Two juicy headlines for you today. First off, it appears that Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker may have been brought forward in the UK to... pretty much whenever retailers want to sell it. No, really, apparently stores have stock and Ninty are fine with them shifting it. This makes sense seeing as Nintendo just dispatched us a loan review copy in the last Christmas post.
In other news, select players will be able to play the Halo 5 Guardians MP beta today, while the doors properly open on Monday. If only they'd held a beta for the Master Chief Collection, eh?
One week to Christmas and the news mill hasn't quite closed down. New Christmas-themed content is now available in GTA Online, Bloodborne looks even better than ever thanks to its replayable Chalice Dungeons, the first Elite player to reach Triple Elite Status will win £10K and the class action lawsuit against Killzone: Shadow Fall's "1080p" claims is going ahead. Could this set a new precedent for companies lying about graphics and performance? Pay attention, Ubisoft, Gearbox and Early Access devs.
In main news, though, Farming Simulator is getting some official tractor peripherals that resemble Steel Battalion's legendary controller, only with less missiles and more Wurzels. Here are your headlines.
After a year of waiting, Rockstar have finally confirmed that GTA Online's Heists will arrive early next year. There'll be 5 story strands and 20 missions in total, not to mention a selection of new vehicles and opportunities for crazy co-op shenanigans. Don't get me wrong, the fact that it took so long was shameful, but we can't wait to play it nonetheless.
Glad to see that my sleazy namesake Lester is on form - he's the handsome one of the family. Here are your headlines.
Perhaps realising that creating awesome new games isn't their forte, Capcom have announced that DMC: Devil May Cry and Devil May Cry IV are headed to PS4 and Xbox One next year. We're not entirely sure why, but at least it will be fun to play as Nero again. His ridiculous arm more than makes up for his emo idiocy, and more to the point, here's hoping that Devil May Cry V will follow shortly afterwards.
In other news, Forza Horizon 2 has received a massive expansion and Final Fantasy XV looks hilariously terrible. I'm not sure if nondescript confusing black outfits are worse than overdesigned cosplay bait, but neither is ideal. Here are your headlines.
I hope you're rested and ready for action, because the big news of the weekend is that we got our first look at Street Fighter V. Stop the presses: two opponents kick and punch each other a bit on a 2D plane, except it's much prettier, facial expressions are fantastic and the way the EX-Meter works has changed with the addition of power stances and different starting levels.
We also assume it now stands for EX-clusive. Here are your headlines.
Microsoft certainly think so, having romped to sales victory in November following their ruthless Black Friday price war and slew of cheap console bundles. Some great games didn't hurt either. The Xbox One outsold the PS4 and Wii U (which also had a great month to be fair) in the UK and US last month, though whether Xbox' new management can keep the momentum going through next year is another matter.
In other news, Borderlands Remastered has been spotted in the wild and suggests a new-gen debut for the series, while the id Software fanboy in me is also compelled to point out that it was Doom's 20th birthday yesterday. The (in)famous John Romero has released some unseen pictures of its development, which is a blast, though might make you feel a bit old.
Following yet another no-show at the PlayStation Experience, The Last Guardian is still in development and is progressing "under new conditions" according to ICO boss Fumito Ueda. Unless they're about to shock the world by announcing a Vita exclusive, we can be pretty sure that the eternally-delayed adventure is now a PS4 game.
Or PS5. This is The Last Guardian after all. In other news, a new study suggests that games are losing their value as gamers are spending less on our games and waiting for deals, which could have serious ramifications for the AAA industry and indies alike. Seeing as games are often too expensive to buy and make, however, we reckon that this is a wake-up call for the industry, though we would say that seeing as finding and reposting cheap games deals is kind of our thing.
Good morning! The news may be winding down for Christmas, but it's awards season at Dealspwn.com, meaning that you can have your say for GOTY 2014 and Best Retailer Of The Year. There are still a few headlines worth noting, though, including ambitious open-world zombie sim H1Z1's early access aspirations and Microsoft revealing that they're fully publishing Rise Of The Tomb Raider on Xbox One.
Tekken boss Katsuhiro Harada has also hit back against the backlash surrounding Lucky Chloe, the fanservicey catgirl revealed for Tekken 7 yesterday. He's sworn to stop the character reaching the US now, but personally speaking, I'm not sure why developers are seeking out feedback on the internet anyway. Picasso didn't. Miyamoto doesn't. Make your art the way you want and don't let your games get designed by internet committee, creative types.
Well, perhaps not if you're excited about The Witcher 3. CD Projekt have announced a major delay, pushing their massively anticipated RPG back into May 2015 much to the delight of Bloodborne and Batman. It's a shame, but on the other hand, we'd rather wait for a polished game that works than buy a hot broken mess early. Here are your headlines.
It's Game Of The Year time again, folks! How time flies. We're going to be starting our official run of articles and 'best-of' genre awards very soon, but for now, the polls are open to decide the community's choice for GOTY 2014 and Retailer Of The Year.
Cast your votes now!
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We're still reeling from a weekend of reveals and squeals, so it's a good thing that we can ease into this week nice and slowly. New God Of War has been confirmed -- at least, it's in development -- while DriveClub is finally getting some extreme weather today via a new patch. Microsoft are having a worse time of it, though, with Halo: Spartan Strike delayed until The Master Chief Collection's matchmaking has been fixed.
I suspect that the reason is so that 343 can give it away as an apology down the line. Calling it now.
Now the dust has settled on Black Friday, there are still some hot deals to be had, like Wolfenstein: The New Order for £14.99. These are pre-owned versions, so access to the upcoming Doom beta is not guaranteed. You will save a fiver over the next best deal though.
Wolfenstein: The New Order has a huge shout at my Game of the Year pick thanks to providing a classic bombastic old school shooter experience. There's an outstanding stealth game in there too if you fancy being a bit sneaky. Fantastic replay value is offered by multiple routes, unique skills and loads of treasure to reclaim from the Nazis. The story is way better than I expected too, with a pleasing mix of emotions and grin-inducing one liners. More of this please!
Thanks to Bure11.
After years of being pained by the Spike VGAs, we're not getting pulled into watching award shows in the middle of the night anymore. Even if they do promise some hot new trailers. The rebranded Game Awards 2014 kicked off around 2am GMT this morning and we have links to the winners and nominees below. You'll also find links to the best trailers that emerged from the show. Let us know what's caught your eye. So enjoy the videos the way you're supposed to -with bacon and a brew.
For once we're glad to see a 'cheap' jump scare, because Capcom have announced that Resident Evil HD will release for £15.99 on January 20th. Considering it's a full-on remake of the brilliant 2002 version, this actually sounds like a bit of a steal, so long as it's not just a DLC delivery vector.
More importantly, though, BBC iPlayer has finally released on Xbox One. Butter a crumpet and stick on the Bake Off, because it's about time too. Now we can catch up on all those Christmas repeats on BBC2.
Hooray! Mission accomplished! And about bloody time too.
After more than a year of tough negotiations, haggling, bickering and arguments over Xbox Live Gold's restrictive nature, the BBC and Microsoft have finally seen eye-to-eye and released the iPlayer app on Xbox One. You can grab it in the app section on the store, or search on SmartGlass. There's a small FAQ on-site if you want to know more.
Billed as an "all-in-one" entertainment device, the Xbox One's lack of iPlayer was a bit of an embarrassment to say the least, especially seeing as Sony consoles offered it at launch. We're thrilled that it's finally up and running, even if we've probably missed all the Bake Off.
I hope you enjoyed that musical trailer for Saints Row IV: Gat Out Of Hell. It's a nice pick-me-up on a miserable Thursday morning, and also a convenient way to distract from what is otherwise a fairly uneventful 24 hours. In the headlines Steam has revealed a new streaming service, Steam Broadcast, while Rocket League promises to bring some insane vehicular action to PS4.
Microsoft has also finally agreed to pay some hardworking Xbox Live Indie developers what they're owed before the holidays and apologised for their tardiness, possibly because they were visited by the Ghost Of Christmas Yet To Come (i.e. Nathan Fouts and Robert Boyd standing on each other's shoulders wearing a cloak and saying "wooooo").
No, today's tagline isn't some sort of pithy quip. Assassin's Creed Victory has been leaked as next year's Assassin's Creed title, taking place in Victorian London. It's a fan-favourite setting, but has Unity damaged the brand's reputation too much for another annualised sequel? We suspect that most gamers will merrily forget after a few months -- sadly, we usually do -- and that this convenient 'leak' may have occurred to help that process along and take eyes off The Crew. Here are your headlines.
The Crew launches worldwide today, and seeing as we were let in a day early, I've written a detailed and balanced launch impressions piece for your perusal. However, now that the servers are live -- and holding up, at least for now -- we can also report on exactly how Ubisoft's new MMO driving game handles the dreaded spectre of microtransactions.
Like Assassin's Creed: Unity, The Crew contains a premium currency known as Crew Credits, which can be used to purchase cars that you haven't saved up enough money for by completing challenges, races and missions. You have the option to buy every vehicle with either your slowly-increasing pot of in-game currency or Crew Credits, the latter of which, of course, come at a real-world cost. You're able to buy them in five different packs, starting at 45,000 at £3.99 and ending with 600,000 for a whopping £39.99.
To put this in perspective, early-game cars can run you between 4500-65,000 Crew Credits.
Personally I hate to see microtransactions and premium currencies in full-priced games, as their inclusion is smoking gun proof that a game's economy is designed to delay, annoy or otherwise convince you to reach for the credit card. The fact that you can't ignore Crew Credits -- it's a dual currency, so the option is right there on the screen next to regular purchasing options and even represented on your player tag -- is also a real bugbear too. The sooner this fad dies out, the better, since you've already paid good money for the game and frankly shouldn't be constantly harangued to slap down a little (or a lot) extra.
We'll find out whether it's easy and affordable to play the game the way it should be intended as the days roll on - stay tuned for our launch day impressions later today and a full review at the end of the week.
EMAGON. EMAGON! It's currently the word on everyone's lips, partly because it sounds seriously cool in a Spanish accent. I say that because PlayStation España have released an odd new teaser trailer for the mysterious phrase that will be revealed on December 5th, calling it PlayStation's "best kept secret."
The trailer looks very intriguing indeed, but before you get too excited, EMAGON backwards is "NO GAME." So, erm, yeah. To be honest I'm more excited about the next issue of The Secret World releasing soon, which plans to further advance the storyline of the most refreshing and MMO in years. Here are your headlines.
I trust you enjoyed Black Friday weekend and didn't trample too many pensioners in a quest for discounted gear. Today being Cyber Monday, we'll do our best to bag you a bargain without even having to brave the high street.
The gaming news is starting to slow down now we're heading into the Christmas season -- pinch and a punch for the first of the month -- but there are still a few interesting headlines swirling about. Xbox One managed to outsell the PS4 during the Black Friday sales according to a number of analysts, even as it flounders in Japan, while David Jaffe has successfully trolled the God Of War fanbase with brilliantly hilarious results.
Black Friday madness is in full swing, and it's clear that several retailers simply don't have the server infrastructure required to deal with the insane demand as gamers flock to pick up console bundles and massive videogame savings.
UPDATE 2: GAME are coming back online, but currently haven't updated many deals to match in-store offers.
At the time of writing, major UK high street retailer GAME are down and out, admitting defeat in a statement on-site. "Due to the overwhelming response to our amazing Black Friday offers, we're experiencing a technical difficulty on our website but are working to get it back up and running as soon as possible", they've announced. "We have 321 stores across the country where you can still get some amazing Black Friday deals."
Tesco Direct and Very are also both struggling to stay online at the time of writing, with both sites either redirecting or simply refusing to load. UPDATE: Very now seem to be back afloat for the time being.
Naturally we'll keep an eye on the situation, and it's worth noting that many of these deals will be available in-store. Remember, lead with the shoulder and try not to crush too many pensioners underfoot.