So here it is, Sonyâ€™s big Christmas game â€“ Uncharted 3: Drakeâ€™s Deception. Reviews have so far included 9 from EDGE, a 10 from Destructoid and 5/5 from The Guardian. Eurogamer caused a little bit of a fuss on the internet by giving it an 8 â€“ they found it a little bit â€œnarrowâ€. The lead designer discussed their review, agreeing with some points but not others. Itâ€™s quite a good read.
Sonic Generations is another likely to do well over the festive period. The 3DS version has slipped until the end of the month but itâ€™s still out on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC this week. The PC version is curiously cheap online, while Zavvi are offering it with the excellent Sega Mega Drive Collection for Â£35.85. A return to form, it would seem, but itâ€™s not quite perfect. Eurogamer found the controls a bit laggy when giving the PlayStation 3 version a reviewing. Give the demo a go if you want to make your own mind up.
The 3DS does get BlazBlue Continuum Shift II this week though, which is better than nothing at all.
Speaking of control problems, Go Vacation on Wii has had two years in development and has some very nice visuals for the ageing system but according to NGamer a broken control system means Namcoâ€™s good work has pretty much gone to waste. The Wii gets a trio of budget games this week too â€“ Bermuda Triangle, The Crown Of Midas, and Get Up & Dance (also on PlayStation 3).
Although weâ€™re glad that Rising Star has picked up 2D shooter DoDonPachi Resurrection for a European release weâ€™re a little miffed at the Â£24.99 price tag. Deathsmiles could be pre-ordered for as little as Â£14.99 when that was released earlier this year, and it included DLC at no extra cost. Â£24.99 is still far cheaper than buying it on import, we suppose.
Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten on PlayStation 3 is another Japanese gem thatâ€™ll probably review well but not sell too terrifically.
Another two for Kinect are hitting stores â€“ Blackwater and Raving Rabbids Alive and Kicking. The only review in for the latter is courtesy of Gaming XP. They said the graphics are a mixed bag and not much effort has been put into the sound but the motion controls work well. 505 Games’ Blackwater is one that piques our interests â€“ itâ€™s a light gun shooter minus the light gun, pretty much. Reviews have been very mixed, however â€“ everything from a 7/10 from the Official Xbox Magazine to a 1/10 from Games Radar.
505 Games are also releasing Grease on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Thereâ€™s a demo available, amazingly.
With Battlefield 3 now out and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 out next week we were expecting reviews for GoldenEye 007: Reloaded to be a little bit middling. It is little more than a tarted up conversion of a year old Wii game, after all. Surprisingly though reviews have been pretty good. IGN gave the Xbox 360 version 8.5, praising the multi-player and GameSpot UK gave it an 8 calling it â€œfast and excitingâ€.
Finally, thereâ€™s Generator Rex: Agent of Providence on just about everything. Itâ€™s based on a cartoon similar to Ben 10, and I think thatâ€™s all you need to know.
Next week: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (PS3, 360, Wii, PC, DS), The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PS3, 360, PC), Shinobi (3DS), Big League Sports (360), Cars 2 (3DS), Cave Story (3DS), Deepak Chopra’s Leela (360, Wii), EyePet & Friends (PS3), Jillian Michael’s Fitness Experience (360), Jungle Kartz (Wii), Michael Jackson: The Experience 3D (3DS), Monster High: Ghoul Spirit (Wii, DS), Moshi Monsters: Moshlings Zoo (DS), Move Mind Benders (PS3), My Self Defence Coach (360), Puppies World 3D (3DS), Puzzler Mind Gym 3D (3DS), SpongeBob’s Surf and Skate Roadtrip (360, DS), The Black Eyed Peas Experience (360, Wii), The Ultimate Battle of the Sexes (360, PS3), Top Model Academy (DS), Youda Legend 2: Golden Bird (DS), Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012 (360) and Zoo Resort 3D (3DS).