Beyond the Gran Turismo 6 hitting store shelves today, this week’s itinerary of new releases contains a number of notable titles. Genesis/Megadrive classics Altered Beast and Sonic The Hedgehog receive a three-dimensional renovation on the 3DS, while Doki-Doki Universe is the first triple cross-buy title; purchase the game, and you’ll be able to play it on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PS Vita. When Zen Pinball 2 releases for the PS4 on December 17th, players can expect a similar functionality with any purchased tables accessible across Sony’s line of contemporary hardware.
Doki-Doki Universe (PSN, Cross-buy With PS4, PS Vita)
Gran Turismo 6
Doki-Doki Universe (PSN, Cross-buy With PS3, PS Vita)
Donkey Kong 3 (eShop, $4.99)
Rush (eShop, $1.99)
The Legend of the Mystical Ninja (eShop, $7.99)
Peggle 2 (XBL, $11.99)
3D Altered Beast (eShop, $5.99)
3D Sonic The Hedgehog (eShop, $5.99)
Brilliant Hamsters! (eShop, $9.99)
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (eShop, $29.99)
Hooked on Bass Fishing (DSiWare, $4.99)
Doki-Doki Universe (PSN, Cross-buy With PS3, PS4)
Sorcery Saga: Curse of the Great Curry God (also on PSN, $39.99)
Sorcery Saga: Curse of the Great Curry God Limited Edition ($49.99)
Robert’s Pick: Across the past few iterations, the Forza Motorsport series has overtook the Gran Turismo franchise as the racing game of choice. Turn 10’s titles were wonderfully visceral, articulating the thrill of driving one of those exotic, petrol-slurping machines that I could never afford in real life. Essentially, Forza made the license tests, robotic AI, and economical starting line-up of cars in Gran Turismo feel woefully clinical. Yet, after dumping hours into Forza Motorsport 5 (and being appalled by the game’s requests for large sums of real-world cash), I’m ready to root for Digital Polyphony again.
Yes, the title makes a distressing first impression. Beyond locking players into an underpowered Honda Fit for the better part of an hour some components of the game, such as online multiplayer, online community features, and microtransactions will only be made available via a day-one patch. But, as racers persevere, the game starts showing its virtues, revealing one of the genre’s better handling and suspension models. Soon, the credits starting rolling in, and players will find themselves able to access over a hundred track layouts and step into the driver’s seat of over 1,200 different vehicles- even a moon rover. So long as the inclusion of “micro-transactions” don’t feel coercive, Gran Turismo 6 looks to please almost any PS3-owning gear-head.
Gonçalo’s Pick: Seems we have yet another slow week, though luckily Sonic The Hedgehog swoops in to save it! As far as Sonic games go, the first one has always been my favorite, I feel it has the perfect balance of speed, precision platforming, and level design. While the later 16-bit games in the series were technically more capable, all of them had at least a couple of worlds I didn’t care much for (I’m looking at you, Sandopolis). Oh sure, this version is now enhanced with 3D which is pretty cool, but I’ll probably just play it like I always have.
Say’s Pick: This week, I’m looking forward to Gomo, the inaugural effort from Slovakian indie developer, Fishcow Studio. This evocative adventure tasks players with rescuing their best #frand from the hands of evil. In order to save your beloved dog, Dingo, players must travel through a distinctly drawn world, that’s teeming with synapse-stimulating point and click puzzles. Having just launched on Steam (with a 10% discount), the Fishcow Studios seems destine for success, especially if future works can match the quality and charm of Gomo.