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LA Noire: Complete Edition £2.80 on PC at Nuuvem

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Brendan Griffiths
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LA Noire: Complete Edition £2.80 on PC at Nuuvem

LA Noire | Nuuvem | £2.80 | Price ComparisonReview

It'd be a crime not to pick up this DLC packed version of the game at this price. This includes the Nicholson Electroplating Arson Case, Reefer Madness Vice Case, The Consul's Car Traffic Case, The Naked City Vice Case, A Slip of the Tongue Traffic Case, The Badge Pursuit Case and all weapons/outfits released to date. Sporting terrific motion capture visuals and some classic detective work, this is a must for classic noire fans or anyone after something a little different.

Final Fantasy VII £4.99 on PC at Get Games Go

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Brendan Griffiths
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Final Fantasy VII £4.99 on PC at Get Games Go

Final Fantasy VII | Get Games Go | £4.99

Do you have a dark secret in your gaming past? Did you never actually play Final Fantasy VII? It's ok (it really isn't though), we won't tell, just make sure you get over to Get Games Go and snap up their 50% off' deal and pick it up on PC for £4.99. Go on, they've included widescreen support to ease you in gently, which is more than the PSN version ever got. The classic JRPG is arguably the most responsible game for popularising the genre in the West and still offers an excellent turn-based combat system and compelling story.

Thanks to theg at HotUkDeals.

Strider Review | Sharp Combat With A Shadow Complex

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Action Games, Capcom, Double Helix, PC, PC games, Platformer, PS3, PS3 games, PS4, PS4 games, PSN, XBLA, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Strider Review | Sharp Combat With A Shadow Complex

Platforms: PCPS3PS4Xbox 360Xbox One (£11.99, reviewed)

Developer: Double Helix Games

Publisher: Capcom

Strider is the best game that Double Helix have ever made.

The bar was admittedly scraping along the ground, since their mediocre past form includes the likes of Battleship, Front Mission Evolved and that shocking Green Lantern tie-in. But be in no doubt: their suitably challenging and respectful remake of Capcom's classic slice & dice platformer is very good indeed, and worthy to bear the name. As soon as master assassin Hiryu goofily cartwheels over a crowd of robotic rifleman, flips off a wall and carves his first foe into tiny pieces, its pedigree is unmistakeable.

When Strider is content to be a faithful reboot, it's really rather brilliant. Having arrived in the sprawling city of Kazakh to murder its evil 'Grandmaster' and bring peace to the world with ultraviolence, Hiryu is as spry and blisteringly fast as we remember, barrelling through the corridors in a blur of precisely-aimed steel and perfectly-timed wall jumps. Packing a climbing sickle that can scale any surface, robotic combat enhancements and even a teleporter, he's a force to be reckoned with, but the Grandmaster's robot army and mercenary henchmen will give him a retro-tough run for his money.

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Snag Borderlands 2, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Civ V, BioShock Infinite, X-COM Complete & more for only £16.00 at Green Man Gaming (with code)

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Jonathan Lester
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2K Games, PC, PC games

Snag Borderlands 2, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Civ V, BioShock Infinite, X-COM Complete & more for only £16.00 at Green Man Gaming (with code)

Chances are that you've already played Borderlands 2, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Civilization V and BioShock Infinite... or one of them at the very least. If you've missed out on all four, however, you can grab the whole quartet for £16.00 from Green Man Gaming. Be sure to use their OQE4LG-WEQPSE-SMCME1 for the additional saving.

UPDATE: Not enough? Okay then, why not also have the X-COM Complete Collection, Civilization 4, BioShock and the original Borderlands too!

Thanks to apollolo @ HUKD, both for the original deal and pointing out the four newly-added bonus games in the comments!

'The game is a real piece of ****' - Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow 2 staffer speaks out on development hell

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Jonathan Lester
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Konami, PC games, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games

'The game is a real piece of ****' - Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow 2 staffer speaks out on development hell

Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow 2 released this week, but failed to stack up to its predecessor when it came to the scores. "This is not the ending I was expecting for the Lords of Shadow series," Brendan concluded in our full review, "and it’s certainly not the one it deserves," after pouring scorn on its awful stealth sections, drab modern-day setting and rehashed mechanics. Not awful, then, but disappointing.

However, a disgruntled MercuryStream staffer claims that disappointment was a foregone conclusion following a truly horrific development cycle. From a tyrannical boss to an obsolete engine, the anonymous developer alleges that just releasing the game was a minor miracle in and of itself.

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The Humble Weekly Sale goes simulation crazy

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Jonathan Lester
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PC, PC games, Sims

The Humble Weekly Sale goes simulation crazy

If you're a fan of simulators, escapism or just good honest virtual graft, the latest Humble Weekly Sale will let you live out your wildest fantasies of becoming a truck driver. And a bridge architect. And a farmer. And a... pool shark?

Beat 60p to get Bridge Project, Trainz Simulator 12, Euro Truck Simulator and Wildlife Park 3.

Beat £3.59 to also receive Agricultural Simulator, its Historical Farming DLC pack and Pool Nation. High rollers can optionally top £6 to unlock Professional Farmer 2014.

It's a niche proposition, but chances are you already know if it's your bag. Thanks to GobbleTurkey @ HUKD!

Get Shelter for only 60p via IndieGameStabnd, save over £6

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Jonathan Lester
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Badger, Might & Delight, PC, PC games

Get Shelter for only 60p via IndieGameStabnd, save over £6

Shelter | IndieGameStand | £1.40 (RRP: £6.99)
Shelter review

Shelter is that rarest of game; a badger simulator that challenges you to safely guide your litter of cubs through the big bad world, saving as many as you can from predators and starvation. It's powerful stuff, and cheap to boot, since IndieGameStand will part with a Steam code for 60p minimum. However, it's worth noting that Shelter often pops up in indie bundles, so check your backlog.

Full credit and thanks to Rubisco @ HUKD, who found this before I did!

WildStar: The Noob #28 - It's A Trap!

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Carbine Studios, MMOs, NCsoft, PC games, Videos, WildStar

WildStar: The Noob #28 - It's A Trap!

After getting rather lost last episode, we set out to explore the mysterious complex of silos and robo-bunkers that we stumbled into at the end of Noob #27, and after successfully completing a side quest that we hadn't even triggered yet, we then get duped by an Eldan AI, lured into a control room under false pretences, and have to fight our way out.

Thief PS4 Gameplay - Breaking and Entering | Dealspwn Playthrough

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Matt Gardner
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Dealspwn Playthrough, Eidos Montreal, PC games, PS4 games, Square Enix, Stealth Games, Thief, Videos, Xbox One Games

Thief PS4 Gameplay - Breaking and Entering | Dealspwn Playthrough

We're back with another little video taking a closer look at some of the shadowy mechanics in Thief. In this video we attempt to go through one of the side missions that sees us sneaking into a pawnbroker's home to retrieve a rather odd item.

Our client is an inventor of sorts, fixated upon finishing an automaton that he's been working on for years. Only problem is that someone stole the mechanoid's voicebox and flogged it for a quick buck. Now Garrett has to get it back.

Thief PS4 Gameplay - Breaking and Entering | Dealspwn Playthrough

Our verdict on the game is now live, and here's what we said in our Thief review:

It's the fourth-best game to bear the Thief name, but it doesn't trample on Garrett's legacy as some might have predicted. The story is utter balls and the game as a whole isn't as cohesive as it could be, but when Thief remembers its name and has you working out the best way of breaking into a place and picking it clean, it does a damn fine job.

We've popped the video review after the jump along with today's Dealspwn Playthrough, and as always if you have any questions or comments do pop them in the box below, and let us know if there's anything else you'd like to see from the game ahead of it's UK launch on Friday.

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2K Games 75% Off at Gamefly, with a free copy of Spec Ops: The Line

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Jonathan Lester
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2K Games 75% Off at Gamefly, with a free copy of Spec Ops: The Line

Gamefly are currently running a tasty little sale that sees loads of 2K games reduced by 75%. Highlights include XCOM: The Bureau for £4.99, Civ V for a fiver and Sid Meier's Pirates for £1.25. It's all on the splash page, and you can save even more with the UKFEB20OF voucher code. Thanks to xEndox @ HUKD!

However, the cheekiest thing about this promotion is a free copy of Spec Ops: The Line, which you'll be sent via email when you buy a participating game. As far as I can see, there's nothing stopping you from buying one of the UFO games for 75p, then laughing all the way to your free game.

State Of Decay 50% off on Steam, only £7.49

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Jonathan Lester
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PC, PC games, Survival games, Undead Labs

State Of Decay 50% off on Steam, only £7.49

State Of Decay | Steam | £7.49
State Of Decay review

State Of Decay may have a limited budget and plenty of rough edges, but it's still one of the best zombie games ever made in our opinion. It forces you to own your decisions and consequences, taking care of an entire community who rely on your leadership in real-time. I can't recommend it enough (so long as you can handle the intense stress), and you only have to pay £7.49 on Steam. Thanks and credit to Webhead @ HUKD, who found this before we did!

Thief Review | The Dark, Messy, And Slightly Broken Project

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Matt Gardner
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Reviews
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Eidos Montreal, PC games, PS4 games, Square Enix, Stealth Games, Thief, Xbox One Games

Thief Review | The Dark, Messy, And Slightly Broken Project

Sneaking about The City -- creeping from shadowy corners to rain-soaked rooftops, gliding about this Victorian-esque urban warren in the periphery of the guards' vision, always just out of sight -- is a wonderful thing. I'd turned off pretty much every modern concession to the expansive approach to stealth gaming gimmickry that I could find, and wiped my HUD clean of maps and modules to aid the process of immersion. I love first-person games that don't limit themselves to shooty-shooty-bang-bang action, gifting players the chance to more fully explore virtual landscape with out the barrier of staring constantly at the protagonist's arse (it's why I fell in love with Thief: The Dark Project in the first place, sixteen years ago), and the fact that Eidos Montreal's reboot allows me to do that if wonderful.

Waypoints were the first to go, encouraging me to explore further, to use the sights and sounds of The City to aid my navigation, to read letters and documents more carefully and to more fully absorb the information the game was giving me. Turning off so many of these features led me to realise just how lazy a gamer I have become, and how much I seem to rely on map icons to tell me where the interesting things are rather than discovering them for myself.

But then I spent half an hour trying to look for the route from one area of town to another, finding rooftops inaccessible, windows and gates firmly shut, and no visible way through. Then I remembered that Thief's City is broken up into depressingly small hubs separated by incessant QTE-powered bridges, even when it comes to the PS4 and Xbox One versions. So I stood in front of a nondescript bunch of barrels and beams and hammered the Square button for half a minute.

Herein lies the uneasy relationship at the heart of Thief: a worthy game, a good game in parts, undone by restrictive design and what seems, rather too often, to be a case of running out of time.

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Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls scythed down to £22.99 on GMG

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Jonathan Lester
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Activision, Blizzard, Expansion Pack, PC, PC games, RPG

Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls scythed down to £22.99 on GMG

Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls pre-order| GMG | £22.99 (save £2 vs Gamestop)

Diablo III's first major expansion is now exactly a month from release, adding a new campaign and introducing a terrifying new enemy in the form of fallen angel Malthael. Unlike the fairly useless Tyrael (who transformed from an epic sword-wielding legend into a... bald guy), the Angel Of Death is at the height of his powers, and leads a horrific crusade to steal the Black Soulstone for himself. With new enemies, classes and environments to get to grips with, there should be a decent slab of game here, and Green Man Gaming are making with the savings. Note that you'll need the base game to play - and that the auction houses are set to close in a matter of weeks.

Thanks to ivandias @ HUKD!

OUYA darling Towerfall jumps ship for PS4 & PC next month

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Local multiplayer, Matt Makes Games, multiplayer games, Ouya, OUYA games, PC, PC games, PS4, PS4 games

OUYA darling Towerfall jumps ship for PS4 & PC next month

The OUYA's selection of true exclusives is thin on the ground, but Towerfall is easily the jewel in its crown (alongside a superb redux version of MirrorMoon EP). This superb local multiplayer experience toes the line between brawlers and artillery games, throwing you and three friends into nuanced arenas armed with a fistful of arrows and unique character classes.

It's fantastic, hectic old-school fun... and is about to massively expand its audience by jumping to PS4 and PC as an enhanced version with new cooperative shenanigans, powerups and arenas.

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Horizon is only £5.75 on GamersGate, save £17

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Jonathan Lester
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4X games, L30 Interactive, PC, PC games

Horizon is only £5.75 on GamersGate, save £17

Horizon | GamersGate | £5.75 (RRP: £22.99)
Horizon Review

Horizon was on course to become a space 4X contender, but its addictive gameplay and fantastic diplomacy system are let down by awful combat and tedious busywork. You can read our 5/10 review for the gory details.

However, this recently-released title is now only £5.75 on GamersGate, which will save you a whopping £17.  I reckon that's probably appropriate, at least if you've played GalCiv and MOO2 to death recently and hate Endless Space's divisive fleet combat.

Xbox LIVE sale sees Oblivion price drop to £2.99

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Bethesda Game Studios, PC games, RPGs, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

Xbox LIVE sale sees Oblivion price drop to £2.99

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion | £2.99 | Xbox LIVE

Another game price slashed as part of Xbox LIVE's sale today, you can now pick up Oblivion for the price of a pint.

As fantastically amazing as Horse Armour is, the real selling point for Oblivion is Cyrodiil -- the Imperial heart of Tamriel that forms the basis for this, the fourth Elder Scrolls title. The game is massive, filled with things to do, and I think between us, the Dealspwn team have easily sunk over 250 hours into this game. Plus, you know, Sean Bean.

Play Alien: Isolation at Rezzed Expo in Birmingham

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Brendan Griffiths
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Alien: Isolation, Games expos, Indie Games, PC games, PS4 games, Rezzed 2014, Survival Horror Games, Xbox One Games

Play Alien: Isolation at Rezzed Expo in Birmingham

Most media outlets haven't even been given a chance to try Alien: Isolation yet, but Sega are giving YOU the chance to play the game at the EGX Rezzed event at Birmingham NEC on the 28th-30th March.

Sega seem keen to show gamers the game first-hand with no smoke and mirrors after the utter farce that was the finished product of Aliens: Colonial Marines. So why not head on down? Tickets are available at the event's site here from as little as £9. The game will be playable on PS4, Xbox One and PC platforms. Creative Assembly's survival horror approach certainly has us interested, but we're cautious as to whether they can maintain it throughout a whole game against just one alien. That said, we've been hearing rumours of androids being used as gun-fodder in-between all the hiding in cupboards.

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Rambo: The Video Game Review | Blooded Or Expendable?

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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PC, PC games, PS3, PS3 games, Rail shooter, Reef Entertainment, Teyon, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 games

Rambo: The Video Game Review | Blooded Or Expendable?

Platforms: PC (reviewed) | PS3 | Xbox 360

Developer: Teyon

Publisher: Reef Entertainment

Surprise! Rambo is not a good game.

We knew that already. Its disastrous hype campaign explicitly told us to lower our expectations, with every new trailer and screenshot more hilariously awful than the last. We came down on it like a ton of bricks over the last few months, hard and often, having a good laugh in the process.

But that's not why we're here, because Rambo: The Video Game doesn't necessarily have to be big, clever, deep, thoughtful or even particularly good in an objective sense. When you get right down to brass tacks, it only has to be fun.

Which puts me in the strange position of having to say "mission accomplished"... at least, with some enormous caveats.

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Get Dark Sector, SpaceChem, SPAZ & more for £1.44 in the Reboot 1.0 Bundle

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Indie Games, PC, PC games

Get Dark Sector, SpaceChem, SPAZ & more for £1.44 in the Reboot 1.0 Bundle

Bundle Stars have been on fine form over the last few months, and their strong run continues with another impressive bundle. The Reboot 1.0 Bundle contains six games for a paltry £1.44, which will increase on Sunday.

Specifically, your pocket change will net you Dark Sector, GTR: Evolution, Space Pirates & Zombies, Dino D-Day, Dream Pinball 3D and SpaceChem (including DLC). SpaceChem and SPAZ are the highlights of the package, and I can't really recommend Dino D-Day, but for £1.44 it's hard to argue with the value. Thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!

Opening Scenes | Rambo: The Video Game - First Blood!

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Gameplay footage, Opening Scenes, PC, PC games, PS3, PS3 games, Reef Entertainment, Teyon, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 games

It's here. It's finally here! Rambo: The Video Game launches today following months of controversy... but does it suck as badly as we feared? Or can it become a new guilty pleasure and shatter our expectations?

The truth is somewhere in between. You'll find out when our full review goes live later today, but for now, here's a first look at the truly awful opening cinematic followed by a surprisingly visceral opening level.