Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor has been one of the surprise hits of the year and we'd thoroughly recommend you give it a go at this super cheap price of £15.99 for a download key. You could be playing it today! Go on, you're going to want something to fall back on when you come back from the clusterfuck that will be the final Hobbit movie next month.
We can't get enough of Monolith's Shadow of Mordor here at Dealspwn and we thoroughly recommend you dust off your Uruk hunting skills to get a taste too. Turns out the Nemesis system has managed to back up its bold ambitions with a neat set of mechanics that sees enemies remember you and you can even brainwash them into fighting for you as you infiltrate the highest ranks of Sauron's army. There's an excellent set of skills available to take advantage of an enemy's weaknesses too to create unique experiences throughout. Check out our full review here.
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This is the cheapest price Lara's adventure has seen on the PS4 and XO and is a few quid cheaper than the usual suspects. This is also one of the better new-gen re-releases out there and your eyes will thank you for the incredible scenes.
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 PS4's camera or headset mic to swap weapons via voice commands. It's rather telling of the action genre's slow year that this is a pick for my action title of the year. Again. Here's my Review.
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This is the cheapest price I've seen for Infamous: Second Son on the PS4. Simply Games are a reliable site and you shouldn't be waiting long for your copy. With the First Light expansion DLC landing on PS+ soon, this is a great time to get caught up on the series.
I've been through the game three times now and enjoyed playing it as both good and evil Delsins. The combat options vary enough to make it work multiple playthroughs, although the moral choices have a disappointing impact on the story. Seattle's design feels a bit generic (it's another open world city), but the graphical detail in everything from worn tarmac, rainy streets and the sun's real-time lighting make it gaming's best-looking city.
I loved the Tomb Raider reboot, and it looks absolutely smashing on PC. As part of their big New-vember sale, Square have knocked 80% off of their usual price for the game, bringing it under a fiver.
I actually got a real kick out of Watch Dogs. It's got the most boring protagonist ever, and it's overstuffed with content, but you can pick and choose your way through that. Moreover, as boring as Aiden is, the stuff he can do is pretty cool, and there's nothing quite like sticking on the Blues Brothers soundtracks and tearing it up on the roads of Chicago.
You can click here to read our Watch Dogs review. Thanks oUkTuRkEyIII!
How much Tomb Raider can you handle? For under a fiver, a trip to GOG within the next 24 hours can net you a host of classic Lara Croft adventures.
That £4.77 will earn you Tomb Raider 1-3, Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation (+ Chronicles), and Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness. But be quick, the bundle offer only lasts a day.
It's all change yet again in the GOG.com DRM-Free Fall sale, with two new bundles making their way to the front page. For the next 24 hours both the Hitman and Ultima franchises are reduced, with the bundles coming under £5 each.
Hitman: Codename 47, Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, and Hitman: Contracts provide plenty of assassination scenarios to get through, while the Ultima series - 1 to 9 - lies in wait for those after ab obscene amount of old-school RPG action. Thanks to Dichotomy @ HUKD for the heads-up!
Gamersgate have a massive 75% sale running right now for a number of Batman titles, and you can pick up the Batman Arkham Collection for just £20.
You can bag the individual titles from just £3.75, and if you want to throw the LEGO games into the mix as well you can click here to pick up the Batman Complete Collection for £27.50, though do be warned that it doesn't include the latest release, LEGO Batman 3.
Swagalicious Tomb Raider deals abound in this week's Xbox LIVE Deals With Gold. The Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is down to £21.43 on Xbox One and under a tenner on Xbox 360, with older titles such as Tomb Raider: Underworld and Tomb Raider: Anniversary going for £3.74.
Remember, you'll need an Xbox LIVE Gold Membership to take advantage of these deals.
Escape Dead Island is out here in the UK in just a few short days, and snapping it up will give you access to the Dead Island 2 beta when it emerges.
NB. Do bear in mind that you'll need to use the code FBFAN5 to get the game at this price.
You can check out the trailer for the game here. Early reviews have been, well, mixed to say the least. Polygon did not fall for Escape Dead Island's third-person, arcadey, undead charms. But IGN seemed to rather like it. Make of that what you will. Cheers oUkTuRkEyIII!
Didn't like the look of Assassin's Creed: Unity? Don't let it put you off the series! Black Flag is basically a new-gen, more murderous, stealthy, parkour-packed version of Sid Meier's Pirates! If you use the 5% off Facebook voucher at CDKeys, you can get Bl;ack Flag on Xbox One for just £12.34.
NB. Do bear in mind that this is a digital download code.
If you're looking to snap up a decent Assassin's Creed: Unity deal for Christmas, it's worth noting that CDKeys have started selling codes for digital downloads on consoles now. As such, if you use the 5% off Facebook voucher, you can get Assassin's Creed: Unity on Xbox One for under £30.
NB. Do bear in mind that this is a digital download code.
I didn't really think much of Assassin's Creed: Unity (click here to check out our ACU review), but evidently my fellow critics did, and it has its fair share of fans out there. This is a damn fine price for the game on console right now.
Assassin's Creed: Unity is a beautiful game. Sat atop the towers of Notre Dame, it's hard not to admire the scale of the Paris that Ubisoft Montreal have painstakingly recreated here. Perhaps more so than in any other Assassin's Creed game to date -- the edifices and porticos of Rome excepted -- Unity captures the essence of its setting perfectly. The streets throng with disgruntled citizens, loudly bemoaning everything under the sun in snippets of French. The power of the new-gen consoles has been harnessed spectacularly when it comes to populating the streets, and in later stages, when the guillotine blades start to fall and the masses crowd round to watch the bloody spectacles, the sheer number of NPCs onscreen boggles the mind.
Unity is a game that also seeks to fix some of the issues of previous instalments in the series. Arno, the game's protagonist, can now free-run up and down, depending on the button you're holding. It means that accidental, suicidal plunges are now largely a thing of the past, and that scampering around the city needn't see Arno climb atop the clutter rather than bounding over or sliding under obstacles. It's a system that works relatively well, even if it does take a little bit of getting used to. That Arno will still clamber onto low-slung tables when you're just holding down the sprint trigger is a bit annoying, but at least there's a quick, safe way of getting down from high places that don't have convenient straw piles lying in wait for a Leap of Faith.
Continuing on, it seems ludicrous that a series that sees you engage in clandestine murder should have lacked a dedicated crouch or "stealth" button for this long, but Ubisoft have finally fixed that. Now it's possible to slink about restricted areas in the manner of a cartoon robber, and you can snap in and out of cover at the touch of a button. There's also a dedicated button for helping you slip in through a window rather than jumping up and bypassing it completely as might have been the case before.
The combat system has been made clearer and more readily defined too. Instead of watching the behaviour of your enemies, you can now parry attacks easily thanks to massive, glowing indicators that tell you when you should execute the perfect parry, and when an unblockable attack is coming so you can roll deftly out of harm's way. Pleasingly enough, it feels more solid than combat in recent years, but it's still not really a patch on Ezio's finest work.
In fact, none of it is.
In fact, it's making me think ever more fondly of Assassin's Creed 3, and that's not a good sign.Click here to read more...
Value gameplay above all else? Well, Rogue Legacy might just be for you. A Metroidvania-meets-roguelike mashup, Rogue Legacy can be had for under two quid at GOG for the next few hours.
Also, remember to keep checking in with the stamp window on GOG's frontpage to ensure that you nab yourself a free copy of The Witcher 2. Seven stamps are all you need!
Metroid: Other M is actually a pretty fun game, if you can get past the absolute butchering of Samus character (seriously, boyfriend issues?!?!), and ignore the Team Ninja camera that's a bit too obsessed with her boobs. Other M does have some pretty sweet action and some cracking boss battles, though, and it can be nabbed for under £3 right now, perfect for a cheap Christmas stocking filler.
You can click here to read our Metroid: Other M review. Nice spot by oUkTuRkEyIII!
Like the look of Metal Gear Solid V? Well you better play Metal Gear Solid 4 first then, right? Don't worry about the timelines being the other way round, it's always good to see how a series has evolved with each release. £2.99 gets you a super cheap pre-owned copy, but at least there are plenty of high-street stores to return it to if you have any problems. Cheaper and more reliable than eBay too.
The series' debut on the PS3 was a standout title, featuring some of the best graphics around and an epic story line that made a sterling effort at tying up multiple threads while taking long-time fans back through some classic memories. Of course, the overall run time of cutscenes is longer than the time spent playing it, but what did you expect from Hideo Kojima?
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Eyeing up a bargain on Far Cry 4 or GTA V ahead of their launches next week? Well, there's still mileage to be had on the Rakuten voucher code.
NB. Remember, you'll need to use the code MSERAK10 to knock a tenner off of these titles and get them at these prices. You'll need to fire up a new account if you've already taken advantage of this voucher code, but all you need for that is a different email address.
PS4 owners, do be aware that in typical Sony fashion, PSN maintenance has been scheduled the night before these two games release. Thanks Assassin82!
Is Ninja Blade any good? Absolutely no idea. Is it very very cheap? Why, yes it most certainly is.
NB. Use the code NOVEMB-ERGMGX-20XOFF to get the game at this price.
Our old pal Felix once described Ninja Blade as "Ninja Gaiden without the budget and Itagaki". It's sort of like Ghostbusters, but with disgusting demons instead of ghosts, and high-tech ninjas instead of Bill Murray and Dan Akroyd. Thanks Max1009!
Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare is basically what you'd get if you stuck PvZ and Battlefield in a blender together. It's a lot of fun, and it's one of the games discounted in this week's round of PlayStation deals.
Do bear in mind, though that you'll need a PS+ subscription to get it at £13.99. You can click here for our Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare review. Cracking spot by uchihamiek!
Good games deals are always worth revisiting. And this one's a cracker.
Shadow of Mordor is better than Assassin's Creed: Unity, that much I can tell you. It's smoother, slicker, it runs beautifully, and it feels genuinely new-gen in a way that Assassin's Creed: Unity, for all its visually-impressive crowds, fails to do.
And it's super cheap on PC right now. Don't be fooled by Bundle Stars' offer, though. 365Games are rocking a price point that's £2 cheaper.
NB. Do be aware that you're purchasing a Steam key rather than a hard copy of the game, hence the price. You can click here to check out Carl's Shadow of Mordor review.