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.
Basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal has decided that the time is right to relaunch Shaq Fu. Yes, the classic yet utterly awful beat'em up is set to receive a spiritual PC sequel with stylish visuals, a compelling upgrade system and, perhaps, enjoyable gameplay this time.
However, the multi-millionaire very much like you to pay $450,000 towards it. The project has therefore hit IndieGoGo, sporting a selection of incredible rewards. Such as a single trainer. And the opportunity to become an unpaid concept artist. Or a "two hour meal." For $25,000.
Oh boy. It's possibly the most endearingly, charmingly, hilariously tragic crowd funding campaign since this hopeless mess, but we can't help but crack a smile. Mainly at a photo of Shaq wearing a MoCap suit, admittedly, which we've stashed under the break with more details.Click here to read more...
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.
OnLive has always been somewhat ahead of its time. When it launched back in 2009 we were incredibly excited about it, but the service was hampered by restrictive bandwidth, piss-poor internet infrastructure, and unhelpful ISPs. There were a whole bunch of features that we really liked, married to a UI that was pretty cool, but the whole thing was dependent upon systems beyond the company's control, competing with services that had been around for years.
That's all changed now.
The key difference with the release of OnLive 2.0 is the shift from being a competitive service to a complimentary one. To be honest, that's been the case with cloud gaming and its perception in general -- we're not in a place where streaming can supplant offline media in this industry, but that doesn't mean they can't overlap.
The biggest addition to the service is a new initiative called CloudLift. The idea is that you buy a game on a digital marketplace and it also unlocks on OnLive, meaning that you buy that game once and then take it with you wherever you go. Better yet, this includes Steam games. Sync your Steam account with your OnLive account and you'll get Steam codes for the games you buy on OnLive, and you'll be able to start your game at home on your PC, then fire it up on your tablet or phone with the OnLive app, and carry on from where you left off via cloud saving.
Essentially CloudLift gives you access to streaming versions of games you already downloaded, and OnLive is the only service that offers cloud play as part of a game purchase.Click here to read more...
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
In a recent, wide-ranging interview, Respawn Entertainment's Vince Zampella addressed the recent leaks -- "at some point you just have to throw up your arms and say, ‘alright, you got us’" -- as well as lifting the lid on the DLC plans for Titanfall, and confirming that the game will offer a Season pass discount for the game's DLC to those who want to invest early.
Zampella also addressed the multiplayer focus for the game and explained why there's no singleplayer component to Titanfall.Click here to read more...
The Walking Dead - Season 1 | £5.24 | Green Man Gaming
The Walking Dead - Season 1 is currently gloriously cheap over at Green Man Gaming. That works out at just over a quid per episode, which is an absolute steal. Plus you can pick up the bridging episode between seasons one and two -- titled 400 Days -- for just 99p at the moment too.
Do it for Clementine.
So Football Manager 2014 is now under a tenner at GreenManGaming, so long as you remember to use the code OQE4LG-WEQPSE-SMCME1.
This is very dangerous indeed. Not because it's a bad game -- far from it. In fact FM14 is an absolute cracker of a game, th eonly game you'll ever need perhaps. But that's the problem. For less than ten pounds it will steal your life and you'll wake up several months later having guided a non-league team into the top flight, but you'll probably have lost your spouse and your job and your feet will have been eaten by wolves. And you never noticed.
Probably. Nice spot jaystan.
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.
Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
This generation of consoles hasn’t had the best run for licensed tie-ins or traditional RPG experiences. And now, as it winds to a close, the two genres get one last chance in an odd-sounding hybrid. A South Park RPG.
How do you fit South Park into an RPG experience? Simple, just have the kids pretending to be on an epic adventure with elves, mages, wizards and warriors. Adults may know it as LARPing (Live Action Role Playing (like in the movie Role Models), but to the kids of South Park, they’re simply playing outside.
You play as the new kid in town and are able to create your own South Park avatar from scratch, which is an excellent way to get us in the game. For story reasons, it wouldn’t have made sense for us to pick one of the show’s usual four characters.
Cartman has recruited you to his side in the war against the elves for the titular Stick of Truth –yep, it’s just a stick on a velvet cushion. It’s twice as silly as it sounds, but the one-liners and ‘I’m going to hell for laughing at that’ moments come at you at a steady pace, ensuring near constant amusement. Parker and Stone’s presence can be felt throughout the game’s core and it’s such a relief that the humour and style has been nailed so well as this could have so easily been a bog standard RPG with South Park characters painted in.Click here to read more...
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...