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Flash Sale: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Lego The Hobbit,’ ‘Shadow Warrior’ & More … – High-Def Digest

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Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series News

‘Bound by Flame,’ ‘Brothers’ -it goes on.

Sony is having big sale for the weekend on PSN fantasy. We’re talking ‘Game of Thrones: A Telltale Series[1]‘ Season Pass for $ 12.50 on PS4 & PS3 (review here[2]). The excellent ‘Hand of Fate[3]‘ is only $ 8 on PS4 (review here[4]). ‘Lego The Hobbit[5]‘ is only $ 10 on PS4 (review here[6]). ‘Bound by Flame[7]‘ is down to just $ 14 on PS4 (review here[8]). 

On the PS3, ‘Brothers: The Tale of Two Sons[9]‘ is a critical darling, and is only $ 3.75 (review here[10]).

There are even Vita titles such as the cult-hit ‘Valkyria Chronicles 2,’ which is only $ 5.

Check out the PS4 sale here[11].

PSN Fantasy Flash Sale PS4

Check out the PS3 sale here[12]:

https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/flash-sale/cid=STORE-MSF77008-FLASHSALEPS3GAM

Check out the Vita sale here[13]:

PSN Fantasy Sale Vita

References

  1. ^ Game of Thrones: A Telltale Series (games.highdefdigest.com)
  2. ^ here (games.highdefdigest.com)
  3. ^ Hand of Fate (games.highdefdigest.com)
  4. ^ here (games.highdefdigest.com)
  5. ^ Lego The Hobbit (games.highdefdigest.com)
  6. ^ here (games.highdefdigest.com)
  7. ^ Bound by Flame (games.highdefdigest.com)
  8. ^ here (games.highdefdigest.com)
  9. ^ Brothers: The Tale of Two Sons (games.highdefdigest.com)
  10. ^ here (games.highdefdigest.com)
  11. ^ here (store.playstation.com)
  12. ^ here (store.playstation.com)
  13. ^ here (store.playstation.com)
  14. ^ Order from Amazon (www.amazon.com)
  15. ^ Order from Amazon (www.amazon.com)

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Sony Corp Announces Flash Sale For Month Of June – Bidness ETC

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Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNE)[1] PlayStation Store is back with a flash sale. This time, the theme of the sale is fantasy. Therefore, several such games and films are on sale for your entertainment. To be completely honest, this isn’t the best sale Sony has put up in terms of what would be known as a flash sale. If you don’t like the fantasy genre, then there may not be much to excite you.

Considering the recent track record in digital sales, this one is perhaps the least appealing of the sales in recent times. There is definitely lot of titles on both the PlayStation 3 and 4 to choose from, but you will be scratching your head wondering if this was even necessary. Some of the rather interesting ones are Game of Thrones, Blood Knights, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, Lego The Hobbit, Lego The Lord of the Rings and MYST.

The movie selection is still interesting from Gladiator, Harry Potter, Kingdom of Heaven, Excalibur, Edward Scissorhands, Dungeons & Dragons, Lord of the Rings and Last Samurai. This time around, the movie choices are far better than the game selection and if you have Netflix, you can see these movies without renting them.

The games seem mostly of Indie variety, but they’re heavily discounted so it may be worth taking a crack at them. Otherwise, for those unwilling to experiment should let it go and wait for the next flash sale. The last time there was a flash sale on the PS Store, it offered a better variety of better known titles. We remember picking up some absolute gems at rock bottom prices.

Unfortunately, Sony disappoints after some pretty decent sales in recent weeks. This flash sale is simply not worth anyone’s time. Did you find any rare gems in this sale or were disappointed by the choices offered? Please let us know in the comments below.

References

  1. ^ (NYSE:SNE) (www.bidnessetc.com)

hobbitlego – Google News

Sony Corp Announces Flash Sale For Month Of June – Bidness ETC

Original article

Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNE)[1] PlayStation Store is back with a flash sale. This time, the theme of the sale is fantasy. Therefore, several such games and films are on sale for your entertainment. To be completely honest, this isn’t the best sale Sony has put up in terms of what would be known as a flash sale. If you don’t like the fantasy genre, then there may not be much to excite you.

Considering the recent track record in digital sales, this one is perhaps the least appealing of the sales in recent times. There is definitely lot of titles on both the PlayStation 3 and 4 to choose from, but you will be scratching your head wondering if this was even necessary. Some of the rather interesting ones are Game of Thrones, Blood Knights, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, Lego The Hobbit, Lego The Lord of the Rings and MYST.

The movie selection is still interesting from Gladiator, Harry Potter, Kingdom of Heaven, Excalibur, Edward Scissorhands, Dungeons & Dragons, Lord of the Rings and Last Samurai. This time around, the movie choices are far better than the game selection and if you have Netflix, you can see these movies without renting them.

The games seem mostly of Indie variety, but they’re heavily discounted so it may be worth taking a crack at them. Otherwise, for those unwilling to experiment should let it go and wait for the next flash sale. The last time there was a flash sale on the PS Store, it offered a better variety of better known titles. We remember picking up some absolute gems at rock bottom prices.

Unfortunately, Sony disappoints after some pretty decent sales in recent weeks. This flash sale is simply not worth anyone’s time. Did you find any rare gems in this sale or were disappointed by the choices offered? Please let us know in the comments below.

References

  1. ^ (NYSE:SNE) (www.bidnessetc.com)

hobbitlego – Google News

Flash Sale: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Lego The Hobbit,’ ‘Shadow Warrior’ & More … – High-Def Digest

Original article

Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series News

‘Bound by Flame,’ ‘Brothers’ -it goes on.

Sony is having big sale for the weekend on PSN fantasy. We’re talking ‘Game of Thrones: A Telltale Series[1]‘ Season Pass for $ 12.50 on PS4 & PS3 (review here[2]). The excellent ‘Hand of Fate[3]‘ is only $ 8 on PS4 (review here[4]). ‘Lego The Hobbit[5]‘ is only $ 10 on PS4 (review here[6]). ‘Bound by Flame[7]‘ is down to just $ 14 on PS4 (review here[8]). 

On the PS3, ‘Brothers: The Tale of Two Sons[9]‘ is a critical darling, and is only $ 3.75 (review here[10]).

There are even Vita titles such as the cult-hit ‘Valkyria Chronicles 2,’ which is only $ 5.

Check out the PS4 sale here[11].

PSN Fantasy Flash Sale PS4

Check out the PS3 sale here[12]:

https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-us/flash-sale/cid=STORE-MSF77008-FLASHSALEPS3GAM

Check out the Vita sale here[13]:

PSN Fantasy Sale Vita

References

  1. ^ Game of Thrones: A Telltale Series (games.highdefdigest.com)
  2. ^ here (games.highdefdigest.com)
  3. ^ Hand of Fate (games.highdefdigest.com)
  4. ^ here (games.highdefdigest.com)
  5. ^ Lego The Hobbit (games.highdefdigest.com)
  6. ^ here (games.highdefdigest.com)
  7. ^ Bound by Flame (games.highdefdigest.com)
  8. ^ here (games.highdefdigest.com)
  9. ^ Brothers: The Tale of Two Sons (games.highdefdigest.com)
  10. ^ here (games.highdefdigest.com)
  11. ^ here (store.playstation.com)
  12. ^ here (store.playstation.com)
  13. ^ here (store.playstation.com)
  14. ^ Order from Amazon (www.amazon.com)
  15. ^ Order from Amazon (www.amazon.com)

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Incredible Hobbit LEGO set could be in shops soon – Mirror.co.uk

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LEGO fan Ben Pitchford has created this incredible Hobbit set, based on Rivendell as portrayed in the film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Gathering.[1][2]

The incredible model contains over 5,000 pieces – and you might be able to buy it in shops soon.

The LEGO Ideas page[3] allows fans to submit their own models to be made in to real sets. It’s a bit like Kickstarter, in that the most popular ideas actually get made.

Check out this incredible Hobbit model…

Ben Pitchford

The mountain is just for display (with that included it’s over 120,000 pieces!)

Ben Pitchford

Rivendell, home to the Elves with The Company of Thorin Oakenshield

Ben Pitchford

Water, created using loose clear blue round studs

Ben Pitchford

Lady Galadriel

The set includes ten buildings with a main bridge to a platform

Ben Pitchford

The platform

Ben Pitchford

The bridge

Ben Pitchford

Is this the secret entrance to Erebor?

It has all the figures you’ll recognise, from Gandalf and Bilbo to Thorin Oakenshield and Lady Galadriel.

Ben Pitchford

There’s even a few guard elves

Ben Pitchford

But can they read the map?

The mountain separates into three parts

Ben Pitchford

You need a pretty big house to store this… luckily only the buildings and characters would come in the set

The set even has light up sections

Ben Pitchford

Light up moon runes show the way to the secret entrance to Erebor

Ben Pitchford

It possibly looks cooler at night

If you want to support Ben’s creation[4] and see it made into a reality, check out his LEGO ideas page.[5] The set needs 10,000 supporters to become a reality.

MORE: Pompeii made from LEGO- stunning 190,000 brick masterpiece[6]

The model is actually a scaled down version of a model created by Ben and his son (which contains over 120,000 pieces!) which is now on display at a children’s museum in the US.

You can see more of that model in this clip.

LEGO Rivendell Video loading[7]

[embedded content]

 

References

  1. ^ LEGO (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ The Hobbit: An Unexpected Gathering. (www.mirror.co.uk)
  3. ^ The LEGO Ideas page (www.mirror.co.uk)
  4. ^ support Ben’s creation (www.mocpages.com)
  5. ^ his LEGO ideas page. (ideas.lego.com)
  6. ^ Pompeii made from LEGO- stunning 190,000 brick masterpiece (www.mirror.co.uk)
  7. ^ LEGO Rivendell (www.mirror.co.uk)

hobbitlego – Google News

Incredible Hobbit LEGO set could be in shops soon – Mirror.co.uk

Original article

LEGO fan Ben Pitchford has created this incredible Hobbit set, based on Rivendell as portrayed in the film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Gathering.[1][2]

The incredible model contains over 5,000 pieces – and you might be able to buy it in shops soon.

The LEGO Ideas page[3] allows fans to submit their own models to be made in to real sets. It’s a bit like Kickstarter, in that the most popular ideas actually get made.

Check out this incredible Hobbit model…

Ben Pitchford

The mountain is just for display (with that included it’s over 120,000 pieces!)

Ben Pitchford

Rivendell, home to the Elves with The Company of Thorin Oakenshield

Ben Pitchford

Water, created using loose clear blue round studs

Ben Pitchford

Lady Galadriel

The set includes ten buildings with a main bridge to a platform

Ben Pitchford

The platform

Ben Pitchford

The bridge

Ben Pitchford

Is this the secret entrance to Erebor?

It has all the figures you’ll recognise, from Gandalf and Bilbo to Thorin Oakenshield and Lady Galadriel.

Ben Pitchford

There’s even a few guard elves

Ben Pitchford

But can they read the map?

The mountain separates into three parts

Ben Pitchford

You need a pretty big house to store this… luckily only the buildings and characters would come in the set

The set even has light up sections

Ben Pitchford

Light up moon runes show the way to the secret entrance to Erebor

Ben Pitchford

It possibly looks cooler at night

If you want to support Ben’s creation[4] and see it made into a reality, check out his LEGO ideas page.[5] The set needs 10,000 supporters to become a reality.

MORE: Pompeii made from LEGO- stunning 190,000 brick masterpiece[6]

The model is actually a scaled down version of a model created by Ben and his son (which contains over 120,000 pieces!) which is now on display at a children’s museum in the US.

You can see more of that model in this clip.

LEGO Rivendell Video loading[7]

[embedded content]

 

References

  1. ^ LEGO (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ The Hobbit: An Unexpected Gathering. (www.mirror.co.uk)
  3. ^ The LEGO Ideas page (www.mirror.co.uk)
  4. ^ support Ben’s creation (www.mocpages.com)
  5. ^ his LEGO ideas page. (ideas.lego.com)
  6. ^ Pompeii made from LEGO- stunning 190,000 brick masterpiece (www.mirror.co.uk)
  7. ^ LEGO Rivendell (www.mirror.co.uk)

hobbitlego – Google News

Lone arranger Ed Sheeran offers heroic set – OCRegister

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View slideshow image Ed Sheeran performs before a sold-out audience at the Hollywood Bowl on Wednesday night in Los Angeles. DREW A. KELLEY , CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Main set: I’m a Mess / Lego House / Don’t (with bits of Loyal / No Diggity / Nina) / Drunk / Take It Back (mashed up with Superstition / Ain’t No Sunshine) / One / Photograph / Bloodstream / Tenerife Sea / Kiss Me / Thinking Out Loud / Feeling Good (Nina Simone) into I See Fire / I Was Made to Love Her (Stevie Wonder cover) / The A Team

If you had closed your eyes at times during Ed Sheeran’s sold-out show at the Hollywood Bowl on Wednesday, you could have easily imagined a full band on stage with him. A song starts off with just Sheeran’s voice and acoustic guitar. Now there’s a drum beat. A bit of rhythm guitar. A backing vocal.

Open your eyes, though, and it’s just the English singer-songwriter onstage, his accompaniment all self-made, conjured by the looping pedals at his feet. That drum beat? Sheeran beating out a rhythm on the body of his guitar, capturing a few bars and playing them back, then repeating that process with guitar riffs and vocals.

It’s a bravura way to make a purely solo show a more expansive performance, and an especially brave task to tackle when you’re just 24, two albums into your career, and making your debut at the landmark Hollywood Bowl with back-to-back sold-out shows.

Has anyone else ever headlined the Bowl without a single other performer onstage? With the exception of one or two DJs and maybe a gig by Joan Baez decades ago, we couldn’t find evidence of it.

All of which makes Sheeran’s terrific show – 16 or so songs over an hour and 40 minutes – that much more impressive.

He walked out in a red and green plaid shirt and jeans, the first glimpse of his tousled red curls setting off screams of excitement from the younger fans in the crowd, and kicked off the night with “I’m a Mess,” a number with all the above-mentioned simple tricks of technology, a few pedals, two microphones and his guitar.

“My name is Ed and my job for the next few hours is to entertain you,” he announced at the song’s close. “We are going to sing and sing and sing until we have no voices left.”

“Lego House,” off his debut album, hewed closer to the sound of the traditional singer-songwriter, more purely acoustic guitar and voice. “Don’t,” which followed it, showed off a third slice of Sheeran’s musical style, incorporating hip-hop elements through rapped verses and a bit of Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” dropped into the midsection.

With that template to work from, the rest of the show flowed, from the sweetly acoustic (“Drunk,” which got the crowd singing, and the sweetly romantic “One”) to the big, electronics-assisted rockers (a moody, heavy version of “Bloodstream”) and the hip-hop mix tape tunes (“Take It Back,” which segued into Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” and Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine” before returning to Sheeran’s original).

“Tenerife Sea” was a gentle highlight of the set, opening with lovely simplicity, building to a looped choir of Sheerans. “Kiss Me” saw him strap on an electric guitar for the first time all night, the cheers for it growing even louder when he segued into “Thinking Out Loud,” one of the hits from his most recent record.

Clever use of video imagery helped avoid the risk that the image of one small guy on a vast stage would end up visually weak, with shots of Sheeran blended to nice affect with other visuals, including scenes from “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” as he sang “I See Fire,” the song he contributed to its soundtrack.

“I want you to sing it if you know the words,” Sheeran said before introducing the final song of the main set. “And if you don’t know the words, I don’t know why you’re here.”

That song, “The A Team,” is the single released in 2011 that made its way to the United States a year later and helped Sheeran break out as a young star here, and, as with many of the softer songs that preceded it, the echo of the crowd at the Hollywood Bowl singing along offered a lovely goose-bumps moment.

The night wrapped up with a fast hip-hop-tinged blast through “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You,” which veered into a looped riff of the guitar part from Derek and the Dominos’ “Layla,” and from there into 50 Cent’s “In Da Club.”

Then, after a fast-paced run through “Sing,” Sheeran put down his guitar, one last looped bit echoing over the 17,000 fans in the crowd, and walked off into the night, a solo artist on his own once more.

Young British band Rixton opened the night for Sheeran with an energetic set of pop rock, including its first hit, “Me and My Broken Heart,” which closed its brief set, and achieved what most opening acts are asked to do: Get the crowd excited to see the headliner.

Contact the writer: 714-796-7787 or plarsen@ocregister.com[1]

References

  1. ^ plarsen@ocregister.com (www.ocregister.com)

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The best games on PS4 – VG247

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The best games on PS4

From blockbusters to indies, over-the-top action rollercoasters to contemplative explorations, these are the best games available right now for Sony’s PlayStation 4, as selected by the voracious gamers of VG247. We’ll be checking back in with new games on the regular, as old favourites are succeeded and new challengers rise above the pack to win a place in our hearts.

And now, in alphabetical order: the best games on PS4.

alien_isolation

Alien Isolation

A stand out both for the horror genre and the Aliens property, Alien Isolation came out of left field. A first-person adventure from a team near synonymous with real time strategy? A really, genuinely good licensed game? Who could have predicted this?

Alien Isolation isn’t a shooter – it’s a stealth game, and an unusual one in that the Alien AI is very hard to predict. Although it ruffled the feathers of those who like to “win” games by playing the system, for those in it for the atmosphere nothing beats the dread of having no clue where the creature might pop up next, or if it’ll sniff you out this time.

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Assassin’s Creed: Unity

There’s no way Assassin’s Creed: Unity would have made this list in its launch month, when egregious bugs and issues – and especially frame rate problems – made it a pain. Ubisoft meekly accepted the criticism and worked for months to patch virtual Paris, eventually resulting in a French Revolution that’s well worth visting.

Although we’re hoping 2015′s Syndicate will top it, at present Unity is the best Assassin’s Creed experience on PS4. It was a tough call, though; Black Flag, its cross-gen precursor, is a heck of a lot of fun, but its emphasis on sailing gameplay saw us rule in favour of its newer and current-gen exclusive sibling. It helps that Unity boasts some of the best story telling the franchise has ever seen.

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The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

A cult-favourite indie from one half of the Super Meat Boy team, The Binding of Isaac is available on a number of platforms but gets a nod in our PS4 list as one of the games we come back to time and time again – usually while an update is downloading. The old-school style twin-stick shooter (more like twin D-Pad, really; it feels pre-analog) was repackaged with loads of addition content for release on new-gen consoles, including the addition of co-op.

It’s the rogue-like aspect that’ll have you hooked – that and the dark themes running through Edmund McMillen’s art.

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Bloodborne

Perhaps the PS4′s most important exclusive to date, Bloodborne is a From Software and SCE Japan production in the same family line as Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls. A new, faster-paced take on the genre that proves no less welcoming to newcomers, it has all the hallmarks of a Hidetaka Miyazaki title: steep challenge, a restrained sense of narrative and a world you don’t want to lose yourself in because it’s full of monsters.

The only Souls game developed exclusively for new-gen consoles so far, Bloodborne is the default winner of the hardcore crown, but deserves the accolades on its own merits. Believe the hype, and prepare to die, again and again and again.

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Borderlands: The Handsome Collection

Of all the remasters on the market, Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is perhaps the most welcome. The compulsive, near endless delights of the Borderlands formula are otherwise not available on new-gen consoles, and The Handsome Collection presents pretty terrific value for money by bundling up the absolute lashings of DLC released for Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.

If you’ve never tried Borderlands then you’re in for a treat at a discount ticket price. If you missed The Pre-Sequel due to its late launch last generation then this is the best way to get back on board the series at one of its highest points. And if you’re a diehard fan you already own and love this, because you know all too well that there’s always time for another Borderlands playthrough.

child_of_light

Child of Light

Ubisoft’s plan to foster top creative talent by allowing teams to work on small passion projects is really paying off. Child of Light is just one example of the fruits of the publisher’s schemes, but it’s also one of the most distinctive. A delicately beautiful side-scrolling RPG with turn-based combat, Child of Light offers both depth and replayability in a refreshingly manageable weekend-sized adventure.

Your mileage may vary for the rhyming dialogue and whimsy, but the pleasure of tactically combining abilities to overcome the escalating challenge is worth it. One of the best digital releases of the generation to date.

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Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition

Diablo 3 faltered out of the gate but by the time it made the leap to consoles it was up and running, having ditched a number of systems, rebalanced everything, gained a bunch of new content and evolved into an ARPG worth investing in. Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition is particularly special because it represents the most complete and feature-filled version of Diablo 3 to date.

To our surprise, Diablo 3 works really, really well on PS4. Perhaps we should have expected this given the popularity of earlier series entries on consoles, but I doubt anybody really appreciates just how well Blizzard managed the transition to control pads until they actually have it in their hands. Co-op this with your buddies for best results – from the comfort of your couch.

destiny_house_of_wolves_1

Destiny

Destiny has a large fanbase on all four platforms but you almost wouldn’t know it; the PS4 is very definitely the home of this generation’s biggest new IP. Sony threw itself into partnership with Activision in a relationship that is increasingly bearing fruit for PlayStation fans, with the result that Xbox fans are still waiting for content the rest of us have been enjoying since launch.

Writing about Destiny is almost redundant at this point. Part shooter and part MMO, controversy-ridden, punctuated by dazzling highs and grinding lows, Destiny is not a game any more: it’s a way of life.

dont_starve_giant_edition

Don’t Starve

Another very special indie, Don’t Starve is a crafting survival sandbox with a unique 2D art style. The primary goal is right there in the title, but nothing is as easy as it seems – in fact if you’re after easy it’s best to look elsewhere, as Don’t Starve is notoriously difficult for beginners. It’s very easy to fall into the “just one more try” trap with this one, as the randomly-generated worlds throw up surprise after surprise.

Klei continues to develop new content and features for Don’t Starve, which we expect to have a long tail.

dragon_age_inquisition

Dragon Age: Inquisition

The best BioWare game for new-gen, until it does another one. Dragon Age: Inquisition is absolutely huge, representing hundreds of potential hours of gameplay for the really keen, and despite a tendency to edge towards filler content it delivers with scaling challenges (lower difficulties are button mashers; higher settings require minuscule tactical control and serious preparation legwork) and a plethora of interacting RPG systems.

As usual, BioWare’s writing and especially its characters and dialogue are superb, and while you may pretend it’s all about the politics we know you’re in it for the kissing scenes.

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Far Cry 4

Possibly the best traditional shooter of the generation so far, Far Cry 4 pops you down in an oven world with a toolkit full of deadly devices and a zillion things to do. Whether you go in stealthy with bow, silenced rifle and knife or strap C4 to an elephant and run into it in a car covered in land mines, you feel like a total badass – until you are savaged to death by a honey badger.

It’s pretty much Far Cry 3, but even more gorgeous and over the top. The mysticism-fuelled visits to Shangri-La don’t quite live up to the drug trips of its precursor, and Pagan Min is no Vaas, but on the other hand the charismatic villain doesn’t bugger off while you still have half the game in front of you and Far Cry 3 doesn’t let you fight alongside a tiger buddy, so.

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FIFA 15

Sorry, PES – FIFA is the best football series. If you want to play virtual soccer, FIFA is the place to do it. Of the two games available on PS4 so far FIFA 15 is the superior offering, although as is the nature of annual sports games that may be because it has the most up-to-date roster; we won’t really see the franchise shine on new-gen until we ditch the old set of hardware completely. That’ll probably be in 2024, when the next-generation starts, given how recently we were getting a PS2 version (FIFA 13).

If you’ve been away from FIFA for a few years you may not be aware that the actual sim itself has been somewhat upstaged by FIFA Ultimate Team. There’s a whole new world of fanatical obsession awaiting you.

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Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn

Very probably the best console MMORPG, Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn is a triumph. Astoundingly playable with a control pad and populated via full cross-play with PC, the PS4 version of Final Fantasy 14 is in no way an embarrassment to its Windows sibling.

This game is so beautiful and so playable that you’d almost never guess the same title was once applied to the financial and moral embarrassment that was Final Fantasy 14 Online. A compulsive life-eater, as all successful MMORPGs are, Final Fantasy 14 has years of life left in it.

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Game of Thrones

A small scuffle broke out in the VG247 offices over which of the recent Telltale Games series was the most worthy of gracing this list, with the mass appeal of HBO’s phenomenal adaptation of Game of Thrones just edging out Tales from the Borderlands – especially as later episodes have improved over the plateau of the second.

Game of Thrones features the vocal talents of the stars of the show and an oil painting aesthetic that does wonders for its uncanny valley recreations of your favourite characters. It’s unforgivingly harsh, with every agonising choice seeming to lead to disaster. Just how George R.R. Martin likes it; perhaps the game’s finest accomplishment is feeling so much a part of the Game of Thrones universe.

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GTA 5

There’s no question of leaving GTA 5 off any best of list, even though it did launch last generation. You’d never guess it; Rockstar’s done an uncannily good job of brushing up its already astounding tech for newer hardware.

What can be said about the juggernaut of our times? Should we highlight the multiplayer suite that provides endless hours of dicking about and fantasy fulfilment? The sprawling campaign with its multiple playable characters and on-the-fly character switching? The sheer pleasure of cruising the streets of faux-LA with no purpose in mind at all? There’s a reason everyone and his dog played GTA 5, and you should, too.

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InFamous: First Light

We’re calling it – stand-alone expansion First Light is better than InFamous: Second Son. Second Son was the first proper open world city on PS4 and pretty impressive as a result of that, but in First Light Sucker Punch stopped trying to be clever clogs in building an enormous space and focused on creating a game that is a genuine pleasure – and challenge – to play.

Although there’s none of the smoke and cement powers of Second Son, First Light is all the better for focusing on the Neon tree. Upgrading Fetch’s powers results in one of the fastest, smoothest and most engaging city traversal solutions we have ever seen. Hopefully anybody working on a new Tron game is paying attention.

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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes

One of the best games ever built for playing alongside your kids, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is good clean fun sporting some of the most recognisable comic faces of our time. Whether you’re smashing it up as Hulk or leading the fray as Captain America, your offspring will have a ball, and so will you.

Marvel Super Heroes narrowly beat The Hobbit to this spot. It’s always hard to pick just one LEGO game to represent TT Games’s almost uniformly excellent portfolio, and with Jurassic World, Avengers and Dimensions on the cards this year, we expect yet another furious debate in a few months time.

life_is_strange

Life is Strange

A challenger to Telltale’s hold on the episodic adventure crown, Life is Strange boasts a much more dynamic approach to the formula – not to mention a much less buggy and stiff engine underpinning Dontnod’s efforts. Subverting the consequential choice trope with a time reversal mechanic, offering clearly defined borders and puzzles more involved than “click on the thing”, Life is Strange outshines its rivals in the space.

But it’s the atmosphere that really gets us, tugging at a deep-rooted nostalgia for adolescence – or perhaps just for the media that celebrates it. Max and Chloe’s creators may not have got the hang of natural-sounding teenage dialogue, but they nailed the rest of it.

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Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes

Fronting just one major mission, Ground Zeroes is not so much a full game as a prologue, tutorial and appetiser for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain – and yet it’s a tremendous experience. Extremely replayable and bundled with tons of bonus challenges, Ground Zeroes eases you into the glorious beauty, open-world freedom and refined gameplay of new-generation Metal Gear Solid, before The Phantom Pain arrives to overwhelm you with its masses of content.

Ground Zeroes may only be a prologue but it also shows off Hideo Kojima’s evolving storytelling style. The revelations and events within are likely only a tiny taste of the madness to come. A good testing ground then, to see if you’re ready to lead FOX and Big Boss full circle to the beginning of the Metal Gear saga.

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

So here’s the situation: you’ve got a highly customisable character with a bevy of growth options. You’ve got an enormous open world navigable by stealth, parkour and all-out battle. You’ve got a hell of a license. How do you convince jaded players to dive into the oodles of content you’ve packed into this weighty adventure?

The answer is Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor’s award-winning Nemesis system, which has semi-randomly-generated mini-bosses standing between you and your final goals. Taking these foes down, manipulating the command structure of Sauron’s army, and watching the consequences of your kills unfold is a fascinating and very personal piece of organic story telling unique to every playthrough.

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Mortal Kombat X

The slickest fighter of the generation, Mortal Kombat X does a great deal more than just turn the franchise’s trademark gore up to 11 – although that definitely happens.

Perhaps the most interesting new addition (besides Johnny Cage and Sonya’s daughter, a baffling development to a plot already stretched thin to breaking) is the addition of multiple fighting styles for each character. Essentially expanding the roster of fighters, the ability to select different approaches with a single character means you can never quite be sure what you’re facing until the action kicks off, complicating the meta and putting the emphasis back on emphasis and on-the-fly tactics rather than tried-and-tested strategies.

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Octodad: Dadliest Catch

Octodad: Dadliest Catch has to be seen to be believed. There’s very little as immediately funny as the concept of an octopus in a suit masquerading as a human, flailing around and knocking things down as you awkwardly puppeteer him through his own wedding. In addition to a never-ending series of jokes and challenges, there’s actually quite a touching story that may make you feel a little guilty next time someone suggests ordering the octopus salad.

Sony very cleverly loaded Octodad onto its PS4 demo units, meaning shoppers everywhere were treated to the gentle ridiculousness of Young Horses’ very polished adventure. It shifted quite a few consoles.

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The Order: 1886

It may be 90% cutscene and shorter than is really acceptable for a full-priced game, but The Order: 1886 is well worth a look, if only because it is a frankly astonishing graphics showcase. Ready at Dawn and SCE Santa Monica seemed to be working on this one for donkey’s years, and squeezed more beauty and performance out of the PS4 than anyone else has managed yet (your move, Naughty Dog).

The Order: 1886 contains a number of interesting weapons and a pack of werewolves, which is pretty good, and is also one of a very small number of games in which you will see men’s genitalia flapping about in the wind. Yes, that’s right: tonker physics. Turn the brightness up to foil those tactically placed shadows.

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Outlast

The scariest game on PS4 now that Silent Hills teaser P.T. has been pulled, Outlast is a mostly combat-free survival horror in which running and stealth are your only defence. You think you’ve seen enough spooky abandoned psychiatric hospitals in your time to be immune to the horrors of a new one, but you are wrong.

A more polished effort than Zombie’s Daylight, Outlast is memorably terrifying. The plot and events are absolute nonsense, but you won’t care, because you’ll be shitting yourself. Highly recommended, except for pregnant women and people with heart conditions.

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Project CARS

Hands down the best racing game on any platform – something Sony and Microsoft ought to be worried about, given they both front big first-party exclusives in the genre.

Project CARS isn’t everything we hoped for from the crowd-funded and crowd-sourced racer (the rest of the roadmap appears to have been earmarked for the sequel) but even if it didn’t live up to Slightly Mad’s wholly insane ambition, it’s incredible. Nothing else looks this good, handles this well, or provides you with as much customisation of your experience.

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Resogun

Resogun holds a very special place in our hearts for being one of the PS4′s first exclusive success stories. The Defender spiritual successor is wonderfully beautiful and unapologetically addictive, constantly challenging you with your friend’s achievements until your relationship devolves into sniping at each other’s high scores.

Even were the base gameplay not pure Housemarque joy, Resogun showcases the new social side of the PSN to great advantage, which makes it a tremendously important part of the PS4′s catalogue. We’re hoping something new will one day capture our attention in the same way, even though we’re still at war with an unnamed colleague who toppled one of Pat’s best leaderboard entries.

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The Evil Within

A controversial inclusion, with half of Team VG247 giving way to allow Shinji Mikami’s latest to take the place of Resident Evil HD Remastered. There’s much to be said for The Evil Within’s attempts to simultaneously keep it old school and move the genre forward, and for Bethesda’s bold bet on an unforgiving survival shooter.

Armed with a spooky and continuously present villain, astonishingly topped by its own DLC packs and quite, quite bonkers, The Evil Within is a divisive experience – half retro and half modern, not quite as terrifying as more minimal modern horror simulations, yet miles and miles ahead of recent Resident Evil efforts.

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The Last of Us Remastered

Yes, it’s a re-release, but since Naughty Dog had pushed the ageing PlayStation 3 to its wheezing, gasping limits, The Last of Us Remastered is a better experience than the original. In any case, the father-daughter story of Joel and Ellie is one of the great tearjerkers of gaming, not just the generation that birthed it, and left many a hardened gamer swiping angrily at their brimming eyes, both at the tragedy of a post-apocalyptic world and the thought of an end to the hours spent in Ellie’s company.

The Last of Us Remastered also includes the absolutely wonderful Left Behind DLC, which is packed full of even more feelings to make up for the absence of gun battles.

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Watch Dogs

Remember Watch Dogs? One of the most exciting properties of the brand new generation, it couldn’t quite live up to its own hype. Then again, what could? Anticipation for a new Ubisoft open world was absolutely sky high, and the publisher would have had to ship Watch Dogs with a second PS4 to strap to the first one in order to power the over-promised vision many of us expected to turn up with new hardware.

This disappointment aside, Watch Dogs is a great big open world Ubisoft game with tons of content, pretty graphics and cars instead of horses. It’s everything the modern gamer wants, apparently.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The winner of the all-star 2015 open world championship, The Witcher 3 beat all who came before it and has set a bar for every game to follow. Nobody but CD Projekt RED has produced such a large world of such incredible detail, nor found a way to populate it with things people actually want to do, as opposed to collectibles.

There are hundreds of hours of things to do in The Witcher 3 and all of them revolve around a central narrative studded with moments of high-tension drama, political intrigue and genuine human warmth. Geralt’s adventures may be drawing to a close with this one, but he’s going out in better form than ever before.

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Wolfenstein: The New Order

We won’t lie: this one took us by surprise. Despite Bethesda’s cautious approach to publishing, we didn’t really expect farming iD Software’s venerable properties out to other studios to pay dividends, and we were utterly wrong.

Machine Games crafted an absolutely superb old-school linear shooter, resisting the temptation to shoehorn in an unnecessary multiplayer mode or network features or RPG systems or an enormous cluttered open world. In doing so it uncovered a treasure trove of fun that has been obscured by the guff of modern gaming, and we will always be grateful. Not sure why sequel The Old Blood sank without a trace, to be honest, but this one is superior.

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Lego Jurassic World – Game Informer

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I presided over horrific Lego experiments when I was young. My minifigs became organic engines powering vehicles, got combined with monsters, and had their heads replaced by every possible brick. Tampering with the natural order of things is easy with Lego, so the genetic manipulation in Lego Jurassic World should be a natural fit. However, when it comes to experimentation, this title marks a first for the whole Jurassic Park franchise: It doesn’t go far enough. The action rarely deviates from previous Lego titles, but when it does, it goes in the wrong direction.

Players run, jump, and build their way through 20 levels – five for each of the four movies. As with previous Lego titles, dozens of characters ranging from cool (Mr. DNA) to bizarre (Steven Spielberg) are waiting to be unlocked. Even with all of the collectibles, the adventure isn’t as enticing this time around. If you’re only interested in low-impact platforming and charming Lego interpretations of key moments from the films, Lego Jurassic World delivers. Unfortunately, it needed more time in the incubator to mature into a good game.

The biggest new feature – playing as dinosaurs – takes too long to gain any steam. Apart from a handful of minigames and barrier-smashing sequences, you have to wait until the Jurassic World levels to do anything interesting with these prehistoric beasts. Even then, they only realize their full potential in free-play mode, where you can summon a wide variety of dinosaurs – and even customize your own. The idea is neat, but it’s so back-loaded that I was practically done with the game by the time it fully opened up. You shouldn’t have to wait until you’re replaying levels and cleaning up post-game tasks for the content to get interesting.

Another problem rests partly with the source material; in the movies, the heroes are usually running away from dinosaurs rather than fighting them. In the game, that translates to a dearth of fun battles. What little combat you experience is usually against the annoying Compy enemies – tiny dinosaurs that attack in swarms when you’re trying to do something else. They also blend into the background often, making them hard to single out and deal with. You face other enemies, like InGen soldiers and different dinosaurs, but these encounters are boring at best; your fights against raptors amount to the same button-pressing minigame every time.

Minimal combat could be okay if the puzzles were interesting, but if you’ve played recent Lego games (specifically the Lord of the Rings or Hobbit entries), don’t expect any surprises. Your characters wander into dark caves, shoot targets, and dig in the dirt. However, who can perform which tasks is fuzzier than ever. Your customizable characters (usable in free play) have specific classes, but the story characters rarely conform to these archetypes. This results in too much trial-and-error as you keep track of who among your rotating cast of characters possesses a particular item or skill. It isn’t difficult, but it adds unnecessary steps to puzzles with already-obvious solutions.

Design problems aren’t all you need to worry about. I ran into more technical bugs here than other entries. I fell through the world, got trapped behind obstacles, and was locked out of switching characters. These were all fixed with a restart, but I lost progress in the process. Also, though it isn’t a bug, the limited audio ripped from the early movies sounds conspicuously bad. Many of the cinematics feel like mad-libbed scenes assembled from a small bank of usable sound bites, producing intentional and unintentional humor in equal measure.

Lego Jurassic World is a dull, occasionally frustrating experience with a lot of cute nods to the series for hardcore fans. That’s as good as it gets. From the puzzles to the combat to the exploration, everything feels less ambitious and entertaining than other recent Lego titles. The basic mechanics still work, but the gameplay feels like a leap back in time.

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