Still giving these Game Previews a try. Just a head’s up: this post will be a bit shorter than the last one. I figured as much to begin with since September had most of the Q4 releases that I was interested in. October does have a lot of ports coming to Switch such as Resident Evil 5 & 6, Overwatch, and Witcher 3 but all I can say about that is “Neat!”. I say that but I probably will end up getting a bunch of them for the Switch collection anyway (some of my friends insist I’d like Witcher 3). Anyway, here’s the big blimps on my radar.
Hype Level Breakdown:
|Excited||A game I really want to play right now but alas, I must wait for it to come out. The one game that stands out the most, even in this group also gets “Most Anticipated” added to its hype level.|
|Optimistic||Reserved for games that probably aren’t going to blow my mind but will still make for solid entertainment.|
|Mild||The games just looks so-so to me for one reason or another though I’m nevertheless still interested in it.|
|Surprise Me||The games frankly looks bad to me or I’m just very skeptical about it. It’s still attracting a modicum of attention or the premise still got my attention so I gave it a spot on the preview.|
YU-NO: A Girl Who Chants Love at the Bound of this World
|Releases: October 1, 2019||Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch|
|Developer: 5pb.||Publisher: Spike Chunsoft|
|Genre: Adventure, Visual Novel||Hype Level: Mild|
|External Links: Official Website | Steam | PlayStation | Nintendo | Wikipedia|
I’m surprising myself for including YU-NO here as I didn’t care much about its anime adaptation when it premiered this past Spring (though I suppose I only dropped it for time). However, I’m still a little curious about why this game is cult classic in the visual novel genre so when I heard the remake was coming to the West, I figured I could play that instead of returning to the anime. I’m more likely to understand the game’s appeal by trying, well, the game. We’ll see if this finally clicks for me.
Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered
|Releases: October 4||Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch|
|Developer: Saber Interactive||Publisher: Mad Dog Games|
|Genre: Action-adventure||Hype Level: Optimistic|
|External Links: Official Website | Epic | Playstation | Xbox | Nintendo | Wikipedia|
I’ve always wanted to play Ghostbusters: The Video Game since it’s the closest we ever got to a third Ghostbusters movie (don’t tell me the reboot or the next reboot counts). Just when I was thinking of tracking down an Xbox 360 copy, word got out that the game is getting remastered for current-gen consoles. As random as that is, I’ll take it. The game was well-liked back in the day so it’s up to Saber Interactive to do a good job porting it.
Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Complete Edition
|Releases: October 18||Platform: PC, Nintendo Switch|
|Developer: Media Vision||Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment|
|Genre: Role-playing||Hype Level: Optimistic|
|External Links: Official Website | Wikipedia|
A re-release of a JRPG that originally released for the PS4 and Vita. I wouldn’t say I’m on a nostalgia kick but I do have fond memories of the Digimon anime, specifically Tamers and Frontier and I actually heard the Cyber Sleuth duology was pretty good so I’m curious. I mean, a dungeon-crawler where you recruit and train Digimon? That at least has potential. Oddly enough, these games had Suzuhito Yasuda of Durarara!! and DanMachi fame designing the characters. Never would I have imagined his kind of art style showing up in Digimon of all things.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
|Releases: October 25||Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One|
|Developer: Infinity Ward||Publisher: Activision|
|Genre: First-person shooter||Hype Level: Surprise Me|
|External Links: Official Website | Battle.net | Xbox | Playstation | Wikipedia|
I’m not a huge fan of Call of Duty. Some of the games are good but I generally don’t find the series my cup of tea, especially since I’m more of a single-player type of gamer and this series is definitely very driven by its multiplayer modes. And before you say anything, let’s be real here: the campaigns stopped being good years ago. That said, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a tiny bit curious about Modern Warfare.
In terms of business, this reboot is a calculated but smart move. The Modern Warfare subseries was a peak for the franchise (except for MW3, that game sucks) so bringing it back renews some hype back in the machine. And yet, I can’t help but be extremely skeptical of this game. All the talk about this being a more realistic, provocative, mature Call of Duty set in today is worrying. I’m not saying it can’t go in that direction but I struggle to see it going well, especially given Call of Duty‘s track record. The gameplay does look good but then again, Call of Duty is rarely a mechanical mess so that kind of optimism is moot. It’d be nice to see this franchise at a new high but until this new game comes out, I’m not holding my breath.
Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout
|Releases: October 29||Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch|
|Developer: Gust||Publisher: Koei Tecmo America|
|Genre: Role-playing||Hype Level: Optimistic|
|External Links: Official Website | Steam | PlayStation | Nintendo|
I don’t know why but I’ve gotten very interested in trying the Atelier series. Maybe it’s the time-based progression and resource gathering mechanics. Maybe it’s the cute anime girls…what?
Thing is, I don’t really know where to start with Atelier. Like, I have Lydie & Suelle and Lulua in my Switch collection but from my understanding, they’re sequels to previous games so I don’t know if those are good starting points. Which kind of brings me to Atelier Ryza. This is an entirely new, self-contained installment in the series so I should be able to play this game without feeling like I need prior knowledge of any kind. It already has enjoyed a successful launch in Japan though I can’t tell if it’s because the game actually looks that good or if it’s the main protagonist’s character design pushing all the right buttons (you know what I’m talking about). Whatever the case, I hope this game is my gateway into one of this cult series.
Luigi’s Mansion 3
|Releases: October 31||Platform: Nintendo Switch|
|Developer: Next Level Games||Publisher: Nintendo|
|Genre: Action, Adventure||Hype Level: Optimistic|
|External Links: Official Website | Nintendo | Wikipedia|
Go figure, I’ve never played a Luigi’s Mansion game and I own both a GameCube and a 3DS. No real reason apart from money and other games taking priority (GameCube especially is pretty collectible these days). Perhaps this game will finally give me a taste of what I’ve been missing out. Also, I’m more of a single-player kind of guy but I would like to try the co-op. A game this quirky would be a blast with friends. Now to just find friends…
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