GamersGate are springing (heh) into acton with a new IndieFort bundle that contains four games at a flexible price tag. There's a real mix of genres and art styles up for grabs, from the stylish monocromatic RPG Paper Sorcerer and colourful tower defence of Creeper World to the artillery action of Roaming Fortress and A New Beginning's point & click adventure.
You can opt into the deal at several preset levels (from £3.00 to £50.00), though you can optionally choose a custom amount. Some HUKD users report that they've been able to buy in at a single Penny, but personally, I can't get the form to accept anything below 50p. Thanks and credit to jaystan @ HUKD, who found this before the email even pinged into my inbox!
Now that PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold are head-to-head rivals, Microsoft's free 'Games With Gold' perk has found itself the butt of many unfavourable comparisons over the last few months, due mainly to the underwhelming selection of older titles.
HMV is officially ditching their pre-owned games business, which has proved to be less than successful for the chain over the last few years. However, they're now flogging their remaining stock at a 70% discount, including next-gen titles.Click here to read more...
Last year, the internet erupted into a white-hot ragestorm when Microsoft revealed that Kinect would quietly listen to everything you say, like a futuristic surveillance device poised to relay your everyday life directly to security agencies. The hot-button topic launched a thousand angry threads, with users terrified of the potential breach of privacy. Then the console launched, and as always, we meekly forgot all about it.
However, I'm here to remind you that Kinect is still listening... and it's a bigger issue than you thought. That microphone is indeed snooping on everything said in your living room, and is automatically transmitting directly to a third party who can hear every unguarded utterance, free to use your personal information for nefarious ends.
So who is this shadowy spymaster prying into your private lives? No, it's not the NSA. No, it's not GCHQ. Or the KGB. Or SPECTRE. Let's bust this conspiracy wide open.
It's ME, yes, Jonathan Lester, who's at the heart of this massive surveillance operation. Or more accurately: everyone on your multiplayer team. By default, Kinect is your chat microphone when playing online, meaning that you really, really need to watch what you say to avoid broadcasting far Too Much Information.Click here to read more...
The fallow season is well and truly over as March begins to rev up in earnest. South Park: The Stick Of Truth has launched straight into first place, thanks to both rave reviews and its unapologetically, wonderfully crude sense of humour. It's well-deserved, seeing as Obsidian's long-overdue RPG is one of the best licensed titles of recent years.
Solid if underwhelming Thief stays strong in second place (again, be sure to tinker with the difficulty settings to find a butter zone between accessibility, challenge and stealth) - while Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 plummets down to 24th. Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare is still enjoying strong sales, ensconced in third, making the most of its last week in the sun before fellow EA multiplayer shooter Titanfall launches this week. We expect that Respawn's anticipated FPS is going to do rather well in this week's charts, to put things mildly.
Anyway, as always, we've got the official UK Top Ten after the break. What games are you playing?Click here to read more...
PS4 Camera | Gamestop | £39.97 (save £10)
Cards on the table: we're not convinced that the PS4 camera is worth buying right now. A bare minimum of games use it in any capacity, with only Twitch streaming and PlayRoom offering much in the way of value for money. Even voice commands only require a headset, so for most PS4 owners, we'd suggest that you save your money.
However, if you do want one, Gamestop have the cheapest price around. Thanks to King Squad @ HUKD!
"The Vita needs more games!"
Our familiar rallying cry rings as true today as it did two years ago. Sony's handheld may be a sensational piece of hardware, a truly sexy little machine, but consoles live and die on the strength and quantity of their games. The PS Vita certainly isn't short on quality, offering some of the best handheld titles we've ever played, yet the sporadic and spotty release slate has failed to secure the device any semblance of mainstream appeal or traditional success.
So it's odd, then, that I'm about to crown the PS Vita as my favourite console of 2014 thus far. The Vita may lack software clout at face value, but when you look a little deeper, you'll discover a unique, flourishing and deeply impressive ecosystem of left-field games that cater to the most demanding of gamers: the connoisseur, those of us who crave both variety, innovation, uniqueness and tradition from their favourite hobby.
In fact, I've rarely met a Vita owner who regrets their purchasing decision, even when common logic dictates that they probably should have spent their money elsewhere. Let's find out why.
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SimplyCDKeys are back with another sub-£20 deal for Dark Souls II, which tops many gamers' 2014 wishlists. The PC port may have been delayed into April, but for twenty quid, Johnny-come-lately ends up laughing all the way to the bank. Remember to use voucher code 5OFFDS2 at checkout. Thanks to Jas10 @ HUKD!
Carl is currently reviewing the PS3 version, in case you're interested. I've barely seen him over the last couple of days, save for a bizarre moment when he emerged into the office and constructed a crude bonfire on my newsdesk, babbling about horrors from beyond the pale. After heavy sedation and being forced to marathon the entire series of Adventure Time to restore his shattered nerves, he's back in action and will deliver our full verdict soon.
As promised, Microsoft are set to release a headphone adaptor for the Xbox One, which allows players to plug in their existing stereo headsets and cans through a 3.5mm audio jack. However, before you can use it, you'll need to manually update the controller's internal firmware via a separate procedure.
Still, at least we won't have to put up with the crummy pack-in headset for much longer. It feels like locking your head in a D-clamp.Click here to read more...
Crystal Dynamics' Tomb Raider reboot deservedly sold like hot cakes when it released this time last year, shifting nearly five million copies. You'd have expected the corporate overloads at Square Enix to throw a massive party, perhaps lighting up a few wads of tightly-rolled banknotes in a rooftop hot tub, but the massive development costs and lavish marketing campaign led to the game being deemed as a financial failure; unable to live up to Square's insanely inflated profit estimations.
However, the recent Definitive Edition has finally pushed Tomb Raider into the black and beyond - putting it "on course" to become the most successful game in the series' history.Click here to read more...
Platform: PS Vita
Developer: Nihon Falcom Corporation
Are you sick and tired of JRPGs leading you by the nose from cutscene to cutscene? Do you hear the call of adventure, but crave the thrill of fast and fluid combat? Do you own a PlayStation Vita?
If you answered 'yes' on all counts, Ys: Memories Of Celceta probably deserves to make its way onto your shopping list. This ground-up remake of Ys 4 puts us into the well-worn boots of Adol Cristin, which are definitely made for walking. Having found himself in a frontier town on the edge of civilization with a convenient case of amnesia, the rakish explorer discovers that he lost his memories while mapping the legendary forest of Celceta, so teams up with an old friend and plunges back into the unknown. With little save a sword, a mercenary information dealer and a blank map for company, the scene is set for a genuine adventure.
Celceta is an enormous tract of land, an intricate and confusing labyrinth of glades, swamps, tunnels and ruins that's somewhat reminiscent of a massively expanded Monster Hunter title. Most JRPGs would immediately funnel you down a preset path, but Memories Of Celceta is cut from a different cloth, simply thrusting an empty map into your hands and suggesting, perhaps, that you ought to check over there when you have the time. Most of the game simply revolves around the satisfaction of filling this map in, of discovering new areas, new places, new faces and eventually piecing Adol's memory back together.
And romping through hordes of foes with one of the most responsive combat systems we've seen from the series yet, if not the entire sub-genre in recent years.Click here to read more...
When it comes to putting in a shift, Jack Tretton is one of the industry's poster boys. After joining Sony back in 1995 and heading up SCEA, he was instrumental in bringing the PlayStation brand Westwards and famed for his emphatic E3 appearances. However, he's now decided to move onto pastures new, with Sony Network Entertainment COO Shawn Layden assuming the position.Click here to read more...
Basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal has decided that the time is right to relaunch Shaq Fu. Yes, the classic yet utterly awful beat'em up is set to receive a spiritual PC sequel with stylish visuals, a compelling upgrade system and, perhaps, enjoyable gameplay this time.
However, the multi-millionaire very much like you to pay $450,000 towards it. The project has therefore hit IndieGoGo, sporting a selection of incredible rewards. Such as a single trainer. And the opportunity to become an unpaid concept artist. Or a "two hour meal." For $25,000.
Oh boy. It's possibly the most endearingly, charmingly, hilariously tragic crowd funding campaign since this hopeless mess, but we can't help but crack a smile. Mainly at a photo of Shaq wearing a MoCap suit, admittedly, which we've stashed under the break with more details.Click here to read more...
The PS4 is currently flying off the shelves as fast as us Brits can buy it, but it undeniably lacks compelling exclusives right now. I mean, we love Resogun... but... erm...
...ooh, hey, inFamous: Second Son is out this month! This next-gen openworld antihero experience promises to be a ton of fun, so its console bundle might be a good place to buy into the PlayStation 4 itself. Gamestop's £369.97 price tag is the cheapest around, especially since you can bolt on an extra game for £29,97. Thanks to ettienem1001 @ HUKD!
The Humble Devolver Debut Bundle is a deal of two halves.
Fans of classic shooters can pay a meagre 60 Pence for Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition, Shadow Warrior Classic Redux and a collection of three films (Austin High, The Poisoning and One Couch At A Time). For the same price as a packet of posh crisps, it's hard to argue with the value.
However, as a Debut Bundle, this deal is actually designed to launch a brand new game for £5.97. Cosmic DJ is a crazy rhythm game that defies description - so I'd watch the puppet-filled trailer instead. You'll also receive Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure (an overlooked gem in our opinion), Defense Technical and two more films. Thanks to the ever-vigilant jaystan @ HUKD!
The latest Humble Weekly Sale is PopCap-tastic, offering five-to-eight of their most beloved games depending on how much you're willing to spend. Chances are that you'll have most of these already, but for those who don't, £3.58 is a serious saving.
Pay at least £0.60 for Peggle Deluxe, Bejeweled 3, Bookworm Deluxe, Escape Rosecliff Island and Feeding Frenzy 2 Deluxe.
Beat £3.58 to also receive Plants vs. Zombies: Game of the Year Edition, Peggle Nights and Zuma's Revenge.
Sadly their best game of all time -- Heavy Weapon: Atomic Tank -- is not included in the bundle, though its PC version is admittedly sub-par. Thanks to Sanchit @ HUKD!
About time too. Just when our excitement for Watch Dogs reached critical mass, having previewed a production build, interviewed the developers and even tested out the companion app, Ubisoft delayed their anticipated hacking sandbox at the eleventh hour. Then went dark.
The waiting began. The conjecture and concerns deepened. But now we can start to ramp back into hype mode, because Watch Dogs has been officially dated by way of a new trailer! So long as you don't want to buy it on Wii U, that is.Click here to read more...
Developer: Kojima Productions
Ground Zeroes is a curious little thing. Neither full game nor free demo, Kojima's attempt to bridge the events of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker and the upcoming Phantom Pain acts as both a FOX Engine showcase, a playable tutorial for Snake's massively overhauled gameplay and a shameless story teaser that sets up one heck of a cliffhanger. With concerns about its length, value and Jack Bauer making headlines, I approached my first hands-on session with a degree of trepidation.
Over more than five hours of contact time, however, I gradually came to realise that Ground Zeroes is more than the sum of its parts. Crucially it's a sandbox; a freeform playground designed to ease players into the new Metal Gear Solid experience by letting us experiment with the retooled mechanics on our own terms.
The scene is set in a lengthy intro cinematic that sees Snake rappelling into Omega Base, a Guantanamo Bay-inspired Black Site in which Paz (remember her?) may have been incarcerated. His mission is to extract her alive by any means necessary, even as we're introduced to the horrifically disfigured new villain Skull Face, who sets a sinister plan into motion involving the nefarious XOF forces. It's an excuse to get Snake back into his skintight stealth suit, but scant seconds after assuming control, you'll realise that Metal Gear has changed in several fundamental ways.Click here to read more...
Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes releases later this month, giving players a taste of the FOX Engine's capabilities, a storyline teaser and insight into Snake's new abilities. However, many gamers are desperately concerned about its value, following a report that the campaign can be completed in less than two hours.
Now that I've spent several hours with Ground Zeroes' 95% preview build, I'm finally in a position to confirm or deny these allegations firsthand.
Or, more accurately, tell you that they're absolutely correct... and completely misleading.Click here to read more...
Last summer we learned that Hideo Kojima took part in motion capture for Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, prompting many fans to wonder whether another cheeky cameo was in order.
Having emerged from a lengthy Ground Zeroes preview session, I can confirm that Kojima does indeed star in the upcoming stealth 'em up... in his most overt and hilarious role yet!Click here to read more...