Battlefield 4 had a rough start, but one year later the game has had some serious patch work to fix it up. £14.99 is an outstanding price too. Yes, it's for a preowned copy, but given a new copy is still around £35, you've nothing to lose by going for this killer deal. Don't forget, EA no longer have Online Passes, so there's nothing to pay for taking the fight online. Assume the bundled code for China Rising will have been used though, as stated clearly on the game's preowned button on the site.
Post patches, Battlefield 4 stands tall as one of the finest multiplayer experience around. The battlefields are huge and the vehicles add a fun element that makes the series stand out from the crowd. Choppers, tanks, ATVs, boats and jeeps are all available. Although if you're ever playing with me, never get in the chopper if I'm flying it - we're going down upside down into the sea within seconds! Take a look at my PS4 review here.
Metro Redux offers great value for money by giving two fantastic shooters from last-gen and giving them a loving remaster and more as listed below. This is a great excuse to catch up on the series, especially for PS3 owners that may have missed out when the first game only visited the 360.
More than just a visual facelift for the series, Metro Redux has put some extra effort in to tempt a spend. Metro 2033 has extra animations (such as the mask wipe from the sequel) and the weapon handling has been reworked too. Both games are now playable in Ranger and Survival modes too for a harsher challenge. All the Season Pass content for Last Light is included, adding an extra ten hours of single player content. This is shaping up to be well worth a look if you missed out on the games last gen.
Thanks to Dhiraj1 at HotUkDeals.
Dragon Age: Inquisition landed this week and we've found an even cheaper price than our recent hot pre-order. Sure you could wait for a potential Black Friday deal, but we can't see the game getting much of a discount so soon after release. If anything, expect most sites to be selling it for around £40 as is the case with most top-tier EA titles. The XO version sold out pretty quick at this site, so PS4 owners should act fast. Don't forget to use your voucher code to get the cheaper price too.
It's Dragon Age: Inquisition or well...nothing if you want a console RPG this Christmas -quiet Lords of the Fallen, we're waiting until you're a tenner! This latest code collaboration sees the two retailers joining forces to bring you the cheapest pre-order price for the new Bioware adventure. Early reviews have been favourable for this one and it already looks like a huge improvement over the dreary dungeons of the second game.
Thanks to Assassin82.
Did we really need a new-gen Grand Theft Auto V? I'm not a fan of paying full whack for new-gen remasters, especially when they only include one game. But if you can't wait for the price to drop or it's on somebody's Xmas list, then be sure to snap up this deal before it goes out of stock again. The voucher code 'SPEND40' will knock a tenner off the price, saving you £7 over the next best deal.
What are you getting in the new-gen version? The graphics have been given quite a boost, with extra details now appearing everywhere. The countryside environments are now full of flowers and 3D shrubbery and the draw distances have been vastly improved. One more potentially important change is the addition of an optional first-person camera angle in case you've ever wanted to play the series as an FPS.
Thanks to Assassin82.
What a week for Nintendo fans! New Pokémon remakes and a brand new Persona title for the 3DS and Smash Bros finally makes its new-gen debut. Elsewhere, Geometry Wars makes its multiplatform debut third time of asking and PS4 owners can finally start designing levels again with the series that started the Play. Create. Share movement. The less said about Amiibo, the better though. Don’t forget to enjoy our links to our past coverage and the cheapest online prices.
With over 50 stages to enjoy, the series is set to make a huge splash when it lands on all digital formats next week (sorry, not you Wii U). With the first two games making a name for themselves on XBLA, everyone is going to be able to get a taste this time. The retro shooter action has expanded to feature game worlds with a more 3D feel. Essentially, Geometry Wars has hopped into bed with the likes of Resogun and Super Stardust. That’s right shooter fans; you’re having it all this year.Click here to read more...
Rayman Legends has never been cheaper for the PS4 and Xbox One. Hell, as prices stand today, even the PS3/360 versions are more expensive at around £15. The site is selling these 'as new', so take from that what you will. Considering the huge saving though, we think it may be worth the plunge.
Rayman Legends is a hot contender for platformer of the last generation here at Dealspwn. Ubisoft's UbiArt engine has never looked better than this side-scrolling 2D platformer. After the also excellent Rayman Origins, it's good to see the limbless wonder back in the spotlight after getting pushed to the sidelines by the Raving Rabbids series. Here's my review of the PS4 version.
Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII.
This is the cheapest price Lara's adventure has seen on the PS4 and XO and is a few quid cheaper than the usual suspects. This is also one of the better new-gen re-releases out there and your eyes will thank you for the incredible scenes.
I'd heavily recommend Crystal Dynamics' excellent reboot of the 90s series. This is a gorgeous game from start to finish and the huge explorable island is the best game world we've ever taken Lara through. In addition to the improved graphics, you can also use the PS4's camera or headset mic to swap weapons via voice commands. It's rather telling of the action genre's slow year that this is a pick for my action title of the year. Again. Here's my Review.
Thanks to AK Gunners.
This is the cheapest price I've seen for Infamous: Second Son on the PS4. Simply Games are a reliable site and you shouldn't be waiting long for your copy. With the First Light expansion DLC landing on PS+ soon, this is a great time to get caught up on the series.
I've been through the game three times now and enjoyed playing it as both good and evil Delsins. The combat options vary enough to make it work multiple playthroughs, although the moral choices have a disappointing impact on the story. Seattle's design feels a bit generic (it's another open world city), but the graphical detail in everything from worn tarmac, rainy streets and the sun's real-time lighting make it gaming's best-looking city.
I actually got a real kick out of Watch Dogs. It's got the most boring protagonist ever, and it's overstuffed with content, but you can pick and choose your way through that. Moreover, as boring as Aiden is, the stuff he can do is pretty cool, and there's nothing quite like sticking on the Blues Brothers soundtracks and tearing it up on the roads of Chicago.
You can click here to read our Watch Dogs review. Thanks oUkTuRkEyIII!
Anime fans are in for a treat with this week's PSN sale. After last week's PS4 deals, this week is mainly about discounts on PS3 and Vita, and they feature anime games and tie-ins, and JRPGs rather heavily. Here are a few of our favourites:
Those are just a few highlights, so be sure to check out the full list of this week's PSN deals.Click here for all of this week's PSN deals >>
Yesterday, I posited that LittleBigPlanet 3 is exactly the sort of game that the PS4 needs right now -- an open-ended, creatively-vibrant titles that an awesome community might be able to form around. Well, our official review is on its way, but in the interim, here's a look at the game's opening scenes.
Don't worry, it's perfectly normal to want to marathon A Bit of Fry and Laurie after this.
Update: We've updated the title for the sake of clarity.
The PlayStation 4 recently turned one year old, and we put our heads together to have a look back over the inaugural year of Sony's latest console, and see how the PS4 has fared.
Sony are clearly winning, at least in terms of numbers.
However, to my mind, the PS4 faces the same questions this Christmas as it did last year, perhaps most chiefly where are the headline games? But really, that's a question born out of the previous generation. Back when the PS3 was lining up against the Xbox One, Microsoft had the headstart, the ease of access, and a flourishing indie initiative. The PS3 did a barnstorming job of playing catch-up largely thanks to Sony unleashing their stable of first-party studios and exclusive partners.
But the PS4 isn't in that position, and Sony haven't had to do that. It's even more clear now, writing at the crest of 2014 before we plunge into the craziness of Black Friday and the Christmas retail period, that Sony are playing a long game. Moreover, when Sony said #ThisIsForThePlayers and began heralding the accessibility of their platform, what they really said was "it's not about us", and that's rung true throughout this first year. Third-parties have been given the red carpet treatment, exclusive content deals have been the story of this first year, gaming services have come to the fore more than ever before, and Sony's pricing has been spot on.Click here to read more...
Same Dragon Age: Inquisition deal, different code.
Dragon Age: Inquisition looks to be a vast improvement over the disappointments of DA2, and we can't wait to get stuck into the new-gen vision of Thedas ourselves.
Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII and Mr Flux!
Escape Dead Island is out here in the UK in just a few short days, and snapping it up will give you access to the Dead Island 2 beta when it emerges.
NB. Do bear in mind that you'll need to use the code FBFAN5 to get the game at this price.
You can check out the trailer for the game here. Early reviews have been, well, mixed to say the least. Polygon did not fall for Escape Dead Island's third-person, arcadey, undead charms. But IGN seemed to rather like it. Make of that what you will. Cheers oUkTuRkEyIII!
Far Cry 4 is out in the wild and receiving rave reviews, but if you didn't pre-order, you can now take advantage of a brilliantly cheap Far Cry 4 deal courtesy of The Game Collection's Rakuten marketplace. £33.95 will save you £7.
Make sure to use voucher code SPEND40! You may need to set up a new account. I doubt that even Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals will bring Far Cry 4 down much cheaper than this. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!
LEGO Batman 3 is a must-buy for DC superfans.
You'll rarely see a licensed game with this much love and respect for the source material, nor attention to detail. Going beyond Gotham City, hence the title, TT Games have assembled more than 150 characters from throughout nearly eighty years of franchise continuity, all with their trademark skills, gadgets, costumes and personality. Wonder-Woman doesn't just wield her Lasso Of Truth and bracelets, rather her 1970s theme song blares out every time she takes to the skies. DC mainstays like Green Lantern and The Flash rub shoulders with Firefly, the Condiment King, Mister Mxyzptlk, The Green Loontern, Plastic Man and BatCow.
Even Adam West -- The One True Batman -- steals the show with frequent cameos and a bonus stage that could curl Cesar Romero's moustache.
The story is similarly excellent. In stark contrast to DC's own convoluted crossovers and crises, LEGO Batman 3 tells a ripping yarn as the Justice League teams up with legendary villains to defeat Brainiac, who's attempting to steal the Earth's major cities with his shrink ray. Stuffed full of subtle in-jokes, larger-than-life humour, great voice acting and a little LEGO slapstick, all of the cast act in caricatured yet deeply believable ways, at least until a mishap involving the Lantern Rings sees several characters assume hilarious temporary new personalities. It's an absolute riot and arguably worth the price of admission by itself.
A good thing too, because this deep respect and love for the universe carries what is otherwise a disappointingly unambitious LEGO title.Click here to read more...
With a week to go until LittleBigPlanet 3 arrives, this pre-order deal is a mighty tempting proposition for the Play.Create.Share title. By using that delightful voucher code below, both the PS3 and PS4 version become the cheapest offer around... which funnily enough would otherwise be over at The Game Collection proper.
As Matt put it yesterday, LittleBigPlanet 3 is exactly what the PS4 needs this Christmas. Our review is currently on its way, but I think it's safe to say that, despite the change in developer, it will be more of the same enjoyable creation gaming we've come to expect from the franchise. But with with flying birds and weird dog things. Be sure to check out our video interview for all the details. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!
Assassin's Creed: Unity is a beautiful game. Sat atop the towers of Notre Dame, it's hard not to admire the scale of the Paris that Ubisoft Montreal have painstakingly recreated here. Perhaps more so than in any other Assassin's Creed game to date -- the edifices and porticos of Rome excepted -- Unity captures the essence of its setting perfectly. The streets throng with disgruntled citizens, loudly bemoaning everything under the sun in snippets of French. The power of the new-gen consoles has been harnessed spectacularly when it comes to populating the streets, and in later stages, when the guillotine blades start to fall and the masses crowd round to watch the bloody spectacles, the sheer number of NPCs onscreen boggles the mind.
Unity is a game that also seeks to fix some of the issues of previous instalments in the series. Arno, the game's protagonist, can now free-run up and down, depending on the button you're holding. It means that accidental, suicidal plunges are now largely a thing of the past, and that scampering around the city needn't see Arno climb atop the clutter rather than bounding over or sliding under obstacles. It's a system that works relatively well, even if it does take a little bit of getting used to. That Arno will still clamber onto low-slung tables when you're just holding down the sprint trigger is a bit annoying, but at least there's a quick, safe way of getting down from high places that don't have convenient straw piles lying in wait for a Leap of Faith.
Continuing on, it seems ludicrous that a series that sees you engage in clandestine murder should have lacked a dedicated crouch or "stealth" button for this long, but Ubisoft have finally fixed that. Now it's possible to slink about restricted areas in the manner of a cartoon robber, and you can snap in and out of cover at the touch of a button. There's also a dedicated button for helping you slip in through a window rather than jumping up and bypassing it completely as might have been the case before.
The combat system has been made clearer and more readily defined too. Instead of watching the behaviour of your enemies, you can now parry attacks easily thanks to massive, glowing indicators that tell you when you should execute the perfect parry, and when an unblockable attack is coming so you can roll deftly out of harm's way. Pleasingly enough, it feels more solid than combat in recent years, but it's still not really a patch on Ezio's finest work.
In fact, none of it is.
In fact, it's making me think ever more fondly of Assassin's Creed 3, and that's not a good sign.Click here to read more...
LittleBigPlanet 3 review copies have arrived, and we're beavering away on our LBP3 review. It won't be ready for tomorrow's 5am embargo (still got to fully test out the Create mode), but the preview coverage (click here for everything you need to know about LBP 3 ahead of launch) has reinforced a notion that I've held ever since the PS4 launched a year ago -- this is exactly the sort of game that the PS4 needs this Christmas.
A year on from the PS4's launch, and we'll be reflecting more on the first year of Sony and Microsoft's new-gen consoles (the second for the Wii U) over the next week or two, and it's easy to see that Sony got pretty much everything right with their console. The message was bang on, with Sony capitalising massively on Microsoft's U-turns and blustered, botched communication. #ThisIsForThePlayers came the rallying cry from the PlayStation camp, and the consumer audience across the world stood up, took notice, and voted with their wallets.
To look at the bare facts, the PS4 was cheaper, more powerful, and more clearly focused on gaming -- a no-frills games console that wanted to do one thing, and do it well. But in sorting everything out on the console end of things, Sony rather forgot about their own games.
I wrote an article a couple of weeks back saying that, for the second Christmas running, the Xbox One had the more attractive games lineup. I say that as a PS4 owner, jealously appraising the exclusives in Halo: MCC, Sunset Overdrive, and Forza Horizon, having seen that Assassin's Creed: Unity actually runs better on Xbox One (though that's not exactly saying much).
Enter LittleBigPlanet 3.Click here to read more...
Far Cry 4's opening is a bit brilliant, really. In fact, for sheer insanity, I'd go so far as to say that it tops its predecessor by a significant margin. You thought Vaas was a bit of a live wire? Well, he doesn't have a thing on Pagan Min.
We'll have our Far Cry 4 review for you soon, but in the interim, here's a look at the game's first 20 mins.