Another week, another hack and slasher

Last week Crysis 3 and Metal Gear Rising went head-to-head, resulting in a bloody battle for the top position in the UK chart.

Konami’s hack and slasher missed out on the top spot by 5,500 copies, having to make do with #2. Had it been released this week, a week that sees very little of note making it out to retail, it would have no doubt stood a better chance of claiming #1. We don’t think we’ll ever understand how a publisher’s mind works.

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus on PS Vita and Jewel Link: Safari Quest on DS are the only two actual new releases, but even then both are pushing the definition of the word new – the first is a revamp of Ninja Gaiden 2, which is being released almost exactly a year after launch title Ninja Gaiden Sigma, while Jewel Link is another one of those gem matching puzzlers. Reviews of Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus have been pretty good so far at least, with the Metacritic currently standing at 80%.


Then we have Sniper Elite V2 Game of the Year Edition for PS3 and 360 and LittleBigPlanet 2: Extras Edition for PS3. The former boasts of five additional DLC packs, while the latter has nothing to do with Ricky Gervais, obviously, but does now allow the Vita to be used as a controller and adds PS Move support, six different costume packs and The Muppets premium level kit. Apparently the costume packs can also be used for LittleBigPlanet Karting.

Sniper Elite V2 GOTY Edition is available for around £24.99 while LittleBigPlanet 2 should set you back £19.99 or less.

Runner 2 is the highlight in the world of downloads. Or if you want to use its full name – BIT.TRIP Presents: Runner 2, Future Legend of Rhythm Alien. I think we’ll stick with Runner 2 for now. Inspired by the previously Nintendo-only BIT.TRIP series, it sees CommanderVideo leap into a new HD world on XBLA, PSN, Wii U and Steam.

The official trailer is below:


Also arriving on XBLA is Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds for 800 MSP. It’s a spin-off of the Phantom Breaker beat ’em up series, with a new pixel art graphic style and a four player mode. Going by the screenshots alone, it reminds us of the Scott Pilgrim tie-in.

Wii owners finally get Retro City Rampage this week for 1000 Wii Points. If it’s not the last big WiiWare release we’ll be very surprised. Reel Fishing Ocean Challenge is also now available on WiiWare for 500 Wii Points.

Then over on 3DS there’s Pac-Man on Virtual Console for £4.49 and Nintendo’s Splash or Crash for £2.69. What’s Splash or Crash? It’s a game where you have to guide objects as they fall down a well, of course.

Next week: Tomb Raider (out Tuesday, on PS3, 360, PC), Sim City (PC), Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 (PS3, 360), Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror Of Fate (3DS), Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk (PS3), History Legends of War (PS3, 360, Vita), Super Black Bass 3D (3DS), Dollar Dash (XBLA) and Pool Nation (PSN).

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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