Week of Oct 12 – 18 Round-up

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Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII’ Blackout mode wasn’t bad. I don’t know if I would buy Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII for that mode alone but the beta convinced me that Treyarch knows a thing or two about battle royale. It won’t reach the heights of Fortnite but I would be very curious how well it will do in the console space where PUBG runs poorly and is exclusive to just the Xbox One. I’m very curious — not enough to buy Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII for $79.99 — but I am curious.

Week of Oct 5 – 11 Round-up

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Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey is out for the plebs who only want the standard version of games. I personally don’t know anyone going out of their way to pay more for the earlier access but this practice must be working because publishers keep doing this. Regardless, I won’t be surprised to hear this year’s game sells well. A lot of people enjoyed the hell out of Assassin’s Creed: Origins. I have zero desire to give that a go but I have a morsel of intrigue with this year’s Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey. As a fan of God of War and ancient Greece, I find this year’s game more palpable. Will I actually go out of my way to play it? Doubtful.

Week of Sep 28 – Oct 4 Round-up

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This is it, right? I’m going to finally play a Forza Horizon game with Forza Horizon 4. Hearing about the 1080p 60 FPS mode for the Xbox One X fascinates me considering this franchises’ pedigree as a 30 FPS title. I haven’t dug into a racing title in a long, long time and this Xbox Game Pass title makes it a very compelling case for me to return to one.

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October 2018 Gold Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Overcooked!
  • Victor Vran

Xbox 360 & Xbox One

  • Stuntman: Ignition
  • Hitman: Blood Money

 

August 2018 Plus Games

Instant Game Collection

PlayStation 4

  • Friday the 13th: The Game
  • Laser League
  • The Bridge
  • Rocketbirds 2: Evolution
  • 2064 Read Only Memories

PlayStation 3

  • Master Reboot
  • The Bridge
  • Rocketbirds 2: Evolution
  • 2064 Read Only Memories

PlayStation Vita

  • The Bridge
  • Rocketbirds 2: Evolution
  • 2064 Read Only Memories

Week of Sep 21 – 27 Round-up

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I am a Final Fight guy. I grew up with the SNES copy of Final Fight. I had no idea it was originally an arcade title or the fact that it had 2 player co-op. My brother and I took turns punching Mad Gear punks throughout Metro City. My experience with the likes of Captain Commando and Knights of the Round were experienced through CPS1 and CPS2 emulators so it’s nice to have the opportunity to own arcade perfect ports of them.

Week of Sep 14 – 20 Round-up

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While Tomb Raider fans are busy discovering what’s new and exciting in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, I just got around to starting Rise of the Tomb Raider on Xbox One courtesy of Xbox Game Pass. So far? I’m enjoying it but I’m have a tough time grasping her motivation for finding the tomb of the Prophet. Is it really just because her dad was looking for it? 

Week of Sep 7 – 13 Round-up

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I will play Dragon Quest XI. I’m making that pledge despite not finishing Dragon Quest VIII on the 3DS or Square Enix’ other JRPG epic, Final Fantasy XV. It just doesn’t look charming like all Dragon Quest titles, it also looks technically impressive. I’ve only played Dragon Quest titles on a portable which made the choice between Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation 4 though. Unfortunately, Square Enix decided not to bring over the Nintendo 3DS version to western shores so I was left with the PlayStation 4 version by default. Then a PC version was announced and now a Switch version. I don’t know which version I will end up getting but the bottom line is this: I will play Dragon Quest XI.

Week of Aug 30 – Sep 6 Round-up

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Here comes the friendly neighbourhood Spider-man doing what Spidey does — or at least that’s the hope? I hope this doesn’t end up being a reskinned Batman: Arkham title. I love Rock Steady’s titles but I want them to make their games and not have other studios borrow from their formula too much. I hope Insomniac Games’ ends up carving out their own niche with this one. I didn’t watch many gameplay videos so pardon my ignorance if I’m completely off base here.

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September 2018 Gold Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Prison Architect
  • Livelock

Xbox 360 & Xbox One

  • LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
  • Sega Vintage Collection: Monster World

 

August 2018 Plus Games

Instant Game Collection

PlayStation 4

  • Destiny 2
  • God of War III: Remastered
  • Another World – 20th Anniversary Edition
  • QUBE Director’s Cut
  • Here They Lie (PSVR)
  • Knowledge is Power

PlayStation 3

  • Another World – 20th Anniversary Edition
  • QUBE Director’s Cut
  • Sparkle 2

PlayStation Vita

  • Another World – 20th Anniversary Edition
  • Sparkle 2
  • Foul Play

Week of Aug 24 – 30 Round-up

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Yakuza 2 was my first Yakuza title. It made a Yakuza fan out of me but I haven’t revisited it since playing it for the first time on the PlayStation 2. I don’t see myself revisiting the original game in its original form but I will gladly revisit it via this Kiwami 2 remake. I cannot wait to punch a tiger again.

Here’s Something You May Have Missed

  • In an e-mail to Prime members: Starting Aug 28, Prime members will no longer receive a 10% discount on physical video game pre-orders. All eligible pre-orders placed before Aug 28, will still receive the 10% discount.

Week of Aug 17 – 23 Round-up

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I enjoyed Guacamelee. It just snuck up on me with its Lucha-styled Metroidvania fun. It came through in a time where this style of game was resurging through independent studios like DrinkBox Studios. In 2018? That’s whole different story. Guacamelee 2 found itself in the company of games like Hollow Knight and Ori and the Will of the Wisps. Needless to say: it’s not so unique and thus I’m not itching to pick that up. Maybe when it’s on sale.

Week of Aug 10 – 16 Round-up

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I’ve never played World of Warcraft. I was too cheap to pay the monthly fee all those years ago. I know plenty who played Blizzard’s epic and I feel that I absorbed so much of that game through their tales and impressions of the game. Many have fallen off throughout the years but every once in a while, I hear a resurgence of interest around the debut of a new expansion. Battle for Azeroth’s artwork channels the MMORPG’s ancestral roots which tickles me with nostalgia. I have doubts that we’ll ever see another one of those any time soon. 

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