Steins;Gate is the best visual novel I've ever played.
Read. Experienced. Whatever. It's easy to get hung up on the parlance seeing as visual novels blur the line between books and videogames, reader and player, but it's also completely moot. Not only is Steins;Gate the best visual novel I've ever reviewed (sorry, Danganronpa), but this time-travelling course-correcting masterpiece is almost certainly the finest example of the genre to have ever released.
We already knew that when the PC translation released last year and now Steins;Gate has launched on PlayStation platforms. Does it still hold up? Can it still pack a punch?
You've read the strapline and this review is already shamefully late, so let's drop the pretence and discuss exactly why Steins;Gate is one of the truly essential games of 2015.Click here to read more...
"One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 is a hectic and unapologetically over-the-top brawler that's worthy of the license. If you're a fan of the anime or just fancy a more vibrant and exciting take on the Dynasty Warriors franchise, it's hard not to recommend this weighty serving of colourful catharsis." - One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 review
You can now get it with the limited edition Luffy statue for less than £20 at GAME.
One for the anime fans, but an absolute blast nonetheless.
My review of Steins;Gate should be going live this afternoon or tomorrow morning, but either way, it's almost certainly going to receive a perfect score. The new PlayStation release is the definitive version of the best visual novel ever made, with an uncompromising story and great characters, plus heartbreaking interactivity that makes your actions (or inactions) have serious consequences.
Though I'd recommend the PS Vita version, the PS3 version is no slouch and it's also dirt cheap.
As one of the last reviews I'll be writing for Dealspwn, I'm glad it's such an auspicious title. Stay tuned. Many thanks to Bure11 @ HUKD!
Looking for a fantastic anime compilation from new and old talent? With a playable game from Suda51 as part of the package? Well it's your lucky day, since Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day is now just four quid on PS3, the cheapest price we've seen yet.
It's a feature-length compilation of five standalone anime shorts, each hailing from a luminary in the field or left-field upstart. We have an opportunity to savour Shuhei Morita's Oscar-nominated Possessions, a fascinating and playful tale of animism that puts Pixar to shame, while Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo sallies forth with the breathtakingly lovely Combustible. Hiroaki Ando and Gundam mech designer Hajime Katoki join them, bringing unique storytelling and eyepopping visual flair to the mix.
And a crazy, gorgeous and somewhat short and limited project from Suda51. You can read our Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day Review for the full verdict. Thanks to Lomi @ HUKD!
Sony has finally announced the PS4, PS3 and Vita games that PlayStation Plus owners will be able to download next week.
It's an interesting mix of genres, new titles and crossplay games, most of which we can vouch for personally. Hit up our PlayStation + cheap deals guide if you need to then check it all the action below.Click here to read more...
[UPDATE: It does seem like a glitch, but it's worth trying. Some of us have managed to get the full game on PS4, while others have ended up with a trial version. Do let us know how you get on]
[UPDATE 2: The glitch has been closed now and the game is back up to £7.99. Well done those of you that managed to sneak a copy!]
Wait. What? This might be a glitch, but it appears that Fez is currently available for Free on PS4, PS3 and Vita. Get on it fast! Our link will take you straight to the game's page on the store.
The game hasn't aged well in my opinion and by the time it landed on the Sony platforms I found it hard to get past its pretentious attitude and shitty map system. There is a great 2D platformer buried in there though thanks to the neat world rotating mechanic. One purchase gets you the game on all three formats, with the Vita being the best of the bunch for me. But hey, it's FREE!
Thanks to FantasyDeals.
The PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection is one of the biggest draws of Sony's subscription service (it sure as heck isn't the download speeds), but some of you might be wondering why the free games haven't been updated yet.
Sony have now explained that there has been a slight tweak to their scheduling.Click here to read more...
The PlayStation Store deals of the week are now live and seriously impressive. You can grab Battlefield Hardline for just £29.99/£26.99 on PS4, while there are a host of amazing reductions on fantastic Japanese games.
Highlights include Final Fantasy X/X2 Remaster for £15 on PS3 and Vita, Ni No Kuni for £4 , Arcana Heart 3: Love Max!!!!! for a paltry £12, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance for £4 and loads more besides. Akiba's Trip is also dirt cheap if you fancy experiencing the notorious yet understood stripping RPG.
We've got it all below. Make sure to check out our PlayStation + and PSN Gift Cards cheap deals guide to make your money go further!Click here to read more...
Tales From The Borderlands: Episode 3 - Catch A Ride makes a worrying first impression.
An attempt at rendering an all-out battle spotlights the clunky limitations of the engine, the voice acting is surprisingly unconvincing and badly mixed during the opening section, while a limp instant-fail action sequence crawls out of the woodwork. The first few minutes feel oddly rushed and to be honest I was concerned.
Was Tales From The Borderlands about to bottom out after two great episodes? Was this the tipping point? Thankfully, as it turns out, the shaky start is just a blip in another exceptional piece of interactive storytelling. All is forgiven as a choice, a death, a road trip and some fantastic new characters propel Rhys and Fiona into one of Telltale's best adventures yet.Click here to read more...
J-Stars Victory VS+ is the ultimate anime and manga crossover.
Where else can Shonen Jump royalty fight with or against each other in pitched combat? Where else can Monkey D. Luffy gomu gomu no bazooka Ichigo Kurosaki through a brick wall while Gintoki Sataka drives his moped straight into Vegeta? Where else can Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo and Koro-sensei gang up against Boa Hancock as Kenshiro winds up his Hundred Crack Fist?
Nowhere. J-Stars Victory VS+ is a real treat for Shonen Jump fans featuring dozens of characters both famous and obscure, but just as importantly, it's a fun and technically accomplished brawler too.
No matter what mode you play, and we'll get to that later, J-Stars Victory VS+ is based around madcap 2-on-2 battles in deliciously destructible 3D arenas.
You'll assemble a 2-man team from a giddying roster of manga greats, including fighters from One Piece (my personal favourite), Naruto Shippuden, Bleach, Hunter X Hunter, Assassination Classroom, Fist Of The North Star, Dragon Ball, Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, Chinyūki -Tarō to Yukai na Nakama-tachi, Dr. Slump, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Saint Seiya, Medaka Box, Toriko and loads more besides. Each team also gets to pick a support character that acts as a powerful special attack with a lengthy cooldown.Click here to read more...
Check out a unsung PS3 classic from just £3.98 for a preowned copy including delivery.
If you think Hellblade looks interesting, maybe it's time you checked out Ninja Theory's very similar Heavenly Sword. 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 recently 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.
Thanks to Kenmarinaris.
We love localised Japanese games here at Dealspwn -- as our regulars know -- and Rice Digital have brought back a seriously cheap deal for two of our recent favourites. The brilliant vocaloid rhythm game Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F and OTT fighter Persona 4 Arena Ultimax are both £15 (already an excellent price), which can be brought down to a seriously tasty £13.50 using their reactivated voucher code.
"Project Diva F 2nd ups the challenge and delivers a seriously intense rhythm experience," I wrote in our 8/10 review. "A diverse setlist, exceptional Vita visuals, satisfying gameplay and plenty of unlockables."
It's still the cheapest price ever for Project Diva F 2nd and the cheapest around for P4A Ultimax.
David Cage's latest interactive movie is one of his weakest yet as far as we're concerned, but strong character performances at least provide some serious star power. For a fiver, though, there's no quibbling with the value!
Make sure to read our Beyond: Two Souls review while muttering "it's only a fiver, it's only a fiver" under your breath. Thanks brujulo!
The next Tales JRPG, Tales Of Zestiria, isn't just coming to PS3 after all.Click here to read more...
We all like getting something for nothing and you'll soon have another chance to do so. PayPal are about to bring back their amazing PSN promotion, which lets you make £50 worth of PSN purchases for £40. Effectively giving you a free tenner to spend on games, DLC and entertainment in the process!
How does it work? Just click this link and follow the instructions, starting June 16th. Basically, so long as you spend £50 on PSN in a single transaction, you'll get a tenner knocked off if you activate the coupon on your PayPal account, then check out with PayPal.
As far as I know the £10 saving can be applied to PSN wallet top-ups, PlayStation Plus subscriptions, games and downloadable content. Thanks to anlygi for the tip!
Check out our cheap PlayStation + deals guide for more great ways to save money.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain has an incredible open world to explore and exploit. You'll discover resources to collect, from raw diamonds to processed metals medicinal herbs. You'll use helium balloons to extract unconscious enemy personnel and even animals, whisking them away via helicopter. You'll even find saucy posters, music and propaganda.
All of which gets sent back to Mother Base, your home away from home. Jutting out of the beautiful blue waters of the Seychelles, this offshire platform is more than just a place to lick your wounds: it's your lifeline. Throughout the game you'll develop and grow it, kidnapping your own private army who'll develop new technology, provide intel and even accompany you into battle. Including a dog who'll grow from pup to companion... and a notorious mute sniper.
It's an amazing set of management mechanics that, while
stolen from heavily influenced by Peace Walker, make Metal Gear Solid V even more in-depth.
Click here to read the first part of this preview: Metal Gear Solid V's open world is enormous, radical & utterly incredible.Click here to read more...
Towards the end of a console generation, it's all too easy for the odd classic to go by unnoticed by the masses as the shiny next-gen flash their wares. So, we'll forgive you if you missed out on Dragon's Crown first time around. We've dug out a few cheap deals as the price has come down recently.
Dragon's Crown is the sort of game you've been waiting for since the Mega Drive. A compelling side-scrolling fantasy beat em' up, that works in multiplayer or solo and can be played for hours on end thanks to the RPG components and never-ending loot. Be sure to check out our full review which goes into detail about the differences between the console and handheld versions.
RICE Digital are always game for a deal or nineteen and they're bringing back one of their best recent offers. Loads of games are currently discounted in the return of the MCM sale, which you can save even more money on using the RICEMCM10 voucher code!
Click here to browse the entire sale. In the meantime, here are some pre-voucher highlights:
Metal Gear Solid V is enormous, radical and already rather brilliant.
Having played six-and-a-half solid hours of it at a recent preview event, I can confirm that if this is Hideo Kojima's last game with Konami, he'll be going out with a bang. Blending open-world exploration with an extraordinary amount of gameplay freedom and choice, it's like nothing you've ever seen before yet still unmistakeably Metal Gear. Let me explain in a preview so big that I've had to split it in half!
The game begins nine years after the tragic events of Ground Zeroes, as Snake wakes up in hospital and all manner of bizarre madness goes down. Konami have sworn me to secrecy and that's a good thing too, since you wouldn't believe me if I actually told you. Seriously, a flying fire whale is involved at one point. It's a fascinating sequence that builds on last year's teasers and has major ramifications for both singleplayer and multiplayer.
But you'll have to experience it for yourself. Ultimately Snake emerges not as Naked, Solid or even Big Boss, but as Punished "Venom" Snake, a broken shadow of his former self sporting a bionic arm and a massive metal horn protruding through his forehead and lodged within his frontal cortex. It's up to this once-great hero to rebuild a new mercenary outfit, The Diamond Dogs, and get his revenge on CIPHER and the Skull Face Man in the process. One assassination, mission or tranquillised vulture attached to a helium balloon at a time.
First things first, though, I had to save Miller.Click here to read more...
UK Beta users of game streaming service, PS Now, have reported that the new prices that have been added to the service and they're pretty outrageous. How Sony expects to succeed with such high prices for rentals is beyond anyone's imagining, especially seeing as many titles can be bought outright physically for similar prices. There's a lot of work to be done, if PS Now wants to survive beyond launch.
As things stand, there is no monthly subscription option like there is in the US. Instead, expect to pay a flabbergasting £4.99 (two days) or £9.99 (30 days) for PS3 titles or £2.99/£7.99 for PSN titles for the same times. Before Blockbuster went bust you'd pay less than a fiver for a brand new rental for up to five nights. Sony is charging a fiver for last-gen games for two days. No dice.Click here to read more...