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Dark Souls II £19.99 at Zavvi on PS3 and 360

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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Dark Souls II, PS3 games, RPG Games, Survival Horror Games, Xbox 360 games

Dark Souls II £19.99 at Zavvi on PS3 and 360

Dark Souls II | Zavvi PS3 / 360 | £19.99 (save £5)
Price Comparison PS3 / 360Review

Dark Souls II will prove to be one of gaming's true Marmite titles this year. Fans of all things horrible, mean and stabby will love it's relentless difficulty and cruel nature, while others will spend their time gaming in a brightly lit room wishing they'd never tried a Souls game. But Zavvi are inspiring a brave purchase with the cheapest price we've seen yet. So, if stubbing your toe or getting parking tickets gives you a chubby, head on over and ask Zavvi for a punch in the face / a copy of Dark Souls II. Be sure to check out some of Carl's videos for the game too by scrolling through our past coverage here.

Thanks to theg at HotUkDeals.

H1Z1: SOE's Smedley allays fears about pay-to-win, discusses monetisation and DayZ

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
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F2P, H1Z1, Monetisation, PC games, Sony Online Entertainment, Survival Horror Games, Zombie games

H1Z1: SOE's Smedley allays fears about pay-to-win, discusses monetisation and DayZ

Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley has outlined in greater detail the approach to monetisation that the company will be taking with upcoming free-to-play zombie survival title H1Z1.

As we reported yesterday, the game will be free when it launches, although players will be able to get stuck into Early Access for $19.99. But the announcement whipped up a little bit of confusion and anxiety, as do most ambitious F2P titles when they're announced, and familiar questions began to pop up: will it be pay to win? What sort of things can your money buy in-game? How will the game be balanced to ensure a good experience for those who don't want to drop a penny while still managing to make some money?

"You will be surprised to hear we have intentionally left the decisions about what to monetize until we can hear from you," wrote Smedley in a second Reddit update. "This isn't some contrived thing. I'm being serious. It is a nearly blank slate."

SOE are seeking feedback, then, from the community on how to best proceed on this front, but Smedley did lead off with five pointers that'll underpin the basic monetisation mechanisms of H1Z1.

Hit the jump to see what Smedley had to say >>

Go beyond death as Dark Souls II drops to £25 on PS3 at Amazon

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
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Bandai Namco, Dark Souls II, PS3 games, RPG Games, Survival Horror Games

Go beyond death as Dark Souls II drops to £25 on PS3 at Amazon

Dark Souls II | Amazon | £25
Price Comparison | Review

Tesco had Dark Souls II down at this price yesterday, but if you missed out, Amazon is offering the PS3 version of the game for just £25 right now. It's slightly more accessible than its predecessors, but don't let that fool you into a false sense of security -- Dark Souls II will still make you weep with frustration at your repeated mortality

Definitely check out some of Carl's videos for the game too by feasting your eyes on our past coverage here.

ZombiU £6.99 at Base on Wii U

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
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Survival Horror Games, Wii U games, ZombiU

ZombiU £6.99 at Base on Wii U

ZombiUBase | £6.99 | Price ComparisonReview

With no Dark Souls games to peel your finger nails off on the Wii U, ZombiU is your best bet for punishing gameplay. It also has some clever uses for the gamepad screen to add atmosphere. So, perhaps one for the more hardcore gamer out there. To be honest though, you should probably save up a bit longer and take on the Curator of Cruel, Dark souls II as that gamepad screen looks like it won't take much of a rage beating.

Thanks to philiphunter at HotUkDeals.

Alien: Isolation Hands-On Preview | Monstrous Potential, But With A Great Big "If"

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
Tags:
Games previews, PC, PC games, PS3, PS3 games, PS4, PS4 games, Rezzed 2014, Sega, Stealth Games, Survival Horror Games, The Creative Assembly, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Alien: Isolation Hands-On Preview | Monstrous Potential, But With A Great Big "If"

Platforms: PC | PS3 | PS4 (tested) | Xbox 360 | Xbox One

Developer: The Creative Assembly

Publisher: SEGA

I'm going to die in a locker.

It was all going so well. My exploration of an abandoned laboratory was proceeding swimmingly until the motion tracker blared into life, catching me out in the open with nowhere to run. The Alien is coming. It's close. I can't fight it. I can't outrun it. But a winking green light on the other side of the hallway promised a safe haven: a locker big enough to hide in, only a short sprint away.

Alien: Isolation Hands-On Preview | Monstrous Potential, But With A Great Big "If"

And now I'm going to die. Following my footsteps, the Xenomorph stalks past the locker grille, and for a split-second I think I'm safe as I peer through the slats. No such luck. It wheels and thrusts its eyeless muzzle up against the door, all fangs and slime. I shrink back from the grille, willing myself to sink into the darkness and hold my breath -- both in the game and in real life. Please, please, please just walk away! After what felt like an eternity, the chitinous horror finally sloped back down the hall and I let out a sigh of desperate relief. I've survived... but the Alien is still out there. Waiting. Hunting me.

If The Creative Assembly can sustain this fear throughout the campaign, Alien Isolation could well become the best and most chilling survival horror game we've seen in some time, not to mention an outstanding tie-in. That's a seriously big "if," mind, and the uncomfortable question hanging over what is otherwise a very impressive debut.

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Resident Evil 6 £5.95 at Game Collection on 360

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
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Action Games, Survival Horror Games, Xbox 360 games

Resident Evil 6 £5.95 at Game Collection on 360

Resident Evil 6Game Collection | £5.95
Price ComparisonReview

Despite being an improvement over Resi 5 and Raccoon City, we're still a long way off the glory days of the series. However, this deal offers great value for money. You're essentially getting three different campaigns. One is action-heavy like recent games, while another attempts to return to the older vibe of taking on shuffling zombies in creepy locations. We don't really like to talk about the melee-centric campaign though. Even though you can finally move and shoot, the controls still feel incredibly dated and sluggish. You can try all three modes in the demo, so it may be worth a bit of try before you buy.

Thanks to halodudify at HotUkDeals.

ZombiU £7.45 at Amazon on Wii U

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
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Survival Horror Games, Wii U games, ZombiU

ZombiU £7.45 at Amazon on Wii U

ZombiUAmazon (Game Collection) | £7.45 | Price ComparisonReview

Note: You'll need to click through to see the other 'New' options to see Game Collection's cheaper price on Amazon.

With no Dark Souls games to peel your finger nails off on the Wii U, ZombiU is your best bet for punishing gameplay. It also has some clever uses for the gamepad screen to add atmosphere. So, perhaps one for the more hardcore gamer out there. To be honest though, you should probably save up a bit longer and take on the Curator of Cruel, Dark souls II.

Thanks to theg at HotUkDeals.

Resident Evil: Revelations HD £9.99 at GameSeek on PS3

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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PS3 games, Survival Horror Games

Resident Evil: Revelations HD £9.99 at GameSeek on PS3

Resident Evil: Revelations HDGameSeek | £9.99 | Price Comparison

Revelations is a more of a traditional outing for the series, but that also means it's extremely clunky to play. But at least it's not drawn out into a never-ending borefest like Resi 6. This HD port has given the game a serious graphical boost over the 3DS original, making this the definitive edition for your underfed survival horror needs. Fingers crossed The Evil Within is going to be worth the wait.

Thanks to theg at HotUkDeals.

Dark Souls II £33.55 on PS3 at Amazon

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
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Dark Souls II, PS3 games, RPG Games, Survival Horror Games

Dark Souls II £33.55 on PS3 at Amazon

Dark Souls II | Amazon | £33.95
Price Comparison | Review

Dark Souls II will prove to be one of gaming's true Marmite titles this year. Fans of all things horrible, mean and stabby will love it's relentless difficulty and cruel nature, while others will spend their time gaming in a brightly lit room wishing they'd never tried a Souls game. So, if stubbing your toe or getting parking tickets gives you a chubby, head on over and ask Amazon for a punch in the face / a copy of Dark Souls II. Be sure to check out some of Carl's videos for the game too by scrolling through our past coverage here.

ZombiU £8.25 at Amazon on Wii U

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Survival Horror Games, Wii U games, ZombiU

ZombiU £8.25 at Amazon on Wii U

ZombiUAmazon | £8.25 | Price ComparisonReview

Finally dipping below the £10 mark, the time may be right to start filling up your Wii U collection. ZombiU is more Dark Souls than Dead Rising thanks to its merciless difficulty and it has some clever uses for the gamepad screen to add atmosphere. So, perhaps one for the more hardcore gamer out there, or maybe Kevin Pieterson seeing as he doesn't have much to swing at with his real cricket bat anymore.

Thanks to mrdarknight79 at HotUkDeals.

Resident Evil - What's Gone Wrong?

Author:
Chris Hyde
Category:
Features
Tags:
Capcom, Resident Evil, Survival Horror Games

Resident Evil - What's Gone Wrong?

For many gamers, myself included, Resident Evil 4 presents a pinnacle of the series that hasn't been reached since, despite two big budget subsequent releases, as well as a smattering of other lower-key launches too. And as Capcom prepares this week to release Resident Evil Ultimate HD Edition for the PC, it raises into question again why people fell in love with and still adore Leon's battle against the Ganados above any others before or since. And more to the point, why has such a great game not been taken as a basis for later games, and built upon to produce an even greater game? Why do we keep coming back to a game released over 9 years ago for our fix, and how did Capcom not capitalise on it and make two stellar follow ups in Resident Evil 5 and 6?

Start at the Beginning

The first reason for this apparent fall from grace is all in the build up. I remember a quote from Shigeru Miyamoto where he said he personally creates the first level in action games last, his rationale being:

“Your first level (or tutorial, or sequence, or whatever you want to call it) should serve as a prologue for the rest of your game. It should introduce many of the concepts your player will be interacting with through the rest of your game, and it should do so in a way that doesn’t alienate them right away.”

Source Mynintendonews

It's so important to get the first part of your game right, as it needs to set the tone and expectation for the rest of the experience. When thinking about Resident Evil, this means building up tension and anxiety and a feeling of helplessness. It needs to get your heart racing in a mixture of fear and adrenaline. Think about your favourite Resident Evil game and think about its opening sequence, whether it's the original's opening cut-sequence and first zombie encounter, or if indeed if it's Leon's experience in Resident Evil 4 in the creepy woods, the aggressive Ganados and of course the facing off against the entire village before the ominous bell tower tolls.

Resident Evil - What's Gone Wrong?

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Play Alien: Isolation at Rezzed Expo in Birmingham

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
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News
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Alien: Isolation, Games expos, Indie Games, PC games, PS4 games, Rezzed 2014, Survival Horror Games, Xbox One Games

Play Alien: Isolation at Rezzed Expo in Birmingham

Most media outlets haven't even been given a chance to try Alien: Isolation yet, but Sega are giving YOU the chance to play the game at the EGX Rezzed event at Birmingham NEC on the 28th-30th March.

Sega seem keen to show gamers the game first-hand with no smoke and mirrors after the utter farce that was the finished product of Aliens: Colonial Marines. So why not head on down? Tickets are available at the event's site here from as little as £9. The game will be playable on PS4, Xbox One and PC platforms. Creative Assembly's survival horror approach certainly has us interested, but we're cautious as to whether they can maintain it throughout a whole game against just one alien. That said, we've been hearing rumours of androids being used as gun-fodder in-between all the hiding in cupboards.

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ZombiU £9.99 at Zavvi on Wii U

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Survival Horror Games, Wii U games

ZombiU £9.99 at Zavvi on Wii U

ZombiU | Zavvi | £9.99 | Price ComparisonReview

Finally dipping below the £10 mark, the time may be right to start filling up your Wii U collection. ZombiU is more Dark Souls than Dead Rising thanks to its merciless difficulty and it has some clever uses for the gamepad screen to add atmosphere. So, perhaps one for the more hardcore gamer out there, or maybe Kevin Pieterson seeing as he doesn't have much to swing at with his real cricket bat anymore.

Thanks to whusayn at HotUkDeals.

ZombiU £11.99 at Amazon on Wii U

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
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Survival Horror Games, Wii U games

ZombiU £11.99 at Amazon on Wii U

ZombiUAmazon | £11.99 | Price ComparisonReview

Been naughty in 2013? Got a Wii U for Christmas? Not to worry, we'll find you some cheap game to build your game collection (you'll only need a little shelf). ZombiU is more Dark Souls than Dead Rising thanks to its merciless difficulty and it has some clever uses for the gamepad screen to add atmosphere. So, perhaps one for the more hardcore gamer out there rather than those of you who think Mario looks cute in a catsuit. No, not that sort of catsuit! Now, that's terrifying.

Thanks to ElectroDragon8 at HotUkDeals.

Get the Amnesia Collection for just £9.19 on Steam

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
Tags:
PC games, Survival Horror Games

Get the Amnesia Collection for just £9.19 on Steam
The Amnesia Collection | Steam | £9.19 | PC (all games) price comparison
Amnesia: The Dark Descent Review
| Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs Review

If you've decided to start off the new year with soiled undergarments, this deal is probably the best and cheapest way to accomplish this. The latest Midweek Madness deal from Steam provides both Amnesia games for under a tenner, providing a tidy saving over getting each one individually elsewhere.

The Dark Descent is admittedly the superior scarer of the two, but the world crafting in A Machine For Pigs is expertly done and certainly worth the price of admission with this bundle deal. That and, you know, it has a machine. FOR PIGS. Thanks to Shadow90 @ HUKD!

Dead Space 2 only £3 at Game on PC

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
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EA Games, PC games, Survival Horror Games

Dead Space 2 only £3 at Game on PC

Dead Space 2 | £3 | GamePrice Comparison | Review

£3 is a steal for a physical copy of EA's sci-fi survival horror Dead Space 2. Once again, you step into the boots of Isaac Clarke to take on the necromorph hordes in creepy abandoned space ships or long-forgotten planets. The action to scares ratio is closer to the horror leanings of the original rather than the lackluster third part which makes this a must buy.

Thanks to Damrock at HotUkDeals.

The Last of Us £23.99 at Zavvi on PS3

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Action Games, PS3 games, Survival Horror Games

The Last of Us £23.99 at Zavvi on PS3

The Last of Us | Zavvi | £23.99
Price ComparisonReview

We've seen this for a few quid cheaper in recent months, but this is the best price right now. If you've just picked up a cheap PS3 for Xmas, then this should be near the top of your shopping list. Don't forget to check your inbox for an old Zavvi code as you might be able to knock a few quid off. Naughty Dog round off their time with the PS3 in spectacular style in this grim, almost survival horror-like, adventure. While considerably tougher than the Uncharted games, this is well worth a look if intense gameplay, high detailed graphics, an engaging plot and well voiced characters are your thing.

The Last of Us on PS3 only £21.99 at Amazon

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Action Games, Horror games, PS3, PS3 games, Survival Horror Games

The Last of Us on PS3 only £21.99 at Amazon

The Last of UsAmazon | £21.99
Price ComparisonReview

Naughty Dog round off their time with the PS3 in spectacular style in this grim, almost survival horror-like, adventure. While considerably tougher than the Uncharted games, this is well worth a look if intense gameplay, high detailed graphics, an engaging plot and well voiced characters are your thing. This is the cheapest we've seen it yet. You can also get it for the same price at Game, although they've been up and down with the price all weekend. Either way, you're saving £8 over the competition.

Thanks to swancut at HotUkDeals.

Project Zomboid Gets Steam Early Access This Friday

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
News
Tags:
Desura, Horror games, Project Zomboid, Sandbox games, Steam, Steam Early Access, Survival Horror Games, The Indie Stone

Project Zomboid Gets Steam Early Access This Friday

Keys Available From Desura For £4.99 Until Then

UK developer The Indie Stone announced last night that Project Zomboid will be making it long awaited appearance on Steam as an Early Access purchase from Friday. Considering the zombie survival sandbox title has been greenlit for quite a while now, the news will no doubt be welcomed by those who voted for its inclusion on Valve's digital marketplace many months ago.

To mark this occasion, the price for the title has been slashed over on Desura to £4.99. That's a 50% reduction on the price it will be from Friday, and purchasing on the indie-focused store will immediately grant a Steam key to pre-load the game. Those who have previous purchased the Alpha build will be able to claim a key as well, with details on how to do this found here.

A lot has changed since I last got hands-on with Project Zomboid earlier this year in a set of episodes for Dealspwn Playthrough - the engine has been revamped, the crafting system given more depth, and the struggle against zombie hordes made a much more dangerous affair. You can expect us to check out the latest build once it hits the game this Friday.