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Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition Gameplay Trailer

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Jonathan Lester
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Android Games, Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition, Beamdog, iPad games, Mac games, PC games, RPG

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition Gameplay Trailer

Beamdog have released a new trailer for Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition to foreshadow its November 28th launch on PC and iPad. It'll contain a new adventure (The Black Pits), new characters and "over 400 improvements" compared to the original game - plus some new voice acting if the (slightly messy) audio is anything to go by.

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The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director's Cut | £1.75 | GamersGate | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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CD Projekt, PC games, RPG, The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director's Cut

The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Director's Cut | £1.75 | GamersGate | PC

The Witcher's Enhanced Edition was briefly on sale on Steam, but GamersGate seems willing to keep their similar price around for longer.

Put simply, this is a lot of good game for your money. Credit to bastings at HotUKDeals, who found this yesterday.

Endless Space | £7.82 | GamersGate | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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4X games, Amplitude Studios, Endless Space, Iceberg Interactive, PC games
Endless Space | £7.82 | GamersGate | PC

Endless Space is a truly brilliant 4X game: deep, addictive, infinitely customisable and (shock horror) actually easy to use. You can tailor every aspect of the experience to suit your whims, from the makeup of the galaxy to the traits and weaknesses of your own personal alien race.

And it's £7.82. GamersGate have shown up even the Steam Thanksgiving sale with what appears to be the cheapest price yet.

Quantum Conundrum | £2.49 | Gamestop/Impulse | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Airtight Games, PC games, Puzzle games, Quantum Conundrum, Square Enix
Quantum Conundrum | £2.49 | Gamestop/Impulse | PC

Gamestop Downloads (or Impulse Driven, as I will always know it as) are charging a meagre £2.49 for Quantum Conundrum, the dimension-hopping puzzler from Portal co-creator Kim Swift. The campaign delivers a solid dose of thought-provoking puzzles, though it's occasionally let down by some inconsistent platforming elements.

Emotional Molyneux Admits Promising Too Much: "I Can't Blame People For Not Believing"

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Jonathan Lester
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22Cans, Peter Molyneux, Project GODUS

Emotional Molyneux Admits Promising Too Much: "I Can't Blame People For Not Believing"

'I Know I've Said Things... I Just Still Believe So Much'

Following the news that Peter Molyneux has Kickstarted a new God Game - Project GODUS - the influential and outspoken developer has tearfully acknowledged that he's sometimes 'over-promised' throughout the last few years... and that he can't blame people for being cynical about his upcoming projects.

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Planetside 2: ProSiebenSat Launcher Crashes Fixed

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Jonathan Lester
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MMOFPS, PC games, Planetside 2, SOE

Planetside 2: ProSiebenSat Launcher Crashes Fixed

SOE Shoulders The Blame

Numerous European players (myself included) were been unable to play Planetside 2 at launch, due to the ProSiebenSat-hosted client crashing when connecting to the servers. Luckily, Sony Online Entertainment have fixed the problem (it's now working fine), and admitted that it was a fault on their end.

"Prosieben players - if you were crashing at the launchpad it's fixed now," SOE President John Smedley tweeted. That was SOE's fault. sorry. We fixed it." Game on.

While you're waiting for the hefty download and install procedure, why not check out Carl's Dealspwn Playthrough videos? The massive free-to-play vehicular MMOFPS is looking mighty tasty indeed.

Indie Airship Combat Game PULP! Releases Browser Demo For Final Kickstarter Push

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Indie Games, PC games, PULP!

PULP!, "a science fantasy airship combat game" from indie developer Kenneth Bowen, currently has eight days to secure the majority of its $25,000 Kickstarter total. In an effort to give prospective backers a taste of what to expect, a browser demo is now available on the Nectar Games site. Though it represents very early work in progress, it's an interesting look at how the airborne combat will play out.

If you like what you see, PULP! needs to raise $15K at the time of writing. Check out the Kickstarter page here.

Next Hitman Game Will Offer A "Fresh Perspective"

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Jonathan Lester
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Hitman, Io Interactive, Square Enix Montreal

Next Hitman Game Will Offer A "Fresh Perspective"

Square Enix Montreal To Develop, IO Moves Onto New Project

Hitman: Absolution has only been on shelves for 48 hours, but IO Interactive are already talking about the next game in the series. Interestingly, newly-formed studio Square Enix Montreal will be taking on the project, allowing IO to move onto a mysterious new venture.

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Halo 4 Matchmaking: SWAT Gets Another Week, FFA Throwback Incoming

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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343 Industries, Halo 4, multiplayer, SWAT, Xbox 360 games

Halo 4 Matchmaking: SWAT Gets Another Week, FFA Throwback Incoming

343 Industies have revealed next week's Halo 4 matchmaking updates. In view of its massive popularity, the SWAT gametype will be given yet another week's grace, while Team Snipers will be replaced by FFA Throwback (eight player free-for-all Oddball and King Of The Hill matches). The next round of updates will take place next Monday.

A few fixes have also been implemented as of this week. You can check them out after the break.

What are you playing online at the moment, Xbox 360 owners? Is Black Ops II or Halo 4 dominating your time... or something else entirely?

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Halo 4's Spartan Ops Originally Conceived As Randomised Objective Firefight Mode

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Jonathan Lester
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343 Industries, Halo 4, Spartan Ops, Xbox 360 games

Halo 4's Spartan Ops Originally Conceived As Randomised Objective Firefight Mode

"New And Never Before Seen Playspaces And Environments" Incoming

One of Halo 4's most exciting selling points is providing to be the Spartan Ops campaign: five cooperative missions released per week that will gradually unfurl into an enormous side-story. In case you haven't tried it yet, Episode 3 features the pitched Scorpion and Mantis battles that we could only dream about in the singleplayer campaign.

However, 343 Industies has revealed that Spartan Ops originally had much humbler aspirations.

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Black Ops II Xbox 360 & PC Patches Now Live [UPDATE]

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Jonathan Lester
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Black Ops II, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Patch, Treyarch, Xbox 360 games

Black Ops II Xbox 360 & PC Patches Now Live [UPDATE]

Dragonfires & Escort Drones Get Fixed

A new title update for Call Of Duty: Black Ops II's Xbox 360 version went live yesterday, and Treyarch have finally gotten around to releasing the patch notes. The update includes major fixes to "flight range parameters" that caused issues with Dragonfire and Escort Drone scorestreaks, alongside other niggles. We've got the patch notes after the break.

Brendan awarded Treyarch's effort 8/10 in our Black Ops II review, suggesting that "existing party favourites, deathmatch options and shiny futuristic boomsticks will make this your new favourite online FPS."

UPDATE: Treyarch has also revealed patch notes for yesterday's PC update, which sorts out a couple of singleplayer glitches and adds FOV options.

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Divinity: Original Sin Meeting Footage Shows New Gameplay

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Jonathan Lester
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Divinity: Original Sin, Larian Studios, PC games, PS3 games, RPG, Xbox 360 games

Divinity: Original Sin Meeting Footage Shows New Gameplay

Larian Studios have released a video of an internal playtest meeting, wherein several of the staff play the latest build of Divinity: Original Sin. You'll see some new gameplay footage alongside narration from the developers, though you'll probably want to activate the captions to work out what they're saying in parts.

I took a look at Divinity: Original Sin at E3 2012 - and it seems to be shaping up rather nicely. It's slated for a Q2 2013 release.

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Lab Zero Games: Reverge Layoffs Weren't "Malicious Or Acrimonious"

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Dealspwn Exclusive, Lab Zero Games, Reverge Labs, Skullgirls

Lab Zero Games: Reverge Layoffs Weren't "Malicious Or Acrimonious"

Yesterday, we learned that the development team behind phenomenal competition fighting game Skullgirls had been laid off from Reverge Labs back in June, and have now formed their own studio after a few months of unemployment. Lab Zero Games have told us that the split was neither "malicious or acrimonious," and that it was probably originally supposed to be a temporary cost-cutting measure.

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown CD Key | £17.99 | Simply Games | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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2K Games, Firaxis Games, PC games, Strategy games

XCOM: Enemy Unknown CD Key | £17.99 | Simply Games | PC

Zavvi's £14.95 XCOM: Enemy Unknown price has sadly been abducted, replaced by an incredibly mediocre Steam Sale that's actually undercut by Play.com. However, a little shopping around reveals that Simply Games will sell you a CD key for £17.99 (an extra £2 saving), which will unlock the game if you download it from Steam etc.

A turn-based strategy game that evokes Gollop's hardcore originals but makes the action accessible to newcomers, Firaxis' reboot is probably one of my major nominations for GOTY 2012 at the moment. More details in our 9/10 XCOM: Enemy Unknown review.

Alan Wake | £6.88 | GamersGate | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Action Games, Horror games, Microsoft Studios, PC games, Remedy Entertainment

Alan Wake | £6.88 | GamersGate | PC

Creepy, kooky and altogether Twin Peaks (but not to the extent of Deadly Premonition), Alan Wake is still a worthwhile and thoroughly surreal experience. The PC version is easily the definitive version of Remedy's left-field hit, and GamersGate will part with it for just under £7.

Note that you can take a few extra pence off with the G2PO voucher code.

Borderlands 2: Mr. Torgue's Campaign Of Carnage DLC Review | EXPLOSIONS?!

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Jonathan Lester
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2K Games, DLC, Gearbox Software, Mr. Torgue's Campaign Of Carnage, PC games, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games

Borderlands 2: Mr. Torgue's Campaign Of Carnage DLC Review | EXPLOSIONS?!

Platforms: PC | PS3 | Xbox 360 (reviewed)

Developer: Gearbox Software

Publisher: 2K Games

As a general rule, I hate arena DLC.

It's incredibly difficult for developers to add meaningful story content to an existing game, but it's oh so very easy to slap together some non-canonical arenas and recycle some enemies to create a pointless and poxy couple of hours of content. Mass Effect's Pinnacle Station, BioShock 2's Protector Trials and Painkiller: Redemption all bear witness to this cheap and nasty cash grab, as did Mad Moxxi's Underdome DLC for the original Borderlands. After it became clear that the awesomely macho Mr. Torgue wanted us to travel to the BADASS CRATER OF BADASSITUDE to become the most BADASS BADASS of them all in a series of BADASS coliseum battles (did I mention that it's badass?), I must admit to feeling rather worried.

Thankfully, Gearbox learned their lesson from Underdome's lacklustre reception. Mr Torgue's Campaign Of Carnage uses its arena as a setting rather than an anchor, and an excuse to throw players into an six hours of ASSASSINATIONS and EXPLOSIONS.

Beware: this review may contain excessive amounts of capitalisation. Perhaps it already does.

Borderlands 2: Mr. Torgue's Campaign Of Carnage DLC Review | EXPLOSIONS?!

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Nintendo Land UK TV Adverts Challenge Us To "Talk Or Fail"

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Jonathan Lester
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Nintendo, Nintendo Land, Trailers, Wii U games

Nintendo Land UK TV Adverts Challenge Us To "Talk Or Fail"

Just in case you're not already fed up with the Wii U adverts that are finally starting to crop up here in the UK, we've corralled them all below. Nintendo's tagline - "talk or fail" - is an interesting hook to try and sell Nintendo Land's asymmetrical multiplayer, though whether the sickly sweet ads will find traction with us dedicated gaming types is up for debate (how many you can watch in one go...?).

Nintendo Land, an asymmetrical minigame collection designed to educate players in what to expect from the Gamepad peripheral, will be shipped as a pack-in with the Wii U Premium Edition, though will have to be bought standalone if you've opted for the Basic set. Our hands-on impressions range from cautiously intrigued (me) to seething rage (Matt).

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DICE Doesn't Want To Become A "Battlefield Factory," Mirror's Edge 2 Reportedly Still In Development

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Battlefield, DICE, EA, Mirror's Edge 2

DICE Doesn't Want To Become A "Battlefield Factory," Mirror's Edge 2 Reportedly Still In Development

DICE is keen to avoid being typecast as the studio who just make Battlefield, and plans to diversify accordingly.

Which ties in nicely with another report suggesting that Mirror's Edge 2 is still in development.

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Aztaka | Pay What You Want | IndieGameStand | PC & Mac

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Citeremis, Indie Games, Mac games, PC games
Aztaka | Pay What You Want | IndieGameStand | PC & Mac
  • What: Aztaka Developers Edition Download
  • Where: IndieGameStand
  • Current Price: Pay What You Want

You'd be forgiven for never having heard of Aztaka unless you picked it up in the June Indiefort Bundle - but it's your loss. It's a beautiful and deep Indie platformer with Metroidesque exploration and clever character development. Epic Aztec-themed hand drawn visuals also help this one stand out from the crowd. Note, however, that the difficulty curve can occasionally become frustrating and there's plenty of backtracking to be done.

If it takes your fancy, why not throw as much as you can spare at the devs on IndieGameStand?

Planet Stronghold | £3.75 | Desura | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Graphic novel, PC games, RPG, Winter Wolves
Planet Stronghold | £3.75 | Desura | PC
  • What: Planet Stronghold
  • Where: Desura
  • Current Price: £3.75
  • RRP: £14.99

My daily Desura crawl has revealed a nifty deal for Planet Stronghold: the RPG/graphic novel hybrid from Winter Wolves. It's a little rough around the edges, but fantastic artwork, strong combat and 50 hours of gameplay is a seriously impressive proposition for £3.75. Note that there are also dating and relationship elements, though, coming from the visual novel side of things.