As long as they’re handled with due care and attention, we have nothing against developers dusting off older games for a re-release. And that’s a good thing too, seeing just how many are due over the next few months.
Word has it Metro Redux is a shining example of how to remaster – to use a word that’s becoming increasingly common – an older game. Well, two older games in this case – Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light. We were a bit concerned about how the former would fare nowadays, but those qualms were crushed upon hearing that 4A Games didn’t just give it a visual overhaul but a general spruce up all around. In addition to new visuals effects such as improved animation, dynamic weather and enhanced lighting, the enemy AI, stealth mechanics, weapon handling and the controls have also been refined and tinkered with.
All DLC is included too, such as the infamously tough Ranger Mode. Perhaps the real beauty though is the price – the retail version can be found for a very reasonable £25 online. Incidentally, they’re set to cost £15.99 separately on the download services or £29.99 for the pair.
Then we have Madden 15, launching on PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360 this Friday. General consensus has it that it’s a major step forward for the franchise.
“This year’s game is both exciting and reassuring that EA Sports isn’t wasting opportunities to improve the series” said IGN. Shacknews meanwhile had this to say: “EA Tiburon could be onto something, and if it continues to listen to fan feedback, we could be in for some glorious days of video game football yet. For now, this is definitely worth checking out, as it’s far from the same old thing.”
Be aware though – the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions apparently have a slight whiff of ‘legacy edition’ about them.
Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate is also heading to both PS4 and Xbox One. This one hasn’t been reviewed yet, which is never a good sign, but with a Metacritic of 70% on PS3 and 71% on Xbox 360 for the vanilla edition of Warriors Orochi 3 we should at least expect it to be…alright. Co-op and data sharing between PS4, PS3 and PS Vita versions is possible in this next-gen revamp, reports the press release.
Speaking of the PS Vita, Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited lands of the handheld this week. Expect it to perform well in next week’s chart – we’ve seen a few PS Vita RPGs chart highly in the past. Pocket Gamer said that “Disgaea 4 is an amazing game if you’re willing to commit a lot of time to it” while Digitally Downloaded claimed that it’s “The kind of game that can ruin sleep patterns and kill productivity”. You can always play it while on the toilet at work, we suppose.
Fans of the genre may also be interested to hear that two other RPGs are imminently arriving on PSN – Hyperdimension Neptunia ReBirth1 launches on PS Vita, priced at £32.99, while the ageing PSP is set to receive End of Serenity. That one will set you back £11.99.
The World of Tanks – Combat Ready Starter Pack is this week’s only other retail release. Available for around £14 online, it includes a 30 day Xbox Live gold pass and a handful of ‘premium’ content. We found much to praise in the free-to-play strategic shooter when we reviewed it back in February. “Some patience is required, but if you’re willing to experiment with the different units and learn their nuances, you’ll find the rewards are tenfold” we said.
As for the week’s downloads, it’s a toss-up between The Walking Dead: Season 2, Ep. 5, No Going Back and inFamous First Light as to what the ‘big one’ is.
For the uninformed, First Light is the prequel to Second Son and features a feisty female lead – Abigail “Fetch” Walker. This standalone release is set to cost £11.99 and is also due out at retail next month for a few quid more.
Eurogamer handed out a hardly glowing 6/10 earlier this week: “First Light’s weird, limbo nature makes it a hard one to pin down. Considered as a DLC add-on, it’s pretty generous and fans of Second Son will certainly appreciate the extra backstory and another chance to romp around Seattle. As a standalone game, it earns points for trimming the fat from the open-world template, but is also as generic as they come. First Light is an adequate diversion for fans but unlikely to dazzle anybody else.”
Reviews of ‘No Going Back’ on the other hand are just starting to surface. “The Walking Dead’s Season 2 finale is about as inconsistent as the season as a whole has been” said Polygon, who gave it a 7.0. JoyStiq’s review echoed this, giving it a 3/5: “The ending, and therefore the episode, may please many players. However, from a storytelling standpoint, No Going Back falls flat”.
Finally, there’s the PS4 version of OlliOlli. With a 20% discount for PS Plus members – bringing the price down from £7.99 to £6.39 – and Cross-Buy support to boot, here’s an ideal second chance to get glued to Roll7’s 2D skateboarding sim.
Next week: The Sims 4 (PC), Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (PS Vita) and Crimes and Punishments Sherlock Holmes (PS4, Xbox One).