This Week In Games: Sun And Doge

This week isn't messing around. Like indies? Like big RPGs? Like massive open-worlds to play around in? This week has got it all.

Planet Coaster (PC)

What is it? The makers of Elite: Dangerous and RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 return with their latest rollercoaster management simulator. Should you care? Yes. Absolutely yes.

Moto Racer 4 (PS4, XBO)

What is it? The latest in the arcade motorcycle racing game that I could have sworn died a decade ago. Should you care? Came out on PC earlier this month to bugger all reception. And the first feature listed: "1 GAME, 2 CATEGORIES". This game didn't need to exist.

Assassin's Creed The Ezio Collection (PS4, XBO)

What is it? A remastering of Assassin's Creed 2, Revelations and Brotherhood. Should you care? They were the three best AC games until Black Flag came out, and replaying AC2 isn't a bad idea for the holidays.

Metal Gear Solid 5: Definitive Experience (PS4, XBO)

What is it? A combo pack with MGS: Ground Zeroes and MGS: The Phantom Pain, plus all the DLC and Metal Gear Solid Online. Should you care? Didn't play MGS5 yet? Then yes.

Watch Dogs 2 (PC, PS4, XBO)

What is it? Hacking! In San Francisco. With CTOs towers. Should you care? I didn't like the original, but it was mechanically very good. It'll be interesting to see if Watch Dogs 2 has something to say, or if it's at least not as tone deaf this time around.

Pokemon Sun & Moon (3DS)

What is it? IT'S A NEW POKEMON Should you care? Is that even a question?

Forestry 2017 - The Simulation (PS4)

What is it? A console release about living the life of a professional woodcutter. Should you care? The Steam reviews suggest the horse is worse than Roach, so probably not.


What is it? A 90's 3D platformer about a character that can freeze any object she captures with her camera. Should you care? Someone said this was like Dora The Explorer meets Super Mario Galaxy. The trailer's worth a look: there's actually quite a lot going on.

Ittle Dew 2 (PC, PS4, XBO)

What is it? A cheeky adventure-puzzle RPG featuring a cute dog. Should you care? Ittle Dew was a great little RPG on mobiles, but the sequel is a much more ambitious affair. I'd quietly recommend this.

Killing Floor 2 (PC, PS4)

What is it? The slaying of zombies with up to six players in co-op and a 12-player versus survival mode. Should you care? Need a Left 4 Dead replacement, or want something that does that but a bit newer?

RollerCoaster Tycoon World (PC)

What is it? The officially named RollerCoaster Tycoon sequel finally leaves Early Access this week. Should you care? Not with Planet Coaster launching the day after. RCTW has been savaged all year.

Silence (PC, PS4, XBO)

What is it? An adventure with a 16-year-old who journeys into a strange world to find his little sister. Should you care? Daedalic make a lot of adventure games, and some of them are pretty hit and miss. This looks ... worthwhile.

Yesterday Origins (PC, PS4, XBO)

What is it? An adventure that starts with a character being imprisoned for sorcery by the Spanish Inquisition and escaping their cell. Should you care? The premise and art style for this is pretty cool. Yes.

Multimirror (PC)

What is it? A minimalist grid-based puzzler. Should you care? Looking for something chill? Here you go.

Even The Ocean (PC)

What is it? The makers of Anodyne return with a narrative action platformer about balancing light and dark. Should you care? Anodyne was decent take on the Zelda formula, and if you played that this should definitely capture your attention.

Those are all of the big names - and some of the notable indies - coming out this week. What are you picking up? What quirky imported games did I miss? Let me know in the comments!


    Can someone tell me the difference between Sun and Moon? Is it only the roster of available Pokemon or are the stories divergent (like Fire Emblem Fates)?

      Sun and Moon play 12 hours apart, aka one is day and one is night. Any story differences are most likely minimal to lead up to the legendary Pokemon in that version.

        Sweet, so picking one or the other is pretty much an aesthetic choice plus which legendary you want.

          Yeah, that generally how Pokemon games work.

          Personally I'm getting Sun.

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    I agree with you Alex, replaying AC2 is a B+ at best

      replaying AC2 isn't a

      So @alexwalker, is it a? Or A? Or B?

      Anyway, I just wished they would have automatically upgraded PC users like they did with the Bioshock collection. Though coming from Ubisoft, I guess not.

        "Isn't a" bad idea for the holidays!

        I really, really liked AC2. I used to come home from midnight shifts, get in bed, fire it up on a crappy 32" ALDI TV and play for an hour or two before sleeping. Best time.

          We might have even had the same crappy 32" ALDI TV. Just today saw a 55" 4K ALDI TV for $699, but couldn't even bring myself to consider it!

    As an interesting note, Silence is actually Whispered World 2 but they renamed it so if you liked the first one then this may be for you.

    Lots of interesting games out this week but nothing I am desperate to play. I hope Planet Coaster is good. It has been a long time since we had a good theme park game.

    Might check out Watch Dogs 2 pending reviews, and even then once I find it in the bargain bin after finally finishing the first one, something I have not treated as a priority for quite some time.

    I actually really liked the first one. Just not enough to give it my attention for some reason.

      I get the feeling that WD2 will be quite different (for the better) from WD1, the same way that Saints Row 1 was a full on GTA clone, but SR2 started embracing the sillier side of things and started going it's own way a bit more. WD2 almost looks like it's got elements from Sunset Overdrive in the video screens and neon colours littered around the landscape.

      Every time I've tried to get back into Watch Dogs 1, I've seriously struggled to re-learn all the controls. Not at all intuitive. :P

      I didn’t think it was actually all that BAD, despite the ludo-narrative dissonance of being a guy whose response to the trauma of his niece dying is to go out and cause a whoooooole lot of innocent people to die.

      It was just full of annoyances. Mini-games that were harder/more frustrating than they needed to be. Scant rewards for playing online, with heavy annoyances from intrusions, resulting in just turning the fucking thing off. Foiling crimes was always as frustrating as fuck, given that intervening too early would fail, getting too close would fail, intervening too late would fail, and the space in between was entirely too slim and frequently made no sense whatsoever.

      That and the handling of the cars for some reason. I didn’t enjoy the driving, and taking advantage of all the ‘cool hacking tools’ while doing it was a surefire way to crash.
      There was a lot they needed to fix there. Which is a shame. The in-game VR games were often inspired (if also occasionally plagued with frustrations), a lot of the hacking was fun (whenever it allowed you to be creative, anyway), and I really like Chicago as a setting.

        Watch Dogs is probably the only game I've walked away from because I was too angry to play, mostly for the reasons you've stated above.

        The final straw for me was the last mission. I'd spent the entire game playing stealth then in the last mission you can't stealth or hide, just run while every a*hole automatically knows where you are.

    I believe Watch Dogs 2 for PC is out 29th of Nov.

      You're right, it got bumped by a couple of weeks. Although figured if I didn't say it was in PC, people would complain that I was forgetting the PC release or something. (I'll feature it again in a fortnight when the PC port is out.)

    Ooh, Planet Coaster. Still waiting on VR compatibility though :P

    Does anyone have any information on the Australian PS3 release of Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 2? I know the Vita version gets released 18/11/16 but I can't seem to find anything for the PS3.

      Both versions are already out digitally on PSN, I believe?

      Not sure about any physical releases.

        I'll check tonight. I was worried because I couldn't see a pre-order option on PSN over the past few months, but I haven't checked recently. Thanks for the info.

    Really keen to check out Ittle Dew 2 and Even the Ocean actually. Both sound super interesting indies. Am surprised they're coming out now though, would be tough to compete for attention amidst everything else right now.

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