Platform: PS4 | Xbox One (reviewed)
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Here we go again. I reviewed Diablo III on PC... then the last-gen console version... then the Reaper Of Souls expansion pack... and finally we come to this. The Ultimate Evil Edition. The final showdown. It's time for the last dance with the devil -- that is, unless Blizzard brings out another expansion.
To be honest, I'm still in two minds about whether Diablo III really works on consoles. Despite pretending to be a glorious last stand against the forces of hell, all it really involves is holding the A button (X on PS4) until all the enemies are dead or you've passed out from boredom. The leap from mice to controllers removed an entire dimension of precision priority targeting, so instead you'll just mash that button and then mash it a few more times to pick up all the loot in the vicinity. Then roll. Then hold down A for another five minutes.
This shouldn't be fun. It should be torture. But ultimately, somehow, Diablo III's Ultimate Evil Edition ends up being enjoyable and annoyingly addictive to the point where I'd rather be playing it than leaving my den -- let alone writing this review.
Basically, Just Add Mates.Click here to read more...
Project CARS is looking more exciting (and gorgeous, it must me said) every time we see it - and I managed to scrape an amateurish fourth place during a hands-on race around Brands Hatch.
Be on the lookout for the dynamic weather, which massively affects the driving conditions, handling and visibility. This demo track accelerates the onset of a rainstorm over three laps, so you can judge for yourself.
Oh, and sorry about the glare! I'll have some shinier videos for you soon, along with more in-depth coverage. Did you catch our interview with producer Pete Morrish?Click here to read more...
The grass is always greener on the other side. Early on in a new generation of consoles, you usually have to pick between two big rivals. It’s been like that throughout all of my formative gaming years. Sega vs. Nintendo. Nintendo Vs Sony. Sony Vs Microsoft. Whatever side you choose though, chances are your console is going to have a slow start during the first 18 months, especially with development time of the big Triple A titles getting longer and longer.
As a PS4 gamer I’ve had plenty of games to enjoy since launch from exclusives like Infamous and Killzone to the compelling third-party efforts like Assassin’s Creed IV, Wolfenstein the Lego games and more recently Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition. After E3 and Gamescom though, I have to admit I’ve been getting itchy feet and the feeling that I’m missing out by not having an Xbox One, like I said, the grass is always greener and all that.
Sony has kept many of their exclusives under tight wraps, with nothing solid to show yet for Uncharted and The Last Guardian. The constant delays and changing messages of DriveClub haven’t been encouraging and The Order: 1886 is still lacking that special something. And don’t even get me started on the complete silence on the future of the God of War series.
Yet I look over at the Xbox One lineup and I see my beloved Insomniac bringing all the fun to the table with Sunset Overdrive (which I’ve managed to convince myself will be boring after half an hour) when gaming is crying out for a new-gen platformer in the ilk of Ratchet & Clank.Click here to read more...
The new Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition has been devouring our time here at Castle Dealspwn lately. Jon's putting the finishing touches to his review and I recently put together a beginner's tips guide. After getting back from my hols though I've finally been able to finish the campaign mode which, as players of the original version will know, has meant the Adventure mode has finally unlocked.
This part of Diablo III's end-game sees you tasked with bounties or killcount targets to bring in some seriously fat XP and gold rewards, not to mention all sorts of shiny loot. Blood Shards are rare rewards too and also a new currency that allows you to gamble for some exceptionally rare items. So, take a look at my new video and see some early missions and bounties I take on during my first day with Adventure mode. This is also where you earn keystone fragments to unlock the raid-like Rift missions. We'll have some coverage of those soon, although I'm wondering if I had better hit Lv. 70 first.Click here to watch the video.
We’re getting awfully close to gaming’s silly season and there are a lot of games arriving in the coming months. So, we’re starting a weekly release roundup running through the new titles in the week ahead, with a bit of information about the games that will be appearing in the New Release section of your local retailer or digital store. Be sure to check out the links too for deeper coverage via our reviews and features.
Warframe has been out for a while now on the PC and PS4 and the FTP title is coming to the Xbox One early next week. Be warned, this third-person shooter/slicer has a very grindy start that isn’t for everyone as you’ll struggle to shake the feeling you need to pump actual money into the game to get any decent weapons and upgrades.Click here to read more...
Considering how the new-gen version of ACIV is still going for about £35, this could be the best price you see for the newest entry to the series set during the French Revolution. Using the discount code to get £2 off puts GS nearly £8 cheaper than the next best deal. Note: the game was recently delayed until November 13th and most retailers still have their listing as October 28th.
Thanks to craig159753 and halodudify at HotUkDeals.
Rayman Legends is fantastic, and if you absolutely must own it on PS4 or Xbox One, GAME are currently the cheapest retailer around. It's important to note that we've seen it cheaper before, though -- and its PC and last-gen versions will often set you back half as much with feature-complete 60FPS gameplay.
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"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?
Quantum Break is still one of the Xbox One's biggest wildcards. Promising to transcend the boundaries between games and television, Remedy's latest creation finally broke gameplay cover at Gamescom, revealing that the creators of Max Payne are still capable of creating a handsome shooter with some nifty slow-motion mechanics.
We had to know more, so naturally I attended the Quantum Break showcase at the first possible opportunity. The lights dimmed. Our guide stepped up to the plate. And Remedy unveiled... an expanded version of the demo we already saw during Microsoft's press conference.
Wonderful, quoth Jonathan sarcastically. However, it's clear that while Quantum Break's gunplay looks rather fun, the time-based puzzling and intriguing transmedia setup are what's really going to set it apart from the crowd. Like Max Payne crossed with Bernard's Watch and Blinx: The Time Sweeper, perhaps.Click here to read more...
Funded by Kickstarter, assisted by real drivers and powered by impressive cutting-edge graphical tech, Project CARS is set to become an automotive tour de force. After trying out the latest build at 4K resolution and on the Oculus Rift, I caught up with lead producer Pete Morrish for a chat about the new title and what sets it apart from other racers.
Despite being a superb physical specimen myself, thanks to years of training by the biggest names in the business (Fray Bentos, Colonel Sanders, all the greats), I'm always looking for new ways to get fit. Specifically, ways that are actually fun. Shape Up seemed to be the answer when Ubisoft announced it at E3 2014: a lighthearted and very 'gamey' collection of crazy activities with RPG-style progression designed to keep you engaged while burning calories. Xbox One's Kinect sensor ought to be a perfect fit.
So when Gamescom rolled around Matt told me to get plenty of footage of myself... well, rolling around. Unfortunately, live code being a tricky beast, the software was unfortunately bricked.
Never mind, though, because I quickly grabbed Shape Up creative director Charles Huteau for an interview about the game, and what the team thinks about Microsoft's Xbox One U-turn.
So, you patiently waited for the PS4/XO version of Diablo III, or Diablo III Reaper of Souls: Ultimate Evil Edition if we’re going with the full name. This new edition is stuffed with extra content, like the Reaper of Souls expansion, but you’re going to have to do some serious levelling before you can look the reaper in the eye.
So for those of you that didn’t play the original Diablo III to death two years ago, we’ve put together seven top tips for all you new adventurers out there to make your life that little bit easier. Naturally, we’d love to hear any hints you might have whether you’re a Diablo regular or a newb with a hot tip.
The Barbarian is the simplest class to start with, as they’re more melee-focused compared to the fancy-pants wizards. Why not take advantage of the Crusader though for added depth? The Crusaders are playable for the whole game now, after previously only being available in the expansion. Go on, they’re pretty badass.Click here to read more...
More than just a visual facelift for the series, Metro Redux has put some extra effort in to tempt a spend. Metro 2033 has extra animations (such as the mask wipe from the sequel) and the weapon handling has been reworked too. Both games are now playable in Ranger and Survival modes too for a harsher challenge. All the Season Pass content for Last Light is included, adding an extra ten hours of single player content. This is shaping up to be well worth a look if you missed out on the games last gen. Metro Redux is released August 28th.
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Crystal Dynamics' Tomb Raider reboot was brilliant, but it wasn't really Tomb Raider, was it? Our heroine schizophrenically flipped between helpless and murderous at the drop of a cutscene, there was a distinct lack of tombs to raid (not to mention Keeley Hawes) and the whole gritty thing took itself far too seriously to take seriously. Grit. Grit happened.
Rise Of The Tomb Raider may have dominated the Gamescom headlines for all the wrong reasons, so thankfully the other Crystal Dynamics studio are quietly beavering away at a follow-up to Lara Croft And The Guardian Of Light, which can never be accused of taking anything seriously. Lara Croft And The Temple Of Osiris may be a puzzly shooty platformy cooperative romp for four players, not a purebred action platformer like its predecessors, but it feels like the Tomb Raider titles of old.
Because, quite simply, it's bringing the fun back to the franchise. Along with a billion spike pits, hot pants, loads of priceless ancient Egyptian superweapons and massive arguments after griefing your mates and stealing their gems. It's ridiculous, frequently stupid and absolutely ruddy brilliant. Tell your butler to fetch your dual pistols and let's take a closer look.Click here to read more...
Can Evolve truly make 4 v 1 multiplayer fun? Why the delay? What are the DLC plans? How tough was it to balance? What features were cut? Why can't we play it yet?!
Evolve has attracted a huge number of questions over the last few months, and thankfully, we've now got plenty of answers thanks to Turtle Rock producer Denby Grace. If you're excited, concerned or just suitably intrigued by the upcoming new-gen shooter, this is the interview you need.
Crystal Dynamics' Tomb Raider reboot certainly was impressive. And gritty. So very, very gritty.
Thankfully the other Crystal Dynamics team is still making Tomb Raider games based on a confident Lara fighting crazy bad guys, dodging ludicrously silly traps and absolutely loving it; all voiced by the inestimable Keeley Hawes.
In effect, then, Lara Croft And The Guardian Of Light feels more like the Tomb Raider games of old, even if it's an isometric puzzly shooter for up to four players. Keen to know more, I interviewed Crystal Dynamics producer Robert Siwiak to learn about the new gameplay elements, economy, story and whether we'd see more ridiculous crossover characters this time around.
Alien Isolation is shaping up nicely. Having spent four solid hours playing the latest Steam build, I can report that its adaptive AI and terrifying unpredictability makes for a very different kind of horror game.
However, the fact that sections starring the original Alien voice cast are only going to be available as pre-order DLC -- or paid DLC down the line -- has got many a hackle up across the internet. I naturally asked lead designer Gary Napper exactly why they'd taken the controversial move.Click here to read more...
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...
If you've yet to experience the Metro series (is two games a series? Never mind, we're going with it.), the Redux collection probably deserves your attention as it brings remastered versons of Metro 2033 and Last Light to new-gen consoles. £22.99 will get you a lot of tense and enjoyable game at a serious saving, then, even if the originals can be picked up for peanuts on PC. Thanks to sufyaan11 @ HUKD!
I have a soft spot for Ryse. It's super dumb and fairly repetitive, but it also scratches an itch for cinematic swords and sandals action, and Dead Rising 3 takes Capcom's zombie-killing formula to epic new levels, leveraging the power of the Xbox One to really ratchet up the number of shambling flesh eaters and expand the scale of the game.
You can nab them both for under £20 over at HMV right now and save yourselves a pretty packet. Nice spot WatchThisSpac3!