Out this week: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, DOOM, Raiden V and not much else

There’s a retro tinge to this week’s round-up, what with DOOM, Raiden V and Arcade Archives TwinBee making up roughly half of this week’s new releases.

The other half? MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune VS Zombies on PS Vita, She Wants Me Dead and the highly anticipated Uncharted 4 on PS4.

We rounded-up the majority of pre-release Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End reviews last week. As we’ve come to expect from a Naughty Dog game, it arrived to a waft of 10/10s and 5/5s. Those who chose to hand out anything less than a 9/10 – including VideoGamer, GamesRadar and The Jimquisition – were accused of bias and writing ‘click bait’ reviews, simply for having opinions that went against the grain. Amusingly, this prompted VideoGamer to pen this “special message”.

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Although we’re confident in saying that Uncharted 4 is nothing short of sensational, gamers shouldn’t expect perfect scores just because of a developer’s prestigious past. The same thing happened when GTA V launched – commenters up in arms over a 9.5. “Just give it a 10” they said, despite it being unavailable to the public at the time.

Reviews of DOOM, on the other hand, won’t be available until after launch – Bethesda hasn’t sent out pre-release copies to the press. IGN was told as follows: “As DOOM’s SnapMap and multiplayer modes both require access to a server that won’t be live prior to launch, review copies will arrive on launch day”. Kokatu – who are blacklisted by Bethesda, we might add – was told the same. “While it’s certainly possible that Bethesda is holding back because they’re putting out a clunker and they want to prevent bad reviews, it wouldn’t be fair to assume that” Kokatu stated.

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Colourful hack and slasher MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune VS Zombies is the third and final retail release of this week.

Destructoid gave it the review treatment earlier today. “The game is smothered by a poor camera, an excess of short load screens, a forgettable campaign, simplistic missions, portions of undubbed dialog and an overall lack of polish. But even with all that, I still managed to have a bit of fun pulverizing the bad guys with a little help from some scantily clad girls online” they said before handing out a 6/10.

On PSN there’s the previously mentioned Arcade Archives TwinBee (£5.79) – a conversion of Konami’s 1985 top-down shooter, which includes two different versions: ‘Bubble system’ and ‘ROM. That’s accompanied by She Wants Me Dead on PS4, which launches on Friday 13th. See what they did there? Details are thin on the ground for this Swedish-developed survival game – it’s rated 16+ and developed by Hello There, and that’s all we know. It isn’t even mentioned on the developer’s site.

The Binding of Isaac meanwhile receives DLC, in the form of Afterbirth. It sounds like a rather significant package, including a new ending and final boss, an all-new Greed mode, daily challenges, 95 new items and two additional characters – Lilith and Keeper.

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Unless some super mystery games hit the Xbox One store on Friday, this leaves us with Raiden V. It’s a full-price (£39.99) affair that’s only getting the digital treatment in the west – if you want a physical copy, importing the Japanese version is your only option. It’s currently £45-odd on Play-Asia, if you’d rather go down that route.

Eurogamer’s shmup specialist reviewed the import iteration back in March. “Moss’ latest is neither a convenient entry point for newcomers to 2D shooters, or obedient to the expectations of shmup devotees. But Raiden 5 is exciting, demanding and constantly rewards those that give it their time, taking players on a journey where skill and ability increase with every credit” their itchy trigger fingers typed.

Next week: Homefront: The Revolution (PS4/Xbox One), Shadow of the Beast (PS4), Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright/Conquest (3DS), Valkyria Chronicles Remastered Europa Edition (PS4), Fallout 4: Far Harbor (PS4/Xbox One), Cubikolor (Xbox One) and Shadwen (PS4).

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