BIT.TRIP. New. Releases

Cabela’s Big Game Hunter 2012 is out this week which in a way is ironic – as we were compiling this new release round up we found it hard to identify what this week’s big game is. Not that there isn’t anything decent out – it’s just a funny week of odds and sods.

Football fans are well looked after with FIFA Street and Inazuma Eleven 2: Firestorm / Blizzard hitting shelves. In typical FIFA fashion, FIFA Street is the best one yet with the demo getting plenty of thumbs up. Inazuma Eleven 2: Firestorm / Blizzard couldn’t be more different, being the action-based RPGs that they are. GAME are selling the original in their clear out for £9.98 if you’d rather start with that one.

On PlayStation 3 there are a couple of exclusives – Yakuza: Dead Souls and Saint Seiya Sanctuary Battle. IGN gave Yakuza: Dead Souls a 5.0. “Yakuza Dead Souls is not a bad game – it is a good game ruined by broken mechanics,” they said while highlighting such problems as “appalling slowdown”. Saint Seiya Sanctuary Battle is not an RPG as you may first guess, but rather a beat ’em up. There’s a brief video here. Apparently the anime on which it’s based is incredibly popular in France. And Japan, obviously.

BIT.TRIP Saga on 3DS and BIT.TRIP Complete on Wii should please those looking some something a little different. They both contain all six BIT.TRIP games along with extra challenges, fan remixes, image galleries and such but only the Wii version (BIT.TRIP Complete) comes with a soundtrack CD. £19.99 on Amazon seems to be the best price for the Wii iteration. Both Play and Amazon are charging £36.99 for the 3DS version, which doesn’t sound right at all.

Another budget release is Konami’s Blades of Time on 360 and PlayStation 3. It’s a semi-sequel of sorts to X-Blades, a shoddy hack and slasher from a few years ago. It’s apparently a little bit better than the original. A Twitter follower even described it as “fun”.

Then there’s Captain Morgane and the Golden Turtle on Wii and DS. It’s a point and click adventure game which really is too sensible for its own good. Whereas other point and click games have you think outside of the box, Captain Morgane – in Nintendo Gamer’s own words – calls a spade a spade, with the first puzzle being to find a duster and clean up some dust. They gave it 50% – not a bad game, but a dull one.

Next week: Kid Icarus Uprising (3DS), Kinect Rush (360), Ninja Gaiden 3 (PS3, 360), PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond (Wii), Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City (PS3, 360, PC) and some Ubisoft double packs for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

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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