June 5 – June 11

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IMAGE(http://orig04.deviantart.net/d7bb/f/2011/179/c/d/portal_2_avatars__cave_johnson_by_djpavlusha-d3kdipj.jpg)  Cave "BurningLemon396" Johnson

Cave Johnson here. I want to talk to you investors about Subject A-119. Now, some of you might be thinking “How does Cave Johnson know about a top-secret research project at Black Mesa?” Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret: I didn’t, until you asked that question. Gotcha!

The reason I want to talk to you about it today is that those bastards at Black Mesa are clearly stealing Aperture Science assets and ideas. Again!

Energy beams? Weighted cubes to push enormous buttons? They even have a round, aperture-ish logo!

Now I’ll grant you they have some ideas our boffins hadn’t gotten around to yet, like time travel. And they put telekinesis in a cloned human instead of a gravity gun. But a lot of it is our damn technology, and if you keep on giving them money, our patent lawyers will …

[whispered conversation]: What do you mean they just hired away all of our patent lawyers?

Damn you, Black Mesa!

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

I’m reluctant to name any game, lest it be jinxed and lose its date. Yes, it’s my birthday this week and I’ve picked up “superstitious” as a trait.

DiRT 4 features a rally stage in Australia: Fitzroy. Before you get all excited about hooning down Brunswick street, rattling the espresso martinis on the tables outside the hipster bars and sideswiping trams, it’s based on rural/coastal Fitzroy county in NSW.

I’m still in a post-Witcher 3 funk. Naturally, then, my ears pricked up when I heard the gruff, pronounless tones of the titular character in Victor Vran – yes folks, he’s voiced by Doug Cockle, the (English) voice of Geralt himself. Victor Vran is an action-RPG with a Van Helsing aesthetic where you mix a ranged weapon and a melee weapon, Bloodborne-style. It tries to keep you on the loot-n-levelling replayability treadmill by imposing different challenges on the levels as you redo them. Despite a “YMMV” grimdark storyline, it looks well-executed enough to earn a GOTW.

Will Victor Vran reach the lofty heights of Diablo 3 and Torchlight, or will it nestle somewhere slightly below, alongside Dungeon Siege III? You be the judge. I’m off to continue my XCOM 2 campaign, where all my squaddies strangely have white ponytails.

IMAGE(https://www.gamerswithjobs.com/files/pictures/picture-111373-1483294321.jpg)   Chris "C" Cesarano

Not only are we in the pre-E3 rush, but we're now officially in the summer months: the season where, for whatever reason, the games industry is dead set on keeping all their good games to themselves. Sure, there's gonna be some highlights along the way, and I personally am looking forward to a few releases around the corner. Once the fall hits, however, we're all gonna be looking back at these hotter months and wondering what was so bad about releasing a game in this less crowded timeframe.

If you're a fan of simulators, agriculture, or simulating agriculture but are gonna be on the road for vacation this summer, then Farming Simulator 18 has you covered on the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita. Telltale's got a new episode of Guardians of the Galaxy scratching their data into hard drives, which seems awfully soon after the first episode. Think it'll have the usual bugs and glitches carrying save data over? Lastly, for those of you looking for that one addicting experience to last you all three months, Elder Scrolls Online is releasing its Morrowind expansion. Keep an eye out for flocks of Cliff Racers.

This week:

PC

  • Across The Moment: vol. one
  • Adjacency
  • Amber's Magic Shop
  • Battlesloths 2025: The Great Pizza Wars
  • Breaking Fast
  • ClaDun Returns: This is Sengoku!
  • Conarium
  • DiRT 4
  • Dragon Essence: Color My World
  • Galactic Missile Defense
  • Gray Skies, Dark Waters
  • Hell Warders
  • Hotel 19-95
  • Jump Stars
  • Lines (Gaminous)
  • Lux Alliance
  • Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy – Episode 2: Under Pressure
  • Monolith
  • Neighborhorde
  • Pixel Worlds
  • Redneck Rampage Rides Again
  • Rescue Quest Gold
  • Scarlet Mysteries: Cursed Child
  • Star Fleet Armada Rogue Adventures
  • Subject A-119
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind
  • The Hunt
  • The Vagrant
  • WILL: A Wonderful World
  • Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap
  • World of DASM: DASM Spell Quest

PS4

  • ClaDun Returns: This is Sengoku!
  • Dark Rose Valkyrie
  • DiRT 4
  • Jump Stars
  • Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy – Episode 2: Under Pressure
  • Neighborhorde
  • Perception
  • Randall
  • Special Delivery
  • SUPERBEAT: XONiC
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind
  • The Town of Light
  • Victor Vran
  • Wipeout: Omega Collection

Xbox One

  • DiRT 4
  • Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy – Episode 2: Under Pressure
  • Neighborhorde
  • Perception
  • Refunct
  • SUPERBEAT: XONiC
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind
  • The Town of Light
  • Zazen

Switch

  • GoNNER

3DS

  • Farming Simulator 18

Vita

  • ClaDun Returns: This is Sengoku!
  • Farming Simulator 18

RIFT

  • Lander 8009 VR

Vive

  • Lander 8009 VR
  • The Existence Abstract
  • Virush

Comments

Looking forward to nabbing Farming Simulator 18 on iOS this week.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-Vg...

I think the dev Giants has a smart release schedule for the franchise, with the mobile and home versions each being on a 2 year cycle. Since they both run on unique engines, having a full 2 years to dedicate to a single platform produces a nice upgrade each go around. The home versions speak for themselves, but surprisingly, the mobile versions have become impressively matured over the past few years.

Good timing as Summer travel starts to wind up.

Aaron D. wrote:

Looking forward to nabbing Farming Simulator 18 on iOS this week.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-Vg...

I think the dev Giants has a smart release schedule for the franchise, with the mobile and home versions each being on a 2 year cycle. Since they both run on unique engines, having a full 2 years to dedicate to a single platform produces a nice upgrade each go around. The home versions speak for themselves, but surprisingly, the mobile versions have become impressively matured over the past few years.

Good timing as Summer travel starts to wind up.

If they released on the switch, my pick for this week would have been a no-brained.

I don't think you'd want this version on Switch though as it's a scaled-down version of the home game. Just to give one example, the camera is fixed overhead (with limited zoom).

Still great for mobile platforms as it offers nice depth and only runs like $5.

ClaDun Returns: This is Sengoku! for me. I love this weird series of dungeon crawlers. I wish they'd confirm a Switch release for it, but then I wouldn't be buying it this week, so look forward to that announcement next week.

File this complaint under "first-world problems", but I am mildly annoyed that Amazon can sell the Dirt 4 physical copy for $40 but the digital version on PSN is $60... Obviously the physical copy costs more to make, store and ship - so clearly the digital space is operating under the "we're going to charge more for the convenience" tactic. Grrr.

Isn't that simply Amazon cutting into their own profits?

Yeah, I just wish Amazon would cut into their own profits on digital versions too!