Week of Nov 6 – 12 Round-up

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Another year, another Call of Duty title. I know some have dropped off this series but I’m not one of them. I’ve purchased every Call of Duty title since Call of Duty 3 on Xbox 360 and continue to do so. Despite several disappointing installments, I always find a reason or two to check out the next year’s game. I was curious how Infinity Ward would fare with Ghosts, their first title well after the mass exodus and firings. In 2014, I was curious what Sledgehammer Games would bring to the Call of Duty franchise. And in 2015, I just enjoy what Treyarch did with the Black Ops titles. I don’t know how long I’ll keep this streak going but with such a low time commitment and E3 promotions, I don’t see it ending any time soon.

Here are a few things you may have missed

  • Warner Bros. offering full refunds on Batman: Arkham Knight (PC) on Steam via Announcement Post on Steam Community
  • Ghost Trick is back on the Apple App Store after being removed a few weeks ago

November 2015 Gold & Plus Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Pneuma: Breath of Life
  • Knight Squad

Xbox 360

  • Dirt 3
  • Dungeon Siege III

PlayStation Plus

PlayStation 4

  • The Walking Dead: Season 2
  • Magicka 2
  • Dragon Fin Soup

PlayStation 3

  • Mass Effect 2
  • Beyond Good & Evil

PlayStation Vita

  • Dragon Fin Soup
  • Invizimals

Week of Oct 30 – Nov 5 Round-up

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The Need for Speed closed beta showed off Electronic Art’s racer in a very favorable light. It ran well, looked great controlled surprisingly well. The live action cutscenes were cringe inducing and cheesy but I was okay with it. It’s not NFS: Most Wanted and Razor Callahan but I was amused by the Fast & Furious knock off. I like what I sampled but not enough to pull the trigger on a launch day purchase.

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Week of Oct 23 – 29 Round-up

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I’m a weird Halo fan. I really enjoyed Halo 3: ODST and Halo: Reach but the same cannot be said about the ones starring the Master Chief. I enjoyed Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 4 but I didn’t care for Halo 2 or 3. I have no affinity for the series’ multiplayer; I play these games for their campaigns. I’m very curious how 343 Industries second attempt at the franchise will pan out and if they’ll make good on what they laid out on Halo 4.

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Week of Oct 16 – 22 Round-up

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I haven’t played an Assassin’s Creed title since Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood and the streak will continue for the foreseeable future. It’s not that I have issue with Assassin’s Creed per se; I just hate Ubisoft’s open world design. Despite my misgivings with these games, I love the fact that they’re exposing people to all these historical time periods.

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Week of Oct 9 – 15 Round-up

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Yoshi’s Wooly World looks like it’ll follow the same thread as Kirby’s Epic Yarn; easy going platform filled with whimsy. I still have yet to play Epic Yarn but I own it because it was like $20. I suspect I’ll be picking up Wooly World in a similar circumstance. 

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Week of Oct 2 – 8 Round-up

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Rock Band 4 is coming out on October 2 and I don’t know a single soul who’s picking it up. Much of that can be attributed to the people I know moving on and starting families but at the same time, they weren’t moved by the announcement of the new game either. I won’t be picking it up because the plastic instrument craze was never my thing. I was into Dance Dance Revolution and all that feet tapping fun.

October 2015 Gold & Plus Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Valiant Hearts
  • Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
  • The Walking Dead: Complete First Season

Xbox 360

  • Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
  • The Walking Dead: Complete First Season

PlayStation Plus

PlayStation 4

  • Super Meat Boy
  • Broken Age
  • Unmechanical: Extended

PlayStation 3

  • Unmechanical: Extended
  • KickBeat
  • Chariot
  • Kung Fu Rabbit

PlayStation Vita

  • Super Meat Boy
  • Broken Age
  • KickBeat
  • Kung Fu Rabbit

 

Week of Sep 25 – Oct 1 Round-up

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I love Persona 4. It’s an exceptional experience that created two fighting games, an Etrian Odyssey inspired spinoff and now a rhythm game. I bought and enjoyed Persona 4 Arena but I didn’t feel compelled to go any further. I felt Atlus were milking Persona 4 a little too much and wanted to step away before I got sick of it. Persona 5 though? I look forward to that with much anticipation.

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Week of Sep 18 – 24 Round-up

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Animal Crossing: A New Leaf was my first Animal Crossing game but as charming as it was, I ended up ejecting the cart from my Nintendo 3DS XL and never returned to it since. This is one of the games that would be more suitable on a smartphone or tablet. I have no intention of picking up Happy Home Designer by its lonesome but that regular sized New Nintendo 3DS bundle piqued my interest just a tiny bit.

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Week of Sep 11 – 17 Round-up

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Forza Motorsport 6 may be the first Forza game since the third entry that I personally wanted to play. If you haven’t done so already, you should head over to your Xbox One and download the demo. It’s a very tasty demo for a very impressive looking racer. But as impressive as it looks, I don’t have room for it in 2015. I’ll pick up a copy If the price was $30 or so but other than that it’s going to be a 2016 title.

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Week of Sep 4 – 10 Round-up

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Super Mario Maker looks like it’s everything I wanted LittleBigPlanet to be. LittleBigPlanet was its best when I was playing with Media Molecule’s creations. User created levels fell apart far too often but I didn’t blame the creators of those levels, I blamed the creator of the tools. The core platforming was inconsistent so it was tough to build anything that required precision. Super Mario Maker may not have all the pizzazz of LittleBigPlanet’s creation toolset but it does have that sweet Mario feel to the platforming. Between the two, I’d choose the latter any day of the week.

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