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.

Weekend Gaming, Doomguy Style

Did you know that the protaganist of the DOOM series is just called “Doomguy“? Sure, he’s nameless, but he’s supposed to be referred to as Doomguy. I was equally as disappointed as I assume you are when I found out. Doomguy? What’s next, Haloman? Diablodude?

But who cares, because DOOM is free this weekend on Steam and is also on sale for 50% off, which means the Buttonmashing crew is going to be doing some DOOM multiplayer this weekend. We had a discussion earlier this week in Slack whether or not there should be co-op play in DOOM. We decided that DOOM is most definitely a single-player experience. Doomguy is a loner, Dotti. But that doesn’t mean DOOM multiplayer can’t be something that deserves a chance. Just don’t get your single-player campaign mixed into my multiplayer fun.

The “Steam Backlog” experiment from a couple weeks ago hit a slight snag. I got too involved with DOOM to really play anything else. But if there’s time this weekend to pull away from DOOM, I hope to get something else installed and played. But I have a feeling the majority of my gametime will be spent in DOOM.

So what are you playing this weekend?

July Releases

Happy 4th of July to all our American readers out there, and happy July Releases to the rest of you! Nintendo Switch Owners (“Switchers”?) have something to look forward to this month with the release of Splatoon 2, but other than that, there’s not a ton that really jumps out at me. I’ll give Fortnite a looksie and Pyre has my attention given its lineage of Bastion and Transistor, but not much else is on my radar.

On to this month’s releases:

Microsoft Xbox One

Week of July 10th

Week of July 17th

Week of July 24th


Nintendo Switch

Week of July 17th


Nintendo 3DS

Week of July 24th


PC

Week of July 3rd
Grimoire : Heralds of the Winged Exemplar

Week of July 10th
Minecraft: Story Mode – Season Two
Wild Guns Reloaded
Numberline 2
Electronics Circuits Simulator

Week of July 17th
Pinball Wicked
Children of Zodiarcs
Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles
Gigantic
Aporia: Beyond The Valley

Week of July 24th
Pyre
Aven Colony
Strike Vector EX
The Low Road

Week of July 31st
Supreme Ruler The Great War
Tacoma


Sony Playstation 4

Week of July 10th

Week of July 17th

Week of July 24th

Week of July 31st


Sony Playstation Vita

Week of July 31st


What are you picking up this month?

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Weekend Gaming

I guess 2017 is turning out to be the year Tony finishes games. Since my last post I have “finished” both Fallout 4 and NieR: Automata. The word finish is in air-quotes, of course, because you never really “finish” Bethesda open world games and apparently NieR has like thirty different endings. So while I did complete the main storyline of Fallout 4 (taking the Railroad path, for those in-the-know) and I defeated Adam and Eve (more like Adam and STEVE) in NieR, there’s still much to do in both games. So I’ve got a long weekend of gaming planned with both of those games, I also heard some awesome reviews about the room escape game that for sure I’ll be playing as well.

I’ve already dabbled playing the New Game Plus in NieR, playing as 9S instead of 2B and I’ve poked in a couple of the Fallout 4 DLC expansions, but this weekend I think I’m going to delve rather deeply into both. I really enjoyed getting back into the swing of things with Fallout 4 so why not bang out a couple DLCs while I’m surveying the chaos I caused at the end of the story?

I also finally cracked the seal on Thimbleweed Park, the point-and-click adventure game by Buttonmashing favorite (and former Carnival of Gamers Enthusiast) Ron Gilbert. That’s been a fun game to stream, so I hope to head back to Thimbleweed Park this weekend, too.

What are you going to play?

June Releases

On to this month’s releases:

Microsoft Xbox One

Week of June 5th

Week of June 19th

Week of June 26th


Nintendo Switch

Week of June 12th


Nintendo 3DS

Week of June 5th

Week of June 19th

Week of June 26th


PC

Week of June 5th
Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap
Crimson Earth
DiRT 4

Week of June 12th
MotoGP17
Castle of Shikigami
THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIV STEAM EDITION

Week of June 19th
Nex Machina

Week of June 26th
The Golf Club 2


Sony Playstation 4

Week of June 5th

Week of June 12th

Week of June 19th

Week of June 26th


Sony Playstation Vita

Week of June 5th

Week of June 19th

Week of June 26th


What are you picking up this month?

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May Releases

For whatever reason, the month of May in the year of our Lord 2017 is a great time to own a Playstation Vita. This month brings the most releases I’ve seen for that platform in a very long time. This month is also great if you’re a fighting game fan. May brings a few Triple-A titles to consoles, including Prey and Tekken and the venerable Fire Emblem. Oh, and Serious Metal Detecting comes out. Serious.

On to this month’s releases:

Microsoft Xbox One

Week of May 1st

Week of May 15th

Week of May 29th


Nintendo Switch

Week of May 8th

Week of May 29th


Nintendo 3DS

Week of May 15th


PC

Week of May 1st
Serious Metal Detecting
PreySuper Rude Bear Resurrection
Shio
TumbleSeed

Week of May 8th
OVIVO
The Low RoadSTRAFE

Week of May 15th
Bokida – Heartfelt Reunion
Operation Babel: New Tokyo Legacy
ROKH

Week of May 29th
TEKKEN 7
The Artifact
MXGP3 – The Official Motocross Videogame


Sony Playstation 4

Week of May 1st

Week of May 8th
Week of May 15th

Week of May 22nd

Week of May 29th


Sony Playstation Vita

Week of May 15th

Week of May 22nd

Week of May 29th


What are you picking up this month?

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