Week of Oct 22 – 28 Round-up

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“If it’s not made by Marvel, it’s not really worth watching.”

That’s my mantra when it came to the Marvel movies ever since the first Iron Man movies came out. Sure, there was Deadpool, but everything else didn’t really do it for me. I’m hoping things are different in the world of video games. I hope that Guardians of the Galaxy is good and it doesn’t end up like Avengers or Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 where we can only count on Sony to deliver the goods. The more quality Marvel games, the merrier.

Week of Oct 15 – 21 Round-up

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The first Crysis was alright. My PC was able to run the game at a reasonable framerate, but despite all the prettiness and “possibilities”, I inevitably just resorted to exploiting the dumb A.I. and taking out from a safe distance. I actually Crysis 2 more than the first game because it was more of a “video game”, but even then it was pretty forgettable in hindsight. Crysis 3? I never even played it and I have zero interest in rectifying that.

Week of Oct 8 – 14 Round-up

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A new side-scrolling Metroid game is here and it’s not a remake! Joyous day! I didn’t pre-order it, but I will likely pick it up sooner rather than later. Maybe via Shoppers Drug Mart’s bonus events or maybe via Staples’ many coupons. Either way, I’m hoping to play it by end of year. This game has me considering trading in my Nintendo Switch for the OLED model. For $169.99, I can be playing Metroid Dread on that pretty OLED. Decisions, decisions?

Actually, I think I’ll just keep my original Switch because the idea of having to jump through all those hoops for Animal Crossing: New Horizons save is enough to force me to wait for the true successor.

Week of Oct 1 – 7 Round-up

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I can hardly believe it’s been 11 years since Alan Wake debuted. I liked Alan Wake at the time. It nailed what it was going for and even though there was arguably too much repetitive combat scenarios in the game, the vibe was enough to get me through until the end and then some.

October 2021 Gold Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Aereo
  • Hover

Xbox 360 & Xbox One

  • Castlevania: Harmony of Despair
  • Resident Evil: Code Veronica X

October 2021 PS Plus Games

Instant Game Collection

PlayStation 5

  • Hell Let Loose

PlayStation 4

  • Mortal Kombat X
  • PGA Tour 2K21

October 2021 Prime Games

Games With Prime

  • Star Wars Squadrons
  • Alien Isolation
  • Ghostrunner
  • Song of Horror Complete Edition
  • Red Wings: Aces of the Sky
  • Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures
  • Blue Fire
  • Tiny Robots Recharged
  • Whiskey & Zombies: The Great Southern Zombie Escape
  • Secret Files 3

Week of Sep 24 – 30 Round-up

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Diablo II: Resurrected looks like a quality effort by Blizzard and Vicarious Visions. I never played the original release and I really don’t have much intention to play this remaster any time soon, but I’m glad it was done justice. The gross misconduct investigations have rightfully taken the shine off the publisher’s releases, but I don’t feel bad for Activision Blizzard. I feel bad for the innocent people who worked or are working in such demoralizing situation. Let’s hope the publisher underwent massive changes by the next time this game gets a re-release.

Week of Sep 17 – 23 Round-up

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Deathloop might be the first Arkane Studios game that I get my hands on. I technically could get my hands on Prey and their Dishonored games right now via Xbox Game Pass, but Deathloop’s style resonates. I hear it’s very good and I’ll see for myself once it hits Xbox Game Pass some time in 2022. In the meantime, I may checkout Arkane Studio’s previous works.

Week of Sep 10 – 16 Round-up

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I’m a bit behind with my Life is Strange games. I played the first game and the prequel, but didn’t find the motivation to play Life is Strange 2. I’m intrigued by True Colors for its Asian American protagonist, but I really should play Life is Strange 2 first. It’s not on Xbox Game Pass, so I’ll either pick it up whenever it goes on sale again, or just wait until it makes its way there.

Week of Sep 3 – 9 Round-up

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No More Heroes III debuted last week and I just completely overlooked it. I just never quite understood the appeal of these games. They look somewhat stylish and quirky, but not enough for me to stomach the idea of playing the game itself. I tried the very first one briefly on the Nintendo Wii, but it did not resonate with me whatsoever.

September 2021 Plus Games

Instant Game Collection

PlayStation 5

  • Overcooked: All You Can Eat!

PlayStation 4

  • Predator: Hunting Grounds
  • Hitman 2

Week of Aug 27 – Sep 2 Round-up

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I actually played Psychonauts years ago, but I didn’t get a chance to finish it. I also don’t remember much about it other than the fact that the platforming didn’t feel great. I should go back to it because Psychonauts 2 finally launched and I should check out what Raz was up to before diving into the long awaited sequel. I backed years ago before Double Fine got snapped up by Microsoft and placed it on Xbox Game Pass. I have my Steam key, but I’m going to play the Xbox Series X version.

September 2021 Gold Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Warhammer: Chaosbane
  • Mulaka

Xbox 360 & Xbox One

  • Zone of the Enders HD Collection
  • Samurai Shodown II

Week of Aug 20 – 26 Round-up

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I’ve been told that I should check out Ghost of Tsushima, but it looks so much like one of those open world games. I have very limited tolerance for those types of games these days — the ones where you unlock areas, clear outposts, and collect things. Spider-man: Miles Morales is one of those games and so is Horizon: Forbidden West, so I don’t know if I have it in me to play to Sucker Punch’s re-release into that genre of game. At this rate, I may try it out in 2024 when Sony releases it on PlayStation Plus’ Instant Game Collection

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