This Week In Games: The Age Of Wololo

Zombies and ancient civilisations. That's the big guns coming out this week: Age of Empires returns by way of the Definitive Edition, and there's a new Metal Gear game that has nothing to do with Hideo Kojima and probably little to do with the series as you've known until this point.

I'm talking about Metal Gear Survive, of course.

Here's what's coming out this week. Note that some games may have been released digitally already, in case of retail releases.

  • Payday 2 (Switch)
  • The Longest Five Minutes (Switch)
  • Metal Gear Survive (PS4)
  • Past Cure (PC, PS4, XBO)
  • Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet (PC, PS4, XBO)
  • Age of Empires: Definitive Edition (PC)
  • Membrane (Switch)
  • Hexed (PC)
  • ASCII Game Series: Beginning (PC)
  • Cypher (PC)
  • Unborne (PC)
  • Far Out Selene (PC)
  • Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology (3DS)
  • Old Man's Journey (Switch)
  • Layers of Fear Legacy (Switch)
  • Typoman (Switch)
  • Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 Plus (Switch)
  • Ace of Seafood (Switch)
  • Bird Game (PC)
  • Dude, Stop (PC)
  • RTS Commander: Smash the Rebels (PC)
  • Apex Construct (PSVR)
  • The Station (XBO)
  • Immortal Redneck (XBO)

Some interesting indies in there, not to mention the various Switch ports. I'd be hesitant on Payday 2 given what happened to the previous console version of the game. Old Man's Journey should be fun though.

On the PC side, Cypher and Dude, Stop look interesting for very, very different reasons. Horror fans are covered with Unborne and Past Cure, and the new Sword Art Online should keep SWO fans entertained.

But really it's about two things this week: how much will the Windows Store hold Age of Empires Definitive Edition back, and how low are expectations for Metal Gear Survive? The latter had a couple of betas, but there's been little noise about the game since. Maybe it'll surprise people. Or maybe it'll be awful.

Picking anything up this week, or see anything that we missed? Let us know!


    Can't recall a Metal Gear game with less hype. Maybe Metal Gear Acid 2?

      I played the beta over the weekend, and... well the individual systems are generally pretty good (gear, characters, weapons), but somehow when you mash them all together into a defend the point horde shooter, they don't mesh at all.

    for anyone with VR there are certainly some good discounts going.

    Picked up modbox last night and Pavlov VR is on sale which I highly rate as a counterstrike like shooter but really polished and lots of development support

    I want to be hyped...but I still got Monster Hunter going strong. So my wallet will remain safe for another week.

    Hey Alex, what happened to the old style of giving us a line or so of what each game is about? No offence intended but a list of names is meaningless when you don't have context. The passage at the end is somewhat helpful but painfully lacking.

    Last edited 19/02/18 11:42 am

      The general idea of me telling you whether you should care about a game when in a lot of cases I'm just learning about them (given how many weird indies and such are coming out every week) isn't really fair to the game, and not hugely practical either.

      If a game's interesting enough that we should go into more detail, then I'll cover it in the paragraphs below or in a whole separate article. And I know you'll probably hate hearing this, but the old way of doing it was incredibly wasteful time-wise too.

      But I'm always open to tweaking things, so if you have any feedback I'm always happy to listen. I think it wouldn't be that difficult to insert a bunch of trailers for some of the weirder games to provide more context, if that's something people want.

        Having a simple summary really helps to know if somethings going to tickle your fancy. ASCII Game Series for example just needs the short Steam description after the link, and we'd get the idea.

        'Minimalistic pong-like retro game' kinda lets you know what ballpark the games in, though how something can be more minimalistic than pone I dunno...

        Some speak for themselves, like Pac-Man CE2+ but most are going to be games we wouldn't have heard of. And apparently we're too lazy to copy the name into Google...

          I'm with Grunt here. You don't necessarily have to do the 'why should I care' thing you used to do, but even a one-liner with a super brief description. For example, what the hell is 'Dude, stop'!? I'm intrigued but like... am I intrigued enough to Google it? Maybe. Maybe not.

        What about a genre reference instead?

        Example I’ll look at Radiant Historia because I know its an rpg, but would not be interested in a horror survival game.

          I think this is a good middle ground. I can understand a one-liner being impractical (and probably an injustice), but I'd be happy to do my own research in genres I'm interested in :)

          ...That being said, so many indeterminate genres these days!

    Also out this week:
    Deadbolt (PS4/Vita)
    Them's Fightin' Herds (PC)

      Hahaha... I have no idea what Them's Fightin' Herds is, but I'm buying it.

      I hope it has Cows with Guns for its title theme.

    Im still unhappy that Age of Empires is shackled to the horrible windows store.

    I wish Microsoft would just stay the hell away from games and sell their IP to someone else.

    Hey Alex, will you be giving AoE a review?

    I forgot it was Windows Store exclusive so that's kind of a bummer.

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