You only need to look at this week’s release schedule to see that we’re plunging headfirst into the quietest period for video games, with only a couple of handheld new releases really worth talking about.
Capcom’s shooter Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D on 3DS is our pick of the new releases this week, with its score-chasing, co-op-friendly shooting proving to be a zombie-bashing blast. But being a handheld conversion of the mini-game first introduced in Resi 4, we’ll leave you to decide whether it warrants the £35 price tag. A word of warning if you are looking to pick it up on the cheap, though: we’d advise against picking it up pre-owned, thanks to the well-documented save issue.
The localisation of JRPG Solatorobo: Red The Hunter on DS has also been getting the fans excited this week, and though I’m yet to play it, Tom reckons it’s “an essential RPG adventure to occupy your DS cart slot this summer”. High praise indeed.
Other new releases this week include THQ’s fitness game UFC Trainer available on Xbox 360 Kinect, PlayStation 3 and Wii, and Tour de France on 360 and PS3 – just in case you’re already bored of simply watching the cyclists on TV.
But if none of those do it for you, the biggest thing to get excited about this week is probably Call of Duty: Black Ops latest piece of DLC, the Annihilation map pack, which contains 4 new MP maps and a bonus Zombie map. For the time being it’s only available on Xbox Live, but if you’re planning on doing your weekly shopping at Tesco this weekend and still haven’t picked it up, a new deal allows you to pick up two Call of Duty-branded 1200 Microsoft Points cards for just £15. 2400 MSP will give you enough MS dollar to pick up Annihilation as well as any other previous Black Ops map pack.
And if you’re out and about, it might also be worth popping to GAME to check out the retailer’s summer sale, where recent releases like Brink, Red Faction: Armageddon and Hunted are going for around £20 a pop, while last month’s awesome rally racer DiRT 3 has also seen a slight reduction.
SEGA’s Dreamcast Collection on Xbox 360 is also floating around for a fraction under £10,again at GAME, and includes the HD remixes of Sonic Adventure, Space Channel 5: Part 2, Crazy Taxi and SEGA Bass Fishing. Each would usually set you back 800 MSP on Xbox Live Arcade, so we’d recommend snapping that up quickly if you’re interested.
You’ll also want to keep your eye on the Steam sale over the weekend too for some insanely cheap collections, including GTA I, II, III, Vice City and San Andreas for £5, and the awesome Just Cause 2 and Braid at pocket money prices.
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