Some games are born brilliant, some are born bad, but there's nothing more aggravating than a game that manages to fall short of true greatness. Over the last few years we've seen our fair share of titles with wonderful ideas and clear potential, yet managed to squander their lofty promises. Perhaps they didn't capitalise on their unique features or left potential untapped, maybe they tripped over in terms of production values and testing, often they just made one critical error that ruined what should have been a superlative experience.
So it's high time we took a look at some of the main offenders of recent years. While all of these games are still well worth playing, they all share one thing in common: they could easily have been so much more.
Close... but no cigar.
By far the most current game on my list, Ghost Games' debut makes all the right moves and all the right noises. It's fantastic drift-heavy arcade fun, providing a range of ridiculous supercars to rag around an enormous playground on both sides of the law. To top it off, AllDrive promised to merge singleplayer and multiplayer into a single experience, bringing players together into insane hectic sessions whether racing together or working on their own goals.Click here to read more...
Here's a great chance to get hold of one of the Vita's standout games for a bargain price. The deal from The Game Collection will save you around a fiver over the next cheapest offer elsewhere.
John has made no secret of his feelings that LBP Vita is the best game available for Sony's handheld, and it's hard to argue with him considering how naturally its Play Create Share mechanics fit with the touchscreen controls and camera functionality. Thanks to bargain76 @ HUKD!
The PS4 may have launched today, but Sony are giving PS3 and Vita owners a decent reason to hold off for a while with a massive selection of discounts across both devices. Terraria, Call Of Juarez: Gunslinger, The Cave, Cloudberry Kingdom, Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People, Magic 2014: Duel Of The Planestalkers, Dokuro and Divekick are all available for less than £4, alongside other (perhaps less tempting offers).
We've got the whole thing below, which will run over the weekend. Thanks, EU PlayStation Blog.Click here to read more...
We're big fans of free stuff here at Dealspwn.com, and Sony are keen to deliver. They'll be giving away ten free PlayStation Mobile games over the next five weeks (two per week), kicking off with addictive football game Passing Time and the utterly superb Rymdkapsel.
PlayStation Mobile games are compatible with PlayStation Vita handhelds and PlayStation-certified devices, so if you own one, you'd be mad not to get involved. [PlayStation Blog]
Time to clear out some of those old demos again folks. Next week sees a host of new titles arrive for PS Plus members on PS3, PS Vita and for the first time, PS4.
On November 27th, PS3 gamers will get one of the best racers out there in the form of Grid 2 and the mad mexican platformer beat'em up, Guacamelle. The Vita is getting Guacamelle too, Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed and the former PSP title GTA: Liberty City Stories. When the PS4 launches on the 29th, next-gen owners will be able to help themselves to the jazz noir platformer Contrast and the retro (but oh so shiny) shooter, Resogun.Click here to read more...
Platform: PS Vita
Developer: Media Molecule
You've never seen or heard anything like Tearaway.
Media Molecule's Vita exclusive resembles stop-motion origami, an impossible papercraft world existing right behind your Vita's touchscreen. Everything is made from arts and crafts materials, from the curly cardboard trees to the bizarre inhabitants, all grooving to the beat of toe-tapping folk reels, horns and accordions. It's crisply-folded and scored, so real and vibrant that you could reach in and touch it. Which is really rather the point.
As an omnipotent 'You' looking into this beautiful origami universe through a hole in the sun, players guide a cheerful messenger through platforming challenges and bizarre diversions using both traditional thumbstick controls and the Vita's full compliment of input methods. Thanks to the cameras, rear touch pad, touchscreen and tilt, Tearaway attempts to blur the lines between its world and ours, incorporating some of the handheld's more esoteric features directly into a truly lovely little adventure.Click here to read more...
Platforms: PS3 | PS Vita
Developer: Bloober Team
Publisher: Namco Bandai
The aim of A-Men 2 from Namco Bandai is to take us back to a simpler time. A time when games were all about the puzzles, where the game design presented intelligent problems, and the solutions required your own ingenuity and patience. They tend to go hand in hand with a sense of difficulty and perseverance – the game must provide a challenge otherwise a puzzle is anything but what its name suggests – but it’s all about balance. You want a game that challenges you, but keeps you wanting more. It’s a very fine line that can be very hard to keep to – maybe even more so in a puzzler. So how well does Amen-2 do in this regard?
The core of the game is that you are tasked with getting your groups of “A-Men” from their starting points in the level to the helicopter pick up point at the end. To make the helicopter appear, you need to have cleared a certain amount of enemies from the level to allow for a safe landing. But even with the helicopter here, getting to it is normally easier said than done. In true puzzler style, there are many obstacles between your elite team and their goal. To add to the difficulty, your units cannot sustain any damage from enemies or drop from more than one level above, or they will die. Any death to any unit will result in a level restart.
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Media Molecule's long-awaited Vita exclusive Tearaway releases this week, and we'll have our review of the gorgeous papercraft adventure for your eager delectation tomorrow. However, if you've had it pre-ordered for months, you might be unaware that Sony reduced the official price down to £19.99 on PSN, and most retailers have followed suit including Amazon and ShopTo. Of course, the legendary HUKD community have located even cheaper deals if you're willing to shop around.
I'm sure that most of you are already all over this, but a few retailers are still holding out at higher prices - such as GAME, Grainger Games and Littlewoods. Be sure to check your pre-order and ensure that you're not paying over the odds. Not long to go now.
Developer: TT Games
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive
The nostalgic power of LEGO, glorious Marvel canon and TT Games' talent for crafting accessible adventures go together like Wolverine and Colossus: a Fastball Special of fabulous fan service. It was always going to be brilliant. I'm just amazed it took this long.
Traveller's Tales' attention to detail and generosity of spirit is nothing short of breathtaking. Dozens of beloved Marvel heroes and villains have been replicated in adorable LEGO format, complete with all of their trademark abilities and unique personality. Iron Man breezily flies around the stages, blasting foes with palm cannons, rockets and his Uni-Beam. The Incredible Hunk rampages about, throwing cars and smashing up the scenery, yet can change back into Bruce Banner at will. Mister Fantastic stretches and morphs, floating over gaps by turning into his very own parachute, while Magneto menacingly hovers and chucks metallic projectiles willy-nilly. Rather than lazily pigeonholing heroes into specific categories, LEGO Marvel Superheroes does its damndest to be the truest and most respectful Marvel adaptation you'll ever play.
Plus, this being a TT game, you can also BASE jump off the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier as Tony Stark wearing nothing but a helmet and boxer shorts if you want to.
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£18.99 at PC World is the cheapest pre-order price we've seen yet for Tearaway. The game is looking like an essential purchase for the PS Vita thanks to its stylish design and unique uses of the Vita's touch controls. For example, you can tap the rear pad to bounce on trampolines, the camera will put your face in the game while you play, the touchscreen can open presents and you can even blow on the microphone to create a gust of wind. Possibly not one for the bus then.
Thanks to tallpete33 at HotUkDeals.
If you missed out on this one when it was a part of Playstation Plus, or perhaps you did get it and fancy freeing up some space on your memory card, this is a great offer. The Game Collection's flash deal ends up being almost a fiver cheaper than the next best listing.
It may not be the most challenging title TT games have released, and it might not look as sharp as some of the other Vita games out there, but it'smore of the same LEGO gameplay and it stays faithful to the source material, meaning fans of either franchise should get a kick of out it. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!
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I'm genuinely sorry about that limp headline, but regardless, there are some Sci-Fi themed savings to be had on the PlayStation Network this week. Chief among them are Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon for £4.99 and Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable at £11.99, not including extra PS Plus discounts. I'd also personally like to recommend Space Invaders: Infinity Gene, which is one of the most innovative and enjoyable SHMUPS I've ever played.
We've got the whole shebang below, courtesy of the EU PlayStation Blog.Click here to read more...
Gorgeous Diablo-meets-Zelda dungeon crawler Hyper Light Drifter has received a meaty serving of gameplay footage, having secured an enormous amount of Kickstarter funding earlier this year. It looks amazing, sounds superb thanks to the inestimable Disasterpeace and frankly looks ready to release.
Wait, is that pre-alpha footage? Really? Hot damn. Going forward, the weapon selection will be massively fleshed out, while the visuals will be further refined. Look out for it next year on PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, Wii U and Vita.Click here to read more...
£1 dearer than PC World, but includes the Special Delivery DLC pack. Can work out much cheaper if you bought PSN credit in a deal. Launches on November 22nd. Thanks to luckysalt1 @ HUKD!
RPG fans rejoice! The Vita is getting some much-needed love in the form of the excellent Rainbow Moon. This will be a port of last year's PSN exclusive and will now feature cross-save support.
SideQuest Studios told the US PS Blog that the game will run at a slick 60 FPS and will include 30 new features, bug fixes and improvements. They elaborated by saying, "XP counters in the victory screen can now be skipped, items can be used directly from the quest vendor, and left-stick control has been improved, reducing the chance of walking in unintended directions while in battle mode."
As a player of the original, improved movement on the battlefield sounds like good news and will hopefully reduce the number of wasted turns. Cross-save support sounds great, especially if you never got around to finishing the original and the game should be an excellent fit for the Vita as you'll be able to whip it out for a quick grind anywhere. SideQuest are also currently in talks with Sony to get a discount for owners of the original PSN game and cross-buy could be on the cards too.Click here for more details and a trailer.
Platform: PS Vita
Developer: Media Molecule
Tearaway is everything we say we want from a videogame. It's a gorgeous, colourful and exuberant burst of creativity that cuts through the Christmas slew of grim shooters like a pair of oversized safety scissors; a papercraft adventure where anything is possible. A whimsical world that impossibly exists right there behind your Vita screen, which grabs you and pulls you into it by way of the camera and touchpad, letting you directly affect the action onscreen with your face and fingers. With Media Molecule at the helm, many Vita owners have been looking to the acclaimed studio to bring some much-needed joy to the system.
Yet I must admit that I had my reservations about Tearaway, despite my colleagues descending into fits of uncontrollable enthusiasm every time its very name was mentioned. In the trailers, I saw little more than a platformer that sometimes swapped buttons for waggles or prods, nothing worth getting particularly excited about.
Now that I've gotten hands-on... so very hands-on... with an extensive preview build, however, I can report that Tearaway is likely to be one of the most creative and downright enjoyable games of Christmas 2013. Regardless of platform.Click here to read more...