Loot Crate has proven incredibly popular, and we've seen a number of services cashing in on the same formula, and encouraging customers to subscribe on a rolling monthly basis or prepay for a set time period in advance in exchange for monthly gift boxes, brimming with swag.
It was only a matter of time before someone decided to go time-travelling in the name of retro fans everywhere.
My Retro Game Box is a new initiative in the Loot Crate mould that will deliver a random selection of retro games on a monthly basisfor subscribers to keep. The supported formats include NES, SNES, N64, Game Boy, Game Boy Colour, GBA, SEGA Master System and SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis.
Prospective users can choose between PAL and NTSC packages, as well as specifying genre likes and dislikes, and the service will ship worldwide for $6 extra. Except in the UK, where delivery will be FREE!
Membership costs $35 on a month to month basis, $100 for three months, $190 for six months or $350 for a year. There's more information to be found on My Retro Game Box here: http://www.myretrogamebox.com/faqs/
Don't have the right console yet? Well MRGB are currently advising buyers to comb eBay, but they say that they will have aconsole shop onsite up and running soon, with discounts for subscribers.
I've longed for this day. The intricacies of modern operating systems and the tangled web of litigious bureaucracy and inept management meant that when my Grim Fandango CD became completely unplayable over a decade and a half ago, there was little to be done in the years that followed. Those years were spent desperately hoping that more stock would magically appear, that when GOG.com popped up, maybe there would be a second coming for Manny Calavera and chums. Maybe, just maybe, I'd finally get to play one of my favourite games of all time again.
Yeah, about that...
It took the destruction of LucasArts as a franchise and the Lazarean resurgence of Tim Schafer and co. in this new age of crowdfunded resurrections to do it. But finally, after seventeen long years, Grim Fandango is back on (digital) shelves again. Having railed against the shameless cash-ins of remastered reissues for games no less than a year old, this perhaps represents that most worthy of remastering endedavours: the restoration of an old classic for a new generation to sample, and for old fans to delight in once more.
Tempering expectations here are key, though, and this release needs to be seen for what it is: a seventeen-year-old game rendered playable again for fans, available a retro-reduced price. In the same way that Ocarina of Time 3D was a slightly spruced up trip down memory lane to appeal to everyone who already thought that game was the mutt's nuts, this Remaster is geared towards a friendly audience, one that already understands Grim Fandango's place in history, though don't let that put you off if you're coming to this new.Click here to read more...
There's up to 90% off of Daedalic titles over at Gamersgate right now, with the promotion running until 8th February. Click here to check it out >>
Noirish prison-break, adventure title 1954 Alcatraz is just £1.70, with Deponia also massively reduced down to £2.40. Blackguards is only £7.50, and remember you can get an extra 15% off by using the voucher code 10AN-PREV-FEB2015.
Playing the beta? Check out Brendan's Battlefield Hardline Survival Guide!
After getting to grips with the game last year and lamenting that it felt like a BF4 mod rather than anything particularly fresh, Battlefield: Hardline proceeded to miss its original drop date, and got pushed back to this year. We rejoiced in the hopes of the developers using the extra time to work out what it was that they actually wanted to do with Hardline, maybe even giving the game some semblence of an identity beyond that of its predecessor. Well, now there's a new beta out and, having spent several hours playing cops and robbers in the new build, here are a bunch of our impressions on the latest slice of action from Visceral games and DICE.
Battlefield Hardline is back and much has improved. Instead of feeling like a palette swap, it now feels like a DLC pack.
Improvement is a very relative thing, I suppose.Click here to read more...
XCOM: Enemy Within took an outstanding game in Enemy Unknown, and made it better. This standalone expansion is bigger, deeper, and more challenging than its impressive predecessor, forcing players to rethink their approaches, and delivering near endless replayability. Given how many weeks you'll lose to this game, paying just over a fiver for it seems like an absolute steal. Cheers Turkey!
Contains all five episodes of the Telltale adventure series. Make sure to use the voucher code 10AN-PREV-FEB2015 to get it at this price. Be quick, though, this one ends in an hour. Cheers Buzz!
One of the best things about this job has been working with some of the most passionate, talented, hard-working, and funny people I know. There have been times when I've laughed so hard that I've almost done grievous internal damage to my organs. There are numerous occasions that have seen me literally weeping with unstoppable mirth.
With that in mind, and in no particular order, here are a bunch of my favourite moments that we managed to get on file that still make me chuckle, including Jon's legally distinct rendition of Me & You, which might just be the best thing that has ever come to pass.
And this, of course. Still our most popular video ever. Sigh.
It's been a blast.
I got a huge kick out of Infamous: Second Son. It might not win any awards for originality, but it's a fun little Seattle-based superhero sandbox, and well worth picking up if you've burned through all of your Christmas games on PS4.
Click here to read our Infamous: Second Son review. A tip of the cap to miguelgoncalves11 for the spot!
If you fancy a bit of pomp and some extras, mind, be aware that GAME are doing the GT6 Anniversary Edition for £19.99 preowned. Cheers covforce.
To say that we were not exactly impressed with Battlefield: Hardline's testing period last year would be an understatement, and we weren't the only ones to find ourselves wondering if Hardline would just be a skins-and-maps download expansion for Battlefield 4. To call Hardline a palette-swap might have been something of a disservice at the time given that what we saw of it was just a sliver of the full game, but that didn't stop many fans from levelling that accusation at Visceral Games and DICE, and writing Hardline off as an attempt at annualisation that one could afford to skip out on until Battlefield 5 turns up.
To be honest, playing through familiar game types like Conquest and Team Deathmatch in this week's beta, that's probably still a fair reaction. Then again, when you slap a huge, recognisable brand like "Battlefield" on a game, you're rather limiting your own options for diversification.
That being said, the Bank Job map included in this beta actually does a decent job of making the Heist game mode that we tried out last year feel like something a little new. Robbers go for the loot, and have to work together to drill through and collect the swag, defending their position until they're ready to depart and head for a randomly generated exit route via a spawned helicopter. The cops, of course, have to stop that from happening... by any means necessary.
Scurrying around the Downtown level we played on last year, things devolved into spray-and-pray anarchy relatively quickly, but on the Bank Job map, the overwatch spots for the cops and the tight corridors of the bank make teamwork an absolute must. It's no Payday 2, mind, but it's a little more strategic than we've previously seen, particularly when plotting your entry routes to the target building. Outside, however, things get pretty familiar pretty quickly, and vehicles are disabled in this mode, sort of nerfing Battlefield's trademark best qualities. The addition of things like ziplines and grappling hooks are nice, but if you're a fan of heist titles that lean towards meticulous planning, you're going to be disappointed here.Click here to read more...
Probably my favourite LEGO game to date, I'd definitely suggest picking this up on the new-gen platforms: the world is a lot crisper, the central hub far more detailed, and everything is much smoother. Click here for our glowing review of Lego Marvel Super Heroes. Cheers preparation is key!
While we didn't feel it was quite up to the standards of Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, Origins certainly isn't a bad game and its story is highly enjoyable. For the price, it's certainly worth a go if you overlooked it previously, and playing as Deathstroke is a lot of fun.
If you're someone who knows that they're going to be taking advantage of a Steam sale at some point, or maybe you're just eyeing up some cheap credit to take advantage of wallet systems such as this, well CDKeys have an offer that you really ought to check out. Getting £50 of Steam top-up credit for £41.79 is a no-brainer if you know that you're going to use it.
Click here and enter your email address to grab your 5% off CDKeys Facebook voucher code. Cheers FantasyDeals!
GMG are running a 2014 Revisited sale in conjunction with their seemingly endless 20% off digital games voucher code, and that means you can pick up a bunch of super cool little indie titles like Always Sometimes Monsters
from £1.40 each.
Be sure to use the voucher code 20PERO-FFDIGI-GAMESX to get it at this super cheap price!
This Thursday will mark five years to the day since I became Senior Editor of Dealspwn, and it will also, sadly, be my last day writing for the site. It's also been just over half a decade since this millennium moved into adolescence, and in that time there've been some absolutely cracking games of all sorts, shapes, and sizes. So in the interests of a bit of self-indulgent reflection, and because it's a Tuesday, here are twenty (it was too hard to simply do ten) of the very finest games we've seen in the first half of this decade.
Honourable Mentions: Super Meat Boy, Mario Kart 8, Divinity: Original Sin, Sleeping Dogs, Trine 2, Tomb Raider, Frozen Synapse, Titanfall, Dishonored, Portal 2, Super Mario 3D Land, Papers Please, The Stanley Parable, GTA V, Bioshock Infinite, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Hotline Miami, Halo 4, Dragon Age: Inquisition.
20. Saints Row IV
What we said: The Saints are back in town, and they're firing on all cylinders! Volition have built a fantastically cohesive superpowered sandbox stuffed with plenty to do, some outstanding performances, and all of the tools for some outrageous virtual fun. It's the purple-tinted lovechild of Prototype and GTA, but with all of the Saints' own character and charisma . And it's bloomin' brilliant!
19. FTL: Faster Than Light
What we said: If you like roguelikes and space and always dreamt of being the one in the big chair saying "Make it so!" then this is the game for you. It might not have the most well crafted universe and it will frequently punish you, but it's also massively replayable, hugely rewarding, and genuinely thrilling at times. Engage!Click here to read more...
I've got a bit of a soft spot for Watch Dogs in spite of its boring protagonist and needless content bloat. Sift through the repetitive mission design and there are some cool tidbits to be found, and turning the city of Chicago into your personal hacker playground is pretty awesome. Stick on some blues, crank the volume up to eleven, and engage in some of the most satisfying car chases since Criterion last made a game. Cheers Buzz!
A little PSA, folks. It looks like game-tracking service Raptr has been hacked, with the CEO urging users to change their passwords as soon as possible.Click here to read more...
Hot on the heels of yesterday's reports that certain Tesco stores have been selling Wii U units for as low as £84, comes the news that outlets are getting rid of Wii Mini console stock for under £30. According to HUKD user fizzyb123, the local Tesco outlet at Shirley was selling Nintendo Wii Mini 8GB (Red) units for £29.
The moral of the story? Give your local outlet a ring right now if you fancy a cheap Nintendo bargain, and see what they've got right away! We'll update with receipt confirmation when we have it, but it's worth popping into your lcoal store speculatively anyway if you're hunting for a Nintendo bargain, as they've been regularly dropping the prices on Ninty products of late.
UPDATE: It looks like local outlets are purging stock on a number of items, though it seems to be on a store-by-store basis. We've clocked reports of Vita units being sold for as low as £49, and old 3DS consoles going for £44.
This one requires a little bit of hoop jumping, I'm afraid, but it's worth it if you want to snap up an Xbox One bundle on the cheap. The first thing you'll need to do is set up a new credit account with Very and then redeem the code 4QRAX for £30 off of your first purchase.
Click here and buy your Xbox One bundle. You'll get £30 credit applied to your account after a couple of days, simply pay off the remaining credit balance, and you've bagged this Xbox One bundle for £279.99 rather than £309.99! Thanks to thedealsdestroyer and heyheyhey11!
I'm being chased by men with guns, which seems particularly unfair given that all I have is a loose piece of plumbing equipment being gently warmed by a battery duct-taped to one end. But Dying Light isn't really a game that wants you to fight very often; it would much prefer that you run.
So off I tear, racing down side streets and narrow alleyways, gently nudging the right bumper to kick off towards nearby ledges, scrambling over fences and rooftops, and dodging legions of the walking dead, occasionally sliding between the festering legs of these shambling zombies to deliver the odd crunchy powerslide attack... because it feels good. I race to the top of a high building and realise that I've inadvertently solved my earlier problem. The men with guns are now being ripped to shreds by the undead masses.
The sun is going down, and the vision below me is captivating. Gory, disgusting, and peppered with sickening squelchy sounds, but undeniably beautiful to me with my slim sliver of health.
I'm really enjoying this game, and that's not something I really thought much during my first few hours with Dying Light.Click here to read more...