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SPLA­TOON [PG]

WII U / $79.95 / OUT NOW

Spla­toon doesn’t rely on pin­point head­shots like most mul­ti­player skir­mishes, in­stead the player is re­warded for paint­ing as much of the arena as pos­si­ble with the hy­per-coloured blasts from a paint gun. Travers­ing each map is made more fluid by the abil­ity to morph into a squid. Trust Nin­tendo to take a stab at a fam­i­lyfriendly ver­sion of the typ­i­cally adults-only shooter genre, and suc­ceed.

DES­TINY: HOUSE OF WOLVES [M] PS4, XBOX ONE, PS3, XBOX 360 / $19.99 / OUT NOW

The sec­ond Des­tiny ex­pan­sion over­hauls sev­eral of the game’s sys­tems, with nu­mer­ous new modes and fea­tures. Pri­son of El­ders is a com­pelling new horde mode, while the pow­er­ful Ves­tian Dy­nasty pis­tol de­serves a place be­side the best weapons de­vel­oper Bungie has cre­ated. Un­likely to win over new fans, but a hugely sat­is­fy­ing up­date for the ded­i­cated faith­ful.

PUZ­ZLE & DRAGONS Z/SU­PER MARIO BROS. EDI­TION [G]

3DS / $49.95 / OUT NOW

This puz­zle-based game can be played in two forms. Puz­zle & Dragons Z is bogged down by a shoe­horned story that dis­rupts the flow of its game­play. But Su­per Mario Bros. Edi­tion shines; dressed up with iconic lo­cales and char­ac­ters from Nin­tendo’s most fa­mous fran­chise.

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