I failed the first level of Gods Will Be Watching over ten times before I finally managed to balance hacking a computer mainframe, watching over a bunch of jittery hostages, and staving off some grenade-happy soldiers successfully. Even when I had, I still wasn't certain that I'd actually done it through my own skill and deft multitasking rather than some sort of fluke born from frustration.
The game's first level gives you four hostages and a computer system to crack. Soldiers inch their way towards you down a nearby corridor, and the only things you have to halt their progression is the threat of violence to the hostages or a spot of blind fire, both of which freak out your captives.
The hacking progress bar takes its sweet time, and though you can charge a hacking boost in increments, each time you do, your own cyber security takes a hit. Occasionally, your corridor-covering chum will have a crisis of faith, sometimes your hostages will tell you that they're about to run or fancy ending it all or don't think you're looking, and you'll have to decide how to deal with the situation.Click here to read more...
Talk about a slow news week. Not to worry though, we're pretty sure it's because half the planet has been hammering the Destiny beta. There's just the one review this week in the shape of Unrest. Our features section is as packed as ever though. There's a hands-on preview for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel from my visit to Manchester MCM Comic Con and Matt plays an early access build of The Forest. There's a look at why the recent Battlefield: Hardline delay is no bad thing at all.
Videos include Opening Scenes for Unrest, The Forest, The Crew (beta), Oddworld: New 'N' Tasty and a look at a spectrum match in Arena Commander. Jon leafed through the release schedules to bring you lists of the hottest console exclusives for the PS4, Xbox One and Wii U. We're not saying the PS4 exclusives are a bit slim this year, but Samurai Warriors made the list...
There's tonnes of Destiny coverage and videos for you as Matt and I dive into the story missions, competitive multiplayer and Iron Banner events. Our comparison video shows the difference between the PS4 and Xbox 360 versions of the game too. Written pieces discuss ten things we love and hate about the game and Matt takes a look at how Sony are using the shooter to poach Halo fans away from Microsoft. Sadly, the beta is due to finish today, so I'm off for one last blast before the full game lands in September.Click here to read more...
Abe's Oddysee was one of our favourite 2D platformers back in the PS1's heyday, so we're delighted that Just Add Water has given the game a shiny HD makoever, although we're not sold, nor see the point of, the new name - Oddworld: New 'N' Tasty. In addition to the new visuals, the separate screens that broke up a stage as you ran onto them from left to right have been replaced with one smoothly scrolling stage.
And you can check it out for yourself with a couple of videos I recently shot on the PS4, the first one contains the opening cutscene followed by a run through the entire first stage. To show off some of the more outdoorsy scenes I put together a second video with scenes of the Monsaic Lines and Scarabania stages. Notice the oh so smooth editing in the second video as I cut out multiple failed attempts at two bastard-hard platforming sections. Probably for the best I didn't record a commentary for the second video.Click here to read more...
You see, this is why I wasn't bothered about Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes being so short, because I knew eventually it would drop in price and seem better value for money. GameSeek are the cheapest by £3 if you use the above discount code. We've not seen the game drop in price much lately, so you might be waiting a while for it to drop below the £10 barrier. Ground Zeroes has some excellent replay value beyond the initial short run through the story as there's loads to discover around the base. Don't forget, a recent patch has added the previous platform exclusive Raiden and MGS1-style missions to each version.
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Swapping wartorn Europe for an African setting hasn't changed the core of Sniper Elite and that's a good thing as it has become the leading sniper series on the market. Not that Sniper Ghost Warrior is the strongest of competition. You need to move around the battlefield a lot in order to remain hidden, which keeps the action feeling fresh rather than settling down in one spot and wiping out dozens at a time. A few glitches can be incredibly frustrating, but they're easily forgiven at this price.
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More than just a visual facelift for the series, Metro Redux has put some extra effort in to tempt a spend. Metro 2033 has extra animations (such as the mask wipe from the sequel) and the weapon handling has been reworked too. Both games are now playable in Ranger and Survival modes too for a harsher challenge. All the Season Pass content for Last Light is included, adding an extra ten hours of single player content. This is shaping up to be well worth a look if you missed out on the games last gen. Metro Redux is released August 28th.
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Being a first-party Ninty title means that this one is holding its value, but Argos' eBay outlet has burst ahead of the competition and are the cheapest by a few quid. Luigi's turn in the spotlight sees the levels remixed for a speedrun playstyle. His bigger jumps and slippery handling takes a while to get used to, but those of you looking for a stern platforming challenge will certainly find one with the lanky green bean.
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With the Destiny Beta finishing tomorrow, we've been squeezing every last drop from the game. We even managed to get a few matches on the elusive Iron Banner mode and record a few tasty videos for you. This special mode only unlocks for the briefest of windows, allowing players the chance to partake in a new multiplayer mode where all the stats for weapons and armor are taken into account, meaning having earned the best gear could give you an advantage.
If you fancy a go yourself, be sure to see if you can get involved too by making sure you're logged on at the following times (UK times below).
The Iron Banner mode also hosts two exclusive maps, Rusted Lands on Earth (also seen in the Alpha) and the brand new Blind Watch Mars map. The regular Moon and Venus maps are also on rotation in this mode. If you're struggling to find the mode, make sure you find Lord Saladin near the landing zone in the Tower to grab an invite. Be sure to activate some Iron Banner bounties too for a chance to earn some hot rewards.
So, onto the videos. First up is Earth's Rusted Lands, followed by Shores of Time on Venus and we conclude with First Light on the Moon. Check them out to see how I did with my Lv.8 (level cap reached) Titan and his devastating Fist of Havoc. Then join my tears as I'm given a new gun with 358 damage points only for the level cap to keep it locked away until September.Click here to read more...
Ok, bear with me here. Buy this on PS3 and not only will you get a code for 30 days of play in this subscription-based MMORPG, but you will also get the option to upgrade to the PS4 version for free if you register by the end of the year. Once you do though, you'll be unable to use the PS3 version anymore. We're presuming there'll be a hefty PS4 download involved too. This is a great incentive to give the RPG a go regardless of which Sony platform you're using. Considering the PS4 disc version is at least £20, this really is a no brainer.
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Platinum Games really rescued this one when they took over development. While stealth is sometimes an option, Rising is much more fun when played with the pedal to the metal. One minute you slicing up troops with meticulous precision, then you're running up the sides of missiles in mid air, or you're taking on three Metal Gears at once. This is not a subtle game. Put it in your face now.
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Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge | Game Collection | £8.95
As you can tell by the above screenshot, Ninja Gaiden 3 isn't scared to splash out with the red stuff. Hardcore fans of the series were left disappointed by the dumbed down combat and the horror of an optional easy difficulty mode (patronisingly called' Hero Mode'), but if all you want is a button bashing hack and slash title for a weekend, you could do far worse for £8.95 (Dynasty Warriors for example). This Wii U version of the game lets you use the gamepad screen to select weapons or initiate Ninpo strikes. There are also extra weapons and specials to enjoy in all their bloody glory.
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See, it is real. Yes, Nintendo are giving Link an appearance on the Wii U this year, but we would never have guessed it would be in a Dynasty Warriors spin-off. We're full of mixed feelings about this one, because, you know...Dynasty Warriors has been a bit rubbish since the PS2 days. But with the open-world Zelda effort still being at least a year away, we'll keep our fingers crossed that this one turns out ok. If -after that ringing endorsement- you fancy taking a punt, VideoGameBox are the cheapest around ahead of the September release.
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This is the cheapest price Lara's adventure has seen on the PS4 and is £8 cheaper than the other sites today. If you have a PS4 and don't already own the last-gen version, I'd heavily recommend Crystal Dynamics' excellent reboot of the 90s series. This is a gorgeous game from start to finish and the huge explorable island is the best game world we've ever taken Lara through. In addition to the improved graphics, you can also use the PS4's camera or headset mic to swap weapons via voice commands.
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After the rip-roaring success of the first episode, The Viceroy returns with another edition of Community Feedback - a show which focuses on what you, our marvelous audience, have to say over Dealspwn.com, our YouTube channel, and our Twitter account. Along with judging fame and discussing voices, this week's main topic sees the community decide their preferred villainous overlord.
Watch the video in the embed above, and hit the jump to find out how to get involved in next week's topic!
In this week's episode of Game Night, Brendan and I climb upon our Dealspwnies of war and ride into battle against super-powerful spider tanks and a spawn-camping purple eye of belligerence. Yes, we're back in Old Russia for this one, as we take on the Level 6 "Strike" Mission in the Destiny beta, and I die a lot and get a bit hysterical.
Destiny hasn't been the only beta to emerge this week, Ubisoft also launched their closed beta for The Crew.
I'd tell you all about it if I could, but unfortunately, The Crew's beta is riddled with bugs and crashes, and after completing the first mission or two, I was met with a black, frozen screen of death that the game now constantly loads into.
We do, however, have the opening scenes of The Crew captured for your perusal, mind, and you can laugh as I attempt to deal with the game's somewhat arcadey handling and crash into a barn.