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The Morning Papers | Black Friday In January

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Jonathan Lester
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The Morning Papers | Black Friday In January

Good morning!

Seriously, have you seen these deals?! A ShopTo pay day sale has coincided with Rakuten's voucher code, coalescing into a ridiculous perfect storm of cheap games deals including Xbox Ones for £250 and Wii Us for £120. It's like Black Friday in January.

Anyway, you came here for the news so let's get back on track. More Battlefield Hardline beta details have emerged, Nintendo released an updated schedule of upcoming Wii U/3DS releases and LEGO Jurassic Park is happening. Here are your headlines

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The Morning Papers | Black Friday In January

The LEGO games of 2015: Jurassic World in Summer, Marvel's Avengers for Christmas

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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lego, LEGO Jurassic World, LEGO Marvel's Avengers, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

The LEGO games of 2015: Jurassic World in Summer, Marvel's Avengers for Christmas

TT Games have revealed this year's slate of LEGO games, including one massive surprise that could prove to be one of the most hilarious tie-ins yet.

Clever girl.

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Super Smash Bros For Wii U gets 15 new 8-player stages in free update

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Super Smash Bros. For Wii U, Update, Wii U games

Super Smash Bros For Wii U gets 15 new 8-player stages in free update

Nintendo has added fifteen new 8-player stages to Super Smash Bros For Wii U by way of a new update, allowing you more opportunities to experience a mode I described as "brilliantly, wonderfully, magnificently stupid" in our full review.

"Good luck fitting everyone into the safe zone on Norfair," taunts the Facebook page. Naturally the patch adapts existing stages rather than bolting on completely new levels, but it's still a welcome inclusion.

So how much does this update cost? £4.99? £15,99? Nah, it's free. Get on it. I feel the sniffles coming on, so will probably have to knock off early -- while seven of my friends will probably have to pop by to keep me company [invite me or you're fired, Jon - Ed]

You can pick up Super Smash Bros For Wii U for only £32.99 new at Grainger Games. Click here to buy >>

Having trouble downloading Dying Light on PS4? Here's the fix

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Bugs, Dying Light, Fixes, Playstation Store, PSN

Having trouble downloading Dying Light on PS4? Here's the fix

Don't worry if you're having trouble running that digital version of Dying Light that you bought on PS4, you're not alone. There's a pesky bug affecting digital versions of the game on PS4 where the system thinks that the game has already been downloaded and installed even when it hasn't. I punched in a download code for the game yesterday and instead of a download button, it simply said "Start" as if it had already been installed.

Annoying, but not insurmountable.

Basically, if you're faced with the same issue, simply log into the PlayStation Store on another device, app or browser and opt to download the game remotely. Once you've logged in, there should be a button underneath the game thumbnail that reads "Download to PS4". Click that and it'll start downloading properly on your machine.

For a longer explanation and more info, click here.

Can you get to London tomorrow? GMG and Playfire offering hands-on with Idol Hands

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Green Man Gaming, Idol Hands, Playfire

Green Man Gaming are branching out into the world of publishing, and they recently announced that the first game to come from the new Green Man Loaded label will be indie god-game Idol Hands, launching on 18th February.

As purveyors of splendid punnery, we're interested in the game already, and if you are as well, there's an opportunity to be amongst the first to play the game...

... if you can make it in to London tomorrow, that is. Here's the official blurb:

We have a very special Playfirst session taking place in central London, tomorrow 3:30pm - 4:30pm, where FOUR lucky Playfire members can meet the developers, play the full version of Idol Hands. Our exclusive guests will receive a FREE copy of the game at launch and extra goodies from our event partner, Overclockers UK!

It's super easy to enter, all you have to do is sign up to Playfire (which takes seconds) and leave a comment on the blog. Click here to drop your comment and enter >>

Good luck!

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Free Login Weekend begins this Friday

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, JRPGs, MMORPGs, PS3 games, PS4 games, RPGs

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Free Login Weekend begins this Friday

If you've already purchased and registered FFXIV, but maybe got bored and wandered off, or otherwise deactivated your account, Square Enix are offering lapsed and wayward sons and daughters the chance to check out what's new in the recently released Patch 2.5.

The Free Login Weekend will take place from Friday 30th January (08:00 GMT) to Monday 2nd February (08:00 GMT) and will be eligible to "players who have previously purchased and registered Final Fantasy XIV and whose service account is set as inactive during the campaign period."

The Morning Papers | Criminal Origins

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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The Morning Papers | Criminal Origins

Good morning!

Big developments in the deactivated Far Cry 4 keys story. Ubisoft has revealed that the batch of keys in question actually originated from,,, Origin... bought using a stolen credit card then flogged onto undiscerning key resellers. G2A has also responded, offering refunds to those who paid extra for the 'G2A Shield' service and looking into it for those who didn't.

In other news, Nintendo's financials forecast a gradual return to profit despite falling projections, whereas EA have made a packet.

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The Morning Papers | Criminal Origins

Fancy helping test out Roll7's Not A Hero? Here's how you can get involved

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Indie Games, Not A Hero, PC games, Roll7

Described by the developers as "the greatest 2¼D cover-based indie shooter of all time ever", Not A Hero is looking pretty cool. It's being made by London-based indie outfit, Roll7 -- the same folks who brought us the gloriously addictive OlliOlli.

Apparently the game is ready for testing, and that's where you come in.

Roll7 have extended a global invitation to games across the world to get in touch if they fancy being part of Not A Hero's testing process.

All you have to do is pop an email expressing interest over to [email protected].

Check out Jon's interview with Roll7's John Ribbins from Rezzed last year in the video below, and click here to visit the game's official site.

The Morning Papers | Updated

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Jonathan Lester
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The Morning Papers | Updated

Good morning!

Great news for Xbox One owners today in that a new update halves the connection time of the controllers. It's currently available for preview members, though you'll need a micro USB cable to connect it to your console (play & charge will be fine). Microsoft have also announced that they've sold 6.6 million Xboxes during the lucrative last quarter, but failed to disclose how many were Xbox 360s.

In other news Ubisoft seems to be going after serial key frauds by punishing gamers -- deactivating their codes without warning -- which seems like a sure-fire way to get some fantastic publicity. We've got a few trailers and additional stories for you too.

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The Morning Papers | Updated

The Morning Papers | Thorny Issues

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Good morning!

I trust you all enjoyed a good weekend's gaming. Some of you may have taken advantage of Guild Wars 2's massive discount (there's still time!), meaning that you might be pleased to know that the first major expansion has been announced. Heart Of Thorns promises challenging new content, several new forms of character progression and some great-looking PvP additions. If you ever find yourself on Desolation and run into a diminutive guardian called Byssk, definitely grab me for a dungeon or two!

In other news, Homeworld Remastered has a release date, Lady Hammerlock is Borderlands-bound and The Bard's Tale IV has been confirmed. Here are your headlines.

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The Morning Papers | Thorny Issues

The Morning Papers | Your All Points Bulletin

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Jonathan Lester
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The Morning Papers | Your All Points Bulletin

Good morning! Today brings us an eclectic selection (an eclection?) of headlines, from Microsoft looking into PC Xbox One streaming (i.e. the right way round to make the console truly all-in-one) to APB: Reloaded making a surprise jump to new-gen consoles. You can also get a good look at Dying Light, Grow Home and the upcoming Dead Rising film.

The MCV award nominations have been revealed, showcasing all the industry's best marketeers, hypemongers and retailers, while Sony have deployed their 10% off 'we're sorry' voucher.

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The Morning Papers | Your All Points Bulletin

PSA: Minecraft data leaked, Mojang deny hack

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Minecraft, Mojang

PSA: Minecraft data leaked, Mojang deny hack

Following a plain text list of 1800 user emails and passwords appearing online due to a phishing scam, Mojang have published a response to the leaked info and moved to assuage anyone having a panic.

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The Morning Papers | Windows 10, TESO & HoloLens

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Good morning!

Microsoft have been busy. Over the last 24 hours they've revealed a crazy prototype hologram AR headset, announced that Xbox One can stream gameplay to Windows 10 devices and confirmed that Fable Legends is coming to PC. Combined with more DX12 details and an app that brings Xbox and Windows 10 onto one platform, it seems that Microsoft might finally be starting to take PC gaming seriously again.

In other news, The Elder Scrolls Online is going Buy To Play, an ex-Nintendo exec has harsh words for his old bosses and Minecraft passwords have apparently leaked online. Here are your headlines.

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The Morning Papers | Windows 10, TESO & HoloLens

The Morning Papers | X-Wing Strafing Run

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Good morning!

The news mill is starting to churn into life after a few slow weeks. Over the last 24 hours we've learned that Borderlands is coming to PS4 and Xbox One, several high profile Xbox One games have been dated and more importantly we can now download and play the magnificent X-Wing vs TIE Fighter on Good Old Games.

However, we've just got to give top billing to Strafe, which is leaning heavily on 90s nostalgia in one of the most hilarious Kickstarter pitches I've ever seen. The game itself looks seriously rad, too.

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The Morning Papers | X-Wing Strafing Run


Borderlands: The Handsome Collection coming to PS4 and Xbox One - the ultimate GOTY Edition or just new money for old rope?

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Borderlands 2: GOTY Edition, Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

Should you buy it again?

We all knew it was going to happen eventually. After Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel released last year on PS3 and Xbox 360, everyone on the internet assumed that 2K Australia's tie-in would make it to the new machines at some point. They assumed correctly.

However, Gearbox have gone further than just an HD remake by announcing The Handsome Collection. This new PS4 and Xbox One compilation includes a remastered version of Borderlands 2, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and all of the DLC released thus far in a single collection, featuring save file transfers and an utterly ludicrous special edition.

As HD remakes go, it's an impressive volume of content, but does the Handsome Collection have what it takes to stack up against the biggest games of March 2015?

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection coming to PS4 and Xbox One - the ultimate GOTY Edition or just new money for old rope?

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The Morning Papers | Falling Stars, Rising Starships

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Good morning!

We've got some good and bad news for you today, both involving stars in some capacity. First things first, Club Nintendo is set to close later this year, meaning that you'll need to redeem and spend your Stars before September 2015. In better news, though, Sid Meier has announced a new space strategy game set in the Beyond Earth universe, and Sid Meier doing space strategy is a thing we want.

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Closing the clubhouse: Club Nintendo shutting its doors later this year

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Club Nintendo, Loyalty scheme, New 3DS, New 3DS XL, Nintendo

Closing the clubhouse: Club Nintendo shutting its doors later this year

Nintendo have announced that they'll be discontinuing their long-running Club Nintendo loyalty programme this year, with Stars expiring completely on 30th September 2015.

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The Morning Papers | No Comment!

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Jonathan Lester
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The Morning Papers | No Comment!

"No comment." Usually we're quoting industry figures in the morning papers, but today we have to acknowledge that we're still suffering from major problems affecting posting comments, creating new accounts and signing in to existing accounts. I.e. no comments. As such we'll have to cancel and reschedule our Avernum 2 competition -- no-one can enter it! -- and keep you up to date with the latest.

We hope that the situation will normalise soon, but in the meantime, please keep in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter (@Dealspwn or @jon_dealspwn if you want to discuss a piece I've written)!

Otherwise, here are your headlines.

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The Morning Papers | No Comment!

The Morning Papers | New 3DS, Hardline Beta

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Jonathan Lester
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The Morning Papers | New 3DS, Hardline Beta

Good morning!

We're still reeling from Nintendo's first Direct presentation of the year, during which they revealed that the New 3DS and New 3DS XL are hitting British shores next month. It's still a crying shame that the beefed-up handheld didn't arrive before Christmas, but we'll try to get you a good deal. Or a screaming bargain on the old models, which will doubtlessly continue to plummet in price. In other news, Battlefield Hardline has revealed its open beta details -- well, everything except the date -- while we also have a smattering of info regarding delays and DriveClub's new Japanese track.

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The Morning Papers | New 3DS, Hardline Beta