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

Welcome folks, and happy “1,184th Anniversary of the closest pass of Halley’s Comet in recorded history” week! In 837, Halley’s Comet came within a mere 3.2 million miles of Earth—by comparison, Mars is 33.2 million miles away. Its passing was observed by astronomers in China, Japan, Germany, the Byzantine Empire, and the Middle East. Holy Roman Emperor Louis the Pious saw it as an omen of his demise and tried to prevent his fate with extra fasting, prayer and alms for the poor. Halley’s Comet has been a useful tool for historians trying to synchronise chronicles and histories of places with different calendars. You may all celebrate by playing a game where you have to assemble a timeline of events, like maybe the Timeline games.

Borderlands 3 The Director’s Cut arrives after some delays. It offers new bosses, quests, loot, and a bunch of “Making of” content.

Another week, another remastered game. This time it’s the JRPG, SaGa Frontier. The original got kudos in the late 90s for offering a choice of 7 protagonists, each with a separate, distinct story. Originally, there was an 8th protagonist that was cut late in development. The remaster restores the protagonist and adds a bunch of extra content.

MLB The Show 21 steps up to the plate for another season. Its biggest new feature, the stadium creator, is exclusive to the PS5 and XBox Series X/S. With it, you can make your own stadia to use in various other game modes. It apparently has tools to vet a stadium before allowing it during online play.

Tribal Pass is a pixel-art, top-down runner where the aim is to guide your always-running tribe through a bunch of obstacles to reach a mountain. You can switch between clustering the tribe together or fanning them out. Levels take a minute or two to complete. The challenge is less in completing the levels than in getting a high score.

There’s a modern scourge in games where they don’t explain enough about their mechanics at the start, instead leaving you to learn it piecemeal through random loading screen tips. I was 60 hours into AC Valhalla before I realised you could parry with the hidden blade. Such information withholding happens in Tribal Pass, too.

The Darkside Detective: A Fumble in the Dark is 6 new cases in a point’n’click adventure game with lashings of horror and humour. The previous Darkside Detective leaned heavily on pop references from the 80s and 90s for its humour; I expect the same formula will be used here.

Poison Control is a shooter-RPG with a very JRPG storyline. Knight Squad 2 is like Gauntlet mixed with Bomberman, but you fight each other instead of hordes of critter. Godstrike is a twin stick shooter where time is your health bar and power meter.

There’s nothing here to pull me away from my current diet of Immortals Fenix Rising and Kentucky Route Zero, but The Darkside Detective: A Fumble in the Dark gets my GOTW. I’m a sucker for a point’n’click adventure game done well, and you can’t replay the classic Sierra and LucasArts titles forever.

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

PC

  • 04-12

  • Aternia: Deep
  • CosmoDrive:Infinity
  • Curiosity
  • Dangerous Chris
  • Deduction
  • DVOREC
  • Endless Furry Asteroids
  • Flappy Bat
  • Fruit Juice
  • Inner Tao
  • Island World
  • Kakele Online - MMORPG
  • Lair Hockey
  • Lovely Overseer - Dating Sim
  • Monkey vs Dino
  • Monster Seek Ep.1
  • OBSCURY : THE LAST
  • PRISONER 17
  • SAND CASTLES
  • Sato Dreams
  • Tachyon Wars
  • Tank Quest
  • Taoyuan Adventure
  • Village Defender
  • 04-13

  • 1 Hop
  • Avoid The Demons
  • Cat Knight
  • Cutthroat Cove
  • Demon Skin
  • Dread X Collection: The Hunt
  • Endless Furry Ping-Pong
  • Fantasy Dungeon
  • KungFu Kickball
  • Low-Key: A Dope Game
  • Neverwinter: Sharandar Episode 2
  • Newton's Life at Home
  • NovaMundi
  • Nyaa-kuza!!
  • Poker Squadrons
  • United Assault - Normandy '44
  • 04-14

  • Alchemist Memory
  • Anime Memory 0
  • Bacon May Die
  • Blocksplode
  • BURNT ASHES
  • Candy Memory
  • Car Drive
  • Day Repeat Day
  • Ecchi Spirit
  • Forgotten Fields
  • Generals. Positional Warfare
  • He Needs His Medicine
  • Helga: Euphorium's Song
  • Horatio Goes Snowboarding
  • Inside Soccer
  • Jumpin' Tanks
  • Knight Squad 2
  • One Day of an Insurance Agent
  • Rescue Operation
  • Shots fired in the Dark Forest
  • Stone River
  • Sword and Fairy
  • Sword And Fairy 2
  • Sword and Fairy 3 Ex
  • Sword's Soul Duel
  • TaleSpire
  • TASOMACHI
  • Xianjian Qixia Zhuan 3
  • Zen Arts: Relaxing Pendulum Paint Simulator
  • 04-15

  • Aria: Dragon Eater
  • Ashwalkers: A Survival Journey
  • Cauldrons of War - Stalingrad
  • Click Quest
  • Come to College!
  • Drifters Loot the Galaxy
  • EroPhone
  • Escape Velocity: Solar System
  • Fight the Landlord
  • FireFly
  • Flying Flogger
  • Forest Farm
  • Godstrike
  • Insights - Maniac Vortex
  • Invisible Wings
  • Kavel
  • Kuguru
  • Nemesis: Race Against The Pandemic
  • Polgar: Magic detective
  • Rain on Your Parade
  • Rogue Sentry
  • SaGa Frontier Remastered
  • Shadow Man: Remastered
  • Silence Channel
  • Sons of Ra
  • Tactical Troops: Anthracite Shift
  • Tanuki Justice
  • The Darkside Detective: A Fumble in the Dark
  • Voxel Tycoon

Xbox Series X

  • 04-15

  • Rain on Your Parade
  • 04-16

  • MLB The Show 21
  • Tribal Pass
  • 04-18

  • Borderlands 3: Director's Cut

PlayStation 5

  • 04-16

  • MLB The Show 21
  • Tribal Pass
  • 04-18

  • Borderlands 3: Director's Cut

PlayStation 4

  • 04-13

  • Poison Control
  • 04-15

  • SaGa Frontier Remastered
  • 04-16

  • MLB The Show 21
  • Super Meat Boy Forever
  • Tribal Pass
  • 04-18

  • Borderlands 3: Director's Cut

Xbox One

  • 04-14

  • Knight Squad 2
  • 04-15

  • Rain on Your Parade
  • 04-16

  • MLB The Show 21
  • Super Meat Boy Forever
  • Tribal Pass
  • 04-18

  • Borderlands 3: Director's Cut

Switch

  • 04-13

  • Poison Control
  • 04-14

  • Cannon Brawl
  • Isolomus
  • Kingdom of Arcadia
  • Knight Squad 2
  • Park Inc
  • ReactorX
  • 04-15

  • Deiland: Pocket Planet Edition
  • Dragon Audit
  • Godstrike
  • Livestream: Escape from Hotel Izanami
  • Myastere: Ruins of Deazniff
  • Pocoyo Party
  • Rain on Your Parade
  • Relicta
  • SaGa Frontier Remastered
  • Stitchy in Tooki Trouble
  • Team Troopers
  • The Darkside Detective: A Fumble in the Dark
  • Throw it! Animal Park
  • 04-16

  • Colorfall
  • Driving World: Nordic Challenge
  • Heal: Console Edition
  • Snowball Collections Bubble
  • Tribal Pass

Comments

I'm pretty curious about Shadow Man: Remastered. It was one of my favourite N64 games, and revisiting it a couple of years ago I found it to still mostly hold up. Improved lighting would be brilliant, but I worry that the remastered textures might lose that dirty, grungy, grotesque look that it really needs. Either way, the promise of restoring cut content might be enough to get me to revisit it again.

Knight Squad 2? I don't remember a first one.

Just as an FYI, MLB The Show 21 is playable on the 16th only if you've pre-ordered the Jackie Robinson edition (regular or deluxe). The regular release date for the game (even the Xbox Game Pass version) is the 20th.

MLB The Show 21 steps up to the plate for another season. Its biggest new feature, the stadium creator, is exclusive to the PS5 and XBox Series X/S. With it, you can make your own stadia to use in various other game modes. It apparently has tools to vet a stadium before allowing it during online play.

Is this the official singular spelling of "stadium"? :P:P:P:P:P

I've preordered SaGa Frontier and I'm happy it's getting a remaster as they've done wonders with the art. I'm assuming S-E has finally begun using AI to upscale the art because the backgrounds look an awful lot like what us layfolks have managed with PS1 games while messing with AI stuff. I can't wait for this technology to work on stuff that moves.

I will, eventually, play The Show now that it's on GamePass. That's incredible!

garion333 wrote:

I will, eventually, play The Show now that it's on GamePass. That's incredible!

I am still absolutely amazed that not only is the The Show coming to Xbox, but that it's also on GamePass. Absolutely nuts to me.

I played some of the first Darkside Detective on Switch. It’s quite good. I got it for about $3.00 during a sale.