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

Welcome folks, and happy “119th Anniversary of the Battle of Tsushima” week!

The Battle of Tsushima was the last ever decisive battle between modern steel battleship fleets. On 27 May 1905, Japan’s Combined Fleet wiped the floor with Russia’s Second Pacific Squadron. Russia lost all 11 of its battleships, a bunch of destroyers and cruisers, and decades’ worth of gold, labour, and material spent on building all those boats. The battle gave Japan confidence that it could match it with Western powers. Naval strategists around the world concluded that fleet-to-fleet engagements were just too risky, prompting world leaders to wonder why, then, they had spent so much over the last 40-odd years building huge battleship fleets. You may all celebrate by playing a game where you make an army that is obsolete by the time it's ready.

Would you rather play one 100-hour game, or ten 10-hour games? If you answered the second one, No-AAA May has you covered, as it’s been serving up juicy indies all month. What’s on the menu this week?

Nightmare Kart is kart-racing in a Bloodborne-style setting. It was originally called “Bloodborne Kart” until Sony got its lawyers involved. The name was changed, some tweaks were made to the art and now it will be free-to-play on Steam and a reminder to Sony that people crave more Bloodborne. I mean, not even a remaster? Come on!

The Rogue Prince of Persia is a roguelite action-platformer in the Prince of Persia series. Published by Ubisoft, it’s a triple-I indie by the makers of Dead Cells. It has a different, more cartoony art style than the Prince of Persia game from earlier this year, but the jumping and dodging will need to be just as precise. In typical roguelite fashion, the levels change each time you go through, but you will be able to earn powerups that persist across all your runs.

F1 24 drops just as I am finishing up the latest season of F1 Drive to Survive. New features include a Driver Career mode, where you can play as one of the 20 F1 drivers, and Dynamic Handling, which adapts braking and cornering to track conditions. Sounds good, but I’m surprised these weren’t in there before. I’m still curious, but baulk at having to buy all the peripherals. Is there a team management mode where you can play as Guenther? Press X to drop f-bombs when your drivers crash into each other. Hold Select to skip the awkward phone calls with Gene.

Construction Simulator 4 is what it sounds like. Want to play with all the big yellow vehicles that dig, push, lift, and generally go “Brrr”? This one’s for you.

MultiVersus is the Super Smash Bros clone that uses Warner Bros and DC characters. I gave it a shout-out when it entered open beta in 2022, and it was in early access for a year, only to be yoinked in June 2023 to prepare for full release this week. Do you love playing as Bugs Bunny enough to get into the monetisation features?

Seed of Life comes out on consoles this week and is an example of the pitfalls of trying to make a AAA game on an indie budget. It’s a third-person action-adventure game, with RPG elements, set in a semi-open world and with a conceit that you are saving the planet—sounds like the scope of many a AAA game. On its PC release, it got praise for its lovely graphics and world, but was heavily marked down for its monotonous voice acting, hard-to-fathom map and not much to do outside the puzzle-solving. Plus, your health constantly drains when you are in a new area, discouraging exploration and chill.

Capes is a turn-based strategy game where you have a squad of superheroes (not from Marvel or DC) in a world where superpowers are illegal. This looks a lot like what Marvel’s Midnight Suns started out as: XCOM with superheroes. It’s got a more conventional action economy, based on action points and your special abilities, instead of deck-building and card draws. The difficulty is ramped up through the sheer number of enemies you face, plus other restraints, such as timed missions or stealth. As with the best comic book stories, it’s all about how your team works together, using their abilities to augment each other rather than going solo. Characters need to stand close together to unlock synergistic moves, and each character also has a different way of charging for their ultimate ability, encouraging them to play their role.

Umbraclaw is a 2D action-platformer with trippy graphics where you’re a cat in the underworld, trying to get back home to her owner. She’s very squishy, and only has 9 lives to use in her escape, but can revive with the power of another animal to help her through.

Capes gets my GOTW this week. If they keep offering me XCOM-style games, I’m gonna keep eating them up like a little piggy.

GWJ Word of the Week

Platformer: These games started out being called “run’n’jump games”, which sums it up. They were presented on a 2D plane, with the character generally going from left to right, and the player can run and jump to get to the next screen. Screens will often feature platforms suspended in the air for the player to jump on, hence ‘platformer’.

1983’s Super Mario Bros set down the template for platforming games and contains most of the elements you still see today. The genre has evolved to include action-platforming, which usually means there’s combat, too. As games went 3D in the 1990s, so did platformers, although with 3D platformers depth perception is tricky and it’s a lot harder to judge the timing of a jump. Couple this with the fact that many 3D platformers were licensed games with famous characters that were marketed to children, and you understand why 3D platformers became one of the most ubiquitous yet hated genres in games. Developers now often include a mid-air dash mechanic to compensate for cruddy depth perception in 3D games, which also made its way back to 2D platformers, enabling them to become even more fiendishly difficult.

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

PC

  • 05-28

  • Brain Tester : Mind trick quiz 2
  • Candy Renovation
  • Corpse Keeper
  • Cowboy 3030
  • Elegy of Fate
  • Gooba Ball
  • Little Journey to the West: The Birth of the Stone Monkey
  • MultiVersus
  • Pudding Juice
  • Reus 2
  • The Echoes of Mars
  • Touch Maze
  • Yakuza Rogue: Yokohama massage parlor chapter
  • 05-29

  • Capes
  • Debug Girl
  • Flying Frogs
  • Lost Manor
  • Meta Match
  • Nine Sols
  • One Way Road: Firehunt
  • Quackdzilla: Pool Cleaning Simulator
  • Shoulders of Giants: Prologue
  • Switch Range
  • The Necromancer's Pact
  • Unfinished
  • Victorious
  • 05-30

  • A Cat & His Boy
  • Agents of SomeCompany
  • Arcus Chroma: Classic
  • Astor: Blade of the Monolith
  • Baisu
  • Blood Within
  • Body of Mine
  • Breaking Time
  • Cellular Survival
  • Creepy Tale: Some Other Place
  • Epic Quest
  • Find True Love or Hell!
  • Folie Fatale
  • Four Second Forever
  • Ghostbane: Prologue
  • Hellcome
  • Heroic Soul Blade
  • Hood Story: Kaito Yamazaki
  • Intimate Abode
  • KEABE; Kill 'Em All - Bunny Edition
  • Light Reforged
  • Madzik
  • Mr Mitty and the Itty Bitty Kitty Committee
  • National Street Basket
  • Necromancia
  • Overbowed
  • Potion Permit: Complete Edition
  • Scholar's Mate
  • Skald: Against the Black Priory
  • Tabletop Hero
  • The Black Within
  • The Ethernal Spiral
  • The Littlest Fry
  • The Mouse The Merrier
  • The Young Captain
  • Thunder Age
  • Tiny Terry's Turbo Trip
  • TOKYO PSYCHODEMIC
  • Trans-Siberian Railway Simulator
  • Umbraclaw
  • Vendir: Plague of Lies
  • Vox Populi: Europa 2024
  • 05-31

  • Above (Dreamful Projects)
  • Ad Agency Simulator: Prologue
  • Angry Penguin
  • Astro Wars
  • Atomic Wilds
  • Aurora Adventure: A Sunglade Planet Tale
  • Beat Battle
  • Beauty Girl Chronicles: Island Obstacle Challenge
  • Bedtime:turn off the life
  • Beer Simulator
  • Bitter Heaven
  • Breathless Winds - LGBT Visual Novel
  • Caravan Sandwitch
  • Carrion Fields
  • clickyland
  • Clone Clicker
  • Corrupted (Delusions Interactive)
  • Cozy Campzone
  • Criminal Border: complete box
  • Criminal Border: life sentence
  • CurseBreaker
  • Death Education
  • Dino
  • Drone Break
  • Echocalypse: The Scarlet Covenant
  • Eleanor's Handmaid
  • Eroge Kaisha no Kindan no Sekuhara Jijou
  • Erogods: Olympus
  • Eternal Exodus
  • Eternal-Time-Love
  • Everyone's MOZOO
  • F1 24
  • Fading Faith
  • Fallen Castle
  • Finding Cinderella
  • FORGE SIMULATOR
  • Haiiro no Arcadia
  • Hidden Arcade
  • Horrible Dream
  • I commissioned some bunnies 7
  • Inma Inkan ~Shokushu to Gattai sh*te Omoidoori ni Yarikaesu~
  • It Sleeps Below the Haar
  • Item Tower
  • Kairaku Ochi Sase Rareru Gimai Minami
  • Kanojo no Imouto no Kyonyuu Yuuwaku
  • Kata
  • Koakuma Nurse no Itazura Karte ~Kangoshi Kanojo to no Dousei Seikatsu~
  • Kyousei Shihai
  • Lake Minnewaska
  • Land of Zombies
  • Last King - Tower Defense
  • Learn to Dodge
  • Lizard Slayer (PE4ENEGI GAMES)
  • Lost Souls
  • Lot Lizard
  • Lustful Apartment
  • Mahjong Musou:Former army
  • Mahou Senshi Fairy Bullet
  • Maintenance Crew
  • Maze Endless
  • Maze TD Battleground
  • Mercapolis
  • My Corp Cargo Simulator : Prologue
  • Natsu e no Hakobune I
  • NatsuDoki! + Papadoki!
  • NETHER HEROES
  • Netorase Fantasy
  • Night Town
  • Nightmare Kart
  • no sleep for sole
  • Nukikore vol. 60
  • Object Ward.
  • Ochingin wa Karadabarai
  • Ouju no Shima
  • PANICORE
  • Phantom Dash
  • Ponolf
  • Prima Doll: Mumei Tenrei
  • Project Kinesis
  • Psych//Shift
  • Pure Cafe
  • Puzzle Garden
  • Q~J-civILiZaTiOn-S
  • Red Rust
  • ReplayBellSuikaSlotLikeGame
  • Run away from me. Alexandra
  • S. Prysm Destroyer
  • Satan Moans
  • Sayo
  • Sift Heads Legendary Pack
  • Sinister
  • Skeler Boy
  • Sky Chord
  • Smile, you're being filmed
  • Sorelle
  • Soulmask
  • Spark (Davis Cowper)
  • Super Onion Boy+
  • Swallowing Heaven and Earth 2-in-1
  • Sword Lake
  • Tensei sh*ta Sekai de Otoko no Ko o Haramaserareru no wa, Kami de Aru Ore Dake. 2 -Sannin Me no Ichiko Cocom Toujou-
  • The 13th Floor
  • The Aching Aversion
  • The Adventures of Prince Shiratama ~Climb the mountains~
  • The Dearest Person
  • The Gap (Kosmik Games)
  • The Last Night (TheGrungeStudios)
  • The Path of the Brave
  • The Untouchable Man
  • Tokyo Satsujinki Gakkou no Kaidan
  • Town Police Simulator
  • Ultimate Pirates
  • Unable to Exit 8
  • Undersea 8
  • Vnesis
  • Vojna
  • VRLegs
  • War Of The Titans
  • Western Chapter
  • Whispers in the Moss
  • World Island Editor
  • You Go Boom
  • Zhenhun Vocational College
  • ZigZag Drifter

Xbox Series X

  • 05-27

  • Seed of Life
  • 05-28

  • MultiVersus
  • 05-29

  • Capes
  • Terminal 81
  • 05-30

  • Horizon Chase 2
  • Humanity
  • Potion Permit: Complete Edition
  • Umbraclaw
  • 05-31

  • F1 24
  • HYPERCHARGE: Unboxed

Xbox One

  • 05-27

  • Seed of Life
  • 05-28

  • Killer Klowns from Outer Space: The Game
  • MultiVersus
  • 05-29

  • Capes
  • Terminal 81
  • 05-30

  • Horizon Chase 2
  • Humanity
  • Potion Permit: Complete Edition
  • Umbraclaw
  • 05-31

  • F1 24
  • HYPERCHARGE: Unboxed

PlayStation 5

  • 05-27

  • Seed of Life
  • 05-28

  • MultiVersus
  • Sushi Ben
  • TEVI
  • 05-29

  • Capes
  • 05-30

  • Horizon Chase 2
  • Potion Permit: Complete Edition
  • TOKYO PSYCHODEMIC
  • Umbraclaw
  • WiZmans World Re:Try
  • 05-31

  • F1 24
  • Sugar Mess - Let's Play Jolly Battle

PlayStation 4

  • 05-27

  • Seed of Life
  • 05-28

  • MultiVersus
  • 05-29

  • Capes
  • 05-30

  • Horizon Chase 2
  • Potion Permit: Complete Edition
  • TOKYO PSYCHODEMIC
  • Umbraclaw
  • WiZmans World Re:Try
  • 05-31

  • F1 24

Nintendo Switch

  • 05-28

  • Construction Simulator 4
  • Cupid Parasite: Sweet and Spicy Darling
  • Hidden Objects Collection 5: Detective Stories
  • Terror Mansion
  • 05-29

  • Capes
  • Dreamland Solitaire: Dark Prophecy
  • Echoes
  • Terminal 81
  • 05-30

  • A Cat & His Boy
  • Astor: Blade of the Monolith
  • Burst Hero
  • Cook 'Til Escape ~ Nyanzou&Kumakichi: Escape Game ~
  • Creek of Tears
  • Futago Usagi no Gokinjo Turismo
  • Ginger - The Tooth Fairy
  • Goliath Depot
  • LET'S THROOOW! Street Basketball Simulator
  • Master Key
  • NINJA KAMUI: SHINOBI ORIGINS
  • Picross S Namco Legendary Edition
  • Potion Permit: Complete Edition
  • SkateCat
  • TOKYO PSYCHODEMIC
  • Umbraclaw
  • Wargroove 1 + 2
  • WiZmans World Re:Try
  • Xuan-Yuan Sword 7
  • 05-31

  • Color Water Sort
  • Jougi Battle Online
  • Mezmeratu
  • Nine Nights - Martial Ci Lang Story
  • O-VOID
  • Ruler Battle Online
  • Skeler Boy
  • 06-01

  • Sculpt People: Famous Edition
  • Sticky Hands
  • The Cat
  • 06-02

  • Mars Colonization Expedition: Survival Simulator

Comments

Now that embargo is up on Skald: Against the Black Priory, I want to flag it as an outstanding RPG. My reductive quick explainer is this: imagine the first season of True Detective delivered through the trappings of Ultima V.

I'm excited to share that the dev, Anders Lauridsen, will be a guest on an upcoming episode of Gamers With Jobs as well (likely the one dropping on Wednesday the 12th.)

Currently, I'm about 30 hours deep into it, with the final third of the game in sight. (Probably a 30-40 hour game for most players - which in and of itself is something of a unique RPG unicorn run time.) It is easily the most interesting RPGs I've played this year, and criminally underpriced at $15 USD.