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[Games Around the Corner] Week 18, 2021 – Lady Dimitrescu Beckons

This week, Resident Evil fans can finally get their hands on Resident Evil Village, where werewolves and a certain giantess await them. If you’re not into horror or giantesses, there’s also a 2.5D skating game and a “nihilistic action platformer roguelike” to check out.

Skate City

Previously released for iOS, Skate City is a 2.5D skating game in which players will skate with lo-fi beats accompanying them in the background. The game promises “hundreds of combinations” ranging from flip tricks and grabs to grinds and spins, with “optimized” controller support promised in addition to mouse and keyboard controls.

The game will feature three locations which are based on skate spots in Los Angeles, Oslo, and Barcelona, in-game recording tools, and will have 100 challenges to accomplish or the more relaxing Endless Skate. In addition, players will be able to customize their skateboard and character, with deck, trucks, hair style, and skin tone options. There will also be unlockable moves and upgradeable abilities.

Skate City will be released on May 6 for the Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox X/S, Steam and Epic Games Store.

Resident Evil Village

The follow-up to 2017’s Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, Resident Evil Village once again puts us in the role of Ethan Winters and maintains its predecessor’s first-person perspective and return to survival horror, albeit with more supernatural-like elements. Set a few years after RE7, RE Village sees Ethan’s happy life with his wife Mia interrupted by an attack by none other than the typically heroic Chris Redfield, which results in Ethan’s daughter being kidnapped.

Ethan later finds himself in a mysterious village in Eastern Europe, with enemies that seemingly include werewolves and giants. Additionally, there is a castle in which the towering Lady Dimitrescu, who has already captured the hearts of fans, and her vampire-like daughters live. However, Lady Dimitrescu isn’t the only person of note for Ethan to worry about, with IGN recently revealing the existence of three other “Lords” that are based on “werewolves, mermen and ghosts”, who all serve the myterious Mother Miranda.

Resident Evil Village will be released on May 7 on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Steam, and Stadia.

Nongunz: Doppelganger Edition

A remaster of 2017’s Nongunz (which had publisher issues that impacted the planned PS4 and Switch versions), Nongunz: Doppelganger Edition is described as a “nihilistic action platformer roguelike”. The game involves run-and-gun gameplay with a card-based perk system to boost players with powerups and stat increases, as well as a kill-chain combo meter and weapons and items to unlock. Other promised features include “hundreds of levels”, dozens of enemy types, and “unforgiving” gameplay.

"A roguelite wrapped inside a riddle, each run in Nongunz sees you parting from a black and white graveyard into an ever-changing gothic dungeon full of nightmares fleshed out of human viscera,” describes a press release. “Surviving not only requires skill but style, since Nongunz rewards you for long-lasting combos and challenges...moreover, score plays a key role in the progress of the idle game: the formation of your very own band of lost souls and death cultists.”

Nongunz: Doppelganger Edition will be released on May 5 on PS4, May 6 on Switch, and May 7 on PC and Xbox One.

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