June 12 – June 18

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IMAGE(https://www.gamerswithjobs.com/files/pictures/pictures/picture-5877.jpg)Greg “DoubtingThomas396” Decker

In spite of E3, there’s lots to choose from this week, especially if you like choose-your-own-text-adventures. Also, the last gasp of the PS3 and Xbox360 gets a Cars 3 licensed game, along with every other console in existence – possibly even the Amiga. It looks like Mario Kart with Cars characters, so if you can’t find a Switch in stores this might tide you over until you can get one without ordering a bundle from Gamestop that includes the only games on the Switch that Nintendo fans won’t buy.

If do you have a Switch, you can get ARMS this week. I played the Global Testpunch a few weeks ago and concluded that ARMS’ biggest strength is the dearth of anything else to play on the Switch. ARMS is, simply, not very good.

(You can tell I’m being serious here, because I could have said “ARMS doesn’t have LEGS,” but I didn’t. Except for just now, when I told you I didn’t say it.)

For me, I’m going with Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls, in which our plucky, anthropomorphized consoles team up with Sega’s entire line (including the Dreamcast and Game Gear) to fight against … whatever it is they fight in all of those Superdimension Neptune games. I’ve never played one, but after watching the trailer for this one I wishlisted all of them, so I’ve got some catching up to do. As the proud owner of a functional Game Gear, Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls seems as good a place as any to start..

IMAGE(https://www.gamerswithjobs.com/files/pictures/pictures/picture-13445.jpg)   Felix “I WILL be fooled again” Threepaper

Iron Sea Defenders is a fun-sized Snickers bar: a colourful little tower-defence game with a naval setting. YMMV if you have a tower-defence allergy.

It seems thematically fitting that Psychonauts would make its way to VR. Point-
and-click adventuring in VR? At least you get to stay seated.

Speaking of psychology, maybe I’m suffering from the “psych” effect, where I really want the thing I only half-heartedly wanted before, because it has been denied to me. Nevertheless, I am curious as to how Two Worlds II still has legs. I shrug my shoulders a bit more vehemently this time and give it another GOTW.

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

In typical fashion, my game of the week is keeping up with E3. It's always keeping up with E3. Instead of playing the games I have, I'll be salivating over that which I do not. I'll be hyped for games that I'll never end up having the time to play once they finally release, or will not be able to afford to.

Greg predicted I'd be telling him how wrong he is in terms of ARMS, but the problem is I didn't get to play the Global Testpunch. My Switch is not hooked up in a place where I could give such a game a proper test, nor did my schedule work in conjunction with the ability to play it. So I'll be grabbing it on blind faith, which is pretty common of me with Nintendo games.

If you've got Playstation VR, you might be interested in checking out Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin, the first step towards a "sequel" for the critically acclaimed platformer. If you're a fan of 2D fighters on the PC then you'll be excited for King of Fighters XIV hitting Steam. And if you're Greg, I'm surprised that Two Worlds II: Call of the Tenebrae wasn't on your list this week. Now there's a franchise that should have never gotten a sequel. I guess someone upstairs loves that franchise.

And by someone upstairs I mean management.

This week:

PC

  • Art Of Gravity
  • Castle of Shikigami
  • Choice of the Star Captain
  • Disputed Space
  • Drive-By Hero
  • Gorescript
  • Heroes Never Die
  • Hot Plates
  • Lazer Cops
  • Mini Rollers
  • MotoGP 17
  • Neko Navy
  • Pilam Sky
  • Pro Cycling Manager 2017
  • Reckless Space Pirates
  • Rocket Wars
  • Secret in Story
  • Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls
  • Symphonic Rain
  • The Adventurer and His Backpack
  • The Fleet
  • The King of Fighters XIV
  • Two Worlds II: Call of the Tenebrae
  • UNINVITED pushed out to
    6/30
  • Witchinour
  • Zup! 5

PS4

  • Cars 3: Driven to Win
  • Iron Sea Defenders
  • MotoGP17
  • Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic
  • Psychonauts in The Rhombus of Ruin
  • Tour de France 2017

Xbox One

  • Air Missions: HIND
  • Cars 3: Driven to Win
  • MotoGP17
  • Tour de France 2017

Switch

  • ARMS
  • Cars 3: Driven to Win

Wii U

  • Cars 3: Driven to Win

PS3

  • Cars 3: Driven to Win

Xbox 360

  • Cars 3: Driven to Win

RIFT

  • Distant Nightmare
  • Hypatia
  • Lander 8009 VR

Vive

  • Distant Nightmare
  • Heroes Never Die
  • Hypatia
  • Lander 8009 VR
  • Mob Stadium
  • The Frontier Outskirts VR

Comments

I enjoyed the one on one matches in ARMS, but not enough to buy it. Anything with more than two people felt entirely too chaotic and button mashy. Frankly, unless the community here goes ga ga over it, I doubt I'll ever pick the game up. Maybe a bargain bin buy in 2020.

So Cars 3 is a thing?

It looks like Iron Sea Defenders has three different prices on the iTunes store and I don’t see any obvious explanation of the differences.

What is wrong with me? I see a game called LAZER CORPS, and despite the utter lack of imagination shown in its title, my brain’s like “lasers AND corpses? You should play that!”

Spoiler:

Look, they misspelled ‘laser’, so it seems fair that they’d misspell ‘corpse’ too.

The Vita truly is dead--it didn't get Cars 3.

I liked ARMS volleyball. Disappointed the basketball game want in the test punch.