Well we’ve certainly hit a big week! We’ve got some big new releases, some big ports and re-releases, and some big expansions. Everything this week screams “big”! You could even call it a very kiwami week for video games…kiwami means “extreme”.
As pointed out by DrFlimFlam in the comments, PC game Into The Breach was released today for the Nintendo Switch in a surprise announcement! Into The Breach is a fantastic game that will surely end up in my top 10 games of the year, if not top 5. I highly recommend it.
Yakuza Kiwami 2 (PS4)
The Dragon of Dojima is back!!! “Hey, wait a minute. Isn’t this a remake? Why is it the top billed new game this week”, you might be asking. Well, this is my column, so I get to make up the rules, and today the rules say I get to put Yakuza Kiwami 2 at the top of the list, you feel me? Who wouldn’t want to get the chance to return to Kamurocho and play as both Kiryu and Majima, taking part in all kinds of great side activities like playing video games, running a cabaret club, driving golf balls, beating the shit out of tigers and getting into big MOBA inspired street brawls against real Japanese wrestlers? This game uses the engine from Yakuza 6 so expect the graphics to be top notch and the fights to be in real time. Can you unite the clans and bring peace to the region?
Strange Brigade (PC/PS4/Xbox One)
Get ready to embark on a mission so dangerous, so mind-bending, so…strange? That’s right folks, we’ve got ourselves a brigade of strange fighters in Strange Brigade. Join up to three of your friends, or go it alone, as you explore ancient ruins fighting hordes of creatures who all have one thing on their mind, your imminent death! This game looks like a super fun time, however these four player co-op games can be hit or miss (didn’t we discuss this a few weeks ago). If you’ve got a good group of friends you might want to take the plunge, otherwise maybe sit on it a bit and see what people say about the solo campaign.
The Messenger (PC/Switch) – Releases Aug. 30th
If they can make dozens of variations on Metroid and Castlevania, why not Ninja Gaiden? The Messenger looks rad, like my eyes are bleeding from all the radness rad. The big hook here is that you find these portals that seem to transport you from an 8-bit world to a 16-bit world. I don’t know what this mechanic does for you, but there must be something to it. I’ll let you know when I pick it up on August 30th and play it until my thumbs fall off.
PES 2019 (PC/PS4/ Xbox One) – Releases Aug. 30th
“LOL, WTF is PES?”
It looks like David Beckham is in this game, so you can finally bend it like him.
Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker (PC/PS4/Xbox One) – Releases Aug. 31st
On top of Strange Brigade we’ve got ANOTHER online co-op game; this one being based on the Naruto anime. If you’re a Naruto fan I hope this looks good to you, I’ve got zero interest myself. The gist of the game is that you team up with 3 other people to take part in a battle with another group of four people. You beat the hell out of one another until one team is standing and declared the winner. Rinse, repeat.
Ports and Re-releases:
I thought I was going to be able to cut this section down, but instead a ton of big, noteworthy ports are coming out; check ‘em:
Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate (Switch) – Originally released on the 3DS back in 2015, you can now play this Monster Hunter game on your Switch! Yeah, I know it’s not Monster Hunter World and we’ve all gotten used to the QOL changes made, but come on, it’s still Monster Hunter!
Rocket League: Ultimate Edition (PS4/Switch/Xbox One) – Need to catch up on all the Rocket League DLC? You’re in luck as the ultimate edition contains “…16 DLC Battle-Cars plus a collection of cosmetic items. What’s in the box, you ask? Along with Rocket League, you’ll find: Chaos Run DLC, Revenge of the Battle-Cars DLC, Supersonic Fury DLC, Aftershock, Esper, Marauder, Masamune, Proteus, Triton and Vulcan DLC Battle-Cars, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Car Pack, DC Super Heroes DLC Pack” (from the official Rocket League website). Fun fact, I went to jr. high and high school with one of the guys who works on this game. He’s a cool dude.
Shadow of War Definitive Edition (PC/PS4/Xbox One) – “Hey, we removed loot boxes and microtransactions, will you buy our game now”? According to the Amazon product page you will get all previously released DLC which includes a new campaign, side missions, abilities and enemies, plus you get a new Orc tribe to fuck with.
Shikhondo – Soul Eater (PS4/Switch/Xbox One). Out today on PS4/Xbone, Aug. 30th on Switch. – A PC bullet hell game from 2017. I will always highlight bullet hell games.
The Walking Dead: Season 1 (Switch) – Man, this game came out in 2012. For 6 years we’ve been following the story of Clementine in the zombie apocalypse. Now Switch owners can find out how it all started before it inevitably ends in tragedy.
Divinity: Original Sin 2 (PS4/Xbox One) – I don’t know much about this game I’m afraid, but I do know it has a rather prestigious pedigree. Now console owners can find out what PC players have been going on about for almost a year. I have a feeling one or more of the Gamescast crew picked this as their top 3 of 2017, but I might be wrong.
Far Cry 5: Dead Living Zombies (PC/PS4/Xbox One) – The final piece of the Far Cry 5 season pass drops today and puts you into a zombie film. Taking what appears to be a page from that Call of Duty zombies DLC that had George A. Romero, this tongue in cheek expansion is light on seriousness (as much of Far Cry 5 already is) and heavy on gore and arcade goodness. Will THIS finally be the thing that gets me to go back and play the game? Nah…maybe.
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2: Extra Pack 3 (PC/PS4/Switch/Xbox One) – Who says you can’t still release DLC for a two year old game? If you’re still playing this instead of Dragon Ball FighterZ, or are looking for a reason to jump back in, you’ll get new characters, new quests, new skills, new super souls, new costumes and more (sourced from comicbook.com).
Blade Strangers (PC/PS4/Switch) – An all-star fighting game featuring characters from the following games: Code of Princess, Cave Story, Umihara Kawase, The Binding of Isaac, Shovel Knight and Mighty Gunvolt.
Donut County (iOS/PC/PS4) – A future “Mobile Game Being Ported To The Switch Game”? According to the Steam page you are a hole in the ground that keeps getting bigger as you eat trash and people.
Firewall: Zero Hour (PS4 VR) – Two weeks and two new PS VR games; not bad.
Two Point Hospital (PC) – Releases Aug. 29th. The spiritual successor to the 90’s simulation game Theme Hospital.
Haunted Dungeons: Hyakki Castle (PS4/Switch) – Releases Aug. 30th. Prepare to be frightened in this sppok-tacular first person dungeon crawler RPG. It looks kind of bananas, might be one of those hidden gems we talk about on the Switch and PS4 in 5 years.
Hero of the Kingdom III (PC) – Releases Aug. 30th. Looks like a casual RPG, nothing too fancy. I guess if you’ve played the first two then you’re probably going to play this one.
Shadows: Awakening (PC/PS4/Xbox One) – Releases Aug. 30th. From the Steam page, “Shadows: Awakening is a unique, isometric single-player RPG with real-time tactical combat. You embark on an epic adventure with challenging gameplay, a gripping storyline and enchanting graphics”. The game is apparently part of the Heretic Kingdom saga, if that means anything to you.
Rigid Force Alpha (PC) – Releases Aug. 31st. Repeat, it’s a bullet hell game. I will always highlight bullet hell games.