Developer: Magenta Software
When I was a lad, you'd find me dogfighting in Frontier Elite or hunting down Superfrog's trickier Easter eggs. We thrived on challenge as children and nothing has changed, because these days kids eat Ender Dragons for breakfast and noscope headshots for dessert. They certainly know that red barrels are likely to explode or that coloured tiles will unlock something when you step on them, but Invizimals: The Lost Kingdom has no respect for its young target audience. It painstakingly explains every primitive and dated mechanic, convinced that its players are brain-dead drones who mustn't be allowed to think for themselves.
Still, if you are a brain-dead drone, you might get some enjoyment out of this criminally generic and dull little platformer.
We're deep in shovelware territory here. Tasked with bringing the Invizimals franchise to the PS3, Magenta Software decided that Augmented Reality sounded like hard work, so decided to deliver a by-the-numbers platformer instead. Presumably because it was a Friday afternoon. We step into the DayGlo jacket of Hiro, a young boy exploring the digital realm of the Invizimals for the first time, whose ability to transform into sixteen of the critters has potential for interesting gameplay.Click here to read more...
Publishers: Warner Bros. Interactive
After not getting around to finishing the final version of the original Vita release late last year, I was delighted to see that Blackgate was making its way to the main consoles in a similar manner to Assassin’s Creed: Liberation HD. Keen to fill the long gap between now and Rocksteady’s next-gen Arkham adventure I dove in with both feet -but sadly without a cape.
Blackgate takes place three months after the events of Arkham Origins, making its original simultaneous release a little odd. But now we’ve had time to finish the console game, we don’t have to worry about spoilers; although I’ll not give any away today.
Batman finds himself visiting Blackgate prison after the inmates take over, with various crime lords taking a part of the facility for themselves. So yes, it’s a pretty bland mashup of the plots from the first Rocksteady games, but at least Bruce doesn’t seem to have any parent issues during the story for a change.
He does seem to have become hardcore drinking buddies with Ratchet & Clank though as he once again turns up to the rumble with fuck-all gear to navigate around the environments. Why Batman! Why do you never pack the line gun or exploding gel? You’re always going to need it, you bellend!Click here to read more...
I'm currently smashing my way through the PS4 version and will have a review for you soon. I can tell you now though that the last-gen versions are feature-complete, so why not save yourself £8 by picking them up at Simply Games? There are a few new features for a change in the Lego series, including buddy-up attacks and a basic loot system that leads towards a Lego crafting minigame for larger creations. The third film will be available later this year as DLC which reeks of a shameless cash-in worse than the fact one of Tolkien's shortest books has been spread over three films. Don't be surprised to see this re-released then at the same price with the third film's levels included.
Despite dropping by nearly £10 in just a few short weeks, FFX has aged wonderfully and offers up huge depth for you to discover all over again or even for the first time if you're really lucky. It'll take you ages to finish and it turns out X-2 has turned out ok too, despite being a bit unnecessary. We split our review in two to cover each game individually and you can find the links above.
Thanks to eON at HotUkDeals.
Not ready to stump up the cash for a PS4 and Infamous: Second Son yet? Well, this deal will save you hundreds of pounds for the Saints' latest adventure, now with aliens! The previously GTA-aping series has added a superhero element to the action by giving you insane powers like super sprinting, shooting fireballs, telekinesis and the ability to leap over buildings. Saints Row IV's super-powered take on the open-world genre is an absolute blast to play. Screw commuting to a mission like you do in GTA, when you can run faster than a car as the President of the USA while fighting off an alien invasion. Sane it is not, but we wouldn't have it any other way.
Thanks to Jas10 at HotUkDeals.
Telltale's The Walking Dead only won me over when I played the complete season when reviewing the Retail Edition on PS3 last year. So if you weren't convinced by the demo, I'd urge you to give the game another chance at the low price of £5.49, you won't regret it. It's a bit clunky, but the story is one of the best in gaming. Decisions have devastating consequences in this tale of survival against both the zombies and man's own madness.
Looking to try out a new RPG series? Well, I'd advise you picking up this digital copy of Tales of Xillia as it'll save you £16 over the cheapest physical copy. It's only 6.2GB, so not the biggest of hard-drive occupants out there. Xillia has an action-orientated combat style, although it's far from a button basher. The levelling up system is similar to FFX's sphere grid and each upgrade feels like it has a meaningful impact. A sequel is due later this year, so why not make sure you're ready?
Note: PS Plus members can pick it up for £10.79.
It's about time console gamers got a ridiculously hot Season Pass deal for one of Telltale's adventure games -and this one is a belter. For the price of £6.49, little more than the cost of a single episode, you'll get a pass for all five episodes. PSN only has the first two right now, but Episode 3 is just around the corner. PS Plus members can pick the pass up for even less at £5.89.
Call Of Duty: Ghosts treads water graphically and creatively, but for a hilariously low £12.85, we can't complain about the value for money here. If you're not interested in the superior next-gen versions, SimplyGames' deal is an absolute doozy. Thanks to theg @ HUKD!
"There is nothing... nothing... half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”
Ratty had it right. As did The Lonely Island. Naval combat is awesome, so we're delighted that Battlefield 4's selection of RHIBs, jetskis and attack boats finally have their chance to shine courtesy of the latest DLC. Aptly named Naval Strike, this new map pack contains four enormous waterlogged maps balanced for ship-to-ship combat, while infantry scurry to secure their objectives and aircraft hunt down their quarry on the high seas. As the cherry on the cake, we have a new game mode in Carrier Assault, which gives Battlefield 2142's beloved Titan gametype a wet and wild makeover. Forget tanks and heavy armour, because we're all about hovercraft and hidden Megalodons now.
Available as part of the Battlefield Premium service, Naval Strike certainly seems to be a breath of sea air, which we've now tested thoroughly enough to deliver our comprehensive verdict - from the new maps to the gear and gametypes. And then we'll finish up by having another rant about Battlefield 4's crappy netcode.
Wave Breaker is by far the strongest and most interesting of the new maps. An expansive network of small islands, naval approaches and airborne opportunities are clustered around a massive underground submarine pen: a nervy combination of long sight lines, balconies, gantries and tight corridors for well-organised squads to assault. Attack boats and RHIBs can breach the perimeter unless infantry raise flood barriers, while the drydocked submarine can be collapsed with devastating results if it sustains enough damage. Given the mix of massively open boat combat, helicopter shenanigans and brutal point-blank ground pounding, it's really rather special indeed.Click here to read more...
In case you haven't noticed, we're big fans of karaoke here at Dealspwn.com. There's little more enjoyable than thoroughly embarrassing ourselves by tipsily belting out awful versions of classic songs from the diaphragm, and videogames have long been on hand to scratch our itch; from SingStar and Lips to the likes of We Sing and even Rock Band.
But there's a problem. Every time a new karaoke game comes out, we find ourselves gravitating to three or four songs in the track list, restricted by the 20-40 tunes on the disc. There's always filler material, there's always bumf that literally no-one likes to sing, while themed sequels and track packs leave fans of other decades or genres sitting glumly on the sofa and wishing that they'd gone to that other party instead.
SingOn aims to change all that. We've seen so many games trying to become "services" over the last few years, usually with disastrous results, but for Karaoke games this new startup makes perfect sense. It's effectively a free client that grants players access to a continually-updated streaming roster of hundreds of songs throughout numerous genres, on their own terms. Whether charging a couple of quid for a night, a few Pounds for weekend access or spending the price of a regular game for a year's unfettered use, SingOn is all about letting us choose exactly when and exactly what we want to sing.
The passionate developers describe SingOn as the "next generation of Karaoke games," and though it's rolling out on PS3 first, PlayStation Network is just the very first step in a plan for global domination across multiple platforms.Click here to read more...
It's official: 2K Australia are indeed working on a "pre-sequel" to Borderlands, appropriately entitled Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. Set on the Hyperion Moonbase, players will explore the low-gravity no-Oxygen environment at the behest of a younger Handsome Jack.
Or more accurately, just Jack, we suppose.
All the rumours were true; from the selection of characters (yes, we get to control a weaponised ClapTrap!) to limited Oxygen and a 2014 release on PC and last-gen consoles. We could elaborate, but for your convenience, 2K Australia and Gearbox' Randy Pitchford star in a new explanatory trailer that covers all the basics and then some.
Titanfall on Xbox 360 is great fun. It's not as sharp as its Xbox One sibling, nor is it as impressive in terms of framerate, but at its core it's still the same fast-paced, exhilarating experience that we've come to find on the other platforms thus far.
Put simply, I'm not entirely sure that the difference between the Xbox 360 version and the Xbox One version is worth forking out £400 for.
We're nearly five months on now from the release of the Xbox One and the PS4, and we've seen prices fall a little in that time, but I'd still posit that there's little reason to invest in the advent of this new generation of video game consoles, and the Titanfall situation perfectly illustrates why: we're not ready to let go of last-gen just yet.
We speculated that the delay of the 360 version, and the fact that no-one had seen or heard anything much about it until a couple of days before release, might have been because it was crap. That's a fairly tried-and-tested strategy in the games industry: if you have a crap game it's either vertical slice time (hello Aliens), or you follow that old adage of if you haven't got anything good to say, don't say anything at all. It's all helped along by the fact that 2014 has seen some of the most hilariously overblown scrutiny of games and visuals and technical specifications and comparisons that a tiny, tiny, very vocal niche care about. As soon as you put something out there in the virtual ether, it's going to get torn apart, and so we often jump to the conclusion that no news is probably bad news.
But in this instance it would seem that the reverse is true: that the Xbox 360 port is good enough to have probably posed a challenge to the more expensive, pleasebuyaconsoleforthis Xbox One version of Titanfall, and that says much about the fragility of this first year of next-gen gaming. With third parties going for an expansive approach, and hamstringing the potential of current-gen versions to allow for feature-complete last-gen games, the exclusive big hitters matter more for Sony and Microsoft, and it makes sense to try and make things as easy for the likes of Titanfall and inFamous: Second Son as is possible. Given the choice between forking out forty quid for a really enjoyable version of Titanfall on Xbox 360 and ten times that for Titanfall on Xbox One, many might have gone for the former over the latter.Click here to read more...
Amazon had a nice little PS3 deal for Dark Souls II going on yesterday, dropping their price down to £25. Unfortunately, Xbox 360 players were left with their noses pressed up to the window as PlayStation owners danced around, revelling in the mountains of cash that they'd saved. Allegedly.
Anyway, GAME have undercut Amazon by a penny on the PS3 version, and have dropped their 360 price for Dark Souls II as well. So now everyone can revel in savings. Go on. Revel, I say!
Tesco had Dark Souls II down at this price yesterday, but if you missed out, Amazon is offering the PS3 version of the game for just £25 right now. It's slightly more accessible than its predecessors, but don't let that fool you into a false sense of security -- Dark Souls II will still make you weep with frustration at your repeated mortality
Definitely check out some of Carl's videos for the game too by feasting your eyes on our past coverage here.
Gran Turismo 6 is back under £15 over at The Hut or Zavvi. You know what you're getting with GT by now -- there are no modern concessions or attempts to fit in with the trendy, open world driving game crowd -- it's just purist driving awesomeness. Now for under fifteen quid.
It's a daily deal, though, so get in there quick if you want to snap it up, and do be aware that The Hut Group are often a little tardy when it comes to delivering things. Nice spot ryanh898.
While you could spend all those pennies you've saved on buying more chocolate (and I wouldn't blame you, really) Sony have decided to give Playstation 3 and Vita owners a chance to bag a saving or two during the Easter holiday. As always, PS+ subscribers get a little chopped off the top for an extra saving. Notable offers include those for Battlefield 4, the Mass Effect trilogy, Hotline Miami (a cross-buy purchase, which is nice), and the first season of The Walking Dead. Take a gander at the entire list of offers by hitting the jump.
Developer: Telltale Games
The Wolf Among Us reeled us in, and Episode 1 was the hook. It caught us expertly, brutally worked us over and left us desperate for more; a triumph of storytelling, twists and characterisation that pulled no punches. Then Episode 2 took its sweet time turning up before sitting us down and asking if we'd like a cup of tea. A necessary lull, but we're good and ready for the storm now.
Episode 3: A Crooked Mile is happy to oblige.
Telltale are back on form, delivering a superbly-paced slice of stylish, gritty and often gutwrenchingly emotional procedural drama. Hot on the trail of his prime suspect, Bigby finds himself in a desperate race against time that still manages to expand on both the universe, the characters and the big bad wolf himself - while introducing a fantastic new villain.
Since I know that some of you will be reading this review to make up your mind about buying the season pass, we're going to avoid spoiling the major twists from the first two episodes. Somehow.
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Don't worry if you missed yesterday's South Park: Stick of Truth deal? Tesco might have run out of stock, but Amazon are firing on all cylinders and have kept the dream alive...on PS3 anyway. If you've got Sony's last-gen box of tricks, you can still snap up the game for £18.50, and you really should. Because it's hilarious and that preice is damn cheap for a game that only released a couple of weeks back. Good spot oliverreed!
Hot. HOT. I'm being super cereal right now: this deal is almost too sizzling to handle, since Tesco Direct are currently selling the recently-released South Park RPG for £18.50 including free home delivery. It's an immense saving on what turned out to be a genuinely impressive -- if intentionally (brilliantly) offensive game. Thanks to johnwilliamson47 @ HUKD for this fantastic spot!