Blade and barrel

Those who have been waiting patiently for a major Wii release will be rejoicing this week – Xenoblade Chronicles is here. Very few bad things have been said about this JRPG, with the likes of Eurogamer dishing out a 9 while NGamer Magazine awarded it their highest score of the year so far – a handsome 93%. Unless Tesco have put the incorrect picture up, it’s only £31.97 on their site with the classic red controller. Don’t blame us though if they’ve cocked that up.

Arcana Heart 3 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 is another that comes in a limited edition pack. This is no RPG however – it’s a 2D brawler much like Blazblue. Review copies were sent out to the press in good time – most of the magazines reviewed it last month with universal opinion being that it’s not too shabby at all.

Super sequel Toy Soldiers: Cold War on Xbox Live Arcade is one to consider downloading. It doesn’t quite manage to stand up to the impressive original, mostly because the developers haven’t been able to find the right mixture of strategy and action this time round, but word has it the co-op mode is enjoyable and the mini-games are fun.

You know what’s coming next, don’t you? It’s time for a round-up of the seemingly random DS games hitting shelves this week. You’ve got a combination of Avanquest Software and Easy Interactive to thank (or blame) for Farm Frenzy 3, Mechanic Master 2, Youda Legend: Amsterdam Diamond and Timmy Time.

Then on Wii there’s Country Dance from Funbox Media. Believe it or not, it has been developed by the guys that brought us The Conduit. They must be gagging for work.

Next week: Deus Ex: Human Revolution (PS3, 360, PC), Inazuma Eleven (DS), Pac-Man and Galaga: Dimensions (3DS), Rugby World Cup 2011 (PS3, 360), Summer Challenge (PS3, 360, Wii, PC), The Lost Treasures of Alexandria (DS) and Jewel Quest IV (DS).

Matt Gander

Matt is Games Asylum's most prolific writer, having produced a non-stop stream of articles since 2001. A retro collector and bargain hunter, his knowledge has been found in the pages of tree-based publication Retro Gamer.

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  • Just spoken to Tesco Entertainment concerning the Xenoblade Chronicles photo on their site which includes the red classic controller. They can’t confirm whether the photo is accurate but they assume it isn’t because of the price.

  • Yeah, I think you’re right – if something sounds too good to be true then it usually isnt. It’s £45-50 elsewhere.

  • Well I learned something about Funbox Media from visiting their website just now – apparently they’re distributing some Japanese games? namely Adventures to Go and Reel Fishing by Natsume, and Metal Slug XX from SNK (previously published by DHM Interactive before they went bust). Could be one to keep an eye on. Also their name sounds like fannies.

  • Looks like they bought the rights to Order Up!! too. It was released on Wii years ago but they’re re-releasing it along with a 3DS version. It wasn’t a bad game at all.

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