Your Pop-Tarts & Toaster Strudels for Q2 2021



  • Bringing this back for another round :)

    This is a thread where we each pick 2 games coming out in the upcoming quarter (April-June), one Pop-Tart and one Toaster Strudel.

    As a reminder:

    • Your Pop-Tart is the game you want to bring attention to because you strongly believe it's going to be awesome. It can be an obscure game that's being overlooked, or a AAA game that you just know will be worth the hype, or anything in between.
    • Your Toaster Strudel is the game you have a bad feeling about. Ideally, not a game you simply have zero interest in, but rather something you'd want to be good but is currently raising too many red flags.

    Have fun!



  • My Pop-Tart is Pokemon Snap, just a cozy photography game.

    I don't really have a Toaster Strudel.... maybe Strawberry, or raspberry...?



  • Pop-Tart: Deathloop
    I know a lot of people have problems with the marketing of the game, but I think that it will end up being a great game either way. Wishing for a miracle so I can get a PS5 and play this as soon as possible, I just can't get enough of Arkane.

    Toaster Strudel: Knockout City
    I want to try this out because it's free, but I feel like I'm gonna uninstall it 2-3 days after I played it for the first time. It doesn't look like a game with a long lifespan.



  • Pop-Tart: Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
    Admittedly, I'm not the biggest Ratchet & Clank fan. I've only finished the 2016 game. But I've been more and more impressed by Rift Apart every time it's shown during one of Sony's PlayStation showcases. This looks to be another PS5 hardware showpiece like Demon's Souls was last year. And I won't bet against Insomniac Games.

    Toaster Strudel: Biomutant
    I've had an eye on this one since it's first announcement and I hope it turns out to be a fun action/adventure game. However, It's been in development for so long and I'm not sold just on the gameplay trailers released so far.



  • Pop-Tart: Deathloop
    With Dishonored 1 & 2 Arkane proved that they know how to make stealth games that don't feel too slow at times, so I have full confidence that Deathloop will be extremely fun to play. Keeping fingers crossed for it being on Game Pass for PC day 1.

    Toaster Strudel: Mass Effect: Legendary Edition
    No matter what BioWare do, there will be some fans thinking that they updated it too much and some fans thinking that they didn't update it enough. Personally, I'm disappointed that Mass Effect 3 will not have its original ending, which I love deeply and dearly.



  • Pop Tart: Kena: Bridge of Spirits

    I feel like this game doesn't receive enough spotlight. Awesome and Pixar quality graphics, Avatar(The Last Airbender) vibe with soundtrack and those little fluffy black creatures which are super cute. My only worry is combat which looks bland but I hope they don't show how it will upgrade over time with skills etc.

    Toaster Strudel: Resident Evil: VIIIage

    This one will be a very solid action-adventure, survival horror game I'm sure. Capcom is doing great with the series since REVII. My main reason for putting this in into the category is purely lore. I can't think of a way to include vampires and get away with it without being forced or ridiculous explanations in a world with logical explanations for virus etc.



  • Pop Tart-Deathloop is my pick for now because it's about time we had a shooter that was far-out and stylish because there are too many dreary and predictable shooters out there.

    Toaster Strudel-Considering the rules say April-June and this pick lands today on Game Pass-it's Outriders. I've stated this before but shooters with health bars and numbers makes me so weary-I want Outriders to be great but I feel it could be left in the dust.



  • @scotty Kena is slated for August so it's not Q2.



    • My Pop-Tart: Resident Evil Village (May 7th)

    Youtube Video

    Not like it needs any more promotion, but I can't think of another game I'm anticipating more this quarter. I loved Resident Evil VII, the first-person shift makes the horror and exploration aspects so much more intimate and immersive. All signs point to this sequel being bigger and better than VII, I can't wait for it!

    • My Toaster Strudel: Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance (June 22nd)

    Youtube Video

    On paper, this should be a day-one buy for me. I love the Forgotten Realms, I love the Drizzt gang even more, so a dumb fun hack-n-slash featuring them is kind of a dream game for me. But every single trailer so far has been full of red flags, with early last-gen visuals, stiff animations, a tone that's all over the place, terrible writing, the most predictable plot and enemies... It screams low-budget jank, my expectations are as low as they could be.

    But if it somehow gets anything above a 65 on Opencritic, I might get it on sale still.



  • @axel

    Yeah, sorry. Didn't notice.



  • @axel I'm gonna be real lazy. What you said. That's mine too.



  • Pop Tart: Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection.
    Even though the stylish action genre is one I don't stick to very well, NG1 has a great reputation, so I want to try it and you should too.

    Toaster Strudel: Deathloop
    I like the original definition of "Toaster Strudel" which was simply like "a game you want to lower the status of". Deathloop went from interesting to eh for me, even though I know most people are legitimately excited. That's a toaster strudel.



  • Well neither my Q1 Pop-Tart (Returnal) or Toaster Strudel (Riders Republic) even released, let's see if I can actually pick some games releasing this time around.

    Pop-Tart
    New Pokémon Snap - I have faith they wouldn't go through with making this if they weren't going to do it right - and it doesn't take much. The original follows a pretty simple formula; animate fun situations, puzzle mechanics, and secrets. The setting and world take care of a lot of the rest, and I don't think the length will be an issue.

    Toaster Strudel
    Mario Golf: Super Rush - Having recently completed Mario Tennis Aces, I have little faith a similar attempt at golf will break par. The first console Mario Golf game in 18 years looks woefully uninspired; from the Mii "story" mode to the Super Rush mode, there is little ambition on display. I will likely play this a ton, but I'm disappointed by how its shaping up.



  • Pop Tart: Resident Evil Village
    I have little doubt that this game is going to just be a treat to play through... when I get a PS5. There's nothing like sitting down and enjoying a new Resident Evil game for the first time. Even if it doesn't capture the same vibes as VII, I think that it will absolutely create it's own memorable moments that will make it stand apart.

    Toaster Strudel: Mass Effect: Legendary Edition
    It's extremely worrying to me that this game is a couple months out and we still haven't seen a video of gameplay and are still basing our whole knowledge on people who have seen it behind the scenes and a couple screenshots.



  • we don't have pop tarts in Australia...



  • Poptart: Returnal
    Housemarque are awesome and this game looks great, stupid name notwithstanding. 3D roguelite shmup with psychological horror elements? Yeeeaaah boooiiiiiiii!

    Toaster Strudel: Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD
    Reheating a turd just makes it dry and crusty.



  • Poptart: Resident Evil Village

    No doubt in my mind that this will be a fantastic game. It isn't like they really needed to re-write the book after making RE7, RE2, and RE3 (but I assume RE8 was in development simultaneous with the remakes), but they have enough to study to see what worked well and what didn't.

    Personally, RE7 did a fantastic job of replicating the tone of those slasher flicks like Texas Chainsaw Massacre, so I have a feeling RE Village will lean into some genre horror too. Throw in the hinted at RE4 action combat and we have a classic on our hands.

    Toaster Strudel: Mass Effect Legendary Edition

    Pump the breaks on this remaster. On one hand, I actually look forward to this because I recently replayed the series and despite the graphics still holding up relatively well, there are plenty of low res textures and some juttery camera cutting that would benefit from being smoothed out.

    However, A LOT of people haven't replayed ME1 or ME2 since 2007/2010 and I think we are all about to be enlightened on how ME2 doesn't hold up fantastic with bland boxy level design and extremely short missions with little character development, or we're about to go the opposite direction and celebrate how simple, bite-sized, and influential the mission design of ME2 is.

    Likewise, I am super curious how the Mass Effect 1 art will be changed in this Remaster, but I haven't liked what I've seen so far in ME1. I'm in the camp of people who likes Mass Effect as-is for what it is, and I'd like the Remaster to just plus up the graphics a bit but not meddle in anything else.

    It's unclear what we're actually going to get and I'm not holding my breath that we're all going to be reminded about how much we love/loved this series.



  • Poptart: Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
    This and Kingdom Hearts are my favorite two long running series of my life. But with all of that, Rift Apart has continually impressed me with its showings. I do love the haptic feedback talk they've done and the utilization of the weapons and ammo. The introduction of the new Lombax seems definitely intriguing! I'm very excited about playing a new Insomniac Ratchet & Clank game!

    Toaster Strudel: New Pokemon Snap
    Literally just for the price tag of $60. I haven't been convinced myself, it's worth that much yet. It looks beautiful and a great evolution of the first game, but looks like a game I'll finish in a week and not touch it in a few years.



  • Poptart: Nier Replicant Ver 1.not typing out that number

    Having never played the original, it's great that they're remaking it. I don't have much else to say about it, but I loved Automata and Replicant looks great so far.

    Toaster Strudel: RE Village

    Pretty sure it's going to be great and won't disappoint. This isn't a real toaster strudel, but I'm not hyped enough for anything to be disappointed this quarter. I'm only putting this here because I feel saturated with Lady Booba memes.



  • Not that this is a make or break by any means for the vast majority of people, but the news is in: ME Legendary Edition IS changing the Mako

    https://kotaku.com/mass-effect-legendary-edition-will-remove-the-makos-bul-1846628250

    “This legendary vehicle from the first Mass Effect has been ‘calibrated’ to perform better than ever,” Ingram explained. “In the original game, the physics tuning for the Mako made it feel too light and bouncy, even at times becoming uncontrollable, but it’s now a much smoother ride while still being ‘loveable’ like before. (Yes, you can still drive off cliffs to your heart’s content).”

    Combat is getting the biggest overhaul in Mass Effect Legendary Edition, with many of the adjustments made with an emphasis on balancing the RPG-style experience in the first Mass Effect with the more gunplay-focused sequels.

    Other changes to the rest of the trilogy include an overhaul of the karma system in Mass Effect 2 as well as rebalancing for Mass Effect 3’s Galaxy at War mode now that the multiplayer and mobile aspects no longer exist.


    Yeah idk. I'm one of those hipsters that thinks Mass Effect is the best in the trilogy (I haven't fully finished ME3), and I love how otherworldly and alien the game felt. The Mako was a huge part of that for me. I loved the bouncy physics. It was a lot more fun that the weird Roomba hovercraft from some levels in ME2. I also liked the RPG spacey weird infinite ammo combat in the original too.

    Again, I know these things are extremely subjective, but that alien sci-fi foreign planet feeling that Mass Effect achieved was lightening in a bottle to me and I really hope they don't tamper with it too much in this remaster.