This Week In Games: Persona All Over

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Sit back, crack your knuckles, and grab a drink.

It's going to be a long one. Why? Because this week is Persona 5 week.

Persona 5 (PS4)

What is it? A "supernatural teen dating sim" according to Kirk's review, but really it's a massive JRPG where you summon "Personas" to fight demons in a parallel dimension.
Should you care? At some point this year, you really should. Just make sure you've got 80 or 90 hours set away.

LEGO City Undercover (PS4, XBO, Switch)

What is it? A re-release of the Wii U game that's best described as LEGO meets GTA.
Should you care? The Switch version got delayed until next week. Beyond that, maybe care if you have kids?

Blackwood Crossing (PC, PS4, XBO)

What is it? A first-person adventure about the relation between a teenager and her younger brother.
Should you care? Looks intriguing. Crossing my fingers with this one.

Enter The Gungeon (XBO)

What is it? A roguelike dungeon crawler where you can shoot bullets at bullets.
Should you care? Yeah. It's good fun if you're into the genre.

Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition (PC, PS4, XBO)

What is it? A remaster of Bulletstorm, a game about shooting people in as creatively and brutally as possible.
Should you care? The dialogue and story is a complete waste of time, but the action can be enjoyable enough.

Has Been Heroes (PC, PS4, XBO, Switch)

What is it? A lane-based roguelike from the makers of the Trine series.
Should you care? Only the Switch version came out this week, after a brief delay. It's nothing particularly special, that said.

Graceful Explosion Machine (Switch)

What is it? A retro-style side-scrolling shooter exclusive to the Switch.
Should you care? The aesthetic looks great. It's only $15 as well, so totally if you want some more games for your Switch.

PaRappa the Rapper Remastered (PS4)

What is it? The iconic rhythm game is back.
Should you care? At least watch some gameplay if you're not going to get it. It's a real odd little game.

Paradigm (PC, Mac)

What is it? An adventure starring a mutant whose past haunts him in the future of a genetically engineered sloth.
Should you care? Watch the trailer and tell me you wouldn't want to play this drunk.

Talent Not Included (XBO)

What is it? A platformer starring three actors who vie to survive on stage.
Should you care? Concept reminds me a touch of Battleblock Theatre. Which you should probably play first.

Animal Gods (Wii U)

What is it? A new Wii U game! Think Link Between Worlds crossed with a JRPG.
Should you care? Animal Gods was backed on Kickstarter a few years ago. It's not available at retail, though.

Use Your Words (PC, PS4, XBO, Wii U)

What is it? A party game where you use your phone as the controller (that's not from Jackbox Games). Think Madlibs in 2017.
Should you care? This might be the remake of the #madlibs channel on Austnet I've been waiting decades for. Who wants to play with me?

Air Conflicts: Secret Wars Ultimate Edition (PS4)

What is it? An arcade WW1 and WW2 flight game, featuring 48 missions.
Should you care? I know quite a few old friends from LANs who would get right on board with this. It does look a little aged, though.

Mortal Blitz (PSVR)

What is it? A first-person sci-fi shooter for PSVR.
Should you care? If you want another shooter for PSVR, sure.

Drawn to Death (PS4)

What is it? David Jaffe's latest game: a third-person action shooter with a sketchbook art-style.
Should you care? It's free on PSN, so you might as well. Plus, can you recall anything else that looks like this?

So those are the main titles out this week. Are you picking up Persona 5, or something else?


    You're doing a great dis-service to Lego City.

    It's very funny, satirical and enjoyable to play through story-wise.

    The open-world 'GTA' stuff is part and parcel as you progress, you get to do more 'Lego' things.

    I don't like the licensed Lego games and the stuff you do in them but this is a great game, I don't know how similar or different it is really.

    I'm actually waiting to hear on how the multiplayer works.

    Can't recommend Bulletstorm enough. It's a Michael Bay videogame crossed with Hotline Miami.

    Bad day at work? Plop down on the couch, crank the volume, and kill assholes in a wide and wonderful variety of ways.

      Variety? I shot just about every single one of them in the nuts :D

      Yes! I missed this the first time around. Still looks like a worthwhile purchase now with the overall upgrade. :-)

    Persona 5 reviewed well. Maybe, down the line...

    Will definitely get Persona 5 at some point, but Yakuza 0 is ahead of it, and that's without even looking at my existing backlog :(

    Crap. I don't have aynwhere near enough time for Persona... =(

    Can't see anywhere advertising Persona other than ebGames for $99.95

    Anyone know where it will be cheaper day one? JB doesn't even seem to have it as pre-order which seems weird

    I have to play through the following DLC/updates before I even look at my unfinished backlog or any news games.

    - Destiny (Age of Triumph)
    - Final Fantasy XIV (conclusion of Heavensward)
    - Final Fantasy XV (Episode Gladiolus)
    - World of Warcraft (Legionfall Patch)
    - Mass Effect Andomeda

    Beg to differ; the dialogue and story create the perfect (Bullet)storm of ridiculouslessness in Full Clip's original edition. One of the few games I am truly jazzed to re-play and revel in the overt stupidity.

    Every time I see the name "Blackwood Crossing" I think it is Thimbleweed Park, even after having bought Thimbleweed Park last week :P.

    The original LEGO City Undercover was actually a really competent GTA clone, for what it was - and in that, much better than the licensed LEGO games, so worth giving it the benefit of the doubt.

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