December 10 – December 16

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

There’s something for everyone this week, as usual. People who bought discounted VR headsets two weeks ago have less cause to feel foolish, what with the (relatively) large drop of games for various systems. There’s an EUIV expansion, which I’m looking forward to hearing about from people who understand how to play EUIV. But what about the rest of us?

I’m glad I asked: Here are my 5+1 picks for the week!

Battle Royale Tycoon has you managing a Battle Royale arena. If you want to live the impossible experience of keeping a community of online battle royale fans happy, this game is for you.

I don’t usually go for turn-based tactical games, because I’m terrible at them. I struggled with Mario and Rabbids, for crying out loud! But something about Clatter has me interested. I know it’s superficial, but most of it comes down to the game’s style. I mean, look at it! It’s shiny and cute, and the animations have so much personality that I can’t help but be won over.

Speaking of style, Desert Child has style to spare. It’s part Flashback and part Stun-Runner. I could watch that trailer all day and still not know what, exactly, this game is, but what’s there looks like a whole lot of fun. Also, you can buy McNoodles Ramen to reduce your hunger.

Godly Corp is one of those games designed around deliberately bad controls. You play as some sort of tentacled god who heads up a major corporation. From the desk in your corner office you must accomplish various tasks, like watering the plants on your desk, or shooting robots armed with chainsaws; You know, normal CEO stuff; with a single tentacle.

Keyg is a puzzle game that boasts of using the entire keyboard as your controller. I hope that’s not true, because my keyboard has some macro keys mapped to do things like mute the sound and launch Duke Nukem Forever, and it seems like that sort of thing would be distracting.

I’m going to break my own rule for GOTW, and pick a VR game this week. Gungrave Overdose is my number three game of all time, and they’re releasing a sequel to it but it’s in VR only. Gungrave VR won’t convince me to try PSVR (again) but I hope that my meager influence can bump sales of the game up high enough that someone decides to make a sequel for a system I actually own. Or at least a remaster of Gungrave Overdose for PC. Hey, they did Bullet Witch, of all things, so why not?

Gungrave VR gets my hope-against-hope, fingers-crossed, pretty-please-with-sugar-on-top nod for pick of the week.

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

I did my Week Ahead research from between and betwixt stacks of boxes, as I am T-minus 8 days from moving interstate. Maybe that’s why I noticed a bunch of ports of mobile games: idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms, Kingmaker: Rist to the Throne, Bibi & Tina – The Movie Game and things of that nature.

Nothing really grabs me this week. Double Switch: 25th Anniversary Edition is an interesting relic from the 1990s FMV era, most notable for starring Debbie Harry and Corey Haim. Actual gameplay involves controlling cameras and traps.

Earth Defence Force 5 is the first entry of the franchise for this generation of consoles and it offers more of the same from EDF 4: relatively conscience-free destruction and mayhem, being that most of your victims are giant bugs. If you want to do mindless shooting with your kids, and games like Just Cause 4 are too realistic and inappropriate, and you don’t mind stomping bugs (lots of bugs), maybe this is for you.

In a pinch, I’ll go with the DLC for Pillars of Eternity II: DeadfireThe Forgotten Sanctum. It’s a new dungeon, being the aforementioned Sanctum, with some high-level critters. This is the second serving of DLC for Pillars 2. I haven’t got around to Pillars 2 yet, because it hasn’t got around to consoles, but when it does, I’ll have a nice’n’juicy GOTY edition to chomp into. Yum. GOTW.

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

I'm just going to leave Idle Champions idling for a moment (though perhaps I'd earn more by leaving it closed – I haven't checked the recent rebalancing that closely – to mention that it is a good game that you could also enjoy playing or not playing. And now you can enjoy not playing it on PS4 and XBone!

Alright, back to the happenstantial grind for me.

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

PC

  • 12-10

  • 1001 Jigsaw. Home Sweet Home
  • 3D Hentai Memory Game
  • Battle Royale Tycoon
  • Bizango Blast
  • Chasing the Stars
  • Clatter
  • Colourful Maze
  • Forebearers
  • Heaven & Hell
  • Hexanome
  • Jingle
  • NeoGeometry
  • Vertical Fall
  • Warhammer: Vermintide 2 - Back to Ubersreik
  • 12-11

  • Ancient Frontier: Steel Shadows
  • Burning Out
  • Close Your Eyes: Anniversary Remake
  • DarkDIRE
  • Dead by Daylight: Darkness Among Us
  • Desert Child
  • Double Switch: 25th Anniversary Edition
  • Europa Universalis IV: Golden Century
  • Fear the Night
  • FUTURE GPX CYBER FORMULA SIN VIER
  • Horror Girl Puzzle
  • Kingdom: Two Crowns
  • Reach 50 : Sexy Hentai Girls
  • Retro Wing Prime
  • Ridiculous Rugby
  • Seven Sins - Academic Version
  • SUFFER
  • Supreme Casino City
  • Tiny Bird Garden Deluxe
  • 12-12

  • Adult Toy Store
  • Arauco Saga
  • Auri's Tales
  • Bomb N' Bats
  • Bomb Royale
  • Cell to Singularity - Evolution Never Ends
  • CHRONO
  • Fire and Fury: English Civil War
  • HEARTBEAT
  • Hentai Girl in Space
  • Highway of death
  • Insurgency: Sandstorm
  • Lil Kingdom
  • Lily
  • Nibu
  • Red Dead Pixel Man
  • Starcom: Nexus
  • Super Animal Royale
  • The Dinosaur Operation
  • 12-13

  • Atlas
  • Atrocity
  • Coldfall
  • EEP 15
  • Food Girls
  • GBC game Legend
  • Godly Corp
  • GRIS
  • Indiana Boy Steam Edition
  • keyg
  • Lucius III
  • Maze 4D
  • Paranoia: Deliver Me
  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire - The Forgotten Sanctum
  • Shaverma: Ravshan Edition
  • Slave's Sword
  • Terrible Beast from the East
  • Throne Quest
  • Worlds Collide
  • 12-14

  • Artillery Globe
  • Below
  • Big Crown: Showdown
  • CandyVenture
  • Caracoland
  • Chocolate Factory
  • Corma
  • Diminutive: Multiplayer Edition
  • DOKA 3 STO SLOEV KISHKOV
  • ECON
  • Eurobi Racing
  • Exiled to the Void
  • Football Director 2019
  • GLAD VALAKAS TOWER DEFENCE
  • Glass Painting: Winter Art
  • Gnomes Garden: Christmas Story
  • Ground Under
  • Gyro Buster
  • Happy toys
  • Heat
  • HENTAI Arcade: Lustful Girls
  • Horror Souls
  • Hyss
  • IMAZE.EXE 2
  • Mech Rage
  • Monkeys & Dragons
  • My Super Defender
  • NPCs
  • Override: Mech City Brawl - Stardust
  • Plat4mer
  • RANDOM OF WARS
  • Riddles of the Owls' Kingdom. Magic Wings
  • School Grounds
  • Strike of Horror
  • Super Blackout
  • Super Keepy Ups
  • Taco Tom 2
  • Telecube Halloween
  • The Quest for Moe's
  • Trigger Finger
  • Underlight
  • Warp Glider
  • WarZone Flashpoint
  • Yanpai Simulator
  • 12-15

  • Hentai Sisters (Hentai Sisters Game)
  • Hostile User Interface
  • Hyper Galactica
  • More and more
  • Owl Simulator
  • 12-16

  • Dots Pop : Sexy Hentai Girls
  • I face the darkness
  • Pixel Fishies

PS4

  • 12-11

  • Desert Child
  • Double Switch: 25th Anniversary Edition
  • Earth Defense Force 5
  • Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms
  • Kingdom: Two Crowns
  • The VideoKid
  • 12-12

  • Richie's Plank Experience
  • 12-13

  • Atari Flashback Classics: Volume 3
  • SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy - Jeanne D'Arc
  • 12-14

  • Bibi & Tina – The Movie Game
  • Bibi Blocksberg: Big Broom Race 3
  • Escape Game: Aloha
  • Kingmaker: Rise to the Throne
  • Override: Mech City Brawl - Stardust

PSVR

  • 12-11

  • Gungrave VR
  • Gungrave VR U.N
  • Prey: Typhon Hunter
  • Red Matter
  • Smash Hit Plunder
  • Warbot
  • 12-14

  • Borderlands 2 VR

Xbox One

  • 12-10

  • Warhammer: Vermintide 2 - Back to Ubersreik
  • 12-11

  • Kingdom: Two Crowns
  • 12-12

  • Desert Child
  • Doom and Destiny
  • 12-14

  • Below
  • Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms
  • Kingmaker: Rise to the Throne
  • Knights of Pen & Paper 2: Deluxiest Edition
  • Lazy Galaxy: Rebel Story
  • Override: Mech City Brawl - Stardust
  • Plague Road
  • Rally Racers

Switch

  • 12-10

  • Guacamelee! 2
  • 12-11

  • Desert Child
  • EVERSPACE: Stellar Edition
  • Kingdom: Two Crowns
  • Solar Flux
  • 12-13

  • Almightree: The Last Dreamer
  • Battle Princess Madelyn
  • Big Bash Boom
  • Blue Rider
  • Dragon Marked for Death
  • GRIS
  • Hunter's Legacy: Purrfect Edition
  • Knights of Pen & Paper 2: Deluxiest Edition
  • Omensight: Definitive Edition
  • Oxyjet
  • RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures
  • Sega Ages: Phantasy Star
  • SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy - Jeanne D'Arc
  • Starman
  • 12-14

  • Big Crown: Showdown
  • Lazy Galaxy: Rebel Story
  • Peace, Death! Complete Edition
  • Race Arcade

Vita

  • 12-11

  • Dragonfly Chronicles
  • Night Trap - 25th Anniversary Edition
  • 12-14

  • Atari Flashback Classics

RIFT

  • 12-10

  • DOJAGI: The Korean Pottery
  • Starship Commander: Arcade
  • 12-11

  • Blade and Sorcery
  • Conveyor VR
  • Slightly Heroes
  • The Technician
  • 12-14

  • Paradise City VR
  • Singularity 5
  • ToyShot VR
  • Virtual Army: Revolution

Vive

  • 12-10

  • DOJAGI: The Korean Pottery
  • Starship Commander: Arcade
  • VRSnake
  • 12-11

  • Blade and Sorcery
  • Conveyor VR
  • Slightly Heroes
  • The Technician
  • 12-12

  • Sam & Dan: Floaty Flatmates
  • 12-14

  • Double Bubble Blaster Madness VR
  • HUNTING SIMULATOR VR
  • Paradise City VR
  • Singularity 5
  • ToyShot VR
  • Virtual Army: Revolution

Comments

I’m going to break my own rule for GOTW, and pick a VR game this week. Gungrave Overdose is my number three game of all time, and they’re releasing a sequel to it but it’s in VR only. Gungrave VR won’t convince me to try PSVR (again) but I hope that my meager influence can bump sales of the game up high enough that someone decides to make a sequel for a system I actually own. Or at least a remaster of Gungrave Overdose for PC. Hey, they did Bullet Witch, of all things, so why not?

Gungrave VR gets my hope-against-hope, fingers-crossed, pretty-please-with-sugar-on-top nod for pick of the week.

This is a most bizarre property revival. Not only did the original game fail commercially and critically, but no one really cared about the anime/manga it was based on, either. I understand why someone at XSeed would think "Yeah, let's go ahead and publish that!", what with the staff no doubt being full of Western Otaku and such, but that the game would get made at all is just... bizarre.

Earth Defence Force 5 is the first entry of the franchise for this generation of consoles and it offers more of the same from EDF 4: relatively conscience-free destruction and mayhem, being that most of your victims are giant bugs. If you want to do mindless shooting with your kids, and games like Just Cause 4 are too realistic and inappropriate, and you don’t mind stomping bugs (lots of bugs), maybe this is for you.

I got EDF 4.1 in hopes I could play it with my friend, but he's been unable to turn Destiny 2 down for even a day it feels like. Trying to find another co-op game has been frustrating, and it is only for this reason that I refrain from EDF5. That, and it will probably be on sale by June.

ccesarano wrote:
I’m going to break my own rule for GOTW, and pick a VR game this week. Gungrave Overdose is my number three game of all time, and they’re releasing a sequel to it but it’s in VR only. Gungrave VR won’t convince me to try PSVR (again) but I hope that my meager influence can bump sales of the game up high enough that someone decides to make a sequel for a system I actually own. Or at least a remaster of Gungrave Overdose for PC. Hey, they did Bullet Witch, of all things, so why not?

Gungrave VR gets my hope-against-hope, fingers-crossed, pretty-please-with-sugar-on-top nod for pick of the week.

This is a most bizarre property revival. Not only did the original game fail commercially and critically, but no one really cared about the anime/manga it was based on, either. I understand why someone at XSeed would think "Yeah, let's go ahead and publish that!", what with the staff no doubt being full of Western Otaku and such, but that the game would get made at all is just... bizarre.

Earth Defence Force 5 is the first entry of the franchise for this generation of consoles and it offers more of the same from EDF 4: relatively conscience-free destruction and mayhem, being that most of your victims are giant bugs. If you want to do mindless shooting with your kids, and games like Just Cause 4 are too realistic and inappropriate, and you don’t mind stomping bugs (lots of bugs), maybe this is for you.

I got EDF 4.1 in hopes I could play it with my friend, but he's been unable to turn Destiny 2 down for even a day it feels like. Trying to find another co-op game has been frustrating, and it is only for this reason that I refrain from EDF5. That, and it will probably be on sale by June.

I knew that the original Gungrave did poorly, but I thought Overdose reviewed relatively well. I didn’t pay much attention to the sales figures, but it did well enough to get rereleased as a PS2 classic on the PS3 digital store.

As for EDF4.1, I picked it up a few sales ago to play with my son. Maybe we can schedule a game sometime.

ccesarano wrote:

Gungrave VR gets my hope-against-hope, fingers-crossed, pretty-please-with-sugar-on-top nod for pick of the week.

This is a most bizarre property revival. Not only did the original game fail commercially and critically, but no one really cared about the anime/manga it was based on, either. I understand why someone at XSeed would think "Yeah, let's go ahead and publish that!", what with the staff no doubt being full of Western Otaku and such, but that the game would get made at all is just... bizarre.

"Gungrave VR is probably the worst game I’ve played in VR this year"

Jonman wrote:
ccesarano wrote:

Gungrave VR gets my hope-against-hope, fingers-crossed, pretty-please-with-sugar-on-top nod for pick of the week.

This is a most bizarre property revival. Not only did the original game fail commercially and critically, but no one really cared about the anime/manga it was based on, either. I understand why someone at XSeed would think "Yeah, let's go ahead and publish that!", what with the staff no doubt being full of Western Otaku and such, but that the game would get made at all is just... bizarre.

"Gungrave VR is probably the worst game I’ve played in VR this year"

It’s going to take a lot more than one person hating on Gungrave to sell me another PSVR.

doubtingthomas396 wrote:
ccesarano wrote:
I’m going to break my own rule for GOTW, and pick a VR game this week. Gungrave Overdose is my number three game of all time, and they’re releasing a sequel to it but it’s in VR only. Gungrave VR won’t convince me to try PSVR (again) but I hope that my meager influence can bump sales of the game up high enough that someone decides to make a sequel for a system I actually own. Or at least a remaster of Gungrave Overdose for PC. Hey, they did Bullet Witch, of all things, so why not?

Gungrave VR gets my hope-against-hope, fingers-crossed, pretty-please-with-sugar-on-top nod for pick of the week.

This is a most bizarre property revival. Not only did the original game fail commercially and critically, but no one really cared about the anime/manga it was based on, either. I understand why someone at XSeed would think "Yeah, let's go ahead and publish that!", what with the staff no doubt being full of Western Otaku and such, but that the game would get made at all is just... bizarre.

Earth Defence Force 5 is the first entry of the franchise for this generation of consoles and it offers more of the same from EDF 4: relatively conscience-free destruction and mayhem, being that most of your victims are giant bugs. If you want to do mindless shooting with your kids, and games like Just Cause 4 are too realistic and inappropriate, and you don’t mind stomping bugs (lots of bugs), maybe this is for you.

I got EDF 4.1 in hopes I could play it with my friend, but he's been unable to turn Destiny 2 down for even a day it feels like. Trying to find another co-op game has been frustrating, and it is only for this reason that I refrain from EDF5. That, and it will probably be on sale by June.

I knew that the original Gungrave did poorly, but I thought Overdose reviewed relatively well. I didn’t pay much attention to the sales figures, but it did well enough to get rereleased as a PS2 classic on the PS3 digital store.

As for EDF4.1, I picked it up a few sales ago to play with my son. Maybe we can schedule a game sometime.

Xseed is scraping the bottom of the barrel anymore in general. It's slim pickings now that NISA is making a bigger push into localization. Not that NISA has done things well, mind you, but their coffers are larger.

Chris, the answer is to only play EDF after a few brews when your brain can't handle anything more difficult.

That is certainly a possibility, although I don't drink nearly so much these days. Alas.

That's great! (And I already knew that, but still championing healthier living here.) The game isn't going anywhere and one of the joys about EDF's simplicity is that it ages well. It never looked good and its design doc is heroin chic thin, so it ages like a fine wine I can't afford.

Believe me I know all about the goodness that is EDF. I bought the "original" on Xbox 360 back in College and it quickly became a favorite of me and a friend. He'd come by the apartment just so we could play it on harder settings, and we even made a "tournament" in our game club to see who could survive the longest on the hardest difficulty in one of the ant tunnel levels.

Unfortunately there are just too many people that are unphased by the absurdity and ask "Why wouldn't we just play Destiny instead?"

Honestly, I don't have a good answer for why you don't just play Destiny instead, beyond a fondness for jank and Japanese-flavored sillyness. And I say that as a fan of EDF.

Maybe "I can't be bothered with the more technical nature of Destiny?". Thinking back, I played through most of Insect Armageddon couch co-op with a friend, who'd bring his monster vaporizer over and we'd get entirely too wasted to consider something as technical as Destiny.

Jonman wrote:

Honestly, I don't have a good answer for why you don't just play Destiny instead, beyond a fondness for jank and Japanese-flavored sillyness. And I say that as a fan of EDF.

Maybe "I can't be bothered with the more technical nature of Destiny?". Thinking back, I played through most of Insect Armageddon couch co-op with a friend, who'd bring his monster vaporizer over and we'd get entirely too wasted to consider something as technical as Destiny.

The way to convince anyone to play EDF with you is to point out that it is, basically, a Kaiju game where you play the human forces valiantly defending cities against giant bugs.

With jet packs and rocket launchers.

Anyone who doesn’t want to play that with you isn’t worth playing with.

Jonman wrote:

Honestly, I don't have a good answer for why you don't just play Destiny instead, beyond a fondness for jank and Japanese-flavored sillyness. And I say that as a fan of EDF.

Maybe "I can't be bothered with the more technical nature of Destiny?". Thinking back, I played through most of Insect Armageddon couch co-op with a friend, who'd bring his monster vaporizer over and we'd get entirely too wasted to consider something as technical as Destiny.

Serious answer, it's mostly because of how much Destiny I play. I used to be envious of those that have that one game they invest hundreds of hours into, feeling like I was consuming the games I was playing like so much fast food. Over the last year I've gone back and replayed games for the heck of it, sometimes completing and other times not, and in the end I'd really love to find more time for that.

But when so much of your time is dedicated to just one game, and doing the same things every week over and over just so you can see your Light Level climb, it becomes tiresome. I was hoping Monster Hunter World could be a co-op game to switch onto with my buddy, but he's not fond of the "jank" of it (and this is coming from a guy that's played almost every Sonic game with his kids!). So repeatedly I'd go back to Destiny and it'd be fun for a while but while the mechanics never got tired, I was losing the reward of the time investment.

Something like EDF may be janky, but the absurdity of it is a barrel of laughs, especially if you play on harder difficulties before you're ready to. It's a very different experience, and basically it's also a bit of a palate cleanser so that when I do return to Destiny, I'm ready to enjoy the grind again.

I just saw that Gungrave VR is really just marketing for Gungrave G.O.R.E., which is in development for the PS4.

I am a very happy person right now.