Out this week: Minecraft: Story Mode, Back to the Future, Wasteland 2, WRC 5 and more

Two new Telltale games in one week? What madness is this? No madness here, squire – just Telltale exercising the right to exploit their back catalogue. There are two Just Dance games out next week though. Now that is madness.

Telltale’s Minecraft: Story Mode and Back to the Future: The Game both launched on Wednesday. Five part adventure Back to the Future made its first appearance on PC, Wii and PlayStation 3 back in 2010 to good, but not great, reviews. With the notorious ‘Back to the Future Day’ almost upon us it has been dusted off in a timely fashion with a new behind the scenes video and a HD sheen. That seems to be it for improvements. Expect to pay £19.99 in both physical and digital form. It’s a GAME exclusive in the UK, incidentally.

Reviews of Minecraft: Story Mode are starting to trickle through now, including an 8.0 from Polygon and 7.3 from IGN. The Metro meanwhile gave it a 7. “An extremely slow start to Minecraft’s first story adventure, but it’s a game made with a clear love for the original and is bound to please most younger fans” they said.

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WRC 5 FIA World Rally Championship reviews are harder to come by, despite it launching Tuesday. It’s from the studio behind the terrible Motorcycle Club and the almost unplayable The Cursed Crusade, which might explain why it has been kept out of reviewer’s hands. It’s out on just about everything – last-gen, current-gen and even PS Vita. We suggest approaching with caution.

Goosebumps: The Game is another that’s review shy. This first-person point ‘n’ click adventure is developed by WayForward but all signs point to it being one of the ‘lesser’ projects – the kind they simply take on the pay the bills and stay afloat. The artwork looks nice enough, mind. Again, it’s out on all formats with a pulse. In digital form, anyway – unless we’re mistaken only the 3DS is getting a physical release.

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We can at least vouch for the quality of old school roleplayer Wasteland 2: Directors Cut, the sequel to the game that inspired Fallout. Or rather, IGN and God is a Geek can as both outlets gave it an 8.5. “Graphically, it’s a little too brown and drab at times, and the busy screen and uncooperative map are genuine issues, but the flip-side of the coin is a vast, immersive adventure filled with danger and adventure that mixes elements of Fallout with Baldur’s Gate and XCOM” said the latter.

Could be something of a sleeper hit, this. It’s out on Xbox One and PS4 this Friday for around £30. It’s getting a physical release too, courtesy of Deep Silver.

Before we cover the week’s downloadable titles there are four JRPGs to cover – the cumbersomely titled Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and The Blight Below (PS4), Tales of Zestiria (PS3/PS4), Dungeon Travelers 2: The Royal Library and the Monster Seal (PS Vita) and Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance (PS4). Why all four are launching in the same week we’ll never know.

We can’t find a single review of Tales of Zestiria yet, which is probably because it isn’t due out in the US until next week. Dragon Quest Heroes has been getting very good scores though – including 8.0 from both GameInformer and GameSpot – while Disgaea 5 has arrived to scores higher still, including 9/10 from GameStyle. As for Dungeon Travelers 2, reviews have been mixed – everything from 2/5 to 4.5/5.

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On the download services Bedlam: The Game by Christopher Brookmyre (£15.99) is due Friday on PS4 and Xbox One. It’s an old school shooter, by which we mean it purposely resembles a PC FPS from twenty odd years ago. Think Quake II and you’ll get the gist. Let’s hope people don’t judge it on looks alone, eh?

The PS4 also sees the release of The Talos Principle (£32.99), One Upon Light (£9.49), Extreme Exorcism (£9.99) and the abstract Japanese shooter Prismatic Solid (£8.99) while the PS Vita gets BANG! The Official Video Game (£7.99) which is based on a Wild West themed board game.

Back over on Xbox One there’s also Laserlife (£11.99 or £10.79 with Gold) – a rhythm action affair set in space – and the top-down twin stick shooter Crimsonland (£11.19 or £9.51 with Gold). We spent a hour or so with Crimsonland’s trial version earlier today and were left reasonably impressed – it’s a very simple game, even in the visual department, but curiously compelling. The trial not only has a few easy unlockable achievements but it appears that it allows you to play the survival mode – which has a long list of inventive perks to equip – as many times as you like. Give it a go – we ended up playing it far longer than anticipated.

Next week: Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (PS4/Xbox One/PC), The Legend Of Zelda Tri Force Heroes (3DS), Guitar Hero Live (Multi), Overlord: Fellowship of Evil (PS4/Xbox One),Hasbro Family Fun Pack (PS4/Xbox One), Space Hulk (PS3, PS Vita), Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers (PS4), Superbeat Xonic (PS Vita), Gravity Falls (3DS), Just Dance Disney 2 (Multi), Just Dance 2016 (Multi) and Now That’s What I Call Sing (PS4/Xbox One).

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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