This Week In Games: It's Christmas

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Amazingly, there are still plenty of games coming out this week. But if you're not interested in the new Walking Dead season, most of them are the titles on Steam that you'd normally ignore. It's probably time to start exploring that Pile of Shame.

EEP 13 (PC)

What is it? Apparently, it's the "number 1" train simulation in Germany and the most comprehensive train simulator yet.

Should you care? The music for the trailer was uncannily pleasant. I felt honour bound to give it a mention because of that.

The Walking Dead: A New Frontier (PC, PS4, XBO)

What is it? The latest season of the Walking Dead episodic series from Telltale.

Should you care? I'm done with zombies and The Walking Dead, but your mileage may vary. I'd like to see Telltale fix up their engine first before I give their games another shot.

Reconquest (PC)

What is it? Imagine the Command & Conquer series in the form of an indie game.

Should you care? This one launched on Sunday our time, so felt like giving it a shout here. It's got some basic problems, but might be worth a look for an hour or two if it becomes real cheap during the next Steam sales.

Halo Wars: Definitive Edition (Xbox One, PC)

What is it? Halo, but in RTS form.

Should you care? If you need a reminder as to why Halo Wars 2 is a thing, or if you just want a strategy game to muck around with, sure.

Duo (PC)

What is it? A minimalist puzzle game about getting two characters to meet in the centre without having either fall down.

Should you care? The aesthetic of this is very neat, and the music is pretty intriguing too.

Smash Party VR (Vive)

What is it? A free VR game where you smash a bunch of objects while being cheered on by a virtual crowd.

Should you care? The game features a moon smoking a joint. I don't know what to make of this, but it's free.

Surviving Indie (PC)

What is it? The latest documentary about indie developers talking about their successes and failures.

Should you care? Devolver are distributing this through Steam, while Rami Ismail (Nuclear Throne) is one of the interviewees. Might be worth a watch over the holidays if you like seeing under the curtain of development.

Access Denied (PC)

What is it? A cyberpunk puzzle game where people store all their personal data in crypto-protected boxes.

Should you care? Some of the puzzles actually look kind of fun. Could be worthwhile, given that it's only $US2.39.

So that's the (very) meagre selection of new titles out this week. Will you be picking up the latest Walking Dead season, or are you waiting until the next Steam sale - and what will you buy?


    Also out this week:
    Perfect (PSVR)
    Shantae: Half Genie Hero (WiiU/PS4/Vita/XBOne/PC)
    Wild Guns Reloaded (PS4)
    Momonga Pinball Adventures (PS4)

      Man, wild guns would've been fantastic with pointer controls ala sin and punishment 2.

      Don't know if I can go back to the old ways...

      Thanks for the reminder of Shantae, trailer looked really good.

    Not a chance Telltale, shame on me being fooled twice but there wont be a third time at least!

    Is there a way to get Halo Wars on Xbone without pre-ordering HW2?

    WALKING DEAD! I'm so keen. Hook it to my braaaaaaains

    Much <3 Telltale!

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