PAX East 2019: The Games

El Hijo

Developer: Honig Studios
Publisher: Handy Games (THQ Nordic)
Release Date: TBA
Platforms: Steam, Switch, PS4, Xbox One
Price: TBA
Genre: Stealth, Non-Violent
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: Controller, Mouse and Keyboard

A non-violent stealth game where you play as a young boy in, judging by the sandstone monastery the game starts in, somewhere around Mexico or the American Southwest. Harder than it looks, but quite fun.

Rad Rodgers Radical Edition

Developer: Slipgate Studios
Publisher: Handy Games (THQ Nordic)
Release Date: February 21, 2018 (Already out!)
Platforms: Steam, Switch, GoG, Xbox One, PS4
Price: $19.99 (Physical Switch edition is currently ~$26 on Amazon)
Genre: Action, Run and Gun Shooter, Platformer
Number of Players: 1-2, Local/Splitscreen
Online/Offline Play: Offline Play is possible.
Games as a Service Plan: None
DLC: None
Lootboxes/Microtransactions: None
Control Options: Full controller support (varies by system), Mouse and Keyboard

I got to play as what looked like a blue alien with robot arms(but what may have been a sentient game console?) in a side scrolling shooter-platformer in a gross swamp place and it was great. The objective of the level was a little vague, but that was likely just the lack of context of the rest of the game.
The game is a overhaul of the base Rad Rodgers game with additional playable characters like Duke Nukem and the protagonist from the Shadow Warrior games. It also apparently has local co-op, which I didn’t get to try on the show floor.

Samurai Shodown

Developer: SNK
Publisher: SNK
Release Date: June 2019
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Switch (Q4 2019), PC (No Date)
Price: Unknown
Genre: Fighting
Number of Players: 1-2
Offline/Online Play: Local Play and Online matchmatching
Games as a Service Plan: Unknown
Downloadable Content/Season Pass: Unknown
Loot boxes/Micro-transactions: Unknown
Control Options: Controllers were used for the demo.

A reboot, or perhaps re-imagining of the original Samurai Showdown games, with a narrative that take places between numbers 5 and 1 and taking elements from 1,2,3,4,5 and S. It looks great in motion, using a 3d but drawn style that puts it in animation feel closest to the newer Street Fighter games, though it isn’t quite as polished as they are.
Some of the characters are huge on the screen–one particularly large man, if played against himself, takes up 80-90% of the screen–a game about keeping a lot of distance, this is not. The developer said the game was less about combos and more about footsies and precision, and after playing (and losing) a match against another attendee, I don’t disagree. The game felt very approachable–the characters felt like they had a fairly restrictive movement, which for me is a boon as it means I can learn the tool set easily, and the challenge becomes applying it.
It is coming out in June for PS4 and Xbox One. Also, shout out for having a fast demo and a fast moving line–I stood maybe fifteen minutes and the line had a good 20-30 people in front of me at the time. It’s amazing what fast rounds and eight stations does for keeping things moving.

Falcon Age

Developer: Outerloop Games
Publisher: Outerloop Games
Release Date: April 9th, 2019 (Out Now!)
Platforms: PC (Not yet out), PS4, VR and non-VR.
Price: $19.99
Genre: First person action adventure.
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: PS Move, Dualshock Pro

You can pet AND make a heart with your falcon. And play rock paper scissors. And give them hats to wear.
It looks great, plays well, save a bit of aiming trouble (the analog stick sensitivity needs to be adjusted for what I expect.
I put a sheriff’s hat on the bird and got so attached to them that when they got hurt fighting the robotic minions of the colonialist foes the game pits the player against, I audibly gasped on the show floor. 5 Birbs out of 5.

Kindergarten

Developer: Con Man Games
Publisher: SmashGames
Release Date: June 15, 2017 (Out Now)
Platforms: Steam
Price: $4.99
Genre: Adventure, Puzzle, Dark Humor
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.

CONTENT WARNING: Game contains the brutal murder of children. A Groundhog Day inspired horror game where you play as a kindergartner stuck repeating the same Monday in a really messed up school. The game felt like it could use some polish–I died once by breaking a puzzle, which I did by activating the object right next to me when the screen transitioned instead of talking to someone further along first. By the same developer as Littlewood, which I have backed on Kickstarter.

Mutazione

Developer: Die Gute Fabrik
Publisher: Die Gute Fabrik
Release Date: 2019
Platforms: PS4, Steam, itch.io, Windows, Mac
Price: TBA
Genre: Adventure, Gardening
Number of Players: 1
Offline/Online Play: Offline Play, some online sharing features.
Games as a Service Plan: Unknown
Downloadable Content/Season Pass: Unknown
Loot boxes/Micro-transactions: Unknown
Control Options: Full controller support.

A gardening game of some sort, the goals of the demo weren’t very clear. An interesting take on the gardening as you play songs (which strangely didn’t have actual sound to them) to encourage different types of plants to grow. The different plants also grew better in different gardens, so it seemed to have the mechanical complexity to drive whatever narrative they were going for.
According the the presskit, it is a “A mutant soap opera where small-town gossip meets the supernatural”, though as I said, that did not come through in the demo.

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