July 3 – July 10

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

There’s a light launch list this week. I’d like to believe the developers are taking time off to have cookouts and watch fireworks, but it probably has more to do with the fact that this is the first week of the third fiscal quarter and everyone is hard at work getting everything in order for crunch-time in September.

I grew up in upstate New York, near Albany, and July in northeastern New York State means one thing: Saratoga opens. I’ve never actually been to see the races, but it’s good to know when Saratoga’s opening weekend is, because you’ll know whether traffic on I-87 is going to be a mess, so you might want to postpone that trip to Lake George.

Regardless, to this day July still makes me think of horses, so it’s fitting that this year, in the first week of July, a horse-racing simulator is coming out. It doesn’t look complicated, there isn’t any horse or jockey management involved, but sometimes you can get a lot of mileage out of a simple racing game. I mean, look at Mario Kart 8. You don’t have to maintain Bowser’s pit crew, but that game was good enough for Nintendo to release it twice!

Horse Racing 2016 gets my pick this week.

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

It's definitely a holdover week for me. July seems to be amping up some of its releases before the onslaught in August, but God help me if this week isn't absolutely empty of titles capable of grabbing my interest. The only gameplay footage I can find of Derelict Fleet is ... well, it's certainly an independent game! Nice little résumé piece, but not about to kick anyone's tires before lighting their fires.

In fact, that's largely how I'd describe the majority of the PC list this week. A lot of games look like interesting school projects or portfolio pieces, but not exactly items that are commercially viable. This isn't merely a polish thing, either, as Heroes of Paragon's trailer relies on comparisons to Clash of Kings. A game like Slash It Ultimate would be my choice of the week, but unfortunately the sound effects chosen for feedback completely clash with the tone of the music within the game itself. It's a poor implementation of game-design basics that is especially problematic in a rhythm game.

Nah, if I'm gonna choose anything, it's RoboCritters. The obviously indie art style and tiny, tiny size of the characters are the sort of attributes that typically push me away from games, but the actual playstyle reminds me of Worms reinterpreted through the real-time chaos of Super Smash Bros. Can't say no to a party game like that.

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

It’s a lean week. How anyone has any money left after the year we’ve had (in games) is beyond me.

You already know whether you’ll get Call of Duty: Absolution. Accel World vs Sword Art Online: Millennium Twilight is unlikely to be The One that gets me into JRPGs.

If you’re a person of my vintage – i.e., people who nodded knowingly at the LEGO Movie where Benny the spaceman’s helmet was broken at the bottom – then the trailer for LEGO Worlds – Classic Space emits a powerful tractor beam.

That’s You uses PlayLink, an app that links your phone or tablet with your PS4, to play a party quiz game. You and your friends take photos of each other and answer questions about each other, like “Who’d be most likely to make out with strangers at a funfair?” I can’t prove that it’s a front for insidious commercial datamining, but after playing it, I did start getting all these emails about horny carnival operators.

Otherwise, you’re knee-deep in the platformers, survival horror and other footsoldiers in the relentless march of indie Steam releases.

With such slim pickings, I’m voting for LEGO Worlds - Classic Space. Hey, it could be the sandbox game to topple Minecraft off of its lonely, alienated perch of games to enjoy unproblematically with your kids.

This week:

PC

  • A Snake's Tale
  • Adventure Craft
  • Baobabs Mausoleum - Ep. 1: Ovnifagos Don't Eat Flamingos
  • Block Robot Mini Survival Game
  • Bomb Defense
  • Chateau Garden
  • Derelict Fleet
  • Draw Love
  • Dreamblaster
  • Escape From BioStation
  • Gold Rush In The Oort Cloud
  • Grimoire : Heralds of the Winged Exemplar
  • Happy Singh Adventures
  • Heroes of Paragon
  • Hooligan Vasja: Halloween
  • Horse Racing 2016
  • Insectophobia: Episode 1
  • Little Red Lie
  • Mr Blaster
  • Potentia
  • Redneck Rampage: Possum Bayou
  • RoboCritters
  • Slash It Ultimate
  • SOYF
  • symeCu8e
  • The Heart of the Earth
  • Time Golf Squad
  • To The Light
  • Trenches of War
  • Twin Roads
  • Void Wisp

PS4

  • Accel World vs Sword Art Online: Millennium Twilight
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare - Absolution
  • LEGO Worlds - Classic Space
  • Save the Ninja Clan
  • SpeedRunners
  • That's You
  • Toby: The Secret Mine

Xbox One

  • LEGO Worlds - Classic Space

Switch

Wii U

  • A Day at the Carnival
  • Revenant Saga

3DS

  • Kirby's Blowout Blast
  • TABLE TENNIS INFINITY

Vita

  • Accel World vs. Sword Art Online: Millennium Twilight
  • Energy Cycle
  • Ninja Usagimaru: Two Tails of Adventure

RIFT

  • Legendary Hunter VR
  • Twin Roads

Vive

  • Eye of Odin
  • Legendary Hunter VR
  • Twin Roads

Comments

Thanks for the Saratoga warning. We're going to the Adirondaks this weekend (thankfully west on I-90 instead of north on I-87), but the following weekend we have to go to Skidmore College to fetch my daughter. That should be fun. We were there the weekend before last, and actually drove past the track. There was already a lot of stuff happening.

As for the this week's games, clearly Grimoire : Heralds of the Winged Exemplar is the star of this bunch. Just ask the guy who wrote it.

Hrdina wrote:

Thanks for the Saratoga warning. We're going to the Adirondaks this weekend (thankfully west on I-90 instead of north on I-87), but the following weekend we have to go to Skidmore College to fetch my daughter. That should be fun. We were there the weekend before last, and actually drove past the track. There was already a lot of stuff happening.

As for the this week's games, clearly Grimoire : Heralds of the Winged Exemplar is the star of this bunch. Just ask the guy who wrote it.

Fortunately, this year the season opens at the end of July, so should still be good.

Just stay clear of the Six Flags The Great Escape area this weekend, I'm sure that's likely to be packed (as will most of the Lake George area in general)

Looking forward to seeing how Kirby's Blowout Blast fares in reviews. That looks like an expanded version of one of the bonus games in Planet Robobot so I'm wondering if it's worth double-dipping.