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

Welcome folks, and happy “191st Anniversary of the publication of ‘Mary Had A Little Lamb’” week! Usually with historical childrens’ poems, people look for hidden political meanings, but in this case, there was simply a girl in Massachusetts called Mary, who found a lamb that followed her everywhere, including to school. And its fleece was very white. The poem was set to music a few years later. Thomas Edison recorded the poem for use on his phonograph in 1877, making it the first audio recording in English. You may all celebrate by playing a game with audio logs.

May has been a good month for games. Its final week has a few more treats in store.

Biomutant is the long-awaited, open-world, action RPG by Experiment 101, a dev studio made up of alumni from the Just Cause games. There’s a lot to like about this game. Firstly, the world looks quite lush for a post-apocalypse: nature has started regrowing over the ruins of civilisation, like in The Last of Us or Enslaved: Odyssey to the West. The various zones look vibrant and colourful, with a huge Tree of Life, central to the plot and geography, looming in the distance. Secondly, the story and characters have a distinct vibe, something about kung fu and mutated, talking animals. My headcanon has this as the Rocket Raccoon origin story. Thirdly, it has familiar, action-RPG elements, but with a twist. There’s attributes and character customisation, but you assign your attributes with a circular slider, rather than allocating each point exactly where you want. The allocation affects your character’s appearance: high strength makes you chonky, whereas high intelligence gives you a big head. There’s also different breeds and classes that affect your playstyle. Combat is a blend of melee kung fu—with a lot of jumping and dodging—and ranged, psychic, and techno attacks. A lot of the fun seems to come as much from how you combine abilities as mastering just one branch of the skill tree. One thing I saw in previews was an ability to drop mushrooms on the ground. You can jump on them to get extra height while exploring, but in combat they can boing an enemy up into the air for some aerial combos. If you put two down in the right spot, the enemy will boing helplessly from one to the other. Then there’s the granular weapon customisation, where you can mix and match individual elements of guns, melee weapons, and other gear to find combinations of buffs.

Biomutant looks like an open-world game with deep systems that will draw people like me right in. It will likely inspire hundreds of pages of wikis and class guides as people explore its permutations. You will recognise all sorts of influences in its aesthetic and gameplay: Breath of the Wild, Ratchet & Clank, Fallout: New Vegas, and more, but there’s so many, combined in such a way, that it has its own flavour. I can’t believe this wasn’t on my radar until now. GOTW.

Otherwise, there’s a remastered version of Saints Row: The Third for anyone who hasn’t yet had the pleasure. Earth Defense Force: World Brothers is a spinoff that renders the patented EDF formula into voxels, because why not. King of Seas is a pirate-themed, action RPG with a proc-gen world. This looks like the fully-featured pirate experience I was looking for, but didn’t get, with Under the Jolly Roger. Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground is a turn-based strategy game set in the dark fantasy part of the Warhammer universe. It’s played on hex maps and each of the 3 playable factions has a distinct unit set, playstyle, and campaign. It’s also got multiplayer.

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

PC

  • 05-24

  • Bouncing Traveler
  • Children's Jigsaw Puzzles - Beautifully Illustrated
  • Demon city
  • G-Mode Archives 09: Flyhight Cloudia 2
  • Geadows
  • God of the Arena Dungeon
  • Hellevator
  • Hiragana Katakana Ninja
  • Ichth.ys
  • Keyboard Master
  • M.A.R.S.S.
  • Magic defense
  • METALWORKING
  • Operation Osama Bin Laden
  • Patchwork Image
  • Planet Surf: The Last Wave
  • Project Hunter
  • SORALAND
  • Tetrius 2
  • 05-25

  • An Airport for Aliens Currently Run by Dogs
  • Anatidae
  • ANIME MATCH
  • Biomutant
  • Button Pressing Simulator
  • Capcom Arcade Stadium
  • Colosseum VR
  • Coolors
  • Daardoa
  • Dragon Rising
  • Endless Crawler
  • Erica
  • Heroine for Hire
  • Huntfeast
  • Kamu's Offering
  • King of Seas
  • Poker Memory
  • PolyClassic: Wild
  • Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid - Super Edition
  • Red Adventure
  • Secrets Of Soil
  • Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster
  • Simulation world
  • Spinning Top
  • Starsation
  • Strangeland
  • Students' horrible stories FIN
  • Tennis Manager 2021
  • The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk: The Amulet of Chaos - Ruins of Limis
  • The Moonlight Motel
  • The night of fire stealing 2
  • Touhou Double Focus
  • Touhou Genso Wanderer -Lotus Labyrinth R-
  • Treasure Hunter Anna
  • Useful Cat
  • Wild Rat
  • 05-26

  • Albacete Warrior
  • Alchemy Emporium
  • Aluna: Sentinel of the Shards
  • Battle Alchemy
  • Castle Flipper
  • Dream Falling in Everywhere
  • DRUM'N'BASS MASSACRE
  • First Response
  • Laruaville 11 Match 3 Puzzle
  • Little Ghost
  • Mathematic Adventures
  • Minecraft Dungeons: Hidden Depths
  • POG 2
  • Spacegirl 2038
  • Sumire
  • The LastOnesLeft!!
  • The other side of love and fate
  • Vivid Knight
  • Will Walker
  • World of Aircraft: Glider Simulator
  • 05-27

  • AIDroneSim
  • Casina: A Visual Novel set in Ancient Greece
  • Death Rattle - Hell Unleashed
  • Earth Defense Force: World Brothers
  • Horse Club Adventures
  • Kung Fu Jesus
  • Land of War - The Beginning
  • Oppaidius Desert Island!
  • Pecaminosa
  • Siebenstreich
  • Smackball
  • Solasta: Crown of the Magister
  • Super Bomberman R Online
  • The Adjudicator
  • The [email protected]: Starlit Season
  • The Longest Road on Earth
  • The Reason Why Raeliana Ended up at the Duke's Mansion
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine Simulator
  • Truck Driver
  • Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground
  • Weaving Tides
  • Z-Company

Xbox Series X

  • 05-25

  • Saints Row: The Third Remastered
  • 05-26

  • Maid of Sker
  • 05-27

  • MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries

Xbox One

  • 05-25

  • Biomutant
  • Capcom Arcade Stadium
  • King of Seas
  • Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid - Super Edition
  • 05-26

  • Minecraft Dungeons: Hidden Depths
  • Mutazione
  • REKT! High Octane Stunts
  • 05-27

  • MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries
  • Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground
  • 05-28

  • Crossbow Crusade
  • Eagle Island Twist
  • Eight Dragons
  • Long Ago: A Puzzle Tale
  • Song of Horror
  • Super Arcade Soccer 2021
  • Trenga Unlimited

PlayStation 5

  • 05-25

  • Crazy Chicken Shooter Edition
  • Saints Row: The Third Remastered
  • 05-26

  • Maid of Sker

PlayStation 4

  • 05-24

  • Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster
  • 05-25

  • Biomutant
  • Capcom Arcade Stadium
  • King of Seas
  • Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid - Super Edition
  • 05-26

  • Minecraft Dungeons: Hidden Depths
  • 05-27

  • Earth Defense Force: World Brothers
  • Super Bomberman R Online
  • Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground
  • 05-28

  • Beautiful Desolation
  • Boxed In
  • Gold Rush: The Game
  • Song of Horror
  • Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World

Switch

  • 05-24

  • Eat your letters
  • 05-25

  • King of Seas
  • Maneater
  • Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid - Super Edition
  • Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster
  • Very Very Valet
  • 05-26

  • Aluna: Sentinel of the Shards
  • Minecraft Dungeons: Hidden Depths
  • Mutazione
  • Skittles
  • 05-27

  • 32 Secs
  • Cape's Escape Game 2.5th Room
  • Connect Color Dots: Fun Water Flow Pipe Line Art Puzzle Game
  • Crying Suns
  • Cyber Hook
  • Earth Defense Force: World Brothers
  • Eight Dragons
  • Fishing Fighters
  • Green Phoenix
  • Horse Club Adventures
  • Kings of Paradise
  • LiEat
  • Mini Car Racing
  • Mundaun
  • O---O
  • Pathway
  • Pecaminosa - a pixel noir game
  • Sumire
  • Super Bomberman R Online
  • Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Storm Ground
  • Weaving Tides
  • 05-28

  • A Little Lily Princess
  • Beautiful Desolation
  • Color Dots Connect
  • Crossbow Crusade
  • Family Mysteries 3: Criminal Mindset
  • Long Ago: A Puzzle Tale
  • LOVE - A Puzzle Box Filled with Stories
  • Port Royale 4
  • Regina & Mac World
  • Route Me Mail and Delivery Co
  • Trenga Unlimited
  • Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World
  • World's End Club
  • 05-29

  • Off And On Again
  • Stray Cat Doors 2
  • Strike Daz Cans

Comments

Biomutant has this in the bag, at least where fighting for my $ is concerned. Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World and Song of Horror look interesting, and SMT III will eventually make it into my library again - I still have the PS2 original in physical form. This last, however, I will wait for a sale before biting. Reviews seem to indicate a certain lack of effort for this remaster, mainly with the audio, and the fact that this is so bare bones yet priced at $50 without the Dante content since it's paid DLC, well... Once it hits the <$30 mark with the DLC, I will reconsider it.

Biomutant is almost an insta-buy. For some reason, that it's an open-world game has me hesitant. I guess at this point I just want a more directed experience than a "Here's a world, now figure out where the fun is" type of experience. Nonetheless, I plan on snagging it, at least when it's on sale.

Otherwise, World's End Club is the game of my choice for the week... but will also be a "wait for sale" title.

I've long had my eye on Biomutant and am super glad they had a fairly substantial delay (or number of delays) as some of the early footage showed quite rough edges.

I'm still a bit worried that the full package won't quite work as this is the devs first game release as a team (and THQ isn't exactly always on the level with their releases). However, the creativity is absolutely god tier. This is the sort of thinking outside the box I'm shocked we don't see more of. Perhaps that's because I'm a product of the 80's/90's where weird stuff was the norm (Earthworm Jim, Oddworld, Toejam & Earl, flippin Seaman, etc), but we rarely see larger games get too weird anymore.

My younger kid has been interested in Biomutant for years now. He can barely stand the anticipation.

Today's reviews, though, are all over the place - with a lot of very negative takes. Whatever the game is, it is probably not going to be the next Breath of the Wild.

Earth Defense Force is still ticking? Jeepers.

MaxShrek wrote:

Earth Defense Force is still ticking? Jeepers.

I was about to say that the most recent one was good, but then I checked and saw that I'm 2 or 3 games behind the most recent one.

Jonman wrote:
MaxShrek wrote:

Earth Defense Force is still ticking? Jeepers.

I was about to say that the most recent one was good, but then I checked and saw that I'm 2 or 3 games behind the most recent one.

Still correct though. EDF3 was quite good.

These spinoff games, not so much, though I am stupid curious if they do anything remotely interesting with the voxel look.

Wait, this is a $60 game? Are you flippin kidding me?!?

So, I've read and listened to and viewed many reviews on Biomutant even though I had it on ppreorder... As I am wont to do here and there... And I am befuddled by the reaction many official outposts have on the voice over narrator... They seem to complain about him a great deal, but after 4-5 hours, I am loving the voice over. The game is also rather fun, though there is some jank, for sure. Can't say anything beyond that, yet.

I'm not gonna lie, I'm excited about this new EDF game and I'll probably buy it on launch unless it's completely broken.

Oh, we are the valiant in-fan-try. We are the alpha team with passion and camaraderie