WWE 2K18 Review – IGN

WWE 2K18 Review – IGN

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Despite the series’ ongoing strengths, this year is a royal stumble.

With the exception of WWE 2K16, the common thread of the WWE 2K games for the last few years has been “one step forward, at least two steps back.” WWE 2K18 does not break that trend. A new graphics engine makes the same fundamentally solid wrestling action look dramatically better, and the already enormous roster is bigger than ever before with 174 playable wrestlers right out of the box, but the primary single-player story mode is botched and none of the modes and features that needed the most work from last year’s game have been addressed.

The big new addition to the gameplay this year is the ability to lift and carry opponents in four different positions – fireman’s carry, cradle, over the shoulder, and power bomb – and then walk them around freely before slamming them. This opens up a number of fun options, especially for big men like Braun Strowman, who can hoist smaller wrestlers up and then power bomb them straight out of the ring. That feels awesome, especially when it’s in a Battle Royale or Royal Rumble match.

Hot tags have also been revamped to occur more frequently and no longer have cutscenes associated with them that interrupt the action. When a character receives a hot tag, they simply come in with a buff that allows them to run roughshod over anyone in the ring.

Eight-man matches add an extra touch of chaos.

Rounding out the list of new features are tag-team matches that now also feature the much-needed multi-man fatigue system that was introduced in 2K17, making it easier to secure a win while one of the wrestlers is outside recovering. You can also now put up to eight wrestlers in the ring at once during ladder matches, four-on-four tag matches, and battle royales. Finally, there are now even more backstage areas to explore and interact with during backstage brawls. The eight-man matches are particularly welcome as they add an extra touch of chaos to Battle Royales that accurately simulates what goes on in an actual WWE ring.

As far as big, noticeable changes to the wrestling gameplay go, that’s pretty much it. Nothing groundbreaking on the scale of the reversal system added in 2K16, nor anything that substantially improves how certain match types are played. As someone who plays every year, that’s a bit disappointing.

Nothing saves Universe from feeling dull and repetitive.

With the core wrestling feeling mostly the same, it falls to MyCareer and Universe Mode to pick up the slack, which… well, they don’t. Universe Mode feels all but untouched since last year. You still play through week after week of WWE programming, simulating matches you don’t care about and affecting the outcomes of the ones you do by playing through them. There are some small tweaks to rivalries and some new cutscenes to make matches feel more like the real thing, but nothing that saves Universe from feeling dull and repetitive.

Rather than bring back or revitalize the fantastic 2K Showcase mode that elevated the single-player experience of every WWE 2K game it was in before disappearing in 2K17, Yukes appears to be stuck on trying to make the floundering MyCareer mode work. Like previous years, MyCareer centers around creating your own superstar who rises through the ranks of the WWE. It begins at the WWE Performance Center and runs through getting your first taste of championship gold at NXT, to getting called up to the main roster, to being a main event star worthy of Wrestlemania.

To put it mildly, MyCareer’s writing is not up to the task.

In what seemed like a good idea on paper, this time around WWE 2K18 adopts a much more RPG-like approach to MyCareer, giving you the ability to explore the backstage areas, chat with superstars, align yourself with or against The Authority, and take on side quests that further your alignment as a face or heel and unlock perks. But like most RPGs, its success hinges on the strength of the campaign’s writing. And, to put it mildly, the writing in WWE 2K18 is not up to the task.

Dialogue between you and the wrestlers that roam around backstage is completely banal, the trash talk and insults that are exchanged would sound juvenile even on an elementary schoolyard – Akam of the feared tag-team known as the Authors of Pain tells me “You seem paper-thin, paper boy.” To which I can respond: “You’ll find that I’m a rock-man.” – and perhaps the worst part of it all is that the awful promo system from WWE 2K17 returns, which makes any feuds and storylines to arise from this mode utterly meaningless.

Promos are performed by first selecting a vague dialogue choice that starts you ranting on a particular topic, like how you’re fed up with how overlooked you are as a wrestler. After that first choice, you must choose between four more vague dialogue options with the goal of maintaining the same tone you started with. The more you keep to the same tone, the better your promo score.

There’s so much wrong with this promo system.

There’s so much wrong with this system, from the awful writing to the awkward and wild pantomiming that goes on in the ring, but the biggest problem is it feels more like answering questions on the reading comprehension portion of the SATs than anything close to simulating how promos work in WWE. It’s simply not fun to do. All in all, MyCareer is kind of a mess – and it’s a shame because it has some great ideas that are just not executed well at all.

Tied to MyCareer is its online counterpart, called Road to Glory, which allows you to take your created character and compete against others online in daily match types to earn stars to qualify for Pay Per View events. As of this writing, I’ve been unable to test what playing in a Pay Per View event actually means since the first one is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 20, but it’s definitely something I look forward to checking out.

It’s also worth mentioning that loot boxes are a part of the progression system in WWE 2K18. You can purchase bronze, silver, or gold loot boxes that contain new moves, attire, or stat boosts that affect Road to Glory mode. These loot boxes can only be purchased with virtual currency, which eliminates the problem of “pay-to-win,” but they do come with the inherent problem of adding a secondary luck-based barrier between you and the gear you want. If you want your MyCareer character to have glowing super saiyan hair like Goku from Dragon Ball Z, all you can do is cross your fingers and hope that you get it and grind more currency until you do.

Outside of MyCareer mode, the creation suite isn’t affected by loot boxes.

Fortunately, outside of MyCareer mode, the creation suite isn’t affected at all by loot boxes and it remains one of the most impressive and powerful sets of creation tools that you’ll find in any video game. Before WWE 2K18 was even out, the community creations section was already full of wrestlers and hilarious renditions of pop culture characters to download that look absolutely incredible.

New to the creative suite of WWE 2K18 is the ability to create custom matches. That’s a great feature and allows you to adjust the win condition on most match types, in addition to adding time limits and giving you the ability to tweak starting health, recovery time, and whether or not you start with a finishing move. You still can’t get too crazy, like having a ladder match inside Hell in a Cell, or adding weapons to a Royal Rumble, but aside from those limitations, you can mostly create any match that makes sense.

The Verdict

Under the better-than-ever graphics and great-as-ever core wrestling gameplay, WWE 2K18 is a largely disappointing iteration. It wastes too much of its ambition on the poorly written and dull MyCareer RPG mode, leaving its other promising modes to languish for another year. What few enhancements we get to the carry mechanics and eight-person matches are welcome, but not as much of a year-over-year refresh as would be needed to keep the excitement level as high as it’s been in past years.

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A Hat in Time Review – IGN

A Hat in Time Review – IGN

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An adorable homage to the heyday of 3D platformers that pulls a few fun tricks from its hat.

Disclosure: IGN Entertainment, IGN’s parent company, recently purchased Humble Bundle, the publisher of A Hat in Time. This technically makes us the publisher. (We didn’t actually know about that when this review was being written.) Humble Bundle and IGN operate completely independently, but going forward, all Humble Bundle-published games we cover will have a disclosure regarding our relationship, and we will endeavor to use freelance critics to review them when possible.

There’s a mafioso floating outside Hat Girl’s pillow-stuffed spaceship, miles above the planet below, decked out in a blue blazer and an apron that says “Kiss the Cook.” He probably should have been a lawyer, judging by how he chooses to interpret the situation.

“What is this? Flying boat?” he asks. “All boats need to pay toll in Mafia Town … even in space!”

It’s one of the first moments in A Hat in Time, and it sets the tone for the bizarre 3D-platforming antics that follow. Seconds later Hat Girl refuses the pay his toll, prompting the lunkhead to smash the ship’s window, which turn sends the 40 magical hourglasses that power Hat Girl’s ship careening down to the planet below, along with poor Hat Girl herself. Hat Girl later returns to use her spaceship as a hub for her adventures, taking time to board up the hole by hammering nails in the glass. Apparently.

Yeah, A Hat in Time gets pretty weird. But it’s the good kind of weird: the kind that kept a big, stupid grin on my face for the next 11 hours or so. I loved almost every moment of it, thanks in a large part to its personality, its mostly creative levels, and its wonderful 3D platforming that recalls the glory days of the Nintendo 64.

The utterly adorable Mustache Girl swears herself as an enemy.

You might be thinking from the title and all those hourglasses that A Hat in Time has as much time travel stuffed into it as an entire season of Doctor Who. Oddly, that’s not the case, and A Hat in Time seems barely interested in maintaining any kind of storytelling momentum, much less staying on topic. For instance, an utterly adorable adversary called Mustache Girl swears herself as an enemy early on but is basically forgotten for hours while Hat Girl busies herself chatting with trenchcoated crows and bartering her soul to maniacal forest spirits.

It’s a bit like watching a series of Silly Symphonies – the early, wacky Disney shorts that often had little in common with each other besides a few recurring characters. A Hat in Time encourages this association, as it kicks off each new zone with a hand-drawn title card as though a cartoon were to follow instead of a platformer. At times, the segments varied so greatly in theme and setting I felt as though I were playing entirely different games.

Deep forests populated by creepy spirits come later.

There’s the sunny, cluttered alleys of Mafia Town, where loveable louts brag about their degrees in “mafia” amid a colorful but largely aimless landscape that initially feels like a by-the-numbers 3D platformer. (It does much to make up for this, though, with an exhilarating 2D boss fight demanding perfectly timed leaps before a crowded stage.) But Hat Girl’s adventures grow more focused when she ventures into a movie studio where an owl and an Elvis-like penguin compete for awards while our hero stealthily avoids the gaze of crows on a sepia-toned Orient Express. Deep forests populated by creepy spirits come later, as well as soaring alpine peaks and beautiful, abstract hidden bonus zones that exist mainly to challenge your platforming skills without the need to conform to setting, much in the way of Super Mario Sunshine.

In a weaker game this extreme variety might be disconcerting because of a perceived lack of focus. But I found the constant shifts in setting were what kept me interested, as well as the frequent opportunities for A Hat in Times’ adorably goofball and occasionally dark humor. Repetition barely exists as a result, save for the enjoyable and tight platforming dance of running, jumping, collecting baubles, and belly-flopping over chasms. It only suffers on account of the occasionally wonky camera that seems to be the curse of just about every 3D platformer ever made.

On their own, these ingredients would have made have made for an enjoyable but unsurprising 3D platformer. But let’s talk about the hats. I love the hats.

By the end I could have opened a hat shop.

The main goal of A Hat in Time may technically be collecting all those lost hourglasses, but that’s never so much fun or as rewarding as finding all the bits of yarn that let our hero craft new hats. One might be a visor that lets her race across landscapes; another might be a witch’s hat that lets here concoct a brew she can throw like a grenade. By the end I had so many I could have opened a hat shop, and I liked that the associated abilities encouraged returning to previous zones so I could find extra hourglasses and – more importantly – more hats. Badges add to the sense of discovery, too, which grant Hat Girl perks such as automatic loot pickups or a last-second parachute that lets our hero correct herself after a bad jump.

A Hat in Time, oddly, is a game that grows more enjoyable as the levels progress. This isn’t just because of the excitement of discovering new hats and badges, but also because the levels themselves increase in creativity, size, and rewarding challenge. A Hat in Time is almost never exactly linear, but it’s definitely at its best when it gives Hat Girl a clear goal, allowing both the platforming and the storyline to slip into a satisfying flow. Get past Mafia Town, and you’ll find yourself zipping from door to door on a moving train, using hat abilities to hunt for clues and get to keys that unlock other doors beyond precariously placed platforms. (If you need another Doctor Who reference, the train itself is much “bigger on the inside.”) Elsewhere, you’ll sneak through the labyrinthine backstage of a movie set where humans are banned, timing your moves so as to avoid being seen and getting slapped with astronomical fines for “owl harassment.” The flow gives purpose to the platforming, and so boosts the fun.

“Charm” is a word that gets thrown around far too often in discussing games these days, but virtually every frame of A Hat in Time warrants it. Months from now, I’ll likely remember it less for all the bouncing around and more for Hat Girl’s “can-do” look at she dons a deerstalker cap before solving a case or for “Corgi Quest 7: The Leashes That Bind,” the text-based RPG she plays back on her ship. It captures the spirit of early Nintendo not only in the strength of its platforming, but also because of its near-saccharine purity, which gets smartly shattered at perfect moments such as when Mustache Girl starts talking about cutting up all the mafia guys and stuffing them in little jars.

The Verdict

Aside from its creative hats and hat-based abilities, A Hat in Time never exactly feels like an inventive platformer. But it does its job well, even while suffering from the occasionally awkward camera issues that 3D platformers are often known for. It stands out, though, for its infectious and endearingly goofy personality, its creative and widely different levels, and its enjoyable platforming. And, of course, all those hats.

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South Park: The Fractured But Whole Review – IGN

South Park: The Fractured But Whole Review – IGN

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A consistently funny RPG with a strong combat system to match.

By a wide margin, South Park: The Fractured But Whole is the funniest roleplaying game since South Park: The Stick of Truth came out three years ago. This one’s gags are focused more on parodying the superhero movie franchise craze than RPG mechanics, which makes it feel a little less novel, but this time its turn-based tactical combat is also deep enough to stand on its own.

Like The Stick of Truth, The Fractured But Whole looks and sounds so much like the show that at a glance it could easily be mistaken for a 20-hour episode when you’re not in combat. The emulation of the crude animation style is spot-on, the voice acting is all completely authentic, and the writing quality is up to the high expectations. Exploring its expanded map of South Park and its densely-packed references to the show is a treat for fans, even though it’s quite similar to what we saw in The Stick of Truth. And sure, there’s some significant irony in the Memberberries appearing in a game so heavily based on callbacks to South Park’s 20-year history, especially now being a reference to a year-old joke themselves, but I’m going to let that slide.

The story starts somewhat slowly, with your custom-made New Kid and the boys transitioning abruptly from the final moments of The Stick of Truth’s fantasy-themed battles to a superhero-themed quest to find a missing cat for a $100 reward. It’s a cynical take on childhood roleplaying, of course, because Cartman plans to use that cash to jumpstart the equivalent of the Marvel Cinematic Universe based around his Batman-like Coon character and become rich off the movie and merchandising rights. But after a few hours it spirals into signature South Park absurdity, and you’re fighting everything from Professor Chaos’ minions to Crab People. Granted, The Fractured But Whole makes few new jokes of its own, preferring instead to riff off of fan-pleasing material as it’s adapted to game form, but it does it well – it even makes killing Kenny funny again.

It’s hard to tell what’s real and what’s all in the kids’ collective imagination.

Especially in the opening hours, it’s hard to tell what’s supposed to be real and what’s all in the kids’ collective imagination – and The Fractured But Whole delights in blurring that line. With the exception of Professor Chaos’ anime super-move intro, we always see their costumes as makeshift cosplay cobbled together from tinfoil, Tupperware, and cardboard, but their powers are shown with brightly colored energy blasts and feats of superhuman strength and speed. You’ll have kids shooting lasers out of kites and teleporting one moment, then pausing the fight to let a car go by the next. Then adults get involved, and you have to start wondering what’s really happening. This is South Park, so it’s not exactly constrained by realism, so it’s a bemusing question that’s constantly raised.

While it’s mostly absurd, the kids’ superhero fantasy is actually a little touching in places. Jimmy, who walks with crutches, has super-speed powers, and the developmentally disabled Timmy’s Professor X-like mental abilities make him so overpowered you can’t play as him in battle. It’s nice that there’s some positivity there among the obliviously racist (The Coon, The Human Kite) and sexual jokes, and much of it is genuinely hilarious. There were just a handful of times where a throwaway racial stereotype joke didn’t quite feel clever enough to justify the sensitive subject matter.

For pure shock-value firepower, nothing in The Fractured But Whole had me reeling quite as much as The Stick of Truth’s zombie Nazi fetuses. That said, it still delivers its share of the “Wow, they went there” moments that have kept South Park relevant. A scene with fourth graders in a strip club (gross for largely non-sexual reasons, surprisingly), a priest self-flagellating with a rosary made from anal beads, and some more-racist-than-racist cops stand out.

The pace of the gags only really slows down while you’re walking from place to place, chasing down the many main story and sidequest objectives. There’s a fast-travel system courtesy of super-speedster Fastpass (AKA Jimmy), but those travel points rarely seemed to be near enough to where a quest wanted me to go to make getting there less of a hassle, which led to a significant amount of hoofing it through the streets. It’s pleasant enough to stroll through this quiet mountain town and taking in the ambient dialogue and signage jokes, though I couldn’t help but notice that the frame rate takes a hit sometimes, dropping perceptively when you’re passing by a busy background like the gentlemen’s club and its flashing neon.

My big gripe is the complete lack of navigation indicators.

My big gripe, though, is the complete lack of navigation indicators. Sure, this keeps the screen clean and maintains the look of the show, but the cost is that I constantly had to pop open the map to figure out where I was supposed to go and which of the nearly identical houses contained my objective. Holding the left bumper/L1 brings up a quick map, but it’s too small to really be useful. It seems like it would’ve been much better to just pop up arrows pointing to objectives with that button instead. For that matter, a lot of the text on screen is a little small to comfortably read from the couch – I had to lean forward and squint at my 52-inch screen from about eight feet away to read all the Coonstagram (Instagram, but named after The Coon for some reason) messages that popped up after interacting with people.

Combat gets much more interesting in the second half as the scenarios become more ambitious.

Of course, this being an RPG, the primary interaction you have in The Fractured But Whole is combat. The grid-based battle scenarios start easy – even on the highest “Mastermind” difficulty, it was around 10 hours in before I had to try anything other than a boss battle twice. But unlike The Stick of Truth, which only got easier as it went on, The Fracture But Whole gets much more interesting in the second half as the scenarios become more ambitious and give us more things to deal with: telegraphed attacks, area denial, summoned-in enemies, and real-time timers that force you to move quickly or be hit, among others. There are special battles where you’re forced to keep moving or to move enemies into specific spots, others where you have to target one enemy among many, and other conditions that keep things from getting stale. That’s on top of the nuances of the basic system: because positioning matters and everybody’s ability set works differently for range, direction, knockback, and other special effects, there’s a fair amount of depth to it.

And, by the end, you have more than a dozen distinct characters to choose from. Each has three abilities and an ultimate power (which uses a charge that’s shared by the whole team), and that gives you a wide range of options for any given fight. Token is a great tank who can swap places with an endangered ally and shield himself to take the hit, while Kyle plays better by maintaining distance and healing and shielding allies. Kenny, of course, has a much more suicidal playstyle.

There are some excellent touches, like each member of the party having specific lines of banter dialogue for each other potential member of the party. That’s something you rarely see outside of a BioWare game. It also has numerous unique animations to pick up on, such as when Token fills his Tupperware helmet with vomit when he’s grossed out (aka poisoned).

In the menus, The Fractured But Whole takes an interesting approach to character development. You start with one superhero archetype but later can freely mix and match your four-power loadout with abilities from other classes. Instead of a straight level-up system, you slot in gathered artifact items to increase your power level and stats. It creates some interesting scenarios where I wanted to keep some lower-level items slotted in order to maintain a big bonus to knockback damage or ultimate ability recharge rate. More importantly, it makes the New Kid a Swiss army knife who can adapt as needed to support the other three heroes on your team. He gradually felt less like my character as Cartman grudgingly unlocked more powers, but being able to freely customize his look with gathered costume pieces helped. You can even change your gender, courtesy of Mr. Mackey’s aggressively awkward counseling sessions.

You can’t just sit back and watch the enemy’s turn play out.

Keeping the New Kid alive in a fight is a huge priority because of his unique ability to bend time with flatulence, letting you periodically steal an enemy’s turn. That adds another bit of real-time flavor to the combat – you can’t just sit back and watch the enemy’s turn play out without missing some major opportunities to turn the tide. That said, some of the other active elements get repetitive. There are only three timing minigames that are repeated across nearly all the abilities you cast: either tap the button really fast, tap it once, or tap it in a sequence as prompts flash on the screen. Then you tap to block or to recover some health after taking a hit. It’s something to keep you from putting the controller down during attack animations and enemy turns, but not much more than that.

The same goes for the ultimate ability animations, which are awesome and hilarious the first few times but long and unskippable later on. Watching Cartman fantasize about Coon movie posters and being on Inside The Actor’s Studio before shredding enemies or Kyle fire up a massive power drill takes about 10 seconds each time, which doesn’t sound like a lot but gets annoying when you’re trying to finish off some sixth graders. Getting variety here is some incentive to change out your four-person team and your character’s powers every so often.

There’s also a crafting system for some reasons, but it feels almost entirely superfluous. If you’re gathering stuff – and you will be gathering a lot of it – you’ll always have enough of the basic ingredients you’ll need to craft whatever healing items you like. For half of the campaign, I was maxed out at 999 of the basic materials. The exception is the rare key ingredients, such as tortillas for healing burritos and quesadillas, which I usually had to buy from vendors like Morgan Freeman. So why not just buy the healing items instead?

They’re full of mostly simple puzzles that are a matter of pushing a button.

Between fights you’re free to explore the South Park streets, and in addition to all the gags and easily avoided fights with gangs of roaming enemies, they’re full of mostly simple puzzles that are a matter of pushing a button once you unlock the right friend with the right tool. (Most of these involve things coming out of and/or going into your butt.) They got annoyingly repetitive, though admittedly part of that is my own fault – as soon as I unlocked a new one I’d remember all the places I saw the cue for that ability, such as scanning a pinwheel on a roof to call in the Human Kite to sail you to out-of-reach places, and sought a bunch of them out in succession. Some of them did lead me to interesting, unexpected places. But they’re at their best during sections of the main story missions where you’re using a variety of these abilities in custom-built puzzle sequences, and in those cases it takes some thought and feels more rewarding to solve them.

On the technical glitch side, I did hit several instances where the game became unresponsive after returning from suspend and I had to force-quit and restart it, but negligible progress was lost.

The Verdict

South Park: The Fractured But Whole is another epic-length episode of the humor that’s kept fans of the show laughing for 20 years. The Marvel vs DC parody delivers regular laugh-out-loud moments with only a few faltering gags, and the combat soon evolves into something much more complex and interesting than The Stick of Truth’s simple system. Navigation and repetition of some of its simple puzzle mechanics drag a little, but it’s otherwise an excellent South Park game that’s also a strong RPG.

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The Evil Within 2 Review

The Evil Within 2 Review

After finishing The Evil Within 2 I was exhausted, like I’d been through an ordeal. Thinking back on my 20 hours with it, I had. The Evil Within 2 is an ambitious, genuinely tense, and at times brutally difficult experience, but one that left me exhilarated. Like the original before it, The Evil Within 2 may not know how to deliver convincing dialogue or maintain a consistent tone, but it does know that the mark of pure survival horror is to leave you feeling like you only just survived, time after time after time.

Developer Tango Gameworks has done a good job at a cleaner set-up this time around by sending protagonist Sebastian Castellanos to rescue his thought-dead daughter from The Evil Within’s version of the Matrix, called STEM – adding some vital emotional stakes that were lacking in the original. Sebastian himself, on the other hand, is somehow even more dull three years later. Despite having gone through all this once before, he still regularly quips mundanities at the weirdness of it all. Pedestrian lines like “What the hell?” and “Ugh, who comes up with this stuff?” break the horror spell, and most of the time I just wanted him to shut up and let the creepy world around him speak for itself.

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Gran Turismo Sport Limited Edition PS4 Bundle for Under £260

Get the limited edition Gran Turismo Sport 1TB PS4 exclusively at GAME for £259.99. This deal was £299.99 a few days ago and has dropped to £259.99 today. The bundle includes the Gran Turismo Sport game with special bonus content, including $250,000 in-game credits, livery sticker packs, in-game chrome racing helmet and 60 PS4 avatars.

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Cyberpower Achilles Gaming PC from £888

Get the Cyberpower Achilles 1080 6-Core Gaming PC with AMD Ryzen 5 1600 3.4GHz, Nvidia GTX 1080 8GB, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, PCI-E Wifi, 600W 80 plus rated PSU and masterbox lite 5 with red lights. Customise it with your own OS for the greatest gaming experience. Available from £880.80 at Amazon. Also has options to mix and match extras like Windows 10, 120GB SSD and 16GB RAM.

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THE C64 Mini for Under £65

Feeling nostalgic? Play all your favourite classics by hooking up THE C64 Mini console to your TV’s HDMI port. Includes 64 pre-installed classics priced at £64.99 at Amazon.

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Xbox One S with 2 Games, Controller and more for £249

Build the best Xbox One S bundle for £249.00 at Tesco. You get a 500GB Xbox One S Forza Horizon 3 with Hot Wheels DLC bundle, either Steel Case Shadow of War OR Forza Motorsport 7, an extra official controller and 3 months of Xbox Live. Just scroll down to the offers and make sure to add them in steps.

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Save 50% on BT Wireless Powerline Adapter Kit

Get the BT Essentials twin pack wireless powerline adapter kit at Currys PC World for £14.99 and eliminate all the Wi-Fi dead spots.

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5-Month Instant Ink Free Trial with HP Inkjet Printer

Get the HP OfficeJet 4658 All-in-One Wireless Inkjet Printer with Fax for £39.99 at Currys PC World and get a 5-months free trial of instant ink, HPs way of saving you up to 70% on printer ink.With a 4800×1200 dpi, automatic double-sided printing and Apple Airprint compatibility this is great value printer.

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LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Millennium Falcon for Under £100

It’s Star Wars season! Get this Star Wars LEGO set at Toys R Us for £99.99, the cheapest price anywhere.

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LEGO City Fire for Under £60

LEGO City Fire 60110: Fire Station Mixed is a great gift for younger siblings or kids, available at Amazon for £59.99.

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The Cheapest Place to Buy PS Plus 

Join your friends in action-packed PS4 online multiplayer. CDKeys have dropped the asking price for a 12 Month PS Plus Membership to just £37.80 which is currently the cheapest place to buy it. To see the price, Facebook like CDKeys and receive a 5% off discount code. If like me you’ve already used CDKeys’ discount, ShopTo is offering it for £38.86!

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WD 2TB Elements Portable External HDD for £73

Need a quick and reliable solution to download those extra games/DLCs on PS4 and Xbox One? The WD 2TB Elements USB 3.0 external hard drive is the perfect plug-and-play peripheral for any console or PC demanding extra space.

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Save £40 on Logitech Wireless Gaming Mouse

Get the highly durable Logitech G602 wireless gaming mouse at Amazon for £54.99. With power saving optimisation and up to 11 programmable buttons this mouse is sure to overcome 1000s of online battles.

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Berghaus Waterproof Jacket from Under £48

Need a way to stay dry this rainy autumn? The Berghaus Stormcloud men’s waterproof jacket is a perfect lightweight solution, with adjustable cuff tabs, at an affordable price from £47.99 at Amazon. Available in 9 colours.

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Murdered: Soul Suspect for £4

For a limited time, Microsoft have slashed the price of the digital download Murdered: Soul Suspect. With great reviews and for under a fiver, you can’t go wrong.

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New Kindle Oasis from Under £230

The brand new Amazon Kindle Oasis e-reader is the much needed 2017 upgrade for the series. Boasting a 7-inch 300 ppi waterproof IPX8 display, up to 32 GB storage and built in audible, there’s no where you can’t take a moment of escapism.

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New Alexa Powered Sonos Speaker for £199

Amazon are accepting preorders for the recently announced Sonos One voice controlled smart speaker, a mix and match between effortless control and luxurious sound.

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Destiny 2 on Xbox One for Under £30

Get the recently released popular Destiny 2 with Coldheart Exotic Weapon DLC at SimplyGames for £29.99. Here’s our review for Destiny 2.

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The Surge from Under £12

Save over £28 on The Surge on PS4 at Base for £11.95. The Fire and Ice weapon pack DLC is free on the PSN and Xbox Live Store too! Here’s our review for The Surge.

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Save £100 on BT Whole Home Wi-Fi Extender Discs

These official BT curated discs are perfect to conquer any Wi-Fi dead spots within your home. It works with all UK networks to extend your Wi-Fi coverage with a swift easy setup that actively changes to the closest disc, based on your location, always giving you the strongest Wi-Fi anywhere. Get them at Amazon for £199.94.

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TP-LINK Powerline and Wi-fi Adaptors for Under £40

Looking for a more frugal alternative? Check out these TP-LINK TL-WPA4530KIT AV500 powerline adaptor and AC750 Wi-Fi KIT range extender for a complete solution to get full Wi-Fi coverage and access the pure speed of wired connections. Get the best of both worlds on Amazon for £39.98.

This Week’s Popular Deals

Battlefield 1: Revolution Plus Expansion Packs from Under £28

Get Battlefield 1: Revolution with Battlefield 1 Premium Pass and four expansion packs for £27.85 at SimplyGames.

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Resident Evil: Origins Collection for Under £14

Save a massive £26.14 on Resident Evil: Origins Collection at base on PS4, priced at £13.85. The collection includes remastered classics Resident Evil HD and Resident Evil 0.

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Assassins Creed: The Ezio Collection from Under £15

Grab the Assassins Creed: The Ezio Collection at Amazon from £14.37 on Xbox One. This game includes all of our favourite Italian Assassin’s adventures in Assassins Creed II, Brotherhood and Revelations.

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided for Under £5

Get a Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Day One Edition at Argos for £4.99 for PS4 and Xbox One.

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PS4 Pro 1TB Destiny 2 Bundle Plus 3 Games for Under £350

This bundle is made for all the FPS fanatics. GAME is offering this great deal which includes the Glacier White PS4 Pro 1TB Destiny 2 expansion pass bundle, DOOM with UAC pack, Dishonored 2 and Fallout 4 all for just £349.99.

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Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL Preorders Are Now Live for the UK

Preorders for the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are now live. Find the best contract deals and accessories in this preorder guide.

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Middle-earth: Shadow of War With DLC for Under £35

Middle-earth: Shadow of War plus the Champion & Sword DLC is available at ShopTo on PS4 and Xbox One priced at £34.85 – the lowest price yet.

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Wolfenstein II The New Colossus Collectors Edition for Under £60

Get Wolfenstein II The New Colossus collectors edition at GAME for both PS4 and Xbox One priced at £59.99. The game is encased in a steelbook case and also you get, The Freedom Chronicles: Episode Zero, Terror-Billy action figure, the double-sided poster and a box of toys.

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12 Month Xbox Live Gold Membership for Under £34

CDKeys have dropped the asking price for a 12 Month Xbox Live Membership digital code to just £33.24 (effectively £2.77/mo) which is currently the cheapest place to buy it.

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£50 PSN Credit for Under £44

There is a tonne of great deals on the PSN store right now, so save even more by buying them through reduced PSN credit. Get the £50 PlayStation Network card digital code for all your PSN store needs, available for £43.69 when you Facebook like CDKeys to receive a 5% off discount code.

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£50 Microsoft Gift Card Credit for Under £45

Get the £50 Microsoft gift card digital code for all your Xbox games store needs, including movies, TV, music, apps and more, available for £44.64 when you Facebook like CDKeys to receive a 5% off discount code.

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Corsair STRAFE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard for Under £70

The Corsair STRAFE Mechanical gaming keyboard with Cherry MX red switches is on sale at eBuyer for £69.99. These aesthetically pleasing switches have great travel delivering smooth, linear key responses with a wide actuation zone for the competitive gamer.

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AOC 28-Inch 4K Monitor for Under £290

The AOC U2879VF 28-inch 4K LED monitor is at its lowest price yet at Amazon for £289.99. This is the most affordable way to get your hands on a 16:9 60fps 4K (3840×2160) monitor.

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Google Pixel XL for Under £400

The 32GB sim-free Pixel XL phone by Google is at Currys PC World and Carphone Warehouse for £399.99, the cheapest price anywhere. It boasts a 5.5-inch Quad HD display perfect for streaming on-the-go.

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Under Armour up to 40% off

Under Armour is great for the gym and leisurely wear with a sale of up to 40% off outlet clothing and 25% off UA Tech clothing.

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Nintendo Switch & Super Mario Odyssey Bundle for Under £315

With the release of the highly anticipated Super Mario Odyssey imminent, Nintendo has officially announced a Switch bundle. Pre-order it to get the Nintendo Switch console and Super Mario Odyssey game card for £314.99 using code 8086839990 at checkout.

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Nintendo Switch Plus Game, Case and More for Under £350

Nintendo is offering a great way to build your own affordable bundle. Choose a Nintendo Switch Console, a popular game (including Splatoon 2 and Zelda: BOTW), a Switch case, an amiibo and finally a gift (including t-shirts and figurines) all for just £349.99.

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LEGO Star Wars Poe’s X-Wing Fighter for Under £60

The LEGO Star Wars 75102 Poe’s X-Wing Fighter is available at Amazon for £59.99, the lowest price yet anywhere. The X-Wing Fighter features four spring-loaded shooters, two stud shooters, retractable landing gear, opening wings, opening cockpit with space for a mini-figure and space behind for the BB-8 Astromech Droid, an awesome figure to add to your collection.

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Amazon Echo and More from Under £70

The brand new Echo (gen 2) sounds better, is smaller and is cheaper than the original. Buy 3 and save £50 with code ECHO3PACK. Or buy 2 and save £25 with code ECHO2PACK. The new Fire TV has been pimped up with 60fps 4K TV, HDR and Dolby Atmos sound support. The new Fire HD 10 has a new wider display screen (1920 x 1200, 224 ppi) and Dolby Atmos sound. Featuring a quad-core processor with up to 1.8 GHz, 2GB of RAM and support for up to 256GB of expandable storage.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Reduced by Over £200

eGlobal Central have reduced the popular Samsung Galaxy Note 8 N950FD (6GB RAM, 64GB, dual sim, unlocked) by over £200. Available in 3 colours.

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PS4 DualShock 4 V2 Wireless Controllers for Under £37

Get these official DualShock 4 V2 wireless controllers in seven different colours for just £36.99 each. Check the special offers on Argos and save £1.00 to get the controller and official charging cable for £40.98 or save £5 on the Turtle Beach Recon 50P gaming headset.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy [Blu-ray] for £8

Get The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy on Blu-ray for £8.00.

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Save 50% on the Sport Action 4K Waterproof Camera

Get the sport action camera 4K ultra HD 30fps wifi waterproof camera for £39.99. With a 12-megapixel SONY sensor and a 170-degree wide angle lens, you can comfortably catch all the action in crystal clear quality. The 2-inch LCD screen and 160-minute battery life allow you to review your captured content on-the-go.

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Get up to 50% off at Myprotein

Myprotein has expertly curated the basic building block for all health enthusiasts. You can get up to 50% off Impact whey protein, and more, which is now available in over 50 different flavours.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Reduced by Over £200

If the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 doesn’t take your fancy but the Samsung Galaxy S8 does, check this incredible deal out. eGlobal Central have reduced the Samsung Galaxy S8 (Dual-SIM, 64GB, unlocked) in Midnight Black to £465.99.

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ASUS Gaming Routers on Sale at Amazon

Struggling with connection issues while you’re playing your favourite game? Try out these ultra-fast, expertly constructed Gaming Routers made by ASUS that have huge savings on Amazon right now,

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NordVPN – Special 2 Year Deal (£2.50p/m)

Pay £2.50 over 24 months and get billed a total of £60 as opposed to paying a total of £216.25 over 24 months on a 1-month plan.

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AVG Internet Security – Save £20% for a Limited Time

When it comes to the security of you and your family online AVG believe it can never be taken too lightly. AVG Internet Security scans for, removes and flat-out stops viruses, ransomware, spyware, rootkits, Trojans, and other nasty malware. All of this happens in real time, which means that it can and will, catch and stop threats before they even reach you. It also updates your security automatically and uses advanced Artificial Intelligence and real-time analysis to help stop even the newest threats from getting anywhere near you or any of your devices. For a limited time only, AVG is offering their Internet Security package for £39.99 per year instead of £49.99.

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Upsets and Comebacks: Previewing the 2017 LoL World Championship

Upsets and Comebacks: Previewing the 2017 LoL World Championship

The battle for the League of Legends Summoner’s Cup has been raging for over three weeks. There have been epic plays, massive upsets, and a fair share of surprises. Need to catch up on the most important stories? Here’s a region-by-region breakdown to get you ready for the Knockout Stage!

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The expectations were sky high for North American teams heading into the second week of the Group Stage as Immortals, TSM, and Cloud 9 all fought their way to solid 2-1 records. But the second week curse realized itself once again when both TSM and Immortals fell in blowout tiebreaker losses.

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South Park: “Hummels & Heroin” Review

South Park: “Hummels & Heroin” Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

As much as this season of South Park has felt like a return to form for the series, there are still episodes that miss the mark. We saw it with the premiere, and we saw it again this week with “Hummels & Heroin.” This episode took a promising concept and failed to exploit it to its fullest.

It’s frustrating, because there’s a lot South Park could do with the subject of the US opioid epidemic. Here you have one of the greatest public health crises in the country’s history, one perpetrated by greedy pharmaceutical corporations, opportunistic drug cartels and money-hungry quack doctors. Surely a show like South Park would have a lot to say about the situation and the trail of ruined lives these corporations are leaving in their wake. But this episode never felt like it had much interesting to say about the subject. At best, “Hummels & Heroin” feels like a halfhearted retread of Season 16’s “Cash for Gold,” which offered a brilliant, scathing look at the never-ending cycle of exploitation that is home shopping networks and “cash for gold” pawn shops. That episode’s “Jewelry Polka” sequence still haunts me years later. It’s a shame this episode couldn’t reach similar heights.

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Nintendo Switch Update Allows for Save, User Data Transfers

Nintendo Switch Update Allows for Save, User Data Transfers

The latest Nintendo Switch system update allows players to finally transfer user and save data, as well as capture video clips of certain games.

Nintendo has released the latest 4.0.0 update for the system, which finally gives Switch users the ability to transfer both their saved game and user account data from one Switch to another. In order to transfer, both systems must be updated to 4.0.0. and connected to the internet. The system a user is transferring to cannot have more than seven users.

Users can now transfer Switch accounts between systems. Users can now transfer Switch accounts between systems.

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Riverdale: “Chapter 15: Nighthawks” Review

Riverdale: “Chapter 15: Nighthawks” Review

Full spoilers for Riverdale continue below.

After ending its Season 2 premiere with the cliffhanger death of Miss Grundy (Sarah Habel), Riverdale wasted no time in diving head-first into the mystery that will be the driving force as the show moves forward. There’s a killer on the loose and Archie (KJ Apa) is convinced it’s someone coming after him.

It’s a story that, thus far, is bringing a stellar performance from Apa and will hopefully see him continue to grow as an actor. Gone, for the most part, is the Archie of Season 1, who had about as much depth as a kiddie pool. That’s not to say the character is perfect now, as he still makes puzzling decisions. Buying drugs to stay awake or a gun to protect his dad seemed like rather impulsive choices for him to make. Still, at the end of the day, you can’t help but understand why they are the choices he’s going with in the face of everything he’s going through.

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See Every South Park: Fractured But Whole Ultimate Power Here

See Every South Park: Fractured But Whole Ultimate Power Here

South Park: The Fractured But Whole is out now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. One element of the game’s turn-based combat are Ultimate powers, which are devastating moves that deal a huge amount of damage. You strategically use them in battle to get the upper hand when you need it the most.

There are 10 classes in The Fractured But Whole and each has an Ultimate ability. You can watch our new video above to see all of them in action. This being a South Park game, some are extremely over-the-top and silly. For example, Fastpass zips around the world at lightning speed before crushing his enemy, while Stan’s involves a guinea pig. Kick back and watch the video above to see all of them. Get ready to laugh.

Like its predecessor, The Stick of Truth, Fractured but Whole puts players in the role of the New Kid, who moves into South Park and joins a superhero team with Cartman and other South Park mainstays.

GameSpot’s Fractured But Whole review scored the game an 8/10. Reviewer Miguel Concepcion said, “It’s an accomplishment that this game will wholly entertain devoted fans while delivering a heap of jokes that won’t fly over the heads of casual viewers.”

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