This week’s new (and recent) releases

Usually, the digital stores come to standstill between Christmas and New Year’s Day. There was no seasonal break for the Xbox One store last week though, as a trio of titles turned up unexpectedly.

Dustoff Heli Rescue 2 may resemble one of those terrible, terrible, Minecraft clones that plague the Nintendo eShop, but don’t be so quick to judge – it’s a modern-day take on Desert Strike/Choplifter, with missions that vary from hostage rescue to tower building. The PC version gained a ‘mostly positive’ reception on Steam, with one user review claiming that it “took them by surprise.”

From good to bad. All signs point to Winx Club: Alfea Butterflix Adventures being a (very) late ‘worst game of 2017’ candidate, with user reviews siting terrible controls and appalling visuals. The developers seem to be proud of the fact that it resembles the 2004 PSone Winx Club game, and to make things even worse, it also includes in-app purchases.

Then there’s The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III, one of this month’s Xbox One freebies. The official release date was 1st January, but Microsoft kindly launched it a few days early. It’s a Diablo III-style role-player that’s surprisingly easy to play, despite the overwhelmingly complex menu and inventory screens.

First impressions, ahead of a review, are positive but if you didn’t enjoy Van Helsing II then you probably won’t find much to enjoy here either – it reuses a lot of content, right down to near-identical presentation.

As for new releases out this week, Outbreak: The New Nightmare hit the US Xbox Store today. The PC version was compared to RE: Outbreak, but for reasons we cannot fathom, the online multiplayer mode has been removed from this console release. Hopefully, Dead Drop Studios will see fit to give us the full package in the future.

Next week: Albert and Otto, and Flying Tigers: Shadow Over China.

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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