Week of Feb 15 – 21 Round-up

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I played and somewhat enjoyed Metro 2033. I bought the remaster of it and Metro: Last Light but didn’t get a chance to crack it open yet. Now there’s Metro Exodus and I could not be further from interested. It looks very good and I’m sure the ray tracing technology would look phenomenal but I’m just not in the mood for a shooter like that at the moment. Here’s to hoping NVIDIA RTX technology becomes ubiquitous and cheaper by the time I get around to playing it

Week of Feb 8 – 14 Round-up

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I think I found it. I know it’s early to call it but I think I found at battle royale game that clicks with me and its name is Apex Legends. I watched Giant Bomb and others play PUBG. I’ve seen enough of Fortnite to know it’s not my jam. And I tried enough of Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII’s Blackout mode to realize that it has promise but it’s just not what I’m looking for. Apex Legends’ class based approach to Battle Royale is winning me over. I actually want to play it day after day unlike with Blackout where my enthusiasm for it just fizzled out. We’ll see how long this last though.

Week of Feb 1 – 7 Round-up

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I was a Kingdom Hearts fan. I played the first two games along with Birth By Sleep for the PlayStation Portable and 358/2 on the Nintendo DS. I was looking forward to Kingdom Hearts III but then I just lost interest in trying to recap what happened. I also lost track of the Disney-Pixar properties that have debuted since and it all simply didn’t resonate with me any more. I’m glad Kingdom Hearts III finally made it out though.

Here are a few things you may have missed

  • PlayStation Plus cloud storage increasing to 100GB via PS.Blog

February 2019 Gold Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon
  • Super Bomberman R

Xbox 360 & Xbox One

  • Assassin’s Creed Rogue
  • Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy

February 2019 Plus Games

Instant Game Collection

PlayStation 4

  • Hitman: The Complete First Season
  • For Honor
  • Gunhouse
  • Rogue Aces

PlayStation 3

  • Divekick
  • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

PlayStation Vita

  • Gunhouse
  • Rogue Aces

Week of Jan 25 – 31 Round-up

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I am ready to play some Resident Evil. I feel like I should pick up Resident Evil 7 because it’s cheap now but what I really want is to play more of Resident Evil 2. That one-shot demo was the perfect teaser. It looked great, fun to play, and there was a real urgency to the game courtesy of the time limit. I think it’s about time I submerse myself in a dreadful situation for which killing zombies is the answer.

Week of Jan 18 – 24 Round-up

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I’ve always been aware of the existence of the Onimusha games but I never bothered to check them out. I had no idea they were essentially Resident Evil games featuring Japanese swordsmen. Neat! That doesn’t necessarily entice me to try the game but it’s good to finally know what the franchise is all about.

Week of Jan 11 – 17 Round-up

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New Super Mario Bros. U did not grab me on the Wii U. I played a handful of levels but I grew tired of the New Super Mario Bros. aesthetic and just shelved the game for the time being. Six years later Nintendo is releasing an updated version for the Nintendo Switch and I’m considering revisiting the Wii U version. Maybe now I’ll learn to appreciate it?

Week of Jan 4 – 10 Round-up

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Happy New Year! Let’s start 2019 with a little interactive story about young love. The fiancee and I enjoyed our journey through Florence. It was a familiar tale that was beautifully told and experienced through an interactive medium. We related with Florence but not Krish; we concluded boys were stupid.

Here’s Something You May Have Missed

January 2019 Gold Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Celeste
  • WRC 6

Xbox 360 & Xbox One

  • Lara Croft: Guardian of Light
  • Far Cry 2

January 2019 Plus Games

Instant Game Collection

PlayStation 4

  • Steep
  • Portal Knights
  • Fallen: Flames of Rebellion

PlayStation 3

  • Zone of the Enders HD Collection
  • Amplitude

PlayStation Vita

  • Fallen: Flames of Rebellion
  • Super Mutant Alien Assault

Week of Dec 21 – Jan 3 (Boxing Day) Round-up

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I don’t make many recommendations on this here site but Astrobot: Rescue Mission deserves your attention. If you are looking for one of the best games of 2018 and own a PlayStation 4, do yourself a favour and pick up the PlayStation VR Astrobot + Moss Bundle for $249.99 ($130 off). It’s a fantastic game.

So this was Boxing Day 2017

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Boxing Day isn’t what it once was; you’re going to see a lot of repeats from a month earlier. It’s best to view next Wednesday an encore of Black Friday with a spritz or two of new deals. 

2017’s Boxing Day went pretty much as expected. If you were patient, you were able to nab some of the best games of the year on some steep discounts.

The Annual Franchises

The long streak of finding the most recent Call of Duty title for 50% off ended in 2017 with Call of Duty: WW2 coming in at $50 across all retailers. 

Assassin’s Creed returned in 2017 with Origins. The $39.99 price tag also returned giving the game a 50% discount within 2 month’s time.

Other Releases

Nier: Automata for $30? I’m sure this was a popular pick up last year. It wasn’t surprising to see Destiny 2 and Wolfenstein: The New Colossus receive 50% off discounts. The Destiny franchise have always been historically quick to discount and the same goes with Bethesda published titles. 

What Will Boxing Day 2018 Look Like?

  1. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII and/or Assassin Creed: Odyssey chime in with 50% off discounts
  2. A repeat Black Friday pricing for Electronic Arts and Bethesda’s lineup of games.

Week of Dec 14 – 20 Round-up

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Katamari Damacy is an absolute treat for me. But like all treats, I can only take so much before I have to put it down and take a bit of a break. The launch of Katamari Damacy Reroll reminded me that I own a copy of Katamari Forever for the PlayStation 3. I recall starting that game but didn’t finish it. I don’t know when I’ll get back to that version of Katamari but the idea of having a quality portable Switch version of Katamari Damacy is awfully tempting.

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