SimplyCDKeys are back with another sub-£20 deal for Dark Souls II, which tops many gamers' 2014 wishlists. The PC port may have been delayed into April, but for twenty quid, Johnny-come-lately ends up laughing all the way to the bank. Remember to use voucher code 5OFFDS2 at checkout. Thanks to Jas10 @ HUKD!
Carl is currently reviewing the PS3 version, in case you're interested. I've barely seen him over the last couple of days, save for a bizarre moment when he emerged into the office and constructed a crude bonfire on my newsdesk, babbling about horrors from beyond the pale. After heavy sedation and being forced to marathon the entire series of Adventure Time to restore his shattered nerves, he's back in action and will deliver our full verdict soon.
Our second Dealspwn Playthrough video for South Park: The Stick of Truth takes a brief look at the ways in which players can go about making friends in the little Colorado mountain town, how your popularity ties into Perks, the sorts of upgrades and strap-ons you can add to your arsenal of weapons, and how the Buddy system works in terms of striding into battle with a friend at your side.
The dastardly Drow Elves have stolen the Stick of Truth and Cartman the Wizard King needs all hands on deck. Only one problem... his best thief is stuck in detention.
Craig Feldspar has gotten himself stuck inside a school classroom with Mr. Mackay, and we have to break him out! Join us for a Dealspwn Playthrough that dives into the world of South Park as we beat back hall monitors, bust through barricades with explosive farts, and use Kenny to summon a rat tsunami.
Well, our review went live this morning (which you can find linked above) and if after reading it you've been swayed to pre-order a copy you're in luck - GAME have thrown a voucher code into the mix to provide the cheapest price around for all versions of the RPG. PC owners will save £7, while console owners will save £3.
As Brendan points out in our review, Obsidian Entertainment have managed to create an enjoyable and authentic South Park experience thanks to the involvement of Trey Parker and Matt Stone. With a combat system that is surprisingly deeper than it appears, it would seem that The Stick Of Truth has ended up being worth the wait - despite the hilarious censorship issues. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!
Another game price slashed as part of Xbox LIVE's sale today, you can now pick up Oblivion for the price of a pint.
As fantastically amazing as Horse Armour is, the real selling point for Oblivion is Cyrodiil -- the Imperial heart of Tamriel that forms the basis for this, the fourth Elder Scrolls title. The game is massive, filled with things to do, and I think between us, the Dealspwn team have easily sunk over 250 hours into this game. Plus, you know, Sean Bean.
Before we begin, there's a simple question that you need to ask yourself: Do you find South Park funny?
If the answer is yes, then all is well. Come on in, kick off those wet shoes, and I''ll regale you with stories from an hour or two spent in the company of an interactive, feature-length South Park episode filled with all of your favourite characters. We'll chuckle about side quests that see you hunting down Man Bear Pig for a super-cereal Al Gore, delight that the game has you trotting about the Colorado town collecting Chinpokomon, and giggle at infiltrating Kenny's garage to pick up some crack from a bunch of addicts for Tweak's dad.
If the answer is no, then we might have a problem, though I'm not entirely sure why you're reading a piece about an RPG based on South Park anyway.
The game opens with a brief character creation screen (The Stick of Truth wins bonus points from allowing me to have an afro -- complete with comb jutting out of the side -- from the start) followed by the arrival of your character in South Park. You're new, a silent amnesiac (a well-worn trope that game takes great pleasure in pointing fun at), you have no friends, and your parents are incredibly insistent that you make some. So off you trot, out onto the streets.
It isn't long before you bump into someone who's also rather eager to make a proper friend or two, dressed up in a tin-foil hat, and stumbling over words in a rather endearing fashion. Butters introduces himself as a Paladin, befriends you on the South Park version of Facebook, and whisks you off to meet his chum who just so happens to be an all-powerful wizard with an affinity for Cheesy Poofs, and protector of the game's eponymous magical totem. Cartman asks you for your name -- a regular feature in RPG games. But the interface doesn't let you, and so after three attempts, and much taunting, Cartman resolves to call you "douchebag" for the entirety of the game.Click here to read more...
Only a few short weeks to go now before the concluding part of the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy and we're celebrating with a video playthrough to show you the new combat system. The apparently not backwardly-named Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, has ditched the stale combat of the last two games by assigning various attacks and spells to the face buttons of your controller.
Customisation is back in style too as you can enter battle with three different Schema, each with their own set of skills to give you extra combat options. With around 70 Schema to choose from in the final game -each of them customisable too- the depth on offer is looking absolutely huge. For the most part, Lightning will be on her own, but the Schema changes give the game a quasi team-based feel and the slicker combat feels like Square Enix could be onto a winner. Plus, Lightning is easily the best member of the XIII cast.
So take a look at our video to see half an hour of combat, customisation and cutscenes. You can even try out the new combat system for yourself by downloading the demo from PSN or XBL.Click here to read more...
You can jump into Larian's latest RPG -- Divinity: Original Sin -- over on Steam right now thanks to Early Access. The game is currently in alpha, meaning that bugs and placeholders and limited options abound, but you can actually get a really good feel for things, and the co-operative roleplaying element of Original Sin is on show for all to see.
There are two main characters in this game -- making it a perfect title to play with a friend (you can team up or split up whenever you want) -- and you have the opportunity to assign them to one of three classes at the start, but little beyond that at this stage of development. However, from then on, everything's pretty much open. You get plonked down in Rivellon, assigned to investigate a recent murder, and that's about it. You can go off and pretty much do whatever you like.
We have a half-hour playthrough complete with some initial impressions and commentary after the jump, in which our heroic duo set some Orcs on fire, beat up an enormous crab, and then pick a fight with a bunch of random NPCs... just because they can.Click here to read more...
Platforms: PC | PS3 | Xbox 360 | PS4
Publishers: Focus Home Interactive
You have to admire Spiders' ambitions. They're a small team who want to make big games. Really big games. We're not talking shooters that you can rattle through in a matter of hours; we're talking RPGs with branching storylines, loads of customisation options, a decent story, optional companions, and an engaging combat system. These things don't come cheap, and the amount of effort it takes to craft a 20-25 hour RPG is intimidating.
That's what Bound By Flame is: a fully-fledged, high fantasy RPG on a budget that's a mere fraction of the likes enjoyed by Bethesda's and EA's studios. Made by a team more famous for porting The Testament of Sherlock Holmes to consoles than perhaps for their first stab at a truly expansive title in Mars: War Logs.
At least, that's the idea.
But Spiders are building up the time for their game at a good time. There's a dearth of fantastical Western RPGs right now, and if they can get Bound By Flame out ahead of the likes of The Witcher 3 and Dragon Age: Inquisition, it is to be hoped that the gap in the market might do them some favours. With a while yet to wait until the coming big-hitters make their retail appearances, it's not surprising that Bound By Flame is getting a fair bit of attention, and rightly so.Click here to read more...
Spiders, the studio behind numerous Focus Home ports and last year's Mars: War Logs, are back with another mid-range RPG this year, setting out to try and prove once again that you can make a fully-fledged RPG with branching narratives, loads of customisation, loot, and character paths, for less than the usual multi-million dollar bill racked up by triple-A studios.
Mars: War Logs was a valiant effort, certainly, but it was riddled with issues and most agreed that whilst it was a game with a good grounding in the fundamentals of a good RPG, it was certainly lacking in the spit and the polish that a larger budget might have bestowed upon the game. Ambitious, yes; but ultimately hugely flawed.
Still, much of that can be attributed to it being Spiders' first real crack of the whip. Bound By Flame sees the studio returning with a different focus, a different setting and tone, and wearing its inspirations on its sleeve.Click here to read more...
Well, this is a very tempting offer. By using the voucher code above, the deal from SimplyCDKeys is made even better, allowing you to save around £10 over the next cheapest offer. Do bare in mind though that the PC version is delayed, and will not launch alongside the console version in March (despite what the listing says.)
From what I've played of it so far (which you can watch by hitting the Playthrough link above) it's certainly the Dark Souls experience but a little more refined in terms of its controls. The sense of dread is still there, the foes just as relentless, and the Red Phantoms will definitely ensure you die repeatedly. In short, this is a great price as long as you're okay to wait a little longer. Thanks to AndyWedge @ HUKD!
Those of you who've had a gander at my Wasteland 2 Early Access preview will have noted that the message for most of the way through was early days.
Though parts of the old-school RPG are certainly nicely in place, it's clear that there's still a fair way to go for the game, and inXile's Brian Fargo has acknowledged this in a new blog post, reminding backers and interested parties that the game is still unfinished and detail the planned enhancements for the game's currently undercooked combat system.Click here to read more...
Developers: inXile Entertainment
I have had a Rolling Stones track stuck in my head for days. "You can't always get what you want..." It keep going over and over in my mind. And it's not because I've been listening to the increasingly pained warblings of Mick Jagger, but rather because I've been playing an awful lot of Wasteland 2, and that sort of message is drummed into you from the very start.
It begins at the character selection screen, where you choose the four men and women who'll make up the ragtag bunch of rookie Desert Rangers that you'll control throughout the game. Naturally, if you're one of the die-hard, old-school RPG fans for whom this game has been made, you're going to want to create your own character, and the game allows you to do so, complete with the option of importing character portraits of your own. But the smattering of Attribute and Skill points is paltry: you can't have you cake and eat it to. There's simply not enough to go around, and the game knows it. And revels in it.
There are ten weapon skills to begin with, meaning that the combination of your team is enormously important. Characters tend towards specialisations, because there's simply no way to be a jack-of-all-trades, and the general skills are broken down far more than one might usually find in games such as these. Lockpicking and Safecracking are two different disciplines, and Charisma-led speech checks come in three separate flavours: Hard Ass, Kiss Ass, and Smart Ass. Creating a healer involves stuffing precious skill points into both Field Medic and Surgeon classes, with the former allowing the character to restore health, and the latter used to revive downed compatriots. The message from the very beginning, before you even get into the game properly, is very clear: choose carefully.Click here to read more...
Yes, this is about the billionth deal we've posted for Torchlight II, but it's also one of the cheapest. Runic Games' dungeon crawler is one of the very best we've seen in recent years: colourful, exciting, varied, impactful and full of more loot than most can handle. You can use voucher code GFDJAN20UK to get the deal price. Thanks to flabble @ HUKD, who tirelessly rounded up the entire Gamefly sale like a boss.
However, if you and three friends want to get Torchlight 2, you might be better off with GamersGate's £11.21 four-pack, which will save you a few extra pennies so long as they pay you back.
A nice cheap price for Dark Souls heads up today's plethora of winter Steam deals, as the Prepare to Die Edition falls to its lowest price point yet at £3.99.
Hell, I might even buy it for that price. Be quick though, this deal runs until 6pm.
This isn't the cheapest we've seen Runic's dungeon crawling sequel fall to, but it's still a very agreeable price and the cheapest currently available. Overall you can save £9 with this deal over the next best offer elsewhere.
A superior offering to Blizzard's long-awaited sequel in many ways, Torchlight II improved on its predecessor and gave us more interesting classes, all the loot we could handle, and a mod-creation suite to let the community make their own experiences to share. At this price it's definitely one to consider if you're looking for something to occupy your time over the Christmas period.
I love CD Projekt. I love them so much. They are a constant shining beacon of hope in this industry. And then, just when you think they couldn't get any better, they go and give away two of the best RPGs ever made and break their servers with their own awesomeness.
Can we give them a medal? Someone needs to give them a medal. Not a fake digital medal like IGN hand out to everyone at E3, but a three-storey-high shimmmering disc of precious metal.
GOG.com's winter sale has started, and the DRM-free download site are giving away Fallout 1, 2, and Tactics for absolutely nothing over the next couple of days. If you can get onto the site, that is.
Click here for free Fallout, but do be warned, those deals are damn tempting too. We bet that it's not the only thing you'll pick up.
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We're back with more from the Network Test for Dark Souls II. In today's episode, Carl hops back onto his Warrior to take on the opponent that bested him in the previous Network Test - the shielded Red Phantom. Will he manage to best his ancient nemesis? Will he be cleaved in half by that ridiculously large sword? If he does survive, will he find anything new and exciting waiting for him? There's only one way to find out...
With its sequel now just a few months away, this deal from ShopTo might be the perfect chance to brush up on your hollow-killing skills. Overall you can save yourself around £7 over the next cheapest listing.
Acting as a GOTY Edition of sorts, it contains a number of new additions that the console releases didn't initially include such as a new chapter, new enemies and bosses, new items and NPCs, and an online matchmaking system for both co-op and PvP modes. In other words, prepare for even more ways to die in this revision of one of the most divisive titles of recent years. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!
Latercomers to the Dragon Age series can get up to speed with the adventures of the Grey Warden with this bundle. This offer from GAME will save you £2.50 over the next best deal at Gamersgate, and is obviously much cheaper than buying all the content separately.
Along with the main game, you will get all nine DLC packs, along with the Awakenings expansion, meaning for the price you’re getting many, many hours of content in what some would describe as the superior entry in the series. Thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!