LEGO Batman 3 is a must-buy for DC superfans.
You'll rarely see a licensed game with this much love and respect for the source material, nor attention to detail. Going beyond Gotham City, hence the title, TT Games have assembled more than 150 characters from throughout nearly eighty years of franchise continuity, all with their trademark skills, gadgets, costumes and personality. Wonder-Woman doesn't just wield her Lasso Of Truth and bracelets, rather her 1970s theme song blares out every time she takes to the skies. DC mainstays like Green Lantern and The Flash rub shoulders with Firefly, the Condiment King, Mister Mxyzptlk, The Green Loontern, Plastic Man and BatCow.
Even Adam West -- The One True Batman -- steals the show with frequent cameos and a bonus stage that could curl Cesar Romero's moustache.
The story is similarly excellent. In stark contrast to DC's own convoluted crossovers and crises, LEGO Batman 3 tells a ripping yarn as the Justice League teams up with legendary villains to defeat Brainiac, who's attempting to steal the Earth's major cities with his shrink ray. Stuffed full of subtle in-jokes, larger-than-life humour, great voice acting and a little LEGO slapstick, all of the cast act in caricatured yet deeply believable ways, at least until a mishap involving the Lantern Rings sees several characters assume hilarious temporary new personalities. It's an absolute riot and arguably worth the price of admission by itself.
A good thing too, because this deep respect and love for the universe carries what is otherwise a disappointingly unambitious LEGO title.Click here to read more...
The Talos Principle is what happens when the creators of Serious Sam and The Swapper get together: a first-person puzzler with imaginative laser mechanics and a medieval setting. Better yet, though, you can secure a cheap PC deal on The Humble Store, which will save you nearly a £10 versus the Steam RRP and £3 versus Greenman Gaming's latest voucher code!
In stark contrast to Serious Sam, The Talos Principle boasts a deeper narrative, explorable non-linear world and thought-provoking puzzles, powered by the impressive visuals of Serious Engine 3. Previews are positive, and though we'd always recommend caution when pre-ordering, this is currently the cheapest The Talos Principle deal on the market thanks to the fact that The Humble Store actually understands and respects exchange rates.
The deal ends tomorrow, but if you have time, try to check out the public test/demo on Steam!
Injustice: Gods Among Us is awesome. It manages to make the Worst Superhero Ever and make him interesting in ways he's never been before. Superman goes bad, ladies and gents, it's a lot of fun.
This little digital deal is a bit of a steal,a nd the Ultimate Edition packs in six new playable characters, over 30 new skins, and 60 new S.T.A.R. Labs missions to go along with the main game. Netherrealm did a fine job on this one. Hell, they even managed to make Aquaman cool! Splendid spot by oUkTuRkEyIII!
Crack out the hat and the whip, the LucasArts Adventure Pack is just £6.99 on Steam right now.
The LucasArts Adventure Pack includes the fantastic Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Loom, and The Dig. Cheers jaystan!
It looks as though GOG have just relaunched a bunch of the discounted bundles they've offered over the past week once again for the next twenty-four hours. What that means is that you have another chance to grab some ridiculous savings and some serious PC games deals. You can click here to head over to GOG right now, but here are a few specific favourites:
There are many more besides, including deals we've already posted here such as the Theme Rollercoaster Bundle, the Best of Bullfrog bundle. Get going!
Cheap PC game deals are going to be ten-a-penny come Cyber Monday, but as usual, digital distributors are making merry in the run up to Christmas. Sword Of The Stars II: Enhanced Edition is a steal at only £3 at Bundle Stars, at least, if you aren't already charting the wild black yonder in Starpoint Gemini 2.
Sword Of The Stars II was an absolute mess at launch, but the Enhanced Edition has fixed and improved almost every facet of the game. The lore, expansion and real-time battles are a lot of fun, though a restrictive 'mission' system and substandard tutorial ensures that we're looking at more of a Masters Of Orion 3 as opposed to Masters Of Orion 2. Still, again, £3, there's a difference between a great game and a great deal - this is the latter.
Value gameplay above all else? Well, Rogue Legacy might just be for you. A Metroidvania-meets-roguelike mashup, Rogue Legacy can be had for under two quid at GOG for the next few hours.
Also, remember to keep checking in with the stamp window on GOG's frontpage to ensure that you nab yourself a free copy of The Witcher 2. Seven stamps are all you need!
There are still five hours to go if you want to pick up the Thief series cheaply at GOG. The site is selling Thief 1-3 as part of their Big Fall Sale for under a fiver, which is a bit of a steal, but you'll have to be quick.
The modern reboot was a little disappointing, but the classic originals still hold up exceptionally well, so if you're in the mood for a spot of stealthy kleptomania this Christmas, definitely snap these up in the next few hours.
Assassin’s Creed Unity is seriously tough. Even when the various glitches and bugs aren’t making Arno’s life hell, there are plenty of other factors that make pulling off hits an unforgiving gauntlet of snipers and swordsman. We feel your pain though, and have come up with seven top tips to put you on the right path. And no, one of them isn’t buy Assassin’s Creed Rogue instead. I eventually came up with a seventh in the end. Happy hunting!
There are many skills to buy with points awarded for completing story missions and you’ll have to selective as to which ones you choose. As tempting as it is to go for all the health enhancements, you’re better buying skills that keep you out of combat first. So pick up the disguise one early on for a measly two points. It will allow you to briefly don the uniform of anyone you target and can make slipping past a few guards much easier than trying to sneak past on their blind side.
This doesn’t just allow you to open treasure chests, giving you more cash to blow on swords and armour, there are also plenty of opportunities to unlock doors and windows. This means you can open up shortcuts during missions and often stay clear of larger groups of guards. Also, being able to pick locks of prison cell doors (escaping convicts is always a nice distraction for the guards) means you won’t have to steal the key from the bloke strolling around with a brace of goons. Be sure to regularly visit the store for extra lockpicks too as some of the tougher locks will probably break a lot of them until you can afford to upgrade the skill.Click here to read more...
Remember when Ubisoft said they didn't have the resources to include female character models for the co-op mode Assassin's Creed Unity? Well, Ubi, what the hell are these two doing? I'm pretty sure those are boobs.
It would seem Ubisoft found enough 'resources' to include a bit of eye-candy around the Brotherhood. To be fair, it doesn't look like these two are using the 8000 animations that apparently would have been required to include female character models in the co-op mode.
But on the other hand, how many of those animations are used already for Elise who has numerous in-game appearances alongside Arno. So far, we've seen her fight and run, but admittedly no climbing. But we're thinking a large proportion of the work must have been done already.
We've heard that Ubi just didn't have the resources to do all the mo-cap sessions again with female actors/parkour athletes who we're led to believe move differently to their male counterparts. Considering all the rough edges found in Assassin's Creed Unity though, we're going to have to call bullshit there. If only Ubisoft had had some experience of creating a female Assassin before, maybe for a spinoff or something? Oh wait...
Would any of us really have noticed if the male animations were used for female character models? A slight change of outfit and maybe some round shapes under their tops (we're not asking for Dead or Alive esque boob physics) and you're away. Sure, I've over-simplified it somewhat, but I'm probably not as far off as you'd think either.Click here to read more...
Fallout: New Vegas is going super cheap right now at GameKeysNow. If you're looking for a deep, rich timesink this Christmas, or a world to immerse yourself in while stuffed with turkey, give this a look.
Fallout: New Vegas is an excellent game, stuffed with narrative goodness, cracking mission design, and reams of content. Don't just take my word for it, click here to read our Fallout: New Vegas review.Thanks, has44!
It’s another week closer to Christmas, which means another week packed with more games than sense. Highlights include charging around the Himalayas on the back of an elephant with a machine gun, men in spandex, returning to Los Santos, taking on bloody big dragons with a pointy stick and building blocky civilisations in your pocket. We’ve been warming up for Black Friday a bit early by hunting out the very best of cheap game deals too, so be sure to check out the links to the best prices the net has to offer. Keep an eye on our Deals section too for a regular flow of cheap prices for the best of old and new games.
World War II strategy fans have been waiting for this expansion for a while and according to Matt’s recent hands-on preview, it’s shaping up rather well. Take a look below.
Best Price: G2Play: £22.20Click here to read more...
The Mass Effect Trilogy is one of the finest sagas we've seen in video game history, in fact it's one of the few collections of last-gen games that we'd love to see given the remaster treatment on current-gen consoles. But if you can't wait for that, you can pick up the Mass Effect Trilogy for under a tenner right now on PC.
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If you're looking for a cheap games deals on Paradox Interactive titles, Bundle Stars has you covered. They sell games separately, despite their name, and they're running a huge sale including King Arthur and King Arthur II for £2.00 apiece.
Personally I'd recommend both King Arthur and King Arthur II (click here to read my review, though note that the techncial issues have been sorted since), which are available separately or via a £5.00 double pack including DLC. They're slightly odd hybrids of RTS and choose-your-own adventure, with plenty of rough edges yet plenty of heart if you're a fan of the genre. However, I'd also suggest exercising caution as far as Dungeonland is concerned, which is actually free to play on Steam!
If you like your RPGs old-school, isometric and tactical, this little Spiderweb bundle should be right up your street.
The bundle includes Geneforge Saga, Avernum: The Complete Sags, Avadon: The Black Fortress, and Avadon 2: The Corruption. Click here to take a look at our Avernum review, and you can click here to read our Avadon 2 review.
Calling all rollercoaster tycoons! The Theme Rollercoaster bundle has arrived, and it's a good one. Boasting Rollercoaster Tycoon 1-3 and Theme Park, you can now nab all four games for just £6.66 in the GOG Big Fall Sale.
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Defender's Quest: Valley Of The Forgotten is one of the best games I've played in the last half-decade: a massively replayable fusion of RPG and tower defence. Better yet, it's also incredibly cheap on GOG, saving you £8 versus The Humble Store!
I awarded a 9/10 score in our Defender's Quest Review and the game has only improved since then, offering new features and tweaks, plus a massive free Gold upgrade with new sprites, and an HD version on the way at no extra cost. Remember to check your Steam backlog, though, because it did feature in a Humble Bundle back in September.
The Humble Weekly bundle is a seriously cheap PC games deal regardless of what tier you buy in on, with highlights including Superfrog HD and pretty much all the Worms ever.
As a die-hard Amiga fanboy, I naturally grew up with Team 17, so this bundle makes me rather nostalgic even if it contains the new rubbish Alien Breed, not the awesome original one. To recap: pay what you want for Worms Armageddon. Worms Blast, Worms Ultimate Mayhem, Worms Pinball, Worms Crazy Golf, Superfrog HD and the new Alien Breed Trilogy.
Beat £3.83 to also receive Worms Revolution Gold, Worms Reloaded GOTY, Overruled and Light, or throw down £9.50 for sheep-tastic puzzler Flocker and a Clan Wars 4-pack. Personally I feel that the base tier brings the best value, but let us know what you're buying. Thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!
Is Ninja Blade any good? Absolutely no idea. Is it very very cheap? Why, yes it most certainly is.
NB. Use the code NOVEMB-ERGMGX-20XOFF to get the game at this price.
Our old pal Felix once described Ninja Blade as "Ninja Gaiden without the budget and Itagaki". It's sort of like Ghostbusters, but with disgusting demons instead of ghosts, and high-tech ninjas instead of Bill Murray and Dan Akroyd. Thanks Max1009!
I must admit, the idea of heading back into World of Warcraft after a few years of other MMOs presenting new ideas was an unnerving one. Between Guild Wars 2’s dynamic events, The Secret World’s investigation missions (and sublime storytelling), and WildStar’s slick and exciting combat, it really hit home how aged WoW’s mechanics are. Here’s the thing, though – regardless of the doomsayers predicting its imminent death, there’s something reliable about WoW that ensures it retains its audience. Hell, I’ll go as far as saying that its story has always been enjoyable, its world colourful and filled with variety, and when it wants to go big it does it almost effortlessly. Of course, there’s always the grind to face and an endless loot-hunting spiral, but at least it’s up front about it.
Having sampled the big changes to the game a month ago when patch 6.0.2 was released, I was familiar with the stat squish and reduced class abilities – click here to read all about that - so this article will focus on the new content Warlords of Draenor brings to the table, and my first steps into Draenor to take on the Iron Horde. Before that, here’s a summary on the set-up for the latest expansion. Having been defeated at the end of Mists of Pandaria, the former Warchief of the real Horde, Garrosh Hellscream, has escaped captivity. With some help, he goes to an alternate-past version of Draenor, before it became Outland. Here he meets up with his father, Grommash, stopping his fall to demonic corruption, and unites most of the Orcs under the banner of the Iron Horde. Garrosh's goal? To take this new force to “modern day” Azeroth and crush all those who opposed him, so it’s up to the players to put a stop to his madness once and for all.
And so, as the admins flicked the switch on the servers, I took my Warrior to the Dark Portal and began my journey to Draenor… well, I tried to, anyway.Click here to read more...