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The Buyers Guide To June

What a month June is, not only do we have the excitement of E3 and the World Cup but there is also a pretty decent line up of games coming out.

Here’s what’s going to be fighting for your pennies this month:

4th June 2014

Ultra Street Fighter IV (PS3/360)

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The fourth update to Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition features five additional characters, stages and character tweaks based on community feedback.

Owners of SSFIV:AE can grab the add on digitally via Xbox Live and PSN while those wanting a physical release will have to wait until August.

6th June 2014

Murdered: Soul Suspect (PS4/PS3/XBO/360/PC)

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Square-Enix’s ghostly detective action game sees you attempting to solve your own murder and capture a brutal serial killer. After being thrown out of a window and shot multiple times, Detective Ronan O’Connor must use his newly acquired supernatural powers to track down the mysterious Bell Killer.

Murdered: Soul Suspect mixes together traditional third person gameplay and ghostly powers to deliver an all new kind of experience. Whether it can stand out against today’s more action packed titles remains to be seen.

13th June 2014

Enemy Front (PS3/360/PC)

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It’s been a while since we had a World War 2 based shooter and this month sees two. First up is Enemy Front, which features real historical events. In the game, you play as an American war correspondent trapped behind enemy lines and joining up with various resistance groups in the likes of Norway and Poland.

Describing itself as ‘the first truly modern WW2 FPS’, Enemy Front allows you to choose your approach to each situation – either go in all guns blazing, snipe from afar or just stealth your way through unnoticed.. The game also features four multiplayer modes, including deathmatch and team deathmatch.

17th June 2014

EA Sports UFC (PS4/XBO)

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EA’s first official UFC title releases this month and it certainly looking the part. EA has such faith in the MMA title that it has put its successful Fight Night series on hold while it focuses on UFC titles.

Making use of EA’s new Ignite engine the game looks glorious, and with an AI system that adapts to players fighting styles, this could be the most realistic MMA titles ever produced. There’s also a demo available now for you to check out on both PS4 and Xbox One

27th June 2014

GRID Autosport (PS3/360/PC)

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Race across over 100 routes in 22 gorgeous locations around the world in Career mode, or go up against your friends in local or online multiplayer in Codemasters’ latest racing sim. Choose your favourite discipline from a wide range or just dabble across them all. With everything from touring cars to single seaters and street racers, GRID Autosport is shaping up to be the most complete racing experience ever made.

Sniper Elite 3 (PS4/PS3/XBO/360/PC)

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The second WWII based shooter this month takes the fight to the North African front. Sniper Elite 3 sees you face off against the infamous Afrika Korps and their artillery of tanks, armed with your trusty sniper rifle.

With massive multi-route environments, you can mix up your play style for each situation: distract you enemies to sneak by unnoticed, blast your way through or deliver bone smashing sniper shots from afar in the distance. As well as the usual multiplayer modes, you can also play the entire campaign in two player co-op with a friend.


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GamePointsNow E3 Predictions – Third Parties

Over the last couple of years it’s been the third party publishers that have made the biggest splash at E3. Be it Ubisoft’s reveals of Watch Dogs and the Division or EA’s demonstration of ‘levolution’, there’s always something that gets gamers talking.

So after we laid down our predictions for Microsoft and Sony, it’s only fair we have a go at predicting what the third parties will be announcing come E3:

Ubisoft

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Ubisoft usually have a pretty impressive E3 conference, and this year should be no different. Once again, US actress Aisha Taylor will be handling the presenting as Ubisoft show off their offerings for the coming year and beyond.

While Far Cry 4 has already been announced pre-E3, we expect they’ll be a extended gameplay demo of the upcoming shooter alongside an extended appearance of open world racer The Crew – both of which are scheduled to release later this year.

It wouldn’t be an Ubisoft E3 without Assassin’s Creed making an appearance, and this year there’s two. Assassin’s Creed: Unity has already been confirmed for next gen and PC, so we expect to see quite a bit of that. Including, hopefully, confirmation that it will feature some form of four player co-op. Ubisoft are also expected to finally confirm the existence of a second AC title for Xbox 360 and PS3 coming alongside Unity.

Despite it’s delay, last year’s showstopper The Division is expected to feature heavily again this year and Just Dance 2015 is likely revealed by some chart superstar as always. Although it’s Ubisoft’s new announcements that will probably make the headlines once again.

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We’re hoping that the French publisher will continue its tradition of announcing at least one new IP every E3, but it’s likely we’ll see a few familiar faces make a reappearance. While Rayman could make an appearance, we at GPN are expecting to see the return of Prince of Persia sometime soon. And while the rumours of Beyond Good & Evil 2 are all well and good, it’s the return of Rainbow Six: Patriots that has us all excited.

Electronic Arts (EA)

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It’s highly likely that EA will reveal most of their wares at Microsoft’s event earlier in the day as they’ve done in the past. Expect the usual Madden, NBA, NHL and Fifa titles to look shiner than they did before and probably add a new control system,. EA’s golf series should also return under the old PGA Tour label now that Tiger Woods has been dropped, but the big sports push is likely to be behind the upcoming EA UFC.

Last year’s teases are likely to become this year’s extended gameplay demos. While we expect Star Wars: Battlefront III and Mirrors Edge to be shown at MS’s conference, it’s likely EA will show more on their own stage. The as yet unannounced Star Wars title helmed by former Uncharted creator Amy Hennig is also likely to appear at at least one of the E3 pressers.

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One sure thing is that EA will not allow Call of Duty to have the shooty shooty bang bang arena to itself this year. While announcing Battlefield 5 would probably cause the internet to riot in streets after the problems 4 has had, we do expect to see some form of spin off appear this year, most likely in the form of the SWAT based FPS that the former Dead Space team are said to be working on (edit:now confirmed as Battlefield:Hardline)

Dragon Age: Inquisition is likely to get a big showing too. The action RPG is set to release this year, so expect much more info at E3. We’ll probably get a firm release date for The Sims 4 along with a long video showing hairstyles and Simlish.

Our final predictions for EA are all in hope above all else. While the likes of new Dead Space and Need For Speed titles may not be shown just yet, we can only pray that Mass Effect (4?) gets at least a teaser to go alongside the likely reveal of a next gen trilogy re-release.

The Rest

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Traditionally, Konami release their very own pre-recorded pre E3 conference laying out their plans for the next year and we expect to see that again this year. We’re anticipating more footage of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain at one of the big E3 conferences. It’d also be nice to see something on the next Silent Hill title (which is expected to be a reboot), while a look at the first next-gen Pro Evolution Soccer is almost guaranteed.

Capcom are also expected to roll out the usual franchises this year too. A new Resident Evil  could make a long awaited appearance, with many hoping for a reboot or at least a return to the series horror roots. We might get the PS4 exclusive free to play dungeon crawler Deep Down confirmed for a Western release and maybe even a sequel to Dragons Dogma.

Finally, we expect to hear big things from Deep Silver this year with rumours around them announcing two AAA titles this year. While Dying Light has been delayed until 2015, we’re expecting to see the return of Metro or Saints Row in 2015 and hopefully not another Dead Island title.(edit Deep Silver are publishing Homefront: The Revolution)


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GamePointsNow E3 Predictions – Sony

Previously, we had a go at predicting Microsoft’s E3 showing so it’s really only fair we do the same for all things PlayStation.

This could be a big year for Sony after their triumphant success since E3 last year. But with key figures like Jack Tretton stepping down and bumper losses for the company overall, could we see a very different PlayStation presser this year?

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The PS4 has without doubt come out the blocks firing on all cylinders, but with people bemoaning the over reliance on indie titles (there will be more of those too) and a lack of big hitting titles, can team PlayStation once again knock it out of the park?

If there’s one thing Sony does have, it’s quality first party development teams. Since the PS4 was first announced last year it’s been known that pretty much every first party team was working on PS4 software, yet we still don’t know about most of them. So now could be the time they have exciting things to show us.

Here’s what we’d like to see:

Uncharted

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While no-one’s really expecting Uncharted to be released any time soon, it is Sony’s number one franchise so you can expect some form of appearance. With all the personnel departures from Naughty Dog causing concern, expect to see a lot more than the normal teaser trailer.

A release date might be a bit much to ask, but a CG style trailer interspersed with some hastily put together gameplay segments would go a long way to allay the fears that all is not well on the good ship ND. Expect it to look incredible, but if they wanted to really impress us they could reel out the PS4 version of The Last of Us
Project Beast

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Or Demon’s Souls 2 as it’s probably going to be named. While many have expected a Dark Souls 2 next-gen remake, it seems that Japanese studio From Software has other ideas if recent leaks are to be believed. The engine used to create Dark Souls 2 was built with next gen consoles in mind so there’s no need for them to be starting from scratch on next gen hardware.

While there’s no indication that whatever Project Beast turns out to be won’t be a multi-platform release, we really wouldn’t be surprised if it was announced as a PS4 exclusive published by Sony for release in late 2015.

Project Morpheus

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We’re expecting this to feature pretty heavily. Sony’s Oculus rival is expected to be one of the biggest attractions at gaming shows this year and, once again, we expect it’ll be UK studio Media Molecule showcasing just what the latest PlayStation hardware is capable of.

Hopefully we’ll see more than just tech demo’s this time and actually get a glimpse of some of the software that will take advantage of the technology.

 GTA

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By now it’s pretty obvious that a next gen version of GTA:V is coming, but where and when will it be revealed? There’s every chance Rockstar (who don’t normally attend E3) could choose to announce something ahead of the event (as they have in previous years), but we think we could see announcements made on the Sony stage rather than under the neon green lights of the Xbox event.

Hopefully that’s not all we’ll see either. There’s been no word on the DLC for GTA:V as yet but hopefully they’ll be more to tell here. We’re expecting news on at least one of the upcoming story DLC packs but confirmation that there are in fact three coming would be awesome.

Remakes, Lots of Remakes

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Earlier this year, we gave you the remakes we expect to see appear on the PS4, and while some of them have already since been announced, we expect to see a few more revealed on stage. The much rumoured Bend developed Syphon Filter reboot could be one of them.

Other remakes we’d like to see would be a return of the lovable Crash Bandicoot and futuristic racer Wipeout. There’s also the possibility we could see a remake of PS3 launch title Heavenly Sword to go along with the upcoming animated movie and talk of a possible sequel. Also expect to see the return of Kratos in some (or several) forms; a PS4 God of War Collection wouldn’t surprise us, but a shiner version of God of War: Ascension could also be on the cards.

Shiny Cars

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Sony’s première driving sim is sure to appear at some point, even if it is just to remind people that it still exists. With most of the attention on the troubled DriveClub, we expect the GT series to return this year with a re-skinned next gen GT6 leading into a full on Gran Turismo 7 late next year.

Known Quantities

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Talking of DriveClub, we expect to see a whole lot more of Sony’s latest car porn sim this year. Maybe we’ll get a look at some of those troublesome social features that caused it to be delayed so long. Also, we expect that Ready at Dawn’s third person shooter The Order 1886 to get an extensive gameplay demo and a tentative late 2014 release date (it’ll probably slip into 2015 though(EDIT – It has)).

Sony love Destiny, so expect them to make a big deal of Bungie’s upcoming MMO shooter on stage this year. Along with an extensive gameplay demo (hopefully not the old Russia level again!) we’re predicting some news about PlayStation exclusive content, as well as a potential PS4 Destiny bundle. Oh and expect news on DLC for inFamous: Second Son.

The Last Guardian (FINALLY)

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It wouldn’t be a Sony E3 prediction post without mentioning The Last Guardian. Japan Studios has gone to great lengths to assure people that it’s still coming in some form, but surely it can only be a PS4 title by now?

Nothing has been seen for quite some time so if it isn’t actually shown this year then we’d consider it dead in the water once and for all. If it is shown however, we reckon it could be Sony’s big 2014 release.


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Gamings Longest Running Series

Despite gamers constantly demanding new IPs and bemoaning publishers’ conservative sequel-laden schedules, it’s actually usually existing franchises that consistently top the sales charts.

With the recent announcement of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and the upcoming release of Mario Kart 8, we decided to take a look at the longest running videogame series that have had consistent entries.

Space Invaders

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First released in arcades back in 1978, the classic Space Invaders has largely remained identical throughout it’s numerous iterations throughout the years. Although the majority of the game’s re-releases has been as part of retro compilations, 2008 WiiWare title ‘Space Invaders Get Even’ switched up the gameplay entirely and allowed you to play as the Invaders themselves. The series’ most recent release was the 2009 iOS version – a full 31 years after its debut.

Length of series: 31 years
Number of games: 20+

Flight Simulator

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A bit of a surprise entry, but Microsoft Flight Simulator has been around in various forms since 1980. The well known PC series was discontinued in 2009 when Microsoft closed down the studio responsible for making it. However, just a few short years later in 2012, it was relaunched as Microsoft Flight; a full 32 years from first release to last.

Length of series: 32 years
Number of games: 13

Ultima

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Richard Garriot’s iconic RPG series is still considered by many as one of the very best RPGs ever made and is without doubt the granddaddy of open world fantasy titles such as The Elder Scrolls and Fallout 3. So far, there have been nine instalments of the main Ultima series as well as dozens of spin offs, including a hugely successful MMO (Ultima Online) which launched in 1997. The latest release in the series was 2013′s Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar, a free to play online RPG.

Length of series: 27 years
Number of games: 25 +

Final Fantasy

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Squaresoft, poised on the precipice of bankruptcy, originally chose their game name to represent the studio’s dying swansong. However, Final Fantasy was a breakout success and 27 years from its first release in 1987, the series is still going strong. Although FF has somewhat changed over the multiple console generations, its core ideas have largely remained. As well as fourteen main instalments, the series has also spawned multiple direct sequels and spin-offs including the popular Kingdom Hearts collaboration with Disney.

Length of series: 27 years
Number of games: 45+

Castlevania

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Castlevania made its debut way back in 1986 and is still going strong today. The series even holds Guinness World records for ‘Most games in an action series’ with 40 titles (including Japanese only spin offs) and ‘Largest number of platforms for one series’. Again, it’s a series that has adapted throughout the generations with its most recent releases breaking from the series’ side scrolling roots, now morphing into an action RPG.

Length of series: 28 years
Number of titles: 30+

Super Mario Bros

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Good old Mario has appeared in over 200 different titles since he first appeared as Jumpman in Donkey Kong back in 1981. Nowadays, the portly plumber is now adept at everything from kart racing to golf, but it all spawned from the iconic platformer ‘Super Mario Bros’ for the NES in 1983.

Length of series: 31 years
Number of titles: 200+

Pac-Man

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Pac-Man is one of the true iconic classics in gaming. The instantly recognisable pill muncher has been synonymous with videogames since he first appeared in arcades back in 1980. Barely a year goes by without some form of Pac-Man release and despite multiple forays into other genres, it’s still the classic top down gameplay that remains the most popular.

Length of series: 34 years
Number of Titles: 20+

Civilisation

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Sid Meier’s empire building series may only be on its fifth full release, but it’s been around since the days of DOS. The turn based strategy series has been consistently popular with fans for over 20 years now, since its first release in 1991.

Length of series: 23 years
Number of titles: 5 (+ numerous expansions & spin offs)

Metal Gear

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While most fans of the Metal Gear series will have joined the party in 1998 with the release of the brilliant PS1 title Metal Gear Solid, the series has actually been around since 1987. Originally appearing on the MSX in Japan as a top down stealth action title, it was also reworked and released on the NES. Interestingly the original game actually got two separate sequels. First up was unofficial sequel ‘Snake’s Revenge’, which came out on the NES; original creator Hideo Kojima then released Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake on the MSX2. Since then the series has gone from strength to strength with a number of spin offs and overly long cut scenes.

Length of series: 27 years
Number of games: 20

Sonic The Hedgehog

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Like his one time rival Mario, Sonic has appeared in dozens of games since his debut. He’s featured in everything from 2D & 3D platformers to racing and educational games. Not to mention that the original Sonic game has been re-released on pretty much every platform known to man (even Nintendo hardware)

Length of series: 23 years
Number of games: 70+


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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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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How To Redeem A PSN Code On PlayStation 3 (PS3)

Here at GamePointsNow we often get queries about redeeming codes on different platforms so we thought it’d be helpful to produce a series of guides in order to help those gamers new to the world of digital gaming and game codes.

Here’s how to redeem your PS+ and Playstation gift codes on a Playstation 3

1.Boot up your PS3 and sign into your PSN account

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2.Once on the Cross Media Bar (XMB) scroll along to the right until you see an icon for the Playstation Store

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3.Once the store loads up scroll down the menu on the left hand side

140415-1637-284.Right at the very bottom you’ll see an option to Redeem Codes

140415-1637-375.Press X and you will be presented with a box in which you then enter your 12 digit PSN code

140415-1637-466. Just pop in your 12 digit code like this and hit continue

140415-1657-277.Then you should be presented with a screen confirming what the code entitles you to like this

140415-1658-388. Just hit confirm and then you’re done. You can then download anything that requires it from the next screen. Subscriptions & credit are added automatically with no download required.

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playstationstore_promo_banner-450x101You can also use the Playstation Store website to redeem your codes. Should you need to download any items you can just head to the View Downloads section on your console store to download them onto your system.

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The Good, The Bad and The Crazy: Controllers

The humble control pad has played it’s part in almost every gaming experience we’ve ever had and is often taken for granted. Just think how different many of you defining gaming experiences would have been were it not for the controller in your hands.

We at GamePointsNow decided to take a look at some of the best,worst and plain crazy controllers from across gaming history.

The Good

Xbox 360 Controller

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Despite its gigantic size the controller for the original Xbox was so close to being perfect it’s no surprise that this slimmed down and fine tuned version that launched with the Xbox 360 is highly regarded amongst gamers today and still the controller of choice for many. Obviously designed with FPS games in mind, the wireless wonder was perfectly designed for those long nights blowing things up online with your buddies. While the original d-pad was it’s one let down, later iterations of the controller were released to correct this.

Sony Dualshock 4 (PS4)

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You’ve got to hand it to Sony, they have an idea and they stick with it. Now in it’s fourth iteration the Dual Shock 4 is easily the best of the bunch and it’s biggest evolution to date. A slight redesign has done wonders for Playstations tried and tested design, the improved triggers, better grips and remodelled thumbsticks make the DS4 a true contender for the best controller out today.

Nintendo Wii Remote

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No controller can lay claim to changing the gaming landscape like Nintendo’s Wii Remote. Despite a tendency to fly out of your hand and into the TV/wall/small child’s face, it really did change everything (after a wrist strap was added). From kids to grandparents everyone could use a Wii Remote, and while they may not have necessarily understood how it worked (is it magic??) never before had gaming been so open to such a wide audience. The further addition of Wii Motion Plus further down the line also made it incredibly accurate.

Super Nintendo Controller

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Many still regard the SNES pad as the finest example of a controller to date, and even more argue that we wouldn’t have the pads we have today if it wasn’t for Nintendo’s well designed beauty. The first controller to feature shoulder buttons was as effective for playing Streetfighter II as it was tripping up your parents on its seemingly endless wire.

Keyboard & Mouse

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OK, OK, we couldn’t not include the good old K&B in this list. While controllers have undergone some form of design overhaul as gaming has evolved the keyboard & mouse has pretty much remained as is at it’s heart. While there are some pretty radical versions of each out there, even the most basic of setups will see you sniping noobs with a precision not afforded to more console based gamers.

The Bad

Sony Dualshock 3 (PS3)

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It may be surprising to see this make the worst list, especially after our praise of it’s successor, but the Dual Shock 3 was a huge misstep for many. Despite being largely unchanged from the Dual Shock 2 somehow the DS3 just seemed to feel like a cheaper cut down version, and that’s without mentioning the fact it initially launched without vibration as Sixaxis due to a legal dispute at the PS3′s launch. With it’s distinct lack of weight, huge dead zones in the sticks and slippy triggers it’s easy to see why Sony decided a redesign was in order.

Atari Jaguar Controller 

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Just look at it!!! The Atari Jaguar controller really does prove that sometimes more is not always the answer. Why on earth would somebody think adding the number keys from a phone was a good idea in a controller is beyond us, especially when you consider this came out during the SNES/Megadrive era. You probably won’t be surprised to hear that this was the last venture into the hardware market for Atari with the much derided Jaguar selling under 250,000 units despite boasting “advanced 64 bit technology”

Sega Saturn 3D Controller

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Just what Sega were thinking when they released this we’ll never know. The 3D controller was released for the Sega Saturn to go along with the release of NiGHTS into dreams but it really felt like some kind of weird protype. Despite featuring a whole host of features that we still use now its horrible design just made so difficult to use, couple that with the fact that it didn’t even work with most Saturn games made it even more useless.

Resident Evil 4: Chainsaw Controller (GameCube)

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An example of pure style over substance. Third party Nuby Tech took themed controllers to the next level when they released this alongside Resident Evil 4 for the GameCube. Claims that it actually enhances the already fantastic game are however wide of the mark and it makes for a far more interesting display piece than it does a functional controller.

Nintendo Super Scope (SNES)

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Nintendo have never been shy to experiment when it comes to add-ons for their systems but the Super Scope raised more than a few eyebrows when it was released for the SNES in 1992. The two foot long Bazooka shaped peripheral was even mentioned in a congressional hearing due to it resembling and “assault weapon”. While it proved to be pretty popular the major problem is that it was only actually supported by a handful of titles, and six of those came bundled with it.

The Crazy

Raildriver Desktop Train Cab Controller (PC)

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As if playing a game about driving trains wasn’t enough, the fact you can spend a small fortune on a controller to replicate the console of an actual train is a little strange to us, but what do we know? Featuring prototypical levers and controls as well as 34 programmable buttons, the Raildriver DTCC promises the ultimate interface for computer based railroading and makes it feel like you’re driving a train, not a computer. Funny hat not included sadly.

The Power Glove (NES)

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Contrary to public opinion Nintendo actually had nothing to do with the design and release of the Power Glove for the NES. It was instead developed by Grant Goddard and Sam Davis at Abrams Gentile Entertainment (AGE) who then licensed it to toy manufacturer Mattel. Despite launching to much fanfare and over the top 80′s advertising ( now you’re playing with power!!) the Power Glove was largely regarded as a huge flop. It did however later become a kind of cult classic, mainly due to its inclusion in the Nintendo produced movie The Wizard.

Sega Activator

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Long before Kinect Sega was trying to get us off our sofa’s and get more involved when playing video games, the Sega activator however may have been the most ridiculous reason ever though. In the adverts it looked incredible, implying that the octagon shaped ring which you stood in could translate your moves into the games you played allowing you to live out your dreams of being a martial arts master. Sadly it wasn’t to be, instead all the infrared based device did was associated your movements with predetermined button prompts juts like using a proper controller, but at least we were spared the embarrassment of our characters collapsing from exhaustion in games too.

Steel Battalion Controller (Xbox)

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It seems like this bad boy makes it into every list we make recently but it always seems to fit so nicely. It’s a rare thing when a game is more known for its peripheral than its actual gameplay but Steel Battalion certainly falls into that category. The mega controller (complete with pedals) was the only way you could play the game so that meant stumping up the best part of £200 in order to be confused by which of the 40 buttons actually started your mech instead of washing its windows.

PrioVR MoCap suit

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If you’ve ever seen actors in motion capture suits you’ll already be kind of familiar with what US based YEI Technology are offering with their PrioVR suits. The crowd funded technology is promising real time 360 degree motion tracking that will work pretty much anywhere, even with multiple users. Should it be successful when it launches later this year it could very well be the most interesting piece of gaming tech in years.

Boong-Ga Boong-Ga (Arcade)

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It’s fair to say that the gaming scene in the far east is a little different from everywhere else. No more so is it demonstrated than by this arcade machine based on a Korean children’s prank that involves poking unaware victims up the bottom. Thankfully it was never released anywhere near Europe so at least we didn’t have to put up the the Daily Mail writing about it being a fingering prostitute simulator (yes that was part in the game!!)


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Rumoured April Playstation Plus (Europe) content

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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March EU Playstation Plus content CONFIRMED

PS-Plus-LogoJust as we told you earlier this month, Sony has finally confirmed the EU Playstation Plus line up for March.

As always it’s quite a varied selection cross all three of Sony’s platforms, here’s the list in full:

PS4: Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition
PS3: Tomb Raider, Brothers a tale of two sons
Vita: Smart As, Pixeljunk Monsters Ultimate HD

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Just as we exclusively revealed PS3 hit Dead Nation is making it’s way to the next gen in the form of Dead Nation : Apocalypse Edition.

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Just like last month PS3 users are treated to two of 2013′s GOTY contenders. First up is Tomb Raider. Experience the start of a legend as Crystal dynamics series reboot shows just how young Lara Croft becomes the icon we know her as now.

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Also available is Starbreeze’s gorgeous downloadable hit Brothers: A Tale of Two Son’s. Now EU subscribers get to enjoy the stunning fantasy adventure after US subscribers received it last month.

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Once again Vita owners get two titles to add to their growing collection with brain puzzler Smart As… joining Pixeljunk Monsters Ultimate HD on Sony’s handheld.

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All titles will be added to the Instant Game Collection on 5th March replacing the following titles that will be leaving the service

  • Outlast/
  • Metro Last Light
  • Guacamelee! (Cross Buy)
  • Dynasty Warriors Next
  • ModNation Racers Road Trip

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The Buyers guide to March

Finally! New games are coming out again and March is looking to be a crazy awesome month for gamers. So much so, that we at GamePointsNow thought we’d offer a little guide to the games fighting for your hard earned pennies this month.

28th February 2014

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

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After almost 10 years, Thief finally emerges from the shadow thanks to Deus Ex: Human Revolution developer Eidos Montreal. More of a re-imagining than a full on reboot, Thief once again sees you take on the role of master thief Garrett as you sneak and steal your way through this FPS adventure.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 (PS3/Xbox 360)

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The classic Castlevania series enters the modern day in this sequel to the awesome Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. Featuring all the action packed open world action gameplay of the original, LOS 2 also allows you to play as Dracula for the very first time as you fight your way through gorgeous environments and titanic boss battles.

7th March 2014

South Park: The Stick of Truth (PS3/360/PC)

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FINALLY, after several delays and publisher collapses, South Park: The Stick of Truth is actually coming out. Made in conjunction with series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Obsidian’s turn based RPG set in the world of South Park is set to feature all the humour you’d expect from Cartman & co – and looks just like an actual episode of the show.

14th March 2013

Titanfall (Xbox One/PC) (Xbox 360 28/3)

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All you need to know about Titanfall is that it’s from the people that brought you the original Modern Warfare. Newly formed Respawn Entertainment’s stellar looking title is an action packed FPS with mechs. After ploughing several hours in the recent beta it looks as if Titanfall could very well be something really special indeed, even if you don’t usually enjoy FPS titles.

Dark Souls 2 (360/PS3)

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The highly anticipated sequel to From Software’s brutal action RPG is set to provide gamers with all the challenge of the first game and more. Featuring a more powerful graphics engine and improved AI, Dark Souls 2 is set to capture fans of the series all over again.

21st March 2014

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (360/PS3/PS4/XBO)

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The latest in the blockbuster Metal Gear Solid series is set to act as a prologue for MGS V proper, The Phantom Pain. While initial reports claim the main game is only two hours long (we’re guessing that’s minus the cut scenes…) Kojima productions are promising plenty of side missions as well as a leaderboard feature to ensure gamers get value for money and prove this is more than an expensive demo of the main event.

inFamous: Second Son (PS4)

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Sucker Punch’s open world adventure game makes its debut on the next generation and features a whole new character to boot. Where previous protagonist Cole had one set of powers, new boy Delsin will be able to make use of multiple power sets, allowing for a whole dynamics in the series. Second Son’s developers boasts that it’s set to really take advantage of the new hardware, and judging from what we’ve seen so far it’s certainly looking that way


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