This is an odd little proposition. What many expected to be an open-world action RPG quickly reveals RTS elements that left many gamers cold, but as a heavy metal love-fest it's actually a lot of fun. I suppose it depends how much you pay, and £1.99 isn't going to break the bank for a DRM-free version.
Freaking Meatbags has officially launched today after several months in Steam Early Access. This crazy RTS-meets-shooter-meets-tower-defence game lets you genetically alter your lazy human workers, splicing in extra arms, weapons or other useful traits to keep them alive and keep you in a job.
Our full review will be going live tomorrow (since the final build was made available to me via the beta branch), but until then, you can read our Freaking Meatbags preview for the low-down.
Better yet, you can then proceed to buy it for £5.09 on GamersGate using their latest voucher code, saving £2.90 versus the Steam RRP. Even Green Man Gaming are £1.39 dearer, and that's with their 20% off code!
This ridiculously hectic and massive-scale RTS has returned to its cheapest price ever -- £4.59 -- thanks to Bundle Stars, which will save you an absolute packet.
However, you should be aware that while fun in an overwhelming sort of way (you can smash planets into each other!), Planetary Annihilation still feels unfinsished. There's only one faction and the UI still feels like a work in progress, so a fiver is probably about right.
Planetary Annihilation now £4.59 on Steam. Click here to buy! >>
I've said it before and I'll say it again: there's a difference between a great deal and a great game. This is a great deal, but the game still feels unfinished despite being an absolute blast for a while. Planetary Annihilation was very promising in preview and is fantastic fun when you're wielding huge robot armies and smashing moons into each other, but the lack of tutorials and the sad fact that there's only one faction makes its appeal limited if you don't love click-time gameplay. Still £4.59 is the cheapest price yet. Thanks to reindeer333 @ HUKD!
We've seen it marginally cheaper than this with codes or on US sites with conversion once or twice before, but frankly £4.99 is a steal for the Command & Conquer Ultimate Collection. Do yourself a favour and nab 17 of the best RTS titles to have ever graced our PCs.
Which one's your favourite? Nice spot by twigc88 at HUKD.
EA have somehow managed to run one of the most celebrated strategy franchises into the ground, but picking up the C&C Ultimate Collection is a great way of remembering Westwood Studios' heyday. A cracking collection, stuffed with 17 titles, you'll need to fabricate yourself a US billing address when it comes to checking out, but that's a small price to pay.
No, really. It's only £3.19 ($4.99)!
Last week, I sat down with game director Quinn Duffy to have a chat about Company of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies, some of the new units and features that are being brought to COH 2, and what Relic's plans are for the series going forwards.
Stay tuned for the full preview for Company of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies going live next week.
Carrying an average Metacritic score of 93, Company of Heroes is considered one of the finest real time strategy games of recent years. For 97p it's well worth a look if it passed you by all those years ago. Strategy games are on the rise again after the success of Xcom: Enemy Unknown, so I daresay there's a new audience that would appreciate taking a look at this one too.
Thanks to jaystan at HotUkDeals.
It's been cheaper than this earlier this year at Gamersgate, but given that all of the digital prices appear to be back up around the £9-£10 mark of late, this is still something of a steal. Nice spot, Anonknowmouse.
Victory Games have released a new video explaining the factions in the new Command & Conquer title, and where the game picks up for the previous Generals games.Click here to read more...
Developer: Relic Entertainment
It was always going to be something of a tall order for Company of Heroes 2 to reproduce the genre-redefining impact of its predecessor. It's been seven years since Relic rocked the RTS world by giving gamers an experience that abandoned the base building, perennial resource-gathering that had become de rigeur, and serving up taxing, tactical gameplay that forced you to make the most of what you had.
Given that Company of Heroes still enjoys a healthy multiplayer community, it's important to note that its sequel isn't quite the revolutionary step up that one might expect from time gap that's almost contained an entire console generation. But place the two games side-by-side and the differences become readily apparent.
Ratcheted up to its highest settings, Company of Heroes 2 unfolds like a cinematic masterpiece. The animations are fantastically wrought, the physics engine underpinning everything proving exceptional both in form and function. Tanks shake slightly with recoil from their turrets when they fire; pinned down by shells, fresh infantry will cower and scatter even as their veteran squadmates move decisively and regroup; mortar squads and heavy gunner teams move methodically to set up their ordinance. Buildings crumble, wooden huts shedding splinters and smoke from artillery barrages, explosions sending earth and shrapnel flying as burned men claw at the ground, staggering and writhing in the throes of death.Click here to read more...
Company Of Heroes 2's latest trailer is big on tanks, showing off how rolling thunder will be a key asset for its armchair generals. That said, the video also promises "more than tanks," which is probably a sly dig at a certain popular free to play title since the previous trailer took aim at modern military shooters. Not exactly classy, but expect plenty of gameplay footage for the anticiated Relic-developed RTS.
Game's out for PC on June 25th.Click here to read more...
Relic's latest trailer for Company of Heroes 2 arrives with a bit of a swagger. Forget those shooty, gunny, bang bang titles that try to portray warfare, says this latest trailer. What you really want is the chance to control everything.Click here to read more...
11 Bit Studios have unveiled a sequel to Anomaly: Warzone Earth, which will expand the original 'tower offence' game with morphing war mechs, battle squads, branching storylines and more. We've got all the details, including gameplay features, premise, screenshots and announcement trailer, after the break.Click here to read more...
We love games that defy easy genre pigeonholing, and Larian Studios have certainly tried to smash down a few genre walls with their upcoming game Divinity: Dragon Commander
We rather imagine that Dragon Commander is the sort of deliciously complex smoothie you'd get if you shoved the Total War series into a blender along with Civilization, the ship hubs from Wing Commander, the fast-paced strategy from innumerable RTS titles, and finished it all off with Panzer Dragoon-esque action courtesy of a jetpack-enhanced dragon.Click here to read more...
Platform: PS Vita [PSN: £11.99]
Publisher: XSEED Games
Orgarhythm is one of several localised niche games to stumble onto British Vitas months after they released in the States (thanks, XSEED), and it really should have been brilliant. This strategy/rhythm hybrid hails from the legendary Tak Hirai, whose previous grand works include the likes of Space Channel 5 Part 2, Meteos and Shenmue. Its integral soundtrack comes courtesy of Japanese composer Ayako Minami, who helped out on Child Of Eden amongst other things. And, almost more excitingly, it follows in the grand tradition of Patapon, one of the first and entirely successful fusions between the two disparate genres.
It's a formula for success, but unfortunately, rhythmic synesthesia and hectic strategy make for stranger bedfellows than usual.
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Stronghold 3 was completely broken at launch. So utterly unfit for task, in fact, that I spent the bulk of my review pointing out flaws and sobbing softly into my keyboard as wolves climbed up watchtower ladders to devour my incompetent archers.
I'm still bitter, but Firefly have been hard at work over the last few months and fixed a whole lot of stuff. It's now easier to play, more accessible, less aggravating and wolves can't climb sodding ladders any more. I still feel that it moves at a much more glacial pace than its predecessors, but it's now probably worth buying for franchise fans.
King Arthur II has fallen to a default digital RRP of £7.99, but Origin are willing to cut that in half. It's a solid RTS game with some great choose-your-own-adventure sections, but as I lamented in our 6/10 review, it lacks the depth and balance we expected. Still, I suggested that £39.99 was a big ask, so this might be much more like it.