This Week In Games: Slither Me Timbers

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March, the biggest month of the first quarter, is finally over. And that means we're going to get a little break from enormous open-world RPGs for a little while.

But there's still some interesting games to check out. Case in point: Snake Pass, the cutesy platformer from the makers of the Sonic All-Stars Racing series, some more demon slaying action courtesy of Toukiden 2, the Monkey Island creators return only to be wrong about toilet rolls, and a game that I'm sure probably isn't any good but I'm honour bound to try anyway.


This Is The Police (XBO)

What is it? The XBO retail launch of a game about corrupt cops.
Should you care? Read Luke's story first.


FlatOut 4: Total Insanity (PC, PS4, XBO)

What is it? The FlatOut arcade racer series returns.
Should you care? There is literally zero chance this will be as good as FlatOut 2. Nothing can beat FlatOut 2. And the first impressions so far haven't been great. But I'll still play it at some point out of loyalty to the series. After all, it's FlatOut.


Danganronpa 1•2 Reload

What is it? Retail release of the first two Danganronpa games for PS4.
Should you care? If you have even the slightest interest in visual novel games, yes.


Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 Remix (PS4)

What is it? A remastered collection of the first two Kingdom Hearts games.
Should you care? "More than 150 hours of gameplay in one disc," the description proclaims. Nope. I've got enough gameplay to work through as is. (Great if you're a fan of the series, though.)


Anoxemia (PS4, XBO)

What is it? Console launch of a narrative driven adventure about exploring the ocean floor.
Should you care? Good music and atmosphere, but the gameplay got panned on Steam when it launched a couple of years ago.


APB: Reloaded (PS4)

What is it? An MMO about committing crime in the city of San Paro.
Should you care? I can't even believe this is hitting consoles. APB at one point could have been amazing; the idea's great. But your time is better spent elsewhere.


Fated: The Silent Oath (PSVR)

What is it? A VR game about a father doing trying to save his family in a world being destroyed by giants.
Should you care? Could be interesting if you're looking for fresh PSVR content. VR Ping Pong is coming out next week, though.


Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life Special Edition (PS4)

What is it? The PS2 classic returns.
Should you care? With Stardew Valley available? Probably not.


Has Been Heroes (PS4, XBO)

What is it? A roguelike that mixes turn-based and RTS strategy into a lane brawler.
Should you care? Don't expect great things. Switch release of Has Been Heroes is next week.


Heroes of the Monkey Tavern (PS4)

What is it? A dungeon crawler with a view reminiscent of the 80's and 90's.
Should you care? Might be one for fans of Ultima Underworld or Legend of Grimrock.


Old Time Hockey (PC, PS4, XBO)

What is it? An arcade hockey game that's more about stick fights than stick shots.
Should you care? Oh my God yes.


Thimbleweed Park (PC, PS4, XBO)

What is it? That game that puts its toilet rolls the wrong way up.
Should you care? In all seriousness, yes. Been hearing some very good things about this point-and-click adventure. Also, it's a game from the makers of Monkey Island. Of course you should care.


Rain World (PC, PS4)

What is it? An adventure about a slugcat separated from its family, struggling to find food.
Should you care? Fuck. Yes.


Salt and Sanctuary (Vita)

What is it? Remember that 2D Dark Souls? It's coming to Vita this week.
Should you care? Yeah, I would if I had a Vita.


Snake Pass (PC, PS4, XBO, Switch)

What is it? Cutest snake game ever made.
Should you care? LOOK AT IT IT'S SO CUTE


Wonder Boy Returns (PS4)

What is it? A HD re-release of Wonder Boy Returns for the PS4.
Should you care? Not unless you want to relive the past, or have a special amount of nostalgia for Wonder Boy.


So that's most of the stuff out this week - a pretty good week for smaller titles and indies. See anything you like, or are you still working through the Massive Month of March?


Comments

    Also out this week:
    Dark Souls 3 DLC: The Ringed City (PS4/XBOne/PC)
    Korix (PSVR)
    Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy (PC)

    Vikings – Wolves of Midgard came out last week.

      Right you are. The retail release is next week, but I've taken it out of the list. Thanks.

      Unfortunately its a bit average. And I really wanted it to be awesome.

    Not 100% game related, but next week is where it's at.
    Sunday: NXT TakeOver Orlando
    Monday: Wrestlemania 33
    Tuesday: Persona 5

      Can't bring myself to care about WM anymore, WWE has left me constantly disappointed for the last 7 years.
      Time to stop coming back for more disappointments this year.

      Last edited 27/03/17 10:54 am

        I get where you're coming from. There have been decisions the last few years that just leave everyone disenchanted with the whole product.

        The talent on the roster now is incredible, but they all seem afraid to be themselves because they might be fired for going off-script.

          It's not real

            I knew it wasn't since I first watched it as a kid :)

            I've always likened it to a book or a movie, with new chapters or scenes written every week. Neither of those two are real, but people still critique or label them as good and bad.

    If Old Time Hockey is anything like Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey then I am all over it.

    So I really wanna play Thimbleweed Park and Rain World and Salt and Sanctuary cross-play on my Vita and Snake Pass and Wonder Boy and TOO MANY GAMES but I just end up playing Breath of the Wild because it's sooooo good and I'm only like 30% of the way through after playing solidly since release.

    Also:
    Not unless you want to relive the past, or have a special amount of nostalgia for Wonder Boy
    I have both those reasons, sure, but have you seen it? It's fricking gorgeous, and has a solid underlying game to boot.

      I think you're thinking of the amazing Dragon's Trap remake that's coming out in April. I'll be all over that one like a rash, along with Monster Boy when that one releases. Wonder Boy Returns is literally a remake of the original Wonder Boy game. Looks decent enough, but it's definitely not a looker I'm afraid... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlaPp1P-HCU

        OHHHhhhh...ewww. Yeah, I'll pass.

        Dragon's Trap is due on April 18 apparently, so it's still really close!

    Does the PS4 version of harvest moon fix the horrible framerate the original had?

    because i really liked that game it just had beyond terrible slowdown.

    Snake Pass reminds me of those old Yogo Gorilla ads during Cheez TV and Agro's Cartoon Connection.

    How haven't we heard more of Snake Pass? Not only will it be released for the Switch (which should be news alone taking in account the silly myth that its library for the first few months will be woefully limited) it also includes music by David Wise (of Donkey Kong Country fame) and reportedly he himself went out of his way to work on it game after seeing a demo.

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