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Weekly Dealspwn.com Roundup 24th-30th August 2015

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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Game news, Game reviews, Gaming articles, Weekly Roundup

Weekly Dealspwn.com Roundup 24th-30th August 2015

It's weekly roundup time, folks. You'll find links to the biggest news stories and articles below from everything at Dealspwn over the last seven days.

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COMMENT | Why now is the time to experience The Secret World

Author:
Carl Phillips
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Features
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DLC, EA, funcom, Horror games, MMORPGs, PC games, Puzzle games, The Secret World

COMMENT | Why now is the time to experience The Secret World

Last week I finally revisited The Secret World. After reviewing it at launch, calling it “a brave new world worth spending time in,” I gradually had less and less time to play it. This was despite former colleague Jon falling head over heels for it, proclaiming his love it again, and again, and again. I could only watch from the sidelines as the intrigue and mystery of its storyline evolved, new systems added to its class-free combat, and new dungeons opened, filled with brutal bosses to beat.

Last week, Funcom released Issue #12: To The Dark Tower Below. The new patch not only added in a new dungeon and open world content, but included new social features, a revamped currency system and daily rewards program. It’s not ground-breaking for the genre, but it’s an important step for The Secret World. You see, it not only gives former players a reason to return, but provides newcomers with the more accessible way to experience the game, as well as catch up with the rest of the community.

Basically, with Issue #12 live on the servers, now is the time to experience one of the most unique MMO properties on the market, and I’m going to explain why.

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Weekly Dealspwn.com Roundup 17th - 23rd August 2015

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Features
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Game news, Game previews, Game reviews, Weekly Roundup

Weekly Dealspwn.com Roundup 17th - 23rd August 2015

It's weekly roundup time, folks. You'll find links to the biggest news stories and reviews below from everything at Dealspwn over the last seven days.

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Weekly Dealspwn.com Roundup 10th - 16th August 2015

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Features
Tags:
Game news, Game previews, Game reviews, Gamescom 2015, Weekly Roundup

Weekly Dealspwn.com Roundup 10th - 16th August 2015It's weekly roundup time, folks. You'll find links to the biggest news stories, feature articles and reviews below from everything at Dealspwn over the last seven days.

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Top 5 crucial upcoming movies based on video games

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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films based on games, Game movies

Top 5 crucial upcoming movies based on video games

Films based on video games. For so long a great idea that's produced relentlessly poor results. For every Silent Hill or Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children there's an overwhelming deluge of ruined licenses like The Legend of Chun-Li, Dead or Alive, Prince of Persia or that steaming s**t pile that is Uwe Boll's embarrassment of a CV. There will undeniably be more, but there are some promising titles on the horizon. We've been through the lists and selected five of the confirmed titles that best represent an opportunity for a change in the quality of movies based on video game franchises. Four of them are deep into production and one of them really should be by now. So, in order of scheduled release...

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Weekly Dealspwn.com Roundup 3rd - 9th August 2015

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Features
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Game news, Game previews, Game reviews, Gamescom 2015, Weekly Roundup

Weekly Dealspwn.com Roundup 3rd - 9th August 2015

It's weekly roundup time, folks. You'll find links to the biggest news stories, feature articles and reviews below from everything at Dealspwn over the last seven days. Gamescom has rattled through Cologne this week and there were plenty of announcements for us to get excited about. Microsoft and EA had their own presentations and we've picked out the highlights in our staff roundtable features.

With the accidental outing of Final Fantasy XII HD, I ask if it's a game fans actually wanted. Destiny is facing some drastic changes next month and I've dived into them to investigate if they could make the game great again. Speaking of great, Carl managed to get his mitts on a copy of Streets of Rage 3D on the 3DS for a review.

News highlights include some generous extras with Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, new PlayStation + subscription fees, PSN outages, a new Attack on Titan game and the reveal of World of Warcraft: Legion. New trailers include FIFA 16, Mad Max, Mafia III and Lego Dimensions.

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Destiny's upcoming changes could make it great again

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Features
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Bungie, Destiny, Destiny: The Taken King, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

Destiny's upcoming changes could make it great again

Destiny was fantastic fun for the opening couple of months, but the seriously repetitive content soon became an issue. Bungie's hype fizzled out to reveal a selection of empty play areas of uninspired fetch quests. Then came the expansions via a Season Pass that cost as much as buying the original game again, albeit with a tiny amount of tangible new content or environments.

Combine this with a levelling system that seemed exceptionally miserly with rewards that forced players into choosing weapons and armour based on how it would affect their Light level rather than the statistical benefits offered elsewhere, and Destiny became a gruelling grind with no sense of purpose. Bungie tried to reinvent the wheel without conceding to the value of a curve.

Not everyone felt that way of course and the number of people still playing Destiny on a daily basis is seriously impressive given the very valid concerns listed above. Bungie could simply carry on as they are, with their loyal core audience locked-in for more of the same with the occasional hope of being granted the chance to pay a small fortune for an extra slice of the action. Through this lengthy and expensive process, Destiny has been slowly been making its way towards something resembling a complete product. In its current state, I personally feel Destiny is sorely lacking given my experience of the main game and what I've read about the expansions as a non-pass holder.

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EA Gamescom 2015 Presentation Roundtable Impressions | Yet another mixed bag?

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Admin
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Features
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EA, FIFA 16, Gamescom 2015, Mirror's Edge: Catalyst, Need for Speed, Plants vs Zombies 2, Star Wars The Old Republic, Star Wars: Battlefront, Unravel

EA Gamescom 2015 Presentation Roundtable Impressions | Yet another mixed bag?

EA's Gamescom 2015 presentation was only an hour long compared to Microsoft's 90 minutes, but that didn't mean it wasn't a padded affair. There were some gems in there though along with another adorable appearance from EA's unofficial new mascot. Let's see what the team had to say.

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Microsoft Gamescom 2015 Presentation Roundtable Impressions - This fight is far from over

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Admin
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Features
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Crackdown 3, Forza 6, Gamescom 2015, Halo 5, Quantum Break, Rise Of The Tomb Raider, Scalebound, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Microsoft Gamescom 2015 Presentation Roundtable Impressions - This fight is far from over

Microsoft have just left the stage at Cologne for their Gamescom 2015 presentation and we've put our heads together to bring you our roundtable impressions of what we've just seen. There were new game announcements and lots of encouraging footage of upcoming titles. Unlike E3 though, there was plenty to see coming in 2016 too. Is Sony going to regret not attending the largest gaming expo on the gaming calendar after this showing? We'll have to wait until Paris Games Week to find out really. For now, let's see what the green team have up their sleeves.

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Is a Final Fantasy XII remaster necessary?

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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Final Fantasy XII HD, Final Fantasy XIII: Definitive Edition, PS4 games, Retro games, Square Enix, Xbox One Games

Is a Final Fantasy XII remaster necessary?

Here at Dealspwn, we take each remaster as it comes and examine it on its own merits in terms of value and the perceived desire for it to exist in the first place. The latest title to apparently get the HD/Remaster treatment will be 2006's PS2 title, Final Fantasy XII. Is this more cash-grabbing and recycling of old games, or an essential chance to catch up with one of the PS2's last hailed gems? Let's take a look.

There have been no official announcements from Square-Enix yet, but at the Final Fantasy Distant World orchestral event in Pittsburgh, composer Arnie Roth, said on-stage: "...and there's the Final Fantasy XII remake underway. That's coming out soon."

He's probably received a stern phone call since, but it's looking highly credible with Hitoshi Sakimoto, who scored the original, apparently confirming it too [IGN]. It's important to consider that the term 'remake' was probably used very lightly and in error, as we're more than likely looking at a HD remaster. It's a wording error, that's frequently used to describe HD re-releases, even by yours truly I imagine. And come on, it took Square how long to announce a proper 'remake' of Final Fantasy VII? So they're hardly going to bother with one for the comparatively low-key XII.

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Weekly Dealspwn.com Roundup 27th July - 2nd August 2015

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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Game news, Game previews, Game reviews, Weekly Roundup

Weekly Dealspwn.com Roundup 27th July - 2nd August 2015

It's weekly roundup time, folks. You'll find links to the biggest news stories, feature articles and reviews below from everything at Dealspwn over the last seven days. There are some great new trailers to watch for Until Dawn, Lego Dimensions and Broken Sword 5. A few new titles were announced including Zombi (formerly ZombiU), Constructor HD and we even have an update about The Terminator coming to WWE 2K15.

Features include a look at how the keyboard/mouse control combo may be making a move for consoles again. Carl has a guide for all things gaming on Windows 10. And there's a fond Throwback Thursday article on Arcades, the golden age of video games.

Reviews include verdicts on God of War III: Remastered, Life is Strange: Episode 4, Game of Thrones: Episode 5 and the i-eX Bean Bag Gaming Chair.

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Throwback Thursday: Arcades - The Golden Age Of Video Games

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BuzzDuraband
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Features
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Arcade Machines, Pac-Man, Retro games, RoboCop, The Simpsons, Video Games

Throwback Thursday: Arcades - The Golden Age Of Video Games

In an age of Playstation 4s and Xbox Ones its sometimes hard to forget about the pocket full of 10 pence pieces, candy floss joysticks and video shops. Its safe to say that the arcade scene just isn't what it was anymore. In comparison to the days I remember, the arcade scene no longer exists. It's not just the dedicated arcade areas either, gone are the table top Space Invader machines you could often find in pubs. I don't even recall visiting a pizza shop over the past few years that hasn't proudly sported Street Fighter II and I definitely can't remember the last time I was at a fairground that had even a half acceptable group of coin-op machines together for some frantic joystick wiggling entertainment.

Throwback Thursday: Arcades - The Golden Age Of Video Games

It wasn't a brief phase either. The arcade machine first made an appearance in its most dominant form back in 1972 with the release of the first commercially successful arcade machine, Pong. With the release of Pong on November 27 of that year, Atari had single handedly helped cement the future success of both Pong and arcade machines with various companies copying the gameplay style of Atari's Pong creating competition and an increase in the production of the arcade machine.

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Upgrading to Windows 10 | A Gamer’s guide to the big switch

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Carl Phillips
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Features
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Microsoft, PC games, Windows 10

Upgrading to Windows 10 | A Gamer’s guide to the big switch

Today is the big day – Windows 10 is launching worldwide. To mark the occasion, we thought we would collate all the information about Microsoft’s new OS and how it relates to PC gamers. After all, regardless of whether you think being an early adopter is exciting or foolish, there are many gamers that will be making the switch as soon as they are able. So take a look through our handy guide as we explain what is new, what to watch out for, and which games are confirmed to run on the new OS – along with those that definitely won’t.

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The keyboard and mouse combination - is console gaming evolving?

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BuzzDuraband
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Features
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PC gaming, peripherals, PS4, PS4 keyboard, PS4 mouse

The keyboard and mouse combination - is console gaming evolving?

The hardcore gaming option, the ever faithful keyboard and mouse combination. You ask any PC gamer, any hardcore PC gamer why they don't opt to use a game controller whilst playing games such as Counter Strike or Battlefield 4 when gaming on their PC. Speed and accuracy will, amongst other benefits always top the pile. I mean how can one possibly line up a target on Battlefield 4 with a controller as precisely as they would with that keyboard and mouse combination, It's just not viable is it?

This October sees the release of the Tactical Assault Commander for the Playstation 4, housing both a d-pad and PlayStation button, the Tactical Assault Commander will also come with arrow keys, a snipe key, a quick key, and a walk key and could quite easily become the combination FPS hungry PS4 players crave.

The keyboard and mouse combination - is console gaming evolving?

It was just 4 days ago that we reported to you the news of Microsoft allegedly working to work in keyboard and mouse support to the Xbox One. It's an interesting addition to consoles. Since the start of gaming, PC players have operated their gaming experiences with the keyboard and mouse, with console gamers always having been known to master their games with a controller, it's just how it is.

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Weekly Dealspwn.com Roundup 20th - 26th July 2015

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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Game news, Game previews, Game reviews, Weekly Roundup

Weekly Dealspwn.com Roundup 20th - 26th July 2015

It's weekly roundup time, folks. You'll find links to the biggest news stories, feature articles and reviews below from everything at Dealspwn over the last seven days. There are plenty of news articles to catch up on this week. Street Fighter V had a brand new fighter announcement and there's some important information about how to get the DLC characters for free.The Wii U version of Project Cars was finally cancelled. More Witcher III free DLC was released. Fallout Anthology became a thing. Fallout shelter was given an Android release date.

Reviews include verdicts on Godzilla and Tembo the Badass Elephant. There's also a piece on why gamers should be vary wary of the new Hitman game, as the segmented release is looking like trouble.

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Hitman's segmented release is anti-gamer

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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Hitman, Io Interactive, PC games, PS4 games, Square Enix, Xbox One Games

Hitman's segmented release is anti-gamer

We're getting a new Hitman game on December 8th. Usually, this would be cause for celebration. But instead, we're very concerned about what is could mean for gamers and the way video games are released. If you hadn't heard, Hitman will only release digitally this year, at the full price of $60/£40. However, it won't be a finished product, not even close.

IO Interactive said: "What we release on December 8th is not the full game. It's a sizable chunk of it. Throughout 2016 we'll release more locations and missions until the story arc is done and finished. All of that content is included in the $60 price."

We've had successful episodic releases before with The Walking Dead, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Life is Strange, but they've been a fraction of the price (about £15 for a Season Pass) and we've had a good idea of what we're getting into. Better yet, there's usually a demo, or the first episode generally only costs a few notes. If you don't like it, you're not out of pocket that much.

Hitman's segmented release is anti-gamer

Square-Enix want you to buy a part (sorry, "sizable chunk") of the game for full price, with an IOU promise that the rest of it will turn up eventually. It's not quite the same as an Early Access title as IO is keen to iterate: "Early Access can often mean something unfinished or unpolished. That's simply not the approach we're taking," and "All of the content we release live to our players will be complete and polished, whether that's the locations and missions we release on December 8th, the live events or the locations and missions that we will release in 2016. It will always be a polished Hitman experience."

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Weekly Dealspwn.com Roundup 13th - 19th July 2015

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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Game news, Game previews, Game reviews, Weekly Roundup

Weekly Dealspwn.com Roundup 13th - 19th July 2015

It's weekly roundup time, folks. You'll find links to the biggest news stories, feature articles and reviews below from everything at Dealspwn over the last seven days. There was only one news story really on our minds this week though, and that was the tragic passing of Nintendo President, Satoru Iwata, at the startlingly young age of 55. His enthusiasm and creativeness was an inspiration to all and he'll be missed by friends, family, colleagues and gamers the world over.

Elsewhere in the news you'll find the return of Commodore (ask your parents), an update about Arkham Knight's issues on the PC, Elder Scrolls Online DLC, the disappointing (stupid) decision of Deep Silver to drop Yager from Dead Island 2 and more.

As you may have heard, the good ship Dealspwn's Captain, Jon Lester, has moved onto a new career after many successful years at Dealspwn. Did you know he'd posted 13,000 articles here! There's not a snowball's chance in hell we'd be on Metacritic without his extensive reviews database too. There's a final podcast with Jon, Carl and a special guest for you *may contain emotions. Rounding up the roundup this week, is Buzz's F1 2015 review.

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Game Buzz Extra | Farewell, Jon!

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Carl Phillips
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Features
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AMA, Game Buzz, Jonathan Lester, PWNCAST

Game Buzz Extra | Farewell, Jon!

After nearly six years of writing deals, news, opinion pieces and reviews, Jonathan Lester bowed out of the Dealspwn Towers - and the games industry altogether - last week. However, before he left he gave our fantastic community members the chance to submit questions for an AMA as part of a very special edition of the Game Buzz podcast. So, prepare yourself as you hear some mighty truth bombs on how our industry works, listen to us declare our favourite games of 2015 so far (and to come), and bask in the glory of our surprise guest (!) in Jon's final official appearance for Dealspwn.

Game Buzz Extra | Farewell, Jon! - Recorded 11th July, 2015.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language, dreadful impressions, and terrible puns.

F1 2015 Launch Impressions | Racing like a champion is playing with my EGO

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BuzzDuraband
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Features
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Bandai Namco, Codemasters, F1 2015, PC games, PS4 games, Racing Games, Xbox One Games

F1 2015 Launch Impressions | Racing like a champion is playing with my EGO

F1 2015 launches tomorrow four weeks after its intended initial release date of June. It must be quite easy for any franchise to start churning out the same old product every year given that the majority would only require a small upgrade in the graphical department and maybe a few changes to active rosters 'set: driver> Lewis Hamilton = Mercedes'.

However, that doesn't seem to be the case with F1 2015, which introduces a whole new Formula One experience built entirely from the ground up for PS4, Xbox One and PC. Running on the new EGO Engine, it looks absolutely gorgeous.

After spending the past couple of days experiencing F1 2015 on the Playstation 4, I feel confident enough to start sharing my first impressions of this year's instalment.

F1 2015 Launch Impressions | Racing like a champion is playing with my EGO

I, like I imagine many players of the F1 franchise, went into this game as I had with all the F1 games right back up to 2011, with the mindset that 2015 would be the year I can finally crack those chicanes and exit those corners as only the champions know how to. I'm not the worst at F1 games; its just unfortunate that I'm not the best either. Could I take pole position this time?

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Weekly Dealspwn.com Roundup 29th June - 5th July 2015

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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Game news, Game previews, Game reviews, Weekly Roundup

Weekly Dealspwn.com Roundup 29th June - 5th July 2015

It's weekly roundup time, folks. You'll find links to the hottest news stories, feature articles and reviews below. First up, news highlights include the possible reveal of The Last of Us 2, Microsoft's Gamescom plans, more Uncharted 4 footage, July's PlayStation + games and more.

We're now halfway through the year, so we've put together our picks of the best games of 2015 (so far) for the PS4, Xbox One and Wii U/3DS. Elsewhere, I consider the impact of Naughty Dog dumping eight months of Amy Hennig's work for Uncharted 4 and also ask if the Xbox One Elite controller being a game exclusive could doom it to eternal high prices. Jon examines the anticlimax that was DriveClub's PlayStation + Edition and looks at the controversial/unwanted Metroid Prime: Federation Force. Our roundtable discussion asks the team 'Does the last of us actually need a sequel?'

Reviews this week include Dreamfall Chapters - Book Three: Realms and Steins;Gate. 

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