I hate Season Passes, and so should you.
The past week of exclusivity chatter has been rife with points made about anti-consumer practices, but Season Passes are perhaps the worst, most vile form of cash bleeding. They are the greatest achievement of anti-consumer pre-order culture, managing to convince people to pay for content that hasn't even been announced for games that aren't even out.
The latest game to announce a Season Pass is Warner Bros' Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, but there's a slight difference with this one. Not only will snapping up a Season Pass that costs almost as much as the game net you all of the vague DLC that is to come following the game's release later this year, but you'll actually get the full version of the game on release with some nice day one DLC.
Yep, that's right. It's a combination of two of the things we hate most: an unholy union of Season Pass and Day One DLC.Click here to read more...
If you missed Ninja Theory's
protracted escort mission sci-fi retelling of the classic Chinese tale of Monkey back in 2010, GMG are set to reward your apathy with a serious saving on the Premium Edition. Enslaved is a fun action game with superb art direction and a great storyline, and a steal at less than four quid. Thanks to webmonkey @ HUKD!
Hellblade was announced to be in development this week during Sony’s Gamescom presser. All we had to go on was a brief trailer (see bottom of article) with no signs of gameplay. But the short reveal was enough to get gamers thinking that the new Ninja Theory game was the long-awaited Heavenly Sword sequel. Join us for a deeper look at what we know so far and we’ll examine the connections between the two games.
The game will release digitally, but Ninja Theory has said that Hellblade will be an “independent AAA” title. The studio’s Product Development Ninja (manager?) Don Matthews posted: “We’re calling Hellblade an ‘Independent AAA’ game, by which we mean that it will be developed and published independently but with all the quality and production values of any AAA game on the market.
Why have we chosen to self-publish this game? Certain types of game are very difficult to make for AAA retail without being watered down or otherwise compromised for a mass audience. This is especially true of sword-based combat games or games of a distinctive style or unusual subject matter. We want to make a smaller, more focused game experience that is uncompromising in its combat, art and story, and deliver this digitally at a lower price.” [PS blog]
The talk of avoiding ‘watered down’ elements indicates that this could be a very bloody game, which makes sense with a game filled with swords. Heavenly Sword was a 15, despite the game being very light on blood, so we’re expecting a few lopped off limbs for this one.Click here to read more...
Heavenly Sword | Base | £10.65
With the recent announcement of Hellblade on PS3, maybe it's time you checked out the original game first. While not officially confirmed as a spinoff/sequel to Heavenly Sword yet, all the signs are there in the reveal trailer, although the lead character has changed from Nariko to Kai. Heavenly Sword is still an incredibly slick hack n' slash title from the developers of DMC: Devil May Cry and Enslaved. I played through the game again this week and the graphics and performances from Andy Serkis and Anna Torv frequently left my jaw on the floor. Nariko was also rocking a neat counter system way before Rocksteady got their hands on the Batman license too. Go on, you can thank me later.
It's not worth it if you already own the PC version, and to be honest it's sort of touch and go if you own a last-gen copy of Tomb Raider, but the Definitive Edition is a perfect starting point if you want to see what all the exclusivity fuss is about. A polarising game in some cases (reimagining established icons always is), I have to say that I really loved the reboot and the this polish job adds in voice commands and pointless multiplayer DLC along with the paint job.
Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII at HotUkDeals.
Arkham City is a fantastic game, building on the success of Asylum, and delivering an irresistible game world to jump into and explore. The combat is tight and impactful, the traversal is an utter joy, and becoming the Dark Knight is just as empowering as before. GMG have had the GOTY edition down at this price before with a code, but if you missed that earlier this year, here's a great opportunity to nab a modern classic for the summer drought.
Thanks to skribble at HotUkDeals.
Crystal Dynamics' Tomb Raider reboot takes itself far too seriously, but is still a worthwhile platformy shooter with some superb set pieces and smooth mechanics. It's best enjoyed in the Definitive Edition, which can be yours for a shade under £21 courtesy of HMV's 'AUGUST10' voucher code. Another great spot from oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD, many thanks!
After all of the furore about possibly dumbing down Splinter Cell and turning one of gaming's classic stealthy franchises into an action romp after THAT E3 showing, it turned out that Blacklist was actually a really good game with a gloriously open-ended approach to things that allowed us players to play pretty much however we wanted, whenever we wanted.
Which is nice.
Anyway, HMV have the Ultimatum Edition for under £15 (knock a further quid off with the code JULY10 - still working at the time of writing) which includes the game along with an a mini graphic novel, a watch, and a bunch of DLC maps. You can grab the X360 version for the same price here.
Cracking spot by s_hayhurst at HUKD.
GameStop are currently selling The Last of Us: Remastered for £28.97, a quid less than their previous cheapest price. Newcomers who've got a PS4 and are yet to play TLOU would definitely do well to pick it up, though you might want to wait for the price to come down a little more if you've already got the original. The visuals are noticeably sharper and the commentary is a nice bonus, and the added DLC makes this a pretty decent value proposition on PS4. Plus, you know, it's one of the best games of last year.
The Game Collection are currently running a flash sale for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, which is a perfect example of why Platinum Games are the best in the brawler business. Superb HF Blade combat, amazing set pieces and tough bosses make this a game to savour, especially at a frankly silly £5.50. Thanks to Bure11 @ HUKD for a fantastic spot!
Platforms: 3DS | PS Vita (reviewed)
Developer: Hellbent Games | TT Games
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive
LEGO. Ninjas. Both of these things are undeniably excellent in their own right, so I suspect that the LEGO Ninjago toy line can boast the shortest brainstorming session in company history. "We haven't sold Ninja-themed kits since 1998. So how about... more ninjas... only this time on a futuristic alien planet with multiple armies that we can keep expanding on with new sets? Also some of the ninjas are robots. We can call them Nindroids."
"That's terrible. Let's do it, and also make a mechanical dragon. We can call it the MechDragon. Have a raise."
So Ninjago was born, and in fine transmedia style, spawned an animated series followed finally by a handheld game on PS Vita and 3DS. It's the sort of eye-rolling predictable play that you'd expect from any big company, but does it live up to the usual standard we expect from TT Games?
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Expendabros is a free game. Think of it as an extended demo for the excellent Broforce, that just happens to feature some of the characters from the upcoming Expendables 3 movie. I know, the last time there was an Expendables game, it was one of the worst pieces of interactive excrement we've ever had the misfortune of playing through.
But this is basically Broforce. And, as anyone who's played Free Lives' games or seen any of our amazingly brofessional coverage of it will testify, Broforce is awesome, dumb, arcadey fun.
Forget those free Doritos games that Microsoft pumped out on Xbox LIVE, forget Zool and its Chupa-Chups. This is quite possibly the best piece of advergaming we've seen in a long time, possibly ever. It's not a true film tie-in per se, but even if it was, it'd be a damn sight better than most tie-in games. Because its free. And awesome.
You can try it out for yourself (and then download Broforce proper for more crazy explosive pixellated brilliance and online multiplayer), but I also threw together a little video last night that may be the least professional thing I've ever made. You can watch it after the jump. Apologies to any and all who do. There are many swears, terrible impressions, Darkness-esque moments of falsetto singing, and lashings of maniacal laughter.Click here to read more...
Mark Of The Ninja is one of the best stealth games of recent years: a hardcore sidescrolling shadowy masterclass in evasion and brutal predatory hunting. It's also now one of the cheapest stealth games of recent years, clocking in at a paltry £2.96 on GOG, saving you £8 vs the Steam RRP. The special edition is also available for £3.55.
Just a reminder that, despite many retailers lowering their prices, Gamestop are still the cheapest place to pick up a copy of The Last Of Us Remastered. They're back in stock for the time being if you're looking for a new way of playing one of the PS3's best games, or missed it the first time around.
Black Flag was my pick for Game of the Year in 2013 and is an absolute must-buy at this download price. 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. Plus, hearing one chap declare "Dash my buttons!" is probably the greatest thing that's ever been said in any game, ever.
Thanks to arghhhhh at HotUkDeals.
The fact that Assassin's Creed Unity wont have any female assassin's for co-op is all the more galling seeing as Ubisoft managed to make the effort for a game originally released on the Vita. This HD remaster is well worth a look for series fans as it has a great standalone story that sees you playing three roles as Aveline the assassin, the slave and the high society daughter. The expansive open world setting that sees the game set in the same period as ACIII takes place in bayous and small settlements. Aveline is pretty bad-ass, we don't think that leering ponce Ezio would be able to cope with wrestling alligators like she does.
Thanks to jaystan at HotUkDeals.
You can save 90% on the Red Faction Collection over on Steam right now, which includes the following: Red Faction, Red Faction II, Red Faction: Guerilla, and Red Faction: Amrageddon along with its Path to War DLC and soundtrack.
Of course, if you just want one of two items from that list, Steam has the individual pieces for 90% off too meaning, for example, that you can snap up Armageddon for just £1.49.
The Last of Us: Remastered | £29.97 | Gamestop
We're not the biggest fans of Gamestop here on Dealspwn, but they're the place to go if you want a copy of The Last of Us: Remastered for under £30. It's probably not particularly worth it if you've already got the PS3 version (depends how burning your desire for a replay actually is), but it's certainly a must-buy for Xbox converts.
So just how good does The Last Of Us look on PS4? We've got the game's opening quarter of an hour for you to have a look at, with a generational platform comparison vid coming shortly.
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!