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At A Glance: Roundup 8th - 14th December 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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At A Glance: Roundup 8th - 14th December 2014

It's award season here at Dealspwn and we have a few community polls for you to choose your favourite releases of the year. The team have also taken the time to look back over the last 12 months to give you our personal highlights for best game, favourite/most played game, best moment, disappointment, surprise and naturally our most anticipated titles of next year.

Elsewhere we have a rather disappointed hands-on with The Order: 1886. We're not convinced the new Destiny DLC is worth your cash, luckily we've provided 10 alternatives. Be on the look out for more dodgy DLC in the future too and have a read of Jon examination of on-disc DLC. Our From the Vault piece dusts off an older article about linearity in games, which is still worth a read today. The Sunday Seven this week leaps to the side of Assassin's Creed Rogue as I explain how it truly smashes it's big brother, Unity.

We have a couple of reviews for you too. It'll come as no surprise that The Crew wasn't worth the effort, the hype or the headlines. good thing Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is here to provide a fantastic adventure for you and three buddies. Enjoy the links to all of these items below, and don't forget to head on over to our game deals page if you're after the latest cheap prices.

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At A Glance: Roundup 1st - 7th December 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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At A Glance, Game news, Game previews, Games reviews, Weekly Roundup

At A Glance: Roundup 1st - 7th December 2014

It's been party time this week as the original PlayStation turned 20. To celebrate we have a podcast chatting about the grey white wonder, give the games a Top 10 and the Sunday Seven goes through the seven most influential brands on Sony's debut console. The inaugural PlayStation Experience show kicked off last night and Sony ensured everyone will be talking about PS4 over the holidays thanks to blockbuster showings from the likes of Uncharted 4, Street Fighter V, Bloodborne and more - check out our highlights piece for the show.

Jon has some early review impression of The Crew for you and as a result has some strong words to say about the world of pricey microtransactions. With the news that Street Fighter V will be a PS4 console-exclusive we ask if this is the start of a third-party bidding war too. Black Friday is finally behind us, so we have a little post-mortem to see how things stand now the dust has settled. If you're still after some cheap game deals or console bundles though, just follow those hyperlinks.

Aren't the reviews meant to be thinning out by now? At mortal sites maybe (or those that don't put some decent hours into them), but here at Dealspwn we've been belting out dedicated verdicts for Dragon Age: Inquisition, Super Smash Bros, Never Alone, Tales from the Borderlands: Episode 1- Zero Sum, Far Cry 4 and the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Sentinel Task Force headset from Turtle Beach.

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At A Glance: Roundup 24th - 30th November 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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At A Glance: Roundup 24th - 30th November 2014

Black Friday has been smashing us with hot deals all week and the prices continue to chip away at our Christmas shopping budgets. Be sure to keep up to date with all our deal posts here. As busy as we have been hunting down the best prices for you, we've got plenty of features and reviews for you too. Our comment pieces examine the new Early Access guidelines on Steam, give some early impressions on the dubious existence of PlayStation TV, ask what's going on with Halo: MCC's continued woes and discuss Ubisoft's decision to hold back review copies of The Crew until release day.

Elsewhere, we pick five failing franchises that could do with a break, and in entirely unrelated news (ahem), discuss Ubisoft's decision to give AC: Unity Season Pass holders free games. Our weekly GameBuzz podcast involves lots of chatter on the hot mess that is Black Friday and because this is the internet, we had to talk about the new Star Wars trailer. Finishing up the week there's my roundup of all of next week's releases - all two of them.

And you thought we'd be running out of games to review this week? Not so, we've been hammering away at the likes of LittleBigPlanet 3, Rocksmith 2014 and Ultimate NES Remix. Naturally, we (Jon) has keenly covered the adventurously-titled releases including Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, Arcana Hearts 3: Love Max!!! and Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd. I think I'm going to move to Japan and release a game called Dave's Quest. That'll show 'em how it's done. Right, I haven't bought a game in about three hours, so I better get back to it.

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At A Glance: Roundup 17th - 23rd November 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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At A Glance: Roundup 17th - 23rd November 2014

We've really been putting the Deals into Dealspwn this week. With Christmas and Black Friday fast approaching, we've been working hard with the HotUkDeals community to bring you the hottest cheap game prices and some seriously jaw-dropping console bundle deals. With that in mind, we've put together a range of Buyer's guides for the PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, 3DS/2DS and PS Vita telling you all about the consoles and the best bundles we can find. Keep an eye on those, as we'll keep updating them with the latest deals.

With so many great deals, we've had a lot of new visitors to the sight, so we'll take this opportunity to say 'Welcome!' and thanks for coming to take a look at Dealspwn.com. This 'At A glance' feature is where we round up all of our Feature articles and Reviews each week and provide a list of links to each one below. This week, in addition to the Buyer's Guides we have a Black Friday intro guide, year-one reviews of the Xbox One and PS4 and our weekly look at the upcoming releases along with links to the best prices.

There's more. You can find Opening Scenes videos for Far Cry 4 and LittleBigPlanet 3, a preview for Deathtrap, a look at the last minute retraction of Elite: Dangerous' offline mode and Matt asks about the grim prospects of the naughty scenes in GTA V (you know damn well what we're talking about) now that it has a first-person view. Jon's got the lowdown on what the recent Halo Collection patch has fixed and also what it hasn't. More importantly, find out why his Wii U rudely woke him up in the middle of the night to sell him DLC.

We managed to squeeze in a few reviews when not deal hunting this week. Assassin's Creed Unity is going to have get pretty cheap before we start pretending to show any enthusiasm, as it looks like it's beyond a few patches to fix the most disappointing entry to the series yet. Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham shows the series is running out of ideas, but we still can't help but play the pants off the thing, especially in co-op - I'll try again with next year's resolution of not wasting so much time collecting Trophies. Ok, that's the lot, enjoy the links below and be sure to keep an eye on our Deals section next week in the run up to Black Friday.

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At A Glance: Roundup 10th - 16th November 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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At A Glance: Roundup 10th - 16th November 2014

Assassins Creed Unity and Ubisoft have made multiple appearances in our features this week, and sadly not for the right reasons. We ask if they're becoming the new EA, talk about what's great and what sucks with Unity and then take a look at the emergence of female assassins in the game after all. With the fresh reveal of Just Cause 3 we compare the attitudes of microtransactions in that game with -you guessed it- AC: Unity.

After playing the recent Evolve beta we ask if it can be consistently fun. Carl takes an early look at Blizzard's new FPS, Overwatch and gives us his early review impressions of the Warlords of Draenor DLC. As great as the new Halo collection is, the matchmaking has been a bit dodgy, so why not check out Jon's list of things to do in the game while you wait? Excited for LittleBigPlanet 3? Us too, more so after watching Jon's recent interview with the dev team, Sumo Digital. As silly season approaches and the consoles go to war, we examine how PSN and Xbox Live stack up against each other. Don't forget to check out our weekly guide of the upcoming releases for next week too. Go on, we've included links to all the cheapest prices too.

Quality remakes star in our reviews this week with Halo: The Master Chief Collection scoring a mighty 10/10 (this was before the matchmaking fell apart). Tales of Hearts R should give gamers an excuse to charge up their Vita's for a 50-hour quest. We'd avoid Senran Kagura: Bon Appetit though, because of well, reasons.

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At A Glance: Roundup 3rd - 9th November 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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At A Glance: Roundup 3rd - 9th November 2014

In anticipation for Halo: The Master Chief Collection we've been examining the drastic effect the 60 frames-per-second upgrade has had on the series. We declare our Top 10 Legendary Halo levels and our latest Blast From The Past also looks at the importance of Halo 2. With the news of a first-person mode in the upcoming new-gen version of GTAV, we see if it's enough to make us buy it again. The team give their hands-on impressions of the Evolve alpha and the latest content drop for WildStar. Ubisoft anger the internet by puling their games from Steam (it won't last) and we see how Twitter reacts. With alleged Just Cause 3 screens leaking this week, Matt argues why we need the series back in our lives. Is a Mass Effect Trilogy on the way again? Well, we have a list of things we want if it is. Finally, there's the Next Week's Releases feature where you can also find links to our past coverage and the cheapest prices the net has to offer and a Sunday Seven focusing on what we'd like to see in next year's Call of Duty.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare proved to be the highlight of our reviews this week thanks to a fantastic campaign and rejuvenated multiplayer. Football Manager 2015 has a solid season, but it's a little off form compared to usual. Enjoy Part 1 of our Halo: The Master Chief collection review, Part 2 with the multiplayer verdict will be here next week. If you'd like a JRPG, then take a look at Tears to Tiara 2.

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At A Glance: Roundup 27th October - 2nd November 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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At A Glance: Roundup 27th October - 2nd November 2014

Another busy week at Castle Dealspwn this week with loads of features and reviews for you to catch up on with our weekly roundup of links. Take in the interviews for Nosgoth, 80 Days and Silence: the Whispered World 2. Jon's been getting stuck into Titanfall again thanks to the new DLC and also took the time to revisit System Shock 2 for this week's Blast from the Past and even managed to find the time to put together a tips guide for the insanely fun Sunset Overdrive.

Elsewhere, we take a look at the new SharePlay features of the PS4, examine how Shinji Mikami's brand of horror no longer rules the genre, get our first hands-on experience with The Red Solstice, go through our scariest gaming moments and much more. Looking to pick up a new game next week? Then be sure to check out our weekly guide of upcoming releases along with links to the best prices.

Sunset Overdrive is the biggest release of the week in our reviews section, but the highest score goes to the mightily impressive Dungeon of the Endless. Most games have scored well to be honest though, including, Civilization: Beyond Earth, Stealth Inc. 2, Disney Magical World and How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition. Not Freedom Wars on the Vita though, which is the stinker of the week sadly. See you all next week, unless my internet does that odd thing where it lets me play Call of Duty online, but not log onto the Dealspwn servers for work. It happens yanno, just saying.

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At A Glance: Roundup 20th -26th October 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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At A Glance: Roundup 20th -26th October 2014

This week's features include a WWE 2K15 interview, a look at Warcraft version 6.0.2, a Sunset Overdrive preview and an early look at Randal's Monday. Elsewhere, we take a look at the full lineup of next week's releases, examine the ridiculously full new-gen hard-drives, have a fond look back at Crackdown, examine the current GamerGate situation and judge the XO's 'All in One' message now it finally has media streaming. More? Ok, Matt chats to Inkle Studios about interactive narratives, we get together for another round of Supraball and invite you to take a look at Assembots with our Click to Play series.

This was a big week in the reviews section with plenty of high profile releases facing judgment. After giving DriveClub a two week grace period, I bring the hammer down on the long-winded saga, Matt pulls himself away from NBA 2K15's career mode long enough to tell us about the game and also run through the house of horrors that is The Evil Within, and he reviews a backlit keyboard (because why not, that's why). After waiting patiently for what seems like forever, Carl finally gets to play the excellent Dreamfall Chapters - Book One: Reborn. Jon's been having a blast on the moon with Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, he enjoyed some new-gen old-school with the Shadow Warrior reboot and also found time to wave a fist at Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved.

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At A Glance: Roundup 13th - 19th October 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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At A Glance: Roundup 13th - 19th October 2014

We've been getting stuck into the long-awaited Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel this week, so take break and check out our Opening Scenes video and Top Ten survival guide. Elsewhere in the features Carl has been playing with some new ships in Star Citizen and even took them out for a race or two. Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham has rocketed up our most wanted lists thanks to Jon's recent hands-on report and interview, ensuring it's a perfect title for you and the little ones, although we all know that's just an excuse. Matt's Interactive Narrative series continues this week with a look at sports games and he also chats with the team behind Company of Heroes: Ardennes Assault before getting a hands-on for himself too. Our weekly guide to next week's releases is up too, including links to our past coverage and the cheapest prices on the leading formats. There's even more packed into the features section and you can find all the links below.

In the reviews Matt's been blown away by the mighty Bayonetta 2 on the Wii U, but had his buzz mildly dampened by the surprisingly awful F1 2014. Jon's been reviewing his usual selection of questionable Japanese material again in the stacked forms of Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus and Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed. He also reviewed the really rather boobless, but excellent Defense Grid 2.

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At A Glance: Roundup 6th - 12th October 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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At A Glance: Roundup 6th - 12th October 2014

Poor DriveClub, it's finally out in the wild and its main feature -online connectivity- has almost constantly been offline since launch. So it shouldn't comes as a surprise that it has a few features dedicated to it this week, including a Sunday Seven that looks at the ups and downs since launch, a podcast and article laughing at it and a First Contact video. Fingers crossed I'll be able to get online next week and bring you a full review.

Elsewhere, we have lots of other videos for you, including Carl's The Hunt series set in Shadow of Mordor, Matt's examination of horror in games compared to movies, a DieselStormers GameNight, a look at the PS4 parity issue around Assassin's Creed: Unity, First Contact Videos for This War of Mine and The Long Dark and a few sneaky video recordings of the Bloodborne Alpha. Other article pieces provide a survival guide for Alien: Isolation, Chris tells us about finding time for gaming since getting hitched, Jon details his launch impressions of Project Spark and the Dieselstormers alpha, I shake off the Demon's Souls nightmares for a hands-on preview of Bloodborne and take a look at next week's release lineup.

In-between bouts of laughing and swearing at DriveClub, we squeezed in a few reviews. Middle-Earth: Shaodw of Mordor proved to be one of the best surprises of the year by not only being 'not awful' but also quite 'bloody great.' Other high scoring efforts this week included Alien: Isolation (a decent Aliens' game?!), FIFA 15, Super Smash Bros. on the 3DS, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter and new PS+ freebie, Pix the Cat. A couple of sixes brought the average down a little on a great week for releases with Styx: Master of Shadows and Team Indie bringing up the rear.

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At A Glance: Roundup 29th September - 5th October 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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At A Glance: Roundup 29th September - 5th October 2014

After spending the week recovering from another packed EGX Eurogamer Expo, I'm back with your weekly roundup of everything that's been happening around Dealspwn.com. We've been tearing up the tarmac with all the hottest racers coming to consoles and PC in the coming months and have hands-on reports for the likes of Project Cars, F1 2014 and Driveclub. More hands-on previews include Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2, Might & Magic: Heroes VII, The Evil Within and we have our usual roundup of next week's releases complete with links to the best pre-order deals and our past coverage.

Video content this week includes lots of fresh material for the hottest games like Alien: Isolation, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, Fenix Rage and Quake Live. Want to play something right now? Then check out Mr Spilbox on our Click to Play feature or if you're planning a trip to Sauron's doorstep, be sure to check out my Sunday Seven tips guide for Shadow of Mordor. You want more? Well, you better enter out WildStar competition then.

Our review section kicks off with a review of the premier of From Bedrooms to Billions, the documentary on the birth of the UK gaming industry, which has some interesting anecdotes, but has some criminal editing. Talking of crime, Matt's got a review of the new Sherlock Holmes title, Crimes and Punishments. Be sure to check out our other verdicts on Endless Legend, Natural Doctrine and *deep breath* Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution.

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At A Glance: Roundup 15th-21st September 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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At A Glance: Roundup 15th-21st September 2014

Seeing as the whole team has been playing the pants off Destiny this week, it wont come as a surprise that our features are dominated by Bungie's $500 million title. We have multiple videos, a Strike guide, Matt talks about his journey to Lv.20 and is also prompted to talk about review scores in the wake of Destiny's 'mediocre' scores.

Other videos include looks at Hyrule Warriors on the Wii U and The Masterplan on Early Access. With the FIFA 15 demo landing this week, Matt sees if EA's claim of additional emotion is being backed up. We also take time to examine Notch's decision to sell Minecraft to Microsoft which has been big news this week, especially if you live on Twitter. Rounding up the week, I take a look at next week's release lineup and point you towards the net's cheapest prices and my Sunday Seven has tips on how breeze through Destiny's Strike missions.

After a few quiet weeks in the Reviews department, we have verdicts on no less than seven games this week. Big console titles include Destiny and Hyrule Warriors. There are plenty of smaller titles to check out too including, Murasaki Baby, Fairy Fencer F, Iron Fisticle, Fantasy Life and Heavy Bullets. So folks, enjoy the links below, have a great week and I'll be back soon with coverage from the upcoming EGX expo. Excited!

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At A Glance: Roundup 8th-14th September 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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At A Glance: Roundup 8th-14th September 2014

I wonder how many postman lost their fingers this week as eager gamers yanked their copy of Destiny through the letter box after waiting for what seems like forever, *again, sorry Pat." It'll come as no surprise then that Bungie's shooter dominates our Features section this week with multiple videos, guides and early impressions chats. You see, there's not much point rushing out a review without playing the hell out of this online-orientated title first, so it'll be ready when it's ready - the way it should be.

Don't worry if Destiny's not your cup of tea, we have plenty more for you to enjoy. Matt's been rooting through the Bayonetta's wardrobe to show off her new outfits in a video for Platinum's sequel on the WiiU. Our previews include early looks at Dragon Ball Xenoverse, The Division, Pillars of Eternity, Act of Aggression and Hearts of Iron IV. Jon's reviewed the new Xbox One FTP space ninja release, Warframe. Finishing up the week I've been through all of next week's releases in my weekly guide, complete with the best pre-order prices. My Sunday Seven feature this week focuses on the best under the radar releases coming in the next few months before Christmas. 

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At A Glance: Roundup 1st - 7th September 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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At A Glance: Roundup 1st - 7th September 2014

This has been a belter of a week for previews. We have early looks at some of the hottest titles of the future including Batman: Arkham Knight, Project Cars, Far Cry 4, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor and Magicka 2. Ever-keen to shove a microphone into faces we have interviews for the likes of Project Cars and Epic Games, the team behind the ever-popular Unreal Engine. Other video features include looks at Bayonetta 2, Project Cars, GoD Factory: Wingmen and Velocity 2X. Article pieces provide a beginner's guide to Adventure Mode in Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition, take a look at the label of 'Gamer', ask if the new 3DS is going too far and we take a look at the release schedule for the week ahead. Apparently the dudes that used to make Halo are releasing some shooter next week. May be worth checking out.

We've been binging on reviews this week (not at all to clear our desks before Destiny arrives) to bring you verdicts on odd titles like Hatoful boyfriend and Deep Under the Sky. Slightly more normal releases include Runers and GoD Factory: Wingmen. The clear winners with a brace of 9/10 scores though are the excellent Velocity 2x and Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition.

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At A Glance: Roundup 25th-31st August 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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At A Glance: Roundup 25th-31st August 2014

It's Sunday roundup time folks, where you can find the links to all our features and reviews in one handy place. The previews and interviews are flowing thick and fast again with extensive coverage on the likes of Assassin's Creed: Rogue, Project Cars, Quantum Break, Dreamfall Chapters, Shape Up, Act of Aggression, WildStar, Bayonetta 2 and Pillars of Eternity. Feature pieces see Jon taking some time to re-evaluate what we should expect from the Vita going forwards. Matt shows us what's new in Infamous: First Light. There's a new regular feature that takes a look at the new releases in the week ahead. Only a brief summer vacation stopped me playing much Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition on PS4 this week, but I managed finish the campaign and record a video of the newly unlocked Adventure mode for you. I also had time to put down some thoughts about being tempted towards an Xbox One despite having a PS4.

This was one of the best weeks we've had in a while as far as review scores go, with everyone picking up a decent number of stars. Check out our verdicts for the likes of Metro Redux, Infamous: First Light, Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited and Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. See you all next week.

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Dreamfall Chapters: Sony more "proactive” than Microsoft, "it made sense to go with PlayStation"

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Carl Phillips
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Dreamfall Chapters: Sony more "proactive” than Microsoft, "it made sense to go with PlayStation"

“We’d be happy to take it to Xbox later on”

It may have only been on the big screen for mere seconds, but the news that Dreamfall Chapters would be coming to consoles first on Playstation 4 was a welcome surprise at this year’s Gamescom. So, it was obviously something I wanted to talk about with Ragnar Tørnquist & Dag Scheve of Red Thread Games when I met up with them the following day, to learn more about how the deal was made, and if it meant that Xbox One owners would missing out.

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At A Glance: Roundup 18th-24th August 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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At A Glance: Roundup 18th-24th August 2014

Our extensive Gamescom coverage has continued this week, with Jon and Carl bringing you the hottest interviews, previews and videos for the likes of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Dead Island 2, Disney Infinity, The Order: 1886, Until Dawn, Super Smash Bros, Evolve, Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, Yoshi's Wooly world, Blood Bowl 2 and World of Speed.

Other features from the rest of the team include looks at Pillars of Eternity, P.T (Silent Hills) and Hohokum. I had a disastrous turn at the new PS4 version of Surgeon Simulator and recorded the evidence for your amusement. Matt discusses the dodgy nature of Season Passes in response to the news that Shadow of Mordor is getting one. Sony were the focus of multiple features this week too as Matt examines the excellent start they've had with the PS4, and the ins and outs of the PS4's new SharePlay feature, while conversely I ask if their VR headset, Project Morpheus, is doomed from the start given Sony's exceptionally poor support of the PS Move and Vita in the past. Finishing up the week I've put together a Sunday Seven beginner's guide for the new Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition.

All that and we still had time to slip in a few reviews amongst the Gamescom grind. Hohokum, which we're not sure is even a game. The Last Tinker: City of Color, a platformer without a jump button. And finally, Gravity Badgers, which really deserves a game as awesome as its name, but sadly doesn't get one.

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At A Glance: Roundup 11th-17th August 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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At A Glance: Roundup 11th-17th August 2014

Gamescom! It's the biggest consumer gaming event in the world, with even more visitors than E3 and we've been there again to bring you the hottest interviews and previews for the best up and coming games you've heard of and a few that you should get to know too. We don't let the fact it's all the way over in Germany put us off (ha, like we need an excuse to go to Germany, play games all day and eat schnitzel at night).

Highlights to enjoy so far include previews for the likes of Bloodborne, Battlefield: Hardline, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's multiplayer and Hellblade (which I've become obsessed with linking to Heavenly Sword). We also got stuck into the impact (or lack of) the Vita made at the show and our Sunday Seven rounds up the very best of the Gamescom trailers you may have missed first time around. There are also reaction pieces to each of the pressers from Sony, Microsoft and EA along including deeper looks at Microsoft's killer Rise of the Tomb Raider timed-exclusive coup and the nightmarish combination of minds as Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro team up to make Silent Hills - Matt's pants will never be the same again.

The world doesn't just revolve around Germany this week though (leaves out a joke about the war) as we have a preview/interview from Jon's four-hour long hands-on with Alien Isolation. This week's Game Night video focuses on the finally-out-of-beta Firefall and Matt's flightstick arrives giving him the perfect excuse to dive into Elite: Dangerous. We even found some time to review the high-reaching (but average scoring) Mind: Path to Thalamus and the excellent miniature racing delights of Table Top Racing on the Vita.

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At A Glance: Roundup 4th-10th August 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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At A Glance: Roundup 4th-10th August 2014

It's nearly Gamescom time folks! Jon and Carl are jetting off early next week to bring you a horde of previews and interviews from the hottest upcoming games. And probably a refreshed addiction to schnitzel. In the news we've seen new teasers for as yet unannounced games, Assassin's Creed: Rogue was leaked/announced and some older games like Resident Evil and Sleeping Dogs are getting a new-gen reboot. 2K announced that Evolve will be delayed into 2015, which given the state of the game I played recently, is certainly a good thing.

Highlights of the reviews section this week include a HD remake of Abe's Oddysee, entitled Oddworld: New 'N' Tasty and the latest Titanfall DLC, Frontier's Edge. Less than impressed verdicts were handed out for EidolonSacred 3 and Lego Ninjago Nindroids.

Features this week include videos for ExpendabrosEidolon, the Landmark beta, Tango Fiesta, Mind: Path to Falamus and Road Not Taken. In the face of all the recent delays, we also ask if 'next-gen' itself has been delayed into 2015. We know you like lists, so be sure to check out Five Reasons You Need The Last of Us: Remastered in Your Life, 10 games that made Matt cry, Jon's collection of the best upcoming niche Japanese titles, 5 Essential Tips About New-Gen Releases and we're bringing back the Sunday Seven series with Why Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Deserves Your Attention.

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At A Glance: Roundup 28th July - 3rd August 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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At A Glance: Roundup 28th July - 3rd August 2014

Earlier this week, EA unveiled a new subscription service that allows gamers to play a large range of their top titles for what seems like a very tempting price. But it will only be available on the Xbox One as Sony snubbed their noses at the apparent "poor value" of the service, which seems to us that they're not keen on PS Plus having any competition. Sony have been tooting their horns with some impressive sales figures that saw them recently shifting considerably more hardware than Microsoft, although these figures are possible inflated by including all of the PS branded consoles, rather than just the PS4. Michael Ancel teased us again about Beyond Good & Evil 2 (the swine). Finally, there was some positive news for Homefront: The Revolution as the troubled game and dev team were bought from Crytek by Deep Silver, who worked wonders when they picked up Saints Row IV from THQ.

In our reviews we have verdicts on a range of PC titles including: Gods Will Be Watching, Neil Gaiman's Wayward Manor and So Many Me. I know, summer release schedules are truly an awful thing, especially for console gamers. Still, there's always The Pile.

In the features we have a hands-on preview from Lords of the Fallen as it looks to step out of the looming shadow of the Dark Souls series. There are also two hands-on reports for Turtle Rock's Evolve as I try out both the Kraken monster and the hunters' medic class. There's an Opening Scenes video for Wayward Manor and The Last of Us Remastered gets the comparison treatment and an Opening Scenes one too. With the beta of PlayStation Now recently launching, Matt gets stuck into Sony for the gob-smackingly awful prices. Microsoft aren't safe though, as he also thinks it's time they thought about a releasing a trimmed down version of the Xbox One if they want to catch the PS4. We imagine you've been pining for Destiny since the beta finished last weekend, so be sure  to check out Matt's Top 10 for a list of things to do while we wait for the full game next month.

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