It's finally here - Destiny has arrived and it's in the hands of gamers everywhere. The Dealspwn team have been getting stuck into the action as well, and so we kick off our video coverage of Destiny's launch with Carl & Matt taking on the first mission on the Moon. Highlights include Carl's delight in discovering the Pike for the first time, and Matt demonstrates why he loves the Warlock's power glove.
If you haven't already, be sure to check out our Critical Impression video in which Carl and Matt discuss their initial thoughts on Bungie's latest.
DICE GM Karl Magnus Troedsson has suggested that it won't be long before we start seeing the trend in the FPS genre move on from the modern setting to a "near future" setting, but notes that developers must do more than simply implement thematic change to innovate, suggesting that many franchises don't take technical evolution seriously enough.Click here to read more...
This weekend we had a good old natter about the nature of shooters in the modern day, the seeming prevalence of the FPS in current times, and whether in fact there was such a thing as "shooter fatigue" going around. (You can listen to PWNCAST: Episode 11 - Shooting Gallery here.) We came to a number of rather emphatic conclusions.
The first is simple: there aren't "too many shooters" at all. As Jon pointed out in the podcast, the only people able to say that sentence with a straight face would be those too lazy to look anywhere other than the bestseller lists, particularly if you own a PC. Aside from the swathe of bullet-ridden reviews that pile up over the November period, an FPS has barely touched the disc drive of this writer. Skyrim, The Witcher 2, FIFA 12, FEZ, Bastion, Devil May Cry, Binary Domain, Terraria, Puzzle Quest, Football Manager 12, Total War, Red Alert 2, Civ V, Mario Kart 7, Rayman Origins, I could go on and on.
If anything, Skyrim actually hammered home how much I miss first-person shooters. The perspective is the most immersive you can get in gaming. You are rooted in the game. There are no obstacles to your view, no avatar to remind you that there's an entire other character between you and the unfolding action. Whether coupled with the freedom of exploration, or when coaxed further into tense, claustrophobic environment, when empowered with the ability to assess and react, to find and do things on your own, that first-person perspective cannot help but provide the greatest feedback available to the interactive medium.Click here to read more...
Hideo Kojima, the legendary Konami director behind the likes of Metal Gear Solid and Snatcher, is worried about the future of the videogame industry, in particular our obsession with first-person shooters and Japan's waning influence. Speaking to The Official Playstation Magazine, Kojima revealed that, with "only ten really big games that can get gamers' attention", the rest of the market is at threat, especially Japan, which he fears cannot "compete on that level".Click here to read more...
I've yet to sample Black Ops on the DS, but I hear that it's actually quite good, as far as portable FPS titles go. If, like me, your curiosity-meter is suitably piqued, then you might be pleased to hear that Amazon has set the price at a low, low, low £23.41. You'll need a DS, of course, and dextrous thumbs I imagine to navigate the troublesome control-scheme.
The Shoot's just another way to push Playstation Move onto people, only this time it's focused on the movie obsessed, however if you're not a fan of motion controlled gaming then this probably isn't for you. Strolling around the various film sets blasting things to pieces can be slightly amusing at first, as can taking chunks out of the environments, but unfortunately it gets old fairly quickly. PC World and Currys are parting with copies of the game for £7.97, which'll save you almost £7 on the next best offer coming in from ShopTo. Thanks to logib @ HUKD.
Bond is back, but not as you may remember him. This is the HD version of the Wii remake of the N64 classic. Being a remake, it's essentially a brand new game. A few nostalgic multiplayer maps return, but otherwise, this is all new and certainly worth your time.
Daniel Craig has replaced Pierce Brosnan, but sadly hasn’t borrowed any of his gadgets. The ace PS2 days of gadget love have been replaced with scanning stuff with your phone. It's synonymous with the dull Bond that Craig bores audiences with as his beefcake poor man’s Bourne.
Fear not though, because the gunplay here is some of the finest ever seen in a Bond game. Enemies react to every shot rather than absorbing the set number before dying. They'll take cover, but the game's excellently responsive aiming system allows you to pop up from cover and nail headshots with ease. Sometimes the AI goes a bit stupid, like the way six guards will charge the same doorway despite you obviously camping to one side and mowing them down on sight.
On the other hand, you can't take much damage before dying and the screen barely reddens before you're suddenly out. The reloading screens aren't the shortest either. But it's a testament to how good the game is, that you get impatient waiting to get back in.Click here to read more...
The more we see of The Darkness 2, the more we like the look of it. At first, the change of hands from Starbreeze to Digital Extremes had us worried; then came the switch to pseudo cel-shaded visuals. We expected the worse. Turns out Digital Extremes seem utterly at home with Jackie Estacado's second outing, and the visuals are actually quite lovely. A new video has been released, showing off Jackie's new-found 'Quad-Wielding' capabilities, with the demonic mobster slicing up enemies with his tentacles whilst blasting them away with his patented pistols. How dextrous.Click here to read more...
Call of Juarez fans might be irked by Techland's decision to jump the series forward in times to the contemporary age, but The Cartel's current price is so reasonable it almost makes amends. For just £13.99 you can nab the bloody shooter off Amazon, which saves you almost three quid on the next best offer. Tom's review should fill you in on the game's quality, although be prepared the overall judgement is that The Cartel is a decidedly average shooter.
If you've never played either of the excellent Far Cry games, Steam are offering a mighty tempting incentive to rectify this grave mistake. Far Cry Complete - which bundles the original game and the sequel's Fortune Edition, which packs the entire game plus all its post-release content - has been slashed from £14.98 to a measly £3.74. That's 75% off, and if you're a Steam user who's yet to set foot on the tropical sprawl of Far Cry, well; you've got no excuse now, have you?
Unfortunately, there's almost no chance whatsoever that F.E.A.R. 3'll scare you in any way whatsoever, which is a bit disappointing for a horror game. Luckily the supernatural edge to the multiplayer provides you with a bit of a change from normal first person shooter gameplay and can be a lot fun too, although a few extra maps in the future'd be nice. You can grab an Xbox 360 copy of the game from ShopTo for £27.85, which'll make you a saving of over £1.50 on the next best offer coming in from Game Gears.
There's not long to go now until Dead Island shuffles it's way to us and if you're looking to pre-order it, then you should probably think about heading on over to Steam because they've been given some pre-order exclusives!Click here for all the gory details!
Sadly F.E.A.R. 3 won't have you jumping behind the sofa, or furiously scrabbling about in the dark for your light switches or pull cords because it's just not that scary. I quite enjoyed the supernatural edge the multiplayer had though because it brings a bit of variety to the standard shooter formula, but it could do with a bit of DLC in the future. You can get hold of a PC copy of the game from Simply Games for £24.85, which'll save you over £3 on the next best offer coming in from The Game Collection.
Far Cry 3'll be with us early next year, but if you want to ensure that your copy's with you on release day, then why not pre-order it on either the PS3, or the Xbox 360, for £36.85 from ShopTo and save yourself £2 on the next best offer coming in from Simply Games for both versions. In this instalment of the series, you'll be plonked into Jason Brody's shoes, who's become separated from his girlfriend and needs to search around the game's tropical environments to find her. However, this isn't as easy as it sounds, thanks to a number of undesirable characters who are in the vicinity and you'll need to pick up a weapon in order to sort them out.
Cracking deal here; ShopTo have slashed the price on the PS3 version of EA's Medal of Honor reboot to just £9.85. Dropping below the sub-tenner price range for the first time, it's cheaper than the next best offer by a good three quid. The game 'aint half-bad, either; it's decent to look at, handles well and features a fairly enjoyable campaign. However, it's efforts to best Call of Duty verge on desperate and, dare I say it, derivative. But for this price, it's definitely worth a look.
Is Call of Duty too easy? Battlefield a cakewalk? Medal of Honor a stroll in the bullet-riddled park? Eager to experience something a little less accessible and a little more punishingly real? Well, fellow sadists; we've got you covered. Operation Flashpoint: Red River, the latest iteration in the popular modern military sim, is now just £17.99 at Cool Shop on the PS3. That's a meaty saving of over a fiver; money which can then be spent towards a new controller when you shatter it on your wall.
We're pretty psyched for Battlefield 3 over here at the Dealspwn offices. With a rip-roaring campaign promising all manner of destructive modern military mayhem and the series' fantastic multiplayer offerings, we couldn't be happier to share with you a cut-price deal for DICE's upcoming blockbuster. And for the limited edition version, no less! So, toss a copy of Battlefield 3 Limited Edition in your basket over at Toys R Us, input the code PAYPALOFFER at checkout, and the price will plummet to a cracking £32.89! Sorted.
A big thanks to herby247 over at HUKD for bringing this deal to our attention!
We're big fans of Bioshock here at Dealspwn, and the third - non-chronological - entry in the series topped our list for 2011's upcoming titles. But other than a few teasers and a developer walkthrough, Bioshock Infinite has been kept carefully under wraps for much of its development. But with E3 just around the corner, 2K have opted to whisk away the curtain, with a veritable deluge of previews hitting the web.Hit the jump for more
If you're not picking up LA Noire this month, or even Infamous 2 next, and fancy locking yourself in a dark room with a big old rig chugging underneath the desk, then this deal is just for you. For only £3.99, you can pick up Call of Pripyat, the third iteration in the popular STALKER series, from The Game Collection; saving you about a pound fifty. Set in the irradiated ruins of Chernobyl, now cordoned off as The Zone, Call of Pripyat puts you in the boots of special agent Alexander Degtyarev, dispatched to The Zone to recover a missing squadron of helicopter pilots. Suffice to say, it doesn't go to plan.
Can you believe it? Duke Nukem Forever is just months away from release. It's simply a matter of time now before it fulfills a more than decade-long purpose; to hit store shelves. On Wednesday night, we attended Randy Pitchford's speech hosted at the BAFTA house, where he spoke at length about the game, carrying on 3D Realms' work and his history with Duke. I have to admit, it's piqued my interest. Did you know Forever once had Duke partnered with a gay sidekick? Who also happened to be a robot? If you're looking to make a saving, CoolShop's the place to go. £22.99 saves you almost two pounds.
Thanks to yeonix over at HUKD for bringing this deal to our attention