A couple of blockbuster releases this week in the form of the long-anticipated (too long, if you ask me) Watch Dogs and Nintendo’s latest entry into the racing spin-off series, Mario Kart 8. Alongside those comes a re-release of Borderlands 2 – on PS Vita – and a brand new Worms game for the new generation of consoles.
There’s also a new entry into the Ace Combat series, in the form of a free-to-play PS3 game.
Watch Dogs | PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC | Today
Almost two years after its initial reveal, Watch Dogs is finally releasing today. It’s been a long time coming, and while hype may have lowered recently due to the prolonged development time and lengthy delay, it’s definitely one to be excited about.
Essentially, Watch Dogs takes place in a fictional and eminently hackable version of Chicago, where everything is controlled by the ctOS. You’re able to see information about people, hack their phone calls, or hack many electronics across town.
Expect a deep story and tons of side missions, as well as some very fun open world gameplay. It’s about as close as we’ll get to a next generation Grand Theft Auto style game for now, but also folds in some of Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed magic to enhance the experience even further.
Ace Combat Infinity | PS3 | Wednesday
Ace Combat returns this week, exclusively for PS3 in the form of free-to-play game Infinity. There are both online co-operative and single player campaign modes.
It takes place in a near-future alternate universe Earth, where 20% of the surface has been destroyed by asteroids – which the Stonehenge anti-air railgun has failed to fully defend the planet from. It could be quite fun, providing that the microtransactions are balanced nicely.
Borderlands 2 | PS Vita | Friday
Borderlands 2 released on PS Vita a few weeks ago on the US, but those of us in Europe have had to wait a bit longer for the game. The initial response over the shores hasn’t been the best, as the game runs at a poor frame rate and with only two players supported online.
The good news is that they’ve patched the game, so that it now supports cross platform saves with the PS3 version, meaning you’ll be able to continue playing with a character from there.
Mario Kart 8 | Wii U | Friday
Is this the game to save the Wii U? Who knows, but after playing sixty hours of the game over the last few weeks, I can tell you that it’s one of the most fun local multiplayer games I’ve ever played, and hopefully you’ll think the same.
The visuals are sublime, the competition is intense, and it’s just one of those things that you can’t put down after hours of playing. It builds on every aspect of previous Mario Kart games and adds some new ones – including an anti-gravity feature – to create one of the fastest, most frantic and best games this year.
If you’re a fan of Mario Kart, or just a fan of having a lot of fun, then this is definitely one to keep an eye on. Even if you don’t have a Wii U, you’ll be wanting to get round to a friend’s house for some multiplayer action.
Worms Battlegrounds | PS4, Xbox One | Friday
Worms have previously infested almost every platform, and now they’re making their way to the new generation of consoles. It’s coming as both a digital download and a boxed release, and will feature 25 single player missions as well as five environments including Inca, Viking, Feudal Japan, Industrial Revolution and Prehistoric.
There will be 65 weapons, with returning favourites and new ones including Mega Mortar, Gravedigger, Winged Monkey, Oxygen, Worm Charm, Bovine Blitz, Whoopsie Cushion, Teleport Gun, Aqua Pack and The Equalizer, as well as physics-based contraptions.
It seems to be £35 in the UK though, which is really quite expensive, particularly when it’s $25 in the US.