Last weekend news broke that the new issue of Game Informer magazine contains the first ever review of Dead Space 3, where it was awarded a 7.75. This turned out to be a massive filthy lie – they did in fact give it 9.75 and claimed it to be one of the best games of this generation. Once the embargo broke a few other similar scores appeared such as 9.5 from Polygon.
Not everybody has held the game in such high regard, however. Both EDGE and Eurogamer thought it was worth 7/10, while the Metro’s Game Central gave it 6/10. “This is a sequel afraid of what its predecessors stood for and too timid to focus on and perfect their strengths,” they said.
If you’re one of the two million people who downloaded the demo, then no doubt you’ve already made your own mind up.
Scribblenauts Unlimited was going to be making an appearance on Wii U and 3DS this week, but Nintendo chose to delay it at the very last minute to make a slight change. There are a couple of other games out for Nintendo formats though. Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed on 3DS was due out around the same time as the console versions, but was delayed until now. It can be found for over £20 online or is available to download from the eShop for £29.99.
Also arriving on the 3DS eShop are Real Heroes: Firefighter 3D (£8.99), Mega Man 2 on Virtual Console (£4.49) and a Fractured Souls demo.
Then over on Wii U, Tecmo Koei’s Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2 is skipping retail to become a download only release. £49.99 seems a bit steep when the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions – also out this week – can be found for £29.99 online. Reviews have been mediocre.
We missed Wreck-It Ralph from last week’s round-up as we believed that the movie tie-in was out this Friday. Turns out a few online retailers had their dates confused and it was in fact released last week. Even though the three games – out on Wii, DS and 3DS – were released in the US last October, very few reviews can be found online. Those few that do exist report it to be short and ugly, not to mention a misuse of a decent license. Go see the movie instead.
Over on PSN there’s the Sly Cooper spin-off Bentley’s Hackpack available for £1.59, which features three arcade-like mini-games, while the squad-based shooter STX arrives on XBLA for 1,200 MSP. It’s published by Atari and could very well be their last game seeing as the company has filed for bankruptcy.
Finally, there’s BioShock: Ultimate Rapture Edition on PS3, which bundles the first two BioShock games together along with lots of bonus content. £13.75 from Zavvi doesn’t sound too shabby, even if the two are knocking on a bit now.
Next week: looks like it’s just Aliens: Colonial Marines (PS3, 360, PC), which is out Tuesday.