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Humble Spring sale draws to a close

Author:
BuzzDuraband
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Focus Home Interactive, Nordic Games, Steam, Telltale Games, The Humble Store

Humble Spring sale draws to a close

It's the final day of the Humble Spring Sale. That is now fourteen beautiful days of pure Humble sale madness we have now passed through. Todays sale brings some rather enticing games with even more attractive price tags!

Make sure to check these great titles and more from the previous day sales including the Telltale Games sale, Focus Home Interactive sale and the Nordic Games sale!

Save on Alan Wake, Spellforce & Unwritten Tales in the Bundle Stars Nordic Games sale

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Nordic Games, PC games

Save on Alan Wake, Spellforce & Unwritten Tales in the Bundle Stars Nordic Games sale

Bundle Stars are currently running a Nordic Games sale with some standout bargains, including the complete Spellforce collection for £4.99, Alan Wake's American Nightmare for £1.75 and The Book Of Unwritten Tales series at £1.84 a pop.

I'd also recommend Painkiller: Hell & Damnation for £5.00 (special edition) for old-school shooter fans, though Serious Sam 3, Wolfenstein: The New Order and Shadow Warrior do a better job of bringing classic gameplay into a new age.

THQ/Nordic sale kicks off on Xbox LIVE - features Darksiders, Red Faction, Painkiller

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Darksiders, Nordic Games, Red Faction, THQ, Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live

THQ/Nordic sale kicks off on Xbox LIVE - features Darksiders, Red Faction, Painkiller

There's a big fat Nordic/THQ sale that's kicked off on Xbox LIVE, with a bunch of games such as Red Faction: Armageddon, Guerilla and Darksiders getting a lovely little price slash for digital aficionados. As usual, there are a few "deals" on here that might raise some eyebrows (RF: Guerilla for £7.49 will no doubt be hilarious to anyone who's browsed physical media for it over the last couple of years) but it's worth a look for those of you who prefer convenience to clutter, and it's certainly a decent opportunity to snap up some DLC offerings if you're so inclined.

Click here for the full list of Nordic/THQ deals >>

Spellforce 2: Demons Of The Past Review | Past Due

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Mind Over Matter Studios, Nordic Games, PC, PC games, RPG, RTS

Spellforce 2: Demons Of The Past Review | Past Due

Platform: PC

Developer: Mind Over Matter Studios

Publisher: Nordic Games

Don't even think about buying Spellforce 2: Demons Of The Past if you're not a die-hard series veteran.

It's a standalone expansion to a niche game that released eight years ago, and to their credit, Mind Over Matter Studios make this crystal clear from the off. The tutorials are choppy low-resolution videos of the tutorials from the previous expansion. An unhelpful intro cinematic plunges you straight into the last chapter of the impenetrable story, a battle for world survival involving the terrifying demonic villain Zazhut and a dark elf named... Craig?! That's not exactly the most imaginative hard fantasy name I've ever seen, though since my heroic avatar is called "Dealspwn," I suppose we should stop throwing stones in this glass house. If you don't already know how to play and what a "Shaikan" is, there is nothing for you here.

Spellforce 2: Demons Of The Past Review | Past Due

Never mind though, because Demons Of The Past isn't trying to win over new converts, rather it's an attempt to tie up the storyline before what we hope will be a reveal for Spellforce 3. As such you can expect another 20-30 hours of RTS and RPG hybrid gameplay, wherein you'll experience the best and worst of both genres throughout some truly enormous maps. Resource collection, unit building and sweeping strategy goes hand-in-hand with character development, sidequests, inventory management and dialogue galore. Spellforce fans will be in their element, though arguably even they will have to curb their expectations to fully enjoy what Demons Of The Past brings to the table.

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Deadfall Adventures Review | The Worst Crusade

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Deadfall Adventures, FPS, Nordic Games, PC games, PS3 games, The Farm 51, Xbox 360 games

Deadfall Adventures Review | The Worst Crusade

Platforms: PC | PS3 | Xbox 360 (reviewed)

Developer: The Farm 51

Publisher: Nordic Games

Recently I've been playing a game that features frantic gunplay set in ancient temples full of secrets to discover. One moment I'm battling hordes of foes with my back to the wall, the next I'm exploring massive open levels in search of riches and hilarious Easter eggs. It's utterly fantastic, truly an FPS for the ages.

Of course, I'm talking about Serious Sam: The First Encounter, which I've been playing to remind myself that not all games are as awful as Deadfall Adventures.

The premise was sound. An Indiana Jones-inspired shooter that takes us around the world in a nonstop Nazi-killing treasure-looting adventure? Yes please. That's very much a thing we want, and The Farm 51 are a solid studio with FPS experience. So it pains me to report that Deadfall Adventures manages to seize total rout from the jaws of greatness.

Deadfall Adventures Review | The Worst Crusade

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Deadfall Adventures Interview | Martin Kreuch Talks First-Person Indiana Jones

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Deadfalls Adventures, Games previews, Interviews, Nordic Games, The Farm 51, Video interviews

Deadfall Adventures Interview | Martin Kreuch Talks First-Person Indiana Jones

Deadfall Adventures is looking to bring a few new elements to the Indiana Jones-esque adventuring sub-genre for which Nathan Drake and Lara Croft might well be the poster children these days. For starters, the game has taken on a first-person perspective, bringing the easy immersion and immediate action of stepping directly into a player-character's shoes. But then there's also the fact that the game goes back to classic source material for its inspiration, particularly the novels of H. Rider Haggard.

We sat down with producer Martin Kreuch at a Deadfall event last week to have a bit of a chat about Allan Quatermain and his great-grandson, how to string up your chums in multiplayer with deadly traps, and why the Steam Box initiative is really exciting from a development standpoint.

We'll have a Deadfall Adventures review for you later this week.

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Nordic Games Bundle (9 Games Including Darksiders II, Supreme Commander + Painkiller Hell & Damnation) | £3.74 | Humble Weekly Sale | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Nordic Games, PC games

Nordic Games Bundle (9 Games Including Darksiders II, Supreme Commander + Painkiller Hell & Damnation) | £3.74 | Humble Weekly Sale | PC

Pay $1 for Red Faction: Armageddon, Neighbours From Hell, Supreme Commander, Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance and The Guild 2.

Pay $6 to also receive ArcaniA, Darksiders II, Painkiller: Hell & Damnation and Spellforce 2: Faith In Destiny.

Seriously good value, especially at the higher tier. Credit to nickbu1 @ HUKD, who posted this yesterday!

Gothic Complete Bundle | £4.99 | GamersGate | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Gothic Complete Bundle, Nordic Games, PC games, RPG Games

Gothic Complete Bundle | £4.99 | GamersGate | PC

Gothic Complete Bundle | GamersGate | £4.99

Includes Gothic, Gothic II, Gothic III & Forsaken Gods Expansion Pack. I.e. All the good ones.

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation | £4.49 | Gamefly | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
FPS games, Nordic Games, PC games, The Farm 51
Painkiller: Hell & Damnation | £4.49 | Gamefly | PC

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation | Gamefly | £4.49 (RRP: £17.99)
PC Price Comparison | Painkiller: Hell & Damnation Review

Note that it's also available as part of a £12.50 franchise bundle at GamersGate.

Jack Keane 2: The Fire Within Review | Burning Out

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Adventure Games, Banana recipes, Deck13, Jack Keane 2: The Fire Within, Nordic Games, PC games

Jack Keane 2: The Fire Within Review | Burning OutPlatform: PC

Developer: Deck13 Interactive

Publisher: Nordic Games

We here are Dealspwn have consistently pointed out that the Adventure Game genre has never been dead. Even before the likes of The Walking Dead and Gemani Rue came along into our lives, there were numerous games filling the genre with new experiences. One such game, Jack Keane, recieved praise for its old-school approach and comedic stylings back in 2007. Now, some six years later, the "captain" has got a sequel that aims to inject some new blood into the genre with the inclusion of various gameplay mechanics.

Before we look at if developers Deck13 have been successful, let's quickly cover what the game is about. Players take the role of the titular Jack Keane - an English adventurer who hurls himself into adventure whenever he can. The story for The Fire Within sees Jack travel across the world, from escaping a Shanghai prison, to searching the docks of Hamburg, and exploring the African wilds, as hunts down pieces of a pendant that will unlock the greatest treasure the world has ever known. Of course, nefarious forces are hot on his trail, but with the assistance of a handful of supporting characters, Jack sleuths, fights, and jumps his way into adventure whilst also dealing with his own lack of focus (or fire, if you will) within himself.

Jack Keane 2: The Fire Within Review | Burning Out

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Painkiller: Hell & Damnation Console Review | Comfortably Numb?

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
FPS games, Nordic Games, Painkiller: Hell & Damnation, The Farm 51

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation Console Review | Comfortably Numb?

Platforms: PS3 | Xbox 360 (reviewed)

Developer: The Farm 51

Publisher: Nordic Games

Painkiller is as magnificent as it ever was. People Can Fly's old-school gothic masterpiece stripped first person shooting down to its fundamental core: outrageous guns, huge hordes of enemies to pulverise into cat food and your own twitchy reflexes; creating an orgy of skilful ultraviolence free of cover systems, progression and all the bumf that crept its way into the genre over the years. Just you, your boomsticks, the armies of hell and a soundtrack of grinding generic metal to bunny hop to. Glorious.

With People Can Fly now safely ensconced in the Epic skunkworks (and an armada of terrible fan-made expansions forgotten), The Farm 51 made a fun yet unambitious attempt to drag Painkiller back into the spotlight last year with Hell & Damnation, an Unreal Engine-powered total remake that brought the action up to date. After several months of optimisation and tweaking, it has now finally made its way to home consoles.

It turns out that Painkiller is still incredibly intense, but this comfortably familiar port may already be starting to show its age.

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation Console Review | Comfortably Numb?

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Double Fine Keen To Reacquire Distribution Rights To Stacking and Costume Quest

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Costume Quest, Double Fine, Nordic Games, Stacking, THQ, Tim Schafer
Discuss:
Costume Quest | Stacking

Double Fine Keen To Reacquire Distribution Rights To Stacking and Costume Quest

Double Fine's Tim Schafer has said that the developers are looking to reacquire the distribution rights for digital title Costume Quest and Stacking.

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Game Buzz | Episode 29 - Hope and Hype

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Durango, Game Buzz, Gearbox Software, Homeworld, Microsoft, Next-gen, Nintendo, Nordic Games, Podcast, PWNCAST, SimCity, Wii U

Game Buzz | Episode 29 - Hope and Hype

This week, we deal with Microsoft's announcement about their pending announcement; we return to Nintendo's continuing woes, but acknowledge that at least they're starting to admit their mistakes; and we take a gander at the final acquisitions from THQ's demise -- specifically Gearbox's purchase of the Homeworld IP, and Nordic's gargantuan haul.

Oh yes, and then there's the matter of the omnishambles that is SimCity 2.0.

Game Buzz | Episode 29 - Hope and Hype. Recorded 25th April, 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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Nordic Games Snaffles Red Faction, Darksiders & 148 More THQ Properties

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Darksiders, Destroy All Humans, Mx vs ATV, Nordic Games, Red Faction, Supreme Commander, THQ, Titan Quest

Nordic Games Snaffles Red Faction, Darksiders & 148 More THQ Properties

In another surprising twist, Nordic Games (the Viennese company behind JoWood, the Wii Sing series and DreamCatcher) have dropped $4.9 million for over 150 THQ licenses. Having secured the likes of Darksiders, Red Faction, Destroy All Humans! and more, Nordic have promised not to "dash into" anything, and instead take a good long look at how best to continue some of these brands.

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Painkiller: Hell & Damnation DLC Review | Zombie Bunker & The Clock Strikes Meat Night

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
DLC, Nordic Games, Painkiller: Hell & Damnation, PC games, The Farm 51

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation DLC Review | Zombie Bunker & The Clock Strikes Meat Night

Platform: PC

Developer: The Farm 51

Publisher: Nordic Games

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation may have been a satisfyingly tub-thumping slice of retro action, but Nordic's revamp came under fire for offering only a small selection of classic levels for its budget price tag. Where's 'Town,' we wondered. Where's 'Leningrad?'

Well, they've now arrived courtesy of the magic of downloadable content. The Farm 51 have recently released two singleplayer-centric expansions: the brilliantly-named The Clock Strikes Meat Night followed by Operation Zombie Bunker. They're inexpensively priced at £5.99 a pop, and both offer some pleasingly meaty combat to sink your buckshot, shuriken, lightning or enormous razor sharp discs into.

Of course, it's worth remembering that you could pick up the Painkiller Black Edition for the same money - not to mention full indie games. It's time, then, for a double-header review.

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Painkiller: Hell & Damnation | £4.49 | Gamefly | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
FPS games, Nordic Games, PC games, The Farm 51
Painkiller: Hell & Damnation | £4.49 | Gamefly | PC

Painkiller has aged as disgracefully as you'd expect, offering uncomplicated insane action with significantly improved visuals and fantastically fun co-op. This is probably the cheapest price I've seen for it yet.

Steamworks & Modding Coming To Painkiller: Hell & Damnation

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
FPS games, Modding, Nordic Games, Painkiller: Hell & Damnation, PC games, Steamworks, The Farm 51

Steamworks & Modding Coming To Painkiller: Hell & Damnation

Painkiller: Hell & Damnation fans will soon be able to create their own content, thanks to a comprehensive suit of mod tools and Steam Workshop support. The 'Mod-Kit' will enter beta in April 2013, with Nordic games looking to "enlist all able modders."

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Deadfall Adventures Announced By Painkiller: Hell & Damnation Devs

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Deadfall Adventures, Nordic Games, PC games, The Farm 51, Xbox 360 games

Deadfall Adventures Announced By Painkiller: Hell & Damnation Devs

"Discover The Little Indiana Jones In All Of Us"

The Farm 51, the studio behind Painkiller: Hell & Damnation, have revealed their next project as Deadfall Adventures. This action adventure throws players into dark forbidding jungles in the search for loot and infamy, marrying traditional FPS combat with puzzle solving and exploration.

A little like a first-person Uncharted, if you will. More details and trailerbelow.

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Painkiller: Hell & Damnation | £6.11 & Free Multiplayer Weekend | Steam | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
FPS games, Nordic Games, PC games, The Farm 51
Painkiller: Hell & Damnation | £6.11 & Free Multiplayer Weekend | Steam | PC

This isn't as good as Green Man Gaming's recent voucher code deal, but if you missed it, Painkiller: Hell & Damnation is down to a competitive £6.11 on Steam. The insane shooter has aged as disgracefully as you'd expect, offering uncomplicated insane action with significantly improved visuals and fantastically fun co-op.

Why not try the multiplayer before you buy? It'll be free to download and play this weekend, and whoever occupies the top 3 spots of the Deathmatch leaderboard at 9pm GMT on Sunday Feb 3rd will win some prizes, including Alienware rigs and NVIDIA hardware. Probably worth a go, so long as you remember how to bunny hop...