Assassin's Creed® Origins

Assassin's Creed Origins gets its New Game Plus mode today and there's a new, secret reward for completing it.

The fresh mode lets you restart the game but keep your equipment, abilities, crafted upgrades, player level, XP and inventory intact.

Otherwise, the story is reset, as is your list of targets, quests, locations and papyri. The map will also become fogged, for you to discover all over again.

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Call of Duty: WW2 is my first Call of Duty. This, I'm told, is an odd thing. How could I possibly have managed to avoid playing a Call of Duty game over the last 10 years? Well, Activision's mega shooter series has never sparked an interest in me before. Modern Warfare? I was too busy playing Halo 3. Black Ops? I was into Reach. Ghosts passed me by (I did like Colin the dog, though), and then it was on to Destiny.

But there was something about Call of Duty: WW2 that grabbed me by the scruff of my neck and screamed in my face: play me! I've been thinking about why this happened. The WW2 setting was a big part of it, but in truth the game came out at a good time. After Destiny 2 fever died down so quickly, I craved another shooter. November, as it always does, brought with it a new Call of Duty and I thought, why not?

Three months later, I'm hooked. I play Call of Duty: WW2 most evenings, fussing over my soldier builds and working out which unlock to target next. Along the way I've noticed - well, more observed, really - some of Call of Duty's idiosyncrasies for the first time, and I thought it would be interesting to jot them down. Most of these observations will come as no surprise to Call of Duty fans who I'm sure are used to the series' way of doing things. But to me, a Call of Duty newcomer, there are revelations, confusions and outright surprises buried within this video game behemoth. So, this is the good, bad and ugly of Call of Duty, from the expert eye of someone who's playing Call of Duty for the first time.

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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six® Siege - Amethyst Weapon Skin


This weekend saw the world's best Rainbow Six Siege players battle it out in the game's 2018 Invitational tournament - and Ubisoft was on hand to detail what was next for the game.

Rainbow Six Siege has, if you've not already heard, quietly become one of Ubisoft's biggest games. This weekend, Ubi boasted that Siege now had 27 million players (although it's unclear how many of these come from free weekends).

"We've communicated already a couple of times that our vision for the game is to bring it to 100 operators," Rainbow Six Siege brand director Alexandre Remy said at the event.

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Bayonetta

Bayonetta 2 sold fewer physical copies at launch for Nintendo Switch this week than it did when it arrived on Wii U.

The Platinum-developed Bayonetta 2 (which includes a copy of Bayo 1) landed fifth in the UK chart - the game's highest chart placing to date, albeit one achieved with fewer physical sales.

Perhaps there was not enough new in the port to convince Bayonetta fans it was worth double dipping so soon? Digital Foundry last week examined whether this new Switch edition was the definitive version.

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Tomb Raider


Barbie has been an astronaut, a vet, even a mermaid. Now, she's a Tomb Raider.

Doll maker Mattel has unveiled Tomb Raider Barbie (thanks, IGN), which is less a new look for Barbie herself and more just an action figure of Alicia Vikander, who portrays Lara Croft in next month's film.

(There are a range of Barbie dolls which aren't actually Barbie herself, something which I've just found out browsing Barbie.com.)

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It may be over 20 years since Age of Empires first conquered our PC screens, but the Pelasgians are still monumental gits. After a relatively straightforward time guiding the Egyptians to supremacy, the campaign mode tasks you with building a Greek state, starting with a small agricultural hub. Yet you've barely erected your town centre when those red-skirted sods come to smash it with their clubs. Guys, I'm trying to build the foundation of western culture here. Take your caveman antics elsewhere. The stone age is so last week.

Naturally those gurning Neanderthals pay no heed, constantly harrying your perfectly innocuous attempt to dominate the entire Aegean peninsula. It's almost like they don't want to be homogenised into a civilisation built on slaves that will eventually be subjugated by another civilisation built on slaves. When did imperialism get so darned difficult?

Of course, Age of Empires has always been a challenging game. It's just that my fusty old brain has forgotten what playing it is like. In my mind it's a comfort-soup game, one of whiling away hours building pretty little cities on luscious isometric maps, rather than of bringing fire and sword to all four corners of its square, two-dimensional worlds. And that's not the only thing I had apparently forgotten, as when I launched this new Definitive Edition, my first thought was "huh, it looks like Age of Empires." Then I looked up what Age of Empires actually looked like back in 1997, and realised that I can never trust my eyes again.

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A note from the editor: Jelly Deals is a deals site launched by our parent company, Gamer Network, with a mission to find the best bargains out there. Look out for the Jelly Deals roundup of reduced-price games and kit every Saturday on Eurogamer.

Another week has passed, Valentine's Day has come and gone, Pancake Day was a thing and both Bayonetta games have been re-released on Nintendo Switch.
It's been a pretty eventful seven days. Buried amongst all of that, the past week has given us a brand new batch of deals to check out and that's what we're all here for.

As usual, we've got deals that'll work in the UK, deals that'll work in the US and some deals that will work in both the UK and US, as well as presumably many other places. Let's get started.

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PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS

Earlier this week, a live action trailer for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds was released and it quickly went viral. There were two main reason for this; firstly it was excellently produced and exciting to watch, but the real surprise was that it was advertising PUBG on mobile phones. Yes, you heard right, PUBG, the game Team Eurogamer play way too much of, is now playable on Android and iOS devices. Bonkers!

Getting to play PUBG on mobile is a bit of a mission, however, as it's currently only available to download in China. Happily, there are a couple of ways to trick the system and play the game in your own region and it's not especially hard to do. I mean, if I can work out how to get it working on my iPhone 6, surely you can.

Be warned though, it turns out there are actually TWO official PUBG mobile games available to download. PUBG: Army Attack puts an arcade style spin on the original concept and includes things like naval battles, whilst PUBG: Exhilarating Battlefield (or PUBGEB as I've decided to call it) comes much closer to recreating the feel of PUBG on the PC.

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Developer Nightdive Studios has announced that it's putting its highly anticipated System Shock reboot on "hiatus" after letting "things get out of control", just 18 months after the project was successfully Kickstarted to the tune of $1,350,700 USD.

Originally pitched as a remake of Looking Glass Technologies' classic first-person sci-fi horror System Shock, Nightdive's project quickly ballooned in scope. By the time its Kickstarter had commenced in July 2016, the studio was calling it a full reboot, and last year, midway through development, it elected to move the game from Unity to the Unreal Engine.

"As our concept grew and as our team changed", explained Nightdive CEO Stephen Kick in new update on Kickstarter, "so did the scope of what we were doing and with that the budget for the game. As the budget grew, we began a long series of conversations with potential publishing partners. The more that we worked on the game, the more that we wanted to do, and the further we got from the original concepts that made System Shock so great.

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Farming Simulator 15

Publisher Focus Home Interactive has unveiled the first trailer for this year's entry in the enormously popular Farming Simulator series.

Farming Simulator 19 is due out at the end of the year on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, and promises to offer more of the series' oddly relaxing agricultural exploits. You can expect crop planting and harvesting, livestock rearing, forestry, and product selling - alongside a dog, a barn, and a handsome farmer, if the reveal trailer is any indication of the final game.

According to Focus, Farming Simulator 19 will feature a completely overhauled graphics engine, said to offer "the most striking and immersive visuals and effects to date". Whether the final game's farmers will be of the same high-calibre handsomeness as the trailer's once the new graphics engine has had its way with them, remains to be seen.

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