Stardew Valley plus House Flipper equals Farmer's Dynasty

by: Randy -

Farming sims are one thing. Life sims are another. That one house-flipper game is yet another. But Farmer's Dynasty combines all those elements. In Steam Early Access since December 2017, Farmer's Dynasty is plotting an official launch this Thursday, November 21. 

The whole thing starts out like Stardew Valley, in fact, with your grandfather leaving you his ol' rundown farm out in the country. Not just a house and an overgrown plot of land, though. There are several structures that need fixing, and you're just the guy with the nail gun and lumberjack plaid shirt to make it happen. You're mending fences, rebuilding roofs, replacing the ruined brick and mortar, and even spraying a fresh coat of paint on the walls. Build that greenhouse, chicken coop, and cow barn. Then milk the cows, fish the fish, and weed wack the weeds. You're outta here, Bellis perennis, otherwise known as the common daisy!

And hire on some help from, uh, Yvonne, Janet, and Becky. Then marry the hired help! (Janet's a hottie, by the way.) If she can ignore your wang-jangly arms, this marriage might work. I'm not expecting Mass Effect-style relationships to crop up between crops, but the fact it even exists is kind of staggering. Grow a farm, grow a family. I mean, if the geese at the 1:17 mark in the video don't ruin the whole thing. Don't put it past them. Geese are jerks. 

There's a bit of jank here, but it's obviously ambitious. Something I wouldn't expect from something with the word "Farmer" in it. Even the game's thumbnail is so poorly photoshopped together that none of the elements' perspectives line up. Never mind that. I didn't even grow up on a full-fledged farm, but Farmer's Dynasty is giving me a hankering to head on outta town and have my kid grow up on one.

Farmer's Dynasty has still got a few days of Early Access on Steam before its official launch on November 21. Its recent user reviews have it sitting on a Very Positive 89 percent.

Now you can be a bee in Bee Simulator

by: Russell -

I'm one of those people who will hear about a new simulation game and wonder how they came up with an idea like that. From Flight Simulator to Farming Simulator to even Goat Simulator, it seems like there's nothing out there that you can't simulate...and now we have Bee Simulator. Out now for PCs, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch, Bee Simulator lets you play as a pollinator bee in an urban park inspired by New York's Central Park. You can collect pollen, defend yourself against wasps, and encounter multiple threats as your have is threatened when humans decide to cut down your home tree. While I questioned this when I first heard of it, Bigben Games worked in collaboration with beekeepers to help develop a game that looks to educate players on the life of bees. While this game isn't for me personally, the trailer does look interesting. If you're a fan of bees and the lives they lead, this might just be the simulation game for you.

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A game within a game, Mad Games Tycoon is out now

by: Rob -

I've always had a soft spot for Tycoon games. They bring just a bit of zany into the sim genre and add that corresponding dash of fun for some great time wasters. The last decade or so has really seen the space explode, until now we finally have the Ouroboros we were always heading for with a game about making games, Mad Games Tycoon. This isn't the first time we've seen this type of outing, Game Dev Tycoon has been out 7 years now offering this type of challenge but was mostly a PC/mobile game. Mad Games Tycoon enters not just on PC, but also invading the console space as well, and bring a slew of more detailed options. Whether the game still toes that line of Tycoon-zany fun without crossing over into soggy sim will be the key to its success. But with Mad Games Tycoon we get choices like genre; game engine; graphics, sound, and control options; next-gen console creation; studio details and layout; staff management; everything to go from two dudes working in your garage to a full fledged gaming empire. 

More than just an office sim, over 15 genres and 200 sub-categories of games are represented. Surely game designer tycoon game has to be in there somehow right? Because I really feel this need to play a game about creating a game where I create a game about creating games... Honestly, this feels like what you would get if you somehow crossed WeWork with Plague Inc. but instead of designing a pandemic, you were actually Pandemic Studios. 

Mad Games Tycoon is out now for PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC. The full press release is after the Read More link below. 

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The scream queen Sindel returns to Mortal Kombat 11 soon

by: Nathan -

The Queen has arrived. Nether Realm Studios have released the trailer for the next Kombat Pack DLC fighter for Mortal Kombat 11, Sindel. Sindel returns with her signature ear piercing voice and her hair which she can use as a weapon. Sindel will be available for Kombat Pack owners on November 26th. 

Kombat Pack owners will also receive the "Gothic Horror Skin Pack" with new skins for Raiden, Geras and Cetrion. Finally, the new "Klassic Cassie" skin will also be available to download. 

Also there will be a "Dealy Feast" Thanksgiving event in the Towers of Time. The event will run from November 25th through November 30th and will include four new boss fights with new modifiers in the form of mash potatoes, gravy, pumpkin pie and dive-bombing turkeys. Players can also earn new Brutalities and Taunts. 

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MUGEN Mortal Kombat game gets an updated definitive edition

by: Nathan -

If you like MUGEN Mortal Kombat games, you may want to check this one out as an updated version of MKP Revitalized 2 has been released. The great thing about these MUGEN games is that if you are a fan of Mortal Kombat, you will feel right at home with these games because they look, sound and most importantly, play just like the arcade games back in the 90's, mainly Ultimate MK3. 

It's also crazy to see how much work these guys have put into the game including creating characters that werent in the original arcade games like Li Mei, Reiko, Fujin, Hotaru and even some brand new characters like Oniro and Destiny. They have also added brand new stages, new stage Fatalities and almost every character in the game has brand new Fatalities as well. 

If you are interesting in trying out the game, you can find a download link in the description section of the Youtube video. 

Street Fighter V: Champion Edition coming early next year

by: Nathan -

Capcom isn't done with Street Fighter V just yet as Capcom just announced Street Fighter V: Champion Edition and will release on February 14th 2020

Champion Edition will include everything from the original release of Street Fighter V and Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition. That includes 40 characters, 200 costumes and 34 stages. Unfortunately the Capcom Pro Tour bundles and the Fighting Chance costumes are not included. 

Street Fighter V: Champion Edition will be available both physically and digitally for PC and PS4 for $29.99. Those who already own Street Fighter V or Arcade Edition will be able to purchase an "Upgrade Kit" for $24.99 which will grant you instant access to Champion Edition content as it becomes available. 

What we're playing

by: Randy -

Here are the 12 games you can play when Google Stadia's streaming platform launches next week. Polygon just called Hideo Kojima the "Adam Sandler of video games" and is trying to make it sound like a compliment. And the Sonic the Hedgehog movie character redesign seems to be appeasing the masses.

This is what we’re playing.


Eric Hauter
Somehow, against all better judgement, I have allowed myself to be...influenced into taking on VR Ping Pong Pro for review. I do not play Ping Pong in real life, though many folks at my day job do play. I find it to be very intimidating. I mostly stand silently and watch, my usual mockery and workplace bravado silenced by the possibility of talking myself into being challenged to a match. I'm not sure if VR Ping Pong Pro is going to help with my confidence, but it couldn't possibly make my game any worse.

Beyond that, I downloaded Knack last night on a whim. All I ever heard about it was bad stuff, but then Sony up and made a sequel to it. How bad could it be?

Randy Kalista
Three weeks straight of Death Stranding—morning, noon, and night—is enough to make anybody want to take a break. Doesn't matter that it's one of the best games of the year, it's just a lot to process, what with Kojima's tendency to make the subtext the full text and turn the metaphor into a literal thing. But playing The Outer Worlds, in one sense, has been that break I need. It's all action-RPG comfort food. Nothing new to see here. But, like Death Stranding, The Outer Worlds benefits from being as hamfisted as possible. Do you shut off the sad-sack corporate-jingle-singing city dwellers' power? [Turn to page 15.] Or do you shut off the cruel-minded agrochemical deserters' power? [Turn to page 16.] I'd always chosen whichever page got me physically further along in the book. Worked more times than it should've. 

Rob Larkin
It's all reviews for me this weekend. So digging into the console port of Civilization VI on PS4 and Football Manager 2020 for PC. I'm especially excited for Football Manager because I have a football game scratch that needs itching and I was even thinking of hate-playing the FIFA series again with a Black Friday discount but Football Manager offers that insane depth, the lack of which is one of the primary reasons I hate FIFA. I'm still playing Elder Scrolls: Legends daily but like most of the community am pretty fed up with the state of the Oblivion gates and thinking of holding off on actually spending my build up gold and gems to actually craft a deck that can push the ranked ladder until that all gets resolved. I might Destiny 2 as well if there is any Clan activity going on. 

WRC 8 hits the Switch next week

by: Rob -

A little over two months after the release on consoles and PC, WRC 8 is ready to hit the portable market on the Nintendo Switch. This iteration of rally racing brings all new car and surface physics, dynamic weather conditions for each country, and an overall overhaul striving for "true simulation-based gameplay" according to the press release. And critics agree, Eric gave it an 8.5 on PS4 in his review, and the versions are holding strong in the high 70's in the Metacritic aggregate ratings.

WRC 8 features 52 international teams, 100 stages across 14 countries, and a wide array of classic rally cars. It has a re-built Career putting the focus on steady progression over seasons as well as managing their team: planning their calendar, managing the crew, recruiting new members.

Out since September on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, WRC 8 releases for the Switch on November 19th. It's available now for pre-purchase at $49.99. 

The Artful Escape is a guitar-driven rock platformer riffing through the '70s

by: Randy -

Newcomer Beethoven & Dinosaur is here to make its 1970's rock n' roll dreams come true in the form of The Artful Escape. It's bringing it all to life with the publisher backing of Annapurna Interactive, the fine folks that brought us AshenOuter Wilds, and What Remains of Edith Finch

That's all just publishing stuff, but Annapurna has a good eye for this sort of thing. Annapurna doesn't throw its weight into just any old indie project that comes along. So, while guitar-driven rock doesn't do much (if anything) for me, and while good-looking sidescrolling platformers are the most common substance on the planet right now, I'm keeping an eye on this one because the publisher, Annapurna, has become quite the tastemaker of the years.

You're the fur-collared Francis Vendetti, traversing landscapes made of sound--soundscapes!--triggered by your movements, as if the world were your instrument. "Players will experience Close Encounters of the Third Kind-style musical jams, endless possibilities for custom on-stage personas, conversations with all manners of being from disenchanted publicans to lumbering alien wildlife, as well as the ability to walk, run, double jump, air walk, light cannon, trip and dance across the multiverse." I've watched the psychedelia of this announcement trailer a couple times and, eh, it's growing on me a little bit, but we'll see. I'm getting the alien vibe, I'm getting the proto-hipster musician-life vibe as well. But I need to see something pretty miraculous from the gameplay to keep me hooked. Because watching a dude run along and strum an electric guitar and/or kickflip on his skateboard isn't going to be enough to trigger my musical sensibilities or my nostalgia, either one.

The Artful Escape is coming to Xbox and Apple Arcade (that's an interesting combo) sometime in 2020.

Update 1.0.7 drops for Wolfenstein: Youngblood

by: Kinsey -

The newest update for Wolfenstein: Youngblood is a juicy one. The game's biggest content update yet (as they say in this announcement tweet) is live for Xbox One, PS4, and PC, with Switch soon to follow. It includes:

  • New Mission—Treasure Hunt: An endgame mission (with a suggested player level of 40) to unlock the secrets of a second Da'at Yichud chamber, discovered through examining artifacts from Lab X.
  • New Mission Type—Treasure Maps: After the above mission, players will be able to locate maps scattered around the world, unveiling the locations of artifacts.
  • New Abilities: Regardless of play style, there are new abilities for you to try, such as Silent Killer or Resilience.
  • New Enemy Types: Face the teleporting Wurmlochsoldat, turret-mounted Turmhund, and the Electrodrohne Tesla drone while searching for the newly revealed chamber.

Check out the full patch notes here for more details, including smaller additions like new Pep Signals and skins.