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

Welcome folks, and happy “350th Anniversary of Henry Morgan capturing Panama City” week! Morgan is remembered as one of the OG pirates, but he was actually a privateer—someone with legal permission from their crown to attack and seize ships of another crown. Turns out taking a city was a bridge too far, and it led to his arrest. On his return to London, he was hailed as a hero and appointed Chief Justice of Jamaica. Interestingly, he was tasked to eradicate piracy in the region—because in those days, the main issue with piracy was not so much its inherent villainy, but more that it was being done without a licence. You may all celebrate by replaying Sid Meier’s Pirates!.

I hope that—unlike me—you are done with your Pile, because the 2021 release schedule is kicking up a gear.

It’s a good week for dungeon-crawlers with rogue-lite elements. Sword of the Necromancer is a top-down dungeon crawler, Gauntlet-style, where you can revive downed enemies to fight for you. Dungeons of the Deep is a first-person, grid-based dungeon crawler, Legend of Grimrock-style. And Dead Cells: Fatal Falls is the second piece of DLC, Dead Cells-style, that adds mid-game content in the form of 2 new biomes (levels) and a new boss.

There’s also Cyber Shadow, an 8-bit, very arcadey-lookin’ side-scroller where you play as a cyborg ninja exploring a dungeon filled with bosses and backtracking. And Gods Will Fall, which has you exploring an overworld with your clan/party, then choosing one member to go into a dungeon to fight the beasties within.

On the JRPG front, Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy releases on multiple platforms. The Atelier Ryza series leans heavily on alchemy and crafting. This entry doesn’t change much from the previous game, though it adds some quality-of-life tweaks to make exploring the overworld easier, such as the ability to summon mounts. Combat has been streamlined in small ways that fans will notice but go over my head. Also, there’s Re:ZERO - Starting Life in Another World: The Prophecy of the Throne, which is based on the anime series and has combat that looks like a mix of Persona 3 and Valkyria Chronicles.

The Sims 4: Paranormal Stuff Pack adds haunted house aesthetics to the game, complete with ghosts, seances, and paranormal investigations to clear out other folks’ ghosts. Hearing summoning/dispelling incantations in Simlish sounds just as legit as in fake Latin.

Colossus Down, the cartoony beat’em up with a mech, gets its console release this week. It got some glowing reviews on its Steam release and more info can be found here.

Sometimes a game gets a GOTW not for its pedigree, hype level, or quality, but from sheer curiosity factor. Not many games deal with Arthurian legend, which is odd because it’s got basic RPG tropes right there: quests, epic loot, and a party of characters with their own alignments who are constantly threatening to leave. King Arthur: Knight’s Tale is a grimdark reimagining of the legend, complete with villain-turned-antihero. You play as Mordred, taking on a King Arthur who has gone mad. Personally, the grimdark is actually the least intriguing aspect; I’m more excited that it looks like the XCOM/Wasteland 3 template grafted onto an Arthurian world: turn-based, tactical combat with your party of differently-skilled knights. Plus a strategic layer of Camelot management and branching character and quest choices. It enters Early Access this week. Colour me interested.

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

PC

  • 01-25

  • Casual Challenge Players Club- Bilhar game
  • Challenge racing
  • ChillaxVR
  • Collapse
  • Crossword City Chronicles
  • Dasher
  • Dungeons Of The Deep
  • Endless Furry Killer 3D
  • Faye/Sleepwalker
  • Flesh Eating Geriatric Internet Predator
  • Gun Bots
  • Lazy Postman
  • LOVE BAKUDAN
  • Pebble Witch
  • Red Mist: Rivers of Blood
  • Save Village
  • Security Guy vs AI: The Dawn of AI
  • SKIIIIIIIIIIIIIIID
  • Skill at Time
  • Sniper Operation Z
  • SOLAS 128
  • Tunnel Blast
  • Woodsalt
  • Yellowlooper
  • Zombies Everywhere
  • 01-26

  • Altidudes
  • Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy
  • Cyber Shadow
  • Dead Cells: Fatal Falls
  • Encodya
  • Hajji Tours
  • Kill Demons
  • King Arthur: Knight's Tale
  • Kraken Smash : Volleyball
  • Magic War of the Kingdom
  • Meat Lead Fire
  • Memories of Tomorrow
  • NIMBY Rails
  • Skeleton King
  • Snowtopia: Ski Resort Tycoon
  • SUKAKKO
  • The Sims 4: Paranormal Stuff Pack
  • To The Snowland
  • Video Realms
  • You Arrive in a Town
  • Zombie Drift
  • 01-27

  • 100 hidden mice
  • Awakening of the War God
  • B100X - Auto Dungeon RPG
  • Boodunnit
  • Burst Squad
  • Escape Prison
  • Gravity in Space
  • Hajji VR
  • Handball Manager 2021
  • Magellania
  • Marbleous Blocks
  • Marchen Forest: Mylne and the Forest Gift
  • Mars Mission
  • Nectar of the Gods
  • NEKO PAPALA
  • PSweet
  • Re:ZERO - Starting Life in Another World: The Prophecy of the Throne
  • Run Ralph Run
  • Ryte - The Eye of Atlantis
  • Tale of Immortal
  • Triblock
  • Turn right
  • VR Parallel World
  • 01-28

  • Among Stars and Robots
  • Atom
  • Blackberry (Andeo TEAM)
  • CARGAME
  • Chroma: Bloom And Blight
  • Citizens Unite!: Earth x Space
  • DEVOUR
  • Disjunction
  • Dungeons & c*cks
  • Fate of the Storm Gods
  • Finger Fortress
  • Kaputte Kranz Chap1
  • Last Soul
  • Melancholy Love
  • Monstrum II
  • Nox Archaist
  • Nuumonsters
  • Olija
  • Sarawak
  • Skyratz
  • Sword of the Necromancer
  • The Book of Shadows
  • The Medium
  • The Yakuza Remastered Collection
  • TOHU
  • Wild Terra 2: New Lands
  • Wobbledogs
  • Yakuza 3 Remastered
  • Yakuza 4 Remastered
  • Yakuza 5 Remastered
  • Zeepkist

Xbox Series X

  • 01-27

  • The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav
  • The Dark Eye: Memoria
  • 01-28

  • The Medium
  • 01-29

  • Another Dawn

PlayStation 5

  • 01-26

  • Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy
  • Cyber Shadow
  • 01-27

  • The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav
  • The Dark Eye: Memoria
  • 01-29

  • The Pedestrian

PlayStation 4

  • 01-26

  • Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy
  • Cyber Shadow
  • Dead Cells: Fatal Falls
  • The Sims 4: Paranormal Stuff Pack
  • 01-27

  • The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav
  • The Dark Eye: Memoria
  • 01-28

  • Citizens Unite!: Earth x Space
  • Colossus Down
  • Disjunction
  • Marchen Forest: Mylne and the Forest Gift
  • Olija
  • Sword of the Necromancer
  • TOHU
  • 01-29

  • Bonkies
  • Gods Will Fall
  • Re:ZERO - Starting Life in Another World: The Prophecy of the Throne
  • Silver Chains
  • The Pedestrian

Xbox One

  • 01-26

  • Cyber Shadow
  • Dead Cells: Fatal Falls
  • Project Winter
  • The Sims 4: Paranormal Stuff Pack
  • 01-27

  • Hyposphere: Rebirth
  • The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav
  • The Dark Eye: Memoria
  • 01-28

  • Golden Force
  • Olija
  • Royal Tower Defense
  • Sword of the Necromancer
  • The Yakuza Remastered Collection
  • TOHU
  • Yakuza 3 Remastered
  • Yakuza 4 Remastered
  • Yakuza 5 Remastered
  • 01-29

  • Another Dawn
  • Bonkies
  • Caves and Castles: Underworld
  • Gods Will Fall

Switch

  • 01-25

  • SOLAS 128
  • 01-26

  • Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy
  • Cyber Shadow
  • Dead Cells: Fatal Falls
  • Ziggy the Chaser
  • Zombie Apocalypse
  • 01-27

  • Project Starship X
  • The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav
  • The Dark Eye: Memoria
  • 01-28

  • Citizens Unite!: Earth x Space
  • Colossus Down
  • Disjunction
  • Gods Will Fall
  • Golden Force
  • Heaven's Vault
  • Marchen Forest: Mylne and the Forest Gift
  • Olija
  • Royal Tower Defense
  • Save Farty
  • Strange Field Football
  • SushiParty
  • Sword of the Necromancer
  • The Choice of Life: Middle Ages
  • TOHU
  • 01-29

  • Bonkies
  • Burn! SuperTrucks
  • Caves and Castles: Underworld
  • Chill Panda
  • Cooking Festival
  • CROSSBOW: Bloodnight
  • Re:ZERO - Starting Life in Another World: The Prophecy of the Throne
  • Silver Chains
  • Vera Blanc: Ghost In The Castle

Comments

From Wikipedia:

Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World- The Prophecy of the Throne known in Japan as Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World- The False Royal Election Candidate

Wow

I love that Atelier is finally getting some time in the spotlight.

Yacht Club Games (Shovel Knight) are publishing Cyber Shadow, so I'm gonna check it out. Can't believe they're publishing now!