Out this week: Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D and more

With the long Easter weekend upon us you’d think this week would be rife with new releases, but oddly this isn’t the case – just two titles are heading to store shelves.

Those two are Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin and Xenoblade Chronicles 3D. Scholar of the First Sin offers more than your usual DLC-loaded GOTY Edition.

Well, the current-gen versions do anyway – as well as the obligatory resolution and frame-rate boost, the amount of players that can partake online has been bumped from 4 to 6 and enemy placements have been overhauled. This means that areas which were once ‘safe zones’ no longer are. Sneaky.

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The PS4 and Xbox One versions can be found for around £30 online, while the PS3 and 360 iterations are available for around £20-£25. Incidentally, and allegedly, Asda has just dropped the price of vanilla Dark Souls II on last-gen to a mere £5.

We covered 3DS conversion Xenoblade Chronicles during our weekly Nintendo eShop round-up, albeit briefly. To recap: it lacks the grandeur of the Wii original, and the menus are a little messy, but it gets the job done. Most critics seem to agree though that Nintendo’s decision to bring it to the small screen was a little odd. And remember: you need the latest newfangled 3DS to be able to play it.

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You may have noticed that Nintendo’s eShop schedule was a little sparse this week. Turns out there was a reason behind this – they were saving a bunch of surprise announcements for last night’s Nintendo Direct. HAL Laboratory’s innovative monochrome puzzler Boxboy! is available now on 3DS while Super Mario 64, Donkey Kong 64, Wario Ware Touched! and Mario Kart DS make their merry way to Wii U VC. Buying three will unlock the fourth for free, but only until 16th April.

Over on PSN there’s the well-received Metroidvania alike Axiom Verge (PS4 – £14.99 or £13.49 with PS Plus), colourful screen-screen platformer Woah Dave! (PS4/PS Vita – £3.29 or “secretly” free with PS Plus), baseballing duo MLB 15 The Show (PS4/PS3/PS Vita – £36.99) and Super Mega Baseball (PS4/PS3 – £15.99).

The PS3 also gets Anna Extended Edition (£11.99), Syberia 2 (£11.99), Paranormal Pursuit: The Gifted One Collector’s Edition (£11.99) and the PS2 version of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (also £11.99).

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Things are a lot quieter on Xbox Live – current ‘Games with Gold’ freebie Pool Nation FX arrived on Wednesday while both Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions and Super Time Force received substantial free updates that add a bunch of new modes and challenges.

Any reason to “dust off” Super Time Force is a good reason.

Next week: Ride (Xbox One/360), Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams Directors Cut (PS4), Jewel Link Double Pack – Safari Quest and Atlantic Quest (3DS) and April’s PS Plus titles – Tower of Guns (PSN – PS4/PS3), Aaru’s Awakening (PSN – PS4/PS3) and MonsterBag (PSN – PS Vita)

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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