With over 20 new games either out now or imminently, itâ€™s a very busy week for new releases. In the words of just about every YouTuber ever, letâ€™s get straight into it.
Weâ€™ll start with the Wii U first, as the system sees four new retail releases – an unprecedented amount, considering we usually see just one or two a month. J-Pop infused JRPG Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is the big one, which has gained a thumbs up from Eurogamer since penning our weekly eShop round-up. â€œI don’t know if I’d recommend it to anyone who isn’t already a fan of all things Japanese, but for those of you who are, you’re likely to find a very good timeâ€ they said.
Those remaining three are Terraria – which is set to retail at around Â£20 – the allegedly mediocre Mario and Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and Mighty No. 9. The Wii Uâ€™s digital release of Mighty No.9 was something of a shambles, with reports of glitches galore. A patch went live yesterday, which the developers claim will fix these issues. Consider us skeptical.
Sadly, it has an abundance of faults thatâ€™ll never be fixed – Mighty No. 9’s reviews are mostly around the 5/10 mark, due to mixture of poor design choices, low production values and lack of direction. The Xbox 360 version has been hit by a delay, incidentally, while the handheld iterations still have no firm release date whatsoever.
Microsoftâ€™s black slab plays catch-up with a belated release of Lumo, a puzzle platformer paying homage to isometric games of yore. Thatâ€™s joined by the curiously priced (Â£11.19!) air traffic control sim Land It, Kung Fu for Kinect – which appears to be a re-release of 2013’s Kung Fu High Impact – and Into the Belly of the Beast, an underwater adventure in which a sea worm heads sets out to rescue his children from a sea monster. Thatâ€™ll set you back Â£13.19.
These arenâ€™t the only new Xbox One releases, as both Xbox One and PS4 get the budget priced mobile conversion Pac-Man 256, Deadlight: Director’s Cut – also due at retail for around Â£15 – the Pictionary alike Drawful 2 and the 3D robot-based roguelike Heart&Slash. That last one is also getting a retail release, but only on PS4. You can thank PQube for that.
On PS4 Capcomâ€™s cover-based online shooter Umbrella Corps has slipped out on the sly. Powered by Unity, it looks like it has little to do with Resident Evil at all; itâ€™s obviously being aimed towards the CoD squad. VideoGamerâ€™s review went up earlier today, where it garnered a sub-par 4/10. â€œÂ£25 is too much cash for too little in the way of qualityâ€ was their ultimate conclusion.
With Euro 2016 well underway, Dino Dini’s Kick Off Revival makes a timely appearance on PS4 this Friday. Available for Â£12.99 on Amazon currently, itâ€™s exclusive to PlayStation formats for six months with a PS Vita release due later along the line.
The PS Vita actually sees a fair few releases this week, including good old Towerfall Ascension, the almost universally panned Funk of Titans, visual novel sequel XBlaze Lost: Memories, the explosion packed Super Blast Deluxe and the 2D top-down RPG Dragon Fantasy: The Black Tome of Ice.
Dragon Fantasy also heads to PS4, along with Electronic Super Joy, pirate-based MOBA Pirates: Treasure Hunters and the cutesy 2D puzzler Dreamals: Dream Quest.
Finally, thereâ€™s the ravishing remaster Odin Sphere Leifthrasir on PS4, PS Vita and PS3. Reviews have been overwhelmingly positive so far, including 9.5s from IGN, Destructoid and God is a Geek.
â€œOdin Sphere Leifthrasir is an amalgamation of everything a great game should have: addictive gameplay, gorgeous visuals, a gripping story, and a heck of a lot of customisation. If you missed this on the PS2, you owe it to yourself to experience one of the best games out there on current PlayStation platformsâ€ said God is a Geek. Still not convinced? Luckily for you, a demo is a now available.
Next week: LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Multi – Wii U version delayed until 5th July), The Technomancer (PS4/Xbox One), Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness (PS4), 7 Days to Die (PS4), Resident Evil 5 (PS4/Xbox One), Lost Sea (Xbox One), INSIDE (Xbox One), JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven (PS4), Pineview Drive (PS4/Xbox One/Wii U), Prison Architect (PS4), Joeâ€™s Diner (PS4/Xbox One/Wii U), Teddy Together (3DS) and a retail release of Minecraft: Wii U Edition.