This Week In Games: The Bat Is Back

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Small, but good: that's the selection of games on offer this week. The first episode of Telltale's Batman series leads the way. ABZU could be a surprise sleeper hit, and after last week's snafu This Is The Police is finally launching on Steam.

Of course, most people are eagerly waiting Until No Man's Sky next week. But there's still plenty of fun to be had here.


What is it? A game about exploring an underwater environment from the art director of Journey. Should you care? If you had any affection for Journey, Flower or walking simulators, then 200% yes. Go watch the trailer again if you're not sure.

Batman: The Telltale Series (PC, PS4, XB1)

What is it? A new series about the Batman from Telltale, focusing a little more on Bruce Wayne than normal. Should you care? This should be fun, but I can see people waiting until the whole series is out.

Overcooked (PC, PS4, XB1)

What is it? A couch co-op game about cooking. Should you care? Been looking for something new to add to game nights? This looks fantastic.

Tricky Towers (PC, PS4)

What is it? A multiplayer game about building towers with tetrominoes. Should you care? Could be fun for a games night, but otherwise not.

Cannon Brawl (PS4)

What is it? An RTS about piloting an airship and firing artillery. Should you care? It's been out on PC for a while. It didn't do great there, which probably says a lot for an RTS.

Gal Gun: Double Peace (PS4, Vita)

What is it? The special edition of the game comes with a pair of underpants that double as a "screen cleaner". You can control "pheromone shots" at schoolgirls. Should you care? EB pulled the games from its shelves. If you do care, you'll have to find a way to buy it digitally.

Breach & Clear: Deadline (PS4)

What is it? A tactical strategy game about clearing out infected monsters. Should you care? Nope.

Little King's Story (PC)

What is it? A PC port of an RTS that first launched on the Wii. Should you care? I genuinely have no idea what to make of this.

System Crash (PC)

What is it? An indie CCG with a story that's inspired by Neuromancer and Blade Runner. Should you care? Neuromancer and Blade Runner are the right words to say. Chances are it'll probably be ordinary, but I'm intrigued nonetheless.

This Is The Police (PC)

What is it? A strategy/adventure about a police chief's last 100 days on the force. Should you care? Absolutely.

Anything catch your eye? Did we miss something above? Let us know in the comments.


    Had no idea Little Kings Story was making its way to PC. That was one of the few decent games on the Wii imo.

    Also, I cant wait for ABZU.

    Last edited 01/08/16 10:19 am

    Gal Gun has been available for a week or two now and even though EB pulled it from the shelves for similar reasons to Target and GTA, PSN still has it available to AU residents.
    Also out this week:
    Don't Starve: Shipwrecked (PS4)
    Final Fantasy Mobius (Android/iOS)

      EB was incredibly cagey in its response to me on the Gal Gun / Senran Kagura game pulling. Basically tried to imply that low sales were the reason that the games were pulled. I told them that this was bullshit because they could have kept the game as being available online only without taking up shelf space. I also pointed out that FIFA '09 was still available online and in store. Now if more people buy FIFA '09 these days than Gal Gun / Senran Kagura, I'd eat my hat.

        As much as I'd love to see someone eat a hat, I'm inclined to agree - these games might only serve a niche market, but that market is certainly there. The least they could do is give a proper response.

    Should absolutely care about Little King's Story. Amazing game!

    A CCG inspired by William Gibson and Phillip K Dick? Uses the LCG model?

    That's awfully specific. Guess I'll just stick with Android: Netrunner.

    Last edited 01/08/16 11:33 am

    What's the schedule on the Telltale Batman game? Monthly? Bi-monthly?

      Whenever they feel like it? Isn't that usually how it goes?

        Only other TTG game I have that was episodic was the Back to the Future series and that was monthly.

    I adore underwater exploratory games(enjoying Song of the Deep) so I'll definitely be getting Abzu. It looks stunning.

    As a massive Batman fan I'll also pick up episode 1 of the telltale series. I just hope they don't release them too far apart. I tend to forget what happened in the last episode, if they're too far apart.

    If Little Kings Story is the game I'm thinking of, yeah it's definitely great. Does it involve rebuilding a kingdom, weird penguins and running around town really fast?

    Don't forget the Xbox One S is out on Tuesday! I had to get one as my old Xbone crapped itself a couple weeks ago, and I've really missed playing Forza 6 and Rock Band 4.

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