What the Golf?As a fan of gold games, the more outlandish the better, I took to What the Golf? immediately. It's almost more of an interactive toy than game, but that's OK because the evolving play mechanics will keep you guessing and sometimes laughing out loud as you toss a hole into a number 1-shaped slot in the ground to score a hole in one, or as you solve other quick but "punny" levels.

Each "hole" is more nuts than the last, and eventually gets out of hand as it becomes (at least briefly) something of a shooter game.

Despite the developer's optimistic release schedule in the interview, the game is now expect to release in 2020 for PC on Steam.

This is the last of our show floor interviews from PAX West 2018 (read our show summary).

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Untitled Goose GameWe really expected Untitled Goose Game to have a final name by now, but it seems the developers are busy working on the game itself and not too concerned about what to call it. Or perhaps, in some meta level joke, this is the name.

Either way, expect to have lots of fun playing as a "horrible goose" who gets into everyone's business in his efforts to advance the story or just mess with people because you can.

Due to release for Nintendo Switch and PC on Steam, probably sometime after it gets a real name..

This is one of our show floor interviews from PAX West 2018 (read our show summary).

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Boyfriend DungeonHere's another PAX game with a fun name: Boyfriend Dungeon. It's not what it sounds like, unless you are thinking of an isometric role-playing game where the dungeon you crawl is a mall and the weapon you wield is your boyfriend, who you also date when you get tired of hacking and slashing and want to enjoy a dating sim.

Yeah, it's quite the game and a short but fascinating interview. Boyfriend Dungeon is due to release "when weapons are beautiful enough" for PC on Steam.

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Disco ElysiumWhen scouring the PAX show floor, sometimes it's the title that grabs you. This was the case with Disco Elysium, a detective story with a cool art style and the promise of deep role-playing mechanics.

We're still not sure when but the game is due to release for PC but you can watch for it on Steam and Humble Store. Explore the story behind the game in our quick and fun interview.

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Artifex Mundi is known for making the best console hidden object games, which I love. But Irony Curtain is a step in a new direction for the Polish game developer. It uses the poin-and-click adventure model, popularize by LucasArts in the '90s, to share a thinly veiled satire of what it's like to live in the shadow of a socialist regime. It's both funny and challenging.

If you want more background on the game and their other recent release, My Brother Rabbit, listen to our PAX West 2018 show floor interview.

In the first 42 minutes of Irony Curtain (I got absorbed and went a little long), you'll get the backstory and see how the core gameplay works. That said, it gets much harder a few hours in and the game mechanics evolve quite a bit over the course of the game:

 

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Meow WarsWe're a sucker for a game with cute kitties, and Meow Wars delivers. It's also free to play on mobile and emphasizes quick and easy card combat over collecting, making it more like a quick-to-pick-up puzzler than an epic card battler.

It's very easy to learn but could take you some time to master. And you can play solo with AI opponents or against real-world friends.

Play Meow Wars now for free on Android and iOS, or for a small fee with your PC on Steam. Got a minute? Listen to our quick take on this furry and fun game.

This is one of our show floor interviews from PAX West 2018 (read our show summary).

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AstroneerAstroneer is another space exploration, resource gathring, and crafting game - think No Man's Sky but limited to a reasonable number of planets, each with its own predetermined characteristics.

In other words, there's a lot smaller chance you'll get lost in space and there are more opportunities to make the world your own or, if you prefer, share it with others via online co-op.

Play it now on Xbox One (free with Game Pass) or PC via Steam. Take a couple minutes and listen to our short but sweet interview.

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The Inner FriendIf you like games that mess with your head and play off classic '80s pop culture, The Inner Friend is worth a look (and listen).

The title explores what happens when your inner child is denied and starts leaving terrifying traps that play on your deepest fears. Except spiders - thankfully, there are none of those in here. But fear of abandonment? They've got you covered.

And you can play it now for PC on Steam.

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Busy Gamer Nation #271: Coffence

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CoffenceWe love coffee but a coffee combat game? Coffence began as a game studio goof, and then evolved from a physics sim to a fun and wacky duel dynamic where you can play as a dog or a pirate or other crazy character and wield cups ranging from a tiny but swift espresso shot to a large but cumbersome coffee pot.

Best of all, Coffence is available now for PC on Steam, if you want to give it a whirl. Got a few minutes? Find out if it might be the caffeinated game for you.

This is one of our show floor interviews from PAX West 2018 (read our PAX West 2018 show summary).

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My Friend PedroMy Friend Pedro is your classic so-weird-you-have-to-try it PAX game. Plus, they gave you a Pedro foam banana collectible for getting through the first couple of levels.

The game is a melange of Max Payne and The Matrix bullet time effects, which is a surprisingly addictive game mechanic where even your misfires feel cinematic as heck.

The game is available now for Nintendo Switch and PC on Steam. Got a few minutes? Find out if it might be for you.

This is one of our floor interviews from PAX West 2018 (read our PAX West 2018 show summary).

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Wolfenstein: Youngblood is a new twist on the popular shooter series, now owned by Bethesda, which GrrlGotGame absolutely loves.

Me, not so much. I tend to get lost in the skill trees and weapon upgrades, which seem more critical to your success than in similar games. And the emphasis on co-op in Youngblood makes this a bit of a pass for me, especially since the partner AI when playing solo is not too bright and you cannot give direction like in most squad-type games. In this video, I gave up on trying to beat the mini-bosses who appear about 20 minutes in (GrrlGotGame, on the other hand, had no problem with this so your mileage may definitely vary):

 

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Void Bastards is not your typical first-person shooter. There is a light aspect of resource management, which doesn't seem to slow you down much but affects your choices in the game. Do you need ammo, fuel, or elements for upgrades?

You will spend a little more time scouring the map, figuring out where to go next, but otherwise it plays like you typical shooter:

 

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Hollow Knight is a fun little platformer, once you get a handle on it. It does take awhile to get started, and then it can be quite challenging to even just get around - so I do spend an extra 15 minutes trying to get to the heart of the gameplay.

Take a look, and see if this is your sort of thing:

 

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I'll just say it: Monster Hunter: World is not my kind of game. The story seems inane, the combat (when you finally get to it) feels clunky, and I really don't enjoy the dynamic. Also, it's really intended as a co-op game, and I prefer to play single player.

That said, I do spend the better part of an hour exploring the world, and you can get a taste of it here:

 

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As shooter series go, Metro is one of the better ones. OK, so it's not as crazy fun as Borderlands, but it makes up for it with story and heart.

Metro Exodus promuses to be more open world than past installments but the first part of the game is very much on rails. Still, if you like the Metro survival shooter experience, it certainly is fun:

 

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If you follow me at all, you know I love Forza Horizon 4. I've put hundreds of hours into the game, more than any other - even Elder Scrolls. The initial hook is exploration, which means every expansion provides new stuff to find. Then there are the weekly, daily, and hourly quests that keep me coming back almost every day.

LEGO Speed Champions is another wacky departure, similar to Hot Wheels in Forza Horizon 3. In the first half hour, enjoy the amusing intro videos, some brick collecting (currency used to unlock house elements and additional LEGO cars), and my first Forzathon Live event in the new expansion:

 

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I've been replaying the remaster of the original Borderlands to get pumped up for Borderlands 3, but the surprise release of the free Fight for Sanctuary DLC at E3 2019 made me shift targets to Borderlands 2, part of The Handsome Collection on Xbox One (just added to Game Pass!), PS4, and PC.

It took me several minutes to figure out how to kick off the DLC and then a few more minutes of cutscenes ensued. So I went a little over to give you a reasonable taste. I'm a little underpowered here, just enough to make things challenging. I'm looking forward to playing some more:

 

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We're huge Fallout fans (notably New Vegas) but Fallout 76 lost us with its dependence on multiplayer. We don't want to battle other survivors. We play for the story. But when I went to get an Xbox One X and found the Fallout 76 edition was nearly $40 cheaper than the base console, I thought I would let them pay me to get this game. Overall, it's not terrible though it reminded me I have lots left to do in Fallout 4.

At E3 2019, Bethesda announced it will be adding a more formal campaign and NPC characters in a free update later this year, so I'll likely stream that experience for comparison (as it's probably what we wanted on Day 1). For now, here's the online only version:

 

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I love the Resident Evil series but survival horror this good isn't something I'm up for very often. I bought Resident Evil 7: Biohazard awhile back and finally cracked it open. Wow, this is dark. Not just the lack of illunmination at times. It's going to take perserverance to get through. .

Take a look at the start of the story and you'll see why, and whether it's your kind of game:

 

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Candleman is one of those cool looking platformers I voewed to pick up if it ever dropped below $10. It did, I did, and now I kinda regret it. The game looks good when lit but the problem is that you burn down to a nub and die if you keep yourself ignited long enough to enjoy the scenery. Instead you light yourself up very briefly, over and over again, to avoid hazards and light assorted candles that aren't mobile and don't give off much light.

Honestly, not sure I can recommend it but give it a look and see if you can see enough to decide for yourself:

 

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