Reviews of OlliOlli World went live a whole five days ahead of launch, showing great confidence from publisher Private Division. If it wasnâ€™t for the PC release of God of War, the skateboarding action-platformer would be the highest rated release of the year so far, with the Switch version boasting an 89% Metacritic.
â€œTight and challenging gameplay, a high skill ceiling, dozens of hours of content, and a remarkably stylish sense of presentation combine to make this a release you absolutely donâ€™t want to miss,â€ said Nintendo Life.
Of course, the early reviews have may have been down to the slew of games due this week. On PS4, PS5 and PC thereâ€™s the Unreal 4 powered Sifu â€“ an anticipated hand-to-hand brawler from the creators of Absolver. A former EDGE cover star, reviews went live yesterday (Sunday!) and were mostly a mixture of 8s and 9s. A few below-average scores did emerge, however – some critics found it rather unsatisfying.
The Xbox isn’t without a major new release. CrossfireX looks set to trample over the disastrous Battlefield 2042 with a cinematic campaign developed by Remedy. For those unaware, this series has been around for a while â€“ the 2007 original was huge in Asia, even spawning a film adaptation.
France-developed RPG Edge Of Eternity comes to consoles too, launching on Xbox Game Pass. The PC version arrived to a positive reception, with scores averaging 7/10. It takes its inspiration from Japanese role-playing games, resembling a later Final Fantasy.
Ziggurat 2 is another belated PC conversion imminent on Xbox One, being a rogueliteÂ FPS with a slight whiff of Hexen. We once lost a weekend to the original.
Continuing this theme, two Switch games make the jump to PS4 and Xbox One â€“ both of which weâ€™ve reviewed. Unbound: Worlds Apart is a 2D platformer centred around magical portals, earning itself an 8/10. Spirit Roots, meanwhile, is a tricky action platformer with similarities to Rayman.
Then thereâ€™s PowerSlave: Exhumed, which retro gamers may recall. Exhumed was one of the first truly excellent third-party SEGA Saturn games; the kind that made PSone owners jealousâ€¦until their iteration duly arrived. This remaster nabs content from both the Saturn and PSone versions, while cleverly fusing their names together â€“ US gamers will know it as PowerSlave.
Other releases for this week include Atariâ€™s Breakout: Recharged, a surprise release of Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD on PS4 and Xbox One, and the Xbox Oneâ€™s promising physics-based building game Besiege Console. As a Game Preview release, theyâ€™ll likely be a trial version available.
Switch owners can become lost in Kingdom Hearts this week too, with several games in the series arriving as cloud versions. While itâ€™s great to see the series on Switch, Square-Enix has come under fire for pricing, demanding top whack. Now that’s taking the mickey.
New release trailers
Edge Of Eternity
Rise of the Third Power
Unbound: Worlds Apart
Skautfold: Shrouded in Sanity
New multiformat releases
- OlliOlli World
- Breakout: Recharged
- PowerSlave: Exhumed
- Edge Of Eternity
- Rise of the Third Power
- Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD
- Far Cry 6 – Joseph: Collapse
- El Gancho
- Spirit Roots
- Unbound: Worlds Apart
- Ammo Pigs: Cocked and Loaded
- Skautfold: Shrouded in Sanity
New on PSN
- Brutal Rage
- Zombie Hill Racing
- Sword of Elpisia
- Blackberry Honey
- In My Shadow
New on Xbox Store
- The Life and Suffering of Sir Brante
- Ziggurat 2
- KungFu Kickball
- NAPE RETROVERSE COLLECTION
- Besiege Console (Game Preview)
New Switch retail releases
eShop round-up coming Thursday
- Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy â€“ The Definitive Edition
- Summer In Mara Collector’s Edition
- Death end re;Quest 2 Calendar Edition
- SPACE INVADERS FOREVER Special Edition
Next week: Horizon Forbidden West, Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires, The King of Fighters XV, Rumbleverse, Assassins Creed Ezio Collection (Switch), Voice of Cards: The Forsaken Maiden, Super Toy Cars Offroad, From Heaven To Earth, Heart of the Woods, and Infernax.