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.
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.Click here to read more...
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!
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.
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.Click here to read more...
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.Click here to read more...
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.
Heavenly Sword | Base | £10.65
With the recent announcement of Hellblade on PS3, maybe it's time you checked out the original game first. While not officially confirmed as a spinoff/sequel to Heavenly Sword yet, all the signs are there in the reveal trailer, although the lead character has changed from Nariko to Kai. Heavenly Sword is still an incredibly slick hack n' slash title from the developers of DMC: Devil May Cry and Enslaved. I played through the game again this week and the graphics and performances from Andy Serkis and Anna Torv frequently left my jaw on the floor. Nariko was also rocking a neat counter system way before Rocksteady got their hands on the Batman license too. Go on, you can thank me later.
Sega's HD remake ruffled a few feathers (well, mine) by daring to add 3D sections to the classic side-scrolling platformer from the glory days of the Sega Mega Drive. That said, this is a nostalgic blast, even if the final boss will make your rage-bleed from your eyes. Those with a calm disposition should give it a go, especially seeing as Game are selling codes for half price. For the rest of us, keep your fingers crossed Sega remake the two player World of Illusion without trying to use their imagination as much.
Thanks to goonertillidie at HotUkDeals.
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.
Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII at HotUkDeals.
Sony have dropped another wave of PSN deals across PS3, PS Vita and PSP, this time seeing us through until August 27th, with discounts from series such as Assassin's Creed, Bioshock, Need For Speed, and Rayman.Click here to read more...
Platforms: PC | PS3 | PS4 (tested) | Xbox 360 | Xbox One
Developer: The Creative Assembly
I have no sympathy for Ellen Ripley. Sure, she went through 117 minutes of hell during the original Alien, but last week SEGA threw me into a darkened room with the latest build of Alien Isolation for four terrifying hours of desperate panic, evasion, improvisation and over a dozen grisly deaths.
Keen to maintain full transparency following the Colonial Marines debacle, The Creative Assembly gave me free reign with their very latest Steam build -- achievements, graphics settings and all, with no timeskips or gameplay breaks -- then sat back and left me to it. I emerged browbeaten and emotionally drained, yet deeply impressed with what I'd played.
Alien Isolation is set to be a very different kind of horror game. Not a haunted house, but a horror playground that pits you against an implacable adversary that hunts without mercy and constantly hits you where you think you're safe. Where no two levels, or even handful of minutes, plays out the same way.Click here to read more...
We know you've been keeping some stuff back, Sony. We know you love to make a splash at Gamescom. Now is the time to do it. Sony have been teasing surprises for the past week or so. Will Until Dawn be returning? Can we please have some news from Media Molecule and Guerilla Games? Is there a timeframe on Morpheus? It's time for some answers, and you can check out the Twitch embed and my live Tweets after the jump.
Jon's fashioned a list of expectations and predictions, and you can find that right here.Click here to read more...
After all of the furore about possibly dumbing down Splinter Cell and turning one of gaming's classic stealthy franchises into an action romp after THAT E3 showing, it turned out that Blacklist was actually a really good game with a gloriously open-ended approach to things that allowed us players to play pretty much however we wanted, whenever we wanted.
Which is nice.
Anyway, HMV have the Ultimatum Edition for under £15 (knock a further quid off with the code JULY10 - still working at the time of writing) which includes the game along with an a mini graphic novel, a watch, and a bunch of DLC maps. You can grab the X360 version for the same price here.
Cracking spot by s_hayhurst at HUKD.
With the news this week that Sleeping Dogs is to be re-released for the PS4 and Xbox One (and PC for that matter), the issue of old games being remastered for the new-gen consoles has again become a hot talking point among many gamers. Are they good value? Or a rip-off to fleece gamers who don’t have many titles to play on their shiny next-gen machines? Is there any point? Well, here are our five essential tips to help clear the waters a little.
Most new-gen remasters chuck in the paid DLC from the original release. Sleeping Dogs will include 24 pieces of DLC, one of which is a single-player story expansion. Start to add up the price of the DLC and it doesn’t take long for it to exceed the price of buying the old version of the game and the DLC separately. This is also true for The Last of Us: Remastered which includes the Left Behind story DLC. Pay for the old game and the DLC and it’ll be £30+, more than £28.97 we’ve seen for the new PS4 version. Granted, not all DLC is created equal; take Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition and the additional multiplayer material. Nobody needs more of that. Conversely, as excited as the Dealspwn team are for the Halo: The Master Chief Collection and the polished up campaign, that one’s all about having all the multiplayer maps in one place.Click here to read more...
David Cage still hasn't admitted that he just wants to make films, but we've always had time for his quirky cinematic videogames. Beyond is a more divisive proposition than most, though, due to some fantastic scenes sitting at odds with uneven storytelling and characterisation. It certainly has its moments, so Amazon's £10 price is very reasonable indeed if you've been waiting to get involved (they're back in stock). Do be sure to read Matt's 4/10 review, mind. Thanks to sonicsez95 @ HUKD!
How many Assassin's Creed games do we need per year? Following Assassin's Creed: Liberation HD and Assassin's Creed; Unity, Ubisoft reckons that three is the magic number.
Leaked screenshots and trailer confirm that Assassin's Creed: Rogue is headed to PS3 and Xbox 360 as a semi-sequel to Assassin's Creed IV, allowing us to play as a Templar hunting Assassins throughout the icy Antarctic wastes.Click here to read more...
We can all agree that Resident Evil has lost its way. Though I don't feel that Resi 6 was as atrocious as some pundits, it marked the illogical conclusion of a series that completely lost sight of what it was meant to be, and what its fanbase really wanted from the experience. Not to mention that the storyline has become so convoluted and bloated that Kingdom Hearts reads like Doctor Seuss in comparison.
Enough is enough. Capcom needs to step back and reassess their priorities before rebooting Resident Evil in its entirety; putting the focus back on survival horror and creating a nice stable story foundation for any future sequels.
However, what they're actually doing is remastering Resident Evil's Gamecube remake for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. It's not exactly the treatment that Resi desperately needs, but personally, we reckon that this could be a great first step in putting the series back on track.Click here to read more...
£35 PSN Credit | CD Keys | £28.87 (with code)
There's no such thing as money for nothing, but a significant discount is another matter. Once again, CDKeys are back in stock to net you £35 worth of PSN credit at a £7 saving, further enhanced if you visit their Facebook page for a 5% discount code. Credit is shared over all PlayStation consoles, so it's worth having a bit in reserve.
Thanks to rama26285 @ HUKD!
If you're a regular here at Dealspwn.com, chances are you know that I love localised Japanese games. Often promising quirky ideas, new perspectives, interesting layered mechanics and gorgeous anime-inspired art styles, these niche titles tend to be a breath of fresh air that break up the release schedule beautifully. They don't get a free ride, but I always muck in and do my best to shed light on the scene, from tiny doujin games or larger yet still decidedly niche gems.
In times past, us Europeans have often found ourselves on the sharp end of import duties, region locking and publishers who just don't see us as a priority. Thankfully, these days, plenty of publishers, localisation houses and distributors are queuing up to bring us a wide variety of translated and localised games on numerous platforms, often with little or no delay compared to the States.
So, with several months still to go in 2014, here's a highlight reel of upcoming localised niche Japanese software, from the sublime to the ridiculous. It's by no means a definitive list, so please bring up and shout about anything you're looking forward to!
Hatoful Boyfriend is very much a traditional dating sim. As a female transfer to St. PigeoNation’s prestigious school for birds, we'll balance middle school life with "dark conspiracies" and interact with a variety of suitors boasting traditional personality tropes (the smart one, the flirty one, probably a tsundere one)... only in this case, our prospective partners all happen to be pigeons.
Yes, that's right. Pigeons. It's an offbeat idea that we're actually rather excited about -- and I believe that Matt's working on a review.
Release Date: August 21stClick here to read more...
Is nothing Sacre...
Nope, can't do it. This is no laughing matter. Deep Silver have dredged up the bones and bits of the Sacred IP, chucked most of them out, and used the remaining pieces to assemble a game bereft of any particularly worthwhile. Sacred 3 bears the Sacred name, but it's something of a shell of a game rather than the open-world, loot-stuffed romp to which fans might be accustomed.
Gone are the expansive environments of previous, "proper" Sacred games. Indeed, Sacred 3 has more in common with Sacred Citadel than its numbered predecessor. Except it's not a side-scrolling beat 'em up designed for couch co-op -- it looks like a top-down, Sacred-esque RPG.
But it isn't.Click here to read more...