Considering that the original Crysis was built to push boundaries, it's odd that the series became a monument to compromise. The shift from PC to multiplatform saw enormous freeform levels become corridors and arenas in an attempt to cope with hardware limitations. Lush jungles and vibrant blue oceans gave way to the fashionable dull grey streets of Manhattan. Crysis 2 may have had its moments, but for many (myself included), it was a massive step in the wrong direction.
Crysis 3 is the ultimate compromise in many ways. To finish the series with a bang, Crytek wanted to marry the sprawling stages of the first game with the verticality of its sequel, while bringing the jungle directly into the city centre. The result is a bizarre mash of different art and gameplay styles that works much better than it has any right to - thanks mainly to an exceptional piece of clothing and the most low-tech of weapons.
Oh, and it's also a bit of a looker. To put it mildly.
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In this week's show, we chat about the rumours of Microsoft prepping a reactionary presser for April, and give them some advice on how to mark an impression; we look at the rumours of a burgeoning relationship between MS and EA; assess the utter pointlessness of the Wii Mini; talk a little bit about the dirty word of the moment - 'microtransactions'; and lament the non-existence of Bioshock Vita.
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Who says RPG games have to have boring, unresponsive combat? Well, Bethesda and everyone else apparently. But not these guys, hell no. Kingdoms of Amalur has refreshingly exciting fighting skills compared to the rest of the genre. Primary and secondary weapons along with a variety of spells can all be used without having to retreat to menus. The visuals are a bit cheery for the genre, but with a huge world to explore and such fluid combat options available, you won't be bothered.
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Cliff Bleszinski has a lot of time on his hands these days, and has been weighing in on every industry hot topic under the sun in these past weeks. Today it's time for CliffyB's appraisal of the microtransaction situation.
His view? Well, according to the Cliffmeister, everyone should lay off EA, and remember that this is an industry, and that the number one purpose of large publishers is to appease their shareholders.
Oh, and Valve are just as bad. They just have a cuddlier public image.Click here to read more...
Army Of Two: The Devil's Cartel has aspirations to be a blockbuster action movie experience, as evidenced by this suitably macho new trailer. Matt reckons that the cooperative action is shaping up nicely in our hands-on preview, but we're worried that the drab (and incredibly complex) Mexican setting could well be a double-edged sword.
The Devil's Cartel is set to release on March 29th in the UK, scant days after BioShock Infinite. In the states, it will launch on the very same day. With news of potential layoffs at Visceral Montreal, we'll be very interested to see how the finished product turns out.Click here to read more...
What's that? You like payments? Well how about some payments on top of your payments.
Just when you thought the word 'microtransactions' could be saved from inequity by the positive efforts of free-to-play games such as Planetside 2, EA reveals that they're going to be trying to implement microtransactions in all of their games going forward. Especially fully-priced retail titles.
Just in case you thought that you can't fit a free-to-play model onto a £50 game, EA are out to prove you wrong!Click here to read more...
We noted that it was a little strange to see Activision at the PS4 event a week ago, given that usually it's Microsoft who've been the beneficiary of their timed exclusives (certainly for Call of Duty) in the past. But times are changing and just as the PS4 will be getting some exclusive additional content for Destiny, it looks as if EA might be jumping into bed with Microsoft, and announcing their partnership at the rumoured Microsoft presser coming in April.Click here to read more...
EA have released some new screenshots of Command & Conquer (formerly known as C&G: Generals 2), in order to demonstrate how shiny the Frostbite 2.0-powered free to play strategy game will be. Realistic lighting and physics, alongside trademark destructible terrain, will hopefully distract us from all the brown.
Do note that the last few images are concept art, not screenshots. Game's out later this year on Origin.Click here to read more...
Mass Effect 3 will receive its last multiplayer content update today in the form of Reckoning: a weighty free download that includes six new classes, seven new weapons and plenty of gear. Details and trailer below.
Note that PS3 owners will need to wait until tomorrow's content update.Click here to read more...
While the series may be leaning away from its horror-based beginnings, there are still plenty of jumpy moments in the opening few hours of Dead Space 3. The co-op works well and even includes some unique story elements that you won't get playing alone. Best bet? Play it through twice in each mode to get the most out of the game. The new weapon crafting system offers lots of combat depth and the micro-transactions aren't the obtrusive nightmare they could have been. ShopTo are beating the competition by over a fiver at the moment, but only on 360.
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If you haven't picked up Battlefield 3 yet, Origin's £9.99 deal is pretty good going. You'll save a couple of quid on the definitive version of this multiplayer masterpiece - considering that you can enjoy 64-player battles and push the Frostbite 2.0 engine to the full, don't accept the stripped-back console substitutes unless you absolutely have to. Thanks and credit to danhufc at HotUKDeals.
Last week saw the PC crowd get a good deal for this one, and now it’s the console crowd’s opportunity. Green Man Gaming are the retailer in question, and with Asda currently out of stock it means that the overall saving currently stands at around £2.50.
Debatable ending or not, Mass Effect 3 is an excellent game that is an action packed race to stop the Reapers, and anyone who has already played through the first two should definitely finish the tale of Commander Shepard. Along with an entertaining online co-op component, the overall package is worthy of your attention. Thanks to gerrymig @ HUKD!
Simply Games have a very tempting offer going for the latest FIFA game on the PC. All you need is an Origin account and you could be playing the game today. The attacking AI has been improved and the new First Touch control will be much appreciated by skilled players. PES is closing the gap, but FIFA still just about edged it for the title once again.
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Some games just never have the decency to tumble in price, so this may be a good time to finally give Battlefield 3 a chance. The single-player side isn't much to shout about, but the multiplayer is amongst the highest rated FPS combat seen on this generation of consoles. We'd recommend this version if you know you probably won't be too bothered about the multiplayer DLC expansion packs. If you are though, you may prefer the Premium Edition of the game which gives you access to all of them. Game currently have that one on offer for £32.99.
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As part of its EA week of deals, Gamergate have slashed their usual price for Mass Effect 3, making it the cheapest around. It beats the next best offers by around £2.50.
Debatable ending or not, Mass Effect 3 is an excellent game that is an action packed race to stop the Reapers, and anyone who has already played through the first two should definitely finish the tale of Commander Shepard. Along with an entertaining online co-op component, the overall package is worthy of your attention.
EA's Chief Financial Officer has dropped a few interesting hints about the next console generation, suggesting that neither Sony nor Microsoft's offering will support current-generation games.Click here to read more...
Stop the presses: EA have finally managed to release a decent advert that's both humorous, effective, playful and only slightly disingenuous. With music aptly provided by ZZ Top, no less.
This scarcely-believable phenomenon aside, it's also a fun look at some of the cool stuff you can do with Crysis 3's Nanosuit. It's out on February 22nd.
Watch enough trailers for Syndicate and you'd be forgiven for thinking it was DLC for Deus Ex: Human Revolution minus the gold paint on everything. It's a far cry from the old PC games as it's gone down the FPS route. Cool weaponry and fun co-op features make up for the linear campaign though. For under a tenner, you could do far worse.
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EA has no plans to fix a recently-discovered exploit in Dead Space 3 that allows players to farm resources instead of shelling out for microtransactions... because it was apparently a purposeful design decision.
No, really.Click here to read more...
It’s not long until it finally hit our PC, but Maxis have announced that a second beta event for will take place on February 16th if you want to sample (and provide some last minute feedback) for Sim City. Those interested can head over to the official website to sign up.
As well as announce the beta event, Maxis have added a little extra incentive for prospective buyers to put money down for a pre-order. The Limited Edition will now come bundled with the Heroes and Villians set, adding in a superhero called Maxisman to defend your city, and a supervillian called Dr. Vu to cause havoc on your streets. We have a new trailer for your perusal after the jump.Click here to read more...