It’s a good job I hadn’t finalised my review until now. Had I drawn a line under my experience last week my opinions would have been very, very different. You see, it has only been in the last 72 hours that the PC port of Grand Theft Auto V has shown me its strengths. It’s beautiful, beautiful strengths. Up until that point the experience in San Andreas has definitely been a good looking, but had been marred by frame rate drops that killed the enjoyment both in the single player campaign and in GTA Online.
Thankfully, those issues have been sorted, and I can now comfortably say that the PC version really is the definitive version of GTA V.
As someone who last played the game on their Xbox 360, the jump in performance has been significant even without touching the 4K visuals that Rockstar have added. Then again, I didn’t really have to state that – there are videos out there that highlight this is the case, but seeing it in action for myself really hammers home how much work has gone into this version of the game. Of course, the big question is if the PC version is worth getting if you’ve previously played the game, and I aim to answer that by the end of this review.Click here to read more...
The biggest public survey for classic music in the world is over again for another year. Yet again The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams rules supreme at No.1, but music from video game soundtracks had its best representation yet in the 2015 countdown. A total of twelve pieces from games made it into the top 300 list, with several new entries and (arguably) better tracks being used to represent each franchise.
There were casualties, though. Austin Wintory’s score for Journey fell out of the chart this year, much to my own dismay. While I hope it makes a return next year, it doesn’t take away from the fact that the 4-day playlist was perhaps one of the best ones in recent memory. Before we get to our round-up, a quick honourable mention to Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, as Elliot Goldenthal’s score made a surprise appearance at #259. While the film didn’t set the world of fire like Squeenix hoped it would, there’s no denying that tracks like ‘Adagio and Transformation’ aren’t worthy of recognition.
Anyway, on with our countdown, with titles, composers, and links to the official listings over on Classic FM.
Martin O’ Donnell / Michael Salvatori
As ways to kick off a list go, this is probably the best one to do it with. The closing number of the Halo 3 soundtrack perfectly captures the grandeur of the series, as well as the memories of gamers everywhere to, as the title states, finish the fight (until the next one came out, obviously.) O’ Donnell’s themes are some of the most recognisable the games industry has produced, and his place on the countdown is more than justified.
I have to hand it to Telltale – releasing Episode 3 with absolutely no build-up via the usual channels was a very welcome surprise, but then again having to wait extended periods between releases is probably the reason why. I just hope that, with the TV show returning soon, it doesn’t become an excuse to drag out the wait (something Tales from the Borderlands’ players have had to suffer with.) Anyway, before we dive into our review for The Sword In The Darkness, here’s some links to our reviews of Episode 1: Iron From Ice, and Episode Two: The Lost Lords. As always with our episodic reviews, our score will be published once the season is finished, reflecting the game as a whole.
Despite some moments of progression, I felt that Episodes 1 and 2 were more about the setup of the story than anything, building up the world of Westeros before things inevitably come crashing down. While Episode 3 still continues that trend to a degree, there is definitely a sense of moving forward this time around. Choices appear to be more diverse, and actions from previous episodes are finally coming back to haunt the player. Perhaps most importantly, while the other episodes have done a great job in replicating the feel of the show, Episode 3 is the closest Telltale have come to nailing it perfectly, all of which makes The Sword In The Darkness the best instalment so far.
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Those of you with a DS or 3DS looking to catch 'em all might be interested in this deal. The individual listings for Pokemon Black and White aren't the cheapest we've seen, but thanks to a special offer over at Argos you can get both titles for £22. Just click the 'Special Offer' button at the top of the listing, select the 2nd DS game you want, and then head to the checkout. Thanks to RW91 @ HUKD!
The fine folks over at Green Man Gaming have kicked off yet another sale, this time for the PC version of Skullgirls. With up to 75% off, the base game is currently priced at £2.99, but you can also get the Skullgirls bundle - which includes an additional character and alternate looks for the entire roster - for £3.74. If you already own the game, you can always just select the DLC which is currently priced at £1.99 each, so savings all round, really. Thanks to Gooner for the tip!
No, there isn't anything pinball related before you ask, but you can get 10 indie titles for £2 in the latest bundle from Bundle Stars. A mixture of thought-provoking curios and platform-based titles, highlights include Mountain, The Graveyard, and Over The Void. Upon purchase you'll get Steam codes for all of them. Thanks to FantasyDeals @ HUKD!
If you've managed to hold out on the many deals we've highlighted for Borderlands 2, or are in the market to get hold of everything for the game in one go, this deal from GameAgent is a bargain. When you add up the price of all the add-ons included this bundle, it beats out the reductions in the 2K Steam sale by over £3.50. Considering how much content is included here, those of you looking for an over-the-top FPS loot-fest will more than get your money's worth here.
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Once again CDKeys has slashed the price for the South Park RPG with their daily deal, dropping it to the lowest we've seen for the PC version. As always, you can claim an extra 5% off the price by liking them on the product page. As Brendan points out in our review, Obsidian Entertainment have managed to create an enjoyable and authentic South Park experience thanks to the involvement of Trey Parker and Matt Stone. With a combat system that is surprisingly deeper than it appears, it would seem that The Stick Of Truth has ended up being worth the wait - despite the hilarious censorship issues.
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Considering how the critical response for Destiny was a mixed bag, it's impressive how the price for it has stayed as high as it has. With that in mind, Base's current deal for a brand new copy on Xbox One is one of the cheapest deals we've seen, and beats the next best price by around £4. The debate still rages as to whether Destiny is worth the money, although we at Dealspwn still consider the season pass to be overpriced, but there's no denying that when played with friends the base game is actually a fun and enjoyable shooter. Thanks to preperationiskey @ HUKD!
Similar to the Steam listing we highlighted last month, Banished is once again below the £5 thanks to the Humble Store. Considering the usual price is £15 this deal provides a sizable saving, and best of all you will get a DRM-free version of the game alongside a Steam key. Taking the city-building sim back to its roots, Banished is not only incredibly charming but has the capacity to be thoroughly punishing, as you guide you group of exiles to tame the land around and form a thriving community. Thanks to Webhead @ HUKD!
After giving the same offer to PS4 owners at the start of the month, Base have now decided to provide the same deal for Sleeping Dogs to Xbox One owners. If you've yet to play United Front Games' fantastic open world action title, you should probably rectify that with this offer. Oh, and this version of the game also comes with an artbook. Which is nice. Thanks to uwantsum @ HUKD!
Today's wave of savings on the Playstation Store sees the PS4 version of Awesomenauts fall to a pretty attractive price point. Not only that, but Playstation + subscribers can save a few extra pennies thanks to the additional 10% reduction. If you're looking for a platform-based MOBA, or something you can play in local co-op against others online, this might do the trick. Thanks to BuzzDuraband @ HUKD!
Here's yet another chance to get the Metro Redux bundle for £15, with the offer this time coming from Amazon. With both games getting a graphical overhaul, those who have yet to play through Metro 2033 and its sequel Last Light will find an amazingly tense and highly atmospheric FPS experience. As our 9/10 review explains, it's more than worth a look its current asking price. Thanks to Jesse148 @ HUKD!
The latest daily deal from Gamersgate brings the PixelJunk Collection down the the lowest price we've seen in quite some time. Included in the bundle are PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate, PixelJunk Shooter, and Pixel Junk Eden, all of which will be redeemable and played on Steam.
Another free Steam key giveaway has begun over at IndieGala, this time for the PC port of mobile title Commando Jack. Reports suggest that the transition from smartphones for this tower defense title hasn't yeilded the best results, but it's not a bad game and the ability to jump into the towers and shoot things is a fun change of pace. Plus, you know, it's free. Give it a whirl and make your own mind up!
The Vita version of Borderlands 2 has managed to hold its price surprisingly well, but this latest offer from Grainger Games is one of the cheapest we've seen for a brand new copy, beating the next best deal by a fiver. The port to the Vita isn't flawless, but it's a faithful one that brings the entire Borderlands 2 experience to a handheld. With most of the DLC included in the purchase, and the ability to cross save with the PS3 version, newcomers and fans of the series alike might see it as a reason to return to Pandora. Thanks to BuzzDuraband @ HUKD!
Before we dive into our assessment for Dreamfall Chapters – Book Two, here’s a handy link to our review of Book One for those who need to catch up. I’d also like to add that, while we did score the previous episode, we will not be scoring Book Two. This is to match our new policy of only awarding a score to episodic games once they are completed. We’ll still provide “The Short Version” at the end as usual, but the numeric scale OF DEATH won’t return until Dreamfall Chapter’s conclusion. Anyway, let’s talk about Book Two: Rebels in as spoiler-free a manner as humanly possible.
Wow. I was not expecting that much content.
My personal run time for Book Two came in at just over 7 hours. When combined with the 4 hours I spent with Book One, it makes the current available content of Dreamfall Chapters longer than most entire seasons of episodic games. And we still have 3 instalments to go. Of course, all that time spent in-game means nothing unless the experience is any good, and while it’s quite clear that the increased size and scope of Book Two has made it a fairly buggy affair at launch, the end result is an engrossing, engaging, and entertaining second instalment.Click here to read more...
Horrible pun in the title aside, this is a cracking deal if you're still gaming on your Xbox 360. For just £1 you can get hold of Rare's addictive and whimsical management sim, with the download code emailed to you straight away. Thanks to FantasyDeals @ HUKD!
Looking to turn back the clock and revisit some classic gaming franchises, back when EA was delivering a range of top quality across multiple genres? If you are, you should head over to GOG immediately and check out the list of over 40 games that currently have 60% off their asking price. Naturally, Theme Park and Theme Hospital are top choices, but you'll find games from the Wing Commander series, the Ultima series, titles like Populous and Syndicate, and SimCity games that aren't broken.
Check out the full list of EA Classics on sale by heading over the GOG. Thanks to BuzzDuraband @ HUKD!
Those of you that have played the Nazi Zombie Army games will know what’s in store, but for those who have only just shambled in let’s get our summary on. In this alternate WWII timeline, the Allied victory is almost at hand when Hitler decides to activate “Plan Z” – unleashing a zombie apocalypse. It’s up to the last living souls left in Germany to fight their way through the endless hordes of undead, take out Zombie Hitler, and end the madness once and for all.
That’s pretty much all storytelling you’ll find in ZAT, although the new third campaign does its best to inject the odd bit of world building throughout. That said, the story was never going to be the focus of this game – killing zombies is – and in that regard developers Rebellion have clearly got it down. The weapons available feature enough variation in terms of weight and accuracy to suit most tastes, especially in regards to the bullet physics system in the game (which can be turned off when the easiest difficulty is selected.)
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