Our countdown of the best games of last generation reaches the top twenty, and what an assortment of quality we have for you today. Rayman racks up his second (and truly deserved) appearance, as does a certain Italian murderer; we see the Wii's best offerings standing strong amongst super company; and a nine-year old girl steals our collective hearts.
What we said: It's effortlessly charming, fiendishly challenging, mechanically sublime, and stuffed with enough content to keep us coming back for more long into the winter months. It's a blast solo or with friends, whether you're playing together directly, or trying to best one another's scores in asynchronous fashion in the challenges. Put simply, Rayman Legends isn't just one of the best platformers we've seen in twenty years, but one of the very best games. Absolutely stunning.
What we said: There's never been anything quite like this before, including the first game. LBP2 is so much more now that gamers aren't limited to the platforming genre. The single player game is just a warm up that hopes to inspire you to create something amazing of your own. The user-generated game creations are where the real gold is to be found. It's not Media Molecule's game anymore, it's ours.Click here to read more...
Welcome back to our countdown of the best games of last generation! Today we have a list that includes one of the finest titles to ever grace the Wii, car crash brilliance, the return of a glorious strategy franchise, and An Amazing RPG From The Best Games Company Ever.
Late to the party? Don't worry, you can catch up with all of our Games of the Generation pieces from the last week of so right here.
What we said: Fans of both loot grinders and hectic shooters will be in seventh heaven with Borderlands and will be able to enjoy the experience solo and with other players. However, most others will need to seek out company in order to fully enjoy what it brings to the table. Either way, Borderlands is a capable FPS with simple and accessible MMO elements that will still be relevant many months down the line.
What we said: Xenoblade Chronicles is one of the best JRPGs ever made. In fact, it's probably one of the best roleplaying games of this generation - regardless of platform. Monolith Soft has made the genre relevant again, delivering depth and nuance without compromising fun or thrills. If you own a Wii, you owe it to yourself to play Xenoblade Chronicles. It's that simple.Click here to read more...
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:
Metal Gear Solid V's playable prologue, Ground Zeroes, is getting a retro-tastic exclusive mission on PlayStation... but Kojima has a surprise in store for Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners. A deal with Microsoft sees Raiden returning from an alternate future to save the Earth from the invasion of the body snatchers, bringing his trademark brand of razor-sharp ultraviolence to what appears to be a thoroughly outrageous piece of exclusive non-canon content.
We've got the trailer after the break, alongside some new details about Ground Zeroes' European release date and pricing.Click here to read more...
Acrobatic action titles? Check. Genre-defining third-person shooters? Oh yes. More plastic peripheral insanity? You bet! We're into the thirties in our countdown of the best games of last generation, and there are more surprises in store. Were you besotted with Bayonetta? Rabid about Rayman? Bonkers for Bad Company? Let us know what you make of thing in the box below.
Also, if you're yet to check out #50-41, click here to do so now!
What we said: Bayonetta herself might well split opinion - can a strong willed, intensely capable female figure who defies manipulation be taken seriously when she's being manipulated into some of the most suggestive poses this side of Spearmint Rhino's front doors? - but it's incredibly hard to argue against action this stylishly accessible and deceptively deep. Sexy, self-referential, slick and stylish, Bayonetta is an excellent action title to kick off 2010, dodging accusation of being derivative with one of the most finely tuned, and fun to play, combat engines seen in video gaming.
What we said: Rayman Origins is mechanically brilliant, perfectly-paced and drop-dead gorgeous, but can you put a price on happiness?
Probably not. But we've got a score for it. - 10/10Click here to read more...
We all weighed in on some of our favourite games and highlights from the sixth generation of video game consoles, and now it's time for the Top 50 Games of Last Generation. We opted for democracy over psychic octopuses or Foucauldian pendulums and each writer submitted a top 30, with the resulting entries shuffled into some semblance of critical order by our fuzzy-topped overlord.
The results have been surprising in some cases, and perhaps less so elsewhere. Indeed, there was only one game that appeared in absolutely everyone's list. But you'll have to wait until Friday for that as we begin our countdown of excellence at #50, and work our way up to the pinnacle of this generation.
What we said: Fallout: New Vegas is an epic adventure, simply overflowing with content. If you lost yourself in Fallout 3, gobbled up all the DLC and then loaded up a brand new game, New Vegas is for you. Hook, line and sinker. It's built on aging tech that often rears its ugly head, but it can also offer moments of startling beauty.
What we said: If you prefer your heroics to come with, well, heroics, look elsewhere on the shelf and detractors will no doubt write it off as a Fallout / Bioshock / Half-Life 2 hybrid. If though you like your games genuinely disturbing, thoughtful and intensely creepy, this is brilliant stuff. And hell, if you’re going to make a medley of three games you could do a lot worse than those, right?Click here to read more...
This week sees one major console release in Gran Turismo 6, the latest simulator from Kazunori Yamauchi and Polyphony Digital. Would you like the good news or the bad news?
Good news first, GT6 has entered the UK chart in eighth place, which is impressive considering that it's releasing on what is now a last-gen console. However, its first weekend sales were five times fewer than Gran Turismo 5 saw in the same period. This isn't specific to the franchise - for example, we saw it with the likes of DmC - but hopefully we'll see the new console generation perk things up on the sales front.
In other chart news, Knack is thoroughly pointless and still outsells Super Mario 3D Land, while Killzone: Shadow Fall retains its top ten position. Xbox One exclusives fare far worse, lead by Forza 5 in 26th place, and currently outsold by Halo 4 - which came out this time last year.Click here to read more...
If you're not upgrading to next-gen anytime soon, then any FPS multiplayer fans should get all over this as it's £2 cheaper than anywhere else and includes the China Rising DLC pack , giving you an extra four multiplayer maps. Battlefield 4 offers one of the deepest multiplayer experiences out there thanks to its huge maps and vehicular warfare including tanks, jeeps and choppers. If you're not bothered about the DLC, Tesco are selling the standard edition (PS3 / 360) for £25, but we recommend getting the ShopTo deal for the extra maps.
Thanks to darkknight32 at HotUkDeals.
Current-gen is now last-gen. We'd love to move on, but we can't help wonder whether we've still got some unfinished business, a nagging feeling at the back of our minds.
In fact, thinking about it, there are a number of things that we were promised years ago, yet still haven't materialised despite the arrival of the Xbox One and PS4. Some are games that fizzled out of existence or sublimated into vapourware, others are features that were never implemented, many have been cancelled outright and more are just heartbreaking teases that dangled painfully out of reach... where they'll likely stay for months and years to come.
So here are a few things that went missing in action last generation. Let's kick things off with an old chestnut...
A first-person stealth game set during the cold war? Developed by Rockstar? Announced in 2007 and unveiled at Sony's E3 2009 press conference, Agent sounded too good to be true.
And it was. As the years slipped by, Agent continually popped up in trademark renewals and CVs, but is still far too stealthy for its own good. Will we see it on PS4? Perhaps, but don't hold your breath because you might end up asphyxiating.Click here to read more...
The last console generation gave us all manner of things we now take for granted, including the concept of downloadable content.
For many gamers, DLC has become a dirty acronym. How could it not be? Too many unscrupulous publishers have used it as an excuse to withhold content to ransom, or make players shell out silly money for features that, a decade ago, were included in the price of admission.
It's a crying shame, though, because DLC is actually one of the best and most forward-thinking advances of the last eight years. When developers strive to create meaningful and worthwhile extra content, DLC can enhance, extend and enrich our games - if not our lives. So to that end, here are the ten most outstanding DLC packs and expansions of the previous generation... and why they set a superb example going into the new one.
Burnout Paradise had a legendary post-launch DLC campaign. From free motorbikes to zany hotseat multiplayer, one of the very best (the best? Discuss) racing games of the generation became even better over time.
Especially when Big Surf Island arrived. This massive new playground was wide, tall and rammed full of crazy stuff to do; keeping Paradise in our disc drives for months.Click here to read more...
Those that want to get their smackdown on can now do so for £20 thanks to this deal from GAME. Overall it means you can save around £10, which is a bit of a bargain for a game that hasn't been out that long.
It might not be as instantly gratifying as some of the older entries in the series, but the fact 2K14 goes for more of a fun factor this time around instead of a focus on "simulation" makes this year's instalment one of the better WWE games in recent years. With plenty of modes to get through, and the usual creation options to mess about with, it actually be worth a look at this price. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!
Developer: Ghost Games
Need For Speed: Rivals ought to be the best racing game on PS4 and Xbox One. On paper it already is: an enormous open world where street racers challenge each other to reckless head-to-head showdowns, all as the police strive to shut them down hard and fast with an insane range of gorgeous tricked-out supercars. It's a fun factory, a powerslide paradise, underpinned by the AllDrive system that brings players together into a single seamless session on both sides of the law. Ghost Games have the pedigree to pull it off, consisting primarily of Criterion veterans, but the reality match the mission statement?
Everything nearly works as intended, it's almost brilliant, but unfortunately you can feel the limitations of the PS3 and Xbox 360 holding Rivals back where it counts.Click here to read more...
Some games are born brilliant, some are born bad, but there's nothing more aggravating than a game that manages to fall short of true greatness. Over the last few years we've seen our fair share of titles with wonderful ideas and clear potential, yet managed to squander their lofty promises. Perhaps they didn't capitalise on their unique features or left potential untapped, maybe they tripped over in terms of production values and testing, often they just made one critical error that ruined what should have been a superlative experience.
So it's high time we took a look at some of the main offenders of recent years. While all of these games are still well worth playing, they all share one thing in common: they could easily have been so much more.
Close... but no cigar.
By far the most current game on my list, Ghost Games' debut makes all the right moves and all the right noises. It's fantastic drift-heavy arcade fun, providing a range of ridiculous supercars to rag around an enormous playground on both sides of the law. To top it off, AllDrive promised to merge singleplayer and multiplayer into a single experience, bringing players together into insane hectic sessions whether racing together or working on their own goals.Click here to read more...
It's yet another deal from The Game Collection this morning, this time for the latest instalment in the Resident Evil series. This deal means you can save around a fiver over the next best offer elsewhere.
It may not have been a traditional Resident Evil experience, but does provide a fine opportunity for some co-op fun. At this price, it could be worth giving it a look to see for yourself. Thanks to BigJeffandCo @ HUKD!
Will your child throw a tantrum if you try something new with Disney Infinity at Christmas? Better play it safe with the latest Skylanders then. This starter pack comes with everything you need for the latest in the mega-selling franchise: the Portal of Power docking station for the toys, three toys, three trading cards and the game itself. The hook this year is that the toys can be split in two and attached to different ones to create new creatures with unique abilities.
Blacklist is one of the best Splinter Cell games in years and Zavvi are currently £5 cheaper than anyone else on PS3. There's an excellent range of gameplay style to choose from. Trying to be as sneaky as possible is an incredibly intense experience compared to just run-and-gunning it (but you can do that too). The multiplayer is feature packed too with Spies Vs Mercs making a return along with some cool co-op missions. One of the best games of 2013.
Game's sale price will save you £5 over the next best deal at Amazon. For your money you will get the base game, three figurines, the USB portal to put them on and a Power Disc. The base game includes three playsets (full sized games) on Monster's University, The Incredibles and Pirates of the Caribbean. If you have children that enjoy the Skylanders series, this is a similar take, but with an A-list lineup of licenses.
Game's Xmas deals are being snapped up super quick, so act fast if you want to save £5 over the other sites. Batman: Arkham Origins hasn't had the same critical success as its predecessors, but Warner Bros have been ironing out the kinks with patches. Despite being a little rough around the edges, the core Batman experience remains a hugely enjoyable experience for series fans.
With the next-gen versions now on shelves, it's good news for bargain hunters on PS3 and 360. Zavvi are selling the Special Edition for £8 less than the regular edition at other sites. The DLC includes some items for single and multiplayer use along with a treasure hunt mission. PS3 buyers also get an additional 60 minutes worth of extra content. The series is back on fine form after the slight misstep that was ACIII and while the next gen versions are absolutely gorgeous, the current-gen ones more than pull their weight.
Thanks to Syzable at HotUkDeals.
Developer: EKO Software
Publisher: 505 Games
Like any good zombie attack, you never see it coming and How to Survive will sink its teeth into your nights if you let your guard down while patiently awaiting the arrival of your shiny next-gen console.
EKO Software’s game is a top-down action-RPG that can be loosely compared with the likes of Diablo III or Dead Nation. After crash landing on a zombie-infested tropical island, you’ll need to scavenge for salvage and build weapons and armour to hold off the infected masses. The overall aim is to make a series of vehicle repairs via completing fetch quests. Ok, so not exactly a revolution of new ideas, but once How to Survive gets going, it’s hard to put down.
Combat is a mix of melee and improvised firearms. Everything must be built from scratch. From humble beginnings with a stick, you’ll go on to craft machetes, axes and spiked boomerangs. Melee attacks are assigned to RB, which isn’t ideal if I’m honest, as it can get uncomfortable after prolonged sessions. You can use basic swings or hold for a charged attack. If you stagger an enemy, you can initiate a grisly kill move, which usually pushes back nearby zombies too, giving you some essential breathing room.Click here to read more...