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

Welcome, and happy “133rd Anniversary of the celebration of Groundhog Day” week! You may all celebrate by rewatching the movie Groundhog Day and realising it is actually about videogames.

This week is a typical, early-year release list. There are plenty of games you’ve barely heard about, which only look more appealing because the big names you’re actually waiting for haven’t come out yet.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics is by BonusXP, the devs of the Stranger Things 3 game. BonusXP seems to be Netflix’s go-to studio for game tie-ins. I bet their lawyers are combing over Netflix’s documents for the rights to “The Witcher” as we speak (“Hey, it doesn’t say we CAN’T do a ‘Hidden Object’ game”). This Dark Crystal game is not the first Dark Crystal game, either. Way back in 1983, an up-and-coming dev called Roberta Williams made an adventure game to tie in to the Dark Crystal movie, and some critics thought it told the story better than the movie. One year later, she made King’s Quest and the rest is videogaming history.

As its title suggests, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics follows the story of the recent Netflix series, presented in the form of a tactics JRPG, like Fire Emblem. Like all good tactics JRPGs, it focuses on the 3 Gs: Gelflings Grid-based combat, grinding abilities, and gear. All the elements are there, I just can’t tell if they coalesce into a solid game.

Wide Ocean Big Jacket is an indie adventure game about going camping. Uncle Brad and auntie Cloanne are taking their niece and her boyfriend on a weekend camping trip. There’s typical camping activities on offer: birdwatching, hiking, telling ghost stories. It has made its way from Itch.io onto a console and could be a nice holiday filler game that only takes as long as a movie to play.

My first reaction to hearing about Zombie Army 4: Dead War was, “There’s 3 more of these games?” The devs saw Call of Duty: World At War throw out a Nazi zombie horde mode as a bonus in 2008, and decided to build a franchise on it. It’s adapted the game from the Sniper Elite series, and if anyone knows something about squeezing iterative success out of a limited formula, it’s this developer. This is the first new entry in the series since 2015. Remember back then, when people were complaining that it’s boring to shoot Nazis in games? And then the Nazis came back in real life? Good times.

If you were jonesing hard for a cyberpunk fix when you heard that Cyberpunk 2077 was delayed, 7th Sector has you covered. It’s drenched in acid rain and neon. Actual gameplay involves solving puzzles as a robot ghost that can travel as a spark down wires.

SEN: Seven Eight Nine is a number puzzle game that has no tutorial to explain its rules. Apparently you can work it out for yourself. Very Zen.

In a week like this, an obscure challenger can sneak in and swipe a GOTW while we’re all looking out the window for future big releases. While I typically gloss over most of Steam’s list of pixel-art, 2D RPGs and platformers, occasionally among the generica there is an indie title that has a more interesting blend of mechanics and aesthetic. Time Fragments: 24h in Capua looks like it could be a board game. It’s an adventure RPG set in Capua, 73 BC, during Spartacus’ slave rebellion. You play as someone sent back from the future, who has 24 hours to find the last 2 future-people who were sent back. Mechanically, this means you play through many times using different skills, builds, and choices to see where you end up. The game is turn-based, and gameplay revolves around using more social-based skills, like Negotiation, Intimidation, and Distraction. I’ll give it a GOTW for combining RPG skill mechanics in a different way and for its Quantum Leap premise. And for being set in the Roman Empire.

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

PC

  • 02-03

  • Malicious Payload
  • Chronac
  • Metal Unit
  • Gaijin Troubles
  • Shadowrain
  • Meow Kellys Rabbit Doll
  • Master Bladesmith
  • Legend Creatures
  • Gericonia 2
  • Space Elite Force II
  • Terramancer
  • Straylight
  • Fairytale Solitaire. Witch Charms
  • RhythmDanceVR
  • VainPlanet
  • Dragonfang - Drahn's Mystery Dungeon
  • Choco Pixel 2
  • Power Struggle
  • The Game We All Have To Play
  • JORRY
  • Dreamtopia
  • Radial
  • Exorcism
  • 02-04

  • Empires in Ruins
  • MindSeize
  • Zombie Army 4: Dead War
  • The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics
  • Moe Era
  • PictoQuest
  • Soul Reaper
  • Monster Energy Supercross - The Official Videogame 3
  • Playmobil: The Movie VR Adventures
  • Mineirinho Wildtides DC
  • Impressions
  • Spermula 1
  • Elemental Abyss
  • Gunhouse
  • CORVUS
  • Little Big Rabbits
  • 02-05

  • The Yellow King
  • Apple Knight
  • StretchBot
  • Napoleon in Russia
  • The foreigner
  • Knockout Daddy
  • Slaughter 3: The Rebels
  • A Wild Time Travelling Clone Dancing
  • Juice Mania
  • Top Run
  • Scan Your Heart
  • 02-06

  • Stoneshard
  • KUNAI
  • ScourgeBringer
  • Survive the Blackout
  • Rover Mechanic Simulator
  • Order Of The Gatekeepers
  • The Watchers
  • Time Fragments: 24h in Capua
  • SEN: Seven Eight Nine
  • Action Ball 2
  • Swiper
  • DriftOn
  • Samosbor
  • The curse of the deab
  • Tales of the Deck
  • Ghosts'n DJs
  • Yokai's Secret
  • Roguelite 2
  • The Shadow Society
  • Sector Assault
  • Battlecraft - Tactics Online
  • Straight Battler VI
  • Bear 2 Stalingrad
  • RACOW
  • Stellaxy
  • Pair-a-Site
  • Achievement Clicker
  • 02-07

  • Block Busters
  • Princess Castle Quest
  • ROCKETRON
  • SpaceGeon
  • Last Week
  • Courage and Honor
  • Crazy Simulator
  • Last Evil
  • RaidTitans
  • Celestial
  • Getaway Mayhem
  • Beyond Crimson Stars
  • Alien street battle
  • Relax Simulator
  • Mister Shizz: Don't Let The Shizz Hit The Fan!
  • 02-08

  • Abst Clicker Farm

PS4

  • 02-03

  • Dawn of Fear
  • Reknum
  • 02-04

  • Zombie Army 4: Dead War
  • The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics
  • Monster Energy Supercross - The Official Videogame 3
  • Maximum Football 2019
  • The Sims 4: Tiny Living
  • 0000+
  • Just a Phrase by POWGI
  • Nerved
  • 02-05

  • 7th Sector
  • ZOMB
  • 02-06

  • Throw Anything
  • Arcade Archives: Saint Dragon
  • PandaBall
  • 02-07

  • CarX Drift Racing Online

Xbox One

  • 02-04

  • Zombie Army 4: Dead War
  • The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics
  • Monster Energy Supercross - The Official Videogame 3
  • Maximum Football 2019
  • The Sims 4: Tiny Living
  • 02-05

  • 7th Sector
  • Monster Viator

Switch

  • 02-03

  • Please The Gods
  • 02-04

  • The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics
  • Monster Energy Supercross - The Official Videogame 3
  • Wide Ocean Big Jacket
  • 02-05

  • 7th Sector
  • 02-06

  • Code:Realize - Guardian of Rebirth
  • KUNAI
  • Nerved
  • SEN: Seven Eight Nine
  • Knights and Bikes
  • Arcade Archives: Saint Dragon
  • Shiny Ski Resort
  • Yuoni: Zero
  • Just a Phrase by POWGI
  • 02-07

  • The Town of Light: Deluxe Edition
  • The Turing Test
  • Crash Drive 2
  • Marooners
  • EQQO
  • Bridge Builder Adventure
  • Kitty Powers' Matchmaker
  • 02-08

  • ELEA: Paradigm Shift

Vita

  • 02-04

  • 0000+
  • Just a Phrase by POWGI

Comments

You may all celebrate by rewatching the movie Groundhog Day and realising it is actually about videogames.

You may be ruining my childhood.

Did that Groundhog Day 2 video game come out yet?

I want Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics to be decent, but it looks awfully cheap. I like tactics games, but I'm mostly interested in the tie-in because I find it so surprising.

garion333 wrote:
You may all celebrate by rewatching the movie Groundhog Day and realising it is actually about videogames.

You may be ruining my childhood.

Did that Groundhog Day 2 video game come out yet?

I want Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics to be decent, but it looks awfully cheap. I like tactics games, but I'm mostly interested in the tie-in because I find it so surprising.

Yeah, it may be wise to wait for reviews for more details about how the combat plays, as well as characters' ability trees. Most of the promo videos are about how well they've rendered the characters from the show rather than the tactics side of things.

In the gameplay footage I've seen, it didn't look like there's any cover system to speak of, and I've seen a Gelfling hit a dude with a wooden spoon. I'm guessing that's not an endgame ability. I'm not expecting XCOM 2 levels of depth, but it would have to be on a par with, say, Mutant: Year Zero, which was solid, but still got grindy toward the end