Sony have been celebrating a highly successful PS4 launch this week as the new console smashed records around the world. Microsoft have been a bit quieter about their sales figures, but at least they're battering the Wii U. But who isn't? PS4 may have the numbers, but Xboner's will have Peggle 2 by the end of the year, which a big win in these parts.
As promised, we got stuck into the next-gen reviews this week and have brought you the verdicts on Killzone: Shadow Fall, NBA 2K14, Forza 5, Dead Rising 3, Need for Speed: Rivals, the PS4 console itself and Contrast.
We've taken a long look back over the PS3/Xbox 360 generation of gaming to bring you several staff roundtable articles on Best Game, Favourite Game, Highlight, Disappointment and Next-Gen Wish. We also have a Top Ten DLC of the generation, an article on promises this-gen broke and a piece on why Killzone on PS4 was such a letdown. There's more (we've been busy), Jon compiled a list of games that were almost great, but ultimately fell a little flat and also a list of improvements the Xbox One needs patched in ASAP. Carl's been rounding up the latest WildStar info and he recorded some video evidence as he bravely entered the Dark Souls II beta again, this time to take on the Red Phantom. To end the week I penned a Sunday Seven on some survival tips for Killzone: Shadow Fall.Click here to read more...
Tried out Killzone: Shadow Fall’s multiplayer yet? Pretty mean isn’t it? Don’t go running back to the warm embrace of Call of Duty just yet soldier. Man up, and check out our Sunday Seven Survival Tips to leave behind your days as a snivelling recruit and be reborn as a feared harbinger of doom. Failing that, maybe we can make that kill/death ratio a little less pitiful.
I don’t know why, but the vast majority of players seem content to respawn from the default base over and over, with a tiresome slog back to the action. Who the hell has the time for that crap? For Vekta’s sake, equip some spawn beacons to your support classes. With this ability, you can deploy a spawn point anywhere in the map for your team. It can be destroyed by enemy fire, but it doesn’t expire if you die and you’ll get loads of points when your teammates spawn on it. Be careful not to drop it in front of enemy turrets or in wide-open spaces though.
There’s too much of a mentality of ‘someone else will do it’, just change class for one spawn and do yourself -and your team- a huge favour and drop a beacon. Or carry on going for a long jog that ends in being shot in the back time and again.Click here to read more...
It'd be a crime not to pick up this DLC packed version of the game at this price. This includes the Nicholson Electroplating Arson Case, Reefer Madness Vice Case, The Consul's Car Traffic Case, The Naked City Vice Case, A Slip of the Tongue Traffic Case, The Badge Pursuit Case and all weapons/outfits released to date. Sporting terrific motion capture visuals and some classic detective work, this is a must for classic noire fans or anyone after something a little different.
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With the PS4 version seemingly still quite a way off, you may as well give the PS3 version a go for such a low price. The online-only subscription MMORPG has had a better reception than the original version so far, but if we're honest, we're waiting for it to wise up and take the free to play route. You get 30 days free with the purchase of the game to see if you like it. If not, well, good luck selling it without the pass.
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At last night's VGX awards (formerly the VGA's), Titanfall showed up to the party and unveiled two new classes of Titan gamers can look forward to piloting when the game lands in March on the Xbox One, 360 and PC.
Before today, we'd only seen and played as one regular Titan. To mix things up a little on the battlefield we will now have the Ogre and the Stryder to choose from too. The Ogre class is your choice for high damage output and resistance, but at the cost of speed. So it come's as no surprise that the Stryder model is the opposite, sprinting around the battlefield and using nimble jet-thrust dodge moves to get the upper hand against slower opponents, although this means they will have the weakest armour of the Titans.
See them in action below with a new pair of trailers.Click here to read more...
Metro: Last Light was a big improvement on the original game, with some of the best atmosphere you're likely to see in an FPS. Taking place in post-apocalypse Russia, you see the devastation on the surface with the mutants and underground in the Metro where people are at their worst as various factions fight to rule.
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Platforms: PS4 (reviewed) | PS3 | 360 | PC
Developer: Compulsion Games
Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
Contrast has been thrust into the limelight of the PS4's launch thanks to its inclusion as a free game for all PS+ subscribers. And given that said subscription is required to play the PS4 online, it may be getting a bigger audience than it expected on opening night. No pressure then.
The game's setup is an unusual one from the start as you control the odd pairing of Didi -the young girl- and Dawn, a female stage performer. More unusually, the other characters in the game don't seem to see Dawn, and they only appear as shadows. This is the norm though as we see Didi talk with her parents in their shadow form throughout.
The setting is based in the jazz age and has a distinct noir flavour thanks to the shadows and scene-setting music. The story and acting border on cliché for the movie genre, but compared to most gaming setups it’s hard not to fall in love with this classic tale of gangsters, jazz singers the circus and family all seen though the eyes of a child.Click here to read more...
Far Cry 3 is one of the best FPS games on the market and is fantastic value for money with such a huge world to explore, a great story and some excellent gameplay that includes some of the best stealth around. Oh and lots of guns, naturally. Uplay are practically giving the game away at this price and this edition comes with an extra 40 minutes of gameplay in a couple of extra missions.
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If you're not upgrading to next-gen anytime soon, then any FPS multiplayer fans should get all over this as it's £2 cheaper than anywhere else and includes the China Rising DLC pack , giving you an extra four multiplayer maps. Battlefield 4 offers one of the deepest multiplayer experiences out there thanks to its huge maps and vehicular warfare including tanks, jeeps and choppers. If you're not bothered about the DLC, Tesco are selling the standard edition (PS3 / 360) for £25, but we recommend getting the ShopTo deal for the extra maps.
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The Mario and Sonic Olympic series have always been a popular seller at Christmas and ideal family entertainment. Games included are snowboarding, skating, hockey, curling, skiing and more. The Dream Events are back too, adding a bit of zany video game flair to the events and let's face it, with the Winter Olympics, they need all the help they can get. ShopTo are the cheapest around by £7, so this is ideal if you're planning on putting a Wii U under the tree at Christmas.
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Tesco have the Xbox One FIFA 14 bundle in stock today. It costs more than the original Day 1 edition, but this is still the cheapest option out there if you don't want to buy a massive bundle. Delivery is free if you opt for click and collect, £3 standard 3-5 days or £5.96 for next day (orders on Saturday would only arrive on Monday though). FIFA 14 is included as a download code. Don't forget to check out Jon's extensive review of the console's cool features via the link above. For all the Xbox One news, deals and reviews click here.
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The next-gen console lineup was completed this week with the arrival of the PS4, we've been busy ever since and you can look forward to our reviews from next week. Elsewhere, the first Steam Box broke cover and the console wars could get a bit tasty if it sticks to its proposed $499 price tag. The Xbox One has been enjoying strong sales, in fact it's almost sold as many units in a week as the Wii U has in 12 months.
Our very own Lounge Commander, Jon, emerged this week to bring us an in-depth hardware review for the Xbox One console and the controller. From the launch lineup so far he's also reviewed the likes of Ryse: Son of Rome, Killer Instinct and Crimson Dragon. Our other verdicts this week include retro PS4 shooter Resogun and the zombie-packed action RPG, How to Survive.
In the features, we've got loads of playthrough videos for you including NBA 2k14 on PS4, Dark Souls II, Knack, Resogun and the PS4's remote play and voice command features. We even have a comparison video of Assassin's Creed IV on current and next-gen consoles -we'll have a PS4 review for that one soon too. Matt took time to ease his singed retinas to bring you a survival guide for Resogun on PS4. Carl rounded up the latest details for the ever-tasty looking WildStar and Chris put together a Top 5 Zelda games list. Not forgetting the Xbox One, Jon put together a guide for some of the Xbox One's lesser known features and also penned a feature on microtransactions going forwards. Ok, that's all folks, time for some quality time our new consoles. Enjoy the links below.Click here to read more...
Will your child throw a tantrum if you try something new with Disney Infinity at Christmas? Better play it safe with the latest Skylanders then. This starter pack comes with everything you need for the latest in the mega-selling franchise: the Portal of Power docking station for the toys, three toys, three trading cards and the game itself. The hook this year is that the toys can be split in two and attached to different ones to create new creatures with unique abilities.
Blacklist is one of the best Splinter Cell games in years and Zavvi are currently £5 cheaper than anyone else on PS3. There's an excellent range of gameplay style to choose from. Trying to be as sneaky as possible is an incredibly intense experience compared to just run-and-gunning it (but you can do that too). The multiplayer is feature packed too with Spies Vs Mercs making a return along with some cool co-op missions. One of the best games of 2013.
Game's sale price will save you £5 over the next best deal at Amazon. For your money you will get the base game, three figurines, the USB portal to put them on and a Power Disc. The base game includes three playsets (full sized games) on Monster's University, The Incredibles and Pirates of the Caribbean. If you have children that enjoy the Skylanders series, this is a similar take, but with an A-list lineup of licenses.
Game's Xmas deals are being snapped up super quick, so act fast if you want to save £5 over the other sites. Batman: Arkham Origins hasn't had the same critical success as its predecessors, but Warner Bros have been ironing out the kinks with patches. Despite being a little rough around the edges, the core Batman experience remains a hugely enjoyable experience for series fans.
Act fast for this hot GTA V deal, the 360 version has already sold out. The campaign alone is going to take you about 40 hours and while it feels more than a little familiar, the huge open world is a technical marvel. The online multiplayer side of the game seems to be getting its act together now after a seriously rough start. Good luck finding a cheaper price for this before Christmas.
ShopTo are one of the few sites promising delivery by Christmas. There's not much of a saving, but at least they haven't hiked the price up or decided to only sell expensive multi-game bundles. FIFA 14 is included as a download code. Don't forget to check out Jon's extensive review of the console's cool features via the link above. For all the Xbox One news, deals and reviews click here.
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Zavvi have seen the future and it involves everyone heavily discounting Fighter Within thanks to the stinky scores it's been racking up. They're selling it for £15 cheaper than the other sites at the moment. Matt's take on the preview build of the Kinect-only fighter was that it was a bit of a laugh in two player, but you it lacks the depth of a regular fighting game. If it's on someone's Xmas list, this is a great price, although it could get cheaper thanks to those review scores.
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With the next-gen versions now on shelves, it's good news for bargain hunters on PS3 and 360. Zavvi are selling the Special Edition for £8 less than the regular edition at other sites. The DLC includes some items for single and multiplayer use along with a treasure hunt mission. PS3 buyers also get an additional 60 minutes worth of extra content. The series is back on fine form after the slight misstep that was ACIII and while the next gen versions are absolutely gorgeous, the current-gen ones more than pull their weight.
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