Receiver | The Humble Store | £0.00 (RRP: £3.99)
Free stuff alert! Experimental FPS Receiver is currently free on The Humble Store for the next 24 hours - just scroll down to the box and pop in your email. It's a very different approach to usual shooters, obsessed by how guns actually work, look, reload and operate in real life. You'll save £3.99 and become remarkably proficient in handling a Colt 1911 A1 in the process.
I'm not sure why Deep Silver comissioned the awful Sacred 3 when Sacred Citadel does its job a hundred times better. Neat classes, great brawling, no messing - with a few foibles that can be forgiven for a ridiculous £0.68. Epic in local co-op, accept no substitute. Read our full review for details.
Deal expires at 06:00 tomorrow (September 16th).
Having completed the story missions on the Moon, Carl & Matt decide to delve onto Destiny's second strike mission - The Summoning Pit - in our latest video dedicated to Bungie's latest. See how the duo (plus a random) get on against the hordes of the Hive, before taking on the end-of-level boss, Phogoth.
Be sure to check out the rest of our Destiny coverage, including our critical impressions vidcasts!
Microsoft have bought Minecraft. Well, they've bought Mojang, but given that three of the studio's founders are leaving, I reckon we can tell it how it is. For Notch, his creation has grown too big. He is now a man with nearly two million followers on Twitter, an industry figure whose musings on social media have become newsworthy headlines.
And it's all become a little too much.
"I was at home with a bad cold a couple of weeks ago when the internet exploded with hate against me over some kind of EULA situation that I had nothing to do with. I was confused. I didn’t understand. I tweeted this in frustration. Later on, I watched the This is Phil Fish video on YouTube and started to realize I didn’t have the connection to my fans I thought I had. I’ve become a symbol. I don’t want to be a symbol, responsible for something huge that I don’t understand, that I don’t want to work on, that keeps coming back to me. I’m not an entrepreneur. I’m not a CEO. I’m a nerdy computer programmer who likes to have opinions on Twitter."
It reminds me of the departure of the two Doctors from BioWare in some ways -- a situation that's understandable and yet tinged with sadness -- but at least Notch is saying that he wants to keep making games. They'll be smaller, much smaller, but there'll be something freeing about developing without a million eyes or so looking over his shoulder (eventually).Click here to read more...
Platform: PC (Steam, £5.99, releases tomorrow)
Developer: Curve Studios
Oh yes. Iron Fisticle is the good stuff.
Reckless innovation isn't the only way to make a cracking boutique game. Take a classic genre from yesteryear as a foundation, then build a rock-solid experience on top of it that's mechanically refined, satisfying to play and forward-thinking without losing the nostalgia factor.
Iron Fisticle nails it: an uncomplicated and deeply wholesome fusion of Robotron and Gauntlet that absolutely delivers where it counts. Hectic action, a fantastic arsenal, deceptively deep moment-to-moment action and an addictive progression system that makes each game over a little victory of its own. It's not going to change the face of the industry, but it's bloody good fun.Click here to read more...
A week on from release and I'm still no closer to being able to answer what seems to be a simple question: is Destiny any good? Thankfully, I've exercised my power as editor and given the job of putting a score on the game to Carl, but I was at a gathering over the weekend and three people asked me variants of that very question, and I realised that I gave three completely different answers.
It's a game that still fills me with an enormous sense of ambivalence.
It's easy to see why Bungie warned everyone away from day one reviews. One of the most fun, and quite possibly reductive, activities of critically engaging with The Most Expensive Game Ever Made has been seeing which bits and bobs of gameplay have been borrowed from where. A healthy slab of Halo here, a dusting of Defiance there, left to marinade in a bunch of MMO conventions and practices. It's perhaps the aspects of that last one that have proven a little confusing for the console audience. Here in the land of PlayStations and Xboxes, we know little of power levelling. Endgame content is a term that is confusing and sounds suspicious.
Much has been made of Destiny's fairly bland story missions, most of which take you out of the even more bland expanses on Earth, the Moon, Venus and Mars, and funnel you into some sort of dungeon area. In my opinion, the bits of bespoke content (particularly the Strikes) have proven far more entertaining than the other solo/co-op content. It says much when the best bits of a seemingly expansive title such as this are actually the most narrow and focussed sections.
For console players who've shied away from MMOs, content gating will be a new experience -- the slow introduction to the game's systems and modes anathema to the regular slew of content shooters and action RPGs that deliver the whole package and tell you to run amok. Indeed, it's the primary excuse I've heard from people defending the practice: Destiny takes its cues from MMOs, you grind to level 20 and that's when the "real" game opens up!
My response to that thus far has been simple...
Why?Click here to read more...
Starpoint Gemini 2 is out soon, and it's already quite brilliant. Mixing real-time 3D space combat with exploration, RPG progression and fleet strategy, the early access build's freeform sandbox mode is a lot of fun... but the story and campaign is still an unknown quantity. It's out of Early Access and into v1.0 very soon, with a 40% discount if you take the plunge now. Our preview is on site if you want to know more.
Here's another great opportunity for latecomers to grab the entire Alan Wake franchise -- or more accurately the excellent PC version of Alan Wake and its neat downloadable follow-up Alan Wake's American Nightmare. £4.64 is well worth it if you like your horror of the uncanny Twin Peaks variety. Thanks to fattyuk @ HUKD!
Shadowgrounds | The Humble Store | 39p (Steam RRP: £3.99)
If you're in the market for a bit of hectic top-down shooting, Shadowgrounds is going to be 39p well spent. It's old-school running and gunning at its most ridiculous, and a damn sight better than the Alien Breed reboots. The Humble Bundle will flog you a Steam code at what appears to be a 90% saving. Thanks to the ever-vigilant jaystan @ HUKD!
Good morning! Kick off your slippers, pop the kettle on and welcome to the first edition of a new section we call The Morning Papers.
You might have noticed that way we cover news has changed over the last few months. Rather than bombarding you with editorialised press releases and hype trailers, we'd much rather get stuck into the biggest headlines with articles and features, while keeping you up to date with the latest previews, reviews, interviews, exclusive stories and video content. Especially since the big transatlantic stories break after hours and overnight.
However, we don't want you to be out of the loop when it comes to the latest from our industry. So here is your daily news digest complete with links to the source of the stories, allowing you to get clued up before starting your day.
Or in other words... extra, extra, read all about it!
In case you missed it...
I wonder how many postman lost their fingers this week as eager gamers yanked their copy of Destiny through the letter box after waiting for what seems like forever, *again, sorry Pat." It'll come as no surprise then that Bungie's shooter dominates our Features section this week with multiple videos, guides and early impressions chats. You see, there's not much point rushing out a review without playing the hell out of this online-orientated title first, so it'll be ready when it's ready - the way it should be.
Don't worry if Destiny's not your cup of tea, we have plenty more for you to enjoy. Matt's been rooting through the Bayonetta's wardrobe to show off her new outfits in a video for Platinum's sequel on the WiiU. Our previews include early looks at Dragon Ball Xenoverse, The Division, Pillars of Eternity, Act of Aggression and Hearts of Iron IV. Jon's reviewed the new Xbox One FTP space ninja release, Warframe. Finishing up the week I've been through all of next week's releases in my weekly guide, complete with the best pre-order prices. My Sunday Seven feature this week focuses on the best under the radar releases coming in the next few months before Christmas.Click here to read more...
The Christmas release line-up has a long tradition of being ridiculously packed every year. After one of the driest gaming summers in recent memory, this is all the more frustrating. The big publishers will often drown out the marketing efforts of any releases that aren’t Call of Duty, FIFA, Halo or other major console branded spots, so this list is for seven games that deserve a little boost and ones we hope won’t get brushed aside in favour of the usual suspects. Keep your browser aimed at Dealspwn as we’ll be aiming to review the lot of them.
Jonathan Blow’s follow up to Braid is looking like one of the PS4’s must have digital titles and with a bit of luck it will be released this year. The game puts you on a large colourful island with little instruction for the world packed with puzzles to complete to unlock new areas. It reminds us a bit of Myst, but a bit more tranquil than the classic 90s puzzler. Blow has explained the puzzle progression would be taught naturally to the player without words, but by showing them simpler versions at some point in an environment, gradually teaching the player how to complete the 600+ puzzles. It sounds complicated, but the above video does a great job of explaining his concept and sets The Witness out as potentially one of the most innovative titles of the year.
Release date: TBC 2014.Click here to read more...
With the original PS3/360 version available for around £20, re-releasing the PS4/XO version at full price+ seems a bit cheeky to be honest. Most retailers have pre-orders around £45-£48, but Green Man Gaming will send you a copy for £38.99, making it comfortably the best pre-order price around ahead of the November 18th release date. Expect better visuals, extra radio material and extra traffic on the roads (because that'll be fun). At full price, you should only be considering this if you didn't play the original. It's worth noting that other new-gen remasters like The Last of Us and Metro Redux appeared not long after launch for around £25 in numerous online sales.
Thanks to BuzzDuraband at HotUkDeals.
While lacking the expansion DLC content provided by the individual Game of the Year editions, this is still tremendous value for money as Borderlands 2 alone is generally the same price as this collection. Gearbox's cel-shaded FPS series is more of an RPG take on the genre, which has been adored by millions since launch. Newbies should note that these games are much more enjoyably when played online if you don't want to face a lonely grind. Get involved!
Thanks to Buzzdurband at HotUkDeals.
Finished Destiny already or just have a really short attention span? Fear not, we’re back with our weekly look at next week’s releases. This is the week that parents will be dreading ahead of Xmas as Dinsey are rolling out their latest toy-fest. Will Zelda survive it’s whoring out to the Dynasty Warriors franchise and why are those sheep acting like Lemmings? This is the week to find some answers.
This might be the year to check out Disney’s Skylanders-baiting franchise that sees real-life toy figures used on a portal to appear in-game. Since Disney acquired Marvel, it’s always been a sure bet we’d see them in Disney Infinity. So get ready for new playsets including The Avengers, Spider-Man and the crew from Guardians of the Galaxy. 2.0 also marks the series next-gen debut on the PS4 and XO. The base game and some extra figures is looking pricey, so be sure to check out our past coverage below first and stay tuned for Jon’s verdict on the XO version.
Cheapest PS4 / XO Pre-Order: Simply Games £50.94Click here to read more...
We've already had a look at many of the modes the Crucible has to offer, but yesterday Bungie unlocked the Salvage game type in Destiny. As such, we sent in Carl & Matt to investigate the 3v3 action in our latest gameplay video from the launch week.
Be sure to check out the rest of our Destiny coverage, including our daily critical impressions vidcasts!
This is even cheaper than Tesco's recent deal and also includes the Xbox One version of the game. To be honest I never thought we'd see the new-gen version of the game below £40 this year, but it seems like a few sites are resorting to hacking their profit margins to cash in on the hype. Head over to our Destiny hub, where you can see gameplay videos and impressions so far.
Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII at HotUkDeals.