I don't think there is any need for introductions now on a daily basis. The Steam Summer Sale has entered day number three with some nice savings across their catalogue.
Sidescrolling brawlers don't get much better than Castle Crashers. This ridiculous, rude, outrageous and deeply satisfying gem is still an absolute riot and can be yours for only £2.49, though personally-speaking, we reckon that it's best enjoyed with mates. If you can't get people round for a local sesh, the 4-pack will cost you £7.49, meaning that each copy works out at a paltry £1.88. Thanks FantasyDeals!
The developers behind Alien Hominid, Castle Crashers and BattleBlock Theater have suggested that no matter what size you are -- big or small, in-house or independent -- games development is something of a gamble, and that the industry "crap shoot" is not going away any time soon.Click here to read more...
I could have sworn that the Steam Autumn sale was supposed to end on the 26th, but hey, I'll never complain about extra deals. That said, I haven't done that 'sleep' thing in a while...
The big news today is that you can get all the Alan Wake for less than £8, Legend Of Grimrock for less than £3 and some great indie games for less than the price of a London pint.Click here to read more...
How has it taken this long? Must surely be the questions on thousands of PC gamer's lips? Originally released on XBLA in 2008, I thought PS3 gamers had it bad waiting until 2010 to play this little corker.
This old school scrolling beat ‘em up features simple controls and basic levelling up elements, making it very accessible to all gamers. Four-player co-op is just a dream too, not to mention it makes the boss battles less frustrating.
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Castle Crashers is finally coming to the PC, The Behemoth announced at Gamescom. This classic downloadable RPG/brawler released as an XBLA exclusive back in 2008 (gosh, that makes me feel very old indeed) and subsequently made the jump to PS3 in 2010.
The PC version will be distributed via Steam, featuring integrated voice chat, achievements and - brilliantly - local multiplayer. A release date should be forthcoming at PAX.
For today only, Microsoft have dropped their prices for Limbo, Castle Crashers, Monday Night Combat, Shadow Complex, and Trials HD by 50%, which means that you can get hold of them for 600 Microsoft points, the equivalent of about £4.80 each. It's not a bad selection of games at all, and I'm definitely tempted to run out and grab a few additional points in order to get hold of Limbo whilst it's marked down. If you're still trying to decide whether or not to treat yourself to a game or two at this point, just remember all the games'll be a bit more expensive tomorrow! Thanks to Major Nelson.
From Software make exceedingly good Mech games- and the months since Armored Core: For Answer hit the shelves have dragged on interminably for mech fanatics. Thankfully, a slew of Armored Core V details have now hit the internet like a barrage of shoulder-mounted missiles.
First things first: watch the announcement trailer. Then watch it again. After you've successfully cleaned up the resultant mess, we can all agree on the fact that it's an action-packed spectacle that would make Michael Bay proud.
Now onto the juicy details. Armored Core V will feature "always online" affiliation that logs every player kill, achievement and mission towards their allied faction (that they'll choose at the beginning of the game). In effect, this will function much like a mix between Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit's Autolog system and the sadly-defunct Chromehounds. Seizing online territories will allow factions to customise not only their mechs, but also the defences, missions and gauntlets that opposing forces will need to overcome in order to win it back. This deep level of immersion and battles over limited virtual real estate should help to guarantee ACV a strong and persistent player base.
In terms of action, Armored Core V will offer the same fast and hectic firefights that we'd expect from the series, though the robots have been scaled down in order to make the virtual battlegrounds seem much bigger and more imposing. Hopefully this will also allow for more detailed multi-level stage design. [Thanks, IGN]
Armored Core V is slated for a winter 2011 release in Japan, meaning that us Europeans will realistically need to wait until 2012. Naturally, we'll keep you updated by the wire.
Kinect certainly isn't short of a few sports minigame collections, but it appears that the genre may now be starting to diversify. Though not in the direction you might imagine. 505 games have announced Michael Phelps: Push The Limit; a swimming simulator that promises to deliver the most authentic motion control experience to date.
Phelps, the American swimming champion, has been motion-captured and filmed for archive footage using one of the most powerful setups to date, which will reportedly help to translate player movements into realistic strokes and kicks. It's aiming for a June 2011 release.
Do you need a swimming game in your life? Is this really a good idea? Drop us a line in the comments!
We recently reported that Namco Bandai's Dark Soul is not a sequel to Demon's Souls, instead opting to create its own distinct dark fantasy universe. However, the gameplay displayed in this morning's announcement trailer does little to distance the two IPs.
Basically, since SCEJ owns the rights (and contributed) to the Demon's Souls franchise, the multiplatform Dark Souls is set to be a sequel in anything but the name. Let us know what you make of the trailer! [Thanks for the VT, Eurogamer]
We love it when videogames and charity get together to raise money for a good cause, and once again, The Behemoth are up to their old tricks. They've just announced that the Castle Crashers Pink Knight DLC pack is dated for February 8th on PSN and subsequently on XBLA, with all profits being donated to Breast Cancer Research.
The Pink Knight pack will cost a couple of quid and comes complete with the cute new character and a selection of new weapons. Including a lollipop, of all things. [The Behemoth]
Razer have been floating a motion-control prototype for over a year now, with their clunky Sixthense peripheral providing a tantalising new take on PC input (or a shameless effort to emulate their console counterparts, depending on your point of view). However, they've now rolled out a new model
Hydra's base unit projects a low-strength magnetic field around the play area (which is hopefully weak enough to avoid frying your rig), and is attached to two wands that are equipped with dual thumbsticks. Not only can the peripheral track their location in 3D space, but the traditional inputs should allow for a range of different game experiences to take advantage of the hardware.
So, why should you care? Because Valve does. Gabe Newell has thrown his support behind the Hydra, confirming that Portal 2 will contain several exclusive stages that are custom-designed for use with the new peripheral. It's interesting to note that this goes against Valve's earlier stance of backing biometry over motion control, but if Gabe likes it, so do we. Then again, we've still got mixed feelings about the Novint Falcon...
Portal 2 will also be optimised for Intel's new Sandy Bridge processor that promises to offer a "Console-Like experience on the PC"... and combined with a motion controller, you'd be forgiven for wondering if personal computing and are headed for a convergence.
Is the PC trying too hard to emulate consoles? Would this be a bad thing for the industry or a new opportunity for the PC market? And could you care less about the Hydra? Have your say in the comments!
Every time we feature a new Kinect hack or mod, I tend to react like a broken record by suggesting that Microsoft are overlooking the PC crowd as an entirely new and massively profitable target audience. Luckily it seems that their top brass are warming to the idea. When quizzed on the subject by the BBC, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer issued the following titilating remark:
We'll support [Kinect on PC] in a formal way in the right time. We're trying to move beyond gaming to include the world of socialisation, of movies, of TV, and we're trying to make the whole experience accessible to everybody in the family, not just the traditional gamer.
You have to wonder if they're letting the homebrew crowd do all their R&D for them! [BBC]
In other Kinect news: We recently reported that Kinect has shifted over 8 million units over its first sixty days on the market... which is a very impressive statistic by itself, but far more intereting (or inflammatory, take your pick) when you compare it to other console hardware. The PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, and even the PS2 sold far less in their first two months, with only the GBA coming close with 4.16 million units. Since Microsoft are marketing it as a new platform, we're grouping it right in there- which officially makes it the fastest selling gaming hardware of all time. Naturally the sales models are different (especially since artificial stock shortages cause console sales to bottleneck in month 2), but hopefully this enormous install base will help to inspire a range of exceptional games. It had better. [Thanks, Gamesradar]
Hear ye, hear ye! As part of a new promotion, The Behemoth will be holding a grand Castle Crashers tournament on Xbox Live to determine who is the best arena fighter! On Janurary 28th, the top 100 weekly-ranked players on the XBLA arena leaderboard will start to compete in a grand tournament to win a golden 360, limited edition console and a whole bunch of yon "squishy chickens." It's a worldwide challenge that's open to every region- so remember that the weekly leaderboard opens at on the 21st!
Art thou a crasher of castles? Get thee to Xbox Live- and get practising!
The major news from the major Nelson is that there are some super deals happening today! For everyone! That's right, folks- both silver and gold members can enjoy some ridiculous deals throughout the countdown to the New Year. As well as tuning in regularly for the surprise daily deals, why not have a look at this menu:
There must be something you want here! Note that the promotion will be going live at "some point on the 21st..." so be ready when it hits today!
Alright sports fans, here we go again. This week's Gold-exclusive deal allows you to get your hands on some of Forza 3's DLC packs with a 50% discount. Probably to compete with... you know... that other racing game. I forget the name exactly.
Note that these cars are already available if you bought the Ultimate Edition!
Read on... if you have any Microsoft Points left!
Platform: PSN on PS3
Developer: The Behemoth
Talk about delayed, Castle Crashers originally appeared on XBLA in 2008, it then hit the US PSN Store in August, which is where the demo ensnared me. I’ve had to wait until now for a European release PSN release. But was it worth the wait? Hell yes. Hell, yes.
This retrotacular title is a side-scrolling beat-‘em-up with a few simple RPG elements thrown in for good measure. It’s great fun on your own, but to get the most out of this game you should really fire up the multiplayer. You can have up to four players with drop-in co-op action. You can even play it online, but this can throw up problems when you both want to be the same character (because it’s the only one you’ve spent ten hours levelling up) so one of you will be on Level 30+ while the other is Level 1. At least you can revive team-mates.
So the best way to do it is to play with the same people regularly either at home or online. Or level up every character in the game if you have an insane amount of time on your hands. Not to mention a few spare thumbs in the cupboard.
Yes, this is a bit of a button basher. The square and triangle buttons are used for regular and strong attacks respectively. Early on in the game new moves are unlocked about every other experience level or so. These run out pretty quick though which is a little disappointing. You might find yourself getting better at combat with the limited move-set you have. For example it's possible to juggle groups of small enemies with a jumping attack. You can rack up some serious numbers flying across the screen unleashing some major sword skills.
Famitsu hails Gears of War while condemning King of Fighters in today’s news roundup. Also, Ballad of Gay Tony gets a confirmed release date, Project Natal is rumoured to be intergraded with a new 360, and Castle Crashers is confirmed for the PS3.
Famitsu magazine has slammed popular beat-em- up The King of Fighters XII, awarding a poor 22 points out of 40. Despite the low score they praised the visuals saying they “are a huge advance over previous games, making each character's charms really stand out”. In regards to the fighting they said “battles become tests of how well you can read your opponent, it's a great feeling when you connect with a critical counter or guard attack”.
So, with great visuals and combat why the low score? Apparently the lack of volume in the game was the main concern. One reviewer stated that apart from 1-on-1 play the game offers nothing else to do. Fewer characters, no story mode, and a poor single player experience made up the rest of the complaints. Famitsu instead gave their love to Gears of War 2, which is only hitting Japan on July 30th. One reviewer said “the fun, just like the violence, is even more dangerous than the previous game”, giving the game 38 out of 40. [1UP]
Rockstar announced that the Xbox 360 exclusive The Ballad of Gay Tony will be coming out (no pun intended) on October 29th for 1600 Microsoft points. The Grand Theft Auto 4 downloadable episode puts you in the role of Luis Lopez, who works for nightclub owner Tony Prince, also known as Gay Tony. Rockstar also confirmed the "Episodes From Liberty City" retail disc will be released on the same day, containing both DLC packs on the disc, and not requiring the original GTA4 disc to play. [Kotaku]
The growing belief that Natal will be a new console is now supported with supposedly damning evidence. Apparently Aptina has won the rights to be the supplier of “1.3-megapixel CMOS image sensors (CIS) for a new version of the Xbox 360 console under Microsoft's Project Natal technology”.
Also, according to DigiTimes sources in Taiwan indicate the new 360 will be released in the later half of 2010. This is pure speculation of course, but as time passes more evidence seems to indicate Natal may come built into the 360. Speculation remember! [DigiTimes]
Castle Crashers, the beat-em-up action game that won many best Xbox Live Arcade game awards has been confirmed for the PS3. Developers The Behemoth have not yet confirmed a release date, but as the PS3 version will be on display at Comic-Con tomorrow it couldn’t be too far off. [Gamestop]