Out this week: DiRT Rally, Quantum Break, new PS Plus freebies and more

This week sees two big hitters, both of which are available to purchase right now – Remedy’s time-altering shooter Quantum Break and Codemaster’s console conversion of DiRT Rally.

We rounded-up Quantum Break’s reviews late last week. In short: scores have been mixed, varying from Digital Spy’s 5/5 to Giant Bomb’s 2/5. The majority of reviews are around the 8/10 mark however – the negative reviews are relatively few, with most complaints linked to the live-action TV sequences. “Quantum Break isn’t a perfect game; it’s a bold experiment in how two mediums can tell a larger story, and at times it pays off” said Game Informer, who gave it an 8.5.

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For the uninformed, DiRT Rally made its debut on PC late last year to incredibly positive reviews, including 8/10s from both EDGE and gamesTM. It appears to have lost nothing in its jump to console, bagging a heady mixture of 8s and 9s. If Metacritic is to go by, it’s yet to receive a review score lower than 8/10 in fact. God is a Geek in particular was smitten by it, handing out a lofty 9.0. Judging by Amazon’s sales rank it looks set to storm the charts next week.

If only we could say the same for Mario and Sonic: Rio 2016 Olympic Games on 3DS. With scores including 4/10 from LazyGamer and 5/10 from Nintendo Enthusiast, general consensus has it that it’s a hastily cobbled togther package that’s mediocre at best. Hopefully the upcoming Wii U version will fare better.

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Other retail releases for this week include MXGP2: The Official Motocross Videogame on PS4 and Xbox One, Assassin’s Creed Chronicles on PS Vita and the colourful 2D brawler Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel on PS4 (PS3 release digital only). We’re working on a review of the PS4 iteration as we speak. First impression: it’s accessible but a lack of depth could be an issue. The £29.99 asking price may sway help things, however.

Sticking with the PlayStation formats, new PS Plus freebies Shutshimi (PS4/PS Vita) and Dead Star (PS4) are available now. Both are shoot’em ups which couldn’t further apart – Shutshimi is of the pixel art variety starring a muscle-bound fish, while Dead Star offers 10-vs-10 space battles and has a sprinkling of RPG elements. We’ll see if we can squeeze some words out about them soon. In the meantime, there’s a handy beginner’s guide to Dead Star here.

The PS4 also gets procedural dungeon crawler Enter the Gungeon – which the PS Blog has more on – Curve Digital’s allegedly pretty good Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure, and the abstract FPS Lovely Planet. And in addition to Nitroplus Blasterz, the PS3 sees the release of Amplitude and Samurai Warriors 4 Empires.

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The Xbox One has an altogether different line-up, including TRON RUN/r – which is due Friday, after taking a short hiatus – and the Bookworm Adventures alike Letter Quest: Grimm’s Journey Remastered. We’ve also spent some time (quite a bit, in fact) with this one in preparation of a review. It’s quite possibly the first word game to work well on a console. Take that, smelly old Boggle.

Next week: Dark Souls III (PS4/Xbox One), Stories: The Path of Destinies (PS4), Soda Drinker Pro (Xbox One) and the new Wii U Selects line-up (New Super Mario Bros. U, LEGO City Undercover, DK: Tropical Freeze, Wii Party U and Wind Waker HD).

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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