There's nothing quite like taking your World Cup frustrations out on their digital counterparts. Sure, a digital take on football can't quite replicate Gerrard's anti-Midus touches or the rabid lunacy of Suarez, but PES 2014 tries to remind you why you enjoy the beautiful game in the first place. GC are the cheapest by over £6 today and £15 cheaper than FIFA 14.
Thanks to Chanchi32 at HotUkDeals.
Sega's handheld tennis ace is easily the best sports title on the Vita and even manages to surpass the PS3 version. The excellent career mode is a perfect fit for bitesize sessions. Bitesize sessions that turn into a whole afternoon especially. The comprehensive online options are well-worked into the career mode for when you want the additional challenge of a human player.
Thanks to Bure11 at HotUkDeals.
NBA 2K14 is a barnstorming game, and Steam currently have a fat price cut offer on for the PC version, but there's a downside. The PC version of the game is,for all intents and purposes, the last-gen edition of NBA 2K14, which is a crying shame. It's still a cracking title, and a must for basketball fans who prefer to play on PC, but it's more like NBA 2K13.5 rather than the fully-fledged upgrade offered by the PS4 and XO versions.
We've seen it cheaper on XBLA, but Brendan describes Pool Nation as "a must buy for pool fans." The AI can be very challenging, perhaps too much so at times, but the multiplayer is where the flavour is. The user-friendly trick shot implementation raises Pool Nation above the competition and will tempt you to try them out down the pub. Thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!
Kinect Sports Rivals | Zavvi | £34.99
This would have been a handy launch title for the Xbox One thanks to the bundled Kinect 2.0, but instead you'll need to stump up some cash for some more motion-control sports activities. Zavvi are the cheapest by £4, making this best deal if you're after a new party game or just want your fat kids to be well...less.
Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII at HotUkDeals.
So Football Manager 2014 is now under a tenner at GreenManGaming, so long as you remember to use the code OQE4LG-WEQPSE-SMCME1.
This is very dangerous indeed. Not because it's a bad game -- far from it. In fact FM14 is an absolute cracker of a game, th eonly game you'll ever need perhaps. But that's the problem. For less than ten pounds it will steal your life and you'll wake up several months later having guided a non-league team into the top flight, but you'll probably have lost your spouse and your job and your feet will have been eaten by wolves. And you never noticed.
Probably. Nice spot jaystan.
A must buy for pool fans at a ridiculously cheap 67p. Admittedly, the AI is harsh from the start, but if you play your own game, you'll enjoy it. There's plenty of multiplayer fun to be had too and yes, it's just as annoying waiting for the other player to line up their shot as it is in real life. The user-friendly trick shot implementation raises Pool Nation high above the competition and will tempt you to try them out down the pub too.
Thanks to Marc Freeborne at HotUkDeals.
Epigenesis won this year's Make Something Unreal competition: a futuristic first-person sport played in teetering antigravity arenas. FPS fans will need to learn a whole new mindset as they swap guns for ball control, using teamwork and tactics to emerge victorious.
Having received an early access build myself, I can report that Epigenesis is very early in development and rough around the edges, with lots more content and polish yet to come. However, if you're interested in the idea and being privy to the development cycle, though, you can try out Epigenesis for free on Steam this weekend... and buy it for a paltry £1.74 if it floats your boat!
Green Man Gaming have knocked 50% off of the RRP for Football Manager 2014, meaning you can get Sports Interactive's latest manager sim for under £18, saving you a couple of quid on the closest competition. It's pretty damn great, and the UI is better than ever, with the match engine also getting a wonderful retooling. This series is more accessible than it's ever been, with almost intimidating chasms of depth too.
It's a good deal, just don't buy it if you have anything important to do over the next few months like work or sleep or eating.
Epigenesis (Early Access Steam Code) | GamersGate | £2.00 (RRP: £6.99)
Epigenesis won this year's Make Something Unreal competition: a futuristic first-person sport played in teetering antigravity arenas. FPS fans will need to learn a whole new mindset as they swap guns for ball control, using teamwork and tactics to prevail.
Having received an early access build myself, I can report that Epigenesis is very early in development and rough around the edges, with lots more content and polish necessary. However, if you're interested in the idea and being privy to the development cycle, though, you can get in on the ground floor for a paltry £2.00, saving £4.99.
Developers: Cyanide Studio
Publishers: Focus Home Interactive
Blood Bowl is back, and this time Cyanide are really ringing the changes. What began as a hugely successful tabletop game, parodying American football and marrying the tactical elements of that sport with a fantastical setting , became a PC game in 2009 that was taken to heart by a resurgent Warhammer gaming fan base.
And now it's getting a proper sequel. We're not talking the 1.5-esque Legendary Edition that overhauled the UI, or the paid updates that ushered in more playable races. We're talking a brand new game.
We were told by Cyanide's Sylvain Séchi, who took us through a very early conceptual build, that pre-production actually began over a year and a half ago. Essentially, the team at Cyanide scrapped everything they had for the previous game and started afresh, with a new engine and a revamped art style to fall more in line with the slightly more realistic Warhammer 40K games we've been privy to recently.Click here to read more...
Need the latest up-to-date clubs and stadia every season? Then FIFA's your game and it's never been cheaper than the latest flash deal at Game Collection. Sporting the usual updates and animation improvements, EA's game has once again beaten PES to the title. There's a strong argument that the PS4/Xbone version is the best version but that's not to say this version isn't one of the finest footy games yet.
Thanks to Edward_Nigma at HotUkDeals.
Sega's handheld tennis ace is easily the best sports title on the Vita and even manages to surpass the PS3 version. The excellent career mode is a perfect fit for bitesize sessions. Bitesize sessions that turn into a whole afternoon especially. The comprehensive online options are well-worked into the career mode for when you want the additional challenge of a human player. Probably the best way to start building up you Xmas Vita's game collection at this price.
Thanks to therealbargainhunter at HotUkDeals.
Well, here we are - at a sub-£20 price already for the latest Football Manager game, and it's all thanks to this latest deal from Tesco. Overall it works out £2 cheaper than the next best offer elsewhere.
I always laugh when I post deals for this series, because I know somewhere out there someone is cursing me for tempting them with the addiction once more. Still, on the bright side it appears Sports Interactive have managed to craft another involving entry in the series, all while making it even more accessible. Thanks to Mike7343 @ HUKD!
Sega's handheld tennis ace is easily the best sports title on the Vita and even manages to surpass the PS3 version. The excellent career mode is a perfect fit for bitesize sessions. Bitesize sessions that turn into a whole afternoon especially. The comprehensive online options are well-worked into the career mode for when you want the additional challenge of a human player. Probably the best stocking filler around at this price.
Thanks to ElectroDragon8 at HotUkDeals.
Platforms: PS4 (reviewed) | Xbox One
Developers: Visual Concepts
Publishers: 2K Sports
The generation jump has, by and large, seen much of the same again in the short while since the Xbox One and PS4's releases. We've had a dearth of truly essential exclusives on both sides, coupled with generation-bridging third party extravagances that, though shinier on next-gen tech, are largely feature-complete and cheaper on old machines. What this had meant is that it feels as though we're still awaiting a number of studios to really commit to the future consoles and truly elevate their games to the next level.
Thankfully, Visual Concepts are on the ball. Sorry for the puns.
NBA 2K14 arrives on PS4 and Xbox One in markedly different form to the game that greeted PS3 and Xbox 360 owners. Instead of being a slightly tuned up version of NBA 2K13, what we have here is a title that has been resolutely overhauled both on and off of the court to striking effect. It hasn't all gone entirely swimmingly, but what we do have here is a truly next-gen title that shows great promise.
If you watched my initial impression video for NBA 2K14 on PS4, you'll no doubt have borne witness to my excited reaction to the player models and exceptionally fluid animations. Visual Concepts have always been excellent at player capture and recreating the spinning, Eurostepping balletic grace of a player such as Kobe or D-Wade. Creating a zippy point guard and giving him a devastating, Iverson-esque crossover has long been a delight. But here, on machines with more power and memory, the animations and level of physical detail on the players have been ramped up to an impressive degree. There's a solidity and physicality to proceedings that is very welcome, aided by an on-court soundscape that has been recaptured and given wider variety and impact.Click here to read more...
We're back with more NBA 2K14 PS4 gameplay for you, and in today's Dealspwn Playthrough we're taking a brief look at the changes Visual Concepts have rung to the opening scenes of MyCareer. If there's a criticism to be made of the NBA 2K series it is that MyCareer and The Association modes have been a little stagnant for too long. Indeed, on last-gen consoles (yep, we're saying that now), they remained relatively unchanged once again. But fire up the game on PS4 or Xbox One and you'll be treated to an experience that's been utterly overhauled.
The developers have made the whole thing a much more dramatic experience, injecting narrative elements into proceedings to make things mean a little more with the addition of a childhood friend as your agent and, more importantly, a matchup nemesis against whom you can gauge your personal development. It adds a little spice to the Rookie Showcase to have a rival to battle against.
There'll be a more comprehensive look at the improvements made across the game in our review, but it's a huge game and that's a little way off yet. In the interim, however, you can feast your eyes on this little look at how MyCareer unfolds in NBA 2K14 on PS4.Click here to read more...
I'll be honest, I've been a little disappointed by the jump up from current/last-gen to the new platforms that released this month when it comes to third-party titles. Being "feature complete" across two generations has obviously limited the scope of some titles on next-gen consoles, and thus rendered the urge to buy into this new tech more of a lazy nudge than an emphatic shove.
But where developers have chosen to fully embrace the opportunities afforded by the extra power of the PS4 and Xbox One, there's hope to be found. Call of Duty: Ghosts runs so much better on next-gen consoles; Battlefield 4 can finally boast the same player count on rigid systems as it can on PC; and then there's NBA 2K14.
Put simply, it might be the best sports game I've ever played.
With that in mind, here's the first of a couple of playthrough videos I constructed. This one looks at some of the improvements on the court, and the changes made to the in-game engine.Click here to read more...
IT BEGINS. Black Friday week has started over on Amazon, and we'll be bringing you the best of their flash deals as they appear. Here's a chance to get the latest FIFA title for £30, which will save you around £7 over the next cheapest listing. Act fast if you want it though, as the deal will expire at 12:15 GMT (or when the stock has run out.) Thanks to eglons @ HUKD!
For those of you not holding on for the next-gen version, £29.99 is the best price so far for FIFA 14 on the Xbox 360. It's worth noting that you could trade this version in at Amazon and only pay an extra £10 to get the next-gen version.
Thanks to nickray47 at HotUkDeals.