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We've given our PS4 gamers the chance to get a hold of a beta key for our most anticipated shooter in years, but fear not Xbox fans, we didn't forget about you. In fact, we have a bunch of codes to give away on both the Xbox One and Xbox 360. The codes are not region locked either so they should work wherever you're playing.
The hype for Bungie's upcoming shooter has been building significantly since players got their hands on the Alpha build and with new missions and extra multiplayer maps to enjoy in the latest Beta version, we really think you should give it a try.Click here to enter the draw.
It's all about superheroes with this week's Deals With Gold initiative. As with the previous post, some of them are better than others, but we certainly won't turn our noses up at Arkham Asylum and City for under four quid apiece, even if you do need a Gold subscription to access these deal prices.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 for over £20, though? BAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!
Don't do it.Click here for this week's "Deals" With Gold >>
There's a big fat Nordic/THQ sale that's kicked off on Xbox LIVE, with a bunch of games such as Red Faction: Armageddon, Guerilla and Darksiders getting a lovely little price slash for digital aficionados. As usual, there are a few "deals" on here that might raise some eyebrows (RF: Guerilla for £7.49 will no doubt be hilarious to anyone who's browsed physical media for it over the last couple of years) but it's worth a look for those of you who prefer convenience to clutter, and it's certainly a decent opportunity to snap up some DLC offerings if you're so inclined.Click here for the full list of Nordic/THQ deals >>
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel takes place on the moon of the planet Pandora in the time between the first and second games, with players working for Handsome Jack. Not played any of the other games? Don’t worry; this is a simple place to start and newcomer friendly while giving plenty of nudges to the fans. So let’s dive in and see what 2K Australia has brought to the table since Gearbox handed them the reigns.
Two playable characters were available to choose from in this demo. First time through the snaking queue at the MCM Manchester Expo I tried Athena, a light and nimble character packing a collection of long-range weapons. Her standard mêlée move involves a sweet red katana slash that has a satisfying feel. Athena's most impressive feature though is her shield ability. A tap of L1 sees her raise her shield in her left hand, leaving the right free to continue firing a gun. The shield can be thrown Captain America style for a devastating attack with a tap of L1. The shield is thrown automatically after the meter has depleted too. It’s a great way to create some breathing room when multiple enemies are closing in. You're going to be happy to splurge hard-earned skill points on reducing the cooldown period for this one.
The second character I was able to choose was the imposing figure of Wilhelm. So, it comes as no surprise that we’ve found this Pre-Sequel’s tank character. His default loadout favored more explosive weaponry like shotguns and rocket launchers. Sadly, his melee attack lacked any sort of impact or visual style compared to Athena’s. Why should we be content with a standard rifle butt jab when Athena gets a freakin’ sword? Come on 2K, give him a hammer at least or seeing as we expect mental weapons from this series, maybe a small rabid skag on a stick would be better? Wilhelm’s special ability is much more useful (but again not very unique), a small backup drone that flies around you shooting at will. Frankly, I was too busy shooting to see how useful it was being.Click here to read more...
Titanfall's next season pass map pack -- Frontier's Edge -- has started revealing its secrets. The first of the three new maps is Dig Site, a deep quarry that gives Titans plenty of cover to negotiate while pilots leap overhead or brutally face off atop massive mining equipment.
We've got a first look at the new stage below.Click here to read more...
Microsoft's Ultimate Games Sale is coming to an end today, with hefty discounts on BioShock Infinite (£6.59) and Peggle 2 (£9.99) headlining the final clutch of downloadable Xbox 360 deals. Racing fans can also pick up Split/Second for £2.99, which was an oft-overlooked cult classic.
Once more for the road: here are your links courtesy of The Major.
|Bioshock Infinite||Games on Demand||67%|
|Modern Warfare 3||Games on Demand||60%|
|NASCAR 14||Games on Demand||58%|
|Painkiller Hell & Damnation||Games on Demand||80%|
|Split/Second||Games on Demand||75%|
Platforms: PS3 (reviewed) | X360 | PC
Developers: CI Games
Publishers: CI Games
I wanted to love Enemy Front, I really did. As a big WWII FPS fan, I’ve been starved for years and have only recently got a taste of the genre coming back with the ‘what if the Nazi’s won’ Wolfenstein on PS4 and the ‘let’s shoot Italians in Africa for a change’ of the recent Sniper Elite III. Enemy Front could have been another game to show that WWII is still one of the best settings for FPS titles; instead, it’s probably buried it.
The game’s ambitions are pure enough, but CI have struggled to cope with the CryEngine and basic gameplay design, producing one of this year’s biggest messes. The frame-rate crashes into single-digits whenever you go indoors, especially when moving up the stairs of any of the multiple apartment buildings. The checkpointing seems intent on making you relive the worst parts of the game whenever you bite the dust after the increasingly random number of perforations deemed acceptable is reached.
Glitches see enemies that can only be sniped get stuck behind pillars. You can be shot by enemies through several buildings, leading to the impression you’re being shot by ghosts. Your own shots frequently fail to register in some of the worst hit detection I’ve ever seen. You’re pretty much forced to rely on sniper weapons as the close range lunacy of the jitteriest MP40 in existence suggest the lead hero has wrists made of jelly. Sometimes weapons sink into the ground when you put them down for a sec to use a rocket launcher. Stealth melee takedown animations are so lengthy that you’ll be seen by another soldier every time. The ultimate slow clap award though goes to those gifted flying Nazis that seem to get skyhooked away from the battlefield. It gets to the point where all you can do is laugh through the rage.Click here to read more...
400 Days acts as an inbetween episode for Seasons 1 and 2 of Telltale's The Walking Dead series. While it doesn't star characters from the main series, it will play it's part in Season 2, so be sure to hook it up with an existing save from S1. It's currently half price in the sale and should be snapped up immediately if you're waiting for Season 2 to wrap up so you can hammer through it as you please rather than wait months between episodes.
Platform: PS3 | PS4 (reviewed) | X360 | XO
Developers: Edge of Reality
It’s always amused me just how much people hate Michael Bay. I mean, it’s a film about toys. Of course it’s just robots hitting each other and stuff exploding. Don’t like it? Well stop paying a fortune to watch it at the cinema thus encouraging him to make more. Seriously, I had to delete one person from facebook because they were complaining about how awful the film was despite them paying to watch it twice.
Personally, as an effects fan, I quite like the films (not seen the new one yet though), but wish they were about 45 minutes shorter. I approached the latest tie-in game with low expectations, but with a willingness to be pleasantly surprised, despite High Moon Studios -whose Cybertron series has been widely praised by critics and fans alike- not being at the helm. Fingers crossed they get to work on a brand new entry to the series once they’re done with helping out on COD: Advanced Warfare.
Rise of the Dark Spark is only a tie-in the sense that it’s been released alongside the movie, as most of it takes place on Cybertron with a few Earth levels bookending the campaign. Throughout the adventure you get to play as a large number of Autobots and Decepticons. The game handles like a standard third-person shooter with you mowing down waves of enemies with a variety of light and heavy weapons.Click here to read more...
We're really excited here at Dealspwn for The Witcher III next year on the new consoles and PC and we bet you are too every time you see some new footage. While you wait, why not check out the critically acclaimed second game that was only released on the PC and 360? The recent sale on XBLA sees the game priced in super-cheap PC territory at £4.94. Sure, it's over 7 GB, but it's also £9 cheaper than the best price I can find for the physical edition. Sold.
Confession time: I've never played Bastion. I only picked up a 360 a few years ago and have missed it in the sale every time. Not wanting to take a £10-shaped punt on what I feared might turn out to be an over-hyped pile of nonsense *cough -Fez- cough*, I've been biding my time for a killer deal. Thankfully the recent sale on XBLA has seen them slash 75% off the price, so I've dusted of the XBLA credit and jumped in. You coming?
Peggle | XBL Marketplace | £1.68
You won't find a more addictive game for such a low price. Lethal to any form of productivity, but one of the best puzzle games ever made. Download at your own risk. But do it anyway. Or if you fancy it on your PC, you can get it for FREE!
Thanks to Eelectrical at HotUkDeals.
Today's clutch of Xbox 360 daily download deals include GTA V for £24.99 (a £2 saving vs PC World), Crysis 3 for £4.49 (a £5 saving) and Ninja Gaiden 2 for £4.24. It might well also be high time you picked up Bastion, if you've somehow managed to go this long without doing so already.
Here are the download links courtesy of embarrassing uncle of gaming, Major Nelson.
|Grand Theft Auto V||Games on Demand||50%|
|Need for Speed Rivals||Games on Demand||58%|
|Crysis 3||Games on Demand||70%|
|Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning||Games on Demand||60%|
|Ninja Gaiden 2||Games on Demand||83%|
Developer: Telltale Games
Decisions, decisions. We've made plenty of them during the last four episodes of The Wolf Among Us, some big, some small, some tough and others seemingly simple, but it's finally time to find out whether any of them really mattered in the long run. Everything rests on whether Episode 5: Cry Wolf can tie up the series in a satisfying and bittersweet fashion, while atoning for the stodgy pacing of the last chapter.
Put simply: it does. Not only is Cry Wolf an emphatic end to Telltale's first Fables collaboration, a stylish, menacing, comprehensive and deeply rewarding experience from pacey start to shocking finish, but it's also one of the best pieces of interactive entertainment they've ever released.
We've been keeping our reviews free of major spoilers, so you can read our verdict on Episode 1, 2, 3 and 4 to get the measure of the series thus far. Our final verdict is no exception, meaning that the following few hundred words will be heavy on opinion and light on description.
Click here to read more...
Charge! Today's selection of time-sensitive downloadable deals have a distinctly violent theme, headlined by PopCap's admittedly adorable class-based shooter on Xbox 360. Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare will set you back £16.74, a quid under Base.com's next cheapest offer, alongside a seriously tasty £2.99 price for The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion. Here's your daily update courtesy of Major Nelson.
|Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare||Games on Demand||33%|
|Call of Duty: Black Ops II||Games on Demand||50%|
|Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion||Games on Demand||75%|
|Red Faction: Armageddon||Games on Demand||77%|
|Assassins Creed Liberation||Arcade||50%|
Microsoft have revealed the second batch of daily deals in its ongoing Xbox 360 Ultimate Games Sale., and it looks like the Chief is leading the charge of the cheap in towards roster of savings:
|Content Title||Content Type||Discount %|
|Halo 4||Games on Demand||50%|
|ArcaniA||Games on Demand||75%|
|WWE 2K14||Games on Demand||50%|
|Dragon Age II||Games on Demand||75%|
|Batman Arkham Origins: Blackgate||Arcade||50%|
Platforms: PC | PS4 | Wii U | Xbox 360 | Xbox One (reviewed, £11.99)
Developer: DrinkBox Studios
'MetroidVania' platformers may be as ancient as Mother Brain and wall chickens, but they still pull in the punters. From Shadow Complex to Dust: An Elysian Tail and Strider, there's nothing more satisfying than constantly earning new skills and abilities while exploring brilliantly-designed levels, then eventually backtracking to beat challenges and humiliate enemies that once lorded it over us. Guacamelee! proved to be a superb example of the genre back when it released as a PSN exclusive last year, offering all the bells and whistles we expect, only with a heaped serving of spicy Mexican flavour to punch things up.
Indeed, punching things up was the aim of the game, only our newfound identity as a superpowered Luchador also let us throw down on Day Of The Dead-themed skeletal hordes with wrestling moves, smash our way through Aztec temples and occasionally turn into a chicken for the sheer merry heck of it. Pollo power!
Fifteen months later and the Super Turbo Championship Edition has arrived on new-gen consoles, Wii U, PC and Xbox 360, boasting updated visuals, new content and all the previously-released DLC. You could say that it's the whole enchilada. Since it's currently free for Xbox One owners and available as a free upgrade for PS4 gamers who picked up the original, it's high time we gave this fierce fiesta our full attention.Click here to read more...
Microsoft are ready to roll out their Ultimate Game Sale today, which includes a hefty stable of discounts alongside rolling daily deals and Gold-exclusive offerings. Sadly the daily deals aren't up to much yet -- we'll keep an eye out for the smartest bargains there -- but their Games On Demand are rather cheeky. £5 for Dishonored, £3.99 for Child Of Eden and £3.33 for DuckTales isn't to be sniffed at.
Gold Members can make serious savings on the Serious Sam games, from the excellent third instalment to the HD Encounters and Double D XXL, while The Walking Dead: Season 2 is also available at a 50% discount. Xbox One owners, meanwhile, get sweet naff all. Sorry. Unless you count a 33% saving on Titanfall's expensive downloadable RRP.
We've got the deals below courtesy of Major Nelson's blog, though Andymac007 has done a fantastic job of rounding up the prices at HUKD!Click here to read more...
Format: PS3 | PS4 (reviewed) | X360 | XO |PC
Publisher: 505 Games
Sniper Elite III has opted for a change of scenery for its latest long-range melon buster and visits the sandy vistas of Africa during World War II. Unlike most WWII games, there’s a surprising lack of Nazis, instead you’re generally shooting Italians with ze Germans apparently not being fans of the searing heat.
Scenery change aside, it’s business as usual, shooting Axis soldiers from oh-so far away, with gruesome slow-mo detail accompanying most shots. The series’ stable gore looks more grisly than ever on the new consoles. Skulls explode, teeth smash from jaws, bones snap, insides are ripped through and of course testicle shots are back. On the default settings, I soon tired of these slow-motion killshots that follow the bullet from your gun right up to its messy destination. I’d advise dipping into the options to turn down the frequency of them as they lose their impact by the end of the first stage otherwise. They also make it difficult to keep track of nearby enemies between shots.
There’s a tagging feature that does allow you to mark enemies via use of your binoculars. Marked soldiers will then appear through any surface, in a similar way to Far Cry 3. It’s a shame you can’t tag them through your sniper scope as switching back and forth between the rifle and binoculars is a cumbersome experience.Click here to read more...
STFU! That's right, Super Time Force Ultra has been announced for PC this summer, leaving the timed-exclusivity of XBLA and adding extra content for Steam customers too.
If you don't know why this time-distorting run & gun platpuzzler is a seriously big deal, I'd recommend reading my 9/10 Editor's Choice Award review. Oh yes. I know you want it in your Steam backlog.Click here to read more...