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Wasteland 2 £13.99 at CDKeys

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Wasteland 2 £13.99 at CDKeys

Wasteland 2 | CDKeys | £13.99

Wasteland 2 is fantastic by all accounts, so long as you love your faithful old-school RPGs (which we adore to a man), so this £13.99 price has to be worth checking out. Thanks to BattleMoose87 @ HUKD!

You can get an extra discount by 'liking' the Facebook page and using the voucher.

The Groupees Giveback Bundle is free to previous customers

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Jonathan Lester
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The Groupees Giveback Bundle is free to previous customers

Have you bought any Groupees Bundle over the last 12 months? If so, the Groupees Giveback Bundle will have been automatically delivered to your profile and free to download!

If you haven't, you can still consider spending about 63p for an odd little package of games, OSTs and comics, highlights being SanctuaryRPG and Borealis.

HANDS-ON | The Crew is an insanely ambitious adventure playground

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Games previews, PC games, PS4 games, The Crew, Xbox One Games

HANDS-ON | The Crew is an insanely ambitious adventure playground

But does it work?

There's a reason why The Crew has taken so long to develop. It's breathtakingly ambitious.

Ubisoft describe it as an "MMO driving experience," but it's really an enormous adventure playground for cars shaped like the United States. Instead of swings and roundabouts we have enormous caricatures of American cities, national parks, famous landmarks, miles upon miles of road and terrain to explore. Instead of slides and climbing frames we have ski slopes, ramps and hills. The Crew is stuffed with events, races and mingames, whether you're hammering around a street circuit, ramming a high value target into the Grand Canyon or smashing through a dense forest like the Endor scene from Return Of The Jedi. Only with a LaFerrari instead of a speeder.

HANDS-ON | The Crew is an insanely ambitious adventure playground

We enter this crazy canvas alone and offline or online with other players streamed into our session, able to meet up with our friends, join factions, and complete all events in competitive co-op. We'll continually earn new cars, parts and upgrades. And on top of all that, there's even a story.

This all sounds good, but the more moving parts a game has, the more likely it is to go spectacularly wrong. After testing the latest Xbox One production build for several hours at Ubisoft UK's Guildford HQ, I'm inclined to believe that the The Crew is more or less on the right track -- and significantly more fun when you leave the track behind to go exploring with a few mates.

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The Crew Video Interview | "We trust you. Go and have fun!"

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Driving games, MMO, PC games, PS4 games, The Crew, Video Interview, Xbox One Games

The Crew is utterly enormous in scope and ambitious in scale, but with so many moving parts, there's a lot to take in. It's an 'MMO driving experience' in a massive open world with numerous events, a storyline, factions, exploration, progression, 'shared-world' multiplayer and unlockable cars to consider. How will it work? Will it work at launch, given Ubisoft's track record with Uplay and PC?

Luckily Creative Director Julian Gerighty was on hand for a lengthy interview.

Stay tuned for our detailed hands-on preview later today!

COMMENT | Destiny's Loot Cave is fixed, but a deeper shame remains

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Destiny

Destiny's Treasure Cave may be gone, but should not be forgotten.

If it could talk, I think it would sound a lot like Halo 2's Gravemind. "I am a monument to all your sins," it would growl, accusingly and cryptically, before spitting out some more identical mobs to players to grind at. Though now fixed, the very fact that players willingly spent hours shooting at a hole is deeply embarrassing, and more to the point, throws the spotlight on a greater shame and a more fundamental problem that Bungie absolutely has to face up to.

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Ms Splosion Man, Defender's Quest, Long Live The Queen and more in the Humble Leading Ladies Bundle

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Ms Splosion Man, Defender's Quest, Long Live The Queen and more in the Humble Leading Ladies Bundle

The Humble Leading Ladies bundle is now live in support of Girls Make Games, and a smart little bargain to boot.

Pay what you want for Lilly Looking Through, which I can't personally vouch for, but also Ms Splosion Man, the utterly magnificent Defender's Quest and chilling point & clicker The Cat Lady.

Beat $6 (£3.68) to also receive Long Live The Queen (a crazy deep visual novel that's I bought too late to review) and The Yawg. Thanks to BuzzDuraband @ HUKD!

DualShock 4 PS4 Controller just £35 at Amazon

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Jonathan Lester
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DualShock 4, PS4

DualShock 4 PS4 Controller just £35 at Amazon

DualShock 4 Controller | Amazon | £35.00
Review

The DualShock 4 is the biggest leap forward in PlayStation controllers since the D.A.C. Improving on the hilariously awful DualShock 3 in every way imaginable, it's now the premier console controller on the market in terms of functionality, value and comfort, despite its big glowing whale mouth.

£35 is a good price for one too, unless you're willing to make yet another new Tesco account. Be aware that there's a 3-5 week wait, though. Thanks to striker33 @ HUKD!

The Morning Papers | RIP Treasure Cave

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Jonathan Lester
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Good morning!

I hoped to be able to tell you all about Titanfall's final map pack today, but sadly a major cock-up hid it on the marketplace and tried to make season pass holders pay again for the privilege. You'd like that, wouldn't you EA? Still, the issue was on Microsoft's end and it got sorted, but only in the wee small hours.

I couldn't even grind at Destiny's infamous loot cave, since Bungie has seen fit to fix it and promise to address loads of blatant balance issues and problems with their vapid Roulette-style progression system. Yay? Still, finally in some good news, you can watch all the Metal Gear Solid V TGS trailers in English now, and the devs who used to work on The Last Guardian have revealed the latest on Vane. Looks lovely, no? Here are your headlines.

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PREVIEW | Shadow Warrior cuts a bloody dash on PS4

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

PREVIEW | Shadow Warrior cuts a bloody dash on PS4

Shadow Warrior was a proper breath of fresh air in an industry obsessed with 'shared worlds' and 'cinematic narratives' when all you really need are great big guns and hordes of beasties to point them at. Plus sprawling levels stuffed with hilarious secrets.

"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 in last year in our Shadow Warrior PC review.

Now Flying Wild Hog's retro-themed slaughterfest is coming to Xbox One and PS4, the latter of which I was able to test out earlier this week. The result? Shadow Warrior is still a real, slam-bang, honest-to-goodness, three-fisted humdinger.

PREVIEW | Shadow Warrior cuts a bloody dash on PS4

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Valve complete pack just £18.99 on Steam

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Jonathan Lester
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Valve complete pack just £18.99 on Steam

Valve Complete Pack | Steam | £18.99 (75% saving vs RRP)

This is some great value, at least if you don't own the majority of these bona fide classics. You get all the Half-Life games, both Portals, both Left 4 Deads, both Team Fortresses (the second is F2P but still on here for some reason), all the Counter-Strikes including GO, Richochet, Day Of Defeat...

Hang on a second. £18.99? 1+8+9+9 = 27 = 3 x 3 x 3 ... HALF LIFE 3 CONFIRMED! You heard it here first.

Massive PSN Sale hits PS4, PS3 & Vita

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Jonathan Lester
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PS Vita games, PS3 games, PS4 games, PSN

Massive PSN Sale hits PS4, PS3 & Vita

Sony aren't pulling any punches with this week's PSN sale, which is utterly enormous. On the PS4 we find big savings on Child Of Light, Transistor, Trials Fusion, SteamWorld Dig, Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut, Strider and more. Vita owners can grab Lone Survivor, Monster Monpiece and Luftrausers at serious discounts, just for starters, while the PS3 selection spans everything from AfterBurner Climax to Gunstar Heroes.

Get on it! We've got all the details and links below, courtesy of the EU PlayStation Blog and stevenjameshyde @ HUKD!

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Guild Wars 2: week-long free trial & 50% discount starts today

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Jonathan Lester
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ArenaNet, Guild Wars 2, MMORPG

Guild Wars 2: week-long free trial & 50% discount starts today

If you've yet to sample the delights of Guild Wars 2, ArenaNet are about to give you two good reasons to set foot into Tyria.

Starting now, you'll be able to play the colourful MMORPG for free for an entire week, ending on October 2nd. If you like what you play, the full game will be discounted from £35 to £17.49 until October 7th. Remember that Guild Wars 2 uses a buy once, play forever business model rather than monthly subs.

I'd highly recommend giving the trial a whirl, even if you're wary of MMORPGs. A great personal story, bags of quality content, superb art design and loads of fun gameplay tweaks make this an absolute blast. Be sure to check out Carl's review!

The Morning Papers | CODs, Dogs & Rocks

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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The Morning Papers

Good morning! This is the last day of our Heavy Bullets competition -- details here -- but also the review embargo for this Christmas' first big racer. Forza Horizon 2 does the business, in case you were wondering.

Here are your headlines:

In case you missed it...

And make sure to enter our Heavy Bullets competition before 17:00!

Forza Horizon 2 Review | Drive Happy

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Driving games, Microsoft Studios, Playground Games, Racing Games, Turn 10 Studios, Xbox One Games

Forza Horizon 2 Review | Drive Happy

Platforms: Xbox 360 | Xbox One (reviewed)

Developer: Playground Games

Publisher: Microsoft Studios

Forza Horizon 2 is the most fun I've had on four wheels since BurnOut Paradise.

It's not really a racing game, but there's certainly no shortage of races. More than 700 events and dozens of championships are scattered over a gorgeous open swathe of idealised European countryside, a playground for two hundred cars rendered in the series' fetishistic attention to detail. You'll challenge capable Drivatar AI to ad hoc showdowns with a single button, thrash monstrous off-roaders across vineyards, chase down an aerial stunt team in a Ferrari, form online clubs and get together with your friends for virtual multi-event road trips, all while trying to make your way to the Horizon Festival's grand finale.

Forza Horizon 2 Review | Drive Happy

But at its core, Forza Horizon 2 isn't about memorising apices and placing first. It's the primal yet powerful joy that comes from simply driving beautiful machines around stunning scenery. It's the thrill of sliding a 1969 Ferrari Dino around a perilous mountain road to The Marriage Of Figaro. The heart-stopping roar of your Lamborghini Diablo perfectly setting off the William Tell Overture as you cruise over a sun-baked hill, or getting air in a VW Camper Van during a midnight thunderstorm as fireworks explode in the distance. A thousand beautiful, personal, perfect automotive moments.

Oh, and I just smashed a Bentley through a greenhouse for a laugh. The races may be intense, but Forza Horizon 2 comes alive when you're just driving for the sheer sake of it.

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COMMENT | Spacebase DF-9: another Double Fine mess

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COMMENT | Spacebase DF-9: another Double Fine mess

Following the furore over Broken Age's bloated budget and brutal bisection (look Ma, I'm alliterating!), Double Fine find themselves back in hot water. Spacebase DF-9 will soon be leaving Steam Early Access under a cloud, as it transpired that the hardworking team had essentially ran out of money, so plan to abandon development and leave the player base to implement all the rest of the missing features themselves by releasing the source code.

Features that were quickly and conveniently deleted from their web page. Never mind. It's version 1.0! Let the modding commence! Mod, mod, you ungrateful fools!

This predictably resulted in a bit of a firestorm. Some accuse Double Fine of pulling a fast one, others believe that the studio acted ethically in the face of a bad situation and the YouTube first responders wasted no time in thumping their tubs.

COMMENT | Spacebase DF-9: another Double Fine mess

Now that the smoke has cleared enough to see the situation for what it is, we're going to get involved. Or more specifically, explain why Double Fine deserves to be hauled over the coals.

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Cloudbuilt only £3.19 at Gamefly (with code)

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Jonathan Lester
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Cloudbuilt, Platformer, Rising Star games

Cloudbuilt only £3.19 at Gamefly (with code)

Cloudbuilt | Gamefly | £3.19 (RRP: £14.99)
Cloudbuilt Review

If you're looking for a brand new challenge with a high skill ceiling, Cloudbuilt might be one of the smartest buys this year. It's a superb speedrunning platformer with glorious cel shading and serious speed courtesy of being strapped to a massive rocket mech suit, but this insane velocity takes some serious getting used to. It's all there in the review --  and Gamefly will save you a few quid.

EXPIRED | Tales of Symphonia: Chronicles £16.99 at GAME on PS3

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Jonathan Lester
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JRPG, PS3 games, Tales of Symphonia: Chronicles

EXPIRED | Tales of Symphonia: Chronicles £16.99 at GAME on PS3

Tales of Symphonia Chronicles | GAME | £16.99 (save £3)
Price Comparison

If you're a fan of the Tales series and haven't yet sampled Tales Of Symphonia Chronicles, now might be the time. It's an utterly superb remake of Tales Of Symphonia, which still holds up brilliantly today and deserves a playthrough. GAME's £16.99 price undercuts their nearest rival, Simply Games, by £3.

Thanks to CowPuncher @ HUKD!

Child Of Light just £4.50 on Greenman Gaming (PC, with code)

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Jonathan Lester
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Child Of Light, JRPG, PC games

Child Of Light just £4.50 on Greenman Gaming (PC, with code)

Child Of Light | Greenman Gaming | £4.50
Review | Voucher Code: SEPTEM-BEROFF-ER25XX

Child Of Light is a thing of beauty; a poetic blend of gorgeous visuals, exploration and hardcore JRPG combat that's best enjoyed on higher difficulties. If you're interested, GMG are currently running a tasty little sale, working out at a very reasonable £4.50 after applying their SEPTEM-BEROFF-ER25XX voucher code at checkout.

It's cheaper than The Humble Store's offering, though does use the dreaded Uplay. Thanks to ALW4RD1 and ferreirm @ HUKD!

Cubemen, Thomas Was Alone & the Blackwell series headline Humble PC & Android Bundle 11

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Android Games, PC games

Cubemen, Thomas Was Alone & the Blackwell series headline Humble PC & Android Bundle 11

The Humble PC & Android Bundle 11 is a solid little set at a minuscule price.

A minimum of £0.64 will net you Thomas Was Alone, Bridge Constructor Playground, Cubemen and Cubemen 2, while beating the average will also secure Smallsword along with three of the utterly brilliant Blackwell point-and-click adventures. You'll get Steam codes and Android downloads.

Thanks once again to BuzzDuraband @ HUKD!

The Morning Papers | Titan Fall, Prices Down

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Jonathan Lester
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The Morning Papers | Titan Fall, Prices Down

Good morning!

If an unannounced videogame falls in a Blizzard, but there's no-one around to hear it, did it make a sound? Such is the riddle of Titan, the biggest game that will never be. Blizzard have apparently cancelled the project after years of development, which ought to be big news, except that we knew literally nothing Titan beyond its name and the fact that it was an MMORPG.

In better news, though, the Xbox One has received an extra £20 price cut in the UK, just in time for Christmas. You could put that money towards a certain exclusive racing game that I can't talk about yet, but soon.

In case you missed it...