Big Discounts on Blockbuster Titles on Playstation Store

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Playstation are treating us to yet another sale full of great prices. Please check below for the full list of price reductions and don’t forget to save more money by picking up some cheap PSN credit here

Battlefield 4 (PS3)
Was £59.99/€69.99/AU$99.95, now £24.99/€34.99/AU$44.95

Battlefield 4 China Rising (PS3)
Was £11.99/€14.99/AU$21.95, now £7.99/€9.99/AU$14.45

Battlefield 3 Premium Edition
Was £55.99/€69.99/AU$103.95, now £28.49/€34.99/AU$51.95

Battlefield 3
Was £29.99/€69.99/AU$99.95, now £7.99/€9.99/AU$12.95

Battlefield 3 – Back to Karkand
Was £11.99/€14.99/AU$21.95, now £5.99/€7.49/AU$11.05

Battlefield 3 – End Game
Was £11.99/€14.99/AU$21.95, now £5.99/€7.49/AU$11.05

Battlefield 3 Premium
Was £39.99/€49.99/AU$73.95, now £19.99/€24.99/AU$36.95

Battlefield 3: Aftermath
Was £11.99/€14.99/AU$21.95, now £5.99/€7.49/AU$11.05

Battlefield 3: Armored Kill
Was £11.99/€14.99/AU$21.95, now £5.99/€7.49/AU$11.05

Battlefield 3: Close Quarters
Was £11.99/€14.99/AU$21.95, now £5.99/€7.49/AU$11.05

Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Was £15.99/€19.99/AU$24.95, now £5.99/€7.49/AU$11.05

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Add-On Bundle
Was £23.99/€29.99/AU$43.95, now £9.99/€12.99/AU$18.45

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Kit Short-cut Bundle Pack
Was £11.99/€14.99/AU$21.95, now £3.99/€4.99/AU$7.35
Not available in Israel, Kuwait, Ukraine

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Onslaught and Battlefield 1943
Was £9.99/€12.99/AU$18.45, now £3.99/€4.99/AU$7.35
Not available in Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, India, Israel, Kuwait, Qatar, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam
Was £9.99/€12.99/AU$18.45, now £3.99/€4.99/AU$7.35

CRYSIS 3
Was £59.99/€69.99/AU$99.95, now £7.99/€9.99/AU$12.95

CRYSIS 3: The Lost Island
Was £11.99/€29.99/AU$21.95, now £5.49/€6.99/AU$10.35

Crysis 2
Was £15.99/€19.99/AU$24.95, now £5.99/€7.49/AU$11.05

Crysis 2 – Decimation Pack
Was £7.99/€9.99/AU$14.45, now £3.19/€3.99/AU$5.85

Crysis 2 – Retaliation Pack
Was £7.99/€9.99/AU$14.45, now £3.19/€3.99/AU$5.85

Crysis 2 Maximum Edition
Was £23.99/€29.99/AU$43.95, now £9.99/€12.99/AU$18.45

Dead Space 3
Was £59.99/€69.99/AU$99.95, now £5.99/€7.49/AU$11.05

Dead Space 3 Awakened
Was £7.99/€9.99/AU$14.45, now £3.99/€4.99/AU$7.35

Dead Space 3 Tau Volantis Survival Kit
Was £11.99/€14.99/AU$21.95, now £5.49/€6.99/AU$10.35

Dead Space 2
Was £19.99/€29.99/AU$39.95, now £5.99/€7.49/AU$11.05
Not available in Germany

Dead Space 2 DLC Bundle
Was £17.99/€21.99/AU$32.95, now £7.29/€8.99/AU$13.25
Not available in Germany

Dead Space 2 Martial Law Pack
Was £3.99/€4.99/AU$7.35, now £1.59/€1.99/AU$2.95
Not available in Germany

Dead Space 2: Hazard Pack
Was £3.99/€4.99/AU$7.35, now £1.59/€1.99/AU$2.95
Not available in Germany

Dead Space 2: Severed
Was £5.49/€6.99/AU$10.35, now £2.79/€3.49/AU$5.15
Not available in Germany

Dead Space 2: Supernova Pack
Was £3.99/€4.99/AU$7.35, now £1.59/€1.99/AU$2.95
Not available in Germany

Mass Effect 3
Was £15.99/€19.99/AU$24.95, now £7.99/€9.99/AU$12.95

Mass Effect 3 – Citadel
Was £11.99/€14.99/AU$21.95, now £5.49/€6.99/AU$10.35

Mass Effect 3: From Ashes
Was £7.99/€9.99/AU$14.45, now £3.99/€4.99/AU$7.35

Mass Effect 3: Leviathan
Was £7.99/€9.99/AU$14.45, now £3.99/€4.99/AU$7.35

Mass Effect 3: Omega
Was £11.99/€14.99/AU$21.95, now £5.49/€6.99/AU$10.35

Mass Effect 2
Was £19.99/€29.99/AU$39.95, now £7.99/€9.99/AU$12.95

Mass Effect 2 – Arrival
Was £5.49/€6.99/AU$10.35, now £2.39/€2.99/AU$4.35

Mass Effect 2 – N7 Complete Arsenal Bundle
Was £6.49/€7.99/AU$11.75, now £3.19/€3.99/AU$5.85

Need for Speed Most Wanted
Was £17.99/€19.99/AU$39.95, now £10.99/€14.99/AU$17.95

Need for Speed Most Wanted – Complete DLC Bundle
Was £23.99/€29.99/AU$43.95, now £11.99/€14.99/AU$21.95

Need for Speed Most Wanted – Deluxe DLC Bundle
Was £19.99/€24.99/AU$36.95, now £9.69/€11.99/AU$17.95

Need for Speed Most Wanted – Movie Legends Pack
Was £7.99/€9.99/AU$14.45, now £3.99/€4.99/AU$7.35

Need for Speed Most Wanted – NFS Heroes Pack
Was £7.99/€9.99/AU$14.45, now £3.99/€4.99/AU$7.35

Need for Speed Most Wanted – Terminal Velocity Pack
Was £11.99/€14.99/AU$21.95, now £5.49/€6.99/AU$10.35

Need for Speed Most Wanted Ultimate Speed Pack
Was £7.99/€9.99/AU$14.45, now £3.99/€4.99/AU$7.35

Borderlands 2
Was £29.99/€39.99/AU$49.95, now £9.99/€12.99/AU$18.45

Borderlands 2 Season Pass
Was £19.99/€29.99/AU$39.95, now £15.99/€19.99/AU$29.95
10% additional PS Plus discount

Psycho Pack
Was £7.99/€9.99/AU$14.45, now £3.99/€4.99/AU$7.35
10% additional PS Plus discount

Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt
Was £6.49/€7.99/AU$11.75, now £3.19/€3.99/AU$5.85
10% additional PS Plus discount

Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep
Was £7.99/€9.99/AU$14.45, now £3.99/€4.99/AU$7.35
10% additional PS Plus discount

Captain Scarlett and her Pirate’s Booty
Was £7.99/€9.99/AU$14.45, now £3.99/€4.99/AU$7.35
10% additional PS Plus discount

Mechromancer Pack
Was £7.99/€9.99/AU$14.45, now £3.99/€4.99/AU$7.35
10% additional PS Plus discount

Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage
Was £7.99/€9.99/AU$14.45, now £3.99/€4.99/AU$7.35
10% additional PS Plus discount

Source: Playstation Blog

Gioteck EX-06 Wireless Headset Review | PS4

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Gioteck EX-06 Wireless Headset | Reviewed Using PS4
One of the most common questions I get asked is which PS4 compatible headsets provide the best value for money. So I decided to do some research to try and answer this question as accurately as possible. I scoured the internet for reviews of the Gioteck EX-06 as I had got lots of positive feedback about them. Nearly every review I found were by people that had been sent the headsets by Gioteck to review and pretty much every one of those reviews were positive. Being the cynical chap I am, I never take much notice of reviews where people have been given stuff by the manufacturer, just in case this has clouded their judgement.

So I thought I’d take a punt and buy them in order to write a review. When I bought these for a very frugal £36 from Asda, I wasn’t expecting much. I have always found Gioteck products to be very good quality, but surely there’s no way of making a quality wireless headset for the PS4 for only £36?

Maybe, just maybe I was wrong.

First impressions
After unboxing, you are presented with a hard carry case which the headset is stored in. This is a nice touch as every other gaming headset I own ends up getting chucked in to a drawer where they inevitably end up damaged or at the very least get blu-tack stuck on them. Upon opening the case you find the pretty impressive looking headset, folded up in a way that resembles the headset equivalent of the fetal position. Not the tat I was expecting at all. The headset comes with various cables, including USB to Mini USB cable for charging and a cable that plugs in to the PS4 controller which enables chat.

After removing the headset from it’s case I was surprised with how well made they felt. Like many other Gioteck products they have a rubberised finish that makes them almost arousing to touch (this maybe just me). They also unfold with a satisfying snap and felt very sturdy. The mic can be connected to either side of the headphones, or detached and stored away when not required.

Connecting to console
The USB connector is unfortunately a really annoying design as it requires slightly more space in front of the console than most others I have used. However, connecting the receiver to the PS4 is easy as can be, you simply plug the USB wireless receiver in to the console, change one audio setting on the PS4 and you’re ready to roll. Once you have plugged it in, you then need to turn on the power button on the headset and they pair seamlessly.

Comfort
As soon as I put these on to my ample head, I realised much to my surprise that these were actually the most comfortable headphones I had ever owned. They fit really snugly and don’t feel like you’ve got a mobile disco balancing on your head, unlike some Turtle Beach headsets. To put them to the test, I undertook a small selection of physical activities to see just how well they stayed on. 5 press ups, 3 sit ups and one near heart attack later, they were still sitting firm and I almost forgot that I was wearing them.

Getting your game on
I then fired up my console and started to play Resogun as I thought this would be the perfect game to test out a wide range of audio levels. Straight away I realised there was a problem as the sound was cutting out every 2 seconds, making it impossible to hear what was going on in the game. At this point I was sitting about 3 feet to the right of my PS4 as I had the console connected to my PC monitor instead of my main TV, which is where the console and wireless receiver are situated. It soon became clear that the position that I was sitting was causing a connection problem. Although the headset specification states it has a wireless range 20ft, this only seems the case if there is a direct line of sight between the headset and the receiver. Any deviation from this causes the headset to cut out. Even sitting with your feet up obstructing the connection between the headset and the receiver will cause problems.

I have used many wireless headsets and out of all of them this was the only one I have had connection problems with. With my previous Turtle Beach wireless headset, I could go relieve myself in the toilet upstairs  whilst still wearing the headset without any connection problems or interference (much to the dismay of the people in my party chat). But with this set, I’d have no such luxury.

Sound Quality
The sound quality is pretty impressive for a headset that costs under £40. However, after playing several different games it became clear that sound quality is the main difference between these and the higher priced alternatives. Although the sounds of the voices, music and bass are all impressive individually, when you blend them all together the levels just don’t seem right. The bass and music tend to overpower the characters when they are talking, making it hard to understand what they are saying. If you increase the volume to try and hear what the characters are saying, the bass, background music, sound effects and gunfire will make you want to toss the headset across the room. If there was some way to equalize the sound levels there wouldn’t be a problem, but unfortunately there is no such feature on the PS4.

Overall, the sound is pretty good and I’m sure 90% of gamers would think they sound great. But if like me you are an anally retentive audio whore, you may want to invest in a more expensive alternative!

Chat
This is the one area where the headset really fails to impress. Although I could hear others in party chat well enough, they had problems hearing me. I sounded quiet and slightly distorted and the sound quality of the mic was worse than that of the standard headset included with the PS4. One positive is that you can change the game and chat volume independently to each other, enabling you to get the balance of game sound and chat volume set to your personal preference.

Conclusion
Overall this is a very good headset for the money, in fact I am pretty sure it’s the best wireless headset you will find for under £40. It’s well made, looks great and rivals even the most expensive headsets in terms of comfort. Unfortunately the disappointing wireless coverage, off kilter sound levels and piss poor mic stops it being a serious contender to other headsets such as the Turtle Beach PX4’s and Sony Gold wireless headset. I would also be hesitant to pay the full price for this headset, which is around the £70 mark.

If you are a gamer with a limited budget looking for a decent sounding headset, then the Gioteck EX-06 headset is for you. If you are looking for a wireless headset that has amazing sound quality and wireless coverage, save up a bit more cash and opt for a higher spec alternative.

For me, the wireless problems I encountered seriously effected my final score. If I hadn’t had these problems I’d have rated them 7.5/10

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This headset also compatible with the Xbox 360, PS3, Mac & PC and is currently £36 in-store at Asda.

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Specifications and features

  • Folding Hinge System: Fold-up design that allows for easier storage and transportation
  • 2.4GHZ Wireless Technology: Advanced wireless digital technology that broadcasts game audio up to 20ft
  • Superior Fit & Finish: Designed with superior materials for the ultimate comfortable fit
  • Flexible Mic Arm: Extensive adjustment for perfect positing and maximum voice clarity
  • Integrated Audio Controls: Intuitive audio controls on the ear cups for quick, easy access
  • Virtual Surround Sound: Featuring a virtual surround sound effect  for total game immersion
  • Advanced Noise Reduction: Eliminating game sound interference from external sources
  • Rich Detailed HD Audio: Delivering crisp highs, deep lows and everything between
  • Compatible with: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PC and Mac

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All Format Chart – Week ending 22nd February 2014

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POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 THE LEGO MOVIE VIDEOGAME WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 1
2 FIFA 14 EA SPORTS 4
3 CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS ACTIVISION 2
4 BATTLEFIELD 4 EA GAMES 7
5 LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 6
6 MINECRAFT: XBOX 360 EDITION MICROSOFT 9
7 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 5
8 ASSASSIN’S CREED IV: BLACK FLAG UBISOFT 8
9 DONKEY KONG COUNTRY: TROPICAL FREEZE NINTENDO
10 RAYMAN LEGENDS UBISOFT
11 LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII SQUARE ENIX 3
12 NEED FOR SPEED: RIVALS EA GAMES 12
13 NBA 2K14 2K SPORTS 17
14 WWE 2K14 2K SPORTS 16
15 TOMB RAIDER: DEFINITIVE EDITION SQUARE ENIX 11
16 GRAN TURISMO 6 SONY COMPUTER ENT. 15
17 LEGO BATMAN 2: DC SUPER HEROES WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 19
18 LEGO STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA XBOX 360 CLASSICS
19 ALIENS: COLONIAL MARINES SEGA 14
20 KILLZONE: SHADOW FALL SONY COMPUTER ENT. 13
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CastleStorm – Free to Siege Coming Soon for Mobile Devices

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CastleStorm is coming to mobile devices! The mobile adaption of the game will be free to play and offers players an incredible amount of content and exciting features that made the game a success on console and PC platforms.

Featuring console quality graphics and controls tailored for the touch screen, CastleStorm – Free to Siege includes four full campaigns with 150 battles and four nations with distinct troop classes, weapons, spells, bonus rooms, eight playable hero characters as well as brand new spells for the mobile version!

Players with Android devices interested in getting their hands on the game early are invited to participate in a private beta starting today. To join the beta, join the CastleStorm – Free to Siege Google Group by visiting http://www.castlestormgame.com/freetosiege/, opt-in to the CastleStorm Beta on the Google Play Store and then download the CastleStorm Beta.

“CastleStorm – Free to Siege is Zen’s first step into the free to play world. We have been watching, learning and planning our steps carefully so we do this right,” said Mel Kirk, Zen Studios Vice President of Publishing. “This beta period is extremely important to us and we really look forward to community feedback as it will certainly shape the final game.”

CastleStorm – Free to Siege will release on iOS, Google Play and Amazon later this spring.

All Format Chart – Week ending 17th February 2014

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POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 THE LEGO MOVIE VIDEOGAME WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
2 CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS ACTIVISION 2
3 LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII SQUARE ENIX
4 FIFA 14 EA SPORTS 1
5 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 6
6 LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 5
7 BATTLEFIELD 4 EA GAMES 7
8 ASSASSIN’S CREED IV: BLACK FLAG UBISOFT 10
9 MINECRAFT: XBOX 360 EDITION MICROSOFT 8
10 FABLE: ANNIVERSARY MICROSOFT 3
11 TOMB RAIDER: DEFINITIVE EDITION SQUARE ENIX 4
12 NEED FOR SPEED: RIVALS EA GAMES 12
13 KILLZONE: SHADOW FALL SONY COMPUTER ENT. 9
14 ALIENS: COLONIAL MARINES SEGA 17
15 GRAN TURISMO 6 SONY COMPUTER ENT. 11
16 WWE 2K14 2K SPORTS 16
17 NBA 2K14 2K SPORTS 15
18 BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 13
19 LEGO BATMAN 2: DC SUPER HEROES WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 19
20 FOOTBALL MANAGER 2014 SEGA 18

Super Mario Bros Deluxe Review

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Super Mario Bros. Deluxe
Publisher: Nintendo Developer: Nintendo
Game Boy Colour/Virtual Console

It’s rough when you hit hard times and have to do degrading things. Say, just for example, you’re a recently graduated journalism student with no job or money (to the point where you can’t even afford The Amazing Deals Posted Everyday Here At Frugal Gaming!) and have to subject yourself to signing up for the Nintendo Network just because they promise you a free game out of it. In this case the free game is Super Mario Bros Deluxe off the Nintendo eShop for the 3DS, and granted it’s originally a Game Boy Colour game from 1999 but a lot of people are probably playing it right now and got it for free so it’s not exactly off the Frugal Gaming message so let’s give it a review.

Actually let’s not review it for this paragraph and briefly touch on Nintendo’s Virtual Console. Let’s get this straight Nintendo, you allow people to create their own save states on the 3DS, but you absolutely do not allow anyone to alter the controls. Super Mario Bros Deluxe defaults to B for run and A to jump on the 3DS, possibly (and irritatingly) simply because those buttons have the same name as the Game Boy buttons. However, the game is designed for the Game Boy/NES button layout which means it would make more sense for Y to be run and B to jump. Maybe the default scheme works for you, maybe you also pour Mountain Dew on a bowl of grass shards for breakfast, but the fact that there’s no option to change this is unacceptable.

So keep that in mind, for that reason alone this game is probably a lot less fun to play on the 3DS than it was to play on the Game Boy Colour. Having said that, Super Mario Bros Deluxe is still dumb.

SBowseruper Mario Bros. Deluxe is a remake/touch up job of the original Super Mario Bros; this review also isn’t going to comment too much on the original Super Mario Bros because there’s already more content online about why that game is a masterpiece than there are My Little Pony avatars. So let’s assume the original is the classic that it’s recognised as and discuss Deluxe on its own merits.

The first noticeable change gameplay wise is the camera, the Game Boy Colour unfortunately didn’t have the screen size to contain all of Super Mario Bros radness at once so Deluxe is sort of like playing the original game through a hole in a fence. Tapping up and down on the D-Pad moves the camera up and down to make up for this, but two huge issues come with this. First off, there are times where you’re “big Mario” and need to crouch to avoid obstacles and you don’t exactly want the camera crashing into the floor and lose your bearings, and secondly if you’re playing this on 3DS you’re probably using the analog stick rather than the disgustingly awful D-Pad so it’s easy to accidentally jiggle the camera around.

It’s probably fair to say that the limitations of the Game Boy Colour pretty much make Super Mario Bros Deluxe objectively worse than the original, the issues with the camera placement that the original didn’t have at all make it easy for the player to lose their bearings or on some stages not see the floor or platforms they’re jumping to and “leap of faith” gameplay rears its ugly head unwelcomely to a Mario title. Some of the additions are nice though, there are a few more colours and sound effects, and everything generally looks a bit bolder and brighter, also at the end of a castle stage Toad now does a little dance rather than passive aggressively standing still and flipping you off. There’s even a little jingle on the title screen now! If this game was a 1992 NES re-release of Super Mario Bros it would probably be pretty sweet.

It’s everything else about Deluxe that rubs the wrong way however. First off, why is there a map screen now? It serves no function other than giving the player the opportunity to switch between Mario and Luigi (who play exactly the same in this game remember). What is this, retroactive continuity? “Oh, the games after this had World Maps so this game has to have one too now.” The original Super Mario Bros is essentially a collection of rock solid platforming stages held together with string, and now they’re replacing the string with turkey twizzlers and made it all flabby. There’s no need for this to be there, and Nintendo basically admit this by letting you wham the start button to skip it entirely, a map screen with no functionality is just a couple of extra seconds between each level where you’re not playing the gosh darn videogame.

Mushroom1The grossest addition though is the “Checklist”, which comes in hand in hand with the map screen. From stage 1, you see a sheet of all the stages you’ve done and how many are left to go. Just…why, it’s Mario…just let the game be about the running and jumping that people crave. No-one wants to be dunked back into a map screen, watch a little sprite of Mario walk from one featureless blue dot to a featureless red dot, tick off the level and think “just 17 more stages to go!”

Really, this has all been pointless rambling since Deluxe basically reviews itself with its “bonus” features. These “bonus” features include; a calendar, a slideshow of unlockable pictures and (this isn’t a joke I swear) tarot cards. These had to be last minute additions, or maybe they were the ideas of some Make-a-Wish foundation kid visiting the Nintendo offices and they were guilted into using them. When you view the scrapbook of pictures there’s a nice little jingle, but when you actually select a picture to view the jingle stops and you stare at a stock picture of a Goomba that looks like it was drawn in Mario Paint…in complete silence, as if Deluxe is forcing you to have a quiet moment with yourself to think about what you’re doing with your life.

That is Deluxe’s review of itself, because at some point the designers realised how pointless the entire project was. Ultimately, it’s an inferior version of (at the time) a 15 year old game, so of course they dunk pointless “bonus” stuff into it to try and justify its experience. It’s impossible to recommend for purchase today in the context of the far superior Game Boy Advance remakes of classic Mario titles, and seeing as you could just buy the original and better Super Mario Bros on the same store.

But hey, if you got the game for free like I did, then you got to spend 15 minutes of your life playing a version of Super Mario Bros that has some title screen music.

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Reviewer: Matthew Leslie

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Loadout Review

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Loadout Review | PC | Edge of Reality Ltd.

It had been a long time of not watching blockbuster action movies before I watched Sylvester Stallone in his 2008 Rambo film. Yawning, I ended up idly picking the film from Netflix in the certainty that I’d be turning it off again in 10 minutes time. The reason I didn’t, and actually went on to enjoy the film, was that it was gloriously and unrepentantly violent. Bullets took people off their feet, shredding them as they flew. Explosives caused people to become startling fountains of bloody viscera. It was unexpected and glorious.

It had been a long time of not playing arena shooters before I played Edge of Reality Ltd’s new title, Loadout. Yawning, I ended up idly picking the game from Steam in the certainty that I’d be turning it off again in 10 minutes time. The reason I didn’t, and actually went on to enjoy the game, was that it was so gloriously and unrepentantly violent. Bullets took people off their feet, shredding them as they flew. Explosives caused people to become startling fountains of bloody viscera. It was unexpected and glorious.

There are too few opportunities in gaming life to really embrace the ridiculous, despite the affordances of a media that can literally set anything, anywhere at any time. Too often, in my view, games try to be extensions of real life – when really, abandoning anything that ties the game to mundane existence would be preferable.

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Edge of Reality Ltd’s game has a lot of work to do in order to stand out in its field; a free-to-play 3rd person arena shooter, very much in the style of Team Fortress 2, Loadout could easily get lost in a sea of similar games.

Get shot too much in Loadout and you could end up headless – just a brain with two eyes glued to the front – but still alive. Or, you can find yourself running around with a chest cavity big enough to drive a bus through but still alive enough to grenade the unwary.

Loadout is at its most successful when it sticks one dying, bloody finger up at the conventions of gaming. The game hooked it from the very first spawn point. I noticed that I had been dropped in to a space occupied by green (friendly) and red (enemy) named characters. The seconds ticked down to game start and I went through the following thought processes:

1. Ugh. We’re all spawning together? That’s stupid.

2. Huh. We’re all spawning together.

3. Yeah! We’re all spawning together!

4. Double kill! I survived! I’ve only got one arm!

Dropping me into the game like that was brilliant and it set up the tone for what was to come, frantic, barely co-ordinated violence and its gooey repercussions.

Before you get to shooting action however, you have to choose your loadout – see, they didn’t just pick the name at random – as the game has a strong focus on you building a weapon (which in a stroke of genius, you get to name) to match your preferred play style, or role in your team. Any weapon can be modified to deliver arcing lightning death, burning fire or even healing if you’d enjoy being a medic. Additional upgrades are unlocked with ‘blutes’ which is a currency earned solely in-game and cannot be bought with microtransactions.

Uh oh.

Yeah, there’s that word again. Microtransactions. After the travesty that was Dungeon Keeper, this should be enough to send shivers down any gamers’ spine. Thankfully, Loadout manages to do it right and prove that it’s not that hard to monetise a game without pissing everyone off. Are you listening, Electronic Arts?

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First up, Spacebux – the currency you buy – cannot be used to buy anything that will give you a material advantage in-game. The upgrades are cosmetic only.  Edge of Reality made a smart choice by opening up the weapon systems, but really restricting the cosmetic options available to you in customising your character. At low levels, each team is filled with 4 or 5 versions of the same fat-Rambo with the occasional chunky lady thrown in. As you play the game, you’ll realise it’s quite possible to make pretty badass looking avatars, but unless you cough up some money to support the game, you’re going to be left with the couple of goofy looking options you had at the start. It actually reminded me of Brink’s character customisation which was a strong element of that title.

Secondly, Loadout is a great deal of fun to play. You make progression in terms of unlocking weapon upgrades etc. because it’s a title that lends itself to sitting down to play for an hour or two every day. You get daily play bonuses of blutes so you can always be working towards creating a new weapon to try. Games don’t tend to drag on and (so far) the online community is decent without people getting butthurt over defeats. So you tend to play and play some more – leading you to want to give something back to the developer who made this decent shooter.

It feels different enough to Team Fortress 2 to stand a chance of making a splash for itself in the arena shooter world. I hope that it makes it and I’ll be really interested to see how the game progresses from this point. Why not get in on the ground floor and give it a whirl? After all, at this price point, what have you got to lose?

Don’t push me.

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Karlos Morale

Loadout is available now for PC on Steam

http://www.loadout.com/game-info/

Pre-Order Guide – When Will Retailers Take Payment? Full Details

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Many of our readers often ask when they can expect to be charged when placing pre-orders with certain retailers. Benjo has kindly compiled a list of retailers, along with details of when they charge your card. Some retailers take the payment as soon as you place the order and others charge just before your order is dispatched.

Hopefully this information will help you make informed buying decisions, after all you may not want your money sitting in a retailers bank account for weeks, whilst you sit at home waiting for the games to be released! If we have missed any retailers, please use the comment box below and we will add all the info you need.

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