GAMES IN REVIEW MARIO & LUIGI: PAPER JAM BROS. [G]
NINTENDO 3DS / $59.95 / OUT NOW
This rollicking role-playing game sees Mario and Luigi join forces with paper-thin 2D versions of themselves in a quest to rescue a pair of princesses. It’s a simple setup, but Paper Jam Bros. consistently entertains by mixing classic brick-busting Mario gameplay with a series of imaginative boss fights. The writing is hilariously self-aware and whimsical without being trite, the game world is bursting with colour, and the quest is lengthy without ever becoming staid.
STEAMWORLD HEIST [PG]
NINTENDO 3DS / $29.95 / OUT NOW
Moving away from the puzzle-platforming of Steamworld Dig, Heist is a turn-based, 2D shooter in which the player must travel the galaxy battling rival robots on scrappy space freighters and scavenging for random loot. Its steampunk presentation is excellent, and its core combat mechanics are surprisingly deep. Each new encounter presents its own tactical nuance, and customising the cast and loadout of your party is paramount. Hugely addictive.
YAKUZA 5 [MA15+]
PS3 /$59.95 / OUT NOW
It’s taken three years to be translated from its Japanese release, but Yakuza 5 proves to be a gripping action adventure. Featuring five sprawling locales based on real-world Japanese settings, Yakuza 5 has enough gameplay diversions to rival the Grand Theft Auto series. Unlike Rockstar’s franchise, Yakuza 5 forgoes satire in favour of serious crime drama, with a superb narrative and complex characters.
FAT PRINCESS ADVENTURES [M]
PS4 / $29.95 / OUT NOW
Fat Princess has shed weight since its 2009 debut. While the original was a more strategic tower-defence experience, Adventures is a dumbed down Gauntlet-style hack-and-slash game for up to four players. There’s less to it, with the four character classes offering only slight contrasts in playing style. It’s mindless fun with friends, but too repetitive solo.