Welcome to another addition of Out This Week, the weekly feature that highlights the week’s biggest new releases in videogames and movies. So read on below to see what’s out, what’s hot and what’s not.
The Last Of Us DLC – Abandoned Territories Map Pack (PS3)
The first batch of DLC launched for The Last Of Us this week, but while it wasn’t the single-player component – which we want the most – we are getting four new maps to play on the great multiplayer mode for £7.99. Even though I’m not a big fan of season passes, I am tempted by The Last Of Us’. They haven’t released what the other two pieces of DLC are going to be included in the £16 DLC, though it’s bound to be another map pack and, hopefully, the single-player component. You also get a 90 minute making of video to sweeten the deal.
Sonic Lost World (3DS/Wii U)
There’s been a lot of Sonic games. A lot. At this point in time, there’s more bad Sonic games than there are good ones. Although I only played a short demo at this year’s Eurogamer Expo and I haven’t played the full game yet, I can say that Sonic: Lost World is no Mario Galaxy, unfortunately, that some fans may have been hoping for. It’s received very polarising reviews around the board, though, and it currently holds a 62 rating on Metacritic. So, not the worst rated Sonic game by any stretch of the animation, and maybe a good one to get the kids for Christmas. Speaking of games for kids…
Skylanders Swap Force (Wii/3DS/Wii U/360/PS3)
I’ve never played a Skylanders game and I probably never will, because the games aren’t exactly targeted at twenty-year-old males, though If I was a little kid again then I know Skylanders Swap Force would’ve been the talk of the playground. The game looks colourful and fun enough, and it’s actually outshining Sonic with an 85 rating on Metacritic. Interestingly enough it’s been released on the Wii — is anyone still playing their Wii?
It seems like it’s been a while since I’ve seen Tom Hanks in a film, and I almost – almost – forgot how good of an actor he really is. Never have I seen an actor portray someone in a state of shock of so well. It’s a powerful film that’s made even more tense just knowing that it’s based on a true story. If you don’t know the true story of what happened to Captain Phillips, then you’ll probably be better off going into the film not knowing the outcome. The pirates in the film all deserve credit as well for bringing the story to life and commanding as much screen time as Hanks. One of this year’s best.
Both Arnie and Stallone have been in their fair share of poor movies as of late (excluding Expendables, of course) but, believe it or not, Escape Plan is the first movie that sees these two action icons slug it out in a good old fashion prison fisty-cuffs. Why on earth 50 Cent is playing a computer expert in the film is beyond me, though, and those who have seen the film are reporting that he’s terrible in it. So listen up, singers/musicians: stop being terrible in movies. Yes, I’m talking to you, Rihanna. Rant over. If you do like your action meaty and your story cheesy, then Escape Plan is the one for you at the cinema this weekend.
That’s it for this week, guys, but be sure to check back next week to see what’s being released in the world of videogames and movies.