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

Welcome folks, and happy “87th Anniversary of the first beer sold in a can” week! On January 24, 1935, cans of Gottfried Krueger Brewery’s Creamy Ale hit the shelves. They were opened by punching a hole in the can with a churchkey (sold separately), so technically, shotgunning a beer was invented on the same day. The ring pull wasn’t invented until 1962. Companies had been experimenting with canning beer since 1909, but it took 26 years to solve the whole “exploding can” problem with carbonation. You may all celebrate by cracking a tube.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus puts a little bit of Breath of the Wild into Pokémon. Wild Pokémon have a wider variety of behaviours than just sitting and waiting for you. Some will flee, and some will be aggressive. Some will even attack you directly for some real-time combat before you can throw out a Pokéball. There’s some rudimentary stealthing that can let you get the drop on an unaware Pokémon. You’ll be able to ride your Pokémon, and there’s collectible ingredients for crafting, and NPCs with quests. None of it is new, but it’s new to Pokémon. There’s also some tweaks to make the combat a little more strategic, with the introduction of strong and agile styles. Overall, it’s designed to make the open world feel less static and empty, and the combat less rote, than in previous Pokémon games.

Reverie Knights Tactics is an isometric, indie, turn-based, tactical, fantasy RPG with a hand-drawn art style. All those descriptors, and you still don’t have a sense of what the game is actually like. It offers a hint of the same flavours that you get from the big dogs of turn-based RPGs, but boiled down so as to be less crunchy. It’s like a mobile version of Divinity: Original Sin. There’s 3 main stats for each character, a simple action point economy, crafting and decisions that impact the story, but the lore seems quite fantasy-generic. It could go down quite smoothly—it’s hard to tell how engaging a tactical system is from 15 minutes of previews.

Cities: Skylines - Airports does what it says on the tin. It’s an expansion to build runways, airports, seedy airport hotels and airlines in your city. If you’ve been chafing against decades of standardised international airport building codes, then you’ll be relieved to hear that this will let you build runways that are twice as long as regulation, park planes anywhere you like around the airport, without regard for wingspan or taxying restrictions, or plonk hotels right on the runway to watch the planes go by. There’s hours of new fun on offer; at least until the aerodrome inspectors turn up.

Serious Sam: Siberian Mayhem is an expandalone for Serious Sam 4. This was initially a Russian mod, then the modders got the nod from the main devs to turn it into an official product. Livin’ the dream.

Cannibal Cuisine is a console port that asks: What if Overcooked, but more violent and provocative? Instead of washing dishes like in Overcooked, you’ll be having melee combat with your unwilling meals. Unfortunately, the game’s differences from Overcooked are also its weak spots.

COGEN: Sword of Rewind is a side-scrolling action game where every hit kills you. But when you die, you can rewind up to 3 seconds and go again. Challenging? Infuriating? What happens if you get stuck in a bad loop? I don’t know, because all the preview videos are in Japanese.

Otherwise, Annapurna’s The Artful Escape is coming to PlayStations, as is the cute, pixelated pew-pew game Cake Invaders. Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection is two Uncharted games upscaled for PS5: Uncharted 4 and Lost Legacy, which will also come to PCs soon. Are two games a collection now? It feels like that’s pushing it. I’ve got two Star Wars T-shirts—does that mean I’m ‘collecting’ them?

Chalk up a win for the Switch, because Pokémon Legends: Arceus is the clear GOTW this week. The additional gameplay tweaks take some of the grind out of building your Pokédex.

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

PC

  • 01-24

  • A lost jellyfish: Return to its parents
  • Achromira
  • amazin' George 2
  • Archetype Arcadia
  • Automation
  • Be Vigilant!
  • Blown Away
  • Cat and fish
  • CODE:VALKYRIE II
  • Dive Bar Superstars
  • EPIC KNIGHT
  • Fadry
  • HardWorker Simulator
  • Hidden Deep
  • Invention 3
  • Invisible Places - Pixel Art Jigsaw Puzzle
  • Jetpackman
  • Jumpilla
  • Laboratory
  • Lighthouse Stories - Book one: Part one
  • Shaped Beats
  • Spunner
  • Twins Edge : Back and Forth
  • Void Slayer
  • 01-25

  • Alien Defense
  • Barn Finders VR: The Pilot
  • Camp Focus
  • Cities: Skylines - Airports
  • ColdSun
  • Covid Simulator
  • Cyber Cult City
  • Dangerous Hobby
  • Eggroll
  • GRIT
  • Haha Doodle
  • Jianghu, starting from the recovery of spiritual energy: Zongmen chapter
  • Kakureza Library
  • KAPIA
  • Levitation Simulator
  • Not For Broadcast
  • Pirates of the Maverta
  • Porcelain Tales
  • Reverie Knights Tactics
  • Serious Sam: Siberian Mayhem
  • Tetris for Two
  • The Lotus
  • The VII Enigma
  • Wordish
  • Xing Yun Ji
  • Zenite
  • 01-26

  • Armor Clash 1 Remake
  • BlitzPunch
  • Bombagun
  • Card escape: Plane crash
  • Clash of Seven Heroes
  • Cursebound
  • Deep Fishing
  • Difficulty
  • Dragon Saddle Melee
  • Elasto Mania Remastered
  • Gav-Gav Odyssey
  • Legend of the Phoenix
  • Mess Adventures 2
  • Mini Mini-Golf
  • Mirror three
  • Ninja Usagimaru: Two Tails of Adventure
  • Normal SHMUP
  • Please, Touch The Artwork
  • RPGScenery
  • Shin Mahjong Tenka Fubu
  • Space Betrayers
  • Sr. Empatia
  • TechnoMagic
  • Terra Ventura
  • The Late D. Flate's Great Estate
  • Thumb-Thump
  • Trauma: The Beach
  • Van Van Up!
  • XO Evolved
  • 01-27

  • A Taste of the Past
  • Bluravity
  • City Retreat
  • COGEN: Sword of Rewind
  • Death By Tomato
  • Deflector
  • Downfall of Krynto
  • DRAWER
  • Duobao Xiuxian
  • Get Achievements for Achievements
  • Gogte
  • Gunvolt Chronicles: Luminous Avenger iX 2
  • Isles of Yore
  • It's Dungeon Time!
  • Jagged Farm: Birth of a Hero
  • Jump Challenge!
  • KAMIMAHOU
  • KamiYaba: Destiny on a Dicey Deadline
  • Operation S.T.E.E.L.
  • Otome No Himitsu
  • PK2022
  • Rorys Restaurant Origins
  • Rugby 22
  • Taiko no Tatsujin: The Drum Master!
  • Wanderer
  • Zenith: The Last City
  • Zombie Carnage 2
  • 01-28

  • A Tale About Flowers
  • accelerating hotkeys
  • Ambushed
  • Ancient Wars: Sparta Definitive Edition
  • Avalanches
  • Ballfrog
  • Blank Frame
  • Cellar
  • Dancer
  • DESTROY Simulator
  • Fallen Spirit
  • Gem Rifts
  • Haunted Stories
  • Hell Mission
  • Hyper-5
  • I've Seen Everything
  • IKUSAAAAAAAN!
  • Infinity BattleSoul
  • Invasion: Neo Earth
  • Jean and Josie
  • Johnny Boy: Red Moon's Kiss - Episode 1
  • Let's Ride! Silver Buckle Stables
  • Math Game
  • Mireille and Amurita in the Forest of Illusions
  • Move Dodge and Kill
  • MOVEIT
  • Movie Night
  • Nelson and the Magic Cauldron: The Journey
  • Nienix
  • OtterQuest
  • RelicAdventure
  • So long as there is Mercy
  • Sweet Collector
  • Tyroom vs Typing Gunner
  • 01-29

  • Dodge Dots
  • Plane boy
  • Running boy
  • Unlimited running
  • 01-30

  • Fluids & Sounds: Mind relaxing and meditative

Xbox Series X

  • 01-25

  • Cannibal Cuisine
  • 01-26

  • Cake Invaders
  • Elasto Mania Remastered
  • S.W.A.N.: Chernobyl Unexplored
  • Summertime Madness
  • 01-27

  • COGEN: Sword of Rewind
  • Gunvolt Chronicles: Luminous Avenger iX 2
  • Hotel Life: A Resort Simulator
  • Taiko no Tatsujin: The Drum Master!
  • 01-28

  • Active Neurons - Puzzle game

Xbox One

  • 01-25

  • Cannibal Cuisine
  • Cities: Skylines - Airports
  • Reverie Knights Tactics
  • 01-26

  • Cake Invaders
  • Elasto Mania Remastered
  • Gav-Gav Odyssey
  • S.W.A.N.: Chernobyl Unexplored
  • Summertime Madness
  • 01-27

  • COGEN: Sword of Rewind
  • Gunvolt Chronicles: Luminous Avenger iX 2
  • Hotel Life: A Resort Simulator
  • Taiko no Tatsujin: The Drum Master!
  • 01-28

  • Calturin

PlayStation 5

  • 01-25

  • The Artful Escape
  • 01-26

  • Cake Invaders
  • Elasto Mania Remastered
  • 01-27

  • Gunvolt Chronicles: Luminous Avenger iX 2
  • Hotel Life: A Resort Simulator
  • 01-28

  • Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection

PlayStation 4

  • 01-25

  • Cities: Skylines - Airports
  • Reverie Knights Tactics
  • The Artful Escape
  • 01-26

  • Cake Invaders
  • Elasto Mania Remastered
  • 01-27

  • Circuit Superstars
  • COGEN: Sword of Rewind
  • Gunvolt Chronicles: Luminous Avenger iX 2
  • Hotel Life: A Resort Simulator
  • Wanderer

Switch

  • 01-25

  • Angelo and Deemon: One Hell of a Quest
  • Reverie Knights Tactics
  • The Artful Escape
  • The Longest Road On Earth
  • 01-26

  • Cake Invaders
  • Elasto Mania Remastered
  • Froggy Crossing
  • PopSlinger
  • Summertime Madness
  • 01-27

  • COGEN: Sword of Rewind
  • Concordia: Digital Edition
  • Crazy Athletics - Summer Sports & Games
  • Crush Crush
  • Gomoku Let's Go
  • Gunvolt Chronicles: Luminous Avenger iX 2
  • Hidden Paws
  • Hotel Life: A Resort Simulator
  • Magi Trials
  • Pandemic Shooter
  • Unforeseen Incidents
  • Vagante
  • 01-28

  • Boulder Dash Ultimate Collection
  • Peace, Death! 2
  • Pokémon Legends: Arceus
  • Re:Turn 2 - Runaway
  • Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth
  • Super Onion Boy 2
  • 01-29

  • Magic Pen Color Book

Comments

And so begins the great Q1 release slate of 2022!

garion333 wrote:

And so begins the great Q1 release slate of 2022!

Yup. I'm all prepped and ready for Pokemon Legends Arceus this Friday. I haven't been so hyped for a Pokemon game in a while. I can only hope it really puts a new spin on the franchise so I can get into it again.