This Week In Games: Time For An Acid Trip, Again

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As you'd expect, there isn't a whole lot coming out in the aftermath of E3. But there are a few bits and pieces worthy of interest. If you're into MMOs, Final Fantasy 14 is getting its massive Stormblood expansion, Get Even finally launches after an impromptu delay, the Switch gets a couple of ports, and the massive conspiracy MMO acid trip that is Secret World gets a reboot this week.


God Wars: Future Past (PS4, Vita)

What is it? A JRPG with an isometric, grid-based combat system reminiscent of Final Fantasy Tactics or Fire Emblem.
Should you care? There's a neat mechanic called impurity where the more you attack with a character, the more the AI is likely to target it. It looks like good fun, and I hope it gets a Switch port.


Dead by Daylight (PS4, XBO)

What is it? The asymmetrical horror indie game comes to consoles.
Should you care? Think of a less janky version of Friday the 13th with more variety and more refined mechanics.


Cave Story + (Switch)

What is it? A Metroidvania that harks back to the 8-bit and 16-bit eras.
Should you care? It's a great game, but also not a new one. Cave Story came out on PC six years ago. That doesn't mean it's not worth playing, mind you.


Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas (Switch)

What is it? An isometric 3D action-adventure that first launched on mobiles, before getting ported to PC and consoles.
Should you care? Oceanhorn was one of the nicest looking RPGs on mobiles and it took some nice inspiration from Zelda. But there's also no shortage of RPGs to play this year, and the gameplay loop might be a bit too simple for some.


Secret World Legends (PC)

What is it? Funcom's "reimagining" of The Secret World from an MMO into a free-to-play RPG.
Should you care? The Secret World is nuts as fuck. I really want to find some spare time to play this with friends.


Get Even (PC, PS4, XBO)

What is it? A psychological horror game about finding someone who is trapped with a bomb tied to their chest.
Should you care? Delayed because of the London terrorist attacks, Get Even will finally be released this week. Might be something for Outlast fans.


Astro Boy: Edge of Time (PC)

What is it? A trading card game inspired by the Astro Boy manga, complete with a story.
Should you care? There's some comic-book style segments in here as well. This might actually be way more interesting than it seems. Or it could be awful.


Nex Machina (PC, PS4)

What is it? A twin-stick shooter inspired by Smash TV and Robotron.
Should you care? Had me at Smash TV. Has local co-op as well, which should be fun.


Final Fantasy 14: Stormblood (PC, PS4)

What is it? The latest expansion for the gargantuan Final Fantasy MMO.
Should you care? If you're already playing, then you definitely do. Consoles are getting a retail release of FF14 this week as well, if you haven't jumped in yet.


Chess Ultra (PC, XBO, Vive, Rift)

What is it? It's a really nice looking version of chess.
Should you care? Want to play chess in a 3D apartment? A sitting room adorned with books? Out on a rock somewhere? Want to play chess in 4K? Honestly, you need to see the trailer for this.


Dead Rising 4: Super Ultra Dead Rising 4 Mini Golf (XBO)

What is it? Mini-golf. In Dead Rising 4.
Should you care? If you're playing Dead Rising this would be fun as hell. Who is still playing Dead Rising, by the way?


Broken Age (XBO)

What is it? Double Fine's crowdfunded adventure. The first one.
Should you care? You'd think most people have either played this by now, or lost interest.


So that's the major offerings that came out this week. Not a lot, as you'd expect in the immediate wake of E3. Anyone interested in a new twin-stick shooter, or was there something I missed? Let us know!


Comments

    The mystery quests in secret world are fantastic, they take real detective work and are perfecf for a group of friends to solve.

    Also out this week:
    Darkest Dungeon: Crimson Court DLC (PC)
    Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni (PC)
    Danganronpa Another Episode (PS4)
    Ever Oasis (3DS)
    RPG Maker Fes (3DS)

    Given the (relatively smooth compared to previous launches) of the latest WoW xpack it will be interesting to see how FFXIV handles itself.

    The queues are already in excess of 2K during peak (as of last night) and while I think those who care would have pre ordered (and probably at 70 judging from my guild) there'll be a heap of newbies who are getting the all in one bundle that would be starting on the 20th.

    at least SE seems to be putting out as many flames as it can humanly possible.

    Last edited 19/06/17 10:46 am

    Looking forward to the Crimson Court DLC for Darkest Dungeon.

    I could be wrong but I'm fairly sure The Secret World Legends is next Monday (June 26th).

    Unless this article covers Monday-Monday, in which case I don't even know what to think anymore.

      TSW plays get early access from the 23rd.

        Ahh nice. Good to know since I played TSW and was curious about Legends.

    Who is still playing Dead Rising, by the way?
    Despite the fact DR4 was almost a total disappointment, I jumped into the Frank Rising DLC a few days after it came out, and every achievement was 'rare' even the ones just for starting it. Initially I thought it was just because it was new and players hadn't had a chance to get into it, but I had a look at the achievements last week and most of them are still rare.

    So to answer your question, probably just me.

      The DLC achievement rarity measure up against ALL players of Dead Rising 4, so if only 10% of players bought the DLC, then all the achievements are going to be rare, as there is 90% of people who have played DR4 but not gotten the FR achievements, because they never bought it. Same thing happens with some episodic games, where people buy/receive the first episode free. There is a massive base of ppl who have "played" it, but a much smaller base of ppl who bought through to following episodes. E.g. the King's Quest episodic one is pretty much all rarities by about episode 3. Shame, because it's really good.

      Oh. Back on topic, I too am still playing DR :P. Just powered through the base game and FR last weekend, after finally getting a date for the final golf expansion. It was...alright.

        That's a good point actually.

        One the topic of KQ, episode one was fantastic but it was a stride the game never hit again and I was pretty disappointed with the rest of it

          I think the other episodes were just...different. Some focused on brain teasers, some focused on health management, but all were puzzling, just in varied ways. I admit i like the "traditional" aspect of the first episode most out of all them, but I did enjoy the following ones.

          Though, I played it all over a few days. If I were to have waited the 4-6 months between episodes just to get another 2-3 hours, I would have been pretty miffed tbh.

    Should you care? You'd think most people have either played this by now, or lost interest.

    Why because "most people" only play on PC or Playstation??? Please don't turn Kotaku Australia into Playstation Monthly

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