May 1 – May 7


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Every so often, a game comes along that’s a metaphor for something in the player’s life. The ones we usually notice are the ones that represent Big Ideas, like the Soulless Dead End Job, or The Tyrannical Society That Looks So Clean From The Outside. Forgotten, or outright missed, are the games that represent little parts of a person’s life. Like going to the toilet. You don’t see a lot of games that are metaphors for going to the toilet, and the ones that do exist are so obvious that it’s stretching the definition to call them metaphors. They are, instead, what Nanny Ogg might call Single Intenders.

This week, though, there’s a game that represents the work that the team does here at GWJ to bring you The Week Ahead. Every week we scour the interwebz looking for reliable sources that tell us what games are coming out. Once that’s done, we scour the list for something that sounds interesting enough to present to you as being interesting. Some weeks it’s easy, like when Gearbox releases a first-person shooter and our name is Greg. That’s like a great, big, shiny copper statue sticking out of the sand just waiting for someone to ride by on a horse and call his forebearers maniacs. Other times, though, you need to sweep the list, listening to the clicks of your gaming heartbeat increasing as you approach the winning title. Then, you sweep away the detritus and find something worth talking about – maybe even worth buying.

Who would have thought there’d be a game that captures so neatly that experience? Certainly not I, but here it is: Serious Metal Detecting. If your idea of a good time is finding hidden radio transmissions in Fallout 3, here’s the game for you. It’s a serious (it says so right there in the title) simulation of the much-maligned hobby of metal detecting.

If you want to know what it’s like to pick a game from a release list that’s several-hundred titles long, Serious Metal Detecting is the experience you seek. It’s also my pick of the week.

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Quite a few things releasing this week. Telltale is as busy as ever, releasing the first episode of their Guardians of the Galaxy adventure series starring absolutely zero likenesses from the film. Telltale loyalists will no-doubt have a lot of fun with that one, though the trailer lacked a lot of the spark and charm of the film to me.

Speaking of lacking spark and charm, Prey also hits this week. I jumped into the demo that released on Friday and despite a strong first-impression with its "tutorial", I couldn't help but feel like I was playing a weaker combination of Dead Space, BioShock and Dishonored. There's definitely some spark of life burning in the coals of that game's heart, but the demo did little to provoke my interest. Not at release price, anyway.

Instead, my eye turns to The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky the 3rd. At some point I'll actually play through the first Trails in the Sky game (2004's The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky) on my PSP, but until then I'll watch from afar as I yearn to play the latest in what is quite an enticing series of JRPGs.

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The NieR: Automata DLC, 3C3C1D119440927 looks to be a challenge arena and a bunch of cosmetic unlockables.

Prey is like an album from a games supergroup – developed by Arkane, the studio that made Dishonored, co-written by Chris Avellone, the guy who worked on that classic RPG you like (and the underrated Alpha Protocol) and scored by Mick Gordon, who did the music for the Doom reboot and who must be a good bloke because he’s an Aussie. It’s a strong lineage, but will the result be Bad Company, or Velvet Revolver? While the demo hasn’t knocked everyone’s socks off, I’m most attracted by the offer of narrative choice and branching stories, which isn’t showcased in a demo.

However, for my pick this week, I am duty-bound to don the cork hat, crack a tube and belch a hearty “Oi!” for the top blokes at Tru Blu Entertainment, who are publishing AFL Evolution this week. Yes folks, it’s that time of the decade when a new Australian-rules football game comes out. Bulldogs fans will be hoping there’s no Madden-curse equivalent here, as the cover features The Bont on it. New features include the “be a pro” career mode, and I’m hoping they will patch out the shocking new deliberate-out-of-bounds rule. I only buy one sports game every 5 years, and this one will do me until 2022.

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I spent a lot of time rolling around as errant protein in the original Prey, so I was happy to hear it was in the works. However, I’ve discovered that the game being released this week isn’t related to that game in any way. Plus I’m still kicking around Andromeda to get my space fix. So it went from a “purchase now” to a “wait and see” type of thing.

It seems like the everything-old-is-new-again gang is at it again. I’m definitely going to grab Chronicle of Innsmouth. An eldritch tome of creeping point-and-click horror, steeped in the creaking pixels of the Sierra/Lucasarts style? Sign me up! Griptape Backbone seems like a slacker punk version of Flower. Skate around a slightly surreal Purgatory to expiate your sins to a soundtrack that needs to get all the way off my lawn.

But in the spirit of being much too young to feel this damned old, I’m going to choose ACA New Geo Last Resort as my pick this week. If this re-release is even half the brutal, old-school schmup the original was, it will be right up my alley.

This week:


  • Arcane (pre)Raise
  • Brawlerz: Nitro
  • Chronicle of Innsmouth
  • ClockwiZZZe
  • Crowd Smashers
  • Extreme-G 2
  • GALER: Plague of Heroes
  • Griptape Backbone
  • Knights of Galiveth
  • Last Hours Of Jack
  • MMM: Murder Most Misfortunate
  • Neighbouring Islands
  • Prey
  • Royal Offense
  • Rozkol
  • Sandra and Woo in the Cursed Adventure
  • Serious Metal Detecting
  • Shattered Steel
  • Shio
  • Super Rude Bear Resurrection
  • Tank Warfare: Tunisia 1943
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky the 3rd
  • Time in Time
  • Tower in the Sky: Tactics Edition
  • TumbleSeed
  • VectorWars
  • Wars Across The World
  • World to the West


  • ACA Neo Geo Last Resort
  • AFL Evolution
  • Dreamfall Chapters
  • Flatout 4: Total Insanity
  • GNOG
  • Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series
  • NieR: Automata - 3C3C1D119440927
  • Portal Knights
  • Prey
  • Super Rude Bear Resurrection
  • Tumbleseed
  • World to the West

Xbox One

  • Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series
  • Planetbase
  • Prey
  • Save the Ninja Clan
  • World to the West


  • Tumbleseed

Wii U

  • Triple Breakout


  • The Caligula Effect


  • Loco Dojo
  • Evolution Pinball VR: The Summoning
  • Seance: The Unquiet
  • The Slopes
  • VectorWars


  • Big Hit VR Baseball
  • Evolution Pinball VR: The Summoning
  • Seance: The Unquiet
  • The Slopes
  • VectorWars


While Serious Metal Detecting does look oddly Zen, my pick of the week is the latest big update for The Long Dark.

The devs have recently put up a countdown timer, a first for them. Leading many to believe they may actually be releasing the highly-anticipated first chapter of Story Mode for the game.

I'm trying not to get my hopes up, but man is it tough.

Prey is this week? Interested to see how that turned out.

I'm gonna mention The Caligula Effect, which is a pretty cool looking game that I deigned to call too mediocre to end up playing simply by who the developer is.

But, for me, I'm for sure picking up The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky the 3rd though not playing it. I need to find a way to stream my PC to something handheld before I'll ever get a chance to play this since it's PC only. XSEED has quietly continued to refine their Trails PC releases to the point that they're easily the definitive editions of those games. They've fixed basic things like typos and name consistency, but also ported back tech from the later games into the earlier ones, namely an autosave function. That's not something they can do on the PSP/Vita releases, which is a shame. Fwiw, the 3rd game can be played without having player the prior two games though as Falcom's titles all add to the world they've built you probably would be better off playing the first two chapters.

I've been avoiding pretty much all media for Prey, so pretty much everything I know about it can be summed up as "Mimics: The Game". Definitely interested in seeing what they've done with it.

Other than that, looks like a slow month, thank goodness!

Trails in the Sky later. I still need to do 2nd chapter.

What, no love for the Nioh DLC this week, "Dragon of the North"? C'mon, it's got big swords + dragons! What more could you want?

I guess most folks fell off the Nioh wagon a while ago, but I've really been loving my time with that game. Very excited to get more this week.

As a massive Aussie Rules football fan I am looking forward to trying AFL evolution, as I'm sure 99.9% of the world Isn't.

It'll probably be a bit poo but if you are the only poo in the paddock, well you probably a very special poo.

lol.. Just read Felix's summary. Being able to disable the rules you don't like would be awesome.

MrMetonymy wrote:

What, no love for the Nioh DLC this week

DLC rarely gets mentioned on The Week Ahead.

Shattered Steel

I was going to say someone is messing with the list again and just inserting old games in the PC list to see if anyone notices. But nope, it's just Interplay's cardboard box dribbling more stuff from GOG onto Steam.

(Also! First BioWare game on Steam since Dragon Age II was ceremoniously removed during the Great DLC Wars of 2011!)

MeatMan wrote:
MrMetonymy wrote:

What, no love for the Nioh DLC this week

DLC rarely gets mentioned on The Week Ahead.

Point taken, but if the Nier: Automata DLC got a shoutout, I couldn't help but mention Nioh's.

MrMetonymy wrote:
MeatMan wrote:
MrMetonymy wrote:

What, no love for the Nioh DLC this week

DLC rarely gets mentioned on The Week Ahead.

Point taken, but if the Nier: Automata DLC got a shoutout, I couldn't help but mention Nioh's.

That's on me. I didn't even see that Nioh had DLC available this week.

I'll try to be more consistent.