Gaming, as it turns out, is not over. Not by a long shot. The second day of the Guerrilla Collective topped off what was overall a 10-hour event dedicated to showing off upcoming and new games this weekend. It was very long and very filled with games.
Here is a round-up of the ones that caught our eye. We also have a round-up of all the events that happened yesterday: the first main Guerrilla Collective presentation, Paradox Insider, the PC Gaming Show, and the Future Games Show.
We need to talk about Calico. Alright, first of all, just look at it. It is so gorgeous with its soft pastels and cute art style. The song playing in the background is so perfectly paired with the almost magical girl aesthetic. You can ride a fox and pet dogs and hold bear cubs. You can decorate a cat and explore gorgeous cherry blossom forests. You can ride a calico cat in the water. And play as cute girls of color. And build a café that you decorate with cute furniture and decorations.
I had to start off with this one because it was the highlight of the show for me. I’ve had my eye on this game for a while, but this trailer got me excited in a way I hadn’t been before. I can’t wait for the wholesome magical girl simulator that lets me have the best time with adorable animals.
No Straight Roads
This rhythm-infused action-adventure game feels like such a unique concept, so it’s instantly memorable to me. You play as members of an indie rock band who must use the power of rock to defeat an EDM empire that has banned all forms of rock performances in the city. You can play couch co-op with a friend or switch between them as a solo player. In No Straight Roads, every district in Vinyl City is ruled by a different artist, so your job is to hijack their concerts, defeat them, and gain access to their districts. I particularly love that you can use music to interact with the environment, like opening a door with your guitar. It’s so colorful and creative, so I’m excited to see more of this game. No Straight Roads is coming out in the summer.
Gori: Cuddly Carnage
When I first saw this trailer, I thought of Puss in Boots, which means I thought of Shrek — which then means this was enjoyable because associating anything with Shrek is good. I also thought of Soul Calibur as I watched this cat ride a hoverboard that turns into a whip just like Ivy’s sword. I’m not sure if it’s my type of game, but I love the concept and was captivated from start to finish. Also, a friend of mine called it “Devil May Meow,” so that’s what I’ll think of when I see this genuinely fun-looking game in the future.
The full extended gameplay that was shown of this game today, which spanned over 11 minutes, can be caught on the stream. Creative director David Goldfarb and voice actor Troy Baker walk you through some gameplay of this rhythm-based shooter. In it, you play as The Unknown, whose goal is to overturn the rulership of hell (same). Her primary weapon (and the narrator of the game) is a skull that has the capability to harness the power of song. Through the power of song, you are rewarded with streaks and the chance to build your ultimate. Hit on the beat and the music will increase in intensity — and so will your powers. It’s a multilayered dynamic music system that I would’ve liked to hear a bit more of in this gameplay section.
One cool piece of trivia is that Jennifer Hale, known for voicing Commander Shepard in the Mass Effect trilogy, voices the main antagonist of this game. You can watch The Unknown face her off in the snippet of battle above. It’s coming to PC and current generation consoles, as well as next-generation consoles, in 2021.
Evan’s Remains is a mystery-thriller puzzle adventure about finding a missing “genius” boy named Evan. One day, a girl named Dysis receives a letter signed by him, claiming he’s on an uninhabited island and asking her to look for him. I don’t think I’d go looking for a kid if they just sent me a letter out of nowhere, especially not in the Pacific Ocean, but this is what my girl Dysis does. Follow Dysis on her adventure, in which questions will be answered little by little and the puzzle pieces that once seemed unrelated will begin to connect. It’s a mix of one of my favorite genres, the visual novel, and a typical platformer, with lovely colors to boot. It’s currently available on the Nintendo Switch.
A narrative-driven strategy game in which you try to melt ice caps and terraform Mars. Explore the planet, gather resources, make the strategic decisions that will help you succeed in making Mars inhabitable. However, there’s a mysterious force who sees you trespassing and is aiming to make you abandon your mission. This game looks super dope and is coming out at some point this year.
Divinity: Original Sin 2: Hidden Relics of Rivellon
Divinity: Original Sin 2, the best RPG ever, is back, baybee. I’m only half-joking. That opinion is strictly mine and not the rest of Fanbyte’s. But I do stand behind it. Anyway. This quest to discover an ancient armor is the richest gift bag of DLC for this incredible game so far, offering even more story content for a game that easily takes at least 60 hours. I love serotonin. There’s also the announcement of the Godwoken graphic novel, which will include material for all six origin stories in the game. I’ve missed my wife Sebille, so this makes me extremely happy. You can now preorder the novel.
Lost At Sea
What are the most important moments in your life? The ones with your friends? Your first love? Family? Where do you come from? Where will you go? What will you remember? These are some of the questions asked in the announcement trailer for Lost at Sea. While not much is known about the game, the visuals you’ll see as you explore this mysterious island with seemingly dark forces lurking underneath are immediately stunning. You can wishlist it now on Steam.
I really can’t get enough of seeing this game, which bodes lucky for me in a way since it still has no release date. This extended look at Haven has me even more excited about it. Kay and Yu are adorable; the graphics are beautiful; the loading screens make my heart warm. I’ve adored Haven‘s look and concept — two lovers escaping to a lost planet just to stay together — since the first moment I saw it, and that still holds true. You get to make narrative choices and it’s an RPG… basically, it’s catered to me and my tastes.
Almighty: Kill Your Gods
I don’t think Almighty: Kill Your Gods is the kind of game I personally tend to play, but the depth that was shown off in this gameplay walkthrough was impressive. It’s an action RPG with co-op multiplayer, so you can play solo, with friends, or even with random players. As the player character, you are reborn to fight an elder god and protect your people. The more you anger the gods of different islands, the more you progress toward your goal and the more trouble you get yourself in. From other islands, you can take loot back to your home island to build fences to protect your people, upgrade farms and mines to boost the economy, build a tower of might for increased statistics, open trading routes, and more. It is slated for release on consoles and PC.
Evil Genius 2
I have never played the first Evil Genius, but watching this development update was fun and reminded me of an evil version of Two Point Hospital. There’s plenty of interesting information revealed here for fans of this world domination simulator franchise, including the return of many minions from the original, the explanation of henchmen and their roles and special abilities, and much more. I am all for my personal achievement of world domination. Evil Genius 2 is coming out in 2020.
The animation and visuals of Star Renegades are immediately gorgeous. This is a squad-based rogue-lite that mixes JRPG-inspired turn-based combat with strategy, pairing it off with some incredible character designs. If you like mechs, pretty visuals, and music that slaps, you’ll very likely have your attention immediately drawn to this one as mine was. It will be released on the PlayStation 4, and you can watch eight minutes of gameplay by watching this video.