Gamersgate have unleashed a repeat of a deal they offered at the end of last year, filled with so much Deus Ex goodness per pound it should probably be illegal. 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.
First of all, here's the bad news. Steam and Square have finished their respective sales, meaning that you can't get Sleeping Dogs for £7.49 any more. Boo!
On the bright side, however, GAME have muscled in with a £7.50 counter-offer. All you Johnny-come-latelies will have to spend an extra penny for your tardiness, but hey, you'll get a lot of entertainment for your money.
Square Enix have launched a week-long sale on their digital PC marketplace, slashing the prices of several major games and offering some serious savings. Indeed, they've even managed to undercut Steam's weekend promotion (which will probably annoy a few people, I'm afraid). Here's what we'd consider to be the biggest bargains:
... and more besides. The sale will run until February 6th.
Note that, while we received notice of this deal directly from Square, Goonertillidie beat us to it with a great spot on HotUKDeals.
Hitman HD Trilogy is out on February 1st on PS3 and Xbox 360, and Square Enix have released a launch trailer for the collection, taking us back down memory lane for some of Codename 47's finest moments.Click here to read more...
Steam have been running a Square Enix sale over the last few days, and the final one to appear on the list is Sleeping Dogs, which gets a 75% reduction on its usual price. This means that compared to the next best offers elsewhere you’ll be making a saving of £7.50. The sale also sees reductions on all of the DLC, so those of you after a little extension with the Zodiac Tournament or Nightmare At North Point should check them out for £1 each.
Focusing on providing a satisfying action game rather than innovating, United Front Games managed to craft one of the best games of last summer in Sleeping Dogs. It may be a little short over all, but at £7.50 the time may finally be right to go kick some ass in Hong Kong. Thanks to geebeegooner @ HUKD!
According to producer Yoshinori Kitase, the upcoming Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII won't feature story DLC, with Kitase describing the FFXIII spinoff as "a very complete game", noting that some fans felt that the core experience of FFXIII-2 might not have been as complete as it perhaps should have been due to the subsequent chunks of story-based DLC.Click here to read more...
Developers: Crystal Dynamics
Publishers: Square Enix
Even after just three hours of hands-on time, it's impressive to note just how open Tomb Raider can be. Yes, the opening hour is a fairly linear tutorial, but after you've impaled Lara on rebar, had her shoot and gut a deer, killed a man with his own gun, avoided being ritualistically crucified, punched a wolf Liam Neeson-style, and blown up most of a Japanese pagoda, the game unveils one of its many miniature adventure playgrounds - a small sandbox area replete with nooks and crannies for Lara to explore.
The objective is simple: your captain and mentor Roth is critically injured, and wolves (presumably) have snaffled away the first aid kit with the bandages, the antiseptics, and the morphine, and their cave lies high up on a mountainside littered with pagodas and huts in varying stages of dilapidation. As such as it's the perfect environment for a young woman who loves to run, jump, climb, and forage for goodies.
Noh masks and ornate fans litter the area, glimmering ever so slightly in their bid to be uncovered. So too might Lara stumble across diaries and journals from her companions but also existing island inhabitants that begin to add colour to the violent, anarchic picture drawn for us in the first act. A seemingly genteel encounter that turned sour is given even greater context through these pages, presenting a ever-deepening, disturbing picture of what Lara faces as she moves through the jungles and the ruinous topography of the storm-slashed island.Click here to read more...
We're still waiting for a great Final Fantasy game on this generation of consoles and with any luck, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will be it. XIII-2 failed to engage with its awful combat, but the story and visuals made me want to persist with it. It's one of the best-looking RPGs out there and the game structure is much more open than XIII thanks to side-missions and explorable environments.
Thanks to AstonishingDeals at HotUkDeals.
Reminding us that heroine Lightning is returning to our consoles later this year, Square Enix have released a new extended trailer for the upcoming RPG. In it, we get to see some of the platforming action that will be included in the game, take a look at the town of Luxerian, and ends with Lightning getting up in the grill of a menacing-looking Reaver. Check it out after the jump.Click here to read more...
The daily deal from Gamersgate sees Avalanche Studio’s over-the-top open world action title fall to the price of a pint. Overall it provides a saving of around £2 over the next best offer.
For the price, it’s a great way to experience some throwaway action as you can commandeer any vehicle on the huge island of Panau, although some gamers may have a bit of a time getting used to the somewhat clunky control scheme. Be sure to give Matt’s review a gander for the full scoop.
A rather mysterious teaser page has been thrown up by Square Enix, exhibiting some shadowy forms that may perhaps suggest an incoming announcement regarding Final Fantasy V and Final Fantasy VI due later this week.Click here to read more...
GamersGate is the latest retailer to drop The Last Remnant down to the £2.50 level, which is its standard 'get me now' deal price compared to the £10 average. It's worth noting that the RPG has garnered a fairly average critical reception, since a fun combat system and plenty of content rub shoulders with a slow start and massive grind. For £2.49, though, I'm willing to overlook a fair few sins.
Multiplayer details for Crystal Dynamics' upcoming Tomb Raider reboot emerged last week, to something of a mixed reaction. But this latest instalment in the episodic Final Hours of Tomb Raider series sees Zach Levi jet off to Montreal and chat to Eidos about how the multiplayer component came about, and what's being one to ensure that it's not just a tacked-on gimmick.
To be fair, if spent years handcrafting a bunch of jungle-brushed adventure playgrounds, we'd want the most made of them too.Click here to watch the vid >>
Remember back last June, when Tomb Raider producer Ron Rosenberg suggested, amongst other things, that players would want to "protect" Lara Croft in the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot, and then a bunch of websites and news outlets cried rape at the scene where Lara finds herself violent confronted by a captor?
Well, although lead writer Rhianna Pratchett said she could understand the controversy in a recent interview, she wasn't too happy about the inaccuracy of the rather knee-jerk reaction - something she ascribes to limited information at the time, and a lack of widespread cultural knowledge that leads to video games often being misunderstood and perhaps misrepresented, at times by their own media.Click here to read more...
So many Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII screenshots have just plopped onto my newsdesk that I could probably attach them all together and make a full-length trailer.
Stupid exaggeration aside, these new images show off some of the battles, environments, improved traversal and cutscenes we can expect from the conclusion of the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy. It's out this year on PS3 and Xbox 360.
Note that some of the pictures are annotated versions of existing screens.Click here to read more...
Lightning deal indeed! There's less than an hour to go on this one, but hit the link above, scroll down to the lightning deals and you'll find both console versions of Hitman Absolution nestled in amongst the rapid-fire price drops so you can enjoy Codename 47's bat-shit crazy latest adventure for just £14.
Wei Shen, considerably more interesting than your average sulky Slavic Crimster - we're looking at you Belic. GTA and Saint's Row finally have some decent competition in the shape of Sleeping Dogs, the excellent summer smash that rose from the ashes of True Crime: Hong Kong. If the Yakuza games never really did it for you for Far Eastern open-world gangster action then maybe Sleeping Dog's more kinetic stylings will do the trick. This is a download for the limited edition of the game which gives you the George St. Pierre and SWAT DLC. This deal also offers you £3 cashback or £4 credit for use at GMG. Nice.
Thanks to Hredknapp at HotUkDeals.
Square Enix are running a fair few promotions across all platforms during the Christmas season, including a site-wide 50% off sale on their PC marketplace and various daily deals on Xbox Live and PSN. We've corralled it all below alone with the relevant dates.
Note that PlayStation Plus members can download Hitman: Absolution for £16.99 for today only, which is very competitive indeed.Click here to read more...
Shigesato Itoi, the writer and designer behind the Mother RPG series, has coyly spoken out to suggest that they're making progress on a "republication" effort. Since Mother 2 (better known as Earthbound) is one of the best RPGs ever made, we'd all love to be able to legally purchase it instead of, erm, you know.Click here to read more...
Square Enix have released the very first trailer for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, sort of. The Gamestrailers-exclusive video has mysteriously disappeared, but we've found another source for your viewing pleasure [thanks, PS3 Brazil].
This latest chapter promises to be the "final journey of Lightning," featuring massively improved traversal mechanics.Click here to read more...