We can’t muster up enough enthusiasm to check, but we’re pretty sure that May isn’t usually as busy as this for new releases. Two of the biggest games of the year, plus revivals of both Worms and Lemmings? In the words of Harry Hill, “What are the chances, eh?”
Releasing on no less than five formats, we don’t doubt for a single second that Watch_Dogs will come out on top in next week’s UK chart. That’s a no brainer, really. However, we’re very confident that Mario Kart 8 will make #2. LEGO The Hobbit aside, there hasn’t been a major Wii U retail release since Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. We could also see a few older Wii U games re-emerge in the top 40, following the predicted console sales spike. Mario Kart sells systems.
Reviews of Watch_Dogs went live on Tuesday and were mostly good – a mixture of 7s, 8s and 9s. General consensus has it that it’s not quite as ground breaking as Ubisoft has made out, but it’s still a very good game and also one that’s packed to the rafters with content.
As for Mario Kart 8, reviews would have us believe that it’s pretty much essential, even if you own a Wii U or not. The Metacritic presently stands tall at 88% from 61 critics. The only other retail release from this year to better it on Metacritic is Dark Souls II, in fact.
There’s also the limited edition to consider, which comes with a blue shell statue. Nintendo themselves have put a bundle together too – £49.99 gets you the game, a keyring and a T-shirt.
Over on PS Vita, Borderlands 2 is making a belated appearance. Despite initial promise, the conversion has apparently ended up being botched, resulting in glitches galore. IGN’s review paints a very grim picture. Oh dear.
That aforementioned Worms game? Believe it or not, it’s actually a retail release. Worms Battlegrounds sees the spineless wigglers blasting one another to bits on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and at a budget price to boot. Expect to pay around £25-£30. Reviews so far include an 8/10 from TheSixthAxis and a 6/10 from Push Square.