To allow plenty of reviews of the week’s new releases to materialise, we always wait until towards the end of the week to compile our weekly round-up. This week however we’re still waiting on reviews for two major releases – Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark and Sniper Elite 3.
Rise of the Dark Spark developers Edge of Reality have been around since 1998, and have worked mostly on conversions and licensed games. We’re still unsure as to why Activision didn’t let High Moon Studios carry on their good work, but on the grounds of Edge of Reality’s experience we’re mildly confident that this latest Transformer endeavour will be ‘good’ at the very least.
Don’t expect the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions to be leaps and bounds over their last-gen counterparts though – word has it that the differences between last-gen and next-gen versions are barely noticeable.
The 3DS version, incidentally, is a strategic RPG developed by WayForward. Although an alluring proposition, we’re worried that it’ll veer on the casual side of things. You can however bet your last Energon cube that it’ll feature some tidy sprite work, if nothing else.
As much as we enjoyed Sniper Elite V2 – once referring to it as “the thinking man’s third-person shooter” – we’re slightly apprehensive about Sniper Elite 3. As to why the review embargo isn’t being lifted until the last minute is one reason; the fact that it’s a mere £25 on PS3 and Xbox 360 is another. Could the cheap price tag be compensating for something, such as the game’s length? Perhaps, although the PS4 and Xbox One versions are set to retail at around £40.
With a bit of luck, reviews will be knocking around by the time you read this. We highly doubt that Rebellion are about to release a steamer, in all honesty – Sniper Elite is their flagship franchise.
GRID: Autosport is one that we can recommend, thanks to the positive reviews that appeared earlier this week. Eurogamer said that “Grid Autosport is a fine racing game, though it’s never a thoroughbred one” before handing out a respectable enough 7/10, while God is a Geek enjoyed it a touch more, giving it an 8/10. “Even if your interest in cars is merely fleeting, GRID Autosport juggles realism and aggressive satisfaction to deliver an intoxicating mix somewhere between the joy of an arcade racer and the science of a true sim” they said.
Codemaster’s latest racer is available on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. There are no next-gen versions – Codemasters wants their next-gen racing début to be something truly special.