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

Welcome, and happy “24th Anniversary of a computer beating a Grand Master at chess” week! You may all celebrate by realising that Kasparov still won the best-of-six series of chess games, and then laughing at Siri when she mishears you. It’s OK, humans are still totally fine, dominant, and not at all obsolete!

New GWJ staffer, Staygold, has hit the ground running, sprucing up TWA’s backroom process for compiling the weekly release list—from here on, if I’m wrong about a release date, so is everyone else on the internet. You’ll also notice that the lists are alphabetised. Thanks Staygold! And thanks to Antichulius, who weekly edits all these words into goodery.

It’s a week of interesting DLC, ports (always with the ports!), and the odd, quirky indie game.

Dead Cells: The Bad Seed is the first piece of paid DLC for this indie darling, which is still one of the best of the recent crop of roguelike, metroidvania games. The DLC will provide two new biomes to explore: the Arboreum and the Swamp, plus more enemies, gear, and a new companion. You can visit the new biomes whenever, but they are intended to be alternatives to some of the early areas. Dead Cells has been well supported, with 16 updates since launch, so this being the first paid DLC feels fair. What’s also fair is the corporate setup of developer, Motion Twin. It’s an anarcho-syndicalist collective (I didn’t know they actually existed outside of scenes from Monty Python and the Holy Grail) that shares decision-making among each of its 11 workers. Motion Twin decided that some of its workers should spin off into a new studio (working at the same desks) to continue with Dead Cells support, while others got on with the next game. The spin off studio, Evil Empire, is behind this DLC. Sadly, Evil Empire is not an anarcho-syndicalist collective. Splitters!

Metro Exodus: Sam's Story is the final expansion for Metro Exodus, set after the end of the game. Play as Sam, a character from the books who was a popular side character in Exodus. He now gets his own level, the ruins of Vladivostok, that promotional materials describe as “sandbox survival.” Last year, Metro Exodus was a high-profile exclusive to the Epic Games Store, and this expansion will also be exclusive for a year. Metro Exodus sold well, making it the jewel in publisher THQ Nordic’s crown (Darksiders fans can comment below), which is to say that it’s a solid game for what it does. This expansion should be worth a look.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses - Side Story: Cindered Shadows introduces … a fourth house! They are the Ashen Wolves, and they lurk in the Abyss below Garreg Mach monastery, a new area introduced in the DLC. Cindered Shadows is a standalone story with missions featuring this new house, its students, and their new classes. It’s a campaign that’s separate from, but feeds into, the main story (it takes place before the time skip). However, the recruitable characters that you use in this DLC can then be used in the main campaign once you’re done. Perhaps to address some criticism, the combat is more difficult than the main campaign, too.

Daemon X Machina, the fun-but-flawed, Armored Core tribute, jets its way onto non-Switch consoles this week. If you’re hankering for a new mecha game, be ready to stare at a Metacritic score of 68, and then start sucking your teeth because that’s a little too low for a confident purchase. It does seem most of the criticisms of the game say that the mecha piloting is a blast, but is let down by the storytelling and repetitive mission structure.

LUNA The Shadow Dust is a point-n-click adventure game with no words. I similarly have no words for what it’s about—those details were not in any promotional materials. My guess is that the element that will pull you in or push you away is the distinct, hand-animated art style.

Reed Remastered is not the umpteenth attempt to reboot the Fantastic Four into the MCU. Rather, it’s a wildly successful, highly punishing, iOS platformer coming to consoles. I’m unsure why a game that came out in 2018 needs a remaster already, but it’s like a director’s cut, with new music and new secrets.

There’s something for everyone this week, without a clear standout. I’ll give a GOTW to Dead Cells: The Bad Seed on solidarity principles.

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

PC

  • 02-10

  • Bad Guys at School
  • Battlecraft - Tactics Online
  • Boris and the Dark Survival
  • Bounty For Sharks
  • Broken Spell 2
  • Car Tuner 2020
  • Cirno's Perfect Summer Vacation
  • Exhaust
  • Fish Simulator: Aquarium Manager
  • GodOrEvil.1
  • Gothic Murder
  • Inkball adventures
  • LOEK
  • Love or break up
  • Mamono Jou to Fushigi na Bouken
  • Metaphobia
  • My Name is Sarah
  • NonetEnsemble
  • Offroad Mania
  • Parameter
  • Patched world
  • Philophobia: The Fear of Love
  • Pro 11
  • Racing 2020
  • Sakuya Izayoi Gives You Advice And Dabs
  • The Mutational
  • Theyest Thou
  • Top Run
  • 02-11

  • dancing chair
  • Dead Cells: The Bad Seed
  • Metro Exodus: Sam's Story
  • Mr.King Luo!Don't be kidding
  • Puppy Cross
  • Puzzle Frame
  • SPACE EXODUS
  • StarCrossed
  • 02-12

  • A Ton Of Feathers
  • Alder's Blood: Prologue
  • CUBeKA
  • Darksburg
  • Desert of Doitjma
  • GLADIUM
  • GraFi Valentine
  • Live To Win
  • Nice Try!
  • Peg Solitaire Adventure
  • Phoenix Strike
  • RACOW
  • Squirrel Legacy
  • The Adventures of 00 Dilly
  • TheWandererVR
  • Tinieblas Jr's Adventures
  • Trap
  • Veritas
  • Victim Cache the RPG - An 80s JRPG Parody
  • Wire Flying Maid
  • 02-13

  • A Player's Heart
  • Azur Lane: Crosswave
  • Ballistic Craft
  • Come on-be with you
  • Corporated Robots Wars
  • Daemon X Machina
  • Flirt
  • Florence
  • I Wanna Maker
  • Interphase
  • Labyrinth of the Witch
  • Liz ~The Tower and the Grimoire~
  • LUNA The Shadow Dust
  • MindLess
  • Necronator: Dead Wrong
  • Nom Nom Apocalypse
  • One Dollar Simulator
  • Orion13
  • Player's Eleven
  • SCP: One More Life
  • Sheptun
  • The Amazing Fantastics Issue 1
  • 02-14

  • 30 days to survive
  • Ace In Space
  • apartment: a separated place
  • Being a DIK - Season 1
  • BoyandBox
  • Cecil Run
  • CORONAVIRUS
  • Dancing with Anime Girls VR
  • Dead Cubes
  • Dig Mania
  • Dominance
  • El Remedio de Aldorf
  • Escape From The Grim
  • Finding the Soul Orb
  • Foam Dart Frenzy
  • Green Elephant: Epilogue
  • Gunman And The Witch
  • Just Chatting
  • King of Volleyball
  • Korpus: Buried over the Black Soil
  • Meowhalla
  • Mission Zigloton
  • Path of Giants
  • Paws & Effect: My Dogs Are Human!
  • Rage Among The Stars
  • Rocket Rush
  • S0
  • Senren * Banka
  • Shaolin vs Wutang 2
  • Shotgun n Zombies
  • Shuriken and Aliens
  • Space Mega Force Man
  • Street Fighter V: Champion Edition
  • Table Manners
  • The World Of Others
  • There a no Armadillos in this game
  • Ultimate Zombie Defense
  • Universe Quiz
  • Urtuk: The Desolation
  • US Spy: Mission in Russia
  • Utopia Colony
  • Wandering Through The Vines
  • Warden of the Isles
  • Warriors Orochi 4 Ultimate
  • Yes, Master!
  • 02-15

  • Battle of Brains
  • Evergate
  • Retro
  • Seek Girl 2
  • Synthesis: Mind, Body, and Soul
  • 02-16

  • Kinki
  • NearPrime - Getting close to the flawless human
  • Roads of time

PS4

  • 02-11

  • Dead Cells: The Bad Seed
  • Glass Masquerade 2: Illusions
  • Metro Exodus: Sam's Story
  • Mosaic
  • PAWARUMI
  • Project Starship
  • Reed Remastered
  • The Adventures of 00 Dilly
  • The Unicorn Princess
  • Underhero
  • Yakuza 3 Remaster
  • Yakuza 5 Remaster
  • 02-13

  • Azur Lane: Crosswave
  • Hidden
  • 02-14

  • Darksiders Genesis
  • Dreams
  • Saboteur II: Avenging Angel
  • Spaceland
  • Street Fighter V: Champion Edition
  • Warriors Orochi 4 Ultimate

Xbox One

  • 02-11

  • Dead Cells: The Bad Seed
  • Metro Exodus: Sam's Story
  • 02-12

  • Outbreak: Epidemic
  • Super Mega Space Blaster Special Turbo
  • 02-13

  • Darksiders Genesis
  • 02-14

  • Glass Masquerade 2: Illusions
  • Spaceland
  • Underhero
  • Warriors Orochi 4 Ultimate

Switch

  • 02-10

  • Help Me Doctor
  • 02-11

  • Cosmonauta
  • Dead Cells: The Bad Seed
  • Thief Town
  • 02-13

  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses - Side Story: Cindered Shadows
  • Florence
  • Glass Masquerade 2: Illusions
  • Goblin Sword
  • Rise of Insanity
  • Super Loop Drive
  • UnderHero
  • 02-14

  • Darksiders Genesis
  • Kitty Maestro
  • Reed Remastered
  • Snack World: The Dungeon Crawl Gold
  • Speedway Racing
  • The Incredible Adventures of Super Panda
  • Warriors Orochi 4 Ultimate

Vita

  • 02-11

  • Reed Remastered

Comments

Coronavirus? I'm sure it's an educational game with lots of value and not a quick cash scheme off the back of a pandemic.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps was supposed to release this week. I hope it wasn't delayed.

EvilDead wrote:

Ori and the Will of the Wisps was supposed to release this week. I hope it wasn't delayed.

According to the Steam page it's new release date is March 11, 2020. Looks like a one-month delay from the initial planned

Booo!

It's been scheduled for March 11th for quite a while now. I've been counting down the days!

It was google that threw me off. Search results still show Feb.