The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is a bit of a mixed bag in terms of both genres and quality, but if you stump up $6 (£3.67) for the second tier, you'll get the headline act. Deadly Premonition is shonky, bare-bones, incredibly weird and absolutely one of the best games of the last console generation.
You'll also get the Commandos Collection and Deadly 30, which I can both personally vouch for, alongside Lexica, Bridge Constructor Medieval, Battle Group 2 and The Book Of Legends, which I've never tried.
Alternatively you can just part with 60p for Lexica, Deadly 30, Bridge Constructor Medieval and Battle Group 2, which is cheap if potentially a bit of a punt quality-wise. Thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!
Love old-school shooters and SHMUPs? There will probably be something for you in GOG's weekend sale, then, which includes the likes of Postal and Sin Gold alongside newer niche gems such as Ring Runner: Flight Of The Sages and Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut (links to reviews!). Prices are rock-bottom across the board, and DRM-free as you'd naturally expect. Note that Luftrausers is in the current Humble Bundle, though.
GamersGate are throwing a 'Van Helsing weekend,' which allows you to grab their two excellent action RPGs at a serious saving. The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing was a fantastic start for the franchise, injecting humour and personality into the addictive Diablo formula, while its sequel pushed the boat out in practically every direction possible. For reference: our Van Helsing I review and Van Helsing II review.
The first game is available as a complete edition for £3.75, whereas the sequel will run you £6. You can import your character over and continue the adventure with more advanced skills, and I'd highly recommend doing so.
Warner Bros are throwing this weekend's Steam sale, and it's exactly as you'd imagine: some decent if unspectactular savings on Batman, Bastion, LEGO, FEAR and Lord Of The Rings. Though we've basically just dropped down to typical 'deal' prices, such as we've seen on GMG and other retailers recently, the LEGO discounts are particularly worthy of note. £5.74 for The LEGO Movie Videogame is seriously good value, as is the similar price for The Hobbit - even if the game was clearly rushed out.
Anyway, click here to browse the selection on Steam... and be sure to thank jaystan @ HUKD!
Good morning! Now that Shinra Technologies is a real company, I have to assume that Final Fantasy VII was a spot-on prediction of our future. Or, perhaps, Square Enix really are supervillains after all. That would explain why we still don't have the Final Fantasy VII remake despite having enough money to launch its fictional corporations.
Anyway, we're entering in silly season, so expect the news to slow down and the reviews to ramp up. Here are your headlines:
In Case You Missed It...
Heavy Bullets is a heady blend of twitchy FPS action and Roguelike-style exploration that looks violently gorgeous in motion. Unlike many Early Access projects and competing shooters, it's elegant, simple and devastatingly effective.
"If you like your shooters tough, your visuals hot and your nerves shredded, you can buy with confidence," I wrote in our 8/10 review.
Sure, you could buy with confidence... but wouldn't you rather win a copy for free? Well now's your chance, courtesy of Devolver Digital who've provided us with four Steam codes to give away!
All you have to do is leave a comment below! We're keeping it dead simple this time. You can tell us about yourself, wax lyrical about the game or make some terrible puns (go on, you know you want to), but the four winners will ultimately be determined by random selection. Good luck!
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Competition closes Thursday 26th September at 17:00. Winners will be notified and sent their Steam code to the email address associated with their Dealspwn account, so please make sure to use a valid email address!
Platform: PC (£6.99)
Developer: Terri Vellmann
Publisher: Devolver Digital
Don't let the garish screenshots fool you. Heavy Bullets is one of the most elegant games released in years.
These days, shooters are obsessed with being the biggest. They crave the most features. The most polygons. The most connected worlds, the biggest DLC libraries, the most modes, the most maps, the shiniest companion apps, the biggest franchise potential, the widest audience. And they bloat themselves into huge shambling monstrosities in the process.
In comparison, Heavy Bullets is an E-Type Jaguar parked on Southend seafront or Kate Middleton's dress at a Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. A strong and simple idea, executed as stylishly and solidly as possible, designed with as few moving parts and extraneous details as possible to obtain the required result. Throughout a procedurally-generated dungeon, you'll blast a menagerie of virtual beasties while jealously hoarding your limited resources, blending the permadeath progression and exploration of of a Roguelike with the nervy twitch reflexes of an old-school shooter.
As such, Heavy Bullets is the very definition of a game that perfectly achieves what it sets out to do - no more, no less.Click here to read more...
Fantasy Life will eat your real one if you're not careful.
Imagine the job system of Dragon Quest mixed with Skyrim's 'learn by doing' skill advancement and Animal Crossing's obsession with collecting stuff. The three most addictive, if not necessarily the best, bits of each genre thrown together into a single adorable JRPG.
You'll set out into a compact fantasy world and find your place in it. Whether you want to be a greatsword-swinging mercenary, heroic paladin, bragging fisherman, skilful tailor, deft hunter, renowned blacksmith, clever alchemist... and more... and any combination of the above... there's a career for you here. You'll kill monsters one minute, then make armour out of their hides the next.
It's grind, pure and simple, but the kind of wholesome 'gamey' busywork that makes minutes turn to hours and chores feel like a job well done.Click here to read more...
Why does Sonic need a car? Good question, but the answer is a resounding, "because it's really fun." Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed is a fantastic kart racer that gives Mario Kart a run for its money at times, and cheap as chips on The Humble Store right now. Thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!
Sony's latest store update brings us a selection of tasty discounts. PS Plus Members can grab the newly-released (and deeply odd) Murasaki Baby at a 20% saving, while Another World: 20th Anniversary Edition and Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare (PS3 and PS4) are available cheaper than the most competitive new physical copies out there.
Disney's publisher sale is less spectacular, but might be an opportunity to stock up on the Pirates Of The Carribean LEGO games or the Monkey Island Special Edition Bundle. Either way, we've got all the savings below courtesy of the EU PlayStation Blog.
Due credit must also be given to jaystan, daoverseer and dealhunter1233 at HUKD, since they individually posted several of these deals!
Deal of the week
Drunken Robot Pornography | The Humble Store | £2.49 (RRP: £6.99)
Accurately described as a "3D First-person bullet-hell giant robot boss-battle(Titans) action" game, Drunken Robot Pornography is yet another violently colourful masterwork from the folks at Dejobaan games. It's crazy, slick, engaging and an absolute steal at £2.49.
By now you all know that lavishly-produced trailers follow game conventions around like pilot fish behind a big fat shark -- nibbling away at any hype that happens to fall out. The Tokyo Game Show is no exception, and at least we've got some seriously exciting videos for your attention today. From Silent Hills to Bloodborne to Metal Gear Solid V and even Deep Down, there are plenty of shiny moving pictures to gawp at.
So without further ado, let's get cracking.
From Software's next title is shaping up to be absolutely brutal. It's out on February 6th.Click here to read more...
Good morning and ohayou, since the Tokyo Game Show is in full swing. The last 24 hours bring us a huge slew of trailers -- that I'm going to round up later -- alongside a release date for Bloodborne. Good news indeed. Shall we?
In Case You Missed It...
Developer: Compile Heart
Publisher: NIS America Europe | Reef Entertainment
Oh look. A quirky parody JRPG with female character designs that resemble a head-on collision between a Victoria's Secret truck and a Kill la Kill cosplay competition. This must be another Compile Heart game then!
As much as I enjoy their wares, Compile Heart infuriate me. They're clearly competent developers, having honed a truly fantastic combat model and experimented with crazy layered gameplay systems throughout the Hyperdimension Neptunia and Mugen Souls games, but they always stop short of delivering a genuinely well-rounded JRPG. In fact, they make the same killer mistakes every time: concentrating on cheeky dialogue and flagrant fanservice instead of delivering technically proficient field maps, acceptable 3D visuals to match the gorgeous 2D anime art, non-clichéd characters with more than one jump sound effect and interesting dungeons that are worth grinding through.
I'm as partial to cheesecake as anyone, but for Compile Heart it's usually the starter, main course and dessert rather than the end of a big delicious meal.
Fairy Fencer F makes me take heart, though. It's still guilty of the same issues to some degree, but at least the stockings and cleavage and comically erotic misunderstandings are backed up by a strong storyline, more diverse characters and an interesting setting. Plus a few songs from the legendary Nobuo Uematsu. Compile Heart aren't quite there yet, but they're definitely on the right track.Click here to read more...
Risk Of Rain really is a superb little game, offering frenzied old-school run & gun platforming with compelling Rogue-ish progression. Deployed onto a hostile planet as one of a bevy of unique classes, you'll race to blast through hordes of foes in procedurally-generated levels as the difficulty inexorably mounts up over time, constantly weighing up grinding with the need to keep pushing forward. Loads of unlockables and sensational replayability make it an absolute steal, as we explain in our Editor's Choice review.
Avast matey! If you haven't played Assassin's Creed IV yet, £6.66 will save you a whole chest of doubloons. Thanks to LagunaLoire @ HUKD!
Good morning! Sorry for the late start: I was up late trying to find competent voice acting in Destiny. I found some dead aliens and called it a night. Anyway, here are your headlines, sir or madam.
In case you missed it...
Chances are that everyone who wants Left 4 Dead 2 already owns it, unless you happen to be Australian. Thankfully the ban on the uncut full version has now been lifted down under, so Steam are throwing a deal for everyone to celebrate. Thanks to ferreirm @ HUKD!
Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition | Steam | £1.04 (RRP: £6.99)
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