Many people accuse videogames of stagnating and treading water, rehashing old ideas instead of pushing forward with new and exciting concepts.
These people are hilariously wrong. Or concussed. Or only play AAA games.
We live in an age when developers large and small have the opportunity to create innovative, crazy, uninhibited and plain bizarre games for our eager delectation, and that can shatter our expectations as well as our sanity from time to time. 2014 has been no exception, so here are some of the delirious delights we've sampled over the last few months!
We're all for equality in games, so being able to play as a piece of sliced bread is long overdue. No, really, that's the whole idea behind this wonderful little oddity. You'll control your crusty character in a desperate bid to reach the toaster, facing off against a surprisingly robust physics engine and devious household challenges.
It's the best thing since... no, I can't do it. I won't do it.Click here to read more...
Two juicy headlines for you today. First off, it appears that Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker may have been brought forward in the UK to... pretty much whenever retailers want to sell it. No, really, apparently stores have stock and Ninty are fine with them shifting it. This makes sense seeing as Nintendo just dispatched us a loan review copy in the last Christmas post.
In other news, select players will be able to play the Halo 5 Guardians MP beta today, while the doors properly open on Monday. If only they'd held a beta for the Master Chief Collection, eh?
Gird your wallets and get ready to spend, because the Steam Winter Sale is now open for business! With the usual server load issues of course. It's a Christmas tradition!
The sale will run until January 2nd 2015, including "thousands" of discounts and 2-day flash sales.
Naturally we're going to keep on top of the smartest bargains PC games deals over the coming days, and as always, let us know what you're buying!
As per usual we're not going to round up every single discount - mainly because there's a difference between a discount and a deal! Instead, here's what we'd consider to be the major daily highlights.
The title says it all, really. Watch me crush some AI hunters, destroy their ship and eradicate the humans from Shear in this new gameplay video, playing as the brand new Wraith Monster in the newly-announced Evacuation Mode.
Then click here to read our Evolve preview.Click here to watch our new Evolve gameplay footage >>
Xbox One limited edition white console bundle with Sunset Overdrive and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare now £319.99 at Simply Games. Click here to buy! >>
Following in GAME's footsteps, another British retailer has unleashed a killer cheap Xbox One bundle of their own. You'll get the limited edition white console along with two great games at an astonishing saving - heck, it's less than the RRP of the solus console itself. Many thanks to dossdes @ HUKD!
Click here to read our Sunset Overdrive review and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare review. Be sure to check out our Xbox One buyer's guide for the best prices and essential info for new/prospective Xbox One owners, and follow our console bundle deals for more last-minute bargains!
Mass Effect 3 Special Edition is now £6.85 on Wii U. Click here to buy >>
In case you were wondering, the "special edition" includes the From Ashes DLC, extended cut ending, new weapon, gamepad controls and multiplayer DLC. However, it does not include Citadel. Thanks BuzzDuraband!
The Take No Prisoners Pack includes 20 PC games for £2.55. Click here to buy it! >>
Strategy First may be a deeply inconsistent publisher, but there's no quibbling with the crazy value here. For just over £2.50 you'll get...
...Alliance: Future Combat, 9th Company, BC Kings, Desert Gunner, Disciples II: Gallean's Return, Disciples II: Rise Of The Elves Gold, GODS: Lands of Infinity Special Edition, Jagged Alliance 2: Gold Pack, Jagged Alliance 2: Unfinished Business, O.R.B.: Off-World Resource Base, Battle Of Europe, Warrior Kings Battles, Space Empires IV Deluxe, Space Empires: Star Fury, Strategic Command: European Theater, Strategic Command 2: Blitzkrieg, Uplink: Hacker Elite, Ghost Master, G.I. Combat Episode I, Battle Of Normandy and World War II: Frontline Command. Phew!
Many of these games are terrible (Desert Gunner is a travesty!), but the Jagged Alliance games and Uplink make it well worth a punt by themselves. Thanks to bandwidthbob! Make sure to bookmark our cheap PC deals and gaming deals stream for all the latest bargains.
Watch your back, Hunters.
It might be easy to spot a rampaging Goliath or a menacing Kraken as it hovers overhead, but Evolve's newest monster is the stuff of nightmares. She'll hunt you in the shadows, pick you off one by one and rip an unprepared hunting party to pieces with massive bladed scythes before melting into the mists. The Wraith completely changes the way you play, whether the hunter or the hunted, and adds a nervy new dimension to Turtle Rock's shooter.
Last week I attended a lengthy hands-on preview session to personally test out the Wraith in action, as well as the newly announced Evacuation campaign that adds some much-needed value to the package. Though Evolve is still a tough sell, there certainly seems to be a lot more bang for your buck now.Click here to read more...
Super Mario 3D Land is £23.00 on Amazon. Click here to buy! >>
Thanks and credit to ViperKeith @ HUKD. Super Mario 3D Land is great platformer that often holds its price, and a steal at well under £25. Remember to bookmark our cheap 3DS deals and gaming deals stream for the latest offers!
Outlast now £6.40 on Xbox Live. Click here to buy! >>
Thanks to mrmcdermot! Though Outlast was free on PS4 for a time, the Xbox One version is the cheapest it's been on the platform.
One week to Christmas and the news mill hasn't quite closed down. New Christmas-themed content is now available in GTA Online, Bloodborne looks even better than ever thanks to its replayable Chalice Dungeons, the first Elite player to reach Triple Elite Status will win £10K and the class action lawsuit against Killzone: Shadow Fall's "1080p" claims is going ahead. Could this set a new precedent for companies lying about graphics and performance? Pay attention, Ubisoft, Gearbox and Early Access devs.
In main news, though, Farming Simulator is getting some official tractor peripherals that resemble Steel Battalion's legendary controller, only with less missiles and more Wurzels. Here are your headlines.
The Crew (Limited Edition) is £24.99 at GAME & Amazon.
But don't do anything of the sort until you've clicked here to read our The Crew review! The massive open world may be an incredible achievement, but the game perpetrates a huge number of unnecessary mistakes and nasty design decisions. Make sure to bookmark our gaming deals stream!Thanks to Bure11 and mranderson1971 @ HUKD!
Tales From The Borderlands is now £13.68. Click here to buy! >>
You'll need to use the latest Green Man Gaming Voucher code - just add DECEMB-202014-GREENM at checkout. Thanks to Jesse148 @ HUKD!
Click here to read our Tales from the Borderlands: Episode One - Zer0 Sum Review, and remember to follow our gaming deals stream to save even more!
Dungeon Of The Endless is now £4.99 on Steam. Click here to buy! >>
It's one of the best games of 2014 bar none. "Dungeon Of The Endless is the best Real-Time Turn-Based Strategic 4X Tower Defence Sci-Fi Roguelike RPG hybrid you'll play this week," I wrote in our 9/10 Editor's choice review. "And easily one of the very best games you'll play this year. Absolutely unmissable."
Xbox One console bundle with Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Forza 5, Assassin's Creed Unity & Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag now £319.99. Click here to buy! >>
You'll need to use the GAME voucher code to bring down the price - just enter XBOXXMAS at checkout.
This is an absolute sizzler, but remember that today is last postage and it's quite possible that your bundle won't arrive before Christmas. There'll be more console bundles on the way, though, so bookmark our gaming deals stream and console bundle deals!
Xbox One with GTA V, Assassin's Creed Unity, Black Flag & Forza 5 only £319.99 at GAME. Click here to buy! >>
You'll need to use the GAME voucher code to bring down the price - just enter XBOXXMAS at checkout.
GAME have slashed £30 off selected Xbox One console bundles with their new voucher code, which lasts for today only. They all include the AC: Unity & Black Flag special edition console, but ship with a number of extra games that bring the real value. Thanks to Exist3ntia1Marmos3t @ HUKD!
The Indie Royale Debut 22 Bundle includes seven PC games for a very low fluctuating minimum price (approximately £1 at the time of writing - note that a coding error is making the price appear in Dollars).
The seven games include East Tower, Star-Twine, Cruel Arena, Bit Shifter, Bomb The Monsters, Star Nomad and Make It Indie! I'd recommend Star Nomad as the highlight of the bunch. As you might be aware, they're all Steam Greenlight candidates, so you'll get a choice of options including direct PC downloads, Desura and even a few Mac-compatible titles as opposed to Steam codes. Make sure to follow our PC games deals for more competitive bundles!
Bundle Stars are throwing a massive sale on the PixelJunk series, slashing down three of the best games in the series to £0.70 apiece.
That's a big saving and perfect if you missed IndieGameStand's pay what you want deal earlier this month. Nice one Gooner! Make sure to bookmark our cheap PC deals to keep informed about the latest bundles and bargains.
The Xbox Live Countdown To 2015 Sale has reached its second day, revealing a 33% discount on... Costume Quest 2.
Oh. It's not the best deal we've ever seen (especially since the PC version has fallen below £5 before) but by all accounts Costume Quest 2 is fun, humorous and reminds us of why we used to love Double Fine before the SpaceBase fiasco. Full credit to teddy1590 for updating his monstrous HUKD post!