Transformers – a treat for the eyes

Last week saw two big names releases despite it being the typically quiet summer period. So that’s our lot now, right? Nope – there are another two big releases out this week too. What on Earth is going on?

Darksiders II was released on Tuesday to tie-in with the US release, although we did see copies on the shelves at our local Tesco as early as last Friday. It’s THQ’s first big release in ages and second in their 17-game rescue plan to get their business back on track. We do believe that figure isn’t quite as high as 17 now though – since that plan was announced a couple of games have been dropped.

Anyway, we digress. Darksiders II has been getting very good reviews including 7.5 from IGN, 86% from Play magazine and 9.0 from Destructoid.

Games Radar’s review suggests that the bad points are just minor gripes – the tutorial isn’t quite as fancy as that seen in the first game (no Mark Hamill) and that you’re forced to use the fast-travel system.

If you’ve finished the first game and still kept the save file, you’ll be reward with some extra loot.

Transformers: Fall of Cybertron has also been met with high review scores. The first to roll out were 8.5 from IGN, 9 from Polygon and a 7.0 from Destructoid. Every reviewer seems to agree that it’s loads of fun to play and something of a looker too. “There’s enough action here to almost fill two games, and that’s really saying something,” said Planet Xbox 360.

The demo is worth a download as it’s a rather generous one, featuring two missions and a chance to try the multi-player mode.

Over on the 3DS eShop there are two ‘new’ NES games to download. We’ve used inverted commas there not because they’re old games to begin with, but because they’re two which were previously free for 3DS Ambassadors. Donkey Kong Jr. will set you back £4.50 while NES Open Tournament Golf is £3.60. A demo of Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes is also available, along with four extra tracks for Theatrhythm. Then on DSiWare there’s Rummikub while 2020 Super Baseball swings onto WiiWare.

Valve’s Counter Strike: Global Offensive is also now available on XBLA, at 1,200 MSP. VG247 couldn’t praise it enough.

Next week: Madden NFL 13 (PS3, 360), Persona 4: Arena (PS3, 360), Gardenscapes (DS, 3DS), Worms Collection (360) and Tales Of Graces f (PS3).