If you're looking to pick up Titanfall but don't want to spend much money, Zavvi are offering an interesting deal of two parts. Respawn's shooter currently costs a very inexpensive £29.99, but then gets an extra discount down to a tasty £26.39 by way of a "spend £20 and 12%" offer.
Whether an Easter treat or glitch, it might be worth taking advantage of. Thanks to Chanchi32 @ HUKD!
Time to make the generation jump? Matt advises you to save your money, but Gamestop's £344.97 all-in price for the Xbox One and Titanfall will save you a fiver vs ASDA. We did briefly see it for £339 last week, though. Decisions, decisions. Thanks to Currey20 @ HUKD!
Trials is as punishing and perfect as ever. It's a game of ludicrous excess and controlled restraint, as you scream over a ludicrous gravity-defying jump one moment and deftly feather the throttle to make it across a nasty gauntlet of overhangs the next. The interplay between speed, power, weight, balance, gravity and physics is one again spot-on, challenging us to excel through skill and perseverance, all while desperately attempting to shave miliseconds off our par time, beat our ghost and humiliate our friends.
Trials Fusion should be everything we want from a Trials sequel, then, but some new features and window dressing deserve a closer look.
We're in the future now, and Trials Fusion won't let you forget it. From the first second you boot it up, an annoyingly brain-worming theme song proudly proclaims "welcome to the future! Man! Machine! The futuuuuuuuuure!" while displaying a shiny armour-clad rider atop a slick skyscraper. It'd be a great excuse to introduce some futuristic new technology, but no, it basically boils down to a somewhat forgettable storyline involving two AIs (which features a few fun one-liners that you'll hear repeated ad nauseam each time you restart a checkpoint) and a vibrant colourful new aesthetic to punch up the tracks. We've come a long way since Trials HD's uninspiring collection of brown crates and grey pipes.Click here to read more...
CDKeys are currently selling 12 months of Xbox LIVE Gold Membership for £24.90, but if you go over to their Facebook page and give them a "Like" you can get that price dropped even further down to £23.65, saving you a tenner on the standard price for such goodness.
Microsoft has deployed the Xbox One's April firmware update, which contains a whole host of useful fixes and quality of life improvements. From Kinect fine-tuning and audio clarity to friends list tweaks and app updates, there are plenty of unglamorous yet very welcome improvements to be found here.
They've also promised beta previewers that the aggravating disc read errors have finally been squelched - we'll be the judge of that. You can see the headline features after the break (courtesy of Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb).Click here to read more...
It seems like Asda and Amazon have been battling for gamers' cash this week with their £349 deal, but this has allowed Tesco to sneak past with their new £339 offer. You'll have to be a bit sneaky too, as the all-important discount code above only works on new Tesco accounts. But I'm sure you'll all agree, setting up a new throwaway email account is worth the £10 saving.
Thanks to scottishgamer at HotUkDeals.
Time to make the generation jump? Matt advises you to save your money, but this £349 all-in price for the Xbox One and Titanfall is not to be sniffed at. Decisions, decisions. Thanks to welshdapper @ HUKD!
Platforms: PS4 | Xbox One (reviewed) | PC version incoming
Developer: Born Ready Games
Strike Suit Zero should have been brilliant when it released last year. A beautiful arcade space sim starring a wonderful transforming mech fighter, designed by Appleseed's Junji Okubo and scored by Homeworld's Paul Ruskay, it literally promised "space combat reborn." And it failed.
What ought to have been a revolution ended up as a solid yet shockingly derivative space sim that stubbornly looked backwards, not forwards, launching with numerous missing features and sidelining its eponymous war machine in favour of a billion frustrating escort missions. Having backed the Kickstarter campaign at not inconsiderable expense (well spotted, I was wearing a U.N.E. T-Shirt in our Rezzed 2014 interviews), I had to shelve my excitement while picking apart its flaws in our 6/10 review.
So I'm delighted to report that Born Ready Games have fixed it!
Containing all the patches and improvements from several months of extra development, alongside fundamentally rebalanced gameplay and a visual makeover, the Director's Cut feels like a completely new game. Consoles may not be the space sim's spiritual home, but Strike Suit Zero feels more at home on PS4 and Xbox One than it ever did on PC.Click here to read more...
Vlambeer's Rami Ismail is a bit of a legend, really. When he's not producing the likes of Super Crate Box, Luftrausers and Nuclear Throne, you'll find him championing indie games and speaking out against Microsoft's restrictive policies.
So naturally we had to grab him for an interview at EGX Rezzed.
Over the course of ten minutes, the Vlambeer guru looks back at Luftrausers' success and reception, discusses some high-level tactics and plane builds, explains why Microsoft's indie parity clause is holding them back and looks forward to the upcoming release of Nuclear Throne.
If you're looking to buy into Microsoft's new-gen console and love first-person shooters, Gamestop are running an exciting little bundle. You'll get the Titanfall bundle, which includes a copy of Respawn's refreshing shooter, plus Call Of Duty: Ghosts for less than the Titanfall Bundle usually runs by itself - potentially a tasty little saving. Mind you, Ghosts can feel more than a little staid once you're used to wall-running, jumping over rooftops and stomping around in an enormous robot. Thanks to rodedra69 @ HUKD!
Vlambeer producer Rami Ismail is a veritable indie champion, originally responsible for bringing Microsoft's 'parity clause' into the public eye several months ago. Developers are forced to release simultaneously or first on Xbox platforms, which simply isn't possible for most smaller independent outfits due to the massive extra workload and potentially having to renege on existing agreements.
A few months on, and nothing much has changed - meaning that ID@Xbox still has a major thorn in its side and Vlambeer's excellent dogfighting shooter Luftrausers will never release on Xbox One. As you'd expect, Ismail has a few choice words for the company following months of negotiations, but hopes that things will improve.Click here to read more...
If you want Call Of Duty: Ghosts on not one but two consoles, Amazon are offering an impressive saving courtesy to their digital Xbox 360 and Xbox One combo pack. You'll get a download code for both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One versions, allowing you to retain your multiplayer progression due to the server-side profile. If you want to get into Ghosts on the Xbox One but still have plenty of friends who haven't bought into next-gen yet, this could well be the way to go.
I'd strongly recommend prioritising it on Xbox One to enjoy the somewhat superior visuals and Ground War player count. Or, honestly, playing something else. Thanks to iwelford @ HUKD!
Xbox One's preview programme allows console owners to get to grips with major firmware updates ahead of time, enjoying new functionality and tweaks weeks before they're officially deployed... but as with any beta there are always risks. Numerous participants have reported several worrying disc drive errors over the last fortnight, as a result of installing April's offering.
Luckily Microsoft have taken feedback on board and promise to squash these bugs in the official release, and the workaround reads like a scene from the IT Crowd.Click here to read more...
Platforms: PC | PS3 | PS4 (tested) | Xbox 360 | Xbox One
Developer: The Creative Assembly
I'm going to die in a locker.
It was all going so well. My exploration of an abandoned laboratory was proceeding swimmingly until the motion tracker blared into life, catching me out in the open with nowhere to run. The Alien is coming. It's close. I can't fight it. I can't outrun it. But a winking green light on the other side of the hallway promised a safe haven: a locker big enough to hide in, only a short sprint away.
And now I'm going to die. Following my footsteps, the Xenomorph stalks past the locker grille, and for a split-second I think I'm safe as I peer through the slats. No such luck. It wheels and thrusts its eyeless muzzle up against the door, all fangs and slime. I shrink back from the grille, willing myself to sink into the darkness and hold my breath -- both in the game and in real life. Please, please, please just walk away! After what felt like an eternity, the chitinous horror finally sloped back down the hall and I let out a sigh of desperate relief. I've survived... but the Alien is still out there. Waiting. Hunting me.
If The Creative Assembly can sustain this fear throughout the campaign, Alien Isolation could well become the best and most chilling survival horror game we've seen in some time, not to mention an outstanding tie-in. That's a seriously big "if," mind, and the uncomfortable question hanging over what is otherwise a very impressive debut.Click here to read more...
When Rocksteady revealed their next-gen Batman sequel, many of us assumed that "Arkham Knight" referred to the Caped Crusader himself. Right?.
Well, wrong, actually. Rocksteady are introducing a brand new character -- The Arkham Knight -- who'll antagonise Batman and become part of the wider continuity after the credits roll.Click here to read more...
Griefers, quitters, trolls and other aggravating online denizens can make Xbox Live a much more toxic place than it ought to be... but apparently this might be about to change.
As promised, Microsoft are preparing to roll out the Xbox One's revamped reputation system later this week, which is designed to punish serial offenders and scare potential griefers into perfect gentlemen. Whether it works is another matter entirely.Click here to read more...
Microsoft recently held an "experiment" into competitive digital pricing by offering a 50% discount on Ryse: Son Of Rome, and we half-expected that to be the end of it.
Nope. Microsoft has announced that Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition and recently-released Thief will soon receive enormous discounts on the Xbox Live marketplace, bringing them down to less than £25.Click here to read more...
Tesco's 10% off code has performed wonders again by ripping nearly £40 off the price of the Titanfall bundle, bringing it down to £359.10. This is one of the cheapest prices I've seen for the Titanfall bundle and brings the Xbox One into the same price territory as a PS4. but as with the Infamous bundle I just posted, Tesco's code is only good for the first 5000 uses. Note: unlike many Tesco codes, you don't need to be a new member to use it.
If you're in the market for an Xbox One, you might be interested in a neat little bundle from Argos. £399.99 is the base RRP for the Xbox One's Titanfall bundle, but for the same price, you can also nab yourself a copy of Thief - saving yourself a few quid in the process. Note that you'll have to add £3.95 for home delivery if you're not willing/able to reserve and collect. Thanks to crosswski @ HUKD!
Titanfall is excellent, but bear in mind that Thief isn't exactly a return to form. Far from it, in fact. Matt describes it as the "Dark, Messy, And Slightly Broken Project" in our full review, though he reckons it's actually pretty good if you select appropriate difficulty settings and disable assists.