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

Welcome folks, and happy “121st Anniversary of the American Power Boat Association” week!

On 22 April, 1903, the American Power Boat Association was founded. It was the world’s first motor sports club—basically, as soon as people found out a way to put engines in smaller boats for personal use, they found ways to race those boats against each other and officiate the results. You may all celebrate by playing a racing game.

Stellar Blade is the most-hyped game this week. Sony’s Bayonetta is landing amidst a bunch of ‘discourse’, which was canvassed pretty well in Conference Call 913 if you want a potted summary. The gaming itself seems to be another flavour of Sony ‘sclusy action-adventure cookie: challenging combat (with difficulty settings), RPG upgrade elements, and light platforming/puzzling around a semi-open world.

Bootleg Steamer is not a game about my toddler's potty-training mishaps, but is actually a roguelite about smuggling hooch on a boat during Prohibition. You have to get your moonshine from A to B, avoiding the coast guard, mafia, and bad weather along the way. I’m enjoying this slight uptick in prohibition-era games, but it’s making me think that every building in the 1920s had a big sign hovering above it that showed how much alcohol it produced.

SAND LAND is a game of the manga by Akira Tomiyama, the recently-deceased titan of the genre.

Phantom Fury is a boomer shooter where all your guns have cool secondary fire modes. Shake it, baby!

TopSpin 2K25 is the first TopSpin game in 13 years. Tennis gets the next-gen 2K sports game treatment, with training modes (and John McEnroe as your trainer), a single-player campaign, and all the usual bells and whistles for solo or group play.

Fallout 4 is getting a free, big, next-gen update. Following the smash success of the TV show, creaky ol’ Fallout 4 was the biggest-selling game in Europe last week. This week’s update is mostly a lick of paint and minor repairs to help it pass muster for all these new players. I got excited when Bethesda announced that there would be new content in the update, but then I remembered that Bethesda counts new settlement decorations as content. There is apparently an Enclave-related quest, though.

While I understand the hankering to revisit Fallout, I’d rather a remastered PS5 version of New Vegas. My GOTW goes to TopSpin 2K25, because it’s been a long time between drinks and also because tennis games, done right, promote that flow state as well as any.

GWJ Word of the Week

Boomer shooter: a first-person shooter that eschews the last few decades of developments in first-person shootering, and goes back to the glory days of Doom and Duke Nukem. As such, you can carry all your guns at once, instead of only 2. There’s less focus on military realism, as the levels, enemies and weapons are more fantastical. And there’s usually a stubborn insistence on picking up health and ammo from around the map; none of this regenerating health malarkey! It all promotes a faster-paced gameplay that ironically appeals to the very folks who are getting too old to pull it off.

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

PC

  • 04-23

  • At Tony's
  • Cymut X Mutrobo - The last Cymut
  • Dadish 3D
  • Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes
  • Fatermyth
  • Genome Guardian: Prologue
  • Hoversteppers
  • Lunar Lander Beyond
  • Meet My Teacher
  • Mirage Sugar Acacia
  • Mortal Kombat 1: Ermac
  • MUSA
  • My Little Cemetery
  • Phantom Fury
  • Remnant II: The Forgotten Kingdom
  • Rumble Club
  • Sandwich Sim
  • Sub for You
  • Tales of Kenzera: ZAU
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade: Wrath of the Mutants
  • The Beast in the Shadows
  • 04-24

  • Arena of Trophies
  • Backrooms Break
  • Cardboard Chronicles
  • Crystal Comet
  • DeadBlitZ
  • Dynamite it!
  • FANTASYQUEST: ERRANDSAGA
  • Hungry Mouse
  • I'm Determined to Make 3A: 01/65
  • Jump Adventures
  • Love Birds
  • My Little RPG Shop
  • Retro Rally!
  • SHADE A Dog's Expedition
  • Star Wings
  • Tents & Trees
  • The Last Spin
  • The Pool Rooms, Backrooms level 37
  • The Tang Dynasty
  • Virtua Unlimited Project
  • Wishful Journey:Love Across Time
  • 04-25

  • Absolute Fear -AOONI-
  • Aliya
  • Almost Formula
  • Amazing Grace - What color is your attribute? -
  • Another Crab's Treasure
  • Assault Suit Leynos 2 Saturn Tribute
  • Bombox
  • Bootleg Steamer
  • Bride into the Cave
  • Cats Hidden in China
  • Celestine
  • Der Konigsruf
  • Dino Dino - Playful Paleontology
  • Hanaja's Body 2 in One
  • Letters & Legends
  • Magic Farm
  • Megaton Musashi W: Wired
  • Minicology
  • Phantasm
  • Princess x Audience
  • Rogue Girl
  • Roman Conquest: Rise to Power
  • S.O.L Search of Light
  • Sacred X: Heavens Wonderland
  • SaGa Emerald Beyond
  • Startenders
  • Super Mayor
  • Teared
  • The Adventures of Lily & Leo
  • Tutor X Hypnosis
  • Tutor X Hypnosis 2
  • Werewolf: The Apocalypse - The Book of Hungry Names
  • Whisker Waters
  • 04-26

  • A Heart Sprouting Pink A Memory Burning Red
  • Bishoujo Mangekyou Ibun - Yuki Onna
  • Blood On The Dusty Trail
  • Cats Balance
  • Class of Heroes 2G: Remaster Edition
  • Combat Cat
  • Cubic Light
  • Custom Order Maid 3D2&2.5 + GP-03
  • Dokuzetsu Akuma to Muttsuri Tenshi to no Yojouhan Kurashi
  • DON'T EXIST
  • Edgeless
  • Heavy Storm Shadow
  • Horrific Xanatorium
  • I'm Isekai Hero
  • Imouto wa Namaiki Kasshoku Maid-san. ~ Wakara se sekkusu ~
  • Inyouchuu Full Complete Box
  • Katei Kyoushi x Saimin - MOTION EDTION
  • Kiteretsu Soudan Dial
  • Legends Resurrected Online
  • Maid-san no Iru Kurashi Double Pack
  • Maid-san no Iru Kurashi S
  • Marcella Moon: Four Are Watching
  • Miko in Maguma
  • Nightmare x NobleBlood ~ Uragiri no Abyss ~ The Motion
  • Nightmare x The Motion 2 Set
  • Nightmare x The Motion 4 Set
  • Nukikore vol. 57
  • politician simulator
  • Pools
  • RISKY CHRONICLES and the curse of destiny
  • Rusty Dusty
  • SAND LAND
  • Sei Choukyou Zumi Tatta Aisuru Kanojo
  • Sengoku + Koihime EX Complete Edition
  • Simple Sanguo
  • Sneaky Seekers
  • Sono Kaori de Mitasa Retai ~ # 7 b 5544 no Koi o sh*ta Watashi no Hajimete o Master ni Agetai ~
  • Splash Dino
  • Staffer Reborn
  • Super Dragon Punch Force 3
  • The Architects of the Universe: The Orphans
  • Tomodachi no Kyonyuu Mama wa Zenbu Orenomono! Tomohaha Netori Haramase Harem
  • Touhou Lensed Night Sky, Kaseigai
  • TRYSET Yagai Selection
  • Tsuma no Omokage Nokoru Jou ni, Uzuku Yokujou ~ Ore no Mono de Oshie Teyaru! ~
  • Yokkyuu Fuman'na Aniyome no Yuuwaku
  • 04-27

  • Box Room
  • Hop Man
  • 04-28

  • [DE:]Fanastasis
  • Angle Wars
  • DNA: Episode 5
  • Random Legion
  • Wandering Pet Garden

Xbox Series X

  • 04-23

  • Construction Simulator - Gold Edition
  • Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes
  • Hammerwatch II
  • Lunar Lander Beyond
  • Mortal Kombat 1: Ermac
  • MX vs ATV Legends: 2024 Monster Energy Supercross Edition
  • Remnant II: The Forgotten Kingdom
  • Tales of Kenzera: ZAU
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade: Wrath of the Mutants
  • 04-24

  • Ratyrinth
  • 04-25

  • Another Crab's Treasure
  • Fallout 4
  • Wrath: Aeon of Ruin
  • 04-26

  • Horrific Xanatorium
  • SAND LAND
  • The Ramsey
  • TopSpin 2K25

Xbox One

  • 04-23

  • Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes
  • Lunar Lander Beyond
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade: Wrath of the Mutants
  • 04-24

  • Ratyrinth
  • 04-25

  • Another Crab's Treasure
  • Assault Suit Leynos 2 Saturn Tribute
  • Wrath: Aeon of Ruin
  • 04-26

  • Aery - Cyber City
  • Horrific Xanatorium
  • TopSpin 2K25

PlayStation 5

  • 04-23

  • Construction Simulator - Gold Edition
  • Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes
  • Lunar Lander Beyond
  • Mortal Kombat 1: Ermac
  • MX vs ATV Legends: 2024 Monster Energy Supercross Edition
  • Remnant II: The Forgotten Kingdom
  • Tales of Kenzera: ZAU
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade: Wrath of the Mutants
  • 04-24

  • Ratyrinth
  • 04-25

  • Another Crab's Treasure
  • Assault Suit Leynos 2 Saturn Tribute
  • Fallout 4
  • Megaton Musashi W: Wired
  • SaGa Emerald Beyond
  • Wrath: Aeon of Ruin
  • 04-26

  • Class of Heroes 1 & 2: Complete Edition
  • Class of Heroes 2G: Remaster Edition
  • Class of Heroes: Anniversary Edition
  • Horrific Xanatorium
  • PuzzMiX
  • SAND LAND
  • Stellar Blade
  • TopSpin 2K25

PlayStation 4

  • 04-23

  • Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes
  • Hammerwatch II
  • Lunar Lander Beyond
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade: Wrath of the Mutants
  • TopSpin 2K25
  • 04-24

  • Ratyrinth
  • 04-25

  • Assault Suit Leynos 2 Saturn Tribute
  • Kemonomichi * Girlish Square
  • Library Of Ruina
  • Megaton Musashi W: Wired
  • SaGa Emerald Beyond
  • Wrath: Aeon of Ruin
  • 04-26

  • Horrific Xanatorium
  • PuzzMiX
  • SAND LAND

Nintendo Switch

  • 04-23

  • Dadish 3D
  • Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes
  • Lunar Lander Beyond
  • Mortal Kombat 1: Ermac
  • Tales of Kenzera: ZAU
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade: Wrath of the Mutants
  • 04-24

  • Builder Simulator
  • Insurmountable
  • Puss in Boots: Purrfect Adventures
  • Ratyrinth
  • 04-25

  • Adventure Bar Story
  • Cape's Escape Game 8th Room
  • Cats Hidden in Italy
  • Chou Nanmon! Zettai o Tokan Quiz
  • Dash & Roll
  • Doctor Cat
  • Escape Game The Dr. Mouse's Lab
  • Eternal Light
  • Five Nights of Nightmare: Escape Horror Story
  • Game de Manabu! Chuugakkou o Juken Quiz
  • Guitar Life: Lesson 1
  • Hidden Cats in New York
  • Home Office Simulator - Ayame Life Sim
  • Kemonomichi * Girlish Square
  • Kurukuru Puzzle Narabete Kurashikku
  • Library Of Ruina
  • Mama ni Game Kakusareta Collection
  • Maru Wakari Quiz Ijin-den Sekai no Gaka
  • MineSweeper Million
  • Nou o Kitaeru! Wan ko Shashin de Machi gai Sagashi
  • Our Field Trip Adventure
  • Purple Slime Production Line
  • Romance MD: Always On Call
  • S.O.L Search of Light
  • Statcall Kyuumei Ren'ai 24-ji
  • Teared
  • The Eerie Surroundings
  • Wanko to Asobou! Mezase Dog Trainer!
  • Wrath: Aeon of Ruin
  • 04-26

  • Class of Heroes 1 & 2: Complete Edition
  • Class of Heroes 2G: Remaster Edition
  • Class of Heroes: Anniversary Edition
  • Cyberpoly RPG - Dark City
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - Sweep the Board!
  • Dracula VS Monsters
  • Horrific Xanatorium
  • Tales From The Under-Realm: Hazel
  • 04-27

  • Kanjozoku 2 - Drift Car Games
  • 04-28

  • El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron

Comments

Not sure why it didn't show up on the lists (perhaps because it's early access?), but city-builder-meets-wargame Manor Lords came out today and appears to be a smash.

Other notable releases this week would be Tales of Kenzera (Bantu-inspired platformer) and Another Crab's Treasure (wacky Souls-like featuring a hermit-crab protagonist).

And also Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes! Not an JRPG person myself, but this is a throw-back spiritual successor to Suikoden that fans seem to like.