November 25 – December 1

... and that concludes our 2013 major fall games release schedule. Thank you, and we'll see you again next September.

There is a weird (to me, at least) quiet that follows in the explosive aftermath of the holiday games-release season, and it's all the more potent this year with the thunder of new console releases followed immediately by the coming wasteland. Aside from Gran Turismo 6, which as a PS3-only title seems somehow neutered as a major release, we've seen the last of the big gaming drops for the year, and now we turn to upcoming games like Thief, Titanfall, Destiny, Watch Dogs — games which are up to seven or eight months away.

I think this post-holidays drought is going to be a lengthy one, and the luxuries we've become accustomed to with the maturity of the previous generation and, as a result, the massive catalog released every year will seem like a distant memory for a few years. It's exciting to have these new and entertaining technologies, but that comes with consequences. In this case, a long stretch of quiet.

Which is nice in at least one respect. I think the opportunity for niche and indie titles to garner even more visibility and opportunity for an audience will only be enhanced over the next few months. Games, for example, like this week's Game of the Week, Ys: Memories of Celceta for the PS vita.

PC
- Professional Farmer 2014

PS4
- flOw (PSN)
- Tiny Brains (PSN)

Xbox 360
- Air Conflicts: Vietnam

PS3
- Air Conflicts: Vietnam
- Oddworld: Abe's Box
- Metal Gear Solid VR Missions
- Painkiller: Hell & Damnation (PSN)
- Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers (PSN)
- Super Motherload (PSN - $15)

Vita
- flOw (PSN)
- Ys: Memories of Celceta

3DS
- 3D Space Harrier (eShop)
- 3D Super Hang-On (eShop)
- Race to the Line (eShop)

DS
- HeathCliff Spot On (DSiWare)

Comments

A Heathcliff game. Huh.

What is Oddworld: Abe's Box? First I have heard about it on ps3.

Fastmav347 wrote:

What is Oddworld: Abe's Box? First I have heard about it on ps3.

I think it's the final product name for the Oddworld: New n' Tasty which is an HD remake of Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee. But per the dev's website, it's not slated to be out until Spring 2014 now.

http://www.oddworld.com/2013/11/munc...

Hell hath frozen over.

At first I thought Sean was just tossing handheld/JRPG fans a bone after the past few weeks, but damn. That's the closest to a big title you got.

shoptroll wrote:
Fastmav347 wrote:

What is Oddworld: Abe's Box? First I have heard about it on ps3.

I think it's the final product name for the Oddworld: New n' Tasty which is an HD remake of Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee. But per the dev's website, it's not slated to be out until Spring 2014 now.

http://www.oddworld.com/2013/11/munc...

Here's what I found: "Oddworld: Abe's Box (Includes 2 PS1 Oddworld games)"

That's ALL I found. This page is the 7th entry on Google. lol

That's silly. The Vita doesn't have games.

Fun fact about Ys: Celceta: It is the 3rd attempt at "Ys IV", and replaces the other two in the Ys canon.

…Also, the main character starts with amnesia. What are the odds?

I don't know about waiting 7-8 months. Q1 2014 looks pretty nuts.

Broken Age
The Banner Saga
Bravely Default
Lightning Returns
Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2
Thief
Divinity: Original Sin
DKC: Tropical Freeze
South Park: The Stick of Truth
Dark Souls II!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Titanfall
Infamous: Second Son

And stuff that may or may not come out Jan - March like:
Starbound
Wasteland 2
Day Z standalone
Everquest Next Minecraft Side thingy
Mario Kart 8
The Witness

Minarchist wrote:

That's silly. The Vita doesn't have games.

Fun fact about Ys: Celceta: It is the 3rd attempt at "Ys IV", and replaces the other two in the Ys canon.

…Also, the main character starts with amnesia. What are the odds?

In a Ys game? 110%. Yeah, that's me turning it up to 11.

imbiginjapan wrote:

A Heathcliff game. Huh.

It's no myth.

Isn't Escape Plan being released for PS4 on 11/29?

Last week, Tearaway. This week, Ys: Memories of Celceta. My Vita's getting a ridiculous amount of use even after the PS4 came out.

I played Ys on the Turbogrfx-16 back in the day. Good to see its still around.

Short of steam sales getting me on games I skipped previously I'm done until sometime around March.

Will be a great time to save up some money.

I, uh, well, huh... nothing at all. My pile breathes a sigh of relief.

And yeah, March 2014 is looking monstrous...

I thought Mario 3D World was out on Wii U this week.

spider_j wrote:

I thought Mario 3D World was out on Wii U this week.

For EU and AUS, yes. For everyone else, it was last week.

brokenclavicle wrote:

I, uh, well, huh... nothing at all. My pile breathes a sigh of relief.

And yeah, March 2014 is looking monstrous...

Meanwhile, my pile prepares for the onslaught that will be the Thanksgiving AND Winter Steam Sales

Has to be the most boring Fall in terms of game releases in many years. Thanks new consoles and Obama.
Not really complaining though. Total lack of time right now. I'm sure my revenge will the Steam sales. At least for buying games, probably not for playing them.

2014 looks totally insane however. Even if only half of the planned games are actually released.

While I like Heathcliff, I only came to that fandom through the animated series.
A spot the difference game, that's not even the first game I play if a doctor's office has Highlights for Children.
(I play Scavenger Hunt first, obviously.)

imbiginjapan wrote:

A Heathcliff game. Huh.

Can't just let a steaming hot property like that sit fallow!

imbiginjapan wrote:

A Heathcliff game. Huh.

Quick poll of people who know who Heathcliff is reveals...

MaxShrek wrote:
imbiginjapan wrote:

A Heathcliff game. Huh.

Quick poll of people who know who Heathcliff is reveals...

Old people!

But Heathcliff just won't be undone.

A lot of chatter about a downloadable Wuthering Heights game.