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

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Activision, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, FPS games, Games deals, Sledgehammer Games, Xbox One Games

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

We're already seeing some cheap Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare deals mere days after launch, and this one is a corker. At £31.90, The Game Collection's Rakuten marketlace listing is probably the cheapest you'll find it this side of Black Friday.

Make sure to use voucher code MSERAK10 for the extra discount! You'll need to make/have a full account, as guests can't redeem vouchers (those clever so-and-sos!). Brendan's review praises the game as a return to form and a new paradigm for multiplayer funtimes, and I agree entirely, though identifying friend from foe can be a right old pain. Many thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD for spotting this excellent deal, and Chanchi32 for posting the voucher code!

Get Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on PS4 for just £34.85 from Simply Games

Author:
Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Activision, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, FPS games, Games deals, PS4 games, Sledgehammer Games

Get Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on PS4 for just £34.85 from Simply Games

Well, I wasn't expecting to see a deal this good for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare so quickly. It's the cheapest offer we've seen for the PS4 version, and will save you around £5 over the next best listing elsewhere.

As our review explains, Advanced Warfare is not only a well-polished instalment, but a highly refreshing take on the franchise. After all, there’s Exo-suit antics in the well-balanced multiplayer modes, and Kevin Spacey being Kevin Spacey in the single player campaign. Which is nice. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!

Get Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on PC for just £26.99 from SimplyCDKeys

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Activision, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, FPS games, game deals, PC games, Sledgehammer Games

Get Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on PC for just £26.99 from SimplyCDKeys

While the focus is on the console version these days, those wishing to play Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on PC can take advantage of a fantastic launch deal from SimplyCDKeys. Coming in under the £30 price mark would ensure it is a notable bargain in itself, but the fact it will save you over £10 compared to the next best price makes it all the sweeter.

We’re still working on our review, but the word from elsewhere on the web suggests it’s not only a well-polished instalment, but a highly refreshing take on the franchise. After all, there’s Exo-suit antics in the well-balanced multiplayer modes, and Kevin Spacey being Kevin Spacey in the single player campaign. Which is nice. Remember – this deal requires a Steam account to play the game.

Thanks to the_ghost @ HUKD for the find!

PREVIEW | Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare feels like the future

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
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Activision, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, FPS games, Games previews, Gamescom 2014, Sledgehammer Games

PREVIEW | Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare feels like the future

No, really

"Here we go again," I yawned as my first multiplayer match in this year's Call Of Duty started to count down. "Business as usual." Right before I leapt a full storey-and-a-half into the air, airboosted onto a roof, slammed into the ground and shredded two opponents into chunky kibbles with a pair of high-tech miniguns.

I cackled like a madman. Then, perhaps deservedly, my celebration was cut short by a terminal dose of laser to the face.

When it comes to teaching an old dog new tricks, you can't go far wrong by strapping your mutt into an insanely mobile exoseleton and arming it with exotic future boomsticks [don't try that at home, kids - DARPA]. It's still the same beast, only more... awesome. Sledgehammer Games promised to shake up the Call Of Duty formula this time, and I'm delighted to report that Advanced Warfare feels comfortably familiar yet entirely, brilliantly different.

And no, I can't believe I just wrote that either. We still can't make a value judgement, and they might still cock it right up, but let me explain.

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Top 5 Reveals for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Multiplayer

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Features
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Activision, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, FPS games, Gamescom 2014, Sledgehammer Games

Top 5 Reveals for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Multiplayer

The exoskeleton is out of the bag folks, Activision has finally shown off the eagerly awaited multiplayer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Carl and Jon will be fighting their way through the masses at Gamescom this week to bring you a hands-on report, but for now it’s time to take a look at the five most exciting things unveiled by today’s live stream. As ever, we’d love to hear your thoughts on the new-look multiplayer too.

Top 5 Reveals for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Multiplayer

The Exo suit is totally involved

Forget about those fears that all the cool exo abilities were going to be limited to set pieces in the single-player, the multiplayer looks set to be given a huge boost thanks to the new skills on offer. Hardly a sluggish FPS to begin with, the speed of the game will be hurtling forwards with sharper reactions set to play a critical role in staying on top. All movements are now able to have additional boosts. So being able to side-strafe or air-dash in any direction will give you an unprecedented level of movement compared to past entries in the series. There’s a lot to learn yet about the new perks, but one entitled Gung Ho allows you to sprint and shoot. This is going to be insane.

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Activision promises "photorealistic" visuals for Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Activision, FPS, Sledgehammer Games

Activision promises "photorealistic" visuals for Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Their words, not mine. Sledgehammer Games have released a new video that doesn't pull its punches, proclaiming that Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare will be the most profound visual update the series has ever received. Packing "photorealistic" assets to painstaking facial and performance capture, apparently the next-gen shooter will make us say, "oh my God that's a game, that's crazy!"

Again, their words, not mine. Here's hoping that Advanced Warfare will deliver, partly because we love the futuristic premise, but also because Ghosts failed to push the franchise forward in any meaningful way. We're due an overhaul and, to their credit, Sledgehammer are making all the right noises.

We'll find out if they can also make a decent game come November 4th.

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Run faster, teabag harder with CoD: Advanced Warfare's futuristic kit

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Sledgehammer Games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

We've long known that Call Of Duty needs more mechs and lasers, and Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare is fit to deliver courtesy of a whole heap of implausible futuristic kit. Behold: directed energy weapons, drones, AI shields and a battlesuit that allows you to run faster, jump higher and teabag with the force of a hydraulic ram.

It all looks a bit Crysis to us, the exoskeleton especially, but that can't be a bad thing. What do you make of Sledgehammer's new direction?

The future of Call Of Duty revealed - Advanced Warfare intel & screenshot blowout!

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Activision, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, FPS, PC games, PS4 games, Sledgehammer Games, Xbox One Games

The future of Call Of Duty revealed - Advanced Warfare intel & screenshot blowout!

Hoverbikes! Hovertanks! Mechs! Exoskeletons!

Welcome back, everyone. I hope that you're bright-eyed and bushy-tailed after enjoying the second bank holiday of the month -- did you manage to paint the shed this time? -- and ready to cram five days of work into four days at the office.

Especially since the US didn't have a holiday and kept pumping out info that we've now got to cover - starting with Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

Activision revealed new story and gameplay details over the weekend, not to mention a clutch of futuristic screenshots to back up their impressive debut trailer. We've got it all after the break.

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's debut trailer goes a little House of Cards

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Activision, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, FPS games, Kevin Spacey, Sledgehammer Games, Trailers

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's debut trailer goes a little House of Cards

When in doubt, get Kevin Spacey in.

The first trailer for Sledgehammer Games' instalment of Activision's yearly cash cow is in, and it bestows a sparkly new subtitle on this year's game, as well as giving us a look at what Advanced Warfare actually means.

It means drones. Lots of drones. And the Golden Gate Bridge being blown up a whole bunch of times.

Spacey is heading up the cast for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, playing the role of a the head of a PMC prepared to go toe-to-toe with the US government. Imagine Frank Underwood with slightly less of a drawl and slightly more guns at his back. Lots of guns, in fact, and some highly trained personnel to use them. This might be the first time I've actually been excited for a Call of Duty plot in some time. It might still be overblown hokum, but I'm not sure Spacey's ever given a bad performance in anything.

Alright, K-PAX was pretty crap, but Spacey was still pretty good in it.

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Game Buzz | Episode 73 - Happy 25th Birthday Game Boy!

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Call Of Duty, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Fatal Frame, Game Boy, Game Buzz, Nintendo, Podcast, PWNCAST, Sledgehammer Games

Game Buzz | Episode 73 - Happy 25th Birthday Game Boy!

Game Buzz #73 sees us have a good old natter about Dragon Age: Inquisition, Fatal Frame for the Wii U, and what we'd like to see from Sledgehammer in this year's Call of Duty. We also find time to wish the Game Boy many happy returns and ashare some of our defining memories of Nintendo's epic grey brick..

Elsewhere, Jon rains on everyone's parade before busting out a truly unmissable impression of Peter Gabriel. Yes, there's singing. There's always singing.

Game Buzz | Episode 73 - Happy 25th Birthday Game Boy! Recorded 24th April, 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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Our first look at Call Of Duty 2014

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Activision, Call Of Duty, FPS, Sledgehammer Games

Our first look at Call Of Duty 2014

Sledgehammer Games have revealed the first image of their debut Call Of Duty title, which is due out this Christmas.

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Sledgehammer must reinvent Call Of Duty this year, or blow their golden opportunity

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Activision, Call Of Duty, Sledgehammer Games

Sledgehammer must reinvent Call Of Duty this year, or blow their golden opportunity

Franchise Enters Three-Yearly Rotation

Call Of Duty is no longer a two-horse race. After assisting Infinity Ward and Treyarch from behind the scenes for years, Sledgehammer Games are finally getting their chance to prove their mettle, and will be fully responsible for developing this year's Call Of Duty.

It's high time that the franchise received some fresh blood, and hopefully Sledgehammer might be able inject new life into the series - an opportunity that Ghosts never managed to capitalise on.

Mind you, a renewed "focus on DLC and micro DLC" might raise a few eyebrows. Click below, crank up the Peter Gabriel and let's take a closer look at how they can accomplish their new mission... so long as they're brave enough to do so.

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Hirshberg: Annualised Call of Duty Fulfils "People's Appetite"

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Activision, Annualisation, Call Of Duty, Eric Hirshberg, Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games, Treyarch

Hirshberg: Annualised Call of Duty Fulfils "People's Appetite"

Activision's Eric Hirshberg has defended the annual carousel of Call of Duty releases, saying that it's what the people want.

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Sledgehammer Seeking Talent For PS3 & Xbox 360 Call Of Duty Title

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Call Of Duty, PS3 games, Sledgehammer Games, Xbox 360 games

Sledgehammer Seeking Talent For PS3 & Xbox 360 Call Of Duty Title

Modern Warfare 4 Takes Aim At Current-Gen Consoles?

Sledgehammer Games, the Activision-owned studio who assisted with Modern Warfare 3 development and created a prototype for a Call Of Duty tie-in, is hiring for a new Call Of Duty title slated for PS3 and Xbox 360.

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Why We Love . . . Survival Mode In Modern Warfare 3

Author:
Tom Silkstone
Category:
Features
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Action Games, Activision, Games articles, Infinity Ward, PC games, PS3 games, Sledgehammer Games, Wii games, Xbox 360 games

Why We Love . . . Survival Mode In Modern Warfare 3

Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare took my breath away, Modern Warfare 2 built on that and I was quite impressed with how most of its action sequences rivalled those featured in Hollywood blockbusters, then I treated myself to Modern Warfare 3 at Christmas and was spectacularly underwhelmed by its repetitive nature. Once I'd mindlessly plodded through the single player and checked out the multiplayer I was about ready to call it a day, that is until my brother wandered into my room attracted by the sound of gunfire and asked if I'd checked out the Survival mode yet. I had not. Quickly I scrolled through the menus into the co-op section and within minutes we were both sat side by side whilst being deployed into a calm urban setting. This was the quiet before the storm!

Why We Love . . . Survival Mode In Modern Warfare 3

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Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 | £19.98 | The Game Group & Amazon | PC

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Tom Silkstone
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Deals
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Action Games, Activision, Games deals, Infinity Ward, PC games, Sledgehammer Games
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 | PC

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 | £19.98 | The Game Group & Amazon | PC

Oh, how I've been waiting for an opportunity to moan about this game! Maybe it's just me, but I found this one incredibly boring and repetitive. Yes, it's pretty much a greatest hits compilation, which is perfectly fine as long as there's a little bit of variety too. The single player missions are more or less all the same, you sneak around following your commanding officer, plant a few explosives, the proverbial hits the fan, then you have to shoot everything in sight. I'll give credit where credit's due though, the co-op survival mode is brilliant fun as well as posing a fair old challenge. The merchants listed above are parting with PC copies of the game for £19.98, which'll save you almost £2 on the next best offers out there.

Modern Warfare 3 Matchmaking Problems On LIVE?

Author:
Felix Kemp
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News
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Infinity Ward, Modern Warfare 3, Sledgehammer Games, Xbox Live
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Modern Warfare 3 Matchmaking Problems On LIVE?

Unsupported LIVE Regions Afflicted

If you're looking to play Modern Warfare 3 in countries where Xbox LIVE's extensive reach doesn't... well, reach, then you might find the Activision shooter's matchmaking won't work. Xbox Support took to Twitter to alert fans in unsupported regions that Modern Warfare 3 won't be accessible online. "COD: MW3 multiplayer online is only accessible if you're in an eligible Xbox Live region," they told followers, with Croatia one of the countries affected.

Don't surrender all hope just yet, though; as Infinity Ward's community chief, Rob Bowling, told followers the two MW3 teams are "actively discussing" the issue and "talking to users affected". However, he admits to no "ETA at this point", with the likes of Malaysia, Norway, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus and Finland reporting such issues. We'll have more for you on this as it develops. [Twitter]

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Hardened Edition | £64.99 | Game | Xbox 360 & PS3

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Tom Silkstone
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Action Games, Activision, Games deals, Infinity Ward, PS3 games, Sledgehammer Games, Xbox 360 games
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 | Playstation 3 | Xbox 360

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Hardened Edition | £64.99 | Game | Xbox 360 & PS3

I think by now you all know what to expect from a Modern Warfare game and this instalment of the series delivers just as much bang for your buck as its predecessors. The single player campaign's overflowing with action moments, the co-op modes are great to dive into with a friend, and the multiplayer's just as addictive as ever. The hardened edition features in Game's deal of the day today and you'll save almost £20 on the Xbox 360 version and £15 on the PS3. Thanks to Syzable @ HUKD.

Modern Warfare 3 Multiplayer | Failing To Live Up To The Hype

Author:
Felix Kemp
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Features
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Activision, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Modern Warfare 3 Multiplayer | Failing To Live Up To The Hype

I'll admit it; I'm a Call of Duty multiplayer addict. I racked up over ten days worth of playtime on the first Modern Warfare; almost twelve on its sequel; and the number continues to grow on Black Ops. I've wasted spent a considerable amount of my life rattling clips into virtual strangers and reaping the rewards. I've laughed, I've often thought of crying, and I've loved it all the way. But that said, I still hate the damn game, and Activision's refusal to budge from its annualized release schedule, therefore stifling the series of any meaningful change or creativity.

But Modern Warfare 3 was supposed to be different. With Sledgehammer Games joining a now reformed Infinity Ward and boasting of all manner of changes set to hit the third Modern Warfare game, I was all smiles. Finally, the game I so loved was about to get so much better. They spoke of balance, of a return to the gun-on-gun system of old. Farewell killstreaks, long live pointstreaks and all that.

But has Modern Warfare 3 lived up to the hype of its creators? Or have we all been duped, once more, into contributing to the industry's most creatively bankrupt and yet financially successful title ever?

Finite Rewards

Modern Warfare 3 Multiplayer | Failing To Live Up To The Hype

If you're an avid follower of Call of Duty, you'll no doubt be aware that Infinity Ward, the original developers in charge of the Modern Warfare line, suffered something of a personal crisis this past year. Co-founders Jason West and Vince Zampella's very public fallout with publisher Activision led to a massive exodus, wrenching a large portion of their workforce away from Modern Warfare 3's development, resulting in upstart studio Sledgehammer Games coming in to share the load.

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BONUS COMPETITION: Win Modern Warfare 3 - Five Copies Up For Grabs

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Matt Gardner
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Dealspwn
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Activision, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Competition, FPS games, Infinity Ward, November Madness, Sledgehammer Games, WinMW3

BONUS COMPETITION: Win Modern Warfare 3 - Five Copies Up For Grabs

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED!

You know how we said on Tuesday that if we got to 5,000 Twitter followers, we'd sort out a little something for you all? Well here it is. We've teamed up with the guys at Simply Tap - a new app that offers an 'instant mobile checkout system' for buying in seconds on the go - to give away five more copies of this year's biggest release: Modern Warfare 3.

Jon's already given the game a 9 for being utterly stuffed to bursting point with content and delivering another rollercoaster ride of excellently balanced FPS action and you can read our Modern Warfare 3 review here.

After the huge success of our #winMW3 Twitter Party, we thought it only fair to say a little thank you. But this time we're going for simplicity. It's even easier to enter this time around. To take part in #WinMW3Returns, all you need to do is pop a comment in the box below completing the following sentence...

'If I was a video game character, I'd be...'

NB. Don't be alarmed if your comments get put in the mod queue, we'll be checking it periodically. Just the robot gatekeeper being cautious.

And that's it. Do make sure that you use a valid email address - we can't contact you if you don't. Winners will be chosen at random as they have been throughout the Twitter parties. Do take note of a few points below:

  • One entry per household
  • UK entrants only
  • Ends at noon on Wednesday 23rd November 2011
  • Admin's decision is final

A thank you to Simply Tap again for sponsoring this one, and thank you to everyone who has taken part in November Madness so far. This one's for you. Good luck!