There’s a Japanese tinge to this week’s new release round-up – all four retail release due out originate from the orient.
Gravity Rush 2 is the one getting the most attention, with a fair bit of promotion from Sony themselves. Reviews scores are mostly around the 8/10 mark, with the exception of Slant Magazine who handed out a miserable 1.5/5. “Gravity Rush 2 doesn’t defy gravity so much as it just lifelessly hangs there” they said. Ouch. Obviously, they’re in the minority – the Metacritic currently stands at 81% from 69 critics.
Both PS4 and PS Vita get the anime hack n’ slasher Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star. Our man Michael wasn’t too impressed, handing out a mediocre 5/10. Scores have been a tad higher elsewhere – God is a Geek dished out a 7.5 – but it’s still safe to say that the Musou series can sleep easy.
Then we have a couple of handheld JRPGs – Atelier Shallie Plus on PS Vita and a PS2 conversion of Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King on 3DS. Atelier Shallie has gained some decent reviews, including a 4/5 from Hardcore Gamer, while DQ VIII is often regarded as one of the finest JRPGs of all time. This is the one that made a huge impact in the west, taking magazine covers and selling rather well. It the years that have past it has lost very little, and it fits the 3DS perfectly.