Typing Of The Dead: Overkill is absolutely brilliant. Yes, it's just a lightgun game that swaps the lightgun for typing words on a keyboard. Yes, it's crass. Yes, it's rude. Yes, a thousand times yes, but that's why we love it Better yet, you can get it for £3 at Green Man Gaming with their P36EYA-K5JYKT-ABO7X9 voucher code.
Developer: Carbine Studios
Our in-depth and ever-growing review continues for WildStar - because if you're going to do something, you may as well drag it out for several weeks. Or do it properly considering the size of the game. Yes - let's go with that one. If you're a latecomer to the party that is my review, or if you're a swine who has been all like "MMOs? Nah," then I suggest you SHUT THE HELL UP and check out the convenient hub I've provided below for you to click on.
One of the biggest complaints about MMOs in general is the crafting and economy elements. Cries of “it’s too complicated!” or “it’s too boring!” can be heard from across the interwebs, as a large percentage of those that try it will simply go “nah, it’s not for me” before becoming a hoarder of all the crafting materials they can find, vendoring away at the earliest opportunity. Thankfully, Carbine have created mechanics that are not only varied in nature, but far more hands-on than first glance, providing a multiple levels of depth depending on the comfort zone of the player.
I won’t go all FAQ here with the details (if you want that you can find my rather in-depth article on it here) so I’ll give a quick overview - It’s the usual affair of selecting two professions out of the bunch that are available, some of which are better paired than others, while everyone has the ability to cook (labelled as a ‘hobby’ activity.) The strong theme with these crafting elements is that of player choice, providing players with the ability to customise items with stats needed for specific roles (or, if things are being made to order, with a specific balance of stats for maximum class build efficiency.)Click here to read more...
'Reboot' doesn't have to be a dirty word. Shadow Warrior is a proper old-school FPS, a riotous full-fat romp with huge guns and hordes of enemies to point them at. Not to mention a katana and one of the best first-person melee combat systems we've ever seen. A steal at £4.99, and you don't have to register on Steam if you don't want to. Expires at 18:00 this evening.
State Of Decay was made on a limited budget and boasts plenty of rough edges, but it's still one of the best zombie games ever made in our opinion. It forces you to own your decisions and consequences, taking care of an entire community who rely on your leadership in real-time. I can't recommend it enough (so long as you can handle the intense stress), and you only have to pay a meagre £3.20 thanks to Greenman Gaming's IFDSUM-MERSAL-E15OFF voucher code.
Thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!
Football Manager 2013 might be a year out of date, but there are patches for roster updates and that sort of thing. Frankly, if you want to sign your life away, £1.29 is a damn fine price for such a move.
Thanks to theg @ HUKD!
Payday 2 is still one of the most rambunctious cooperative games out there, a crazy crime spree where meticulous planning and execution usually goes to hell in a sea of smoke, SWAT teams and gunfire. It's an amazing heist simulator - but you don't have to take my word for it, because it's free to play on Steam over the weekend and only £7.66 to buy. To Overkill's credit, they've also taken the high road about the seemingly similar Battlefield: Hardline, which only emerged after Goldfarb and co. proved the concept worked.
If you're willing to buy from Amazon.com (and tell a couple of porkies about having an American address), you can undercut Steam's price further with a cool £5.98 price. Thanks to Webhead @ HUKD for both great spots!
Well, it's almost here - after years incessantly throwing coverage in your faces (whether you wanted it or not) Carbine Studios and NCSOFT are days away from flicking the switch and launching WildStar. I think it goes without saying that I have been rather optimistic for the sci-fi MMO thanks to the pedigree of the developers creating it, the charming art direction of its visuals & story, and the focus on providing a end-game experience that hasn't really been seen since the early years of World of Warcraft. It also helps a fair bit that the combat mechanics allow for fast-paced gameplay, something that has been attempted many times in previous efforts but has never really hit the mark.
There are other things too - PvP, Warplots, player housing and the like - but it would be ignorant to ignore the fact that all of these features have been done before. What Carbine have done is refine the wheel we know and love, not redesign it, bringing about a culmination of what the genre has experimented with over the last decade or so, and with the promise of a raiding experience that will challenge even the most skilled of players (hardcore) it's not hard to see why a huge community of excited players have been clamouring to get started as much as I have.
So, at the end of last week I was given the chance to speak to the recently-crowned Creative Director Chad "Pappy" Moore - a man who drops the most glorious of lore-bombs at every opportunity. I sat down with him to discuss WildStar's lore (obviously), balancing the World Story for players, the blurred moral lines of both factions, developing an deep narrative moving forward, and the importance of community interaction.Click here to read more...
House Of The Dead: Overkill was amazing, and typing words on your keyboard rather than using a WiiMote has made it better in absolutely every respect. It's utterly brilliant both as an ironic grindhouse homage and viable typing trailer, while its numerous DLC word banks make the experience even more surreal. The £6.99 Thou Filthy Love Collection won't net you all of the DLC, but will net you the best of it alongside the game itself at a £12 saving. Thanks to Jas10 @ HUKD!
Mind you, Amazon.com includes it in an amazing SEGA bundle if you're willing to slightly fudge your address (and pretend to be an American citizen).
Platform: PC (Steam Early Access, £5.94)
Developer: Terri Vellmann
Publisher: Devolver Digital
Six bullets. That's all standing between you and a thousand virtual meanies hellbent on deleting you with extreme prejudice.
Don't blink. Don't panic. And most importantly of all, don't miss.
Heavy Bullets is a fun and frantic little thief of time: an attempt to merge the tense exploration, procedurally-generated dungeons, limited resources and permadeath of a Roguelike with tense and twitchy corridor shooting. All wrapped up in an eyepopping stereoscopic art style that tries to capture what it might be like to be trapped inside a malfunctioning glitchy mainframe.
Despite still being in early access, it's really shaping up very nicely indeed. Heavy Bullets is a feast for the senses... and it's out to kill you. For the record, here are a few of my early attempts in humiliating video format:Click here to read more...
You had your chance to grab FTL for peanuts over the last couple of years, but now that the magnificent randomly-generated infinitely-replayable space game has received its massive expansion, you'd expect the price to rise slightly.
Then again, £3.99 isn't exactly going to break the bank. Thanks again to jaystan @ HUKD!
Stealth Bastard Deluxe is so named because it's stealthy, 'bastard hard' and a luxuriously premium package. This sneaky platformer is utterly superb, distilling the stealth genre down to its most tense elements, and incredibly cheap to boot (especially compared to PSN port Stealth Inc!). Superb gameplay and masses of user content elevate Curve Studios' sneaky gauntlet into the highest platforming echelons. Not bad for £1.39, if you missed BundleStars' £1.04 deal last Monday.
Blackguards is a tough, granular, staggeringly long and very capable turn-based strategy game that puts you in control of a team of utter reprobates. The story isn't really strong enough to support its monstrous length, but if you're a fan of exceptionally nuanced combat, it's going to be fantastic value. Especially since you can save a whopping £15 on The Humble Store, which rivals Steam's own savings last month.
For the next two weeks, Humble Bundle are going to be running a new bundle every single day, changing hands at 19:00 GMT. Their debut offering is a tasty collection of Deep Silver titles for a paltry sum.
Pay what you want for Sacred 2 Gold, Risen 2, Saints Row 2 and Saints Row: The Third. Beat the average (currently less than £4) for Sacred Citadel, Risen 1, Metro 2033, Dead Island GOTY Edition and the Saints Row: The Third Full DLC Package.
You could also pay extra for Dead Island Riptide, but you shouldn't, because it's naff. Thanks to dealhunter1233 @ HUKD!
Developer: Big Robot Ltd
Sir, You Are Being Hunted is as British as tea and biscuits. As old-school Amiganauts to a man, we're thrilled to see another fiercely independent game hail from our green and pleasant land, thick with unmistakeably UK-centric humour and quaint facetious charm. This hard-as-hobnails stealth experience forces us to survive minute to minute in the dank gorse, heather and dark satanic mills of the British countryside, pursued by gentlemanly tweed-clad robots who'll politely yet brutally murder us for sport before pottering back to the club for some brandy and tax evasion.
All while giving us a few empty bottles, some bandages, dead rats, Fray Bentos pies and a trombone to live on. How I wish for a spear and bow of burning gold!
It's very much a balls-to-the-wall pure stealth survival game predicated on nervy preparation and panicked improvisation, made doubly compelling by its anarchic sense of fun, but can Sir, You Are Being Hunted sustain its tension for more than a handful of hours?
Author's note: In the interests of full disclosure, be aware that I backed Big Robot's Kickstarter campaign at the $15 tier. I don't consider this to be a conflict of interest and have written this review with both eyes open... but you should be the judge of that. - JonathanClick here to read more...
The Flying Bundle is a small fish in a big bundle ocean, but their eighth compilation is well worth a look thanks to its headline act: Bionic Dues.
"Bionic Dues delivers tough decisions, sweeping tactics and enormous mech battles; packing massive replayability and unpredictability into its budget price point. A 'Rogue-lite' to remember and to savour through numerous scorched-earth defeats and hard-won victories," I wrote in our 8/10 Editor's Choice review.
So a steal for £1.78, then, especially since you'll also get the original Duke Nukem games and more into the bargain.
Stealth Bastard Deluxe is so named because it's stealthy, 'bastard hard' and a luxuriously premium package. This sneaky platformer is utterly superb, distilling the stealth genre down to its most tense elements, and incredibly cheap to boot especially compared to PSN port Stealth Inc. Superb gameplay and masses of user content elevate Curve Studios' sneaky gauntlet into the highest platforming echelons. Not bad for a quid.
Deadly Premonition is shonky, bare-bones, incredibly weird and absolutely one of the best games of the last console generation.
Indeed, this Lynchian masterpiece tells one of the best stories ever delivered by a videogame, through some of the most memorable and damaged characters you'll ever encounter in the medium. It's chilling, uncanny, surprisingly vast, packed with personality and quite frankly essential for any Twin Peaks/Alan Wake fans out there. For £4, you'll even be able to forgive its hilariously rough edges. Thanks and credit to jimonyzangs @ HUKD, who found this yesterday!
Unreal Tournament was -- and still is -- the best multiplayer FPS ever made. No arguments. Its sequels and spinoffs ran the gamut from great to awful, but we've been clamouring for a new successor over the last few years, much as we enjoyed Marcus Fenix' burly brown escapades.
Now it's finally happening. Epic Games have revealed that a new Unreal Tournament title is headed to PC, Mac and Linux, where it will be available to download for... free?
That's right. Free. Not draped in garish adverts or lousy with microtransactions, but properly, completely gratis. Rather than cashing in on misery, Epic intends to develop the game in conjunction with the community and start a new modding revolution - with developers able to sell their wares should they want to.Click here to read more...
Platform: PC (Steam Early Access)
Developer: Phosphor Games
Publisher: Nether Productions
It took me five minutes to hate Nether with a passion. Taking its cues from the likes of DayZ and Rust, this Unreal-powered indie effort threw me straight into a grim grey world with little more than a butter knife and a mysterious parcel. I wandered around the vast empty expanse for what felt like an eternity, surveying the ruined cityscape and initially-mediocre visuals, hacked up a teleporting fiend and took its tongue, then got my face ripped off by a massive bat creature. New character. Reload. My next avatar fared little better, surviving for a few minutes until a malicious player shot me in the back of the head and didn't even bother to loot my pathetic possessions. The urge to ragequit was overwhelming.
Then, suddenly, everything clicked and I realised that I wasn't just surviving - I was loving every silly, unpolished, harrowing player-driven second of it.
Two things happened. First off, I blundered into the options menu and enabled anti-aliasing like the dolt I am. It was like receiving cataract surgery as the world resolved into a softer, sharper, more hauntingly beautiful place. Though no graphical powerhouse and lousy with visual quirks, Nether is a cut above its peers.
But, more importantly, I started playing with Carl over VOIP... at which point I discovered that Phosphor Games are creating a unique take on the sandbox survival genre that allows you to make your own fun in some interesting ways, and gives you a reason to play beyond just living another day.Click here to read more...
MirrorMoon EP is one of the most fascinating and thought-provoking games I've played in some considerable time: an entire universe of planets to explore and claim in an abstract adventure. It's magnificent, and better yet, the developers have slashed prices across the internet.
However, it's better to go straight to the devs themselves than buy through a merchant... because you'll get an exchange-rate friendly price, DRM-free PC, Mac, Linux version and a Steam Key into the bargain.