This Week In Games: Downstream

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So we're finally done with the Switch, and we're halfway through January. The quiet period is almost over. And while there's no major releases this week, there are plenty of intriguing indies coming out.

Don Bradman Cricket 17 (PC)

What is it? The latest cricket simulator from Big Ant in Melbourne comes to PC.
Should you care? Wait for some patches first.

Messiah (PC)

What is it? A game about an infant angel possessing bodies to save humanity from the Devil.
Should you care? After its original release 17 years ago, Messiah is coming back. Always wanted to replay this, so glad to see it on Steam finally.

Siegecraft Commander (PC, PS4, XBO, Vive, Rift)

What is it? A turn-based or real-time strategy game with lots of catapults.
Should you care? It's a bit unusual; you'll want to watch some gameplay first.

2046: Read Only Memories (PS4)

What is it? A traditional cyberpunk adventure about a journalist and their relationship with a sapient machine called ROM.
Should you care? Great pick if you like alternative stories.

Dead Effect 2 (PS4, XBO)

What is it? The console launch of a FPS sci-fi zombie shooter.
Should you care? The campaign's about 10 hours long. If you don't mind the indie production values and don't mind something that wants to be a bit DOOM, you could do worse.

The Flame in the Flood: Complete Edition (PS4)

What is it? A rogue-lite about travelling down a procedurally generated river as you forage to survive.
Should you care? One for the Don't Starve fans. Got a good reception on Steam last year.

Gravity Rush 2 (PS4)

What is it? An open-world game featuring Kat, a shifter who can manipulate gravity at the press of a button.
Should you care? There's a 20 minute demo you can try first. And you absolutely should.

Joe’s Diner (PS4)

What is it? An indie survival horror game that takes place in a diner. Should you care? No.

Quest of Dungeons (PS4)

What is it? A turn-based dungeon crawler.
Should you care? It's a bit simple for my tastes, but yours may differ.

RWBY: Grimm Eclipse (PS4, XBO)

What is it? The third-person brawler based on the Rooster Teeth series hits consoles.
Should you care? It's pretty short, clocking in at only a couple of hours. If you're not already a RWBY fan, there are better games of this ilk with more content.

Supermagical (PS Vita)

What is it? A cute Bubble-Bobble style puzzler.
Should you care? Looks fun enough.

Warhammer 40,000: Sanctus Reach (PC)

What is it? A Warhammer 40,000 turn-based game with two campaigns featuring the Space Marines or Orks.
Should you care? Think XCOM meets Warhammer 40K. The presentation is a little flat, but the gameplay looks solid enough. Here's a demo.

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (3DS)

What is it? Latest line in the Dragon Quest JRPG games.
Should you care? You either do or you don't.

Urban Empire (PC)

What is it? The latest city builder from the same publisher who looks after the Tropico series.
Should you care? Worthwhile if you like the 1820's vibe and want a bit of matriarchal intrigue to go with your city builder.

Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star (PS4/Vita)

What is it? A third-person action brawler in the vein of the Dynasty Warriors series.
Should you care? The footage from E3 looked alright. Could be fun if you like the Warriors series.

So those are the main titles coming out this week. Anything catch your eye? Did I miss anything important? Let us know!


    ..and has a?.. and HAS A?

      Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah previous versions *breathes fire at PC*

    Also out this week:
    Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star (PS4/Vita)
    Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (3DS)
    Atelier Shallie Plus (Vita)

    Is Messiah a remaster or just a re-release of an old game?

      Just a re-release.

        OK thanks.
        REmember being keen for the game but never played it. WOuld be interested in a remaster/reboot but don't want to play a 17 year old game with no nostalgia factor

    Yeah, I remember playing Messiah in Harvey Norman when they still did demo kiosks.

    I'm interested.

    Wasn't when Messiah released it was at a time needed a high-end machine or something? I remember buying it but could never play it for some reason, I also still have the original toy that came with it (still in its box in mint condition of the baby angel)

    Kind of interested in Flame in the Flood, but my backlog is already ridiculous and I think Yakuza 0 is out in the next week or two to make it worse, so will have to pass on this one :(

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