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

Welcome folks, and happy “297th Anniversary of the marriage of King Louis XV of France and Marie Lesczynski of Poland” week!

Marie was the daughter of a deposed Polish king. She topped a list of 99 princesses under consideration for the young King, and they married in 1725. She gained the respect of the royal court through her strict adherence to etiquette and love of gambling. Although she generally stayed out of politics, she did manage to get Voltaire banished from court after he made a comment at her gambling table that implied her guests had been cheating. You may all celebrate by playing a game where table talk is a strict no-no.

It’s a bumper week!

Splatoon 3 is the big Switch game this week. It’s a generous serving of signature paint-shooting, with a robust single-player campaign, and all the game modes from previous titles and DLC. While there’s a few gameplay tweaks, and some new moves and weapons, Splatoon 3 iterates rather than reinvents the series. The biggest change is the new collectible card game, Tableturf Battle, trying to distract you from FPSing.

Rocksmith+ marks the move of this legendary guitar-learning game to a subscription model. While subscribed, you’ll have access to over 5,000 licensed songs, as opposed to the old pricing model of buying the game then having to buy each song separately. Also you will be able to connect your guitar to your PC wirelessly through a mobile app. Jump in and unleash some powerful licks on your cohabitants and loved ones.

NBA 2K23 hits the court this week. The single-player campaign mode, MyPlayer, is back and it seems every edition buffs this mode out more. This time, you can choose where you are drafted, but the fans hate you, as they wanted someone else. You’ll go from being booed by your own fans to winning them over (presumably by winning the championship), with a bunch of celebrity cameos along the way. The MyNBA mode lets you revisit classic earlier basketball eras, from the 1980s onwards, and play out some “What Ifs” with the drafts and rosters. The attention to detail in rendering the older eras is impressive: they’re not just recreating old jerseys, but old courts, old commentators, even old rules and playstyles. The only thing dogging this title is its microtransaction scheme, but there’s no indication that it’s any worse (or better) than previous years’ entries.

Justice Sucks is what your roomba dreams about when it’s snoozing on its charger. It’s an Aussie game about a roomba that must hunt down and kill hordes of people for totally justified story reasons. You make a mess and clean it up again as you stalk your prey with Tactical Vacuum Action: setting traps, hacking devices, and enlisting allies to take out enemies. Then you suck up your victims’ blood to unlock room-clearing superpowers. The levels are small, but crowded with enemies and interactive stuff to set up elaborate kills. The fast pace is cut with pausy skill-wheels, for those clutch moments where you’ve been spotted but everything is lined up.

Kaichu - The Kaiju Dating Sim is what it sounds like, but not quite. The Kaiju idea of a date is to hang out around famous landmarks. Instead of fighting each other, the Kaiju have dating sim compatibility Q&A sessions and the landmark is stomped as a by-product of these courtship rituals. They really can blend any genres these days.

Steelrising is by Spiders, the devs who made Greedfall and is their take on Bloodborne combat. It’s set in an alternate French Revolution with an aesthetic that is being called “clockpunk”: you and all the enemies are clockwork automatons. Enemy attacks have slow wind-ups (haha) and you’ll be dodging around them, keeping on the offensive to fill up stagger meters and unleash critical finishers. There’s souls (called Anima) to collect, and all the gear, upgrades, and levels they can buy. There’s no multiplayer features, so you can’t summon in help. Instead, there’s an Assist Mode with a wide variety of options to tweak the difficulty as you please. You can turn off the dropping of Anima when you die, or otherwise juice the health and stamina settings for anything from a mild rebalancing to full-on god mode. Don’t expect as much world-building and lore as Bloodborne, but the core experience looks solid and more accessible.

Disney Dreamlight Valley is basically Animal Crossing in the Disney multiverse. You’re on an island, there’s a village to renovate, and a heap of characters to bond with. Instead of Tom Nook selling you stuff and hassling you to upgrade buildings, you’ve got Scrooge McDuck. While you can plant crops, mine, dig, cook, and so on, the focus is on building out your village into your own personal Disneyland, and attracting other Disney folk to it, rather than building an agribusiness empire. Disney has so many IPs, you can see how new biomes and characters can be bolted on to this main game for years to come.

Easily 3 of these games would have made GOTW in the past month, when things were quieter. This week, though, they will be robbed. Despite the heavy-hitters and indie stealth on offer, I am most interested in Steelrising this week. Spiders has a catalogue of “almost” games that don’t quite hit the heights of the games they are trying to emulate—on a fraction of the budget, it must be said. Greedfall had some glaring flaws, but I finished it and was mostly engaged throughout. Steelrising’s pitch of “Bloodborne, but less punishing” is pretty appealing to my baby ears and the setting and art look cool. GOTW.

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

PC

  • 09-05

  • Bash Sports Online Bowling
  • Bubble Wars
  • Bud Farm Idle Tycoon
  • Call of Dusk
  • Chambers of Devious Design
  • Chroma Key
  • Classic Snake
  • COVID Simulation
  • Discvivors
  • Dungeon Redemption
  • EBOLA 3
  • Egghead Gumpty
  • Future Knight
  • Ice Cream Killer
  • Ifrit
  • Invader TD
  • Legend of Egypt - Pharaohs Garden 2 - The sacred crocodile
  • Let's Park Backyard Edition
  • Magazine Mogul
  • MEDIEVAL WARRIOR SIMULATOR
  • Monsty Corp
  • Oh! Edo Towns
  • Platfuzzles
  • Prison
  • Railway Fun - Adventure Park
  • Sharp Eyed
  • Snuff
  • The Ramen Sensei
  • The Seagull
  • Truck Rally Hyper Hardcore
  • True Idle Simulator
  • Turpedo
  • Ultimate Protector
  • Winter's Ankh
  • 09-06

  • Beat Stickman: Beyond
  • Chickenoidz Super Pre-Party
  • Circus Electrique
  • Disney Dreamlight Valley
  • DREAM LOGIC
  • Gloomwood
  • Gunner, HEAT, PC!
  • Imaginari
  • Jungle Resistance
  • Kaz's Adventure
  • Mozart Requiem
  • Ninja Hagakure
  • Pushing Crates
  • Railbound
  • Rocksmith+
  • Terrorform
  • The Hard Game
  • The Zachtronics Solitaire Collection
  • Train Sim World 3
  • Void Scrappers Prologue
  • What The Fortress!?
  • 09-07

  • Adventure Academia: The Fractured Continent
  • Axis Football 2023
  • Bass Blasters
  • Bounce racing car
  • Chrono Survival
  • FAST FOOD SHOP ONLINE
  • From atom to modern
  • GameBreak
  • GOLD MINER CHALLENGER
  • Grumpy Gumphrey: Supersleuth
  • Kaichu - The Kaiju Dating Sim
  • Legend of Snake
  • MushRun
  • Niki in The Ship
  • Nin Online
  • Nine Noir Lives
  • Rome Defenders - The First Wave
  • Simple Builder
  • SKYRAID
  • Step Journey
  • TRAIL OUT
  • Zoo Chess
  • 09-08

  • Animal Wish
  • Astronite - Landing on Neplea
  • Battle Survival in Space
  • Bee Craft
  • Block'Em!
  • Death in the Night
  • Defend Your Base
  • Extremely Realistic Siege Warfare Simulator
  • GameLab UngAalborg
  • Garden Paradise: A Dream in Green
  • HUNDRED FIRES: The rising of red star - EPISODE 2
  • HYPERVIOLENT
  • I commissioned some bees 0
  • Isle of Arrows
  • Jack Move
  • Jade's Adventure
  • LASER LAB
  • Lords of Ravage - Chapter 1
  • Mahjong Ichiban Gai
  • Mega Fast Food: A Fast Food Simulator Game
  • Mirror War - Reincarnation of Holiness SA
  • Mythic: Frost Trials
  • Poly Memory: Predators
  • Roadwarden
  • Steelrising
  • Super Domino Effect 3D
  • The Gallery
  • Tower Princess
  • Two Move Chess
  • 09-09

  • Adventures of DaKoo the Dragon
  • An Opportunity
  • Asian Truck Simulator
  • Belt Colony
  • Betrayal At Club Low
  • Better Off Dead - Life as a Prison Guard
  • Blade Jumper
  • Blood Hospital
  • Broken Pieces
  • Crossroad of Worlds: 100 Doors
  • Distortion VR
  • Doko Roko
  • Fall Minamo
  • FIND YOUR WINGS
  • Good Hell
  • Harem King: Peasant to Princess Gotta Breed 'Em All!
  • Maxwell's Wicked Dollhouse
  • Memories Album
  • NBA 2K23
  • Noracam's Slider Challenge
  • One Dreamer
  • Paper Flight - Super Speed Dash
  • Paradise Puzzle!
  • PIP 3
  • Road Frog
  • System Zero
  • Taiji
  • Taro: a fluffy visual novel
  • The Longest Walk
  • Upload Simulator
  • Void Eagle
  • Watch Your Plastic Duck
  • Where's the Bathroom!?!
  • Wilderplace
  • Witch Story
  • Zaxterion: Space Frenzy!
  • 09-10

  • PewPew Live
  • Precision Break
  • Synthalaxy
  • 09-11

  • PUNCH FIT
  • The Original Island

Xbox Series X

  • 09-06

  • Biomutant
  • Circus Electrique
  • Disney Dreamlight Valley
  • Temtem
  • 09-07

  • Kaichu - The Kaiju Dating Sim
  • 09-08

  • Justice Sucks
  • Steelrising
  • White Day: A Labyrinth Named School
  • 09-09

  • Catmaze
  • NBA 2K23

Xbox One

  • 09-06

  • Circus Electrique
  • Disney Dreamlight Valley
  • 09-07

  • Kaichu - The Kaiju Dating Sim
  • 09-08

  • Game Type DX
  • Justice Sucks
  • Tower Princess
  • White Day: A Labyrinth Named School
  • 09-09

  • Catmaze
  • NBA 2K23

PlayStation 5

  • 09-06

  • Biomutant
  • Circus Electrique
  • Disney Dreamlight Valley
  • Life in Willowdale: Farm Adventures
  • 09-07

  • Kaichu - The Kaiju Dating Sim
  • 09-08

  • Alice Gear Aegis CS: Concerto of Simulatrix
  • Steelrising
  • White Day: A Labyrinth Named School
  • 09-09

  • Catmaze
  • NBA 2K23

PlayStation 4

  • 09-06

  • Circus Electrique
  • Classic Racers Elite
  • Disney Dreamlight Valley
  • Life in Willowdale: Farm Adventures
  • Mozart Requiem
  • The Tomorrow Children: Phoenix Edition
  • 09-07

  • Kaichu - The Kaiju Dating Sim
  • 09-08

  • Alice Gear Aegis CS: Concerto of Simulatrix
  • Arcade Archives: Champion Wrestler
  • Tower Princess
  • 09-09

  • Catmaze
  • NBA 2K23

Switch

  • 09-05

  • Kids: ZOO Puzzle
  • 09-06

  • Circus Electrique
  • Classic Racers Elite
  • Disney Dreamlight Valley
  • Hidden Objects Collection Volume 3
  • Mozart Requiem
  • Temtem
  • 09-07

  • Kaichu - The Kaiju Dating Sim
  • 09-08

  • Alice Gear Aegis CS: Concerto of Simulatrix
  • Arcade Archives: Champion Wrestler
  • Block'Em!
  • BPM: Bullets Per Minute
  • Game Type DX
  • Justice Sucks
  • Pandaty
  • Radical Rex: QUByte Classics
  • Skycadia
  • The Gallery
  • The Hand of Glory
  • Tower Princess
  • White Day: A Labyrinth Named School
  • Zumba Blitz
  • 09-09

  • Catmaze
  • Haiku, the Robot
  • NBA 2K23
  • Splatoon 3
  • To Leave

Comments

I have mixed feelings about Splatoon 3 because it just feels like a minimal iteration over the prior 2 games.

Railbound is a really cute puzzle game. A good option if you're a mobile gamer as well.

Betrayal At Club Low is an interesting one. Really bizarre looking... RPG? Puzzle Game? I don't know... I've played one of the prior games from that studio and I enjoyed the absurdity of it.

Game Type DX is as expected, it's simple ridiculous fun. MBG makes those games that scratch that itch in perfect doses.

Steelrising is pretty good.