It’s fair to say that Dying Light isn’t off to the smoothest of starts. For those not aware, the retail version’s European release date has been pushed back to 27th February leaving those looking forward to some mindless zombie slaying with just one option – cough up £54.99 for the digital version. Well, that or wait.
Reviews have hardly been forthcoming either, with some outlets reporting that their review copies arrived just a day before launch. Fortunately for Warner Bros. the few early reviews out there have mostly been positive, including 7/10 from Destructoid – who claimed that there’s a good 50 hours of play for those who want to see everything – 4/5 from Attack of the Fanboy and 4.7/5 from Cheat Code Central.
It was good old Jim Sterling who wasn’t quite as sold on Techland’s Dead Island/Mirror’s Edge hybrid, giving it a mediocre 5/10. “Dying Light has all the tools to be something special, but it’s so insistent on playing it safe and mimicking other successful games that it fails completely to stand out in its own way” said Sterling.
The delay of the retail version is almost certainly going to dent sales, especially with Evolve out next week, but at least Warner has seen fit to include a bunch of bonus DLC to make up for tardiness.
Scurvy ridden RPG Raven’s Cry is another new release having a hard time with it. It was originally due out in October, then December and then rescheduled to this week. And now? Now it has mysteriously vanished from release lists. A few online retailers report that it’s still out Friday but the likes of GAME and Zavvi don’t appear to be stocking the multi-format adventure at all. So we’d be blown if we know what’s going on with it. It could possibly be out in other European countries but yet to hit the UK – there’s some ambiguous user review activity occurring on Metacritic.
Boxed versions of Terraria (PS4/Xbox One), physics based platformer Telsagrad (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) and the colourful 2D MOBA Awesomenauts Assemble (PS4) are definitely out though. That said, we imagine Telsagrad and Awesomenauts are going to be tough to track down – they’re being released by a small, upstart, publisher and so we doubt we’ll see them pop up in the likes of Asda and Tesco.
Incidentally, the Wii U version of Teslagrad seems to have been pushed back until 27th Febuary. Amazon (if nobody else) has seen sense to drop the price though – it’s down from a ludicrous £34.99 to a slightly more justifiable £24.99. An emphasis on the word ‘slightly’, there – it’s a mere eShop release in a pretty case, after all.
Speaking of digital releases and whatnot, there are a couple of new downloads to sit up and take note of. The first is Grim Fandango Remastered (£11.99 with PS4/PS Vita Cross-Buy support), which Eurogamer reports has stood the test of time incredibly well.
The second is Life is Strange: Episode 1, out on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC for £3.99 (season pass available).
GamesMaster was the first to review episode one of Dontnod’s female-lead adventure. They gave it 62% and claimed that there’s plenty of potential for future episodes to bloom into something better. You can read a bit more about what they had to say here.
Next week: Evolve (PS4/Xbox One/PC), Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2: Sisters Generation (PS Vita), Akiba’s Trip: Undead and Undressed (PS4) and Criminal Girls: Invite Only (PS Vita).
Matt is Games Asylum's most prolific writer, having produced a non-stop stream of articles for the site since 2001. A retro collector and bargain hunter, his knowledge has been found in the pages of tree-based publication Retro Gamer.