Here's a fantastic way to play through many of the great Tom Clancy titles from recent years by paying next to nothing (if you want.) The minimum spend appears to be around 70p at the time of writing, which will get you Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3 Gold, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon, and access to the Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege - Multiplayer Beta. Paying more than the average (currently £5.29) will also get you Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction Deluxe Edition, and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell.
If you're feeling like you want absolutely everything, spending £6.53 will add Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist, with more titles to be announced in the near future. There is of course a final tier - £49 for all the games previously mentioned, a Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege pre-order, a Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege t-shirt, and a coupon for 66% off up to any three Ubisoft titles in the Humble Store (although it excludes pre-orders).
One final note - all games need to be redeemed and played through uPlay. I'll let you decide if that's a bad or not-so-bad thing. Thanks to FantasyDeals @ HUKD!
Want to sneak around in the shadows then jump out on your enemies and pummel them to the ground, or take them out with a smooth execution move? Well, why not grab Splinter Cell Conviction, it's only £6.99 at the moment, which makes it almost £3 cheaper than the next best offer coming in from Simply Games. Sam's got a long list of enemies after him this time around, so he's had to drop some of his stealth tactics in favour of a heavy handed approach to quickly deal with hostile encounters. Thanks to ocelot20 @ HUKD.
This week's Xbox Live Gold Exclusive deal brings us some hefty savings on a number of DLC packs and games from Ubisoft's Tom Clancy universe. Of the bargains on offer, the Deniable Ops pack for Splinter Cell Conviction offers a the most impressive amount of value as it contains a slew of maps and achievements for a meagre 400 Microsoft Points. Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2 can also be extended with the bargain Chapter 2 expansion. The Cooperative packs for are fantastic fun, but it can sometimes be difficult to secure a game online.
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Well this isn't the cheapest I've ever seen this edition of the game, but it's close, and at the moment it's the cheapest on the market that I know about. In this instalment of the series Sam's dropped some of his stealth routine in favour of some brutal take downs and executions, now that he's out on his own and pretty much everybody's out to get him. The limited edition comes with an exclusive in-game SPAS 12 shotgun, a 32 page comic book, and a DVD about the making of Conviction. Thanks to groakybaby @ HUKD.
Amazon have dropped their price for this one again, and while you can get Sam Fisher’s latest outing for a few pounds cheaper on its own this deal is worth mentioning because of the Pre-Order extras you get with it. With the game you get an exclusive in-game weapon to use, a comic book with backstory, and a “Making of” DVD, not to mention a beta invite to Ghost Recon: Future Soldier when that finally arrives. As for the main game itself, Sam Fisher gets reeled back into the action in Ubisoft’s latest Splinter Cell offering and he’s not only angry, he’s got nothing to lose with new features such as the Mark & Execute mechanic and the interrogation sequences where you get information the old fashioned way. When it’s no forcing you into firefights it’s a good yet short single player, but it’s the multiplayer where the game truly shines as two people can play in various modes that will keep you busy for hours. Thanks to groakybaby @ Hot UK Deals!
Even if it hasn't necessarily been a groundbreaking, goalpost-moving year for video gaming, the list below is enough to make any joystick fiend quiver and salivate with delight. I'm drooling as I type. The past twelve months have seen some truly phenomenal releases. There've been some happy returns returns, from Ezio to Kratos, and some new faces too such as the grizzled John Marston and the flamboyant Bayonetta. We've seen some outstanding open, expansive worlds and locales, and also been treated to taut and focused action. Again, a tough assortment to choose from, and one that was hotly contested and debated.
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In the past Sam Fisher loved nothing more than silently sneaking into a heavily fortified enemy base and causing chaos from the shadows to protect his country, but since going it alone he's had to adopt a slightly more gung-ho approach to combating the various hostile elements that are trying to take him out. The limited edition comes with a code to unlock the silenced SPAS 12 shotgun, a 32 page comic book called 'Digging in the Ashes', and a DVD to show you what went on behind the scenes during the production of the game. If you want to know more about Conviction, then why not check out Matt's review.
While you can get Sam Fisher’s latest outing for a few pounds cheaper on its own, this deal is worth mentioning because of the Pre-Order extras you get with it. With the game you get an exclusive in-game weapon to use, a comic book with backstory, and a “Making of” DVD, not to mention a beta invite to Ghost Recon: Future Soldier when that finally arrives. As for the main game itself, Sam Fisher gets reeled back into the action in Ubisoft’s latest Splinter Cell offering and he’s not only angry, he’s got nothing to lose with new features such as the Mark & Execute mechanic and the interrogation sequences where you get information the old fashioned way. When it’s no forcing you into firefights it’s a good yet short single player, but it’s the multiplayer where the game truly shines as two people can play in various modes that will keep you busy for hours. Thanks to groakybaby @ Hot UK Deals!
It won't arrive in time for Christmas, as GAME's stock suggests a two to three day dispatch, but if you're in the market for a late Christmas present or just something to spend the festive cash on, then why not grab Splinter Cell Conviction off GAME for just £7.98? Long in development, Conviction was a radical new take on the SC formula, pitching the once sly and elusive Sam Fisher as a man of direct action. No longer bound to the shadows, Sam is a force of nature, intent of finding his daughter's murderer and delivering gravelly-voiced justice. Sound good?
Sam Fisher is not a happy man. So, it's goodbye to his usual skulking wallflower persona and hello to a raging ball of fury. You can sneak about if you like but it's no longer the be-all and end-all of the campaign and you won't get harshly punished for breaking cover, so, if you like your stealth games served up with a healthy dollop of action and prefer the carrot to the stick, you should have a sweet time with this. The main campaign is way too short but at least there's excellent multiplayer options, both online and splitscreen, to get stuck into once your mission is complete. Thanks to SFP_Noodle at Hotukdeals!
Splinter Cell: Conviction was a long-delayed title, having endured a mid-term development shift, and when it did finally land on shelves, the result was divisive. While some fans applauded the action-heavy stealth, others lamented the loss of the patient approach. This is the Limited Collector's Edition, packing a Sam Fisher statue with a raft of free premium content, along with a Splinter Cell soundtrack CD. With Sam Fisher in pursuit of his daughter's killer and separated from Third Echelon, he must rely on his wits and his cunning, along with a new-found ability to freeze time, pick a select target from a roomful of goons, and then execute them in glorious slow-motion.
For those that didn’t buy it the first time round this deal is well worth the price. Thinking his spying days were over, Sam Fisher gets reeled back into the action in Ubisoft’s latest Splinter Cell offering and he’s not only angry, he’s got nothing to lose with new features such as the Mark & Execute mechanic and the interrogation sequences where you get information the old fashioned way. When it’s no forcing you into firefights it’s a good yet short single player, but it’s the multiplayer where the game truly shines as two people can play in various modes that will keep you busy for hours. Not bad for a tenner! Thanks to whizzkid @ Hot UK Deals!
This time around Sam's going it alone and he's shed some of his stealthier tactics in favour of quick, brutal take downs to ensure that he not only gets the information he wants, but manages to survive the multitude of people who'd be happy to see him six feet under. The new execution move allows you to paint several targets, who can then be dispatched in quick succession, however you'll have to charge them up first by quietly taking out some unsuspecting henchmen. As always, Sam's not somebody who suffers fools lightly, especially when it comes to people who decide to keep crucial information from him, so he's more than willing to dish out some pain during interrogations using the context sensitive environments. All in all, this is a nice edition to the series and is definitely worth picking up if you get the chance now that it's under the £10 mark. Thanks to fedexpress @ HUKD
Shop To are currently selling off what I can only imagine was an oversized order of Splinter Cell Conviction T-Shirts for less than three quid! Considering the RRP is £14.99 and I haven't seen this particular design anywhere else, this seems to be a pretty decent deal. The fact that it's got a pretty uninspiring design, on the other hand, makes it a slightly less appealing prospect.
Conviction was a good title which shook up the Splinter Cell formula, with far more visceral proceedings and gameplay which offered a fair bit more carrot but a lot less stick. Thankfully this transition was handled well and the result was a whole lot of fun so it's certainly a title that you can wear emblazoned across your chest without too much embarrassment.
It's a black, short sleeved shirt but, beyond this, Shop To provide very little in the way of description. So it's hard to say a lot about the t-shirt itself; they are keeping tight-lipped about the size and materials but I would imagine that you'd not be a fool if you bet upon it being a typical man's large in cotton. The shirt looks to be a bog standard short sleeve and certainly doesn't have the prettiest of designs but at less than £3 for a decent quality tee, anyone who doesn't totally despise the game can't really go wrong here.
Thanks to whizzkid at Hotukdeals!
Sam Fisher, voiced once again by Michael Ironside - a man who sounds like he eats chunks of granite instead of cereal for breakfast, is pretty pissed off. His daughter has disappeared, the agency he previously worked for has gone and stabbed him in the back and he's been out of the game for a little while so he's not quite the super sleek spy that he used to be.
Finding out exactly why Sam's gone a little nuts will only set you back £12.99 at the moment from The Game Collection, saving you just under £2 on the nearest competitor. Xbox owners will be pleased to know too that they can pick up a copy for just a little more (£13.99) at HMV, saving them a quid on the next lot.
The fact Sam's been out of the game for a little while means that Conviction plays slightly differently to its predecessors in that he's a bit more angry, a bit more direct and a little bit more obvious. You don't hide the bodies of your fallen adversaries any more - they're there to freak out any remaining soldiers left between you and your objective. It shares quite a lot in common with Arkham Asylum in that respect: using the shadows (the use of interactive dynamic lighting in this game is excellent) to cloak you, and popping out every now and then for a spot of brutal violence before retreating into the dark and ratcheting up the fear factor. It's a lot of fun.
The main campaign is short, but there's a host of other modes and co-op missions to keep you entertained, with the Deniable Ops missions offering a players what one might call the super-stealthy 'authentic' Splinter Cell experience we've grown to love. I might have found it difficult to recommend this game at £50, but for under £15 it's an absolute steal and might just be up there alongside Chaos Theory as the best title in the series.
Nod to goonertillidie at HUKD for the X360 tip.
After a long and troubled development period, Splinter Cell: Conviction is finally here. If you missed out on it at release, then you can atone for that mistake and bag some discounted goodies, too, as the Limited Edition version of SC: Conviction is available for just £16.97 @ Amazon!
It's not the cheapest offer for Conviction, which can be found here, but the Limited Edition version does offer some some exclusive features. It's got the usual 'Making of' DVD, which chronicles the protracted development where the team at Ubisoft realised they had to completely change their vision of the game and realign it with another. You're also given a SPAS-12 shotgun, silenced no less, which is exclusive to the Limited Edition version. It also includes an invite to the Ghost Recon: Future Soldier BETA, which is supposed to go live sometime this summer.
Whereas previous Splinter Cells forced the ever-hunched over Sam Fisher to skulk in the shadows and only ever fire a weapon if it was at a light-bulb, Conviction ups the stakes, with Sam on the run, pursued by his former employers, Third Echelon, and desperately seeking revenge on the person(s) responsible for his daughter's death. As such, Sam's not so fussed with secrecy anymore. More often than not, enemies know Sam's around. Instead of dropping a few guards, dragging them into the shadows and repeating this in a few more rooms, Sam strikes from the shadows with ruthless force, leaving enemies battered and bruised before he employs his new ability, 'Mark and Execute', which allows him to tag enemies and finish them with a stylish camera-shot.
This time around Sam's out on his own, and due to a series of betrayals he's decided that a purely stealth approach isn't effectively getting his message across, so you can expect to see some direct action on Fisher's part in order to get the information he needs to stay alive in this instalment of the series.
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You can grab a copy of the game on the 360 for £16.19 from The Hut, which is just over £1.50 cheaper than the next best price of £17.85 coming in from ShopTo.
There are a whole new range of features included in the game that are brand new to the series and they give you a few more options for dispatching your foes, or simply toying with them until you've decided it's time to put them out of their misery.
If you shoot the out the lights in a certain area the game drops into black and white, where it remains until you step out of the shadows or a guard infuriatingly illuminates you with their torch, which was a crime that I punished with a couple of swift shots from my pistol!
By swiftly and silently creeping up on an enemy, you're rewarded by being allowed to end their life with a quick hand to hand finishing move, which has the added bonus of charging up your executions. Executions are a great way to instantly even the odds on a group of assailants, as you can paint multiple targets and finish them all off in the blink of an eye.
You can also lure hostile forces to a specific point using the 'Last Know Position' system, which marks the last point where Fisher was spotted, allowing you to see where the guards are heading and set up an ambush from a tactically advantageous position, and in my opinion popping up like a jack in the box in front of a gobsmacked guard, only to disappear into the shadows to plot their downfall never gets old.
Every now and then you'll stumble across a character that holds a piece of information that Sam needs, and unfortunately for them they usually decide that it's best to hold back on relinquishing the useful facts to our brooding hero. Don't worry though Fisher doesn't suffer fools lightly and he's got no problem beating the information he needs out of someone with a range of brutal context sensitive interrogation techniques.
Whilst the single player is a little on the short side, the co-op mode comes with a completely different set of maps, so it should keep you in the game for a little bit longer.
All in all this is a great game, and any fans of the series who haven't grabbed a copy because of the diversion away from stealth techniques, should definitely think about getting one because you won't be disappointed.
Thanks to andywedge @ HUKD
Sam Fisher's world has always been a complex course of stealthy events, but this time he's snapped and all bets are off when it comes to getting the information he needs, and toppling his enemies.
You can slip away with a copy of the game on the 360 by parting with £17.99 at either Zavvi or Cool Shop UK, which is just over £4 cheaper than the next best deal of £22.10 from Tesco Entertainment.
Whilst the downsizing of stealth options might annoy hardcore fans of the series, it opens up a whole new range of gameplay options when it comes to dealing with inept guard patrols, although the options that remain to silently take down your enemies are incredibly rewarding to master.
The new opportunity to toy with your enemies, like a cat constantly picking up and releasing a mouse before initiating the unfortunate creature's demise, is great fun and you may well find yourself cackling an evil laugh or two at the fear you've created in your victims.
If you're in a tight spot with a couple of guards around you and you've previously managed to take down a few assailants without making any noise, then you'll be able to initiate executions which are a fantastic addition to the gameplay. They allow you to paint a few targets and once that's done Sam'll finish them off in quick succession.
Interrogations have been given a complete overhaul in this instalment and you can now move your snitch around a room for a shed load of brutal context sensitive moves, such as slamming them through a toilet cubicle door to be treated to the shocked face of the person occupying it, or slamming their head through a urinal.
Disappointingly the single player is far too short, however the co-op mode in addition to the multiplayer options will definitely extend the longevity of the game.
You'll revel in the experience that this game has to offer and getting hold of a copy for under £20 is a definite bonus!
Sam Fisher returns in blistering form in this latest addition to the Splinter Cell family which Shop To are offering for just £23.75.
Zavvi currently have the game as their Deal of the Day at a price of £23.95, so if, for some reason, you are not a Shop To fan, then you can still grab it for less than £24. After this the prices leap up by at least an extra £3.
Upon the discovery of a series of betrayals, including one involving his dead daughter, Sam Fisher is pissed, to the extent that he blows away his usual ultra stealthy, invisible man persona to become a raging assassin of fury. This changes the game from being one entirely about sneaking into one in which you have the option to sneak, should you wish to do so. A switch from Pure Stealth to Stealth/Action game if you will.
Of course there are those who see this approach as nothing more than a "dumbing down" of the gameplay of old. However, while it may sound that way on paper, it certainly doesn't feel it when you actually sit down to play. While you can choose to forego a lot of the sneaking, you will find that you won't want to because swooping in from the shadows to execute the perfect kill is just so damn fun.
The multiplayer is excellent, with a co op mode that gets its own narrative and maps of equal, if not perhaps even better, quality as the single player campaign. And if you prefer snuggling up on the sofa to hooking up over XBox Live then you'll be pleased to hear that there's splitscreen play available.
It's a shame that the main campaign is so short and offers few genuinely tricky moments, and the stripping down of the stealth options will seem a damn shame to many but overall Ubisoft have really hit the nail on the head this time.
Want to hear more? Check out Matt's review here.
Last day of the month appraoching and it would appear that all of the publishers having been saving themselves up for this Friday. Lots to be excited for whatever your genre preference, there's God of War Collection for action junkies, 2010 FIFA World Cup for footie lovers, Iron Man 2 hopes to change the bad name of movie tie-ins and Monster Hunter Tri sets out to prove that actually, it is possible to create a stunningly good third party game for the Wii even if your name is not Nintendo.
How to use: Click on the title of the video game if you would like to see the cross platform possibilities. Click on the game cover of the platform of your choice to see the price comparison for that particular game, showing you the cheapest prices from UK online retailers.
NB. Game developers are notoriously flighty so be aware some of these dates may well change.
30th April 2010:
|2010 FIFA World Cup
30th April 2010
|God Of War Collection
30th April 2010
|Iron Man 2
30th April 2010
|Monster Hunter Tri
30th April 2010
|Splinter Cell: Conviction
30th April 2010
|Super Speed Machines
30th April 2010
|Super Street Fighter IV
30th April 2010
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