All good things must come to an end, and Dealspwn is no exception. We'll get right to the point - today is our last day of operation. While it is sad that we will be no more, there's no denying that we've had a fantastic run since we began in 2009. We've covered some utterly brilliant (and frankly terrible) games during that time, built up a fantastic community that has engaged and entertained us, and we saved you all a few pennies here and there.
Or sent out back the way of Old Yeller. I'm not sure how the internet actually works.Click here to read more...
If you're into metal, you'd better not miss this years' Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards.
Hold tight, London, because the most metal awards show in the known universe is back and heavier than ever! The Metal Hammer Golden Gods in association with World Of Warships return to London's Indigo2 venue for another night of riffs, drunken carnage and, of course, the most prestigious gongs in all of music. With huge awards up for grabs, contested by the biggest bands around and backed up by plenty of live music, it's set to be one hell of a party.
World Of Warships, the upcoming Free-To-Play naval warfare game from Wargaming.net, is proud to be sponsoring the event... and have kindly provided us with two tickets to give away to one lucky reader!
To enter, simply answer this World Of Warships-themed question: if you were an admiral, what would you name your flagship? Just leave your answer in the comments box below! Make sure to use a valid email address when creating an account as that's how we'll contact you! The winner will be determined randomly out of all the eligible entries, but naturally we'd encourage you to use your imagination! Good luck.
The T&Cs: Competition closes on May 22nd at 18:00 UK Time. UK entrants only: entries not from the UK will not be able to receive the prize. Entrants must be over 16 years of age. Winners must be able to get to the event on their own. Winners will receive an invitation letter that will grant them access to the event. Any entries after the close date will not be counted.
This competition is now closed!
SMITE is coming to Xbox One, and it's already brilliant. Refreshing the tired MOBA genre with satisfyingly brutal third-person action and a huge cast of Gods and Goddesses from numerous pantheons, it's unique, fresh and incredibly fair when it comes to the in-game economy. Not only is SMITE accessible and fun rather than intimidating, it's free to play and you can buy every character that has, is and will ever release for a one-off fee!
It's fantastic fun on PC, but if you own an Xbox One, you can get a taste of the upcoming console version in closed beta. We've got 250 codes to give away after the break -- first come first served!Click here to read more...
The Beats By Dr. Dre Solo2 on-ear headphones are as beefy as they are stylish. Boasting a more dynamic and wider range of sound, with a clarity that will bring you closer to what the artist intended you to hear, the Solo2 offers high fidelity sound, streamlined ergonomic comfortable design and looks to match.
They'll usually run you £159.99, but we've got a pair to give away to one lucky winner! To get involved, we want you to create some awesome Dealspwn-themed rap lyrics.
Your lyrics can be as long or short as you want -- just a couple of lines is fine! -- because we're looking for something funny, cool and original. The only rule is that your lyrics have to include the word "Dealspwn" in some way.
Which, by the way, is pronounced "deals-pone" (as in "phone" or "own").
To enter, just type your lyrics into the comment box below or link to a video/sound file if you want to perform them yourself! We'll pick the winner by staff vote, headed up by our resident rapmaster Carl, based on originality, flow and humour. Good luck and have fun!
Competition ends Monday 20th April 2015 at 18:00 GMT. UK entrants only. We will contact the winner via the email address associated with their Dealspwn account, so make sure it's valid! HUKD members can use their HUKD login details to enter.
This competition is now closed. Congratulations to googleberry, and thanks everyone for taking part!
[UPDATE: The competition is now closed and the winners will be contacted shortly]
[UPDATE 2: And the winners are: Adventchild for this entry: Artist: Men Bahamuting Badly, Album: Need Summon To Love. Our random draw winner was glennuk1]
We've been mightily impressed with Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae. We want you guys to try it out too. There are two ways to do this: one option being to buy a copy of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD and get a code for yourself with our cheapest deal.
Or enter our competition, as we have two Xbox One codes to give away!
It's time to get a little bit creative. To enter, we want you to come up with a boyband name for Noctis and the gang, and/or the title of their first album with the following image as the album cover.
Submit your entry in the comment box below, and make sure to use a valid email address as that's how we'll contact you! The funnier the better, but try and keep it clean (ish). Feel free to riff on past Final Fantasy lore, gaming culture or pop stars. We're big fans of bad puns too.
One winner will be selected randomly (so just say hello if you can't come up with anything), while the other will be determined based on which makes us laugh the most! The competition will close at 23:59 Sunday, April 5th. Good luck!
While you're thinking about what to write, why not check out our Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae review.
World Of Tanks still shows how Free-To-Play games should be done. Fun and strategic, addictive yet boasting a completely fair economy that doesn't force you to spend anything at all, its deserved success has allowed Wargaming.net to expand into World Of Warplanes, World Of Warships and support worthy causes that restore and repair iconic war machines.
The Tank Museum in Bovington is one example, who opened a special exhibition last year to celebrate the launch of ‘Fury.’ Set in the closing days of WWII, this well-reviewed film cast Brad Pitt as a grizzled Staff Sergeant commanding a U.S. Sherman tank on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. This exhibition tells the story of the museum’s involvement with the making of movie, including restoring and renovating the genuine Sherman M4 and Tiger 131 tanks used in the action scenes! You can visit the armour-plated star, alongside numerous props, imagery and footage, until the end of 2015.
Wargaming also virtually recreated the Sherman M4 as a limited edition tank within World Of Tanks, which is now no longer available to acquire by any means. Until now!
So to be in with the chance of winning this fantastic prize, simply answer this question in the comment box below:
In your opinion, what is the 'best' tank of all time... and why?
Your answer can be as long, short, serious or silly as you like. One winner will be selected randomly, whereas the other will be chosen based on who makes the most persuasive argument. Good luck, and have fun!
Competition closes on 18:00 GMT, Tuesday 24th March 2015. UK entrants only. One competition entry per person. Winners will be contacted via the email associated with their Dealspwn account, so make sure it's valid!
These days we're seeing more and more great PSN deals with huge savings and massive markdowns, most of which are cheap PSN keys sold by third-party retailers
The catch, of course, is that they can only be redeemed using a US PSN account.
Never fear: thankfully it's neither difficult nor time-consuming to buy and play US PSN games in the UK, and even eventually play them while signed in on your original account. Find out how in our step-by-step guide.Click here to read more...
Dying Light is one of the most pleasant surprises of 2015 thus far: a zombie sandbox that actually has brains and atmosphere as well as fun in buckets. Techland have delivered their best game to date, adding parkour and verticality to reinvigorate a tired genre. Chances are you've already heard the buzz.
"Dying Light is a game best experienced on your own terms and at your own pace," Matt explains in our Dying Light review. "It eschews the excesses of its sibling franchise, Dead Island, but is no worse for it... a diamond in the rough that really empowers you to revel in the design aspects of its zombie-infested sandbox."
That's the good news, but now for the great news. We have an Xbox One digital copy (Xbox Live download code) to give away!
To be in with a chance of winning, just leave us a comment in the box below! We're keeping it (un)dead simple. We naturally encourage you to use your comment to tell us more about yourself, share some zombie survival strategies or make some utterly atrocious puns, but the winner will ultimately be determined by random selection. Good night, good luck!
Competition closes Friday 27th February at 17:00 GMT. Winner will be randomly selected. Winner will be notified and sent their Xbox Live download code to the email address associated with their Dealspwn account, so please make sure to use a valid email address! You will need an Xbox Live account and internet connection to activate and download your digital copy.
UPDATE 2: Congratulations to Late, monkey13 and Empire01! Many thanks to everyone who took part.
UPDATE: This competition is now closed. Winners will be announced shortly!
If you love classic RPGs and pine for the Infinity Engine or tabletop days, you're going to love Avernum 2: Crystal Souls. This massively expanded remake of Avernum 2 provides dozens of hours of impeccably-written exploration, combat and dialogue as you create a party and set out into a massive open underground world, exploring over 100 towns and dungeons while defending your new home from a brutal attack. It released last week on Steam for £12.74 and there's a huge demo too.
"Avernum 2: Crystal Souls is an enormous, expansive and peerlessly written RPG that succeeds both on the strength of its world and its innovative campaign structure. So long as you're willing to read and exercise a little imagination, that is. Spiderweb have refined their winning formula over the last two decades and the result is pure roleplaying quality." - 8/10 Editor's Choice review
Great news for any serious RPG fan, but in even better news, the fine folks at Spiderweb Software have granted us three Steam codes to give away!
To be in with a chance of winning a copy, just leave us a comment in the box below! We're keeping it dead simple this time. You can tell us about yourself, wax lyrical about Avernum, reveal your favourite old-school RPG moments or make some terrible puns (go on, you know you want to), but the three winners will ultimately be determined by random selection. Good luck!
Competition closes Monday 2nd February at 17:00. Winners will be randomly selected. Winners will be notified and sent their Steam code to the email address associated with their Dealspwn account, so please make sure to use a valid email address!
The Warlock II expansion pack "Wrath of the Nagas" is out this week, and to celebrate, we've been given five codes for Warlock II: The Exiled - Great Mage Edition, which features pretty much everything you need in order to get up and running with the hextacular strategy game. Here's what I said about Ino-Co's sequel in my review:
Warlock II: The Exiled is a game that stands on the shoulders of its predecessor rather than blazing a trail, but that's okay. What Ino-Co have given us here is an incredibly solid, hex-based strategy title that provides a great entry point to the series (and the genre, to be honest), with enough here to keep fans engaged for several thousand turns.
Sounds pretty good, right? It's the sort of game that, while not spectacular, is a great entry point for genre newcomers, and will easily become a major timesink. And you can nab it for free. Here's what to expect from the the Great Mage Edition:
- Warlock II: The Exiled - the game
- Soundtrack for Warlock - Master of Arcane
- Soundtrack for Warlock II: The Exiled
- Digital Novel - The Great Mage Game - A story of action, intrigue and wizardry, set in the Warlock universe. Written by acclaimed fantasy and sci-fi author John Helfers.
- Digital Artbook - 42 full-color pages of beautiful artwork from the Warlock 2 game: Great Mages, Environments and Units
There are also seven in-game items included with the bundle:
- Domain of Death - Start your quest in the land of the dead!
- Magic is Fun - The lord known as The Magical Genius is available to your cause!
- Elementary, My Dear - Adds three new deadly elemental spells to your arsenal towards world domination!
- Chants of Light - Gives access to three new magical powers, including a powerful Lord Summoning ability!
- Frost Power - A former Great Mage who seeks retribution offer his services to you!
- Half-of-Everyone - Nobody knows him, but this Jack-of-all-Trades can be the best ally by your side!
- Ancient Dragon - A new Great Mage - the Ancient Dragon - joins the fray, and wants to show who is the greatest mage of all! Start as a huge almighty dragon who does not need any starting city. Be your own capital and conquer everything you want!
We've got five codes for Warlock II: The Exiled - Great Mage Edition. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is to pop a comment in the box below (apologies that the Chrome login bug is still an issue) telling us what you'd want to be called if you were a Great Mage. What name would you go by? What moniker would you choose for yourself? Make it inventive, keep it moderately clean, definitely abuse the English language for excellent and cringeworthy puns, just let us know in the comments.
We'll close the competition this Friday at 11:59am BST and email out the codes the same day!
Winners will be notified and sent their code to the email address associated with their Dealspwn account, so please make sure to use a valid email address. Good luck!
Hello there folks. Happy Monday!
First of all, here's an amusing video of a bearded dragon getting his munch on to help deal with the shock of the weekend being over.
This week will see us usher in a new feature series as we look to consolidate some of the video coverage that we've been doing over the past year or so, and see how we can create clearer, more focused content.
With that in mind, we'd like to introduce First Contact -- a new series dedicated to first impressions and honest reactions. First Contact will essentially provide a snapshot of our first hour or so with a game, to be broadcast as part of an ongoing coverage process. First Contact could be considered the start of that process, with a game's review coverage (that includes post-review articles as well) forming the end goal.
We'll still be running Opening Scenes -- our completely unadulterated look at a game's beginnings -- for titles that are appropriate, and there may be some crossover between the two. But ultimately, First Contact is all about honest initial opinions, and delivering more insight into the journeys we take previewing and reviewing games. As crowdfunding and alpha funding and Early Access programmes continue to manifest and grow, the fluid nature of game development and our access to that is changing, and as a games site we need to be more flexible and adaptable in our coverage to keep up.
We won't be doing a Polygon and having a sliding review scale, but we will be providing more coverage and analysis around our reviews, and giving you more context and more information upon which to base your buying decisions, and providing more commentary and opinion along the way.
Heavy Bullets is a heady blend of twitchy FPS action and Roguelike-style exploration that looks violently gorgeous in motion. Unlike many Early Access projects and competing shooters, it's elegant, simple and devastatingly effective.
"If you like your shooters tough, your visuals hot and your nerves shredded, you can buy with confidence," I wrote in our 8/10 review.
Sure, you could buy with confidence... but wouldn't you rather win a copy for free? Well now's your chance, courtesy of Devolver Digital who've provided us with four Steam codes to give away!
All you have to do is leave a comment below! We're keeping it dead simple this time. You can tell us about yourself, wax lyrical about the game or make some terrible puns (go on, you know you want to), but the four winners will ultimately be determined by random selection. Good luck! Important Note: Due to technical gremlins beyond our control, you won't be able to comment or remain signed in using Google Chrome. Sorry! Please use IE (ugh), Firefox, Safari or somesuch.
This competition is now closed. The winners will be notified soon, and thanks so much for taking part!
Competition closes Thursday 25th September at 17:00. Winners will be notified and sent their Steam code to the email address associated with their Dealspwn account, so please make sure to use a valid email address!
Our new sister site -- Wareable -- is now live, and stuffed to the gills with all sorts of goodness regarding wearable tech from fitness bands to smartwatches to VR headsets.
Helmed by editor-in-chief Paul Lamkin (previously of Pocket-lint and MSN) and senior editor James Stables (formerly T3 and tech. magazine), Wareable is all set to become the new authority on wearable tech, in burgeoning industry that is growing at an incredible rate.
We love them already because they appear to have just as much love for the Powerglove as us, although the prospect of slapping on any of the fitness devices adorning the front page and using them appears to have given Jon a pre-emptive coronary.
The Destiny beta is over (BOOO!) but there are still things to be done in order to get ready for the game's launch in September. One thing we found was that the game becomes so much more enjoyable when playing with a couple of chums, and thankfully Bungie have set up a cracking initiative to help like-minded Destiny mini-communities to come together, chat and link up with like-minded people, and fill out that Fireteam.
To that end, the Dealspwn Destiny clan is live. Thanks to everyone who got stuck into the naming debate. You can join up here:
All you have to do is jump on over to the clan page, log in with your Facebook/Google/PSN/Xbox Live account and click "Request Join". We'll be checking in regularly to expedite approvals as well as launch the occasional poll and get stuck into some discussions regarding the game as well as crying over the fact that September 9th seems so damn far away.
Still, at least we'll have each other while we wait. Misery loves company and all that. You can catch up on all of our Destiny coverage so far right here.
Carmageddon: Reincarnation's pre-alpha Early Access is available for you to try out right now over on Steam for £19.99 of your finest British pounds, but Stainless Games have also been kind enough to send us five download codes to giveaway, along with five hilariously rude sets of magnets.
Ever wanted to spell out "Max Damage is fisting a velociraptor with tiny grannies" on your fridge? Well now you can.
To get stuck in and land yourself with a chance to win some Carmageddon Early Access and a sweet sheet of sweary sentence construction, all you need to do is pop a comment in the box below detailing your idea for The Greatest Carmageddon Power-Up Ever! Remember, there are three ways to win at Carmageddon -- Racing, Wrecking, and Running Over -- so be creative. We already have repulsification, pelvic thrusting, pinball wizardy, dancing pedestrians, turbo boosts, and kangaroo hopping... but what power up would you add to the game to make it even more awesome?
Let us know below, make sure you use a legit email address for your account, and be ready with a UK mailing address should you prove victorious.
We'll be running this one through to the end of next week until 3PM on Friday 4th April and we'll be picking five winners based on invention, humour, downright silliness, and how well we feel they'd fit into Carmageddon. Hell, we might even see which ones Stainless like and do it that way. Get creative, people!
The PlayStation Vita plays host to an amazing variety of cult classics, localised gems and awesome left-field surprises that you just can't find anywhere else. We've been glued to Sony's handheld since the year began, thanks in part to games like Sorcery Saga: Curse Of The Great Curry God. This 'moe' Roguelike may be utterly adorable, but it's also fiercely challenging and compelling, providing hours of rewarding dungeon delving and unpredictable tactical combat.
"Magic school dropout Pupuru is horrified to learn that her local curry shop is being put out of business by a major chain, so she summarily sets out to concoct a legendary curry to pull in the punters," I wrote in our full review. "On her way, she'll meet a cast of bizarre (and equally curry-obsessed) characters... the story is light and frothy, resonating surprisingly well with us Brits due to our famous love of all things curry-related."
"If you like your curry hot and your games hardcore, this might be your tikka to gaming pleasure."
It'll currently set you back £29.99 on PSN... but Rising Star Games have kindly provided us with TWO Vita download codes to give away!
Winning a copy couldn't be simpler. Just drop us a comment in the box below and tell us what your favourite curry is! The two winners will be randomly selected - so while awful curry puns are absolutely encouraged, they're just for fun. Korman, what are you waiting for?
Competition closes Monday 10th March 2014 at 17:00 GMT. Winners will be notified via the email address associated with their Dealspwn account, so please make sure that it's valid! Multiple entries will be disqualified. Note that these download codes can only be redeemed on a European PSN account, as per Sony's policy. Good luck, everyone!
As some of you may have noticed, there've been a few changes going on here on Dealspwn over the past couple of months, and I'd like to take the opportunity to fill you all in on what's going on, and what to expect over the course of 2014.
One of the biggest changes, and one I'm sure many of you will have spotted, is that we're scaling our news coverage back enormously. We'll still post a couple of stories a day that interest us most, or posts that we think might be of service to you, our readers, or at least spark some debate, but we're going to be focussing much more on opinion pieces and comment articles instead. There are plenty of larger, media-backed sites in a better position to provide blanket news coverage, so we're going to be turning our critical eyes upon the most interesting stories and trying to spark up some conversation.
We're lucky in that we often enjoy a healthy comments section when it comes to the stuff we post, and we'd like to try and facilitate that more. Our position has always been that the posts that go up here are starting points for discussion, never the last word. We're still going to be bringing you deals posts each and every day, and there are plans to revamp our approach to voucher codes, but in terms of other material, we're going to be focussing in on quality rather than quantity going forwards.Click here to read more...
UPDATE: We are now out of codes! Apologies if you didn't get one, they all went quite fast this time around. Do stay tuned to the site for future giveaways and competitions.
It's giveaway time!
Wargaming got in touch with us at the end of last week and asked if we'd like to have 100 codes for a shiny new plane for use in World of Warplanes along with some gold for our readers.
The plane in question is the Supermarine Type 224, first flown in February 1939 and a direct precursor to the famous Spitfire. In the game, the Type 224 is graded as a Tier III aircraft and cannot actually be purchased in-game.
Not only will you bag yourself a nice new, exclusive set of wings, but Wargaming are throwing in 300 gold with each code too.
You can check out Type 224 in action here:
Just email matt[at]dealspwn[dot]com using the title "Warplanes" and we'll have a code sent out to you. But be quick, there are only 100 and once they're gone, that's it!
It's an age-old story.
Boy preorders Dead Rising 3 from cheap yet unreliable retailer. Microsoft sends boy a review copy. Boy forgets all about the preorder in the holiday season crunch, which then eventually arrives too close to Christmas to do anything about.
A classic tale, but it's going to have a happy ending for one of you lucky people. See, the boy in question is me... and I'm going to give away the sealed retail copy of Dead Rising 3!
Just in case you don't know, Dead Rising 3 is probably the most enjoyable new-gen launch title available for either system, translating the Xbox One's horsepower directly into outrageous shenanigans and insane numbers of zombies to put down with hundreds of sadistic combo weapons. "It's the essential Xbox One launch title: a rampant, ridiculous and riotous sandbox that delivers countless hours of unapologetic unrestrained fun," I wrote in our Editor's Choice review. "Rather than a pristine graphical showcase, it's a bountiful content-rich slaughter smorgasbord that encourages us to get our hands dirty in obscenely silly ways."
"Despite a handful of annoyances, Dead Rising 3 absolutely brings the fun to the new console generation."
So to be in with a chance of winning, we invite you to channel your inner MacGyver. Drop us a line in the comments box below and explain what outrageous weapon you'd cobble together out of common household/workplace objects to fight off a zombie invasion! The winner will be picked in terms of imagination, humour, originality and lethality. The winner will be chosen at our discretion or randomly if it's too close to call. Be creative! Competition closes Monday 13th January at 17:00. Postage and delivery will be organised via the email address associated with your Dealspwn account, so please ensure that it's correct! UK entrants only.
This competition is now closed. Thanks to everyone who took part!
UPDATE: Congratulations to Raasclark and the 'Beast About To Strike!'
"Finally! I get to use my two copies of MJ's 'Thriller' Album on vinyl(One's an unwanted present) and super glue each one to my two angle grinder discs, then duct taping each killer double disc to either end of my washing line pole, the middle of said pole being welded onto my hammer drill, which would be attached to the top of my motorcycle helmet."
"Not forgetting that I would attach speakers to the sides of my helmet, which would feed to the heads of my two vinyl players, glued onto the angle grinder discs, playing Micheal Jackson's zombie loving tune, in turn attracting the hordes, and slicing their much useless brains clean from their heads as my 'beast about to strike' screams out "Thriller!"."
"Next-Gen" is now "current-gen" here in the UK. It's official. After seven years of continually upping their game on PS3, Sony made sure to hit the ground running this generation - deploying a sleek black console with powerful hardware and a seriously attractive price tag.
So it's time to sound off: did you buy a PS4 today? Queue up at midnight? Had one pre-ordered? If so, let us know how you're getting on with it!
Matt's come down with an acute case of the probablyjustplayingps4-itis (can't say I blame him really!), but our full review will be ready very soon. Remember to check out all the reviews, articles and video coverage already on-site.
Anyway, here are a few fun things floating around the net today.
It's not often I use the words "inspired advertising" and "The Sun newspaper" in the same sentence, but here's what greeted lascivious buyers expecting Rosie, 22 from Middlesex:
And how's this for a little friendly competition. Aww.
Anyway, have a happy launch day - whether you went to work or totally got pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis overnight. Nasty disease that. I'd suggest at least a long weekend of complete R&R.