Trawling through blogs can be time consuming, so we thought we’d make it even easier by rounding up the hottest headlines, the most delicious deals and fantastic features each week in a handy, low-fat look at the previous seven days.
- Call of Duty Elite Priced: We've been waiting a long time to hear just how much Activision are planning to charge us for what they seem to think is the second coming in online gaming. Turns out, not all that much. Which is nice.
- Metal Gear Peace Walker Four Player Co-op: Seems Kojima just can't help himself when it comes to announcing huge gaming news via his own personal Twitter feed. This time, he's outed four player co-op in Metal Gear Peace Walker HD as part of the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection.
- Halo 4 Creative Director Abandons Ship: Some of you may have noticed that Bodycount has just been released to less than stellar reviews. If the departure of Stuart Black halfway through the game's development has anything to do with that, Halo fans should be just a little worried, as Ryan Payton has announced his departure from Halo 4.
- Up to 3 Million DiRT3 Codes Stolen: Those dastardly hackers are at it again. Codemasters face the embarrassing news that up to 3 million steam codes for their superb rallying game DiRT3 may have been stolen. The exact number is fluctuating, but it's an unfortunate happenstance that has allowed opportunists such easy access to the goods.
- Driver: San Francisco Online Passes Scrapped: In what I believe to be an unprecedented cock-up, Ubisoft has been forced to offer their online passes for Driver: San Francisco free, after a printing error saw none of the shipped codes register correctly.
- Old Republic European Beta Delayed: That's right folks, we're going to have to wait just a little bit longer to get our hands on Bioware's Star Wars MMO, but the company insists that its reasons for delaying the European beta are valid. Click the link to find out more.
- Max Payne 3 Dated for March 2012: It's been a long time coming. A long, long time coming. But finally, Max Payne 3 has been given a release date. Not a specific release date mind, but a release date nonetheless. It also confirms 'Dynamic' mutliplayer. Whatever that is...
- F1 2011 Co-op Career Confirmed: And in news that excites me greatly, Codemasters have confirmed that co-op championship will be a part of their upcoming Formula 1 title, set for release on the 23rd September. Now you can fight your drunken lout of a housemate for team dominance in practice, qualifying and race sessions... Just me then?
- Football Manager 2012 Pre-order | £19.85 | PC: ShopTo are offering football management fans their annual dose of procrastination-enablers in the form of a sub-£20 preorder on Football Manager 2012. You already know whether you like the FM series or not by now, but if you do, there's really no reason to delay.
- Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project/Duke Nukem 3D:Atomic Edition | £1.88 | PC: Good Old Games continue their crime spree by practically stealing our money from our wallets in exchange for a dirt-cheap copy of Duke Nukem's 3D platforming adventure, Manhattan Project, and his seminal Doom-worrier Duke Nukem 3D.
- Bodycount | £24.99 | Xbox 360: The price for this game is already tumbling, which is a real shame for the team behind it, who have worked tirelessly on getting the title through its troubled development cycle and into the hands of the buying public. It's great news for the buying public themselves though, who can get their hands on this frenetic shooter for under £25 over at Zavvi.
- Deadly Premonition | £9.99 | Xbox 360: If you've been unsure about whether to give this divisive little horror game from Access Games a go, then The Hut's sub-£10 price point might just force your hand. It's an absolutely enthralling title, the merits of which Jon has explained in detail here, but don't expect the gameplay itself to be anything other than dire by today's standards, quite frankly.
- Warhammer 40,000 Space Marine Download | £22.85 | PC: Another PC deal for you now, with Warhammer 40K's Space Marine available for download from ShopTo at just £22.85. It might not be the all-singing Warhammer game we were hoping for, but the sheer wealth of customisation ensures that us geeks will be kept busy recreating our fleet of Dark Angels for hours.
- Bodycount Review: Matt sits down with a copy of the long-awaited Bodycount and finds that while there are some redeeming features, they never quite add up to anything spectacular. An average game in every sense of the word. Such a shame...
- We Dance Review: Another contender in a long line of games that insist on making you feel like a pleb in your own front room, We Dance is, in Jon's own words, "one of the best dance games on the Wii", but still falls short of being anything truly exceptional.
- King Arthur II Preview: Jon gets hands-on with next year's medieval strategy King Arthur II, and finds it vastly superior to the original. It will be released in January 2012.
- Prototype 2 Preview: Speaking of improvements, Matt finds that the sequel to that-game-that-was-a-bit-like-Infamous is shaping up to be more than just a half-baked addition to the franchise. Prototype 2 is set for release in April next year.
- Indie Summer Uprising Review Roundup Part 2: Concluding his reviews of all things Indie this summer, Jon takes a look at everything the Indie Summer Uprising has to offer. Some are great, most are spectacularly pretty, and they're all dirt cheap. Check them out.
- NBA 2K12 Preview: Tired of annual sports games failing to bring anything new to the table? Apparently, so were 2K Games when they came up with the NBA 2K franchise, which has done nothing but better itself year on year. Jon finds out that 2K have no intention of bucking the trend this year, as they set about delivering the greatest basketball sim ever. NBA 2K12 is set for a European release on October 7th.
- Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games Preview: Possibly the most specific crossover title in the history of gaming, Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games vouches for the Ronseal method by doing exactly what it says on the tin, and Brendan finds out that its shaping up to do that rather well indeed. Even if Mario & Sonic are in dire need of a boxing event to settle their differences once and for all. The game is due for release on the 18th November.
- BloodRayne: Betrayal Review: Bloodrayne has taken to the Xbox Live Arcade Marketplace in an effort to revitalise a franchise that has brought nothing but evil on the world, including one of the worst films ever made. Unfortunately, Jon finds out that gauging how good the latest game is, is about as difficult as enduring Boll's aforementioned cinematic monstrosity. In the end though, he gives it a pretty positive score.
- El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron Review: Matt finds out that El Shaddai proves to be a little more style over substance, but when a game looks as good as this one does, that might not necessarily be such a bad thing. "Utterly beautiful to behold", a solid 7 out of 10 should be enough to convince you to take a chance on this highly experimental game, even if it means waiting for the price to drop a little first...
- Super Meat Boy Ultra/Rare Edition Review: Super Meat Boy has grown a reputation for catering to the hardcore. And then promptly stabbing the hardcore in the face with their own plastic sporks. Strained metaphors aside, Super Meat Boy is very, very difficult. It's also an example of flawless platform design, and here in the UK we're finally being given access to the "merchandise-laden physical disc edition". Check out Jon's review, which awards Super Meat Boy the title of "one of this generation's finest platformers".
- Resistance 3 Review: It seems to have taken forever to land in stores, but after all the hype, and the marketing, and the conference shows, Resistance 3 is finally here. And it's... well, it's pretty good. Hardly the FPS behemoth we were expecting, especially after the excellent live-action trailers, but it's not a bad game by any stretch. Check out Brendan's full review for the details.
- David Brown's Free Play: David delves back into the world of free online games and pulls out the juiciest morsels for your delectation. And a couple of putrid platters to boot. This week: graph paper, pixels, and some kind of incident involving telepathy.
- Top Ten... JRPGs of This Generation: Jon pulls on his fireproof overalls and risks inciting a flame-war by running down the top ten Japanese RPGs of this generation. Did Final Fantasy XIII make the top of his list? No, of course it didn't, you fool...
- Modern Warfare 3 | Can The New-Look Multiplayer Be A Success?: Speaking of war, Felix examines the new-look Call of Duty online multiplayer, and tries to decipher whether Infinity Ward are upsetting the balance or simply addressing the issues that should've been ironed out a couple of iterations ago.
- Blast From The Past | Final Fantasy Adventure: Matt looks fondly back at the beginning of the UKs love affair with the Final Fantasy name, and even goes so far as to suggest that it beats Link's Awakening on the whole.
- VeloCity & Carnage Previews: Jon investigates two projects being developed by students of the famous Gotland University, where a whole load of successful game designers have been nurtured and shaped into the industry legends they are today. Needless to say, these guys have a bright future ahead of them.
- Origin's Online Battlefield: I take a look at the potential rise of EA's Origin digital distribution platform, and explain why a big bad wolf entering the online fray might actually be a good thing.
- Why We Love... Bullet Hell!: Jon is a braver gamer than most here at Dealspwn, and he explains exactly why he loves the thrill of being shot at by dozens of enemies at the same time in this loving tribute to the SHMUPS of yesteryear, as well as some of today's most promising young (and sadistic) upstarts.