Friday, 26 August 2011

Bastion giveaway!

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Supergiant Games have given Subpsace Reviews two Steam codes for their masterpiece, Bastion!

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The winners of Bastion have been chosen!
 From Twitter:

And from Facebook: 
Justin Redmon

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Thursday, 25 August 2011

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Races

The Elder Scrolls games are known for their epic customisation options when it comes to your character. Race, hair, eyes, and skin tone all depend on you. With this in mind, check out these screens, showing the races on offer. Click on the images for high resolution versions.



Dark Elf




Wood Elf

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim releases 11.11.11

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Bastion review

Bastion hit the Xbox Live Marketplace last month, and many PC users wondered how long it would be before they were able to sample the game which took the gaming world by storm. Fortunately, it wasn't long. A few short weeks passed and the definitive version of Bastion hit the Steam store, and had the same effect on gamers that it did a month earlier. Here's our verdict on the PC version.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Brawl Busters Beta Key Giveaway!

Subspace Reviews and Rock Hippo have teamed up to give 50 lucky people a Beta Key for the upcoming online fighter, Brawl Busters. Entering is simple! Just do one of the following:

Follow @SubspaceReviews on Twitter, and tweet the following message:

"I wanna be an original Brawl Buster! Show me the beta keys, @SubspaceReviews! #SRBB50"

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Contest is global, and winners will be selected and notified in groups of ten, starting Sunday 28th of August

Good luck everybody!

Monday, 22 August 2011

Brawl Busters preview

Brawl Busters, a third person beat 'em up, entered the closed beta stage this week. As it's only beta, not everything was available. What was available was the single player tutorial levels, and online battles. Was it any good? Read on to find out!

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Bethesda at Gamescom!

Bethesda have been showing off all their latest games at Gamescom. Check out all these screens from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Rage and Dishonored. Click on an image for a full resolution version.

The Elders Scrolls V: Skyrim




Thursday, 18 August 2011

Limbo giveaway

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Playdead have provided THREE Steam codes for LIMBO

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The winners of Limbo have been chosen! From Twitter, we have:

And from Facebook:
Andrew Lee

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Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet review

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet (or to save time, ITSP), sees the solar system of a friendly alien species overrun by evil. Their serene planets are turned into black, awful, mechanical wastelands, complete with dark creatures out to kill you. It is your job to get to the bottom of the problem, and hopefully put an end to the darkness. Is it a fun adventure? Read the rest of the review after the jump to find out!

Monday, 15 August 2011

Toy Soldiers: Cold War giveaway!

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Signal Studios have given us THREE XBLA codes for Toy Soldiers: Cold Wars!

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The randomly selected Twitter winners are:
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Brandon John
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Toy Soldiers: Cold War review

Toy Soldiers hit the Xbox Live Marketplace last year, and was a huge success. A mix of strategy, tower defence and vehicular combat, it had something for everyone. So how can the sequel, Cold War, improve on the stellar original?

Monday, 8 August 2011

Beat Hazard Ultra giveaway!

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Cold Beam Games have given us two Steam codes for Beat Hazard Ultra!
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Zed Mort

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Friday, 5 August 2011

MCM Expo at Manchester Central!

On the 30th July, MCM Expo came to Manchester for the first time, bringing the cosplay, anime, manga and videogame show to the North West. As it is the first time that MCM has been to Manchester, nobody really knew what to expect.
The venue, Manchester Central
First, the venue was a lot smaller than it's Southern counterpart. Taking up about a third of the Manchester Central venue, it was quite tight. There was a lot to see though, considering the size. First and foremost, the cosplayers. Arguably the highlight of the day, there were so many amazing costumes. From Team Fortress 2, to the Legend of Zelda, to Naruto. They were just a very small fraction of the costumes there. There were amazing, hand crafted outfits, to professional quality ones, and they all looked amazing. My personal favorite was a John Marston. The outfit was completely perfect, down to the dust on the bottom of the legs, and the scars on the face. The guy had even shaved the area where John Marston has scars. It was pure dedication and looked awesome. 
The force is strong at MCM

The stalls were weird and wonderful, stocking merchandise for all wallet sizes. There were hats, posters, shirts, figures, props, books, comics and DVDs, to name a few. Some of the items were a bit pricey, but walk to the next stall and you could find things equally as good for half the price. Shopping around is always a great idea, as is waiting to the end of the day, when some stalls will lower the prices to clear the stock. 
 The Assassins came in droves

Alongside the stalls, there were videogames, live shows and celebrity talks and Q&As. Nintendo Unleashed were there, allowing the public to go hands-on with Super Mario 3D and Mario Kart 3D. It was a great opportunity to try out the games, and the queues were not too big, giving everyone a good chance to play. The Nintendo reps were also conducting surveys, and upon completion were giving out Zelda keyrings. Some people were also given Ocarinas, very similar to the ones in the legendary Ocarina of Time. Luckily, I knew the answer to the secret question and was rewarded with one. The one problem with the Nintendo booth was that it wasn't very clear that it was there. No big Nintendo sign, just a small pillar with four 3DS consoles. I actually missed it the first time around, and luckily caught it as I made my way around for the second time. Next to the Nintendo booth were a few Xbox 360s, set up with Warhammer 40K: Space Marine, Earth Defence Force: Insect Armageddon. This area was busy all day as the gamers jumped at the opportunity to play these new games. 

 The Twilight Princess Wolf
One of the bigger events was a small Robot Wars arena, giving a small demonstration of what happens at the bigger, nationwide tour. It consisted of 3 rounds, with the light, medium and heavyweight robots taking it in turns to brawl. I didn't think I was too bothered, but it was surprisingly entertaining, as robots literally ripped parts off the others. The medium sized robots flipped each other 6 foot into the air, and the heavyweight ones had amazingly strong punches. One of them, Mantis, had his face punched straight off. If that's not entertainment, I don't know what is. 
 The Engineer and Scout from Team Fortress 2

There were a few celebrities of the nerd world at the show, making many fans very happy. Signing photos, having photos taken and answering questions were Craig Charles (Red Dwarf), Kenny Baker (Star Wars) and Warwick Davis (Harry Potter). For the children, there was Anjli Mohindra (Sarah Jane Adventures). It was a great opportunity to meet the stars, although some of the photographs for signing were ridiculously overpriced. 
 The celebrities

Overall, it was a great day. The cosplay was fantastic, there were so many freebies, the stalls were packed with so much merchandise, and it was awesome to see the celebrities in the flesh. The main complaint was the size of the venue, which can easily be fixed for next time, as only a small section of Manchester Central was used. Perhaps MCM didn't expect such a huge turnout, which surely implies that to bring it back next year is a no brainer. We can only hope. Until then, we have MCM London, in October and May, and Birmingham in November. See you there!

  Manchester was transformed into Wonderland

M. Bison and Chun Li

Some of the outfits were amazingly detailed

Images provided by Tony Curtis ZiemiaƄski 

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Beat Hazard Ultra review

Beat Hazard Ultra. The game that uses your own music collection to give you a seizure whilst simultaneously melting your eyes and brain.

The concept of BHU is simple. You play as a ship in an Asteroids style, top down level. You can't leave the screen and enemies and debris come from all directions, you must shoot overuthomg and collect power ups. These alter your speed, score multiplier, volume and give you cash. All pretty standard stuff, but the uniqueness comes from the fact that your music powers the game. The music effects your weapons. Completely. If It is a slow acoustic song, your shots will be weak. If there is a gap in the song, your shooting will stop completely. If the song is fast and heavy, then you will be firing high powered beams with lots of spread, and amazingly intense colours. 
 There are often around three times more enemies than this

There are a few modes to play on Beat Hazard Ultra. These include Standard, Boss Rush, Survival and Chill Out. Normal sees you playing one song, as you try to get the highest score possible. It's probably the best mode to help you learn the ropes of the game, but overall is nothing special. Boss Rush is my personal favourite, as it is truly epic. Choose a song, as usual, and the game starts. Instead of small enemies though, you just get bosses. Medium and large bosses relentlessly come at you, giving you a set time to successfully destroy each one before the next is unleashed. It is the not the most intense mode, but the huge enemies which come at you song after song make it the most satisfying. Boss Rush does not end after one song, it simply plays the next in the chosen folder. This makes Boss Rush, along with Survival and Chill Out, more interesting than Normal mode. One song is fun for a quick blast, but it can end before you really get into it. Survival is great fun too, as it's an extended normal version. It is great fun, and terribly intense. Even the small enemies become your biggest enemies, when you're approaching the ten minute mark. Survival may even have the edge over Boss Rush because there is so much more variation in the enemies. Chill Out is exactly the same as Survival, but you have unlimited lives. It's great for practicing or just to have a bit of fun without having to worry too much. You can rack up multipliers of a few hundred and easily score tens of millions of points. Obviously this doesn't contribute to your rank, that would be too easy.

Ranking up gives you a new title, but more importantly a new perk. These are upgrades for your ship that massively improve your chances of survival. These include extra bombs, extra lives, more powerful weapons, more micro missiles and a load more. It's a great feature and the game would definitely suffer without it. 
 One of the bosses on offer

There are a couple of online modes for Beat Hazard Ultra, which are Head to Head and Co-Op. Pretty easy to figure out what the objective in each is. Playing online is really fun. The competitiveness does not come in shooting each other, that would be boring. Instead, you work together to kill the enemies but then the power ups are fair game for anyone who wants them. The mad dash to get them first is pretty scary, as you still have to watch for enemies too. It's more competitive than you would imagine, and great fun all the way.

With many modes, both off and online, Beat Hazard Ultra is a great little package. It's not a game that will keep you occupied for weeks at a time, but in short bursts it is intensely fun. The visuals are insane (there is a genuine seizure warning), the music is obviously perfect for each player, and the concept of the game is simple. It's great fun and should not be missed.


by Louis Gardner

Monday, 1 August 2011

Fortix 2 giveaway


Nemesys have given us four Steam codes for Fortix 2, two for PC and two for Mac.

To win, you can either Tweet one of the following messages, depending which platform you would like the code for:

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The winners of Fortix 2 have been chosen!
The PC winners are:
And the Mac winners are:

Thanks for all the entries and good luck for next time!