Although a fair few new games are out this week, your piggy bank shouldn’t take too much of a pounding as not a single one is being released at full price.
We’ll take a look at ScreamRide first because reviews started to appear online as far back as Monday. Developer Frontier has worked on numerous rollercoaster games in the past, but whereas the likes of Rollercoaster Tycoon focused on managing a theme park, ScreamRide is more about building scream-inducing rollercoasters and then testing them out to destruction.
It’s a unique premise and while it’s always pleasing to see Microsoft release software aimed at the younger and family markets, reviews have been more Paultons Park than Thorpe Park. By that we mean there has been dozens of middling 5/10 and 6/10 review scores floating around, such as those from GamesRadar, Videogamer, The Metro and The Official Xbox Magazine UK.
There are a handful of higher scoring reviews out there – both Polygon and IGN rather enjoyed it – but they’re in the minority. It’s a bit of a shame as we were looking forward to this one. We’re still going to take a punt on it though (we bagged a £20 pre-order deal on Amazon several weeks ago) and should have a review up sometime next week. Incidentally, we’ve seen a few websites claim that it’s an Xbox One-exclusive when in fact it’s also heading to Xbox 360. And for around a tenner less, too.
If you haven’t had your fill of zombie harming fun with last week’s Dying Light, then you’ll probably be wanting to know if Zombie Army Trilogy is worth tucking into. Reviews are hardly bountiful in number but at this moment in time all signs point to it being a ‘solid 7/10er’. “Though Zombie Army Trilogy doesn’t offer all the cinematics and huge stand-out moments of some triple-A shooters, it does offer some excellent level design, good range of enemy types and a challenging four-player co-op experience that brings the team together for a fun-filled, chaotic zombie romp,” said PlayStation Universe.
The Sixth Axis meanwhile had this to say: “Parts of the trilogy are showing their age and difficulty spikes can sap away the fun, but steel yourself for a challenge, get some mates together and there’s plenty to like about it”.
Eurogamer’s review is the only other we can find currently. “Provided all you want is the chance to shoot decomposing Nazis in the face hundreds of times over, you can’t really fault Zombie Army Trilogy for delivering on the crude grindhouse pleasures implicit in its title. It’s also hard not to wish the game didn’t do more to deviate from its amusing but repetitive blood-soaked trajectory” they mused.