How come Claptrap can navigate stairs in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel? Why the hell does he need oxygen? What's the most badass, awesome thing in a game overflowing with badassery and awesomesauce?
Carl catches up with Gearbox's James Lopez and 2K Australia's Joel Eschler at this year's Gamescom to find out, and get the lowdown on the latest addition to the playable roster for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.
"Here we go again," I yawned as my first multiplayer match in this year's Call Of Duty started to count down. "Business as usual." Right before I leapt a full storey-and-a-half into the air, airboosted onto a roof, slammed into the ground and shredded two opponents into chunky kibbles with a pair of high-tech miniguns.
I cackled like a madman. Then, perhaps deservedly, my celebration was cut short by a terminal dose of laser to the face.
When it comes to teaching an old dog new tricks, you can't go far wrong by strapping your mutt into an insanely mobile exoseleton and arming it with exotic future boomsticks [don't try that at home, kids - DARPA]. It's still the same beast, only more... awesome. Sledgehammer Games promised to shake up the Call Of Duty formula this time, and I'm delighted to report that Advanced Warfare feels comfortably familiar yet entirely, brilliantly different.
And no, I can't believe I just wrote that either. We still can't make a value judgement, and they might still cock it right up, but let me explain.Click here to read more...
Forget Lilith. Zer0 wh0? There's a new vault hunter in town, an unstoppable force of pure chaos, and its name is...
...Claptrap? Oh no.
Oh yes. The irritating yelllow robot who everybody hates to love has finally got his chance to shine in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, and having stepped into his chassis for an hour at Gamescom, he's possibly the most ridiculously brilliant character in the series to date.
And possibly the worst. See, whereas most vault hunters bring a single powerful primary ability to the table, literally anything can happen when you hit that left bumper. Sometimes you'll turn into a pirate galleon. Sometimes you'll force bizarre statuses on your entire team, such as infinitely throwing grenades or bouncing off all surfaces like a mad pinball machine. And then, damage done, you can ask for a high five. I'm going to regale you with my stories from Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel soon, but right now, it's time to do the moon dance.Click here to read more...
Yes, Colonial Marines is a big bag of xenomorph effluence. But sometimes a bad game can be worth dropping two quid on just for the lulz. Alternatively, you can probably buy the DVD of Aliens for this much. Or a little paint tester kit, which you could watch dry.
The disc also makes a great coaster. Thanks to Irah @ HUKD!
Up until now, the general consensus regarding the single player portion of Hardline has been largely that dismissal – “it’s all about the multiplayer, stupid!” or “When has there ever been a decent storyline in a Battlefield game without Bad Company in the title?” It’s hard to ignore those cries as they’re fairly accurate, but Visceral Games came to Gamescom to restore some faith in the single player campaign, and I was invited to see how they planned to rekindle our interest in the storytelling aspect of the franchise.
The first thing we were told was that the focus on story was of great importance to Visceral, so much so that they had hired writers responsible for bringing the critically acclaimed series’ Justified and True Detective to life on the small screen. This was clearly evident during the early part of the level we were shown, which happened to be the same one used in the EA press conference. Taking place halfway through the game (or “season,” if the episodic thing is to be believed) protagonist Nick Mendoza finds himself and his partner Boomer being double-crossed in a deal-gone-south, with the player tasked with escaping their imprisonment and completing their assignment.Click here to read more...
The exoskeleton is out of the bag folks, Activision has finally shown off the eagerly awaited multiplayer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Carl and Jon will be fighting their way through the masses at Gamescom this week to bring you a hands-on report, but for now it’s time to take a look at the five most exciting things unveiled by today’s live stream. As ever, we’d love to hear your thoughts on the new-look multiplayer too.
Forget about those fears that all the cool exo abilities were going to be limited to set pieces in the single-player, the multiplayer looks set to be given a huge boost thanks to the new skills on offer. Hardly a sluggish FPS to begin with, the speed of the game will be hurtling forwards with sharper reactions set to play a critical role in staying on top. All movements are now able to have additional boosts. So being able to side-strafe or air-dash in any direction will give you an unprecedented level of movement compared to past entries in the series. There’s a lot to learn yet about the new perks, but one entitled Gung Ho allows you to sprint and shoot. This is going to be insane.Click here to read more...
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is going to be big news come November 4th. No surprise there, but could this year’s title be a game changer for the series? As enjoyable as COD has been in recent years, there’s no denying that recent entries have played things a little safe and not attempted to push any large scale changes. Well, apart from seeing a dog take down a helicopter, which was all sorts of stupid, or awesome, I’ll never be able to decide. So, unless the series is going to feature a cat taking on a submarine there will have to be other ways to get us psyched for the new game. Thankfully it would seem there are quite a few reasons; here are seven of the best.
Maybe it’s because we’re addicted to Netflix’s House of Cards here at Dealspwn, or maybe it’s because everything’s better with Spacey, but seeing Frank Underwood’s face here is kind of a big deal. COD’s stories have been gaming’s definition of ‘throwaway’ in recent years, but attaching a big name like Spacey to the project hints that maybe something interesting is going on behind all the explosions and bullet storms. Fingers crossed it’s a bit more natural than his awkward plug for a PS Vita in House of Cards though.Click here to read more...
Origin Game Time is returning, and you can download Battlefield 4 for this week for absolutely nothing and play away to your heart's content for a full week from when you fire the game up for the first time.Click here to read more...
Wolfenstein has made an early assault on my Game of the Year podium thanks to providing a classic bombastic old school shooter experience. 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! Purchasing this download will also get you a place on the upcoming Doom beta.
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. Amazon 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.
Thanks to haidfitch at HotUkDeals.
Turtle Rock’s upcoming game puts a team of four players against one player-controlled monster in an intense online skirmish that will require teamwork, bravery and just enough humility to know when to retreat for a while. Earlier this week, I detailed my experience playing as the Kraken monster in Evolve. Today, it’s time to hear what playing on the hunter team is like, specifically in the Medic role. Playing as the monster is a solitary experience, but on the hunter’s team, co-ordination is key to success or at least survival.
Before getting into the details of my medic playthrough though, a little introduction of some general match details. As I detailed in my Kraken hands-on report, the hunter team are dropped into the stage a minute or so after the monster meaning they have to track it down, hopefully before it manages to evolve into later forms.
Maggie, the team’s trapper has a pet Trapjaw, an ‘alien dogbeast’ that can be used to track the monster, providing glowing images of footprints on the ground for the team to follow. Unless, the monster ran up the river like I did.
There’s more to worry about than the monster though as each map is filled with local wildlife that can be just as dangerous. Large creatures like the Megamouth like to lurk in bushes and will pounce upon and trap hunters in their mouth until a teammate shoots them free or they’re devoured. There are meeker creatures that won’t attack you and others that will if provoked. Generally though, you won’t want to kill much of the local wildlife because you’re simply providing ready-made meals for the monster, allowing it to reach its next form even faster as they beef up for the finale.Click here to read more...
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 and there's another on the way soon. 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 joystick for company.
Thanks to Ninbox4 at HotUkDeals.
The Destiny beta is done, dusted, and now there's a void that can only be filled with expansive Bungie FPS gunplay and the mechanical tones of Peter Dinklage. I don't know about you, but I've found myself growing listless, fidgety, unable to focus or concentrate on anything in particular without tearing off my shirt and screaming DESTINY!! in the manner of some sort of game-obsessed, caramel William Wallace (caraMEL Gibson?).
I may have a serious problem.
Beta withdrawal is most definitely a thing. How dare these developers dangle their outstanding wares in front of our faces, only to take them away for further "polishing" and "optimisation". I need my fix, man. I'm starting to see Dreg crawling around the ceiling.
Thankfully, we have the answer to anyone experiencing similar symptoms. Fret not, weary friend of the Traveller, we've got some great ideas for how to while away the days until Destiny's release in no particular order.Click here to read more...
Turtle Rock’s upcoming title wants to shake things up a notch. The idea of four players teaming up to take on a large boss enemy is nothing new. But having a fifth player controlling the boss? That’s something we can definitely say we want a part of.
During my visit to the recent MCM Manchester Comic Con expo I was able to play the game as one of the hunters and as one of the newly revealed monster characters, the Kraken. Today’s preview is going to focus on the later, because let’s face it, why wouldn’t I tell you about controlling this absolute beast of a creature first?
While there will be a separate solo campaign mode, most of the buzz around the game has been about the four vs one concept. In today’s stage the hunters were tasked with killing the monster before it was able to feed enough to evolve into larger forms. The monster’s objective though was either to take out all the hunters before they had a chance to revive each other or to grow strong enough to destroy a large generator at a facility on the other side of the jungle. Players are able to choose a perk in the match’s lobby such as faster feeding or tougher armour. I went for faster feeding, as I was keen to max out the monster’s form before trying to take on the hunters.Click here to read more...
The Destiny beta is over (BOOO!) but there are still things to be done in order to get ready for the game's launch in September. One thing we found was that the game becomes so much more enjoyable when playing with a couple of chums, and thankfully Bungie have set up a cracking initiative to help like-minded Destiny mini-communities to come together, chat and link up with like-minded people, and fill out that Fireteam.
To that end, the Dealspwn Destiny clan is live. Thanks to everyone who got stuck into the naming debate. You can join up here:
All you have to do is jump on over to the clan page, log in with your Facebook/Google/PSN/Xbox Live account and click "Request Join". We'll be checking in regularly to expedite approvals as well as launch the occasional poll and get stuck into some discussions regarding the game as well as crying over the fact that September 9th seems so damn far away.
Still, at least we'll have each other while we wait. Misery loves company and all that. You can catch up on all of our Destiny coverage so far right here.
Swapping wartorn Europe for an African setting hasn't changed the core of Sniper Elite and that's a good thing as it has become the leading sniper series on the market. Not that Sniper Ghost Warrior is the strongest of competition. You need to move around the battlefield a lot in order to remain hidden, which keeps the action feeling fresh rather than settling down in one spot and wiping out dozens at a time. A few glitches can be incredibly frustrating, but they're easily forgiven at this price.
Thanks to Jas10 at HotUkDeals.
More than just a visual facelift for the series, Metro Redux has put some extra effort in to tempt a spend. Metro 2033 has extra animations (such as the mask wipe from the sequel) and the weapon handling has been reworked too. Both games are now playable in Ranger and Survival modes too for a harsher challenge. All the Season Pass content for Last Light is included, adding an extra ten hours of single player content. This is shaping up to be well worth a look if you missed out on the games last gen. Metro Redux is released August 28th.
Thanks to cardboard_jase at HotUkDeals.
With the Destiny Beta finishing tomorrow, we've been squeezing every last drop from the game. We even managed to get a few matches on the elusive Iron Banner mode and record a few tasty videos for you. This special mode only unlocks for the briefest of windows, allowing players the chance to partake in a new multiplayer mode where all the stats for weapons and armor are taken into account, meaning having earned the best gear could give you an advantage.
If you fancy a go yourself, be sure to see if you can get involved too by making sure you're logged on at the following times (UK times below).
The Iron Banner mode also hosts two exclusive maps, Rusted Lands on Earth (also seen in the Alpha) and the brand new Blind Watch Mars map. The regular Moon and Venus maps are also on rotation in this mode. If you're struggling to find the mode, make sure you find Lord Saladin near the landing zone in the Tower to grab an invite. Be sure to activate some Iron Banner bounties too for a chance to earn some hot rewards.
So, onto the videos. First up is Earth's Rusted Lands, followed by Shores of Time on Venus and we conclude with First Light on the Moon. Check them out to see how I did with my Lv.8 (level cap reached) Titan and his devastating Fist of Havoc. Then join my tears as I'm given a new gun with 358 damage points only for the level cap to keep it locked away until September.Click here to read more...
In this week's episode of Game Night, Brendan and I climb upon our Dealspwnies of war and ride into battle against super-powerful spider tanks and a spawn-camping purple eye of belligerence. Yes, we're back in Old Russia for this one, as we take on the Level 6 "Strike" Mission in the Destiny beta, and I die a lot and get a bit hysterical.
Been holding off on Ghosts DLC in the hope of finding a good season pass deal? Well you're in luck as CDKeys are currently offering the pass for £12.59, which drops down to £11.99 if you use the site's 5% off Facebook voucher.
The four packs include Onslaught, Devastation, Invasion, and Nemesis, the last of which isn't out on PSN just yet, but will probably cost more than this deal when it finally arrives.
Cheers to Jas10 for the tip.