This Week In Games: Mario, Nazis, Assassins

This Week In Games: Mario, Nazis, Assassins
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The biggest week in the 2017 gaming calendar is finally here. On top of all the indies that are launching just ahead of PAX, October 27 brings The Big Three: a new Mario game in the form of Super Mario Odyssey, Bethesda’s ode to Nazi-killing in Wolfenstein 2, and the return of Assassin’s Creed. And Destiny 2 finally comes to PC. Strap in, people.

Super Mario Odyssey (Switch)

What is it? The latest iteration of Mario 3D platformers, with Mario saving New Donk City with the help of Cappy.
Should you care? Of course you should.

Assassin’s Creed: Origins (PC, PS4, XBO)

What is it? The ancient fraternity of shankers goes to Ancient Egypt.
Should you care? After Syndicate, Ubisoft made the assassins take a break for a year to sort things out. Origins is the result of that time off. It’s a good thing: Egypt’s the perfect setting.

Destiny 2 (PC)

What is it? Bungie’s MMO shooter comes to PC.
Should you care? I’ve been really keen of late to play this on PC, which is odd because I’d stopped playing it on console for a while.

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus (PC, PS4, XBO)

What is it? Old mate BJ returns to expel the Nazi regime from America, in a first-person alternate history shooter.
Should you care? Oh my god of course.

Just Dance 2018 (PS3, PS4, 360, XBO, Wii, Wii U, Switch)

What is it? Ubisoft’s dance-a-thon returns.
Should you care? There are people who pretend they don’t and then have an absolute blast with Just Dance anyway. Wonder how it’d be with the Joycons.

Violett (Switch)

What is it? A point and-click adventure, part pixel hunting game, as you try to rescue a rebellious teenager from a strange world.
Should you care? The idea of being able to use telekinesis to move things on the screen is great, but you just end up clicking on everything to see if it moves. There are smarter puzzlers.

Knight Terrors (Switch)

What is it? A pixel-art 2D platformer.
Should you care? It’s only $4.50 on the eShop and only 54mb. Pretty tiny if you want to take a punt.

Rugby 18 (PC, PS4, XBO)

What is it? Virtual rugby union returns.
Should you care? I’d rather play Handball 17.

Debris (PC)

What is it? A team is sent underwater to film a promo video for a scientific discovery, only for several explosions to trap you and your team in a series of submerged glacial caverns.
Should you care? Sounds like one for the SOMA fans.

The Cavern (Vive)

What is it? A room-scale VR puzzle-adventure, where the player uncovers one of the greatest lost treasures of our time.
Should you care? Looks nice if you’re after a meatier experience in VR.

The Mummy Demastered (PC, PS4, XBO, Switch)

What is it? The Mummy movie gets a licensed spin-off that’s basically a gorgeous pixel-art Metroidvania.
Should you care? This looks so much better than it has any right to be. If you want it on Switch, you’ll need a US eShop account. (It’s $19.99 there.)

High Hell (PC)

What is it? A neon-coloured FPS from the makers of Gang Beasts, Heavy Bullets and Enter the Gungeon.
Should you care? It looks real nice. Update: it’s a singleplayer only game as well, which resolves one of my main concerns with indie shooters (that nobody ends up playing them).

Moon Hunters (Switch)

What is it? A personality test RPG that’s about exploring an ancient world within 5 days.
Should you care? Ever play The Yawhg? You’re the target market for Moon Hunters. And the soundtrack is ace: have a listen below.

Cyberia 2: Resurrection (PC)

What is it? Another Cyberia game comes to Steam!
Should you care? These games are actually pretty awful, but you might as well play it for the laughs. Most FMV-era rail shooters are.

AER Memories of Old (PC)

What is it? A game about transforming into a bird and flying through a world of floating islands in the sky.
Should you care? This. Looks. Outstanding. After the PAX craziness is done, and I’m dusted with Mario Odyssey, I’m immediately jumping on this.

Welcome to the Game II (PC)

What is it? An atmospheric horror/puzzle game, where you play as a reporter looking for a female streamer as people try to hunt her down and kill her.
Should you care? It’s a game about primarily uncovering mysteries through a computer, much like the original game. Read the Steam description and you’ll get a sense if this is your thing or not. Could be fun for a horror party night.

Flightless (PC)

What is it? A tile-based puzzle adventure, where you navigate your way through floating islands.
Should you care? Looks ideal for those who prefer games they can relax to.

So, big week. Biggest of the year since Horizon/Breath of the Wild/the Nintendo Switch launched really. And most people have been saving up for at least one of the major games this week.

But the indies are pretty good too. Mummy Demastered looks uncannily fun, and AER Memories of Old came completely out of nowhere for me. So what games will you be picking up this week – or grabbing just before Christmas?


  • Something for everyone this week. I’ll be switching off console and joining some friends on Destiny 2 for the PC

    • I would break my vow of never preordering to preorder this.

      Otherwise, it’ll be nice to have Mario to entertain me on the train rides and during downtime at PAX AUS and Destiny 2 to entertain me at the end of each PAX AUS day.

  • Who wants to play Assassin’s Creed Origins, Wolfenstein 2 or even Activision and Bungie’s Destiny 2 on the PC? Those games are for wussies. Super Mario Odyssey is what I care to play because although Mario is no longer a plumber. I have been ordered to help Mario and his friend Cappy crash the wedding party by stopping Bowser from having an evil forthcoming wedding with Princess Peach. I also want some answers Activision. When are you going to make an official announcement to bring Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy to other platforms? I mean I know Call of Duty World War II developed by Sledgehammer Games is coming out on November 3 next week but I just hope you give me some answers soon before we reach the end of another year.

  • The Switch looks to be like it’s going to start replacing my Vita soon with all these great indie and niche titles coming out on it.
    Also out this week:
    – I Expect You To Die (PSVR)
    – Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon (PS4/Switch/PC)
    – Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization (PC)
    – Yomawari: Midnight Shadows (PS4/Vita/PC)

    • Yeah, Koei Tecmo / Gust have jumped onto the Switch pretty fast and they’re sort of spearheading the charge as far as the more niche JRPG developers go.

      The real question I think is which way Idea Factory, Atlus and especially Falcom will jump. Falcom makes bank in the west on PC but their games did very well on Vita too – I remember XSeed saying Ys: Memories of Celceta was the best selling game they released on the platform for example. NISA has kind of gotten their feet wet recently but only with their terrible Touhou doujin games.

      Atlus still seems like they’re trapped on the 3DS at the moment. Etrian Odyssey V finishing out the dual screen era, and Radiant Historia once again being released so late in a platform’s lifecycle it’s going to be overlooked because no one’s going to buy it, history repeats itself.

      There’s still a bit of a chicken and egg situation though. Developers will go there if there’s a market, but the only way they can see there’s a market is if the games actually get released and sell well. So personally I’m really hopeful for Nights of Azure 2, even if it’s not a fantastic game.

    • Side note (double reply rather than edit so this doesn’t get auto-modded) I would really love to see one of the Experience Inc wizardry clones make it to Switch. I feel like that third person dungeon crawling style and their big portrait art and everything would work exceptionally well. It kills me that Demon Gaze II is PS4 & Vita only. My Vita and I have had some amazing experiences together since launch, but I’m ready to retire the system.

  • Gah, Mario, Wolfenstein and Stranger Things S2 all of the same day. Hmmm, got all week to decide what I’m going to dive into first I guess 🙂

  • Origins is the result of that time off. It’s a good thing: Egypt’s the perfect setting.
    I still think that a proper China game starring Shao Jun would’ve been the perfect setting. Chronicles was good, but it’s no standalone.
    Either that or the Meiji restoration era Japan.

  • Some people just hate on the idea of an Asian AC game. I can understand as I too got sick of so many wanting it purely because of samurai or ninja, or believing it would force a focus on stealth mechanics.
    I just really wanted to see either a full game for Shao Jun, or a game set during the rapid industrialisation of Japan during the Meiji Restoration (we got a hint of how that setting would work mechanically with Syndicate).

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