Developers: Sony Japan Studio
Publishers: Sony Computer Entertainment
Mark Cerny. Architect not only of beloved IPs such as Crash Bandicoot, Jak & Daxter, and Spyro the Dragon, but also of the PlayStation 4 itself. This smiling genteel man has been one of the most visible exponents of innovative design over the years, no more so than in the past twelve months as Sony had him take the stage time and time again to tell us that the PS4 was focused on one thing, and one thing only: games.
With such a litany of references and credits, and ably supported by Sony Japan Studio -- an outfit although sometimes lacking in execution and polish brought us the fantastic ideas behind games such as Gravity Rush and Tokyo Jungle -- when we learned that Cerny would be heading up a crack team of developers to produce something for the PS4, we all got rather excited.
And then Knack turned up.
Sure, Knack is pretty to look at. Constructed of chunks and shards of minerals and relics, the titular character is a wonderful sight to behold -- an impressive avatar to demonstrate the power in particle rendering and animation that the PlayStation 4 can bring to the table. He trots around brightly coloured landscapes, from ice caves to lava plateaus and gloriously realised, verdant temperate areas, with a fixed camera harking back to days gone by when we'd be controlling a sprightly marsupial on the PSOne. When you open chests stuffed with relic pieces, and Knack absorbs them into his form and swells in size, it's hard not to be a little impressed by the graphical trickery. The textures are gorgeous, the clean, Pixar-esque feel to it all is aesthetically delightful, and Knack at least looks the part.Click here to read more...
It's been a long road filled with death, more death, red phantoms dealing out death, and fat things with giant sickles that have a taste for slaughter, but we've finally reached the end of our dedicated episodes of Dealspwn Playthrough from Dark Souls II's Beta. In our final look at the recent Network Test, we change classes once again to show you the nimble Archer in action.
But during the recording of this video, Namco Bandai decided to put the game into High Difficulty mode, and push Carl to his limit. Can he get to the Skeleton Lord before the servers shut down with increasingly challenging enemies now in his way? You'll have to watch to find out.Click here to read more...
It's yet another deal from The Game Collection this morning, this time for the latest instalment in the Resident Evil series. This deal means you can save around a fiver over the next best offer elsewhere.
It may not have been a traditional Resident Evil experience, but does provide a fine opportunity for some co-op fun. At this price, it could be worth giving it a look to see for yourself. Thanks to BigJeffandCo @ HUKD!
Blacklist is one of the best Splinter Cell games in years and Zavvi are currently £5 cheaper than anyone else on PS3. There's an excellent range of gameplay style to choose from. Trying to be as sneaky as possible is an incredibly intense experience compared to just run-and-gunning it (but you can do that too). The multiplayer is feature packed too with Spies Vs Mercs making a return along with some cool co-op missions. One of the best games of 2013.
Game's Xmas deals are being snapped up super quick, so act fast if you want to save £5 over the other sites. Batman: Arkham Origins hasn't had the same critical success as its predecessors, but Warner Bros have been ironing out the kinks with patches. Despite being a little rough around the edges, the core Batman experience remains a hugely enjoyable experience for series fans.
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 plane and leap over buildings as the President of the USA fighting off an alien invasion. Sane it is not, but we wouldn't have it any other way. This edition gives you the Screaming Eagle fighter get, the 'Merica Gun and the Uncle Sam suit.
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We're back with yet another look at Dark Souls II from the recent Network Test. In today's episode of Dealspwn Playthrough, Carl once again logs in on his Warrior to conquer a dark cave he previously didn't have the guts to go inside and face off against foes lurking in wait. After that, Carl has a quick hands-on with the Sorcerer class, firing off some spells and, yet again, comes face to face with a murderous invading player. Does he survive any of this? Find out by hitting the jump.
Thanks to an issue where US players were unable to connect during the previous test, we were given another chance to get hands-on with Dark Souls II a few weeks ago. As such, we continue our coverage as Carl shares his experiences from the latest Network Test from November 2013.
In today's episode, Carl switches classes from the Warrior to try out a new addition to the roster - the Dual Swordsman. Giving his first impressions on the all-out-attack melee specialist, see how he fairs against familiar foes (and a murderous invading player) after the jump.Click here to read more...
Is The Last of Us the best game of this current generation? No. It's not even the best game Naughty Dog have made. But it is damn good and it is an essential purchase if you own a PS3. Amazon had a nice low price for The Last of Us earlier this week, but now they've gone and made it even more of a bargain by knocking a couple of quid off of the price, meaning you can now get one of the year's best games for under £20, which is a pretty sweet deal.
Great spot muttmanmcfly!
Hitman: Absolution didn't quite live up to expectations, but after such a long wait it was always going to struggle. Don't let the permanently plummeting price fool you though, there's still some excellent stealth-based gameplay to enjoy. An extensive online mode allows you to create or play new challenges, extending the life of the game long beyond the campaign. If you have an Xbox 360, you can still get the game for an even cheaper £5.99.
Thanks to BeyondCrime at HotUkDeals.
While initially appearing like a bit of an ugly brown mess, it turns out it actually is a bit of an ugly brown mess. But you've never played Dead Rising for the visuals, it's always been about the carnage. It looks like Capcom are ramping up the mania for our favourite zombie mass-slaughter series with an (un)healthy mix of customisable weapons, mankinis and motorcycle-steam-roller hybrids. Green Man Gaming are comfortably the cheapest at launch, as they were yesterday with with Forza 5.
Thanks to spritey at HotUkDeals.
Naughty Dog round off their time with the PS3 in spectacular style in this grim, almost survival horror-like, adventure. While considerably tougher than the Uncharted games, this is well worth a look if intense gameplay, high detailed graphics, an engaging plot and well voiced characters are your thing. This is the cheapest we've seen it yet. You can also get it for the same price at Game, although they've been up and down with the price all weekend. Either way, you're saving £8 over the competition.
Thanks to swancut at HotUkDeals.
Buy this! A bit of full-on bias for you there. Ratchet & Clank are back in excellent form since the co-op orientated All 4 One and the craptacular Q-Force. It's so cheap already because it's shorter than usual, but the length of the game (about 6 hours first time round) is terrific value for money at this price. I've finished it three times already for a nice new Platinum trophy. One of the best action platformers I've played in years.
Thanks to michalis3 at HotUkDeals.
Here's yet another chance to get Tomb Raider for a bargain price from GameFly thanks to the voucher code above. Overall you'll be able to save yourself almost £6 compared to the next best offer at Amazon.
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’ll be in many a GOTY list for 2013. Thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!
We haven't highlighted a deal for Platinum's OOT brawler for quite some time, but this listing from Amazon is quite the bargain. Overall you'll save yourself over £10 compared to the next cheapest listing with stock.
"Unpredictable, hardcore and empowering" is how Jon described Anarchy Reigns in his review, and while it may not include any local multiplayer, it makes up for that by utilizing the usual high-octane brawler combat that only Platinum Games can deliver. Thanks to Jas10 @ HUKD!
Developer: Insomniac Games
Sony’s long serving pair are back for another dose of platforming and mad scientist-style firearms. Let’s get straight to what you want to hear, yes, Ratchet & Clank: Nexus is a return to form after the misguided effort that was Q-Force. So, with no threats of ridiculous tower defence to worry about we’re free to enjoy the series as it was always meant to be.
That said, I’ve been surprised to see Insomniac continue to work on the series since they started working on non-Sony titles, but I supposed something has to pay the bills between Fuse and Sunset Overdrive (an upcoming Xbox One exclusive). This could explain why we’re getting a shorter Ratchet adventure than usual, but in fairness, it’s only £20.
It’s well worth the money too, providing around six hours for an initial playthrough. Then the usual endgame challenge modes, Gold Bolts, Omega weapons and come-get-me Platinum Trophy encourage extra runs through the game, which fans will dive straight into without even making a brew after the end credits.Click here to read more...
If you read my hands-on preview of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 a few weeks ago you may be interested to take a look at my new hands-on preview video of the game. Taking place at what may turn out to be the first stage of the game, you'll see a variety of new weapons in action such as the Void Sword and the Cestus Claws. And you see Gabriel rip a knight into what can only be described as a red splash. It's messy.
With only Ryse on the horizon, this is one of our most eagerly-awaited hack n' slash titles. Kratos better come out of retirement soon if he doesn't want to lose his title.Click here to see the video.
Driving to missions is so last decade, kiddo. 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. Balls to jet skis, for real open world fun, check out Saints Row IV for the bargain price of £19.95.
This Game Collection Flash Deal expires at the end of the day, so act fast if you want it at the lowest price so far at £28.95 on the PS3 or Xbox 360. Batman: Arkham Origins hasn't had the same critical success as its predecessors, but Warner Bros are slowly ironing out the kinks with patches. Despite being a little rough around the edges, the core Batman experience remains a hugely enjoyable experience for series fans.
Thanks to nickray at HotUkDeals.
One for the collectors amongst you, or a great Christmas present for a gamer. Zavvi are selling the Metal Gear Solid Legacy Collection on PS3 for £8 less than Amazon. In addition to the excellent games listed below there's a 100 page artbook covering the 25 year history of the series and two graphic novels.
Thanks to hairyhen at HotUkDeals.