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

Welcome folks, and happy “1,070th Anniversary of Ratherius being appointed bishop of Liege, and 1,068th Anniversary of Ratherius being driven out of Liege” week!

Ratherius of Verona was a writer and Benedictine bishop who was driven out of every position the church gave him. When he was appointed the bishop of Liege in 953, it was supposed to be his comeback gig after he had already been driven out of his first appointment and had annoyed 2 separate kings in Europe enough for each of them to imprison him for a few years. But in Liege, he got into quarrels again and the town revolted and ran him out of town exactly 2 years later, in 955. The sources are unclear why Ratherius was so unpopular yet still kept getting gigs, partly because most of the sources are Ratherius himself, who had a lot of time to write during his multiple prison stints and exiles. You may all celebrate by playing Pentiment and picking all the obnoxious dialogue options.

EA Sports FC 24 is EA’s first football game without the FIFA name on it. Despite this, EA has retained the rights to most of the players, teams, stadia, and leagues that it had before. Gameplay-wise, EA Sports FC 24 is an iteration on the previous game rather than any drastic reboot. A big new feature is Playstyles, where a player gets a power move that reflects their real-world signature talents. For the first time in Ultimate Team mode, women are not only included, but you can play mixed teams with men and women. There’s been a lot of other little tweaks, mostly aimed at balancing it for online multiplayer, as well as the usual iterative brush-ups of player animations. Overall, the general message is “business as usual” for one of the longest-running series in games.

Cyberpunk 2077 drops its huge new expansion: Phantom Liberty. Last year’s Cyberpunk Edgerunners anime series on Netflix gave Cyberpunk 2077 a huge boost in interest and Phantom Liberty will be looking to ride those coattails.

Harvest Moon is a long-running farm and village life simulator series that spawned a genre and a competitor which eclipsed it: Stardew Valley. Harvest Moon: The Winds of Anthos is a huge expansion that looks to put Harvest Moon back on top. It’s a whole new area from previous games, with a whole new village to be new in and meet the people of. Unlike Stardew Valley, it’s presented in 3rd person with a huge, 3D, open-world map. The downside is that the open world can be quite empty, leaving a lot of filler time as you walk between things to do. A day is only 8-10 minutes real time and you can lose half it just getting to places. Otherwise, it’s got everything you’d expect: farming, animal husbandry, property improvement, taking your stuff to town and then getting involved in interpersonal relationships with other townsfolk.

Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty - Conqueror of Jiangdong is the second of 3 planned pieces of DLC for this game. It only came out in March, but it feels like longer ago, because that was before Tears of the Kingdom. It’s a pretty standard DLC: new place, new bosses, new weapons. More game.

After that, it’s a whole lotta indies.

Mineko's Night Market is a chilled-out adventure game that’s Harvest Moon-adjacent. It’s got a cute, cartoony, 2D cardboard-cutout art style and a comforting soundtrack. Yes, you’re the new kid in the village and you’re running a stand at the market while also talking to other village folk, getting little side quests, and uncovering secrets. There’s also some exploring and foraging for things to sell. It’s nothing too dark—the main mystery seems to be about cats being kidnapped, which is bad enough for some.

Another Harvest Moon-inspired cutesy sim game this week is Paleo Pines. The gimmick in this case is that you’re a dinosaur who’s new to the dinosaur village. The dinosaurs operate on Flintstones rules, in that different dinos function as different machines for different jobs, but you also have to befriend them first. It starts with singing to them and, maybe after you find out and bake their favourite cake, they will help with your farming chores.

El Paso, Elsewhere is a Microsoft ‘sclusy that’s definitely not cutesy or chill. It’s a low-poly, neo-noir supernatural shooter where you take on vampires, werewolves, mummies, and other spookies. The action is very Max Payne: you go into slo-mo during shooting sequences to pull off wicked John Woo moves and there’s heavy voiceover narration.

Astronimo isn’t on the list because it’s only starting Early Access on 27 September, but it got some buzz out of the Future Games Show presentation at Gamescom in August. It’s a construction puzzler where your cute preschool-animation-lookin’ astronauts build wacky and increasingly elaborate vehicles to solve puzzles, like Bad Piggies on steroids. And it boasts all the customisation and level design tools of a Little Big Planet. You can jump into co-op and visit planets with different challenges or create your own levels and upload them to the Community Moon.

Betomis is a pixel-art retro action platformer. Each level is one screen, and once you get to the next screen, that’s your checkpoint. These challenging action-platformers often live by keeping the trial-and error process as smooth as possible, with quick reload times and minimal backtracking, hoping that players persist even if they die a lot.

I like Astronimo best this week. Tears of the Kingdom made me realise I enjoy building wacky vehicles more than I thought, and Astronimo offers that in spades. Offering all the level creation tools at the same time is impressive. It’s got an ambitious scope; let’s see how it goes during Early Access.

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

PC

  • 09-26

  • BLACK RUNES
  • Blade of God 2 Orisols
  • Culinary Survivors
  • Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty
  • Dreams: Unlimited links
  • El Paso, Elsewhere
  • Goblin Conqueror
  • Harmonic Depths
  • Harvest Moon: The Winds of Anthos
  • JJJ
  • Leafy Trails: Lost Soul
  • Memories: Millennium Girl
  • Mineko's Night Market
  • My new neighbor is a Futa
  • Paleo Pines
  • Plum Blossoms
  • Restless Voronezh
  • Stronghold Siege
  • Train Sim World 4
  • Two Months of Devil King
  • Vasilisa the Wise
  • VenusBlood GAIA International
  • WitchSpring R
  • Wulin Lizhi Biography
  • 09-27

  • Above The Clouds - Episode 1
  • Big Yeetus
  • CARROT: The First Seed
  • Cashier Simulator
  • Cat city
  • Core Defence
  • Crocogame
  • D&D
  • Danghost
  • Dragon Kingdoms: A Legend's Beginning
  • Escape From Mystwood Mansion
  • FIND ALL 4: Magic
  • Fortune's Run
  • LIZARDS MUST DIE
  • Lost Princess
  • Love of Magic Book 3: The Return
  • Roulette Simulator 2024
  • Rusty Ride
  • Star Farmer
  • The Crackpet Show: Happy Tree Friends Edition
  • The Gray Man
  • Underground Blossom
  • Uprising
  • Vampires' Melody 2
  • Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty - Conqueror of Jiangdong
  • 09-28

  • Beach Cafe III: The Escape Room
  • Disney Speedstorm
  • Dolphin Spirit: Ocean Mission
  • Games Advent Calendar - 25 Days - 25 Surprises
  • Headlong Hunt
  • I Expect You to Die 3: Cog in the Machine
  • ISLANDERS: VR Edition
  • Magic Force
  • Matrix Bullet
  • Office Is My Harem
  • OVERPASS 2
  • Pizza Possum
  • Project T.A.G
  • Roguevive: Prelude
  • Schlag den Star - Das 3. Spiel
  • Sister X Slaves
  • Tacape
  • Ten no Yukururu
  • The Cannon Fighters
  • The War Enders: First Strike
  • Wildmender
  • Woodland Isle

Xbox Series X

  • 09-26

  • Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty
  • El Paso, Elsewhere
  • Harvest Moon: The Winds of Anthos
  • Paleo Pines
  • Terraformers
  • Train Sim World 4
  • Truck Driver: The American Dream
  • 09-27

  • Tested on Humans: Escape Room
  • The Crackpet Show: Happy Tree Friends Edition
  • Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty - Conqueror of Jiangdong
  • 09-28

  • Afterdream
  • Chipmonk!
  • CyberTD
  • Disney Speedstorm
  • Dolphin Spirit: Ocean Mission
  • Everhood Eternity Edition
  • Infinity Strash: Dragon Quest The Adventure of Dai
  • Pizza Possum
  • Shark! Shark!
  • Wildmender
  • 09-29

  • Cocoon
  • EA Sports FC 24
  • Ninja Kidz: Time Masters
  • Park Beyond: Beyond eXtreme
  • PAW Patrol World
  • 09-30

  • Achilles: Legends Untold
  • Alterborn
  • Asterix & Obelix: Heroes
  • Freedom Planet 2
  • Frogun Encore
  • Highwater
  • HUM
  • Pecaminosa: A Deadly Hand
  • PowerWash Simulator: SpongeBob SquarePants Special Pack
  • Read Only Memories: NEURODIVER
  • Speed Crew
  • The Kindeman Remedy

Xbox One

  • 09-26

  • El Paso, Elsewhere
  • Harvest Moon: The Winds of Anthos
  • Paleo Pines
  • Terraformers
  • Train Sim World 4
  • 09-27

  • Lord of the Click: Interstellar Wars
  • Tested on Humans: Escape Room
  • The Crackpet Show: Happy Tree Friends Edition
  • Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty - Conqueror of Jiangdong
  • 09-28

  • Abomi Nation
  • Chipmonk!
  • CyberTD
  • Disney Speedstorm
  • Dolphin Spirit: Ocean Mission
  • Everhood Eternity Edition
  • Mechs V Kaijus
  • My Hero Ultra Rumble
  • 09-29

  • Cocoon
  • EA Sports FC 24
  • Indoor Kickball
  • Ninja Kidz: Time Masters
  • PAW Patrol World
  • Rise of the Triad: Ludicrous Edition
  • 09-30

  • Achilles: Legends Untold
  • Freedom Planet 2
  • Frogun Encore
  • HUM
  • Last Time I Saw You
  • Pecaminosa: A Deadly Hand
  • PowerWash Simulator: SpongeBob SquarePants Special Pack
  • Read Only Memories: NEURODIVER
  • Speed Crew

PlayStation 5

  • 09-26

  • Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty
  • Harvest Moon: The Winds of Anthos
  • Paleo Pines
  • Terraformers
  • Train Sim World 4
  • Truck Driver: The American Dream
  • 09-27

  • Paper Beast
  • The Crackpet Show: Happy Tree Friends Edition
  • Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty - Conqueror of Jiangdong
  • 09-28

  • Afterdream
  • Chipmonk!
  • Disney Speedstorm
  • Dolphin Spirit: Ocean Mission
  • Everhood Eternity Edition
  • Infinity Strash: Dragon Quest The Adventure of Dai
  • NFL Pro Era II
  • Pizza Possum
  • Wildmender
  • Ys X: Nordics
  • 09-29

  • Cocoon
  • EA Sports FC 24
  • Fate/Samurai Remnant
  • Ninja Kidz: Time Masters
  • Park Beyond: Beyond eXtreme
  • PAW Patrol World
  • 09-30

  • Achilles: Legends Untold
  • Alterborn
  • Asterix & Obelix: Heroes
  • Freedom Planet 2
  • Frogun Encore
  • Highwater
  • Mail Time
  • Pecaminosa: A Deadly Hand
  • PowerWash Simulator: SpongeBob SquarePants Special Pack
  • Read Only Memories: NEURODIVER
  • Speed Crew
  • The Kindeman Remedy
  • The King of Fighters XV - DLC Character "NAJD"
  • Trails through Daybreak

PlayStation 4

  • 09-26

  • Harvest Moon: The Winds of Anthos
  • Paleo Pines
  • Terraformers
  • Train Sim World 4
  • 09-27

  • The Crackpet Show: Happy Tree Friends Edition
  • Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty - Conqueror of Jiangdong
  • 09-28

  • Chipmonk!
  • Disney Speedstorm
  • Dolphin Spirit: Ocean Mission
  • Everhood Eternity Edition
  • Girls Frantic Clan
  • Infinity Strash: Dragon Quest The Adventure of Dai
  • My Hero Ultra Rumble
  • Ys X: Nordics
  • 09-29

  • Cocoon
  • EA Sports FC 24
  • Fate/Samurai Remnant
  • Ninja Kidz: Time Masters
  • PAW Patrol World
  • Vampire: The Masquerade - The New York Bundle
  • 09-30

  • Achilles: Legends Untold
  • Alterborn
  • Freedom Planet 2
  • Frogun Encore
  • HUM
  • Iron Wings
  • Mail Time
  • Pecaminosa: A Deadly Hand
  • PowerWash Simulator: SpongeBob SquarePants Special Pack
  • Read Only Memories: NEURODIVER
  • Speed Crew

Nintendo Switch

  • 09-26

  • Autumn Hike
  • Harvest Moon: The Winds of Anthos
  • Mineko's Night Market
  • My Name is Mayo 2
  • Paleo Pines
  • Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 4: Bush Rescue Returns
  • 09-27

  • Betomis
  • Lord of the Click: Interstellar Wars
  • The Crackpet Show: Happy Tree Friends Edition
  • 09-28

  • 1 Fun Mirudake! Meiga de Kiokuryoku Test Art de Nou Tore!
  • Abomi Nation
  • Afterdream
  • ANGEL WHISPER - The Suspense Visual Novel Left Behind by a Game Creator.
  • Anime Poly Puzzle - Sci-Fi Maidens
  • Anime Polypuzzle Mirai no Onnanoko
  • Before The Night
  • Boaty Tanks
  • Chipmonk!
  • CounterAttack: Uprising
  • Crowns and Pawns: Kingdom of Deceit
  • CyberTD
  • Disney Speedstorm
  • Dolphin Spirit: Ocean Mission
  • EGG Console Relix PC-8801
  • Encore Rally
  • Faerie Afterlight
  • Firefighting Simulator - The Squad
  • Floral Flowlove
  • Forgive me Father
  • Freak Crossing
  • Games Advent Calendar - 25 Days - 25 Surprises
  • Girls Frantic Clan
  • Gothic
  • Infinity Strash: Dragon Quest The Adventure of Dai
  • Kumakichi's Birth * Destruction God
  • Marubatsu Joushiki Chikara Kentei - Bond? Uzo? 2-Taku de Kantan Zatsugaku Kyouyou Mamechishiki Gakushuu Quiz
  • Mechs V Kaijus
  • My Hero Ultra Rumble
  • Pizza Possum
  • Saga Planets 4 Sakuhin Set
  • Sentry City
  • Shark! Shark!
  • Tiny Whaley
  • Trinoline
  • Vampire: The Masquerade - Swansong
  • Ys X: Nordics
  • 09-29

  • Ancient Mahjong
  • Cocoon
  • Deflector
  • Digitris
  • EA Sports FC 24
  • Fate/Samurai Remnant
  • Foot Clinic
  • Humans vs Tigers
  • Indoor Kickball
  • Love Kuesuto
  • My Heart Grows Fonder
  • Ninja Kidz: Time Masters
  • PAW Patrol World
  • Rise of the Triad: Ludicrous Edition
  • Vampire: The Masquerade - The New York Bundle
  • 09-30

  • 9 Years of Shadows
  • Chef RPG
  • Do Not Feed the Monkeys 2099
  • Enjoy the Diner
  • Freedom Planet 2
  • Frogun Encore
  • Machi Koro
  • Mail Time
  • Pecaminosa: A Deadly Hand
  • Read Only Memories: NEURODIVER
  • Zeltoid X1

Comments

Cocoon launched today and it looks amazing. It's a trippy isometric puzzle platformer made by former Playdead devs and published by Annapurna. It's on GamePass.