Developer: Mind Over Matter Studios
Publisher: Nordic Games
Don't even think about buying Spellforce 2: Demons Of The Past if you're not a die-hard series veteran.
It's a standalone expansion to a niche game that released eight years ago, and to their credit, Mind Over Matter Studios make this crystal clear from the off. The tutorials are choppy low-resolution videos of the tutorials from the previous expansion. An unhelpful intro cinematic plunges you straight into the last chapter of the impenetrable story, a battle for world survival involving the terrifying demonic villain Zazhut and a dark elf named... Craig?! That's not exactly the most imaginative hard fantasy name I've ever seen, though since my heroic avatar is called "Dealspwn," I suppose we should stop throwing stones in this glass house. If you don't already know how to play and what a "Shaikan" is, there is nothing for you here.
Never mind though, because Demons Of The Past isn't trying to win over new converts, rather it's an attempt to tie up the storyline before what we hope will be a reveal for Spellforce 3. As such you can expect another 20-30 hours of RTS and RPG hybrid gameplay, wherein you'll experience the best and worst of both genres throughout some truly enormous maps. Resource collection, unit building and sweeping strategy goes hand-in-hand with character development, sidequests, inventory management and dialogue galore. Spellforce fans will be in their element, though arguably even they will have to curb their expectations to fully enjoy what Demons Of The Past brings to the table.Click here to read more...
Hello, and welcome back to WildStar: The Noob! We're into double figures! Exciting times indeed.
After last episode's glitchathon, it's time to start healing the Emberwood, and that starts with smashing up the fiery machines of death that the Chua have brought with them. They're quite big, though, so Shepherd Borg has to enlist the help of some nature trolls to help foil the DOminion's plans.
Then we try and get into a flying fire extinguisher and everything goes terribly wrong.
See if you can spot Carl in this video. He's there in the background in some key scenes, lurking quietly and watching from afar. We don't really see him in this one though, you'll have to wait for episode 11 for that.
Last year, we told Bundle Stars to go big or go home... and they've risen to the challenge by absolutely crushing it over the last few months. Case in point: the Kingdoms Bundle, which includes an enormous amount of strategy goodness for a measly £2.18.
Specicially Europa Universalis III complete, Sword Of The Stars Complete, Hearts Of Iron III, Europa Universalis: Rome Gold, The King's Crusade and Magicka.
Niche, perhaps, but amazing value for money. More for the Steam backlog, perhaps? Thanks and credit to jaystan @ HUKD!
Well, this is a very tempting offer. By using the voucher code above, the deal from SimplyCDKeys is made even better, allowing you to save around £10 over the next cheapest offer. Do bare in mind though that the PC version is delayed, and will not launch alongside the console version in March (despite what the listing says.)
From what I've played of it so far (which you can watch by hitting the Playthrough link above) it's certainly the Dark Souls experience but a little more refined in terms of its controls. The sense of dread is still there, the foes just as relentless, and the Red Phantoms will definitely ensure you die repeatedly. In short, this is a great price as long as you're okay to wait a little longer. Thanks to AndyWedge @ HUKD!
Nidhogg reminds me of a time when I used to play really basic flash games with mates at school during boring lessons ion the computer lab, stuff like Slime Soccer on sites like Miniclip. We'd huddle around a single keyboard and try not to look too amused as we whiled away a quick five minutes with the most beguilingly basic games: titles that were quick to learn in a matter of seconds, yet offered unlimited replayability in competition.
Nidhogg is exactly the same as those games in every way but one.
It costs a tenner.
It's enormous fun, though, especially in short bursts. You have your directional buttons, you have a button to jump and a button to thrust forth with your sword. And that's it. As multiplayer fencing titles go, Nidhogg is as simple in its controls as it is in its archaic visuals. But it isn't long before you begin to realise that the simple inputs can be combined in a number of ways to make for swashbuckling encounters that move back and forth in seconds. Hold up and press attack and you'll fling your epee at your opponent. Tap down and you can pick it up again. Tap down while you're in motion, and you can do a nifty little action roll or a handy cartwheel -- perfect for retrieving dropped weaponry when on the move, or evading a high thrust and skewering your opponent swiftly in retaliation, right through the balls.Click here to read more...
I genuinely wonder whether Reef Entertainment and Teyon are playing an elaborate double-bluff with Rambo: The Video Game. Whereas most film tie-ins end up overhyped and thoroughly disappointing, perhaps the upcoming licensed shooter is purposefully trying to drive expectations as low as humanly possible in order to pleasantly surprise the entire gaming community?
It would certainly explain this new footage, which painstakingly highlights the on-rails gameplay and prevalent QTEs to advantage. Genius. Absolute genius.
In fairness, there's always a place in our game collection for simple satisfying fun. And good games. We'll know if Rambo can be either of these things when it releases later this year on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.Click here to read more...
Welcome back to WildStar: The Noob! Apologies for the brief hiatus over the weekend, we ran into significant technical difficulties and a series of crashes disrupted the making of this video. However, we retrieved as much footage as possible and salvaged Shepherd Borg's latyest adventure as best we could.
We're back in the Emberwood today, kicking Dominion bottom once again, and trying to heal the burning glade to the best of our ability.
This genteel survival game throws you into a randomly-generated slice of the English countryside, wherein you'll be hounted by robotic gentry who hunt humans for sport. It's twee yet hard-edged and strategic - 'Tweedpunk' indeed. Note that you'll get a Steam code, and it's still in early access - so remember that you're paying for access to the game's development as opposed to a finished product.
Nidhogg is a cracking little game, that much is certain. We'll worry about whether or not Messhof's multiplayer fencing title justifies its £10 price tag in the review later on today, but it's certainly got an addictive, pick-up-and-play charm to it.
Better yet, it supports local and online multiplayer!
Fighting bots is a waste of time, so naturally we had to bring you some multiplayer footage. But with the internet being a little iffy chez moi over the weekend, I had to ask for a little local help from my better half to stand in as an expert companion, seeing as she's actually done a bit of fencing before.
Nidhogg -- much like Smash Bros or Mario Kart -- is a game of fine margins and swift, stabby murder. Needless to say, it isn't long before the atmosphere is filled with indignant exclamations and declarations of vengeance.
Braid is an odd little platformer that begins simply enough, but them time manipulation enters the fray and things get rather bizarre. Not one for playing hungover, but at this price we'd certainly recommend picking it up. Game designer Jonathan Blow made his name with this game, but PS4 owners should keep an eye on his upcoming game, The Witness.
Developers looking for a great example of how to reboot a series should look no further than last year's Tomb Raider. Many say this is the best game in the series for years and it's hard to disagree. This reboot acts as a prequel, shipwrecking Lara on an island populated by nutters, but more importantly it's a huge landscape to explore. The story is excellent and there are lots of collectibles to discover when you're done in the fantastic end-game experience.
We've had our eye on 1954 Alcatraz for some time. The noir setting, the character mechanics that have you flit between the incarcerated Joe and his femme fatale wife Christine, the tantalising prospect of a branching narrative, all of it set to a bluesy, jazzy soundtrack and cel-shaded, expressive visuals.
Joe's been banged up for a heist that went south when the truck with all of the money in it blew up. But the gangsters to whom he owes a hefty sum think he still has it, hidden away somewhere outside of the prison, and are threatening Christine unless she pays up. Basically, as Joe tries to make his escape, Christine tries to find the money he hid before the gangsters make good on their threats.Click here to read more...
Rocksteady did it again with their follow-up to Asylum in this excellent open-world crime caper for our favourite caped crusader. There's still no Batmobile (you will fix this next time, Rocksteady!) but the grapple gun and gliding techniques employed make navigating the huge prison island an empowering feat. And the combat? Still the best in the business.
Thanks to BuzzDuraband at HotUkDeals.
There's something special about Traveller's Tales and Lego games. Their audience can be enthusiastic young fans of the franchise the game is giving the blocky treatment to or gamers just wanting to chill out on the couch all day and collect easy Trophies. Or even combine the two players thanks to the game's enjoyable co-op features. TT's attention to detail is leagues ahead of other developer's efforts at movie tie-ins and this first part of the Harry Potter collection is no different.
Thanks to BuzzDuraband at HotUkDeals.
We're back with part 2 of our pilot episode of Game Night, continuing our glorious march with fellow TR forces in SOE's free-to-play MMOFPS PlanetSide 2.
After rejoining the action and pushing through with the tank column, our heroic trio continue the push on towards another base, where an epic night-time battle ensues. Will they succeed? Will there be sweeping gains? You'll have to hit the jump and watch to find out.Click here to read more...
Steam Early Access and alpha funding is revolutionising the way we consume our videogames; granting us unprecedented grassroots insight into the way games are developed over months and years, all while supporting our favourite projects financially. Any number of intriguing games are currently available to play and pre-order in alpha and beta, many of which we're extensively covering with barely-constrained excitement in previews and videos. From insane destruction to infinite exploration, Early Access takes all comers.
But parting with your hard-earned cash for Early Access is another matter entirely, and the jury's still out on whether it's actually a double-edged sword in terms of expectations. To this end, here are eleven titles that have cemented their place in our 2014 release radar, explaining both why we're excited and whether it's worth shelling out to take the plunge. Alongside handy links to our videos and previews, natch.
This is just scratching the surface, since there's no way we can cover all of the most promising Early Access games in a single article. Be sure to let us know about any Early Access games you've been playing (yes, we know that Kerbal Space Program is awesome), and if you'd like us to make this a more regular feature!
Why we're excited: Starbound offers us an infinite procedural universe to explore, dominate, settle and craft; taking cues from Terraria and Minecraft but launching the concept to radical new heights. Whether we're delving into dungeons, pimping out starships or taming wild planets into playgrounds, it's an absolute blast even in beta, and easily one of the hottest PC gaming properties of 2014. Major video coverage is incoming - stay tuned for our next Game Night!
Should you take the plunge? Yes. If you like the idea, there's plenty to keep you occupied... but beware an impending server wipe!Click here to read more...
We're beside ourselves with excitement for Titanfall: the upcoming shooter from Respawn Entertainment that plans to bring storyline, context, parkour and great big stompy mechs into the multiplayer arena. It's an Xbox One flagship title, but if you're in the market for the PC version, SimplyCDKeys will reserve you an Origin code for £27.99 using the 5OFFTITAN voucher. This is a significant saving no matter how you slice it, or how hard you've been trolling the 6v6 player count. The proof's in the pudding - and it already tastes delicious. Thanks to MikeBell @ HUKD!
It's early days and early doors for Bugbear Entertainment's Next Car Game, but it's clear that the veteran studio are working on a single major goal for their upcoming racer.
Destruction. Unbridled, unabashed, silly and deliciously irresponsible car-nage.
To illustrate this point, Bugbear released a tech demo that shows off the outrageous physics and damage model powering their project, which I've appropriately tested to destruction in this new gameplay preview. Thrill! as I blast a muscle car out of an enormous cannon. Gasp! as I create a track special by plowing headlong through a grinder. Yawn! as I, erm, take a while to line up a perfect shot in an unbelievable game of car-sketball. Yes. That is exactly how it sounds.
If you like what you see, the project is now available to buy into on Steam Early Access - though £18.99 is arguably a big ask for a small amount of content at present. That said, I'd actually pay good money for a multiplayer version of this tech demo on XBLA or PSN...
If you're somehow short of games to play this weekend, why not try out the full versions of Saints Row 4 and Company Of Heroes 2 on Steam? Both games are free to play in their entirety from now until 21:00 on Sunday, and available to buy at a 50% discount for the duration.
We described Saints Row IV as "bloomin' brilliant" in our 9/10 review. Company Of Heroes is "very, very good" according to our 8/10 verdict. But don't take our word for it when you can get involved for absolutely nothing!
Bohemia Interactive are the stars of this week's fixed-price Humble Sale, offering up a bevy of games new and old.
Pay what you want for Arma II, Take On Helicopters, UFO: Afterlight, Alpha Prime, ARMA: Gold Edition and the recently-released ARMA Tactics.
Pay £6 to also receive Carrier Command: Gaea Mission and Arma II's Operation Arrowhead expansion. Humble Bundle are 't missing a trick, since this expansion is required to play the DayZ Mod.
Thanks and credit to Rubisco @ HUKD!