With one short month to go before Far Cry 4 lands, we take a decisive look at all the available evidence, including our very own hands-on sessions, to make the case that we could be looking at a Game of the Year contender here. So dive into this week’s Sunday Seven: Why Far Cry 4 is Set to Own 2014.
You wouldn’t think it to look at them, but the honey badgers are arguably the most vicious creatures in Kyrat. Hunting missions will make a return, but using fire or explosions to kill animals will result in damaged pelts that are worth less cash and possibly not be as useful for crafting. Looks like we’ll have to avoid using rocket launchers and mines on the monochrome missile-like bastards then. Other animals that want to eat your eyes include wolves, rhinos, leopards, eagles, cave bears and much more. Come at me, nature!Click here to read more...
A great week for Wii U owners who can feel super smug as the Umbran witch makes her Nintendo debut. There’s quite the musical theme elsewhere with the latest Just Dance title and Harmonix’s motion-controlled take on Fantasia. The words Firaxis and Alpha Centauri are probably enough to get our PC-gaming readers excited, not to mention a certain Dreamfall title. Read on for the full rundown along with links to our past coverage and the cheapest prices.
Fans have only been waiting since 2006 to find out what happens next in the Dreamfall saga, so yeah, they’re pretty pumped for this one. We get the feeling this is going to be a Kickstarter success story and can’t wait to play the new episodic format. The game is also coming to PS4 at some point, but release dates vary from next week (wrong), to November, to next year. Expect reviews of the PC version from our very own Carl Phillips soon.Click here to read more...
This week, we deal with Driveclub's latest woes and ask how big games sites can justify early reviews for online games, we chat about Microsoft's continued defence of their indie parity clause, and we take a look at the announcement for the rather controversial Hatred.
Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.
The early bird catches the worm, but the late and tardy birds reap magnificent savings. ShopTo are currently selling and Xbox One console with The Evil Within, Alien Isolation, Wolfenstein, Forza 5 & Dead Rising 3 for £399.85, which is £30 less than the solus console itself cost just one year ago!
Madness, especially seeing that all but one of these games scored an 8/10 (because we haven't reviewed The Evil Within yet!). Thanks to partyblast @ HUKD!
Tesco's Xbox One horror bundle is appropriately timed for Halloween and a scary saving to boot. £349 will net you the console (without Kinect), Shinki Mikami's brand new horror title The Evil Within and terrifying Alien sequel Alien Isolation.
Apparently you can use voucher code TDXR-WRTP to bring the price down even further to £334. Thanks to Mac007, Chanchi32 and Nathan94 @ HUKD!
LEGO Batman 3 promises to go "Beyond Gotham," but TT Games are thinking bigger. Sure, the Justice League's bid to stop Braniac from abducting major cities takes our heroes around the world and even outside Earth's atmosphere, but at its core this is nothing less than a love letter to DC's entire sprawling universe. It's an attempt to cram in characters from throughout the most obscure parts of the canon, comics, Elseworld stories, the films and everything in between; from the snarling antihero we know today to Adam West's legendary 1960's romp.
And Batcow. And The Condiment King. And Mister Mxyzptlk. And... Kevin Smith?!
It's a veritable DC fan's dream crossover, but fans of the LEGO series can also expect some new gameplay features, enjoyable stud-collecting adventures and the gentle yet anarchic humour you'd expect from the Manchester-based studio.Click here to read more...
It's all in the name. LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham takes us beyond the iconic city on a quest to save the entire world, drawing on a massive pool of characters from every part of the DC universe, fan favourites and Elseworld stories.
I recently sat down with TT Games producer Matt Ellison to discuss how they approached development, what new features to expect and how LEGO Batman 3 promises to be a DC superfan's dream crossover. Not to mention a blast for aficionados of Adam West: the one true Batman.
In my opinion. Watch it all above, including what Ellison other classic franchise TT Games would love to give the LEGO treatment if they could get hold of the license.
Microsoft may be lagging behind Sony in sales terms, but they're putting up one heck of a pre-Christmas fight. ShopTo's latest deal sees the White Xbox One, controller, Sunset Overdrive and Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare all slashed down to £349.85, which is the same as a solus PS4 costs at retail.
To be clear, neither Sunset Overdrive nor Advanced Warfare have released yet, so we can't attest to their quality, They seem to be shaping up nicely, though. Thanks to brandonday1 @ HUKD!
Do you like tower defence games? If the answer is no, then I really don't know what the hell you're doing here. Go away. Shoo! This game is not for you.
If, however, you do like tower defence games, then you should really stick around, because Defense Grid is back, and it's probably the best tower defence game money can buy.
You will have to buy it, it's not an unbalanced free-to-play, lucky dip of a title, where you never know if everything's actually going to come together and work in a fashion that might prove fun. No, Defense Grid 2 will cost you. In fact, it'll cost you £18.49, and that's quite a lot for a tower defence game in my book.
The thing is, though, Defense Grid 2 is really rather good.
Like a good single malt, Defense Grid 2 is distilled excellence. It's not overly ambitious, it doesn't have lofty goals of flights of fancy, it simply wants to be the best tower defense game there is. And it does pretty damn well aiming for that goal.Click here to read more...
Invest in some underwear, folks! You're going to need spares. The Nostromo Edition for Alien: Isolation is under £35 at Gameseek, and you can knock a further two quid off of the price by using the code 2354682 at the checkout.
Great spot by BazingaBen at HUKD!
There’s a lot to be excited about with next week’s releases. Take a trip to Pandora’s moon with friends, explore creepy mansions packed with gibbering lunatics and well, probably buckets of giblets too. Fans of racing are sorted this week too (you know, because DriveClub is probably still offline) as they get to choose between a super light set of four wheels or mud-encrusted bikes. Forget all those pretenders though, what you really want to do is drop a ball and watch it bounce around...
Exciting! Of all the early exclusives on the Xbox One, this is the one that had most PS4 owners seething with jealousy. If you're yet to experience Peggle, you should really go and check out a PC or mobile demo and then be prepared to throw money at the sequel on PSN next week. There's no word on pricing yet, but we expect it to be around a tenner.Click here to read more...
With the Hobbit movies proving to be one of the longest train wrecks in recent memory, it’s a relief to see developers looking elsewhere for inspiration of doing Tolkien’s world justice. So, to fill the gap between the Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, we find ourselves deep in the heart of Mordor.
Enter Talion, a ranger working on the Black Gate who, along with his family, is killed almost immediately by invading Uruks. Luckily (sort of) for him, an Elven Wraith spirit invades his body just before death. Meaning that a short while later he is resurrected and will continue to do so each time he is killed.
Throughout the adventure we’ll learn more about life in Mordor for humans before the orcs and Uruks invaded and Sauron took over and we’ll even learn how the One Ring was forged and how Sauron betrayed the nine. The time setting and location are ripe for gaming territory and Tolkien nuts should definitely take a look.
Shadow of Mordor brandishes its base influences with little shame, but in fairness, Monolith has chose some of the best brands to initiate, namely Assassin’s Creed and Rocksteady’s Batman titles. So expect an open world where you can climb any surface and find lots of side-missions and collectibles to keep you entertained between story missions. These distractions also help to fund your numerous combat upgrades, so it rarely feels like time wasting. The climbing mechanics are solid and the animations have a pleasing weight to them too.Click here to read more...
Project Spark has long been one of the most quietly ambitious projects out there. Billed as a game creator that lets your imagination run riot, a free client that lets you create and share your own games while enjoying numerous exciting creations from the community, is now out of beta and ready for prime time on Xbox One and PC.
Meaning, of course, that it's fair game for criticism. Reviewing this crazy thing is going to be incredibly difficult, but since I've been on-board since the beta and logged a fair few hours since launch, I'd like to share my major initial impressions of Project Spark -- both in terms of praise, constructive criticism and some potential concerns.
This list is by no means complete and may be subject to change, I'm only human after all, but for now here are my burning observations.
Playing through the 'Crossroads' mode and the first episode of the campaign is fleeting fun for fans of third-person action adventures, but the real joy of Project Spark is its creation suite. It's magnificent. You're given an enormous flat plane to turn into your own wondrous creation. Map tools allow you to raise hills, carve out rivers and paint them to your specifications, creating majestic island networks, towns, mazes and platforms out of thin air. You can choose the time of day, the angle of the sun and the camera. You'll then sprinkle your creation with assets, objects, characters and NPCs, all of which can be assigned different sizes and behaviours using a pleasingly robust logic system.
Known as 'Kode,' this system allows you to create cause-and-effect relationships ("when" and "do" commands) to govern how any object, character or creature works. For example, after plonking down an enormous squirrel the size of a house (no, not Conker!), I told the Project Spark that when I move the thumbstick, the monolithic woodland creature should move. When I press the A button, it should jump. It's a brilliant and deceptively deep setup with numerous options, AI behaviours and sensors up for grabs.
For my next trick, I created a rock and told it to follow my squirrel around, because every hero needs a sidekick. It's that simple.Click here to read more...
Happy Alien: Isolation Day, folks! Our review went live earlier today, and here's what I had to say about Creative Assembly's fright-fest:
Alien: Isolation is the most terrifying game I've ever played. It has several flaws (the Alien glitching through your hiding place is a surefire way of ruining immersion), it can legitimately be accused of padding its mid-section, and piling up of Android towards the end can get a bit silly, but I didn't care about any of that, I was simply too busy giving myself heart attacks. Alien: Isolation succeeds in doing something no other game has: doing justice to the Alien itself.
Are you getting stuck into Amanda Ripley's story today? Well, here are a bunch of tips to bear in mind when it comes surviving Sevastopol Station.
Don't be fooled when you get a weapon
This is not an action game. It looks like it would be, right? You even get a shiny little revolver in the first couple of hours. But every game to feature Xenomorphs has lied to you. This thing is unstoppable and relentless and you can't kill it. This is not a first-person shooter, so don't get cocky, kid. Run. Run like the wind. And then slow down, crouch and sneak, and find yourself a hiding place. The Alien is also faster and smarter than you.Click here to read more...
Alien: Isolation is out today and I'm scared to come out of this stupid goddamn locker.
I've been scared by games before. Silent Hill 2 is hands-down the creepiest game I've ever played. I love/hate the way that game messed with my head, the grotesque carnival of misshapen enemies, distended and crooked, that triggered genuine revulsion. They weren't just zombies, they were hideous apparitions that made me feel physically ill. Elsewhere, there were moments when games like Condemned and Dead Space and Fatal Frame and even Doom 3 made me jump and weirded me out.
But nothing has ever quite terrified me like Alien: Isolation.
In the past, Xenomorphs have been hazardous cannon fodder. In fact, up until this point, there's never been a game that really captures what it means to come face to face with that perfect organism. No game has ever succeeded in capturing the sheer terror of coming face to face with the Geigerian monstrosity. It took the team behind Total War to do that.
I've been having nightmares since I started playing this game. Before last week, I hadn't had a nightmare in about five years, and even then they didn't feature monsters. In fact, I'm pretty sure that the last nightmare I had before this involved drowning in a sea of letters from banks or HMRC or the Student Loans Company. Once, I was crashing a mate's couch and I realised that I'd forgotten my toothbrush, and I dreamed that all my teeth fell out and I could only eat plankton. You know, relatively boring stuff. Lately, however, I've been dreaming of Sevastopol Station, and the multi-mouthed monster in its bowels.Click here to read more...
Platforms: PC (reviewed) | PS4 | Xbox One
Developer: Cyanide Studio
Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
I've been waiting for this game forever. One of the most under-appreciated American rock bands of the late 70s finally has a videogame of their own, complete with legendary tunes like Mr. Roboto, Renegade and Come Sail Away. Styx are awesome and it's about time too. Here's hoping for a Foreigner tie-in next...
...oh. Turns out that Styx: Master Of Shadows is actually a dark fantasy stealth game from Cyanide Studios.
Initial disappointment aside, this is still a remarkable turn of events. See, Styx is a real stealth game. Not an action game in Solid Snake's clothing, but a proper honest-to-goodness cold-blooded sneaky stabby treacherous quickloading brutally tense little experience that understands what the genre is all about, even if it doesn't always quite hit the mark.Click here to read more...
We’ve been playing a lot of Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor here at tower Dealspwn and have frankly been loving it. As keen Tolkien geeks, the Mordor setting provides an intriguing look at an area of Middle Earth for so long trapped behind those daunting Black Gates. Taking place between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings is a great idea and rich with potential. Monolith tells how the one ring was forged and how a solitary ranger can play an important part when paired with an elven wraith. Carl’s review will be ready soon, but to warm you up I’ve put together a few tips to get you started. As ever readers, be sure to share any you might have too.
Talion is a bit rubbish with a sword and takes ages to finish off enemies in a straight fight. So, be as sneaky as possible by using dagger strikes from behind, above or while hanging from ledges to thin out a crowd before attacking a Captain or Warchief. Don’t worry if you’re seen, you usually have a second or two to rush forwards and silence any Uruk before they get into a battle stance. The bow is also a neat weapon for silenced headshots which can get rid of those pesky archers.Click here to read more...
The release schedules are fattening up nicely now and we have a great selection of titles hitting the stores this week. Like hiding in lockers? Well the horror fan in you might find something Alien-related to enjoy, while the perv in you is also catered for via the latest browser-troubling release from Japan. PS4 racing fans rejoice as a certain much delayed racer is finally on the starting grid and XO owners, get those creative juices flowing for your answer to LBP. Failing that you’ll have to settle for some basketball or running around Hong Kong with a meat cleaver and handcuffs.
Creative Assembly’s title ditches the pulse rifles for a survival horror experience which seems so well suited to the Alien universe we don’t know why it’s taken someone this long to try it. Early reviews are largely positive and we’ll have our own soon. Be sure to check out our past coverage below.
Best Price: Simply Games: £32.85 (PS4/XO)Click here to read more...
Who is winning the console war? The gamer, that's who. With the PS4 and XO releasing alongside each other, we've seen near constant price drops at retailers. This deal is without the Kinect, which has been dropped by most devs since Microsoft made it optional for XO gamers. Like the PS4 deal we posted earlier, this could be one of the best prices we see in the run up to Xmas.
Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII at HotUkDeals.
Could Alien: Isolation be the game the series has deserved all these years? Most early reviews have a positive vibe to them and our very own Matt Gardner is shrieking his way through a review for us as we speak. Be sure to check out his Opening Scenes video from the link above. You should act on this deal fast too if you want to get the game for an astonishingly cheap £32.85 as we expect it'll be back up to £40 soon.
Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII at HotUkDeals.