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Download The Torchlight II Soundtrack For Free

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Matt Gardner
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Game soundtracks, OST, Runic Games, Torchlight II

Download The Torchlight II Soundtrack For Free

It's a good month for free soundtracks. Hot on the heels of Black Mesa's wonderful score, Runic Games have announced that you can download the soundtrack to Torchlight II for absolutely nothing as well.

Get those glorious noises here.

Torchlight II releases tomorrow, and you can snap up the original in the latest Humble Bundle.

Have 3 Minutes Of Puppeteer Goodness From TGS

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Matt Gardner
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PS3 games, Puppeteer, SCE Japan, TGS, Trailers, Videos

Have 3 Minutes Of Puppeteer Goodness From TGS

Puppeteer, one of the handful of brand new IPs coming to Sony boxes of treats that were announced at Gamescom earlier this year, has gotten itself a shiny new trailer just in time for TGS. There are plenty of colourful characters, dazzling pop-up theatrical landscapes, nd lots of scissoring...no, not that kind...in this utterly barmy new trailer.

Seriously, it's crazy. Think about having your morning coffee first before you watch it if you haven't already.

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Assassin's Creed III | £24.85 | Simply Games | PC

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Action Games, Assassin's Creed III, PC games, Ubisoft

Assassin's Creed III | £24.85 | Simply Games | PC

Simply Games have come through again, and this is a pre-order they're honouring. AC3 is all set to take the Assassin's Creed franchise in a new direction, with lots and lots of al fresco free running, and a large dollop of optional naval combat thrown in for good measure. Oh, ad the actually assassinating bits are better than ever.

Arkane Talk About The "End Game" Of Development In Latest Dishonored Diary

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Matt Gardner
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Arkane Studios, Bethesda Softworks, Dev Diary, Dishonored, Videos

Arkane Talk About The "End Game" Of Development In Latest Dishonored Diary

Dishonored is almost upon us, and the floors here at Dealspwn Towers are frankly slick with drool at the prospect of running around Arkane's open world blockbuster.

The latest dev diary to emerge from Bethesda's vaults has some of the team chatting about the sense of satisfaction in seeing everything finally come together, along with more tantalising gameplay footage of course.

Dishonored is out in North America on October 9th, with a European release slated for October 12th on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. You can read our latest preview here.

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Forza Horizon Hands-On Preview | A Petrolhead Playground

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Driving games, Forza Horizon, Games previews, Microsoft Studios, Playground Games, Racing Games, Turn 10 Studios, Xbox 360 games

Forza Horizon Hands-On Preview | A Petrolhead Playground

Platforms: Xbox 360

Developers: Playground Games | Turn 10 Studios

Publishers: Microsoft Studios

"The whole simulation vs. arcade debate is bullshit," says Turn 10's Dan Greenawalt. Of course, one would expect a fairly emphatic response like that considering that for the past six months journalists and fans alike have been looking at Forza Horizon and wondering why the hell the Xbox's petrolhead jewel is seemingly coming over all Burnout. You can tell that Greenawalt has made this impassioned speech a hundred times already, that there's some grit behind it, that he's concerned that somehow people still aren't getting it. "This isn't an arcade game," he says. "Don't create sim vs arcade, that's just an excuse for lazy design. In arcade games, the car is disposable. You might start off with something like a Ford Focus, for example, but as soon as you unlock that Mustang the Focus is forgotten about, it's redundant. Now I'm not saying that's not fun, there are plenty of good arcade games. But it's not Forza."

Authenticity is a word that Greenawalt uses to emphasise this distinction. Real cars, real physics, real roads, real DJs. The whole idea of Forza Horizon is focused around the concept of a petrol-fuelled festival held out in the Colorado desert. You start the game en route to Horizon as an onlooker, when a radio broadcast announces that the next ten cars to show up will earn the last handful of wristbands into the driving events.

Forza Horizon Hands-On Preview | A Petrolhead Playground

Greenawalt suggested that previous Forza titles were all about shaving milliseconds off of your Nurburgring lap time. The thing is, I'm not sure that's right, and I'm glad he expands on the series' legacy when he says that "it's about turning gamers into petrolheads and petrolheads into gamers". Forza 4 with its Autovista Mode, Top Gear extras, and more tuning options than ever before had a beautiful balance that made it that rare thing: a hardcore game that every driving fan could enjoy. Horizon, if the 90 mins I spent playing it is anything to go by, simply pushes that mantra to the limit.

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Have A Massive Football Manager 2013 Video Blowout

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Matt Gardner
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FM13, Football Manager 2013, PC games, Sega, Sports Interactive, Videos

Have A Massive Football Manager 2013 Video Blowout

SEGA and Sports Interactive have dropped an enormous amount of video content online in  the past few days, detailing all of the uber cool new features and modes coming in this year's instalment of the dreaded Exam/Degree/Relationship/Marriage/Career Killer that is Football Manager.

Included in this batch are improvements made to  the game's 3D match engine, improvements to the live feedback that you'll get from your backroom staff, a mini overhaul of the network services on offer, new leaderboard mechanics, and the addition of a Drector of Football should gamers not wish to sort out all of the behind-the-scenes negotiations.

Game's out on PC later this year.

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Turn 10: The Sim vs. Arcade Debate Is "Bullshit"

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Matt Gardner
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Dan Greenawalt, Driving games, Forza Horizon, Playground Games, Racing Games, Turn 10 Studios, Xbox 360 games

Turn 10: The Sim vs. Arcade Debate Is "Bullshit"

Turn 10's Dan Greenawalt has hit back at suggestions that Forza Horizon is abandoning the series' "simulation roots" to become an arcade game, suggesting that the team have never approached development with those terms in the back of their mind, calling the debate out as "bullshit" and suggesting that teams who do speak in such terms are merely excusing lazy design.

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PSA: Fresh Resident Evil 6 Demo Hits Xbox LIVE

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Matt Gardner
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Capcom, Games demos, Horror games, Resident Evil 6

PSA: Fresh Resident Evil 6 Demo Hits Xbox LIVE

Capcom have released a new demo for Resident Evil 6 on Xbox LIVE, with the PSN version coming a little later today.

For now, XBL Gold subscribers can download the demo now from here, ith it becoming generally available on the sysem in a week's time of Sept. 25th. Just so you know, it's not the same demo that Dragon's Dogma fans were privy to this summer, offering a little more meat than that rather paltry offering.

Resident Evil 6 will shuffle onto shelves worldwide on October 2nd.

First Forza Horizon DLC Coming December 18th

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Matt Gardner
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Forza Horizon, Playground Games, Racing Games, Turn 10 Studios, Xbox 360 games

First Forza Horizon DLC Coming December 18th

Playground Games' Ralph Fulton confirmed at a recent preview event for Forza Horizon that the upcoming racing game will receive its first expansion pack on December 18th.

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Tokyo Jungle Review | The Hunger Games

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Matt Gardner
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Reviews
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Crispy's!, post-apocalyptic, PS3 games, PSN, SCE Japan, Tokyo Jungle, Zoology

Tokyo Jungle Review | The Hunger Games

Platforms: PS3

Developers: Crispy's! | SCE Japan

Publishers: Sony Computer Entertainment

Tokyo Jungle rather reminded me of Infinity Blade at first, with its rather steep learning curve and emphasis on trial and error and seemingly endless repetition. My first playthrough ended swiftly as my naive deer was set upon by two rather quick golden retrievers, who hastily hauled me to the ground and ripped me apart. Later on I saw a pomeranian take down a tiger, and watched open mouthed as a tiny chicklet wearing a hat headbutted an elephant  in the face...and killed it.

Possibly one of the most bizarre games of the year thus far, Tokyo Jungle sets the player down in a Japanese capital where all of the humans have vanished, pets and zoo captives have been liberated, and the animals are running wild. There is only one real objective: keep your creature and their descendants alive as long as you possibly can. It's like a mash-up between Farthing Wood and The Godfather, only instead of Mafia families you have different species of dog.

Tokyo Jungle Review | The Hunger Games

You start off with only two creatures from which to choose - a tiny handbag pup and a fearful deer.  The former, being a carnivore, demands a fairly aggressive approach, though matched with a stealthy caution as you don't want to scare off the roaming rabbits that will keep your belly full. The latter, however, lends very much towards a game of non-confrontation. Long grasses are used to sneak past marauding dogs and hyenas. Though you can kick out at predators, speed is your best friend as a deer, with herbivores throwing up some serious stealthy challenges.

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007 Legends Gives Bond The Goldfinger

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Matt Gardner
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News
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007 Legends, Activision, Eurocom, FPS games, James Bond, Trailers, Videos

The scene in which James Bond's trouser department is oh-so-nearly sliced in half by Goldfinger's giant laser is one of the most iconic scenes throughout the Bond franchise. And now it'll be in 007 Legends as well, as Activision and Eurocom have announced that Goldfinger will be the sixth film to feature in their game.

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Forza Horizon | £31.99 | Sainsbury's Entertainment | Xbox 360

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Forza Horizon, Playground Games, Racing Games, Turn 10 Studios, Xbox 360 games

Forza Horizon | £31.99 | Sainsbury's Entertainment | Xbox 360

  • What: Forza Horizon (pre-order)
  • Where: Sainsbury's Entertainment
  • Current Price: £31.99 (use code SETOK12)
  • Forza Horizon Price Comparison

Turn 10 gave their baby over to Playground Games - a new studio comprised of some of the finest UK racing devs around - for Forza Horizon. There's a fat preview coming this afternoon, so stay tuned for that, but if you want to pre-order the game, your best bet in Sainsbury's. Just remember of type in the SETOK12 code at the checkout.

Dissidia: Final Fantasy | £4.98 | Game | PSP

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Matt Gardner
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Dissida: Final Fantasy, Fighting Games, PSP games, Square Enix

Dissidia: Final Fantasy | £4.98 | Game | PSP

  • What: Dissidia: Final Fantasy
  • Where: GAME
  • Current Price: £4.98
  • Dissidia: Final Fantasy Price Comparison

One of the highlights of being one of the few people still to own a PSP is that games for it are dirt cheap. Dissidia: Final Fantasy is a cracking little title that delivers some sublime fan-service, and it's in stock at GAME and available for under a fiver, saving you a couple of quid on the nearest competition.

Gamefreak: Pokemon Has A "Certain Feeling" In 2D, Might Get Lost in 3D

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Matt Gardner
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2D vs 3D, DS games, Gamefreak, Nintendo, Pokémon, Pokemon Black/White 2

Gamefreak: Pokemon Has A "Certain Feeling" In 2D, Might Get Lost in 3D

We've wondered aloud in a couple of podcasts as to why on earth Nintendo haven't made the decision to print some 3DS money by releasing a few exclusive Pokemon games on the system. It turns out that it's not to sell as many copies as humanly possible by tapping a format that's accessible to both DS and 3DS owners...apparently it's more to do with the feel of the Pokemon games.

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F1 2012 | £19.85 | Simply Games | PC

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Matt Gardner
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Codemasters, F1 2012, PC games, Racing Games

F1 2012 | £19.85 | Simply Games | PC

Codemasters might have streamlined their development resources a little over the last year, but that's only to focus on what they're best at: racing games. None come more authentically realised than their flagship F1 series and this year's instalment is shaping up to be an utterly brilliant game. Simply Games currently have the cheapest PC pre-order abut by some margin.

Lone Survivor Dev Teases New "Zelda x Demon's Souls" Project

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Matt Gardner
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Demon's Souls, Indie Games, Jasper Byrne, Lone Survivor, Superflat, Zelda

Lone Survivor Dev Teases New "Zelda x Demon's Souls" Project

We loved Lone Survivor here on Dealspwn, and creator Jasper Byrne has revealed a few tantalising tidbits for  new game that he's working on - a title that, according to Byrne himself, is shaping up to look a little like The Legend of Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass meets Demon's Souls.

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Are Microsoft About To Revive Killer Instinct?

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Fighting Games, Killer Instinct, Microsoft, Please let this be A Thing, rare, Trademark

A short and sweet message from Microsoft appeared online yesterday breaking the news that they have renewed trademark on Killer Instinct from Rare, whom they bought in 2012.

Although this is common practice for IPs that companies want to keep hold of, even if they don't have immediate plans for them, what is worthy of note is the tone of the proclamation, and the fact that Microsoft made it public news themselves.

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Have A New Vid For The Upcoming Minecraft X360 1.8.2

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Matt Gardner
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News
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4J Studios, Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition, Mojang, Patches, Update 1.8.2

Have A New Vid For The Upcoming Minecraft X360 1.8.2

Xbox LIVE's Minecraft will be receiving a whole host of bug fixes and more in update 1.8.2, and should be readdy pretty soon, with developers 4J Studios announcing on Twitter that "we're working hard fixing bugs in our 1.8.2 build - think we have a week or two to go before we can hand it over for Microsoft Cert Testing".

4J also dropped a new little trailer for the update, detailing some of the food fixes and environments in the latest update, titled "New Food". There'll be a full list of fixes and additions once the patch goes through certification.

Watch New Food after the jump...

New Resident Evil 6 Facebook Trailer Kills Off The People You Love

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Capcom, Resident Evil 6, Trailers, Videos

New Resident Evil 6 Facebook Trailer Kills Off The People You Love

Thanks to the wizardy of the internet, the latest trailer for Resident Evil6 - subtitled "No Hope Left" - pulls a few of your best mates from your Facebook wall and kills off everyone that you love.

There's some inadvertent hilarity depending which friends the app pulls into the game, and if they have a rather dubious profile picture that completely shatters the mood.

Still, Capcom have been plugging viral marketing a lot lately, and you can stick your chums into the undead killing fields right here.