Critiques That includes ‘Prodeus’ & ‘Ghost Track’, Plus the Newest Releases and Gross sales – TouchArcade

Hey light readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Spherical-Up for November 4th, 2022. Our pal Mikhail got here via massive, so we’ve acquired two critiques so that you can try right this moment. The new-as-heck first-person shooter Prodeus and long-in-development Ghost Track get their time within the Judgment Chair. After that, we head into the brand new releases of the day. The highlights are It Takes Two and Harvestella, however there’s a lot to think about. Lastly, we’ve acquired the standard lists of latest and outgoing gross sales. Let’s shut out the week!

Critiques & Mini-Views

Prodeus ($24.99)

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It has been fairly the experience for Nintendo Swap homeowners who’ve wished to play Prodeus, the old-school first-person shooter with a contemporary twist. If you happen to’ve not saved up with it, Prodeus launched in early entry on Steam some time in the past, and it lastly launched on Nintendo Swap final week following a mistaken construct being uploaded to the eShop. Identical to Nightfall, Prodeus is an incredibly good first-person shooter that deserves to be in your Swap in the event you’re a fan of the style.

Whereas I did play Prodeus via its early entry launch, I solely correctly acquired deep into it nearer to the PC model’s launch just a few weeks in the past. Having performed it on Xbox Sequence X, my laptop computer, Steam Deck, and now Nintendo Swap, I’m blown away by virtually every little thing in Prodeus, and solely have just a few points with it on Nintendo Swap proper now.

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Along with the hand-crafted marketing campaign that’s largely sensible with just a few annoyances in a while, you could have entry to multiplayer, and neighborhood created ranges providing you with tons of content material proper off the bat. Whilst you might simply play the superior marketing campaign, the multiplayer and created ranges are very good. A couple of of the screenshots I’ve used on this assessment are from neighborhood created ranges.

In plenty of methods, Prodeus jogs my memory of Octopath Traveler. I do know that will sound surprising, however hear me out. Octopath Traveler took fashionable rendering and results to old fashioned pixel artwork and blended them collectively for a hanging aesthetic. Prodeus is like that for old-school shooters. It makes use of fashionable rendering and results bur nonetheless stays true to feeling like a “boomer shooter” in the event you might. It excels in what it units out to do visually, and oozes ambiance.

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Past the fashion, Prodeus controls like a dream. Weapons really feel nice, and it simply appears like a brilliantly designed and polished shooter that’s underpriced in its present state for what you get right here. I simply want there was gyro help to make it really feel like a extra full bundle with regards to the Swap model.

Visually, Prodeus seems nice on Nintendo Swap throughout the board. The efficiency is the place issues are a bit iffy. I hope a future replace can add a 30fps cap as a result of the efficiency is a bit too unstable for my liking in some conditions. In conditions like this, the Steam Deck model is so much higher. If you happen to aren’t too bothered by a fluctuating body fee, this won’t be a difficulty for you. I can see it being an enormous drawback at increased problem ranges although.

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On the audio facet of issues, Prodeus may need one among Andrew Hulshult’s greatest soundtracks but. The music is classy, and the audio design total is mainly good. He actually knocked it out of the park with this soundtrack. I’ve been listening to it fairly a bit just lately outdoors the sport as effectively.

Apart from the efficiency points, my fundamental situation with Prodeus on Swap is the shortage of gyro aiming help. First-person or third-person video games profit so much from gyro controls on Swap, and I hope Prodeus provides them in a possible future replace.

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Whereas I do get pleasure from evaluating totally different platforms that will help you resolve the place it is best to seize a particular recreation, Prodeus having cross platform sync with ProNet (in-game account) means I like to recommend grabbing it on every little thing when you’ve got the means to. It’s that good. The Swap model isn’t as easy as Steam Deck, however the builders have finished an excellent job with it. Hopefully efficiency may be improved or a 30fps cap may be added sooner or later.

Whereas the Swap efficiency isn’t good, I’d be mendacity if I mentioned I didn’t have a ton of enjoyable all through my time with Prodeus on Nintendo Swap. I really like with the ability to sync throughout Steam Deck, my laptop computer, and Nintendo Swap because of the in-game account, and getting access to the whole expertise with no compromises on the content material facet on Nintendo Swap makes this a necessary for first-person shooter followers. Video games like Prodeus and DUSK are completely gems that you simply owe it to your self to play in the event you, like me, loved Doom again within the day. Now I simply want a vinyl soundtrack introduced to go alongside the bodily launch coming. -Mikhail Madnani

SwitchArcade Rating: 4.5/5

Ghost Track ($19.99)

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Once I was supplied a assessment code for Humble Video games and Previous Moon’s Ghost Track, I used to be intrigued by the premise and the gameplay trailer. Having now performed it on Steam and Nintendo Swap, the atmospheric 2D Metroidvania ended up addressing a few of my points with latest video games within the style, but additionally manages to face by itself because of its attractive world, the ambiance, and narrative. Whereas it does borrow from just a few different video games, Ghost Track does sufficient to be price trying out.

I truly had no concept that Ghost Track was a recreation in growth for therefore lengthy after I began enjoying it on Steam. I used to be floored at how good many features of it are, and regardless of some points, it’s now one of many higher video games I’ve performed this 12 months. I additionally remorse not taking note of it sooner as a result of Ghost Track visually is precisely what I would like from a Metroidvania. Sadly, Ghost Track on Swap is a bit missing with regards to efficiency.

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Once I first began enjoying Ghost Track, I discovered the motion a bit jarring, however shortly acquired into the circulate of the fight and exploration. I’m glad I used to be mistaken after I initially felt prefer it may simply be making an attempt to ape different video games within the style, as a result of Ghost Track appears like a mix of a style biggest hits expertise and its personal factor. You even have entry to a neater problem choice, however remember the fact that you possibly can’t swap in a save as soon as you start enjoying.

Visually, Ghost Track is attractive. I actually am shocked at how good the enemy designs, environments, and a few of the animations are in Ghost Track. One other spotlight as part of the sound design is the soundtrack by Grant Graham. It positively elevates the expertise and is price trying out even when you’re finished with the sport.

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The one factor holding me again from wholeheartedly recommending Ghost Track to everyone seems to be the efficiency on Nintendo Swap. I had already completed Ghost Track on PC earlier than I performed it on Swap for this assessment, and it was a greater expertise there. I hope these efficiency points may be addressed as a result of Ghost Track positively feels good for Nintendo Swap. Proper now, the sport itself is a straightforward advice, however the Nintendo Swap model wants a bit of labor. -Mikhail Madnani

SwitchArcade Rating: 4/5

New Releases

It Takes Two ($39.99)

The award-winning co-op platformer involves Swap on this port. You possibly can play with one other participant by way of native or on-line multiplayer, and the second participant doesn’t even must personal the sport as long as you do. I wish to make it very clear: this recreation requires two gamers. You possibly can’t play alone. Proper there within the title. It takes two. Offered you possibly can test that field off, this can be a well-made, typically uncomfortable story of a damaged relationship and the way it may be mounted via the magic of fantasy and wishing exhausting sufficient.

Harvestella ($59.99)

I’m amused on the extreme use of citation marks on this recreation’s eShop description. Think about Dr. Evil studying it and doing the finger quotes for every occasion for additional laughs. Anyway, this can be a farming RPG from Sq. Enix. Remaining Farmtasy, if you’ll. It appears to work so much like most different farming RPGs, however it has shiny graphics and an epic story with a number of fancy made-up phrases to explain issues. I haven’t been capable of dig into the sport, so I can’t actually say if it’s vital or not at this level. I’ll say that Sq. Enix appears to have put a whole-butt effort into it, and that tends to bode effectively for the ensuing high quality.

Stack Up! (or dive making an attempt) ($9.99)

The thought right here is that you’ll want to keep above the rising water by constructing stacks to maintain climbing upwards. You possibly can play alone or hop on-line to play with as much as 4 gamers. You possibly can unlock new hats and hammers to customise your character with. This strikes me as one thing that could be extra enjoyable in native multiplayer, however not less than it has multiplayer.

From Area ($14.99)

Phew, that’s plenty of pink. This can be a top-down shooter the place it’s important to save the Earth from hordes of pink aliens. As much as 4 gamers can workforce up by way of on-line multiplayer, and there are many totally different characters to select from so that everybody can have their very own factor happening. A bunch of weapons, level-ups, particular skills… you most likely know the way this sort of recreation works by now. That is one among them, and a reasonably well-made one at that. However very pink!

Bratz: Flaunt Your Trend ($39.99)

Gee, Outright Video games is simply cranking them out currently. Right here’s a recreation primarily based on the favored toy line. Play as Sasha, Jade, Cloe, or Yasmin as you go on a trend journey. Chase fashion tales, play some mini-games, full side-quests, and use the cash you earn to customise your character with new threads. Clearly not aimed toward an outdated man like me, however possibly you could have a Bratz fan in the home that can respect it.

Aeterna Noctis ($29.99)

I might have sworn this was already launched, however I suppose not. It’s a Metroidvania-style exploratory platformer with an emphasis on fight. If that sounds so much like Hole Knight, effectively… I believe that’s most likely one of many inspirations right here. It’s sort of acquired that drawback the place it’s not likely dropping the ball in any means but additionally isn’t doing something fascinating sufficient to face out. Followers of the style will most likely get pleasure from it anyway.

7 Days of Rose ($4.99)

Michael is a standard boring excessive schooler who takes a one-week journey to a tropical island on this visible novel. There, he meets a woman named Rose who flips his world upside-down. He’s solely acquired seven days along with her, however what secrets and techniques does she conceal behind her smile? There are three totally different endings primarily based on the alternatives you make all through the sport.

Sakura MMO 3 ($9.99)

This third recreation within the visible novel collection concludes the story of Viola and her quest within the fantasy world of Asaph On-line. The fallen goddess Iona has arrived, and she or he means to finish the world. Solely Viola can stand between her ambitions and whole destruction. Make your decisions and see the way it all finally ends up!

Arcade Archives Itazura Tenshi ($7.99)

We’re heading into the bushes once more for this week’s Arcade Archives. Hamster’s pulled a Nichibutsu recreation from the pile of defunct firm IP it owns, and it’s the 1984 launch Itazura Tenshi. You play as an angel that should restore constellations by becoming a member of their stars, whereas keeping off enemy assaults. Others have in contrast it to Namco’s Bosconian, and I reckon I’ll too. It’s not unhealthy, although the jingle each time you repair a constellation actually will get annoying after a couple of minutes.

Weedcraft Inc ($24.99)

We’ve come so removed from the times the place cigarettes and beer needed to be censored within the localization course of, haven’t we? Now we now have full-on marijuana enterprise sims on our recreation consoles, proper there subsequent to Mario and Pikachu. Anyway, this can be a very detailed sim that goes so much deeper than simply rising weed. It’s as a lot concerning the enterprise of all of it as it’s creating the product. It’s a bit on the repetitive facet, so until you’ve acquired a particular curiosity in the subject material you’re most likely going to get bored with it fairly shortly.

Volleyball Coach: The Legend of Sports activities ($3.99)

Oh pleasure, Cooking & Publishing is again. This one claims to be a mash-up of a card recreation and arcade-style mini-games, and that seems to take a look at. Play your playing cards to present your self the sting within the mini-games and prepare your volleyball workforce. Most likely not very a lot meat on the bone right here, however I’m not dropping 4 bucks to seek out out.

Snow Insanity ($9.99)

This can be a fairly shameless copy of Toaplan’s Snow Bros., which can be obtainable on Swap by way of a remake. And I actually do imply it after I name it a duplicate. It even makes use of a few of the identical degree layouts. Personally, I don’t wish to reward such behaviors with my cash. You are able to do what you want.

Mission Commando ($3.99)

Extra full junk from Pix Arts. Greater than doubtless cobbled collectively from a Unity Asset Retailer template of some form, however I can’t be bothered to go looking it out. It’s a run-and-gun within the vein of video games like Contra and Metallic Slug, which is about the identical as saying I’m a sprinter within the vein of athletes like Usain Bolt and Tyson Homosexual. Look, discover just a few extra {dollars} and deal with your self to a Metallic Slug recreation. You deserve higher.

Gross sales

(North American eShop, US Costs)

Truthfully, I anticipated a much bigger record. However that is good. Tribute Video games is having a spicy sale with new low costs on the likes of Flinthook, Panzer Paladin, and Metal Assault. There are just a few Kairosoft sims on sale, some Recreation Mill stuff, and some different odds and ends like Eastward. There isn’t an excessive amount of within the weekend outbox, however in the event you’re checking one record anyway you may as effectively test each.

Choose New Video games on Sale

Panzer Paladin ($7.99 from $19.99 till 11/7)
Metal Assault ($5.99 from $14.99 till 11/7)
Mercenary Kings: RE ($7.99 from $19.99 till 11/7)
Flinthook ($5.99 from $14.99 till 11/7)
Wizorb ($3.74 from $4.99 till 11/7)
Innocence Island ($9.99 from $19.99 till 11/10)
Rush Rally 3 ($7.49 from $14.99 till 11/11)
Concordia Digital Version ($14.99 from $24.99 till 11/11)
Pirated Code: Admin Version ($9.89 from $10.99 till 11/12)
Writhe ($2.49 from $9.99 till 11/14)
Sudoku Zenkai ($3.49 from $4.99 till 11/14)
Winds of Change ($9.99 from $19.99 till 11/17)
WARSAW ($3.99 from $19.99 till 11/17)
Lifeless or Faculty ($8.99 from $29.99 till 11/17)
Assault Gunners HD Version ($4.99 from $9.99 till 11/17)

Letterbox by POWGI ($3.99 from $7.99 till 11/18)
Eastward ($14.99 from $24.99 till 11/18)
From Area ($11.99 from $14.99 till 11/18)
Tremendous Cyborg ($2.99 from $6.99 till 11/22)
Nerf Legends Digital Deluxe ($11.99 from $59.99 till 11/24)
Road Outlaws 2 Digital Deluxe ($11.99 from $59.99 till 11/24)
NHRA Championship Racing ($24.99 from $49.99 till 11/24)
NHRA Championship Racing Deluxe ($29.99 from $59.99 till 11/24)
NHRA Championship Racing Ult. ($39.99 from $79.99 till 11/24)
Mutant Mudds Assortment ($4.99 from $19.99 till 11/24)
Xeodrifter ($4.99 from $9.99 till 11/24)
Soccer Slammers ($4.99 from $9.99 till 11/24)
Basketball Membership Story ($7.00 from $14.00 till 11/24)
Tennis Membership Story ($7.00 from $14.00 till 11/24)
Boxing Gymnasium Story ($8.40 from $14.00 till 11/24)

Bot Vice ($1.99 from $9.99 till 11/24)
Trend Princess ($1.99 from $9.99 till 11/24)
Magic Code ($1.99 from $12.48 till 11/24)
They Bleed Pixels ($1.99 from $14.99 till 11/24)
Monster Destroyer ($3.56 from $7.13 till 11/24)
Multi Race: Match the Automobile ($2.99 from $9.99 till 11/25)

Gross sales Ending This Weekend

.cat ($1.99 from $9.99 till 11/5)
Aerial_Knight’s By no means Yield ($5.99 from $11.99 till 11/5)
Asterix & Obelix XXL 3 ($4.49 from $29.99 till 11/5)
Dadish 3 ($1.99 from $9.99 till 11/5)
Escape Recreation Fort Boyard 2022 ($17.99 from $29.99 till 11/5)
Fireworks ($4.49 from $14.99 till 11/5)
Garfield Kart Livid Racing ($4.49 from $29.99 till 11/5)
My Universe: Inexperienced Journey ($17.99 from $29.99 till 11/5)
Syberia ($2.23 from $14.99 till 11/5)
The Quest for Excalibur Puy de Fou ($17.99 from $29.99 till 11/5)
The Smurfs Mission Vileaf ($19.99 from $39.99 till 11/5)
Animal Rivals: Up within the Air ($5.39 from $11.99 till 11/6)
Cardaclysm Shards of the 4 ($4.49 from $14.99 till 11/6)
Colt Canyon ($4.49 from $14.99 till 11/6)
Flewfie’s Journey ($5.99 from $9.99 till 11/6)

Into the Darkish ($17.49 from $24.99 till 11/6)
Kosmonavtes Academy Escape ($1.99 from $5.99 till 11/6)
Kosmonavtes Escape Actuality ($1.99 from $3.99 till 11/6)
Outbuddies DX ($5.39 from $17.99 till 11/6)
Panmorphia ($1.99 from $5.99 till 11/6)
Panmorphia Woke up ($2.99 from $6.99 till 11/6)
Panmorphia Enchanted ($1.99 from $3.99 till 11/6)
Pinku Kult: Hex Mortis ($5.99 from $9.99 till 11/6)
Pixel Heroes Mega Byte & Magic ($4.49 from $14.99 till 11/6)
Pixel Puzzle Makeout League ($3.74 from $14.99 till 11/6)
Pumpkin Jack ($11.99 from $29.99 till 11/6)
Silver Chains ($7.49 from $24.99 till 11/6)
Squeakers ($1.99 from $2.99 till 11/6)
Squeakers II ($1.99 from $2.99 till 11/6)
The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters ($4.49 from $14.99 till 11/6)
The Coma: Recut ($4.49 from $14.99 till 11/6)
Phrases Puzzles 3 in 1 ($3.59 from $3.99 till 11/6)

That’s all for right this moment and this week, mates. We’ll be again subsequent week with a ton of nice new video games like Sonic Frontiers, Sifu, Techniques Ogre: Reborn, and Atari 50. There will probably be extra critiques, extra gross sales, some information, and plenty of laughs. Okay, possibly tears. We’ll see. I hope you all have an exquisite weekend, and as at all times, thanks for studying!