The Wonderful 101 was doomed to be a niche title even before it was announced as a Wii U exclusive. That said, it's made by Platinum Games, the maniacs behind Vanquish and Bayonetta, so you know it's going to handle like a dream. A dream with all the explosions and mania. Argos are using their eBay stall to shift the game for £7.50 less than the competition.
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Platform: PS4 (reviewed) | PS3 | Vita | X360 | XO | Wii U |3DS
Developer: Traveller’s Tales
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive
Yes, this is a review, not an advanced preview for a game which (with any sense) wouldn’t see a release until December when the final Hobbit movie hits cinemas. Instead, this Lego title encompasses the first two films with the third to be added as DLC later this year.
It would take the most upbeat of optimists to suggest that WB will do the right thing and release the add-on (the rest of the game) for free, but my cynical nature tells me to expect something around £15.99 –an oddly specific guess I admit. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see this game re-released complete with the remaining content in December for the same price it is today. So, I guess the only real question left, is how many Lego games do you need in your life? With Lego Marvel and the Lego Movie tie-in released just five and two months ago respectively, you have to wonder why WB didn’t wait.
But here we are, back in Middle Earth for another action-platformer collect em’ up. As with the Lego Lord of the Rings game, there are lines of dialogue and music from the movie giving the game an authentic air. In the Lego LOTR titles, I found this to be an odd match as the straight-faced dialogue was at odds with the characters messing about in the background. But The Hobbit movies have turned out to be lighter affairs and the seriousness and comedy seems to gel together better than I expected. Or maybe it’s because I loved the LOTR movies have been bitterly disappointed with the drawn-out Hobbit ones.Click here to read more...
Is it here yet? Is it here yet? Is it here yet?
No, but we're less than two months away. Mario Kart 8 is finally on its last lap before May 30th - and Tesco Direct are on hand with a nifty saving thanks to their TDX-PWP4 voucher code. Thanks to HellRazer @ HUKD!
This week on Game Buzz... We take a look at SOE's zombie survival game H1Z1, we chat about the recent Nintendo Direct and the upcoming Smash Bros. games for 3DS and Wii U, we have a bit of a natter about Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and The Last of Us coming to PS4, and we get a bit flustered over custard.
I can't explain, it makes more sense when you hear it.
Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.
As the Wii U's only major 2014 release of note so far, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze really doesn't push my buttons. It's solid, colourful and challenging, but makes no attempt to push its gameplay anywhere remotely new or interesting, in stark contrast to the two surprisingly unpredictable Mario games of late. Or the unstoppable might of Rayman Legends. Still, its quality cannot be denied, and neither can the potential savings here. We've occasionally seen it £3 cheaper, but only in other flash sales. Thanks to thebaron69 @ HUKD!
A new Nintendo Direct broadcast went live yesterday, focused entirely on the upcoming Super Smash Bros. games for 3DS and Wii U. We've embedded the video above in case you missed it, but here a brief run down of the main points in super digestible form:
We all leave a digital footprint as we go about our daily lives, from social networks to credit card purchases, CCTV cameras and Oyster Cards. Something that vigilante hacker Aiden Pearce will be able to co-opt to devastating advantage in Watch Dogs when it releases this summer. The hype train is once again picking up speed following the recent delay, and the latest trailer gives us a flavour for the sort of information we'll be able to use during the hac
On the PC side of things, we've got some good and bad news. The specs have been revealed... but I'm afraid that you'll also have to use a certain much-maligned digital platform to play it.Click here to read more...
The Casual Gamer. A now derogatory term used to pigeon-hole the vast swathes of gamers that have dared to show a fleeting interest in an industry previously reserved for the dedicated, committed and knowledgeable “few” that pursued it before it became “mainstream”. Or some such elitist bollocks.
Now, I could write an entire article exploring the separation of this industry, but instead this piece focuses more on accepting the diversity that tablet gaming, motion controls et al has brought the gaming industry, and how this has shaped the strategy and fortunes of one of its biggest players – Nintendo.
Before we get too far in, it's worth me just clarifying what I will be referring to as a casual gamer. For the purposes of this article when I say 'casual gamer' what I mean is the group of people who wouldn't list gaming as one of their top hobbies or interests, it is instead a minor method of enjoyably passing the time in between other activities. As such they have no need to know the industry in depth, and similarly may not know a lot of what others familiar to gaming may know.
These variances against a more "normal" (or indeed hardcore - shudder) gamer are crucial when you apply them to Nintendo - arguably the company now most synonymous with the casual gamer tag thanks to the overwhelming success of the Wii. No one can deny that the performance of Nintendo's previous console didn't do a lot of good for the games industry. It increased it's potential and target audience massively, and gaming is enjoying a boom as a result. It gets much more exposure and recognition nowadays, and that is partly thanks to the Wii's success in bringing in an additional audience.
But this success has been a bit of a double-edged sword for the gaming behemoth. And they've fallen on it quite a lot in recent years.
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.
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Need to get yourself up to date on the Desmond Miles storyline? Well, this is a great price for ACIII on the Wii U. This is a huge game with a large world to explore as Connor (that enthusiastic fella with the tomahawk above) as he runs riot in the middle of the US civil war. Part III also introduces ships to the series for the first time, which led to some truly epic moments in ACIV.
The Wii U Special Edition of the game includes lots of DLC for those of you who want to finish the trilogy on a different format to the one where you've created a save already. To make up for this, there's an 'interactive back story experience' which catches you up and allows you to make some important choices to set up the third game. Other extras include the From Ashes and Extended Cuts and a new heavy weapon. Extra multiplayer content includes the Resurgence, Rebellion and Earth packs. While we wouldn't advise replacing the first two games with the interactive comic, it's not a bad way to go if you don't have the 80 hours spare to play them.
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Wake up platformer fans, you have a game to play! The reviews have been exceptional so far for Nintendo's other long-running platforming series, suggesting Wii U owners will want to snap this one up as soon as possible. Game Collection are currently £5 cheaper than any other website, making this the best deal yet for the Ninty exclusive.
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HD remasters and re-releases are big business, and in the wake of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition earlier this year, and the Final Fantasy X/X-2 re-release a few days ago, I've been thinking about some of the other games from the past fifteen years that would make for no-brainer re-releases on current, new-gen platforms like the Xbox One, the PS4, and the Wii U.
Sometimes, it's all too easy to attribute a re-release to a cashgrab, and the line shifts depending on who's drawn it, and how much the person in question values a game. Convenience is often one of the greatest reasons for picking up a game again on a new platform, particularly if it's a beloved title. But there are also certain practical improvements that we all look for when it comes to these revamps, from graphical improvements -- resolutions, textures, framerate, AA -- to additional content, smoother handling, new features, and making the most of the opportunities afforded by new tech.
In the case of the Xbox One and PS4, that means gameplay broadcasting and sharing services. On the Wii U, that extends even further to the unique capabilities of the GamePad and a greater focus on online multiplayer.
With that in mind, here are a few of my own personal picks for games I'd love to see make the jump from previous generations to the current one.
Metroid Prime Trilogy
This is a no-brainer. Metroid Prime still, somehow, looks absolutely outstanding, and both the first game and Echoes received a bit of spit and polish for the Collection that released on the Wii. Not only is it the best and bravest move Nintendo have made with one of their precious properties, but the explortory nature of the gameplay would lend itself brilliantly to incorporating the Game Pad. Scanning alien planets, pinpointing enemy weaknesses, plus you could use the motion control to steer the Morphball, and if Nintendo fancied adding in a spot of extra gameplay, you could get a nice little Commander-esque mode going on with the Game Pad in competitive multiplayer.Click here to read more...
To be perfectly honest, this really wasn't the Nintendo exclusive we were all hoping for, but reviews for Donkey Kong's Wii U adventure have been excellent in the main. It's another slice of classic platforming, which you can get at a £5 saving from The Game Collection today/
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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.
If you're going to get a Wii U, this 32GB model is the one you should be going for.Nintendo Land and its collection of minigames is an easier introduction to the new Gamepad (the tablet-esque controller) than something like Zombi U. This is one of the cheapest p[rices I've seen for a premium bundle, check out the retailers website for stock details in your area.
Thanks to Pedrostan at HotUkDeals.
Andy Ford wears a number of hats: web developer, Dealspwn regular, and now Nintendo third-party partner, he's just about to release his first game on Wii U -- a physics-based puzzler called Internal Invasion. Take the drag-aim-fire mechanics from Angry Birds, add in multiple catapult points, replace the catapults with cannons and the birds with a robot, and the setting with various cartoonish visions of a human's insides and you're most of the way there.
Players have to guide the medical nanobot Ro-Bert through a series of delightfully squelchy human organs, passages, and gauntlets of bone and tissue in a bid to prevent an invading virus from taking hold. You fire Ro-Bert from cannon to cannon across the game's ever-expanding 50 levels, aiming for the green arrow at the end of each level, and using the pills you find to give you little boosts of propulsion to help steer between the cannons. There's a time limit on each level, and your grade out of five at the end is determined by your speed as well as whether or not you picked up all of the pills.
Needless to say, it's fiendishly addictive; and I'm rubbish at it. I'll blame that on the fact that I was playing the HTML 5 version rather than the deliciously tactile, touch-based Wii U experience. Yup, that's my excuse.
Anyway, I caught up with Andy to have a little chat about Internal Invasion and what it's been like working with Nintendo as an indie developer. Internal Invasion wasn't original designed for the system, but as the game developed, it seems like making the jump to Nintendo's wii box of tricks (sorry) was the only way for Ford to make the game as he wanted it.Click here to read more...
Play-Asia are currently running a sail (geddit?) on Wind Waker's superb Wii U revamp, which will save you more than a fiver. It's the PAL version, too, so it'll be compatible with our European region-locked consoles... but note that the free or cheaper shipping options could take a while.
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag was a return to form after ACIII's lacklustre showing, but if ye be wantin' extra booty on Wii-Uty (I'm really sorry about that), you can buy the Skull Edition for a shade under £20 from Grainger Games. This merch-laden package is increasingly hard to find, and usually retails in the £30-35 range, so this is a bit of a steal. Thanks to Jas10 @ HUKD!
Sonic: Lost World | £19.98 | Currys
Sonic: Lost World is basically the blue hedgehog's answer to Super Mario Galaxy, and you know what? I actually rather liked it. No, it doesn't quite have the same peerless level design as most of Mario's outings, but it's a rather nice little change of scene for Sonic, and at under £20, it's a pretty good deal on a solid Wii U exclusive.
Nice spot wonkey.