This Week In Games: It's A Goddamn Wasteland

We're halfway through July and it remains one of the worst months I can remember in terms of big, major releases. That said, this has made room for some smart looking indie games to steal the show. This week? I recommend checking out Pivvot. It has a wonderful concept and dazzles from a visual standpoint.

But apart from that? Well, I might be missing something, but it looks like a goddamn wasteland out there...

Abyss Odyssey (PC)

What is it? This is a game where the buzzwords actually explain it pretty well: "a side-scrolling action adventure game featuring a complex fighting engine in procedurally generated levels." Should you care? Looks well made, but perhaps not something you need to play.

Detective Case and Clown Bot in: Murder in the Hotel Lisbon (PC)

What is it? A retro-styled point and click adventure with the longest name ever. Should you care? You know, this actually looks like a fair amount of fun. Seems to have built up a fair amount of positive press.

Grand Chase (PC)

What is it? How's this for some some serious video game buzzwords: "a Free-To-Play, side-scrolling MMORPG fantasy epic". That's what Grand Chase is. Should you care? I don't think so.

Light (PC)

What is it? A strange looking stealth thing with hacking elements. Sort of what you wish hacking in Watch Dogs was like: the game. Should you care? Another really interesting concept from the indie space. July is a good month for it.

Magic 2015: Duels of the Planeswalkers (PC)

What is it? A card game IN VIDEO GAME FORM. Should you care? I know net-to-nothing about card games, but I suspect if you want this, you already know about it and don't need my permission!

Pivvot (PC)

What is it? Whoa. This looks insane. It's like a psychedelic video game version of those old games where you had to guide a hoop round some convoluted maze thing. I'm doing a terrible job of explaining this. Just click here. Should you care? I'm excited by this concept. Really want to see more. Might be the coolest game being released this week.

Super Panda Adventures (PC)

What is it? A metroidvania with — sigh — retro 16-bit visuals. Should you care? I just can't see this being any good.

The Nightmare Cooperative (PC)

What is it? A "fiendishly difficult" roguelike. Should you care? I'm going to say no, unless you're a complete sucker for these games, in which case more power to you. But it has a cool art style.

What is it? Should you care?


    We’re halfway through July and it remains one of the worst months I can remember in terms of big, major releases.
    Check yourself in for some ADD treatment dude

    it looks like a goddamn wasteland out there… I guess its back to playing wasteland then

    Good time to catch up on alot of games you might have missed though.

    Playing the first "Dead Island" which was on sale, and loving it :)

      Its a fun game. If youre a horror movie fan, make sure you find the awesome homage to Jason Voorhees in the Jungle stage

    Divinity: Original Sin will keep me busy for a while. Oh yeah.

      I feel like this one has legs. I am enjoying it a lot.

    Wow... Abyss Odyssey sounds like someone sat down with me and very pointedly asked "how can I make something that you will love?"

    Sadly the trailer doesn't look quite as amazing, but I'm still going to give it a shot.

    what a boring week.. oh well back to world of war... damnit

    Ok, can I ask a silly question?

    WHY is July so bad for gaming releases? Why do the AAA guys avoid it? This is no the first year that this month has been bereft of AAA releases...

    It can't just be Steam Sales as that would only affect PC releases. Is it because the USA goes back to school this month (do they go back this month)?

      It's summer over there - they'll be outside, or at the 'big summer movie release of the year' and whatnot.

    Well I guess all we can do in our spare time is to check out my restrospective review of Halo 1.

    Well, Destiny Beta is only a few days away. In the meantime, Shameless Gaming: Crysis 3, which I started at the weekend. Ooooh it's pretty. Lightweight, but pretty.

    Damn, looks like I'll be stuck with...Witcher 2 on my new PC! Hnnngh

    For some reason I keep thinking that this week is next week... and thus the remake of Abe's Oddysee would be out in a couple of days.

    Sadly, reality of this week comes back to me... oh well, plenty of stuff to fill in the time until next week! (Ratchet & Clank + Gaucamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition)

    I'll be grabbing Light, at least. That looks neat.
    Plenty of stuff in my backlog though, so I won't go wanting for options anyway.

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