January 9 – January 15

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There are a lot of zombie games out this week. Zombies and JRPGs. Sometimes both at the same time.

Fortunately, there is something for those of us who don’t care about zombies, and for those of us who don’t need new JRPGs since we’re still playing Final Fantasy XV. The Behemoth is back, and it’s coming out with Pit People.

In Early Access on PC, but it’s January, so I’ll take it.

You might know The Behemoth as the makers of Castle Crashers, though I fell in love with them with Battleblock Theatre. The humor in both of those games is so good that I’m picking Pit People for my game of the week without even knowing what sort of game it is. Hexagonal tiles seem to be involved, giving me the impression that the game is a cross between Castle Crashers and Heroscape, which is a concept I can very much get behind.

Pit People gets my game of the week.

Chris "C" Cesarano

As I write this it is Saturday morning and the sky is gray over National Harbor, MD. I'm pretty sure this view – one that some might find dismal but I find peaceful – is just what they call "daytime" over in Britain. And that is when I notice there are flurries coming down from the sky, and pray to my deity of choice that I don't have to drive home in horrific snow conditions. Once again, the weatherman lied.

I am halfway through MAGFest and already dreading what that means. I've played an assortment of indie games that have startled me in their polish and passion. I've sang The Kids Aren't Alright by the Offspring, Godzilla by Blue Oyster Cult, and some Evanescence song that felt like a fusion of Self-Esteem and I Will Survive but whose name escapes me, all with complete strangers gathered around a Rock Band station. I am preparing myself for a meet-up – a slap'n'tickle, if you will – with other area GWJers.

What I'm saying is I cannot really research this list effectively. I'm also saying my week ahead will consist of listening to a lot of The Protomen, Machinae Supremacy, Doug Funnie, and Super Soul Bros. However, if I were to have time and freedom to research a game on the below list, The Legends of Owlia would be the first to stand out. So that gets my pick for the week.

Erik "wordsmythe" Hanson

I get why you'd see "Word Killer" and think I'd go for it, but among the plethora of still-frame artwork and other lower-budget animation this week, [i[Detention[/i] sticks out to me as both containing live video work as well as being set in 1960s Taiwan. It's a survival-horror title, and that's not my scene, but I'm still curious to explore the setting.

Colleen “momgamer” Hannon
I’ve been spending all my free-time tromping all over the Lucian landscape in FFXV, so I had to do some research on this list.

Caladrius Blaze caught my eye with a flash of lasers. But the unnecessary and problematic strip-the-characters-when-they-take-damage parts of the gameplay get in the way of what looks like a pretty awesome shump.

With my newly-minted PS4, I looked hardest at that list. Hatsune Miku seems to be going in all directions there and that’s not what I’m in a mood to invest in right now. But I checked into the other game on the list and hit paydirt.

Sylvio is a psychological horror game re-mastered and released on the consoles (or you can get it on Steam). Travel through the park, recording the phenomena you find and analyzing those recordings to unravel the several mysteries. The Steam videos creeped me out completely – it’s got an atmosphere of subtle horror reminiscent of Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth. I’m not sure how long I’ll last, but I’m definitely going to give it a try.

This week:

PC

  • Alien Shooter TD
  • Arena Hero
  • Assault on the Necrospire
  • Bearslayer
  • Caladrius Blaze
  • Cold Vengeance
  • Criminal Girls: Invite Only
  • Detention
  • Fight or Die
  • Flower Design
  • Introvert Quest
  • Ladykiller in a Bind
  • Minions, Monsters, and Madness
  • Never Forget Me
  • Not Dying Today
  • Pain Train
  • Pit People
  • Rage Against The Zombies
  • Rise & Shine
  • Super Death Arena
  • The Legends of Owlia
  • Tomb Joe
  • Vindictive Drive
  • Word Killer: Revolution

PS4

  • Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Future Tone
  • Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Future Tone - Colorful Tone
  • Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Future Tone - Future Sound
  • Sylvio

Xbox One

  • Acorn Assault: Rodent Revolution
  • Dead Effect 2
  • Friday Night Bullet Arena
  • Pit People
  • Rise & Shine
  • Sylvio

RIFT

  • Beats Fever

Vive

  • Beats Fever
  • Blackwater Bayou VR
  • Drunk or Dead
  • Pyramid VR

Comments

Woooo Ladykiller in a Bind! Glad to see that was able to get released on Steam.

And oh, what's this? A new Hatsune Miku that has over 200 songs, including songs from previous games? I'm in on that for sure

Why is Ally Sheedy's head the only one not changed? Did she sign off on the article personally or something?

Grenn wrote:

Why is Ally Sheedy's head the only one not changed? Did she sign off on the article personally or something?

Four possible explanations:

1) Her head is partially obscured by the environment and I was feeling too lazy to do the work to properly photoshop something.
2) There weren't enough distinct characters in this week's pick list to give everyone a head.
3) I'm still getting over the Ally Sheedy crush I had in high school.
4) I wanted to make sure everyone got the Breakfast Club reference, which alludes to Wordsmythe's pick of Detention.

It's at least one of those.

The answer is definitely number 3

Battleblock Theater is one of my (and my kids') favorite games of all-time. The fact that Pit People is only out on Windows/XB1 and we are a Mac/PS4/360 house is causing me a little bit of crushing sadness.

doubtingthomas396 wrote:
Grenn wrote:

Why is Ally Sheedy's head the only one not changed? Did she sign off on the article personally or something?

Four possible explanations:

1) Her head is partially obscured by the environment and I was feeling too lazy to do the work to properly photoshop something.
2) There weren't enough distinct characters in this week's pick list to give everyone a head.
3) I'm still getting over the Ally Sheedy crush I had in high school.
4) I wanted to make sure everyone got the Breakfast Club reference, which alludes to Wordsmythe's pick of Detention.

It's at least one of those.

And each of them legit.

Acorn Assault?

Yay Pit People is finally purchasable! Maybe I'll actually get a chance to try it instead of waiting for reasonably sized lines at PAX?

CptDomano wrote:

Woooo Ladykiller in a Bind! Glad to see that was able to get released on Steam.

Yeah, that's been out on Humble for a while now yes?

MaxShrek wrote:

Acorn Assault?

You say you want Rodent Revolution?

wordsmythe wrote:
MaxShrek wrote:

Acorn Assault?

You say you want Rodent Revolution?

Well, you know.

We all want to change the voll.

doubtingthomas396 wrote:

3) I'm still getting over the Ally Sheedy crush I had in high school.

I will never get over it.

-BEP

shoptroll wrote:
CptDomano wrote:

Woooo Ladykiller in a Bind! Glad to see that was able to get released on Steam.

Yeah, that's been out on Humble for a while now yes?

Yeah it released back in October on the Humble Store, but it was nice to see that Steam also allowed it on their store without it being censored.