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Doom 3: BFG Edition Review | Old Tech, Evergreen Terror

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Jonathan Lester
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Bethesda Softworks, Doom 3, Doom 3: BFG Edition, FPS games, id Software, PC games, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games

Doom 3: BFG Edition Review | Old Tech, Evergreen Terror

Platforms: PC | PS3 | Xbox 360 (reviewed)

Developer: id Software

Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

Doom 3 wowed me when it released in 2004. After our favourite nameless marine was thrown back into a Martian research base gone to hell, id Software delivered an old-school masterclass in terrifying demons, big guns and non-recharging health, brought to life by one of the most impressive engines of the age. Not content to rest on their laurels, however, Carmack and the team threw players a curveball by introducing genuine horror to the proceedings - crafting a dynamically lit haunted house teeming with well-crafted scares and amplified by crushing, oppressive loneliness. It wasn't the Doom many of us wanted, but it was just short of a masterpiece nonetheless.

Now that the franchise is nearing its 20th anniversary (measured from the start of development), Doom 3 is back with a vengeance.

The appropriately-named BFG Edition certainly ships with an impressive amount of content. You'll get the original Doom 3 campaign, the Resurrection Of Evil expansion pack, eight new missions, the original Doom and Doom 2 for a budget price, along with a graphical update. id Software took on the job of remastering in-house rather than outsourcing it to another production company, promising to give id Tech 4 a new lease of life.

Whether they delivered on that promise is another matter entirely.

Doom 3: BFG Edition Review | Old Tech, Evergreen Terror

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Report: Microsoft Developing 7-Inch Xbox Surface Tablet

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Microsoft, Microsoft Surface, Report, Rumour, Tablet, Tablet gaming, Xbox

Report: Microsoft Developing 7-Inch Xbox Surface Tablet

According to a new report, Microsoft are developing a gaming-optimised Surface tablet with a 7-inch screen and Xbox branding.

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David Braben Kickstarts Elite Sequel

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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David Braben, Elite, Elite: Dangerous, Frontier Elite, PC games, Space Sim

David Braben Kickstarts Elite Sequel

"Become One Of The Elite Once More"

We knew that Kinectimals couldn't satisfy David Braben forever, and the legendary designer has finally given us what we all really wanted: a sequel to Elite. Entitled Elite: Dangerous, the new project promises to let us "take a ship and 100 credits to make money legally or illegally - trade, bounty-hunt, pirate, assassinate your way across the galaxy."

If it raises £1,250,000 before January 5th, that is.

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Gimbal | Pay What You Want | IndieGameStand | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
8888888 Labs, Indie Games, multiplayer, SHMUP

  • What: Gimbal
  • Where: IndieGameStand
  • Current Price: £pay what you want
  • RRP: £9.38

Gimbal lets you build awesome Sci-Fi spaceships, then battle against other players. Sound good? Well, if that caught your attention, you'll probably be interested to know that you can pay anything you want over the next couple of days courtesy of IndieGameStand.

A free demo is available (on the official site) if you want to try before you buy.

Valve: Linux Is The "Best Alternative" To Windows 8 & iOS

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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iOS, Linux, Steam, Ubuntu, Valve, Windows 8

Valve: Linux Is The "Best Alternative" To Windows 8 & iOS

Valve have reaffirmed their support of the Linux platform, which they believe to be the only thing 'keeping the open platform alive.'

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Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge Trailer Looks Much-Improved

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge, Team Ninja, Techmo Koei, trailer, Wii U games

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge Trailer Looks Much-Improved

The Wii U version of Ninja Gaiden 3, subtitled Razor's Edge, promises to be much more than a port. Instead, Team Ninja appear to be trying to atone for the mediocre quality of the disappointing sequel by introducing a new and faster character, Ayane, reinstating dismemberment and tuning the combat.

Amazingly, this latest trailer actually resembles a decent game, though we'll find out the truth of things when Razor's Edge releases for Wii U on January 11th.

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Binary Domain | £5.62 With Voucher Code | Green Man Gaming | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Action Games, Binary Domain, PC games, Sega
Binary Domain | £5.62 With Voucher Code | Green Man Gaming | PC

Binary Domain proved to be an exquisite and thoroughly mental shooter with some exceptional set pieces and a story that approaches thought-provoking, so it's well worth checking out. Especially considering that GMG only want £5.62, down from the 'usual' £7.49 deal price. Bargain.

Need For Speed: The Run & Hot Pursuit Bundle | £6.24 | Impulse/Gamestop | PC

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Criterion Games, EA, EA Black Box, Need for Speed, Racing Games

Need For Speed: The Run & Hot Pursuit Bundle | £6.24 | Impulse/Gamestop | PC

Impulse/Gamestop are currently selling Need For Speed: The Run and Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit for £6.24 all told, which will save you as much as you'll pay by our reckoning. Since Impulse are liable to whisk deals away at a moment's notice, I don't know how long this will last.

Splinter Cell Blacklist Director: Flashy AAA Games Will Evolve Into Deeper & Cheaper 'aaa'

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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AAA games, Digital vs Retail, Indie Games, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Ubisoft

Splinter Cell Blacklist Director: Flashy AAA Games Will Evolve Into Deeper & Cheaper 'aaa'

Ubisoft's Patrick Redding believes that the traditional 'AAA' game is going to evolve over the coming years, with developers focusing on "systemic depth" and creative gameplay rather than flashy graphics. Think Minecraft, not Modern Warfare. These smaller 'aaa' titles will apparently focus on player-driven storylines and gameplay, while requiring smaller teams and overheads for publishers.

Sounds good to us, actually. More details below.

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Grotesque Tactics 2: Dungeons & Donuts | £2.10 | GamersGate | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Headup Games, Parody, PC games, RPG, Silent Dreams
Grotesque Tactics 2: Dungeons & Donuts | £2.10 | GamersGate | PC

GamersGate is currently willing to save you about a fiver on Grotesque Tactics 2, an entertaining if inconsistent parody RPG. It'll 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, so you'll either love or hate the experience. For £2.10, you won't have to pay much to find out which.

Super Meat Boy | £2.49 | GamersGate | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Indie Games, PC games, Platform games, Platformers, Team Meat
Super Meat Boy | £2.49 | GamersGate | PC

Chances are that you've already picked up Super Meat Boy on XBLA or as part of a Humble Indie Bundle, but if not, you should probably take advantage of GamersGate's latest offer. Super Meat Boy is an outstanding indie platformer with a punishing difficulty curve and hardcore ideals that has proved to be one of the most influential games of this generation.

It's brilliant, punishing and intensely affordable. Don't miss it - unless you're holding out for the swagalicious Ultra Edition.

Julian Gollop To Remake Chaos: The Battle Of Wizards

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Chaos: The Battle Of Wizards, Games Workshop, Indie Games, Julian Gollop, Mac games, PC games, Turn-based strategy games

Julian Gollop To Remake Chaos: The Battle Of Wizards

Julian Gollop, the strategic mastermind behind the original X-COM, plans to revisit one of his earliest games as his next project. Chaos: The Battle Of Wizards originally graced the Speccy in 1985, and the legendary developer hopes to use new technology and the Unity engine to develop a spiritual sequel rather than a by-the-numbers revamp.

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Capcom On DmC: 'Other Games Will Feel Very Slow In Comparison'

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Capcom, Devil May Cry, DMC, Ninja Theory

Capcom On DmC: 'Other Games Will Feel Very Slow In Comparison'

Will Run At 30 FPS, But Trick Us Into Believing 60

Capcom and Ninja Theory have apparently learned some "elaborate" technical lessons from Dragon's Dogma, allowing them to make the upcoming Devil May Cry reboot feel like it runs at 60 frames per second... even though it won't.

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Pid Review | Potentially Interesting Disappointment

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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D3 Publisher, Might & Delight, PC games, Pid, Platformer, PSN, Puzzle games, XBLA

Pid Review | Potentially Interesting Disappointment

Platforms: PC | PSN | XBLA (reviewed)

Developer: Might & Delight

Publisher: D3 Publisher

Pid is very long and very, very difficult.

This ought to be a good thing. I've lost track of the sheer number of games that raised my hackles for failing to provide an appropriate amount of content or challenge, and Might & Delight have delivered on both. This surreal puzzle platformer serves up between 12-15 hours of cerebral adventuring, set in a soft focus world ripped straight out of a child's imagination. However, Pid's bizarre and beautiful imagery belies a game that delights in pushing players to the limit, both in terms of brainpower and reflexes. On paper, then, it should be an absolute stunner - especially for the bargain price of £6.99 or 800 Mirosoft Points.

Unfortunately, Pid happens to be the wrong kind of long... and the bad kind of difficult.

Pid Review | Potentially Interesting Disappointment

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PSA: Skyrim DLC Reveal Trailer Hits Later Today

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Bethesda Softworks, DLC, Skyrim, trailer

PSA: Skyrim DLC Reveal Trailer Hits Later Today

Bethesda will be rolling out a teaser trailer for Skyrim's next DLC pack today, with the enigmatic artwork above acting as our only official clue about what to expect.

Unofficially, however, we expect it to take place on Solstheim and feature dragon mounts. We'll find out whether the source code search was on the money in a few hours.

UPDATE: Now this is happening.

GAME Prepares For Halo 4 Midnight Launch, Expect River Thames Publicity Stunt

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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GAME, Halo 4, High street, Midnight launch, UK retail

GAME Prepares For Halo 4 Midnight Launch, Expect River Thames Publicity Stunt

Nearly 300 Stores To Participate

292 GAME stores will be opening their doors at midnight tonight to celebrate the launch of Halo 4. In case you haven't decided to pre-order it, stay toasty warm and get your eight hours, GAME Stratford will act as the flagship venue. There will be merch and complimentary stuff for the first fifty fans, apparently.

Microsoft has also teased some sort of publicity stunt happening on the River Thames tonight, between Greenwich Peninsular and Tower Bridge. The "amazing spectacle" (whatever it is) kicks off at 19:45, with fans advised to make their way to Butler's Wharf by half seven.

Halo 4 is a seriously impressive shooter and a near-complete package, with Matt recently awarding 343's effort a 9/10 score. Will you be queuing at midnight?

UK Games Charts | 3rd November 2012

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Assassin's Creed III, Football Manager 2013, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, UK Games Charts, UK retail, WWE 13

UK Games Charts | 3rd November 2012

As the biggest new release of the week, it's no surprise that Assassin's Creed III has run, jumped, sailed and bayonetted its way into the top spot. Ubisoft has confirmed that it's their biggest ever game launch (not to mention the biggest of 2012 thus far), outselling even Assassin's Creed Revelations. Impressively, portable counterpart Assassin's Creed III: Liberation managed to debut at 14th place - not a top ten position, but still good going for a Vita title.

However, Assassin's Creed wasn't the only major game to release last week. Football Manager 2013 is back to kill your life, WWE 13 grabs third place in a headlock and Need For Speed: Most Wanted is here to remind us that EA publishes good games alongside tosh like Medal Of Honor: Warfighter.

We'll have to wait until next week to find out how well a certain Master Chief gets on. Also, on a totally unrelated matter, expect nil productivity tomorrow.

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COMMENT | Metacritic's Big Yellow Brainwash

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
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7/10, Big yellow joint, Criticism, Metacritic, There's always money in the banana stand, Yellow

COMMENT | Metacritic's Big Yellow Brainwash

We have a complicated relationship with Metacritic here at Dealspwn. Though we're not currently represented on-site, we love the fact that it collects and corrals critical opinion from across the internet into one convenient place. Users can access a wealth of differing viewpoints with a single search, allowing them to read the most positive, negative and middling articles before deciding which particular critic they identify with most. At a basic level, then, Metacritic is profoundly brilliant.

The Metascore is obviously pointless. Review scores only make sense in context with other reviews from the same site, since each publication has unique scoring criteria and puts different weighting on the various technical and artistic aspects of each title. Us critics are informed by our own unique experience and tastes, not to mention that we write for different audiences. Trying to average and make sense of review scores as a whole, therefore, is useless - without context, they literally mean nothing whatsoever. It's sometimes depressing to see both gamers, publishers and pundits read far too much into this arbitrary number, which is too broad to be useful at best and disingenuous at worst. Plus, so long as you make the time to read it, it's the text that counts.

However, in my personal opinion, Metacritic's most far-reaching and arguably damaging effect on the industry is also one of its most subtle; a case of unintentional brainwashing that has helped to massively skew review scores towards the 80-100% end of the spectrum. It's as simple as the colour yellow.

COMMENT | Metacritic's Big Yellow Brainwash

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Black Ops II: Welcome To Nuketown 2025 Trailer

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Activision, Black Ops II, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, FPS, Nuketown, Pre-order bonus, Treyarch

Welcome to Nuketown 2025, Black Ops II pre-order customers. The neighbourhood may look familiar, but it appears that The Jetsons have moved in since the original Black Ops...

GTA V Locations Revealed By Pre-Order Pics

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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PS3 games, Rockstar, Rockstar North, Xbox 360 games

GTA V Locations Revealed By Pre-Order Pics

Second Trailer Delayed Due To Hurricane Sandy

All Games Beta have spotted some miniature picture viewers destined for GTA V pre-order customers, which feature images of in-game locations. They're the only new info we have to go on at the moment, since a second GTA V trailer has been delayed due to the destructive effects of Hurricane Sandy on Rockstar's New York office.

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