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Jan 11
By Matt Gander In New Nintendo Downloads No Comments

The Switch eShop is back in full swing this week, with no less than nine titles due before the week is out. Bayonetta and its sequel, Dragon Quest Builders and Kirby Star Allies are all now available to pre-order, too.

Super Meat Boy, Furi and The Escapists 2 are this week’s releases destined to climb the eShop chart high, having already proven popular on other formats.

Furi (£17.99) debuted as a PS Plus freebie, and is often referred to as an El Shaddai spiritual successor. It’s a boss-rush hack and slasher, with colourful abstract visuals and a tough – but not unfair – difficulty level. If you’re up for a challenge, it’s a worthwhile purchase.

Super Meat Boy (£11.99) needs no introduction, having graced just about every format going. This’ll be its 8th pitstop, according to a quick Google search. New to this version is a two-player split-screen race mode, in which either individual chapters or randomised levels can be rallied through.

Team 17’s The Escapists 2 (£19.99) also has a two-player mode. Two convicts can team up to break out of jail, either working together or against one another. Reviews went live earlier today, mostly being a mixture of 7s and 8s.

Black the Fall (£10.79 until 23rd Jan, £11.99 thereafter) is belated conversion likewise. The PS4/XO versions were published by Square-Enix, but it looks like developer SandSailorStudio has opted to go it alone for the Switch. It’s a grim puzzle/platformer set in a dystopian world, in which a machinist attempts to break free of a twisted regime with the help of a recently befriended robot. Scores were mixed upon launch, with some critics claiming that it’s simply a poor clone of Inside.

Then we have Moorhuhn Knights & Castles (£26.99!), the latest in the Moorhuhn (aka Crazy Chicken) franchise. Big in Germany, apparently. The hapless hen has crossed various genres in his lifetime; this instalment resembles Angry Birds, with a multiplayer mode due in the Spring.

Never Stop Sneakin’ (£11.69) is a game that EDGE quite liked, awarding it an 8/10. This humorous stealth adventure features randomly generated levels, and boss battles against such foes as Dr. Acula (do you see?) and Vice President Helicopter. Visually, it’s intended look similar to a certain PSone stealth classic.

2D brawler Art of Fighting 2 (£6.29) is this week’s NeoGeo re-release. Energy Invasion (£2.69) meanwhile is a Breakout-alike with a twist – the paddles also fire missiles. That’s joined by match-three puzzler Azkend 2: The World Beneath (£6.99), and Of Mice and Sand Revised (£8.99) – and offbeat rodent management sim. And where are the mice nestled, you ask? Why, they’re inside giant Star Wars-style sand crawler.

The Wii U also gains a new Breakout clone, in the form of Breakout Defense 2 (£5.99). Wii U owners can also mull over Jolt Family Robot Racer (£4.99), racing party game viewed from a side-on perspective.

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Aug 24
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games 1 Comment

Annual sporting update season is upon us once more, with Madden NFL 18 and F1 2017 being first out the gate.

With an all-new story mode, Madden NFL 18 is said to be the most accessible yet, gaining a 9/10 from GameSpot, a 4.5 from US Gamer and an 8.25 from GameInformer.

IGN meanwhile went with an 8.6. “The shift to Frostbite doesn’t refresh Madden NFL 18’s gameplay much, but Longshot is a memorable single-player mode,” was their verdict.

Codemasters’ F1 2017 has gained an even steadier sting of 9/10s, with most critics calling it the best instalment ever delivered. The Telegraph opted for full marks, while The Sixth Axis felt it was worth a 9/10. “From adding more R&D options to the career to having classic cars and invitational events help break up the long racing calendar, there’s a lot to keep you engaged here,” they said.

Plenty of other new releases are vying for attention over bank holiday, with the biggest by far being the less-than-full-price Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.

While it has received a few 7/10s (hello, VideoGamer) the majority of review scores are 8s and 9s. God is a Geek went with full marks, meanwhile. “The game is yet another masterpiece from Naughty Dog, and it goes to show we don’t need Nathan Drake to make a great adventure greater,” their reviewer stated.

As you may be aware, pre-orders came with Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy. This means the classic platformer bounces back on PS4 this week, available for £11.99.

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