10 New Game Releases [November 28th to December 4th, 2020]

I thought I’d already covered this gaming season’s heaviest week in a previous list that contained 16 games. Apparently not. There are so many games releasing this week that I can’t feature them all. Fear not, I still have their names and dates listed at the end of the article and video.

Empire of Sin

Empire of Sin is an intriguing hybrid of genres. It has roleplaying elements as you control and make decisions for one of 14 crime bosses. It has management gameplay as you oversee a criminal empire. And last but not least, it features tactical strategy while you battle rival gangs in gridded turn-based combat X-COM style.

It’s an ambitious title with a bunch of different systems in place. You need to hire and manage gang members for the combat portion while simultaneously managing different businesses and rackets on the simulation side. All while making key role-playing decisions with different outcomes.

I’d be worried that the game could end up as a hodgepodge of shallow mechanics, but seeing as Empire of Sin is a Paradox published title, I’m pretty confident that it will be great by merit of their publishing portfolio of good strategy games.

I’m a huge fan of gridded turn-based games, probably stemming from my love of tabletop games. Empire of Sin seems to share some common ground with them, at least when it comes to roleplaying and combat strategy.

Chronos: Before the Ashes

Admittedly the announcement trailer is pretty awful, but I’m still excited because Chronos: Before the Ashes is a prequel to Remnant: From the Ashes. Remnant is a great game that you should totally play.

There isn’t a lot of information on Chronos. Where Remnant was a third person shooter souls-like, Chronos is an action-adventure souls-like with an aging mechanic, every time you die, you age by one year.

I’m very interested in visiting some of Remnant’s locations in a prequel and the aging mechanic could be pretty interesting. Remnant ended up being a sleeper hit, here’s hoping Chronos lives up to it.

Twin Mirror

Twin Mirror is a game with a heavy narrative focus. You play as Sam Higgs, a former investigative journalist with a very special analytical mind. The other side of his psyche takes the form of his double, that only he can see, and offers him sociable and empathic advice.

A large part of the game is about making choices that can have huge effects on the storyline intermingled with some investigative gameplay. Some of it takes place inside of Sam’s own mind palace.

I’m very much a gameplay oriented player, so these type of games don’t really appeal to me. But with the success of similar titles, I know they have an audience, and I find the concept of Twin Mirror fascinating in any case.

Project Wingman

  • Release date: December 1st, 2020
  • Platforms: PC
  • Links: Steam, Trailer

Project Wingman is a flight combat game that can also be played in VR if that’s your thing. It features a single-player campaign, twenty different aircraft, and forty weapons.

What caught my eye, however, was the conquest mode. It takes inspiration from rogue-lites where you need to earn money to purchase and outfit your aircraft, but also pay for a mercenary army. A dogfighting rogue-lite sounds like a great combination to me.

Flight games have appealed to me for years, and the genre really seems to be picking up, be they in the sky or in space, and I love to see it. Ace Combat, Star Wars Squadrons and now Project Wingman

Ponpu

  • Release date: December 2nd, 2020
  • Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
  • Links: Steam, Trailer

Ponpu is a fresh take on the classic Bomberman formula with a highly stylized presentation. It features a single-player story mode as well as a few multiplayer PvP modes making it a good party game choice as any BomberMan-inspired title should be.

Ponpu’s boss battles look like good fun, if a bit creepy, and the sketch pad art style is really eye-catching. The gameplay itself actually looks to be an innovative take on BomberMan rather than a straight copy cat, and I appreciate that.

When I was a kid, I got hooked on an old BomberMan arcade game in a truck stop. I can’t even find what the version was that I played, but most copycat games have fallen flat for me. Looking at Ponpu gives me a bit of nostalgia strangely enough, despite the fact that it’s so different, but I feel like it captures the spirit of BomberMan quite well.

Tiny Strife

  • Release date: December 2nd, 2020
  • Platforms: PC
  • Links: Steam, Trailer

Tiny Strife is a cute little rogue-lite with five playable characters. Each character can learn new skills during a run that can synergize in different ways.

It looks like some of the skills activate little mini-games to obtain extra effects, a neat little touch. The character designs are on the stranger side but look quite charming.

There isn’t too much info on the game, but it’s apparently inspired by Undertale. It’s a little game that I doubt anyone has even heard of, but I’ve been shocked by these types of games enough to pay attention, and I think it looks fun.

Phogs

  • Release date: December 3rd, 2020
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Stadia
  • Links: Steam, Trailer

Phogs is a co-op adventure puzzler that allows you, and a friend to each control one end of a nightmarish conjoined twin dog thing with a stretchy snake body. A Phog!

While the game can be played solo, the real fun is two players working together to control the Phog and solve puzzles. Weirdness aside, it’s pretty cute. The Phogs navigate the worlds of sleep, food, and play utilizing a bunch of mechanics that take advantage of their stretchy nature.

I wouldn’t expect much depth or complexity, Phogs is clearly aimed at a younger demographic. But it could be a great co-op game to play together with the young ones in your life. There’s a demo on Steam if you’re interested.

Immortals: Fenyx Rising

Immortals: Fenyx Rising was originally named Gods and Monsters if you’re confused. It’s an incredibly colorful and vibrant game, something you don’t see much of in open-world affairs.

Immortals is set in Greek mythology, and you will be able to obtain all sorts of powers and gear wielded by the Greek Gods. It has very stylish and acrobatic combat system and a focus on exploration.

I’ve seen it compared to Breath of the Wild a lot, and while I’ve never played Breath of the Wild I know it’s a game with immense freedom. So if Immortals can emulate the kind of feeling that people enjoyed from that game, I’d consider it a win.

Per Aspera

  • Release date: December 3rd, 2020
  • Platforms: PC
  • Links: Steam, Trailer

Per Aspera looks to be a very deep colony simulation. You play as an AI overseeing efforts to terraform and colonize Mars. The game claims to mix methods steeped in real-world science with hard science fiction for a unique simulation game.

Aside from managing the entirety of Mars, you will forge relationships with the colonists, and your choices can impact the story. The game also hints at some kind of hostile presence, so Per Aspera is unlikely to be a completely peaceful city builder.

Interestingly Per Aspera features voice talent by some well-known industry veterans such as Troy Baker, which’s pretty unusual for an indie strategy game. I think it looks looks daunting, exactly my kind of game.

Haven

  • Release Date: December 3rd, 2020 (PS4 and Switch versions to come 2021)
  • Platforms: PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
  • Links: Steam, Trailer

In Haven, you control two romantic partners on the run in single-player or together with someone special. Everything about the game is intertwined with Yu and Kay’s relationship.

They hover around the planet together to scavenge for resources, and there is a focus on teamwork attacks and abilities in the games rhythmic combat. The alien planet itself looks great and should be a lot of fun to explore.

Obviously, a game like this also has a strong narrative focus, and the overarching theme is whether or not love can conquer all. It will be interesting to see it all play out.

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Also releasing this week

Well, I hope you found something to look forward to. Consider checking out some of the other content on my site or YouTube, such as last week’s list.

Thanks for reading! Happy gaming.