This Week In Games: Mechs, Move Out

It’s a rough life, the mercenary business.

This is the last big week of the year, and it is stacked with a ton of interesting titles from top to bottom. Obviously Mechwarrior 5 is a big deal for a certain section of PC gamers, and with good reason: it’s story-driven first-person mecha action, but with the logistical planning, space trucker-esque management that made Battletech so engaging.

But there’s also a new Vampire: The Masquerade visual novel. There’s two new Shovel Knight games. Hades comes to Steam after a year of exclusivity on the Epic Games Store, and Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD lands on Steam too.

There’s Dragon Quest Builders 2, indies like Ashen, Astaria, Omega Labyrinth Life, the cute Cardpocalypse, a new AVICII rhythm game (!?!), and Call of Juarez hits the Switch. Aussies are represented well this week too with Frog Detective 2, and if you want that Left 4 Dead vibe, there’s a new PvE shooter in GTFO.

There’s a few retail releases this week, if you missed them digitally for whatever reason.

  • Mechwarrior 5: Mercenaries (PC Epic Game Store)
  • Garfield Kart: Furious Racing (PS4, Xbox, Switch)
  • Blacksad: Under The Skin (PS4, Xbox, Switch)
  • New Super Lucky’s Tale (Switch)
  • Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove (Switch, Xbox)
  • Call of Juarez: Gunsliger (Switch)
  • Shovel Knight: King of Cards (PC, Switch)
  • Shovel Knight: Showdown (PC, Switch)
  • Riverbond (Switch)
  • Cardpocalypse (Switch, Xbox)
  • Jamestown (Switch)
  • Event Horizon: Space Defense (Switch)
  • Astaria (PC)
  • Ashen (PC Steam)
  • GTFO (PC)
  • Frog Detective 2 (PC)
  • Transport Fever 2 (PC)
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Coteries of New York (PC)
  • Hades (PC Steam)
  • Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD (PC)
  • Omega Labyrinth Life (PC)
  • Last Year (PC)
  • Dragon Quest Builders 2 (PC)
  • Hello Neighbour: Hide and Seek (PC)
  • Ballance: The Return (PC)
  • AVICII: Invector (Xbox, PS4)
  • Rift Keeper (Xbox)
  • Headliner: NoviNews (Xbox)
  • Metaloid: Origin (Xbox)
  • Pathologic 2 (Xbox)

Onto the trailers, and more specifically, high tech gun running.

Frog Detective 2 looks like a ton of fun. Ashen is smashing if you haven’t played it, the Shovel Knight games will probably be fantastic, and Mechwarrior 5 is totally my jam. And GTFO looks like the sort of thing I’d love to play with friends.

Not bad a fortnight before Christmas. See anything you like this week?


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