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

Welcome folks, and happy “118th Anniversary of the founding of the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company” week!

On 19 February 1906, Will Kellogg founded the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company, which later became the Kellogg Company. He had been making breakfast cereals with his brother before then, but he struck out on his own after they had an argument over whether to add sugar into the cereal. If you take a look at the range of Kellogg’s cereal offerings available today, you can guess which side of the argument Will was on. Will Kellogg was also the first to put prizes in cereal boxes, so that kids could pour out all the cereal in the trash to get to the prize, requiring parents to buy another box of cereal a week earlier than usual. Genius! You may all celebrate by playing a game where you spill food.

The behemoth of the month, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, is out next week. In the meantime, this week offers up a bunch of indies, smaller games, and DLC.

Given that there’s a recent forum thread on cozy games, I have to shout out Garden Life: A Cozy Simulator. It’s a gardening game where you plant and tend your cottage garden: weeding, watering, putting in birdbaths, and things of that nature. There’s a story mode where you do quests for your neighbours and a freeplay mode.

Star Trek: Legends is a port of a mobile RPG from 2021. You assemble your squad of Star Trek characters, drawn from all series, then have them do missions that will involve 4 v 4 turn-based battles. It’s got single player and PvP modes. The Kotaku review of the original game said it was mercifully free of grindy mobile gaming mechanics like microtransactions and daily energy limits.

Pacific Drive is a horror survival game that’s all about your trusty station wagon. Your car is your lifeline as you drive through a Pacific Northwest USA that has been hit by a reality-shifting sci-fi anomaly that creates spooky visual effects. The forest and weather give the environments an Alan Wake vibe. You have a garage: your home base and respawn point, where you do your crafting, which involves repairing, maintaining, and upgrading your car. The anomaly creates lots of hazards that can damage your car, like lighting storms, and reshuffles the resources in an area. You get out of your car only to harvest resources or back at the garage and there’s no combat to speak of, just avoiding enemy vehicles, obstacles, and the aforementioned spooky anomaly effects. There’s also roguelite elements in that if you die out in the anomaly, you lose whatever resources you were carrying and respawn at the garage.

Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate - Daemonhunters is a port of a 2022 tactical RPG. It’s more an XCOM-style game than a CRPG with dialogue like the recent Rogue Trader. Being Warhammer, there’s Warp mechanics, where using your super magic powers in combat risks triggering an event that can spawn reinforcements. And there will be reinforcements: mid-mission enemy respawns are common, which can crank the difficulty and turn levels into a slog. There’s also some features cribbed from the recent tactical Gears of War game, such as the surge mechanic where melee kills grant extra action points to keep a streak going.

Hot on the heels of Sony’s Splatoon-alike, some Splatoon 3 DLC arrives to remind you who started this whole paint-shooting malarkey. Splatoon 3: Expansion Pass Wave 2 - Side Order is a single player campaign mode set in the Spire of Order, a tower containing 30 procedurally-generated levels with a boss on every tenth level. So it’s a roguelite mode.

This week’s GOTW goes to Pacific Drive. Survival horror with driving and car maintenance is an interesting blend of features. The car is the ‘character’ of the game in terms of the skill trees and rewards, which reminds me of mech games. And who doesn’t love mech games?

GWJ Word of the Week

Roguelite: Rogue was a seminal dungeon-crawler from the 1980s with 2 distinguishing features: a randomly-generated dungeon, and when your character died, that was the end of that run. You had to roll up another character and start again with a freshly-generated dungeon. This became known as “permadeath” and has been included and iterated upon in many games since, from Castlevanioids to RPGs and strategy games. Permadeath was usually iterated upon by watering it down, allowing players to save some progress from one run into the next run, e.g. by keeping gear or upgrades. These games became referred to as “roguelite” and are better at making players feel that they are getting gud, but not being punished by cheap deaths thrown up by the vagaries of randomly-generated levels.

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

PC

  • 02-20

  • 666 Masks
  • Ascent of the Dragon
  • Balatro
  • BEASTWATCH: Meat & Mayhem
  • Carbon Heart
  • Chronicles Of Crystal: Turn-Basde Epoch
  • Cosmik Battle
  • CRASH MATH
  • Devouring World 2: Reborn
  • Diets and Deities
  • Empyrean Swarm
  • Exiled Survivors
  • Forgiveness
  • Idle Fields
  • Imperator with nothing to do
  • Lazaret
  • Mortal Fight: Lethal Revenge
  • MX vs ATV Legends: 2024 Monster Energy Supercross Championship DLC
  • Spiderbro 2
  • Spoils of a Starfighter
  • Star Trek: Legends
  • The Lost Legends of Redwall: The Scout Anthology
  • TUS
  • YonDelver
  • 02-21

  • Aim Trainer - Shooting Range
  • Bandle Tale: A League of Legends Story
  • BeaureCard
  • Chambers (Saul Morag Black)
  • Geometry Survivor
  • Getting Canceled
  • Gran Carismo
  • Japan Train Models - JR Kyushu Edition
  • Kneedle Knight
  • Last Epoch
  • Myth of Empires
  • Protobots
  • Red Chaos
  • Save Giant Girl from monsters 2
  • Save Giant Girl from monsters 3
  • Slave Zero X
  • Sling Puzzle: Gravity Master
  • Tank maze
  • Tetraphobia
  • TOYS FOR FURRY
  • Treasure Hunting in Monster Mountain
  • Turlock Holmes
  • Yohane the Parhelion - NUMAZU in the MIRAGE -
  • 02-22

  • 15in1 Solitaire
  • 502's Arcade
  • Alpha League
  • Anamnesia - part 1: am i my body?
  • ANIM Selection Vol.3
  • Beginner's Queen
  • CorpoNation: The Sorting Process
  • Dungeon No Dungeon: Tyrant's Endgame
  • DUNGEON WALK2
  • Ecchi na Onee-chan ga, Kasshoku Kyonyuu no Succubus Datta Ken 2 ~Arata na Akuma Mirisu Toujou~
  • Escape Simulator: Magic DLC
  • Futamata Yarou to Papakatsu Shimai
  • Future Fragments
  • Garden Life: A Cozy Simulator
  • Garudoma -Joshiryou no Kanrinin- After
  • Garudoma -Joshiryou no Kanrinin- Set
  • Grippy Golf
  • Hajimeru Sekai no Risouron -goodbye world index-
  • INKIDOKI AND PHOENIX
  • Inkulinati
  • Insider Threat
  • Isekai Choroin wa, Itomokantan'ni Duo Tosareru
  • Kan'in Tokkyuu Yotaka ~ Juuyoku Rensa, Manatsu no Hanabi Taikai ~
  • Koi ni wa Amae ga Hitsuyou Desu ~Motto Amaeru Dake MiniFanDisc
  • Krosfighter
  • Mahoushoujo Sora Saikyou Mahoushoujo - Aku Ochiru
  • Majime Cool na Kyonyuu Hitozuma Joushi wa Ore no Netori Haramase Onaho!
  • Memories of Akizora - Horizon of Fate -
  • Mimic Logic
  • Minimal Escape
  • Mushi no Ou ~Subete no Mesu wa Waga Shison no Naedoko~
  • Nope Nope Nurses Melee
  • Nyaaaanvy
  • Pacific Drive
  • PhotonX
  • pieces I: a maskros nebula game
  • Pro Show Jumping
  • Quick Quest
  • Rail Romanesque Origin
  • Ruff Ghanor
  • Save Giant Girl from monsters 4
  • School Labyrinth
  • Seifuku Kanojo
  • Sengoku + Koihime 10th Anniversary BOX
  • Setsuna ni Kakeru Koi Hanabi
  • Simulator Of A Person Who Is Taking Online Course To Study How To Lose Weight
  • Snow Flower
  • Sokobond Express
  • Solium Infernum
  • Sons of the Forest
  • Space Mergers
  • Starecrown
  • The Implant
  • The rabbit and Tamaki are Taking a break!
  • The Tipping Point
  • Tower Of Wishes 3 : Japan
  • Uchi no Imouto wa Ananii ga o Suki
  • Ultimator
  • Urban Chase
  • VR Skater
  • VSCS-II
  • Wallkill
  • Yakin Byoutou Remake
  • Yarasete! Teacher Come Back Riko
  • 02-23

  • Altitude's Toll
  • Beyond the Breach
  • Bicchi ni Natte Ita Ore no Osananajimi ni Tsuite
  • Descent of the Hunted
  • Dungeon Survivors
  • Elf Discipline Ceremony
  • Eternal Burden
  • Eugenia's Pursuit: The Hidden Legacy
  • Gauntler
  • Goblin Quest: Completed Edition
  • Gunpowder Cocktail - Chapter 1
  • Hospital of the Undead
  • Kitt's Quest
  • Last of the Noticers
  • Mika's Battle S
  • MP
  • Mystery of Melody Memorial
  • Paint by Cubes
  • Panoptia
  • Penni's Adventure
  • Project Ictos
  • Project Rose
  • Promenade
  • Revenge Of The Ronin
  • Roofcats Band - Suika Style
  • Shadowkin
  • sun in the shade
  • Super RPS
  • Sweet Bitter
  • Synthetic Soul: Neon
  • Tech Disorder
  • The Femboy Next Door Thinks I'm Cute
  • The Jump Guys
  • Trolley Path to Gold
  • Void Islands
  • Windowkill
  • 02-24

  • BotMobile
  • Just skill shooter 3: 2d edition
  • Nathan Morgan: Dilemma
  • Slime Drop
  • 02-25

  • Axon Hero
  • Crystal Chip Collector: Hidden Gem
  • The Math Problem Killer
  • Whispers of the Citadel
  • Youdu Tavern

Xbox Series X

  • 02-20

  • Balatro
  • MX vs ATV Legends: 2024 Monster Energy Supercross Championship DLC
  • qomp2
  • Return to Grace
  • The Lost Legends of Redwall: The Scout Anthology
  • Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate - Daemonhunters
  • 02-21

  • A Time Traveller's Guide To Past Delicacies
  • ROUNDS
  • Slave Zero X
  • Tenderfoot Tactics
  • 02-22

  • 502's Arcade
  • Garden Life: A Cozy Simulator
  • Inkulinati
  • 02-23

  • Flooded
  • Promenade

Xbox One

  • 02-20

  • Balatro
  • MX vs ATV Legends: 2024 Monster Energy Supercross Championship DLC
  • qomp2
  • Return to Grace
  • Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate - Daemonhunters
  • 02-21

  • A Time Traveller's Guide To Past Delicacies
  • ROUNDS
  • Slave Zero X
  • Tenderfoot Tactics
  • 02-22

  • 502's Arcade
  • Garden Life: A Cozy Simulator
  • Inkulinati
  • 02-23

  • Aery - Stone Age
  • Flooded
  • Promenade

PlayStation 5

  • 02-20

  • Balatro
  • MX vs ATV Legends: 2024 Monster Energy Supercross Championship DLC
  • qomp2
  • The Lost Legends of Redwall: The Scout Anthology
  • Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate - Daemonhunters
  • 02-22

  • 502's Arcade
  • Garden Life: A Cozy Simulator
  • Pacific Drive
  • Yohane the Parhelion - NUMAZU in the MIRAGE -
  • 02-23

  • Flooded
  • Mr. Run and Jump + Kombinera
  • Promenade
  • Strange Horticulture

PlayStation 4

  • 02-20

  • Balatro
  • MX vs ATV Legends: 2024 Monster Energy Supercross Championship DLC
  • qomp2
  • Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate - Daemonhunters
  • 02-22

  • 502's Arcade
  • Garden Life: A Cozy Simulator
  • Seifuku Kanojo
  • 02-23

  • Flooded
  • Mr. Run and Jump + Kombinera
  • Promenade
  • Strange Horticulture

Nintendo Switch

  • 02-20

  • Balatro
  • Hopping Bunny
  • qomp2
  • 02-21

  • A Time Traveller's Guide To Past Delicacies
  • Bandle Tale: A League of Legends Story
  • Froggie - A Retro Platformer
  • Metro Simulator 2
  • Slave Zero X
  • Tenderfoot Tactics
  • 02-22

  • 5-fun Go ni Igai na Ketsumatsu: Monochrome no Toshokan
  • 502's Arcade
  • Aery - Stone Age
  • Apex Heroines
  • Garden Life: A Cozy Simulator
  • Hydlide 3 Special Version
  • Inkulinati
  • Kannagi no Mori Satsukiame Tsuzuri
  • Kurukuru Puzzle Narabete Hyakunin'isshu
  • LUNARiA -Virtualized Moonchild-
  • Nyaaaanvy
  • Quadroids
  • Retro Game Challenge 1 + 2 Replay
  • Seifuku Kanojo
  • Shin-chan: Shiro of Coal Town
  • Slimeboo
  • Splatoon 3: Expansion Pass Wave 2 - Side Order
  • Squirrel Stapler
  • Them's Fightin' Herds - Additional Character #3 Nidra
  • Them's Fightin' Herds - Additional Character #4 Baihe
  • Toy Rider
  • 02-23

  • Dino Race - Dinosaur Ride Ranch
  • Mr. Run and Jump + Kombinera
  • Promenade
  • The Jump Guys
  • Truck Sim 2024
  • Unlife
  • Wira & Taksa: Against the Master of Gravity
  • 02-24

  • Snap Together: New Challenges
  • 02-25

  • Lion Simulator Survival: RPG Animal Battle

Comments

Just adding that Terminator: Dark Fate - Defiance - Out Feb 21.

Couple of good-looking games coming out of early access this week: ARPG The Last Epoch and quirky strategy game Inkulinati.

And speaking of cozy, there is also Promenade, which is a wholesome platformer.