This Week In Games: MediEvil Warfare

This Week In Games: MediEvil Warfare
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Swords, shotguns, assault rifles, flying elbows. If you like dropping someone online, then you’ll find plenty of company this week.

Everything’s about knocking heads one way or another, from blockbusters like the Modern Warfare reboot to Skullgirls on the Switch and games like Doorkickers. If that’s not enough, PS4 fans can pick up Castlevania again for cheap through the Arcade Archives program, and then you’ve got games like The Outer Worlds, MediEvil‘s retro bonking, and naturally, WWE 2K20.

Here's the scoreboard. As always, note that this is what's available to Australians as of this morning - some games will be available on some platforms overseas on the EU or US storefronts, but not the Australian one.

  • Monaco (Switch)
  • WWE 2K20 (PC, PS4, XBO)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (PC, PS4, XBO)
  • MediEvil (PS4)
  • The Outer Worlds (PC, PS4, XBO)
  • Pixel Gladiator (Switch, XBO)
  • Street Outlaws: The List (XBO)
  • Beholder 2 (PS4)
  • Arcade Archives: Castlevania (PS4)
  • Door Kickers: Action Squad (Switch, PS4)
  • Moons of Madness (PC)
  • Lonely Mountains: Downhill (PC)
  • Nanotale Typing Chronicles (PC)
  • Crossroads Inn (PC)
  • Skullgirls (Switch)
  • Sea Salt (Switch)
  • Tangle Tower (Switch)
  • Day and Night (Switch)
  • Secret Neighbour (PC)
  • Space Company Simulator (PC)
  • Borderlands 2 VR (PC)
  • Farming Simulator 19: Platinum Expansion (PC)
  • Laser Arena Online (PC)
  • Ailment (PC)
  • Vortex Attack EX (PC)
  • Afterparty (PC)
  • Cat Quest 2 (Switch, XBO)
  • Dark Devotion (Switch)
  • Dusk Diver (Switch)
  • Let's Sing 2020 (Switch)
  • Xenocrisis (Switch)
  • Creepy Brawlers (Switch)

Onto the trailers! Let's remind ourselves how creepy Mars can be with Moons of Madness.

Certainly plenty to keep people occupied this week. We're already playing through a couple of games, although one I'm looking forward to knocking some time out with is Modern Warfare, at least the ray-traced version of it anyway. I've always got a soft spot in my heart for classic COD. We'll have plenty to say about all the big games this week -- most have or are under embargo already.

See anything you like this week? See anything that's interesting that you'd like us to cover?


  • Nothing that really tickles my fancy this week.

    Now that I’m done with Daymare 1998 and Legend of Keepers: Prologue, I’m probably going to pick up Code Vein from the other week.

    Well. Maybe will hold off until I’m done with the new Stellaris expansion and… ohwait, that’s right, no I’m not… I’m playing Disco Elysium until the end of time.
    And probably a ways into time’s cyclical rebirth.

      • Yeah. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got both those plus Moons of Madness and Nanotale Typing (actually I recommend more people look at that one – Epistory by the same dev was very good) on my wishlist, but for various reasons I’m not especially excited about any of them enough to pick them up this week.

        Whether it’s because the company making it is dodgy and can wait for a lower price (Moons of Madness, Outer Worlds), or the game is likely to need some more time in the oven (Crossroads Inn), or simply because my interest is less enthusiasm and excitement and more idle curiosity (Nanotale, Sea Salt), there’s just nothing really grabbing me.

        Of the entire list, Nanotale would probably be the one I’d most keenly pick up this week, but as I mentioned, some really good shit came out lately, which eclipses all of this week’s offerings.

        • Disco Elysium is disgustingly good. The more I think about it, the angrier I get at whoever was doing the PR, because if I was on that game I would have been shouting about it from the rooftops for months.

          • I’m sure there l’s a story behind it, but Disco Elysium us such a odd title for what the game actually is. Everytime I read it, I expect something with the same tone as Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime

          • I mean… I get it, insofar as it ties into the in-game lore around The New and the emergence of Disco, and the games’ regular references to the echoes it’s let on that world… but it doesn’t exactly sell the game. It’s a reference for people already playing.

            I read recently that it had a different title that was probably better but I assume legally problematic: “No Truce with the Furies,” from R.S. Thomas, who gets a quote on the intro sequence.

            Not that I can think of a better title, myself. This thing’s fucking mad.

          • Disco Elysium is disgustingly good.
            – Kotaku

            Job done.

            I don’t know that the PR person even bothered to play it? What few trailers I found definitely don’t do the thing justice. Either that or they did play it, but got so absorbed in it that they ran out of deadline before they realized they had to share this ridiculous triumph with other people.

            A lifetime ago I used to paint with oils, and the title screen had my jaw dropped within seconds; paralyzed in surprise by the sudden, fizzing explosion from mental pop-rocks of inspiration. Fuck old English countrysides, heat-blasted bushlands, and outback homesteads, I could’ve been painting THAT world.

            And the descriptions! I spent easily half an hour poring over the art and paragraphs dedicated to each and every stat card, even before realizing each stat is its own party member.

            I can see how it’d be tempting to try and convince people of the uniqueness of this thing by explaining that you can spend an entire hour arguing with the diverse party of distinctive characters that are the aspects of your own mind about something as simple as waking up and looking in the mirror… an argument with the gravitas and strife that other games reserve for conflicts over the fates of kingdoms.
            But then it runs the risk of being written off as absurdity for the sake of absurdity: a surface-level, “Oh look aren’t we quirky?” appeal to folks who call themselves ‘so random’ when the truth is so much deeper, more complex, more interesting, and so deliberately, carefully crafted.

          • Here’s a one-line pitch that might have worked: “Imagine an RPG, but instead of queuing up skill points to win the next fight, you’re trying to solve a murder mystery while your tie yells at you to get drunk and your brain is too busy staring into the void to remember where you left your police badge.”

            Not the cleanest, but I’d sure as hell wanted to know more after that.

          • I died from a heart attack induced by sitting in an uncomfortable chair.

            10/10 would argue with my clothing again.

          • Yeah, EGS shit. I get when people say everyone should accept EGS/devs doing what’s best for themselves, fuck everyone else, right? EGS made it real clear from day one that their order of priority puts developers before consumers. (Unless you’re a developer who isn’t OK with that, in which case you’re out in the cold, too. ‘With us/usable by us or against us,’ in their eyes.) As a consumer myself… I’m not going to reward that. I’m gonna follow their lead in that respect and do what’s best for myself. …Which is rewarding their competition.

          • That is an excellent suggestion.
            I still wont’ be doing it, because I know publishers place a lot of value on sales generated during the initial launch window, but it’s good to remember that there are options.

  • Outer Words is tickling me in some interesting places for a single player game. MediEvil too.

    I’m fence-sitting on CoD. From what I’ve seen/heard the changes are right up my alley so I’ll more than likley pick this up.

    [this comment is pending moderation] – all I’ve seen for weeks now…. Kotaku pls

  • i backed Lonely Mountains: Downhill years ago on Kickstarter. Been hearing some pretty good reviews, so looking forward to playing that.

    I thought the Modern Warfare beta was terrible, that is a wait and see for me.

    Will check out Outer Worlds on Game Pass. Hope it is great.

  • Crossroads Inn looks interesting, I’ll probably pick it up after I get tired of Pathfinder Kingmaker again. I only seem to have an attention span of a week or two for each game I play at the moment.

  • Never heard of Moons of Madness or Lonkey Mountains, but their titles are striking enough for me to look at them, and they both look severely up my alley. Will be keeping at eye on both of them.

  • Moons of Madness is of interest, however my key game of interest this week isn’t listed, which is Mary Skelter 2.

    Oddly there’s nothing on the OFLC site about it. Hopefully we’re still getting it otherwise I’ll finally have to get something from Limited Run Games.

  • Really enjoyed the Modern Warfare beta, so I’ll wait and see what the reviews are like and maybe pick it up on the weekend. Just not sure how I’ll find time for it when I’m already spending a lot of time on BF5, PES 2020 and Spider Man.

  • Only game I am getting is medievil, partially because the demo made me nostalgic and also amazon have it for $24.95 and free postage so pretty happy with price

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