Ubisoft should be congratulated for taking risks on experimental digital games, and this one's a doozy. Valiant Hearts provides non-combat puzzles set in World War One, designed to show the human dramas behind the miserable carnage. It's very different, educational, thought-provoking and frankly the sort of thing that we'd like to see more of. Anyway, it's out now and the PC version will set you back £9.00 at Greenman Gaming with their APIZS9-460INI-BL4WZ9 voucher code.
Wildstar is the big new MMORPG of the moment, and Carl has been keeping us up to date with the very latest in his epic protracted review. The short version is that Wildstar is more fun, colourful and plain bigger than most MMOs out there and is likely to earn its subscription.
If you want to get in on the ground floor, you can grab the game and a month of play time for less than £27 at Greenman Gaming. Be sure to use the APIZS9-460INI-BL4WZ9 voucher code at checkout!
Today's big-ticket deals are a mixed bag with some serious highlights, which we've linked directly to our reviews. Excellent fantasy 4X game Age Of Wonders III is on sale for £14.99, while tough hex-based strategy title Blackguards is well worth considering at £10.19. Torchlight 2 is no stranger to cheap deals, but worth grabbing if you don't own the pitch-perfect dungeon crawler already, while complete editions for Metro: Last Light and Fallout New Vegas are on hand for thrifty completionists.
However, the biggest bargain is to be found in the community choice section, as you can pick up Blackwell Legacy for a ridiculous £0.39 until 02:00! A sure-fire hit for adventure game fans, who might be better suited in picking up the £1.49 bundle.
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Nidhogg is easily the cream of the crop here. Many gamers loved the idea of a hectic local multiplayer fencing game, but couldn't bring themselves to stump up £11 for the privilege. £3.73 might well be more your speed. Here's our full review. Otherwise, Space Hulk is more palatable at a cool £1.90, deeply mediocre as it is.
Developer: Codemasters Racing
GRID Autosport doesn't have an in-car cockpit view. It has two in-car cockpit views.
Despite releasing a scant twelve months after GRID 2, Codemasters' latest track racer addresses every criticism that fans levelled at last year's mixed effort. And then some. Awkward drift-heavy handling has been replaced by tight grippy simulation. Instead of no driving assists whatsoever, we can access every optional helping hand imaginable, letting us scale the experience to our specifications. An idiotic story about social media gives way to a freeform campaign that Milestone would be proud of, complete with five totally different disciplines and AI that fights back, preparing drivers for an enormous multiplayer suite powered by the RaceNet sevice.
In short it's everything that dedicated racing fans wanted from GRID 2... but by tuning, tweaking and expanding upon practically everything in the package, GRID Autosport is also deeply impressive in its own right.
You could even argue that it's five track racers in one, spanning TOCA to tyre-shredding street showdowns.Click here to read more...
Relic have listened to their fanbase. It's taken a year, but the Public Games List option is now absolutely A Thing you can have in Company of Heroes 2 thanks to the arrival of a standalone expansion pack that sees the focus of the war move from the Siberian wastes and the Eastern Front across to a whole bunch of battlefields in and around Belgium. Finally, finally there's a server list to make configuring online multiplayer matches that much easier. It's about damn time.
In many ways, The Western Front Armies feels like an old-school expansion rather than the DLC drops we tend to see these days. Though there's nothing new per se for singleplayer strategy fans to get stuck into in terms of campaign missions, but TWFA's release heralds the arrival of two new factions: the US Allied forces and the Oberkommando West Axis army for a bunch of skirmish shenanigans, and online battles. Company of Heroes has always been a series where the offline components are really just the means by which you get to grips with the depth of tactical systems before taking your strategic brain online and pitting your abilities against other armchair generals across the globe.
The Western Front Armies doesn't require the base game so if you want to jump straight in at the deep end, you absolutely can, but here's how it works:
You're essentially purchasing the use of the new factions, along with the usual COH2 multiplayer modes, and the various tweaks and improvements that Relic have made over the last twelve months. You can buy the use of the US or Oberkommando West forces individually for around a tenner, or pay five quid more to bag them both. That needs you all of teh COH2 multiplayer goodness you could want (Theatre of War content aside), along with AI skirmish options for your purchased factions if you fancy a little bit of offline practice. You won't be able to play as the Soviet or Wehrmacht forces if you don't own the base game, but you will be able to play against COH2 veterans who haven't upgraded, so the player pool is kept nice and large. Better yet, there's no real map restriction. As well as the eight new maps included with TWFA, you'll be able to play on any of the original COH2 maps as long as one of the players in your match has the base game.
But you can buy the complete base game for less than the price of one multiplayer faction in TWFA, so what's new?Click here to read more...
Are you ready for big big savings? Obscure Electric Six references aside, the question is valid, because the latest Steam flash sales are actually rather tasty indeed. Fantastic brawler Guacamelee Gold Edition is astonishingly competitive with change for £2, while Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed and DiRT 3 are both DiRT cheap.
The wildcard is StarForge, an early access procedural craftbox that makes big promises but isn't guaranteed to deliver on any of them ever. Buy at your own risk.
An absolutely mad price for a truly forward-thinking shooter. Unlockables and cosmetics are at a premium, but the maps are plentiful and the mechanics are truly extraordinary. Still playing this regularly. Thanks to BuzzDuraband @ HUKD!
Some tasty deals today, both on big hitters and little indie sleeper hits.
Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition and ArmA III are both big bargains, joined by the LEGO Movie Videogame at a very reasonable £5.74. On the indie side of things, FTL Advanced Edition is an utterly stupendous thief of time (and a bargain with its massive bundled DLC pack at £2.79), while Surgeon Simulator provides gory laughs for £1.74.
If you're interested, my personal pick of the litter is Insurgency for £4.94, which is a great price for this cut-throat and ruthlessly authentic shooter. I didn't hesitate to deploy our Editor's Choice Award.
Even Nether isn't too awful at £2.19 -- but do read our 4/10 review before touching it. In fact, do read all of our reviews. What do you think those links lead to, exactly?!
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Some serious bargains to be had here. Forced is a great co-operative puzzler disguised as a MOBA, while Awesomenauts is a MOBA and a good one at that. If you're ready for some major tapping, Magic 2014 is an utter steal at £1.74, while Hitman Absolution is absolutely cheap at a cheerful £2.99.
Platforms: PC | PS4 | Xbox One (reviewed)
Developer: Red Barrels
I'm so glad that I didn't have to review Outlast.
Despite picking up the first-person asylum crawler in a January GOG sale, it was too late to critique and that suited me just fine. The first hour creeped me out enough to turn on the lights, quit to desktop and then procrastinate for the best part of six months; blaming my review workload rather than my lily-liver. I don't scare easy, but Outlast terrified me effortlessly. It then released on PS4 as a PlayStation Plus freebie, but since I haven't bought the console yet, I assumed that one of my comrades would take the plunge.
They didn't. Never mind. We'll have to do without a review on-site, then, since Microsoft's indie parity clause means that there'll never be an Xbox One version that I'll have to review as the only Dealspwn staff member who owns the system. Right?
Oh bugger.Click here to read more...
Brendan reckons that there's plenty to keep us occupied this year, but the new console generation is set to kick off in the third week of February 2015. An indiscreet Microsoft store listing seems to have outed Rocksteady's Batman: Arkham Knight's release date as February 24th, putting it straight up against The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
As massive third-party sequels that promise to be true 'next-gen' games as opposed to scalable cross-gen ports, both of these titles represent the true end of the last generation and beginning of the new one in gaming terms. For now, finish your backlog and prepare your wallets. 2015 is going to be utterly insane before we've even made it to Spring.
Batman vs Geralt. Who's your money on? Personally, I foresee a sizeable financial dent and a mysterious week-long illness in my future. February is flu season after all...
The legendary theme can only mean one thing: big savings on Mortal Kombat in the Steam Summer Sale. For the next eight hours, you can grab the Komplete Edition, a heavyweight DLC-packed brawler with a decidedly lightweight price.
I'd also recommend picking up Sanctum 2, a sublime tower defence/FPS fusion that actually works, but I'm disappointed that Steam's incredibly cheap flash sale price is actually 40p dearer than previous deals.
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This mad Kickstarted RTS is one of the most outrageous, high-octane and ludicrous examples of the genre I've ever played, even in Early Access. Halfway between Total Annihilation and Supreme Commander -- because it's made by the same designers -- you'll wage total war with hundreds of units, orbital weaponry and smash planets into each other for the fun of it. The new Galactic War mode adds singleplayer shenanigans into the mix, letting you get the hang of its crazy gameplay before getting involved online.
Thanks to Steam's summer sale, you can save a cool £20 over the next 30 hours. Well worth a punt if you're curious, even in its beta state.
After the lengthy presentations on day zero of E3 concluded, I couldn't shake the feeling that there really wasn't much to look forwards to in the next few months. Every exciting trailer or tantalising CG reveal blasted the same message: come back and see me in 2015, Brendan.
This would seem the case for most console owners, be it PS4, Wii U or Xbox One. As a PS4 owner though, I felt there was that little bit less to look forwards to though. Sitting through the Microsoft presser and watching them make it all about the games, there was no getting around the fact they were having an amazing show.
I've never been a Halo fan, but for those that are, the lack of many new games to play at Christmas doesn't seem too bad when they get to replay their old favourites with a next-gen lick of paint. Perhaps, it’s just the lack of interesting Holiday exclusives that are getting me down.
Well, you know what; it’s time to buck up. Before Auld Lang Syne drowns out the chimes welcoming in 2015, there are still some incredible games on their way on PS4. Does it really matter that they’re coming to the PC and XO too? Of course it doesn’t.Click here to read more...
Head over to CDKeys.com's Facebook page (link above) and give them a 'like' to get a unique 5% discount code. You can unlike and like again if you've done this before. For the length of Watch Dogs' story, the unique hacking opportunities will keep you hooked, as there’s nothing else quite like it out there. But outside of the hacking, police chases go on too long, side-missions feel repetitive, the audio diaries or home hacks aren’t that interesting and never try to form a bigger picture of the story a la Assassin’s Creed’s extras. It’s a shame, as the game undoubtedly breaks new ground with the hacking opportunities both behind the wheel or when sneaking around on foot. Much like the first Assassin’s Creed, the game has struggled with its own hype, but as history shows, Ubisoft are more than capable of turning this into an essential series if they can make the world and the gameplay around the hacking more interesting too.
Thanks to climara at HotUkDeals.
New fighting game IPs are a rare thing nowadays, but we really hope Skullgirls is going to stick around. The roster may be small, but each character has their own unique style. It's a better idea than developing loads of characters with very similar movesets (think Street Fighter's Ken, Ryu, Dan, Akuma etc). Casual fighter fans may find this a little too hardcore, but genre regulars looking for a new challenge should stop pretending they're enjoying BlazBlue and give this a go.
The Swapper | Steam | £2.39
The critically acclaimed platforming puzzler is making its way to the Sony platforms in August, but there's no way it'll be this cheap. Steam have hacked 80% off the price, leaving no excuse for you not to try out this atmospheric title that sees you navigating the depths of a far away planet with a device that clones yourself in order to beat the puzzles.
Despite a general distaste for time-consuming games that offer little reward (I'm looking at you Minecraft and Dont' Starve), Terraria managed to pull me in for ages when I played the 360 version last year. Favouring a 2D take on the genre, you must craft buildings and items to survive each night's attacks from the undead while digging further down into the earth to eventually make your way to hell. Worlds are randomly generated, so you'll never know what lies ahead in the darkness, but finding that special object to craft that axe upgrade or fancy new hat is way more fun than it should be.
Final Fantasy VII | Steam | £3.39
Do you have a dark secret in your gaming past? Did you never actually play Final Fantasy VII? It's ok (it really isn't though), we won't tell, just make sure you get over to Steam and snap it up for £3.39. Go on, they've included widescreen support to ease you in gently, which is more than the PSN version ever got. The classic JRPG is arguably the most responsible game for popularising the genre in the West and still offers an excellent turn-based combat system and compelling story.
This is easily the cheapest price we've seen the Legendary Edition of Skyrim. This comes with all of the expansion DLC released for the game. The PC version is the least broken version when compared to the console releases too. We'd heartily recommend this over the new Elder Scrolls Online as there are months of exploring available and you don't have to pay a ridiculous monthly fee for the pleasure.
Thanks to BattleMoose87 at HotUkDeals.
Metal Slug 3 | Steam | £2.03
Everyone should own at least one Metal Slug game, and for £2 there's never been a better excuse. Plus, unlike most of the games you're buying on Steam this weekend, it's short enough for you to actually finish. Metal Slug has long been regarded as the king of old school side-scrolling shooters and feels as fun today as it did all those years ago. Fingers crossed we'll see some new material soon though.