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April 24 – April 30

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:20:25 +0000

Goodness gracious, me oh my! What a bounty lays before us this week. The old new release of Mario Kart on the Switch, the release of Little Nightmares everywhere but the Switch and the stealth release of Syberia 3 on PC last week that wasn’t on any of the websites I check when I’m making the list (It releases everywhere else this week, so we’re still covered) – these are all on the block, looking for my GOTW award.

Any of the aforementioned games would make an excellent pick for me, and indeed I’m going to be getting the old new Switch release of Mario Kart, owing to the fact that my wife already bought herself a copy and promised I could try it once in awhile. Among the others, though, It’s hard to pick a favorite. They’re all so different from each other. It’s like trying to rank Tombstone, Shawshank Redemption and Super Mario Brothers, all of which are movies I love but none of which share enough common ground to be comparable in any meaningful sense. You might as well try to decide whether you prefer steak, ice cubes or hammers.

I think, then, the only option is to pick the one that is the most unique, and I think that title goes to Little Nightmares by default, if only because the other two are either sequels or remastered versions of sequels. Little Nightmares is a platformer/stealth/puzzle game in which you must escape childhood nightmares. And if you think that sounds light and whimsical, it means you’re too far removed from being a child to remember what your nightmares were like.

Little Nightmares gets my game of the week pick.

Too Long; Didn't Play: Crispy Chicken

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:51:41 +0000

Just like KFC: It sounds like a better idea than it actually is.

Except for the biscuits. Those are always good.

GWJ Conference Call Episode 549

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 03:07:42 +0000

Captain Flinthook, Ballz, Stellaris Utopia, Persona 5, PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS, Lots of Your Emails and More!

April 17 – April 23

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 10:17:02 +0000

Sometimes, some games
Get HD re-released but
this new bundle
Is bringing 8-bit back
There’s a bunch of nostalgia games to see
it's a day-one purch for me
Chip-chip-chip-chip and Dale (Rescue Rangers)
And Duck-duck-duck-Duck Tales (and there's Talespin)
Never has there been a Week Ahead
That needed less thought from my own head
Chip-chip-chip-chip and Dale (Rescue Rangers 2)
And Dark Dark Dark Darkwing (Duck!)
It's Disney Afternoon!

Too Long; Didn't Play: Save Jesus

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 10:01:53 +0000

It's a good thing God mellowed after having a kid, because somebody would be righteously smited over this otherwise.

GWJ Conference Call Episode 548

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 04:19:54 +0000

Persona 5, Typeshift, Shovelknight: Spectre of Torment, Onirim, Playerunknown: Battlegrounds, Rose of Winter, When To Enter The Game, Your Emails and More!

Horizon: Zero Dawn Spoiler Section

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 04:09:42 +0000

Horizon: Zero Dawn Spoiler Section

Orbital Decay – Episode 7

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 22:14:53 +0000

Welcome to Orbital Decay, an episodic collaborative storytelling RPG made possible by our Patreon subscribers! Join Game Master Michael Zenke as he takes Sean Sands, Shawn Andrich, Karla Andrich and Rob Daviau into a mysterious sci-fi adventure where our heroes don't know who they are, where they are or why they've emerged from their damaged cryo pods in the first place.

April 10 – April 16

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 10:20:09 +0000

Not much out this week, and I can’t say as I blame the developers from being skittish. Yooka Laylee, Team 17's successor to the Banjo Kazooie franchise, is clearly fixing to dominate the sales charts this week, and who wants to go up against a powerhouse like that?

I never played the original Banjo Kazooie. The N64 hit its stride while I was in college, and I was all about Goldeneye and Body Harvest (It’s not what it sounds like!) so I skipped most of the big Mario 64 clones out there (not that I played Mario 64 either, but that’s another story). Banjo Kazooie, though, seems to hold a special place in the hearts of the people who have played it, and after looking at some of the footage from the developers of Yooka Laylee, I can certainly see why.

So I pick Yooka Laylee as my game of the week, secure in the knowledge that I’ll get the full Banjo Kazooie experience, since it’s made by the developers of Banjo Kazooie, and has gameplay mechanics, art style, and a name that is just skirting the edge of inviting legal action.

Best pick it up on disc before the Cease and Desist order hits!

What else we got, gang?

An Interview with Battle Chef Brigade's Tom Eastman

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 09:58:27 +0000

It’s not often that a game makes me sit up and say “What the heck am I looking at?” in a positive way, but when I saw Battle Chef Brigade at PAX East, I had to give it a closer look. I could give you a description, but I thought it would be best described by the Tom Eastman, President of Trinket Studios, the company that made it:

Imagine a fantasy cooking competition where chefs hunt monsters for ingredients before making scrumptious dishes for the judges. Then sprinkle on some RPG progression, lots of deep characters, and wrap it all up with hand-drawn anime-style art, and you've got Battle Chef Brigade!