According to a new report, Microsoft are developing a gaming-optimised Surface tablet with a 7-inch screen and Xbox branding.Click here to read more...
We knew that Kinectimals couldn't satisfy David Braben forever, and the legendary designer has finally given us what we all really wanted: a sequel to Elite. Entitled Elite: Dangerous, the new project promises to let us "take a ship and 100 credits to make money legally or illegally - trade, bounty-hunt, pirate, assassinate your way across the galaxy."
If it raises £1,250,000 before January 5th, that is.Click here to read more...
Gimbal lets you build awesome Sci-Fi spaceships, then battle against other players. Sound good? Well, if that caught your attention, you'll probably be interested to know that you can pay anything you want over the next couple of days courtesy of IndieGameStand.
A free demo is available (on the official site) if you want to try before you buy.
Valve have reaffirmed their support of the Linux platform, which they believe to be the only thing 'keeping the open platform alive.'Click here to read more...
The Wii U version of Ninja Gaiden 3, subtitled Razor's Edge, promises to be much more than a port. Instead, Team Ninja appear to be trying to atone for the mediocre quality of the disappointing sequel by introducing a new and faster character, Ayane, reinstating dismemberment and tuning the combat.
Amazingly, this latest trailer actually resembles a decent game, though we'll find out the truth of things when Razor's Edge releases for Wii U on January 11th.Click here to read more...
Binary Domain proved to be an exquisite and thoroughly mental shooter with some exceptional set pieces and a story that approaches thought-provoking, so it's well worth checking out. Especially considering that GMG only want £5.62, down from the 'usual' £7.49 deal price. Bargain.
Impulse/Gamestop are currently selling Need For Speed: The Run and Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit for £6.24 all told, which will save you as much as you'll pay by our reckoning. Since Impulse are liable to whisk deals away at a moment's notice, I don't know how long this will last.
Ubisoft's Patrick Redding believes that the traditional 'AAA' game is going to evolve over the coming years, with developers focusing on "systemic depth" and creative gameplay rather than flashy graphics. Think Minecraft, not Modern Warfare. These smaller 'aaa' titles will apparently focus on player-driven storylines and gameplay, while requiring smaller teams and overheads for publishers.
Sounds good to us, actually. More details below.Click here to read more...
GamersGate is currently willing to save you about a fiver on Grotesque Tactics 2, an entertaining if inconsistent parody RPG. It'll bombard you with jokes at every opportunity - some of which hit, but many of them fail to launch. Solid turn-based combat clashes with a lack of meaningful RPG depth, so you'll either love or hate the experience. For £2.10, you won't have to pay much to find out which.
Chances are that you've already picked up Super Meat Boy on XBLA or as part of a Humble Indie Bundle, but if not, you should probably take advantage of GamersGate's latest offer. Super Meat Boy is an outstanding indie platformer with a punishing difficulty curve and hardcore ideals that has proved to be one of the most influential games of this generation.
It's brilliant, punishing and intensely affordable. Don't miss it - unless you're holding out for the swagalicious Ultra Edition.
Julian Gollop, the strategic mastermind behind the original X-COM, plans to revisit one of his earliest games as his next project. Chaos: The Battle Of Wizards originally graced the Speccy in 1985, and the legendary developer hopes to use new technology and the Unity engine to develop a spiritual sequel rather than a by-the-numbers revamp.Click here to read more...
Capcom and Ninja Theory have apparently learned some "elaborate" technical lessons from Dragon's Dogma, allowing them to make the upcoming Devil May Cry reboot feel like it runs at 60 frames per second... even though it won't.Click here to read more...
Platforms: PC | PSN | XBLA (reviewed)
Developer: Might & Delight
Publisher: D3 Publisher
Pid is very long and very, very difficult.
This ought to be a good thing. I've lost track of the sheer number of games that raised my hackles for failing to provide an appropriate amount of content or challenge, and Might & Delight have delivered on both. This surreal puzzle platformer serves up between 12-15 hours of cerebral adventuring, set in a soft focus world ripped straight out of a child's imagination. However, Pid's bizarre and beautiful imagery belies a game that delights in pushing players to the limit, both in terms of brainpower and reflexes. On paper, then, it should be an absolute stunner - especially for the bargain price of £6.99 or 800 Mirosoft Points.
Unfortunately, Pid happens to be the wrong kind of long... and the bad kind of difficult.
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Bethesda will be rolling out a teaser trailer for Skyrim's next DLC pack today, with the enigmatic artwork above acting as our only official clue about what to expect.
Unofficially, however, we expect it to take place on Solstheim and feature dragon mounts. We'll find out whether the source code search was on the money in a few hours.
UPDATE: Now this is happening.
292 GAME stores will be opening their doors at midnight tonight to celebrate the launch of Halo 4. In case you haven't decided to pre-order it, stay toasty warm and get your eight hours, GAME Stratford will act as the flagship venue. There will be merch and complimentary stuff for the first fifty fans, apparently.
Microsoft has also teased some sort of publicity stunt happening on the River Thames tonight, between Greenwich Peninsular and Tower Bridge. The "amazing spectacle" (whatever it is) kicks off at 19:45, with fans advised to make their way to Butler's Wharf by half seven.
Halo 4 is a seriously impressive shooter and a near-complete package, with Matt recently awarding 343's effort a 9/10 score. Will you be queuing at midnight?
As the biggest new release of the week, it's no surprise that Assassin's Creed III has run, jumped, sailed and bayonetted its way into the top spot. Ubisoft has confirmed that it's their biggest ever game launch (not to mention the biggest of 2012 thus far), outselling even Assassin's Creed Revelations. Impressively, portable counterpart Assassin's Creed III: Liberation managed to debut at 14th place - not a top ten position, but still good going for a Vita title.
However, Assassin's Creed wasn't the only major game to release last week. Football Manager 2013 is back to kill your life, WWE 13 grabs third place in a headlock and Need For Speed: Most Wanted is here to remind us that EA publishes good games alongside tosh like Medal Of Honor: Warfighter.
We'll have to wait until next week to find out how well a certain Master Chief gets on. Also, on a totally unrelated matter, expect nil productivity tomorrow.Click here to read more...
We have a complicated relationship with Metacritic here at Dealspwn. Though we're not currently represented on-site, we love the fact that it collects and corrals critical opinion from across the internet into one convenient place. Users can access a wealth of differing viewpoints with a single search, allowing them to read the most positive, negative and middling articles before deciding which particular critic they identify with most. At a basic level, then, Metacritic is profoundly brilliant.
The Metascore is obviously pointless. Review scores only make sense in context with other reviews from the same site, since each publication has unique scoring criteria and puts different weighting on the various technical and artistic aspects of each title. Us critics are informed by our own unique experience and tastes, not to mention that we write for different audiences. Trying to average and make sense of review scores as a whole, therefore, is useless - without context, they literally mean nothing whatsoever. It's sometimes depressing to see both gamers, publishers and pundits read far too much into this arbitrary number, which is too broad to be useful at best and disingenuous at worst. Plus, so long as you make the time to read it, it's the text that counts.
However, in my personal opinion, Metacritic's most far-reaching and arguably damaging effect on the industry is also one of its most subtle; a case of unintentional brainwashing that has helped to massively skew review scores towards the 80-100% end of the spectrum. It's as simple as the colour yellow.
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All Games Beta have spotted some miniature picture viewers destined for GTA V pre-order customers, which feature images of in-game locations. They're the only new info we have to go on at the moment, since a second GTA V trailer has been delayed due to the destructive effects of Hurricane Sandy on Rockstar's New York office.Click here to read more...
Hitman: Absolution's latest trailer presents a (slickly edited) view of what it calls a "living, breathing world." "A world filled with incredibly intelligent characters all displaying richly detailed synthetic life, where everyone you meet may well have a bigger part to play."
Blending in with this world, or using it to devastating advantage, will be paramount when tracking down Hitman: Absolution's canny targets. It's out on November 20th, with our hands-on preview poised and ready to deliver a precise burst of extra detail.