Developers: Volition Inc.
Publishers: Deep Silver
The 3rd Street Saints are much more than a bunch of purple-flecked gangbangers these days. In fact, they're running the country, and you, as the Boss, now answer to the name of Mr. President. There are a bunch of familiar faces in your Cabinet -- Keith David is your VP (now playing himself rather than the duplicitous Julius), Kinzie is your Press Secretary, Shaundi is heading up the Secret Service, and Benjamin "muthaf***ing" King is now your Chief of Staff.
And they all get kidnapped by aliens.
If you thought Saints Row: The Third went a little over the top, look away now. Saints Row IV goes bigger, better, and more batshit crazy than ever before. The Earth gets invaded by a race called the Zin, a bunch of extraterrestrials who resemble what the offspring of Mortal Kombat's Baraka and Goro might look like if they ever got it on. Their leader -- Zinyak -- is an egomaniacal Brit (to hear him speak), who finds himself amused at the Saints' tenacity, and isn't adverse to throwing verses of Shakespeare at you whilst bombarding you with waves of goons to demonstrate his superior strength and intellect.
The Zin enslave the human race, beaming them up to God knows where, and incarcerating key humans, such as the President, in individual virtual prisons, not unlike the Matrix. And much like the narrative in the Wachowski brothers' sci-fi opus, the game involves you breaking down the virtual code from the inside, exploiting glitches and corrupting the code of your own simulated dungeon, and gradually turning the red of the Zin into the purple of the Saints.Click here to read more...
In a series of inexplicable events, Nintendo chose to not show off several games during their press conference yesterday, one of which would surely have raised a cheer: a brand new game from Bayonetta and Metal Gear Rising developer, Platinum Games.Click here to read more...
Developer: High Voltage
Film tie-ins usually suck, it's true. But the 3DS version of Captain America: Super Soldier has had three or four months or so longer than its relatives to iron out kinks. Supposedly.
Brendan already reviewed this game's larger console cousin earlier this year and found it to be a pretty enjoyable experience: a flawed but perfectly playable hero simulator that allowed you to wield the shield in style, with a number of collectables and little Zola Missions to engage in amongst the linear levels and straightforward action to keep things interesting.
This portable version doesn't do much to differ from it's HD buddies, apart from look worse, but that's to be expected. Truth be told, the visuals aren't horrible, although the first level that literally sees you entrenched and running down Nazis does a pretty good job at trying to persuade you otherwise. The game actually perks up quite nicely visually and the 3D effects, whilst not particularly essential, do add the usual pleasant sense of depth to proceedings.Click here to read more...
We featured it two weeks back, but stock has materialised again. Creative, engaging and diverse, Shattered Dimensions is a cracking game that's been dropped and forgotten by many, an over-achieving result of the Activision production line that deserves far more recognition than it ever received at its launch. That said, if they'd bothered to market it properly it wouldn't be dropping in price so fast. A worthy addition to your library at this price, though owners of both consoles might want to check out the PS3 price here. It's £2 more (Gameplay out of stock for PS3) but the graphics are a little sharper if that sort of thing floats your boat. Thanks to swampyajc and silkhuk at HUKD.