General consensus has it that We Happy Few – available now on PC and Xbox One in early access form – has the potential to be something really quite special, but it needs a lot of work in order to achieve that greatness.
It also seems that it isn’t quite what people expected, either. The opening – as shown at E3 – suggests it’s a slow paced and involving drug-fuelled Bioshock-style adventure, when in fact it’s a randomly generated crafting/survival game with (optional) permadeath. Those who have picked up the preview version seem to be enjoying it so far, although be warned that enjoyment may only be temporary – Eurogamer’s interest levels quickly waned.
“We Happy Few has a ways to go, and offers up moments of fitful brilliance – certainly, it’s nice to see some skewering of England’s vaunted cultural heritage in the age of Brexit. But after a couple of days with the game, my high is already beginning to fade” they claimed.
Activision’s current-gen re-release of Marvel Ultimate Alliance and its sequel – announced just last weekend, and stealth launch yesterday – have set tongues wagging too, and all for the wrong reasons. Not only are these re-releases expensive (£29.99 each or £44.99 for the pair) and missing DLC, but PC gamers report of control and audio glitches too.
As HD remasters go, it appears they’ve had the same level of effort put into them as Activision’s own Prototype and Deadpool re-releases. That’s to say, not much at all.
Speaking of surprise releases, Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune leapt out of nowhere and onto PSN earlier this week. PS Plus members can pick up this latest entry in the cult JRPG series for £26.39 (£32.99 otherwise). Another JRPG launching this week is Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force on PS4, which is in fact the only retail release this week has to offer. Reviews have mostly been around the 7/10 mark so far. “The combat is probably the best of any Compile Heart game I’ve played,” said Destructoid while making comparisons to the Neptunia series.