This week, we talk about Denis Dyack's comeback and who he should form the worst superteam ever with Uwe Boll, we take a look at the new PS4 update the significance of Share Play, we lambast Driveclub some more, and rejoice in a great week for Star Wars fans.
Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language
It's time to forget about that dream of the Blade Runner/Mirror's Edge hybrid that was Prey 2 as Bethesda has finally admitted the long-troubled title has been canned. Enjoying the Evolve Alpha this weekend? Not on PS4 your not as it's been postponed due to apparent compatibility issues with the console's new 2.0 update. Oh well, the recent issues and the DriveClub omnishambles hasn't stopped Sony shifting 13.5 million consoles in the last 11 months. Enjoy the latest odd trailers for the likes of Far Cry 4 and Assassin's Creed: Unity. Don't forget to check out our links to our features yesterday too.
Boo! Happy Halloween, mortals.
Yes, All Hallows Eve is upon us yet again, which means it's time for one of our
contractually obligated seasonally-appropriate articles creepy Halloween shockers. Having covered scary games and terrifying monsters in years past, this year we've decided to get a little more personal, digging deep into our memories and letting you into the most terrifying gaming moments we're ever experienced. With nary a Pyramid Head in sight.
Perhaps you'll find yourself agreeing, reliving painful repressed memories or laughing at our lily livers, but either way, share and scare us in the comments!
I've been scared aplenty these past few weeks. I've talked at length about the psychological horrors of Silent Hill, and indeed Pyramid Head and the mannequins would have certainly been my pick here if I hadn't mentioned them so many times before. Frankly, Silent Hill 2 represents all of my darkest fears rolled up into one convenient package.
The flooded hallways of Amnesia spring to mind when I think about scary moments, but for this I wanted to go with something a little less immediate, something that really sticks in the mind. There are games out there with moments that don't really sink in until you step away from the screen, only to be overcome with discomfort and sometimes revulsion. Bioshock has given me plenty, from the fate of the Little Sisters to Andrew Ryan's shrieking, shocking demise at your hands and the weight of the penny dropping as the plot twist unfurls.Click here to read more...
The Witcher 2 is back down to £2.99 on Steam, which is the cheapest you'll find this momentous RPG anywhere. The first game is available for £1.39 as well, so now's the perfect time to catch up ahead of the long-awaited sequel in February.
Thanks ferreirm @ HotUkDeals!
The Steam Halloween sale may have risen from the depths, but don't count GOG out just yet, who manage to undercut their rival on several games due to the fact that they respect exchange rates. System Shock 2 can be snagged for £1.25 versus £1.74, Outlast can be yours for £3.19 instead of £5.09 and Deadly Premonition is in the bag for £3.12 rather than £4.99 - only if you missed it in the sale earlier this week.
Sony are reacting to Microsoft's killer Xbox One bundles with some hot deals of their own, and this one is an absolute belter. GAME will sell you a PS4 with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Destiny Vanguard Edition, The Last Of Us Remastered and a year of PlayStation Plus for £399.99, which is a seriously impressive haul considering that the solus console still costs £349.99 at suggested retail price. Many thanks to Kidmonkey @ HUKD!
Nintendo Land is a surprisingly solid collection of multiplayer minigames that many Wii U early adopters bought as their first port of call. However, those of you who came in for Bayonetta and Mario Kart can now get your hands on it for less than a tenner courtesy of The Game Collection. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HotUKDeals!
The Red Solstice is a top-down, real-time, tactical, 8-player, co-op survival game. Man that was long. It feels a little like XCOM meets Commandos in some ways, though with faster pacing, dynamic events, and pop-up objectives.
It's also confusing as hell.
Set in the distant future, across a Martian landscape ravaged by war, you're greeted by the gravelliest of gravelly voices intoning some guff about a massive storm and alien beasties. It's fairly difficult to take him seriously. I jumped into a multiplayer game straight away, which was a terrible mistake as everyone apart from myself and another poor noobish soul ran off and immediately began hoarding all of the items, and we had absolutely no idea what the hell we were supposed to be doing.
We'll save the multiplayer stuff for a Game Night in the recent future.
Thankfully, The Red Solstice has a tutorial prologue level, which I quickly jumped into after a massive alien ate everyone on my team, to help players get to grips with the basics. It's a fairly complex game, not helped by a control system that can seem a little overly convoluted at times. It handles a little like a clunky MMO in some ways -- the plethora of instructions available can be a little overwhelming in real-time -- but a few replays on, and I began to get used to it.Click here to read more...
The Secret World is my favourite MMORPG of all time. It's revolutionary, unique and focused on storytelling, deploying peerless writing, fourth wall-breaking alternate reality puzzles, atmosphere and exploration where other MMOs use trash mobs. It's groundbreaking, slightly broken and absolutely magnificent.
Better yet, you can buy once and play forever, no subscription required, and grab it for only £8.49 on Steam. The Massive Edition is also on sale for £16.49, if you want to try out the (brilliant) issues 5-7.
My body is ready for Dragon Age: Inquisition. I’ve been one of the loudest detractors of Dragon Age II in recent years, but I loved Origins and the world that BioWare created has proven to be enormously compelling. Frankly, after the expansive nature of Origins, it was precisely the fact that DA2 kept me locked behind the four walls of Kirkwall or in cookie-cutter dungeons that I began to dislike that game so much.
But Dragon Age Keep has, in many ways, reminded me of all the goodness of Dragon Age II. For all of its many faults, it gave you the reins to shape the society and standing of Kirkwall over a long period of time, and that was relatively fascinating to behold.
For the Dragon Age veteran, the Keep is a refresher steeped in hard choices and difficult decisions. Unfortunately, the open beta doesn’t allow for save game imports, but it does encourage veterans and newcomers alike to explore the narrative branches of Origins and its sequel (and all of the DLC for that matter, whether you bought and played the additional content or not). There are over 300 decisions to make, in order to shape the world of the upcoming Dragon Age: Inquisition, and I made a little video illustrating exactly what Dragon Age Keep is all about.Click here to read more...
The Steam Halloween Sale 2014 is now open for business, and discounting a ludicrous 442 items.
I'll have a proper sift later, but for now, hit up the splash page and tell us what you're buying!
Pay what you want for Knock-Knock, Halloween Drop Heroes and Home, the former and latter of which are excellent.
Beat the average to also receive Betrayer, YouTube darling Five Nights At Freddys and Our Darker Purpose. All save VR diehards should avoid Among The Sleep, though, which dilutes its great premise with boring hackneyed gameplay.
This, right here, is how you remaster something. Two great lengthy games with vastly improved visuals and welcome mechanical tweaks... that released at a budget price from the start. It can only get lower, though, and Smyths have dipped below that magical £20 mark.
Artyom's gritty, stealthy, grim adventures through ruined Russia will tide you over for a while. Thanks to wraith_42 @ HUKD!
...something evil this way comes, quick. This Halloween, prepare to be terrified as the spectre of Dennis Dyack returns from the dark beyond, promising to reboot Shadow Of The Eternals and hoping we've forgotten about all the theft and malfeasance that happened under his watch at Silicon Knights. Can nothing can stop him from toxifying the brand? Can no hero make him realise that his involvement helped to kill Shadow Of The Eternals' chances in the first place?
Say "Too Human" in the mirror three times and you'll find out.
In other news, the curtain has finally fallen on DriveClub's comedy of errors. From delays to DLC lies to cut features to a hopeless launch with broken servers to an unambitious game that's light on meaningful content, here we are, as Sony's Shuhei Yoshida confirms that the free PlayStation Plus edition has been indefinitely delayed. We suspect that he's currently stalking the corridors of Evolution HQ with some manner of rotary pink slip cannon.
Jon's been telling us for weeks that we should jump back into Titanfall, largely thanks to the hefty recent content drop and the addition of a PvE horde mode of sorts, and we finally Titan'd up for some Game Night shenanigans.
It might just be the crushing disappointment and hollow feeling that Destiny has left me with, but frankly this was an utter blast. Frontier Defense is a cracking (FREE) addition to the delightfully smooth gameplay package, and it's clear that Respawn have really made a concerted effort over the past few months to make the game sparkle. The lobbies and customisation options have been tweaked in all of the right ways, matchmaking actually seems to work (and the countdown timers have been decreased), and Frontier Defense shakes things up in a great way, throwing Suicide Spectres and Arc Titans into the fray.
I have to say, though, that I really, desperately wish I had an Xbox One after this Game Night. Titanfall plays so incredibly well on PC, but really its a game that lends itself completely to the couch-oriented console experience. Still, this was an absolute blast, and I'm pretty sure Carl and I will certainly be joining Jon in dipping into it frequently over the next few weeks.
If COD doesn't blow us away, that is. That now has Titans too.
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Cheaper than Steam, packed with Portal perfection, heaving with the history Half-Life, teeming with the tremendousness of Team Fortress, layered with the lustre of Left 4... you get the idea. The Valve Complete Pack can now be had for under a tenner on Green Man Gaming, but remember to use the code above to knock 20% off of the current price.
Sine Mora is a cracking little SHMUP, with a soundtrack composed by Akira Yamaoka and boss designs by Mahiro Maeda, and now you can nab it for under a quid. The code redeems on Steam, the game is a little beauty with some nice time-bending mechanics, and if you like your bullet hell shooters, you really ought to give this a bash.
We haven't checked in officially with Square Enix's humans-vs-vampires, team-based, slay-em-up -- Nosgoth -- for some time now. But with the game on the cusp of moving into open beta this winter, and with a host of tweaks and improvements having been made to the game in recent months, I sat down this week with Community Manager Cat Karskens to have a bit of a natter.
Throughout the last few days, Nosgoth has been enjoying the Halloween-themed Devil's Night event, delivering random drops of ghostly goodness for players, and unique items that are only obtainable this week, but will last permanently once collected. I talk to Karskens about the ongoing festivities, the feedback that Psyonix and the team at Square Enix have been receiving, where the game is headed in terms of improved features and new classes, and how accessibility and monetisation will shift once the open beta begins.
You can check out the official site here.