MetalGearRising
Feb 21

By quite some margin, this week is the best week of the year so far for new releases. Let’s not waste any time cracking on.

Crysis3

Metal Gear Rising: Revengence and Crysis 3 are going head-to-head for your hard earned cash. We were a little apprehensive about Metal Gear Rising: Revengence given its troubled development, but with Bayonetta developers Platinum Games at the helm it has turned out to be something of a stunner. Reviews first surfaced in UK magazines where it was awarded 9/10 and 91% from gamesTM and Play respectively. Play even went as far as calling it the best Metal Gear yet, which is quite the statement when you consider that it has a focus on hack and slashing instead of stealth. Online reviews have been glowing also, including 9/10 from Eurogamer. EDGE, however, wasn’t quite as forthcoming with praise and gave it 7/10.

7/10 is also the score Eurogamer handed out to Crysis 3. Patchy AI and some linear level design were their biggest gripes. It does look stunning though: “It’s easy to forget how good Crysis 3 looks while you’re playing it. The difference emerges when you play something else,” they said. EDGE’s review echoed this, albeit with a 6/10 at the end. “Crysis 3 has neither direction nor freedom, though it does have human weapons, alien weapons, a cloaking device, an Armour mode, and a bow. And with this many options at your disposal, Crysis 3 insists, surely you must be having fun,” ended their review.

There are also two exclusives Sony-bound. We can’t find any reviews online yet of Dynasty Warriors 7: Empires, but if you enjoyed the previous Empires games then you’ll probably like this one too as they’re all the bloody same.

There are however plenty of reviews of Persona 4: Golden on PS Vita, as it was released in the US late last year. It’s a remastered version of Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4, for those not in the know. It currently stands with an almighty 94% Metacritic average – the list of 10/10 scores is both long and impressive.

SeriousSam

In the world of downloads there’s something of a retro twist with run and gunner Serious Sam Double D XXL arriving on XBLA and Capcom Arcade Cabinet crashing onto both XBLA and PSN.

Reviews of Serious Sam Double D XXL have been mixed. Perhaps unsurprising considering that it sees the series go from first person to 2D. “This is a bombastic, flippant, amusingly grotesque game that compensates for a lack of wit with hyperactive energy and overstatement,” said Eurogamer in their 7/10 review. Eurogamer’s Swedish chums didn’t think much of it though, awarding it 2/10.

CapcomArcade

Capcom Arcade Cabinet meanwhile sounds like a funny old thing, with games split into DLC packs. The first includes Black Tiger, 1943: Battle of Midway and Avenge for 400 MSP, while over the next two months new packs will be released for 800 MSP/£7.99. Those who purchase all DLC will receive two extra bonus games. Destrutoid gave it an 8/10 but noted that you’re best off waiting until 21st May and buying the complete collection at a discounted rate. Although the presentation looks pretty good, the distinct lack of actual classics is putting us off.

Urbanfreestyle

Urban Trial Freestyle is also arriving on PSN. I think we can all agree that it’s a blatant clone of Trials HD. Even the studio’s manager admits this: “I can’t say that we weren’t inspired by it in some way,” he said during a recent interview. It does, at least, look pretty decent if uninspired, with a lot of effort going into the PS Vita version. A 3DS version is also in the pipeline.

Finally there’s Tiny Token Empires on PSN. It’s billed as a turn-based strategy game on the PlayStation website, but after visiting the official site, it would appear to be another one of those match-three puzzlers. It does look more interesting that most, mind you.

Next week: Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus (PS Vita), Jewel Link Safari Quest (DS) and LittleBigPlanet 2 Extras Edition (PS3).



Published Thursday 21st February 2013 by Games Asylum


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  • http://www.gamesasylum.com/ Adam P

    Persona 4 is finally out? I may have to get that.

  • http://www.gamesasylum.com/ Adam P

    There’s also Ragnarok Odyssey on the PS Store today, looks like a new release. Half tempted to give that a download.

  • http://twitter.com/gamesasylum Games Asylum

    Yeah. Still no sign of Persona Arena on PS3/360 though. No idea what’s going on with that one.

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