Today is the day where I realised there were way, way too many games being released on Steam now. I think that service is in severe need of some quality control.
This week is a quiet week by video game standards, but on Steam? The release schedule is just loaded with new releases and most of them I haven't even heard of. It's insane. And almost all of them are described as 'OLD SCHOOL PLATFORMER/STRATEGY/RPG/DUNGEON CRAWLER'. It's just a little overwhelming. A little bit... App Store for my liking. I think someone needs to bring it back in a little.
100% Orange Juice (PC)
What is it? You're going to see a lot of unoriginal stuff on today's 'This Week In Games'. This game is not one of them. Should you care? I think you should care. This game is basically a goal orientated board game come to video game life and it's weird enough to look interesting.
What is it? Exactly what it says on the tin. Hardcore 8-bit style platformer. Should you care? Looks like fun, but I like platformers like this. Your mileage may vary. Also: Super Meat Boy exists.
Bound By Flame (PC)
What is it? Bound By Flame is an ambitious, gorgeous looking RPG. Looks like a big deal. Should you care? There's a fair amount of solid early buzz about this game. Might be worth investigating.
Coldfire Keep (PC)
What is it? An old school RPG dungeon crawler that takes me back to the Amiga days. Should you care? Seems like a niche idea, but it might appeal to folks who spent hours with these kind of games as a kid.
Demon Gaze (PS Vita)
What is it? It's a JRPG that's also a bit of a dungeon crawler. Fast paced, with unique first person exploration. Should you care? Not bad, not great. Reviewed pretty averagely.
Etrian Odyssey Untold: Millenium Girl (3DS)
What is it? An RPG thing with some incredible animation sequences from Madhouse. Should you care? Yeah, you should care. Particularly if you're one of those JRPG enthusiasts. Which applies to pretty much all adult 3DS owners.
What is it? Oh cool! A game from the creators of Worms that isn't Worms. Amazing. Should you care? Looks a bit like Lemmings. That's cool. That's pretty much all I know about this game to be honest.
LEGO The Hobbit (Wii U)
What is it? One of the approximately one zillion LEGO games being released this month. Should you care? There are way better LEGO games out there. Get one of those.
Planet Stronghold (PC)
What is it? A sci-fi RPG with a turn based combat system. Pretty 'old school'. Should you care? It's a cool concept, looks a bit low budget though.
Sweezy Gunner (PC)
What is it? Another retro top down shooter. Man, there's a lot of these on Steam at the moment. Should you care? I'd say skip this, even if you're a fan of the genre. Plenty of better examples out there.
Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure
What is it? Tex Murphy is back! I know that excites a certain group of people. Should you care? This looks like a lot of fun. Also the Soup Nazi guy is in it. SOLD.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, 3DS) What is it? It's been a while since we've had a good Spiderman game. And we're still waiting. Should you care? Nope. You probably shouldn't care about it. Not great.
The Whispered World (PC)
What is it? The special edition of a pretty modern adventure game. Should you care? It looks fantastic. By all accounts this game is pretty special.
You Have To Win The Game (PC)
What is it? An 8-bit retro platformer... stop me if you've heard this one before. Should you care? It actually properly looks retro. It's also free-to-play, so what do you have to lose? I think it looks cool.