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

Welcome folks, and happy “156th Anniversary of the Battle of Gate Pa” week! It was the biggest battle in the New Zealand Wars: 230 Maori warriors entrenched in a pa (fort) withstood an 8-hour artillery bombardment and then repelled 1,700 British assault troops. You may all celebrate by playing a tower defence game where you diffuse your enemies through elaborate ratholes to pick them off.

This week’s release list is like yum cha: plenty of variety, nothing too big.

Streets of Rage 4 is a new entry in the venerated arcade series. It looks really pretty and it reeks of nostalgia. My qualm is the same one that I have with every revived beat’em up—how does it play? There’s a reason why the genre didn’t survive so well after we moved from arcades to the couch. In an age of roguelikes and metroidvanias with systems piled on top of each other like a 14-layer cake, is bashin’ stuff and eatin’ health a little too basic? Where’s the exploration? Skill trees? Loot? Crafting?

This week’s chirpy, physics-based, co-op/griefing game is Moving Out. With the clock ticking, pick up and move furniture while facing increasingly difficult obstacles, such as doors, cars, or rolling boulders.

If you like FMV or interactive storytelling—think Her Story and Baldersnatch—then check out Telling Lies on the Switch. It was well-reviewed when it came out on the other platforms last year, with high marks for acting performances and production values.

Gears Tactics is a XCOM-alike, Gears spinoff and is surprisingly solid. You wouldn’t think a kinetic action-shooter would translate well to turn-based combat. It works because the devs didn’t merely try to paint the Gears look onto the XCOM frame, but instead tailored things to keep that distinct Gears feel.

The Gears grunts are hardier than hapless XCOM cannon fodder. There’s an execution mechanic, where the whole squad gets a bonus action point when an enemy is executed (with a brutality that is classic Gears), making you want to chain these together. There’s no grid, which makes the maps feel freer. Nor is there a strategic, base-management overlay; it’s all about upgrading your grunts and their weapons. I’m happy to say Gears Tactics looks, and plays, way better than I expected. GOTW.

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

PC

  • 04-27

  • AdaptaTank
  • Alien 911 Prologue
  • Brave Alchemist Colette
  • Conc Jump
  • Daiichi Dash
  • Enamored Risks
  • Inside The Mirror
  • Mission:In Boxes
  • Mosquitoes and zombies
  • Novena Diabolos
  • Pure Soul: The Journey of the Witch Emily
  • Sweet Solitaire: School Witch
  • The Test: Hypothesis Rising
  • Wasted World
  • 04-28

  • BarnFinders: The Pilot
  • Beyond The Underworld
  • Coward
  • Crossroads Inn: The Pit
  • DOUDY
  • Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot - New Power Awakens - Part 1
  • Gears Tactics
  • HOMETOWN WAR
  • Kongfusion
  • Mahou Arms
  • Moving Out
  • NEAVE
  • Red Mist
  • Remnant: From the Ashes - Swamps of Corsus
  • Schizophrenia
  • Silverio Ragnarok
  • SnowRunner
  • The Wind and Wilting Blossom
  • TYPICAL RUSSIAN QUARANTINE
  • Unlanded
  • Warriorb
  • Wild Russia
  • Winter War
  • WREST
  • 04-29

  • Bacon Quest - Lovers' Beef Special Edition
  • Bottle Journey
  • Cuyo
  • Desert attack
  • Dread Nautical
  • Fire Escape
  • Gotcha
  • Hot Air Balloon Simulator
  • Koi Unleashed
  • Library Of Ruina
  • Little Bunny
  • Lucid Dream
  • Memories Off: Innocent Fille for Dearest
  • Pay Me In Colors
  • PiraCrash!
  • PUZZL
  • Riposte!
  • Shank n' Bake
  • She Will Punish Them
  • Shuffled Nightmares
  • Tentacle Manor
  • The Strange Story Of Brian Fisher: Chapter 1
  • Tower ships
  • Witching Tower: Heroes
  • XRacer 2: Evolution
  • 04-30

  • Archer VR
  • Are You A Wizard
  • Atlantis Royale
  • Bubble Bounce
  • Buddy Bash
  • Bumble Butt
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered
  • Celestian Tales: Realms Beyond
  • Code Romantic
  • Cyber Battle 69
  • Damascus
  • Fairy Fire - Defender of the Fairies
  • Family Mysteries 2: Echoes of Tomorrow
  • Follia - Dear father
  • Freakshow
  • Goblin Summer Camp
  • Gray Zone
  • Hnefatafl
  • IMPACT
  • indiecalypse
  • Landlord's Super
  • LightBall
  • Lumberjack's Dynasty
  • Mobocratic
  • OhWhoIsDancing
  • Proyecto Flamingo X1
  • Puzzle Pelago - A Drag & Drop Economy
  • Streets of Rage 4
  • Strikers 1945
  • Surviving Titan
  • The Haunting
  • The Watcher
  • Therapy Sheep VR
  • Train Station Renovation
  • Zoria: Age of Shattering Prologue
  • 05-01

  • A Lanterns Glow
  • Ashina: The Red Witch: Prologue
  • Azure Plant - The Lost Cyber City
  • BattleTeam
  • Blood Lake
  • BoxxyQuest: The Gathering Storm
  • Briefcase Inc.
  • Climb
  • Defective Holiday
  • Each Sale I Drink a Glass of Water
  • Edge Of Galaxy
  • Fear the Dark Unknown: Chloe
  • Freedom! Do or Die
  • Hero Tower
  • King's Tower
  • Looking Glass
  • Mech Merc Company
  • Memory
  • MINE
  • MiNNaDe Counter Fight
  • NYC Bungee
  • One Try, One Kill
  • Orqa FPV.SkyDive
  • Picklock
  • Pixel Starships
  • Planet 2000
  • Queen's Glory
  • Roller Riot
  • RPG Girls - Lootbox Hunt
  • SpinZap
  • Start! Heart Thief
  • The Last Bee
  • The Lilliputian Runner
  • Tomatenquark
  • War Saber
  • Yu Escape / Monday
  • Zombies Don't Drive
  • 05-02

  • Biochemical factory
  • Pair Matching Puzzle Connect
  • 05-03

  • Good Morning, World
  • Risky Floors
  • Suspicious Spaceroads
  • Type Up

PS4

  • 04-28

  • Cooking Mama: Cookstar
  • Daymare: 1998
  • Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot - New Power Awakens - Part 1
  • Gun Crazy
  • JigSaw Abundance
  • Moving Out
  • Sakura Wars
  • SnowRunner
  • Telling Lies
  • The Inner Friend
  • 04-29

  • Active Neurons
  • Dread Nautical
  • 04-30

  • Book of Demons
  • Commandos 2 / Praetorians HD Remaster Double Pack
  • Streets of Rage 4
  • 05-01

  • Arcade Spirits
  • Down the Rabbit Hole

Xbox One

  • 04-28

  • Daymare: 1998
  • Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot - New Power Awakens - Part 1
  • Ghost Sweeper
  • Moving Out
  • SnowRunner
  • Telling Lies
  • The Inner Friend
  • 04-29

  • Active Neurons - Puzzle game
  • Crawlers And Brawlers
  • Dread Nautical
  • Shred! 2 - ft Sam Pilgrim
  • StarCrossed
  • 04-30

  • Book of Demons
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered
  • Commandos 2 / Praetorians HD Remaster Double Pack
  • Levelhead
  • Streets of Rage 4
  • 05-01

  • Arcade Spirits
  • Miden Tower
  • Super Toy Cars 2
  • 05-02

  • Antigraviator

Switch

  • 04-28

  • Cosmic Defenders
  • Moving Out
  • Telling Lies
  • 04-29

  • Active Neurons - Puzzle game
  • Dread Nautical
  • StarCrossed
  • 04-30

  • Book of Demons
  • Bubble
  • Fairy Knights
  • Levelhead
  • Ministry of Broadcast
  • Mushroom Heroes
  • My Secret Pets!
  • Pocket Arcade Story
  • Sega Ages: G-LOC Air Battle
  • Streets of Rage 4
  • War-Torn Dreams
  • 05-01

  • Arcade Spirits
  • Gun Crazy
  • Swapperoo

Vita

  • 04-29

  • Active Neurons

Comments

Streets of Rage 4 does look the part, but with all the re-releases in the beat em up genre that I've played I'm having a hard time mustering energy. The gameplay simply looks to be more of the same. Maybe I'm wrong, but with the recent re-release of Ninja Warriors (with new characters) I don't find myself interested in anything as basic as Streets of Rage. Lizard Cube does an amazing job, technically, faithfully recreating the past but this isn't a past I'm particularly interested in living again.

Might have to check out Gun Crazy on the Xbone. For $5 it might be amusing.

garion333 wrote:

Streets of Rage 4 does look the part, but with all the re-releases in the beat em up genre that I've played I'm having a hard time mustering energy. The gameplay simply looks to be more of the same. Maybe I'm wrong, but with the recent re-release of Ninja Warriors (with new characters) I don't find myself interested in anything as basic as Streets of Rage. Lizard Cube does an amazing job, technically, faithfully recreating the past but this isn't a past I'm particularly interested in living again.

Huh Streets of Rage is on GamePass!