If you opt for the last-gen version of the upcoming sniper sim, you'll save yourself a small fortune as the PS4/Xbone versions are currently pre-ordering for over £40. If you remember the insanely detailed killshots of the last game, the next-gen version may be a bit much to stomach anyway. The third game in the series is still set in WWII, but moves the action to Africa. So you'll be shooting sweaty Nazis in the nuts this time.
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Rejoice! It's South Park Day folks! Yes, The Stick of Truth releases today here in the UK and we've got another little gameplay video for you. This time Matt's new kid on the block gets kidnapped by aliens, all of whom appear to be obsessed with inserting things into various human orifices. But there's no time to think about that! Poor Randy has been taken as well, and we have to save the moustachioed legend before he's reamed to death.
Not that we get to see such things, of course. We're European, after all; which means our eyes would explode if we witnessed such cartoon horrors. Thankfully Ubisoft censored the truly awful bits to save our retinas from spontaneous combustion. To be honest, that might be a mercy.
Still, definitely consider this NSFW. Thank God It's Friday!Click here to read more...
About time too. Just when our excitement for Watch Dogs reached critical mass, having previewed a production build, interviewed the developers and even tested out the companion app, Ubisoft delayed their anticipated hacking sandbox at the eleventh hour. Then went dark.
The waiting began. The conjecture and concerns deepened. But now we can start to ramp back into hype mode, because Watch Dogs has been officially dated by way of a new trailer! So long as you don't want to buy it on Wii U, that is.Click here to read more...
Developer: Kojima Productions
Ground Zeroes is a curious little thing. Neither full game nor free demo, Kojima's attempt to bridge the events of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker and the upcoming Phantom Pain acts as both a FOX Engine showcase, a playable tutorial for Snake's massively overhauled gameplay and a shameless story teaser that sets up one heck of a cliffhanger. With concerns about its length, value and Jack Bauer making headlines, I approached my first hands-on session with a degree of trepidation.
Over more than five hours of contact time, however, I gradually came to realise that Ground Zeroes is more than the sum of its parts. Crucially it's a sandbox; a freeform playground designed to ease players into the new Metal Gear Solid experience by letting us experiment with the retooled mechanics on our own terms.
The scene is set in a lengthy intro cinematic that sees Snake rappelling into Omega Base, a Guantanamo Bay-inspired Black Site in which Paz (remember her?) may have been incarcerated. His mission is to extract her alive by any means necessary, even as we're introduced to the horrifically disfigured new villain Skull Face, who sets a sinister plan into motion involving the nefarious XOF forces. It's an excuse to get Snake back into his skintight stealth suit, but scant seconds after assuming control, you'll realise that Metal Gear has changed in several fundamental ways.Click here to read more...
Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes releases later this month, giving players a taste of the FOX Engine's capabilities, a storyline teaser and insight into Snake's new abilities. However, many gamers are desperately concerned about its value, following a report that the campaign can be completed in less than two hours.
Now that I've spent several hours with Ground Zeroes' 95% preview build, I'm finally in a position to confirm or deny these allegations firsthand.
Or, more accurately, tell you that they're absolutely correct... and completely misleading.Click here to read more...
In a recent, wide-ranging interview, Respawn Entertainment's Vince Zampella addressed the recent leaks -- "at some point you just have to throw up your arms and say, ‘alright, you got us’" -- as well as lifting the lid on the DLC plans for Titanfall, and confirming that the game will offer a Season pass discount for the game's DLC to those who want to invest early.
Zampella also addressed the multiplayer focus for the game and explained why there's no singleplayer component to Titanfall.Click here to read more...
Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare may be the friendliest and most delightful shooter around, but you'd be surprised at the amount of depth that lurks just beneath the cheerful surface. War is hell, even when it's utterly adorable.
So to maximise your vanquish potential, keep your chlorophyll safely within your stalks and ensure you a tasty brain banquet, here are ten essential tips to bear in mind while playing online. Some are tricky, some are common sense, but all will keep you alive when the goop and concrete starts flying!
Chomper is easily the most unique class in Garden Warfare, and my personal favourite (especially the Fire variant!). His stealthy burrowing skill and instant-vanquish melee attacks are perfectly suited for sneaky offensive actions... but when you're playing 'Gardens & Graveyards,' you'll discover that he's also one of the best defenders the Plants have to offer.
The Spikeweed ability lets you lock down three approaches to your capture points, tying up attackers for your ranged team-mates to painlessly dispatch. Chompers can burrow under objectives, instantly scoffing any zombies who breach the perimeter, or flank around to quickly neutralise any pesky Scientists setting up healing stations. In a pinch, Goop attacks can slow down All-Stars and Engineers racing for the control zone. Remember that any zombie vanquished by a chomp attack cannot be revived, forcing them to slog all the way back from the nearest spawn point.
Finally, never underestimate the psychological impact of a Chomper defensive team. Once the foe knows you're there, they'll have to advance slowly and methodically, wasting valuable time as they desperately try to work out where you're hiding. The horror. The horror!Click here to read more...
Our second Dealspwn Playthrough video for South Park: The Stick of Truth takes a brief look at the ways in which players can go about making friends in the little Colorado mountain town, how your popularity ties into Perks, the sorts of upgrades and strap-ons you can add to your arsenal of weapons, and how the Buddy system works in terms of striding into battle with a friend at your side.
Xbox Live Gold members can get some tasty discounts on Ubisoft games this week, with some major savings to be had. As far as I'm concerned, Call Of Juarez: Gunslinger is an essential purchase at £2.49 - I adored every rootin' tootin' second of it. Scott Pilgrim vs The World and I Am Alive also both come highly recommended - one for fans of bleak hopeless improvised survival, the other a 16-bit brawling masterpiece that takes you to retro chiptune heaven. See if you can guess which is which.
Here are the marketplace links including 'odd one out' Call Of Duty: Ghosts, which isn't much of a deal since ShopTo are retailing at £23.86.
*Not a saving! Can be found significantly cheaper elsewhere.
The dastardly Drow Elves have stolen the Stick of Truth and Cartman the Wizard King needs all hands on deck. Only one problem... his best thief is stuck in detention.
Craig Feldspar has gotten himself stuck inside a school classroom with Mr. Mackay, and we have to break him out! Join us for a Dealspwn Playthrough that dives into the world of South Park as we beat back hall monitors, bust through barricades with explosive farts, and use Kenny to summon a rat tsunami.
Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
This generation of consoles hasn’t had the best run for licensed tie-ins or traditional RPG experiences. And now, as it winds to a close, the two genres get one last chance in an odd-sounding hybrid. A South Park RPG.
How do you fit South Park into an RPG experience? Simple, just have the kids pretending to be on an epic adventure with elves, mages, wizards and warriors. Adults may know it as LARPing (Live Action Role Playing (like in the movie Role Models), but to the kids of South Park, they’re simply playing outside.
You play as the new kid in town and are able to create your own South Park avatar from scratch, which is an excellent way to get us in the game. For story reasons, it wouldn’t have made sense for us to pick one of the show’s usual four characters.
Cartman has recruited you to his side in the war against the elves for the titular Stick of Truth –yep, it’s just a stick on a velvet cushion. It’s twice as silly as it sounds, but the one-liners and ‘I’m going to hell for laughing at that’ moments come at you at a steady pace, ensuring near constant amusement. Parker and Stone’s presence can be felt throughout the game’s core and it’s such a relief that the humour and style has been nailed so well as this could have so easily been a bog standard RPG with South Park characters painted in.Click here to read more...
Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare has no right to be any good. It's everything we're supposed to hate: the corruption of a beloved franchise into yet another multiplayer shooter. Peashooters, zombie workmen and Sunflowers trade charming tower defence for ironsights and circle-strafing, more casualties of the war on wallets that never changes.
So I'm genuinely delighted to report that, despite all odds, Garden Warfare is a rather lovely little thing! PopCap may lack experience with the gritty genre, but their unsullied innocence allowed them to inject fun, happiness, colour and real personality into what's often a crushingly drab shooting gallery. Sunflowers and zombies merrily flounce and flail around some vibrant maps, working together to push the simple objectives or 'vanquish' as many foes as possible. It's easily the most stress-free and family friendly shooter out there, eschewing K/D ratios, sprinting, gore and microtransactions to create a safe and relaxing environment for newcomers to enjoy.
Don't mistake a cheerful and casual approach for a lack of depth, however. Behind the smiles lies an impeccably unbalanced set of classes and abilities that can cater for any play style. Often you'll find me sniping flowers from rooftops as a mobile zombie foot soldier, whereas much of my time is spent ruthlessly stalking my undead prey from beneath the Earth, hunting my quarry as they vainly flee in abject terror, only to meet their grisly demise as I smash through the tarmac and devour them whole with razor-sharp fangs.
I am Chomper! I am Death! And I am having an absolute blast with Garden Warfare, even if I might not be able to recommend it quite as highly as I'd like.Click here to read more...
Having forced us to sit through several nervy months of delays, Watch Dogs is set to reveal its release date very soon by way of a new trailer.
We won't have long to wait... but if you're desperate for new info, you might be interested in an intriguing little slip on the PSN Store.Click here to read more...
Microsoft have revealed this month's selection of 'Games With Gold' for Xbox Live Gold members to freely download and keep forever. Civilization Revolution is your current kickback, which is available to download right now from the Xbox Live Marketplace. The 4X console adaptation met with universal critical acclaim... admittedly back in 2008.
Grab it while you can, because XBLA title Dungeon Defenders will replace it from March 16th. This is no bad thing, though, because Trendy Entertainment's RPG/tower defence hybrid is utterly sensational, and deserves to get a fresh new influx of players onto its servers.
As always, be sure to let us know what you make of the selection - and whether you think Microsoft is successfully competing with PlayStation Plus.
It was only a few weeks ago that The Game Collection provided a good deal for this one, but they've lowered the price even more in today's Flash Deal. Overall it will save you around £7.50 over the next cheapest offer elsewhere.
Admittedly, with the exception of an additional tomb to raid, the GOTY edition mainly provides skins and characters for the game's rather lacklustre multiplayer suite, but if you have yet to experience Lara Croft's re imagined origin story, this is definitely a good chance to do so (providing you aren't tempted to go with the Definitive Edition should you have a currrent-gen console.) Thanks to goonertillidie @ HUKD!
If Guitar Hero and Rock Band unleashed a fire in you to become a rock god, we'd advise checking out Rocksmith. Here you can plug in a REAL electric guitar (sold separately, of course) and be put through your paces with a series of lessons, drills and games to give you some genuine skills. Be sure to check out Matt's full review for more information. Note: this is the solus edition of the game, you'll need to track down a cable for it too if you don't have one already.
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If you absolutely must have the next-gen version, you can find it at Amazon on the PS4 and Xbone for £22. But as I noted in my review yesterday, there's sod-all difference between the old and new versions, so why not save yourself some money? Whichever platform you opt for, Rayman Legends is an excellent platformer though.
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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...
Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow 2 released this week, but failed to stack up to its predecessor when it came to the scores. "This is not the ending I was expecting for the Lords of Shadow series," Brendan concluded in our full review, "and it’s certainly not the one it deserves," after pouring scorn on its awful stealth sections, drab modern-day setting and rehashed mechanics. Not awful, then, but disappointing.
However, a disgruntled MercuryStream staffer claims that disappointment was a foregone conclusion following a truly horrific development cycle. From a tyrannical boss to an obsolete engine, the anonymous developer alleges that just releasing the game was a minor miracle in and of itself.Click here to read more...
Limbo is a stunning little game, filled with more atmosphere than a swirling gas giant, and riddled with things that arachnophobes' nightmares are spun from. It loses a little of the grim magnificence as the shadowy creatures give way to more traditional physics-based puzzling, but it's still a must-play title, and well worth today's cut-price of £1.99 on Xbox LIVE.