Insomniac's foray into third-person shooters has fallen to a rather agreeable price point thanks to this deal from Asda. A saving of around £3 can be had over the best cheapest offer elsewhere.
Yes, it was pretty generic, and yes, it didn't have the same level of flair and creativity that other games from Insomniac have provided, but Fuse is a solid action game, and its 4-player co-op is definitely a positive draw. For the price of this deal, it could be a worthwhile title to blast through over Christmas. Thanks to goonertillidie @ HUKD!
The price continues to tumble down for Quantic Dream's latest, and thanks to the voucher code above you can get it for below the £20 mark. Overall you'll save £7 over the next best deal elsewhere, although The Hut aren't known for their prompt delivery so bear that in mind before ordering.
Opinion on Beyond was scattered like a buckshot for good reason - player interaction and choice is nowhere near the level found in Heavy Rain, and David Cage has arguably produced better stories in his previous games - but at this price it could be the right time to make up your own mind. Thanks to darioredkin @ HUKD!
I'm not exactly sure who awarded Dead Island with Game of the Year, but I guess as long as one site does that allows you to release a GOTY edition. The game failed to deliver on that phenomenal trailer that promised so much; what we got was a game where you hit zombies with easily broken pointy sticks. The first-person melee combat isn't for everyone, but the game is packed with missions and this edition has the Bloodbath Arena and Ryder White DLC too. If you enjoy online co-op titles like Borderlands you'll get more out of the game as it works much better with friends.
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Here we are, folks. The Top 10 Games of Last Generation. Well... the top nine. These are the games that (a really small sample of) democracy has chosen. When we look back on the past seven years, these are the games we'll remember -- the titles that will come to epitomise generation six, for us anyway.
We have multiplayer mainstays here, some of the finest storytelling to grace any medium, we have an indie smash hit that shook the industry to its very core and changed things forever, we have Rockstar's finest game of the generation (no GTA in sight), and two peerless RPGs fighting out to the very last. Welcome to the final countdown...
What we said: Whilst it might not be the groundbreaking FPS that the original was, doing away with the Epic Pistol, enormously expansive maps and the health bar amongst other things, Halo 3 is still an absolute triumph. The campaign is somewhat short, and there's the odd level of Flood trudging that slows the pace horrifically, but the AI, the music, the combat and the blockbuster credentials more than make up for it.
And then of course there's the multiplayer. Fast, frenetic and furious, at its worst you'll come across a bunch of 14 year old Americans who swear blindly, make offensive comments and clearly spend every free waking moment playing the game. But at its best, Halo 3's multiplayer is incredibly good fun with great server support, a reliable matchmaking system and an abundance of game types.
What we said: Irrational created the most memorable game world of the generation in Rapture, and left you to pick your way through its dilapidated bones, discovering its history at your own pace. The lack of direct choice (or the illusion of it) -- that is to say, the apparent absence of morality-driven narrative divergences -- didn't matter. Bioshock played with the nature of control and discovery, using exposition to give colour and depth to the horrors you'd witness, and then turning everything on its head.
Rarely have three words proved so absolutely devastating in any story across any medium. Bioshock isn't just a video game classic, it's a milestone in interactive fiction.Click here to read more...
Christmas is coming early thanks to PlayStation Plus, who are updating the Instant Game Collection on Christmas Eve with some absolutely cracking titles.
Yeah. Not the worst selection of stocking fillers we've ever seen, to put things very very mildly. Klei's Don't Starve will also be free for PS4 PS+ members from January.
PS3 500GB, The Last Of Us & Gran Turismo 6 | Amazon | £189.99
This has to be one of the hottest console bundles on the market right now. For a tenner shy of £200, you'll get a brand new PS3 super-slim with half a terabyte of storage, along with Gran Turismo 6 and The Last Of Us. Or in other words, a great console, one of its most critically acclaimed games of 2013 and its hottest Christmas title.
Platforms: PS4 | PS3 | PS Vita (Cross-Buy)
Developer: HumaNature Studios
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
QT3 has been waiting thirty-two years for the return of the human family who abandoned him, leaving the poor mechanoid stranded on a tiny asteroid with no-one but a sentient balloon for company. God only knows how long he would have stayed there had a talking alien oblong named Jeff not turned up and informed QT3 that his entire robot line is under threat of being scrapped.
This is how Doki-Doki Universe -- a new title from the creators of ToeJam and Earl -- begins: with you (as QT3) being told that unless you trot off on an intergalactic adventure and learn about what it means to be human, you and all of your robot chums will be recycled. It'd probably be fairly dark if everything wasn't so incredibly colourful, and the landscapes didn't look like they were drawn by a children's book illustrator.
Things get progressively weirder from then on.
There's not really a word to describe what sort of a genre Doki-Doki Universe inhabits. I suppose it shares a number of features with adventure games, and there are some light puzzle elements to be found here, but really as far as I can tell, it's a game about empathy and connections and relationships. Tasked with discovering what "humanity" means, you take QT3 from hand-drawn planet to hand-drawn planet, introducing yourself to the weird and wonderful array of characters to be found upon each rock.Click here to read more...
Our countdown of the best games of last generation reaches the top twenty, and what an assortment of quality we have for you today. Rayman racks up his second (and truly deserved) appearance, as does a certain Italian murderer; we see the Wii's best offerings standing strong amongst super company; and a nine-year old girl steals our collective hearts.
What we said: It's effortlessly charming, fiendishly challenging, mechanically sublime, and stuffed with enough content to keep us coming back for more long into the winter months. It's a blast solo or with friends, whether you're playing together directly, or trying to best one another's scores in asynchronous fashion in the challenges. Put simply, Rayman Legends isn't just one of the best platformers we've seen in twenty years, but one of the very best games. Absolutely stunning.
What we said: There's never been anything quite like this before, including the first game. LBP2 is so much more now that gamers aren't limited to the platforming genre. The single player game is just a warm up that hopes to inspire you to create something amazing of your own. The user-generated game creations are where the real gold is to be found. It's not Media Molecule's game anymore, it's ours.Click here to read more...
Welcome back to our countdown of the best games of last generation! Today we have a list that includes one of the finest titles to ever grace the Wii, car crash brilliance, the return of a glorious strategy franchise, and An Amazing RPG From The Best Games Company Ever.
Late to the party? Don't worry, you can catch up with all of our Games of the Generation pieces from the last week of so right here.
What we said: Fans of both loot grinders and hectic shooters will be in seventh heaven with Borderlands and will be able to enjoy the experience solo and with other players. However, most others will need to seek out company in order to fully enjoy what it brings to the table. Either way, Borderlands is a capable FPS with simple and accessible MMO elements that will still be relevant many months down the line.
What we said: Xenoblade Chronicles is one of the best JRPGs ever made. In fact, it's probably one of the best roleplaying games of this generation - regardless of platform. Monolith Soft has made the genre relevant again, delivering depth and nuance without compromising fun or thrills. If you own a Wii, you owe it to yourself to play Xenoblade Chronicles. It's that simple.Click here to read more...
Doki-Doki Universe is a weird game. It's a handcrafted paean to positivity that measures progress in emotional terms and places you in the role of QT3 -- a robot who has spent the last 32 years waiting patiently on an asteroid for the human family that abandoned him. Until a gurning, monobrowed alien named Jeff turns up, that is, and informs QT3 that his entire robotic model line is due to be scrapped unless he can demonstrate a capacity for understanding humanity.
The game revolves around jetting off to visit new planets and satellites, performing tasks for the cast list of weird and wacky inhabitants, learning their likes and dislikes, unocovering hidden secrets and presents, and spawning in a plethora of bizarre creatures and items in Scribblenauts-lite fashion. Each planet is different, each collection of offbeat characters going through some sort of moral crisis, which QT3 has to set right. Slowly, the robot begins to comprehend things like abandonment and bullying and love and fear (what would freak you out more... a man in a bunny suit or an anthropomorphic carrot?), the action punctuated by personality tests (complete with goatee'd therapist) to determine QT3's progress and allow for plenty of comedic asides.
If that all sounds bat-sh*t crazy, that's kind of because it is, as I rather demonstrate in the video below. If you come out of the other side more confused than when you went in, don't be alarmed. That's exactly how I felt.
The Doki-Doki Universe review will go live tomorrow.Click here to read more...
Acrobatic action titles? Check. Genre-defining third-person shooters? Oh yes. More plastic peripheral insanity? You bet! We're into the thirties in our countdown of the best games of last generation, and there are more surprises in store. Were you besotted with Bayonetta? Rabid about Rayman? Bonkers for Bad Company? Let us know what you make of thing in the box below.
Also, if you're yet to check out #50-41, click here to do so now!
What we said: Bayonetta herself might well split opinion - can a strong willed, intensely capable female figure who defies manipulation be taken seriously when she's being manipulated into some of the most suggestive poses this side of Spearmint Rhino's front doors? - but it's incredibly hard to argue against action this stylishly accessible and deceptively deep. Sexy, self-referential, slick and stylish, Bayonetta is an excellent action title to kick off 2010, dodging accusation of being derivative with one of the most finely tuned, and fun to play, combat engines seen in video gaming.
What we said: Rayman Origins is mechanically brilliant, perfectly-paced and drop-dead gorgeous, but can you put a price on happiness?
Probably not. But we've got a score for it. - 10/10Click here to read more...
We all weighed in on some of our favourite games and highlights from the sixth generation of video game consoles, and now it's time for the Top 50 Games of Last Generation. We opted for democracy over psychic octopuses or Foucauldian pendulums and each writer submitted a top 30, with the resulting entries shuffled into some semblance of critical order by our fuzzy-topped overlord.
The results have been surprising in some cases, and perhaps less so elsewhere. Indeed, there was only one game that appeared in absolutely everyone's list. But you'll have to wait until Friday for that as we begin our countdown of excellence at #50, and work our way up to the pinnacle of this generation.
What we said: Fallout: New Vegas is an epic adventure, simply overflowing with content. If you lost yourself in Fallout 3, gobbled up all the DLC and then loaded up a brand new game, New Vegas is for you. Hook, line and sinker. It's built on aging tech that often rears its ugly head, but it can also offer moments of startling beauty.
What we said: If you prefer your heroics to come with, well, heroics, look elsewhere on the shelf and detractors will no doubt write it off as a Fallout / Bioshock / Half-Life 2 hybrid. If though you like your games genuinely disturbing, thoughtful and intensely creepy, this is brilliant stuff. And hell, if you’re going to make a medley of three games you could do a lot worse than those, right?Click here to read more...
This week sees one major console release in Gran Turismo 6, the latest simulator from Kazunori Yamauchi and Polyphony Digital. Would you like the good news or the bad news?
Good news first, GT6 has entered the UK chart in eighth place, which is impressive considering that it's releasing on what is now a last-gen console. However, its first weekend sales were five times fewer than Gran Turismo 5 saw in the same period. This isn't specific to the franchise - for example, we saw it with the likes of DmC - but hopefully we'll see the new console generation perk things up on the sales front.
In other chart news, Knack is thoroughly pointless and still outsells Super Mario 3D Land, while Killzone: Shadow Fall retains its top ten position. Xbox One exclusives fare far worse, lead by Forza 5 in 26th place, and currently outsold by Halo 4 - which came out this time last year.Click here to read more...
With the PS4 version seemingly still quite a way off, you may as well give the PS3 version a go for such a low price. The online-only subscription MMORPG has had a better reception than the original version so far, but if we're honest, we're waiting for it to wise up and take the free to play route. You get 30 days free with the purchase of the game to see if you like it. If not, well, good luck selling it without the pass.
Thanks to Nuzille at HotUkDeals.
If you're not upgrading to next-gen anytime soon, then any FPS multiplayer fans should get all over this as it's £2 cheaper than anywhere else and includes the China Rising DLC pack , giving you an extra four multiplayer maps. Battlefield 4 offers one of the deepest multiplayer experiences out there thanks to its huge maps and vehicular warfare including tanks, jeeps and choppers. If you're not bothered about the DLC, Tesco are selling the standard edition (PS3 / 360) for £25, but we recommend getting the ShopTo deal for the extra maps.
Thanks to darkknight32 at HotUkDeals.
Current-gen is now last-gen. We'd love to move on, but we can't help wonder whether we've still got some unfinished business, a nagging feeling at the back of our minds.
In fact, thinking about it, there are a number of things that we were promised years ago, yet still haven't materialised despite the arrival of the Xbox One and PS4. Some are games that fizzled out of existence or sublimated into vapourware, others are features that were never implemented, many have been cancelled outright and more are just heartbreaking teases that dangled painfully out of reach... where they'll likely stay for months and years to come.
So here are a few things that went missing in action last generation. Let's kick things off with an old chestnut...
A first-person stealth game set during the cold war? Developed by Rockstar? Announced in 2007 and unveiled at Sony's E3 2009 press conference, Agent sounded too good to be true.
And it was. As the years slipped by, Agent continually popped up in trademark renewals and CVs, but is still far too stealthy for its own good. Will we see it on PS4? Perhaps, but don't hold your breath because you might end up asphyxiating.Click here to read more...
The PS4 may be out, but the PS3 isn't going anywhere - as evidenced by Polyphony Digital bringing another huge racing sequel to the platform. Gran Turismo 6 is set to feature a huge number of cars, authentic handling... well, you know what to expect, but there's also a lunar rover. Apparently premium currency packs will be available to fast-track your way to the better cars, though we've never been adverse to a little GT grind. Simply Games will save you a fiver. Thanks to missgem @ HUKD!
The last console generation gave us all manner of things we now take for granted, including the concept of downloadable content.
For many gamers, DLC has become a dirty acronym. How could it not be? Too many unscrupulous publishers have used it as an excuse to withhold content to ransom, or make players shell out silly money for features that, a decade ago, were included in the price of admission.
It's a crying shame, though, because DLC is actually one of the best and most forward-thinking advances of the last eight years. When developers strive to create meaningful and worthwhile extra content, DLC can enhance, extend and enrich our games - if not our lives. So to that end, here are the ten most outstanding DLC packs and expansions of the previous generation... and why they set a superb example going into the new one.
Burnout Paradise had a legendary post-launch DLC campaign. From free motorbikes to zany hotseat multiplayer, one of the very best (the best? Discuss) racing games of the generation became even better over time.
Especially when Big Surf Island arrived. This massive new playground was wide, tall and rammed full of crazy stuff to do; keeping Paradise in our disc drives for months.Click here to read more...
Those that want to get their smackdown on can now do so for £20 thanks to this deal from GAME. Overall it means you can save around £10, which is a bit of a bargain for a game that hasn't been out that long.
It might not be as instantly gratifying as some of the older entries in the series, but the fact 2K14 goes for more of a fun factor this time around instead of a focus on "simulation" makes this year's instalment one of the better WWE games in recent years. With plenty of modes to get through, and the usual creation options to mess about with, it actually be worth a look at this price. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!
Developer: Ghost Games
Need For Speed: Rivals ought to be the best racing game on PS4 and Xbox One. On paper it already is: an enormous open world where street racers challenge each other to reckless head-to-head showdowns, all as the police strive to shut them down hard and fast with an insane range of gorgeous tricked-out supercars. It's a fun factory, a powerslide paradise, underpinned by the AllDrive system that brings players together into a single seamless session on both sides of the law. Ghost Games have the pedigree to pull it off, consisting primarily of Criterion veterans, but the reality match the mission statement?
Everything nearly works as intended, it's almost brilliant, but unfortunately you can feel the limitations of the PS3 and Xbox 360 holding Rivals back where it counts.Click here to read more...