The latest Steam Weekend deal is providing a 33% reduction on Frontier Development's colossal open-galaxy space-sim. It's the lowest price the PC version has been as well, making it an ideal time for those who wanted to wait and see if Elite's revival would pan out, which it absolutely has. With the ability to play alone, with a global economy, or join other players for an MMO-like experience, Elite Dangerous has gone from strength to strength since its official launch in April. Perfect for those who are still waiting for a certain other space-sim to arrive. Thanks to dissposablehero @ HUKD!
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ScreamRide is an odd little game. As Nintendo and Sony bring out new hardware and big exclusives, Microsoft's answer is a trio of roller-coaster themed minigames from the developers of Rollercoaster Tycoon.
You'll cling on for dear life as we hare through ridiculous loops and corkscrews, design your own monstrous creations using a robust 3D CAD suite and destroy some buildings with a catapult in glorious slow motion because why the heck not, effectively playing three separate games in one package. It's left-field, out there and exactly the refreshing change of pace we love to see from console manufacturers in off season.
But that's not why ScreamRide feels like such an odd proposition. A game about creating, riding and annihilating awesome roller-coasters should be bags of fun by all rights... and yet screams turn into yawns after just a handful of hours.
To find out why we'll need to discuss ScreamRide's three gameplay modes in turn: ScreamRiding, Demolitions Training and Engineering. As an employee of a somewhat shady testing company with limitless resources and a mandate for testing human endurance, we're free to pick our career path and work through the standalone campaigns through six shared thematic zones.Click here to read more...
So ScreamRide is out next month.
I know, I'd forgotten all about it too. Of all the Xbox One exclusives announced thus far, ScreamRide is certainly the most difficult to explain and definitely the most unlikely. Frontier Developments, the studio behind Kinectimals and Elite of all things, revealed this odd roller-coaster 'em up at E3 last year to a chorus of 'erms' and 'okay thens,' showing us a trailer of crazy rides and gravity-defying jumps before retreating into a near-total media blackout.
But now, mere weeks before launch, ScreamRide is suddenly back on our radar with a free Xbox One demo, which we've tested to destruction for your convenience and pleasure. And, if we're honest, to find out what the heck it actually is.
Now we know. Effectively ScreamRide is three games in one: a rail-racer, crazy Angry Birds-style city destruction simulator and a 3D roller-coaster design suite all bound together by a Sci-Fi setting with some vaguely menacing undertones. There's something for everyone, and a lot of ridiculously satisfying demolition porn, but will there be enough of everything?Click here to read more...
I haven't used a flight stick in years, but there's something incredibly soothing about running my fingers over the firm grip of my new Thrustmaster and jumping headfirst into the Elite: Dangerous beta. There are more button inputs than actual buttons on the Hotas X (and it's not exactly short on those), but Elite is a fiddly game that takes a bit of setting up when you first jump in.
Miy first foray into the vast expanses of space took an abrupt turn for the worst when I confused a Federation police ship for the pirate target I was hunting down, and was promptly blown out of the inky black sky, at which point I thought I'd better take on a few of the combat scenario missions to chip away the years of rust, and get up to speed with the nuances of hurling a Sidewinder around the place.
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Zoo Tycoon isn't the most advanced simulation you'll ever play, but it sure is fun and shows off Kinect to full advantage. Playing with your animals via the camera or barking out convenient voice commands to the interface works brilliantly. Also: fuzzly wuzzly cutey wooty animals aww. If you've got kids or just fancy a change of pace on your Xbox One, Zoo Tycoon is surprisingly enjoyable - and much better value at £39.85.
Thanks to mangoblank @ HUKD! We reckon it's a decent saving.
Zoo Tycoon was, by some degree, the most delightful thing I played at the Xbox One showcase earlier in the week, even if I'm a little dismayed I won'[t be able to stick an afro on my zoo keeper. A fan of previous Tycoon games, the Zoo sub-franchise was one that I never got around to playing. But here, revitalised on Xbox One, Frontier Developments have crafted something a little special.
At it's heart, Zoo Tycoon 2013 is the same as it's always been: you build a zoo, adopt and look after the animals within, completing challenges along the way, attract new customers, and balancing the roles of architect and managing director. But now Frontier have a chance to make that experience more personable thanks to the improved Kinect sensor and their history with games such as Kinectimals and Disneyland Adventures.Click here to read more...
David Braben has explained how they made the latest trailer for Elite: Dangerous, which depicted a team of mercenary pilots assisting in a capital ship battle. Apparently it was made in-engine, though features a few post-production 'spot effects' that won't make it into the final game such as the lens flare and Battlestar Galactica-esque zooming. Worth a watch if you're partial to your space sims (and aren't too busy in Star Citizen's Hangar Module - for the record I backed Dangerous first).
You can watch the original trailer here.Click here to read more...
The Platinum edition includes the main game along with both of the expansions, consisting of the safari based Wild! and the water based Soaked! packs. Thanks to [email protected] HUKD!
Elite: Dangerous has received a new conceptual trailer showing off what a pitched battle might look like, and how the freeform mission system will let us pick our battles. It's pulse-pounding, essential viewing for Sci-Fi fans, but whether the project will look or play as brilliantly as the CGI remains to be seen. After all, it's primarily designed as a mood piece for potential soundtrack composers.
Best known as 'the Kickstarted space sim that isn't Star Citizen,' Elite: Dangerous promises to let us explore the galaxy for fun and profit, in development by original series creator David Braben.
All eyes may be on Star Citizen at the moment, but Frontier Developments are still hard at work designing Kickstarted space sim Elite: Dangerous. The ambitious project has finally received some in-production screenshots, which look reassuringly impressive.
Elite: Dangerous is slated to release next year on PC, and we'll be following its progress as the project develops.Click here to read more...
This offer from Gamefly is worth a look if you fancy building the world’s most insane rollercoaster and not actually endangering any lives, all for under a fiver. The current deal means a surprising £16 saving is to be had over the next best offer.
Along with the massive saving, there happens to be quite a large amount of content with this Platinum edition, which not only provides the main game but bundles both of the expansion, consisting of the safari based Wild! and the water based Soaked! packs. For the price of admission with this one there’s a lot of content to be had, as well as being one of the better simulation games out there. Thanks to Alexjb @ HUKD!
We were a little concerned the pledges would slow down over the end of December, but David Braben and the rest of Frontier Developments are now safely over the finish line with time to spare. As of this morning, upcoming space sim Elite: Dangerous passed its crowdfunding target of £1,250,000 on Kickstarter, guaranteeing its development for an intended 2014 release. With around 38 hours left on the clock, the aim now for Braben and his team is to break a few stretch goals to add more content to the game.Click here to read more...
Elite: Dangerous has managed to raise over £820,000 in Kickstarter pledges so far, with fifteen days left to secure the rest of the £1.25 million. Frontier Developments have opened direct PayPal funding for those having trouble with their cards on Kickstarter UK, and issued a brand new teaser trailer alongside a (slightly desperate) statement to backers.Click here to watch the new Elite: Dangerous trailer >>
Frontier Developments are starting to get the hang of this whole Kickstarter business, in that they're ramping up the quantity and quality of the in-progress footage. This latest trailer shows live gameplay as players scurry to defend a convoy from attack
At the time of writing, just over half of the £1,250,000 target has been reached with 22/60 days remaining. Braben will need to step things up considerably over the run-up to Christmas, during which a lull in Kickstarter visitors will likely take place.Click here to read more...
David Braben and the good folks at Frontier have released the first developer diary for upcoming space sim Elite: Dangerous. Braben chats about multiplayer features in this initial video, describing a number of the game's core pillars as two ships twirl and dance through an asteroid field.
The gameplay footage is still very early, there's no HUD or cockpit view yet, but it's still a rather soothing way to start a new week, and a reminder that Elite: Dangerous' Kickstarter campaign is still ongoing.Watch the video after the jump >>
David Braben recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for Elite: Dangerous, a full sequel to the legendary space sim. However, the lack of any assets or video made it a bit of a hard sell for many potential backers. To put things mildly.
Thankfully, Frontier Developments have seen fit to rectify this slow start with a new video (presented by Braben himself) and several pieces of concept art. The team plans to raise $1,250,000 over the next two months - so now it's time to start getting excited.
Most of the concept art is included in the video, and you can see the rest on the Kickstarter UK page.
UPDATE: Well that was quick. GAME are now out of stock with this one, but we'll keep you posted on if more stock appears.
This offer from GAME is worth a look if you fancy building the world’s most insane rollercoaster and not actually endangering any lives, all for less than the price of a pint. The current offer means that a saving of £3 is currently available over Dixons and Currys.
While it was plagued with a number of bugs, Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 was a rather entertaining return to the world of theme parks. Although it is nearly 8 years old now, it still manages to be one of the better management simulation games about.
Now you can bring the magic of Disneyland into your living room as you stumble around the park taking on jobs from well known characters in exchange for Disney currency. Then again you could just run around collecting autographs, or jumping on rides like Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and It's a Small World. Zavvi are parting with Xbox 360 copies of the game for £14.95, which'll make you a saving of £10 on the next best offer coming in from The Hut. Thanks to bigvern1981 @ HUKD.
Those of you looking for some theme park building action may be interested in this offer from Direct2Drive. The deal slashes the normal price for RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 by over 50%, and sets it over £9 cheaper than the next best offer over at GamersGate. Along with the massive saving, there happens to be quite a large amount of content with this Platinum edition, which not only provides the main game but bundles both of the expansion, consisting of the safari based Wild! and the water based Soaked! packs. For the price of admission with this one there’s a lot of content to be had, as well as being a pretty good game.
Ok all you adrenaline junkies and theme park lovers, if you've ever wondered what it might be like to own your own theme park and build every single ride, as well as walking around and interacting with your guests, then this one might be for you! Also, there are even more mini games present than before, some are new whilst others should be familiar to you if you've played the original game. You can grab a copy from HMV for £7.99, which is over £1.50 cheaper than the next best offer coming in from Cool Shop UK.