After weeks and weeks of packed release schedules it’s a slight reprieve for our wallets this week with just a couple of games hitting the shops. One of them you should buy immediately, the other should be left until you’ve read some reviews.
The Crew (PS4, 360, XO, PC) – MOST REVIEW DEPENDENT GAME OF THE WEEK
The Crew is one of the last hopes for what has been a terrible year for the driving genre. Xbox owners have at least had Forza Horizon 2, but it’s been seriously bobbins for everyone else. The Crew features a scaled down open-world of the USA to explore either racing solo or with a group of friends. It wouldn’t be an Ubisoft game without radio towers to discover too.
Early playtests were not kind, although the recent Beta showed signs of improvement. Ubisoft aren’t releasing review code until launch day, claiming they want the press to be able to play it fully online. I’m calling bollocks here. There’s a significant amount of game we could be playing offline and plenty of other games manage to turn servers on a week early and we’re able to find matches or races to test online with fellow writers or people that had their copy shipped a few days early. If we need more time to test out the online functions, we’ll take it, just like we did with Destiny.
Cheapest Price: Simply Games £41.85 (PS4/XO). Note: Depending on the reviews, this could be a tenner cheaper within a week.
Kingdom Hearts 2.5 Remix (PS3)
Take. My. Money. Ahem, yeah, this might be finding its way into my basket very soon. The follow-up to last year’s excellent HD re-release (£10.99 at Base if you fancy it) is packed with content for the series that should never have worked. Square-Enix surprised us all by combining the worlds of Final Fantasy with Disney for an incredible action RPG experience and we’ve been hooked ever since as we followed the exploits of Sora, Donald and Goofy.
We’re getting the fancy pants versions of the games that were previously not seen on these shores. So you can look forward to Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix and the formerly PSP-only Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep Final Mix. A compilation of HD’d (yes, it is a word) cutscenes from the Nintendo DS title Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (not a word) has also been included to attempt to bring you up to date with the complex branching plotlines as the series has spread like wildfire across numerous consoles and handhelds. I’d be surprised if Kingdom Hearts III arrives next year, but even so, you better get cracking. Oh and Square, feel free to include Pixar stuff over Frozen, that snowman twerp is not joining my party.
Edition’s explained: The Limited Edition comes with a pin badge (see Collector’s Edition picture). Pre-orders of the standard edition are supposed to be upgraded to the Limited Edition for free, but not all retailers seem to have gotten the memo. The Collector’s Edition comes in a large box containing both Kingdom Hearts 1.5 Remix and Kingdom Hearts 2.5 Remix, a Shadow Heartless plush toy, pin badge, 30-page artbook and a steelbook for the discs.
Prices and dates are subject to change. If you spot a cheaper deal anywhere, be sure to let us know in the comments section.