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Daily Gaming Deals Roundup – 25/11/14 | Free Torchlight & Xbox Black Friday Week Deals

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Matt Gardner
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Daily Gaming Deals Roundup – 25/11/14 | Free Torchlight & Xbox Black Friday Week Deals

Check out today's hottest gaming bargains and console bundle deals, and make sure you've bookmarked our console buyer's guide and Black Friday hub pages.

Xbox Live Deals Of The Week – Strider £6.00 on Xbox One, Kingdoms Of Amalur £2.99 on Xbox 360

  • It's Black Friday deals week, things are about to get juicy! Thanks teddy1590!

Theme Hospital just £1.99 on Origin

  • Is it the best sim ever? Quite possibly. Thanks elevation!

Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2 Dracula's Tomb Premium Edition just £14,99 at GAME

  • A damn fine price for a damn fine edition of a fairly average game. Cheers bargain76!

Assassin's Creed: Birth of a New World bundle just £19.99 at Grainger Games

  • Includes Assassin's Creed 3, Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag and Assassin's Creed Liberation HD. Thanks oUkTuRkEyIII!

Grab Diablo III on PS4/Xbox One for £32.99

  • The new Diablo is a cracking console game. Thanks slento86!

Pay what you want for the Humble Crescent Moon Bundle

  • Pay what you want for Space Chicks, 2-Bit Cowboy, Neon Shadow, and Ravensword: Shadowlands. Pay more than the average price, and you also get Topia World Builder, Shadow Blade, Mines of Mars, and Blocky Roads. Pay $8 or more to get all of that plus the alpha versions of The Deer God and Exiles: Far Colony and the full games once they're released.

Daily Gaming Deals Roundup – 25/11/14 | Free Torchlight & Xbox Black Friday Week Deals

Battlefield 4 just £7.99 at GAME (pre-owned)

  • It's probably playable now, a year on from release. Probably. Thanks gerardwilliamson321!

Voucher of the Day

Yes, we posted this yesterday, but it's only good until the 27th, so get on it! Get 25% off of PC titles at Green Man Gaming with the code 1MZ9FW-H92JSD-2CT74F

Click here to head over to Green Man Gaming and get spending >>

Thanks Gooner!

Freebie of the Day

Torchlight is free right now.

Also,  The Crew is in open beta ofr free on Xbox One and PS4 until Friday!

As always, be sure to check out the rest of our regular games deals posts here.

COMMENT | Ubisoft are right to warn against early reviews for The Crew

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Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
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Halo: The Master Chief Collection, multiplayer games, The Crew, Ubisoft

COMMENT | Ubisoft are right to warn against early reviews for The Crew

Ubisoft have warned gamers against early reviews of The Crew. Let's reiterate that: Ubisoft are warning people against a product they fear might be rushed and not up to scratch.

Hello pot, meet kettle.

"While we fully anticipate that you might see some reviews immediately at launch — largely built around the preview sessions we facilitated during the past months or the limited content of the closed and open betas — they won’t be based on optimal conditions or reflect the finished game," Ubisoft have said.

"We sincerely hope everyone will take the time to customize their ride as they progress through all five regions, explore every corner of the map solo and with friends, dive into our competitive and cooperative mechanics, race to the end of the main campaign, choose a Faction and compete with your crew in Factions Wars, and so much more."

COMMENT | Ubisoft are right to warn against early reviews for The Crew

To be fair to Ubisoft, The Crew is a game heavily predicated on its connected world and its online experience. We've long said that it's an ambitious title, probably the most ambitious racing game of the year. It's the same sort of missive that Bungie sent out ahead of Destiny, suggesting that reviewers appraise the game across its first few weeks out in the public domain, and warning against early critical appraisals that would surely be ill-informed and ultimately unreliable.

It's okay to scoff, for a moment, at Ubisoft attempting to tell critics how do to their job in the wake of the shambles that was Assassin's Creed: Unity's release, but I kind of want to play devil's advocate here. See, in spite of the (perfectly justified) savaging I've given Ubisoft over the last few weeks, I actually sort of agree with them on this count.

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Five Days of Games Deals! Green Man Gaming outline their plans for Black Friday

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Black Friday, Green Man Gaming, PC games

Five Days of Games Deals! Green Man Gaming outline their plans for Black Friday

Green Man Gaming have announced that they'll be kicking off their Black Friday promotions and massive games deals a day early with Green Thursday. According to a recent release from the retailer, there'll be discounts on "over 200 titles at up to 90% off" with "three blazing AAA deals per day from top publishers including SEGA, Bethesda, Capcom, and Square Enix".

Those triple-A deals are due to include the following:

  • 33% off Ultra Street Fighter
  • 33% off Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
  • 50% off Alien Isolation
  • 66% off The Evil Within
  • 66% off Wolfenstein: The New Order
  • 75% off Skyrim: The Elder Scrolls
  • 75% off Murdered Soul Suspect
  • 75% off Company of Heroes
  • 75% off Tomb Raider Game of the Year Edition

Moreover, there'll be "fabulous franchise deals changing every 24 hours" and GMG have promised "extra special deals" for VIP customers.

Green Thursday deals will start at 10:00 GMT on 27th November 2014, and will continue through Black Friday, Orange Saturday, Purple Sunday, Blue Monday, and will end on 2nd December 2014 16:00 GMT.

Check out our massive Black Friday Ultimate Guide here.

NVIDIA unveil their Black Friday Tablet Bundle promotion - £299 for tablet, controller, three games, and six months' free game streaming

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Black Friday, NVIDIA, Nvidia Shield

NVIDIA unveil their Black Friday Tablet Bundle promotion - £299 for tablet, controller, three games, and six months' free game streaming

NVIDIA have unveiled their Black Friday Tablet Bundle for the UK, detailing how their big promotion will work come November 28th. Starting at 00:01 GMT on Friday, and running until 23:59 GMT the same day, you'll be able to pick up a 32GB NVIDIA Shield Tablet for £299 along with a free Shield Controller, the Green Box Bundle (which includes Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One, and Portal), and the free use of NVIDIA GRID -- the company's on-demand, game-streaming service.

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UPDATED! Today’s Amazon Lightning Deals feature Xbox Kinect bundle, Hauppauge PVR 2double down on Disney Infinity, headsets

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Black Friday, Disney Infinity, Hitman: Absolution, Lightning Deals, Turtle Beach

UPDATED! Today’s Amazon Lightning Deals feature Xbox Kinect bundle, Hauppauge PVR 2double down on Disney Infinity, headsets

UPDATE: Amazon have added to today's deals roster, throwing a Hauppauge PVR 2, Watch Dogs PS4, an Kinectastic Xbox One bundle, and World of Warcraft into the mix. The list below has since been updated.

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I'm going to be honest, today's Amazon Black Friday Lighting Deals don't appear to be a patch on yesterday's games deals. A bunch of obscure DS titles and last-gen Disney Infinity seems a little bit muted compared to yesterday's rather strong (all things considered) showing. But, of course, it'll all depend on the deals and savings themselves. After all, given that the Portals of Power for the original Disney Infinity also work with 2.0, it might prove to be a super cheap way to sneak into the collectible-crossover franchise, and there are a number of Power Packs (compatible with all versions across all platforms) on offer today too.

Remember... You won't be able to get these deals from the product pages themselves, you'll have to click "Add to Basket" off of the splash page. But be quick as there's limited stock for all of these deals. Once they're gone, they're gone.

Here's the rest of today's upcoming Lightning Deals schedule:

(NB. All times are in GMT)

10:30 AM

12:30 PM

1:30 PM

2:30 PM

4:30 PM

4:40 PM

5:30 PM

6:30

6:40

7:30 PM

We will, of course, be bringing you all of the hottest gaming deals across our site, the Dealspwn Twitter stream, and Facebook page throughout the insanity of Black Friday week and all throughout the Christmas retail season. Make sure you've got our general games deals stream and console bundles channel bookmarked, and if you have any questions or queries, do be sure to pop a comment into our forum.

COMMENT | Halo: MCC's continued woes are a disaster, may derail Xbox One's comeback

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Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
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343 Industries, FPS games, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Microsoft Studios, Xbox One Games

COMMENT | Halo: MCC's continued woes are a disaster, may derail Xbox One's comeback

Enough is enough, Halo: Master Chief Collection. This is getting ridiculous.

That Halo: MCC's multiplayer matchmaking is still a muddled mess several weeks after release is frankly unacceptable. We've given 343i a lengthy spool of rope, and they've been allowed a fair bit of slack from the gaming press, but this was supposed to be the flagship title of the winter. And for all of the talk about what a great content package it is -- and it really is a cracking content package even as an offline game -- the fact is that Halo's multiplayer has always been just as much of an important part of the formula as the expansive, game-changing singleplayer/co-op aspects of the series, if not more so.

This was supposed to be the triumphant end to a year in which the Xbox One has really turned itself around, largely thanks to the efforts of Phil Spencer and his team; and what better series to deliver than Halo? Microsoft and 343i got everything right, delivering an outstandingly well-priced and well-balanced collection designed to (re)introduce a new generation of Xbox fans to the Master Chief and his exploits.

Everything except the matchmaking.

COMMENT | Halo: MCC's continued woes are a disaster, may derail Xbox One's comeback

Looking about on Reddit and N4G and the various comment streams across coverage of 343i's debacle, many have asked why the likes of Driveclub and Assassin's Creed: Unity came under such heavy fire while Halo has been given the benefit of the doubt in many quarters. With Driveclub, it's important to note that the game's unique selling points were all tethered to that online experience. Driveclub was a game marketed, previewed, and centred around the connected experience -- without it, the game was simply impossible to review and disappointing to play. Assassin's Creed: Unity was a Uplay-stuffed singleplayer game that released in a broken, shambolic state, filled with bugs that any decent QA department would have surely rooted out, with all signs pointing towards a game that could have desperately used a few more months in development.

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Daily Bite: Fire Fighters

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Matt Gardner
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Do not mess with the Los Santos Fire Department!

Daily Gaming Deals Roundup – 24/11/14 | The History of GTA

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Console bundles, Daily Deals, Freebies, Games deals roundup, Voucher codes

Daily Gaming Deals Roundup – 24/11/14 | The History of GTA

Check out today's hottest gaming bargains and console bundle deals, and make sure you've bookmarked our console buyer's guide and Black Friday hub pages.

BACK IN STOCK: PS4 Console + GTA V for only £299

  • This will go fast, so get on it. Remember, you can always flog GTA V for £30 or so. A PS4 for £269? Yes! Thanks bingzauk!

Get a PS4 for £299.99 at ShopTo / Rakuten

  • Very popular on HUKD today. Good if you shop at Rakuten regularly and want those Super Points! Cheers oUkTuRkEyIII!

GTA Complete Package only £7 at Gamersgate

  • Includes GTA, GTA 2, GTA III, Vice City, San Andreas, GTA IV, and Episodes from Liberty City. Thanks dodgydealings!

Watch Dogs just £14.99 at GAME

  • Do note that this price is for pre-owned copies of the game. Thanks oUkTuRkEyIII!

Xbox One + Alien Isolation (Nostromo Edition) + Alien Anthology + Forza 5 GOTY just £329 at Amazon

  • Definitely one of the most popular of Amazon's Xbox bundles. Cheers joshk_92!
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Bundle Stars launch Reboot Bundle 9.0 - Get 7 Steam games for £1.09

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Matt Gardner
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Ben There Dan That, Bundle Stars, Indie Games, No Time To Explain, PC games, Scourge: Outbreak, Steam, Time Gentlemen Please

Bundle Stars launch Reboot Bundle 9.0 - Get 7 Steam games for £1.09

Seven games for £1.09! Yes, I know it says six, but the last one is a double game bundle. It's a bundle within a bundle. It's Bundleception!

Ahem.

Yes, seven games for £1.09! That works out at under 16p per game. And there are some pretty sweet games to be had in the Reboot Bundle 9.0. Ben There, Dan That and Time Gentlemen, Please are two cracking little point-and-click adventure titles from the developer of Gun Monkeys and Gibbag, No Time To Explain is an absolutely wonderful, rather funny platformer, and Not The Robots is an interesting little stealthy title that sees you playing as a furniture-eating mechanoid.

The Reboot Bundle 9.0 contains Scourge: Outbreak, No Time To Explain, Not The Robots, Fearless Fantasy, 99 Levels of Hell, Ben There, Dan That, and Time Gentlemen, Please. Frankly, it's worth picking up just for the last two.

The Crew hits open beta tomorrow, running from November 25th - 28th

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Matt Gardner
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News
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PS4 games, Racing Games, The Crew, Ubisoft, Xbox One Games

The Crew hits open beta tomorrow, running from November 25th - 28th

Ubisoft have announced that The Crew will be hitting open beta from tomorrow across PS4 and Xbox One. The beta will go live from 8AM BST/9AM CET tomorrow  until 8AM BST/9AM CET on Friday.

If you've already played the closed beta, the open beta will be ready and available to play on the dashboard of either console. If you're yet to sample The Crew, however, simply search for the game on PSN/Xbox LIVE and download from there.

It looks like you may well need PS Plus/XBL Gold to run the beta, given that it's an online title.

Click here for more info.

Mini DayZ is a thing, and it's free

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Browser games, DayZ, Mini DayZ, PC games

Mini DayZ is a thing, and it's free

Mini DayZ, an officially-licensed, fan-made tribute to Dean Hall's survival horror masterpiece is out, and it's free, and you can grab it over on the Bohemia Interactive store right now. Playable in browser, Mini DayZ was created by CannedBits, a Russian fan of the game. Imagine if DayZ had been forged in the fires of the great console war between SEGA and Nintendo -- it might have looked a bit like this. Boasting a top-down perspective, chunky retro graphics, and forgoing the multiplayer experience of DayZ for a hardcore, pick-up-and-play survive-em-up, Mini DayZ delivers a vision of Chernarus as you've never seen it before.

Even Rocket Hall himself got a kick out it: "I have to say, I absolutely love Mini DayZ," Hall wrote on Reddit. "I think it's awesome, amazing, addictive, and brings something really new to the experience. I'm so glad you've been able to make it even better! Ignore the haters, the vast majority of people think it's fantastic and I am one of those people."

COMMENT | Not for the players, streamers, or newcomers - who the hell is PlayStation TV actually for?

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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PlayStation TV, PS Vita TV, PS4, Remote Play, Sony Computer Entertainment

COMMENT | Not for the players, streamers, or newcomers - who the hell is PlayStation TV actually for?

One thing that was missing from our Christmas games console buyer's guides was an in-depth look at PlayStation TV, the little microconsole from Sony that'll allow to play Vita titles on the big screen and dish out some PS4 remote play goodness as well. I'll be the first to admit that generally, when it comes to microconsoles, I've never been the most evangelical supporter of playing mobile games on a big screen. I can, however, see the appeal of multimedia plug-in boxes for consumers without smart TVs, or if you have multiple sets and just want a little media box for secondary televisions.

I was rather eager to investigate PS TV, however, what with already owning a PS4 and having a large Vita library. I have large hands, and I must admit to not finding the Vita's tiny thumbsticks to be all that comfortable. It's a problem that I've mitigated somewhat with third-party attachments that give the Vita gamepad-like handles, but even so, it's not an ideal solution. With that in mind, and considering that I no longer have my PS3 plugged in any more, I quite liked the thought of PS TV as a remote play unit for my PS4, and a little home console equivalent for playing classic PlayStation titles and broader Vita titles more suited to longer periods of play.

The trouble is, given early impressions, I can't work out who PlayStation TV is actually for.

COMMENT | Not for the players, streamers, or newcomers - who the hell is PlayStation TV actually for?

It certainly doesn't seem to be for people like me, eager to use the little box, which is barely larger than a deck of cards, for PS4 Remote Play purposes. After much swearing and getting tangled up in cables, it's become readily apparent that the only way to eliminate the all-too visible lag is to have a house set up with full LAN coverage. This is just fundamentally impractical at best, and downright impossible at worst. Having the PS4 plugged in helped a bit, but even so, the latency was still immersion-breaking. I really hadn't expected that to be an issue -- standard remote play on my Vita, for example, works like a dream.

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GAME now offering Watch Dogs: Special Edition for under £15 pre-owned

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Action Games, PS4 games, Ubisoft, Watch Dogs, Xbox One Games

GAME now offering Watch Dogs: Special Edition for under £15 pre-owned

GAME are currently offering Watch Dogs for under £15 pre-owned,  and that includes Special Edition versions of the game too. Do note, though, that because of the nature of the used market, those Special Editions might have had the "special" codes exhausted by previous owners. As GAME themselves note onsite, "pre-owned version may not include additional content".

Still, when it's the same price as the standard version, it's probably worth a punt.

I have to say that although I found bits of its bloated content package to be superfluous, and in spite of its protagonist being dreadfully boring, I found Watch Dogs rather entertaining for a couple of weeks. You can click here to check out our Watch Dogs review. Thanks oUkTuRkEyIII!

Today's upcoming Amazon Lightning Deals feature South Park, Disney Infinity 2.0, and Xbox One Bundle

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Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
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Black Friday, Console bundles, Disney Infinity 2.0, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Xbox One Games

Today's upcoming Amazon Lightning Deals feature South Park, Disney Infinity 2.0, and Xbox One Bundle

Amazon's week of Black Friday lightning deals has kicked off, and after this morning's Batman: Arkham Origins discount (make sure you're following us on Twitter for up to the minute notifications on Lightning Deals) we've got a few more games-related bargains to be had this afternoon.

You won't be able to get these deals from the product pages themselves, you'll have to click "Add to Basket" off of the splash page. But be quick as there's limited stock for all of these deals. Once they're gone, they're gone.

Here's the rest of today's upcoming Lightning Deals schedule:

(NB. All times are in GMT)

2:30 PM

  • Learn With Pokemon Typing Adventure (Nintendo DS)

4:30 PM

  • South Park: The Stick of Truth - Grandmaster Wizard Edition (PS3 / Xbox 360)

5:30 PM

  • Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel Superheroes (XO / PS4 / Xbox 360 / PS3 / Wii U)
  • Disney Infinity 2.0 Collector's Edition Avengers Starter Pack (PS4 / PS3)

7:30 PM

  • Xbox One bundle inc. COD: Advanced Warfare, extra controller, and 12 month Xbox LIVE Gold subscription

We will, of course, be bringing you all of the hottest gaming deals across our site, the Dealspwn Twitter stream, and Facebook page throughout the insanity of Black Friday week and all throughout the Christmas retail season. Make sure you've got our general games deals stream and console bundles channel bookmarked, and if you have any questions or queries, do be sure to pop a comment into our forum.

Up to 90% off: All of GOG's Big Fall Bundles discounted until 1:59 PM tomorrow

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Bullfrog, GOG.com, Heroes of Might and Magic, PC games, Retro games, Sam & Max, SimCity

Up to 90% off: All of GOG's Big Fall Bundles discounted until 1:59 PM tomorrow

Missed out on GOG's DRM-free Big Fall Sale? Well don't worry, as GOG are running all of their ludicrous bundle promotions again for just over one day, meaning that there's still time to snap up a ridiculous bargain.

We won't list them all here, but here are five of the best in terms of quality and value:

  • Best of Bullfrog: £3.95 (80% off) -- Theme Hospital, Dungeon Keeper 1+2, Syndicate +, Syndicate Wars
  • Sam & Max: £5.97 (90% off) -- Save the World, Beyond Time and Space, The Devil's Playhouse
  • Sim and Prosper: £5.36 (80% off) -- SimCity 2000, SimCity 4, Capitalism 1+2
  • Ultimate D&D Collection: £13.60 (80% off) -- Baldur's Gate 1+2, Planescape Torment, Icewind Dale 1+2, Neverwinter Nights 1+2, Dragonshard, Demon Stone, and The Temple of Elemental Evil
  • Heroes of Might and Magic: £9.45 (75% off) -- Heroes 1-5, plus all expansions

Remember, if you've been collecting the Witcher 2 stamps, to claim your free copy of the game via the GOG front page.

Rakuten /ShopTo drop PS4 500GB price to £299.99

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Console bundles, PS4

Rakuten /ShopTo drop PS4 500GB price to £299.99

More PS4 bundles are slipping below the £300 mark every day as we approach Black Friday, and that's excellent news for prospective new-gen buyers. You can still nab a Glacier White PS4 for £299.97 from Gamestop, and we're hoping that 24/7 Electronics gets some units back in stock as they were selling the console for £269.99 at one point. We rather expect the base console to go much lower than £299 by the end of the week, but if you really can't wait, ShopTo have dropped their prices for the Black and White PS4 SKUs on Rakuten to £299.99.

As stated above, we're fully expecting better bundles to come along later this week, but these deals have gone hot over on our sister site HUKD, and it's good to have some choice in terms of retailers. It's also worth noting that Rakuten are running a promotion that'll give buyer 25% back in Rakuten SuperPoints along with coupons and discounts up to the tune of £250. Click here for more info on thatProps to g3legacy, oUkTuRkEyIII and preparationiskey!

Ballistic Bundle gives you ten Steam keys for £2.59 at Bundle Stars

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Matt Gardner
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Bundle Stars, Chuck's Challenge 3D, Guns and Robots, Indie Games, PC games, Waves

Ballistic Bundle gives you ten Steam keys for £2.59 at Bundle Stars

Welcome to Black Friday week, folks. Let's kick things off with a fat ten-piece bundle, shall we? Bundle Stars' latest collection of super cheap PC games is called the Ballistic Bundle, and it contains the following: Wickland, Waves, Enemy Mind, Guns and Robots: Terminator Pack, QbQbQb, Chuck’s Challenge 3D, Chuck’s Challenge 3D: Soundtrack + DLC, Panzer Tactics HD, Spoiler Alert: Collector’s Edition, and Tiestru.

There are some absolute gems in here. Waves is a must-have for any discerning SHMUP fan (click here to read our Waves review), Chuck's Challenge 3D is an excellent, addictive little indie puzzler, and although the Guns and Robots base game is free, it's worth noting that the Terminator Pack will normally set you back upwards of £25.

Daily Bite: Walken vs Freeman in Far Cry 4

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Matt Gardner
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Funnies
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Daily Bite

There's a long way to travel, and Morgan's not "Walken" all the way there.

From The Vault | The Pokemon Complex

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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From The Vault, JRPGs, Nintendo, Pokémon, RPGs

Every Sunday, we'll be diving into the Dealspwn archives to bring you an article or review from yesteryear. This week, with a new Pokemon game just around the corner, here's Felix's 15th Anniversary Pokemon piece from back in 2010.

How about you, dear reader? What's been your favourite Pokemon game?

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From The Vault | The Pokemon Complex

It’s been fifteen years since Pokemon was first released. It introduced a veritable ecosystem of elemental critters, and soon became a phenomenon. It began on the Gameboy as Pocket Monsters, and Pokemon has become not only a force in videogames, but a titan of trading-cards, anime and film. But it is the traditional videogame release fans crave most; Red and BlueGold and SilverRuby andSapphireDiamond and Pearl. Recently, Nintendo announced Black and White, the sixth edition, which promises to deliver a radical overhaul to the series.

But why is the Pokemon formula so endearing? In fifteen years, it's barely evolved beyond the established framework. So why does it continue to be a financial and critical success?

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Daily Bite: Far Cry 4 - The End of the Goats

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Matt Gardner
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Funnies
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Daily Bite

Flesh-eating, cocaine-manufacturing goats and one explosive hat.