If you were expecting a waft of Destiny reviews to appear online on launch day, then youâ€™re not alone. Due to the severs not going live until Monday afternoon – a move which was likely to counter piracy, people posting potential spoilers, and general â€˜willy wavingâ€™ from those who got it early – weâ€™re only just seeing the first few reviews trickle through now.
Itâ€™s mostly smaller gaming sites that have had their say on Bungieâ€™s new sci-fi opus. So far we have 4.5/5 from Cheat Code Central, 9/10 from VG First, and another 9/10 from Gamer Headlines. Then thereâ€™s this 8/10 review from the International Business Times. â€œAmbitious, polished and clearly pored over by hundreds of people, Destiny is an incredible creative undertaking. It doesn’t all click, but it’s a huge achievementâ€, they said.
We doubt that they will be alone in giving it 8/10 – reading a few early impression articles, people arenâ€™t too impressed with the AI (enemies simply run around like headless chickens) and the fact that at times it feels like little more than a bunch of Halo â€˜firefightâ€™ missions stringed together. Weâ€™ve spent around four hours with it so far and admittedly, it hasnâ€™t quite â€˜clickedâ€™ yet.
As mentioned during last weekâ€™s round-up, very few publishers are willing to go up against Destiny, resulting in a week of random bits and pieces. EAâ€™s NHL 15 is the only other major release, arriving on PS4, PS4, Xbox One and 360. Reviewers noted that this yearâ€™s Madden is a huge improvement, but early reviews of NHL 15 would suggest that this one isnâ€™t quite the step forward fans were expecting.
Canadian Gamers Online mentions missing modes and features from previous versions, as does the Financial Postsâ€™ Post Arcade. â€œItâ€™s not too hard to see what happened here. EA was so focused on making the gameplay a superlative experience that the company forgot to include a lot of the things that make the series so special,â€ they report. We wouldnâ€™t let these comments put you off hitting the rink though – Canadian Gamers Online still went on to give it an 8/10, despite the shortcomings.
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution also arrives on both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 this week. Available for around Â£35, the ‘Rivals Edition’ includes a original anime story DVD and a bunch of new costumes.
Then over in the world of Nintendo, interactive reading software Nintendo Phonics Fun with Biff, Chip & Kipper launches on 3DS. Three different volumes, no less. Theyâ€™re around Â£20 each. Sure, they arenâ€™t aimed at the likes of you and I, but there may be somebody little in your life that will benefit from them.
This leaves us with a retail release of inFAMOUS: First Light on PS4. Expect to pay around Â£15 for this standalone adventure. Reviews were mostly around the 7/10 mark.
Itâ€™s even a quiet week where downloads are concerned. On XBLA thereâ€™s the free TMNT Training Lair. Curiously, itâ€™s published by Microsoft rather than license holders Activision. Intended to promote the movie – hence why itâ€™s free – you shouldnâ€™t expect too much.
Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate is making a belated appearance on PSN meanwhile, as is Hyperdimension Neptunia ReBirth1. Oh, and thereâ€™s FIFA 15 demo now available across the board. Looks like itâ€™s a Gold-exclusive on Xbox though. Tsk!
Next week: Hyrule Warriors (Wii U), Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel Superheroes (PS4, PS4, Xbox One, 360, Wii U), TheatRhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call (3DS), Fairy Fencer F (PS3) and Flockers (PS4, Xbox One).