Welcome back to This Week In Games Australia! This week: Anomaly. For whatever reason, all the major publishers who have a game to launch in the last week of July were very interested in Friday July 29th. Indeed, this coming Friday is so game overload it’s hard to remember the last time a week was this low. OF Xenoblade Chronicles 3 to restock Valve Index hardware, this week has it all.
Blastonaut is a 2D building and exploration game in spirit Rimworld or terrariumAND, but with what appears to be many more lasers. This one didn’t cross my radar until today, but it definitely caught my attention. I think I’ll take it in for a check over the weekend.
Valve Index (VR)
PSA in case you want to secure it: Valve Index shares are back at EB Games this week. You can get the headset separately, a headset that comes with a spare controller, or a complete set with a base station.
Digimon Survive (NS, PS4)
As entries in the series go, Digimon Survive is a slightly different beast. A genre-bending visual novel with grid-based tactical combat, that’s the title Digimon the faithful have been waiting for some time.
Lawn Mowing Simulator: Landmark Edition (PS5, PS4)
If PowerWash simulator got you in the mood for some more digital yard work, Lawnmowing Simulator: Landmark Edition comes to scratch your lawn care itch. The Landmark Edition includes two DLC packs: the Ancient Britain Pack and the Dino Safari Pack. However, if you’d rather try the base game, it will be free on the Epic Games Store on Friday. The base game is also available on Game Pass for console, Cloud and PC.
Sweet Transit (PC)
I played the demo for Sweet transit during the recent Steam Next Fest period. What I found was a game that was very similar Year 1800, if the primary mode of transportation (and indeed interaction with the world) was rail infrastructure. It’s an interesting premise and I’d like to delve a little deeper into it.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge (NS, PS4, XBO) (Retail)
Although the game has been available digitally in Australia for a few weeks now, TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge is now also reaching the local market in retail. If you’d like a boxed copy for posterity, you can grab one now.
The Sims 4: High School Years (PC)
You might be thinking “this looks like something Ruby will absolutely love”, and you’d be right. My understanding is that Ruby intends to use this expansion to create hideous goblin teenagers and send them off to a boarding school for someone else to deal with. Look forward to hearing about her adventures on the web in the near future.
Xenoblade Chronicles (NS)
Whether it’s accurate or not, I’ve always done it thought of Xenoblade Chronicles as a series with a small, albeit dedicated, fan base. Xenoblade Chronicles 3 i feel like this could be the game that finally comes through as i see a significant increase in interest for this game. JRPG lovers need only ask.
Yacht Mechanic Simulator (PC)
You know I love an unnecessarily detailed job simulator, and my lord, we got a paycheck this week. We take some yachts down, take them apart and put them back together to serve the kind of obscenely rich people who would own a huge yacht. I’ll do my part by sabotaging all the yachts I’m supposed to repair and send them back out into the water, hoping they’ll sink within minutes. I’m going to turn this game into Billionaire Just Desserts Simulator or perish nobly trying.
And that’s it for This Week In Games Australia! See something you like this week? Do you collect anything? Did we miss something that you think we should have included? Are you a local Australian developer with a game we could list? Let us know in the comments below.
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