Due to the fact that there are three PlayStation 3-exclusives out this week, the spotlight is squarely on Sony for this new release round-up.
Good news if youâ€™re strapped for cash at the moment – or possibly saving money for next weekâ€™s GTA V – as two of these exclusives can be found for under Â£25 online.
Kingdom Hearts 1.5 contains Kingdom Hearts Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories, along with HD videos from Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Day for good measure. For fans, the inclusion of Re:Chained will be of interest as it was never released in Europe.
The notoriously cumbersome Gummi Ship aside, VentureBeat found much to praise.
They awarded it 90%, claiming that â€œKingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix offers old fans a great excuse to play some of the seriesâ€™ older installments while also giving curious newcomers the best way to get their first fix.â€
IGN also felt that it was one of the better HD updates around, giving it an 8.5 and calling it a â€œgreat toon upâ€.
If hanging with Goofy and his fellow animal cohorts doesnâ€™t sound like your cup of tea, you could always hang with Sony’s 2D side-scoller Puppeteer.
Comparisons with Treasureâ€™s Dynamite Headdy are valid – just like Headdy, puppet Kutaro can swap heads to gain new skills.
For all the dazzling lighting effects the game offers, it would seem that Sony struggled with the fundamentals. â€œFor every clever touch, thereâ€™s a shrieking piece of dialogue talking over key narration; for every cute visual gag, thereâ€™s a twitch bit of platforming that Puppeteerâ€™s mechanics arenâ€™t suited to handleâ€ said Polygon in their 6/10 review.
EDGE liked it slightly more, giving it a 7: â€œYouâ€™ll smile at how Japan Studio reimagines the typical platforming trampoline â€“ springy bonsai trees in a Chinese-themed stage, bellies of snoozing, reclining yetis in the obligatory snow level â€“ but these flourishes never fully stop the bombing, hookshotting and pit-leaping from feeling overfamiliar and underinspire.â€
And now weâ€™re back to old games in new clothes, with Konamiâ€™s Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection.
Itâ€™s the most exhaustive MGS collection yet, containing (breathe in) Metal Gear, Metal Gear 2, Metal Gear Solid 2: HD Edition, Metal Gear Solid 3: HD Edition, Metal Gear Solid 4 Trophy Edition, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD Edition and Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions (breathe out). Also included are two graphic novels by Ashley Wood.
Available for around Â£35 online, itâ€™s something of a bargain. At least for those who donâ€™t already own the MGS HD Collection, anyway.
EAâ€™s NHL 14 hits the rink this week as well – and it’s the only Xbox 360 game arriving at retail – while on the humble Wii thereâ€™s Big Time Rush: Dance Party which is based on some Nickelodeon thing.
As for downloads, the Xbox 360 is playing a rare game of catch-up with DuckTales: Remastered – a game that received mixed reviews on other formats – as is the Wii U with Capcomâ€™s 2D hack ‘n’ slasher Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara.
Then on PS Vita thereâ€™s Sparkle, a game that looks rather like Zuma. Actually, it looks a lot like Zumba. That’s not exactly a bad thing, to be fair – the PS Vita could do with a few more puzzlers in its library.
Next week: GTA V (PS3, 360), PES 2014 (PS3, 360), Hot Wheels: World’s Best Driver (PS3, 360, Wii U, 3DS), Harvest Moon: A New Beginning (3DS), Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers (3DS) and Funfair Party Games (3DS).