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Welcome folks, and happy “146th Anniversary of the opening of the Danvers State Hospital” week!

On 13 May, 1878 The Danvers State Hospital was opened. It was a psychiatric hospital that served as the inspiration for Lovecraft’s Arkham sanatorium, which in turn was the inspiration for Batman’s Arkham Asylum. While some brutal treatments were carried out there, details are still sketchy on whether it was patrolled by lippy goons, or even whether the rooms were connected by really large vents and decorated with indoor gargoyles that made surprisingly useful grapple points. You may all celebrate by playing a Batman: Arkham game. They hold up.

We’re midway through No-AAA May and the biggest buzz seems to be around the new Early Access for Hades 2, which isn’t due until 2025. I’m petering out on Dragon’s Dogma 2, so could be in the mood for a new shiny.

Homeworld 3 sees the return of a venerable space RTS series. It’s base-building and fleet combat in 3D space and it looks amazing, if you can work out the UI. The single player campaign looks solid, and it will be interesting to see how many folks get into the co-op and PvP modes.

Men of War II is a sequel to a squad-based WW2 RTS title that got eclipsed by Company of Heroes, partly because it had fiddlier controls. Men of War II rectifies all that with a ton of customisation and mod support, to go along with its strong single-player campaigns and fleshed-out multiplayer modes. There’s even an editor to create and share your own scenarios.

Lorelai and the Laser Eyes is the latest from Annapurna Interactive. It’s an adventure thriller full of illusions and puzzles, presented mostly in black and white, with dashes of colour for emphasis.

MULLET MAD JACK is an anime FPS with a Hotline Miami bling: fast-paced ultra-violence with a striking colour palette.

Athenian Rhapsody is a pixel-art RPG by a single-person dev. It’s a bubblegum Undertale, where you can choose to fight or befriend monsters. It’s also crammed with a hodgepodge of gameplay features: dating sim, turn-based combat, puzzles, cooking sim, and more.

Although I’m keen for a new game, nothing here looks urgent. I’d try Men of War II if it came out on console, I guess, so it gets a shruggy GOTW.

GWJ Word of the Week

RTS: short for ‘Real-Time Strategy’ game, it means a strategy game that recognises that war isn’t so polite that everyone takes turns. Instead, all players execute their build orders and unit moves simultaneously, in real time. ‘Real-Time Strategy’ was coined to describe Dune II in the 1990s and has branched out into many subgenres, with multiplayer and competitive iterations like Starcraft and League of Legends launching it into the stratosphere of gaming genres. Nowadays, many single-player RTSes mitigate the stress of real-time by including a handy pause or slow time function. War may be rude, but sometimes you gotta pee.

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

PC

  • 05-14

  • A Matching Game
  • Athenian Rhapsody
  • Baldis' Advanced 3D Math Class
  • Black Screen
  • Braid Anniversary Edition
  • Colony : Part I The Moon Castle
  • Deep Sea Hunter
  • GROKAI
  • Heromantic
  • Homeworld 3
  • It's Slime-Creep Time!
  • Mercenary Tactics
  • MY ADAPTATION IN(TO) HUMAN
  • Our Little Friend
  • PALINGENESIS
  • Pyramid Game
  • Re=Connect Exit LOOP
  • Rebel!: Prologue
  • ROBOBEAT
  • Roulette Simulator 2025
  • Ru Lin Wai Shi Fan Jin
  • Shadow Hush
  • Spanking Runners
  • Touhou Genso Wanderer -FORESIGHT-
  • 05-15

  • An English Haunting
  • Astral Rift
  • Baladins
  • Bird Feather: Aquamarine World
  • Day of Atonement
  • Deep Beyond
  • Desolate City: Last Show
  • Element Release: Water Territory
  • Honker
  • Kanna Maze
  • Kingdom of Fallen: The Last Stand
  • Men of War II
  • MULLET MAD JACK
  • Pilapila
  • Realm Of I
  • SDIES
  • Squab
  • Suika Watermelon Fruits
  • The Legend of Sebb Linus
  • Undead Paradise
  • Vaygren - Lustful Temptation
  • Ymn7
  • Zeta Wolf: First Bite
  • 05-16

  • AMANATSU ~Perfect Edition~
  • Beat the Clock (Mastodonte)
  • Bloody Good Friends
  • Catniptic
  • Chess (Popoko VM Games)
  • Citadel Stormer 2
  • Die by the Blade
  • Feel the Fear Around
  • Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut
  • H.I.v.C.A.: Human Intelligence vs Computer Algorithm
  • Hackshot
  • Heart of Shadows
  • Hexahedra
  • It's Skrot-Robot Time!
  • Lorelei and the Laser Eyes
  • Pixel Fish
  • Pool Party
  • Random Core Defense
  • Read Only Memories: NEURODIVER
  • Spellcats: Auto Card Tactics
  • Still Joking
  • STRIDE: Fates
  • The Chronicles of Lancelot
  • The Lost Compressor
  • The Very Idle Game
  • 05-17

  • Arcane Assembly
  • Archaeogem
  • Benny The Blob
  • Burger
  • CABALL
  • Cars Spin
  • CaseCracker2
  • Cute Socks
  • Down is Relative
  • EQQO
  • Fairytale Furnishing
  • Forsaken Quartet
  • FoxyRush
  • Genopanic
  • Ghost of Conviction
  • Gilded Eternal
  • I commissioned some bunnies 5
  • Kilonova
  • Leaf's Odyssey
  • Let's Get Fit at Midnight, Shall We?
  • Little Odyssey
  • Morbid: The Lords of Ire
  • My Little Pony: A Zephyr Heights Mystery
  • No Way Out
  • PMC Promiscuity
  • Rotating Roads
  • Ship Regulus
  • Siege and Summons
  • Space Horde Attack
  • The Bathrooms
  • The Process: Need a Job?
  • The Stairway 7 - Anomaly Hunt Loop Horror Game
  • THE STRONG HIGH SCHOOL
  • Thorns: Police never sleeps
  • Tornado Raid / Tornado Blade
  • Yuyuko is suffering from lack of appetite
  • 05-18

  • Hororo Meguru's BING!! Ball
  • Pre Dusk
  • 05-19

  • Dark Door
  • Escaping DandyLand
  • I'm Determined to Make 3A: 01/65
  • Nectarmare
  • One-inch Tactics
  • Path Weaver
  • Roboom
  • Tiny Machinery: Lost Reality

Xbox Series X

  • 05-14

  • Athenian Rhapsody
  • 05-15

  • Awesome Pea 3
  • Electronics Puzzle Lab
  • Please Fix The Road
  • Time Trap: Hidden Objects Remastered
  • 05-16

  • Anime Studio Story
  • PO'ed: Definitive Edition
  • Read Only Memories: NEURODIVER
  • The Ramen Sensei
  • 05-17

  • Claws & Feathers 3
  • My Little Pony: A Zephyr Heights Mystery
  • Outbreak The Fedora Files: What Lydia Knows
  • Spellcats: Auto Card Tactics

Xbox One

  • 05-14

  • Athenian Rhapsody
  • 05-15

  • Awesome Pea 3
  • Electronics Puzzle Lab
  • Please Fix The Road
  • Time Trap: Hidden Objects Remastered
  • Turbo Dash Kart 2024 Racing
  • 05-16

  • Anime Studio Story
  • PO'ed: Definitive Edition
  • The Ramen Sensei
  • 05-17

  • Claws & Feathers 3
  • My Little Pony: A Zephyr Heights Mystery
  • Not Not - A Brain-Buster
  • Spellcats: Auto Card Tactics

PlayStation 5

  • 05-14

  • Athenian Rhapsody
  • Neptunia Game Maker R:Evolution
  • Slayers X: Terminal Aftermath: Vengance of the Slayer
  • 05-15

  • Electronics Puzzle Lab
  • 05-16

  • Please Fix The Road
  • PO'ed: Definitive Edition
  • Read Only Memories: NEURODIVER
  • 05-17

  • My Little Pony: A Zephyr Heights Mystery

PlayStation 4

  • 05-14

  • Athenian Rhapsody
  • Neptunia Game Maker R:Evolution
  • Slayers X: Terminal Aftermath: Vengance of the Slayer
  • 05-15

  • Electronics Puzzle Lab
  • 05-16

  • Please Fix The Road
  • PO'ed: Definitive Edition
  • 05-17

  • My Little Pony: A Zephyr Heights Mystery

Nintendo Switch

  • 05-14

  • Athenian Rhapsody
  • Biomutant
  • Braid Anniversary Edition
  • Lysfanga: The Time Shift Warrior
  • Neptunia Game Maker R:Evolution
  • Slayers X: Terminal Aftermath: Vengance of the Slayer
  • 05-15

  • Awesome Pea 3
  • Electronics Puzzle Lab
  • Purple Explorer
  • Roman Empire Farming
  • 05-16

  • 3 minutes Mystery 2
  • 8th MILLENNIUM: WAR AGAINST THE PAGAN GODS
  • Arcadia: Colony
  • Dream Igo
  • Dream Shougi
  • Internet Generation
  • Little Cat Doctor
  • Lorelei and the Laser Eyes
  • Musashi vs Cthulhu
  • Mutant Express
  • Pinball FX - Super League Football
  • Pinball FX - Universal Pinball: TV Classics
  • Please Fix The Road
  • Pool Party
  • Puzzle World: Cute Cats
  • Puzzle World: Neko Girls
  • Read Only Memories: NEURODIVER
  • SEKIMORI GAMI - SAIEN
  • Sling Puzzle: Golf Master
  • Spellcats: Auto Card Tactics
  • Ultimate Traffic Sign Quiz
  • UNDEMON
  • Zombie Night Defense
  • 05-17

  • Express Courier Pro: Urban Bike Delivery Simulator 2024!
  • FoxyRush
  • Horse Club Adventures 1 Plus 2: Lakeside Collection
  • Morbid: The Lords of Ire
  • My Little Pony: A Zephyr Heights Mystery
  • Overmorrow
  • Sweetest Monster
  • Tokyo Cooking
  • 05-18

  • Adrenaline Rush: Highway Extreme Traffic Racer
  • Astroblaze
  • Eternal Light
  • Finger Suck
  • Undercat
  • 05-19

  • Toon Toon Racing

Comments

Oh, Lorelai and the Laser Eyes is out this week? That's exciting. Same dev as Sayonara Wild Hearts, Simogo.

This current console generation is really weird with games, they almost all seem available for the PS4 and 5, and XB1 and the Series systems.