Epigenesis Early Access | GamersGate | £2.00 (RRP: £6.99, save £4.99)
Epigenesis won this year's Build Something Unreal competition: a crazy anti-gravity ball game that rekindles the crazy pioneering spirit of Unreal mods. It's in early access, so so will update regularly over the coming months, but GamersGate will let you get involved for £4.99 less than Steam's official price.
Call Of Duty: Ghosts isn't as forward-thinking as we'd have liked (especially in terms of its nonsensical campaign, which Black Ops II somewhat puts to shame), but there's no denying that its mental multiplayer is still great fun. SimplyCDKeys will email you a PC Steam key for a shade under £20, which is a decent saving if you're looking to get involved. Thanks to imdurc @ HUKD!
Cheap, saving, bargain. All three of these words are brilliant for SEO, but they're also perfect ways to describe this deal, which lets you pay a quid for a DICE game with a great singleplayer campaign AND multiplayer component. The last time that happened, in fact. We wish that Battlefield 4 had been Battlefield 4: Bad Company - who's with us? Many thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!
Platforms: PC | PS3 | Xbox 360 (reviewed)
Developer: The Farm 51
Publisher: Nordic Games
Recently I've been playing a game that features frantic gunplay set in ancient temples full of secrets to discover. One moment I'm battling hordes of foes with my back to the wall, the next I'm exploring massive open levels in search of riches and hilarious Easter eggs. It's utterly fantastic, truly an FPS for the ages.
Of course, I'm talking about Serious Sam: The First Encounter, which I've been playing to remind myself that not all games are as awful as Deadfall Adventures.
The premise was sound. An Indiana Jones-inspired shooter that takes us around the world in a nonstop Nazi-killing treasure-looting adventure? Yes please. That's very much a thing we want, and The Farm 51 are a solid studio with FPS experience. So it pains me to report that Deadfall Adventures manages to seize total rout from the jaws of greatness.
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Platforms: PC | PS3 | Wii U | Xbox 360 (reviewed)
Developers: Infinity Ward
Call Of Duty is the kitchen sink of the Christmas shooters. It's all things to all gamers - bombastic singleplayer, robust co-op and manic multiplayer action - something for everyone in a single convenient package.
Every year we hear the same old backlash, the tiresome accusations of stagnation and laziness, but every year I've upgraded anyway and recommended that you do the same. Whether we're seeing Captain Price's moustache chronicles through to completion, enjoying new tweaks to the multiplayer formula or revelling in Treyarch's anarchic attempts to subvert the experience, there's always been a reason to ride shotgun on Activision's bandwagon.
What was it again?
For all we know Call Of Duty: Ghosts might feel like a real step forward for the franchise on PS4 and Xbox One, while the PC version seems to be the definitive edition in terms of visuals and features. But if you're sticking with PS3 or Xbox 360 and already own Black Ops II, Infinity Ward's latest effort might feel like less of an upgrade and more like filler material. In fact, the current-gen console version feels so noticeably pared-back that I'm compelled to review it as a standalone product.Click here to read more...
As the crown jewel of Sony's admittedly small handful of first-party PS4 exclusives, Killzone: Shadow Fall doesn't really need much in the way of trailers, but here's one anyway. It's a live-action mood piece, so don't expect much in the way of useful intel about the game itself. Will you take the oath of a Shadow Marshall?
Impressive visuals, the promise of open-ended singleplayer engagements and a pleasingly versatile attitude towards multiplayer gametypes make Killzone: Shadow Fall one to watch.Click here to read more...
Not quite the old-school revelation we were hoping for, but if you like your gunplay very tough and very shiny, you might get a kick out of this one. The Unlimited version includes multiplayer, which I'm not convinced anyone actually plays.
Battlefield 4 is out today Stateside and launches this Friday in Europe. Naturally EA has a new trailer for you, which pleasingly ignores the po-faced singleplayer in favour of insane big-team multiplayer shenanigans.
The take-home message: stuff can, and will, blow up. Note that you can now pre-load on Origin.
Platform: PC (F2P, browser)
Warface is a free to play military shooter, and that's perhaps the only interesting thing I can say about it.
It's a shooter. You can play it for free. It's a free to play shooter. Khaki-clad tough guys run and slide around some intimate maps, fragging each other for points and currency, forever. Sometimes the maps are grey, sometimes they're brown. Often they're both grey and brown, occasionally even throwing in a little green to blow our tiny minds. Now we're in a dusty middle-Eastern street. Oh look, a favela! Gosh, Crytek are really spoiling us with this nondescript rusty hangar full of anonymous gun-toting murderers.
Indeed, it's hard to shake the idea that we've played Warface a thousand times before, save that this CryEngine-powered shooter is actually playable in-browser without a client, spearheads a brand new social platform and includes fully-featured cooperative modes alongside traditional team-based multiplayer...
...ooh. Actually, that is quite interesting. Let's run with it.
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A potentially neat option if you're sticking to current-gen this Christmas. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!
Our full Warface review is in the pipeline, but to tide you over, here's some video impressions of Crytek's free to play FPS in action. Though graphically very impressive for a browser game, don't expect anything remotely new or innovative. Or any colour. Also I need to learn how to edit videos properly.Click here to read more...
EA has confirmed that anticipated FPS Titanfall will release on March 14th 2014 in the UK, for both PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. It will be available in both standard and collector's editions, the latter of which contains an 18-inch Titan statue for a whopping £249. It has battery-powered LED lighting, so, there's that.
Matt described Titanfall as "thrillingly, beautifully frenetic fun" in our hands-on preview - and I daresay that a few Xbox One consoles will change hands so long as it lives up to expectations. A new trailer, embedded above, contains a mix of both old and new footage spliced together with story details.
Not to be outdone by Battlefield 4's explosion-heavy TV spot, Call Of Duty: Ghosts has brought a trailer of its own to the party. It's a singleplayer hype piece, so expect loads of explosions, fast cuts, loads more explosions, devastatingly intelligent fish and Riley being adorable set to a rap soundtrack.
Which trailer do you prefer? Which game will you buy? Am I resorting to cheap tactics to drum up discussion on a fairly slow news day? To the comments, folks.Click here to read more...
Battlefield 4's latest TV advert is keen to assure players that stuff can and will blow up. Shame an annoying chap keeps talking all over it though.Click here to read more...
Warface. Warface. We're still not sold whether Crytek's F2P shooter has a brilliant or terrible name, but it's most certainly fun to say. Regardless, it's also now live in the UK, Europe and United States, meaning that you can sign up and play for free here. It was shaping up to be shiny and solid if very generic, and is doubly notable for running in-browser thanks to the new Gface platform. Which will hopefully work properly, at least after any inevitable launch issues are sorted.
We've got a launch trailer below. Interested?Click here to read more...
Halo 3 was originally announced as one of the first Xbox Live 'Games With Gold,' but as the months following E3 2013 rolled on, Bungie's climactic shooter was nowhere to be found.
Until now. Microsoft has finally made good on their promise, so if you haven't played it to death already, be sure to grab it from the marketplace. You've got until the end of the month.
According to Guerilla Games, Killzone: Shadow Fall can simultaneously deal with 24 AI opponents on-screen at a consistent 60 frames per second, but any more, and performance starts to noticeably suffer.
Expect most encounters to feature 23 or fewer Helghast then. Frankly, that already sounds tough enough, and a fairly impressive technical achievement.Click here to read more...
Battlefield 4 is going to require Xbox 360 players to install 2GB of data, but EA strongly recommends installing seven times that amount for the "best possible experience."Click here to read more...
Cuddle Of Dogly: Ghosts | GMG | £30 (save £9.99)
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