New This Week Game Releases (NTWIG) 4/15 – 4/21/2024

By Todd Russell Apr16,2024

It’s that time of the week again to check for noteworthy game releases for PC/Steam, PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch via Metacritic. We also discuss these games live on the High Noon with Hollywood Polo stream at noon Tuesdays PST (GMT-8) here: https://www.twitch.tv/todd_russell including commentary from other PGM members, wishlist interest and more.

Perish

April 15 – PS5 PS4 XBOX XBOX 1

PERISH is a stylish four-player FPS with a cross to bear. Slay hordes of creatures on the scorched sands of Purgatory and sell their gold-stained corpses to craven priests. Kill magnificent bosses and use the proceeds to gain entrance to Elysium, a place of cosmic revelations.

PERISH (playstation.com)

Interest level: 1/10
Plan to buy at launch: No
Wishlist: No

Grounded

April 16 – PS5/PS4, NINTENDO SWITCH

The world is a vast, beautiful, and dangerous place – especially when you have been shrunken to the size of an ant. Explore, build, and survive together in this cooperative survival-adventure. Can you thrive alongside the hordes of giant insects, fighting to survive the perils of the backyard?

Grounded PS4® & PS5® (playstation.com)

Interest level: 1/10
Plan to buy at launch: No

NOTE: this is already available to play Game Pass and has been for some time, see here:
Grounded | Xbox

Harold Halibut

April 16 – PS5/PS4, NINTENDO SWITCH

Harold Halibut is a handmade narrative game about friendship and life on a city-sized spaceship submerged in an alien ocean.

Harold Halibut (playstation.com)

Interest level: 1/10
Plan to buy at launch: No

Planet of Lana

April 16 – PS5/PS4, NINTENDO SWITCH

A planet that used to be a place of undisturbed balance between human, nature, and animal has now become something else entirely.

Planet of Lana (playstation.com)

Interest level: 1/10
Plan to buy at launch: No
Wishlist: No

Final Fantasy XVI: The Rising Tide (DLC)

April 18 – PS5

This is DLC for Final Fantasy XVI – PS5 Games | PlayStation (US)

Interest level: 3/10
Plan to buy at launch: No

Sker Ritual

April 18 – PC, PS5, XBOX

An intense round-based zombie survival FPS, play solo or co-op. Shoot your way through relentless waves of vicious horrors with high-octane objectives, upgrading steampunk weapons, collecting Celtic God powers, and surviving the onslaught of the Quiet Ones.

Sker Ritual on Steam (steampowered.com)

Single Player
Online Co-op
Steam Achievements

Interest level: 2/10
Plan to buy at launch: No
Wishlist: No

Whisker Waters

(MOVED: was April 19, pushed back to April 25) – PC, PS5, NINTENDO SWITCH

Whisker Waters is the ultimate RPG adventure that blends light fantasy and the art of fishing into a mesmerizing world. As a player, you’ll create and play as your very own Cat character and embark on a whimsical fishing journey like never before.

Whisker Waters on Steam (steampowered.com)

Single Player
Steam Achievements

Interest level: 4/10
Plan to buy at launch: No
Wishlist: Yes

Per the Steam forums, here is the developer’s announcement for the delay:

After careful consideration, we have decided to push back the release date by one week from our original plan. The new launch date is now April 25th instead of April 19th. This decision was made to ensure that our game receives the attention and spotlight it deserves, away from a busy sale period that could potentially overshadow our launch.

Release date change for Whisker Waters – Now launching April 25th :: Whisker Waters Events & Announcements (steamcommunity.com)

SUMMARY

Our fourth week doing this, only three PC games featured this week, one of which was pushed back a week. At least that one has fishing! The Final Fantasy DLC is probably the most standout release this week. Next week we get Launching April 23, 2024 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade: Wrath of the Mutants – Steam Listing Live – be sure to wish that if you’re a beatem up arcade fan. It’s a direct port of the Raw Thrills TMNT game from 2017. Would love to see more of those getting ported. In fact, more modern arcade ports would be great. (hint: My Wife Wants WICKED TUNA!)

Are you looking forward to any of the games coming out this week? If so, which one(s)? Why? Why not?

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  1. HI Todd!
    Whisker Waters might be a 2/10 if the fishing is good. But your already have other games with better rpg and fishing mechanics right? The rest of the games are 0/10 no interest to me this week.

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