February 12 – February 18

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

This week, we’re going to see some old things, which will be sold to us as if they were new by merchants confident that we will go all mushy and buy them once again, even though we bought them the last several times they released. Of course we will. We have to. The consequences of not doing it are simply not worth contemplating.

No, I’m not talking about Hallmark authors or Godiva chocolatiers or even the people responsible for this. Honestly, Bayonetta again? Secret of Mana? Yet another chance to re-fight the Yellow Turban Rebellion by pressing the X button a lot?

Of course, not everything is repackaged and cynically marketed to leverage our fear of disappointing a loved one. Like a handmade construction-paper heart, some of them have real feeling.

Shinobi Bad Buddies, for example, is a love letter to side-scrolling action platformers with ninjas in them. It’s got some modern twists, which I appreciate, though I’m a little leery of the little crosshair that hovers around the player character, because I have yet to play a dual-stick side-scroller that controls well, but I the art style and animation and the little catch-phrases that pop up whenever a shuriken hits something make me smile.

Speaking of classic platforming and cute art styles, E.Z brings those to the table. A simple, clean art style with simple, clean level design which leads me to believe that the game’s title is an exercise in what Webster’s calls "antiphrasis," and what other people call “irony.” (There is a properly ironic game releasing this week, but not making that joke is my Valentine’s gift to you.)

This week, however, my heart goes to Pan-Dimensional Conga Combat, which is an homage to score-chasing arcade games that I grew up with, but with enough new ideas to keep it fresh. I’m not even sure how to describe the gameplay except that it looks absolutely bonkers, and it reminds me of Every Extend Extra, a forgotten PSP gem. Pan-Dimensional Conga Combat is described as “rhythm-synchronized, old-school, score-chasing arcade” action. I know what some of those terms mean, and I’m interested in finding out the rest. Even though it makes my job of photoshopping this week’s image harder because it doesn’t have any iconic characters in it, I’m going to give Pan-Dimensional Conga Combat my nod for Game of the week.

IMAGE(https://www.gamerswithjobs.com/files/pictures/picture-111373-1511547841.jpg)   Chris "C" Cesarano

The games industry has delivered a heart-shaped box of gaming chocolates to my doorstep this week, though primarily in the form of remakes and re-releases. Bayonetta 1+2 is seeing a Switch port to assist in warming up those pistols and powers for Bayonetta 3 later this year. I've already played both games on the WiiU, but that date was good enough I think it's time to reserve a table for two on some pricier, ritzier hardware.

Unfortunately I'm still getting texts from Fire Emblem Warriors, reminding me of all the good times I've had spilling the blood of faceless foes through its many modes. "Buy the season pass!" it sends with heart-eye emojis, "I got new characters and history modes and costumes I'd love to show you this week!" Just not sure if I'm ready for that kind of long-term commitment, though.

The real prize here, however, is Secret of Mana. Always a close friend back when we were kids, they've cleaned up and grown into something handsome and beautiful, releasing on PC and PlayStation 4 on Thursday. Such good times I can't help but feel butterflies in my tummy at the thought of that particular date. Secret of Mana gets my pick of the week.

IMAGE(https://www.gamerswithjobs.com/files/pictures/pictures/picture-13445.jpg)   Felix “Wenceslaus is our gain” Threepaper

Everyone knows that true love manifests not in teddies or chocolates, but in the unnoticed chore.

As such, I pick Kingdom Come: Deliverance, a clear labour of love from Czech studio, Warhorse Studios. It’s like Mount and Blade with a storyline, or alternatively, it’s like The Witcher or Skyrim without magic. It’s betting that life in Bohemia in 1403 will be absorbing enough that you won’t need dragons or botchlings.

Historical accuracy is its watchword – it’ll definitely teach you to tell a tabard from a gambeson. In a callback to my super gag from last week, it even has a fruit-rotting mechanic. Will the fun be lost in all the authenticity? I may be too busy gawping at castles to care.

Here's the list, now in release-date order!

PC

  • 02-12

  • Achievement Hunter: Samurai
  • AppleSnake: Halloween Adventures
  • BombTag
  • Committed: Mystery at Shady Pines - Premium Edition
  • EXIT 4: Portal
  • Harmless Skeleton
  • Hyperbolic Ignition
  • Little fight
  • Lost In Space
  • Masplado
  • Monstress Academy
  • MY 1980's DASHBOARD
  • NeoBalls2
  • Redemption: Tyranny of Daetorem
  • Roanoke
  • S-COPTER: Trials of Quick Fingers and Logic
  • Sakura Cupid
  • SaveHer!
  • Space Invaders Extreme
  • Spring It!
  • Techno Boy
  • THE UGANDAN WARRIOR or DO YOU KNOW DA WEI?
  • XBall Champion
  • 02-13

  • Aidsmoji: The Forbidden Fruit
  • Annotation of Love
  • ASCII Game Series: Beginning
  • Bit-Boom
  • Castle Adventure
  • Clergyman
  • Crossing Souls
  • Dead Maze
  • Domino Effect
  • Dynasty Warriors 9
  • Eternal Man: Forest
  • Fantasy Mosaics 19: Edge of the World
  • Football Russian 20!8
  • Fossil Hunters
  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance
  • Knights of Hearts
  • Math Hero
  • Monster Energy Supercross: The Official Videogame
  • Moon Bullet
  • Mortal box
  • NEO Impossible Bosses
  • Potatoe
  • Project FTM
  • Psychiatrist Simulator
  • Putin takes taxes
  • Quests Unlimited
  • San Matias: Mafia City
  • Steel Division: Normandy 44 - Back to Hell
  • Survivors of Borridor
  • The Islander
  • The Longest Five Minutes
  • Virus Petya
  • 02-14

  • 4D Minesweeper
  • Admine
  • Algo Bot
  • Apartment of Love
  • Austen Translation
  • Beer!
  • Border of her Heart
  • BoxCat
  • Bunny adventure
  • Chickens Madness
  • Chinese Ink Painting Puzzle & Creator
  • Crossroad
  • Fleazer
  • Gachimuchi Reloaded
  • Guilt Battle Arena
  • Heroes Of Hellas 4: Birth Of Legend
  • It's Chicken!
  • Jump to the circle
  • miraclr: Divine Dating Sim
  • Otaku's Fantasy 2
  • Qubika
  • Roguemance
  • RPG Merchant
  • Shinobi Bad Buddies
  • Speed Dating for Ghosts
  • Super Seducer
  • SurvivalZ
  • Tanks Meet Zombies
  • The Alpha Device
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II
  • The Void Rains Upon Her Heart
  • Tyde Pod Challenge
  • 02-15

  • Achievement Hunter: Chef
  • Ativeil
  • Christmas at Morleyville Mall
  • Executive Hockey
  • Five Keys to Exit
  • Ghost Platoon
  • IMPOSSIBLE FIGHTER FROG
  • Inaccessible world
  • Keyboard Warrior
  • King of the Eggs
  • Let's be architects
  • Lonely in the Winter
  • Monkey Slap
  • Puzzles By Axis
  • ReallyGoodBattle
  • ReHack
  • Robot Fighting
  • Secret of Mana
  • Spacepowers
  • XORPLE
  • 02-16

  • Capture the monster
  • Don't Fall
  • E.Z
  • Far-Out
  • Fe
  • Great Hunt: North America
  • Hellbreaker
  • Hiking Simulator 2018
  • Individual Investor Tycoon
  • JQ: countries
  • Lock Parsing 2
  • National Rugby Manager
  • Need For Gowna
  • One Tank to Rule Them All
  • One touch
  • Pan-Dimensional Conga Combat
  • PROJECT VELOCITY
  • Puzzle With Your Friends
  • Sea Battle: Through the Ages
  • Spaceguy
  • The Binding Of YOU
  • The Chronicles of Nyanya
  • The Frosty Leaves
  • The Fruitless Flower
  • Veggie Killer
  • Viki Spotter: Megapolis
  • YumeCore

PS4

  • 02-13

  • Crossing Souls
  • Dynasty Warriors 9
  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance
  • Monster Energy Supercross: The Official Videogame
  • Owlboy
  • Pinstripe
  • Pop-Up Pilgrims
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth
  • The Fall Part 2: Unbound
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege: Advanced Edition
  • 02-14

  • Slice, Dice & Rice
  • 02-15

  • Secret of Mana
  • 02-16

  • Fe

PSVR

  • 02-13

  • Sprint Vector

Xbox One

  • 02-13

  • Dynasty Warriors 9
  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance
  • Monster Energy Supercross: The Official Videogame
  • Owlboy
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth
  • The Fall Part 2: Unbound
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege: Advanced Edition
  • 02-14

  • The Story Goes On
  • 02-16

  • Fe

Switch

  • 02-13

  • Monster Energy Supercross: The Official Videogame
  • Owlboy
  • The Fall Part 2: Unbound
  • The Longest Five Minutes
  • Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap
  • 02-14

  • Fire Emblem Warriors: Shadow Dragon Pack
  • 02-15

  • Johnny Turbo's Arcade: Gate of Doom
  • TorqueL: Physics Modified Edition
  • Xeodrifter
  • 02-16

  • Bayonetta
  • Bayonetta + Bayonetta 2
  • Bayonetta 2
  • Fe

3DS

  • 02-13

  • Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology
  • 02-14

  • Fire Emblem Warriors: Shadow Dragon Pack

Vita

  • 02-13

  • The Longest Five Minutes

RIFT

  • 02-16

  • Elven Love

Vive

  • 02-14

  • The Cathedral: Allison's Diary
  • 02-16

  • Elven Love

Comments

I'm hoping someone bites the bullet on The Longest Five Minutes and it turns out to be a hidden gem from NIS.

garion333 wrote:

I'm hoping someone bites the bullet on The Longest Five Minutes and it turns out to be a hidden gem from NIS.

The price is putting me off on that one. Otherwise I'm curious.

Insert debate about the subjective value of a dollar in relation to gaming and game quality here.

ccesarano wrote:
garion333 wrote:

I'm hoping someone bites the bullet on The Longest Five Minutes and it turns out to be a hidden gem from NIS.

The price is putting me off on that one. Otherwise I'm curious.

Insert debate about the subjective value of a dollar in relation to gaming and game quality here.

The title clearly does the game disservice as it sounds like a short, indie game a la Half Minute Hero.

That is certainly true, and I was expecting something similar until I read a full description. But I'm still not sure if I'm prepared to drop $40 on a retro-inspired sprite-based RPG, despite the fact that there's no reason to assume it doesn't deserve it as much as a full-fledged 3D game.

Perhaps NISA is joining Bethesda and others with an expected early drop in price. In this case, they're pricing it high-ish to get the early sales and then will go down to $30 and $20 in a couple months.

Looking over reviews the game is relatively short at 10-15 hours. That's awesome! But I'd rather spend $20 on the game. Obviously, everyone's opinion will vary, but I'd rather keep plucking away at a Xenoblade game than shell out $40 for this, even if it's got some nice twists on the typical JRPG experience.

Something else I should mention is that meta games (a la The Stanley Parable) tend to rub me the wrong way and that's pretty much what The Longest Five Minutes is.

See, a 10-15 hours retro-style RPG just feels like it'll inevitably have a smaller team than even Lost Sphear or I Am Setsuna, so $20 feels like the sweet spot as opposed to $40. Iconoclasts was developed by one guy over seven or more years with some help in QA from the publisher Bifrost, and that's only priced at $20 itself while being an 8-15 hour game (depending on completionism). While one can argue 7 years of effort deserves as much as a game developed for three years, there's an aspect of scale.

I dunno. Regardless, I'm interested at the $20 price-level, but at $40... not yet.

Bayonetta 2 hype!

Kingdom Come: Deliverance is intriguing but it could also be a jank fest. Awaiting impressions.