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The Sunday Seven: Why Far Cry 4 is Set to Own 2014

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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The Sunday Seven: Why Far Cry 4 is Set to Own 2014

With one short month to go before Far Cry 4 lands, we take a decisive look at all the available evidence, including our very own hands-on sessions, to make the case that we could be looking at a Game of the Year contender here. So dive into this week’s Sunday Seven: Why Far Cry 4 is Set to Own 2014.

The Sunday Seven: Why Far Cry 4 is Set to Own 2014

The honey badgers will mess you up

You wouldn’t think it to look at them, but the honey badgers are arguably the most vicious creatures in Kyrat. Hunting missions will make a return, but using fire or explosions to kill animals will result in damaged pelts that are worth less cash and possibly not be as useful for crafting. Looks like we’ll have to avoid using rocket launchers and mines on the monochrome missile-like bastards then. Other animals that want to eat your eyes include wolves, rhinos, leopards, eagles, cave bears and much more. Come at me, nature!

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Next Week’s Releases: Witches, Wangs and Warriors

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Brendan Griffiths
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New Releases
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New Releases, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Wii U games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

 

Next Week’s Releases: Witches, Wangs and Warriors

A great week for Wii U owners who can feel super smug as the Umbran witch makes her Nintendo debut. There’s quite the musical theme elsewhere with the latest Just Dance title and Harmonix’s motion-controlled take on Fantasia. The words Firaxis and Alpha Centauri are probably enough to get our PC-gaming readers excited, not to mention a certain Dreamfall title. Read on for the full rundown along with links to our past coverage and the cheapest prices.

October 21st

Next Week’s Releases: Witches, Wangs and Warriors

Dreamfall Chapters: Book 1 – LONGEST WAIT AWARD OF THE WEEK!

Fans have only been waiting since 2006 to find out what happens next in the Dreamfall saga, so yeah, they’re pretty pumped for this one. We get the feeling this is going to be a Kickstarter success story and can’t wait to play the new episodic format. The game is also coming to PS4 at some point, but release dates vary from next week (wrong), to November, to next year. Expect reviews of the PC version from our very own Carl Phillips soon.

> VIDEO PREVIEW | The exploration & decision making of Dreamfall Chapters

> INTERVIEW | Tornquist & Scheve on why Dreamfall Chapters will "evolve narrative experiences in games"

> Dreamfall Chapters: Sony more "proactive” than Microsoft, "it made sense to go with PlayStation"

> Only 3 weeks to go until Dreamfall Chapters Book One

> Didn't back Dreamfall Chapters? GOG have a season pass pre-order now available

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PSN Deals Of The Week: Dads, Divas & DLC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PS Vita games, PS3 games, PS4 games

Sony's weekly PSN deals are now live and relatively underwhelming outside of a couple of major highlights.

As per usual, the dealhunter generals at HotUKDeals have cut through the guff to point out the smartest bargains. oUkTuRkEyIII points out that Urban Trial Freestyle is only £0.79 on PS3 and Vita, whereas jaystan notes that Battlefield 4 premium membership is a steal at £11.80 on PS3 (with a free PS4 upgrade) and Octodad is well worth a look for £5.79.

As a massive fan of Japanese gaming, however, I'd also recommend Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F's Vita version to any fellow Vocaloid enthusiasts... no? Okay then. Check out the full list of discounts (dominated by a disgusting torrent of Battlefield shortcut DLC) below.

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Minecraft only £9.99 on PS4 at The Game Collection

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Minecraft, PS4 games

Minecraft only £9.99 on PS4 at The Game Collection

Minecraft (PS4) | The Game Collection | £9.99 (save £2 vs Base)

Flash sale! The Game Collection are currently selling the PS4 version of Minecraft for under a tenner until 12:00 midnight tonight, which is a serious saving. We'd have posted about it sooner, but TGC's servers seemingly collapsed under the demand earlier today, and are now back online and ready to do business.

I... don't need to explain what Minecraft is, do I? Thanks to darioredkin @ HUKD!

HANDS-ON | LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham brings the Shark-Repellent Batspray

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Action Games, LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, TT Games, Video interviews, Warner Bros. Interactive, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

HANDS-ON | LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham brings the Shark-Repellent Batspray

LEGO Batman 3 promises to go "Beyond Gotham," but TT Games are thinking bigger. Sure, the Justice League's bid to stop Braniac from abducting major cities takes our heroes around the world and even outside Earth's atmosphere, but at its core this is nothing less than a love letter to DC's entire sprawling universe. It's an attempt to cram in characters from throughout the most obscure parts of the canon, comics, Elseworld stories, the films and everything in between; from the snarling antihero we know today to Adam West's legendary 1960's romp.

And Batcow. And The Condiment King. And Mister Mxyzptlk. And... Kevin Smith?!

It's a veritable DC fan's dream crossover, but fans of the LEGO series can also expect some new gameplay features, enjoyable stud-collecting adventures and the gentle yet anarchic humour you'd expect from the Manchester-based studio.

HANDS-ON | LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham brings the Shark-Repellent Batspray

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INTERVIEW | Bringing DC history to life in LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Action Games, LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, TT Games, Video interviews, Warner Bros. Interactive, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

It's all in the name. LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham takes us beyond the iconic city on a quest to save the entire world, drawing on a massive pool of characters from every part of the DC universe, fan favourites and Elseworld stories.

I recently sat down with TT Games producer Matt Ellison to discuss how they approached development, what new features to expect and how LEGO Batman 3 promises to be a DC superfan's dream crossover. Not to mention a blast for aficionados of Adam West: the one true Batman.

In my opinion. Watch it all above, including what Ellison other classic franchise TT Games would love to give the LEGO treatment if they could get hold of the license.

VIDEO | This is how NBA 2K15's Face Scan *should* work

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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2K Sports, Basketball games, NBA 2K15, PS4 games, Sports Games, Videos, Visual Concepts

NBA 2K15 is finally here, and it's good. I mean really good. Visual Concepts have tweaked a fair few things in this latest instalment of the World's Best Sport Game Series, and one of the nifty new features is the ability to scan in your face for MyPlayer.

Check out my efforts in the quest for facial perfection in the video above.

I won't lie, I didn't hold out much hope that this would be any good. EA Sports' Game Face is utterly dreadful. Aside from it being a slow, clunky, often unworkable piece of crap, when it does have the decency to work, my Game Face creations all came out looking like someone had stuffed several slapped arses into a blender and then given the remains to Picasso.

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Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition £17.95 at The Game Collection on PS4

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Action Games, PS4 games, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition £17.95 at The Game Collection on PS4

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition | The Game Collection | £17.95
Review

Crystal Dynamics' Tomb Raider reboot takes itself a tad too seriously in my book, but is still a worthwhile platformy shooter with some superb set pieces and smooth mechanics. It's best enjoyed in the gorgeous efinitive Edition, which can be yours for a shade under £18 courtesy of The Game Collection. Thanks to Chanchi32 @ HUKD!

Defense Grid 2 Review | All Along The Watchtower

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Matt Gardner
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Reviews
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Defense Grid 2, Hidden Path Entertainment, PC games, PS4 games, Tower Defence games, Xbox One Games

Defense Grid 2 Review | All Along The Watchtower

Do you like tower defence games? If the answer is no, then I really don't know what the hell you're doing here. Go away. Shoo! This game is not for you.

If, however, you do like tower defence games, then you should really stick around, because Defense Grid is back, and it's probably the best tower defence game money can buy.

You will have to buy it, it's not an unbalanced free-to-play, lucky dip of a title, where you never know if everything's actually going to come together and work in a fashion that might prove fun. No, Defense Grid 2 will cost you. In fact, it'll cost you £18.49, and that's quite a lot for a tower defence game in my book.

The thing is, though, Defense Grid 2 is really rather good.

Defense Grid 2 Review | All Along The Watchtower

Like a good single malt, Defense Grid 2 is distilled excellence. It's not overly ambitious, it doesn't have lofty goals of flights of fancy, it simply wants to be the best tower defense game there is. And it does pretty damn well aiming for that goal.

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Alien: Isolation - Scare yourself silly on PS4/XO for just £32.75 at Gameseek

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Alien: Isolation, Creative Assembly, PS4 games, Sega, Survival Horror Games, Xbox One Games

Alien: Isolation - Scare yourself silly on PS4/XO for just £32.75 at Gameseek

Alien: Isolation | Gameseek PS4 / Xbox One | £32.85 (use code: 2354682 )
Review | Opening Scenes | Survival Guide

Invest in some underwear, folks! You're going to need spares. The Nostromo Edition for Alien: Isolation is under £35 at Gameseek, and you can knock a further two quid off of the price by using the code 2354682 at the checkout.

Great spot by BazingaBen at HUKD!

The Sunday Seven: DriveClub's Ups and Downs

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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DriveClub, Evolution Studios, PS4 games, Racing Games, Sony, The Sunday Seven

The Sunday Seven: DriveClub's Ups and Downs

The racing game PS4 owners have been waiting for since launch is finally here and it's facing a hell of a lot of pressure after a prolonged development that has seen some mixed messages emerge during the course. It's not been the smoothest of launches either, with the online side of the game being blocked off to most gamers. So, our review is going to be a short while yet as there's no point reviewing half a game. In the meantime though, let's have a look at some of the highs and lows we've experienced in our first four days with the game.

The Sunday Seven: DriveClub's Ups and Downs

Superb Track Design

With so many games opting to recreate real-life professional racing circuits, it's always nice to race on brand new track, especially road ones. DriveClub excels with its collection of unique tracks spread around countries like India, Scotland, Chile, Canada and Norway. If you found the recent Need For Speed entries' abundance of straight roads to be a bore, then you'll adore the curves and wriggles offered in DriveClub. To be honest, they feel more like rally tracks, minus the handbrake turns, which is just fantastic seeing as rallying has been on the backfoot in recent years on PlayStation.

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Next Week’s Releases – Bikes, balls, blood and boomsticks

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Brendan Griffiths
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New Releases
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New Releases, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Next Week’s Releases – Bikes, balls, blood and boomsticks

There’s a lot to be excited about with next week’s releases. Take a trip to Pandora’s moon with friends, explore creepy mansions packed with gibbering lunatics and well, probably buckets of giblets too. Fans of racing are sorted this week too (you know, because DriveClub is probably still offline) as they get to choose between a super light set of four wheels or mud-encrusted bikes. Forget all those pretenders though, what you really want to do is drop a ball and watch it bounce around...

October 14th

Next Week’s Releases – Bikes, balls, blood and boomsticks

Peggle 2 (PS4) – TIME STEALING RELEASE OF THE WEEK!

Exciting! Of all the early exclusives on the Xbox One, this is the one that had most PS4 owners seething with jealousy. If you're yet to experience Peggle, you should really go and check out a PC or mobile demo and then be prepared to throw money at the sequel on PSN next week. There's no word on pricing yet, but we expect it to be around a tenner.

> XO Review

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Driveclub Is A Shambles - Game Buzz #92

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Assassin's Creed: Unity, DriveClub, Game Buzz, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, Podcast, PS4 games, PWNCAST, Ubisoft

Driveclub Is A Shambles - Game Buzz #92

This week, we talk about Driveclub's shambolic development period and release, we look further at the latest controversy surrounding Ubisoft and Assassin's Creed: Unity, and we discuss what makes a next-gen game.

Game Buzz | Episode 92 - Driveclub Is A Shambles. Recorded 10th October, 2014.

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.

Want more? Check out the rest of our PWNCAST posts onsite, hit us up on iTunes, or subscribe to the PWNCAST Feed here.

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Shadow of Mordor £34.85 on PS4

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Action Games, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, PS4 games, Shadow of Mordor

Shadow of Mordor £34.85 on PS4

Shadow of Mordor | Simply Games | £34.85
Tips Guide | Review | Videos

We can't get enough of Monolith's Shadow of Mordor here at Dealspwn and we thoroughly recommend you dust off your Uruk hunting skills to get a taste too. Turns out the Nemesis system has managed to back up its bold ambitions with a neat set of mechanics that sees enemies remember you and you can even brainwash them into fighting for you as you infiltrate the highest ranks of Sauron's army. There's an excellent set of skills available to take advantage of an enemy's weaknesses too to create unique experiences throughout.

Thanks to mcoliver88 at HotUkDeals.

Final Fantasy XIV £3 on PS3 with FREE PS4 Upgrade

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, MMORPG, PS3 games, PS4 games

Final Fantasy XIV £3 on PS3 with FREE PS4 Upgrade

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm RebornTesco | £3
Price Comparison

Ok, bear with me here. Buy this on PS3 and not only will you get a code for 30 days of play in this subscription-based MMORPG, but you will also get the option to upgrade to the PS4 version for free if you register by the end of the year. Once you do though, you'll no longer be able to use the PS3 version. We're presuming there'll be a hefty PS4 download involved too. This is a great incentive to give the RPG a go regardless of which Sony platform you're using. Considering the PS4 disc version is at least £20, this really is a no brainer.

Thanks to Transformers at HotUkDeals.

Pix The Cat Review | Feline Frenzy

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Matt Gardner
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Reviews
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Arcade games, Indie Games, Pastagames, Pix the Cat, PS Vita games, PS4 games

Pix The Cat Review | Feline Frenzy


Imagine if Snake ate Pac-man. Or maybe Pac-man ate Snake. Or what actually happened was that Snake and Pac-man got drunk one night, fooled around a bit, and ended up having a baby. It might look like Pix the Cat.

Don't think about that too much.

What we have here is a top-down maze game from French outfit Pastagames that's winningly bonkers and cultivates just the right kind of I'll just have one more go gameplay. You play as the eponymous Pix, and your job is to collect eggs, which will then turn into ducklings, which you then have to lead to safety. There's an exit target for each duckling, and all you have to do is pass over them to drop off your water-fowl friends, but the real challenge comes from trying to pick up all of the eggs first and then deposit your feathery chums without crashing into your own trail. Do that and you'll nab yourself a perfect score, but drop a few ducklings off early and the other eggs will crack. You'll still earn points for dropping off the ducklings within those splintered shells but, let's face it, you could have done so much better. Try again. And again. And, oh God it's dark. When did you start playing this again?

Pix The Cat Review | Feline Frenzy

The more successful you are, the more your combo multiplier will increase, and the more Pix will start speeding up. Forget about the analogue stick right now. It is not your friend, and cannot hope to gift you the split-second precision that the D-pad can in this instance. Occasionally you might take a wrong turn and crash into a wall or another non-lethal obstacle, at which point the action will slow for a second to let you choose another direction. Dally too long, however, and you'll lose your combo. Crash into yourself and you'll lose your combo. Smack into the enemies and hazardous obstacles that begin to pop up in the levels and you'll lose your combo.

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First Contact | Driveclub - New Game, Old Tricks

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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DriveClub, Evolution Studios, First Contact, PS4 games, Racing Games, Sony Computer Entertainment, Videos

First Contact | Driveclub - New Game, Old Tricks

I'm not very good at Driveclub. I'm in the process of playing F1 2014 for review, and I always like to dip in and out of Burnout Paradise or Need For Speed: Most Wanted for a regular Criterion fix. One sits firmly at the simulation end of the spectrum, the other two are much more geared towards exaggerated thrills and over-the-top racing.

Such extremes in either direction are far too much for Driveclub.

I won't pretend that I've been looking forward to this game with eager anticipation. Indeed, it's difficult when there's not much to actually get excited for. The USP upon which Driveclub has been built is currently in a sorry, shambolic state. Apparently, Evolution learned nothing from the half decade or so in which we've had systems like Autolog. At the time of writing, Driveclub is still engaged in a "one in, one out" system regarding access to its servers. As you'll see in the video, connectivity was limited. And by limited I mean laughably non-existent.

First Contact | Driveclub - New Game, Old Tricks

First Contact is a series all about first impressions. The ones I had of Driveclub were a mixed bag, to be sure. It wasn't all bad (though my driving, as you'll see, certainly was). It looks fantastic. So good, in fact, that when you start up the game you might well crash terribly in your first race on account of enjoying the view. I speak from experience. The handling is geared more towards the arcade end of the spectrum than sims, but that's okay, and the little objective challenges for each race are a nice way of encouraging replayability.

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Bloodborne Hands-On Preview | Battle Ready

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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Action Games, Bloodborne, From Software, Games previews, PS4 games, Videos

Bloodborne Hands-On Preview | Battle Ready

Chances are, you're either a big fan of the Dark Souls series or you just can't be doing with their brand of no-nonsense difficulty and downright unresponsive controls.

Me? I'm not a fan and haven't been since I played the original Demon's Souls. So why am I the one talking to you about Bloodborne, a game by the same devs and seen as a potential killer exclusive on the PS4 for fans of From Software’s series? Well, after trying out the recent Alpha, I'm thinking maybe Bloodborne will be worth a look after all and those of you that aren't fans of the Souls games probably shouldn't dismiss it so soon.

Is it still hard? Of course, and the checkpoints (or lack of them in the Alpha) will certainly make your eyes water a little and I'm sure there will be plenty of difficulty settings to nail that feel of trapping your junk in your zip, or stubbing your toe for hours on end or what other kink that makes you keep playing these bastards.

So, let's dive into the Alpha demo. First of all you're given the option of four different characters with four varying weapon loadouts. The first is the one you may have seen in past footage with a blunderbuss gun and a saw cleaver, this was the first one I tried. The second was armed with a pistol and a sword that could split into two blades at the touch of a button.

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Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor Review | Boromir Was Wrong

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Brendan Griffiths
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Reviews
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Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, Monolith Productions, PC games, PS4 games, Shadow of Mordor, Warner Bros. Interactive, Xbox One Games

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor Review | Boromir Was Wrong

With the Hobbit movies proving to be one of the longest train wrecks in recent memory, it’s a relief to see developers looking elsewhere for inspiration of doing Tolkien’s world justice. So, to fill the gap between the Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, we find ourselves deep in the heart of Mordor.

Enter Talion, a ranger working on the Black Gate who, along with his family, is killed almost immediately by invading Uruks. Luckily (sort of) for him, an Elven Wraith spirit invades his body just before death. Meaning that a short while later he is resurrected and will continue to do so each time he is killed.

Throughout the adventure we’ll learn more about life in Mordor for humans before the orcs and Uruks invaded and Sauron took over and we’ll even learn how the One Ring was forged and how Sauron betrayed the nine. The time setting and location are ripe for gaming territory and Tolkien nuts should definitely take a look.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor Review | Boromir Was Wrong

Shadow of Mordor brandishes its base influences with little shame, but in fairness, Monolith has chose some of the best brands to initiate, namely Assassin’s Creed and Rocksteady’s Batman titles. So expect an open world where you can climb any surface and find lots of side-missions and collectibles to keep you entertained between story missions. These distractions also help to fund your numerous combat upgrades, so it rarely feels like time wasting. The climbing mechanics are solid and the animations have a pleasing weight to them too.

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Alien: Isolation Survival Guide | How To Not Die... Too Much

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Alien: Isolation, Creative Assembly, PC games, PS4 games, Sega, Survival Guide, Survival Horror Games, Xbox One Games

Alien: Isolation Survival Guide | How To Not Die... Too Much

Happy Alien: Isolation Day, folks! Our review went live earlier today, and here's what I had to say about Creative Assembly's fright-fest:

Alien: Isolation is the most terrifying game I've ever played. It has several flaws (the Alien glitching through your hiding place is a surefire way of ruining immersion), it can legitimately be accused of padding its mid-section, and piling up of Android towards the end can get a bit silly, but I didn't care about any of that, I was simply too busy giving myself heart attacks. Alien: Isolation succeeds in doing something no other game has: doing justice to the Alien itself.

Are you getting stuck into Amanda Ripley's story today? Well, here are a bunch of tips to bear in mind when it comes surviving Sevastopol Station.

Alien: Isolation Survival Guide | How To Not Die... Too Much

Don't be fooled when you get a weapon

This is not an action game. It looks like it would be, right? You even get a shiny little revolver in the first couple of hours. But every game to feature Xenomorphs has lied to you. This thing is unstoppable and relentless and you can't kill it. This is not a first-person shooter, so don't get cocky, kid. Run. Run like the wind. And then slow down, crouch and sneak, and find yourself a hiding place. The Alien is also faster and smarter than you.

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