Gaming Roundup – Release Roundup

Hello! Welcome to the latest Geeky Brummie Gaming Roundup!

This week, just a quick one outlining the latest releases!

New Releases

New Releases

Kicking off the releases this week is Expedition Zero (PC), a survival horror set in the frozen north. It’s an arctic survival game but this time there are monsters in the woods.

A Memoir Blue (PC, PlayStation, Switch, Xbox) describes itself as an “interactive poem” about a woman who swims through the physical manifestations of her memories in an arty tale about the love between a mother and daughter.

Itorah (PC) is a gorgeous little platform adventure title about a girl who finds that mankind has vanished and a plague threatens the land, so she sets off to uncover secrets and battle strange creatures. It looks rad!

Norco (PC) also looks rad. It’s a dystopian cyberpunk narrative adventure game where you uncover secrets in a moody, surreal version of Louisiana. Getting some real Disco Elysium vibes off this one.

Rune Factory 5 (Switch) is the latest in the Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons spinoff franchise where the farming of those games is blended with traditional dungeon crawling and light Pokémon elements. You play as a ranger for a peacekeeping organisation who must manage their time battling monsters in the surrounding world with their time nurturing their garden and social life.

Nintendo’s canonically strongest character Kirby sets off on their latest outing in Kirby and the Forgotten Land (Switch). It’s the first full 3D outing for the series, as the titular pink ball travels a cartoony version of The Last of Us while swallowing up large objects to become things like the Kirby Car (the carby, if you will). It is, of course, adorable as always.

Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands (PC, PlayStation, Xbox) is what happens when a bunch of nerds on the Borderlands team let a joke get out of hand. After the success of a goofy little add-on for Borderlands 2 where the character of Tiny Tina runs a DnD campaign for the cast, the team decided to turn that into a full game in its own right. It’s a big, dumb fantasy comedy with Borderlands mechanics. What more do you want?

Game of the Week

Game of the Week this week is Ghostwire Tokyo (PC, PS5), the latest from Evil Within developers Tango Gameworks.

Rather than a straight horror, Ghostwire looks to be a very different beast. Set in a spooky version of Tokyo where everyone has disappeared and been replaced by ghosts, you play as a young man trying to save his sister and find out what’s happened.

But unlike other spooky games, you are armed to the teeth with magic powers, and can seemingly kung fu the supernatural energies into laser beams and fireballs. Not quite the game I imagined it to be when it was first revealed, but still absolutely up my street. It’s got over-the-top character action and a spook-filled Tokyo, so of course it is.

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