Shan­tae Half-Ge­nie: Ul­ti­mate Edi­tion

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XO/PS4/PC/Sw ★★★★ Age: 7+

A crowd-funded old-school plat­former of a type seem­ingly out of fash­ion, Shan­tae makes a pleas­ing re­turn in this Ul­ti­mate Edi­tion that ticks all the boxes for fans of a cer­tain age.

The 2D plat­form­ing holds few sur­prises but not many will be able to re­sist Shan­tae’s charm­ing art style, ap­peal­ing lead and her pen­chant for whip­ping en­e­mies with her long hair. There’s hu­mour in abun­dance here, an amus­ing range of pow­ers and a Metroid­va­nia struc­ture that depends on her grow­ing abil­i­ties.

Along­side mod­ern gam­ing’s pan­theon, it feels de­cid­edly sim­plis­tic but that’s more or less the point for a whole swathe of nos­tal­gic play­ers.

Dan­ger Zone 2 (XO/PS4/PC) ★★★ Age: 7+

We want this to suc­ceed, truly we do. But the team who for­merly pro­duced the sen­sa­tional Burnout series for EA clearly lack the big-bud­get sup­port of a ma­jor pub­lisher for this lat­est tilt at their sig­na­ture crash sim.

Re­sus­ci­tat­ing the ri­otously amus­ing traf­fic pile-up in which you drive at high speed into a crowded high­way junc­tion, DZ2 at­tempts to flesh out the mode that helped de­fine Burnout. Most com­po­nents are present and cor­rect — co­pi­ous ve­hi­cles, corkscrew­ing roads and ex­plo­sive col­li­sions — yet it never fully gels.

Maybe it’s the rookie mis­take of un­read­able text in the in­ter­face or the gen­er­ous sprin­kling of game-break­ing bugs. But this is one old favourite that feels in need of a lot more time in the oven.

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