The Week In Games: Guacamole Potatoes

This week is all about trying to rival the Awesome Games Done Quick speedrunners with Guacamelee! 2 on Xbox One, and checking out the rootin’ tootin’ side-scroller shootin’ Gunman Clive when it comes out on Switch.


A new year brings with it new games, and though January sadly won’t give us the new Animal Crossing, it does give us a beautiful exploration game, and... could that be a PS Vita game on the 15th?

Neglected consoles aside, you should check out Vane, a game about a kid that turns into a bird with Journey and Last Guardian vibes. We’ve been waiting a long time to get our hands on it. Planet RIX-13 might be of interest to anyone itching for a ‘90s-style adventure game, and Smoke and Sacrifice is an interesting take on the survival open-world genre with some amazingly detailed hand-drawn art. Then, of course, there’s Guacamelee! 2, the punishingly tough platformer that gave me RSI.

And so it is, with a twinge of painful memories in my heart and my wrist, that I direct your attention to some of the games coming out next week:

Monday, January 14

  • Panda Hero | PS4

Tuesday, January 15

  • Smoke & Sacrifice | PS4, Xbox One
  • The Walking Dead — The Final Season - Episode 3: Broken Toys | PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
  • The Grand Tour Game | PS4, Xbox One
  • Onimusha: Warlords | PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
  • Holy Potatoes! We’re In Space?! | PS4
  • Vane | PS4
  • Panda Hero | PC
  • Asdivine Hearts 2 | PS4, PS Vita

Wednesday, January 16

  • Planet RIX-13 | PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Bash The Bear | Switch

Thursday, January 17

  • Alvastia Chronicles | Xbox One
  • Hell Warders | Xbox One, Switch
  • Kingdom of Blades | PS4
  • Asdivine Hearts 2 | Switch
  • YIIK: A Postmodern RPG | PS4, Switch, PC
  • Feudal Alloy | Switch
  • Gunman Clive HD Collection | Switch
  • Holy Potatoes! We’re In Space?! | Switch
  • Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force | Switch
  • Mega Mall Story | Switch
  • Crazy Strike Bowling EX | Switch
  • Bedtime Blues | Switch
  • Left-Right: The Mansion | Switch
  • Build A Bridge! | Switch

Friday, January 18

  • Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown | PS4, Xbox One
  • Guacamelee! 2 | Xbox One
  • Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes | Switch
  • Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet - Complete Edition | PS4
  • Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet - Dissonance of the Nexus | PS4, Xbox One, PC
  • Fight of Gods | Switch
  • Old School Racer 2 | Switch

Saturday, January 19

  • Farm Together | Xbox One

Kate Gray is a British games writer based in Montreal. She has worked for Xbox, GameSpot, and Official Nintendo Magazine, before it went to that big newsagents in the sky. RIP.


NondescriptMaleThing (assume sarcasm)

Guacamelee 2 was probably my favorite game from 2018. Certainly in the top 3. Is it punishingly hard? There are spots that did feel that way, but I did actually beat it, so I assumed it wasn’t as bad as others. Like I couldn’t get into the completely unforgiving and overly hard nature of Hollow Knight despite all the salivating over it in these parts. At least Guac has a steady lead up in difficulty. But then, Drinkbox has yet to make a bad game. So, if you haven’t gotten both Guac games yet, I demand you do so right now.