Xbox Live Gold members can get some tasty discounts on Ubisoft games this week, with some major savings to be had. As far as I'm concerned, Call Of Juarez: Gunslinger is an essential purchase at £2.49 - I adored every rootin' tootin' second of it. Scott Pilgrim vs The World and I Am Alive also both come highly recommended - one for fans of bleak hopeless improvised survival, the other a 16-bit brawling masterpiece that takes you to retro chiptune heaven. See if you can guess which is which.
Here are the marketplace links including 'odd one out' Call Of Duty: Ghosts, which isn't much of a deal since ShopTo are retailing at £23.86.
*Not a saving! Can be found significantly cheaper elsewhere.
I'm you from the future! This deal is decent value, but there's no time to explain! Rrrrglarble... my ribs are IN MY EYES!?!
You'll have to play it (or just read the review) to find out what any of that means. That said, I probably do have time to explain that this crazy puzzle-platformer recently starred in an Indie Royale bundle, so check your backlog to avoid doubling up.
So, SimCity then. What should have been an amazing interconnected experience launched as a massive overpriced disaster, and took months getting nowhere fast. However, things have improved somewhat - and an offline mode will be added soon. Funstock Digital's £14.99 price is a damn sight better than the ludicrous £60 EA wanted at launch. Thanks to Spinderp @ HUKD!
PayPal users can alternatively consider GamersGate's £15.28 option.
Bundle Stars' Adrenaline Bundle is one of the most impressive indie bundles I've ever seen, in that it contains 12 games of impressive quality... that you probably don't own already. From the excellent Ring Runner (an enormous twinstick space shooter/RPG fusion) and trippy Master Reboot to cathartic Rock Of Ages and the multiplayer madness of Gun Monkeys, there's a lot of game here for hardly any money whatsoever.
Specifically, you'll pay £3.59 for Bang Bang Racing, Etherlords II, Expeditions: Conquistador, Gun Monkeys, Heli Heroes, Kaptain Brawe: A Brawe New World, Master Reboot, Monday Night Combat, Postal, Ring Runner: Flight of the Sages & Rock of Ages.
A very generous haul indeed. Credit and thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!
Stealth Bastard Deluxe is so named because it's stealthy, 'bastard hard' and a seriously premium package. This sneaky platformer is utterly superb, distilling the stealth genre down to its most tense elements, and incredibly cheap to boot. You'll even get a copy of the soundtrack for £1.69 on Steam, saving a Fiver in the process.
The PlayStation Vita plays host to an amazing variety of cult classics, localised gems and awesome left-field surprises that you just can't find anywhere else. We've been glued to Sony's handheld since the year began, thanks in part to games like Sorcery Saga: Curse Of The Great Curry God. This 'moe' Roguelike may be utterly adorable, but it's also fiercely challenging and compelling, providing hours of rewarding dungeon delving and unpredictable tactical combat.
"Magic school dropout Pupuru is horrified to learn that her local curry shop is being put out of business by a major chain, so she summarily sets out to concoct a legendary curry to pull in the punters," I wrote in our full review. "On her way, she'll meet a cast of bizarre (and equally curry-obsessed) characters... the story is light and frothy, resonating surprisingly well with us Brits due to our famous love of all things curry-related."
"If you like your curry hot and your games hardcore, this might be your tikka to gaming pleasure."
It'll currently set you back £29.99 on PSN... but Rising Star Games have kindly provided us with TWO Vita download codes to give away!
Winning a copy couldn't be simpler. Just drop us a comment in the box below and tell us what your favourite curry is! The two winners will be randomly selected - so while awful curry puns are absolutely encouraged, they're just for fun. Korman, what are you waiting for?
Competition closes Monday 10th March 2014 at 17:00 GMT. Winners will be notified via the email address associated with their Dealspwn account, so please make sure that it's valid! Multiple entries will be disqualified. Note that these download codes can only be redeemed on a European PSN account, as per Sony's policy. Good luck, everyone!
Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare has no right to be any good. It's everything we're supposed to hate: the corruption of a beloved franchise into yet another multiplayer shooter. Peashooters, zombie workmen and Sunflowers trade charming tower defence for ironsights and circle-strafing, more casualties of the war on wallets that never changes.
So I'm genuinely delighted to report that, despite all odds, Garden Warfare is a rather lovely little thing! PopCap may lack experience with the gritty genre, but their unsullied innocence allowed them to inject fun, happiness, colour and real personality into what's often a crushingly drab shooting gallery. Sunflowers and zombies merrily flounce and flail around some vibrant maps, working together to push the simple objectives or 'vanquish' as many foes as possible. It's easily the most stress-free and family friendly shooter out there, eschewing K/D ratios, sprinting, gore and microtransactions to create a safe and relaxing environment for newcomers to enjoy.
Don't mistake a cheerful and casual approach for a lack of depth, however. Behind the smiles lies an impeccably unbalanced set of classes and abilities that can cater for any play style. Often you'll find me sniping flowers from rooftops as a mobile zombie foot soldier, whereas much of my time is spent ruthlessly stalking my undead prey from beneath the Earth, hunting my quarry as they vainly flee in abject terror, only to meet their grisly demise as I smash through the tarmac and devour them whole with razor-sharp fangs.
I am Chomper! I am Death! And I am having an absolute blast with Garden Warfare, even if I might not be able to recommend it quite as highly as I'd like.Click here to read more...
Having forced us to sit through several nervy months of delays, Watch Dogs is set to reveal its release date very soon by way of a new trailer.
We won't have long to wait... but if you're desperate for new info, you might be interested in an intriguing little slip on the PSN Store.Click here to read more...
Interceptor Entertainment are currently embroiled in a legal tussle with Gearbox, following claims that a rumoured upcoming Duke Nukem RPG violates intellectual property rights. It's a nasty little dispute that could well see Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction evaporate into vapourware before it has even been officially announced.
However, it now emerges that Interceptor's parent company has purchased original series creator 3D Realms (AKA Apogee Software), leaving them perfectly placed to develop some 'good faith' adaptations down the line.Click here to read more...
Microsoft have revealed this month's selection of 'Games With Gold' for Xbox Live Gold members to freely download and keep forever. Civilization Revolution is your current kickback, which is available to download right now from the Xbox Live Marketplace. The 4X console adaptation met with universal critical acclaim... admittedly back in 2008.
Grab it while you can, because XBLA title Dungeon Defenders will replace it from March 16th. This is no bad thing, though, because Trendy Entertainment's RPG/tower defence hybrid is utterly sensational, and deserves to get a fresh new influx of players onto its servers.
As always, be sure to let us know what you make of the selection - and whether you think Microsoft is successfully competing with PlayStation Plus.
Stand by for Titanfall intel.
Respawn's anticipated shooter launches next week on Xbox One and PC, and we already know that it's fantastic fun courtesy of the superbly successful beta, but the specifics still elude us. Thankfully a megaton leak has granted us a detailed look at all of the game's 15 maps (admittedly including the tutorial training area), by way of high-quality images presumably lifted from the official strategy guide or art book. We've corralled them all below, thanks to Reddit user FallenFusion [via NeoGAF].
By the looks of things, the fifteen stages contain a pleasing mix of verticality to exploit as agile pilots and open spaces to stomp around in Titans. If you want to eyeball the best Rodeo ambush locations, perhaps you ought to start mugging up now.Click here to read more...
When it comes to a fight between Garret, a Peashooter, Dracula and a rotting cadaver wearing a traffic cone, I know who I'd put my money on. This week's charts are therefore a foregone conclusion, with Thief romping to first place on the back of impressive pre-order sales. Reviews are all over the shop, but Matt suggests that it's a good game that hinges on you picking the correct difficulty setting from the start. Meanwhile the decidedly mediocre Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow 2 slinks in at tenth.
Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare has also charted well, making its debut in an impressive fourth place on Xbox One and Xbox 360. Our review should be ready very soon - in short, it's good, but slightly overpriced for what it is.
Down in the this week's murky depths, bodacious 3DS brawler Senran Kagura Burst managed to secure a 38th place position, proving that sex definitely does sell. Thankfully a superb combat system makes it more than just eye candy.Click here to read more...
Planetary Annihilation is as ridiculous as you'd expect from a hybrid between Total Annihilation and Supreme Commander. Insanely hectic RTS battles take place in entire solar systems, with players wielding outrageous weaponry and even smashing celestial bodies into each other. It's still very much a work in progress, but if you want to engage with the Early Access cycle, you can save 50% on its inflated RRP via The Humble Store. As always, remember that you're paying for access, not a polished product at this stage, so only pay what you can afford to lose.
Thanks to BattleMoose87 @ HUKD!
Void Of Darkness puts you at the helm of a small ship in an enormous 2D galaxy, tasking you with exploring the wild black yonder in any way you see fit. It was extremely buggy at launch, but its single developer has been patching like crazy over the last two months, resulting in a game that's infinitely more stable and fully-featured. You can currently buy in for £1.75 - but be warned that you might encounter the odd issue from time to time.
Xbox One Titanfall bundle & extra game | Zavvi | £399.99
Zavvi are selling the Xbox One solus for £369.99, but an extra £30 will net you two games. One of them has to be Titanfall (I'm not hearing any complaints!), but the other is your choice of Forza 5, Dead Rising 3, Ryse or Zoo Tycoon. We'd recommend the first two in terms of bang/buck ratio. Thanks to Gazhtbm @ HUKD!
Battlefield 4 is a fantastic multiplayer experience... especially since, by and and large, it now actually works. Most of the more ruinous bugs have been ironed out or at least stomped flat for a while, so PC World's inexpensive £17.91 deal is now as tempting as it ought to be. Thanks to Spinderp @ HUKD!
FTL is getting a major free expansion penned by Chris Avellone soon... so there's never been a better time to buy into the tough yet infinitely replayable space exploration game. The developers are offering a hefty saving versus RRP, though there's not much time to take advantage of their deal!
Developer: Double Helix Games
Strider is the best game that Double Helix have ever made.
The bar was admittedly scraping along the ground, since their mediocre past form includes the likes of Battleship, Front Mission Evolved and that shocking Green Lantern tie-in. But be in no doubt: their suitably challenging and respectful remake of Capcom's classic slice & dice platformer is very good indeed, and worthy to bear the name. As soon as master assassin Hiryu goofily cartwheels over a crowd of robotic rifleman, flips off a wall and carves his first foe into tiny pieces, its pedigree is unmistakeable.
When Strider is content to be a faithful reboot, it's really rather brilliant. Having arrived in the sprawling city of Kazakh to murder its evil 'Grandmaster' and bring peace to the world with ultraviolence, Hiryu is as spry and blisteringly fast as we remember, barrelling through the corridors in a blur of precisely-aimed steel and perfectly-timed wall jumps. Packing a climbing sickle that can scale any surface, robotic combat enhancements and even a teleporter, he's a force to be reckoned with, but the Grandmaster's robot army and mercenary henchmen will give him a retro-tough run for his money.Click here to read more...
Chances are that you've already played Borderlands 2, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Civilization V and BioShock Infinite... or one of them at the very least. If you've missed out on all four, however, you can grab the whole quartet for £16.00 from Green Man Gaming. Be sure to use their OQE4LG-WEQPSE-SMCME1 for the additional saving.
UPDATE: Not enough? Okay then, why not also have the X-COM Complete Collection, Civilization 4, BioShock and the original Borderlands too!
Thanks to apollolo @ HUKD, both for the original deal and pointing out the four newly-added bonus games in the comments!
Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow 2 released this week, but failed to stack up to its predecessor when it came to the scores. "This is not the ending I was expecting for the Lords of Shadow series," Brendan concluded in our full review, "and it’s certainly not the one it deserves," after pouring scorn on its awful stealth sections, drab modern-day setting and rehashed mechanics. Not awful, then, but disappointing.
However, a disgruntled MercuryStream staffer claims that disappointment was a foregone conclusion following a truly horrific development cycle. From a tyrannical boss to an obsolete engine, the anonymous developer alleges that just releasing the game was a minor miracle in and of itself.Click here to read more...