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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Note: To get this price you need to get a code by 'liking' CD Keys' facebook site, there a link at the top of their page. South Park: The Stick of Truth was well worth the wait and should be picked up immediately by any of you that enjoy the show and old-school RPGs. It can feel a bit basic at times, but the show's trademark wrong humour ensures you'll stick with it for hours on end. Also, the PC version is uncut compared to the console version for some reason. Enjoy your probing!
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Not long to go now before Infamous: Second Son launches on the PS4 and this deal from Tesco will save you a tidy £6 over the other sites. The discount code to knock £10 off only works for new customers, but it's a doddle setting up an extra account if you need to. We're not expecting Second Son to break the mould if we're honest, but it's one of the best-looking exclusives on the horizon for the PS4. There are still a few dates left on the Infamous lock-in tour at Game's stores in the UK, so you might be able to try the game out first.
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If you opt for the last-gen version of the upcoming sniper sim, you'll save yourself a small fortune as the PS4/Xbone versions are currently pre-ordering for over £40. If you remember the insanely detailed killshots of the last game, the next-gen version may be a bit much to stomach anyway. The third game in the series is still set in WWII, but moves the action to Africa. So you'll be shooting sweaty Nazis in the nuts this time.
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Game Seek are still the cheapest pre-order available for Hideo Kojima's prequel to The Phantom Pain. We're not too concerned about the reports that you can rattle through the main campaign in two hours as we now know that there's tonnes to do outside of the main story. Don't forget to check out Jon's new hands-on preview
If we're honest, we wish Warner Bros Montreal hadn't taken the reigns for this one, but at least we now know that Rocksteady are working on Arkham Knight for the PS4 and Xbox One. Origins' main issue is easily-dropped combos and the odd countering delay, but the open world of Gotham on Chrismtas Eve is packed with activities and goon to smash up.
Black Flag was my clear pick for Game of the Year and is an absolute must-buy on either generation of console. If you've not made the leap into the future yet, this is the best price on the Wii U, saving you £5 over the next best deal. Ubisoft are back in excellent form with the series and have created a fantastic world to explore and one of the most moreish experiences since Far Cry 3.
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This deal manages to make the £400 Titanfall bundle redundant, so if you need an Xbox One now, there's no cheaper price than Maplin's killer deal. The Xbox one has some tasty exclusives already in the shape of Forza 5 and Dead Rising 3, but Titanfall's the one we're really waiting for. Further ahead, you can also look forward toProject Spark and Quantum Break.
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Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
This generation of consoles hasn’t had the best run for licensed tie-ins or traditional RPG experiences. And now, as it winds to a close, the two genres get one last chance in an odd-sounding hybrid. A South Park RPG.
How do you fit South Park into an RPG experience? Simple, just have the kids pretending to be on an epic adventure with elves, mages, wizards and warriors. Adults may know it as LARPing (Live Action Role Playing (like in the movie Role Models), but to the kids of South Park, they’re simply playing outside.
You play as the new kid in town and are able to create your own South Park avatar from scratch, which is an excellent way to get us in the game. For story reasons, it wouldn’t have made sense for us to pick one of the show’s usual four characters.
Cartman has recruited you to his side in the war against the elves for the titular Stick of Truth –yep, it’s just a stick on a velvet cushion. It’s twice as silly as it sounds, but the one-liners and ‘I’m going to hell for laughing at that’ moments come at you at a steady pace, ensuring near constant amusement. Parker and Stone’s presence can be felt throughout the game’s core and it’s such a relief that the humour and style has been nailed so well as this could have so easily been a bog standard RPG with South Park characters painted in.Click here to read more...
Microsoft have made a great move in the console war this week by slashing the price of the Xbox One and announcing a killer Titanfall bundle that should see them shift some serious numbers in the coming weeks. Elsewhere, we've seen two sides of development hell as Sony Santa Monica saw huge layoffs and their unannounced game cancelled after four years of work. In Spain, an irate Mercury Steam employee blasted his boss and ripped into his own game, the criminally underwhelming Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2. The devs of that new Duke Nukem' RPG are being sued too, but we're not bothered/surprised about that one to be honest.
A busy week in the reviews saw verdicts being dished out for Thief and Rayman Legends on the PS4, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 and The Last of Us: Left Behind on the PS3 and Strider and Dead Rising 3: Chaos Rising on the Xbox One. The handhelds have been plugged in all week too as Jon covered a bizarre selection of titles including, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Senran Kagura Burst and Sorcery Saga: Curse of the Great Curry God - I swear he's making some of these up.
Despite the packed reviews section, we have loads of features for you too. Videos include Carl's weekly Reload show, Thief, WildStar, Murdered: Soul Suspect and GTA: Online. Articles include a preview of Murdered: Soul Suspect, a piece on choice in Thief, a look at licensed games, a comment piece on the Xbone price cut and a hard look at what's gone wrong with the Resident Evil series.Click here to read more...
If Guitar Hero and Rock Band unleashed a fire in you to become a rock god, we'd advise checking out Rocksmith. Here you can plug in a REAL electric guitar (sold separately, of course) and be put through your paces with a series of lessons, drills and games to give you some genuine skills. Be sure to check out Matt's full review for more information. Note: this is the solus edition of the game, you'll need to track down a cable for it too if you don't have one already.
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With a sequel on the way, you should really check out this excellent open world crime adventure. Especially seeing as it's down to £9.99 on the PS3's Essential range. If the idea of running round Hong Kong as an undercover cop infiltrating gangs sound like fun, that's because it really is. Wei Shen kicks some serious ass and isn't afraid to bend the rules to get what he wants. We say bend the rules, we actually mean hack them into kibble with a meat cleaver.
If you absolutely must have the next-gen version, you can find it at Amazon on the PS4 and Xbone for £22. But as I noted in my review yesterday, there's sod-all difference between the old and new versions, so why not save yourself some money? Whichever platform you opt for, Rayman Legends is an excellent platformer though.
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