Ah, Halloween, the most annoying and pointless of all the holidays (seriously, even Guy Fawkes' Night has awesome fireworks!). Never mind, though, because it's also a time for digital distributors to launch some tasty horror-themed sales. Sony are quick off the mark and a week early, leading the charge with a pack of devilish discounts and scary savings.
Sorry. Anyway, the PS4 gets short shrift yet again as the PS3 and Vita pick up the slack. Dead Space is a steal at £3.99, while I'd personally recommend the utterly brilliant and shockingly overlooked Dead Space Extraction to anyone who still owns a PlayStation Move controller. For £5.79, it's a light gun masterclass. They're just the tip of the iceberg, joined by the likes of Resident Evil Revelations, Silent Hill (PSX original), BioShock and other worthwhile titles.
On Vita, meanwhile, I'd suggest taking a look at Toukiden: The Age Of Demons for any Monster Hunter fans (£14.99), alongside the dangerously sexy Demon Gaze at £15.99. It's a riot.
As always, check out the savings below courtesy of the EU PlayStation Blog and thanks to the eagle-eyed stevenjameshyde @ HUKD!Click here to read more...
Sony's weekly PSN deals are now live and relatively underwhelming outside of a couple of major highlights.
As per usual, the dealhunter generals at HotUKDeals have cut through the guff to point out the smartest bargains. oUkTuRkEyIII points out that Urban Trial Freestyle is only £0.79 on PS3 and Vita, whereas jaystan notes that Battlefield 4 premium membership is a steal at £11.80 on PS3 (with a free PS4 upgrade) and Octodad is well worth a look for £5.79.
As a massive fan of Japanese gaming, however, I'd also recommend Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F's Vita version to any fellow Vocaloid enthusiasts... no? Okay then. Check out the full list of discounts (dominated by a disgusting torrent of Battlefield shortcut DLC) below.Click here to read more...
Platforms: PS3 | PS Vita (reviewed)
Publisher: NIS America | Reef Entertainment
The trailers lied. Yes, Akiba's Trip is a game in which you'll rip the clothes off sexy vampires, but that's not what it's about.
It's actually a cel shaded celebration of otaku counter-culture in all of its bizarre diversity and a love letter to Tokyo's trendy Akihabara district. It's big-hearted, anarchic, punk, devastatingly cool and fiercely unapologetic in its desire to do its own crazy thing; a blend of riotous street combat with compelling RPG components and visual novel elements. A little like Yakuza by way of Jet Set Radio, only much rougher around the edges.
All-told, Akiba's Trip is one of the most pleasant surprises of 2014, though admittedly the combat still revolves around ripping people's clothes off. We'll get to that in due time... but for now, note that I said "people," not "girls."
Revealing that you'll spend half your time disrobing hot buff dudes clearly wasn't at the top of the marketing team's priorities!Click here to read more...
Platform: PS Vita
Publisher: Marvelous Games
Be advised: the Senran Kagura franchise is all about jiggling anime breasts. It's as blatant and unabashed as fanservice gets, and Tamsoft are absolutely up-front about their intentions. Here we have a series in which infeasibly well-endowed schoolgirls literally kick each other's clothes off for our amusement, because they conveniently also happen to be ninjas, while the camera pans around for what can charitably be described as cinematic close-ups.
I had my first Senran Kagura experience earlier this year with Senran Kagura Burst, and I rather liked it.
I admit to enjoying a slice of cheesecake every once in a while, but I mainly enjoyed Burst because its embarrassing and cringeworthy premise was draped over a surprisingly excellent handheld brawler with responsive mechanics, diverse characters and addictive pick-up-and-play action. Several months on and having swapped the 3DS for the vastly more powerful PlayStation Vita, Shinovi Versus fleshes out practically every aspect of the game and makes sweeping improvements across the board, though a move from 2.5D to full 3D comes with some unique drawbacks.
And Pile Bunkers. Great big pneumatic ones.Click here to read more...
Imagine if Snake ate Pac-man. Or maybe Pac-man ate Snake. Or what actually happened was that Snake and Pac-man got drunk one night, fooled around a bit, and ended up having a baby. It might look like Pix the Cat.
Don't think about that too much.
What we have here is a top-down maze game from French outfit Pastagames that's winningly bonkers and cultivates just the right kind of I'll just have one more go gameplay. You play as the eponymous Pix, and your job is to collect eggs, which will then turn into ducklings, which you then have to lead to safety. There's an exit target for each duckling, and all you have to do is pass over them to drop off your water-fowl friends, but the real challenge comes from trying to pick up all of the eggs first and then deposit your feathery chums without crashing into your own trail. Do that and you'll nab yourself a perfect score, but drop a few ducklings off early and the other eggs will crack. You'll still earn points for dropping off the ducklings within those splintered shells but, let's face it, you could have done so much better. Try again. And again. And, oh God it's dark. When did you start playing this again?
The more successful you are, the more your combo multiplier will increase, and the more Pix will start speeding up. Forget about the analogue stick right now. It is not your friend, and cannot hope to gift you the split-second precision that the D-pad can in this instance. Occasionally you might take a wrong turn and crash into a wall or another non-lethal obstacle, at which point the action will slow for a second to let you choose another direction. Dally too long, however, and you'll lose your combo. Crash into yourself and you'll lose your combo. Smack into the enemies and hazardous obstacles that begin to pop up in the levels and you'll lose your combo.Click here to read more...
Sony's latest PlayStation Store sale is now live, and while there are tasty discounts to discover on PS3, I'd actually suggest that the Vita wins out in sensational style. Not to mention fans of Japanese games.
For me the standout bargains are the brilliant One Piece: Unlimited World Red, which you can buy for £19.99 on PS3 (a £10 saving) or £14.99 on Vita (similar) and the fantastic Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable at a ridiculously low £3.99. The only reason it got a 6 was because it cost too much at launch!
EDF! EDF! PSN! I mean, EDF! Check out the deals below or on the EU PlayStation Blog.Click here to read more...
The release schedules are fattening up nicely now and we have a great selection of titles hitting the stores this week. Like hiding in lockers? Well the horror fan in you might find something Alien-related to enjoy, while the perv in you is also catered for via the latest browser-troubling release from Japan. PS4 racing fans rejoice as a certain much delayed racer is finally on the starting grid and XO owners, get those creative juices flowing for your answer to LBP. Failing that you’ll have to settle for some basketball or running around Hong Kong with a meat cleaver and handcuffs.
Creative Assembly’s title ditches the pulse rifles for a survival horror experience which seems so well suited to the Alien universe we don’t know why it’s taken someone this long to try it. Early reviews are largely positive and we’ll have our own soon. Be sure to check out our past coverage below.
Best Price: Simply Games: £32.85 (PS4/XO)Click here to read more...
Platforms: PS Vita (reviewed) | PS3 | PS4 (cross-save)
Developer: Kadokawa Shoten
Natural Doctrine (that's enough with the capitalisation already) is my cup of tea. As a fan of niche localised JRPGs, turn-based strategy and turn-based strategy RPGs, I am this game's target audience. It's not so much "up my street" as "moved into my spare bedroom, sprawled on my sofa, eating my crisps and beckoning me to play it at all hours of the day and night."
We'd be the perfect room mates, if only it would stop punching me in the balls every few minutes.
Natural Doctrine may be a ruthless SRPG with a solid plot, decent characters and some interesting gameplay mechanics, but it sacrifices far too much in an effort to be as obnoxiously difficult as possible.
Click here to read more...
October's PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection is getting a seriously massive boost next week, as an incredible new free game skids and screeches onto the circuit. I'm talking, of course, about the magnificent Dust: An Elysian Tail, which is one of my favourite games of recent years and is also doubtlessly going to be more enjoyable than DriveClub.
But nowhere near as good a racing game, I admit!
Either way, there'll also be a number of great cross-buy titles up or grabs (including Spelunky and Rainbow Moon). Check out the selection below, or just watch the video courtesy of the EU PlayStation Blog.Click here to read more...
Sony's weekly PSN sale is now live, and does exactly what it says on the tin. "Games Under £8." Yes, they've got that right, but they failed to mention that some of these games are significantly under £8.
On the Vita front I'd recommend BreakQuest and Real Boxing for £2.49 apiece (linked to reviews), as well as the magnificent Rayman Origins for £5.79. The Vita version is, as far as I'm concerned, actually the best of the lot. £7.99 for the Vita version of Child Of Light isn't too shabby either.
PS3-wise, I'd heartily vouch for Dragon Age Origins (and the inferior sequel, if you absolutely must), Just Cause 2, Super Puzzle Fighter II and Castle Crashers at around the £3 mark.
PS4 owners get short shrift this time, with big reductions on NFS Rivals due to the impending glut of Christmas racers. Either way, check out the savings below or on the EU PlayStation Blog.Click here to read more...
Sony aren't pulling any punches with this week's PSN sale, which is utterly enormous. On the PS4 we find big savings on Child Of Light, Transistor, Trials Fusion, SteamWorld Dig, Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut, Strider and more. Vita owners can grab Lone Survivor, Monster Monpiece and Luftrausers at serious discounts, just for starters, while the PS3 selection spans everything from AfterBurner Climax to Gunstar Heroes.
Get on it! We've got all the details and links below, courtesy of the EU PlayStation Blog and stevenjameshyde @ HUKD!Click here to read more...
Destiny has been a huge seller, but FIFA is bound to smash it off the top spot next weekend and is a good shout for Xmas #1. Other brave (foolish?) games are releasing the same week too, including the eagerly awaited Gauntlet remake and the intriguing murder mystery title, the Vanishing of Ethan Carter. Check out the full lineup for the week below, along with links to our past coverage and the best online pre-order prices.
As a console gamer, I’m really jealous that this is only coming to PC for the foreseeable future. I blame this newfound addiction to Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition. Gauntlet is a true original brand though and we can’t wait to see its modern update. It has four player co-op of course.
Pre-Order: Steam £14.99Click here to read more...
Sony's latest store update brings us a selection of tasty discounts. PS Plus Members can grab the newly-released (and deeply odd) Murasaki Baby at a 20% saving, while Another World: 20th Anniversary Edition and Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare (PS3 and PS4) are available cheaper than the most competitive new physical copies out there.
Disney's publisher sale is less spectacular, but might be an opportunity to stock up on the Pirates Of The Carribean LEGO games or the Monkey Island Special Edition Bundle. Either way, we've got all the savings below courtesy of the EU PlayStation Blog.
Due credit must also be given to jaystan, daoverseer and dealhunter1233 at HUKD, since they individually posted several of these deals!
Deal of the week
Platform: PS Vita
Sony has repositioned the Vita as a champion of indie titles and Murasaki Baby has been on our radar for what seems like forever. The wait is over though and we finally get our hands on one of the most visually-striking games to land on the handheld in ages.
The aim of this 2D puzzle platformer is to help this incredibly creepy, yet somehow adorable, little girl find her ‘mummy’ as we guide her through the nightmare-like environments via a multitude of touchscreen and rear touchpad controls. Early Vita adopters may hear a few distant alarm bells ringing if they remember the infuriatingly clunky launch title Escape Plan. Thankfully, the controls in Murasaki Baby are much better. Mostly.
To move the child, you use the touchscreen to hold her hand and drag it across the screen as her arm stretches out and she follows your movements. Pull too far and too fast and she’ll trip, so you must be mindful of moving at a consistent pace. Players also need care for balloon she carries. If it pops, you must restart the scene, so you’ll need to use another finger to drag it around the screen in order to move it past thorns or avoid flying safety pins, the latter of which you can also flick from the screen.Click here to read more...
Finished Destiny already or just have a really short attention span? Fear not, we’re back with our weekly look at next week’s releases. This is the week that parents will be dreading ahead of Xmas as Dinsey are rolling out their latest toy-fest. Will Zelda survive it’s whoring out to the Dynasty Warriors franchise and why are those sheep acting like Lemmings? This is the week to find some answers.
This might be the year to check out Disney’s Skylanders-baiting franchise that sees real-life toy figures used on a portal to appear in-game. Since Disney acquired Marvel, it’s always been a sure bet we’d see them in Disney Infinity. So get ready for new playsets including The Avengers, Spider-Man and the crew from Guardians of the Galaxy. 2.0 also marks the series next-gen debut on the PS4 and XO. The base game and some extra figures is looking pricey, so be sure to check out our past coverage below first and stay tuned for Jon’s verdict on the XO version.
Cheapest PS4 / XO Pre-Order: Simply Games £50.94Click here to read more...
Hold onto your hats, retronauts, because this week's PSN sale is all about catching up with the classics. From new takes on legendary games like Okami HD, Superfrog HD and Metal Gear Solid 2 HD to genuine golden oldies like G-Police and Bishi Bashi Special, there's a whole host of discounted nostalgia on sale. Remember that the PS1 games will be compatible with PS3 or Vita.
You can browse the selection below or at the PlayStation Blog, courtesy of feeder16 @ HUKD!Click here to read more...
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster is frankly something of a must for JRPG fans. The Vita has not been getting much love from Sony themselves, but it's rapidly become a cracking niche proposition for JRPG fans and import aficionados. The Remaster of FFX and X-2 is fantastic, with the latter looking practically current-gen, such is the job they've done at buffing it up. Definitely check out the reviews above for some in-depth analysis of the changes if you're on the fence, but really this one is a no-brainer.
Worth noting that Amazon have price matched, but they're estimating delivery in 2-4 weeks which could indicate stock issues.
Nice spot, Bure11!
Platforms: PS4 (reviewed) | Vita
Futurlab may have just gone and made one of the best games of the year. And for anyone on PS+, you can download it for free now on PS4 and Vita.
The original Velocity title on the Vita was a cool retro shoot ‘em up that had you teleporting through barriers to reach other parts of a scrolling stage. We would have been happy enough with more of the same, but Futurlab really went the extra mile by adding in on-foot 2D platforming sections when you leave the ship. The game effortlessly shifts between the two modes with no loading screens to complete one of the slickest experiences we’ve seen on PS4.
But let’s go back to the flying parts of the game. Like many classic shooters, you travel up the ever scrolling screen to reach your goal at the top. Rather than fly to the top of the screen to speed up the scrolling, you hold R1 to boost, which effectively scrolls the screen a bit faster, with you needing to stick near the bottom of to have more time to avoid getting smushed.Click here to read more...
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is magnificent. Genuinely, truly superb. Both a compelling visual novel and engrossing tense videogame, this disturbing yet playful cult classic tells an incredible yarn with fantastic characters and gruesome murders to unravel. The sequel is out soon, but as far as I'm concerned, it doesn't hold a candle to the original.
So, if you have a Vita, I'd suggest taking advantage of the PSN discount that will save you £8 vs Base.com - and more if you're a PS Plus member. That way you'll know what I'm talking about when I award it GOTY 2014 (your move, holiday season!). Thanks to RicknVic @ HUKD!
Rising Star Games turn ten this year, marking a decade of bringing niche Japanese games to the US and Europe. So what better way to celebrate than a whole host of sales on multiple platforms? A number of 3DS titles will be discounted next week -- I've already scheduled the post (details on HUKD) -- but today PS3 and PS Vita owners can reap the benefits on a number of cult classics.
Speaking of cult classics, Deadly Premonition is probably the cream of the crop at £8.99. Love it or hate it, this mechanically flawed gem still delivers one of the best storylines to ever grace a videogame. So says Mr Lester. Other highlights include Sorcery Saga: Curse Of The Great Curry God for £8.99 on Vita and Half-Minute Hero at £2.99 on PSP (Vita compatible). I've linked to our reviews, so do check them out if you want to know more.
Peruse the savings below or at the EU PlayStation Blog, and do wish Rising Star many happy returns!Click here to read more...