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

Welcome folks, and happy “1st Anniversary of Beyonce winning her 28th Grammy” week!

28 Grammies is the most ever won by a singer, taking Beyonce past John Williams (24), Stevie Wonder (25) and drawing level with Quincy Jones. She’s just 3 away from the all-time record of 31, held by legendary Hungarian-born conductor Georg Solti. You may all celebrate by playing a game where girls run the world.

GTA V is almost ten years old now, huh. This week, it and GTA Online come to the latest-gen consoles, with the standard graphical glow-up: 4K resolution, ray-tracing, improved water reflections, and better explosions. The PS5 version will also have some haptic controller feedback built in. Current GTA V players will get a one-time chance to transfer their story save across to the new consoles. Rockstar has also promised “gameplay improvements” without saying what they are. I’ve learned from experience that when Rockstar is being cagey with the details on something, it isn’t that great, so don’t expect any revolutionary gameplay tweaks.

I love it when a game has its sponsorship baked into the title. Monster Energy Supercross - The Official Videogame 5 puts off-road motorcycle racing through the sports game template. It’s got all the standard features: a career mode, track editor, local or online multiplayer. One unique feature is that you’ll be able to submit your created track into the Track Editor Contest, and the winning track will be built in meatspace and raced on by real riders in the 2022 Monster Energy Supercross Championship.

Dawn of the Monsters is Godzilla meets Double Dragon. Pick a kaiju and rampage through a side-scrolling beat’em up with destructible environments.

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin is by Team Ninja, makers of Nioh and Ninja Gaiden. With a dev like that, you can bet it’s an action Souls-like game in a Final Fantasy setting. There’s stagger meters, timed counters, and XP that you drop when you die. The story and main character seem to be all about destroying “chaos”, which is apparently a reference to the first Final Fantasy game. How many multi-barred, timing-based combat systems do people have an appetite for in one year? Given that most of the target audience would be gorging themselves on Elden Ring, this feels like a wafer-thin mint to follow up.

Paradise Killer is a console port of a 2020 open-world adventure game. You’re a female detective wandering through an open world that contains several mysteries to solve, and the clues to solve them. In true open world fashion, it’s up to you where to go and what leads to follow up; you’re not locked into one case at a time. The world itself is very anime sci-fi, with character names like “Lady Love Dies” and places like “the Opulent Ziggurat”. The endgame is a big trial where you present the evidence you find. You don’t necessarily have to find the “right” answer, just an answer that’s supported by your evidence. It got strong, 8-9 out of 10 reviews when it first came out on Switch and PC. Most reviewers had high praise for the trial phase, but said that exploring during the investigation phase could get fiddly due to a confusing map.

Considering how many vampire games there are, there aren’t that many Frankenstein games. Before you say “What about Deus Ex?”, I mean games that directly use the characters and setting from Mary Shelley’s seminal 1818 novel. Anyhoo, here comes one now. In The Wanderer: Frankenstein’s Creature you play as said creature and explore settings and situations directly from, or inspired by, the book. It’s a point’n’click consideration of the themes of what it feels like to be the creature, in the vein of Planescape: Torment. You can seek murderous vengeance on pitchfork-wielding villagers or be a melancholy, forgiving creature. There’s even Loom-style musical minigames. It’s all presented with a vivid, watercolour aesthetic.

Otherwise, there’s the anime fighting game Phantom Breaker: Omnia. Or there’s Who Pressed Mute on Uncle Marcus?, a FMV murder mystery, which starts with a video from the victim himself, asking you to investigate who poisoned him. Or there’s The Cruel King and the Great Hero, a DS-style JRPG releasing on the PS4 and the Switch. Increasingly, we see these limited ‘sclusies that come out on one platform, plus the Switch—like Sony and Microsoft consider that they are competing more with each other than Nintendo.

The game that looks most interesting out of this batch is Paradise Killer. Many detective-type games can lock you into a strict pass/fail state, where you have to deduce the correct answer to proceed. Paradise Killer offers more nuance, with different endings that may encourage repeat playthroughs. GOTW.

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

PC

  • 03-14

  • A List Of People Who Went Missing In The Scheleirland National Forest
  • Action Ball
  • Battle of Finland: Winter War
  • Building destruction
  • Capybara Spa
  • CatNab
  • Chester
  • Cute Snake
  • Fritz 18
  • Happy Bones Infernal
  • Hirilun
  • Hyperbolica
  • Invaders from another dimension
  • Latex Dungeon
  • Legends of Mathmatica 2: Under the Shadow of Certainty
  • Loading Zone
  • ModBots
  • Moto Mouse Stunt Mania
  • Number Wars
  • Pizza Delivery 3000
  • Pompom
  • Push the Sheep
  • Sci-Fantasy Defence
  • SnakeByte
  • Space Attack
  • Sudocats
  • Symptom of love
  • Telepath Tactics Liberated
  • Ten trials of Babel: The Doppelganger Maze
  • The Red Hood
  • 03-15

  • Aethernaut
  • Age of Valakas: Vietnam
  • Auto World Tycoon
  • Batsumaru
  • Beyond Horizon
  • Cat Adventure 2
  • Dawn of the Monsters
  • Draken
  • DRUNKKNIGHT
  • Einherjar
  • Elf World Adventure: Part 1
  • Fortune & Famine
  • Harlow
  • HellFull - The Last Hope
  • Hidden Objects: Tranquil Valley
  • Hua Mulan: A Chinese Learning Adventure
  • Lunacid
  • Mad Streets
  • ONCE IN MY HEAD
  • One By One (Rose Studio)
  • One Step After Fall
  • Parasite
  • Peril
  • Phantom Breaker: Omnia
  • Pls Kill it.
  • Ponchoman
  • Puzzle: Nature
  • Roxy Raccoon's Pinball Panic
  • Samsara (Virtual and Physical Media Integration Association of Taiwan)
  • Sight and Sound Town
  • STERN
  • Two Point Hospital: Speedy Recovery
  • Virago
  • Winter
  • 03-16

  • Block Breaker
  • Colors! Maze 2
  • DreamPusher
  • Far Realm Epics 2: Holy Return
  • Find The Cats - Memory
  • Hanna Must Run
  • Laruaville 12
  • Office Management 101
  • Out of Order
  • Pixel Pirate
  • Reset Memory
  • RollMe
  • Smash Slug
  • Smudge Coin Run
  • Spirit Of The Island
  • Stay away from zombies
  • The Ultimate Shot
  • TINY ISLANDS
  • Tunic
  • Ultimate Super Bean
  • Vitality Girl III:Pixel
  • What the Duck
  • Who is the hero of this game
  • Zhazari VR
  • 03-17

  • A Factory Job
  • Air Museum VR
  • ANNO: Mutationem
  • Apocalypse: Floodgates
  • Battle Bands: Rock & Roll Deckbuilder
  • Big Tower Tiny Square 2
  • Buggos
  • Curious Expedition 2: Highlands of Avalon
  • HyperPortals
  • Instant Artist: Puzzle Mashup
  • Matter and Magic
  • Monster Energy Supercross - The Official Videogame 5
  • Mysterious Island - A Hidden Object Adventure
  • Onde
  • OUTLIER
  • Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
  • Poly Memory: Birds
  • Pop Top Adventure
  • Red Colony 3 Uncensored
  • RTX Sweeper
  • SafeGuard
  • Screaming Loaf
  • Shooting Covid
  • Shredders
  • Strike Force 2 - Terrorist Hunt
  • The Settlers
  • The Textorcist: The Story of Ray Bibbia - The Village
  • The Tree
  • This Means Warp
  • Toasted!
  • Tokyo Cop (Adult)
  • Tokyo Onmyoji -The Tale of Rei Tengenjibashi-
  • Warplan Pacific
  • World Titans War
  • 03-18

  • 9-nine-:NewEpisode
  • A Clockwork Ley-Line: Daybreak of Remnants Shadow
  • Amaze Adventure
  • Automoji
  • Big Screen Games - Pack 1
  • Biggest Stream Hover Racing
  • Cat Museum
  • Cosmo Player Z
  • CycloHex
  • Davey
  • Frisbros
  • Fu Yao Scroll
  • Heart attack
  • Level Up Simulator
  • Lo-Fi: THEXNERXXM
  • Melodier
  • My Kindergarten Learning Adventure
  • Neon Sundown
  • One Night With Stalin
  • Prototype TD 2
  • RATUZ
  • Sad Ghouls
  • Siienaa
  • Skeleton Scramble Deluxe
  • Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin
  • Supreme Race on Highway
  • Syberia: The World Before
  • Tame It!
  • The Finnish War
  • Titan Saga: Chains of Kronos
  • Villager comes alive
  • Who Pressed Mute on Uncle Marcus?
  • Wild Adventures
  • 03-19

  • Battle of the Four Towers
  • RC Death Race: Multiplayer
  • 03-20

  • Krek Da Frog
  • Mystery
  • Pinzzo

Xbox Series X

  • 03-14

  • Monster Energy Supercross - The Official Videogame 5
  • 03-15

  • Dawn of the Monsters
  • Grand Theft Auto Online
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • 03-16

  • Paradise Killer
  • The Mooseman
  • Tunic
  • 03-17

  • Shredders
  • 03-18

  • Royal Frontier
  • Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin

Xbox One

  • 03-14

  • Monster Energy Supercross - The Official Videogame 5
  • 03-15

  • Dawn of the Monsters
  • Phantom Breaker: Omnia
  • 03-16

  • Paradise Killer
  • The Wanderer: Frankenstein's Creature
  • Tunic
  • 03-17

  • Curious Expedition 2
  • Curious Expedition 2: Highlands of Avalon
  • 03-18

  • Royal Frontier
  • Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin
  • Who Pressed Mute on Uncle Marcus?

PlayStation 5

  • 03-15

  • Dawn of the Monsters
  • Grand Theft Auto Online
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin
  • 03-16

  • Paradise Killer
  • 03-17

  • ANNO: Mutationem
  • Monster Energy Supercross - The Official Videogame 5
  • 03-18

  • Royal Frontier

PlayStation 4

  • 03-15

  • Dawn of the Monsters
  • Phantom Breaker: Omnia
  • The Cruel King and the Great Hero
  • 03-16

  • Paradise Killer
  • The Wanderer: Frankenstein's Creature
  • 03-17

  • ANNO: Mutationem
  • Arcade Archives: Rolling Thunder
  • Curious Expedition 2
  • Curious Expedition 2: Highlands of Avalon
  • Monster Energy Supercross - The Official Videogame 5
  • Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
  • Startenders
  • 03-18

  • Kowloon High-School Chronicle
  • Royal Frontier
  • Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin

Switch

  • 03-14

  • Drag Clash Pro: Hot Rod Racing
  • 03-15

  • Dawn of the Monsters
  • MacGuffin's Curse
  • Phantom Breaker: Omnia
  • The Cruel King and the Great Hero
  • 03-16

  • Wife Quest
  • 03-17

  • Adios
  • Arcade Archives: Rolling Thunder
  • Boxing Gym Story
  • Curious Expedition 2: Highlands of Avalon
  • Dark Deity
  • Gal*Gun: Double Peace
  • LOST EGG 2: Be together
  • My Lady Sayo - Zettai Kunshu!
  • Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
  • The Ramp
  • The Wake
  • 03-18

  • Fingun
  • Inukari - Chase of Deception
  • Jumping Bricks Ball
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: Booster Course Pass
  • Royal Frontier
  • Sea Battle Minimal
  • Who Pressed Mute on Uncle Marcus?

Comments

Not naming Stranger of Paradise the GotW?

Can confirm Stranger of Paradise is dumb as all heck in a very self-aware way.

The combat system is pretty fun! That's...about all it has going for it though. Oh and online co-op! So not all bad news.