Welcome, readers, to another edition of RPGs Coming This Week! We’re bringing a nice selection of indies this week. Let’s get started.
Dredge – March 30th (PS5, XSX, PS4, XB1, Switch, Windows)
Dredge is almost certainly the most original title we’ve covered in 2023 so far. It’s a horror-adjacent fishing game with some RPG elements, which might already be enough to sell the game to many of you. The game’s got a grim, slightly grotesque look to it, yet it manages to be quite pleasant to look at from time to time. It’s also just as likely to relax you as it is to spook you.
How’s this for a premise: you play as a fisherman trawling a dark sea full of secrets and Eldritch horrors. Your day-to-day task is to catch sea creatures (not necessarily the conventional kind) to sell. Make enough money to upgrade your vessel and equipment, and you’ll find yourself with the ability to uncover even more horrors. My favorite detail is the Resident Evil 4-style inventory, meaning you’ll need to optimize how you place your hauls so you get the maximum profit on your catches.
Dredge will be out on all current-gen consoles (and PlayStation 4 and Xbox One) and PC via Steam. Preordering it bags you a special rod to make the game slightly easier at the start. Peep that if you so fancy.
by Gio Castillo
Infinite Guitars – March 30th (XB1, Switch, Windows)
Infinite Guitars will almost certainly be compared to Hi-Fi Rush, a high-energy, music-oriented game that made a pretty big splash a few months ago. Aside from the bright, cartoon aesthetics and music-themed narrative and gameplay, though? This rhythm RPG should offer players a very different experience.
This game is more of a turn-based affair with some note chart action. Your encounters will have you tapping and holding the right D-pad and face buttons in time with the notes scrolling by on screen. More games should do that!
It’s worth noting that Infinite Guitars will be available Day One on Game Pass, so any subscribers with even a passing interest shouldn’t have much reason not to give it a shot.
by Gio Castillo
Also Coming This Week
Citizen Sleeper – March 31st (PS5, PS4)
Citizen Sleeper is a narrative sci-fi RPG with a dystopian setting where you play as the Sleeper, an artificial humanoid, stranded on a space station filled with other citizens who are also struggling to survive. I myself am not much of a fan of space themes in games or movies, but this caught my attention for having lots of similarities to Disco Elysium, which has an impeccable narrative and deep tabletop system.
The game first launched last year on macOS, PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S to favorable reviews. PlayStation users will no longer be sleeping on this title as it’s getting re-released for PS4 and PS5 along with three DLC expansions for free.
This one goes in the category of games where I first listened to the official soundtrack before playing. I must admit that it’s the biggest reason why I’m drawn to trying this out. I’ll do myself a favor and keep an eye out as soon as it hits the PlayStation Store.
by Tin Manuel
And that’s it! I don’t think I had horror fishing game on my CTW bingo card this year, but it goes to show that there quite literally is something for everyone. See you all next week!
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