PAX East 2019: The Games

Games I Really Wanted to Try but Ran out of Time

Cyberpunk Bartender Action N1RV Ann-A

Developer: Sukeban Games
Publisher: Ysbyrd Games
Release Date:
Platforms: Steam, PS4, Switch
Price: TBA
Genre: Visual Novel
Number of Players: 1
Offline/Online Play: Offline
Games as a Service Plan: None
Downloadable Content/Season Pass: None
Loot boxes/Micro-transactions: None
Control Options: Full controller support

Sukeban blew me a way with VA11 Hall-A a few years back, so I really wanted to get in line to play N1RV Ann-A, but the wait was too long and I didn’t realize it would be until I couldn’t spend the time without breaking other commitments. I’ll definitely play it when it comes out regardless.

Tunic

Developer: Andrew Shouldice
Publisher: Finji
Release Date: TBA
Platforms: Steam, Xbox One
Price: $20
Genre: Action-Adventure
Number of Players: 1
Offline/Online Play: Offline
Games as a Service Plan: Unknown
Downloadable Content/Season Pass: Unknown
Loot boxes/Micro-transactions: Unknown
Control Options: Full controller support

Tunic looks like an adorable Legend of Zelda game starring a fox. If it delivers on that, I’ll be happy.

Later Daters

Developer: Bloom Digital Media
Publisher: Bloom Digital Media
Release Date: Fall 2019
Platforms: Steam, itch.io, Switch
Price: $12.99
Genre: Visual Novel/Dating Sim
Number of Players: 1
Offline/Online Play: Offline
Games as a Service Plan: Unknown
Downloadable Content/Season Pass: Unknown
Loot boxes/Micro-transactions: Unknown
Control Options: Unknown

My friends and family know I have a love of non-standard dating sims, so this lighthearted affair focusing on dating as a senior citizen was mentioned to be by at least six people, but I never found it on the show floor.

Afterparty

Developer: Night School Studio
Publisher: Night School Studio
Release Date: 2019
Platforms: TBA
Price: TBA
Genre: Adventure, Drinking
Number of Players: 1
Offline/Online Play: Offline
Games as a Service Plan: None
Downloadable Content/Season Pass: None
Loot boxes/Micro-transactions: None
Control Options: Unknown

By the same developers as Oxenfree, Afterparty has you take on the role of two young adults that got themselves killed and sent to hell as they empark on their quest to outdrink Satan–the only loophole to their eternal sentence. Get hyped.

Mask of Semblance

Developer: Red Essence Games
Publisher: Red Essence Games
Release Date: TBD
Platforms: PC
Price: TBA
Genre: Action RPG
Number of Players: 1
Offline/Online Play: Offline
Games as a Service Plan: Unknown
Downloadable Content/Season Pass: Unknown
Loot boxes/Micro-transactions: Unknown
Control Options: Full controller support.

A 2D hand-painted game that apparently is designed to be played both forwards and backwards, which is kind of fascinating.

Evergate

Developer: Stone Lantern Games
Publisher: Stone Lantern Games
Release Date: Late 2019
Platforms: Steam,
Price: $15
Genre: Puzzle Platformer
Number of Players: 1
Offline/Online Play: Offline
Games as a Service Plan: None
Downloadable Content/Season Pass: Unknown
Loot boxes/Micro-transactions: None
Control Options: Full controller support

Won an award at the Boston Festival of Indie Games last year so I meant to check it out, but didn’t find the time.

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