As much as we like Kirby, we always feel that if you chose to ignore a game starring the pink hued dude you wouldn’t be missing out on much. Certainly not to the extent of overlooking a new Zelda or anticipated Mario game, anyway.
Reviews would suggest though that Kirby: Triple Deluxe is well worth a look, and not just because there’s very little else out on 3DS currently. “Triple Deluxe knocks spots off the insipid, sluggish Yoshi’s New Island – it’s more generous, more inventive, more alive” said Eurogamer before spitting out an 8/10. US Gamer meanwhile said that “Even if you tend not to care much about Kirby games – understandably, given how toothless they can be – Triple Deluxe merits attention”. They went on to give it 4/5.
A pink 2DS is also being launched to tie-in with Triple Deluxe. Shame it doesn’t have a copy of the game itself bundled with it.
Over on PlayStation 3 two new releases are up for perusal. Minecraft is getting a retail release for around the £13 mark, with PS Vita and PS4 retail releases following in the coming months. As you’ve no doubt noticed, Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition has performed incredibly well at retail. In fact, we don’t think it has left the UK top ten since it was released. As such, it’s believed that the PlayStation retail versions will be amongst this summer’s biggest sellers.
That other new arrival on PS3 is Nascar ’14, which has been picked up for a European release by Deep Silver. Where the Xbox 360 version has got to we aren’t sure – it’s not even available to pre-order on Amazon. This is Eutechnyx’s third stab at Nascar, and word has it that not much has changed from the previous two. “Most of its improvements are either minor enough or exposed by other flaws that the sum total of the experience doesn’t equate to a lot of positive momentum” said GameInformer.
It should however be noted that the last couple of Nascar games weren’t released in Europe, so the fact that it’s a lazy update may not be all that much of an issue.
The only other retail release for this week is The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on Xbox One. We’re still unsure as to why it’s making a belated appearance, especially seeing that it was available to download on Xbox One at launch. Eurogamer’s 2/10 review paints a very bleak picture, so approach with extreme caution. There are better ways to spend your money on Xbox One.
Super Time Force is one such example. We’ve seen barely a bad word about this pixel-powered shooter, with Eurogamer in particular claiming that it provokes memories of Treasure’s 16-bit days. It’s out now on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One, priced at £11.99. It looks like only the Xbox 360 version has a demo though if you’re thinking of trying before buying.
Also arriving on Xbox One is the first dose of Titanfall DLC – the Expedition map pack. The Walking Dead: In Harm’s Way also crawls onto XBLA, PSN, iOS and Steam. Eurogamer put the 90 minute or so episode through its paces earlier today.
A blast from the past can also be found on PSN this week, in the form of Cel Damage HD. A launch title for both Xbox and GameCube, the colourful car combat title gained a small cult following upon release. It was also given a second lease of life much later on as a £9.99 PlayStation 2 title, albeit in Europe only. It’s out on PS4, PS3 and PS Vita with Cross-Buy support, priced at £7.69. Sadly, online play isn’t included in this HD revamp.
A pair of PS Vita RPG finish this round-up off – the apparently decent but unoriginal dungeon crawler Conception II – which is also due out on 3DS this Thursday – and Soul Sacrifice Delta. The latter comes with six exclusive items if you cough up the £23.99 asking price within the first four weeks of the game’s launch. There are a few more details on the PS Blog.
Next week: Wolfenstein: The New Order (PS4, PS4, Xbox One, 360, PC), Mugen Souls Z (PS3), Legends of Oz – Dorothy’s Return (3DS), Formula 1 2013: Complete Edition (PS3, 360), Tropico 5 (PC), Goat Simulator (PC) and Sparkle 2 (PSN).