About time too. Just when our excitement for Watch Dogs reached critical mass, having previewed a production build, interviewed the developers and even tested out the companion app, Ubisoft delayed their anticipated hacking sandbox at the eleventh hour. Then went dark.
The waiting began. The conjecture and concerns deepened. But now we can start to ramp back into hype mode, because Watch Dogs has been officially dated by way of a new trailer! So long as you don't want to buy it on Wii U, that is.Click here to read more...
Developer: Kojima Productions
Ground Zeroes is a curious little thing. Neither full game nor free demo, Kojima's attempt to bridge the events of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker and the upcoming Phantom Pain acts as both a FOX Engine showcase, a playable tutorial for Snake's massively overhauled gameplay and a shameless story teaser that sets up one heck of a cliffhanger. With concerns about its length, value and Jack Bauer making headlines, I approached my first hands-on session with a degree of trepidation.
Over more than five hours of contact time, however, I gradually came to realise that Ground Zeroes is more than the sum of its parts. Crucially it's a sandbox; a freeform playground designed to ease players into the new Metal Gear Solid experience by letting us experiment with the retooled mechanics on our own terms.
The scene is set in a lengthy intro cinematic that sees Snake rappelling into Omega Base, a Guantanamo Bay-inspired Black Site in which Paz (remember her?) may have been incarcerated. His mission is to extract her alive by any means necessary, even as we're introduced to the horrifically disfigured new villain Skull Face, who sets a sinister plan into motion involving the nefarious XOF forces. It's an excuse to get Snake back into his skintight stealth suit, but scant seconds after assuming control, you'll realise that Metal Gear has changed in several fundamental ways.Click here to read more...
Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes releases later this month, giving players a taste of the FOX Engine's capabilities, a storyline teaser and insight into Snake's new abilities. However, many gamers are desperately concerned about its value, following a report that the campaign can be completed in less than two hours.
Now that I've spent several hours with Ground Zeroes' 95% preview build, I'm finally in a position to confirm or deny these allegations firsthand.
Or, more accurately, tell you that they're absolutely correct... and completely misleading.Click here to read more...
WB Games Montreal did a reasonable if underwhelming job with Batman: Arkham Origins, but we all knew that original masterminds Rocksteady Studios had to be working on a tasty new project for next-gen systems.
An exciting prospect... which has been blown wide open thanks to an indiscreet product listing from GAME, followed by a Game Informer cover story. Batman: Arkham Knight is set to release on PC, PS4 and Xbox One later this year, providing the "explosive finale" to the Arkham series alongside the opportunity to finally get behind the wheel of the Batmobile.
UPDATE: Enjoy the announcement trailer!Click here to read more...
After a year and a half of Microsoft exclusivity, indie darling Fez is finally set to make the jump onto Sony platforms in what the developers describe as "the best-looking and smoothest FEZ experience you can get on a TV set." Better yet, you'll only need to pay once to unlock Phil Fish's dimension-defying platformer on PS4, PS3 and Vita, with save files shared across all versions.Click here to read more...
Following a successful Japanese PS4 launch, Sony are naturally keen to drop some seriously impressive sales figures.Click here to read more...
Having forced us to sit through several nervy months of delays, Watch Dogs is set to reveal its release date very soon by way of a new trailer.
We won't have long to wait... but if you're desperate for new info, you might be interested in an intriguing little slip on the PSN Store.Click here to read more...
If yesterday's deal for the official Sony headset at £60 is more than you're wanting to spend, then let us point you towards the Orb Elite. This plugs directly into your DualShock 4 controller and has a flexible boom mic, allowing you to adjust for optimal voice pickup for chat or commentary recording.
Thanks to InsaneNun at HotUkDeals.
PS4 Vertical Stand | Game | £3.99
This is GAME's own brand of stand, which saves you a staggering £12 over the official Sony one. A quick look through the comments section on the HotUkDeals forum suggests that the stand doesn't block any of the console's vents, so over-heating shouldn't be an issue. So, if you want your PS4 to pose like it does in all those ads, this is for you.
Thanks to InsaneNun at HotUkDeals.
Official Sony PS4 Wireless Headset | GameStop | £59.97
If the free basic headset bundled with the PS4 just doesn't cut it for you, you might want to take a look at Sony's official full-sized headset. These look like a decent alternative to buying a fancy sound system as they feature virtual 7.1 surround sound which should bring out the best in a game's audio design - imagine playing Battlefield 4 with that! There's a internal mic for online chat and the headset has a and folding design, making them handy for travel if using with the Vita too.
Thanks to Weldz at HotUkDeals.
Make sure you always have a controller charged and ready by picking up a spare. GameStop have them back on offer again, saving you at £3-15 over the other sites. I've been loving the new controller since getting a PS4, the new triggers are fantastic and the analogue stick grips are vastly improved. My only concern is the ongoing deterioration of the rubber on the analogue sticks. Battery life is reasonable, but plugging headphones into the controller or playing games that use the built-in speaker can drain it pretty quick. Charging times seems quicker than the DS3 though. Note: you don't get an extra micro USB charging cable with extra controllers.
Thanks to woobee at HotUkDeals.
Developer: Double Helix Games
Strider is the best game that Double Helix have ever made.
The bar was admittedly scraping along the ground, since their mediocre past form includes the likes of Battleship, Front Mission Evolved and that shocking Green Lantern tie-in. But be in no doubt: their suitably challenging and respectful remake of Capcom's classic slice & dice platformer is very good indeed, and worthy to bear the name. As soon as master assassin Hiryu goofily cartwheels over a crowd of robotic rifleman, flips off a wall and carves his first foe into tiny pieces, its pedigree is unmistakeable.
When Strider is content to be a faithful reboot, it's really rather brilliant. Having arrived in the sprawling city of Kazakh to murder its evil 'Grandmaster' and bring peace to the world with ultraviolence, Hiryu is as spry and blisteringly fast as we remember, barrelling through the corridors in a blur of precisely-aimed steel and perfectly-timed wall jumps. Packing a climbing sickle that can scale any surface, robotic combat enhancements and even a teleporter, he's a force to be reckoned with, but the Grandmaster's robot army and mercenary henchmen will give him a retro-tough run for his money.Click here to read more...
All change please! Sony has revealed the upcoming menu of free* games headed to the Instant Game Collection next month - replacing Outlast and Metro: Last Light. Instead, you'll be able to freely download a brand new version of Dead Nation on PS4, alongside Tomb Raider, the brilliant Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons and a couple of Vita games.Click here to read more...
Rayman Legends is one of the best games of the last console generation... and is now a highlight of the new one. Its masterful, innovative, beautiful platforming is an absolute joy to experience (not to mention the barmy Kung Foot minigame!), so if you're in the market for the PS4 or Xbox One version, a quick browse over to Amazon will save you £2 versus GAME. It appears to be on back order, though, so delivery will take between 11-14 days. Thanks to mhardy @ HUKD!
PlayStation Plus (365 days) | CDKeys.com | £31.49 (RRP: £39.99)
You'll need a PlayStation Plus to play the majority of PS4 games online, but Sony's secret weapon is so much more than that. Offering a cycling rotation of free games across PS3, PS4 and Vita, not to mention discounts and perks, PlayStation Plus pays for itself within a matter of weeks. To put this in perspective: BioShock Infinite, Metro: Last Light, Outlast, Dynasty Warriors Next and more are all currently available to download if you're a member.
Better yet, you can now save the best part of a tenner on a yearly subscription from CDkeys.com. Thanks to POWYSWALES @ HUKD!
This deal has now expired, but Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners should note that CDkeys are also offering a year of Xbox Live Gold subscription for £26.99. Thanks Tsung & Late!
Wow, well that was quick. After ShopTo slashed their prices yesterday, Gameseek has gone even further with an extra £4 saving!
Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes is set to act as a prologue for Metal Gear Solid V proper, introducing players to new gameplay tweaks (such as regenerating health), the more open-world campaign structure and Kiefer Sutherland. There's some confusion regarding its length and value, mind. Thanks to InsaneNun and oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!
The OUYA's selection of true exclusives is thin on the ground, but Towerfall is easily the jewel in its crown (alongside a superb redux version of MirrorMoon EP). This superb local multiplayer experience toes the line between brawlers and artillery games, throwing you and three friends into nuanced arenas armed with a fistful of arrows and unique character classes.
It's fantastic, hectic old-school fun... and is about to massively expand its audience by jumping to PS4 and PC as an enhanced version with new cooperative shenanigans, powerups and arenas.Click here to read more...
Earlier this week we saw the latest PS4 firmware update pop up when we turned on our PS4s. Keen to see what new feature we were getting, we had a look what was included with the new 1.61 update. With the previous update mainly focusing on adding official headset support, we were hoping for something directly targeting the dreaded CE-34878-0 error message which appears on a regular basis for many gamers, either causing corrupted save files or even crashes when browsing their capture collections.Click here to read more...
There aren't anywhere near enough arcade space sims on consoles, so naturally we're thrilled to hear that Strike Suit Zero is headed to PS4 and Xbox One in March.
Costing £14.99, this new version comes complete with a graphical overhaul, while taking "a year’s worth of comments and suggestions on board, directly addressing the points of our community and critics." In case you haven't heard of it, think space combat starring an epic transforming mech designed by the Appleseed Guy. Now wipe that drool off the keyboard, you mucky pup.Click here to read more...
The divisive 'Resolution Wars' continue unabated, as yet another game reveals very different resolution targets on the PS4 and Xbox One. Hideo Kojima has confirmed that Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes runs at a native 1080p on Sony's machine, but will be upscaled from 720p on Microsoft's platform. Here we go again, as they say.
Regardless of your stance on the matter, however, a new clutch of comparison screenshots demonstrate that we're in for a handsome visual experience on all platforms - even including last-gen consoles.Click here to read more...