The Order: 1886 Review

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The Order 1886

Developed by Ready at Dawn

Reviewed on the Playstation 4

Before this game was released it seemed as though this game was doomed to fail, an early Youtube play-through clocked the game at around five hours. five hours is short by any ones standards, but even with this news I was still very excited to play through this game. It was announced way back at the same time the PS4 itself was announced and there was something about it that had me intrigued. I think it was the alternate history Victorian London setting, being English and having visited my capital several times I am always drawn to games that have me exploring the same streets.

The Order 1886 has you playing the role of Sir Galahad, a legendary Knight of the round table who through the use of the not fully explained ‘Blackwater’ has unnaturally long life and the ability to heal himself of most wounds. The Order answer to no one, not even the Queen. They are fighting against supernatural half breeds or Werewolves as most people will know them. The steam punk influenced setting is a nice take and allows the use of more conventional weapons you would see in a 3rd person cover shooter, but does feel like a bit of an opportunity lost to really make something different, after all do we really still need the standard weapons?

TO1886_GAMESCOM_02_1407774794_tif_jpgcopyThe stand out selling point of this game, and an aspect that every game is initially judged on, are the visuals, and The Order has possibly the best visuals I have ever seen on a console. It looks stunning. Actual gameplay at times looking better than the many cut scenes, the transitions between are seamless and sometimes too smooth as I stood like a lemon not realising I was back in control of Sir Galahad. The world is beautifully made and runs so smooth I noticed no frame drops or rough textures, every little detail on the screen looks superb and there is even a small amount of grain over the image to enhance the cinematic feel of the game. Some people may not like the black bars at the top and bottom of the screen, but they serve two purposes in aiding the cinematic feel and helping the game look so incredible as there is effectively less screen to fill. Visually Ready at Dawn have creating a world that is as close to perfection as I have seen so far on a console and that deserves high praise.

Visuals alone do not make a great game though, the gameplay has to be good and I have to say that I really enjoyed the cover gun play of the game, it felt great and whilst it is nothing revolutionary it is executed well with the enemy AI showing no glaring problems. Whilst most of the time you will use standard firearms, every now and again you get set loose with some ‘new’ guns such as the brilliant electric powered ARC rifle and the explosive Thermite Rifle, sadly though you don’t get to play with these enough. There are a few stealth areas and these feel fairly good to experience, but that is pretty much where the variety ends and sadly you don’t get enough time to really play with what there is. Many games have the problem of stopping a game becoming stale or boring, the Order has a different problem, and it leaves you frustrated that there just isn’t enough of it to really get into it.

TO1886_GAMESCOM_03_1407774798_tif_jpgcopyProbably the most known aspect of this game in the run up to the release was the length of this game, it isn’t long. It took me around 7 hours to complete, I would normally say that this is long enough for a narrative driven game but the Order relies heavily on cut scenes to progress the story. Most of these cut scenes are interesting and extremely well voice acted but for some bizarre reason they are un-skippable, even on a second play through, I hope this is something that can be changed with a patch as it really puts me off another play through. Some cut scenes do have quick time events in them, which is both good and bad. I don’t mind these as much as some people as they can keep you engaged but I do hate that every now and again there is one in the middle of a fairly lengthy cut scene with no warning and if I am not paying attention to press the button quick enough I die, which then means having to start again at the beginning of the same un-skippable cut scene.

The quick time events are also used for the boss battles in this game, I thought they were implemented fairly well and still felt like they gave the player some freedom in how they can tackle the boss, but sadly the boss battles are exactly the same. Doing it the first time was quite fun but the second time round it felt rushed or at worst just lazy from the developers.

CRE0199_The_Order_1886_Gameplay_B-roll_101_1424085147The Order feels like the first instalment in a series of games and whilst I felt a little let down in the final game, I feel there is a massive amount of potential for Ready at Dawn to make a sequel that far surpasses this release. After all, the hard work of creating the engine and setting the story has been done which should free up a lot more time that can be spent on developing new gameplay elements and increasing what already works well. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the game and I feel this may be part of the problem, there was too much hype and just because it doesn’t live up to the hype it doesn’t mean it is a bad game.

The Order 1886 has the elements of a really good game and is fully worth a play through, perhaps not at full price as there is no replay value in an already fairly short game. It has many problems but the actual gameplay itself is really fun. I hope that Ready at Dawn do get to make a sequel that irons out the problems of this first release as this is far from a bad game to play, it left me wanting more, a bad game doesn’t even make me want to get to the end.

 

Switch Galaxy Ultra Review PS4 | PS Vita

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I am a man that fully admits my failings. I am not the funniest person this planet has ever seen, but I do feel that I at least have a sense of humour that could be acknowledged as within the bounds of good taste (those that thought I was going to mention my writing, well, that too). Unfortunately the initial impression of Switch Galaxy Ultra is one of a slightly lecherous persona whose attempts at humour are at times crass and border on mildly offensive. And that is before I actually start to play the game.

Vince Vance travels between planets with the occasional interruption of well-drawn comic book panels to indicate that a story is happening. The art has a great sense of style but the writing that accompanies it is awful. Bad jokes that play on puns and humorous tropes consistently fall flat, with even the in game tips being used to shoe horn in cheap laughs to poor effect. As an introduction, it leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

But let’s be honest, it is a game after all; even if the writing is a drawback, the actual gameplay can compensate if it knocks it out of the park. The premise is a fast paced lane switcher, where you control Vince’s craft by moving left and right while using boost and brakes to navigate between barriers, fellow ships, jumps and other obstacles. The risk and reward is simple; the more boost you use the faster you become and the faster your reflexes need to be. There are variants put in, like tokens to let you pass through certain coloured barriers, or pickups to gain extra currency for upgrades, but it boils down to go very quickly and avoid anything that will slow you down or damage you.

SGU_VITA_4This simplicity is the charm of the title, and there is no doubt that when I was frantically avoiding obstacles to keep my speed up, those endorphin’s were kicking off left right and centre. The controls are very responsive when using the L1 and R1 buttons to switch lanes and there is a strong reminiscence of Frequency and Amplitude, especially in regards to hitting those Zen moments. This is when the game shines, when the speed and the dexterity is just right to make you believe you can achieve anything it throws at you.

But there are two big Achilles heels that pull this game down from being addictive to simply diverting. The first is in the lack of leader boards, goals or ratings. There is a good time attack game in here, but it is neutered by having no visible way to compare my time against the world, or at least none that was readily apparent. The website does mention leader boards, but none were visible during my time playing the single player. Each course does have a gold standard to be beaten, but that only brings in credits and never feels worth pushing for. Worse is there are no grading or extra goals, nothing to make me want to come back to these routes to try and improve. Well, bar one…

Progress is controlled by an element called Tantalum with 10 available on each route. There is a portal that contains floating Tantalum to be collected before the final part is started, but the problem is that it punishes you for hitting anything by removing one Tantalum per impact, decreasing the overall total earned. What this leads to (very quickly), was needing to replay completed routes to scrounge for missed Tantalum just to move forward, as these are gated by Tantalum values. It should also be noted that I suffered from auto save issues including a large chunk of progress failing to keep my progress.

Switch_Galaxy-Ultra_19Now the easiest way to do this is to get to the portal, get your Tantalum, start the finale and slow right down, play it safe. Which is dull and feels like it goes against what the game was designed for. With no extra goals replaying previous routes is just not that fun or interesting, quickly turning into a chore. Those in the back seats are possibly shouting that I could simply be a cack-handed chimp who has all the agility of a very tired sloth but my average return per route was between 7 and 8 Tantalum on the first run. This means that any mistake on that final section becomes far more punitive than it should, leading to me crawling along these final sections being more concerned with progression than having fun. The mode that works the best in getting round this is survival, where all I need to concentrate on is my own skill and this shines through simply because of this back to basics approach.

This leaves a conundrum. A good idea, a smart premise and a decent looking game undone by too many systems in the wrong place. The hook should have been to make me want to replay these routes to get better, as it turns out replaying them felt more like a job. And I already have one of those.

 

 

Venom PS4 Twin Docking Station Review

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If you’re anything like me, the first thing you do after buying a new console is rush out to buy an extra controller and something to charge the damn things on. This is usually followed by a bout of anger triggered by how much these bloody charging systems actually cost. When I got my PS4 I picked up the official Sony charging station for £27.99 as it was the only decent option at the time. Even now, thinking about how much I paid for it boils my piss!

There are some really cheap and nasty alternatives that I have tried since, most of which had USB charging cables all over the show and nothing came close to the Sony Docking Station. One of the reasons I buy these charging docks is that I hate seeing USB cables, I like everything to be neat and tidy and all the fuss kept to a minimum.

Venom has now brought out their own PS4 Twin Docking Station, which incorporates charging dongles instead of USB cables linking to the controller, allowing drop and charge functionality. It’s not quiet as fuss free as Sony’s version, but definitely the next best option, especially if you take in to consideration the price difference.

The Venom charging system looks pretty nice, but feels a bit cheaper than the official Sony alternative. It is constructed of a matt black plastic, with two illuminated charging icons on the front that will glow blue or red depending on whether or not your controller is fully charged. You can connect this to your PS4 console via a single USB cable so that your controllers can charge whilst the PS4 is in standby mode.

Like I mentioned earlier, this system includes 2 charging dongles that plug in to the charging port on the Dual Shock 4 controller. I am not entirely sure whether or not these were designed to stay on the controller whilst you play games, but I found them a little annoying due the fact they rattle slightly when you move the game-pad. Due to this, I just keep them on the charging station and clip them on when I need to charge, it’s really just a case of whatever tickles your pickle!

At the end of the day, this is the type of product where functionality is the most important aspect and in this regard it works exactly the same as the official Sony charging system. The Venom system can be picked up for £15.99 here which is over £10 cheaper than the Sony option.

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Playstation Deals of the Week 21st January 2015

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The Playstation Store will today be updated with a new batch of discounts. You can save even more money using the deals listed below

Get £35 PSN Credit for just £29.44 here

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Get 12 Months PS+ for just £31.79 here

2K Special Offers (ends 4th Feb)

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
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The Darkness II
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WWE 2K15
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Digital Discounts (ends 4th Feb)

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Curve Digital PS4 Mega Bundle
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Curve Digital Triple Features – Puzzle Pack
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Game of Thrones: Season 1 – Season Pass
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Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition
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Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
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Minutes
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Pier Solar and the Great Architects
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Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut
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Tales from the Borderlands – Season Pass
30% off – Original price £15.99/€19.99

Teslagrad
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Tiny Troopers Joint Ops
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PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate
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Rollers of the Realm
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Ethan: Meteor Hunter
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Jet Car Stunts
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Minutes
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PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate
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Rollers of the Realm
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OlliOlli
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PS3

Game of Thrones: Season 1 – Season Pass
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Guacamelee!
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Guacamelee! Bundle Fantástico
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JUJU
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Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
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R-Type Dimensions
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Serious Sam 3: BFE
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Spelunker HD Ultimate Edition
60% off – Original price £13.99/€16.99

Spelunker HD
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Tales from the Borderlands – Season Pass
30% off – Original price £15.99/€19.99

Teslagrad
50% off – Original price £11.99/€14.99

Toybox Turbos
50% off – Original price £11.99/€14.99

Jet Car Stunts
60% off – Original price £5.79/€6.99

Urban Trial Freestyle (PS3/Vita bundle)
80% off – Original price £11.49/€13.99

Curve Digital Triple Features – Action Pack
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Curve Digital Triple Features – Adventure Pack
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OlliOlli
70% off – Original price £7.99/€9.99

Deal of the Week (ends 28th Jan)

The Crew
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The Crew Gold Edition
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Platinum Crew Credit Pack
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What’s New For Playstation Plus Members In January 2015

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Here is a quick roundup of what is coming and going on PS+ in January 2015.  Don’t forget to check out our deals on Playsation Plus subscriptions and credit here, you’d be surprised just how much money you could save!

You can get 12 months PS+ subscription for just £34.10 here

Entering the Instant Game Collection

  • inFamous First Light (PS4)
  • The Swapper (PS4; cross-buy with PS3, PS Vita)
  • Prototype 2 (PS3)
  • DuckTales Remastered (PS3)
  • Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition (PS Vita)
  • Woah Dave! (PS Vita; should include cross-buy with PS4)
  • Leaving the Instant Game Collection
    • Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition (PS4)
    • Secret Ponchos (PS4)
    • Hitman HD Trilogy (PS3)
    • Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut (PS3)
    • Final Horizon (PS Vita)
    • Titan Attacks! (PS Vita; cross-buy with  PS4, PS3)

Get £35 PSN Credit for just £30.39 here

Get £25 PSN Credit for just £21.84 here

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Get £5 PSN Credit for just £4.74 here

Get 12 Months PS+ for just £35.14 here

PlayStation Store January Sale Now On

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Sony have kicked off their January sale on the Playstation Store. You can save even more money using the deals listed below

Get £35 PSN Credit for just £29.44here

Get £25 PSN Credit for just £21.84 here

Get £10 PSN Credit for just £9.49 here

Get £5 PSN Credit for just £4.74 here

Get 12 Months PS+ for just £32.95 here

Added 7th January

PS4

Assassin’s Creed Unity (discount ends 14th January 2015)
Was €69.99, now €49.99

Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes
Was €29.99, now €9.99
10% additional discount for PS Plus members

EA Sports UFC
Was €69.99, now €24.99
10% additional discount for PS Plus members

Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty
Was €20.99, now €10.99
10% additional discount for PS Plus members

Outlast
Was €18.99, now €7.99
10% additional discount for PS Plus members

Outlast: Whistleblower
Was €8.99, now €3.59

Just Dance 2015
Was €49.99, now €34.99

Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare
Was €39.99, now €14.49
10% additional discount for PS Plus members

The Golf Club
Was €34.99, now €14.49
10% additional discount for PS Plus members

Daylight
Was €14.99, now €4.49
10% additional discount for PS Plus members

Surgeon Simulator: Anniversary Edition
Was €10.99, now €4.99
10% additional discount for PS Plus members

Styx: Master of Shadows
Was €29.99, now €12.99
10% additional discount for PS Plus members

Hotline Miami
Was €9.99, now €2.99

Hohokum
Was €12.99, now €6.99
10% additional discount for PS Plus members

The Unfinished Swan
Was €12.99, now €6.99
10% additional discount for PS Plus members

Terraria
Was €18.99, now €10.99
10% additional discount for PS Plus members

Nidhogg
Was €14.49, now €6.99
10% additional discount for PS Plus members

Defense Grid 2
Was €24.99, now 12.49
10% additional discount for PS Plus members

Castlestorm Definitive Edition
Was €14.99, now €7.49

PS3

Assassin’s Creed Rogue
Was €59.99, now €39.99

Far Cry 3
Was €19.99, now €9.99

Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes
Was €19.99, now €4.99

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z
Was €29.99, now €14.99

Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare
Was €29.99, now €12.99
10% additional discount for PS Plus members

Tales of Graces f (Knight Edition)
Was €39.99, now €9.99

Tales of Graces f + Tales of Xillia (Combo Pack)
Was €44.99, now €14.99

Tales of Xillia (Discovery Edition)
Was €44.99, now €9.99

Tales of Xillia 2
Was €54.99, now €19.99

Slender: The Arrival
Was €9.99, now €4.99

Just Dance 2015
Was €39.99, now €29.99

Tears to Tiara II: Heir of the Overlord
Was €39.99, now €19.99
10% additional discount for PS Plus members

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F
Was €44.99, now €26.99
10% additional discount for PS Plus members

Ratchet: Gladiator
Was €14.99, now €4.99
10% additional discount for PS Plus members

inFAMOUS Collection
Was €34.99, now €12.99
10% additional discount for PS Plus members

Earth Defense Force 2025
Was €24.99, now €9.99

MotorStorm 3D Rift
Was €9.99, now €4.99
10% additional discount for PS Plus members

MotorStorm Apocalypse
Was €14.99, now €6.99
10% additional discount for PS Plus members

MotorStorm RC
Was €5.99, now €2.99
10% additional discount for PS Plus members

Soulcalibur II HD Online
Was €19.99, now €4.99

Bayonetta
Was €14.99, now €3.99

Puppeteer
Was €19.99, now €6.99
10% additional discount for PS Plus members

Lemmings
Was €4.99, now €2.99
10% additional discount for PS Plus members

Vanquish
Was €14.99, now €3.99

PS Vita

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z
Was €29.99, now €12.49

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
Was €39.99, now €14.99
10% additional discount for PS Plus members

MotorStorm RC
Was €5.99, now €2.99
10% additional discount for PS Plus members

Lemmings Touch
Was €9.99, now €4.99
10% additional discount for PS Plus members

CastleStorm Complete Edition
Was €14.99, now €7.99

Toukiden: The Age of Demons
Was €39.99, now €14.99
10% additional discount for PS Plus members

PS4

24th December – 31st December:

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare
Was €69.99, now €49.99

24th December – 7th January:

Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag
Was €49.99, now €24.99

Battlefield 4 Premium Edition
Was €69.99, now €29.99
10% additional PS Plus discount

Dragon Age Inquisition
Was €69.99, now €44.99

Dragon Age: Inquisition Deluxe Edition
Was €79.99, now €49.99

FIFA 15 Deluxe Edition
Was €69.99, now €44.99

Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions
Was €14.99, now €9.99

The Legend of Korra
Was €14.99, now €9.99

Metro Redux
Was €39.99, now €24.99

Murdered Soul Suspect
Was €39.99, now €17.99

Octodad: Dadliest Catch
Was €13.99, now €6.99

Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments
Was €54.99, now €26.99
10% additional PS Plus discount

Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition
Was €54.99, now €24.99

Thief
Was €39.99. now €17.99

Trials Fusion
€19.99, now €9.99

Watch_Dogs
Was €69.99, now €34.99

24th December – 21st January:

Awesomenauts Assemble!
Was €9.99, now €4.99

Chariot
Was €14.99, now €8.99
10% additional PS Plus discount

Natural Doctrine
Was €54.99, now €24.99
10% additional PS Plus discount

Need for Speed Rivals: Complete Edition
Was €69.99, now €29.99
10% additional PS Plus discount

Peggle 2
Was €9.99, now €4.99
10% additional PS Plus discount

PES 2015 Pro Evolution Soccer
Was €59.99, now €29.99
10% additional PS Plus discount

Shadow Warrior
Was €34.99, now €19.99
10% additional PS Plus discount

Tomb Raider Definitive Edition
Was €39.99, now €19.99

Valiant Hearts: The Great War
Was €14.99, now €4.99

PS3

24th December – 7th January:

Alien Isolation
Was €49.99, now €29.99

Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag
Was €29.99, now €14.99

Battlefield 4 Premium Edition
Was €49.99, now €24.99
10% additional PS Plus discount

Castle of Illusion
Was €12.99, now €3.99

Dark Souls II
Was €39.99, now €14.99

Dragon Age Inquisition
Was €69.99, now €44.99

FIFA 15 Deluxe Edition
Was €69.99, now €29.99

Hitman Absolution
Was €19.99, now €4.99

Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time
Was €14.99, now €6.99
10% additional PS Plus discount

Ratchet & Clank: QForce
Was €14.99, now €6.99
10% additional PS Plus discount

Tales of Symphonia Chronicles
Was €34.99, now €14.99

Ultra Street Fighter IV
Was €29.99, now 17.99
10% additional PS Plus discount

Watch_Dogs
Was €69.99, now €24.99

24th December – 21st January:

F1 2014
Was €54.99, now €19.99

Fairy Fencer F
Was €49.99, now €19.99
10% additional PS Plus discount

Need for Speed Rivals: Complete Edition
Was €49.99, now €19.99
10% additional PS Plus discount

PES 2015 Pro Evolution Soccer
Was €49.99, now €24.99
10% additional PS Plus discount

Resonance of Fate
Was €19.99, now €9,99

Risen 3: Titan Lords
Was €49.99, now €24.99

Tokyo Jungle
Was €12.99, now €4.99
10% additional PS Plus discount

PS Vita

24th December – 7th January:

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
Was €39.99, now €19.99
10% additional PS Plus discount

FIFA 15
Was €39.99, now €19.99

Murasaki Baby
Was €9.99, now €5.99
10% additional PS Plus discount

Ratchet & Clank QForce
Was €14.99, now €6.99
10% additional PS Plus discount

Rayman Legends
Was €29.99, now €14.99

Sonic & SEGA All Stars Racing Transformed
Was €39.99, now €9.99

Ys Memories of Celceta
Was €39.99, now €14.99
10% additional PS Plus discount

24th December – 21st January:

Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed
Was €39.99, now €19.99
10% additional PS Plus discount

Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars
Was €29.99, now €14.99
10% additional PS Plus discount

Deception IV: Blood Ties
Was €39.99, now €14.99
10% additional PS Plus discount

Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited
Was €39.99, now €19.99
10% additional PS Plus discount

Football Manager Classic 2014
Was €39.99, now €7.49

Frozen Synapse Prime
Was €16.99, now €6.99

Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth
Was €39.99, now €14.99
10% additional PS Plus discount

Monster Monpiece
Was €29.99, now €9.99

Terraria
Was €14.99, now €4.49

Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate
Was €39.99, now €19.99
10% additional PS Plus discount

Killzone Shadow Fall Review

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Developer: Guerrilla Games

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment

Platform Reviewed: PS4

Release date: 15 November 2013

Killzone Shadow Fall takes us thirty years into the future, viewing the world through the eyes of Shadow Marshal Kellen; a man that lives and breathes for the Vektan Security Agency, that completes any mission with no questions asked, heedless of the consequences, until now. Decades have passed since the previous game, and you’re now thrown in the middle of a tense situation between the Vektans and the Helghast, who have yet again reached breaking point. They’re both forced to live on the same planet as one another with only walls to separate. Playing as Kellen, you are required to go over enemy lines to eliminate any threat which the Helghast may pose, to protect the Capital of the Vektans, Vekta City.

After you have completed the introductory tutorial, you are soon faced with an immensely open area with an impressive amount of possibilities waiting. There are several ways you are able to carry out your mission, giving you freewill on how you want to handle the given situation; whether it be running in with guns blazing or going safe with a tactical approach, or using stealth as the most vital asset. The area is well constructed, providing you with a sense of freedom and more notably, decision making. There are several objectives that you must complete to continue but you are able to complete these in any order you wish.

As you delve further, your open environment begins to narrow, leading to fighting in confined spaces, giving little flexibility on how to handle your objective. Occasionally you are given a couple of different options on how to deal with the situation, but in reality they mostly lead to the same course of action. Gaining the enjoyment of a large open space, to then be confined into a one way only situation is a negative for me. Admittedly the whole game can’t be the same, but that extra decision making adds life into the gameplay.

MP04_5_1384193426A new feature in your arsenal is the OWL, a drone with an assortment of abilities at your disposal. The attack mode works well as a way to not only kill enemies but as a distraction, giving you an extra advantage in battle. The OWL can also be used as a zip line to navigate the region, unfortunately use of this is extremely limited as your surroundings don’t often accommodate the OWL utilities.. Another skill the drone contains is a shield, I myself didn’t use this even playing throughout the harder difficulty, I found the other uses of the OWL much more effective.

Enemies tend to come in recurrent waves, once you dispose of one group; you end up with another thrown at you. The shoot outs  mid to end game do start to become tiresome as you are forced into the same typical situations with no change in combat style, just a little too much repetition for my liking as it can quickly become dull. Stealth can be used but more often than not, no matter how you go about a situation you’ll still be forced into a full throttle battle, which can be aggravating when you want to use a different approach.

The main improvements Shadow Fall has made on the series is its story, which manages to put some feeling into the world of Killzone as Kellan is torn between two sides looking for a middle ground that may not even exist. But Kellan is a rather underused and underdeveloped character who had very little dialogue through the entirety of the game. Although the audio logs that act as collectables in the game do provide some interesting information, we shouldn’t have to rely on a miss-able collectable to gain some interaction with your environment.

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Multiplayer manages to repair some of the campaigns pit falls; the customised Warzones are one of the best aspects, as it allows you to tailor your matches to your desires. You can limit the weaponry available, restricting classes that can be used and what abilities are available in an attempt to up the difficulty. Like the previous instalments, game modes rotate so you don’t have to keep going back to the lobby although if you are someone who prefers shorter matches you can play a single mode if you wish. Unlike previous games in the series you must complete a range of different challenges as a way of advancing your level and upgrading your equipment rather than the usual XP grinding system.

In the end Shadow Fall is an entertaining experience, but the aforementioned limitations and flaws let it down. The fourth instalment began with ambition, which sadly didn’t shine throughout the rest of the game. Although the characters lacked emotion, I did enjoy the story as it included some unexpected plot twists. The interesting use of open expansive areas that enable diversity may have been few and far between one another but they do make Shadow Fall worth picking up and give an idea of what we could possibly expect for the future of the franchise.

Score: 6/10

Official Sony PS4 Wireless Headset 2.0 Review

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Since the launch of the PS4 I have tested many headsets, trying to find one that will scratch my audio-whore itch. I’ve trialled cheap sets and I’ve trialled the top end models and both have left me slightly disappointed. The cheap ones were good for the price, but left me missing that surround sound fanciness and the more expensive sets always made me feel like I’d shelled out far too much money and left me with a touch of buyers remorse.

If only there was a headset that could bridge this gap

Well luckily there is and it’s Sony’s very own offering in the form of the official PS4 wireless headset 2.0. Available for under £60 it offers 7.1 virtual surround sound, built in microphone and access to custom audio modes using the Headset Companion App. The PS4 and PS3 both support the 7.1 virtual surround sound whereas the PS Vita doesn’t, but I don’t think anybody really expected it to. The headset also includes an audio cable which enables them to be used wired to your Xbox One controller if you are lucky enough to own both systems. To use them on the Xbox One, you will need the XB1 headset adapter which you can get for £18.85 here

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First impressions

The headset has a very minimalistic design, with all the nobs and twiddly bits well concealed giving them a very stylish look. They seem sturdy and durable, whilst feeling lightweight and compact at the same time. They can be folded and stored away in the microfiber drawstring pouch that is included in the box, this also doubles as a cleaning cloth so it’s win win.

Connectivity

This is the part that usually boils my piss when it comes to setting up new headsets on the PS4. It’s usually a case of connecting a dongle, audio cables or optical leads and then scouring the console setting to make sure everything is honky dory. Luckily that’s not the case with this set, simply pop in the USB dongle and Roberts your Fathers Brother! Everything syncs seamlessly with no faffing around required, which made me very, very happy.

Comfort

This is a very comfortable headset, it’s very light and has some of the softest ear cups known to man, almost arousingly so! You’ll be glad to know the sweaty ear factor is kept to a minimum as the materials used seem to allow your ears to be well ventilated, without too much sound leakage. The ear cups covered my ears entirely, unlike other sets that balance awkwardly, this is great for cutting out any ambient noise.

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Sound Quality

This headset sounds great, admittedly not as good as sets such as the Astro A50’s, but perfectly acceptable for the majority of gamers. I’m pretty sure it’s only dirty little audiophiles like myself that would notice the difference between the two sets. In-game music and voices sound very clear and the bass is punchy without being over the top like some of the cheaper alternatives. The virtual surround sound is pretty damn effective, if you can play The Last of Us wearing these without leaving a skid mark in your undercrakers, then you’re far more hardcore than me.

As with most PS4 headsets I’ve reviewed, the biggest downside is the chat sound quality. Due to the fact the microphone is built in to the ear cups, voice communication sounds very muffled and is the only real let down where this headset in concerned. The headset is rechargeable and you can expect to get 6-8 hours use when fully charged.

Conclusion

This is a brilliant headset that is perfectly priced. You get far better audio quality than the likes of the Gioteck Ex-06 wireless headset but without the crazy price tag of the Astro A50’s. They look good, sound good, feel nice to wear and won’t bankrupt if you decide to pick a set up. In my opinion, these are the perfect choice for the majority of PS4 owners.

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