This Week In Games: Time To Pop A Vein

This Week In Games: Time To Pop A Vein

September’s almost done, but before the month rolls over there’s still a few massive titles that need to dash out the door.

The most eye-opening of them all this week is Code Vein, the hyper stylised anime Souls game featuring tons of bayonets, rifles, axes, greatswords and tons of cool abilities. There’s also co-op — although who knows how well that will work at release — and AI bots to assist in boss fights.

On the opposite side of the gaming spectrum is Fifa 20, which drops across all platforms at the end of the week. Also releasing on Friday is Dragon Quest XI S for the Switch, as well as Dead by Daylight earlier in the week.

If that’s not enough for Souls fans, The Surge 2 lands on Wednesday, as does Contra: Rogue Corps. Jedi Knight 2, Ori and the Blind Forest and Northgard are all hitting the Switch this week too. It’s a busy time, so let’s get started.

  • Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid (PC)
  • CONTRA: Rogue Corps (PC)
  • CHERNOBYL: The Untold Story (PC)
  • Cat Quest 2 (PC)
  • Star Wars: Jedi Knight 2 (Switch)
  • Northgard (Switch)
  • Gunvolt Chronicles: Luminous Avenger iX (Switch)
  • Paper Train (Switch)
  • Mario Kart Tour (iOS/Android)
  • Darksiders 2 (Switch)
  • Cyber Protocol (Switch)
  • Fight’N Rage (Switch)
  • Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age (Switch)
  • Akash: Path of the Five (Switch)
  • Ori and the Blind Forest (Switch)
  • Dreaming Canvas (Switch)
  • Code Vein (PC, PS4, XBO)
  • Dead by Daylight (Switch)
  • FIFA 20 (PC, PS4, XBO, Switch)
  • Noita (PC)
  • Spellcaster University (PC)
  • The Surge 2 (PC, PS4, XBO)
  • Sally’s Law (XBO)
  • Rex Rocket (XBO)
  • The Adventures of Elena Temple (XBO)
  • Mining Rail 2 (XBO)
  • Tropico 6 (PS4)
  • Intruders: Hide and Seek (PC)
  • Super Toy Cars 2 (PC)
  • Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones (PC)
  • Infinity: Battlescape (PC)

Trailers! Let’s remind ourselves how good Jedi Knight 2 is by looking at the Switch version.

Still kind of surprise Infinity: Battlescape hit its release date this week. I’ll probably definitely check that one out, since I’m hugely into space explorers. But there’s a ton of variety to choose from. See anything you like this week?


  • As I’ve stated before, the Switch is absolutely on fire atm.

    To all the people that go “Oh wow, more re-releases on the Switch” why do you see that as a bad thing? The Switch Exclusives are already amazing, and you were all complaining 2 years ago of the library being small. The Library is stupidly huge now. I hope for the Switch 2 Nintendo just release a more beefed up system with backwards compatibility… that would mean my digital library wouldn’t go to waste.


    Also, I gotta say: A few games into iOS’ Apple Arcade and I’m a convert. Whatever releases this week on that platform has a very good chance at not sucking.

    Notable titles that have been very worth my mobile time and each individually reduced the cost of the $8 subscription for the month by chipping in their value:

    Card of Darkness (RIP Pendelton Ward)
    Cardpocalypse (So. Wholesome.)
    Grindstone (woah man, that difficulty curve, tho)
    King’s League II (I cannot BELIEVE that I might actually finish a mobile game. Mobile games aren’t designed to be completed. WHAT MADNESS IS THIS?)
    Overland (from what I can tell, loses nothing by not being on PC, to boot)

    And that’s just what I’ve tried this week. There’s another dozen downloaded and waiting to be tried out. They haven’t ALL been winners – Stranded Sails looked like a contender, but it doesn’t handle mobile UI well, resulting in the controls turning me off. But the ratio of stufff I’ve tried to stuff I’ve enjoyed is good, guys. Really good. ‘Better than mobile has ever been’ good. If Apple paying devs to not foul up their games with MTX is what it takes to make an actually decent game with no qualifiers, then there needs to be more of it.

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