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Jump high, dig deep in Titanfall's next map pack

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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DLC, EA, FPS, PC games, Respawn Entertainment, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Jump high, dig deep in Titanfall's next map pack

Titanfall's next season pass map pack -- Frontier's Edge -- has started revealing its secrets. The first of the three new maps is Dig Site, a deep quarry that gives Titans plenty of cover to negotiate while pilots leap overhead or brutally face off atop massive mining equipment.

We've got a first look at the new stage below.

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Halo's Master Chief Collection gets new trailer & details: Coagulation makeover, Gungeese & an ambiguous Arbiter

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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343 Industries, FPS, Microsoft Studios, Xbox One Games

Halo's Master Chief Collection gets new trailer & details: Coagulation makeover, Gungeese & an ambiguous Arbiter

This weekend saw thousands of Halo and machinima fans flock to Austin, Texas for the Rooster Teeth Expo, at which 343 Industries were naturally keen to drop some choice details about the upcoming Master Chief Collection. A new trailer hints at The Arbiter packing some cloudy motives this time around, which we'll be able to expand upon by finding hidden terminals throughout the campaign, while fan-favourite Halo 2 map Coagulation is getting a massive new overhaul.

Oh, and they've decided to strap guns to the Mongoose, creating the appropriately-named Gungoose. New trailer and intel below.

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Far Cry 2 (PS3 Essentials) just £2.99 at GAME

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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FPS, PS3 games, Ubisoft

Far Cry 2 (PS3 Essentials) just £2.99 at GAME

Far Cry 2 (essentials) | GAME | £2.99
Opinion: No Cigar

Far Cry 2 is often viewed as the dark horse of the series, if not its lowest point, but personally I view it as a misunderstood masterpiece. Gruelling and isolating, hitting you with the full horrors of war, it's a tough and unremitting tale that still gives you a massive amount of choice for completing objectives and numerous opportunities for emergent gameplay-driven storytelling. Either way, we can all agree that £2.99 is very cheap. Thanks to BuzzDuraband @ HUKD!

Activision promises "photorealistic" visuals for Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Activision, FPS, Sledgehammer Games

Activision promises "photorealistic" visuals for Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Their words, not mine. Sledgehammer Games have released a new video that doesn't pull its punches, proclaiming that Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare will be the most profound visual update the series has ever received. Packing "photorealistic" assets to painstaking facial and performance capture, apparently the next-gen shooter will make us say, "oh my God that's a game, that's crazy!"

Again, their words, not mine. Here's hoping that Advanced Warfare will deliver, partly because we love the futuristic premise, but also because Ghosts failed to push the franchise forward in any meaningful way. We're due an overhaul and, to their credit, Sledgehammer are making all the right noises.

We'll find out if they can also make a decent game come November 4th.

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Wolfenstein: The New Order £27.95 on PS4 at The Game Collection's eBay Outlet

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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FPS, MachineGames, PS4 games

Wolfenstein: The New Order £27.95 on PS4 at The Game Collection's eBay Outlet

Wolfenstein: The New Order | Game Collection [eBay] | £29.95
Review

This is the Region 3 version, so you won't receive a Doom IV beta code!  However, the cover, manual and seriously enjoyable shooter itself are in English -- and the PS4 is region free, naturally.

Yet again, TGC's eBay outlet is the cheapest price around by a considerable margin. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!

Not sold on Battlefield: Hardline? A fresh beta kicks off in Autumn

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Beta, DICE, EA, FPS, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Visceral Games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

"It's something different and we're fired up about it"

Battlefield: Hardline's beta has come to an end, raising more questions than it answered. Is it too similar to Battlefield 4 to be worth buying? Should it be released and priced as DLC? Will you ever behold a more gloriously epic motorbike jump?

The jury is most definitely out, but we'll get another chance to sample Visceral and DICE's controversial collaboration later this year.

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Destiny beta finally dated for Xbox - roughly a week after PS4

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Activision, Bungie, FPS, PS3 games, PS4 games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Destiny beta finally dated for Xbox - roughly a week after PS4

The Destiny beta releases on July 17th for PS4 pre-order customers, but Bungie's new timed-exclusive relationship with Sony left many Xbox One owners unsure of when to expect the same treatment.

"Late July," it transpires, at least according to a new trailer on the Xbox dashboard spotted by Videogamer. Not long to wait, then! Click below to watch Matt blast through the alpha.

Sony has managed to secure exclusive Destiny content, however, which may well remain exclusive until August 2015.

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What did you love about Bad Company? Tell DICE, because they have no idea

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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DICE, EA, FPS

What did you love about Bad Company? Tell DICE, because they have no idea

Why haven't we seen another Battlefield: Bad Company game since the superb Bad Company 2? It turns out that DICE doesn't actually know what makes the series unique, or what gamers really want from a sequel.

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Stand by for £17.99 Titanfall at GameFly

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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EA, FPS, PC games, Respawn Entertainment

Stand by for £17.99 Titanfall at GameFly

TitanfallGameFly | £17.99
Price ComparisonReview | Voucher Code: UKJUN20OFF

An absolutely mad price for a truly forward-thinking shooter. Unlockables and cosmetics are at a premium, but the maps are plentiful and the mechanics are truly extraordinary. Still playing this regularly. Thanks to BuzzDuraband @ HUKD!

Wolfenstein: Occupied Edition £34.98 on Xbox One at Zavvi

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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FPS, MachineGames, Xbox One Games

Wolfenstein: Occupied Edition £34.98 on Xbox One at Zavvi

Wolfenstein: The New Order - Occupied Edition | Zavvi | £39.99
Review

The story may be a little too involved for a retro shooter, but Wolfenstein's latest reboot is still oh-so-satisfying when the exposition stops and the shootybangbangdeath begins. Excellent mechanics, great guns and slick visuals make this one to play, especially now that it's coming down in price. We reckon that £49.99 was a big ask, frankly, but £34.98 for the merch-tastic Xbox One 'Occupied Edition' is more like it.

Thanks to Frostygills @ HUKD!

Wolfenstein: The New Order £29.95 on PS4 at The Game Collection's eBay Outlet

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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FPS, MachineGames, PS4 games

Wolfenstein: The New Order £29.95 on PS4 at The Game Collection's eBay Outlet

Wolfenstein: The New Order | Game Collection [eBay] | £29.95
Review

This is the Region 3 version, so you won't receive a Doom IV beta code!  However, the cover, manual and impressive shooter itself are in English and the PS4 is region-free.

A quid cheaper than the weekend and finally under that lovely £30 watershed. Thanks to BuzzDuraband @ HUKD!

Titanfall £20 on Xbox One at Grainger Games

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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EA, FPS, Respawn Entertainment, Xbox One Games

Titanfall £20 on Xbox One at Grainger Games

Titanfall | Grainger Games | £20
Review

A mad price for a superb and forward-thinking shooter. Though some players quibble with the lack of cosmetic unlocks (and we've still got a few gripes), £20 is an absolute steal. Robots, parkour and fifteen outstanding maps await.

Thanks to rossibenayoun @ HUKD!

Battlefield Hardline Preview | Hot Fuzzy Bad Boys

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Beta, EA, FPS, Games previews, PC games, Visceral Games

Battlefield Hardline Preview | Hot Fuzzy Bad Boys

As I thrash a modified cop cruiser up a flight of stairs, smash it off of a pedestrianised walkway, nail five seconds of airtime and land straight in the middle of a pitched gunfight, I can't help but grin from ear to ear. Battlefield and Medal Of Honor have been retreading the same old military ground for far too long, chasing Call Of Duty when they should be doing their own crazy thing. We're long overdue for something fresh and exciting... and Bad Boys II seems as good a place to start as any.

Over-the-top police action, massive heists and ridiculous car chases? Whooo-sah. Go for it!

Battlefield Hardline Preview | Hot Fuzzy Bad Boys

Mind you, we now understand why EA called it "Battlefield Hardline" rather than just "Hardline." Despite the new studio and cops versus criminals premise, it's basically a reskinned version of Battlefield 4 on a functional level. They couldn't have called it anything else.

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Killzone: Mercenary only £14.99 on Vita from GAME

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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FPS, PS Vita, PS Vita games

Killzone: Mercenary only £14.99 on Vita from GAME

Killzone: MercenaryGAME | £14.99
Price ComparisonReview

Killzone Mercenary was the first truly worthwhile FPS on the PlayStation Vita and can now be yours with change for £15 courtesy of GAME. They've matched Sony's excellent short-lived sale price last year, except you won't have to fill up any more space on an expensive memory card. Thanks to Bure11 @ HUKD!

Shadow Warrior only £4.99 on The Humble Store

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Jonathan Lester
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Devolver Digital, Flying Wild Hog, FPS, PC, PC games

Shadow Warrior only £4.99 on The Humble Store

Shadow Warrior | Humble Store | £4.99
Shadow Warrior Review

'Reboot' doesn't have to be a dirty word. Shadow Warrior is a proper old-school FPS, a riotous full-fat romp with huge guns and hordes of enemies to point them at. Not to mention a katana and one of the best first-person melee combat systems we've ever seen. A steal at £4.99, and you don't have to register on Steam if you don't want to. Expires at 18:00 this evening.

Borderlands 2 Vita Review | Impressive, But Not Quite Vital

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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2K Games, FPS, FPSRPG, Gearbox, Iron Galaxy Studios, PS Vita games, SCEE

Borderlands 2 Vita Review | Impressive, But Not Quite Vital

Platform: PS Vita

Developer: Iron Galaxy Studios

Publisher: 2K Games

Borderlands 2 is probably the most impressive handheld game I've ever played. How could it not be? It's Borderlands 2!

Not a limp little spin-off or tatty tie-in: Borderlands 2 in its entirety. Every mission, every bandit, every ridiculous procedurally-generated gun, loads of DLC, all of it. Beyond a graphical downgrade, two-player cooperative cap and a few controls remapped to the rear touch pad, this is nothing less than the full PS3 version, even allowing you to transfer save files and Badass Ranks between the two platforms.

And that's a problem. Handheld games need to be designed and optimised specifically for their platform, but Iron Galaxy were locked into delivering an identical port, meaning that they had to find some corners to cut along the way. Many of which can make Borderlands 2's portable version as disappointing as it is astonishing.

Borderlands 2 Vita Review | Impressive, But Not Quite Vital

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Battlefield 4 shot down to £12.99 on PC at Base

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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DICE, EA, FPS, PC games

Battlefield 4 shot down to £12.99 on PC at Base

Battlefield 4Base | £12.99
PC price comparison | Battlefield 4 (PC) ReviewVideo Review

Battlefield 4 may be infamous for its shonky netcode, but it's still a damn fine shooter and an utter bargain at £12.99. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!

Battlefield Hardline beta begins... right now!

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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EA, EA E3 2014 Press Conference, FPS, Visceral Games

EA's press conference was a bit of a letdown, to put it very mildly, but at least they saved the best for last. Battlefield Hardline is looking fantastic in six minutes of unedited footage... but unlike many potentially misleading videos you'll see over the next few hours, Visceral Games are willing to put their reputation where their mouth is.

See, you can test the beta out for yourself.... right now... on PC and PS4. If you're fast and lucky enough,

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Wolfenstein: The New Order is only £20.20 at Amazon on PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Bethesda, FPS, MachineGames, PC games

Wolfenstein: The New Order is only £20.20 at Amazon on PC

Wolfenstein: The New Order pre-order | Amazon | £20.99
Review

You'll get a 70p saving and the retail disc version instead of the massive 40GB download - though beware a hefty initial update. Thanks to n707301 @ HUKD!

You can alternatively grab the PS4 edition for £32.95 from TheGameCollections' eBay outlet - thanks oUkTuRkEyIII!

Bust out the Moon Dance in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel launch date trailer

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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FPS, Gearbox, PC games, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games

Bust out the Moon Dance in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel launch date trailer

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel releases on October 17th in Europe, a new trailer confirms today, though the all-important date is buried within a pile of dubstep, glib humour and a Moon Dance choreographed by none other than Harmonix.

Here's hoping that 2K Australia can back up wubstance with substance for the last-gen pre-sequel, which will see us scampering around Hyperion's moon base with limited oxygen and a weaponised Claptrap.

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