Microsoft have revealed the second batch of daily deals in its ongoing Xbox 360 Ultimate Games Sale., and it looks like the Chief is leading the charge of the cheap in towards roster of savings:
|Content Title||Content Type||Discount %|
|Halo 4||Games on Demand||50%|
|ArcaniA||Games on Demand||75%|
|WWE 2K14||Games on Demand||50%|
|Dragon Age II||Games on Demand||75%|
|Batman Arkham Origins: Blackgate||Arcade||50%|
Microsoft are ready to roll out their Ultimate Game Sale today, which includes a hefty stable of discounts alongside rolling daily deals and Gold-exclusive offerings. Sadly the daily deals aren't up to much yet -- we'll keep an eye out for the smartest bargains there -- but their Games On Demand are rather cheeky. £5 for Dishonored, £3.99 for Child Of Eden and £3.33 for DuckTales isn't to be sniffed at.
Gold Members can make serious savings on the Serious Sam games, from the excellent third instalment to the HD Encounters and Double D XXL, while The Walking Dead: Season 2 is also available at a 50% discount. Xbox One owners, meanwhile, get sweet naff all. Sorry. Unless you count a 33% saving on Titanfall's expensive downloadable RRP.
We've got the deals below courtesy of Major Nelson's blog, though Andymac007 has done a fantastic job of rounding up the prices at HUKD!Click here to read more...
Developer: Capy Games
There's nothing more satisfying than watching a Super Time Force replay. A massive army of crazy heroes rampages across the level, annihilating legions of evil robots, dying by the dozen yet eventually destroying the boss in sixty seamless seconds of glorious pixelated ultraviolence. From futuristic cops and angelic cherubs to dinosaurs and Atlantean fishmen, nothing can stand in the way of your chronological cohort as they fill the screen with ruinous firepower.
However, only you know what really happened in that mad minute. Every one of those heroes was you; constantly dying, rewinding, multiplying, changing the future and iterating on a timeline fit to burst with paradoxes. An Army Of YOU.
Yes, Super Time Force is built around a time-shifting mechanic that makes Braid seem simple... but it plays like Metal Slug on adrenaline and looks like a violently explosive collision between a SNES and a Saturday morning cartoon.
So it's ruddy marvellous, then.Click here to read more...
Platforms: PC | PS3 | PS4 (tested) | Xbox 360 | Xbox One
Developer: Ubisoft Montpellier (small internal team)
Hand on heart: I've never played anything remotely like Valiant Hearts: The Great War.
Perhaps that's not technically true. As a 2D puzzle adventure with simple yet engaging mechanics, we've had plenty of seemingly similar games to choose from over the last few years, but the tiny passionate team behind this UbiArt-powered title have managed to create an experience that would been laughed out of boardrooms across the industry.
Consider a game set in the grim battlefields of World War One... but with puzzles instead of visceral combat. A story that makes no-one the villain, instead focusing on the real people on both sides of the conflict and their personal dramas. A stylised and cartoony visual treat hand-drawn by a single designer, that still manages to flesh out strong characters with a bare minimum of dialogue. Featuring brainteasers that challenge players while not bogging down the all-important plot. Inspired by a small museum of correspondence and artefacts from the front, educating us about real events without becoming horribly depressing.
In effect, Valiant Hearts is too ridiculously left-field and experimental to exist by conventional AAA publishing logic, yet here it comes courtesy of Ubisoft. Having spent several hours playing the latest production build at their Guildford UK headquarters, accompanied by associate producers Gregory Hermittant and Guillaume Cerda, I can report that it promises to be rather special indeed.
You'll laugh, you'll cry and you might just learn something too - so long as the finished article matches our impressions so far.Click here to continue [Beware mild spoilers] >>
Microsoft has pulled the trigger on this week's Xbox Live deals, releasing a wave of undead discounts onto the marketplace. Gold Members can pick up the rough-yet-magnificent State Of Decay for £6.74, the shonky yet fun How To Survive for £4.99 and some season passes on the cheap - though Dead Island Riptide is best avoided even at a discount.
Oh, and Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare is only £16.74 on Xbox 360 - a £3 saving vs Base.com. Well worth a purchase if you fancy some team-based frolics; don't worry, the microtransactions won't bite.
Meanwhile, Square Enix has also staggered into the fray, desperately in search of braiiiiins. They'll go hungry with the lacklustre Thief reboot, sadly, but savings on Tomb Raider and Lightning Returns might tempt you to part with a few quid rather than shopping around for a 15p saving. As always, we've got the whole shebang after the break with browser marketplace links.Click here to read more...
Microsoft has revealed this month's free Xbox 360 'Games With Gold,' and I'm moderately impressed with the selection this time around.
From today, XBL Gold members can download the magnificent Dust: An Elysian Tail, which is a game you ought to own but probably don't. It's one of the best MetroidVania platformers I've played in years, delivers an utterly superb combat system and looks exceptional. Some of you might be put off by the anthropomorphic animal (read: furry) art style, but remember that Crash Bandicoot and Fox McCloud are awesome and so is Dust. Read the review. It's all here.
Anyway, get it while you can, because the fun yet crass Saints Row: The Third replaces Dust on May 16th.
Microsoft has revealed this week's selection of Xbox Live deals, both in terms of gold-exclusive discounts and free-for-all XBLA savings. Some seriously big Microsoft Studios-published titles are on offer, including the Gears Of War and Halo series, but XBLA brings the real bargains. From Battleblock Theater and Charlie Murder to Iron Brigade and Wreckateer, expect to pay somewhere between £3.29 and sixty-seven pence.
We've got all the marketplace links below, courtesy of Major Nelson, but I'd like to give due credit to thinreaper and Eelectrical @ HUKD, who posted about the deals earlier today.
Xbox Live Gold Member Deals:
XBLA (open to all):
Games On Demand (open to all):
Xbox Live's Games With Gold initiative was a great idea. Giving Xbox Live gold members free games every month as part of their subscription provides a welcome extra perk, but now that PlayStation Plus has levelled the playing field, the service finds itself at the sharp end of many a criticism. However, we reckon that Microsoft might be missing a fairly obvious trick, at least in terms of what games to give us.
No, I'm not talking about big blockbusters. Games with Gold definitely needs more in the way of juicy triple-A titles to give Sony's service a run for its money, but Microsoft already knows it. We already know it. Considering that making a huge pricey game free to download and keep forever requires an enormous amount of financial finagling behind the scenes, it'll be interesting to see how Microsoft goes about their unenviable task, but there's not much point retreating old ground.
Instead, I'd like to point out another interesting use for Games With Gold, and a potential new avenue for the service to tap into alongside its big hitters. Namely: underrated XBLA games with dead or dying multiplayer communities.Click here to read more...
George Osborne's latest budget closes off a key tax loophole that Steam exploits to provide cheaper games.Click here to read more...
Developer: Double Helix Games
Strider is the best game that Double Helix have ever made.
The bar was admittedly scraping along the ground, since their mediocre past form includes the likes of Battleship, Front Mission Evolved and that shocking Green Lantern tie-in. But be in no doubt: their suitably challenging and respectful remake of Capcom's classic slice & dice platformer is very good indeed, and worthy to bear the name. As soon as master assassin Hiryu goofily cartwheels over a crowd of robotic rifleman, flips off a wall and carves his first foe into tiny pieces, its pedigree is unmistakeable.
When Strider is content to be a faithful reboot, it's really rather brilliant. Having arrived in the sprawling city of Kazakh to murder its evil 'Grandmaster' and bring peace to the world with ultraviolence, Hiryu is as spry and blisteringly fast as we remember, barrelling through the corridors in a blur of precisely-aimed steel and perfectly-timed wall jumps. Packing a climbing sickle that can scale any surface, robotic combat enhancements and even a teleporter, he's a force to be reckoned with, but the Grandmaster's robot army and mercenary henchmen will give him a retro-tough run for his money.Click here to read more...
About time too. After the exceptional first episode of The Wolf Among Us left us with a truly shocking cliffhanger, Telltale left us hanging for three months. Three months I've spent gnawing on my newsdesk and clawing at my hair in closure-less anguish. Three months that I've spent desperately pining for any new info while daydreaming of foulmouthed cockney frogs.
Thankfully Telltale are finally ready to release Episode 2 - entitled 'Smoke & Mirrors' - next week, presumably Wednesday and Thursday across multiple platforms. Since the PC version can only be bought as a season pass, we're keen to see if Telltale can keep the quality up. Expect subplots to thicken, more revelations, plenty of raw violence and about a thousand more unanswered questions.
In case you didn't know, The Wolf Among Us brings classic Fairy Tales into a gritty and complex 80s setting, and does so majestically. Be sure to read our spoiler-free 9/10 review for our verdict.
Platform: Xbox One (£11.99)
Developer: Press Play
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Max: The Curse Of Brotherhood may look like a throwaway kids' platformer at first glance, but it plays like a colourful gameplay hybrid of Trine and Limbo.
After our improbably-coiffured hero banishes his annoying brother to an evil realm with a spell he found on the internet (one weird trick to cast your sibling into another plane of existence?), Max sets forth to save Felix from the evil Mustachio and save a bizarre world in the process. A Saturday morning setup to be sure, but the puzzle gameplay is surprisingly serious business.
Things start out simple, easing players into the extremely basic moveset. Max can waddle at a slow jog, jump over small obstacles and drag objects around, much like the Limbo lad, but is otherwise completely defenceless. A couple of nicely choreographed chase scenes set the tone nicely, before introducing Max to his magic marker, the only object he's thought to bring with him from the real world. As a sort-of-sequel to unappreciated WiiWare puzzler Max & The Magic Marker, Max: The Curse Of Brotherhood uses his Sharpie to twist reality in some excellent brainteasers.
Well, it is a magic marker, after all.
Click here to read more...
If you're an Xbox Live Gold member, you can now pick up Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon on Xbox Live Arcade. It's ridiculous, bombastic and thoroughly nostalgic in all the right ways - and you'll save twice as much as you'll pay.
Ubisoft aren't messing about with this week's XBLA sale, which will last until next Tuesday. We're talking about some seriously big deals on seriously big games here, such as snagging Call Of Juarez: Gunslinger for less than £2.50 or Ghost Recon: Future Soldier for a fiver.
Special mention also needs to go to Scott Pilgrim vs The World, which is one of the only truly great film tie-ins ever made. Final Fight fans should buy it, love it and play it in local co-op for the full effect. Here's the list of links and prices:
When fate closes a door, it opens a window. Specifically in that the PS4's PlayStation Plus freebie lineup has lost its token racing game, to be replaced by a innovative puzzle-platformer from Focus Home Interactive. This, we feel, is a change for the better.
But you don't have to take my word for it. Behold, some new screenshots, which I've compared to DriveClub directly along with some useful commentary.Click here to read more...
If you're an Xbox Live Gold Member, you can now pick up some seriously awesome games at seriously cheap prices. See what I did there? Yeeeah.
But don't let my awful attempts at Tuesday morning humour put you off from getting involved, seeing as you can get Serious Sam 3 or Double D XXL for £1.68. Also Castlestorm, which was surprisingly good fun. Links to the marketplace and our reviews below - but not before giving due credit and thanks heatlight @ HUKD, who posted these deals long before we did.
Microsoft has revealed the next two games to be featured in the Xbox 360 'Games With Gold' programme. From today, Halo 3 and Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes will be replaced with A World Of Kelflings and Iron Brigade - one of which is a charming avatar game while the other is a Double Fine-developed tower defence mech 'em up. I'll let you guess which is which.
I personally like the fact that Microsoft are featuring slightly niche XBLA games that a lot of people probably haven't tried, but they probably ought to be offered alongside something meatier. What do you make of the November update?
Platforms: PSN | XBLA (£6.75, reviewed)
Developer: Kung Fu Factory
Girl Fight was never going to be a good game. The clue's in the name. It's called Girl Fight.
Yes, this tragic throwback subscribes to the 'if you can't make it good, make it sexy' philosophy of game design, existing solely as an excuse for an array of scantily-clad "sexy fighters" to touch each other for our titillation like a tawdry downloadable peep show. Just pop in the £6.75, roll back the curtain and watch some "fierce femme fatales" duke it out before unlocking some mucky pictures for your trouble. The formula worked so well for BMX XXX and Dead Or Alive: Paradise, after all.
No, wait, the other thing. Most gamers are savvy enough to spot opportunistic exploitation when they see it, and Girl Fight immediately fell off the radar when it launched last month. Having been asked to critique Girl Fight by Microprose, I can report that this lack of excitement and interest is thoroughly deserved.
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The Walking Dead: Episode 1 | XBLA | £0.00
The first episode of Telltale's excellent adventure is now free to play on Xbox Live Arcade worldwide and the US PlayStation Network [CORRECTION: as stan2 rightly reminds us in the comments, it has been free on the EU PSN for some time]. If you haven't tried it yet, this might be the excuse you need.
Thanks and credit to oioisaveloy @ HUKD!