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Save a bundle with the essential Xbox Live starter pack: 12 months Xbox Live Gold, £5 credit & free game for £26.86

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Jonathan Lester
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game keys, Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live Gold, Xbox One Games

Save a bundle with the essential Xbox Live starter pack: 12 months Xbox Live Gold, £5 credit & free game for £26.86

If you own an Xbox One or Xbox 360, you're going to need Xbox Live Gold sooner or later, and there's currently no better way to get it than in this essential starter pack. For less than £27 all-in, you can get a year's subscription, £5 to spend on the store and even a free game -- Max And The Curse Of Brotherhood -- which you can redeem on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One!

Would you buy an Xbox One Slim?

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Microsoft, Xbox One, Xbox One Slim

Would you buy an Xbox One Slim?

With only three weeks to go until E3 2015, all eyes are on the big three console manufacturers to deliver and the rumour mill is spinning out of control. Plenty of hot-button reports have emerged regarding Microsoft in particular, who likely smell blood in the water after Uncharted 4 and Zelda's delay and will probably attempt to capitalise on their upcoming lineup. With a Gears Of War remaster all but confirmed, there's certainly a lot to look forward to.

One of the most pervasive rumours this time around, however, is that they'll announce or at least hint at a new Xbox One model designed to be slimmer, cheaper and more competitive than its bloated predecessor.

Our E3 2015 prediction coverage begins in earnest next week, but whether or not these rumours have any basis in reality, they do pose an interesting question. If Microsoft did bring out an Xbox One slim, would you actually buy it? What would it have to offer and cost to tempt you off the fence? What features would it have to provide and cut out?

Would you buy an Xbox One Slim?

Image courtesy of Dave Nunez.

Let's explore the possibilities and then open the floor to the jury: you.

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Insert Coin Voucher Code: 15% off this weekend

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Insert Coin voucher code, Voucher code

Insert Coin Voucher Code: 15% off this weekend

In the market for some gaming clobber and clothing? If so, the fine folks over at Insert Coin are celebrating London MCM with a tasty new voucher code, which you can use on all clothing including their Metal Gear Solid range.

As always they've got plenty of great gear on offer from shirts to hoodies, bags and patches. Click here to visit Insert Coin and start shopping!

PREVIEW | SMITE is divine on Xbox One - and a MOBA for people who hate MOBAs

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Action Games, Hi-Rez Studios, MOBA, SMITE, Xbox One Games

PREVIEW | SMITE is divine on Xbox One - and a MOBA for people who hate MOBAs

SMITE is going from strength to strength and is still my favourite MOBA on the market by far. Not just because it's a brutal no-holds-barred battle between gods and goddesses from numerous different religions and cultures, but because I hate MOBAs as a general rule.

Why yes, I do suck at League Of Legends and DOTA 2, and that's got a lot to do with it. However, I'm also tired of seeing the same basic template copied over and over again, a single mod stretched out into a genre. SMITE does things very differently. It plays like a brawler, a tight and hectic action game viewed from an intimate over-the-shoulder perspective, which makes the same familiar gamut of towers, minions and jungle feel fresh, new and exciting. And best of all, accessible. With plentiful modes, botmatches and even straight 5v5 deathmatch, it's as hardcore as you want it to be.

As such, you'd expect it to be a great fit for Xbox One. Having tested the closed beta I'm delighted to report that it absolutely is.

PREVIEW | SMITE is divine on Xbox One - and a MOBA for people who hate MOBAs

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YouTube steps to Twitch with 1080p 60fps livestreaming

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Livestreaming, Twitch, Youtube

YouTube steps to Twitch with 1080p 60fps livestreaming

I'd rather play a game than watch someone else do it, but I hear all you kids are into the streaming and the Facebooks and the Wireless-Fi these days. Anyway, if you enjoy sharing your broadcasts with the world, chances are that you use Twitch, but YouTube have upped their game with new top-tier streaming options.

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Etrian Odyssey Untold was cruelly underrated - find out why for £26.86 on 3DS

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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3DS Games, Etrian Odyssey Untold, RPG

Etrian Odyssey Untold was cruelly underrated - find out why for £26.86 on 3DS

Etrian Oddyssey Untold is one of the best remakes I've ever had the pleasure of reviewing, yet literally no-one I personally known owns it. A class act through and through, it brings the original Etrian Odyssey up-to-date with subtlety and restraint, adding some sensational new characters that delight without ever jarring and a story that's compelling yet never gets in the way. With some great new classes that force you to think carefully about class options, plus plenty of new content, it really is one of the most under-appreciated games of the last few years.

You can find out more in our full Etrian Odyssey Untold review. If you like the sound of that, you can now find out what you've been missing for £26.86 in ShopTo's end-of-week sale.

Watch Hanzo wrap things up with a bow in ten minutes of unedited Overwatch gameplay

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Blizzard, Gameplay footage, Overwatch, PC games

Watch Hanzo wrap things up with a bow in ten minutes of unedited Overwatch gameplay

Overwatch's design document probably begins and ends with "Team Fortress 2 meets Overstrike 9" but Blizzard are really bringing a huge amount of unique flair to their in-development team shooter. This new video highlights the bowmaster Hanzo, who uses his signature weapon to devastating long-range effect. It's also another great opportunity to watch ten minutes of unedited footage.

Yesterday's video features the gunslinger McCree.

Overwatch will enter beta this Autumn and will be free-to-play. Check out our Overwatch preview and let us know what you think!

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Torment: Tides of Numenera trailer reveals "a world unlike any other" (but a bit like Planescape obviously)

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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inXile Entertainment, PC games, RPG, Torment: Tides Of Numenera

Torment: Tides of Numenera trailer reveals "a world unlike any other" (but a bit like Planescape obviously)

Pillars Of Eternity isn't the only Kickstarted CRPG on the block. Torment: Tides Of Numenera is still in development at inXile and coming on strong, promising to be the sequel to Planescape Torment we need and deserve. This new trailer shows off both the artwork and the setting, which feels fresh and unique yet just familiar enough to satisfy. You can read more about the Ninth World here.

As a backer, I'm tremendously excited about this one. What do you reckon?

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Need For Speed reboot confirmed - "deep customisation" & "immersive narrative" in a nocturnal open world

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Need for Speed

EA has finally revealed the next chapter in the Need For Speed franchise: Need For Speed. That's right, there's no subtitle this time, rather it's a full reboot that promises "deep customisation, authentic urban car culture, a nocturnal open world, and an immersive narrative that pulls you through the game."

We can take or leave the "immersive narrative" bit, to be perfectly honest, seeing as The Run and The Crew completely failed in that regard. Still, we've got a few more choice details ahead of the first gameplay reveal on June 15th.

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Hellraid has been scrapped and rebooted - and that's definitely for the best

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

Hellraid has been scrapped and rebooted - and that's definitely for the best

Following years of delays and development issues, Techland's troubled dark fantasy hack & slasher Hellraid has been completely scrapped pending a complete ground-up rebuild. Originally revealed in 2013 and slated to release the same year, the project was failing to live up to expectations and will now go "back to the drawing board."

It's always a shame when a project gets cancelled, but to be perfectly honest, we welcome the news and aren't entirely surprised.

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COMMENT | The problem with Amiibo: why I'm still not buying it

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Amiibo, Nintendo

COMMENT | The problem with Amiibo: why I'm still not buying it

There's no denying that amiibo is one of the hottest gaming properties around right now. Nintendo's plastic NFC figurines fly off the shelves before they're even released, selling out in minutes, while retailers and grey market resellers hustle to fulfil the demand.

It's a huge craze, a brilliant idea on paper, but I ain't buying it.

Be in no doubt, amiibo is a fantastic concept, but the implementation leaves a lot to be desired and seems be headed in a worrying direction. Is it time for an intervention?

COMMENT | The problem with Amiibo: why I'm still not buying it

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Nintendo hires Doug Bowser as Sales VP, you couldn't make it up

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Nintendo

Nintendo hires Doug Bowser as Sales VP, you couldn't make it up

Proving shocking and flagrant nepotism in the workplace, Nintendo Of America have hired Bowser as their new vice president of sales.

Oh, sorry. Doug Bowser.

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Max: The Curse Of Brotherhood surely has to be worth £0.95/$1.49 on Xbox 360

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Max: The Curse Of Brotherhood, Puzzle games, Xbox 360 games

Max: The Curse Of Brotherhood surely has to be worth £0.95/.49 on Xbox 360

Max: The Curse Of Brotherhood is a fun puzzly platformer that originally debuted on Xbox One Games With Gold. However, for less than a Quid (or one Dollar fifty for our transatlantic mates), the Xbox 360 version has to be worth

Max: The Curse Of Brotherhood is actually a fun little puzzle platformer, as I explained in my 7/10 review. The magical drawing mechanics would seem better suited to a touchscreen, but crisp graphics and some clever solutions make this a surprisingly satisfying adventure.

Pac-Man is now 35, so try not to feel too old as you browse this anniversary sale

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Pac-Man, Pac-Man Championship Edition DX, PC games

Pac-Man is now 35, so try not to feel too old as you browse this anniversary sale

Pac-Man is now 35 years of age and still going strong. Though we're not sold on the TV show and tie-ins, we've seen plenty of amazing celebrations this year including the Google Maps hijack and even stealing the side of SEGA's building.

Anyway, try not to feel too ancient as you browse this new GamersGate sale, which is full of tasty deliciousness. You look great, by the way. Have you lost weight?

Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition falls to £12.99 on Xbox One [UPDATE: and PS4]

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Jonathan Lester
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Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition, Xbox One Games

Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition falls to £12.99 on Xbox One [UPDATE: and PS4]

If you haven't played Sleeping Dogs yet... and own an Xbox One... then do we have the deal for you. The Definitive Edition of this excellent martial arts sandbox game is now just £12.99 on Microsoft's console, one of the cheapest prices we've seen in ages. [UPDATE: the PS4 version has now dropped to the same level]

Remember that you can usually buy the PC version for peanuts somewhere or other, though, if you have the choice.

Titanfall is just £12.25 new on Xbox One

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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FPS, Titanfall, Xbox One Games

Titanfall is just £12.25 new on Xbox One

Titanfall is still a magnificent shooter. Accessible yet deep, ridiculously fun and empowering, mechanically peerless, it's well worth getting into even if the player count is now admittedly rather low. It's also an incredibly important game, directly responsible for the rush to include exciting vertical mechanics we see in most next-gen FPS titles these days.

It's a great price for a new copy. If you're on the fence, check out our Titanfall review and remember that the three excellent map packs are free!

Battlefield Hardline's first map pack revealed, deserves a vaguely Police-related pun

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Battlefield: Hardline, DLC, EA, FPS

Battlefield Hardline's first map pack revealed, deserves a vaguely Police-related pun

It would be criminal to... no. 'Ello 'ello 'ello, what's going on here then... argh, definitely not.

Tell you what, I'll leave the puns to you this time and stick to the basics: Battlefield Hardline has detailed its first DLC pack. Entitled Criminal Activity, you can expect four maps, two vehicles and plenty of unlockables including a nailgun.

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Batman: Arkham Knight's live-action trailer looks a bit like an energy drink advert

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Batman: Arkham Knight, Games trailers

Be honest: if you didn't know that this was a trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight, would you have guessed before the reveal?

Either way, the game's out next month on June 23rd and we're beside ourselves with excitement. Check out our Arkham Knight preview, the latest deals and remember that you can buy the hilariously expensive season pass for just £10.99 on PC.

Project CARS Limited Edition shifts down to £24.49/$37.99 on PC today

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC games, Project CARS, Racing Games

Project CARS Limited Edition shifts down to £24.49/.99 on PC today

A simulator with soul, Project CARS strips the bloat out of the racing genre to focus on what truly matters: the cars, handling, tracks and exhilaration of real driving. Sensational weather effects and impressive visuals make it well worth the wait. - 8/10 review

If that grabs you and you fancy playing the graphically superior PC version (so long as you have an NVIDIA GPU), the limited edition of Project CARS is now just £24.49, which includes a Steam code for the base game plus five extra cars.