It might only be the first week of January, but there are still a few new games out to buy. Youâ€™ll need a credit card though â€“ all of this weekâ€™s new games are downloads. Thereâ€™s nothing out at retail until SEGAâ€™s Anarchy Reigns is released next week.
Retro City Rampage is the weekâ€™s sole new addition to Xbox Live Arcade. Itâ€™s a game that has been a long time coming, having first appeared on PSN October in America and then stuck in development limbo for quite some time before that.
A parody of 8-bit games that has more than a hint of the original GTA about it, most reviewers found that it shares quite an unwanted element from games of yore â€“ a really tough difficulty level. gamesTM also noted the bizarre map system in their 8/10 review. Cost? 800 MSP to you, guv.
According to the developers, European PlayStation 3 and PS Vita owners will finally get Retro City Rampage in the next week or so.
Touch Battle Tank 3D on the 3DS eShop is another one that has had a lengthy delay â€“ American gamers received it back in August. Worth the wait? Nintendo Lifeâ€™s review suggests not, pointing out abysmal controls and laughable AI. It ended up getting a miserable 3/10.
Thankfully there are two other games hitting the eShop â€“ the NES version of Ghostsâ€™n Goblins for Â£4.49 on 3DS Virtual Console and Crystal Adventure on DSiware for Â£1.79.
Ghostsâ€™n Goblins should need no introduction but Crystal Adventure might do. Going by the video below, itâ€™s a Roguelike RPG. For less than Â£2 it has almost certainly got to be worth a look for fans of the genre.
Then over on WiiWare thereâ€™s Vampire Crystals for 1000 Points. Nintendo Life have also cast their critical eye over this twin-stick cartoony shooter, where it was awarded 8/10. “Itâ€™s a fun scramble worth playing through over and over again,” they said.
It’s good to see a WiiWare game that doesn’t suck.
Next week: Anarchy Reigns (PS3, 360) and hopefully Retro City Rampage on PSN.