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IMAGE(https://www.gamerswithjobs.com/files/pictures/pictures/picture-13445.jpg)   Felix “Baba Don’t Take No Mess” Threepaper

Welcome folks, and happy “72nd Anniversary of James Dean’s acting debut” week!

On December 13, 1950, James Dean made his first ever TV appearance: a non-speaking role in a Pepsi commercial. This was before he joined the Actors Studio and got method. You may all celebrate by playing a game with forgettable opening quests.

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion is a remaster of a 2007 PSP prequel to Final Fantasy VII. The graphics and sound have been thoroughly renovated—it now has the same voice actors as the Final Fantasy VII remake. The PSP combat has been sped up, although its quirky slot-machine damage mechanic is as fickle as ever. The mission design still includes a lot of repetitive, bite-sized quests designed for portable gaming, padding out the grind.

Speaking of quirky, High on Life is the shooter where your weapons are talking aliens. Humans are being farmed into drugs and you are taking on the cartel, collecting a bunch of chatty guns along the way. And don’t forget Knifey! The dev team is helmed by one of the co-creators of Rick & Morty, and it’s got a strong comedic voice cast, so expect lots of banter from your guns as you Metroidvaniate around the levels. Yes, I just verbed Metroidvania. It’s shorter than saying the guns have different powers that unlock traversal options, so you can backtrack to previously-sealed-off areas, as a way of gating your progress.

Wavetale is an indie puzzle platformer with chill vibes. You’re exploring a world with a lot of water, and you skate across it, so there’s a lot of surfing between islands, into pink sunsets, with synthwave tunes. This used to be a Stadia ‘sclusy and has now been ported onto other, still viable platforms.

Blacktail is an indie action-adventure with supernatural vibes. You’re playing an origin story of Baba Yaga, but as a younger Yaga who’s an archery witch. Yaga roams through the woods, taking quests from talking mushrooms and other critters inspired by Slavic mythology. She fights with her bow, spells, and potions. There’s survival elements and crafting, with all the flower-picking that entails. The environments are lush yet unsettling, and there’s a morality system that can take Yaga into some dark choices.

Operation Wolf Returns: First Mission is a port of a classic 1980s arcade rail shooter—one of the first to have a gun that you pointed at the screen. Shoot baddies for points and shoot chickens for health. The art has been revamped, but I’m sceptical about the controls. Baddies often come in from both sides of the screen at once, which needs quick, sweeping aim-flicks to get to them. This would be OK with a mouse, but I can’t imagine it being any good with a controller joystick or with motion controls. At least there is 2-player local co-op to help you split the aiming area.

Otherwise, there’s PS5 and Xbox X versions of The Witcher 3, bringing all the ray-tracing and hair physics that this generation demands. Apparently it looks pretty good, and there’s been a few gameplay tweaks to the camera and using signs. Owners of the PS4 and Xbox versions will get the upgrade for free. Anyone up for another round of Gwent?

Or there’s the console release of Potion Craft, the game that puts potion-making font and centre, without any combat or overarching Chosen One narratives.

It’s a toss-up between High on Life or Blacktail this week. While High on Life offers colourful yucks, Blacktail has a weirdness factor in its environment and storytelling that makes me want to look closer. Blacktail gets the GOTW.

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

PC

  • 12-12

  • 2 Many Pixels
  • A Christmas Yarn
  • Bad Santa
  • Bleeding Metal Rainbow
  • Blood Wizard Odyssey
  • Cannon Jump
  • Crossword World Puzzle
  • Distributor Simulator
  • Doggerfall
  • Dungeon King
  • Exalted Seracthon
  • Flesh
  • Football Coach: College Dynasty
  • Helix Jump
  • Hidden Mars
  • INCARNAGE
  • JLGJ
  • Lie of Caelum
  • Lodventure
  • MannyTD
  • Marble Ball Racing 2022
  • Planet Breakout 2
  • Polda 3
  • Prison Wars (BloodRain Publishing)
  • PYRMD
  • Skader
  • The Police Drone VR Experiment
  • The Unknown
  • Wavetale
  • What A Ball
  • winVGF
  • 12-13

  • Aeolus Fighter
  • Athena Code
  • Battle for borders
  • Buriedbornes - Dungeon RPG
  • Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion
  • Detective Rosie Morgan: Death at a Dinner Party
  • Fastraq
  • Find the Gnome 2
  • High on Life
  • Make It In Time
  • Master of Magic Remake
  • NEVERMORE
  • Ninja VS Zombies
  • Ninjas in the Dungeon
  • Rune It Out
  • Spring Puzzle
  • The Direction of Yearning
  • Way of the Wizard
  • WUFO
  • 12-14

  • Akai Katana Shin
  • Baker Business 3
  • Down Fast VR
  • Fright Knight Legend
  • Gacha Garden
  • Handyman Corporation: Prologue
  • Jump Jump
  • Lil Gator Game
  • LONGEYED PROJ.
  • Nightmare knock
  • One Shot Challenge
  • PortalDungon
  • Roll Ball
  • Sky Goddess Remaking
  • Sleep Paralysis: The Uncanny Valley
  • Starcom: Unknown Space
  • Teresa Moontyners - In the lair of the beast
  • THE CURSE OF ECLIPSE
  • Unholy Angel
  • Vampiric Tower Remix
  • Wits of Gods
  • 12-15

  • 2pupp
  • 307 Racing
  • A Wholesome Game About Farming
  • Absolution's Apple
  • Aka
  • Alphadia Neo
  • Anime Hunter
  • AOI
  • BAD DREAMS
  • Black Sheep
  • Blacktail
  • Bots Are Stupid
  • Camellia VR
  • Cassiodora
  • Choice of the Viking
  • Dust World
  • Dwarven Realms
  • Epoch Of Love
  • EvoMon
  • FastRogue
  • Frontier Hunter: Erza's Wheel of Fortune
  • GalaxyVerse
  • Hard Survivor
  • idle Party Leader
  • Instinct War
  • Jash
  • JB Hunter: Adventure
  • Jewel Match Winter Wonderland 2
  • Last Shape Standing
  • Let Chat Guess
  • Lunar Mad Dogs
  • Lustful Vampire
  • Melatonin
  • Metro Simulator 2
  • Micetopia
  • My Gaming Club
  • Nordic Ashes: Survivors of Ragnarok
  • Noun Town
  • One Life
  • Ooglians
  • Polaroid
  • Prehistoric Five Elements Realm
  • Prehistoric Warcraft
  • Quinidiom
  • Rage Night
  • Rambell
  • Relaxjong
  • Rezzil Player
  • River City Girls 2
  • Scuffed Party
  • Snow Folks
  • Space Fighter
  • Splatter (Rat King Collective)
  • Suikoro
  • Tales From The Burning Sea
  • Tanks Battle
  • The Dazzling-and-Flaring Peach Princess Prisseceal
  • The Silk Road of the eastern Dynasty
  • Time Traveler CCG
  • Trouble in Tornado Town
  • Tyler Tactics
  • Vampire Survivors: Legacy of the Moonspell
  • Watashi no Real wa Juujitsu shi Sugite iru Full Voice-ban
  • Where The Stars Brought Us
  • Wingsuit Hero
  • World of Naples
  • Xmas Apocalypse
  • Yolka
  • ZOSU VR Explosive Bow Hunting
  • 12-16

  • A dream that never wakes up
  • A Lonely Cabin Trip
  • A meeting of dreams
  • Aery - Path of Corruption
  • Aokana - Four Rhythms Across the Blue - EXTRA2
  • Arcane Vale
  • Automaton Lung
  • BACKROOMS: NO RETURN
  • BattleReign
  • Bio Prototype
  • Birnchen & Yoshie: Minor Confrontations
  • Brutal TD
  • Cat + Dog
  • Cats and Sokoban - Mimi's Scratcher
  • Cyber-Cat
  • Cygnus Enterprises
  • Duelyst II
  • Eye of D'akess
  • Great Fly Invasion!
  • Gummy Dummy Battles
  • HeatStroke
  • IN THE BUILDING: CATS 2
  • Japanese goblins
  • Jigsaw Puzzle Best Places
  • Last Stands - Run Gun Dumb Fun
  • Martin and the Magic Staff
  • MUSHROOMAN
  • Not A Thief Simulator
  • Out of Bounds
  • Overstrike Arena
  • Panda Punch
  • Put Your Stamp On
  • Recoil VS The World
  • Robot Tormod
  • Sakura Mirror
  • SCP: Keter
  • Silence In The Cabin
  • SoundStorm
  • Spirit Slider
  • The Block
  • The Detroit After
  • The Fantastic Kitty Rue
  • The PenTest
  • Timestamps: Unconditional Love
  • Towers, Turrets, Turtles
  • Treasure Trap
  • Way to the cake

Xbox Series X

  • 12-13

  • Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion
  • Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality + The Lonely Assassins
  • GRIS
  • High on Life
  • Potion Craft
  • Wavetale
  • 12-14

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Complete Edition
  • 12-15

  • Blacktail
  • Cassiodora
  • GRIME
  • River City Girls 2
  • Vampire Survivors: Legacy of the Moonspell
  • 12-16

  • It's Kooky

Xbox One

  • 12-13

  • Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion
  • High on Life
  • INFINITE GUITARS
  • Potion Craft
  • 12-15

  • Cassiodoro
  • GRIME
  • River City Girls 2
  • Vampire Survivors: Legacy of the Moonspell
  • 12-16

  • Aery - Path of Corruption
  • Alphadia Neo
  • It's Kooky

PlayStation 5

  • 12-12

  • Wavetale
  • 12-13

  • Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion
  • GRIS
  • Neon White
  • 12-14

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Complete Edition
  • 12-15

  • Azure Striker Gunvolt 3
  • Blacktail
  • Cassiodora
  • Kawaii Slime Arena
  • River City Girls 2

PlayStation 4

  • 12-13

  • Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion
  • Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality + The Lonely Assassins
  • Neon White
  • Operation Wolf Returns: First Mission
  • 12-15

  • Azure Striker Gunvolt 3
  • Cassiodora
  • GRIME
  • Kawaii Slime Arena
  • River City Girls 2

Switch

  • 12-12

  • Wavetale
  • 12-13

  • Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion
  • INFINITE GUITARS
  • Operation Wolf Returns: First Mission
  • 12-14

  • Aka
  • Formula Retro Racing: World Tour
  • Lil Gator Game
  • Raptor Boyfriend: A High School Romance
  • 12-15

  • Aery - Path of Corruption
  • Cassiodora
  • Cosmo Dreamer
  • Hero Hours Contract 2: A Factory for Magical Girls
  • Kawaii Slime Arena
  • LogiKing
  • NAIAD
  • River City Girls 2
  • Santa's Holiday
  • The Crackpet Show
  • Tropical Resort Story
  • 12-16

  • Napoleon in the Third World ~A maiden without the word impossible~
  • Panda Punch
  • Resident Evil 7: biohazard - Cloud
  • 12-17

  • Chubby Cat 2

Comments

I'm either gonna love High on Life, or hate it with a furious passion.

I really liked both Trover Saves the Universe and Accounting so I’m optimistic about High on Life.

ruhk wrote:

I really liked both Trover Saves the Universe and Accounting so I’m optimistic about High on Life.

Accounting was fun at first, but veeeerrrry quickly got tiresome. That's my prediction for this one, but it's downloading now and hopefully I'll be wrong.

Will wait and see on reviews for that one. Not sure if there is constant talking of the guns and how annoying that can be.

On the other hand, Blacktail looks very cool. Loving the aesthetics and feel of the game world.

Played through the first two bounties in High on Life-

The chatter seems to vary, there’s a lot early on while the story and systems are getting introduced but it tapers off until you get in combat or find stuff in the world. There IS a setting that lets you lower the amount of talking if that’s still too much for you.

I’m enjoying the game but the combat is merely serviceable, though I’ve only unlocked two weapons and one suit upgrade so far.

The three areas I’ve seen so far are all unique and incredibly detailed with a lot of character.
The humor is pretty hit or miss, as expected.

I maybe wouldn’t have bought it at full price but it’s free on gamepass, so hey.

It’s definitely way more vulgar than any of Squanch’s previous games or Roiland’s tv stuff, so maybe be mindful about playing in front of kids.

I was pleasantly surprised that one of my favorite electronic musicians, Thomas Fec from Tobacco/Black Moth Super Rainbow/Demon Queen/Malibu Ken is doing the soundtrack (or at least someone trying really hard to sound like him, I can’t find confirmation anywhere either way).

Yeah, I don't hate it after the first bounty. It's been significantly more entertaining than annoying. You have to turn off your brain a bit tho - the comedy is low-brow but funny low-brow, and the voice performers (mostly Roiland) are earning their fees.

Perfect Game Pass game.

Just to be clear, High On Life is very much a game for adults, right? With no setting to turn down the crudeness?

I have a 10-year-old who desperately wants to play it, but from the reviews I've skimmed, this would be a bad idea. I mean, I look the other way for a lot of things, but this one seems a bit too much...

Tasty Pudding wrote:

Just to be clear, High On Life is very much a game for adults, right? With no setting to turn down the crudeness?

I have a 10-year-old who desperately wants to play it, but from the reviews I've skimmed, this would be a bad idea. I mean, I look the other way for a lot of things, but this one seems a bit too much...

You are correct. It's effing and blinding from the jump, and you won't go two minutes without an off color (though genuinely funny in a puerile way) joke.

Cheers, Jonman. I'll have to wait until he's in bed if I want to try it myself.

High On Life.. you are the gift that was meant to be.