November 5 – November 11

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

I’m not thinking about video games much this month, as I’m trying to do the whole NaNoWriMo thing (4550 words as of the writing of this paragraph!). Fortunately, there aren’t quite so many interesting games this week. I was going to add the latest Leisure Suit Larry game to the list – because of the dual surprise of someone actually trying to make one of those in 2018 and because I wouldn’t have expected a Leisure Suit Larry game to carry a reference to a SWERY game in the title – but I figured you wouldn’t care about that, so I’m not going to mention it.

Burger Lord looks like a reimagining of BurgerTime, crossing it with Super Smash Brothers. It’s multiplayer focused, and it appears to be less about building a burger out of anthropomorphic ingredients than about kicking them off the stage, both of which make it slightly less interesting to me, but it looks like a blast and I think I can convince my wife and kids to play it with me.

Super Urban Wizard is an action parody game. You play as the wizard Gundolf who must defeat the evil Sowron who’s stolen the One Bling. I’m not generally a fan of side-scrolling dual-joystick shooters, but dang if this doesn’t look like forty pounds of high-energy fun packed into a ten pound sack.

Kynseed looks like what the kids these days call a “chill experience.” You start with a mystical acorn called the Kynseed, which literally grows a family tree. As a person who milked Stardew Valley of every drop and am now thoroughly done with it, I welcome a new spin on the genre, and Kynseed’s most interesting spin is that you can start playing as the main character’s children after the main character dies. Generational Harvest Moon? Sold!

Despotism 3K has you playing as the robots from The Matrix and/or The Terminator series. (I’m of the opinion that they are actually both the same universe, just at vastly different points in the timeline.) You have a bunch of humans that you must use to harvest electricity. It looks like it would be an excellent tablet game, but for now it’s just coming to the PC.

Nice Shot! The Gun Golfing Game follows a fun trend in making golf more complicated than it needs to be by adding explosions. In this one they replaced the golf clubs with firearms. "Shooting an eagle" takes on a whole new meaning.

Steel Rats gets my game of the week nod, but it was basically a dice roll (now you know why I always pick six games). It’s a side-scrolling action platformer where you fight robots by driving a motorcycle with sawblades for wheels and rocket engine boosters. If that isn’t enough to sell you, I can’t imagine why you would even be on a website dedicated to video games.

IMAGE(https://www.gamerswithjobs.com/files/pictures/pictures/picture-13445.jpg)   Felix “GRIP it and rip it” Threepaper

This week Down Under is most significant for a horse race on 6 November, for which we get a day off. America has a whole bunch of elections on that day, but no day off to vote. So both countries’ priorities are screwed.

MY priority this week is to tell you about the best games coming out [/seg].

11-11 Memories Retold is another entry in the burgeoning “First World War” genre. This one is developed by Aardman Animations, whom you may recognise from such previous game-related content as the Wallace & Gromit series. Made in concert with the WarChild UK charity, it’s a narrative experience where one of the two protagonists will find letters (inspired by real-life war letters) which are then narrated, accompanied by a painted art style. A potentially interesting way to experience stories – just don’t expect much pressing button for number to go up.

Road Redemption is the spiritual successor to Road Rash and, unlike countless other reboot attempts, it is actually good. I’ve been burnt before on Road Rash revivals, and I’m still a little sketchy on how well the motorbikes will control on a console, but 20-year-old-me wants to believe. Hey, it’s got “Redemption” right there in the title, and game names are always determinative, yeah?

If combat racing is your thing, though, free of the veil of nostalgia, GRIP looks like the game to pick up this week. Tracks involve racing on floors, walls or ceilings – I learned a new word researching this game: “Carkour”. Pick up weapons and boosts, play up to 4 players on split-screen, and the soundtrack jams. GOTW.

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

PC

  • 11-05

  • Angry King
  • Antox vs. Free Radicals
  • Backyard Brawl
  • Be Hate Free Interactive
  • Burger Lord
  • Clad in Iron: Sakhalin 1904
  • Deported: Drain the Swamp
  • DOKA 2 KISHKI EDITION
  • Duck's Inferno
  • Gravity Wars: Black Hole
  • Hentai Girl Betty
  • Idle Kingdom Builder
  • Kamasutra Connect : Sexy Hentai Girls
  • Kawaii Girls
  • Lost in Vivo
  • Nanoswarm
  • Nowhere Patrol
  • Soccer Battle Royale
  • Source :beginning
  • Stickman Maverick : Bad Boys Killer
  • Super Urban Wizard
  • TouHou Pants Contest
  • Trivia Clash: Adult Film Star Edition
  • 11-06

  • A Game About
  • ARK: Survival Evolved - Extinction
  • BombGears
  • Cars Arena
  • Color by Numbers - Christmas
  • Control Freak
  • Death Space
  • Distress: A Choice-Driven Sci-Fi Adventure
  • Dungeons of Necromancers
  • Eternal Space Battles
  • Executor
  • Fairyland: Fairylines
  • Go to It
  • GRIP
  • Halloween Puzzles
  • Hentai Loli vs Pedobear
  • KAMASUTRA
  • Kick The Anime Simulator
  • OVERKILL's The Walking Dead
  • Puzzles for smart: Horses
  • Reborn In Wild City
  • Swords & Soldiers II Shawarmageddon
  • The Last Sphinx ARG
  • The Shapeshifting Detective
  • Tombeaux
  • WayDown
  • We Must Praise Our Glorious Leader The Flumf
  • World of Final Fantasy Maxima
  • 11-07

  • DERU - The Art of Cooperation
  • Drowning
  • Hellhunter
  • Holy Potatoes! A Spy Story?!
  • KURSK
  • Leisure Suit Larry: Wet Dreams Don't Dry
  • Russian roulette
  • SHELL
  • Stonetowers
  • The Forestale
  • Trap Labs
  • TSIOQUE
  • Vampire Bloody Star X
  • Virtual Pool
  • 11-08

  • Accurate Segmentation 3
  • AVARIAvs
  • Centifeed
  • Code Brown
  • Color by Numbers - Animals
  • Daedalic Complex
  • Despotism 3k
  • Egress
  • EnHanced
  • Guard of Wonderland
  • Indian Summer
  • Kynseed
  • Nonogram - Master's Legacy
  • Nous
  • Optica
  • Rage in Peace
  • Rampage Online
  • Spoorky
  • Stick to the end
  • Survival Ball
  • Total War: WARHAMMER II - Curse of the Vampire Coast
  • Varion
  • VICCP
  • 11-09

  • 11-11: Memories Retold
  • Adventurer Guild
  • ASCENT: Crash Landing
  • Breakout
  • Bunny Mahjo
  • Cartoony Cars 2
  • Desktop Dynasties: Pro Football
  • Gyro Buster
  • Hentai Puzzle Classic
  • How About Spikes
  • Insurgence - Chains of Renegade
  • Last Stanza
  • Late'O'Clock
  • National Girls
  • Nice Shot! The Gun Golfing Game
  • Of Gods and Men: The Daybreak Empire
  • Ponkle
  • Strange Encounter
  • Temple Scramble
  • Temporality
  • The Sky Climber
  • Veccol
  • Welcome to Princeland
  • Xenochamber
  • Yearning
  • You have a drunk friend
  • 11-10

  • Evil Bank Manager
  • Time Splatter
  • 11-11

  • Deep Space Shooter
  • Gems Kingdom
  • Hentai And Your Life
  • JumpJumpMania
  • Oppai Puzzle
  • Spider Lander

PS4

  • 11-05

  • SkyTime
  • 11-06

  • ARK: Survival Evolved - Extinction
  • Carnival Games
  • Deracine
  • GRIP
  • Jagged Alliance: Rage!
  • NEKOPARA Vol. 1
  • Omen of Sorrow
  • Road Redemption
  • Swords & Soldiers II
  • The Forest
  • The Shapeshifting Detective
  • World of Final Fantasy Maxima
  • 11-07

  • Steel Rats
  • 11-08

  • Timber Tennis: Versus
  • 11-09

  • 11-11: Memories Retold
  • Noir Chronicles: City of Crime
  • Tetris Effect

PSVR

  • 11-06

  • Starbear: Taxi
  • SYREN
  • Transpose

Xbox One

  • 11-06

  • ARK: Survival Evolved - Extinction
  • Brawlhalla
  • Carnival Games
  • GRIP
  • Jagged Alliance: Rage!
  • The Shapeshifting Detective
  • World of Final Fantasy Maxima
  • 11-07

  • Avents vs. Villain
  • 11-08

  • Doodle God: Crime City
  • Ride 3
  • 11-09

  • 11-11: Memories Retold
  • MechaNika
  • Noir Chronicles: City of Crime
  • Chasm
  • StickType

Switch

  • 11-05

  • Moonlighter
  • SkyTime
  • 11-06

  • Brawlhalla
  • Carnival Games for Nintendo Switch
  • Full Metal Furies
  • GRIP
  • Minecraft: Story Mode - Season Two: The Telltale Series
  • Rogue Legacy
  • Shadow of Loot Box
  • The Shapeshifting Detective
  • World of Final Fantasy Maxima
  • 11-07

  • CricktoGame: Nintendo Switch Edition
  • Deru - The Art of Cooperation
  • 11-08

  • Astebreed
  • Battlezone: Gold Edition
  • Crashlands
  • Cube Creator DX
  • Johnny Turbo's Arcade: Break Thru
  • Johnny Turbo's Arcade: Night Slashers
  • MechaNika
  • Mercenaries Wings: The False Phoenix
  • Picture Painting Puzzle 1000!
  • Rage in Peace
  • Sky Force Anniversary
  • Syberia 1 & 2
  • The Bug Butcher
  • The Walking Vegetables: Radical Edition
  • Timber Tennis: Versus
  • Valiant Hearts: The Great War
  • Varion
  • 11-09

  • Collidalot
  • Forgotton Anne
  • Noir Chronicles: City of Crime
  • Saboteur!
  • Townsmen

3DS

  • 11-08

  • Cube Creator DX

RIFT

  • 11-05

  • Galaxity
  • VR Rome
  • 11-06

  • Transpose
  • VR Hero Sentry
  • 11-07

  • Jake and the Giant
  • 11-08

  • Beat Blocks VR
  • Super Darts VR
  • Tin Hearts
  • 11-09

  • DJ Whip VR
  • Ocean's Treasures
  • Salsa-Virtual
  • Vengeful Rites
  • Zero Caliber VR

Vive

  • 11-05

  • Galaxity
  • VR Rome
  • 11-06

  • Transpose
  • 11-08

  • Beat Blocks VR
  • Tin Hearts
  • 11-09

  • DJ Whip VR
  • Salsa-Virtual
  • Vengeful Rites
  • Zero Caliber VR

Comments

Leisure Suit Larry, eh? Is this going to be the self-aware LSL game? That's the only way I see these games thriving anymore.

Nary a mention of Tetris Effect? It looks dope. Like, literally. It's basically Tetris Rez:

If that isn’t enough to sell you, I can’t imagine why you would even be on a website dedicated to video games.

Would you say anyone that would pass up on their chance to play this is either not a gamer or in a coma?

Given the number of Steam games on that list with either "Hentai" or "Kamasutra" in the title, I'm gonna go ahead and say the days when Leisure Suit Larry were a novelty are over. While I agree with Garion that it would help to be more self-aware this time, I think you'd really have to count on a good degree of wit and charm to encourage anyone to play it, and the audience for a video game variant of Weekend at Porky's has kind of diminished, I think.

Nevertheless, there's a number of (re)releases that pique my interest. I would love to double dip on World of Final Fantasy to have it on Switch, which looks to be digital only for now. Sadly time and money make that unlikely for the time being (well, I say that, but I just pre-ordered Smash Bros. Ultimate, so...). However, I'm also greatly interested in Forgotten Anne. The redundancy of Noir Chronicles: City of Crime has me intrigued, but I think when it comes to indies Moonlighter is bound to be the title that captures the most interest, I predict.

An interesting week.

ccesarano wrote:
If that isn’t enough to sell you, I can’t imagine why you would even be on a website dedicated to video games.

Would you say anyone that would pass up on their chance to play this is either not a gamer or in a coma?

I had to look this up to figure out what you were talking about.

I won’t comment on EGM. I stopped reading them after they gave the Atari Jaguar the “Deadest console of the year” award two years in a row back in the 1990s.

Regardless, I didn’t say that people who weren’t interested in flaming motorcycles with sawblades for wheels weren’t real gamers. I said I couldn’t imagine a gaming enthusiast not being interested. That puts the failure on me and my paltry imagination, not the readers, who around these parts are eclectic and estute enough to know when I’m using hyperbole to highlight my “Greg is enthusiastic about all kinds of games” cred.

Hey now! I was just making a joke! No call-out or anything of the sort intended.

You're A-Okay in my book, Sir Thomas of Doubts.

ccesarano wrote:

Hey now! I was just making a joke! No call-out or anything of the sort intended.

You're A-Okay in my book, Sir Thomas of Doubts.

No harm, no foul.

I’m just a bit on edge lately because of some personal stuff. Sorry if I overreacted.

And just to reiterate the point, because it is a good point and it beats reiterating: Everyone should play what they love. Whether that involves Wild West games with bad controls, or pigeon dating sims or even throwbacks like Duke Nukem or Leisure Suit Larry. Gaming is big enough for everyone to enjoy whatever they want.

It’s why I love doing the list every week, even though it takes two hours to vet. There is something for everyone, every week. It boggles my mind how diverse the offerings are.

Lesiure Suit Larry is so anachronistic that the clothing it's named after doesn't exist anymore. Like, middle-aged me had to look it up a definition. Can't see it appealing to the yoof.

Yutes?