Winter is a good time to be a gamer. There are Christmas competitions left and right and a boatload of free time to dig into the industry’s biggest titles. Also in the name of festive cheer and chilly weather are the many sales. Steam are about to launch their very own discount bonanza but Ubisoft is a contender too as in their Winter sale they have discounts of up to 80% on over 300 games. More details and bargain picks after the break.
Black Friday is soon upon us (tomorrow as of the time of writing) which means that while our friends over the pond guzzle all manner of turkey dishes and their appropriate trimmings, we get to take advantage of the deals. The latest retailer to jump on the budget buy bandwagon is UK gaming brand GAME. Their Black Friday bonanza kicks off proper tomorrow but for the rest of the day they have some fantastic offers on including Battlefield 4, Remember Me and Dishonored.
A female-led platformer with RPG elements and a story told entirely in rhyme, to say that Child of Light is a weird one is putting it lightly. But in this case weird meant wonderful. Other than its unlikely concept, it was an also an unlikely title for Ubisoft who are known for the popular (and sometimes broken) Assassin’s Creed games, the bombastic Far Cry franchise and stealth shooter series Splinter Cell. However, after taking a gamble on such an unusual yet delightful game, Child of Light has turned a profit and a sequel may be on the cards now too.
Never Alone really is a one of a kind. Combining puzzles and platforming with the culture and stories of the Native Alaskan Iñupiat people, it really is the only thing like it out there. Granted, Assassin’s Creed 3 featured a Native protagonist but that was a different Native culture and its portrayal was, to put it nicely, a total shambles.
Where AC3 stumbled, Never Alone succeeds as the team behind it are actually Iñupiat themselves and rather than being a gimmick or a back of the box feature – ‘made with real Iñupiat opinions!’ – it’s being made in order to preserve and tell their stories to a younger, gaming audience. How well it marries traditions with entertaining gameplay will be seen next week when Never Alone launches on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, but for now we have a fresh launch trailer.
Depending on how good you are at rifling through bargain bins, PlayStation Now is either a whopping great deal or an unnecessary service. The ‘killer’ feature of PS Now is that it cuts out the downloads, the updates and all of those time-wasting gubbins and streams the game directly to your device (PS3, PS4, PS Vita or PS TV) of choice. Today, Sony announced that even more games will be added to the PS Now line-up including free-running classic Mirror’s Edge and space RPG Mass Effect 2.
When it was under THQ’s trusted wing, the UFC series was quite good. It was a passable fighter that exchanged WWE’s arcade-y stylings for realistic, gritty (and bloody) fighting. When THQ went under like a lead balloon in a vat of custard, EA scooped up the rights and made EA Sports UFC. Chalk it down to the astonishing visuals (actual beads of sweat!), the RPG element of levelling up your fighter or that the gameplay is solid like titanium but it was a bit of brilliance. What EA boasted about more than anything though is that their game features a playable Bruce Lee. With people taking a solid interest in that, we have exclusive info that EA are looking to enlist even more well-known fighters for the next EA Sports UFC title. Read on to find out more.
What do we want? Well written, multi-dimensional female characters! When do we want them? Now! Bless you BioWare for paying attention to our peaceful demands, by giving Dragon Age: Inquisition‘s female characters actual character instead of being one note ‘strong’ women with more muscles than humanity. Returning character Cassandra Pentaghast is an extension of this, returning after a stint in Dragon Age 2 where she interrogated Varric until he began to sweat like a grizzly in a sauna. When we saw her last she was as hard as nails but this time Cassandra is tough, sympathetic and maybe love is on the cards for her too. Find out more after the break.
“A man dangerous enough to bring Satan to his knees but selfless enough to make God himself raise an eyebrow”. Is this the man you would trust to save the President of the United States/Ruler of the Entire World from the grasps of Hell? No, not really. Put a bunch of devastating weapons into his arsenal though and I might reconsider. Johnny Gat is the man in question and lucky for us (and for ol’ El Presidente), in Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell he has a whole bag of guns, armchairs and explosive devices to stick it to Satan. They’re based on the bible’s seven deadly sins which probably isn’t the sort of creativity that they were meant to inspire but alas, there’s a trailer for all of the weapons after the break.
Deals, glorious deals! Discounts and good bargains! I could be a songwriter, me, but for now I’m a humble deals reporter as Sony have announced a massive wealth of discounts on top of their earlier price slash this month and an Amazon-hosted sale that was also of good value. This new PSN sale runs a bit longer than those other two though, which I suppose is where the the allure is. There are PS4, PS3 and PS Vita games going cheap and you can find out more after the break.
“You look like you could use a pork bun!” Ah yes, that’s one of many iconic things from the original version of Sleeping Dogs that’s back in Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition. Right up there with Hong Kong’s open-world playground and those ridiculous satisfying (but incredibly violent) combat and environmental kills. You never forget the first time you fry an enemy to death with an electric generator, as the saying goes. But even though this was all the great the first time round, is it worth buying again? Are the ‘1080p HD’ graphics and DLC bundle a good enough reason to invest? And will Detective Wei Shen finally give in to demands and eat a pork bun on his cheat day? It’s all answered and more in the new Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition trailer after the break.