Lego Batman 2 | The Game Collection | £8.95
LEGO Batman 2 is outstanding, and getting to explore LEGO Gotham and LEGO Metropolis in this title. Granted, it's Tory Baker rather than the fabulous Will Arnett doing the voice here, but the Traveller's Tales scribes are on point here, with some cracking scenes between batman and Superman, and your usual huge helping of some classic LEGO slapstick.
Be quick, mind, The Game Collection are only offering LEGO Batman 2 at £8.95 for today.
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After a couple of shaky years, the Wii U has stopped treading water and started fighting back hard, reminding gamers that it already boasts a fantastic lineup of great games. This trend is set to continue throughout the rest of the year, resulting in a slate that's relatively slim on quality but utterly sensational in terms of potential quality.
So without further ado, here are the Wii U's exclusive highlights with release dates and links to our on-site coverage where possible!
Bringing Zelda characters into Dynasty Warriors is risky business, but Nintendo are rigorously putting the incredibly inconsistent Omega Force through their paces and watching their every move. What we've seen so far looks like simple satisfying fun, and what Matt played cemented our opinion.
"If Hyrule Warriors can manage to borrow as much from Hyrule as it can from the Warriors series, then we might just see a Warriors game that proves to be something a bit special here, rather than a novelty paint job," he wrote. "I had fun, though; I can say that." Fingers crossed.Click here to read more...
The Game Collection are offering a Wii U Premium Bundle that'll included the 32GB console with all of the trimmings and a bunch of games that include Nintendo Land, Mass Effect 3, and Mario Kart 8. Remember that with Mario kart 8 you can also download a free Wii U title for a limited time, meaning that you can essentially get MK8 and Wind Waker HD with your premium Wii U for under £200.
Should you buy it?
If you love games because games are fun, then yes. Yes you absofuckinglutely should.
One of the undeniable highlights of Nintendo's E3 showing was Splatoon -- a new take on the third-person multiplayer shooter that coated the genre in a fresh lick of paint.
Or rather ink.
Nintendo have never struck us a company that'd jump into the saturated online shooter market, you wouldn't find them crafting a COD killer or taking the field against the likes of Halo or, indeed, Battlefield. But Nintendo are all about innovative twists on well-worn themes, and in Splatoon they've not just handed a roster of their beloved mascots Quasar rifles or paintball guns, they've gone and greenlit a brand new IP. Nintendo EAD making a new IP and a multiplayer shooter? Don't be alarmed, hell hasn't frozen over just yet.
The excellently named Splatoon features two teams of four players vying for control of a level, marking territory by splattering everything in sight with ink to match the teams' respective colours. You essentially run about the place, covering as much of the map as you possibly can in the colours of your team, splattering any miscreant foes you come across, and transforming into a squid every so often to refill your paint gauge, traverse the place a little faster, and just because it's cool.Click here to read more...
If you own a Wii U but haven't picked up Mario Kart 8 yet, now's the time. £29.99 is the cheapest price we've ever seen for the superb racer, and better yet, you've still got a couple of weeks to claim your free downloadable game. Don't forget, because missing the opportunity to grab the likes of Pikmin 3, Wind Waker HD or The Wonderful 101 gratis should not be missed. There may indeed never be a better time to get involved. Do it.
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Nintendo have unveiled three new characters who'll be starring in Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS later this year.Click here to read more...
PSA (Potential Savings Alert): Nintendo has announced that legendary SNES RPG Earthbound will be available for the bargain price of £4.19 this week, as part of the latest round of eShop special offers. Shigesato Itoi's masterpiece still feels fresh, anarchic and surprisingly mature today; a fascinating blend of the mundane, the hilarious and the Lovecraftian.
If you've never checked it out (of course none of us have, seeing as you'd almost certainly have to download a ROM to play it these days... wink...), it's high time you got involved with a genuine classic. The discount will kick in after the eShop update (usually midnight on Thursday night/Friday Morning) so I'll be sure to remind you nearer the time.
Pikmin 3 is absolutely superb, a stressful yet seriously enjoyable strategy game that works perfectly on the Wii U (and looks the business too). Though available in the Mario Kart 8 free game promotion, which runs until the end of this month, GAME's £20 price is a steal. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII@ HUKD!
Though technically cheaper at Argos by 50p, GAME actually have the Wii U version of One Piece: Unlimited World Red in stock. And they're throwing in a bunch of extra DLC too. In his extensive review, Jon said that OPUWR was "easily one of the best anime tie-ins ever developed. Fantastic fan service, satisfying combat, deep town creation and crafting, dozens of hours of content and exquisite visuals make for a compelling lengthy experience that's more Grand Line than Grind Lane."
So if you're a fan, consider this a must-buy.
Platforms: PC | PS4 | Wii U | Xbox 360 | Xbox One (reviewed, £11.99)
Developer: DrinkBox Studios
'MetroidVania' platformers may be as ancient as Mother Brain and wall chickens, but they still pull in the punters. From Shadow Complex to Dust: An Elysian Tail and Strider, there's nothing more satisfying than constantly earning new skills and abilities while exploring brilliantly-designed levels, then eventually backtracking to beat challenges and humiliate enemies that once lorded it over us. Guacamelee! proved to be a superb example of the genre back when it released as a PSN exclusive last year, offering all the bells and whistles we expect, only with a heaped serving of spicy Mexican flavour to punch things up.
Indeed, punching things up was the aim of the game, only our newfound identity as a superpowered Luchador also let us throw down on Day Of The Dead-themed skeletal hordes with wrestling moves, smash our way through Aztec temples and occasionally turn into a chicken for the sheer merry heck of it. Pollo power!
Fifteen months later and the Super Turbo Championship Edition has arrived on new-gen consoles, Wii U, PC and Xbox 360, boasting updated visuals, new content and all the previously-released DLC. You could say that it's the whole enchilada. Since it's currently free for Xbox One owners and available as a free upgrade for PS4 gamers who picked up the original, it's high time we gave this fierce fiesta our full attention.Click here to read more...
Nintendo are desperate for that GamePad to seem relevant. Far from giving up on the Wii U, the Big N are doubling down on their console, having delivered one of the finest E3 showings in their recent history (albeit with a few too many instances of "coming 2015" for our liking), and a number of works in progress. In a move that seemed entirely un-Nintendo-esque, the Nintendo Treehouse channel unveiled two very early game prototypes in the form of Project Big Robot and Project Guard.
Project Giant Robot is what five-year-old me might have envisaged back when cereal packets could be used to transform oneself from a human boy into an Autobot. The demo began with robo-construction. You get to pick the base units for your robot's head, arms, torso, and legs from a plethora of increasingly weird items. I decided to make a robot made up entirely of Megazord heads. You can stretch and squish each module too, so if you want to create a robot with guns bigger than The Incredible Hulk's you can.
You can make your robot thinner than a rake or fatter than than Jabba, you can give it supersized shoulders or a pea-sized head. But whatever the physical appearance, players need to be aware that it'll affect how the robot in question handles. Make it too top-heavy, and your robot will be susceptible to toppling over. Bigger mechanoids will make for heavier hitters, but they'll also be slow and lumbering. Tall robots will suffer balance issues as the tradeoff for power, but while smaller robots might stand their ground better, they'll sacrifice something in terms of punching weight.
What followed was a series of battles against robots of increasing size in amongst a blocky urban landscape that proved ripe for destruction.Click here to read more...
Not content with giving us one of the best kart racers in years, Sumo Digital's sequel added boats and planes to the formula. Sonic and his Sega All-Stars find themselves transforming mid-race to swap between aerial, ground and water-based arcade racing. The career mode has been expanded and is a bit tougher than the last game, but there are hours of fun to be had, especially if you work through the career in multiplayer. This is ideal if Mario Kart 8's still a bit pricey for you.
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You can watch a month's worth of trailers for this game and you'll still have no idea what the hell is going on. I mean, what is this? Thankfully Jon has the knowledge for you in his review and highly rates this Wii U exclusive. Why not save yourself a tenner by taking a trip to Argos' backdoor eBay site where they're sneaking out copies of the game for a tenner less than the competition.
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If you own a Wii U but haven't picked up Mario Kart 8 yet, now's the time. £29.99 is the cheapest price we've ever seen for the superb racer, and better yet, you've still got three weeks to claim your free game, which includes Pikmin 3, Wind Waker HD and The Wonderful 101. There may indeed never be a better time to get involved. Do it.
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Why is Sonic wearing a sodding scarf? Seriously. Can someone please explain why Sonic is trying to evoke the rugged heroism of Nathan Drake? Has it really come to this? And while we're at it... why is Knuckles a triangle with legs now? He looks like he's been freebasing creatine.
Despite vomiting heavily into a bag upon witnessing the hideous visual transformations of Sonic and co. for this new venture, excused of course by chants of TV and transmedia, I foolishly thought that there could be some merit in really shaking up the Sonic formula, getting some proper co-op gameplay involved, and busting out some awesome action-platforming. But, though it might be easy to suggest a revamp for a series that's been inconsistent over the last decade, Sonic Boom is not the answer.
I actually liked Lost World in parts. It was flawed, sure, but I had fun with it in places. Sonic Boom, however, exists to remind you of the very worst PS2-era platforming tie-ins. Simple movement is incredibly imprecise and twitchy. Sonic constantly overshoots areas, and Knuckles appears to handle like a lead brick mired in treacle. Enemies pop up for you to smack down by spamming the face buttons for normal and special attacks -- Sonic does a spin-dash, and Knuckles, well, Knuckles can climb walls.Click here to read more...
After several years of being shown up by Sony's PS Vita/PS3 'cross-buy' initiative, Nintendo are finally ready to follow suit on their own hardware. From tomorrow, buying SQUIDS Odyssey on 3DS will instantly unlock the Wii U version for free.
As we noted in our 7/10 review, it's a solid, lighthearted and seriously enjoyable tactical hybrid, though Nintendo still hasn't quite grasped the cross-buy concept yet.Click here to read more...
Super Mario 3D World's "Captain Toad" stages were absolutely brilliant. They were wonderful puzzle-platforming vignettes that varied the pace a little and gave players something fresh and new to do. Now everyone's favourite, useless little mushroom fellow has his own marquee game, and it's shaping up to be something truly delightful.
Much of the appeal comes from the fact that Toad is fundamentally useless. His only real ability is to plant a smile on your face -- he can't jump or attack or do much for that matter -- and that makes for a game that looks like it might be Super Mario 3D World replica with a new avatar, much like Nintendo did with New Super Mario Bros U and Luigi, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Captain Toad is no Goomba-stomping moustachioed maverick. He's a toddling mushroom with a benevolent god rocking a GamePad and a camera.
That's us. The players.
Our job is to steer Toad through a number of increasingly complex levels that can be spun around, their perspectives played with, to ferret out secret gems and hidden coins, and eventually guide Toad to the star at the end of each stage. It's a mechanism that evokes memories of games such as Echochrome (though Nintendo eschew Escherian temptations) and Fez, where the systems of stages are fixed, and the player progresses through manipulation of the camera angle and the stage itself as a whole.Click here to read more...
Mario Kart 8 may be utterly superb, but Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed is still well worth checking out. Impressive visuals and art direction, smooth handling, familiar characters and timeless party multiplayer make for a great party game, especially when you can nab the Wii U's limited edition version (including an extra OutRun-themed track and extra DLC) and save roughly a Fiver in the process.
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Every reviewer has one game, possibly one game a year, that we look back on and perhaps feel that the review we gave didn't quite do that game justice. It could be a wildly over-inflated score for a game that proved to be a pile of poo in the long run -- a title perhaps over-hyped at the time, arriving with a groundswell of excitement that proved too loud to ignore. We're human, it happens. Or maybe it was a game that we grew to love over replays, unable to see its qualities in the midst of a hectic release period with deadlines on all sides at the time, but something that made us kick ourselves upon return.
For whatever reason, I gave the original Bayonetta an 8 out of 10. I've gone back and tried to crawl into the headspace of my younger self time and time again to ascertain exactly why that score wasn't higher. The review even reads like a 9 or a 10.
Mind you, maybe it's because I foresaw room for improvement on some level. Maybe it's because somewhere, in the recesses of my mind, I had an inkling of what was to come: that there'd be a sequel, that it would be even more fantastically overblown, that it'd be an exclusive on the Wii's successor. Hahahaha! Sorry...no one could have predicted that last one.
I came staggering out of the Nintendo post-E3 showcase drunk with happiness, a massive grin plastered to my face, and with a burning desire to buy Nintendo's latest console. Every game I played slapped a smile on my face, but none dropped my jaw so utterly and so consistently as Bayonetta 2.Click here to read more...