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Serious Sam: Double D | £2.00 | Get Games | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Devolver Digital, Mommy's Best Games, PC games, SHMUP
Serious Sam: Double D | £2.00 | Get Games | PC

Serious Sam: Double D combines all of the series' trademark ultraviolence with the anarchic, insane innovation of the best indie weapons designer in the industry. Nathan Fouts, previously of Insomniac fame, has crafted a brutal and brilliant side-scroller with big guns, big boobs, big fun and no compromise whatsoever. You can save about £3 by downloading it from Get Games who are currently running a cheap-as-chips promotion. Check out our 9/10 review for more seriously serious deets, seriously.

Beat Hazard | £2.00 | Get Games | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Cold Beam Games, Indie Games, Music games, SHMUP
Beat Hazard | £2.00 | Get Games | PC
  • What: Beat Hazard
  • Where: Get Games
  • Current Price: £2.00
  • RRP: £6.99

Beat Hazard is absolutely brilliant. It's a twin-stick shooter that evolves depending on your music, summoning enormous bosses and waves of ships that need to be annihilated with your rhythm-powered weaponry. It's one of my favourite Xbox Live Indie Games, but it's also well worth considering on PC since Get Games have even managed to undercut GMG by a quid.

It's well worth picking up the Ultra DLC too.

Crysis 2 Maximum Edition | £6.18 | Impulse | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Crytek, EA, FPS, PC games

Crysis 2 Maximum Edition | £6.18 | Impulse | PC

Interesting. Barely a fortnight after bringing us a similar deal, Impulse have decided to beat their own price by an extra few pence - bringing down Crysis 2's Maximum Edition to £6.14.

It's technically a decent price (compared to all but the shortlived Steam collection), but bear in mind that the online player base isn't exactly enormous (better on PC ) and the value you'll get from the multiplayer DLC might not be as good as it first appears.

Obsidian Reveals Project Eternity Kickstarter

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Kickstarter, Obsidian Entertainment, Planescape: Torment, RPG

Isometric RPG Nets More Than $800,000 Overnight

The countdown is over and all is revealed. Obsidian Entertainment's newest game is Project Eternity, a fantasy RPG that draws elements from Planescape Torment, Icewind Dale and other classic Black Isle games. Chris Avellone has been banging on about how much he'd like to revisit Planescape, and now it's happening.

Well... almost certainly happening, at least. Project Eternity has been launched as a Kickstarter campaign, which has already attracted over $880,000 worth of backing in less than 24 hours. Considering that their target is $1,100,000 and they still have 31 days to go, it's probably time for them to start thinking about stretch goals.

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Metro 2033 Film Rights Snapped Up By MGM

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Metro 2033, MGM, Movies

Metro 2033 Film Rights Snapped Up By MGM

MGM has snaffled up the movie rights to Metro 2033, reveals Hollywood Reporter. Relative newcomer Scott F. Frazer has been tasked with penning the script, which will be produced by Mark Johnson (The Notebook, The Chronicles Of Narnia).

Before you start panicking, it's worth noting that they've acquired the rights to adapt Dmitri Glukhovsky's original novel, not the THQ-developed game. We reckon that Metro 2033 might actually be a good fit for the silver screen - what would you want from a film adaptation?

Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition Delayed

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition, Beamdog

Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition Delayed

Beamdog has pushed back the Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition from September 18th (next week) to November 30th due to an overwhelming amount of feedback from volunteer testers.

"After recently reviewing the game and then consulting with our partners, we've decided to ensure that Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition is the best possible product on launch," explained Beamdog/Overhaul Games president Trent Oster on the forums. "Thus, we have pushed back the release date of the game."

"To all who have pre-ordered, we ask for your patience as we move toward our final release date -- and we will be working on something a little extra for you."

What this "little extra" something actually is remains to be seen - perhaps some early DLC? The Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition pre-order will currently run you £17.99 on Beamdog, while the iOS and Android versions cost $9.99. You can read more details here.

Report: R.I.P. Gamestation, Stores To Rebrand As GAME

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Breaking news, GAME, Gamestation

Report: R.I.P. Gamestation, Stores To Rebrand As GAME

Breaking news: MCV reports that the GAME Group will be axing the Gamestation brand, repurposing existing stores as GAME stockists instead . The news broke during a GAME Group conference this morning. We don't yet know whether gamestation.co.uk will continue to operate as an online retailer - or the timeframe as yet - but I daresay that the decision will infuriate some, sadden others and barely register with those who typically buy online.

Gamestation loyalty cards can be converted into GAME reward cards and used in GAME stores (I believe), don't worry.

I'm personally a little worried about what will happen in the few high streets that still have both a GAME and Gamestation in close proximity, but we'll know more over the next few days. It's possible that the overall GAME brand will also be revamped, potentially with a new logo and identity.

Play Borderlands 2: Mount Jackmore In Browser, Win Prizes

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Borderlands 2, Free to play, Gearbox Software, Prizes, Wub

Play Borderlands 2: Mount Jackmore In Browser, Win Prizes

Gearbox are giving us plenty of ways to brighten up our working day. Following their addictive 16-Bit Borderlands 2 demake, they've now released another free browser game entitled Mount Jackmore.

It's a bit like Molyneux's Curiosity, except that there are plenty of real prizes up for grabs. And you have to shoot a big giant head.

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Nintendo: $299 American Wii U Price Is "Really Strong Value"

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Nintendo, Rip-Offs, RRP, UK retail, Wii U

Nintendo: 9 American Wii U Price Is "Really Strong Value"

"The Consumers Are Going To Decide"

With the Wii U's European price point confirmed at £250/£300/£330 depending on the edition you want, Nintendo Of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime has spoken out to suggest that the American $299 RRP for the basic edition represents "really strong value" for the consumer.

Well, it does, seeing as it equates to £185 at the current exchange rate - which is 25% cheaper even after US sales tax. Along with explaining the bottom line, Reggie also warns us not to expect a price cut any time soon.

Rip-off Britain strikes again.

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New Little King's Story Dated For European Vitas

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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JRPG, Konami, New Little King's Story

New Little King's Story Dated For European Vitas

Downloadable JRPG Hits In A Fortnight

New Little King's Story, an in-depth JRPG specifically designed for the PS Vita, will be available to download on the PSN from 27th September. Konami has announced that it will be arriving five days earlier than the October 2nd US release date, costing €39.99.

Players assume the role of King Corobo, tasked with reclaiming his kingdom from the nightmarish Devil King. As a monarch, gamers will need to lead their Royal Guard in every grand battle, and plan attacks wisely as they grow their populations and broaden their territories. We've got a talkthrough video below in case you want to know more.

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Bayonetta 2 Exclusivity Not Intended To 'Alienate' Fans

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Bayonetta 2, Nintendo, Platinum Games, Sega, Wii U

Bayonetta 2 Exclusivity Not Intended To 'Alienate' Fans

Move Taken To Publish Game After SEGA Dropout?

Yesterday's revelation that Bayonetta 2 will be a Wii U exclusive was music to our ears, but many fans are upset about the change of platform. In a new statement, Platinum Games has explained the decision; stating that they desperately wanted to make the sequel but had to "consult with SEGA" to "make sure this takes place." Since the net result was a defection to Nintendo, we can safely assume that SEGA were simply unwilling to publish the multiplatform brawler (made more likely by their decision to delay Anarchy Reigns).

Platinum admits that move the may have come as a shock, but wants to make it clear that "alienating" fans was never the intention.

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Here's That Delayed Fuse Trailer

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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EA, Fuse, Insomniac Games, Overstrike, trailer

Here's That Delayed Fuse Trailer

Legal issues forced Insomniac to delay releasing their Fuse trailer, but without further ado, here it is in all its explosive cooperative glory.

Perhaps the legal issues surrounded the backing track, which is criminally bad in context. Mmm, generic. EA marketing at its finest. Still, there's plenty to enjoy here.

Carl has picked the internet apart looking for Fuse details, which he's corralled in a great big roundup. Gameplay-wise, it revolves around tight cooperation, swapping between characters and using their unique abilities.

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Manga Game Bundle | Groupees | Pay What You Want | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
PC games, Visual novel, Winter Wolves

  • What: Heileen, Bionic Heart & Vera Blanc (for starters)
  • Where: Groupees
  • Current Price: Pay What You Want (plus tier bonuses)

You probably already know whether or not you might be interested in this deal. Essentially, you can pay what you want for a number of decent visual novels, which are dialogue-heavy 'adventures' that focus primarily on the relationships between characters. Which can, of course, become romantic. Either way, if you like visual novels, you can pay what you want for a bunch of them - and get a couple more if you're willing to pay a bit extra. Planet Stronghold is great fun, for the record.

Dawn Of war II, Company of Heroes, Saints Row 2, Metro 2033 and Red Faction: Guerilla | £7.50 With Voucher Code | Green Man Gaming | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Action Games, PC games, Relic Entertainment, Strategy games, THQ
Dawn Of war II, Company of Heroes, Saints Row 2, Metro 2033 and Red Faction: Guerilla | £7.50 With Voucher Code | Green Man Gaming | PC
  • What: THQ 5-Pack
  • Where: Green Man Gaming
  • Current Price: £7.50
  • Voucher Code: GMG25-1BW0K-K1A3G

Green Man Gaming are still rocking their GMG25-1BW0K-K1A3G voucher code, and it works very nicely with a new 5-pack. Though they're not what you'd consider "new," they're definitely all well worth playing and are great value for a measly £7.50. Thanks to dmorison at HotUKDeals.

Build A Bundle 3 | Groupees | PC

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Indie Games, PC games

  • What: Build A Bundle 3
  • Where: Groupees
  • Current Price: $0.75/£0.46 per game (minimum)

Groupees are back with another Build A Bundle promotion that lets you buy any of nine games for a minimum of £0.46 each. They're an odd mix of fairly niche games, but there's likely something there to interest you.

Nintendo TVii Announced Stateside

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Nintendo, TVii, Wii U, Wii U Launch Details

Nintendo TVii Announced Stateside

While Satoru Shibata was busy revealing the likes of Bayonetta 2, Reggie Fils-Aime had a couple of nifty reveals of his own. The US Nintendo Direct presentation detailed a new Wii U feature that allows users to browse a number of television content providers on their TV or GamePad, and record their favourite shows. Impressively, it's a free service (excluding subscriptions to Netflix etc).

Surprise surprise, though, it hasn't been confirmed for Europe. If you want to torture yourself, hit the jump.

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Bayonetta 2 & The Wonderful 101 Revealed As Wii U Exclusive

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Bayonetta 2, Nintendo, Platinum Games, Project P-100, The Wonderful 101, Wii U, Wii U Launch Details

Bayonetta 2 & The Wonderful 101 Revealed As Wii U Exclusive

Platinum Brings The Games

Platinum Games are set to bring it to the Wii U in a seriously big way. Not only has the E3 surprise powerhouse Project P-100 been revealed as The Wonderful 101, but Bayonetta 2 has come out of nowhere as a Wii U exclusive.

As someone who rather likes Platinum Games, I'm more than a little excited about this. To say the least. I'd be more excited if we knew how much the Wii U will cost, mind, but here's what we know so far along with brand new trailers.

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COMMENT | Is Big Picture Mode A Console-Killer?

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
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Big Picture Mode, Console wars, PC games, Steam, The Battle for the Lounge, Valve

COMMENT | Is Big Picture Mode A Console-Killer?

Steam's Big Picture mode has finally gone from rumour to beta and is kicking a fair amount of posterior despite a few teething troubles. Carl has already delivered our extensively detailed hands-on impressions (though you can opt into the beta update and try it out for yourself), exploring the new interface in all of its convenient, slickly-designed glory. Steam is now thoroughly intuitive to browse with a controller on a widescreen television, putting mainstream console UIs to shame, but Big Picture is also causing some suitably Big Questions to start circulating around the PC community.

Is Valve making a power play for PC living room dominance? Could Big Picture actually be a threat to home consoles?

The short answer is no.

The long answer is also a short one, but infinitely more interesting. Not yet.

COMMENT | Is Big Picture Mode A Console-Killer?

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Earth Defence Force 4 Trailer & Details Escape Japan

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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D3 Publisher, Earth Defence Force 4, EDF! EDF!, trailer

Earth Defence Force 4 Trailer & Details Escape Japan

Famitsu has the latest on Earth Defence Force 4, which is set to follow in the schlocky stylings of its predecessor. Expect new classes, new bugs and big robots galore.

Better yet, we've got an official trailer after the break. You know the chant by now.

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Rise Of The Triad | £1.49 | GOG | PC

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Apogee Software, FPS games, PC games, Retro games

Rise Of The Triad | £1.49 | GOG | PC

  • What: Rise Of The Triad
  • Where: GOG
  • Current Price: £1.49

Good Old Games are running a deal on... wouldn't you know it... a good old game. Specifically Rise Of The Triad, a truly fearsome shooter loved for its intricate level design and frankly ridiculous weaponry. A reboot is on the way soon, but for now, you could do a lot worse for less than the price of a bus ticket.