I reinstalled Diablo III the other day... and I'd suggest you do the same if you have the time.
It's my job, of course. Blizzard pinged us a code for the long-anticipated expansion, Reaper Of Souls, which launched last night with nary an Error 37 in sight. Offering a new class (the brilliantly cathartic Crusader), a new act with Blizzard's first attempt at procedural urban environments, some great new bosses and a massive adventure mode for item hunters, the new content is matched my a seriously hefty price tag. Naturally I reinstalled Diablo III well ahead of time to make sure that I could take several classes straight into Westmarch to test their tasty new level 70 skills - and our full review will be ready soon. Spoiler alert: it's pretty decent.
However, the last time I mentioned Reaper Of Souls on-site, readers suggested that we took another look at Blizzard's controversial dungeon crawler due to some utterly enormous patches. Update 2.0 revamped Diablo III in numerous key areas earlier this month, rebuilding its progression, loot, difficulty settings and the core gameplay experience in fundamental ways. Some early critics even appear to be giving Reaper Of Souls credit for things that are actually included as totally free updates.
The net result being that Diablo III is now a vastly superior game even if you don't spend a single extra penny. And definitely worth another look.Click here to read more...
Death is your faithful companion beneath Bitterblack Isle.
It's soaked into the very walls of the gothic demesne that ensnares your party, permeating the bones and bodies that litter the bleak labyrinth sprawling ahead of you. It glints in the eye of werewolves the size of people carriers who rip your pawns to tatty shreds, or cannibalistic necrophagous beasts gorging themselves on charnel. Death stalks you constantly, literally calling to you from the shadows, lashing out of every booby-trapped chest and dripping from the teeth of countless over-levelled horrors. At your lowest ebb, death itself appears to you as the grim reaper, a horrific persistent adversary who kills with a single touch and hounds your every step.
Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen is out to kill you, but with enough patience and skill, you can bring death to its knees.
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Soul Sacrifice is out this Wednesday, and its European producer is keen to tell you about the deep sacrifice system that underpins the hectic arena combat. As a Monster Hunter-esque proposition from Mega Man and Dead Rising creator Keiji Inafune, many Vita owners are getting rather excited about this one, so we'll have a full review for you soon.
If you're interested, we dedicated 20 minutes of our latest PWNcast to Soul Sacrifice and all of its grim murdering.Click here to read more...
Supergiant Games have revealed their next game as sci-fi action RPG Transistor. As you'd expect from the creators of Bastion, it's looking really rather special indeed even at this early stage.
Hauntingly beautiful trailer, screens and details after the break.Click here to read more...
Dark Arisen is the name given to the huge expansion pack for Dragon's Dogma, but this disc also includes the full original game. While not released until April 26th, the RRP is £19.99 so it's unlikely you'll find a better pre-order price. The original game is currently selling for around £16, so I'd hang on for this version if you've had the game on your radar for a while. Click here to read about what's new for the Dark Arisen side of the package.
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Based on the books rather than the TV series and made in collaboration with the author himself, this is a decent tie-in if not overly adventurous when compared to the competition. There's a steady flow of DLC for the game though which hints at the developer's being keen to keep working on it as an ongoing franchise. Maybe they should let Mr. Martin get on with finishing off the books though. While you're waiting for the next series/book you could do far worse, so head on over to ShopTo and save yourself a few quid over the other sites.
Alientrap Software, the indie outfit behind critically-acclaimed run & gun platformer Capsized, has revealed their latest project. Apotheon will be a sidescrolling action RPG set in ancient Greece, exploring rich mythology throughout a "massive open-world Mount Olympus."Click here to read more...
Platforms: PC | PSN | XBLA (reviewed)
Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
There was an opportunity here.
A few exceptions notwithstanding, traditional loot-grinding dungeon crawlers are still a relatively rare breed on home consoles. PS3/Xbox 360 owners have watched in quiet envy as PCs and handhelds continually attracted the bulk of the addictive genre, from Diablo III to Heroes Of Ruin and Torchlight II, meaning that there's a gap in the market for anyone willing to provide a similar experience. Into the wasteland stepped Wizarbox, promising to deliver compelling persistent character creation and cooperative hijinks for a bargain downloadable price. We became rather excited about RAW: Realms Of Ancient War, our interest piqued by some intriguing trailers.
Though RAW has its moments, it's clear that Wizarbox haven't exactly seized this opportunity with both hands.
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Ahead of next week's release on PC, PS3 and XBLA, Realms Of Ancient War has received a new video showcasing its cooperative hack & slash action. Many gamers have been looking for an accessible action-RPG while their PC fellows got stuck into Diablo III, so if Wizarbox delivers, they could well have a hit on their hands.
Edmund McMillen has announced that his deliciously twisted roguelike The Binding Of Isaac is headed to home consoles. Though he's not willing to talk specifics, a Q&A reveals that Microsoft definitely "want" to secure The Binding Of Isaac for XBLA, and it will have local cooperative play. The console version will also include the Wrath Of The Lamb expansion pack.
We described McMillen's creation as "a randomised , replayable and reprehensible masterpiece" in our 8/10 The Binding Of Isaac review.
Developer: Gazillion Entertainment
The tagline that the Gazillion Studios team, would like us to take on board for Marvel Heroes is: “Marvel meets Diablo on Steroids.” Considered the President of the company is one David Brevik, co-founder of Blizzard North and creator of Diablo and Diablo II, we’re inclined to take notice.
This upcoming action MMORPG would be a tempting enough prospect for fans of the genre and the world’s most iconic name in comics. Consider this though: the game will be free-to-play. Sure there will be optional micro-transactions, but you’ll be able to play all the way through the game without spending a dime. “We’re aiming to create the highest quality free-to-play game ever made,” ambitious, but there’s no denying the potential.
Brevik displays an infectious enthusiasm for the game: “I specifically sought this project out; it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while. The heroes and their powers fit really well into a Diablo-style game. Not only that, but there are things that these heroes can do that have never been done in an action role playing game.”Click here to read more...
Blizzard are all set for the worldwide release of Diablo III this evening, and have prepared a video for series newcomers, explaining everything a newbie needs to know about the action-RPG. Check out the video above for information on the classes, a little bit of background info, and some tidbits on the upcoming PvP features that'll be integrated post-launch.
It’s Diablo meets Pokemon in this sci-fi dungeon crawler from Maxis, and Gameplay are currently offering the Limited Edition for £2 cheaper than the next cheapest retailer over at Game. Along with a copy of Darkspore, you will gain immediate access to some in-game items to help you as you battle your enemies, which include better stats for your heroes, an XP booster to speed up progression, and an early unlock for one of the many customisable heroes you will be able to get. With the regular version being a bit more expensive at the moment, this is the best value for your money right now if you’re looking to get in on the action. Thanks to ukstylist @ HUKD!
Lionhead’s Action RPG is approaching its PC release date, and if you’re interested in taking the action to Albion on your PC this deal should be worth a look. If at the checkout you enter Direct2Drive’s pay day voucher code ‘ROYALFLUSH’ you can net yourself a saving of over £5. So, what has changed from the console version? Reports are that it will contain polish to the graphics engine, optimised combat controls and improved difficulty. In addition it will contain all of the DLC that has been released so far for Xbox 360 players, making it a complete offering for those that have held off purchasing the game so far.
The price continues to fall for the PC version of the greatly debated RPG. Play have now lowered their price below a tenner, netting you a saving of almost £7 over the next best with stock over at ShopTo. However, some may question whether, even at this price, this title is worth the purchase. Let me state it bluntly; chances are you’ll only give it one play through due to the lack of variation in the content, and you’ll probably not be blown away by the storyline, but the action is visually impressive and doing everything will clock up at least 40+ hours, which for a tenner is pretty good going these days. I would suggest checking out my review and Matt’s rant to help you decide. Thanks to Martinconroy @ HUKD for the tip!
It’s also worth pointing out; if you order this before the end of the month, you’ll be given a free PC copy of Mass Effect 2 straight from EA’s download service as well. Thanks to topsup for the heads-up!
The recently greatly debated RPG sequel has had its PC version price slide dramatically, with Game slicing off almost £9 from the next best offer from CoolShop. However, some may question whether, even at this price, this title is worth the purchase. Let me state it bluntly; chances are you’ll only give it one play through due to the lack of variation in the content, and you’ll probably not be blown away by the storyline, but the action is visually impressive and doing everything will clock up at least 40+ hours, which for less than £15 isn’t too shabby these days. I would suggest checking out my review and Matt’s rant to help you decide. Thanks to Macdory @ HUKD!
It’s also worth pointing out; if you order this before the end of the month, you’ll be given a free PC copy of Mass Effect 2 straight from EA’s download service as well. Thanks to Whirley for the heads-up!
The GAME group are offering the PS3 version of Mass Effect 2 at bargain prices currently (with Game setting their price at £1 more here if you prefer shopping with them, or have a spare BAFTA code to get an even better saving.) Otherwise, the next best price is at Zavvi, which is almost £3 more that Gamestation's offer. PS3 owners who have yet to experience Commander Shepard’s shenanigans should jump on board for this one, because there’s a reason it has won multiple Game of the Year awards; it’s a damn fine game. The PS3 version also comes packed with all of the DLC, meaning you’ll be getting a complete experience… until Arrival hits next week, that is. Thanks to goonertillidie @ HUKD!
UPDATE: It appears Amazon aren't letting this deal pass them by and have price matched Gamestation, so if you prefer purchasing from them you can do so at the link provided above. Thanks to chelmsfordman @ HUKD for the update!
If you missed out on this deal a month and a half ago when Lydia highlighted it then you’re in luck; HMV have brought it back, making it £3 cheaper than the next retailers. You’re effectively getting two great early Xbox 360 classics for £6.50 each with this double pack. Containing Crackdown with all its agility orb hunting and action packed madness, and Mass Effect for your dose of alien hunting and RPG goodness, it’s a sci-fi bundle worth getting, especially if you have managed to avoid these titles until now. Thanks to Chuckles1001 @ HUKD!
This isn’t the cheapest the title has been, but SendIt’s price is the current best by £4. As for the game, the revolution hits Albion in Lionhead’s latest entry of the Fable series. Set 50 years after the previous game, you play as either the Prince or Princess as you fight for the people of the land with swords, guns, and a mixture of magic. Add to that the usual wit and charm of the series, as well as celebrity voice-overs (including a rather on-form John Cleese) and it’s a fun game but not without its sometimes obvious flaws. While fans of the series will probably enjoy Fable III it’s a shorter affair than the first two instalments, so unless you really want to head back to Albion it may be worth holding out until a GOTY edition hits with all the inevitable DLC attached. Thanks to jrenshaw @ HUKD!