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

Welcome folks, and happy “419th Anniversary of the coronation of False Dmitry I” week!

False Dmitry I was the name given to a man who claimed to be Ivan the Terrible’s son (who was widely known at the time to have been assassinated years ago) and managed to get himself crowned Tsar of Russia on 10 June 1605. He’s called “False Dmitry I” because at least 2 other separate men managed to do the same thing a few years after him. You may all celebrate by playing a game where it’s hard to keep track of who everybody is.

This week begins in the shadows of the hype that shone down over the weekend at the Summer Games Fest. Plenty of new trailers for shiny future games have been scattered about like crumbs for pigeons. I’m cooing that Civilization VII will be on consoles from day one. There’s so much to peck over—like new Gears of War, Dragon Age and Fable games—that it’s a bad week to plug a game that you could actually play this week. As such, most of this week’s releases are ports, DLC and remasters.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night - Classic II: Dominique's Revenge ticks off the last stretch goal for this Kickstarted game. It’s a new game mode with a bunch of rejumbled environments and art assets from Simon’s Quest, made by a skeleton crew while the rest of the studio works on Bloodstained 2 proper.

Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous - A Dance of Masks is also the final piece of DLC for this sprawling party-based RPG with sprinkles of kingdom management. This is mostly a post-game hang with your companions, like the final big update for BG3, plus an Arena mode where you can take on legendary monsters.

Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance is published by Atlus, who also publish the Persona games. Atlus is hoping to make over Shin Megami Tensei V like it did with the Persona re-releases, adding in a whole new alternate storyline with choice and consequence and watching the sales roll in.

The Talos Principle 2: Road to Elysium is post-game content for this soothing, beautifully-graphicalised puzzler that’s like a 3D evolution of Myst, which always make me think I should play it but then I see it’s still full price on PSN so I never do.

Nothing takes my fancy this week, I’m deep into grinding up my unique weapons in Crown Wars: The Black Prince, a May GOTW winner. I put in the Sands required to finish Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous, so maybe I’d check out A Dance of Masks, just to remember which of my companions I killed. Besides Camellia, of course. Everyone kills Camellia, right? It’s just a matter of when.

GWJ Word of the Week

DLC: short for “Downloadable Content”. Strictly, it means any piece of content for a game that is made available after its initial release, that you can download and add in to the game. This could be a whole new dungeon in an RPG, new tracks in a racing game, or new fighters in a fighting game.

In the days when physical media was king, DLC was often poo-pooed as a cynical cash grab, especially when some publishers included DLC on the original game disc and later gave codes to unlock it, causing much weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Then there was Bethesda’s infamous horse armour incident in 2006, where it was made a laughing stock for selling horse armour in Oblivion (which was purely cosmetic) for $2.50. However, the armour sold like hotcakes, being a top-seller for years and helping to fund more regular DLC with new quests and locations.

On the other end of the scale, some devs used DLC to really cap off their games with masterful work. The extra quests and locations in DLC for Dark Souls and The Witcher 3 are often considered better than the rest of those games.

Now that digital gaming is the norm, a game’s entire business model can depend on its DLC release schedule, with season passes and subscription models enticing gamers into pre-buying DLC. When I see my kids spend their hard-earned Robux on JoJo’s Grand Adventure skins, it seems in 2006 Bethesda were ahead of the curve rather than on the nose.

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

PC

  • 06-11

  • Alien Cafe
  • Bishojo Battlefield
  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night - Classic II: Dominique's Revenge
  • Confidential Mission
  • Defense of the Dauntless
  • Escape From Benjamin's Room
  • Fork Road
  • Harrowed World: What's Past Is Portents - Vampire Visual Novel
  • Humans vs Monsters
  • Lunar Lander Redux
  • Rocket Knight Adventures: Re-Sparked
  • THOKO
  • Tour de Drone
  • 06-12

  • Book of Spells 2
  • BUG
  • Car Car Up!
  • Catch Thieves
  • Coin Eruption
  • Dark Card
  • Dead War Rise of Zombies
  • Dear Mom: My Letter to You
  • Devils Run
  • Eternal (Harkee)
  • Fish Idle 2
  • Garden Paradise
  • Good & BAD DRIVER
  • Knock
  • Knowledge Keeper
  • Loser Simulator
  • Parallel
  • Supermarket & Banana & Cucumber
  • Survivor in the Forest 2
  • Whacking Hell!
  • 06-13

  • 0101
  • Ad Fundum
  • Astrune Academy
  • Bite Night
  • Broken Ceiling
  • Chill Seekers
  • CRUELTY
  • DNF Duel - DLC 5: Nen Master
  • DreamLand
  • Dryft City Kyngs
  • Finch
  • JudgeSim
  • Knight Fall
  • Leap Year
  • Love Birds
  • Mortadelo y Filemon: Una aventura de cine - Edicion original
  • Multiplayer Wizards
  • Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous - A Dance of Masks
  • Reberrion
  • Ronin's Requiem
  • Salacot Jack - Deluxe
  • Selenaut Quest
  • Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance
  • Spicy Fruit
  • Taskmaster VR
  • The Last Summer
  • 06-14

  • 14 Minesweeper Variants 2
  • A fascinating story
  • Adventure and study English in a fantasy world VI
  • Armored Suit Solgante
  • BackRooms's1995TheLostFootageChapter1
  • BATTLE OF REBELS
  • Beauty Solitaire
  • Beyond The Walls
  • Bloom Echo
  • Click on candy together
  • Cryohazard
  • DATASIGHT
  • Don't Shout Together
  • Habitatrix
  • I commissioned some butterflies 2
  • I KNOW YOUR ADDRESS
  • Immunity Wars
  • Legend of Mortal
  • Lilly and the murder in a dream
  • LIO
  • Monster Hunter Stories
  • Mountains of Madness
  • One in a Krillion
  • Scunner's Run
  • Shadow of Pharos
  • survival advanced
  • Talon One - Bounty Hunter
  • Thalassophobia (NGreenDev)
  • The Heroes Around Me
  • The Talos Principle 2: Road to Elysium
  • The Tortoise and the Hare
  • They Can Fart
  • Unfolded Cube
  • VENARI - Escape Room Adventure
  • Whispering Lane
  • 06-15

  • Virtual Girlfriend Lia
  • 06-16

  • Air Combat III
  • Book of Korvald
  • Get off Work
  • Rolled: A Pinball Nightmare
  • Romance of the Three Kingdoms: Awakening
  • Romance of the Three Kingdoms: Legend of Shu Han
  • The Assault: Survivor
  • W.I.T.S: INITIATION

Xbox Series X

  • 06-12

  • Prison of Illusion
  • Roxy Raccoon's Pinball Panic
  • 06-13

  • DETECTIVE - Minerva case
  • 06-14

  • Astrune Academy
  • Magical Drop VI
  • Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance
  • The Talos Principle 2: Road to Elysium

Xbox One

  • 06-11

  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night - Classic II: Dominique's Revenge
  • Sunrise GP
  • 06-12

  • Roxy Raccoon's Pinball Panic
  • 06-13

  • Dead Station 2
  • DETECTIVE - Minerva case
  • Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous - A Dance of Masks
  • 06-14

  • Astrune Academy
  • Magical Drop VI
  • Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance

PlayStation 5

  • 06-11

  • V Rising
  • 06-12

  • Roxy Raccoon's Pinball Panic
  • 06-14

  • Magical Drop VI
  • Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance
  • The Talos Principle 2: Road to Elysium

PlayStation 4

  • 06-11

  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night - Classic II: Dominique's Revenge
  • Rocket Knight Adventures: Re-Sparked
  • 06-12

  • Roxy Raccoon's Pinball Panic
  • 06-13

  • Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous - A Dance of Masks
  • 06-14

  • Magical Drop VI
  • Monster Hunter Stories
  • Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin
  • Monster Hunter Stories Collection
  • Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance

Nintendo Switch

  • 06-11

  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night - Classic II: Dominique's Revenge
  • Mortal Kombat 1: Homelander
  • Rocket Knight Adventures: Re-Sparked
  • 06-12

  • Clue: The Classic Mystery Game - Whispering Pines Retreat Crime Scene
  • Lesson Learned
  • Roxy Raccoon's Pinball Panic
  • 06-13

  • Astrune Academy
  • DUNGEON SLASHER
  • Forest Fantasy
  • Hidden Cats in Paris
  • Jouka no Michi
  • Monolith
  • Path to purge
  • Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous - A Dance of Masks
  • Sorcerian
  • Willy's Wonderland - The Game
  • 06-14

  • Bumper Kitty
  • Cozy Jigsaw Puzzle
  • Cyberpunk City Tycoon
  • Fit My Zoo
  • Froggy Bouncing Adventures
  • Monster Hunter Stories
  • Monster Hunter Stories Collection
  • Neon Noir
  • Railbreak
  • Railway Islands 2 - Puzzle
  • Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance
  • Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance - Demon Subquest: Holy Will and Profane Dissent
  • Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance - Demon Subquest: Sakura Cinders of the East
  • 06-15

  • Anime vs Evil: Apocalypse
  • Chopper Strike
  • Tiny Little Farm
  • 06-16

  • Urban Trace: Parkour Simulator Pursuit

Comments

The Talos Principle 2 was fantastic and it's absolutely worth full price. I'm looking forward to the DLC although I just bought a bunch of puzzle games in May so I don't know when I'm gonna fit it in my schedule.

I very recently bought Talos Principle 2 which, as we all know, is no guarantee I'll actually play it but I'm in a very puzzly mood after Cocoon so I hope so. I first have to steer a very idiosyncratic detective through an elaborate seeming investigation in an impoverished seaside district of Martinaise.