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!
Platforms: PC (reviewed, £14.99) | PSN & XBLA versions incoming
Developer: CI Games
Publisher: CI Games
We love games that push the boundaries of this interactive art form, that challenge our preconceptions of what the medium can deliver. We gorge ourselves on experimental, radical new experiences that tug at our heartstrings, that teach us about new perspectives and even ourselves. However, every once in a while, we also love shooting aliens in the face while listening to rock music.
This simple pleasure has been all but washed away by a tide of zombies and dubstep, but here comes a new challenger. Alien Rage promised little more than an army of ravening aliens, an arsenal of massive guns and plenty of grinding metal to enjoy while combining boomstick A with enemy cloaca B. Frankly, we couldn't have been more excited about this self-styled "oldschool" proposition, even though City Interactive's past form can be charitably described as inconsistent.
Unfortunately the trailers lied and Alien Rage fails a full half of its remit right off the bat. For the vast majority of the game, you'll barely hear the plaintive cry of a guitar beneath a monotony of generic strings, synth and brass that could have been lifted from the bottom of Jason Graves' wastepaper basket. So everything rests, then, on whether it lets us shoot aliens in the face.
Well it does, and it's beautiful to boot, but the new-school music is just the first in a long list of compromises.Click here to read more...
Xbox Live Gold members will be able to freely download and play Might & Magic: Clash Of Heroes as the next 'Games With Gold' title, Microsoft confirmed yesterday. The promotion will run throughout the first two weeks of October, and will be well worth a look if you haven't tried it out yet.
We heaped praise upon the "lengthy and enjoyable puzzle game" in our 8/10 review.
Alien Rage promises to be a proper old-school FPS romp: just you, an army of aliens and a massive selection of outrageous boomsticks to slaughter them with. It's out tomorrow on Steam, so to prepare you for battle, CI Games have deployed an appropriately raunchy launch trailer.
I'm always up for a bit of circle-strafing bunny-hopping metal-fuelled action, so hopefully Alien Rage can deliver the goods.Click here to read more...
Platforms: PS3 | PS4 | Xbox 360 | Xbox One | PC
Developer: Ubisoft Montpellier (internal team)
Games tend to shy away from World War One as a potential setting, and it's easy to see why. The miserable, hopeless carnage of trench warfare simply can't equate to fun or entertainment in a traditional sense without totally trivialising the conflict, instead only allowing niche titles to explore it in any meaningful way.
So it's refreshing to see a small Ubisoft Montpellier team approaching The Great War from an entirely new perspective, a 2D puzzle adventure that focuses not on the battles, but on the people, teasing out the humanity behind it. Valiant Hearts is very much a labour of love for its 15-strong studio, drawing on real letters from the front lines that never made it home for inspiration, and real events and photographs to anchor players in the setting. Throughout its ten-to-twelve hours, you'll experience the reality of World War One through the eyes of five diverse characters on both sides of the trenches, whose stories ultimately conspire to bring two lovers together. Thanks, in no small part, to a heroic dog.
"We take you from 1914 to 1918," director Adrian Lacey told us during a recent preview event in Paris, "and basically these five protagonists intertwine as they go through their journey. The foundation of the story is to bring Karl [a German soldier] and Marie back together, it's a love story, and it's how all the perspectives of each character goes within that story. Their perspective of the war, why they're in the war."
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Though Geometry Wars is now owned by Activision, Microsoft is still apparently toying with the idea of getting the influential twin-stick shooter and XBLA pioneer onto Xbox One.Click here to read more...
I'd almost forgotten what overdriven guitars sound like, what with all the dubstep infesting our videos these days. Thankfully Alien Rage is here to put things right, offering plenty of generic videogame metal accompanying footage of shooting aliens in the face (or extraterrestrial equivalent).Click here to read more...
Valiant Hearts: The Great War will tell five interlacing World War One stories based on real letters and events, tied together by a heroic dog who never takes sides. This might sound like a perfect framework for an episodic format, with each character a single episode, and the small internal Ubisoft team are apparently approaching development with that firmly in mind.Click here to read more...
Platforms: PSN | XBLA (current & next-gen) | PC
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Child Of Light was too big a secret to keep. As an interactive fairytale, respectful homage to classic role-playing games and a gorgeous use of Rayman Origins' UbiArt engine, Far Cry 3's creative director couldn't help but let the cat out of the bag at GDC.
You can hardly blame him, because after getting hands-on with Child Of Light at a Parisian preview session, I can report that it's shaping up to be something very special indeed.
The story follows Aurora, a young girl marked by destiny in a fairytale world that toes the line between whimsical and thoroughly twisted. Packing a massive sword, fake crown and a hovering magical companion called Igniculus, our heroine sets out to bring light to the darkness in a hybrid between 2D exploration and classic turn-based battling.Click here to read more...
Worth buying with friends - it's made for cooperative play. Also, be aware that the soundtrack is sensational, consisting of rock remixes of classic tunes. Like this.