It's an early bird special this week, with many of the biggest upcoming games available to pre-order now for really low prices. With all the new announcements coming out of E3, it looks like we've got an exciting year of gaming ahead of us, and this is your chance get in on the fun at discount prices.
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Here are this week's deals:
Here's a brilliant pre-order price for Rocksteady's follow up to the fantastic Arkham Asylum. Christian previewed this a while back, and here's what to expect:
"Best of all, this environment provides the perfect way for Rocksteady to protect the central elements of its series while turning the overarching concept on its head. A cityscape five times the size of the original game and largely open to the sky shuffles hand-holding and interior set-pieces down into the pack, allowing traversal and exploration to rise to the top."
Read the full thing for more.
Mass Effect 3 seems to be continuing in the path laid out by the second game and shifting more towards being a shooter with light RPG elements. So said Martin in his E3 preview:
"Mass Effect 3 plays, to all intents and purposes, like a straight-up third-person shooter. Good job it also plays like a well-polished third-person shooter, and that the game's combat looks strong enough to bear the weight currently being placed on it."
There's an argument to be had about whether this is a good or bad move for the series, but either way, I'll be looking forward to concluding Shepard's story when Mass Effect 3 comes out early next year.
The Witcher 2, PC – £19.99
Dixon's game download got off to a bit of a wonky start, with lots of people unable to actually register and convince the system they were over 18. But for anyone who did get lucky, here's the cheapest price on The Witcher 2 yet.
Quintin gave this a hearty 9/10 and said:
"Fans of RPGs should consider The Witcher 2 a must-buy. There's simply no competitor that can touch it in terms of poise, characterisation and storytelling, or the way in which it treats you not as a player - someone to be pandered to and pleased - but as an adult, free to make your own mistakes and suffer a plot in which not everyone gets what they deserve."
I'm only a few hours in to The Witcher 2. So far it's been mostly very impressive, but there are a few odd design decisions hamper that my enjoyment somewhat. The combat targeting is a little erratic, and the checkpointing is not perfectly paced (but I just tend to use quicksaves).
Deal of the week
One of the better looking games to come out of E3 so far, Battlefield 3 wowed the audience with new footage of a tank section. It looked like real tanks, in a real desert, shooting real bullets. Or near enough anyway. Al previewed an early PC build, and this is what he had to say of it:
"Materials, such as clothing, skin and weapons, are startlingly well-defined. The character animations are very human, whether your buddies are sauntering casually or crawling along on their bellies under enfilading fire. When the combat begins, the sense of bullet impact as it smacks off brickwork is so palpable, it makes you want to duck. Frostbite 2 looks bloody magnificent – on the PC, at least. CryEngine beware."
I think we'll be hearing a lot about this one between now and October, when it comes out.