The barrage of new releases begins to slow down this week, with just three titles heading to retail. Next week is quieter still, with what appears to be the final retail release of the year.
If you’re wondering where reviews of The Crew – which launched on Tuesday – are, Ubisoft did provide an explanation. Short version: they didn’t want the press playing it until the severs went live. Long version: “The Crew was built from the beginning to be a living playground full of driving fans, so it’s only possible to assess our game in its entirety with other real players in the world. And by other, we mean thousands and thousands and thousands of players – something that can’t be simulated with a handful of devs playing alongside the press”. It’s worth pointing out though that there was no embargo in place. They wouldn’t have gone down well at all.
Expect to see reviews of The Crew trickle out over the next few days. Eurogamer promises they’ll have a review early next week. They posted a few impressions yesterday, claiming that it does have potential to be something special but currently it has more than a few issues.
As you may be aware, Ubisoft added a Xbox 360 version to the roster just a few months ago. This is being handled by Asobo, of Fuel fame. We doubt reviews of this iteration will be forthcoming, a la the Xbox 360 version of Forza Horizon 2.
Another racer heading to store shelves is WRC FIA World Rally Championship on 3DS. Information is pretty thin on the ground, and word also has it that it’s a mere mobile conversion. As a full price release, approach with caution.
At least we can report Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX is worth both time and money. GameInformer gave the PS3-exclusive 9/10, saying that “If you’re feeling nostalgic or running through for the first time, there’s a ton of meat to sink your teeth into that can easily last well into the new year”. EGM meanwhile awarded it 8/10: “The narrative quality is questionable, at least when viewed through a modern lens, but the charm and novelty still ring true, as does the series’ pioneering action-RPG combat”.
For the uninformed, it contains Kingdom Hearts II (PS2), Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (PSP), and somewhat curiously Re:coded (DS). There’s a limited edition version for fans to consider. ShopTo has stock currently; Amazon is sold out.