Child Of Light is a thing of beauty -- a poetic blend of gorgeous visuals, exploration and hardcore JRPG combat that's best enjoyed on higher difficulties - and even more beautiful on the Vita's luscious screen. Though the standard digital edition has been cheaper, ShopTo are running a smart deal for the complete version, which contains "all additional game contents, including a bonus quest, a new character and a pack of collectibles." Cheers Gooner!
Make sure to use GamersGate voucher code 10AN-SALE-FEB2015 for the extra 10% saving!
This is a fantastic price for a fantastic strategy RPG that finally made its way to PC, not before time. The saving undercuts Steam's most recent deals, so definitely take advantage before the timer runs out and the voucher expires after the weekend!
Make sure to use GamersGate voucher code 10AN-SALE-2015 for the extra 10% saving!
This is a fantastic price for a fantastic strategy RPG that finally made its way to PC, not before time. This is a big saving that even undercuts Steam's most recent deal. Thanks again to FantasyDeals!
The Witcher 3 is one of the most anticipated games of the year, and I daresay that even the most stoic amongst you might be considering a pre-order. If so, you can currently get a physical copy of the PC Day One Edition for thirty quid, which includes a soundtrack CD, compendium, map and stickers. It's a serious bargain considering that we've only seen the digital versions get this cheap.
Tower Defence is dead. Tower Defence hybrids are where it's at, and Deathtrap is one of the best I've ever played.
Neocore's latest project ought to do the business considering that the brilliant The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing II was basically a prototype. "Even the optional tower defence sections are good enough to be a standalone game in their own right," I wrote, and now that game has graduated from Early Access into version 1.0.
Half Diablo-style dungeon crawler, half hardcore tower defender and all glorioisly gory gothic ham, Deathtrap really is an exceptional genre hybrid. And yet I can't help wanting more -- not from it, but of it.
Deathtrap is already built on isometric action RPG pedigree, seeing as it shares an engine and even a fair few assets with the Van Helsing series, so the raw mechanics of slaughtering Hungarian folk beasties are polished, nuanced and deeply satisfying. Only this time, you're desperately trying to stop waves of enemies from breaching your painstakingly-constructed defences rather than looking for a boss or exit.Click here to read more...
If you still haven't played one of the best RPGs of 2014, Dragon Age: Inquisition is under £33 on Xbox One.
Use voucher code VGB5OFF for the additional saving. Dragon Age: Inquisition had a lot to prove and succeeded in cementing BioWare's reputation as a top-flight RPG studio, delivering an enormous world, big decisions to make and even bigger dragons to fight. You can read Carl's Dragon Age: Inquisition review for all the details.
Deathtrap has now officially launched on Steam after several months in Early Access.
This impressive fusion of Diablo-style dungeon crawling with hectic tower defence strategy and persistent roleplaying is coming together nicely, and I'm loving it so far. Satisfying combat and an infinite wealth of user-created dungeons should let this run and run, despite a little bit of tidying up needed. Read our Deathtrap Early Access preview for all the details ahead of our full review.
If you're looking for a cheap deal, Deathtrap can be yours for only £11.47 at GamersGate using voucher code 10AN-PREV-FEB2015. This will save you £2.02 versus the already-discounted Steam price. Click here to buy! >>
It's hard to overstate just how brilliant Torchlight II is. I described this superb dungeon crawler as "practically perfect" in our 10/10 Torchlight II Review and I still dip in today.
This cheap PC games deal will net you the game at an 80% discount vs Steam RRP, while the 4-pack brings things down even further. Thanks jaystan!
Forced may look like your garden variety SHMUP or MOBA, but it really ain't. Rather, this innovative indie effort is a cooperative arena gauntlet that's half hectic action and half on-the-fly puzzler, providing 2-4 players with a varied and rewarding experience. You can save a whopping 90% on Bundle Stars by getting the triple pack for £3.30, making every copy worth £1.10.
Yes, there are trading cards before you ask.
Aarklash Legacy surprised me back in 2013. I expected it to be awful -- it's made by Cyanide after all -- yet this brutal and stylish genre hybrid ended up being pretty tasty indeed. Read our Aarklash Legacy review for the details! A bargain at £2.24.
Let's get this out of the way so we can move on: Citizens Of Earth is a love letter to EarthBound. It's an RPG that finds the humour, horror, wonder and weirdness lurking behind everyday life, a skewed perspective on American culture with wry left-field jabs and groan-worthy puns aplenty. As the Vice President of Earth, you'll recruit an army of followers to fight against an otherworldly invasion within the picket fences of your home town, coffee shops, the big city and realms beyond, encountering some bizarre and hilarious foes in traditional first-person turn based battles.
So Citizens Of Earth owes a lot to Mother 2, then, but there's more to it than that. It feels like a painstaking fan project developed by someone who loves the source material and JRPGs...but doesn't have much experience in actually making them.
Because that's exactly what it is. Eden Industries have never made a JRPG before, but in fairness there's a first time for everything. No-one attempted to create an execution puzzler based on light waves until Eden had a crack at it, and Waveform turned out great. As such they approached the marathon task of creating an enormous RPG by throwing everything they had at it, along with some new ideas of their own.
The result is infinitely more than just an EarthBound homage, yet simultaneously the sort of game I hate to review above all others. A game that's packed with clear passion and enthusiasm that I desperately want to love, but makes a number of basic mistakes I just can't ignore.Click here to read more...
I probably don't need to explain why Baldur's Gate II is so good, but if I do, you're better off experiencing for yourself. The Enhanced Edition includes a little extra content and some more character kits too.
Just be aware that it feels more intuitive and convenient to play on its native PC platform. Thanks to axone @ HUKD!
UPDATE 2: Congratulations to Late, monkey13 and Empire01! Many thanks to everyone who took part.
UPDATE: This competition is now closed. Winners will be announced shortly!
If you love classic RPGs and pine for the Infinity Engine or tabletop days, you're going to love Avernum 2: Crystal Souls. This massively expanded remake of Avernum 2 provides dozens of hours of impeccably-written exploration, combat and dialogue as you create a party and set out into a massive open underground world, exploring over 100 towns and dungeons while defending your new home from a brutal attack. It released last week on Steam for £12.74 and there's a huge demo too.
"Avernum 2: Crystal Souls is an enormous, expansive and peerlessly written RPG that succeeds both on the strength of its world and its innovative campaign structure. So long as you're willing to read and exercise a little imagination, that is. Spiderweb have refined their winning formula over the last two decades and the result is pure roleplaying quality." - 8/10 Editor's Choice review
Great news for any serious RPG fan, but in even better news, the fine folks at Spiderweb Software have granted us three Steam codes to give away!
To be in with a chance of winning a copy, just leave us a comment in the box below! We're keeping it dead simple this time. You can tell us about yourself, wax lyrical about Avernum, reveal your favourite old-school RPG moments or make some terrible puns (go on, you know you want to), but the three winners will ultimately be determined by random selection. Good luck!
Competition closes Monday 2nd February at 17:00. Winners will be randomly selected. Winners will be notified and sent their Steam code to the email address associated with their Dealspwn account, so please make sure to use a valid email address!
Okay. You got me. My Spiderweb Software RPG reviews are getting pretty formulaic. I typically kick things off by bemoaning the state of gaming these days, then wax lyrical about the Infinity Engine and the importance of writing over visuals. Thankfully Jeff Vogel is still around, though, creating enormous and engaging RPGs with rich fundamentals and masterful command of the written word. Which I praise highly and breathlessly, pausing briefly to criticise the terrible interface before slapping on a ripe old score and an editor's choice award.
In my defence, however, my reviews are so formulaic because Spiderweb Software follows a winning formula of their own, down to the same basic systems and iterative engine that remain largely unchanged after two decades. As an expanded remake of a remake (Avernum 2 originally released in 2001, which was itself a remake of Exile 2!), you might expect Avernum 2: Crystal Souls to be old rope that's fraying around the edges somewhat.
So I'm delighted to report that Avernum 2: Crystal Souls manages to feel fresh and unique despite its pedigree, thanks to the timeless quality of Vogel's writing and its impressively unique campaign structure. If you have 40-odd hours to spare and don't mind reading a novel's worth of text, this is a old-school trip worth taking. It's certainly the gaming highlight of my year thus far.
We return to Avernum, a sprawling subterranean world in which generations of exiled prisoners have started new lives and scratched together a brave new civilization against the horrors of the dark. Unfortunately the surface world has launched a crushing offensive against its former outcasts, scattering and crushing the beleagured yet determined rebels. It's a unique and complex setting that feels alive and authentic, underpinned by powerful themes of poverty, desperation, rebellion and racism, but what's remarkable is that the world and its inhabitants are brought to life though the writing, not the graphics.Click here to read more...
Valkyria Chronicles only £7.49 on Steam. Click here to buy ! >>
This is a fantastic price for a fantastic strategy RPG that finally made its way to PC, not before time. 50% is a big saving that's valid until 18:00 this evening. Thanks BurningToxic!
Diablo III was broken, but Reaper Of Souls fixed it. Not only did the gameplay tweaks and free patches made grinding fun and rewarding, but the expansion adds some great meaningful content (including the best act in the game and brilliant new class), alongside a new way to experience the game in Adventure Mode. £12.99 is spectacularly cheap, but remember to like CD Keys on Facebook to get your 5% discount code!
Click here to read our Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls review!
Forced may look like your garden variety SHMUP or MOBA, but it really ain't. Rather, this innovative indie effort is a cooperative arena gauntlet that's half hectic action and half on-the-fly puzzler, providing two players with a varied and rewarding experience. You can save a whopping 80% on Bundle Stars and get a Steam code... yes, there are trading cards before you ask.
The Storm Warning Edition includes all of the DLC at an astonishing 90% saving, but be aware that the discount ends at 18:00 today! Act fast or miss out. Thanks MrCollective!
Dungeon Of The Endless is now £4.99 on Steam. Click here to buy! >>
It's one of the best games of 2014 bar none. "Dungeon Of The Endless is the best Real-Time Turn-Based Strategic 4X Tower Defence Sci-Fi Roguelike RPG hybrid you'll play this week," I wrote in our 9/10 Editor's choice review. "And easily one of the very best games you'll play this year. Absolutely unmissable."
Bundle Stars have updated their Nordic Games sale and one bargain stands out above all others. Gothic: Universe Edition. This three-game collection includes Gothic, Gothic II (plus DLC) and Gothic III for a ridiculous £2.70, which saves you an outrageous £15 versus the official Steam RRP.
This is a screaming deal, though bear in mind that it doesn't include ArcaniA: Gothic IV.