This week, Skyrim’s Legendary Edition lands on Xbox 360, Remember Me aims for unforgettable sci-fi action on PS3 and the Journey Collectors Editions perfectly fuses animated art and gaming on the same system.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition | Platform: Xbox 360 | Genre: RPG | Price: £29.99 | ASIN: B00CJ8X25G
You’re probably tired of hearing the many superlatives levelled against Skyrim since it first launched late in 2011, but RPG fans could be forgiven a little overexcitement as they await the launch of the most complete Elder Scrolls V package. Reimagining and revolutionising the open-world fantasy epic, Skyrim brings to life a complete virtual world open for you to explore in any way you choose. The now legendary freedom of character choice and storytelling truly knows no bounds here, all played out in the new game engine effortlessly offering up rolling clouds, rugged mountains, bustling cities, lush fields and ancient dungeons. And, what’s more, this Legendary Edition not only includes the original critically-acclaimed game, but also all the official add-ons - Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn - plus added features such as combat cameras, mounted combat, Legendary difficulty mode for the hardest of hardcore players, and Legendary skills - which enable you to master every perk and level up your skills infinitely. Skyrim still offers gaming escapism on an unprecedented scale, now with even more bang for your buck.
Remember Me | PS3 | Action | £37.99 | B009HLJ1WG
The title of this game could be the core objective for any launch by a new developer in the competitive console world. Especially one that follows the well-worn third-person, sci-fi action path. Here, in Neo-Paris, 2084, you find yourself in a world where personal memories are now digitised, bought, sold and traded and where the last remnants of privacy and intimacy have been swept away. As Nilin, a former elite memory hunter with the ability to infiltrate people’s minds and steal or even alter their memories, you must embark on a mission to recover your own identity. And so begins an enjoyable game of futuristic cat and mouse which, aside from a very solid storyline and sublime soundtrack production, offers up a unique approach to in-game combat. The considered, tactical approach required instead of mad button-mashing will make the 10-12 hour experience feel much meatier than you’d give that game length credit for, while it also features an innovative memory manipulation system that unlocks new ability trees for you to grow as you see fit. Clever stuff, and an excellent opening title for the developers at DONTNOD.
Journey Collectors Edition | PS3 | Adventure | £19.99 | B00CJ37HWA
The PlayStation Network has proved to be a hotbed for sleeper hits, none more so than the titles to come out of thatgamecompany’s development stable. And now there’s a tangible collection to die for, as Flow, Flower and Journey make their way onto one disc for gamers, offering up three examples of how gaming and art can live in perfect harmony and creating some of the most immersive experiences the PS3 has ever seen. From guiding petals through beautiful, blustery, grassy terrain in Flower, to the rolling sand dunes and ethereal qualities of Journey, each title is worthy of a standalone high-street release, and positively demands your attention if you’ve yet to discover them. Glorious graphics, silky smooth controls and a sheer excitement of the unexpected as you commence each game should make this bundle top of your console checklist this summer, especially once you’ve looked beyond the more obvious plethora of triple-A titles set for release over the coming weeks.
Scrabble | iPhone/iPad | Puzzle | Free
Unless you’re a professional player, the appeal of Scrabble was huddling round the original board game with the bag of letter tiles, then the joy in shouting down fellow players on their preposterous word suggestions, then dazzling your friends and family with your own vocabulary. This iPhone iteration goes virtual with the verbosity and presents and excellent pocket puzzle experience, but only if you can find enough pals to play it with. The ability in single player to select a ‘best available word’ suggestion kind of defeats the object of what is ostensibly a group-based game. Yes, the multiplayer mode performs pretty well, but why you’d opt for an iPhone version ahead of the real-size board game (unless you’re on a bus, plane or train perhaps) is a bit of a mystery. So, travellers looking to pick up word pals while getting from A to B may get the most from this title, but not without experiencing a bit of a Zzzzzzzz factor. Now what would that score on a triple word tile..?
Uno & Friends | iPhone/iPad | Puzzle | Free
If the original creators of Uno could have seen 41 years into the future and realised their classic card game would still be pulling in the punters, they’d have been pretty chuffed. Now providing card-clearing coverage across all channels, fans of the quick-fire game can connect via all the top operating systems and social platforms. Gameplay and graphics are good, providing a highly polished execution of simple control mechanics, but it’s in the 21st century additions that gamers may find a few more flaws. Turning the rules inside out, there are a number of boosts that can be bought as in-app purchases as well as using the coins you ‘legitimately’ collect in-game, such as being allowed to view your opponents cards or switch your own hand. It feels like cheating, particularly if you’re fond of the simplicity of the original, and it’ll probably cost you a bob or two as well (not least the £1.99 to get rid of the intrusive advertising). Perhaps a rose-tinted return to the 1962 classic is preferred after all...