This Week In Games: Time To Farm

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Christmas might be just around the corner, but there's still plenty of gaming left in the year. And this week's theme is all about farming: whether you're tending to your blueberries and wine, farming the strike, or farming for loot on a derelict spaceship.

I Expect You To Die (Rift/PSVR)

What is it? A VR puzzle game about being a secret agent.
Should you care? Looks like a lot of fun.

Stardew Valley (PS4, XBO)

What is it? The indie Harvest Moon arrives on consoles.
Should you care? One of the games of the year for anyone who loved Harvest Moon, Viva Pinyata or games that involve farming/growing things.

The Little Acre (PC, PS4, XBO)

What is it? A point-and-click adventure set in 1950's Ireland featuring a man and his daughter.
Should you care? Has a strong 90's vibe to the artstyle. Probably best on PC.

Her Majesty's SPIFFING (PS4, XBO)

What is it? An irreverent adventure about exploring stars for the glory of the United Kingdom.
Should you care? Mechanically it's your standard point-and-click with a very particular sense of humour. Watch the first 15 minutes and see how you feel.

Feist (PS4)

What is it? A handcrafted side-scrolling adventure as a fur creature tries to rescue its mate from predators.
Should you care? Loved INSIDE? Play this.

Don Bradman Cricket 17 (PS4, XBO)

What is it? The latest iteration of virtual cricket from Melbourne studio Big Ant.
Should you care? Of course you should care about our national sport. I'll be waiting for the PC version next month, though.

Space Hulk: Deathwing (PC, PS4, XBO)

What is it? A four-player co-op shooter based on the Space Hulk boardgame. Was meant to be out last week, but got delayed at the last minute.
Should you care? This looks like a smart twist on the Space Hulk formula. There was a lot of complaints from the beta, however, so I'll be waiting to see if they've been addressed.

Unlocked: The World of Games, Revealed (PC)

What is it? An eight-part documentary exploring video games with hosts including Zelda Wiliams, Penn Jillete, Michael Rooker and more.
Should you care? Depends how much it costs on Steam, but could be an interesting watch.

The Butterfly Sign (PC)

What is it? A mystery where you become the survivor of a disastrous incident, who then takes psychadelic drugs to explore their memories.
Should you care? One for fans of The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, I think.

Magnet Knights (PS4)

What is it? A local co-op brawler where the knights can magnetise themselves to the wall.
Should you care? No. There's better options for party games.

Motor Strike: Immortal Legends (PS4)

What is it? An action racer in the vein of Death Rally, but much more vibrant.
Should you care? Looks too janky and unfinished for my liking.

Maldita Castilla EX (PS4, XBO)

What is it? A 2D platformer that was brought back to life and extended by an indie developer.
Should you care? The developer is probably more interesting than the project.

So that's all the main releases out just before Christmas. Spot anything I missed? Or are you happy to sit tight on your existing Pile of Shame? And what are you going to be playing over Christmas?


    Not sure about PS4, but on the Xbone store it says that Her Majesty's SPIFFING was released on the 7th (last week).

    I loved INSIDE!

    Never would have bothered with whatever Feist was. Interesting.

      I enjoyed Limbo more than Inside, from a story perspective. Inside's ending wasn't as fulfilling I thought. Still a cool game though.

    Space Hulk Deathwing is only being released on PC for now, I think the PS4, XBO release is still slated for 2017

    So keen to play deathwing, so worried about wasting my money on it.

      Buy from steam, play for 1-2 hours, refund if no good! :D

    Isn't Astroneer out this week on PC and Xbone? I'm keen as a mother flipping bean for that.


    You mean deathwing delayed for the 3rd time. To be honest I am kinda doubtful this release date will be the real one. Even the pre order bonus items extend past the release date.

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