Unless you’re a World of Warcraft fan, it’s a bit of a light week as most games are small indie titles; and that isn’t to say they’ll be bad or anything, but it’s just not very exciting. Maybe now is a good time to catch up on some of your back catalog.
The Walking Dead: The Final Season – Episode 1 (PC/PS4/Xbox One)
We’ve reached the end, folks. After three previous seasons, Clementine’s story is coming to an end in this fourth season from Telltale’s superb The Walking Dead. I personally haven’t gotten farther than episode 1 of season two, but that first season was gut wrenching. In the above trailer it seems that Clem is all grown up and has taken on a young ward of her own to mentor and protect. How does her life end up? Well, I guess that’s something you’ll have to decide for yourself as you make your way through the most depressing ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ book on Earth.
Death’s Gambit (PC/PS4)
Another week, another pixel art platformer. This time we seem to have a Dark Souls style RPG brawler, but are we already needing another one so soon after Hollow Knight and Salt and Sanctuary? If you’re curious, yes, they do have a tumblr page: https://deathsgambit.tumblr.com/
Phantom Doctrine (PC/PS4/ Xbox One)
This is the kind of classic PC strategy game that I would pour hours into as a kid in junior high. According to the Steam Store page, the game is set in 1983 during the Cold War. You work for a secret agency called The Cabal and you must undertake various missions to ensure that the world doesn’t plunge itself into nuclear holocaust. However, things are not all they seem to be and someone in your shadowy, mega-funded secret agency is bad. Can you stop them in a series of X-Com-esque missions?
Tanglewood (PC/Sega Genesis/Mega Drive)
Yes, you’re reading that right, there is a new game coming out tomorrow for the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive. The novelty of releasing a game on a dead system isn’t completely new, there have been homebrew NES, SNES, Dreamcast, Turbo Grafix 16, Atari 2600 etc. games released long after those systems went out, but that’s usually the only place they end up as far as I can tell. Tanglewood has the distinction of also releasing on the PC, so if you’re like me and you sold your Genesis on Craigslist 6 years ago after you lost your job and needed to pay rent, you’ll still be able to get this game. What a game, too, it looks beautiful! According to the game’s website you play as “…a young creature, Nymn, who is separated from the family pack after the sun sets…Nymn must use skills of evasion, special abilities, traps and trickery to defeat predators”.
Ports and Re-releases:
Cosmic Star Heroine (Switch). Originally released last year, this RPG takes its style cues from the 90’s; from the sprite based graphics to the CD-ROM inspired animated cut scenes. I’m sure if they could have released a homebrew Sega CD version of this game they probably would have.
Airheart (Xbox One) – A rogue-like twin stick shooter that came out on PC last month that lets you customize your dieselpunk airplane. Recent Steam reviews are mixed.
Fernz Gate (PC/PS4/Xbox One) – Releases Aug. 15th. This week’s “mobile game being ported to the Xbone/Windows 10” game, er…okay. It’s a JRPG from Kemco that looks like your typical anime influenced fantasy/sci-fi RPG.
CastleStorm (Switch) – Releases Aug. 16th. This game was originally released back in 2013 on previous gen consoles, and then in 2014 on the current gen consoles. This physics based game from Zen Studios (Pinball FX) seems to play like Angry Birds, so in other words it is perfect for the Switch.
Manual Samuel (Switch) – Releases Aug. 16th. Speaking of physics based, this adventure game that originally came out a couple years ago on PC, PS4 and Xbone, has you playing the role of Samuel and requires you to manually control all of his body functions for 24 hours or else he dies. It looks really fucking stupid, but people on Steam seem to love it.
Spectrum (Switch, others). Releases Aug. 20th on Switch, Xbone Aug. 24th and PS4 is TBD. This is an abstract platforming game, do you need more info than that? Psh, plebe.
World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth (PC) – Technically came out last week if you pre-ordered it. Arguably the biggest release this week, the seventh expansion for the mighty juggernaut MMO World of Warcraft has you playing up to level 120 on your quest to control the “Azerite”. Will the nation’s productivity go down this week as everyone takes vacation? Sure.
THIS WEEK’S “MOBILE GAME BEING PORTED TO THE SWITCH” GAME:
2064: Read Only Memories (Switch) – A point-and-click adventure game about solving social justice issues in the future.
Red’s Kingdom (Switch) – Releases Aug. 16th. Puzzle game about trying to get your golden nut back. Someone will buy it.
Penguin Wars (Switch) – Releases Aug. 15th. I almost put this in the ports/re-releases section but decided against it as it’s more of a re-make and not a port. Based on the 1985 arcade game, you throw balls at your opponent to try and defeat them, I guess. IDK, looks kind of neat.
State of Mind (PC/PS4/Switch/Xbox One) – Releases Aug. 15th. From Steam, “State of Mind is a futuristic thriller game delving into transhumanism. The game explores themes of separation, disjuncture and reunification, in a world that is torn between a dystopian material reality and a utopian virtual future”. Yeah.
Destination Primus Vita – Episode 1 (PC) – Releases Aug. 16th. Definitely the episodic game everyone will be talking about this year.
Robbotto (PC/Switch) – Releases Aug. 16th. It’s Bubble Bobble but with robots. Looks cute!
Drunk-Fu: Wasted Masters (PC/Xbox One) – Releases Aug. 17th. Sometimes I wonder if the names of games can get any stupider; then they do.
Polygod (Switch/Xbox One) – Releases Aug. 17th, currently in early access on Steam. Another rogue-like, another dollar. This one is a first person shooter that borrows the graphical design of Quake and runs it through a rainbow.
Treadnauts (Xbox One) – Releases Aug. 17th, also currently in early access on Steam. Need a 4-player party game for your Xbone after you’ve gotten bored of Overcooked 2? No? Oh, well then never mind; I won’t tell you about this tank game where you drive on the walls and ceiling.