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Every week the EFG staff will be defining a gaming term that is either confusing or ill-defined. Please leave a comment with any terms you are confused by and we will try to include them in future editions!


The gaming definition this week is a term that is applicable to many video games: Achievement/Trophy

Achievements and Trophies were introduced in the era of Xbox and PS3 game consoles. They are a set of points, badges, or icons that show successful completion of a particular type of play. Some games allow Achievements or Trophies to be publicly facing online. Achievements can represent the completion of a section of story or narrative, the use of a particular game mechanic, exceptional skill in gameplay, or discovery of a hidden quirk or feature within the game. Achievements and Trophies are often hidden to avoid spoiling the narrative of the game. Visible ones encourage exploration of the game and mastery of play.

Examples of Achievements and Trophies:

Minecraft:

  • Taking Inventory Achievement: The first time a player opens their inventory
  • Adventuring Time: For finding every biome

Star Wars Squadrons:

  • Galaxy’s Finest (story mode): For completing the campaign on story mode difficulty

Stardew Valley:

  • Bronze trophy for catching 100 fish

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Here are all the video game releases rated E-T by the ESRB that are releasing between January 10th through January 16th.

Monday, January 11th

  • Arcanoid Breakout- Switch
  • Grand Prix Racing- Switch
  • Radio Commander- Switch
  • Top Gun Air Combat- Switch
  • Yumemidori Nostalgia- Switch

Tuesday, January 12th

  • Dead Ground- Switch
  • Epitaph- Switch
  • Five Night’s at Freddy’s: Core Collection- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Mahjong Adventure- Switch
  • S.U.M.: Slay Uncool Monsters- Switch

Wednesday, January 13th

  • Galactic Trooper Armada- Switch
  • Get Over Here- Switch
  • Glitch’s Trip- Xbox One
  • Gorilla Big Adventure- Switch
  • Hed the Pig- Switch
  • Space Aliens Invaders- Switch
  • Table Soccer Foosball- Switch
  • The Pillar: Puzzle Escape- Switch

Thursday, January 14th

  • Down to Bermuda- Switch
  • Fantasy Tavern Sextet: Vol. 2 Adventurer’s Days- Switch
  • Four in a Row- Switch
  • Life of Fly- Xbox One, Switch
  • MXGP 2020: The Official Motocross Video Game- PS5, Series X
  • Rhythm Fighter- Switch
  • Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: The Game Complete Edition- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Shadow Gangs- Switch

Friday, January 15th

  • Curling- Switch
  • Jet Kave Adventure- Xbox One
  • Writhe- Switch

Jeff’s Pick of the Week: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game Definitive Edition

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Here are all the video game releases rated E-T by the ESRB that are releasing between December 27th through January 2nd.

Monday, December 28th

  • Cube Raiders- Switch
  • Dungeon Limbus- Switch
  • Hell Sports- Switch
  • Professor Lupo: Ocean- Switch
  • Quell Reflect- Switch
  • Void Source- Switch

Tuesday, December 29th

  • Wingspan- Switch

Wednesday, December 30th

  • Back to Belt- Xbox One

Friday, January 1st

  • Hitori Logic- Switch
  • Speed Truck Racing- Switch

Jeff’s Pick of the Week: Wingspan

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Here are all the video game releases rated E-T by the ESRB that are releasing between December 20th through December 26th.

Monday, December 21st

  • Killer Chambers- Switch
  • PBA Pro Bowling 2021- Switch
  • Smart Moves- Switch
  • Traffix- Switch

Tuesday, December 22nd

  • Isolation Story- Switch
  • Override 2: Super Mech League- PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X, Switch
  • Super Meat Boy Forever- Switch
  • Super Smash Brothers Ultimate Sephiroth DLC- Switch

Wednesday, December 23rd

  • Solitaire 3D- Xbox One

Thursday, December 24th

  • Elliot- Switch
  • JDM Racing 2- Switch
  • Kauil’s Treasure- Switch
  • Kingdom Tales- Switch
  • Kolumno- Switch
  • Spirit Arena- Switch
  • The Last Dead End- Switch

Friday, December 25th

  • Bit.Trip Beat- Switch
  • Bit.Trip Core- Switch
  • Bit.Tripi Fate- Switch
  • Bit.Trip Flux- Switch
  • Bit.Trip Runner- Switch
  • Bit.Trip Void- Switch
  • Candy 2048 Challenge- Switch
  • Dungeonoid- Switch
  • Match Three: Pirates! Heir to Davy Jones- Switch
  • Super Sports Blast- Xbox One

Saturday, December 26th

  • Cube Life: Island Survival- Switch
  • Door Kickers- Switch
  • DungeonTop- Switch

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Here are all the video game releases rated E-T by the ESRB that are releasing between December 13th through December 19th.

Monday, December 14th

  • Jigsaw Fun: Piece it Together- Switch

Tuesday, December 15th

  • Boot Hill Heroes- Switch
  • Collection of Saga: Final Fantasy Legend- Switch
  • Dark Grim Mariupolis- Switch
  • Dicey Dungeons- Switch
  • Shakes on a Plane- Switch

Wednesday, December 16th

  • Colossus Down- Xbox One
  • MXGP 2020- PS4, Xbox One
  • SYNTHETIK: Ultimate- Xbox One, Switch

Thursday, December 17th

  • Body of Evidence- Switch
  • Defentron- Switch
  • Elemental War TD- Xbox One
  • Gems of Magic: Lost Family- Switch
  • Mercenaries Blaze: Dawn of the Twin Dragons- Switch
  • Traditional Tactics Ne+- Switch
  • Unto the End- Switch
  • Wilmot’s Warehouse- Xbox One
  • Yum Yum Line- Switch

Friday, December 18th

  • 60 Parsecs!- Xbox One, Switch
  • 60 Seconds! Reatomized- Xbox One
  • CATTCH- Xbox One
  • Dark Arcana: The Carnival- Switch
  • Freddy Spaghetti- Switch
  • Shikaku Shapes- Switch

Jeff’s Pick of the Week: Collection of Saga: Final Fantasy Legend

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Every week the EFG staff will be defining a gaming term that is either confusing or ill-defined. Please leave a comment with any terms you are confused by and we will try to include them in future editions!


The gaming definition this week is a term that is applicable to many video games: DLC

DLC is shorthand for Down Loadable Content. This refers to features available to a game after its initial launch. These features can be as simple as changes in a player’s appearance, or as complex as entire sections of new gameplay. These features are accessible either via the console’s online store or directly through the game itself. They can be purchased individually, in collections (bundles) or available for free (or free with purchase of the game).

DLC Examples

  • Animal Crossing regularly has updates, one update included masks you can get for your character to win. There are also seasonal updates too.
  • Super Smash Bros. version 9.0 updated to add Steve and Alex from the Minecraft Series as well as well as added Minecraft World as a stage.
  • Horizon Zero Dawn had DLC released that players could purchase which added a new section of map, new story, new equipment, and additional monsters.

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Here are all the video game releases rated E-T by the ESRB that are releasing between December 6th through December 12th.

Sunday, December 6th

  • Super Space Serpent Secondary Edition- Switch

Monday, December 7th

  • Drawn to Life: Two Realms- Switch

Tuesday, December 8th

  • Call of the Sea- Xbox One, Series X
  • Destiny 2- PS5, Series X
  • Farming Simulator 19: Precision Farming- PS4, Xbox One
  • Heroes of Loot- Switch
  • Lofi Ping Pong- Switch
  • Monster Sanctuary- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Ori Collector’s Edition- Switch
  • Puyo Puyo Tetris 2- PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X, Switch
  • Temtem- PS5

Wednesday, December 9th

  • I, AI- PS4, Xbox One, Switch

Thursday, December 12th

  • Alt-Frequencies- Switch
  • Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia- PS4
  • Evolution Board Game- Switch
  • OctaFight- Switch
  • PixelJunk Eden 2- Switch
  • Tanuki Justice- Switch

Friday, December 11th

  • Autumn’s Journey- Switch
  • Panzer Dragoon- Xbox One
  • Persian Nights 2: The Moonlight Veil- Switch
  • SINKR 2- Xbox One
  • Space Invaders Forever- PS4, Switch
  • Splashy Cube- Switch
  • Warplanes: WWI Sky Aces- Switch

For the Grown-Ups

  • Cyberpunk 2077- PS4, Xbox One (Thursday, December 10th)
  • Doom Eternal- Switch (Tuesday, December 8th)

Jeff’s Pick of the Week: Puyo Puyo Tetris 2

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Here are all the video game releases rated E-T by the ESRB that are releasing between November 29th through December 5th.

Sunday, November 29th

  • Ponpu- Switch

Tuesday, December 1st

  • Chronos: Before the Ashes- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Spirit of the North: Enhanced Edition- PS5
  • Worms Rumble- PS4, PS5

Wednesday, December 2nd

  • Sam and Max Save the World Remastered- Switch
  • Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and Dice of Fate- Switch

Thursday, December 3rd

  • Absolute Drift- Switch
  • Baila Latino- Switch
  • Biz Builder Delux- Switch
  • Cybxus Hearts- Switch
  • Death Tales- Switch
  • Dog Gone Golfing- Switch
  • Fault Milestone Two Sides: Above- Switch
  • Gunpig: Firepower For Hire- Switch
  • Immortals: Fenyx Rising- PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Series X, Switch
  • Oniria Crimes- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • PHOGS!- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • Pretty Princess Party- Switch
  • Quiplash 2 InterLASHional: The Say Anything Party Game- Switch
  • Taiko no Tatsujin- Rhythmic Adventure Pack- Switch
  • Wildfire- PS4, Xbox One, Switch

Friday, December 4th

  • Commandos 2: HD Remaster- Switch
  • Darq: Complete Edition- PS4, Xbox One
  • Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition- PS4, Xbox One
  • Duck Life Adventure- Xbox One
  • Fifa 21- PS5, Series X
  • Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light- Switch
  • Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm and Exercise- Switch
  • Futoshiki Match- Switch
  • Guntastic- Xbox One
  • Madden NFL 21- PS5, Series X
  • Nine Witches: Family Disruption- Xbox One, Switch
  • Paw Paw Paw- Switch
  • Ruinverse- Xbox One
  • Shoot 1Up DX- Xbox One
  • Steampunk Tower 2- Switch

Jeff’s Pick of the Week: Immortals: Fenyx Rising

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Nintendo has set itself apart in the gaming console world by focusing on accessibility and family games. Features have been added to some games to make them more approachable for younger and inexperienced gamers. The Nintendo library includes many games rated E, but that does not tell you the difficulty rather it only is a measure of the content. The EFG Staff has put together a list of games that are more approachable to young gamers, specifically those who are beginning readers.

Games with Accessibility Features

Super Mario Odyssey

Super Mario Odyssey is one of the best switch games available. Mario is well known and his games are well-loved

Odyssey takes steps to be more accessible by including an assist mode that tells you where to go and gives you more health. One of our editor’s sons played through the game and finished it at around age five. some of the platforming challenges were difficult, but since there were no game overs he never felt defeated. 

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 

Mario Kart is on this list for two reasons. First, it is an amazing game that everyone will want to play together. Second, unlike past Mario Kart games (I’m looking at you Mario Kart Wii) it has accessibility options that make the game much easier to play. You can turn on an Auto Accelerate, which makes it so you don’t have to hold down the A button to go. Having to hold a button the whole time can be very hard for small hands. Additionally, you can turn on auto-steering. This feature makes it so you cannot go off-road, and it keeps you facing forward. You can have both of these on at once or choose one.

Great Games With Reading Help Required

Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu/ Pokemon: Let’s Go Eevee

Kids everywhere recognize Pokémon, with Pikachu and Eevee as some of the most well known. After Pokémon Go had such wide popularity, Nintendo took the feel of that and turned it into a console game. The quests are simple, and the game allows players to just run around, explore, and catch Pokémon. Unlike other Pokémon games, players do not battle their Pokémon to catch them. Instead, they can befriend them by feeding them berries, making them easier to catch with Pokeballs.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is an interesting beast. It is perfect from a content perspective, but the game can be challenging depending on your personal goal within the game. 

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is about making a villager and building a community on a deserted island. You explore collect bugs and decorate. There is no real conflict in the game. All of the characters are friendly, anthropomorphic animals. Each day the player is given a small list of tasks to do. This is a great game to play in short bursts and still feel like you accomplished something. It also teaches kids about lists of tasks by rewarding them for completing said tasks each day.

The real challenge is going to come if more than one person wants to play the game. Each Switch as One island and everyone on that switch shares it; meaning if your five-year-old places a tree in front of your house, the tree will be there when you log on. This means that in order to progress everyone will need to work together. This can be challenging when you have players of different age groups.

Another challenge is that only one player gets to make decisions about the island. That happens to be the first player. One family in the EFG team had their 7 year old start the game before her mother. Due to the design of the game, it meant the 7 year old was the one making decisions and getting to experience the “story” Her mom was frustrated by not being able to do things with the island decision wise and ended up having to log on to 7 year old’s account to make progress the island. The lessons learned have been an asset to other families. Our advice it to carefully plan who is the first one to start Animal Crossing New Horizon. With careful planning the who family can enjoy playing on their island.

Games with Online Play

Nintendo does a great job to try and make their online game experiences as family-friendly as possible. Even with the best precautions, there is always a chance something inappropriate could be missed by the filters. Our recommendation is to just be aware that the filters are not flawless and to proceed with online play with that understanding. The following games have online play as a core component, but all these games have some aspects which can also be played offline.

Minecraft

Any five year old who has had exposure to older kids or youtube will be exposed to minecraft. The survival mode will be too challenging for most, but ht ecreative mode will be just right. The creative mode in minecraft makes you invincible lets you fly and gives you unlimited resources of any typee, this turns minecraft into a sandbox where you can build anything that your iomaginatiuon can cook up..Since all of the blocks in minecraft are the same size minecraft is a great place to learn about patterns and 3 dimensional shapes.

Super Mario Maker 2

Activate creativity by creating your own Mario levels from different Mario editions in this “sandbox” game. There are multiple modes of play including: Make and Play your own Mario Levels, Make Together (on the same screen),Play Together (on the same Switch), Story Mode, Online: Share and Download levels, plus compete or cooperate online too. For younger gamers the story mode, make and play your own levels, and play together are the best starting places. Those are also the safest, since players do not interact with any strangers.

Arms

Fighting games that are family friendly can be extremely hard to find. Arms portrays fighting in a lighthearted and approachable way for players of all ages. There are many different combinations of buttons and motions with the joycons to execute the different fighting moves. While the game walks you through each move once, players can go back and look up moves as they get more comfortable. This is a game that a novice (such as our board game editor ) or young gamer can jump right in an play.

Splatoon2

Splatoon 2 is a shooter that even young kids can play. The Squid kids (Inklings)shoot paint and try to cover the largest area. This competitive game has many new tools that open up the more you play and level up. Additionally, there is the option to play locally or online. This is one that anyone can jump in and play. The local play is a great way to get comfortable with the controls before joining a game online and participating in a turf war.


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Here are all the video game releases rated E-T by the ESRB that are releasing between November 22nd through November 28th.

Tuesday, November 24th

  • Just Dance 2021- PS5
  • Monster Truck Championship- Switch
  • Professor Rubik’s Brain Fitness- Switch
  • Tracks: Toybox Edition- Switch

Wednesday, November 25th

  • BFF or Die- PS4, Xbox One, Switch
  • My Aunt is a Witch- Xbox One, Switch
  • Out of Space: Couch Edition- Xbox One, Switch
  • Star Renegades- PS4
  • Strike Force 2: Terrorist Hunt- Xbox One, Switch
  • Towaga: Among Shadows- Xbox One

Thursday, November 26th

  • In Celebration of Violence- PS4, Switch
  • LoveKami: Divinity Stage- Switch
  • Nordlicht- Switch
  • Picklock- Switch
  • Picross S5- Switch
  • QV- Switch
  • The Alto Collection- Switch
  • The Explorer of Night- Switch

Friday, November 27th

  • Girabox- Switch
  • More Dark- Switch
  • Tiny World Racing- Switch

Jeff’s Pick of the Week

Today’s pick of the week has to go to Picross S5 in my opinion. Picross is one of my favorite puzzle games and with over 400 puzzles, this one will keep you busy for a while. I will eventually be adding this game to my collection as soon as I’m caught up. I am currently in the middle of S3 and so I still have to finish two games before getting to it.

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