The signs were all there. A trailer lacking release date info. LEGO Batman 3 being confirmed for the same month. We should have seen it coming -- we did see it coming -- but just couldn't bring ourselves to believe it.
Gosh, wasn't that dramatic? Long story short, we've lost yet another next-gen Christmas game as Batman: Arkham Knight slips through our eager fingers from October into "2015."Click here to read more...
Watch Dogs has its moments.
Interconnected future Chicago is a hacker's playground. You'll infiltrate heavily guarded compounds without even setting foot in the building, leaping between CCTV cameras like a digital ghost. You'll turn car chases into carnage as you detonate sub-street steam pipes and raise bridges, speeding away from pile-ups that would make Elwood Blues doff his fedora. Vindictive players will terrorise panicking criminals by remotely sending them threatening texts and arming their grenades, an unseen terror who eventually sneaks in to mop up stragglers with a baton and silenced pistol.
When its hacking, gunplay, stealth and driving come together, the result is pure water cooler magic.
Unfortunately these moments are wrapped in an open-world game that's arguably too big, flabby and formulaic for its own good, but they still make Watch Dogs well worth playing.Click here to read more...
EA are currently running a 70% off sale on Origin, which includes a number of big games. Some of which they've already given away for free, mind, but we gave you fair warning at the time!
Highlights include Mirror's Edge for £1.49, Mass Effect 3 for £2.99, Dead Space 3 for £2.99 and more besides. It feels odd to lump 'EA' and 'Player Appreciation' into the same sentence, though - what's your angle? Oh, getting us to use Origin. That's fine, actually. Thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!
If Dishonored managed to pass you by last year and you've got a half-decent PC, you'd be mad to miss this insanely cheap offer. Gamefly's £2.49 deal price is already a fantastic saving, but plugging in the UKJUN15OFF voucher code brings it down even further. A brilliant game for a quarter of the price of a cinema ticket.
You'll get a Steam code. Many thanks to Dealfinder General jaystan @ HUKD!
Crytek parted with a lot of money to grab Homefront in the THQ post-mortem auction, and clearly want to get some serious bang for their buck. Homefront: The Revolution seems set to be a bigger and more impressive game than the divisive original in practically every way, granting players an open-world city to rampage through with three friends. You'll fight the occupying North Korean forces with everything you can, from futuristic vehicles to improvised jury-rigged weapons.
Better yet, it's only coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One, meaning that Crytek should be able to go all-out on the graphical side of things too.Click here to read more...
Sniper Elite 3 releases on June 27th, promising more OTT sharpshooting shenanigans and gory internal bullet kill-cams than you can shake a Mosin Nagant at. And it's also astonishingly cheap to pre-order on PC courtesy of CDKeys, who'll bring their already-cheap £14.70 price down to £13.96 if you like their Facebook page. Thanks to theg @ HUKD!
Platform: Steam Early Access (£7.99)
Developer: Wild Factor
Publisher: Plug In Digital
Humans are pretty great, right? Top of the food chain, master of all we survey. We reckon that we're the pinnacle of evolution, but I think I can do better.
Laser eyes would be a start, as would better productivity, improved strength and perhaps rocket launchers instead of arms. At least, that's the plan and premise of Freaking Meatbags, which tasks us as a robot janitor tasked with stripmining a solar system while keeping the squishy human settlers alive. Because our boss' wife thinks they're cute.
Those poor meatbags don't stand a chance against the hordes of wild robots that roam and pillage throughout the hostile planets, but might make for a loyal free workforce... after a little nightmarish DNA slicing and brain slug implantation for good measure.
Freaking Meatbags initially resembles a fast-paced and hectic fusion of RTS and tower defence gameplay. You'll start out on a relatively compact map with the bare-bones of a base and a handful of nearby humans, who're typically rather lazy yet curious and pleased to see you, following commands to the best of their limited abilities. Silly meatbags. You'll quickly put them to work mining resources -- both building materials and gold required to purchase persistent upgrades -- then erect some defences against an oncoming robotic onslaught.Click here to read more...
Epic Games have released the first footage of their next Unreal Tournament title, which will be free if you haven't already heard the news. Though still in a primitive state, the team has managed to cobble together their first deathmatch, which already features the legendary ASMD zap-booom! combo and wall-dodging hacked in by one of the developers for an unfair advantage. Watch all the totally hilarious and not at all painfully forced hijinks in the video below.
It's still early days for UTF2P (we'll iterate on that acronym), but once the framework takes shape it should result in a deluge of content - both from Epic and from numerous Unreal Engine 4 coding community. Expect only deathmatch at launch, mind, while other modes will be added constantly throughout the game's lifespan.Click here to read more...
If the entire BioShock series has passed you by this generation -- anyone? -- Steam is willing to let you have the entire trilogy with change for a Tenner. The superlative original game still stands tall with its compelling setting and fearsome twist, while 2K Marin's sequel was arguably redundant yet hit hard with a more emotional storyline.
Infinite... speaking personally, I was riveted for the duration but the more I think about it, the less I like it. Still worth playing, though, so you can wade into debating its ambitious plot and moaning about its rubbish tower defence bit. Thanks to Major Soapsuds @ HUKD!
There's nothing quite like Titanfall on the market right now and the combination of massive mechs and jetpacks is all sorts of mad fun. Now's a great time to get involved thanks to the recent DLC drops including the Expedition levels. Be sure to check out Jon's review and have a look at our Titanfall hub to see our videos and articles, including Carl heading online with only a joystick for company.
Thanks to TheClownkiller2 at HotUkDeals.
At £1.72, you really should see what all the fuss is about with the angry little thing that is Hotline Miami. After all, there'll be a sequel for you to get excited about soon too. This is the sort of game that the hacks at The Daily Mail had nightmares about in the 90s. The 8-bit stylings will give older gamers a constant nostalgia rush in this top-down shooter that can be tough as nails, but the frantic gameplay keeps you coming back for more. Don't forget to check out Jon's 9/10 review.
If you're waiting for our Watch Dogs review, sorry, but this isn't it. Our review copy only arrived on Wednesday, so as the start of a new franchise, I'm not willing to pull the trigger until I've tested it to destruction - from ending to endgame content. Expect our final verdict on Monday or Tuesday. However, after putting in a serious shift over the last few days, I can report that it's an interesting blend of different influences that strongly reminds me of all manner of games and movies.
The popular comparison seems to be GTA if you look at numerous user reviews, forum comments and even several critical reviews. Or "GTA-clone" to be less charitable. It's a shame, but totally warranted, since Watch Dogs is fiercely reminiscent of Rockstar's series in its first couple of hours. Once again we find ourselves jacking cars, evading police, running over pedestrians and shooting everything that moves (with much more fluid mechanics than GTA has ever offered, admittedly) in a gritty open-world city, while an embarrassment of nonsensical side-missions seem to be lifted from a checklist of open-world tropes. Time trials, minigames and challenges. Great. We have GTA already.
But that isn't entirely fair, because if you expect Grand Theft Auto and play it like Grand Theft Auto, of course Watch Dogs will remind you of Grand Theft Auto! Conversely, if you go in with an open mind and try to rid yourself of as much hype as possible, Ubisoft's anticipated hybrid feels more like a crazy mash-up of Swordfish, Blues Brothers, Splinter Cell, Paranormal Activity, Dark Souls and even a little Defendor for good measure. So without further ado, here are my current impressions of Watch Dogs both good and bad... and what it reminds me of most.Click here to read more...
Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare does a great job of turning the classic PopCap game into a surprisingly deep team-and-class-based shooter, despite an annoyingly randomised progression system, and the PC version includes all the post-launch DLC at standard. Better yet, SimplyCDKeys will part with a pre-order Origin code for £13.99 which features extra unlockables for your money. Not much money, it must be said. Thanks to MattyPlant @ HUKD!
Defiance is going free to play on all platforms soon.
With that in mind, the GAME-exclusive PS3 collector's edition is currently on sale at a paltry £4.99, which will net you some swag to clutter up your house. Actually a decent deal, if only for fans of extra merch. Thanks to Mac007 @ HUKD!
Payday 2 is still one of the most rambunctious cooperative games out there, a crazy crime spree where meticulous planning and execution usually goes to hell in a sea of smoke, SWAT teams and gunfire. It's an amazing heist simulator - but you don't have to take my word for it, because it's free to play on Steam over the weekend and only £7.66 to buy. To Overkill's credit, they've also taken the high road about the seemingly similar Battlefield: Hardline, which only emerged after Goldfarb and co. proved the concept worked.
If you're willing to buy from Amazon.com (and tell a couple of porkies about having an American address), you can undercut Steam's price further with a cool £5.98 price. Thanks to Webhead @ HUKD for both great spots!
Bundle Stars' Reboot 2.0 Bundle is a grab bag of the great, the good, the bad and the ugly.
Weird Worlds: Return To Infinite Space is worth the asking price by itself. The sequel to the legendary inspiration behind FTL lets you have randomly-generated space adventures in your lunch hour, with each session short, unique and awesome. See: here's a thing wot I wrote.
Otherwise, you'll also receive the shiny PC version of Galaxy On Fire II, Afterfall: Insanity, Disciples III, Sniper Ghost Warrior and Tower Wars. Reviews through the links. Credit to ste1975 @ HUKD, who found this before I did!
Have you ever played an RPG and thought, "even I could do better?" Well now you can chance your arm thanks to the Humble Weekly Sale, which allows you to get RPG Maker and a whole host of assets at a knockdown price. Though RPG Maker has spawned plenty of rushed and amateurish projects, it's also responsible for the likes of Always Sometimes Monsters and the legendary To The Moon.
Perhaps we've finally found the perfect engine for the Dealspwny game of our wildest dreams. Thanks to MitchellT @ HUKD!
Even if you're not a big fan of EA's digital distribution service, there's no quibbling with the value here. Specifically that you can download the full version of Battlefield 3 for absolutely no money whatsoever. Despite the atrocious singleplayer campaign wetting the bed with ratstabs and QTEs aplenty, the organised chaos of its multiplayer is still as enjoyable as ever. Credit to maizecorn @ HUKD, who found this before I did!
Woooo-ooooo! DuckTales: Remastered is an impressively faithful revamp of the original platformer, complete with all of its enjoyable pogo-stomping gameplay and annoying flaws that stand out in the 21st century. However, at £11.99, it was simply too expensive when compared to any number of superior download games.
£3.18 seems more than fair for nostalgia hounds, courtesy of Green Man Gaming's QUK706-XWFKI6-8UK3NL voucher code. Thanks once again to dealfinder general jaystan @ HUKD!