Reviews Featuring ‘Metal Slug Attack Reloaded’, Plus Today’s Releases, News, and Sales – TouchArcade


Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Round-Up for July 3rd, 2024. It’s a Wednesday, and you know what that means: a slow day. Well, sort of. Our pal Mikhail has some news to go over, so I’ll hand the mic over to him first to handle that. After that, I have a review of Metal Slug Attack Reloaded for you to enjoy, then a look at today’s new release (just one), and the usual lists of new and expiring sales for the day. Look, we’ve had worse Wednesdays. Let’s dive in!

News

Ys Memoire: The Oath in Felghana Releases in 2025 from XSEED Games

XSEED Games is bringing Ys Memoire: The Oath in Felghana to Switch and PS5 in the West in early 2025 following its debut on Switch last year. I adore Ys: The Oath in Felghana so much, I already bought the Japanese Switch release last year and beat it. Ys Memoire: The Oath in Felghana is a remaster of the PSP and PC game with higher quality visuals, multiple soundtrack options, a turbo mode, accessibility options, a new portrait option, a new voiceover option, and more. I can’t wait to play the English release next year. I’ll definitely be grabbing the physical release at the end of the trailer above.

Gundam Breaker 4 Open Network Test Announced for July 18th to 20th

An open network test for Gundam Breaker 4 is set to arrive on July 18th until July 20th for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation. The full game launches at the end of August for consoles and PC, but I’ll definitely be checking out this test on Switch and PS5. The new gameplay trailer above looks excellent. After enjoying Gundam Breaker 1 and 2 in Japanese and then loving Gundam Breaker 3’s English Asia release, I’m glad this one is officially launching worldwide on multiple platforms from day one.

Reviews & Mini-Views

Metal Slug Attack Reloaded ($9.99)

I can give you a simple two-step quiz to determine if you’ll like this game or not. First off, do you like Swords and Soldiers-style base defense games? Second, are you okay with a structure similar to mobile gatcha games? If you answered yes to both, then you can go ahead and pick this game up. It’s well-made for what it is. The biggest problem is that “what it is” is an echo of what it was, which is to say a very hungry F2P gatcha game. The IAPs have been stripped out and an attempt at rebalancing the game has been made, but some stains just don’t come out no matter how hard you scrub.

I’ll cut to the heart of the issue here. This game has a number of ridiculous difficulty spikes. Levels that you have no hope of completing unless you’ve got some properly leveled-up and kitted-out Rare units of the right type to deploy. Properly leveling those units up and kitting them out takes a whole lot of grinding, but even getting them requires a bit of luck with the game’s gatcha system. Unless you have phenomenally good fortune, you’re going to have to spend a lot of time grinding out stages you’ve already finished again and again to get the necessary resources to make all that happen. And if you do have that kind of luck, you’re still probably going to need to do some grinding for leveling up those fancy units.

Aside from that admittedly major issue, Metal Slug Attack Reloaded is a fine enough example of its genre. The sprites look great, which you would expect given the source, and there are a ton of different units to collect. The controls are easy enough to use, and it sits nicely in that zone where it has enough going on to engage you but not so much as to require your full attention. If you want a game to play while you watch some TV shows on your streaming service of choice, this will do the job. It’s just a shame that the difficulty spikes make the game come across like it still wants to shake you down, despite not having any way to do that.

SwitchArcade Score: 3/5

Select New Releases

River Tails: Stronger Together ($19.99)

A fish and a cat working together? Well, now I’ve seen it all. I’ve even dropped my monocle. Anyway, this is a 3D platformer for up to two players via local multiplayer. You can also play by yourself controlling both characters, if you want. Either way, you’ll be traveling through various environments, tackling the challenges found within. The two characters will have to work together to move forward, and you’d be correct to assume that it’s best with a friend. It’s difficult either way, but on your own it’s really tough. Not bad, though. Not bad at all.

Sales

(North American eShop, US Prices)

Yoku’s Island Express for two bucks is a deal so good that I can’t imagine anyone passing on it. Seriously, that game should have 140 million units sold by the time that deal finishes. I’ll be counting. There are some other goodies in the inbox, so have a careful look. The outbox also has quite a lot in it. Grab a drink, I guess. Sift through. Find those deals.

Select New Sales

Landflix Odyssey ($3.49 from $6.99 until 7/6)
Rainbows, Toilets & Unicorns ($3.49 from $6.99 until 7/6)
Boreal Tenebrae ($1.99 from $6.99 until 7/9)
Cat’s Cosmic Atlas ($1.99 from $19.99 until 7/9)
Golfinite ($1.99 from $12.99 until 7/9)
Wira & Taksa: AtMoG ($1.99 from $16.99 until 7/9)
Monument ($1.99 from $7.00 until 7/9)
Colsword ($1.99 from $4.00 until 7/9)
Syndrome ($1.99 from $24.99 until 7/9)
Ebenezer & the Invisible World ($15.99 from $19.99 until 7/10)
My Child Lebensborn Remastered ($5.99 from $9.99 until 7/10)
Towers Watch ($7.20 from $12.00 until 7/15)
Zombie Watch ($7.20 from $12.00 until 7/15)


Blasphemous 1 + 2 Bundle ($26.99 from $44.99 until 7/16)
Quell Reflect ($1.99 from $7.99 until 7/16)
Quell Memento ($1.99 from $7.99 until 7/16)
Jump King ($5.19 from $12.99 until 7/17)
Lost Labyrinth: Lucidity Lost ($20.99 from $29.99 until 7/18)
Adore ($11.99 from $19.99 until 7/18)
Oni: Road to Be the Mightiest ($8.99 from $29.99 until 7/18)
Marchen Forest ($6.99 from $34.99 until 7/18)
Demon Gaze Extra ($17.99 from $59.99 until 7/18)
Brigandine Legend of Runersia ($19.99 from $49.99 until 7/18)
O-VOID ($3.99 from $4.99 until 7/22)
ReactorX ($1.99 from $4.99 until 7/22)
My Maite ($1.99 from $4.99 until 7/22)
Void Source ($1.99 from $5.99 until 7/22)
Dark Grim Mariupolis ($1.99 from $4.99 until 7/22)


Taimumari Complete ($3.19 from $7.99 until 7/22)
IN-VERT ($1.99 from $4.99 until 7/22)
Bullet Beat ($1.99 from $4.99 until 7/22)
Nexoria: Dungeon Rogue Heroes ($1.99 from $4.99 until 7/22)
WildTrax Racing ($1.99 from $7.99 until 7/23)
Formula Retro Racing World Tour ($9.99 from $19.99 until 7/23)
Kao the Kangaroo Well Good Bundle ($9.89 from $32.99 until 7/23)
Kao the Kangaroo Anniversary Edition ($14.79 from $36.99 until 7/23)
Worms WMD ($5.99 from $29.99 until 7/24)
Killer Frequency ($12.49 from $24.99 until 7/24)
Hokko Life ($7.99 from $19.99 until 7/24)
The Serpent Rogue ($1.99 from $19.99 until 7/24)
Batora: Lost Haven ($9.99 from $24.99 until 7/24)
Raging Justice ($1.99 from $14.99 until 7/24)


Yoku’s Island Express ($1.99 from $19.99 until 7/24)
The Escapists Complete Edition ($1.99 from $14.99 until 7/24)
Sheltered ($2.99 from $14.99 until 7/24)
Monster Sanctuary ($4.99 from $19.99 until 7/24)
Crown Trick ($4.99 from $19.99 until 7/24)
Ageless ($2.99 from $14.99 until 7/24)
Going Under ($4.99 from $19.99 until 7/24)
Overcooked 2: Gourmet Edition ($12.12 from $48.49 until 7/24)
Yooka-Laylee & the Impossible Lair ($2.99 from $29.99 until 7/24)

Sales Ending Tomorrow, July 4th

A Knight’s Quest ($3.74 from $24.99 until 7/4)
Alekon ($2.39 from $15.99 until 7/4)
Alfred Hitchcock Vertigo ($3.99 from $19.99 until 7/4)
American Fugitive ($2.99 from $19.99 until 7/4)
Ancestors Legacy ($9.99 from $39.99 until 7/4)
Another Crab’s Treasure ($23.99 from $29.99 until 7/4)
Aquadine ($9.99 from $19.99 until 7/4)
Arkanoid Eternal Battle ($2.99 from $19.99 until 7/4)
Avenging Spirit ($2.99 from $5.99 until 7/4)
Beholder: Complete Edition ($2.24 from $14.99 until 7/4)
Bomber Crew ($2.99 from $19.99 until 7/4)
Caveman Ransom ($2.49 from $4.99 until 7/4)
Cooking Simulator ($2.99 from $19.99 until 7/4)
Dr Fetus’ Mean Meat Machine ($2.99 from $9.99 until 7/4)
Dr. Frank’s Build a Boyfriend ($2.49 from $4.99 until 7/4)
DragonFangZ: TR&DoT ($9.99 from $24.99 until 7/4)


Dusk Diver 2 ($24.99 from $49.99 until 7/4)
Embr ($3.99 from $19.99 until 7/4)
Flooded ($3.24 from $12.99 until 7/4)
For The King ($4.99 from $24.99 until 7/4)
Gibbon: Beyond the Trees ($7.49 from $14.99 until 7/4)
Gigapocalypse ($1.99 from $9.99 until 7/4)
Gleylancer ($3.49 from $6.99 until 7/4)
Green Hell ($3.74 from $24.99 until 7/4)
Gynoug ($3.49 from $6.99 until 7/4)
Hard West ($2.99 from $19.99 until 7/4)
Hell Pie ($7.49 from $24.99 until 7/4)
Hello Kitty & Friends Happiness Parade ($1.99 from $19.99 until 7/4)
Highrise Heroes: Word Challenge ($1.99 from $7.99 until 7/4)
Horse Tales: Emerald Valley Ranch ($13.99 from $39.99 until 7/4)
Hotshot Racing ($2.99 from $19.99 until 7/4)


Hue ($2.49 from $9.99 until 7/4)
Human: Fall Flat ($5.99 from $19.99 until 7/4)
Just Die Already ($2.99 form $14.99 until 7/4)
Just Shapes & Beats ($12.99 from $19.99 until 7/4)
Krimson ($7.99 from $9.99 until 7/4)
Little Witch Nobeta ($24.99 from $49.99 until 7/4)
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle ($13.99 from $39.99 until 7/4)
MONOBOT ($3.89 from $12.99 until 7/4)
Motorsport Manager ($2.99 from $14.99 until 7/4)
My Universe: Cooking Star Restaurant ($1.99 from $29.99 until 7/4)
Panzer Dragoon Remake ($2.49 from $24.99 until 7/4)
Phantom Doctrine ($2.99 from $19.99 until 7/4)
Prisonela DX ($2.49 from $4.99 until 7/4)
Pumped BMX Pro ($2.24 from $14.99 until 7/4)
Pumpkin Jack ($6.89 from $29.99 until 7/4)
Q-Yo Blaster ($2.49 from $9.99 until 7/4)


Rigid Force Redux ($3.99 from $19.99 until 7/4)
River City: Rival Showdown ($17.49 from $24.99 until 7/4)
Runbow ($2.99 from $14.99 until 7/4)
Rytmos ($4.50 from $15.00 until 7/4)
Sifu ($15.99 from $39.99 until 7/4)
Silver Chains ($1.99 from $24.99 until 7/4)
Slime-san: Superslime Edition ($2.39 from $11.99 until 7/4)
SUPERBEAT: XONIC ($14.99 from $29.99 until 7/4)
Survivor Castaway Island ($14.99 from $29.99 until 7/4)
Syberia ($1.99 from $12.99 until 7/4)
The Adventures of Panzer Collection ($4.49 from $8.99 until 7/4)
The House of the Dead Remake ($6.24 from $24.99 until 7/4)
The Quest for Excalibur Puy du Fou ($5.99 from $29.99 until 7/4)
The Sinking City: Deluxe ($9.74 from $64.99 until 7/4)
The Smurfs 2 ($19.99 from $39.99 until 7/4)


The Swindle ($2.24 from $14.99 until 7/4)
Thief Simulator ($2.99 from $19.99 until 7/4)
Towaga: Among Shadows ($2.24 from $14.99 until 7/4)
Truberbrook ($1.99 from $29.99 until 7/4)
Turnip Boy Robs a Bank ($10.49 from $14.99 until 7/4)
Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 4 ($9.99 from $19.99 until 7/4)
UNABLES ($6.49 from $12.99 until 7/4)
Vambrace: Cold Soul ($2.99 from $24.99 until 7/4)
Velocity 2X ($2.99 from $19.99 until 7/4)
Watch ($3.59 from $5.99 until 7/4)
We Need to Go Deeper ($9.99 from $19.99 until 7/4)
When Ski Lifts Go Wrong ($2.24 from $14.99 until 7/4)
Zombie’s Cool ($1.99 from $3.99 until 7/4)

That’s all for today, friends. Tomorrow is Thursday, so we should have a fair number of new games to look at. Beyond that, there should be some sales to consider, and maybe some news. Probably not. But maybe! I have some paperwork to attend to, so I’m going to get to that now. I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday, and as always, thanks for reading!



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