Final Fantasy VIII | Greenman Gaming | £8.99 (save £1.99)
Voucher Code: GMG20-CV2W4-DSYBT
Final Fantasy VIII is now available on PC as a new version with an optional magic booster (free, not a microtransaction) and a full version of Chocobo World. Though I personally felt that playing it was more like an Excel spreadsheet than an RPG (thanks, Drawing and Junction system), I'm definitely in the minority, since most players definitely enjoyed the storyline and characters. Greenman Gaming will save you nearly £2 with their GMG20-CV2W4-DSYBT voucher - be aware that you'll get a Steam code.
There are a couple of caveats, though. If you have a PS3 or Vita, you can buy the original game for £7.99 on PSN. Secondly, the soundtrack has been crunched into a nasty primitive MIDI format. Thirdly, it appears that you'll need a Square Enix account and... wait for it... a constant internet connection to play. Yay. Thanks to joobyplease @ HUKD!
Call Of Duty: Ghosts isn't as forward-thinking as we'd have liked (especially in terms of its nonsensical campaign, which Black Ops II somewhat puts to shame), but there's no denying that its mental multiplayer is still great fun. SimplyCDKeys will email you a PC Steam key for a shade under £20, which is a decent saving if you're looking to get involved. Thanks to imdurc @ HUKD!
There's only one thing better than the reckless unbridled innovation you see at Game Jams, and that's being able to play the games afterwards. We can do exactly that today thanks to Skybound's Walking Dead: All Out War event that challenged over a hundred entrants to use the zombie and survival theme as a jumping off point for more imaginative concepts.
The winners are now available to peruse and play, a bizarre combination of "emotional journeys," shooters and "a holy war between Robo-diablo and an army of Robo-Jesuses." There's also Tiger vs Zombies, which frankly was long overdue. Quality is assured, since the whole thing was judged by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman.
Developer: Ghost Games
Need For Speed: Rivals ought to be the best racing game on PS4 and Xbox One. On paper it already is: an enormous open world where street racers challenge each other to reckless head-to-head showdowns, all as the police strive to shut them down hard and fast with an insane range of gorgeous tricked-out supercars. It's a fun factory, a powerslide paradise, underpinned by the AllDrive system that brings players together into a single seamless session on both sides of the law. Ghost Games have the pedigree to pull it off, consisting primarily of Criterion veterans, but the reality match the mission statement?
Everything nearly works as intended, it's almost brilliant, but unfortunately you can feel the limitations of the PS3 and Xbox 360 holding Rivals back where it counts.Click here to read more...
Sci-Fi fans should seriously consider dropping £2.56 on this sweet little BundleStars offering. It contains... deep breath... Sword of the Stars II Enhanced Edition, Project Freedom, Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space, SpaceChem, SpaceChem: 63 Corvi DLC (add-on), Really Big Sky, Planets Under Attack, Data Jammers: FastForward and Ion Assault.
Again: £2.56. This is a seriously good deal, especially since you'll get Steam codes for the lot.
The Humble Jumbo Bundle is a mighty fine bargain whether you beat the minimum or the average.
You can pay what you want for... wait for it... Natural Selection 2, Sanctum 2 and Magicka with all its DLC. This is already superb.
But the real action begins when you beat the average, with Orcs Must Die! 2 Complete, Garry's Mod and Serious Sam 3: BFE thrown into the mix - and soundtracks too. It's a case of quality over quantity this time, and frankly, it's a massive saving no matter how you slice it. Thanks to Kingsworth @ HUKD!
Cheap, saving, bargain. All three of these words are brilliant for SEO, but they're also perfect ways to describe this deal, which lets you pay a quid for a DICE game with a great singleplayer campaign AND multiplayer component. The last time that happened, in fact. We wish that Battlefield 4 had been Battlefield 4: Bad Company - who's with us? Many thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!
GameMaker: Studio, the game development toolkit used to create the likes of Hotline Miami and Gunpoint, is currently free for a limited time - a saving of approximately £50. YoYo Games are offering the standard edition totally gratis, which you'll download from their official site, and then subsequently register an email address to receive a free license.
Better than a poke in the eye - and their servers are back up to speed too. Well worth a punt especially if you're studying game design, working on independent projects or just want to know a bit more about the practical side of game development.
Sanctum 2 is one of my favourite games of this year. Blending tower defence and FPS action for up to four simultaneous players, it offers both strategy and moment-to-moment action. GamersGate's £3.00 price is a bit of a bargain, frankly, a cheap saving that even undercuts The Humble Store's recent deal.
Remember the IBuyPower Steam Machine prototype that broke cover yesterday? The one that looks like a nuclear sandwich with the crusts cut off? We're excited about Valve's new play for the living room, but as always, the price has to be right.
The price, it turns out, is going to be $499. Game on, next-gen consoles.Click here to read more...
Valve's recently-announced Steam Machines have been spotted in the wild thanks to a Seattle Times article. There is is, look.Click here to read more...
The PS4 and Xbox One are out in less than a month. We're scant days away from the next console generation, so close we can taste the pixels, and so ready for it too. This has been a long and satisfying hardware cycle, but it's time for a change. Expect our front page to be all next-gen all the time once November starts in earnest.
However, we started out as a simple deals blog and delivering useful consumer advice has always been at the forefront of our minds over the last few years. So here, dear reader, is perhaps the most useful piece of advice we'll ever give you.
Think long and hard about whether you should actually wait until Spring 2014 to buy a next-gen console. It's the eleventh hour, the final countdown, and it might actually be a good idea to sit this one out - if not outright cancel your existing PS4 or Xbox One preorder. Not only will you save a cubic metre of dosh in the short term, but you'll probably have a better Christmas too. It all comes down to cold hard logic.
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Windows 8 and Xbox One both use the Metro GUI and Microsoft IDs. Xbox One has a PC-like architecture and integrated cloud save support. So it isn't out of the question to wonder whether we could eventually see cross-play between Microsoft's next-gen console and PCs on certain games.
A possibility that looks much more likely after a coy little tease from Microsoft Studios' Phil Spencer.Click here to read more...
The DualShock 4 controller will apparently be compatible with Windows PCs at launch, according to Sony's Shuhei Yoshida, though it's limited to buttons and thumbsticks as opposed to touchpad and tilt support.Click here to read more...
Valve are still working on their Linux-based 'Steam Box' hardware, at least according to head honcho Gabe Newell, who plans to reveal more details about their plans next week.Click here to read more...
Black Ops II's final DLC map pack will release on September 26th for PC and PS3, Treyarch announced today, following the usual month of Xbox 360 exclusivity. Apocalypse features two brand new multiplayer maps, two revamped maps from previous games and a new zombie scenario. Spiel and trailer below.Click here to read more...
Microsoft's Larry Hryb has delivered a long look at the Xbox One's controller in a new video, explaining the forty or so new improvements that the Redmond company have made for next-gen.Click here to read more...
Holy Half Time, Batman! The PWNCAST is back! That's right, the original Dealspwn podcast returns for a special appearance as we take stock of the first half of 2013, reflecting upon some of the best games that we've witnessed over the past six months. Not only that, we take a look at the platform landscape and try to determine who's had the most successful year thus far, before attempting to come up with three highlights each for 2013 so far.
Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be a few instances of strong language.
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The Xbox 360 Kinect sensor didn't make much of an impact in gaming over the last few years, but its PC compatibility armed students, doctors and engineers with a cheap depth sensor that led to amazing applications in robotics, education and other fields. No, seriously.
However, Xbox One's Kinect sensor won't be compatible with Windows 8 PCs, with an entirely separate PC model slated for release next year.Click here to read more...