Store-bought gaming merchandise is all well and good, but when you can't find the piece you want, you can always try making your own. Today brings us two utterly fantastic home-built pieces that we'd probably buy ourselves if they weren't one-off custom builds!
First up, an amazing table shaped like a Game Boy cartridge. Commissioned by a Dutch chiptune band and built by Tim Schuit, it's entirely made of wood with laser-cut lettering, and I think you'll agree that it's absolutely gorgeous.Click here to read more...
Evolve's ridiculous barrage of cosmetic DLC is pretty distasteful as far as we're concerned, but at least they're giving some of it away for free. Anyone who plays Evolve this weekend (between 9:00 PM PT on Thursday, March 5th to 9:00 PM PT on Sunday, March 8th) will receive a free set of golden monster skins that were previously only available if you actually worked at Turtle Rock.
Is Evolve's player base holding up? We're not entirely sure, but the Steam charts show a marked decline that's more pronounced than we'd expect even considering the natural post-launch dropoff (thanks to Rboune for the tip). That's the nature of the beast, since Evolve can be fantastic when played under optimum conditions, but can be incredibly repetitive and boring at times too.
You'll get a lot for your money: 10 Steam keys in fact. Namely Enemy Front, Space Rangers HD: A War Apart (Trading Cards), Hegemony Rome: The Rise of Caesar (Trading Cards), 10 Years After, Reprisal Universe, Samudai (Trading Cards), Boid, Blitzkrieg Anthology, Blitzkrieg 2 Anthology and Redline. Quality is inconsistent, but Enemy Front is well worth a blast and quantity is amazing. Thanks again, jaystan!
After a hugely promising opening episode, I couldn't wait to get into stuck into the next one this week. It looks like the new series has some staying power as Capcom have delivered again with the episodic model looking like an increasingly natural fit for the series.
Again, the episode is split in two with the first half following Claire and Moira and the second continuing from where we last left Barry and Natalia. Claire and Moira come across another group of survivors and they team up to find some helicopter parts to make an escape attempt. Nothing's ever that easy, especially when a hoard of infected lay siege to your safe house. It'll be very familiar to Resident Evil 4 fans and is a fantastic scene as you defend multiple windows while the hoard attempt to smash through.
The skills menu where you can buy upgrades at the start, intermission or end of the episode is starting to come into better use now that you may have built up a few more points. Make a beeline for the one that allows Claire/Barry to fire their weapons while you're controlling Moira/Natalia. This is particularly effective for siege situations and the like. And best of all, any ammo they use, doesn't come out of your supplies, although they do cause less damage. Overall, though, this is a fantastic option and a clear improvement over the days of giving Sheva some spare bullets in Resi 5 and sighing as she unloaded them all into your back.Click here to read more...
The X series aren't actually the best space sims ever made, not by a long shot, but they are huge and deeply addictive.
You can get the original X-Beyond The Frontier for £1.75, X2: The Threat for £2.48 and X3: Gold Edition for £6.24 (containing the soundtrack, expansion pack and extras), the Terran War Package for £4.99.
X Rebirth is also £17.50, but I have to warn you, this shonky disaster was rumoured to be an adapted home console project and still isn't all there today. At least the most ruinous issues have been declawed now that we've reached version 3.2.0.
Transistor is now just £5.09 on Steam (save £9.90!)
"Transistor is masterful. You'll come for the astonishing art direction and thoughtful storyline, but stay for the sensational combat that continually offers new opportunities and challenges long after your first playthrough comes to an end. It aims for the head, not the heart, and hits home in spectacular fashion. Beauty and brains in one smart razor-sharp package."
Read the rest of our Transistor review here. Thanks jaystan!
This is more Mobot's lookout, to be perfectly honest, but seeing as there are plenty of decent games on iOS we're going to post it anyway. Thanks again, FantasyDeals!
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Though I personally feel that mobile gaming has failed to live up to its amazing potential, slumping over the last few years due to an influx of clones and the inherent issues with Android as a viable platform for anything other than F2P, there are still plenty of timewasters to enjoy and the occasional gem too. Plus, you know, all the other stuff on iTunes.
Boom. Drop the mic. Then pick it up and sing into it.
After weeks of rumours, Rock Band 4 has been announced for PS4 and Xbox One, and it's pretty much the best case scenario we could have hoped for.Click here to read more...
Etrian Oddyssey Untold is one of the best remakes I've ever had the pleasure of reviewing. A class act through and through, it brings the original Etrian Odyssey up-to-date with subtlety and restraint, adding some sensational new characters that delight without ever jarring and a story that's compelling yet never gets in the way. With some great new classes that force you to think carefully about class options, plus plenty of new content, it really is one of the most under-appreciated games of the last few years.
You can find out more in our full Etrian Odyssey Untold review.
Interested? You can now buy Etrian Odyssey Untold for just £24.43 using Rakuten voucher code MAR5OFF.
"Probably the best tower defence game there is," we summed up in our Defense Grid 2 review. "Nothing more, nothing less."
Praise doesn't get much higher than that, but the price can't get much lower, since you can currently save 70% on Steam as part of the SteamOS sale. Credit to jaystan who heroically rounded it up yesterday!
If you're into PC and indie gaming, it's still not too late to get tickets for the EGX Rezzed expo next week. Running between March 12th-14th at The Tobacco Dock, London, it's a great opportunity to get hands-on with some upcoming games and projects (including Bloodborne and the latest VR tech) and meet the developers involved, whether live on the show floor or during developer sessions.
However, just in case you needed an extra incentive, Rezzed have teamed up with Size Five Games and Green Man Gaming to give all attendees three free games: Gun Monkeys, Time Gentlemen, Please! and Ben There, Dan That! Tickets are still available for all three days. The best value can be found with the three-day Super Pass that will cover you for the Thursday, Friday and Saturday, but to be honest you should be able to see plenty in only one or two days so long as you've got a plan.
Space sims are almost extinct on consoles, but in a surprise move, Dave Braben has announced that Elite Dangerous will be coming to Xbox One as a full-fat, no-compromise, feature-complete version.
The new console edition will arrive this year, sharing the same updating galaxy state as the PC and Mac original, while providing an "authentic gameplay experience."Click here to read more...
Shelter 2 releases next Monday, and we really can't wait for what is, in many ways, Lynx Simulator 2015. Like the original, you'll have to lead your precious cubs through a hostile and cruel natural world, making tough choices and stark decisions along the way, but this time you'll play as a powerful lynx instead of a badger. A more open hub-based structure will expand our horizons, while there'll be more opportunities and danger facing the cubs as they learn and grow.
I'm currently playing through it, so stay tuned for our full review.
Shelter 2 is currently 10% off on Steam, but you can save even more by buying Shelter 2 for £7.20 from Green Man Gaming, using Green Man Gaming voucher code B1CYB0-CLSSD1-ARAAGM. Considering that the RRP is £10.99, it's a bit of a bargain.
Child Of Light is a thing of beauty -- a poetic blend of gorgeous visuals, exploration and hardcore JRPG combat that's best enjoyed on higher difficulties - and even more beautiful on the Vita's luscious screen. Though the standard digital edition has been cheaper, ShopTo ran a smart deal for the complete version earlier this week, which contained "all additional game contents, including a bonus quest, a new character and a pack of collectibles" for £11.86.
Now they've knocked another two quid off the price tag, making this the best way of getting the physical version. Cheers Turkey!
Assassin's Creed fans can dress to impress for less with a new Insert Coin voucher code. Save 20% on Assassin's Creed clothing!
Head over to Insert Coin and start browsing! Thanks, gooner.
ScreamRide is an odd little game. As Nintendo and Sony bring out new hardware and big exclusives, Microsoft's answer is a trio of roller-coaster themed minigames from the developers of Rollercoaster Tycoon.
You'll cling on for dear life as we hare through ridiculous loops and corkscrews, design your own monstrous creations using a robust 3D CAD suite and destroy some buildings with a catapult in glorious slow motion because why the heck not, effectively playing three separate games in one package. It's left-field, out there and exactly the refreshing change of pace we love to see from console manufacturers in off season.
But that's not why ScreamRide feels like such an odd proposition. A game about creating, riding and annihilating awesome roller-coasters should be bags of fun by all rights... and yet screams turn into yawns after just a handful of hours.
To find out why we'll need to discuss ScreamRide's three gameplay modes in turn: ScreamRiding, Demolitions Training and Engineering. As an employee of a somewhat shady testing company with limitless resources and a mandate for testing human endurance, we're free to pick our career path and work through the standalone campaigns through six shared thematic zones.Click here to read more...
F1 2014 has never been cheaper, so head on over to CD Keys to pick it up for just £7.39 and don't forget to use the facebook code for that 5% discount.
F1 2014 turned out to be rather disappointing as it stripped out the Classic content from the previous release and overall it seems like it's treading water as we imagine more dev time is being put into a proper next-gen version for the new consoles in F1 2015. But at £7.39, this will most certainly whet your appetite for the new season.
Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII.
Developers at this year's GDC have just voted the excellent Shadow of Mordor as their Game of the Year. We totally agree and implore you to try it for yourself. Head on over to GC to pick up the game for £19.99 in their pre-owned sale.
We can't get enough of Monolith's Shadow of Mordor here at Dealspwn and we thoroughly recommend you dust off your Uruk hunting skills to get a taste too. Turns out the Nemesis system has managed to back up its bold 'next-gen only' ambitions with a neat set of mechanics that sees enemies remember you and you can even brainwash them into fighting for you as you infiltrate the highest ranks of Sauron's army. There's an excellent set of skills available to take advantage of an enemy's weaknesses too to create unique experiences throughout. It also walked away with our Game of the Year award.
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood was only announced yesterday, but retailers are all ready offering pre-0rders for the standalone expansion. The best PS4 and PC price is currently £13.85 ahead of the May 5th release date.
Wolfenstein: The New Order was one of the best games of 2014 and yesterday's surprise announcement of this standalone expansion prequel was just the best. Taking on the infamous Castle Wolfenstein is an adventure we most certainly welcome. The game's eight chapters sounds like a fairly decent runtime for a fraction of the cost of a usual full fat release. Congrats to Bethesda and Zenimax for keeping a lid on this one for so long. You sly dogs you.
Thanks to BuzzDuraband.
Always wanted a tactical third-person tactical shooter that seems like a mashup between Mad Men and X-Files? Well, we've got your oddly specific tastes covered right here as The Bureau: XCOM Declassified is only £4.37 on PS3 and 360.
This was initially set to be a FPS title, but after the success of XCOM: Enemy Unknown -and a bit of fanboy outrage- 2K opted for a third-person perspective and shoved in some tactical options to make it more in-line with the traditional XCOM experience. It's a little rough around the edges and full of all the grey corridors you can imagine, but there's fun to be had ordering around your Mad Men-era squad. The story is surprisingly strong in parts too.
Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII.