Welcome to another week of not paying retail for the games that matter. As per always, I’ve scoured the storefronts for nothing but the best in budget-minded gaming, plus the perfect preorder entry points. Wish I had time to say more, but Super Earth isn’t going to super save itself. See you planetside in Helldivers 2, where I may or may not accidentally (but also democratically) delete you with an Orbital Airburst Strike.

In retro news, I’m lighting a big 9 on a cake for the original Helldivers. Rather different from its current day darling of a sequel, this top-down twin-stick shooter was still white-knuckle enough to explain the early onset arthritis some of you now have. Core memory for me: hearing some NPC Helldivers on my bridge remark upon the ‘peacefulness’ of our skull logo in a very “Are we the baddies?” exchange. Comedy gold.

This Day in Gaming

Aussie birthdays for notable games.

Freelancer (PC) 2003.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (PC,PS3,X360) 2010.

Helldivers (PS3/4/V) 2015. Get

Helldivers – just about the buggiest game you’ll play and thoroughly enjoy.

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Monster Hunter Rise

Monster Hunter Rise

Rise mixes classic MH ideas with some of World’s best improvements and a whole bunch of clever new mechanics of its own. The introduction of Wirebugs and the mobility they bring to every fight is so great. 8/10.

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Dead Cells Anniversary Sale

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Dead Cells Anniversary Sale

Some deadset awesome savings here. Like, Dead Cells (-50% – $17.97) | Dead Cells: Medley of Pain Bundle (-53% – $34.46) | Dead Cells: Return to the Castlevania Bundle (-47% – $26.61) | Dead Cells: Return to Castlevania (-20% – $11.60) | and more.

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Hogwarts Legacy

Hogwarts Legacy

This open-world adventure captures all the excitement and wonder of the Wizarding with its memorable new characters, challenging and nuanced combat, and a wonderfully executed Hogwarts student fantasy that will keep you glued to your DualSense for hours.

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Adam Mathew is our Aussie deals wrangler. He plays practically everything, often on YouTube.



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