Heavy Bullets is a heady blend of twitchy FPS action and Roguelike-style exploration that looks violently gorgeous in motion. Unlike many Early Access projects and competing shooters, it's elegant, simple and devastatingly effective.
"If you like your shooters tough, your visuals hot and your nerves shredded, you can buy with confidence," I wrote in our 8/10 review.
Sure, you could buy with confidence... but wouldn't you rather win a copy for free? Well now's your chance, courtesy of Devolver Digital who've provided us with four Steam codes to give away!
All you have to do is leave a comment below! We're keeping it dead simple this time. You can tell us about yourself, wax lyrical about the game or make some terrible puns (go on, you know you want to), but the four winners will ultimately be determined by random selection. Good luck!
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Competition closes Thursday 26th September at 17:00. Winners will be notified and sent their Steam code to the email address associated with their Dealspwn account, so please make sure to use a valid email address!
Platform: PC (£6.99)
Developer: Terri Vellmann
Publisher: Devolver Digital
Don't let the garish screenshots fool you. Heavy Bullets is one of the most elegant games released in years.
These days, shooters are obsessed with being the biggest. They crave the most features. The most polygons. The most connected worlds, the biggest DLC libraries, the most modes, the most maps, the shiniest companion apps, the biggest franchise potential, the widest audience. And they bloat themselves into huge shambling monstrosities in the process.
In comparison, Heavy Bullets is an E-Type Jaguar parked on a Southend seafront cruise or Kate Middleton's dress in an episode of My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. A strong and simple idea, executed as stylishly and solidly as possible, designed with as few moving parts and extraneous details as possible to obtain the required result. Throughout a procedurally-generated dungeon, you'll blast a menagerie of virtual beasties while jealously hoarding your limited resources, blending the permadeath progression and exploration of of a Roguelike with the nervy twitch reflexes of an old-school shooter.
As such, Heavy Bullets is the very definition of a game that perfectly achieves what it sets out to do - no more, no less.Click here to read more...
Why does Sonic need a car? Good question, but the answer is a resounding, "because it's really fun." Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed is a fantastic kart racer that gives Mario Kart a run for its money at times, and cheap as chips on The Humble Store right now. Thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!
Drunken Robot Pornography | The Humble Store | £2.49 (RRP: £6.99)
Accurately described as a "3D First-person bullet-hell giant robot boss-battle(Titans) action" game, Drunken Robot Pornography is yet another violently colourful masterwork from the folks at Dejobaan games. It's crazy, slick, engaging and an absolute steal at £2.49.
Risk Of Rain really is a superb little game, offering frenzied old-school run & gun platforming with compelling Rogue-ish progression. Deployed onto a hostile planet as one of a bevy of unique classes, you'll race to blast through hordes of foes in procedurally-generated levels as the difficulty inexorably mounts up over time, constantly weighing up grinding with the need to keep pushing forward. Loads of unlockables and sensational replayability make it an absolute steal, as we explain in our Editor's Choice review.
Avast matey! If you haven't played Assassin's Creed IV yet, £6.66 will save you a whole chest of doubloons. Thanks to LagunaLoire @ HUKD!
The Masterplan is like a top-down Payday in many ways. The Early Access version of Shark Punch's hold 'em up is just a smattering of levels at this point, but already there's something glorious about the whole affair. Much like Starbreeze's criminal FPS, you're given a location, some intel, and it's your job to get and get out with the swag, hopefully before anyone calls the police.
Here's the official blurb:
Drawing inspiration from both legendary tactical turn-based games and classic heist movies alike, the goal of The Masterplan is to put together the right crew, get the right equipment, and finally plan and execute the biggest heist ever.
Set in the early 1970s, the game features beautiful hand-drawn 2D art and an authentic soundtrack recorded by a real band. The gameplay blends a physics-based world and a clever AI system with an easy to approach "real time with pause" user interface.
The user interface is lovely, keeping things simple and allowing players to better survey the area, identify obstacles and issues quickly, and try to plan out the perfect heist. Left-click to select, right-click to move and aim and interact, and there are a selection of useful hotkeys for brandishing weapons and (this is easy to forget at first) concealing them once more. Simple stuff, but when applied to an intricate tapestry of guard patrols, security cameras, a steady stream of potential witnesses, and obstinately locked doors, The Masterplan really comes alive. I have to talk about the music as well, because it's simply superb. The band recordings conducted for this game have brought an aural "crime caper" soundscape into the mix, with the dizzying horns rising and falling as the drama in the level unfolds and is dealt with. It's brilliant stuff.
It's early days indeed on the content side of things, but the core gameplay works very nicely indeed as it stands. I rather hope that the toolset of your goons expands as you progress, and I'm eager to see what other systems can be brought it to further deepen the options available to players. There's some serious potential here, but it hinges on building upon the solid foundation with some scope and ambition. One of the best things about Payday 2 was the manner in which you could specialise, and the persistent nature of progression. Borrowing those systems wholesale for this wouldn't work, but it'd be nice to see a simple continuity in your goons much like Cannon Fodder or XCOM -- improved efficiency in certain areas through use, perhaps, and (hopefully) the ability to name them ourselves. It's a simple device, but it fosters a surprisingly strong connection.Click here to read more...
Chances are that everyone who wants Left 4 Dead 2 already owns it, unless you happen to be Australian. Thankfully the ban on the uncut full version has now been lifted down under, so Steam are throwing a deal for everyone to celebrate. Thanks to ferreirm @ HUKD!
Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition | Steam | £1.04 (RRP: £6.99)
Come get some.
The Bundle Stars Arctic Bundle predictably contains a number of games set (and even developed) in colder climates. £1.89 will net you the excellent Syberia adventures, along with Scratches, Nikopol, Post Mortem and Still Life 1 & 2. Niche, definitely, but stonkingly cheap too.
Thanks to LilHammerette @ HUKD!
I'm not sure why Deep Silver comissioned the awful Sacred 3 when Sacred Citadel does its job a hundred times better. Neat classes, great brawling, no messing - with a few foibles that can be forgiven for a ridiculous £0.68. Epic in local co-op, accept no substitute. Read our full review for details.
Deal expires at 06:00 tomorrow (September 16th).
Platform: PC (Steam, £5.99, releases tomorrow)
Developer: Curve Studios
Oh yes. Iron Fisticle is the good stuff.
Reckless innovation isn't the only way to make a cracking boutique game. Take a classic genre from yesteryear as a foundation, then build a rock-solid experience on top of it that's mechanically refined, satisfying to play and forward-thinking without losing the nostalgia factor.
Iron Fisticle nails it: an uncomplicated and deeply wholesome fusion of Robotron and Gauntlet that absolutely delivers where it counts. Hectic action, a fantastic arsenal, deceptively deep moment-to-moment action and an addictive progression system that makes each game over a little victory of its own. It's not going to change the face of the industry, but it's bloody good fun.Click here to read more...
Starpoint Gemini 2 is out soon, and it's already quite brilliant. Mixing real-time 3D space combat with exploration, RPG progression and fleet strategy, the early access build's freeform sandbox mode is a lot of fun... but the story and campaign is still an unknown quantity. It's out of Early Access and into v1.0 very soon, with a 40% discount if you take the plunge now. Our preview is on site if you want to know more.
Here's another great opportunity for latecomers to grab the entire Alan Wake franchise -- or more accurately the excellent PC version of Alan Wake and its neat downloadable follow-up Alan Wake's American Nightmare. £4.64 is well worth it if you like your horror of the uncanny Twin Peaks variety. Thanks to fattyuk @ HUKD!
Shadowgrounds | The Humble Store | 39p (Steam RRP: £3.99)
If you're in the market for a bit of hectic top-down shooting, Shadowgrounds is going to be 39p well spent. It's old-school running and gunning at its most ridiculous, and a damn sight better than the Alien Breed reboots. The Humble Bundle will flog you a Steam code at what appears to be a 90% saving. Thanks to the ever-vigilant jaystan @ HUKD!
GOG.com's weekend promo may be 'indie-tastic,' but their 6th birthday sale is the real deal. There are bargains galore until 11:00 BST tomorrow, including classics like System Shock 2 and Urban Chaos to the likes of Divinity: Dragon Commander, the Rise Of The Triad reboot, Reus and Avernum: The Complete saga at massive discounts. Also Leisure Suit Larry.
Click here to see the selection and behold the savings below.
Be sure to wish them a happy birthday... and thank jaystan @ HUKD for the find!Click here to read more...
The weekend is only a few short hours away, as evidenced by another GOG.com sale kicking off.
Indie games are our discounts du jour, including some absolutely screaming deals on some great niche titles you probably haven't tried. My personal recommendations (with links to our reviews!) include the utterly addictive Desktop Dungeons at £4.61, Gemini Rue and Primordia for £1.84, Redshirt at £1.53 and thought-provoking adventure Ether One for £4.92.
Some usual Bundle suspects like To The Moon and Macharium round out the offerings, so be sure to check your Steam backlog just in case.
Some say that Real Time Strategy is a dying genre, but Eugen Systems are having none of it. After shifting a million copies of Wargame, the passionate PC studio plans to bring the RTS back to its roots.
Act Of Aggression may be the spiritual successor to 2005's Act Of War, but judging by what Eugen co-founder Alexis Le Dressay showed me at Gamescom 2014, it's also set to be a spiritual revival of the classic fast-paced, over-the-top and brutal RTS action we once adored in the Command & Conquer days.
Set in the 2020s, Act Of Aggression sees three factions fighting over real-world locations in the strategic equivalent of a Clancy-esque techno thriller. The US' conventional military might faces off against the shadowy Cartel: a high-tech criminal syndicate who tacitly fund a vast number of PMCs, bringing sleek and futuristic tech to the table. Like the Brotherhood of NOD, perhaps, only eschewing religion for big business and bigger tanks. Finally, the United Nations rely on the Chimera; a hardbitten Private Military contractor empowered to act on their behalf.
The stage is set for epic showdowns on asymmetrical maps, with the time-honoured gameplay pillars of resource collection, base-building, tech trees and high-octane combat between dozens of powerful units and aircraft. However, despite its old-school pretensions, Act Of Aggression is loaded with cutting-edge new features that make real strategy the key to victory.Click here to read more...
Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning is a seriously big game, and one that balances exploration and character skill development with exciting moment-to-moment combat. The fantasy setting is thoroughly uninspired and as insipid as they come, but there's no quibbling with the raw value. The DLC and 'full version' is also on sale, Tsung reminds us in the comments.
Thanks once again to jaystan @ HUKD!