This week shows that appalling working conditions and tiny budgets can still lead to big sellers, in that Metro: Last Light takes the crown. 4A Games must be thrilled, while consumers clearly don't mind that Ranger Mode is locked off as pre-order DLC. We'll have some video content for you this lunchtime.
Elsewhere, the poxy yet inconsistently fun Dead Island: Riptide takes a strong second place, while the equally mediocre Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates To Infinity romps into fourth. A newly-released retail version of The Walking Dead has also allowed Telltale's outstanding episodic series to enter the boxed charts, and well deserved too.
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Developer: Spike Chunsoft
Pokemon and Rogue make for strange bedfellows, but I've always had a soft spot for the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon series. There's something inexplicably compelling about becoming a Pokemon in a world where humans are just bedtime stories, and interacting with an adorable society run by the critters themselves. Chunsoft's spin-off (technically crossover, but we can argue semantics in the comments) marries the persistent levelling of the core Pokemon games with the dangerous randomly-generated dungeons of Rogue and its descendants, offering a mash-up of two disparate genres that typically overcomes cumbersome mechanics with playful personality and charm.
Gates To Infinity is the first Pokemon Mystery Dungeon title on 3DS, and as such, comes with some interesting new tweaks to the formula. Gorgeous 3D visuals, intriguing AR functionality and an exciting city-building element gave younger fans plenty to be excited about - and us older lapsed Pokemaniacs something else to look forward to.
Sadly, a confused attempt to simplify the dungeon crawling makes this the weakest series entry to date.
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Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates To Infinity | Currys | £24.99 (save £3)
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A demo is available, and this is part of the So Many Games 3DS promotion. Thanks to Syzable @ HUKD!
The 3DS will receive yet another big-brand exclusive this summer in the form of Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates To Infinity, which has been officially confirmed for May 17th here in the UK. As in previous Mystery Dungeon games, you'll lead your pocket monster through randomly-generated dungeons, some of which can now be accessed by finding portals in the real world using Augmented Reality. More details below.Click here to read more...