Gaming Roundup – Rapid Release Roundup

Hello! Welcome to the latest Geeky Brummie Gaming Roundup!

This week, a shorter one just about the latest releases!

New Releases

Hellpoint is a grimdark space adventure heavily inspired by Dark Souls (what isn’t these days?), but if things get too tough you can bring in a friend to assist you in co-op. It’s out for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. On a similar theme, Blightbound (now in Early Access on Steam) is a moody dungeon crawler where three adventurers must traverse a landscape corrupted by the Blight.

For something a little lighter, have you ever wished someone would make the “crab battle” meme into a game? Good news! Fight Crab is an intense sword-fighting battler, only every character is a crab. I think that says everything you need to know, to be honest.

Ageless for Steam and Switch is a puzzle platformer about a girl with magical powers. Will be honest, I played the demo of this and had absolutely no idea what I was doing because the game explained its mechanics poorly, but hopefully the final product is a little less confusing.

Fae Tactics: The Girl Who Destroyed the World, available for Steam and the Humble Store is a Final Fantasy Tactics inspired title with a cute anime-inspired art style. You play as a young girl on a magical world where humans and fae are locked in a devastating conflict.

Wait, you want more fae-inspired anime games? How about Fairy Tail for PC, PS4 and Switch? Based on the manga series, this RPG follows the fan favourite “Grand Magic Games” story arc. I don’t know what that means because I’ve never read or seen Fairy Tail, but hopefully that means something exciting for you if you’re a fan already.

Maid of Sker is a new horror game from Wales Interactive, available for everything, but unlike the FMV style games they’re usually known for, this is a horror game set in an abandoned hotel, with Welsh folklore woven into its horror. I’ve seen it described as Resident Evil 7 without weapons, so if that sounds great to you, enjoy!

Grounded released in Early Access on both Steam and Xbox One (and is part of Game Pass), the first title from Obsidian following their acquisition by Microsoft. It’s a co-op game that’s basically Sea of Thieves meets Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. You have to survive against the creatures of the garden now you’ve been shrunk to the size of a bug. There is also an arachnophobe mode to tone down the spiders if that’s a serious consideration for you.

The biggest release this week is arguably the remake of classic PS2-era alien invasion game, Destroy All Humans. Release for PC, PS4 and Xbox One, this brings the human-killing, city-levelling antics of the original into a new era. If you’ve ever wanted to eradicate humanity, this might be the game for you. And please don’t actually eradicate humanity, thanks.

Game of the Week

Game of the Week this week is Othercide, for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Set in a harsh world plagued by horrifying interdimensional beings, you fight back using your squad of “Daughters” in turn-based gameplay that also allows for sneaky interruptions and counters thanks to a timeline-based system.

The art style for this one is brutally gorgeous, and I’ve been interested in it since its announcement a few months ago. Reviews for this are looking excellent, so definitely one for those who want a really dark XCOM style title.

And that’s it for this week! See you next time with more from the world of gaming!