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Max Payne 3 slow-motion dives down to £3.99 on PSN

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Max Payne 3, PS3 games, Third Person Shooters

Max Payne 3 slow-motion dives down to £3.99 on PSN

Max Payne 3 is only £3.99 on PSN (PS3). Click here to buy it! >>

Max Payne 3 may not be the best game in the series, but it's certainly a cathartic and intense shooter in and of itself. Less film noir, more slow-mo abattoir. Either way, £3.99 is an incredibly cheap PS3 deal and a great spot by Spark @ HUKD!

Remember that you can download a couple of free DLC packs too.

Rune Factory 4 Review | The 3DS GOTY Has Finally Landed

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
3DS Games, JRPG, Life simulation, Marvelous Games, Rune Factory 4, Simulation games

Rune Factory 4 Review | The 3DS GOTY Has Finally Landed

We'd given Rune Factory 4 up for lost. The latest farming sim/RPG hybrid released Stateside nearly eleven months ago, but us Brits were left high and dry at the last minute. As such we've had to make do with the mediocre Hometown Story and decent if grindy Fantasy Life, shooting our transatlantic neighbours envious glances all the while.

But now, at the death, Rune Factory 4 has quietly released on the 3DS eShop thanks to XSEED and Marvelous Games... and I'm delighted to report that it was absolutely worth the wait. Each individual facet of the varied experience works brilliantly, from the farming to the dungeon crawling, life simulation, in-depth crafting and romance, but fit together so well that it feels like a cohesive single package rather than a jumble of random gameplay ideas.

In a Christmas that brought us Persona Q and Pokemon, Rune Factory 4 feels like a surprise present; as if I'd unwrapped the gifts under the tree only to discover a brand new bike waiting outside.

Click here to read more...

The Wii U is the must-have console of 2014 - no ifs, no buts

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
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Nintendo, Wii U, Wii U games

The Wii U is the must-have console of 2014 - no ifs, no buts

The so-called "console wars" are usually framed as a straight battle between the PS4 and Xbox One,  but over the last twelve months these two gaming titans have been thoroughly embarrassed by a quiet, humble yet devastatingly impressive contender. No ifs, no buts: the Wii U is the must-own console of 2014.

Some argue that "consoles are an investment," but I'm not convinced by the logic. Money in the bank is an investment. An investment is an investment. A console, meanwhile, is only as good as the games you can play on it right now, and this is just the first way in which the Wii U proves its worth for any serious gamer.

There's no denying that Nintendo released their system sellers this year. Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros deliver local multiplayer perfection -- a niche that both Microsoft and Sony are ill-equipped to contest -- while Bayonetta 2 casually destroys the hardcore competition. A triple-threat of essential software to be sure, but dwelling on these three games does the Wii U's software library a huge disservice.

The Wii U is the must-have console of 2014 - no ifs, no buts

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The Morning Papers | Heists!

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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The Morning Papers

Good morning!

After a year of waiting, Rockstar have finally confirmed that GTA Online's Heists will arrive early next year. There'll be 5 story strands and 20 missions in total, not to mention a selection of new vehicles and opportunities for crazy co-op shenanigans. Don't get me wrong, the fact that it took so long was shameful, but we can't wait to play it nonetheless.

Glad to see that my sleazy namesake Lester is on form - he's the handsome one of the family. Here are your headlines.

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The Morning Papers | Heists!

Own the Blue Shell with the Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition for £44.99 at GAME

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Mario Kart 8, Racing Games, Wii U games

Own the Blue Shell with the Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition for £44.99 at GAME

The Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition is only £44.99 at GAME. Click here to buy >>

Wouldn't it be great to have your own Blue Shell in real life? Well if a small plastic replica will do, GAME are selling the Mario Kart 8 Limited Edition for £44.99, which is the cheapest price around by well over a tenner. Thanks to Sedifet @ HUKD!

Click here to read our Mario Kart 8 review, and remember to bookmark our games deals stream for the latest bargains.

Beat £0.16 for Obludia on IndieGameStand, RRP £5.99

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Obludia, PC games, SHMUP

Beat £0.16 for Obludia on IndieGameStand, RRP £5.99

Obludia is now £0.16 minimum at IndieGameStand. Click here to buy! >>

A fairly basic dualstick-shooter by all accounts, Obludia is usually £5.99 on Steam but can be yours for as low as 16p on IndieGameStand. However, you'll need to beat at least £0.64 in order to get a Steam code and those oh-so-tasty trading cards. The jury's out on quality but I'm not sure how wrong you could go for so little money.

Remember to bookmark our gaming deals stream for more cheap PC games deals.

The Xbox One Bundle Barrage: Microsoft aren't desperate, it's just good business

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Microsoft, Xbox One

The Xbox One Bundle Barrage: Microsoft aren't desperate, it's just good business

The Xbox One has been crushing it this Christmas. Phil Spencer's plan was brilliantly simple -- release some great games, cut the price and the gamers will come -- and seems to be working like a charm. Retailers fought tooth and nail to offer the best bundles over Black Friday and beyond, while only today we posted about an insane Xbox One bundle deal with 6 AAA games (thanks again to preparationiskey @ HUKD!). It's great to see a big company move so quickly and even better to see them moving in the right direction too.

And yet, according to plenty of folks out there in internet land, this is somehow a bad thing.

Microsoft are desperate. Microsoft are losing money. Microsoft have gone mad. Microsoft are pathetic.

No. Let's get some perspective here.

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Calling all armchair emperors - Total War: Rome II Emperor Edition from £7.49, all DLC on sale

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC games, Strategy games, Total War: Rome II

Calling all armchair emperors - Total War: Rome II Emperor Edition from £7.49, all DLC on sale

Total War: Rome II Emperor Edition is only £7.49 on The Humble Store. Click here to buy it! >>

Alternatively, GamersGate are charging £7.50, a penny dearer but lasting an extra day. Click here to buy it! >>

Both offer Steam codes. There's no denying that Total War: Rome II was embarrassingly buggy at launch, but things have improved and the game is now up to snuff. You can read Matt's full review for the details, and remember that this is the Emperor Edition that includes an extra Campaign Pack. Thanks to Muryu13 and Mark!

GamersGate are also throwing a massive Total War sale that includes all the DLC and other games in the series at major discounts. Browse the selection and see what takes your fancy!

The Xbox Live Countdown To Christmas Sale starts today!

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

The Xbox Live Countdown To Christmas Sale starts today!

The Xbox Live Countdown To Christmas Sale has started, providing loads of cheap Xbox One deals and Xbox 360 discounts. Here are just a few of the highlights...

Magic 2015 is £4.00 on Xbox One. Click here to buy. >>

Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes is £6.60 on Xbox One. Click here to buy. >>

Titanfall GOTY is £9.99 on Xbox 360. Click here to buy. >>

Dungeon Defenders is £2.99 on Xbox 360. Click here to buy. >>

Resident Evil Revelations is £6.59 on Xbox 360. Click here to buy. >>

We've got all the deals and links below, thanks to a magnificent effort from teddy1590, sunnyrain, martic and of course Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb! Make sure to frequent our games deals stream so you don't miss out on the upcoming Xbox Live deals throughout the week.

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The Biggest Potential Disappointments Of 2015 | Top Ten Tuesdays

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Fable Legends, Final Fantasy XV, Godus, No Man's Sky, Quantum Break, The Division, The Order: 1886

The Biggest Potential Disappointments Of 2015 | Top Ten Tuesdays

We call it how we see it here at Dealspwn. Often that means we get incredibly excited about upcoming games -- sometimes too excited, I'll admit -- but by the same token we also can't help but grow concerned after testing, previewing and analysing titles that seem to be headed down a worrying path. Or worse, are being hyped far too much.

So, as per our yearly tradition, here are the ten games with the most potential to disappoint us or otherwise fail to live up to their hype in 2015. Obviously we're not saying that every game on this list will be bad, and we desperately want to be wrong. We want to be made to look like small-minded idiots by games that defy our expectations... or give us realistic expectations in the first place.

Here's hoping, but for now, be prudent with your pre-orders...

10: No Man's Sky

Whoa there. Calm down. Let me explain.

The problem here isn't with the game, rather it's with some of the crazy expectations I see day in, day out, from people who don't know what No Man's Sky actually is. I.e. an exploration game where you chart a lonely course through a vast and mainly empty universe, offering the thrill of discovery above anything else. It's not some sort of multiplayer space sim sandbox (to be clear, you'll likely never see anyone you know due to the size of the universe, the distances involved and your random placement therein). If you've played MirrorMoon EP, you'll know roughly what to expect since the basic premise is exactly the same.

I suspect that No Man's Sky will be incredible, but like many niche games it won't be for everyone. Especially for those who are expecting a totally different game. Do your homework to avoid disappointment, and remember that too much hype can kill even the most wonderful things.

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The Morning Papers | Rerun DMC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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The Morning Papers

Good morning!

Perhaps realising that creating awesome new games isn't their forte, Capcom have announced that DMC: Devil May Cry and Devil May Cry IV are headed to PS4 and Xbox One next year. We're not entirely sure why, but at least it will be fun to play as Nero again. His ridiculous arm more than makes up for his emo idiocy, and more to the point, here's hoping that Devil May Cry V will follow shortly afterwards.

In other news, Forza Horizon 2 has received a massive expansion and Final Fantasy XV looks hilariously terrible. I'm not sure if nondescript confusing black outfits are worse than overdesigned cosplay bait, but neither is ideal. Here are your headlines.

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Save on sneaking, grooving, puzzling & more on The Humble Store today - Stealth Bastard Deluxe only £0.69, Dungeon Hearts just £0.49

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Bit.Trip Runner, Cosmic DJ, Dungeon Hearts, PC games, Stealth Bastard Deluxe

Save on sneaking, grooving, puzzling & more on The Humble Store today - Stealth Bastard Deluxe only £0.69, Dungeon Hearts just £0.49

There's nothing humble about the massive savings you can get on The Humble Store today.

Stealth Bastard Deluxe is only £0.69. Click here to buy. >>

Dungeon Hearts is just £0.49. Click here to buy. >>

BIT.TRIP Runner is £0.99. Click here to buy >>

Cosmic DJ is a steal at £0.99. Click here to buy. >>

Eets Munchies is £0.69. Click here to buy. >>

Stealth Bastard Deluxe is the main event here -- you'll save more than £6 and get a great game to boot. Click here for our full Stealth Bastard Deluxe review. Remember to bookmark our gaming deals stream and cheap PC games deals, and give full thanks and credit to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!

Today only: Xbox One Stereo Headset just £26.97 at Gamestop

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Xbox On Stereo Headset, Xbox One accessories

Today only: Xbox One Stereo Headset just £26.97 at Gamestop

The Xbox One Stereo Headset is now £26.97. Click here to buy it! >>

Gamestop are running this deal for one day only, which will save you a few quid on this decent piece of kit. I'd personally recommend this over the awful standard mono headset as it's vastly more comfortable for long sessions. Thanks and credit to FantasyDeals @ HUKD!

Be sure to check out our Xbox One buyer's guide and bookmark our games deals stream for games bargains on the run-up to Christmas!

Xbox One with 6 AAA games (including Halo MCC & Alien Isolation) only £349.99 - massive bundle deal alert

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Console bundles, Xbox One Games

Xbox One with 6 AAA games (including Halo MCC & Alien Isolation) only £349.99 - massive bundle deal alert

Wow. You can now get an Xbox One with the Halo Master Chief Collection, Alien Isolation, Wolfenstein, Forza 5 GOTY, Murdered: Soul Suspect and Call Of Duty: Ghosts is now just £349.99. Click here to buy it! >>

You'll need to use the latest Rakuten voucher code for the discount. Just enter spend350 at the checkout - make sure you have a full account as guests can't apply the voucher. This is a serious bit of bargain bundle. Thanks to preparationiskey @ HUKD!

Be sure to check out our Xbox One buyer's guide for the best prices and essential info for new/prospective Xbox One owners. Click here for more console bundle deals, and make sure you've bookmarked our games deals stream.

Get a PS4 console bundle with The Last Of Us Remastered, LittleBigPlanet 3, DriveClub & Watch Dogs for just £349.99 before Christmas

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Console bundles, PS4 games

Get a PS4 console bundle with The Last Of Us Remastered, LittleBigPlanet 3, DriveClub & Watch Dogs for just £349.99 before Christmas

A PS4 with The Last Of Us Remastered, LittleBigPlanet 3, DriveClub and Watch Dogs is now £349.99. Click here to buy it! >>

You'll need to use the latest Rakuten voucher code for the discount. Just enter spend350 at the checkout - make sure you have a full account as guests can't apply the voucher. Thanks BuzzDuraband!

Be sure to check out our PS4 buyer's guide. Click here for more console bundle deals, and make sure you've bookmarked our games deals stream.

PS4 last-minute Christmas Buyer's Guide | Cheapest Bundles, Hottest Games, Last Postage

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Buyer's Guide, Christmas Buyer's Guide, Console bundles, PS4, PS4 games

PS4 last-minute Christmas Buyer's Guide | Cheapest Bundles, Hottest Games, Last Postage

Christmas is fast approaching, so this is your last week to grab some cheap Xbox One games deals before last postage on December 19th. In case you haven't managed to grab some bargains and Christmas presents yet, we're here to help with a special last-minute version of our annual console buyer's guides packed with useful advice, cheap console bundle deals and the best games bargains for the hottest software.

The PS4 has been flying off the shelves this past year on the strength of its beefy specifications, best-in-class controller, affordable pricing, nifty features and the promise of more quality first-party exclusives. Unfortunately we'll have to wait until next year for big hitters like Bloodborne and Uncharted 4, but the PS4 makes up for it with canny third-party deals, superb indie games and an impressively varied lineup of software big and small.

In this guide we'll discuss the hardware, software and then the cheapest way to get up and running.

PS4 Bundle Deals!

PS4 last-minute Christmas Buyer's Guide | Cheapest Bundles, Hottest Games, Last Postage

For those who want a taste of both new and old, GAME are currently running a PS4 bundle with The Last Of Us Remastered, DriveClub and FIFA 15 for £349.99. You can get it either in black or white. Thanks to preparationiskey @ HUKD!

Argos are also running an amazing PS4 bundle deal at the moment, which includes The Last Of Us Remastered, GTA V and Far Cry 4 for  £349.99! Scroll down to see the special offers -  you want option 2, which expires tomorrow. Thanks luke-kirk!

Want more? GAME are running some massive £399.99 offers with a Blu-Ray movie to boot.

If you're in the market for a standalone glacier white console, you can grab a bargain at Gamestop for £299.97. Note that their customer service leaves much to be desired, though. Thanks to ahmadfirdausazmi @ HUKD!

Don't mind a refurb? Fill your boots with this crazy cheap solus PS4 for £269 at Tesco! Thanks oUkTuRkEyIII.

Finally, though this isn't exactly a deal, you can be in with a chance of buying a limited edition PSOne-version this week!

Click here to read more...

More PC bargains hit The Humble Store - Warlock 2: The Exiled only £3.74, The Swapper just £1.99

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Hotline Miami, PC games, Retro City Rampage, The Swapper, Warlock 2: The Exiled

More PC bargains hit The Humble Store - Warlock 2: The Exiled only £3.74, The Swapper just £1.99

The Humble Store Winter Sale continues with some smart PC bargains.

Warlock II: The Exiled is only £3.74. Click here to buy. >>

Brilliant puzzle game The Swapper is just £1.99. Click here to buy. >>

Retro City Rampage DX is still only £1.09. Click here to buy. >>

Hotline Miami is just £1.29. Click here to buy. >>

Not The Robots is a crazy £0.69. Click here to buy. >>

Thanks to jaystan, Fantasy Deals and Webhead. Make sure you bookmark our gaming deals stream for further bargains!

Xbox One last-minute Christmas Buyer's Guide | Cheapest Bundles, Hottest Games, Last Postage

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
Tags:
Buyer's Guide, Christmas Buyer's Guide, Console bundles, game deals, Games deals, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Xbox One last-minute Christmas Buyer's Guide | Cheapest Bundles, Hottest Games, Last Postage

Christmas is fast approaching, so this is your last week to grab some cheap Xbox One games deals before last postage on December 19th. In case you haven't managed to grab some bargains and Christmas presents yet, we're here to help with a special last-minute version of our annual console buyer's guides packed with useful advice, cheap console bundle deals and the best games bargains for the hottest software.

We'll start with the Xbox One, which has experienced a very interesting twelve months. A change in leadership and focus saw a £429.99 entertainment centre become a £329.99 console, making the much-vaunted Kinect sensor 2.0 obsolete in the process. More importantly, though, the Xbox One is now a thoroughbred games machine and currently boasts a superior lineup than Sony's contender. This will likely change come Spring 2015, but for now, the best games really are on Xbox One.

Xbox One Bundle Deals!

Xbox One last-minute Christmas Buyer's Guide | Cheapest Bundles, Hottest Games, Last Postage

Let's start strong with the best Xbox One bundle deals before moving on to buying advice and the game collection. The recent price cut has sparked a massive retailer price war, and though you've missed some hot Black Friday deals, there are still some decent options about.

Argos has been crushing it with their cheap console bundle deals recently, and have teamed up with Microsoft for another great package. £339.99 will net you an Xbox One console bundle with Minecraft, Forza Motorsport 5 and an extra controller.

GAME's Black Friday deals may be over, but they're running a decent price for an Xbox One with Forza 5 GOTY, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Advanced Warfare and an extra controller for multiplayer shenanigans.

For those of you who want to be spoiled for choice on the games front. ShopTo are currently running a great big £400 bundle deal with five big games, including GTA V, Advanced Warfare, Forza 5, Titanfall and Wolfenstein: The New Order. Sadly you've missed the chance for an extra £50 discount, but we'll keep an eye on it. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!

You can also use the new Rakuten voucher code to pick up a couple of tasty bundles via TheGameCollection.

The Sunset Overdrive Limited Edition White Xbox One bundle is rather eyecatching and should look great under the tree. Amazon are currently the cheapest around with their £319.99 price tag.

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Own a Wii U? Protect your GamePad with a ridiculously cheap £2 Carry Case

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Wii U GamePad Carry Case, Wii U games

Own a Wii U? Protect your GamePad with a ridiculously cheap £2 Carry Case

The GAMEware Wii U GamePad carry case is now only £2. Click here to buy it from GAME! >>

I'm not sure what else to say other than, "you might as well." Should you need to carry the GamePad to a friends's house (if you're bringing the console over for some sweet Smash action) or store the slate-like controller for a while, this padded bag offers decent protection at an insanely cheap price. Thanks to googley2 @ HUKD!

Make sure to check out more cheap  Wii U deals in our gaming deals section.

The Morning Papers | EX-clusive Power Stance

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
The Morning Papers

Good morning!

I hope you're rested and ready for action, because the big news of the weekend is that we got our first look at Street Fighter V. Stop the presses: two opponents kick and punch each other a bit on a 2D plane, except it's much prettier, facial expressions are fantastic and the way the EX-Meter works has changed with the addition of power stances and different starting levels.

We also assume it now stands for EX-clusive. Here are your headlines.

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The Morning Papers | EX-clusive Power Stance