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GetGames weekend sale kicks off with the Nordic Fantasy Sale and Sports Sale

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BuzzDuraband
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Deals
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Assassin's Creed: Liberation HD, Call of Juarez: Bound In Blood, Call Of Juarez: Gunslinger, Child Of Light, DiRT Showdown, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, GRID, Rayman Legends, Shaun White Snowboarding, Trials Evolution, Valiant Hearts: The Great War

GetGames weekend sale kicks off with the Nordic Fantasy Sale and Sports Sale

I have highlighted Valiant Hearts for the current GetGames sale because it is such a beautiful & enjoyable game that every gamer should play.

The weekend sale from GetGames has kicked off with two sale catergories for us with both the Nordic Fantasy Sale and Sports Sale. As most weekend sales do these games will be available until Monday.

Here are a few of my highlights.

Checkout these great prices and more at the GetGames special offers page.

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Download/Marketplace Game

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Best Download/Marketplace Game 2012, Fez, Game of the Year 2012, GOTY 2012, Journey, Mark of the Ninja, Minecraft: 360 Edition, The Unfinished Swan, The Walking Dead, Trials Evolution

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Download/Marketplace Game

Once again, the virtual marketplaces had an absolutely barnstorming year. Even if you never bought a boxed game in 2012, you would have found yourself with an overwhelming array of quality to keep you entertained this year. One again, the highest of bars in this category can be recognised from those that didn't quite make the cut to the final shortlist. Exceptional honourable mentions must go to Alan Wake's American Nightmare, Joe Danger: The Movie, Papo & Yo, Sine Mora, Sound Shapes I Am Alive, Pid, and Awesomenauts.

It was a hard job, be it had to be done. Eventually we whittled down the shortlist to eight:

NB. Click on the thumbnails for price comparisons and the game's title for the relevant review where available.

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Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Download/Marketplace Game

Dust: An Elysian Tail

Dust: An Elysian Tail may have taken more than three years for Dodrill to create, but the result was truly time well spent. The great thing about indie games is that they don't follow convention and they refuse to be pigeonholed... but let's do it anyway in the broadest possible terms. If Fez was 2012's Braid, then Dust: An Elysian Tail was quite possibly its Bastion.

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Download/Marketplace Game

Fez

In many ways, Fez reminded us of Portal. Both create moments of supreme frustration in the player at the limits of knowledge and understanding, and both provide exceptional payoffs when the player finally overcomes those hurdles. If you were willing to play the game and truly get involved, Fez rewarded you time and time again. With its simple conceit (and fantastic execution), Fez took a commendably mature approach to letting you discover things for yourself. It was a flawed work of brilliance to be sure (*cough* patches), but brilliance nonetheless.

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Download/Marketplace Game

Journey

Gloriously life-affirming, utterly transcendental, Journey was one of those few games that not only provided a thoroughly unique experience, but also deeply personal one too. It didn't matter whether or not you considered it art, or even if you defined it as a "game", one thing was for sure: it was absolutely unmissable.

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Download/Marketplace Game

Mark of the Ninja

Shank was good, Mark of the Ninja was better. In ditching OTT action for graceful, shadowy stealth, Klei made a great game, not just a good one. It's rare to see true stealth embraced in such emphatic fashion these days, with publishers impressing on all parts of the industry that we gamers must be constantly stimulated and can't possibly appreciate games that require patience or, god forbid, thought. But this was a title that thrilled us with its clandestine delights. It's a bold, brave game to have placed so many of its eggs in one stealthy, shadowy basket, but it was undoubtedly one of the finest XBLA games of the year, and a stunning end to a somewhat flat Summer of Arcade because of it.

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Download/Marketplace Game

Minecraft: 360 Edition

It's Minecraft, opptimised for 360. And it was brilliant, but then, what did you expect?!

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Download/Marketplace Game

The Unfinished Swan

Who would have thought that you'd be able to produce a thoroughly compelling, utterly unique storytelling experience, with motion control at the very core. Well, that's exactly what The Unfinished Swan achieved this year. Dazzlingly original, The Unfinished Swan was a modern classic - a delightful interactive fairytale that finally gave us a resounding reason to pick up a Move controller.

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Download/Marketplace Game

The Walking Dead

Telltale could perhaps have structured their releases a little better, and maybe fixed that infuriating cross-platform savegame bug, but otherwise there was little to complain about from The Standout Storytelling Experience of the Year. A cracking adventure game, with some utterly fantastic scripting and voice work, Telltale's take on Kirkman and co.'s zombie-ridden franchise was miles ahead of the TV series, and showed BioWare that it's possible to pull off a brave ending without compromise. There were tears. So many tears.

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Download/Marketplace Game

Trials Evolution

As well as being bastard hard, Trials Evolution was also enormous fun. Whether shaving nanoseconds off of your times, or enjoying the pick-up-and-play appeal of the multiplayer modes and racing your friends, Trials Evolution delivered ultimate satisfaction and boundless entertainment. Better yet, RedLynx took a leaf out of Media Molecule's book, providing a comprehensive level editor that has ensured that there's not been a week gone by this year without having engaged in some fast and furious motorcross platforming. Unmissable.

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Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Platform/Puzzle Game

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Best Platform/Puzzle Game 2012, Fez, Game of the Year 2012, GOTY 2012, LEGO Lord of the Rings, LittleBigPlanet Vita, New Super Mario Bros. U, Quantum Conundrum, Stealth Bastard Deluxe, Thomas Was Alone, Trials Evolution, Vessel

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Platform/Puzzle Game

We've been blessed with some utterly cracking games in the platform/puzzle genres this year, so much so that, again, the shortlist is notable for its many absences - not because those games were bad, but simply because there just wasn't any room. Both LEGO and Mario had double returns this year, with NSMB2 and LEGO Batman 2 narrowly missing out on slots in the table below. We could have counted Journey amongst the contenders in this category but ultimately felt that there were finer exponents of "pure" platforming and puzzling - though the unbridled joy with which we glided and floated across the desert provided some of the most striking and unforgettable memories of the year. Fantastic marketplace titles such as Quantum Conundrum, Mark of the Ninja, The Splatters and Vessel didn't quite make the cut, though that says more about the abundance of quality this year rather than anything particularly disparaging about those two games.

It should be noted, too,  that two of the very best platformers of the year arrived on iOS of all places. Written off in some quarters as a platform that would never be able to provide quality platformers, iOS served up the delicious double whammy of Beat Sneak Bandit and Rayman Jungle Run this year to silence detractors.

Put simply, if you were a platform/puzzle fan, 2012 was stuffed with win...

NB. Click on the thumbnails for price comparisons and the game's title for the relevant review where available.

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Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Platform/Puzzle Game

Fez

In many ways, Fez reminded us of Portal. Both create moments of supreme frustration in the player at the limits of knowledge and understanding, and both provide exceptional payoffs when the player finally overcomes those hurdles. If you were willing to play the game and truly get involved, Fez rewarded you time and time again. With its simple conceit (and fantastic execution), Fez took a commendably mature approach to letting you discover things for yourself. It was a flawed work of brilliance to be sure (*cough* patches), but brilliance nonetheless.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Platform/Puzzle Game

LittleBigPlanet Vita

LittleBigPlanet Vita was a triumph of handheld development, an unprecedented creative outlet that will remain relevant, varied and important throughout the console's lifespan. The campaign was great fun while it lasted, and once the community got into full swing, it literally became the last Vita game you'd ever need.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Platform/Puzzle Game

LEGO Lord of the Rings

LEGO Lord of the Rings was charming and delightful, as all of Traveller's Tales' LEGO games have been. But it was also phenomenally authentic, with a humourous irreverence that proved simultaneously both utterly LEGO and absolutely LOTR. Superb fun with a friend, with some wonderfully cracking setpieces, it narrowly edged out LEGO Batman 2 to make this list. Made unmissable by having TT's LEGO pranks set to the RSC tones of Ian McKellen. And Boromir being killed with a banana.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Platform/Puzzle Game

New Super Mario Bros. U

New Super Mario Bros. U might not have proven to be a revolution, but its tight level design, unpredictability, new features and thoughtful MiiVerse implementation made it one of the most enjoyable Mario games in years. A nigh-essential purchase for early Wii U adopters despite not being a perfect ambassador for the new system.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Platform/Puzzle Game

Stealth Bastard Deluxe

A triumphant fusion of pure stealth, cerebral puzzling and technical platforming, Stealth Bastard Deluxe finally let us shower Curve Studios in money as they built upon their fantastic, free, retro-tinged stealth-em-up, making it an essential purchase for fans of both genres and one of the most exciting indie games of 2012.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Platform/Puzzle Game

Thomas Was Alone

Mike Bithell's Thomas Was Alone delivered a bona fide indie masterpiece that reminded us just how powerful, engaging and ambitious videogames could be...all via the medium of geometric shapes. But even if you didn't buy into that, perhaps it was "just" a really neat puzzle game with great voice acting and a killer soundtrack. Either way, you owed it to yourself to play Thomas Was Alone this year.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Platform/Puzzle Game

Trials Evolution

As well as being bastard hard, Trials Evolution was also enormous fun. Whether shaving nanoseconds off of your times, or enjoying the pick-up-and-play appeal of the multiplayer modes and racing your friends, Trials Evolution delivered ultimate satisfaction and boundless entertainment. Better yet, RedLynx took a leaf out of Media Molecule's book, providing a comprehensive level editor that has ensured that there's not been a week gone by this year without having engaged in some fast and furious motorcross platforming. Unmissable.

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Trials Evolution: Origin Of Pain Trailer

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
DLC, RedLynx, Trials Evolution, Trials Evolution: Origin Of Pain, Ubisoft, XBLA

Trials Evolution is already superb value seeing as it's eminently replayable, contains a massive amount of content and packs a level editor, but its first premium DLC pack isn't pulling any punches. Origin Of Pain will contain 36 new tracks, a BMX bike and a world of hurt for a paltry 400 Microsoft Points - it's out on October 5th.

Trials Evolution Getting First DLC Pack: Origin Of Pain

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
DLC, PC games, RedLynx, Trials Evolution, Ubisoft, XBLA

Trials Evolution Getting First DLC Pack: Origin Of Pain

Gold Version Coming To PC

Trials Evolution will be receiving its first premium DLC pack this Autumn, entitled Origin Of Pain. This 400 MSP download will offer 36 new tracks, "tons" of course creation elements and a new bike - as well as some seriously hardcore new challenges. One of which seems to be based on Bionic Commando, of all things.

PC gamers will soon be able to get their hands on the Gold Edition, which includes Trials Evolution and the original Trials HD (120 tracks in all).

Just look at those painful balloons. They hate you. More screenshots after the break.

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Trials Evolution & Minecraft 360 Getting Free Costumes & Stages

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Minecraft 360, Summer of Arcade, Trials Evolution, XBLA
Discuss:
Xbox 360

Trials Evolution & Minecraft 360 Getting Free Costumes & Stages

To celebrate the Summer Of Arcade, Microsoft will be offering players free content for two of this year's best XBLA titles. From July 18th, players who visit the 'Summer Of Arcade Experience' will receive a selection of Trials Evolution levels and Minecraft 360 character skins based on the five games in the promotion.

Yes, I know that free content is kind of the point of Trials Evolution, but it's always nice to get some free themed stuff.

The Summer Of Arcade will include Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD, Wreckateer and Deadlight. Full schedule below.

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Trials Evolution Gets Title Update & Leaderboard Reset Tomorrow

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Patch, RedLynx, Trials Evolution, Update, XBLA

Trials Evolution Gets Title Update & Leaderboard Reset Tomorrow

Trials Evolution will be receiving a major title update tomorrow, designed to address stability, leaderboard problems, Track Central issues and skill game balance. Hooray! However, shortly after the update hits, all multiplayer leaderboards are being wiped. Hoo...huh? Full details and patch notes below.

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Trials Evolution Review | Arcade Evolved

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Platformer, Racing Games, RedLynx, Trials Evolution, XBLA, Xbox 360 games

Trials Evolution Review | Arcade Evolved

Platform: XBLA

Developer: RedLynx

Publisher: XBLA

I miss the arcade, despite only getting involved in its dying ebb. I missed the vicarious battles against mysterious initials on the high score tables, the joy of constant self-improvement, to the extent where I constructed my own cabinet after SEGA World and Southend's golden mile stopped supporting the newest games. But like many gamers, I found a new home on Xbox Live Arcade. Though Microsoft's online service is now synonymous with groundbreaking indie games (and rightly so), it also plays host to more traditional experiences that focus on leaderboard attacks and the thrill of beating someone you've never even met. Trials HD resonated with gamers when it released three years ago due to this simple fact, and its anticipated sequel raises the bar in every conceivable way.

Trials Evolution follows in the footsteps of Trials HD, and the core concept is very much the same. It may appear to be a side-scrolling motocross game at first glance, with simple controls allowing players to accelerate, brake and shift their rider's weight, but you'll soon discover a physics-based platformer stuffed with tough, cerebral puzzles. Working out the exact speed and balance to successfully land a tricky jump, hop over a chasm, mount a near-vertical incline or heave oneself over a deceptively simple obstacle is as much a feat of brainpower as dexterity, and the constantly-ticking timer goads you onwards to greater feats of agility and precision. Continually striving to improve your time and reduce the number of faults is an insanely addictive experience, not to mention competing on the leaderboards, and everything is absolutely present and correct.

Trials Evolution Review | Arcade Evolved

But it's clear that Trials Evolution learned from its predecessor, and arguably from Hello Games' Joe Danger, which demonstrated that physics-based biking could be properly fun as well as challenging. Critically, Trials Evolution is balls-out, pulse-pounding, undeniably awesome fun for everyone, whether you're messing about, gunning for the top scores or spectacularly wiping out.

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