While our whole family loves all of the Borderlands games, we do NOT love them all equally. Borderlands 3 has been far and away the most fun, engaging, satisfying, and - at times - absolutely rakkshit crazy.

Psycho Krieg and the Fantastic Fustercluck, the fourth and final entry in the Borderlands 3 DLC Season Pass, definitely lands in this last category. It blends in an unhealthy dose of Psychonauts as you descend into the psyche of a psycho:

 

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Busy Gamer Nation #286: Foregone

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Foregone GrrlGotGame stumbled across Foregone at PAX West 2019 and pulled me over for a look. As side-scrolling platformers go, it's a stunner. And the reason is that it's actually built on a 3D engine. But you can learn all about this in our short-but-sweet 3-minute interview.

And it even has a release date. Foregone launches Oct 5 on Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One. If you can't wait, you can pick it up on PC via Epic Games Early Access.

This is one of our show floor interviews from PAX West 2019.

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Spirit of Midnight Spirit of Midnight is one of the first games we homed in on at PAX West 2019. Well, to be honest, it was right across from the always capped line for Borderlands 3 - but that just makes it as fortuitous as it is charming.

And it has charm in buckets! You play as a curious kitty who leaves home on a mysterious journey. It's a classic point-and-click-style adventure made for the whole family. While designed to appeal to younger players, it's no less fun for adults. And it's expected out sometime this fall on Mac and PC via Steam and possibly consoles.

This is one of our show floor interviews from PAX West 2019.

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Busy Gamer Nation #284: Cat Lady

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Cat Lady Cat Lady caught my eye at the indie booth at PAX West 2019, and so I snagged this interview with a rep from Rose City Games.

Since then apparently there has been DRAMA. It appears somebody may have their claws out. The game was on Steam Early Access but in June it was pulled from sale and Rose City posted this terse message from its publisher, VIZ Media:

"The Early Access period for Cat Lady has now ended. For those of you who purchased the game, you will still be able to continue playing it from your library. For those who haven't, please stay tuned because we'll be back when the game is ready for full launch!"

Sounds upbeat but honestly, it seems like SOMETHING HAPPENED. We certainly wish the best for everyone involved, and if you want to put in your vote to get this game, I would take their advice and contact VIZ Media here: gamepublishing@viz.com.

This is one of our show floor interviews from PAX West 2019.

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Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?! I stumbled on the original Cook, Serve, Delicious! on Steam and quickly got hooked. I spoke with creator David Galindo at PAX West 2019 about the next sequel, Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?!, out now on Steam Early Access and expected to launch in October 2020 on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch.

The third game in the series is set on a food truck where you prep orders while traveling cross-country to various selling locations. As such, there's an added layer of strategy. Busy gamers will be pleased to hear that Zen Mode is returning, and it's better integrated into the game. You can play at your own pace without the need to excessively grind to advance.

This is one of our show floor interviews from PAX West 2019.

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Right after the interview, I ran home and bought Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! and streamed the start of the game to give you a taste:

 

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Busy Gamer Nation #282: Hades

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Hades Supergiant Games, maker of Bastion, Transistor, and Pyre, is usually our first stop at PAX West each year. In 2019, we found they were cooking up a game called Hades.

We spoke in-depth with creative director Greg Kasavin and composer/audio director Darren Korb. It's a bit longer than our usual show floor interviews - clocking in at 8 1/2 minutes - and contains samples of Korb's score throughout.

The game is expected to launch very soon on PC and Switch. It's playable now via Early Access via Epic and Steam stores. Additional platforms are expected "down the line."

If you're a fan of Supergiant Games, also check out two events from PAX West 2019: 10 Years of Supergiant Games Panel and music from the Supergiant Games Orchestra.

This is one of our show floor interviews from PAX West 2019. More are on the way!

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The Devil's Calculator The Devil's Calculator is a free (up to a point) math puzzler where the object is not to solve for a missing number - you have that, it's the mark of the beast aka 666 - but a function that gets you to that number.

It starts out easy but soon becomes tricky, especially when the devil tries to thwart you by setting some of the calculator's keys on fire. There's even an amusing story, and bonus puzzles from leading mathematicians.

The game is out now on PC, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS - and it's entirely free for students and teachers.

For everyone else, you get 25 levels and then chip in a $3 donation to unlock many more - plus a level creator so you can make and share your own.

This is one of our show floor interviews from PAX West 2019. More are on the way!

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Superliminal Superliminal is one of those games that just catches your eye at an event like PAX West. This 3-minute interview tells you what you need to know: It's basically a 3D puzzle game where the stupidest solution is usually what gets you through.

Consider it the antidote to all of those smarty-pants puzzle games (you know who you are).

The game is out now on PC, PlayStation 4, Switch, and Xbox One - so if you like what you hear, get playing!

This is one of our show floor interviews from PAX West 2019. More are on the way!

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Unless this is your first visit, you know I love Artifex Mundi hidden object games. Due to the site freeze, I have a backlog of some 30 videos I posted to my YouTube channel

If I'm going to clear the backlog and get back to podcast editing, I'm going to need to post some of these in batches. Here are six of these games that I posted recently:

Family Mysteries: Poisonous Promises is the latest Artifex Mundi hidden object game on Xbox, and the first in a new series. You play a reluctant detective pressured into solving an unusual murder. Like other games in this genre, you collect clues and use them to assemble deductions that progress the story.. Some objects are well hidden - I finally had to use a hint (which I never do!) to locate an elusive lizard:

 

Persian Nights: Sands of Wonders is one of my favorite Artifex Mundi hidden object games. In a midnight movie sort of way, the performances are so bad they're good. Seriously, I laughed out loud several times. The puzzles are pretty great too:

 

Scarlett Mysteries: Cursed Child is another standard Artifex Mundi trope: a missing person must be tracked while solving a supernatural mystery and, of course, lots of puzzles. The acting is above par on this one - though it's really about the myriad puzzles, and those are solid too:

 

Modern Tales: Age of Invention falls into the steampunk genre of Artifex Mundi hidden object games (which also includes the excellent Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink). These are generally the most interesting story-wise and strike a lighter tone than those that are steeped in horror or mystery:

 

Path of Sin: Greed is an Artifex Mundi detective story. It blends their patented mix of puzzles and hidden object scenes with a hard-boiled mystery. Several times in the game, you'll be called on to correlate evidence and make deductions. So grab your magnifying glass and notebook, and let's get to solving:

 

Dreamwalker: Never Fall Asleep is another of my beloved Artifex Mundi hidden object games. Often the story doesn't matter much, and this is pretty much the case here. Basically you solve puzzles that appear while exploring inside a character's dreams, Inception-style. It's a dark tale that's compelling enough to draw you through to the end:

 

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I like Agent A a lot. It's a slick puzzle adventure game with a fun story and difficult puzzles and some even more challenging achievements. It took me a couple of months, playing off and on, but I finally beat it.

There are hidden objects but it's not a hidden object game, more like a classic point-and-click adventure with some fun twists:

 

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Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled seemed really promising. Alas, the load times are NOT Nitro-Fueled. Honestly, if this game were zippier I'd probably be playing it now.

That said, there is a lot of content in this game - so if you really like Crash and/or Kart games, take a look:

 

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Tracks is another game I tried for a Microsoft Rewards quest. It's not really my jam but I had some fun with it.

If you like assembling real model train sets, you'll probably enjoy this more than I did:

 

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Eastshade punches a lot of my buttons. It has a story, lots of exploration, quests, and a mode for capturing painterly vistas on canvases you collect.

Sort of like Pokemon Snap with a grown-up theme and tale to tell:

 

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I liked the original Unravel up to a point. It very quickly became so difficult as to make it unplayable, and I gave up. On a whim, I tried Unravel Two to see if it's any better.

This time there are two yarn folk to control, which makes this a great choice for couch co-op. I played solo and had a good time as well:

 

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I'll be honest, Fe might just be the weirdest game I've ever played. Maybe it's meant to be a stoner game? I mean I felt a little buzz from it, without any enhancement.

All I can say is that I hope it finds its audience:

 

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I tried Battle Chasers: Nightwar for a Microsoft Rewards quest but found I really enjoyed it. It's a turned-based combat RPG done well. There is a surface world land to traverse (like Commander Keen, for you old-school folks) and then there are dungeons, which include enemies, traps, and lots to explore.

Take a look - if you can get past the nutso story, there's a lot to like:

 

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Maize has a great trailer. It looks like this kooky open world action title but it's more of a linear puzzle game with a fair amount of exploration. Not quite what I signed up for, but it carried me all the way to the end.

It's rare that I finish a game these days, so I'd consider that a busy gamer testimonial to at least give this one a look:

 

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We've ridden the Assassin's Creed rollercoaster since the beginning. Somewhere along the way, they lost us but then won us back with Origins.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey lost us again - we played it at PAX West, and the emphasis on large-scale land and naval battles left us cold. But when there was a free play weekend, I gave the game another try and found I quite liked it. Not looking forward to those aforementioned battles but I could explore and do fetch quests all day!.

AAA:

 

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OMG, Trover Saves the Universe is like the midnight movie of videogames. If it feels like a lost Rick and Morty episode, that's because it was written and performed largely by the show's co-creator Justin Roiland. It's really not great (as promised by the game's teaser and often mentioned in the game itself) but it is funny and satirizes videogame tropes as you'd expect. It was conceived as a VR game, which explains why you zap to places instead of moving around first-person in 3D space (which would make you seasick).

The game is absolutely filthy with language. There is a censor option, but I left it off for this run:

 

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Sayonara Wild Hearts caught our eye at the last PAX West - its unique art style and music kept us coming back to the booth as if pulled by a magnet.

When I found it had launched on the Xbox Store, I grabbed it and dove right in:

 

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