Out this week: The Blackout Club, Madden NFL 20, Forager, The Tower of Beatrice, The Church in the Darkness, more

Rewinding back to last week, the original DOOM trilogy stealth launched on PS4, Xbox One and Switch over the weekend. DOOM and DOOM II will set you back a mere £3.99, while DOOM III is a penny shy of eight quid. In the grand scheme of things (i.e, the ridiculous price of some Switch conversions), that isn’t a bad deal at all. However, and as you’ve no doubt heard by now, a Bethesda.net account required to play. Isn’t technology grand?

As for what’s on this week’s agenda, it’s time once again for EA to roll out their annual sports updates. Madden 20 is first on the pitch and word has it that it’s a decent enough entry, but far from the greatest. Certainly not as good as many were expecting this late in this generation’s lifecycle.

More exciting is The Blackout Club, which takes some rather brazen inspiration from the Netflix phenomenon Stranger Things. It takes the form of a four-player co-op horror with procedurally generated missions, and such items as drones, noisemakers, and grappling hooks. Despite a few rough edges, it’s reportedly worth your time. Just don’t expect perfection.

The Church in the Darkness sounds intriguing too, based around a religious cult in the 70s. Playing as an ex-law enforcement officer, it’s your job to infiltrate the South America commune and find out what’s really going on in Freedom Town.

Then we have the indie sensation Forager, a pixel art base builder seven years in the making. The PC version, which launched in April, went down a storm while gaining favourable comparisons to Stardew Valley. It’s available on PS4 and Switch from today.

The Tower of Beatrice – out PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PS Vita – mixes point and click adventuring with escape room sensibilities, meanwhile. We posted our review yesterday, and while we had some issues with the control scheme, which requires you to cycle through all interactive objects rather than merely click on them, we still found it to be a decent enough brain boggler.

Solo: Islands of the Heart, a contemplative puzzler set around a string of islands, also launches this week. The Xbox One gest a belated conversion of the kart racer Meow Motors and the Pilotwings alike Pilot Sports too.

New release showcase

Madden 20

4/5 – Sporting News: The twilight of a video game generation tends to produce the most well-regarded and fondly-remembered editions of sports games. While it does not appear “Madden NFL 20” will stand among those past greats, a more defined attempt at providing gameplay authenticity bodes well for the future of the series.

3.5/5 – Twinfinite: Madden 20 takes a few steps forward in some regards but also takes a few – weird – steps back in some areas. It tinkers around with its core game modes without messing anything up, and there are some improvements that hardcore fans of a particular mode will definitely appreciate but more casual ones may not even realize weren’t in the game prior.

3/5 – Game Revolution: While many of the annoying glitches and wonky AI will hopefully get patched out of Madden NFL 20 there still isn’t a good reason to recommend it if you have purchased any recent years of the game. The new Face of the Franchise mode is totally underwhelming and fails to tell a meaningful story and the X-Factor abilities are helpful for newcomers but don’t really change how a solid player would play the game any.

The Blackout Club

7.7 – Xbox Tavern: So to some up, The Blackout Club is a Fun, addictive 4 player co-op horror with a Stranger Things atmosphere and lots of paranormal paranoia. Fans of the genre will dive for this and its nice to see a brave new attempt at the horror game. With the new enhanced horror system being a plus I can see people are going to be very curious about this title.

7/10 – TheSixthAxis: The Blackout Club is a strong addition to the co-op horror genre. Enemies and gameplay are really well handled, and playing with friends is a brilliant experience. If the story was a little more in-depth and better paced, this might be considered unmissable. As it is, The Blackout Club is a worthwhile game if not an essential one.

6.0 – Dual Shockers: Despite a truly amazing prologue/introduction, Question’s The Blackout Club isn’t all that scary and unfortunately isn’t too fun, either.


The Church in the Darkness

Solo: Islands of the Heart

New digital multi-format releases

  • The Church in the Darkness        
  • Labyrinth Life
  • Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden – Seed of Evil
  • New Star Manager
  • Solo: Islands of the Heart
  • Super Wiloo Demake
  • The Tower of Beatrice

New on PSN

  • Corpse Killer – 25th Anniversary Edition
  • Bear With Me: The Complete Collection
  • Doughlings: Invasion
  • Arcade Archives VICTORY ROAD
  • Arcade Archives POOYAN
  • Arcade Archives TIME PILOT

New on Xbox One store

  • Pilot Sports
  • Varenje
  • Asdivine Menace
  • Super Star Blast
  • Meow Motors

New Nintendo retail releases

  • FIA European Truck Racing Championship
  • Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden

Next week: Age of Wonders: Planetfall, Gravity Ghost: Deluxe Edition, Metal Wolf Chaos XD, Must Dash Amigos, The Angry Birds Movie 2 VR: Under Pressure, Subdivision Infinity DX, The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game, Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition (Switch), Damsel, Ugly Dolls: An Imperfect Adventure, Friday The 13th: Game Ultimate Slasher Edition (Switch), and Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet Complete Edition

Matt Gander

Matt is Games Asylum's most prolific writer, having produced a non-stop stream of articles since 2001. A retro collector and bargain hunter, his knowledge has been found in the pages of tree-based publication Retro Gamer.

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