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Next Week’s Releases: Contains Plastic Avengers and Sheep

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Brendan Griffiths
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New Releases
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Next Week’s Releases: Contains Plastic Avengers and Sheep

Finished Destiny already or just have a really short attention span? Fear not, we’re back with our weekly look at next week’s releases. This is the week that parents will be dreading ahead of Xmas as Dinsey are rolling out their latest toy-fest. Will Zelda survive it’s whoring out to the Dynasty Warriors franchise and why are those sheep acting like Lemmings? This is the week to find some answers.

September 19th

Next Week’s Releases: Contains Plastic Avengers and Sheep

Disney Infinity 2.0 (PS3, PS4, 360, XO, WiiU)

This might be the year to check out Disney’s Skylanders-baiting franchise that sees real-life toy figures used on a portal to appear in-game. Since Disney acquired Marvel, it’s always been a sure bet we’d see them in Disney Infinity. So get ready for new playsets including The Avengers, Spider-Man and the crew from Guardians of the Galaxy. 2.0 also marks the series next-gen debut on the PS4 and XO. The base game and some extra figures is looking pricey, so be sure to check out our past coverage below first and stay tuned for Jon’s verdict on the XO version.

> PREVIEW | Skylanders who? Disney Infinity 2.0 assembles Avengers & guards the galaxy

> VIDEO INTERVIEW | Everything you need to know about Disney Infinity 2.0!

> VIDEO | Disney Infinity 2.0 Developer Walkthrough

Cheapest PS4 / XO Pre-Order: Simply Games £50.94

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COMMENT | Resident Evil Revelations 2 will be episodic - and that's absolutely brilliant

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Capcom, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Survival Horror Games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

COMMENT | Resident Evil Revelations 2 will be episodic - and that's absolutely brilliant

Following the success of Resident Evil Revelations, the superb 3DS survival horror title that had the chops (and HD assets) to survive on home consoles, the news of a sequel was music to our ears. Revelations 2 will star Claire Redfield and Barry Burton's daughter in an all-new adventure, promising to focus on gruelling and tense survival in a mysterious island facility.

However, Capcom have now announced an interesting little wrinkle. The game will eventually be available on a single disc costing approximately £25, but it will initially release in four weekly downloadable episodes at $5.99 a pop, with the option of a season pass with an extra discount.

Our take? This is ruddy brilliant.

Not just because we've got more choice over how to buy it, but because Capcom have finally woken up to what went wrong with Resident Evil 5 and 6.

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Party like it's 1999: Retro sale hits PSN!

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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PS Vita games, PS3 games, PSP games

Party like it's 1999: Retro sale hits PSN!

Hold onto your hats, retronauts, because this week's PSN sale is all about catching up with the classics. From new takes on legendary games like Okami HD, Superfrog HD and Metal Gear Solid 2 HD to genuine golden oldies like G-Police and Bishi Bashi Special, there's a whole host of discounted nostalgia on sale. Remember that the PS1 games will be compatible with PS3 or Vita.

You can browse the selection below or at the PlayStation Blog, courtesy of feeder16 @ HUKD!

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Destiny PS4 Gameplay | Mooning with Dinklage

Author:
Carl Phillips
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Features
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Activision, Bungie, Destiny, First person shooter, Gameplay, PS3 games, PS4 games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

It's finally here - Destiny has arrived and it's in the hands of gamers everywhere. The Dealspwn team have been getting stuck into the action as well, and so we kick off our video coverage of Destiny's launch with Carl & Matt taking on the first mission on the Moon. Highlights include Carl's delight in discovering the Pike for the first time, and Matt demonstrates why he loves the Warlock's power glove.

If you haven't already, be sure to check out our Critical Impression video in which Carl and Matt discuss their initial thoughts on Bungie's latest.

PREVIEW | Dragon Ball Xenoverse makes YOU the star, then lets you mess with the timeline

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Bandai Namco, Dimps, Fighting Games, Gamescom 2014, PS3 games, PS4 games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

PREVIEW | Dragon Ball Xenoverse makes YOU the star, then lets you mess with the timeline

As much as I enjoy Bandai Namco's Dragon Ball (and Naruto) games, they've been missing a trick. By rigidly following the series story arcs and religiously focusing on the characters, they've never given us the chance to see how we'd fit into their universes. They've got all these cool powers, abilities, weapons and skills, yet we're rarely able to create our own avatar and really become a part of their world.

Dragon Ball Xenoverse is finally going to change all that. Now we're the star of the show.

Dimps have been teasing a mysterious new character for weeks, and finally revealed their identity at Gamescom 2014. The new hero is us, a fully customisable new chararacter who we can design to our specifications. We can choose our race, appearance, power set and skills, then travel back in time to intervene in key story moments with and against legendary series staples. Then spend our downtime strolling around a future city and interacting with other players much like a Monster Hunter hub town...  before seeing what the Scouter says about their power level.

PREVIEW | Dragon Ball Xenoverse makes YOU the star, then lets you mess with the timeline

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Skyrim: Legendary Edition £13.99 at GAME on PS3/360

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Deals
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DLC, PS3 games, RPGs, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Xbox 360 games

Skyrim: Legendary Edition £13.99 at GAME on PS3/360

Skyrim: Legendary Edition | GAME - PS3 / Xbox 360 | £13.99
Price Comparison PS3360Review

GAME have dropped their price for Skyrim: Legendary Edition on console down to £13.99 for today only. The PC crowd will be giggling with glee at the game having been half this price recently for them, but if you're a console gamer, this is a cracking deal that'll save you a couple of quid or so. Already a leviathan of a game, the Skyrim: Legendary Edition also bundles in the Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn DLC.

We'd recommend the X360 version over the PS3 for stability reasons.

Thanks to Bure11 at HotUKDeals.

 

The Sunday Seven: Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition Adventure Mode Starter Tips

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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Action RPGs, Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, The Sunday Seven, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

The Sunday Seven: Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition Adventure Mode Starter Tips

If you patiently waited all that time for the new-gen version of Diablo III you may be wondering what all the fuss is about Adventure Mode. Well, after you finish the campaign mode, you’ll be wanting to bag some serious XP and loot to keep the game feeling fresh and getting to Level 70 so you can explore the Paragon system and maybe start on a few new characters to share the additional benefits of your first demon slaying hero. So why not take a look at this week’s Sunday Seven which has a few starter tips to get you going on the next part of your quest for epic loot in Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition. Naturally, we’d love to hear any hints you’d like to share too.

The Sunday Seven: Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition Adventure Mode Starter Tips

Bounties

Before diving into Rifts, you’ll need to complete a few bounties. Access the map, choose an act and then visit any of the locations with an exclamation mark. These quests task you with killing a mini-boss at the end or finding an item. If you finish five bounties in one continuous session, you may be in line to receive a bonus in the form of a bag full of loot and gems and a large haul of XP, usually a few million, which you’ll need on your way to Lv. 70 so you can start playing around with Paragon stats.

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Next Week's Releases - New worlds, neon, hockey and ninja storms

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Brendan Griffiths
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New Releases
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New Releases, PS3 games, PS4 games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Next Week's Releases - New worlds, neon, hockey and ninja storms

For some reason, we get the feeling that one game is going to dominate next week. But that hasn’t stopped a few other titles braving the same release week as Activision’s new IP. Let’s take a look at what’s hitting the stores this week then.

September 9th

Next Week's Releases - New worlds, neon, hockey and ninja storms

Destiny (PS3, PS4, 360, XO) – MOST ANTICIPATED GAME OF THE WEEK!

It’s no wonder the release schedule is a little light this week as everyone sensibly gets out of the way of Bungie’s new juggernaut. After extensive time with the alpha and beta trials we’re confident that this is going to be one of the biggest smashes this year. Fingers crossed there’s plenty of depth in this ambitious FPSMMO. We have so much past coverage for you to check out including previews, deals, features and videos, be sure to check them out at our Destiny hub.

> Destiny Preview

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PREVIEW | Far Cry 4: exploring strange new worlds with mystical pet tigers

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Games previews, Gamescom 2014, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Ubisoft, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

PREVIEW | Far Cry 4: exploring strange new worlds with mystical pet tigers

You probably already know that Far Cry 4 will throw us into a massive Himalayan sandbox full of guns, elephants and deeply flammable people scenery. Having played the slightly buggy (but admittedly not yet optimised) latest build at Gamescom 2014, I can report that the sandbox is indeed massive, the guns fire bullets and everything really does burn rather nicely.

What you might not know, however, is that we'll also be able to cross into a bizarre spirit dimension where we'll hunt demons with a slow-motion bow and mystical pet tiger.

Let's call it 'Fluffykins.' Or 'Mister Bloodwhiskers.'

PREVIEW | Far Cry 4: exploring strange new worlds with mystical pet tigers

Between wrangling elephants, swooping through breathtaking ravines in wingsuits and setting things on fire, our protagonist Ajay Ghale can optionally find time to meditate, whereupon he unlocks the memories of the legendary hero Kalinag. Reliving the fables through his eyes, we'll enter the mythical land of Shangri-La to protect it from a demonic invasion, which completely switches up the pace of the game in the process.

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Rising Star Games turns ten, discounts loads of PS3, Vita & PSP games

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PS Vita games, PS3 games, PSP games, Rising Star games

Rising Star Games turns ten, discounts loads of PS3, Vita & PSP games

Rising Star Games turn ten this year, marking a decade of bringing niche Japanese games to the US and Europe. So what better way to celebrate than a whole host of sales on multiple platforms? A number of 3DS titles will be discounted next week -- I've already scheduled the post (details on HUKD) -- but today PS3 and PS Vita owners can reap the benefits on a number of cult classics.

Speaking of cult classics, Deadly Premonition is probably the cream of the crop at £8.99. Love it or hate it, this mechanically flawed gem still delivers one of the best storylines to ever grace a videogame. So says Mr Lester. Other highlights include Sorcery Saga: Curse Of The Great Curry God for £8.99 on Vita and Half-Minute Hero at £2.99 on PSP (Vita compatible). I've linked to our reviews, so do check them out if you want to know more.

Peruse the savings below or at the EU PlayStation Blog, and do wish Rising Star many happy returns!

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VIDEO | Project CARS: Brands Hatch offscreen gameplay (PS4)

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Gameplay footage, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Racing Games, Wii U games, Xbox One Games

VIDEO | Project CARS: Brands Hatch offscreen gameplay (PS4)

Project CARS is looking more exciting (and gorgeous, it must me said) every time we see it - and I managed to scrape an amateurish fourth place during a hands-on race around Brands Hatch.

Be on the lookout for the dynamic weather, which massively affects the driving conditions, handling and visibility. This demo track accelerates the onset of a rainstorm over three laps, so you can judge for yourself.

Oh, and sorry about the glare! I'll have some shinier videos for you soon, along with more in-depth coverage. Did you catch our interview with producer Pete Morrish?

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Metro: Last Light now £7.00 on PS3 at Tesco & Amazon

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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4A Games, FPS games, Metro: Last Light, PC games, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games

Metro: Last Light now £7.00 on PS3 at Tesco & Amazon

Metro: Last Light | Tesco / Amazon | £7.00 (save £5)
PS3 360 Price Comparison | Metro: Last Light Review

Metro Redux is a fantastic new way to experience Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light on new-gen consoles, but if you've yet to take the plunge, your wallet will thank you. Amazon and Tesco will sell you a copy of Last Light at a £5 saving, which is a great price for this grim and unrelenting experience.

The Xbox 360 version is also available for £7.00 from Tesco. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!

Next Week’s Releases – Space ninjas, dancing and teleporting

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Brendan Griffiths
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New Releases
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New Releases, PC games, PS Vita games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

Next Week’s Releases – Space ninjas, dancing and teleporting

We’re getting awfully close to gaming’s silly season and there are a lot of games arriving in the coming months. So, we’re starting a weekly release roundup running through the new titles in the week ahead, with a bit of information about the games that will be appearing in the New Release section of your local retailer or digital store. Be sure to check out the links too for deeper coverage via our reviews and features.

September 2nd

Next Week’s Releases – Space ninjas, dancing and teleporting

Warframe (XO)

Warframe has been out for a while now on the PC and PS4 and the FTP title is coming to the Xbox One early next week. Be warned, this third-person shooter/slicer has a very grindy start that isn’t for everyone as you’ll struggle to shake the feeling you need to pump actual money into the game to get any decent weapons and upgrades.

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PSN Store Sale includes big games and niche gems

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PS Vita games, PS3 games, PSN

PSN Store Sale includes big games and niche gems

Another week, another sale, another hilariously poor offering of PlayStation 4 "discounts." Oh ambassador, with this £39.99 Watch Dogs deal you are really spoiling us. No Ferrero Rochers for you, Sony.

Thankfully it's a different story on PS3 and Vita, which boast plenty of actual savings to be made. XCOM: Enemy Within is only £9.99, including the original game, while the Splinter Cell Trilogy will set you back £5.49. For me, though, it's an opportunity to sample a host of niche localised Japanese titles at a serious discount, including the "dangerously sexy" Demon Gaze for £15.99, the Atelier series alongside Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable and 2025. Forget the Ferrero Rochers, have some Pocky instead.

EDF! EDF! As always, we've got the prices and links below courtesy of the PlayStation Blog and voyager123 @ HUKD!

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Project Cars Video Interview | 'Not the most cars, but the RIGHT cars'

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
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Gamescom 2014, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Racing Games, Wii U games, Xbox One Games

Funded by Kickstarter, assisted by real drivers and powered by impressive cutting-edge graphical tech, Project CARS is set to become an automotive tour de force. After trying out the latest build at 4K resolution and on the Oculus Rift, I caught up with lead producer Pete Morrish for a chat about the new title and what sets it apart from other racers.

PREVIEW | Being a Templar has its perks in Assassin's Creed: Rogue

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
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Games previews, Gamescom 2014, PC games, PS3 games, Ubisoft, Ubisoft Sofia, Xbox 360 games

PREVIEW | Being a Templar has its perks in Assassin's Creed: Rogue

Being a Templar has its perks.

Sure, the Assassins have a noble cause to fight for and a trillion useless collectibles in the vault, but a life on the run wasn't enough for Shay Patrick Cormac. Thankfully the Templars are equal opportunities employers, meaning that even former enemies get immediate access to the latest military technology (including psychotropic drugs and air rifles) subversive experimental gear and insanely generous expense accounts... on the proviso that they agree to track down and murder all their former associates.

And hang out with Haytham Kenway -- who we've already identified as the coolest character in the entire series bar none -- as a bonus. Frankly you'd be mad not to.

Assassin's Creed Unity may be jumping time periods and console generations this Christmas, but for those who haven't yet invested in a PS4, Xbox One or gaming rig, there's still some unfinished business to take care of.

PREVIEW | Being a Templar has its perks in Assassin's Creed: Rogue

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INTERVIEW | Is Assassin's Creed: Rogue a fitting sendoff or a game too far?

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Assassin's Creed: Rogue, Gamescom 2014, Interviews, PC games, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games

Assassin's Creed: Rogue will let us play as a Templar and hunt assassins on last-gen consoles this Christmas. With poison bombs. And Haytham Kenway. It's a great premise, but will Rogue be a fitting sendoff for the Assassin's Creed III arc or a game too far for the franchise? I sat down with Ubisoft Sofia producer Karl Luhe to get the latest details on the new features and the party line.

Stay tuned for our hands-on preview!

PREVIEW | Skylanders who? Disney Infinity 2.0 assembles Avengers & guards the galaxy

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Avalanche Software, Disney Infinity 2.0, Disney Interactive, Gamescom 2014, iOS games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Wii U games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

PREVIEW | Skylanders who? Disney Infinity 2.0 assembles Avengers & guards the galaxy

Rocket Raccoon vs Donald Duck

Disney Infinity 2.0 has big plans. The original may have been relatively successful, attracting millions of players and holding its own against the established might of Skylanders, but arguably lacked a little bit of pizazz and a sense of the epic. Thankfully, few franchises can bring the epic quite as comprehensively as Marvel comics, which is now neatly under Disney's purview.

Let the crossover commence! Rocket Raccoon, meet Thor, Stich and Donald Duck.

PREVIEW | Skylanders who? Disney Infinity 2.0 assembles Avengers & guards the galaxy

Avalanche Software brought two new Infinity 2.0 playsets along to Gamescom this year, showing off the new Avengers and Guardians Of The Galaxy campaigns. Both the gameplay and the figures have received a serious upgrade. On the collectibles front, the new line of toys are much more solid and sturdy than their predecessors; feeling impressively weighty and hard-wearing. The new Venom and Hulk figurines are utterly enormous, almost twice the volume of previous figures, while the level of detail is seriously impressive when it comes to the new Rocket Raccoon and Stich models. Shame they'll be standalone, really, as opposed to included in the starter packs.

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Hohokum Review | Worms United

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Matt Gardner
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Reviews
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Cross-buy, Hohokum, Honeyslug, PS Vita games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Richard Hogg, Sony Santa Monica, Videos

Hohokum Review | Worms United

Hohokum is beautifully endearing, whimsically comical, filled with bold colours and sumptuous aural dreamscapes. Its fluid mechanics are simple and straightforward, allowing players to concentrate on finding ways to interact with the cartoonish worlds and uncovering little visual rewards for their troubles.

But I found it to be somewhat problematic at first.

Hohokum feels like you're playing through a drug-induced cartoon from half a century ago in some ways. I half expected to be ambushed by Blue Meanies as I meandered through its myriad worlds. It's lovely to behold with its bright, bold colour scheme and cutesy art courtesy of Richard Hogg. I spent a good deal of time in one chamber of the game where the long, snake-like, cycloptic rainbow eel thingy that you control links up with a bunch of friends and they all respond to your controller inputs for a bit. It was like playing with a virtual spirograph, and I just danced for a bit with my rainbow eel chums and I looked up and I'd been doing it for almost half an hour.

That's probably my favourite bit of Hohokum so far, to be honest. it's a simple game once you peel away the quirky art. You steer this one-eyed spectrum snake around, occasionally slowing it down, sometimes speeding it up. And that's it. There are a bunch of multi-screen levels to the game that present you with some sort of bizarre tableau and just leave you to figure things out for yourselves. It's like a PixelJunk Proteus in some ways, or what Nokia's Snake did during the acid years, forgetting all about eating that square pixel, and going on a colourful bender.

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VIDEO | Hohokum is a colourful, artsy, interactive cartoon that might make your heart soar

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Features
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Cross-buy, Hohokum, Honeyslug, Let's Play, PS Vita games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Richard Hogg, Sony Santa Monica, Videos

...or leave you feeling bored, confused, and shrugging

Hohokum is another one of those arty games that's going to polarise people. Some will hold it up as an example of unconventional interactive entertainment and proof that games can and are art. Others will passionately argue that it isn't even a game. There will be those that miss the point completely, some for whom this really isn't their thing. Equally, there will be others that pronounce Hohokum to be one of the best things to be seen all year.

I like the way it encourages a genuine spirit of "play" in a manner that's rather unique.

It's a combination of beautiful, striking art from Richard Hogg, various aural dreamscapes that soothe and relax, and fluid mechanics that aren't explained outright, instead encouraging you to discover little cartoonish vignettes through direct interaction as well as poring over the scenery with your eyes.

It's quite possibly the bubble bath of gaming.

The review's on its way.