Is Prototype worthy of the hype?

After the manic month of March, April has been somewhat sedate when it comes to new game releases.

Activision’s Prototype 2 ends this month with a bang though. It was released on Tuesday to tie-in with the US release and no reviews were allowed to be posted online until Tuesday either. The Official PlayStation Magazine found a sneaky way to get round this – during the weekend they published an article on their site claiming that they’d given it a 9 and explained why. That’s quite a clever thing to do when you think about it. By doing so they haven’t broken the review embargo – they’ve just told their readers what score it’s going to get and why.

Games Radar gave it an 8. They said it’s a little ugly and the missions are simple, but it’s still brilliant fun. EGM‘s review also claimed that there’s a lack of variety in the missions. They gave it an 8.5.

Not so long ago Activision used to publish the Crash Time games too. They’ve passed the buck to PQube for Crash Time 4 however. There has been a demo available on Xbox Live for months but it’s finally out on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC and 3DS.

Nintendo Gamer gave the 3DS version a mauling, stating it’s worse than Asphalt 3D and compared its visuals to an N64 game. Going by the screenshots they weren’t exaggerating either.

The main console games do not appear to be much better. CVG (via Xbox World 360) gave the Xbox 360 version 2.9. It sounds terrible: “The city is split into two parts separated by loading screens, and early on you’ll frequently spawn into one district only to be told the action’s all in the other one.”

Last year PopCap released a couple of PopCap Hits collections on Xbox 360. There’s another one out this week on both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 but it’s not PopCap Hits Vol. 3 – it simply goes by the name of Bejeweled 3. It is the world’s number one puzzle game, after all. There are three other games on it too – Bejeweled Blitz, Zuma and Feeding Frenzy 2 – hence referring to it as a collection. Play are selling it for £17.99 but seeing as the extra games are rather old, it’s not quite the deal it appears to be.

Bejeweled 3 also hits Nintendo DS this week on its lonesome, and will no doubt do quite well for itself.

Finishing the week off are Hidden Expedition Titanic on DS and Secrets of the Titanic on 3DS. Presumably they’ve been released to tie-in with the Titanic’s 100th anniversary… which was two weeks ago. Good work.

Next week: Sniper Elite V2 (PS3, 360, PC), Back to the Future: The Game (PS3, Wii), MUD: FIM Motocross World Championship (PS3, 360) and Mortal Kombat (PS Vita).

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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