Rejoice! It's South Park Day folks! Yes, The Stick of Truth releases today here in the UK and we've got another little gameplay video for you. This time Matt's new kid on the block gets kidnapped by aliens, all of whom appear to be obsessed with inserting things into various human orifices. But there's no time to think about that! Poor Randy has been taken as well, and we have to save the moustachioed legend before he's reamed to death.
Not that we get to see such things, of course. We're European, after all; which means our eyes would explode if we witnessed such cartoon horrors. Thankfully Ubisoft censored the truly awful bits to save our retinas from spontaneous combustion. To be honest, that might be a mercy.
Still, definitely consider this NSFW. Thank God It's Friday!Click here to read more...
SimplyCDKeys are back with another sub-£20 deal for Dark Souls II, which tops many gamers' 2014 wishlists. The PC port may have been delayed into April, but for twenty quid, Johnny-come-lately ends up laughing all the way to the bank. Remember to use voucher code 5OFFDS2 at checkout. Thanks to Jas10 @ HUKD!
Carl is currently reviewing the PS3 version, in case you're interested. I've barely seen him over the last couple of days, save for a bizarre moment when he emerged into the office and constructed a crude bonfire on my newsdesk, babbling about horrors from beyond the pale. After heavy sedation and being forced to marathon the entire series of Adventure Time to restore his shattered nerves, he's back in action and will deliver our full verdict soon.
The Humble Devolver Debut Bundle is a deal of two halves.
Fans of classic shooters can pay a meagre 60 Pence for Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition, Shadow Warrior Classic Redux and a collection of three films (Austin High, The Poisoning and One Couch At A Time). For the same price as a packet of posh crisps, it's hard to argue with the value.
However, as a Debut Bundle, this deal is actually designed to launch a brand new game for £5.97. Cosmic DJ is a crazy rhythm game that defies description - so I'd watch the puppet-filled trailer instead. You'll also receive Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure (an overlooked gem in our opinion), Defense Technical and two more films. Thanks to the ever-vigilant jaystan @ HUKD!
The latest Humble Weekly Sale is PopCap-tastic, offering five-to-eight of their most beloved games depending on how much you're willing to spend. Chances are that you'll have most of these already, but for those who don't, £3.58 is a serious saving.
Pay at least £0.60 for Peggle Deluxe, Bejeweled 3, Bookworm Deluxe, Escape Rosecliff Island and Feeding Frenzy 2 Deluxe.
Beat £3.58 to also receive Plants vs. Zombies: Game of the Year Edition, Peggle Nights and Zuma's Revenge.
Sadly their best game of all time -- Heavy Weapon: Atomic Tank -- is not included in the bundle, though its PC version is admittedly sub-par. Thanks to Sanchit @ HUKD!
About time too. Just when our excitement for Watch Dogs reached critical mass, having previewed a production build, interviewed the developers and even tested out the companion app, Ubisoft delayed their anticipated hacking sandbox at the eleventh hour. Then went dark.
The waiting began. The conjecture and concerns deepened. But now we can start to ramp back into hype mode, because Watch Dogs has been officially dated by way of a new trailer! So long as you don't want to buy it on Wii U, that is.Click here to read more...
As a fan of sidescrolling shooters and all things mech-related, Gigantic Army absolutely scratched my itch for insane destruction when it released last month. Nyu Media have localised their best doujin (Japanese indie) game to date, providing a no-holds-barred mechanical romp of suitably gigantic proportions. I'm delighted to report that, following a successful Greenlight campaign, it will be available on Steam from 18:00 this evening (costing £3.99). You'll get a Steam code free of charge if you already bought it.
You can read our 8/10 editor's choice review for more details - and watch me
absolutely fail to play it and provide useful commentary in our embedded Let's Play video above.
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams is true Kickstarter success story. What could have just been a lazy reboot of a notorious clone revealed itself as an utterly superb platformer, meticulously designed and gorgeously-realised, sporting an innovative reality shifting mechanic. It made me eat my words in our full review, and better yet, its DLC pack is included in Steam's £3.99 deal.
However, since Giana Sisters is no stranger to the occasional indie bundle, be sure to check your backlog. If you already own it then you can buy the DLC separately for 99p. Thanks to theg @ HUKD
WB Games Montreal did a reasonable if underwhelming job with Batman: Arkham Origins, but we all knew that original masterminds Rocksteady Studios had to be working on a tasty new project for next-gen systems.
An exciting prospect... which has been blown wide open thanks to an indiscreet product listing from GAME, followed by a Game Informer cover story. Batman: Arkham Knight is set to release on PC, PS4 and Xbox One later this year, providing the "explosive finale" to the Arkham series alongside the opportunity to finally get behind the wheel of the Batmobile.
UPDATE: Enjoy the announcement trailer!Click here to read more...
I'm you from the future! This deal is decent value, but there's no time to explain! Rrrrglarble... my ribs are IN MY EYES!?!
You'll have to play it (or just read the review) to find out what any of that means. That said, I probably do have time to explain that this crazy puzzle-platformer recently starred in an Indie Royale bundle, so check your backlog to avoid doubling up.
So, SimCity then. What should have been an amazing interconnected experience launched as a massive overpriced disaster, and took months getting nowhere fast. However, things have improved somewhat - and an offline mode will be added soon. Funstock Digital's £14.99 price is a damn sight better than the ludicrous £60 EA wanted at launch. Thanks to Spinderp @ HUKD!
PayPal users can alternatively consider GamersGate's £15.28 option.
Bundle Stars' Adrenaline Bundle is one of the most impressive indie bundles I've ever seen, in that it contains 12 games of impressive quality... that you probably don't own already. From the excellent Ring Runner (an enormous twinstick space shooter/RPG fusion) and trippy Master Reboot to cathartic Rock Of Ages and the multiplayer madness of Gun Monkeys, there's a lot of game here for hardly any money whatsoever.
Specifically, you'll pay £3.59 for Bang Bang Racing, Etherlords II, Expeditions: Conquistador, Gun Monkeys, Heli Heroes, Kaptain Brawe: A Brawe New World, Master Reboot, Monday Night Combat, Postal, Ring Runner: Flight of the Sages & Rock of Ages.
A very generous haul indeed. Credit and thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!
Stealth Bastard Deluxe is so named because it's stealthy, 'bastard hard' and a seriously premium package. This sneaky platformer is utterly superb, distilling the stealth genre down to its most tense elements, and incredibly cheap to boot. You'll even get a copy of the soundtrack for £1.69 on Steam, saving a Fiver in the process.
Having forced us to sit through several nervy months of delays, Watch Dogs is set to reveal its release date very soon by way of a new trailer.
We won't have long to wait... but if you're desperate for new info, you might be interested in an intriguing little slip on the PSN Store.Click here to read more...
Stand by for Titanfall intel.
Respawn's anticipated shooter launches next week on Xbox One and PC, and we already know that it's fantastic fun courtesy of the superbly successful beta, but the specifics still elude us. Thankfully a megaton leak has granted us a detailed look at all of the game's 15 maps (admittedly including the tutorial training area), by way of high-quality images presumably lifted from the official strategy guide or art book. We've corralled them all below, thanks to Reddit user FallenFusion [via NeoGAF].
By the looks of things, the fifteen stages contain a pleasing mix of verticality to exploit as agile pilots and open spaces to stomp around in Titans. If you want to eyeball the best Rodeo ambush locations, perhaps you ought to start mugging up now.Click here to read more...
Planetary Annihilation is as ridiculous as you'd expect from a hybrid between Total Annihilation and Supreme Commander. Insanely hectic RTS battles take place in entire solar systems, with players wielding outrageous weaponry and even smashing celestial bodies into each other. It's still very much a work in progress, but if you want to engage with the Early Access cycle, you can save 50% on its inflated RRP via The Humble Store. As always, remember that you're paying for access, not a polished product at this stage, so only pay what you can afford to lose.
Thanks to BattleMoose87 @ HUKD!
Void Of Darkness puts you at the helm of a small ship in an enormous 2D galaxy, tasking you with exploring the wild black yonder in any way you see fit. It was extremely buggy at launch, but its single developer has been patching like crazy over the last two months, resulting in a game that's infinitely more stable and fully-featured. You can currently buy in for £1.75 - but be warned that you might encounter the odd issue from time to time.
Battlefield 4 is a fantastic multiplayer experience... especially since, by and and large, it now actually works. Most of the more ruinous bugs have been ironed out or at least stomped flat for a while, so PC World's inexpensive £17.91 deal is now as tempting as it ought to be. Thanks to Spinderp @ HUKD!
FTL is getting a major free expansion penned by Chris Avellone soon... so there's never been a better time to buy into the tough yet infinitely replayable space exploration game. The developers are offering a hefty saving versus RRP, though there's not much time to take advantage of their deal!
Developer: Double Helix Games
Strider is the best game that Double Helix have ever made.
The bar was admittedly scraping along the ground, since their mediocre past form includes the likes of Battleship, Front Mission Evolved and that shocking Green Lantern tie-in. But be in no doubt: their suitably challenging and respectful remake of Capcom's classic slice & dice platformer is very good indeed, and worthy to bear the name. As soon as master assassin Hiryu goofily cartwheels over a crowd of robotic rifleman, flips off a wall and carves his first foe into tiny pieces, its pedigree is unmistakeable.
When Strider is content to be a faithful reboot, it's really rather brilliant. Having arrived in the sprawling city of Kazakh to murder its evil 'Grandmaster' and bring peace to the world with ultraviolence, Hiryu is as spry and blisteringly fast as we remember, barrelling through the corridors in a blur of precisely-aimed steel and perfectly-timed wall jumps. Packing a climbing sickle that can scale any surface, robotic combat enhancements and even a teleporter, he's a force to be reckoned with, but the Grandmaster's robot army and mercenary henchmen will give him a retro-tough run for his money.Click here to read more...
Chances are that you've already played Borderlands 2, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Civilization V and BioShock Infinite... or one of them at the very least. If you've missed out on all four, however, you can grab the whole quartet for £16.00 from Green Man Gaming. Be sure to use their OQE4LG-WEQPSE-SMCME1 for the additional saving.
UPDATE: Not enough? Okay then, why not also have the X-COM Complete Collection, Civilization 4, BioShock and the original Borderlands too!
Thanks to apollolo @ HUKD, both for the original deal and pointing out the four newly-added bonus games in the comments!