New This Week Game Releases (NTWIG) 6/3 – 6/9/2024

By Todd Russell Jun4,2024

This week’s so shocking, it broke the editor we use (seriously) lol.

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/playgamesmoredotcom including commentary from other PGM members, wishlist interest and more.

The Elder Scrolls Online: Gold Road (Expansion)

June 3 (Consoles June 18) – PC, PS5/4, XBOX, XBOX 1

A forgotten Daedric Prince has returned, bringing chaos to West Weald! Explore a new zone and defend the city of Skingrad, now beset by a dangerous Daedric cult and the jungles of Valenwood. Customize your skills like never before with the new Scribing system.

Pre-purchase The Elder Scrolls Online: Gold Road on Steam (steampowered.com)

MMO
Online PVP
Online Co-op
Steam Trading Cards

Interest level: 5/10
Plan to buy at launch: No
Wishlist: YES

It has fishing!!!

Destiny 2: The Final Shape (Expansion)

June 4 – PC, PS5/PS4, XBOX, XBOX 1

Single Player
Steam Achievements

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

Killer Klowns from Outer Space: The Game ($39.99)

June 4 – PC, PS5/PS4, XBOX, XBOX 1, NINTENDO SWITCH

Plan your own alien invasion and harvest humans as the iconic Killer Klowns, or gather a team of survivors to fight the extraterrestrial threat, in a game based on the ‘80s cult classic movie. Welcome to a new, craazzy take on the asymmetrical multiplayer horror experience!

Pre-purchase Killer Klowns from Outer Space: The Game on Steam (steampowered.com)

Online PVP
Online Co-op
Cross Platform Multiplayer
Steam Trading Cards
Steam Achievements

Interest level: 7/10
Plan to buy at launch: Maybe, am not thrilled with the $39.99 price though
Wishlist: YES

If not for the $40 price, this would be an instant buy and check out for me. I’m feeling much warmer to $20, but do like the cross platform play and online options. Early reviews from preorder week of playing is that there are balancing issues as well, which puts me off a bit. Might be that they need to work on this more with a larger group of players and then would be a better buying opportunity at the Summer 2024 sale, perhaps. Or maybe I give it a try as is.

Rolling Hills

June 4 – PC, XBOX 1

Serve up sushi as a robot chef in Rolling Hills, a life sim about running your own restaurant in a cozy village. Make new friends, purchase ingredients, enhance your shop, and improve the lives of your neighbors as you perfect your craft!

Rolling Hills: Make Sushi, Make Friends on Steam (steampowered.com)

Single Player
Steam Achievements

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

Star Wars: Hunters

June 4 – NINTENDO SWITCH, MOBILE

Following the end of the Galactic Civil War, the bright lights of The Arena burst into life and offer new heroes a platform to shine across the galaxy. Located deep in the Outer Rim on the planet of Vespaara and broadcast far and wide on the HoloNet, the stories and legends of battles that have defined galactic history are brought to life to entertain audiences and create champions seeking fame and fortune in this new gladiatorial spectacle.

The Smurfs: Village Party

June 6 – PC, PS5/PS4, XBOX, XBOX 1, NINTENDO SWITCH

Papa Smurf has decided to organize an exceptional party! Embark on a party game set in the Smurfs’ Village, featuring an adventure mode.

The Smurfs – Village Party on Steam (steampowered.com)

Single Player
Shared/Split Screen PVP
Shared/Split Screen Co-op
Remote Play Together
Steam Achievements

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

Wish this wasn’t a party game, but still am kind of interested in it, based on prior Smurfs games, some of which have been good.

SUMMARY

A pretty decent week, at least title-wise, with some promising releases, including an expansion to MMORPG Elder Scrolls. I played that game mostly on consoles, but I bet it’s fun on the PC. It’s not quite a top tier MMO to me, but it’s pretty good. I’d put it in my top 10 easily, however, so good to see they keep releasing expansions for it.

The one title I’m most interested in, however, is Killer Klowns From Outer Space, but the price, argh. It’s not $60, unless you threw down for the preorder, but $40 still seems high for this licensed title. Also, it’s only “mostly positive” with Steam reviews as of this writing with some complaints about balancing issues. That’s not what I want to hear from people playing it at this price. They will probably get the balancing in check by summer time, when the big sales happen. Still, I might give this one a try this week. Going back and forth on it.

Add to this, a more friendly priced Star Wars Nintendo Switch game, a Destiny 2 expansion and a new Smurfs Party game. Actually, looking more forward to playing Smurfs 2: The Prisoner of Green Stone (https://store.steampowered.com/app/2397500/The_Smurfs_2__The_Prisoner_of_the_Green_Stone/), due to enjoying playing the first Smurf game from publisher Microids.

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