Big release this week is Pokémon Sword and Shield for the Switch. I don’t own a Switch and if I did I probably wouldn’t buy Pokémon so those two games are not on this weeks list.
I wanted to put Bee Simulator on this list so I could title this week’s post “To Bee or not to Bee” alas when all is said and done it really is a bee simulator and well no.
Speaking of games that seem well made but really? We have Tracks – The Train Set Game which is exactly what it says on the tin. I mean it is a level editor without a game or is it RollerCoaster Tycoon but with flat roller coasters and without the whole tycoon part? You be the judge.
Who is in charge of the marketing for Woven the Game? I mean you have zero previews on YouTube. Zero. You are a polished-looking game. Not my cup of tea but polished. I mean there are anime Dynasty Warriors clones and one person indie games about depression that have dozens of previews and hype videos and you have managed zero.
Age Of Empires II: Definitive Edition
Our game of the week is from 1999 our runner up game is from 1995. I may need to come to some hard truths about my gaming preferences.
I have a dirty little secret with Age of Empires II. It is on Xbox Game Pass on PC. Which means I will be automatically downloading it later this week. So it should be more on my games I am getting for free this week list. I don’t really know if I will keep Game Pass after my year long $1 trial is over but so far I am impressed.
Oh the game… Civilization with real time strategy and a very nice fresh coast of paint. It looks like great fun as well as a nice trip down nostalgia lane.
Romancing SaGa 3
Romancing SaGa 3 finally gets a translation and western release… checks calendar here twenty-four years after its initial release. Well, better late than never. Like Age of Empires II above it has a fresh coat of paint unlike Age of Empires II however game play is not updated.
That said it is pretty, still has one of the best soundtracks in the genre and has good open world game play. While it is an old-fashioned JPRG at least it is the real deal and not one thousand of new old-fashioned JPRGs that seem to be released every year.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
Who is in the mood for another Dark Souls style game? Okay, I am not seeing many hands here what if I told you it was Dark Souls with a Star Wars twist?
No, you play as a Jedi. Yes, you have a light saber. Yes, you have force powers. Yes, you are fighting stormtroopers. Well, maybe you have a terrible headache and can’t focus and your light saber has its safety on and the stormtroopers all just went to marksmen class.
Those hoping for some Force Unleashed action well you better cool your jets cause this is a serious Dark Souls Star Wars game. Which honestly sounds exhausting even if it wasn’t the latest in a long line of Dark Souls style games that are clogging up my to play list. Dark Souls in space indeed.
Mercenaries Wings: The False Phoenix
Mercenaries Wings: The False Phoenix is a Final Fantasy Tactics style game. A very Final Fantasy Tactics style game. This isn’t all bad since I am always up for such an adventure. Unfortunately, it looks as if they copied both the original art style and the gameplay from Final Fantasy Tactics.
Sparklite is a nice playing action RPG that like Mercenaries Wings: The False Phoenix decided to pretend it is 1997 in the art style. You know it is okay to make an old fashioned style game with nice cell shaded or cartoon graphics. Seriously no one will report you to some must use pixel art tribunal.
Yay finally a game with an old-fashioned action RPG gameplay but with nice cartoon graphics and do my ears deceive me? Voice acting.
There is no way I could be disappointed. Your saying it is too short? Well, let me tell you I could use a short game every once in a while that is not necessarily a negative. You’re saying it is very hard? I like a challenge but what exactly do you mean very hard. Oh, it is a Dark Souls style cartoony action RPG. Ugh.