Ok, bear with me here. Buy this on PS3 and not only will you get a code for 30 days of play in this subscription-based MMORPG, but you will also get the option to upgrade to the PS4 version for free if you register by the end of the year. Once you do though, you'll be unable to use the PS3 version anymore. We're presuming there'll be a hefty PS4 download involved too. This is a great incentive to give the RPG a go regardless of which Sony platform you're using. Considering the PS4 disc version is at least £20, this really is a no brainer.
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Been holding off on Ghosts DLC in the hope of finding a good season pass deal? Well you're in luck as CDKeys are currently offering the pass for £12.59, which drops down to £11.99 if you use the site's 5% off Facebook voucher.
The four packs include Onslaught, Devastation, Invasion, and Nemesis, the last of which isn't out on PSN just yet, but will probably cost more than this deal when it finally arrives.
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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'll want to know how the saga ends. Just a few months after release the downloadable PS3 version has plummeted to £11.99 (or £10.79 for PS+ members), currently a fiver cheaper than the disc version, which makes it, well, still a rubbish game, but well... cheaper.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel takes place on the moon of the planet Pandora in the time between the first and second games, with players working for Handsome Jack. Not played any of the other games? Don’t worry; this is a simple place to start and newcomer friendly while giving plenty of nudges to the fans. So let’s dive in and see what 2K Australia has brought to the table since Gearbox handed them the reigns.
Two playable characters were available to choose from in this demo. First time through the snaking queue at the MCM Manchester Expo I tried Athena, a light and nimble character packing a collection of long-range weapons. Her standard mêlée move involves a sweet red katana slash that has a satisfying feel. Athena's most impressive feature though is her shield ability. A tap of L1 sees her raise her shield in her left hand, leaving the right free to continue firing a gun. The shield can be thrown Captain America style for a devastating attack with a tap of L1. The shield is thrown automatically after the meter has depleted too. It’s a great way to create some breathing room when multiple enemies are closing in. You're going to be happy to splurge hard-earned skill points on reducing the cooldown period for this one.
The second character I was able to choose was the imposing figure of Wilhelm. So, it comes as no surprise that we’ve found this Pre-Sequel’s tank character. His default loadout favored more explosive weaponry like shotguns and rocket launchers. Sadly, his melee attack lacked any sort of impact or visual style compared to Athena’s. Why should we be content with a standard rifle butt jab when Athena gets a freakin’ sword? Come on 2K, give him a hammer at least or seeing as we expect mental weapons from this series, maybe a small rabid skag on a stick would be better? Wilhelm’s special ability is much more useful (but again not very unique), a small backup drone that flies around you shooting at will. Frankly, I was too busy shooting to see how useful it was being.Click here to read more...
Child of Light has been one of the standout games of the year thus far thanks to its wonderfully balanced, old-school RPG style of gameplay, and its phenomenally realised artwork. The aesthetics are absolutely jaw-dropping in this game thanks to the UbiArt engine, and the Deluxe edition of the game comes with a whole bunch of extra stuff.
The Child of Light: Deluxe Edition contains the following:
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With months to go before the new-gen machines get a new racing game, Codemasters' Grid Autosport is the way to go. Expect race track and road circuit racing again from sports, saloon and open-wheel cars along with some extensive tinkering options under the hood. Now Codemasters, we assume this is missing PS4/XO because you're making a proper next-gen rally game? Right? Please?
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Platforms: PS3 (reviewed) | X360 | PC
Developers: CI Games
Publishers: CI Games
I wanted to love Enemy Front, I really did. As a big WWII FPS fan, I’ve been starved for years and have only recently got a taste of the genre coming back with the ‘what if the Nazi’s won’ Wolfenstein on PS4 and the ‘let’s shoot Italians in Africa for a change’ of the recent Sniper Elite III. Enemy Front could have been another game to show that WWII is still one of the best settings for FPS titles; instead, it’s probably buried it.
The game’s ambitions are pure enough, but CI have struggled to cope with the CryEngine and basic gameplay design, producing one of this year’s biggest messes. The frame-rate crashes into single-digits whenever you go indoors, especially when moving up the stairs of any of the multiple apartment buildings. The checkpointing seems intent on making you relive the worst parts of the game whenever you bite the dust after the increasingly random number of perforations deemed acceptable is reached.
Glitches see enemies that can only be sniped get stuck behind pillars. You can be shot by enemies through several buildings, leading to the impression you’re being shot by ghosts. Your own shots frequently fail to register in some of the worst hit detection I’ve ever seen. You’re pretty much forced to rely on sniper weapons as the close range lunacy of the jitteriest MP40 in existence suggest the lead hero has wrists made of jelly. Sometimes weapons sink into the ground when you put them down for a sec to use a rocket launcher. Stealth melee takedown animations are so lengthy that you’ll be seen by another soldier every time. The ultimate slow clap award though goes to those gifted flying Nazis that seem to get skyhooked away from the battlefield. It gets to the point where all you can do is laugh through the rage.Click here to read more...
Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars | Asda | £7.50
Did this one slip you by before you fell into your full-on Lego game addiction? Don't worry, Asda are one of the only sites flogging it for under a tenner. Sure, the Clone Wars setting might only appeal to the more hardened Star Wars fan, but the staple Lego gameplay is platforming and collectibles are still rock solid. There's a lot of space battles to be had too. And Lego Yoda.
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Platform: PS3 | PS4 (reviewed) | X360 | XO
Developers: Edge of Reality
It’s always amused me just how much people hate Michael Bay. I mean, it’s a film about toys. Of course it’s just robots hitting each other and stuff exploding. Don’t like it? Well stop paying a fortune to watch it at the cinema thus encouraging him to make more. Seriously, I had to delete one person from facebook because they were complaining about how awful the film was despite them paying to watch it twice.
Personally, as an effects fan, I quite like the films (not seen the new one yet though), but wish they were about 45 minutes shorter. I approached the latest tie-in game with low expectations, but with a willingness to be pleasantly surprised, despite High Moon Studios -whose Cybertron series has been widely praised by critics and fans alike- not being at the helm. Fingers crossed they get to work on a brand new entry to the series once they’re done with helping out on COD: Advanced Warfare.
Rise of the Dark Spark is only a tie-in the sense that it’s been released alongside the movie, as most of it takes place on Cybertron with a few Earth levels bookending the campaign. Throughout the adventure you get to play as a large number of Autobots and Decepticons. The game handles like a standard third-person shooter with you mowing down waves of enemies with a variety of light and heavy weapons.Click here to read more...
Developer: Telltale Games
Decisions, decisions. We've made plenty of them during the last four episodes of The Wolf Among Us, some big, some small, some tough and others seemingly simple, but it's finally time to find out whether any of them really mattered in the long run. Everything rests on whether Episode 5: Cry Wolf can tie up the series in a satisfying and bittersweet fashion, while atoning for the stodgy pacing of the last chapter.
Put simply: it does. Not only is Cry Wolf an emphatic end to Telltale's first Fables collaboration, a stylish, menacing, comprehensive and deeply rewarding experience from pacey start to shocking finish, but it's also one of the best pieces of interactive entertainment they've ever released.
We've been keeping our reviews free of major spoilers, so you can read our verdict on Episode 1, 2, 3 and 4 to get the measure of the series thus far. Our final verdict is no exception, meaning that the following few hundred words will be heavy on opinion and light on description.
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Far Cry 2 is often viewed as the dark horse of the series, if not its lowest point, but personally I view it as a misunderstood masterpiece. Gruelling and isolating, hitting you with the full horrors of war, it's a tough and unremitting tale that still gives you a massive amount of choice for completing objectives and numerous opportunities for emergent gameplay-driven storytelling. Either way, we can all agree that £2.99 is very cheap. Thanks to BuzzDuraband @ HUKD!
Format: PS3 | PS4 (reviewed) | X360 | XO |PC
Publisher: 505 Games
Sniper Elite III has opted for a change of scenery for its latest long-range melon buster and visits the sandy vistas of Africa during World War II. Unlike most WWII games, there’s a surprising lack of Nazis, instead you’re generally shooting Italians with ze Germans apparently not being fans of the searing heat.
Scenery change aside, it’s business as usual, shooting Axis soldiers from oh-so far away, with gruesome slow-mo detail accompanying most shots. The series’ stable gore looks more grisly than ever on the new consoles. Skulls explode, teeth smash from jaws, bones snap, insides are ripped through and of course testicle shots are back. On the default settings, I soon tired of these slow-motion killshots that follow the bullet from your gun right up to its messy destination. I’d advise dipping into the options to turn down the frequency of them as they lose their impact by the end of the first stage otherwise. They also make it difficult to keep track of nearby enemies between shots.
There’s a tagging feature that does allow you to mark enemies via use of your binoculars. Marked soldiers will then appear through any surface, in a similar way to Far Cry 3. It’s a shame you can’t tag them through your sniper scope as switching back and forth between the rifle and binoculars is a cumbersome experience.Click here to read more...
Want to see the difference between the original PS2 game and the upcoming HD remaster for Kingdom Hearts 2? Well, be sure to check out the new interactive trailer which sweeps between the old and new versions. In addition to smoother textures, it seems that Square-Enix have taken the time to add some extra colours as shown by some metallic greys now replaced with gold or rust coloured textures.
The first Kingdom Hearts remaster proved to be a big hit and reminded us why we loved the original so much all those years ago. The next instalment will include remasters for Kingdom Hearts 2 Final Mix Edition, Birth By Sleep (formerly released on the PSP) and a cutscene compilation of Re:Coded. With Kingdom Hearts 3 probably not arriving until late 2015 at the earliest, you have lots of time to check out the originals first.Click here to see the trailer.
£35 PSN Credit | CD Keys | £28.87 (with code)
Want £35 of PSN credit for £28.87? Of course you do, it's money for cheap. Like a credit card in reverse. Anyway, be sure to head over to CD Key's Facebook page to get a 5% discount code. PSN credit is shared across all Sony console stores so you can spend it on PS4, PS3, Vita and PSP. There's a neat Big in Japan sale on there at the moment, which includes Ni No Kuni for £3.99, which is just bonkers. Man, I wished I didn't hate Studio Ghibli at times.
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PS3 and PS Vita owners should gird their wallets for some outrageous savings in this week's PlayStation Store sale, which is appropriately titled 'big in Japan.' From big-hitters to niche sleeper hits, there's a bargain for everyone here.
Right off the bat, I'd urge you to consider picking up Ni No Kuni for £3.99. Even my honeyed words cannot adequately express how cheap -- and what brilliant value -- this is. One of the best and most beautiful JRPGs of recent years will set you back less than a high street burger.
It's just the tip of the iceberg that's full to the brim with different genres and gameplay styles. What do you feel like? Resident Evil Revelations for £10.99? Streets Of Rage 2 for less than £2, or Final Fight: Double Impact for £3.29? Vita owners should definitely pick up Earth Defence Force 2017 Portable, since I would have awarded the rambunctious shooter 8/10 if it weren't for the outrageous launch price. At £7.99, you'd best enlist, soldier. EDF! EDF!
Credit is due to hero2zer0 @ HUKD, who rounded this up yesterday.Click here to read more...
Platforms: 3DS | PS3 | PS Vita | Wii U (reviewed)
Publisher: Bandai Namco
Cards on the table: I love One Piece. Granted, there's a world of deeper, more exciting and incredibly tedious anime/manga franchises out there, but for me there's nothing quite like watching madcap super-powered pirates fighting each other, engaging in hilarious banter, learning intense lessons about comradeship and doing almost no actual piracy whatsoever.
It's the sweet spot of irrepressible humour, great characters, shapeshifting reindeer, stretchy protagonists, violin-playing skeleton musicians and swordsmen so badass they hold a third blade in their teeth. And, as such, perfect videogame material. Even the incredibly inconsistent Omega Force managed to make an excellent Dynasty Warriors spin-off in One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2, but Gabarion have gone one step further by basing their latest tie-in on something more profound.
Namely Monster Hunter. It's a concoction that shouldn't work, yet in practice makes for one of the best anime tie-ins ever developed: a gorgeous, enormous and surprisingly compelling game that lasts for hours on end.
Though, as I made sure to mention in the very first sentence of this review, I'm a fan myself. Bear that in mind, won't you?Click here to read more...
Platforms: PS3 (reviewed) | PS4 | 360 | XO | PC
Developer: Ubisoft Montpellier
With a World War I setting, Valiant Hearts: The Great War explores relatively unfamiliar ground for gaming, or even movies to be honest, as it was generally WWII that inspired so many films and games. It’s hard to believe that the human race had the capacity for war again after the events of WWI and Valiant Hearts plays an important role in showing us that this was one of the darkest moments of humanity’s very chequered past.
Unlike most war games though, Valiant Hearts isn’t another one-man-army first-person shooter or a strategic tactical sim. It’s a heavily story-driven experience with puzzling and old-school adventuring at the core of the gameplay.
The hand-drawn visuals ensure that you’ll fall in love with the game early on and they certainly helped open a few doors for the game in terms of coverage when it was first announced. Like Rayman Legends and Child of Light, the game uses Ubisoft’s fantastic UbiArt engine that brings hand-drawn images to life in a way that other engines can only dream of. Valiant Hearts goes for the solid colours and thick black lines of a comic book style instead of the moving watercolours we saw with Child of Light, proving for any doubters the versatility of the engine.Click here to read more...
I've no idea where this one came from, but you get all three Far Cry games and the standalone homage to retro action movies, Blood Dragon. The first game is the HD digital re-release that hit PSN/XBLA a while back. Far Cry 2 is a mixed bag thanks to the oversized map, pesky enemies and the whole malaria thing. FC3 is one of the finest shooters ever made thanks to a world packed with things to do and some of the best stealth elements in gaming. All said and done, this is a fantastic deal for months of entertainment and should see you through the wait until Far Cry 4 later this year.
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While lacking the expansion DLC content provided by the individual Game of the Year editions, this is still tremendous value for money as Borderlands 2 alone is generally the same price as this collection. Gearbox's cel-shaded FPS series is more of an RPG take on the genre, which has been adored by millions since launch. Newbies should note that these games are much more enjoyably when played online if you don't want to face a lonely grind. Get involved!
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Now that it's more in line with the price of a TV series boxset, it becomes that little bit easier to recommend Beyond: Two Souls, mainly because you'll spend more time watching than playing. But despite this, I enjoyed the story because the acting from the two leads of Ellen Page and Willem DaFoe is excellent throughout. Player choices don't have the same major impacts as Heavy Rain, but fans of Quantic Dream's efforts won't find a cheaper price than this today.
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