Oh lorks, as my gran used to say, this is a niche little package. Groupees Be Mine Bundle 14 contains a whole raft of disparate genres and titles that vary wildly in quality.
The entry tier contains Meltdown, Little Big Adventure 2 and Legacy for 60p, but as far as I'm concerned the real value stems from throwing in £3 minimum. You'll get Betrayer, a visually striking yet mediocre game that costs £14.99 by itself on Steam, while Consortium is also a shonky yet oddly compelling cyberpunk RPG set on a futuristic jumbo jet.
I told you it was niche, but if you're in the market, there are savings to be made here. UPDATE: Full credit to jaystan @ HUKD, who found this before I did!
There's a new Humble Bundle available for the next fortnight, folks. Pay what you want for Deadlight, The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing Complete Pack, and Galactic Civilizations II: Ultimate Edition ($1 minimum for Steam keys).
Beat the average ($6.05 at the time of writing) to also unlock Terraria,THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII Steam Edition and Crusader Kings II with 3 DLC Unit Packs. Those who pay $15 or more will receive all of the above, plus the Age of Empires Legacy Bundle.
Hit up the Humble Bundle site for more info. As usual, you can adjust the split between developers, charities (Child's Play and the American Red Cross), and Humble Bundle themselves.
Platform: PS Vita (reviewed)
Developer: Wales Interactive
Gravity Badgers joins the illustrious line of rubbish games with fantastic names. Though nowhere near as bad as the genuinely offensive Hyper Fighters, this Angry Birds clone really does the bare minimum to live up to its sensational monicker.
Seriously: Gravity Badgers. Gravity. Badgers. What a waste.
I never, ever, use the term 'clone' lightly, but I'm afraid that Gravity Badgers earns it hands-down. We find ourselves flinging badgers into outer space by virtually pulling back and dragging them across the screen, only instead of castles, they're presented with an array of physics-based obstacles. Critically, celestial bodies can either attract or repel your furry cosmonaut, deflecting their path towards the exit. Judge it right and you can pull off crazy slingshot effects; mis-cue and you'll send your badger into deep space.Click here to read more...
Kerbal Space Program | Greenman Gaming | £9.60 (RRP: £19.99)
Voucher Code: Z4364W-7MR5WA-N5BCOO
One of the earliest Early Access games is also one of the very best, and ironically most content-complete. You're tasked with building rockets in a brutally realistic simulator, watching a thousand embarrassing crashes before finally creating something that can break the atmosphere. Which is where the real fun begins. Part edutainment, part puzzler, part simulator and all awesome, this will keep you going for a long-haul. Save a tenner with GMG's Z4364W-7MR5WA-N5BCOO voucher code.
Thanks to dealfinder extraordinaire jaystan @ HUKD!
Contrast is a short and fun little environmental puzzler with a great aesthetic, though most people know it as "the free PS4 game that replaced DriveClub at the last minute." PC owners can grab a copy for a paltry £3, saving nearly £9 on a Steam code.
Age Of Empires II HD Edition | GMG | £3.74 (RRP: £14.99)
We can probably all agree that Age Of Empires II was a very good RTS indeed. Some would even call it great, and frankly, I'm one of them. However, the jury's also out on whether it's worth paying £14.99 for an HD Edition that doesn't necessarily improve matters all that much.
So good thing GMG are selling it for £3.74, then. Thanks to ferreirm @ HUKD!
If you missed Ninja Theory's
protracted escort mission sci-fi retelling of the classic Chinese tale of Monkey back in 2010, GMG are set to reward your apathy with a serious saving on the Premium Edition. Enslaved is a fun action game with superb art direction and a great storyline, and a steal at less than four quid. Thanks to webmonkey @ HUKD!
Well folks, the doors are closing today on yet another huge Gamescom Expo and just like you, we’re still eagerly devouring all the latest info, trailers and gameplay demos. Carl and Jon have an absolute tonne of previews and interviews to bring you in the near future, so be sure to stay tuned for those. Today is all about the videos though.
Seeing as you’ve probably already seen the videos for the hottest big-name games that you can’t wait to get your hands on (Far Cry 4 and Quantum Break look amazing, no?), we’ve been scouring the net to find those precious gems that slipped through the cracks amidst all the triple A noise. So here’s our picks of the seven best Gamescom videos you may have missed.
The news that Rise of the Tomb Raider would be a (timed) Xbox exclusive buried alive Square’s other Tomb Raider game. This was a shame because Temple of Isis is the follow-up to the excellent Lara Croft and The Guardian of Light and it’s looking pretty damn awesome. The co-op options have been doubled from two players to four, which is all sorts of awesome. Plus, it’s the only new Tomb Raider game we’ll see on PlayStation for a while.Click here to read more...
I haven't used a flight stick in years, but there's something incredibly soothing about running my fingers over the firm grip of my new Thrustmaster and jumping headfirst into the Elite: Dangerous beta. There are more button inputs than actual buttons on the Hotas X (and it's not exactly short on those), but Elite is a fiddly game that takes a bit of setting up when you first jump in.
Miy first foray into the vast expanses of space took an abrupt turn for the worst when I confused a Federation police ship for the pirate target I was hunting down, and was promptly blown out of the inky black sky, at which point I thought I'd better take on a few of the combat scenario missions to chip away the years of rust, and get up to speed with the nuances of hurling a Sidewinder around the place.
Click here to read more...
As Jon put it once -- Calling Deus Ex a “Game of the Year” is an understatement of incredible proportions. It’s like calling the Pyramids the ‘rock piles of the week‘.
It’s one of the best games ever made, and Green Man Gaming have dropped it down to £1.24 as they like to do every so often. If you've somehow never played it, make sure you snap it up at this price. It's an utter steal for what is one of the finest gaming experiences ever to be had. Cheers bandwidth bob.
The Witcher 2 is back down under £3 on Steam, and you can pick up the first game for £1.39 as well. One of the finest RPG series to emerge in recent years, if you haven't played them yet, I can assure you that they're probably better than most of the games in your Steam summer backlog.
Thanks ferreirm at HotUkDeals.
Yes, Colonial Marines is a big bag of xenomorph effluence. But sometimes a bad game can be worth dropping two quid on just for the lulz. Alternatively, you can probably buy the DVD of Aliens for this much. Or a little paint tester kit, which you could watch dry.
The disc also makes a great coaster. Thanks to Irah @ HUKD!
To The Moon | Humble Store | £1.19
Ostensibly a retro-flavoured adventure game that see you working backwards through the memories of a dying man to help him die with no regrets, this little indie gem is frankly masterful. It's cheap as chips over on the Humble Store right now, and if you have a small gap in your gaming schedule before silly season kicks off, definitely think about picking it up.
Platforms: PC | PS3 | PS4 (tested) | Xbox 360 | Xbox One
Developer: The Creative Assembly
I have no sympathy for Ellen Ripley. Sure, she went through 117 minutes of hell during the original Alien, but last week SEGA threw me into a darkened room with the latest build of Alien Isolation for four terrifying hours of desperate panic, evasion, improvisation and over a dozen grisly deaths.
Keen to maintain full transparency following the Colonial Marines debacle, The Creative Assembly gave me free reign with their very latest Steam build -- achievements, graphics settings and all, with no timeskips or gameplay breaks -- then sat back and left me to it. I emerged browbeaten and emotionally drained, yet deeply impressed with what I'd played.
Alien Isolation is set to be a very different kind of horror game. Not a haunted house, but a horror playground that pits you against an implacable adversary that hunts without mercy and constantly hits you where you think you're safe. Where no two levels, or even handful of minutes, plays out the same way.Click here to read more...
Arkham City is a fantastic game, building on the success of Asylum, and delivering an irresistible game world to jump into and explore. The combat is tight and impactful, the traversal is an utter joy, and becoming the Dark Knight is just as empowering as before. GMG have had the GOTY edition down at this price before with a code, but if you missed that earlier this year, here's a great opportunity to nab a modern classic for the summer drought.
Thanks to skribble at HotUkDeals.
My flight stick still hasn't arrived. Amazon Prime is a filthy lie. I'm currently sobbing into the fluffy mane of a rather disgruntled Dealspwny because playing Elite: Dangerous with a keyboard and mouse is an utter arse, and because the last attempt at a Let's Play feature for the now-in-beta game had hardly any space truckin' and mainly featured me describing increasingly elaborate and disturbing ways I was going to "equalise" my inferior control setup.
Bottom line: we'll have to wait a bit longer before I can legitimately work Deep Purple into a video.
Even when my flight stick does turn up, I'm going to have to come to terms with the fact that I just can't hold a candle to this YouTuber axiumone, who's gone and turned five 24-inch monitors on their sides, fed them in an absurd monster rig, and is currently playing space sims in a fashion I can only dream of... and enviously drool over on YouTube:
You need a beast to run all of this and, well, you can check out the specs of his setup here. Just don't look too hard at the price tags. I crave that terabyte SSD.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is going to be big news come November 4th. No surprise there, but could this year’s title be a game changer for the series? As enjoyable as COD has been in recent years, there’s no denying that recent entries have played things a little safe and not attempted to push any large scale changes. Well, apart from seeing a dog take down a helicopter, which was all sorts of stupid, or awesome, I’ll never be able to decide. So, unless the series is going to feature a cat taking on a submarine there will have to be other ways to get us psyched for the new game. Thankfully it would seem there are quite a few reasons; here are seven of the best.
Maybe it’s because we’re addicted to Netflix’s House of Cards here at Dealspwn, or maybe it’s because everything’s better with Spacey, but seeing Frank Underwood’s face here is kind of a big deal. COD’s stories have been gaming’s definition of ‘throwaway’ in recent years, but attaching a big name like Spacey to the project hints that maybe something interesting is going on behind all the explosions and bullet storms. Fingers crossed it’s a bit more natural than his awkward plug for a PS Vita in House of Cards though.Click here to read more...
With the news this week that Sleeping Dogs is to be re-released for the PS4 and Xbox One (and PC for that matter), the issue of old games being remastered for the new-gen consoles has again become a hot talking point among many gamers. Are they good value? Or a rip-off to fleece gamers who don’t have many titles to play on their shiny next-gen machines? Is there any point? Well, here are our five essential tips to help clear the waters a little.
Most new-gen remasters chuck in the paid DLC from the original release. Sleeping Dogs will include 24 pieces of DLC, one of which is a single-player story expansion. Start to add up the price of the DLC and it doesn’t take long for it to exceed the price of buying the old version of the game and the DLC separately. This is also true for The Last of Us: Remastered which includes the Left Behind story DLC. Pay for the old game and the DLC and it’ll be £30+, more than £28.97 we’ve seen for the new PS4 version. Granted, not all DLC is created equal; take Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition and the additional multiplayer material. Nobody needs more of that. Conversely, as excited as the Dealspwn team are for the Halo: The Master Chief Collection and the polished up campaign, that one’s all about having all the multiplayer maps in one place.Click here to read more...
PlayStation Plus has become something of a nifty way of introducing indie games to a new audience on PS4, and this month's freebie is Road Not Taken, a roguelike puzzler from Spry Fox -- the studio also responsible for the ludicrously addictive Triple Town.
Road Not Taken, which also released this month on Steam, sees players take on the role of a ranger adventuring through a vast forest in the aftermath of a brutal winter storm. The villagers of a nearby settlement have had a whole bunch of their children go missing, and it's up to you to rescue them and help the kiddies find their way home across a bunch of procedurally-generated levels.
It's a game with a lot of heart and a cutesy art style typical of the studio, with straightforward mechanisms that essentially boil down to shunting objects around a grid and bringing groups of items together. That sounds simple, of course, but the level design swiftly increases in difficulty, and you only get one life before you have to start a completely new run through the fifteen-level story again. It's always fresh, always beguilingly whimsical, and it's always fiendishly challenging.
It's also pretty damn good.
Well, have a review for you soon, but in the meantime, check out the game's opening level after the jump.Click here to read more...
Origin Game Time is returning, and you can download Battlefield 4 for this week for absolutely nothing and play away to your heart's content for a full week from when you fire the game up for the first time.Click here to read more...