Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge | TheGameCollection (eBay) | £7.95
Ninja Gaiden 3 was a complete mess. QTEs aplenty, snooze-worthy difficulty and a deluded attempt to pander to a 'Western' audience led to an absolute shambles, but at least the Razor's Edge edition made plenty of additions, tweaks and profound improvements -- resulting in a markedly superior game. If you want in on Wii U, TheGameCollection's new eBay listing trumps even their recent deal by a clear Quid. Thanks once again to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!
Turtle Rock’s upcoming title wants to shake things up a notch. The idea of four players teaming up to take on a large boss enemy is nothing new. But having a fifth player controlling the boss? That’s something we can definitely say we want a part of.
During my visit to the recent MCM Manchester Comic Con expo I was able to play the game as one of the hunters and as one of the newly revealed monster characters, the Kraken. Today’s preview is going to focus on the later, because let’s face it, why wouldn’t I tell you about controlling this absolute beast of a creature first?
While there will be a separate solo campaign mode, most of the buzz around the game has been about the four vs one concept. In today’s stage the hunters were tasked with killing the monster before it was able to feed enough to evolve into larger forms. The monster’s objective though was either to take out all the hunters before they had a chance to revive each other or to grow strong enough to destroy a large generator at a facility on the other side of the jungle. Players are able to choose a perk in the match’s lobby such as faster feeding or tougher armour. I went for faster feeding, as I was keen to max out the monster’s form before trying to take on the hunters.Click here to read more...
Saints Row IV might not be the most difficult game out there, but by god it's fun. Probably one of the finest sandbox games out there just for sheer insanity, Saints Row IV might just be the best game in the series (although I kind of swing between this and SR2 on a daily basis). You can grab it for around £4 at German site Games Planet, though only buy if you're based in the EU as the Steam code is region locked.
Be quick, mind, as there are only 12 and a half hours left to go for this flash deal.
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You see, this is why I wasn't bothered about Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes being so short, because I knew eventually it would drop in price and seem better value for money. GameSeek are the cheapest by £3 if you use the above discount code. We've not seen the game drop in price much lately, so you might be waiting a while for it to drop below the £10 barrier. Ground Zeroes has some excellent replay value beyond the initial short run through the story as there's loads to discover around the base. Don't forget, a recent patch has added the previous platform exclusive Raiden and MGS1-style missions to each version.
Thanks to TOMBOY25360 at HotUkDeals.
Platinum Games really rescued this one when they took over development. While stealth is sometimes an option, Rising is much more fun when played with the pedal to the metal. One minute you slicing up troops with meticulous precision, then you're running up the sides of missiles in mid air, or you're taking on three Metal Gears at once. This is not a subtle game. Put it in your face now.
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Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge | Game Collection | £8.95
As you can tell by the above screenshot, Ninja Gaiden 3 isn't scared to splash out with the red stuff. Hardcore fans of the series were left disappointed by the dumbed down combat and the horror of an optional easy difficulty mode (patronisingly called' Hero Mode'), but if all you want is a button bashing hack and slash title for a weekend, you could do far worse for £8.95 (Dynasty Warriors for example). This Wii U version of the game lets you use the gamepad screen to select weapons or initiate Ninpo strikes. There are also extra weapons and specials to enjoy in all their bloody glory.
Thanks to TOMBOY25360 at HotUkDeals.
See, it is real. Yes, Nintendo are giving Link an appearance on the Wii U this year, but we would never have guessed it would be in a Dynasty Warriors spin-off. We're full of mixed feelings about this one, because, you know...Dynasty Warriors has been a bit rubbish since the PS2 days. But with the open-world Zelda effort still being at least a year away, we'll keep our fingers crossed that this one turns out ok. If -after that ringing endorsement- you fancy taking a punt, VideoGameBox are the cheapest around ahead of the September release.
Thanks to BuzzDuraband at HotUkDeals.
This is the cheapest price Lara's adventure has seen on the PS4 and is £8 cheaper than the other sites today. If you have a PS4 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 PS4's camera or headset mic to swap weapons via voice commands.
Thanks to Jas10 at HotUkDeals.
Watch Dogs: DedSec Edition | Base | 44.99 | Review
Base are not necessarily the most reliable retailer when it comes to snappy delivery, but this one might be worth the wait. Watch Dogs: DedSec Edition is just £44.99 at Base right now, and this limited edition package comes with some rather tasty stuff.
One for collector's, the DedSec Edition comes with the following:
A 23cm Aiden Pearce Figurine
DedSec Collector box
Watch Dogs Artbook: artworks and illustrations that inspired the game
Original soundtrack of the game
Watch_Dogs map of Chicago
Set of 4 collectible cards: discover Watch_Dogs iconic characters through augmented reality
Set of 3 exclusive badges
Also included is around 60 minutes of extra DLC and bonus weapon rewards. If you've not discovered the delights of Chicago yet, this might just be the perfect opportunity. After the Destiny beta, natch.
Great spot by Jas10.
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'll want to know how the saga ends. Just a few months after release the downloadable PS3 version has plummeted to £11.99 (or £10.79 for PS+ members), currently a fiver cheaper than the disc version, which makes it, well, still a rubbish game, but well... cheaper.
We've occasionally seen it cheaper, but Dishonored is still a screaming deal at £2.49. In fact, paying so little is almost an insult to the hardworking developers (but you won't hear us complain!). You can alternatively stump up £6.79 for the complete edition. Thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!
Platform: PS3 | PS4 (reviewed) | X360 | XO
Developers: Edge of Reality
It’s always amused me just how much people hate Michael Bay. I mean, it’s a film about toys. Of course it’s just robots hitting each other and stuff exploding. Don’t like it? Well stop paying a fortune to watch it at the cinema thus encouraging him to make more. Seriously, I had to delete one person from facebook because they were complaining about how awful the film was despite them paying to watch it twice.
Personally, as an effects fan, I quite like the films (not seen the new one yet though), but wish they were about 45 minutes shorter. I approached the latest tie-in game with low expectations, but with a willingness to be pleasantly surprised, despite High Moon Studios -whose Cybertron series has been widely praised by critics and fans alike- not being at the helm. Fingers crossed they get to work on a brand new entry to the series once they’re done with helping out on COD: Advanced Warfare.
Rise of the Dark Spark is only a tie-in the sense that it’s been released alongside the movie, as most of it takes place on Cybertron with a few Earth levels bookending the campaign. Throughout the adventure you get to play as a large number of Autobots and Decepticons. The game handles like a standard third-person shooter with you mowing down waves of enemies with a variety of light and heavy weapons.Click here to read more...
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is outstanding. It's a fantastic game that might just be the best pirate game since Sid Meier first let us live out our buccaneering dreams. The PC version has remained a little stubborn in terms of its price point, but you can currentlky nab a digital PC copy for just £11.68 ($19.99) if you pop on over to Amazon US. I would say, however, that you should try and pick up a console version if possible (PS4 ideally) simply because the Anvil engine seems to suffer a little on PC.
If you're not based in the States, all you have to do is fabricate a US mailing address to get the game key. You can opt for either a Steam or Uplay code, but let's face it, who the hell would ever freely choose the latter?
Cheers to Jas10 for the tip.
There are rumours of a new-gen remaster, but you can be sure the original is worth a look right now, especially for less than three quid. 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.
Want to see the difference between the original PS2 game and the upcoming HD remaster for Kingdom Hearts 2? Well, be sure to check out the new interactive trailer which sweeps between the old and new versions. In addition to smoother textures, it seems that Square-Enix have taken the time to add some extra colours as shown by some metallic greys now replaced with gold or rust coloured textures.
The first Kingdom Hearts remaster proved to be a big hit and reminded us why we loved the original so much all those years ago. The next instalment will include remasters for Kingdom Hearts 2 Final Mix Edition, Birth By Sleep (formerly released on the PSP) and a cutscene compilation of Re:Coded. With Kingdom Hearts 3 probably not arriving until late 2015 at the earliest, you have lots of time to check out the originals first.Click here to see the trailer.
You can watch a month's worth of trailers for this game and you'll still have no idea what the hell is going on. I mean, what is this? Thankfully Jon has the knowledge for you in his review and highly rates this Wii U exclusive. Why not save yourself a tenner by taking a trip to Argos' backdoor eBay site where they're sneaking out copies of the game for a tenner less than the competition.
Thanks to AngryEnglishman at HotUkDeals.
Every reviewer has one game, possibly one game a year, that we look back on and perhaps feel that the review we gave didn't quite do that game justice. It could be a wildly over-inflated score for a game that proved to be a pile of poo in the long run -- a title perhaps over-hyped at the time, arriving with a groundswell of excitement that proved too loud to ignore. We're human, it happens. Or maybe it was a game that we grew to love over replays, unable to see its qualities in the midst of a hectic release period with deadlines on all sides at the time, but something that made us kick ourselves upon return.
For whatever reason, I gave the original Bayonetta an 8 out of 10. I've gone back and tried to crawl into the headspace of my younger self time and time again to ascertain exactly why that score wasn't higher. The review even reads like a 9 or a 10.
Mind you, maybe it's because I foresaw room for improvement on some level. Maybe it's because somewhere, in the recesses of my mind, I had an inkling of what was to come: that there'd be a sequel, that it would be even more fantastically overblown, that it'd be an exclusive on the Wii's successor. Hahahaha! Sorry...no one could have predicted that last one.
I came staggering out of the Nintendo post-E3 showcase drunk with happiness, a massive grin plastered to my face, and with a burning desire to buy Nintendo's latest console. Every game I played slapped a smile on my face, but none dropped my jaw so utterly and so consistently as Bayonetta 2.Click here to read more...
If you have an XO or PS4 and don't already own the last-gen version, I'd seriously recommend Crystal Dynamics' excellent reboot of the 90s series. 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/PS4 mic to swap weapons via voice commands, which is handier than you'd think, especially during busier shootouts. Naughty Dog really have their work cut out to top this with Uncharted 4 and we can't wait to see how they step up to the challenge with Rise of the Tomb Raider in 2015.
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The Wonderful 101 is initially confusing, somewhat overwhelming and one of the best brawlers on the market. The creators of Bayonetta know their onions and have delivered a superb high-octane experience that lets you lead an entire army of heroes into battle as a single character. Own a Wii U? Do it. Trust me. Thank to jesu13 @ HUKD!
Note that this is available as one of the 'free' Mario Kart 8 download games, though we'd suggest getting the pricier Wind Waker HD as a first priority.
Head over to CDKeys.com's Facebook page (link above) and give them a 'like' to get a unique 5% discount code. You can unlike and like again if you've done this before. For the length of Watch Dogs' story, the unique hacking opportunities will keep you hooked, as there’s nothing else quite like it out there. But outside of the hacking, police chases go on too long, side-missions feel repetitive, the audio diaries or home hacks aren’t that interesting and never try to form a bigger picture of the story a la Assassin’s Creed’s extras. It’s a shame, as the game undoubtedly breaks new ground with the hacking opportunities both behind the wheel or when sneaking around on foot. Much like the first Assassin’s Creed, the game has struggled with its own hype, but as history shows, Ubisoft are more than capable of turning this into an essential series if they can make the world and the gameplay around the hacking more interesting too.
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