Krater was a breath of fresh air, delivering a fun and approachable post-apocalyptic RPG stuffed with humour and colour. It's the good (and rarest) kind of comedy game: one that strives to be a successful game first, then works around the strong mechanics with some anarchic gags. If you missed the chance to grab it in a recent Indie Royale bundle, GamersGate are now offering the cheapest price around.
Those of you looking to get Medieval this weekend can do so without paying a penny thanks to Steam’s current weekend deal. You can download the entire game to play for nothing until Monday evening, but you can purchase the full game to play beyond that for under £4, beating the next best deal by a whopping £11.
Best described as “fifteenth century Battlefield,” War Of The Roses may not top the charts in terms of visual presentation, but its gameplay offerings are second to none thanks to its impeccable hit detection mechanics and 64-player matches. Provided you can overcome the somewhat steep learning curve, you’ll be virtually hacking off limbs in no time. Thanks to Reser @ HUKD!
War Of The Roses is a brutal and bombastic take on 15th century warfare, a heady blend of pure skill and silly, often outrageous fun. However, it certainly isn't for everyone. If you've been sitting on the fence, you can now get good and bloody with a free trial version that gives players full access to online battles, but doesn't include any unlocks or progression.
We described War Of The Roses as "a gloriously chaotic 64-player experience" in our 8/10 review, so there are probably worse ways to spend a Thursday evening than carving your way through Yorkists Lancastrians like a hot knife through butter. Or pollaxe. Or lance.
Krater was a breath of fresh air, delivering a fun and approachable post-apocalyptic RPG stuffed with humour and colour. Now that co-op has been patched in, it feels like a complete product, and this insane sub-£3 price for the collector's edition is by far the cheapest we've ever seen.
Be aware that you can knock even more off with voucher code GMG20-PJFEW-Y16HK.
War Of The Roses will receive another free update on December 19th, which ominously tells us that "Winter Has Arrived." It includes new armor and weaponry, plus two new snowy maps based on the historic battles of Wakefield and Towton.
If you're pious enough to pay, the Dagger and Sword of Mary for Christ’s Mass will be available to purchase on December 21st. They're covered in religious iconography, though whether that will stop your foe parrying them with a Pollaxe before stoving your armour in with the blunt end remains to be seen.
We were incredibly impressed by The War Of The Roses in our 8/10 review, likening its riotous yet skilful multiplayer to a "fifteenth century Battlefield."
War Of The Roses is a fun, barmy yet supremely skillful experience that we described as a "fifteenth century Battlefield" in any sense of the phrase. If you're looking to get involved, Green Man Gaming's daily deal price can be further reduced with their WINTR-SRVEY-42012 voucher code, saving you an absolute packet.
Once again, GamersGate have managed to embarrass Steam's Autumn sale with a sneaky undercut. Their £10 price for the brutally brilliant War Of The Roses is already a bargain, which can be further reduced with the G2PO voucher code.
War Of The Roses is a fun, barmy yet supremely skillful experience that we described as a "fifteenth century Battlefield" in any sense of the phrase.
Krater was a breath of fresh air, delivering a fun and approachable post-apocalyptic RPG stuffed with humour and colour. It's the good (and rarest) kind of comedy game: one that strives to be a successful game first, then works around the strong mechanics with some anarchic gags. Now that yesterday's patch adds the long-awaited co-op functionality, there's never been a better time to get involved, especially since GamersGate have even undercut Steam's daily deal.
Alternatively, the collector's edition will run you £7.50.
Krater's long-awaited cooperative update releases today, adding the ability to play Fatshark's colouful RPG with friends and a slew of singleplayer content for the bargain price of absolutely nothing whatsoever. Trailer and details after the break.Click here to read more...
Fatshark has announced that loads of new weapons, maps and even gametypes are heading to War Of The Roses over the coming months, and have dated some nifty new inclusions for November. If you're getting stuck into the brutal fifteenth century battlefield - and if not, why not? - then hit the jump for the details.Click here to read more...
After several months of rigorous testing, Fatshark has finally announced that the long-awaited cooperative patch for post-apocalyptic RPG Krater will be released on October 23rd. The weighty update will also tweak several elements of the singleplayer campaign, and herald the arrival of some character customisation DLC packs.Click here to read more...
Publisher: Paradox Interactive
It's easy to jump to conclusions when you first hear that Paradox Interactive are publishing a game based on the War Of The Roses. Your mind's eye will instantly conjure up images of sprawling overworld maps, supply lines, advisers and menus galore, the standard offerings you'd expect from the grand strategy veterans.
What you might not expect, however, is that War Of The Roses has more in common with Battlefield 3 than Crusader Kings or Mount & Blade.
The brutal civil war between the Yorkists and Lancastrians plays host to 64-player battle royales as footmen clash in ferocious third-person melee combat, mounted knights lead devastating charges and bowmen rain arrows down onto enemy positions. It's a glorious organised chaos; axes clatter on shields and armour, crossbow bolts glance off your pauldrons or bite deep into flesh and pollaxe-wielding peasants unseat arrogant horsemen to be picked apart by the rabble. Downed players scream for mercy as they lay prostrate in the churned mud, begging their enemy not to shatter their necks with their shield or drive a dagger through their helmet's eye slits. And yet, beneath the insanity, only the truly skilful can hope to survive.
If you crave a skill-based experience and want to play something different from the usual glut of holiday season shooters, War Of The Roses could well become your favourite competitive multiplayer game of 2012.Click here to read more...
War Of The Roses, a 64-player online kill-fest set in the fifteenth century, is nearing its October 2nd release date and early pre-order access on September 25th. To celebrate, Fatshark have sallied forth with a new trailer that demonstrates how only sharp swords in skilled hands will bring you success on the blood-soaked battlefields, with players able to choose from a dizzying array of period weaponry, perks and customisation options. Blades and armour interact realistically due to an extremely detailed hit detection system, making this much more nunanced than pointing and clicking.
I recently attended a review session for War Of The Roses and found it to be insanely compelling. We'll bring you more details and a full review next week.Click here to read more...
Krater was a breath of fresh air, delivering a fun and approachable post-apocalyptic RPG stuffed with humour and colour. It's the good (and rarest) kind of comedy game: one that strives to be a successful game first, then works around the strong mechanics with some anarchic gags. Fatshark are still patching it like crazy (almost all of the launch issues have completely gone)... and if the co-op patch works, our score will be moderated up to an 8. Might be worth getting in beforehand at this price.
Alternatively, the collector's edition will run you £7.50.
GamersGate are providing a decent saving for Hamilton's Great Adventure, which will save you between £3-£5 depending on your digital platform of choice. It's a platform puzzler with a fun cooperative element provided by Hamilton's loyal bird Sasha (an actual bird, before you complain) - providing addictive gameplay and great visuals accompanied by a fair few bugs and a weak camera.
Krater may be another top-down post apocalyptic action RPG, but it has a refreshing new way of doing business. Seeing similar games rely on horrendously dull visuals and grindingly miserable themes, indie developer Fatshark opted to create a vibrant and colourful take on the end of days, leading us through colourful and lush environments within an enormous bomb crater carved into a mythical realm once known as Sweden. Throughout this truly enormous and varied setting, complete with a real-time overworld boasting procedurally-generated random encounters, players lead a three-man team of bickering mercenaries to glory and riches. In terms of presentation, Krater is a breath of fresh air, and one that oozes personality and humour from underneath its mandatory gas mask.
Your units quote pop culture references at every opportunity. You'll work for a furniture company, IDEA, which mercilessly lampoons the Swedish flat-pack giant with hilarious results. NPCs banter and joke rather than cough up po-faced busywork. You'll explore verdant forests, neon towns and crystalline mines, all of which are packed with opportunities for advancement and wealth beyond imagining. Just to finish off what proved to be an exceptional pitch, Krater promised to play much like a cross between Diablo and Baldur's Gate, mixing real-time combat with detailed character development and squad mechanics.
Krater almost sounds too good to be true. And it nearly is, though without hesitation, I can tell you that Fatshark's new title is definitely good.
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GamersGate are providing a whopping saving for Hamilton's Great Adventure that will end in about twenty hours - and promises to save you between £3-£5 depending on your digital platform of choice. It's a platform puzzler with a fun cooperative element provided by Hamilton's loyal bird Sasha (an actual bird, before you complain) - and tempers its addictive gameplay and great visuals with a fair few bugs and a weak camera. Well worth checking out at this price, but beware that it's only compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista and DX10+.