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.
Click here to read more...
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!
As Jon put it once -- Calling Deus Ex a “Game of the Year” is an understatement of incredible proportions. It’s like calling the Pyramids the ‘rock piles of the week‘.
It’s one of the best games ever made, and Green Man Gaming have dropped it down to £1.24 as they like to do every so often. If you've somehow never played it, make sure you snap it up at this price. It's an utter steal for what is one of the finest gaming experiences ever to be had. Cheers bandwidth bob.
Digital distributors tend to chuck around Metro 2033 deals like a game of discount hot potato, which has temporarily come to rest over at GamersGate. This apocalyptic FPS frustrated many gamers with its gruelling difficulty and awkward stealth, but delighted many others with its consistent vision of a subterranean society. Dave Brown voted it his Game Of The Year back in 2010, so it's well worth checking out at a paltry £1.99 if you enjoy a challenge.
Thanks to cameroncherry505 @ HUKD!
Titanfall's next season pass map pack -- Frontier's Edge -- has started revealing its secrets. The first of the three new maps is Dig Site, a deep quarry that gives Titans plenty of cover to negotiate while pilots leap overhead or brutally face off atop massive mining equipment.
We've got a first look at the new stage below.Click here to read more...
This weekend saw thousands of Halo and machinima fans flock to Austin, Texas for the Rooster Teeth Expo, at which 343 Industries were naturally keen to drop some choice details about the upcoming Master Chief Collection. A new trailer hints at The Arbiter packing some cloudy motives this time around, which we'll be able to expand upon by finding hidden terminals throughout the campaign, while fan-favourite Halo 2 map Coagulation is getting a massive new overhaul.
Oh, and they've decided to strap guns to the Mongoose, creating the appropriately-named Gungoose. New trailer and intel below.Click here to read more...
Far Cry 2 is often viewed as the dark horse of the series, if not its lowest point, but personally I view it as a misunderstood masterpiece. Gruelling and isolating, hitting you with the full horrors of war, it's a tough and unremitting tale that still gives you a massive amount of choice for completing objectives and numerous opportunities for emergent gameplay-driven storytelling. Either way, we can all agree that £2.99 is very cheap. Thanks to BuzzDuraband @ HUKD!