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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII arrives on PC tomorrow - pre-order for £11.39

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Carl Phillips
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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII arrives on PC tomorrow - pre-order for £11.39

Although it arrives tomorrow, many UK retailers aren't listing a price for this one yet. Thankfully, we do have a price from CDKeys, coming in at under £12. The graphics have had a few touch ups, but it otherwise remains unchanged from the console release. As for the game, it ended up being a decent closer for theFF13 saga, despite an annoying time limit and its leading character not being the most standout the franchise has developed. Still, if you've picked up the previous two PC re-releases, you'll no doubt want to finish the trilogy, and this is a decent price. Cheers to Buzz for the heads-up!

The Square Enix Holiday Surprise Box returns - Get 5 PC games for £4.99

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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2015 Holiday Surprise Box, PC games, Square Enix, WHAT'S IN THE BWWAAAAAX?!

The Square Enix Holiday Surprise Box returns - Get 5 PC games for £4.99

This year's Holiday Surprise Box from Square Enix is here, meaning it's once again time to channel your inner David Mills. For £4.99 you'll receive five PC games that could be anything from Square Enix's back catalogue. It's always a bit of a gamble, especially if you own a number of games published by them, but there's always the chance they will throw in something awesome like Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition or Quantum Conundrum. You've got until 18/12/2015 07: 59 AM GMT to decide if you want what's in the box, with the full list of contents to be announced at 3PM later that day. Thanks to FantasyDeals @ HUKD!

Just Cause 3 Review - Appetite for Destruction

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Brendan Griffiths
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Reviews
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Action Games, Avalanche Studios, Just Cause 3, PC games, PS4 games, Square Enix, Xbox One

Just Cause 3 Review - Appetite for Destruction

We've had more than our fair share of open world sandboxes on the new-gen consoles, but the wait for Just Cause 3 has been a rather long one. After all, nobody quite does explosions like Rico Rodriguez.

Just Cause 3 does so many fun things right, but the number of basic elements that it utterly fails at is truly shocking. My first few hours with the game were not good at all actually. However, as I got used to the rough edges, the fun side of the game eventually prevailed and I found myself reluctantly being teased into having a good time.

The story is mere window dressing to the carnage. Rico is once again tasked with liberating a sun-kissed set of islands from a tyrannical dictator. Rico isn't so much of a character as much as a walking accent. But at least he's not an asshole (hello, Mad Max).

Just Cause 3 Review - Appetite for Destruction

What's the best way to liberate a nation? By blowing up anything with red paint on it apparently. Small towns or settlements are packed with destructible items like propaganda speakers, dictator statues, billboards, fuel depots, generators and the like. Destroy them all and that's another location ticked off the map. With over 100 areas to liberate, you're not going home any time soon. You'll also need to reach various liberation milestones to unlock story missions, so you may as well get stuck into any town you glide past.

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided delayed until August 2016

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Carl Phillips
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Delays, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Eidos Montreal, release date, Square Enix

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided delayed until August 2016

I'm currently using every fiber of my being to not quote Adam Jenson here, because if there was ever a time to do so, it's right now.

This afternoon Eidos Montreal announced that Deus Ex: Mankind Divided has been hit by a six-month delay, and will now release on August 23rd 2016. In an statement posted on the official Deus Ex website, studio head David Anfossi apologised to fans whilst explaining that it was necessary to ensure the game met the expectations of both the community and its creators.

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Pre-order Final Fantasy Explorers on 3DS for just £22.49

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Carl Phillips
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3DS Games, Final Fantasy Explorers, Rice Digital, Square Enix, Voucher codes

Pre-order Final Fantasy Explorers on 3DS for just £22.49

It's still over a month away, but this is the cheapest price for a copy of Final Fantasy Explorers thanks to the voucher code above (which, FYI, works with all pre-orders from Rice Digital.) With gameplay similar to that found in Monster Hunter, this instalment of the Final Fantasy series will have you fighting familiar foes from the franchise, and features the Job system so you can switch between skills as and when you need. You can also team up with other players thanks to the co-op functionality. Reviews from Japan earlier this year gave painted it in a good light, so we're optimistic about this one.

 

Adam Jenson shows off his new moves in the latest Deus Ex: Mankind Divided trailer

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Carl Phillips
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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Eidos, Square Enix, Trailers

Adam Jenson shows off his new moves in the latest Deus Ex: Mankind Divided trailer

Square Enix have release a brand new trailer for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, highlighting some of the new tricks Adam Jenson has up his sleeve. There's plenty of broody talk of becoming a weapon, only for reveal that he has an arm cannon now. Which is pretty damn sweet. See it for yourself after the jump.

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Life Is Strange Finale teaser warns us of the coming storm

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Carl Phillips
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News
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Adventure Games, DONTNOD Entertainment, Life Is Strange, Square Enix, Trailers

Life Is Strange Finale teaser warns us of the coming storm

DONTNOD and Square Enix have released a very short teaser trailer for the finale for Life Is Strange that's short, dark, and gets right to the point. Warning us that the storm is almost here, and showing us that Max's day is about to get a hell of a lot worse (which is kind of impressive considering how Episode 4 ended) it reminds us that the conclusion arrives in just 13 days.

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Square Enix cancel "Augment Your Pre-Order" program for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, PC games, Pre-orders, PS4 games, Square Enix, Xbox One Games

Square Enix cancel "Augment Your Pre-Order" program for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

In what could be this year's most understandable U-turn, Square Enix have cancelled the pre-order initiative for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. It comes after a justifiable outcry by the gaming community over the encouragement to pre-order a game that has shown very little in terms of gameplay so far - not to mention the "earn the game 4-days early" bonus that was downright insulting. The good news is that we gamers get a happy ending with this one, with a statement on the official website confirming that all pre-orders will now include everything that was mentioned in the initiative, along with confirmation that the game will definitely release on February 23rd. We have the statement in full after the jump.

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Get Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition on PC for just £3.99

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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PC games, Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition, Square Enix, United Front Games

Get Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition on PC for just £3.99

We've seen this one slightly cheaper recently, but this is the cheapest deal around if you've yet to play Sleeping Dogs on PC. Overall you'll save around £3 over the next best offer elsewhere. If you've yet to play United Front Games' fantastic open world action title, you should probably rectify that with this offer. Cheers to Buzz for the heads-up!

Be sure to check out our Sleeping Dogs review for more details.

Hitman's delay averts a potential disaster

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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Hitman, Io Interactive, Square Enix

Hitman's delay averts a potential disaster

We've said for years how we actively encourage game delays rather than play broken or unpolished products. There's too much of an emphasis on releasing glitch-ridden games with the attitude of patching it up at a later date. I mean, Arkham Knight on PC still isn't back in the shops!

But that's not the reason I'm glad to see Hitman delayed into 2016. Square Enix were going to try something new this December by releasing Hitman at full price on digital stores as an incomplete product. Essentially, an episodic or segmented release, where Io Interactive would continue to develop later chapters throughout 2016 with them becoming available as free downloads when they were ready. It's not exactly a Kickstarter model, but it's pretty damn close. 'Give us money and we'll finish this game at some point.'

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided gets release date & pre-order bonus program

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Carl Phillips
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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Eidos Montreal, PC games, Pre-orders, PS4 games, Square Enix, Xbox One Games

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided gets release date & pre-order bonus program

While we previously knew that Deus Ex: Mankind Divided was to be released in 2016, we now have a confirmed release date of February 23rd (the same day as Mirror's Edge: Catalyst, interestingly enough.) As well as detailing the Collector's Edition that will be available, Square Enix have also announced an "Augment Your Pre-order" program to incentivise gamers into securing their copy early.

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Big Hero 6 are coming to Kingdom Hearts III

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Brendan Griffiths
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Big Hero 6, Kingdom Hearts III, Square Enix, trailer

Big Hero 6 are coming to Kingdom Hearts III

The new generation of Disney films are continuing their march into the world of Kingdom Hearts III. We've previously had confirmation the world of Tangled will be visited by Sora, Donald and Goofy, but here's something to cheer us up before those bastards from Frozen get involved - Big Hero 6.

Big Hero 6 was a great success at the cinemas. Set in the fantastically imagined San Fransokyo, the story saw a young boy inventor become a super hero by creating a suit of armour. He also made a suit for the ever lovable Baymax, a white humanoid shaped blog, amusingly squeezed into his own power-armour. Together they teamed up with a series of fellow super hero wannabes to take on one of your typical business tyrants.

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Is a Final Fantasy XII remaster necessary?

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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Final Fantasy XII HD, Final Fantasy XIII: Definitive Edition, PS4 games, Retro games, Square Enix, Xbox One Games

Is a Final Fantasy XII remaster necessary?

Here at Dealspwn, we take each remaster as it comes and examine it on its own merits in terms of value and the perceived desire for it to exist in the first place. The latest title to apparently get the HD/Remaster treatment will be 2006's PS2 title, Final Fantasy XII. Is this more cash-grabbing and recycling of old games, or an essential chance to catch up with one of the PS2's last hailed gems? Let's take a look.

There have been no official announcements from Square-Enix yet, but at the Final Fantasy Distant World orchestral event in Pittsburgh, composer Arnie Roth, said on-stage: "...and there's the Final Fantasy XII remake underway. That's coming out soon."

He's probably received a stern phone call since, but it's looking highly credible with Hitoshi Sakimoto, who scored the original, apparently confirming it too [IGN]. It's important to consider that the term 'remake' was probably used very lightly and in error, as we're more than likely looking at a HD remaster. It's a wording error, that's frequently used to describe HD re-releases, even by yours truly I imagine. And come on, it took Square how long to announce a proper 'remake' of Final Fantasy VII? So they're hardly going to bother with one for the comparatively low-key XII.

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Hitman's segmented release is anti-gamer

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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Hitman, Io Interactive, PC games, PS4 games, Square Enix, Xbox One Games

Hitman's segmented release is anti-gamer

We're getting a new Hitman game on December 8th. Usually, this would be cause for celebration. But instead, we're very concerned about what is could mean for gamers and the way video games are released. If you hadn't heard, Hitman will only release digitally this year, at the full price of $60/£40. However, it won't be a finished product, not even close.

IO Interactive said: "What we release on December 8th is not the full game. It's a sizable chunk of it. Throughout 2016 we'll release more locations and missions until the story arc is done and finished. All of that content is included in the $60 price."

We've had successful episodic releases before with The Walking Dead, Resident Evil Revelations 2 and Life is Strange, but they've been a fraction of the price (about £15 for a Season Pass) and we've had a good idea of what we're getting into. Better yet, there's usually a demo, or the first episode generally only costs a few notes. If you don't like it, you're not out of pocket that much.

Hitman's segmented release is anti-gamer

Square-Enix want you to buy a part (sorry, "sizable chunk") of the game for full price, with an IOU promise that the rest of it will turn up eventually. It's not quite the same as an Early Access title as IO is keen to iterate: "Early Access can often mean something unfinished or unpolished. That's simply not the approach we're taking," and "All of the content we release live to our players will be complete and polished, whether that's the locations and missions we release on December 8th, the live events or the locations and missions that we will release in 2016. It will always be a polished Hitman experience."

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Grapple the Just Cause 3 Collector's Edition for only £79.99

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BuzzDuraband
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GAME, Just Cause 3, Playstation 4, Square Enix, Xbox One

Grapple the Just Cause 3 Collector's Edition for only £79.99

It's a great day for collector's editions today. On top of our earlier report of the Call of Duty: Black Ops III - Juggernog Edition, Game have now listed the Just Cause 3 Collector's Edition, which amongst other items contains a rather snazzy looking grappling hook.

Just Cause 3 will release on Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC on 1st December 2015.

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Square Enix announce the Just Cause 3 Collector's Edition, complete with grappling hook!

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Carl Phillips
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Collector's Edition, Just Cause 3, Square Enix

Square Enix announce the Just Cause 3 Collector's Edition, complete with grappling hook!

We're all very excited for Just Cause 3 here at Dealspwn, and can't wait to plant unending amounts of C4 everywhere before flinging Rico away with gleeful abandon. However, those of you that want to show your true fandom for the open-world action series will soon be able to do so by spending all the money on the Collector's Edition. Along with a Day One Edition of the game, it includes the Weaponized Vehicle Pack in-game DLC, a 24-inch by 24-inch poster map of the Mediterranean archipelago of Medici, a 32-page, hardcover art book, and a replica version of Rico’s famous grappling hook. There's no word if you'll be able to actually wear it, but even if it is we're pretty sure it won't work if you can (I know, I'm disappointed too.)

So, how much will it set you back? The RRP for it is set at £79.99, which personally speaking isn't the greatest in terms of value, but then again we live in a world where Bethesda are charging £100 for a smartphone arm mount. That I absolutely want. Ah well. Pre-orders for the Just Cause 3 Collector's Edition aren't available yet, but if you only want the base game we've got the the cheapest pre-orders around for you below!

Did Microsoft choose the wrong stage demo for Rise of the Tomb Raider at E3?

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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E3 2015, Microsoft, Rise Of The Tomb Raider, Square Enix, Xbox One Games

Well, that's more like it Microsoft and Square-Enix! The new extended gameplay demo of Rise of the Tomb Raider is a considerable improvement over the arguably dull E3 2015 appearance. So much so, it's hard to imagine why Microsoft went for the video they did for their on-stage gameplay reveal over the new one released over the weekend.

The timed Xbox exclusive is one of the year's biggest releases and the gameplay reveal at E3 was one of our most anticipated parts of Microsoft's show. But then it happened and they turned E3 into QTE3. It wasn't a bad demo by any means, but there was a heavy focus on quick-time-events and climbing rather than showing us extended on-foot scenes. Tomb Raider scenes.

Did Microsoft choose the wrong stage demo for Rise of the Tomb Raider at E3?

This latest trailer will restore any faith that may have dwindled as you watched Lara bounce off the side of a mountain in the mother of all blizzards. Seriously Lara, check the weather ahead next time, yeah? The new demo takes place straight after the E3 one, where we find Lara picking herself up after somehow not dying after tumbling down the mountain and using her face to smash through walls of ice.

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Final Fantasy VII Remake facing drastic changes. Is Square-Enix playing with fire?

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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Final Fantasy VII Remake, JRPGs, PS4 games, Square Enix, Tetsuya Nomura

Final Fantasy VII Remake facing drastic changes. Is Square-Enix playing with fire?

Hands up. Who'd given up on ever seeing a Final Fantasy VII remake? I certainly had, especially after reading one interview with Square-Enix a while back where they said they wouldn't even consider it until they'd made a game as good as FFVII. Considering the XIII trilogy (they made three!) exists, it didn't look good.

But as we saw during Sony's presser, it is happening and will be coming to PS4 first and presumably other formats afterwards. We're getting what we want. But are we?

Exactly what do we want from a Final Fantasy Remake? Take the original with those -still gorgeous- prerendered backgrounds, if the remake went down the route of sticking to the original, we'd be seeing redrawn visuals, but exploration gameplay would still favour this isometric view, or we'd run towards the painted backgrounds as our character got smaller.

It's unlikely this will happen. Square-Enix is more than likely going to design fully 3D stages with a modern controllable camera throughout. Who wouldn't want to have a deeper look around Midgar or poke their face into the darker corners of Nibelheim Mansion? We've already seen some famous locations remade in 3D in Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII on the PSP, so it's not much of a stretch.

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Square Enix E3 2015 Press Conference reactions - big games, heavy on the waffle

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Admin
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E3 2015, Square Enix

Square Enix E3 2015 Press Conference reactions - big games, heavy on the waffle

Square Enix, one of this year's E3 freshman, arguably had an easier time than most. Boasting a portfolio of Eastern and Western-developed games with a diverse audience and big characters, they ought to be a natural fit for the global stage.

A slow start soon yielded some interesting surprises that left the three of us reeling, as well as some things that we actually asked for. Alongside a fair few things we didn't.

Carl

As much as I’m sure Square Enix wanted to remind us of how they’re listening to gamers, that opening speech went on way too long. Thankfully, Just Cause 3 came to save the day by giving us explosions, grappling, mayhem, more grappling, and plenty of destruction from even more explosions. I honestly cannot wait for December to arrive.

Then came a damn dirty tease with the next Nier game, which is being developed by Platinum Games… and some guy in a weird mask. Excuse me for going for the obvious, but it has to be Kojima under there, surely? It seems like the sort of thing he’d do, anyway, and he is a free agent now. At least the art style that was shown in the teaser looked great. We then moved onto Rise Of the Tomb Raider, but while looking behind the scenes was somewhat interesting, I was much more taken by the reveal of Tomb Raider Go. Considering how well received Hitman Go was (and rightly so) I have high hopes for this new spin-off title.

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Kingdom Hearts 3 gameplay revealed at E3

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BuzzDuraband
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News
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Kingdom Hearts 3, PS4, Square Enix, Xbox One

Kingdom Hearts 3 gameplay revealed at E3

A new gameplay trailer for the upcoming Square Enix title Kingdom Hearts 3 has just been unveiled during their E3 presentation and it was absolutely beautiful.

No actual release date has been given to us as of yet (which incidentally was also the case at E3 2014). So what can we tell you?

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