With Advanced Warfare and a weekend of fireworks behind us, let’s take a look at what’s on the slate this week.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection | Xbox One | Today
Whether a grizzled Halo veteran or completely new to the landmark series, The Master Chief Collection has something for everyone. This mega bundle compiles all four mainline instalments in the Halo franchise, each one having received some visuals enhancements. At the head of the pack is Halo 2, which 343 Industries has completely redone, complete with new cinematic cutscenes from no other than Blur studios, the master of CGI.
In his review, Peter praised the sci-fi anthology:
The Master Chief Collection is a collector’s edition box-set for Halo fans. It features so much game content that it is, perhaps, the best value for money release we’ve seen for the latest generation of consoles but it’s more than just a bumper compendium of games from one of the best series of the modern age.
The Master Chief Collection is a lovingly pieced together, faithful collection of games that changed the industry and multiplayer modes that created a new way to play. The attention to detail is a delight and each game still holds up, especially with the remastering of the two older titles, so there’s potential for this release to introduce Master Chief to a whole new generation.
The Last Of Us: Game Of The Year Edition | PS3 | Today
There’s just no getting away from Sony’s 2013 flagship title. As the name suggests, this latest iteration of Naughty Dog’s masterpiece comes complete with a raft of downloadable goodies as well as the core game itself. Given that it’s re-releasing on PlayStation 3, don’t expect a visual upgrade. As if The Last of Us was desperate for one in the first place!
Terraria | PS4 | Wednesday
Retro City Rampage DX | PS4, PS Vita, PS3 | Wednesday
World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor | PC | Thursday
Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 | PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360 | Friday
For a while now Konami’s flagship sport title has played second fiddle to EA’s FIFA powerhouse. At some point during the late noughties, PES found itself backed into a corner as FIFA went from strength to strength, soon fading into the periphery.
Since then, it has enjoyed moderate success but has yet to make a comeback. Although early reviews suggest that 2015 is the series’ best punt in a long time, it has a long way to go in recapturing the hearts and minds of FIFA’s colossal fanbase.
Digimon All-Stars Rumble | PS3, 360 | Friday
Assassin’s Creed Unity | PS4, Xbox One, PC | Friday
Although stellar, many saw Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag as a stop gap for Ubisoft: an impressive albeit tame addition to the franchise that didn’t attempt to really push any boundaries. This year, however, things are different.
Set during the midst of the French Revolution, Unity puts players in control of Arno, the series’ latest hooded hero. Aside from a noticeable visual makeover, Unity also sports a new frame of gameplay mechanics to help improve the flow of combat and navigation. On top of that fans have finally had their prayers answered thanks to the inclusion of seamless online co-op.
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham | 360 , PS3 , PC , 3DS , Wii U , Vita , PS4 , Xbox One | Friday
Assassin’s Creed Rogue | PS3, 360 | Friday
For those yet to upgrade to the latest hardware, Ubisoft has you covered. Continuing the American saga, Rogue changes things up a bit in that its lead character – Shay Patrick Cormac – switches allegiances from Assassins to Templar.
Unlike Unity, Rogue offers the same sort of approach to gameplay as seen in Black Flag. That’s not to say there won’t be any new gadgets to play around with – just don’t expect it to be quite as revolutionary as its shinier counterpart.