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Next Week’s Releases: Zombie fairgrounds vs farming sims

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Brendan Griffiths
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New Releases
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New Releases, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Wii U games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Next Week’s Releases: Zombie fairgrounds vs farming sims

A big week for Microsoft, with one of their big exclusives finally hitting the shelves. We also have the new pretender to Dark Soul’s bloodthirsty throne, a farming sim, a futuristic co-op demon hunt and a gloriously muddy battle between dirtbikes and quads. Have a look below for our full weekly guide of upcoming releases along with links to our past coverage and the best prices.

October 28th

Next Week’s Releases: Zombie fairgrounds vs farming sims

MX Vs ATV: Supercross (PS3, 360)

This is Nordic’s first MX release since acquiring the series from THQ and with 17 tracks to tear up with dirtbikes and ATVs, we’re quite sure this will be the muddiest release of the week. Fingers crossed it’s a hit as we’d like to see the series make the jump to PS4 and XO sooner rather than later. Hmm, next-gen track deformation.

Best Price: Base: £19.99

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Saints Row Ultimate Franchise Pack just £12.49 on Steam

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
PC games, Saints Row 2, Saints Row IV, Saints Row: The Third

Saints Row Ultimate Franchise Pack just £12.49 on Steam

If you've never played a Saints Row game and want to know what all the fuss is about, you can know own most of the outrageous sandbox series for £12.49 on Steam. The Franchise pack includes Saints Row, Saints Row 2, Saints Row: The Third and Saints Row IV complete with an insane amount of DLC.

I say "most" because the original game and Gat Out Of Hell standalone expansion aren't included, but this is still a great price for a huge amount of satisfying inclusive OTT ridiculousness. Thanks to M_the_C @ HUKD!

Gunpoint only £1.20 on Steam, save £4.80

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Gunpoint, PC games

Gunpoint only £1.20 on Steam, save £4.80

Gunpoint | Steam | £1.50 (RRP: £6.00)

This smart strategic stealthy infiltrate 'em up has featured in a few bundles, but £1.20 is a seriously good price regardless.

Fallout 3 GOTY Edition only £2.50 at GamersGate

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Fallout 3, PC games, RPG
Fallout 3 GOTY Edition only £2.50 at GamersGate

Fallout 3: GOTY Edition (PC) | GamersGate | £2.50
Fallout 3: GOTY Edition PC Price Comparison | Fallout 3 Review

For my money, Fallout 3 is probably the best RPG of the last console generation and quite possibly the best game too. Its enormous game world was both enormous, unpredictable and dense; while the story and gameplay armed us with more choice than any other game I can think of.

If you haven't yet sampled Bethesda's exquisite take on the Fallout franchise, you can now get the GOTY Edition for less than a London pint. Thanks to ferreirm @ HUKD!

3D Realms anthology contains 32 games for just £12.45

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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3D Realms, PC games

3D Realms anthology contains 32 games for just £12.45

3D Realms are back in action, and to celebrate, they've released their entire back catalogue in a 32-game download compilation. Don't let that picture of a CD-ROM fool you, this is very much a download, and a very reasonable one at only £12.45.

Highlights include Wolfenstein 3D, the Commander Keens, Terminal Velocity (one of my favourite games ever, though Fury³ was better) and the good Duke Nukems, though personally, I bought this immediately for Alien Carnage AKA Halloween Harry. Ah, the happy hours I spent secretly installing this superb shareware shooter onto my school's computers. What fun.

You can see the whole list of games below, and expect to see plenty of Blast From The Past articles in the near future...

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Game Night | Supraball - The Return

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
Tags:
Game Night, PC games, Supra Games, Supraball

Having not played it in quite a while, the Dealspwn trio decided to jump back into the eSports arena that is Supraball for this week's Game Night. However, with Carl, Matt and Jon out of practice, and with the game having several tweaks since they last played, their performance was... well... not prime? See for yourself in today's episode, with highlights such as an insanely skilled opponent, Matt screaming at everything, and Carl trying to get his goalkeeping mojo back.

Lord Of The Rings bundle includes LEGO The Hobbit, LOTR & more for £7.49

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PC games

Lord Of The Rings bundle includes LEGO The Hobbit, LOTR & more for £7.49

One Bundle to rule them all. One Bundle to find them. One bundle to bring them all onto your hard drive for £7.49.

Bundle Stars' Lord Of The Rings-themed bundle contains LEGO The Hobbit (and all DLC),  LEGO Lord Of The Rings, the extended version of Guardians Of Middle Earth and War In The North. The latter is pretty weak, but I personally found that deploying Eagle Smart Bombs doesn't get old.

Another great spot by jaystan @ HUKD!

Middle Earth: Shadow Of Mordor only £19.99 on PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Action Games, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, Monolith, PC games

Middle Earth: Shadow Of Mordor only £19.99 on PC

Shadow of Mordor | Bundle Stars | £19.99
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Shadow Of Mordor is a genuinely great game with excellent combat and an innovative nemesis system, and a true narrative bridge too. It's great to see Monolith back on form after a few miserable years, but it's even better to see Bundle Stars' astonishingly affordable £19.99 price point so soon after launch. PC gaming, as always, has its benefits.  Thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!

CLOSED! FREE Warlock II: The Exiled – Great Mage Edition! Five codes up for grabs!

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Dealspwn
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Competitions, Freebies, PC games, Strategy games, Warlock 2: The Exiled

CLOSED! FREE Warlock II: The Exiled – Great Mage Edition! Five codes up for grabs!

The Warlock II expansion pack "Wrath of the Nagas" is out this week, and to celebrate, we've been given five codes for Warlock II: The Exiled - Great Mage Edition, which features pretty much everything you need in order to get up and running with the hextacular strategy game. Here's what I said about Ino-Co's sequel in my review:

Warlock II: The Exiled is a game that stands on the shoulders of its predecessor rather than blazing a trail, but that's okay. What Ino-Co have given us here is an incredibly solid, hex-based strategy title that provides a great entry point to the series (and the genre, to be honest), with enough here to keep fans engaged for several thousand turns.

Sounds pretty good, right? It's the sort of game that, while not spectacular, is a great entry point for genre newcomers, and will easily become a major timesink. And you can nab it for free. Here's what to expect from the the Great Mage Edition:

  • Warlock II: The Exiled - the game
  • Soundtrack for Warlock - Master of Arcane
  • Soundtrack for Warlock II: The Exiled
  • Digital Novel - The Great Mage Game - A story of action, intrigue and wizardry, set in the Warlock universe. Written by acclaimed fantasy and sci-fi author John Helfers.
  • Digital Artbook - 42 full-color pages of beautiful artwork from the Warlock 2 game: Great Mages, Environments and Units

There are also seven in-game items included with the bundle:

  • Domain of Death - Start your quest in the land of the dead!
  • Magic is Fun - The lord known as The Magical Genius is available to your cause!
  • Elementary, My Dear - Adds three new deadly elemental spells to your arsenal towards world domination!
  • Chants of Light - Gives access to three new magical powers, including a powerful Lord Summoning ability!
  • Frost Power - A former Great Mage who seeks retribution offer his services to you!
  • Half-of-Everyone - Nobody knows him, but this Jack-of-all-Trades can be the best ally by your side!
  • Ancient Dragon - A new Great Mage - the Ancient Dragon - joins the fray, and wants to show who is the greatest mage of all! Start as a huge almighty dragon who does not need any starting city. Be your own capital and conquer everything you want!

We've got five codes for Warlock II: The Exiled - Great Mage Edition. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is to pop a comment in the box below (apologies that the Chrome login bug is still an issue) telling us what you'd want to be called if you were a Great Mage. What name would you go by? What moniker would you choose for yourself? Make it inventive, keep it moderately clean, definitely abuse the English language for excellent and cringeworthy puns, just let us know in the comments.

We'll close the competition this Friday at 11:59am BST and email out the codes the same day!

Winners will be notified and sent their code to the email address associated with their Dealspwn account, so please make sure to use a valid email address. Good luck!

SimCity only £6.99 on PC at 365Games

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
EA, Maxis, PC games, SimCity

SimCity only £6.99 on PC at 365Games

SimCity | 365Games | £6.99
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I think that we might have found the butter zone for SimCity pricing. What was broken and abusive at launch is now an enjoyable and accessible city builder, complete with advanced features like an offline mode (wow!), though restrictive compared to practically all of its prequels. 365 Games' incredibly cheap £6.99 cheap offer is tempting nevertheless. Thanks to Barst @ HUKD!

World of Warcraft 6.0.2 Impressions | Extreme Makeover Edition

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
Tags:
Blizzard Entertainment, Impressions, MMORPGs, PC games, World of Warcraft, World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor

World of Warcraft 6.0.2 Impressions | Extreme Makeover Edition

Long-time readers will know I have a soft spot for the Warcraft franchise, especially World of Warcraft. As a day-one player who has experienced everything the game has offered, including the Mists of Pandaria expansion, I’ve seen it go through a fair few changes. New races being added, enhanced weather and lighting systems being introduced, a new class thrown into the mix, talent points being redesigned, and a constant stream of rebalancing for everything involved, That said, some things have stayed the same in the face of change. New abilities would continue to crowd up toolbars, the rise of damage and health numbers for players and NPCs alike spiralling up exponentially, and the models for the playable races becoming more and more dated as the years went by. With the upcoming expansion Warlords of Draenor approaching, Blizzard saw it as an opportunity to fix these things, and so with patch 6.0.2 being unleashed last week I returned to the MMO behemoth for the first time in nine months. It was time to see if the game that sent the genre mainstream still had the ability to pull in new punters and veterans alike.

I’ll tell you one thing though – WildStar’s combat and traversal systems have spoiled me rotten compared to WoW's seemingly archaic mechanics, but we’ll get to that in a bit.

The inclusion of the Worgen, Goblin and Pandaren made it quite clear that the original race models needed an update. The blocky, expressionless and (in the case of humans) hairlipped choices on offer just didn’t blend with the rest of the updated visuals of the game. Thankfully, after years of waiting the update has arrived – except for Blood Elves, who will have to wait a little while longer to be made more beautiful. If I’m honest, I really shouldn’t be impressed by the new visuals and animations considering what the competition has produced elsewhere in the genre, but I really am.

World of Warcraft 6.0.2 Impressions | Extreme Makeover Edition

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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Review | One Giant Butt Slam For Mankind

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
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2K Australia, 2K Games, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Games reviews, PC games, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Review | One Giant Butt Slam For Mankind

Platforms: PC | PS3 | Xbox 360 (reviewed)

Developer: 2K Australia

Publisher: 2K Games

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is ridiculously good fun. I really can't stress that enough.

This awkwardly titled segue might appear to be a lazy off-year cash grab, but it actually delivers the most fundamental mechanical update the series has ever received. Low-gravity combat. We're still shooting and looting, but now we're soaring merrily through the air (or vacuum!), using a nuanced double jump to gain extra height or boost our way around sprawling three-dimensional stages.

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Review | One Giant Butt Slam For Mankind

It's awesome, and unlocks a host of exciting new encounters as we take on airborne foes in the air, rain down firepower onto smart squads of jetpack troopers or employ an epic Butt Slam attack to smash down into enemy formations; cracking their faceplates and watching them asphyxiate to a wub wub soundtrack. On top of that, insanely powerful laser cannons and freeze-shattering Cryo weapons slot perfectly into the Borderlands experience, giving us more ways to brutalise anyone stupid enough to stand against us. Now that I'm used to The Pre-Sequel's very Australian humour and voice cast, I don't think I can go back.

It's so much fun, in fact, that while I'm playing I can ignore all of its many, many, many flaws.

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Click To Play | Assembots - Robo-Lemmings

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
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Assembots, Browser games, Click To Play, PC games

Click To Play | Assembots - Robo-Lemmings

Welcome back to Click To Play , the new-old regular series that takes a look at a new browser-based curio each week to further the fine art of procrastination. We accept absolutely no responsibility if you get caught at work/school/uni gloriously wasting time on the games listed here when you should be working.

This week: Assembots

Assembots is basically what you'd get if you crossed robots with Lemmings.

Each stage sees you attempting to guide a certain number of robots from one factory to the next and, just like the eponymous heroes of Lemmings, your mechanical chums in this will simply trundle forwards until you give them a new instruction or they hit a wall. The game eases you into things with a smattering of commands available from a horizontal array at the bottom of the screen, and to begin with you'll dig through dirt walls and platforms, climb walls, and turn into stationary pillars that can be used to activate switches and prevent robots from hurling themselves off of cliffs. You'll only have a limited number of these commands, however, so it's important to think carefully before applying them to a robot -- you simple click the command (or use the hotkeys) and then click the robot you want to apply it to.

Click To Play | Assembots - Robo-Lemmings

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AI War complete collection only £2.70 at GamersGate

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
AI War, Arcen Games, PC games, Strategy games

AI War complete collection only £2.70 at GamersGate

AI War: All Of It | GamersGate | £2.70 (RRP: £12.99)

If you're spoiling for some incredibly tough space strategy action with the scale of an old-school 4X title, AI War is pretty much your dream game. Arcen Games delivered an absolute corker that has massively grown over the last few years with numerous DLC packs and sweeping expansions. It can all be yours for £2.70 from GamersGate, who'll also flog you the DLC separately at a massive discount if you already bought it in a bundle.

Be advised, though, I'm not kidding about AI War being hard. In fact, I didn't feel capable of reviewing it, because I sucked so badly at it.

Save on Devolver Digital games on The Humble Store until 18:00

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Devolver Digital, PC games

Save on Devolver Digital games on The Humble Store until 18:00

Better late than never. There's still time to take advantage of the tail end of The Humble Bundle's weekend sale, which slashes some weird and wonderful games published by Devolver Digital down to size.

Personally speaking, and with links to our reviews, I'd recommend grabbing crazy Pigeon dating sim Hatoful Boyfriend for £3.49, glorious madcap shooter Serious Sam 3 for £2.99 (and the previous games, with the exception of Serious Sam 2!), elegant roguelike shooter Heavy Bullets for under a fiver and Cosmic DJ for £1.99.

Either way, the deals end at 18:00 BST today.

The Sunday Seven: Why Far Cry 4 is Set to Own 2014

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Features
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Far Cry 4, PC games, PS4 games, The Sunday Seven, Xbox One Games

The Sunday Seven: Why Far Cry 4 is Set to Own 2014

With one short month to go before Far Cry 4 lands, we take a decisive look at all the available evidence, including our very own hands-on sessions, to make the case that we could be looking at a Game of the Year contender here. So dive into this week’s Sunday Seven: Why Far Cry 4 is Set to Own 2014.

The Sunday Seven: Why Far Cry 4 is Set to Own 2014

The honey badgers will mess you up

You wouldn’t think it to look at them, but the honey badgers are arguably the most vicious creatures in Kyrat. Hunting missions will make a return, but using fire or explosions to kill animals will result in damaged pelts that are worth less cash and possibly not be as useful for crafting. Looks like we’ll have to avoid using rocket launchers and mines on the monochrome missile-like bastards then. Other animals that want to eat your eyes include wolves, rhinos, leopards, eagles, cave bears and much more. Come at me, nature!

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Next Week’s Releases: Witches, Wangs and Warriors

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
New Releases
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New Releases, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Wii U games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

 

Next Week’s Releases: Witches, Wangs and Warriors

A great week for Wii U owners who can feel super smug as the Umbran witch makes her Nintendo debut. There’s quite the musical theme elsewhere with the latest Just Dance title and Harmonix’s motion-controlled take on Fantasia. The words Firaxis and Alpha Centauri are probably enough to get our PC-gaming readers excited, not to mention a certain Dreamfall title. Read on for the full rundown along with links to our past coverage and the cheapest prices.

October 21st

Next Week’s Releases: Witches, Wangs and Warriors

Dreamfall Chapters: Book 1 – LONGEST WAIT AWARD OF THE WEEK!

Fans have only been waiting since 2006 to find out what happens next in the Dreamfall saga, so yeah, they’re pretty pumped for this one. We get the feeling this is going to be a Kickstarter success story and can’t wait to play the new episodic format. The game is also coming to PS4 at some point, but release dates vary from next week (wrong), to November, to next year. Expect reviews of the PC version from our very own Carl Phillips soon.

> VIDEO PREVIEW | The exploration & decision making of Dreamfall Chapters

> INTERVIEW | Tornquist & Scheve on why Dreamfall Chapters will "evolve narrative experiences in games"

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

> Only 3 weeks to go until Dreamfall Chapters Book One

> Didn't back Dreamfall Chapters? GOG have a season pass pre-order now available

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F1 2014 Review | Old Model, Missing Parts

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Codemasters Racing, F1 2014, PC games, PS3 games, Racing Games, Xbox 360 games

F1 2014 Review | Old Model, Missing Parts

The big question to be posed to the latest in a line of yearly, iterative games is always "what's new?" People won't drop fifty quid for a game that makes the odd cosmetic change or just swaps old rosters for new. We like progression, we like to envisage some sort of movement forwards in the quest to create the most authentic, awesome representation of a sport or pastime, as if there's a perfect goal to be reached that yearly series creep closer to each year.

Of course, when a new batch of consoles have been released, but you're still tethered to the old bunch, I would imagine that keeping up, let alone trying to improve in meaningful fashion, can seem like a Sisyphean task. Unfortunately, in a year where games are shinier and sparkier than in previous ones, you have to make some strides in terms of gameplay.

F1 2014 Review | Old Model, Missing Parts

Sadly, F1 2014 doesn't really do that. In fact, in many ways it does the exact opposite.

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PSA: Play 10 games for free on Steam this weekend!

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Deals
Tags:
PC games

PSA: Play 10 games for free on Steam this weekend!

What's better than being able to freely download and play a game for an entire weekend, then paying a tiny discounted price to own it forever if you enjoy it?

Being able to freely download and play TEN games! I suppose that it's ten times better if you want to get technical. Steam are now running ten simultaneous free weekends, allowing you to download all of the full versions and play them as much as you like until the early hours of Monday morning, while also offering serious discounts. There's no way you'll be able to play all of them, but there's something here for everyone.

Your best bet is to browse over to the splash page and see what takes your fancy, but for completion's sake, here are the ten games in question along with their discounted prices, links and reviews where possible.

Let us know what you're playing!

 

GOG Oktoberfest sale discounts Retroism & Enlight titles

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
PC games

GOG Oktoberfest sale discounts Retroism & Enlight titles

GOG's weekend sale is now live, offering major savings on a slew of niche games published and developed by Retroism and Enlight Software. It's an odd selection, including some ancient Sid Meier titles like Pirates Gold, Colonisation and Covert Action (£1.48 apiece) alongside the Seven Kingdoms and Capitalism series. Bizarre, shonky yet strangely compelling cyberpunk adventure BloodNet is also up for grabs at £1.48, while the mech-on-mech showdown Slave Zero is well worth a look for genre fans.

As always, hit up the splash page and see what takes your fancy.