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EA have launched a massive Xbox Live sale that slashes the prices of several XBLA games, download games and DLC packs. 50% savings for Burnout Crash, Shank and Gatling Gears are all worthy of your immediate attention. Plus, if you haven't yet sampled the orgiastic local multiplayer bliss of Heavy Weapon, now's the time to do so.
Check out the full list below, painstakingly edited to take you to the European marketplace instead of the US listings.Click here to read more...
Is this the best Bundle yet? Possibly. Between Shank, Super Meat Boy, Bit.Trip Runner, Jamestown and NightSky HD that's an awful lot of win. Thank you Humble Bundle, and a Merry Christmas to you too!
Once again, it's a case of pay what you think is right, with proceeds split between the developers, charities Child's Play and the American Red Cross, and Humble Bundle themselves. Moreover, if you pay above the average (currently $5.36), you'll get Cave Story+ and Gratuitous Space Battles.
I've already bought mine, have you?
Shank 2 has been announced, and EA Partners will be publishing it, for release on Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, and PC in early 2012.
'We took the feedback from the community and ran with it, putting our own flavor on every change,' said Klei's Jamie Cheng. 'For Shank 2, we literally took apart the game and put it back together to push the envelope in combat mechanics, visuals, and 2D animation in games.
'Shank 2 is the best thing that Klei has done to date: we didn’t want to just “build more Shank”,' continued Cheng over at the game's new site. 'We redesigned all the underlying systems to give you twice the fidelity and far more control over our favorite stabbing man.'
Steam is offering a pre-order on two titles that have taken the XBLA and PSN stores by storm and placed them in one tidy little bundle. Shank, a beat-em-up with classic gameplay and wonderful art direction, has fluid combat and local co-op so you can share the brutality with a friend in an enjoyable throwback to the gaming of yesteryear. DeathSpank, the newest creation from industry legend Ron Gilbert, is an enjoyable hack-n-slash adventure filled with Gilbert’s humour and plays like Diablo crossed with Monkey Island, yet not reaching the heights of enjoyment that both names would suggest. Both are available for pre-order as a bundle or, if you only like the looks of one of the titles, you can pre-order them individually for £8.99 each.
Shank is a good old fashioned beat-em-up with a good old fashioned premise. Revenge. Put simply, the titular protagonist has to butcher his way through waves of unpleasant foes to track down his worst enemy. The gritty Mexican vistas have been beautifully realised with some simple yet devastatingly attractive cartoon visuals- and some cutscenes deliver a stereotypically hammy bit of context for the upcoming murder. Apart from some poor audio mixing quality and patchy voice acting, the presentation is unique and thoroughly impressive.
Anyway, that's enough about the presentation. Let's get to grips with the juicy violence. The first few minutes of the opening level teach you how to use your main weaponry and combat skills. Shank's shanks deal furiously quick area damage that can make opponents flinch, leaving them open to massively powerful finishing strikes from his massive chainsaw. Pistols, a powerful shotgun or a uzi provide a variety of ranged options, and all three weapons can be mixed into combos in order to cope with any given situation. If this wasn't enough, Shank can also pounce onto distant foes with a single button press, pinning them to the ground whilst able to brutalise them or even shoot distant enemies. Grapples and grenades round out the package- and frankly, Shank is one of the most lethal beat-em-up protagonists ever coded; with the ability to organically switch between weapons and techniques to suit any combat role.
Oh, and you can also block if you really want to. A good offence and some tactical pouncing onto key enemies tends to be far more effective than putting up a stonewall- but you might need it in the harder difficulty setting.
Rejoice Playstation fans! Heavy Weapon, probably one of the most addictive games I've ever played (sometimes I hear my flatmate murmuring it in his sleep), is 50% down in price this week so more of y'all can get involved with shooting down a endless communist airforce with an atomic tank as yetis and the odd dinosaur mince about in the background. If you're still sitting here and haven't immediately rushed to your console and are downloading it right now there's something wrong with you. Probably. Deliciously violent actioner Shank is out, and this version won't break your console, and you can give it a spin for free along with Joe Danger, if by some freak occurrence you're one of the handful of people yet to realise that the cartoonish stunt sim might just be the most fun you can have with your pants on.
We've got the whole list of deals below and jump the break for the rest of the updates, including some nifty MotorStorm: Pacific Rift tracks that have been redone in stereoscopic 3D.
Special Offers - (Available until the 1st of September)
The motion control wars are about to kick off. We've had the initial skirmishes at E3 and Gamescom, but Sony have predicted low day one sales of Playstation Move when it's released this coming September. UK managing director Ray Maguire expects that word of mouth will fuel and exponentally expand on a slow initial adoption.
"Move is a natural extension in the same way as we brought EyeToy to PS2. Exactly as with EyeToy in the PS2 days, it's a product that needs to be sampled. You need to get your hands on it. You need to understand it. You need to try it.
"Am I expecting a massive day one? Not particularly. We didn't with EyeToy, either. It went on to be massively successful."
Personally, I think that he's right on the money. It's difficult to describe motion control using words or even video- and both Move and Kinect will start to sell much faster once y'all have been able to have a go yourselves. [Gamesindustry]
Is nothing sacred? Apparently we've tapped the cliched fantasy settings absolutely dry for MMO inspiration, because FIAA is converting the Old Testament into a browser-based massive multiplayer experience. Rather than a traditional loot grinder, Bible Online resembles the classic Age of Empires as you'll build up a nomadic tribe and lead them to victory. You'll meet classic characters such as Abraham along they way... though we're not sure if they'll be playable yet. Here's hoping that Goliath will be a top-tier unit.
After the initial cynicism wears off, the biblical setting actually starts to make a lot of sense. Plagues? Pestilence? Firestorms and pillars of salt? Suddenly Diablo III's upcoming skillset seems a little underpowered.
Shank, the recently-released brawler, has been polarising critical opinion as well as its two console audiences. The PS3 version is working perfectly, but unfortunately the Xbox 360 version suffers from chuggy cinematics and some glitched achievements.
A fix for both problems is apparently on the way... but if you're buying the Xbox 360 version, here's a heads-up. Do not unlock the full game after getting an achievement in the trial version as it will glitch. Also, beware for slow cinematics due to (apparently) a slower disc transfer rate compared to the PS3. Still, it's unbelievable that cutscenes aren't running smoothly when streamed from the hard drive...
We'll soon have a review for you soon enough. [Shank]
Oh great, it's time for another twee and cheesy Mega Man trailer...
Oh. My. God.
The newest trailer for Mega Man Online isn't pulling any punches. Expect murder, mayhem, epic anime street riots and some fully dark stylings. As a mashup of every Mega Man era, this trailer really brings it all home into a surprisngly consistent context. Or, in other words, it looks badass. Don't take my word for it, mind.
Well, well, well, Bioshock fans, it looks like Microsoft are treating you to some cheap DLC for Bioshock 2. Be warned though that this week's deals have been delayed according to Major Nelson who hopes 'they'll be up tomorrow'. Also, when you log on tomorrow to check out the deals make sure you sign in to see the reduction in price.
The Rapture Metro add-on raises the level cap from 40 to 50, adds 6 new maps to the multiplayer modes and turns every blunt object into a golf club, which'll give you the opportunity to feel like Andrew Ryan for a few moments. In addition, you'll also get the free Kill 'em Kindly multiplayer mode.
The Sinclair Solutions Tester Pack will also allow you to increase your multiplayer rank to level 50 and'll give you access to a 3rd set of weapons upgrades, so you'll be full kitted out for combat with this add-on. It also features 20 new trials for a chance to get your hands on some more ADAM, 2 new playable characters, and 5 new masks that can be used to hide your hideous features.
The deals of the week aren't the only things to look out for tomorrow, you'll also be able to get your hands on the Scott Pilgrim vs. The World game for 800 Microsoft Points which is bound to get you in the mood for seeing the film, as well as Shank which is a 2D fighter that allows you to wield knives, pistols, and chainsaws for the price of 1200 Microsoft Points from Xbox Live Arcade.
With over 800 games on show at E3 2010, some were always going to fall between the cracks of coverage as we all clamoured over the like of Gears 3, Killzone 3, Halo, Need for Speed, Call of Duty, Zelda, Kinect and Move. We’ve covered our picks of the big games, so let’s have a look at some other titles that we feel deserve a little push too.
As the name should indicate, this little title is looking like quite the vicious bastard. The comic-book style visuals look stunning even in motion with the character animation looking super slick in this 2D action platformer. Think of it like Metal Slug, but a lot more stab-happy. Shank will involve a lot of climbing and jumping across rooftops. The way Shank jumps with two blades arched over his head, ready to pounce on enemies is sinister as hell. We’ve seen him use pistols too, with which he can dual aim left and right with ease. You get the feeling he’d prefer to get up close and personal though.