Weâ€™re running this weekâ€™s new release round-up a little earlier than usual because this weekâ€™s biggest games are already out.
We can understand why Microsoft wanted to give Kinect Star Wars a simultaneous US and European release seeing as itâ€™s the first big Kinect game since… well, in a very long time. Quite why Capcom thought Devil May Cry HD Collection should be released on a Tuesday though is quite a mystery.
Reviews for Kinect Star Wars havenâ€™t been good but they havenâ€™t been bad either. Theyâ€™ve been predictably mediocre.
â€œKinect Star Wars is an incoherent and clumsy compilation,â€ said Eurogamer in their 5/10 review while IGN gave it 5.5 and said that kids might enjoy it but it has very little appeal for adults. We arenâ€™t surprised that thereâ€™s a lack of consistency – apparently ten different developers were involved including Terminal Reality (Ghostbusters: The Video Game), Frontier Developments (Kinectimals) and rumour has it Spark Unlimited (Legendary, Turning Point).
Devil May Cry HD Collection has fared better than last weekâ€™s Silent Hill HD Collection, thankfully. A decent appetiser for Ninja Theoryâ€™s reboot, said Eurogamer, who gave it an 8. They noted that the menus and FMV are still in â€œblur-o-visionâ€ but the rest of the game looks â€œcrisp, colourful, and has no screen-tear or frame drops ruining the viewâ€.
The Official Xbox Magazine pretty much echoed what Eurogamer said, although they felt that Devil May Cry 2 is now even worse with age.
Dancing game Alvin & The Chipmunks – Chipwrecked is also hitting Kinect this week. Even though it was released in the US back in November there are only two reviews of it on Metacritic. Both, surprisingly, are quite positive.
Another musical game? Oh go on then. Segaâ€™s Rhythm Thief & The Emperor’s Treasure hasnâ€™t had much press coverage, which is a shame as it seems rather good going by the demo on the 3DS eShop. Fans of Space Channel 5 and similar games would do well to at least give it a try.
Weâ€™ve had a little wait on our hands for Warriors Orochi 3 â€“ it was first released in Japan back in December. Worth the wait? Kind of. â€œThere are many things to like about Warriors Orochi 3. The over-the-top madness, enormous scale battles, and â€“ bizarrely enough â€“ gibberish storyline all have varying levels of charm. Sadly the overly familiar mechanics and uninspired level design somewhat undermine all of this,â€ said The Official PlayStation Magazine who gave it a 6.
Destructoidâ€™s Jim Sterling â€“ the guy who gave Kid Icarus a 5/10 â€“ enjoyed it a lot more however, awarding it an 8.5.
Finally, thereâ€™s Top Gun: Hard Lock. Is there a new Top Gun film out? No. Is Top Gun being re-released for one reason or another? No. This leads us to conclude that 505 Games only bought the license because it was dirt cheap. The Official Xbox Magazine confirms our suspicions that itâ€™s to be approached with caution by giving it a 4.0. It has easy achievements? Oh, we’d never have guessed.
Next week: Pandora’s Tower (Wii), Little Charlie Bear (DS) and apparently a budget re-release of Bleach: Soul ResurrecciÃ³n on PS3 which we canâ€™t find any online retailer stocking.