Nobody expects the Dragon Age Inquisition!
Well, actually, that's not entirely true. Not only does this new trailer set up the basic premise (we're the sole survivor of a disaster with magical powers and a great destiny... again), show off the shiny trans-generation graphics and hype us up for retooled dragon combat, but it also confirms that BioWare's sequel should release in October.
So we therefore know exactly what to expect and when to expect it. What we need to know, however, is whether it can put the series back on form after Dragon Age II totally squandered the first game's potential. We'll be sure to fetch the comfy chair and find out [that's probably enough misquoted Python now - Ed].
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is fantastic, and the director's cut ironed out some of its more annoying wrinkles. It's certainly not too shabby for a fiver, which is The Game Collection's current asking price and a £10 saving. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!
Interceptor Entertainment revealed Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction what feels like an eternity ago: an action-RPG starring the legendary hero developed in conjunction with original series creator Scott Miller. The countdown went live and we were all out of gum.
Unfortunately, Gearbox were having none of it and quickly unleashed the laywers.
A few weeks later and Interceptor are back with another countdown, suggesting that the two companies may have worked out their differences... most likely by replacing Duke Nukem with a legally distinct ringer.Click here to read more...
Platform: PS Vita
Developer: Novarama Technology
Invizimals wants to be Pokemon with augmented reality, real-time battles and Brian Blessed.
High concept formulas don't get any better than that, do they? Pokemon provides the addictive core of catching, training and battling some cool critters, brought to full 3D life by the Vita's processing power. Augmented Reality uses the cameras to merge the game world with our own, letting players discover creatures in the playground or office and throw down on the bus home. And Brian Blessed is a national treasure with an amazing beard. As such Invizimals: The Alliance ought to be the best game ever made, and at the very worst it's exactly the sort of mainstream family-friendly franchise the Vita needs right now.
And yet Novarama found a way to cock it up. They've over-developed it to within an inch of its life; drowning a strong and simple idea in a hot mess of obnoxious minigames.
Then added insult to injury by forcing us to dig out AR Cards every five seconds.Click here to read more...
CapyGames' Below was one of the first indie games announced for the Xbox One: a stylish, haunting and mysterious action roguelike with no text or tutorials. However, they've always had an open relationship, and the timed exclusive has already been confirmed for a Steam release too. Which we couldn't be happier about. Choice is good.
The new trailer plays things close to its chest, giving us a lengthy if maddeningly obtuse idea of what to expect without giving much away. Considering CapyGames amazing past form -- highlights being Sworcery EP and Clash Of Heroes -- you'd best believe we've got high hopes for this one.
Don't worry if you missed yesterday's South Park: Stick of Truth deal? Tesco might have run out of stock, but Amazon are firing on all cylinders and have kept the dream alive...on PS3 anyway. If you've got Sony's last-gen box of tricks, you can still snap up the game for £18.50, and you really should. Because it's hilarious and that preice is damn cheap for a game that only released a couple of weeks back. Good spot oliverreed!
Hot. HOT. I'm being super cereal right now: this deal is almost too sizzling to handle, since Tesco Direct are currently selling the recently-released South Park RPG for £18.50 including free home delivery. It's an immense saving on what turned out to be a genuinely impressive -- if intentionally (brilliantly) offensive game. Thanks to johnwilliamson47 @ HUKD for this fantastic spot!
Penny Arcade's ornately-titled RPG series is fantastic, but should you buy just the last two episodes of it? Though I'd recommend the first pair for their humour alone, episodes 3 and 4 switched developers from Hothead games to Robert Boyd, who crafted a genuinely superb double whammy of sprite-based RPGs that feature unique combat mechanics alongside gags and references aplenty. It's all in our reviews - and it can all be yours for just over a quid.
As the sequel to one of our favourite indie games of the last few years, Defender's Quest II has already got us rather excited... and headhunted some seriously big guns. Having secured the services of Rust: An Elysian Tail's Dean Dodrill to animate the upcoming tower defence/RPG hybrid, Level Up Labs have now announced that their main theme will be scored by none other than the inestimable Nobuo Uematsu.Click here to read more...
South Park: The Stick Of Truth is one of the best licensed games ever made: retaining the anarchic spirit of the source material while still being a good game in its own right. Utterly irreverent, frequently disgusting and wonderfully offensive, it's well worth checking out - and you can save a little extra by getting a Steam code from CDKeys.com.
To knock the extra quid off, you'll need to 'like' CDKeys.com on Facebook and receive their latest voucher code. As far as I know you can just 'unlike' them and repeat the process if you've used it already. Thanks to theg @ HUKD!
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Reaper Of Souls is brilliant.
It makes Diablo III feel like a full game, complete, floating on a raft of exceptional patches. With Jay Wilson now a footnote in franchise history, Blizzard cut out the fat, replaced it with muscle and used the new expansion to genuinely expand their dungeon crawler. The new act and class are pure gold, while Adventure Mode turns the campaign into a glorious interconnected sandbox ripe for the pillage, giving the game an unpredictable personality and solid backbone. Effectively Reaper Of Souls is to Diablo III what adamantium is to Wolverine.
Unfortunately it also costs thirty British quid. Is Reaper Of Souls a rip-off or a devil's bargain?
That's a lot of money for 25% more story and a single new class, so I'm delighted to report that you're paying for quality. Act V is easily the biggest, best and most interesting segment of Diablo III hands-down, both in terms of art direction, enemy variation, storyline and some fantastic bosses. Blizzard has pushed the boat out on memorable set pieces (such as a dramatic showdown atop an active siege weapon) and thoughtful new foes who require different tactics to defeat. Plus, we get to tie up a massive loose end in the most violently cathartic way possible, while learning about exactly why The Angel Of Wisdom decided to go rogue.Click here to read more...
The Game Collection are currently selling Dark Souls II for less than £30 - dearer than its upcoming PC version, but a steal compared to normal console prices. Carl raved about From Software's latest effort in his review, describing it as "Self-Schadenfreude"... which I'm pretty sure is another way of saying "masochism." Either way, you know if you want it or not, and if you're prepared to die. Thanks to bigtasty @ HUKD!
Developer: Nippon Ichi Software
Being imprisoned in a poisonous swamp all your life is likely to leave you bitter and twisted, so it's no surprise that Swamp Witch Metallia is thoroughly fed up with her lot. The evil mage finally decides that enough is enough, resolving to turn the entire world into a swamp with the help of a demonic ally from the realms beyond. Through the darkest of magicks, she summons the legendary Hundred Knight, the most powerful demon in all existence.
Who turns out to be an adorable diminutive creature with a cheerful smile, gangly arms and cuddly round body who frankly cries out for a great big hug. Can this loveable blob of demon-stuff really become Metallia's weapon of retribution?
The stage is set for great things. Hailing from the developers behind the Disgaea series, The Witch And The Hundred Knight promised to merge the hectic hack & slash combat of an action RPG with the deep layered systems of a more strategic title, tied together with the quirky off-the-wall hijinks we expect from the boutique studio. What could possibly... no, scratch that.
I was tempted to play the tired old "what could possibly go wrong?" card here, but you're savvy enough to see where this is going. Sadly, despite getting a lot right, The Witch And The Hundred Knight is held back by Nippon Ichi' relative genre inexperience and the shocking depravity of its leading lady.Click here to read more...
The PlayStation Vita plays host to an amazing variety of cult classics, localised gems and awesome left-field surprises that you just can't find anywhere else. We've been glued to Sony's handheld since the year began, thanks in part to games like Sorcery Saga: Curse Of The Great Curry God. This 'moe' Roguelike may be utterly adorable, but it's also fiercely challenging and compelling, providing hours of rewarding dungeon delving and unpredictable tactical combat.
"Magic school dropout Pupuru is horrified to learn that her local curry shop is being put out of business by a major chain, so she summarily sets out to concoct a legendary curry to pull in the punters," I wrote in our full review. "On her way, she'll meet a cast of bizarre (and equally curry-obsessed) characters... the story is light and frothy, resonating surprisingly well with us Brits due to our famous love of all things curry-related."
"If you like your curry hot and your games hardcore, this might be your tikka to gaming pleasure."
It'll currently set you back £29.99 on PSN... but Rising Star Games have kindly provided us with TWO Vita download codes to give away!
Winning a copy couldn't be simpler. Just drop us a comment in the box below and tell us what your favourite curry is! The two winners will be randomly selected - so while awful curry puns are absolutely encouraged, they're just for fun. Korman, what are you waiting for?
Competition closes Monday 10th March 2014 at 17:00 GMT. Winners will be notified via the email address associated with their Dealspwn account, so please make sure that it's valid! Multiple entries will be disqualified. Note that these download codes can only be redeemed on a European PSN account, as per Sony's policy. Good luck, everyone!
Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls pre-order| GMG | £22.99 (save £2 vs Gamestop)
Diablo III's first major expansion is now exactly a month from release, adding a new campaign and introducing a terrifying new enemy in the form of fallen angel Malthael. Unlike the fairly useless Tyrael (who transformed from an epic sword-wielding legend into a... bald guy), the Angel Of Death is at the height of his powers, and leads a horrific crusade to steal the Black Soulstone for himself. With new enemies, classes and environments to get to grips with, there should be a decent slab of game here, and Green Man Gaming are making with the savings. Note that you'll need the base game to play - and that the auction houses are set to close in a matter of weeks.
Thanks to ivandias @ HUKD!
Monster Hunter takes some time to get into, as you gradually work out how to avoid getting a rag-clad peasant eaten by massive dinosaurs over hours of grind, but rewards patience with hours of wonderful adventuring. Tracking and killing monstrous prey never gets old, while you'll get a real sense of accomplishment from crafting everything you own. Be sure to play online or locally with 3DS versions for the full effect - it's all in our Editor's Choice review.
Zavvi are selling it for a paltry £16.99, which is cheap as chips. Thanks to luciferslux @ HUKD for the great spot!
Platform: PC (Steam Early Access, £16.99)
Developer: Little Green Men Games
Publisher: Iceberg Interactive
Starpoint Gemini 2 promises to be an intoxicating proposition for fans of space sims and RPGs. Throughout a freeform galaxy wracked by fierce conflict, players will battle, mine, salvage and trade their way to bigger and better starships bristling with turrets and fighters, exploring dozens of systems, all while pursuing a lengthy storyline and levelling up their character with perks and skills.
However, we've heard it all before, since the original Starpoint Gemini made much the same boast but fell short in the execution. Little Green Men Games have therefore gone back to the drawing board to deliver a firm foundation for the sequel: a fully 3D, PhysX-powered sandbox universe to explore and conquer in real-time, allowing us to directly control our capital ships in tense naval battles among the stars.
This foundation -- sans storyline and several features -- is currently available on Steam Early Access. Though Starpoint Gemini 2 still has much to prove, I'm delighted to report that it's shaping up very nicely indeed. Full power to engines, launch all fighter wings and fire at will!Click here to read more...
If a new viral advertising campaign is to be believed, Duke Nukem is set to return in the most unexpected of ways. Series creator Scott Miller and Interceptor Productions have seemingly teased a "top-down action role-playing game" for PC and PS4, entitled Duke Nukem: Mass Destruction.
Do we have time to grind with ourselves? More details below.Click here to read more...
Developer: Airtight Games
OUYA needs exclusives like Toejam needs Earl. Following months of what can charitably be described as plucky fumbling, the Kickstarted cube is struggling to find its calling as more than an XBMC box, emulation station or novelty paperweight. For those of us who backed the console, there's been precious little to get fired up about beyond a few cracking titles that are readily available on other platforms. Those groovy crowd funding days are just a distant memory now.
So when the creator of Portal announced an OUYA exclusive action RPG... featuring funky Vikings... and rhythm-based combat... and sweet fresh jams scored by Journey's Austin Wintory... you'd better believe we scampered straight into the office cupboard to locate where we'd stashed the power cable. We eventually found it wedged between our dusty Leap Motion unit and my personal bag of John Carmack's hair clippings [I'm not actually sure if he's joking - Ed].
Soul Fjord is a funky take on Norse Mythology, an epic saga directed like a cheesy 70s Blaxploitation flick. After legendary warrior Magnus Jones dies and finds himself barred from the disco at the top of the World Tree by a chump bouncer, he embarks on an quest throughout a selection of procedurally generated dungeons, matching the rhythm of his attacks to the beat of the funkified soundtrack; with the ultimate goal of ascending back to the top and funk eternal. It's a little like a blend between Dungeon Hunters, Patapon and the original Toejam & Earl, perhaps, only Toejam is now a fly Viking sporting a massive axe and afro to match.Click here to read more...
Mass Effect 3: Citadel is one of the best expansion packs of the last console generation, and an essential addition to the Mass Effect storyline. Putting the band back together for one last adventure, this rollicking romp delivers both some cracking new missions and a huge amount of character development, letting you spend valuable quality time with your friends before the final showdown. Then throw an awesome kegger. If you've yet to play it, Microsoft have slashed the Xbox Live price from £11.99 to £4.99, which is jolly decent of them. Many thanks to stevenjameshyde @ HUKD!