November 12 – November 18

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IMAGE(https://www.gamerswithjobs.com/files/pictures/pictures/picture-5877.jpg)   Greg “DoubtingThomas396” Decker

This is another public service announcement for videogame developers: If you are going to make a game, give it a title that can be searched on any search engine (Google, Bing, Pornhub – you know, the usuals). Someone seriously named their game “Video Game,” which may well be coming out, but I’ll be darned if I could find it anywhere.

That being said, there are a lot of games coming out this week, so let’s get to it.

Hitman 2 comes out this week. I won’t be getting it anytime soon, as I have yet to crack open three of the five maps from the previous Hitman game, but if the new maps stay true to the form of the ones I have played, they're likely to be pretty good. I look forward to hearing more stories about goofy easter eggs.

Bibi & Tina: Adventures with Horses looks like it could be the next Sparkle Ponies, which I’m always on the lookout for.

The Plague: Age of Chivalry takes that well worn Zombie Apocalypse formula and puts it in the Middle Ages. If the developer can do it without making any references to Army of Darkness, I will forever hold that person up as a paragon of self restraint.

Zvezda is an impossible-to-pronounce space dogfighting game. I put it here because it won a coin flip with Plastic Soldiers in the “which one tweaks Greg’s nostalgia bone more” contest.

Treasure Hunter Simulator looks like it took a more fully-fleshed-out version of that metal detector game I picked last year. Instead of just randomly wandering around beaches playing hot-hot-cold, you’re wandering around random historical sites playing hot-hot-cold. It looks like it has the potential to be mildly educational, and the developer is at least modest about what comes with the game. It says right on the Steam Page that the locations are only 10/12, so at least they know there’s always room for improvement.

I’m picking two games this week, because my wife and I both agree on them and I reckon that means I get two votes. Fallout 76 was my anniversary present to her, and judging by the beta it’s exactly how we want to play Fallout: Just wander around collecting stuff, without fussing about a story that’s probably going to be intensely disappointing anyway. The only thing I hope they add is an offline mode, because the current plan to allow people to opt out of PVP is “pacifist mode,” which only means that you can’t shoot anyone, but they can still kill you. That’s not so much “opt out” as “make people who use pacifist mode quit the game so we don’t have to deal with them.” We’ll see how it goes, but it’s still Fallout, so it still gets my Game of the Week.

Our second pick is Pokemon Let’s Go: Pikachu (Because to heck with Eevee. He’s the Nermal of the Pokemon universe). We even bought the version with the little pokeball controller. My expectations are not high for myself, but for playing with my kids it is a game that I am excitedly anticipating. Make sure that wrist lanyard is snug, though.

That makes two one-off games from major franchises for the win! Fallout 76 and Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu both win my game(s) of the week!

IMAGE(https://www.gamerswithjobs.com/files/pictures/pictures/picture-13445.jpg)   Felix “I just need to go to the bathroom … again” Threepaper

What a week to have no Internet!

Still, it comes down to 2 games for me this week: Fallout 76 and Hitman 2.

Now, I loves me some Fallout – I played a bunch of Fallout 4 just this weekend, as it happens – but I’m too wary of bugs to jump into Fallout 76 at launch. And when I say “bugs”, I’m not talking about Radroaches.

Hitman 2, on the other hand, will be shiny from the get-go. The 2016 Hitman offered a template for open-ended stealth that has only been matched by MGS V and Dishonored 2. It delivers on the promise that I thought was being made by the original Assassin’s Creed before it got iterated into World of Far Cry. No other game uses so well the “steal someone’s clothes and impersonate them” mechanic – I’m surprised it isn’t used more in other games, honestly. I am also impressed by how creatively Hitman encourages you to replay and savour its levels.

This time around, the episodic release schedule is gone: you get 6 levels from the top, with a couple of DLC expansions planned. Also, I hear that you’ll even get the previous game. Hitman 2 is GOTW.

Here's the list, now in release-date order!

PC

  • 11-13

  • Aces of the Luftwaffe: Squadron - Nebelgeschwader
  • Aim Theory - Trainer
  • Assault on Hyperion Base
  • Bibi & Tina - Adventures with Horses
  • Blokin
  • Cosa Nostra
  • Crusader Kings II: Holy Fury
  • DISTRAINT 2
  • Draft Day Sports: Pro Basketball 2019
  • Glassteroids
  • Golden Key
  • Golf Peaks
  • Hitman 2
  • Light Fairytale Episode 1
  • National Girls
  • Owl Watch
  • Project Highrise: Architect's Edition
  • Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly
  • Pythagoras' Perpetual Motion Machine
  • Red Dead Hentai Horse
  • Sipho
  • Super Captain 3D
  • The Lost Soul
  • The Sea Between
  • Tower Keepers
  • 11-14

  • Acropolis: The Archaic Age
  • Alpha & Beta
  • Another Sight - Hodge's Journey
  • Armored Fighter
  • Colonization of the Moon
  • Disenchantment Nirvana
  • Drunk Dad
  • Fallout 76
  • Gangsta Sniper
  • Grooming Adventure
  • Hentai And Your Life
  • Human Rocket Person
  • Red points
  • Spark Five
  • Spray Girl
  • The Plague: Age of Chivalry
  • This War of Mine Stories: The Last Broadcast
  • Timore 6
  • VICCP
  • 11-15

  • Antox vs. Free Radicals
  • Bad Dream: Fever
  • BattleMore
  • Battleships and Carriers - WW2 Battleship Game
  • Bomber Arena
  • BrawlQuest
  • Chief's Quest
  • Cosmic Top Secret
  • Croquet Pro
  • Croquet Pro 2
  • Deep Space Shooter
  • Diamond Caves
  • FIREFLIES (Smart Studio)
  • Go Outside Simulator
  • Gravity Wars
  • HENTAI Arcade: Lustful Girls
  • Kolumno
  • Little Dragons Cafe
  • Mine Royale - Battle Royale
  • Plastic soldiers
  • Robo Puzzle Smash
  • Siam Twinstick
  • Telecube Halloween
  • Time Splatter
  • Underworld Ascendant
  • UpBreakers
  • Varenje: Don't Speak with Berries
  • Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus
  • World Enduro Rally
  • Zvezda
  • 11-16

  • Among Us
  • Anubis' Challenge
  • Cards of Knight
  • Dark Fantasy: Jigsaw Puzzle
  • Doctor Tsunami
  • Duke Dashington Remastered
  • Educator 2076 - Basics in Education
  • Fruit Pop II
  • Horror Souls
  • Hot Girls Puzzle
  • Lapse
  • Mahjong Magic Journey 2
  • Marble It Up!
  • Mars Chaos Menace
  • Mo The Frog
  • Montaro RE
  • My Riding Stables: Life with Horses 2
  • Navalny: Posledniy miting
  • No Crossing
  • Nya Nya Nya Girls
  • Phantom Thief Celianna
  • Pixel Bombs
  • Predicate
  • RoboBall
  • Sanctus Mortem
  • Scraps and Patches
  • Space Gladiator
  • StickyBots
  • Super Ledgehop: Double Laser
  • Sword of Rapier
  • The Darkest Woods 2
  • The Lost Legends of Redwall: Escape the Gloomer
  • The Sims 4: Get Famous
  • Toilet Simulator
  • Treasure Hunter Simulator
  • Warlords.IO
  • 11-17

  • Kumpels
  • 11-18

  • Bible Test
  • Campido
  • Elite Archery

PS4

  • 11-13

  • Chimparty
  • Emerald Shores
  • Gnomes Garden: New Home
  • Hitman 2
  • Just Deal With It!
  • Knowledge is Power: Decades
  • My Riding Stables: Life with Horses
  • Project Highrise: Architect's Edition
  • Runner3
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider: The Forge
  • Spyro Reignited Trilogy
  • Spyro Reignited Trilogy / Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
  • Swords & Soldiers II: Shawarmageddon
  • The Sims 4: Seasons
  • 11-14

  • Fallout 76
  • Melbits World
  • My Hero One's Justice: Playable Character - Inasa Yoarashi
  • The Long Journey Home
  • Youtubers Life: OMG Edition
  • 11-15

  • Monkey King: Master of the Clouds
  • SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy - MissX
  • Ticket to Ride
  • WordHunters
  • 11-16

  • Distrust
  • Mars Chaos Menace
  • The Quiet Man

Xbox One

  • 11-13

  • Aces of the Luftwaffe: Squadron - Nebelgeschwader
  • Hitman 2
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider: The Forge
  • Spyro Reignited Trilogy
  • Spyro Reignited Trilogy / Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
  • 11-14

  • Fallout 76
  • My Hero One's Justice: Playable Character - Inasa Yoarashi
  • The Long Journey Home
  • Youtubers Life: OMG Edition

Switch

  • 11-13

  • My Riding Stables: Life with Horses
  • Project Highrise: Architect's Edition
  • SNK 40th Anniversary Collection
  • 11-14

  • Chalk Dash Carnival
  • My Hero One's Justice: Playable Character - Inasa Yoarashi
  • Palm Reading Premium
  • 11-15

  • HoPiKo
  • Johnny Turbo's Arcade: Heavy Barrel
  • M.A.C.E. Space Shooter
  • Mimpi Dreams
  • Mother Russia Bleeds
  • ROCKETSROCKETSROCKETS
  • SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy - MissX
  • Soap Dodgem
  • Solitaire BATTLE ROYAL
  • Tinboy
  • Trailblazers
  • 11-16

  • Circle of Sumo
  • Mars: Chaos Menace
  • Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee!
  • Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu!
  • Sid Meier's Civilization VI
  • Toast Time: Smash Up!
  • 11-17

  • Aces of the Luftwaffe: Squadron - Nebelgeschwader

Vita

  • 11-15

  • Slayaway Camp: Butcher's Cut

RIFT

  • 11-12

  • Bladeline VR
  • 11-13

  • Google Spotlight Stories: Age of Sail
  • 11-14

  • Dafen Oil Painting Village: An Immersive Reality
  • Rento VR
  • Runes: The Forgotten Path
  • 11-15

  • Apollo 11 VR HD
  • Perfect Life VR
  • VR Smash Park
  • 11-16

  • Clash of Chefs VR
  • Defense Contract
  • DREAM GIRLS VR
  • Professor Chuckenhope

Vive

  • 11-12

  • Bladeline VR
  • 11-13

  • Google Spotlight Stories: Age of Sail
  • 11-14

  • Rento VR
  • Runes: The Forgotten Path
  • 11-15

  • Apollo 11 VR HD
  • 11-16

  • Clash of Chefs VR
  • Defense Contract
  • DREAM GIRLS VR
  • Professor Chuckenhope

Comments

I’m also excited for SNK collection for the Switch. Should be fun.

That Hero Image is amazing. You've outdone yourselves this time!

Thanks.

I was secretly hoping that Felix would pick Hitman 2 so I could do something like that. It came out pretty good, even if I do say so myself.

I hope Hitman 2 can do well. I'm starting to feel like there's a lot of these ...ugh... "hardcore" properties that are just always going to get out-shined in the holiday season. Every big publisher wants their big Christmas seller, but then you keep hearing about games that don't meet sales expectations. Meanwhile, Monster Hunter World comes out in a less busy time of year (that sadly is becoming quite cluttered in 2019) and pushes past expectations.

I feel like if you aren't a major annual franchise, you need to consider whether your game truly has the clout to be at the top of wish lists and priority lists rather than number four or five. I think a game like Hitman would probably do better in a summer month, but releasing now? Hrm...

I could be wrong, but if you're not something for a drastically different market like JRPG's, then you'd best move along to Q1 or Q2 of the year (just not February or March, unless you're absolutely certain of your clout, because that's getting crowded as well).

Did you guys give any more thought to sorting the lists by MSRP so the big games float to the top?

ccesarano wrote:

I hope Hitman 2 can do well. I'm starting to feel like there's a lot of these ...ugh... "hardcore" properties that are just always going to get out-shined in the holiday season. Every big publisher wants their big Christmas seller, but then you keep hearing about games that don't meet sales expectations. Meanwhile, Monster Hunter World comes out in a less busy time of year (that sadly is becoming quite cluttered in 2019) and pushes past expectations.

I feel like if you aren't a major annual franchise, you need to consider whether your game truly has the clout to be at the top of wish lists and priority lists rather than number four or five. I think a game like Hitman would probably do better in a summer month, but releasing now? Hrm...

I could be wrong, but if you're not something for a drastically different market like JRPG's, then you'd best move along to Q1 or Q2 of the year (just not February or March, unless you're absolutely certain of your clout, because that's getting crowded as well).

Hitman is in a weird place due to being Io’s baby and they need it to do really well. I hope they can do some Ubisoft magic and keep people coming back to it. Summer would be great but probably timing wasn’t on IO’s side with the whole separation from Square.

LeapingGnome wrote:

Did you guys give any more thought to sorting the lists by MSRP so the big games float to the top?

I haven’t looked into that, mostly because that information isn’t consistently (or easily) available before release. Titles that aren’t available to preorder don’t always have official storefront pages, and the ones that have store pages don’t reliably have price information prior to release.

It’s not a bad idea, it just adds a significant amount of work to something that’s already eating up 2+ hours of my Saturdays. That said, if you know a site that has all the releases and prices listed in a way that’s easy to copy and paste to a spreadsheet, I’m all ears.

Fallout 76 was my anniversary present to her, and judging by the beta it’s exactly how we want to play Fallout: Just wander around collecting stuff, without fussing about a story that’s probably going to be intensely disappointing anyway.

Hear, hear!

Spyro Reignited Trilogy is the one for me... had it on pre-order and I've now played it and I have to say I am thoroughly satisfied with what was delivered. What an amazing job Toys for Bob did with this remake.