There’s only one game out this week that matters, and that’s Fifi and the Flowertots: Fifi’s Garden Party on DS. We’re joking of course – it’s Battlefield 3. Reviews poured out onto the internet earlier this week, along with the announcement that it’ll have a hefty day one patch.
At the time of typing the Metacritic for the PC version is 93% while the Xbox 360 version stands at 85%. 1UP awarded the PlayStation 3 version a B+.
What they had to say was quite interesting: “If you’re looking for a single-player experience, you should not buy Battlefield 3. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for a multiplayer experience you can’t find anywhere else, this is the game for you – even if it’s a bit downsized from its PC roots. The game’s issues are outweighed by the fact that no other game on the market plays like this.”
Another shooter is hitting shelves this week, but it’s significantly different enough from Battlefield 3 to stand a chance – it’s Sega’s House of the Dead: Overkill – Extended Cut on PlayStation 3. £29.99 for an enhanced Wii conversion strikes us as a little expensive, especially seeing that most Move games are released at £19.99.
Sticking with exclusives, Kinect Sports: Season Two and Kirby Mass Attack hit the Xbox 360 and DS. CVG gave Kinect Sports a 7/10: “Business as usual for the Kinect Sports franchise. Season 2 packs fun new features but anyone who wasn’t won over by the original will have little reason to love this.” Kirby on the other hand isn’t business as usual – there’s a hint of Pikmin about it. Reviews have been very good indeed, including a 9.5 from Destructoid.
But while Kinect Sports: Season Two has been getting good reviews, Ubisoft’s MotionSports: Adrenaline – out on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 – hasn’t had any reviews at all. The last MotionSports ranked in as one of the worst games of the year. Ubisoft are also releasing the sleuth sim NCIS on just about everything – PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, PC and 3DS. The CSI games have hardly been ground breaking so far.
Disney Universe is being launched in the UK this Friday by Jedward at the GAME inside Hamleys. Apparently it’s not bad – rather like the LEGO games, but with a stronger emphasis on multi-player. Could do very well in the charts over the festive period.
Lastly, there’s Ski-doo Challenge on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Is there high demand for a Ski-doo game? We can’t imagine that being the case.
Next week: Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (PS3), Sonic Generations (PS3, 360),GoldenEye 007 Reloaded (PS3, 360), Blackwater (360), Bermuda Triangle (Wii), BlazBlue Continuum Shift II (PSP, 3DS), Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten (PS3), DoDonPachi Resurrection (360), Generator Rex: Agent of Providence (PS3, 360, Wii, DS, 3DS), Go Vacation (Wii), Grease (360, PS3), Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky (PSP), Persona 2 Innocent Sin (PSP), Raving Rabbids Alive and Kicking (360) and Zoobles (DS).