Platform: PS4 (Tested) | Xbox One | PS3 | Xbox 360
This review was always going to a tough one to write. On one hand, this is my first new-gen title, and the choice to make the jump for Destiny puts a lot of expectation on it. On the other hand, the difficultly of separating naturally-grown excitement from the flow of mainstream hype has complicated matters, to the point that our Editor Matt laughed as he handed me the job. Add on top of this the fray that has been other reviews coming out within days of release (and the fact I hate review scores – there, I said it) as well as a huge focus on the budget for the new franchise, and it’s been a little daunting in all honesty. Still, a week of play in Bungie’s long-awaited new IP has allowed me to see most of what the game has to offer, so to hell with the numeric opinions of others, and to hell with the budget (I couldn’t care less if it cost $500 million or a fiver to make) – it’s time for me to help you decide if it’s worth your time and money.
Let’s go over the basics for any newcomers in our ranks. At its core, Destiny is a persistent online shooter that sees players choose between three class types and races, each with their own distinct abilities and cosmetic choices. From there, players are charged with levelling up and finding the shiniest of loot by either jumping into PvE encounters or PvP fights, with more content unlocking as the player’s level increases. It’s part MMO and part co-op encounters, all tied together with FPS combat that we know and love, but it’s also not quite like anything else that’s come before it. Despite the similar mechanics, it’s not Halo, and it’s not World of Warcraft either. The nearest thing to it (and I can’t believe I’m bringing it up again) is Defiance – the game that never realised its potential. In fact, there are a quite a few issues that Destiny shares with Trion’s online shooter, but there is one difference that separates the two – Destiny is fun to play for all the right reasons, and that in my mind overshadows the problems that are there.Click here to read more...
While lacking the expansion DLC content provided by the individual Game of the Year editions, this is still tremendous value for money as Borderlands 2 alone is generally the same price as this collection. Gearbox's cel-shaded FPS series is more of an RPG take on the genre, which has been adored by millions since launch. Newbies should note that these games are much more enjoyably when played online if you don't want to face a lonely grind. Get involved!
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Finished Destiny already or just have a really short attention span? Fear not, we’re back with our weekly look at next week’s releases. This is the week that parents will be dreading ahead of Xmas as Dinsey are rolling out their latest toy-fest. Will Zelda survive it’s whoring out to the Dynasty Warriors franchise and why are those sheep acting like Lemmings? This is the week to find some answers.
This might be the year to check out Disney’s Skylanders-baiting franchise that sees real-life toy figures used on a portal to appear in-game. Since Disney acquired Marvel, it’s always been a sure bet we’d see them in Disney Infinity. So get ready for new playsets including The Avengers, Spider-Man and the crew from Guardians of the Galaxy. 2.0 also marks the series next-gen debut on the PS4 and XO. The base game and some extra figures is looking pricey, so be sure to check out our past coverage below first and stay tuned for Jon’s verdict on the XO version.
Cheapest PS4 / XO Pre-Order: Simply Games £50.94Click here to read more...
Following the success of Resident Evil Revelations, the superb 3DS survival horror title that had the chops (and HD assets) to survive on home consoles, the news of a sequel was music to our ears. Revelations 2 will star Claire Redfield and Barry Burton's daughter in an all-new adventure, promising to focus on gruelling and tense survival in a mysterious island facility.
However, Capcom have now announced an interesting little wrinkle. The game will eventually be available on a single disc costing approximately £25, but it will initially release in four weekly downloadable episodes at $5.99 a pop, with the option of a season pass with an extra discount.
Our take? This is ruddy brilliant.
Not just because we've got more choice over how to buy it, but because Capcom have finally woken up to what went wrong with Resident Evil 5 and 6.Click here to read more...
It's finally here - Destiny has arrived and it's in the hands of gamers everywhere. The Dealspwn team have been getting stuck into the action as well, and so we kick off our video coverage of Destiny's launch with Carl & Matt taking on the first mission on the Moon. Highlights include Carl's delight in discovering the Pike for the first time, and Matt demonstrates why he loves the Warlock's power glove.
If you haven't already, be sure to check out our Critical Impression video in which Carl and Matt discuss their initial thoughts on Bungie's latest.
As much as I enjoy Bandai Namco's Dragon Ball (and Naruto) games, they've been missing a trick. By rigidly following the series story arcs and religiously focusing on the characters, they've never given us the chance to see how we'd fit into their universes. They've got all these cool powers, abilities, weapons and skills, yet we're rarely able to create our own avatar and really become a part of their world.
Dragon Ball Xenoverse is finally going to change all that. Now we're the star of the show.
Dimps have been teasing a mysterious new character for weeks, and finally revealed their identity at Gamescom 2014. The new hero is us, a fully customisable new chararacter who we can design to our specifications. We can choose our race, appearance, power set and skills, then travel back in time to intervene in key story moments with and against legendary series staples. Then spend our downtime strolling around a future city and interacting with other players much like a Monster Hunter hub town... before seeing what the Scouter says about their power level.Click here to read more...
GAME have dropped their price for Skyrim: Legendary Edition on console down to £13.99 for today only. The PC crowd will be giggling with glee at the game having been half this price recently for them, but if you're a console gamer, this is a cracking deal that'll save you a couple of quid or so. Already a leviathan of a game, the Skyrim: Legendary Edition also bundles in the Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn DLC.
We'd recommend the X360 version over the PS3 for stability reasons.
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If you patiently waited all that time for the new-gen version of Diablo III you may be wondering what all the fuss is about Adventure Mode. Well, after you finish the campaign mode, you’ll be wanting to bag some serious XP and loot to keep the game feeling fresh and getting to Level 70 so you can explore the Paragon system and maybe start on a few new characters to share the additional benefits of your first demon slaying hero. So why not take a look at this week’s Sunday Seven which has a few starter tips to get you going on the next part of your quest for epic loot in Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition. Naturally, we’d love to hear any hints you’d like to share too.
Before diving into Rifts, you’ll need to complete a few bounties. Access the map, choose an act and then visit any of the locations with an exclamation mark. These quests task you with killing a mini-boss at the end or finding an item. If you finish five bounties in one continuous session, you may be in line to receive a bonus in the form of a bag full of loot and gems and a large haul of XP, usually a few million, which you’ll need on your way to Lv. 70 so you can start playing around with Paragon stats.Click here to read more...
For some reason, we get the feeling that one game is going to dominate next week. But that hasn’t stopped a few other titles braving the same release week as Activision’s new IP. Let’s take a look at what’s hitting the stores this week then.
It’s no wonder the release schedule is a little light this week as everyone sensibly gets out of the way of Bungie’s new juggernaut. After extensive time with the alpha and beta trials we’re confident that this is going to be one of the biggest smashes this year. Fingers crossed there’s plenty of depth in this ambitious FPSMMO. We have so much past coverage for you to check out including previews, deals, features and videos, be sure to check them out at our Destiny hub.Click here to read more...
You probably already know that Far Cry 4 will throw us into a massive Himalayan sandbox full of guns, elephants and deeply flammable
people scenery. Having played the slightly buggy (but admittedly not yet optimised) latest build at Gamescom 2014, I can report that the sandbox is indeed massive, the guns fire bullets and everything really does burn rather nicely.
What you might not know, however, is that we'll also be able to cross into a bizarre spirit dimension where we'll hunt demons with a slow-motion bow and mystical pet tiger.
Let's call it 'Fluffykins.' Or 'Mister Bloodwhiskers.'
Between wrangling elephants, swooping through breathtaking ravines in wingsuits and setting things on fire, our protagonist Ajay Ghale can optionally find time to meditate, whereupon he unlocks the memories of the legendary hero Kalinag. Reliving the fables through his eyes, we'll enter the mythical land of Shangri-La to protect it from a demonic invasion, which completely switches up the pace of the game in the process.Click here to read more...
Shock horror: Microsoft has actually put some Xbox One games on sale this week after last week's miserable Need For Speed DLC-a-palooza. Unfortunately one of them is Lococycle, which deserves your contempt and pity, so let's accentuate the positive and focus on Child Of Light. This superb blend of JRPG and interactive poem is beautiful and well-tooled, though you might want to play it on a harder difficulty setting. It's £8.03 versus £11.99 for Xbox Live Gold Members - on Xbox One only.
Remember that you can also freely download Super Time Force! Do it. While you wait, you can find the rest of the deals below including a nifty £6.79 for Resident Evil: Revelations, and an Activision sale, thanks to heatlight and SVRich @ HUKD!Click here to read more...
Metro Redux is a fantastic new way to experience Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light on new-gen consoles, but if you've yet to take the plunge, your wallet will thank you. Amazon and Tesco will sell you a copy of Last Light at a £5 saving, which is a great price for this grim and unrelenting experience.
The Xbox 360 version is also available for £7.00 from Tesco. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!
Fable: The Journey didn't exactly set the world on fire at release, but if you fancy dusting off your Kinect for the bargain price of £3.85, you could do a lot worse. Saving you a few quid over the next best offer, this makes for a nice little early stocking filler for anyone wanting a bit of motion-controlled spell-casting.
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"Super Time Force delivers the depth of Braid with the intense SHMUP satisfaction of an old-school run and gunner, letting you assemble a ridiculous army of skateboarding dinosaurs and Uzi dolphins by abusing time paradoxes. Something we don't get to write often enough," I gushed in my 9/10 Super Time Force review.
"An outrageous, hilarious and potent shooter on its own merits becomes something utterly unique; deep without pretension and never losing the sense of anarchic fun. Fans of bombastic sidescrolling action and experimental indie gaming will find common ground here."
I mention this only because Xbox One Gold Members can download and play it for free from next Monday. And should download and play it. Because it's wonderful. Be sure to grab Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut while you can, though, and stay far away from the atrocious Crimson Dragon.
Meanwhile Xbox 360 owners will get Halo: Reach and Monaco. Chances are you all own the first one, but it's out in perfect time to set you up for the Master Chief Collection. Thoughts?
Being a Templar has its perks.
Sure, the Assassins have a noble cause to fight for and a trillion useless collectibles in the vault, but a life on the run wasn't enough for Shay Patrick Cormac. Thankfully the Templars are equal opportunities employers, meaning that even former enemies get immediate access to the latest military technology (including psychotropic drugs and air rifles) subversive experimental gear and insanely generous expense accounts... on the proviso that they agree to track down and murder all their former associates.
And hang out with Haytham Kenway -- who we've already identified as the coolest character in the entire series bar none -- as a bonus. Frankly you'd be mad not to.
Assassin's Creed Unity may be jumping time periods and console generations this Christmas, but for those who haven't yet invested in a PS4, Xbox One or gaming rig, there's still some unfinished business to take care of.Click here to read more...
Are you ready for some massive Xbox One deals of the week?Prepare to be disappointed, then, because all we've got are a few discounted DLC packs for Need For Speed Rivals.
Never mind, though, because once again the real flavour can be found on Xbox 360. There's a wealth of publisher promotions to take advantage of, such as the entire first season of The Wolf Among Us for £6.59, PvZ: Garden Warfare for £16.74 and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon at £3.29. Check out all the prices and marketplace links below, but not before giving full credit to Rodders89 @ HUKD, who was Johnny-on-the-spot this this morning!Click here to read more...
Assassin's Creed: Rogue will let us play as a Templar and hunt assassins on last-gen consoles this Christmas. With poison bombs. And Haytham Kenway. It's a great premise, but will Rogue be a fitting sendoff for the Assassin's Creed III arc or a game too far for the franchise? I sat down with Ubisoft Sofia producer Karl Luhe to get the latest details on the new features and the party line.
Stay tuned for our hands-on preview!
Anarchy Reigns is amazing. It's one of the most ridiculously brilliant online multiplayer ever released, hailing from the developers of Bayonetta and God Hand, but SEGA royally screwed the pooch by staggering the release date, leaving the player base fragmented and very sparse. Still, the campaign is fun, the characters are incredible and the game's and a steal at £3.95. I'd love to organise a proper MP sesh on this at some point.
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Disney Infinity 2.0 has big plans. The original may have been relatively successful, attracting millions of players and holding its own against the established might of Skylanders, but arguably lacked a little bit of pizazz and a sense of the epic. Thankfully, few franchises can bring the epic quite as comprehensively as Marvel comics, which is now neatly under Disney's purview.
Let the crossover commence! Rocket Raccoon, meet Thor, Stich and Donald Duck.
Avalanche Software brought two new Infinity 2.0 playsets along to Gamescom this year, showing off the new Avengers and Guardians Of The Galaxy campaigns. Both the gameplay and the figures have received a serious upgrade. On the collectibles front, the new line of toys are much more solid and sturdy than their predecessors; feeling impressively weighty and hard-wearing. The new Venom and Hulk figurines are utterly enormous, almost twice the volume of previous figures, while the level of detail is seriously impressive when it comes to the new Rocket Raccoon and Stich models. Shame they'll be standalone, really, as opposed to included in the starter packs.Click here to read more...
Platforms: PC | PS3 | PS4 (tested) | Xbox 360 | Xbox One
Developer: The Creative Assembly
I have no sympathy for Ellen Ripley. Sure, she went through 117 minutes of hell during the original Alien, but last week SEGA threw me into a darkened room with the latest build of Alien Isolation for four terrifying hours of desperate panic, evasion, improvisation and over a dozen grisly deaths.
Keen to maintain full transparency following the Colonial Marines debacle, The Creative Assembly gave me free reign with their very latest Steam build -- achievements, graphics settings and all, with no timeskips or gameplay breaks -- then sat back and left me to it. I emerged browbeaten and emotionally drained, yet deeply impressed with what I'd played.
Alien Isolation is set to be a very different kind of horror game. Not a haunted house, but a horror playground that pits you against an implacable adversary that hunts without mercy and constantly hits you where you think you're safe. Where no two levels, or even handful of minutes, plays out the same way.Click here to read more...