Wallet Threat Level

Next week could have a wallet threat in the form of Mortal Kombat 1, but I’m still not sure I’ll buy it. But that’s pretty much it for months, since I already bought Phantom Liberty.

I had missed this coming out today, so I just added it. Though I don’t recall any Qt3 denizens playing Humankind for long, so perhaps it’s not a wallet threat here.

Nice! Don’t remember hearing about this port. I enjoyed the first game at release, though I remember the card battle system being a bit quirky and more based on chance than skill. Never finished it so I might check this out at some point (and never played the sequel, which I recall reviewed better).

Heretic’s Fork is putting off some serious Inscryption vibes. I think there’s more going on here than there appears to be.

Rebel Galaxy & Rebel Galaxy Outlaw Double Pack for $1 at Fanatical:

Warhammer Space Wolf and DLC for a $1:

I guess the two major releases this week are Mortal Kombat 1 and Lies of P. From reviews, it sounds like Lies of P doesn’t quite hit the mark of trying to be a better Bloodborne, but it still sounds better than most Soulslikes that aren’t from FROM. I guess Game Pass members have quite the feast of games this week, with the release of Lies of P, Party Animals and Payday 3. Witchfire enters Early access this week. Good luck to them for getting funding through that method so that they can finish the game. And the sound of a Bit trip Rerunner sounds dangerously addicting to me.

Monday (9/18/23):​

  • Gloomhaven (PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch)

Tuesday (9/19/23):​

  • Mortal Kombat 1 (PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PC)
  • Lies of P (PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC)
  • BIT.TRIP RERUNNER + RUNNER MAKER (PC)
  • Dragonheir: Silent Gods (PC)
  • Farming Simulator 22: Oxbo Pack DLC (PC, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, XBO)
  • You Suck At Parking (PS4, Switch)

Wednesday (9/20/23):​

  • Witchfire (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  • Party Animals (Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC)

Thursday (9/21/23):​

  • Payday 3 (PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PC)
  • Days of Doom (PC, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, XBO, Switch)
  • Hellsweeper VR (PC VR, PSVR 2)
  • Super Adventure Hand! (PC, Switch)
  • Warhaven (PC)

Friday (9/22/23):​

  • Shuyan Saga (PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, XBO, Switch)
  • Slaps and Beans 2 (PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, XBO, Switch)

PlayStation and Xbox as well.

Thanks, fixed.

Ahem.

I mean, it has a self unloading grape harvester!

The dice builder Astrea releases on the 21st

The big game this week, I would think, is the expansion for Cyberpunk 2077. And this is the week when I get to ask: Are Harvest Moon games still a thing? Last year I bought my first FIFA game in over a decade because it would be the last FIFA game from EA Sports. But they are coming out with a new one without the FIFA name this year. I wonder if it will be as successful? Is that a threat to people’s wallets this week? Meanwhile, Cocoon comes out (and is coming to Game Pass) this week, the new game from the lead designer of Inside and Limbo, so I’m really looking forward to that.

Any other wallet threats this week?

Monday (9/25/23):​

  • Project Planet - Earth Vs Humanity (PC)
  • Relic Hunters Legend (PC)
  • These Doomed Isles (PC)

Tuesday (9/26/23):​

  • Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty expansion (PC, PS5, Xbox Series X/S)
  • Mineko’s Night Market (PC, Switch)
  • Paleo Pines (PC, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, XBO, Switch)
  • Truck Driver: The American Dream (PS5, Xbox Series X/S)
  • Harvest Moon: The Wind of Anthos (PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, PC)

Wednesday (9/27/23):​

  • Astronimo (PC)
  • Street Fighter DLC Character A.K.I. (all platforms)
  • Wo Long DLC Conqueror of Jiangdong (all platforms)

Thursday (9/28/23):​

  • Crowns And Pawns: Kingdom of Deceit (Switch)
  • Overpass 2 (PC, PS5, Xbox Series X/S)
  • Firefighting Simulator – The Squad (Switch)
  • Gothic Classic (Switch)
  • Infinity Strash: Dragon Quest The Adventure of Dai (PC, PS5, PS4, Switch)
  • Islanders VR Edition (PC VR)
  • Wildmender (PC, PS5, Xbox Series X/S)
  • My Hero Ultra Rumble (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)

Friday (9/29/23):​

  • Cocoon (PC, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, XBO, Switch)
  • EA Sports FC 24 (PC, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, XBO, Switch)
  • Park Beyond: Beyond Extreme DLC (PC, PS5, Xbox Series X/S)
  • Fate/Samurai Remnant (PC, PS4/5, Switch)

Well, not full game releases, but on the 27th Street Fighter 6 gets a new character and Wo Long gets its second DLC.

I predict the lack of FIFA branding will make fuck all difference, at least on initial sales. FIFA players know what it is. The only thing that might make a difference is when it comes to Christmas and grandparents buying presents for their grandkids.

As for the wallet threat, Cocoon is the one I’m most interested in, but that’s on GamePass, so no threat.

I say yes. My Time At Sandrock is in the same genre and releasing the same day. Stardew Valley is still in the top-100 selling games on Steam and is currently #37 for concurrent players. Fae Farm is just making the top-100 selling list too.

Happy Friday to us, then! I’m still sore I couldn’t convince every single person I know to play Inside.

The answer to this is “yes, but it’s complicated”, with the specifics depending on exactly what you are referring to as “Harvest Moon games”.

“Games in the series that started with Harvest Moon on the SNES”: Yes, and still getting regular releases, with a mix of original titles and remakes of the old games. However, there was a messy breakup between the developer and publisher a few years back. The publisher got the name “Harvest Moon”, while the developer got pretty much everything else, so the new games continuing the series are released under the title “Story of Seasons”. There’s also the Rune Factory series, a spinoff that combines farming with RPG mechanics and combat. It got a new release (Rune Factory 5) last year, and there are also remasters of 3 and 4 that came out recently on modern platforms.

"Games called “Harvest Moon”: Yes. As mentioned, the publisher got the series title in the divorce. If you browse pretty much any platform there are a number of minimal-effort shovelware games called “Harvest Moon”. The one coming out this week looks like they put at least some resources into it and are attempting to compete on more than name recognition, but I have no idea if it will actually be good or not.

“Farming games in general”: Yes, and enjoying a bit of a moment in the indie zeitgeist. Stardew Valley was a massive hit modeled closely on Harvest Moon, and we’re now seeing a wave of descendants arriving. This September in particular has been referred to as “Farmageddon” – the month started off with Fae Farm (lots of magic and an emphasis on co-op) and Rune Factory 3 Special (remaster of a DS farming/adventuring game), continued with Moonstone Island (farm, explore, and collect spirits to use in card-based battles) and it ends with the new Harvest Moon (already mentioned) and Paleo Pines (befriend dinosaurs to help work your farm).

And on the original schedule, My Time at Sandrock (crafting rather than farming, but still in the same genre) was supposed to come out today, but it got bumped back to November to get out of such a crowded release window. So you can remove it from the release list for today, but also the price is going to go from $25 to $40 at release, so probably good to buy now if you want.

And not relevant to this month’s releases, but if you want to play an indie Harvest Moon descendant in active development with “very positive” ratings, you have your pick of stone age (Roots of Pacha), fantasy (Sun Haven) or tropical/mermaids (Coral Island) flavors.

Actually, do we have a thread for so-called “cozy games” (the catch-all term that gets used for farming games and their relatives)? I keep an eye on the space because my daughter is really into them, and enjoy them from time to time myself as a nice change of pace.

Wow, A+ post. Thanks!

I removed My Time at Sandrock.

I did buy Stardew Valley last year, as I figured it would be newbie friendly to the genre, but I think I messed up on where I was supposed to put my attention on the first day and I think I’ll have to restart the game because I couldn’t figure out how to go on with no money or resources or something.

I think “cozy” covers a much broader swath of games than farming/crafting sims, but regardless I wholeheartedly encourage you to start a thread!

Whoa, so that’s what’ going on with Harvest Moon! Me and my Harvest Moon cow have been confused for a while now. Thanks for laying all that out. Shame about the split. But that’s very helpful info, and as has been said, exactly the sort of thing that should be at the top of a thread. : )

Thanks. Once I think of a title, I’ll cross-post into a new thread and add Steam links to the games.

“Farmaggedon”, hah! That’s a great game title right there!