Your Pop-Tarts & Toaster Strudels for Q1 2021

  • @paulmci27 I considered that as well, but as a huge fan I didn't have the heart to pick it. Just hoping it turns out to be way better than everyone expects. The environments actually looked good. Just seemed like all the character models were unfinished.

  • @yoshi Looks like new levels in the trailer.

  • Pop-Tart: Eastward

    From the moment I saw the initial reveal trailer some years ago, I had no doubt that this game is going to rule. It's got a beautiful aesthetic inspired by 90s anime and captures an almost Earthbound feeling vibe of charm in its characters. Characters, animations, the world, everything looks like it's got so much heart and soul poured into every bit of it, and so I've got no doubt this game is going to be a gem this year, probably similar to how Celeste blew up some years ago.

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    Toaster Strudel: Oddworld: Soulstorm

    Oddworld is one of my favorite franchises. I've played every game, and while many haven't been perfect, they've all been unique to say the least. It's been a LONG time since New n' Tasty came out, and even though I can feel the love and passion from Lorne Lanning (definitely check out the Ars Technica interview with him about the inception and creation of the property if you haven't and are interested - there's a two hour cut and a 20 minute one that are both fascinating) I just don't know if the game can capture the feel I love from the original. It feels less like the old school adventure platformers, and like it's lost a bit of that in what I've seen from this remake, like shooting a turret at dudes while everything is blowing up. I hope this is great. I'm definitely playing it. I'm just feeling a little cautious about the way the cooking process is turning out, especially given it feels like we've seen the same trailer cut five different ways.

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  • @happygaming We're doing games coming out in Q1, January to March, so I don't think those two qualify :)

    About Oddworld, I'm like you, I really enjoy the series, but I'm still optimistic about this one. Maybe it's a case of the trailer being more action-oriented to have broader appeal or something dumb like that. I can't imagine it's a full-on action game. I'm pretty sure it'll have stealth, puzzles and platforming just like the old ones.

  • @axel My bad! I didn't fully read the thread title. This year is just going be so weird because nothing has a release date.

    I'll be back with that Oddworld post again when it has a date, haha

  • @happygaming By then it will hopefully have had a better trailer and will become your pop-tart!

  • Pop-tart: Scorn

    Could end up being a Toaster Strudel but after the last gameplay video I'm ready to take a gamble and bet on it to be a pleasant surprise. Loved the slow pace, art style and sound design. As long as it's well directed it can be a hit.

    Toaster Strudel: Medium

    Really want to play it, and obviously want it to be good, but just gives me bad vibes.

  • @phbz Bloober Team's games have rarely set the world on fire, Blair Witch was pretty badly received for example, so I'm also not holding my breath for The Medium, but with Microsoft's backing there's a chance it could be their best yet. Can't say I've seen any footage that makes me lean one way or the other so far.

    I don't think Scorn currently has a release date for Q1 though?

  • Pop Tart:

    CyberShadow, it is just an obvious choice, it looks so good and I have full confidence if Yacht Club is related to it is gonna slap.

    Toster Strudel:

    Balan Wonderland, I actually hope I'm wrong cause I like the design and how it looks, I just have a hard time having much confidence on stuff like this from Square.

  • @axel Oh no, I assumed they just pushed it from December to early 21. I want to believe!

  • Hmmmm tough to say... I think the most I can go on are gut instincts because we haven't seen much of these games if at all for most of them.

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    Riders Republic -

    It looks like what a groups of white bald guys in suits assume teens think is cool and edgy. Basically has the same energy as a beef jerky commercial. But—it's a downhill mountain biking and snowboarding game.

    Even the bad snowboarding games like Shaun White are still amusing to some degree. And we haven't had many downhill biking games but Downhill Domination is one of my favourite PS2 games as a kid [EDIT: after writing this post, I looked up Downhill Domination and realized it was developed by Incognito (Twisted Metal, Warhawk) and published by SCE. No wonder that game was so great! I always assumed it was some B-tier in my memory, but clearly it had that sweet sweet SCE TLC. Now why did Sony have to close this studio down :(] Something about mountain biking while racing flat out is insanely fun.

    It might be microtransaction hell, but I think this is going to be certified fun.

    Toaster Strudel

    Pump the breaks on The Medium -

    I saw the newest demo today and I think this game will be cool for old school survival horror fans like myself, but this game has dated stamped all over it. Don't get me wrong, I like this type of gameplay, even if it feels dusty to other people. But if you don't have a Capcom Resident Evil 2 budget, then old school survival horror is going to rub a lot of people the wrong way.

    It's lifting a lot from games like Silent Hill and I think it'll maybe be too derivative for a lot of people.

    Side note - both Pop Tarts and Toaster Strudel are absolute fucking dog dirt (like most boxed foods), but I can at least half enjoy a Smores Pop Tart with a coffee in the morning. Toaster Strudel is just wet hot cheap fruity bullshit. The texture alone makes me wanna yak something terrible.

  • @dipset I too have high hopes for Riders Republic. That was the main competition with the Pop-Tart I picked.

  • Pop Tart: Returnal
    I think it's about time Housemarque translated their style of arcade gameplay and feel to an actual 3D environment. It's like a really jacked-up inFamous game but in a creepy Dark Souls-ish alien world. There's a few gameplay clips in these dev diaries, and it looks great.

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    Toaster Strudel: Balan Wonderworld
    This game looks janky as heck to me. Might be one of those games where you have to struggle with the gameplay to enjoy the cool setting and ideas in the game.

  • My Pop-Tart: Far Cry 6

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    The only reason is Giancarlo Esposito. I don't have high hopes for gameplay, it will be the same with last 4 games most probably but I'm really curious about the story mode, because both the setting and the main villian's potential really excite me.

    Mt Toaster Strudel: Hitman 3

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    I'm not so interested in this IP that's for sure but man, I just feel like they add new episodes to Hitman from 2016 and nothing else. It doesn't feel like this is a sequel at all, just an expansion and that's it. They said they are keen to add new IP's to their company's catalog, hope it's true and hope 007 project is not a reskin Hitman.

  • @scotty said in Your Pop-Tarts & Toaster Strudels for Q1 2021:

    I just feel like they add new episodes to Hitman from 2016 and nothing else. It doesn't feel like this is a sequel at all, just an expansion and that's it.

    That is basically what they are doing, you aren't wrong. They release 5-6 new levels per game and a bunch of gameplay tweaks, then if you own the older game, you can bring those levels into the new one.

    However, each level can take 90 mins to like 3 hours on your first attempt. So it isn't like this is some small potatoes "expansion". If I recall, Hitman 2016 was called Hitman: Season 1, but Square Enix kicked IOI to the curb so they just made sequels and took their time instead of making more frequent "seasons," but you're correct in that they aren't re-writing the book.

    Idk man, Hitman 3 looks really damn impressive. So much so that I want to wait for PS5 or a new GPU to play it in its full glory. I don't see this reviewing poorly or disappointing fans.

  • Pop-Tart
    Returnal - Never played a Housemarque game, though I know they're typically well received for what they are, and I think this move to a larger production will make them a little more well known to the average player going forward. It gives me heavy ReCore vibes from a gameplay perspective, but is drastically different with regards to its visuals and tone and the fact that it fits within a roguelike structure. I don't have a PS5 yet so I won't play at launch, but I'm looking forward to getting around to it down the line and am sure the reviews will be very favorable.

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    Riders Republic - This just looks like Steep with the addition of the mountain bike from Trials and terrain that isn't just snow, but a mashup of American national parks. There seems to be a greater focus on co-op and group play as up to 50 people can compete at once, but I'm wary that's enough to make this interesting. While I could see people loving this, I imagine the biggest draw of the game will be whatever tour mode they create to view the landscapes like they've done with the latest Assassin's Creed game worlds. I don't see this being a big hit, which is unfortunate.

  • @dipset

    Thanks for the clarification. Fans probably will like it because of it is the same thing with new locations and these type of games are rare but critics won't be too happy about it is my guess. Because of the lack of innovation and the ''feeling'' I explained in the post above.