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Following some (totally accurate) rumours yesterday, Crackdown has become the latest free 'Game With Gold' on Xbox Live. Gold members can download it for free, and probably should, since this cel-shaded sandbox fun factory is utterly brilliant.
What do you make of this new selection?
A polish retailer may have spilled the beans on the next wave of free games for Xbox Live Gold members.Click here to read more...
We're due an absolute boatload of surprise announcements on Saturday when Geoff Keighley's well-spent
ass-licking contacts pay dividends at the trailer-fest that is the Video Game Awards. However, might Capcom have clued us in as to what they've got in store via their official Facebook page for Dead Rising? Where series protagonist, Frank West, reveals he's "packing for my new adventure".
It would seem as if Capcom is whetting our appetites for a Dead Rising announcement in the imminent future, and the VGAs would be the obvious choice. However, is this truly Dead Rising 3 or another expansion pack, ala Off the Record? We can't be sure until Capcom whisk back the proverbial curtain, but I wouldn't be surprised if West and undead co made a VGAs appearance. [Facebook]
Edging ever closer to the fabled sub-tenner price territory, Dead Rising 2 has made it to just £11.85 if you order over at Zavvi. I'm not the biggest fan of the Dead Rising franchise - the story is a little too po-faced for my tastes, which doesn't sit well within Capcom's immature storytelling techniques - but you can't argue with wading through undead hordes swinging a paddle with two chainsaws affixed at either end. It's that sort of game.
This week, Microsoft has slashed the prices of a few pieces of Dead Rising 2 DLC. Whilst the skill packs offer a couple of new clothing items and abilities, I'd like to draw your attention to the expansion episodes. I gave DR2: Case Zero an 8/10 in my full review, and Case West is also a fun downloadable offering that brings back the original (and best, cough) protagonist to team up with Chuck Greene. Both of these Cases are an absolute bargain - and are standalone, meaning that you can use them to test out whether or not buying the full game is worth your while.
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Is anyone else surprised that Microsoft didn't go with a royalty theme? Just me, then.
Thanks to a little price drop over at Zavvi, you can now get your hands on a copy of Dead Rising 2 on the PS3 or 360 for £13.85, which'll save you around a pound on the next best offer. Killing zombies has never been so much fun and it'll be your main activity if you decide to plod around Fortune City as Chuck Greene. Sure, you could always discover the truth behind the outbreak, but it's hard to tear yourself away from decapitating the undead with awesome weapons like the defiler, which is essential a sledge hammer with a couple of fireaxes taped to it. Thanks to Auron @ HUKD.
Chuck Greene's out of the picture in Off The Record, the next extension for Dead Rising 2, however a familiar face is back once more and he's brought his camera with him. Get ready for another zombie filled photo journalist excursion with Frank West.Find out what else Off The Record brings to the table and watch the trailer.
The original Dead Rising was a fun if flawed, decidedly Japanese experience. I loved picking up the most mundane of objects, like a plush toy or vinyl record, and using them as impromptu weapons. But the save-system was awful, I hated the whole receiving calls and messages, and Frank West, the so-called veteran photojournalist, sounded like a new cast member of Glee. However, the sequel is apparently pretty damn good, although still a bit quirky. Quirks aside, it's only £17.99 at Cool Shop if you're rocking a PS3.
Years ago I sat down in front of my Xbox and slotted Red Dead Revolver into the disc tray and spent many an hour romping around the various Old West environments that the game offered, so it was a great day when I discovered a sequel was in the works, however it was also extremely frustrating as I knew it'd be a while until I finally got my hands on it, but boy was it worth the wait!
Red Dead Revolver blew me away with its gritty unconventional characters, masterfully woven plot, and a massive landscape to roam around in where things could unexpectedly jump out at any moment to test your skills as a gunslinger.
The sheer number of things that you can do in the game is definitely one of the major strings to its bow and means that you can hop in for whatever you're in the mood for, whether that's a few hands of poker, or a quick horseback ride into the desert to rope yourself a couple of outlaws to name but a few of the activities on offer.
You'll now have to excuse me for turning a bit soppy at this point because whilst the game portrays the Old West in a light similar to Deadwood, which is pretty much how I imagine it would have been rather than the tamer, politer imaginings of old John Wayne movies, it also captures the romance of that period in America's history allowing you to ride off into the sunset and putting you in the shoes of a character who simply wants to settle down with his family and earn an honest living.
Ok back to guns and explosions and the like, grrr! The multiplayer is infuriatingly addictive, especially if you form a posy with a couple of friends, pile into a fort, man the guns and cannons, and then see how long you can hold up for before getting yourself into a Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid moment.
Also, seeing as I'm quite a big fan of horror movies and the zombie genre, one small criticism that's always in the back of my mind when playing games is 'Yeah this is good, but there aren't enough reanimated corpses roaming around for my liking!' Luckily, The Undead Nightmare expansion pack ticked that particular box and didn't disappoint in any way in my opinion.
All in all, it's the sum of its parts that makes Red Dead Redemption the best game I played in 2010 and once again I find myself crossing my fingers and toes in hope of sequel.
This is a particularly difficult decision for me and as I'm writing this I've got all the games I bought and more importantly kept hold of over the course of 2010 sitting on my desk. So, do I go with the deliciously gory co-op experience of joyously decapitating zombies with friends that Dead Rising 2 offered; the cut throat worlds of Assassin's Creed Brotherhood and Call Of Duty: Black Ops; the continuation of a truly marvellous story in Mass Effect 2; the chance to dive back into the terrifying yet also wondrous city of Rapture in Bioshock 2; the fantastic multiplayer mayhem featured in Halo: Reach and UFC Undisputed 2010; or the chance to settle any lonely adventurer's curiosity of another wasteland in Fallout: New Vegas? Hmmmmm.
Well you've all seen the title and picture for this section! The winner is of course, Dead Rising 2, simply because it's the game that's led to some of the funniest things I've seen in a video game this year; jumping around with a friend throwing traffic cones on zombies so that we could turn around to see a sea of confused undead corpses blindly bumping into one another left me in stitches of laughter. The Gladiator / Running Man style format of the multiplayer was something a little bit different that was good fun if you became bored of the main game. Finally, whilst it certainly wasn't one of the best games to grace our screens last year, I could jump into it for a quick bit of zombie killing if I was in a rush, or I could settle in to try and discover what caused the outbreak this time around if I had enough time to discover the illusive truth.
I don't really want to spend much time talking about this useless addition to the Star Wars games franchise because the trailers, TV spots, and even the demo had me jumping for joy at the prospect of wielding the force as Darth Vader's apprentice once more. Sadly, the game itself fell way way WAY too short of the mark, and for me it's not only one of the most disappointing games of 2010, it's also one of the most disappointing games I've ever played, and the fact that I had to pay £40.00 for this abomination left me filled with enough rage and hatred to give even The Dark Lord of the Sith a run for his money.
This is an easy one! Imagine if you will, it's Christmas day, there's a present shaped like an Xbox accessory sitting under the immaculately decorated tree, you rip it open to discover that you've been given Kinect for Christmas! For me that initial joy was just the beginning of one of the funniest experiences I had during 2010. There's nothing quite like watching your family immerse themselves quite so deeply in the new gaming technology that Microsoft've given us, especially when you've got a living room with low ceilings which led to mild concussions being inflicted whilst playing Kinect Adventures. However, the comedy piece de resistance came on Boxing Day when my Brother and I finally managed to get my Mum to give Dance Central a whirl! As you can imagine her performance led to everybody else in the room falling off their chairs in stitches of laughter, whilst Lady Gaga's Poker Face blasted out of the TV's speakers.
Lets not forget that Kinect, whilst also serving as a though roughly enjoyable comedy tool not only for the above reasons but also for the photos and video footage that it captures of you playing, is also a remarkably clever bit of kit that allows you to throw your controller away and shed the pounds instead of piling them on during extended video games sessions. Having now tried it out, I'd also go so far as saying, I think that it marks a dark time for the Wii and could even lead to the beginning of the little white box's eventual demise, but that's just me.
For me this is another pretty close call between a couple of worthy sequels including Test Drive Unlimited 2, Batman Arkham City, Crysis 2, and Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
In the end though I have to go for Test Drive Unlimited 2 though because whilst Skyrim is the sequel to one of my favourite games EVER, Crysis 2 is the follow up to one of the most visually beautiful games I've ever seen on the PC, and Arkham City looks quite frankly like ass kickingly good fun, I know that at any point I can drift into TDU2 fire up the engine to a Pagani Zonda R, Ferrari 458 Italia, or Aston Martin DBS, and let go of all my worldly worries as I cruise along listening to the car purr, or call up a couple of friends for a quick drag race.Click here to see the rest of Tom's highlights for 2010...
Play.com has been offering Xbox 360 owners this low price for a while, but the've finally gone finally matched it for PS3 fans. Dead Rising 2 may not be perfect or even a particularly comprehensive evolution of the original, but it's certainly expansive and great for epic freeform zombie-killing rampages. The new combo weapon creation system is a right laugh when used properly, resulting in some ludicrous killing machines cobbled out of the most unlikely household objects. Fear the drill bucket! Why not check out Tom's top ten list of the best (and most ridiculous) combo armaments if you're not yet sold on the idea?
What up Dealspwners! Jon has fallen victim to the blitz of weather today and is currently wrestling wild bears in the snow, so I’ll be bringing you today’s news.
God help you all.
If you felt that the festive period was looking like it would be filled with more snow than zombies, then today’s announcement from Capcom should put a smile on your face if you’re an Xbox 360 owner. In a similar format to the Case Zero prequel that was released shortly before Dead Rising 2, Case West acts as an epilogue to continue the story for fans of the franchise. Set right after the latest outing in Fortune City, Chuck Greene will team up with original protagonist Frank West for more zombie-slaying action as they try to uncover the source of the outbreak, with co-op shenanigans on the cards.
Considering the success of Case Zero, which has managed to shift 600,000 downloads so far, it looks like this latest (if you’ll excuse the delicious pun) bite-sized zombie adventure should do fairly well on XBLA when it releases next month. [VG247] [Joystiq]
It looks like there’s going to be some interesting developments in the portable gaming scene in the future to combat Apple’s forced entry into the portable gaming market. Both Sony and Microsoft have been getting their patents on with regards to touchscreen technology. SCEA have filed several patents, one of which involves “two-fingered touch” gestures on a touch device separate from the main display. This could well be in conjunction with the heavily rumoured PSP2, for which recent detective work suggests a rear trackpad may be used.
Meanwhile over at Microsoft they have issued a patent for a technology that involves a shape-shifting touchscreen that creates buttons on the display for tactile feedback, which in theory would eliminate one of the more annoying aspects with gaming on devices such as the iPhone/iPod. Whether we’ll see any of this come to fruition is another story, but it’s interesting stuff none the less. [gamesindustry.biz] [Joystiq]
It seems the announcements that will be happening at the VGAs this year are gathering more attention than the awards themselves and today’s latest teaser over at GameTrailers is only increasing that attention. Cliff Bleszinski of Epic Games can be seen in this short clip declaring new Gears of War gameplay will be shown, but that it is “not what you’re expecting.”
Only time will tell if the hype of the event, and the annoucements, will be worth our time and attention, but we won’t have to wait too long as the VGAs are now less than two week away. If you’ve got any theories on what could possibly have ‘The Artist Formally Known as CliffyB’ so excited be sure sign off in the comments below! [Gamesradar]
It’s time to grab your boomstick and dive headfirst into the hordes of undead with Capcom’s sequel. Dead Rising 2 tells the tale of Chuck Greene and his quest to save his daughter from becoming another casualty of the flesh-eating menace. With an ability to combine items for some creative carnage and co-op multiplayer so you don’t have to go it alone, it’s a superior offering to its predecessor, and for you Xbox 360 owners it’s an excellent price for the latest instalment in the series.
Fire up your console and immerse yourself in the writhing sea of undead, grabbing whatever weird and wacky whatsits you happen to stumble upon to work as weaponry. Yup, the gameplay of Dead Rising 2 deviates very, very little from that of its predecessor but if you enjoyed the first game then you are bound to have a great time with this, especially as you now have the option to team up with a pal against the not-so--shambling hordes and attack the vile fiends with customised weapons that you have mixed and matched yourself. Thanks to suspiciousmole at Hotukdeals!
Ok, so it's been just over a week now since Dead Rising 2 came out, and I for one have been revelling in the zombie carnage and clocking up as many hours as possible in Fortune City, in fact I've already managed to hit the level cap of 50. Now, whilst employing some of the tactics that got me through Dead Rising was a massive benefit, getting to grips with the new combo weapons is something that you'll need to do if you want to survive not only the onset of the undead, but also the pesky psychopaths who stand in your way. Consequently, I thought I'd share with you all a selection of weapons that have the winning combination of gaining you large amounts of PP, taking care of a ridiculous amount of zombies, and lasting a fair while in the blood drenching process. Be warned though, if you're a Dead Rising 2 fan that wants to discover all the combo weapons without any help, you shouldn't read anymore until you've made them all.
The Roaring Thunder is really just a downsized, humorous version of the tesla ball. Combining the goblin mask with the battery forms the wacky weapon and dropping it onto a bumbling zombies head'll start to send electricity surging through the unfortunate individual, who'll start to produce orange lightning through the mask's mouth, taking out any other zombies in the immediate vicinity.
This seemed like the most obvious matching of two items in Dead Rising 2. Take a simple lead pipe and cram a few fireworks into it and you'll make your very own homemade rocket launcher. It's hilarious when you first see a zombie explode in a shower of coloured sparks and the initial ammo count seems to be tremendous value for money, Unfortunately, it's incredibly inaccurate, but if you fire it into a crowd you're pretty much guaranteed to drop the first wave of zombies.
The bow and arrow makes for an amusing couple of minutes as you twang off arrows into the undead and whilst strapping dynamite to the arrows would almost certainly prevent them from flying through the air, it's perfectly possible in the universe of Dead Rising 2. Now, provided you manage to embed one of your explosives enhanced arrows into a zombie within a crowd, you'll receive a decent amount of PP, but otherwise it's just a weapon for show.Need more tips for eviscerating zombies in Dead Rising 2? Click here for the rest of Tom's list...
It dropped to sub-£30 just before the weekend and it's still good to go! Dead Rising 2 brings back the ravening hordes of the undead, as new hero Chuck Greene forages around searching for the Zombrex concoction that will save his daughter...and kicking ass with an array of creatively custom-made weapons. As with the first game, it's a title that's designed to be played multiple times; throw in the co-op mode as well as online multiplayer on top of that and there's a fair amount of bang for your buck. Stay tuned for Tom's list of the top ten combo weapons later on! Tip of the cap to whizzkid @ HUKD.
It’s time to grab your boomstick and dive headfirst into the hordes of undead with Capcom’s sequel. Dead Rising 2 tells the tale of Chuck Greene and his quest to save his daughter from becoming another casualty of the flesh eating menace. With an ability to combine items for some creative carnage and co-op multiplayer so you don’t have to go it alone, it’s a superior offering to its predecessor, and for those who wish to stick with the PC version it’s an excellent price for the latest instalment in the series. Thanks to Dan1theman @ Hot UK Deals!
It's been a pretty long time since Dead Rising graced our screens in all its zombie extravaganza glory and for horror fans that are obsessed with the dimwitted undead, such a myself, it was an absolute blast to work your way through. But now after years of waiting, the rotting corpses have raised their ugly heads to cause chaos once again, but this time they're not localised to the confines of Willamette mall, instead they're shuffling their way around the gambling driven streets of Fortune city. However, many of you out there might have already got a glimpse of the carnage by downloading Case Zero and battling through the hostile alleys of Still Creek. The extended demo became my playground for a long, long time as I revelled in the new experience of combining already formidable weaponry into combo weapons and then sending many a zombie back to their graves. As a result I was itching to get my hands on the full game and once I did, I can happily report that I wasn't disappointed.
A new game in the series required a new hero, so don't expect to jump into Frank West's shoes because he's only mentioned briefly in a cutscene, instead you'll be controlling former motorcross champion Chuck Greene as he struggles to keep himself alive whilst looking out for the precious drug Zombrex to keep his daughter Katey from turning into one of the living dead. I like the fact that the writers decided to include Katey in the game, because I think that it gives Chuck a bit more of a plausible reason to continue risking his life amongst the zombie hordes. Luckily, collecting Zombrex isn't your only objective though, you also need to discover the truth behind this outbreak in addition to rescuing survivors and dispatching the various psychopaths that are strewn throughout the environment.
This time around the survivors aren't quite as helpless as their counterparts from the original game and you can happily pass them a weapon so they can help you hold the undead at bay, or if they get hurt you can give them something to eat or drink to regain their health before carrying on your merry way. In the original game it was pretty hard to judge whether or not the survivors were going to accompany you when you passed through a door to another section of the game, especially when you had more than one of them in tow, so it's a good job that the developers decided to include a handy little icon in the sequel that appears over their name to let you know that they'll be there once the load screen's disappeared.Is Dead Rising 2 worth the wait? Click here to find out...
I'll have a full review for you within the next couple of days, but we all know the drill by now. Stuntman Chuck Greene has made it to Fortune City only to find the town swarming with zombies- and is tasked with getting his daughter out safe as well as clearing his name. Conversely, he can just kill zombies with anything he can find or make. Or run around wearing a moose head and a wedding dress for no good reason. Put simply, Dead Rising 2 lets you do pretty much whatever you want... so long as you want to kill zombies in inventive ways. Why not check out my Case 0 review for a taster of what you'll be in for? Another excellent find from goonertillidie at Hot UK Deals. Many thanks!
Our regulars may remember that we caught wind on a secret parallel project that Ninja Theory were running in parallel with Enslaved. Subsequent rumours appeared to suggest that this project might be none other than the next Devil May Cry... and Capcom have just announced that this is right on the money.
Entitled simply DMC, this new stylish hack & slash promises to deliver a little backstory to set up Dante's larger-than-life character. Here's what we know, fresh from the press release.
“Set against a contemporary backdrop, DmC will depict a duplicitous world where nothing is ever as it seems and the line between good and evil is constantly blurred. Spurred into action by the promises of a trusted relation, Dante bursts into this world intent on revenge at any cost.”
It's far too soon to talk release dates, but naturally DMC has been confirmed for both Xbox 360 and PS3. We'll keep you updated by the wire.
Yet Another rumour has been confirmed courtesy of the Tokyo Game Show! We've been howling about the possibility of a PS3 HD revision of Team ICO's classic titles for months now... and finally, the poorly kept secret has been let out of the bag.
“We can confirm that we will be releasing an HD version of ICO and Shadow of the Colossus. More information will follow during the Media Briefing at TGS tomorrow ”- SCEJ Rep to VG247
It's about damn time... and we'll be bringing you the details tomorrow. [Thanks, VG247]
Famitsu magazine has spilt the beans on the crossover project from the (worrying) minds of Suda 51 and Shinji Mikami. We promised you that we'd deliver the details as soon as we heard anything... so here goes.
It's entitled Shadow of the DAMNED; and will feature motorbikes, demonslaying and a hellacious romp through the underworld. We'll know more after the EA presser later on today- but at least you're now ahead of the curve! Shadow of the DAMNED apparently has a Summer 2011 release date, and we'll keep you informed after EA reveals the full details. [via 1UP]
Xbox 360 owners have been able to get their teeth into an early taste of Dead Rising 2 with the exclusive Case 0 prologue... but Capcom has now announced that their upcoming survival horror sequel will also have an exclusive epilogue to round things off.
Due to our incessant begging for some closure for Frank West (the beloved protagonist of the original Dead Rising), the intrepid photographer will be back in the imaginatively-titled Case: West. I guess there's a case to be made that this is slightly spoileriffic... but hey, we're just glad to see Frank back.