Humble Store Features Deals On Activision Games

Humble Bundle are known for their bundles, but more recently they’ve started up several other offerings. If you feel like comics or books, the humble book bundles currently offering sci-fi and thriller stories from upcoming authors or you can immerse yourself in the world of elves and dwarves with the Lord Of the Rings audiobook bundle including the original hobbit story for only $15. One of the less used sources for games the Humble store gives both charity and companies are cut of the sales, and currently you can get a selection of Activision games at large discounts.

Feel like playing the merc with a mouth? Get the Deadpool game for 50% off at £14.99 or restore balance in The Legend of Korra for only £2.99 (75% off). Want something a little darker? Enjoy playing the dark side of life as a vampire in Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines for only £3.74.

Of course, any Activision  collection wouldn’t be complete without their contribution to the Call of Duty series, all of which currently feature 50% off their standard price. This collection also includes the Call of Duty Complete Zombie Experience which has every game and DLC involving Call of Duty zombies for only £67.48.

With series like the Amazing Spiderman games and Transformer War For Cybertron series also discounted your wallet may give way under the weight of the deals you are sure to find on the Humble Store this weekend.

Steam Offers Great Deals On Borderlands And Dead Rising Series

Normally it gets to a weekend you have to find which games you need to complete to “tick” them off your list of purchased but not played games? I’m sorry to do this but I might be adding to that list as Steam is offering great deals on both the borderlands and dead rising series of games.

When I say great deals I am talking about up to 80% off Borderlands games and 70% off all Dead Rising games and DLC’s.

Are you a fan of the Borderlands games? Only managed to play one so far? With the originally only costing £2.49 and the sequel setting you back £4.99, you really have no excuse to not enjoy the games. Feel like you need more? Then get the Game of the year editions containing all their explosive DLC’s and then you can grab the pre-sequel. If you own both 1 and 2 and was waiting for a good time to get the pre-sequel, then wait no longer as you can get the triple pack (all three games) with the price discounted based on how many you already own (it cost me £3.49 to get the pre-sequel as I own both 1 and 2).

Feel like a little more mayhem then why not try out the dead rising pack? Featuring both Dead Rising 2 (and its many DLC’s) and Dead Rising 3 (Apocalypse Edition), you can now enjoy that Friday night zombie feeling with a friend. Costing you only £4,49 for Dead Rising 2 and £11.99 for Dead Rising 3, you can grab both and all the DLC available for Dead Rising 2 for just £20.99.

Treat yourself and enjoy the weekend.

Steam Bundles will be Discounted If you Own a Game In the Bundle

It’s that time again, Sales time! We all know the most important sales for an owner of a PC is when the Steam sale comes around. You load up the page, and suddenly the money just seems to fade away from you as game after game comes along. You notice a bundle, your favourite game series has released a bundle with DLC’s and add-ons galore, but its still going to cost you a pretty large amount even though you own the main bulk of the bundle. This is all set to change though with Steam bundles losing price if you own something in the bundle.

The scale of the discount you’ll receive will changed based on several things including the price of what you own and how many of the items in the bundle you own, this means that you will only be paying the difference between your collection and the bundle. This doesn’t mean that all bundles will work like this, with older bundles (titled Must Purchase Together by Valve) will still exist for things like deluxe editions of games and those with soundtracks included in specific purchases.

Currently the system is only in place for a few bundles, and with an unclear future of when it could be rolled out to every bundle in their library, we just hope it’s done before the next Steam sale.

Brigador Developer Defends $20 Price Tag

Brigador is an isometric real-time strategy game created by independent studio, Stellar Jockeys released on October 16th 2015 under Valve’s Early Access programme. The overall reception thus far has been extremely positive and the gameplay is reminiscent of the Syndicate series. Despite this, some users have questioned the game’s $19.99/£14.99 price point and believes it offers poor value. This is a common occurrence with indie titles due to the amount of bundles, and huge sales on the Steam store. As a result, consumers expect games to be discounted rather quickly. This is fantastic news for gamers on a budget, or trying to acquire a large library. However, according to Brigador’s developer, higher prices are required to fund development costs and the time investment. In a passionate statement on the Steam forums, the developer said:

“We have spent 5 years making Brigador, if you include when we started building the engine.

5 years.

Much of that has been working full time, 6-7 days a week, 8+ hours a day. Even at a very conservative estimate that’s over 10,000 hours of work per person, and there are 4 of us. We did not do a kickstarter, we do not have a publisher. We have funded this entire project out of pocket.

Here is a list of things that also take about 5 years to do:

  • get a PhD
  • get married and have two children
  • earn $72,000 at the US minimum wage (pre-tax)
  • win the election and serve a term as President of the United States
  • fight World War I
  • develop from an embryo into a person who can speak in complete sentences
  • fail to qualify for the Olympics, twice
  • start drinking too much and gain 20lbs because of stress from starting a company and building a game for 5 years
  • watch all 262 episodes of Two and a Half Men (we do not endorse doing this)

Brigador was made almost entirely from scratch, and when it ships will contain 2 hours of original music (small sample[soundcloud.com]), over 100 different enemy units (spoilers[i.imgur.com]), a story campaign, a free play mode, and a playable landmass of ~2 mi² (split between 20 maps) — roughly the size of downtown Chicago or the urban area in GTA III — hand detailed all the way down to street lamps, trash cans, stop signs, etc. I took some time to render out two of the maps in their entirety at game resolution so that you can look around for yourselves:
(heads up, each image is ~10 mbs)
St. Martim’s Commercial Spaceport[i.imgur.com]
The Sintra Necropolis[i.imgur.com] (had to be slightly downscaled to fit on imgur)

For this we kindly ask that you pay $20.

As a reference point, here is a list of things that cost more than $20:

It’s bad enough there’s a Nickelback poster worth more than the game we’ve spent the last 5 years building, worse still to have people come along and announce that in fact our game is only worth about as much as this other more common Nickelback poster[www.amazon.com]. I hope you can understand the frustration this inspires.

$20 a copy, once you factor in Valve’s take and taxes, gets cut down to about $10 a copy (we live in Illinois which has the highest state income tax rate[wallethub.com] in the US at 5%). Pretending we don’t have to pay contractors or have any other development related expenses, to pay ourselves minimum wage for the time we’ve put in requires selling 25,000 copies of Brigador. Factoring in contractors and any kind of reasonable living and that number jumps up to ~50,000 copies. While not unheard of, that’s already getting into long-shot territory, especially for a new company that has no pre-existing ties to games media or the backing of a publisher. And people’s reticence to pay what amounts to a pint of beer more for the game means adding another 33% or 16,000 copies to see the same results. That increase alone amounts to more units than many independent releases ever sell.

We’re not asking for pity or charity, nor are we saying you should buy a game just because people worked hard on it– it’s possible to struggle valiantly and still make poo. But quality, depth, innovation all require time, and projects of this scope demand full-time work. If Brigador is not worth $20 to you, that’s fine, by all means wait until it goes on sale. But understand that you’re making an already extremely difficult job that much harder. Brigador took so long to make because we wanted to take a risk on building something unique rather than just reskinning an existing game. We wrote an engine from scratch so that we could create fully destructible environments and still have good control over performance. Iterating on design, creating something even only partially new takes a tremendous amount of time, and if people are unwilling to pay a price commensurate with the labor involved in creating games like this then fewer people will take those risks, and many of the ones who do will get starved out the industry.

At the end of the day we all have to eat. So yeah, we think it’s worth $20. Hope that clears things up.”

It’s incredibly difficult to stand out in the current market because there’s so many indie games being released every day. This means, there’s hardly any coverage on Steam, and people can easily miss a game’s release date. I’m pretty torn on this issue because modern life is difficult and the average consumer doesn’t have an endless supply of money to spend on games. However, without proper support, game developers cannot feed their staff or continue to create unique experiences.

Sapphire Launches G2A Competition on Nitro GPUs

Sapphire is one of the most reputable graphics card vendors and produces a huge range of custom cooled AMD solutions. The company has forged a reputation for manufacturing exceptional cooling apparatus which manages to tame the GPU core while remaining quiet. This is a remarkable achievement especially when you consider AMD’s 290 series suffered from very high load temperatures. Their latest range, entitled the NITRO offers premium features at a very respectable price point. According to Sapphire, the:

 “….NITRO series boasts a range of features previously reserved for high-end cards, including long-life capacitors and award-winning Black Diamond Chokes, as well as our award-winning cooling solutions. Its sleek, elegant contours have been designed to suit any build. And the latest graphics architecture from AMD ensures fast, reliable gaming, performance tuned for any level of gamer.”

The company has just partnered with digital games store, G2A.com, and will:

“…give anyone who buys a SAPPHIRE NITRO Gaming Series card a chance to win a discount voucher from G2A.com.

NITRO R7 300 series = 20 USD discount voucher
NITRO R9 300 series = 40 USD discount voucher
NITRO R9 Fury series = 50 USD discount voucher

The draw will be made weekly with winners announced on the competition page. Winners will also be notified by email.”

To enter the competition all you have to do is register your details here, and hopefully be selected to receive a voucher! G2A.com provides various games at discounted prices, and there’s been some concern about where they acquire codes from. Nevertheless, you shouldn’t encounter any problems redeeming purchases, and it’s always worth trying to enter as many competitions as you possibly can! This is a great promotion and provides additional value when selecting a NITRO series GPU.

Sapphire will also launch a new NITRO gaming series mini site around the 22nd February. Here is a small taste of what’s to come.

Feeling Those Gamer Blues? Check out Humble Store’s Winter Sale

Christmas is over, the new year is gone. That doesn’t mean your gaming sales have to end, the Humble Store is the latest to start a winter sale with your bank accounts begging for a visit.

Why not start by surviving dinosaurs on a tropical island to overcome the cold in Ark Survival for %40 off, settling at an acceptable £13.79. Boost around the pitch and score goals in a rocket powered car in Rocket league for only £10.49. Still too much? Why not try games like Dishonored Game of the Year Edition for only £6.79, or the latest in the Trine series, Trine 3, for only £3.99. Go retro with Pacman for £2.99 or Audiosurf for £0.69.

With discounts on entire series like the Call of Duty franchise, you can enjoy Advanced Warefare Gold Edition for only £19.99 or the complete Zombie Experiance for £67.49, at 50% off.

Sales are all over the place all year around but with 10% of your purchase going to the one of the many charities they support, please think about checking out the store and doing a little good with your games. They even have a bundle for mobile courtesy of Bandai Namco, featuring everything from Pac-man to Pac-man, with a little bit of Flight Control and Ridge Racer joining.

Razer Offers 50% Off For One Day Only

These days you can’t just play a game, you must have everything to play it. From your mobile phone being turned into a Gameboy to remote controlling a tank with a PS4 controller, the consoles don’t always take the highlight. Events like CES bring together companies from all over the technology industry came together and they notice how much you care. Razer wants’ to thank everyone, by offering you 50% off for one day only.

At CES, Razer was awarded the Best of CES People’s Choice award, something that apparently has not happened before in the 49 years since CES started. To thank everyone, they’ve decided that on the 15th of January a special deal will be open to offering 50% of all their peripherals.

In order to claim this deal you will need two things, firstly you will need a Razer Insider account. Secondly, you will need to have linked the Insider account to your Razer ID. Guidelines on how to do all this can be found here, as well as the link you need to retrieve your code to activate the discount.

It should be noted that this discount is only available on peripherals and accessories, so no buying a giant Razer system for 50% off. The worst part of this deal can be found in the terms and conditions, though:

  • Each customer/shipping destination is allowed to place only one (1) order with a maximum of one (1) item.
  • Only the first order from each customer/shipping destination will be accepted and any subsequent orders will be cancelled. In addition, Razer reserves the sole and absolute discretion to cancel any orders that exceed the limit stated above. Razer shall not be liable to any customer in relation to such cancellations.

With the offer running from the 15th at 9 am GMT to the 16th at 8.59am people in Europe will have some nice Friday night shopping to look ahead of them. Don’t worry if you’re in another region, though, as the deals are available in for customers located in North America/Asia-Pacific, for more details and how to redeem this deal check out the page here.

EA Offers Game Subscription Service for PC

In recent years, digital platforms have become the go to for PC gamers. With services like Steam allowing quick easy access to an entire range of products, while also purchase security and more recently the ability to add custom content to games. What could be next for digital platforms? EA, the creators behind Origin, think they may have the answer in a new subscription service.

While available for over a year to console owners, Origin Access is now available to PC gamers. The benefits behind Origin Access include the ability to access the Vault. While this Vault won’t protect you from a nuclear fallout, it does provide you with a collection of games that will be free to play as long as you are an Origin Access subscriber. Currently only containing 15 games, EA state that their plan is for”more games are added over time”.

With a generation of crowd-funded games and indie studio releases, there has been a reduction in the number of demo’s that are available to people who just wish to try before they buy. Origin Access contains the feature “Play First Trials”, a selection of games that will be released by EA that you can play before they are even released, and if you purchase the game at a later date all your work is still there.

Giving you a 10% discount on top of any other discounts, people who frequently buy through Origin or like EA’s extensive catalogue may want to check out the Access scheme. With groups like EA and Amazon offering discount and early access schemes through subscriptions, could you soon see the same option come to Steam?

Amazon US Offers Prime Users Cheaper Games

You remember that feeling when you’ve really wanted a game and the best place to buy it is online? Releases in a few days and you want to make sure you have it ready for when you get in, ready to stare and watch as it starts up and the world disappears. Now remember that $99 Amazon asked you for that next day delivery through Prime? Seems like the two could now be one and the same, with Amazon Prime offering discounts on all new releases and pre-orders of video games.

Amazon’s site now reveals that when you are a prime member you will receive (if its Amazon shipping the game) 20% off. Have you been burned by recent pre-orders not living up to expectations? For those burned by games like Colonial Marines fear not, the discount not only counts towards pre-orders but also for the first two weeks after its release.

Not only does the offer extend to those who have already pre-ordered games via Prime but it will also include Collectors editions of games. I’m sorry to say that product bundles, such as consoles and games releasing at the same time, will not be included in the deal.

Saving 20% may not seem like much, but if you purchase several games over the year the savings quickly stack. Sadly the offer seems to be limited to Amazon.com for now, so hopefully other Amazon sites will quickly follow suit. Check out the terms and conditions and FAQ’s before buying all those games you’ve been putting off pre-ordering.

Uber Lowers Prices In US And Canada Due To Low Demand

Uber gets in the news a lot. The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has called it out for being breaking the law, three cities in Germany no longer have the service and French Uber drivers even created a rival app. Amongst all of this Uber can’t be having too good a time, even though popularity and usage of the app are growing? Not in the U.S it would seem as Uber lowers their prices to help pick up usage in the new year.

It’s a new year, it’s still cold and we still have to get around. Seems like people aren’t using Uber as much as they expected as Uber posted explaining that people staying indoors to keep warm and save money means that this time of year, people tend not to use the service. In order to get usage of the service up, in over 100 cities in the US and Canada, the service will cut prices for riders and stating that they are “guaranteeing earnings for drivers to ensure that no one is disadvantaged”.

With them continuing on to say that the percentage cut to prices will be different from city to city, and no exact figures on what each location will receive or even what the  guaranteed earnings for drivers will be users may be skeptical. If you’re in the US or Canada though, now might the right time to pop out and do that little bit of shopping you’ve been putting off so far.

Another Fantastic Humble Bundle – Just in Time for Christmas

At this time of year, we often see sales appear, from GOG’s store opening sales and deals to the infamous Steam Winter Sale. Amongst these sales, we must remember to keep your eyes peeled for other great deals, the ones that may not be holiday deals, but don’t mean they can’t brighten up those dark mornings. One of the regular deals, Humble Bundle, is back with yet another great selection.

The Humble Square Enix Bundle features a range of games going from $1 to $13. At $1 you get Life is Strange episode 1 and the last Remnant. As if altering time in order to twist a story as you wish it to unfold and saving the world from creatures unknown but all-powerful isn’t enough, why not solve murders in Murdered: Soul Suspect. Still not interested? How about Tomb Raider 1, 2 and 3!

Still not interested? Why not get Just Cause 1 and 2, 30 days of Final Fantasy XIV and Front Mission Evolved among the “pay more than the average” price bracket. With games like Tomb Raider GOTY edition and Hitman Absolution Elite Edition in the $13 bracket with even more games unlocking on Tuesday.

Check the bundle out here

SCAN Launches Black Friday Extravaganza!

Black Friday is finally upon us and retailers have started to slash prices on a number of items just before the holiday period. SCAN is the latest company to offer heavy discounts on computer hardware, and it’s certainly one of the best sales I’ve seen in recent memory! Some of the highlights include a Corsair K65 RGB keyboard for £79.99, EVGA GTX 980Ti Hybrid costing £499.99 with game voucher and huge selection of CPUs at cheap prices! Another bargain is the HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset for £39.99 which features exceptional audio and rivals products twice the price.

The EVGA GTX 980Ti FTW is also £100 off and on sale for £449.99. This makes it the cheapest 980Ti to date and it’s a factor overclocked model with a sturdy backplate. If you’re looking for a high-end GPU, I doubt any deal is going to come close to this. On another note, the Corsair H110i GT is another unbelievable deal and on sale for £69.98. The closed-loop-cooler comes with a 5 year warranty, luxurious tubing finish and superb temperatures. It’s one of my favourite products from Corsair in the past few years and a wonderful hassle-free choice for overclocking purposes. It also looks incredible and features an RGB LED block.

Amazon Slashes Price on Intel Core i7-5930K Processor!

Intel’s mainstream chipset only supports a maximum of 4 cores and 8 threads and isn’t an ideal choice for heavy multi-threaded workloads. Even on the latest Z170 platform, Intel doesn’t seem to be overly concerned with supporting 6 or 8 core CPUs and there has only been some subtle improvements in the last few years. Sadly, the X99 platform was an extremely expensive proposition given the prices of DDR4 memory, workstation grade motherboards and high-threaded CPUs. The cheapest 5830K still retails for around the £330 and used to be £80-£90 more than a 4770K or 4790K.

Thankfully, DDR4 prices have come down dramatically due to its inclusion on the Z170 platform. Additionally, the i7-6700K is priced ridiculously high and can cost around £350. As a result, X99 can actually be around the same price as a Z170 setup. Today, Amazon unveiled an amazing discount on the 5930K 6-core processor, which is currently cheaper than a 4-core 6700K. This is an absolutely stunning CPU and now available at the time of writing for £347.11. While this is a considerable purchase, it’s a significant step up from the major Skylake CPUs and useful is you do video editing. Even with streaming, the extra cores can come in handy.

How much do you usually spend on a CPU?

The UK’s Xbox One Black Friday Sale is Rubbish

Black Friday has become a phenomenon throughout the world as shoppers desperately try to pickup items at heavily discounted prices. That’s only the theory though, as some retailers increase the RRP base price to make the discount rate higher. Although, this isn’t always the case and there are usually some bargains if you keep a close eye on HotUKDeals. While it’s not officially Black Friday just yet, stores like Amazon have already launched flash sales. Today, Microsoft unveiled their Xbox Black Friday digital sale which features discounts on a number of major releases. Sadly, the prices are terrible and you can easily acquire any of the discounted games from third party sellers at lower prices.

Microsoft has discounted quite a few titles but I’ve decided to focus on the major releases. Firstly, Grand Theft Auto V used has been as cheap as £17.51 and you can cheekily buy it using a VPN from Xbox’s Columbia store for £20.48. If you desperately want a retail copy which can be resold, eBay prices are still significantly lower than the £32.99. Fifa 16 is available via digital download from VideoGameBox for £23.13 and retail editions aren’t that much more expensive than Microsoft’s Black Friday price. Finally, Forza 6 recently sold for £27.99 although this has now increased.

To summarize, the Xbox One Black Friday sale is very disappointing and easily beaten by major retailers. Additionally, these are digital games with zero resale value. As a result, they should be at least £10 cheaper than the retail equivalents. Yes, I’ve included some digital games in the pricing comparison but this was simply to show the cheapest price on the market. In all honesty, you could probably buy retail copies cheaper, or around the same price and sell the games after competition.

2K Games Developer Sale at Humble Store

The Humble Bundle is a well-known thing to PC gamers. The concept is that a selection of games will become available for as little as $1, with additional games being unlocked when you pay a little more. With you able to define how much you give to Humble Bundle’s creators, the game owners and from a selection of charities, you are able to decide just where your money goes. More recently they began the humble weekly bundle, a smaller time offer (at the moment the weekly bundle is titled “Japan Edition All-Stars”) and then the Humble store, offering games with a confirmed percentage going to charity. If you’re a fan of 2K’s games then it may be worth checking the site out as they are currently having a sale which will intrigue even the most reserved gamers.

Xcom Enemy Unknown for £6.24 (75% off), Bioshock Infinite for £4.99 (75% off), Civilization 5 £4.99 (75% off) and the expansions are both £4.99 each (Brave New World and Gods and Kinds).

Get the latest Sid Meier’s Civilization, Beyond Earth, for 50% at only £14.99, or if you feel like a great shooter with an interesting story and characters then why not grab some of the Borderlands series. The original Borderlands (GOTY edition with all the DLC’s) is only £4.99 (75% off) while Borderlands 2 (GOTY edition) is £8.74  (75% off). The latest in the borderlands series, Borderlands the pre-sequel, is also included at £11.99 (60% off).

See a few games you like? Spend over £10 and add Darkness II to your cart to receive it for free. Good games, good deals, and great causes, what isn’t there to like about that!?

Check out the deals here.

Steam Autumn and Winter Sales Leaked: No more Flash/Daily Sales

For those of you looking to pick up games at a bargain price, it’s time to get your wallet ready. According to a report from the Steamworks developer group, the Steam Autumn sale will run from November 25th 10am PT to December 1st 10am PT. For the Winter/Holiday sale, the leaked duration is from December 22nd at 10am PT all the way till January 4th at 10am PT. The biggest change from past sales, however, will be the absence of the Flash and Daily sales.

In past Steam sales, games usually went on sale at an okay rate for the duration of the event. If you wanted a great deal like 50% or even more off, you would have to check in every day for the Daily deals. If you wanted an even steeper discount, there were multiple Flash sales which only lasted a few hours, meaning customers had to check in multiple times a day.

With the loss of the Daily and Flash deals, one discount price will last for the entire sale. This means customers will not have to check in all the time and see if their wishlist games got any cheaper that day. On the other hand, it does mean that even for those willing to put in the effort to check, there won’t be any extra steep discounts to be had. It will be interesting to see if Valve ends up going with this leaked plan and how it all turns out at the end.

UK Customers Can Now Get 20% Off Any eBay Item From 4PM Today

As Christmas season approaches, it’s vital to find the best deals on technology, video games and other essential presents before the chaotic rush begins. Shopping online around the holiday period is usually stress-free and allows you to purchase items at a significant discount. For one day only, eBay is launching a promotion for UK buyers and offering 20% off any item over £20. However, on more expensive items, the highest discount offered is £50. This is still an excellent promotion though as eBay has a wide range of products from leading companies.

To access the promotional code, all you have to do is ‘Like’ eBay’s Facebook page, then apply the discount during checkout. Please note, purchases apply to any item via bidding or Buy-It-Now listings and you have to pay using PayPal. If you’re not overly fond of Facebook, then the code should be displayed on this thread. In terms of technology, the discount allows you to purchase CPU coolers, RAM and GPUs at a price which could be below the retailer cost value. Remember that eBay is taking the loss on 20% and not the retailer. In theory, the deal means it’s relatively easy to pick up an Xbox One around the £200 mark, or high-end items like the Swiftech H220-X for approximately £130.

Whatever your specific needs are, this promotion could be the best chance to pick up technology at rock-bottom prices. As always, check the user’s feedback and I would recommend you purchase items from leading sellers like Scan, ShopTo and others!

This Weeks Top PC Gaming Deals

Nobody likes paying more than they have to for things, that much is especially true for a lot of gamers, as we all know that retail launch prices of games tend to be quite expensive. Of course, we’ve got a huge range of sites out there offering deals and discounts on a virtually daily basis, so we’ve had a dig around the web for you to find you some of the best PC gaming deals around!

From indie gaming classics and newcomers to blockbuster AAA games that have come down in price, an MMORPG epic and even a new release! We’ve got a few great details going around at the moment and I’m sure there are many more still to be found. Remember, don’t spend too much of your money, because there’s often a Steam Sale towards the end of this month or at the start of November!

What games are you hoping to see discounted soon? Let us know in the comments and we’ll keep our eyes out for a deal!

Humble Indie Bundle 15 – Pay What You Want


Starting things off, we’ve got the ever popular Humble Bundle, offering up a nice collection of Indie games from $1 for the first four, or pay over the average of $7.20 to unlock even more! It’s certainly worth beating the average, as this will get you ten games, including the excellent Skullgirls + DLC, Planetary Annihilation and Xenonauts.

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Aliens Collection (Steam) – £4.74


Some of the Aliens games have received noticeably better receptions than others, but for the most part they’re absolutely fantastic fun to play, especially if you’re a fan of the movies. So what better way to start off your collection of Aliens games, than with a big bundle that crams in Aliens Vs Predator, Aliens: Colonial Marines and a massive bundle of DLC to boot! That’s a huge saving and a whole lot of gaming to keep you busy for a few weeks.

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The Elder Scrolls Online PC – £17.99/$27.40


Get ready to unleash one of the biggest MMORPG games of the year, with Elder Scrolls Online! Certainly one fans of the Elder Scrolls series won’t want to miss out on and also one of the most enjoyable MMO’s of recent years too. What’s even better is that you can pick the game up at a bargain price right now, making your adventures in Tamriel all that more affordable. As an added bonus, the game no longer has a mandatory subscription.

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This War of Mine – £5.99


This War of Mine is a unique and very gripping survival sim, but changing from the usual soldier of death armed to the teeth, you take the role of civilians, struggling to survive in a besieged city, with no food, medicine and, of course, constant danger from the surrounding enemies. It’s a unique tale and one that certainly stand out from the crowd. Of course, you’ve little excuses to be missing out now, now at these prices! As an added bonus, the DLC is currently £0.79.

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Dragon Age: Inquisition – Game of the Year Edition – £49.99


EA and their Original platform are not the best when it comes to deals, that much we’ve all known for some time. However, despite their slightly elevated launch prices the latest game on the Origin platform is a good deal. The Game of the Year edition of Dragon Age: Inquisition packs every bit of DLC, add-on content, deluxe edition chests, new weapons and so much more, making it the best version of Dragon Age: Inquisition to date, and also the easiest path to take for those who have yet to play the latest game in the series.

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Gift Cards At Discounts? Maybe Not For Star Citizen

Star Citizen is a game we’ve reported on many times. The game started as an idea and took to the crowdfunding platform to support its big dreams of being a Space Fighter, First Person Shooter and Role Playing game all while allowing thousands of players to interact with one another. It can claim the title, and will be able to for a while I suspect, the title of most crowd funded game in history, with a total of $89,612,253 raised so far. This is set to continue to rise as players join the game through early entry bundles and purchase their ships ready for the big release in the future. One player has spent over $22,000 on the game, raising the question about how much are you willing to pay for those early bonuses to your games?

With the release of their latest ship (pictured above), the Endeavour is designed as a modular research vessel. From a research station to a portal hospital the Endeavour is set to be the first of a series of ships that can be customised and designed based on the user’s preference. Coming in at $420 though, some people may not feel comfortable shelling that out for an in-game item. So why not try to save some money by buying those gift cards that people can always get you for a tiny discount?

Sadly this isn’t the case of Star Citizen who are charging more than their value for the digital gift cards. The prices are listed below:

$10 gift card – $12
$25 gift card – $30
$50 gift card – $60
$100 gift card – $120

This works out at you only getting 80% of what you pay sent in the gift card, meaning that $420 Endeavour will set your friend back $504 in gift cards.

I am personally not a huge of buy before play DLC and being able to play Star Citizen (even in its incomplete form) means you can see the benefits of what you buy, but when you are spending hundreds of pounds, dollars or euros on something or want to gift your friend with something, gift cards are normally a good way to find a discount in exchange for the hassle of handling them.

Do you play Star Citizen? Have you brought a ship using real money? Are you as confused as to why the gift cards cost more than they are worth as we are?

Thank you PCGamesN for the information and the image.

Amazon Set To Release New Tablets In October

Amazon is known for a lot of things, ranging from their online store and their music stores to their Prime membership offering access to Movies and next day delivery on a range of their offered products. In recent years, their hardware has also taken the market by storm, with people buying up the Kindle and then their Kindle Fire which offered a tablet with Ebook bonuses. Now they seem to be expanding their market with a whole slew of new products.

Four new tablets are set for release in October, titled the Fire HD8, the Fire HD10, The Fire and the Fire Kids edition. Not surprisingly the Fire HD8 and HD10 will feature 8-inch and 10.1-inch screens respectively with metal backing and Gorilla glass to survive those unfortunate drops. The Fire HD8 packs 8GB while the HD10 will come with 16GB, but both are capable of being expanded with a microSD card of up to 128 GB. Priced at $150 and $230 they are not the most expensive devices on the market.

The Fire, however, has drawn the most attention, with a slower 1.3GHZ processor and 1GB of RAM the device is shown off by a 7-inch screen but comes in at only $50. Following the Fire is the $99 Fire Kids edition. A version of the Fire the Kid edition comes with a case and a 2 year no worry guarantee. This guarantee offers parents the option to send back their device, even if the kids got angry and threw it against the wall, for free.

Supporting the new devices are a slew of new features, such as the Fire OS5 which will come and show off several new features. With a variety of programs to support it, such as a year of “FreeTime Unlimited” service with the new Fire Kids edition. This offers a selection of books, shows and games that have been checked by child advocacy group Common Sense Media to make sure that your kids are only on what’s suitable for them.

An interesting new piece of software is titled “On Deck”, designed to help solve that problem when your about to get on a plane or out and about and have forgotten to download that TV series or movie you wanted to watch. On deck aims to solve this by downloading movies and shows automatically when the tablets are plugged in, deleting the content when you try to download something and run into store troubles. It should be noted that On Deck can be disabled.

With all these new features, who is tempted to buy a brand new Fire Tablet?

Thank you Ars Technica for the information and the image.

Huawei Honor 7 Smartphone Now Only £209.99 For a Limited Time

The Huawei Honor 7 is an astonishingly powerful mid-range handset and legitimate alternative to the highly-acclaimed One Plus 2. This particular device features a 1920×1080 5.2-inch IPS screen with a pixel density of 424 ppi, Quad-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53 and quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU, 3GB RAM, 16GB ROM and HiSilicon Kirin 935 GPU. Unlike the One Plus 2, the Honor 7 contains NFC functionality, a microSD slot allowing up to 128GB of storage and a 20MP 5152×3888 rear camera.

Additionally, the camera’s phase detection autofocus and dual-tone flash works to improve image clarity in low-light conditions. The front camera is relatively impressive for the price-point and adopts an 8MP sensor. This is more than enough to capture high-quality selfie shots or sudden action photographs. In terms of video capabilities, the handset can record up to 1080p at 30fps using HDR. According to the press release, the Non-removable Li-Po 3100 mAh battery provides up to 48 hours of battery life. However, I highly doubt normal usage involving social media communication, video watching and other tasks makes the battery last more than 12 hours.

Perhaps the most glaring concern surrounding the Honor 7 is its software package. By default, the OS is a heavily modified version of Android 5.0 and not 5.1. Furthermore, Hauwei’s previous devices like the Honor 6 haven’t been updated and still running Android 4.4.2.

On a more positive note, the mobile has a fingerprint reader on the back where you usually rest your index finger. This means you can unlock the device extremely quickly as the sensor detects your fingerprint in under a second. Also, the build quality on the Honor 7 feels surprisingly premium for such an affordable mobile and uses a metallic body.

At £249.99, the Honor 7 is very good value-for-money but in a similar price range to the One Plus 2. Although, getting hold of a One Plus 2 is an impressive feat due to a long waiting list. To tempt users into purchasing the Honor 7, there is a promotional discount available between the 27th-31st which brings down the price to £209.99. When using the checkout, enter the code, “H7BRAVE40UK” to apply the discount. While the device has some flaws, there are very few alternatives which offer the specification, 24-month warranty and build quality near £200.

In the coming days, we are hoping to receive a sample to conduct a detailed review.

Great Deals on Benchmark Software in Steam Summer Sale

The Steam Summer Sale, or any steam sale for that matter, is mostly known for the games. That is pretty much a given, but it is not the only thing you can pick up for a bargain. There is also quite a bit of software on Steam, most of it for game developing and benchmarking.

Two of the most popular benchmark apps are on sale now and you can get a copy of 3DMark Advanced Edition for just $9.99 instead of the usual $24.99 or you can get a copy of PCMark 8 Advanced Edition for $9.99 instead of the usual $49.99. Those are 60% and 80% savings, so if you want these apps, then now is the time.

We use both apps for our reviews here at eTeknix, and we like them. 3DMark Advanced Edition is known for its Fire Strike benchmarks that can bring even the most advanced rig to its knees. It works with DirectX 11 and DirectX 12 as well as Mantle. It also has the Ice Storm Extreme test for tablets and much more.

Where 3DMark focuses its power on the graphical aspect, PCMark 8 Advanced Edition focuses on work performance. You can use it to run different benchmarks, measure battery life on your tablet or notebook, test the speed of your SSD or HDD with real world performance tests as well as in-depth hardware monitoring.

You can find both 3DMark Advanced Edition and PCMark 8 Advanced Edition in Steam for just $9.99 during this year’s Steam Summer Sale.

3DMark Advanced Edition

  • Includes all benchmarks and feature tests.
  • Run Fire Strike Ultra, the world’s first 4K Ultra HD benchmark.
  • Test multi-GPU systems with Fire Strike Extreme.
  • Compare DirectX 12, DirectX 11 and Mantle with the API Overhead feature test.
  • Test tablets with Ice Storm Extreme and Ice Storm Unlimited.
  • Explore your PC’s limits with custom settings.
  • Use benchmark looping for stability testing.
  • Get in-depth hardware monitoring graphs.
  • Automatically save your results offline.

PCMark 8 Advanced Edition

  • Includes all performance benchmarks.
  • Measure the battery life of your tablet or notebook.
  • Test your SSDs and HDDs with the Storage test.
  • Run individual workloads to fine-tune your system.
  • In-depth hardware monitoring graphs.
  • Automatically save your results offline.

Hide Your Wallets! Steam and GOG Game Sales Are Now Live

Every year we make the same promises; “This year I will do more exercise”, “This year I will eat more healthily”, “This year I will go jogging”. If you enjoy buying and playing your games on your PC though, it’s a little different. Every year you say “I will play all my games which I haven’t completed”, and then the sales start!

Already well into its sales GOG.com offers video games without DRM (digital rights management), letting you download and play your games without any programs running in the background. With games like The Witcher 3 selling for $68.79 (around £44.38) while also offering $14.80 (£9.55) off any future purchases thanks to their regional price difference promise, people are quickly buying up copies of everything from the original Neverwinter Nights Series (D&D on PC, if you enjoy fantasy games check them out) and Spelunky (Indiana Jones like adventures with random level creation) deals are coming fast.

Add to that the Steam sale, an infamous event among its users, with flash sales changing every 12 hours and 24 hour deals knocking off large costs from games like Metro Redux (The bundle containing Metro 2033 and Last Light is only £6.79) and the Naruto Ninja Storm Revolution (£13.59), the will to save your money will change to grabbing the best deals!.

The questions are now changing. No longer do we ask “should I buy this?”. Instead, we ask “can people stop crashing their website I want to buy something!”

Enjoy the games and share any good deals and sales in the comments below!

Image courtesy of Green Route Energy.

Mad Catz Partners for Retail Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition

Mad Catz has signed a deal with Dovetail Games for the exclusive retail distribution of Microsoft’s Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition. Mad Catz will distribute the boxed version of the game in America, Russia and the Asia Pacific area under its Saitek brand, and you get a nice coupon bonus along with the purchase.

“Our Saitek brand has long been recognized as the leader in simulation technology, and distributing FSX: Steam Edition allows consumers a one-stop-shop for their flight simulation software and hardware needs,” said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz. “Whether you’re an experienced pilot or just want to fly, FSX: Steam Edition provides a great experience.”

Microsoft Flight Simulator X is probably one of the best flight simulators for enthusiast all around with support for almost any kind of extra hardware. With the Steam Edition you get the updated game with better Windows 7 and 8 support, the Accelerated Expansions pack and the deluxe version of the base game.

But the real kick is that Saitek includes a 15% discount code for your first flight simulation equipment. The Saitek First Flight Bundle includes the Pro Flight Yoke, Throttle, and Rudder Pedals – the basic setup that any real pilot will need.

Microsoft Flight Simulator X features

  • 24 Precisely-Rendered Aircraft-Pilot everything from single-prop planes to helicopters, fighter jets, and ultralights
  • Over 80 Engaging Missions-Test your flight sim skills as you visit 24,000 of the world’s airports
  • Thrilling Air Races-Fly solo offline or compete against online rivals for intense multiplayer action
  • Explore the World of Aviation-Experience realistic flight conditions including weather effects, seasonal changes, and time of day
  • Easy to Learn-Gameplay tutorial gets you airborne quickly, empowering you to track and improve your skills

The new retail version will be released on June 16th and it can already be pre-ordered for $19.99.

Great Offer From GIGABYTE on GA-Z97X-Gaming G1 in May

GIGABYTE is in a good mood and they want to give something back to their customers. To do this, they’ve launched a new campaign with an extra low price for their award winning G1 motherboard, the GA-Z97X-Gaming G1.

This motherboard already provided enough features and abilities to score the Bang for the Buck award here at eTeknix when it was released, and that statement is more valid than ever with the new campaign pricing. While stock lasts, you can grab this amazing motherboard for under £105,00 incl. VAT at participating retailers.

The GA-Z97X-Gaming G1 supports both 4th and 5th Generation Intel Core processors and up to 32GB DDR3 memory. It comes with onboard Creative Sound Core3D quad-core audio processor and AMP-UP Audio technology with exclusive upgradable OP-AMP, and Audio Noise Guard with LED path lighting. Dual DAC-UP USB ports, gold-plated display and audio ports, high-end Nichicon audio capacitors, Killer E2200 and Intel gaming networking, 4-way graphics support, and SATA Express support for 10 Gb/s data transfer. It is backed by a 4-year warranty and is built with Long lifespan Durable Black Solid caps.

It doesn’t really matter what your preferred online shop is, as it covers all the major UK sites. Aria, CCL, eBuyer, dabs, Scan, Novatech and my personal favourite Overclockers UK are all part of this deal. GIGABYTE’s GA-Z97X-Gaming G1 is an awesome motherboard for anyone planning to build a Z97 based setup and with a deal like this, the time might be now.

2K Humble Bundle Offers up to 83% Discount over the Weekend

2K Games appears to offer big discounts on its titles in the Humble Bundle store, having some titles come with 83% discount. It looks like Spec Ops: The Line comes free with any titles on sale, so users wanting to purchase either Sid Meier’s Civilisation Beyond Earth or Evolve will get a 2-in-1 offer.

The big titles currently on sale are as following:

  • Evolve – £26.24 (or grab the Digital Deluxe version for just £35.24 or even the PC Monster Race Edition for £44.24)
  • Bioshock Triple Pack – £7.99
  • Borderlands The Pre-Sequel! – £14.99
  • Sid Meier’s Civilisation Beyond Earth – £14.99

The above are just a few titles that can be found on the website. Also, deals are also likely to change until the weekend sale ends, so be sure to check the complete updated list here. Another important thing to mention is that each Humble purchase goes to various charities, namely the American Red Cross, Child’s Play, Wikimedia, GamesAid, and charity: water.

The Weekend Sale is set to end on March 31st, so be sure to grab a bargain while you can!

Source: Humble Bundle

Amazon One Day Tech Sales Spotted

Who doesn’t like making a massive saving on tech? Online retail giant Amazon has just unleashed their one day technology sale to the public, valid for only the 20th of November, 2014.

Unfortunately, no motherboards are included in this offer, but there are heavy discounts made across CPUs, power supplies, hard drives, peripherals and selected accessories. There isn’t quite enough to build a whole computer, but it will put you ahead of the retail pricing race for sure.

The most interestingly discounted products include Intel’s i7-4970 Processor for $249.99, 50% off Seagate 2TB hard drives and $140 off Thrustmaster’s Warthog Joystick. As you can see there isn’t a plethora of products available, most likely due to their heavily discounted nature, but there may be something there to tickle your fancy.

The sale is available for only 24 hours and is running out soon, so if you want in on the goods you must hurry.

Image courtesy of Gaming Union