Any chance you can get to pre-order a PS4 or Xbox One game for under £40 should be snapped up as we've seen them bounce up to £45 again for the first few weeks once it's out there. The long-running FPS series looks like it could be making a return to form if our recent hands-on sessions are anything to go buy. Plus, we've not shot any Nazis for ages and they've only gone and won the war and made an army of robodogs while series hero BJ Blazkowicz has been in a coma. Time to sort that shit right out. Wolfenstein: The New Order will be released on May 23rd.
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Those crashing pre-order prices seemed to foretell the mild disappointment that would became the new Thief game. But it also ensures that the price keeps on falling. Zavvi are way ahead of the competition today, saving £7 compared to other sites. To be fair, Thief is still worth a look for stealth fans. Our advice, turn off as many of the help options as you can for a purer experience.
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This week on Game Buzz... We take a look at SOE's zombie survival game H1Z1, we chat about the recent Nintendo Direct and the upcoming Smash Bros. games for 3DS and Wii U, we have a bit of a natter about Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and The Last of Us coming to PS4, and we get a bit flustered over custard.
I can't explain, it makes more sense when you hear it.
Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.
"There is nothing... nothing... half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”
Ratty had it right. As did The Lonely Island. Naval combat is awesome, so we're delighted that Battlefield 4's selection of RHIBs, jetskis and attack boats finally have their chance to shine courtesy of the latest DLC. Aptly named Naval Strike, this new map pack contains four enormous waterlogged maps balanced for ship-to-ship combat, while infantry scurry to secure their objectives and aircraft hunt down their quarry on the high seas. As the cherry on the cake, we have a new game mode in Carrier Assault, which gives Battlefield 2142's beloved Titan gametype a wet and wild makeover. Forget tanks and heavy armour, because we're all about hovercraft and hidden Megalodons now.
Available as part of the Battlefield Premium service, Naval Strike certainly seems to be a breath of sea air, which we've now tested thoroughly enough to deliver our comprehensive verdict - from the new maps to the gear and gametypes. And then we'll finish up by having another rant about Battlefield 4's crappy netcode.
Wave Breaker is by far the strongest and most interesting of the new maps. An expansive network of small islands, naval approaches and airborne opportunities are clustered around a massive underground submarine pen: a nervy combination of long sight lines, balconies, gantries and tight corridors for well-organised squads to assault. Attack boats and RHIBs can breach the perimeter unless infantry raise flood barriers, while the drydocked submarine can be collapsed with devastating results if it sustains enough damage. Given the mix of massively open boat combat, helicopter shenanigans and brutal point-blank ground pounding, it's really rather special indeed.Click here to read more...
Titanfall on Xbox 360 is great fun. It's not as sharp as its Xbox One sibling, nor is it as impressive in terms of framerate, but at its core it's still the same fast-paced, exhilarating experience that we've come to find on the other platforms thus far.
Put simply, I'm not entirely sure that the difference between the Xbox 360 version and the Xbox One version is worth forking out £400 for.
We're nearly five months on now from the release of the Xbox One and the PS4, and we've seen prices fall a little in that time, but I'd still posit that there's little reason to invest in the advent of this new generation of video game consoles, and the Titanfall situation perfectly illustrates why: we're not ready to let go of last-gen just yet.
We speculated that the delay of the 360 version, and the fact that no-one had seen or heard anything much about it until a couple of days before release, might have been because it was crap. That's a fairly tried-and-tested strategy in the games industry: if you have a crap game it's either vertical slice time (hello Aliens), or you follow that old adage of if you haven't got anything good to say, don't say anything at all. It's all helped along by the fact that 2014 has seen some of the most hilariously overblown scrutiny of games and visuals and technical specifications and comparisons that a tiny, tiny, very vocal niche care about. As soon as you put something out there in the virtual ether, it's going to get torn apart, and so we often jump to the conclusion that no news is probably bad news.
But in this instance it would seem that the reverse is true: that the Xbox 360 port is good enough to have probably posed a challenge to the more expensive, pleasebuyaconsoleforthis Xbox One version of Titanfall, and that says much about the fragility of this first year of next-gen gaming. With third parties going for an expansive approach, and hamstringing the potential of current-gen versions to allow for feature-complete last-gen games, the exclusive big hitters matter more for Sony and Microsoft, and it makes sense to try and make things as easy for the likes of Titanfall and inFamous: Second Son as is possible. Given the choice between forking out forty quid for a really enjoyable version of Titanfall on Xbox 360 and ten times that for Titanfall on Xbox One, many might have gone for the former over the latter.Click here to read more...
Sony accidentally let slip that The Last of Us Remastered is A Thing that's coming to PS4.
A banner advertisement for a revamped PS4 version of Naughty Dog's survival-horror epic appeared on the US Sony Entertainment Network website (via NeoGAF), boasting a $59.99 price tag.
It's got a nice Day 1 Digital release badge as well, from which we can infer that there'll be a physical version of the game too.Click here to read more...
We all leave a digital footprint as we go about our daily lives, from social networks to credit card purchases, CCTV cameras and Oyster Cards. Something that vigilante hacker Aiden Pearce will be able to co-opt to devastating advantage in Watch Dogs when it releases this summer. The hype train is once again picking up speed following the recent delay, and the latest trailer gives us a flavour for the sort of information we'll be able to use during the hac
On the PC side of things, we've got some good and bad news. The specs have been revealed... but I'm afraid that you'll also have to use a certain much-maligned digital platform to play it.Click here to read more...
Here we go. I shouldn't have to tell you how brilliant Rayman Legends is (*cough*betterthanMario*cough*) , and though the last-gen version already ran at 1080p 60FPS, the next-gen port is still a treat... and nice and cheap at £17.99. Is this the sub-£20 level you've been waiting for?
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Platforms: PS4 | Xbox One (reviewed) | PC version incoming
Developer: Born Ready Games
Strike Suit Zero should have been brilliant when it released last year. A beautiful arcade space sim starring a wonderful transforming mech fighter, designed by Appleseed's Junji Okubo and scored by Homeworld's Paul Ruskay, it literally promised "space combat reborn." And it failed.
What ought to have been a revolution ended up as a solid yet shockingly derivative space sim that stubbornly looked backwards, not forwards, launching with numerous missing features and sidelining its eponymous war machine in favour of a billion frustrating escort missions. Having backed the Kickstarter campaign at not inconsiderable expense (well spotted, I was wearing a U.N.E. T-Shirt in our Rezzed 2014 interviews), I had to shelve my excitement while picking apart its flaws in our 6/10 review.
So I'm delighted to report that Born Ready Games have fixed it!
Containing all the patches and improvements from several months of extra development, alongside fundamentally rebalanced gameplay and a visual makeover, the Director's Cut feels like a completely new game. Consoles may not be the space sim's spiritual home, but Strike Suit Zero feels more at home on PS4 and Xbox One than it ever did on PC.Click here to read more...
Format: PS4 (reviewed) | PC
Developer: Matt Thorson
Publisher: Matt Makes Games Inc.
TowerFall Ascension is all about traditional local multiplayer. So much so, there’s no point even reading the rest of this review if you’re not likely to invite friends round to your house to play with you. Still here? Did I mention it would help if your friends were regular gamers with a fondness for pixelated sprite-art games that could have run on a Sega Master System without breaking a sweat? Try not to make too much noise on your way out. Ok you two, thanks for staying.
This multiplayer-focussed game features screen-sized arenas to duke it out against each other in 2-4 player deathmatches / team deathmatches or you can play 1-2 player co-op against waves of monsters over multiple maps.
Controls are simple retro fare with three buttons handling jumps, firing arrows from your bow and a dodge move that can also be used to catch any arrows fired at you. Navigating the 2D stages with well-timed jumps is a breeze and you can make your way around with serious speed thanks to a hole at the bottom of the screen dropping you back in from the top when you dive in. Exit to the sides will see you come out the other side too. Arrows fired into any of these exits or holes will also come out the other side.Click here to read more...
Speed Runners have clocked this game in under ten minutes, but the average first playthroughs are closer to two hours. Many gamers have spent extra hours completing side missions too, so it's not as short as many have made it out to be if you want to take your time with it. Base.com are currently the cheapest price available for Hideo Kojima's prequel to The Phantom Pain. Don't forget to check out Jon's review for more information.
This is one of the cheapest PS4 games I've seen and should be snapped up by any FPS fan with a PS4. While the campaign certainly had its faults, it's a fun blast and a technical masterpiece for any graphics fans out there. The multiplayer is well worth a visit too as all the weapons are unlocked from the start meaning you can tailor your loadout to your finest desires from the start and not have to grind for ages to compete. Be sure to check out my Multiplayer Survival Tips before you dive in though.
This Deluxe Edition of the game comes with a download code for both the PS3 and PS4 versions instead of a physical copy of the game, somewhat hindering resale value. If you're after this for your personal collection though, this handy edition comes with an artbook, poster and keyring. Ubisoft's upcoming RPG uses Rayman's UbiArt engine to create the intriguing story book style and battles will be traditional turn-based affairs that probably won't be as gross as those found in South Park: The Stick of Truth. Child of Light releases April 30th and we really want it.
Having fallen in love with Hotline Miami, we naturally made a beeline for Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number at EGX Rezzed 2014. Though still months from release, its latest demo build is still as sleazy, gritty, brutal, horrific, sharp and gleefully enjoyable as ever. Not to mention exceptionally difficult in all the right - wrong? - ways.
But can the sequel deliver the same shock value and surprise of its predecessor? Will we actually ever reach a consensus on what the story, masks and characters represent? Frankly I have no idea yet, but fans of the original will definitely get hooked in for more gut-wrenchingly compelling ultraviolence. You can watch it all in our video playthrough above, accompanied by my vaguely informative wafflings.
Rayman Legends is a fantastic platformer and one of the finest games of the last generation, absolutely Though the new-gen version doesn't have much to improve upon, seeing as it already looks amazing at 1080/60 on Xbox 360 and PS3, it's still well worth playing if you missed it the first time around. GAME are currently retailing at £19.99, saving you £4 vs the nearest contenders and undercutting the RRP by a tenner.
It's all in the name. This cooperative run & gun platformer is utterly outrageous in all the right ways, letting us control awesome homages to classic action movies and throwing us into massively destructible levels in the name of RIDICULOUS ACTION. BROchete? BRO Dredd? Indiana BROnes? Brade? BROdell Walker? The BROminator? They're all there, and more besides, all ready to make stuff explode in the most epic of ways.
As an example, Carl took down a helicopter with a katana. Not unlike a boss.
We'll bring you a more in-depth preview soon, but here's what happened when Carl and I got to grips with BROFORCE at EGX Rezzed. Forget professionalism, because we've got BROfessionalism. Which is just as good, except with 100% more high fives and naked from the waist up.
Developer: Polytron and BlitWorks
Despite critical acclaim two years ago when released on XBLA and PC, Fez has taken its time to come to the PlayStation Platforms. Rather than a discount for its tardiness, the asking price of £7.99 gets you a cross-buy copy of the game that you can download to your PS4, PS3 and PS Vita complete with cloud-based cross-save functionality.
For those of you new to the world of Fez, allow me to catch you up. This is a puzzle platformer that opts for an 8-bit retro style. What’s decidedly not retro though (unless you count Echochrome and Crush as retro) is the rotating mechanic adding depth to the 2D platforming. With a tap of a shoulder button, the whole game world rotates 90 degrees. This begins simply enough when you’re just navigating a singular structure, you could even be forgiven for thinking it’s just a gimmick as it’s essentially a traditional flat 2D stage that you push forward with these ‘rotations.’
But then stages start to get more elaborate with extra platforms and multiple floating islands to navigate. Upon rotation, many of these areas see additional platforms moved into position allowing you to reach higher places. Hidden doors leading to new parts of the map are featured on the sides of buildings too.Click here to read more...
Platforms: PC | PS3 | PS4 (tested) | Xbox 360 | Xbox One
Developer: The Creative Assembly
I'm going to die in a locker.
It was all going so well. My exploration of an abandoned laboratory was proceeding swimmingly until the motion tracker blared into life, catching me out in the open with nowhere to run. The Alien is coming. It's close. I can't fight it. I can't outrun it. But a winking green light on the other side of the hallway promised a safe haven: a locker big enough to hide in, only a short sprint away.
And now I'm going to die. Following my footsteps, the Xenomorph stalks past the locker grille, and for a split-second I think I'm safe as I peer through the slats. No such luck. It wheels and thrusts its eyeless muzzle up against the door, all fangs and slime. I shrink back from the grille, willing myself to sink into the darkness and hold my breath -- both in the game and in real life. Please, please, please just walk away! After what felt like an eternity, the chitinous horror finally sloped back down the hall and I let out a sigh of desperate relief. I've survived... but the Alien is still out there. Waiting. Hunting me.
If The Creative Assembly can sustain this fear throughout the campaign, Alien Isolation could well become the best and most chilling survival horror game we've seen in some time, not to mention an outstanding tie-in. That's a seriously big "if," mind, and the uncomfortable question hanging over what is otherwise a very impressive debut.Click here to read more...
PS4 Console | GameStop | £329.99
If you have your own plans for picking up some games, then this 500GB solus console deal may be for you as GameStop are currently selling it for £20 cheaper than the RRP. However, if you fancy bundling it with either FIFA 14, Need for Speed: Rivals or Battlefield 4, you can for an extra £34.97, which is on average £5 cheaper than buying any of those game separately. Go on, buy Battlefield 4. It's pretty awesome.
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This week, Sony released a list detailing every PlayStation 4 game announced for 2014 so far, along with expected release windows. Still no idea when the hell Driveclub is coming, mind; and there's no sign of The Last Guardian either, unsurprisingly.Click here to read more...