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New Releases: January 30th- February 5th, 2020

Sure, you might have heard that the end of January is typically a slow time for new game releases. But between a new Compile Heart RPG, the fourth iteration in Rebellion’s cooperation zombie sniping series, and a strategy RPG based around Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal, there’s room for argument. Of course, retro fans might rejoice for the reappearance of 1987’s Tecmo Bowl. That is, as long as rivals aren’t allowed to pick the 49ers. Those Montana to Rice touchdown passes were so unstoppable, it’s a bit surprising that the NES game is so fondly remembered.

Header art: Arc of Alchemist, PlayStation 4 and Switch

PlayStation 4
7th Sector (digital, $16.99)
Ash of Gods: Redemption (digital, $29.99)
Aviary Attorney: Definitive Edition (digital, $29.99)
Arc of Alchemist (digital, $39.99)
Bookbound Brigade (digital, $19.99)
Code Shifter (digital, $14.99)
Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Videogame 3 (physical and digital, $49.99)
oOo: Ascension (digital, $9.99)
Sisters Royale: Five Sisters Under Fire (digital, $13.99)
Skellboy (digital, $20.00)
The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance Tactics (digital, $19.99)
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III (digital, $TBA)
Zombie Army 4: Dead War (physical and digital, $49.99)

Switch
7th Sector (digital, $16.99)
Arc of Alchemist (digital, $39.99)
Arcade Archives Tecmo Bowl (digital, $7.99)
Ascendant Hearts (digital, $9.99)
Ash of Gods: Redemption (digital, $29.99)
Aviary Attorney: Definitive Edition (digital, $29.99)
Battleground (digital, $TBA)
Bookbound Brigade (digital, $19.99)
Bridge Constructor Ultimate Edition (digital, $11.99)
Code Shifter (digital, $14.99)
Eclipse: Edge of Light (digital, $14.99)
Hypercharge: Unboxed (digital, $19.99)
Indie Gems Bundle – JRPG Edition (digital, $17.99)
Milo’s Quest (digital, $4.99)
Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Videogame 3 (physical and digital, $49.99)
Never Again (digital, $13.99)
Not Tonight: Take Back Control Edition (digital, $24.99)
Orbitblazers (digital, $TBA)
Phar Lap Horse Racing Challenge (digital, $39.99)
Please the Gods (digital, $9.99)
Prison Princess (digital, $19.99)
Reknum (digital, $4.99)
Sisters Royale: Five Sisters Under Fire (digital, $13.99)
Skellboy (digital, $20.00)
Sparkle 4 Tales (digital, $8.99)
Speaking Simulator (digital, $20.00)
Super Battle Cards (digital, $5.99)
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics (digital, $19.99)
Touchdown Pinball (digital, $3.00)
UORiS DX (digital, $4.50)
Wide Ocean Big Jacket (digital, $7.99)
Willy Jetman: Astromonkey’s Revenge (digital, $12.99)

Xbox One
7th Sector (digital, $16.99)
Code Shifter (digital, $14.99)
HyperDot (digital, $19.99)
Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Videogame 3 (physical and digital, $49.99)
Skellboy (digital, $20.00)
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics (digital, $19.99)
Zombie Army 4: Dead War (physical and digital, $49.99)

PC
Bookbound Brigade ($14.99)
Code Shifter ($14.99)
DragonFang – Drahn’s Mystery Dungeon (free to play)
Gunhouse ($TBA)
HyperDot ($TBA)
Juice Mania ($TBA)
Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Videogame 3 ($49.99)
Skellboy ($19.99)
Space Elite Force II ($TBA)
Speaking Simulator ($TBA)
StretchBot ($TBA)
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics ($19.99)
Willy Jetman: Astromonkey’s Revenge ($12.99)
Zombie Army 4: Dead War ($49.99)

Robert’s Pick: Let it be said, there’s a meager amount of alchemy in Arc of Alchemist, so if you’re expecting Gust-style activities in ye old Atelier, you might have to tweak those expectations. What you will find in Idea Factory’s latest are an assortment of role-playing tenets. From a war-torn world on the verge of collapse (unless a mysterious technology can be uncovered), to a resolute rival with their own malevolent motivations, Alchemist is as comfortable as a new pair of socks on a frigid, rainy day.

Pleasingly, there are a few deviations from expectation. For one, combat is in real-time, with protagonists dishing out damage, while a band of chibi-girls demonstrate autonomy. The game’s Lunar Gear system permits players to slot in elemental orbs, even adding a bit of strategy. Motivation for massacring foes is ingrained in a base-building system. Pleasingly, these centers augment your adventuring team, creating an engaging gameplay loop. While Alchemist rarely feels revolutionary, it’s a soothing throwback to simpler times. But you might want to play it on PlayStation 4. While I love portable role-playing, some serious performance issues currently mar the Switch iteration. I’m also looking forward to Willy Jetman: Astromonkey’s Revenge because shooters with gravity (Bangai-O, PixelJunk Shooter, Gravity Crash Ultra, Sub-Terrania) are almost always inexplicably pleasing.

Matt’s Pick (Editor, DigitallyDownloaded): Miku Miku Miku Miku Miku Miku Miku Miku Miku Miku Miku Miku Miku Miku Miku Miku. Oh, wait. That’s next week? Oh my the pain in counting down to having my bae on my Switch. It’s too much.

Okay, fine. So what can we play while we wait for the game of 2020?… Robert’s right, for one thing. Arc of Alchemy both has very little alchemy and a great deal of quality. But I’m also going to pipe in with a mention of Not Tonight, too. It’s in many ways a clone of Papers, Please (which means it’s a lot of fun with an interesting, challenging gameplay loop), and it lands on Nintendo Switch to be timed beautifully with Brexit. As we watch the UK painfully slide into a new and painful era of nationalism this week, Not Tonight’s socio-political commentary is both heavily on the nose, and fascinatingly poignant. I really like this game.

Ryan’s Pick: You know, I’m just going to go for it this week. Prison Princess it is. Previously I had written about the cool little game Skellboy that is also coming out, but I think I’m going to opt for something with a bit less platforming. While I don’t have the highest expectations for this game to be groundbreaking in terms of game mechanics, I think it will be engaging enough to keep me entertained this week as I get garter-deep in puzzles to save some princesses.

First of all, the description of the game says no clicking on the princesses. It also says that the game is comprised of three main facets – cute girls, puzzles, and ‘special’ events. It’s like they are marketing directly to me. While I am fairly sure the ‘special events’ are hilarious fanservice spectacles, I still think that the puzzles and character interactions will keep me interested. I also like the fact that the puzzles are timed, and that your actions seem to affect different flags in the game. The only thing missing would be if my favorite point-and-click character Larry Laffer shows up animefied in his leisure suit, but we can only hope. So, with no physical body this week, I shall be doing some time and instructing princesses. I got this.

 

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.

6 comments

  1. I’m drinking six monsters before a 12 hour session of Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Videogame 3 to test the limits of human endurance.

    Honestly, nothing for me this week.

  2. Chaotic_Strawberry

    That Prison Princess art is reallllllly nice looking.

  3. Speaking Simulator? I swear that there’s a sim for everything.

  4. How low does the fps count drop in the Switch version of Arc of Alchemist?

  5. You guys should list sales too. Like all the Switch eshop sales.