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New Game Releases: June 14th-20th, 2018

Although this week is dominated by the building-block based adventures of the Parr family, with LEGO The Incredibles arriving on four platforms, that’s not the only notable title arriving this week. With Arcade Archives: Donkey Kong and Super Sidekicks 3: The Next Glory, the Switch adds two more games to its growing collection of arcade ports, while the appearance of SteamWorld Dig 2 and Yoku’s Island Express means these two Swedish-developed smashes are now available in a physical format.

Header image: Higurashi When They Cry Hou – Ch.6 Tsumihoroboshi, PC

PlayStation 4
Anima: Gate of Memories – The Nameless Chronicles (digital, $TBA)
LEGO The Incredibles (physical and digital, $59.99)
SteamWorld Dig 2 (physical, $29.99)
The Lost Child (physical and digital, $49.99)
Yoku’s Island Express (physical, $29.99)

Switch
ACA NeoGeo: Super Sidekicks 3: The Next Glory (digital, $7.99)
Alchemic Jousts (digital, $9.99)
Arcade Archives: Donkey Kong (digital, $7.99)
Beekyr Reloaded (digital, $9.99)
Bloons TD5 (digital, $14.99)
Chameleon Run Deluxe Edition (digital, $5.99)
Grab the Bottle (digital, $4.49)
Ink (digital, $7.19)
Jolt Family Robot Racer (digital, $4.99)
Lanota (digital, $14.99)
LEGO The Incredibles (physical and digital, $59.99)
Moorhuhn Remake (digital, $5.59)
Otto (digital, $4.99)
Parallel (digital, $9.99)
Pub Encounter (digital, $16.99)
R.B.I. Baseball 18 (physical and digital, $29.99)
Soccer Slammers (digital, $9.99)
Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion (DLC, $19.99)
The Lost Child (physical and digital, $49.99)

Xbox One
Anima: Gate of Memories – The Nameless Chronicles (digital, $TBA)
LEGO The Incredibles (physical and digital, $59.99)
Yoku’s Island Express (physical, $29.99)

PS Vita
The Lost Child (digital, $39.99)

PC
A Story of a Band ($TBA)
Anima: Gate of Memories – The Nameless Chronicles ($TBA)
Flaming Pixels ($TBA)
Higurashi When They Cry Hou – Ch.6 Tsumihoroboshi ($TBA)
LEGO The Incredibles ($39.99)
Module TD ($TBA)
RECOG The First Wave ($TBA)
Sky Noon ($TBA)
Sniper Rust VR ($TBA)
Soul Saga ($TBA)
Spaceguard 80 ($TBA)
The Last Day Defense ($TBA)
The Lost Sky ($TBA)
Turbo Soccer VR ($22.49)
Yakuza Kiss ($TBA)

Robert’s Pick: Sure, I have at least one idiosyncratic issue with The Lost Child (I’m not fond of Wizardry-style combat that just uses character portraits to represent your adventuring party). But other than that dungeon crawler tenet, there are a number of promising elements that have me looking forward to the game.

First, I’m a sucker for games set in Tokyo. The capital’s twenty-three wards are brimming with history and personality, and it’s often consistently interesting to see how developers use these nuances as a launching point for their fiction. The Lost Child’s occult-infused storyline is based in Shinjuku but ventures out to Akiba, Ginza, Fuji-san, and even further, imagining monsters in places like the long-defunct ‘phantom station’, at Manseibashi. As someone who appreciates an interesting context, The Lost Child’s traveling destinations have me intrigued. Hopefully, the rest of the game is just as interesting.


Matt’s Pick (Editor, DigitallyDownloaded): Rhythm games are like a drug straight to the veins to me, and Lanota looks delightful. It follows Voez, Deemo and Musynx as “another” mobile rhythm game brought to Switch, but Lanota’s promise of a lovely story, and lovely art, to go with the lovely music, is all I really need to be right on board.

Now we just need a Hatsune Miku game on the Nintendo Switch… SEGA’s probably lost the license, so hurry up Namco or Koei Tecmo or Compile Heart… you know that license is worth whatever money that Crypton might ask you to throw at it.

Ryan’s Pick: Lanota’s art aesthetic reminds me a whole lot of Atelier Rorona, which is just one of the reasons why it wins my Cabbage Festival for the week. The art aesthetic in general has very old-world feel that helps give the game its own personality. The largest reason I have gravitated towards this game is because of the music. The soundtrack is extremely varied, with some downbeat tracks, to more technical ones with slight drum & bass tones. Endgame songs as well are equally difficult, with high BPMs and difficult combos.  One of my favorite tracks ends with a long guitar solo with some really cool circular moves you have to perform, so that alone won me over for this week.

Speaking of the circular movement of the game, I really like some of the ways that they utilize the motion of the combos around the circle in the game to vary the gameplay. Because the keys and positionings vary so much, I find my eyes not bugging out as much as when I would stop playing Guitar Hero and then try and look at something else. Very happy to see more rhythm games like this hitting Switch.  Also, I’m with Matt, fingers crossed to see a new Miku game for the Switch!

About Robert Allen

With over 35 years of gaming experience, Robert 'DesertEagle' Allen is Tech-Gaming's resident worrier/warrior who spends his days teaching at three colleges and his nights devoted to JRPGs.

11 comments

  1. Where’s the Zack attack?

    Lanota totally wasn’t on my radar, but with two votes, it now is.

    • Apologies! E3 was very busy for us this week so I couldn’t find the time to sit down and contribute. I agree with Lanota! It looks really neat and I love how it’s a story-based music rhythm game. Check it out!

  2. Quick question for anyone:

    Do you need to have completed Splatoon 2 to play the Octo Expansion?

    Does it add a new place in the game world? Ive read two reviews and they make no mention of it.

  3. Wait so the movie is “The Incredibles 2”

    But the game is LEGO The Incredibles, like from the first movie?

    • It’s supposed to be both movies.

      “Experience the thrilling adventures of the Parr family as they conquer crime and family life through both Disney-Pixar films The Incredibles and Incredibles 2, in a LEGO world full of fun and humor.”

  4. My prediction for R.B.I. Baseball 18?

    Second out.

  5. Robert, I hope you compare platforms. I might pick up The Lost Child.

  6. Stepdads rejoice your favorite game has arrived.

    Grab the Bottle (digital, $4.49)

  7. For the trailer I watched, Soccer Slammers seems like it fight be fun. I hope you review it.

  8. Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion for me this week.

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