Credit to Aeschylus @ HUKD!
In order to celebrate all things Vancouver-related, The Indie Gala have found a big-name frontman in Mass Effect 2, along with the excellent Shank 2, fun Shadowgrounds, Zombie Driver HD and more. You'll need to beat the fluctuating minimum price to get involved, which is unlikely to rise much above £4-£5. Update: Thanks to Vladimir at HUKD, who found this before I did.
Before buying, note that these games have to be redeemed on a bizarre mix of clients, including Steam, Desura, Android and Origin (for Mass Effect 2 only).
Platforms: PC | PS3 | XBLA (reviewed)
Developer: Klei Entertainment
Publisher: EA Partners
Shank is back in a story ripped straight out of the finest pulp Mexican flicks. With the vicious killer incentivised into yet another revenge-fuelled carnage spree by a sadistic militia who lay waste to his home town (never a good idea when Shank's involved), it's time for players to pick up their knives, rev up their chainsaws and paint the town red. Klei Entertainment's plot and premise may be delightfully hackneyed, but the action is fresh and revitalised; feeling like a brand new game rather than a quick and lazy upgrade.
Chances are that you're already familiar with the general premise. Shank 2 is a 2D brawler like its psychopathic predecessor, pulling players through linear corridors teeming with goons to kill, hazards to avoid and hulking bosses to brutalise with extreme prejudice. Your foes are quick, deadly and numerous; eager to press every advantage and reduce your health bar to zero in a in a few quick cuts, but luckily Shank has the skills, abilities and tools to survive.
In the right hands, even a raw trout can reduce a team of hired goons into greasy chunks of meat.
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Klei Entertainment's Shank 2 emerges tomorrow Stateside on PSN and on Wednesday over here in the UK for the rest of us. So there's still just enough time to cram in another trailer before launch, this time showcasing the game's multiplayer Survival Mode. The mode's title is somewhat misleading, though, with mortality not the only thing to be wary of, as the new video below the break shows.Click here to read more...
EA has officially confirmed that Shank 2 will launch on February 8th, setting you back 800 Microsoft Points on XBLA or $9.99 (£7.99?) on PSN. Klei's bloodsoaked action sequel promises to be bigger and more brutal than its predecessor thanks to new weapons, attacks and a cooperative survival mode. Why not click through to our hands-on preview in the meantime?
Klei Entertainment have dropped a video full of fitting violence, weapons, counters and pouncing attacks. You can check out our review of the original Shank here, a game that Jon called "a beautiful and brutal romp that isn't afraid to kick your ass every once in a while". You can read our preview of Shank 2 here.
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