Week of Jul 28 – Aug 3 Round-up

Week of Jul 28 – Aug 3 Round-up

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Patapon was one of my favorite PlayStation Portable titles. It was charming, unique, and surprisingly addictive. Pon-Pon-Pata-Pon. While I think it would look brilliant on a 4K display, a game like this would be better suited for the likes of the PlayStation Vita or the Nintendo Switch. I just wouldn’t feel right otherwise.

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August 2017 Gold Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Slime Rancher
  • Trials Fusion

Xbox 360 & Xbox One

  • Bayonetta
  • Red Faction: Armageddon

August 2017 Plus Games

Instant Game Collection

PlayStation 4

  • Just Cause 3
  • Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry
  • Downwell

PlayStation 3

  • Super Motherload
  • Snakeball

PlayStation Vita

  • Downwell
  • Level 22
Week of Jul 21 – 27 Round-up

Week of Jul 21 – 27 Round-up

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I tried very hard to enjoy Pikmin 3 but I have yet to finish it. I was 75% of the way through it and just stopped. I like the idea behind the game but I just don’t like the controls in that game; it just feels so cumbersome and inelegant. Maybe turning the game into a 2D sidescroller would be more appealing to me.

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Week of Jul 14 – 20 Round-up

Week of Jul 14 – 20 Round-up

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There’s something about Splatoon and Splatoon 2 that I keeps me from jumping in and trying it. It looks very appealing with its quirky music and colorful style but I’m still not convinced that it’ll be a worthwhile purchase for me. I respect it and recognize that it is a quality game from Nintendo but something about it says to me: “Maybe when it’s $30 or less”. I’m being overly harsh and unfair but that’s just how I feel about these weird squid kids.

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Week of Jul 7 – 13 Round-up

Week of Jul 7 – 13 Round-up

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Final Fantasy XII is one of my favorite Final Fantasy titles ever. I still own my PlayStation 2 steelbook version of the game and immediately pre-ordered the The Zodiac Age PlayStation 4 release as soon as the Amazon.ca price error reared its head. I don’t recall much about the details but I did remember enjoying the more grounded political stories, the wonderful art style and excellent voice work. Oh and of course, “Don’t believe Ondore’s lies”. I won’t have time to play it any time soon but to own a copy of the fabled International Version of Final Fantasy XII has been a long time coming.

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Week of Jun 30 – Jul 6 Round-up

Week of Jun 30 – Jul 6 Round-up

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Happy 150th birthday, Canada!

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July 2017 Gold Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Grow Up
  • Runbow

Xbox 360 & Xbox One

  • Kane & Lynch 2
  • LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game

July 2017 Plus Games

Instant Game Collection

PlayStation 4

  • Until Dawn
  • Game of Thrones
  • Don’t Die, Mr. Robot

PlayStation 3

  • Tokyo Jungle
  • Darkstalkers Resurrection

PlayStation Vita

  • Element4l
  • Don’t Die, Mr. Robot
Week of Jun 23 – 29 Round-up

Week of Jun 23 – 29 Round-up

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It took 20 years but my dream Dragon Ball Z fighting game is finally being made. Ever since I first laid eyes on Capcom’s X-Men vs Street Fighter, I wanted a Dragon Ball Z fighting game in that style. It was always a pipe dream for me though. I lived it through M.U.G.E.N. projects but I made peace with the fact that Capcom were never going to make a game like that. And I was right! It took the likes of Arc System Works to bring my dream Dragon Ball game to life. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai games were close but they didn’t capture the frenetic nature of a Capcom VS. series game. Dragon Ball FighterZ looks stunning and was easily my takeaway game of E3 2017.

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Week of Jun 16 – 22 Round-up

Week of Jun 16 – 22 Round-up

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ARMS looks like its goofy fun. Nintendo ran several “Global Test Punches” but I didn’t find the time to partake. It looks great, sounds fantastic and I wouldn’t mind giving it a try but it doesn’t look like the kind of game that I will stick with. Especially for $79.99. 

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  • Jun 9 – 20: Spend $100 Get $15 on PSN Store via PlayStation
Week of Jun 9 – 15 Round-up

Week of Jun 9 – 15 Round-up

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My love for Wipeout HD runs deep. Before Mario Kart 8, it was my the only kart racer in my heart. I love everything about it from its aesthetic, its sound and its silky smooth gameplay. I wasn’t surprised when Studio Liverpool was shuttered. I loved Wipeout HD but I’m also well aware of its limited appeal; it’s not doing Mario Kart numbers. However, I held out hope for some form of Wipeout on the PlayStation 4. Needless to say I was pretty stoked to see Sony announce Wipeout: Omega Collection. I don’t have any time to play it but I’m tempted to just buy the collection to show Sony the love.

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Week of Jun 2 – 8 Round-up

Week of Jun 2 – 8 Round-up

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Tekken 7 looks like a quality entry in the long running Namco fighter. I’m especially impressed with the visuals compared to Capcom’s efforts with Street Fighter V. Akuma looks positively vicious in Tekken 7 whereas his Street Fighter V incarnation leaves a lot to be desired. I’m not a huge Tekken fan but I really enjoyed my time with Tekken 5. With that in mind, I doubt I would be be picking up Tekken 7 any time soon. However, I’m still very happy to see another quality Japanese title emerge this year. It’s been a hell of a year for Japan.

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  • Jun 9 – 20: Spend $100 Get $15 on PSN Store via PlayStation

June 2017 Plus Games

Instant Game Collection

PlayStation 4

  • Killing Floor 2
  • Life is Strange
  • Neon Chrome
  • Spy Chameleon

PlayStation 3

  • Abyss Odyssey
  • WRC 5: World Rally Championship

PlayStation Vita

  • Neon Chrome
  • Spy Chameleon

 

Week of May 26 – Jun 1 Round-up

Week of May 26 – Jun 1 Round-up

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RIME is coming out! I remember being impressed with initial reveal trailer in 2013. It was a PlayStation 4 exclusive at the time, then it fell off the face of the Earth for a couple years before resurfacing as a non-Sony funded title. I still think it looks incredibly pretty but the initial excitement has long faded and now I’ll pick it up on the cheap.

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  • Jun 9 – 20: Spend $100 Get $15 on PSN Store via PlayStation

June 2017 Gold Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Speedrunners
  • Watch_Dogs
  • DLC for Phantom Dust

Xbox 360 & Xbox One

  • Assassin’s Creed III
  • Dragon Age: Origins
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