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Game Night | Destiny Beta - "The Devil's Lair"

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Activision, Beta, Bungie, Destiny, FPS games, Game Night, Gameplay footage, Let’s Play, Videos

In this week's episode of Game Night, Brendan and I climb upon our Dealspwnies of war and ride into battle against super-powerful spider tanks and a spawn-camping purple eye of belligerence. Yes, we're back in Old Russia for this one, as we take on the Level 6 "Strike" Mission in the Destiny beta, and I die a lot and get a bit hysterical.

Opening Scenes | The Crew (Beta) - First 10 Mins Gameplay

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Beta, Driving games, Ivory Tower, Opening Scenes, PC games, Racing Games, The Crew, Ubisoft, Videos

Destiny hasn't been the only beta to emerge this week, Ubisoft also launched their closed beta for The Crew.

I'd tell you all about it if I could, but unfortunately, The Crew's beta is riddled with bugs and crashes, and after completing the first mission or two, I was met with a black, frozen screen of death that the game now constantly loads into.

Joy.

We do, however, have the opening scenes of The Crew captured for your perusal, mind, and you can laugh as I attempt to deal with the game's somewhat arcadey handling and crash into a barn.

Pick up a Wii U Pro Controller for £29.95 on Amazon

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Controllers, Wii U accessories, Wii U Pro Controller

Pick up a Wii U Pro Controller for £29.95 on Amazon

Fancy a more conventional controller for your Wii U? Well, Amazon are selling the official Pro Controller for just under £30, which is the cheapest price around currently. We love the GamePad here at Dealspwn, but sometimes something a wee (wii?) bit smaller is better for longer gaming sessions. That said, whereas the thumb placements make perfect sense on the GamePad, the upper placements of both thumbsticks on the Pro are a little disconcerting at first.

Still, a fine price for a fine controller, and the build quality is excellent.

Great spot by Adamcraze1.

The Elder Scrolls Online (inc. Explorer's Pack ) now under a tenner at Base

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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MMOs, PC games, RPGs, The Elder Scrolls Online

The Elder Scrolls Online | £9.99 | Base | Review

The Elder Scrolls seems like an opportunity missed to me. It's a game that needs to be weighed and measured on its own merits, but that's tricky when it's trying so hard to please two separate groups of people in MMO lovers and traditional Elder Scrolls fans.

Yes, there's a subscription, but you get the first month free, and if you've been curious thus far, Base are selling the game (complete with the Explorer's Pack pre-order DLC) for under a tenner. You might have to wait a couple of days for delivery, Base are not the most dependable in that regard, but it's a much better price than the absurdly inflated RRP.

Nice spot, oUkTuRkEyIII.

Daily Bite: Minecraft in 20 seconds

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Matt Gardner
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Funnies
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Daily Bite

Sad but true.

NB. May contains scenes some viewers and the Minecraft RSPCA find disturbing.

Next-Gen vs. Current-Gen: Destiny Beta Comparison

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Activision, Bungie, Destiny, Platform comparison, Videos

So, does Destiny warrant a next-gen console purchase? It certainly looks better on PS4 out of all four consoles we tried, but does it warrant that £300-400 upgrade? You know what... we're not actually that certain it does.

The video above takes a little look at the PS4 and Xbox 360 versions of the Destiny beta and places them side by side for you to judge.

VIDEO | Pillars of Eternity Developer Presentation wth Obsidian's Josh Sawyer

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

We're seeing a fair few nostalgia trips these days, blending old-school sensibilities with updated systems -- distilling the elements that made classics like Baldur's Gate and Fallout and Elite so utterly brilliant and updating everything to provide a smoother experience that feeds our rose-tinted desires and removes any clunkiness or mechanical cobwebs.

Nostalgia is a powerful thing indeed, and it carried Pillars of Eternity (just called Project Eternity back then) to the top of Kickstarter's funded list, giving Obsidian Entertainment the chance to pay homage to the Infinity Engine games that put so many of its employees on the map.

Last week, we got the chance to check out the game and chat to project lead Josh Sawyer, who delivered a half-hour presentation bringing us up to speed on where development currently sits. There'll be a preview coming shortly, but here's the presentation in full for now. Apologies for the awful visuals (had a slight tech fail on the day).

Unrest Review | I Predict A Riot

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Matt Gardner
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Reviews
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Indie Games, PC games, Pyrodactyl Games, RPGs, Unrest

Unrest Review | I Predict A Riot

Unrest is a game all about talking to people. There's little by way of direct violence in this indie RPG adventure title from Pyrodactyl Games, instead the emphasis here is fixed firmly on the notion of playing a role, wrapping yourself up in a character and then making some rather weighty decisions.

This is absolutely my jam.

The scene is set in the city of Bhimra, with the game taking its cues from a fictionalised, fantastical vision of ancient India. The years have not been kind to Bhimra and its population, and interminable famine, drought, and burgeoning slums have brought the city to the brink of utter collapse. An uneasy treaty with a neighbouring Naga empire, whose citizens are a giant race of snake people, would seem to be the answer, but in exchange for provisions and welfare, the Naga are looking for jobs for their skilled workers. Unlike Bhimra's caste system, the Naga empire allows for greater social mobility, but even so, there are only so many opportunities to go around.

That doesn't sit too well with certain pockets of Bhimra's society, however, particularly out in the slums where an influx of immigrants would seem to be the absolute last thing their city should be undertaking in a time of famine and strife. Riots start kicking off, and a royal visit to the areas of deprivation, designed to illustrate the benefits of the treaty with the Naga empire, goes horribly awry. Everything goes downhill rather quickly after that and you the player, are in charge of determining a future path for Bhimra across eight chapters and five different playable characters of varying standings and affiliations.

Click here to read more...

Lego Batman 2 £8.95 on Wii U at The Game Collection

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Lego Batman 2, Traveller's Tales, Wii U games

Lego Batman 2 £8.95 on Wii U at The Game Collection

Lego Batman 2 | The Game Collection | £8.95

LEGO Batman 2 is outstanding, and getting to explore LEGO Gotham and LEGO Metropolis in this title. Granted, it's Tory Baker rather than the fabulous Will Arnett doing the voice here, but the Traveller's Tales scribes are on point here, with some cracking scenes between batman and Superman, and your usual huge helping of some classic LEGO slapstick.

Be quick, mind, The Game Collection are only offering LEGO Batman 2 at £8.95 for today.

Thanks to LAW666 at HotUkDeals.

Become part of a Viking Disney epic with The Banner Saga for £7.34 at GOG

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Indie Games, PC games, Stoic Studio, The Banner Saga

The Banner Saga | GOG | $12.49 (~£7.34) | Review

The Banner Saga is one of the finest games released this year. With its stunning aesthetics and art that emulates the famed work of Eyvind Earle, an accessible-yet-deep turn-based battle system, dynamic narrative twists and turns that come about as the direct result of the choices you make, and boasting an exemplary Austin Wintory soundtrack, can you really afford to miss out on this?

Not at this price.

Plus it's a Kickstarter success that delivered on its promises and lived up to its own hype, which is awesome. And as the Yogscast will surely testify, that doesn't always happen.

Nab a Call of Duty: Ghosts Season Pass (PS3/PS4) for as low as £11.99 at CDKeys

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Activision, Call Of Duty: Ghosts, DLC, FPS games, PS3 games, PS4 games, season pass

Nab a Call of Duty: Ghosts Season Pass (PS3/PS4) for as low as £11.99 at CDKeys

Call of Duty: Ghosts Season Pass | CDKeys | from £11.99 | COD: Ghosts Review

Been holding off on Ghosts DLC in the hope of finding a good season pass deal? Well you're in luck as CDKeys are currently offering the pass for £12.59, which drops down to £11.99 if you use the site's 5% off Facebook voucher.

The four packs include Onslaught, Devastation, Invasion, and Nemesis, the last of which isn't out on PSN just yet, but will probably cost more than this deal when it finally arrives.

Cheers to Jas10 for the tip.

Opening Scenes | Unrest - First 15 Mins Gameplay

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Indie Games, Opening Scenes, PC games, Pyrodactyl Games, RPGs, Unrest

Opening Scenes | Unrest - First 15 Mins Gameplay

Unrest is a conversation-heavy RPG, in which the responses you give to people and the choices you make are at the heart of things. The stage is set in a fantastical vision of ancient India, and instead of dealing in combat and inventory management, the game impresses on the player the importance of playing a role -- choosing to align its focus on characters who might find themselves overlooked in other games, and whose fates are predetermined thanks to a caste system.

Instead of an epic narrative involving gods and demons, Pyrodactyl Games’ have chosen to narrow their focus for the game down onto the civil unrest in one city, and the impact of a treaty to be signed between two factions rife with distrust for one another.

We've gone and captured the first 15-20 minutes of the game, without commentary, for you to check out. There'll be a review later on today.

Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit now £3.49 on Steam, Burnout Paradise: TUB just £1.24

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box, Need for Speed Shift, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, Need For Speed: Undercover, PC games, Racing Games, Shift 2 Unleashed

Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit now £3.49 on Steam, Burnout Paradise: TUB just £1.24

There's a big fat EA racing sale going on over on Steam, and Hot Pursuit is probably the pick of the bunch. Of course, that all changes if you somehow don't own Burnout: Paradise, because The Ultimate Box is only £1.24. If you're only just dipping your toes into this sort of thing, definitely plump for Paradise.

Or you could buy the whole EA Racing Pack (Need for Speed Undercover, Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box, Need for Speed: Shift, Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, Shift 2 Unleashed) for £13.74.

Watch Dogs: DedSec Edition just £44.99 at Base

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Action Games, PS4 games, Sandbox games, Ubisoft, Watch Dogs: DedSec Edition

Watch Dogs: DedSec Edition just £44.99 at Base

Watch Dogs: DedSec Edition | Base | 44.99 | Review

Base are not necessarily the most reliable retailer when it comes to snappy delivery, but this one might be worth the wait. Watch Dogs: DedSec Edition is just £44.99 at Base right now, and this limited edition package comes with some rather tasty stuff.

One for collector's, the DedSec Edition comes with the following:

A 23cm Aiden Pearce Figurine
Steelbook
DedSec Collector box
Watch Dogs Artbook: artworks and illustrations that inspired the game
Original soundtrack of the game
Watch_Dogs map of Chicago
Set of 4 collectible cards: discover Watch_Dogs iconic characters through augmented reality
Set of 3 exclusive badges

Also included is around 60 minutes of extra DLC and bonus weapon rewards. If you've not discovered the delights of Chicago yet, this might just be the perfect opportunity. After the Destiny beta, natch.

Great spot by Jas10.

Daily Bite: Amazing Banjo-Kazooie Cover

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Matt Gardner
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Daily Bite

The character sounds in this are absolutely spot on.

It also made me nostalgic, and slightly sad, reminding of the days when Rare and Nintendo were best buddies, on top of the world, joint kings of whimsical puzzle-platforming.

How did it come to this :(

The Forest Early Access Impressions - If Lost Had Naked Cannibals

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Early Access, Endnight Games, Indie Games, PC games, Steam, Survival Horror Games, The Forest

The Forest Early Access Impressions - If Lost Had Naked Cannibals

The Forest is a cracking survival-horror game that emerged onto Steam in Early Access a couple of months ago, and instead of playing it then, I decided to wait until July, which is traditionally a lovely quiet month, where AAA titles can be put to one side to allow for the sampling of exquisite indie treats and that backlog of games "that I've totally been meaning to play" can be trimmed down before silly season kicks off.

But then I (somehow!) convinced myself to play 50 hours of Watch Dogs. And then the Destiny beta turned up. And then The Crew beta turned up. AAAAARGH!

Even so, I'd wanted to check out The Forest for some time after having it recommended to me my several trusted colleagues and friends, and now I have. It's pretty damn good too.

Everything kicks off it Lost-meets-BioShock fashion. There's a plane crash, you land in a lush forest, it seems like you're the lone survivor, and right at the start you're introduced to a seemingly indigenous chap who carries off the only other passenger with you on the plane -- a young boy. The lack of passengers is probably an alpha thing, and therefore the presence of the young lad (Son? Nephew? Kidnap victim?) is clearly important. You probably have to save him as some sort of endgame objective.

As you'll see in the video, much of the early game is all about foraging for supplies -- rocks, sticks, food, etc. -- and fashioning yourself shelter and a fire. You've got a very handy survival guide that tells you exactly what you need to build structures and furniture, making the level of entry fairly low. But then it starts raining and your fire goes out and you can't find any sticks and you begin to freeze and you eat the wrong berries and die of food poisoning.

Click here to read more...

Battlefield: Hardline is getting delayed, and that's probably a good thing

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Battlefield: Hardline, DICE, EA, FPS games, Visceral Games

Battlefield: Hardline is getting delayed, and that's probably a good thing

I think that we can all agree that Battlefield: Hardline seemed a bit of a mess when it first emerged in beta form straight after it was shown off at this year's E3. The biggest complaint was the notion that iut seemed more like a BF4 spin-off than a new game in its own right -- a series of new maps, and new skins that could easily have spawned as a DLC drop than a full price new game.

Here we go again, thought many. Typical EA.

Jon posited in his article on the matter that knocking £15-20 off of the top and just releasing it as a multiplayer content pack would have bee fine, and he's probably right. A few more distinctive modes and we might have been happy with that. It's impossible to say just how the much-vaunted singleplayer component was coming along because no-one got to see it. The Bad Company games are testament to the fact that DICE can deliver strong campaigns, and Visceral have had their moments, but the latest BF singleplayer components have been utter rubbish. Po-faced, COD-copying mediocrity of the highest degree.

Battlefield: Hardline is getting delayed, and that's probably a good thing

But it's okay, because Hardline is getting pushed back into early next year, and with a fresh 2015 release date all of these wrongs will be righted.

Hopefully.

Click here to read more...

Pay what you want to become John Romero's bitch with the Humble Square Enix Bundle

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Anachronox, Daikatana, Deus Ex, Hitman, Humble Bundle, Nosgoth, PC games, Square Enix

Oh Daikatana, how we've totally not missed you.

It strikes me that an entire gaming generation now exists, the members of which are completely oblivious to the fact that there was a time when developers were rock gods who could invite you to "suck it down".

That's not necessarily a bad thing on second thoughts.

The reason for this nostalgic prattle is that Humble Bundle have teamed up with Square Enix for this fortnight, and you can pay what you want to bag Thief Gold, Mini Ninjas, Daikatana, Hitman: Codename 47, Hitman 2: Silent Assassin and Anachronox. If you beat the average ($7.92 at the time of writing) you'll also unlock Deus Ex: Invisible War, Deus Ex: The Fall, Hitman: Absolution, Battlestations Midway and the Nosgoth Veteran Pack. Those who pay $15 or more will receive all of the above, plus Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut, Just Cause 2, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, Deus Ex: Game of the Year Edition and Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days.

Click here to head over to the Humble Bundle website.

Do it for Anachronox. Carl will love you forever.

Get Terraria on your tablet or phone for just £1.17 at Google Play

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Android, Mobile games, Terraria

Get Terraria on your tablet or phone for just £1.17 at Google Play

Terraria | Google Play | £1.39 | PC Review

We don't often do mobile deals here on Dealspwn, but sometimes something comes along that demands our attention.

Terraria is a brilliant craft/dig/explore/build game, and it's been discount over on the Google Play store for the first time ever. Android users, take note! Far from becoming a lesser experience on mobile platforms (*cough* Minecraft *cough*) the Terraria port works fantastically. In fact we'd even go so far as to say that it handles better on tablets than it does on consoles.

A tip of the cap to Rubisco for the spot!