If you're a PC gamer, chances are that you've noticed the storm clouds swirling around Steam over the last 48 hours. Valve have finally allowed mod creators to charge for their wares and let publishers control the cut, resulting in a flurry of premium modifications onto the store.
It's a real mess out there.
Though we love the idea of hard-working content creators to earn money for their efforts, it seems that Steam's first foray is hitting some serious stumbling blocks and fierce resistance both from customers and the community. Seeing as Steam are already still struggling to stop the rising tide of shovelware and Early Access tat from engulfing the quality and deserving titles, there's a case to be made that this is yet another area in which they're throwing quality control to the wind.
All while developers are being paid as little as 25% of the revenue they generate. Is this a great new feature with teething troubles or a disaster waiting to happen?
The answer, I suspect, lies somewhere in the middle.Click here to read more...
Amazon are throwing a PS4 and Xbox One promotion this weekend that grants you a discount if you pre-order two games from a wide selection of titles including Star Wars Battlefront, Rainbow Six: Siege and The Division. Specifically, you can get any two games for £80, with discounts applied at checkout.
It's an interesting offer that echoes a similar Tesco deal, but it also comes with a number of caveats. First of all: it's possible to get many of these games for under £40 elsewhere, making for a false saving. Secondly, some of these games are still months from release and may well get cheaper down the line. Either way, now you know the facts, the choice is yours.
Nintendo have one of the most impressive legacy games libraries of any publisher or console manufacturer, but they're also astonishingly bad at letting us buy them. The Wii U virtual console is full of holes and if new reports from a third-party partner are accurate, they may have now completely lost interest in bringing new SNES games to Wii U to focus on other platforms.Click here to read more...
The Xbox One wireless controller is a great bit of kit. Once you've got the hang of its odd bumper placement, you'll discover a comfortable and practical peripheral with great triggers and thumbsticks -- plus a D-Pad that doesn't suck. That said, you'll need to sort out the battery situation with a play and charge kit, Nickel Metal Hydrides or Duracells.
If you're in the market for a new controller, Games Centre are currently offering a rather tasty price, which is one of the best non-voucher code deals we've seen.
Rainbow Six: Siege is looking tastier every time we see it, and we're growing more cautiously optimistic with each new trailer. As a multinational unit picked from the best of the best, Rainbow Six will allow you to play as operatives from various countries -- and this first trailer showcases the British forces.
Based fairly obviously on the SAS, Brits breach from above and carve a way through target buildings using speed, gas and shock tactics. With luck, this will be a return to form for the long-ignored franchise and for Ubisoft themselves, but naturally we'll have to wait and see.
Looking for a fantastic anime compilation from new and old talent? With a playable game from Suda51 as part of the package? Well it's your lucky day, since Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day is less than a fiver £4.85 on PS3, the cheapest prices we've ever seen.
It's a feature-length compilation of five standalone anime shorts, each hailing from a luminary in the field or left-field upstart. We have an opportunity to savour Shuhei Morita's Oscar-nominated Possessions, a fascinating and playful tale of animism that puts Pixar to shame, while Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo sallies forth with the breathtakingly lovely Combustible. Hiroaki Ando and Gundam mech designer Hajime Katoki join them, bringing unique storytelling and eyepopping visual flair to the mix.Click here to read more...
We described Kid Icarus: Uprising as "a triumphant and emphatic return to form for Nintendo" in our 9/10 review. "It contains more innovation, more personality and more unabashed fun than we've seen over the last two years from the beloved company; creating a unique, gorgeous, unfailingly competent and staggeringly replayable portable epic. Uncomfortable controls stop Uprising from securing perfect marks, but be in no doubt, this absolutely has to become part of your collection."
Better yet, it's now less than fifteen quid, which is one of the cheapest deals we've ever seen.
Bundle Stars have relaunched two bundles today thanks to popular demand, focusing on two popular simulation franchises.
It's Friday, so that can only mean one thing: a new GOG.com weekend sale. It's a fairly impressive collection of savings, including Mark Of The Ninja Special Edition for £3.09, Divinity: Dragon Commander for £6.79 and Reus for £2.09.
However, for me, the standout bargain has to be Desktop Dungeons: Enhanced Edition at £5.09. I praised this "magnificent and terrifying" roguelike in our full review, and it's currently discounted to £5.99 as part of the Steam Roguelike Sale... meaning that you can save an extra 90p. There's even a huge new update to enjoy!
Be aware that Dustforce DX is currently in the Bundle Stars Trinity 2 bundle, though.
Funstock Digital are running some tasty Far Cry PC deals today, starting from as little as £1.35.
Use voucher code #FUNISHOT.
Ori & The Blind Forest may not be the biggest Xbox One exclusive of the year, but it's already one of the best-reviewed games of this generation so far. A magical experience by all accounts, from its gameplay to emotional story and mouthwatering art direction, and shows that the Xbox One is doing its best to provide a true breadth of software. It costs £15.99 on Xbox Live, but you still pick up a download code for just £11.99.
You'll receive a download code via email and a trial month of EA Access to boot. Note that first time Electronic First customers may have to undergo a security check, but the site is legit and convenient to work with in future.
Final Fantasy IV: The After Years has been confirmed for a May 12th release on Steam, remaking the expansive epilogue chapter to one of the best games in the series with new 3D visuals.
Plot-wise, The After Years picks up seventeen years since the war's end, as the son born to King Cecil and Queen Rosa of Baron grows into a young man. Prince Ceodore has enlisted in the airship fleet known as the Red Wings, eager to meet the expectations demanded of his blood and station. However, a new moon rises and hordes of monsters with it, shattering the fragile peace. In terms of gameplay expect a variation on the ATB system with varied effects based on the phases of the moon.
Price-wise, more importantly, it will costs £10.99 on Steam, but a current promotional price slashes it down to £9.89. However, you can now pre-order Final Fantasy IV: The After Years for just £7.92 in this voucher code deal, saving you 28% in all! You'll get a Steam code too.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is now just £19.85 on PS4 in ShopTo's Payday sale. It's a seriously hot deal, especially as you'll rarely see pre-owned copies cheaper than this.
Shadow Of Mordor is a genuinely great game with excellent combat and an innovative nemesis system, and a true narrative bridge too. It's great to see Monolith back on form after a few miserable years, becoming our surprise Game Of The Year 2014, and deservedly so. Not convinced? Check out our Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor review.
That said, remember that PC gamers can buy it for peanuts.
No biggie, but Telltale Games have announced a new partnership with Marvel and a project set to release in 2017.
Considering Telltale's storytelling pedigree and Marvel's outstanding recent adaptations, colour us very excited indeed.
We're a bit worried that they're taking on too much, but in fairness the quality of their recent releases has been superb and the Marvel universe is absolutely full of stories to tell and characters large and small. Frankly a number of Marvel franchises are absolutely crying out for a quality narrative-driven videogame, and here are what we'd consider to be the most deserving.
The time is right for The Man Without Fear to make a transmedia comeback. In our opinion the Netflix series was something of a masterstroke for the blind barrister thanks to some stellar casting, brutal action and a stupendous performance from the ridiculously versatile (and newly shaven) Vincent D'Onofrio. With a second season in the pipeline for next year, a well-timed game could really round out the universe and cement Daredevil as a top-tier hero outside of the graphic novels.
More to the point, though, the fact that Matt Murdock is also a lawyer grants huge potential for investigations and courtroom procedural drama too.Click here to read more...
Rocksmith is outstanding, it really is. By smooshing together Rock Band and an extensive virtual suite on how to play an actual guitar, Ubisoft have created a gamified marvel. You can now grab the PC version of Rocksmith 2014, the latest edition, for just £5.43 on PC.
There are a couple of caveats. First of all, you'll need the Real Tone Cable to plug your guitar into your PC. Secondly, there can be some instances of lag if you don't use optical audio, so you might want to check out your sound setup.
The Limited Edition Batman: Arkham Knight PS4 is one of the most desirable console bundles on the market thanks to its a burnished grey two-toned design with matching DualShock 4. Despite commanding a hefty price on GAME, retailers have been undercutting the official RRP all over the place, and this latest deal brings the price down to the lowest we've ever seen.
This deal factors in currency conversion and shipping.
Black Ops III certainly seems to have a lot in common with Deus Ex in terms of themes and tone. We pointed out the similarities in an article earlier this month, and following the release of yesterday's teaser, Deus Ex: Human Revolution developers have taken a few tongue-in-cheek digs at Treyarch for their obvious inspirations.Click here to read more...
This is more Mobot's lookout to be perfectly honest, seeing as they handle all things phone and app-related, but since there are plenty of decent games on iOS we're going to post it anyway.
Though I personally feel that mobile gaming has failed to live up to its amazing potential, slumping over the last few years due to an influx of clones and the unforeseen issues with Android as a viable platform for anything other than F2P, there are still plenty of timewasters to enjoy and the occasional gem too. Plus, you know, all the other stuff on iTunes.