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Mafia III Reveal Trailer welcomes us to New Orleans

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
News
Tags:
2K Games, Gamescom 2015, Mafia III, PC games, PS4 games, Trailers, Xbox One Games

After teasing us of its existence last month, an official reveal trailer for Mafia III has just been released. The CGI trailer has no gameplay to speak of, but we are introduced to new protagonist Lincoln Clay. Set in 1968, Mafia III will take place in a "reimagined" New Orleans and will see players assume the role of Clay as builds up his own criminal empire in a tale of power and revenge. We've got more story details straight from 2K for you after the jump.

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Is XCOM: Enemy Unknown Plus coming to the Playstation Vita?

Author:
BuzzDuraband
Category:
News
Tags:
2K Games, Playstation Vita, XCOM: Enemy Unknown Plus

Is XCOM: Enemy Unknown Plus coming to the Playstation Vita?

What does the Playstation Vita need for this revival we all seek so badly? I must hear a couple of times a week somebody tell me how the PSV is dead, IT'S NOT DEAD!

Would XCOM: Enemy Unknown Plus be a great starting point for revival? If recent rumours are to be believed then it may well just be happening as a recent spot on the Korean video game ratings board site suggests just that.

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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel on PS3 / Xbox 360 falls to just £10

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
Tags:
2K Games, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, FPS games, PS3 games, Tesco, Xbox 360 games

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel on PS3 / Xbox 360 falls to just £10

Here's one of the lowest prices we've seen for the last-gen console versions of The Pre-Sequel, with Tesco's latest deal working out around £3 better than the next cheapest deals elsewhere. Although it didn't really offer anything particularly new, and the story didn't capitalise upon the potential that was there, it doesn't change the fact The Pre-Sequel is great fun, especially in co-op. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!

Be sure to read our Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel review for more details.

2K 10th Anniversary Steam Sale: up to 80% off the entire catalog

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
2K Games, PC games

2K 10th Anniversary Steam Sale: up to 80% off the entire catalog

2K are turning 10, so to celebrate they've decided to discount their entire Steam catalogue.

That's right. Everything. The whole lot.

You can pick up 20 games for £31.99 in the 2K 10th Anniversary Bundle, which includes everything from Borderlands to BioShock, or do the smarter thing by cherry-picking. Here are some of the highlights:

And more besides. Thanks to NeoTrix, BuzzDuraband and FantasyDeals!

Evolve Review | A Great Idea Spread Far Too Thin

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
2K Games, Evolve, Games reviews, PC games, PS4 games, Turtle Rock Studios, Xbox One Games

Evolve Review | A Great Idea Spread Far Too Thin

Evolve is a genuinely great idea.

The core concept of four humans tracking down a murderous monster before it becomes powerful enough to eat them was too compelling to die with THQ. Asymmetrical multiplayer has powered some fantastic budget downloads over the last few years, catering for a passionate niche audience with unique and innovative gameplay.

Unfortunately Turtle Rock's great idea has been stretched into a full-priced AAA title. It's a crying shame, because despite some hectic moments and sensational production values, its gameplay and content have been spread far too thin.

Evolve Review | A Great Idea Spread Far Too Thin

We find ourselves on Shear, a planet facing a full-scale evacuation in the face of a monster infestation. It's a moody and graphically gorgeous environment, boasting multi-levelled maps teeming with hostile wildlife and lush vegetation. The Hunters have arrived as a rear guard for the last escape ship, with orders to protect the colonists by doing what they do best: tracking down and killing their quarry before it eats enough wildlife to evolve and return the favour.

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Evolve can be fun, but can't be worth full price | Launch Impressions

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
Tags:
2K Games, Evolve, multiplayer games, PC games, PS4 games, Turtle Rock Studios, Xbox One Games

Evolve can be utterly fantastic.

Alongside a trustworthy team of communicating players who are familiar with the maps and their roles, hunting monsters is superb. You'll stalk your prey and make careful plans, working together with deadly precision, setting traps and battling fierce native wildlife before everything goes to hell in one brutal ambush. On the other side of the coin, however, there's a unique satisfaction that comes from playing as the horrific fiend itself, as nervy evasion gradually shifts into cruel opportunistic slaughter. Prey into predator.

The 4 vs 1 idea was too brilliant to die with THQ, so at its best Evolve is capable of some truly exceptional multiplayer matches.

Evolve can be fun, but can't be worth full price | Launch Impressions

I just wish this happened more than 50% of the time. Half of the games I've played were an absolute blast, but more often than not it's frustrating, unsatisfying or worse boring.

Our full review will be coming later this week (even if some of our peers couldn't wait to slap on a score straight away), but after several days' play online and off, I have to report that Evolve is a tough sell at full price.

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Evolve's desperate pre-purchase bonuses are monstrously worrying

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
2K Games, Evolve, FPS games, Pre-order bonus, Pre-orders, Pre-purchase bonus, Turtle Rock

Evolve's desperate pre-purchase bonuses are monstrously worrying

I hate pre-order bonuses.

We complained about games releasing buggy and broken last year, moaning about the plethora of half-baked, pitiful excuses and the all-too-visible corporate policy of certain companies that was haemorrhaging into their titles. But we were all to blame, all of us complicit in the burgeoning, ubiquitous pre-order culture that allows companies to make budget projections far in advance, and then screw over whoever and whatever they need to in order to hit their projected deadlines.

Pre-order bonuses, of course, have been the sweetener, the bait for the early adopter. Invest early you blind fool, companies have said, and get free DLC, get free customisation items, enjoy these perks that you can't get anywhere else. It has been galling and miserable to watch, and it has been depressingly effective. We wondered aloud just how much more will be snipped off of games to allow for this duplicitous process, how many more features fenced off and restricted to those willing to stump up cash early and pay to play something they've no idea is any good or not.

Enter Evolve, a game clearly desperate for attention.

Evolve's desperate pre-purchase bonuses are monstrously worrying

You have to feel sorry in a way for Turtle Rock. They game they built fell off of the map last year and missed its planned release date. The Big Alpha was a big mess, with dubious netcode issues, and plentiful worries about balancing and longevity. Where's the rest of the game, people asked, and rightly so. Then they realised that they hadn't actually shown people why on Earth this thing deserved it's full price, and finally unleashed a barrage of information explaining how there were more characters, more monsters, more modes, and more reasons to play... hopefully.

Here's the thing, though. To use those new characters and the Wraith without grinding, you'll have to pre-purchase the game. Not pre-order... pre-purchase.

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Xbox LIVE Deals With Gold Jan 13 - 19: BioShock £3.74, Terraria XO £7.60, Mafia II £3.74

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
2K Games, Bioshock, Deals With Gold, Spec Ops: The Line, Terraria, Warframe, Xbox 360 games, Xbox Live, Xbox Live Gold, Xbox One Games

Xbox LIVE Deals With Gold Jan 13 - 19: BioShock £3.74, Terraria XO £7.60, Mafia II £3.74

This week's Xbox LIVE Deals With Gold go live today, with discounts on Warframe boosters, Terraria, and Never Alone on Xbox One, and a big fat 2K sale for Xbox 360 fans with BioShock 1 and 2 down to £3.74 each, Mafia II at the same price, and the excellent Spec Ops: The Line for under a fiver.

Click here for the full list of deals >>

Get Bioshock Infinite on PC for just £4, BioShock for £2

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
Tags:
2K Games, FPS games, Games deals, Irrational Games, Voucher codes

Get Bioshock Infinite on PC for just £4, BioShock for £2

If you missed out on GAME's recent deal, then you're in luck. Green Man Gaming are running a similar offer if you take advantage of the voucher code below. They're also selling the original BioShock at a reduced price and can be brought down to £2 using the voucher code, which is a fantastic bargain if you've yet to play it.

Thanks to goonertillidie @ HUKD!

Get WWE 2K15 on PS4 / Xbox One for £34.95 from The Game Collection

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
Tags:
2K Games, Fighting Games, Games deals, PS4 games, Xbox One Games, Yuke's

Get WWE 2K15 on PS4 / Xbox One for £34.95 from The Game Collection

It's not a huge saving here, but The Game Collection have undercut the next best offers for the latest WWE game by £2.

Our review is currently being grappled with 1001 armbars, but word on the net suggests that despite looking visually impressive this year's offering is rather lacking in terms of features (although not as bad as the last-gen versions.) In other words, unless you're a hardcore fan of the wrasslin' you might want to hold off until our judgment is delievered. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!

Borderlands 2 GOTY & The Pre-Sequel feature in Today's Advent Calender Sale at GAME

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
Tags:
2K Games, Borderlands 2, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, FPS games, Games deals, Gearbox Software, PC games

Borderlands 2 GOTY & The Pre-Sequel feature in Today's Advent Calender Sale at GAME

For today's offering in GAME's Advent Calender Sale for PC titles, it's all things Borderlands 2 and the recently released Pre-Sequel. You can get the GOTY Edition of Borderlands 2 for £7.50 which includes everything DLC-wise. As for the Pre-Sequel, the £20 price point provides a saving of around £8. All purchases are redeemed and player via Steam.

Those of you who are missing bits and pieces of DLC will find this an opportune time to complete the experience, as add-ons like The Mechromancer class and Tiny Tina's Attack on Dragon's Keep are under £2 each. You can see all the listings by clicking the banner at the top.

Get BioShock Infinite on PC / Mac for £4 over at GAME, Season Pass for £4.66

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
Tags:
2K Games, FPS games, Games deals, Irrational Games, Mac games, PC games

Get BioShock Infinite on PC / Mac for £4 over at GAME, Season Pass for £4.66

Today's offer from GAME brings us another chance to get hold of BioShock Infinite for £4. While the listing says it is for Mac, it will work on PC as well due to it being a Steam code. It's also worth noting that that there's a reduction on all the DLC for the game as well, including both episodes of the excellent Burial At Sea. If you're interested in getting that we suggest getting hold of the Season Pass for £4.66, as buying each episode individually will cost over a fiver in the end.

Thanks to nickrm2 @ HUKD!

Get NBA 2K14 on PS4 for just £14.95 from The Game Collection

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
Tags:
2K Games, Games deals, PS4 games, Sports Games

Get NBA 2K14 on PS4 for just £14.95 from The Game Collection

Here's a fine price for last year's entry in the NBA 2K series, with the PS4 version falling to the £15 mark. The listing from The Game Collection will save you arounda  fiver compared to the next best offer elsewhere.

Setting the standard for which the latest version has built upon, Matt called NBA 2K14 "probably the best sports game on the planet" in his review last year. If you're looking for a cheap way to get into the series, you'll more than get you money's worth with this deal. Thanks to ScottishDuck13 @ HUKD!

Get BioShock Infinite for just £3.99 on PC from Gamersgate

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
Tags:
2K Games, FPS games, Games deals, Irrational Games, PC games

Get BioShock Infinite for just £3.99 on PC from Gamersgate

The next set of deals are up on Gamersgate, and today's highlight sees BioShock Infinite fall to the £4 mark when you put in the voucher code below at the checkout. While there's a chance it could see further reductions via other sales, as its stands there's a saving of around a fiver to be had.

The debate still rages as to whether it was the masterpiece we had waited so patiently for, despite it's solid combat mechanics. That said, at this price none of that really matters, as for a fiver it's a ride worth taking.

PSA: Hacker group DerpTrolling hit PSN, Windows Live, 2K Games, login details at risk

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
2K Games, Facebook, Hackers, PSA, PSN, Twitter, Windows LIVE

PSA: Hacker group DerpTrolling hit PSN, Windows Live, 2K Games, login details at risk

Another year, another hacker group somehow bored during silly season. This time it's a group by the name of DerpTrolling, who've gone and leaked a "very small portion" of login details they've amassed from the likes of the PSN, 2K's servers, and Windows Live amongst others.

The details were posted on Pastebin along with a message from DerpTrolling saying the following: "Dear Internet, The following is a very small portion of Lord Gaben and the rest of his crew's glorious raids across the high seas of the Internet." This was then followed up with "Let this be a warning to all. Nothing is safe from Derp."

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Get Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel on consoles for £24.99 from GAME / Amazon

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
Tags:
2K Australia, 2K Games, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, FPS games, Gearbox Software, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games

Get Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel on consoles for £24.99 from GAME / Amazon
Huzzah for price-matching, as now you have two places from which to get Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel for £25. This latest deal will save you around a fiver over the next cheapest offer for either console version.

  • Click the links to buy Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel for £24.99 from GAME (PS3 / Xbox 360) or Amazon (PS3 / Xbox 360)

Although it didn't really offer anything particularly new, and the story didn't capitalise upon the potential that was there, it doesn't change the fact The Pre-Sequel is great fun, especially in co-op. You can read all about it by checking out our review. Thanks to Ninjin00 & raph65536 @ HUKD for the heads-up!

Evolve Big Alpha Gameplay Impressions | Fun but doomed to fail?

Author:
Staff
Category:
Features
Tags:
2K Games, Evolve, Evolve Big Alpha, FPS games, Game spreviews, Turtle Rock Studios

Evolve Big Alpha Gameplay Impressions | Fun but doomed to fail?

2K announced that Evolve's Big Alpha has been extended through Thursday this week after the delayed launch on PS4. We've been jumping in the game a fair bit over the past few days, and aside from a slew of technical issues (it's an alpha, we rather expect that), there are a number of concerns and question marks that we still feel are hovering over Turtle Rock's asymmetrical shooter.

Jon

I just don't get it.

To be clear, I understand the concept well enough. Four hunters working together, using their enhanced mobility, unique class skills and an awesome pet Skag (good girl, Daisy!) to take down a single powerful player-controlled monster. Cool. This would have been a seriously neat idea for a cut-price PC download à la Natural Selection 2, but even after interviewing Denby Grace and playing multiple builds over the last few months, I still don't get exactly how Evolve can ask for £44.99 on PS4 and Xbox One with a straight face.

Evolve Big Alpha Gameplay Impressions | Fun but doomed to fail?

Most matches tend to follow a familiar template. If playing as the Hunters: follow Daisy around for 15 minutes, run in circles and kill a Reaver or twenty while waiting for the Monster to get to Level 3. Then get eaten and repeat in a set of geometrically and visually similar maps. Indigenous wildlife adds some welcome Left 4 Dead-esque flavour, but all too often matches just get boring and repetitive rather than tense. And that's all there is. That's your lot, unless the Monster player is inexperienced, in which case you quickly track down and kill them with no fun or sport whatsoever. I admit that I'm grossly oversimplifying things, but that really is the size of it.

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Civilization: Beyond Earth Review | The Power of Choice

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
2K Games, Civilization: Beyond Earth, Firaxis Games, Game reviews, Strategy games

Civilization: Beyond Earth Review | The Power of Choice

If Firaxis’ latest title has taught me anything, it’s that I should be very glad that I live in the time period I do. You see, those left behind on Earth have to deal with a dying planet, while those blasted off into deep space are going to have to contend with giant space worms. It’s a horrifying prospect either way, and no one is a winner. Thankfully, I only have to experience the horror virtually through Beyond Earth, the latest instalment of the Civilization franchise. A spiritual successor to Alpha Centauri, it initially appears to have familiar overtones, with menus and the UI bearing resemblance to previous Civ titles, but the changes emerge even before the first turn has started.

While only eight factions are available to choose from, the ability to select specific starting bonuses is a great example of how the game focuses on choice throughout its gameplay. Sure, faction specific perks are there, but allowing players to choose between starting with a Clinic for extra health (something I’ll cover later) or a worker unit allows them to focus on their own style of play while providing a sense of flexibility. This is important, because while planning ahead has always been an aspect of the Civ series, Beyond Earth contains new challenges that, if the player is unprepared for, will punish without mercy. If players are to survive, they are going to need to adapt, or perish in the process.

And it’s all thanks to the untamed and unforgiving planet.

Civilization: Beyond Earth Review | The Power of Choice

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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Review | One Giant Butt Slam For Mankind

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
2K Australia, 2K Games, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Games reviews, PC games, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Review | One Giant Butt Slam For Mankind

Platforms: PC | PS3 | Xbox 360 (reviewed)

Developer: 2K Australia

Publisher: 2K Games

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is ridiculously good fun. I really can't stress that enough.

This awkwardly titled segue might appear to be a lazy off-year cash grab, but it actually delivers the most fundamental mechanical update the series has ever received. Low-gravity combat. We're still shooting and looting, but now we're soaring merrily through the air (or vacuum!), using a nuanced double jump to gain extra height or boost our way around sprawling three-dimensional stages.

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Review | One Giant Butt Slam For Mankind

It's awesome, and unlocks a host of exciting new encounters as we take on airborne foes in the air, rain down firepower onto smart squads of jetpack troopers or employ an epic Butt Slam attack to smash down into enemy formations; cracking their faceplates and watching them asphyxiate to a wub wub soundtrack. On top of that, insanely powerful laser cannons and freeze-shattering Cryo weapons slot perfectly into the Borderlands experience, giving us more ways to brutalise anyone stupid enough to stand against us. Now that I'm used to The Pre-Sequel's very Australian humour and voice cast, I don't think I can go back.

It's so much fun, in fact, that while I'm playing I can ignore all of its many, many, many flaws.

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Opening Scenes | Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel - First 20 Mins Gameplay

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
2K Games, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, FPS games, Gearbox Software, Opening Scenes, Videos

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is out this week, and the review embargo is up. But we're not quite ready to drop the verdict of Gearbox and 2K Australia's latest just yet. Our review will be along later this week, but in the interim, here's a little look at the game's opening scenes.

Definitely check out Carl's interview with the devs too.