With the long Easter weekend upon us youâ€™d think this week would be rife with new releases, but oddly this isnâ€™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 â€˜safe zonesâ€™ no longer are. Sneaky.
The PS4 and Xbox One versions can be found for around Â£30 online, while the PS3 and 360 iterations are available for around Â£20-Â£25. Incidentally, and allegedly, Asda has just dropped the price of vanilla Dark Souls II on last-gen to a mere Â£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 Nintendoâ€™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.
You may have noticed that Nintendoâ€™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 nightâ€™s Nintendo Direct. HAL Laboratoryâ€™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 thereâ€™s the well-received Metroidvania alike Axiom Verge (PS4 – Â£14.99 or Â£13.49 with PS Plus), colourful screen-screen platformer Woah Dave! (PS4/PS Vita – Â£3.29 or â€œsecretlyâ€ free with PS Plus), baseballing duo MLB 15 The Show (PS4/PS3/PS Vita – Â£36.99) and Super Mega Baseball (PS4/PS3 – Â£15.99).
The PS3 also gets Anna Extended Edition (Â£11.99), Syberia 2 (Â£11.99), Paranormal Pursuit: The Gifted One Collectorâ€™s Edition (Â£11.99) and the PS2 version of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (also Â£11.99).
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 â€œdust 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 Aprilâ€™s PS Plus titles – Tower of Guns (PSN – PS4/PS3), Aaruâ€™s Awakening (PSN – PS4/PS3) and MonsterBag (PSN – PS Vita)