To be honest, there aren’t many classic new games out this week but you can save money on some brilliant older games in the Wii U eShop and PlayStation store. Yes, there’s a great summer sale on the console’s digital stores so, if you have a Wii U or a PS3, turn it on and pick up some bargains. Aside from the new releases and great offers, the P.T. demo was the big talking point this week. The scary horror demo went live on PS4 during Sony’s Gamescom show and many players complained of being stuck on a loop as they repeatedly walked down a corridor. It all made sense when one player on Twitch found her way to the end and discovered that the whole thing was a teaser for a new Silent Hill game created by Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro. It’s still available now.
MXGP 14, Titanfall, Rayman Legends…
What is it? There are too many great games on sale this week that it seems silly just to pick one. On Wii U, for example, Ubisoft has discounted its games so you can pick up survival horror launch game ZombiU for just £7.99. Assassin’s Creed III is also £7.99 while you can spend just £9.99 to pick up the brilliant pirate sequel Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. Perhaps the best of the bunch is Rayman Legends, which is available for £11.99. Once of the best games on Wii U, this is even better than Mario’s 2D platformer New Super Mario Bros U.
On PlayStation 3, classic first-person shooter Bioshock: Infinite is just £6.19 as is Gearbox’s excellent Borderlands 2. Other bargains include Dishonored, Rayman Legends and many, many more. Fans of racing games can also pick up MX GP (pictured above), one of the best motocross games ever, for £19.99, Dirt 3 for £6.49 and WRC4: World Rally Championship for £15.99.
If you’re an Xbox Live Gold member, you can also download Titanfall for half price.
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies
What is it? Phoenix Wright returned to 3DS in 2013, six years after the release of Trials and Tribulations. Following Capcom’s attempts to find a new hero – Apollo Justice, Miles Edgeworth – the company returned to the original ace attorney for the fifth legal drama in the main series. The absence of series creator Shu Takumi showed as while the cases were great, it wasn’t as funny as the DS originals. Now Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies has come to iOS and you can download the first episode for free (you’ll have to pay to get the rest). Once again, you’ll be investigating crime scenes before cross examining suspects and witnesses in court.
What the critics say: "Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies is a fantastic interactive visual novel full of drama, humour and mystery. It’s easy to pick up but hard to put down as you become embroiled in the defense of your clients. While many of the references might be lost on newcomers, for longtime fans of the series it’s great to see this excellent game brought to iOS." (148apps)
Hohokum (PS4, PS3, Vita)
What is it? Hohokum has had mixed reviews. For everyone who marvels at its beauty there are those who struggle to see the point as they move their colourful snake through a striking 2D world as catchy music from Ghostly International plays. Yet, considering that developer Honeyslug has said that this art game is about relaxing in a space and enjoying exploring, the designers have done their job well. It is a strange journey, mind. In a bid to locate other snakes, you’ll find yourself soaring around a cannival scene with people on your back as you attempt to find the missing piece of a rollercoaster, or at a wedding in which you have to find the bride and groom before serving drinks from the sea, or on a mountain farm where you can make plants grow and frighten workers. It’s all about exploring and interacting with the environment and it’s a journey unlike any other.
What the critics say: "Hohokum is the latest title in a long lineage of artistically inclined, thoroughly unique PlayStation exclusives. From Vib Ribbon through to LocoRoco, Flower, Tokyo Jungle, Sound Shapes and more, it’s in good company, and deserves to be uttered in the same breath as those much-loved cult classics." (IGN)
Surgeon Simulator (PS4, Android)
What is it? It’s not brain surgery. It’s much harder than that. Indeed, we called the PC version of Surgeon Simulator the hardest game ever when it was released last year. Forget the simulator in the game’s title for this isn’t what it’s really like in an operating theatre – for example, you wouldn’t expect a brain surgeon to complete an operation in 20 seconds by hammering open a patient’s skull as if it were an egg, flicking the grey matter on the floor and then literally dropping a new one in. Or performing a heart transplant by shoving a new heart through the patient’s rib cage. It’s ludicrous and over the top but it’s very funny. If you can cope with the maddeningly tricky controls, that is.
What the critics say: "Surgeon Simulator is less game than chaotic party trick, where failing is half the fun whether you’re playing or watching. The field of remote surgery is accelerating all the time, but I really hope the surgeons involved have better tools than a mouse or PS4 controller. On that level, at least, Surgeon Simulator: Anniversary Edition is a successful port of the PC game." (The Verge)
Pako: Car Chase Simulator (iOS)
What is it? From one punishingly difficult ‘simulator’ to another. Pako: Car Chase Simulator, like Surgeon Simulator, isn’t worthy of the simulation name as you’re chased through the streets by unbelievably daring police cars and even tanks. It is tough avoiding traffic and other obstacles in a vehicle with the accelerator permanently on the floor and no brakes to speak of, especially as your car will burst into flames upon impact. Yet with the aim being to survive as long as possible, it has that one-more-go appeal of the best mobile games.
What the critics say: "With a great art style, exciting music, and fun, simple gameplay, Pako is the most fun you'll have crashing a car." (148apps)