This week, Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy gets moving on PS Vita, Syberia’s Complete Collection launches on PS3, and the Fossil Fighters are up and running on Nintendo 3DS. Elsewhere, Top Eleven 2015 pops football fireworks on smartphone and tablet
Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy
PS Vita £29.99
From the team that brought us last year’s excellent Demon Gaze comes Operation Abyss, a sci-fi dungeon-crawler RPG set in a near-future Tokyo. The city is under the constant threat of Variants – genetically engineered monsters – and the emergence of portals leading to a mysterious dimension called the Abyss.
Key to the success of Operation Abyss is the cracking team-building system that allows you to recruit and train your unit of six team members to venture into the unknown – customising class, personality and morality to your liking. Add in a dungeon set that’s likely to take well over 40 hours to exhaust, and you have a bold, bulky sci-fi story that will keep your Vita screen alight long into the night as you lap up the secret doors, challenging enemies, and gorgeous art direction throughout.
Syberia: Complete Collection
Amid all the hype and hysteria surrounding the next-generation releases of today, it’s still possible to unearth a gem that has stood the test of time and offers an engaging, emotive experience, despite being more than a decade old.
Syberia is a pure adventure game, where players will discover a magical world of automatons, and meet amazing and intriguing characters in a series of mysterious and beautifully detailed European environments. Add in the fact that Syberia 2 is also included in the bundle, and you have a bona fide bonanza of third-person expedition on your hands here.
There’s a distinct charm to the unique storytelling, backed up by brilliant graphics that still perform admirably on Sony’s ageing console. It really is a hidden gem, worthy of uncovering if you never saw it shine first time around.
Fossil Fighters: Frontier
Nintendo 3DS £30.99
The latest game in the Fossil Fighters series continues to deliver on its premise of offering a Pokemon-style playing experience. RPG success can be found at the bottom of the trenches you dig to excavate fossils, which transform into real-life dinosaurs known as Vivosaurs.
It’s a pretty uncomplicated RPG outing, which acts more as a gentle introduction to the genre, rather than a comprehensive, challenging addition to your collection. This is best illustrated by the overly-lengthy tutorial sections at the start of the game, which will prove useful to younger newcomers, but a pest to the pros.
Overall, this is a prehistoric playground worth exploring, but with carefully-managed expectations.
Top Eleven 2015
iPhone/iPad Free (with in-app purchases)
Top Eleven has been canny in securing Jose Mourinho as its poster boy for the pocket football simulation series. The ‘special one’ – fresh off the back of a real-world Premier League title – is now on hand to offer in-game advice and tips in the virtual simulation that has captivated more than 10 million players a month.
The move from Facebook game to iOS offering is long overdue, and existing players are able to simply log in within the app to resume their most recent exploits on the pitch.
Overall, as a free-to-play management sim, it’s perfectly good fun, but it won’t be long until you’re screaming from the touchline about one league fixture a day, the time delay for those all-important tokens and some other standard in-app purchase bugbears. Not really a title-winning performance, more top six material…