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PS4: The Hottest Exclusives Yet To Come In 2014!

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Features
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PS4, PS4 games, Sony

PS4: The Hottest Exclusives Yet To Come In 2014!

Sony are masters of The Long Game, and you can't fault their dedication. Instead of cutting the PS3 loose on the run-up to the PS4's launch, they instead delivered an emphatic exclusive lineup throughout 2013, which in turn means that some of their biggest first-party exclusives won't be ready until next year. "Greatness awaits."

But does that mean there's nothing to play on PS4 this year? Not on your nelly. Cross-platform releases notwithstanding, plenty of exclusives large and small are slated for Sony's slanty machine over the coming months.

So for your convenience, here are the hottest PS4 exclusives of 2014 along with European release dates.

The Last Of Us Remastered | August 1st

If you made the jump to PS4 directly from PC, Wii or Xbox 360, The Last Of Us Remastered will allow you to get to grips with one of the PS3's most critically-acclaimed exclusives in a definitive edition. Sporting overhauled visuals based on cutscene assets and all previously-released content, I daresay that even diehard PS3 owners will be champing at the bit to get on board with this atmospheric, frequently terrifying and thought-provoking experience, especially since it should put the hardware through its paces.

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Save £10 on Rare Blue DualShock 4 for £40

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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DualShock 4, hardware deals, PS4

Save £10 on Rare Blue DualShock 4 for £40

Blue DualShock 4 | Tesco | £40 (with code) | Discount Code: TDX-KYNK

Note: Yep, it's another 'new customers only' code, but it's easy enough to create a new account.

The red and blue DualShock 4 PS4 controllers have become very rare since launch and you're lucky to see them drop below £50. This latest voucher code knocks a cheeky tenner from the price though, beating the competition by £13. I have one of these controllers myself and can attest to its gorgeous looks that make it a firm favourite over the regular black model. The issue with degrading rubber on the analogue sticks has apparently been fixed with newer batches of all DualShock 4 pads too.

Thanks to Justsuperman at HotUkDeals.

Devs want Early Access on consoles, but do we?

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Early Access, Microsoft, PS4, Sony, Xbox One

Devs want Early Access on consoles, but do we?

A decade ago I'd have laughed in your face if you suggested that thousands of gamers would willingly pay to play unfinished games, but here we are. Alpha funding is now a big deal and a very good thing too in the main, allowing small studios to get investment, community and publicity while letting us into the development cycle first-hand. Huge advantages for everyone involved, despite the increasingly hefty drawbacks of a system that enables unscrupulous liars to make bank and buries quality Steam software under a mountain of utter crap.

It's clear that Early Access (alpha funding by any other name) is still undergoing some growing pains on PC, but developers and hardware manufacturers are now calling for a similar system to be implemented on home consoles. To be perfectly honest, I'm not convinced they're entirely ready yet.

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Pre-order PS4 The Last of Us Bundle for just £339.97 at GameStop

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
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Games consoles, PS4, PS4 games, The Last Of Us

Pre-order PS4 The Last of Us Bundle for just £339.97 at GameStop

GameStop might be hell-bent on taking over the games industry completely, but occasionally they have some pretty sweet deals. If you're yet to slap down some cash for a new-gen console, you might be interested in their PS4 bundle that comes with a copy of the upcoming The Last of Us Remastered. Do be aware that this bundle doesn't contain the PlayStation Camera, but frankly unless you're planning on sparking a Twitch career, it gets about as much service as a McDonald's in the Olympic village.

Nice spot by dalesio.

PS4 Console + Wolfenstein + Extra DualShock 4 £389.99

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Console bundles, hardware deals, PS4, PS4 games

PS4 Console + Wolfenstein + Extra DualShock 4 £389.99

PS4 Console + Wolfenstein: The New Order + Extra DualShock 4 Controller
Game | £389.99

Game's second PS4 bundle of the day swaps the PS Plus membership for an extra DualShock 4. This arguably makes it the better deal as the official controllers have been stubbornly sticking close to £50 of late, whereas you can usually hunt down PS Plus for around £30-£35 if you shop around enough. With Wolfenstein as the bundled game though, both packages are well worth a look if you're thinking of making the jump.

Thanks to Bure11 at HotUkDeals.

PS4 Console + Wolfenstein + 1 Year PS Plus £384.99

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Console bundles, hardware deals, PS4, PS4 games

PS4 Console + Wolfenstein + 1 Year PS Plus £384.99

PS4 Console + Wolfenstein: The New Order + 1 Year PS Plus Memebership
Game | £384.99

Game have a couple of tempting PS4 bundles today, the first being one with a PS4, the awesome new Wolfenstein game and a year long membership to PS Plus. PS Plus provides free games each month for PS4, PS3 and Vita making it the best value paid membership around, you also need it to play PS4 games online.

Thanks to Bure11 at HotUkDeals.

Sony admits their E3 "mistake" - letting Powers run too long

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Powers, PS4, Sony

Sony admits their E3 "mistake" - letting Powers run too long

Sony can usually be relied upon to deliver a stunning E3 press conference that lasts roughly an hour longer than it should, yet still packs plenty of exciting announcements. This year, however, we found ourselves drifting off to sleep halfway through the event despite having ingested an irresponsible amount of coffee, once Brian Bendis took to the stage to about something called "Powers" for what felt like three weeks.

This, it turns out, was a "mistake" according to Sony's Shuhei Yoshida.

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PS4 + Knack Bundle £319.99 at Co-Op

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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console deals, hardware deals, Knack, PS4, PS4 games

PS4 + Knack Bundle £319.99 at Co-Op

PS4 + Knack Bundle | Co-Op Electrical | £319.99 (with code) | Discount Code: WEL22

Using the WEL22 code you can knock £20 off the price of the Knack PS4 bundle at Co-Op electrical. This is the cheapest way to get your hands on a PS4 console today as the best price I can find for the console on its own is £337. Knack has taken a beating from the critics, but you can always trade it in or sling it on eBay, or even give it a go seeing as it's one of the only platformers on the PS4.

Thanks to Chanchi32 at HotUkDeals.

Pre-order a white PS4 with Destiny for £369.97 at GameStop

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Bungie, PS4, Sony

Pre-order a white PS4 with Destiny for £369.97 at GameStop

White PS4 + Destiny pre-order | GameStop | £369.97
Destiny Alpha Gameplay | Destiny preview

We're not entirely sure whether we actually like the white PS4. It's certainly very bright and won't show the dust, but will likely stick out like a sore thumb in your AV cabinet. Not to mention that contrast-coloured DualShock 4.

What we can agree on is that Destiny is shaping up to be great fun, so long as Bungie's FPSRPG irons out a few annoying quirks. Matt and Brendan have been playing the alpha, and if you'd like to play the finished version on Sony's bright white machine, you can pre-order one for a shade under £370 at GameStop. Thanks to bumbaclart @ HUKD!

Sony: 'It's our fault for not releasing The Last Guardian yet'

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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PS4, Sony, Team Ico

Sony: 'It's our fault for not releasing The Last Guardian yet'

It's really our fault for daring to dream

Every year we wonder if maybe, just maybe, The Last Guardian might finally re-emerge. Before being slapped down by cruel reality.

It's the definition of insanity, yet once again we dared to dream and saw absolutely nothing at Sony's E3 event. Shuhei Yoshida has once again apologised for the "roller coaster of emotions" that has been chugging around its tracks since the launch of the PS3, but still has little to announce.

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Who Won E3 2014? – The Press Conferences | Game Buzz Extra

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Features
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E3 2014, EA, Game Buzz, Microsoft, Nintendo, Podcast, PS4, PWNCAST, Sony, Ubisoft, Wii U, Xbox One

Who Won E3 2014? – The Press Conferences | Game Buzz Extra

Well the press conferences (and one pre-recorded Nintendo Direct) have come and gone, and in this special edition of Game Buzz, we pick apart the showing from all five big cheeses at this year's E3, and give a little insight into some of our personal highlights of the show thus far.

We'll nominate our winners and losers of the show thus far, before dropping the answer to the biggest and most redundant question of them all -- who won E3 2014?

Who Won E3 2014? – The Press Conferences | Game Buzz Extra. Recorded 11th June, 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.

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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Sony E3 2014 Press Conference: Watch It Here & Live Blog - 6PM PDT / 2AM BST

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Features
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E3 2014, PS Vita, PS Vita games, PS3, PS3 games, PS4, PS4 games, Sony, Sony E3 2014 Press Conference

Sony E3 2014 Press Conference: Watch It Here & Live Blog - 6PM PDT / 2AM BST

Date: June 9th
Time: 6pm PDT / 2am (June 10th) BST
strong>Watch it: PlayStation BlogPS4 App | GameTrailers.com | Twitch | Ustream
Our Sony E3 2014 predictions

Apparently, according to Sony at least, greatness awaits. But that was the motto last year, and although the PS4 itself is pretty sweet, the lack of games has been a problem. We're still waiting, Sony.

Hopefully, though, the quiet that has concerned us so these past few months will be blown away in tonight's press conference. We're expecting big names, for Sony to leverage its extensive first and second party partners to drop some serious surprises. Oh, and some more Vita games would be nice too.

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E3 2014 Predictions: Brendan’s Last Gasp Picks

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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E3 2014, EA, Microsoft, Nintendo, PS4, PS4 games, Sony, Ubisoft, Wii U, Wii U games, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

E3 2014 Predictions: Brendan’s Last Gasp Picks

Having a cheeky pre-E3 holiday was a great idea. Well, aside from the lack of internet, being awake for the last 36 hours, still having sand from the Aegean in my hair and suffering from regular twitchy lucid flashbacks of that spider that invaded my apartment one night.

But it’s the day before the biggest day in any gamers’ calendar and now that I’m no longer at the mercy of Wi-Fi powered by stray cats on a treadmill, I thought I better chuck in my Day zero predictions as the rest of the team have done for Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, EA and Ubisoft at E3 2014. Enjoy! I’m off to check my bed for spiders as big as my face.

 

E3 2014 Predictions: Brendan’s Last Gasp Picks

 

I’m fully expecting God of War and Uncharted to smash my socks off tomorrow night with on-stage gameplay demos. If these massive names don’t appear, I think many PS4 owners are going to join me in feeling pretty damn pissed. It’s high time Sony stopped going on about how nice they are bringing indie games to PS4 and started showing gamers something that really pushes their hardware to the limit.

Naturally, I’d like to see some innovative titles announced for the Project Morpheus VR headset, along with a list of third-party developers that are working on specific games or adding compatibility for it. Some solid details on pricing or a release date would be nice too.

I share a concern with some of my colleagues though, in that it’s looking like more and more of Sony’s killer games are bound for 2015. We really need something big for the Xmas rush instead of leaving it up to the usual suspects of FIFA, Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty – not that I can’t wait to play all of them too.

I can see the Vita barely getting a shout to be honest, aside from a new bundle with the PS4, or maybe we’ll see a western release of the Vita TV hardware. We’ve been saying it for years though, where are the system-selling games for this incredibly powerful machine? I’ve been crossing my fingers for another Uncharted game on the Vita for so long that my hands are starting to resemble pretzels.

Anticipated Highlight – Kevin Butler marking a return by tearing onto the stage on a motorbike to announce Road Rash for the PS4.

Want to hear more of my thoughts about Sony at E3? Then check out my feature, The Sunday Seven: Ways for Sony to Win E3 2014.

Click here to read my predictions for Microsoft, Nintendo, EA and Ubisoft.

E3 2014 Predictions: Sony

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Staff
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Features
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E3 2014, PS Vita, PS Vita games, PS3, PS3 games, PS4, PS4 games, Sony

E3 2014 Predictions: Sony

Sony came out fighting at last year's E3, determined to capitalise upon mixed messages from their competitors, and to solidify a lead as the new console generation dawned. They made their presser all about two things: games and undermining Microsoft, and they rather succeeded on both fronts. But fast forward six months and the PS4 release slate is fairly bare, with a paucity of concrete announcements and a slew of untimely delays. Put simply, Sony need a big E3 -- they talked the talk and it paid dividends, but now they need to walk the walk and unleash the exclusive talent that they've been building up for the past two decades.

Matt

E3 2014 Predictions: Sony

Sony need to come out swinging in order to keep momentum going into the second half of 2014, and with delay after delay for their already-revealed big hitters, it's time to crack out the big guns.

The trouble is that although appearances from the likes of Sony Santa Monica, Naughty Dog, and possibly even Quantic Dream are expected, nothing they're peddling is likely to emerge ahead of next year. All of Sony's first and second-party partners have been keeping very quiet indeed since the PS4's launch, so there are bound to be a bunch of surprises, and I'm looking forward to seeing what Sony Japan bring to the party, having given us some fantastically bonkers titles in the last couple of years.

There won't be a price cut for the PS4, that much is almost certain. Consoles don't get price cuts in the first year unless they're sinking like the Titanic. The Vita, however, may see its price point drop a little closer to the £100 mark. There'll be changes to PlayStation Plus too, in order to incorporate PS Now.

There'll be more indie stuff, but as we can see from the announced list there'll be a fair bit of repetition from last year given the meagre release slate we've endured thus far in 2014. If Sony can deliver some dates over the next few months, then that'll be awesome. They have an audience hungry for content.

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Game Buzz | Episode 79 - Who Will Win E3 2014?

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Matt Gardner
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News
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E3 2014, EA, Game Buzz, Microsoft, Nintendo, Podcast, PS4, PWNCAST, Sony, Ubisoft, Who Will Win E3?, Wii U, Xbox One

Game Buzz | Episode 79 - Who Will Win E3 2014?

E3 is almost upon us. Across Monday and Tuesday we'll be bombarded with sublime rhetoric and a dazzling array of shiny images as the biggest names in the business wheel out their biggest guns.

Naturally, we're asking the least most important question of all: Who's going to win?

That's right, folks. We weigh up the chances of Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft, Sony, and Nintendo and chat about what we reckon we'll be seeing from all five, and what each of them need to do to blow us away. Then we transform into tentacular psychic octopuses and whip out our crystal balls and shit gets real.

Let's do this!

Game Buzz | Episode 79 - Who Will Win E3 2014? Recorded 6th June, 2014.

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.

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Get a PS4 console for £299.99 at ShopTo's eBay outlet!

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PS4, Sony

Get a PS4 console for £299.99 at ShopTo's eBay outlet!

PS4 Console | ShopTo (eBay) | £299.99 (save £30)
PS4 Review

This is very cheap indeed, especially considering that the consoles in question are brand new.

Thanks to partyblast @ HUKD!

Get a PS4, Watch Dogs & new Wolfenstein for £365 at Tesco

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PS4, Sony

Get a PS4, Watch Dogs & new Wolfenstein for £365 at Tesco

PS4 Console bundle | Tesco | £379.00 (save £30+)
PS4 ReviewWolfenstein: First 30 Minutes | Voucher Code: TDX-LVY3

Our Wolfenstein review is going live imminently -- I wish we could say the same about Watch Dogs -- but both games appear to be really rather decent. You can get them with a shiny PS4 to play them on for £365 using Tesco's TDX-LVY3 voucher code. Thanks to stevesteca @ HUKD!

The voucher code expires at midnight, so get your skates on!

PS4 vs Xbox One | The Six Month Showdown

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Staff
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Features
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2014 Half Time, Games consoles, Next-gen, PS4, The Showdown, Xbox One

PS4 vs Xbox One | The Six Month Showdown

It's been six months since two hype trains raced into the station and pretty much wrecked the joint, six months since the PS4 and the Xbox One finally emerged into the sunlight and the next generation of video consoles truly arrived. Sales records have already been smashed, uptake on both consoles has been strong, but there's still a sense that we've not hit our stride yet. There's a feeling that we're still waiting on truly next-gen games to along with these shiny new pieces of hardware, and for some the reasons for making the generation jump might not be so clear.

But we're six months on from launch now, after a plethora of services updates, games releases, price fluctuations, and adventurous bundles. So has the landscape changed? If you haven't bought a new-gen console yet, is now the perfect time? And, if so, which one should you buy? Slapping down £400 for anything requires keen judgement and lots of weighing up of factors. Thankfully, we've done all of that for you. Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to our totally scientific, completely unbiased, rigorously researched six-month showdown.

It's PS4 vs Xbox One once again. Only this time, everyone's a little bit older.

Build Quality

PS4 vs Xbox One | The Six Month Showdown

PS4/Matt: I was sceptical of the PS4's design to begin with, back when all we had were images and wishful thinking, but I have to say it looks awesome. The touch buttons to start and eject are perhaps a little fiddly -- I'm never quite certain exactly where the sensors are so I sort of end up rubbing the general area in a worryingly sensual fashion, but that might just be me. In terms of build quality, though it feels incredibly robust and sturdy. It sometimes gets a little hot, the front groove is a dust magnet, the USB slots are occasionally tricky to find, and you don't want to use it as a coffee stand, but it's an outstanding piece of kit and surprisingly quiet.

Xbox One/Jon: Despite being tucked away in my AV cabinet, the Xbox One has revealed a significant flaw in its design: the glossy plastic half is a magnet for unsightly scratches. Dozens upon dozens of them have mysteriously appeared, alongside a deeper divot from something as simple as putting down a remote control. It's clear that Microsoft seriously cut corners in terms of materials here - and the piano black finish is a horrible dust trap to boot.

Otherwise, the console itself is still as quiet and solid as ever. It just looks like I dragged it through a thorny bush backwards.

Winner: PS4

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PS4 vs Xbox One: A Totally Scientific And Impartial Six-Month Showdown Podcast

Author:
Staff
Category:
Features
Tags:
2014 Half Time, Games consoles, Next-gen, Podcast, PS4, Xbox One

It's been six months since the PS4 and Xbox One launched, and it seems like a good point to take stock of the first half-year and see if it's worth buying a next-gen/new-gen console any more than it was back in November last year.

In many ways, it still feels right to call the PS4 and Xbox One "next-gen" consoles. After all, it doesn't exactly feel as though the new black boxes of gaming entertainment have quite hit their sides, nor that developers (especially third-party outfits) are giving the more powerful pieces of kit the attention that they perhaps deserve. But nonetheless, they have been flying off of the shelves since their winter launches, and there have been plenty of gamers delighted with their day one purchases.

But what of the rest of you? Still uncertain about making that leap? Don't know which console is actually the better proposition after six months of updates and new services, and key game releases? We fret not, because that's what we're here for. In the name of science, we've conducted a clinically impartial podcast of awesomeness to sort this out once and for all, and to inform you of the best possible choice you can make should you be thinking about buying a new console right now.

For science, then! And shits and giggles.

Get a PS4 & new Wolfenstein for £349 at Tesco

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
PS4, Sony

Get a PS4 & new Wolfenstein for £349 at Tesco

PS4 Console | Tesco | £349.00 (save £30+)
PS4 Review | Wolfenstein: First 30 Minutes | Voucher Code: TDX-LVY3

Matt's currently reviewing Wolfenstein, which Bethesda sent us far too late to do anything about, but the general consensus is that it's really rather good. You can get it with a PS4 to play it on for £349 using Tesco's TDX-LVY3 - arguably overkill if you're not that excited about the game, but great value if you're in the market for the console itself. Thanks to BuzzDuraband @ HUKD!