Happy Easter folks! While you're rolling out of bed on Bank Holiday Monday, be aware that Zavvi have dropped their price on Batman: Arkham Origins on X360 and Wii U. If you snap up the latter you'll also bag yourself the Deathstroke pre-order DLC, which is quite a bit of fun.
The game itself isn't particularly fresh, and it had to endure a buggy release, but it's still worth a look for Arkham series fans. Thanks to Chanchi32.
Stop pretending you're not interested in Saints Row 4's insanity, at £9.99 it's dipped under the £10 barrier for the first time, making it a much cheaper alternative to the super powered antics of buying a PS4 for Infamous: Second Son. Thanks to a nonsense alien invasion/Matrix story you now have powers like super sprinting, fireballs, telekinesis and the ability to leap over buildings. Volitions super-powered take on the open-world genre is an absolute blast to play.
Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII at HotUkDeals.
I posted a £34.99 deal for the PS4 version yesterday, but maybe you'd prefer saving a tenner and playing the handheld version instead. This is more suited to the solo gamer out there thanks to the lack of multiplayer. Amazon's Vita deal is £5 cheaper than the next best deal at the usual suspects.
Thanks to cr3ampie at HotUkDeals.
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This PC pre-order price price is £20 cheaper than the best price on the Xbox One. We're massively psyched for Ubisoft's upcoming open-worlder, 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.
The Amazing Spiderman 2 | Base | £16.99
This is an amazingly cheap pre-order price, even for a PC game. I'm looking forward to this one as I'm eternally optimistic that someone will eventually make a Spiderman game as good as Spiderman 2 on the PS2 all those years ago. This latest tie-in seems to focus less on putting you in dreary sewer levels and has put a bigger emphasis on webswinging again. Due for release on May 2nd, you've plenty of time to check out the latest movie before this one lands too.
Amazon are the cheapest for anyone looking at the next-gen version of LEGO The Hobbit. Be warned though, there are more than a few glitches that make getting through the endgame a real pain at times. There's also the matter of the final third of the game being released separately as DLC later this year. Check out my review and then decide whether to wait for further discount or an inevitable complete edition in December.
Platform: PS4 (reviewed) | PS3 | Vita | X360 | XO | Wii U |3DS
Developer: Traveller’s Tales
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive
Yes, this is a review, not an advanced preview for a game which (with any sense) wouldn’t see a release until December when the final Hobbit movie hits cinemas. Instead, this Lego title encompasses the first two films with the third to be added as DLC later this year.
It would take the most upbeat of optimists to suggest that WB will do the right thing and release the add-on (the rest of the game) for free, but my cynical nature tells me to expect something around £15.99 –an oddly specific guess I admit. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see this game re-released complete with the remaining content in December for the same price it is today. So, I guess the only real question left, is how many Lego games do you need in your life? With Lego Marvel and the Lego Movie tie-in released just five and two months ago respectively, you have to wonder why WB didn’t wait.
But here we are, back in Middle Earth for another action-platformer collect em’ up. As with the Lego Lord of the Rings game, there are lines of dialogue and music from the movie giving the game an authentic air. In the Lego LOTR titles, I found this to be an odd match as the straight-faced dialogue was at odds with the characters messing about in the background. But The Hobbit movies have turned out to be lighter affairs and the seriousness and comedy seems to gel together better than I expected. Or maybe it’s because I loved the LOTR movies have been bitterly disappointed with the drawn-out Hobbit ones.Click here to read more...
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...