Legend Of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds | Simply Games | £29.85
I suppose you could technically describe the 3DS' latest masterpiece as a link to the past, since it's a follow-up and sequel to that ancient classic. That was in the past. It links to... you know what, never mind. This excellent adventure has some great puzzles, uses 3D brilliantly and looks gorgeous - very much a Christmas present worth unwrapping. Especially since you can save a fair few quid with this cheap deal. Thanks to notty786 @ HUKD!
If you've got a Toys R Us close by, you might be able to save a little extra thanks to a great spot from dmp69.
Developer: Ghost Games
Need For Speed: Rivals ought to be the best racing game on PS4 and Xbox One. On paper it already is: an enormous open world where street racers challenge each other to reckless head-to-head showdowns, all as the police strive to shut them down hard and fast with an insane range of gorgeous tricked-out supercars. It's a fun factory, a powerslide paradise, underpinned by the AllDrive system that brings players together into a single seamless session on both sides of the law. Ghost Games have the pedigree to pull it off, consisting primarily of Criterion veterans, but the reality match the mission statement?
Everything nearly works as intended, it's almost brilliant, but unfortunately you can feel the limitations of the PS3 and Xbox 360 holding Rivals back where it counts.Click here to read more...
Some games are born brilliant, some are born bad, but there's nothing more aggravating than a game that manages to fall short of true greatness. Over the last few years we've seen our fair share of titles with wonderful ideas and clear potential, yet managed to squander their lofty promises. Perhaps they didn't capitalise on their unique features or left potential untapped, maybe they tripped over in terms of production values and testing, often they just made one critical error that ruined what should have been a superlative experience.
So it's high time we took a look at some of the main offenders of recent years. While all of these games are still well worth playing, they all share one thing in common: they could easily have been so much more.
Close... but no cigar.
By far the most current game on my list, Ghost Games' debut makes all the right moves and all the right noises. It's fantastic drift-heavy arcade fun, providing a range of ridiculous supercars to rag around an enormous playground on both sides of the law. To top it off, AllDrive promised to merge singleplayer and multiplayer into a single experience, bringing players together into insane hectic sessions whether racing together or working on their own goals.Click here to read more...
Sci-Fi fans should seriously consider dropping £2.56 on this sweet little BundleStars offering. It contains... deep breath... Sword of the Stars II Enhanced Edition, Project Freedom, Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space, SpaceChem, SpaceChem: 63 Corvi DLC (add-on), Really Big Sky, Planets Under Attack, Data Jammers: FastForward and Ion Assault.
Again: £2.56. This is a seriously good deal, especially since you'll get Steam codes for the lot.
Wow. Christmas present buyers take note: for less than a ton, you can grab a Nintendo 2DS handheld with one of this year's hottest games. The wedge-shaped portable console is compatable with 3DS and DS games, though doesn't have stereoscopic 3D or a hinge in the middle. A less practical option than the 3DS, but so cheap, so very very cheap.
Thanks to Kais @ HUKD!
Platform: Xbox One
Developer: Turn 10
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
For many Xbox One owners, Forza 5 is "next-gen," the game that definitely marks the end of one era and the start of the next.
It really is a thing of beauty; the diamond-sharp, crystal-crisp action more drool-inducingly gorgeous than the orange McLaren P1 on the screen. Sure, the off-track detail isn't quite as impressive as those early showcase builds, but we're still able to pick out individual blades of grass as we barrel past at insane speeds, and ogle the tiniest reflections in the bonnet or the inside of the windscreen. It's stunning, £429 stunning.
Forza 5 is built on racing pedigree too. Turn 10's series is famed for its sweet spot between accessibility and ruthless simulation, offering a range of scalable assists and a rewind function to let everyone find their automotive happy place. For me, it's chucking a BMW M3 sideways through the streets of Prague with a braking-only racing line and automatic gearbox. For others, it will be cut-throat authenticity in a track special or F1 car, carefully managing tyres and collisions to stay out of the pit lane. Every vehicle is unique and treated with reverence, regardless of its age or horsepower, meaning that there's a niche for everyone.
You can find it, whatever it is... though getting there might take a little more time than you're used to.Click here to read more...
While we wait for PopCap to do the right thing and develop Heavy Weapon: Atomic Tank 2 - Tank Harder, at least we'll be able to play Peggle 2 to tide us over. Call us immature if you like, call us childish if you must, but we're probably more excited about this peg-busting sequel than any other Christmas release on the books.
It's out on Xbox One next week, but to whet your appetite, we've got a whole mess of videos below showing off the masters in action.Click here to read more...
This isn't really a case of "wow, it's cheap," rather it's a case of "wow, it's in stock." ShopTo are currently selling the PS4 and PS Vita together so that early adopters can crack on with remote play from the get-go - effectively you'll get the PS4 at RRP and the Vita for £150. Not too bad, but unless you're absolutely champing at the bit to get one as a present, waiting until next year will be the best way of saving money.
Thanks to kevykat @ HUKD!
Super Mario 3D World | Toys R US | £39.89
Voucher Code: 990808201990
So this is pretty much the best game of Christmas 2013, then. It's also the cheapest price we've seen for this Wii U wonderhorse, so be sure to plug in voucher code 990808201990 before checking out. Thanks to Hayter27 @ HUKD!
The PS Vita is a seriously impressive handheld, and it's falling in price all the time. This latest deal allows you to buy it with two of its best games for less than £140 - that's 3DS money - and even get the 3G model into the bargain too. Note that you'll probably want to source a beefier memory card though, since 4GB will fill up fast.
To find this deal, scroll down to the special offers. Thanks to RikkiT @ HUKD!
The Humble Jumbo Bundle is a mighty fine bargain whether you beat the minimum or the average.
You can pay what you want for... wait for it... Natural Selection 2, Sanctum 2 and Magicka with all its DLC. This is already superb.
But the real action begins when you beat the average, with Orcs Must Die! 2 Complete, Garry's Mod and Serious Sam 3: BFE thrown into the mix - and soundtracks too. It's a case of quality over quantity this time, and frankly, it's a massive saving no matter how you slice it. Thanks to Kingsworth @ HUKD!
Following its November 22nd launch, I've been thoroughly enjoying the Xbox One as both a console and an entertainment centre. A seriously solid launch lineup, alongside a surprising degree of convenience and downright fun provided by Kinect, makes it a seriously nifty bit of living room kit I'm thrilled to own.
But it's not finished yet. "A fairly strong start, but one that needs to be built upon and soon," I wrote in our full Xbox One review.
The Xbox One is very much a work in progress, with numerous features either missing or in need of serious improvement. Various aspects of the interface and user experience require ironing out in swift patches - to the extent where the community have rallied around a new feedback site to voice their constructive criticism. Microsoft is apparently taking this feedback to heart, and hopefully plan to use their much-vaunted cloud service to deliver some quick updates in the very near future.
So with both references to our exhaustive hardware review and Xboxfeedback.com, it's time to discuss what we want from the first few rounds of patches, and partake in some constructive criticism of our own.
The Xbox One controller can squeeze an enormous amount of active play time out of a single set of Duracells, thanks in part to Kinect's effortless power-saving mode. But on the flip-side, there's no way to tell how much juice you have left short of digging out a battery tester.
Just... why? Come on, this is pretty basic stuff. While you're at it, Microsoft, cloud-based thumbstick inversion settings might be a good idea.Click here to read more...
Big numbers alert! Now that the PS4 has released both Stateside and in Europe, Sony have revealed that over 2.1 million units have been sold worldwide since launch - and they expect this figure to increase to more than double by next March.Click here to read more...
Platform: Xbox One
Developer: Capcom Vancouver
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Dead Rising 3 is no looker. Forget the cries of "720p!" and "30FPS!" because we don't need jargon to describe this hot mess. There are moments of beauty, but it's hard to notice them when shop signs and road markings take an age to pop into existence, animations are clunky across the board and waxy-faced NPCs frequently look less human than the zombie hordes. As such, it won't be the first game you install on your new Xbox One to show off the system.
However, this madcap slaughter sandbox deserves to be the second disc you pop into the drive... where it will likely remain for some considerable time. Dead Rising 3 is nothing less than the best next-gen console exclsuive on either system and succeeds for one simple reason. Instead of concentrating on graphics, Capcom Vancouver decided to translate the Xbox One's horsepower directly into FUN.
And zombies. Ruddy hundreds of the procedurally-generated shamblers, all of whom can be dispatched in a wonderful cornucopia of profoundly silly ways.
Click here to read more...
We're receiving word of a virulent fever outbreak of the most extreme variety, which is set to peak next Monday, December 9th.
Or in other words: Peggle 2 finally has a firm Xbox One launch date.Click here to read more...
The PlayStation 4 launched in the UK last Friday, and by the looks of things, the entire population of Hull bought one each.
At least that's what the data tells me, because Sony's new console sold a whopping quarter-million units in its debut weekend, trouncing the Xbox One and becoming the fastest-selling games console in UK retail history. Break out the blue bunting!Click here to read more...
The PS4 may have launched today, but Sony are giving PS3 and Vita owners a decent reason to hold off for a while with a massive selection of discounts across both devices. Terraria, Call Of Juarez: Gunslinger, The Cave, Cloudberry Kingdom, Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People, Magic 2014: Duel Of The Planestalkers, Dokuro and Divekick are all available for less than £4, alongside other (perhaps less tempting offers).
We've got the whole thing below, which will run over the weekend. Thanks, EU PlayStation Blog.Click here to read more...
Dead Rising 3 | Zavvi | £39.99 (save £3 vs GMG)
Though not exactly a poster-boy for next-gen (current-gen?) graphics, Dead Rising 3 is by far one of the most enjoyable launch titles on Xbox One. My full review is in the pipeline, but I'm already able to report that it's fantastic fun, and caters to both diehard fans and casual players with its multiple modes. And insane weapons. And silly vehicles. And bear turrets. And more zombies than you've ever seen on a single screen outside of The War Z. Zavvi will save you £3 vs Greenman Gaming.
Thanks to JDavies @ HUKD!
"Next-Gen" is now "current-gen" here in the UK. It's official. After seven years of continually upping their game on PS3, Sony made sure to hit the ground running this generation - deploying a sleek black console with powerful hardware and a seriously attractive price tag.
So it's time to sound off: did you buy a PS4 today? Queue up at midnight? Had one pre-ordered? If so, let us know how you're getting on with it!
Matt's come down with an acute case of the probablyjustplayingps4-itis (can't say I blame him really!), but our full review will be ready very soon. Remember to check out all the reviews, articles and video coverage already on-site.
Anyway, here are a few fun things floating around the net today.
It's not often I use the words "inspired advertising" and "The Sun newspaper" in the same sentence, but here's what greeted lascivious buyers expecting Rosie, 22 from Middlesex:
And how's this for a little friendly competition. Aww.
Anyway, have a happy launch day - whether you went to work or totally got pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis overnight. Nasty disease that. I'd suggest at least a long weekend of complete R&R.
Platform: Xbox One
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Ryse isn't the sharpest pilum in the cohort. This is a game in which Boudica proudly rides an elephant through the streets of Rome, where legionnaires smack arrows out of the air with their swords, that recasts Greek myth Damocles as a Roman version of Candyman and assumes that barbarians spent their free time manufacturing vast quantities of explosive barrels. Out of what? Woad? Never mind all that, though, because this is also a game where every QTE is impossible to fail. It's pretty, stunning even, but oh so hilariously stupid.
I really like it.
See, though we weren't particularly kind to Ryse over the last few months (an understatement), there's something endearing about its single-minded determination to be neither big nor clever. It's short and dumb, unbelievably repetitious too, but utterly gorgeous and built around a combat system that works.
In fact, anyone who suggests that Ryse is a "button masher" or "plays itself" probably clattered through it on the lowest difficulty setting to deadline. Or, erm, made perfectly valid judgements based on that awful E3 reveal, using the evidence at hand. Let's clear that up.Click here to read more...