It’s such a varied week for new releases that there’s bound to be something out to pique your interest. And in the middle of February too? How unforeseen.
Not one but two big name retail releases are competing for your hard earned money – Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII and The LEGO Movie Videogame.
The LEGO Movie Videogame is the rarest of things – a decent movie tie-in. There’s a reason for this though, and it’s one worth baring in mind. To wit: it treads a very worn, albeit it likeable, path. US gamers got the ‘block buster’ last week, which was met to a stack of 7/10 and 8/10 review scores.
“The Lego Movie Videogame should be just the ticket if you’re ready to spend another 10 to 12 hours in the fantastic world of animated plastic blocks” said GameSpot, while Game Informer claims that “the visuals are a surprising hook”.
It’s out on just about everything – PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, 3DS, PS Vita and PC. Word has it that the handheld versions – which are viewed from an isometric perspective – are to be approached with caution though as they’re they’re rather on the short side.
Whereas universal opinion has it that The LEGO Movie Videogame is pretty good – on consoles, at least – Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII has been getting some incredibly mixed reviews.
EGM felt that it’s “wholly pointless” while GamesRadar described it as a “laborious grind”. The Metro’s GameCentral even went as far as saying that it’s as if it has been “specifically designed to feel as shallow and disconnected as possible”. Cripes.
Play magazine and Eurogamer however both gave it a glowing 80% / 8/10. Both reviews are recommended reading, with the former in particular taking in some thoughtful consideration that not everyone is going to love it.
Most critics did to agree though that the story is absolute bobbins. Usually when a game gets mixed reviews we suggest trying the demo, but in a game this sizeable it’s doubtful that it’ll give the full picture. Ho hum.