Tekken it to the max

If it wasn’t for Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and NHL 13 this week would be an interesting one for new releases, to put it politely.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is a game that has been a long time coming – the original released alongside the PlayStation 2 back in the space year 2000. Eurogamer gave this belated sequel an 8/10 and reported that “It plays it a little safe in places and lacks a truly killer single-player mode” but “Namco has crafted a new teamwork seminar that builds upon the original in almost all the areas that matter.”

EDGE meanwhile gave it a 7, claiming that “this is as fluid as Tekken has been for years.”

A We Are Tekken special edition is also available which comes in a metal case containing an art book, a pair of soundtrack CDs and a behind the scenes video.

A demo is available for NHL 13 for you to make your own mind up but IGN’s 8.5 review suggests that it’s pretty good. “NHL 13 may have some problems and inconsistencies, but they barely detract from the quality product EA Canada has put out this year” they said.

My Vet Practice 3D on 3DS, Andrew Lloyd Webber Musicals: Sing & Dance on Wii and Everyone Sing for PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii are the week’s other retail releases. My Vet Practice 3D doesn’t sound completely terrible – pets can be swapped by StreetPass, there’s an AR mode and you can send photos to friends. Also: it has budgies in it.

Incidentally, for the five people who care, the Andrew Lloyd Webber’em up might not even be out this week. The publisher’s site says 14th September but Play says 12th October.

Downloads? Downloads. Bookstore Dream for DSiWare piques our interest. It looks very much like a Kairosoft title and at only £1.80 our interest is fuelled even more. A demo of Rising Star’s puzzle game Shifting Worlds is also available this week on 3DS. Then over on XBLA, Double Dragon NEON is making a debut. The first review to appear was a resounding 8/10 from 360 Gamer. According to Defunct Games, an achievement worth a paltry 1G is awarded for simply starting it. “Investigation game” Red Johnson’s Chronicles – One Against All from Namco-Bandai is also making an appearance on both PSN and XBLA, with a PC version due soon.

Lucky PlayStation Plus subscribers are getting Jet Set Radio HD a week ahead of release this week also. Eurogamer’s 9/10 review tells us that it’s still a concept of love. The PS Vita version isn’t out until October, but it should be worth the wait. “When it hits the Vita in a few weeks, it’s probably going to be even better, due to touch-screen graffiti controls and that lovely gaze-filling OLED screen” they claimed. A 10/10, then?

Next week: Borderlands 2 (PS3, 360, PC), F1 2012 (PS3, 360, PC), LittleBigPlanet Vita (PS Vita), PES 2013 (PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii, 3DS, PC), One Piece: Pirate Warriors (PS3), Xbox Live Hits Collection: Beyond Good & Evil HD, From Dust & Outland (360), The Testament of Sherlock Holmes (360, PC), Funky Barn (3DS), Kinect Sesame Street TV (360) and Nat Geo TV (360). Oddly, Amazon and others have the last two down for a Tuesday release.

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