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

Welcome folks, and happy “66th Anniversary of the sale of the first home-use microwave oven” week! Microwave ovens use the same magnetron technology as centrimetric radar. A radar operator working for Raytheon in 1945 noticed that the radar set he was working on was melting the chocolate bar in his pocket, sparking the realisation that there could be other applications for the technology. After a few years of experimenting to see if microwaves could be used to reanimate cryogenically frozen hamsters (don’t ask), eventually the tech was licensed to make ovens. The first microwave ovens sold for domestic use cost $1,295 in 1955 money (around $13,000 in today’s money). So the same tech that was used to spot ships, subs, and planes during World War II is being used to pop popcorn today. You may all celebrate by playing a game where you can actually demilitarise.

Beyond the spate of Halloweenish games this week, it also feels like the games schedule is switching into top gear. There’s going to be a big name release per week for the next 6 weeks, so strap in and get hype!

Age of Empires IV is the first new game in this venerable RTS series in 16 years. With its focus on the Middle Ages, it’s a reimagining of 1999’s Age of Empires II. It starts out with 8 playable civs and 4 campaigns, including the Norman conquest. The basic RTS formula is there: building a base to defend and producing units to attack. The devs, Relic, have added a bunch of touches to streamline the formula and make sure each faction feels unique, including special units for each faction. The Mongols can even pack up and move their base at will. And horse archers look cool turning 180 degrees in the saddle to shoot enemies while running away. There is still a unit limit of 200, so don’t expect to send hordes across the map like in Total War. This looks like a solid RTS that iterates on the genre for a new era, rather than reimagining it from the ground up. I would love to see it on consoles, if possible.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, published by Squenix, is a resolutely single-player game. You can play only as Star-Lord, while the rest of the Guardians are AI companions. This feels like a missed opportunity: Star-Lord is the most vanilla Guardian—how hard would it have been to rejig dialogue options for Groot? But then I remembered that this is by Eidos Montreal, makers of last-gen’s Deus Ex games, which also included a fixed, relatively vanilla player-character, and they were still some of my favourite games.

Anyhoo, the combat design looks pretty good. Every team member has their own skill trees to upgrade, and Star-Lord also has 4 elemental ammo types for his gun and his own special moves. Plus, he can issue commands to the other Guardians to pull off their special moves for synergised attacks. So, Star-Lord might use his ice ammo to freeze enemies, then order Drax to jump in and shatter them. It looks like teamwork will be essential for success: you will draw most of the aggro and neither you nor your teammates will do much damage without working together. Previews described the combat as being like the Final Fantasy 7 remake, but with my non-JRPG frame of reference, it looked like a slicker version of the combat in Mass Effect 3. Add in some spaceship combat sequences, dialogue choices that can set up combat scenarios differently, and a bangin’, mostly-80s playlist, and you got a game goin’. I’m more interested in this than I was in Squenix’s Avengers.

Black Widow: Recharged is not another licensed Marvel game, but a very neon, twin-stick shooter where you are a spider in a web shooting waves of bugs.

Star Wars Jedi Knight Collection bundles up recent console ports of Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy. These are classic games with basic ports, with no tweaking to bring controls, UI, or checkpointing up to speed with current console sensibilities. As such, they handle badly compared to, say, Jedi Fallen Order. I tried Outcast on my PS4 in 2019 and had a hard time just managing the shooting controls, even before I got to try lightsabering. Jedi Academy does have multiplayer, if you want to duel like it’s 2003.

Darkest Dungeon 2 is an Epic Games Store ‘sclusy that enters Early Access this week. In true “first-sequel” style, it looks like a bigger, better-animated instalment of this randomised, side-scrolling, tactical, terror-driven RPG. It’s got some 3D stagecoach riding sections, improvements to UI, and more sophisticated stress-management mechanics for your roster of adventurers.

If, on the other hand, you want sweet relief from all this seasonal spookiness and terror, why not visit Moonglow Bay. It’s got a voxel, Minecraft Story Mode aesthetic, and it’s all about taking your boat out fishing along the Eastern Canadian coastline. You can then cook up your catch and sell it to the characters in the nearby town who have their own stories and secrets to reveal. It looks like a sweet game that might twang a few heartstrings.

On the Switch, Mario Party Superstars is the 12th outing for this party game series. It’s a “greatest hits” collection of over 100 minigames from the N64 and Gamecube Mario Party games. Folks have been having a lot of fun with the Jackbox Party Pack these last few weeks—will this drag them away?

This week, it’s a close call between Age of Empires IV and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. While I respect the longevity and setting of Age of Empires, I’m simply more likely to play Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy as it’s on console. Plus, it’s by Eidos Montreal, so I’ll be sure to judge the game on its own merits and not compare it to the awesome Deus Ex sequel that exists in my head.

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

PC

  • 10-25

  • #tacticalunderground arcade
  • Adventures Of Two Foxes
  • Bullet Grinder
  • CAGE-FACE | Case 2: The Sewer
  • Creepy Mahjong
  • Cyber Runner 2048
  • Cyndefense 2
  • Dashie's Puh-ranormal Activity
  • Destroying The Asteroid (Along With Unfair Hurdles)
  • Everyday Life in Hospital
  • Fairy Embroidered Sword
  • Happy Summer Quest
  • HaremKingdom
  • Juro Janosik
  • P.U.R.G.A.T.O.R.Y
  • Please Duology
  • RussianPunk 2007
  • Square Dungeon
  • Too Many Humans
  • Top Gang
  • Trick or Treat
  • Undead Menace
  • WavePlayer
  • Wednesday Basketball
  • 10-26

  • A Frustrating Platformer
  • ARK-ADE
  • BAD END THEATER
  • Bomj Simulator
  • Break Robots VR
  • Campground Owner
  • Captain Jackson
  • Darkest Dungeon II
  • East Trapper
  • Flashlight
  • Forgive me Father
  • Franchise Hockey Manager 8
  • Grand Empire: Amane
  • Grotto
  • HABITAT
  • Help Me
  • Hero of the day
  • Holiday Cheer 3
  • Insomnious
  • Kathy Rain: Director's Cut
  • Marmoset
  • Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Moonglow Bay
  • NoRoY
  • PolyBoost
  • Remy Raccoon and the Lost Temple - Halloween Hijinks (Volume 1)
  • Rios de Lluvia
  • Sniper Game
  • Tactics Tower Mayhem
  • The Smurfs: Mission Vileaf
  • The Unliving
  • Three Color Ball
  • Three Thousand World
  • Touhou Multi Scroll Shooting 2
  • Voxel Farm Island
  • White Flower
  • WordKiller
  • 10-27

  • Bomb Sweeper - Mine Finder
  • Castle Mascot
  • COME ALIVE!
  • Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water
  • Gliont Light
  • Going the Distance
  • Industriality
  • Kings and Pigs Prequel
  • Master Forge
  • Mi.Ju-Xinjing Hospital
  • Midnight Scenes: The Nanny
  • Moonsters
  • Mystery Coin
  • Once More
  • SnowRocket
  • Super Robot Wars 30
  • Void Eclipse
  • 10-28

  • Afterworld King
  • Age of Empires IV
  • Bassmaster Fishing 2022
  • Black Widow: Recharged
  • Campfire Tales
  • Cat Fish Island
  • Decoherence
  • Devil Inside Us: Roots of Evil
  • Dreamer: Puzzle
  • ENOH
  • FIGHT BOTS
  • Fossilfuel VR: Raptor Isolation
  • Gachi Bird
  • George
  • Happy Game
  • Hermitage: Strange Case Files
  • Hunkenstein
  • Ice Orange Pudding
  • Inferno
  • King's Lair
  • Marimoth
  • MeiQi 2022
  • MetaPhysical
  • My Universe - Puppies & Kittens
  • NASCAR 21: Ignition
  • Night and Day
  • Plan B from Outer Space: A Bavarian Odyssey
  • Printersim
  • Riders Republic
  • RoboVanRush
  • Safari Cannon
  • Saint Kotar
  • Samurai Crawler
  • Sand Story
  • Shoot The Zombirds VR
  • Smoots Golf - First Training
  • Steel Crew
  • stock wolf
  • Storm & Calm
  • Subway Midnight
  • Sudden Darkness
  • Sunshine Manor
  • Taoist priest Yan
  • The Hero
  • Undernauts: Labyrinth of Yomi
  • Vampire: The Masquerade - Parliament of Knives
  • Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars
  • Wings of Justice
  • Yolked
  • Zombie frenzy
  • 10-29

  • 1/2 Red Riding Hood
  • Abyss: The Training Has Begun
  • Atomic Cards
  • Banzai Escape 2: Subterranean
  • Car Tuning Simulator
  • China's War Epidemic
  • Climb up the down
  • Cornmaze Craze
  • Corpse Mansion
  • CubeLines
  • Cybermere
  • Demons Hunter
  • Dipod: The Foot Legacy
  • Dreamlands
  • Dynamic Dungeons Editor
  • Elven Tales - Rise of Darkness
  • Extra Life
  • Finding Home
  • FLOW (Dallen Larson)
  • Gefragt Gejagt - Das Spiel
  • Ghost Case
  • GhostHunter
  • GO with the FLOW
  • Greed Is Bad
  • Haunted Hell House
  • Hellbreath
  • Herency
  • HeWantsToLive
  • INDICTED
  • Laptop Tycoon
  • Live Or Die
  • Louder Than Words ~The Story of a Field Trip~
  • Maybe Immortal
  • Mirror Layers
  • Model Railway Easily 2
  • Monads II
  • Odenavirus: Zombie Invasion
  • Our Hero! Two
  • PJ Masks: Heroes Of The Night
  • Return Alive
  • Sacrifice of The Spirit
  • Skautfold: Knight's End
  • Sokoramp
  • Star Witch
  • String Burning
  • Summoner's Mess
  • Super Dream Dasher
  • Survive the Night
  • Sweet Hero
  • Swimmer Admiration
  • Terrain Defender
  • The House
  • The House Where They Dwell
  • The Pied Piper of Gamelin
  • The story of archer
  • The Undead
  • Unveiled
  • VR Puppet Game
  • Witches Vs. Demons
  • Witty witch
  • Wizard Of Walls

Xbox Series X

  • 10-26

  • Iron Harvest Complete Edition
  • Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse
  • 10-27

  • Pumpkin Jack
  • 10-28

  • Backbone
  • Bassmaster Fishing 2022
  • Black Widow: Recharged
  • Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water
  • Riders Republic
  • Roki

Xbox One

  • 10-26

  • Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy
  • NASCAR 21: Ignition
  • Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town
  • 10-27

  • Dadish
  • Dadish 2
  • Death Park 2
  • 10-28

  • Backbone
  • Bassmaster Fishing 2022
  • Black Widow: Recharged
  • Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water
  • Hermitage: Strange Case Files
  • Riders Republic
  • Undernauts: Labyrinth of Yomi
  • VirtuaVerse
  • 10-29

  • Light Fairytale Episode 2
  • PJ Masks: Heroes Of The Night

PlayStation 5

  • 10-26

  • Iron Harvest Complete Edition
  • Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse
  • 10-27

  • Pumpkin Jack
  • 10-28

  • Backbone
  • Bassmaster Fishing 2022
  • Black Widow: Recharged
  • Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water
  • Riders Republic
  • Roki
  • Undernauts: Labyrinth of Yomi

PlayStation 4

  • 10-26

  • Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Minecraft Dungeons: Ultimate Edition
  • NASCAR 21: Ignition
  • Neptunia x Senran Kagura: Ninja Wars
  • Star Wars Jedi Knight Collection
  • Star Wars Racer & Commando Combo
  • Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town
  • 10-27

  • Wraith: The Oblivion - Afterlife
  • 10-28

  • Backbone
  • Bassmaster Fishing 2022
  • Black Widow: Recharged
  • Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water
  • Hermitage: Strange Case Files
  • Riders Republic
  • Undernauts: Labyrinth of Yomi
  • VirtuaVerse
  • Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars
  • 10-29

  • Panorama Cotton
  • PJ Masks: Heroes Of The Night

Switch

  • 10-25

  • Zombo Buster Rising
  • 10-26

  • Gas Guzzlers Extreme
  • Hermitage: Strange Case Files
  • Kathy Rain: Director's Cut
  • L.O.L. Surprise! Movie Night
  • Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Minecraft Dungeons: Ultimate Edition
  • Shadow Corridor
  • Time Management Game Collection
  • 10-27

  • Lucid Cycle
  • Princess.Loot.Pixel.Again
  • 10-28

  • Abarenbo Tengu & Zombie Nation
  • Backbone
  • Black Widow: Recharged
  • Brain Meltdown - Into Despair
  • Cape's Escape Game 4th Room
  • Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality
  • Dragon Hills
  • DUSK
  • Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water
  • Happy Game
  • hexceed
  • Jigsaw Finale
  • Jigsaw Fun: Amazing Animals
  • King Leo
  • Okinawa Rush
  • SEDOMAIRI
  • The Sokoban
  • Undernauts: Labyrinth of Yomi
  • VirtuaVerse
  • Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars
  • Zumba Aqua
  • 10-29

  • Dollhouse
  • Halloween Snowball Bubble
  • Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity - Guardian of Remembrance
  • Mario Party Superstars
  • Panorama Cotton
  • PJ Masks: Heroes Of The Night
  • SHINRAI: Broken Beyond Despair
  • 10-31

  • The Suicide of Rachel Foster

Comments

I'm going to admit, Guardians of the Galaxy has managed to capture my interest. I originally shrugged it off, and I especially did not find myself endeared towards a less charismatic Star Lord and other "stunt double" voice castings, but as the marketing went on I became more and more intrigued. Now, I may go halfsies on it with a friend and borrow his copy when he's finished.

Otherwise, I'll be snagging Mario Party Superstars, the first Mario Party game I'll ever own and play, because my Switch gaming friends are snagging it and we all do streaming things and so we're probably going to stream it.

This means I have to sacrifice Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water, one of the last remaining (but not final) WiiU exclusives to receive a modern port. I played the first episode during an Extra Life stream some years ago when I was still doing those, and boy howdy was it a lot of fun. I'd love to grab this new one, but I'm trying to be budget conscious, and neither time nor cash allow for its presence.

Same goes with Legend of Tianding, a game about a Taiwanese folklore hero. Game looks neat, I'd love to play it, but time and budget just don't allow for it at the moment.

Yeah, this is one of the hardest hitting weeks of the season in terms of releases.

Riders Republic! Ubi's sports titles are about the only games they put out I'm truly excited for.

I thought Moonglow Bay was on more platforms than PC?

charlemagne wrote:

I thought Moonglow Bay was on more platforms than PC?

It is also on Xboxes and GamePass.

Felix Threepaper wrote:
charlemagne wrote:

I thought Moonglow Bay was on more platforms than PC?

It is also on Xboxes and GamePass.

This is great news, as I have both of those things