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Need For Speed: Most Wanted | £14.95 | Game Connection | Xbox 360

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Criterion Games, Driving games, EA, Xbox 360 games

Need For Speed: Most Wanted | £14.95 | Game Connection | Xbox 360

It’s been a while since we last saw a deal for Most Wanted, but once again the price has dropped down to the £15 mark for the Xbox 360 version. A saving of a fiver over the next best offer is currently available.

It’s arguably what Criterion were wishing to do all along – as Brendan puts it, “a Burnout game with licenced cars” – and in doing so they’ve created an open world that doesn’t quite reach the epic levels of Paradise City, but provides one of the best driving experiences of the year. With enhanced Autolog features to create even more competition in the online space, you’ll almost certainly get your money’s worth with this deal.

RUMOUR: Dead Space 4 Canned Following Poor DS3 Sales

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Dead Space 3, Dead Space 4, EA, Visceral Games, Visceral Montreal

RUMOUR: Dead Space 4 Canned Following Poor DS3 Sales

UPDATE: The US PR wing of EA has rubbished the rumours, calling them "patently false". However, there's been no extra information on the Visceral Montreal situation, nor any comment made on Dead Space 3's performance thus far.

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Anyone who reached the end of Dead Space 3 could have been forgiven for naturally assuming that there'd be a fourth game in the series, however it's unlikely for the time being.

A new report suggests that EA has canned development on Dead Space 4 after the recently released Dead Space 3 failed to live up to sales expectations.

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Mass Effect 3: Citadel DLC Trailer Puts The Band Back Together

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
BioWare, DLC, EA, Fifty Shades Of Garrus, Mass Effect 3: Citadel, trailer

BioWare seems to be on a mission to give the fans the happy ending they've always wanted in Citadel: the last piece of Mass Effect 3 DLC. When mysterious soldiers aren't trying to kill Shepard, our hero will reunite with a dream team of familiar faces, enjoy expanded romance options with the likes of Jack and Ashley, bring the rain with Wrex, dance with Garrus and even pose for a Kodak moment.

"Everyone say... Normandy!"

Bizarre stuff, which reads a lot like my secret Mass Effect fan fiction. Citadel is out today on XBLA, and tomorrow on PSN. What would you want in your dream Mass Effect 3 DLC pack?

Crysis 3 Review | Compromise, Sacrifice & A Wonderful Wardrobe

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Crysis 3, Crytek, EA, FPS, PC games, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games

Crysis 3 Review | Compromise, Sacrifice & A Wonderful Wardrobe

Platforms: PC (reviewed) | PS3 | Xbox 360

Developer: Crytek

Publisher: EA

Considering that the original Crysis was built to push boundaries, it's odd that the series became a monument to compromise. The shift from PC to multiplatform saw enormous freeform levels become corridors and arenas in an attempt to cope with hardware limitations. Lush jungles and vibrant blue oceans gave way to the fashionable dull grey streets of Manhattan. Crysis 2 may have had its moments, but for many (myself included), it was a massive step in the wrong direction.

Crysis 3 is the ultimate compromise in many ways. To finish the series with a bang, Crytek wanted to marry the sprawling stages of the first game with the verticality of its sequel, while bringing the jungle directly into the city centre. The result is a bizarre mash of different art and gameplay styles that works much better than it has any right to - thanks mainly to an exceptional piece of clothing and the most low-tech of weapons.

Oh, and it's also a bit of a looker. To put it mildly.

Crysis 3 Review | Compromise, Sacrifice & A Wonderful Wardrobe

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Game Buzz | Episode 21 - Microballs

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
BioShock Vita, EA, Game Buzz, Microsoft, Microtransactions, Podcast, PWNCAST, Wii Mini

Game Buzz | Episode 21 - Microballs

In this week's show, we chat about the rumours of Microsoft prepping a reactionary presser for April, and give them some advice on how to mark an impression; we look at the rumours of a burgeoning relationship between MS and EA; assess the utter pointlessness of the Wii Mini; talk a little bit about the dirty word of the moment - 'microtransactions'; and lament the non-existence of Bioshock Vita.

Game Buzz | Episode 21 - Microballs. Recorded 1st March, 2013.

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.

Click the banner or the title link above to play the podcast, or right click and select 'Save Link As' to download the file onto your hard drive.

Want more? Check out the rest of our PWNCAST posts onsite, hit us up on iTunes, or subscribe to the PWNCAST Feed here.

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Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning | £4 | Green Man Gaming | PC

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Big Huge Games, EA, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, PC games, RPG

Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning | £4 | Green Man Gaming | PC

Who says RPG games have to have boring, unresponsive combat? Well, Bethesda and everyone else apparently. But not these guys, hell no. Kingdoms of Amalur has refreshingly exciting fighting skills compared to the rest of the genre. Primary and secondary weapons along with a variety of spells can all be used without having to retreat to menus. The visuals are a bit cheery for the genre, but with a huge world to explore and such fluid combat options available, you won't be bothered.

Thanks to MADDDOGGX at HotUkDeals.

Bleszinski Defends EA's Microtransactions, Laments Their "Evil" Public Image

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Cliff Bleszinski, EA, Microtransactions, MILK US!!!, Monetisation, Valve

Bleszinski Defends EA's Microtransactions, Laments Their "Evil" Public Image

Cliff Bleszinski has a lot of time on his hands these days, and has been weighing in on every industry hot topic under the sun in these past weeks. Today it's time for CliffyB's appraisal of the microtransaction situation.

His view? Well, according to the Cliffmeister, everyone should lay off EA, and remember that this is an industry, and that the number one purpose of large publishers is to appease their shareholders.

Oh, and Valve are just as bad. They just have a cuddlier public image.

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Army Of Two: The Devil's Cartel Trailer Channels Michael Bay

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Army Of Two: The Devil's Cartel, EA, PS3 games, trailer, Xbox 360 games

Army Of Two: The Devil's Cartel Trailer Channels Michael Bay

Army Of Two: The Devil's Cartel has aspirations to be a blockbuster action movie experience, as evidenced by this suitably macho new trailer. Matt reckons that the cooperative action is shaping up nicely in our hands-on preview, but we're worried that the drab (and incredibly complex) Mexican setting could well be a double-edged sword.

The Devil's Cartel is set to release on March 29th in the UK, scant days after BioShock Infinite. In the states, it will launch on the very same day. With news of potential layoffs at Visceral Montreal, we'll be very interested to see how the finished product turns out.

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EA To Stuff Microtransactions Into ALL Of Their Games Going Forward

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Dead Space 3, EA, Fee-to-Play, Microtransactions

EA To Stuff Microtransactions Into ALL Of Their Games Going Forward

What's that? You like payments? Well how about some payments on top of your payments.

Just when you thought the word 'microtransactions' could be saved from inequity by the positive efforts of free-to-play games such as Planetside 2, EA reveals that they're going to be trying to implement microtransactions in all of their games going forward. Especially fully-priced retail titles.

Just in case you thought that you can't fit a free-to-play model onto a £50 game, EA are out to prove you wrong!

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RUMOUR: EA To Announce "Exclusivity Agreement" With Microsoft In April

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
EA, Exclusivity, Microsoft, Next-gen, Xbox 720

RUMOUR: EA To Announce "Exclusivity Agreement" With Microsoft In April

We noted that it was a little strange to see Activision at the PS4 event a week ago, given that usually it's Microsoft who've been the beneficiary of their timed exclusives (certainly for Call of Duty) in the past. But times are changing and just as the PS4 will be getting some exclusive additional content for Destiny, it looks as if EA might be jumping into bed with Microsoft, and announcing their partnership at the rumoured Microsoft presser coming in April.

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Command & Conquer Screenshots Show Off Frostbite-Powered F2P

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Command & Conquer, EA, PC games, Screenshots, Strategy games

Command & Conquer Screenshots Show Off Frostbite-Powered F2P

Generally Impressive

EA have released some new screenshots of Command & Conquer (formerly known as C&G: Generals 2), in order to demonstrate how shiny the Frostbite 2.0-powered free to play strategy game will be. Realistic lighting and physics, alongside trademark destructible terrain, will hopefully distract us from all the brown.

Do note that the last few images are concept art, not screenshots. Game's out later this year on Origin.

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Mass Effect 3: Final Free Multiplayer DLC Out Today

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
BioWare, DLC, EA, Mass Effect 3

Mass Effect 3: Final Free Multiplayer DLC Out Today

Mass Effect 3 will receive its last multiplayer content update today in the form of Reckoning: a weighty free download that includes six new classes, seven new weapons and plenty of gear. Details and trailer below.

Note that PS3 owners will need to wait until tomorrow's content update.

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Dead Space 3 | £29.86 | ShopTo | 360

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Action Games, EA, Horror games, Visceral Games, Xbox 360 games

Dead Space 3 | £29.86 | ShopTo | 360

While the series may be leaning away from its horror-based beginnings, there are still plenty of jumpy moments in the opening few hours of Dead Space 3. The co-op works well and even includes some unique story elements that you won't get playing alone. Best bet? Play it through twice in each mode to get the most out of the game. The new weapon crafting system offers lots of combat depth and the micro-transactions aren't the obtrusive nightmare they could have been. ShopTo are beating the competition by over a fiver at the moment, but only on 360.

Thanks to  YoSingh at HotUkDeals.

Battlefield 3 | £9.99 | Origin | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
DICE, EA, FPS games, Origin, PC games

Battlefield 3 | £9.99 | Origin | PC

If you haven't picked up Battlefield 3 yet, Origin's £9.99 deal is pretty good going. You'll save a couple of quid on the definitive version of this multiplayer masterpiece - considering that you can enjoy 64-player battles and push the Frostbite 2.0 engine to the full, don't accept the stripped-back console substitutes unless you absolutely have to. Thanks and credit to danhufc at HotUKDeals.

Mass Effect 3 | £12.99 | Green Man Gaming | PS3 / Xbox 360

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
Tags:
BioWare, EA, PS3 games, RPGs, Xbox 360 games

Mass Effect 3 | £12.99 | Green Man Gaming | PS3 / Xbox 360

Last week saw the PC crowd get a good deal for this one, and now it’s the console crowd’s opportunity. Green Man Gaming are the retailer in question, and with Asda currently out of stock it means that the overall saving currently stands at around £2.50.

Debatable ending or not, Mass Effect 3 is an excellent game that is an action packed race to stop the Reapers, and anyone who has already played through the first two should definitely finish the tale of Commander Shepard. Along with an entertaining online co-op component, the overall package is worthy of your attention. Thanks to gerrymig @ HUKD!

FIFA 13 | £13.99 | Simply Games | PC

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
EA, FIFA 13, PC games

FIFA 13 | £13.99 | Simply Games | PC

Simply Games have a very tempting offer going for the latest FIFA game on the PC. All you need is an Origin account and you could be playing the game today. The attacking AI has been improved and the new First Touch control will be much appreciated by skilled players. PES is closing the gap, but FIFA still just about edged it for the title once again.

Thanks to dindan11 at HotUkDeals.

Battlefield 3 | £15.99 | Game | 360

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Battlefield 3, DICE, EA, FPS games, Xbox 360 games

Battlefield 3 | £15.99 | Game | 360

Some games just never have the decency to tumble in price, so this may be a good time to finally give Battlefield 3 a chance. The single-player side isn't much to shout about, but the multiplayer is amongst the highest rated FPS combat seen on this generation of consoles. We'd recommend this version if you know you probably won't be too bothered about the multiplayer DLC expansion packs. If you are though, you may prefer the Premium Edition of the game which gives you access to all of them. Game currently have that one on offer for £32.99.

Thanks to Jnoosh at HotUkDeals.

Mass Effect 3 | £7.48 | Gamersgate | PC

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
Tags:
BioWare, EA, PC games, RPGs

Mass Effect 3 | £7.48 | Gamersgate | PC

As part of its EA week of deals, Gamergate have slashed their usual price for Mass Effect 3, making it the cheapest around. It beats the next best offers by around £2.50.

Debatable ending or not, Mass Effect 3 is an excellent game that is an action packed race to stop the Reapers, and anyone who has already played through the first two should definitely finish the tale of Commander Shepard. Along with an entertaining online co-op component, the overall package is worthy of your attention.

EA: Next-Gen Consoles Will "Likely Not Be Backwards Compatible"

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Backwards Compatibility, EA, Next-gen

EA: Next-Gen Consoles Will "Likely Not Be Backwards Compatible"

Hints At Christmas 2013 Release

EA's Chief Financial Officer has dropped a few interesting hints about the next console generation, suggesting that neither Sony nor Microsoft's offering will support current-generation games.

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Crysis 3 Trailer: Sharp Dressed Man

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Crysis 3, EA, trailer, ZZ Top

Suit Up & Swagger

Stop the presses: EA have finally managed to release a decent advert that's both humorous, effective, playful and only slightly disingenuous. With music aptly provided by ZZ Top, no less.

This scarcely-believable phenomenon aside, it's also a fun look at some of the cool stuff you can do with Crysis 3's Nanosuit. It's out on February 22nd.