This Week In Games

There's a bit more going on this week. While we're a week behind the US when it comes to Ni No Kuni, there's still some JRPG-ish goodness to be had, as well as a decent offering on the PC.

Strike Suit Zero

What is it? Dogfighting in space with a mini Gundam styled suit. Should I care? The game claims to have a mix of small dogfights and large-scale fleet battles. Your suit can switch between "Pursuit Mode (speed and power) to Strike Mode (a powerful, highly maneuverable combat mode)", which kind of sounds like the same thing.

The Cave

What is it? Exploring a giant cave with multiple adventurers, using their abilities together to solve puzzles. Should I care?Do you regularly cover your mouth and chuckle when you hear the word "poo", or "bum"? This one is the latest from Ron Gilbert and Double Fine, meaning the emphasis will be on silly jokes rather than gameplay.

DmC Devil May Cry (PC)

What is it? PC version of the fast-paced action game, focusing on lengthy, skillful combos. Should I care? There's a strong argument for getting the PC version, even if you have to wait a bit longer. On PC, DmC will run at 60 frames per second in 1080p, as opposed to 30 FPS and lower resolutions on the consoles.

Path of Exile (Open Beta)

What is it? Diablo styled click-em-up made in New Zealand, entering its long-awaited open beta. Should I care? If you love making things die by clicking on them, and were perhaps a bit disappointed with Diablo 3, this one looks pretty fun. Plus, open betas are free!

Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes (iOS)

What is it? Positional, turn-based RPG combat with animated cutscenes for attacks. Should I care? It looks like fun, with a bit of depth. There's a bit of discrepancy when it comes to quality, depending on which Metacritic rating you pay attention to - ranging from 76 on the PC, to 86 on the DS.

The Sims 3 70's, 80's and 90's Stuff

What is it? Retro gear for your little Sims. Should I care? Instead of locking your mini-people in a room with no toilet, doors or windows, now you can include a speaker playing Rock Astley on loop. What's not to love?

Did we miss anything? Post it in the comments below!


    Dude, bit harsh on the Cave, aren't we? It's Ron Gilbert!! Maniac Mansion and Monkey Island were freaking awesome. I'm looking forward to see how this turns out!

      Haha! I don't recall poo or bum jokes in LucasArts games either! :P (Maybe I repressed 'em?)

        The last Ron Gilbert/Double Fine game I remember with this sort of humor, and I can't remember any before that, is Stacking, but it was only a small part of an otherwise very thoughtful game.

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      Seconded. There's a hell of a lot more to The Cave than poo and fart jokes, I'm thinking... though I wouldn't be surprised if a rubber chicken shows up.

      Yeah i was thinking that exact thing.
      Doublefine games are much more than simple silly jokes.

      I can't say I've ever understood the unwavering loyalty of his fans. But it might have something to do with playing Psychonauts waaaay after I should have. And my early adventure game experience was almost exclusively Kings Quest. But in the gameplay department, I do feel there's a bit of "What have you done for me lately?"

        Maniac Mansion was one of the first adventures/games in general that I ever played on the NES. Been hooked on Gilbert/Schafer/LucasArts/DoubleFine ever since! :D

    You didn't mention which platform Strike Suit Zero and The Cave are on

      I think The Cave's on all the consoles and PCs including the Wii U. (Not sure if they're simultaneous releases, though.) Edit: From the Double Fine website:

      Yes, this game is coming January 22 to PlayStation 3 and Wii U, and January 23 to Steam (for PC, Mac, AND Linux!) and Xbox 360!

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        Thought you weren't posting dude......

        Come back

          TAYbreak, I tells ya!

            TAYbreak is bad for your health man

            But I believe you, I'll stop mentioning @dc as well :P

    The only reason I got Devil May Cry: Devil May Cry on PC was because I got it for $30ish. The higher FPS / other stuff is just gravy!

      Chicken and muthafuck'n gravyy?

      I'm still hoping I'll win the competition (seems unlikely) but free sure beats $30! :D

      I'm fairly keen on The Cave! Good thing this coming weekend is a long on!

      Where did you get it that cheap? I wasn't interested originally because I honestly found the older DMC games pretty crap, but the buzz I'm hearing around this one is fantastic and I like Ninja Theory a lot so I'm kind of interested. Around $30 is about the most I'd want to gamble on it though.

        Green Man Gaming. They had a cashback and a 25 or 30% off vouchers (can't remember). Pretty sure it's expired by now or is expiring soon.

    I recommend Clash of Heroes. It's a decent puzzle/strategy game, found it pretty enjoyable. It's like a Kings Bounty lite, which is good for the mobile platforms it was developed for. Still, I played it on PC and enjoyed it.

    Ahh Path of Exile.. forgot about that game.. had the closed beta for a while but it got shelved in favour of more recent titles.. will need to check out where it's at.. and SZ0.. I've got a copy waiting for me regardless, since I backed it on Kickstarter.. I did play the alpha/beta.. and it was good-ish.. hoping the story campaign sells it a little better though.. then again, I played that when I didn't have my Xbox 360 controller.. so might be a lot better with that.

    I'm keen on The Cave. It looks like it will be a fun little game.

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