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The Alternative Awards of 2014

It’s that time of year again where gaming outlets around the world hand out their Game of the Year awards.  Never one to miss out, we at GamePointsNow thought we’d hand out a few of our own, albeit with a slight twist.

 So here’s our Alternative Game of the Year Awards for 2014:

Most Face Melting Graphics

Winner – Assassins Creed: Unity

 There’s no denying Assassins Creed Unity looks stunning, but that’s not the reason for this award. While the internet would have you believe this was a common issue, the “invisible faces” bug actually only affected a very small number of players on PC, which did nothing to stop it being utterly hilarious.

An honourable mention goes to Dragon Age: Inquisition for it’s “slick” looking faces, especially in the rainy areas

Most Misleading Title & the It’s Nothing Like the Trailer” awards

Winner – Watch_Dogs

Not a single dog anywhere to be seen!!! And that’s not the only way Ubisoft mislead everyone! After two sterling showings at E3 expectations were high when Watch_Dogs finally launched last year. While the game wasn’t totally terrible, it fell short of what had been shown in gameplay demos leading up to release. This led to public outcry,especially when hackers (ironically) discovered that all the settings from the E3 demo were actually still in the game but had been disabled and hidden.

The “You Looking At Me?” award

Winner – Luigi,Mario Kart 8

There we were thinking Mario kart was just a cutesy fun game, ideal for spending hour upon hour having fun with the whole family. How wrong we were.  While some of us take our gaming seriously, very few take it it as seriously as Mario’s little brother it seems.

The OMFGROFLMAO award for most insane gaming moment

Winner- Exploding Elephants in Far Cry 4

 Possibly not an award for the animal lovers out there, but what do you expect when you give gamers access to heavy explosives and majestic rampaging elephants. While Far Cry 4 offers up numerous ways to liberate outposts, our favourite by far is strapping C4 to old Nellie and sending her headlong into your enemies. Thankfully the game spares you the full horror of it’s guts going everywhere.

The “Really…You delayed this?” award

Winner – Driveclub

When PS4 launch title Driveclub was delayed shortly before launch, there was much anger and disappointment – but that was nothing compared to the anger and disappointment when it actually released. After seeing what state it came out in it’s hard to imagine what it was like before they delayed it. Thankfully it all seems to be fine now.

Most awkward conversation

Winner- Dragon Age: Inquisition, The Iron Bull & Dorian’s flirting

 One of our favourite things about Dragon Age: Inquisition is the party “banter” (ugh) system. The conversations you get to hear depend on the characters you’ve chosen to accompany you on your quest to close the giant green hole in the sky, so experimenting with different combinations can be really interesting. Without doubt however, our favourite combo is Tevinter mage Dorain and Quanri warrior The Iron Bull.  If you don’t romance either character, they will spark up a rather strange romance which involves some full on flirting…which can get a little graphic.

The “New pants please” award

Winner – Alien: Isolation

 2014 saw quite a revival in horror titles and without doubt Alien: Isolation is right up there with the best of them for sheer tension. While other games might have more outright scares (honourable mentions go to Outlast and PT), Isolation ramped it up to 11 in terms of atmosphere and downright terror. There’s not many games where you can spend five minutes trembling under a desk hoping you won’t get spotted. In fact we’re not totally sure we didn’t crawl throughout the whole game.

The “I Can’t Feel My Hands” award

Winner- Our Fifa 15 World Record Attempt

We love gaming and we love Fifa, but after spending over 48 hours playing Fifa 15 to set a new Guinness World Record that love did wane just a little. However, raising loads of money for the awesome Special Effect made it worth it

The “Just leave Me Alone” award

Winner – Far Cry 4’s animals

 Without doubt, Far Cry 4 is one of 2014’s finest games, but it’s also one of the most annoying thanks to Kryat’s amped up animal population. It’s as if Ajay Ghale has embarked on his trip smothered in the tastiest animal treat in existence, such is the fervour the various predators are whipped into whenever he appears. Hopefully whoever suggested those bloody eagle attacks was promptly shipped off to experience it for real.

 Most Pervy Cameraman

Winner – Bayonetta 2

Not many games from 2014 have stirred up as much conversation as Bayonetta 2. The Wii U exclusive has won plaudits for almost every aspect of its design, from its superb action sequences and accessible gameplay to its strong female lead. It’s just a pity the camera designer obviously thought he was auditioning for a job at Babestation

The “Something Borrowed, Something New” award

Winner – Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor

There are very few original ideas in games anymore. Almost every major title now features an aspect borrowed or tweaked from something else in some way. Shadow of Mordor is no exception, but few execute them all so well. While SoM isn’t some cheap knock off, it is clear that the mechanics have been heavily inspired from the popular Batman Arkham and Assassins Creed series. But unlike many games, it gives something back in its unique Nemesis system which is no doubt going to “inspire” future games.

Best Beard

Winner – Joel, The Last of Us Remastered

 It wouldn’t be an award show without a mention for Naughty Dog’s superb The Last of Us. While the PS3 version already looked incredible, the updated version re-released on PS4 last year took it to a whole new level by polishing up the character models and improving the in-game textures. Maybe it was because we’d already experienced the incredible story before that we couldn’t help but spend most of the game admiring Joels high definition beard .

The “Here Goes My Life Again”

Winner – Football Manager 2015

OK I have a problem. I’m addicted to the virtual drug that is Football Manager. Every year I promise I won’t let it get it’s claws into me so much and every year the stat filled temptress engulfs me by taking up hundreds (thousands) of hours of my Steam playtime. At first glance it seemed this year would be the year the love affair ended (well, cut back at least), but after getting to grips with some of the game’s bigger changes I’m as addicted as ever, so it’s only fair I give it an award.

Most Expensive Demo

Winner – Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes

No matter what anyone says you cannot deny that Ground Zeroes isn’t a demo for the full MGS: V.  Yes the gameplay is fantastic and it looks incredible but it’s still no more than a prologue. Albeit a very good one.

The “We know it’s coming to next gen” award

Winner – Borderlands The Pre-Sequel

 The next gen consoles have well and truly taken hold now with Sony announcing they have sold over 18 million PS4’s and fewer releases hitting PS3/360. So it was a strange decision for 2K to announce that Borderlands TPS was only releasing on the last gen consoles. With the frequency in which last gen titles are now popping up on the consoles it’ll surprise absolutely no-one when it no doubt  gets announced for Xbox One and PS4 (maybe as part of some collection) at some PAX panel soon. (edit: it since has been announced) Another title in the frame for this award is Assassin’s Creed: Rogue which is likely to appear on next gen machines around the same time it launches on PC in a couple of weeks

Are there any games you feel should deserve their own special award? let us know in the comments below

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How To Redeem A Call Of Duty: Ghosts Xbox 360/Xbox One Combo Pack Code

Here at GamePointsNow we’ve had a few customers who have had trouble redeeming the Call of Duty: Ghosts Xbox 360/Xbox One combo pack codes.

As the codes aren’t quite like your average Xbox game digital code we thought we’d put up a handy guide for anyone having trouble accessing their games on either platform.


First of all there are a couple of things to bear in mind when redeeming the codes:

i) The Call of Duty: Ghosts codes CANNOT be redeemed on an Xbox One console. You will require access to your Gamertag on an Xbox 360 console or on a PC

ii) It is a single code that grants you a copy Call of Duty: Ghosts for BOTH systems which will be tied to the Gamertag used to redeem the code. You cannot gift one version to someone else. you will however be able to play both versions whenever you want

iii) The code grants you access to the Call of Duty: Ghosts Gold edition which comes with some added extras which will be available to you in game

Here’s how to redeem your code and access both versions:

1) The easiest way is to redeem the code via Load it up in your browser of choice and sign into your account


2) Once signed in highlight your Gamertag in the top right corner and a drop down menu with “Redeem Code” should appear. Click Redeem Code


3) Once on this page simply click Redeem


4) Here just enter your 25 digit code exactly as it appears in your email from us. If you’re having trouble reading it let us know and we can type it out again for you. Once you’ve entered your code hit Confirm


5) You will then see a screen confirming the product you have redeemed a code for. Hit Confirm again to continue


6) You’ll then be notified that the code has redeemed successfully


Now to download your games


For the Xbox 360 version all you need to do is boot up your console and press the guide button once signed in

Scroll to the right of the Xbox Guide until you see Account Management and press A


Then on this screen select Download History and press A again


You should then see Call of Duty: Ghosts ready and waiting for you to download just highlight it and press A


Then select Download Again to begin the download


For the Xbox One version there are two ways you can access your game either through or via the console itself.


To access it via simply navigate to the Xbox One game marketplace on the website and select Call of Duty: Ghosts. You should notice that the price has changed to 0.00. Simply click Buy Now for Xbox One and the game will be sat waiting for you in the ” My games and apps section” next time you turn on your system. If your console is set correctly it will even download itself for you


To access it via the Xbox One console simply scroll right on the Xbox One dashboard and select the Games tab for the store

Then use the search function to find Call of Duty: Ghosts. It should then display as FREE so simply hit Buy and confirm your purchase and the download will start (it’s a hefty one though)


And that’s it, enjoy your game. if you have any other issues feel free to contact one of our customer support team who will be happy to help you.


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GamePointsNow Named In Ingenious Britons 2014 List

600600p666EDNmain10ingenious-britons-award-245x300We here at TeamGPN are delighted to announce that we’ve been named amongst 10 Ingenious Britons by small business network Ingenious Britain

“As part of our preparations for Ingenious Britain Live!, the Festival of Small Business, in September at Millennium Point Birmingham, we began a search for ten Ingenious Britons,” explains Marlon Wolff, CEO, Ingenious Britain.

“We wanted these to be small business owners who could demonstrate a tangible impact on their business as a result of being ingenious, whether that was through the business idea itself, in their use of money or funding, through their marketing, business processes or models or some other way in which being ingenious has led to growth or success for their company. It’s fair to say that we have been blown away by the quality of our final ten.”

It is a real honour for all of us here at GPN to be recognised in this manner and we are extremely proud and humbled to be listed alongside other great UK based companies.

GPN MD's Simon Ward & Charanjeet Kondal

GPN MD’s Simon Ward & Charanjeet Kondal

Here’s a quote from MD of Game Points Now Limited Simon Ward

“I’m absolutely thrilled that the business has been chosen to represent Ingenious Britain 2014. It’s proof that if you believe in your idea and offer a service that customers really value, there’s no limit to what can be achieved. I’m extremely proud of all our team and can’t wait for the live event in my hometown of Birmingham.”


You can check out the full press release and other Ingenious Briton’s here

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The Buyers Guide To May

After a couple of quiet weeks, it seems the games industry has gone mad again and decided to release a whole host of big hitting games in the few short weeks that make up the month of May.

So here’s a brief round up of some of the biggest games trying to tempt those precious pennies from your bank account.

2nd May 2014

Mario Golf: World Tour (3DS/2DS)


Mario is back and this time, he’s brought his Golf clubs as Mario Golf: World Tour makes its way onto the 3DS. Play as a whole host of characters from all over the Mushroom Kingdom across a set of traditional and Mario themed courses. Mario Golf: World Tour offer a surprisingly deep golfing experience while also catering for players after a more casual golf game.

The Amazing Spiderman 2 (360/Xbox One/PS3/PS4/WiiU/PC/3DS)


It’s been a long time since we’ve had a good Spiderman game (which, incidentally, was also the last good movie tie-in game). Perennial Spiderman team Beenox are hoping their movie-based game can capture some of the elements that made the PS2 Spiderman 2 game so good. With improved web swinging and combat systems, things do look promising.

7th May 2014

Peggle 2 (360)


Finally Xbox 360 owners can get their Peggle on as Peggle 2 makes its way onto the Microsoft’s older console. Featuring more Peggle Masters with brand new skills, Peggle 2 offers up more of the insanely addictive and joy inducing gameplay the series has become known for. Expect it to release on more platforms soon.

The God of War Collection (Vita)


Didn’t this come out already several times? This God of War collection brings Greece’s angriest man’s first two PS2 adventures to Sony’s portable handheld for the first time. Complete with enhanced visuals and full trophy support, this latest Kratos compilation allows you to do your angry shouting wherever you travel.

9th May 2014

Bound By Flame (PS4/PS3/360/PC)


Bound By Flame is an action RPG that promises everything you’d expect from – well, an action RPG. Developer Spiders (this is the company name; it wasn’t actually developed by arachnids) is promising an epic 30 hour story , with player choices that affect the storyline. While it’s yet to be seen exactly what Bound By Flame offers that other titles haven’t, the game certainly does look interesting to genre fans so far.

16th May 2014

Kirby: Triple Deluxe (3DS)


Ever since its release in Japan earlier this year, this 2.5D platformer has received much praise – especially for it’s gorgeous art style and playability. Alongside the core games side scrolling platforming, Triple Deluxe also features a Smash Bros style 4 player fighting game and a rhythm action mini game featuring classic music from the Kirby series.

20th May 2014

Wolfenstein: The New Order (360/Xbox One/PS3/PS4/PC)


The granddaddy of the modern FPS returns this month, with MachineGames’ take on an alternative history where the Nazi’s triumphed in World War II. Wolfenstein: The New Order attempts to take shooters back to a time when everything was less grimy and serious and reintroduces straight out balls to the wall fun and explosions. While the decision to leave out online multiplayer may erk some, The New Order could hopefully inject some much needed fun into the single player FPS landscape.

Transistor (PS4,PC)


The studio that brought you the excellent Bastion returns with another action RPG. While comparisons with its predecessor are likely to be made, developer Super Giant Games is keen to stress that Transistor is very much its own game – though expect a familiar mix of careful strategy and planning with action heavy combat. With a typical gorgeous art style and a soundtrack that would make much bigger titles blush, Transistor is shaping up to be one of 2014′s most standout downloadable title.

27th May 2014

Watch_Dogs (PS3/PS4/360/Xbox One/PC)


Finally the game that has wowed the last TWO E3′s is actually getting released. While it’s fair to say that some of the excitement for Ubisoft’s open world hacking title has died down since it’s initial reveal, there is still a lot of attention on this one. Recent trailers have posed questions as to the game’s true graphical quality, but we’re hoping the the fully hackable open city offers up enough unique gameplay opportunities to keep it interesting.

30th May 2014

Mario Kart 8 (Wii-U)


The overworked portly plumber makes two appearances this month. Mario Kart brings all the favourite aspects of the previous games (and ahem…that blue shell) into the HD era, complete with all new anti gravity gameplay. With full local and online co-op and the ability to share your races on the Mii Verse via Mario Kart TV, Mario Kart 8 looks set to continue the series trend as the perfect multiplayer game for Nintendo systems. You can also snag a FREE Wii-U game if you register a copy after launch

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Games We’d Like To See Add VR Headset Support

When it was announced that Facebook had purchased Oculus, there was an outcry from gamers who bemoaned that the Oculus Rift VR headset would become nothing more than a fancy way to check your status updates.


But we got thinking that maybe Facebook’s involvement could be a good thing. With access to a much bigger audience and a bottomless pit of money, maybe more studios will be attracted to VR support. With Sony also jumping on board the VR bandwagon, it could make for some exciting new experiences ahead.

Working alongside a traditional controller, a VR headset could add a whole new level of immersion and control options. So here’s a few titles we think would be perfect for the VR treatment:

Alien Isolation

Please don't beep!!!

Please don’t beep!!!

As we explained in our hands on preview the team at Creative Assembly have painstakingly done all they can to recreate the tension and atmosphere of Ridley Scotts 1979 classic movie, so we think it’d be perfect if you could immerse yourself further into the game.

While the section we got to play was terrifying enough, being able to actually peek from under the tables or frantically check over our shoulder while opening a stuck door would ramp the already pants wetting tension up to 11.

Gone Home

Well this looks cosy....

Well this looks cosy….

Upon its release last year, many argued that the stellar Gone Home was more of an experience than a game, in which case it was one of the best ‘experiences’ of the last year. The small team at indie studio The Fullbright Company created a truly immersive and engaging adventure by using clever storytelling mechanics, which let you unravel the story at your own pace.

The final moments of the game will stay with many gamers for a long time, but think just how much more emotional it all could have been if you were transported right inside the house, using Virtual Reality.

Mirrors Edge

Don't look down...

Don’t look down…

OK, so this one may be a long shot, but we’re not expecting you to start launching yourself over the sofa wearing a £300 virtual blindfold. The world of Mirrors Edge looks simply stunning, so to be able to absorb it via VR would be incredible. Although all the jumping around could make this an issue for those who suffer from motion sickness.


Ooooh Lego....oh wait

Ooooh Lego….oh wait

Everyone’s favourite Lego simulator is already massively popular, but just imagine how much better it would be if it actually felt like you were holding the blocks and carrying them around your pixelated virtual world?

Sadly however, developer Notch promptly scrapped a planned Oculus version from atop his high horse almost immediately after the Facebook deal was announced. But hey you could always play with real Lego.


I could take him if only I didn't have a dodgy knee.

I could take him if only I didn’t have a dodgy knee.

With VR support, the monster Fifa series could finally help players live out their wildest fantasies (well the ones involving a round ball and 21 other men). While this is probably only workable in the series’ less popular “Be A Pro” mode, the chance to experience stepping out on the hallowed turf of your favourite team before spooning the ball straight out of play could be interesting.


Well exploring the spooky mental home seemed like a good idea at the time...

Well exploring the spooky mental home seemed like a good idea at the time…

If there’s one genre that would benefit from more immersion, it’s horror games. Although why people would want to further immerse themselves into a scary mental hospital full of weird mutant mental patients is beyond us. For those adrenaline seekers, VR implementation would really add a whole new layer to these already terrifying titles

Kinect Sports

I'm already British number 2...

I’m already British number 2…

Kinect Sports has some good ideas at it’s heart, but the implementation lets the series down. No matter how good Kinect gets you’re still just jumping around like a goon in your living room. With VR support, we could be looking at a world where Tron-style VR sports games could be a reality.

Forza/Gran Turismo

What you don't know is that this is really a Renault Clio...

What you don’t know is that this is really a Renault Clio…

Hardcore racing nuts have always been known to seek out new ways to take their experience to the next level and VR headsets could offer just that. While other tech has already offered head tracking, a VR setup could allow racers the ability to fully look around the cockpit and around corners. When coupled with a decent racing wheel setup this one certainly has potential, it would practically be like sitting in a real car.

Whats your take on VR? Will Facebook’s involvement take the Oculus Rift from niche accessory to valid gaming platform? Let us know in the comments below.

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Rumoured April Playstation Plus (Europe) content


Once again we at GamePointsNow have got our grubby hands on the latest EU Playstation Plus offerings. As ever until it’s all officially confirmed we have to state it as rumour.

PS4 owners get another indie title from the PC while for the PS3 crowd there’s stealth & the FOX engine, but not what you’re thinking sadly. The Vita offerings are looking up slightly however after a rough couple of months.

This months offerings are:

PS4: Mercenary Kings
PS3: PES 2014, Sly Cooper Thieves in Time
Vita: Hotline Miami, Moto GP13


PS4 users will get their hands on 4 player co-op side-scrolling shooter/platformer Mercenary Kings. The game was initially funded on Kickstarter and is by the same team tat brought us the awesome Scott Pilgrim game.


For PS3 sports fans there’s Konami’s formerly great football title PES 2014. With it’s new FOX engine makeover and excellent gameplay Plus subscribers can discover if PES could be almost ready to snatch its crown back from EA’s Fifa series.


Also available for PS3 owners is the latest in the Sly Cooper series with Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time (or Sly 4 as it was known) The stealthy platformer won over fans of the series upon release and now Plus subscribers can check it out for free.


Finally the Vita finally gets some more love after a couple of iffy offerings. First up is the excellent Hotline Miami, the ultra stylised, ultra violent title is worth playing just for it’s killer soundtrack.

MotoGP 13 1

Secondly there’s MotoGP13 to coincide with the current MotoGP season. Vita owners can race a series of tracks at breakneck speeds on some of the fastest bikes around.

Are you impressed by this list? What other games would you like to see on the service? Let us know in the comments below, on Twitter (@TeamGPN) or on Facebook

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Interior Design Tips for Gamers

Decorating. It’s a pain in the arse isn’t it? Expensive paint, toxic fumes, hard labour and you’re just left with boring plain walls at the end of it. We decided to get a little creative and use some of the thousands of game cases from GameKeysNow that we have in storage to decorate the walls of our warehouse.

Take a look at the shots below and let us know what you think. Would you decorate your home with game boxes?

How many games can you spot?

How many games can you spot?

There are duplicates in there, but over time we'll eliminate them

There are duplicates in there, but over time we’ll eliminate them

We're calling the Wall of Game

We’re calling it the Wall of Game


Do you like it? Would you decorate your home like that? Leave a comment and let us know.

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Company of Heroes 2 PC Early Box Opening Video

We’ve filmed our first ever box opening video Company of Heroes 2 for the PC. Take a glimpse inside our office, meet some of the staff, admire the Wall of Game and of course, take a look at Company of Heroes 2.

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