Week of Jan 20 – 26 Round-up

Week of Jan 20 – 26 Round-up

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Yakuza 0 is nearly upon us and it’s glorious. I don’t have a review yet but I’m loving every moment of what I’ve played thus far. I hold Yakuza 2 and 4 very highly and this might surpass those two entries. I didn’t play 5 due to series fatigue but 0 has reinvigorated me. What I love most about this series is the organic way which I learn about Japanese culture. It’s also a time capsule highlighting the technology and fashion of the time. So if you’re looking to learn a thing or two about late 1980s Japan while stomping heads, give this game a shot. 

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Week of Jan 13 – 19 Round-up

Week of Jan 13 – 19 Round-up

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I wasn’t a fan of Gravity Rush on the PlayStation Vita. I found the controls finicky and imprecise on the handheld. But I enjoyed the game’s aesthetic and theme so I was willing to give the PlayStation 4 remaster a try. I bought the Remaster for less than $10 during one of the holiday sales but I have yet to try it. Gravity Rush 2 looks like a wonderful sequel so I hope I end up liking the original. 

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Week of Jan 6 – 12 Round-up

Week of Jan 6 – 12 Round-up

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Another Overwatch related week? Yes but only because I couldn’t find any suitable Trauma Center images to use. I’ve been out of it with what I thought was food poisoning since the 1st of January. Turns out it’s a stomach virus and I’ve essentially written the week off. I’m on the mend but I continue to struggle with keeping solids down. I hope everyone is having a happier new year than I. 

Speaking of suitable images, Google Image Search’s safe search option is barely containing the lewd Overwatch fan art out there. Stop it, people. 

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Week of Dec 30 – Jan 5 Round-up

Week of Dec 30 – Jan 5 Round-up

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I don’t know what my top 10 games of 2016 looks like yet but I already know that Overwatch is my game of the year. Despite enjoying Valve’s Team Fortress 2, I bounced off it rather quickly and didn’t think those types of games had the staying power that I wanted. I was skeptical of Overwatch at first and it took a lot of good impressions to convince me to check it out. I ended up loving it, investing many hours into the game. It even broke a lot of new ground for me by being the first multiplayer shooter to entice me to use a mic with strangers and the first to employ a competitive mode that I wanted to excel in. Equally remarkable is the fact that I’m still playing it 6 months after release and continuing to learn nuances and tricks. On top of that, Blizzard have been running seasonal events, offered free maps and characters. It’s honestly one of the few games that keeps on giving.

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January 2017 Plus Games

Instant Game Collection

PlayStation 4

  • Day of The Tentacle Remastered
  • This War of Mine: The Little Ones
  • The Swindle
  • Titan Souls

PlayStation 3

  • Blazerush
  • The Swindle

PlayStation Vita

  • Azkend 2
  • Day of The Tentacle Remastered
  • The Swindle
  • Titan Souls
Week of Dec 25 – 29 Round-up

Week of Dec 25 – 29 Round-up

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Steep was Ubisoft’s “one more thing” stinger at their E3 2016 press conference and I cannot imagine why. It looks nice and there are a number of shenanigans can be had with all those extreme winter sports but I feel Ubisoft stealth released it. I want to say I heard more about Vivendi Universal’s hostile takeover than Steep from Ubisoft themselves.

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January 2017 Gold & Plus Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • World of Van Helsing: Deathtrap
  • Killer Instinct Season 2 Ultra Edition

Xbox 360 & Xbox One

  • The Cave
  • Rayman Origins
Boxing Day 2015 Was As Expected

Boxing Day 2015 Was As Expected

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Unless you were looking for a huge swathe of Q4 2015 releases to go on sale for $39.99 or less, Black Friday 2015 didn’t deviate too much from the norm of “Black Friday being okay”. Will Boxing Day 2015 fare or remain the same? Let’s take a look.

The Annual Franchises

 

Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate didn’t hit the $39.99 sale price on Boxing Day for the first time since I started collecting deals. It was $39.99 before Boxing Day on December 21, 2015 courtesy of Amazon.ca though.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III was $39.99 and offered the deepest Boxing Day discount on a Call of Duty title since 2009.

Other Releases

Q4 2015 releases (outside of Call of Duty: Black Ops III) continued to hold relatively high $49.99 price points but everything went on sale down to expected sale prices.

What Will Boxing Day 2016 Look Like?

I expect 2016’s Boxing Day to look a lot like 2015’s. I’m not a professional market analyst but I’m going to give it a crack with the following “easy” predictions:

  1. Obviously there’s no new Assassin’s Creed instalment this year but I can see Watch_Dogs 2 find itself at $39.99 since it’s been sitting at $49.99 so frequently already.
  2. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (Standard) is ripe for a $39.99 sale price since physical sales are down year over year. We’ve also seen the Legacy Edition go on sale down to $69.99 ($40 off) for a couple of days so it’s not a stretch to see deeper discounts if retailers are sitting on a lot of stock.
  3. Speaking of overflowing stock, Square Enix shipped 5 million units of Final Fantasy XV to retailers and if the Japanese publisher miscalculated demand for it, I could see retailers move units for at least $49.99 ($30 off).
  4. I don’t expect to see deep discounts The Last Guardian.

I’m not really sticking my neck out there but let’s see if I end up being right or wrong on these.

Week of Dec 16 – 24 Round-up

Week of Dec 16 – 24 Round-up

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I’ve tried playing Dead Rising demos but I just bounce off them. The first one was interesting with its time mechanic and wrestling moves and subsequent ones featured robust weapon crafting mechanics but there’s just something fatiguing about mauling through crowds of zombies for an entire game. I don’t get it but there must be enough people out there who love the series because they keep making them. 

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Week of Dec 9 – 14 Round-up

Week of Dec 9 – 14 Round-up

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The Last Guardian is real. I held a copy of it not 24 hours ago. In fact, I was playing my copy of the game on my PlayStation 4 Pro not 24 hours ago. It’s very pretty and Trico is very endearing as well. I haven’t been frustrated by the controls or A.I yet but I can see how everything can unravel and come tumbling down. I played Shadow of the Colossus on the PlayStation 2 and loved it — including its less than stellar framerate. And while Ico wasn’t terrible, it was a bit of a downer coming from the grand adventure that was SOTC. I didn’t know what to think of The Last Guardian coming in but first impressions are positive.

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Week of Dec 2 – 8 Round-up

Week of Dec 2 – 8 Round-up

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The arrival of Final Fantasy XV in my mailbox yesterday marked the end of a couple of eras. First, it marked the end of Square Enix’s beleagured Final Fantasy project. It started life as Final Fantasy Versus XIII in 2006 and was reincarnated as Final Fantasy XV in 2013. I didn’t pre-order it when it was known as Versus XIII but as soon as it was renamed into a mainline entry, I took advantage of FutureShop’s E3 promotion. The arrival of my PlayStation 4 copy of the game severed the final tie I had to the FutureShop brand. For three years, I was notified of the game’s pending arrival and now those notifications will cease. I think I’m going to miss those. 

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December 2016 Plus Games

Instant Game Collection

PlayStation 4

  • Invisible Inc.
  • Stories: Path of Destinies
  • Tiny Troopers: Joint Ops
  • Color Guardians

PlayStation 3

  • Hyper Void
  • Tiny Troopers Joint Ops

PlayStation Vita

  • Tiny Troopers Joint Ops
  • VVVVVV
Week of Nov 25 – Dec 1 Round-up

Week of Nov 25 – Dec 1 Round-up

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Ubisoft open world titles and I don’t tend to mix well these days; we had a falling out after Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood and Far Cry 2. Now I don’t even glance Ubisoft’s way any time they show off a new open world game and that includes Watch_Dogs and Watch_Dogs 2. I hear Watch_Dogs 2 is different from their previous works but at the same time, I’m not hearing the acclaim and excitement that surrounded titles like Far Cry 3 or 4. Maybe I’ll get around to it but then again, I don’t feel like I’m missing out.

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Black Friday Online Start Times

Thursday, Nov. 24 @ 12am ET / 9pm PT

  • Microsoft Store
  • The Source

Friday, Nov. 25 @ 12am ET / 9pm PT

  • BestBuy
  • EB Games
  • Walmart

 

December 2016 Gold & Plus Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition
  • Outlast

Xbox 360

  • Outland
  • Burnout: Paradise

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