Game release week 49 (Wow!) | Varvat

There are twenty days left until Christmas and games are released like never before – despite the global pandemic. It is important to keep your tongue straight in your mouth when navigating between the crammed, digital shelves. You know, like the backlog is not bad enough. As the fan of reader service I am, I thought I would take the opportunity and give a small summary of this week’s game release. This list is by no means complete (a quick search on the Steam store told me…), but consists of things I myself had on the radar. Some of these I have longed for, so you could say that Christmas Eve has already begun for me.

Haven

From the creators of Squid’s Odyssey and FURI comes yesterday a much calmer game: Haven. Here the focus is on the story that centers around the couple Yu and Kay, who with a motley past fled to an alien planet. The game is vaguely reminiscent Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, insofar as the game mechanics (as well as the story) are fundamentally built for two player characters. IN Brothers well, however, was the idea that you would be alone, while Haven has Co-op in its DNA.

The Game Bakers have had Haven in the oven for four years and already in the demo it is noticeable which love project it is. Look out for a review soon!

Immortals Fenyx Rising

Ubisofts “Breath of the Greek Mythology” was also released yesterday and seems particularly appreciated, not least by Varvat’s second Daniel (whose first impression you can read here). Personally, I was captivated already at the first unveiling of the colored environments and the beautiful style. This is going to be my first Ubisoft game since Starlink, which should say a lot about a) my game taste and b) the size of said backlog.

Morbid: The Seven Acolytes

December 3rd was also the release date for this “horror punk” game, which is now available to download on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PC (via Steam). The first two platforms are also awaiting a physical release, which you can read more about here. If you know what I mean when I say isometric Souls-like, Morbid is for you.

Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythmic Adventure Pack

This double gladpack was released yesterday for the Nintendo Switch, and consists of two role-playing games in Taiko and Tatsujin-universumet. The game of course supports the drum control that came with the latest game, and if you do not have one you can get one here.

This game has been on my radar since the Nintendo Partner Showcase where it was first introduced. I’m kind of a fan of rhythm games, but a big fan of Japanese role-playing games. Add to that a fable for odd genre combinations (I look at you, Ring Fit Adventure) and it is time to be blessed.

Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm & Exercise

Speaking of Ring Fit Adventure so Switch has got a new fitness game today: Fitness Boxing 2. Already on November 18, a demo was released on the eShop which can still be downloaded for the curious aspirant. The game is also compatible with its predecessor (which was released almost exactly two years ago) and can transfer your savings data to keep a better track of the player’s progress.

Nine Witches: Family Disruption

Nine Witches takes place in our neighboring country Norway, where a supernatural Nazi complete takes place. With a graphic style that brings to mind Another World and Flashback this looks like a really nostalgic mood enhancer. Nine Witches: Family Disruption developed by Indiesruption and is issued by Blowfish Studios (Obey Me et al.). As the studio’s first project, this title looks to be well worth your playing time this winter.

DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age ™ – Definitive Edition

The previous Switch-exclusive Definitive Edition of Dragon Quest XI is now available on all other machines the game has been released on. This means that even PlayStation, Xbox and PC players can now enjoy Dragon Quest XI’s retro mode and all the other goodies this edition offers. Just hearing the soundtrack in all its orchestrated splendor makes the Definitive Edition a worthwhile upgrade. Kudos to you who had ice in your stomach and waited until now.

Arise: A Simple Story

The email basket surprised me with a game release yesterday. An item on my wish list had become available. It was about the game Arise: A Simple Story, which has now finally come out on Steam (after being PC-exclusive on Epic). Arise looks like another ultra-cozy collaborative game, looking for the same emotional journey as Brothers and used to said Haven. This kind of game is lovable, and I think I speak for more than myself when I say that we need them now more than ever. And here come two on the exact same day (well, a truth with an asterisk). Did I mention that Christmas Eve is already here for me?