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Deadly Premonintion Director's Cut only £1.99 on Steam until 16:00 today

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Jonathan Lester
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Deadly Premonintion Director's Cut only £1.99 on Steam until 16:00 today

Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut | Steam | £4.00
Deadly Premonition Review

Deadly Premonition is shonky, bare-bones, incredibly weird and absolutely one of the best games of the last console generation. This Lynchian masterpiece tells one of the best stories ever delivered by a videogame, through some of the most memorable and damaged characters you'll ever encounter in the medium. It's chilling, uncanny, surprisingly vast, packed with personality and quite frankly essential for any Twin Peaks/Alan Wake fans out there.

And it's 90% off until 16:00 this afternoon. Go get it!

Cloudbuilt only £3.19 at Gamefly (with code)

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Jonathan Lester
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Cloudbuilt, Platformer, Rising Star games

Cloudbuilt only £3.19 at Gamefly (with code)

Cloudbuilt | Gamefly | £3.19 (RRP: £14.99)
Cloudbuilt Review

If you're looking for a brand new challenge with a high skill ceiling, Cloudbuilt might be one of the smartest buys this year. It's a superb speedrunning platformer with glorious cel shading and serious speed courtesy of being strapped to a massive rocket mech suit, but this insane velocity takes some serious getting used to. It's all there in the review --  and Gamefly will save you a few quid.

Rising Star Games celebrate 10th Birthday with 3DS sale

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Jonathan Lester
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Rising Star Games celebrate 10th Birthday with 3DS sale

Happy birthday, Rising Star Games! Having spent ten years sourcing niche games and bringing them to Europe, the venerable localisers have decided to celebrate by throwing a 3DS eShop sale. Highlights include BIT.TRIP Saga for £7.20 and Virtue's Last Reward for £9.99.

You'll find the offers on the eShop, hence no links. Thanks to riverlution @ HUKD!

  • Beyblade: Evolution (-50%): £9.99
  • BIT TRIP SAGA (-60%): £7.20
  • Girls’ Fashion Shoot (-60%): £7.99
  • Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi (-60%): £11.99
  • Harvest Moon: Tale of Two Towns (-50%): £8.99
  • Hometown Story (-50%): £14.99
  • Jewel Master: Cradle of Rome 2 (-75%): £4.49
  • Jewel Master: Cradle of Egypt 2 (-75%): £4.49
  • Shifting World (-60%): £7.20
  • Super Black Bass 3D (-75%): £4.49
  • Virtue’s Last Reward (-50%): £9.99

Cloudbuilt only £3.74 at Bundle Stars (Steam)

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Jonathan Lester
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Cloudbuilt only £3.74 at Bundle Stars (Steam)

Cloudbuilt | Bundle Stars | £3.74 (RRP: £14.99)
Cloudbuilt Review

If you're looking for a brand new challenge with a high skill ceiling, Cloudbuilt might be one of the smartest buys this year. It's a superb speedrunning platformer with glorious cel shading and serious speed courtesy of being strapped to a massive rocket mech suit. It's all there in the review --  and Bundle Stars will save you more than £11 versus the Steam RRP.

Rising Star Games turns ten, discounts loads of PS3, Vita & PSP games

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Jonathan Lester
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Rising Star Games turns ten, discounts loads of PS3, Vita & PSP games

Rising Star Games turn ten this year, marking a decade of bringing niche Japanese games to the US and Europe. So what better way to celebrate than a whole host of sales on multiple platforms? A number of 3DS titles will be discounted next week -- I've already scheduled the post (details on HUKD) -- but today PS3 and PS Vita owners can reap the benefits on a number of cult classics.

Speaking of cult classics, Deadly Premonition is probably the cream of the crop at £8.99. Love it or hate it, this mechanically flawed gem still delivers one of the best storylines to ever grace a videogame. So says Mr Lester. Other highlights include Sorcery Saga: Curse Of The Great Curry God for £8.99 on Vita and Half-Minute Hero at £2.99 on PSP (Vita compatible). I've linked to our reviews, so do check them out if you want to know more.

Peruse the savings below or at the EU PlayStation Blog, and do wish Rising Star many happy returns!

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It's about time you played Deadly Premonition for only £4 on PC

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Jonathan Lester
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It's about time you played Deadly Premonition for only £4 on PC

Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut | Bundle Stars | £4.00
Deadly Premonition Review

Deadly Premonition is shonky, bare-bones, incredibly weird and absolutely one of the best games of the last console generation.

Indeed, this Lynchian masterpiece tells one of the best stories ever delivered by a videogame, through some of the most memorable and damaged characters you'll ever encounter in the medium. It's chilling, uncanny, surprisingly vast, packed with personality and quite frankly essential for any Twin Peaks/Alan Wake fans out there. For £4, you'll even be able to forgive its hilariously rough edges. Thanks and credit to jimonyzangs @ HUKD, who found this yesterday!

Hometown Story Review | Little Shop Of Boredom

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Jonathan Lester
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3DS Games, Natsume, Rising Star games, Strategy games, Yasuhiro Wada

Hometown Story Review | Little Shop Of Boredom

Platform: 3DS

Developer: Natsume

Publisher: Rising Star Games

Hometown Story ought to be a lovely little thing. The creator of Harvest Moon sets the stage for another heartwarming tale of self-discovery and graft as a young lad (or lass) returns to their childhood village to take over their late grandmother's shop. We'll stack shelves, go fishing, meet a cast of characters and generally learn the value of a hard day's work, all brought to life in appropriately colourful fashion. After all, Yasuhiro Wada usually manages to turn chores into an addictive adventure.

It certainly hits the right emotional notes right from the off. The pastel cel-shaded visuals, adorable chibi stylings and uplifting soundtrack do a great job of making us feel like we're in a home away from home, a relaxed yet playful town to live in, explore and peddle your wares to at as high a price as possible.

Shame it doesn't last.

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Cloudbuilt Review | Rocket Hardcore

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Jonathan Lester
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Cloudbuilt Review | Rocket Hardcore

Platform: PC (£14.99)

Developer: Coilworks

Publisher: Rising Star Games

Cloudbuilt was always going to be great. How could it not be? Here we have a cel-shaded Sci-Fi platformer that straps you into a sleek mech suit, points you at sprawling versatile levels and then lights the blue touch paper under massive rocket boosters. Free to defy gravity and pull off insane jet-powered parkour against the clock, we're loosed into a speed running playground. It's effortlessly stylish, overcoming humble roots with achingly beautiful art direction, set within the unrestrained imagination of a mysterious military operative with time on her hands.

And it's fast. So impossibly fast, quick enough to literally take your breath away and put some windburn on your cheeks. First impressions are like being strapped to a Saturn V and holding on for dear life... but once you've learned how to steer it, you'll point yourself straight up at Cloudbuilt's distant skill ceiling and never look back.

After a lot of vicious and uncontrollable swearing, mind, because Cloudbuilt is made of seriously stern stuff.

Cloudbuilt Review | Rocket Hardcore

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Cloudbuilt launches today, get an 10% discount on Steam

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Jonathan Lester
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Coilworks, PC, PC games, Platformer, Rising Star games

Cloudbuilt, the gorgeous and blisteringly fast speed-running time attack platformer from Coilworks, has released today on Steam at a 10% discount - saving you £1.50. As I explain in our hands-on preview (and as mentioned in Steam's store listing), Cloudbuilt presents an intense, technical and satisfying challenge, especially if you're a perfectionist with feline reflexes and saintly patience. Expect fluid parkour, only with enough rocket-powered mech suit action to make Titanfall blush.

Our full review is coming soon, but for now, why not watch our Let's Play video above?

COMPETITION | WIN Sorcery Saga: Curse Of The Great Curry God! [PS Vita]

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Jonathan Lester
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COMPETITION | WIN Sorcery Saga: Curse Of The Great Curry God! [PS Vita]

The PlayStation Vita plays host to an amazing variety of cult classics, localised gems and awesome left-field surprises that you just can't find anywhere else. We've been glued to Sony's handheld since the year began, thanks in part to games like Sorcery Saga: Curse Of The Great Curry God. This 'moe' Roguelike may be utterly adorable, but it's also fiercely challenging and compelling, providing hours of rewarding dungeon delving and unpredictable tactical combat.

"Magic school dropout Pupuru is horrified to learn that her local curry shop is being put out of business by a major chain, so she summarily sets out to concoct a legendary curry to pull in the punters," I wrote in our full review. "On her way, she'll meet a cast of bizarre (and equally curry-obsessed) characters... the story is light and frothy, resonating surprisingly well with us Brits due to our famous love of all things curry-related."

"If you like your curry hot and your games hardcore, this might be your tikka to gaming pleasure."

It'll currently set you back £29.99 on PSN... but Rising Star Games have kindly provided us with TWO Vita download codes to give away!

Winning a copy couldn't be simpler. Just drop us a comment in the box below and tell us what your favourite curry is! The two winners will be randomly selected - so while awful curry puns are absolutely encouraged, they're just for fun. Korman, what are you waiting for?

Competition closes Monday 10th March 2014 at 17:00 GMT. Winners will be notified via the email address associated with their Dealspwn account, so please make sure that it's valid! Multiple entries will be disqualified. Note that these download codes can only be redeemed on a European PSN account, as per Sony's policy. Good luck, everyone!

Sorcery Saga: Curse Of The Great Curry God Review | Rogue-an Josh

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Jonathan Lester
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Sorcery Saga: Curse Of The Great Curry God Review | Rogue-an Josh

Platform: PS Vita

Developer: Compile Heart

Publisher: Rising Star Games

Sorcery Saga: Curse Of The Great Curry God is cute as a button. Everything is colourful, upbeat and utterly adorable, as our cheerful heroine sets out on a quest to save her favourite curry shop with her roly-poly, fuzzy-wuzzly, cuddly-wuddly pink pal Kuu. From the merrily-frolicking Chickmunks (chicken + chipmunks... awww!) to the bop-along background music, the whole thing is delightful and disarming.

It's a trap, of course, but at least I was ready this time. Having reviewed the likes of Fortune Summoners and Eryi's Action, I've learned an important rule about localised Japanese games: the more adorable and disarming the art direction, the rougher its ruthlessly hardcore gameplay will spank you.

Sorcery Saga is no exception, using its beguiling charms to disguise a tough and rewarding roguelike that joins a burgeoning cult library on the PlayStation Vita. If you like your curry hot and your games hardcore, this might be your tikka to gaming pleasure.

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Cloudbuilt Hands-On Preview | Breathtaking, Blistering, Beautiful

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Jonathan Lester
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Cloudbuilt, Coilworks, Games previews, PC, PC games, Rising Star games

Cloudbuilt Hands-On Preview | Breathtaking, Blistering, Beautiful

Platform: PC

Developer: Coilworks

Publisher: Rising Star Games

Cloudbuilt is absolutely breathtaking in every sense of the word. Not only is this indie platformer an achingly beautiful masterclass in hand-drawn art design, but it's blisteringly fast, taking everything we know about parkour and strapping it directly onto a Saturn V rocket.

You wouldn't know it from the start, though. We find ourselves in a deserted empty city, a lonely expanse of dark corridors floating over an endless abyss, controlling an ethereal figure with no name or purpose. As we explore, we gradually learn the basics; jumps, double leaps, grabs, then graduating to wallruns as we search or answers. Eventually the truth will out, revealing that the action takes place in the broken mind of a recovering injured military operative.

Cloudbuilt Hands-On Preview | Breathtaking, Blistering, Beautiful

Some games would have taken things off in a soulful and melancholy direction, but Cloudbuilt does quite the opposite. Freed from the tyranny of realism and convenional geometry by their imaginative setting, Coilworks waste no time in pouring our heroine into a battle exoskeleton armed with massive rocket boosters and a laser cannon, then loose her onto some outrageously twisted arenas against the clock. Oh yes. We loved the premise ever since it was first unveiled, so I'm delighted to report that the preview build is shaping up to be a bit of a belter ahead of its late March release.

Even though, as you'll know if you watched my first impressions video, I do rather suck at it.

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Let's Play... Cloudbuilt | Forget Cloud Power, This Is Rocket Power!

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Jonathan Lester
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Let's Play... Cloudbuilt | Forget Cloud Power, This Is Rocket Power!

Cloudbuilt has been haunting our dreams ever since we first laid eyes on it. Not only is this Swedish platformer achingly beautiful, but it's also a fantastic gameplay proposition, hinging around pulling off insane feats of agility against the clock in some geometrically implausible stages.

The fact that it stars a mysterious protagonist clad in an epic mech suit equipped with rocket boosters and a laser cannon is just icing on the rambunctious speedrunning cake.

We'll have a full hands-on preview ready for you very soon, but here's a first look at Cloudbuilt in action to get you in the mood, featuring my attempts to suck as little as possible in some early levels.

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Deadly Premonition Locks Down PC Release Date

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Jonathan Lester
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Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut, Horror games, PC games, Rising Star games, SWERY65

Deadly Premonition Locks Down PC Release Date

Following an enthusiastic Steam Greenlight campaign, cult horror thriller Deadly Premonition is headed to PC on November 1st.  This director's cut edition contains all the enhancements of the recently-released PS3 version, and in my opinion, is a must-play for anyone with a love for strong storytelling and characterisation. Rough around the edges, but tells a yarn that ranks amongst the best ever delivered by any videogame.

So says Mr. Lester.

Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut Seeks PC Release

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Jonathan Lester
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Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut Seeks PC Release

PC gamers will have a chance of playing Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut thanks to a Steam Greenlight campaign. We've got all the details below, including a new trailer and extra features for the PC port.

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Deadly Premonition - Director's Cut | £19.85 | ShopTo | PS3

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Deadly Premonition | Playstation 3

Deadly Premonition - Director's Cut | £19.85 | ShopTo | PS3

Deadly Premonition – Director’s Cut | ShopTo | £19.85 (Save £4)
PS3 price comparison | Deadly Premonition (Xbox 360) Review

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Deadly Premonition: Director’s Cut Gets Bonkers Launch Trailer

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Jonathan Lester
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Deadly Premonition: Director’s Cut Gets Bonkers Launch Trailer

Swery has released a new trailer for Deadly Premonition's PS3-exclusive director's cut, which is out this Friday. It's totally insane stuff, and rather wonderful to boot. As I explain in our Deadly Premonition review, it's a truly divisive rough diamond, but tells one of the most gripping stories ever to have graced the medium. Expect retouched visuals and extra content in this new version.

If you're a fan of Twin Peaks and all things uncanny, make sure this is on your radar.

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Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut Hits European PS3s Next Month

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Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut Hits European PS3s Next Month

April 26th... In The Coffee?!

Rising Star Games have announced that the Deadly Premonition: The Directors Cut will arrive in Europe on April 26th, bringing the divisive cult classic to the PS3. This new version packs major refinements, enhancements and new content, which should help smooth out some of the rough edges surrounding one of the best stories ever told by a videogame.

No, really.

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Bit.Trip Saga | £7.85 | ShopTo | 3DS

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Jonathan Lester
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Bit.Trip Saga | £7.85 | ShopTo | 3DS

If you fancy playing some fantastic reflex-driven music games on the move, look no further than Bit.Trip Saga. This 3DS compilation crams the entire acclaimed series onto a single Game Pak, along with gorgeous 3D visuals and excellent new control schemes. So long as you have a decent pair of headphones, this dead is one of the best we've ever seen for the collection.

Thanks to Syzable at HotUKDeals

[EXPIRED] Little King's Story | £9.85 | ShopTo | Wii

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Jonathan Lester
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[EXPIRED] Little King's Story | £9.85 | ShopTo | Wii

Little King's Story is a fun and disarmingly charming game from the Harvest Moon developers, which I'd actually rate well above any of the farming sims. If you're looking for an aesthetically gorgeous RPG/RTS hybrid with strong characters and plenty of content, you can't go far wrong for just under a tenner. A sequel is headed to the Vita in a matter of days, but it'll likely cost upwards of £30.

Thanks to andywedge at HotUKDeals.