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The 7th Guest, STALKER: Clear Sky, Shadow Man, Xotic, Runespell Overture & more only £3.59 at Bundle Stars

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Jonathan Lester
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PC, PC games

The 7th Guest, STALKER: Clear Sky, Shadow Man, Xotic, Runespell Overture & more only £3.59 at Bundle Stars

Bundle Stars' Toxic bundle is another seriously impressive compilation, at least in terms of the potential savings. £3.59 will net you Darkout, Desperados 2: Cooper’s Revenge, Heroes of Annihilated Empires, Runespell: Overture, S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Clear Sky, Shadow Man, The 11th Hour, The 7th Guest, Tribloos 2 & Xotic Complete on Steam: a whole heap and helping of game.

I'd personally recommend Runespell: Overture, Xotic and STALKER: Clear Sky as the standout games of the pack - alongside the dated if hilariously cheesy (and incredibly difficult) puzzle classic The 7th Guest. Darkout is a reasonable craftbox but never quite delivered on its promises.

Beware Planet Earth! PC Review | B-Moovie

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Bandai Namco, Lightmare Studio, PC, PC games, Strategy games, Tower Defence games

Beware Planet Earth! PC Review | B-Moovie

Platform: PC (reviewed, £6.99) | iPad version in development

Developer: Lightmare Studio

Publisher: Bandai Namco

Aliens are out to steal our cows and it's up to us to defend them. With towers.

Beyond its B-Movie premise, Beware Planet Earth! initially appears to be a friendly if incredibly generic tower defence title. As adorable martians trundle along their preset paths with bovine abduction on their minds, we'll place a small selection of static turrets to halt their advance. Some deal direct damage. Others slow or debilitate the hordes. Our war economy is fuelled by currency dispensing machines that create a cog every few seconds, which we have to click to redeem -- thus adding a hectic resource collection minigame to the proceedings -- but otherwise it definitely feels like a retread of very old ground.

Stick with it, though, and Beware Planet Earth! might just surprise you.

Beware Planet Earth! PC Review | B-Moovie

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Xbox One April update is live, makes stuff better

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Firmware updates, Microsoft, Updates, Xbox One

Xbox One April update is live, makes stuff better

Microsoft has deployed the Xbox One's April firmware update, which contains a whole host of useful fixes and quality of life improvements. From Kinect fine-tuning and audio clarity to friends list tweaks and app updates, there are plenty of unglamorous yet very welcome improvements to be found here.

They've also promised beta previewers that the aggravating disc read errors have finally been squelched - we'll be the judge of that. You can see the headline features after the break (courtesy of Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb).

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You should not pass on LEGO LOTR for £4.00 at Greenman Gaming (PC)

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC games, Platform games, Platformers, TT Games, Warner Bros. Interactive

You should not pass on LEGO LOTR for £4.00 at Greenman Gaming (PC)

LEGO Lord Of The RingsGreenman Gaming | £4.00 (Save Over £3.50)
PC price comparisonLEGO Lord Of The Rings Review
Voucher Code: O3H7FE-D4NFO0-F0LIGK 

TT Games know how to make a game fun, hilarious and involving no matter how old the player - and LEGO Lord Of The Rings is no exception. Gentle yet compelling gameplay, anarchic humour and all your favourite characters in LEGO form has to be worth £4.00, no?

Why not wait for the new Hobbit tie-in to depreciate and play this to tide you over. Thanks to Jas10 @ HUKD!

Final Fantasy VIII only £4.00 on PC at Greenman Gaming

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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JRPG, PC, PC games, Square Enix

Final Fantasy VIII only £4.00 on PC at Greenman Gaming

Final Fantasy VIII | Greenman Gaming | £4.00 (RRP: £9.99)
Story: boring and convoluted | Characters: Terrible |  Controversy level: high
Voucher Code: O3H7FE-D4NFO0-F0LIGK

Final Fantasy VIII is only £4.00 on PC thanks to Greenman Gaming's O3H7FE-D4NFO0-F0LIGK voucher code, which is the good news. The bad news is that, in my opinion, it's not particularly good. A moany tosspot goes on a convoluted adventure with a bunch of forgettable idiots, experiencing gameplay and a Junctioning system that resembles an Excel spreadsheet.

However, I daresay you'll find a billion people who strongly disagree, and you could well be one of them!

Sleeping Dogs £3.00 at Greenman Gaming on PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Action Games, PC games

Sleeping Dogs £3.00 at Greenman Gaming on PC

Sleeping Dogs | Greenman Gaming | £3.00
Price ComparisonReview
Voucher Code: O3H7FE-D4NFO0-F0LIGK

This open-world action movie manages to be both gritty and over-the-top in the most gratuitous of ways. It's awesome. We'd suggest going out to watch The Raid 2, then coming back for some Sleeping Dogs afterwards, perhaps - especially since Greenman Gaming are practically giving it away as part of their weeklong dealsplosion. Thanks to Jas10 @ HUKD!

Get BioShock Infinite, Borderlands 2 & Civilization V for £11.95 all-in with the Aspyr Fantastic 3 Bundle (PC & Mac)

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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2K Games, PC, PC games

Get BioShock Infinite, Borderlands 2 & Civilization V for £11.95 all-in with the Aspyr Fantastic 3 Bundle (PC & Mac)

Aspyr Fantastic 3 bundle | MacGameStore | £11.95 ($19.95)
BioShock Infinite review | Borderlands 2 review

These three high-profile games have all been individually discounted to around the £4.99 mark over the last few months, but if you're in the market for the lot, MacGameStore's Aspyr Fantastic 3 bundle is pretty impressive. $19.95 equates to roughly £12 over here, which is a decent saving. Thanks to pgregg @ HUKD!

Persona 4: The Golden only £18.49 at Gameseek on PS Vita

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Atlus, JRPG, PS Vita, PS Vita games

Persona 4: The Golden only £18.49 at Gameseek on PS Vita

Persona 4: The Golden | Gameseek | £18.49
Price ComparisonPersona 4: The Golden Review
Voucher Code: QUIDCO

The PS Vita is a cult connoisseur's paradise, and Persona 4: The Golden is easily one of the best flagship games on the system. If not the best handheld games ever made. Matt awarded this splendid remake with a perfect score, which went above and beyond the incredible original with a full graphical makeover and hours of extra content. For £18.49 (including delivery a £2 saving with the QUIDCO voucher code), it's worth having in your life.

Thanks to cr3ampie @ HUKD, who also found the £17.50 deal last month!

The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing 2 Preview | Vamp, Vamp!

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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ARPG, Games previews, Indie Games, Loot grinder, Neocore Games, PC games, The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing

The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing 2 Preview | Vamp, Vamp!

Platforms: PC

Developer: Neocore Games

I can't wait for Van Helsing's next adventure.

Neocore Games came out swinging with a fantastic idea: a massive loot-grinding RPG delivered in three episodes, each lasting 12-15 hours apiece with save file compatibility. We therefore get an enormous slab of gunslinging, swordswinging, swashbuckling and teh phattest of lewtz delivered on our terms, allowing us to test the waters for £11.99 apiece and buy the whole thing for the same price as Diablo III's expansion pack. The first episode was solid, versatile, challenging and off-kilter; a real rip-roaring adventure that didn't take itself too seriously yet was deadly serious about its gameplay.

Now the legendary monster hunter finds himself defending a city under siege by the villainous General Harker, who throws an army of steampunk horrors at the grim defenders. It's time to don the floppy hat, grab our ghostly companion and unleash our inner Van Helsing... with a little more strategy this time around.

The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing 2 Preview | Vamp, Vamp!

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Invizimals: The Lost Kingdom Review | Don't Bother Finding It

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Games reviews, Magenta Software, Platformers, PS3, PS3 games, SCEE, Sony

Invizimals: The Lost Kingdom Review | Don't Bother Finding It

Platform: PS3

Developer: Magenta Software

Publisher: SCEE

When I was a lad, you'd find me dogfighting in Frontier Elite or hunting down Superfrog's trickier Easter eggs. We thrived on challenge as children and nothing has changed, because these days kids eat Ender Dragons for breakfast and noscope headshots for dessert. They certainly know that red barrels are likely to explode or that coloured tiles will unlock something when you step on them, but Invizimals: The Lost Kingdom has no respect for its young target audience. It painstakingly explains every primitive and dated mechanic, convinced that its players are brain-dead drones who mustn't be allowed to think for themselves.

Still, if you are a brain-dead drone, you might get some enjoyment out of this criminally generic and dull little platformer.

Invizimals: The Lost Kingdom Review | Don't Bother Finding It

We're deep in shovelware territory here. Tasked with bringing the Invizimals franchise to the PS3, Magenta Software decided that Augmented Reality sounded like hard work, so decided to deliver a by-the-numbers platformer instead. Presumably because it was a Friday afternoon. We step into the DayGlo jacket of Hiro, a young boy exploring the digital realm of the Invizimals for the first time, whose ability to transform into sixteen of the critters has potential for interesting gameplay.

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Titanfall: Expedition DLC contains three new maps, count 'em

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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DLC, EA, FPS, Respawn Entertainment, Titanfall

Titanfall: Expedition DLC contains three new maps, count 'em

Titanfall's first DLC pack has been revealed. Expedition will be included as part of the season pass, offering three new maps set in uncharted territory. Hence the name, really. Runoff, Swamplands and Wargames should provide some temples, jungles and swamps to leap and stomp through - but we hope it's supported by new modes and content too.

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Last-gen Titans & next-gen Hobbits do battle in this week's UK Charts

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Kinect Sports Rivals, Lego The Hobbit, Titanfall, UK Games Charts, UK retail

Last-gen Titans & next-gen Hobbits do battle in this week's UK Charts

Titanfall is now available on Xbox 360, and practically everyone bought it according to this week's UK charts. Respawn's shooter is back on top, with 71% of sales being the new... old... last-gen version. It's clear that we're not ready to say goodbye to generation seven just yet.

LEGO: The Hobbit has also released and is flying off the shelves, though word on the street is that TT Games have played things a little too safe this time, especially following the incredible Marvel Super Heroes. We'll have a review soon.

Kinect Sports Rivals also launched this week, straight into 14th place. Kinect's delayed killer app failed to ignite much interest, seeing as it's delayed and underwhelming, and frankly should have been a free pack-in. Meanwhile The Elder Scrolls Online is plummeting down the charts, though intensely enjoyable PvZ: Garden Warfare has leapt back into the top ten. See how the other familiar faces fared after the break.

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Get Cube & Star: An Arbitrary Love for 60p on IndieGameStand

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Doppler Interactive, Exploration, Indie Games, PC games

Get Cube & Star: An Arbitrary Love for 60p on IndieGameStand

Cube & Star: An Arbitrary Love | IndieGameStand | Minimum 60p

This fascinating indie experience is based on the thrill of adventure as you bring colour and life to some odd cubic worlds, meeting and discovering strange things along the way. It's great to dip into, and a steal at 60p for a Steam Code.

Retro Groupee Bundle 3 offers 8 left-field games for £1.79

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Indie Games, PC, PC games

Retro Groupee Bundle 3 offers 8 left-field games for £1.79

Indie Bundles aren't just about the big better-known games, as evidenced by this left-field little number. Groupees' Retro Bundle 3 includes Nosferatu, Another Perspective, 6180 the moon and Noir Syndrome for $1 minimum - alongside Dreaming Sarah, The LootCastle, Litil Divil, Droid Assault if you beat £1.79.

There's an interesting mix of genres and art styles here, though the only game I can personally vouch for is Droid Assault: an awesome and intense retro-themed shooter. Thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!

Get Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII for £17.98 from Zavvi (Xbox 360)

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, RPG Games, Square Enix, Xbox 360 games

Get Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII for £17.98 from Zavvi (Xbox 360)

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIIIZavvi | £14.95
Price ComparisonPreview

If you missed The Game Collection's £15 flash sale last week, Zavvi have slashed Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII down to £17.98, which is impressive considering that the game has only been out a few weeks. It's apparently the best in the trilogy that should have never been, despite an annoying time limit and wooden leading lady - though we wish that Square had just called time after XIII and worked on something else instead. Thanks to Edward_Nigma @ HUKD!

Invizimals: The Alliance Review | A Wild Brian Blessed Appears!

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Augmented Reality, Games reviews, Novarama, PS Vita, PS Vita games, RPG, SCEE

Invizimals: The Alliance Review | A Wild Brian Blessed Appears!

Platform: PS Vita

Developer: Novarama Technology

Publisher: SCEE

Invizimals wants to be Pokemon with augmented reality, real-time battles and Brian Blessed.

High concept formulas don't get any better than that, do they? Pokemon provides the addictive core of catching, training and battling some cool critters, brought to full 3D life by the Vita's processing power. Augmented Reality uses the cameras to merge the game world with our own, letting players discover creatures in the playground or office and throw down on the bus home. And Brian Blessed is a national treasure with an amazing beard. As such Invizimals: The Alliance ought to be the best game ever made, and at the very worst it's exactly the sort of mainstream family-friendly franchise the Vita needs right now.

And yet Novarama found a way to cock it up. They've over-developed it to within an inch of its life; drowning a strong and simple idea in a hot mess of obnoxious minigames.

Then added insult to injury by forcing us to dig out AR Cards every five seconds.

Invizimals: The Alliance Review | A Wild Brian Blessed Appears!

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Call Of Duty: Ghosts Only £12.85 on PS3 & Xbox 360 at SimplyGames

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Activision, FPS games, Infinity Ward, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games

Call Of Duty: Ghosts Only £12.85 on PS3 & Xbox 360 at SimplyGames

Call Of Duty: Ghosts | SimplyGames PS3Xbox 360 | £12.85
PS3Xbox 360 price comparison | Call Of Duty Ghosts Review

Call Of Duty: Ghosts treads water graphically and creatively, but for a hilariously low £12.85, we can't complain about the value for money here. If you're not interested in the superior next-gen versions, SimplyGames' deal is an absolute doozy. Thanks to theg @ HUKD!

Battlefield 4: Naval Strike DLC Review | Spare RHIBs

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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DICE, DLC, EA, FPS, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Battlefield 4: Naval Strike DLC Review | Spare RHIBs

Platforms: PC (reviewed)| PS3 | PS4 | Xbox 360 | Xbox One

Developer: DICE

Publisher: EA

"There is nothing... nothing... half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”

Ratty had it right. As did The Lonely Island. Naval combat is awesome, so we're delighted that Battlefield 4's selection of RHIBs, jetskis and attack boats finally have their chance to shine courtesy of the latest DLC. Aptly named Naval Strike, this new map pack contains four enormous waterlogged maps balanced for ship-to-ship combat, while infantry scurry to secure their objectives and aircraft hunt down their quarry on the high seas. As the cherry on the cake, we have a new game mode in Carrier Assault, which gives Battlefield 2142's beloved Titan gametype a wet and wild makeover. Forget tanks and heavy armour, because we're all about hovercraft and hidden Megalodons now.

Available as part of the Battlefield Premium service, Naval Strike certainly seems to be a breath of sea air, which we've now tested thoroughly enough to deliver our comprehensive verdict - from the new maps to the gear and gametypes. And then we'll finish up by having another rant about Battlefield 4's crappy netcode.

The Maps

Battlefield 4: Naval Strike DLC Review | Spare RHIBs

Wave Breaker is by far the strongest and most interesting of the new maps. An expansive network of small islands, naval approaches and airborne opportunities are clustered around a massive underground submarine pen: a nervy combination of long sight lines, balconies, gantries and tight corridors for well-organised squads to assault. Attack boats and RHIBs can breach the perimeter unless infantry raise flood barriers, while the drydocked submarine can be collapsed with devastating results if it sustains enough damage. Given the mix of massively open boat combat, helicopter shenanigans and brutal point-blank ground pounding, it's really rather special indeed.

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Divinity: Dragon Commander only £10.19 on Steam

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Action Games, Larian Studios, PC, PC games, Strategy games

Divinity: Dragon Commander only £10.19 on Steam

Divinity: Dragon Commander | Steam | £10.19 (save £20)
Review

Dragon Commander is utterly bonkers and we really rather love it. Risk-style strategy and RPG depth meets RTS combat that lets you fly around as a dragon with a jetpack. Ridiculous, but it works. If you read our review and like what you see, Steam are flogging it for £10.19, a considerable saving.