Bioshock Infinite received something that last weekâ€™s Gears of War: Judgment didnâ€™t â€“ a mid-week release. Weâ€™d be very surprised if a million copies haven’t been shifted already, as itâ€™s on track to become one of the highest rated games of all time.
The Metacritic average currently stands at an almighty 96%, putting it higher than the original Bioshock.
Weâ€™re about four hours in and yet it doesnâ€™t even feel like the surface has been scratched. The opening is one of the best in recent times and the setting is a joy to behold. A lot of additional effort has gone into the PlayStation 3 version too, which includes Move support and some free add-ons for PlayStation Plus members. In short: itâ€™s very hard to imagine anybody being disappointed. That’s unless they expect it to be a run-and-gun Call of Duty-style shooter, of course.
Nintendo fans shouldnâ€™t feel left out â€“ thereâ€™s a double whammy of Luigiâ€™s Mansion 2: Dark Moon on 3DS and LEGO City Undercover for Wii U.
Reviews of Luigiâ€™s Mansion 2: Dark Moon have been full of praise so far. We played at bit of it at Eurogamer Expo last year, but sadly not enough to base a preview on. Still, what we played of it was pleasingly polished. Reviews include 8/10 from EDGE and 9/10 from both Eurogamer and gamesTM magazine.
EDGE didnâ€™t think much of LEGO City Undercover when they reviewed it â€“ their 5/10 set wheels in motion that it wasnâ€™t very good. Thankfully it would seem that isnâ€™t the case. Since their review, which was one the first to surface, it has been awarded 9/10 from Eurogamer, 4/5 by the Guardian and 8.0 from IGN. The 3DS version sub-titled ‘The Chase Begins’ is due out next month.
Incredibly belated movie tie-in Finding Nemo: Escape to the Big Blue makes a splash on 3DS and DS this week too. Itâ€™s a budget-priced mini-game collection, and that should be all you need to know.
On PlayStation 3 and Vita thereâ€™s Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time. This one isnâ€™t by series creators Sucker Punch but rather Sanzaru Games. Sanzaru did, however, have a helping hand in bringing The Sly Collection to PlayStation 3. Scores have been good but not great, including 6/10 from Eurogamer and 7/10 from EDGE. â€œ[Sanzru’s game] may rarely do anything you havenâ€™t seen done better elsewhere, but the developer knots a slew of disparate elements together with no little skill, leaving the whole feeling irresistibly fresh,â€ they said.
Weâ€™ve got a couple of new titles from EA. We get the impression that they donâ€™t have much faith in Army of Two: Devilâ€™s Cartel selling well. There doesnâ€™t seem to be any promotion for it, and at the time of typing there are very few reviews around. Gaming Boltâ€™s 7/10 review is worth a read â€“ they note that itâ€™s a little glitchy and the production values arenâ€™t as high as you may expect, but it is quite fun. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 is the other one. â€œIn many ways, Tiger 14 feels like the ultimate fan service for longtime players of the franchise,â€ said GamesRadar in their 4/5 review. We swear the Tiger Woods games are released earlier every year.
On the 3DS eShop this week thereâ€™s Harvest Moon on Virtual Console for Â£4.49, the Guardian Heroes-alike beat â€™em up Code of Princess for Â£24.99 â€“ which was a retail release in the US â€“ and HarmoKnight at Â£12.99. A Fire Emblem: Awakening demo arrives ahead of its 19th April release as well. Apparently it’s a bit of a belter.
Then on PSN and XBLA thereâ€™s Terraria, which can be described as a 2D version of Minecraft with a stronger focus on combat. The PC version has become something of a cult classic, which is why 505 Games picked it up for a console release. Well, that and the fact that Minecraft has made a bloody fortune.
Next week: Defiance (PS3, 360, PC), Ninja Gaiden 3: Razors Edge (PS3, 360), Battle Block Theater (XBLA) and Double Dragon II (XBLA).
All new releases are out today as tomorrow is a bank holiday. Bonus!
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