It’s sequels galore this week as we see the return of not only the Dark Knight himself but other big names including Just Dance, Naruto, and Wii Party.
Things are certainly heating up as we approach the next-gen precipice but it’s reassuring to know that there’s plenty more to come in the next several weeks.
Batman: Arkham Origins | PS3, 360, Vita | Friday
The caped crusader is back once again, this time starring in his own, aptly-named prequel. In Batman: Arkham Origins, players don the cowl of a less-experienced Dark Knight, hunted by the illusive Black Mask and eight elite assassins.
As you can see, not a whole lot has changed since the critically-acclaimed Arkham City. However, for most gamers (including myself) that really isn’t much of an issue. Rocksteady may not be developing the title yet WB Games Montreal is still using the series’ trademark tactical combat. On top of that, Origins will feature an intuitive multiplayer mode created by Brink/Extraction studio, Splash Damage.
Just Dance Kids 2014 | 360, Wii U, Wii | Friday
Aimed at younger audiences, Just Dance Kids 2014 is more or less the same as its mainline counterpart, only with a slightly-altered track-list. A-Ha, One Direction, Demi Lovato, and The Wiggles star along with other select choices such as Pat Benatar’s “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”.
It’s worth mentioning that the Wii U version of the game comes tagged with an exclusive “Dance Director” mode. Here, one player occupies the gamepad, lining up pre-set moves for the others to perform.
Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst | PS3, 360, PC | Friday
Naruto and the gang are back in Ninja Storm 3 “Full Burst”, an enhanced version of the original game which launched earlier this year.
In truth, little has changed since its March release. Fans can expect an entire new chapter and character to play with but aside from that the revisions are fairly cosmetic. Still, at the very least it’s great to see the franchise finally make its PC debut via Steam.
Rocksmith 2014 | PS3, 360, PC | Friday
Picking up where the first instalment left, Rocksmith 2014 is more of a refinement as opposed to an actual sequel. With Rock Band and Guitar Hero seemingly a thing of the past, Ubisoft took a big risk in publishing the original Rocksmith but it must have paid off for them.
Using its unique “Hercules” adapter, Rocksmith allows guitar players of all levels to plug in a real instrument, either a standard electric or bass. From here you can delve into numerous tutorials and jam sessions, playing hits such as Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way” and “Everlong” by Foo Fighters.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles | PC, 360, Wii, 3DS | Friday
Probably worth a miss, this one. With a Metacritic average of 38, the latest TMNT game looks to be a far cry from what has come in the past.
Widely described as a dysfunctional co-op brawler, the saddest thing about this game is how much potential it had, even without the nostalgia factor.
The Guided Fate Paradox | PS3 | Friday
Yet another nonsensically-named JRPG, The Guided Fate Paradox is a slice of dungeon-crawling action from the same team behind Disgaea: Hour of Darkness.
It involves alternate worlds, limitless customisation, winning the lottery, and – wait for it – Cindrella.
Wii Party U | Wii U | Friday
The original Wii Party is easily one of my favourite titles available on Nintendo’s recently-outdated platform. Featuring an entire gallery of quirky mini-games, it was developed specifically for local multiplayer.
Wii Party U is more or less the same but with HD graphics and a swathe of new activities. The series’ marquee board game mode is also back, combining snakes and ladders, Miis, and plenty of opportunities to one-up your opponents.