Not going to lie, these aren't the best Xbox deals we've ever seen from Deals With Gold, but there may well be a couple of attractive items here for digital buyers, especially if you're a Serious Sam or Fallout fan.
If you're an Xbox Live Gold Member, you can now pick up some seriously awesome games at seriously cheap prices. See what I did there? Yeeeah.
But don't let my awful attempts at Tuesday morning humour put you off from getting involved, seeing as you can get Serious Sam 3 or Double D XXL for £1.68. Also Castlestorm, which was surprisingly good fun. Links to the marketplace and our reviews below - but not before giving due credit and thanks heatlight @ HUKD, who posted these deals long before we did.
Oh man Serious Sam 3 is awesome. Truly fantastic, particularly if you're looking for a bit of no-holds-barred old-school FPS action, with massive guns, lots of humour, hordes of enemies, and tongues planted firmly in cheeks. Its OTT brilliance still thrills us, and now Gold subscribers can get it at half price.
Not that there's a lack of stellar FPS titles available this Christmas, mind...
The second barrage of deals from Steam’s latest sale are not much to write home about at first glance, but head into the Indie Sale (away from the front page) and you’ll find some cracking deals. We’ve got the highlights below, but here’s an honorary mention to Arma II: Combined Operations, which falls to £12.49 should you wish to join in the Day Z madness.
This may not be as good a deal as Gamersgate’s offer earlier in the month in terms of content, but for those looking for just the base game it’s certainly worth a look. A saving of a fiver isn’t too shabby either.
One of last year’s stand out strategy titles, Frozen Synapse takes turn-based strategy to a new level. Best of all, you get two copies of the game with each purchase so you can go halves with a friend or gift it away.
Rightly crowned Dealspwn's favourite FPS of last year, the return of the Serious One was an explosive and over-the-top experience that was just pure mindless fun. Considering the saving is fairly substantial, you should seriously consider this one.
Finally, we have a deal for Romino’s brawly MOBA title. If you missed out on Gamersgate’s recent bundle offer, here’s another chance to get hold of a copy for under £2.50.
Steamworks support is go for Serious Sam 3: BFE, Croteam's mental shooter sequel that launched last year to mixed critical acclaim (we bloody loved it). Over sixty mods are now available, character skins, multiplayer maps, gameplay mods, and weapon mods.
Publisher Devolver Digital have released a 'helpful' Q&A to ease players into the transition. And mock them.Click here to read more...
I described Medal Of Honor: Warfighter as "derivative," "hopeless," "dull" and "artistically bereft" in our 5/10 review.
Serious Sam and Hotline Miami publisher Devolver Digital have put things a little blunter than that...Click here to read more...
Platform: XBLA (1200 MSP)
Publisher: Devolver Digital
Serious Sam 3 kicked an inordinate, even unnecessary, amount of arse when it released last year on PC. It was big, brutal and bonkers: delivering a refreshingly old-school experience that threw literally hundreds of simultaneous enemies into our crosshairs. We bunny hopped, strafed and backpedalled furiously. MENTAL's hordes died by the thousands. Big review scores and Shooter Of The Year nominations followed.
One year on, and Croteam's salute to old-school thrills has arrived on XBLA for 1200 Microsoft Points. It stands to reason that buying Serious Sam 3's full campaign and cooperative modes for roughly £10 might just be worth doing, and guess what? It obviously is.
However, sacrifices had to be made to get Serious Sam 3 running on the Xbox 360. Not only have the visuals taken a fairly substantial hit, but the game has been split into two halves due to XBLA's file size limitations. The first standalone half contains the full campaign with cooperative support, while an optional DLC pack bundles competitive multiplayer together with the recently-released Jewel Of The Nile expansion. Since both portions cost 1200 MSP separately, you don't need to be a mathematician to know that one is seriously better value than the other.Click here to read more...
Get Games are running a nifty 2 for £10 offer this weekend; specifically, you can get any two of Serious Sam 3: BFE, Red Orchestra 2 GOTY, DXHR and Dungeon Siege III Complete. I shouldn't have to tell you that Deus Ex and Serious Sam are the standout titles here, but Red Orchestra 2 is also a sensational multiplayer shooter that delivers total authenticity.
Regardless of whether your wallet needs a break or not, Steam have done the old switch-a-roo and given us nine more deals for today. Here are the bargain-based highlights from the current line-up.
The crime-filled sandbox of ridiculousness that is the third entry in the Saints Row series may have been cheaper in the past (not by much though) but this is the lowest price for the PC version at the moment.
It may be the go-to deal price for this one now, but Steam’s current offer the best around by a fair margin. Considering we named it our Best Shooter of 2011, you should probably give it a go. Plus, you can also upgrade to the Deluxe Edition for some extra good for just £1.74. Bargain.
Hitman: Blood Money may well be on the front page for £1.49, but you can get both Hitman 1 + 2 with it for under £4 with this collection. Sadly Hitman: Contracts isn’t included here, but there’s still plenty of assassination action from the Bald One to keep you busy until Absolution comes out.
And finally, we’ve got yet another bundle of indie-based goodness to tempt you with. Today’s games are A Valley Without Wind, Atom Zombie Smasher, Blocks That Matter, Sanctum, and Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP.
Missed yesterday’s deals? Don’t fret, you’ve got until tomorrow morning to take advantage of their reductions. For the full list of offers currently available be sure to check out the front page of Steam here.
Serious Sam 3: BFE will be receiving a meaty singleplayer campaign DLC pack this October, Croteam has announced. Entitled Jewel Of The Nile, this new content will include three new missions and make a bigger deal out of the two classic hidden weapons. Details and screenshots below, seriously.Click here to read more...
Croteam will made good on their promises to bring Serious Sam 3: BFE to consoles, starting with the Xbox 360. The insane FPS sequel will be making an Autumn downloadable debut on Xbox Live Arcade, and if that isn't enough, Mommy's Best Games' brutal and brilliant indie shooter Serious Sam: Double D will also be hitting as a extras-packed XXL version.
You'd better bet on Sam. More details below.Click here to read more...
Undercutting GetGames' price, Amazon US is currently listing a digital download for Serious Sam 3: BFE at £9.99, which translates roughly to £6.21. All you need to do to order from Amazon US is to attach a US billing address onto your UK account. Do be aware, though, that some card issuers may charge a small (£1 or so) fee.
Additionally, Serious Sam 3: BFE is awesome! Seriously! Nice spot by darrenanderton1982.
Thanks to djmetsandy at HotUKDeals, who found this before I did.
We’ve had some rather excellent (and a few not so great) deals to come out of Steam’s Holiday sale over the last few weeks. However, we’re finally at the end of the road today, with a return of some of the best offers from throughout the season returning one last time. As usual, the expiry time for these will be 6pm today.
While not all of the offers are the best around, some stand out as some great bargains. Our FPS of 2011 Serious Sam 3 is at half price with a £5 saving, while Orcs Must Die! is at £3 and definitely worth your money. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is available at just over a tenner, and L.A Noire with all its DLC will bag you a saving of over £10. Skyrim is at its lowest available price at just under £24, whilst Magicka and Terraria provide some indie fun at under £2.
Oh, and if you have yet to play it and missed out / passed on getting Bastion for under £4, punch yourself in the face for failing to get it the first two times it was in the sale and then go grab a superb indie title.
Under a tenner for our Shooter of the Year? Go on then. Croteam served up a blood-soaked, old-school, frantic fun-fest with Serious Sam 3 this year. Sixteen-player co-op...yes, you heard that right...didn't exactly hurt either.
2011 has brought us some massive games and shattered sales records with merry abandon, but the fact is that a huge number of deserving titles managed to slip under our gaming radar into pitiful ignominy. So, in the true spirit of Christmas, it's time that we championed the underdogs: the games you probably didn't buy - or even notice - throughout the last twelve months.
Before we begin, you need to understand that this list is not an objective measure of raw quality. Instead, we passed these games though a
hungover discussion after our Christmas do totally amazing top-secret algorithm that also takes sales figures and how little a splash they made in the mainstream gaming consciousness into account.
Steel Diver is by far the best handheld submarine sim on the market. Erm, which is probably a good thing despite the complete lack of competition. Shigeru Miyamoto's pet project completely failed to make a splash (ha!), but for a niche audience, it's really rather compelling.
Many gamers were probably deterred by Sideway's too cool for school urban vibe, but the fact is that Playbrains crafted a superb downloadable platformer that blends Jet Set Radio's funky style with the most imaginative premise we've seen in some time: being a work of art on a brick wall. The unique gravity shifting and multidimensional mechanics should have ensured that gamers treated this title with respect and eagerly-opened wallets. Check out our 8/10 review.Click here to read more...
This time last year, I stated that 2010 was a great time to be a games journalist. It was full of scandal and controversy, but apart from a few standout titles, it somewhat failed to launch.
2011, on the other hand, has been a great time to be a gamer. Pure and simple. The big hitters have been absolutely exceptional, and the slow summer months heralded the release of an inordinate number of Indie games that offered us new and unique experiences. We've rarely had it so good, and the choice of personal GOTY has never been more difficult.
"CoD is cold. Battlefield is boring. Duke is dead."
"Well, that's the plan." - Serious Sam 3 Hands-On Preview
Mission accomplished. Croteam proves that the key to making a great FPS isn't to shamelessly copy your triple-A rivals: it's staying true to your principles and delivering your own game, the game you want to make.Click here to read more...
Before we begin...BEST DRM EVER! We always knew Croteam were awesome, but this just hammers it home. DSOGaming reports that those nefarious gamers who try firing up an illegally copied version of Serious Sam 3: BFE will be hunted down by an invincible, armour-plated red scorpion, who attacks mercilessly with cannons, claws and stinger, until the law-breaking player is no more.
Forget walls of insensible menus and password-protected gibberish. Forget memory-munching shovel-tastic mechanisms that frustrate honest gamers while pirates cackle within their basements. It's all about the serious scorpion!Click here to check out the anti-piracy Serious Scorpion for yourselves...
Publisher: Devolver Digital
A lot has changed in the six years since Serious Sam 2 hit the shelves. First person shooters have evolved into increasingly cinematic and story-driven affairs, frequently relying on strict set pieces and overbearing military tropes to shift their copies. It's a brave new world out there... and Croteam are about to take it by storm.
Make no mistake: Serious Sam 3: BFE is as big, barmy and balls-out brutal as its venerable predecessors. And more to the point, it's just as brilliant.
Serious Sam 3 acts as a prequel to The First Encounter, tasking the irrepressable Sam "Serious" Stone with securing ancient alien tech to change the course of history. Earth as we know it is lost to the ravening extraterrestrial menace of MENTAL, meaning that the only option is to lock, load and get some. The suburbs, temples and deserts of future Cairo play host to 8-12 hours of gratuitous ultraviolence that's a true breath of fresh air in the constantly homogenising market. A veritable smorgasbord of beloved franchise enemies like volatile Beheaded Kamikazes, chaingun-toting arachnoids, aerial harpies and snarling scythe-bladed Kleer skeletons rub shoulders with a variety of new foes; many of whom are capable of clinging to walls, ambushing you at range or smashing through buildings to put you down. Your adversaries all present a unique challenge... and invariably attack in breathtaking numbers.
Click here to read more...
Jon's already waxed lyrical about how gloriously Devolver's next shooter is shaping up in his big, fat Serious Sam 3: BFE hands-on preview, and there've been a number of trailers floating about divulging information on the weaponry and melee attacks. But this one is the equivalent of Liam Neeson in Taken - it doesn't muck about. If you want to see Sam busting chops wide open and scattering chunky kibbles with a wide array of firearms, this is the trailer for you.
Warning: It's quite spectacularly visceral.Click here to read more...
After years of dormant slumber, Croteam's raucous FPS franchise is set to make a serious comeback this November with Serious Sam 3: BFE. We recently discussed some of its outrageous weapons in our hands-on preview, and to illustrate them in action, Devolver Digital has released a new trailer along with a massive stack of
shiny gun porn lucsious renders. We've got it all after the break.
As a fan of massive, throbbing firearms (read into that what you will), I need to go and take a cold shower.Click here to read more...