Last week was just the tip of the new release iceberg – there’s wealth of new games out this week too, including several big hitters. Thirty new releases in total, which is quite possibly a record breaking amount for a week in August.
On Tuesday, a triple-whammy of zombie shooters arrived both at retail and on the download services – Dead Alliance (PS4/XO), Resident Evil Revelations (PS4/XO) and Killing Floor 2 (XO).
Maximum Games’ Dead Alliance is deathmatch shooter with a minor twist – the ability to influence zombie hordes via pheromone bombs, prompting them to head toward the opposition or swarm around objects of importance. We took part in the beta and wasn’t left too impressed. Not only did the weapons feel limp and lifeless, but zombie slaying didn’t feel remotely satisfying.
Killing Floor 2 is the better option, being a remarkably slick co-op shooter with deep character customisation options. The PS4 version was a PS4 Pro showcase, and word has it that this belated Xbox One iteration will have Xbox One X enhancements.
Resident Evil Revelations meanwhile is a remake of a remake, just like Resident Evil HD before it. It was originally released on 3DS in 2012, making the jump to last-gen consoles in 2013. It doesn’t appear to have survived a third format switch, with review scores mostly being a mixture of 5s and 6s. “The game is enjoyable and features a undeniably spooky atmosphere, but at the end of the day, it’s a five-year-old 3DS game on its third life,” said Hardcore Gamer.
Obsidian’s role-player Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition is going down a storm in comparison, gaining some impressively high review scores. “Pillars of Eternity is a wonderful role-playing game, expertly weaving deep, tactical combat and captivating writing – a combination that will appeal to unabashedly old school gamers, but will also yield abundant rewards for players new to the genre,” beamed Push Square, before handing out 9/10.
Other new releases hitting both PS4 and Xbox One include the oddball tower defence/Super Monkey Ball mash-up Rock of Ages 2: Bigger & Boulder (trial available on Xbox One), Climax’s sun-drenched Surf World Series, musical role-player The Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor, sci-fi top down shooter/tower defence hybrid X-Morph: Defense, and the futuristic racer Redout Lightspeed Edition.