Starved for new releases

Christmas has only just been shoved back into the loft, and so unsurprisingly there are very few new games up for perusal this week. Maybe for those with impending credit card bills that’s not an entirely a bad thing.


Randomly generated survival romp Don’t Starve on PS4 is the biggest release, available free to PlayStation Plus subscribers or £11.99 otherwise.

First released on PC around 8 months ago, it has been likened to ‘Tim Burton meets Minecraft’. A quest to survive for as long as you can using the resources around you, developers Klei Entertainment have been brave enough to leave out a tutorial. Don’t let this put you off – it’s all about self-discovery and experimentation.

There’s nothing quite as fresh hitting the Nintendo eShops, sadly. Contra III: The Alien Wars – aka Super Probotector: Alien Rebels – is the only release for Wii U, arriving on Virtual Console for £5.49. Then on 3DS VC there’s the original Mario Bros. for £4.49. Not to be confused with the NES’s Super Mario Bros, this is the single-screen arcade game that introduced the world to Luigi.

Then there’s music synthesizer workstation KORG M01D on 3DS for £24.99. The KORG musical tools can be hard to find at retail, so no doubt somebody somewhere will be pleased to hear that at least one is available on the eShop.

Aside some DLC for Farming Simulator and Saints Row IV there doesn’t appear to be anything new for either Xbox. Max: The Curse of the Brotherhood did however slip under the radar and onto Xbox One just before Christmas, and apparently it’s not bad at all.

Next week: Mario Party: Island Tour (3DS), Assassin’s Creed: Liberation HD (PSN, XBLA, PC) and maybe (just maybe!) Halo: Spartan Assault (XBLA) and Rekoil: Liberator (XBLA).

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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