With the rebranding of my channel to Delicroix's Genuine Gaming (DGG) came a lot of new ideas and exciting plans to try and bring new life to my channel. One of these ideas was the launch of New Release Friday or NRF. The entire foundation of NRF is going to the New Releases section of Steam and purchasing or downloading a game near the top of the list. The game doesn’t have to be rated highly or even be something that I would normally play.
New Release Friday has multiple purposes: 1. Keep content fresh and relevant around the channel. 2. Offer exposure and criticism to new games on the market. 3. Assist viewers with a basic assessment of whether or not to play a game. 4. Push myself out of my comfort zone by playing new and varied video games. Number one on the list is something that I should always be trying to do anyway, but I have a deep attachment to a lot of older games. Accordingly, there are many games that get played on my channel that may not be of much interest to certain audiences. These games will likely always hold a place on my channel, but it is important to present new content as well. By pushing myself on a weekly (hopefully) basis to play a new game, I am guaranteeing the relevance of my content. The second purpose of New Release Friday, offering exposure, is important to me because I feel that there are many games out there that simply do not get the respect they deserve. There are thousands of indie games available on the PC that may never be recognized for the gems that they are. I hope to change that for a few of them by blindly playing through them and offering my criticisms. Regardless of what I have to say about games like Meadow or Blameless, it is the fact that someone will see the name and gameplay and maybe consider playing it themselves or telling a friend that makes me excited to see NRF grow into an unbiased, promotional platform. NRF wasn’t going to be a review series necessarily, but simply a one-shot Let’s Play of sorts. After playing Meadow as the first game in the series, I realized that it was almost impossible for me to not discuss my opinions on the game as I played it. I want the focus to be on the gameplay more than the review aspects, but by the nature of my commentary, goal number three comes to light. I edit the footage into the most informational and entertaining bits to try and keep the video easy to watch. This also helps contribute to a concise and easy to watch review system to accompany the gameplay, offering the viewers everything they should need to make an informed decision about purchasing a game. I won’t lie, I am pretty terrible at playing new games. Not just new genres or styles, but literally just new games in general. Unless it is a series that I am already vested in deeply, it is unlikely that I will purchase and play a new game just because it is new. This fact about me causes my gaming habits to be rather stale, but by implementing New Release Friday onto my channel, I can achieve goal number 4. Finally forcing myself to experience new gameplay gives a sense of reward and exploration to me. Trying new genres is something I have always struggled with, but I hope that I can start to look beyond genres and playstyles and instead think about what will make a good episode for you guys to watch. Being able to create special content that offers help and entertainment to others really helps to bring my enthusiasm about playing new games full-circle.
Meadow was a cheap, adorable MMO that ran terribly, but had no possibility of negative interactions and left me with a beautiful story. Absolutely recommended.
Blameless was a short first-person thriller that claimed to revolve around puzzle-solving, but was actually quite hollow in the way its interactions/puzzles impacted the game. Recommended only because it is free.
Dishonored 2 was supposed to have it's own gameplay segment, but the performance on PC made it impossible to record, so I just used the unbox and review of the collector's edition instead for NRF. Still recommend the game and Collector's Edition.
Mr. Shadow is the first game in NRF that I can't recommend, even at it's small price tag. It is either so hard that I question if it is bugged or so bugged that it is impossible... one way or another, I didn't have fun playing it.
Japanese School Life was a great game to watch but a horrible game to play. A combination of a horrible player character and indecisive game direction leaves you wondering what the hell just happened and unable to do a damn thing about it. I only recommend it if you love cringe.
Mr. Massagy... probably my favorite game on NRF so far. It was quirky, fun, and not afraid to be hilarious. Dating sims never appealed to me really, but this one may have converted me. I recommend it mostly on sale, but if you want to support what the devs are doing then even at full price it is pretty good, though short.