This Week In Games: Tea, Earl Grey, Hot

This Week In Games: Tea, Earl Grey, Hot

After a delay at the last moment, it’s finally time for Jean-Luc Picard to take centre stage. Because Star Trek: Bridge Crew is finally releasing.

That’s not all though: the Burnout alumni devs are back with another game about blowing cars up, Tokyo 42 lands, and some oldschool Vietnam FPS action from the makers of Red Orchestra. Let’s look at This Week in Games.

MXGP3: The Official Motocross Videogame (PC, PS4, XBO)

What is it? It’s four stroke bikes and stuff going through some super muddy tracks.
Should you care? I’d be all for a Motorcross Madness remake, but this ain’t it.

Star Trek: Bridge Crew (PSVR, Rift, Vive)

What is it? Think Spaceteam, but on the bridge of the Enterprise instead.
Should you care? Fuck yes, if you have the hardware for it.

The Culling (XBO)

What is it? Console launch of the indie Battle Royale melee-focused game.
Should you care? The Culling has gotten panned pretty hard lately on Steam, and it’s still in Early Access. I’d wait to see how the launch stacks up.

Danger Zone (PC, PS4)

What is it? The makers of Dangerous Golf, who had a hand in the Burnout franchise, return with a game that’s basically just the Crash mode from Burnout.
Should you care? This sounds like what people wanted from Dangerous Golf all along: blowing stuff up, crashing into things and making bank while they do it.

Rising Storm 2: Vietnam (PC)

What is it? The makers of Red Orchestra return with what looks like their take on Battlefield Vietnam.
Should you care? Definitely if you’re an oldschool Battlefield or Red Orchestra fan. Not sure how populated local servers will be, however.

Lock’s Quest (PC, PS4, XBO)

What is it? A PC port of the Nintendo DS action-RPG/tower defence classic.
Should you care? Surprised this is getting ported at this stage in the game. It was a good game – most of 5th Cell’s stuff is – but it might get lost a bit in the noise over this week and next.

Crossout (PS4, XBO)

What is it? Ever remember that game that looked like Mad Max meets a team-based shooter in cars? It’s on consoles now.
Should you care? It’s supposed to be getting a free-to-play beta on PC this quarter. If it’s free-to-play on consoles, might be worth spending a few hours in.

Oh… Sir! The Insult Simulator (PC, PS4)

What is it? A game about defeating your opponent by crafting the most insulting sentences possible.
Should you care? Played an Early Access version of this over the weekend. Fun for a few hours and to bust out at game nights, but there’s no controller support on PC and it’s pretty light on content.

Tokyo 42 (PC, XBO)

What is it? The makers of Frozen Synapse return with an isometric open-world where assassination is the name of the game.
Should you care? We’ll have more about this later this week. It’s a cool game.

Astro Duel Deluxe (Switch)

What is it? A local co-op shooter where Asteroids-style ships blow the snot out of each other.
Should you care? Launched on PC last year, and looked good there. Don’t know that it’ll get huge traction for online play, but fun enough for a games night.

Victor Vran (XBO)

What is it? An isometric Diablo-style dungeon crawler.
Should you care? Liked Diablo or the Van Helsing games and want more? This’ll do it for under $30.

Tekken 7 (PC, PS4, XBO)

What is it? Bunch of mostly dudes, some women and the odd kangaroo beating the shit out of each other.
Should you care? It’s Tekken, so you already know if you do.

Thea: The Awakening (PS4, XBO)

What is it? A turn-based survival RPG inspired by Slavic mythology.
Should you care? It got a pretty decent reception on PC. I’d say give the footage a look before rejecting it out of hand.

Evil Glitch (PC)

What is it? A Geometry Wars-style 2D shooter styled like an oldschool arcade machine on a CRT screen.
Should you care? I can see myself getting real shitty with the aesthetic, but I’m a sucker for anything Geometry Wars.

Energy Balance (PS4)

What is it? Console launch of a puzzle about balancing numbers.
Should you care? Most won’t, and the presentation is pretty lacklustre for what it is.

Damascus Gear: Tokyo Battle HD Edition (PS4)

What is it? Do you like mechs with lots of stats that blow up and beat the shit out of other mechs?
Should you care? I said DO YOU LIKE MECHS

The Long Journey Home (PC)

What is it? A game about exploring space and forging alliances with aliens to find your way home.
Should you care? It sounds a bit like No Man’s Sky, doesn’t it. As a result: wait and see.

So that’s it for the week. Anything major you think we missed, or a indie that people should take note of? Let us know below!


  • Tekken 7: “and the odd kangaroo”? I thought in Western countries he had been removed due to complaints from animal rights groups.

    • You’re absolutely right; I hadn’t seen that. Kuma’s still in there, though.

      • Weird hey that Kuma stays :/. Was all because of that viral video of the dude punching the kangaroo who was going for his dog

  • That looks more like the original series bridge than the next generation bridge to me, so no Picard…

      • Imagine how complicated things would be if the game was set in Picard’s time.

        If something goes wrong, would be a glitch in the game or a scripted event from Q?


          • Coming this summer, players enter the Enterprise-D and go against Star Trek’s second most annoying tool in You Have No Q What You’re Doing.


      • You can. Hopefully they add the other bridges and ships as DLC/expansions.

        P.s. I would be pretending too, but my rig isnt really VR capable any more, the gpu anyway (4GB GTX-770). Time to buy a new video card and build a second rig as the missus uses our current one more than me.

  • I wonder if Damascus Gear has had any improvements since its Vita release other than the visual resolution. It got pretty middling reviews. Ys Origin also gets its Vita release this week.

  • I was gonna hold off on getting new games until I knocked down my mountain of shame but what the heck, let’s give Star Trek: Bridge Crew a try…

    [Somehow crashes the Enterprise into Deep Space Nine and is chased into the Neutral Zone by Temporal Investigations, only to be teleported by the Romulans to the Klingon Home with a box of tribbles.]

    I’ve stitched up @weresmurf so many times, I think it time I had a dose of my own medicine.


    • Sorry, was meant to say Klingon Home World but it’s become more trouble to edit a post than to just write an addendum.

      • Watch out, you might get chased by some of those fugly new Klingthings from Discovery…

        • [Throws box at Klingons, then somehow reaches off frame like a Fleischer cartoon character and pulls Weresmurf into the frame.]

          He sent me here with them.

          [Flees the pandemonium. Meanwhile Q is watching while eating pop corn.]

          Q: “Usually I have to pay for entertainment like this.”


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