BioWare has confirmed two new expansions for Mass Effect 3, the most exciting being the Leviathan singleplayer story DLC. Which would have been a nice surprise, had we not known about it for weeks. A premium singleplayer weapons pack is also on the way - full details and screenshots below.Click here to read more...
Quakecon is in full swing over in the Lone Star State, and Bethesda used the podium to announce that Skyrim's Dawnguard expansion is now live on Steam. The lengthy DLC has also finally been confirmed for PS3, but apparently they're "not satisfied" with its performance yet.Click here to read more...
Beamdog are willing to part with a download of MDK 2's HD edition for less than a fiver, which will save you over 50% on RRP. It's difficult to describe the game as anything other than a three-part shooter/puzzler/stealth 'em up starring a parachuting space janitor with a sniper rifle for a hat, a hardbitten six-legged anthropomorphic dog commando and mad scientist, so that's exactly what I'm doing to do.
I'm losing a great deal of my life to Theatrhythm Final Fantasy at the moment. Though it's superficially a straightforward screen-tapping music game, a wealth of dormant gaming memories bubble under the surface, ready to leap out and ambush Final Fantasy fans without warning. I remembered beloved characters new and old, painful life-changing events, close-fought victories and underrated gems from throughout Square's RPG series, brought to vivid life by Uematsu's seminal soundtrack.
Which is why, after playing through The Rebel Army, I started to reflect on Final Fantasy II: one of the most venerable entries in the franchise - and one of the most divisive. Its original 1998 NES release never made it outside of Japan, while American gamers typically confuse it with Final Fantasy V since Square confusingly switched the names around. Having subsequently caught up on the PlayStation, Game Boy Advance, PSP and even iPad, many fans consider it to be one of the weakest links in the chain, citing numerous complaints about tone and mechanics.
While we're all entitled to our opinion, it's easy to ignore just how revolutionary Square's second attempt actually was. Final Fantasy II is one of the most forward-thinking and important RPGs of the NES era, featuring a radical approach to character levelling that's lauded as tremendously progressive in modern games. More importantly, though, it released with one of the most mature storylines to ever grace a videogame: one that deals with the real horror, personal loss, sacrifice and fallout of war. Something that even today's AAA titans frequently fail to accomplish.Click here to read more...
Are you a Minecraft fan? Annoyed that last year's convention was all the way across the Atlantic Ocean in Las Vegas? Did you wish upon a star?
Well, Mojang heard, because MineCon 2012 will be setting up shop in Disneyland Paris between November 24th-25th. We eagerly await the inevitable slew of Magic Kingdom Minecraft servers.
Mojang will open booking and registration "in the next two weeks," and they've apparently secured an "amazing" hotel rate.
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The latest Assassin's Creed III trailer is all about AnvilNext: Ubisoft's upgraded engine that can render a massive number of onscreen characters, populate battles with over 1000 NPCs and offers an impressive draw distance. Check it out below - if you like what you see, our eyes-on preview is shipping up to Boston.
EA has blown the lid off a third Army Of Two title, currently in development by Dead Space developer Visceral Games. Subtitled The Devil's Cartel and powered by Frostbite 2.0, this new outing will see mercenary partnerships hit the gritty streets of Mexico. However, it plans to take a "more mature and grittier" tone than its predecessor, and almost certainly won't star series mainstays Salem and Rios.Click here to read more...
SCE UK chief Fergal Gara has admitted that the Vita's sofware library isn't as strong as it should be, but that great things are afoot "in the next few months."Click here to read more...
Dark Messiah Of Might & Magic is currently very cheap, and it's probably worth a punt despite a couple of annoyances. An omnipresent bossyboots living inside your head becomes fairly aggravating very quickly, while character progression isn't as in-depth as we might have liked. But £2.02 will net you a decent-sized and enjoyable fantasy adventure, which we can't argue with.
This deal will expire tomorrow morning, so you may have to make an assessment sooner rather than later.
Here's a great price for one of this year's most successful games, and one that will secure you countless hours of multiplayer bliss. Truly, Future Soldier excels in the online arena, with a huge number of exciting gadgets, well-balanced classes and brilliantly-designed maps. Shame the singleplayer forgets that it's supposed to be a Ghost Recon game, though. Thanks to the legendary Syzable at HotUKDeals.
Platform: 3DS eShop
Developer: Renegade Kid
Publisher: UTV Ignition
The 3DS is still crying out for a killer dungeon crawler after Heroes Of Ruin fell at the last hurdle... and we genuinely thought that Planet Crashers 3D could be the answer to our prayers. Hailing from veteran handheld developer Renegade Kid (the studio behind Moon and Mutant Mudds), this charming proposition promised to marry universal appeal with lengthy and addictive questing, all wrapped up in jaunty pan-galactic voyage and a colourful art style worthy of Animal Crossing. Better yet, UTV Ignition announced that Planet Crashers 3D was going to release on the 3DS eShop rather than as a full-priced boxed title. I must admit to being rather excited about the whole endeavour ahead of last week's launch.
But perhaps the last-minute shift from high street retail to eShop should have rung alarm bells instead. Depressingly, an exciting planet-hopping premise ends up being wasted on one of the most bare-bones, mechanically flawed and downright ill-conceived RPGs you'll play this year. Each world's charming crust disguises a rotten core of unfulfilling grind and untold misery, riddled by hopelessly-implemented systems that never even aspire to reach the dizzying heights of mediocrity.
I always hate having to write hyperbolic sentences like that, especially when Planet Crashers 3D should have worked.
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Cult classic brawler JoJo's Bizarre Adventure will be getting an HD re-release later this month, and Capcom have issued a new trailer to tell players what to expect. Which, basically, is the unexpected. Character attacks include 50s convertibles smashing out of the ground, vicious eagles, massive scissors, steamrollers and all manner of lunacy. Hence the name, really.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure HD is slated to release on PSN ($19.99) and XBLA (1600 Microsoft points), featuring HD and classic graphics options along with various online modes.Click here to read more...
Now we're talking. After revealing the Centurion, Catapult and Jenner for MechWarrior Online, Piranha Games have given one of the fan-favourite mechs the full on trailer treatment. And no, before you ask, it's not the Mad Cat. Sorry.
Fear The Atlas, since it's 100 tons of unstoppable walking death with a leering skull visage. MechWarrior Online is out this year as a free-to-play online shooter - we've got the latest specs below for diehard fans.Click here to read more...
Despite not getting a date in 2K's latest quarterly financial report, Grand Theft Auto V seems to be in full swing. Rockstar has now updated a viral site and twitter account for the in-game Epsilon Program cult, which teaches us that "men are supposed to lie with nine new partners a week." Frankly, I don't think I've got the energy.
The Epsilon Program will doubtlessly play a major role in GTA V, potentially being a source of missions or deadly enemy.
Sony's quarterly financial report makes for an uncomfortable read, with sales down across their gaming division and a prediction that operating income will "decrease significantly". More worrying still, they're refusing to reveal Vita sales, causing us to wonder just how popular their premium handheld really is.Click here to read more...
After wowing E3 attendees and attracting developer talent like id Software's John Carmack, the revolutionary Oculus Rift 3D VR headset hit Kickstarter yesterday in order to secure startup funds.
Amazingly, they've managed to triple their $250,000 target before the first day has ended. Full details below.Click here to read more...
Did you miss the opportunity to buy A Virus Named TOM for £3.19? Really? Oh no! It's bloody brilliant! This indie puzzler does the business: quality, quantity and a dedicated local cooperative mode that's provided some of the most fun we've had in a long time.
Thankfully, Misfits Attic are still running a 25% off launch sale that brings the price down to £4.23 thanks to the exchange rate... undercutting Steam in the process even though you'll still get a Steam code. Choosing this option will also allow you to give all the money to the developers rather than letting Valve take their 30% cut.
As well as a great price for Morrowind, Impulse Driven/Gamestop is also offering a nifty price for its sequel. Oblivion is another enormous time sink with a truly enormous world to explore, and brilliantly, the GOTY Edition includes its two expansion packs. The Shivering Isles is practically a game in itself, and a demonstration of how post-launch content should be handled. On the other hand, the Horse Armour is the exact opposite.
You can alternatively get the Oblivion GOTY Deluxe Edition for £6.79 (which includes all nine DLC packs), but there's actually another option for hardcore fans. ShopTo are currently selling the 5th Anniversary Edition for £8.86, which contains a physical map and an extra 'making of' DVD. How badly do you need Mehrune's Razor and that horse armour? The choice is yours.
Morrowind is one of my favourite games of all time, and for many, was their first foray into the Elder Scrolls series. It's an enormous undertaking set on a massive island, with player choice at the forefront of the experience. Where you go, who you are, what you do and how you do it is entirely in your hands, and in contrast to Oblivion and Skyrim, the world is radically different from most fantasy games. Expect weird fungal buildings, guilds set in hollowed-out crabs and tottering chitinous Silt Striders instead of horses. And no enemy levelling, yesss.
If you want the entire package, including the massive Tribunal and Bloodmoon expansions, Impulse Driven (I mean Gamestop, sorry, old habits die hard) have a neat price that beats Steam's landmark May sale by £1.50.
Warlock feels like a mash-up of Civilization with the Majesty series, and that's exactly what it is. Creating your own empires go hand in hand with using devastating spells to destroy others and exploring extraplanar portals - it's an acquired taste, but ultimately a sweet one. GamersGate only want £3.98, which is well worth paying for strategy fans.