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IMAGE(https://www.gamerswithjobs.com/files/pictures/pictures/picture-13445.jpg)   Felix “Samus It Ever Was” Threepaper

Welcome folks, and happy “138th Anniversary of the first journey of the Orient Express” week! This was the renowned train route that ran from Paris, through Munich, Vienna, and Budapest, to Istanbul—though the first journey in 1883 had a couple of legs by ferry. The route that was the setting of Agatha Christie’s 1934 whodunit, Murder on the Orient Express was actually the Simplon Orient Express, which ran from Paris to Istanbul through Milan, Venice, and Belgrade. At that time, there were 3 services running from Paris to Istanbul, all competing with each other to offer the most luxurious experience, to attract high-class passengers worthy of a murder mystery. You may all celebrate by playing a train simulator, though Train LIfe: A Railway Simulator is the only sim that actually features the Orient Express.

This week’s list is shorter, but packed with quality. The 4th-fiscal-quarter, holiday release avalanche cometh!

Alan Wake Remastered gives PlayStation owners a chance to play this cult classic from Remedy. The visual overhaul gets it running in 4K at 60fps, with a lot of work going into improving textures, character animations, and also foliage (very important when you spend as much time in the forest as Alan does). There’s no change to the gameplay, but all DLC is included, and there is a commentary track featuring the writer and the director.

Speaking of DLC, Wasteland 3: Cult of the Holy Detonation is the second and final expansion. It features a bunch of cults of mutants that worship a nuclear explosion that is somehow held in stasis, and the Rangers will have to decide what’s to be done with it. It’s kinda Wasteland 3’s take on the M.A.D. Monks from Wasteland 2, or Fallout’s Children of the Atom. As with the previous Steeltown DLC, it’s a big new area with quests, gear, factions and choices. Combat encounters will have different objectives than just clearing the board—you’ll have to deactivate reactors, clear ventilation shafts, and more. I can feel a second Wasteland 3 playthrough coming on.

Far Cry 6 drops this week, if you hadn’t heard. Every preview video I watched for other games this week had an ad for Far Cry 6 before it. Apparently it has Giancarlo Esposito. You’re on a fictional Caribbean island, conducting guerrilla ops to take down Esposito’s dictator big bad, one outpost at a time. There’ll be the usual mix of mayhem with a smattering of stealth, plus moddable weapons, hijackable vehicles, and quirky animal companions. The big change to the progression system is that your character doesn’t level up so much as your gear does. Effectively, it means you can switch between different ability sets by changing loadouts. A key element of this is the Supremo backpacks that unlock as you progress. One backpack houses a missile battery, another an EMP that disables alarms and security systems.

In Far Cry 6, you’re a revolutionary, fighting an army. As such, the enemies are better coordinated than before. There’s medics, who revive and heal fallen enemies, and officers who can call in airstrikes on sniper locations. Far Cry 6 is not so much a revolution as an iteration of the Far Cry formula, but why should it be more, given that Far Cry 5 was Ubi’s biggest-selling game ever?

On the Switch, Metroid Dread will be many folks’ most anticipated game. Samus is back in 2D in a sequel that’s been brewing for nearly 15 years. There’s a reason why a whole genre of games with combat and puzzlish exploration that expands with unlocked gadgets are called “Metroidvania” games. In this case, the dev team includes members from Castlevania games, making this an actual Metroidvania game. Alongside traditional 2D Metroid gameplay of shootin’, explorin’, and backtrackin’, there will also be some creepin’: stealth sections involving indestructible, instakill enemies—hence the “Dread” in the title. Fans have been waiting a long time for this, as it was originally conceived as a Nintendo DS title. Now it’s here to showcase Nintendo’s upcoming Switch OLED model with its bigger, better screen.

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is Super Smash Bros, but with kids’ cartoon characters. If you ever argued with your friends about who would win in a fight between Spongebob and Leonardo, this is the game for you. It’s graphically shiny, though not as ultra-shiny as Smash Bros. Mechanically, it’s the Smash Bros formula with a few key differences, like being able to grab opponents’ projectiles and backward strafing. It will be interesting to see the Smash experts analyse these differences. The devs are also aiming for this to run as smoothly as Smash Bros for up to 4 players—for example, by including rollback netcode, a lag-reducing feature I learned about half an hour ago.

While Far Cry 6 looks impressive, these big Ubisoft franchise games are designed to be the only game you play for a whole season. Depending on your buy-in, they can be either a recipe for awesome or everything that’s wrong with open-world games. I’ve discovered that I only have time for one Ubi franchise in my life—the Creed—and cashed out on Far Cry at 3. I also really like the look of the Wasteland 3 expansion, but I gave GOTWs to the original game and previous expansion and that feels like enough accolades.

Instead, I give the GOTW to Metroid Dread. Metroid is one of those venerated game series that I’ve never had the pleasure of, chiefly through never owning the relevant console for it. Now a new Metroid comes along, and I have a Switch? Let’s see what all the fuss is about.

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

PC

  • 10-04

  • Arthurian Legends
  • Cards Matching Memory Game
  • Dungescape!
  • Flyland Wars: 0 Ball Game [Trainer]
  • Flyland Wars: 1 Mountain Climb
  • Flyland Wars: 2 Not Yours Mine
  • Flyland Wars: 3 Model Trains
  • KILLER
  • Martin and the Magic Staff
  • Mission 1985
  • NORR part II: Will Walker
  • NRG
  • Polybius Invaders
  • Roar of Revenge
  • The Cruise
  • The Judgement of Q
  • The Last Will
  • The Warrior of Wisdom
  • Wings Of WW2
  • 10-05

  • Alan Wake Remastered
  • Balcony
  • Chezzle
  • CyberWhiskey: Guy's Room
  • Defect Process
  • Detective Gman
  • Exophobia
  • Galaxy's Edge
  • Heartseeker
  • Hotel Magnate
  • JETT: The Far Shore
  • Join Rush Attack
  • Journey On
  • Mind maze
  • Mist Legacy
  • Moon Defense
  • Netherspace
  • Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl
  • Puzzle Art: Cats
  • Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan
  • Room 13
  • Song of Life
  • Spacecraft speed
  • Spirit Overflow
  • SUCCUBUS
  • Super Gunfight
  • Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania
  • Tiger Trio's Tasty Travels
  • Wasteland 3: Cult of the Holy Detonation
  • Yolka
  • 10-06

  • Andalia
  • Bear's Restaurant
  • Capital Island
  • Cato, the cat
  • Escape From The Void
  • Extinction (Royal Games Studio)
  • Haunted Shores
  • Hidden Caves
  • Hidden Lands
  • Jack Axe
  • Kenopsia
  • Lack of Water
  • Lawnmower Game: Battle
  • Lightout
  • Load Roll Die
  • Monster Dice
  • Mosaic Hearts Prototype
  • Perfectly Balanced
  • SCP: Doki Doki Anomaly
  • Short Hop Laser
  • Slow living with Princess
  • TatuBall
  • The Adventures of Emoji 4 : Fly High Mouse
  • 10-07

  • 2300 A.C
  • Aqua Boy
  • ASTRA
  • BorderCollie Blaster Demo
  • Cat Jumper
  • Cooking Companions
  • Cosmic Cat
  • Desert Magic Adventures
  • Devil Tears
  • Eclipse
  • Far Cry 6
  • Hell Blasters
  • Homeless Story 2: Police Mayhem
  • Infinite Lagrange
  • Jumping Pirates
  • Kill The Dragon
  • Living with Temptation 1 - REDUX
  • Mi Scusi
  • My name is Velcro
  • Nightwalker 2
  • Old Coin Pusher Friends
  • Phoenix Point: Corrupted Horizons
  • Rocket Jump
  • The Lightbringer
  • The Majesti
  • The Monster Girl Captured the Continent
  • trip=true
  • Violent Agent
  • What's Your Gender?
  • Whisper Trip
  • Zen World
  • 10-08

  • 100 hidden birds 2
  • 100 Pumpkins
  • because King of Beasts.
  • Castle Cardians
  • Collision Hero
  • Contract Summoner
  • Conundrum (Nogam Game)
  • Dash Realm
  • Deep Despair 2
  • Deep Space Gardening
  • Dog Licking Simulator
  • Don't run out of Soda
  • Everlife
  • Fear in The Modern House - CH3
  • Fengshen Bang Fu Mo Third Prince
  • Fox Goes Hunting
  • Galaxy's Extreme
  • Halloween Trouble 3: Collector's Edition
  • Heavenly Hammer
  • Instruction Chu
  • Inventory Manager
  • ITRP _ Gas Prison
  • Kusari Kingdom
  • Last Genesis
  • Leaf Tree
  • Mandeshire
  • Manufactoria 2022
  • MAZEMAN
  • N1L (No1Lives)
  • Night Reverie
  • Nosos
  • Peace, Death! 2
  • Project: Cow
  • Puzzle Cafe VR
  • SOCIAL TIME
  • Somni
  • Street Racing: United
  • Succubus With Guns
  • The King of Warriors : Battle in the Three Kingdoms
  • Three Hundred Bucks
  • Ultima World
  • Your Sword Is So Big
  • Zombie Hazard
  • 10-09

  • Grand Lord Strategy Edition
  • Hunted
  • Kick It
  • King of the Raft - A LitRPG Visual Novel Apocalypse Adventure
  • Shelter Manager
  • 10-10

  • Ruka
  • Tales from Ahrum

Xbox Series X

  • 10-05

  • Alan Wake Remastered
  • Exophobia
  • Hell Let Loose
  • Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl
  • Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania
  • 10-07

  • Back 4 Blood
  • Far Cry 6
  • Moonglow Bay

Xbox One

  • 10-05

  • Alan Wake Remastered
  • BPM: Bullets Per Minute
  • Exophobia
  • Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl
  • Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan
  • Wasteland 3: Cult of the Holy Detonation
  • 10-07

  • Far Cry 6
  • Moonglow Bay
  • No Longer Home
  • 10-08

  • ATOM RPG
  • Lord of the Click II
  • RainCity

PlayStation 5

  • 10-05

  • Alan Wake Remastered
  • Exophobia
  • Hell Let Loose
  • JETT: The Far Shore
  • Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl
  • Puzzle Bobble 3D: Vacation Odyssey
  • 10-06

  • art of rally
  • 10-07

  • Back 4 Blood
  • Far Cry 6

h2]PlayStation 4[/h2]

  • 10-05

  • Alan Wake Remastered
  • BPM: Bullets Per Minute
  • Exophobia
  • JETT: The Far Shore
  • Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl
  • Puzzle Bobble 3D: Vacation Odyssey
  • Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan
  • Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania
  • Wasteland 3: Cult of the Holy Detonation
  • 10-06

  • art of rally
  • 10-07

  • Back 4 Blood
  • Far Cry 6
  • Wraith: The Oblivion - Afterlife

Switch

  • 10-04

  • Toree 2
  • 10-05

  • Amane Switch
  • Exophobia
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
  • Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl
  • Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan
  • Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania
  • 10-07

  • Balloon Pop - Learning Letters, Numbers, Colors, Game for Kids
  • Business Tour Deluxe
  • Creepy Tale 2
  • Drum Box
  • Gang Beasts
  • InfiniteCorp: Cyberpunk Card Game
  • Jack Axe
  • Lotus Bloom
  • No Longer Home
  • PandaBall
  • Panmorphia
  • Prehistoric Life Puzzles
  • Pretty Girls Mahjong Solitaire
  • The Lightbringer
  • The Marauder Chronicles - Curse over Valdria
  • 10-08

  • AAA Clock
  • Bouncy Bullets 2
  • Enigmatis 3: The Shadow of Karkhala
  • Lord of the Click II
  • Metroid Dread
  • Slice of Life
  • Tetris Effect: Connected
  • 10-09

  • Medieval Tower Defense
  • Toroom

Comments

JETT The Far Shore is my "I remember that from convention season and was pretty intrigued but I know nothing else about it" for this week. I do like spaceships and exploration.

Huh, I thought Super Monkey Ball came out last week. That's a must buy for my family after it gets a discount. I'm all curmudgeony about their marketing of all things. Hyping paid DLC characters before launch just seemed wrong.

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl appears to be developed by two teams with limited experience. Doubt it'll manage to take on Smash in any way, but stranger things have happened in this life.

garion333 wrote:

Hyping paid DLC characters before launch just seemed wrong.

I didn't realize those were all paid. I thought they came with the package.

What are the odds of an ultimate edition that includes all DLC?

I've had my desktop wallpaper set to Metroid Dread since its announcement, so it's obvious what my pick is this week. Admittedly, I cannot hide my curiosity regarding Nickelodeon All-Stars Brawl, but there's no way I'm picking that up right now. There's too many other games more intriguing that I'll not be buying. I anticipate it might have a small following on non-Nintendo platforms, but it won't be making a dent in the Smash community. As Dyni mentioned in the Switch thread, it's kind of obvious that the game is lacking that Nintendo polish.

At the same time, I give them respect for trying, and wonder if they can get an opportunity to make a sequel that improves on what this game does. I'm always up for more competition, after all.

METROID DREAD!!

ccesarano wrote:
garion333 wrote:

Hyping paid DLC characters before launch just seemed wrong.

I didn't realize those were all paid. I thought they came with the package.

What are the odds of an ultimate edition that includes all DLC?

For clarity:

Yakuza's Kazuma Kiryu, Jet Set Radio's Beat, plus Sonic and Knuckles will be free
Monster Rancher's Suezo, Hello Kitty and Persona 5's Morgana will arrive as paid DLC

There's also some $5 individual DLCs you can buy for customization items. The base game is $40, which is cool, but all these "extras" rubbed me the wrong way. It's the timing. They spent time hyping their new (and free) characters to then hype the other ones the same way, but attach a $5 tag to each. It simply means I'm waiting on a sale.

Going to say Nick Toon Brawl Smash.

I have never played a metroid game, but I do really like metroidvanias...

Amoebic wrote:

METROID DREAD!!

I can't believe I missed this thread last week