Much like the weather as of late, this week’s gaming line-up yields a scolding drought, at least on retail level. It’s not all bad news, however; just around the corner is a cluster of late-summer sleepers, and those subscribed to PlayStation Plus can expect a digital downpour come Wednesday afternoon. So, without further ado…
PixelJunk Monster Ultimate HD | VITA
Though not the first instalment in Q-Games’ long-running series, PixelJunk Monsters is still perhaps the most cherished. Originally released in 2008 on PlayStation Network, the quirky tower-defence classic would later receive a full-on expansion and even a PSP port.
Finally, the game will make its way to PlayStation Vita in all its HD glory. Featuring 47 levels and 24 challenges, Monsters is packed with content and plenty of unlockables for those who like to stray from the beaten path.
Cloudberry Kingdom | PS3, 360, Wii U
Pwnee Studios’ digital debut is a test of both reflex and skill. Don’t let the cutesy art style or fluffy name fool you, Cloudberry Kingdom is looking to be one of the most brutal side-scrolling platformers this side of Super Meat Boy.
Launching first on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live before jumping to Wii U, Cloudberry Kingdom uses a clever AI system that charts player behaviour. The game then uses this information to determine which obstacles to place before its unwitting victims. Basically, it’s the Dark Souls of 2D platformers and will be part of Sony’s PLAY initiative on PSN.
Superfrog HD | PS3, VITA
Not everyone will be familiar with Team 17′s Amiga classic but that won’t stop you from enjoying this HD update. Catapulted into the 21st century, Superfrog now dons the mantle of a modern side-scroller and even features its own level creator. On top of that, those who buy the PlayStation 3 version will also get it on Vita. We’ll have our thoughts on the game up at some point tomorrow.
Narco Terror | PS3, 360, PC
PlayStation Plus August Update
Well well, it’s that time of the month again (oh yes, very funny) where online punters take their £3.99 and turn it into a barrage of digital goodness. At the forefront of August’s PS+ offerings is Criterion’s open-world racer, Need For Speed: Most Wanted. Not even a year old, players will be able to bag this PS3 title alongside 2K’s Gangster sim, Mafia II, and the often underrated Spec Ops: The Line.
Handheld gamers fear not, there’s plenty for you too. First off we have LEGO Lord of the Rings, another TT puzzle-platformer, this time based on Tolkein’s fantasy epic. Keep in mind that, rather sadly, this isn’t a port of the PS3/360 game. This month you’ll also get When Vikings Attack!