Tried out Killzone: Shadow Fall’s multiplayer yet? Pretty mean isn’t it? Don’t go running back to the warm embrace of Call of Duty just yet soldier. Man up, and check out our Sunday Seven Survival Tips to leave behind your days as a snivelling recruit and be reborn as a feared harbinger of doom. Failing that, maybe we can make that kill/death ratio a little less pitiful.
I don’t know why, but the vast majority of players seem content to respawn from the default base over and over, with a tiresome slog back to the action. Who the hell has the time for that crap? For Vekta’s sake, equip some spawn beacons to your support classes. With this ability, you can deploy a spawn point anywhere in the map for your team. It can be destroyed by enemy fire, but it doesn’t expire if you die and you’ll get loads of points when your teammates spawn on it. Be careful not to drop it in front of enemy turrets or in wide-open spaces though.
There’s too much of a mentality of ‘someone else will do it’, just change class for one spawn and do yourself -and your team- a huge favour and drop a beacon. Or carry on going for a long jog that ends in being shot in the back time and again.Click here to read more...
At last night's VGX awards (formerly the VGA's), Titanfall showed up to the party and unveiled two new classes of Titan gamers can look forward to piloting when the game lands in March on the Xbox One, 360 and PC.
Before today, we'd only seen and played as one regular Titan. To mix things up a little on the battlefield we will now have the Ogre and the Stryder to choose from too. The Ogre class is your choice for high damage output and resistance, but at the cost of speed. So it come's as no surprise that the Stryder model is the opposite, sprinting around the battlefield and using nimble jet-thrust dodge moves to get the upper hand against slower opponents, although this means they will have the weakest armour of the Titans.
See them in action below with a new pair of trailers.Click here to read more...
Metro: Last Light was a big improvement on the original game, with some of the best atmosphere you're likely to see in an FPS. Taking place in post-apocalypse Russia, you see the devastation on the surface with the mutants and underground in the Metro where people are at their worst as various factions fight to rule.
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Far Cry 3 is one of the best FPS games on the market and is fantastic value for money with such a huge world to explore, a great story and some excellent gameplay that includes some of the best stealth around. Oh and lots of guns, naturally. Uplay are practically giving the game away at this price and this edition comes with an extra 40 minutes of gameplay in a couple of extra missions.
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If you're not upgrading to next-gen anytime soon, then any FPS multiplayer fans should get all over this as it's £2 cheaper than anywhere else and includes the China Rising DLC pack , giving you an extra four multiplayer maps. Battlefield 4 offers one of the deepest multiplayer experiences out there thanks to its huge maps and vehicular warfare including tanks, jeeps and choppers. If you're not bothered about the DLC, Tesco are selling the standard edition (PS3 / 360) for £25, but we recommend getting the ShopTo deal for the extra maps.
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Can you put a price on happiness, on fun, on experiential immersion? That's what games do , to a certain extent. How much is a good game worth to you? What do you expect for your £30-50?
Last year I wrote a lengthy piece ranting about this industry's preoccupation with game duration -- that is to say, the "length" of a video game. This is a relatively arbitrary concept, of course, given that people go through games at varying velocities, some with the skill and drive to strive for speed from the outset, some preferring a more languid approach.But it's a key consideration for consumers in particular, that much is understandable. Games are expensive, especially these titles for new platforms, and getting value for money is a key consideration.
This is part of the reason Call of Duty is so damn popular: it's a comprehensive content package.
But the reason I bring this up is because I've just finished Killzone: Shadow Fall -- a game let down by hideous pacing and far too much wave-based padding. A game that squanders the promise of its opening levels with the repetition of bumping off streams of gormless AI mannequins over and over again in its second half. Here's what I said in my review:
The first couple of hours of Killzone: Shadow Fall hint towards a game that might just play as well as it looks. And it looks phenomenal. But sadly, the game falters and falls rather quickly, crushed under the weight of its own ambitions, and it retreats to the safe banality of staid FPS conventions for a second half that's all filler, no killer. It's a great game to show off the power of the PS4, a magnificent spectacle, and its Custom Warzones hint towards the possibility of a bright future; but it's just not that fun to actually play.
Now the reason I bring up game length rather than talking about the lack of ideas is because of a quote from Killzone: Shadow Fall's Lead Designer, Eric Boljes, made post-launch. In an interview with AusGamers, Boljes acknowledged the mixed reviews that the game has received, but stated that he felt this is the best Killzone game Guerilla have ever made:Click here to read more...
Developers: Guerilla Games
Publishers: Sony Computer Entertainment
Hot damn, Killzone: Shadow Fall is pretty. Really pretty. It's so pretty, in fact, that my very first act as protagonist Lucas Kellen was to rush to a balcony and gawp at the stunning vistas before me. Unfortunately, though, I was on the run from the Helghast at the time, and dawdling was inadvisable. I'm pretty sure I hold the current record for swiftest demise when it comes to this game.
The point is, of course, that Killzone: Shadow Fall really looks like a next-gen game.
It gallops along in clear, crisp 1080p at 30fps in singleplayer, and 60 in multiplayer, and Guerilla Games have thrown colours into the mix, which makes a nice change from the decidedly military tones of previous installments. An early mission sees you trotting about in a lush green forest to discover what happened to a missing scout battalion. Later on, as you find yourself in Vekta City, the urban landscape unfolds in beautiful fashion, with alabaster monoliths giving way to skyscrapers of vanilla marble and shimmering glass.
The lighting is phenomenal. From glorious sunsets that see stars melt into the horizon, to rich neon hues in more urban environments. There's a hint of lens flare in some shots, occasionally specks of dust and dirt on the camera that add to the framing, as surfaces glimmer and gleam with reflections. Every single frame of Killzone: Shadow Fall is a feast for the eyes, and if you want a next-gen game to drop your jaw with sublime prettiness, then this is it. It's a testament to the artistic craft of Guerilla's designers that you want to move through the game at a relatively languid pace just to enjoy the sumptuous visual detail. The PS4 gives this game the grunt, but the art team deserves real credit for making the tight corridors of a city's shanty built out of shipping crates just as visually engaging as the beautiful, sweeping shots of Vekta that greet you as the opening credits roll.Click here to read more...
Gamersgate are currently holding their Holiday Sale, and this deal from their current set of offers is certainly a highlight worth bringing to your attention. Overall there's a saving of around £3 compared to the next cheapest offer elsewhere.
As always, the Battlefield experience is at its best on the PC. Its single player campaign may not be the finest in the industry (although it has improved, a little) but its superior multiplayer suite compared to the previous entries in the series, as well as a host of revamped social features and the return of the Commander role, makes BF4 one of the best FPS shooters this year.
Crysis is a series that always best played on a PC, especially if your rig is packing some serious horsepower. Set in a near-future New York that's been reclaimed by nature (yes, we're thinking of Enslaved too), the action against the alien squidbots is all sorts of fun. As with other 2013 games, it's all about the stealth and bow and arrow attacks. Sure, you can go loud and play it like all the other FPS games on the planet, but we promise you'll have more fun playing it like a stealthy ninja. Actually, that's a good rule for life in general. #Be more ninja.
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The price continues to tumble for Infinite, with this being the cheapest we've seen the PC version for. Overall this deal from GameFly will save you nearly £15, which is an absolute bargain.
Is it the masterpiece we waited so patiently for? The jury is still out on that one despite it being months since it release, but in our review Matt described it as "a thoroughly engrossing rollercoaster ride in a crumbling, thought-provoking paradise." For just over a fiver, I'd say it's worth entering Columbia and finding out for yourself. Thanks to jmss @ HUKD!
Well it looks the the Xbone and PS4's release is finally have an affect on the last-gen software sales, as as the price for the latest Call of Duty game is down to quite the bargain. It will save you around £9 over the cheapest offer elsewhere, and also comes with the Freefall map for MP modes.
While the multiplayer modes are limited in number, and the social features are lacking as well, it's the same COD-like experience with Ghosts. Basically, if you're looking for some no-nonsense shooter fun (now with added dog) you'll probably find enjoyment with Infinity Ward's latest. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!
Don't worry readers, we don't see this sort of high price being the norm for long with PS4 and Xbox One titles. It's the same at the start of every generation. If you haven't pre-ordered a PS4 bundle with the game, this is currently your cheapest offer to get the game in time for launch. This is shaping up to be one of the top titles on Sony's new machine and is by far my most anticipated title on PS4. Fingers crossed I'll be playing it this time next week. If Matt asks, I'm ill though, got it?
At less than a tenner, now's a good time to start rounding up that FPS to-do list before you make your way towards next-gen. It's all about the stealth and bow and arrow attacks in Crysis 3. Sure, you can go loud and play it like all the other FPS games on the planet, but we promise you'll have more fun playing it like a stealthy ninja. There are some some fun hunter modes online too.
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Our judgement on DICE's latest efforts has already been given, with us giving it an 8/10, but reading about and actually seeing it in action are two very different things, especially when basking in the visual glory of the PC version. As such, we decided to give you a video review that demonstrates why we feel Battlefield 4 is a title anyone interested in FPS titles or multiplayer games in general should pay attention to. Watch the video by hitting the jump.
Next-gen may well be here, but if you're not yet ready to take the plunge but still want to try out DICE's latest FPS, this is a great deal for the Xbox 360 version. You'll save £10 if you take advantage of this offer from The Game Collection.
The console version may well be restricted to just 24 players online, but DICE's efforts this year provide a superior multiplayer suite compared to the previous entry in the series thanks to a host of social features and the return of the Commander role. This purchase also comes with the China Rising expansion, which is nice. Thanks to rachelsquires31 @ HUKD!
Here we have an excellent deal for the definitive Borderlands 2 experience for those who have yet to experience the latest adventure on Pandora. There's quite the saving to be had by using the voucher code above considering the amount of content you get.
So what do you get? All of the major DLC packs released so far, which includes Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep, both Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Packs, the Mechromancer and Psycho characters, Creature Slaughterdome, Collector's Edition Pack, Premiere Club, and a number of character customisation skins and heads. Thanks to Spark @ HUKD!
I have a confession to make – I didn’t really enjoy the Battlefield 4 multiplayer beta. Something about the Siege Of Shanghai map didn’t really grab my attention, and after a few games on it I was ready to uninstall. As such, I wasn’t really filled with enthusiasm when Matt threw the review copy of BF4 in my face. Still, I had enjoyed the previous effort from DICE – not quite to the same level as the Bad Company games, but it was still enjoyable from a multiplayer perspective. However, before I jumped into that, I felt I should get the single player campaign out of the way.
You see, we here at Dealspwn felt that the previous instalment’s solo effort was… well… I’m going to put this diplomatically - not good. For whatever reason you want to pick, be it jumping narrative perspectives, rat stabbing insta-fail sections, pointless jet plane sequences, and a lack of memorable plot or characters, the end result was not exactly DICE’s finest work. So it’s with some relief that I can say the single player campaign for Battlefield 4 is an improvement. It’s not quite the blockbuster DICE were probably hoping for, and it by no means can hold a candle to the multiplayer side of things, but key issues have been addressed to make it not so much of a yawn-fest.Click here to read more...
Infinity Ward’s latest shooter, Call of Duty: Ghosts, hit the shelves this week and has again proved a big success, although not to the same degree as previous titles. There’s been a drop in sales, albeit one which could be explained by players waiting for next-gen versions later this month. The critical reception has taken a hit too though as the series dips into the ‘dreaded’ yellow zone on Metacritic with a current average of 75 instead of the usual 80-90 range. Our very own Mr. Lester gave the game a 6/10 rating.
Much of the criticism has been aimed at the game’s single player element, which is surprising, given that Infinity Ward should know what they’re doing by now. Have they become lazy? Are we expecting too much? Have our tastes changed? Or do we just want to get on with the multiplayer?
Well, today let’s tackle the single player side of Ghosts, by looking at what’s strong and what’s wrong with it. My experience and thoughts are based on my recent complete playthrough of the campaign on the PS3.Click here to read more...