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

Welcome folks, and happy “109th Anniversary of the first expedition to reach the South Pole” week! Norwegian explorer, Roald Amundsen, planted a Norwegian flag when he got there, beating Britain’s Robert Scott’s rival expedition by 33 days. Amundsen became the first man to visit both Poles, while Scott’s expedition famously perished on the way back; his diary and remains were found 8 months later by a search party. You may all celebrate by playing a game with strong environmental storytelling.

This is that awkward pre-Christmas period where you stop buying things for yourself, lest you pre-empt a gift. Thankfully, the release schedule is slowly juddering to a halt, like a Colossus in Shadow of the Colossus after you’ve murdered it. There’s nothing for the new consoles—if you managed to get one—so just be happy with the handful of games you already have, jeez.

Actually, there is a game with “Colossus” in its name this week: Colossus Down, a cartoony-lookin’ beat’em up with the same generic, action-guitar soundtrack that makes watching cartoons with your kids super tedious. Perhaps jigsaw puzzles with the kids would be a more wholesome holiday activity. But if crowding over a table together sounds too strenuous, then Jigsaw Fun: Piece It Together! has got you covered, with its 4-player couch co-op.

Shakes on a Plane is one of those chaotic, co-op cooking games that leans its marketing heavily into pop-culture references and bombast, but I have no idea how the gameplay stacks up against other games of this genre.

Gears 5: Hivebusters is an expansion based on the recent Gears comic book series. Set on the new, Swarm-infested islands of Galangi, you take control of one of the members of Team Scorpio in this roughly 3-hour long campaign. Plus, it features at least one new enemy type.

Nioh 2: The First Samurai is the last expansion for Nioh 2. It’s another time-travel expansion, and the motto is “increased challenge.” It adds a new, harder difficulty level and more missions, promising to test even seasoned veterans of the game. I noped out of Nioh 2 early, after seeing the steepness of the learning curve; this is one for the diehards.

Personally, I’m still enjoying the fruits of November’s harvest and nothing this week will drag me away. That said, Unto the End looks pretty good. It’s presented as a cinematic, 2D platformer with strong Another World vibes. It’s set in a relatively grounded, medieval fantasy world with swords and beasties. The combat looks challenging but fair, rewarding observation and timing rather than spamming attacks. Most fights will be over in 2 or 3 hits. There’s loot and crafting on offer, too. One interesting touch is that you can try to bribe enemies with loot instead of fighting them. This one looks like a good stocking-stuffer. GOTW.

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

PC

  • 12-14

  • Astro Sentai Jarbonder
  • Black Lilies - Eternal Summer
  • CrashMetal
  • Cube Paradox
  • Diggles: The Myth of Fenris
  • Elmarion: Dragon's Princess
  • Fire Protection Training Simulator
  • Go! Birdie
  • Howdy, Jacob!
  • Hustomten
  • Pixross
  • Puzzle - STONE BLOCKS
  • Return of the Heir
  • Sep's Diner
  • Slaves of Magic prelude
  • Starship Turd Nugget: Too Cool For Stool
  • The Adventures on Uranus
  • Time of the Devil
  • Toi
  • Toon Shooters 2: The Freelancers
  • Ursa
  • Wetware
  • 12-15

  • ANIME Street Fight
  • battleMETAL
  • BeachHead 2020
  • BOMJMAN
  • BOOTS VS PLANTS
  • Challenge Failed
  • Chess Knights: High Noon
  • Confined VR
  • DANGER! Escape Lab
  • Don't Give Up
  • dstnce.
  • Dungeon Slime
  • Escape from Durka (EventGraph)
  • Escape to Moscow
  • Fantasy Tavern Sextet Vol. 1: New World Days
  • Fighting the World
  • G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout
  • Gears 5: Hivebusters
  • Hand Simulator: Horror
  • Horizon Odyssey
  • Human Or Virus
  • Hunt: Primal Reptiles
  • Ken ga Kimi: Momoyo Tsuzuri
  • Killer Tank
  • Kontrol Flow
  • Kris Kringle's Christmas Village VR
  • MAGIC POT&TER BATTLEGROUNDS
  • Mech Engineer
  • Monolithic (Fowl Machinations)
  • Mr Black Jack
  • Outward: The Three Brothers
  • Penelope
  • Playing Pride & Prejudice 1: An Austen Armoire
  • PostZ
  • Quest: Escape Room 2
  • Ravished Realms
  • Red Hands
  • Relaxing Kite
  • Rocket Ghost Aidan 2
  • Santacraft
  • Shakes on a Plane
  • Simpocalypse
  • Solitude game
  • SSTR
  • Tactical Warfare Simulator
  • The Chess Variants Club
  • The king is gone
  • The Never Ending Game
  • The Spirit of Snowflake
  • The Trap
  • Zombrio
  • 12-16

  • 2D Owen
  • Break Sky
  • Close Your Eyes: Intermission
  • Colossus Down
  • Dealer's Life 2
  • Franchise Hockey Manager 7
  • InvaderSwarm
  • Jetscout: Mystery of the Valunians
  • Mountains and Rivers
  • MXGP 2020
  • No Cure 2
  • Relax Memory Game
  • SIDE
  • Spare Parts: Episode 1
  • Speed Stars
  • Sun Girls
  • Tales of Lagoona
  • Thirty-Seven Strategies of War
  • VikingStory
  • 12-17

  • Airborne Kingdom
  • Don't Be Afraid
  • Fireworks Mania - An Explosive Simulator
  • SPACERIFT: Arcanum System
  • Terra Randoma
  • The Luminous Underground
  • Trench Simulator

Xbox Series X

PlayStation 5

PlayStation 4

  • 12-16

  • MXGP 2020
  • 12-17

  • Arcade Archives: Markham
  • Nioh 2: The First Samurai

Xbox One

  • 12-15

  • Gears 5: Hivebusters
  • 12-16

  • Colossus Down
  • MXGP 2020
  • SYNTHETIK: Ultimate
  • 12-17

  • Elemental War TD
  • Monster Train
  • NEOVERSE
  • Wilmot's Warehouse
  • 12-18

  • 60 Parsecs!
  • 60 Seconds! Reatomized
  • CATTCH

Switch

  • 12-14

  • Jigsaw Fun: Piece It Together!
  • 12-15

  • Boot Hill Heroes
  • Collection of SaGa: Final Fantasy Legend
  • Dark Grim Mariupolis
  • Dicey Dungeons
  • Shakes on a Plane
  • 12-16

  • SYNTHETIK: Ultimate
  • 12-17

  • Abyss of the Sacrifice
  • Body of Evidence
  • Crawlco Block Knockers
  • Deemo Reborn
  • Defentron
  • Gems of Magic: Lost Family
  • Mercenaries Blaze: Dawn of the Twin Dragons
  • Outbreak Lost Hope
  • Touhou Luna Nights
  • Traditional Tactics Ne+
  • Unto The End
  • Yum Yum Line
  • 12-18

  • 60 Seconds! Reatomized
  • Dark Arcana: The Carnival
  • Freddy Spaghetti
  • Shikaku Shapes

Comments

Hello,

I'm the game designer of Colossus Down, I just read the article and I thought I could add some info that may be relevant to someone reading through it.

I wouldn't consider Colossus Down to be a generic beat'em up, unless it is considered generic having player development, narrative choices, multiple endings or different story lines for single and multi-player modes.

In addition, our musician has done a very extensive work of providing each of the game's levels with tailor-made adaptive music tracks that include several music styles. Let me link some examples form the trailers we have released to present the different worlds of Colossus Down.

Thanks for mentioning us in your article, it's super hard to get exposure for us, being such a small indie team. I hope this helps to convince some of you to give it a chance.

Cheers!

Gday! Thanks for commenting — I confess I was just going off of the vids on the Steam page for the game. Sorry if I was dismissive of the soundtrack. Sometimes I make a snap judgment, as I don’t have time to dig deep into every game I look into each week. I am always open to being corrected, though. Hopefully the extra detail you have posted here will spark some interest in your game.

I was just trying to give a bit more context to your words, sorry if it came out a bit harsh.
In the end we can't do anything but be thankful for any coverage we get, as our PR and marketing budget is close to non-existent and we are constantly drowning in a sea of AAA media flood.

Of course we'll be happy to answer any questions that anyone may have regarding Colossus Down.

I thought Monster Train was about monsters on a train.

You may all celebrate by playing a game with strong environmental storytelling.

Still playing Fallout 4, eh?

Pixelmeat wrote:

I was just trying to give a bit more context to your words, sorry if it came out a bit harsh.
In the end we can't do anything but be thankful for any coverage we get, as our PR and marketing budget is close to non-existent and we are constantly drowning in a sea of AAA media flood.

Of course we'll be happy to answer any questions that anyone may have regarding Colossus Down.

Welcome! I don't think your post was harsh at all.

Who or what is "Psychotic"? I see it on the title of your three games.

And Nintendo is having an indie showcase tomorrow. There's always a chance some game spotlighted will be surprise released at the end of the show. They seem to love doing that.

Pixelmeat wrote:

I was just trying to give a bit more context to your words, sorry if it came out a bit harsh.
In the end we can't do anything but be thankful for any coverage we get, as our PR and marketing budget is close to non-existent and we are constantly drowning in a sea of AAA media flood.

Of course we'll be happy to answer any questions that anyone may have regarding Colossus Down.

No worries here! Now folks can see that my original opinion was a fly-by (and weigh it accordingly), and can get more info and detail from your post.

Oh no, Dicey Dungeons! Been waiting for the Switch version, didn’t realise it was this week.

Pixelmeat wrote:

videos, videos, videos!

Wow thanks for stopping by and sharing more info. The art for this game is really gorgeous!

Not sure when Shoot 1UP DX landed on the Xbone, but it's just as ridiculous and fun as the previous version.