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Welcome folks, and happy “110th Anniversary of the renewal of the Triple Alliance” week!

The Triple Alliance between Italy, Germany, and Austria-Hungary promised that each would aid the other if attacked by one of Europe’s Great Powers, such as Russia, England, or France. It was originally set up by Otto von Bismarck in 1882 to protect the fledgling German nation after its unification. It was renewed in 1912 because each of the treaty partners thought it was good insurance against instability in the Balkans, although Austria-Hungary and Italy may have found better insurance through not constantly claiming and annexing Balkan territory. The Triple Alliance ended up being one of the dominoes that translated the assassination of an Austrian Archduke into the First World War. You may all celebrate by playing a game where the rules engineer an apocalyptic endgame.

As we hurtle towards Christmas, it isn’t quite “pens down” for 2022, but we’re getting close. There’s nothing super big out this week, but a mixed bag of stocking-stuffers for anyone who still needs a new shiny.

Far Cry 6: Lost Between Worlds looks like they tried to put some Destiny into Far Cry, with effects from Doctor Strange. Yes, Far Cry has gone multiversal and sci-fi, with an expansion that’s all about exploring rifts and collecting crystals.

Knights of Honor II: Sovereign is a grand strategy game set in the medieval period. It’s a sequel to a 2004 Bulgarian game that was published by Paradox. It certainly looks like a Paradox game, with its colourful, zoomed-out European maps, and you can zoom right in to see farmers riding into market or your army bearing down on a castle. There’s trade, diplomacy, religion, and war. It plays similarly to Crusader Kings 3, but there generally aren’t as many crunchy mechanics going on under the hood. One exception is battles, which play out with stripped-down, Total War RTS mechanics.

Swordship is a stylish bullet hell game with a twist: you can’t shoot back. Instead, the aim of the game is to get your pursuers to shoot each other.

Divine Knockout is a 3D platform brawler. Think Super Smash Bros, but presented in 3rd person, with 3D levels. It’s by the devs of Smite (anyone? Anyone?). The fighters are all gods or demigods from various mythologies. I saw Athena, Thor, and Ameratsu in one of the trailers. There’ll be 8 characters out of the gate, with a plan to sell you more later. It will be on PlayStation Plus for December (but not GamePass) and supports cross-play.

Hindsight, published by Annapurna Interactive, is described as a “reflective puzzler”. No, it’s not about bouncing lasers off mirrors—you’re exploring a woman’s memories as she returns to her childhood home. When she picks up objects, they trigger flashbacks, which paint over your image on-screen. It’s all very artsy and a port of a Switch game that came out earlier in the year.

Speaking of the Switch, Dragon Quest Treasures is out this week. It puts a bit of Pokemon into Dragon Quest: on top of the usual turn-based RPG stuff, there’s also more focus on exploring and digging up loot. On the way, you can find monsters who join your team and fight for you. It features characters from Dragon Quest XI and you probably already know whether you’re getting it.

None of these games are real GOTWs for me. I’ve only just started Midnight Suns. But, if they were in a Stealing Santa and I had to choose one, I’d pick Knights of Honor II for a CK3-lite experience. It’s a bit like those car trims you can get to make your Honda Civic look high end—some people don’t actually want to drive a muscle car, they just want to feel like they’re in one.

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

PC

  • 12-05

  • Cafe Owner Simulator
  • Collab Ball
  • Conquer: Napoleonic Wars
  • Cosmo Blaster
  • Crab Digger
  • Dance Fight
  • For Goodness Sake
  • Gossamer
  • Hank's Quest for Soup
  • HEROES
  • Jeeps Offroad Simulator
  • Jessica's Life The Beginning
  • lianliankan
  • Liber Prologue
  • monsterLapShooter
  • Nilspace
  • Ninja VS Zombies
  • PIEN & PAON plus
  • Poly Shooter
  • Robbie
  • Sharpshooter (Sharpshooter)
  • Spire of Glory
  • Surrealidade - Definitive Edition
  • Swordship
  • Swordsman legend
  • The Future Ends
  • Unstable Portal
  • Wassie Tale
  • Yuzhi of Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms
  • 12-06

  • Car Parking 2
  • Crimson Snow
  • Divine Knockout
  • Far Cry 6: Lost Between Worlds
  • Impaler
  • Knights of Honor II: Sovereign
  • Mirror Forge
  • Moth Lake
  • My Heart Your Soul
  • Odin's Tea Party
  • pata
  • SANONTA - Finnish Proverb Game
  • Space Shells
  • Survivals unknown
  • Survive and Revenge
  • The eagle keita
  • The Last Job
  • The Princess of the Tower Wants a Hero
  • Two Point Campus: Space Academy
  • 12-07

  • Catgirls From My Sweet Dream
  • Color Invader VR
  • DFL2
  • Entanglement
  • Geometric Hell
  • Ginnung
  • Halcyon
  • Hubris
  • Ixion
  • LOCOSOCCER
  • Maruto Three Kingdoms
  • MUST FLEE
  • Overprime
  • Rimward Basilisk
  • Robbie's Tale
  • Seaberry Holiday
  • Short Horror Story
  • silk gu gu gu
  • Skeleton Runner
  • SmallZ
  • SWAP
  • The Year of the Carrot
  • Tiles and Towers TD
  • Togges
  • TRADER LIFE SIMULATOR 2
  • Two Skateboards Driving Simulator
  • Yi Xian: The Cultivation Card Game
  • Zombie Cure Lab
  • 12-08

  • Beauty from Wisdom
  • Breath of the Gods
  • Chained Echoes
  • Crawl Tactics
  • Dissolved - Chapter One
  • Gambit!
  • God Busters : Who watches the watchers?
  • Hell Runner
  • In The Backrooms
  • Inner Abyss
  • Inu's Adventure
  • Jump Dash Soar
  • Kanashibari
  • Kargo
  • Listeria Wars
  • mummification
  • NecroBouncer
  • Oak Adventure The Maze
  • Obscene Mansion
  • Osminog Adventures - The Lost Island
  • Portal with RTX
  • Primasia
  • Princess Ruby
  • Pueblo
  • Rotatex 3
  • Slime Evolution
  • Sushi Clicker
  • Syren and Friends Roast the Dev
  • The Forest Quartet
  • The Rumble Fish 2
  • Tiny Island
  • Undead Horde 2: Necropolis
  • World Racing 2 - Champion Edition
  • Yokai's Wish
  • Your Otherworldly Harem
  • 12-09

  • Afterglitch
  • Aquarist Simulator VR
  • Arcadie: Second-Born
  • Bobo The Cat
  • Choo-Choo Charles
  • First Snow
  • Ghost Bus Simulator
  • Grey Heritage: Faded Vision
  • Grombiez save souls
  • Hell Dungeons - The Lost Soul
  • Lazerball
  • No Time For Caution
  • Ok I Pull Up
  • Resist
  • Slay The Zone
  • Special training camp
  • STALCRAFT
  • Sue Shi Survival
  • This is a Ghost
  • Tiny Detour
  • Witch Slide
  • Wyoming Winter
  • Zombie Defence TD
  • 12-10

  • Oceancatch
  • 12-11

  • A SIMPLE REQUEST
  • Abstacle
  • COGEN: Swords Flourish
  • Spike Match
  • The last door
  • WHERE IS A TOILET!?
  • ZigZagging Ski

Xbox Series X

  • 12-05

  • Swordship
  • 12-06

  • Divine Knockout
  • Far Cry 6: Lost Between Worlds
  • Firefighting Simulator - The Squad
  • Hindsight
  • Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor - Martyr
  • 12-07

  • Bot Gaiden
  • Dobo's Heroes
  • Togges
  • 12-08

  • Chained Echoes
  • Dad's Monster House
  • The Rumble Fish 2
  • 12-09

  • Afterglitch
  • Terror of Hemasaurus

Xbox One

  • 12-05

  • Swordship
  • 12-06

  • Divine Knockout
  • Far Cry 6: Lost Between Worlds
  • Firefighting Simulator - The Squad
  • Hindsight
  • 12-07

  • Bot Gaiden
  • Dobo's Heroes
  • Togges
  • 12-08

  • Chained Echoes
  • Dad's Monster House
  • The Rumble Fish 2
  • 12-09

  • Afterglitch
  • Terror of Hemasaurus

PlayStation 5

  • 12-05

  • Swordship
  • 12-06

  • Divine Knockout
  • Far Cry 6: Lost Between Worlds
  • Firefighting Simulator - The Squad
  • Hindsight
  • Shredders
  • Sky: Children of the Light
  • Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor - Martyr
  • 12-07

  • Bot Gaiden
  • Terror of Hemasaurus
  • Togges
  • 12-08

  • Chained Echoes
  • Jurassic World Evolution 2: Dominion Malta Expansion
  • Samurai Maiden
  • The Forest Quartet
  • The Rumble Fish 2

PlayStation 4

  • 12-05

  • Firefighting Simulator - The Squad
  • Paper Cut Mansion
  • Swordship
  • 12-06

  • Divine Knockout
  • Far Cry 6: Lost Between Worlds
  • Hindsight
  • Kukoos - Lost Pets
  • Sky: Children of the Light
  • 12-07

  • Bot Gaiden
  • Terror of Hemasaurus
  • Togges
  • 12-08

  • Chained Echoes
  • Jurassic World Evolution 2: Dominion Malta Expansion
  • Samurai Maiden
  • The Forest Quartet
  • The Rumble Fish 2
  • Witch on the Holy Night
  • 12-09

  • Adventure Academia: The Fractured Continent
  • Cyber Hook

Switch

  • 12-05

  • Paper Cut Mansion
  • Swordship
  • 12-06

  • Kukoos - Lost Pets
  • 12-07

  • Bot Gaiden
  • Togges
  • 12-08

  • Chained Echoes
  • Coloring Pixels: Collection 2
  • Football Kicks
  • JellyCar Worlds
  • Kardboard Kings: Card Shop Simulator
  • Mech Armada
  • Samurai Maiden
  • Simona's Requiem
  • The Rumble Fish 2
  • Witch on the Holy Night
  • 12-09

  • Adventure Academia: The Fractured Continent
  • Dragon Quest Treasures
  • Jitsu Squad
  • Petite Adventure

Comments

Ixion, or "Frostpunk in Space," is my big one this week.

Chained Echoes should get more attention. That game looks to be pretty awesome. It's available on Game Pass, too.

Agathos wrote:

Ixion, or "Frostpunk in Space," is my big one this week.

Having completed chapter 1 of IXION (2-3 hours) I can thoroughly recommend it! My one note would be you'll absolutely need to play through it multiple times because some of the mechanics are a bit obtuse and hidden but it lets you restart each chapter which for a perfectionist like me is amazing! I spend my first run learning, now I'll create the perfect ship in my second go-around

I'm charging ahead with my broken layout. Travel between adjacent buildings by following a road halfway around the sector because I didn't align their entrances.

There's a surprising amount of Mass Effect 2 energy in the probes and resource discovery. It works better here.