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Crysis 3 PC Requirements Revealed

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Crysis 3, Crytek, PC games

Crysis 3 PC Requirements Revealed

Can It Run Crysis? Probably.

Crysis 3 looks to be eminently scalable according to the recently-released minspecs and high performance PC requirements. Minimum and recommended specifications are less formidable than you might expect, though high performance simply asks that you have the "latest" CPU and graphics cards. Good luck...

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Borderlands 2 Season Pass | £14.99 | Green Man Gaming | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Borderlands 2, DLC, Gearbox Software, PC games, season pass
Borderlands 2 Season Pass | £14.99 | Green Man Gaming | PC

Two of Borderlands 2's four promised DLC packs are already out, and they're both very impressive. While Captain Scarlett offers a rip-roaring adventure complete with hovercraft and booty galore, Mr Torgue is all about insane action and explosions. So long as the third DLC pack is pretty good - and there's currently no reason why it shouldn't be - this deal will soon start paying for itself beyond the initial £5 saving.

Shoot Many Robots | £2.70 | GamersGate | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Demiurge, PC games, Shoot Many Robots, Ubisoft

Shoot Many Robots | £2.70 | GamersGate | PC

Shoot Many Robots is an addictive cross between Borderlands and Metal Slug that's all about multiplayer shooting and looting. We've rarely seen it cheaper than this, so if you've been sitting on the fence, it might be worth getting involved.

More details in our 7/10 Shoot Many Robots review.

Gothic & ArcaniA Complete Bundle | £10.00 | GamersGate | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Gothic Complete Bundle, Nordic Games, PC games, RPG Games
Gothic & ArcaniA Complete Bundle | £10.00 | GamersGate | PC
  • What: Gothic Complete Bundle (Gothic, Gothic II, Gothic III, Forsaken Gods Expansion Pack, ArcaniA: Gothic 4 & Fall Of Setarrif)
  • Where: GamersGate
  • Current Price: £10.00
  • ArcaniA: Gothic 4 Review

"A tenner?" I hear you say. "Really? I've seen the Gothic Complete edition for a fiver or less, Jon. Go back to bed."

Well, you're technically correct, except that this "complete" bundle is actually complete. You'll get Gothic 1-4 and all the expansions rather than just the first three, which is an awful lot of game for your money. Since Gothic 4 is the weakest link in the series, however, you might be better off waiting for the next incomplete bundle deal...

Tiny Troopers | £1.99 | Green Man Gaming | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Iceberg Interactive, Kukouri Mobile Entertainment, PC games
Tiny Troopers | £1.99 | Green Man Gaming | PC

Tiny Troopers is shamelessly inspired by Cannon Fodder, and actually provides an enjoyable bite-sized squad experience. Some players balked at its value at £7.99, but at a discount (and packing free extra content), I'd suggest checking this one out if you miss Jools and Jops.

SkyDrift | £1.74 | Green Man Gaming | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Digital Reality, Racing Games, SkyDrift
SkyDrift | £1.74 | Green Man Gaming | PC

We're always a little sad to see this 8/10 arcade aerial racing game hit rock bottom prices, but frankly, we're mainly chuffed for you guys. SkyDrift is currently available for less than £2 over at GMG, which is well worth checking out if you fancy the idea of going up tiddly up up and down tiddly down down in a flying machine. Not unlike some sort of magnificent man.

Jet Set Radio HD | £2.03 | Green Man Gaming | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Jet Set Radio Future HD, PC games, Sega

Jet Set Radio HD | £2.03 | Green Man Gaming | PC

Jet Set Radio was exactly what the Dreamcast needed: a funky, fresh exclusive with cel-shaded visuals and a soundtrack for the ages. It's still as vibrant and groovy as it ever was, but sadly, SEGA's decent HD port also demonstrated that the core gameplay hasn't held up anywhere near as much as the personality.

£2.99 has become the de facto 'deal price' for Jet Set Radio, and GMG have now undercut it.

Pandora's Tower Limited Edition | £17.24 | Amazon | Wii

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Action Games, Ganbarion, JRPG, Nintendo, Wii games
Pandora's Tower Limited Edition | £17.24 | Amazon | Wii

Pandora's Tower is an interesting proposition: a non-traditional love story wrapped in a gory action-adventure that makes full use of the WiiMote. Ganbarion's inexperience with big-league development frequently shows through, but it doesn't tarnish a charming and tragic little tale.

If you're interested, Amazon have a cheap little price for the special edition, which includes an artbook and steelbook case.

Far Cry 3 Review | King Of The Jungle

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Far Cry 3, FPS, PC games, PS3 games, Sandbox games, Shark punching, Ubisoft, Xbox 360 games

Far Cry 3 Review | King Of The Jungle

Platforms: PC | PS3 | Xbox 360 (reviewed)

Developer: Ubisoft

Publisher: Ubisoft

Far Cry 3 is nearly the perfect sandbox.

It's big, of course. Very big. The Rook Islands become a truly enormous playground good for dozens of hours of continued adventuring, stuffed with all manner of exciting shenanigans and unpredictable wild animals. It's well-crafted too, in that every square foot of terrain has been sculpted to make a fun and accessible environment for us to climb, drive and generally mess around in.

But Far Cry 3's greatest triumph lies behind the scenes: superbly versatile and unimpeachably solid core systems that constantly empower the player, making you feel like a consummate badass regardless of whether you're using stealth, cover, gunplay or fire to get the job done. What most games only let you watch in cutscenes, Far Cry 3 freely lets you do on a minute-by-minute basis. So long as you're good enough, you'll become a nightmarish jungle legend made flesh.

Far Cry 3 Review | King Of The Jungle

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World Of Warships: First In-Game Screenshots Set Sail

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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MMO, PC games, Screenshots, Wargaming.net, World Of Warplanes

World Of Warships: First In-Game Screenshots Set Sail

Pashmina Afghans At The Ready

Wargaming.net plans to complete their trifecta of military MMOs with World Of Warships, an accessible naval sim that sees players commanding a variety of battleships, cruisers and carriers. Until now, we've only had concept art to go on, but we've just received the very first in-game screenshots of the game in action. The accompanying press release promises "top-notch rendering, including historically accurate and highly detailed models of combat vessels, impressive variety of warship types, and photo-realistic virtual environments with real-life weather effects."

You can be the judge of that below. World Of Tanks recently received a major update that adds British forces into the mix, while World Of Warplanes is still in closed beta.

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Black Tusk Studios To Develop Microsoft's "Next Big Entertainment Franchise"

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Black Tusk Studios, Microsoft, Xbox 360 games

Black Tusk Studios To Develop Microsoft's "Next Big Entertainment Franchise"

"We're Looking To Build The Next Halo"

Black Tusk Studios, a new outfit formed from the rebranded Microsoft Vancouver, plans to create the "next big entertainment franchise" for the Xbox platform.

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12 Deals Of Christmas Promotion Returning To PSN

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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12 Deals Of Christmas, Playstation Store, PSN

12 Deals Of Christmas Promotion Returning To PSN

Sony has announced the return of their "12 Deals Of Christmas" promotion, which will deliver twelve 48 hour-long promotions from December 1st.

You now know as much as we do. Keep your eyes fixed on the PlayStation Blog post for daily updates from Saturday, or trust us to do it for you.

Crytek Gives Green Light To Fan-Created Timesplitters Mod

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Crytek, Mod, Modding, Timesplitters

Crytek Gives Green Light To Fan-Created Timesplitters Mod

Modders, Assemble!

Though Crytek are remaining very cagey about whether to release a new Timesplitters game or HD collection, they have at least given permission for fans to create a CryEngine-powered mod. They may even supply some original assets and support depending on whether a team can be assembled soon.

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Dirty Bomb: Splash Damage Reveals New Free To Play Shooter

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Dirty Bomb, FPS, Free to play, PC games, Splash Damage

Splash Damage, the developers behind Enemy Territory: Quake Wars and Brink, have revealed their latest game as Dirty Bomb. It's a Unreal-powered free to play shooter set in London, at least by the look of the new reveal teaser and some artwork on the official site. You'll see The Shard and London Bridge Station, alongside some predictably quick gameplay cuts.

We've little else to go on at present, but we'll tell you more once details become available.

Endless Space Getting Free Steam Weekend & Discount

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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4X games, Amplitude Studios, Endless Space, PC games

Endless Space Getting Free Steam Weekend & Discount

Amplitude Studios has announced that Endless Space will be free to play on Steam from later today until December 3rd. According to the Google-translated post, it will also be available at half price for the duration.

At this point, I should mention that I splashed out 9/10 in our Endless Space review, paraphrasing Douglas Adams to say "you just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is." This might be a good time to try it out if you're not too busy playing with your new Wii U.

Iwata "Very Sorry" About Wii U Day One Patch

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Nintendo, Wii U

Iwata "Very Sorry" About Wii U Day One Patch

Nintendo head honcho Satoru Iwata has apologised for Wii U owners having to download a patch to access core features like backwards compatibility, online multiplayer, MiiVerse and the digital marketplace.

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The Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth Headed To Consoles

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Edmund McMillen, PS3 games, The Binding of Isaac, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, Xbox 360 games

The Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth Headed To Consoles

During a lengthy post-mortem for disturbing and reprehensibly addictive roguelike The Binding Of Isaac, Edmund McMillen reveals that a improved version will eventually make its way to consoles.

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Planetside 2 Week One Impressions | Everyone Fights, No One Quits... You Get Me?!

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
Tags:
MMO, MMOFPS, PC games, Planetside 2, Sony Online Entertainment

Planetside 2 Week One Impressions | Everyone Fights, No One Quits... You Get Me?!

The war for Auraxis has begun. After months in beta, constantly teasing us with the scope of its massively multiplayer battles, SOE's free to play contender has rolled out in spectacular fashion. Carl is already working on our comprehensive full review (we have to take our sweet time with progression-based MMOs like this), but now that we've spent nine days enlisted in glorious Terran Republic, we can tell you that it's one of the most ambitious free to play games on the market. Since my CO is currently slaving away on delivering our final judgement, it falls to the Planetside noob - the Freaking New Guy - to start explaining why.

MMO launches rarely run smoothly, and Planetside 2 was no exception. Right from the off, the European client simply refused to work for 24 hours... and then the lag began. EU servers became slideshows for many players over the first few days, with Miller especially attracting a huge and vocal player outcry. Oh, the humanity! Oh, the latency!

Planetside 2 Week One Impressions | Everyone Fights, No One Quits... You Get Me?!

But Sony Online Entertainment were quick to address their mistakes, and over the last week, we've been spending all the free time we can spare in Planetside 2's enormous, sprawling, organic battles. As a tiny part of a titanic war machine, players choose a faction and swap classes to push across the continents; ground pounding, joining armoured convoys, hurtling through the skies or smashing through enemy lines in drop pods alongside thousands of others. Battle lines flow and ebb, factions rise and fall and - most amazing of all - casual fairweather gamers fight shoulder to shoulder with veteran outfits. Thanks to the versatile class system and quick respawn times, it's easy to get involved and start helping with little in the way of prior experience.

In short, Planetside 2 is absolutely astounding, because it lets you play things you'd only ever see in cutscenes elsewhere.

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Stealth Bastard Deluxe Review | Arsehole Evolved

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Curve Studios, Editor's Choice, Indie Games, PC games, Platformer, Puzzle games, Stealth Bastard Deluxe, Stealth Games

Stealth Bastard Deluxe Review | Arsehole Evolved

Platform: PC

Developer: Curve Studios

Stealth Bastard: Tactical Espionage Arsehole shocked the world when it released last year.

No, not because of the name. Nor its startling difficulty curve, with which the puzzle-platformer gleefully bullied its eager players. Instead, Curve Studios managed to cause a sensation by releasing a top-quality indie game for free with no strings attached.

Frankly, we all wanted to give them some money... and now we can thanks to this massively expanded Steam version. Stealth Bastard Deluxe effectively turns the free prototype into one of the most entertaining - if sadistic - indie games of the year.

Stealth Bastard Deluxe Review | Arsehole Evolved

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Yoshi's Land Wii U Leaked By Retailers

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Retail, Rumour, Wii U, Yoshi's Land Wii U

Yoshi's Land Wii U Leaked By Retailers

"Check Out Yoshi As You've Never Seen Him Before"

Yoshi's Land Wii U originally came to our attention when an early adopter accidentally blundered into a secret area on the MiiVerse forums. However, the as-yet unannounced title seems to have been confirmed as real by two retailers, suggesting that 'dual screen fun' and MiiVerse integration will play a major role in gameplay.

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