This Week In Games: Banjo’s Judgment Returns

This Week In Games: Banjo’s Judgment Returns

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.

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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?


  • So excited for CTR, the best kart racing game I think we’ve ever had (yes, Mario Kart fans, put down your outrage).

    Already have it preordered for Xbox, debating whether to also grab the Switch version :).

    • I really liked that CTR had a story. It also felt like there was less random garbage that could cause you to lose a race you were winning by a mile like in Mario Kart.

  • May have to grab Cadence/Crypt of Necro double on the Switch shop…At those price points its a very tempting buy

  • Super keen to know if Bloodstained is a true spiritual successor to Castlevania, or if it is just another Castlefailure.

    Also, Banjo’s Judgment Returns sounds like a gritty, seedy version of Banjo Kazooie where the duo are a vigilante pair laying the law down on Grunty and her minions on the docks of Rusty Bucket Bay.

  • I’m definitely getting Crash Team Racing this week because I just wanted to let you know as Thomas Wilson creative director and co-studio head at Beenox has said everyone who purchases Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled for either Nintendo Switch PS4 or Xbox One this week will get free access to post launch content as part of the CTR Nitro Fueled Grand Prix starting next month at no additional cost.
    That’s right free access to post launch content as part of the Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled Grand Prix at no additional cost starting next month.
    This might just be something I wouldn’t say no to free post launch content to participate in the CTR Nitro Fueled Grand Prix starting next month at no additional cost.
    I mean after all GoNintendo’s rumour to have Spyro included in Crash Team Racing was absolutely true and yes he will be an unlockable racer as part of the Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled Grand Prix starting next month.
    Activision and Beenox if you guys are listening sign me up I am ready for the CTR Nitro Fueled Grand Prix starting next month.
    So will I be picking up Crash Team Racing Nitro Fueled for the Nintendo Switch this week absolutely I am so ready for the CTR Nitro Fueled Grand Prix starting next month.

  • Is the game running on the same engine as Mario Kart 8?

    From the footage, it looks almost exactly the same gameplay wise, Not that its a bad thing. MK8 was god damn amazing.

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