September 24 – September 30

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

All right! It’s the end of the quarter, and a lot of stuff is coming out, so I went with a top 10+1 instead of my usual top 5+1.

Became the Thief could best be described as Wolf Simulator 2018. Be the wolf. Hunt, but avoid poachers and other wolves.

Big Day is a zombie apocalypse ARPG that lets you play through day 0, instead of just showing you day 437. I’m sure it’s been done before, but dayum, dat art style.

GRAL is for people who want there to be a new Wipeout but are sick of Redout.

Little Bug’s trailer suggests that it’s a side-scrolling puzzler in the vein of Inside and Limbo, but with a grappling hook mechanic tied to a firefly that you also control..

Timespinner is yet another pixel art game (YAPAG? Can we make that a thing?) but you have a pet dragon that is adorable, so it makes the list.

AS+CEND carries on the tradition of Descent, which makes the title cleverer than it looks.

Mana Spark is a YAPAG that is also a roguelike which boasts souls-like combat. If they threw the word "metroidvania" in there somewhere, it would be the superlative of overplayed genre salad.

Dimension Drifter has some fast-paced, over-the-shoulder action with a blend of shooting and melee combat.

Food Drive is literally trying to solve world hunger. It’s a free-to-play action driving game where you pick up food crates and shoot them at food banks with your food-crate cannon. Think of it as a happier Zombie Driver HD.

Tower Hunter: Erza’s Trial makes the list because it’s an action platforming metroidvania that isn’t YAPAG. Also it has wall jumping and freeze-powers, making it the Mortal Kombat Mythologies followup we’ve all been waiting for.

Wandersong is my game of the week because it’s just so darn cheerful and cute. The universe is ending, and the only way to fix it is with the power of friendship. You play as a bard, and your mission is to travel the world and make friends by singing. To everything. Also, it’s totes adorbs. What can stand in the face of such cheerful cuteness? Not I, so Wandersong gets my pick for game of the week.

IMAGE(https://www.gamerswithjobs.com/files/pictures/pictures/picture-13445.jpg)   Felix “The mouse that roared” Threepaper

Given the news of Telltale’s effective closure last week, I wouldn’t be picking up the latest Walking Dead episode. “Games as a service” is great until it’s suddenly turned off. We need to think more about how our games are made, whether current production practices like crunch are sustainable, and how they influence the content of games. Vale, Telltale and the 250-odd people left behind last week.

Anyhoo, buying stuff! There’s a lot out this week, but my vote goes to the western release of Valkyria Chronicles 4. It’s the first sequel on a big-person console since the original game, using its patented BliTZ system, a tactical blend of turn-based and third-person action. Valkyria Chronicles 4 is ditching the more fantastical and school-based aspects of II and III, and getting back to the gritty realities of not-WW2.

There’s a new Grenadier class. Scouts act as spotters for them, so just like the first game, I guess I’ll be flinging those Scouts headlong into danger. The backstory aspect of the team members has been fleshed out – some squaddies now get their own side missions. Also like the first game, some missions will have abrupt difficulty spikes, even if you drop it down to easy. Overall it’s a mixed bag, but there isn’t anything else quite like it. It’s a rare game that gets me putting up with lengthy anime cutscenes. GOTW.

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

PC

  • 09-24

  • !BurnToDie!
  • 09-25

  • 4X-Galaxy
  • A Top-Down Job: Blood Gain
  • Action Card Football
  • Became The Hunted
  • BigDay
  • Buy Low Sell High
  • Cat Demon Island
  • Chocolate makes you happy: Halloween
  • Dakar 18
  • Deity Empires
  • Dragon valley
  • Galactic Tree Frog
  • GRAL
  • HENTAI IDOL
  • Hentai: The Shell Game
  • Hentball
  • Land of Puzzles: Elven Princess
  • Little Bug
  • New Gundam Breaker
  • Parkasaurus
  • Pathfinder: Kingmaker
  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire - Seeker, Slayer, Survivor
  • Plunder Squad
  • Red and Blue ~ Cycles of Existence
  • ReThink 2
  • Rocket League: Hot Wheels Triple Threat DLC Pack
  • Shoot'n'Scroll 3D
  • Skater Cally
  • SpaceTone
  • Sufoco
  • The Cat and the Coup: 4K Remaster
  • The Conjuring House
  • The Council - Episode 4: Burning Bridges
  • The last soldier
  • The Tactics of War
  • The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series - The Final Season Episode 2: Suffer the Children
  • Timespinner
  • V-Rally 4
  • Vagrant Fury
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4: A Captainless Squad
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4: A United Front with Squad 7
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4: Edy's Advance Ops
  • You are my sanctuary
  • Zeal
  • 09-26

  • AS+CEND
  • Battlerite Royale
  • Blood Card
  • BreakHack
  • Cat Fu Mi
  • Drift Stunt Racing 2019
  • Johnny Rocket
  • Let It Die
  • Path to Mnemosyne
  • Puzzle Monarch: Nile River
  • Smart Factory
  • Snuffles and Co.
  • Storm of Jigsaw Puzzles
  • T3 - Take the Turn
  • Technolites: Episode 1
  • The Crew 2: Gator Rush
  • The Works of Mercy
  • Trials of The Illuminati: Snack Time Jigsaw Puzzles
  • Wuxia archive: Crisis escape
  • 09-27

  • Attractorache
  • Broken Reality
  • Couch Party Game Night
  • Depth of Extinction
  • DingDingDing
  • Endless Battle
  • Eximius: Seize the Frontline
  • INSOMNIA: The Ark
  • International Basketball Manager
  • Jellyfish Season
  • Koropokkur in Love: A Little Fairy's Tale
  • Late at night
  • Life is Strange 2
  • Life is Strange 2: Episode 1
  • Looking for Food
  • Mana Spark
  • Never Breakup
  • Nuclear Powered Toaster
  • oOo: Ascension
  • Pig Eat Ball
  • Quixzel Rush: Christmas Helper
  • Reignfall
  • Resynth
  • Ruins War
  • Super Furi Puzzles
  • Tale of Legends
  • The Ballad Singer
  • Tiger Striker
  • TOK
  • Wandersong
  • 09-28

  • 21 Twenty-one
  • Alchemia
  • ATMOTECH EPISODE PRAELUDIUM
  • Autumn leaves
  • BOLSOMITO 2K18
  • Caretaker
  • Catastronauts
  • CUBE 332
  • CuberPunk 2089
  • Dawn of China: Rise of Qin
  • Death Trader: Cold War
  • Deliver Us The Moon: Fortuna
  • Dimension Drifter
  • Find The Balance
  • Five Seconds of Bad Music
  • Floral Aroma in the Shrine
  • Food Drive
  • Hentai Epic Puzzles
  • Hentai Legends
  • HotPuzzle:Grils
  • Hum Drum Experiences
  • Idle Dungeons
  • Iron Ladies 2048
  • Keyhole Spy: Hot Nurses
  • Little Memories
  • Little World Of Creatures
  • morphe
  • Ms. Squeaker's Home for the Sick
  • Multibombers
  • Nocturne of Steel
  • NOSTOI
  • Pool 2D - Poolians
  • Quixzel Rush: Tooth Protector
  • Rabbit of Destiny
  • Saturnine
  • Solid Aether
  • Species: Artificial Life, Real Evolution
  • Speedway Challenge Career
  • Spotter
  • Steel Dungeon
  • Summer Lotus
  • Sunny Shine Funland!
  • Tactics Maiden Remastered
  • Tactics Rogue
  • The Battle Of Bellum
  • The detective ChuLin
  • The Hot Dog would Explode
  • The Lift
  • The Necklace Of Blood Part II
  • Thy Knights Of Climbalot
  • Tower Hunter:Erza's Trial
  • Trains of the Orient
  • Undelivered
  • Wheelbarrow Warrior
  • ZeroRanger
  • 09-29

  • Antiquitas
  • BR Logic Pack
  • Island Survival
  • 09-30

  • Forest Plague

PS4

  • 09-24

  • Rocket League: Hot Wheels Triple Threat DLC Pack
  • Toon War
  • 09-25

  • Cryptract
  • Dakar 18
  • Deployment
  • FIFA 19
  • Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition
  • Jack N' Jill DX
  • Metal Max Xeno
  • Penguin Wars
  • Pitterpot
  • Punch Line
  • Revenant Dogma
  • The Cat and the Coup
  • The Council - Episode 4: Burning Bridges
  • The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series - The Final Season Episode 2: Suffer the Children
  • Think of the Children
  • This is the Police 2
  • Timespinner
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4: A Captainless Squad
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4: A United Front with Squad 7
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4: Edy's Advance Ops
  • 09-26

  • Air Missions: HIND
  • Life is Strange 2
  • The Crew 2: Gator Rush
  • 09-27

  • Life is Strange 2: Episode 1
  • Perception: Remastered
  • Pilot Sports
  • 09-28

  • Catastronauts
  • Freaky Awesome

PSVR

  • 09-25

  • Creed: Rise to Glory
  • The Grand Museum VR
  • 09-26

  • Dark Eclipse

Xbox One

  • 09-24

  • Rocket League: Hot Wheels Triple Threat DLC Pack
  • 09-25

  • FIFA 19
  • Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition
  • The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series - The Final Season Episode 2: Suffer the Children
  • This is the Police 2
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4: A Captainless Squad
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4: A United Front with Squad 7
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4: Edy's Advance Ops
  • Warface
  • 09-26

  • Pillar by Michael Hicks and Goncalo Antunes
  • Pizza Titan Ultra
  • The Crew 2: Gator Rush
  • Think of the Children
  • 09-27

  • Jack N' Jill DX
  • Life is Strange 2
  • Life is Strange 2: Episode 1
  • 09-28

  • Amnesia Collection
  • Catastronauts
  • Deadliners
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Vegas Party

Switch

  • 09-24

  • Gaokao.Love.100Days
  • Rocket League: Hot Wheels Triple Threat DLC Pack
  • 09-25

  • A Gummy's Life
  • Arena of Valor
  • Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams - Owltimate Edition
  • Oh My Godheads: Party Edition
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth
  • The Escapists: Complete Edition
  • The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series - The Final Season Episode 2: Suffer the Children
  • Think of the Children
  • This is the Police 2
  • Ultimate Chicken Horse
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4: A Captainless Squad
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4: A United Front with Squad 7
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4: Edy's Advance Ops
  • 09-26

  • Snake vs Snake
  • 09-27

  • Alwa's Awakening
  • Armello
  • Exorder
  • Moorhuhn Wanted
  • Pilot Sports
  • Rise & Shine
  • Rooms: The Adventure of Anne & George
  • TowerFall
  • Wandersong
  • Whispering Willows
  • 09-28

  • Demon's Crystals
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • FIFA 19
  • Jack N' Jill DX
  • Splatoon 2 Starter Pack
  • Super Mario Odyssey Starter Pack
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Starter Pack
  • Namco Museum Arcade Pac
  • 09-29

  • Marble It Up!
  • 09-30

  • Monster Loves You

3DS

  • 09-27

  • Yo-kai Watch Blasters: Moon Rabbit Crew

Vita

  • 09-25

  • Jack N' Jill DX
  • Punch Line
  • Revenant Dogma
  • Timespinner

RIFT

  • 09-25

  • Creed: Rise to Glory
  • Crisis VRigade
  • Hotel Transylvania Popstic
  • The Steadfast VR Challenge
  • 09-26

  • Premium Bowling
  • Wall Walker
  • 09-27

  • Dance Collider
  • 09-28

  • Conjure Strike
  • Thief Bird
  • Thrill Rollercoasters

Vive

  • 09-25

  • Creed: Rise to Glory
  • Crisis VRigade
  • Hotel Transylvania Popstic
  • The Steadfast VR Challenge
  • 09-26

  • A Mars Adventure: Redturtle
  • Premium Bowling
  • The Desert's Rose
  • Wall Walker
  • 09-27

  • Dance Collider
  • 09-28

  • Conjure Strike
  • Thief Bird
  • Thrill Rollercoasters
  • 09-30

  • Super Zombie Arcade

Comments

I'm so glad Sega finally remembered what made VC good to begin with. I fully expected to wait until Valkyria Chronicles 4 hit the bargain bin, but it looks like I need to put my money where my mouth is since Sega has brought us exactly what I wanted.

Excellent header image btw. Too funny!

Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition on PS4 gets the nod from me. Had it pre-ordered since it was officially announced.

The Ultimate Edition of Forza Horizon 4 unlocks this week on the 28th for Xbox and Windows 10. (The mere mortal edition drops next week on the 3rd.) The demo has been available for a week, and it looks spectacular. I'm going to be spending too much time zooming around the British countryside to bother with my usual fall Assassin's Creed obsession.

Metal Max Xeno is also released this week. Is this the first time we've had turn based RPGs featuring tanks released in the same week?