Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare sets a new benchmark for the series with its double-jumping mobility and Titanfall-inspired verticality. If you haven't made the jump to Xbox One yet, Tesco are running a pre-Black Friday deal for the Xbox 360 version, which clocks in at a cool £29.00.
You can click here to read our Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare review. However, there are a couple of caveats to this deal, namely that we're talking about Tesco the supermarket rather than Tesco Direct. You'll need to set up store collection or home delivery, so probably best to pick it up as part of a grocery shop. Still, a real bargain ahead of Christmas. Thanks to steve9011 @ HUKD!
What a week for Nintendo fans! New Pokémon remakes and a brand new Persona title for the 3DS and Smash Bros finally makes its new-gen debut. Elsewhere, Geometry Wars makes its multiplatform debut third time of asking and PS4 owners can finally start designing levels again with the series that started the Play. Create. Share movement. The less said about Amiibo, the better though. Don’t forget to enjoy our links to our past coverage and the cheapest online prices.
With over 50 stages to enjoy, the series is set to make a huge splash when it lands on all digital formats next week (sorry, not you Wii U). With the first two games making a name for themselves on XBLA, everyone is going to be able to get a taste this time. The retro shooter action has expanded to feature game worlds with a more 3D feel. Essentially, Geometry Wars has hopped into bed with the likes of Resogun and Super Stardust. That’s right shooter fans; you’re having it all this year.Click here to read more...
Need some retro awesomeness in your life this Christmas? Well, GAME have got pre-owned copies of the SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection back in stock, and they're going cheap.
Essentially a Greatest Hits album for the Mega Drive, you get over 40 classic SEGA games including Sonic The Hedgehog 1, 2 and 3, Columns, Alien Storm, Ecco The Dolphin, Space Harrier, and Streets Of Rage 1, 2 and 3. Thnaks Ninbox4!
It took long enough, but Defiance is finally free-to-play on Xbox 360, making the ambitious multi-platform MMORPG shooter free on all platforms after making the transition on PC and PS3. Though saddled with a rubbish TV series and some design issues, we actually found Defiance to be an absolute blast (well, Matt hated it) and a game that was a fun enough shooter to carry its weaker elements. Excellent instanced missions and crazy random flashmob boss battles really helped to give Defiance game a solid backbone.
Carl's in-depth Defiance review still holds true, but there have been numerous content updates and patches over the last few years, meaning that there's a lot of game here costing absolutely nothing. You could do a lot worse than giving it a go. Thanks and credit to sweetnugget @ HUKD for bringing this to our attention!
The Darkness II mixes gangsters and demons to create an ultraviolent romp that's well worth playing. This cheap Xbox 360 deal sees the limited edition slashed down to £2.85 delivered, saving you a few quid ahead of Black Friday.
You can read our 8/10 The Darkness II review for all the details, but suffice to say this is a seriously satisfying shooter that uses 'quad wielding' to devastating effect. Two guns, two horrifying demon arms and an army of goons to use them on. Well worth playing and a bargain at less than three quid delivered. Thanks to Ninbox4 @ HUKD!
Escape Dead Island is out here in the UK in just a few short days, and snapping it up will give you access to the Dead Island 2 beta when it emerges.
NB. Do bear in mind that you'll need to use the code FBFAN5 to get the game at this price.
You can check out the trailer for the game here. Early reviews have been, well, mixed to say the least. Polygon did not fall for Escape Dead Island's third-person, arcadey, undead charms. But IGN seemed to rather like it. Make of that what you will. Cheers oUkTuRkEyIII!
LEGO Batman 3 is a must-buy for DC superfans.
You'll rarely see a licensed game with this much love and respect for the source material, nor attention to detail. Going beyond Gotham City, hence the title, TT Games have assembled more than 150 characters from throughout nearly eighty years of franchise continuity, all with their trademark skills, gadgets, costumes and personality. Wonder-Woman doesn't just wield her Lasso Of Truth and bracelets, rather her 1970s theme song blares out every time she takes to the skies. DC mainstays like Green Lantern and The Flash rub shoulders with Firefly, the Condiment King, Mister Mxyzptlk, The Green Loontern, Plastic Man and BatCow.
Even Adam West -- The One True Batman -- steals the show with frequent cameos and a bonus stage that could curl Cesar Romero's moustache.
The story is similarly excellent. In stark contrast to DC's own convoluted crossovers and crises, LEGO Batman 3 tells a ripping yarn as the Justice League teams up with legendary villains to defeat Brainiac, who's attempting to steal the Earth's major cities with his shrink ray. Stuffed full of subtle in-jokes, larger-than-life humour, great voice acting and a little LEGO slapstick, all of the cast act in caricatured yet deeply believable ways, at least until a mishap involving the Lantern Rings sees several characters assume hilarious temporary new personalities. It's an absolute riot and arguably worth the price of admission by itself.
A good thing too, because this deep respect and love for the universe carries what is otherwise a disappointingly unambitious LEGO title.Click here to read more...
It’s another week closer to Christmas, which means another week packed with more games than sense. Highlights include charging around the Himalayas on the back of an elephant with a machine gun, men in spandex, returning to Los Santos, taking on bloody big dragons with a pointy stick and building blocky civilisations in your pocket. We’ve been warming up for Black Friday a bit early by hunting out the very best of cheap game deals too, so be sure to check out the links to the best prices the net has to offer. Keep an eye on our Deals section too for a regular flow of cheap prices for the best of old and new games.
World War II strategy fans have been waiting for this expansion for a while and according to Matt’s recent hands-on preview, it’s shaping up rather well. Take a look below.
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Huzzah for price-matching, as now you have two places from which to get Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel for £25. This latest deal will save you around a fiver over the next cheapest offer for either console version.
Although it didn't really offer anything particularly new, and the story didn't capitalise upon the potential that was there, it doesn't change the fact The Pre-Sequel is great fun, especially in co-op. You can read all about it by checking out our review. Thanks to Ninjin00 & raph65536 @ HUKD for the heads-up!
I loved Deus Ex: Human Revolution. I mean, boss battles and that rubbish ending aside, it was a damn fine game that really delivered in terms of giving players options. We're big on that sort of thing here.
The Director's Cut reworks the offending parts of the original game to make for a somewhat smoother experience, integrating the Missing Link DLC, freeing up certain augmentations, and adding in 8 hours of developer commentary and a 45-minute documentary. Thanks mugglesquop!
Not going to lie, these aren't the best Xbox deals we've ever seen from Deals With Gold, but there may well be a couple of attractive items here for digital buyers, especially if you're a Serious Sam or Fallout fan.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has been a fantastic return for the mega-selling first-person-shooter franchise. In my review I heaped praised upon both the campaign mode and the fun multiplayer options, mainly because of the excellent shift in style afforded by the exoskeleton. All in all, it's the best Call of Duty game in years. But that doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement. There are still ways in which Call of Duty could blow away the competition and here are seven ways they could do it.
For years, Call of Duty games have had AI companions bossing you about through the campaign modes and we'd give our left foot to dump them for a human partner in splitscreen or online co-op. Frankly, the lack of co-op makes the series seem a little behind the times. COD has nailed multiplayer, the campaigns are fun, but this is the missing jewel in the crown. Fingers crossed for next year.Click here to read more...
Before Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare landed on our doormats, this has been a year to remember for the first person shooter. The likes of Titanfall and Destiny have made vital efforts to push the envelope in terms of what we can expect from a shooter.
Titanfall has been a fun-packed title with awesome mechs, jetpack parkour and some decent DLC, despite server issues that made the early months a little rough. And Destiny, well the jury's still out a little there as Bungie's MMOFPS has been a little light on content for many gamers, but there's a solid foundation. It's been a year where developers have attempted to shake things up, and for that they should be applauded. And let's face it, the sequels could be incredible if they take the feedback on board.
But what about Sledgehammer's new innovations with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare? It's not the futuristic setting or the hiring of Kevin Spacey that has us more excited than usual (although it certainly helps), it's the prospect of the huge impact the exoskeleton will have on player movement. It's the biggest change to the series since Modern Warfare and after playing through the game, it's become clear that running around like your average Joe just won't cut it anymore.
The abilities on offer vary throughout the campaign as they're pre-assigned at the start of each mission. Generally though you always have the ability to double jump and dash sideways or backwards via clicking the left analogue and pointing it in the desired direction. It's an awkward control input that I would have preferred to be handled via a shoulder button press and the left stick, but it works as intended throughout. I didn't use it much in the campaign, but online it becomes a fantastic way of buying yourself a split second to get out of someone's sights. The enhanced jumps add some much needed freedom to level design though and looking for a higher vantage point is usually your first instinct in each level.Click here to read more...
Apparently, one week is enough to get away from the blast radius of the Call of Duty death train. So much so, Ubisoft are launching two new Assassin’s games. Why play new games though when you can take Master Chief through some old favourites in 1080p with super slick 60fps visuals? Or maybe get your hipster on and try out the underdog rival footy series? Or there’s always a new Lego title for the little ones (you, it’s always you that wants to play them, little Jimmy is tired of your hoarding all the blue coins). Or, seeing as the season to renew a life crippling addiction is fast approaching, why not pick up the latest WoW expansion. We’ve got the full rundown for you below, including links to the cheapest prices and our past coverage at Dealspwn.
It’s a brave brand that releases a FPS so soon after Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, but if anyone can try, it’s Halo. Including Halo 1-4 and running at a silky smooth 60FPS, Master Chief’s adventures have never been so smooth. Oh and there’s always the fact that it includes all the multiplayer maps to play in a playlist of your choosing.
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Halo: The Master Chief Collection is out next week, containing all four numbered Halo titles in a single enormous remastered collection. Our full review will be going live soon, but it's now the perfect time to look back at the franchise and remember why we still loved it. For us, it comes down to the levels, thirteen years of unforgettable set pieces, pulse-pounding moments, vehicular shenanigans and the freedom to experiment and improvise with our own strategies. So without further ado: the top ten most legendary Halo levels.
DIShonourable Mentions (nobody's perfect):
Sergeant Johnson knows what the ladies like: grinding treads and awesome tanks. What's not to love? This level starts with a bang as you smash across a Covenant-occupied bridge in a Scorpion, snipe jackals, go on a shotgun rampage ("It's tight quarters on the other side, sir. Use this!"), blow up an entire Covenant task force in a gauss hog and finally leap onto the back of a Scarab to murder its crew.
Halo 2 may be the most inconsistent and unsatisfying campaign in the series, but damn, it has its moments.Click here to read more...
Dead Rising Collection | £13.99 | GAME
The Dead Rising Collection is a pretty comprehensive collection of last-gen's zombie-massacring offerings. GAME currently have the boxset for £13.99, shaving a handful of pounds off of the closest competition, and dropping that money will net you Dead Rising, Dead Rising 2, Dead Rising 2: Off the Record, and the Case West and Case Zero expansions too. Hats off to FantasyDeals at HUKD.
This is a big year for Activision, as they’re behind two of the biggest shooters of the year in Destiny and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Destiny has been a little lacking if we’re honest, but we’re still hopeful the futuristic makeover and exoskeleton movement can give the Call of Duty series a much-needed kick up the arse. Unsurprisingly, there aren’t many other games foolish enough to get in the way of the COD juggernaut this week, but fans of old school Ninty titles, NIS RPGs and life-consuming footy management sims will certainly find something of interest. Don’t forget to check out our past coverage and cheapest price links too.
We’ve not been this excited about a Call of Duty game in ages. Forget BLOPSII’s ‘futuristic’ setting, this is the real deal. Featuring heavy influences from Crysis and Titanfall, the new skills afforded by the exoskeleton are the biggest shakeup the series has seen since COD4. The multiplayer is benefitting from the new skills too and we can’t wait to play the new Uplink mode which looks like COD’s take on Quidditch, but with added muderisation (shut up, spellchecker, that’s so a word!).Click here to read more...
Epic Mickey 2 failed to set the gaming world on fire, but its colourful stylings and co-op focus make for a decent stocking family filler (so long as you've played all the LEGO games, that is!). £5.95 is a very good price for it nevertheless. Thanks to Ninbox4 @ HUKD!
You want horror? Do you? You don't know horror, child. You've never experienced the creeping dread, the skin-crawling nightmarish cyclopean nerve-jangling vomitous terror of having to play... Amy.
Actually, neither have I, because Matt reviewed it and I dodged that bullet like a slippery weasel. Make sure you don't pick up one of the worst games ever made in this disappointingly half-hearted Xbox Live Halloween sale. To be honest, the £6.60 Titanfall Season Pass is the star of the show on Xbox One, but £5.99 for The Walking Dead: Season 2 isn't a bad deal. Here are the deals, in case you're interested - Xbox Live Gold Members only, I'm afraid.
A big week for Microsoft, with one of their big exclusives finally hitting the shelves. We also have the new pretender to Dark Soul’s bloodthirsty throne, a farming sim, a futuristic co-op demon hunt and a gloriously muddy battle between dirtbikes and quads. Have a look below for our full weekly guide of upcoming releases along with links to our past coverage and the best prices.
This is Nordic’s first MX release since acquiring the series from THQ and with 17 tracks to tear up with dirtbikes and ATVs, we’re quite sure this will be the muddiest release of the week. Fingers crossed it’s a hit as we’d like to see the series make the jump to PS4 and XO sooner rather than later. Hmm, next-gen track deformation.
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