February 11 – February 17

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

Love is in the air, and the usual host of romantic visual novels are on the list, but I don’t care about any of them. Instead, I’m going to look at some thematically appropriate games, which is no easy task! There are lots of good games coming out this week! So, let’s get to it.

Away: Journey to the Unexpected is a game about the power of friendship. It’s a first-person shooter in which your only weapon is a stick, but you can make friends who have better weapons and will fight alongside you. If you don’t know what friendship has to do with Valentine’s Day, then you’ve clearly never been me in high school.

Blind Date is a conversation simulator (which is way of saying “dialog tree game” with five-dollar words). It’s all about making that good first impression and maybe a spark or two.

Tiny Love is about two characters who fall in love at first sight and have an adventure. It’s adorable, relatable, brief, and free, so you have no excuse not to play it. Also, it apparently supports VR, but it makes it on my list anyway.

Degrees of Separation is an elemental tale of forbidden love—a tale familiar to those acquainted with the origins of the Morris Dance. The personifications of fire and ice fall in love and must work together to solve puzzles that neither of them could tackle alone.

You might wonder how Crackdown 3 is appropriate for this week’s list. Easy: multiplayer. Jump online with someone you love and wreck up the place together.

Now, what could be more romantic than competitive multiplay? Co-operative multiplay! Far Cry New Dawn takes place after the events of the bad ending of Far Cry 5 (I’m not distinguishing between endings, I’m just stating facts; all of the endings were bad). Venture with a partner into the nuclear wasteland version of Hope County and play the whole campaign as a duo. If each of you can have a pet irradiated bear, then it might just be the best post-apocalyptic multiplayer shooter of 2019.

My wife and I will send a postcard from Hope County. Far Cry New Dawn is our game of the week.

IMAGE(https://www.gamerswithjobs.com/files/pictures/pictures/picture-13445.jpg)   Felix “I choo-choo choose you” Threepaper

For me, the choice this week is clear. I’ve never owned an XBox, so I am immune to the nostalgic hype around Crackdown 3, even if it does have some twist on the nemesis system. I also don’t need another Far Cry in my life.

I prefer to experience the apocalypse from atop a cloud, watching everyone else deal with it. That’s why I’m all about Sid Meier’s Civilization VI: Gathering Storm. The big-ticket feature is the incorporation of environmental effects and climate change. Now, you can be wracked by floods or beset by drought; perhaps it’s time to think twice about settling near those fertile rivers and floodplains. Plus, resources like coal and oil will become consumable like in Civ V, where you use them to run power plants. In Gathering Storm, such use will have an effect on the climate, but will it be as debilitating as the pollution mechanics in Civ II, or more of a minor annoyance?

Other returning Civ V features include the late-game World Congress alongside a diplomatic victory condition. As ever, diplomacy is being tweaked. This time, the warmonger score is being replaced by grievances, which presumably opens up a whole new range of reasons your neighbours will stab you in the back with surprise wars. Of course, maybe your other neighbours won’t judge you so harshly for retaliating.

Gathering Storm also has what all previous Civ expansions have: new civs, new buildings, new wonders, new units. It introduces a 21st-century tech era and the concomitant techs (presumably to include renewable energy and whatnot). Espionage also gets tweaked, and builders now look like they’ll be more useful than ever, with engineering projects that you can carry out to alter terrain: dam a river, dig a tunnel, build a railroad.

It has a couple of new scenarios, too. The most interesting one to me is the WWI scenario, where you can try to perfectly execute the Schlieffen plan as Germany, or fend it off as France.

I’m happy for anything that keeps Civ VI fresh because, honestly, the Civ series has long struggled with two things: making the late game fun and making failure enjoyable. Will Gathering Storm transmute late-game busywork into interesting decisions? I’m not sure, but will sure as hell be finding out.

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

PC

  • 02-11

  • Accel
  • AlienAfterlife
  • Border Control
  • Clown Thug Cop Zombies
  • Column Taker
  • Dumb test: Check your teammates
  • Faith in the Goddess of Suwa.
  • Fated Era
  • Game Soup
  • Hockey Camp - Goaltender
  • In the Village of Grandfather: Summer,Sun,Heat.
  • Juggernauts
  • PUZZLE: ANIMALS
  • REDO!
  • The Devil's Calculator
  • Unravel Cyndy
  • W4RR-i/o-RS: Descent
  • You're Not Special
  • 02-12

  • Arcade Spirits
  • Dangerous Orbit
  • Dungeon Cleaning Express
  • Genius! NAZI-GIRL GoePPels-Chan ep1
  • Globesweeper
  • Hentai Ninja
  • JUMPGRID
  • Kiritan vs Kanitan - Zunda-mochi defense!
  • MAAA
  • Perhaps When We Dream
  • Project Hastur
  • The Angry Banana
  • Zombie Killing Simulator
  • 02-13

  • Away: Journey to the Unexpected
  • Axe Prime
  • Bouncing DVD : The Game
  • Chaos Village
  • Crypto Crisis: Education Edition
  • Dismantle: Construct Carnage
  • Easter!
  • Eastshade
  • Manipulator of Figure 3
  • Neon Infinity
  • SkyGameChanger-AirCombat II-
  • Super Jigsaw Puzzle: Anime Reloaded
  • Swallow Homing
  • The Floor Is Really Cheap Lava
  • The Treehouse Man
  • Trio Adventures
  • Valentines Cafe
  • 02-14

  • 420 Button Clicker
  • Alchemic Dungeons DX
  • Antrum
  • Balloon Fiesta 3D
  • Blind Date
  • Boss Golf
  • By Moonlight
  • Cantrip Cafe
  • Death Waves
  • Degrees of Separation
  • Escape Lala
  • Evospace
  • Fighting Spree 3D
  • Foto Babes
  • Ghost Buster 3D
  • GRITS Racing
  • Jewel Match Solitaire L'Amour
  • LAB2-UndeR GrounD-
  • New World Horizon
  • Oik Memory 3
  • Pseudo Commando Heroic Revenge Fantasy
  • Repel Aliens 3D
  • RogueCraft Squadron
  • Sengoku Neet
  • Sid Meier's Civilization VI: Gathering Storm
  • Something is wrong
  • Steam Prison
  • Tess Elated
  • The Textorcist: The Story of Ray Bibbia
  • Tobit
  • Trouble Travel TT
  • 02-15

  • Artillery Globe
  • Caramel Port
  • CLASH! - Battle Arena
  • Crackdown 3
  • Creepy Vision
  • Digging Dragon
  • DreamWorks Dragons Dawn of New Riders
  • Far Cry New Dawn
  • Farragnarok
  • Hentai Jigsaw Puzzle
  • Hentai Loli 3D
  • Jump Force
  • Kill jump monster
  • Metro Exodus
  • One Synth
  • Pix Tower
  • Power Gunner
  • R.I.C.A
  • Slime Adventure
  • Slime Crunch
  • Soft cookie
  • Spork: The Manic Utensil Storm
  • Super Nitrous Zoomer
  • The Queen of Blackwood High
  • Tiny Love
  • Under One Wing
  • VRLab Academy: Anatomy VR
  • War of Omens Card Game
  • YUNA: Sugar hearts and Love
  • Zoo Constructor
  • 02-16

  • Monads
  • The Expedition
  • [h3]02-17/h3]
  • Ribbon Racer Next

PS4

  • 02-12

  • Alvastia Chronicles
  • Conarium
  • HackyZack
  • Hyper Jam
  • Jump Force
  • Meow Motors
  • Mixups by Powgi
  • The King's Bird
  • The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince
  • The Sims 4: Get Famous
  • 02-13

  • Intruders: Hide and Seek
  • Minesweeper Genius
  • 02-14

  • Code:Realize - Wintertide Miracles
  • Degrees of Separation
  • NEKOPARA Vol. 2
  • 02-15

  • DreamWorks Dragons Dawn of New Riders
  • Far Cry New Dawn
  • Metro Exodus

PSVR

  • 02-12

  • Eden-Tomorrow
  • XING: The Land Beyond

Xbox One

  • 02-12

  • Conarium
  • Hyper Jam
  • Jump Force
  • Minesweeper Genius
  • The King's Bird
  • The Sims 4: Get Famous
  • 02-14

  • Degrees of Separation
  • 02-15

  • Crackdown 3
  • DreamWorks Dragons Dawn of New Riders
  • Far Cry New Dawn
  • HackyZack
  • Metro Exodus

Switch

  • 02-12

  • Minesweeper Genius
  • The King's Bird
  • The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince
  • 02-13

  • Iron Crypticle
  • 02-14

  • Alvastia Chronicles
  • Astrology and Horoscopes Premium
  • Cinders
  • Degrees of Separation
  • Ghoulboy
  • Guess the word
  • Hexa Maze
  • LOVE
  • Modern Combat: Blackout
  • NEKOPARA Vol. 2
  • OlliOlli: Switch Stance
  • Pet Care
  • Space War Arena
  • Strikey Sisters
  • Tokyo School Life
  • Touhou Sky Arena: Matsuri Climax
  • 02-15

  • DreamWorks Dragons Dawn of New Riders
  • Space Lift Danger Panic!

3DS

  • 02-14

  • Love Hero

Vita

  • 02-12

  • Alvastia Chronicles
  • Mixups by Powgi
  • 02-14

  • Code:Realize - Wintertide Miracles

RIFT

  • 02-11

  • Adapt or Perish
  • Proton Ball
  • 02-14

  • The Virtual Reality Museum of Immersive Experiences
  • 02-15

  • Haunting Hour
  • Hex Defense - VR

Vive

  • 02-11

  • Adapt or Perish
  • Hammer & Anvil VR
  • Proton Ball
  • 02-14

  • Symphony of Stars
  • The Virtual Reality Museum of Immersive Experiences
  • 02-15

  • Haunting Hour
  • Hex Defense - VR

Comments

I picked up Away last week on Switch but have yet to fire it up. If the game stinks I don't mind because I mostly bought it to check out the art.

A lot of people were joking that they can't believe Kingdom Hearts 3 is actually out, with the sentiment being "I've waited so long!" I kind of can't believe Crackdown 3 is releasing, but more out of "wait, that's still a thing? People still care? Does anyone even have it reserved?"

Of all the games releasing this month I don't care about, that's the one that slipped by my radar.

I like the look of The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince, but I've picked up a lot of games on sale recently so I think I'll hold off for now.

Also, I think we have a winner in the "Most Nightmares Fuelled by a Hero Image" category.

Will definitely get Metro Exodus at some point in the future. Might also look into Far Cry New Dawn; the premise and visuals look interesting.

Crackdown 3, maybe. Loved the first but then drifted away from consoles. All depends on how it reviews and whether I can play it offline. Could be a nice distraction for a long trip I've got coming up this spring.

Hey Greg, Jump Force is being talked about as being absolute trash. I highly recommend checking it out:

Motion Blur: The Game

garion333 wrote:

Hey Greg, Jump Force is being talked about as being absolute trash. I highly recommend checking it out:

Motion Blur: The Game

I feel so loved!

It was going to be on my list, but I couldn’t figure out how to fit it into the Couples Theme I painted myself into.

This is perhaps my favorite.

I'm just curious why there's a story mode. This is a fighting game, right?

It's a fan service fighting game, yes.

All the Japanese developed fighters tend to have stories.