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INTERVIEW | How "Mingle-Player" is at the heart of Dead Island 2

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
Tags:
Dead Island 2, Deep Silver, Gamescom 2014, Video interviews, Yager Development

After getting hands-on with the Alpha build and seeing how the gameplay had changed, Carl sat down with game director Bernd Diemer and producer Jan Eric Lauble to chat about Dead Island 2. Topics include how the seemless multiplayer will work, why the team went with a less serious approach compared to its predecessor, and what sort of weapon combinations we can expect to find in the open world zombie slaying title.

Then Toby the Dealspwny appears and hijacks the interview. Just because he could.

Be sure to check out our hands-on impressions for Dead Island 2 from this year's Gamescom.

PREVIEW | How Dead Island 2 is bringing fun back to the zombie apocalypse

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
Tags:
Dead Island 2, Deep Silver, Games previews, Gamescom 2014, Yager Development

PREVIEW | How Dead Island 2 is bringing fun back to the zombie apocalypse
I really wanted to like the first Dead Island. I really did. It hit all the right boxes in terms on concept – 4-player co-op with a huge world to explore, customisable weapons to find and upgrade, varied enemies to kill – but it was all undone by a hugely inconsistent tone and some of the worst voice acting in recent years. As such I didn’t get very far into the game despite multiple tries to play through it, and I made sure to give Riptide a wide birth as well.

So it came as a welcome surprise when the Dead Island 2 announcement trailer caught my attention with a new, less serious tone that looked to inject some fun into the series. “This is exactly what happened last time, Carl, and the game didn’t live up to the hype,” I told myself, but after getting hands on with the game at this year’s Gamescom I’m far more optimistic that the handover of development from Techland to Yager Development (makers of the criminally underrated Spec Ops: The Line… if we ignore that multiplayer) will make it a win-win situation for both Deep Silver and consumers.

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Sacred 3 Review | Borderline Blasphemy

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
ARPGs, Deep Silver, Keen Games, PC games, PS3 games, RPGs, Sacred 3, Xbox 360 games

Sacred 3 Review | Borderline Blasphemy

Is nothing Sacre...

Nope, can't do it. This is no laughing matter. Deep Silver have dredged up the bones and bits of the Sacred IP, chucked most of them out, and used the remaining pieces to assemble a game bereft of any particularly worthwhile. Sacred 3 bears the Sacred name, but it's something of a shell of a game rather than the open-world, loot-stuffed romp to which fans might be accustomed.

Gone are the expansive environments of previous, "proper" Sacred games. Indeed, Sacred 3 has more in common with Sacred Citadel than its numbered predecessor. Except it's not a side-scrolling beat 'em up designed for couch co-op -- it looks like a top-down, Sacred-esque RPG.

Sacred 3 Review | Borderline Blasphemy

But it isn't.

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Deep Silver buys Timesplitters devs & Homefront IP from ailing Crytek

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Crytek, Deep Silver, Free Radical, Homefront

Deep Silver buys Timesplitters devs & Homefront IP from ailing Crytek

From Free Radical to Crytek UK to Deep Silver Dambusters

Deep Silver, or more accurately Deep Silver's parent company Koch Media, has made a couple of canny purchases from financially-floundering Crytek. Specifically, the German media outfit has snaffled up the Homefront IP, upcoming sequel Homefront: Revolution as well as its developers Crytek UK... who were previously better known as Free Radical back in the day.

If that's ringing a bell, you probably played a little series known as Timesplitters back in the day.

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Homefront: The Revolution reveals next-gen cooperative open world

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Crytek, Deep Silver, FPS, Homefront: The Revolution, PC games, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

It's Always Gunny In Philadelphia

Crytek parted with a lot of money to grab Homefront in the THQ post-mortem auction, and clearly want to get some serious bang for their buck. Homefront: The Revolution seems set to be a bigger and more impressive game than the divisive original in practically every way, granting players an open-world city to rampage through with three friends. You'll fight the occupying North Korean forces with everything you can, from futuristic vehicles to improvised jury-rigged weapons.

Better yet, it's only coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One, meaning that Crytek should be able to go all-out on the graphical side of things too.

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EXPIRED | Humble Daily Bundle Fortnight kicks off with Deep Silver collection

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Deep Silver, PC, PC games

EXPIRED | Humble Daily Bundle Fortnight kicks off with Deep Silver collection

For the next two weeks, Humble Bundle are going to be running a new bundle every single day, changing hands at 19:00 GMT. Their debut offering is a tasty collection of Deep Silver titles for a paltry sum.

Pay what you want for Sacred 2 Gold, Risen 2, Saints Row 2 and Saints Row: The Third. Beat the average (currently less than £4) for Sacred Citadel, Risen 1, Metro 2033, Dead Island GOTY Edition and the Saints Row: The Third Full DLC Package.

You could also pay extra for Dead Island Riptide, but you shouldn't, because it's naff. Thanks to dealhunter1233 @ HUKD!

Only a few hours left to nab Saints Row IV for £7.49 at the Humble Store

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Action Games, Deep Silver, PC games, Saints Row IV, Sandbox games, Volition Inc.

Only a few hours left to nab Saints Row IV for £7.49 at the Humble Store

Saints Row IV | Humble Store | £7.49
Price ComparisonReview

I got a massive kick out of Saints Row IV thanks to its focus on giving you ridiculous superpowers, outlandish weapons, and setting you in a homage-toting version of the Matrix. It's a whole bunch of fun, and it's on sale over at the Humble Store for the next seven hours.

 

Buy Killer is Dead on Xbox 360 for just £8.03 at GAME

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Action Games, Deep Silver, Grasshopper Manufacture, Killer Is Dead, Xbox 360 games

Buy Killer is Dead on Xbox 360 for just £8.03 at GAME

Killer is Dead | £8.03 | GAME | Review

Gloriously slick and stylish, Suda51's Killer is Dead is certainly a striking little action title. The Gigolo Missions are desperately awful, but as Jon said in his review, "when all is said and done, though, they're just an embarrassing footnote in an otherwise exceptional experience, and a game that puts Suda51 back on form as master of substance and style."

Now only £8.03 over at GAME, if you're a fan of Grasshopper's early work, make sure you snap this up. It's a steal for well under a tenner.

Great spot by oUkTuRkEyIII.

X Rebirth Gameplay Diary | Part One - Initial Impressions: Rather Gorgeous... And Broken

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Deep Silver, Egosoft, PC games, Space sims

X Rebirth Gameplay Diary | Part One -  Initial Impressions: Rather Gorgeous... And Broken

I have only played X Rebirth for a handful of hours thus far, with the video below chronicling my return to the X universe for the first time in several years. It seems Egosoft have pulled their usual stunt of releasing a buggy, broken mess of a game, apologising profusely, and will no doubt rectify the thing over the course of the next few months.

The X universe has always been the stage for one of the more impenetrable space sim franchises out there. The sheer level of detail and scope and depth that Egosoft have continued to bring to their prized series has kept hardcore fans coming back for more, but has also presented a rather steep and immediate learning curve for those who don't want to spend an hour learning and customising key bindings and sifting through endless reams of charts and information.

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Dead Island: Riptide | £6.39 (With Code) | GameFly | PC

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Deep Silver, FPS games, PC games, Techland

Dead Island: Riptide | £6.39 (With Code) | GameFly | PC
Dead Island: Riptide | GameFly | £6.39 with code (Save Over £7)
Voucher Code: GFDNOV20UK | PC price comparison | Dead Island: Riptide Review

Thanks to Jas10 @ HUKD!

Deep Silver Clarify Plans To Make Metro Franchise "More Accessible"

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
4A Games, Deep Silver, FPS games, Huw Beynon, Metro, Metro: Last Light

Deep Silver Clarify Plans To Make Metro Franchise "More Accessible"

Deep Silver came under a little bit of fire after their CEO revealed his determination to it make the Metro franchise "more accessible for a broader gamer audience", and the company has moved to clarify their position, saying that greater accessibility will not involve dumbing down the game.

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Killer Is Dead Review | Style Is Substance

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Brawler, Deep Silver, Goichi Suda, Grasshopper Manufacture, Killer Is Dead, PS3 games, Suda51, Xbox 360 games

Killer Is Dead Review | Style Is Substance

Platforms: PS3 | Xbox 360 (reviewed)

Developer: Grasshopper Manufacture

Publisher: Deep Silver

Killer Is Dead hits our retinas like a neon Picasso wrapped around the business end of a sledgehammer. No-one can accuse Goichi "Suda51" Suda of being anything less than a recklessly imaginative artist, and here he's painted what is quite possibly the most gorgeous ultraviolent brawler on the market. Exquisite cel-shaded visuals gel perfectly with insane themes and bizarre distractions, not limited to chasing a tiger-riding crime boss on a motorcycle and seducing nubile débutantes in 'Gigolo Missions.' While jazz music plays in the background. On the moon.

Sometimes, however, mediocre games can sneak past undercooked mechanics and half-baked ideas behind sensational visuals. I could certainly name one or two. It's all too easy for games to trick us into believing that retinal stimulation is the same as genuine innovation, so we were delighted to discover that we were given nearly a whole month to see past the stunning good looks.

Killer Is Dead is not one of those games. Suda51's latest effort harks back to the likes of Killer7 and No More Heroes, delivering both sensational style and undeniable substance.

Killer Is Dead Review | Style Is Substance

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Deep Silver Will Look To Make Metro "More Accessible For A Broader Gamer Audience"

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
4A Games, Deep Silver, Gamescom 2013, Metro, Metro: Last Light

Deep Silver Will Look To Make Metro "More Accessible For A Broader Gamer Audience"

But Original Author Will Remain Deeply Involved

Deep Silver has plans to continue with the Metro franchise, after they acquired publishing duties from the now-defunct THQ. However, in a phrase that may chill fans to the bone, they also intend to make the experience "more accessible" to reach a "broader gaming audience."

Gulp. Thankfully Metro author Dmitry Glukhovsky will continue to be involved in the creative side of things, while user feedback will play a key role in any future sequels.

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Dead Island: Epidemic Fully Revealed In Gamescom Screenshots

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Dead Island: Epidemic, Deep Silver, Free to play, Gamescom 2013, MOBA, PC games, ZOMBA

Dead Island: Epidemic Fully Revealed In Gamescom Screenshots

As promised, Deep Silver have finally parted with concrete details about Dead Island: Epidemic - the zombie MOBA (ZOMBA) slated for free release on PC. Apparently the project features three teams of four players, who'll have to battle the zombie hordes as well as each other.

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Saints Row IV Review | Superpowered Sandbox

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Deep Silver, Saints Row IV, Sandbox games, Superhero games, Volition Inc.

Saints Row IV Review | Superpowered Sandbox

Platforms: PCPS3 Xbox 360 (reviewed)

Developers: Volition Inc.

Publishers: Deep Silver

The 3rd Street Saints are much more than a bunch of purple-flecked gangbangers these days. In fact, they're running the country, and you, as the Boss, now answer to the name of Mr. President. There are a bunch of familiar faces in your Cabinet -- Keith David is your VP (now playing himself rather than the duplicitous Julius), Kinzie is your Press Secretary, Shaundi is heading up the Secret Service, and Benjamin "muthaf***ing" King is now your Chief of Staff.

And they all get kidnapped by aliens.

If you thought Saints Row: The Third went a little over the top, look away now. Saints Row IV goes bigger, better, and more batshit crazy than ever before. The Earth gets invaded by a race called the Zin, a bunch of extraterrestrials who resemble what the offspring of Mortal Kombat's Baraka and Goro might look like if they ever got it on. Their leader -- Zinyak -- is an egomaniacal Brit (to hear him speak), who finds himself amused at the Saints' tenacity, and isn't adverse to throwing verses of Shakespeare at you whilst bombarding you with waves of goons to demonstrate his superior strength and intellect.

The Zin enslave the human race, beaming them up to God knows where, and incarcerating key humans, such as the President, in individual virtual prisons, not unlike the Matrix. And much like the narrative in the Wachowski brothers' sci-fi opus, the game involves you breaking down the virtual code from  the inside, exploiting glitches and corrupting the code of your own simulated dungeon, and gradually turning the red of the Zin into the purple of the Saints.

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Saints Row IV Dev Diary Talks Powers & Guns

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Deep Silver, Dev Diary, PC games, PS3 games, Saints Row IV, Volition Inc., Xbox 360 games

Saints Row IV Dev Diary Talks Powers & Guns

"We Just Wanted To Have Fun"

Saints Row IV is out next week on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 - available in multiple editions including an insane $1,000,000 option - and we'll deliver our full review on the guilty pleasure sandbox very soon. To get you in the mood, Volition has released another developer diary examining how the new super-powers slot into the Saints Row experience, and how the virtual alien setting leads to all manner of silly and satisfying boomsticks to use.

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Dealspwn Playthrough | Saints Row IV Gameplay - Flashpoints and Towers

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Dealspwn Playthrough, Deep Silver, Saints Row IV, Sandbox games, Shaft vs. Mal Reynolds, Videos, Volition Inc.

Dealspwn Playthrough | Saints Row IV Gameplay - Flashpoints and Towers
Dealspwn Playthrough is back, and today we're taking a look at Saints Row IV, the upcoming bundle of open-world insanity from Volition and Deep Silver that sees you play as POTUS with superpowers, attempting to thwart an alien invasion by a race called the Xin.

You can catch the first half hour of the game in our Opening Scenes video, but today we're showing a little bit of footage from the first few hours in which Matt lays the smackdown on a Xin flashpoint before using his superpowers to scale an alien tower in search of sweet XP and Cache credits.

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