You may recall we were concerned about Activisionâ€™s Deadpool game after hearing that itâ€™ll be less-than-full-price and that developer High Moon was being downsized upon the gameâ€™s competition.
Were we right to be concerned? Perhaps. Itâ€™s a short game with little replay value, which we assume is why Activision dropped the price to around the Â£30 mark, but most reviewers agree that while it lasts itâ€™s pretty good, not to mention genuinely laugh out loud funny. Currently the Metracritic stands at 65% which isnâ€™t a bad score as licensed games go, but nowhere near as glowing as the studio’s previous game – Transformers: Fall of Cybertron.
A Wii U version of Deadpool was rumoured but everything seems to have gone quiet on that front. The Wii U does get bonkers mini-game collection Game & Wario this week however, and although itâ€™s not the major shot in the arm the system needs right now it should tie you over until next monthâ€™s Pikmin 3. Eurogamer gave it a 6/10 while the Official Nintendo Magazine handed out a not too shabby 75%. It too is a purse pleaser – Â£24.39 from Wow HD is the best price currently.
Funnily enough, every game arriving at retail this week is available for under Â£30.
In the case of Ride to Hell: Retribution that Â£30 price tag is clearly for a reason. Hardcore Gamer called it “an offensive abominationâ€ in their 1/5 review and Destructoid felt the same way as well. 1/10? Good Lord – that’s Superman 64 territory.
The pleasingly relentless shooter Painkiller: Hell & Damnation fairs much better – reviews have been pretty good so far. A demo is available if youâ€™re curious.
The retail release of Minecraft on the other hand can be found for around Â£12.99. We’re predicting this to go shooting up the chart next week – Microsoft claims it’s the â€œfastest selling gameâ€ in the US currently. Itâ€™s one of those games that weâ€™re always overhearing people asking for in the likes of GAME and HMV, only to be pointed in the direction of the Microsoft Points cards.
Speaking of Microsoft Points, youâ€™ll need precisely zero for this weekâ€™s XBLA release – Ubisoftâ€™s Spartacus Legends. Thatâ€™s available now as a free-to-play game, while Friday sees the release of Doodle Jump Kinect – an increasingly elusive 400 MSP title.
The latest Borderlands 2 DLC – Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep – arrives on both PSN and XBLA, as does Magic 2014 â€“ Duels of the Planeswalkers. Indie hit Hotline Miami makes a call to PSN also, complete with cross buy support. NowGamer handed out 8.5, calling it one of the PS Vitaâ€™s must have games.
Then over on the Nintendo eShop thereâ€™s F1 Race Stars: Powered Up on Wii U for a slightly eyebrow raising Â£39.99. A very hard sale considering the PS3 version was available on Amazon for a mere Â£4.99 last week. Weâ€™re not sure if this is getting a retail release or not – it seems to have vanished off the pre-order lists. The weekâ€™s 3DS downloads look far more exciting thankfully, featuring Dillon’s Rolling Western: The Last Ranger, Mighty Switch Force! 2, Aqua Moto Racing 3D, URBAN TRIAL FREESTYLE and something called Mon Haras 3D â€“ Au gallop vers lâ€™aventure. We paid enough attention during French at school to know that’s about horses. And adventures.
A handful of Virtual Console releases for your consideration now – the Game Gearâ€™s Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Crystal Warriors make an appearance on the 3DS VC for Â£4.49 and Â£3.59 respectively, while the Wii U gets Balloon Fight (Â£3.49) and Vegas Stakes (Â£5.49). The only thing we recall about Vegas Stakes is that the legendary bargain bins of the â€˜90s always contained a copy or two.
Finally, the Android-powered Ouya console made its UK dÃ©but on Tuesday for just under Â£100. 181 games are currently available, with stand-outs including Final Fantasy III, The Bardâ€™s Tale, Canabalt, Giana Sisters and Pixâ€™n Love Rush.
The manufacturers have been keen to tout its ability to run emulators, which strikes us as being a little naughty. Especially so when theyâ€™ve been sharing pictures on Twitter of the NESâ€™s Super Mario Bros running on it. Tut!
Next week: Project X Zone (3DS), DARK (360, PC) and Scourge: Outbreak (XBLA).