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Welcome folks, and happy “117th Anniversary of King C. Gillette patenting the disposable razor” week! We’ll breeze past the fact that they could have been called King razors and note that the patent was the first attempt at proprietary connectors, now so beloved in the tech world: the Gillette razor handle was designed so that you could only use Gillette razor blades in it. When the patents expired in 1921, and in fear of being swamped by competition razor handles, Gillette adopted another practice that is now textbook business-school smartness: selling the handles for cheap, even giving them away, to establish the user base, then making the real money on selling the blades. You may all celebrate by playing a game on your proprietary consoles.

Far Cry 6 - Vaas: Insanity is DLC that lets you play as the villain from Far Cry 3, Vaas. It puts you in a roguelike mode with only a pistol to start. You have to fight your way through, finding powerups and weapons, fleshing out Vaas’s past, and touching on story beats from Far Cry 3. There’s not much detail beyond that, but they’re planning to include other villains in future DLCs.

Kingdom: Two Crowns - Norse Lands is an expansion that overhauls the base game more than the previous add-ons. Kingdom: Two Crowns is a side-scrolling, survival-strategy city-builder, where your settlements are attacked on both sides by Greedlings that come out of portals at night. You control mounted commanders who explore and collect coins to invest in building your settlement and the units to defend it. Eventually, you’ll build up enough to take the fight to the Greedlings. The best bit about it is the co-op, where you can essentially take one side of the map each. My kids and I have enjoyed this a lot in the past and, coincidentally, came back to it on a recent rainy weekend.

Norse Lands is a Viking themed, comprehensive expansion that adds new everything: new mounts with stronger powers, new units and buildings, and even new mechanics. It also promises an extra harsh winter, which was already the harshest part of the game as the coin-drop economy sputters to a stand-still until the thaw.

The Pokémon games coming to the Switch, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, are remakes of the DS Diamond and Pearl games from 2006, with a graphical glow-up.

Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One sounds like a first game, but is actually Frogware’s 9th big Sherlock Holmes game. It’s doing what many long-running series do: going for a prequel and an origin story. So you’ll be playing a rookie, 21-year-old Sherlock Holmes in an open-world, Mediterranean island, investigating the bejeezus out of everything and everyone. Holmes is aided by his companion, Jon, a character made up for the game, who is notably NOT Watson. He calls Holmes “Sherry”, which is why I think their friendship didn’t last until the books. Jon serves as a quest-giver and morality meter, as he will approve or disapprove of Holmes’s choices, with story consequences.

The investigation mechanics are a mishmash of “detective modes” from many previous games: eavesdropping, adopting a disguise and trailing people, scanning bodies, objects, or rooms for details, and so on. Everything is stored in the mind palace, which is presented with a Victorian veneer. While you can draw faulty conclusions in the mind palace and even accuse the wrong person, it does not trigger a fail state. Instead, it just means quests will resolve differently.

There is also combat, heavily reworked from the system in Frogware’s previous, Lovecraftian game, The Sinking City, and adapted to resemble the Robert Downey Jr. Holmes: slowing down to find weak spots and environmental advantages, then executing the moves. Combat is more of a puzzle than a test of reflexes, especially if you try to resolve things non-lethally. Add in some other systems like a home base to upgrade, and you’ve got an open world goin’: it’s not as jam-packed as an Ubi world, but a humbler, 40-hours kinda game. I keep saying I’ll try one of Frogware’s Sherlock Holmes games, and this looks like the best one yet.

This week brings 2 games on the perky platforming front, both published by Microids: The Smurfs - Mission Vileaf and Marsupilami - Hoobadventure. The Smurfs is a pretty basic 3D platformer where you can control one of 4 different Smurfs to navigate. In a missed opportunity, though, they’re interchangeable except for what they say during levels. I would have thought in a society as delineated as the Smurfs’, each character could bring distinct abilities to the table. Marsupilami - Hoobadventure has much less brand recognition but is probably the better game. It’s a colourful 2D platformer that doesn’t offer anything innovative, just well-executed jumping, collecting, and exploring.

It’s almost a tie for GOTW this week. My playlist is currently pretty full—especially because the latest GWJ conference call made me download Phoenix Point, and I can already tell from the tutorial that it’s extremely my jam. When I do get a jones to Holmes, Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One will definitely be the one I check out, either when I finally get a PS5 or when it releases on the older consoles. In the meantime, I am much more likely to play Kingdom: Two Crowns - Norse Lands, so it wins on availability.

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

PC

  • 11-15

  • Aruna
  • Card Game Simulator
  • Chaos Brigade
  • Demon Sighting
  • DIM-EGION
  • Door3:Insignia
  • Escape Room: The Sorcerer's Curse
  • Facility
  • Five dreams
  • Guardian of the future
  • HIGHBLAST
  • Into The Abyss
  • Laserboy
  • Math+Sticks - Coffee Break Club
  • Mirror fruit
  • Moncage
  • NEDEN?
  • Philosopher's Stone and Minerva
  • Physics World
  • Poker Solitaire
  • Poly Puzzle: Cats
  • RoboCats
  • Robot88
  • Rorys Restaurant: Winter Rush
  • Scrapvival
  • Serious Breakdown
  • Splash Cars
  • Tomb Keeper Mansion Deluxe Pinball
  • TownOfDestruction
  • WOLF RIOT
  • 11-16

  • Ajedrez una tarde de Otono
  • BLUE WISH DESIRE
  • Combat Mission Cold War
  • CountryBalls Heroes
  • Destruction of planets
  • Far Cry 6 - Vaas: Insanity
  • Grow: Song of the Evertree
  • Hextech Mayhem: A League of Legends Story
  • Hidden Ghost Town
  • JAM GODS
  • Kingdom: Two Crowns - Norse Lands
  • Marsupilami: Hoobadventure
  • Neo Spectrum
  • Ollie-Oop
  • Pizza Man
  • Pro Basketball Manager 2022
  • QUICKDRAW
  • Rob Riches
  • Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One
  • Signals
  • Space Waves
  • StarCrawlers Chimera
  • SUPER ICK
  • Tavern Master
  • The Glade
  • The Last Stand: Aftermath
  • THE SPRITE TRIALS
  • Treasure of Nadia
  • Willage
  • 11-17

  • Arcadia Fallen
  • Being Left The **** Alone Simulator
  • Blox 3D World
  • Blub Emporium
  • BOT.vinnik Chess: Mid-Century USSR Championships
  • Cats War
  • Chao's Collection of Random Games
  • Chronicles of Deeps
  • Darius Cozmic Collection: Arcade
  • Echo - An Indie Tale
  • Hardwork Simulator
  • How To Bathe Your Cat: Drawing
  • Key
  • Kirkileons
  • Motor Mechanic
  • Nadir - Prologue: Slay the Six
  • Next Space Rebels
  • Pangea
  • Pumpkin Eater
  • Purvis Beer VR
  • Roll The Cat
  • Slide Furry
  • Slime Escape
  • Tep The Destroyer
  • That Flipping Mountain
  • Underwater World
  • Wandering Trails: A Hiking Game
  • World Tree
  • 11-18

  • After the first station
  • Alien Marauder
  • Base Dune
  • Beyond dreams
  • Blade Walker
  • Brooke Vs World Doom
  • Castle in the Sky - Clash of Sky Palace
  • Clou - Roll & Heist
  • Destroy The Cubes 2
  • Doomsday Dispute
  • Exo One
  • GRAVV: Between Two Worlds
  • Jetpack Vacation
  • Kid A MNESIA Exhibition
  • Lawnmower Game: Pinball
  • Laypo Country Simulator
  • Left to Survive: Shooter PVP
  • Love with Furry
  • Melodier
  • Myth of Empires
  • ONNANOKO KEEPER 3
  • Our Mother's house
  • Prepare For Warp: Unlimited Edition: Beyond Insanji
  • Pronty: Fishy Adventure
  • Railway Islands - Puzzle
  • Saffron Fields
  • Secret Pie
  • Smoots Golf
  • Snake Force (Team Soda)
  • Space Moth: Lunar Edition
  • Spectrolite
  • Sucker Punch
  • Summit
  • THE MADHOUSE
  • Time Patrol
  • Traveler
  • Twinland
  • Undungeon
  • Unsafe
  • 11-19

  • 100 hidden frogs
  • Animal Express
  • Arcadius
  • Armored Front
  • B-17 Flying Fortress: World War II Bombers in Action
  • Conquest
  • Crazy Alien
  • CYBRID
  • Dr Iwan
  • Equin 2: The Warren Peace
  • Faircroft's Antiques: The Forbidden Crypt
  • Farlight Commanders
  • FirePuzzle - Save the House
  • Forgotten Souls
  • Headache
  • Hero of the Kingdom: The Lost Tales 2
  • Hidden Objects - Sleeping Beauty
  • HYPERBALL TACHYON
  • Jo-Jo Fighter
  • Jumper
  • Kusari Kingdom
  • Maverta City
  • Midnight Mahjong
  • My Fingers!
  • Natsuki's Imprisonment Life
  • NERF Legends
  • NIghtmare
  • Nix Umbra
  • Patriots: Back to Civilization
  • REVISITOR
  • Royal Riders
  • Secret Summer
  • Shape Shift Shawn Episode 1: Tale of the Transmogrified
  • She Hates Unicorns
  • Suber Driver
  • Te Encontre
  • The Crafter's Defense
  • Tied by your Red
  • Toy Tinker Simulator
  • Uberlaufer
  • Zombie Maze
  • 11-20

  • In Shape 2
  • Overlord : Nobody know victory better than me
  • Write 'n' Fight
  • 11-21

  • Battlefleet Gust Wind
  • Clocknockers
  • Middle Ages Jigsaw Puzzles
  • Shuriken

Xbox Series X

  • 11-16

  • Far Cry 6 - Vaas: Insanity
  • Kingdom: Two Crowns - Norse Lands
  • Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One
  • The Smurfs: Mission Vileaf
  • 11-17

  • Klang 2
  • Next Space Rebels
  • 11-18

  • Exo One
  • 11-19

  • NERF Legends
  • Smoots Golf
  • The Jackbox Party Pack 7
  • The Last Stand: Aftermath

Xbox One

  • 11-16

  • Far Cry 6 - Vaas: Insanity
  • Grow: Song of the Evertree
  • Kingdom: Two Crowns - Norse Lands
  • Surviving the Aftermath
  • The Smurfs: Mission Vileaf
  • 11-17

  • Chef's Tail
  • Klang 2
  • Next Space Rebels
  • Tamarin
  • Them Bombs
  • 11-18

  • BloodRayne 2: ReVamped
  • BloodRayne: ReVamped
  • Exo One
  • Space Moth: Lunar Edition
  • Undungeon
  • 11-19

  • Despotism 3k
  • NERF Legends
  • Smoots Golf
  • Two Hundred Ways

PlayStation 5

  • 11-16

  • Far Cry 6 - Vaas: Insanity
  • Kingdom: Two Crowns - Norse Lands
  • Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One
  • 11-17

  • Klang 2
  • 11-18

  • Kid A MNESIA Exhibition
  • 11-19

  • NERF Legends
  • The Last Stand: Aftermath

PlayStation 4

  • 11-16

  • A Short Hike
  • Far Cry 6 - Vaas: Insanity
  • Grow: Song of the Evertree
  • Kingdom: Two Crowns - Norse Lands
  • Marsupilami: Hoobadventure
  • Surviving the Aftermath
  • The Smurfs: Mission Vileaf
  • The Wild At Heart
  • YUKI
  • 11-17

  • Klang 2
  • 11-18

  • BloodRayne 2: ReVamped
  • BloodRayne: ReVamped
  • 11-19

  • NERF Legends
  • The Last Stand: Aftermath

Switch

  • 11-16

  • Grow: Song of the Evertree
  • Hextech Mayhem: A League of Legends Story
  • Kingdom: Two Crowns - Norse Lands
  • Marsupilami: Hoobadventure
  • Star Wars Jedi Knight Collection
  • Star Wars Racer & Commando Combo
  • Surviving the Aftermath
  • The Smurfs: Mission Vileaf
  • The Wild At Heart
  • 11-17

  • Arcadia Fallen
  • Klang 2
  • Mastho is Together
  • 11-18

  • BloodRayne 2: ReVamped
  • BloodRayne: ReVamped
  • H.I.C.H.
  • Ice Station Z
  • Kosmonavtes: Academy Escape
  • NinNinDays2
  • Romeow: in the cracked world
  • Smoots Golf
  • Space Moth: Lunar Edition
  • Would you like to run an idol cafe?
  • 11-19

  • 20 Ladies
  • City Traffic Driver
  • Exertus: Redux
  • NASCAR Heat Ultimate Edition+
  • NERF Legends
  • Pokemon Brilliant Diamond
  • Pokemon Brilliant Diamond / Pokemon Shining Pearl Double Pack
  • Pokemon Shining Pearl
  • RazerWire: Nanowars

Comments

Huh, a Smurfs game. Didn't see that one coming.

I'm one of the (seemingly few) who think the Pokemon Brilliant Diamond / Pokemon Shining Pearl remakes will end up better than Sword/Shield largely because Game Freak isn't being required to do it. I'm not a huge fan of the chibi characters, but I expect the technical performance to be better.

Also, who in the heck names their child "King"? Folks who fled England for the New World don't seem the type, but guess they were.

garion333 wrote:

I'm one of the (seemingly few) who think the Pokemon Brilliant Diamond / Pokemon Shining Pearl remakes will end up better than Sword/Shield largely because Game Freak isn't being required to do it.

Cough cough sputter, I was not aware of this information. That actually certainly intrigues me.

I'm not a huge fan of the chibi characters, but I expect the technical performance to be better.

Humbug! JRPGs just don't feel like proper JRPGs without chibi characters, or so says my old man brain.

Really though, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are probably the closest to a pick this week. Battlefield 2042 is properly being released, but it's not my cup o' tea especially given all the early response to it. The Pathless is supposed to finally be leaving its Epic Games Store exclusivity, but as good as it seems I just cannot be bothered at the moment. If it weren't for the fact that I was not much a fan of the original Diamond and Pearl, I'd possibly be jumping on this one immediately.

Halo Infinite mp just soft launched right now.

Ah, must be part of the Xbox 20th Anniversary.

Most exciting release for me is the Binding of Isaac Repentance DLC for EU (which apparently also means Australia!). Counting down to it

Interested in the Kingdom Two Crowns DLC, but them saying winter has been made more harsh makes me a bit sad. I didn't feel that winter was a challenge, it was just boring and slow.

garion333 wrote:

Huh, a Smurfs game. Didn't see that one coming.

I was hoping beyond hope it was an FPS.