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IMAGE(https://www.gamerswithjobs.com/files/pictures/picture-100003-1473719794.jpg)   Shawn “Too Old For This @&!#” Andrich

First of all, I’d like to offer a deep bow to our intrepid Week Ahead team over the last number of years. Since Sean and I gave up the mantle it has only improved with more detailed lists (along with dates) and more varied viewpoints on the upcoming games for the week. Checking in on Mondays to see what’s coming out for the week and water cooler chatting about it in the comments is a lovely routine.

Also, what the hell PC games? It’s one thing to glide through this giant list while sipping coffee in the morning. It’s quite another looking down the barrel of listing all the damn things and confirming they actually exist and are indeed coming out this week. So just to be up front, I’m not going to sift through this garbage pile. Who plays these games? I have to go into Incognito Mode just to see if Fluid Lander is safe for work. Or my own sanity. Or even exists. Bone Voyage? Get outta here.

Anyway, Life is Strange 2: Episode 3 - Wastelands is out this week. I’m waiting for the series to be finished before I pick it up, but glad they’re maintaining a good clip. Do yourself a favor and look up Player Goes Jump on Steam. It’s adorable.

IMAGE(https://www.gamerswithjobs.com/files/pictures/pictures/picture-13445.jpg)   Felix “Look sharp, the boss is here” Threepaper

Welcome and happy “104th Anniversary of Orson Welles’ birth” week, folks! You may all celebrate by dusting off the old argument over what is the Citizen Kane of video games.

For the King is a turn-based strategy game with a hex-based map and art style that looks great for iPad. What it lacks in strategic depth, it makes up for in punishment. You will get whacked for rushed play, or merely bad rolls, just like in XCOM. This is extra brutal because it’s in permanent ironperson mode. So it’s a roguelike. It’s pretty chunky, too – there’s 3 campaigns there if you dig what it’s putting down.

Lovecraft’s Untold Stories graduates from the PC to consoles this week, which makes sense considering it’s essentially a twin-stick shooter. It’s also a roguelike with procedurally-generated levels, RPG elements and adventure game puzzling stuff thrown in too. It looks like the kind of game I would have gone nuts for in the 1990s, when I had a new VGA monitor and game genres were more fluid. Now, though? I’m a bit Lovecrafted out.

Speaking of things I would have got into in the 1990s, The Adventures of Bertram Fiddle: Episode 1 - A Dreadly Business is a point-n-click adventure game leaning heavily on its sense of humour and Victorian-era charm.

Saint’s Row the Third comes to the Switch – will you be brave enough to play it on the bus with a random granny looking over your shoulder? And also, shame on you, not offering your seat to the random granny. Unless you are one, in which case, enjoy your gaming commute, ma’am.

Otherwise, I feel like it’s pretty zeitgeisty that we’re getting a spate of games about being a corrupt, criminal property tycoon. Shakedown: Hawaii is by the guy who made Retro City Rampage. It’s redolent of the original, top-down GTA – you cruise around an open world, finding missions and minigames, all the while shaking down businesses building your property empire. The map is large, the range of activities is vast and nearly everything is destructible. Open-world games don’t need to be hyper-realized 3D memory hogs to be engaging. GOTW.

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

PC

  • Adventure in Russia: Road to Harvetsky
  • AIR Battlefront
  • America's Retribution Term 2
  • AVARIAvs
  • Away From Earth: Titan
  • Bachata Virtual
  • Battle for the Galaxy
  • BirdGut
  • BL00
  • Bone Voyage
  • Brief Battles
  • Butterfly 2
  • Call Of Unity
  • Caterpillar Wars DX
  • Cosmic Cash
  • Cosmic Crush
  • Danger Crew
  • Deadly Path
  • Dear diary
  • DeathMatch
  • Demon hunter
  • Depths of Madness
  • Diesel Brothers: The Game
  • Divine D.I.V.A.
  • DomiDo
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ: Dragon Ball GT Goku
  • Dungeon Pain Maniac
  • Ethanol in dungeon
  • Factory Balls
  • Flavortown:VR
  • Fluid Lander
  • Fox and Bunny
  • Game Of Puzzles: Dragons
  • Gear
  • GoVenture TYPING
  • Grindzones
  • Grit : Overworld Survival
  • Gunship Recon
  • H2O: A Drop in the Ocean
  • Hardcore Bunny Jumper
  • Hippo eating banana
  • Hockey Player VR
  • HOME (Lore Nine Studio)
  • Homeward Duck
  • Idle Chess Story
  • Incarna: Broken
  • Infected Shelter
  • Infinite Children
  • InstinctRush
  • Invisible Fist
  • Late City Riders
  • Life is Strange 2: Episode 3 - Wastelands
  • Locomotion
  • Lu ye Baiyin Shu
  • Magic Encyclopedia: Moon Light
  • Marle: The Labyrinth of the Black Sea
  • Meta Revelations - Ring Spirits
  • MIDNIGHT Remastered
  • Minesweeper Peak VR
  • Mistress of Maids
  • My University Story
  • Mystery Solitaire The Black Raven
  • Narazumono
  • Never Let Me Awake
  • Pax Nova
  • Peku The Space Dragon
  • Player Goes Jump
  • Plunger Knight: Washers of Truth
  • Pon Para and the Great Southern Labyrinth
  • Princess's Peak
  • Pupil: Wandering VR
  • Puss in Boots: Fear Not Hooman
  • Puyo Puyo Champions
  • R_sin
  • Rainbow Hunter
  • ReflexShot
  • Rescue bomber
  • ReThink | Evolved 3
  • RockaBowling VR
  • Rupert and Riley Shipwrecked
  • Sequela
  • Shakedown Hawaii
  • Siberian Run VR
  • Sos i pie sos 2 kycb edition
  • Space Duke
  • Spark and The Digital Daydream
  • Submarine Attack!
  • Summer Rush
  • Super Welder
  • Supernatural Super Squad Fight!
  • The Adventures of Golly
  • The Burned Ground
  • The Hunt - Sophie's Journey
  • The Last Hex
  • The Red Reactor
  • THE RITUAL
  • The Tower
  • Tiger Tank 59 | Winter Assault
  • TwinCop
  • Two Guns
  • War of Gaia : Into the Fire
  • Welcome to nightmare
  • Who We Are Now
  • Wolf or Boy
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2
  • Zombie Watch

PS4

  • 04-07

  • For the King
  • Frane: Dragons’ Odyssey
  • Lost Artifacts: Soulstone
  • My Big Sister
  • Party Arcade
  • Puyo Puyo Champions
  • Reverse Crawl
  • Crashbots
  • Shakedown: Hawaii
  • 04-09

  • Life is Strange 2: Episode 3 - Wastelands
  • Doughlings: Arcade
  • 04-10

  • Lovecraft’s Untold Stories

Xbox One

  • 05-07

  • Brief Battles
  • Puyo Puyo Champions
  • For The King
  • 05-08

  • The Adventures of Bertram Fiddle: Episode 1 - A Dreadly Business
  • Legend of the Tetrarchs
  • 05-10

  • Life is Strange 2: Episode 3 - Wastelands
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ: Dragon Ball GT Goku
  • ASCENDANCE: First Horizon
  • Super Space Serpent: Secondary Edition
  • Reverse Crawl
  • DragonFangZ: The Rose & Dungeon of Time

Switch

  • 05-07

  • European Conqueror X
  • Car Mechanic Manager
  • Shakedown: Hawaii
  • Puyo Puyo Champions
  • Puzzle Herder
  • 05-08

  • Meow Motors
  • 05-09

  • ASCENDANCE
  • Masquerada: Songs and Shadows
  • Monster Puzzle
  • Frane: Dragons' Odyssey
  • MachiKnights -Blood bagos-
  • For The King
  • 05-10

  • Dragon Pinball
  • My Big Sister
  • Lovecraft's Untold Stories
  • SAINTS ROW®: THE THIRD™ - THE FULL PACKAGE
  • Blazing Beaks
  • Reverse Crawl

3DS

Vita

Vive

Comments

Love the nickname this week, Felix.

Also, thanks for the Shakedown: Hawaii reminder. I found RCR to be a phenomenal game for about two hours before it got super duper boring and repetitive. (No, the humor didn't last long enough to keep playing.) Supposedly Shakedown steps it up a notch and gives you more to do. Looks like I'll be checking out the reviews to see if its worth a buy.

Yeah, the TWA folks do a lot of messy work to dredge the list up each week. They are heroes—heroes with particularly colorful browser histories, and potentially files on record at various state agencies.

wordsmythe wrote:

potentially files on record at various state agencies.

Don't we all, wordy? Don't we all...

garion333 wrote:

Love the nickname this week, Felix.

Also, thanks for the Shakedown: Hawaii reminder. I found RCR to be a phenomenal game for about two hours before it got super duper boring and repetitive. (No, the humor didn't last long enough to keep playing.) Supposedly Shakedown steps it up a notch and gives you more to do. Looks like I'll be checking out the reviews to see if its worth a buy.

Heh, cheers garion333!

Yes, it is hard to tell from previews how long it will take for an open world to get old ... at least this one's not priced to make you feel you have to sink 40 hours into it to get value.