New PC Games out this week - 12th January 2015

It might require a double-take but this is actually the remastered version

There's been quite a few interesting games that have been released during this week (over the past few days) so I thought I'd highlight some of the PC games that I'm particularly interested in. Hopefully there's one in the list you'll be interested in too! :)

Grim Fandango Remastered (Pre-Order)

  • Release Date: 27 January 2015 (Pre-Order: 13 January 2015)
  • Availability: GOG for $17.19
Probably one of the biggest announcements in recent years was the fact that Double Fine was going to remaster classic Lucasarts adventure game Grim Fandango. We now know that they're also working on doing a similar treatment to another classic Lucasarts adventure, Day of the Tentacle! I know some people are up in arms about Tim Schafer with recent fiascos mainly surrounding Broken Age not satisfying point 'n' click adventure purists, not to mention the project went way overbudget. It also didn't help when Double Fine scrapped development on Spacebase DF-9 either. But I think it's hard to go wrong with the kind of remaster they're doing which is basically a re-recorded high-quality soundtrack, better textures, better control schemes and developer commentary. And that's it. Anyway, the game will be released very soon (27 January 2015) and Good Old Games managed to secure the rights to sell the game first.

Double Dragon Trilogy

  • Release Date: 15 January 2015
  • Availability: GOG for $5.89, Steam for $4.79 USD
Speaking of blasts from the past, you can also now get the entire Double Dragon trilogy. To me, Double Dragon was the quintessential arcade beat 'em up game and I even vaguely remember playing it on one of my old PCs too - so this is definitely a welcome bit of nostalgia. Apparently the game also allows you to switch between the original 8-bit soundtrack and a remastered version. Neat.

Cahors Sunset

  • Release Date: 12 January 2015
  • Availability: Steam for $1.69 USD
If you look at this game it looks very low budget - I mean look at that UI, it could've been made using MS Paint! It's probably why the price is so cheap but there's no denying that the premise is interesting. I don't know if there are many games that ask you to decide how an old French man lives his final days (and your choices apparently influence the final outcome). I'm guessing it's going to be similar to a degree to games like Kudos 2 or a visual novel.

War, the Game

  • Release Date: 12 January 2015
  • Availability: Steam for $8.99 USD
This game looks like the game Defcon except played on a spherical Earth (instead of a flat map). Not necessarily a bad game to emulate (if that is indeed what it's trying to do).


  • Release Date: 15 January 2015
  • Availability: Steam for $7.49 USD
Wow I mean just look at those graphics! It's meant to look like a Japanese pop-up book and it looks absolutely stunning. What will blow your mind even more is that actually operating the book is necessary to progress the story/solve puzzles. Okay not really mind blown but I've definitely never seen something like this done in a game before (or at least in this manner).

Tales of Aravorn: Seasons of the Wolf

  • Release Date: 15 January 2015
  • Availability: Steam for $24.99 USD
I haven't actually played much games by Winter Wolves before only really giving Planet Stronghold a go by trying out the demo. It seemed promising and I was quite impressed that these guys basically took a Visual Novel engine called Ren'Py and managed to add quite a bit of non-stock functionality to it (a fully fledged JRPG combat system). So this is the latest game by them which also looks to be a hybrid of visual novel with something else. I like how visual novels tend to have a great focus on characters - that has always been one of their strengths - however, I've always wondered why the Winter Wolves games seem so god damn expensive - I mean $25 USD for a Ren'Py game? One day I'll take the plunge and see if they're all worth it :). Still one to look out for, especially if you like visual novels.