The Darkness II mixes gangsters and demons to create an ultraviolent romp that's well worth playing. This cheap Xbox 360 deal sees the limited edition slashed down to £2.85 delivered, saving you a few quid ahead of Black Friday.
You can read our 8/10 The Darkness II review for all the details, but suffice to say this is a seriously satisfying shooter that uses 'quad wielding' to devastating effect. Two guns, two horrifying demon arms and an army of goons to use them on. Well worth playing and a bargain at less than three quid delivered. Thanks to Ninbox4 @ HUKD!
Far Cry 4 is out in the wild and receiving rave reviews, but if you didn't pre-order, you can now take advantage of a brilliantly cheap Far Cry 4 deal courtesy of The Game Collection's Rakuten marketplace. £33.95 will save you £7.
Make sure to use voucher code SPEND40! You may need to set up a new account. I doubt that even Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals will bring Far Cry 4 down much cheaper than this. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!
Last week we reviewed the singleplayer portion of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, looking at all four of the legendary campaigns that this unprecedented reboot brings to the table at 60 frames per second, with new challenges and medals, alongside cross-game playlists and full cooperative support.
However, now that 343 Industries has switched on the multiplayer and matchmaking long enough to test it, we're ready to finish this fight.
If you got that reference then you're in good company -- and, spoiler alert, The Master Chief Collection needs to be on your Christmas list.
We've never seen a multiplayer collection like this before. More than 100 maps from all four numbered Halo games are ready for action, from Sidwinder to Hang 'Em High to Midship to Zanzibar to Sandtrap to Blood Gulch, playable in title-specific or cross-game playlists. Whether you're a fan of the outrageous vehicular madness of Big Team Battle (which boasts a cross-game playlist containing 41 maps!), insane King Of The Hill brawls, vertical Oddball matches or the tight teamwork of classic Team Slayer, you're good to go and able to delve into thirteen years of series evolution.
I'm also thrilled to report that SWAT is primed and ready on day zero, including maps from both Halo 2 and Halo 4. SWAT is the king. Make sure it's in Halo 5, 343 Industries!Click here to read more...
We've seen some cheap Battlefield 4 deals over the last few months, but wouldn't you rather play it for free? Now you can, courtesy of Origin, who will give you a free week of access to the entire game. Better yet, it now actually works.
Battlefield 4 is a great shooter, but was effectively broken for the best part of the year thanks to a rushed launch and substandard netcode. Things have finally been shored up by DICE, and this is a nice opportunity to blow off some virtual steam in massive big-team engagements. Even if you decide that you've had your fill and don't need to spend a single penny! Click here to read our Battlefield 4 review, and check out our video of what happened when three total noobs took on the Naval Strike DLC. Thanks and full credit to f_p @ HUKD!
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is magnificent. Unprecedented. Masterful, even. It's thirteen years of console FPS history in a single package: Halo 1-4 tweaked and remastered with all of the local co-op, optional skulls, new skill and time challenges, levels, stages, secrets, live-action series and a massive multiplayer suite spanning 100+ maps, brought together into one cohesive experience. Halo 2 pushes the boat out even further with an Anniversary Edition boasting all-new textures, tweaks and gorgeous cutscenes. When it comes to HD Collections and re-releases, we may be looking at nothing less than the new platinum benchmark.
Unfortunately, it's also not all there, and I mean that very literally. The multiplayer suite and numerous performance tweaks aren't included on the disc, rather they have to be downloaded via a massive 15GB patch... which was only released 24 hours ago.
Giving the Master Chief Collection a score at this stage would be hilariously unethical, then, and I'd raise an eyebrow at any site willing to do so. However, having blasted through the all-important singleplayer campaigns, I absolutely can split the review in two to take an in-depth look at the remastered singleplayer and cooperative experience. You'll have to wait until next week for the multiplayer and our final verdict.Click here to read more...
This, right here, is how you remaster something. Two great lengthy games with vastly improved visuals and welcome mechanical tweaks... that released at a budget price from the start. It can only get lower, though, and Smyths have dipped below that magical £20 mark.
Artyom's gritty, stealthy, grim adventures through ruined Russia will tide you over for a while. Thanks to wraith_42 @ HUKD!
Titanfall is one of the best games of 2014.
No ifs or buts. On a purely objective and mechanical level, Titanfall's gameplay is impeccable, blowing the multiplayer shooter genre wide open with mobility, verticality, parkour, massive stompy robots and some of the best maps of the decade. It certainly isn't the first FPS to feature mechs and jet packs, but no game has ever managed to make these features so fluid and accessible, allowing anyone to get involved while providing veterans with a near-infinite skill ceiling as their abilities improve.
As such, I've returned to it on a weekly (sometimes daily) basis simply because it's that good.
Unfortunately, however, I lied. There was an "if" and a "but," and it's a doozy, because there's no denying that Titanfall was also wicked skinny for a full-priced game. Limited gametypes and throwaway singleplayer notwithstanding, these days most shooter fans expect comprehensive customisation, deep progression systems, addictive metagame and hefty on-paper value that Titanfall just didn't provide. Coupled with matchmaking issues as the population declined, many players angrily upped sticks and never returned.
Perhaps you were one of them. That's okay. But it's also a shame, since you'll have missed out on a huge amount of major improvements, tweaks and upgrades that bulk up and flesh out Respawn's sensational shooter. Now that Update 8 is live, I'd advise you to give it another shot.Click here to read more...
Titanfall is an utterly superb shooter. Partly it's the robots, partly it's the parkour, but it's also due to the impeccable map design that presents you with enormous, detailed, vertical canvasas with a near-infinite skill ceiling. All three map packs have been superb, and better yet, they'll only cost you six quid so long as you're an Xbox Live Gold subscriber. Which you obviously are, because this is a multiplayer game.
If you haven't logged on in a while, you've missed quite a bit, including some massive new updates. An article on why Titanfall still deserves your time will be going live in an hour or two. Many thanks to heatlight @ HUKD!
Platforms: PS4 | Xbox One (reviewed)
Developer: Flying Wild Hog
Publisher: Bandai Namco | Devolver Digital
"If you miss the thrill of classic old-school shooters, the simple joy of blasting hordes of foes with oversized weapons and ferreting around for secrets, quicksaving and circle-strafing all the while, you should buy Shadow Warrior immediately."
I wrote this line a year ago in my Shadow Warrior PC review, and it still holds true today. Laughing at the limp linear patronising state of the FPS genre, Flying Wild Hog looked back at classic PC shooters and delivered a Wangtastic slam-bang, honest-to-goodness, three-fisted humdinger of a game with huge explorable levels, massive guns and enormous hordes of deadly demons to point them at.
Now a pixel-perfect port is available on PS4 and Xbox One, meaning that console owners have the opportunity to find out what they've been missing. I could probably end the review here... but in all honesty, this is also an opportunity for me to right a wrong.
See, Shadow Warrior has matured like a fine wine, becoming more delicious with age, and a year of perspective makes me realise that I might have weighted certain aspects of the game too heavily even though my criticisms are still the same. On PC I accused many of its unique features of watering down and diluting the classic FPS formula I've loved since Doom, and they do, but a year on I find myself enjoying Shadow Warrior as the game it is rather than the game I wanted it to be.Click here to read more...
Crysis 3 won't win any awards for storytelling, but it's graphically gorgeous and shows more ambition than its predecessor when it comes to level design and sneaky stealth suit shenanigans. The multiplayer community was practically deserted the last time I checked, a shame since Crytek UK (the Timesplitters guys!) really put in a shift here. Still, £4.99 is a great price, at least if you ask yourself one question.
"Will it run Crysis?" Thanks to HedgyHoggy @ HUKD!
Shadow Warrior was a proper breath of fresh air in an industry obsessed with 'shared worlds' and 'cinematic narratives' when all you really need are great big guns and hordes of beasties to point them at. Plus sprawling levels stuffed with hilarious secrets.
"If you miss the thrill of classic old-school shooters, the simple joy of blasting hordes of foes with oversized weapons and ferreting around for secrets, quicksaving and circle-strafing all the while, you should buy Shadow Warrior immediately," I wrote in last year in our Shadow Warrior PC review.
Now Flying Wild Hog's retro-themed slaughterfest is coming to Xbox One and PS4, the latter of which I was able to test out earlier this week. The result? Shadow Warrior is still a real, slam-bang, honest-to-goodness, three-fisted humdinger.
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Bundle Stars' FPS Redux Bundle is a mixed bag, but one that's stuffed full of shooters nonetheless. The highlight is naturally STALKER: Clear Sky, but you'll also get Lovely Planet (which is a serious shooter despite its adorable aesthetic), Depth Hunter 2, Dark Raid, app-turned-PC game Dead Effect, 3089, IronStorm, Chrome, Chrome SpecForce and Epigenesis.
Ah, Epigenesis. A promising winner of the Make Something Unreal competition that I would have reviewed... if I could find even a single game on its servers. Early access can be murder for small multiplayer titles, so if this bundle leads to a bigger player base, I'll give it some more coverage.
Platform: PC (£6.99)
Developer: Terri Vellmann
Publisher: Devolver Digital
Don't let the garish screenshots fool you. Heavy Bullets is one of the most elegant games released in years.
These days, shooters are obsessed with being the biggest. They crave the most features. The most polygons. The most connected worlds, the biggest DLC libraries, the most modes, the most maps, the shiniest companion apps, the biggest franchise potential, the widest audience. And they bloat themselves into huge shambling monstrosities in the process.
In comparison, Heavy Bullets is an E-Type Jaguar parked on Southend seafront or Kate Middleton's dress at a Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. A strong and simple idea, executed as stylishly and solidly as possible, designed with as few moving parts and extraneous details as possible to obtain the required result. Throughout a procedurally-generated dungeon, you'll blast a menagerie of virtual beasties while jealously hoarding your limited resources, blending the permadeath progression and exploration of of a Roguelike with the nervy twitch reflexes of an old-school shooter.
As such, Heavy Bullets is the very definition of a game that perfectly achieves what it sets out to do - no more, no less.Click here to read more...
Receiver | The Humble Store | £0.00 (RRP: £3.99)
Free stuff alert! Experimental FPS Receiver is currently free on The Humble Store for the next 24 hours - just scroll down to the box and pop in your email. It's a very different approach to usual shooters, obsessed by how guns actually work, look, reload and operate in real life. You'll save £3.99 and become remarkably proficient in handling a Colt 1911 A1 in the process.
This, right here, is how you remaster something. Two great lengthy games with vastly improved visuals and welcome mechanical tweaks... that released at a budget price from the start. It can only get lower, though, and Base.com have got some more stock at their extremely competitive £22.99 price point.
If you're not picking up Destiny next week, this will tide you over for a while. Thanks to Bure11 @ HUKD!
Without the Titans, admittedly. Respawn has announced that Titanfall Update 6 is going live today, which adds the new Pilot Skirmish gametype to the rotation. Each team fields eight pilots but lacks the ability to summon Titans, which will squarely put the focus on mobility and finding vantage points.
Update 6 also includes faster matchmaking and extra tweaks to the Black Market system. Read all the details here.
Update: The listing is no longer available.
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is a self-contained bundle of 80s awesomeness; taking everything we loved about Far Cry 3 and making it more radical than we'd ever dreamed possible. Michael Biehn, D&D references, Long Tall Sally and epic laser dinosaurs make this an essential play for shooter fans - and an proper bargain at £2.49.
Shame about Uplay, though. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!
If you're a fan of gritty westerns and tight shooters, I recommend this surprisingly excellent download without hesitation. Call Of Juarez: Gunslinger is a rootin' tootin' good time with a strong campaign and addictive arcade mode, not to mention a bargain for three Quid. Thanks to socialjeebus @ HUKD!
I'll say one thing for remasters and HD collections: they certainly push the prices down for the original games. Case in point, reviews for the new Metro Redux Collection are out and Metro: Last Light now costs a mere £4.99 with all of its DLC on Steam. Thanks to ferreirm @ HUKD!
If you've yet to experience the Metro series (is two games a series? Never mind, we're going with it.), the Redux collection probably deserves your attention as it brings remastered versons of Metro 2033 and Last Light to new-gen consoles. £22.99 will get you a lot of tense and enjoyable game at a serious saving, then, even if the originals can be picked up for peanuts on PC. Thanks to sufyaan11 @ HUKD!