Barmy for Lego Batman? Mad for Lego Marvel? Hungry for more Lego Harry Potter in your life? Well, Green Man Gaming have a frankly irresponsible slew of deals going on right now for a whole bunch of Lego titles as part of their daily deal initiative.
They're all excellent. No, really. I personally have a massive soft spot for Lego Marvel Super Heroes, which is the price of a pint right now. The games start at as low as £2.49 for the likes of Lego Harry Potter and the original Lego Batman, and you can find the full list of prices here, and click here for our glowing review of Lego Marvel Super Heroes.
Remember, you can knock off a further 23% by using the code BWG00E-QJP45O-INFGR1. A tip of the cap to Dr4gOns_FuRy for the find.
Steam's Holiday Sale is in full swing, but we need to shine the Dealspwn spotlight at one of the best compilation deals we've ever seen. £39.99 will net you Batman: Arkham City, Arkham Asylum, Bastion, the entire F.E.A.R. trilogy including DLC, LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4, LOTR: War In The North and more... seriously, this is a massive saving.
It was bound to happen sooner or later. TT Games and Warner Bros. have officially announced LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 for a fourth quarter holiday season launch on PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Wii, DS, 3DS, DS and Sony's unreleased NGP handheld. It will be based on the events of the latter three books, bringing the Harry Potter saga to a close.
According to Traveller's Tales developer Tom Stone, the British studio has "built upon the first game and are giving fans even more magical abilities, puzzle solving and exploration, in addition to our distinctive brand of hilarious LEGO humour and charm."
Neil Davey awarded Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 ten out of ten in our full review; praising its accessible mechanics, sense of humour and relevance to all age groups. Here's hoping that the sequel will be equally impressive.
Once again Traveller’s Tales delivered with another wonderfully charming Lego game, this time using the Harry Potter franchise for the action. It’s the usual Lego affair of going through the films, re-enacting various parts of the story, and breaking stuff (and your friends in co-op) as you go on your way. With many hours of content to keep you busy this game not only appeals to casual gamers but the core demographic as well, so if Wii owners amongst you haven’t yet bought yourself a copy I would highly recommend it at this price.
Red Dead Redemption - It may have been a derivative experience - Grand Theft Horses anyone? - but RDR, plus its add-ons and zombie-themed downloads, brought great voicework and genuine humour to the mix. And, if you were brought up on Westerns, the chance to be a cowboy and sort out the bad guys (should you choose that route) is too irresistible to describe. Smart, seductive, grown-up and, thanks to the period weaponry, a challenge. While I agree it's lovely to wield a virtual modern gun in many a FPS, there's something about conserving your limited bullets that appeals, bringing a little more strategy to the mayhem, particularly given the general inefficiency of a Wild West bullet. Mostly though, it's the cowboy thing - ah, sweet memories of a 1970s childhood - and the occasional laugh-out-loud moments that kept me coming back til it was done.
LEGO Harry Potter very different but a very close second!
PES 11. Yes, I know, FIFA makes people that look more like the real players and it's all slick and shiny and stuff. But when PES is on form - and 2011's incarnation is, for my money, the best yet - it's unbeatable. Football isn't always about glory goals, sometimes it's about grinding out a 1-1 draw against inferior opposition in the mud and the rain. PES gives you that. You can assemble incredible teams - and this year's Master League transfer market angle makes it a little too easy to my mind - but they won't always gel and might take a few weeks to get used to each other. That aspect comes across brilliantly. You can almost feel your squad's shoulders slump as your opponent gets a lucky break and scores with their one, single minute shot of the game after their keeper's kept you at bay for 89 minutes. It's also capable of teeth-grindingly annoying refereeing decisions, as an innocuous tackle gets punished or, worse, a player you're not even controlling gives away a penalty or scores an own goal. I have woken my wife up twice arguing with the ref. Ahem.
Best of all though is the tactical aspect, with the drag and drop system that's so painfully bloody obvious it's a wonder it's taken this long to appear.
My, what a question. From a gobsmacking moment, it might have to be bringing the rocket down early in Black-Ops. Or possibly The Best Ever Goal I Have Ever Scored in PES: goalkeeper rolls out, two passes across midfield, perfect lobbed through ball catching out the United defence, striker runs by, beats offside trap, volleys ball into top right corner from 35 yards. In terms of giggles though, it would have to be a two player Free For All Modern Warfare 2 sesh. Three seconds to go, I'm ahead on points, lining up the match-winning head shot through my sniper rifle. As I go to take the shot, mate in building opposite fires RPG into my man's delicates. Game winning, side-splitting and making sure my avatar never reproduces. Rocket Propelled Grenade in the nackers. Really not a good way to go, is it?
If anyone can make sense of Clone Wars and hack it down to size then it's the LEGO team. I'm a huge fan of LEGO (more of that 70's childhood thing / in-game comedy) and their games have been amazing in terms of complexity, challenge, unlockable content and good nature. The observations are super too, given the brick-y nature of its characters and the complete absence of dialogue. In terms of Clone Wars this means no Hayden 'wood boy' Christensen and, one assumes, a quiet Jar Jar Binks so that has to be a VERY GOOD THING. From a completist point of view the arenas look enormous too.
Having had a sneak preview of two levels, this is shaping up to be a fine and enormous experience. The first sees you in a ship taking on a mahoosive Imperial destroyer as well as assorted minions on flight decks and in landing bays. The second requires team work as you bring the ship down from within, via light saber wielding, Force powers and, er, R2D2-lifting and puzzle solving, as action shifts between two Jedi teams. In two player, these can, apparently, be done separately and simultaneously via split screen.
I'm also very excited about Test Drive Unlimited 2 with its detail, ease of interactivity, daftly enjoyable online stuff - come to Ibiza, let's hang in my apartment - tand, particularly for taking a standard aspect of gaming - remodelling your avatar - and giving it the humorous twist of having to visit a plastic surgeon to make it happen. Oh, and then being forced to drive around in bandages for the next hour til it heals. For the record, the driving experience is pretty good too.
The sweary, gory, very silly Bulletstorm looks like killer fun too
Traveller's Tales are the undisputed kings of family friendly games. Their double sucker punch of classic films and LEGO create overwhelming nostalgia- and their treatment of our favourite franchises is both respectful and incredibly charming. You can tell they're British. Lego Harry Potter is a natural extension of the puzzly platforming to incorporate spellslinging and exploration elements that work incredibly well. Love Lego? Love Harry Potter? Want to play it on the train? Here's your answer.
The special edition of Lego Harry Potter doesn't offer anything too exciting really (two exclusive magnets and a bonus disc containing such delicacies as behind the scenes footage and gag reels for both the game and the films) but this delightful game would make a great Christmas present for a Potter fan and opting for the posh package makes it seem that bit more special and gift-y. It's hard not to love this good natured and often hilarious little title and fans of the series may well enjoy the Lego incarnation a whole lot more than the official accompanying games. Thanks to PoppaLop at Hotukdeals!
Once again Traveller’s Tales delivered with another wonderfully charming Lego game, this time using the Harry Potter franchise for the action. It’s the usual Lego affair of going through the films, re-enacting various parts of the story, and breaking stuff (and your friends in co-op) as you go on your way. With many hours of content to keep you busy this game not only appeals to casual gamers but the core demographic as well, so if Wii owners amongst you haven’t yet bought yourself a copy I would highly recommend it at this price. Thanks to whizzkid @ Hot UK Deals!
NB. New shoppers would do well to use MCMEXPOST for £3 extra off the top!
Let's face it, the boy wizard was ripe for a Traveller's Tales overhaul and thus we have LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4: chronicling young Scarface's first four adventures... in true LEGO fashion. If you've ever played a LEGO game before you'll know exactly what to expect from this title - nifty puzzles, cutesy in-jokes, characters galore and humour so universal that it would probably tickle a Wookiee's funny bone too. The difference here, though, is refinement. TT have had several games with which to hone their craft and they've pulled out all the stops with this one. If you're worried about bang for your buck, then rest assured that for this sub-£20 game you're getting replayability you can measure in actual days. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 is an absolute steal at full price, if you have children that love the books and the films or if you're potty for Potter yourself (I know I am) then, quite frankly, this is a must buy. Thanks to Syzable at HUKD.
Once again Traveller’s Tales delivered with another wonderfully charming Lego game, this time using the Harry Potter franchise for the action. It’s the usual Lego affair of going through the films, re-enacting various parts of the story, and breaking stuff (and your friends in co-op) as you go on your way. With many hours of content to keep you busy this game not only appeals to casual gamers but the core demographic as well, so if you haven’t yet bought yourself a copy I would highly recommend it at this price. Xbox 360 owners can get it for the same price here, and Wii owners can get it here. Thanks to whizzkid @ Hot UK Deals!
Lego Harry Potter is an excellent and exemplary entry into the world of Harry Potter and the Lego franchise and does both proud. It is incredibly success in evoking the atmosphere and charm of the novels and is packed with fun and good natured humour. Even if you have dismissed the books and films and mere kids' stuff you still might get a kick out of the game thanks to the challenge that it provides, especially when it comes to its puzzles. If you are a fan of the Lego games or of the Harry Potter universe then this is a must have and even muggles are highly advised to give it a whirl. Thanks to somental at Hotukdeals!
The Harry Potter series joins the ranks of the numerous franchises that have been given the Lego treatment, which means you'll be treated to a mix of light hearted humour and enjoyable game play. When you're not switching between characters to take advantage of their different abilities, or taking on waves of enemies, you'll have to build items that'll help you to progress through the game. The Lego games are great fun to play through and this'll definitely appeal to the numerous Harry Potter fans out there. Thanks to yellowputty @ HUKD
Despite how much I love Star Wars, it was this Harry Potter entry into the Lego hall of gaming fame that got me most excited and not without good reason, it takes a pretty special game to receive 10/10 in our review! Part of the reason that I love it so is just how successfully it evokes the feeling of the books and is filled with the same charming sense of humour that makes me love the series so. However you don't have to be a fan to get a lot out of the title and, despite its obvious appeal as a family game, it's no walk in the park and you may even find yourself completely stumped by a few of its brain tangling puzzles. An absolute must-have for Harry Potter and/or Lego fans and still a great investment for laymen! Thanks to yellowputty at Hotukdeals!
LEGO and Harry Potter, sitting in a tree. B-U-I-L-D-I-N-G. These two franchises hold massive fan power and nostalgia factor; and combining them has resulted in a family friendly title that provides the best of both worlds. ShopTo has slipped back to a close second place by raising their prices to £26.95, allowing Gameplay to slip under the radar with a cool £22.99. This will save you a smidge under £4- and £2 compared to last week's deal.
Neil rewarded Lego Harry Potter with our coveted perfect score in his full review... and whilst I may not agree entirely with its perfect status, I have to concede that it's a mighty fine piece of software. In fact, when my housemate and I tried it out, it managed to sucker two grown men into six solid hours of gameplay... despite being rated 7+!
So how can a LEGO title based on a reasonably 'new' franchise (compared to Indiana Jones and Star Wars) manage to entrance almost every gaming demographic? The answer is simple: it's actually a capable and occasionally sadistic puzzler. Beneath the cutesy platforming exterior lies an awesome core of molten brainteasing... and it's as addictive as you'd expect. An anarchic sense of humour and masses of hidden secrets pad out the package, providing both belly laughs and extra value.
Whilst a few technical issues, bugs and a nasty targeting system occasionally spoil the fun- I can heartily recommend this game to any Harry Potter fan of any age, gender or gaming preference.
Traveller's Tales are the current kings of blending classic movies with childhood Lego fantasies to produce nostalgia on an unprecedented scale- and their latest project takes on The Boy Who Lived. ShopTo are currently the cheapest vendor for the PS3 version of Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4, which will set you back £24.85 and save you £3 compared to Coolshop. They're also selling the PC version for £15.85, which will save you a couple of quid on sendit. Basically, if you're a fan of teenage wizards and brightly coloured creative toys- ShopTo have you covered.
As a relatively 'new' franchise compared to Star Wars and Indiana Jones, Harry Potter doesn't quite have the nostalgia factor that we've come to love from the Lego series... but it's still a cracking piece of software that's perfect for young gamers, families and Harry Potter fans of all ages. Neil, our resident Lego Expert, gave it 10/10 in his full review!
Lego Harry Potter takes Traveller's Tales' cookie-cutter platforming and bolsters it by adding some surprisingly tough puzzles, classic moments and spellcrafting mechanics. Since it's based on Harry's first four years, you're also nabbing a significant amount of content. Basically, it's a delight for Rowling fans regardless of age or gaming preference- and even ostensibly hardcore gamers might even crack a smile. It's not for everyone, though.
Thanks to gem_boss at Hot UK Deals for the PS3 deal
Developer: Traveller's Tales
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive
My wife recently discovered a website where you can search a journalist’s name and find out what they’ve written about the most. So, she typed in my name. The result? No, not “games”, not “food”, not “drink”, not “films”, nor any of the other subjects I’ve covered in this chequered career of mine.
No, apparently, according to the power of the interwebs, my name is synonymous with... Lego. As proud achievements go, it’s not one I’ve rushed to put on my CV.
Mind you, when you think about it, there could be worse things to be associated with. In video gaming terms, the Danish company’s name is usually an indicator of something very special. That probably counts double in the case of Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 as I’m going out on a limb to declare this the best thing Travellers’ Tales and Lego have ever done.
It is, it almost goes without saying, addictive enough to be sold by the ounce on street corners. It is also hilariously funny, easy to pick up, beautifully put together and, if anything, more faithful to the spirit of the original books than the films.
June 2010 New Releases
Quite a fun little week to end th month of June. Whether you're up for a combination of the cute and the sinister with Naughty Bear - the only game in existence to lay claim to having something in common with both Winnie the Pooh and Codename 47 - or fancy dipping into the first four years of Harry Potter's Hogwarts life as seen through the eyes of Traveller's Tales, there might well be something here to make you chuckle. Otherwise, UK based PS3 fans can finally get their mitts on Demon's Souls and the robots in disguise make a colourful return.
How to use: Click on the title of the video game if you would like to see the cross platform possibilities. Click on the game cover of the platform of your choice to see the price comparison for that particular game, showing you the cheapest prices from UK online retailers.
NB. Good games take time so be aware some of these dates may well change.
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|LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
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|Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Osborne House
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|Transformers: War For Cybertron
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