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Posted on Jul 17th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (slackur)
Posted under Gems , Cities Skylines, Jackbox, ADK Damashii, Micro Machines, Cursed Castilla, Little Nightmares

Continuing the grand tradition of pointing out nifty games that can fall under the radar, here's an update of some great and/or lesser-known games I've been playing while my Beloved and our oldest are outside causing traffic to swerve with Pokemon Go.

Cities: Skylines (Xbox One Edition)

I spent countless hours on various SimCity versions throughout the years, so this comes naturally.  The console version is pretty robust, but that's coming from a guy who was addicted to the Super Nintendo port of the original SimCity.
FYI: Currently the physical edition for Xbox One is only at Gamestop.

Root Letter (PS4, Vita)

I'm a fan of visual novels, and this one is very interesting.  The story starts with a definite hook, even as it wanders into strange characters and outright parody.  Yet the window into more modern Japanese culture and intriguing premise still makes it worth recommending.
FYI: We got our copy through Amazon, and I haven't seen the American version anywhere else.

WipEout Omega Collection (PS4)

Not exactly unknown, but this may have slipped under the radar with so many big games coming out lately.  Another series I've played since the first, and this compilation is easily the most fun I've had with the series since the third on the original PlayStation.

Superbeat: Xonic (PS4, Vita)

A PS4 release of the Vita game just came out, and includes a 2 disc OST for new copies.  We've recently gotten back into Rock Band, and this game tags along well with a fun track list and nifty gameplay. 

Little Nightmares (PS4, XB1)

This is an excellent, short, superbly paced game that lived up to my expectations.  Go in knowing as little as possible, and be prepared to sleep a little less soundly afterward.

DeFormers (PS4, XB1)

OK, I admit, I mainly got this for the kiddos, but it is a perfect online game for our little guys.  There is a surprising amount of layers to the straightforward arena combat, and we've had more fun with this than expected.  If you have younger gamers in the house who enjoy competitive play, this one is pretty cheap and worth a go.
FYI:  The physical version is exclusive to GameStop.

Cursed Castilla EX (various)

The Play-Asia exclusive physical PS4 copy may be a little tough to come by, but this fantastic Ghosts 'n Goblins homage is worth downloading on whatever platform you want to break a controller over. 

Micro Machines: World Series (PS4, XB1)

Y'know, I have to be straight with you, this is my least favorite in the series.  There's no real single-player mode to speak of, and the physics just feel off to me, and then there is the focus on the arena battle mode...  And yet, MICRO MACHINES!  It's still fun, especially with a few friends over.  Just lower your expectations if you grew up with the classic earlier titles.

ADK Damashii (PS4 Store)

Five different games originally on Neo Geo hardware, then ported into a Japanese PS2 compilation (as ADK Tamashii) that shot up in price, now for super-cheap on the PSN!  Ninja Master's, Ninja Combat, Ninja Commando, Twinkle Star Sprites, and Ganggang Kohshinkyoku.  Considering how much any of these go for otherwise, to get them all for less than 15 bucks (I got it on sale for half that) is a steal! 

Jackbox Party (various)

Really any of these compilations will do, as they're all perfect adult party games.  They've been a staple for our home for years, and still generate instant laughs and great competition.

So that's a few lesser-knowns from our gaming.  What have you played lately that you want to call out?


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I was also disappointed in Micro Machines: World Series. I expected a lot more out of it based on the previous entries.
I've seen Little Nightmares around and have picked it up and put it down several times. Good to know it's one worth picking up.
I just picked up Little Nightmares on a Steam sale and am excited to give it a go. I'll have to check out Root Letter, that seems neat.

I lost so many hours to the SNES version of SimCity. Good times Smiley Skylines is really neat; it's the game that the new SimCity should've been.
I'm a little bummed about Micro Machines.  The other day I was looking at the game with my son (he's getting a PS4 come Christmas) and saying about how great the NES original was, and to know that it probably isn't worth it is a little disappointing.  But, I've also learned that Micro Machines has been a series and I somehow managed to miss the games completely for the past twenty six years (and some on PC).  And to that I say, thank you!

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