The Elder Scrolls Online is a contradiction in terms. Even its title makes no sense. Massive multiplayer tacked on to the singleplayer RPG gold standard, a confused compromise between two radically different genres.
Last year it didn't work. Now, after a major rethink and a new pricing model, it does.
Tamriel Unlimited has no subscription and a massive amount of improved content, but just as importantly it's available on PS4 and Xbox One. Though it pales next to the biggest MMORPGs on PC, it feels revolutionary on consoles.
Set hundreds of years before Skyrim, Tamriel Unlimited takes place in the middle of a huge war. Three implausible factions vie to put their emperor on the throne of Cyrodiil, all while the sinister Daedric prince Molag Bal attempts to take over the entire plane of existence. As a victim of his sinister plot, you'll escape the chilling Coldharbour dimension and attempt to save the world while exploring Tamriel itself.Click here to read more...
Pillars Of Eternity is still one of this year's very best games and we're delighted that it's getting an expansion pack. The White March will add a new story campaign as well as a host of new features that you can watch and read about below.Click here to read more...
Trey Parker and Matt Stone vowed to never make another videogame after completing South Park: The Stick of Truth. Thankfully, at least for us, the big hypocrites have just announced a sequel entitled South Park: The Fractured But Whole.
Focusing on superheroes rather than fantasy this time around, you'll create your own origins story while enjoying an original plot centred around the hilarious hero episodes. Presumably we'll meet The Coon, Professor Chaos, Mint-Berry Crunch and more.
Details are thin on the ground, including release info. Watch this space (and this trailer!).
Fallout 4 has now been officially announced. It didn't want to set the internet on fire, but it started a flame in our heart all the same. Revealing loads of new details in a lengthy trailer, which was much longer and more exciting than your usual garden variety teaser, Bethesda are set to announce the rest of the details during their E3 press conference on June 14th.
We are so ready. Set in the Boston area and promising an enormous new adventure on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, it's already one of the most anticipated games of the new console generation.
So here's everything you need to know, from the trailer to opinion pieces, analysis, reactions and even incredibly cheap pre-order deals. Let's do it.
UPDATE: Due to an unforeseen issue with their supplier, Rice Digital are unable to fulfil this deal. They're currently refunding any customers who placed an order. By way of apology, you can use voucher code 5PERCENT to get 5% off any other order until Friday.
Sorcery Saga: Curse Of The Great Curry God is a great little game and a deceptive one at that. Its bizarre title and adorable moe art direction masks an utterly ruthless and tactical Roguelike that's willing to spank, punish and reward its patient players.
I heartily recommended it to genre fans in our full Sorcery Saga review, and now it's even easier to recommend because Rice Digital are offering an utterly ludicrous discount. Get it new and delivered with change for a tenner!
Etrian Oddyssey Untold is one of the best remakes I've ever had the pleasure of reviewing, yet literally no-one I personally known owns it. A class act through and through, it brings the original Etrian Odyssey up-to-date with subtlety and restraint, adding some sensational new characters that delight without ever jarring and a story that's compelling yet never gets in the way. With some great new classes that force you to think carefully about class options, plus plenty of new content, it really is one of the most under-appreciated games of the last few years.
You can find out more in our full Etrian Odyssey Untold review. If you like the sound of that, you can now find out what you've been missing for £26.86 in ShopTo's end-of-week sale.
Pillars Of Eternity isn't the only Kickstarted CRPG on the block. Torment: Tides Of Numenera is still in development at inXile and coming on strong, promising to be the sequel to Planescape Torment we need and deserve. This new trailer shows off both the artwork and the setting, which feels fresh and unique yet just familiar enough to satisfy. You can read more about the Ninth World here.
As a backer, I'm tremendously excited about this one. What do you reckon?Click here to read more...
Nintendo may be making their first tentative steps into the murky world of mobile gaming, but Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition proves that handhelds are still the platform of choice for discerning gamers on the go.
Containing two huge match-three puzzler RPG hybrids, balanced to be fun, compelling and deep without microtransactions and tedious wait-or-pay energy systems, it's a great value package full of quality content. All up-front, not doled out piecemeal.
Effectively it's also two games in one, but tempted as you may be to jump straight into the Super Mario Bros. Edition, Puzzle & Dragons Z is by far the best place to start.
Taking inspiration from Pokemon, Puzzle & Dragons Z is a fully-fledged RPG adventure that incorporates match-3 puzzling into its dungeon crawling and battling. After the world is ripped into pieces by the nefarious Paradox organisation and its armies of followers, you're cast as a fledgling dragon tamer tasked with raising a team of powerful monsters and restoring the land to its rightful state.Click here to read more...
The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing III is out this Friday and we can't wait. As explained in our detailed preview, it's shaping up to conclude this satisfying and rambunctious action-RPG series with a bang.
If you haven't played the first two, you're in luck, seeing as you can now buy both previous games and all of the DLC for just £10.19 all-in!
You'll even get a discount on The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing III when it launches! Note that the franchise pack doesn't include Part 3, though.
Divinity: Original Sin is magnificent. Scoring a whopping 9/10 in our full review, gleaning an Editor's Choice Award and voted 'Kickstarter Success Story' in last year's alternative awards podcast, it's one of the finest RPGs of the last decade. Not to mention yet another sensational title for PC gamers to crow about.
But not for much longer. Larian Studios and Focus Home Interactive have announced Divinity: Original Sin - Enhanced Edition for PS4 and Xbox One, which will open up the game to a new audience.Click here to read more...
The final chapter of a trilogy needs to go out with a bang, so when all else fails, letting us create enormous elemental explosions bristling with lava death snakes is a good bet.
We're big fans of The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing here at Dealspwn. NeoCore's underdog action RPG series has delivered sensational quality and great replayable gameplay at a bargain price, working towards a trilogy that adds up to a fraction of Diablo III's RRP. Satisfying and occasionally hilarious, we heaped praise on both The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing and The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing II.
There's a lot riding on part three, then, and based on the latest preview build I'm confident that it's on course to deliver. However, we'll face a surprisingly tough decision: should we import our character from the previous games or jump into the two new classes? One of which is capable of summoning the aforementioned superheated death snakes on a whim.Click here to read more...
Guillermo Del Toro is indirectly making videogame headlines once again. Following news of Silent Hills' cancellation, his studio now appears to have been involved in Fallout 4's reveal trailer if rumours are to be believed.Click here to read more...
Ananias Roguelike is an excellent free-to-play Roguelike that you can enjoy in-browser or on Android, but the Fellowship Edition includes extra content such as two classes and online ranking features with more to come. You can now pick it up for as little as £0.16 in IndieGameStand's latest deal (usually £3.24), chip in £0.65 if and when Steam/GOG keys become available, or beat the average for loads of DLC.
Remember to Vote on Steam Greenlight if you enjoy it!
UPDATE: Ananias Roguelike has now been Greenlit! You'll get Steam codes if you chip in a Dollar or more, at least, when they're issued.
As always, consider paying what you can to support the developer and charitable causes.
Wasteland 2 is set to receive a GOTY Edition this summer, complete with enhanced visuals, gameplay and content.
Once again Johnny-come-lately gets to enjoy a superior version of a game... but this time, existing fans and players can grab the upgrade for the bargain price of nothing.Click here to read more...
PlayStation Access have released a new slice of The Witcher 3 gameplay, which looks gorgeous on PS4 while accompanied by some vaguely inoffensive banter.
It's well worth a watch regardless of what systems you own despite definitely being based on native PS4 code. Not the PC version. Eh, Microsoft?
The more artistic amongst you might be able to win a PS4, however, by way of a brand new competition.Click here to read more...
If you like your dungeon crawlers old-school, you'll get a huge kick out of Elminage Gothic. It originally released on the PSP exclusively in Japan, but was painstakingly ported to PC and translated into English for us to sink our teeth into. Now it's astonishingly cheap.
This limited-time launch deal knocks 70% off the price, which is usually £6.99, and undercuts GOG.com's recent sale too.
Outward: The Adventurer Life Sim is one of the most ambitious Kickstarter pitches I've seen in years, and that's no bad thing.
Hailing from Nine Dots Studio, the small yet capable team behind GoD Factory: Wingmen, Outward plans to merge open-world fantasy RPG adventure with the reality of survival, from constructing shelter to exposure and even purifying water.
"What would it really be like to live the life of an adventurer?" That's the question that Outward intends to prove... at least, if you decide to back it.Click here to read more...
The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion GOTY Edition is now £4.99 at GamesPlanet.
Though probably my least favourite game in the series, Oblivion is still an exceptional game, and an enormous adventure to embark on. The GOTY Edition is even bigger since it contains the magnificent Shivering Isles expansion alongside most of the DLC.
Except Horse Armour. Oh, Bethesda, still you taunt us.
Mars: War Logs usually costs £8.99 on Steam, but you can buy it for just £2.99 this weekend at GamesPlanet!
It's a screaming deal even if this cyberpunk action RPG falls short of its potential.