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Platformines Review | Borderconky? Contralunkerlands?

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Action Games, Loot grinder, Magiko Gaming, Namco Bandai, PC, PC games, Platformer

Platformines Review | Borderconky? Contralunkerlands?

Platform: PC (£7.99)

Developer: Magiko Gaming

Publisher: Namco Bandai

It's here! It's finally here!

Excuse my excitement, but Platformines has been on our radar for years. Halfway between Spelunky, Contra and Borderlands -- Borderconky, perhaps? -- this retro-themed platformer has been in development for an eternity, promising us seed-generated mines full of traps to overcome and enemies to blow up with enormous guns. Looting, shooting and exploration beckoned to us way down in the depths, and I've been beside myself with anticipation. We covered Platformines extensively since 2011 until it fell off the radar, only to be reborn and finally playable on Steam. I feel giddy and silly like a kid at Christmas.

Ooh, actually, Contralunkerlands might sound better.

The problem with excitement, though, is that it can lead to unrealistic expectations... and Platformines has a lot to live up to. Maybe a little too much as it turns out.

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Dark Souls II only £29.95 on PS3 & Xbox 360 at The Game Collection

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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From Software, Namco Bandai, PS3, PS3 games, RPG, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 games

Dark Souls II only £29.95 on PS3 & Xbox 360 at The Game Collection

Dark Souls II | The Game Collection PS3 / Xbox 360 | £29.95
Price ComparisonReview

The Game Collection are currently selling Dark Souls II for less than £30 - dearer than its upcoming PC version, but a steal compared to normal console prices. Carl raved about From Software's latest effort in his review, describing it as "Self-Schadenfreude"... which I'm pretty sure is another way of saying "masochism." Either way, you know if you want it or not, and if you're prepared to die. Thanks to bigtasty @ HUKD!

Carl Versus Dark Souls II #8 - Return to the Scaffold of Death

Author:
Carl Phillips
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Features
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Dark Souls II, From Software, Gameplay, Namco Bandai

Carl Versus Dark Souls II #8 - Return to the Scaffold of Death
So, giants hurt.

Having been handed his ass rather spectacularly, Carl returns to where gravity bested him previously in an effort to learn what lies below. After that, he goes in search of adventures anew, but not before going toe-to-toe with an old foe - the mole-pig-things.

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Carl Versus Dark Souls II #7 - Level up!... the suffering

Author:
Carl Phillips
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Features
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Dark Souls II, From Software, Gameplay, Namco Bandai

Carl Versus Dark Souls II #7 - Level up!... the suffering
Fresh from finding out that gravity is still a cruel mistress, Carl returns to the keep in an effort to overcome the ambushes that had previously smited him. After that, he finally, FINALLY, figures out how to level up, before coming face to face with the first true boss of the game.

It didn't end well.

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Carl Versus Dark Souls II #5 | For Pate's Sake

Author:
Carl Phillips
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Features
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Dark Souls II, From Software, Namco Bandai, Videos

Carl Versus Dark Souls II #5 | For Pate's Sake
Carl bumps into Pate (aka Peter Serafinowicz) in today's episode, only to jump into not one, not two, but three separate ambushes. Does he make it out in one piece? Will he ever get an actual sword? The answers to those questions and more are lurking within today's video.

Carl Versus Dark Souls II #4 - Meet The Pursuer

Author:
Carl Phillips
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Features
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Dark Souls II, From Software, Namco Bandai

Carl Versus Dark Souls II #4 - Meet The Pursuer
We're back with yet another instalment of Carl's adventures in Dark Souls II. Today's episode features Carl being reunited with a familiar face from the Network Test, helping out the Blacksmith in Majula, and getting to know one of the early bosses in the game - The Pursuer.

Spoiler alert - it doesn't end well.

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Earth Defense Force 2025 Review | EDF! EDF! ETC!

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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#EDF!EDF!EDF!, D3 Publisher, Namco Bandai, PS3, PS3 games, Sandlot, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 games

Earth Defense Force 2025 Review | EDF! EDF! ETC!

Platforms: PS3 (reviewed) | Xbox 360

Developer: Sandlot

Publisher: D3 Publisher | Namco Bandai

"EDF! EDF! EDF!"

No-one can resist the call to arms. Eight long years have passed since the brave lads and lasses of the Earth Defense Force kicked the Ravagers off the planet in a deliciously silly battle royale, but now the ravening aliens are back for another round with some new toys, a massive fleet and more genetically modified killer insects the size of Transit vans. It's time we locked, loaded and deployed back into the fight to make a right royal mess of things.

Like the superlative Earth Defense Force 2017, Sandlot's long-awaited sequel is technically a terrible game. Sporting graphics that wouldn't overly tax a PS2, primitive animations, shuddering frame rates, clumsy controls and B-Movie production values, there's a case to be made that Earth Defense Force 2025 is truly awful, or at best, "so bad, it's good."

Not so, because even the best part of a decade on, it's hard to find a game that does a better job of making you feel like you're in the middle of a massive alien invasion... and your own personal creature feature.

Earth Defense Force 2025 Review | EDF! EDF! ETC!

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Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 3: Full Burst Review | Sharinganagain

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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CyberConnect2, Fighting Games, Namco Bandai, PC, PC games, PS3, PS3 games, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 games

Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 3: Full Burst Review | Sharinganagain

Platforms: PC | PS3 (reviewed) | Xbox 360

Developers: CyberConnect2

Publishers: Namco Bandai

The Ultimate Ninja Storm series is arguably too good at capturing the spirit of Naruto Shippuden's long-running anime.

Superbly choreographed and memorable battles are bookended by countless hours of grinding exposition, usually involving two angsty youngsters growling intense monologue at each other for what feels like an eternity. All while the tone teeters uncomfortably between lighthearted fun and gritty emotional outpouring, as characters schizophrenically transform from happy-go-lucky kids into depressive angst merchants like flicking a light switch. There's a lot to love once the shuriken start flying (along with corpse puppets... and animated wood... and crazy magical eyeballs...),  but you've got to put up with an awful lot of bumf to get to the good stuff.

Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 3: Full Burst Review | Sharinganagain

I could equally be describing the anime or the games, and the clumsily-titled Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 3: Full Burst is no exception. The enormous campaign delivers a blow-by-blow playable recap of the Fourth Ninja War story arc featuring intense one-on-one battles, which in turn unlocks characters to use in freeplay. As always, the fighting mechanics are a cut above what you'd expect from a licensed tie in, but only hardened series fans will be able to wade through the storyline. And understand what all the jargon means. Be warned: if you don't know what a "Jinchūriki" or "Sharingan" are and why Sasuke Uchiha is on a bit of a downer, the rest of this review is better off skipped. It's not for you.

However, as effectively a 'complete' edition of a game that released last year, I'm not entirely sure who Full Burst is for. Swimsuit aficionados, probably.

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Stop the presses: Namco Bandai are changing their name

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Bandai Namco, Namco Bandai

Stop the presses: Namco Bandai are changing their name

In shock news that is bound to cause a stir throughout the gaming community, Namco Bandai are rebranding around the world to face the new console generation with a slick new identity.

Prepare yourself. Are you ready? From April 1st, Namco Bandai will become... Bandai Namco.

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Dark Souls only £3.74 on Xbox 360 for Gold Members

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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From Software, Namco Bandai, RPG, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 games

Dark Souls only £3.74 on Xbox 360 for Gold Members

Dark Souls | Xbox Live | £3.74 (save many £s)
Dark Souls Review

Chances are you know whether you love or hate Dark Souls by now, but if you want to know what all the fuss is about and happen to be an Xbox Live Gold subscriber, you can download a copy for less than £4 on Xbox Live. Whether you find it a truly rewarding or utterly hateful experience comes down to your personal taste, but most of us enjoy it here in the office.

Epic Dark Souls II trailer curses us with impending death

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Dark Souls II, From Software, Namco Bandai, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games

Dark Souls II is only two months away from its March 14th release, an event that's likely to split our readership and office straight down the middle. Some love the brutally tough yet rewarding experience (Carl and Chris), other hate it with a passion (Matt)- and yet others (weaselly noncommittal fence-sitters like myself) mumble things like "coherent art direction" and "fascinating concept" but can't bring themselves to like it as much as they think they ought to.

For those in the so very prepared to die again camp, though, a new trailer is cause for celebration. It's three minutes of lore-building, monster-revealing horror, time well spent if you're the slightest bit interested in Dark Souls II.

If that grabbed you, you'll go absolutely nuts for Carl's hyper-detailed Dark Souls II beta hands-on videos.

Dealspwn Playthrough | Dark Souls II Beta Part 7 - Meet The Hunter (High Difficulty Edition)

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Carl Phillips
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Features
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Action Games, Dealspwn Playthrough, Namco Bandai

Dealspwn Playthrough | Dark Souls II Beta Part 7 - Meet The Hunter (High Difficulty Edition)
It's been a long road filled with death, more death, red phantoms dealing out death, and fat things with giant sickles that have a taste for slaughter, but we've finally reached the end of our dedicated episodes of Dealspwn Playthrough from Dark Souls II's Beta. In our final look at the recent Network Test, we change classes once again to show you the nimble Archer in action.

But during the recording of this video, Namco Bandai decided to put the game into High Difficulty mode, and push Carl to his limit. Can he get to the Skeleton Lord before the servers shut down with increasingly challenging enemies now in his way? You'll have to watch to find out.

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Dealspwn Playthrough | Dark Souls II Beta Part 6 - Return Of The Red Phantom

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Carl Phillips
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Features
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Beta, Dark Souls II, Dealspwn Playthrough, From Software, Gameplay, Namco Bandai, RPGs

Dealspwn Playthrough | Dark Souls II Beta Part 6 - Return Of The Red Phantom
We're back with more from the Network Test for Dark Souls II. In today's episode, Carl hops back onto his Warrior to take on the opponent that bested him in the previous Network Test - the shielded Red Phantom. Will he manage to best his ancient nemesis? Will he be cleaved in half by that ridiculously large sword? If he does survive, will he find anything new and exciting waiting for him? There's only one way to find out...

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Dealspwn Playthrough | Dark Souls II Beta Part 5 - Into The Cave + Meet The Sorcerer

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Carl Phillips
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Features
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Action Games, Dealspwn Playthrough, Namco Bandai, Videos

Dealspwn Playthrough | Dark Souls II Beta Part 5 - Into The Cave + Meet The Sorcerer
We're back with yet another look at Dark Souls II from the recent Network Test. In today's episode of Dealspwn Playthrough, Carl once again logs in on his Warrior to conquer a dark cave he previously didn't have the guts to go inside and face off against foes lurking in wait. After that, Carl has a quick hands-on with the Sorcerer class, firing off some spells and, yet again, comes face to face with a murderous invading player. Does he survive any of this? Find out by hitting the jump.

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Dealspwn Playthrough | Dark Souls II Beta Part 4 - Meet The Dual Swordsman

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Carl Phillips
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Features
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Action Games, Dealspwn Playthrough, Namco Bandai, Videos

Dealspwn Playthrough | Dark Souls II Beta Part 4 - Meet The Dual Swordsman

Thanks to an issue where US players were unable to connect during the previous test, we were given another chance to get hands-on with Dark Souls II a few weeks ago. As such, we continue our coverage as Carl shares his experiences from the latest Network Test from November 2013.

In today's episode, Carl switches classes from the Warrior to try out a new addition to the roster - the Dual Swordsman. Giving his first impressions on the all-out-attack melee specialist, see how he fairs against familiar foes (and a murderous invading player) after the jump.

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Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition on PS3 falls to £12.85 at ShopTo

Author:
Carl Phillips
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Deals
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From Software, Namco Bandai, PS3 games, RPGs

Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition on PS3 falls to £12.85 at ShopTo
Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition | ShopTo | £12.85
PS3 price comparison | Dark Souls Review

With its sequel now just a few months away, this deal from ShopTo might be the perfect chance to brush up on your hollow-killing skills. Overall you can save yourself around £7 over the next cheapest listing.

Acting as a GOTY Edition of sorts, it contains a number of new additions that the console releases didn't initially include such as a new chapter, new enemies and bosses, new items and NPCs, and an online matchmaking system for both co-op and PvP modes. In other words, prepare for even more ways to die in this revision of one of the most divisive titles of recent years. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!

Defiance | £3.49 | Steam | PC

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
Tags:
MMOs, Namco Bandai, PC games, Trion Worlds

 

Defiance | £3.49 | Steam | PC
Defiance | Steam | £3.49 | PC price comparison | Defiance Review

The midweek sale on Steam sees a rather tempting bargain for Trion's transmedia online shooter. Overall you can save yourself over £3 compared to the next cheapest offer over at Gamersgate. You can make further savings if you have three other friends that would like to get involved by purchasing the 4-pack.

At this price, it's certainly worth forgiving the array of issues that plagued the game during its launch, and with more content to get through now it might surprise you how Defiance can steal away the hours despite its simplicity. Be sure to read our extensive review to learn more about it. Thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!

Pac-Man: Championship Edition DX+ Review | Another Bite of the Cherry

Author:
Chris Hyde
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Reviews
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Arcade games, Mine Loader Software, Namco Bandai, Pac-Man Championship Edition DX, PC games

Pac-Man: Championship Edition DX+ Review | Another Bite of the Cherry

Platform: PC

Developer: Mine Loader Software Co., Ltd

Publisher: Namco Bandai

It may come as a surprise to some of you younger gaming ragamuffins out there, but despite my age, I missed the Pac-Man craze when it first came out by a good 5 to 10 years, and as such have never really grown up with it close to my heart. Sure I’ve played it through the years, but only fleetingly, and so I’m in probably quite a unique position as I write this review, that I won’t be weepy-eyed over hours spent in an arcade spending all my pocket money on the early 80s smash hit. Besides getting all soppy would undo all the hard work I‘ve done to build up this manly, butch guy image you all see me as here at Dealspwn, right?

Ahem. Moving on…

Pac-Man: Championship Edition DX+ Review | Another Bite of the Cherry

This latest iteration of the Pac-Man series is the tongue-twisting (and presumably Street Fighter-inspired) Pac-Man: Championship Edition DX+. The game looks to build on the 2007 release, Pac-Man: Championship Edition. The ‘DX’ version came 3 years later on XBLA, and now Namco Bandai have released a DX+ version of the game – as the current definitive version.  Still with me? Good, let’s go eat some ghosts.

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Dealspwn Playthrough | Dark Souls II Beta Part 3 - The Trial Of The Red Phantoms

Author:
Carl Phillips
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Features
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Beta, Dark Souls II, Dealspwn Playthrough, From Software, Gameplay, Let's Play, Namco Bandai, Network Test, Red Phantoms, RPGs

Dealspwn Playthrough | Dark Souls II Beta Part 3 - The Trial Of The Red Phantoms
He's faced dastardly ambush after ambush, he's bested sickle-flailing red phantoms, and he took down the Skeleton Lord on the first try, but the greatest test is about to happen. In the final part of our videos from last weekend's Network Test of Dark Souls II, Carl retraces his steps to seek revenge on those enemies that bested his before, only to discover a new path with his greatest challenge yet - five Red Phantoms. Can he defeat them all before the servers shut down? Find out the answer after the jump.

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Dealspwn Playthrough | Dark Souls II Beta Part 2 - Road To The Skeleton Lord

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Carl Phillips
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Features
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Beta, Dark Souls II, Dealspwn Playthrough, From Software, Gameplay, Let's Play, Namco Bandai, Network Test, RPGs, Skeleton Lord

Dealspwn Playthrough | Dark Souls II Beta Part 2 - Road To The Skeleton Lord
We're back with Part 2 of our misadventures in last weekend's Network Test for Dark Souls II. In today's episode of Dealspwn Playthrough, a slightly-more-awake Carl continues to forge a path towards the boss fight for the beta - the Skeleton Lord. Before he does that he has to come across a new foe in the Red Phantoms. See how he fares after the jump.

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