A great week for Wii U owners who can feel super smug as the Umbran witch makes her Nintendo debut. There’s quite the musical theme elsewhere with the latest Just Dance title and Harmonix’s motion-controlled take on Fantasia. The words Firaxis and Alpha Centauri are probably enough to get our PC-gaming readers excited, not to mention a certain Dreamfall title. Read on for the full rundown along with links to our past coverage and the cheapest prices.
Dreamfall Chapters: Book 1 – LONGEST WAIT AWARD OF THE WEEK!
Fans have only been waiting since 2006 to find out what happens next in the Dreamfall saga, so yeah, they’re pretty pumped for this one. We get the feeling this is going to be a Kickstarter success story and can’t wait to play the new episodic format. The game is also coming to PS4 at some point, but release dates vary from next week (wrong), to November, to next year. Expect reviews of the PC version from our very own Carl Phillips soon.
Legend of Korra (PS3, PS4, 360, XO)
Platinum are actually releasing two games this week, although it looks like PS and MS gamers are getting the short end of the stick. The beat ‘em up title is based on yet another anime license, but to be honest, the hype has been remarkably quiet for this one. Although Platinum don’t really make rubbish, we’d advise waiting for the reviews of this digital title before parting with any cash.
Bayonetta 2 (Wii U)
Anyone that doesn’t own a Wii U is hurting this week as Nintendo where the only ones wise enough to know that publishing Platinum’s follow-up was a no brainer. You will be mine Bayonetta 2, but sadly only when I buy a pre-owned Wii U at Cex in about ten years. FML.
Cheapest Price- Game Collection: £29.95
Civilization: Beyond Earth (PC)
After their huge success with XCOM: Enemy Unknown, it’s hard not to get excited about Firaxis’ upcoming sci-fi 4X title. Yes, the follow-up to Alpha Centauri is almost here. It’s ok, I’ve no idea what most of that means either. For those in the know though, it’s kind of a big deal.
Cheapest Price- Amazon: £26.99
Fantasia: Music Evolved (Kinect on XO or 360)
Microsoft kinda screwed Harmonix by making the Kinect 2.0 an optional part of the console package as now only the early adopters will have the camera, making for a much smaller audience. The motion-controlled music title was shaping up rather well the last time we saw it though. Be sure to check out our previous coverage below.
Cheapest Price- Amazon: £31.85
Just Dance 2015 (PS3, PS4, 360, XO, Wii U)
An infamous, shameful, and oddly high-scoring chair dance in last year’s version means I’m probably going avoid this one unless asked to review it again. Just Dance is one of the leading dance-sim titles on the market and this year’s release will probably do well again. It’s worth noting that the last-gen versions are about a tenner cheaper, so we’d probably opt for those ones, especially seeing as there’s not much excuse for forking out on the new-gen cameras on top of the old ones.
Cheapest Price- Zavvi: £23.98 (PS3.360)
Shadow Warrior (Digital PS4/XO)
The tongue in cheek first person shooter and slash ‘em up is all sorts of stupid, but that’s why we love it. When the first line you here is “You’ve got, Wang”, it’s hard not to. The shooting side of the game feels very retro, but the sword fighting is great fun if you like hacking gangsters and ghouls into kibble.
Samurai Warriors 4 (PS4)
We’re not exactly hopeful for the fourth entry and PS4 debut of the Samurai Warriors series, which closely follows the template of the Dynasty Warriors series. That said, the recent Hyrule Warriors on the Wii U turned out better than expected.
Cheapest Price: Zavvi: £34.98