This week's platter is an offering of delicious, if slightly unsatisfying light "summer salad" mix of new and regurgitated titles in Ye Olde Shoppes. Fear not though, salad dodgers - in a few weeks we'll have more on our plates than daily gaming hours can do justice.
So let's get the obvious out of the way first. The Last of Us is back, with The Last of Us: Remastered (PC)
. Not so final as suggested, the Remastered release features not only bucket loads of PS4-powered remastery, but also the Left Behind single-player campaign and, for the multiplayer types, the Abandoned Territories and Reclaimed Territories maps - all downloadable stuff that PS3 owners had to pay extra for! In all seriousness, if you have a PS4 and didn't play the game, buy it. If you did have the game, but not the DLC, buy it. If the don't have a PS4 and did have it on PS3, played to th end and got platinum AND bought all the DLC too, well, buy it anyway - it's that bloody good. What are you waiting for? The face fungus to take hold?
From the cataclysmic sublime to the plasticised ridiculous. Fight like a true Spinjitsu Master
in LEGO Ninjago: Nindroids (Vita, 3DS)
, battling across levels that follow the key plots and scenes from the "LEGO Ninjago Rebooted" animated series. Special moves and combo attacks or secret weapons like Technoblades to hack into computers to solve puzzles and defend the city. For those that know their Ninjago, the game also features characters Nya, Sensei Garmadon, Samurai X, and PIXAL.
The Last of the New Stuff, this week, is Deep Silver's latest in the Sacred series of role playing games. Developed with a focus on the gamepad, Sacred 3 (PC, PS3, 360)
suffers less from the clickety-click-click combat of previous Sacred games and more on straight out action. There's a strong co-op play element - even if you're not playing with friends online, you'll be accompanied by three NPC companions.
The re-releases this week appear to be brimming of soul. PS3 soul at that, and all thanks to Namco Bandai. If you didn't catch them the first time around, you can now pick up Dark Souls
and its elderly sister Demon's Souls
and the unrelated but no less soulful SoulCalibur V
(by Project Soul, no less) at a snip.
Namco Bandai's isn't stopping with SoulCalibur - it's offering you, on the cheap, the soulless but popular fighter Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm
, excellent but underloved puzzle/fighter/adventure Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
and action airplane shooter Ace Combat: Assault Horizon
As ever, you can see all releases, past, present and future, on the New Games section.