The end of 2019 is very close, so let’s look forward to the upcoming year! After Vietnam, which gaming highlights await us from the Philippines? The country has been producing many titles of ever-increasing quality for all kinds of platforms and is known as a pioneer for Southeast Asian game development. Among the best games of 2019 from the Philippines were Bayani, Towertale or Love Esquire. Let’s now take a look at some confirmed releases for 2020!
Monster Slayers! “What a generic title for a videogame.”, was probably the first thing we thought when we heard about this game. But its tagline intrigued us: A Deckbuilding Roguelike Adventure. This combination of probably some of the most popular genres today seems worth a look. Is it a great mixture of all those or simply a potpourri of half-baked ideas to jump on a hype train? While Monster Slayers has originally been released on PC by Malaysian developer Nerdook in 2017, we are now looking at the recently ported version for the Nintendo Switch.
Assassin’s Creed Origins – Helped by Southeast Asian Game Developers, Ubisoft delivers a new Open World Highlight
Ubisoft has completely changed the mechanism of Assassin’s Creed Origins and is much different from the previous series. I really liked the changes, but not all of them. The process of leveling and also the short storyline made my game experience less enjoyable in some moments. But in terms of exploration, I must admit that Assassins Creed Origins provided me with a more immersive experience. Ubisoft really made real the dreams of open-world gaming enthusiasts in this latest entry.
Stifled is a great and interesting experience, because it is different than other. But on the other hand, the story leaves much room for speculation – maybe too much. If you’re sensitive to this topic and you don’t want to risk being disappointed now, I would recommend to grab it for a discount later. Besides that, it is, as I said, a great little horror walking simulator with a surprisingly innovative gameplay mechanic.
In ‘Home Sweet Home’, we have to think of ways to survive, by being stealthy, hiding from evil spirits and also solving some puzzles. The storyline is unique, and I think it’s one of the freshest story-lines I’ve ever played in Asian horror games.
The Computerspielemuseum in Berlin is celebrating its 20th birthday this year. One of the events commemorating this occasion was an international conference titled “Computer Games as Cultural Artefacts…”, which took place on the 14th-15th of September.
Steam Greenlight is dead! After almost 5 years, Valve closes down its community driven publishing system in favour of a new system, called Steam Direct, with the goal to increase the quality of the published games and to avoid fraud. Steam Direct will go live June 13th, which still gives us some time to take a look at the most recent – and last- contributions from Southeast East Asian game developers. This time, we have a wide variety of games from Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore and the Philippines. Let’s hope we will still see some of these games on Steam later!
Southeast Asia’s new gaming hope: Impact Games and their games Praesidium and Noir
Overall, Orbiz is a good debut game and a fun past-time with friends who like a challenging retro experience. Good zombie hunting!
Don’t chicken out: Rocketbirds 2: Evolution brings back the killer birds in this hilarious 2D shooter
Five years after Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken, independent developer studio Ratloop Asia from Singapore returns with their sequel Rocketbirds 2: Evolution. Like its predecessor, Rocketbirds 2 is a 2d shooter spiced up with over-the-top action and cheesy humour.
Stellar Stars is a multiplayer rogue-lite set in a 2d sci-fi world. It offers various game modes and challenging gameplay.
Guest Review: Of corrupt crocodiles and meritocratic mice – become the president in “Political Animals”
Review of the political strategy game “Political Animals” by Squeaky Wheel from the Philippines.
Review of Masquerada: Songs and Shadows for PC / Steam.
Overview of pc games from Southeast Asia featured on Steam Greenlight.
Visiting Southeast Asia through (western) video games.
How visitors of genocide sites in Cambodia transfer their feelings and impressions into digital games
How do game developers deal with a topic as terrifying as the Cambodian genocide.