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Modern-day thrillers are a rare pick as source-material for games, and it’s a terrible shame. There’s so much interesting stuff that we’ve had little chance to experience first-hand. Tales of dogged investigators, unnerving murderers and the mundane, familiar world they weave their way through.
New Ukrainian studio Storymind Entertainment might be onto something, if the slick-looking trailer for their upcoming crime-busting action-adventure My Eyes On You is any indication, although they might want to hire a better translator first. And a new voice cast.
Technically this was released last Christmas but it feels every bit as fresh and relevant now as it did then. Media-collage-abusing developer Jack King-Spooner (creator of Dujanah) wishes to share with us the tale of three shepherds on a long winter’s night, awoken to share stories gifted to them by the heavens above.
And it all begins with the most grungy, urban retelling of The Little Match Girl that I’ve ever had the fortune to hear.
A few indie passion projects years in the making have finally come to fruition this year. While it’ll be missing December by a couple weeks, we’ve now got Iconoclasts to look forward to, an ambitious metroidvania by Swedish solo developer Konjak which will finally launch on January 23rd after over ten years of development.
While the release date was announced over a week back, and accompanied by a trailer, we’ve got a little treat for those late to the party; A longer ‘rough-cut’ uploaded recently, featuring a little more gameplay and a little more of that gorgeous full-screen character animation.
The world’s premiere Simulated Sportslike Experience is returning, and this time it’s invading the third dimension. Marvel at preposterously pendulous dude-noodle once more, and navigate a heaving pile of beefy men to claim your throne atop the time-honored Mounting Goat.
Yep, it’s silly, wobbly, physics-driven multiplayer favourite Mount Your Friends again, and now with an extra dimension, and an even more amazing> name, if you factor in the subtitle of ‘A Hard Man is Good to Climb’.
It’s been a rollercoaster year for co-op hypercrime FPS Payday 2. After a gutsy decision in summer to give away five million copies of the base game for free, a re-launch as the Ultimate Edition heralded the end to the piecemeal DLC model of the game in favour of a single purchase of the new Ultimate Edition getting you all but the most questionable cross-promotional content for the game.
There’s been several free updates for the game since the re-launch, but the most exciting of the year has been saved for last. You might want to dust it off for another round, because the latest free update has brought a positively nostalgic heist to the game, in an official crossover with Reservoir Dogs.
Depressed animal economic collapse adventure Night In The Woods exists in a strange place in my consciousness. While I absolutely love so much about it, from the characters to the art to the music and beyond, it’s not particularly my> sort of game – I’m more of a hands-on, solve problems kinda guy.
I’ve also seen almost everything the game has to offer, thanks to friends streaming it several times over, and now I might have to tune in again to see what’s fresh, thanks to the game getting it’s very own director’s cut version, extended and expanded to coincide with its console launch. Welcome to Weird Autumn.
Wotcha gang. I’m writing this at 3:47am on Saturday after returning from revelry following our parent company’s AGM. I’m certainly not saying Adam and I are the best at karaoke but by god, he gave it his all in our duets. I think we got through Common People, Blue Monday, Love Is A Battlefield, The Love Cats, How Soon Is Now, Wonderwall (we didn’t queue it but hey), Sabotage, Gold… right, yes, all this would be why my throat is raw. Time to neck a litre of water and a whole chapstick then bed.
What are you playing this weekend? Here’s what’s occupying our screens.