It’s all been leading to this. No, this isn’t a reference to Avengers: Endgame, but rather Three Fields Entertainment’s Dangerous Driving. After releasing a few smaller, digital only, titles (such as the underrated Dangerous Golf) the indie studio has finally launched its magnum opus – an arcade racer that’s Burnout all but in name.
The general consensus is that even though it isn’t able to match Criterion’s much loved, and sadly dormant, racer it’s still a decent enough alternative. It’s available both at retail and on the download services, with the retail release available at around £30. The studio has seen fit to throw in Danger Zone 2 as a freebie, too.
While other parts of the world receive a physical release of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy, us Europeans are forced to settle for digital only. It does at least appear to be worth the £30 asking price, with scores mostly being a mixture of 8s and 9s. The Nintendo DS classics have been remade with enhanced visuals, featuring all 14 episodes from the first three games.
Spike Chunsoft’s Zanki Zero: Last Beginning is another heading to both retail and digital storefronts. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, it’s part visual novel, part survival RPG. You’ll find a smattering of reviews below, along with scores for the (alarmingly) old-school steampunk dungeon crawler Vaporum.
Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! is almost ready to be dished up. The original comical restaurant simulator was a surprise hit but only made it to PC and mobile. All change for this sequel – it’s out on PS4, Xbox One, and Switch.
God is a Geek gave the Switch version a whirl, resulting in a lofty 9/10. “Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! Is a fantastic conversion on the Switch. The touchscreen controls are super and HD Rumble is excellent. This release is everything I wanted in a Switch port of the game,” they said.
Point-and-click adventure Shadowgate also receives a remake this week, complete with a retro mode featuring pixelated graphics and Hiroyuki Masuno’s original NES chip tunes. If you’re quick, you can get 20% off the asking price on the Xbox One store.
Switch owners are no doubt looking forward to Nintendo Labo Toy-con 04: VR Kit – Nintendo’s voyage into VR. Potentially, it could be the greatest Labo kit yet. On Xbox One, meanwhile there’s the rather brazen Stardew Valley clone Gleaner Heights and the insect-based twin-stick shooter Flutter Bombs.
This leaves us with Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain on PS4, which sees Yuke’s take the helm. Despite being geared more towards western gamers – with gritter visuals and a character creation tool – it seems its flying under the radar somewhat. Maybe once reviews go live it’ll start to generate more of a buzz.
New release showcase:
8/10 – PSU: “Though Dangerous Driving doesn’t quite boast the budget it needs to properly do justice to the notion of bringing classic Burnout kicking and screaming onto contemporary systems, it absolutely does nail the fundamental core of that concept and in doing so provides both a highly enjoyable racer and an evocative blueprint for what developer Three Fields Entertainment will do next”
7.2 – IGN: “As a long-time Burnout devotee, I’m very glad Dangerous Driving got made. It is a wonderful complement to Danger Zone 2; together, they are basically Burnout 6 and the world is better off for it. That said, a drawn-out campaign and less-fun secondary events create a little too much drag on its standalone fun”
6/10 – GameSpew: “Like a cover band howling the tunes of your favourite but now defunct artist, it’s not a patch on the real thing, but you make do with what’s on offer. Dangerous Driving is good enough to provide some high octane entertainment, but it’ll still leave you craving a worthy Burnout successor”
Zanki Zero: Last Beginning
7/10 – Push Square: “Zanki Zero is a really entertaining blend of visual novel and survival RPG gameplay. The story is just as eccentric and zany as the Danganronpa series and features that grittiness fans have come to expect. The combat system is a little simplistic, but the human cloning makes it a really unique experience. However, the title doesn’t quite hit the same deliciously dark heights as Danganronpa”
6.0 – PlayStation Lifestyle: “While my stats got better, I was constantly looking for signs of real growth, and all I got instead was a hot plate of trauma porn garnished with dick and fart jokes. There’s a time and a place for that stuff, but as a reward for tenacious grinding, I’m not buying what Zanki Zero is selling”
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy
9/10 – Nintendo World Report: “With little more than a new coat of paint, the Trilogy collection manages to be the perfect way to experience the story of Phoenix Wright whether you’re a rookie lawyer or a great ace attorney”
4.5/5 – Game Revolution: “Getting the original trilogy in a single package is not just a great value, but also fitting since it includes all of creator Shu Takumi’s original work on the series. Hopefully, the rest of the franchise and its various spin-offs will make their way to a wider audience next, but this is a great start”
7/10 – The Metro: “The sheer age of the games are beginning to count against them but Ace Attorney still remains exhibit A in how to make even the silliest story-based games fun and engaging”
8/10 – PSU: “Vaporum slaps a fun Steampunk skin on an old-school grid-based dungeon crawler, and the results are engaging and fun. With plenty of customization for players to dig into, numerous puzzles to solve, and winning real-time (but pause-able) combat, Vaporum hums along on all cylinders. Though the overly complex control system could be substantially streamlined, the charms of the game overcome the struggle to control it”
2.5/5 – Screen Rant: “For all its faults, Vaporum is a labor of love that does its best to pay homage to a forgotten era, and it largely succeeds in capturing an authentic dungeon crawler experience. However, it’s for that very reason that Vaporum will likely ward off a lot of players who are less familiar with the genre, as its flagrantly imperfect marriage of archaic gameplay to modern game design leaves much to be desired”
New digital multi-format releases:
Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!!
Super Weekend Mode
New on PSN:
EARTH DEFENSE FORCE: IRON RAIN
Zanki Zero: Last Beginning
New on Xbox One store:
New Nintendo retail releases
Nintendo Labo Toy-con 04: VR Kit
Neo Atlas 1469
Next week: My Time at Portia, World War Z, Anniversary Collection Arcade Classics, Ghost Giant, Immortal Legacy: The Jade Cipher, Snooker 19, Our World Is Ended, FINAL FANTASY X/X-2 HD Remaster, Trüberbrook, Revenant Saga, and God’s Trigger.