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Welcome folks, and happy “35th Anniversary of A Better Tomorrow” week! This iconic movie was the birthplace of gun fu, setting the template for a Hong Kong cinema genre known as “heroic bloodshed.” It was directed by John Woo and featured Chow Yun-fat in his breakout role as a dual pistol-wielding, match-chewing gangster in a trenchcoat and sunglasses. Its style of action was influential on film industries the world over, and also trickled down to video games. You may all celebrate by playing a game with bullet time.

Tartapolis calls itself a “metroidvania with guns”. It’s a side-scrolling, action-RPG by Polish devs, Fusion studios. You play as a private eye in a weird, totalitarian, sci-fi city—and the game touts a fitting, black-and-white aesthetic to match. There’s an open-world with cases to solve, skill trees, detective gadgets, weapon upgrades, NPCs, and some decent music.

Neverwinter is the free-to-play, D&D MMORPG based on 4th-edition rules, which makes sense because 4th edition was kinda designed to make D&D feel like an MMORPG. Sharandar is a 3-part expansion with an extended Feywild campaign. The first episode, The Iron Tooth, drops this week. This isn’t the first time Neverwinter has taken characters to the Feywild—back in 2013, its first module was set there—but this time it is substantially updated, with a revamped social hub, dungeons, adventure zones, and other MMORPG things.

There’s not much on the Xbox or Sony platforms this week. My Universe: Pet Clinic Cats and Dogs is a port of a cutesy Switch game where you treat cats and dogs and try to become Head Veterinarian of your clinic. Aground is a port of the 2020 mining/crafting RPG where you start by gathering wood to make a fire and end up building entire towns—and even launching a spaceship to the stars. Little Nightmares II is a horror adventure game with a vibe straight out of Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas. Death Crown is a dark fantasy RTS where you play as Death herself, building towers and commanding legions. It’s rendered in an evocative, 1-bit (yes, 1-bit), black-and-white art style.

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury is an interesting twofer. Super Mario 3D World is a port of the 2013 WiiU game. As you’d guess from the name, it’s 3D, but actually has a fixed camera, like the PS3 God of War games. It has linear levels that you can play in 4-player co-op as well as Captain Toad levels, which were eventually spun off into their own game. Bowser’s Fury is a separate game in the package that is more open-world and free-form. Instead of discrete levels, you have one world to roam around and explore. Every so often, a Mario version of Breath of the Wild’s Blood Moon strikes, and a Godzilla-sized Bowser appears to hunt you. It’s probably best to avoid Bowser until you have collected enough power-ups to be able to take him on and banish him by force.

For zhuzhing up a forgotten gem, and adding an interesting, standalone bonus experience, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury takes home the GOTW in this quiet week.

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

PC

  • 02-08

  • Adventure Field 4
  • Atrius Star
  • Aventura Copilului Albastru si Urat
  • Blackberry (Andeo TEAM)
  • Boring in paradise
  • Clash of Warlords
  • EQUALINE
  • Game-Kun: Input Challenge
  • HuniePop 2: Double Date
  • Just Shake It
  • Kyuu Kyuu Shoujo
  • Little elf tower defense
  • NORSK: Epistle
  • Puzzletronics: Digital Infinite One
  • Ritum Bitum
  • Space Mages: D33
  • Starter Pack
  • STRAY KITTEN
  • Taiwai Mahjong 2: 16 Brands
  • Taiwai Mahjong 3: 16 Brands
  • Taiwai Mahjong: 16 Brands
  • The Fifth Relic
  • Toodles & Toddlers
  • VR Black Hole Travel Hypothesis
  • VR Kyoto: Beauty of Japan
  • Xuan-Yuan Sword2
  • Xuan-Yuan Sword: Dance of the Maple Leaves
  • 02-09

  • Berzerk Flashback
  • Cat Colony Crisis
  • Crystorld
  • Demonpact: Clarice
  • Evade
  • Gongo
  • Head AS Code
  • Meng Niang Three Kingdoms
  • Neverwinter: Sharandar
  • One Shell Straight to Hell
  • The Curse of Illmoore Bay
  • Watch This Space
  • 02-10

  • Attack: Helicopter Simulator 2020
  • Blocks
  • Catty & Batty: The Spirit Guide
  • Centrifugal
  • CityPunk
  • Detours
  • Distant Transmission
  • Drift Traffic City
  • Drift Traffic Road
  • Emberglass
  • Erzurum
  • Girls' civilization 2 VR
  • HARD TAPES
  • Human Or Virus
  • Isle of the Crown
  • Lost Angel
  • Pamir Saga
  • Pixel Poops
  • Recite Poems
  • Reincarnation Repair OL
  • Solo Fox
  • Spring Flower
  • Survival Engine
  • Tanks in Labyrinth
  • Two or Three Things in Game Development
  • White Wash
  • Zombie Dungeon
  • 02-11

  • Across Killzone
  • Bow & Crystal Tower Defense
  • Chesstle
  • Click and Relax
  • CyberNEON
  • Earth Analog
  • Fight the Landlord
  • Growbots: Battle Academy
  • INFINITE VERSUS
  • Knights of Riddle
  • Little Nightmares II
  • Martial Arts Legend
  • Medievalien
  • Potentia
  • Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV: Diplomacy and Strategy Expansion Pack Bundle
  • Stay Safe 2020
  • Tank Rampage
  • The Commission 1920: Organized Crime Grand Strategy
  • The Damathos Clan
  • Tiny Defender
  • Wounded Knee
  • 02-12

  • Critical Zone
  • Gal*Gun Returns
  • Lost In Dungeon (2019)
  • Mini Countries
  • Osteoblasts
  • Tartapolis
  • The Seasons Collection: Spring
  • Turbo Sloths

Xbox Series X

  • 02-12

  • Outbreak: Lost Hope

PlayStation 5

PlayStation 4

  • 02-09

  • My Universe: Pet Clinic Cats and Dogs
  • 02-11

  • Aground
  • Death Crown
  • Little Nightmares II
  • Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV: Diplomacy and Strategy Expansion Pack Bundle

Xbox One

  • 02-11

  • Aground
  • Death Crown
  • Little Nightmares II
  • On The Road The Truck Simulator
  • 02-12

  • Endurance: Space Action
  • Rover Wars : Battle for Mars

Switch

  • 02-08

  • Contract Killers
  • 02-09

  • Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption
  • Hexagon Defense
  • My Universe: Pet Clinic Cats and Dogs
  • 02-10

  • #SinucaAttack
  • Choices That Matter: And Their Heroes Were Lost
  • 02-11

  • Aground
  • Death Crown
  • Healer's Quest
  • Little Nightmares II
  • Negative: The Way of Shinobi
  • Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV: Diplomacy and Strategy Expansion Pack Bundle
  • Summer Catchers
  • The Flower Collectors
  • Tri6: Infinite
  • UnderMine
  • 02-12

  • #1 Crosswords
  • Gal*Gun Returns
  • Halloween Forever
  • Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury

Comments

Oddly enough, A Better Tomorrow is a film I haven't seen. I've never loved John Woo movies, though I've seen a few, preferring instead the Japanese movies from Beat Takeshi/Takeshi Kitano. Weird.

Gal*Gun Returns actual GOTW.