This open-world action movie manages to be both gritty and over-the-top in the most gratuitous of ways. It's awesome. We'd suggest going out to watch The Raid 2, then coming back for some Sleeping Dogs afterwards, perhaps - especially since Greenman Gaming are practically giving it away as part of their weeklong dealsplosion. Thanks to Jas10 @ HUKD!
Publishers: Warner Bros. Interactive
After not getting around to finishing the final version of the original Vita release late last year, I was delighted to see that Blackgate was making its way to the main consoles in a similar manner to Assassin’s Creed: Liberation HD. Keen to fill the long gap between now and Rocksteady’s next-gen Arkham adventure I dove in with both feet -but sadly without a cape.
Blackgate takes place three months after the events of Arkham Origins, making its original simultaneous release a little odd. But now we’ve had time to finish the console game, we don’t have to worry about spoilers; although I’ll not give any away today.
Batman finds himself visiting Blackgate prison after the inmates take over, with various crime lords taking a part of the facility for themselves. So yes, it’s a pretty bland mashup of the plots from the first Rocksteady games, but at least Bruce doesn’t seem to have any parent issues during the story for a change.
He does seem to have become hardcore drinking buddies with Ratchet & Clank though as he once again turns up to the rumble with fuck-all gear to navigate around the environments. Why Batman! Why do you never pack the line gun or exploding gel? You’re always going to need it, you bellend!Click here to read more...
I'm currently smashing my way through the PS4 version and will have a review for you soon. I can tell you now though that the last-gen versions are feature-complete, so why not save yourself £8 by picking them up at Simply Games? There are a few new features for a change in the Lego series, including buddy-up attacks and a basic loot system that leads towards a Lego crafting minigame for larger creations. The third film will be available later this year as DLC which reeks of a shameless cash-in worse than the fact one of Tolkien's shortest books has been spread over three films. Don't be surprised to see this re-released then at the same price with the third film's levels included.
If you have an Xbox One and don't already own the last-gen version, I'd heavily recommend Crystal Dynamics' excellent reboot of the 90s series. This is a gorgeous game from start to finish and the huge explorable island is the best game world we've ever taken Lara through. In addition to the improved graphics, you can also use the Kinect to swap weapons via voice commands.
Lego Batman 2 is one of the best Lego titles out there. Real voices were recorded for the first time in the series allowing Traveller's Tales to deliver a proper story. Turns out they can write some very funny scenes too especially Batman's general distaste for all things Superman. There's something of an open-world feel to the game here as we get to explore a Lego version of Gotham and Metropolis. Adding extra superheroes to play as adds some welcome variety, like being able to fly.
Thanks to theg at HotUkDeals.
This Xbox One pre-order price price is nearly £10 cheaper than the best price on the PS4. That said, we have heard some stories about the resolution being higher on Sony's console. You should still be massively psyched for Ubisoft's upcoming open-worlder though, as we have high hopes that they'll deliver on their promise of a world packed with interactions and citizens with back stories to exploit via your ridiculously over-powered mobile phone.
Not ready to stump up the cash for a PS4 and Infamous: Second Son yet? Well, this deal will save you hundreds of pounds for the Saints' latest adventure, now with aliens! The previously GTA-aping series has added a superhero element to the action by giving you insane powers like super sprinting, shooting fireballs, telekinesis and the ability to leap over buildings. Saints Row IV's super-powered take on the open-world genre is an absolute blast to play. Screw commuting to a mission like you do in GTA, when you can run faster than a car as the President of the USA while fighting off an alien invasion. Sane it is not, but we wouldn't have it any other way.
Thanks to Jas10 at HotUkDeals.
Dragon Commander is utterly bonkers and we really rather love it. Risk-style strategy and RPG depth meets RTS combat that lets you fly around as a dragon with a jetpack. Ridiculous, but it works. If you read our review and like what you see, Steam are flogging it for £10.19, a considerable saving.
CapyGames' Below was one of the first indie games announced for the Xbox One: a stylish, haunting and mysterious action roguelike with no text or tutorials. However, they've always had an open relationship, and the timed exclusive has already been confirmed for a Steam release too. Which we couldn't be happier about. Choice is good.
The new trailer plays things close to its chest, giving us a lengthy if maddeningly obtuse idea of what to expect without giving much away. Considering CapyGames amazing past form -- highlights being Sworcery EP and Clash Of Heroes -- you'd best believe we've got high hopes for this one.
Sony accidentally let slip that The Last of Us Remastered is A Thing that's coming to PS4.
A banner advertisement for a revamped PS4 version of Naughty Dog's survival-horror epic appeared on the US Sony Entertainment Network website (via NeoGAF), boasting a $59.99 price tag.
It's got a nice Day 1 Digital release badge as well, from which we can infer that there'll be a physical version of the game too.Click here to read more...
BROFORCE is utterly outrageous in all the best ways. This rambunctious sidescoller puts us into the boots of over a dozen legendary action heroes, homages to everything from Judge Dredd and Commando to Men In Back, Machete, Rambo, Robocop, Terminator, the A-Team and Die Hard for starters, then runs us through an orgy of huge guns, massive explosions and gore aplenty in a quest to bring peace to the world through gloriously over-the-top ultraviolence. It's outstanding - and it isn't even finished yet.
Having caught our eye ever since its reveal, we made a beeline for BROFORCE at EGX Rezzed... where it managed to turn two bro-fessional games writers into fist-bumping, whooping, hollering reprobates in only a few short minutes.
Now that it's available on Steam Early Access, it's high time we took a closer look Free Lives' patriotic blast'em up and explain why it's handily one of our most anticipated games of 2014.Click here to read more...
Metroid: Other M is a bit of a conundrum, featuring some fantastic action courtesy of Team Ninja and, predictably, truly horrendous storytelling also courtesy of Team Ninja. Matt rather liked it, but I personally found that its cast of horribly-voiced fools undermined Samus' character so badly that it was physically difficult to play. Great bosses, though, and a £4 saving if you fancy it. Remember that you can emulate it on Wii U. Thanks to Jas10 @ HUKD!
Format: PS4 (reviewed) | PC
Developer: Matt Thorson
Publisher: Matt Makes Games Inc.
TowerFall Ascension is all about traditional local multiplayer. So much so, there’s no point even reading the rest of this review if you’re not likely to invite friends round to your house to play with you. Still here? Did I mention it would help if your friends were regular gamers with a fondness for pixelated sprite-art games that could have run on a Sega Master System without breaking a sweat? Try not to make too much noise on your way out. Ok you two, thanks for staying.
This multiplayer-focussed game features screen-sized arenas to duke it out against each other in 2-4 player deathmatches / team deathmatches or you can play 1-2 player co-op against waves of monsters over multiple maps.
Controls are simple retro fare with three buttons handling jumps, firing arrows from your bow and a dodge move that can also be used to catch any arrows fired at you. Navigating the 2D stages with well-timed jumps is a breeze and you can make your way around with serious speed thanks to a hole at the bottom of the screen dropping you back in from the top when you dive in. Exit to the sides will see you come out the other side too. Arrows fired into any of these exits or holes will also come out the other side.Click here to read more...
Speed Runners have clocked this game in under ten minutes, but the average first playthroughs are closer to two hours. Many gamers have spent extra hours completing side missions too, so it's not as short as many have made it out to be if you want to take your time with it. Base.com are currently the cheapest price available for Hideo Kojima's prequel to The Phantom Pain. Don't forget to check out Jon's review for more information.
Need to get yourself up to date on the Desmond Miles storyline? Well, this is a great price for ACIII on the Wii U. This is a huge game with a large world to explore as Connor (that enthusiastic fella with the tomahawk above) as he runs riot in the middle of the US civil war. Part III also introduces ships to the series for the first time, which led to some truly epic moments in ACIV.
Lego Movie Videogame | ShopTo | £16.85
The Lego Hobbit game is just around the corner, but if you need your collecting-mania fix before then, why not pick up The Lego Movie Videogame on the Vita for its cheapest price yet? The film has been a huge success in cinemas, so chances are your little ones are going to enjoy the game too. This one's a bit phoned in by Traveller's Tales' standards (it's not like they haven't been doing that for years anyway), so it's probably more for the younger gamer. Well, unless you enjoyed the film too. Either way, ShopTo's deal is the cheapest around and the Vita version is way cheaper than any of the main console formats.
Thanks to theg at HotUkDeals.
You really should get yourself up to date before the sequel arrives and for £3.74 you have no excuse to check out United Front's modern classic open world crime adventure. If the idea of running round Hong Kong as an undercover cop infiltrating gangs sound like fun, that's because it really is. Wei Shen kicks some serious ass and isn't afraid to bend the rules to get what he wants. We say bend the rules, we actually mean hack them into kibble with a meat cleaver.
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The Wii U Special Edition of the game includes lots of DLC for those of you who want to finish the trilogy on a different format to the one where you've created a save already. To make up for this, there's an 'interactive back story experience' which catches you up and allows you to make some important choices to set up the third game. Other extras include the From Ashes and Extended Cuts and a new heavy weapon. Extra multiplayer content includes the Resurgence, Rebellion and Earth packs. While we wouldn't advise replacing the first two games with the interactive comic, it's not a bad way to go if you don't have the 80 hours spare to play them.
Thanks to theg at HotUkDeals.
Mass Effect 2 is one of the best-loved titles of last-gen and well worth catching up on if you had a bit of a lapse after the first one. Expect more heart-breaking choices, being rude in conversations, alien rompy pompy and lots of tactical shooting, but without the boredom. Mass Effect 2's doing it right, so get involved. After all you'll want to get on part three before BioWare eventually release part 4, which is apparently already in a playable stage. Surely we won't be seeing it this year though? Hmm.
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Flushed with success from addictive Vita skateboarding game OlliOlli, Roll7 have revealed that their brand new title is a very different kettle of fish. Not A Hero blends cinematic cover-based shooting with two-dimensional platforming, casting players as a washed-up failed hero who performs increasingly bizwetworks to further his boss' political career.
His boss being a "giant purple rabbit from the future" called Bunny Lord. Because... why not.
Keen to learn more, we grabbed Roll7's John Ribbins for an interview at EGX Rezzed, during which we discussed Not A Hero's setting, gameplay, stern difficulty level and inspirations. With our site's official mascot -- Toby The Dealspwny -- overseeing the proceedings from his shoulder.
You can watch it all in the video above, or on our YouTube channel. Stay tuned for our video preview at 17:00!