The Witcher 2 is back down to £2.99 on Steam, which is the cheapest you'll find this momentous RPG anywhere. The first game is available for £1.39 as well, so now's the perfect time to catch up ahead of the long-awaited sequel in February.
Thanks ferreirm @ HotUkDeals!
The Steam Halloween sale may have risen from the depths, but don't count GOG out just yet, who manage to undercut their rival on several games due to the fact that they respect exchange rates. System Shock 2 can be snagged for £1.25 versus £1.74, Outlast can be yours for £3.19 instead of £5.09 and Deadly Premonition is in the bag for £3.12 rather than £4.99 - only if you missed it in the sale earlier this week.
Sony are reacting to Microsoft's killer Xbox One bundles with some hot deals of their own, and this one is an absolute belter. GAME will sell you a PS4 with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Destiny Vanguard Edition, The Last Of Us Remastered and a year of PlayStation Plus for £399.99, which is a seriously impressive haul considering that the solus console still costs £349.99 at suggested retail price. Many thanks to Kidmonkey @ HUKD!
Nintendo Land is a surprisingly solid collection of multiplayer minigames that many Wii U early adopters bought as their first port of call. However, those of you who came in for Bayonetta and Mario Kart can now get your hands on it for less than a tenner courtesy of The Game Collection. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HotUKDeals!
The Secret World is my favourite MMORPG of all time. It's revolutionary, unique and focused on storytelling, deploying peerless writing, fourth wall-breaking alternate reality puzzles, atmosphere and exploration where other MMOs use trash mobs. It's groundbreaking, slightly broken and absolutely magnificent.
Better yet, you can buy once and play forever, no subscription required, and grab it for only £8.49 on Steam. The Massive Edition is also on sale for £16.49, if you want to try out the (brilliant) issues 5-7.
The Steam Halloween Sale 2014 is now open for business, and discounting a ludicrous 442 items.
I'll have a proper sift later, but for now, hit up the splash page and tell us what you're buying!
Pay what you want for Knock-Knock, Halloween Drop Heroes and Home, the former and latter of which are excellent.
Beat the average to also receive Betrayer, YouTube darling Five Nights At Freddys and Our Darker Purpose. All save VR diehards should avoid Among The Sleep, though, which dilutes its great premise with boring hackneyed gameplay.
This, right here, is how you remaster something. Two great lengthy games with vastly improved visuals and welcome mechanical tweaks... that released at a budget price from the start. It can only get lower, though, and Smyths have dipped below that magical £20 mark.
Artyom's gritty, stealthy, grim adventures through ruined Russia will tide you over for a while. Thanks to wraith_42 @ HUKD!
...something evil this way comes, quick. This Halloween, prepare to be terrified as the spectre of Dennis Dyack returns from the dark beyond, promising to reboot Shadow Of The Eternals and hoping we've forgotten about all the theft and malfeasance that happened under his watch at Silicon Knights. Can nothing can stop him from toxifying the brand? Can no hero make him realise that his involvement helped to kill Shadow Of The Eternals' chances in the first place?
Say "Too Human" in the mirror three times and you'll find out.
In other news, the curtain has finally fallen on DriveClub's comedy of errors. From delays to DLC lies to cut features to a hopeless launch with broken servers to an unambitious game that's light on meaningful content, here we are, as Sony's Shuhei Yoshida confirms that the free PlayStation Plus edition has been indefinitely delayed. We suspect that he's currently stalking the corridors of Evolution HQ with some manner of rotary pink slip cannon.
I was going to do Jet Set Radio Future this week, but with All Hallow's Eve looming, an anarchic cel-shaded romp through Tokyo-To doesn't quite fit this spooky time of year. We need something horrifying. We need the chill running down our spine, the fetid breath on the back of our necks, the cyclopean indescribable terror that lurks in the darkest corners of our psyche just beyond our perceived veil of reality. The fear. We need the fear.
Or, erm, a horror game I suppose.
So seeing as I've personally banged on about one horror game above all others over the last four years, it's high time we paid SHODAN her dues and took a lingering look back at System Shock 2. Irrational Games' Sci-Fi horror masterpiece is exactly that: a masterpiece of intricate level design, adaptive gameplay, sensational artwork and atmosphere, but by all rights it shouldn't have been scary at all.
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If the entire BioShock series has somehow passed you by, Steam are willing to let you have the entire trilogy with change for a Tenner. The superlative original game still stands tall with its compelling setting and fearsome twist, while 2K Marin's sequel was arguably redundant yet hit hard with a more emotional storyline. Infinite... well, speaking personally, I was riveted for the duration but the more I think about it, the less I like it. Still worth playing, though, so you can wade into debating its ambitious plot and moaning about its rubbish tower defence bit. Thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!
On another personal note, I'd highly recommend picking up the Minerva's Den DLC for BioShock 2. It's fantastic.
It's great to see Monolith back on form after so many years in the doldrums, and it's even better to see a genuinely fantastic Lord Of The Rings game that genuinely expands on the universe. This stealthy stabby brutal bloodsoaked experience shines thanks to the quality of its systems and its unique Nemesis mechanic that creates unique bosses to hunt and take down depending on your performance.
If that description just gave you deja vu, it's because SimplyGames have yet again cut the price of the Xbox One version, this time down to under thirty quid. Thanks to amandamoo123 @ HUKD!
Publisher: Bandai Namco
I always try to approach reviews without preconceptions, but every once in a while, you just know that a game is going to suck at first glance. Disney Magical World. Even the name screams shovelware, while the blurb and screenshots looked suspiciously like an Animal Crossing clone on a budget.
But there's an old saying about assumptions, and it always holds true, because on rare occasions these games can turn out to be legitimately great!
Disney Magical World is one of those welcome surprises. Here we have a game that goes far beyond what Animal Crossing offers, blending management, adventure, farming, exploration, dungeon crawling, crafting, a cast of legendary characters and a bit of... am I really going to write this?... Disney magic into a confident and competent thief of time. Seeing as it's a personal adventure, it's only fitting that I accompany the article with a selection of my own MiiVerse-shared photos!
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Platform: Wii U
Developer: Curve Studios
Stealth Inc 2 is adorable. Playing as a cute cuddly clone, we'll scamper around a toy factory and frolic with a host of lovably rounded robots, all while trying to save our friends and equipping some silly outfits. On Wii U, no less. Aww. Ain't it precious?
No. Don't be fooled, because under Stealth Inc 2's winsome premise beats the sadistic ruthless heart of a Bastard.
A Stealth Bastard to be precise. Curve Studios' flagship franchise may have been renamed to appease the console censors, but the sequel is no less brutal, murderous and punishing than its predecessors. Thrown into nightmarish challenge rooms stuffed with lasers, security bots, cameras, crushers, saws and intricately designed traps, we'll die and die and die in an attempt to overcome the odds, using both fast fingers, on-the-fly brainpower and bona fide stealth skills to eventually triumph.
Half brutal execution challenge a la Super Meat Boy and half devious puzzle platformer, Stealth Inc stands out from the crowd by being a genuine stealth game too, underpinned by light, shadow, evasion, sound and grappling mechanics that quickly become second nature.
Having spent years helping other developers get onto consoles, the indie angels at Curve are back for another round, and it's bigger and tougher than ever.Click here to read more...
If you're in the market for an Xbox One, Argos are currently running a seriously tasty little deal. £359.99 will net you the console (sans Kinect), FIFA 15, Forza Horizon 2 and The Evil Within. One good game, two great games and a great console that's currently fighting hard and dirty for our money. That's exactly how we like it. Thanks to Neobrown @ HUKD!
Bionic Dues is a fascinating blend of roguelike, strategy game and mech customisation; giving you fifty days to save a city from a robotic army with a squad of varied EXOs. Your choice of missions, not to mention successes and failures, ultimately determines the massive battle you'll face once the clock counts down. It's utterly superb, and better yet, it's also cheap as chips on IndieGameStand, who also sell directly alongside their pay what you want promotions. Check out our full editor's choice review for more details.
Bundle Stars' Carnage Bundle is heavy on quantity, big on value and seriously inconsistent on quality. Its ten games are a grab-bag of the macabre, intriguing, ridiculous, good and terrible, with highlights including chilling adventure The Cat Lady and imaginative survival horror environmental puzzle hybrid Shattered Haven. Also, Holy Avatar & The Maidens Of The Dead is not the worst game I've ever played.
Credit to jaystan @ HUKD, who found this before I did!
Humble Bundle 13 is ready for action and really rather good.
Finally, pay $7.44 to snag Shadowrun Returns, or £40.29 for a big old box o' swag (with worldwide shipping included). Thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!
Good morning! You have to hand it to Disney: they don't miss a trick.
After clearing out the old Lucasarts stockroom, Mickey noticed that they had a cupboard full of awesome legacy games sitting around doing absolutely nothing. "Why aren't we selling these," he asked. "Seriously, this is free money. You idiots. Flog these on GOG immediately! Haha!" So now we can finally re-purchase fully compatible versions of TIE Fighter, X-Wing, Indiana Jones And The Fate Of Atlantis and other reasons why we did hardly any work yesterday afternoon. Literally everybody wins.
Crusader: No Remorse | Origin | FREE (RRP: £3.99)
Talk about a blast from the past. Crusader: No Remorse is a little like a hardcore Sci-Fi Diablo crossed with Syndicate, as you'll exterminate your way through maps full of deadly guards and hazards with extreme prejudice.
I'm not sure how well it's aged, but on the other hand, it's FREE. I'll take it. Thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!