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

Welcome folks, and happy “99th Anniversary of the Straw Hat Riots” week! Apparently in early 1920s USA, there was an unwritten fashion rule that you didn’t wear your straw boater hat past 15 September. This rule was voluntarily enforced by gangs of teenage boys, who would knock straw hats off in public and stomp on them. In Manhattan in 1922, some gangs got a head start on the tradition and on 13 September, decided to accost a group of dock workers and stomp their hats. The indignant workers fought back, and it sparked a series of brawls that stopped traffic and lasted for days. Violence continued each year until the Panama hat began to supplant the straw boater in the 1930s. You may all celebrate by playing a game with high-stakes fashion.

Deathloop is my hands-down GOTW this week. It’s by Arkane Studios, a studio that has almost single-handedly kept the immersive sim genre alive through Prey and the Dishonored games. Fans of those games will recognise Deathloop’s gameplay: you’re in first-person, using a combination of stealth, melee, guns, gadgets, and powers to get through areas that offer multiple paths to success. Deathloop is set on an island that used to be the site of weird army experiments, but currently, it’s the place for a party. The twist is that at midnight, the island resets and goes back in time to the start of the party. The island has a trippy, swingin’ 60s, espionage vibe, like a mashup of the original Bond movies with the Adam West Batman series. The partygoers know that they’ll reset without their memories after midnight, so they get up to some debauched behaviour.

Your job in the single-player campaign is to assassinate 8 targets before the midnight reset. If you get to midnight without killing all 8, or just die along the way, you go back to the start of the loop. Could you theoretically finish the game in your first run? I doubt it—I’m guessing you use early runs to unlock shortcuts and whatnot for your one perfect run.

Arkane noticed that going non-lethal in Dishonored really slowed players down. Because the clock is ticking in Deathloop, and in order to promote a more fluid style of play, it’s lethality all the way here. The devs want you to feel like John Wick. A warning to the squeamish: there’s a lot of neck-snapping and throat-slashing.

In multiplayer, you can play as the single-player guy, or as a woman who is trying to stop him, with her own suite of abilities. This is Arkane’s first crack at a multiplayer mode, so I’m intrigued to see how it goes, even if I’m unlikely to play it myself (*flips the number on the “Days Since I Played Multiplayer” sign over to 1,279*).

I love immersive sims, so a new one from Arkane is a must-play for me. Deathloop is a PC and PS5 ‘sclusy for now, but will come to the Xboxes in a year. If I don’t have a PS5 by then…

On Switch and PC, there’s Eastward, which was robbed this week. It’s a pixel-art, adventure RPG that previewers have all agreed to describe as “charming”. That’s because the pixel art is good and vibrant, even though the game is set in a near-future society on the brink of collapse. It looks like a dieselpunk Stardew Valley. This is the first game from Pixpil, a Shanghai-based studio, and the art style has Asian flavours in its cities and environments. You play as 2 characters: the strong, silent John, who is in charge of shootin’ stuff and whackin’ it with his trusty frying pan (which he also uses to cook, Breath of the Wild-style) and Sam, who has telekinetic powers and does all the talking. You can switch between them at will, and will need to, to solve environmental puzzles or combine abilities in combat. Many games merely seek to emulate classic 2D Zelda gameplay, but this game builds upon it. It looks like one of those games where you go in not knowing what to expect and have a blast learning its quirks for yourself.

Otherwise, there’s Aragami 2, a sequel to a solid, mid-tier, stealth game. It also offers multiplayer this time around, where you can play co-op with up to 3 friends. Consoles are getting a port of Dustwind: The Last Resort, which is like Wasteland 3 with Commandos-style, real-time combat. Or there’s SkateBIRD, where you are a bird on a skateboard, which previewers have all agreed to describe as “adorable”, and I can’t disagree.

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

PC

  • 09-13

  • Air Strike
  • Alphabetical Order
  • Burning Brick Breaker
  • Case 02: Paranormal Evil
  • ChibiClubTD
  • CTFS
  • Danplace
  • Death On A Street Corner: Overdose Simulator
  • Dwarves Craft. Mountain Brothers
  • Fill and Cross Trick or Treat 3
  • Fishing at Lotus Lakes
  • Halloween Memory: Reborn
  • Hot Swap: Cyberlust
  • Mondealy: Day One
  • Mysterious Land of Finding Yourself
  • Pandora's Box
  • PrincessCliffhouse(ver0.1)
  • Pristiq: Tash's Trilogy
  • Raster Prime [REMIX]
  • Submarine VR
  • Tangent Rush
  • TechBeat Heart
  • Thats Life of Ralph
  • 09-14

  • Animation Studio Manager
  • Beauty VS. robot
  • ButtonMash
  • Cave Digger 2: Dig Harder
  • Deathloop
  • Deflection
  • DOGS.IO
  • Era Of Newborns
  • Extrorb
  • Filcher
  • Hold The Plates
  • Honey, I Joined a Cult
  • Idle Master Hunter Steam Edition
  • KOSHMAR
  • Lethal Gamble 1 Werewolf Puzzle
  • Plague Breaker
  • Super Drag Race
  • Trip Saber
  • ZEE.END
  • 09-15

  • 100 hidden cups
  • Age of Darkness: Final Stand
  • ASTRO ACE
  • Beta Escape
  • Between Time: Escape Room
  • break
  • Bright Lights of Svetlov
  • Catlateral Damage: Remeowstered
  • Chicken Duty
  • Cyberdunk Anime Edition
  • Dance of Cubes
  • Eden
  • ENF Novels: Dress Code
  • EVAN QUEST
  • Explosive Candy World
  • Flynn: Son of Crimson
  • Follow The Cat
  • Gas Station Simulator
  • Hidden Objects - Cartoon Fantasy
  • Hide Seek Survive
  • Jaksaljabi
  • Lenny Loosejocks Goes Walkabout
  • Mage from the Witch Forest
  • Merek's Market
  • Miko Adventures Puffball
  • Motorcycle Biker Simulator
  • NAIR
  • Paradox in the mirror
  • Pegasus: Broken Wings
  • Pots and Potions
  • Quarry Simulator 2020
  • Retro Three Kingdoms
  • Socialism Simulator
  • Spirittracker
  • Spookity Hollow
  • Starfighter Aces
  • Starship
  • STORY OF SEASONS: Pioneers of Olive Town
  • Table of Tales: The Crooked Crown
  • The Daunting House
  • The Power Latch Kid
  • The Research Age DELUXE
  • Themes of Dark and Light
  • Timberborn
  • Tomb Rumble
  • Totgeschwiegen - Kapitel I
  • YouRiding - Surfing and Bodyboarding Game
  • 09-16

  • Eastward
  • Gamedec
  • I Am Fish
  • Metallic Child
  • SkateBIRD
  • Swing Dunk
  • The Final Stand: Breakout

Xbox Series X

  • 09-15

  • Arkan: The dog adventurer
  • Catlateral Damage: Remeowstered
  • Dustwind: The Last Resort
  • Titan Chaser
  • 09-16

  • I Am Fish
  • The Amazing American Circus
  • 09-17

  • Apsulov: End of Gods
  • Aragami 2
  • Nexomon
  • Tails Of Iron

Xbox One

  • 09-15

  • Catlateral Damage: Remeowstered
  • Dustwind: The Last Resort
  • Flynn: Son of Crimson
  • Merek's Market
  • Mr. Pumpkin 2: Kowloon walled city
  • Omen of Sorrow
  • Titan Chaser
  • 09-16

  • I Am Fish
  • SkateBIRD
  • The Amazing American Circus
  • 09-17

  • Apsulov: End of Gods
  • Aragami 2
  • Earth Marines
  • Murder Diaries
  • Nexomon
  • Tails of Iron

PlayStation 5

  • 09-14

  • Deathloop
  • 09-15

  • Catlateral Damage: Remeowstered
  • Dustwind: The Last Resort
  • Titan Chaser
  • 09-16

  • The Amazing American Circus
  • 09-17

  • Aragami 2
  • Nexomon
  • Tails of Iron
  • TOEM

PlayStation 4

  • 09-15

  • Catlateral Damage: Remeowstered
  • Dustwind: The Last Resort
  • Flynn: Son of Crimson
  • Titan Chaser
  • 09-16

  • Project Winter
  • SkateBIRD
  • The Amazing American Circus
  • 09-17

  • Aragami 2
  • Murder Diaries
  • Nexomon
  • Tails of Iron
  • 09-18

  • Song in the Smoke

Switch

  • 09-13

  • The Rewinder
  • 09-14

  • Colors Live
  • Cruis'n Blast
  • Hoa
  • 09-15

  • Between Time: Escape Room
  • Catlateral Damage: Remeowstered
  • Flynn: Son of Crimson
  • Mindcell
  • Titan Chaser
  • 09-16

  • Beyond Enemy Lines - Remastered Edition
  • Classic Logical Bundle
  • Eastward
  • Elva the Eco Dragon
  • Metallic Child
  • Murder Diaries
  • Poker Pretty Girls Battle: Texas Hold'em
  • Project Winter
  • Push-Ups Workout
  • Razion EX
  • SkateBIRD
  • The Amazing American Circus
  • 09-17

  • Dojoran
  • Galactic Invasion
  • Love Colors
  • Nexomon
  • Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom - Prince's Edition
  • Tails of Iron
  • TOEM
  • 09-18

  • Squabble

Comments

The Amazing American Circus is a deck builder. Who knew?!?

SkateBird is the skateboard game we needed before the Tony Hawk remakes. Shame it's coming after.

Very interested in Deathloop. Reviews popping up today

Arkane noticed that going non-lethal in Dishonored really slowed players down. Because the clock is ticking in Deathloop, and in order to promote a more fluid style of play, it’s lethality all the way here. The devs want you to feel like John Wick. A warning to the squeamish: there’s a lot of neck-snapping and throat-slashing.

This might explain some of my disinterest. Or maybe less interest. The game looks neat but I don't really feel eager to jump in, and I think it's because the actual combat of Dishonored never felt great to me, and the early hours of Prey felt awful when forced to engage in combat. It's possible Deathloop is better in that regard, but I'm not spending $60 to find out.

There's actually a lot of neat indies coming out this week. Assuming the release date hasn't changed, Gamedec releases this week, as does Flynn Son of Crimson and Tails of Iron. Flynn Son of Crimson is the most likely choice for me but I've got some back catalogue stuff to be doing anyway.

Stele wrote:

Very interested in Deathloop. Reviews popping up today

I was very "out" until I read the absolutely across the board glowing reviews. Now I'm 100% IN

Demonic double post