Hello! Welcome to the latest Geeky Brummie Gaming Roundup!
This week’s a bit of a quiet one, so we’ll be sticking to a release roundup. Here are the latest releases!
In re-releases this week, the Kingdom Hearts franchise has finally found its way to PC. If you want to experience the convoluted Disney and Square Enix RPG collaboration, you can now pick up the three collections of older games on the Epic Game Store, along with standalone releases of Kingdom Hearts 3 and rhythm game Melody of Memory.
Another equally complicated yet much less confusing RPG is also seeing a new release this week, with Disco Elysium: Final Cut coming to the PlayStations, mobile platforms and, if you insist, Stadia, along with a free update to the PC release. This is the superb political and philosophical RPG from 2019, now with full voice acting and other adjustments. If you never checked this game out the first time around, you absolutely need to, or else you are missing out on one of the smartest games of recent years.
In smaller releases, we have FMV thriller I Saw Black Clouds (PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One), which sees you uncovering dark secrets in a small British town. Shelter 3 (PC) is a game about an elephant herd, and how your choices as the matriarch affect their chances of survival. Drive Buy (PC, Switch) is a bizarre mixture of Crazy Taxi and Twisted Metal, where you have to make deliveries while also not being destroyed by your competitors. And Narita Boy (PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One) is a retro-styled Metroidvania set in a cyberpunk world.
If you ever wished video game consoles were sexy anime girls, then rejoice! Neptunia: Virtual Stars is out this week on PC, although it also released on PS4 a couple of weeks ago. It’s the latest in the utterly bizarre Neptunia RPG franchise, where anime avatars of video game consoles battle in a virtual world, and this game apparently brings in idol culture and Vtubers and…sure why not? Someone much more invested in anime would probably have a better idea what’s happening here.
The big release of the week is Outriders (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S), the latest from Bulletstorm devs People Can Fly, and published by Square Enix. I’m especially aware this is out because it’s the only YouTube ad I’ve seen all week. It’s a third person shooter set on a harsh alien world, and I’d love to tell you more, but all the press about it describes it using the most generic, nondescript marketing terms possible, which doesn’t bode well in my eyes. Not for me, but I’m sure there are plenty of people hype for this one.
Game of the Week this week is Evil Genius 2: World Domination, the management game where you get to run the Bond villain’s secret volcano lair. Thank you, I will purchase this immediately, you need not tell me anymore.
The sequel to 2004’s Evil Genius, the game is essentially Theme Park meets Dungeon Keeper, as you pick a villain and have to manage both the building of your doomsday device and the day-to-day running of your casino that’s a front for your evil schemes.
Oh, and one of the villain options is played by Brian Blessed so I feel that makes it mandatory to give it Game of the Week.
And while it was short, that was it for this week! Hopefully next week will have a lot more going on!