The Rakuten voucher code strikes again, this time bringing LittleBigPlanet 3 to the lowest price we've seen so far. While the Adventure Mode doesn't offer much longevity, the fact you can play all of the community created levels from the previous games, as well as make your own stuff, means there's plenty to be entertained by in the latest instalment of the Play.Create.Share series. Cheers to Buzz for the heads-up!
Be sure to check out our LittleBigPlanet 3 review for more details.
Today's flash deal from The Game Collection is a repeat of one they ran at the start of July, so if you missed it the first time round you've got another chance to get hold of LittleBigPlanet 3 for under £20. In terms of savings, it's the cheapest price available by around £3. While the Adventure Mode doesn't offer much longevity, the fact you can play all of the community created levels from the previous games, as well as make your own stuff, means there's plenty to be entertained by in the latest instalment of the Play.Create.Share series. Thanks to Illusionary @ HUKD!
Be sure to check out our LittleBigPlanet 3 review for more details.
In some ways, LittleBigPlanet is a series that defies traditional generational thinking, that is to say it's a game series dependent not on power or graphical output, but on simple systems, deployed and interwoven in imaginative fashion. The processor that LittleBigPlanet relies on most isn't even inside whatever PlayStation you have, it's inside your head.
With that in mind, it's a little difficult to say what a new-gen LittleBigPlanet could, or even should, bring to the table, and indeed, I think it's rather important to note that this isn't really a new-gen LittleBigPlanet. Sumo Digital, having fully taken the reins of the series from Media Molecule, have crafted something accessible and deep, creating a game that ultimately does everything to illustrate that LittleBigPlanet 3 is all about us -- the players.
Sumo Digital have some pedigree with this series, having been on hand for the excellent Vita version, and they've done themselves proud here, even tweaking a few longstanding niggles. The floaty jumping feels a little tighter this time around (though it hasn't been completely overhauled due to backwards-compatibility), and environments are larger and more dense than ever before, filled with aesthetic and mechanical riches that take full advantage of the game's increased levels of spatial depth. Alongside the straightforward map that takes you from level to level in the Adventure mode, there are now hub worlds to explore in Metroidvania fashion, returning time and again to access previously unreachable areas thanks to a freshly unlocked utility or character.
The story aspect of LittleBigPlanet 3 revolves around Hugh Laurie's maniacal Newton unleashing the power of three Titans, which then proceed to possess Newton and suck all of the creativity out of the world of Bunkum, and it's up to Sackboy, or a Little Red Riding Hood Sackgirl in the case of my adventures, to restore creativity and colour to Bunkum once more. Help is required, though, and this arrives in the form of some nifty gadgets for our stitched friend, and the resurrection of the three legendary heroes of Bunkum -- controllable super Sackfriends who each bring their own flavour to proceedings.Click here to read more...
Yesterday, I posited that LittleBigPlanet 3 is exactly the sort of game that the PS4 needs right now -- an open-ended, creatively-vibrant titles that an awesome community might be able to form around. Well, our official review is on its way, but in the interim, here's a look at the game's opening scenes.
Don't worry, it's perfectly normal to want to marathon A Bit of Fry and Laurie after this.
With a week to go until LittleBigPlanet 3 arrives, this pre-order deal is a mighty tempting proposition for the Play.Create.Share title. By using that delightful voucher code below, both the PS3 and PS4 version become the cheapest offer around... which funnily enough would otherwise be over at The Game Collection proper.
As Matt put it yesterday, LittleBigPlanet 3 is exactly what the PS4 needs this Christmas. Our review is currently on its way, but I think it's safe to say that, despite the change in developer, it will be more of the same enjoyable creation gaming we've come to expect from the franchise. But with with flying birds and weird dog things. Be sure to check out our video interview for all the details. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!
LittleBigPlanet 3 review copies have arrived, and we're beavering away on our LBP3 review. It won't be ready for tomorrow's 5am embargo (still got to fully test out the Create mode), but the preview coverage (click here for everything you need to know about LBP 3 ahead of launch) has reinforced a notion that I've held ever since the PS4 launched a year ago -- this is exactly the sort of game that the PS4 needs this Christmas.
A year on from the PS4's launch, and we'll be reflecting more on the first year of Sony and Microsoft's new-gen consoles (the second for the Wii U) over the next week or two, and it's easy to see that Sony got pretty much everything right with their console. The message was bang on, with Sony capitalising massively on Microsoft's U-turns and blustered, botched communication. #ThisIsForThePlayers came the rallying cry from the PlayStation camp, and the consumer audience across the world stood up, took notice, and voted with their wallets.
To look at the bare facts, the PS4 was cheaper, more powerful, and more clearly focused on gaming -- a no-frills games console that wanted to do one thing, and do it well. But in sorting everything out on the console end of things, Sony rather forgot about their own games.
I wrote an article a couple of weeks back saying that, for the second Christmas running, the Xbox One had the more attractive games lineup. I say that as a PS4 owner, jealously appraising the exclusives in Halo: MCC, Sunset Overdrive, and Forza Horizon, having seen that Assassin's Creed: Unity actually runs better on Xbox One (though that's not exactly saying much).
Enter LittleBigPlanet 3.Click here to read more...
LittleBigPlanet 3 is out next week, and I sat down with Sumo Digital designer Jonathan Christian for a massive last-minute chat. Over eighteen minutes we cover the new story details, brand new gameplay features, differences between versions, amazing new create mode functionality and working with Hugh Laurie.
This is pretty much everything you need to know about LittleBigPlanet 3 in one convenient place.
A slip-up by an animation outfit eager to add a little something to their resume may have accidentally outed LittleBigPlanet 3.Click here to read more...
Platforms: Xbox 360 | Playstation 3 | Vita | 3DS | Wii | Wii U (reviewed)
Developers: Sumo Digital
Sonic is pretty swift, right? Some might argue that he’s faster than any car, plane or boat, and believe that Transformed is a bit of a moot point. There’s also a contingent who reckon he can’t handle Usain Bolt over 100m. Whichever side you’re backing, All-Stars Racing Transformed is very much 'a thing', and a bloody good thing at that.
At first glance, you’d be pardoned for thinking this is a simple Mario Kart rip-off. It’s got an ensemble cast of SEGA icons sat in the drivers seat, throwing projectiles at one another around a SEGA influenced track in order to place first. It probably sounds familiar because…it is familiar.
Transformed, however, manages to reinvent the wheel (yeah, screw it, pun intended!) just a little bit. After completing a lap, you’ll drive through a blue gate which magically transforms your trusty old kart into something more sea-faring, or a little more air-friendly and death-defying. Incredibly, the handling of these vehicles all feel individual and unique and help set the framework for an exciting race-fest that serves as an excellent single or multiplayer title.
The kart is a delight to control; drifting around corners with ease, weaving in-between traffic, and responding elegantly to each track’s layout and environment. Similar in vein to Mario Kart, you can choose from an ensemble of vintage SEGA characters. From the spikey blue hedgehog to Ulala and Vyse from Skies of Arcadia.
Even Ristar shows up to wave the chequered flag.Click here to read more...
Don't let the constant discounting of this game fool you, it's the best kart racer of 2012 hands down. While you may be tempted to let the game dip below the £10 barrier, if you're after something fun for the holidays, this is an essential buy. Mid-race transformations into planes and boats add some extra handling manoeuvres into the mix, but it's always the super sweet karts you'll want to get back to thanks to the most satisfying drift mechanics the genre's ever seen. You get to shoot Tails a lot too.
Thanks to Ninjin00 at HotUkDeals.
Not content with having the best kart racer going, Sumo Digital added mid-race transformations into planes and speedboats to their latest title and really opened up Sega's back catalogue to include tracks inspired by Panzer Dragoon and Skies of Arcadia amongst others. The campaign can be played through in multiplayer, which makes unlocking new events and levelling up racers a much more enjoyable affair. This is the Special Edition of the game which includes an Outrun race track and a very speedy Metal Sonic.
Thanks to Megalofobia at HotUkDeals.
Sonic and pals have smashed the kart-racing competition once again this year, leaving titles like F1 Race Stars and Little Big Planet Karting far, far behind. The kart handling and drift mechanics are as excellent as ever and Sumo Digital have even included mid-race transformations into planes and boats to add even more variety. Sega fans can expect plenty of cameos from Sega's back-catalogue along with lots of stages inspired by their games.
Thanks to roynaldinho at HotUkDeals.
Not content with already offering the best kart racing experience on consoles (suck it, Mario), Sega only went ahead and added planes and boats to their latest racer. The new vehicle's handling takes a little getting used to, but mid-race transformations allowed Sumo Digital to get really crazy with the track design, giving us some spectacular races. The kart handling is just sublime, you'll never find better drifting anywhere. The career mode is much more fleshed out and includes challenges built-in this time. You can play through the career in multiplayer too, which is lots of fun as you work your way through the lengthy list of events. This price is currently available in store too, including the 360 version which is out of stock online. This limited edition includes in-game unlocks of Metal Sonic and an Outrun track. Double hell yeah.
Thanks to ebeneeza at HotUkDeals.
Platform: Xbox 360 (Kinect Required)
Developer: Sumo Digital
Nike + Kinect Training is designed for a very particular kind of person. Specifically, a motivated fitness aficionado who's already bought into Nike Plus via the Smartphone app or Fuelband. All their data, all their burned Fuel (read: calories), will feed directly into their Nike Plus website account - providing another platform to crush and a way to continue working out at home. That person will absolutely love Nike+ Kinect Training, so long as they also happen to own a Kinect sensor.
I am not that person. As a clinically-but-not-grossly overweight advocate of the sedentary lifestyle, whose daily exercise tends to begin and end at a breathless waddle to the shops, the fact that I'm the only Dealspwn staffer with a Kinect sensor borders on a cosmic joke. I'm the resident fitness game guru, apparently. By default. Here's another one.
Having spent some considerable time with Nike+ Kinect Training, I'm absolutely exhausted. Which, I'm delighted to report, is broadly a good thing.
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Platforms: PS3 (tested) | Xbox 360 | Wii U (tested) | 3DS | PS Vita Developers: Sumo Digital Publishers: SEGA Sumo Digital are very upfront about their main point of comparison for Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, but then why wouldn't they be? Mario Kart is the undisputed king of the karting sub-genre, topping a small group of games that offer pick-up-and-play vehicular fun, that never takes itself too seriously, always gives you outlandish weapons to scupper the winning chances for those around you, and provides endless hours of multiplayer entertainment. But there's room for improvement, for new directions, new features, new opportunities, and it's here that SEGA are hoping Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed are hoping to fill some gaps.Click here to read more...
Steam are currently giving you the opportunity to get hold of three great point and click games for £2.50, which should make you a saving of almost £3.50 on the next best offer coming in from The Hut. The pack on offer includes Broken Sword - Shadow of the Templars: The Directors cut, Broken Sword 2: The Smoking Mirror, and Broken Sword 3: The Sleeping Dragon. This deals only around until tomorrow though, so you'll need to be quick if you want to take advantage of it. Thanks to SlimifyD @ HUKD.
Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing Transformed has been officially revealed by Sumo Digital. As well as being a bit of a mouthful, this new karting title will act as a sequel to the well-received 2010 racer, and allow players to leave the ground for the first time. We've got more details and a trailer below.Click here to read more...
Got a PS Vita? Looking for a driving game to take on the run with you? If you've answered yes to both questions then you might want to think about picking up a Vita copy of F1 2011 from Zavvi for £19.95, which should make you a saving of almost £5 on the next best offers out there. OK, so the console version of this one's a little bit better, but that's not to say that this one's terrible in fact it's pretty good fun in small doses. Thanks to Parp @ HUKD.
Virtua Tennis 4 surprised a number of people, including our own Brendan, by actually being worth buying rather than renting. The improved career mode provides more bang for your buck, though the Move functionality is a little hit and miss from what we can make out. Still, at least it's great fun with the pads.
You can swot up on our 7/10 review for the full details - and save £3 through Play.com.
So, Wimbledon's over and I for one am glad to see the back of it! However, if you're a tennis fan then why not jump onto the court by picking up an Xbox 360 copy of Virtua Tennis 4 for £19.85 from ShopTo, which'll save you over £2 on the next best offer coming in from Cool Shop UK. Like the majority of sports games on the market this one's best enjoyed whilst taking part in the multiplayer with a friend and you'll need to be careful because it can get incredibly addictive.