We've had three Final Fantasy XIII games now, so it shouldn't really have been a surprise when a HD collection nobody asked for was announced for the PS2 double of X and X-2. X was actually pretty good and marked a debut for voiced-characters in the series and the combat system was still turn-based. X-2 was a bit wonky if I'm honest, but maybe we'll give it another shot. This is the best price around for the pre-order and it's worth noting that both games are the International versions with extra content not previously seen in Europe.
Game Collection are selling the Upper Echelon edition of Splinter Cell: Blacklist for less than the standard edition everywhere else, making this the one to go for if you're yet to pick up Sam Fisher's triumphant return. Despite initial concerns, Blacklist went on to give gamers an incredible amount of choice in terms of mission approach and became one of last year's highlights. The Upper Echelon edition comes with The Dead Coast map for single and multiplayer and some in-game items as shown in the image above.
Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII at HotUkDeals.
This is the first I've heard about the game getting a physical release, but seeing as this includes both the PS3 and PS4 versions, an artbook, poster and keyring it's very tempting. Ubisoft's upcoming RPG uses Rayman's UbiArt engine to create the intriguing story book style and battles will be traditional turn-based affairs that probably won't be as gross as those found in South Park: The Stick of Truth. Child of Light releases April 30th.
Thanks to Addidas Addict at HotUkDeals.
If you opt for the last-gen version of the upcoming sniper sim, you'll save yourself a small fortune as the PS4/Xbone versions are currently pre-ordering for over £40. If you remember the insanely detailed killshots of the last game, the next-gen version may be a bit much to stomach anyway. The third game in the series is still set in WWII, but moves the action to Africa. So you'll be shooting sweaty Nazis in the nuts this time.
Thanks to theg at HotUkDeals.
If we're honest, we wish Warner Bros Montreal hadn't taken the reigns for this one, but at least we now know that Rocksteady are working on Arkham Knight for the PS4 and Xbox One. Origins' main issue is easily-dropped combos and the odd countering delay, but the open world of Gotham on Chrismtas Eve is packed with activities and goon to smash up.
Rejoice! It's South Park Day folks! Yes, The Stick of Truth releases today here in the UK and we've got another little gameplay video for you. This time Matt's new kid on the block gets kidnapped by aliens, all of whom appear to be obsessed with inserting things into various human orifices. But there's no time to think about that! Poor Randy has been taken as well, and we have to save the moustachioed legend before he's reamed to death.
Not that we get to see such things, of course. We're European, after all; which means our eyes would explode if we witnessed such cartoon horrors. Thankfully Ubisoft censored the truly awful bits to save our retinas from spontaneous combustion. To be honest, that might be a mercy.
Still, definitely consider this NSFW. Thank God It's Friday!Click here to read more...
About time too. Just when our excitement for Watch Dogs reached critical mass, having previewed a production build, interviewed the developers and even tested out the companion app, Ubisoft delayed their anticipated hacking sandbox at the eleventh hour. Then went dark.
The waiting began. The conjecture and concerns deepened. But now we can start to ramp back into hype mode, because Watch Dogs has been officially dated by way of a new trailer! So long as you don't want to buy it on Wii U, that is.Click here to read more...
Developer: Kojima Productions
Ground Zeroes is a curious little thing. Neither full game nor free demo, Kojima's attempt to bridge the events of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker and the upcoming Phantom Pain acts as both a FOX Engine showcase, a playable tutorial for Snake's massively overhauled gameplay and a shameless story teaser that sets up one heck of a cliffhanger. With concerns about its length, value and Jack Bauer making headlines, I approached my first hands-on session with a degree of trepidation.
Over more than five hours of contact time, however, I gradually came to realise that Ground Zeroes is more than the sum of its parts. Crucially it's a sandbox; a freeform playground designed to ease players into the new Metal Gear Solid experience by letting us experiment with the retooled mechanics on our own terms.
The scene is set in a lengthy intro cinematic that sees Snake rappelling into Omega Base, a Guantanamo Bay-inspired Black Site in which Paz (remember her?) may have been incarcerated. His mission is to extract her alive by any means necessary, even as we're introduced to the horrifically disfigured new villain Skull Face, who sets a sinister plan into motion involving the nefarious XOF forces. It's an excuse to get Snake back into his skintight stealth suit, but scant seconds after assuming control, you'll realise that Metal Gear has changed in several fundamental ways.Click here to read more...
Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes releases later this month, giving players a taste of the FOX Engine's capabilities, a storyline teaser and insight into Snake's new abilities. However, many gamers are desperately concerned about its value, following a report that the campaign can be completed in less than two hours.
Now that I've spent several hours with Ground Zeroes' 95% preview build, I'm finally in a position to confirm or deny these allegations firsthand.
Or, more accurately, tell you that they're absolutely correct... and completely misleading.Click here to read more...
Sony have gone big with a new PSN sale boasting discounts for over fifty games on the network, from older classics such as Tomb Raider, Crash Bandicoot, and Hitman, to newer marquee titles such as Uncharted 2, Rain, Tokyo Jungle, and God of War HD.Check out the full list after the jump >>
After a year and a half of Microsoft exclusivity, indie darling Fez is finally set to make the jump onto Sony platforms in what the developers describe as "the best-looking and smoothest FEZ experience you can get on a TV set." Better yet, you'll only need to pay once to unlock Phil Fish's dimension-defying platformer on PS4, PS3 and Vita, with save files shared across all versions.Click here to read more...
Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
This generation of consoles hasn’t had the best run for licensed tie-ins or traditional RPG experiences. And now, as it winds to a close, the two genres get one last chance in an odd-sounding hybrid. A South Park RPG.
How do you fit South Park into an RPG experience? Simple, just have the kids pretending to be on an epic adventure with elves, mages, wizards and warriors. Adults may know it as LARPing (Live Action Role Playing (like in the movie Role Models), but to the kids of South Park, they’re simply playing outside.
You play as the new kid in town and are able to create your own South Park avatar from scratch, which is an excellent way to get us in the game. For story reasons, it wouldn’t have made sense for us to pick one of the show’s usual four characters.
Cartman has recruited you to his side in the war against the elves for the titular Stick of Truth –yep, it’s just a stick on a velvet cushion. It’s twice as silly as it sounds, but the one-liners and ‘I’m going to hell for laughing at that’ moments come at you at a steady pace, ensuring near constant amusement. Parker and Stone’s presence can be felt throughout the game’s core and it’s such a relief that the humour and style has been nailed so well as this could have so easily been a bog standard RPG with South Park characters painted in.Click here to read more...
Having forced us to sit through several nervy months of delays, Watch Dogs is set to reveal its release date very soon by way of a new trailer.
We won't have long to wait... but if you're desperate for new info, you might be interested in an intriguing little slip on the PSN Store.Click here to read more...
If Guitar Hero and Rock Band unleashed a fire in you to become a rock god, we'd advise checking out Rocksmith. Here you can plug in a REAL electric guitar (sold separately, of course) and be put through your paces with a series of lessons, drills and games to give you some genuine skills. Be sure to check out Matt's full review for more information. Note: this is the solus edition of the game, you'll need to track down a cable for it too if you don't have one already.
Thanks to theg at HotUkDeals.
With a sequel on the way, you should really check out this excellent open world crime adventure. Especially seeing as it's down to £9.99 on the PS3's Essential range. If the idea of running round Hong Kong as an undercover cop infiltrating gangs sound like fun, that's because it really is. Wei Shen kicks some serious ass and isn't afraid to bend the rules to get what he wants. We say bend the rules, we actually mean hack them into kibble with a meat cleaver.
If you absolutely must have the next-gen version, you can find it at Amazon on the PS4 and Xbone for £22. But as I noted in my review yesterday, there's sod-all difference between the old and new versions, so why not save yourself some money? Whichever platform you opt for, Rayman Legends is an excellent platformer though.
Thanks to theg at HotUkDeals.
Lords of Shadow 2 turned out to be a bit of a letdown, with a drab modern day setting, ill-advised stealth sections and a lack of innovation, but we know you want to know how the saga ends. While we'd advise waiting for it to drop a bit more, Boomerang are comfortably the cheapest site at the moment. On the plus side, the trade-in value will still be quite high once you're done.
Thanks to theg at HotUkDeals.
It was a relief to see that Dante hadn't turned into the complete prick that the trailers depicted him to be in Ninja Theory's reboot. Admittedly, he's still a bit of a douche. The game takes a while to give you all the decent weapons but once it does, the combo variety on offer is excellent. Angel and demon chains enable you to to pull enemies towards you or you to them, making aerial combos a breeze. Some truly awful platforming sections hold the game back from greatness and with the game only selling half of what DMC4 did at launch Dante's future isn't guaranteed despite the high review scores. All because of a haircut.
Thanks to musicmad at HotUkDeals.
Naughty Dog's Uncharted series is one of the best brands seen on the PS3 and their last game packed in more thrills than two summers of cinema blockbusters. The Game of the Year edition includes the paid DLC for multiplayer and co-op stages, both of which are way more fun than they ought to be considering the series is mainly known for its excellent single-player campaigns. Great action, plot, visuals and characters make this an essential package for any gamer.
Thanks to BattleMoose87 at HotUkDeals.
Developer: Double Helix Games
Strider is the best game that Double Helix have ever made.
The bar was admittedly scraping along the ground, since their mediocre past form includes the likes of Battleship, Front Mission Evolved and that shocking Green Lantern tie-in. But be in no doubt: their suitably challenging and respectful remake of Capcom's classic slice & dice platformer is very good indeed, and worthy to bear the name. As soon as master assassin Hiryu goofily cartwheels over a crowd of robotic rifleman, flips off a wall and carves his first foe into tiny pieces, its pedigree is unmistakeable.
When Strider is content to be a faithful reboot, it's really rather brilliant. Having arrived in the sprawling city of Kazakh to murder its evil 'Grandmaster' and bring peace to the world with ultraviolence, Hiryu is as spry and blisteringly fast as we remember, barrelling through the corridors in a blur of precisely-aimed steel and perfectly-timed wall jumps. Packing a climbing sickle that can scale any surface, robotic combat enhancements and even a teleporter, he's a force to be reckoned with, but the Grandmaster's robot army and mercenary henchmen will give him a retro-tough run for his money.Click here to read more...