With October just around the corner, the video game releases are coming thick and fast. From indie puzzlers to long awaited sequels, there’s something for everyone this week whether scanning shelves or browsing digital libraries.
Chariot | PS4, Xbox One | Wednesday
Ever fancied playing an action platformer in which you escort the coffin of a fallen king? If so, then you’re in luck, with Chariot hitting the PlayStation Store as part of this week’s update. The game comes from Canadian indie Frima and is focused around local co-op, a feature that has become near-extinct in AAA titles.
Pier Solar and the Great Architects | PS4, PS3 | Wednesday
Now then, here’s an obscure one for you. Although we’ve become accustomed to HD remasters of games for both the PS2 and PS3, we’ve yet to see any enhanced homebrew Sega Genesis games.
For those still confused, Pier Solar HD is an updated version of the 2010 RPG created by indie studio WaterMelon. Given its purposefully retro design, don’t expect too much of a performance boost on PlayStation platforms.
Super Smash Bros. | 3DS | Friday
If anything, Super Smash Bros. For 3DS is a precursor to the main event – the Wii U version – which is arriving later this year. It’s a handheld game at heart, so it can be excused where it falls short in certain modes, and it brings a wealth of new functionality to the series, including character customisations in an already expansive roster. The 3DS was never the place for Smash Bros., but with online functionality proving itself and the game playing extremely smoothly, it’s quite an impressive fit.
For more on Super Smash Bros. 3DS read out full review.
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor | PS4, Xbox One, PC | Friday
Tolkien’s Middle Earth saga is no stranger to the video game medium. However, in recent years these tie-ins have been somewhat hit and miss no matter how much Warner Bros. has experimented with the license.
Trying a different tack, developer Monolith (F.E.A.R) has turned the clocks back, depicting Middle Earth during Sauron’s return. Players adopt the role of ill-fated ranger Talion who is slain along with his wife and son at the Black Gate. He comes back however and finds himself bound to a wraith capable of unleashing awesome powers. Consumed by anger and with the realm in peril, Talion ventures beyond the gate in an adventure that has always wowed critics across the board.
Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition | PS4 | Friday
It’s Minecraft. For PlayStation 4. In a box.
Forza Horizon 2 | Xbox One | Friday
Horizon 2 gets the basics right: It’s a great core driving experience with plenty of variation to the events, a respectable catalogue of cars and a large map to explore, but there’s significantly more to it than that. The online system, friendlist leaderboards and clubs system are all relatively unobtrusive if you don’t want to use them but impressively powerful when you do and, although they still go big on the DLC car packs, the return to a lack of micro transactions is very welcome too.
Check out our full review here.
Sherlock Holmes: Crime & Punishment | PS4, Ps3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC | Friday
We’ll have a review of this crime caper later this afternoon.
Natural Doctrine | PS4, PS3, PS Vita | Friday
Rounding out this week’s list is a game best described as the Dark Souls of the SRPG genre. Set in a fantasy kingdom where humans are at the bottom of the food chain, Natural Doctrine is as brutal in its gameplay than in its grim backdrop.
Coming exclusively to PlayStation platforms the game boasts an intricate strategy system in which teams can link together to enhance their abilities and outwit the enemy. From what I’ve seen of the game, there definitely seems to be a learning curve though anyone craving a challenge should fit right in. We’ll have a full review for you next week.