The catch-up coffee: January 15, 2024

From the Later Han Dynasty to 1980s Japan.

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Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty’s Complete Edition announced

Those patient enough to wait for a game’s Complete Edition, I salute you. (I mean, I’d rather there was no DLC ever and it will all just included in the original games, but that’s another story.) If you were sitting on Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty, the upcoming Complete Edition is great news for you. The game follows a militia soldier trying to survive in a dark fantasy version of the Later Han Dynasty. Demons plague the Three Kingdoms. Fight off creatures and enemies with swordplay based on the Chinese martial arts and try to awaken the power within.

The (wide) key art for Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty Complete Edition.

Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty Complete Edition includes the game’s three DLCs that include new weapons, stages, and more. The first is Battle of Zhongyuan, the second is Conqueror of Jiangdong, and the third is Upheaval in Jingxiang. The new endgame content is titled The Thousand-Mile Journey. All together, the Complete Edition adds new characters, new weapon types, new stages, new Divine Beasts, more challenging difficulty options, and expanded functions. It also includes some collaboration DLC, with equipment and stages inspired by Nioh 2, Naraka: Blade Point, and Lies of P.

Developed by Team Ninja and published by Koei Tecmo, Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty Complete Edition will be released on February 6 (February 7th in Japan) for PC via Steam/Microsoft, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series, and Xbox One.

Last Time I Saw You is delayed by a few months

The last time I wrote about Last Time I Saw You was in late 2022, when the hand-drawn narrative adventure game was announced to be launching mid-2024. Last week the game’s developer and publisher announced that it would now be released a bit later, in Q3 2024. The game is deeply emotional, and birthed from heartache. “This game was born from a heartbreak that I experienced some years ago,” says Juan Fandiño, creator of Maboroshi Artworks and Last Time I Saw You, in a press release. “I decided to take all the conflicting emotions I had inside and try to make something useful with them, transforming them into a somewhat healing experience that other people could also enjoy and relate to.”

Set in the Japanese countryside during the 1980s, young Ayumi has been dreaming of a girl he doesn’t know. And to make things worse, a typhoon is approaching the town. It turns out, the two things are related. Help him unravel the curse that this strange girl has brought to town, yes. But also fall in love with her. At least… it feels like love? Last Time I Saw You puts the focus on story, exploration, and character development.

Developed by Maborishi Artworks and published by Chorus Worldwide, Last Time I Saw You will be released for PC via Steam, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox Series in Q3 2024. The publisher has confirmed to Gematsu that the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions are “not currently planned,” though they are listed in other places.

Lil’ Guardsman launches next week

Inspired by the deductive puzzle-solving and branching storyline of Paper, Please and the warm of Monkey Island, Lil’ Guardsman is a deduction adventure game that follows a 12-year-old girl who needs to decide the fate of dozens of characters. It is set in a fantasy world filled with humans, yes, but also elves, goblins, cyclopses, and other creatures. Choose who enters the castle while a royal wedding occurs, and as the people that have been angered plan a siege.

Lil is covering her dad’s shift at the guard shed, and she’ll have to question everyone before choosing who to admit or deny based on their responses and her trusty tools. It’s totally normal to send visitors to jail, or accidentally blasting them to smithereens, or simply letting them in… it’s all just part of the job. There’s a lot of pressure, though, because who gets let through the castle gates determines the kingdom’s fate. Spend any earned gold to power up the guardman toolkit.

Developed by Hilltop Studios and published by Versus Evil (which is no longer in operation, so I don’t know how that’s working), Lil’ Guardsman will be released for PC via Steam, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series, and Xbox One on January 23.

Learn all about Mario vs. Donkey Kong in this new trailer

The spiritual successor to 1994’s Donkey Kong, Mario vs. Donkey Kong first launched for the Game Boy Advance in 2004. It spawned several new titles, but it’s time to return to the near-beginning as Mario vs. Donkey Kong gets remade. In the game, DK has stolen the mini-Marios and players have to solve platforming puzzles to get them back. Run, jump, and backflip to their rescue, working around obstacles like spikes, moving platforms, and falling bricks. This version of the game includes updated visuals and a new co-op mode.

The trailer shows off game modes, levels, and challenges. Just when you think the game is over, new challenges will pop up. There are over 130 levels, including two new worlds (Merry Mini-Land and Slippery Summit) that include new enemies, themes, and play mechanics. Unlock Plus Levels and Expert Levels as you progress. There are two play styles: Casual and Classic. Classic is, well, classic; Casual includes the same levels but they are slightly less punishing with a few more second chances.

Developed and published by Nintendo, Mario vs. Donkey Kong will be released for Nintendo Switch on February 16.

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Lindsay picked up an NES controller for the first time at the age of 6 and instantly fell in love. She began reviewing GBA games 20 years ago and quickly branched out from her Nintendo comfort zone. She has has developed a great love of life sims and FMV titles. For her, accessibility is one of the most important parts of any game (but she also really appreciates good UI).

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