June 25 – July 1

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

I’d ask, “Would you believe that I owned a PSP but never owned Lumines?” but I suspect the answer would be a shrug that said “Well, of course you didn’t.” With the game coming to the Switch, also known as the Bizarro World version of the PSP (I’ll leave it as an exercise to the reader to answer which one marries Lois Lane and which one wanders the galaxy saying “ME AM A PORTABLE CONSOLE!”), this might be my chance but, well, of course I won’t.

Wake me if someone ports Every Extend Extra, Chili Con Carnage or Work Time Fun, though. I’ll be all in for those.

The problem for me, though, is if I don’t pick that, what else is there? DontNod’s Life is Strange freequel: The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit? Nope. Not for me. The Switch port of De Blob? Nah, the sequel was the better game anyway.

But wait! What’s this? A game modeled after 1980s arcade games like (non-super) Mario Brothers? Tell me more! Whip! Whip! brings some classic, one-screen action-puzzle gaming sensibilities into the modern era. Combos? Score-chasing? Local multiplayer that I can play with my kids? No quarter slots? And it came out for the Switch last week?

Sold! Even with the local multiplayer! Whip! Whip! brightens a gloomy list and gets my nod for Game of the Week.

IMAGE(https://www.gamerswithjobs.com/files/pictures/pictures/picture-13445.jpg)   Felix “Humakt this terrible pun? Ernalda ‘nuff to know better” Threepaper

My pick this week isn’t on the list as it’s coming out on iOS. Six Ages: Ride Like the Wind is the spiritual successor to King of Dragon Pass. There will be those of you for whom this is all you need to know to lay money down, and the rest of you, who are blanking right now, probably scanning for mention of Call of Duty or whatnot.

King of Dragon Pass is like that indie band you’re really into and that, whenever you rave to your friends about it, they start backing away slowly. It’s a game that defies easy, genre-based “X meets Y” descriptions.

It’s a clan-manager that’s part choose-your-own adventure, part management sim and part RPG. A lot of the appeal comes from dealing with your (not always) trusty clan ring. Ring members have different personalities and traits, and they will age and die. Their interactions with you and each other are redolent of a lot of the stuff that people would later praise about Crusader Kings 2. I’ve also not seen a game with such deep religion mechanics, where the gods are a tangible part of life, rather than simply a bunch of different factions or influence generators.

It’s all presented with beautiful hand-drawn paintings and atmospheric music. Most of the numbers are crunched in the background, so you won’t be making spreadsheets. There will be text, so get your reading glasses on.

Six Ages: Ride Like The Wind is set many centuries before King of Dragon Pass. This time you manage a clan of not-Mongols instead of not-Vikings, but it looks to be substantially the same game, with some of the rougher edges smoothed out. It’s trying to be more newbie-friendly with its tutorial and manuals, but honestly the best way to play is to jump in and be willing for your first clan to perhaps meet an ignominious end.

This game has been a long time coming, and I’m as excited for it as I was for God of War or any sequel to [insert your favourite AAA franchise here]. GOTW, hell, Game of the Month. There’s a thread on it here.

IMAGE(https://www.gamerswithjobs.com/files/pictures/picture-103324-1484747184.jpg)   Erik "Wordsmythe" Hanson

Warnings:

  • Flotus is a physics puzzle, not a simulation of being the First Lady of the United States.
  • Sig is also a puzzle game, and appears to have nothing to do with Schweizerische Industrie Gesellschaft firearms.
  • Youropa is about a different broken landmass than you're thinking of.
  • Esper on PSVR doesn't seem to have much of anything to do with Cait Sith.
  • Epic Loon is not about collecting high-level equipment for defeating Canadian waterfowl. It does involve platforming through knock-offs of famous monster movies, though. GotW, because I bet I'll see Greg enjoying it soon.

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

PC

  • 06-25

  • Accurate Segmentation
  • Cardboard Wars
  • Crescent Hollow
  • Labirinto 2
  • Swipe Fruit Smash
  • That Which Binds Us
  • Ticktock
  • Trail Breaking
  • 06-27

  • BIG POGO MAN
  • Business Tycoon Billionaire
  • Cabins: Jigsaw Puzzles
  • Data Ball
  • Destination Dungeons: Catacombs of Dreams
  • Doctor Flow
  • Egony
  • Flamebound
  • Flotus
  • In The Long Run The Game
  • KILLER BACKFLIP 999
  • Lumines Remastered
  • Machine With a Big Gun
  • Nazi
  • PHOTON CUBE
  • Shooting over it : to be a star
  • SIG
  • Squirgle
  • Stefanos Sizzling Pizza Pie
  • Stinky Snake
  • The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit
  • The Crew 2
  • The Neon Boy
  • The story of Gods 七神物语
  • Trove: Geode
  • Vertigo FPS
  • Youropa
  • 06-28

  • Bookers: Underground Chapter
  • Dark Visit
  • Dream Alone
  • Epic Loon
  • Fitzzle Wise Owls
  • Frozen Soul
  • Fruit Hoop
  • Homo Flimsy
  • I, Cyborg
  • Last Resort Island
  • National Machine
  • Pixel Hentai Mosaic
  • Pro Cycling Manager 2018
  • Professor Watts Word Search: Pirates Life
  • Starman
  • The Darkest Woods
  • The Harbinger's Head
  • Up Left Out
  • Welcome To The Dreamscape
  • Whip! Whip!
  • Yoke Light
  • 06-29

  • 999
  • Achievement Clicker 2020
  • Ancient Warlords: Aequilibrium
  • Astro Bouncer
  • AVATAR: Consolidate
  • CanYouSurvive?
  • CONCLUSE
  • Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
  • Cryptozookeeper
  • Dungeon Warfare 2
  • Exposure
  • Flatwaters
  • Hat Hunters
  • John Mambo
  • Labyrinths of Umbra
  • Magic Synthesis
  • Maitetsu
  • Me And Dungeons
  • Muay Thai Fighting
  • Parallel Pixel
  • PUBGNite
  • Rainy Day Racer
  • Running With Dinosaurs
  • Scrash
  • Seal Girl
  • Subway Surfers 2018 - Pet vs Police
  • Sudoku Original
  • The Movie Trivia Challenge
  • The Pirates of Sector 7
  • The Player RPG
  • Ultimate Custom Night
  • Waking Violet
  • ZEscape
  • 06-30

  • Adolescent Santa Claus
  • Happy Stealing with Kirisame Marisa
  • ROAD HOMEWARD
  • 07-01

  • Rocket Island
  • Sumerian Blood: Gilgamesh against the Gods

PS4

  • 06-25

  • Super Kids Racing
  • 06-26

  • Atomine
  • Call of Duty: WWII - United Front
  • Eventide 3: Legacy of Legends
  • Far Cry 3: Classic Edition
  • Grave Danger
  • Hajwala
  • Lumines Remastered
  • Rainbow Skies
  • Realms of Arkania: Star Trail
  • Slime-san: Superslime Edition
  • The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit
  • The Crew 2
  • The Journey Down: Chapter Two
  • The King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga
  • The Night Journey
  • Trove: Geode
  • World of Tanks: Mercenaries
  • 06-28

  • Fighting EX Layer
  • Next Up Hero
  • Tour de France 2018
  • 06-29

  • Ikaruga

PSVR

  • 06-29

  • Esper
  • Salary Man Escape VR

Xbox One

  • 06-26

  • Call of Duty: WWII - United Front
  • Lumines Remastered
  • NieR: Automata - Become as Gods Edition
  • The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit
  • World of Tanks: Mercenaries
  • 06-28

  • Epic Loon
  • Next Up Hero
  • Tour de France 2018
  • 06-29

  • Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
  • Magical Brickout
  • The Crew 2

Switch

  • 06-25

  • Air Mail
  • Cubikolor
  • de Blob
  • Lumines Remastered
  • Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA
  • 06-27

  • Angels of Death
  • 06-28

  • Back to Bed
  • Bomb Chicken
  • Dream Alone
  • Epic Loon
  • Figment
  • Fossil Hunters
  • Galak-Z: Variant S
  • Grave Danger
  • LIMBO
  • MotoGP 18
  • No Heroes Here
  • Paranautical Activity
  • Photon Cube
  • The Journey Down: Chapter Two
  • 06-29

  • BurnStar
  • Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
  • Waking Violet
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

PS3

  • 06-26

  • Rainbow Skies

3DS

  • 06-28

  • I.F.O.

Vita

  • 06-26

  • Rainbow Skies
  • Psychedelica of the Ashen Hawk

RIFT

  • 06-25

  • Tet VR
  • 06-27

  • Lucky Night: Poker Games
  • 06-30

  • Love Vibe: Aria

Vive

  • 06-25

  • Tet VR
  • 06-27

  • Lucky Night: Poker Games
  • 06-30

  • Love Vibe: Aria

Comments

Epic Loon is not about collecting high-level equipment for defeating Canadian waterfowl. It does involve platforming through knock-offs of famous monster movies, though. GotW, because I bet I'll see Greg enjoying it soon.

I was interested in finding more information about the game, so I went to the Steam page ... which displays a release date of July 13.

Felix “Humakt this terrible pun? Ernalda ‘nuff to know better” Threepaper wrote:

My pick this week isn’t on the list as it’s coming out on iOS. Six Ages: Ride Like the Wind is the spiritual successor to King of Dragon Pass.

This entire post is spot on.

Can't wait for 6A.

Nary a mention that Rainbow Skies is being released on PS4, PS3 and Vita? That seems like it should warrant some recognition as the game took so long to develop they added the PS4 as a release.

Anyway, Rainbow Skies is the sequel to Rainbow Moon, a game I disliked to a great extent because the tactical combat was so bland, repetitive and slow. Supposedly the new game drops some of the grind, so I'll give it the time of day because there are so few SRPGs in which you can actively explore the world.

Ys VIII finally makes it to Switch and the game is coming in so damn hot NISA has already laid out the patching plans to get the game up to snuff, which is nuts. I applaud NISA's commitment to getting Ys VIII where it needs to be after launch, but they really need to work on their QA process as it's yet another botched release for them.

In other news, Galak-Z is getting a sequel on Switch though I'm not sure how "new" it is even if the press release says it's a "follow-up to the original". They recently put a mobile version out, so what version Variant S is based on is a mystery atm. Game was at E3, but I can't find any good info on it in five seconds of Googling. Edit: Found an article! Sounds like they listened to player feedback in that the original was too punishing based on design. I agree in that regard.

MeatMan wrote:
Epic Loon is not about collecting high-level equipment for defeating Canadian waterfowl. It does involve platforming through knock-offs of famous monster movies, though. GotW, because I bet I'll see Greg enjoying it soon.

I was interested in finding more information about the game, so I went to the Steam page ... which displays a release date of July 13.

This is frustrating, since I compiled the list on Sunday and it said the game was due out this week. These last-minute delays are finding laster-minutes every week!

Good ol' Looo Mines for me.

Spoiler:

I forget who pronounced it that way on the podcast but it still get a chuckle out of me :lol:

Rainbow Skies is one of the only games on my to-buy list for 2018 releases--finally released this week! I must be the other guy who owns a PSP but doesn't own and haven't played Lumines.

Lumines could be fun, but the ridiculous DLC for the 360 gives me pause.

This is a good week for me! I've been looking forward to Wolfenstein II and Crash Bandicoot on Switch for a while now!

Haven't played a Wolfenstein since DOS or Crash since PS1 (I think) so hopefully I have some fun times ahead!