Super Mario 3D World | Toys R US | £39.89
Voucher Code: 990808201990
So this is pretty much the best game of Christmas 2013, then. It's also the cheapest price we've seen for this Wii U wonderhorse, so be sure to plug in voucher code 990808201990 before checking out. Thanks to Hayter27 @ HUKD!
Here's yet another chance to get hold of the latest Rayman game for the £20 mark. This deal from Ubisoft's official store will save you over a fiver compared to the next cheapest deal elsewhere.
As Jon put it in his review, "Rayman Legends isn't just one of the best platformers we've seen in twenty years, but one of the very best games." For £20 that's pretty good going, I'd say. Thanks to gmac @HUKD!
Platforms: PC | PS3 | Wii U | Xbox 360 (reviewed)
Developers: Infinity Ward
Call Of Duty is the kitchen sink of the Christmas shooters. It's all things to all gamers - bombastic singleplayer, robust co-op and manic multiplayer action - something for everyone in a single convenient package.
Every year we hear the same old backlash, the tiresome accusations of stagnation and laziness, but every year I've upgraded anyway and recommended that you do the same. Whether we're seeing Captain Price's moustache chronicles through to completion, enjoying new tweaks to the multiplayer formula or revelling in Treyarch's anarchic attempts to subvert the experience, there's always been a reason to ride shotgun on Activision's bandwagon.
What was it again?
For all we know Call Of Duty: Ghosts might feel like a real step forward for the franchise on PS4 and Xbox One, while the PC version seems to be the definitive edition in terms of visuals and features. But if you're sticking with PS3 or Xbox 360 and already own Black Ops II, Infinity Ward's latest effort might feel like less of an upgrade and more like filler material. In fact, the current-gen console version feels so noticeably pared-back that I'm compelled to review it as a standalone product.Click here to read more...
Developer: WB Games Montreal
Publisher: WB Games
Do you know what I’ve learned from Arkham Origins? That Batman used to be a complete jackass. Not one of those loveable gruff types whose acts of being rough around the edges translate into a sort of cavalier coolness, but just a straight-up, actual jackass. Thankfully, by the end of the game he morphs into a more likeable person, but damn, there were points where I was routing for the bad guys.
But I’m rushing ahead of myself here, so let’s rewind a little bit. With Rocksteady Studios now done with the Arkham series, the developmental mantle now falls to WB Montreal – the team responsible for the Wii U’s Armored Edition of Arkham City. The port proved that they were capable caretakers of the franchise, but Origins would be the real test to see if they could continue the legacy of Rocksteady’s work moving forward. Unfortunately, the answer to whether they are up to the task is a difficult one to answer, because for everything they get right there are problems just waiting around the corner.
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Gorgeous Diablo-meets-Zelda dungeon crawler Hyper Light Drifter has received a meaty serving of gameplay footage, having secured an enormous amount of Kickstarter funding earlier this year. It looks amazing, sounds superb thanks to the inestimable Disasterpeace and frankly looks ready to release.
Wait, is that pre-alpha footage? Really? Hot damn. Going forward, the weapon selection will be massively fleshed out, while the visuals will be further refined. Look out for it next year on PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, Wii U and Vita.Click here to read more...
Call Of Duty: Ghosts is out this week, and Activision's hype campaign is gearing up for one last big push. Their bombastic new live-action trailer makes for reasonably entertaining viewing, if telling us practically nothing useful about the game save that there are guns and a dog.
Megan Fox randomly shows up for no discernible reason, though, so there's that. Ghosts launches on November 5th - tomorrow - on PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Next-gen versions will release alongside their respective consoles.
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Nintendo have launched a new sale on their downloadable Wii U marketplace, which reduces ZombiU and Assassin's Creed III to a paltry £11.99 for a limited time amongst some other offers. Resident Evil Revelations HD is also on offer, though I'd still recommend playing it on 3DS rather than home consoles.
It;s a tempting discount, but be aware that they'll likely fill up a basic Wii U's hard drive completely and take up plenty of room even on a Premium Edition's 32GB of memory (25 of which is actually usable IIRC). You might need to dig out an external hard drive for this one. Details and pricing below.Click here to read more...
Platform: Wii U
Developer: Nintendo EAD
For those of you who remember reading the Dealspwn Game of the Year 2012 Highlights will remember me stating that my most anticipated game for this year would be a Zelda Wii U game. Well 10 months down the line, and I’d be lying if I thought or hoped that game would have been a remake of a game I’d completed a decade ago. I wanted new Zelda, never-before-seen Zelda, and what I got from Nintendo was Wind Waker HD. I said before that Nintendo needed a Zelda game to propel them forward – a stance that has further been emphasised by a quiet first-half of 2013 and imminent next-gen console launches. So this review is not just any old review. On its shoulders is not just an evaluation of how good a Wii U game Wind Waker HD is, but also whether it can fill that need and push the Wii U forward. And also more importantly (to me at least) was my prediction vindicated that this would be the game of the year? You’ll be able to tell by my smugness at the end.
For those unfamiliar with the original game, or who simply weren’t gaming back when Busted were topping the charts in the UK, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker was the main Zelda franchise release for the Nintendo GameCube. It took a few notably different steps to its gameplay and style off the back of previous N64 powerhouses - Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask. Despite gamers of the time (myself included) drooling over higher-res, detailed graphics thanks to a Spaceworld demo in 2000, Nintendo decided cel-shading was the way to go – putting a higher emphasis on the emotion of Link and other characters, something they felt was more achievable in this art style. Cue the witty “Cel-da” puns from games journalists and players alike, unable to see how a game that looked like a cartoon could carry on such a serious and beloved franchise.Click here to read more...
Not to be outdone by Battlefield 4's explosion-heavy TV spot, Call Of Duty: Ghosts has brought a trailer of its own to the party. It's a singleplayer hype piece, so expect loads of explosions, fast cuts, loads more explosions, devastatingly intelligent fish and Riley being adorable set to a rap soundtrack.
Which trailer do you prefer? Which game will you buy? Am I resorting to cheap tactics to drum up discussion on a fairly slow news day? To the comments, folks.Click here to read more...
When it comes to starting the party, Just Dance 2014 stops just short of bringing a keg, some mixers and a selection of novelty hats for everyone. Ubisoft's latest boogie simulator is all about getting you and your friends off the sofa; providing a weighty menu of new songs, karaoke and even a welcome dose of embarrassing mischief to make it worth rearranging your furniture. Though it doesn't reinvent the wheel, several neat new features and undeniable fun factor makes this latest offering the strongest entry in the series to date.
Please note that this review is specifically focused on the Xbox 360 version, which requires a Kinect sensor in order to play.
Here we go again. Much like any previous Just Dance title, this year's iteration lets you groove along to a 46-strong selecion of pop tunes, including the likes of Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines, Lady Gaga's Applause and Gwen Stefani's Rich Girl. Just Dance 2014's setlist is impressively strong, though its focus on current pop music will likely leave a few more rock and retro fans out in the cold. Oh wait. There's Ghostbusters, YMCA and Prince Ali from Aladdin. So that's me sorted, then, at least before a dance game manages to cater to my weirdly specific Priestess, Dropkick Murphys and Pendulum needs.
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For many gamers, Watch Dogs stood as one of the most exciting and ambitious games of Christmas 2013. The more we see of its expansive systemic sandbox, the more we want it, ever more convinced that Ubisoft's project promises next-gen gameplay as well as graphics.
However, there was a spanner in the works, a fly in the ointment, a proverbial poop on the pizza. Ubisoft stopped the presses by announcing that Watch Dogs had been pushed back to Spring 2014, citing a need for last-minute polish, which raised eyebrows across the industry. Now that the dust has settled and the baying investors have been soothed, it's time to consider a couple of questions.
Was it a wise decision? Could Ubisoft have handled it better? And, perhaps, could it have a profound effect on the upcoming Christmas console war?
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Watch Dogs, Ubisoft's incredibly ambitious open world hacking sandbox, has been delayed into next year on all platforms. Apparently the developers need "extra time to polish and fine tune every detail."Click here to read more...