If you are brand new to gaming, this is a pretty good week We have remasters of Bayonetta and Vanquish. Xbox One gets one of the now innumerable Kingdom Hearts remasters (Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue). The three people who play Under Night In-Birth can now upgrade Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] to Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r]
I already own Bayonetta and Vanquish (They are both backwards compatible on Xbox and they gave away Bayonetta for free in August 2017 and Vanquish for free in May 2018 both through Games with Gold.)Are they worth the upgrade? I will say no. They are both very good games, but they are fairly linear and short when all is said and done. If the remasters show up on Games with Gold or Game Pass, I will download them, however.
The Triple S League takes a fascinating deep dive into the walking simulator Draugen and how it may not be the game you have been reading previews about for the last five years. It is fascinating how a Lovecraftian survival horror game turned into a picturesque linear walking simulator with an unreliable narrator.
The Triple S League is very careful to stay level-headed and neutral when describing the various issues and disappointments. And except for The Triple S League possibly mistaking Skyrim’s Draugr (which are Norse but not the possessed souls of drowned men) with The Witcher’s Drowners (Which are scoundrels who ended their wicked lives in the water. Drowned alive or thrown into deep water after death, they turn into vengeful creatures that stalk the inhabitants of coastal settlements. They, however, are not Norse) the review below is perfect.
Katana Kami A Way Of The Samurai
Well made complicated hack and slash game with a solid story and some surprising management elements. Explore dungeons and balance factions in the town while trying to raise enough money to pay off a blacksmith’s debt so his daughter isn’t sold to a brothel.. In other words, a fun time had by all.
Townsmen – A Kingdom Rebuilt
Townsmen – A Kingdom Rebuilt has a flaw. Not a fatal flaw but a big one. You can’t move the camera. You can zoom in and out, but there is no way to see what is happening behind your buildings. This is likely left over from its mobile gaming roots. Outside of this issue, this is a fairly Zen city builder.
The PS4 version comes with The Seaside Empire DLC which makes it actually a good value. Even the critical review of the game stated it has lots to do (They just thought the lots to do was rather boring). Everyone hated the camera and I confess I am not a fan of not being able to walk around the city in first person. A nice medieval city builder but not excavating any new ground.