If you read our Halo 5: Guardians review round-up – or simply read a handful of reviews elsewhere online – you would have seen that scores haven’t been universally positive. It’s certainly facing the most mixed reception of any Halo game so far, with the single-player mode in particular coming under fire.
Since writing our round-up Digital Spy handed out a mediocre 3/5 while Slant magazine gave it only a marginally better score – 3.5/5. Even the Official Xbox Magazine wasn’t entirely smitten, giving it 4/5. Not a bad score, granted, but one that’s still short of series standards. “When Guardians finds its feet and learns to work with, rather than against, its teamwork mechanics, the result is an epic, high-octane shooter that is unmistakably Halo” they said.
The same can’t be said for Divinity Original Sin: Enhanced Edition, which stands a good chance of becoming this year’s sleeper hit. Using Metacritic as a reference it has yet to receive a single review score lower than 8/10. IGN gave it 9.0, reporting claiming that “If you want the RPG with the most skills, the most stats to consider, and a world that constantly makes meaningful use of every line on your character sheet, there’s nothing else quite like Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition”
As much as we’d like to see some new titles from Nordic Games, they’re currently quite content knocking out HD updates and whatnot. Darksiders 2: Deathinitive Edition launched Tuesday on PS4 and Xbox One for around £20-£25, including all DLC, a revised loot system and a reworked graphic engine. It’s likely to be a safe purchase, ignoring the fact that the original version was free on Xbox 360 not that long ago. Friday then sees the arrival of MX vs. ATV: Supercross Encore Edition on PS4, again for around £20. Improved physics and controls are promised.
Because it’s that time of year there’s another annual sporting update out this week as well – WWE 2K16. CheatCC gave it 4.5/5 while Game Revolution dished out 4/5. “With the new limited reversal system and a much higher overall production value, WWE 2K16 is the competent fighter we always knew it could be”, they said.
Unless mistaken just three other games are heading to store shelves. They are Minecraft: Story Mode – A Telltale Game Series – with episode two also arriving this week – Shovel Knight (available for around £15; Xbox One version sadly cancelled) and the 3DS JRPG SMT Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker. Presumably that has nothing to do with the British children’s TV show.
Over on PSN the well-received Bomberman clone Bombing Busters heads to PS4 and PS Vita for £5.79, while Marvel Puzzle Quest – which made a surprise Xbox 360 appearance two weeks ago – hits PS4 and PS3. There’s every chance it’ll appear on Xbox One this Friday, too. Curiously, the PS3 version is listed as FTP while the PS4 version is £11.59.
Also launching on PS4: Battle Trivia Knockout (£6.49), Samurai Warriors 4 II (£44.99), AeternoBlade Super Set Bundle (£15.99) and Arcade Archives Mr.GOEMON (£7.99). Why yes, that is the same Goemon who went on to star in dozens of Konami cult classics.
Next week: Call of Duty: Black Ops III (Multi), Need for Speed (PS4/Xbox One), Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash (3DS), Adventure Time: Finn and Jake Investigations (Multi), Persona 4: Dancing All Night (PS Vita), Hello Kitty: Kruisers (Wii U), Hello Kitty and The Apron of Magic Rhythm Cooking (3DS), Peanuts Movie: Snoopy’s Grand Adventure (Multi) and Phineas and Ferb: Day of Doofnsmirtz (PS Vita).