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Hotline Miami | £3.44 | Get Games | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Dennaton Games, Indie Games, PC games
Hotline Miami | £3.44 | Get Games | PC

Hotline Miami is raw, sick and sleazy; the thrill of the perfect kill, the exquisite splash of crimson blood, the garish reflection of neon on your knife blade. It's shocking and depraved, the product of twisted minds in a world gone to hell.

It's properly fun, too.

We rated it 9/10 in our full Hotline Miami review, and it's now cheap as chips.

Build A Greenlight Bundle | Groupees | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Eryi's Action, Indie Games, PC games
Build A Greenlight Bundle | Groupees | PC
  • What: Beware Planet Earth (PC), Millenium: A New Hope (PC), Recruits (PC/ MAC), Private Infiltrator (PC/ MAC), Wooden Sen'sey (PC/ MAC), Eryi's Action (PC), Salvation Prophecy (PC), I Shall Remain (PC), Oozi: Earth Adventure (PC)
  • Where: Groupees
  • Current Price: Roughly £0.46 each
  • Eryi's Action Review

A small army of games looking to get onto Steam have clubbed together in an interesting little bundle. You can pick and choose any two of the nine titles, with prices starting at less than 50p and decreasing when you buy in bulk, and then receive instant access to DRM-free or Desura versions. Better yet, you'll be sent Steam codes should any of the games succeed in their Steam Greenlight campaigns over the coming weeks.

Crimson Shroud Review | Roll For Initiative

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
3DS Games, Crimson Shroud, eShop, Level 5, RPG, Yasumi Matsuno

Crimson Shroud Review | Roll For Initiative

Platform: 3DS (eShop: £7.19)

Developer: Yasumi Matsuno

Publisher: Level-5

Level-5's trio of collaborative eShop titles has drawn to a close. We've enjoyed 3D mech shooting courtesy of Suda51, an airport baggage-handling simulator from the creator of Seaman and and finally an RPG directed by none other than Yasumi Matsuno. The third and final outing in GUILD-01 is easily the most anticipated, seeing as Matsuno's CV contains such standout gems as Tactics Ogre and Final Fantasy Tactics, while the 3DS is still in desperate need of quality roleplaying titles.

However, you'll only need a few minutes with Crimson Shroud to realise that Matsuno hasn't drawn upon his past glories for his major inspiration. Instead, this inexpensive download is a love letter to pen & paper tabletop RPGs; to dice, character sheets, miniatures and dungeon masters. As such it's an odd, occasionally clunky and thoroughly unique little proposition that will delight some and leave others cold.

More to the point, its ambition to be both a videogame and a tabletop roleplaying experience ends up presenting players with the best and worst of both worlds.

Crimson Shroud Review | Roll For Initiative

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New War Of The Roses DLC Incoming: Winter Has Arrived

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
DLC, Fatshark, multiplayer games, Paradox Interactive, PC games, War of the Roses

War Of The Roses will receive another free update on December 19th, which ominously tells us that "Winter Has Arrived." It includes new armor and weaponry, plus two new snowy maps based on the historic battles of Wakefield and Towton.

If you're pious enough to pay, the Dagger and Sword of Mary for Christ’s Mass will be available to purchase on December 21st. They're covered in religious iconography, though whether that will stop your foe parrying them with a Pollaxe before stoving your armour in with the blunt end remains to be seen.

We were incredibly impressed by The War Of The Roses in our 8/10 review, likening its riotous yet skilful multiplayer to a "fifteenth century Battlefield."

Resident Evil 6 Dated & Detailed For PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Capcom, PC games, Resident Evil 6, Steam

Resident Evil 6 Dated & Detailed For PC

PS3 & Xbox 360 Versions Getting Another Free Update

Capcom has announced that Resident Evil 6 will be making its way to Steam on March 22nd 2013, packing a few new features to take advantage of the PC platform. We've got the details - including minspecs and a new console update - below.

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The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave Review | Awesome AR, Draggin' Quest

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
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3DS Games, Augmented Reality, eShop, Genius Sonority, Nintendo, RPG, The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave

The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave Review | Awesome AR, Draggin' Quest

Platform: 3DS (eShop)

Developer: Genius Sonority

Publisher: Nintendo

I'm going to let you into a secret now, dear reader: strange little men live in my Wi-Fi. They wear morph suits and tell me funny things. Look, there's one now! He's green! Hang on a minute while I quickly go and catch him...

...right. Sorry about that. Believe it or not, I'm not having a mental breakdown as a result of the holiday season workload; rather my view of the world has been turned on its head by The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave. This downloadable RPG from some of the developers behind Dragon Quest and Pokemon offers a lot for its £7.19 asking price, providing 16-20 hours of isometric dungeon crawling with a delightful augmented reality twist.

The Denpa Men took an age to reach us Brits, seeing as it released in Japan at the launch of the 3DS and several months ago Stateside, so it's high time we cast a critical eye over this eShop oddity.

The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave Review | Awesome AR, Draggin' Quest

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Dust 514 Trailer Is All About Guns, Lots Of Guns

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
CCP, EVE Online, Free to play, PS3 games

Dust 514 Trailer Is All About Guns, Lots Of Guns

You'll need some big boomsticks to survive in Dust 514's persistent battlefields when it releases on PS3 next year, and CCP are happy to oblige. Producer Thomas "Wolfman" Farrer walks us through an array of futuristic firearms in this latest trailer, which showcases such gems as the explosive Swarm Launcher "rail-based Forge Gun " alongside a host of customisation options.

Dust 514 will directly slot into EVE Online's universe as a free-to-play shooter, making for one of the most fleshed-out game settings on the market. We can't wait to see whether CCP pulls it off.

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Nexon Nabs Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex Game Rights

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Free to play, Ghost In The Shell, Nexon

Nexon Nabs Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex Game Rights

Free-to-play publisher Nexon has acquired the rights to Production I.G.'s outstanding anime series, Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex, with a view to developing a new game based on the second season.

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Last Comet Stores Close Tomorrow (Barring Christmas Miracle)

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Comet, OpCapita, UK retail

Last Comet Stores Close Tomorrow (Barring Christmas Miracle)

Taxpayers To Pick Up £50M Slack

Unless a last-minute buyer can be found, all Comet stores will shut up shop from tomorrow (and we'll be paying for it).

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UK Games Charts | 15th December 2012

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Call of Duty: Black Ops II, FIFA 13, Hitman: Absolution, UK Games Charts

UK Games Charts | 15th December 2012

As expected, Black Ops II has held the top spot for a fifth consecutive week, with Agent 47 quietly garotting his way into second place. Otherwise, the chart remains full of the same old faces we saw last week.

Once again, it's worth noting that exclusive Wii U software is barely making a dent in the top 40. ZombiU and New Super Mario Bros. U have disappeared completely, while Nintendo Land clings to life in 39th place under the appalling 007 Legends. Doubtlessly Wii U sales figures have been factored into multiplatform ports like Just Dance 4 and Assassin's Creed III, but even so, it's a seriously worrying situation for the new console. Perhaps stock shortages, the lack of a true killer app (despite ZombiU being amazing) and a weak marketing campaign need to be addressed over the coming months. The Wonderful 101 and Rayman Legends can't come soon enough.

In better news for Nintendo, 3DS titles are selling well and populating the lower echelons of the chart, due in part to the competitively-priced 3DS XL topping several Christmas lists.

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Batman: Arkham City GOTY Edition | £12.99 | Simply Games | PS3 & Xbox 360

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Action Games, PS3 games, Rocksteady Studios, Warner Bros. Interactive, Xbox 360 games

Batman: Arkham City GOTY Edition | £12.99 | Simply Games | PS3 & Xbox 360

Once again, Simply Games have undercut themselves in order to remain the cheapest: knocking an extra £2 off the Arkham City GOTY Edition for PS3 and Xbox 360. It'll save you about £3 on The Hut (and will be more likely to arrive on time too), but note that PC owners have had multiple opportunities to get it for next to nothing.

Scary Girl | £3.48 | GamersGate | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
PC games, Platformer, Square Enix, TikGames
Scary Girl | £3.48 | GamersGate | PC
  • What: Scary Girl
  • Where: GamersGate
  • Current Price: £3.48
  • RRP: £6.95

Scary Girl is a decidedly odd and incredibly stylish proposition that's unlike anything we've ever seen before. However, it's a lot like most platformers we've ever played; solid and functional but never quite managing to match innovative gameplay with its striking visuals. Still, you could do a lot worse for less than £4.

Grotesque Tactics Bundle | £4.63 | Impulse | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Parody, PC games, RPG, Silent Dreams
Grotesque Tactics Bundle | £4.63 | Impulse | PC

Impulse Driven/Gamestop are currently selling both Grotesque Tactics games for less than you can buy them seperately elsewhere, but it's worth noting that they're incredibly divisive. They're parody games that bombard you with jokes at every opportunity - some of which hit, but many of them fail to launch. Solid turn-based combat clashes with a lack of meaningful RPG depth - and you'll either love or hate the experience. In fact, £4.63 will either be an utter bargain or a total waste.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown CD Key | £12.99 | Simply Games | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
2K Games, Firaxis Games, PC games, Strategy games

XCOM: Enemy Unknown CD Key | £12.99 | Simply Games | PC

Simply Games are willing to part with an XCOM: Enemy Unknown CD key for £12.99, saving you an extra £2 when you download the game from Steam etc.

Firaxis' reboot was my personal nomination for Game Of The Year 2012: a phenomenal turn-based strategy game that evokes Gollop's hardcore originals but makes the action accessible to newcomers. One of the absolute highlights of a fantastic year.

Defender's Quest: Valley Of The Forgotten | £4.07 | Steam | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Defender's Quest, Indie Games, Level Up Labs, RPG, Tower Defence games
Defender's Quest: Valley Of The Forgotten | £4.07 | Steam | PC

I namechecked Defender's Quest several times as a contender for my best and favourite game of 2012, since it's a stupendously deep RPG/tower defence hybrid that handles both aspects brilliantly. You can currently snag the Steam version for less than the direct asking price, which will net you extra achievements on top of the definitive Gold Edition. One of the most criminally-overlooked titles of the year by far.

Deal expires at 18:00.

Gray Matter | £2.00 | GamersGate | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Adventure Games, dtp entertainment AG, PC games, Wizarbox
Gray Matter | £2.00 | GamersGate | PC

Scant days after Gamestop rolled out a cheap £4 deal for Gray Matter, GamersGate have thoroughly undercut it by half. As an adventure game from Jane Jensen, the famed creator of the Gabriel Knight series, Gray Matter is a rather unique proposition. Cerebral puzzles, an eyecatching art style and an engrossing storyline are all compelling reasons to pick this one up, but poor voice acting and some production slip-ups frequently come to the fore.

Sengoku | £3.75 | GamersGate | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Paradox Interactive, PC games, Strategy games
Sengoku | £3.75 | GamersGate | PC

Sengoku is a seriously impressive grand strategy game at a nice little price. While more casual players may be deterred by the horrible UI and beardy tactics, armchair generals with a lust for Feudal Japan will discover a near-limitless amount of strategic joy that provides more depth than even the Total War series (without the combat to match).

Game of the Year 2012 | Staff Highlights - Jonathan Lester

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
Tags:
Dust: An Elysian Tail, Game of the Year 2012, GOTY 2012, Gravity Rush, Halo 4, Planetside 2, SimCity, Spartan Ops, Staff Picks 2012, XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Game of the Year 2012 | Staff Highlights - Jonathan Lester

2012 has been a fantastic year, both from a writer and gamer's standpoint. Crucially we've always had new and exciting things to play, whether on PC, consoles or handhelds, from the biggest AAA studios and the smallest one-man outfits. Indie gaming has fully integrated into the mainstream, delivering countless killer titles for pocket money prices. We've gotten to grips with two new pieces of gaming tech, and though the Vita and Wii U have yet to prove themselves, they've already provided plenty of fun and happy hours spent in front of a touchscreen.

What an amazing year. And what a horrible few days it's been trying to whittle down an enormous selection of great games to a tiny shortlist. Here, as they say, goes nothing. - Jonathan

Game of the Year | XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Game of the Year 2012 | Staff Highlights - Jonathan Lester

Far Cry 3, Vessel, Defender's Quest, Torchlight II, Thomas Was Alone and Crusader Kings II all jostled for my attention this year (amongst many others), sucking me in for countless hours and spitting me out, bleary eyed, after innumerable sleepness nights. Any number of games have impressed from a graphical and mechanical standpoint, while others showcased fantastic art direction or innovative concepts that defied conventional thinking.

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Defiance Interview | Building The Next Big Thing

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
Tags:
Action Games, Defiance, MMO, PC games, PS3 games, RPG, SyFy, Trion Worlds, Xbox 360 games

Defiance Interview | Building The Next Big Thing

Producer Rob Hill Talks Transmedia Challenges, Pricing & 'Co-op Shooting On A Massive Scale'

My hands-on time with Defiance, the massively multiplayer cooperative shooter from Trion Worlds that seamlessly ties into a simultaneously-running television series, left me with many questions. How can a game be made in tandem with a TV show, and how will they interact? What compromises had to be made on both sides? How long will Defiance last? Just as importantly, how much will it cost?

Senior Producer Robert Hill has the answers.

Jonathan Lester (Dealspwn): Thanks for talking to us, Rob. First of all, for the benefit of any readers who haven't read our Defiance hands-on preview, could you give us the elevator pitch?

Robert Hill (Trion Worlds): It's a massive, cooperative open-world shooter. What that means is you're in the same world with hundreds to thousands of other players in a cooperative environment. You can go on missions with people who are complete strangers or join groups, put them on your friends list, build a persistent clan, so it's a really social shooter environment that you don't see elsewhere. You can be doing something on your own and someone randomly comes in and helps you out, and at that point you decide, "you know what? I'm going to team up with this guy and start doing things together."

Defiance Interview | Building The Next Big Thing

Hopefully you'll build a relationship where it's "okay, now he's on my friends list, oh now I have enough people on my friends list to build a clan, my clan's going to persist over time." It's a co-op shooter on a massive scale with a bunch of social aspects that you won't see in any other shooter franchise.

The story is that you are an Ark Hunter, essentially a mercenary: the Indiana Jones Of The Future. This guy, Von Bach, hires you to find an artefact in San Francisco, but you'll also be working for various factions.

Dealspwn: When we first learned about Defiance, the first word that came to mind was "ambitious"...

Hill: Yeah!

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Microsoft & Sony Rivalry Blocking Defiance Cross-Platform Multiplayer

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Action Games, Defiance, Microsoft, MMO, PC games, PS3 games, RPG, Sony, SyFy, Trion Worlds, Xbox 360 games

Microsoft & Sony Rivalry Blocking Defiance Cross-Platform Multiplayer

Having spent several hours getting to grips with Defiance, it's clear that Trion's ambitious cooperative MMO shooter currently allows for smooth cross-platform play between PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 versions. However, Microsoft and Sony aren't willing to set aside their bitter rivalry for long enough to make it work at launch - if ever.

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