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. 

Week of Aug 3 – 9 Round-up

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Okami HD on the Nintendo Switch is a match made in heaven. Brush powers with a touch screen makes a whole lot of sense. If I were to purchase a third copy of Okami, I think it would be for the Switch. 

August 2018 Plus Games

Instant Game Collection

PlayStation 4

  • Mafia III
  • Dead by Daylight

PlayStation 3

  • Bound by Flame
  • Serious Sam 3: BFE

PlayStation Vita

  • Draw Slasher
  • Space Hulk

Week of Jul 27 – Aug 2 Round-up

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We’re in the middle of 2018 and there are still worthwhile Nintendo 3DS titles coming out. WarioWare Gold looks awesome but I’m going to be that person and say: I wish it was on the Switch. I am still playing my Nintendo 3DS (DQ8) but I want WarioWare on the big screen for some party shenanigans. It’s silliness should not be contained on the small screen!

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August 2018 Gold Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Forza Horizon 2: Standard
  • For Honor: Standard Edition

Xbox 360 & Xbox One

  • Dead Space 3
  • Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two

Week of Jul 20 – 26 Round-up

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X is my Mega Man. The classic 8-bit Mega Man is fine but Mega Man X is my jam. Dashing, throwing Hadoukens, jumping off walls, suit upgrades, and riding mech suits. The image of a robot driving a mechanical suit was so awesome when I first played Mega Man X in the early 90’s. Needless to say, this Mega Man X Legacy Collection is a much more attractive package to me than the other Blue Bomber collections that preceded it. If it’s a quality package, I can see myself picking this up for the Nintendo Switch.

Week of Jul 13 – 19 Round-up

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I gave the Octopath Traveler demo a go but I just couldn’t digest the dialog. It’s a novel idea for the first 10 minutes but I grew very tired of how wordy it was. I wasn’t entirely sold on the visual style. It reminded me of early PlayStation 1 JRPGs but remastered and tinkered with to an excessive degree. The combat was alright though. I really wanted to like the game but it just wasn’t meant to be. 

Week of Jul 6 – 12 Round-up

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Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker was one of my favorite Wii U titles and I’m happy to see it appear on the Switch. I want to get it for Nintendo’s hybrid console but not for its asking price. Once I see it for $9.99 or so, I’ll pull the trigger. In the meantime, I hope this game sells very well on its second life.

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July 2018 Gold Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Assault Android Cactus
  • Death Squared

Xbox 360 & Xbox One

  • Virtual Fighter 5: Final Showdown
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction

Week of Jun 29 – Jul 5 Round-up

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Lumines was a very special game for the PlayStation Portable. I wasn’t very good at it but I found myself playing it over and over again. It came out for the Xbox 360 as Lumines Live but I just didn’t gravitate towards it as a console game. It played fine, looked great and sounded amazing but I associated this kind of game as an easy pick-up and put-down kind of game. I essentially want it on a portable. Lumines Remastered for Switch looks to be the high definition Lumines game that I always wanted. 

July 2018 Plus Games

Instant Game Collection

PlayStation 4

  • Heavy Rain
  • Absolver: Online Melee Action

PlayStation 3

  • Rayman 3 HD
  • Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess

PlayStation Vita

  • Space Overlords
  • Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma, PS Vita

 

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