The early bird catches the worm, but the late and tardy birds reap magnificent savings. ShopTo are currently selling and Xbox One console with The Evil Within, Alien Isolation, Wolfenstein, Forza 5 & Dead Rising 3 for £399.85, which is £30 less than the solus console itself cost just one year ago!
Madness, especially seeing that all but one of these games scored an 8/10 (because we haven't reviewed The Evil Within yet!). Thanks to partyblast @ HUKD!
The big news today is that Google and Asus are making an Android micro-console... because... no, I have absolutely no idea either. At least the odd circular casing can double up as a hockey puck. Here are your headlines.
The Xbox One keeps getting cheaper as Microsoft's aggressive price cuts and willingness to abandon Kinect sends prices tumbling. GameStop's latest deal sees the White Xbox One, controller and Sunset Overdrive slashed down to £309.97, which is a seriously smart bargain as things stand.
Alternatively, ShopTo will throw in CoD: Advanced Warfare for an extra £40, if you're interested. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!
Zavvi are currently selling a basic white Wii U console with Super Smash Bros and Nintendo Land for £179.99, which is cheap as chips, at least if you're willing to rely on an external hard drive to compensate for a paltry 8GB of onboard storage.
I also don't think that SSB supports WiiMote and Nunchuck controls, so bear in mind that you might also need to shell out for extra GameCube controllers/adaptor or Pro controllers to maximise your multiplayer. Thanks to goonertillidie @ HUKD!
People tell me that cutting-edge graphical tech is absolutely crucial for attaining that most hallowed of made-up buzzwords: immersion. I understand that point of view and the logic behind it, but also contend that it's complete and total bollocks.
See, for the last few weeks I've been compulsively glued to a primitive early alpha that uses the bare minimum to ground you in an evocative lonely Sci-Fi universe, by making your computer monitor look like a different computer monitor.
Duskers casts you as a astronaut castaway in the depths of space, running out of rations and going half-mad from isolation, desperately eking out the last of your days by salvaging any usable supplies from derelict space hulks. You'll use your precious supplies just to travel between them, meaning that you have to find food or die of starvation, but in a unique twist you'll never personally leave your ship.
Without a viable space suit, you'll instead rely on a handful of remote-controlled drones that become your only means of exploring the wrecks, your eyes, ears and hands, and also your only friends in an otherwise hostile and empty universe. As such, both you and the astronaut stare at the same arcane control interface -- your computer monitor and keyboard -- connecting and immersing you in the game world in a unique and deeply chilling way.
After all, your drones aren't alone out there... and without them you're as good as dead.Click here to read more...
Tesco's Xbox One horror bundle is appropriately timed for Halloween and a scary saving to boot. £349 will net you the console (without Kinect), Shinki Mikami's brand new horror title The Evil Within and terrifying Alien sequel Alien Isolation.
Apparently you can use voucher code TDXR-WRTP to bring the price down even further to £334. Thanks to Mac007, Chanchi32 and Nathan94 @ HUKD!
WoW, all of it | Battle.net | £9.99
This isn't so much a deal as a new night-and-weekend job that you'll pay monthly for, but there's no denying that World Of Warcraft is still very much the Daddy in the MMORPG space. With the latest expansion looming, Blizzard have bundled the base game, 30 days of subscription and every single previous expansion (including Mists Of Pandaria) into a single £10 purchase.
Even I'm not sure I can resist this. Oh gawd. Thanks to rudy691 @ HUKD!
Sony's weekly PSN deals are now live and relatively underwhelming outside of a couple of major highlights.
As per usual, the dealhunter generals at HotUKDeals have cut through the guff to point out the smartest bargains. oUkTuRkEyIII points out that Urban Trial Freestyle is only £0.79 on PS3 and Vita, whereas jaystan notes that Battlefield 4 premium membership is a steal at £11.80 on PS3 (with a free PS4 upgrade) and Octodad is well worth a look for £5.79.
As a massive fan of Japanese gaming, however, I'd also recommend Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F's Vita version to any fellow Vocaloid enthusiasts... no? Okay then. Check out the full list of discounts (dominated by a disgusting torrent of Battlefield shortcut DLC) below.Click here to read more...
Good morning! Great news for Xbox One owners today as perhaps the most substantial update to date is currently rolling out. The October firmware update contains DNLA media streaming (yes!), loads of new features and efficient snap controls that seriously improve the user experience for non-Kinect owners.
Functionality that should, admittedly, been available at launch. Here are your headlines.
Platforms: PS3 | PS Vita (reviewed)
Publisher: NIS America | Reef Entertainment
The trailers lied. Yes, Akiba's Trip is a game in which you'll rip the clothes off sexy vampires, but that's not what it's about.
It's actually a cel shaded celebration of otaku counter-culture in all of its bizarre diversity and a love letter to Tokyo's trendy Akihabara district. It's big-hearted, anarchic, punk, devastatingly cool and fiercely unapologetic in its desire to do its own crazy thing; a blend of riotous street combat with compelling RPG components and visual novel elements. A little like Yakuza by way of Jet Set Radio, only much rougher around the edges.
All-told, Akiba's Trip is one of the most pleasant surprises of 2014, though admittedly the combat still revolves around ripping people's clothes off. We'll get to that in due time... but for now, note that I said "people," not "girls."
Revealing that you'll spend half your time disrobing hot buff dudes clearly wasn't at the top of the marketing team's priorities!Click here to read more...
GOG.com are opening up their new DRM-free Galaxy client to beta testers, and those who get on board with the new Steam competitor will receive a free copy of AvP 2000 for their trouble.
It's as easy as putting your email address in the box. Full credit and thanks to jaystan @ HUKD, who found this before I did!
Minecraft (PS4) | The Game Collection | £9.99 (save £2 vs Base)
Flash sale! The Game Collection are currently selling the PS4 version of Minecraft for under a tenner until 12:00 midnight tonight, which is a serious saving. We'd have posted about it sooner, but TGC's servers seemingly collapsed under the demand earlier today, and are now back online and ready to do business.
I... don't need to explain what Minecraft is, do I? Thanks to darioredkin @ HUKD!
The big news today is that Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby will let you freely fly around Hoenn on the back of Latios or Latias, pulling off aerial manoeuvres and catching rare critters up in the sky. As a professionally detached mature adult, I can only describe this new revelation as the most incredible thing I have ever seen in my entire life.
In other news, I need to get out more. Here are your headlines.
Having got hands-on with Lara Croft & The Temple Of Osiris at Gamescom this year, I'm actually more excited about this puzzle/platformer/shooter hybrid than the next game. Fun co-op and some great set pieces make Tomb Raiding fun again, not angsty and needlessly gritty, while Keeley Hawes retakes her rightful place as the voice of Lara in this gamer's opinion. Anyway, a tenner is a steal thanks to GMG's P65PW6-F9B91D-TW2AG2 voucher code.
The Blink Bundle contains 9 games of varying quality, as per usual. Unmechanical is by far and away the star of the show -- find out why in our full review -- and I really like MURI's knowingly primitive MS-DOS style. Otherwise, there's a mix of the stylish, the bad and designed-specifically-for-Youtube tat (The Howler).
Thanks to Dr4gOns_FuRy @ HUKD!
As the name suggests, Castle Of Illusion HD is an attractive and fairly faithful adaptation of the legendary platformer. I say "fairly" because it introduces some 3D sections -- heresy! -- yet they work well and the package reminds us why we fell in love with gaming back in the day without cracking the rose-tinted specs. GetGames' cheap £2.49 price is the de-facto "deal" level, but still worth a go.
Thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!
The Humble Mozilla Bundle is an interesting beast, seeing as its games can be downloaded DRM-free, installed as Steam or played in-browser straight away.
Beat 60p for Super Hexagon, AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! for the Awesome, Osmos, Zen Bound 2 and Dustforce DX.
Beat the average to also receive Voxatron and FTL: Faster Than Light Advanced Edition. Thanks to the always-vigilant jaystan @ HUKD!
LEGO Batman 3 promises to go "Beyond Gotham," but TT Games are thinking bigger. Sure, the Justice League's bid to stop Braniac from abducting major cities takes our heroes around the world and even outside Earth's atmosphere, but at its core this is nothing less than a love letter to DC's entire sprawling universe. It's an attempt to cram in characters from throughout the most obscure parts of the canon, comics, Elseworld stories, the films and everything in between; from the snarling antihero we know today to Adam West's legendary 1960's romp.
And Batcow. And The Condiment King. And Mister Mxyzptlk. And... Kevin Smith?!
It's a veritable DC fan's dream crossover, but fans of the LEGO series can also expect some new gameplay features, enjoyable stud-collecting adventures and the gentle yet anarchic humour you'd expect from the Manchester-based studio.Click here to read more...
It's all in the name. LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham takes us beyond the iconic city on a quest to save the entire world, drawing on a massive pool of characters from every part of the DC universe, fan favourites and Elseworld stories.
I recently sat down with TT Games producer Matt Ellison to discuss how they approached development, what new features to expect and how LEGO Batman 3 promises to be a DC superfan's dream crossover. Not to mention a blast for aficionados of Adam West: the one true Batman.
In my opinion. Watch it all above, including what Ellison other classic franchise TT Games would love to give the LEGO treatment if they could get hold of the license.
Platform: PS Vita
Publisher: Marvelous Games
Be advised: the Senran Kagura franchise is all about jiggling anime breasts. It's as blatant and unabashed as fanservice gets, and Tamsoft are absolutely up-front about their intentions. Here we have a series in which infeasibly well-endowed schoolgirls literally kick each other's clothes off for our amusement, because they conveniently also happen to be ninjas, while the camera pans around for what can charitably be described as cinematic close-ups.
I had my first Senran Kagura experience earlier this year with Senran Kagura Burst, and I rather liked it.
I admit to enjoying a slice of cheesecake every once in a while, but I mainly enjoyed Burst because its embarrassing and cringeworthy premise was draped over a surprisingly excellent handheld brawler with responsive mechanics, diverse characters and addictive pick-up-and-play action. Several months on and having swapped the 3DS for the vastly more powerful PlayStation Vita, Shinovi Versus fleshes out practically every aspect of the game and makes sweeping improvements across the board, though a move from 2.5D to full 3D comes with some unique drawbacks.
And Pile Bunkers. Great big pneumatic ones.Click here to read more...