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Weekly Dealspwn.com Roundup 20th-26th April 2015

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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Weekly Dealspwn.com Roundup 20th-26th April 2015

It's time to round off your weekend with our weekly roundup of all the best news, features and reviews at Dealspwn.com. News highlights include the reveal details and trailers for Call of Duty: Black Ops III and Total War: Warhammer. We finally got a look at the new Mad Max game in action too - don't miss that trailer. Elsewhere, Bloodborne got a sweet patch, Rockstar's Social Club was hacked and we give you the latest details on the Play Blackpool expo.

Our features are mainly looking to the future this week. We have a roundtable impressions piece on the latest footage of Star Wars: Battlefront. Brendan examines why Rocksteady quitting Batman soon is a good thing. With rumours of the PS Vita 3000 being on the way, Brendan asks if third time's the charm for Sony's handheld. There's a preview of J-Stars Victory VS+ (catchy, right?) from Jon. PC gamers should be sure to check out NeoTrix's PC mouse guide. Elsewhere, Brendan looks at what Bloodborne's new patch means for players and Jon imagines what Marvel brands Telltale may be tackling soon. With Paid Steam mods going live this week, Jon asks if they're a good or bad thing.

Our trio of reviews includes the all-conquering GTA V on PC, State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition and Titan Souls.

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Weekly Dealspwn.com Roundup 13th-19th April 2015

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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Weekly Dealspwn.com Roundup 13th-19th April 2015

We've seen a few new games break cover in the news this week, including Star Ocean 5 and Guitar Hero Live. We've also included some new trailers for Destiny: House of Wolves, Godzilla, Attack on Titan and Star Wars: Battlefront. You'll find links to all these stories and more in our top ten stories of the week.

In the features, Jon has a host of previews for the likes of Project Cars, F1 2015, One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3, Godzilla and Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 4. NeoTrix examines the new PC version of GTA V and also provides slick 60 fps video. Jon examines the success of Monster Hunter 4 in the west and also the wide appeal of other 'niche' games like Bloodborne and Cities: Skylines. He also tells us how his new PS4 stacks up against the Xbox One. Having played a lot of Bloodborne over the last few weeks, I've put together a list of games that'll provide a nice break from your Bloodborne rage. Also, be sure to check out my guide on the cheapest PS4 hard drives on the net.

In the reviews I've finally slapped a score onto the rather excellent Bloodborne. And if you fancy some retro FPS action, be sure to check out my review of Tower of Guns.

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Weekly Dealspwn.com Roundup 6th-12th April 2015

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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Weekly Dealspwn.com Roundup 6th-12th April 2015

Need some reading to finish off the weekend? Well, you're in the right place as you'll find links to our ten hottest news stories, all our feature articles and every review. News highlights include fresh reveals/leaks for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Call of Duty: Black Ops III and Lego Dimensions.

Head on over to the Features and you'll find opinion pieces on why Dark Souls II may not be as harsh as you've been hearing all these years and the enormous potential I think Lego Dimensions has. I also give Square's awful #cantkillprogress reveal a good kicking. Jon asks if Black Ops III can match Advanced Warfare's heroics and also tells us what he'd like to see in the new Deus Ex game. Thinking of getting GTA Von PC? We've listed some reason you should do just that. NeoTrix has a guide of the best PC keyboards on the market. Carl rounds up the gaming music in this year's Classic FM Hall of Fame. Reviews include Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin, Ride, Keebles and Under Night in Birth Exe: Late.

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At A Glance: Roundup 30th March - 5th April 2015

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Brendan Griffiths
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At A Glance: Roundup 30th March - 5th April 2015

It's weekly roundup time, folks. Our top ten news stories of the week include a new release date and trailers for Halo 5, the possibility of standardised digital pricing across the EU, a new Limited Edition Batman PS4, a Quantum Break delay, the closure of OnLive and more.

There are loads of Comment pieces in our features section this week. We look at how Sony needs to support the freshly reduced PlayStation TV, ask if the Wii U can compete in 2015 without Zelda, examine PlayStation Now after Sony's buyout of OnLive and take a look at the recent closure of PlayStation Home. There's a preview of the rather excellent Enter the Gungeon too. There's a roundup of all the best bits from this week's Nintendo Direct broadcast. You'll also be able to find Jon's launch impressions of Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin. Continuing the brutality, I ask why it is I continue to play Bloodborne, despite it making my blood boil.

Our reviews include Life is Strange Episode 2, Borderlands: The Handsome Collection and Battlefield: Hardline. Don't forget, today's your last chance to enter our Final Fantasy XV demo competition.

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At A Glance: Roundup 23rd - 29th March 2015

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Brendan Griffiths
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At A Glance: Roundup 23rd - 29th March 2015

There's lots to see in our top ten news stories this week. Like PlayStation TV finally getting a drastic price cut, the police calling for 'Adult Only' age ratings for games (um, what about 18 ratings?), Twitch got hacked, Batman: Arkham Knight got delayed, the PS4 got a new firmware update, GTA's graphics started to rot and more.

Features this week include a report from my first brutal night in Bloodborne's Yharnam and Jon has put together a list of things you can do while waiting for the game to arrive. Those of you wanting to sharpen your skills in Battlefield: Hardline may want to take a look at my multiplayer tips guide for the new shooter. Jon's put together a World of Warships preview and also penned his impressions of the Etherium launch. And we've got a neat Mario-themed fish tank for you to take a gander at -because why not?

Some big reviews for you this week including Final Fantasy: Episode Duscae and Pillars of Eternity. If that's not enough for you, we've also got verdicts on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, Game of Thrones Episode 3 and Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters.

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At A Glance: Roundup 16th - 22nd March 2015

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Brendan Griffiths
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At A Glance: Roundup 16th - 22nd March 2015

In the roundup this week you can find links to ten of our hottest news stories of the week. They include rumours of God of War IV and the imminent departure of Hideo Kojima from Konami. We also have some exciting news about Nintendo's new console and some cool new trailers for the likes of Lego Jurassic World and Blood Bowl II.

Feature articles include an in-depth guide for Final Fantasy Type-0 and a piece on why all the jargon is harming the Final Fantasy series. You can also find us digging through our game collections to tell you about awesome titles you may have missed, like The Secret World or Tales of Maj'Eval. Ever wanted to know how to buy games from the US PSN Store in the UK? Check out our guide then. Jon also discusses how the newly revealed Nintendo NX isn't the real story you should be looking at. Finishing up, NeoTrix takes the time to tell console gamers that they can build a mighty PC gaming rig for just £540.

Reviews to read through include the final two chapters for Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Dreamfall Chapters - Book Two: Rebels, Tales from the Borderlands: Episode 2 and Final Fantasy Type-0. By the way, be sure to check out our epic World of Tanks competition, when you get a sec.

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At A Glance: Roundup 9th - 15th March 2015

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Brendan Griffiths
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At A Glance: Roundup 9th - 15th  March 2015

Here's you weekly roundup of the ten hottest gaming news stories at Dealspwn, along with links to all our features and reviews. An obvious highlight in the new being Titanfall 2 being confirmed and it's going multi-platform. Arguably bigger news though is Uncharted 4 being delayed until spring 2016. So much sad.

The Uncharted delay gets some coverage in our Features too as I dry my tears and examine the implications for Sony and the PS4 this Christmas. I also give some thought to developers concentrating on making games for our new consoles in 'It's time developers finally left last-gen behind.' Jon has your back with some important facts about GTA: Heists, which will be useful if the game is working online by the time you read this (why can't anything have a smooth launch?). Speaking of poor launches, remember how rubbish the last SimCity was? Fear not, there's a new city building sim  in town. The rather excellent Cities: Skylines has just launched and Carl has a tips guide for you.

Cities: Skylines is one of the highest scoring games in our reviews section too. DmC: Definitive Edition and Zombie Army Trilogy do pretty damn well too. Shelter 2? Not so much. But it is pretty.

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At A Glance: Roundup 2nd - 8th March 2015

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Brendan Griffiths
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At A Glance: Roundup 2nd - 8th March 2015

Can you believe the PlayStation 2 turned 15 this week? That's crazy. But also a great excuse for us to put together a list of the best 15 PS2 games. We've been eagerly going over the details from this year's GDC, especially all the info for the Steam Machines. Jon's put together a list of new models and prices, we have a roundtable discussion about Valve's reveals and as a console gamer, I unleash my thoughts about what the Steam Machines means to me. Carl talks about Epic's cool decision to make the Unreal engine free for developers and also tells us why he's gone back to Guild Wars 2. Fancy the new NVIDIA Shield? Well, check out Jon's article about the cool new device.

In the reviews we have verdicts on Resident Evil: Revelation 2 - episode 2, Helldivers, ScreamRide and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate.

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At A Glance: Roundup 23rd February - 1st March 2015

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Brendan Griffiths
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At A Glance: Roundup 23rd February - 1st March 2015

This week we mark the Vita's third birthday with a roundtable on our highs and lows of Sony's handeheld. We also speculate on what we'd like to see at Valve's presser at GDC 15. Jon dissects Square's reasoning for bringing Dragon Quest Heroes to the West. Carl argues why game music should be in the Classic FM Hall of Fame. We've got a preview/interview double for the new Zombie Army Trilogy, and a Crowfall preview too. More? After a Sony boss was quoted as no longer being able to guarantee DriveClub PS+ Edition would ever release, I explain why you shouldn't care. However, I do think you should care about The Order: 1886 getting a sequel and I've got 12 tips on how it could match the hype next time.

In the reviews, Jon plays through Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart, the regular sized New 3DS and the excellent Dragon Ball Xenoverse. Meanwhile, I've been playing through the first episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2.

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At A Glance: Roundup 16th - 22nd February 2015

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Brendan Griffiths
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At A Glance: Roundup 16th - 22nd February 2015

This week at Dealspwn, it's all been about The Order: 1886. We have the review, a survival tips guide, and a couple of opinion pieces about the lack of gameplay Sony's new title has and Jon questions the value of AAA games like Evolve and The Order. With rumours of Rock Band making a return, Jon looks at the conditions we'd need to go back. Jon's also fessing up as a backseat gamer and he's telling you why. We've also got a preview of the almost-forgotten Xbox One exclusive, ScreamRide.

In the reviews, alongside The Order: 1886, we've got verdicts on the New 3DS handheld, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy + and The Book of Unwritten Tales 2.

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At A Glance: Roundup 9th - 15th February 2015

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Brendan Griffiths
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At A Glance: Roundup 9th - 15th February 2015

Here's your weekly roundup of all the features and reviews at Dealspwn.com. In the wake of Nintendo bizarrely announcing a live-action Zelda series, we put together a tongue-in-cheek list of their IPs we'd rather see in action. Jon speculates on what we may see from Bethesda's first ever E3 press conference. Ever wanted the gaming world to merge with real-life? Us too, that's why we have a list of the Top 7 gaming features we need in real life. If you fancy a bit of Valentine's style multiplayer, we have a list for that too. With Eurogamer dropping review scores this week, we have a roundtable piece reflecting on what the Dealspwn staff think of review scores.

Evolve is the big game in the review's section this week as Jon delivers one of the more honest reviews out there. Other verdicts from him include Deathtrap and Sunless Sea. The remaining reviews haven't been given scores yet as they're all episodic titles, so we're waiting until the final episodes have passed before giving them their stars. Carl has a double whammy of Telltale's Game of Thrones and I play the opening episode of Life is Strange.

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At A Glance: Roundup 2nd - 8th February 2015

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Brendan Griffiths
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At A Glance: Roundup 2nd - 8th February 2015

Sad times at Dealspwn this week as our beloved Editor, Matt Gardner, is moving onto pastures new. Be sure to check out his Chuckle Reel of his favourite moments here at Dealspwn.com. He'll be dearly missed around these parts and we wish him all the best. I'd like to take a moment to thank him personally for bringing me into the Dealspwn fold all those years ago. I'll be forever grateful, buddy.

He's gone out with a bang though with a list of the 20 best games of the decade so far (no Amy, Matt?), he got stuck into the Battlefield: Hardline beta to bring you a hands-on report and he joined Officer Carl for a very violent ridealong, with video evidence of the two Bad Boys in action. We put our heads together for a roundtable impressions piece on the game too and be sure to check out my five survival tips. Elsewhere in the Features section you can find Matt's final team podcast, a reflective piece on playing Remember Me without bothersome review conditions from me and Jon tells us what the brand new Persona 5 trailer means and also dives into the new details about Xenoblade Chronicles X.

The slim review season is beginning to thaw now as we bring you six verdicts on the likes of #IDARB, Dying Light, Unmechanical Extended, Criminal Girls: Invite Only, Grim Fandango Remastered and Freaking Meatbags. Enjoy links to the lot below and we'll do this again next week.

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At A Glance: Roundup 26th January - 1st February 2015

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Brendan Griffiths
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At A Glance: Roundup 26th January - 1st February 2015

It's time to dust off that copy of Guild Wars 2 as the Hearts of Thorns expansion was finally revealed this week - Carl has the deets on that for you. Jon takes Ubisoft to task over their handling of 'stolen' game keys situation. He's also got some words to calm down gamers worried about the lack of third-party titles on the Wii U. Sony announced that Spotify was coming to PS4, but do we really want music in the background of our games, I'm pretty sure game music composers aren't a fan. Our Dying Light review code unlocked too late in the week to bring your review yet, but Matt's recorded the opening 30 minutes for you to take a look at.

Reviews include Avernum 2: Crystal Souls (win a copy here) and Citizens of Earth -a game that really wants to be EarthBound, but really isn't.

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At A Glance: Roundup 19th - 25th January 2015

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Brendan Griffiths
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At A Glance: Roundup 19th - 25th January 2015

Some good news this week as Zenimax announced they would be dropping subscription fees from the Elder Scrolls Online, so we have a few reaction pieces on that. Elsewhere Jon gives us his impressions of the new Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate demo on 3DS. Matt picks out eight little-known games to look out for this year. We ask if the new Borderlands collection is new money for old rope. There's an hour of Gat out of Hell to take a gander at. We take a look at what Windows 10 might mean for gaming. Our From the Vault article brings back an older piece on the funniest games of all time, back from 2010.

In the reviews, Jon brings us verdicts on two (wait, what?) Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth games and Blackguards 2. Matt takes a look at the new Saints Row IV expansion, Gat out of Hell. And I take on the HD Remaster of Resident Evil.

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At A Glance: Roundup 12th - 18th January 2015

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Brendan Griffiths
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At A Glance: Roundup 12th - 18th January 2015

The first Nintendo Direct broadcast of the year was big news this week with release details of upcoming Wii U/3Ds titles and the new, erm New 3DS. We have a roundtable of our personal highlights for you to dive into. We also take a look at the hottest exclusives to look out for on PS4 and Xbox One in 2015. There are also hot topic opinion pieces on the latest games including Bloodborne, Evolve, and GTA V on PC. Carl asks if WildStar can make a comeback in 2015 and I ask if The Order: 1886 is set to be another 'next-gen' letdown or if it's just a victim of poorly chosen demos.

With so many games to save up for Jon takes a look at the very best of the free to play titles out there and even dusts off Destiny for one last chance, only to find he's finally fallen in love with it - mine's still refusing to sell for asking price on eBay. Some Boomerang game rental customers had their account details stolen this week and Matt has some strong words on the company's rather pathetic apology. Enjoy links to all of the above and more below and don't forget to enter our Avernum 2 competition!

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At A Glance: Roundup 5th - 11th January 2015

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Brendan Griffiths
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At A Glance: Roundup 5th - 11th January 2015

It's roundup time folks. So be sure to check out the links below which will take you through all of our features and reviews for the week. With so many broken games in 2014, we take a look at the 'pre-order problem.' PS Now subscription prices recently appeared in the US, so we ask if the value is any better. The CES (Consumer Electronics Show) had some gaming reveals in the shapes of the hilarious Mad Catz L.Y.N.X. 9 and Razor Forge TV and we have some strong words for both.

Jon provides three simple steps for bringing back Duke Nukem and examines the Wii U's incredibly strong 2015 lineup, but he isn't happy about the latest 3DS model still not including a power cable. I take a look at the hottest new gaming brands of 2015, and Matt points out the pointlessness of the PlayStation TV device after the US-only price cut. Our From The Vault article resurrects last year's gaming resolutions (much shame).

The reviews section boasts verdicts on Forza Horizon 2's DLC- Storm Island, Starpoint Gemini 2, This War of Mine and Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition.

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At A Glance: Roundup 29th December - 4th January 2015

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Brendan Griffiths
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At A Glance: Roundup 29th December - 4th January 2015

Hello 2015, we've heard good things. For now though, a quick look back over the last week here at Dealspwn.com. Our final picks for the best games of 2014 are listed below for the likes of Action, New IP and the overall Game of the Year. More importantly, our reader vote is in, so find out what you all chose.

Matt lists five things that sucked in 2014 that we've hopefully seen the back of. Jon gives us his Halo 5 beta impressions and also reviews Digimon: All-star Rumble. In preparation for 2015, we list our most anticipated titles and I came up with 10 New Year Resolutions for naughty developers and publishers to follow.

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At A Glance: Roundup 22nd - 28th December 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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At A Glance: Roundup 22nd - 28th December 2014

It's been a Deals focused week here at Dealspwn as we hunted down the cheapest gaming deals and console bundles before and after Christmas. As the year draws to a close though, the team got together to round up the best releases of the year for our in-depth Game of the Year awards. Below you'll find links to numerous categories for different gaming genres as we pick out the best of the best. Be sure to check out our podcast that looks back over 2014 too.

Sadly, hackers/cyber pranksters were on their worst behaviour over Christmas, causing PSN and Xbox Live to crash, leaving gamers struggling to get online or even get their new consoles up and running properly. We've come prepared though and have a handy guide of seven things you can do with your console while normal service resumes so you don't have to be sad like Sheldon and Amy. Don't worry, none of them involve going outside.

There's just the one review this week as Jon closes his epic year of review coverage with a Ninty corker in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. Enjoy the links below and I'll see you next year.

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At A Glance: Roundup 15th - 21st December 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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At A Glance: Roundup 15th - 21st December 2014

It's weekly roundup time. So, what's to be seen in our busy Features and Reviews pages from the last seven days? We have a few last minute Buyer's Guides for those of you still looking for a PS4 or Xbox One. That said, Jon makes a case for the Wii U being the must-have console of 2014. We also examine Microsoft's aggressive price cuts in the run up to Xmas. A Top 10 article picks out the potential disappointments of 2015 and another Top 10 looks at the most life-affirming games around. There's a fresh Evolve hand-on preview where we play with a brand new monster. Did you hear Telltale are making a Minecraft title? We have a roundtable reaction piece for that little oddity. Elsewhere, we celebrate the most bonkers games of 2014 and our podcast serves up the alternative GOTY awards.

Been tempted by the PlayStation TV device that lets you stream PS4 games to a second TV or play Vita games on the big screen? Be sure to check out Matt's full review then. Jon also has the verdict on Rune Factory 4- a late contender for 3DS game of the year.

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At A Glance: Roundup 8th - 14th December 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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At A Glance: Roundup 8th - 14th December 2014

It's award season here at Dealspwn and we have a few community polls for you to choose your favourite releases of the year. The team have also taken the time to look back over the last 12 months to give you our personal highlights for best game, favourite/most played game, best moment, disappointment, surprise and naturally our most anticipated titles of next year.

Elsewhere we have a rather disappointed hands-on with The Order: 1886. We're not convinced the new Destiny DLC is worth your cash, luckily we've provided 10 alternatives. Be on the look out for more dodgy DLC in the future too and have a read of Jon examination of on-disc DLC. Our From the Vault piece dusts off an older article about linearity in games, which is still worth a read today. The Sunday Seven this week leaps to the side of Assassin's Creed Rogue as I explain how it truly smashes it's big brother, Unity.

We have a couple of reviews for you too. It'll come as no surprise that The Crew wasn't worth the effort, the hype or the headlines. good thing Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is here to provide a fantastic adventure for you and three buddies. Enjoy the links to all of these items below, and don't forget to head on over to our game deals page if you're after the latest cheap prices.

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