Assassin's Creed: Unity targeted Xbox One as its lead platform, and if you're in the market for a cheap Xbox One deal, CDKeys are currently charging £24.95 for one day only. Saving you a tenner in the process and ticking another game off your Black Friday checklist.
Remember to 'like' them on Facebook for an extra 5% discount! Whether you like Assassin's Creed Unity will be another matter, though. The game's notorious technical issues may be nowhere near as pronounced on Xbox One, but Matt describes it as a "corpulent, broken mess that plays neither to its own strengths nor to its fanbase" in our 5/10 review, even if there are "flashes of promise." It sure does look pretty though.
Enough is enough, Halo: Master Chief Collection. This is getting ridiculous.
That Halo: MCC's multiplayer matchmaking is still a muddled mess several weeks after release is frankly unacceptable. We've given 343i a lengthy spool of rope, and they've been allowed a fair bit of slack from the gaming press, but this was supposed to be the flagship title of the winter. And for all of the talk about what a great content package it is -- and it really is a cracking content package even as an offline game -- the fact is that Halo's multiplayer has always been just as much of an important part of the formula as the expansive, game-changing singleplayer/co-op aspects of the series, if not more so.
This was supposed to be the triumphant end to a year in which the Xbox One has really turned itself around, largely thanks to the efforts of Phil Spencer and his team; and what better series to deliver than Halo? Microsoft and 343i got everything right, delivering an outstandingly well-priced and well-balanced collection designed to (re)introduce a new generation of Xbox fans to the Master Chief and his exploits.
Everything except the matchmaking.
Looking about on Reddit and N4G and the various comment streams across coverage of 343i's debacle, many have asked why the likes of Driveclub and Assassin's Creed: Unity came under such heavy fire while Halo has been given the benefit of the doubt in many quarters. With Driveclub, it's important to note that the game's unique selling points were all tethered to that online experience. Driveclub was a game marketed, previewed, and centred around the connected experience -- without it, the game was simply impossible to review and disappointing to play. Assassin's Creed: Unity was a Uplay-stuffed singleplayer game that released in a broken, shambolic state, filled with bugs that any decent QA department would have surely rooted out, with all signs pointing towards a game that could have desperately used a few more months in development.Click here to read more...
This isn't a part of the on-going Black Friday countdown flash deals, but this listing is one of the cheapest we've seen for the current-gen versions of Diablo 3. Overall, there's a saving of around £5 compared to the next best deal elsewhere for both consoles.
The transition from PC to console has been expertly done by Blizzard, as we discuss in our review. The fact it comes with all the content (and fixes) that have been produced since the original launch makes this version of Diablo 3 great value for money. More to the point, it's lots of fun - especially in local co-op. Thanks to slento86 @ HUKD!
Microsoft has revealed this week's Xbox Live Deals With Gold, which is a pretty impressive collection befitting Black Friday week. The Xbox One gets short shrift again with an admittedly great price for Strider (7/10 review) and Warframe premium currency (free to play, 7/10 review), whereas the Xbox 360 is absolutely awash with discounts. From Battleblock Theatre for under a fiver to the entire Gears Of War series at knockdown prices, this is a pretty decent showing.
Personally I'd suggest picking up Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning and Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit for £2.99. Check out all the offers below, and full credit to teddy1590 @ HUKD who rounded these up earlier today.Click here to read more...
Ubisoft have announced that The Crew will be hitting open beta from tomorrow across PS4 and Xbox One. The beta will go live from 8AM BST/9AM CET tomorrow until 8AM BST/9AM CET on Friday.
If you've already played the closed beta, the open beta will be ready and available to play on the dashboard of either console. If you're yet to sample The Crew, however, simply search for the game on PSN/Xbox LIVE and download from there.
It looks like you may well need PS Plus/XBL Gold to run the beta, given that it's an online title.
GAME are currently offering Watch Dogs for under £15 pre-owned, and that includes Special Edition versions of the game too. Do note, though, that because of the nature of the used market, those Special Editions might have had the "special" codes exhausted by previous owners. As GAME themselves note onsite, "pre-owned version may not include additional content".
Still, when it's the same price as the standard version, it's probably worth a punt.
I have to say that although I found bits of its bloated content package to be superfluous, and in spite of its protagonist being dreadfully boring, I found Watch Dogs rather entertaining for a couple of weeks. You can click here to check out our Watch Dogs review. Thanks oUkTuRkEyIII!
Amazon's week of Black Friday lightning deals has kicked off, and after this morning's Batman: Arkham Origins discount (make sure you're following us on Twitter for up to the minute notifications on Lightning Deals) we've got a few more games-related bargains to be had this afternoon.
You won't be able to get these deals from the product pages themselves, you'll have to click "Add to Basket" off of the splash page. But be quick as there's limited stock for all of these deals. Once they're gone, they're gone.
Here's the rest of today's upcoming Lightning Deals schedule:
(NB. All times are in GMT)
We will, of course, be bringing you all of the hottest gaming deals across our site, the Dealspwn Twitter stream, and Facebook page throughout the insanity of Black Friday week and all throughout the Christmas retail season. Make sure you've got our general games deals stream and console bundles channel bookmarked, and if you have any questions or queries, do be sure to pop a comment into our forum.
If you're an Xbox One owner who enjoyed some free time with Sunset Overdrive over the weekend and want more, this deal from Tesco is certainly worth a look. It's not a part of the Black Friday shenanigans, but it sure feels like it, beating the next cheapest deal by around £5.
In our review, Jon said that Sunset Overdrive's "infectious energy, breathtaking traversal, silly weapons and violently colourful playground make for a brilliant way to blow off steam." In other words, it's Insomniac getting back to doing what they do best - bringing the fun. Thanks to waaqii @ HUKD!
Can you see Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare going much lower on Black Friday? I think the chances are slim, and stocks at this price certainly won't last long. COD's price has traditionally stayed high for ages in the months after release and with Advanced Warfare selling and scoring so well, you can bet the pattern will continue. Although, retailers do seem to be going a bit mental this year.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has been a grand return and reinvention for the FPS series. The futuristic setting has been the perfect excuse to introduce the exoskeleton which gives players double jump and speed boost dodge skills. The campaign was oodles of fun and had the best of Hollywood (Kevin Spacey) and gaming VO actors (Troy Baker) to keep you hooked throughout. Oh, and the multiplayer is better than it's been in years -head straight to Uplink and Kill Confirmed modes to see why. Here's my full review.
Thanks to tristanangel and bigtam1.
This may just be the cheapest price we've seen for Destiny on the Xbox One. With expansion DLC around the corner, you'll want to get your Guardian levelled up in time for the extra challenges that await. Be sure to use the discount code to get the game for £30.50.
Alternatively, Grainger Games are slightly cheaper at £30, but they have been known to send out non-UK versions of games, so be warned. The Xbox One is multi-region though.
Destiny has been great fun so far, albeit a somewhat shallower experience than we were expecting thanks to a gated levelling system that makes it difficult to get past Lv20 without a hell of a lot of work. Don't even get us started on the rotating PVP modes. If you're planning on playing missions with a group of friends though, there's a moreish experience to be found that's unlike anything else on the new consoles.
Thanks to mangoblank and ccangel.
Metro Redux offers great value for money by giving two fantastic shooters from last-gen and giving them a loving remaster and more as listed below. This is a great excuse to catch up on the series, especially for PS3 owners that may have missed out when the first game only visited the 360.
More than just a visual facelift for the series, Metro Redux has put some extra effort in to tempt a spend. Metro 2033 has extra animations (such as the mask wipe from the sequel) and the weapon handling has been reworked too. Both games are now playable in Ranger and Survival modes too for a harsher challenge. All the Season Pass content for Last Light is included, adding an extra ten hours of single player content. This is shaping up to be well worth a look if you missed out on the games last gen.
Thanks to Dhiraj1 at HotUkDeals.
Did we really need a new-gen Grand Theft Auto V? I'm not a fan of paying full whack for new-gen remasters, especially when they only include one game. But if you can't wait for the price to drop or it's on somebody's Xmas list, then be sure to snap up this deal before it goes out of stock again. The voucher code 'SPEND40' will knock a tenner off the price, saving you £7 over the next best deal.
What are you getting in the new-gen version? The graphics have been given quite a boost, with extra details now appearing everywhere. The countryside environments are now full of flowers and 3D shrubbery and the draw distances have been vastly improved. One more potentially important change is the addition of an optional first-person camera angle in case you've ever wanted to play the series as an FPS.
Thanks to Assassin82.
What a week for Nintendo fans! New Pokémon remakes and a brand new Persona title for the 3DS and Smash Bros finally makes its new-gen debut. Elsewhere, Geometry Wars makes its multiplatform debut third time of asking and PS4 owners can finally start designing levels again with the series that started the Play. Create. Share movement. The less said about Amiibo, the better though. Don’t forget to enjoy our links to our past coverage and the cheapest online prices.
With over 50 stages to enjoy, the series is set to make a huge splash when it lands on all digital formats next week (sorry, not you Wii U). With the first two games making a name for themselves on XBLA, everyone is going to be able to get a taste this time. The retro shooter action has expanded to feature game worlds with a more 3D feel. Essentially, Geometry Wars has hopped into bed with the likes of Resogun and Super Stardust. That’s right shooter fans; you’re having it all this year.Click here to read more...
Rayman Legends has never been cheaper for the PS4 and Xbox One. Hell, as prices stand today, even the PS3/360 versions are more expensive at around £15. The site is selling these 'as new', so take from that what you will. Considering the huge saving though, we think it may be worth the plunge.
Rayman Legends is a hot contender for platformer of the last generation here at Dealspwn. Ubisoft's UbiArt engine has never looked better than this side-scrolling 2D platformer. After the also excellent Rayman Origins, it's good to see the limbless wonder back in the spotlight after getting pushed to the sidelines by the Raving Rabbids series. Here's my review of the PS4 version.
Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII.
This is the cheapest price Lara's adventure has seen on the PS4 and XO and is a few quid cheaper than the usual suspects. This is also one of the better new-gen re-releases out there and your eyes will thank you for the incredible scenes.
I'd heavily recommend Crystal Dynamics' excellent reboot of the 90s series. This is a gorgeous game from start to finish and the huge explorable island is the best game world we've ever taken Lara through. In addition to the improved graphics, you can also use the PS4's camera or headset mic to swap weapons via voice commands. It's rather telling of the action genre's slow year that this is a pick for my action title of the year. Again. Here's my Review.
Thanks to AK Gunners.
The multiplayer matchmaking might still be a little borked, but otherwise Halo: The Master Chief Collection is a barnstorming value package, and now you can snap it up for under £30.
Use the code CORTANA at the checkout to get it at this price. You can check out Jon's Halo: MCC review here. Thanks Gooner!
Happy Birthday Xbox One! Clearly embarrassed by the level of cheap tat that they were giving away before in celebration of the first year of the Xbox One, Microsoft are letting players try out Sunset Overdrive for free this weekend.Click here to read more...
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is an incredible package, but like any great hero, it has an Achilles' Heel. Matchmaking. Post-launch, what appeared to be solid and stable matchmaking descended to a mess of interminable wait times, broken parties and hilariously unbalanced teams. 343 Industries were quick to apologies and have been working around the clock to sort things out, culminating in a 1400 MB patch yesterday that promised to address the major issues alongside a host of minor tweaks.
So does it work?
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The Xbox One has its first birthday tomorrow, and so we took the chance to cast our eyes back over the first twelve months of Microsoft's latest console to reflect on how it's performed after a rocky release, in a year where there's been a personnel change at the top and the competition has raced ahead to an early sales lead. Has the Xbox One managed to turn things around?
Phil Spencer bared his fangs and proved his mettle this year.
The new head of Xbox inherited a disaster in the making. Don Mattrick had totally sabotaged the Xbox brand, rolling out an insanely expensive media centre with functionality most devices and smart TVs already made obsolete, packing an admittedly excellent peripheral that nobody really wanted, stacked to the gunwhales with microtransactions and controversial features. The Xbox One sold modestly well on the strength of its fanbase, some decent launch titles and Titanfall, but it soon became apparent that the bloated "entertainment system" was a sitting duck as Sony and even Nintendo started pulling ahead. Spencer faced an impossible situation.
There's only one thing you can do in an impossible situation. Triage. Save what you can, then let everything else burn.
What followed was a ruthless, desperate and frankly magnificent campaign of revisions, U-turns and scorched-earth decisions as the new guard dismantled Mattrick's monstrosity into a console that might actually sell. Kinect was thrown under the bus. The RRP was hacked down to undercut the PS4, margins be damned, followed by some ludicrous bundles. Xbox Live Gold was declawed, and permanent free games were rolled out. Firmware updates weren't delivered annually, they were delivered every single month come what may.Click here to read more...
I actually got a real kick out of Watch Dogs. It's got the most boring protagonist ever, and it's overstuffed with content, but you can pick and choose your way through that. Moreover, as boring as Aiden is, the stuff he can do is pretty cool, and there's nothing quite like sticking on the Blues Brothers soundtracks and tearing it up on the roads of Chicago.
You can click here to read our Watch Dogs review. Thanks oUkTuRkEyIII!