Developer: Double Helix Games
Strider is the best game that Double Helix have ever made.
The bar was admittedly scraping along the ground, since their mediocre past form includes the likes of Battleship, Front Mission Evolved and that shocking Green Lantern tie-in. But be in no doubt: their suitably challenging and respectful remake of Capcom's classic slice & dice platformer is very good indeed, and worthy to bear the name. As soon as master assassin Hiryu goofily cartwheels over a crowd of robotic rifleman, flips off a wall and carves his first foe into tiny pieces, its pedigree is unmistakeable.
When Strider is content to be a faithful reboot, it's really rather brilliant. Having arrived in the sprawling city of Kazakh to murder its evil 'Grandmaster' and bring peace to the world with ultraviolence, Hiryu is as spry and blisteringly fast as we remember, barrelling through the corridors in a blur of precisely-aimed steel and perfectly-timed wall jumps. Packing a climbing sickle that can scale any surface, robotic combat enhancements and even a teleporter, he's a force to be reckoned with, but the Grandmaster's robot army and mercenary henchmen will give him a retro-tough run for his money.Click here to read more...
Platform: Xbox One (£7.99)
Developer: Capcom Vancouver
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
You've got to feel sorry for Hunter Thibodeux. Before being pummelled and burned to a crisp by Nick Ramos in the first Dead Rising 3 boss battle, the hapless motorcycle gang leader spent his last hour on Earth undertaking fetch quests, smashing up emergency telephone booths, then doing another few fetch quests for a fistful of extra PP. Beneath his posturing and facepaint, he's basically a golden retriever with a mohawk, wagging his tail as he does everything his masters tell him.
It's such a waste, because this was Capcom Vancouver's golden opportunity to finally give us a decent slice of DLC. The groundwork's laid perfectly: you play as a boss character who's well-placed to enjoy the zombie carnage. He's out for a rip-roaring revenge story. You get to ride the outrageous offspring of a Harley Davidson and the Sea Drill from Tomorrow Never Dies. What could go wrong?
Pretty much everything, as it turns out. If you needed further proof that season passes are an idiotic waste of money, here's Chaos Rising with a textbook example of rushed, rehashed content that was pushed out to order with the minimum possible effort.Click here to read more...
For many gamers, myself included, Resident Evil 4 presents a pinnacle of the series that hasn't been reached since, despite two big budget subsequent releases, as well as a smattering of other lower-key launches too. And as Capcom prepares this week to release Resident Evil Ultimate HD Edition for the PC, it raises into question again why people fell in love with and still adore Leon's battle against the Ganados above any others before or since. And more to the point, why has such a great game not been taken as a basis for later games, and built upon to produce an even greater game? Why do we keep coming back to a game released over 9 years ago for our fix, and how did Capcom not capitalise on it and make two stellar follow ups in Resident Evil 5 and 6?
The first reason for this apparent fall from grace is all in the build up. I remember a quote from Shigeru Miyamoto where he said he personally creates the first level in action games last, his rationale being:
“Your first level (or tutorial, or sequence, or whatever you want to call it) should serve as a prologue for the rest of your game. It should introduce many of the concepts your player will be interacting with through the rest of your game, and it should do so in a way that doesn’t alienate them right away.”
It's so important to get the first part of your game right, as it needs to set the tone and expectation for the rest of the experience. When thinking about Resident Evil, this means building up tension and anxiety and a feeling of helplessness. It needs to get your heart racing in a mixture of fear and adrenaline. Think about your favourite Resident Evil game and think about its opening sequence, whether it's the original's opening cut-sequence and first zombie encounter, or if indeed if it's Leon's experience in Resident Evil 4 in the creepy woods, the aggressive Ganados and of course the facing off against the entire village before the ominous bell tower tolls.Click here to read more...
Monster Hunter takes some time to get into, as you gradually work out how to avoid getting a rag-clad peasant eaten by massive dinosaurs over hours of grind, but rewards patience with hours of wonderful adventuring. Tracking and killing monstrous prey never gets old, while you'll get a real sense of accomplishment from crafting everything you own. Be sure to play online or locally with 3DS versions for the full effect - it's all in our Editor's Choice review.
Zavvi are selling it for a paltry £16.99, which is cheap as chips. Thanks to luciferslux @ HUKD for the great spot!
If you're a 3DS owner with a penchant for compelling ARPGs, we've got a classic 'good news bad news' situation for you today.
The good news being that Capcom have finally confirmed that Monster Hunter 4 is headed to the US and Europe as Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate; a brand new edition bursting at the seams with extra content. Considering that series fans have been banging on about it for months now -- having played Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate to death -- this is bound to make a few mornings.
The bad news? We'll have to wait until 2015.Click here to read more...
It's an age-old story.
Boy preorders Dead Rising 3 from cheap yet unreliable retailer. Microsoft sends boy a review copy. Boy forgets all about the preorder in the holiday season crunch, which then eventually arrives too close to Christmas to do anything about.
A classic tale, but it's going to have a happy ending for one of you lucky people. See, the boy in question is me... and I'm going to give away the sealed retail copy of Dead Rising 3!
Just in case you don't know, Dead Rising 3 is probably the most enjoyable new-gen launch title available for either system, translating the Xbox One's horsepower directly into outrageous shenanigans and insane numbers of zombies to put down with hundreds of sadistic combo weapons. "It's the essential Xbox One launch title: a rampant, ridiculous and riotous sandbox that delivers countless hours of unapologetic unrestrained fun," I wrote in our Editor's Choice review. "Rather than a pristine graphical showcase, it's a bountiful content-rich slaughter smorgasbord that encourages us to get our hands dirty in obscenely silly ways."
"Despite a handful of annoyances, Dead Rising 3 absolutely brings the fun to the new console generation."
So to be in with a chance of winning, we invite you to channel your inner MacGyver. Drop us a line in the comments box below and explain what outrageous weapon you'd cobble together out of common household/workplace objects to fight off a zombie invasion! The winner will be picked in terms of imagination, humour, originality and lethality. The winner will be chosen at our discretion or randomly if it's too close to call. Be creative! Competition closes Monday 13th January at 17:00. Postage and delivery will be organised via the email address associated with your Dealspwn account, so please ensure that it's correct! UK entrants only.
This competition is now closed. Thanks to everyone who took part!
UPDATE: Congratulations to Raasclark and the 'Beast About To Strike!'
"Finally! I get to use my two copies of MJ's 'Thriller' Album on vinyl(One's an unwanted present) and super glue each one to my two angle grinder discs, then duct taping each killer double disc to either end of my washing line pole, the middle of said pole being welded onto my hammer drill, which would be attached to the top of my motorcycle helmet."
"Not forgetting that I would attach speakers to the sides of my helmet, which would feed to the heads of my two vinyl players, glued onto the angle grinder discs, playing Micheal Jackson's zombie loving tune, in turn attracting the hordes, and slicing their much useless brains clean from their heads as my 'beast about to strike' screams out "Thriller!"."
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!
Dead Rising 3 Pre-Order | WOWHD | £39.59 (save £5)
Note that WOWHD can be hit and miss when it comes to delivery and customer service. Thanks to the always-amazing Jas10 @ HUKD!
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Dead Rising 3 Pre-Order | Gameseek | £37.75 (save £5)
Voucher Code: RETRO
Note that Gameseek may take payment up-front. Thanks to Silver420 @ HUKD!
Devil May Cry IV | Green Man Gaming | £1.00 (save plenty)
Voucher Code: GMG20-IWGQX-41IS1
Deal lasts until 17:00 GMT. You'll get a Steam code. Thanks to ALW4RD1 @ HUKD!
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To celebrate their 30th anniversary, Capcom has unleashed a monster sale on Steam. Their entire library, from Dead Rising and Devil May Cry to Street Fighter and Fairy Bloom Freesia, has been reduced by 50-75%, making for some big fat savings.
Thanks to Rhys135 at HotUkDeals.
Monster Hunter 4 is currently dominating the Japanese software charts, but Capcom still haven't locked down whether or not they plan to bring it to the US and Europe. However, they are at least thinking about it.Click here to read more...
Just a quickie: Deep Down is a free-to-play title, Capcom announced during the Tokyo Game Show. The PS4-bound procedurally generated cooperative dungeon crawler will enter beta near the console's Japanese launch next year, hammered home by a recent tweet from Sony's Shuhei Yoshida.
As a spiritual successor to Dragon's Dogma, we certainly have high hopes for this one. That said, it may take some time for Western release details to emerge.