Nobody expects the Dragon Age Inquisition!
Well, actually, that's not entirely true. Not only does this new trailer set up the basic premise (we're the sole survivor of a disaster with magical powers and a great destiny... again), show off the shiny trans-generation graphics and hype us up for retooled dragon combat, but it also confirms that BioWare's sequel should release in October.
So we therefore know exactly what to expect and when to expect it. What we need to know, however, is whether it can put the series back on form after Dragon Age II totally squandered the first game's potential. We'll be sure to fetch the comfy chair and find out [that's probably enough misquoted Python now - Ed].
Puppeteer is a quirky little gem of a platformer. Sure, it suffers from the occasional overlong, unskippable cutscene, but it's a visually outstanding, brilliatly creative tour-de-force from Sony Japan that kind of out-Nintendos Nintendo.
You should buy it.
Stop pretending you're not interested in Saints Row 4's insanity, at £9.99 it's dipped under the £10 barrier for the first time, making it a much cheaper alternative to the super powered antics of buying a PS4 for Infamous: Second Son. Thanks to a nonsense alien invasion/Matrix story you now have powers like super sprinting, fireballs, telekinesis and the ability to leap over buildings. Volitions super-powered take on the open-world genre is an absolute blast to play.
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Zavvi are currently £4 cheaper than any other site. South Park: The Stick of Truth was well worth the wait and should be picked up immediately by any of you that enjoy the show and old-school RPGs. It can feel a bit basic at times, but the show's trademark humour ensures you'll stick with it for hours on end. Don't worry about the censorship cuts made for the console version, there's still plenty of gross-out wrongness to experience. For example, last night I dodged a giant pair of testicles in a boss fight.
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Dark Souls II will prove to be one of gaming's true Marmite titles this year. Fans of all things horrible, mean and stabby will love it's relentless difficulty and cruel nature, while others will spend their time gaming in a brightly lit room wishing they'd never tried a Souls game. But Zavvi are inspiring a brave purchase with the cheapest price we've seen yet. So, if stubbing your toe or getting parking tickets gives you a chubby, head on over and ask Zavvi for a punch in the face / a copy of Dark Souls II. Be sure to check out some of Carl's videos for the game too by scrolling through our past coverage here.
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This is the cheapest price I've seen for a while for the Skylanders Giants Starter Pack. The pack includes the game, the Portal of Power docking station, three toy figures for the game, three trading cards, stickers and a poster. It's quite a big box, so you'll probably have to be home to receive it, or face a trip to your local collection depot. Or, if your postman's a dick, you'll find it in your recycling bin a week later.
Thanks to theg at HotUkDeals.
Here we have yet another reduction for Quantic Dream's latest cinematic effort, with the price falling to the lowest we've seen in a while. Overall there's a saving of around £2.50 to be had with this listing.
Opinion on Beyond was scattered like a buckshot for good reason - the lack of apparent choice and interaction rubbed many people the wrong way, coming across as limited compared to Heavy Rain. While the storyline isn't the best in the industry has produced, it's certainly an enjoyable one, and the performances by Ellen Page and Willam Defoe are outstanding. That said, at this price it could be the right time to make up your own mind. Thanks to Jas10 @ HUKD!
If you haven't decided to upgrade to the current gen of consoles, but still want to watch a dog take down a helicopter for a bargain price, this is an excellent opportunity to do so if you're a PS3 owner. This deal from Simply Games is the cheapest around by over £2.
While the multiplayer modes are limited in number, and the social features are lacking as well, it's the same COD-like experience with Ghosts. Basically, if you're looking for some no-nonsense shooter fun (now with added dog) you'll probably find enjoyment with Infinity Ward's latest. It's also worth pointing out that the Free Fall map that is thrown in with it is now available to everyone. Thanks to petes_1234 @ HUKD!
Platform: PS4 (reviewed) | PS3 | Vita | X360 | XO | Wii U |3DS
Developer: Traveller’s Tales
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive
Yes, this is a review, not an advanced preview for a game which (with any sense) wouldn’t see a release until December when the final Hobbit movie hits cinemas. Instead, this Lego title encompasses the first two films with the third to be added as DLC later this year.
It would take the most upbeat of optimists to suggest that WB will do the right thing and release the add-on (the rest of the game) for free, but my cynical nature tells me to expect something around £15.99 –an oddly specific guess I admit. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see this game re-released complete with the remaining content in December for the same price it is today. So, I guess the only real question left, is how many Lego games do you need in your life? With Lego Marvel and the Lego Movie tie-in released just five and two months ago respectively, you have to wonder why WB didn’t wait.
But here we are, back in Middle Earth for another action-platformer collect em’ up. As with the Lego Lord of the Rings game, there are lines of dialogue and music from the movie giving the game an authentic air. In the Lego LOTR titles, I found this to be an odd match as the straight-faced dialogue was at odds with the characters messing about in the background. But The Hobbit movies have turned out to be lighter affairs and the seriousness and comedy seems to gel together better than I expected. Or maybe it’s because I loved the LOTR movies have been bitterly disappointed with the drawn-out Hobbit ones.Click here to read more...
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.
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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.
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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...