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The 2014 Gamescom Awards - Game Buzz #87

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Beards, Bedlam, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Dead Island 2, Game Buzz, Gamescom 2014, Hideo Kojima, Podcast, PS4, PWNCAST, Rise Of The Tomb Raider, Silent Hills, Wii U, Xbox One

The 2014 Gamescom Awards - Game Buzz #87

It's time for the Gamescom post-mortem, prepare yourselves for awards, arguments, and accolades as we get stuck into the best and the worst of this year's show.

And a discussion about beards.

Game Buzz | Episode 87 - The 2014 Gamescom Awards. Recorded 22nd August, 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.

Want more? Check out the rest of our PWNCAST posts onsite, hit us up on iTunes, or subscribe to the PWNCAST Feed here.

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Get an Xbox One and a big game for £329.00 at ASDA

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Microsoft, Xbox One

Get an Xbox One and a big game for £329.00 at ASDA

Tempted by an Xbox One? Don't much care for Kinect? In which case ASDA will sell you Microsoft's console and one of its biggest games for less than the retail price of the solus machine itself. Just choose a game bundle -- Destiny, Dragon Age Inquisition, Advanced Warfare, GTA V and more are included -- and add the "CONSOLE" voucher code at checkout.

Thanks to Bure11 @ HUKD!

Postcards from Gamescom '14 | Day 0 - Microsoft, Sony, & Disney Infinity

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
Tags:
Disney, Gamescom 2014, Microsoft, PS4, Sony, Videos, Xbox One

Dealspwn are once again in Cologne for this year's Gamescom, having sent Carl & Jon to check out the upcoming titles that have been brought along to the three-day-long event... but before we get to that, our dynamic duo give their thoughts on how Sony & Microsoft did with their press conferences. We also get to hear their impressions on the upcoming build of Disney Infinity.

Stay tuned for their first proper day of highlights in our postcard tomorrow!

Wait, Tomb Raider's An Exclusive? - Microsoft Gamescom 2014 Press Conference Impressions

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Gamescom 2014, Microsoft, Rise Of The Tomb Raider, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Wait, Tomb Raider's An Exclusive? - Microsoft Gamescom 2014 Press Conference Impressions

Well, the first of today's two big press conferences from Gamescom 2014 is done and dusted. Did Microsoft set the bar high as they did earlier in the year at E3? They certainly came out once again with a resolute focus on the games, and they didn't half drop a bombshell halfway through the show. Here's what we made of it:

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Wait, Tomb Raider's An Exclusive? - Microsoft Gamescom 2014 Press Conference Impressions

The first big surprise of Gamescom has landed, and it comes in the form of Microsoft flexing their financial muscles. Rise of the Tomb Raider will be an Xbox One exclusive when it launches next Holiday season, setting up a tantalising Lara vs. Drake Christmas that is going to be extraordinary fun to watch (and play).

To be honest, much of the rest of the presser has faded into a blur since Microsoft dropped that bomb, and in retrospect, Phil Harrison could barely contain himself. Is it an anti-consumer move? It is a bit. Microsoft paid large sums of money to stop Crystal Dynamics reaching more than half of their potential audience, though I'm more pissed off about it not coming to PC rather than missing out on it on PS4.

Elsewhere, it was another solid showing from Phil Spencer's side. The Chris Charla creative indie carousel was outstanding, as Microsoft attempted to out-Sony Sony. There are some absolutely cracking games coming to Xbox One via ID@Xbox, and it was good to see a few longer spotlight pieces on one or two highlights. I've been banging on about SuperHot since the flash game first appeared, and The Escapists looks like cartoon Shawshank crossed with Prison Architect.

It's a Microsoft presser, so of course FIFA and Call of Duty got their moments in the sun. Prepare for Titancall! That's unfair, Advanced Warfare looks both incredibly different yet also hilariously familiar. The exosuit's abilities certainly look like they'll create more opportunities to take advantage of verticality, but it all seemed a bit static rather than the fluidity we've seen from Titanfall and even Brink. Not sure about that custom Xbox One either -- it looks like it's been dipped in cement.

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Microsoft Gamescom 2014 Press Conference: Twitch Embed & Live Blog - 1PM BST

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
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Gamescom 2014, Microsoft, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Microsoft Gamescom 2014 Press Conference: Twitch Embed & Live Blog - 1PM BST

Happy for Halo? Craving some Crackdown? Stoked for Sunset Overdrive? Fawning over Forza? That's right, folks, it's time for the Microsoft Gamescom Press Conference. Hit the jump for the Twitch embed and for the site Twitter stream where I'll be merrily live Tweeting reactions and commentary for this year's show.

Follow us here to get stuck into the conversation.

Jon's fashioned a list of expectations and predictions, and you can find that right here.

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Microsoft @ Gamescom 2014: What To Expect, Where To Watch

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
Tags:
Gamescom 2014, Microsoft, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Microsoft @ Gamescom 2014: What To Expect, Where To Watch

Press Conference Starts: 13:00 BST, Tuesday August 12th

Watch Live: Xbox.com

Following months of cleaning house and a surprisingly strong showing at E3, Spencer and co. need to build on their momentum with a cracking Gamescom lineup. As always they're set to kick off an afternoon of press conferences and reveals, so will need to go big from the start or go back to Redmond with tails firmly between legs. So what should we expect from the conference?

Well, that official banner at the top of this article gives us a fairly decent idea! Let's review.

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Pressers and Postulating - Are Microsoft just Sony's warm-up act?

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Gamescom 2014, Microsoft, PS4, PS4 games, Sony, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Pressers and Postulating - Are Microsoft just Sony's warm-up act?

The trend of having a warm-up act is well established. Timing is everything, right? You put on a gig, you want to make sure that the audience is at peak excitement, that their energy and focus levels are high, that they're engaged.

For the past few years, it could be argued that Microsoft have been the warm-up act to Sony when it comes to press conferences. But are the times a-changing this year?

We stated back in June that Microsoft's showing at E3 was the best we'd seen in years -- not that such praise is really saying much, they'd been dire the previous couple of years. But with a renewed focus upon games, with new head honcho Phil Spencer having spent the first couple of months of his tenure aggressively cleaning house and tidying up the muck that Mattrick left behind, Microsoft came out swinging and, admirably, let their games do most of the talking.

Pressers and Postulating - Are Microsoft just Sony's warm-up act?

That'll stand Microsoft in good stead at a show whose motto is "celebrate the games".

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Gamescom, Quantum Lake, and Kazoo Solos - Game Buzz #86

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Game Buzz, Gamescom 2014, Podcast, PS4, PWNCAST, Xbox One

Gamescom, Quantum Lake, and Kazoo Solos - Game Buzz #86

This week's podcast is all about getting ready for Gamescom. We take a look at some of our pre-show picks before everything goes slightly off of the rails and Carl whips out his kazoo.

Game Buzz | Episode 86 - Gamescom, Quantum Lake, and Kazoo Solos. Recorded 7th August, 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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White Xbox One console might release this October - would you buy One?

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Xbox One

White Xbox One console might release this October - would you buy One?

The snazzy white Xbox One model was previously only available to Microsoft employees, but you can always rely on  indiscreet retailers to accidentally jump the gun. By the looks of things, you'll be able to buy one in a bundle with Sunset Overdrive later this year.

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Sod The Console Wars, Let's Talk Zelda - Game Buzz #85

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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EA Access, Game Buzz, Podcast, PS4, PWNCAST, SKEA, Sony Microsoft, The Legend of Zelda, Xbox One

Sod The Console Wars, Let's Talk Zelda - Game Buzz #85

This week on Game Buzz, we chat about the recent reports suggesting a 3-1 PlayStation lead over Xbox in the last quarter and ask what Microsoft can do to turn things around. We also have a natter about EA Access and the likelihood of other publishers coming out with subscription models. But all of that is fairly dry, so it's not long before we find an excuse to talk about how awesome the Zelda games are.

Additionally, there's a spot of further recruiting for My Little Dealspwny - the only Destiny clan you'll ever need.

Game Buzz | Episode 85 - Sod The Console Wars, Let's Talk Zelda. Recorded 2nd August, 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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Grab an Xbox One with Titanfall and 12 Months of XBL Gold for £361.85 at Amazon

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Console bundles, Microsoft, Titanfall, Xbox LIVE Gold Membership, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Grab an Xbox One with Titanfall and 12 Months of XBL Gold for £361.85 at Amazon

Xbox One + Titanfall + 12 Months LIVE Gold | £361.85 | Amazon

Shopping around for an Xbox One? Well, we might have just the deal for you as Amazon are currently giving away the console with Titanfall packed in along with 12 months of Xbox LIVE Gold membership for £361.85. Titanfall is probably at its best on Xbox One (check out Jon's review here), designed as it is with the console's controller in mind, and you'll need that Gold subscription if you want to play online, or indeed do pretty much anything with your XO.

But it'll come in damn handy when the Master Chief Collection and Halo 5: Guardians beta arrives this winter. Mmmmm. Tastty Halo goodness. Mmmmmm.

COMMENT | 3-1 to Sony? Microsoft need a new console, and soon

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Games consoles, Microsoft, Phil Spencer, PS4, Sony, Xbox One, Xbox One Slim

COMMENT | 3-1 to Sony? Microsoft need a new console, and soon

But not necessarily that new

Regardless of whether or not the sales figures for the last financial quarter are of consoles sold or shipped, regardless of the extent to which the PlayStation and Xbox numbers were muddied by last-gen console statistics, one thing is clear: Microsoft are lagging behind. By an alarming factor of three-to-one.

It's early days, of course, in terms of Phil Spencer's tenure at the top. For much of 2014, he's been dealing in damage control, and trying to turn the omnishambles that Mattrick left behind into something identifiable, something relatable, something to do with games rather than every other facet of entertainment.

COMMENT | 3-1 to Sony? Microsoft need a new console, and soon

It's clear that communication has hurt the Xbox One significantly. I posited in my recent article about Destiny that Sony have done a fantastic job in selling the idea "better on PS4". We've said since the two consoles launched that Microsoft have had the better exclusives thus far. We've suggested that they have the better exclusive lineup this Christmas, what with the Master Chief Collection, Sunset Overdrive, and Forza Horizon 2 edging LittleBigPlanet 3, Driveclub, and (if it's even still on track for this year) PlanetSide 2. But as Nintendo have found out to their cost, you can have some of the finest first-party exclusives around, but third-party games matter. A lot.

Last year we also stressed the importance of communication. Sony's message has been clear from day on: the PS4 is #fortheplayers. It's a games console designed to play games, be easy to develop for,squeeze out as much power as possible for as low a price as can be had, while maintaining the standard of quality that we've come to expect from PlayStation devices. By contrast, the Xbox One was first unveiled as being all about entertainment, TV, and sports. Then it was an all-in-one console -- "Xbox One. Input One". Now it's had Kinect chopped off, and Microsoft's in-house entertainment production unit is closing its doors.

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PlayStation outsells Xbox 3:1 between April-June

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
PS4, Xbox One

PlayStation outsells Xbox 3:1 between April-June

Sales figures really shouldn't mean anything to us gamers. We should be too busy revelling in our favourite hobby and interactive art form to worry about the performance of uncaring companies we have no financial stake in.

But hot-damn, Sony's latest quarterly financial report contains some seriously BIG numbers.

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Xbox One: The Hottest Exclusives Yet To Come In 2014!

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Microsoft, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Xbox One: The Hottest Exclusives Yet To Come In 2014!

Microsoft aren't messing about when it comes to Xbox One exclusives, and they've got an early foot in the door. Following a strong start last Christmas, they've secured a fearsome suite of big games from shooters to racers, platformers, dancing games, Kinect showcases, insane open worlds and even a radical new editing suite powered by user-generated content.

Though we'll have to wait and see whether they actually live up to the hype, here are the hottest exclusives slated for 2014 along with the European release dates for your calendar.

Forza Horizon 2 | September 30th

"Gone are the artificial walls and fences of the first game, with barriers placed far more realistically this time around. If you want to fashion yourself a shortcut in a race, the chances are that you can. If you want to veer off the beaten track and tear up a vineyard, you absolutely can. Wooden fences are there to be smashed in the name of curiosity, the European countryside a canvas on which you can paint a petrol masterpiece. But the roads themselves real natural rather than purposefully crafted , and it's clear that Playground have done their research." - Forza Horizon 2 hands-on preview

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Grab 12 Months of Xbox LIVE Gold for as low as £21.84 at CDKeys

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Games With Gold, Xbox 360, Xbox Live, Xbox LIVE Gold Membership, Xbox One

Grab 12 Months of Xbox LIVE Gold for as low as £21.84 at CDKeys

12 Month Xbox LIVE Gold Subscription | CDKeys | £22.99 (£21.84 with FB code)

CDKeys are currently selling 12 months of Xbox LIVE Gold Membership for £22.99, but if you go over to their Facebook page and give them a "Like" you can get that price dropped even further down to £21.84.

Click here to nab that 5% off CDKeys Facebook voucher code.

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Titanfall Xbox One Controller Back In Stock for £34.95

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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hardware deals, Titanfall, Xbox One, Xbox One Controller

Titanfall Xbox One Controller Back In Stock for £34.95

Titanfall Xbox One Controller | Game Collection
£34.95 (save £10) | XO Controller Review

Last time GC had the controller this cheap it sold out fast, so be sure to get on this if you missed out last time. Sure, only the most hardcore Titanfall fan could call this anything other than hideous, but at least it's easier to pick out as your own pad at a glance during a local multiplayer session. This is just a paint-job, underneath is still the excellent official Xbox One controller. GC's recent deal is over a tenner cheaper than anywhere else on the net too. Note: you can get the original black controller for £34.85 at Amazon.

Thanks to darioredkin at HotUkDeals.

The final U-turn? Microsoft shuts down Xbox Entertainment Studios

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Microsoft, Xbox One

The final U-turn? Microsoft shuts down Xbox Entertainment Studios

Xbox boss Phil Spencer has spent the last few months reforming the Xbox One's image through a series of high-profile U-turns. Or, to put it another way, scraping the last slimy traces of Don Mattrick off the Redmond office walls. Kinect became optional, Xbox Live Gold dropped its entertainment paywall and the focus shifted from nebulous entertainment content to being "all about the games."

Today brings us the news that this cycle is almost complete as Microsoft plans to shut down Xbox Entertainment Studios, sadly as part of the largest round of layoffs in company history.

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Devs want Early Access on consoles, but do we?

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Early Access, Microsoft, PS4, Sony, Xbox One

Devs want Early Access on consoles, but do we?

A decade ago I'd have laughed in your face if you suggested that thousands of gamers would willingly pay to play unfinished games, but here we are. Alpha funding is now a big deal and a very good thing too in the main, allowing small studios to get investment, community and publicity while letting us into the development cycle first-hand. Huge advantages for everyone involved, despite the increasingly hefty drawbacks of a system that enables unscrupulous liars to make bank and buries quality Steam software under a mountain of utter crap.

It's clear that Early Access (alpha funding by any other name) is still undergoing some growing pains on PC, but developers and hardware manufacturers are now calling for a similar system to be implemented on home consoles. To be perfectly honest, I'm not convinced they're entirely ready yet.

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Titanfall Xbox One Controller now only £34.95

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
hardware deals, Titanfall, Xbox One, Xbox One Controller

Titanfall Xbox One Controller now only £34.95

Titanfall Xbox One Controller | Game Collection
£34.95 (save £10) | XO Controller Review

Only the most hardcore Titanfall fan could call this anything other than hideous, but at least it's easier to pick out as your own pad at a glance during a local multiplayer session. This is just a paint-job, underneath is still the excellent official Xbox One controller. Game Collection's recent deal is a tenner cheaper than anywhere else on the net too. Note: you can get the original black controller for £34.85 at Amazon.

Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII at HotUkDeals.