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PSA: Hacker group DerpTrolling hit PSN, Windows Live, 2K Games, login details at risk

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Matt Gardner
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News
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2K Games, Facebook, Hackers, PSA, PSN, Twitter, Windows LIVE

PSA: Hacker group DerpTrolling hit PSN, Windows Live, 2K Games, login details at risk

Another year, another hacker group somehow bored during silly season. This time it's a group by the name of DerpTrolling, who've gone and leaked a "very small portion" of login details they've amassed from the likes of the PSN, 2K's servers, and Windows Live amongst others.

The details were posted on Pastebin along with a message from DerpTrolling saying the following: "Dear Internet, The following is a very small portion of Lord Gaben and the rest of his crew's glorious raids across the high seas of the Internet." This was then followed up with "Let this be a warning to all. Nothing is safe from Derp."

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Big anime and JRPG game deals on PS3 and PS Vita in this week's PSN Sale

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Anime, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Final Fantasy XIII-2, JRPGs, PS Vita games, PS3 games, PS4 games, PSN

Big anime and JRPG game deals on PS3 and PS Vita in this week's PSN Sale

Anime fans are in for a treat with this week's PSN sale. After last week's PS4 deals, this week is mainly about discounts on PS3 and Vita, and they feature anime games and tie-ins, and JRPGs rather heavily. Here are a few of our favourites:

Those are just a few highlights, so be sure to check out the full list of this week's PSN deals.

Click here for all of this week's PSN deals >>

PSN vs Xbox LIVE: The Battle of Subscriptions and Services

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Games With Gold, PS Plus, PS4 games, PSN, Subscriptions, Xbox Live, Xbox One Games

PSN vs Xbox LIVE: The Battle of Subscriptions and Services

"I had Xbox LIVE for 10 years and didn't have as many outages as I have in my first year of PSN. It's crap."

I want to thank russ3333 for that comment there, left in the wake of the announcement that Sony would be performing maintenance on the PSN service the night before Far Cry 4 and the new-gen version of GTA V are due to be released. Sony even added in a disclaimer, warning that although the PSN was slated to come back online at midnight (at which point both games launch) the maintenance work could overrun. Given the long history of PSN downtime, you'd probably get competitive odds on the PSN still being offline by the time you got back from the midnight launch.

While writing this article, Sony announced that they were moving the scheduled maintenance forwards by an hour.

I had both an Xbox 360 and a PS3 for the majority of the previous console generation, and I did most of my multiplayer gaming on Xbox LIVE. It seemed ridiculous, sure -- you could play for free on PS3, after all -- but, as we've mentioned several times here onsite, Xbox LIVE proved to be far more stable and reliable and worthwhile in that regard. Sure, I was paying a £30 (under when there was a good deal, and there was always a good deal) premium per year, but that really wasn't much in the grand scheme of things.

PSN vs Xbox LIVE: The Battle of Subscriptions and Services

PlayStation Plus changed all of that, of course. Here was a subscription service that delivered an outstanding smorgasbord of free games and excellent discounts, and it kept getting better and better. Suddenly, you didn't really need to buy games any more for your PS3.

Of course, standing at the end of 2014, the subscription services on Xbox One and PS4 are broadly similar. You need subscriptions to play online across both platforms now, and Microsoft introduced Games With Gold to try and rival PlayStation Plus. The two subscriptions cost about the same, but although there are broad similarities and parallels, it's clear that each side's original strengths still remain their biggest selling points.

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Get £5 off when you spend £25.00 at PayPal Digital Gifts - PSN, Steam, Nintendo gift cards

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Nintendo eShop, PayPal, PSN, Steam, Voucher codes

Get £5 off when you spend £25.00 at PayPal Digital Gifts - PSN, Steam, Nintendo gift cards

Want some PSN or Steam credit in the bank for when Black Friday rolls around? Well, you can get £5 off when you spend £25 though Paypal Digital Gifts. Clicking through and signing in will take you to Paypal's Digital Gifts page, where you can then fill your basket with top-ups for Steam and your PlayStation or Nintendo wallet, add some iTunes credit, or top up your Facebook account.

What will you spend your money on? Good spot by scorpio iscariot from HUKD!

UPDATE! PSN down for maintenance this coming Monday, moved forward by an hour

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Maintenance, PS3 games, PS4 games, PSN

UPDATE! PSN down for maintenance this coming Monday, moved forward by an hour

Just as far Cry 4 and GTA V are due to release... there's some PSN maintenance coming! Woooooo, we get to crack out our PSN no entry pic again!

Oh, wait... the opposite... BOOOOOOOOO!

Yes, that's right folks, the PlayStation Network will be taken offline for maintenance at 6PM GMT this coming Monday, November 17th. It'll be out of action until midnight on Tuesday, November 18th.

As per usual, PSN users will be unable to log in to Account Management, PS Home or the PlayStation Store during this time, however if you're already signed in, online gameplay and third-party services should still be available.

Sony have covered their butts with a further disclaimer, saying that there "may be some additional downtime after the maintenance period for testing purposes". With GTA V and Far Cry 4 on sale at midnight on the Tuesday, that might be a bit of a problem.

UPDATE: Sony have brought the six-hour maintenance window forwards by an hour.

Daily Gaming Deals Roundup – 12/11/14 | Killzone, PSN sale, FREE Witcher 2 and Mount & Blade

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
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Console bundles, Daily Deals, Freebies, Games deals roundup, games vouchers, GOG.com, Humble Bundle, Killzone: Mercenary, PS4 games, PSN

Daily Gaming Deals Roundup – 12/11/14 | Killzone, PSN sale, FREE Witcher 2 and Mount & Blade

You know the drill by now, time to take a look at some of the hottest gaming bargains and console bundle deals that have graced us this Wednesday.

Humble Jumbo Bundle 3 is frankly ridiculous

  • Free copies of Insurgency, beat the average for Blackguards and GRID 2, $12 to unlock the absurdly awesome Saints Row IV. What are you waiting for?

Grab Killzone: Mercenary (PS Vita) for just £6.99 on PSN

  • Go on, give your Vita some love. Turn it back on again and blast some Helghast. There were some big fat PSN deals to be had today, speaking of which...

Big PS4 savings & double discounts in this week's PSN Sale

  • I'm going to need a bigger hard drive.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare only £31.90 on Xbox One at The Game Collection (via Rakuten)

  • Make hay while the sun shines! That Rakuten voucher code MSERAK10 is still good to go, and you'll need it to get COD at this price, but go nuts! Make the most of it!

Pre-owned handheld consoles from £20 instore at GAME

  • We're talking PSPs for £20, DSi XLs for £50. Head down to your local GAME and you could bag a Christmas steal. Thanks aqueel97!

Get six Steam strategy games for £5.89 in the 1C Strategy Bundle

This is a serious saving, if you're a King's Bounty fan. Not even GOG's ridiculous autumn sale is matching this.

GOG kicks off its Big Fall Sale

Games Voucher of the Day

£10 off a £40 spend over at Rakuten with the code MSERAK10

Make the most of it while you can! Thanks Chanchi32!

Freebie of the Day

Oh this is a good one. Remember that GOG sale?

You'll need to scroll down the main page until you hit the banner. Then just click on it. Simples.

Better yet, if you check in with GOG every day throughout their big sale, scroll down to a further box that reads "FREE GAME + MOVIE: KEEP VISITING GOG.COM TO GET THIS GIFT". There are seven boxes for the seven days of the sale, click the relevant box as they unlock to be rewarded with a free copy of The Witcher 2 at the end of the week!

We love you CD Projekt!

Be sure to check out the rest of our regular games deals posts here.

New PlayStation Plus PS4 deals in - Sleeping Dogs, Sniper Elite 3, UFC, Garden Warfare

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
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PS Plus, PS4 games, PSN, Sleeping Dogs, Sniper Elite 3, UFC, Valiant Hearts: The Great War

New PlayStation Plus PS4 deals in - Sleeping Dogs, Sniper Elite 3, UFC, Garden Warfare

The PlayStation Plus PS4 deals for the next fortnight are live on the PlayStation Store already ahead of the usual big announcement, and we've rounded up a whole bunch of them, with some games discounted to the tune of up to 60% off.

The Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition deal leads the line with strong support from the likes of Sniper Elite 3, EA SPORTS UFC, and big savings on indie titles such as Flockers, Counterspy, and the superlative Valiant Hearts.

NB. You'll need a PS Plus subscription to get the games at these prices.

We'll update the list accordingly, and we'll have the big PSN update roundup for you later too.

Massive PSN Sale hits PS4, PS3 & Vita

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
PS Vita games, PS3 games, PS4 games, PSN

Massive PSN Sale hits PS4, PS3 & Vita

Sony aren't pulling any punches with this week's PSN sale, which is utterly enormous. On the PS4 we find big savings on Child Of Light, Transistor, Trials Fusion, SteamWorld Dig, Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut, Strider and more. Vita owners can grab Lone Survivor, Monster Monpiece and Luftrausers at serious discounts, just for starters, while the PS3 selection spans everything from AfterBurner Climax to Gunstar Heroes.

Get on it! We've got all the details and links below, courtesy of the EU PlayStation Blog and stevenjameshyde @ HUKD!

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PSN Store Sale includes big games and niche gems

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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PS Vita games, PS3 games, PSN

PSN Store Sale includes big games and niche gems

Another week, another sale, another hilariously poor offering of PlayStation 4 "discounts." Oh ambassador, with this £39.99 Watch Dogs deal you are really spoiling us. No Ferrero Rochers for you, Sony.

Thankfully it's a different story on PS3 and Vita, which boast plenty of actual savings to be made. XCOM: Enemy Within is only £9.99, including the original game, while the Splinter Cell Trilogy will set you back £5.49. For me, though, it's an opportunity to sample a host of niche localised Japanese titles at a serious discount, including the "dangerously sexy" Demon Gaze for £15.99, the Atelier series alongside Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable and 2025. Forget the Ferrero Rochers, have some Pocky instead.

EDF! EDF! As always, we've got the prices and links below courtesy of the PlayStation Blog and voyager123 @ HUKD!

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Second wave of PlayStation Summer Sale deals now live

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
PS3 games, PS4 games, PSN, PSN games, Sony

Second wave of PlayStation Summer Sale deals now live

Sony have dropped another wave of PSN deals across PS3, PS Vita and PSP, this time seeing us through until August 27th, with discounts from series such as Assassin's Creed, Bioshock, Need For Speed, and Rayman.

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Valiant Hearts Is Too Brave To Exist, But We're So Glad It Does | Hands-On Preview

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
Tags:
Adventure Games, Games previews, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, PSN, Puzzle games, Ubisoft, Ubisoft Montpellier, XBLA, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Valiant Hearts Is Too Brave To Exist, But We're So Glad It Does | Hands-On Preview

Platforms: PC | PS3 | PS4 (tested) | Xbox 360 | Xbox One

Developer: Ubisoft Montpellier (small internal team)

Publisher: Ubisoft

Hand on heart: I've never played anything remotely like Valiant Hearts: The Great War.

Perhaps that's not technically true. As a 2D puzzle adventure with simple yet engaging mechanics, we've had plenty of seemingly similar games to choose from over the last few years, but the tiny passionate team behind this UbiArt-powered title have managed to create an experience that would been laughed out of boardrooms across the industry.

Consider a game set in the grim battlefields of World War One... but with puzzles instead of visceral combat. A story that makes no-one the villain, instead focusing on the real people on both sides of the conflict and their personal dramas. A stylised and cartoony visual treat hand-drawn by a single designer, that still manages to flesh out strong characters with a bare minimum of dialogue. Featuring brainteasers that challenge players while not bogging down the all-important plot. Inspired by a small museum of correspondence and artefacts from the front, educating us about real events without becoming horribly depressing.

Valiant Hearts Is Too Brave To Exist, But We're So Glad It Does | Hands-On Preview

In effect, Valiant Hearts is too ridiculously left-field and experimental to exist by conventional AAA publishing logic, yet here it comes courtesy of Ubisoft. Having spent several hours playing the latest production build at their Guildford UK headquarters, accompanied by associate producers Gregory Hermittant and Guillaume Cerda, I can report that it promises to be rather special indeed.

You'll laugh, you'll cry and you might just learn something too - so long as the finished article matches our impressions so far.

Click here to continue [Beware mild spoilers] >>

SingOn Review | Your Streaming Karaoke Machine

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Karaoke games, Music games, PS3 games, PSN, SingOn, SingOn Inc.

SingOn Review | Your Streaming Karaoke Machine

Platform: PS3 (PSN, free client download/trial) | Other platforms TBA

Developer: SingOn Inc.

SingOn feels like the next generation of living room karaoke.

If you want to sing without complications, fuss or spending much money, this revolutionary Finnish upstart is pretty much everything you could want. It's a streaming service client as opposed to a locked-in boxed game, granting you access to hundreds and hundreds of songs that are updated on a weekly basis, always including the very latest charts alongside rock, jazz, cheese, rap, film classics and even Finnish folk music. Every decade is represented, every genre has plenty of choice on offer, and it's all delivered on our terms.

SingOn Review | Your Streaming Karaoke Machine

£2.99 nets you full access to the entire library for three hours, more than enough for an evening of crooning, letting you stream and sing to your heart's content while laying out considerably less than the cost of a London pint. Or an entire weekend sorted for £5.99. The days of having to spend £40 on a limited selection of tracks, many of which you won't like and will never sing, are well and truly over. If you've got a microphone, a PS3 and an internet connection, it's game on.

However, SingOn is more of a karaoke machine than a karaoke game - and it's clear that the service still has a way to go before it can cement its place in the lounge.

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Mighty Wings or Cheap Trick? - Ace Combat Infinity launches next month

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
F2P, Project Aces, PS3 games, PSN

Following a successful beta earlier this year, Ace Combat Infinity is too close for missiles and other lazy Top Gun references.

In fact, let's get them out of our system now, shall we? You can be my wingman any time. Highway to the Danger Zone. Take me to bed or lose me forever. Yeehaw, Jester's dead! Paging Doctor Loggins... oh, hang on, that was an Archer reference.

Never mind, because the take-home message here is that Ace Combat Infinity will release on the European PSN on May 28th. It's free-to-play and designed about competitive co-op, set in the modern day yet taking bosses, familiar faces and enemies from brilliant Strangereal universe, making it the gutsiest move I ever saw, Mav. Come on, I had to leave one for last. Matt delivered a hands-on preview if you want a closer look.

SingOn Preview | The 'Next Generation Karaoke Game' Might Be The Last You'll Ever Need

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
Tags:
Karaoke games, Music games, PS3 games, PSN, SingOn, SingOn Inc.

SingOn Preview | The 'Next Generation Karaoke Game' Might Be The Last You'll Ever Need

In case you haven't noticed, we're big fans of karaoke here at Dealspwn.com. There's little more enjoyable than thoroughly embarrassing ourselves by tipsily belting out awful versions of classic songs from the diaphragm, and videogames have long been on hand to scratch our itch; from SingStar and Lips to the likes of We Sing and even Rock Band.

But there's a problem. Every time a new karaoke game comes out, we find ourselves gravitating to three or four songs in the track list, restricted by the 20-40 tunes on the disc. There's always filler material, there's always bumf that literally no-one likes to sing, while themed sequels and track packs leave fans of other decades or genres sitting glumly on the sofa and wishing that they'd gone to that other party instead.

SingOn Preview | The 'Next Generation Karaoke Game' Might Be The Last You'll Ever Need

SingOn aims to change all that. We've seen so many games trying to become "services" over the last few years, usually with disastrous results, but for Karaoke games this new startup makes perfect sense. It's effectively a free client that grants players access to a continually-updated streaming roster of hundreds of songs throughout numerous genres, on their own terms. Whether charging a couple of quid for a night, a few Pounds for weekend access or spending the price of a regular game for a year's unfettered use, SingOn is all about letting us choose exactly when and exactly what we want to sing.

The passionate developers describe SingOn as the "next generation of Karaoke games," and though it's rolling out on PS3 first, PlayStation Network is just the very first step in a plan for global domination across multiple platforms.

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Luftrausers Review | Mighty Wings

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Arcade games, Devolver Digital, PC, PC games, PS Vita, PS Vita games, PS3, PS3 games, PSN, SHMUP, Vlambeer

Luftrausers Review | Mighty Wings

Platforms: PC | PS3 (tested) | PS Vita (reviewed)

Developer: Vlambeer

Publisher: Devolver Digital

My customised fighter screams into the sepia sky from the holds of a lurking Unterseeboot, a lone aeroplane against an entire air force. The enemy is on my six in seconds, swarming around me like gnats, filling the skies with fire as patrol boats throw up a hail of anti-air ordinance. I merrily dance through the flack, redline my engines towards the stratosphere, then turn on a sixpence and lock into a controlled stall; shredding an entire squadron of fighters as I plummet towards the ocean. My plane hits hits the water, but keeps going, erupting back out of the waves as my machine guns pummel the enemy frigates into twisted metal.

Luftrausers makes me feel like an ace pilot - no, I am an ace pilot. I am Baron Jon Richthofen! I'm a force of nature, the Sky Captain, a real slam-bang honest-to-goodness three-fisted humdinger. I'm a bona fide supraman... oh no, wait, now I'm just a small pile of burning canvas. A battleship zeroed its ruinous deck guns on my position and brought me quite literally down to Earth. Damn.

Luftrausers Review | Mighty Wings

Never mind, though, because next time my plane will have a thicker hull, detonate in an enormous explosion and carry a brace of lasers on its chin.

Vlambeer are masters of taking classic arcade concepts and making them sing, and they've done it again.

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PSN: Great Value Games sale sees over 50 games discounted inc. Uncharted, God of War, Deus Ex

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Fat Princess, God Of War, Just Cause 2, PS Vita games, PS3 games, PSN, Rain, Sony, Uncharted 2

PSN: Great Value Games sale sees over 50 games discounted inc. Uncharted, God of War, Deus Ex

Sony have gone big with a new PSN sale boasting discounts for over fifty games on the network, from older classics such as Tomb Raider, Crash Bandicoot, and Hitman, to newer marquee titles such as Uncharted 2, Rain, Tokyo Jungle, and God of War HD.

Check out the full list after the jump >>

Strider Review | Sharp Combat With A Shadow Complex

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
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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February PS Store sale now live, features Knack, GT6, Tearaway, and more

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
PS Vita games, PS3 games, PS4 games, PSN, Sony

February PS Store sale now live, features Knack, GT6, Tearaway, and more

Sony have gone live with their February PlayStation Store sale, and there are a host of nice-looking digital deals in there, including discounts for the likes of Knack, Gran Turismo 6, Catherine, Tearaway, and (for the last week of the month) The Last of Us.

Check out the full list after the jump.

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The Wolf Among Us: Episode 2 is out next week, sink your teeth into a trailer

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Adventure Games, iOS games, PC, PC games, PS3, PS3 games, PSN, Telltale Games, trailer, XBLA, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 games

About time too. After the exceptional first episode of The Wolf Among Us left us with a truly shocking cliffhanger, Telltale left us hanging for three months. Three months I've spent gnawing on my newsdesk and clawing at my hair in closure-less anguish. Three months that I've spent desperately pining for any new info while daydreaming of foulmouthed cockney frogs.

Thankfully Telltale are finally ready to release Episode 2 - entitled 'Smoke & Mirrors' - next week, presumably Wednesday and Thursday across multiple platforms. Since the PC version can only be bought as a season pass, we're keen to see if Telltale can keep the quality up. Expect subplots to thicken, more revelations, plenty of raw violence and about a thousand more unanswered questions.

In case you didn't know, The Wolf Among Us brings classic Fairy Tales into a gritty and complex 80s setting, and does so majestically. Be sure to read our spoiler-free 9/10 review for our verdict.