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Final Fantasy VIII is now available on PC as a new version with an optional magic booster (free, not a microtransaction) and a full version of Chocobo World. Though I personally felt that playing it was more like an Excel spreadsheet than an RPG (thanks, Drawing and Junction system), I'm definitely in the minority, since most players definitely enjoyed the storyline and characters. Greenman Gaming will save you nearly £2 with their GMG20-CV2W4-DSYBT voucher - be aware that you'll get a Steam code.
There are a couple of caveats, though. If you have a PS3 or Vita, you can buy the original game for £7.99 on PSN. Secondly, the soundtrack has been crunched into a nasty primitive MIDI format. Thirdly, it appears that you'll need a Square Enix account and... wait for it... a constant internet connection to play. Yay. Thanks to joobyplease @ HUKD!
Call Of Duty: Ghosts isn't as forward-thinking as we'd have liked (especially in terms of its nonsensical campaign, which Black Ops II somewhat puts to shame), but there's no denying that its mental multiplayer is still great fun. SimplyCDKeys will email you a PC Steam key for a shade under £20, which is a decent saving if you're looking to get involved. Thanks to imdurc @ HUKD!
There's only one thing better than the reckless unbridled innovation you see at Game Jams, and that's being able to play the games afterwards. We can do exactly that today thanks to Skybound's Walking Dead: All Out War event that challenged over a hundred entrants to use the zombie and survival theme as a jumping off point for more imaginative concepts.
The winners are now available to peruse and play, a bizarre combination of "emotional journeys," shooters and "a holy war between Robo-diablo and an army of Robo-Jesuses." There's also Tiger vs Zombies, which frankly was long overdue. Quality is assured, since the whole thing was judged by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman.
Developer: Ghost Games
Need For Speed: Rivals ought to be the best racing game on PS4 and Xbox One. On paper it already is: an enormous open world where street racers challenge each other to reckless head-to-head showdowns, all as the police strive to shut them down hard and fast with an insane range of gorgeous tricked-out supercars. It's a fun factory, a powerslide paradise, underpinned by the AllDrive system that brings players together into a single seamless session on both sides of the law. Ghost Games have the pedigree to pull it off, consisting primarily of Criterion veterans, but the reality match the mission statement?
Everything nearly works as intended, it's almost brilliant, but unfortunately you can feel the limitations of the PS3 and Xbox 360 holding Rivals back where it counts.Click here to read more...
Some games are born brilliant, some are born bad, but there's nothing more aggravating than a game that manages to fall short of true greatness. Over the last few years we've seen our fair share of titles with wonderful ideas and clear potential, yet managed to squander their lofty promises. Perhaps they didn't capitalise on their unique features or left potential untapped, maybe they tripped over in terms of production values and testing, often they just made one critical error that ruined what should have been a superlative experience.
So it's high time we took a look at some of the main offenders of recent years. While all of these games are still well worth playing, they all share one thing in common: they could easily have been so much more.
Close... but no cigar.
By far the most current game on my list, Ghost Games' debut makes all the right moves and all the right noises. It's fantastic drift-heavy arcade fun, providing a range of ridiculous supercars to rag around an enormous playground on both sides of the law. To top it off, AllDrive promised to merge singleplayer and multiplayer into a single experience, bringing players together into insane hectic sessions whether racing together or working on their own goals.Click here to read more...
Sci-Fi fans should seriously consider dropping £2.56 on this sweet little BundleStars offering. It contains... deep breath... Sword of the Stars II Enhanced Edition, Project Freedom, Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space, SpaceChem, SpaceChem: 63 Corvi DLC (add-on), Really Big Sky, Planets Under Attack, Data Jammers: FastForward and Ion Assault.
Again: £2.56. This is a seriously good deal, especially since you'll get Steam codes for the lot.
The Humble Jumbo Bundle is a mighty fine bargain whether you beat the minimum or the average.
You can pay what you want for... wait for it... Natural Selection 2, Sanctum 2 and Magicka with all its DLC. This is already superb.
But the real action begins when you beat the average, with Orcs Must Die! 2 Complete, Garry's Mod and Serious Sam 3: BFE thrown into the mix - and soundtracks too. It's a case of quality over quantity this time, and frankly, it's a massive saving no matter how you slice it. Thanks to Kingsworth @ HUKD!
We’re back with more WIldStar-based ramblings as the Class Drop coverage continues to roll on. We’ve got two weeks left, both of which feature two brand new classes (whose names are absolutely the worst kept secret ever, but how they function in game? That’s still under wraps) but before we dive into the latest (re)reveal, here’s a helpful hub with which to get up to speed.
All sorted? Lovely. Let’s begin.
So here we are – the last of the already-known classes is taking the spotlight this week. We’ve had the sword-weilding Warrior, the mind-bullet-firing Esper, and the gun-toting Spellslinger, but now it’s time for the one that aims to bring the pain before you’ve even realised what’s happened. Get ready, fans of the rogue, because you’re about to find your calling as the Stalker – part Batman, part Wolverine, part Predator, and all stabby-stabby awesome.
Gamersgate are currently holding their Holiday Sale, and this deal from their current set of offers is certainly a highlight worth bringing to your attention. Overall there's a saving of around £3 compared to the next cheapest offer elsewhere.
As always, the Battlefield experience is at its best on the PC. Its single player campaign may not be the finest in the industry (although it has improved, a little) but its superior multiplayer suite compared to the previous entries in the series, as well as a host of revamped social features and the return of the Commander role, makes BF4 one of the best FPS shooters this year.
We're almost at the end of the Autumn Sale, which means we'll have some time to recover before the winter sale, which will once again ravage your savings, but don't worry about that - just think about the wonderful games you can get in today's offerings. Yesterday's deals are still available until 6pm today, so be sure to give them a look if you missed them.
So, let's get on with some highlights, shall we?
When I look back over the last 12 months, this one will certainly feature quite heavily as it certainly brought something different to the table. At this price it's absolutely worth playing the game that isn't a game, and follow the story of Stanley, or not. It's your choice after all... or is it? Ugh, this is all far too much this early in the morning.
Here's yet another chance to play one of this year's stand-out action titles for one of the cheapest prices the PC version has fallen to. If you fancy spending an extra pound you can get the Survival Edition, which some with some DLC and extra goodies.
The recently re-released strategy classic sees a 75% reduction in today's offers, making it a great opportunity to experience (or rediscover) why the Age of Empires series was so loved back in the day. The Forgotten expansion, as well as the brand new DLC, is also on offer as well should you wish to play as new civilizations or have extra foes to conquer.
For the rest of today's deals, which include Europa Univeralis IV, Dust: An Elysian Tale, and Garry's Mod, head over to the main page of Steam.
We've still got a few more days worth of offers to go from Steam, and the new addition last night once again provide a little bit of something for everyone. It's worth noting that the previous day's offers, which include Borderlands 2 and Arkham City GOTY Edition for a fiver, are still available and can be seen by scrolling down below today's main offerings.
Speaking of which, here's some highlights from the latest batch.
If you've held off this long to try out the adventure series based on the Fables comic books, this is a great opportunity to do so. After all, it's yet another episodic interactive storyline from the folks at TT Games, with Matt stating in his review that "this could be the start of something truly magnificent."
It's yet another chance to grab one of last year's best games for a fiver, and considering how much content is there to get through you'll more than get your money's worth here. If you fancy getting additional content, the Deluxe Edition is also available for an additional £1.23, and even the standalone spin-off Blood Dragon can be yours for £4.07 if you want lazer-firing dinosaurs.
Pay Day 2 for £11.24 (Review)
Any sort of hype for this one got swept away in the face of GTA fever, but if you fancy taking part in some virtual heists with others this might be worth a look. A 4-pack is also available if you have three other friends who are interested, which will make the purchase cheaper overall.
For the rest of today's deals, which include Civilization V, Torchlight II, and Godus, head over to the main page of Steam.
Developer: EKO Software
Publisher: 505 Games
Like any good zombie attack, you never see it coming and How to Survive will sink its teeth into your nights if you let your guard down while patiently awaiting the arrival of your shiny next-gen console.
EKO Software’s game is a top-down action-RPG that can be loosely compared with the likes of Diablo III or Dead Nation. After crash landing on a zombie-infested tropical island, you’ll need to scavenge for salvage and build weapons and armour to hold off the infected masses. The overall aim is to make a series of vehicle repairs via completing fetch quests. Ok, so not exactly a revolution of new ideas, but once How to Survive gets going, it’s hard to put down.
Combat is a mix of melee and improvised firearms. Everything must be built from scratch. From humble beginnings with a stick, you’ll go on to craft machetes, axes and spiked boomerangs. Melee attacks are assigned to RB, which isn’t ideal if I’m honest, as it can get uncomfortable after prolonged sessions. You can use basic swings or hold for a charged attack. If you stagger an enemy, you can initiate a grisly kill move, which usually pushes back nearby zombies too, giving you some essential breathing room.Click here to read more...
Another win for PC gamers as they get this critically-acclaimed indie title for less than half the price console gamers are paying. Using a controller, each analogue stick controls one of the two brothers in this relaxing platformer-puzzle-adventure hybrid. It's brevity makes it a hard sell on consoles, but for £4 you should dive on in.
Thanks to sejm at HotUkDeals.
Crysis is a series that always best played on a PC, especially if your rig is packing some serious horsepower. Set in a near-future New York that's been reclaimed by nature (yes, we're thinking of Enslaved too), the action against the alien squidbots is all sorts of fun. As with other 2013 games, it's all about the stealth and bow and arrow attacks. Sure, you can go loud and play it like all the other FPS games on the planet, but we promise you'll have more fun playing it like a stealthy ninja. Actually, that's a good rule for life in general. #Be more ninja.
Thanks to sejm at HotUkDeals.
Think your wallet can take around hit? Because it's time for round two of Steam's Autumn Sale, and there are a quite a few tasty looking deals in the latest batch. Yesterday's batch are still active if you have yet to give it a look, but here's the highlights from today's reductions.
Considering how much we've banged on about how good it is, we'd be surprised if you haven't bought a copy yet, but if you still have yet to it this is an absolute bargain for Firaxis' reboot of the classic strategy series.
At this price there's pretty much no excuse to give this rather dark yet utterly charming observation puzzle adventure title a try. Glory to Arkstozka!
It's one of the lowest prices we've seen for the game that still causes heated debates to this day. Regardless, for £4 it's certainly worth a go. Two pieces of advice though - use a gamepad, and don't trust treasure chests. EVER.
For the rest of today's deals, which include Don't Starve, Final Fantasy VII, and Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition, head over to the main page of Steam.
Cheap, saving, bargain. All three of these words are brilliant for SEO, but they're also perfect ways to describe this deal, which lets you pay a quid for a DICE game with a great singleplayer campaign AND multiplayer component. The last time that happened, in fact. We wish that Battlefield 4 had been Battlefield 4: Bad Company - who's with us? Many thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!
Say goodbye to your that lovely paycheck you're about to get, or that tidy little saving you've been working on for a while - the Steam Autumn Sale is here and it demands tribute. In the form of cash, though - don't go sending blood sacrifices to Valve, that would be weird.
It's the usual setup of nine big deals being thrown at us every 24 hours (each lasting for 2 days) with a community-voted flash deal every 8 hours. We've taken the liberty of highlighting some of the stand-out offerings from the current selection.
Here's a great chance to catch up with Telltale's rather excellent marriage of light adventure gameplay and storytelling. While you don't get the 300 Days DLC with this purchase, that too has also been reduced to £1.99 should you wish to have more zombie-filled shenanigans.
It's been featured in many a deal over the last few years, and it isn't the cheapest we've seen this fall to, but if you still haven't gotten to picking up United Front Games' excellent open world crime-filled caper this is a great chance to do so. All of the DLC is reduced as well, meaning you can get extra missions or outfits with bonus abilities for relatively cheap.
This one has been in development for quite some time, but it has received praise for its homage to management games like Theme Park and Dungeon Keeper. While a standard copy will cost you a tenner, you can get all of Introversion Software's games (as well as the opportunity to create a prisoner NPC) by getting one of the most expansive packs.
To see the rest of the list, which include Skyrim, Antichamber, and Outlast, head over to the main page of Steam.
Sanctum 2 is one of my favourite games of this year. Blending tower defence and FPS action for up to four simultaneous players, it offers both strategy and moment-to-moment action. GamersGate's £3.00 price is a bit of a bargain, frankly, a cheap saving that even undercuts The Humble Store's recent deal.
The price continues to tumble for Infinite, with this being the cheapest we've seen the PC version for. Overall this deal from GameFly will save you nearly £15, which is an absolute bargain.
Is it the masterpiece we waited so patiently for? The jury is still out on that one despite it being months since it release, but in our review Matt described it as "a thoroughly engrossing rollercoaster ride in a crumbling, thought-provoking paradise." For just over a fiver, I'd say it's worth entering Columbia and finding out for yourself. Thanks to jmss @ HUKD!
We’re into the third week of our six-week journey, taking a look at the classes you’ll be able to run around as in WildStar. Need to catch up on the other two? Consider this helpful mini-hub the saviour to your terrible ignorance:
So now we’re back up to speed and ready to roll, it’s time to dive into the class that, rather understandably, has been the most popular amongst the community and the closed beta testers – the Spellslinger, a space cowboy who uses ranged attacks and abilities whilst wielding a pair of blasters to decimate their foes. I mean, come on, it’s not too hard to understand its popularity. It’s basically as if Carbine Studios took Han Solo, Mal Reynolds, Roy Mustang (or whoever your favourite weaver of elemental spells is, although the Colonel is pretty badass) and Nightcrawler, blended them together, and created a ranged class so wonderful that I cannot find the words to describe how amazing a combination it is.
So this picture of a joyful otter will have to illustrate it for me.