Thursday, June 13, 2024

Death Mark II Impressions, Toaplan Arcade Shoot’em Ups 3 Review, Next Fest Demo Recommendations, New Verified Games, and More – TouchArcade


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Welcome to this week’s version of the Steam Deck Weekly. After a little bit of a busy few weeks, issues are calm proper now. In the event you’ve not been maintaining with our current Steam Deck protection, I reviewed Persona 3 Reload, Granblue Fantasy: Relink, Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth, and Tekken 8 that each one ended up being wonderful. What a begin to 2024 proper? For the reason that final characteristic, there have been many notable bulletins and releases on this planet of Steam Deck together with new Verified video games, Steam Subsequent Fest, Lunar New Yr gross sales, and extra. The highlights of right now’s characteristic are Steam Deck impressions of Expertise Inc and Aksys Video games’ Loss of life Mark II and Bitwave Video games’ Toaplan Arcade Shmups assortment quantity 3 evaluations. Let’s get into the evaluations and impressions first.

Steam Deck Recreation Impressions & Evaluations

Spirit Hunter: Loss of life Mark II Steam Deck Impressions

Spirit Hunter: Loss of life Mark II, is the third entry within the Spirit Hunter collection from Expertise Inc. I cherished each Spirit Hunter: Loss of life Mark and Spirit Hunter: NG, however was curious to see how Loss of life Mark II would really feel years later. I received’t go into too many particulars for the story and such right here as a result of I’m reviewing the Swap model subsequent week, however I needed to cowl how the sport feels on Steam Deck proper now after a number of pre-release updates.

After I bought Spirit Hunter: Loss of life Mark II on Swap and Steam Deck, it truly wasn’t playable on the latter in any respect, so I ended up taking part in it on Swap, and cherished it. I am keen on Expertise Inc’s horror video games, however I feel Spirit Hunter: Loss of life Mark II is perhaps the very best one thus far for its story, visuals, and characters. The aesthetic within the developer’s video games is all the time high notch.

Whereas Loss of life Mark II had a number of points final month on Steam Deck once I bought evaluate code, the builders have fully mounted it. In actual fact, barring manually forcing the Steam Deck to run this recreation at 720p on the inner show which additionally appears to have been addressed as of right now, I’ve not had any points taking part in it on my LCD and OLED Steam Decks. It even accurately invokes the Steam Deck onscreen keyboard for textual content entry. It seems to be and runs with out points now together with cut-scenes based mostly on the time I’ve put into it on Steam Deck.

I hope future updates can add in-game graphics choices so you may truly set it to 720p in-game or greater in case you play docked and never need to manually drive it. That’s my solely criticism with the PC port proper now. Spirit Hunter: Loss of life Mark II performs and appears fantastic on Steam Deck. I’m wanting ahead to replaying it alongside the Swap model for my evaluate and comparability subsequent week. In the event you had been hoping to play this one on Valve’s handheld system, I can’t think about it not being Steam Deck Verified within the close to future.

Spirit Hunter: Loss of life Mark II launches on February fifteenth for PS5, Swap, and PC through Steam worldwide.

Toaplan Arcade Shoot’em Ups 3 Steam Deck Evaluations

Bitwave Video games is again with one other set of Toaplan Arcade Shoot’em Ups in its third assortment for PC platforms thus far. Toaplan Arcade Shoot’em Ups Quantity 3 contains Batsugun, Fixeight, Vimana, and Tiger Heli from Toaplan. Out of those, I’ve performed Batsugun’s Saturn launch by Metropolis Connection’s port and Tiger Heli by M2 ShotTriggers’ Toaplan Arcade Storage launch. Vimana and Fixeight had been fully new to me. On this Toaplan Arcade Shoot’em Ups Quantity 3 evaluate, I’m going to cowl the video games themselves, but additionally the gathering itself because it gives unbelievable worth at its low asking worth.

When the developer and writer introduced over the primary 4 video games within the Toaplan Arcade Shoot’em Ups Quantity 1 launch, there was a whole lot of potential with wonderful responsiveness, however the video games had some points. Quantity 2 additionally launched with a number of points however as traditional, the developer has been shortly addressing and fixing the releases. In a whole lot of methods, I felt like these video games ought to’ve launched as early entry releases in order that Bitwave might get suggestions from gamers and enhance them for 1.0 launches.

Proper now, the video games in Toaplan Arcade Shoot’em Ups Quantity 3 have been patched a number of occasions throughout the pre-release and post-launch interval, and they’re already in a significantly better place. I received’t name them excellent emulation releases, however I don’t have any main complaints left, and Bitwave delivered one other set of responsive and tremendous quick video games right here. I say tremendous quick as a result of you may actually faucet the play button on Steam and be in-game in a second or two. There is no such thing as a time losing right here.

In the event you’re new to Bitwave Video games’ re-issues of Toaplan classics, the video games are introduced of their arcade variations with completely different regional editions, save states, rewind choices, a number of visible choices, sound choices, help choices, and extra. These are very light-weight releases as effectively clocking in at a number of MB every. The one disappointment for the general packages are the fonts used within the menus are fairly unhealthy. I don’t know why this ugly font remains to be getting used two volumes later, however right here we’re. Now, onto the video games themselves.

Tiger Heli Steam Deck Overview

Toaplan’s 1985 basic vertical shmup Tiger Heli feels nice to play on this launch from Bitwave, however the sound pitch is a bit off even now. It has gotten up to date as lately as a number of hours in the past from this writing, however it nonetheless doesn’t sound precisely just like the prior launch I’ve performed on Swap. Barring that, I’ve no actual complaints with this particular model of Tiger Heli. It delivers a responsive model of the sport with a brilliant quick boot up on Steam Deck.

Tiger Heli Steam Deck evaluate rating: 3.5/5

Batsugun Steam Deck Overview

Batsugun is one other vertical shmup from Toaplan and it was launched again in 1993 in arcades. It’s most identified for its soundtrack, bullet patterns, hitbox, and extra. My first expertise with Batsugun was by the Saturn model in CityConnection’s S-Tribute launch on Steam and Swap, so I can’t touch upon how Bitwave’s launch feels in comparison with the arcade unique, however it has been a blast to play on Steam Deck.

Bitwave’s new model of Batsugun additionally contains the Batsugun Particular Model launch that features a number of loops, modified enemies, completely different visuals, and extra. In the event you’re new to Batsugun, this launch is great, and value grabbing even standalone in case you aren’t within the different video games within the assortment. This new model is a way more responsive model of Batsugun in comparison with the CityConnection launch as effectively.

Batsugun Steam Deck evaluate rating: 4.5/5

Vimana Steam Deck Overview

Toaplan’s 1991-released vertical shmup Vimana is the primary of two video games on this assortment I had by no means performed in any kind earlier than. I used to be stunned by the distinctive setting and visuals for a recreation launched again in 1991, however Vimana’s gameplay excels fairly a bit in its ranges and weapons. This model has a number of sound-related points that I hope are addressed in patches although. I observed audio reducing out and in if I used the quick ahead or rewind choices rather a lot, and I solely did to check and see how the sport would deal with issues. Barring that, Vimana has been a great addition to this assortment.

Vimana Steam Deck evaluate rating: 3.5/5

Fixeight Steam Deck Overview

Fixeight is the one non shmup on this assortment from Bitwave Video games. The 1992-released vertical run and gun recreation from Toaplan had by no means been delivered to any console or trendy platform till this new launch, and it has been very attention-grabbing to play as a fan of Out Zone from a previous assortment. I preferred that fairly a bit, and Fixeight has been a noticeable enchancment in lots of elements. It isn’t important in case you solely care about Toaplan’s shmups, however I’m glad it was lastly launched on PC. It additionally performs with out points on Steam Deck.

Fixeight Steam Deck evaluate rating: 4/5

As with prior releases from Bitwave, I want we had some kind of extras right here like scans, interviews, or design paperwork. The whole Toaplan Arcade Shoot’em Ups 3 bundle is priced at round $20 and it’s a straightforward advice if you wish to pattern some nice Toaplan video games. It isn’t as polished as what you’d see in an M2 ShotTriggers launch, however this can be a fraction of the worth you’d pay for that. I like these Bitwave releases as accessible and tremendous responsive variations for PC as a result of they don’t price a lot and play nice on Steam Deck. In the event you simply need to have the ability to shortly play Batsugun, Fixeight, Tiger Heli, and Vimana, this launch delivers and has many helpful emulation options, visible choices, and extra.

Toaplan Arcade Shoot’em Ups 3 Bundle Steam Deck Overview Rating: 4/5


Sokobond Categorical from Jose Hernandez and Draknek & Pals releases on February twenty second for Steam and I’m very excited for this puzzle recreation that blends chemical bonds and pathfinding in what seems to be like a really attention-grabbing approach. I’ve not appeared into this an excessive amount of but, however it is without doubt one of the best purchases given the Draknek & Pals’ prior releases. You may wishlist it on Steam here.

KEIZO and WhisperGames introduced that the DLC for Astlibra Revision, a recreation we featured in a number of Recreation of the Yr lists, is launching on February thirteenth within the type of Astlibra Revision Gaiden: The Cave of Phantom Mist. This DLC goes deeper into the lore and characters of the unique recreation with randomized components. It’s a standalone expertise with high quality of life enhancements over the unique recreation. Whereas the date is only for Steam, KEIZO confirmed that it’s going to hit Swap quickly as effectively. This DLC is meant to be 20 hours lengthy. I’ll be reviewing it on Steam Deck within the close to future.

Persona 3 Reload, which has offered greater than 1 million copies worldwide already, is wonderful on Steam Deck, however it has gotten even higher since launch because of a brand new Proton Hotfix update. Areas that dropped under 40fps at the moment are locked 60fps for me, and I’ve even been testing the sport on the OLED at 90fps to see. I’ll have extra on this quickly.

Capcom introduced that Ed will be part of Road Fighter 6 (our Steam Deck Recreation of the Yr for 2023) because the twenty first playable character on February twenty seventh. Ed might be obtainable standalone or as part of the character cross within the Deluxe Version or the Final Cross within the Final Version of the sport. After Ed, the one introduced DLC character left for Road Fighter 6 is Akuma. I’m curious to see who arrives following Akuma.

Alongside Road Fighter 6’s information, this week additionally noticed the reveal of the entire EVO 2024 lineup. EVO 2024 will characteristic Road Fighter 6, Tekken 8, Responsible Gear Try, The King of Fighters XV, Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising, UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH II Sys:Celes, Mortal Kombat 1, and Road Fighter III third Strike. Out of these, solely Mortal Kombat 1 isn’t a fantastic expertise on Steam Deck proper now.

Nitro Plus introduced that the 3D mecha motion recreation Dolls Nest will launch this yr for Steam worldwide with English assist. I’ve had my eye on this one because it was introduced, and the brand new story trailer which you’ll watch under seems to be nice.

Destiny/Samurai Remnant DLC Quantity 1 “Document’s Fragment: Keian Command Championship” is now obtainable worldwide on Steam, Swap, PS5, and PS4. It’s included within the Season Cross, the Digital Deluxe Version, and likewise offered individually on Steam for house owners of the bottom recreation. I cherished Destiny/Samurai Remnant, however won’t have time to play this DLC till subsequent week. In the event you do find yourself taking part in it, let me understand how you discover it.

Daedalic Leisure and Yaza Video games introduced that the attractive turn-based technique recreation with a medieval manuscript aesthetic Inkulinati will launch on February twenty second following its early entry debut in January final yr. I’ve had my eye on this one for some time, and it probably might be attractive on the OLED on Swap and Steam Deck.

Wo Lengthy: Fallen Dynasty Full Version launched a number of days in the past with all prior DLC included and a brand new DLC merchandise which seemingly isn’t that can be purchased for current house owners. In the event you skipped the sport earlier than or performed it, learn my interview with Crew NINJA right here.

Alongside the launch of the entire version, the wonderful Lies of P is getting Wo Lengthy crossover content material subsequent week. Watch the trailer for it under:

Disney Speedstorm Season 6 “Underneath the Sea” is now stay with The Little Mermaid-themed content material just like the Atlantica racetrack, new racers (Ariel, Prince Eric, and extra), the bonus racer EVE, and new crew members (Flounder, Sebastian, Max, and extra). The season is now stay on all platforms together with Steam.

Sega introduced that the very good Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth that I scored 5/5 has offered over 1 million items worldwide making it the quickest promoting recreation within the collection. I’ve been chipping away at 100%, and sure will get there in a month or two.

Capcom launched Resident Evil 4 Gold Version bringing the wonderful remake and all DLC collectively. That is the bottom recreation, the Separate Methods story DLC, and the Further DLC Pack. For some cause the Mercenaries mode is just not included within the bundle, however obtainable as free DLC. Watch the trailer for it under:

Homeworld 3 from Gearbox Publishing and Blackbird Interactive has been delayed to Could thirteenth from March eighth. After getting exterior suggestions, the staff determined to delay the sport to implement the extra suggestions and insights from others into the sport to make it pretty much as good as potential. I’m unsure how it will run on Steam Deck but, however I undoubtedly might be attempting it once I can. You may obtain a demo for it till February twelfth on Steam.

Uncooked Fury might be releasing a free content material replace and paid DLC pack on February thirteenth to have a good time Valentine’s Day in Moonstone Island. This can embody the flexibility to get married to any NPC, new objects, interactions, and extra.

Developer BeXide introduced that its roguelike deckbuilder Yohane the Parhelion – NUMAZU within the MIRAGE – which is a Love Reside spinoff recreation, will launch on February twenty second for Steam, PS5, and Swap worldwide. I’m wanting ahead to this one after its current Steam demo.

The ultimate little bit of notable information is Overwatch 2’s latest season, Season 9: Champions, that has new Jade Weapon rewards, the brand new co-op occasion mode: Cosmic Disaster, and a brand new Season 9 Battle Cross. This doesn’t sound out of the extraordinary, however the cause I needed to spotlight this trailer is the ending teasing a Cowboy Bebop crossover. I’m in for that for positive.

New Steam Deck Verified & Playable video games for the week

For some cause, Valve marked Granblue Fantasy: Relink as unsupported once I’ve performed it myself on Steam Deck and examined it on-line and offline each pre-release and post-launch together with an hour earlier than I wrote this text on my Steam Deck OLED and LCD (to examine one thing). Hopefully Valve can replace the score quickly.

  • Enshrouded – Unsupported (Graphics configuration)
  • Gangs of Sherwood – Playable
  • Granblue Fantasy: Relink – Unsupported (through TouchArcade reader Mor)
  • Mercenaries Saga 3: Grey Wolves of Battle – Playable
  • Sleeping Canine: Definitive Version – Playable
  • Smurfs Kart – Unsupported
  • Star Trek: Infinite – Playable

  • Stray Souls – Playable
  • TEKKEN 8 – Playable (Textual content enter requires manually invoking keyboard)
  • Threes! – Verified
  • Turnip Boy Robs a Financial institution – Verified
  • Ultros – Verified
  • Battle Hospital – Playable

Steam Subsequent Fest Demo Suggestions

Steam Subsequent Fest is perhaps over by the point you learn this, however I needed to suggest the next recreation demos (on PC and in no specific order) when you’ve got time to play some this weekend, and are searching for one thing attention-grabbing. In the event you do play one thing you suppose I ought to attempt, let me know within the feedback.

Steam Deck Recreation Gross sales & Reductions

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As for reductions and recreation gross sales, Sega has a Year of the Dragon sale with a number of Yakuza video games low cost. I additionally suggest trying out Sq. Enix’s Lunar New Year Sale for Ultimate Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade and likewise Dragon Quest video games. I grabbed a number of older Ultimate Fantasy video games I didn’t have with this sale together with Lightning Returns (a fantastic recreation!). The ultimate notable sale is Rockstar Games’ catalog together with GTA V and Pink Useless Redemption 2 discounted.

That’s all for this week’s version of the Steam Deck weekly. As traditional, you may learn all our previous and future Steam Deck protection right here. If in case you have any suggestions for this characteristic or what else you’d wish to see us do across the Steam Deck, tell us within the feedback under. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend, and thanks for studying.


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