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LEGO Legends of Chima: Laval's Journey £11.99 on Vita at Amazon

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LEGO Legends of Chima: Laval's Journey £11.99 on Vita at Amazon

LEGO Legends of Chima: Laval's JourneyAmazon | £11.99
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This might be one of the few Lego titles that passed you by originally, but if you've smashed your way through all the others and are desperate for another lengthy trek towards a cheap Platinum Trophy, step right up. The game lacks the licensing clout of the likes of Marvel or Lord of the Rings, the Chima franchise is more of a kid's tie-in. But stuffed with shiny things to collect.

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Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures £14.98 on Wii U at Zavvi

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Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures £14.98 on Wii U at Zavvi

Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures | Zavvi | £14.98

If your kids are obsessed with the animated TV show, then you may find yourself looking for a deal on the new 3D platformer tie-in game for Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures. Fortunately, Zavvi are over a tenner cheaper than anywhere else for the Wii U version. Warning, this looks so colourful it might give everyone in the house diabetes.

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LEGO The Hobbit £34.99 on PS4 at Amazon

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LEGO The Hobbit £34.99 on PS4 at Amazon

LEGO The Hobbit | Amazon | £34.99 | Review

Amazon are the cheapest for anyone looking at the next-gen version of LEGO  The Hobbit. Be warned though, there are more than a few glitches that make getting through the endgame a real pain at times. There's also the matter of the final third of the game being released separately as DLC later this year. Check out my review and then decide whether to wait for further discount or an inevitable complete edition in December.

Lego The Hobbit Review | Traveller's Treasure or Witless Worm?

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Lego The Hobbit Review | Traveller's Treasure or Witless Worm?

Platform: PS4 (reviewed) | PS3 | Vita | X360 | XO | Wii U |3DS

Developer: Traveller’s Tales

Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive

Yes, this is a review, not an advanced preview for a game which (with any sense) wouldn’t see a release until December when the final Hobbit movie hits cinemas. Instead, this Lego title encompasses the first two films with the third to be added as DLC later this year.

It would take the most upbeat of optimists to suggest that WB will do the right thing and release the add-on (the rest of the game) for free, but my cynical nature tells me to expect something around £15.99 –an oddly specific guess I admit. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see this game re-released complete with the remaining content in December for the same price it is today. So, I guess the only real question left, is how many Lego games do you need in your life? With Lego Marvel and the Lego Movie tie-in released just five and two months ago respectively, you have to wonder why WB didn’t wait.

Lego The Hobbit Review | Traveller's Treasure or Witless Worm?

But here we are, back in Middle Earth for another action-platformer collect em’ up. As with the Lego Lord of the Rings game, there are lines of dialogue and music from the movie giving the game an authentic air. In the Lego LOTR titles, I found this to be an odd match as the straight-faced dialogue was at odds with the characters messing about in the background. But The Hobbit movies have turned out to be lighter affairs and the seriousness and comedy seems to gel together better than I expected. Or maybe it’s because I loved the LOTR movies have been bitterly disappointed with the drawn-out Hobbit ones.

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Lego Movie Videogame £16.85 at ShopTo on Vita

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Lego Movie Videogame £16.85 at ShopTo on Vita

Lego Movie Videogame | ShopTo | £16.85

The Lego Hobbit game is just around the corner, but if you need your collecting-mania fix before then, why not pick up The Lego Movie Videogame on the Vita for its cheapest price yet? The film has been a huge success in cinemas, so chances are your little ones are going to enjoy the game too. This one's a bit phoned in by Traveller's Tales' standards (it's not like they haven't been doing that for years anyway), so it's probably more for the younger gamer. Well, unless you enjoyed the film too. Either way, ShopTo's deal is the cheapest around and the Vita version is way cheaper than any of the main console formats.

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Lego Movie Videogame £21.85 at ShopTo on Vita

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Lego Movie Videogame £21.85 at ShopTo on Vita

Lego Movie Videogame | ShopTo | £21.85

The film has been a huge success in cinemas, so chances are your little ones are going to enjoy the game too. This one's a bit phoned in by Traveller's Tales' standards (it's not like they haven't been doing that for years anyway), so it's probably more for the younger gamer. Well, unless you enjoyed the film too. Either way, ShopTo's deal is the cheapest around and the Vita version is way cheaper than any of the main console formats.

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The Lego Movie Videogame Trailer

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The Lego Movie Videogame Trailer

While going to the cinema to see the movie will raise some eyebrows unless you have children, buying this is fine. Rock you inner man-child's world by picking up the latest Lego game in February. The game ties in with the odd looking film which seems to be some sort of crime caper with new characters, but with the likes of Batman and other DC-types popping in to help out every now and then.

To be honest, we've no idea what's going on in this latest trailer, but as Lego City Undercover showed, Traveller's Tales don't need to rely on a classic film/comic license to bring us a quality adventure. They know damn well by now we just want to collect shiny things. Speaking of shiny things, why not pick up the PS4/Xbone version of Lego Marvel Super Heroes for £29.99 with our deal. Enjoy the Lego Movie Videogame trailer after the break.

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Disney Infinity Starter Pack £44.99 at Game on PS3 / 360

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Disney Infinity Starter Pack £44.99 at Game on PS3 / 360

Disney Infinity Starter Pack | Game PS3 / 360 | £44.99
Price Comparison PS3 / 360 | 7 Things you Should Know about Disney Infinity

Game's sale price will save you £5 over the next best deal at Amazon. For your money you will get the base game, three figurines, the USB portal to put them on and a Power Disc. The base game includes three playsets (full sized games) on Monster's University, The Incredibles and Pirates of the Caribbean. If you have children that enjoy the Skylanders series, this is a similar take, but with an A-list lineup of licenses.

Skylanders Giants Starter Pack £29.86 at ShopTo on 360

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Skylanders Giants Starter Pack £29.86 at ShopTo on 360

Skylanders Giants Starter Pack | ShopTo | £29.86 (save £5)
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This is the cheapest price I've seen for a while for the Skylanders Giants Starter Pack. This Xbox 360 version is the cheapest by far compared to the other consoles and ShopTo are selling this one a fiver cheaper than the competition. The pack includes the game, the Portal of Power docking station, three toy figures for the game, three trading cards, stickers and a poster. It's quite a big box, so you'll probably have to be home to receive it, or face a trip to your local collection depot. Or, if your postman's a dick, you'll find it in your recycling bin a week later.

Seven Things You Should Know About Disney Infinity

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Seven Things You Should Know About Disney Infinity

What is it?

In a similar way to Skylanders, you place plastic toys on a docking station plugged into your console and those toys will appear on-screen allowing the player to use them in-game in specific Playsets.

Characters are linked to Playsets, specific stages based around famous Disney films or locations. John Day told us more at a recent hands-on event:

In a given Playset you experience a single universe in a really immersive way. So when you play in Cars, you play as a Cars character you do things that makes sense to Cars like racing or building up the town of radiator springs. And if you play in the Pirates of the Caribbean Playset you get a very different experience, you play as a Pirate’s character, you get a pirate ship you sail the high seas, you fight the Kraken, the Kraken eats you, that’s what happens in Pirates. The two never really cross over, Jack sparrow will never go into the Cars Playset and McQueen will never go into the Pirates Playset."

Essentially a Playset is a campaign; it’s the main meat of a game that, until now, would be a separately released product on a disc.

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Disney Infinity Hands-On Preview | Empty the Toy Box

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Disney Infinity Hands-On Preview | Empty the Toy Box

Platforms: PS3 | 360 | Wii U | Wii | 3DS

Developer: Avalanche Software

Publisher: Disney Interactive Studios

Skylanders makes millions. Serious millions. So it was only a matter of time before other companies decided to get into toy/video game hybrids and names don’t come much bigger than Disney. When we learned that the biggest name in animated movies was stepping into the fray, we knew things were about to get interesting in the war for a spot under Christmas trees.

Like Skylanders, Disney Infinity is going to sell toys that are placed on a docking device (the Infinity Base) which makes them appear in-game. These characters will be sold in ‘Play Sets’ based around specific film franchises. These sets will include a couple of toy characters along with single-player stages/missions based around that film. Pirates of the Caribbean, Monster’s University, The Incredibles, The Lone Ranger and so on.

Disney Infinity Hands-On Preview | Empty the Toy Box

In addition to standard single-player modes, Disney Infinity will offer a Toy Box mode which gives players free reign to create their own adventures and that’s what Disney invited us down to try out. As a fan of creating my own stages in Little Big Planet and ModNation Racers, I was keen to see how this compared.

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