Saturday, 26 April 2014

Saturday Spending Spree: April 26th!

Saturday Spending Spree is now back and better than ever! I've got lots of good deals for you today, but my Deal Of The Week has to be on this SanDisk Clip Zip 4GB MP3 Player, which is just £23.40 on Amazon! Available in 6 different colours, the Clip Zip is a cool way to listen to your music, audiobooks and podcasts, plus FM Radio is built in, so you'll always have something to listen to! It also has stopwatch and voice recording applications, so you can use the Clip Zip for the gym and for nights out, but don't worry about lack of storage, because if the embedded 4GB isn't enough, then there's a microSD card slot so you can expand your storage by up to 64GB! Anyways, on with the deals!

SanDisk Clip Zip 4GB MP3 Player: Only £23.40 on Amazon!

Asus X55CL Laptop: Only £399.99 on ebuyer!

Dead Space 3 PC Download: Only £4.99 at GAME!

Samsung UE32F4000 32 Inch HD TV: Only £199 at Tesco Direct!

 Sennheiser Amperior Headphones: Only £139.99 at Amazon!

Samsung SH-224DB DVD Writer: Only £11.99 at ebuyer!

Skylanders Swap Force Starter Pack: Only £29.99 at GAME!

Tesco Hudl Tablet: Only £119.99 at Tesco Direct!

Happy savings!





Itsa Me! Advertising Executive Mario!

"Don't skip! You can listen to my adverts for the WHOLE YEAR!" (New Mario YouTube advert)

Ehhhhhhh news today, as Nintendo have announced that the advertising campaign for Mario Kart 8, coming out on the 30th May this year, will run until the end of the year! That's right, the pasta-munching plumber will be annoying you on YouTube for 8 months! Anyways, speaking to MCV, Nintendo UK's Mario brand manager Roger Langford said that "we will have marketing activity pre-launch as well as post-launch moving through the summer and into peak season.". If you can survive the WHOLE YEAR without buying Mario Kart 8, you're one of the millions of consumers that hate adverts!

And if you DO buy Mario Kart 8? Well, do what Nintendo says, and buy MORE.

Mario Kart 8 has already made a good impression on game critics and players alike, with the addition of anti gravity segments, more courses, and the return of all terrain karts for Mario Kart 7! It's coming out on the 30th May this year for Wii U, and there will be many Wii U bundles for it.

What do you guys think? Will this advertising campaign get annoying? Or do you think that Mario Kart 8 deserves the publicity? Tell us in the comments below! 


Friday, 25 April 2014

Top 5 Free To Play Console Games!

5. DC Universe Online
Sure, DC Universe Online isn't console exclusives, but it's a great addition to any cash-strapped PS4 owner that wants to create a half naked pink guy with twin pistols and mind control powers. While the UI can be a bit confusing, the feeling of being a superhero (Or villain) that hasn't been created before is a pretty cool one! It's got hours and hours of gameplay to sink your teeth into, but there's absolutely no reason to spend money on this game because you'll be fine! It's not pay to win, you can just be a superhero for free!

4. Warface

While the PVP in Warface may be uninspired, the real meat is in the co-op. With 3 daily co op missions that are varied and increase in difficulty, Warface is easily one of the most replayable free to play games ever, and the fact that all missions are completeable with the standard guns means that this isn't a pay to win game! Sure, Warface may have a stupid name, but it's a pretty intelligent game, with teamwork being essential to completing levels. With 4 different classes, many different weapons and tons of ways to team up, Warface is easily one of the most fun co op games around!

3. Kinect Party
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Any game created by Double Fine is always a weird, but good game, and Kinect Party is no exception. It's simple: there are 18 modes, including performing in dubstep videos and making (and breaking) castles, and every few minutes, Kinect Party cycles through these modes every few minutes. One minute, you're dressing up as Steve from Minecraft, the next you're drowning in lava! With the ability to track up to 6 players, Kinect Party is a funny, amazing game to play when your friends are round!

2. Doritos Crash Course
A free to play game without microtransactions? You're looking at Doritos Crash Course, a game that's like Trials except you're not on a bike, it's free and you're on an episode of Total Wipeout. So, nothing like Trials then. Anyways, the craziness and intense pressure/fun of Crash Course is what makes it great, with leaderboards making it all the more competitive, and, obviously, achievements making the game very replayable. It's even spawned a sequel, which is also free!

1. Warframe
Probably one of the games on my PS4 that I've sunk the most hours into, Warframe is a third person shooter/hack n' slash/RPG that has a kajillion co op missions and some PVP elements too. The fact that you feel so versatile and free in Warframe is what makes it worthwhile, and the variety of different guns, swords and abilities is enough to keep you playing for days on end. Using your sword especially is the best part of the game, plus Playstation Plus subscribers get free weapons and costumes! What's not to like?

Honorable Mentions:

Harm's Way

War Thunder

Happy Wars

What do you guys think? Have I missed any good free to play console games out? Or do my chosen games not deserve to be on this list? Tell us in the comments below!

Thursday, 24 April 2014

PS PLUS PLZ (May 2014)

Hooray for kinda free games!

The US and European lineup for May's Playstation Plus has been announced, so without further ado, here are the lineups!

Europe!
Playstation 4 owners get pink spaghetti arm simulator Stick It To The Man for free, Playstation 3 owners will get Puppeteer, a fairytale game with a sinister plot, and Payday 2, a heist game where everybody wears creepy masks, and PS VITA owners will get Muramasa Rebirth, another Japanese RPG that I haven't heard of, and water polo game Everybody's Golf!

USA!
US Playstation 4 owners will also get Stick It To The Man, while Playstation 3 owners will also get Puppeteer, but instead of Payday 2 they'll get Pro Evolution Soccer 2014, that game that's like FIFA, and also Skullgirls Encore, yet another Japanese RPG that I haven't heard of. PS VITA owners will get greyscale-em-up LIMBO, and Surge Deluxe, otherwise known as LSD ELECTRIC TETRIS.



Kickstarting Thursday with Grave!


Grave is an Open World, randomly generated survival horror game where, as developer Tristan Moore puts it, a game where "light is your only weapon". However, this isn't just some bad Slender spin off, this is a real game with beautiful graphics, as, if funded, it will be on the Xbox One and PC! There will also be Oculus Rift support! While including modern survival horror elements like jump scares, it goes back to horror's old roots with an emphasis on using strategy and different tools for different enemies.

And you know that the developer said your only weapon is light? Well, sure, the good old flashlight is in the game, but there are many other weapons you can use to kill the creatures, including flashbangs, igniting pools of oil and lighters! The interesting thing is that every night the world changes, so areas that are usually ghost towns might be flooding with enemies the next day. Also, unlike many indie horror games like Slender, Grave has an actual story with multiple acts!


The crazy thing is that every object and enemy in Grave has at least 2 ways of interaction, so gung-ho players can shoot to their hearts content, while sneaky players can distract enemies. Each creature has to be killed in their own way; while a flashbang may kill one creature, it may only knock back another. The key to Grave is experimenting and keeping creative. So far, 4 different types of creatures have been revealed. Strangers, the standard enemies that pounce on you in the dark, Progenitors, tough enemies that can disable your weapons, Statues, that move towards you when you're not looking, and Lurkers, aggressive creatures that can only be killed by being barraged with light.

Grave is currently 79% funded out of it's $30,000 goal with only 3 days to go, so get funding if you want to see Grave hitting the shelves! Scrimpers can spend $5 and get your name in the credits as a supporter and instant access to the demo, while billionaires can pay $1,900 and get invited to the Grave Halloween Party in Arizona, where you'll get a chance to play the game early and meet the developers, your name listed in the credits as a producer, beta access, a physical copy of Grave, 2 posters, 2 t-shirts, 10 postcards, a signed physical art book, a digital art book and soundtrack, a "Making Of Grave" documentary, 10 digital copies of the game and the Grave demo as soon as the campaign ends!

Make sure to fund Grave at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2129301589/grave-open-world-survival-horror?ref=home_spotlight!

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Swtor lowdown: waiting and waiting and waiting....

Hi guys 

Today we there was a post on swtor.com about galactic strongholds being pushed back from July to August, if you want to read the post before you read my comments the link is here http://www.swtor.com/info/news/article/20140423


I think that this is a good reason to push back realise as before there wasn't really mucin the expansion other than a house. But now me and my guildies can concour the galaxy; the idea of having a star destroyer is to cool. I can't wait for this to launch. Also the upping of 3 rooms to 5 if you have already subbed at This time is a good move on biowares part IMO. Guild ships have been asked for since launch so it's nice to see they have finally got round to doing it. 

What do you you guys think.? Tell us on Facebook or in the comments bellow. 


See you in game,

Joe :P


PS shout out to #swtorfamily on twitter. It's a swtor community connecting players on twitter 





Wayback Wednesday: Crytek!

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With their free to play shooter Warface being ported to Xbox 360 yesterday, I've decided to honor the company that have made greats like Far Cry and the Crysis series!

It all started in 1999 when brothers Cevat, Avni and Faruk Yerli founded Crytek in Coburg, Germany. For several years, Crytek made many different demos for a game called X-Isle, which was pretty much a different name for Far Cry, a series now developed by Ubisoft! In 2002, Crytek founded and made their famous CryEngine, which is now in it's fourth iteration. They went to Game Developer's Conference 2003 and demonstrated it, showing that CryEngine could make game programming easier, but much better, with things like easily scriptable AI and ragdoll physics! Then, they headed off to European Computer Trade Show 2003 and showcased Far Cry, which won the Best PC Game award! However, the next year came the big release..

That's right, in March 2004, Far Cry was released to big critical acclaim, with an 89 on Metacritic! It was a great open world game in a beautiful setting, and it made Crytek famous for their open world games, but sadly Ubisoft took over development of the series, and Crytek haven't made a Far Cry game since, instead making another groundbreaking games series, Crysis, which they announced in January 2006. They claimed that it was different to other first person shooters, and they were right, as Crysis let you go through the missions as you pleased, instead of making you follow a linear path. It was released in November 2007 to positive reception, running on CryEngine 2, and by then Crytek had moved to their office in Frankfurt!


The following year, they released a standalone expansion to Crysis, Crysis Warhead, to positive reviews, mainly because of its improvements on AI, and a much better protagonist. Crytek didn't make a game until 2011 after that, but it doesn't mean they were inactive. In 2007 they expanded their Kiev studio into a full development studio, and made a new studio in Budapest, Hungary. Then in 2008 they bought Black Sea Studios, creators of Medieval RTS game Knights Of Honor, and renamed them Crytek Black Sea, and they also founded their South Korean studio Crytek South Korea,  and in 2009 bought Free Radical Design, creators of Timesplitters, and renamed them Crytek UK. Later that year, they announced Crysis 2 and it's engine CryEngine 3, but it wasn't released until 2 years later...

And when it was released, everybody loved it! Because of the beautiful graphics and cool, innovative Nanosuit, the game garnered a 86 on Metacritic (PC Version), and in 2012, not only did they found Crytek Istanbul and Crytek Shanghai, but they also released their first ever mobile game, Fibble Flick N' Roll, and announced their cloud gaming social network GFACE! The following year they released Crysis 3 and it got a 76 on Metacritic, mainly because of it's graphics, story and control system! The same year they also released Warface on PC, a free to play PVP and PVE first person shooter, and Ryse: Son Of Rome, a beautiful Xbox One game that sadly had beautiful graphics, but average gameplay. Also, since THQ had gone bankrupt, Crytek bought the rights to the Homefront series, and Crytek UK are currently developing it now!


So, for creating the Crysis and Far Cry series and making one of the most powerful and beautiful game engines ever, we salute you, Crytek!

My Favorite Crytek Game: Crysis!

Krillstreak!

Call of Duty
As you can tell in this photo, hats are essential in Call Of Duty.

Sledgehammer Games, the co-developers of Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and the developer of this year's Call Of Duty games, released a photo at GDC in their panel about "Maximizing the relationship between Creative and Production.". As you can tell, the picture only really tells us that there will be black and white characters in the game, and that the graphics will be next-gen focused. The detail on the soldier's face is superb, though, so the next Call Of Duty will be damn beautiful, just to distract people from the lack of ideas.

Or not, hopefully!

Obviously, there probably won't be any news about it until E3, where new Call Of Duty's are normally announced, so be patient, 10 year olds and other people alike! My guess it that Sledgehammer will be continuing the Modern Warfare series, while Treyarch will continue the Black Ops series and Infinity Ward the Ghosts series, but I hope that I'm wrong, because I'd really like to see some different eras, like World War 1 or even the American Civil War!

What do you guys think? Will Sledgehammer do well with their first Call Of Duty title? Or will it lack creativity? Tell us in the comments below!

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Back On The GRID!

BRAKING NEWS! Wait, WAIT DON'T...

*skreeeeeeeeeeeee*

Codemasters and Namco Bandai Games have announced GRID Autosport, the sequel to GRID 2! It will be released on the 24th June in the USA and the 27th June in Europe for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, which is weird, as the racing games market on next gen is pretty open and bare, considering the only next gen racing games that are out are Need For Speed: Rivals and Forza Motorsport 5! Anyways, GRID Autosport has been made not only by Codemasters, but also by Autosport Magazine, professional racing drivers and community feedback, so it could be the racing game that everyone wants!

Well, except the hipsters.

There will be a career mode with five different types of races: the aggressive Touring races, long winded Endurance races, precise Open Wheel events, control-based Tuner events and unpredictable Street events. Also, there will be 100 routes over 22 racecourses and tons of different tuneable and upgradeable cars. However, the main event is the online! Using a social network called RaceNet, you can compete in weekly challenges, form your own Racing Club, party modes, demolition derbies and also local multiplayer splitscreen, for quick racing and career mode! The crazy thing is, this will be one of the first ever games that you can play in 4K! That's right, if you're a lucky PC owner who can splash the cash, than you can play GRID Autosport in 4K!

What do you guys think? Does GRID Autosport sound good to you? Or does it sound too similar to other upcoming games like DriveClub and The Crew? Tell us in the comments below!




Joe's MMOS: One Viking, Two Viking, Three Viking, Four......

Hi guys,

Joe here with a new game on Steam, War Of The Vikings. I was privileged enough to be given a review copy by Veronica Gunlycke from Paradox Interactive. This included an amazing art book, the game, its first DLC and the soundtrack. ( I love me a good soundtrack). In this review i will be giving the game a score based on my experience with it and point out some features/ bugs that spoiled the experience for me.




This game bridges the style of a first person shooter into a third person action game using melee combat very effectively. The controls to the game are a mouse and keyboard, but don't worry if you don't like the original key-bindings you can change them. This is what i did so i could actually play effectively. There are two teams: the Vikings, savages that lay waste to entire villages, and Saxons, that are defending their homes from the invaders. Personally i played a viking and really liked obliterating enemy players.

The Good

This game is a PVP game but with really good graphics. Most games that focus on arena style combat do not have the same level of graphics that this game has so hats off to the developer for that. The soundtrack and voice over really fit the feel of the game but some of the battle cryies can be a bit over enthusiastic; but all in good fun I guess. I love the soundtrack to this game, it really sets the tone and fits in with the era of the game. Team deathmatch is also a really good feature in this game. much like SWTOR's arenas. It pits players against each other with a no re spawn rule so you can see who is really the best.

The Bad.

To improve this game could decrease the servers down to about 5 mega servers for each different game mode. One time i had a whole server to myself, which is something no one wants to deal with. Secondly: a changeable UI. Each player has a different play style and it would be nice to move some things around. Also a damage indicator, so you can see where the attacker is coming from, would help in PVP.




Overall i enjoyed my experience of the game. The only problem that was not quality of life based is the game crashed my computer, but that could just be a bug. Much like its predecessor, War of the roses, this game serves combat very well and is a good one to pick up if you're a fan of the era. However, it's nothing special

For these reasons i give this game a 7/10.

 I will remind you that the game is in early stages and was good, it just did not stand out for me.

Remember to check out the website @ http://www.warofthevikings.com/

What did you think of the game? Tell us in the comments below or on our Facebook page @ https://www.facebook.com/GadgetsandKhajiits


Thanks for reading,

Joe ;P

Sunday, 20 April 2014

End Of The Week Extravaganza: April 20th!

THE GOOD!
PC gamers get it all: hipster 8 bit Indie Games, free to play games that AREN'T pay to win, sales that make PSN and Xbox Live sales look like shops made for millionaires and octopus simulators. Well, the last one isn't true, as Young Horses have announced that spastic cephalopod simulator Octodad: Dadliest Catch is coming to PS4 on April 23rd, and PS Plus owners will get 20% off until April 29th! Still, this won't just be a straight port to PS4; Octodad: Dadliest Catch will have some changes! There will be Playstation Move support and many new minigames, challenges and disguises added to the game! Get your suckers on!

THE BAD!
Any Xbox One owners who want to get an inside look at a 720p version (HA!) Aunt May's house will be deeply disappointed, as the Xbone version of The Amazing Spider Man 2 has been postponed, with no news on when it'll be released. 3DS, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3 and Wii U versions will still be released on May 2nd (Europe), but Activision haven't even given a reason to why they have delayed the game, instead saying that they are working with Microsoft to release the title at some point. Sadly, it's also possible that the game may never be released on the Xbox One. Sorry Webheads! 

THE PUGLY!
Sadly, the creator of one of the most iconic songs in the history of gaming, the Halo theme song, has been sacked by Bungie. That's right, composer Martin O'Donnell has been released from Bungie "without cause", according to O'Donnell, who spoke out on his Twitter account. Bungie said on their blog that they had parted "as friends", but O'Donnell's music will still their upcoming game, Destiny, along with music from Mike Salvatori, C.Paul Johnson and Paul McCartney. Eh.

What do you guys think? Will Octodad's control scheme work on the PS4? Why do you think The Amazing Spider Man 2 has been postponed for Xbox One? And do you think that Martin O'Donnell will go back to Bungie? Tell us in the comments below!

See My Games, See My Games, See My Games!

Picture from gamingwithscissors.com
(But don't play them)

Unsurprising news today, as Ars Technica have revealed that 36.9% of Steam games that are bought are never played. The way I see it, Ars Technica are like Christopher Columbus: discovering something that millions of people already knew about! Ars also released some more stats, including that 17% of games that people buy are played for less than an hour, and the most popular game on Steam is DOTA 2, which has been downloaded 25.93 million times. Also, the Top 10 most downloaded games on Steam are all Valve games. SURPRISE!

I think that the reason that quite a lot of Steam games aren't played is that there are many cheap Steam Sales and Humble Bundles, where tons of games are bought for a low price, but are pretty much forgotten about. Even I do it! Also, Valve games are so popular because most of them are cheap!! Out of the Top 10 most downloaded games, 2 are free and 6 are under £10!

What do you guys think? Do you have lots of Steam games that you haven't played? Or are you a completionist? Tell us in the comments below!