Games Out This Week in The UK, Starring Tomb Raider

Games retail is an immensely busy place this week with two of the industry’s biggest heavy hitters Tomb Raider and SimCity both vying for your money. Sure the city-building sim and the third-person action adventure belong in different genres but that doesn’t make the choice any easier, especially as they’re joined by several other notable releases which are looking to tempt cash out of your wallet.

Tomb Raider is currently sitting pretty with a metacritic rating of 86%

Tomb Raider is currently sitting pretty with a metacritic rating of 86%

Thankfully we’ve detailed the best places to snap up Tomb Raider and it’s numerous seperate editions in a seperate dedicated article,  so there’s no need to detail pricing and each special again – just simply click this link to learn more.

We haven’t looked at SimCity though and at time of writing it seems the best place to snap up the high-profile PC exclusive release is Gamestop, as they’re only asking for £34.97 for Maxis’ latest release. There three different editions of SimCity available at launch but we’ll get to those later.

This week also sees the launch of the latest Naruto game from Namco Bandai, as well as two other digital-only releases; Kalypso Media’s Dollar Dash and Paradox Interactive’s The Showdown Effect. Oh and there’s also the small matter of a new Castlevania game for the 3DS hitting store shelves! Here’s the complete run down of every game and each respective edition out this week:

SimCity is sure to attract a massive audience.

SimCity is sure to attract a massive audience.

Click on the links above to get to each edition’s product page and dedicated retailer price index.

Aside from the almighty launches of Tomb Raider and SimCity, our two standout choices for this week are the digital-only releases The Showdown Effect and Dollar Dash.

Dollar Dash is about as madcap as it looks.

Dollar Dash is about as madcap as it looks.

The Showdown Effect is released this Tuesday and is best summed up as a PC-exclusive 2.5D multiplayer shooter which channels the best of eighties and ninties action films. The reason why we’re particularly excited about The Showdown Effect is that it comes from the makers of the acclaimed cheeky fantasy game Magicka, so you know this game’s humour is going to be in the right vane. The regular edition of The Showdown Effect is available at all digital games retailers for £7.99, whereas the Digital Deluxe version – which includes a free copy of Magicka, bonus playable character, 2 weapon skins, 2 costumes, code to download the soundtrack and permanent 3% XP boost to unlock new weapons and skins faster – is £14.99 which is over twice the price of the regular edition. Only super fans are going to be willing to go for that bundle, but even so the Digital Deluxe version is still cheaper than the majority of games released in their first week.

For a side-scrolling competitive shooter, The Showdown Effect is fairly easy to grasp.

For a side-scrolling competitive shooter, The Showdown Effect is fairly easy to grasp.

The other side of this recommendation equation is Dollar Dash, which is coming out for both PC and Xbox 360 this Wednesday. This top-down four-person party game places players in the boots of robbers as they search out gold in numerous imaginative arenas and game modes. This competitive multiplayer experience features the kind of fast-paced gameplay console co-op is known for and the low £6.75 price point is sure to net many social-minded gamers. If you like to play multiplayer games on the couch then this is the experience for you!

That’s your lot for this week folks. Return next Monday for another round-up of all upcoming releases heading to PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, WiiU, 3DS and PlayStation Vita.