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Deals of the Week – 16th April 2010

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Welcome to the fourth edition of PS3 Attitude’s ‘Deals of the Week’ feature. Every Friday we deliver our favourite deals on PlayStation 3 games that we have discovered across the Internet.

Fortunately our UK base has been unaffected by the Volcanic ash, so we are once again able to bring you deals for both the United Kingdom and the United States.

We are pleased to be able to bring you more great games at great prices this week, each one with our expert opinion why you should not waste any time in clicking the ‘Buy Now’ link underneath.

And don’t forget, if you find better PS3 deals elsewhere please leave a comment to share your discoveries with everyone!

United Kingdom

Bayonetta: £14.99

The latest title from Hideki Kamiya, the mind behind such titles as Okami and Devil May Cry, Bayonetta has an impressive gaming heritage which it doesn’t disappoint: It has sold well over a million copies and has a pretty decent Metacritic score too.

Released as recently as this January, it is an absolute steal at such a low price.

The game itself is by its very nature difficult to explain. You assume the role of Bayonetta, a witch revived from the bottom of a lake and now living in the present day with no recollection of her past. Perhaps predictably then the initial plot is her following a lead in an attempt to regain her lost memories.

Any illusion of the predictable is soon smashed however, and not subtly so. The combat system, which is similar to that of Devil May Cry, sees you attacking enemies both with guns strapped to your feet and also with your own hair, which transforms into giant fists or boots to deal damage. The plot takes the back seat to the extravagant action for the most part, but does enough to guide you through settings inspired by Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’ while fighting various Angels and Demons.

In general Bayonetta represents a chaotic and exhilarating  experience which should not be missed. However guys who wish to play with their significant other be warned: Bayonetta is ludicrously oversexed and, as most of her clothing is comprised of her own hair, spends much of the game provocatively semi-nude, which might not go over well.

It must be mentioned that the PS3 version of the game is an inferior port when compared to the 360 version, a discrepancy that costs it 4 points on Metacritic (86 down from 90). To be honest this should only be a consideration if you own both consoles. If you only own the PS3 don’t be put off – without a point of reference to compare it with you’ll never notice a thing is wrong.

You’ll probably be too distracted by Bayonetta’s backside anyway.

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Grand Theft Auto IV: £12.99

This game needs no introduction, but we’ll give one anyway. As part of one of the biggest game franchises of all time, Grand Theft Auto IV was highly anticipated in 2008.

Now in 2010, it is still one of our favourite games on the PS3 so far.

GTA IV is based in Liberty City which has many similarities to New York, but which for legal reasons is definitely not the same place!

You play as Niko Belic, an illegal immigrant that wants to live the American dream. But he soon finds out that achieving this goal is a lot harder than he had ever imagined. Very quickly he is sucked into a life of crime and establishes many enemies through the course of the game.

With nearly 100 missions, as well as several sub-missions, this game has a lot to offer, and let’s not forget it contains great multiplayer too!

In our retro review we called GTA IV another “classic”, and it really lives up to the anticipation of the game and reputation of the series.

Thanks to the two new downloadable episodes released this week, you can extend the game even further as they come with brand new missions and features including cage fighting, mission checkpoints, and more, including a host of new vehicles, weapons and music.

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United States

LittleBigPlanet GOTY: $26.54

LittleBigPlanet is a game that rocked the PS3 library in 2008, and one which sports a massive Metacritic rating of 95.

In our recent retro review of the title, we described it as “more than just a game” as it offers loads of different and fun experiences that can keep many different players happy.

The basic gameplay of LittleBigPlanet is simple: A side-scrolling platformer in which you control a miniature figure called a Sackboy and complete a number of different levels. But this game is a lot more than that, as you can also create your own levels with powerful yet simple tools and then share them with people around the world.

And it is playing other peoples level that is the real stand-out feature of this title. Despite the fact that the game has been out for over one and a half years, players are still producing amazing new experiences that keep on surprising gamers – and even the developers themselves.

The success of the game relies much on the shoulders of user-generated content and we guarantee that it delivers. It was a risk by Media Molecule but it has undoubtedly kept the game fresh and extended the lifetime of the game by miles.

To support the user-generated content, various costumes and sometimes even levels have been made for you to purchase as well too.

This edition of the game comes with over $30 worth of content which actually is worth more than the price of this deal. If you don’t already own LittleBigPlanet there is no better time than the present to jump onboard.

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Prototype: $19.99

You may remember that in our first ever Deals of the Week we recommended inFamous as a fairly elderly title that was still worthy of your attention. Well this week we would like to also recommend a very similar title, Prototype.

To be clear, both games stand on their own merits and are different enough to justify purchasing both. But there are numerous similarities between the two. Both were released in fairly quick succession last summer, both are open-world titles, both are superhero games with very similar plots, and both are extremely enjoyable.

In Prototype you play as Alex Mercer, who like Cole McGrath wakes up to finds himself endowed with superpowers. Then, as in inFamous, you are unleashed upon a city in turmoil to attempt to discover the truth behind events.

It really is too easy to compare the two games, however, and overstate the similarities. In practice Alex’s set of powers, such as his ability to consume and take the form of others,  are completely different to Cole’s and therefore the gameplay is vastly altered. The environments and plot also take each game in entirely different directions.

You may remember that we have also recommended Batman Arkham Asylum previously in this segment, and may be thinking that we are somewhat obsessed with superhero games. Well maybe a bit.

But seriously, after so many years of disappointing superhero games on previous consoles it is nice to finally have the hardware capable of supporting such great experiences.

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