Words can't quite explain just how utterly bonkers Bayonetta 2 actually is, so here's a little video showcasing five of the most crazy happenings I've encountered thus far in the game. We can only talk about the game up to chapter five currently, but already I've unleashed a Hellish unicorn, surfed the tunnel of a tsunami on the steeple of a cathedral, stopped a Lumen Sage with an epic fistbump, and seen Black Santa wall-ride a department store in a Cadillac.
I can only apologise for the number of times words fail me in this video and I'm reduced to shouting "WHAT?!" in delighted confusion, but you'll hopefully understand why by the end.
Dieselstormers, formerly known as Project Ravensdale, is already shaping up to be a seriously hectic cooperative run & gunner. Four dieselpunk knights do battle with Orcs and Goblins using crazy upgradeable weapons, nifty energy grappling hooks and a whole lot of firepower. Plenty of features are yet to be implemented, including armour customisation, a better crafting interface and more mission variety, but what's here is rather fun if a little bare-bones. I'll drop a preview this week.
The Tokyo Game Show is about to kick off, but you can always rely on Sony to turn up to the party early. They've been busy this morning; dropping a slew of major announcements including a Japanese release date for Bloodborne, a new platform for Persona 5, a new Resident Evil and absolutely no new details about The Last Guardian.
You can watch the press conference above, but I've rounded up the biggest headlines and trailers for your convenience.
Bloodborne is already looking seriously tasty, not to mention playing brilliantly, ahead of its launch next year. Let's face it: you're excited. As such, feast your eyes on this brand new Japanese trailer, which proudly proclaims a February 5th release date.
Japanese release date, I should stress. It's likely that Bloodborne will be somewhat delayed in Europe to give The Order: 1886 time to breathe, but we probably won't have to wait too long.Click here to read more...
If you're in the market for an Xbox One this year, or hovering on the fence with a severe case of the 'grass is always greener' effect, Gamestop might be about to tip you over the edge. They're currently offering a £309.97 price for the white Xbox One console and Sunset Overdrive, which is extremely competitive to say the least. It's cheaper than the solus Xbox One and even PS4 at retail!
You won't receive it until 31st October, though, and remember that it's the garish white version. At least it won't show scratches and dust anywhere near as much. Thanks once again to BuzzDuraband @ HUKD!
Platform: PC (£6.99, reviewed) | Also on iOS & Android
Sorry, no, this isn't the stealth sequel to Beneath A Steel Sky. Instead, the developers behind Incredipede and Pineapple Smash Crew have collaborated on one of the most bizarre and intriguing game concepts you'll see this year: an alien jellyfish procreation simulator set beneath the thick Venusian clouds, which challenges us to help an intrepid Cnidarian spread its seed and fertilise a variety of extraterrestrial flora.
Or looked at another way, it's a groovy and relaxing one-button casual game that feels partway between Worms, Angry Birds, Tiny Wings and Machiavelli's Ascent.
The brief opening cinematic sets the stage. Venus' dark side actually glows -- in real life as an unexplained scientific phenomenon -- emitting a faint auroral effect known as the 'Ashen Light.' Deep Under The Sky finally has the answers that have long eluded NASA's top boffins: beneath the crushing acidic clouds lives a thriving ecosystem of bio-luminescent creatures. Playing as one of them, a whopping wobbling jellyfish, we'll blast aerodynamic packets of seed material across 2D levels with the aim of exploding them within range of receptive plants, thus ensuring that the species will live on.Click here to read more...
GoD Factory Wingmen is the dictionary definition of an underdog success story. This ambitious, gorgeous and thoroughly intense multiplayer arcade space sim missed its Kickstarter target, but was picked up by Namco Bandai and finally released last Friday.
Spoiler alert: it's awesome. Hectic action goes hand-in-hand with addictive progression and comprehensive ship customisation.
I'm currently working on our full review, but to tide you over, here's the full unedited video of my first space skirmish. Four pilots per team, two carriers, one highway through the danger zone!
Platform: PS4 | Xbox One (reviewed)
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Here we go again. I reviewed Diablo III on PC... then the last-gen console version... then the Reaper Of Souls expansion pack... and finally we come to this. The Ultimate Evil Edition. The final showdown. It's time for the last dance with the devil -- that is, unless Blizzard brings out another expansion.
To be honest, I'm still in two minds about whether Diablo III really works on consoles. Despite pretending to be a glorious last stand against the forces of hell, all it really involves is holding the A button (X on PS4) until all the enemies are dead or you've passed out from boredom. The leap from mice to controllers removed an entire dimension of precision priority targeting, so instead you'll just mash that button and then mash it a few more times to pick up all the loot in the vicinity. Then roll. Then hold down A for another five minutes.
This shouldn't be fun. It should be torture. But ultimately, somehow, Diablo III's Ultimate Evil Edition ends up being enjoyable and annoyingly addictive to the point where I'd rather be playing it than leaving my den -- let alone writing this review.
Basically, Just Add Mates.Click here to read more...
Project CARS is looking more exciting (and gorgeous, it must me said) every time we see it - and I managed to scrape an amateurish fourth place during a hands-on race around Brands Hatch.
Be on the lookout for the dynamic weather, which massively affects the driving conditions, handling and visibility. This demo track accelerates the onset of a rainstorm over three laps, so you can judge for yourself.
Oh, and sorry about the glare! I'll have some shinier videos for you soon, along with more in-depth coverage. Did you catch our interview with producer Pete Morrish?Click here to read more...
Metro Redux is a fantastic new way to experience Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light on new-gen consoles, but if you've yet to take the plunge, your wallet will thank you. Amazon and Tesco will sell you a copy of Last Light at a £5 saving, which is a great price for this grim and unrelenting experience.
The Xbox 360 version is also available for £7.00 from Tesco. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!
Infinite Space III: Sea Of Stars | IndieGameStand | £0.63 minimum (RRP: £6.99)
Blast From The Past: Strange Adventures In Infinite Space
The Strange Adventures In Infinite Space series heavily influenced FTL as the original permadeath space odyssey, providing an entire procedurally generated galaxy to explore, loot, conquer and constantly surprise you in the space of a lunch break. The first two games were utterly superb and I have little doubt that the third will surpass them. The early access Steam build is currently only $1 -- 60p -- so get in on the ground floor.
Alternatively, pay £1.05 to also receive the first two games in the series. Thanks to TehJumpingJawa @ HUKD!
It's Sunday roundup time folks, where you can find the links to all our features and reviews in one handy place. The previews and interviews are flowing thick and fast again with extensive coverage on the likes of Assassin's Creed: Rogue, Project Cars, Quantum Break, Dreamfall Chapters, Shape Up, Act of Aggression, WildStar, Bayonetta 2 and Pillars of Eternity. Feature pieces see Jon taking some time to re-evaluate what we should expect from the Vita going forwards. Matt shows us what's new in Infamous: First Light. There's a new regular feature that takes a look at the new releases in the week ahead. Only a brief summer vacation stopped me playing much Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition on PS4 this week, but I managed finish the campaign and record a video of the newly unlocked Adventure mode for you. I also had time to put down some thoughts about being tempted towards an Xbox One despite having a PS4.
This was one of the best weeks we've had in a while as far as review scores go, with everyone picking up a decent number of stars. Check out our verdicts for the likes of Metro Redux, Infamous: First Light, Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited and Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. See you all next week.Click here to read more...
The grass is always greener on the other side. Early on in a new generation of consoles, you usually have to pick between two big rivals. It’s been like that throughout all of my formative gaming years. Sega vs. Nintendo. Nintendo Vs Sony. Sony Vs Microsoft. Whatever side you choose though, chances are your console is going to have a slow start during the first 18 months, especially with development time of the big Triple A titles getting longer and longer.
As a PS4 gamer I’ve had plenty of games to enjoy since launch from exclusives like Infamous and Killzone to the compelling third-party efforts like Assassin’s Creed IV, Wolfenstein the Lego games and more recently Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition. After E3 and Gamescom though, I have to admit I’ve been getting itchy feet and the feeling that I’m missing out by not having an Xbox One, like I said, the grass is always greener and all that.
Sony has kept many of their exclusives under tight wraps, with nothing solid to show yet for Uncharted and The Last Guardian. The constant delays and changing messages of DriveClub haven’t been encouraging and The Order: 1886 is still lacking that special something. And don’t even get me started on the complete silence on the future of the God of War series.
Yet I look over at the Xbox One lineup and I see my beloved Insomniac bringing all the fun to the table with Sunset Overdrive (which I’ve managed to convince myself will be boring after half an hour) when gaming is crying out for a new-gen platformer in the ilk of Ratchet & Clank.Click here to read more...
The new Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition has been devouring our time here at Castle Dealspwn lately. Jon's putting the finishing touches to his review and I recently put together a beginner's tips guide. After getting back from my hols though I've finally been able to finish the campaign mode which, as players of the original version will know, has meant the Adventure mode has finally unlocked.
This part of Diablo III's end-game sees you tasked with bounties or killcount targets to bring in some seriously fat XP and gold rewards, not to mention all sorts of shiny loot. Blood Shards are rare rewards too and also a new currency that allows you to gamble for some exceptionally rare items. So, take a look at my new video and see some early missions and bounties I take on during my first day with Adventure mode. This is also where you earn keystone fragments to unlock the raid-like Rift missions. We'll have some coverage of those soon, although I'm wondering if I had better hit Lv. 70 first.Click here to watch the video.
We’re getting awfully close to gaming’s silly season and there are a lot of games arriving in the coming months. So, we’re starting a weekly release roundup running through the new titles in the week ahead, with a bit of information about the games that will be appearing in the New Release section of your local retailer or digital store. Be sure to check out the links too for deeper coverage via our reviews and features.
Warframe has been out for a while now on the PC and PS4 and the FTP title is coming to the Xbox One early next week. Be warned, this third-person shooter/slicer has a very grindy start that isn’t for everyone as you’ll struggle to shake the feeling you need to pump actual money into the game to get any decent weapons and upgrades.Click here to read more...
Considering how the new-gen version of ACIV is still going for about £35, this could be the best price you see for the newest entry to the series set during the French Revolution. Using the discount code to get £2 off puts GS nearly £8 cheaper than the next best deal. Note: the game was recently delayed until November 13th and most retailers still have their listing as October 28th.
Thanks to craig159753 and halodudify at HotUkDeals.
Blue DualShock 4 | GameStop | £39.97
The red and blue DualShock 4 PS4 controllers have become very rare since launch and you're lucky to see them drop below £50. GameStop have proved to be one of the few sites to get them in on a semi-regular basis though and for the best price too. Today's deal is a fiver cheaper than the next best price at ShopTo. I have one of these controllers myself and can attest to its gorgeous looks that make it a firm favourite over the regular black model. The issue with degrading rubber on the analogue sticks has apparently been fixed with newer batches of all DualShock 4 pads too.
Thanks to ettienem1001 at HotUkDeals.
Fable: The Journey didn't exactly set the world on fire at release, but if you fancy dusting off your Kinect for the bargain price of £3.85, you could do a lot worse. Saving you a few quid over the next best offer, this makes for a nice little early stocking filler for anyone wanting a bit of motion-controlled spell-casting.
Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII at HotUkDeals.