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!
Chances are you know whether you love or hate Dark Souls by now, but if you want to know what all the fuss is about and happen to be an Xbox Live Gold subscriber, you can download a copy for less than £4 on Xbox Live. Whether you find it a truly rewarding or utterly hateful experience comes down to your personal taste, but most of us enjoy it here in the office.
Developer: Mind Over Matter Studios
Publisher: Nordic Games
Don't even think about buying Spellforce 2: Demons Of The Past if you're not a die-hard series veteran.
It's a standalone expansion to a niche game that released eight years ago, and to their credit, Mind Over Matter Studios make this crystal clear from the off. The tutorials are choppy low-resolution videos of the tutorials from the previous expansion. An unhelpful intro cinematic plunges you straight into the last chapter of the impenetrable story, a battle for world survival involving the terrifying demonic villain Zazhut and a dark elf named... Craig?! That's not exactly the most imaginative hard fantasy name I've ever seen, though since my heroic avatar is called "Dealspwn," I suppose we should stop throwing stones in this glass house. If you don't already know how to play and what a "Shaikan" is, there is nothing for you here.
Never mind though, because Demons Of The Past isn't trying to win over new converts, rather it's an attempt to tie up the storyline before what we hope will be a reveal for Spellforce 3. As such you can expect another 20-30 hours of RTS and RPG hybrid gameplay, wherein you'll experience the best and worst of both genres throughout some truly enormous maps. Resource collection, unit building and sweeping strategy goes hand-in-hand with character development, sidequests, inventory management and dialogue galore. Spellforce fans will be in their element, though arguably even they will have to curb their expectations to fully enjoy what Demons Of The Past brings to the table.Click here to read more...
Obsidian are kicking their Kickstarted RPG into a higher gear with the very first gameplay teaser as well as a change of identity Project Eternity has now officially become Pillars Of Eternity, shrugging off its working title to get serious ahead of next year's release.
In case you forgot, Pillars Of Eternity promised to draw inspiration from Baldur's Gate, Planescape: Torment and Icewind Dale - so naturally raised an impressive Kickstarter war chest as the internet went absolutely nuts for it. Backers should head over to the the brand new backer portal.
You know what? Following the obnoxious obsession with graphics ("1080p 720p 30FPS 60FPS OMG") over the last few months, it's wonderful to get excited about big stories, gorgeous artwork and stirring soundtracks. Here's hoping that Obsidian delivers.Click here to read more...
If you want to play Diablo III - on any of its three platforms - Tesco Direct has the cheapest price around (though tied with Amazon on PC). I'm not entirely convinced that the console version is a worthwhile buy if you haven't played Diablo II, and wish Blizzard had created a new console IP rather than ripping the final part of a trilogy out of its context, but there's no denying the fun a controller brings to the previously boring melee combat. Thanks to bargain76 @ HUKD!
Final Fantasy VIII | Greenman Gaming | £8.99 (save £1.99)
Voucher Code: GMG20-CV2W4-DSYBT
Final Fantasy VIII is now available on PC as a new version with an optional magic booster (free, not a microtransaction) and a full version of Chocobo World. Though I personally felt that playing it was more like an Excel spreadsheet than an RPG (thanks, Drawing and Junction system), I'm definitely in the minority, since most players definitely enjoyed the storyline and characters. Greenman Gaming will save you nearly £2 with their GMG20-CV2W4-DSYBT voucher - be aware that you'll get a Steam code.
There are a couple of caveats, though. If you have a PS3 or Vita, you can buy the original game for £7.99 on PSN. Secondly, the soundtrack has been crunched into a nasty primitive MIDI format. Thirdly, it appears that you'll need a Square Enix account and... wait for it... a constant internet connection to play. Yay. Thanks to joobyplease @ HUKD!
Diablo III was never going to please everyone, seeing as it was in development for so long, and it definitely didn't. Though not as expansive as its predecessor (or Torchlight II), it's still an enjoyable dungeon crawler with a versatile skill system. Shame about the always-on DRM, mind. If you don't want to buy it on consoles and plan to pick up the incoming expansion pack, this is the cheapest deal around and a considerable saving. Thanks to the always-epic Jas10 @ HUKD!
Developer: Spiderweb Software
A new Spiderweb Software RPG is like my birthday, Christmas and unexpected tax rebate all rolled into one. While my American peers continually bicker about console resolutions and upload pictures of their brand new PS4s to Instagram, you'll find me playing a game that creates an entire world and believable characters using little more than the written word and a pocketful of sprites. Avadon 2 may look like it's stuck in 1998, but it channels the classic Infinity Engine and Gold Box games of old, another one-man tour de force from the indomitable Jeff Vogel.
Like Avernum and Geneforge before it, Avadon 2 requires its players to just add imagination, using a peerless command of the English language and rock-solid RPG systems to keep us hooked to the screen over the course of fifty-plus hours. Sorry it took so long.
Avadon 2 leads on from the events of its predecessor, though previous experience isn't essential. We're re-introduced to a fantasy world on the brink of destruction, both from a force of monolithic evil and squabbling factions vying for control under the guise of a grudging alliance. The formidable black fortress of Avadon used to keep the treacherous factions in line with an iron fist and its elite armies, but a recent attack leaves it uniquely vulnerable. Into this fragile situation steps you, the player, a wild card who could help to restore Avadon to its former glory or undermine it from within.Click here to read more...
Legend Of Grimrock takes the classic first-person dungeon crawling of yesteryear and brings it brilliantly into the 21st century. Stuffed with tough puzzles and bursting with player-created content, it's certainly not for everyone, but deserves a look if you fancy some old-school cerebral action to sink your teeth into. That is, if you can work out how to attack and not get eaten by a snail.
System Shock 2 is still one of the scariest and most chilling games ever made, a must-play for fans of Event Horizon or if you want to experience the game that inspired BioShock. This is the cheapest price we've ever seen. Deal ends at 19:00. Thanks to Smash41 @ HUKD!
Gritty strategic RPG Blackguards has entered Early Access, so I recently delved into its seedy depths and brought back this video for your eager delectation. We take a first look at the character customisation, combat, setting and the voices in my head that just won't stop, fine, I'll kill the beast, I'll kill it!
Erm, so, there's that too.
And here's the trailer for good measure.
Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls is set to throw us into battle against the fallen angel Malthael and his horrific twisted army, which contains all manner of disturbing mobs. You can mug up on them thanks to a new Battle.net blog post, which acts as a bestiary of sorts, containing both pictures and handy descriptions of the Death Maidens, Ghastly Seraphs, War Beasts and more.
Gorgeous Diablo-meets-Zelda dungeon crawler Hyper Light Drifter has received a meaty serving of gameplay footage, having secured an enormous amount of Kickstarter funding earlier this year. It looks amazing, sounds superb thanks to the inestimable Disasterpeace and frankly looks ready to release.
Wait, is that pre-alpha footage? Really? Hot damn. Going forward, the weapon selection will be massively fleshed out, while the visuals will be further refined. Look out for it next year on PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, Wii U and Vita.Click here to read more...
Richard "Lord British" Garriott successfully crowd-funded Shroud Of The Avatar back in March (gosh, how time flies) - and has now posted a lengthy slab of narrated in-progress gameplay footage to show backers how development is coming along. From combat to player housing, this is a fairly exhaustive tour.Click here to read more...