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Skyrim: Legendary Edition £6.80 at Games Planet on PC

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Matt Gardner
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Skyrim: Legendary Edition £6.80 at Games Planet on PC

Skyrim: Legendary Edition | Games Planet | £6.80
Price ComparisonReview

It's Skyrim. With all of the DLC.

It's excellent, and you should buy it immediately if you haven't already.

It's also the PC version, so you can have the very best of times mucking about with some absolutely fantastic mods and marvelling at a game that somehow looks better than TESO...and plays immeasurably better too. If you're looking for a quintessential Elder Scrolls experience, accept no substitutes.

Thanks to jaystan at HotUkDeals.

Didn't pre-order The Last of Us: Remastered? Don't worry, GameStop are selling it for £29.97

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Action Games, PS4 games, The Last Of Us

The Last of Us: Remastered | £29.97 | Gamestop

We're not the biggest fans of Gamestop here on Dealspwn,  but they're the place to go if you want a copy of The Last of Us: Remastered for under £30. It's probably not particularly worth it if you've already got the PS3 version (depends how burning your desire for a replay actually is), but it's certainly a must-buy for Xbox converts.

Wii U Premium Bundle + Mario Kart 8 for £209.99 at Sainsbury's

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Matt Gardner
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Mario Kart 8, Nintendo, Wii U, Wii U games

Wii U Premium Bundle + Mario Kart 8 for £209.99 at Sainsbury's

Wii U Premium Bundle + Mario Kart 8 | £209.99 | Sainsbury's | MK8 review

Let's be clear about this: it's really unlikely that we're going to see anything top that Game Collection flash deal from mid-June for some time. But, if you're looking for a relatively cheap bundle deal on a Wii U, then grabbing the Premium console along with its best multiplayer game -- Mario Kart 8 -- for as close to £200 as possible is a good place to start, and this price cut from Sainsbury's still represents pretty good value.

That said, do be aware that the free game promotion for Mario Kart 8 has now expired.

Good spot by iSM4SHxYOUx at HUKD.

Opening Scenes | The Last of Us Remastered - First 15 Mins Gameplay

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Action Games, Naughty Dog, Opening Scenes, PS4 games, The Last Of Us, Videos

So just how good does The Last Of Us look on PS4? We've got the game's opening quarter of an hour for you to have a look at, with a generational platform comparison vid coming shortly.

Classes, Romance, and Giant Heads - Pillars of Eternity Q&A with Josh Sawyer

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Games previews, Interviews, Kickstarter, Obsidian Entertainment, PC games, Pillars Of Eternity, RPGs, Videos

Classes, Romance, and Giant Heads - Pillars of Eternity Q&A with Josh Sawyer

I love the old Infinity Engine RPGs, and I'm not alone. Jon often makes the point that the stories modern games tell seem to have suffered as a result of having so many more advanced tools (particularly when we start bandying around the word "cinematic"), and that there's something to be said for text-heavy adventures and RPGs making the very most of their limited options. The writing had to be spot on, the world building exceptionally well researched, everything providing the optimal framing for whatever adventure was to be had.

Games couldn't rely on polish and looks to get by as they can now, they actually had to be good. And we were spoilt rotten with games of exceptional quality.

Pillars of Eternity wants to tap into all of that, reviving that old-school spirit, but upgrading and updating a few of the more clunky mechanisms that have grown rusty over the years, and the team at Obsidian look to be right on track. We've already sent the half-hour gameplay presentation we checked out a couple of weeks back, but we also got the opportunity to put a bunch of further questions to project director Josh Sawyer, and he waxed lyrical regarding classes, romance, and one of the game's best Easter eggs.

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Daily Bite: Incinerating the Companion Cube

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Matt Gardner
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Farewell, old friend.

Wayward Manor Review | Scarily Mediocre

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Matt Gardner
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Indie Games, Moonshark, Neil Gaiman, PC games, Puzzle games, The Odd Gentlemen, Wayward Manor

Wayward Manor Review | Scarily Mediocre

Why aren't you any fun, Wayward Manor? You're the result of a collaboration between a successful indie studio in The Odd Gentlemen -- responsible for the really rather good The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom -- and one of my favourite authors: Neil Gaiman; you have a promising set up that sees players taking on the role of a ghost and attempting to frighten an unwanted family out of the eponymous house; you look like a mix of the works of Tim Burton and Henry Selick...

So where did it all go wrong?

Let's break it down. Wayward Manor is a point and click puzzler set across twenty-five stages, each of which see you peering down into various rooms of the grumpy manor, itself rather wonderfully voiced by Gaiman himself, and manipulating various items and fixtures and fittings in each of these rooms to scare the unwanted family member currently inside. Six scares are required before you can summon the ghoulish energy to unleash a torrent of spectral energy that'll send the whole chamber rattling, and force your victim to flee in terror.

The manner by which you go about amassing those six scares differs in form, but not in function. The game basically revolves around you clicking the left-mouse button for everything, but timing and angles are key. Sending a mouse scurrying in front of your unsuspecting mark at just the right time involves precise deployment, as does dropping a bottle from the rafters as your target passes by. It's simple stuff, but the game restricts your abilities slightly. In each room, there are three tiers of interactive opportunities, expanding as you build up the scare count and amass more power. In the first level, you can only throw bottles around, then your influence spreads to the window shutters, and after that all bets are off.

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PREVIEW | Can Lords of the Fallen step out from Dark Souls' shadow?

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Matt Gardner
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ARPGs, CI Games, Dark Souls, Deck13, Games previews, Lords Of The Fallen, RPGs, Tomasz Gop

PREVIEW | Can Lords of the Fallen step out from Dark Souls' shadow?

Lords of the Fallen is looking like Dark Souls crossed with The Witcher. And that's fine.

When you first pick up the controller and start playing Lords of the Fallen, it becomes readily apparent that From Software's opus has been an enormous influence on this game. The controller setup is almost identical, the challenging philosophy behind the action is clearly evident, as is the commitment to visually interesting spaces, vistas, and enemies. Oh, and let us not forget the enormous, hard-as-nails bosses.

But what's clear is that Tomasz Gop , Deck13 and CI Games have little interest in making Lords of the Fallen a measuring rod and an exercise in frustration. Combat is very much predicated on the weight of your weapon and the heft of your armour, but there's a greater distinction here in terms of playstyles than might be found in LotF's inspirational genre predecessor. Lords is never going to handle like a Platinum game might, but there's a pleasing fluidity to the action when you're wielding lighter weapons such as daggers, and a satisfying brutality to larger two-handed weapons. Timing is of course absolutely key when chucking around war hammers and the like, whereas using your agility to dance out of harm's way and then back in to deliver strikes and flurries is paramount when taking a lighter approach.

PREVIEW | Can Lords of the Fallen step out from Dark Souls' shadow?

Equipping a set of claws that makes central character Harkyn look like a medieval Wolverine allows for a sort of jump thrust that I'm pretty sure is pulled straight out of Brad Pitt's arsenal in Troy.

There seems to be a little more wiggle room in terms of setting up your character and doing things your own way, and that extends to the classes. You can choose between cleric, rogue or warrior at the start, but as far as I could tell, that only really affects your magical capabilities. There are bits and pieces of armour or weaponry labelled in a manner that might suggest class-specification, but these are simply suggestions. If you want your cleric romping about with an enormous axe and heavy armour, you absolutely can. And I do so love an RPG where I can mix and match.

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EA Access subscription service on Xbox One points towards the future

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Battlefield 4, EA, EA Access, FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Microsoft, Subscriptions, Xbox One Games

EA Access subscription service on Xbox One points towards the future

We knew this was coming.

We've seen it across the other major entertainment mediums -- subscription services designed to offer consumers value, choice, and convenience. It was only a matter of time before a publisher followed in the footsteps of PlayStation Plus and PS Now, and it's happening sooner than we perhaps thought it might.

Not only that, it seems that the pioneer in this regard is EA.

EA Access has launched in beta over on Xbox One in partnership with Microsoft. The service went live earlier this week, giving a limited number of players access to four of EA's biggest titles: FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4. Here's the official blurb for good measure:

EA Access membership unlocks The Vault, a collection of EA’s biggest games on Xbox One ready for you to download and play.  During the beta, gamers will have unlimited access to four great EA games: FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4, with more titles being added soon. That’s over $100 worth of games for $4.99 a month. You can play these EA favorites as much as you want with the click of a button.

Here in the UK, you can sign up already for £3.99 a month. Stateside, there's a pretty damn generous $29.99 annual subscription option, but that's not been made available yet over here. Twelve months at £3.99 a month would run you £47.88.

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Daily Bite: If Squirtle evolved like a Digimon

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This is pretty perfect. Worth it just for the guitars.

Top Ten Tuesdays | 10 things to do while we wait for Destiny's return

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Matt Gardner
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Bungie, Dance Epidemic, Destiny, FPS games, Halo, Planetside 2

Top Ten Tuesdays | 10 things to do while we wait for Destiny's return

The Destiny beta is done, dusted, and now there's a void that can only be filled with expansive Bungie FPS gunplay and the mechanical tones of Peter Dinklage. I don't know about you, but I've found myself growing listless, fidgety, unable to focus or concentrate on anything in particular without tearing off my shirt and screaming DESTINY!! in the manner of some sort of game-obsessed, caramel William Wallace (caraMEL Gibson?).

I may have a serious problem.

Beta withdrawal is most definitely a thing. How dare these developers dangle their outstanding wares in front of our faces, only to take them away for further "polishing" and "optimisation". I need my fix, man. I'm starting to see Dreg crawling around the ceiling.

Top Ten Tuesdays | 10 things to do while we wait for Destiny's return

Thankfully, we have the answer to anyone experiencing similar symptoms. Fret not, weary friend of the Traveller, we've got some great ideas for how to while away the days until Destiny's release in no particular order.

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Binary Domain only £2.49 on PC at Steam

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Matt Gardner
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Binary Domain, PC games, TPS games

Binary Domain only £2.49 on PC at Steam

Binary Domain | Steam | £2.49
Binary Domain Review |
Binary Domain PC Price Comparison

I looooove Binary Domain. Maybe it's the outstanding damage modelling. Maybe it's the cheesy sci-fi setting, but with the added bonus of interesting characters andsmattering of choice and consequence gameplay thrown in for good measure. Maybe it's because it handles really nicely. Or maybe it's because it went pretty much under the radar (much like the also excellent Singularity) and it takes people like me shouting about it to get others to buy and play the damn thing!

Seriously, play it. It costs less than a burger. Thanks to Sir_bob @ HUKD!

Grab the SEGA Fun Pack ( inc. The Cave & Jet Set Radio) for ~ £5.84 at Amazon

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Jet Set Radio, NiGHTS into dreams, PC games, Renegade Ops, Sega, The Cave

Grab the SEGA Fun Pack ( inc. The Cave & Jet Set Radio) for ~ £5.84 at Amazon

This where things get a little quiet for a bit. Thankfully, though, there are still plenty of deals around for games you might not have played, and bundles such as the SEGA Fun Pack are designed to ensure that backlog of yours never nears completion.

You can currently buy the SEGA Fun Pack (which includes The Cave, Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit + DLC, Jet Set Radio, NiGHTS into Dreams. and Renegade Ops + DLC) for under $10 over at Amazon US. All you need as an EU resident to take advantage of that is to use your UK Amazon account, and just add a US billing address. It needs to be a valid address, but nothing will get sent there. The Fun Pack will register on Steam.

Thanks Ilium!

Become a Pwny of War - Join The Dealspwn Destiny Clan TODAY!

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Matt Gardner
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Dealspwn
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Activision, Bungie, Clans, Destiny, FPS games

Become a Pwny of War - Join The Dealspwn Destiny Clan TODAY!

The Destiny beta is over (BOOO!) but there are still things to be done in order to get ready for the game's launch in September. One thing we found was that the game becomes so much more enjoyable when playing with a couple of chums, and thankfully Bungie have set up a cracking initiative to help like-minded Destiny mini-communities to come together, chat and link up with like-minded people, and fill out that Fireteam.

To that end, the Dealspwn Destiny clan is live. Thanks to everyone who got stuck into the naming debate. You can join up here:

http://www.bungie.net/en/Clan/161494

All you have to do is jump on over to the clan page, log in with your Facebook/Google/PSN/Xbox Live account and click "Request Join". We'll be checking in regularly to expedite approvals as well as launch the occasional poll and get stuck into some discussions regarding the game as well as crying over the fact that September 9th seems so damn far away.

Still, at least we'll have each other while we wait. Misery loves company and all that. You can catch up on all of our Destiny coverage so far right here.

Opening Scenes | Neil Gaiman's Wayward Manor - First 10 Mins Gameplay

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Indie Games, Neil Gaiman, Opening Scenes, PC games, Puzzle games, Videos, Wayward Manor

Wayward Manor is an odd little game. Something of a point-and-click puzzler, it involves you manipulating a variety of puzzle rooms within the eponymous domicile as the manor's resident ghost, attempting to scare the assorted miscreants currently residing in the house out of their minds.

The review will go live later this week, but here's a little taster of what to expect in the meantime.

Saints Row IV only £4 on PC at Games Planet

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Matt Gardner
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Action Games, PC games, Saints Row IV, Sandbox games

Saints Row IV only £4 on PC at Games Planet

Saints Row IV | Games Planet | £4
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Saints Row IV might not be the most difficult game out there, but by god it's fun. Probably one of the finest sandbox games out there just for sheer insanity, Saints Row IV might just be the best game in the series (although I kind of swing between this and SR2 on a daily basis). You can grab it for around £4 at German site Games Planet, though only buy if you're based in the EU as the Steam code is region locked.

Be quick, mind, as there are only 12 and a half hours left to go for this flash deal.

Thanks to socialjeebus at HotUkDeals.

Rocksmith 2014 (solus) £8.82 at Mac Game Store (Steam Key works for PC too)

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Matt Gardner
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Mac games, Music games, PC games, Rocksmith 2014

Rocksmith 2014 (solus) £8.82 at Mac Game Store (Steam Key works for PC too)

Rocksmith 2014 (solus) | £8.82 (save up to £30) | Mac Game Store | Review

Rocksmith is outstanding, it really is. By smooshing together Rock Band and an extensive virtual suite on how to play an actual guitar, Ubisoft have created a gamified marvel. The Mac Stoire currently has the 2014 version of the game down at around £8.82, but you're paying for a Steam key, so PC owners can take full advantage of this deal too.

If you're yet to acquire a Rocksmith Real Tone cable -- the interface that allows you to plug your guitar into your platform of choice -- it could be worth shopping around the marketplaces for a bundle deal. But you can pick up the cable for around £15-20 on its own, and there are still plenty of retailers stocking the solus version (without the cable) for upwards of £30, so this is still a pretty damn good deal.

Thanks to jaystan at HotUkDeals.

Grid 2 just £4.60 at Tesco on Xbox 360

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Matt Gardner
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Codemasters, GRID 2, PS3 games, Racing Games, Xbox 360 games

Grid 2 just £4.60 at Tesco on Xbox 360

Grid 2 | Tesco | £4.60
Price Comparison PS3 / 360Review

Grid 2 is a cracking little racer, and well worth a look if you don't fancy splurging out on Autosport just yet. Tesco have it for under a fiver for both PS3 and Xbox 360, although the PS3 version appears to be unavailable at the moment. Xbox owners, buy with gleeful abandon!

Cracking spot by fps_d0minat0r.