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Destiny PS4 Gameplay | Taking on The Summoning Pits

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
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Activision, Bungie, Destiny, FPS games, Gameplay, PS4 games, Xbox One

Having completed the story missions on the Moon, Carl & Matt decide to delve onto Destiny's second strike mission - The Summoning Pit - in our latest video dedicated to Bungie's latest. See how the duo (plus a random) get on against the hordes of the Hive, before taking on the end-of-level boss, Phogoth.

Be sure to check out the rest of our Destiny coverage, including our critical impressions vidcasts!

Grab an Xbox One + Winter Blockbuster (Halo/COD/Forza/GTA V) for £319 at Tesco

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Console bundles, Forza Horizon 2, Games consoles, GTA V, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

 

Grab an Xbox One + Winter Blockbuster (Halo/COD/Forza/GTA V) for £319 at Tesco

Tesco are currently running a promotion where you can pick up an Xbox One along with one of the biggest releases of this year's holiday season for just £329. But if you use the code TDX-HWXT (you'll need to set up a new Tesco account for this to work), you can knock a tenner off of the price.

The games on offer as part of the promotion are as follows:

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • Forza Horizon 2
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Though not necessarily ideal if you want to start new-gen Xbox gaming right away, this is a great deal for anyone speculatively eyeing up the Xbox One's impressive winter lineup. Moreover, as a platform agnostic, it has to be said that the definitive Call of Duty experience has always been on Xbox, and if you're looking to make the generation jump for advanced Warfare (amongst other things) this could be a storming pickup.

Alternatively, there's that Halo bundle package.

There's no rush, in any case, Tesco will be running the promotion through until the end of the year, and if it stays good value relative to other retailers, expect a reminder post every once in a while.

Nice spot by BuzzDuraband at HUKD.

"Xbox, Oh Snap!" - October Xbox One update brings back the Guide and DNLA streaming

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Xbox One

The next Xbox One firmware update is going to be huge, restoring two massive pieces of functionality that we've been clamouring for since Microsoft's console launched.

First of all, the 'snap' app has now been upgraded to function much like the Xbox 360's Guide -- just double-tap the menu button to bring up the menu and access your apps directly from the intuitive interface. Considering that many new users can't jump straight to applications with voice commands since Kinect is now optional, this should make controller-based navigation much more convenient. As an example, the "Xbox, record that!" command can now be activated with a double-tap followed by hitting the X button.

However, the biggest news is that the Xbox One will now support DNLA streaming as a Windows Media extender, acting as a streaming media client. Finally we can access video and music content on our PCs and other devices, meaning that the Xbox One can claim to be an "all in one" device without us falling about laughing. It's not before time, frankly. Patch notes below.

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Get an Xbox One with Destiny for £308.00 at ASDA! (with code)

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Xbox One

Get an Xbox One with Destiny for £308.00 at ASDA! (with code)

Tempted by an Xbox One? Don't much care for Kinect? Need Destiny in your life? In which case ASDA will sell you Microsoft's console and Bungie's FPSRPG for £308 if you use the 'CONSOLE' voucher code at checkout. This is much less than the retail price of the solus machine itself, and a spectacularly hot bit of deal estate.

Conversely, you can pay £309 for a different bundle -- Dragon Age Inquisition, Advanced Warfare, GTA V and more are included. Again, be sure to add the "CONSOLE" voucher code. Thanks to barkbark @ HUKD!

Pigeon Paramours, Console Confusion, and Carl's Big Choice - Game Buzz #88

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
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3DS, Batman: Arkham Knight, Bayonetta 2, Game Buzz, Hatoful Boyfriend, New 3DS, Nintendo, Podcast, PS4, PWNCAST, Xbox One

Pigeon Paramours, Console Confusion, and Carl's Big Choice - Game Buzz #88

This week's Game Buzz sees us take a gander at Nintendo's new new 3DS and attempt to understand its confusing branding and odd design choices, Jon explains in fowl detail how to chat up birds, I forget how to use words in describing Bayonetta 2's bonkers magnificence, we choose our favourite Batman film (and talk about Arkham Knight), and Carl might finally be about to buy a new-gen console.

Game Buzz | Episode 88 - Pigeon Paramours, Console Confusion, and Carl's Big Choice. 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.

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Xbox One Sunset Overdrive bundle now only £309.97 at Gamestop

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Xbox One

Xbox One Sunset Overdrive bundle now only £309.97 at Gamestop

If you're in the market for an Xbox One this year, or hovering on the fence with a severe case of the 'grass is always greener' effect, Gamestop might be about to tip you over the edge. They're currently offering a £309.97 price for the white Xbox One console and Sunset Overdrive, which is extremely competitive to say the least. It's cheaper than the solus Xbox One and even PS4 at retail!

You won't receive it until 31st October, though, and remember that it's the garish white version. At least it won't show scratches and dust anywhere near as much. Thanks once again to BuzzDuraband @ HUKD!

The Grass Is Always Greener... I have a PS4, so why do I really want an Xbox One?

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Features
Tags:
Opinion piece, PS4, PS4 games, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

The Grass Is Always Greener... I have a PS4, so why do I really want an Xbox One?

The grass is always greener on the other side. Early on in a new generation of consoles, you usually have to pick between two big rivals. It’s been like that throughout all of my formative gaming years. Sega vs. Nintendo. Nintendo Vs Sony. Sony Vs Microsoft. Whatever side you choose though, chances are your console is going to have a slow start during the first 18 months, especially with development time of the big Triple A titles getting longer and longer.

As a PS4 gamer I’ve had plenty of games to enjoy since launch from exclusives like Infamous and Killzone to the compelling third-party efforts like Assassin’s Creed IV, Wolfenstein the Lego games and more recently Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition. After E3 and Gamescom though, I have to admit I’ve been getting itchy feet and the feeling that I’m missing out by not having an Xbox One, like I said, the grass is always greener and all that.

Sony has kept many of their exclusives under tight wraps, with nothing solid to show yet for Uncharted and The Last Guardian. The constant delays and changing messages of DriveClub haven’t been encouraging and The Order: 1886 is still lacking that special something. And don’t even get me started on the complete silence on the future of the God of War series.

The Grass Is Always Greener... I have a PS4, so why do I really want an Xbox One?

Yet I look over at the Xbox One lineup and I see my beloved Insomniac bringing all the fun to the table with Sunset Overdrive (which I’ve managed to convince myself will be boring after half an hour) when gaming is crying out for a new-gen platformer in the ilk of Ratchet & Clank.

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Get an Xbox One Kinect Sensor for only £129 from Microsoft... wait, are you serious?!

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Kinect, Microsoft, Xbox One

Get an Xbox One Kinect Sensor for only £129 from Microsoft... wait, are you serious?!

Xbox One Kinect Sensor | Microsoft | £129.99
Xbox One review | Kinect Voice Commands Guide

Did you pick up a Kinect-less Xbox One and want to add voice command functionality to the Xbox experience? Fancy trying out auto sign-in and playing the tiny number of Kinect-enabled games the way they were meant to be experienced? Well you'll soon be in luck, because Microsoft are releasing the standalone Kinect sensor for the bargain price of...

... £129.99?!

This deal is over. Now it's ranting time.

DEAL ABORTED. CLICK HERE FOR THE ENSUING RANT >>

Dreamfall Chapters: Sony more "proactive” than Microsoft, "it made sense to go with PlayStation"

Author:
Carl Phillips
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News
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Dreamfall Chapters, Game news, Playstation 4, Ragnar Tornquist, Red Thread Games, Xbox One

Dreamfall Chapters: Sony more "proactive” than Microsoft, "it made sense to go with PlayStation"

“We’d be happy to take it to Xbox later on”

It may have only been on the big screen for mere seconds, but the news that Dreamfall Chapters would be coming to consoles first on Playstation 4 was a welcome surprise at this year’s Gamescom. So, it was obviously something I wanted to talk about with Ragnar Tørnquist & Dag Scheve of Red Thread Games when I met up with them the following day, to learn more about how the deal was made, and if it meant that Xbox One owners would missing out.

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The 2014 Gamescom Awards - Game Buzz #87

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
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.

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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:

Matt

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
Tags:
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
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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
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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

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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.