We're not getting a new Mario Kart this year, but I'm sure there's plenty of nostalgia in some Crash Team Racing nights instead.
Most of the gaming industry was occupied with E3 last week, but it's back to the releases — and there's a few big hitters lined up for a typically quiet period. Crash Team Racing is the obvious drawcard, although there's no shortage of prominent indies to keep an eye on.
A definite highlight of the week is also Judgment, the third-person RPG based in the Yakuza universe starring a defence attorney instead of the Yakuza. I checked it out earlier this year and had an absolute blast, and it's great that it's finally launching after SEGA pulled the game off shelves in Japan following a narcotics scandal with a key voice actor.
After actor and musician Pierre Taki was arrested for alleged cocaine use, Sega decided to stop selling the game and remove him from PS4 game Judgment.
Because E3 dominated everything last week, I've included a couple of other highlights. Katana Zero, which was originally banned for a brief period, is now available locally on the Switch. Bloodstained hits all platforms this week, and 1000$ also seems interesting. It's an indie where you're supposed to rob a house, but you've only got a shitty, pixellated flashlight — and the old lady who's house you're robbing never, ever sleeps. You'll see a lot of My Friend Pedro this week as well, a John Woo-esque bullet-time shooter where you're flipping with dual pistols and slaughtering tons of enemies like it's a John Wick movie.
Here's the leaderboard for the week:
- Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fuelled (PS4, XBO, Switch)
- Another Sight (XBO, Switch)
- Sea King (Switch)
- Citizens of Space (Switch)
- My Friend Pedro (PC, PS4, Switch)
- Boxing Champs (Switch)
- Mini-Mech Mayhem (PSVR)
- Judgment (PS4)
- Duke of Defense (Switch)
- The Childs Sight (Switch)
- Catan (Switch)
- Muse Dash (Switch)
- Slender: The Arrival (Switch)
- Rolling Gunner (Switch)
- Forest Home (Switch)
- Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (PC, PS4, XBO, Switch)
- Cadence of Hyrule (Switch)
- Worldend Syndrome (Switch)
- Katana Zero (Switch)
- Deer Drive Legends (Switch)
- Among the Sleep (Switch)
- The Sims 4: Island Living (PC)
- Faith of Fate (PC)
- Bocce VR (Rift, Vive)
- Hexelectric (PC)
- Shadows and Lies (PC)
- Giant Bear Rampage! (PC)
- Ecio (PC)
- LocoMotives (PC)
- 1000$ (PC)
Onto the trailers. We'll begin with Among the Sleep, a game about playing as a toddler as you roam around the house looking for your missing mother.
See anything you like this week?