Tagged "The Book of Unwritten Tales 2"

Feb 07
By Matt Gander In New Nintendo Downloads No Comments

THQ Nordic are currently knocking out Switch conversions left, right, and indeed centre. The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is the third from the publisher we’ve seen this year, being a fantasy point ‘n clicker first released in 2015.

Despite its age reviews are mostly positive, including 8/10 from GameSpew and 3.5/5 from Screen Rant. It seems like there was room for improvement, though. “The touch screen inexplicably cannot be used when the game is in handheld more, nor can the Joy-Con be used as a mouse pointer when the Switch is docked,” warned Screen Rant.

The Switch also gets the far newer RIOT – Civil Unrest, Away: Journey To The Unexpected, and Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Videogame 2, three titles also hitting PS4 and Xbox One this week.

We’ve spent some time with strategic rioting simulator RIOT – Civil Unrest. Like many critics, we haven’t been left too impressed. It’s very scrappy, and just like a real-life riot, it’s very hard to tell what’s going on.

Anime-influenced FPS Away: Journey To The Unexpected hasn’t been best received by the press either, despite the appealing visuals and the ‘feel good’ vibes. The Metacritic currently stands at 45% with The Metro dishing out its lowest score – a miserable 3/10. “The intentions are good, but cute graphics and some clever ideas can’t stop this ‘feel-good FPS’ from being anything but a downer,” was their verdict.

The first reviews of Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Videogame 2 on PS4 are more encouraging – even gaining a 9/10 from Gaming Trend – but we suggest waiting until reviews of the Switch iteration arrive. The original apparently had performance issues. Hopefully this sequel has received more attention.

City of Brass is a far safer purchase. This Arabian Nights-themed first-person roguelike ticks all the right boxes, coming from the creative minds behind Bioshock. Nintendo Life deemed it worthy of 9/10, calling it one of the most entertaining roguelikes on the Switch.

Then we have Observer, the cyberpunk horror mystery from the Layers of Fear devs. Being a visually demanding game some jiggery-pokery (downgrading) has occurred to get it running on Switch, but it has made the jump mostly intact. “Despite threatening to fizzle under the weight of its reverence for Blade Runner, Observer manages to craft an impressive and affecting horror experience on Switch that doesn’t outstay its welcome,” said Nintendo Life.

Nintendo World Report wasn’t quite as impressed however, opting for a 7/10. They praised the puzzle elements but felt like some areas were nothing more than filler.

Other games of note include Defense Grid 2 – one of the best tower defence games around – retro platformer Commander Keen in Keen Dreams, and Hamster’s re-release of Puzzle Bobble 2 on NeoGeo.

Odallus: The Dark Call also steps out of the shadows. This is another 8-bit style Castlevania alike, albeit one slightly more accomplished than most. Also: the protagonist is called Haggis. Nintendo World Report found it to be a “fun and challenging” throwback, which is about as much as you can ask for.

In addition to a Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn demo, the 3DS gains the very well received JRPG Etrian Odyssey Nexus too. Critics seem englamoured by this ‘greatest hits’ role-player package, with GameSpot handing out 8/10.

“Despite a few small stumbles, the grandiose adventure Etrian Odyssey Nexus delivers is a rewarding, engaging journey you’ll be glad to take,” their reviewer beamed.

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Jun 06
By Matt Gander In New Nintendo Downloads No Comments

Four new Wii U games, three Virtual console releases, more Fire Emblem Fates stuff and the arrival of Kirby: Planet Robobot on 3DS – it’s a pretty busy week for the UK Nintendo eShop.

Kirby’s adventures tend to be hit and miss due the relaxed difficulty level the series is known for. Kirby: Planet Robobot – due on the eShop this Friday for £34.99 with a free theme – is easily one of the better outings for the pink hued dude however, with the majority of review scores coming in at around the 8/10 mark.

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“Once you spend time sampling the large selection of powers in each stage, taking in the detailed visuals, the catchy soundtrack, and exploring the wealth of extra modes on hand, you are so focused on the game’s pervasive charm that you’re looking forward to the next delightful surprise, rather than praying for a grueling test of skill” said GameSpot.

“Planet Robobot is entertaining, flows well, and never overstays its new mechanics” said GameInformer, meanwhile.

One new Kirby game clearly isn’t enough – Kirby’s Dream Course (£7.19) is also due on New 3DS VC this Thursday. We recall this one putting a pleasing enough spin on the crazy golf genre back in the day. It was at least on par with Putt and Putter on the Master System, anyway.

Those who have played through Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright and Conquest will no doubt be eager to download Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation (£17.99) – the third full campaign. Here, you’re prompted to choose a side while taking in the storyline from different perspectives. That’s joined by Map 6 – Royal Royale (£2.29), a battle to determine who’s the strongest sovereign of all.

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Sep 16
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games No Comments

Sports games rule the roost this week – PES 2016, EA Sports NHL 16, Rugby League Live 3 and Forza 6 Motorsport are all due this Friday. What’s that you say? Forza 6 isn’t a sports game? The clue is in the title, chum.

PES 2016 has arrived to a steady string of glowing reviews, including a few prestigious 10/10s. “Sure, it doesn’t have all the licenses, but on the pitch, where it actually matters, PES 2016 is phenomenal” said God is a Geek. “How crazy it is to think that Konami has made thetwo best games of 2015” they then concluded. Even US publication Game Informer was smitten, giving it 9/10. “It ushers in a new era for the franchise that needs to be experienced” was their verdict.

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Reviews of NHL 16 have been pretty good too, including 8/10 from EGM and 4/5 from the Official PlayStation Magazine. The latter did however warn that there’s still a lot of work to be done for it to fully achieve former greatness. Incidentally, the PS3 and Xbox 360 iterations of NHL 16 are merely ‘Legacy Editions’ this year so don’t expect much more than kit and transfer updates. And a new title screen.

As for Rugby League Live 3, just one review is available at the time of typing. That review comes from IGN, who gave it 6.5. “It’s certainly the best rugby game on new- and last-gen systems, but its steep learning curve, lack of training, AI weirdness, and returning sins from past games hold it back. It’s a shame, because when all the pieces click into place, this can be a compelling experience” they said. Although not a glowing review, it’s clear that it has a lot more going for it than BigBen’s official Rugby World Cup game.

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It appears to be business as usual for Forza 6 – another year, another solid and visually slick racer. Review scores include 5/5 from US Gamer, 9.5 from Destructoid and 9/10 from GameStyle. GamesRadar wasn’t as impressed however, awarding Turn 10’s racer 3/5. “This is a true showcase for Xbox One in every area except the racing. Inconsistent difficulty, random payouts and way too many dull events seriously spoil the party” came their verdict. Most reviewers did seem to agree though that it’s the game that launch title Forza 5 should have been.

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