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Our first look at Call Of Duty 2014

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Activision, Call Of Duty, FPS, Sledgehammer Games

Our first look at Call Of Duty 2014

Sledgehammer Games have revealed the first image of their debut Call Of Duty title, which is due out this Christmas.

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut only £4.95 on Wii U at The Game Collection

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Eidos Montreal, FPS, RPG, Square Enix, Wii U games

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut only £4.95 on Wii U at The Game Collection

Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut | The Game Collection | £4.95
Price Comparison

Deus Ex: Human Revolution is fantastic, and the director's cut ironed out some of its more annoying wrinkles. It's certainly not too shabby for a fiver, which is The Game Collection's current asking price and a £10 saving. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!

Titanfall now only £26.39 at Zavvi on Xbox One

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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FPS, Respawn Entertainment, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Titanfall now only £26.39 at Zavvi on Xbox One

TitanfallZavvi | £29.99 - which is discounted to £26.39
Price ComparisonReview

If you're looking to pick up Titanfall but don't want to spend much money, Zavvi are offering an interesting deal of two parts. Respawn's shooter currently costs a very inexpensive £29.99, but then gets an extra discount down to a tasty £26.39 by way of a "spend £20 and 12%" offer.

Whether an Easter treat or glitch, it might be worth taking advantage of. Thanks to Chanchi32 @ HUKD!

Hail to the king of shooters: UT99 only £1.49 at GOG.com

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Epic Games, FPS, PC, PC games, Unreal Tournament, UT99

Hail to the king of shooters: UT99 only £1.49 at GOG.com

Unreal Tournament GOTY Edition | GOG | £1.49 (save £4.50)
PWNCAST: The Best Multiplayer FPS Ever

Unreal Tournament is the best multiplayer FPS ever made. Ever. Ever.

Epic Games' superb shooter is still the benchmark for online multiplayer, featuring an extraordinarily enormous selection of the best maps ever made, the best guns of all time, loads of mutators, a bountiful cornucopia of modes (most of which laid the foundations of the games we play today) and even a fabulous singleplayer campaign. Not to mention more than a decade of fantastic mods and user-generated content. It's superb, a skill-based arena that you can play on your terms and a game for the ages. The GOTY Edition is only £1.49 at GOG.com, so you don't have to take our word for it.

HOWEVER, I assume that the impending GameSpy shutdown is going to cripple its server list, so you might need to swap some IP addresses or organise some LAN events if modders can't cobble something together...

Titanfall: Expedition DLC contains three new maps, count 'em

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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DLC, EA, FPS, Respawn Entertainment, Titanfall

Titanfall: Expedition DLC contains three new maps, count 'em

Titanfall's first DLC pack has been revealed. Expedition will be included as part of the season pass, offering three new maps set in uncharted territory. Hence the name, really. Runoff, Swamplands and Wargames should provide some temples, jungles and swamps to leap and stomp through - but we hope it's supported by new modes and content too.

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Battlefield 4: Naval Strike DLC Review | Spare RHIBs

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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DICE, DLC, EA, FPS, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Battlefield 4: Naval Strike DLC Review | Spare RHIBs

Platforms: PC (reviewed)| PS3 | PS4 | Xbox 360 | Xbox One

Developer: DICE

Publisher: EA

"There is nothing... nothing... half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”

Ratty had it right. As did The Lonely Island. Naval combat is awesome, so we're delighted that Battlefield 4's selection of RHIBs, jetskis and attack boats finally have their chance to shine courtesy of the latest DLC. Aptly named Naval Strike, this new map pack contains four enormous waterlogged maps balanced for ship-to-ship combat, while infantry scurry to secure their objectives and aircraft hunt down their quarry on the high seas. As the cherry on the cake, we have a new game mode in Carrier Assault, which gives Battlefield 2142's beloved Titan gametype a wet and wild makeover. Forget tanks and heavy armour, because we're all about hovercraft and hidden Megalodons now.

Available as part of the Battlefield Premium service, Naval Strike certainly seems to be a breath of sea air, which we've now tested thoroughly enough to deliver our comprehensive verdict - from the new maps to the gear and gametypes. And then we'll finish up by having another rant about Battlefield 4's crappy netcode.

The Maps

Battlefield 4: Naval Strike DLC Review | Spare RHIBs

Wave Breaker is by far the strongest and most interesting of the new maps. An expansive network of small islands, naval approaches and airborne opportunities are clustered around a massive underground submarine pen: a nervy combination of long sight lines, balconies, gantries and tight corridors for well-organised squads to assault. Attack boats and RHIBs can breach the perimeter unless infantry raise flood barriers, while the drydocked submarine can be collapsed with devastating results if it sustains enough damage. Given the mix of massively open boat combat, helicopter shenanigans and brutal point-blank ground pounding, it's really rather special indeed.

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Welcome to Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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2K Australia, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, FPS, PC games, PS3 games, Trailers, Xbox 360 games

Trailer shows us around the moonbase

It's official: 2K Australia are indeed working on a "pre-sequel" to Borderlands, appropriately entitled Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. Set on the Hyperion Moonbase, players will explore the low-gravity no-Oxygen environment at the behest of a younger Handsome Jack.

Or more accurately, just Jack, we suppose.

All the rumours were true; from the selection of characters (yes, we get to control a weaponised ClapTrap!) to limited Oxygen and a 2014 release on PC and last-gen consoles. We could elaborate, but for your convenience, 2K Australia and Gearbox' Randy Pitchford star in a new explanatory trailer that covers all the basics and then some.

Borderlands 2 prequel is set on the moon and out this year, claims report

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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2K Australia, FPS, Gearbox, PC, PS3, Report, Rumour, Xbox 360

Borderlands 2 prequel is set on the moon and out this year, claims report

Hype-rion

Gearbox have strenuously denied that they're working on Borderlands 3 over these last few months, but an interesting new rumour alleges that they've actually outsourced a "pre-sequel" (ugh) to 2K Australia. Apparently we'll soon be scampering around Hyperion's moonbase, conserving oxygen and abusing the low gravity later this year on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

Maybe. Though outlandish, the report definitely has the ring of truth to it.

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Call Of Duty: Ghosts Xbox 360/Xbox One digital combo only £21.99 on Amazon

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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FPS, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Call Of Duty: Ghosts Xbox 360/Xbox One digital combo only £21.99 on Amazon

Call Of Duty: Ghosts X360/Xbox One digital comboAmazon | £21.99 (save £4)
Last-gen review

If you want Call Of Duty: Ghosts on not one but two consoles, Amazon are offering an impressive saving courtesy to their digital Xbox 360 and Xbox One combo pack.  You'll get a download code for both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One versions, allowing you to retain your multiplayer progression due to the server-side profile. If you want to get into Ghosts on the Xbox One but still have plenty of friends who haven't bought into next-gen yet, this could well be the way to go.

I'd strongly recommend prioritising it on Xbox One to enjoy the somewhat superior visuals and Ground War player count. Or, honestly, playing something else. Thanks to iwelford @ HUKD!

Predator hunts down Call Of Duty: Ghosts in next map pack

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Activision, Devastation, DLC, FPS, Infinity Ward, Predator

Predator hunts down Call Of Duty: Ghosts in next map pack

Call Of Duty: Ghosts' upcoming map pack -- Devastation -- is another downloadable dollop of four arenas, an Extinction mode scenario and a foldaway assault rifle that moonlights as an SMG.

Both of which have been thoroughly upstaged by none other than the freaking Predator, who's set to make a cameo at the very least.

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Shadow Warrior only £7.49 on Steam

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

Shadow Warrior only £7.49 on Steam

Shadow Warrior | Steam | £7.49
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. It's a must-play for fans of classic shooting, and Steam have a nice low price for it.

Not to mention a free demo, which you should try if you're on the fence.

Titanfall update fixes bugs, but causes controversy

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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FPS, PC games, Respawn Entetainment, Xbox One Games

Titanfall update fixes bugs, but causes controversy

Titanfall's latest patch has squished several lingering bugs, which is always good to know, but some major rebalancing tweaks caused a bit of a stir over the weekend. Crucially, XP for defending capture points and flags has been massively reduced, meaning that there's now much less incentive to support your team by keeping your bases secure. Titanfall's generous rewards for playing the objective deserved special mention in our review, so we're actually rather disappointed by this new change of pace.

Otherwise, the smart pistol is now slightly less viable in ADS, while Dead Man's Trigger comes with a few caveats. You can read up on the full patch notes after the break, and be sure to tell us what you make of Respawn's changes.

No sign of custom matches. Though we absolutely love Titanfall, it's annoying that Respawn have had time to slightly worsen their XP system, but not address this oversight yet. Thoughts?

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Payday 2 gets free weekend & 67% discount on Steam

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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FPS, Overkill Software, PC, PC games

Payday 2 gets free weekend & 67% discount on Steam

Payday 2 | Steam | £8.33 (save £7)
Price ComparisonReview

Payday 2 is still one of the most rambunctious cooperative games out there, a crazy crime spree where meticulous planning and execution usually goes to hell in a sea of smoke, SWAT teams and gunfire. It's an amazing heist simulator - but you don't have to take my word for it, because it's free to play on Steam over the weekend and only £8.33 to buy. Thanks to maizecorn @ HUKD!

Our recent Game Night videos show just how right and wrong these heists can go!

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon only £3.19 on PC at Greenman Gaming

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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FPS, PC, PC games, Ubisoft

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon only £3.19 on PC at Greenman Gaming

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon | Greenman Gaming | £2.99
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon review

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is a self-contained bundle of 80s awesomeness, taking everything we loved about Far Cry 3 and making it more radical than we'd ever dreamed. Michael Biehn, D&D references, Long Tall Sally and epic laser dinosaurs make this an essential play for shooter fans - and an absolute steal at £2.99. Thanks to godsmote @ HUKD!

Titanfall Review | Multiplayer Respawned

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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EA, FPS, multiplayer games, PC, PC games, Respawn Entertainment, Titanfall, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Titanfall Review | Multiplayer Respawned

Platforms: PC (reviewed) | Xbox 360 | Xbox One (tested)

Developer: Respawn Entertainment

Publisher: EA

As I leap from the exploding carcass of my massive exosuit after crushing an entire squad of enemies underfoot, wall-run across the side of a building, jump several stories into the air and kick an opposing player in the back of the head in the space of ten exhilarating seconds, I can't help but wonder where Titanfall was all my life. It promised to be The Next Big Thing, a new FPS paradigm from the creators of Modern Warfare, replacing traditional military ground pounding with enormous mechs, parkour-enhanced mobility and verticality we've rarely seen from the genre. We were so ready.

Well here it is, and to coin a cliché: "believe the hype." Titanfall doesn't do anything truly revolutionary, but it delivers a welcome shot of adrenaline directly into the heart of the genre, packaging familiar components in a truly satisfying and accessible way. More importantly, though, it's fantastic fun, regardless of whether you're a hardcore FPS gamer or just want to blow off some steam. Every match feels like an epic battle, from first charge to desperate extraction, set throughout some of the best maps that we've rampaged through in years.

However, The Next Big Thing probably should have been bigger in a few key areas.


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Titanfall Xbox One pre-order only £37.00 at Amazon

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

Titanfall Xbox One pre-order only £37.00 at Amazon

Titanfall pre-order | Amazon | £37.00 (save £4.50)
Titanfall hands-on preview

Are you prepared for Titanfall? Respawn's anticipated shooter is only two days away here in the UK, and if you're in the market for an eleventh hour pre-order on Xbox One, Amazon have slashed prices down to a very reasonable level. No tricks or voucher codes, just a nice low price. Thanks to tomwatts @ HUKD!

I'm currently working on our full review, and can report that Titanfall is a ton of fun. Though its campaign may be somewhat lacking, its mech action, parkour and rodeo shenanigans are never less than thoroughly entertaining. Even if I can't extract to save my life (literally).

Titanfall's 15 maps leak out in detailed top-down images

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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EA, FPS, Leak, PC, PC games, Respawn Entertainment, Titanfall, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Titanfall's 15 maps leak out in detailed top-down images

Stand by for Titanfall intel.

Respawn's anticipated shooter launches next week on Xbox One and PC, and we already know that it's fantastic fun courtesy of the superbly successful beta, but the specifics still elude us. Thankfully a megaton leak has granted us a detailed look at all of the game's 15 maps (admittedly including the tutorial training area), by way of high-quality images presumably lifted from the official strategy guide or art book. We've corralled them all below, thanks to Reddit user FallenFusion [via NeoGAF].

By the looks of things, the fifteen stages contain a pleasing mix of verticality to exploit as agile pilots and open spaces to stomp around in Titans. If you want to eyeball the best Rodeo ambush locations, perhaps you ought to start mugging up now.

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Get Battlefield 4 on PC for £17.91 at PC World

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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DICE, EA, FPS, PC, PC games

Get Battlefield 4 on PC for £17.91 at PC World

Battlefield 4 | PC World | £17.91
PC price comparison | ReviewVideo Review

Battlefield 4 is a fantastic multiplayer experience... especially since, by and and large, it now actually works. Most of the more ruinous bugs have been ironed out or at least stomped flat for a while, so PC World's inexpensive £17.91 deal is now as tempting as it ought to be. Thanks to Spinderp @ HUKD!

Preorder Titanfall on Xbox One for £37.00 from Tesco (with code)

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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EA, FPS, Respawn Entertainment, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Preorder Titanfall on Xbox One for £37.00 from Tesco (with code)

Titanfall pre-order | Tesco Direct | £37.00
Voucher Code: TD-RN6K |  Titanfall roundtable

We're less than a month from Titanfall's long-awaited launch, having tasted its uniquely accessible blend of mobility, parkour and massive mechs in the thoroughly successful beta. I can report that it feels absolutely fantastic to play on Xbox One since the slick gameplay is brilliantly suited to a console controller, so this nifty voucher code deal is well worth your attention. Be aware that the TD-RN6K voucher code doesn't require you to create a new account, which is doubly convenient.

Thanks to kevinc6784 @ HUKD!

Get the entire BioShock trilogy for £9.99 on Steam from Funstock Digital

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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2K Games, FPS, Irrational Games, PC, PC games

Get the entire BioShock trilogy for £9.99 on Steam from Funstock Digital

BioShock, BioShock 2 & BioShock Infinite | Funstock Digital | £9.99
BioShock review | BioShock 2 review | BioShock Infinite Review

Irrational Games have effectively closed their doors, but not after providing one of the defining IPs of the last console generation. If you want to experience the BioShock series as a whole on PC, FunStock Digital are selling the whole lot for £9.99, from the seminal original to the under-rated BioShock 2 (bite me) and acclaimed if controversial Infinite. You'll get Steam codes. Thanks to the legendary jaystan @ HUKD!