Happy Easter folks! While you're rolling out of bed on Bank Holiday Monday, be aware that Zavvi have dropped their price on Batman: Arkham Origins on X360 and Wii U. If you snap up the latter you'll also bag yourself the Deathstroke pre-order DLC, which is quite a bit of fun.
The game itself isn't particularly fresh, and it had to endure a buggy release, but it's still worth a look for Arkham series fans. Thanks to Chanchi32.
Zavvi are currently £4 cheaper than any other site. South Park: The Stick of Truth was well worth the wait and should be picked up immediately by any of you that enjoy the show and old-school RPGs. It can feel a bit basic at times, but the show's trademark humour ensures you'll stick with it for hours on end. Don't worry about the censorship cuts made for the console version, there's still plenty of gross-out wrongness to experience. For example, last night I dodged a giant pair of testicles in a boss fight.
Thanks to Chanchi32 at HotUkDeals.
Dark Souls II will prove to be one of gaming's true Marmite titles this year. Fans of all things horrible, mean and stabby will love it's relentless difficulty and cruel nature, while others will spend their time gaming in a brightly lit room wishing they'd never tried a Souls game. But Zavvi are inspiring a brave purchase with the cheapest price we've seen yet. So, if stubbing your toe or getting parking tickets gives you a chubby, head on over and ask Zavvi for a punch in the face / a copy of Dark Souls II. Be sure to check out some of Carl's videos for the game too by scrolling through our past coverage here.
Thanks to theg at HotUkDeals.
You'll either know and adore Minecraft already or you'll have an active and healthy social life. If you'd like to change the latter, then Green Man Gaming are selling the Xbox 360 version of the online phenomenon for £11.99.
Thanks to halodudify at HotUkDeals.
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...
Carrier Command: Gaea Mission does a pretty good job of bringing the legendary Carrier Command up to date, especially now the pathfinding has been mostly patched up. It's a strategy game, except you can directly control your units too. Though a bit on the niche side, we had a reasonable amount of interest on-site at launch, so if you didn't pick it up then you might have another chance of doing so now on Xbox 360.
If you missed The Game Collection's £15 flash sale last week, Zavvi have slashed Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII down to £17.98, which is impressive considering that the game has only been out a few weeks. It's apparently the best in the trilogy that should have never been, despite an annoying time limit and wooden leading lady - though we wish that Square had just called time after XIII and worked on something else instead. Thanks to Edward_Nigma @ HUKD!
Publishers: Warner Bros. Interactive
After not getting around to finishing the final version of the original Vita release late last year, I was delighted to see that Blackgate was making its way to the main consoles in a similar manner to Assassin’s Creed: Liberation HD. Keen to fill the long gap between now and Rocksteady’s next-gen Arkham adventure I dove in with both feet -but sadly without a cape.
Blackgate takes place three months after the events of Arkham Origins, making its original simultaneous release a little odd. But now we’ve had time to finish the console game, we don’t have to worry about spoilers; although I’ll not give any away today.
Batman finds himself visiting Blackgate prison after the inmates take over, with various crime lords taking a part of the facility for themselves. So yes, it’s a pretty bland mashup of the plots from the first Rocksteady games, but at least Bruce doesn’t seem to have any parent issues during the story for a change.
He does seem to have become hardcore drinking buddies with Ratchet & Clank though as he once again turns up to the rumble with fuck-all gear to navigate around the environments. Why Batman! Why do you never pack the line gun or exploding gel? You’re always going to need it, you bellend!Click here to read more...
I'm currently smashing my way through the PS4 version and will have a review for you soon. I can tell you now though that the last-gen versions are feature-complete, so why not save yourself £8 by picking them up at Simply Games? There are a few new features for a change in the Lego series, including buddy-up attacks and a basic loot system that leads towards a Lego crafting minigame for larger creations. The third film will be available later this year as DLC which reeks of a shameless cash-in worse than the fact one of Tolkien's shortest books has been spread over three films. Don't be surprised to see this re-released then at the same price with the third film's levels included.
Not ready to stump up the cash for a PS4 and Infamous: Second Son yet? Well, this deal will save you hundreds of pounds for the Saints' latest adventure, now with aliens! The previously GTA-aping series has added a superhero element to the action by giving you insane powers like super sprinting, shooting fireballs, telekinesis and the ability to leap over buildings. Saints Row IV's super-powered take on the open-world genre is an absolute blast to play. Screw commuting to a mission like you do in GTA, when you can run faster than a car as the President of the USA while fighting off an alien invasion. Sane it is not, but we wouldn't have it any other way.
Thanks to Jas10 at HotUkDeals.
Call Of Duty: Ghosts treads water graphically and creatively, but for a hilariously low £12.85, we can't complain about the value for money here. If you're not interested in the superior next-gen versions, SimplyGames' deal is an absolute doozy. Thanks to theg @ HUKD!
"There is nothing... nothing... half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”
Ratty had it right. As did The Lonely Island. Naval combat is awesome, so we're delighted that Battlefield 4's selection of RHIBs, jetskis and attack boats finally have their chance to shine courtesy of the latest DLC. Aptly named Naval Strike, this new map pack contains four enormous waterlogged maps balanced for ship-to-ship combat, while infantry scurry to secure their objectives and aircraft hunt down their quarry on the high seas. As the cherry on the cake, we have a new game mode in Carrier Assault, which gives Battlefield 2142's beloved Titan gametype a wet and wild makeover. Forget tanks and heavy armour, because we're all about hovercraft and hidden Megalodons now.
Available as part of the Battlefield Premium service, Naval Strike certainly seems to be a breath of sea air, which we've now tested thoroughly enough to deliver our comprehensive verdict - from the new maps to the gear and gametypes. And then we'll finish up by having another rant about Battlefield 4's crappy netcode.
Wave Breaker is by far the strongest and most interesting of the new maps. An expansive network of small islands, naval approaches and airborne opportunities are clustered around a massive underground submarine pen: a nervy combination of long sight lines, balconies, gantries and tight corridors for well-organised squads to assault. Attack boats and RHIBs can breach the perimeter unless infantry raise flood barriers, while the drydocked submarine can be collapsed with devastating results if it sustains enough damage. Given the mix of massively open boat combat, helicopter shenanigans and brutal point-blank ground pounding, it's really rather special indeed.Click here to read more...
It's official: 2K Australia are indeed working on a "pre-sequel" to Borderlands, appropriately entitled Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. Set on the Hyperion Moonbase, players will explore the low-gravity no-Oxygen environment at the behest of a younger Handsome Jack.
Or more accurately, just Jack, we suppose.
All the rumours were true; from the selection of characters (yes, we get to control a weaponised ClapTrap!) to limited Oxygen and a 2014 release on PC and last-gen consoles. We could elaborate, but for your convenience, 2K Australia and Gearbox' Randy Pitchford star in a new explanatory trailer that covers all the basics and then some.
Titanfall on Xbox 360 is great fun. It's not as sharp as its Xbox One sibling, nor is it as impressive in terms of framerate, but at its core it's still the same fast-paced, exhilarating experience that we've come to find on the other platforms thus far.
Put simply, I'm not entirely sure that the difference between the Xbox 360 version and the Xbox One version is worth forking out £400 for.
We're nearly five months on now from the release of the Xbox One and the PS4, and we've seen prices fall a little in that time, but I'd still posit that there's little reason to invest in the advent of this new generation of video game consoles, and the Titanfall situation perfectly illustrates why: we're not ready to let go of last-gen just yet.
We speculated that the delay of the 360 version, and the fact that no-one had seen or heard anything much about it until a couple of days before release, might have been because it was crap. That's a fairly tried-and-tested strategy in the games industry: if you have a crap game it's either vertical slice time (hello Aliens), or you follow that old adage of if you haven't got anything good to say, don't say anything at all. It's all helped along by the fact that 2014 has seen some of the most hilariously overblown scrutiny of games and visuals and technical specifications and comparisons that a tiny, tiny, very vocal niche care about. As soon as you put something out there in the virtual ether, it's going to get torn apart, and so we often jump to the conclusion that no news is probably bad news.
But in this instance it would seem that the reverse is true: that the Xbox 360 port is good enough to have probably posed a challenge to the more expensive, pleasebuyaconsoleforthis Xbox One version of Titanfall, and that says much about the fragility of this first year of next-gen gaming. With third parties going for an expansive approach, and hamstringing the potential of current-gen versions to allow for feature-complete last-gen games, the exclusive big hitters matter more for Sony and Microsoft, and it makes sense to try and make things as easy for the likes of Titanfall and inFamous: Second Son as is possible. Given the choice between forking out forty quid for a really enjoyable version of Titanfall on Xbox 360 and ten times that for Titanfall on Xbox One, many might have gone for the former over the latter.Click here to read more...
Amazon had a nice little PS3 deal for Dark Souls II going on yesterday, dropping their price down to £25. Unfortunately, Xbox 360 players were left with their noses pressed up to the window as PlayStation owners danced around, revelling in the mountains of cash that they'd saved. Allegedly.
Anyway, GAME have undercut Amazon by a penny on the PS3 version, and have dropped their 360 price for Dark Souls II as well. So now everyone can revel in savings. Go on. Revel, I say!
Developer: Telltale Games
The Wolf Among Us reeled us in, and Episode 1 was the hook. It caught us expertly, brutally worked us over and left us desperate for more; a triumph of storytelling, twists and characterisation that pulled no punches. Then Episode 2 took its sweet time turning up before sitting us down and asking if we'd like a cup of tea. A necessary lull, but we're good and ready for the storm now.
Episode 3: A Crooked Mile is happy to oblige.
Telltale are back on form, delivering a superbly-paced slice of stylish, gritty and often gutwrenchingly emotional procedural drama. Hot on the trail of his prime suspect, Bigby finds himself in a desperate race against time that still manages to expand on both the universe, the characters and the big bad wolf himself - while introducing a fantastic new villain.
Since I know that some of you will be reading this review to make up your mind about buying the season pass, we're going to avoid spoiling the major twists from the first two episodes. Somehow.
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Don't worry if you missed yesterday's South Park: Stick of Truth deal? Tesco might have run out of stock, but Amazon are firing on all cylinders and have kept the dream alive...on PS3 anyway. If you've got Sony's last-gen box of tricks, you can still snap up the game for £18.50, and you really should. Because it's hilarious and that preice is damn cheap for a game that only released a couple of weeks back. Good spot oliverreed!
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):
Hot. HOT. I'm being super cereal right now: this deal is almost too sizzling to handle, since Tesco Direct are currently selling the recently-released South Park RPG for £18.50 including free home delivery. It's an immense saving on what turned out to be a genuinely impressive -- if intentionally (brilliantly) offensive game. Thanks to johnwilliamson47 @ HUKD for this fantastic spot!
We all love getting something for nothing, so seeing that many of us already pay for Xbox Live Gold membership, we're big fans of Microsoft's Games With Gold scheme. Getting to download and keep games forever is a fantastic idea, but as we've seen over the last few months, the service has increasingly come under fire for its somewhat lacklustre selection compared to PlayStation Plus' engorged rental smorgasbord.
So, in the spirit of useful feedback and because it's a fairly slow news day, here are the ten games we'd love to see make an appearance on Games With Gold - across both Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Some of these games would be easy to offer, others might just be the unrealistic pipe dreams of a deeply ungrateful hack, while more are examples of Microsoft missing some fairly obvious opportunities. Let's go!
Gears Of War: Judgment was pretty nifty for a boilerplate stopgap. Having run the series to conclusion, this entertaining if somewhat unnecessary prequel still managed to do the business in cooperative multiplayer, and I daresay plenty of people didn't pick it up last year.
Plus, it would be nice to get one of the only big exclusives of 2013 for free. Can't imagine it's exactly flying off the shelves now.
As we discussed earlier today, all manner of XBLA games deserve the chance to shine, especially those with sadly dead or dying multiplayer communities. From the exceptional dogfighting of Snoopy Flying Ace to the underrated jetpack multiplayer of Hybrid and even Madballs in Babo Invasion's surprisingly excellent online modes, there's a wealth of potential left untapped here.Click here to read more...