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Arctic Bundle includes snowy games for a hot £1.89

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Arctic Bundle includes snowy games for a hot £1.89

The Bundle Stars Arctic Bundle predictably contains a number of games set (and even developed) in colder climates. £1.89 will net you the excellent Syberia adventures, along with Scratches, Nikopol, Post Mortem and Still Life 1 & 2. Niche, definitely, but stonkingly cheap too.

Thanks to LilHammerette @ HUKD!

The Morning Papers | Big Deal, Mighty Elephants

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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The Morning Papers

The Morning Papers | Big Deal, Mighty Elephants

Extra, extra, read all about it! Microsoft buys Mojang for $2.5 billion! Also Destiny is quite popular!

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Daily Bite: Xbook One

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Jonathan Lester
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Funnies
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Daily Bite

This is a real thing that you can buy with money.

Receiver now FREE on the Humble Store

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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FPS, Wolfire Games

Receiver now FREE on the Humble Store

Receiver | The Humble Store | £0.00 (RRP: £3.99)

Free stuff alert! Experimental FPS Receiver is currently free on The Humble Store for the next 24 hours - just scroll down to the box and pop in your email. It's a very different approach to usual shooters, obsessed by how guns actually work, look, reload and operate in real life. You'll save £3.99 and become remarkably proficient in handling a Colt 1911 A1 in the process.

Sacred Citadel just £0.68 on The Humble Store tonight

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Brawler, PC games, Sacred Citadel, Southend Interactive

Sacred Citadel just £0.68 on The Humble Store tonight

Sacred Citadel | The Humble Store | £0.68 (RRP: £7.99)
PC Price Comparison | Sacred Citadel Review

I'm not sure why Deep Silver comissioned the awful Sacred 3 when Sacred Citadel does its job a hundred times better. Neat classes, great brawling, no messing - with a few foibles that can be forgiven for a ridiculous £0.68. Epic in local co-op, accept no substitute. Read our full review for details.

Deal expires at 06:00 tomorrow (September 16th).

Iron Fisticle Review | Nailed It

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Curve Studios, Games reviews, Indie Games, PC games, SHMUP, Shooter

Iron Fisticle Review | Nailed It

Platform: PC (Steam, £5.99, releases tomorrow)

Developer: Curve Studios

Oh yes. Iron Fisticle is the good stuff.

Reckless innovation isn't the only way to make a cracking boutique game. Take a classic genre from yesteryear as a foundation, then build a rock-solid experience on top of it that's mechanically refined, satisfying to play and forward-thinking without losing the nostalgia factor.

Iron Fisticle nails it: an uncomplicated and deeply wholesome fusion of Robotron and Gauntlet that absolutely delivers where it counts. Hectic action, a fantastic arsenal, deceptively deep moment-to-moment action and an addictive progression system that makes each game over a little victory of its own. It's not going to change the face of the industry, but it's bloody good fun.

Iron Fisticle Review | Nailed It

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Starpoint Gemini 2 (Early Access) just £11.39 on Steam, out soon

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Little Green Men Games, PC games, Space Sim, Strategy games

Starpoint Gemini 2 (Early Access) just £11.39 on Steam, out soon

Starpoint Gemini 2 | Steam | £11.39 (RRP: £18.99)
Starpoint Gemini 2 hands-on preview

Starpoint Gemini 2 is out soon, and it's already quite brilliant. Mixing real-time 3D space combat with exploration, RPG progression and fleet strategy, the early access build's freeform sandbox mode is a lot of fun... but the story and campaign is still an unknown quantity. It's out of Early Access and into v1.0 very soon, with a 40% discount if you take the plunge now. Our preview is on site if you want to know more.

Get all the Alan Wake for £4.64 on the Humble Store

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC games, Remedy Entertainment

Get all the Alan Wake for £4.64 on the Humble Store

Alan Wake FranchiseHumble Bundle | £4.64
Alan Wake ReviewAmerican Nightmare Review
Price Comparison

Here's another great opportunity for latecomers to grab the entire Alan Wake franchise -- or more accurately the excellent PC version of Alan Wake and its neat downloadable follow-up Alan Wake's American Nightmare. £4.64 is well worth it if you like your horror of the uncanny Twin Peaks variety. Thanks to fattyuk @ HUKD!

Shadowgrounds only £0.39 on The Humble Store, save £3.60

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Jonathan Lester
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Shadowgrounds only £0.39 on The Humble Store, save £3.60

Shadowgrounds | The Humble Store | 39p (Steam RRP: £3.99)

If you're in the market for a bit of hectic top-down shooting, Shadowgrounds is going to be 39p well spent. It's old-school running and gunning at its most ridiculous, and a damn sight better than the Alien Breed reboots. The Humble Bundle will flog you a Steam code at what appears to be a 90% saving. Thanks to the ever-vigilant jaystan @ HUKD!

The Morning Papers | Your Daily News Digest

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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3DS Games, GTA V, Morning Papers, Super Smash Bros

The Morning Papers | Your Daily News Digest

Good morning! Kick off your slippers, pop the kettle on and welcome to the first edition of a new section we call The Morning Papers.

You might have noticed that way we cover news has changed over the last few months. Rather than bombarding you with editorialised press releases and hype trailers, we'd much rather get stuck into the biggest headlines with articles and features, while keeping you up to date with the latest previews, reviews, interviews, exclusive stories and video content. Especially since the big transatlantic stories break after hours and overnight.

However, we don't want you to be out of the loop when it comes to the latest from our industry. So here is your daily news digest complete with links to the source of the stories, allowing you to get clued up before starting your day.

Or in other words... extra, extra, read all about it!

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Daily Bite: Duck Tales IRL

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Jonathan Lester
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Funnies
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Daily Bite

Gaming-related? Tenuous. Best thing ever? Absolutely.

Massive DRM-free savings in the GOG 6th Birthday Sale

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Jonathan Lester
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PC games

Massive DRM-free savings in the GOG 6th Birthday Sale

GOG.com's weekend promo may be 'indie-tastic,' but their 6th birthday sale is the real deal. There are bargains galore until 11:00 BST tomorrow, including classics like System Shock 2 and Urban Chaos to the likes of Divinity: Dragon Commander, the Rise Of The Triad reboot, Reus and Avernum: The Complete saga at massive discounts. Also Leisure Suit Larry.

Click here to see the selection and behold the savings below.

Be sure to wish them a happy birthday... and thank jaystan @ HUKD for the find!

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GOG.com weekend promo is "Indietastic"

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC games

GOG.com weekend promo is "Indietastic"

The weekend is only a few short hours away, as evidenced by another GOG.com sale kicking off.

Indie games are our discounts du jour, including some absolutely screaming deals on some great niche titles you probably haven't tried. My personal recommendations (with links to our reviews!) include the utterly addictive Desktop Dungeons at £4.61, Gemini Rue and Primordia for £1.84, Redshirt at £1.53 and thought-provoking adventure Ether One for £4.92.

Some usual Bundle suspects like To The Moon and Macharium round out the offerings, so be sure to check your Steam backlog just in case.

PREVIEW | Act Of Aggression brings back the classic RTS with a vengeance

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Act Of Aggression, Eugen Systems, Focus Home Interactive, Games previews, Gamescom 2014, PC games

PREVIEW | Act Of Aggression brings back the classic RTS with a vengeance

Some say that Real Time Strategy is a dying genre, but Eugen Systems are having none of it. After shifting a million copies of Wargame, the passionate PC studio plans to bring the RTS back to its roots.

Act Of Aggression may be the spiritual successor to 2005's Act Of War, but judging by what Eugen co-founder Alexis Le Dressay showed me at Gamescom 2014, it's also set to be a spiritual revival of the classic fast-paced, over-the-top and brutal RTS action we once adored in the Command & Conquer days.

PREVIEW | Act Of Aggression brings back the classic RTS with a vengeance

Set in the 2020s, Act Of Aggression sees three factions fighting over real-world locations in the strategic equivalent of a Clancy-esque techno thriller. The US' conventional military might faces off against the shadowy Cartel: a high-tech criminal syndicate who tacitly fund a vast number of PMCs, bringing sleek and futuristic tech to the table. Like the Brotherhood of NOD, perhaps, only eschewing religion for big business and bigger tanks. Finally, the United Nations rely on the Chimera; a hardbitten Private Military contractor empowered to act on their behalf.

The stage is set for epic showdowns on asymmetrical maps, with the time-honoured gameplay pillars of resource collection, base-building, tech trees and high-octane combat between dozens of powerful units and aircraft. However, despite its old-school pretensions, Act Of Aggression is loaded with cutting-edge new features that make real strategy the key to victory.

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Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning just £4.99 on Steam

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Jonathan Lester
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PC games, RPG
Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning just £4.99 on Steam

Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning | Steam | £4.99
Price Comparison | Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning Review

Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning is a seriously big game, and one that balances exploration and character skill development with exciting moment-to-moment combat. The fantasy setting is thoroughly uninspired and as insipid as they come, but there's no quibbling with the raw value. The DLC and 'full version' is also on sale, Tsung reminds us in the comments.

Thanks once again to jaystan @ HUKD!

Capcom Weekend brings big Steam savings

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Jonathan Lester
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Capcom, PC games

Capcom Weekend brings big Steam savings

Steam and Capcom, sitting in a tree. S-A-V-I-N-G.

Some major discounts are up for grabs this weekend, including a Remember Me for £4.59, Dark Void Zero at £0.59, Lost Planet for £1.99 and Resi Revelations for £7.49.

Resident Evil 6 is also a steal at £4.99 if you're in the market for a rollicking co-op shooter.

Anyway, browse the splash page and see if anything takes your fancy. Thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!

Register a 3DS with Super Smash Bros or Pokemon to get a free game...

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Jonathan Lester
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Register a 3DS with Super Smash Bros or Pokemon to get a free game...

...But remember that a new model is out next year!

Perhaps finally realising that announcing a New 3DS with a faster processor will stop people buying the original versions this Christmas, Nintendo have decided to sweeten the deal with a free digital download if you buy and register a new 3DS and one of the big winter titles.

Note that I'm talking about a new 3DS, not a "New 3DS." Oh gawd.

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Rising Star Games celebrate 10th Birthday with 3DS sale

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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3DS Games, Rising Star games

Rising Star Games celebrate 10th Birthday with 3DS sale

Happy birthday, Rising Star Games! Having spent ten years sourcing niche games and bringing them to Europe, the venerable localisers have decided to celebrate by throwing a 3DS eShop sale. Highlights include BIT.TRIP Saga for £7.20 and Virtue's Last Reward for £9.99.

You'll find the offers on the eShop, hence no links. Thanks to riverlution @ HUKD!

  • Beyblade: Evolution (-50%): £9.99
  • BIT TRIP SAGA (-60%): £7.20
  • Girls’ Fashion Shoot (-60%): £7.99
  • Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi (-60%): £11.99
  • Harvest Moon: Tale of Two Towns (-50%): £8.99
  • Hometown Story (-50%): £14.99
  • Jewel Master: Cradle of Rome 2 (-75%): £4.49
  • Jewel Master: Cradle of Egypt 2 (-75%): £4.49
  • Shifting World (-60%): £7.20
  • Super Black Bass 3D (-75%): £4.49
  • Virtue’s Last Reward (-50%): £9.99

Evolve: where's the longevity? Turtle Rock explains progression, mastery & e-Sports

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Evolve, PC games, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

Evolve: where's the longevity? Turtle Rock explains progression, mastery & e-Sports

But they're still "refining" the specifics

Evolve is shaping up to be great fun. After Matt and Brendan tried out Turtle Rock's 4 vs 1 shooter earlier this year, I leapt on the latest production build at Gamescom and succeeded in annihilating a team of uncoordinated hunters as a mine-spewing Kraken. Then I ate them.

However, one of the main concerns about the delayed project is whether or not its short matches will provide the longevity that many players look for in their top-tier shooters, and remain relevant once the novelty wears off. Will it have a progression system? How robust is it? What about eSports and DLC?

Apparently Turtle Rock are still "refining" the specifics and making the most of the delay, but producer Denby Grace filled me in on the latest details at Gamescom.

"There is a meta-progression system in the game, and again it's still being heavily refined, but the way it works at its core is you unlock new characters by playing that class," Grace told me during a video interview. "So you unlock new monsters by playing as the monster and sort of progressing up. But then the other thing is that you actually earn mastery with your individual ability or weapon, and you can skill those up as well. So as you're ranking up in the game, your character will have certain levels for each of its abilities.

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COMMENT | Resident Evil Revelations 2 will be episodic - and that's absolutely brilliant

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Capcom, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Survival Horror Games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

COMMENT | Resident Evil Revelations 2 will be episodic - and that's absolutely brilliant

Following the success of Resident Evil Revelations, the superb 3DS survival horror title that had the chops (and HD assets) to survive on home consoles, the news of a sequel was music to our ears. Revelations 2 will star Claire Redfield and Barry Burton's daughter in an all-new adventure, promising to focus on gruelling and tense survival in a mysterious island facility.

However, Capcom have now announced an interesting little wrinkle. The game will eventually be available on a single disc costing approximately £25, but it will initially release in four weekly downloadable episodes at $5.99 a pop, with the option of a season pass with an extra discount.

Our take? This is ruddy brilliant.

Not just because we've got more choice over how to buy it, but because Capcom have finally woken up to what went wrong with Resident Evil 5 and 6.

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