This Week In Games: Nice Week For A White Night

This week is pretty light when it comes to big releases, or even anticipated indie titles on Steam. What do we have? Well, I'm really keen on White Night, a PS4/PC noir-horror game with a startlingly clean, monochrome art style. That's what I'll be checking out this week.

Cooking Mama: Bon Appetit (3DS)

What is it? Wow. They still make these? Are they any good? Should you care? Just checked, apparently they're a bit samey and not really worth bothering with.

Fly in the House (PC)

What is it? A game about how there is sometimes a fly in your house and you have to destroy the joint in an attempt to find and kill the thing. Should you care? This has got that Goat Simulator vibe about it. Looks quite polished. But also: seems a bit like a tech demo more than anything.

Gardening Mama: Forest Friends (3DS)

What is it? Wait, they have Gardening Mama games? Man I'm really out of touch with how Mama runs her business. Should you care? I'm going with no. Get Majora's Mask. It's really cool.

Grapple (PC)

What is it? Take De Blob, mix it with Portal and add a dash of and game with a grapple mechanic and you have, um... Grapple! Should you care? This game looks really cool actually. I'm down for this.

Screamride (Xbox One/360)

What is it? This is a game about building rollercoasters. It's kinda like a puzzle game with engineering elements from what I can tell. Should you care? I like the concept. Don't know too much about how good or bad it is.

Shelter 2 (PC)

What is it? An open world survival game that has you playing as a Lynx trying to nurture her cubs in an unforgiving environment. Should you care? This game is gonna make me emotional. I will play and there will be tears.

Shiftlings (PC)

What is it? A really sexy looking puzzle platformer that has you controlling two seperate alien creatures. Should you care? It's targeted quite young but it looks beautiful and quirky and glorious. Feels like it should be on consoles. Looks very well-made.

Tallowmere (PC)

What is it? A 2D platformer rogue-like set in medieval times but you have a rocket launcher. Bravo. Should you care? This sounds just about weird enough to be worth investigating.

White Night (PS4/PC)

What is it? It's a noir-horror-adventure thing with a unique manga-esque art style. Completely black and white. Should you care? I've been keen on this since it was announced a while back. Might be the game I'm most excited about this week.

Zombie Army Trilogy (Xbox One)

What is it? It's a first-person zombie shooter thing that's apparently a lot of fun in co-op. Should you care? I'd wait for reviews.


    Slim pickings for me, I think I'll have time to continue finishing GTA V on PS4 and a modded Fallout 3


    EU Playstation releases not confirmed but the US ones are and these should be out in both areas as well:

    - Helldivers (PS3/PS4/Vita cross-buy):
    "Helldivers is a hardcore, cooperative, twin stick shooter from the creators of Magicka. As part of the elite unit called the Helldivers, players must work together to protect Super Earth and defeat the enemies of mankind in an intense intergalactic war."

    - La-Mulana EX (Vita)
    "A combination of classic 2D platforming, Metroidvania-style adventuring and challenging action gameplay, La-Mulana EX takes you deep into the ancient ruins of La-Mulana on a quest to discover not just valuable treasure, but the secret to life itself!"

    - OlliOlli 2 (PS4/Vita)
    "Drop in to Olliwood and prepare for finger-flippin’ mayhem in this follow up to cult smash OlliOlli. The iconic skater is going all green-screen with a stunning new look, plucking you from the street and dropping you squarely in the middle of the big screen’s most bodacious cinematic locations."

    - Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines (Vita)
    "Guide your clan over multiple generations on an epic quest to lift a curse against your bloodline, battling cruel enemies and spectacular bosses in this beautiful watercolor turn-based RPG set in ancient Japan."

    Zombie Army Trilogy is also on PS4 in addition to Xbox One.

      Might have to pull myself away from monster hunter for a bit for these

      Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines for US$19.99 is a steal. I'm up for that day one.

        I've been really looking forward to it. It's a few months later than they initially said but for half the usual price I don't even mind.

    PSA: Suikoden (the original) released to Australians last week on the EU PSN store.
    Also, Hyperdevotion Noire and htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary should actually be out this week, unless of course SCEE decide to arbitrarily not release them for no good reason again.
    Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines should also be out this week, unless of course, SCEE decide to randomly delay that for no reason too. Me bitter at SCEE for screwing over their customers regularly? Not at all...

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    If MadWorld is anything to go by, White Night probably won't sell, although the times do change. Personally, I'm keen for it and hope it does well.

      I'm fairly sure the colour palette isn't what stopped madworld from selling well!

      Fun game, great commentary track, but nothing by platinum sells well, and this was a niche game by their standards, and on a console without the audience.

        Can't argue there. Commentary by John DiMaggio AND Greg Proops? Who would pass that up?!

          It was a while ago, but I'm fairly sure I sprayed my cereal across the room when I learned of that team up for a game!

          It may also have been dinner cereal.

    Played the scream ride demo and its a blast!

    Not a full price blast though...

    White Night is also on Xbone fyi.

    I like the visuals on White Night. Kinda reminds me of the unfortunate Vigil: Blood Bitterness.

    The visuals and world-building themes in that game were second to none, creepy as fuck stuff... it's just a shame it was so inaccessible thanks to counter-intuitive puzzles and frequent game-breaking giltches.

    The demo for Screamride was pretty fun. Essentially it's three games. There's the riding mode where you control the rollercoaster cart and try to score points and do objectives. It's pretty fun. Then there's a demolition mode where the objective is to smash the environment up. Finally there's the build your own rollercoaster mode where you try to make a rollercoaster using limited parts, and then the AI runs through on it (I think you can take control though). Essentially you want to make something where nobody gets thrown out of the cart, everyone is scared, everyone is on the verge of throwing up and they pull a lot of Gs.
    I'm not sure how much lasting appeal it has but it's certainly interesting. I'm also a bit harsh on it because it's not Blast Corps.

    Pretty sure White Night is on the Bone as well.

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