Out This Week: Thief, PvZ, and Castlevania

February has just flown by, hasn’t it? Not to worry, as this month saw a delicious payload of gaming goodness. So, what better way to round it off with yet more anticipated titles, all of which happen to carry an ample dose of prestige.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 | PS3, Xbox 360, PC | Friday

After a somewhat disappointing 3DS debut, developer MercurySteam is bringing its Castlevania revamp back to consoles with Lords of Shadow 2. This time around players will flit between medieval and modern day settings as our returning protagonist, Garbiel Belmont, who is now known to the world as Dracula.


The game plays similarly to the previous Lords of Shadow with players dishing out a variety of combos to overcome enemies. Instead of using magic, however, you will now have access to two new weapons: the Void Sword and Chaos Claws.

Thief | PS4, X1, PC, PS3, Xbox 360 | Friday

After a rather lengthy hiatus, master thief Garret is back as Eidos hopes to reboot another one of its franchises. Our lead hero returns to the imaginatively-named “The City” to overthrow “The Baron” in a tale of shadows, corruption, and avarice.

Using a variety of powers and Garret’s natural penchant for lurking, players can weave their way through levels, dispatching foes and pilfering their belongings along the way. An intuitive difficulty system is also on hand, allowing you to tweak the options to match your own tastes, each on/off toggle taking its toll on your points gauge.

According to the initial wave of reviews, Thief isn’t quite the grand return some had wished for. While the game has grabbed 8s and 9s from some publications, it has also been the target of less flattering comments, critics highlighting the flawed melee combat and choice systems.

Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare | X1, Xbox 360 | Friday

Ah, finally, a follow-up to PopCap’s twisted tower defence classic. Wrong. Though there’s a good chance many will mistake Garden Warfare for a PvZ sequel, it’s actually an entirely different game.


Played as a third person shooter, Garden Warfare combines tower defence with some good old running n’ gunning as the war between plants and their undead rivals rages on. Expect a variety of class combinations to choose from as you team up and throw down online against opponents from across the globe. It won’t be as ground-breaking as the military shooter it tries to lampoon but it’s different. Very different.

You might have spotted our coverage this morning?

Tales of Symphonia Chronicles | PS3 | Friday

Though not part of the ever-growing “HD Classics” range, Tales of Symphonia Chronicles is still just a tarted up version of the PlayStation 2 original, which also released on GameCube. On top of that foundation, Namco has thrown in more JRPG goodness, this time in the form previously Wii-exclusive, Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World.

Commemorating the original game’s tenth anniversary, the HD package will have options for both English and Japanese voiceovers, a first in the Tales series.

So there you have it, this week’s main releases. Let us know in the comments what you plan on picking up.


  1. I was looking forward to Thief but the reviews have been a bit discouraging. I would still like to play it but it’ll have to be on the cheap.

  2. It would be nice if there was a Thief demo with this weeks’ store update, as I wouldn’t risk the purchase with the hit and miss reviews.

    • Agreed, fella. The only saving grace I have is that, on the PC, I can get it for £15 with one vendor. Might take the risk anyway although my mate’s ordered it so will listen in (on Skype) to get a better impression.

      • Blimey, that’s very cheap for a new release. At least if it wasn’t too good…you don’t mind so much for that money. Good shout about Skype, I may check out some Twitch feeds later just to be nosey!

  3. I have Thief on pre-order and I am a little worried about this now. I guess I will stick with it and use the magic of trade in if it is naff.

    When it turns up I will see what I can stream to help people make a decision on it, assuming it is based on the game and not my crap gaming abilities!

  4. I reserved both Tales of Symphonia and Thief. I’m going to pick them up during my break at work. However, I have had a few minor moments worrying about Thief. I wont be able to know for sure until I play it myself. Maybe I will see if anyone is broadcasting it on the PS4.

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