November Releases

Normally, November brings a barrage of triple-A games to get on shelves before the holidays start, but this month is not like other months. Besides Sims 4 and Star Wars Battlefront 2, there isn’t a whole lot to be excited about. Skyrim on the Switch might be tempting to some, but I think I’m going to pass. On to this month’s releases:

Microsoft Xbox One

Week of November 6th

Week of November 13th

Week of November 27th


Nintendo Switch

Week of November 13th


Nintendo 3DS

Week of November 6th

Week of November 13th

Week of November 20th


PC

Week of November 6th
Nioh: Complete Edition
Onimod Land
Football Manager 2018

Week of November 13th
World of Warships
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2
Harvest Moon: Light of Hope – What’s that, you say? A Harvest Moon game? On PC? Time to break out the time-honored tradition of linking my favorite post I’ve ever written, a review of Harvest Moon on the Gamecube.
Skein

Week of November 20th
Midnight Quest
Golem
WORLD OF FINAL FANTASY
Family Jewels – GOTY, 2017

Week of November 27th
Apocryph
Seven: The Days Long Gone
STAR OCEAN – THE LAST HOPE


Sony Playstation 4

Week of November 6th

Week of November 13th

Week of November 20th

Week of November 27th


Sony Playstation Vita

Week of November 13th

Week of November 20th


What are you picking up this month?

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In my Weekend Gaming Hands

Weekend Gaming

2017 has been a pretty decent year for gaming with a lot of good games already out and even more on the way, including a couple very big releases that have a surprising thread running through the two of them:

Seriously, though, in the Buttonmashing household, this is going to be a great weekend (minus some funeral stuff, but that’s neither here nor there). We’ve got Super Mario Odyssey downloading on the Switch, a HUGE OSU Football game on Saturday and STRANGER THINGS 2!! (Oh, and the Buttonwife is auditioning to be on Family Feud with other members of the family including fellow Buttonmasher James). It’s a cornucopia of good content waiting to be consumed.

Pile on top of that the Steam Halloween Sale, and you’ve got yourself quite the gaming weekend.

Steam Halloween Sale

I think I’ll be spending the majority of my time with the Switch playing Super Mario but I’m sure we’ll sprinkle in some Dota 2 and other PC gaming.

What are you playing this weekend?

October Releases

October is usually when the ball starts rolling on the big-time releases and this year is no different. A bunch of premier titles coming out this month, with a little something for everyone — Forza 7 and GT Sport for racing fans, WWE 2k18 for wrestling heads, Shadow of War for all your orc-head-chopping needs, Assassin’s Creed for your human-stabbing-needs, Call of Duty for those of us who can’t get enough of shooting Nazis and of course Super Mario Odyssey for those of us who know what real video games are. On to this month’s releases:

Microsoft Xbox One

Week of October 2nd

Week of October 9th

Week of October 16th

Week of October 23rd

Week of October 30th


Nintendo Switch

Week of October 23rd

Week of October 30th


Nintendo 3DS

Week of October 2nd

Week of October 16th


PC

Week of October 2nd
Damned Hours
Battle Chasers: Nightwar
EMPYRE: Lords of the Sea Gates
Omega Strike
JYDGE
Civil War: 1864

Week of October 9th
Middle-earth: Shadow of War
Forgotten Land
Raiden V: Director’s Cut
Dungeons 3

Week of October 16th
The Jackbox Party Pack 4
Rogue Trooper Redux
ELEX
South Park: The Fractured but Whole
WWE 2K18

Week of October 23rd
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Week of October 30th
Spintires: MudRunner


Sony Playstation 4

Week of October 2nd

Week of October 9th

Week of October 16th

Week of October 23rd

Week of October 30th


Sony Playstation Vita

Week of October 2nd

Week of October 9th

Week of October 23rd


I’ll definitely be getting Super Mario Odyssey. What are you picking up this month?

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September Releases

We’re getting to that time of year, where the releases start piling up as companies start releasing marque games, hoping to get in on the upcoming holiday shopping sprees. There are a few games of note for this month, including Destiny 2 (not necessarily for me) and Cuphead (necessarily for me). On to this month’s releases:

Microsoft Xbox One

Week of September 4th

Week of September 11th

Week of September 18th

Week of September 25th


Nintendo Switch

Week of September 18th


Nintendo 3DS

Week of September 4th

Week of September 11th


PC

Week of September 4th
Beat The Game
Age of Gladiators II
An Occasional Dream
Time Golf Squad
Blood Bowl 2 – Official Expansion
Hexlide
DAMN!
Twisted S

Week of September 11th
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
NBA 2K18
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA

Week of September 18th
Steampunk Syndicate 2
The Coma: Recut
Ancient Frontier
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite
ECHO

Week of September 25th
Cuphead
Kaet Must Die!
Total War: WARHAMMER II
Hob
RAID: World War II
RUINER
Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony


Sony Playstation 4

Week of September 4th

Week of September 11th

Week of September 18th

Week of September 25th


Sony Playstation Vita

Week of September 4th

Week of September 11th

Week of September 18th

Week of September 25th


What are you picking up this month?

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Games on my Radar

Each month, as I assemble the list of new titles releasing, I earmark a couple of them (usually adding them to my Steam Wishlist) to keep an eye on. Sometimes they are no-brainers that I am going to pick up as soon as I can (Resident Evil 7 and Breath of the Wild, for example). Others usually stay on my wishlist for months, until the Steam sale rolls around and I get the email deluge of 50 “An item on your Steam Wishlist is on sale!” and I remember “oh yeah, that game”.

One of those games was Agents of Mayhem, an open world game cut from the Saint’s Row cloth but gunning for the Crackdown throne. Being the loyalist I am, I was worried that AoM would be the death knell of the Crackdown franchise.

After reading a couple of reviews, it looks like I can take AoM off my wishlist and still be hopeful for Crackdown 3 to bring back that original Crackdown Magic.

Justin McElroy (whose opinion I trust) sums up his review succinctly with

Agents of Mayhem heaps theoretical fun on you. Characters, powers, upgrades, tons of missions — it’s desperate for the player to just have fun. It’s a noble impulse, but one that it’s depressingly incapable of consistently delivering on.

While John Walker (who I haven’t read enough to know if I can trust just yet) comes to pretty much the same conclusion at RPS:

I was, immediately, really excited. The game begins with your controlling three different characters, each in a different part of an underground bunker, jumping between them as you learn their distinctive combat styles in this enormously elaborate third-person shooter. The writing was incredibly funny, the character mix interesting, and the action fine enough – I was delighted! Volition doing their thing. The process of playing since this opening scene has been one of disappointment after disappointment, until I’ve come away from what is undeniably a huge and complex game with very few positive feelings about it at all.

Agents of Mayhem is no longer on my Steam wishlist.

Pyre from Supergiant Games was another I have been watching, as well. Steve Brown at GameCritics praises its lore and art style while souring on the actual gameplay, going as far as saying

… Pyre could have easily been a visual novel, and I would have honestly preferred that instead of being forced to suffer through the tedious magic-balling.

So this doesn’t necessarily strike the game from the Wishlist, but definitely moves it into “when there’s time” territory (Spoiler Alert: there’s never time).

Finally, after hearing mention of Oxygen Not Included on an episode of Idle Thumbs, I have added it to the Wishlist. With its combination of the Don’t Starve pastiche and the gameplay of Fallout Shelter, it has earned a spot on my radar.

Any games blipping up on your radar? Or any comments on the games mentioned here? Share them in the comments!

August Releases

Getting a new console always gives me a new perspective when I put this monthly release post together, but unfortunately Nintendo has nothing coming out this month on the Switch. There are still some solid titles this month, including Agents of Mayhem, aiming for that Crackdown Throne. On to this month’s releases:

Microsoft Xbox One

Week of August 7th

Week of August 14th

Week of August 21st

Week of August 28th


Nintendo Switch

No August releases for the Nintendo Switch.


Nintendo 3DS

No August releases for the Nintendo 3DS.


PC

Week of August 7th
– Occult Raise –
Batman: The Enemy Within – The Telltale Series
LawBreakers
Sine Mora EX
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
Law Mower – I don’t think I’ve ever been more convinced I needed a game after watching a trailer than I am right now, having watched the Law Mower trailer multiple times.
Sudden Strike 4
Mega Man Legacy Collection 2

Week of August 14th
Agents of Mayhem
Sonic Mania
Nidhogg 2
Original Journey
Night Trap – 25th Anniversary Edition
Promethium

Week of August 21st
Project Remedium
F1 2017
Distrust
WESTSLINGERS

Week of August 28th
Bannerman – Getting a Prince of Persia vibe from this one. Also: Historically Accurate Bloodshed!
Tiny Echo
WARRIORS ALL-STARS
Absolver
Hello Neighbor


Sony Playstation 4

Week of August 7th

Week of August 14th

Week of August 21st

Week of August 28th


Sony Playstation Vita

No August releases for the Playstation Vita.


What are you picking up this month?

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In My Digital Hands

I’m pretty much an expert now and making onion soup and hamburgers, while my wife was killing it on the cutting board and my son was slinging dishes as fast as we could.

Seriously, this is a GREAT party game.

Weekend Gaming

It’s probably not going to come as any big surprise, but this weekend will be All About The Switch.

Setup is happening after this goes live, and then it will be Breath of the Wild until my eyes bleed. Then I’ll catch a couple Zees and be right back at it.

Most of the fam is gone this weekend, so it’s a perfect opportunity to get some quality time with the Switch before the Buttonmashing kids get their grubby hands on it and I won’t see it for a week.

Oh, and The International 7 is going on, too. So this is going to be a great weekend.

What will you be playing?

In My Hands

In my actual freaking hands!

This has actually been in my hand since yesterday, but life has been getting in the way and it’s still not set up. Tomorrow, for sure, and then we’ll be Weekend Gaming, Switch Style!

There were some cosmic forces at work getting to this point. Last Saturday, I went to Best Buy to get my son a birthday gift. Having procured the gift, I was perusing the Switch section when I was approached by a salesperson, asking if I needed help. “Yeah, you got any Switches in stock?” I asked, knowing full-well they didn’t have any in stock. “Yeah, I’ve got two right now. Want one?” Caught flat-footed and not ready to commit, I told him I was joking and moved on with my day. But for the next couple days, the feeling of “you should have bought it when you had the chance” gnawed at my mind.

I checked the Best Buy stock online Wednesday and everything was sold-out. On a whim, I swung by the store and lo-and-behold, there was the Switch you see above. I told the salesdude my story and he replies, “Yeah, this Switch showed up today and noone knows how or why. It wasn’t on any orders and we weren’t expecting new stock for a while.” Lucky!

Clearly, the Universe wants a Switch in the Buttonmashing household.