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December 11 – December 17

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:09:58 +0000

After months of waiting, Kickstarter backers who opted to receive Yooka Laylee on the Switch can finally be disappointed with those of us who bought on other platforms. Hooray?

In other news about games that harken back to old favorites but are sure to disappoint, Cars with Guns: It’s About Time tries to bring back vehicular combat and couch co-op at the same time. The hook is a time machine that throws the combatants into various epochs. If they don’t let you fight it out in 1976, somebody at Null Reference Games was asleep at the wheel.

Defend Your Buttress looks like it’s right up my alley, bringing the castle-defence genre into the first-person perspective. It’s the mashup nobody was asking for, but that’s pretty much what PC game releases are these days, and I love it. It’s like when you used to have to buy the whole album only to find your favorite song ever was on side B.

My game of the week, however, is Okami HD. I’ve never played Okami, nor do I have any particular interest in playing Okami. I’ve heard it’s good, but I hear a lot of games are good, and listening to that kind of nonsense is how I wound up wasting money on a copy of Red Dead Redemption. So why pick Okami HD as my Game of the Week? Well, I have an interest in seeing as much of Clover Studio’s catalog released on modern platforms as possible. If Okami HD can make bank, then there’s hope for a remaster of Viewtiful Joe and, if we’re very lucky, God Hand.

So go buy Okami HD. Maybe pick up a couple of copies and gift them to friends for Christmas or Boxing Day. Get those NPD numbers up there! Okami HD gets my hopeful vote for Game of the Week.




Too Long; Didn't Play: X-COM, UFO Defense

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 11:37:32 +0000

Welcome, TL;DP Fans! As longtime readers may well recall, I like to do a theme for the month of December. Usually it’s alliterative, or some kind of gregorian pun. This December will be no exception. I’ve decided to go back to gaming’s roots and play some important games that I missed when they first came out. Over the next four Thursdays, I hope you enjoy De-Seminal-Ber!

This week, X-Com: UFO Defense gets a couple hours of my time.




GWJ Conference Call Episode 582

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 05:03:59 +0000

Xenoblade Chronicles 2, The Cultural Obsession With The Apocalypse, Your Emails and More!




Heroes of The Realm - Episode 3

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 19:32:57 +0000

Welcome to Heroes of The Realm, an episodic collaborative storytelling RPG made possible by our Patreon subscribers! Join Game Master Karla Andrich as she takes Cory Banks, Amanda Knowlton, Ariel Jaffee and Michael Zenke from the real world and back into The Realm.




December 4 – December 10

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 11:00:35 +0000

Quite the mix this week. The Switch continues to get ports of indie darlings from other platforms, Telltale keeps cranking out The Walking Dead seasons, and Destiny 2 gets an expansion.

On my list of “I never heard of that, but now I want to hear more” releases, we have Autobahn Police Simulator 2, which I’m interested in only to see what traffic enforcement means on a road with no speed limit. Do they ticket people for going too slowly? There’s also Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy, which is a game about climbing a mountain using only a sledgehammer while wearing a barrel.

My game of the week, though, is more of a known quantity.




Too Long; Didn't Play: Spintires: Mudrunners

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 11:14:49 +0000

The follow-up that Spintires deserves.




GWJ Conference Call Episode 581

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 05:45:17 +0000

Skyrim VR Update, Black Mirror, Star Wars: Battlefront 2, Animal Crossing Pocket Camp, Family Gathering Fun Time Games, Your Emails and More!




Heroes of The Realm Launched!

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 22:14:14 +0000

Very happy to kick off the next GWJ storytelling RPG podcast Heroes of The Realm!

Thirty years ago when they were kids, our players were pulled into a world of mystery and magic where they became heroes and saved the realm from disaster. After their work was complete, the powers that be kicked them back out into the real world where only mere days had passed. Some choose to remember their time in the realm, while others choose to forget.




Heroes of The Realm - Episode 2

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 21:16:59 +0000

Welcome to Heroes of The Realm, an episodic collaborative storytelling RPG made possible by our Patreon subscribers! Join Game Master Karla Andrich as she takes Cory Banks, Amanda Knowlton, Ariel Jaffee and Michael Zenke from the real world and back into The Realm.




November 27 – December 3

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 10:49:50 +0000

I’m very much looking forward to the Switch getting the sort of library where publishers don’t think they can get away with inflating the prices for ports. I mean, I’m as big a fan of the Syberia series as anyone, but $30 for a game first released in 2004 (or 2002, in the case of the first one) is kind of obscene.

And since we’re talking about point-and-click adventure games, Odysseus Kosmos and his Robot Quest caught my eye this week. You play as a layabout engineer who suddenly finds himself responsible for the fate of an entire spaceship. It’s a bit like Syberia, but intentionally funny.

Fans of Red Dwarf, rejoice! Odysseus Kosmos and his Robot Quest is my pick for game of the week.