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Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Price Drops Less Than A month After Release

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Price Drops Less Than A month After Release

After less than a month of the shelves, it seems another big Nintendo exclusive is price dropping steadily. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is the first ‘New’ Nintendo 3DS game into the retail space, and now it can be yours for £26.86 at Amazon.   The JRPG suits the New 3DS quite well, even if the screen feels slightly too small at times. The visuals are decent, the gameplay is engaging as ever and it’s still the game people fell for a few years ago. The trend of Nintendo games dropping in price was seemingly only a Wii U thing, take the latest Kirby game for example, but now the 3DS is getting in on the act. Is it a sign of the times? A bad omen for Nintendo? Either way, you’re getting some decent games cheaper....

Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin, The Order 1886 & FF: Type 0 HD Made Cheap

Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin, The Order 1886 & FF: Type 0 HD Made Cheap

It’s hitting the end of the month, and a lot of people are skint…or least near skint. Fear not, there’s still games to be had at £20 or under, some are even new(ish) releases.   Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin (PS3/360) £19.99 -   While Bloodborne dazzles and frustrates the masses, Dark Souls 2 has crawled out packed with all of it’s DLC. The buzz around From Software has never been so hot, making it the perfect time for them to re-release their past work, even if it’s not as good as their previous creations. £20 buys you a lot of content, the core game will last most people well over 25-30 hours, with the DLC adding even more. Sure it’s hard, sure it’s kinda ugly to look at, but much like a cheap takeaway, it gets the job done.   Final Fantasy Type-0 HD – Xbox One £18.35   We all love last generation remakes, but Square went one step further and remastered a PSP game. The Final Fantasy brand has taken a utter lashing these last few years, mostly due to the bizarre dedication Square had to making Final Fantasy 13 ‘work’. Type-0 is one of them odd little spin offs in the franchise, but does supply a nice breath of fresh air. Think Final Fantasy crossed with X-men, and a dash of awful textures, and Type – 0 HD is a pretty decent deal…but most people just want that damn Final Fantasy XV demo. £18.95, down from the £40 quid it launched with a mere few weeks ago, what a drop.   The Order 1886 – £19.95   The game that the internet just can’t stop arguing about. At this point, The Order 1886 has went beyond just being another video game, it’s now a actual focal point for discussion on the topic of modern game design. The game looks, and performs, fantastically, but the gameplay is a little less impressive. It’s a decent game, that most forum posters will either praise as the next coming, or label it the devil. For £19.95 you can play the thing yourself, and make your own mind up.   P.S Buy it, just to spite Angry Joe    ...

The Order 1886′s Price Drops Even Further

The Order 1886′s Price Drops Even Further

The PS4 exclusive, that apparently everyone hated so much it still gets talked about to this day, is finally at that magic £20 mark. The graphic novel/Adventure/video game movie The Order 1886 boasts some of the best visuals that modern video games has to offer, unfortunately it also boasts some of the most engaging gameplay 2007 has to offer.   It’s short length had people debating across the land, does size really matter? Is it all about quality over quantity? Does anyone else think Ryse was actually not that bad? What ever camp you subscribed to, the chances are you tweeted about how The Order 1886 was the perfect example of modern video games being shallow. At a mere £20, you can jump into the not-so-full-of-monsters-street of London. The cobbles are covered in blood, piss and foul language, and in The Order 1886 they’re no different, apart from the lack of Starbucks and Halal Sub Way.   The Order 1886 isn’t as bad as some people make out, it’s a fair game trapped under the burden of expectation, high production costs and lack of ambition (gameplay wise anyway). While Angry Joe may want you to think the game is awful, the truth is it’s just okay…a little bit like Joe himself. £20 is a decent price for a short, but enjoyable, slice of action…or you could just put another £20 in your budget and get the brilliance that is Bloodborne....

Mortal Kombat X & Bayonetta 2 Both Get Discounted To Bargain Prices

Mortal Kombat X & Bayonetta 2 Both Get Discounted To Bargain Prices

As April rolls on, and the massive games creep forward, a number of last years hits drop in price. While it may of felt the harsh sting of some salty individuals, and the review of a salt/conflicted/hypocritical Polygon writer, Bayonetta 2 is a utter steal at £22.80. Bayonetta 2 is easily one of the best titles released last year, and a must own for anyone with a Wii U. The sharp visuals (yes, the Wii U can be pretty), tight gameplay and over the top video game glory results in a utterly joyous video game experience. It’s impossible not to enjoy this modern classic, unless your a super cultured and social conscious video game writer, cha. £22.80, cheap, wonderfully cheap, you can not buy it now, and behold the art before you. Bayonetta 2 11/10 – Polygon Score Women that has flesh and personality 0/10 From the great, to the utterly pointless. The reboot of Theif that nobody bought (apart from me and three other people) has seen it’s price fall quicker Tim Schafer’s kickstarter credibility. For £7.50, this kinda pretty, kinda bad attempt at rebooting Thief can be yours. The Story is awful, the gameplay is fair, but this is a Thief game only by name, and certainly not by nature. Confusing level layout, stumbling game mechanics that never feel like they are actually working and some mind numbing voice acting are all present in Thief. It’s at least worth a look at for £7.50, in the same way you curiously looked at 2girls1cup in disgust.   Thief 5/10 – Who stole all the charm? CDKEYS.COM IS SO DAMN CHEAP, Mortal Kombat X is still wiping away it’s new born tears and it’s already been discounted. For £13.65, you too can be outraged by the micro-transactions found in the latest Mortal Kombat. Buy the season pass and mourn the death of unlocking new characters by playing, instead of paying. Scream as you fail to pull of fatalities, make that ‘easy fatality’ pack look all the more sweeter.   Mortal Kombat X – To view this score you must pay £4.99/10   Kojmia may be gone, but does that mean you can’t be utterly confused to why Zone Of The Enders HD is so broken? Of course not! Relive the HD collection that was saved by Konami making a even worse HD collection (I see you Silent Hill). If you like Robots and terrible frame rate, Zone of the Enders HD Collection is the perfect package for you. £4.95 can buy you a meal deal, it can also buy you a do’gs dinner of a HD remastering.   4/10, but Kojima licked it so 16/10, clearly.    ...

Smash Bros Wave 4 & Splatoon Amiibo Go Up For Pre-Order At ShopTo

Smash Bros Wave 4 & Splatoon Amiibo Go Up For Pre-Order At ShopTo

The latest wave of Amiibo have finally popped up for pre-order on UK retailer ShopTo, arguably the best site for Amiibo. Ganaondorf, Palutena, Jigglypuff, Dark Pit and Zero Suit Samus all appeared for pre-order, with the new price tag of £14.99. After selling all the previous waves for £10.99 each, it’s a disappointing that ShopTo have increased the prices to match those of GAME. All three Splatoon Amiibo are also available for pre-order. Both the Splatoon Girl & Boy are present, along with the Splatoon Game bundle which includes the Squid Amiibo. The fact the Squid is not available separately is quite frustrating, but in all honestly, it was expected. Make sure to secure your orders before the scalpers get in on the act.    ...

Bloodborne Becomes Even More Of A Bargain

Bloodborne Becomes Even More Of A Bargain

Bloodborne is simply amazing, but how do you improve it? How about making it £34.99? New customers who use the code WELCOME over at Zavvi can earn themselves a decent discount, resulting in Bloodborne costing a sweet £34.99. The sheer amount of quality content packed into Bloodborne is staggering. By further bridging the gap between the masses and the ‘hardcore’ stylings, Bloodborne is a must buy. Even those who fear the challenge would do themselves good by picking up a early contender for game of the year....

Decent, But Laboured – Game of Thrones Episode 3 – The Sword In The Darkness Review

Decent, But Laboured – Game of Thrones Episode 3 – The Sword In The Darkness Review

Telltale have been praised for their story telling ability, leading them to take on more ambitious projects. From the emotionally charged The Walking Dead, to the dark crime drama of The Wolf Among Us, Telltale know their craft. Game of Thrones represents Telltales biggest challenge yet, a challenge that Telltale are struggling with. After two episodes of Game of Thrones, the series is still trying to find its vein of form. Episode three, The Sword in the Darkness, signifies a defining point in the series in which the games true faults become clear, and it’s success project.   The Sword in the Darkness begins with Asher’s exploits in Mereen. Still on the run from The Lost Legion, Asher and his crew are forced into taking refuge in a cave, which just so happens to be the make-shift home of one of Game of Throne’s most famous creatures. This connection to the TV show is the first of many, mainly as this episodes catches up to the TV series. Asher, while still possessing a whiff of ‘main character’, is demoted to the supporting cast of episode three, with the main focus being squarely set on The Wall. Gared Tuttle continues to progress on his path to becoming a brother of the Nights Watch, with more ethical and moral dilemmas emerging with each step. Both Asher and Gared walk a similar path, with their stories feeling almost like they’re mirror images of each other, but with their own unique situational issues.   It is fair to say that the respective story lines of Asha and Gared are where the game shines. Both characters offer unique, yet familiar, tones and themes that feel distinctively Game of Thrones. The life of a Crow is is just as bleak here than it is with the show, with both forms conveying the twisted sense of family and loyalty. While Gared is a much more shrewd and humble character, Asher is a brazen and bold force. TellTale have created the same ‘ying-yang’ feel that typifies family relationships in both the book and show, while maintaining a truly organic feel. Politics is one of Game of Thrones primary themes, and episode three revels in this. The Forrester/Whitehill storyline finally starts to pick up momentum. Mira continues to come out of the shadows, earning her place as a pivotal, if not slightly annoying, cog in the overall tale. Most of her time in episode three is spent either being yelled at, or being questioned. While the character does have a true sense of progression, the whole episode feels like it’s taken directly from any given Sansa Stark scene from the TV show during seasons one and two.   While the cloak and dagger may be endearing, there’s often times where the pace just stops dead, only to be picked back up in a clumsy manner. By the time Mira has said played her part, she feels progressed, but limited, arguably the worst character of the core cast. In all the aspects Mira falls short in, Rodrick excels. The Game of Thrones series may only be three episodes in, but so far the choices have felt rather limited and dictated, Rodrick expels this. The crippled, down trodden, but proud, Lord is the series best character. Episode three plays to each and every strength Rodrick possess, with decisions feeling like they genuinely matter, and most importantly, feel like something Rodrick would say or do. Unlike the other characters, Rodrick feels much more original, resulting in his story becoming a unique Game of Thrones experience. With his house in tatters, his lands occupied and his pride battered, Rodrick could be, and should be, the main attraction of the series, and episode three provides a fantastic platform for a brilliant story arc.   Game of Thrones has had a running theme in terms of it’s issues. Technically, the game struggles. The visuals look muddy, animation jolty and the audio tends to bug out. It’s a confusing issues, other TellTale games, mainly Tales from Borderlands, perform and look decent, yet Game of Thrones struggles with each episode. TellTales game engine is showing it’s age, with Game of Thrones exposing all the weakness. Game of Thrones episode three – The Sword In The Darkness is a solid entry, but still not the entry the series needs. Both episodes one and two set the scene, episode three is putting things in motion…but still not providing anything to get all that excited about. Game of Thrones is at crossroads, it needs to start ‘getting to the point’ instead of slowly progressing. Telltale are visibly struggling to craft four different entwining stories, the pace of the game is all over the place, and while episode three may be a slightly better paced, the issue is still present. A good platform for the series to mature into something great, episode three feels like it could be the spark the series needs, but this could all be in vain if episode four turns out to be yet more ‘slow burning’ build up. TellTale will need to be at the top of their game to pull Game of Thrones off, with the flashes of brilliance comes a number of struggles. Episode four could be make or break.        ...

The Order 1886, Destiny, Mortal Kombat X & More Discounted

The Order 1886, Destiny, Mortal Kombat X & More Discounted

The end of the month is near, meaning only one thing…PAYDAY!   These are some of the best deals going around, at the moment anyway, to help you get the most game, for the least money.   Far Cry 4 – £22.99 Xbox One Plays a lot like Far Cry 3, just with a larger world and less of a memorable villain. There’s plenty of content, at least Ubisoft style collect-em-all content, resulting a game that will last a while. For less than £25 you really can’t go wrong.   Mortal Kombat X – £33.02 PS4 / £32.94 Xbox One using code MARCHSALEDAY6 The new generation systems welcomes Mortal Kombat to their shores, and you can welcome it to your shelf for less that £35. If the last Mortal Kombat game was anything to go by, the sheer amount of content will be staggering. Hurry with this one though, it’s a limited time deal.   Starcraft 2 – Wings of Liberty & Heart Of The Swarm £5.99 each – PC It’s Starcraft…what more needs to be said? Both games for just over a tenner is a beautiful deal.     Sunset Overdrive – £19.99 Xbox One It’s not to the taste of everyone, but it’s got a lot to offer. Bright, bold and beautiful, Sunset Overdrive is the perfect ‘change of pace’ game. £19.99 is a fair price for those curious about one of the few Xbox One exclusives worth playing.   The Order 1886 – £28.01 PS4   Using code MARCHSALEDAY6 E-bay users may be selling this for £20-25, but if you want a fresh copy then £28 is not a bad price to pay. The myths of it’s ’4-5′ length are pure bull shit, it’s not a long game but nor is it as short as some would have you believe. Looks fantastic, plays decently enough, heavy on cut scenes and quick time events, still worth checking out.     Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate – £21.21 3DS – Using code MARCHSALEDAY6 After the limited release, and resulting price spike, of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, 4 seems to be common as muck. Arguably one of the best games on the 3DS, Monster Hunter 4 is a must play. Smart, deep, enjoyable, rewarding and a utter joy to play, it was a must buy at full price, at £21.21 it should already be in your basket. Destiny – £16.77 using code MARCHDAYSALE6 That’s about the price for last years biggest scam in video games.  ...

Bloodborne Gets A Little Cheaper

Bloodborne Gets A Little Cheaper

Bloodborne may have only been out for a week, but that hasn’t stopped The Game Collection from knocking £7 off.   By using the code MARCHSALEDAY6 , customers can save a little bit extra on the first ‘must have’ game of 2015. The unforgiving nature of Bloodborne doesn’t mean you have to be unforgiving on your wallet!  ...

ZombiU – The Unappreciated Gem

ZombiU – The Unappreciated Gem

While the Wii U may be faltering on a number of fronts, I have still had some of the best video game experiences on the system the last generation. Oddly, for a new IP with no connections to previous brands, the sense of nostalgia while playing the game was immense. ZombiU was one of the most refreshing games I’ve played in the last five years. Sure the concept of anything zombie related is now long in the tooth, but ZombiU managed to make the undead threatening again. When ZombiU was released, the market was filled with games in which players would lay waste to hundreds of zombies for laughs. ZombiU went in a different direction, a single zombie could end the players life. It added a sense of challenge to the game , as well as forcing the player to think out each encounter.   Player death wasn’t just a simple case of reloading a checkpoint, it actually had consequences. Upon death players would respawn as a new survivor, stripped off all their gear. This played up the whole ‘surviving the zombie apocalypse’ theme ZombiU was going for. The combination of vulnerability and deaths with consequences made the game an intense experience. Playing ZombiU became awful to play, but in a good way. The threat of losing all of my hard earned gear in an instant was awful, almost foreboding. Every hour I played, I would have a story to share when talking about the game to a friend. I’d not had this experience since playing the likes of Silent Hill and Eternal Darkness. Survival horror had truly reached the next generation, and I was loving it. There’s a number of features in ZombiU that supplements the survival horror aspects, most of them using the Wii U pad.   Sorting out the inventory became a period of weakness for the player, as well as a means for the game to amp up the tension. Seeing zombies shambles towards you on the TV screen ,while you scrambled to pick your desired item of use on the Wii U pad, resulted in some genuine moments of panic. The same applies to opening locked doors and doors protected by key codes. They were neat features which made great use of the Wii U pad. ZombiU was truly one of the best video game experiences I’ve had in a long time. Admittedly it’s a short game, and it’s not perfect, but it’s certainly a awesome survival horror. It’s a shame that ZombiU became one of last years most overlooked titles. Given the struggle the Wii U has been going through, I fear that ZombiU will become one of the hidden gems. It’s also unfortunate that one of the few cases of true survival horror has went under the radar of many.  ...

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