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Gaming Roundup – Release Roundup 3rd September 2021

Hello! Welcome to the latest Geeky Brummie Gaming Roundup!

This week, a bunch of new releases!

That’s right, it’s another quiet week, largely because we’re coming down from Gamescom, so all the big news got announced there, and a bunch of other events are yet to happen. This includes a PlayStation Showcase next week and a rumoured Nintendo Direct, plus Tokyo Game Show is mere weeks away.

So instead of news, please enjoy this week’s latest releases.

New Releases

New Releases

Silent Hill inspired horror title The Medium launched on PS5 this week, after its brief stint as an Xbox exclusive. I enjoyed this, although it had some mixed opinions online. I even made a video about this (shameless plug alert).

In small releases, there are a few chill and cute games for those who need that. Tinytopia (PC) is a city builder where all the buildings are toys which you can stack, and even be attacked by a clockwork Godzilla. Monster Harvest (PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One) is a cross between Stardew Valley and Slime Rancher, where you live a wholesome farmer life where all your crops are monsters. And Kitaria Fables (PC, PlayStation, Switch, Xbox) is a cutesy adventure game with farming and crafting elements.

Nine to Five (PC) launched in Early Access with a fun trailer, but some poor reception on Steam. It’s a free-to-play squad-based shooter where you collect bounties for an evil corporation. Isn’t it always the way?

Song of Iron (PC, Xbox) is a side-scrolling Viking adventure with stealth, combat and puzzle elements that’s pretty impressive for a solo developer.

Lamentum (PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One) is a top-down survival horror, blending dungeon crawling with a Lovecraftian story and some truly horrifying monster designs. This one looks very interesting indeed, and we’re now in the approach to Halloween (yes we are, it’s September, don’t argue), so it’s the perfect time to check it out.

In Rogue Spirit (PC), you play as the ghost of a prince in an Asian themed kingdom, seeking to rid his land of a corrupting evil. It’s a game where you use ghostly possession to take over different characters with different abilities in a roguelike world. An interesting concept.

KeyWe (PC, Switch) is a cute little co-op game about two kiwis running a post office. You and a friend play as the two kiwis as they hop around on buttons and levers to ensure the mail gets where it needs to go. This one looks fun and I may have to grab a friend to play it with at some point.

Lake (PC, Xbox) is another mail-themed game, only this has more of the vibe of a Netflix Christmas movie. A hotshot career woman from the big city has to return to her family home out in the countryside and work as a postal worker for two weeks. What you do with the rest of that time is up to you – up to and including the good old cliché of finding love in this small town. Looks like a chill one.

Big Rumble Boxing: Creed Champions (PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One) is a Rocky themed boxing game, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous (PC) is a traditional CRPG based on the TTRPG system of the same name. It’s got all the stuff you’d expect from a game like this, with deep systems and a complex story of monsters and heroes. Standard stuff then.

Game of the Week

Game of the Week this week is The Big Con (PC, Xbox). It’s a rad throwback to the 90s that features Rugrats colour schemes and Doug skin tones. And the fact I picked up on that sort of suggests I’m the target audience for this. Oh no.

You play as Ali, a high schooler who’s on a road trip to do crimes. Swindle, steal and con people out of their money to get the funds to save your parents’ video store. All while wearing plaid and a backwards baseball cap. No word on if Pogs are a collectible but they need to be.

It looks like a lot of goofy fun, makes me remember being a child during that era, and I’m all for games about noble thievery, so yes, it’s Game of the Week.

And that’s it! Come back next week where hopefully there will be some news on top of the growing avalanche of autumn releases. See you then!

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