Itâ€™s always a good sign when a publisher sets a review embargo date well before a game is due out. Tomb Raider is perfect example of this â€“ reviews surfaced online eight days prior to its Tuesday release.
There are perhaps fewer 10/10s around than Square-Enix had hoped for, but reviews on the whole have been glowing, including a 9/10 from Polygon and 8/10s from both GamesTM and EDGE. â€œLara is back and bigger and bouncer than ever,â€ thankfully not one person has said.
A few Tomb Raider diehards have been a bit disgruntled about how violent the game is though, with Lara now seemingly having a dark murderous streak that we havenâ€™t seen before. On the upside, the multiplayer mode isn’t as pointless as many anticipated.
As is usually case with big name games, a price war is currently raging. Tesco and Morrisons are selling it for Â£32 currently while a few places online such as Zavvi and TheGamesCollection have it for just under Â£30.
Thereâ€™s also a collectorâ€™s edition with a figurine and a â€˜survival editionâ€™ with an art-book, CD and waterproof pouch to consider. These should set you back around Â£65 and Â£45 respectively.
Never been a fan of Lara? Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirrors of Fate is whipping it up on 3DS. Reviews have been mixed and itâ€™s easy to see why â€“ a few reviewers have likened it to a side scrolling God of War, so itâ€™s quite the departure from the usual Castlevania fare it would seem. Scores so far include 4.7 from IGN and 7/10 from Eurogamer. â€œIt’s something of a makeweight, as handheld games far too frequently are – but there’s just enough here to satisfy until the true follow-up to Lords of Shadows is ready,â€ said Eurogamer’s reviewer.
Anything else? A few bits and bobs, yes. History Channel: Legends of War is marching onto PS3, 360, PC and PS Vita. Itâ€™s something we donâ€™t see often on consoles – a turn-based strategy game. Thereâ€™s a video here on pQubeâ€™s website. Be warned if you’re curious â€“ when it was released in the US late last year reviews werenâ€™t exactly full of praise. The Official Xbox Magazineâ€™s 6.5 was one of the higher scores it received, in fact.
Then thereâ€™s Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3, which blow us down, actually looks rather good. GamesRadar were impressed by the â€œamazingâ€ story mode, â€œbeautifulâ€ cel-shaded visuals and â€œfunâ€ combat. They ended up giving it 4/5. Eurogamer Italy dished out an 8/10, calling it â€œimprescindibileâ€.
Fans of all things anime may also be interested in Koeiâ€™s RPG Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk on PS3, arriving this week also.
Lucky PC gamers meanwhile finally get to play the long awaited SimCity. GAMEâ€™s limited edition includes, amongst other things, a super hero HQ and evil villain lair. Itâ€™s fair to say, then, that itâ€™s a very different type of experience from the classic SimCity that we used to play while at school. Different in a good way it would seem â€“ Polygon handed out a whopping 9.5. They did later alter that score to an 8.0 though after experiencing a few problems with EAâ€™s servers.
Top-down multiplayer versus battler Dollar Dash and arcade-like WRC Powerslide are this weekâ€™s XBLA releases, with the latter due on PSN next week, while Nano Assault EX and Legend of the River King arrive on 3DS. Nano Assault EX costs Â£12.49 which sounds at expensive at first, until you consider that it was originally a full price retail release in the US. For its download dÃ©but it has also received some new extras including Circle-Pad Pro support and additional game modes. Good work there, Shin’en.
Next week: Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm (PC), Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 (PS3, 360), God of War: Ascension (PS3), Naruto Powerful Shippuden (3DS) and Monster High Skulltimate Rollermaze (3DS).