Ah, Halloween, the most annoying and pointless of all the holidays (seriously, even Guy Fawkes' Night has awesome fireworks!). Never mind, though, because it's also a time for digital distributors to launch some tasty horror-themed sales. Sony are quick off the mark and a week early, leading the charge with a pack of devilish discounts and scary savings.
Sorry. Anyway, the PS4 gets short shrift yet again as the PS3 and Vita pick up the slack. Dead Space is a steal at £3.99, while I'd personally recommend the utterly brilliant and shockingly overlooked Dead Space Extraction to anyone who still owns a PlayStation Move controller. For £5.79, it's a light gun masterclass. They're just the tip of the iceberg, joined by the likes of Resident Evil Revelations, Silent Hill (PSX original), BioShock and other worthwhile titles.
On Vita, meanwhile, I'd suggest taking a look at Toukiden: The Age Of Demons for any Monster Hunter fans (£14.99), alongside the dangerously sexy Demon Gaze at £15.99. It's a riot.
As always, check out the savings below courtesy of the EU PlayStation Blog and thanks to the eagle-eyed stevenjameshyde @ HUKD!Click here to read more...
Batman: Arkham Origins can't hold a candle to Rocksteady's two original games, but it's still an enjoyable open-world BatRomp now that the technical issues have been all but ironed out. GAME's exclusive steel pack Heroes & Villains edition is currently only £9.99 on last-gen consoles, which boasts beautiful presentation. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!
Platforms: PC | PS3 | Xbox 360 (reviewed)
Developer: 2K Australia
Publisher: 2K Games
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is ridiculously good fun. I really can't stress that enough.
This awkwardly titled segue might appear to be a lazy off-year cash grab, but it actually delivers the most fundamental mechanical update the series has ever received. Low-gravity combat. We're still shooting and looting, but now we're soaring merrily through the air (or vacuum!), using a nuanced double jump to gain extra height or boost our way around sprawling three-dimensional stages.
It's awesome, and unlocks a host of exciting new encounters as we take on airborne foes in the air, rain down firepower onto smart squads of jetpack troopers or employ an epic Butt Slam attack to smash down into enemy formations; cracking their faceplates and watching them asphyxiate to a wub wub soundtrack. On top of that, insanely powerful laser cannons and freeze-shattering Cryo weapons slot perfectly into the Borderlands experience, giving us more ways to brutalise anyone stupid enough to stand against us. Now that I'm used to The Pre-Sequel's very Australian humour and voice cast, I don't think I can go back.
It's so much fun, in fact, that while I'm playing I can ignore all of its many, many, many flaws.Click here to read more...
An absolute blast from the recent past. Saints Row: The Third is a crazy adrenaline-fuelled sandbox that pushes fun factor to the absolute maximum, and is still well worth checking out. For all you last-gen holdouts enjoying all the big savings without shelling out for new hardware, the Full Package is available for a paltry £7.98 from Zavvi as a PS3 Essential or Xbox One Classic title. Thanks to badger2609 @ HUKD!
A great week for Wii U owners who can feel super smug as the Umbran witch makes her Nintendo debut. There’s quite the musical theme elsewhere with the latest Just Dance title and Harmonix’s motion-controlled take on Fantasia. The words Firaxis and Alpha Centauri are probably enough to get our PC-gaming readers excited, not to mention a certain Dreamfall title. Read on for the full rundown along with links to our past coverage and the cheapest prices.
Fans have only been waiting since 2006 to find out what happens next in the Dreamfall saga, so yeah, they’re pretty pumped for this one. We get the feeling this is going to be a Kickstarter success story and can’t wait to play the new episodic format. The game is also coming to PS4 at some point, but release dates vary from next week (wrong), to November, to next year. Expect reviews of the PC version from our very own Carl Phillips soon.Click here to read more...
The big question to be posed to the latest in a line of yearly, iterative games is always "what's new?" People won't drop fifty quid for a game that makes the odd cosmetic change or just swaps old rosters for new. We like progression, we like to envisage some sort of movement forwards in the quest to create the most authentic, awesome representation of a sport or pastime, as if there's a perfect goal to be reached that yearly series creep closer to each year.
Of course, when a new batch of consoles have been released, but you're still tethered to the old bunch, I would imagine that keeping up, let alone trying to improve in meaningful fashion, can seem like a Sisyphean task. Unfortunately, in a year where games are shinier and sparkier than in previous ones, you have to make some strides in terms of gameplay.
Sadly, F1 2014 doesn't really do that. In fact, in many ways it does the exact opposite.Click here to read more...
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is out today in the UK, and our full review will be going live very soon. It's a fun and famililar burst of shooting and looting, meaning that our Borderlands 2 survival guide is still packed with plenty of relevant tips, but the low-gravity setting, ace bouncy combat, new enemies and brand new characters mean that even Vault Hunting veterans can potentially be caught unawares.
Never fear, because I'm here with a few useful, practical and sometimes completely esoteric survival tips that are as spoiler-free as humanely possible! Ten, in fact, though I don't really see much point in ordering them this time.
Double-jumping is all the rage these days. Taking a look back at the platformers of yesteryear, Titanfall did the business and now everyone else is falling over themselves to follow suit.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, however, takes a totally unique approach to double-jumping. In a low-grav situation, you'll gain extra height if you hit the button without touching the stick, but holding a direction turns it into a powerful lateral boost instead (depending on your momentum at the time). You'll need a few hours to fully get used to it, as the additional altitude can be used to pour devastating firepower down on foes or engage aerial foes in the air.
Conversely, the boost provides a major speed increase, the ability to circle strafe in the air or the extra oomph you need to make it to a distant platform. Or even pulling back from a botched jump and ensuring you return to the platform rather than falling into the abyss. Practice makes perfect.Click here to read more...
Sony's weekly PSN deals are now live and relatively underwhelming outside of a couple of major highlights.
As per usual, the dealhunter generals at HotUKDeals have cut through the guff to point out the smartest bargains. oUkTuRkEyIII points out that Urban Trial Freestyle is only £0.79 on PS3 and Vita, whereas jaystan notes that Battlefield 4 premium membership is a steal at £11.80 on PS3 (with a free PS4 upgrade) and Octodad is well worth a look for £5.79.
As a massive fan of Japanese gaming, however, I'd also recommend Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F's Vita version to any fellow Vocaloid enthusiasts... no? Okay then. Check out the full list of discounts (dominated by a disgusting torrent of Battlefield shortcut DLC) below.Click here to read more...
Platforms: PS3 | PS Vita (reviewed)
Publisher: NIS America | Reef Entertainment
The trailers lied. Yes, Akiba's Trip is a game in which you'll rip the clothes off sexy vampires, but that's not what it's about.
It's actually a cel shaded celebration of otaku counter-culture in all of its bizarre diversity and a love letter to Tokyo's trendy Akihabara district. It's big-hearted, anarchic, punk, devastatingly cool and fiercely unapologetic in its desire to do its own crazy thing; a blend of riotous street combat with compelling RPG components and visual novel elements. A little like Yakuza by way of Jet Set Radio, only much rougher around the edges.
All-told, Akiba's Trip is one of the most pleasant surprises of 2014, though admittedly the combat still revolves around ripping people's clothes off. We'll get to that in due time... but for now, note that I said "people," not "girls."
Revealing that you'll spend half your time disrobing hot buff dudes clearly wasn't at the top of the marketing team's priorities!Click here to read more...
LEGO Batman 3 promises to go "Beyond Gotham," but TT Games are thinking bigger. Sure, the Justice League's bid to stop Braniac from abducting major cities takes our heroes around the world and even outside Earth's atmosphere, but at its core this is nothing less than a love letter to DC's entire sprawling universe. It's an attempt to cram in characters from throughout the most obscure parts of the canon, comics, Elseworld stories, the films and everything in between; from the snarling antihero we know today to Adam West's legendary 1960's romp.
And Batcow. And The Condiment King. And Mister Mxyzptlk. And... Kevin Smith?!
It's a veritable DC fan's dream crossover, but fans of the LEGO series can also expect some new gameplay features, enjoyable stud-collecting adventures and the gentle yet anarchic humour you'd expect from the Manchester-based studio.Click here to read more...
It's all in the name. LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham takes us beyond the iconic city on a quest to save the entire world, drawing on a massive pool of characters from every part of the DC universe, fan favourites and Elseworld stories.
I recently sat down with TT Games producer Matt Ellison to discuss how they approached development, what new features to expect and how LEGO Batman 3 promises to be a DC superfan's dream crossover. Not to mention a blast for aficionados of Adam West: the one true Batman.
In my opinion. Watch it all above, including what Ellison other classic franchise TT Games would love to give the LEGO treatment if they could get hold of the license.
There’s a lot to be excited about with next week’s releases. Take a trip to Pandora’s moon with friends, explore creepy mansions packed with gibbering lunatics and well, probably buckets of giblets too. Fans of racing are sorted this week too (you know, because DriveClub is probably still offline) as they get to choose between a super light set of four wheels or mud-encrusted bikes. Forget all those pretenders though, what you really want to do is drop a ball and watch it bounce around...
Exciting! Of all the early exclusives on the Xbox One, this is the one that had most PS4 owners seething with jealousy. If you're yet to experience Peggle, you should really go and check out a PC or mobile demo and then be prepared to throw money at the sequel on PSN next week. There's no word on pricing yet, but we expect it to be around a tenner.Click here to read more...
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 no longer be able to use the PS3 version. 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.
Thanks to Transformers at HotUkDeals.
Hitman HD Trilogy | Tesco | £7
We can add Hitman to the list of HD Trilogy's that annoyingly omit the first game, especially annoying seeing as it never made its way to PS2 or Xbox back in the day. Oh well, we'll just have to murder our way through the 75 hits on offer here. New players left a little unsure about Agent 47 with Absolution should check out this collection to see why expectations were so high for that one.
Thanks to Transformers at HotUkDeals.
Sony's latest PlayStation Store sale is now live, and while there are tasty discounts to discover on PS3, I'd actually suggest that the Vita wins out in sensational style. Not to mention fans of Japanese games.
For me the standout bargains are the brilliant One Piece: Unlimited World Red, which you can buy for £19.99 on PS3 (a £10 saving) or £14.99 on Vita (similar) and the fantastic Earth Defense Force 2017 Portable at a ridiculously low £3.99. The only reason it got a 6 was because it cost too much at launch!
EDF! EDF! PSN! I mean, EDF! Check out the deals below or on the EU PlayStation Blog.Click here to read more...
The release schedules are fattening up nicely now and we have a great selection of titles hitting the stores this week. Like hiding in lockers? Well the horror fan in you might find something Alien-related to enjoy, while the perv in you is also catered for via the latest browser-troubling release from Japan. PS4 racing fans rejoice as a certain much delayed racer is finally on the starting grid and XO owners, get those creative juices flowing for your answer to LBP. Failing that you’ll have to settle for some basketball or running around Hong Kong with a meat cleaver and handcuffs.
Creative Assembly’s title ditches the pulse rifles for a survival horror experience which seems so well suited to the Alien universe we don’t know why it’s taken someone this long to try it. Early reviews are largely positive and we’ll have our own soon. Be sure to check out our past coverage below.
Best Price: Simply Games: £32.85 (PS4/XO)Click here to read more...
Platforms: PS Vita (reviewed) | PS3 | PS4 (cross-save)
Developer: Kadokawa Shoten
Natural Doctrine (that's enough with the capitalisation already) is my cup of tea. As a fan of niche localised JRPGs, turn-based strategy and turn-based strategy RPGs, I am this game's target audience. It's not so much "up my street" as "moved into my spare bedroom, sprawled on my sofa, eating my crisps and beckoning me to play it at all hours of the day and night."
We'd be the perfect room mates, if only it would stop punching me in the balls every few minutes.
Natural Doctrine may be a ruthless SRPG with a solid plot, decent characters and some interesting gameplay mechanics, but it sacrifices far too much in an effort to be as obnoxiously difficult as possible.
Click here to read more...
October's PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection is getting a seriously massive boost next week, as an incredible new free game skids and screeches onto the circuit. I'm talking, of course, about the magnificent Dust: An Elysian Tail, which is one of my favourite games of recent years and is also doubtlessly going to be more enjoyable than DriveClub.
But nowhere near as good a racing game, I admit!
Either way, there'll also be a number of great cross-buy titles up or grabs (including Spelunky and Rainbow Moon). Check out the selection below, or just watch the video courtesy of the EU PlayStation Blog.Click here to read more...
Platforms: PC | PS3 (reviewed) | Xbox 360
Publisher: Bandai Namco
Cards on the table. Fair warning. Be advised. I am not a big fan of Naruto Shippuden.
I love the premise, the setting, the character designs, the amazing powersets and abilities (those wild and disturbing Kugutsu puppets are my favourite), the art style, the themes and Kakashi in all of his slightly pervy glory, but I've never been able to get into the series no matter how many times I've tried. God knows I've tried.
For me the pacing kills it, the drawn-out interminable waiting between interesting events and the hours of angsty posturing when characters should be fighting. Sometimes I wish that I could just skip between the superbly-choreographed battles, preferably with subtitles so I don't have to listen to Maile Flanagan's horrendous nails-on-a-blackboard English dub.
That's probably why I really dig on Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution. Everything I like about the series is present and correct -- the diverse well-designed characters with incredible abilities and OTT climactic brawls -- except that the overarching narrative has been replaced by just enough non-canonical premise to hold it together. Unfortunately, I'm also not convinced that it's worth forty quid.Click here to read more...
Sony's weekly PSN sale is now live, and does exactly what it says on the tin. "Games Under £8." Yes, they've got that right, but they failed to mention that some of these games are significantly under £8.
On the Vita front I'd recommend BreakQuest and Real Boxing for £2.49 apiece (linked to reviews), as well as the magnificent Rayman Origins for £5.79. The Vita version is, as far as I'm concerned, actually the best of the lot. £7.99 for the Vita version of Child Of Light isn't too shabby either.
PS3-wise, I'd heartily vouch for Dragon Age Origins (and the inferior sequel, if you absolutely must), Just Cause 2, Super Puzzle Fighter II and Castle Crashers at around the £3 mark.
PS4 owners get short shrift this time, with big reductions on NFS Rivals due to the impending glut of Christmas racers. Either way, check out the savings below or on the EU PlayStation Blog.Click here to read more...