving weaponry, grinding on every balcony and bouncing off every parked car. The city is a playground. Go play.

Sunset Overdrive Review | Xbox Fun

This is a game that lets us murder a robotic focus group (revenge for Fuse, perhaps?) and team up with weaponised LARPers, swears profusely, incinerates flocks of pigeons with no regard for animal welfare and insults practically everyone with a smile on its face. It gleefully pokes fun at videogame conventions by acknowledging the absurdity of respawns and the 'rule of three' in sarcastic fourth wall-breaking dialogue, because why the heck not. Whereas many AAA titles are grim and gritty, this is violently vibrant and edgily humorous, backed by thrashing punk rock and gleefully aware that it's a videogame.

Punk isn't just the soundtrack. Punk is Sunset Overdrive's entire deal.

By the same token, though, it's also sarcastic, smug and self-assured to the point of arrogance. Thankfully there's a difference between arrogance and confidence, and despite a few missteps stemming from Insomniac's lack of experience with games of this open scale, Sunset Overdrive succeeds on the strength of its traversal, mobility and firepower.

Sunset Overdrive Review | Xbox Fun

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Watch Dogs Special Edition £23.99 on PS4 & Xbox One at GAME

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PS4 games, Ubisoft, Watch Dogs, Xbox One Games

Watch Dogs Special Edition £23.99 on PS4 & Xbox One at GAME

Watch Dogs | GAME PS4 & Xbox One | £24.99
Review

Watch Dogs became one of the most divisive games of the year, delighting some and disappointing others largely depending on how much hype you'd been exposed to. However, it's still an interesting and unique sandbox game that contains some great hacking mechanics under a bit too much bumf.

What we can agree on is that GAME's £23.99 price for their exclusive PS4 and Xbox One special edition is very competitive indeed, and cheaper than almost all normal editions of the game elsewhere. Thanks to iamthebatman01 @ HUKD!

Saints Row Ultimate Franchise Pack just £12.49 on Steam

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC games, Saints Row 2, Saints Row IV, Saints Row: The Third

Saints Row Ultimate Franchise Pack just £12.49 on Steam

If you've never played a Saints Row game and want to know what all the fuss is about, you can know own most of the outrageous sandbox series for £12.49 on Steam. The Franchise pack includes Saints Row, Saints Row 2, Saints Row: The Third and Saints Row IV complete with an insane amount of DLC.

I say "most" because the original game and Gat Out Of Hell standalone expansion aren't included, but this is still a great price for a huge amount of satisfying inclusive OTT ridiculousness. Thanks to M_the_C @ HUKD!

Gunpoint only £1.20 on Steam, save £4.80

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Gunpoint, PC games

Gunpoint only £1.20 on Steam, save £4.80

Gunpoint | Steam | £1.50 (RRP: £6.00)

This smart strategic stealthy infiltrate 'em up has featured in a few bundles, but £1.20 is a seriously good price regardless.

PREVIEW | Sunset Overdrive is a high-octane adventure playground

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Games previews, Insomniac Games, Microsoft Studios, Sunset Overdrive, Third Person Shooters

PREVIEW | Sunset Overdrive is a high-octane adventure playground

(But don't call it a sandbox)

I'm currently hard at work on our Sunset Overdrive review, and by hard at work I do of course mean "grinding, swinging and leaping across a vibrant colourful city while shooting a huge horde of crazy enemies with insane weaponry." I know, it's a tough job, but somebody has to do it.

As such, I can't deliver any sort of value judgement until next week, and I don't plan to. We're a classy outfit here at Dealspwn.com. But based on the first two hours of gameplay, those official videos and previous contact time at preview events, I'd like to offer a purely descriptive preview of what Sunset Overdrive has to offer, and to point out a incredibly basic fact about what Sunset Overdrive is bringing to the table at this late hour. Or more accurately, what it actually is and what it definitely isn't.

See, there's a big difference between a "sandbox" and a "playground," and understanding the distinction will help you make the most out of Insomniac's high-velocity shooter.

PREVIEW | Sunset Overdrive is a high-octane adventure playground

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Fallout 3 GOTY Edition only £2.50 at GamersGate

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Fallout 3, PC games, RPG
Fallout 3 GOTY Edition only £2.50 at GamersGate

Fallout 3: GOTY Edition (PC) | GamersGate | £2.50
Fallout 3: GOTY Edition PC Price Comparison | Fallout 3 Review

For my money, Fallout 3 is probably the best RPG of the last console generation and quite possibly the best game too. Its enormous game world was both enormous, unpredictable and dense; while the story and gameplay armed us with more choice than any other game I can think of.

If you haven't yet sampled Bethesda's exquisite take on the Fallout franchise, you can now get the GOTY Edition for less than a London pint. Thanks to ferreirm @ HUKD!

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor only £32.85 Xbox One

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Jonathan Lester
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Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor only £32.85 Xbox One

Shadow of Mordor | Simply Games | £32.85
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It's great to see Monolith back on form after so many years in the doldrums, and it's even better to see a genuinely fantastic Lord Of The Rings game that genuinely expands on the universe. This stealthy stabby brutal bloodsoaked experience shines thanks to the quality of its systems and its unique Nemesis mechanic that creates unique bosses to hunt and take down depending on your performance.

Better yet, SimplyGames have slashed the price of the Xbox One version down to £32.85. Thanks to imsomethingyournot @ HUKD!

3D Realms anthology contains 32 games for just £12.45

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Jonathan Lester
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3D Realms anthology contains 32 games for just £12.45

3D Realms are back in action, and to celebrate, they've released their entire back catalogue in a 32-game download compilation. Don't let that picture of a CD-ROM fool you, this is very much a download, and a very reasonable one at only £12.45.

Highlights include Wolfenstein 3D, the Commander Keens, Terminal Velocity (one of my favourite games ever, though Fury³ was better) and the good Duke Nukems, though personally, I bought this immediately for Alien Carnage AKA Halloween Harry. Ah, the happy hours I spent secretly installing this superb shareware shooter onto my school's computers. What fun.

You can see the whole list of games below, and expect to see plenty of Blast From The Past articles in the near future...

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The Morning Papers | Realms Of The Flaunting

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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The Morning Papers

Good morning! The big news today is that Super Smash Bros Wii U has 8-way battles, completely overshadowing the fact that 3D Realms has returned from the distant past. The old guard is back and promise to... erm, actually I have no idea considering that Gearbox still owns Duke Nukem. Here's hoping they sell, or 3D Realms do the right thing and develop a new generation of Terminal Velocity sequels.

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Blast From The Past | Crackdown

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Blast From The Past, Crackdown, Realtime Worlds, Xbox 360 games

Blast From The Past | Crackdown

Skills For Kills, Agent!

I've been playing a great deal of Sunset Overdrive recently. My hands are tied until our full review goes live next week, but for now, I can confirm our earlier assertions that it feels like an outrageous and anarchic mash-up of Crackdown and Jet Set Radio Future. Only twice as meta.

Ah, Crackdown and Jet Set Radio Future. Two truly excellent Xbox exclusives from generations past -- has it really been seven and twelve years?! -- that I'd dearly love to revisit. If only we had some sort of semi-regular article format where we glorify classics from yesteryear and explain why they still have a place in our hearts through rose-tinted spectacles.

Oh wait. We do. It's time to reboot Blast From The Past, and I think there's only one place to start. We'll cover Jet Set Radio Future next week... and start with one hell of a super-sandbox, agent.

Blast From The Past | Crackdown

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Lord Of The Rings bundle includes LEGO The Hobbit, LOTR & more for £7.49

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC games

Lord Of The Rings bundle includes LEGO The Hobbit, LOTR & more for £7.49

One Bundle to rule them all. One Bundle to find them. One bundle to bring them all onto your hard drive for £7.49.

Bundle Stars' Lord Of The Rings-themed bundle contains LEGO The Hobbit (and all DLC),  LEGO Lord Of The Rings, the extended version of Guardians Of Middle Earth and War In The North. The latter is pretty weak, but I personally found that deploying Eagle Smart Bombs doesn't get old.

Another great spot by jaystan @ HUKD!

FIFA 15 only £34.85 at SimplyGames on PS4 & Xbox One

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Jonathan Lester
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FIFA 15, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

FIFA 15 only £34.85 at SimplyGames on PS4 & Xbox One

FIFA 15 | SimplyGames PS4 & Xbox One | £34.85 (save £5)
Review | Video Review

FIFA 15 is an experimental art game in which you'll delve into Mandelbrot-inspired fractals to discover a hidden synesthesic world of... no, it's footy. This year's iteration is a bit faster and boasts superior player management. If you want in, SimplyGames will save you a fiver on the PS4 and Xbox One versions. Thanks to RK94 @ HUKD!

The Morning Papers | Here's Johnny!

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Jonathan Lester
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The Morning Papers | Here's Johnny!

Good morning! Today's big news is that ex-EA boss John Riccitiello is now the boss of the Unity 3D Engine. Will the gutsy little engine that can turn into a corporate juggernaut?

To be honest, though, I'm personally more excited about Titanfall's massive update that adds co-op and other unexpected features. Here are your headlines.

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The Morning Papers | Here's Johnny!

Shadow Warrior PS4 & Xbox One Review | Hot Mature Wang

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Bandai Namco, Devolver Digital, Flying Wild Hog, FPS, Games reviews, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

Shadow Warrior PS4 & Xbox One Review | Hot Mature Wang

Platforms: PS4 | Xbox One (reviewed)

Developer: Flying Wild Hog

Publisher: Bandai Namco | Devolver Digital

"If you miss the thrill of classic old-school shooters, the simple joy of blasting hordes of foes with oversized weapons and ferreting around for secrets, quicksaving and circle-strafing all the while, you should buy Shadow Warrior immediately."

I wrote this line a year ago in my Shadow Warrior PC review, and it still holds true today. Laughing at the limp linear patronising state of the FPS genre, Flying Wild Hog looked back at classic PC shooters and delivered a Wangtastic slam-bang, honest-to-goodness, three-fisted humdinger of a game with huge explorable levels, massive guns and enormous hordes of deadly demons to point them at.

Shadow Warrior PS4 & Xbox One Review | Hot Mature Wang

Now a pixel-perfect port is available on PS4 and Xbox One, meaning that console owners have the opportunity to find out what they've been missing. I could probably end the review here... but in all honesty, this is also an opportunity for me to right a wrong.

See, Shadow Warrior has matured like a fine wine, becoming more delicious with age, and a year of perspective makes me realise that I might have weighted certain aspects of the game too heavily even though my criticisms are still the same. On PC I accused many of its unique features of watering down and diluting the classic FPS formula I've loved since Doom, and they do, but a year on I find myself enjoying Shadow Warrior as the game it is rather than the game I wanted it to be.

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Boo! PSN Halloween Sale starts today

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PS Vita games, PS3 games

Boo! PSN Halloween Sale starts today

Ah, Halloween, the most annoying and pointless of all the holidays (seriously, even Guy Fawkes' Night has awesome fireworks!). Never mind, though, because it's also a time for digital distributors to launch some tasty horror-themed sales. Sony are quick off the mark and a week early, leading the charge with a pack of devilish discounts and scary savings.

Sorry. Anyway, the PS4 gets short shrift yet again as the PS3 and Vita pick up the slack. Dead Space is a steal at £3.99, while I'd personally recommend the utterly brilliant and shockingly overlooked Dead Space Extraction to anyone who still owns a PlayStation Move controller. For £5.79, it's a light gun masterclass. They're just the tip of the iceberg, joined by the likes of Resident Evil Revelations, Silent Hill (PSX original), BioShock and other worthwhile titles.

On Vita, meanwhile, I'd suggest taking a look at Toukiden: The Age Of Demons for any Monster Hunter fans (£14.99), alongside the dangerously sexy Demon Gaze at £15.99. It's a riot.

As always, check out the savings below courtesy of the EU PlayStation Blog and thanks to the eagle-eyed stevenjameshyde @ HUKD!

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