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IMAGE(https://www.gamerswithjobs.com/files/pictures/pictures/picture-13445.jpg)   Felix “Cabar-A, B or C” Threepaper

Welcome folks, and happy “2,345th Anniversary of the Battle of Crannon” week!

After Alexander the Great died in 323 BC, and with the bulk of his Macedonian army still in the Far East, Athens and some other Greek city-states under Macedonian rule thought it was a good time to rebel. They won some battles, but not decisively enough. Macedonian reinforcements hotfooted it from the East and eventually arrived for the Battle of Crannon, showing that they were still a force to be reckoned with. One by one, the city states surrendered and went back to living under Macedonian rule. You may all celebrate by playing a game where cities rebel if you don’t leave a garrison behind.

There’s a host of indies out this week, but far and away the most intriguing game is the first game from the Aussie team, Summerfall Studios. Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical. Yes, you read that right, it’s an RPG that’s also a musical, inspired by the musical episode of Buffy.

The story contains characters from Greek mythology in a modern, 2D detective noir setting with a visual novel kinda feel. The lead character, Grace, has been framed for killing the last Muse and has a week to prove to the Greek gods that it wasn’t her. It’s written by David Gaider (the lead writer for Dragon Age and Knights of the Old Republic) and the music is by Austin Wintory (who did the music for Journey, Flow … and Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded). The voice cast is also super solid, starting with Laura Bailey as Grace.

This is all table-setting for the most amazing part of the game: the songs. In true musical theatre fashion, much of the dialogue takes the form of Grace singing duets with other characters. We’re all used to branching dialogue choices, where you choose your words. Stray Gods takes it one step further with the branching song choices. You choose your words, and also their tone and emotional content, which affects the music of the song. As such, the song will turn out differently depending on your choices, so that no one’s songs will be the same. The music is well-written and the cast members really sell their performances. I am gobsmacked by this idea of branching songs, with different possible melodies, choruses, and musical motifs. It is a creative and technical marvel.

Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical is a clear GOTW for trying something in games I’ve never seen before. I wonder if you get your own personalised soundtrack album at the end of the game, to remember your choices. I thought waiting for BG3 on console would be unbearable, but instead I will be able to enjoy this gem.

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

PC

  • 08-07

  • Echoes of Karma
  • Freeway Fiasco
  • Hammer of Virtue
  • Higher or Black
  • It's a Gluttonous Life
  • Legend of the Nine Colored Deer
  • Neoclip
  • Penny Larceny: Gig Economy Supervillain
  • Please Leave a Message
  • Reborn A Zombie!
  • Red Titans
  • Robotherapy
  • Royal Night
  • Slinger
  • Soluble Dream
  • Stereograph Museum VR
  • The Demon's Lust
  • There Are Dinosaurs
  • VIDEOVERSE
  • Void Runner
  • Within a Dead City
  • WrestleQuest
  • 08-08

  • Amare Inversus
  • Broforce Forever
  • Cat's Request
  • Chikenoidz Super Party
  • Color Splash: Cats
  • D-100
  • Dawn Destiny's Child
  • Deathbulge: Battle of the Bands
  • Deru
  • GRAAMASEVA
  • HeroTower
  • I Am Future
  • labyrinth Trials
  • My Mundane Life Is Threatened by the Tropes of an RPG!!!
  • New Star GP
  • OMA - One Man Army
  • Random Blocks
  • Shotgun Knight
  • Swarmcade
  • TD Tower Defense
  • Zombikini PinballZ
  • 08-09

  • 30XX
  • Bald Man Climbs Up
  • Climbing Over It with a Spear
  • Exotic Kosmos
  • Grasshoping
  • Mondealy
  • Mystery Box: Escape The Room
  • Oblivion Eagle
  • Purple Eye
  • Robin Hood - Sherwood Builders - Bandit's Trail
  • Shadow of Ether
  • The Last Seal
  • The Man Came Around
  • They Linger
  • Unidentified Falling Objects
  • Virtual ULTIMATE Beach Dancer HD+
  • Wall World: Deep Threat
  • 08-10

  • Anchor Down-Near Future Sci-fi RPG
  • Atlas Fallen
  • Backrooms Doors
  • BANCHOU TACTICS
  • BLOCK WARRIORS: Definitive Edition
  • Doll Explorer
  • Marble Magicks
  • Mini Knight's Journey
  • Monster Tiles TD
  • Rich Kings 5
  • Sengoku Dynasty
  • Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical
  • Sven - Completely Screwed
  • Synthwave Racers
  • Tales & Tactics
  • The Shrouded Parchments
  • 08-11

  • Air Offense Command
  • Bingaboll
  • Captains of the Wacky Waters
  • Chaotic Pursuit
  • Fallen Guns
  • Fate Collectors
  • Garten of Banban 4
  • Happy
  • Joy Life
  • Last-Hit Defense
  • Lost Girl In Mirror
  • Out of Hand
  • Pirate Dragons
  • Space Mechanic Simulator
  • The Creature Zone VR: Nightfall
  • Top Jump: Prologue
  • WildTrax Racing
  • 08-12

  • Bodhi 'n' Friends
  • Castle Push
  • 08-13

  • Evil Officer
  • Only Upwards: With Friends
  • Shooter (Enomicsoft LLC)
  • Steampunk Runner
  • The Night Watch : Ranger Survival
  • Tsuki no Onna, Kawa no Tenshi, Kami Meku Toki.
  • VPet

Xbox Series X

  • 08-08

  • Gord
  • WrestleQuest
  • 08-09

  • Fluffy Milo
  • Legend Bowl
  • Running Fable
  • 08-10

  • Atlas Fallen
  • Stray
  • Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical
  • The Dragoness: Command of the Flame
  • 08-11

  • Bright Lights of Svetlov
  • World Soccer Pinball

Xbox One

  • 08-08

  • Broforce Forever
  • WrestleQuest
  • 08-09

  • Fluffy Milo
  • Legend Bowl
  • Running Fable
  • 08-10

  • Stray
  • Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical
  • 08-11

  • Bright Lights of Svetlov
  • World Soccer Pinball

PlayStation 5

  • 08-08

  • Gord
  • Tower of Fantasy
  • WrestleQuest
  • 08-09

  • Fluffy Milo
  • Legend Bowl
  • 08-10

  • Atlas Fallen
  • Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical
  • The Dragoness: Command of the Flame
  • Zombie Soup
  • 08-11

  • Dead Cells: Return to Castlevania
  • Dead Cells: Return to Castlevania Edition

PlayStation 4

  • 08-08

  • Broforce Forever
  • Tower of Fantasy
  • WrestleQuest
  • 08-09

  • Fluffy Milo
  • Legend Bowl
  • 08-10

  • Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical
  • The Dragoness: Command of the Flame
  • Zombie Soup
  • 08-11

  • Dead Cells: Return to Castlevania Edition

Switch

  • 08-08

  • Anthology of Fear
  • Broforce Forever
  • Chickenoidz Super Party
  • WrestleQuest
  • 08-09

  • 30XX
  • Fluffy Milo
  • Legend Bowl
  • Mondealy
  • Running Fable
  • Skabma - Snowfall
  • Unidentified Falling Objects
  • 08-10

  • BOKURA
  • Female Nation Takeover
  • Mysterious Adventure of Michael
  • Neon Blight
  • Pipe Dream
  • Pups & Purrs Pet Shop
  • Sonar Beat
  • Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical
  • Sven - Completely Screwed
  • The Rewinder
  • Wild Legion
  • Witch's Garden
  • World Spin
  • Xtreme Sports
  • Zombie Soup
  • 08-11

  • Acceptance
  • Bright Lights of Svetlov
  • Dead Cells: Return to Castlevania Edition
  • Prison Life Simulator Jail - Gangster Escape Games Scary Architect Battle
  • Rainbow Skies

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UPDATE: Stray Gods also features music by Aussie comedy-music legends Tripod. IYKYK.