Week of Dec 3 – 9 Round-up

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I never played a true blue MMORPG before; I just don’t like the idea of paying a subscription for a single game. However, if I were to play one in 2021, it would be this Final Fantasy XIV that everyone raves about. I hear the best of Final Fantasy can be found here including the best music, stories, characters, and even artwork. All of that isn’t enough to sway me though. I’ll just be happy for all the folks who’ve been waiting for Endwalker to arrive.

December 2021 Gold Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Escapists 2
  • Tropic 5 – Penultimate Edition

Xbox 360 & Xbox One

  • Orcs Must Die!
  • Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet

December 2021 PS Plus Games

Instant Game Collection

PlayStation 4

  • Godfall: Challenger Edition
  • LEGO DC Super Villains
  • Mortal Shell
  • The Persistence
  • The Walking Dead – Saints & Sinners
  • Until You Fall

December 2021 Prime Games

Games With Prime

  • Need fo rSpeed: Hot Pursuit Remastered
  • Football Manager 2021
  • Frostpunk
  • Journey to the Savage Planet
  • Morkredd
  • Spellcaster University
  • Youtubers Life
  • Tales of Monkey Island
  • Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse

Week of Nov 26 – Dec 2 Round-up

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A Pokemon game came out last week and I barely noticed. I know it’s a remake, so it’s not going to set the world on fire, but it’s still a Pokemon game. I checked out of Pokemon games after Sword/Shield. The game was fine for what it was, but I’m just done with those games.

Week of Nov 19 – 25 Round-up

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I used to be a Battlefield fan. I bought a PlayStation 4 for Battlefield 4. I didn’t really touch another Battlefield game since 4 and was looking forward to giving Battlefield 2042 a go, but that beta just didn’t do it for me. It wasn’t the bugs or glitches though. It was the formula. I realized I was done running from point to point and whittling away at tickets. My multiplayer go-to games will continue to be Apex Legends and the increasingly dead Overwatch.

Here’s Something You May Have Missed

The annual look back at Black Fridays of the past 10 years continues.

Black Friday 2010 – 2020 Retrospective

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Let’s take a look at how the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic affected Black Friday deals.

The Annual Franchises

Watch Dogs Legion launched a few weeks before Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and apparently that and the slight dip in Metacritic was enough for the Watch Dogs to receive a Black Friday discount. It was your standard sale price, but it was a sale nonetheless.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla would have to wait for Boxing Day.

Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War did not receive a hint of a discount at retail during 2020’s Black Friday. Not since Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 did we enter a Black Friday without a retail sale for the annual military shooter.

Other Releases

The rest of the titles were selected based on the discount, popularity, and availability. There’s little value in highlighting the door crasher sale of a niche title.

Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time receiving a $20 discount was to be expected. It would have been nice to see a $30 reduction instead, but it looks like Activision are content with slowly milking sales off it. In fact, we’re just getting a $39.99 (50% off) discount on PSN Store in the middle of November 2021!

Marvel’s Avengers was a bit of a bummer, so it wasn’t surprising to see a high profile game like this get a discount. I honestly though it would be $29.99 by Black Friday considering the collective groan and rejection of the game.

If Microsoft didn’t buy Bethesda in September of 2020, I would have pulled the trigger on Doom Eternal at $29.99. I loved Doom (2016) and was waiting to find out how the sequel turned out. I waited for the game to hit Xbox Game Pass instead and discovered that I didn’t like it at all.

One of 2019’s most unique game found itself at the $29.99 price point regularly, so it wasn’t a surprise that it found itself there again during Black Friday 2020.

Takeaways

  1. Patience wasn’t rewarded for Call of Duty fans — 2020 was the first year in a long time where waiting for a physical copy of Call of Duty to go on sale during Black Friday was pointless
  2. Patience wasn’t rewarded for Assassin’s Creed fans either.
  3. Combination of new consoles and pandemic demand probably didn’t force many publishers to hit that sale button

Week of Nov 12 – 18 Round-up

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I liked Forza Horizon 4 and found myself getting pretty far with it before losing interest to another game. Admittedly, I have less interest in Forza Horizon 5, but I’m willing to give it a go after hearing all the positive buzz about its visual wizardry.

Week of Nov 5 – 11 Round-up

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I’m very curious to find out how Call of Duty: Vanguard will perform in the market considering the fact that it’s yet another World War II visit and the fact that Battlefield 2042 is just around the corner. I’ll probably play it once it hits PlayStation Plus or something along those lines. That’s the only way reason I played Call of Duty: WW2’s single player campaign. I don’t know what people like in their Zombies modes, but WW2’s looks pretty good? I have little to no interest in the multiplayer.

Week of Oct 29 – Nov 4 Round-up

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I bought Super Mario Party thinking that we would gather and play 4-player games and live out the rooftop parties that Nintendo envisioned for all of us. Unfortunately, that was not the case whatsoever. We played the damn game once and never touched again. And now there’s a compilation release called Mario Party Superstars that just makes me feel a tinge of regret for purchasing the last game.

November 2021 Gold Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Moving Out
  • Kingdom Two Crowns

Xbox 360 & Xbox One

  • Rocket Knight
  • Lego Batman 2 DC Super Heroes

November 2021 PS Plus Games

Instant Game Collection

PlayStation 4

  • Knockout City
  • First Class Trouble
  • Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning
  • The Persistence
  • The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners
  • Until You Fall

November 2021 Prime Games

Games With Prime

  • Rogue Heroes
  • Control Ultimate Edition
  • Dragon Age Inquisition
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Liberated

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.

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