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IMAGE(https://www.gamerswithjobs.com/files/pictures/pictures/picture-13445.jpg)   Felix “Settlers of Katarn” Threepaper

Welcome folks, and happy “Anniversary of US Presidents giving speeches about their dogs” week! That’s right, this week in 1944, FDR gave a speech about his dog, Fala, and this week in 1952, Nixon gave his famous “Checkers” speech. You may all celebrate by playing a game with a pet in it.

FIFA 20 drops this week. “Volta football”, AKA “street football,” is new to the series, allowing you to play smaller matchups like 3 vs 3. Futsal mode returns from a 20 year hiatus, and speaking as someone who has lost the odd toe bone to futsal: represent. Annual sports games are the textbook definition of iteration in this business and you already know if you’re getting FIFA 20 or not.

The Surge 2 is this week’s Soulslike. The Surge got props for being a solid sci-fi action-RPG with the extra fun of targeted limb removal. It’s not so much Soulslike in its difficulty, but rather in the measured way combat unfolds (no mashing!) and in its resurrection and waypoint mechanics; instead of lighting bonfires, you activate medical bays and all the enemies in the area reset. The Surge 2 doesn’t appear to add any new mechanics or systems, but it does address criticism of the original’s samey industrial environments by putting a lot more colour and variety into its locations.

Before “Souls” became shorthand for a difficult game in 2009, we were using the expression “Ninja Gaiden,” but even before that, it was “Contra”. Contra: Rogue Corps is an isometric twin-stick shooter. Fans of the series will be happy to learn that you can play as one of the original Contra characters. It’s made for co-op blasting, and by all accounts delivers it pretty well. There is a single-player story mode, too. The publisher, Konami, has been playing it safe since breaking up with Kojima in 2015, only putting out stuff from established IPs. Contra: Rogue Corps is a product of this strategy, but it looks solid for what it does, even if the graphics won’t blow you away.

Hitman 2: Haven Island is the second, and last, piece of DLC for the game. Haven Island is in the Maldives, home to a tropical resort for the rich and (in)famous. The resort is owned by a PR company that specialises in reputational rehabilitation; no doubt there will be some kooky guests to impersonate. It looks like another densely-packed location offering hours of sneaky, murderous fun – there are no bad levels in Hitman games.

I’m most interested this week in Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, coming to Switch and the PS4. I missed this game when it originally came out on PC in 2002. Back in those days, videogames were delivering better Star Wars stories than George Lucas himself. Jedi Outcast continues the Star Wars story after Return of the Jedi, but has since been excised from the canon. But let’s not overlook the casting coup of bringing back Billy Dee Williams to voice Lando. Jedi Outcast was praised at the time for its strong story and for delivering satisfying melee mechanics within a shooter framework. You could develop skills in a number of lightsaber styles: dual wielding, two-handed or one-handed, or you could use a blaster, I guess. The game has been ported to consoles before, so I’m expecting the controls to be smooth enough. There’s no word yet on multiplayer. This is like dusting off a classic movie – if you can look past the dated visuals, it could be a hoot. Who doesn’t want to try deflecting blaster bolts with a lightsaber? GOTW.

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

PC

  • 09-23

  • AFTER-H
  • Chronac
  • Tetra Project
  • Applewood
  • Skyrift
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero : Relive The Animation
  • Mystery Solitaire: Grimm's tales 2
  • Protect the campus
  • mmmmm donuts arhhh......
  • 1001 Jigsaw. World Tour: France
  • Maze Gold Run
  • AHEGAL SEASONS
  • Dragon Slayer (Silver Cloud)
  • Snow Clearing Driving Simulator
  • Dino Zoo Transport Simulator
  • Away From Earth: Mars 3
  • Girl Kill Zombies
  • Industriworks
  • Starazius
  • Warplanes: WW1 Sky Aces
  • Breeza Budgie Bill
  • Desert Island Survival
  • Roy Cluse: Itsy-Bitsy Edition
  • Furious Goal
  • MetalArms
  • 09-24

  • Espire 1: VR Operative
  • The Surge 2
  • Cat Quest II: The Lupus Empire
  • Noita
  • Spellcaster University
  • Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
  • Graduated
  • Contra: Rogue Corps
  • Flynguin Station
  • Roots Of The Woods
  • Crowd Simulator
  • Strange Passion - My Boss, My Mistress
  • 3000th Duel
  • Neighborhood
  • Life Tastes Like Cardboard
  • ISLA test
  • 3D Visual Novel Maker
  • Delivery
  • Mondly: Learn Languages in VR
  • RhythmSnake
  • Elder Village
  • I Love You, Colonel Sanders! A Finger Lickin' Good Dating Simulator
  • 90 Days To Defence
  • Lightning Wings II
  • CHERNOBYL: The Untold Story
  • Hexxon
  • Voxel Life Auto
  • Zero Fantasy - Kanon
  • DoSK
  • Hitman 2: Haven Island
  • 09-25

  • Stars End
  • The Executioner
  • Hooklings
  • Daaang!
  • Dominos!
  • Rebels & Redcoats
  • The Ancient Labyrinth
  • Broken Spell (yibaili software)
  • Snow Island
  • Flower Design Two
  • Ancient Evil
  • MOOSE antipoo adventure
  • Pelmesh
  • Two Kingdoms
  • Old School Maze
  • The Long Drive
  • IDIOT test
  • Viking Brothers 6
  • Lost 1990
  • Legendary gun
  • Cemetery Warrior 4
  • Solitaire Game Halloween
  • VersaillesVR | the Palace is yours
  • Struggle
  • 09-26

  • Code Vein
  • Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones
  • FISHERY
  • Hashihime of the Old Book Town
  • Flotsam
  • Encased: a sci-fi post-apocalyptic RPG
  • A Story Beside
  • Wanderlust
  • Tales of the Black Forest
  • Gunvolt Chronicles: Luminous Avenger iX
  • Frontline Zed
  • BDSM: Big Drunk Satanic Massacre
  • Anima
  • OMNIMUS
  • Column on the Sea
  • Legend of Keepers: Prologue
  • Super Toy Cars 2
  • Those Chosen By God
  • RAGE 2: Rise of the Ghosts
  • Synzzball
  • Thy Kingdom Crumble
  • BAFF 4
  • Marshmallow Madness
  • Ann Achronist: Many Happy Returns
  • Convenience Store
  • Intruders: Hide and Seek
  • 09-27

  • WORLDS AT WAR
  • Undercrewed
  • Lenin - The Lion
  • Dungeons of the Fallen
  • Pool 2D - Poolians
  • Memorrha
  • Onii-chan Asobo
  • Necrolepsy
  • Freedom Finger
  • Angelo and Deemon: One Hell of a Quest
  • Infinity: Battlescape
  • Nordlicht
  • FIFA 20
  • Aokana - Four Rhythms Across the Blue
  • A Glider's Journey
  • Meta: Assembled
  • EverStopped
  • Linea VR
  • Master of LinCard
  • Axis Football 2019
  • Chernobyl: Road of Death
  • Wissen Heroes
  • NAVALNY: A Nightmare of Corrupt
  • NUMB
  • Night Guardian
  • Spectating Simulator The Racing
  • Ace of Space
  • ROAD HOMEWARD 4: last step
  • CRYPTIC
  • Dice Defenders
  • Sister Adventure
  • Let's Go! Skiing VR
  • Serpent Fusion
  • Wo de shou er hougong
  • Ink Hero
  • Horace: First Trip
  • Incredible Mercenary Group
  • 09-28

  • Micro Car Crash Online Le Go!
  • 09-29

  • Grotesque Beauty

PS4

  • 09-24

  • The Surge 2
  • FIFA 20
  • Espire 1: VR Operative
  • Contra: Rogue Corps
  • Hitman 2: Haven Island
  • Color Slayer
  • Dreaming Canvas
  • Habroxia
  • Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
  • 09-26

  • BDSM: Big Drunk Satanic Massacre
  • RAGE 2: Rise of the Ghosts
  • 09-27

  • Code Vein
  • Tropico 6

Xbox One

  • 09-24

  • The Surge 2
  • FIFA 20
  • Contra: Rogue Corps
  • Hitman 2: Haven Island
  • 09-25

  • Rex Rocket
  • Constructor Plus
  • 09-26

  • RAGE 2: Rise of the Ghosts
  • 09-27

  • Code Vein
  • Mining Rail 2
  • The Adventures of Elena Temple
  • Fight'N Rage

Switch

  • 09-23

  • Oliver's Adventures in the Fairyland
  • 09-24

  • Dead by Daylight
  • Contra: Rogue Corps
  • Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
  • 09-25

  • Flying Girl Striker
  • 09-26

  • Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition
  • Northgard
  • Gunvolt Chronicles: Luminous Avenger iX
  • Bad North: Jotunn Edition
  • Habroxia
  • Button Button Up!
  • Fight'N Rage
  • Reaper - Tale of a Pale Swordsman
  • Barry Bradford's Putt Panic Party
  • 09-27

  • Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition
  • FIFA 20: Legacy Edition
  • Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
  • Freedom Finger
  • Dragon Quest
  • Dragon Quest II: Luminaries of the Legendary Line
  • Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation
  • Car Mechanic Simulator: Pocket Edition
  • 09-29

  • Paper Train

Comments

Lost a toe, eh?

This is the week Code Vein comes out to die. Or surprise, but I'm wary. It's Bamco's attempt at a Souls game.

Hyped for The Surge 2. The first game was one of my favorites from the year it came out.

Oh damn I should really play that Dragon Quest XI demo.

Good ol' Jedi Outcast 2. This was referenced by my best man in his speech at my wedding.