Hello! Welcome to the latest Geeky Brummie Games Release Roundup!
This week, Korean Persona, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Forza Horizon and Bomberman.
No introduction this week. The games industry decided to announce everything on one specific Thursday and I am tired. Please understand.
Baten Kaitos I & II HD Remaster (Switch) is a collection of the Gamecube RPGs developed by Monolith Soft before Xenoblade: Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean and Baten Kaitos Origins. Which is a much more attractive proposition than trying to buy the original games, which are…$300?! The Gamecube market is absurd.
Solace State (PC) is a visual novel set in a dystopian cyberpunk world. You play as Chloe, a hack fighting against the oppressive regime while also trying to keep her relationships held together.
AK-Xolotl (PC, PlayStation, Switch, Xbox) is a roguelike shooter starring an adorable little axolotl going absolutely bonkers with a machine gun. Yes, really.
Gunbrella (PC, Switch) is a 2D side scroller set in the Old West. You’re a grizzled old cowboy whose weapon of choice is a gun attached to an umbrella. Time to kick ass and also look like a classy gentleman.
MythForce (PC, PlayStation, Switch, Xbox) is a roguelike adventure set in a fantasy world ripped straight out of 80s Saturday morning cartoons. Do you like first-person adventuring and the old Dungeons and Dragons cartoon? This is the game for you.
Super Bomberman R2 (PC, PlayStation, Switch, Xbox) is the sequel to Super Bomberman R, a throwback to the classic Bomberman games. This one features all the modes you’d expect from a Bomberman game, along with a 64-player battle royale mode and an all-new Castle Mode where players have to defend a fortress or be on the team committing siege warfare.
Dune: Spice Wars (PC) has left Early Access, so now the latest attempt to create another RTS in the world of popular Timothee Chalamet movie (and novel) Dune. Think a modern-day Dune II and you’re basically there.
The Crew: Motorfest (PC, PlayStation, Xbox) is what happens when Ubisoft run out of ideas for The Crew and decide to just make Forza Horizon. This open world racing game sees you hanging out at a car festival in Hawaii. No idea if Alan Partridge’s co-presenter shows up as a radio DJ though (she does in Forza Horizon, that’s the joke here).
Game of the Week
Game of the Week this week is Eternights (PC, PS5), which is what happens when the Social Link portions of a Persona game are ramped up to full dating sim levels.
In Eternights, you play as a blank slate protagonist from Seoul who goes on a date from one of the apps, only for the end of the world to break out. When he and his friend hole up in the subway being used a shelter, he ends up getting his arm sliced off and replaced by magically wiggly appendage he can turn into a sword. Normal things, basically. Now your boy and an army of potential bachelorettes (and a bachelor) must save the world while also attempting to smooch.
I played a preview build of Eternights and found it to be an incredibly entertaining game, although I can’t vouch for how it holds up long term. That said, the mix of dating sim elements and showy real-time combat was incredibly intriguing.