The latest batch of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 screens show off a new area in the game called Dead Dunes. ccoring to Square Enix, "this region is covered with endless desert sands as far as the eye can see. Within it can be found the shanties which form a base for treasure hunters seeking their fortune in the arid wilderness, as well as ancient ruins said to conceal a divine treasure".
The screens also show of Lightning's Lightspeed power, which gies her the ability to slow down time and sneak in a few extra hits on her foes.Click here to read more...
The price for Absolution hasn’t really strayed too far from the £15 mark for some time now, but thanks to voucher code supplied above you can knock the price down a little for the Xbox 360 version. In the end it provides a saving of just over £1.50 in comparison to the next best deal.
The legacy of the series may not have been matched in terms of the freedom the player is given, and the utterly farcical storyline doesn’t help matters, but it’s not a bad game by any standard. The Contracts mode adds a little old school flavour to proceedings, but overall Agent 47’s return could have been better. Thankfully, this deal makes this a far more agreeable purchase. Thanks to woody90 @ HUKD!
Square Enix have launched their "largest ever" Xbox Live sale today, but it's arguably a case of lots of DLC chaff, not much wheat. However, Sleeping Dogs is handily the crown jewel of the collection, which you can download for £8.99 until next week. We've seen it cheaper on PC, but this is an excellent price for the Xbox 360 version. Thanks and credit to K1LLEGAL at HotUKDeals, who posted this before we received the announcement.
Tomb Raider is hardly the most taxing game we've ever played, indeed there are moments when we rather hungered for some of the fiendish puzzling of earlier games. However, there are still a handful of tips and tricks to keep in mind when scrambling about Yamatai.
Remember, you can check out our Tomb Raider review here.
Though it might be tempting to plump for as many combat skills as possible when boosting Lara's capabilities at campfires, if you drop a skill point for Survivalist to begin with, you'll up the amount of XP you earn from looting animal corpses and food caches. Follow that up with Advanced Salvaging and Bone Collector, and you'll be earning XP and Salvage at a much faster rate, allowing for quicker accumulation of precious skill and salvage points.Click here to read more...
This is the first week in a while I've seen the price not go down for Hitman: Absolution, so we'll presume it's finally going to stick for a bit. This price still saves you a bit over the competition though. Early fears about the game being a bit run-and-gun were allayed when we finally played it. You still have numerous methods to employ in order to take out your target allowing for some very creative kills. Contracts mode allows you to tailor your own contracts for other players to attempt and will add some replay value to hardcore fans.
Thanks to hazkiller at HotUkDeals.
If Crystal Dynamics are on the money with their metrics, I think we know what next week's Number One will be.Click here to read more...
Just a quickie: Square Enix has registered three more Deus Ex-related domain, this time for Deus Ex: The Fall. Superannuation reports that DeusExTheFall.com, DeusExTheFall.net and DeusExTheFall.co.uk. are now all in Square's hands, which could mean that a new game is on the way.
Or not. The last time Square Enix filed a Deus Ex trademark, it was for the movie, and every publisher wants a piece of the transmedia pie. This could well be the precursor for a novel, ARG, iOS title, comic or practically anything else (perhaps even a rumoured Wii U port of Human Revolution), so don't hold your breath just yet. More as we hear it.
Platforms: PC | PS3 | Xbox 360
Developers: Crystal Dynamics | Eidos Montreal (Multiplayer)
Publishers: Square Enix
"Are you watching porn?" my flatmate asks me, no doubt hearing the yelps, squeals, and screams coming from the television. I can't really blame him. The last half an hour has been a cavalcade of torment for young Lara Croft, who's bruised, bloodied, battered from numerous scrapes, scraps, and sorties. This is a more human Lara, perhaps even a more relatable heroine; one who gasps in exclamation with each brutal blow she is dealt, and who's latest adventure has caused this writer to wince and grimace in sympathy at the vicious gauntlet she is thrown down time and time again.
We're so used to seeing impenetrable heroic stereotypes that it's jarring at first to be in the company of a protagonist who seems so in her touch with her basic, human fragility. But then, this is the story of a Lara who's only just started raiding tombs.
Not that I want to make out that Tomb Raider presents us with anything particularly new, though that in itself is not necessarily a problem. It's stunning to behold - an absolutely beautiful game both when staring out across the horizon, and at close-quarters, in-motion, fending off adversaries - but there's precious little of the solitude that marked early Tomb Raider titles, not until you've finished the game anyway. This is Fully-Flavoured, Triple-A, Big Budget Gameplay to bring the series up to date, and therefore is liberally peppered with exceptionally tight and responsive action; slick, scripted moments of drama littered with quick time events; regenerating heath and upgradable weapons; and a large amount of collectibles to find, many of which tie into the game's story and flesh out the narrative.Click here to read more...
Eidos Montreal's next-gen Thief reboot broke cover yesterday as part of Game Informer's April cover story, but as usual, the eagle-eyed staff of Gaming Everything [via NeoGAF] have already filleted the juicy article for gameplay and story info. We can expect expansive freeform levels, a new focus mechanic and upgradeable gear, along with a more believable setting that eschews supernatural elements for a more human experience.
We've got the prime cuts below.Click here to read more...
Lara's back, and she's gone all kinds of Hunger-Games-meets-The-Temple-of-Doom. Once again, we've nabbed the first 20 minutes of so of the game to give you an extended look at Lara's return. Expect the written review later today, around lunchtime.Click here to read more...
With Green Man Gaming’s recent Ultimate Edition deal now over, Gamersgate’s daily deal becomes the best listing around if you’re a PC owner yet to experience Sleeping Dogs. Overall it beats the next best offer from GAME by almost £6.
Focusing on providing a satisfying action game rather than innovating, United Front Games managed to craft one of the best games of the summer in Sleeping Dogs. It may be a little short over all, but for just over a tenner the time may finally be right to go kick some ass in Hong Kong.
The cat is out of the bag. The game formerly known as Thief 4 has been simply rebranded Thief, and heralds the return of master pilferer Garrett in 2014 in a series reboot that will debut on next-gen consoles and Windows PC.Click here to read more...
Lara's back, and (eventually) she's kicking bottoms and taking names! Our review will be ready tomorrow, but the short version is that you really ought to buy it. Because it's awesome, as this Day One trailer is designed to show.
Whether you're a man, a woman, transgender, whatever...just pick it up. It's not flawless by any means, but it's a damn fine reboot to be sure.
This week on the PWNCAST we lament Halo 4: Spartan Ops' missed opportunities, Jon divulges some of his thoughts on Crysis 3, and we launch from discussing the new Tomb Raider title into a conversation about some off our favourite female gaming protagonists.
Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be a few instances of strong language.
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Square Enix have filed a trademark for the title 'Deus Ex: Human Defiance' in a move that will cover all sorts of media, leading to speculation that they might be working on a new game in the series.Click here to read more...
Square Enix will stalwartly stick to monthly subscriptions for Final Fantasy: A Realm Reborn, suggesting that the pricing model had nothing to do with SWTOR and The Secret World's sluggish launches.Click here to read more...
Hmm, the price for this keeps dropping, shouldn't be too long before we see it break the sub-£10 barrier. But if you can't wait any longer to bust out the piano wire and garrote a few reprobates you should pop in one of the discount codes listed above to get 10% off the game and get your hands wet. The game didn't quite live up to all the hype, but we're still glad to have Agent 47 back, even if he has spent a bit too much time playing Arkham Asylum.
Thanks to Thyseus at HotUkDeals.
A wide variety of locales? Check. Uncharted-esque adventuring married with far greater freedom than Nathan Drake ever enjoyed? Oh you'd better believe it. A meaningful and weighty combat system that makes you feel every blow? It's looking that way.
We are, of course, taling about the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot from Crystal Dynamics. And the latest in their series of 'Guide to Survival' videos focuses in on Lara's burgeoning capability for clinical combat.Click here to read more...
If you missed out on the similar offer from Gamersgate earlier in the month, here’s another opportunity thanks to Steam’s Midweek Madness deal. Not only do you get Deus Ex GOTY Edition and its sequel Invisible War, you also get the Augmented Edition of Human Revolution, along with The Missing Link and the Tactical Enhancement and Explosive Mission Bundle DLC. All of it, for £7.50. Thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!