Forced is a simple and satisfying little game, but tying it down to a genre feels like pulling teeth.
It looks like an Action RPG à la Diablo and its ilk. Steam's store description explicitly describes Forced as an "action RPG." The opening cinematic and formative first few minutes give you little reason to doubt it, introducing you to a colourful fantasy world where gladiators are bred from birth to fight and die for their gods' sadistic amusement... before unceremoniously punting you straight into the pit clad solely in a fashionable loincloth. A hovering (and pleasingly sardonic) spirit guide, Balfus, assumes the role of your coach, putting you on the road to defeating numerous demonic guardians and finally escaping the nightmarish realm into which you've been forced. A strong setup for an RPG, no?
But it's absolutely not an RPG, at least not in the traditional sense. Rather Forced presents you with a totally compartmentalised series of arenas full of mobs to kill and puzzles to complete against the clock, and replay over and over again for leaderboard times. I suppose you could call it an ARPG... if that stands for Arena Replay Puzzle Gauntlet. BetaDwarf's Kickstarted effort is an intriguing fusion of different genres that, in multiplayer, works rather well indeed.Click here to read more...
This deal isn't quite as low as it has been in the past, but if you fancy playing this one with a group of friends you can make an even bigger saving by purchasing the 4-pack for £15.81.
War Thunder, the military vehicular MMO from Gaijin Entertainment, has proudly announced that it will be available on the PS4 at launch. Promising both aerial and mobilised ground battles, along with a wealth of World War II-themed war machines, you could say that we've been... thunderstruck. Especially since it's free to play, and adds to an impressive roster of F2P titles on Sony's upcoming console.
If you can't wait, remember that War Thunder is currently free to play on PC.Click here to read more...
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams was one of the first Kickstarted games to release to the waiting hordes, and proved that crowd funding is capable of getting utterly fantastic projects off the ground. As we stated in our 8/10 review: "the brothers are history." Flushed with success, Black Forest Games have launched a new, and infinitely more ambitious, Kickstarter campaign for Project Ravensdale.
This "fuel fantasy" cooperative shooter promises to give us a fresh new take on classic sidescrolling gameplay, delivering deep dynamic multiplayer, strong singleplayer and a radical selection of insane weapons and jetpacks alongside knights and orcs. To learn more, I caught up with Black Forest Games and grilled them extensively about the project - and why it deserves your money.
If the idea of "Metal Slug meets Left 4 Dead meets a nuclear pinball machine" in a dieselpunk fantasy setting (featuring a gun that fires flaming beach balls) gets you hot under the collar, your mind is about to be thoroughly blown. With a fortnight left on the clock, it's time to see what this raucously inventive proposition is all about.
Jonathan Lester (Dealspwn.com): Thanks for talking to us! First things first: could you introduce yourselves and your role at Black Forest Games?
Hello, I’m Jean-Marc Haessig, creative director at Black Forest Games. I’m responsible for the overall vision of our products, which means shaping ideas and enabling the team to bounce on them and going crazy within the given frame. This includes very rough gameplay goals that need to be worked out and polished, the overall look and feel intentions, nailing down the setting with the team, getting feedback to readjust the vision and so on. Most of the time I use visual language as I figured out that sometimes a picture is better than thousand words…
Hi, I’m David Sallmann! I’m the senior game designer in the team, and it’s my job to make sure that all the designers are pushing in the same direction. Apart from providing feedback and making judgment calls, I also do normal design work. My most recent contribution to the Ravensdale prototype is the design of a modular system for weapons that allows all designers to quickly script and tinker with crazy concepts without bugging our programmers every five minutes. The wackier player weapons in the prototype so far include an explosive “beach ball” you and your buddies can kick and bounce around, a rolling ball of fire that leaves a sea of flames in its wake and erupts like a volcano when you hit it, and ricochet bullets that transform into bouncing shrapnel bombs when they hit an enemy. We also have more sedate designs like black hole bombs, lightning that forks whenever it hits an enemy, and a slinky-like projectile that crawls along walls and ceilings. OK, maybe they’re not that sedate.Click here to read more...
PopCap have indeed been working on that rumoured Plants vs Zombies tie-in. Garden Warfare will bring 3D multiplayer combat to the Xbox One followed by the Xbox 360, with players collaborating to destroy the zombie menace directly with their powerful plant abilities. Different foliage species provide unique multiplayer classes (including the offensive Pea Shooter and Sunflower healer), and players can combine abilities to deal out differing effects.
We've got a trailer after the break.Click here to read more...
Medieval multiplayer action games are like buses, absolutely nothing for ages and then two come along at once. Chivalry: Medieval Warfare is a little faster-paced than the more deliberate War Of The Roses, but manages to be more immersive due to its first person perspective.
More to the point, it'll also set you back a meagre £4.22 using Green Man Gaming's current voucher code.
It's hard to believe that IndieGameStand has been up and running for six months now. To celebrate, they've featured Guns Of Icarus as their latest PWYW offer, which is usually only available for £14.99. Though the steampunk airship multiplayer shooter has proven to be slightly divisive... wait, steampunk airship shooter? Surely that's worth a dollar if you're looking for some PvP.
Throw Trucks With Your Mind will let players move onscreen objects using only brainwave power. Then throw them at each other.Click here to read more...
If you've been waiting to get into Tribes: Ascend but still don't quite trust that whole free to play thing, a new GOTY edition will net you the impressive shooter and all the premium gear for a one-off purchase.
Existing players will also be pleased to hear that new maps, skins and a great big gun are on the way in the next patch.Click here to read more...
Medieval multiplayer action games are like buses, absolutely nothing for ages and then two come along at once. Chivalry: Medieval Warfare is a little faster-paced than War Of The Roses, but manages to be more immersive due to its first person perspective.
More to the point, it'll also set you back a meagre £6.20 using Green Man Gaming's current voucher code.
Thanks to Mr_Blind01 at HotUKDeals.
Medieval multiplayer action games are like buses, absolutely nothing for ages and then two come along at once. Chivalry: Medieval Warfare is a little faster-paced than War Of The Roses, but manages to be more immersive due to its first person perspective. For £7.75, it might be worth getting a breath of fresh air.
Platforms: PS3 | PS Vita (both reviewed)
Developer: SuperBot Entertainment
Requested and rumoured for years, we finally have a game putting together a rich collection of the finest PlayStation-exclusive characters along with some top names from third-party brands for a mighty punch-up. The comparisons to Nintendo’s Smash Brothers are obvious, as they always were going to be, but I’m here to review the game on its own merits.
Buying the PS3 game also gives you access to a free download of the Vita version and I’ll go into details about the portable options later on. Let’s get stuck into the game itself on PS3 first.
Fights take place in 2D arenas with multiple platforms to leap around on and traps to avoid or boot your foes into. The action is simple and shouldn’t take newbies or casuals long to pick up. X is jump and the remaining face buttons are all varied attacks. Press an attack button in conjunction with a direction on the d-pad/analogue stick and you’ll get a different move. Not every character has the same controls for certain moves though; launch moves for opponent juggling for example may be different between Kratos and Sackboy. There are blocking and taunt buttons, but in general, it’s a button basher through and through. Special weapon pick-ups like bombs and swords appear occasionally too.Click here to read more...
War Of The Roses will receive another free update on December 19th, which ominously tells us that "Winter Has Arrived." It includes new armor and weaponry, plus two new snowy maps based on the historic battles of Wakefield and Towton.
If you're pious enough to pay, the Dagger and Sword of Mary for Christ’s Mass will be available to purchase on December 21st. They're covered in religious iconography, though whether that will stop your foe parrying them with a Pollaxe before stoving your armour in with the blunt end remains to be seen.
We were incredibly impressed by The War Of The Roses in our 8/10 review, likening its riotous yet skilful multiplayer to a "fifteenth century Battlefield."
War Of The Roses is a fun, barmy yet supremely skillful experience that we described as a "fifteenth century Battlefield" in any sense of the phrase. If you're looking to get involved, Green Man Gaming's daily deal price can be further reduced with their WINTR-SRVEY-42012 voucher code, saving you an absolute packet.
Once again, GamersGate have managed to embarrass Steam's Autumn sale with a sneaky undercut. Their £10 price for the brutally brilliant War Of The Roses is already a bargain, which can be further reduced with the G2PO voucher code.
War Of The Roses is a fun, barmy yet supremely skillful experience that we described as a "fifteenth century Battlefield" in any sense of the phrase.
Subtle is never a word I thought I’d use to describe any element of a Call of Duty game, but the pre-title cutscene that paints a picture of how Black Ops II’s villain was formed is beautifully put together, in no short thanks to an excellent song choice with Elbow’s ‘The Night Will Always Win.’ The emotional reactions from most COD moments are usually sudden violence, be it first-person execution, slowly dying in a nuclear blast, the death of a child and so on, it’s never had anything like this. After this strangely heartfelt and sympathetic opening, subtlety kind of goes out of the window as it’s all slit throats and shotguns to the knees for the other scenes. Oh well, it was nice while it lasted. After all, we’re here to blow shit up.
The story moves back and forth through time following Mason from the first game in the 70s and 80s then zipping forward to his son in 2025. The apparently-not-dead Woods ties the two narratives together as we try to track down new bad guy, Menendez. For the first few hours, it doesn’t make a lot of sense, but later on it all starts to tie together very nicely indeed.
The older missions are set in South American jungles, military compounds and Afghanistan (so much for dodging that sandy hellhole for this one). The 2025 levels do a bit of globetrotting too, with an exclusive millionaires-only resort and a LA warzone amongst others. The 2025 levels feature futuristic tech like aerial drones to compete with in addition to never ending soldiers; some of whom are suited up with invisible camo clothing, everyone has a never-ending supply of bastard grenades too, proving some things never change.Click here to read more...
Primal Carnage is out now: a multiplayer shooter that lets players assume the role of gun-toting humans or ravenous dinosaurs. Guess which faction we're more excited about? To celebrate, Lukewarm Media have released a launch trailer that shows off what promises to be some seriously mental online action.Click here to read more...
Anarchy Reigns disappeared off our radar for a bit after demoing to the public at EGX last year, before missing its original release date and slipping somewhat into the abyss. But it's still alive and kicking, as the team at Platinum demonstrate here...by playing a big, fat multiplayer match. Expect lots of chaotic combat, some dazzling special moves, and MadWorld's Jack surfing an adversary.Click here to read more...
Altitude is a quirky and charming game about magnificent men in their flying machines. They go up-tiddly-up-up. And then go down in flames as you shred them with your 20mm cannons. The dogfighting resembles a classic arcade game brought up to date with multiplayer perks and tactical objective gametypes... and it desperately needs more players. To this end, it's free to download and play from now until the end of the weekend and I'd recommend you give it a go. Either you'll have a fun free weekend or discover a new addiction - either way, it's a win.
Note that the game itself has also been reduced in price - and is probably worth a punt at £3.49.