Missed out on the definitive Borderlands 2 experience in the Steam Sumer Sale? Don't worry, you can still pick up the Borderlands 2 GOTY Edition for just over a fiver at the Mac Game Store, and because it's a Steamworks title the code will also work on PC.
So what do you get? Most 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 jaystan @ HUKD!
Platforms: PS3 (reviewed) | X360 | PC
Developers: CI Games
Publishers: CI Games
I wanted to love Enemy Front, I really did. As a big WWII FPS fan, I’ve been starved for years and have only recently got a taste of the genre coming back with the ‘what if the Nazi’s won’ Wolfenstein on PS4 and the ‘let’s shoot Italians in Africa for a change’ of the recent Sniper Elite III. Enemy Front could have been another game to show that WWII is still one of the best settings for FPS titles; instead, it’s probably buried it.
The game’s ambitions are pure enough, but CI have struggled to cope with the CryEngine and basic gameplay design, producing one of this year’s biggest messes. The frame-rate crashes into single-digits whenever you go indoors, especially when moving up the stairs of any of the multiple apartment buildings. The checkpointing seems intent on making you relive the worst parts of the game whenever you bite the dust after the increasingly random number of perforations deemed acceptable is reached.
Glitches see enemies that can only be sniped get stuck behind pillars. You can be shot by enemies through several buildings, leading to the impression you’re being shot by ghosts. Your own shots frequently fail to register in some of the worst hit detection I’ve ever seen. You’re pretty much forced to rely on sniper weapons as the close range lunacy of the jitteriest MP40 in existence suggest the lead hero has wrists made of jelly. Sometimes weapons sink into the ground when you put them down for a sec to use a rocket launcher. Stealth melee takedown animations are so lengthy that you’ll be seen by another soldier every time. The ultimate slow clap award though goes to those gifted flying Nazis that seem to get skyhooked away from the battlefield. It gets to the point where all you can do is laugh through the rage.Click here to read more...
If you're looking for a shooter to play on the go, this is probably the best experience you'll get on the Vita. Amazon have price matched the current cheapest deal at ShopTo, meaning there is a choice of where you want to get your £3 saving from.
The port to the Vita isn't flawless, but it's a faithful one that brings the entire Borderlands 2 experience to a handheld. With most of the DLC included in the purchase, and the ability to cross save with the PS3 version, fans of the series might see it as a reason to return to Pandora. Thanks to pauledwardking1 @ HUKD!
Format: PS3 | PS4 (reviewed) | X360 | XO |PC
Publisher: 505 Games
Sniper Elite III has opted for a change of scenery for its latest long-range melon buster and visits the sandy vistas of Africa during World War II. Unlike most WWII games, there’s a surprising lack of Nazis, instead you’re generally shooting Italians with ze Germans apparently not being fans of the searing heat.
Scenery change aside, it’s business as usual, shooting Axis soldiers from oh-so far away, with gruesome slow-mo detail accompanying most shots. The series’ stable gore looks more grisly than ever on the new consoles. Skulls explode, teeth smash from jaws, bones snap, insides are ripped through and of course testicle shots are back. On the default settings, I soon tired of these slow-motion killshots that follow the bullet from your gun right up to its messy destination. I’d advise dipping into the options to turn down the frequency of them as they lose their impact by the end of the first stage otherwise. They also make it difficult to keep track of nearby enemies between shots.
There’s a tagging feature that does allow you to mark enemies via use of your binoculars. Marked soldiers will then appear through any surface, in a similar way to Far Cry 3. It’s a shame you can’t tag them through your sniper scope as switching back and forth between the rifle and binoculars is a cumbersome experience.Click here to read more...
If you fancy an old-school alternative to modern FPS games then you'll want to check out this HD re-release of Doom 3. The lack of down-the-sights aiming takes a little getting used to, but at least the torch is attached to your gun now instead of being a separate item. This edition includes an expansion pack and the original Doom and Doom II games. Learn your history, kids!
Thanks to theg at HotUkDeals.
UPDATE: Use the discount code DESPS405 on PS4 or DESXB105 on XO to get 5% off, bringing the price down to £42.51.
Missed out on the recent Alpha test? Then you're going to want to play the upcoming Beta. Pre-ordering the game guarantees you a beta code and GameSeek are currently the cheapest option for the PS4 and Xbox One versions. This may not look particularly cheap, but baring in mind it's a triple-A Activision-published game, this might be as good as it gets if the high pre-order prices of their annual Call of Duty games are any indication. Be sure to check out my preview above to see why we're so excited for Destiny's arrival on September 9th.
There's nothing quite like Titanfall on the market right now and the combination of massive mechs and jetpacks is all sorts of mad fun. Now's a great time to get involved thanks to the recent DLC drops including the Expedition levels -and there's even more due in September. A recent update has fixed a few bugs and made some improvements to matchmaking too. Be sure to check out Jon's review and have a look at our Titanfall hub to see our videos and articles, including Carl heading online with only a joystickfor company.
I've no idea where this one came from, but you get all three Far Cry games and the standalone homage to retro action movies, Blood Dragon. The first game is the HD digital re-release that hit PSN/XBLA a while back. Far Cry 2 is a mixed bag thanks to the oversized map, pesky enemies and the whole malaria thing. FC3 is one of the finest shooters ever made thanks to a world packed with things to do and some of the best stealth elements in gaming. All said and done, this is a fantastic deal for months of entertainment and should see you through the wait until Far Cry 4 later this year.
Thanks to weldz at HotUkDeals.
While lacking the expansion DLC content provided by the individual Game of the Year editions, this is still tremendous value for money as Borderlands 2 alone is generally the same price as this collection. Gearbox's cel-shaded FPS series is more of an RPG take on the genre, which has been adored by millions since launch. Newbies should note that these games are much more enjoyably when played online if you don't want to face a lonely grind. Get involved!
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There's nothing quite like a wave of scathing reviews to smash the price of a game down. Game are clearing copies of the Extermination Edition for a very re-sellable £3. The game's campaign is only about six hours long and the co-op struggles to run smoothly enough to bother. Multiplayer fans may be able to persevere with the competitive options though. Using the motion scanner to track down other players playing as xenos can be a damn intense experience. Playing as the aliens should have been better though, as their controls are really unresponsive. We know curiosity is going to get the better of you eventually, so you might as well get it as cheap as possible if you want to take a look at this train wreck.
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Note: This is a Region 3 version, so there's no Doom beta code. But the cover, manual and game are in English and the PS4 supports multi-region games.
Wolfenstein has made an early assault on my Game of the Year podium thanks to providing a classic bombastic old school shooter experience on PS4. There's an outstanding stealth game in there too if you fancy being a bit sneaky. Fantastic replay value is offered by multiple routes, unique skills and loads of treasure to reclaim from the Nazis. The story is way better than I expected too, with a pleasing mix of emotions and grin-inducing one liners. More of this please!
I tried to pick out the best deal for the Bioshock games in Steam's ludicrous summer sale and decided I better just list them all in a roundup for you. There are deals for the entire trilogy or Bioshock Infinite, the DLC Season Pass and more.
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. Steam are practically giving the game away at this price and you really should get some practice in with that knife before the sequel lands later this year. It replaces tigers and gliders with elephants and gyrocopters. Epic upgraded.
Payday 2 proved to be a surprise hit and its influence can clearly be seen by the big dogs making similar games in the shape of EA's Battlefield: Hardline and Ubisoft's Rainbow Six: Siege. Both games are a while off, so you might as well see why everyone's trying to take a slice of the Payday pie by picking up the sequel for under a fiver in today's Steam sale.
Feeling a little fatigued with first-person shooters? Well, we'd recommend a dose of Bulletstorm. This arcade-style shooter sees you racking up combos with creative kills by booting enemies into traps, throwing them with an electrical lasso, chaining kills and shooting them where it hurts. It gets repetitive over long sessions, but play it in 30 minute bursts and you're bound to have lots of fun. Also, it introduced the word 'dicktits' to my vocabulary. It's the little things.
EA dropped the mic with the announcement that we'd be able to jump into Battlefield: Hardline straight after their E3 presser. Despite the snoozefest that came before, it was a cracking way to end their show. But after spending a fair few days getting to grips with High Tension and the two modes -- Blood Money and Heist -- it's clear that there's something of a mixed bag here. I thought I'd make a list of a few things I've enjoyed and things that need addressing with the Hardline beta, following Jon's preview. But it sort of turns into something of a despondent rant at the end, which is sort of how my time with Hardline has gone in all honesty...
Excitement, frustration, elation, disappointment, realisation, shrugging.
I like... the vehicles
Ragging around in a Police Interceptor with the siren blaring and your mate in the passenger seat literally riding shotgun is glorious. Stick on a custom music playlist with some blues, a spot of Miami Vice and some Hawaii Five-0, maybe the Heat OST, and it's so awesome. If you manage to rack up some roadkill whilst you're at it, even better. Equally satisfying is running an armoured SUV or an APC into the enemy base in Blood Money and having a vehicular showdown, or terrorising would-be thieves in an attack helicopter (as long as I'm not driving). The vehicular respawns seem a bit snappier in this game, too, which adds to the immediacy of the action.
Also, sick jumps are awesome.Click here to read more...
Were you fearing that you might miss out on the Battlefield: Hardline beta? Well fret no longer PC gamer! EA have just announced today that anyone who wants to jump into the action can now do so instantly. PC players now have immediate access to the Battlefield Hardline Beta.Click here to read more...
It’s hard to feel bad about England’s early stumble in the World Cup when we’ve been able to play the Alpha test of Destiny all weekend. In short, it’s been tonnes of fun and it looks like Bungie are onto a winner. Naturally, there’s a lot to like about the new shooter (like being able to aim down the sights right, Bungie!), but we’ve also comes across a few things we’d like to see sorted by the time the full release touches down in September.
We can forgive the melee strike being assigned to R1 instead of R3, because it’s oh so satisfying and often takes off a generous chunk of an enemy’s health bar. Each class is able to use a charge move too such as a shield-troubling smash, a psy-blast or a deadly knife throw.Click here to read more...
PS4 owners rejoice! Bungie are keeping the Destiny alpha open just a little longer, but the developers have issued a warning to would-be Guardians, suggesting that things might get a little perilous.
Bungie announced an extension to the Destiny alpha earlier today via Twitter:
There's a rumor that the #Destiny Alpha might be extended to allow dangerous experiments. Play beyond the official close at your own risk!
— Bungie (@Bungie) June 16, 2014
We have no idea what the hell Bungie are talking about, but we're looking forward to finding out.
We'll be honest, we weren't ready to let go of Destiny just yet. Brendan and I have been romping about the Crucible and exploring every last inch of Old Russia over the weekend, and we've thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. I'll be the first to admit that, although the idea appealed to me, Destiny wasn't topping my Most Wanted list for this year's retail silly season.
That might have changed now.
With all the DLC packs included, there really are months of gaming here for under a fiver. Despite the rough edges, Fallout 3 is one of the defining RPG experiences of the last ten years and deserves a place in any gamers collection. The merging of an FPS with a deep RPG system can be seen as a huge influence on the likes of Borderlands and the upcoming Destiny. The best thing about the game is just choosing a direction and heading off to explore as unique adventures awaits in every corner of its world.
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