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Call Of Juarez: Gunslinger only £2.99 at GamersGate on PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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FPS, PC games, Techland, Ubisoft

Call Of Juarez: Gunslinger only £2.99 at GamersGate on PC

Call Of Juarez: Gunslinger | GamersGate | £2.99 (RRP: £11.95)
Call Of Juarez: Gunslinger review

If you're a fan of gritty westerns and tight shooters, I recommend this surprisingly excellent download without hesitation. Call Of Juarez: Gunslinger is a rootin' tootin' good time with a strong campaign and addictive arcade mode, not to mention a bargain for three Quid. Thanks to socialjeebus @ HUKD!

Get Lucius, 1000 Amps, Shad'O & more for £1.12 in the IndieGala Every Monday Bundle

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Indie Games, PC games

Get Lucius, 1000 Amps, Shad'O & more for £1.12 in the IndieGala Every Monday Bundle

Hate Mondays? Can't say we blame you, but at least you can grab seven games to play when you get home for £1.12 in the Every Monday Bundle. Highlights include antiChrist simulator Lucius, underrated yet brilliant puzzler 1000 Amps and unique tower defence title Shad'O.

The price goes up this evening, so early birds get the worm. And some games. Thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!

PREVIEW | Lara Croft And The Temple Of Osiris feels more like Tomb Raider than Tomb Raider

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Action Games, Crystal Dynamics, Gamescom 2014, PC games, PS4 games, Puzzle games, Xbox One Games

PREVIEW | Lara Croft And The Temple Of Osiris feels more like Tomb Raider than Tomb Raider

Crystal Dynamics' Tomb Raider reboot was brilliant, but it wasn't really Tomb Raider, was it? Our heroine schizophrenically flipped between helpless and murderous at the drop of a cutscene, there was a distinct lack of tombs to raid (not to mention Keeley Hawes) and the whole gritty thing took itself far too seriously to take seriously. Grit. Grit happened.

Rise Of The Tomb Raider may have dominated the Gamescom headlines for all the wrong reasons, so thankfully the other Crystal Dynamics studio are quietly beavering away at a follow-up to Lara Croft And The Guardian Of Light, which can never be accused of taking anything seriously. Lara Croft And The Temple Of Osiris may be a puzzly shooty platformy cooperative romp for four players, not a purebred action platformer like its predecessors, but it feels like the Tomb Raider titles of old.

Because, quite simply, it's bringing the fun back to the franchise. Along with a billion spike pits, hot pants, loads of priceless ancient Egyptian superweapons and massive arguments after griefing your mates and stealing their gems. It's ridiculous, frequently stupid and absolutely ruddy brilliant. Tell your butler to fetch your dual pistols and let's take a closer look.

PREVIEW | Lara Croft And The Temple Of Osiris feels more like Tomb Raider than Tomb Raider

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Classic EA PC games are 60% off at GOG (again)

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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EA, PC games, Retro games

Classic EA PC games are 60% off at GOG (again)

GOG's weekend deal takes aim at classic EA titles, granting us 60% off legendary games like Dungeon Keeper, Syndicate, Ultima and the Wing Commander series. We've seen them recycle the same offers time and time again, allowing me to recycle the same banner and even the opening line, but te prices are still exceptionally low nonetheless.

As always, click the banner to browse the selection or click this link right here.

VIDEO INTERVIEW | Blood Bowl 2's lead designer reveals killer new features

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
Tags:
Cyanide Studios, Gamescom 2014, Interviews, PC games, Strategy games

Global transfers, realistic AI, eSports & more

Blood Bowl 2 is bringing more than snazzy 3D graphics to the experience. Packing a new transfer system, revamped race-specific AI, deep campaign designed in close collaboration with Games Workshop, retooled economy, streamlined mechanics and more, it's clear that the ambitious sequel plans to be bigger in every way. Perhaps even a major eSport.

After attending a presentation at Gamescom, I naturally had to know more, so thankfully the lead designer was on hand to explain all of Blood Bowl 2's new features and how they've been carefully designed from the ground up in line with player feedback.

Black PS4 Destiny bundle only £329.99 at ASDA

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Bungie, PS4, Sony

Black PS4 Destiny bundle only £329.99 at ASDA

Yesterday we ran a deal for the white PS4 Destiny bundle, which was a good price, but had one major problem. The console is utterly hideous. So if you're blessed with a sense of taste and an AV cabinet full of black devices, why not save an extra tenner and grab a black version of the bundle from ASDA instead?

Unless you want your PS4 to blend in with your kitchen appliances rather than your living room kit, that is. Remember to use voucher code CONSOLE at checkout!

Thanks to hatcher @ HUKD!

Anarchy Reigns just £3.95 on Xbox 360 at The Game Collection

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Brawler, Platinum Games, Xbox 360 games

Anarchy Reigns just £3.95 on Xbox 360 at The Game Collection

Anarchy Reigns | The Game Collection | £3.95
Xbox 360 Price ComparisonReview

Anarchy Reigns is amazing. It's one of the most ridiculously brilliant online multiplayer ever released, hailing from the developers of Bayonetta and God Hand, but SEGA royally screwed the pooch by staggering the release date, leaving the player base fragmented and very sparse. Still, the campaign is fun, the characters are incredible and the game's and a steal at £3.95. I'd love to organise a proper MP sesh on this at some point.

Thanks to Jas10 @ HUKD!

Play Dishonored for free on Steam this weekend, buy for £2.49

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Action Games, Arkane Studios, Bethesda Softworks, PC games

Play Dishonored for free on Steam this weekend, buy for £2.49

DishonoredSteam | £2.49 (Save Over £5)
PC price comparisonDishonored Review

We've occasionally seen it cheaper, but Dishonored is still a screaming deal at £2.49. In fact, paying so little is almost an insult to the hardworking developers (but you won't hear us complain!). Better yet, you can play it for free all weekend -- and potentially even complete it in that time so long as you've got a clear schedule. Thanks once again to jaystan @ HUKD!

Get an Xbox One and a big game for £329.00 at ASDA

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Microsoft, Xbox One

Get an Xbox One and a big game for £329.00 at ASDA

Tempted by an Xbox One? Don't much care for Kinect? In which case ASDA will sell you Microsoft's console and one of its biggest games for less than the retail price of the solus machine itself. Just choose a game bundle -- Destiny, Dragon Age Inquisition, Advanced Warfare, GTA V and more are included -- and add the "CONSOLE" voucher code at checkout.

Thanks to Bure11 @ HUKD!

The Big Evolve Interview | Turtle Rock on delays, balance and long-term evolution

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
Tags:
Evolve, Gamescom 2014, Interviews, PC games, PS4 games, Turtle Rock Studios, Xbox One Games

Can Evolve truly make 4 v 1 multiplayer fun? Why the delay? What are the DLC plans? How tough was it to balance? What features were cut? Why can't we play it yet?!

Evolve has attracted a huge number of questions over the last few months, and thankfully, we've now got plenty of answers thanks to Turtle Rock producer Denby Grace. If you're excited, concerned or just suitably intrigued by the upcoming new-gen shooter, this is the interview you need.

VIDEO | 11 Minutes of Super Smash Bros 3DS multiplayer

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
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3DS Games, Gameplay footage, Gamescom 2014, Nintendo

Super Smash Bros may feel most at home on a big screen, but it's 3DS counterpart is no slouch either. Containing unique levels, 60FPS visuals and intuitive controls, there's every chance that it's going to be a portable powerhouse.

You can watch me play several local multiplayer games of it above, brought to you in glorious ShakyCam™. The footage is entirely unedited, so you'll get to enjoy my banter, listen to me meeting new friends and witness how terrible I am at it.

Which version of Super Smash Bros are you looking forward to most?

INTERVIEW | Lara Croft And The Temple Of Osiris makes Tomb Raiding fun again

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
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Crystal Dynamics, Gamescom 2014, Interviews, PC games, PS4 games, Square Enix, Xbox One Games

Crystal Dynamics' Tomb Raider reboot certainly was impressive. And gritty. So very, very gritty.

Thankfully the other Crystal Dynamics team is still making Tomb Raider games based on a confident Lara fighting crazy bad guys, dodging ludicrously silly traps and absolutely loving it; all voiced by the inestimable Keeley Hawes.

In effect, then, Lara Croft And The Guardian Of Light feels more like the Tomb Raider games of old, even if it's an isometric puzzly shooter for up to four players. Keen to know more, I interviewed Crystal Dynamics producer Robert Siwiak to learn about the new gameplay elements, economy, story and whether we'd see more ridiculous crossover characters this time around.

Alien Isolation designer defends pre-order DLC: 'We never set out to make the game of the film'

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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DLC, PC games, Pre-order DLC, PS4 games, Sega, The Creative Assembly, Xbox One Games

Alien Isolation designer defends pre-order DLC: 'We never set out to make the game of the film'

Alien Isolation is shaping up nicely. Having spent four solid hours playing the latest Steam build, I can report that its adaptive AI and terrifying unpredictability makes for a very different kind of horror game.

However, the fact that sections starring the original Alien voice cast are only going to be available as pre-order DLC -- or paid DLC down the line -- has got many a hackle up across the internet. I naturally asked lead designer Gary Napper exactly why they'd taken the controversial move.

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White PS4 Destiny bundle just £339.97 at GameStop

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Bungie, PS4, Sony

White PS4 Destiny bundle just £339.97 at GameStop

White PS4 + Destiny pre-order | GameStop | £339.97
Destiny Alpha GameplayDestiny preview

It may be garish if not bordering on the hideous, but the special edition white PS4 certainly turns heads. Especially since it also comes bundled with a physical copy of Destiny for £339.97 at Gamestop. This is a fantastic price and one that I'm not sure I can personally resist, to be perfectly honest.

Remember to join the Dealspwn Destiny Clan whatever platform you choose. My Little Dealspwny needs YOU! Thanks to roshambo @ HUKD!

Borderlands 2 gets free Steam weekend

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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2K, FPSRPG, PC games

Borderlands 2 gets free Steam weekend

Not sure if Borderlands 2 is the right game for you? Pored over our detailed review and still can't make your mind up? Never mind, you most indecisive of gamers, because Gearbox' enormous shoot-and-looter is now free to play on Steam until Sunday evening.

If you get on with it, Steam have slashed their prices down for the standard and GOTY Editions, though we've occasionally seen it cheaper in GMG and Gamefly deals.

Skyrim only £2 on PC at Green Man Gaming

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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PC games, RPGs, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Skyrim only £2 on PC at Green Man Gaming

SkyrimGreen Man Gaming | £2 (with code Z4364W-7MR5WA-N5BCOO)
Price ComparisonSkyrim Review

Cheap enough for you yet? Thanks to webmonkey @ HUKD!

VIDEO INTERVIEW | Everything you need to know about Disney Infinity 2.0!

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
Tags:
Avalanche Software, Disney Infinity 2.0, Disney Interactive, Gamescom 2014, Interviews

No, really: pretty much everything.

After showing us the latest build of Disney Infinity 2.0, producer Jason Moffitt was on hand to dish the details on the Guardians Of The Galaxy playset, new figures, new characters, new features, new toybox tools and even the possibility of Star Wars coming to the franchise. If you've already sampled our hands-on preview and developer walkthrough, it's high time you armed yourself with all the intel you'll need for the upcoming September release.

PREVIEW | Skylanders who? Disney Infinity 2.0 assembles Avengers & guards the galaxy

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
Tags:
Avalanche Software, Disney Infinity 2.0, Disney Interactive, Gamescom 2014, iOS games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Wii U games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

PREVIEW | Skylanders who? Disney Infinity 2.0 assembles Avengers & guards the galaxy

Rocket Raccoon vs Donald Duck

Disney Infinity 2.0 has big plans. The original may have been relatively successful, attracting millions of players and holding its own against the established might of Skylanders, but arguably lacked a little bit of pizazz and a sense of the epic. Thankfully, few franchises can bring the epic quite as comprehensively as Marvel comics, which is now neatly under Disney's purview.

Let the crossover commence! Rocket Raccoon, meet Thor, Stich and Donald Duck.

PREVIEW | Skylanders who? Disney Infinity 2.0 assembles Avengers & guards the galaxy

Avalanche Software brought two new Infinity 2.0 playsets along to Gamescom this year, showing off the new Avengers and Guardians Of The Galaxy campaigns. Both the gameplay and the figures have received a serious upgrade. On the collectibles front, the new line of toys are much more solid and sturdy than their predecessors; feeling impressively weighty and hard-wearing. The new Venom and Hulk figurines are utterly enormous, almost twice the volume of previous figures, while the level of detail is seriously impressive when it comes to the new Rocket Raccoon and Stich models. Shame they'll be standalone, really, as opposed to included in the starter packs.

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VIDEO | Disney Infinity 2.0 Developer Walkthrough

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
Tags:
Avalanche Software, Disney Infinity 2.0, Disney Interactive, Gameplay footage, Gamescom 2014, Interviews

Spider-Man, Manhattan & Toybox Tools

As associate producer of the Disney Infinity franchise, John Day certainly knows his stuff. So he made the perfect guide to chaperone us around the latest build of Disney Infinity 2.0, showing off the new characters and combat to expect in the Spider-Man playset, alongside brand new automation and building features to use in Toybox Mode.

In effect, he does whatever a spider can. Stick around for more Disney Infinity 2.0 coverage this afternoon, including a hands-on preview and interview!

PREVIEW | Yoshi's Woolly World is a great big cuddle disguised as a videogame

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
Tags:
Gamescom 2014, Nintendo, Wii U games

PREVIEW | Yoshi's Woolly World is a great big cuddle disguised as a videogame

It's so cute!

Having spent three days rebounding between interviews and hands-on appointments at Gamescom 2014, slaughtering foes in Bloodborne, shredding opponents to bits with dual miniguns in Advanced Warfare and burning down half of London in The Order: 1886, I desperately needed to find a way to relax. The pay-what-you-want masseuses in the business area didn't even get a look-in, because once again, it's Nintendo to the rescue.

Yoshi's Woolly World is custom designed to be the most adorable thing you've ever seen. Taking inspiration from Kirby's Epic Yarn and more real-life wool than you can shake a knitting needle at, it's a colourful world of soft fuzzy floors, warm cuddly walls and bouncing balls of string. Everything is soft, huggable and so cute that you could probably weaponise it with devastating results. A Yarn Bomb of sorts, I suppose, that would paralyse potential threats by making them feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

However, Yoshi's Woolly World is also no slouch when it comes to gameplay, and a far cry from the disappointing 3DS rehash we saw earlier this year. It's not just a ploy to flog a new range of plush knitted toys, but actually, I'd probably buy one.

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