Here at Dealspwn we're all about value for money, so when a merchant bundles three awesome games together into a meaty discounted package we tend to take note. Today we're talking about two of Rare's finest recent games - Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts and Viva Pinata - and slick'n'speedy racer Project Gotham 4.
Individually, you're looking at paying just over £26 for these three - PGR4 (£6.89 - Gameplay), Banjo-Kazooie (£11.99 - Amazon Jersey) and Viva Pinata (£7.89 - Simply Games). But Argos are offering these three family-friendly titles for just £19.99, saving you over £6.
I've had the chance to get to grips with all of these games, and I can safely say that they're all pretty good. PGR4 will certainly keep racing fans and petrolheads happy with its exceptional speed, handling, large stable and impressive weather effects. The graphics are perhaps a little dated when stood next to Forza 3, but it's still a very good looking game and highly recommended for quick bursts of four-wheeled fun.
Viva Pinata is classic Rare: bright, colourful, well designed and with a wry sense of humour under the surface. The game's charm is in its simplicity: you are tasked with turning a muddy patch of land into a beautiful garden and attracting increasingly weird and wonderful candy-stuffed animals to set up home and procreate. There are little maze-driven mini-games for when the piñata get together to mate, and you'll spend time driving off predatory fiends and sour piñata. You'll have to break up the odd neighbourly fight between residents and make sure that you're garden is adorned with the best flora and fauna to attract the rare species of piñata. It's all very leisurely and it doesn't sound hugely enticing, but then you look up and you realise you've been playing for five hours straight.
Unfortunately, Banjo-Kazooie's latest outing isn't quite the triumphant return of Rare to platform games that many (including me) were hoping for. I can't say that I found the game terribly gripping and I downright loathed the fiddly control system, but my biggest issue was that I expected the game to be something that it wasn't. Approached with an open mind, Nuts and Bolts is actually a pretty fun title with massively customisable vehicles taking the place of the duo's special moves and transformations. Don't go in expecting a normal platformer and you might well be pleasantly surprised. The Rare sense of humour is back in full swing, it's an excellently polished and well-presented game, but N64-series fans might be disappointed.
Thanks to Deals Fiend at HotUKDeals