Games to Buy Week of January 14th, 2020

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Well, after a few weeks with no games at all. (Understandable considering the season.) We get a few “B” games coming on board. And with all the big games of 2020 being delayed one after another (Sob Cyberpunk 2077 Sob)

We have two releases this week that did not make the list. The first highlight is Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot. I have tried to get into the flying fighting brawlers that are Dragon Ball Z games. As someone who has never watched the show, I am obviously not the target audience. Unfortunately, the games have done nothing to change that with their less than impressive graphics and repetitive gameplay.

Our other game is Maitetsu: Pure Station, which seems to combine the sport of trainspotting with the related sport of looking up young girls’ dresses. So if you have Prince Andrew as your Secret Santa I guess your shopping is all set.

You may notice that the list below contains three Atelier Games bringing my total to buy backlog to a frankly stunning eleven games. If I ever get around to buying one of these, I will have to spend an afternoon figuring out which one.

Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist Of Dusk DX

Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk is the first installment in the Dusk series so it might make a good starting point for those looking to commit themselves to the Altier games over the rest of their natural lives.

The game is a timed affair that I admittedly hate in games and in RPG’s in particular. Similar to Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII the game forces you to complete tasks in the game within a certain time period to get a good ending.

While not a complete deal breaker for me, it is a disappointment.

Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists Of Dusk Sky DX

In Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists Of Dusk Sky DX you play as one of two protagonists. (Escha and Logy oof the title). To see all the events you will have to play through twice once as each character. Logy is the first male protagonist in Atelier history. No word if the reason it has taken so long to get a male protagonist is that men are so hard to program.

They have dropped time limits from this game (cool) and Atelier Escha & Logy is more combat heavy than previous games. (Probably the dudes fault)

Atelier Shallie: Alchemists Of The Dusk Sea DX 

In Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea you have a choice of two protagonists. but unlike Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists Of Dusk Sky DX the story plays out the same no matter which one you choose.

Apparently some of the mechanics have been simplified from previous games while the challenge remains the same. The game will steer you to challenges and tasks that match you playstyle. So if you spend a lot of time crafting expect more crafting challenges and missions.

Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea certainly appears to be the most visually appealing of the three Atelier games releasing this week.

Hardcore Mecha

Hardcore Mecha is a 2D platformer shooter (and melle to be fair) with a nice mix of Anime cut scenes included. As if you are playing an actual anime that in reality does not exist.

Hovership Havoc

Hovership Havoc is a Twin Stick shooter where you pilot an upgradable hovership (I know shocking). The enemies look a bit boring but the upgrade system looks fun. No word whether your Hovership is full of eels.

Seek Hearts

Seek Hearts is a Kemco RPG. Not much else to say really. You know the drill old school RPG fun. This one appears more polished than the average Kemco release however so it sneaks on the list during a slow week.

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