Weâ€™ve brought this weekâ€™s new release round up forward a couple of days as this weekâ€™s biggest release – Gears of War 3 – is being released today. A Tuesday, of all days.
Reviews hit the â€˜net late last week. The Official US Xbox magazine gave it a perfect score of 10/10 while the Official UK Xbox magazine awarded it 9/10. Away from the dubious official publications, IGN went with 9.1 while GameInformer a 9.5. Eurogamer and Destructoid werenâ€™t quite as impressed, each giving it an 8. Itâ€™s these two reviews in particular that ruffled Cliff Bleszinskiâ€™s feathers calling Eurogamer â€œhatersâ€. If youâ€™re the design director of a company and expecting your game to get 9s and 10s then youâ€™re not really leaving yourself open to any constructive criticism, are you?
EA MMA didnâ€™t do too well when it was released last year, despite being a lot more accessible than UFC: Undisputed, so itâ€™ll be interesting to see how 505 Gamesâ€™ Supremacy MMA does. A version for the PSVita is due out at some point too. Itâ€™ll probably be a launch game unless theyâ€™re making it from scratch for the handheld.
Similarly, F1 2011 hits PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC this week with a PSVita version due later. A 3DS version is also in the works, unless it has been silently canned. The Metacritic stands at 86, with most reviewers claiming Codemasters have addressed a lot of problems from the previous F1 and have given the multi-player mode some much needed attention. GamesRadar gave it 90.
And what do Wii owners have to look forward to? We Wish You a Merry Christmas. â€œThe Perfect Stocking Stuffer!â€ reads the blurb, but who exactly has their stockings out in September?
Next week: FIFA 12 (PS3, PS2, 360, Wii, PC, PSP, 3DS), Child of Eden (PS3), Ico & Shadow of the Colossus (PS3), X-Men Destiny (PS3, 360, Wii, DS), Cooking Mama World: Outdoor Adventures (DS), Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon (DS), Anglers Club Ultimate Bass Fishing (3DS), Atelier Totori: The Alchemist of Arland 2 (PS3), Ben 10 Triple Pack (DS) and the apparently very good Aliens: Infestation (DS).