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Lego Jurassic World is out this week - here are the best prices

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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3DS Games, LEGO Jurassic World, PC games, PS Vita games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Wii U games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games
Lego Jurassic World is out this week - here are the best prices

Lego Jurassic World is finally arriving this week. With Jurassic World hitting the cinemas too, this is the perfect excuse to watch the original trilogy and the new movie, then play through all four films in Lego form with Traveller's Tales latest saga reimagining. Clear your backlog people, this game is going to have you glued to your seats until that Platinum Trophy pings. We've scoured the internet for you to find the best deals for every format below.

*To get a 5% discount, go to the retailer's Facebook page and click the link. You don't have to enter an email address, just enter any text and press enter for a code.

Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3 is coming to PS3 & Xbox 360 after all

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Black Ops 3, PC games, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games

Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3 is coming to PS3 & Xbox 360 after all

But not Wii U

Despite originally only being announced for PC, PS4 and Xbox One, Activision has confirmed that Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3 is indeed in development for last-gen consoles. However, it will have to make a fair few compromises.

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Get a free copy of Battle Realms on GOG.com

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Battle Realms, Freebies, PC games

Get a free copy of Battle Realms on GOG.com

Want a free game? Head over to GOG.com, log in, scroll down and click the free game: Battle Realms banner.

That's literally it. Click here to get started!

Just to remind you, GOG.com are also running a massive 24 hour deal splurge. Check it out while you're there!

Thanks and credit to moonspook @ HUKD, who found this before we did! Also a special mention to ever-vigilant Jaystan, who included it in a deal post earlier today.

Witcher III and many others are being spoiled by a tiny problem

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Features
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CD Projekt RED, Game design, PC games, PS4 games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Xbox One

Witcher III and many others are being spoiled by a tiny problem

We're a lucky generation. It's never been cheaper to buy behemoth-sized TV screens and the visuals for games and movies have never been clearer thanks to the rapid dominance of HD screens and the success of the blu-ray medium for the movie industry and as a physical media for console games. But there's a tiny issue spoiling games today. One so small, you'll probably have to squint to see it.

It's all in the small print. Why, with these massive screens and crystal clear pictures, do we constantly have to squint or move closer to read the text in video games? The Witcher III: Wild Hunt is another in a long line of big-name games that should really know better.

Witcher III and many others are being spoiled by a tiny problem

Annoyingly, CD Projekt Red acknowledged the problem and 'fixed' it via a recent patch. Expect they didn't fix it; they simply switched the font in some areas to bold or tweaked the colour instead of properly increasing the size (see the two images below for a comparison). I'll admit, it's slightly easier to read, but I'm still only flicking through in-game books or message board listings enough for a map or quest notification to ping.

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GOG unleashes #DEALOVERLOAD - every summer sale deal is back for 24 hours!

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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PC games

GOG unleashes #DEALOVERLOAD - every summer sale deal is back for 24 hours!

GOG.com have unleashed the dealpocalypse. Dealgeddon. #DEALOVERLOAD.

Every single one of their summer sale deals and bundles is now available for the next 24 hours, which will also get you free games if you beat $1, $20 or $50 worth of purchases.

Here are just a tiny fraction of the highlights:

Click here to get on GOG and take advantage of the sale... before a certain other digital distributor launches theirs.

Wargaming are rebooting Master Of Orion

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
4X games, Master Of Orion, NGD Studios, PC games, Wargaming

Wargaming are rebooting Master Of Orion

Wargaming, the creator behind free-to-play gems like World Of Tanks, World Of Warships and World Of Warplanes, have announced that they'll be funding a very different kind of project.

None other than the reboot of Master Of Orion: one of the most beloved and legendary 4X series in existence.

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Uplay are selling Battlefield 4 at a huge discount and undercutting Origin

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Battlefield 4, FPS, PC games

Uplay are selling Battlefield 4 at a huge discount and undercutting Origin

We've seen some cheap Battlefield 4 deals over the last few months, but we didn't expect Ubisoft to trump almost all of them. They're currently selling their rival's shooter for just £7.49, which is an absolute steal considering that even Origin are retailing at £14.99 along with the rest of the cheapest online sellers. Thanks to mrsusan74 @ HUKD!

Don't panic. You'll get an Origin code. Battlefield 4 is a great shooter, now that it isn't broken. Click here to read our Battlefield 4 review, and check out our video of what happened when three complete noobs took on the Naval Strike DLC.

Mega Man Legacy Collection will restore & remaster the first 6 games on Xbox One, PS4 and PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Capcom, Mega Man Legacy Collection, PC games, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

Mega Man Legacy Collection will restore & remaster the first 6 games on Xbox One, PS4 and PC

Mega Man fans rejoice, because Capcom are restoring and remastering the first six games for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The Mega Man Legacy Collection will include the legendary half-dozen titles remastered into 1080p, along with extras, new modes, remixed stages and bonuses.

We've got the trailer and details below.

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Hatred Review | Hate Is Far Too Strong A Word

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Action Games, Destructive Creations, Games reviews, Hatred, PC games

Hatred Review | Hate Is Far Too Strong A Word

Hatred commits a truly heinous videogame sin.

No, I'm not talking about its controversial premise. I find the idea of playing as an innocent-murdering psychopath distasteful, but by the same token I vigorously defended its right to exist. Games should be free to cover any subject or source material, so I vowed to return and review the finished product based on its worth as a game with as few preconceptions as possible.

I try to keep my promises, so here we are and we have to face up to one surprising fact. After all the controversy, all the cynical provocation and all the knee-jerk histrionic backlash, Hatred is... boring.

Hatred Review | Hate Is Far Too Strong A Word

As mentioned, the premise is exceptionally grim. Playing as a trench coat-clad killer, we stalk through the New York suburbs armed to the teeth and aiming to kill every living human you find -- innocent civilian or not. That might sound edgy, but it gets tedious fast.

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Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser Review | Go, Go, Vulkaiser!

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
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Astro Port, Nyu Media, PC games, SHMUP, Shoot'em up, Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser

Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser Review | Go, Go, Vulkaiser!

Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser is a cheesy throwback. Setting out to parody the likes of Power Rangers, Getter Robo and Voltron, it's a loving homage to transforming robots and every localised Saturday Morning anime you've ever seen, complete with hilariously weak alien invasion premise, silly dialogue and arch characters.

I do of course mean all this as a glowing compliment. I'm delighted to report that Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser feels like a genuine example of the genre, perhaps a re-released version of a little-known anime tie-in. What matters, then, is whether it's also a good bullet hell shooter.

Things certainly start out well with four difficulty settings and native gamepad compatibility, throwing you straight into a left-to-right scrolling danmaku gauntlet. Waves of foes swoop in to destroy with your withering firepower,from small fighter craft to hulking mechs and even massive capital ships spewing out increasingly complex bullet patterns to weave through.

Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser Review | Go, Go, Vulkaiser!

It's familiar and exhilarating bullet hell action with some fantastic bosses at the end of each stage (which are always fun to watch in the included replay functionality), but Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser doesn't do a huge amount new or exciting with its foes beyond their raw numbers.

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COMMENT | The dark side of Steam refunds - unethical abuse or consumer choice?

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Features
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PC games, Refunds, Steam, Valve

COMMENT | The dark side of Steam refunds - unethical abuse or consumer choice?

Steam are now offering quibble-free refunds and it's about time too. After years of complaints and even a defiance of EU legislation, Valve will now let you get your money back for any game you've played for less than two hours for any reason whatsoever, within 14 days of purchase. It's a big step for a company that has long been criticised for its aftersale customer service.

Unfortunately, like so many nice ideas on paper, Steam refunds have already revealed a worrying dark side that's causing any number of small studios to be out of pocket due to gamers doing what they do best: gaming the system.

Is it abuse? Is it actually an exploit? Is it even an extension of the Pay What You Want model? Let's take a look at the problem and then get involved.

COMMENT | The dark side of Steam refunds - unethical abuse or consumer choice?

Here's the situation. Steam's two-hour refund window is a good size when it comes to most games, which typically last somewhere between 5-40+ hours. It's enough time to test the game, mess about with the graphics options, attempt to fix any performance issues and get a good feel for the gameplay before making an informed decision about whether it's broken, incompatible with your hardware or simply not your cup of tea. After which you can get a refund. All well and good.

The problem, unfortunately, is that plenty of games last less than two hours... which makes them prime targets for so-called abuse.

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Pay what you want for Grey Cubes on IndieGameStand

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
game keys, Grey Cubes, PC games

Pay what you want for Grey Cubes on IndieGameStand

Game titles don't get more on the nose than Grey Cubes. As a Breakout-style ball and paddle game, it uses a robust physics engine to present unique visuals and enjoyable challenges to augment the familiar formula. And succeeds if the positive reviews are anything to go by. It's now IndieGameStand's featured deal, meaning that you can get a DRM-free copy for as little as £0.16 or a Steam code for £0.66.

As always, pay what you can and what you feel the game deserves.

Desura's parent company files for bankruptcy as developers go unpaid

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Desura, PC games

Desura's parent company files for bankruptcy as developers go unpaid

Desura, the indie games portal that attempted to give independent developers and modders an alternative to Steam, now seems to be in a bit of a pickle. Following reports of numerous developers either being paid late or not at all, it transpires that Desura's owners have now filed for bankruptcy, which is never a good sign.

However, it's worth noting that Desura are still confident that the situation is well in hand and that the platform will survive thanks to "exciting new avenues" and "growth opportunities."

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Fallout 4 is definitely not coming to PS3 & Xbox 360

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Fallout 4, PC games, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

Fallout 4 is definitely not coming to PS3 & Xbox 360

Despite some early reports to the contrary, Fallout 4 will not be coming to last-gen consoles. In fact, Bethesda claims that it's simply not possible to bring the game to weaker hardware.

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Welcome to the weekend with the IndieGala Friday Special Bundle

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
game keys, PC games

Welcome to the weekend with the IndieGala Friday Special Bundle

The weekend is so close we can taste it. If you need something to play, IndieGala's Friday Special Bundle will get you a dozen games for £1.89 all-in!

Click here to buy it and check out the games below, complete with Steam links so you can see how much you're saving.

Beat $1.00/£0.66 for the following:

Beat £1.89/$2.89 for the rest!

COMMENT | The Steam Controller: game-changer or gimmicky compromise?

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
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PC games, Steam, Steam Controller, Steam Machines, Valve

COMMENT | The Steam Controller: game-changer or gimmicky compromise?

It's been a long time coming, but the Steam Machines are finally on the march. Releasing in October, Valve's range of SteamOS living room PCs run the gamut from thrifty to beefy, even if they're all arguably made obsolete by the Steam Link hardware that allows you to beam content from your existing PC at a staggeringly cheap price.

However, Valve are also ready to show off the much-vaunted Steam Controller, which has undergone numerous revisions and iterations over the last few years. Ditching thumbsticks for touch pads in an effort to support more PC-centric gaming experiences, then throwing a single thumbstick and traditional face buttons back into the mix, it's an odd device that has bags of potential yet makes us worry that Valve have compromised too much in an effort to please everyone.

The finalised Steam Controller features two big trackpads, one of which features a D-Pad and both of which are clickable, alongside traditional triggers, left thumbstick and face buttons. We're pleased to note that the chassis has been vastly streamlined since its original reveal, which resembled a cross between the original Xbox' 'Duke' controllers and the Sidewinder Freestyle Pro, resulting in a piece of kit that should be relatively comfortable to hold.

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The Fallout 4 price war goes nuclear, hits lowest point yet

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Fallout 4, PC games, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

The Fallout 4 price war goes nuclear, hits lowest point yet

Fallout 4 was only announced this week, but UK retailers are already locked into a fierce pre-order price war while making all manner of claims about the release date.

War. War never changes.

The price does, though. Fallout 4 has now been slashed down to £38.99 on both PS4 and Xbox One, the lowest point yet, and an absolute steal at that.

A Steam key will still set you back £26.59 if you know where to look.

That said, here's hoping that the game is less buggy at launch than usual. In the meantime make sure to check out our Fallout 4 reveal trailer analysis and Twitter Reacts to Fallout 4.

Rainbow Six Siege: meet the FBI SWAT team in new trailer

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
FPS, PC games, PS4 games, Rainbow Six: Siege, Xbox One Games

We've met the SAS. Now it's time to meet the FBI SWAT team.

Rainbow Six Siege will feature teams of operators from around the world, including this hard-hitting American outfit. From bulletproof mats to biometrics and grenade launchers, the FBI SWAT team certainly brings "Special Weapons And Tactics" to the proceedings, but seem to cause a lot of collateral damage!

Look out for Rainbow Six Siege on October 13th.

Horizon Shift Review | This Fresh & Ferocious SHMUP Turns The Genre Upside Down

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Editor's Choice, Flump Studios, Games reviews, Horizon Shift, KISS Ltd, PC games, SHMUP, Shoot 'Em Up games

Horizon Shift Review | This Fresh & Ferocious SHMUP Turns The Genre Upside Down

Horizon Shift isn't just a great shoot'em up, it's a genuinely new shoot'em up.

Following a shaky last attempt, tiny British SHMUP specialist Flump Studios (try saying that five times quickly) are back with a vengeance. Lean, muscular and exceptionally hectic, Horizon Shift uses a simple yet revolutionary idea to blend Tempest, Space Invaders and bullet hell into something completely fresh and exciting. With so many 'me-too' attempts clogging up Steam's virtual shelves, it sticks out like my sore thumbs.

Speaking of which, it's also seriously tough in a satisfying technical kind of way. Hence why the review is a week late.

Horizon Shift Review | This Fresh & Ferocious SHMUP Turns The Genre Upside Down

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Football Manager 2015 will eat your life for only £9.39

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Football Manager 2015, PC games, Strategy games

Football Manager 2015 will eat your life for only £9.39

We all know what Football Manager 2015 does, but it's damn good at doing it. The UI is great, cleaner and crisper, while it's more easy to navigate between the most important screens. The match engine is also engrossing despite its imperfections, sucking you in over and over again if you're not careful. For less than a tenner it's hard not to recommend, even if I still find it amusing that it's one of the beardiest and geekiest grand strategy games around has a cool reputation.

Thanks to mrcwtonothy @ HUKD!