There are a number of reasons to get a current/new-gen console right now. Destiny is almost here, The Master Chief Collection is just over the horizon, and there is a now a decent backlog of launch titles to pick through. The thing is, as good as all as those games may be I haven’t had the feeling of “OH DEAR GOD I NEED IT RIGHT NOW” like I have done in previous generations. At this year’s Gamescom that all changed, and it’s all down to the hands-on session I had with Arkham Knight.
Actually, I’ll be most specific – it was the Batmobile.
I was given the opportunity to sit down with a small section that take place near the start, as Batman is sent into the ACE Chemicals Plant to rescue some hostages and see who’s up to no good. Unfortunately this meant I didn’t get a sense of how big the city of Gotham is this time around – one of my biggest queries about the game – but I did get to see how the Batmobile can be an asset to the Caped Crusader when face to face with the bad guys. The short of it is that’s incredibly satisfying, but I’m guessing you more want details so let me tell you story all about how Batman & the Batmobile kicked some ass.Click here to read more...
Confession time – when it was announced I didn’t give much hope to Shadow of Mordor, despite the cool premise that was being presented to me. “An Assassin’s Creed style game set in an open world Middle Earth? There have been worse ideas,” I thought to myself, but it was the reveal of the Nemesis system that piqued my interest. “If it’s exactly as they’re saying it will be, that could be very interesting” was my response. A game where your villains change every time you play or make a decision? I chalked it down to the overhyping of a system that created the illusion of choice and an elaborate AI army, and went about my business.
But then I went to Gamescom and saw the Nemesis system in action. It’s real folks. It actually works, and it’s going to be the stuff of YouTube gold.
Before we get into it though, here’s a quick round-up of everything else that was shown and told to us during the presentation. The game will take place directly after the third Hobbit film The Battle of Five Armies, filling the gap between the recent films and The Lord Of The Rings trilogy. As Sauron’s forces begin their invasion, they wipe out the Rangers of the North protecting Gondor, including Talion – the main character for the game. (Un)luckily for him, a wraith brings him back to life who turns out to be the spirit of Celebrimbor – the Elf king who forged the rings of power that led to this entire mess in the first place. As such, the player will assume control of both Talion and Celebrimbor in a quest for revenge against the Dark Lord’s forces.Click here to read more...
Platforms: 3DS | PS Vita (reviewed)
Developer: Hellbent Games | TT Games
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive
LEGO. Ninjas. Both of these things are undeniably excellent in their own right, so I suspect that the LEGO Ninjago toy line can boast the shortest brainstorming session in company history. "We haven't sold Ninja-themed kits since 1998. So how about... more ninjas... only this time on a futuristic alien planet with multiple armies that we can keep expanding on with new sets? Also some of the ninjas are robots. We can call them Nindroids."
"That's terrible. Let's do it, and also make a mechanical dragon. We can call it the MechDragon. Have a raise."
So Ninjago was born, and in fine transmedia style, spawned an animated series followed finally by a handheld game on PS Vita and 3DS. It's the sort of eye-rolling predictable play that you'd expect from any big company, but does it live up to the usual standard we expect from TT Games?
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Brendan reckons that there's plenty to keep us occupied this year, but the new console generation is set to kick off in the third week of February 2015. An indiscreet Microsoft store listing seems to have outed Rocksteady's Batman: Arkham Knight's release date as February 24th, putting it straight up against The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
As massive third-party sequels that promise to be true 'next-gen' games as opposed to scalable cross-gen ports, both of these titles represent the true end of the last generation and beginning of the new one in gaming terms. For now, finish your backlog and prepare your wallets. 2015 is going to be utterly insane before we've even made it to Spring.
Batman vs Geralt. Who's your money on? Personally, I foresee a sizeable financial dent and a mysterious week-long illness in my future. February is flu season after all...
The signs were all there. A trailer lacking release date info. LEGO Batman 3 being confirmed for the same month. We should have seen it coming -- we did see it coming -- but just couldn't bring ourselves to believe it.
Gosh, wasn't that dramatic? Long story short, we've lost yet another next-gen Christmas game as Batman: Arkham Knight slips through our eager fingers from October into "2015."Click here to read more...
PS Vita LEGO Mega Pack | Grainger Games | £19.99 (save £15)
There's a difference between a good game and a good deal. This, for example, is a very good deal. Grainger Games will save you £15 on the PS Vita LEGO Mega Pack, which includes Harry Potter 5-7, Batman 1 & 2, Indiana Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean & Star Wars 3 pre-loaded onto a memory stick.
However, the games themselves aren't the full-fat versions, rather most are underwhelming handheld knock-offs. Shame really, since even the PSP had the regular versions, but great value nonetheless (especially since you keep the memory card). Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!
The Batman game we deserve is going up against the Batman game we need.
I'm not entirely sure which is which, but either way, Warner Bros Interactive seems set to make this a mad Autumn for Batman Fans.Click here to read more...
Whereas most publishers are hedging their bets with cross-gen games, Rocksteady are developing Batman: Arkham Knight specifically for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
The results being no less than jaw-dropping (so long as this new 'gameplay' trailer is actually representative as opposed to a massively airbrushed lie). It does look to be in-engine, which is immensely pleasing.
Nevertheless, the new video also serves to remind us of the premise -- Scarecrow's return to Gotham -- while reacquainting us with The Arkham Knight himself. Has Batman met his match?Click here to read more...
Would you like the good news or the bad news?
We've got a new trailer for Mad Max to show you today, which pleasingly focuses on post-apocalyptic vehicular carnage. Creating and customising your "ultimate combat vehicle" is going to be a key facet of the game, and it promises to be as fun as it sounds.
Unfortunately, the new trailer also reveals that Mad Max has slipped from its 2014 launch window into next year. Still, with red hot Just Cause 3 rumours currently churning through the mill, it's clear that Avalanche will still be making headlines over the next few months.
We love the LEGO games here at Dealspwn.com. From humble British beginnings, Traveller's Tales blended our favourite films with our favourite childhood toy, creating a gentle, accessible, hilarious and compelling set of adventures for everyone to enjoy. We've certainly had a lot of it to enjoy, too, from Star Wars to Indiana Jones.
And Harry Potter. And The Lord Of The Rings. And LEGO City Undercover and The Chase Begins and DC Super Heroes and DC Super Heroes 2 and Rock Band and The Adventure Continues and Pirates Of The Caribbean and Ninjago and The Legends Of Chima and Marvel Super Heroes and Universe in Peril and the LEGO Movie... culminating in a Hobbit tie-in that launched before the Trilogy has even completed, offers scant new features, feels unpolished and arrives less than two months after their last major release.
Uh-oh. This is actually rather worrying... because we've seen it before. When a franchise oversaturates its own marketplace and directly competes with itself because a publisher wants too much of a good thing, the alarm bells are bound to go off - as we learned thanks to a certain extinct music game featuring plastic guitars and a billion unnecessary semi-sequels all clamouring for attention.
If Warner Bros. doesn't throttle back, there's a real and present danger of our beloved LEGO series going the same way.Click here to read more...
We're huge fans of Traveller's Tales' LEGO games, due to their accessible platforming, fun factor, respect for their source material and gently anarchic sense of humour, so this massive Steam sale is right up our alley. They're charging between £2.49 to £3.79 for the likes of Batman and LOTR, but the headline act is the fantastic LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, which costs less than £4. Do it.
Anyway, here's the selection - thanks to and courtesy of Webhead @ HUKD!
TT Games know how to make a game fun, hilarious and involving no matter how old the player - and LEGO Lord Of The Rings is no exception. Gentle yet compelling gameplay, anarchic humour and all your favourite characters in LEGO form has to be worth £4.00, no?
Why not wait for the new Hobbit tie-in to depreciate and play this to tide you over. Thanks to Jas10 @ HUKD!
WB Games Montreal did a reasonable if underwhelming job with Batman: Arkham Origins, but we all knew that original masterminds Rocksteady Studios had to be working on a tasty new project for next-gen systems.
An exciting prospect... which has been blown wide open thanks to an indiscreet product listing from GAME, followed by a Game Informer cover story. Batman: Arkham Knight is set to release on PC, PS4 and Xbox One later this year, providing the "explosive finale" to the Arkham series alongside the opportunity to finally get behind the wheel of the Batmobile.
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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes was always going to be epic. The two legendary franchises collide in a colourful and compelling sandbox that's good for hours of gentle cooperative fun, with all of our favourite heroes brought to life with their trademark skills and abilities intact. To be honest, it's probably the best Marvel tie-in game since the sidescrolling brawler era.
Though GAME and Amazon are competing for the cheapest price on Xbox One, an attractive £29.99, GAME manage to edge out in front by offering their exclusive Super Pack Edition which includes extra characters and vehicles. Mind you, PC gamers are still laughing all the way to the bank. Thanks to MrMase @ HUKD!
Batman: Arkham Origins is a case of treading water as opposed to pushing the boat out, but now that most of the technical issues have been patched, there's plenty of cathartic action to be found here. If you're looking for the PS3 version, The Game Collection is offering a seriously impressive saving at £12.95, letting you keep about eight BatQuid in your BatPocket. Thanks to ElectroDragon8 @ HUKD!
Developer: TT Games
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive
The nostalgic power of LEGO, glorious Marvel canon and TT Games' talent for crafting accessible adventures go together like Wolverine and Colossus: a Fastball Special of fabulous fan service. It was always going to be brilliant. I'm just amazed it took this long.
Traveller's Tales' attention to detail and generosity of spirit is nothing short of breathtaking. Dozens of beloved Marvel heroes and villains have been replicated in adorable LEGO format, complete with all of their trademark abilities and unique personality. Iron Man breezily flies around the stages, blasting foes with palm cannons, rockets and his Uni-Beam. The Incredible Hunk rampages about, throwing cars and smashing up the scenery, yet can change back into Bruce Banner at will. Mister Fantastic stretches and morphs, floating over gaps by turning into his very own parachute, while Magneto menacingly hovers and chucks metallic projectiles willy-nilly. Rather than lazily pigeonholing heroes into specific categories, LEGO Marvel Superheroes does its damndest to be the truest and most respectful Marvel adaptation you'll ever play.
Plus, this being a TT game, you can also BASE jump off the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier as Tony Stark wearing nothing but a helmet and boxer shorts if you want to.
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If you missed out on this one when it was a part of Playstation Plus, or perhaps you did get it and fancy freeing up some space on your memory card, this is a great offer. The Game Collection's flash deal ends up being almost a fiver cheaper than the next best listing.
It may not be the most challenging title TT games have released, and it might not look as sharp as some of the other Vita games out there, but it'smore of the same LEGO gameplay and it stays faithful to the source material, meaning fans of either franchise should get a kick of out it. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!
Pay What You Want for FEAR 2, FEAR 3, Lord of the Rings: War in the North & Batman: Arkham Asylum GOTY
Beat the average for Scribblenauts Unlimited and Batman: Arkham City GOTY
Thanks and credit to Rubisco @ HUKD!
Thanks to realmadridb @ HUKD!
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is all set to be Traveller's Tales' magnum opus -- the LEGO game to end all LEGO games -- the best that there is. To do that, TT are doing what everyone seems to be doing these days: they're going open world, and stuffing a whole bunch of Marvel goodness into a fictional, and blocky, representation of New York City. You can find out everything that I saw at Gamescom, and my views on how the game's shaping up, in my extensive preview here (there'll be an impressions video rolling out soon), but I had a few unanswered questions.
Who better to answer them than game director Arthur Parsons, a 15-year stalwart at TT, and a man who's had his fingerprints on pretty much every LEGO game there's been. I caught up with Arthur at a preview event a couple of weeks ago to chat about how the team has gone about bridging the console generational gap, what new challenges and opportunities the open-world approach has brought to this game in particular, and how TT went about assembling their 150+ character roster.Click here to read more...