inFamous: Second Son has a lot riding on it. It's the first major first-party title for the PS4 since the console's launch, and excitement is clearly high for Sucker Punch's game. The bundle is already outselling the Xbox One's Titanfall package, and there's no doubt that inFamous: Second Son *looks* the part.
We'll have a much more in-depth look at the game next week when the embargo lifts and we can share our Second Son review with you.
In the meantime, we sat down for a chat with Brand Development Manager Ken Schramm at a recent event for the game, and here's a little video interview with Ken talking about how the team leveraged the power of the PS4 to try and create a more immersive experience, some of the powers and play-styles that are on offer in the game, the importance of Delsin Rowe as a character, and also about the pressure of producing the first big-name, exclusive PS4 title following the console's launch.
GamersGate are springing (heh) into acton with a new IndieFort bundle that contains four games at a flexible price tag. There's a real mix of genres and art styles up for grabs, from the stylish monocromatic RPG Paper Sorcerer and colourful tower defence of Creeper World to the artillery action of Roaming Fortress and A New Beginning's point & click adventure.
You can opt into the deal at several preset levels (from £3.00 to £50.00), though you can optionally choose a custom amount. Some HUKD users report that they've been able to buy in at a single Penny, but personally, I can't get the form to accept anything below 50p. Thanks and credit to jaystan @ HUKD, who found this before the email even pinged into my inbox!
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It's time for yet another Dealspwn Reload - where each week we bring you a quickfire review of the interesting tidbits of industry news, be it the exciting, the ridiculous, or the completely irrelevant, before providing a rundown of what games are releasing over the coming days, as well as what to expect on-site in terms of coverage. Get your fix by hitting the jump.
Now that PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold are head-to-head rivals, Microsoft's free 'Games With Gold' perk has found itself the butt of many unfavourable comparisons over the last few months, due mainly to the underwhelming selection of older titles.
Whilst I'm a fan of some "me time", smashing a single-player game, there's definitely a different type of thrill to be had in sharing gaming with others. Multiplayer has been around for years in various guises, but there has definitely been a shift over the last few years, particularly in the last couple of gaming generations, to focus more on online multiplayer. Steps forward in technology have allowed for people all across the world to join together in their gaming experiences. And it has been widely embraced as a result, so many people worldwide now enjoy a spot of online multiplayer as part of their game time.
But I'm here today to tell you why I prefer my multiplayer a little bit closer to home. Why for me, local multiplayer is king when it comes to group gaming.
The first, and perhaps most fundamental reason why I prefer local multiplayer is because in my opinion, the best fun you can have is with people who you know. If you're playing against people you know, then that automatically brings a whole host of sub-plots, backgrounds, competitiveness, history and all-round fun that quite simply isn't there when you're going up a against faceless enemy number 2,549. And that's because before even turning on the machine, you're all bringing shared stories to the table, little comedy nuances and points of intrigue that could shape the gaming session.Click here to read more...
HMV is officially ditching their pre-owned games business, which has proved to be less than successful for the chain over the last few years. However, they're now flogging their remaining stock at a 70% discount, including next-gen titles.Click here to read more...
Last year, the internet erupted into a white-hot ragestorm when Microsoft revealed that Kinect would quietly listen to everything you say, like a futuristic surveillance device poised to relay your everyday life directly to security agencies. The hot-button topic launched a thousand angry threads, with users terrified of the potential breach of privacy. Then the console launched, and as always, we meekly forgot all about it.
However, I'm here to remind you that Kinect is still listening... and it's a bigger issue than you thought. That microphone is indeed snooping on everything said in your living room, and is automatically transmitting directly to a third party who can hear every unguarded utterance, free to use your personal information for nefarious ends.
So who is this shadowy spymaster prying into your private lives? No, it's not the NSA. No, it's not GCHQ. Or the KGB. Or SPECTRE. Let's bust this conspiracy wide open.
It's ME, yes, Jonathan Lester, who's at the heart of this massive surveillance operation. Or more accurately: everyone on your multiplayer team. By default, Kinect is your chat microphone when playing online, meaning that you really, really need to watch what you say to avoid broadcasting far Too Much Information.Click here to read more...
The fallow season is well and truly over as March begins to rev up in earnest. South Park: The Stick Of Truth has launched straight into first place, thanks to both rave reviews and its unapologetically, wonderfully crude sense of humour. It's well-deserved, seeing as Obsidian's long-overdue RPG is one of the best licensed titles of recent years.
Solid if underwhelming Thief stays strong in second place (again, be sure to tinker with the difficulty settings to find a butter zone between accessibility, challenge and stealth) - while Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 plummets down to 24th. Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare is still enjoying strong sales, ensconced in third, making the most of its last week in the sun before fellow EA multiplayer shooter Titanfall launches this week. We expect that Respawn's anticipated FPS is going to do rather well in this week's charts, to put things mildly.
Anyway, as always, we've got the official UK Top Ten after the break. What games are you playing?Click here to read more...
Playstation Plus 365 Day Subscription | £29.99 | Currys
Currys are offering PS Plus cards for under £30 right now. You'll have reserve and collect rather than opt for home delivery, but that's still a nice few quid saved. Besides, Sony's Instant Game Collection is fantastic for PS3 and Vita owners, and the service is essential if you want to play multiplayer on PS4.
PS4 Camera | Gamestop | £39.97 (save £10)
Cards on the table: we're not convinced that the PS4 camera is worth buying right now. A bare minimum of games use it in any capacity, with only Twitch streaming and PlayRoom offering much in the way of value for money. Even voice commands only require a headset, so for most PS4 owners, we'd suggest that you save your money.
However, if you do want one, Gamestop have the cheapest price around. Thanks to King Squad @ HUKD!
Biggest new this week? How about Rocksteady finally unveiling a next-gen Batman game in the shape of Arkham Knight? It was a good week for the PS4 as it reached another sales milestone, but sadly we also saw Jack Tretton, the face of PlayStation in the West, resign. The saddest news of the week was the departure of Amy Hennig from Naughty Dog. Will Uncharted's charm remain intact without its talented writer?
Zombies dominate our reviews section this week, appearing in at least three of our games. We have the latest verdicts on Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition and Ys: Memories of Celceta.
To celebrate the release of the awesome South Park game, Matt's been busy bringing you a selection of playthrough videos, he's been enjoying it so much he's barely looked at WildStar! Elsewhere we have vids for Payday 2, a podcast on the week's news and Carl's weekly Reload show. This week's articles include a hands-on report for MGS V: Ground Zeroes, a survival guide for the new Plants Vs Zombies, an evaluation of the cult games movement on the Vita, Matt looks at how next-gen has hardly been pushing the envelope so far and Chris asks if Smash Bros can save the Wii U.Click here to read more...
Colin McRae Dirt 2 | 365 Games | £1.99
Dirt 2 is one of the finest rally titles ever made. It still looks incredible today and the career mode is absolutely huge. This is the last great game in the series before Codemasters became massive Ken Block fanboys and turned the racing artform into skatepark-infused bullshit. Codemasters have been teasing us recently via a few images of a new game on twitter, fingers crossed they'll make Colin proud once again.
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We've had three Final Fantasy XIII games now, so it shouldn't really have been a surprise when a HD collection nobody asked for was announced for the PS2 double of X and X-2. X was actually pretty good and marked a debut for voiced-characters in the series and the combat system was still turn-based. X-2 was a bit wonky if I'm honest, but maybe we'll give it another shot. This is the best price around for the pre-order and it's worth noting that both games are the International versions with extra content not previously seen in Europe.
Call Of Duty: Ghosts | Zavvi | £14.99 (save £7)
Review | The Highs and Lows of Call of Duty: Ghosts’ Single Player
Not going next-gen yet? Well, this is the best price I've seen for Ghosts on the 360. For the multiplayer, it's worth noting that the player count per map has been capped at a smaller number than the next gen versions, making for some empty feeling maps, but it's still a lot of traditional COD-style fun. The campaign is a fantastic rush from start to finish if you just want to be entertained too. And when you put a COD disc into a console, that's absolutely what you want.
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This was initially set to be a FPS title, but after the success of XCOM: Enemy Unknown, 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.
Game Collection are selling the Upper Echelon edition of Splinter Cell: Blacklist for less than the standard edition everywhere else, making this the one to go for if you're yet to pick up Sam Fisher's triumphant return. Despite initial concerns, Blacklist went on to give gamers an incredible amount of choice in terms of mission approach and became one of last year's highlights. The Upper Echelon edition comes with The Dead Coast map for single and multiplayer and some in-game items as shown in the image above.
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This is the first I've heard about the game getting a physical release, but seeing as this includes both the PS3 and PS4 versions, an artbook, poster and keyring it's very tempting. Ubisoft's upcoming RPG uses Rayman's UbiArt engine to create the intriguing story book style and battles will be traditional turn-based affairs that probably won't be as gross as those found in South Park: The Stick of Truth. Child of Light releases April 30th.
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Manhunt | GameFly | £1.19 | Discount Code: UKMAR20OFF
Rockstar's sinister classic is still a harrowing experience today. You're tasked with escaping each area by murdering the guards in increasingly violent ways. The longer you can wait behind them, the more gruesome the attack will be. Despite its PS2 origins, the graphics are still able to depict some Daily Mail-baiting scenes. If you play with a headset, you can hear Brian Cox creepily encourage you to do your worst. Be sure to avoid the heavily cut (and rubbish anyways) sequel though.
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