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

Welcome folks, and happy “411th Anniversary of the publication of the music and original lyrics of Three Blind Mice” week! As with many songs from the 1600s, people think it’s an allegory for something that was happening in politics at the time. Apparently it’s a reference to 3 Protestant bishops who were burned at the stake by Queen Mary. Obviously, duh. It only became known as a children’s rhyme when collated into a joke book in 1842. You may all celebrate by playing a game with a language puzzle that makes no sense.

Torchlight III leaves early access this week for full release on everything but the Switch, which it will hit later. The devs originally wanted to reinvent Torchlight as a free-to-play MMORPG, but after pushback from fans, they ditched that idea and respecced the game as a standard, iterative sequel. It has more of what you liked about the previous games: smooth, colourful dungeon-crawling with steampunk character classes and their pets. There’s also some new features, like a home base that you can customise and a relics system for subclassing your character. How will it stack up against the current gold standard in the genre, Path of Exile?

English-speaking folks finally get a release of some interactive novels from the popular Japanese series, Science Adventure: Robotics;Notes Elite and Robotics;Notes DaSH. The Double Pack is a bundle of both of them.

G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout is a third-person shooter with a choice of 12 characters to play as, from the Joes or the Cobras. You can solo or co-op the campaign, and there’s also local PvP multiplayer. Most previews are saying it’s not as bad as you’d think, but it looks like the kind of game a non-gaming grandma would buy for a 6th grader after she went to the store and asked for a copy of Fortnite.

Raji: An Ancient Epic is an action-adventure game that comes to all platforms after being a timed Switch ‘sclusy. Its story is set in ancient India, steeped in Hindu and Balinese myths and featuring striking Indian art, architecture, and music. The gameplay consists of acrobatic exploration and puzzling, Prince of Persia-style. The combat system has some legs, not least because you can use the environment around you, bouncing off walls and pillars for stronger attacks. The combination of these game elements, the way the art plays with perspective to emphasise how the hero is dwarfed by her surrounds, and the story that involves meeting gods, remind me of God of War.

Nioh 2: Darkness in the Capital is Nioh 2’s second expansion. You will time travel to Kyoto City to face new yokai, bosses, and whatnot—possibly with your new weapon, the ninja claws.

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is the first new Mario Kart game since Mario Kart 8 in 2014. It’s an augmented reality game that combines real-life toys with a video game. It comes with an actual, remote-controlled car and 4 gates. You set up the gates as the start and finish lines, then drive your car around the room to create the track—Nintendo is saying a 10 ft. x 12 ft. space is required. You control the car with the Switch, and the screen shows footage from your car’s built-in camera with graphical augments. Being hit by an in-game banana will stop your actual car, and virtual environmental effects like wind or sandstorms will also have an impact. Real environmental effects will also affect the car, so Nintendo says not to play this outside.

Each kit will sell for $99 USD, but you only get one car with it, with no sign yet whether additional cars will be sold separately. Also, you can’t save tracks, so you have to make them fresh each time you boot up the game. It all sounds intriguing, and slightly bonkers. I think this game has to be experienced to be believed. I try to appear smart at parties (remember those?) by saying that augmented reality will be bigger than virtual reality, so I’ve got some cred riding on this one.

I’ll give the GOTW to Raji: An Ancient Epic. As a boring white male, it’s refreshing to take a break from European aesthetics and mythologies in games. The combat and puzzle-platforming may not be revolutionary, but they are well-executed, and the game doesn’t overstay its welcome.

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

PC

  • 10-12

  • ARCADE
  • Bootleg Story
  • Deathroids
  • Epicinium
  • fEarth.128: An Unexpected Walk
  • Hargrave
  • Human Constructor VR
  • ISOLAND: The Amusement Park
  • NetGunner
  • Petal Crash
  • Pursuit of the Bookkeeper
  • TEXT: Russia
  • The Test: Final Revelation
  • 10-13

  • Active Neurons - Wonders Of The World
  • Biomass
  • Cat President 2: Purrlitical Revolution
  • Craftlands Workshoppe - The Funny Indie Capitalist RPG Trading Adventure Game
  • Dark Solitaire. Mystical Circus
  • Divinest Light
  • Dung Beetle Strike
  • Dungeons of Clay
  • G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout
  • Godslayer|one
  • Gunderdome
  • P.I.D.
  • Red Wings: Aces of the Sky
  • Remothered: Broken Porcelain
  • Robotics;Notes DaSH
  • Robotics;Notes Elite
  • Second Extinction
  • SOK PRO
  • SPACE / MECH / PILOT
  • Torchlight III
  • Unmemory
  • Vectromirror
  • Venture Valley
  • Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Heart of the Forest
  • Zombie Hills
  • 10-14

  • Accident
  • Baking Bustle
  • Biscuitts 3
  • BORIS THE ROCKET
  • Bunker Defense
  • Burger Joint
  • C21 Steel Battle Chronicles
  • Cats Organized Neatly
  • Dungeon & Heros
  • Frostfire Planet
  • Gu Lady - Hun and Po
  • Hidden Memory - Nature
  • Knightczech: The beginning
  • LemWars
  • Loot Grind Simulator
  • Modern Arena
  • Out of Reach: Treasure Royale
  • Palindrome Syndrome: Escape Room
  • Partisans 1941
  • Plague M.D.
  • Poultry Parade
  • Quintus and the Absent Truth - Chapter One
  • RagDoll MadDoll
  • Re:Turn - One Way Trip
  • Remalmok
  • Robot Rogue
  • RuneScape
  • Tale of a Apocalypse
  • Tale of MoWu
  • ThrustWorks
  • Vigil: The Longest Night
  • xDasher
  • 10-15

  • Adorable Crush
  • Airplane Mode
  • Alpaca Ball: Allstars
  • Arktrum
  • Barry the Bunny
  • Batbarian: Testament of the Primordials
  • Cake Bash
  • Divine Adventure: Act One
  • Drive 4 Survive
  • Dustoff Z
  • End of Palette
  • Escape Knox Manor
  • Fox Spirit: A Two-Tailed Adventure
  • Ghost Beat
  • Kingdom Rush Vengeance
  • Last Farewell
  • Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Dry Twice
  • Lucifer Within Us
  • Mister Versatile: A Gay Superhero Visual Novel
  • Monster Truck Championship
  • Noita
  • Raji: An Ancient Epic
  • Ring of Pain
  • Sneak In
  • Space Crew
  • Space Farm
  • TERROR SQUID
  • The Jackbox Party Pack 7
  • The Signifier
  • This is the Zodiac Speaking

PlayStation 4

  • 10-13

  • G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout
  • Monster Truck Championship
  • NHL 21
  • Robotics;Notes DaSH
  • Robotics;Notes Double Pack
  • Robotics;Notes Elite
  • Torchlight III
  • 10-14

  • Re:Turn - One Way Trip
  • 10-15

  • Cake Bash
  • Cloudpunk
  • Doodle God: Evolution
  • Nioh 2: Darkness in the Capital
  • Raji: An Ancient Epic
  • Space Crew
  • The Jackbox Party Pack 7
  • This is the Zodiac Speaking
  • 10-16

  • 9 Monkeys of Shaolin
  • Aquanox Deep Descent

Xbox One

  • 10-13

  • Foregone
  • G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout
  • NHL 21
  • Red Wings: Aces of the Sky
  • Torchlight III
  • 10-14

  • Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?!
  • Re:Turn - One Way Trip
  • Shadow Gangs
  • 10-15

  • Cake Bash
  • Cloudpunk
  • Raji: An Ancient Epic
  • Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut
  • Space Crew
  • The Jackbox Party Pack 7
  • This is the Zodiac Speaking
  • 10-16

  • 9 Monkeys of Shaolin
  • Aquanox Deep Descent

Switch

  • 10-12

  • Petal Crash
  • 10-13

  • Foregone
  • G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout
  • Prinny 1-2: Exploded and Reloaded
  • Prinny 2: Dawn of Operation Panties, Dood!
  • Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero?
  • Remothered: Broken Porcelain
  • Robotics;Notes DaSH
  • Robotics;Notes Double Pack
  • Robotics;Notes Elite
  • Woodsalt
  • 10-14

  • Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?!
  • Re:Turn - One Way Trip
  • Vigil: The Longest Night
  • 10-15

  • Along the Edge
  • Alpaca Ball: Allstars
  • Batbarian: Testament of the Primordials
  • Burst Shooter
  • Castle of no Escape
  • Cloudpunk
  • Dead Z Meat
  • Dream
  • Dustoff Z
  • Electronic Super Joy 2
  • Hardcore Mecha
  • Ring of Pain
  • Roki
  • Seers Isle
  • Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut
  • Shoot 1UP DX
  • Space Crew
  • TERROR SQUID
  • The Jackbox Party Pack 7
  • This is the Zodiac Speaking
  • Tricky Spider
  • 10-16

  • 9 Monkeys of Shaolin
  • Bright Paw
  • Crown Trick
  • Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
  • Postal REDUX
  • Truck Driver
  • Two Parsecs From Earth
  • Zoids Wild: Blast Unleashed

Comments

Raji looks neat, short as it reportedly is.

GI Joe looks awful. Watched some streamed footage and it truly, truly looks awful.

Is Cyberpunk out yet? New consoles?

garion333 wrote:

Raji looks neat, short as it reportedly is.

GI Joe looks awful. Watched some streamed footage and it truly, truly looks awful.

Is Cyberpunk out yet? New consoles?

I hear ya ... I'm in a bit of a gaming funk right now, too.

Felix Threepaper wrote:
garion333 wrote:

Raji looks neat, short as it reportedly is.

GI Joe looks awful. Watched some streamed footage and it truly, truly looks awful.

Is Cyberpunk out yet? New consoles?

I hear ya ... I'm in a bit of a gaming funk right now, too.

I'm not! I'm enjoying the heck out of games I have.

Releases are in a funk! And I'm more than willing to give folks a break because of, ya know, 2020 and all.

Except Nintendo. I'm a bit tiffed at them. Mario re-releases, Pikmin re-release and a game from Tecmo Koei. That there's about six months worth of releases. AC is awesome, but damn.

garion333 wrote:

Except Nintendo. I'm a bit tiffed at them. Mario re-releases, Pikmin re-release and a game from Tecmo Koei. That there's about six months worth of releases. AC is awesome, but damn.

Turns out that the latest Wii U to Switch port is the anemic release schedule.

Maybe it's just me then ... I rewatched all of The Wire and it's put me in a melancholy.

Well, when you watch one of the best TV shows of all time, yeah, things look awful in the gaming landscape.

The games in my Pile just don't have the Dickensian aspect.