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IMAGE(https://www.gamerswithjobs.com/files/pictures/pictures/picture-13445.jpg)   Felix “Fists of Furon” Threepaper
Welcome folks, and happy “80th Anniversary of the first Bugs Bunny cartoon” week! For you younger whippersnappers, Bugs Bunny was a rabbit who just wanted to eat carrots in peace and who served absolute realness when in drag. You may all celebrate by playing a game with cross-dressing. Hopefully it’s done tastefully.

It’s a week with no flagship releases. Personally, I’m still enjoying ending suffering in Ghost of Tsushima, but if you’re between games right now, there’s lots of indie snacks and ports to tide you over.

Nioh 2: The Tengu's Disciple is the first of 3 planned expansions for Nioh 2. Most of the buzz is around what the new weapon will be, but there will also be new armour, skills, yokai bosses, and story. Nioh 2 is on a sub-pile of my Pile of Shame: the Pile of Git Gud.

Tiny Racer is what it sounds like: a racer where your cars are tiny. It also has a tiny price. Think of it like gamifying the fun of racing Hot Wheels cars around the kitchen. But because I recently watched Rocket Man, the Elton John biopic, all I can really say about this game is: Hold me closer, Tiny Racer (count the headlights on the highway). You’re welcome.

Sims 4: Nifty Knitting brings knitting to Sims 4, as well as the return of the rocking chair! The rocking chair will relax your Sims and boost their knitting skills. Elderly Sims who sit in the rocking chair also get a Reminisce function. If you were worried that this new stuff pack was too mellow, they’ve also added a Metal radio station that makes Sims feel energized. What happens if they sit in the rocking chair and listen to Metal? Do the buffs cancel each other out? Do they knit devil horns?

Heroes of Hammerwatch - Ultimate Edition comes to Xbone and Switch, and will come to PS4 in a few months. Yay for timed ‘sclusies! This is a pixel-art, co-op, proc-gen, rogue-lite RPG. It looks like the result of sprinkling a teensy bit of Ultima into Gauntlet. While it’s not as pretty as Children of Morta, it has more systems layered in, such as town management, and a wider variety of classes and character builds.

Destroy All Humans! is a remake of the 2005 game and an attempt to reboot the franchise. Remember this game? You play as an alien visiting 1950s Earth, kidnapping humans, mutilating cattle and whatnot. Though open-world in structure, Destroy All Humans! still has a unique flavour; it regularly tops “Games We’d Like To See Come Back” lists, and now it’s here! The new devs have polished up the graphics and sound, and they finished off a previously-scrapped level. My only misgiving is whether the mechanics will hold up—this is a 2005 game, after all. Targeting is improved with a lock-on ability, but will it be enough to keep the zaniness fresh? This has the most appeal for me this week. GOTW.

Some more quick shout-outs: Ageless is an indie puzzle-platformer with a gimmick that lets you control the ages of creatures and plants around you to solve puzzles. Merchant of the Skies is a trading game where everything happens from your airship in the clouds. Re-released JRPG Megadimension Neptunia VII is the longest game coming out this week, while psychedelic VR shooter Pistol Whip has the best soundtrack.

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

PC

  • 07-27

  • 20,000 Miles Under the Sea
  • Ad Agency Tycoon
  • Aenaon
  • Allied Ambush
  • Arcadium
  • CanCan the Game
  • Cherry VX
  • Circles of Hell
  • Dark Farm
  • DEPTH STRANDING
  • Domestic Defense
  • DuelVox
  • Emerald Lake
  • Endless Bounty
  • Escape From House
  • Greedy Maze
  • Hard Vacuum
  • Idle Slayer
  • Intrepid Izzy
  • Lost Island Atlantida Advanture Game
  • Milo's Quest
  • Party Mashup
  • Really Bad Flying Machine
  • Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash! - Space 39 Miku Pack
  • The Soldiers Factory
  • VR Marco Polo's Travelling in Medieval Asia (The Far East, Chinese, Japanese, Shogun, Khitan...revisit A.D. 1290)
  • Whisper
  • 07-28

  • 'Member the Alamo?
  • Ageless
  • Anetona
  • Arrog
  • Cubers: Arena
  • Destroy All Humans!
  • First Person Shooter Kit Showcase
  • Flying propeller
  • Grounded
  • Hellraisers
  • InMaze
  • Kongfusion
  • Maid of Sker
  • Othercide
  • Pieces of my Heart
  • RADARjAM
  • ReverieTale
  • Rocket Bots
  • Rogue Randy
  • RussianPunk 2007
  • Schwerpunkt
  • Specimen 13
  • Stalker
  • Synergia
  • Terrorarium
  • The Sims 4: Nifty Knitting
  • Travellers Rest
  • WREST
  • 07-29

  • An Interesting Journey of Monsieur PAF
  • Blightbound
  • Cardaclysm
  • Cross the Moon
  • Dual Gear
  • Each Sale I Blow a Balloon
  • Fairy Tail
  • Fleeting World
  • Four Rendezvous
  • House on the Hill
  • Inner Kung Fu Game
  • Pink Gum
  • Tale of Ninja: Fall of the Miyoshi
  • The Lost Art of Innkeeping
  • The Outcast Lovers
  • Wind Peaks
  • 07-30

  • -SPROUT-
  • Aeon on Mosaic: Anemone
  • Banners of Ruin
  • Being Mindful
  • Chicken Bomb
  • Convergence Compulsion
  • Dragon Blaze
  • Faptastic Journey
  • Fight Crab
  • Hellpoint
  • Hurry Up!
  • Imagination Practice
  • Imperiums: Greek Wars
  • Into A Dream
  • Kebab House
  • Liberated
  • Lonely Red Night
  • Mahjong Nagomi
  • Muv-Luv photonmelodies
  • No One But You
  • Pandora
  • Sirenhead: Ducks hunt
  • Sweet Love
  • Thousand Threads
  • Wotheguel
  • Zango's Shark Adventure

PlayStation 4

  • 07-27

  • Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash! - Space 39 Miku Pack
  • 07-28

  • Cubers: Arena
  • Destroy All Humans!
  • Escape Game: Fort Boyard
  • Headsnatchers
  • Lost Wing
  • Maid of Sker
  • Othercide
  • Pistol Whip
  • Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection
  • Skater XL
  • The Sims 4: Nifty Knitting
  • 07-30

  • Buried Stars
  • Hellpoint
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme VS. MaxiBoost ON
  • Nioh 2: The Tengu's Disciple
  • Nowhere Prophet
  • 07-31

  • CastleStorm II
  • Cat Quest + Cat Quest II: Pawsome Pack
  • Fairy Tail

Xbox One

  • 07-28

  • Cubers: Arena
  • Destroy All Humans!
  • Grounded
  • Maid of Sker
  • Othercide
  • Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection
  • Skater XL
  • The Sims 4: Nifty Knitting
  • 07-29

  • Lost Wing
  • Nowhere Prophet
  • 07-30

  • Hellpoint
  • Merchant of the Skies
  • The Touryst
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2
  • 07-31

  • CastleStorm II
  • Heroes of Hammerwatch - Ultimate Edition
  • Swim Out

Switch

  • 07-28

  • Ageless
  • Escape Game: Fort Boyard
  • Interrogation: You will be deceived
  • Megadimension Neptunia VII
  • Rugby Challenge 4
  • Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection
  • 07-29

  • They Breathe
  • 07-30

  • Buried Stars
  • Cubers: Arena
  • Heroes of Hammerwatch - Ultimate Edition
  • Hoshi o Miru Hito
  • Hotel Sowls
  • Kingdom Rush
  • Locomotion
  • Merchant of the Skies
  • Nowhere Prophet
  • Sentinels of Freedom
  • Spiral Memoria -The Summer I Meet Myself-
  • 07-31

  • CastleStorm II
  • Cat Quest + Cat Quest II: Pawsome Pack
  • Dodo Peak
  • Fairy Tail
  • FootGoal! Tiki Taka
  • Georifters
  • Hamster Bob
  • Lost Wing
  • Naught
  • Nicole
  • Paint your Pet
  • The Executioner
  • Tiny Racer

Comments

No joke, there's so many interesting games this week I could spend an entire paycheck. Felix's writeup (props on the Bugs Bunny pull, maybe it's time my kids learn about him!) is stupid long too!

Heroes of Hammerwatch makes its console debut. The original Hammerwatch game has a large following on PC from long ago. Frankly, I didn't know Heroes of Hammerwatch even existed until now, which tells you my knowledge of what's on Steam anymore is basically only the largest of titles and those who get a console release!

Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme VS. MaxiBoost ON is the first Gundam game they've brought to the West that has good buzz about it. Something like 130 diff Gundam suits in a 2v2 arcade fighting game sounds sweet even to someone like me who doesn't really follow Gundam but likes looking at the diff mechs.

I was excited for Destroy All Humans! but I've been playing the PS2 version on PS4 and by all accounts this plays just like the original but with shiny graphics. Pass. For now.

CastleStorm II is the sequel to the game I didn't play enough of on the Vita top be truly excited, but seems they've added a while new strategic layer involving a hex grid map. From Zen Studios, they of the pinball games.

Hellpoint is a Souls-like. Please be good.

The Touryst leaves the Switch, oddly enough.

Skater XL is another jam at reviving the genre (Tony Hawk HD is later this year).

And, yes, I'm singing Tiny Dancer now...

garion333 wrote:

And, yes, I'm singing Tiny Dancer now...

This makes me happy

garion333 wrote:

I was excited for Destroy All Humans! but I've been playing the PS2 version on PS4 and by all accounts this plays just like the original but with shiny graphics. Pass. For now.

Does it hold up?

Felix Threepaper wrote:
garion333 wrote:

I was excited for Destroy All Humans! but I've been playing the PS2 version on PS4 and by all accounts this plays just like the original but with shiny graphics. Pass. For now.

Does it hold up?

The humor can be a bit offputting (gay jokes) and there's a lot more swearing going on than I would've expected (since I'm playing with my ten year old), but the gameplay is fine, if a bit aged. Heck, my 10 year old is having more fun than me, which I didn't expect because he usually chafes when he comes across antiquated design. Not that he recognizes it as such.

When I play I feel like I can see where a fresher gameplay loop would be welcome and there's more talking than I'd like, but it's still enjoyable to sit around flinging things with telekinesis and blasting things with your UFO. So, yeah, I'd say it plays fairly well for its age.

garion333 wrote:

Hellpoint is a Souls-like. Please be good.

There’s a free standalone demo/sequel called Hellpoint: The Thespian Feast on Steam that the devs were using as sort of a public beta for the game mechanics. It’s janky but I enjoyed it enough to preorder the full game.

I ... did not know it had gay jokes. That's disappointing.

garion333 wrote:
Felix Threepaper wrote:
garion333 wrote:

I was excited for Destroy All Humans! but I've been playing the PS2 version on PS4 and by all accounts this plays just like the original but with shiny graphics. Pass. For now.

Does it hold up?

The humor can be a bit offputting (gay jokes) and there's a lot more swearing going on than I would've expected (since I'm playing with my ten year old), but the gameplay is fine, if a bit aged. Heck, my 10 year old is having more fun than me, which I didn't expect because he usually chafes when he comes across antiquated design. Not that he recognizes it as such.

When I play I feel like I can see where a fresher gameplay loop would be welcome and there's more talking than I'd like, but it's still enjoyable to sit around flinging things with telekinesis and blasting things with your UFO. So, yeah, I'd say it plays fairly well for its age.

I played the demo on Xbox, and, yeah, it's just the new shiny graphics on the same chassis, and I played the original when it came to backwards compatibility, and, sure, it's prettier, but it's not like you're exactly playing DAH for the graphics. The demo was just the opening tutorial farm level and took less than 10 minutes and didn't highlight the memorable stuff of the game at all, and it took me from looking forward to it to waiting until it's five bucks.

For apparently $40, no way in hell on this one, as you're just getting the same game with a shiny coat of paint. I adored the game when it came out (and the sequel), but just pick up an original copy of the game and play it and imagine the graphics were prettier.

Felix Threepaper wrote:

I ... did not know it had gay jokes. That's disappointing.

Well, keep in mind it's got the GTA-style satire/parody vibe going on. They riffed on the "don't ask don't tell" policy of the military and it's an incredibly dated sort of joke. (Satire/parody rarely ages well, but edgy satire/parody especially.)

If you're iffy on everything, the PS2 releases on PS4 are only $15 a piece and frequently on sale. I'd probably get those for less than the price of this remake until the remake goes on sale.

ACG found the loop didn't age particularly well along with the difficulty spikes. He suggests waiting for sale.

Thanks for that! I would have waited anyway, given the games on my plate right now, but it's definitely slid down a few notches of interest.

You and ACG make a good point about game design progress (especially with open worlds) meaning that it's harder for these older games to hold up with regards to gameplay loop and difficulty spikes -- it's easy to forget about those PS2 games that just had that one impossible level that made you put the game down.

Oh man, totally forgot about Othercide! And that's out now. Crazy week!

(Not to mention Fairy Tail's game, though I haven't seen the anime, so...)