The standard edition of EA’s Battlefield 2042 launches this week. Following last week’s early access bestowing Gold and Deluxe editions, reviews are starting to surface. Scores are mixed so far – for every 9/10 there’s seemingly a 7/10.

EGM felt it deserved top marks (5/5) while Stevivor couldn’t find many positives, warning of bugs, performance issues and unbalanced match types. Unsurprisingly, a lot of reviews are still in progress.

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl might also be on the receiving end of mixed reviews, allegedly being ‘extremely safe’ remakes. Authentic to a fault, perhaps. Remember, Pokémon Legends: Arceus is just two months away, looking like it’ll answer the prayers of those looking for a more modern adventure.

Other noteworthy releases for this week include Frogware’s next-gen only Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One, featuring a young Sherlock and a Mediterranean island setting.

Flying under the radar somewhat, there’s Grow: Song of the Evertree – a sandbox adventure with nature at its core, looking exceedingly colourful. Paradox Interactive’s Surviving the Aftermath comes to consoles too after spending a year in early access, giving chance to create the ultimate disaster-proof colony.

Then there’s KID A MNESIA EXHIBITION on PS5 and PC – a free interactive Radiohead “dream-space” that was originally conceived as an art exhibition.  

A handful of belated conversions are imminent, with the outdoor rambler A Short Hike strolling from Switch to PS4 and Xbox, the Jet Force Gemini-inspired Tamarin jumping from PS4 to Xbox, and the offbeat tale The Wild at Heart landing on PS4.

PS2 era hack and slashers BloodRayne ReVamped and BloodRayne 2 ReVamped fly the flag for retro re-releases, published by Ziggurat. We don’t recall either being brilliant, although it would appear both have a cult following.

Finally, there’s another wave of games aimed at younger gamers. Hoping to make it onto Christmas lists, no doubt. These include the sci-fi shooter NERF Legends, the side-scroller Marsupilami: Hoobadventure, and the 3D platformer The Smurfs: Mission Vileaf – which is reportedly reasonably enjoyable, in a lukewarm 6/10 way.

New release trailers

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl 

Battlefield 2042 

Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One 

A Short Hike

Surviving the Aftermath

Grow: Song of the Evertree 

Marsupilami: Hoobadventure 

BloodRayne ReVamped 

NERF Legends


The Wild at Heart 



New on multiformat releases

  • Battlefield 2042
  • Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One
  • A Short Hike
  • Surviving the Aftermath
  • Grow: Song of the Evertree
  • The Smurfs: Mission Vileaf
  • Marsupilami: Hoobadventure
  • Klang 2
  • BloodRayne: ReVamped
  • BloodRayne 2: ReVamped
  • NERF Legends
  • Mastho is Together
  • Far Cry 6 – Vaas: Insanity
  • Kingdom: Two Crowns – Norse Lands

New on PSN

  • Kid A MNESIA Exhibition – PS5
  • The Wild At Heart
  • Bunny Factory
  • Tears of Avia
  • 20 Bunnies
  • YUKI
  • Christmas Break 2 Head to Head
  • Blacksmith of the Sand Kingdom
  • Arcade Archives LIBBLE RABBLE
  • Hidden Treasures in the Forest of Dreams
  • Finger Fitness
  • Dandy Ace

New on Xbox Store

  • Next Space Rebels
  • Out of Line
  • Them Bombs
  • Before We Leave
  • Chef’s Tail
  • Tamarin
  • Fae Tactics
  • Space Elite Force 2 in 1
  • Exo One
  • Space Moth: Lunar Edition
  • Undungeon
  • Total Arcade Racing
  • Despotism 3k
  • Smoots Golf
  • Two Hundred Ways

New Switch retail releases

eShop round-up coming Thursday

  • Pokemon Brilliant Diamond / Pokemon Shining Pearl
  • NERF Legends
  • Star Wars Jedi Knight Collection
  • Star Wars Racer and Commando Combo
  • Angry Alligator

Next week: Farming Simulator 22, Cricket 22, Death’s Door (PS4), Asterix & Obelix: Slap Them All, DEEEER Simulator: Your Average Everyday Deer Game, Little Bug, Drizzlepath: Déjà vu, One Last Memory, Angry Alligator (PS4), and Windlands 2.