This is the kind of week that's easy to overlook, but holds some quietly interesting titles. Looking down this list, it's not unreasonable for me to imagine myself playing, at some point, four or more of the games listed.
At the top of the list is a title both Shawn and I ended up being impressed by at PAX East: Remember Me. This futuristic action game from Capcom is set around the main character, Nilin, who is a memory hunter in Neo-Paris and has, for some reason, had their own memory wiped. This somewhat stale sci-fi cliche leads to all kinds of action-y, beat-em-up escapades. Though I recall being impressed by the aesthetics of the game, early reviews have been unfortunately tepid, describing Remember Me as a game with moments of excellence interspersed throughout an otherwise bland game.
Also this week, Minecraft creator Mojang sends their next title, Scrolls, into open beta. A deck-building strategy game, Scrolls at first glance seems a complete departure from Mojang's monolithic, indie juggernaut. If I'm honest, I'm dying to play a great PC deck-building game — preferably one that doesn't abuse my wallet through microtransactions in the process — and I'm eager to see what Notch and crew do with the genre. I'm hopeful their implementation, which includes trading cards among friends and multiplayer matches, hits the right spot.
Neither of those doing much for you? Consider Panzer Corps: Allied Corps. A standalone pseudo-sequel to the excellent Panzer Corps, and firmly entrenched in the spiritual realm of the old Panzer General games, Allied Corps is a relatively fast-paced, turn-based strategy game played out on old-school hexagons.
None of that floating your boat? How about a 3DS Animal Crossing game? Or the release of the free-to-play Diablo-meets-licensed-superheroes efforts of Marvel Heroes? Some Penny Arcade action with On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 4? Or the decent tower-defense Prime World Defenders?
I look at this week's release list and it's a microcosm of the story of the gaming industry right now to my mind. Lots of inventive, diverse games to soak up hours and days of time, and not a AAA title in the bunch.
- Alltynex Second (download - $8)
- Gunpoint (download - $10)
- Kamui (download - $8)
- Marvel Heroes (free-to-play)
- Panzer Corps: Allied Corps
- Penny Arcade's On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 4 (download - $5)
- Prime World: Defenders (download - $15)
- RefleX (download - $8)
- Remember Me
- Scrolls (download - $20)
- Penny Arcade's On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 4 (XBLIG - $5)
- Remember Me
- Alfa Romeo Racing Italiano (PSN - PS2 Classics)
- Remember Me
- Ultimate Board Game Collection (PSN - PS2 Classics)
- Limbo (PSN - $15)
- Quell Memento (PSN)
- Animal Crossing: New Leaf
- Class of Heroes II (PSN - $25)