Platinum Games are announcing a new title this E3, alongside Scalebound, which has got us all rather hot under the collar. Perhaps a little sticky. Metaphorically. With anticipation and, you know, stuff.
The fact that we love Platinum Games is a matter of public record, but we're also excited because Scalebound's creative director has been teasing us mercilessly. "So this is happening," JP Kellams tweeted. "It will surprise you. Might even make you cry."
It's an interesting turn of phrase that we'll discuss later, but for now, let's discuss what we hope the announcement might be. Starting with one of the games that has topped our wishlist for years...
We need it so badly.Click here to read more...
The recent offer to get this for a fiver was pretty good going, but Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance for just £4? That's a seriously fantastic deal for a seriously fantastic brawler, courtesy of The Game Collection.
Platinum managed to take their brand of addictive and satisfying gameplay and place it down in the Metal Gear universe as if it always belonged there. My review from last year pretty much covers it, but if you're a fan of Platinum Games or brawlers, or even just a Metal Gear fan, this is an absolute must-have. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD for the heads-up!
Anarchy Reigns is amazing. It's one of the most ridiculously brilliant online multiplayer ever released, hailing from the developers of Bayonetta and God Hand, but SEGA royally screwed the pooch by staggering the release date, leaving the player base fragmented and very sparse.
£2.78 is an absolute steal, but remember that Amazon charge delivery on orders under £10 unless you have Amazon Prime. Worth adding onto an existing order, perhaps, or getting from a mate who subscribes for the Instant Video. Thanks to Wishwash182 @ HUKD!
This is the best game I've played all year.
I'll admit that I had a hunch it might be. The preview events up to this point haven't been vertical slices or perfectly constructed demonstrations created solely for the events at which they've been found. They've just featured Wii U's boasting self-contained snippets of the game at various points, letting Platinum's latest tour de force speak for itself. No frills, no gimmicks, just the same grin on the faces of every rep hired for the day who've stood beside the terminal and said something along the lines of "it's pretty special isn't it?" as I've hastily picked my jaw up off of the floor after playing.
So much of that, of course, has to do with the combat. Bayonetta 2, just like its predecessor, is an absolute delight to play. You can make combos up on the fly, experimenting with various combinations of light and strong attacks, mixing in spurts of pistol fire here and there, never stuck in a canned animation, with the acrobatic evade option always readily available. There's no real difficulty curve in learning the game's systems, you just slip into the role of Bayonetta with fluid ease, chaining together balletic barrages and furious flurries of Umbran aggression. You evade enemy attacks and then hit them with your own -- working out that side of things is never a problem.
That's not to say that the game isn't challenging. Coming to terms with the freedom of combat, and the pinpoint timing required to maximise the abilities that you have at your disposal involves practice. Bosses will become sub-bosses, that then turn up in greater numbers just to make things interesting. The enemies that you'll face -- both celestial and damned -- telegraph their attacks, but will certainly gang up on you. There'll be moments of peace in which you can take a breath or launch an attack sequence, but equally there will be sequences where you simply must dash and evade and jab and counter, sending Bayonetta into a cartwheeling, breakdancing frenzy of slim attacks and self-preservation. Enemies will vary the windows of opportunity that they present, and though there will be some attacks you can predict well in advance, others will come more quickly, testing your reactions and your concentration.Click here to read more...
With four Super Mirrors available in Bayonetta 2 (although only one that we can talk about currently), there's a fair bit of opportunity to play dress-up in Platinum's madcap action bonanza. To give you an idea of what to expect, hit the jump for a bunch of gameplay footage of Bayonetta in action, dressed in a variety of costumes and outfits from Super Mirror 64-2.
The Super Mirror's are all available at different intervals via Rodin's shop -- The Gates of Hell -- and the Mirrors themselves all cost 100,000 in currency. Unfortunately, you only get one costume included in that price (for 64-2 it's Fox's outfit), and every other costume costs another hundred grand as well. Cosplaying is an expensive pastime when you're an Umbra Witch.
The effects that the costumes have on the game itself are fairly minimal -- this is pure bonkers fan service, and there's nothing wrong with that. Most of the little changes are cosmetic, but there's something undeniably grin-inducing about rolling a Morphball about the place, or kicking the butts off of angels and demons with a set of tiny Arwings.Click here to read more...
Today's Nintendo Direct presentation was all about Bayonetta 2, the sequel to the best brawler ever made that's been getting us hot under the collar for some time. No, not like that. As in: it's looking more utterly ridiculous every time we see it.
You can watch the video below, but here are the salient points:
Almost all good news, but unfortunately it appears that we won't get the original game for free as originally advertised; rather we'll have to pay an extra tenner. Why does Europe deserve nice things, right?
We'll keep an eye out for a deal.Click here to read more...
Words can't quite explain just how utterly bonkers Bayonetta 2 actually is, so here's a little video showcasing five of the most crazy happenings I've encountered thus far in the game. We can only talk about the game up to chapter five currently, but already I've unleashed a Hellish unicorn, surfed the tunnel of a tsunami on the steeple of a cathedral, stopped a Lumen Sage with an epic fistbump, and seen Black Santa wall-ride a department store in a Cadillac.
I can only apologise for the number of times words fail me in this video and I'm reduced to shouting "WHAT?!" in delighted confusion, but you'll hopefully understand why by the end.
Just in case I haven't told you yet, because I've got a sneaky suspicion that there are still some people out there who don't own a Wii U and therefore either haven't heard or fully understood the seriousness of what I'm about to say, I bought a Wii U for Bayonetta 2.
I've already waxed lyrical about the game's dual control systems in a previous preview so I won't repeat myself in that sense here. Having now played a large chunk of the game, I have to say that I'm not particularly fond of the touchscreen input for long periods of play (or indeed at all for that matter), but that's because I adore the way the game handles when you're playing it as you would have the original. The swipe and tap inputs essentially turn Bayonetta 2 into the most bonkers smartphone experience you ever laid eyes on, and although it's perfectly poised in that respect to bring in a new audience who want to enjoy the absurd spectacle, it's not really for me.
But that's the joy of choice. Finally, with the difficulty raised above the Easy setting that they must have been flouting months back at the preview event, the standard control system really comes into its own once more. Pirouetting about the place, cartwheeling out of danger before spinning back in for a flurry of attacks is beautifully balletic and gloriously responsive. It's a near perfect setup, the controller really just an extension of your mind. Everything is so fast and fluid that you're just stepping into combos on the fly, mixing and matching button combinations to see what happens, always with a finger delicately poised over the dodge button to take you out of harm's way.Click here to read more...
Anarchy Reigns is amazing. It's one of the most ridiculously brilliant online multiplayer ever released, hailing from the developers of Bayonetta and God Hand, but SEGA royally screwed the pooch by staggering the release date, leaving the player base fragmented and very sparse. Still, the campaign is fun, the characters are incredible and the game's and a steal at £3.95. I'd love to organise a proper MP sesh on this at some point.
Thanks to Jas10 @ HUKD!
Platinum Games are best-in-business at crafting OTT brawlers and intense hack & slash action games, and Revengeance is yet more proof of their absolute mastery in the field. Despite feeling like a Metal Gear game, it's stuffed with outrageous combat, huge bosses, robot chainsaw wolves and more juicy cyborg ultraviolence than you can shake an HF Blade at. £9.99 is a steal. Thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!
Every reviewer has one game, possibly one game a year, that we look back on and perhaps feel that the review we gave didn't quite do that game justice. It could be a wildly over-inflated score for a game that proved to be a pile of poo in the long run -- a title perhaps over-hyped at the time, arriving with a groundswell of excitement that proved too loud to ignore. We're human, it happens. Or maybe it was a game that we grew to love over replays, unable to see its qualities in the midst of a hectic release period with deadlines on all sides at the time, but something that made us kick ourselves upon return.
For whatever reason, I gave the original Bayonetta an 8 out of 10. I've gone back and tried to crawl into the headspace of my younger self time and time again to ascertain exactly why that score wasn't higher. The review even reads like a 9 or a 10.
Mind you, maybe it's because I foresaw room for improvement on some level. Maybe it's because somewhere, in the recesses of my mind, I had an inkling of what was to come: that there'd be a sequel, that it would be even more fantastically overblown, that it'd be an exclusive on the Wii's successor. Hahahaha! Sorry...no one could have predicted that last one.
I came staggering out of the Nintendo post-E3 showcase drunk with happiness, a massive grin plastered to my face, and with a burning desire to buy Nintendo's latest console. Every game I played slapped a smile on my face, but none dropped my jaw so utterly and so consistently as Bayonetta 2.Click here to read more...
You can always rely on Platinum Games to ride in and save the day. Whether rescuing a doomed Metal Gear Solid tie-in or bringing the epic to Wii U, they've cemented their reputations as heroes for hire. So long as you can afford them.
Phil Spencer clearly could, because as we predicted, Microsoft has dug deep and secured their services with a brand new IP exclusive to the Xbox One. Scalebound is the name, and by the looks of things, it's set to be a mash-up of Devil May Cry, Dragon's Dogma and Monster Hunter.
No gameplay yet, but with Platinum and Viewtiful Joe designer/Okami artist/The Wonderful 101 creator/legend-in-residence Hideki Kamiya on the case, expect both the sublime and ridiculous!
Third-person shooters certainly needed a new hero and this game is just that. Rocket knee-slides, slo-mo battles against giant robot spiders and a shootout on a city-wide rollercoaster are just a few examples of how this game will put "Holy Shit" smiles on your face. Vanquish is admittedly quite short, but you'll barely notice as you'll be hitting restart straight away. You wont get better value per pound per hour.
Thanks to Jas10 at HotUKDeals.
The Wonderful 101 is one of the best games on Wii U, and one of the most supremely innovative brawlers you'll ever play. Platinum Games have done it again, creating a truly masterful beat'em up that lets you control a whole army of heroes in enormous rumbles, making the most of the GamePad as you do so. A lofty skill ceiling ensures that you'll be playing it for ages. If you're in the market, Argos are selling for £22.49 on their eBay outlet, which becomes £19.62 when you use voucher code CGAMES.
It's part of the Mario Kart 8 promotion, but frankly I'd buy The Wonderful 101 in a deal and save more money on a Nintendo first-party exclusive. Thanks to Jas10 @ HUKD!
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Anarchy Reigns is just as bold, bonkers, and brilliant as you'd expect from the studio. A 3D arena brawler, Anarchy Reigns is all about deploying crazy combos against three other mates and slickly slugging it out to see who reigns supreme. There's over 16 characters and a cracking, surprisingly deep singleplayer mode on offer here, and if you nab the X360 version, you'll get the Limited Edition content as well -- the Mad Survival and Dogifht modes, and an extra playable character in Bayonetta.
Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIIIat HotUkDeals.
We haven't highlighted a deal for Platinum's OOT brawler for quite some time, but this listing from Amazon is quite the bargain. Overall you'll save yourself over £10 compared to the next cheapest listing with stock.
"Unpredictable, hardcore and empowering" is how Jon described Anarchy Reigns in his review, and while it may not include any local multiplayer, it makes up for that by utilizing the usual high-octane brawler combat that only Platinum Games can deliver. Thanks to Jas10 @ HUKD!
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance may be taking its sweet time in coming to PC, but Hideo Kojima reckons that the latest production build looks rather tasty. "Rising PC version looking good, even the shadow looks beautiful," he tweeted via his translated English account, alongside a screenshot. It's lacking in resolution, but by the looks of things, the shadows have been noticeably improved.
There's still no release date or even hint of a window for the Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance PC port, but we'll keep you posted. Review here.