November 27 - December 3

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IMAGE(https://www.gamerswithjobs.com/files/pictures/pictures/picture-13445.jpg)   Felix “Your Water Belongs to the Tribe” Threepaper

Welcome folks, and happy “83rd Anniversary of Bruce Lee’s birthday” week!

Bruce Lee was, simply, awesome. “Be Like Water” is a great mantra. Tarantino did him dirty in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. You may all celebrate by playing Tekken as Marshall Law.

It looks like we’re finally coming to the end of the line for big new releases in 2023. As December approaches, we turn our minds to things GOTY, while still trying to cram some more games from the Pile. Nothing from this week will knock Spider-Man 2 from the front of my queue.

However, there are some console releases of some tasty games from earlier. Dune: Spice Wars is out on consoles and is, by all accounts, as good an RTS (with pause) as Dune 2 was back in the day. As for the usual base-building and unit management, the PC version did not require eSports-grade reflexes or action-queueing, which bodes well for playing more clumsily with a controller. On top of that, there’s a diplomatic layer that allows for Crusader Kings-style skulduggery: alliances, betrayals, even assassinations. The main criticism of the PC release is that the game mode that offers the bespoke single-player campaign, Conquest, lacks a lot of Dune-ish features, such as not letting you choose from all of the 5 factions to play as, and not having Spice-trading. If this seems annoying, go for the more open “Battle for Arrakis” game mode instead.

Rollerdrome is out on Xboxes this week, in case you’re all caught up on 2023 games and need to dig up a kinetic indie from 2022.

Buzz Cut Simulation is not a game but a crowdfunding vehicle. A Korean dude wants to raise money for an actual game he’s making and set up this FMV ‘experience’. It’s a video of him considering whether to get a buzz cut. Click to make him get a buzz cut.

Mom Simulator 2023 gives a depressingly bleak picture of life as a modern Mom. It’s a never ending roster of household chores. Take out the trash, stock the fridge, change diapers, do the laundry, put baby to sleep. There is also “taking time for self care”, which apparently is not a drinking minigame. It’s an app-store-lookin game.

Gangs of Sherwood is now being served after spending an extra month in the oven. It’s a multiplayer, fantasy steampunk take on Robin Hood, which explains why Robin still has a bow, Friar Tuck has healing magic and Little John has a big metal fist. All the better to fight the enemies with cannons and machine guns. It looks like pretty standard squad-based fare: fight through arenas, looking for hidden powerups and secondary objectives, build up your combo meter to unleash more powerful attacks on the end boss, then return to your hideout for upgrades and loot.

Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion is a remastered version of this N64 FPS from 2000. Beyond the graphical and lighting upgrades, not much has been done to change the gameplay. Considering how chuggy the original game was, with framerates being measured per minutes rather than seconds, having a smooth framerate experience might be upgrade enough.

Dune: Spice Wars looks best to me this week. Whether I will get to it before the next movie comes out (March 2024) is another question.

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

PC

  • 11-27

  • 4Tacos
  • Adhd Arena
  • Buzz Cut Simulation
  • My GF Doesn't Know What I'm Into
  • Nitrojet
  • Project Coreward
  • RC Revolution: High Voltage
  • Redrum Hotel
  • Shot Supreme
  • SOS OPS!
  • Spacecraft Tactics
  • Synthwave Runner
  • 11-28

  • Beast Collector
  • Color Splash: Animals
  • Interstellar Impact
  • King of Throwing
  • Last Train Home
  • Monster Coming
  • Noctuary
  • Santa's Gift Grab
  • Tamara In The Forsaken Dungeon
  • 11-29

  • A2C:Ayry seems to be playtesting a 2D runner shooter from Cci
  • Astro Planes
  • Cultivating Immortals
  • Cyber Horny
  • EPIC PIZZA
  • Escape from the Nursing Home
  • Flat Spot
  • Forest Grove
  • GALACTIC FIELD
  • Hope of Bion
  • Labrys
  • LetMeOut
  • Mystery Box VR: Escape The Room
  • On The Brink
  • Only Wish
  • Orten Was The Case
  • Pingo Adventure
  • Pluto's Island
  • Shape Quiz
  • THE MULLER-POWELL PRINCIPLE
  • Wood Guy
  • Young Jiangshan
  • 11-30

  • A Thug's Ascension
  • Alien Slayer
  • Burrito Bear
  • DemonCountdown
  • Dog And Goblin
  • Eniko: Ghosts Of Grace
  • fragile love
  • Gangs of Sherwood
  • Girl X Island
  • Gowang: Clash On Demonhead
  • Guardian: Planet Defense
  • Hand In Hand
  • Impermanence
  • Into the Ice: Nazis of Neuschwabenland
  • Matachin
  • Nightwatch: Nightmare Creatures
  • Orbital Drop Shipping
  • Pinball M
  • Play minigames with Reiko
  • Rock Simulator 2
  • Seven Little Spider Kittens
  • Siheyuan
  • Terminal Madness - The Awakening
  • The Ecdysis
  • Torschutzenkonig
  • Truck & Logistics Simulator
  • Weekend solitaire: Summer village
  • Yard Sale Simulator
  • 12-01

  • 100 Christmas Cats
  • A Chocolate World
  • ANCIENT RUS VS LIZARDS
  • Append
  • Blue Maiden
  • Broken Tactics
  • Brush Burial
  • Cannon Fotter
  • Cat Leather Jackets
  • Cats Hidden in Jingle Jam
  • Christmas Clash
  • Click Cricket
  • Computer Virus Simulator
  • Cronie the Assassin's Mission ~ The Teddy Bear Payment
  • Data Garden
  • Divergence
  • DON'T SHOOT
  • Dr. Psycho: Hospital Escape 2
  • Dreamwalker (Jarkko Forsbacka)
  • Dungeon Rebound
  • Elves of Duty
  • GARMM Adventurer Vol.1
  • Goddess Husk II
  • Goofy Gorillas
  • Gulag
  • GumBall Warrior
  • Haven's Embers
  • Hazeron Starship
  • HoloParade
  • How To Build Your Igloo
  • Idle Percent
  • Idle Progress
  • LOFI Katana
  • Ludde
  • Main Deity Space
  • Murder Mystery Paradox: Fifteen Years of Summer
  • Nightscape City
  • NOTICE
  • OMG! Not Another Isekai
  • Only Up Samarkand
  • Ord-Upp
  • Our Dear Kingdom
  • Pen Pals
  • Pestilence
  • Pirates of Rectangular
  • Polyturbo Drift Racing Simulator
  • Punch Jump
  • Quadruzzle
  • Quest Giver
  • Racing the Gods - Beyond Horizons
  • Reckless Rally
  • Rogue Masters
  • Savanna Story Diamond Edition
  • Simple Stock Trading Simulator
  • Snake Galaxy Online
  • SNEK
  • Space Marmalade
  • SpaceDRG
  • SteamWorld Build
  • The ARMARDISP
  • The Lost Legends of Redwall: The Scout - Anthology
  • The Maze Contract
  • The Ocean Will Have Us All
  • The Walking Dead: Destinies
  • Time Loop
  • Tunnet
  • Unreal Mashup
  • Vapor Run
  • Wasteland Warden
  • 12-03

  • VonGarland Castle : Sacrilege of the Night

Xbox Series X

  • 11-28

  • Dune: Spice Wars
  • Rollerdrome
  • 11-29

  • Forest Grove
  • Orten Was The Case
  • The Traveler's Path
  • 11-30

  • Arcadian Atlas
  • CATAN: Console Edition - Super Deluxe Edition
  • Devil Inside Us: Roots of Evil
  • Gangs of Sherwood
  • Motesolo: No Girlfriend Since Birth
  • Pinball M
  • Pixel Cafe
  • Truck & Logistics Simulator
  • Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion
  • 12-01

  • SteamWorld Build
  • The Lost Legends of Redwall: The Scout - Anthology

Xbox One

  • 11-29

  • Forest Grove
  • Orten Was The Case
  • The Traveler's Path
  • 11-30

  • CATAN: Console Edition - Super Deluxe Edition
  • Devil Inside Us: Roots of Evil
  • Tintin Reporter: Cigars of the Pharaoh
  • Truck & Logistics Simulator
  • Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion
  • 12-01

  • SteamWorld Build

PlayStation 5

  • 11-28

  • Calico
  • Roots of Pacha
  • 11-29

  • Forest Grove
  • Orten Was The Case
  • The Traveler's Path
  • 11-30

  • Arcadian Atlas
  • CATAN: Console Edition - Super Deluxe Edition
  • Devil Inside Us: Roots of Evil
  • Gangs of Sherwood
  • Motesolo: No Girlfriend Since Birth
  • Pinball M
  • Pixel Cafe
  • Truck & Logistics Simulator
  • Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion
  • 12-01

  • SteamWorld Build
  • The Lost Legends of Redwall: The Scout - Anthology

PlayStation 4

  • 11-28

  • Calico
  • Roots of Pacha
  • 11-29

  • Forest Grove
  • Orten Was The Case
  • The Traveler's Path
  • 11-30

  • Asterix & Obelix: Slap Them All 2
  • CATAN: Console Edition - Super Deluxe Edition
  • Devil Inside Us: Roots of Evil
  • Tintin Reporter: Cigars of the Pharaoh
  • Truck & Logistics Simulator
  • Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion
  • 12-01

  • SteamWorld Build

Nintendo Switch

  • 11-28

  • Mom Simulator 2023
  • My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! - Pirates of the Disturbance
  • Roots of Pacha
  • 11-29

  • Gothic II Complete Classic
  • Orten Was The Case
  • The Traveler's Path
  • 11-30

  • Air Aces
  • Amakano & Amakano: Second Season Double Pack
  • Cattails: Wildwood Story
  • Cricket 24
  • Cupid Parasite: Sweet and Spicy Darling
  • DesperaDrops
  • Devil Inside Us: Roots of Evil
  • Draw & Color Maze: Paint Labyrinth Puzzle
  • Gensei Suikoden Plus
  • Jangarian Monogatari de Rakuchu
  • Motesolo: No Girlfriend Since Birth
  • Ortheo
  • Otogi Katsugeki Mameda no Bakeru: Oracle Saitarou no Sainan!! for Switch
  • Pinball M
  • Pixel Cafe
  • Project Downfall
  • Shikon-X Astro Defense Fortress
  • TEVI
  • This Means Warp
  • Toasterball
  • Turok 3: Shadow of Oblivion
  • Wall World
  • Wildshade: Unicorn Champions
  • 12-01

  • Batman: Arkham Trilogy
  • Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince
  • Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince - Coach Joe's Dungeon Gym
  • Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince - The Mole Hole
  • Last Escape: Dead Complex
  • SteamWorld Build
  • Uzzuzzu My Pet - Golf Dash
  • Zomborg
  • 12-02

  • DIY Paper Doll

Comments

I think there might be an issue with the scraping tool used to list the PC games, as it's been cutting off the last couple of days of the week recently.

Two standouts this week for me:

SteamWorld Build - the latest in the SteamWorld franchise, except this time it's a city-builder.

Forest Grove - a futuristic first-person detective game "where you uncover forensic clues, solve puzzles, and piece together a story using your own conclusions." Might be great, might be a dog's dinner, but it's been on my wishlist forever.

Tasty Pudding wrote:

I think there might be an issue with the scraping tool used to list the PC games, as it's been cutting off the last couple of days of the week recently.

Good catch. Let me look into it