After treating us to a multitude of entertaining titles in February, like Metal Gear Rising and Crysis 3, the games industry is set to kick off March with a whimper rather than a roar with only four new titles released in digital and physical stores this week.
As always, if you want to compare prices for each title out this week simply click a game name and you’ll be instantly transformed to that respective game’s product page with price comparisons from various retailers.
First up, we have Brutal Legend which is set to arrive on PC for the first time this Tuesday. If you’ve heard of Double Fine’s rocktastic release before, you may be screaming “THIS GAME CAME OUT IN 2009” at your screen. If that is the case, do us a favour and calm yourself. That much anger isn’t good for anyone, especially when you’re talking to a web page which is all too aware that Brutal Legend came out absolutely yonks ago. It’s taken that long for EA’s distribution deal regarding Brutal Legend to run its course, allowing Tim Schafer’s outfit to put out the game on PC at their leisure with better visuals and improved multiplayer functionality. This release is heading to digital retailers only, with Steam offering every two special Team Fortress 2 items with every pre-order of the game. You’d better act quick though, as Brutal Legend is set to come out tomorrow.
Next we have Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army which is the rather unlikely standalone expansion to the super serious third-person shooter Sniper Elite V2. It seems as though the folks at Rebellion have been playing a lot of Call of Duty: World at War’s Zombie mode and they want a piece of the action. This cheap expansion, priced around £7.99, features a four-player co-op friendly campaign which sees Hitler employing the forces of the undead to make his last stand in Berlin. Lord knows what the infamous moustached one is paying the undead hordes to stop them from chowing down on his evil noggin, but with all the raw meat the zombies eat we hope they have a good dental plan.
Continuing the digital-only love-in we have BIT.TRIP Runner 2 which boasts similar rhythm-rthym-based platforming gameplay to the first game, but the sequel boasts a new aesthetic and a more ambitious story-driven campaign. Again Steam is offering a Team Fortress 2 item along with a copy of the original game with every pre-order, while other retailers don’t seem to be offering this release for download at all.
Finally we get to the only disc-based release this week and that’s the PlayStation Vita port of Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus. Tecmo Koei seem to want Ryu Hayabusa’s adventures to arrive on every platform imaginable and this is just the next stage of that effort. Our Amiga 500 is still primed for some ninja lovin’ but that’ll have to wait for another time. On the pre-order front GAME, Shopto.Net and Zavvi are offering a special costume pack with every pre-order.
Like we alluded to earlier, slim pickings this week. Don’t worry though, next week Lara Croft returns in the long-awaited Tomb Raider reboot and you can find out which retailer is offering the best pre-order by reading this rundown.
Check our next weekly release round-up on Monday.