- What: Dead Rising 2
- Where: Zavvi PS3 | Xbox 360
- Current Price: £9.85
- Dead Rising 2 Xbox 360 Price Comparison
- Dead Rising 2 PS3 Price Comparison
- Dead Rising 2 Review
Dead Rising 2 may not be perfect or even a particularly comprehensive evolution of the original, but it's certainly expansive and great for epic freeform zombie-killing rampages. The new combo weapon creation system is a right laugh when used properly, resulting in some ludicrous killing machines cobbled out of the most unlikely household objects. Fear the drill bucket! Why not check out Tom's top ten list of the best (and most ridiculous) combo armaments if you're not yet sold on the idea?
If you've still got a PS2 lying around the house, I certainly know I have, and want to rock out to a wicked set list filled with both modern and classic hits, then you should definitely check out this phenomenal deal.
Play are currently selling the Band Hero band bundle, thats a copy of the game, a guitar controller, drum kit, and microphone, for the absurdly low price of £29.99! That'll make you a massive saving of £74.11 over the next best offer of £104.10 coming in from Tesco Entertainment, you can't ask for much better than that!
The set list for Band Hero isn't quite as niche as Rock Band or Guitar Hero, with tracks from numerous artists covering most areas of the music spectrum, ranging from Robbie William and Kylie Minogue to Papa Roach and Evanescence. This allows the game to meet the needs of a much larger collection of music fans and means you should be able to play with friends and family without having to worry about their musical preferences.
Playing through the single player isn't quite as much fun as that of its predecessors, mainly because you'll just be playing through set list after set list and you don't really feel like you're part of a band thats struggling its way to fame. Thankfully though, the multiplayer is equally as enjoyable, especially when you've got couple of friends round or if you want a welcome alternative for a board game during a family gathering.
Whether you're looking for some summer fun or want to expand your virtual list of songs, Band Hero's definitely a game you can chill out to.
Thanks to Hugh Jass! @ HUKD
Considering the massive popularity of Dr. Who these days (and its successful rebranding from food for geeks to family favourite), it's surprising that it has never received a proper video game makeover. However, while they eschewed the idea of a proper adventure, Eidos did take the slightly bizarre step of marrying Dr. Who with Top Trumps in a delightful game setting.
Amazon are currently selling the Doctor's incredible card-based antics for less than a pound! This is a considerable saving compared to the next best price of £3.49 from Cool Shop.
91p for a game! Amazing! The one, teeny tiny little catch? It's kinda rubbish.
Top Trumps: Dr. Who is based on the animated series rather than the live action show (despite the more than a little misleading cover art) but most of the time you won't even be seeing any of that. Instead you'll mostly be looking at the rather utilitarian interface featuring your hand of cards and very little else. To be fair, it's a bit mean to judge the PS2 by current generation standards but even when pitted against its contemporaries, in terms of graphics, this game can only embarrass itself.
If you are a fan of both Top Trumps and Dr. Who then you might, might, just enjoy this game. However the chances are that you would have a much better time with the interaction that comes from a real life game of Top Trumps, although you'll probably have to pay slightly more for the privilege.
Thanks to dontdothatagain at Hotukdeals!
Yes I know. It's a PS2 game, and not even a terribly good one at that...unless you're a kid. And that's absolutely fine. You see, the Buzz controllers were made to appeal to the most childish of instincts: the desperate urge to press the big red button. This may be a PS2 game, and therefore only compatible with certain PS3 models (why Sony, WHY?!), but the four Buzz controllers included here will certainly work with your next-gen rig.
Essentially, therefore, you're getting four Buzz controllers for just over a fiver. They're almost certainly wired, but at this price, who's complaining?
- Click here to put your finger on the buzzer for Disney Think Fast (inc. 4 Buzz Controllers) for £5.93 from The Hut
If you do have a backwards-compatible PS3, then you'll find out that Think Fast is actually far from a bad game, invite some friends around and it's actually quite fun for a little while. Robin Williams' genie was born to be a gameshow host in another life, and the Disney subject matter makes it perfect for good clean family fun. It might seem a bit babyish to some, but put an eight year old in front of it and the game strikes gold.
To be honest, this is worth it just for the buzzers, wired or not, and with the library of Buzz games expanding, it's a surefire investment for some family downtime.
Thanks to skusey at HUKD!
Zavvi are currently selling Shattered Memories for £17.95 as part of their Mega Monday promotion. This is a great deal for both the Wii and PS2 versions of the game but the PSP edition can be found for a couple of pennies cheaper at Asda Entertainment. The next best price for the game on Wii is £23.97 from Tesco Entertainment, while Shop To is the runner up for the PS2, meaning that Zavvi's deal will save you £6 or £4 depending on your choice of console.
- Click here to buy Silent Hill: Shattered Memories for £17.95 from Zavvi now (Wii)
- Click here to buy Silent Hill: Shattered Memories for £17.95 from Zavvi now (PS2)
You may want to hurry to take advantage of these deals as they last 24 hours only and stock is likely to go fast.
At first glance the game looks to be a straight remake of the original PSX Silent Hill and, indeed, it starts in near indentikit fashion with protagonist Harry Mason crashing his car and then regaining consciousness to discover that his daughter Cheryl has disappeared. However, once these beginning scenes are dispensed with the game takes a radical turn. The town presented here is a barren and icy wasteland and scenes in a psychiatrist's office are added to those taking place in Silent Hill itself. Thankfully, the new story is perhaps as deep and emotional as that of the original and, coupled with the taut, chilling atmosphere, offers a haunting experience and moments that may leave you slack jawed and awed.
It is not just the narrative that has taken a sharp detour. The clumsy combat of old has been dispensed with and now you will not need to fight at all, just run for your life. Furthermore, this is the game that "plays you as much as you play it", meaning that the choices you make during the psychiatrist's office portions of the game reflect upon your experience throughout the rest of your time with Shattered Memories with changes made to the monsters you face and the appearance, behaviour and even gender of the NPCs that you encounter in your journey through the icy wasteland that is this game's vision of Silent Hill.
Silent Hill: Shattered Memories is very well paced, keeping you engrossed in the action, even as you notice the slightly formulaic nature of the gameplay, but ultimately ending far too quickly. The graphics are great and help to create an, at times, truly disquieting atmosphere, bolstered by Akira Yamaoka's excellent soundtrack. The puzzles are clever and engaging and interspersed with nerve shredding chase scenes that leave you breathless. Despite its short length the game has surprising longevity as you will want to go back to it to see the different results and ending that you can achieve through small alterations of your own behaviour.
If you have the option, it's highly recommended that you go for the Wii version of Shattered Memories as the graphics are better and the game feels great to play, as if tailor made for the motion sensitive controls.
Despite its disappointing brevity, all reports seems to suggest that Shattered Memories is the first worthwhile addition to the Silent Hill that fans have been waiting for and as such is well worth celebrating. While this "reimagining" of the first game takes some serious departures from the original, and as such should probably be approached with caution, it offers an incredibly creepy atmosphere and a deep and emotive storyline that will stay with you long after the six hours playtime is over.
While the PSP and PS2 versions retain the same great story and gameplay, I highly recommend that you opt to buy the game on the Wii if you can. Apparently on Nintendo's console feels brilliant to play, with excellent, intuitive controls and improved visuals and offers a far better experience. (Zavvi have the cheapest price for Wii but only by a couple of pence).
However, if it is the PSP or PS2 version that you are after then Zavvi are doing a pretty sweet deal, selling both at just £17.95 and undercutting Shop To's runner up price of £21.86 (for the PSP or PS2), by nearly £4.
- Click here to buy Silent Hill: Shattered Memories for £17.95 from Zavvi (PSP)
- Click here to buy Silent Hill: Shattered Memories for £17.95 from Zavvi (PS2)
The plot begins in the same way as the original Silent Hill, with players taking on the role of protagonist Harry Mason who regains consciousness following a car crash to discover that his daughter Cheryl is missing. However from this point on the plot takes a radical detour, offering a completely new experience. The action occasionally cuts away from the town of Silent Hill to a therapist's office where gameplay moves to a first person perspective and the psychological themes at work are further explored.
Gameplay has changed too. The game "observes" and evaluates the player's behaviour and choices in the psychiatrist's office and changes in accordance; the decisions that the player makes affects multiple aspects of gameplay such as the monsters that you encounter and the behaviour, gender and clothing of the NPCs that you meet. The Silent Hill that Harry explores is no longer fog-ridden and prone to suddenly melting into an industrial nightmare of blood and rust; now it is snow-ridden and prone to suddenly freezing into a wintry nightmare of ice and glaciers. Combat has been entirely dispensed with and now, instead of awkwardly slapping deformed monsters with a wooden plank or golf club, you will be doing a lot of running. An awful lot of running.
When serious rumours first arose of a Silent Hill remake, the most persistent was that this new game would be based upon the atrocity that is the Silent Hill movie. Thankfully these turned out to be unfounded and Harry remained Harry instead of being swapped for the supposedly more palatable female parental figure (as per the film) that was rumoured.
Like most fans of the series, I am approaching this newest incarnation of the Silent Hill myth with a good deal of trepidation but remain tentatively optimistic.
Thanks to chun_li at Hotukdeals!
There is a decent game hiding somewhere amid all the myriad technical issues and visual flaws of Alone in the Dark but you may find yourself having to dig very deep to find it.
However at just £2.30 from Amazon, it may just be worth a punt. This is a great step down from the next best price of £7.99 from Shop To, saving you over £5 and perhaps even making the game worth the cash you hand over (but you'd probably get more enjoyment if you use the money to buy a pint instead).
You play as Edward, an investigator of the paranormal, who finds himself on a rooftop, anticipating death when his guard is suddenly killed by an unseen force, giving the amnesiac Edward his chance for escape. As he makes his way through the building, searching for an exit, he sees people being possessed or killed by some kind of supernatural phenomenon. Could the old man that he meets hold the secret to everything that is going on?
Alone in the Dark boasts a good soundtrack and, well, not a whole lot more. The graphics are shoddy and drab and frustratingly dark, the dialogue extremely weak and hackneyed. The controls are overcomplicated and awkward and the gameplay is hampered at virtually every turn by glitches. The game has great, high aspirations but stumbles at every turn and though it wishes so hard to be an epic horror adventure, it is instead a sadly broken mess that is just no fun to play.
Thanks to Adam2050