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.
Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII at HotUkDeals.
"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.
Thanks to Jas10 @ HUKD!
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...
Happy for Halo? Craving some Crackdown? Stoked for Sunset Overdrive? Fawning over Forza? That's right, folks, it's time for the Microsoft Gamescom Press Conference. Hit the jump for the Twitch embed and for the site Twitter stream where I'll be merrily live Tweeting reactions and commentary for this year's show.
Jon's fashioned a list of expectations and predictions, and you can find that right here.Click here to read more...
After all of the furore about possibly dumbing down Splinter Cell and turning one of gaming's classic stealthy franchises into an action romp after THAT E3 showing, it turned out that Blacklist was actually a really good game with a gloriously open-ended approach to things that allowed us players to play pretty much however we wanted, whenever we wanted.
Which is nice.
Anyway, HMV have the Ultimatum Edition for under £15 (knock a further quid off with the code JULY10 - still working at the time of writing) which includes the game along with an a mini graphic novel, a watch, and a bunch of DLC maps. You can grab the X360 version for the same price here.
Cracking spot by s_hayhurst at HUKD.
With the news this week that Sleeping Dogs is to be re-released for the PS4 and Xbox One (and PC for that matter), the issue of old games being remastered for the new-gen consoles has again become a hot talking point among many gamers. Are they good value? Or a rip-off to fleece gamers who don’t have many titles to play on their shiny next-gen machines? Is there any point? Well, here are our five essential tips to help clear the waters a little.
Most new-gen remasters chuck in the paid DLC from the original release. Sleeping Dogs will include 24 pieces of DLC, one of which is a single-player story expansion. Start to add up the price of the DLC and it doesn’t take long for it to exceed the price of buying the old version of the game and the DLC separately. This is also true for The Last of Us: Remastered which includes the Left Behind story DLC. Pay for the old game and the DLC and it’ll be £30+, more than £28.97 we’ve seen for the new PS4 version. Granted, not all DLC is created equal; take Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition and the additional multiplayer material. Nobody needs more of that. Conversely, as excited as the Dealspwn team are for the Halo: The Master Chief Collection and the polished up campaign, that one’s all about having all the multiplayer maps in one place.Click here to read more...
The Game Collection are currently running a flash sale for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, which is a perfect example of why Platinum Games are the best in the brawler business. Superb HF Blade combat, amazing set pieces and tough bosses make this a game to savour, especially at a frankly silly £5.50. Thanks to Bure11 @ HUKD for a fantastic spot!
How many Assassin's Creed games do we need per year? Following Assassin's Creed: Liberation HD and Assassin's Creed; Unity, Ubisoft reckons that three is the magic number.
Leaked screenshots and trailer confirm that Assassin's Creed: Rogue is headed to PS3 and Xbox 360 as a semi-sequel to Assassin's Creed IV, allowing us to play as a Templar hunting Assassins throughout the icy Antarctic wastes.Click here to read more...
We can all agree that Resident Evil has lost its way. Though I don't feel that Resi 6 was as atrocious as some pundits, it marked the illogical conclusion of a series that completely lost sight of what it was meant to be, and what its fanbase really wanted from the experience. Not to mention that the storyline has become so convoluted and bloated that Kingdom Hearts reads like Doctor Seuss in comparison.
Enough is enough. Capcom needs to step back and reassess their priorities before rebooting Resident Evil in its entirety; putting the focus back on survival horror and creating a nice stable story foundation for any future sequels.
However, what they're actually doing is remastering Resident Evil's Gamecube remake for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. It's not exactly the treatment that Resi desperately needs, but personally, we reckon that this could be a great first step in putting the series back on track.Click here to read more...
Developer: Respawn Entertainment
Be advised: I'm still playing Titanfall and loving it. Though many players have departed over the last few months, angrily citing the lack of a metagame and arbitrary unlockables, the evergreen gameplay and superbly designed maps of Respawn's shooter ensure me a fresh and exciting experience every time I scamper along a rooftop or crush fleeing infantry into bloody smears under steel heel.
Mind you, Titanfall dropped the ball hard post-launch, which I've poked and prodded at relentlessly. From dwindling player numbers on objective gametypes to long matchmaking times and the lack of cosmetic customisation, there's been plenty to moan about. Thankfully Respawn have managed to patch things up in any sense of the phrase, resulting in a sharper, faster, more engrossing and customisable experience after a sequence of updates. Update 5 brings a new economy into the mix that adds a new dimension to Burn Cards, alongside extra fixes and tweaks that improve and expand the gameplay experience for free.
Frontier's Edge feels like the last piece of the puzzle: three thematic stages that lack the obvious gimmicks of Expedition's trio, designed to tempt players back onto objective gametypes with smart scalable design. Come back for the update, then stay for the maps. We'll discuss both over the next few hundred words.Click here to read more...
This week's Xbox Live sale is all about Capcom classics, as well as a few more modern games at significant savings. Personally I'd recommend scooping up Dead Rising 2: Case Zero at a silly £1.69, Final Fight: Double Impact for £2.70 and Street Fighter III: Third Strike for £2.49, but we've rounded up the marketplace links below for your convenience.
Resident Evil Revelations is best experienced on 3DS but still represents great value here, while Remember Me is also a steal at £4.99. It didn't exactly set the world on fire, but if you liked the concept, now's probably the time to take a punt.
Full credit must be given to yarkiebrown, who rounded up the deals and Gold Exclusive offerings on HUKD. Many thanks!
Is nothing Sacre...
Nope, can't do it. This is no laughing matter. Deep Silver have dredged up the bones and bits of the Sacred IP, chucked most of them out, and used the remaining pieces to assemble a game bereft of any particularly worthwhile. Sacred 3 bears the Sacred name, but it's something of a shell of a game rather than the open-world, loot-stuffed romp to which fans might be accustomed.
Gone are the expansive environments of previous, "proper" Sacred games. Indeed, Sacred 3 has more in common with Sacred Citadel than its numbered predecessor. Except it's not a side-scrolling beat 'em up designed for couch co-op -- it looks like a top-down, Sacred-esque RPG.
But it isn't.Click here to read more...
13 Month Xbox LIVE Gold | Simply CD Keys | £24.99
The Xbox Live Gold fee is no longer mandatory to use services like Netflix or Hulu, but it will be needed for all online multiplayer and to grab your free Games with Gold titles, which have now extended to the Xbox One too. Unlike PS Plus, the games are yours to keep if your membership runs out. This offer has added an extra month to the deal, giving you 13 months of coverage.