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Nov 10
By Matt Gander In New Nintendo Downloads No Comments

It’s the busiest time of year for the gaming scene, and as such, more gaps in the Switch’s library are being filled. This week the system receives its first big-name shooter, meaning we can tick that box off the list. Sorry, Rogue Trooper Redux. You’re now surplus to requirement.

DOOM on Switch is pretty much what you’d expect – a scaled down conversion of the glorious grisly 2016 hit, running at a lower resolution and capped at 30fps. Reviews went live yesterday and were mostly full of praise, with few compromises of note. Destructoid dished out an 8/10, while IGN enjoyed it a tad more, opting for an 8.5. “Whatever ritual sacrifices had to be performed to fit Doom on Switch were worth it,” they said.

Sonic Forces (£34.99) is another big-name title hitting the Switch this week. While far from terrible (the Metacritic currently stands at 58%), it’s very dull and forgettable – two things we didn’t expect a Sonic game to be. Character customisation is the USP, with a wealth of new accessories for your animal avatar unlocking at the end of each stage. If that sounds a little weird, that’s because it is.

Then we have Farming Simulator Nintendo Switch Edition (£37.99) and Ben 10 (£TBA), both of which are of uncertain quality. In fairness, Ben 10 looks more promising than the tie-ins that came before it…but that’s not saying much.

Snipperclips Plus – Cut it out, together! also receives new DLC this week, just in time for the retail release. 40 new stages are being added, including toy box and comic worlds.

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Nov 28
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games No Comments

It’s a very good sign when a publisher hands out review copies to press way before a game’s release. Reviews of Far Cry 3 surfaced last Tuesday – a whole ten days before this Friday’s release. No doubt this was in order to drum up a few extra pre-orders, fuelled by the steady string of 9s and 10s it has been getting.

The Metacritic currently stands at an impressive 91%. Eurogamer gave it 10/10 while Game Informer handed out a 9.0, as did IGN.

“In the past, Far Cry’s vision of a first-person shooter RPG where you explore, master and then control your environment has always been more seductive on paper than any of its developers have managed to deliver on disc. Far Cry 3 changes all that. For me, this is the new apex predator of open-world shooters. Hunt it down as soon as you can,” said Eurogamer.

As is usually the way with big name releases, there’s a collector’s edition to consider. The Insane Edition doesn’t cost a great deal more than the standard and comes with a bobble-head toy, survival guide and an extra one hour long single-player mission.

A lot of retailers are doing midnight launches for Far Cry 3 but only, it would appear, because they’re opening at midnight for the Wii U launch. We’ve covered the launch line-up of Nintendo’s shiny new console in full here.

Zone of the Enders HD Collection also received some early reviews. Eurogamer gave it an 8/10 while IGN thought it was worth 7.0. Zone of the Enders 2 was incredibly underrated and released in limited numbers, making it hard to find. Fans of giant metal robots would do well to check it out. It also comes with a Metal Gear Rising demo. History is repeating itself, we feel.

Then there’s… oh, what’s this? FIFA 13: Bonus Edition? It would appear that EA are sneaking this out on the sly. It includes 2200 FIFA Points which can be used to purchase 22 gold packs in FIFA 13 Ultimate Team Mode. As far as we can tell, that’s the only difference. £49.99 on Play, if you’re wondering.

Rise of the Guardians, Toy Story Mania and Ben 10 Omniverse are the only other games out. Rise of the Guardians is based on the Dreamworks movie which sees the tooth fairy, Easter bunny and Santa Claus join forces to defeat the boogeyman. Torus Games are responsible and the fact that most of their previous efforts have been Scooby Doo tie-ins doesn’t fill us with much confidence. It’s out on Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, Wii U, DS and 3DS. Those are the same formats that Ben 10 Omniverse is arriving on. Available online for around £20, it may suffice as a stocking filler. It’s at least a more appealing than Toy Story Mania which, unless we’re mistaken, is a mere conversion of the 2009 Wii game, only with Kinect and PS Move support.

Next week: Mass Effect Trilogy (PS3), 007 Legends (Wii U), Paper Mario: Sticker Star (3DS) and Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers (PS3, 360, PC).

Feb 14
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

After two weeks at the top of the chart, Dead Space 2 steps down to Test Drive Unlimited 2 making it Namco Bandai’s first #1 since acquiring Atari Europe. The chaps at Chart Track also tell us that sales were split like this: 68% Xbox 360 version, 28% PlayStation 3 and 4% PC. I guess the majority of PlayStation 3 owners are still busy with Gran Turismo 5.

On their second week of sale both Mario Vs Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem and Mario Sports Mix have risen up into the top 10 at #6 and #8 respectively. Ubisoft’s Dance Juniors has a better second week too jiving into #12.

Madden NFL 11 re-enters at #14 thanks to last week’s Super Bowl; the same thing happened last year, if memory serves. Well, it may not have got to the same position but it certainly re-entered.

Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction is back at #17 as well. For some reason D3 released it on Xbox 360 and DS last year but kept the PlayStation 2, Wii and PSP versions on the backburner. Odd.

Mar 11
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games 1 Comment

This Week’s Games

DS carts – tiny in size, but they can hold a lot of information. So why then does Sonic Classic Collection (currently £17.99 on Gameplay) only feature four Sonic games? They could have stuck Sonic Spinball and Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine on there as well I reckon.

Hmm. Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition is an odd one – both Play and Amazon are seemingly unaware of its existence. Both Gameplay and Game say it’s out this week though. It’s £24.99 and features some extra missions (Lost in Nightmares, Desperate Escape and The Mercenaries Reunion), a versus mode and four extra costumes. Sounds worth it to me.

PlayStation 3-exclusive Yakuza 3 is worth a look too. GamesRadar gave it an 8 – “It’s GTA Japan, with added golf, suplexes and kung-fu kicks,” they said.

Just one multiformat release this week – BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE Vilgax Attacks, which was actually released in the US late last year. Reviews on GameRankings are around the 70% mark for all four versions, meaning it’s a hell of a lot better than the recent Astro Boy game.

Next week: God of War 3, Metro 2033, Combat of Giants: Mutant Insect, Command and Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight, Moto GP 09/10 and Fireburst.

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