Game Collection are selling the Upper Echelon edition of Splinter Cell: Blacklist for less than the standard edition everywhere else, making this the one to go for if you're yet to pick up Sam Fisher's triumphant return. Despite initial concerns, Blacklist went on to give gamers an incredible amount of choice in terms of mission approach and became one of last year's highlights. The Upper Echelon edition comes with The Dead Coast map for single and multiplayer and some in-game items as shown in the image above.
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Manhunt | GameFly | £1.19 | Discount Code: UKMAR20OFF
Rockstar's sinister classic is still a harrowing experience today. You're tasked with escaping each area by murdering the guards in increasingly violent ways. The longer you can wait behind them, the more gruesome the attack will be. Despite its PS2 origins, the graphics are still able to depict some Daily Mail-baiting scenes. If you play with a headset, you can hear Brian Cox creepily encourage you to do your worst. Be sure to avoid the heavily cut (and rubbish anyways) sequel though.
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Not long to go now before Infamous: Second Son launches on the PS4 and this deal from Tesco will save you a tidy £6 over the other sites. The discount code to knock £10 off only works for new customers, but it's a doddle setting up an extra account if you need to. We're not expecting Second Son to break the mould if we're honest, but it's one of the best-looking exclusives on the horizon for the PS4. There are still a few dates left on the Infamous lock-in tour at Game's stores in the UK, so you might be able to try the game out first.
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Game Seek are still the cheapest pre-order available for Hideo Kojima's prequel to The Phantom Pain. We're not too concerned about the reports that you can rattle through the main campaign in two hours as we now know that there's tonnes to do outside of the main story. Don't forget to check out Jon's new hands-on preview
If we're honest, we wish Warner Bros Montreal hadn't taken the reigns for this one, but at least we now know that Rocksteady are working on Arkham Knight for the PS4 and Xbox One. Origins' main issue is easily-dropped combos and the odd countering delay, but the open world of Gotham on Chrismtas Eve is packed with activities and goon to smash up.
Black Flag was my clear pick for Game of the Year and is an absolute must-buy on either generation of console. If you've not made the leap into the future yet, this is the best price on the Wii U, saving you £5 over the next best deal. Ubisoft are back in excellent form with the series and have created a fantastic world to explore and one of the most moreish experiences since Far Cry 3.
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About time too. Just when our excitement for Watch Dogs reached critical mass, having previewed a production build, interviewed the developers and even tested out the companion app, Ubisoft delayed their anticipated hacking sandbox at the eleventh hour. Then went dark.
The waiting began. The conjecture and concerns deepened. But now we can start to ramp back into hype mode, because Watch Dogs has been officially dated by way of a new trailer! So long as you don't want to buy it on Wii U, that is.Click here to read more...
WB Games Montreal did a reasonable if underwhelming job with Batman: Arkham Origins, but we all knew that original masterminds Rocksteady Studios had to be working on a tasty new project for next-gen systems.
An exciting prospect... which has been blown wide open thanks to an indiscreet product listing from GAME, followed by a Game Informer cover story. Batman: Arkham Knight is set to release on PC, PS4 and Xbox One later this year, providing the "explosive finale" to the Arkham series alongside the opportunity to finally get behind the wheel of the Batmobile.
UPDATE: Enjoy the announcement trailer!Click here to read more...
With a sequel on the way, you should really check out this excellent open world crime adventure. Especially seeing as it's down to £9.99 on the PS3's Essential range. 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.
Lords of Shadow 2 turned out to be a bit of a letdown, with a drab modern day setting, ill-advised stealth sections and a lack of innovation, but we know you want to know how the saga ends. While we'd advise waiting for it to drop a bit more, Boomerang are comfortably the cheapest site at the moment. On the plus side, the trade-in value will still be quite high once you're done.
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It was a relief to see that Dante hadn't turned into the complete prick that the trailers depicted him to be in Ninja Theory's reboot. Admittedly, he's still a bit of a douche. The game takes a while to give you all the decent weapons but once it does, the combo variety on offer is excellent. Angel and demon chains enable you to to pull enemies towards you or you to them, making aerial combos a breeze. Some truly awful platforming sections hold the game back from greatness and with the game only selling half of what DMC4 did at launch Dante's future isn't guaranteed despite the high review scores. All because of a haircut.
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Naughty Dog's Uncharted series is one of the best brands seen on the PS3 and their last game packed in more thrills than two summers of cinema blockbusters. The Game of the Year edition includes the paid DLC for multiplayer and co-op stages, both of which are way more fun than they ought to be considering the series is mainly known for its excellent single-player campaigns. Great action, plot, visuals and characters make this an essential package for any gamer.
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Developer: Double Helix Games
Strider is the best game that Double Helix have ever made.
The bar was admittedly scraping along the ground, since their mediocre past form includes the likes of Battleship, Front Mission Evolved and that shocking Green Lantern tie-in. But be in no doubt: their suitably challenging and respectful remake of Capcom's classic slice & dice platformer is very good indeed, and worthy to bear the name. As soon as master assassin Hiryu goofily cartwheels over a crowd of robotic rifleman, flips off a wall and carves his first foe into tiny pieces, its pedigree is unmistakeable.
When Strider is content to be a faithful reboot, it's really rather brilliant. Having arrived in the sprawling city of Kazakh to murder its evil 'Grandmaster' and bring peace to the world with ultraviolence, Hiryu is as spry and blisteringly fast as we remember, barrelling through the corridors in a blur of precisely-aimed steel and perfectly-timed wall jumps. Packing a climbing sickle that can scale any surface, robotic combat enhancements and even a teleporter, he's a force to be reckoned with, but the Grandmaster's robot army and mercenary henchmen will give him a retro-tough run for his money.Click here to read more...
Developers: Mercury Steam
Hundreds of years after Gabriel Belmont’s journey began; we’re here to witness the grand finale as we see him return as Dracula, to take on Satan and his acolytes one last time in the hope of finally finding peace and an escape from his immortal torment.
If the events of the original Lords of Shadow, the expansion DLC and Mirror of Fate are a little faded in your memory, there’s a summative cutscene early on to bring you back up to speed. Robert Carlyle and Patrick Stewart reprise their roles from the first game, attempting to add as much brooding and grandiosity respectively as possible. And lots of hammy dialogue so cringe worthy, it’ll give you a sore neck.
There’s also a recurring theme of Gabriel’s humanity trying to break through the darkness, aided by some touching scenes with spectres of his loved ones. Bosses are well characterised too, with one in particular haunting my thoughts long after with the echoes of gentle sobbing receding through the corridors of the castle as I left them with their shattered realisation of what they had been become.
A notable change for this sequel is the modern setting, which adds so little to the experience, but loses so much. Expect gritty streets, grey concrete corridors, factories and sewers galore. These settings are as dull as they sound and it’s a real relief when the Castlevania of old turns up and we get to see some castles. That said, even the gothic locales lack the impressive scale of the original LOS. With the whole game set indoors, or during overcast/nigh time conditions, it’s a gloomy affair throughout and detail seems left to to hide in the shadows.Click here to read more...
Eidos Montreal are no strangers to rebooting beloved IPs. They did a cracking job on Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and now they've turned their attention to the master pilferer Garrett with Thief.
But stealth games are in an odd place right now. There seems to be an attitude of inclusivity that, whilst not a bad thing in and of itself, has rendered a number of games jacks of action and clandestine gameplay, but masters of neither. So it is that we've had serviceable titles such as Hitman: Absolution that have tried to walk the tightrope between two caps, but ultimately wound up disappointing both parties.
Having one's clandestine cake and stealthily eating it too has proven difficult.
Thief looks like it might change all of that. Yes, it has a glowing, sixth-sense overlay at the push of a button, but the game's apparently been balanced without it, and everything is open to customisation. Eidos' approach to solving the issue appears to have been to make the game that they wanted to make, and then let the player tweak every last aspect the want to make the game as crushingly, deliciously hardcore as they would like. You know where we stand on this: choice is always welcome.
Our review is on the way, so we'll be able to judge this for ourselves come Monday, but I recently sat down with lead level designer Daniel Windfeld Schmidt and game director Nicolas Cantin to chat about how the studio went about delivering a modern reboot of this shadowy classic series, and how the dev team hope to please fans and newcomers alike.Hit the jump to check out our recent Thief interview >>
I wasn't so sure the price of this one could get any lower, but here we are with a sub-£4 deal for Tomb Raider, made even sweeter by the voucher code above, direct from publisher Square Enix. A saving of over £6 awaits those who have yet to pick up a copy. Please note that you'll be given a Steam code to redeem on the service upon purchase.
In the end, Crystal Dynamics crafted a fine return for Lara Croft in this reimagining of her origins. With a well-crafted story that turns her into the heroine we know and love, a huge island to explore with actual tombs to raid, and a combat system that is up there with the genre’s best, it's hard to argue with the price point above. Thanks to bandwidthbob @ HUKD!
There's something unmistakeably, what's the word I'm looking for... *cool* about pressing a button and having Delsin Rowe flick out a wrist and suck the neon out of the signs that adorn the streets of a dark and sleepy Seattle.
Sleepy, that is, apart from the swathes of anti-Conduit activists lining the pavements, and the gun-toting military nutjobs trying to blast you into chunky kibbles.
Still, draining the gaudy visions of urban excess of their fluorescent hues and then using the brightly-coloured energy to scale a 15-storey tower block in a second or two is pretty sweet. As is turning said energy into something of a beam sword, and using it to smash armed aggressors over the head in rhythmic, robust fashion that comes with echoes of Arkham-era Batman.
Superpowers are still as fun as they used to be, then.
Our aforementioned protagonist Mr. Rowe is a more youthful frontman for the inFamous franchise than the lightning-charged Cole McGrath, and he's a bit more versatile too. Rowe is able to pinch the powers off of other Conduits, meaning that eventually he'll end up like a superpowered pack of Skittles, with a new flavour for each occasion.
Our demo only yielded two -- smoke and neon -- but it was a promising start. The former allows Rowe to make dash jumps across small distances with a puff of smoke, and travel through steam pipes to pop out of rooftop chimneys. He can lob smoke bombs at people, his punches pack more weight behind them, and his area of attack moves are more powerful. Neon is a speedier, more agile power, gifting Rowe the ability to glide up and over walls, engage enemies with a disco-flavoured melee weapon, and pepper foes with rapid-fire pulses of energy, slowing time for a few brief seconds with L2 if you want to take a more precise shot.Click here to read more...
Developer: Neon Studios
Publisher: Nordic Games
Looking at gaming’s release schedule, you may notice one genre in particular doesn't seem to have anything on the horizon - the action platformer. Has the flop of Knack on the PS4 put developers off making new ones? Until someone says otherwise, it would seem that the best way to get our fix is to look backwards.
Fortunately, I've been saved a visit to my local preowned store and plugging my PS2 into a modern TV (scart lead consoles on HD TV's look horrendous) thanks to PS2 title, Legend of Kay being released in digital form on PS3. This isn't an HD remake, but to be honest, time has been kind to the game and it still looks good today. Widescreen and 60Hz support helps too.
The game sees you star as Kay, a young cat keen to become a great warrior. His village has been long occupied by the invading forces of rats and gorillas and he's decided the rebellion starts with him. There's a bit of an old Kung Fu movie vibe to the story, but as the animal characters may have already given away, it's watered down for the younger players.
Gameplay is a mix of platforming and swordplay. Kay's fresh out of training, and picks up a few skills on his travels. Be warned though, there’s no guide in the pause menu. So pay attention during those tutorials, because despite the child-friendly visuals, this game will kick your ass given half a chance.Click here to read more...