Archives for August 2017

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.


Week of August 7th
– Occult Raise –
Batman: The Enemy Within – The Telltale Series
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

Week of August 21st
Project Remedium
F1 2017

Week of August 28th
Bannerman – Getting a Prince of Persia vibe from this one. Also: Historically Accurate Bloodshed!
Tiny Echo
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.