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

So this week we have what is arguably the biggest release in gaming, but you’ll have to wait for my game of the week pick to find out why you’re wrong about what it is. (I’m practicing to write for clickbait sites. How’m I doin’?) There are a lot of interesting titles coming out this week, and I’ve carefully curated five that caught my eye for further attention.

CardLife: Cardboard Survival appears to have crossed Minecraft with Nintendo’s LABO. Instead of voxel blocks, everything is made of corrugated cardboard, and crafting works pretty much how you’d expect it to. Sure, it’s yet another crafting-survival-sandbox game, but I like the art design enough that it makes the list.

Car Trader Simulator is exactly what it sounds like: You have to manage your inventory and your reputation as a used car salesman. It’s kind of like House Flipper, but with cheap suits and pinky rings.

If you only know me by my grumpy online persona, you’d think Real Winners: Victoryball wouldn’t be in my wheelhouse, but if you knew my grumpy offline persona you’d think that too. Nonetheless, I was a fan of rules-light arcadey basketball variants back the the NES days, and Real Winners: Victoryball looks to fall into that grouping without falling into the overplayed pixel-art category.

Rogue Bit is a puzzle game where you play as a single bit with the ability to XOR with adjacent bits to change the bytes they’re in. Navigate through the assembly code of a simple computer in an effort to escape. I have no idea how that’s going to play out, but I can’t let it pass by unmentioned.

Terror for Two is an interesting take on the survival horror genre. You have to escape a dark house with horrible wallpaper while also helping your younger brother, who is in a completely different house with horrible green paint, via text messages. The idea of putting a game within another game isn’t new, but this is a fascinating implementation, and I’d be interested to see how it plays out.

But now it’s time for the pick of the week, and it’s the biggest thing happening this week The Missing: JJ Macfield and the Island of Memories is out on all the consoles this week. It’s a puzzle platformer, similar to Black the Fall and Little Nightmares, but that isn’t what makes it big. The bigness comes from SWERY, who will always hold a place in my heart for making an unlicensed Twin Peaks game. I don’t even know what the game is about (having studiously avoided spoilers via a strategy of not knowing about the game until I read about it on Saturday morning), but I look forward to seeing what trademark weirdness will be at the core of this one.

IMAGE(https://www.gamerswithjobs.com/files/pictures/pictures/picture-13445.jpg)   Felix “Will Get Fooled Again” Threepaper
As someone who stopped answering the call years ago, the most interesting thing to me about Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is its abandonment of a single-player campaign in favour of a battle-royale mode. It’s a direct consequence of the complex tools devs have these days for seeing where and how players spend their time. It also confirms that this franchise has well and truly shifted from being the hunted to the hunter. Another change is you now regenerate health manually, Spidey-style, rather than cowering behind a wall until the red goes away. There will still be Solo Missions, which are basically a tutorial for each class type.

Apparently beach episodes are a trope of anime/manga. As someone who doesn’t know the difference between those two words, the beach DLC for Valkyria Chronicles 4 sails over my head like a well-spiked volleyball. You get to do a beach mission in beach clothes.

Mark of the Ninja comes to consoles this week. A solid stealth perch if you haven’t already tried it.

Space Hulk: Tactics offers turn-based tactics with cards, plus you can play as the Marines or the Tyranids.

However, if I want turn-based tactics I have my faves, and XCOM 2 is it. Which brings me to XCOM 2: War of the Chosen – Tactical Legacy Pack. It’s standalone missions (instead of an addition to the main campaign), plus a bunch of skins and classic maps, but it’s more XCOM 2. Firaxis seems to be trying to get players to come back for one more mission rather than baulk at another full campaign. It’s like a Civ 6 “New Civ” pack that includes a little 50-turn scenario for you to dip your toes in – and you just know it will be bundled into a GOTY edition if you wait a year.

I bought all those new-civ packs as soon as they came out, so XCOM 2 DLC gets my GOTW.

IMAGE(https://www.gamerswithjobs.com/files/pictures/pictures/picture-1395.jpg)   Colleen “momgamer” Hannon

I came here specifically to add my voice in praise of XCOM 2: War of the Chosen – Tactical Legacy Pack. I’m a giant fan of chess-with-guns, and when I heard this was in the works I may have done an embarrassing gamer dance of celebration in my office, to the consternation of my dog. (No one can prove it, though.)

Now that I’ve led off with my GOTW, let me tell you about a couple runners-up. For the Switch, I’m looking forward to Disgaea 1 Complete and The World Ends with You: Final Remix. I tend to play the Switch when I’m on long trips or long waits, and a giant RPG works well. I’ve beaten Breath of the Wild into pudding, and these will be welcome additions to my arsenal.
Here's the list, now in release-date order!

PC

  • 10-8

  • After the Collapse
  • Dark Core
  • Fallen Sky Online
  • Hinterhalt 2
  • NearEscape
  • Real Winners: Victoryball
  • Saturnine
  • Space Ashes
  • Space Raiders
  • Star Trek: En Territoire Alien
  • TouHouAsked
  • Tunshi Kongming Legends
  • Vulcan Sacrifice
  • 10-9

  • Achievement Collector: Space
  • Battle for Gaming
  • CardLife: Cardboard Survival
  • CINERIS SOMNIA
  • Cold Blooded Cube
  • Construct PRO
  • Crashbots
  • In The Dark
  • Mark of the Ninja Remastered
  • My Memory of Us
  • Nevsky Run
  • Overclocked
  • Pinball FX3: Williams Pinball - Volume 1
  • Poker Tower Defense
  • Puzzle Plunder
  • Shortest Trip to Earth
  • Space Hulk: Tactics
  • Survival Hell
  • Taekwondo Grand Prix
  • The Mummy Pharaoh
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4: Squad E, to the Beach!
  • Washed Up Wizard
  • XCOM 2: War of the Chosen - Tactical Legacy Pack
  • 10-10

  • 3Buttons
  • 40 Winks
  • ANTIFECTOR
  • Bigger Guns
  • Blocky Snake
  • Car Trader Simulator
  • Deadly Curse: Insane Nightmare
  • Grottesco Absurdus
  • House Of Plague 0
  • Jar Battlers
  • Lawnmower Game 3: Horror
  • Rogue Bit
  • SEPTEMBER 1999
  • Shoottris: Beyond the Classic Game
  • Spitkiss
  • Tale of Legends
  • TAYAL
  • Terror for Two
  • The Lift
  • 10-11

  • AHEGAL
  • Be hate Free: Interactive
  • Best Life Simulator
  • Blades of Worlds
  • CICADS 3301
  • Dega Madness
  • El Pansas
  • ELDERBORN
  • I love the money
  • Joggernauts
  • Offside
  • Pan Panda
  • Papper Balls
  • Pixel Shield
  • POWERCUT, Inc.
  • Soul-Ivy: C0
  • Space Bugs
  • Stay Out of the House
  • Sweet Seasons
  • The Captives: Plot of the Demiurge
  • The Light Keeps Us Safe
  • The Missing: JJ Macfield and the Island of Memories
  • Timberman VS
  • Time Splatter
  • TOK
  • 10-12

  • bLogic Blox
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Chroma Shift
  • Crashphalt
  • Death Voting Game
  • Deliverace
  • DotX
  • Dragon Defense
  • DUCK CASINO: BULLET
  • Grim Nights
  • HORROR MAZE - Dungeon Edition
  • HORROR MAZE - Sci-Fi Edition
  • INSPACE 2980
  • Kolkhoz: The Red Wedge
  • Mariner Accident
  • Medieval Battle Simulator
  • President Yukino
  • Save Homeworld
  • Space Pilgrim Academy: Year 3
  • Sunny Shine Funland!
  • TEXT
  • The Momo Game
  • TheMemory
  • White Dove
  • 10-13

  • Teck Boxing 3D

PS4

  • 10-9

  • Disgaea 1 Complete
  • Evasion
  • Home Sweet Home
  • Mark of the Ninja Remastered
  • My Memory of Us
  • Pinball FX3: Williams Pinball - Volume 1
  • Space Hulk: Tactics
  • Stranded Deep
  • Super Blackjack Battle II Turbo Edition: The Card Warriors
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4: Squad E, to the Beach!
  • WWE 2K19
  • 10-11

  • The Missing: JJ Macfield and the Island of Memories
  • 10-12

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

PSVR

  • 10-9

  • The Exorcist: Legion VR, Episodes 4 & 5
  • Home Sweet Home

Xbox One

  • Xbon1
  • 10-9

  • Home Sweet Home
  • Mark of the Ninja Remastered
  • My Memory Of Us
  • Pinball FX3: Williams Pinball - Volume 1
  • Space Hulk: Tactics
  • Stranded Deep
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4: Squad E, to the Beach!
  • Warface
  • 10-10

  • Chronus Arc
  • Devious Dungeon
  • 10-11

  • Spencer
  • The Missing: JJ Macfield and the Island of Memories
  • 10-12

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

Switch

  • 10-8

  • Bombing Busters
  • 10-9

  • Disgaea 1 Complete
  • Goosebumps: The Game
  • Mark of the Ninja Remastered
  • Pinball FX3: Williams Pinball - Volume 1
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4: Squad E, to the Beach!
  • 10-10

  • Shift Happens
  • 10-11

  • Battle Group 2
  • Boom Ball: Boost Edition
  • Chasm
  • Child of Light
  • Dungeon Village
  • Feral Fury
  • Game Dev Story
  • Hot Springs Story
  • Iris School of Wizardry -Vinculum Hearts-
  • Joggernauts
  • Madorica Real Estate
  • The Missing: JJ Macfield and the Island of Memories
  • The Swindle
  • Tricky Towers
  • 10-12

  • The World Ends with You: Final Remix

3DS

  • 10-12

  • Luigi's Mansion

RIFT

  • 10-9

  • Evasion
  • The Great C
  • 10-10

  • Dark Nebula VR
  • Dinosaur Safari VR
  • DoodleVR
  • 10-11

  • Lolly Pang VR
  • Weaponry Dealer VR

Vive

  • 10-9

  • Evasion
  • RevelationTrestan
  • The Great C
  • VR2-Sanguo Warriors VR2
  • 10-10

  • Dark Nebula VR
  • DoodleVR
  • Poisoner
  • 10-11

  • In Memory
  • Lolly Pang VR
  • 10-13

  • Swing the cat

Comments

Only issue I see here is that Swery's bag of tricks continues to be ripped straight from David Lynch, but otherwise he's got my attention again. Even if his weirdness is somewhat unoriginal there isn't anyone out there hitting quite the same notes.