I have to hand it to Telltale – releasing Episode 3 with absolutely no build-up via the usual channels was a very welcome surprise, but then again having to wait extended periods between releases is probably the reason why. I just hope that, with the TV show returning soon, it doesn’t become an excuse to drag out the wait (something Tales from the Borderlands’ players have had to suffer with.) Anyway, before we dive into our review for The Sword In The Darkness, here’s some links to our reviews of Episode 1: Iron From Ice, and Episode Two: The Lost Lords. As always with our episodic reviews, our score will be published once the season is finished, reflecting the game as a whole.
Despite some moments of progression, I felt that Episodes 1 and 2 were more about the setup of the story than anything, building up the world of Westeros before things inevitably come crashing down. While Episode 3 still continues that trend to a degree, there is definitely a sense of moving forward this time around. Choices appear to be more diverse, and actions from previous episodes are finally coming back to haunt the player. Perhaps most importantly, while the other episodes have done a great job in replicating the feel of the show, Episode 3 is the closest Telltale have come to nailing it perfectly, all of which makes The Sword In The Darkness the best instalment so far.
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Battlefield Hardline is about to kick off a month of in-game festivities known as Battlefest, starting with a double XP weekend! We've got the full schedule below, and make sure to mug up on our Battlefield: Hardline Multiplayer Tips guide to make the most of the opportunity!Click here to read more...
GAME have slashed the price of their exclusive The Evil Within limited edition on PC and PS3 today, which includes digital and physical swag.
Thanks to markt91 @ HUKD for posting the PC deal!
Along with the base game you'll get figures of Stitch and Brave's Merida, a webcode to uplock digital content online, and a poster.
JPRG fans! Tales of Compilation now just £13.96 on PS3.
Use voucher code VGB5OFF.
This special collection includes Tales of Graces f and Tales of Symphonia Chronicles in a single box, providing somewhere approaching 100 hours of gorgeous cel-shaded JRPG exploration, character building and the Tales's series magnificent combat system. We praise practically every aspect of the former in our Tales Of Graces f review, meaning that this sub-£14 compilation is seriously good value at an all-low price. Ta Buzz!
The PlayStation Easter Sale is now live, but it's a bit of a free-for-all that's burying some absolutely fantastic bargains. Especially, it turns out, for a host of brilliant niche JRPGs that weren't even mentioned on the PlayStation Blog.
Having reviewed all of them, however, we'd like to shine the spotlight on what we'd consider to be the highlights, and explain exactly why they deserve your attention.
"Tales Of Hearts R is a fantastic handheld RPG and one of the most impressive remakes of recent years. Expect a top-quality JRPG experience from start to finish, even if it's a touch familiar in parts." - 8/10 review
"Tears To Tiara 2 is nearly crushed under the weight of its sluggish opening act, but once it gets going, this fascinating SRPG hits a unique groove. Great turn-based tactics, superb characters and surprisingly accurate Punic Wars setting make for a rough little diamond that deserves your attention.
If you have the time and patience to spare, Tears To Tiara 2 could well be one of this year's left-field highlights." - 7/10 review
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And more besides. Make your money go even further by bookmarking our cheap PlayStation + and PSN Wallet deals guide! Check out some more offers below.Click here to read more...
Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes is a fantastic slice of stealth sandbox action, but it's also very short. For just £5.79 on PS4 and £3.99 on PS3, however, we can probably all stop complaining and agree that it's well worth a punt.
Check out my review if you're still on the fence. Thanks to Gazkapop93 @ HUKD!
The Playstation Store (US) is currently undergoing a God Of War sale! The games included in the sale are:
|God of War Anniversary Dynamic Theme||PS4||£0.67|
|God of War: Ascension Ultimate Edition||PS3||£8.08|
|God of War: Ascension Ultimate DLC Bundle||PS3||Free|
|God of War: Collection||PS3||£12.11|
|God of War II HD||PS3||£6.05|
|God of War HD||PS3||£6.05|
|God of War: Origins Collection||PS3||£8.07|
|God of War: Origins Collection Ghost of Sparta||PS3||£6.05|
|God of War: Origins Collection Chains of Olympus i||PS3||£6.05|
|God of War: Chains of Olympus||PSP / PSV i||£6.05|
|God of War: Ghost of Sparta||PSP / PSV||£6.05|
|God of War: Collection||PS Vita||£12.11|
Desperate for your Monster Hunter fix, PS3 owner? Chances are you're craving the sweet thrill of exploraton, combat and crafting that can only be found on Nintendo consoles these days, but thankfully the likes of Ragnarok Odyssey ACE are on hand to scratch your itch. Ragnarok Odyssey was already a decent Monster Hunter clone with great Vita visuals, but the ACE version adds a huge amount of extra content and is also available on PS3.
It's a bargain price for dozens of hours of gameplay, though PS4 owners might want to check out the cheapest deals for Toukiden Kiwami too. Thanks and credit to tajingwar @ HUKD!
Visual novels are becoming increasingly popular here in the West thanks to the hard work of international publishers and their valiant localisation teams, bringing us text-heavy narrative experiences that hinge around characters, story and 'talking heads' presentation. Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters is one of the best I've read since the first Danganronpa, but it also attempts to inject more interactivity into the typically passive genre with tactical turn-based battles and frequent dialogue choices.
To be honest, I really wish it didn't. We'll get to that later.
The story is the crux of any great visual novel, and Tokyo Twilight tells an absolute corker. Arriving as a new transfer student to a Tokyo high school, you're free to create your own persona (note the small 'p' before you get too excited!) down to name, favourite pastime and even blood type before settling down to classes. However, it doesn't take long before you end up conscripted into a paranormal organisation with a few classmates, pursuing a career as a freelance ghostbuster. Who you gonna call?Click here to read more...
NBA 2K15 is a basketball simulation developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports. It is the sixteenth installment in the NBA 2K franchise and the successor to NBA 2K14.
NBA 2K15 features a number of significant gameplay improvements, including approximately 5,000 new animations, all-new defensive AI and shooting systems, new team-specific play sets, and more control over rebounding, steals, blocks, etc., making players feel engaged in every basketball decision and action.Click here to read more...
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number is bigger than Hotline Miami in every way imaginable. From a massively expanded runtime to multiple playable characters, an involved canon-hopping storyline and sprawling murder playgrounds, Dennaton have thrown everything they can at the game to give you more bang for your buck.
We expect this from sequels, of course, but being bigger doesn't necessarily equate to being better. Something that Hotline Miami 2 players will find out the hard way.
Hotline Miami 2's storyline is utterly bizarre. Starting with a controversial fake-out, the plot schizophrenically leaps between events before, during and after the first game. New plot threads are brought up and ignored or left dangling. Characters are introduced, killed off, taken in unexpected directions or otherwise discarded. One moment you're storming a mechanic as a hired goon, the next you're playing as an actor depicting the events of the original or fans obsessed with the legendary serial killer, then you're fighting the communist invasion of Hawaii. Dialogue shifts between uncanny and clichéd on a whim.
The whole thing eventually unravels as the boundaries between fantasy, reality, delusion and videogame break down, the structure collapsing under its own obtrusive and obnoxiously wordy weight. It's confusing, deeply pretentious and I absolutely bloody love it.Click here to read more...
We're always on the hunt for cheap PlayStation + deals, and today you can book yourself a year-long subscription for just £33.99.
This is an essential purchase for new PS4 owners as you need it to play games online. The main benefit to membership is a regular plethora of free games though. One membership covers PS4, PS3 and Vita. The code is stackable on top of any existing membership. This month the freebies include Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty (PS4), Valiant Hearts (PS4), Papo and Yo (PS3), Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments (PS3), OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood (PS4/PS Vita), CounterSpy (PS4/PS3/PS Vita). Be sure to bookmark our PlayStation + and PSN Gift Cards cheap deals guide too.
Fancy trying out Diablo III for super cheap? Well, the PS3 and 360 versions are only £5.99 for a 'like new' copy.
While, we'd certainly recommend the Ultimate Evil Edition over this version, you're, looking at around £25 last-gen, or £35 on the newer consoles for that one. This deal is more for those of you who aren't sure if Diablo III is the sort of game you'd enjoy. £5.99 is a risk-free price, and you'll probably earn your money back if you resold it as this is half price compared to all other sites at the moment. Take a look at Jon's review of the console version for more information.
Atlus have launched an utterly enormous sale on the US PSN Store, including a host of fantastic RPGs at bargain prices.
£3.35 will get you anything from Odin Sphere to Persona 4, Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga and curiously brilliant pinball RPG Rollers Of The Realm. £6.71 will net you Citizens Of Earth, Persona 3 Portable or Abyss Odyssey.
Even the mighty Persona 4: Golden is down to £10.07. Links below.
"But Jon, us Brits can't buy games on the US PSN," I hear you cry. Well, that's where you're wrong, chum, at least when it comes to PS4 games. It takes a few minutes to set up, but read our new guide to find out How To Buy & Play US PSN Games In The UK, meaning that it's a great way of getting your hands on Citizens Of Earth or Rollers Of The Realm.Click here to read more...
South Park: The Stick of Truth is currently less than £4 on the US PSN, but if you want a physical copy or don't want to set up a US PSN account, Amazon will flog you the physical version for just £10. Get it here!
It's still a bargain for an excellent, crass and deeply hilarious game that proves licensed tie-ins don't have to suck. Thanks to ReflexReact @ HUKD!
God Of War turns ten this week, and Sony are celebrating with a host of new deals on the PlayStation store. You can now pick up God Of War: Ascension for £7.99, the God Of War collections for under a tenner apiece and the brilliant PSP games for less than a fiver.
Other deals include some slight discounts on Metro Redux, Worms and WWE 2K15. Check out all the deals after the break, and give some credit to BuzzDuraband who beat us to it on HUKD!
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As far as I'm aware, there is no standard edition of the game, but £14.99 as most other sites are still over £30.
This edition includes a steelbook and a CD of dev-selected music tracks. I really enjoyed the original game and have been tempted by this one for a while. Well, when I can find a spare forty hours or so to really lose myself in it that is. Unlike many JRPGs, the action ditches the polite turn-based battles for real-time attacks with you switching between party members on the fly and working with specific partners to unleash unique combo attacks.
Tales From the Borderlands: Episode Two - Atlas Mugged is excellent, but I have to start this review with a bit of a moan.
Three months, Telltale. Three months.
I've always loved episodic series, whether Stingray, 24 or The Wolf Among Us. After each episode ends I have time to think about the cliffhanger, to debate it with my friends, to fantasize about what could happen and then finally sit down to enjoy the next one jangling with excitement. Binging cheats us out of this simple pleasure, and my 'Telltale routine' involves pouring a glass of half-decent red wine, switching my phone to silent and enjoying each new episode to the full.
Unfortunately, a quarter of a year goes from satisfying suspense to plain boredom and annoyance, and even Telltale know it. The fact that Atlas Mugged starts with an apology and overlong catch-up proves it, and frankly Telltale needs to publish and stick to firm release dates now. Hell, television series start next week at the exact same time. That's what makes the waiting bearable.
So it's a good thing that Zer0 Sum ended on such a satisfying bang, then. And that, as mentioned, Atlas Mugged does the business.Click here to read more...