There’s more than meets the eye to Activision’s latest Transformers game. What could have easily been a quick and cheap cash-in has turned out to be a recommended purchase for fans of Transformers and Platinum Games’ previous efforts alike.
Transformers Devastation borrow a lot from Bayonetta and that’s not the only reason why it has ended up being better than expected – it appears that Platinum are closet G1 Transformers fans too, effortlessly retaining the look and feel of the notoriously cheesy â€˜80s cartoon series.
VideoGamer handed Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection 7/10 as well, on the grounds that the original hasn’t aged too well and that the shooting mechanics are â€œannoying at best and terrible at worstâ€. The Metro echoed this, reporting that â€œUncharted 1 is not a particularly good game and the combat in all three is a real weak pointâ€. They did however give it a slightly higher score – 8/10, which is what majority of critics have settled on, including GameStop, The Jimquisition and ShackNews.
Rock Band 4 is another gaining positive reviews, arriving to a mixture of 7s, 8s and 9s. â€œLike many, I’ve been a fan of Rock Band for years, and Rock Band 4 fills all of those gaming inclinations. The several minuscule issues coupled with the primary, yet still small concern of ambiguous song difficulties mean it’s imperfect, but not by muchâ€ said The Escapist.
Just three other games are heading to store shelves this week – the current-gen only Dragon Age Inquisition: Game of the Year Edition, Farming Simulator 2016 on PS Vita and the allegedly mediocre Grand Ages: Medieval for PS4 and PC. Don’t be fooled into expecting something similar to Age of Empires, Anno or The Settlers – it’s focused on trading goods with other cities and, well, that’s about it.
It’s a shame that Elite Dangerous – out now on Xbox One – isn’t getting a physical release. At Â£29.99, we’re surprised that it isn’t. It’s well worth the asking price though, gaining 8/10s across the board. â€œIt won’t appeal to everyone, but if you want an experience that feels unique, a rare degree of freedom, and the opportunity to fly really fast and blow up other ships should the mood take you, Elite: Dangerous comes highly recommended â€“ just don’t go in expecting an arcadey blaster or a free ride. You’ll find neither hereâ€ said God is a Geek.
Retro shooter Telsapunk (Â£7.99 – trial available), multiplayer party game Monkey Pirates (Â£3.99 or Â£3.19 with Gold) and the top-down tower defence thing Kaiju Panic (Â£12.79) are also now available on Xbox One.
Then over on PSN there’s 1001 Spikes (Â£11.99 – PS4/PS Vita), Arcade Archives: Buta-San (Â£7.99 – PS4), Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax (Â£24.99 – PS3/PS Vita), Actual Sunlight (Â£4.49 – PS Vita) and The Quiet Collection (Â£4.49 – PS Vita). They’re being joined by Super Meat Boy, which is one of the current PS Plus freebies. If you haven’t grabbed them yet, Broken Age, Unmechanical Extended, Kick Beat, Chariot and Kung-Fu Rabbit are ready and waiting to occupy your hard drive too.
And if that little lot wasn’t enough to keep you busy this weekend, the Star Wars: Battlefront beta is currently underway as well. Yub nub!
Next week: Back to the Future: The Game – 30th Anniversary Edition (Multi), Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut (Multi), Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance (PS4), Tales of Zestiria (PS4/PS3), Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and The Blight Below (PS4), WRC 5 (Multi), Goosebumps: The Game (Multi), Dungeon Travelers 2: The Royal Library and the Monster Seal (PS Vita), Baila Latino (Wii U), Luv Me Buddies Wonderland (Wii U/3DS), Fit Music (Wii U) and the new 3DS Selects range.