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Splatoon Review | Squid Free Or Dye Hard

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Jonathan Lester
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Action Games, Games reviews, multiplayer games, Splatoon, Wii U games

Splatoon Review | Squid Free Or Dye Hard

Splatoon is fresh, messy, raucous and brilliant.

Swapping guns for paint, soldiers for squid and gritty grey authenticity for wild vibrant style, it's the best thing to happen to third-person shooting in quite some time and a game that only Nintendo could have delivered. Approaching the genre in a totally different way, it's full of radical new mechanics that are easy to learn yet change absolutely everything about how you play.

In fact, I can categorically state that Splatoon is the most fun I've had with a multiplayer shooter since Titanfall. Which is hardly surprising seeing as both games boast breathtaking new traversal methods, smooth polished mechanics and unique personality.

Unfortunately, they also share something else in common: they're a bit skinny at launch.

Splatoon Review | Squid Free Or Dye Hard

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[OUT OF STOCK] The Legend Of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is now just £18.70 on 3DS

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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3DS Games, Action Games, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

[OUT OF STOCK] The Legend Of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is now just £18.70 on 3DS

You take the Hyrule and I'll take the Lorule. Link, however, can take both in The Legend Of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, which allows our hero to shift between the two alternate dimensions during the course of the adventure. It's actually one of my favourite Zelda games in years, an utterly excellent adventure that you can now grab for just £18.70. Thanks to Psychedelicate @ HUKD!

"Link Between Worlds is a fantastic game that most definitely needs your time and money. Despite its sequel status it brings plenty of new ideas to the table, the majority of which work very well, and some are truly inspired." - 9/10 review

Magicka 2 Review | Whoops, I "Accidentally" Set My Friends On Fire Again

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Action Games, Games reviews, Magicka 2, multiplayer games, PC games, PS4 games

Magicka 2 Review | Whoops, I "Accidentally" Set My Friends On Fire Again

Magicka 2 is many things. It's a raucous sequel that builds upon the original game's superb spellcasting system, allowing us to create our own insane elemental magic on the fly. It's a parody that pokes fun at every license under the sun, yet still retains its own unique identity. It's a cooperative romp and a single-screen multiplayer delight.

But most importantly of all, Magicka 2 is the simple childlike joy of "accidentally" setting your friends on fire... then getting away with it.

From the original Magicka through its numerous DLC packs and HellDivers, Arrowhead Game Studios have cultivated a deliciously unique brand of competitive-yet-cooperative mayhem. Pieces Interactive are clearly on the same wavelength. Magicka 2 jams friendly fire firmly on then hands you and your pals a book of devastating spells, many of which will freeze, soak, electrify, pummel and/or disintegrate friend and foe alike. The result: an unsubtle game, but quite possibly the most fun you can have with your robes on.

Magicka 2 Review | Whoops, I "Accidentally" Set My Friends On Fire Again

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Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition £14.99 on PS4

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Action Games, PS4 games, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition £14.99 on PS4

£14.99 is a fantastic deal for a new copy of Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition. This is also one of the better new-gen re-releases out there and your eyes will thank you for the incredible scenes.

I'd heavily recommend Crystal Dynamics' excellent reboot of the 90s series which has recently gone on to become the most successful Tomb Raider game in Lara's history. This is a gorgeous game from start to finish and the huge explorable island is the best game world we've ever taken Lara through. In addition to the improved graphics, you can also use the Kinect to swap weapons via voice commands. It's rather telling of the action genre's rough year in 2014 that this re-release was a podium placer for my action title of the year. Again. Here's my Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition Review.

Thanks to SteTheDon.

Ryse: Son of Rome is worth a shot at £9.45

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Action Games, game keys, Ryse: Son Of Rome, Xbox One Games

Ryse: Son of Rome is worth a shot at £9.45

If Xbox One exclusive Ryse: Son of Rome has been on your radar for a while, maybe this £9.45 offer is right for you. This offer also saves you abut £10. To get a 5% discount, go to the retailer's Facebook page and click the link. You don't have to enter an email address, just enter any text and press enter for a code.

Thankfully, this didn't end up being the awful Kinect game it started as. Sure it's a bit repetitive, but as far as meaty and satisfying combat goes, this is a lot of fun. Just don't try and rush through it too quickly if you don't want the action to wear thin. Even 18 months after launch, this is still one of the best looking games on the Xbox One.

Batman: Arkham Origins - Legends Edition is now just £3.95 delivered on Wii U

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Action Games, Batman: Arkham Origins, Wii U games

Batman: Arkham Origins - Legends Edition is now just £3.95 delivered on Wii U

Wow. You can currently buy Batman: Arkham Origins - Legends Edition with change for £4, including delivery. It almost seems rude to say 'no.' Thanks to Illusionary @ HUKD!

We didn't feel that Arkham Origins was up to the standards of Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, seeing as Rocksteady set the bar incredibly high, but once the technical issues were ironed out we still discovered a fun sandbox with an interesting story and some memorable encounters.

PREVIEW | SMITE is divine on Xbox One - and a MOBA for people who hate MOBAs

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Action Games, Hi-Rez Studios, MOBA, SMITE, Xbox One Games

PREVIEW | SMITE is divine on Xbox One - and a MOBA for people who hate MOBAs

SMITE is going from strength to strength and is still my favourite MOBA on the market by far. Not just because it's a brutal no-holds-barred battle between gods and goddesses from numerous different religions and cultures, but because I hate MOBAs as a general rule.

Why yes, I do suck at League Of Legends and DOTA 2, and that's got a lot to do with it. However, I'm also tired of seeing the same basic template copied over and over again, a single mod stretched out into a genre. SMITE does things very differently. It plays like a brawler, a tight and hectic action game viewed from an intimate over-the-shoulder perspective, which makes the same familiar gamut of towers, minions and jungle feel fresh, new and exciting. And best of all, accessible. With plentiful modes, botmatches and even straight 5v5 deathmatch, it's as hardcore as you want it to be.

As such, you'd expect it to be a great fit for Xbox One. Having tested the closed beta I'm delighted to report that it absolutely is.

PREVIEW | SMITE is divine on Xbox One - and a MOBA for people who hate MOBAs

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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance £2.79 on X360. Seriously

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Action Games, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Xbox 360 games

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance £2.79 on X360. Seriously

Apparently £2.99 earlier this week wasn't cheap enough! That's right, this excellent slice and dice title you forgot to buy a few years ago is now only £2.79 on Xbox 360. Enjoy!

Platinum Games really rescued this one when they took over development. While stealth is sometimes an option, Rising is much more fun when played with the pedal to the metal. One minute you slicing up troops with meticulous precision, then you're running up the sides of missiles in mid air, or you're taking on three Metal Gears at once. This is not a subtle game. Put it in your face now.

Thanks to sethjee.

Shadow of Mordor has unmissable features for only £17.99 on PS4/XO

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Action Games, PS4 games, Shadow of Mordor, Xbox One Games

Shadow of Mordor has unmissable features for only £17.99 on PS4/XO

If you want a game that actually features a next-gen idea, then grab a copy of Shadow of Mordor for just £17.99, saving you a few quid over the other sites. Actually, this is one of the best prices I've seen for a new copy of the game.

We can't get enough of Monolith's Shadow of Mordor here at Dealspwn and we thoroughly recommend you dust off your Uruk hunting skills to get a taste too. Turns out the Nemesis system has managed to back up its bold 'next-gen only' ambitions with a neat set of mechanics that sees enemies remember you and you can even brainwash them into fighting for you as you infiltrate the highest ranks of Sauron's army. There's an excellent set of skills available to take advantage of an enemy's weaknesses too to create unique experiences throughout. It also walked away with our Game of the Year award. Check out our full review here.

Hellblade dev diary shows development challenges

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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Action Games, Hellblade, Ninja Theory, PC games, PS4 games

Hellblade dev diary shows development challenges

As fans of Heavenly Sword and dev team Ninja Theory, we can't wait to get our hands on Hellblade. The studio is aiming for a AAA action title, but made by a smaller team with a tiny budget. It's an ambitious project, and they have been very open with their approach since announcing the game and have shown us multiple dev diaries from incredibly early stages of the game.

Today's diary shows how the team have been creating multiple small 'vertical slice' demo for playtesters and the press. With a refreshing display of honesty, they freely admit that the first few were not great and left playtesters frustrated. With the latest build set to be shown to members of the press before E3, they have their fingers crossed that they have improved.

There's no set release date for Hellblade, and with such a small team, we'd be surprised if it happened this year. As with any game though, we'd rather wait until the game is ready than play a malnourished product. Enjoy the video below and be sure to head to their site to see past entries in the series.

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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance £3.99 on PS3

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Action Games, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, PS3 games

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance £3.99 on PS3

That's right, this excellent slice and dice title you forgot to buy a few years ago is now only £3.99 on PS3. Enjoy!

Platinum Games really rescued this one when they took over development. While stealth is sometimes an option, Rising is much more fun when played with the pedal to the metal. One minute you slicing up troops with meticulous precision, then you're running up the sides of missiles in mid air, or you're taking on three Metal Gears at once. This is not a subtle game. Put it in your face now.

Thanks to robtallica.

Dead Rising 3 is a fun blast at £14.99 on XO

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Action Games, Dead Rising 3, Xbox One Games

Dead Rising 3 is a fun blast at £14.99 on XO

Dead Rising 3 is oddly expensive if you insist on a new copy as they seem to have gone back up to £30+. That's just daft, grab a preowned one for just £14.99 instead.

Dead Rising 3 may be the brownest entry into the series, but the zombie-slaying title's debut on Xbox One was fun and inventive where it mattered. Once again, you'll lose hours at a time as you bodge various weapons together to make a gloriously messy art of dismembering the undead masses.

Zelda: A Link Between Worlds only £22.99 on 3DS

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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3DS Games, Action Games, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Zelda: A Link Between Worlds only £22.99 on 3DS

The price has been a bit stubborn with this one of late, but if you're tired of waiting, this deal will save you £5 over the next best price.

This long-awaited sequel proved to be quite a hit with the critics, including our very own Chris Hyde who scored the game a rather delicious 9/10.  At first, Link's latest adventure looks to be a familiar 2D affair, but there are various degrees of depth on offer. For example, Link can now explore multiple horizontal layers, leaping upwards towards the screen to reach higher areas. He can also flatten himself on walls like a painting to walk around corners when platforms are absent.

Thanks to Quikfinder.

Max Payne 3 only £3.74 on PC today

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Action Games, Max Payne 3, PC games

Max Payne 3 only £3.74 on PC today

Max Payne 3 deserves a place in any shooter fan's collection, especially as it's only £3.74 on PC today.

While not a massive departure from the old games, we still have a dark soft spot in our hearts for Max's bullet time shootouts. Moving to Rio to escape his problems in New York was never going to be enough for Max to appease his inner-demons, especially when he's so keen to fuel them with never ending booze. It's the story arc that really made the game stand out for me, but the action and atmosphere entertains throughout too.

Thanks to jalalmohammed560.

NOT A HERO Review | Cutthroat Politics

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Carl Phillips
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Reviews
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Action Games, Devolver Digital, Game reviews, Not A Hero, PC games, Roll7

NOT A HERO Review | Cutthroat Politics

In a way, I wish all election campaigns were this interesting, but I suppose the murder is somewhat of a downside. Kinda.

The plot of NOT A HERO is as ridiculous as they come. You take control of a group of characters working for BunnyLord – a time traveller from the future – helping their bid to become the Mayor of England at the next election. The best way to do this is to “killing bad guys in the face” as the voters love that sort of thing (apparently) and so begins a political campaign filled with carnage, mayhem, and exotic milkshake flavours.

Using a roster of nine characters, each with their own unique abilities and exaggerated personalities, players must navigate crime-filled tower blocks and complete objectives. What separates it from other 2D shooters is the cover mechanic, which allows characters to avoid enemy fire before popping back out to unleash some bullet-based justice. The end result is as hilarious as it is challenging. And infuriating.

NOT A HERO Review | Cutthroat Politics

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Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition £14.14 on PS4/XO

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition £14.14 on PS4/XO

Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition is incredibly tempting at £14.14 on both PS4 and Xbox One.

Wei-Shen’s undercover exploits in Hong Kong was an absolute blast first time around and ensured the new IP was a genuine contender in a genre dominated by GTA and Saints Row. The graphical upgrade isn’t huge, but at least there’s the bundled DLC to look forwards to, which includes the expansion packs. If the idea of running round Hong Kong as an undercover cop infiltrating gangs sound like fun, that's because it really is. Wei Shen kicks some serious ass and isn't afraid to bend the rules to get what he wants. We say bend the rules, we actually mean hack them into kibble with a meat cleaver.

Brave enough to preorder Assassin's Creed: Syndicate on PC for £24.69/$38.99?

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Action Games, Assassin's Creed: Syndicate, PC games

Brave enough to preorder Assassin's Creed: Syndicate on PC for £24.69/.99?

Wow, that's a cheap preorder price for the upcoming PC version of Assassin's Creed: Syndicate. We don't need to tell you how much of a gamble this is considering the clusterf**k that was Unity. But, this is really cheap. If you're confident that Ubisoft learnt their lesson after last year and actually quite like the look of Syndicate's 1868 London, this is a front-running preorder. To get a 5% discount, go to the retailer's Facebook page and click the link. You don't have to enter an email address, just enter any text and press enter for a code.

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Shadow of Mordor only £16 on PS4

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Action Games, PS4 games, Shadow of Mordor

Shadow of Mordor only £16 on PS4

If you want a PS4 game that actually features a next-gen idea, then grab a preowned copy of Shadow of Mordor for just £16, saving you £5 over a new one.

We can't get enough of Monolith's Shadow of Mordor here at Dealspwn and we thoroughly recommend you dust off your Uruk hunting skills to get a taste too. Turns out the Nemesis system has managed to back up its bold 'next-gen only' ambitions with a neat set of mechanics that sees enemies remember you and you can even brainwash them into fighting for you as you infiltrate the highest ranks of Sauron's army. There's an excellent set of skills available to take advantage of an enemy's weaknesses too to create unique experiences throughout. It also walked away with our Game of the Year award. Check out our full review here.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance £2.99 on 360

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
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Action Games, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Xbox 360 games

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance £2.99 on 360

That's right, this excellent slice and dice title you forgot to buy a few years ago is now only £2.99 on Xbox 360. Enjoy!

Platinum Games really rescued this one when they took over development. While stealth is sometimes an option, Rising is much more fun when played with the pedal to the metal. One minute you slicing up troops with meticulous precision, then you're running up the sides of missiles in mid air, or you're taking on three Metal Gears at once. This is not a subtle game. Put it in your face now.

Thanks to mixmixi.

Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed Review | Gamindustri Girls vs Senran Kagura

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Action Games, Compile Heart, Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed, Idea Factory, PS Vita games, Tamsoft

Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed Review | Gamindustri Girls vs Senran Kagura

Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed is brilliant. Not just as a tie-in for fans of Compile Heart's quirky JRPG series, but also on its own merits as satisfying, hilarious and slightly kinky handheld brawler in its own right.

Once again we find ourselves back in Gamindustri, a parody world based on the real-life console wars. Each nation has its own female warrior avatar known as CPUs, who are all based on a particular console's design and philosophy, along with their sisters who correspond to handhelds. Enemies, dialogue and backgrounds all reference classic videogames and gamer culture, which keeps things unpredictable, bouncy and very funny indeed.

Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed Review | Gamindustri Girls vs Senran Kagura

You can quickly scan our Hyperdimension Neptuna Re;Birth 1 review for a full explanation of the premise (chances are that you're already familiar with it if you're reading this in the first place), but what really matters is how Hyperdimension Neptunia U takes a different tack from its predecessors. Instead of a traditional JRPG, it's a beefy and substantial beat'em up developed by Tamsoft, who also created the fun yet unashamedly risqué Senran Kagura franchise. As such, the CPUs lose their clothing and strip down to their underwear faster than you can say "fanservice."

Settle down. There's more to it than that. Loaning out the IP was a big risk, but it paid off in spades. In fact, it's actually better than the Senran Kagura series in many respects as Tamsoft are willing to laugh at their own excesses... when they're not poking fun at us games writers.

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