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...
Planetary Annihilation is as ridiculous as you'd expect from a hybrid between Total Annihilation and Supreme Commander. Insanely hectic RTS battles take place in entire solar systems, with players wielding outrageous weaponry and even smashing celestial bodies into each other. It's still very much a work in progress, but if you want to engage with the Early Access cycle, you can save 50% on its inflated RRP via The Humble Store. As always, remember that you're paying for access, not a polished product at this stage, so only pay what you can afford to lose.
Thanks to BattleMoose87 @ HUKD!
Void Of Darkness puts you at the helm of a small ship in an enormous 2D galaxy, tasking you with exploring the wild black yonder in any way you see fit. It was extremely buggy at launch, but its single developer has been patching like crazy over the last two months, resulting in a game that's infinitely more stable and fully-featured. You can currently buy in for £1.75 - but be warned that you might encounter the odd issue from time to time.
Battlefield 4 is a fantastic multiplayer experience... especially since, by and and large, it now actually works. Most of the more ruinous bugs have been ironed out or at least stomped flat for a while, so PC World's inexpensive £17.91 deal is now as tempting as it ought to be. Thanks to Spinderp @ HUKD!
FTL is getting a major free expansion penned by Chris Avellone soon... so there's never been a better time to buy into the tough yet infinitely replayable space exploration game. The developers are offering a hefty saving versus RRP, though there's not much time to take advantage of their deal!
It'd be a crime not to pick up this DLC packed version of the game at this price. This includes the Nicholson Electroplating Arson Case, Reefer Madness Vice Case, The Consul's Car Traffic Case, The Naked City Vice Case, A Slip of the Tongue Traffic Case, The Badge Pursuit Case and all weapons/outfits released to date. Sporting terrific motion capture visuals and some classic detective work, this is a must for classic noire fans or anyone after something a little different.
Final Fantasy VII | Get Games Go | £4.99
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 Get Games Go and snap up their 50% off' deal and pick it up on PC for £4.99. 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.
Thanks to theg at HotUkDeals.
Developer: Double Helix Games
Strider is the best game that Double Helix have ever made.
The bar was admittedly scraping along the ground, since their mediocre past form includes the likes of Battleship, Front Mission Evolved and that shocking Green Lantern tie-in. But be in no doubt: their suitably challenging and respectful remake of Capcom's classic slice & dice platformer is very good indeed, and worthy to bear the name. As soon as master assassin Hiryu goofily cartwheels over a crowd of robotic rifleman, flips off a wall and carves his first foe into tiny pieces, its pedigree is unmistakeable.
When Strider is content to be a faithful reboot, it's really rather brilliant. Having arrived in the sprawling city of Kazakh to murder its evil 'Grandmaster' and bring peace to the world with ultraviolence, Hiryu is as spry and blisteringly fast as we remember, barrelling through the corridors in a blur of precisely-aimed steel and perfectly-timed wall jumps. Packing a climbing sickle that can scale any surface, robotic combat enhancements and even a teleporter, he's a force to be reckoned with, but the Grandmaster's robot army and mercenary henchmen will give him a retro-tough run for his money.Click here to read more...
Chances are that you've already played Borderlands 2, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Civilization V and BioShock Infinite... or one of them at the very least. If you've missed out on all four, however, you can grab the whole quartet for £16.00 from Green Man Gaming. Be sure to use their OQE4LG-WEQPSE-SMCME1 for the additional saving.
UPDATE: Not enough? Okay then, why not also have the X-COM Complete Collection, Civilization 4, BioShock and the original Borderlands too!
Thanks to apollolo @ HUKD, both for the original deal and pointing out the four newly-added bonus games in the comments!
Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow 2 released this week, but failed to stack up to its predecessor when it came to the scores. "This is not the ending I was expecting for the Lords of Shadow series," Brendan concluded in our full review, "and it’s certainly not the one it deserves," after pouring scorn on its awful stealth sections, drab modern-day setting and rehashed mechanics. Not awful, then, but disappointing.
However, a disgruntled MercuryStream staffer claims that disappointment was a foregone conclusion following a truly horrific development cycle. From a tyrannical boss to an obsolete engine, the anonymous developer alleges that just releasing the game was a minor miracle in and of itself.Click here to read more...
If you're a fan of simulators, escapism or just good honest virtual graft, the latest Humble Weekly Sale will let you live out your wildest fantasies of becoming a truck driver. And a bridge architect. And a farmer. And a... pool shark?
Beat 60p to get Bridge Project, Trainz Simulator 12, Euro Truck Simulator and Wildlife Park 3.
Beat £3.59 to also receive Agricultural Simulator, its Historical Farming DLC pack and Pool Nation. High rollers can optionally top £6 to unlock Professional Farmer 2014.
It's a niche proposition, but chances are you already know if it's your bag. Thanks to GobbleTurkey @ HUKD!
Shelter is that rarest of game; a badger simulator that challenges you to safely guide your litter of cubs through the big bad world, saving as many as you can from predators and starvation. It's powerful stuff, and cheap to boot, since IndieGameStand will part with a Steam code for 60p minimum. However, it's worth noting that Shelter often pops up in indie bundles, so check your backlog.
Full credit and thanks to Rubisco @ HUKD, who found this before I did!
After getting rather lost last episode, we set out to explore the mysterious complex of silos and robo-bunkers that we stumbled into at the end of Noob #27, and after successfully completing a side quest that we hadn't even triggered yet, we then get duped by an Eldan AI, lured into a control room under false pretences, and have to fight our way out.
We're back with another little video taking a closer look at some of the shadowy mechanics in Thief. In this video we attempt to go through one of the side missions that sees us sneaking into a pawnbroker's home to retrieve a rather odd item.
Our client is an inventor of sorts, fixated upon finishing an automaton that he's been working on for years. Only problem is that someone stole the mechanoid's voicebox and flogged it for a quick buck. Now Garrett has to get it back.
Our verdict on the game is now live, and here's what we said in our Thief review:
It's the fourth-best game to bear the Thief name, but it doesn't trample on Garrett's legacy as some might have predicted. The story is utter balls and the game as a whole isn't as cohesive as it could be, but when Thief remembers its name and has you working out the best way of breaking into a place and picking it clean, it does a damn fine job.
We've popped the video review after the jump along with today's Dealspwn Playthrough, and as always if you have any questions or comments do pop them in the box below, and let us know if there's anything else you'd like to see from the game ahead of it's UK launch on Friday.Click here to read more...
Gamefly are currently running a tasty little sale that sees loads of 2K games reduced by 75%. Highlights include XCOM: The Bureau for £4.99, Civ V for a fiver and Sid Meier's Pirates for £1.25. It's all on the splash page, and you can save even more with the UKFEB20OF voucher code. Thanks to xEndox @ HUKD!
However, the cheekiest thing about this promotion is a free copy of Spec Ops: The Line, which you'll be sent via email when you buy a participating game. As far as I can see, there's nothing stopping you from buying one of the UFO games for 75p, then laughing all the way to your free game.
State Of Decay may have a limited budget and plenty of rough edges, but it's still one of the best zombie games ever made in our opinion. It forces you to own your decisions and consequences, taking care of an entire community who rely on your leadership in real-time. I can't recommend it enough (so long as you can handle the intense stress), and you only have to pay £7.49 on Steam. Thanks and credit to Webhead @ HUKD, who found this before we did!
Sneaking about The City -- creeping from shadowy corners to rain-soaked rooftops, gliding about this Victorian-esque urban warren in the periphery of the guards' vision, always just out of sight -- is a wonderful thing. I'd turned off pretty much every modern concession to the expansive approach to stealth gaming gimmickry that I could find, and wiped my HUD clean of maps and modules to aid the process of immersion. I love first-person games that don't limit themselves to shooty-shooty-bang-bang action, gifting players the chance to more fully explore virtual landscape with out the barrier of staring constantly at the protagonist's arse (it's why I fell in love with Thief: The Dark Project in the first place, sixteen years ago), and the fact that Eidos Montreal's reboot allows me to do that if wonderful.
Waypoints were the first to go, encouraging me to explore further, to use the sights and sounds of The City to aid my navigation, to read letters and documents more carefully and to more fully absorb the information the game was giving me. Turning off so many of these features led me to realise just how lazy a gamer I have become, and how much I seem to rely on map icons to tell me where the interesting things are rather than discovering them for myself.
But then I spent half an hour trying to look for the route from one area of town to another, finding rooftops inaccessible, windows and gates firmly shut, and no visible way through. Then I remembered that Thief's City is broken up into depressingly small hubs separated by incessant QTE-powered bridges, even when it comes to the PS4 and Xbox One versions. So I stood in front of a nondescript bunch of barrels and beams and hammered the Square button for half a minute.
Herein lies the uneasy relationship at the heart of Thief: a worthy game, a good game in parts, undone by restrictive design and what seems, rather too often, to be a case of running out of time.Click here to read more...