Week of Jan 17 – 23 Round-up

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I hope Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is solid. It doesn’t need to be the greatest thing since sliced bread; all it needs to be is a solid game for fans of the series.

This game reminds me that I still need to finish watching Dragon Ball Z Kai. My brother and I were watching the Buu saga before we got busy.

Week of Jan 10 – 16 Round-up

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A port of Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is heading over to the Nintendo Switch. I would be happy about it but I own an unopened copy of the Wii U version. I went out of my way to buy it thinking it wouldn’t appear on any other console and be relegated to the niche gem. I guess I was proven wrong by Atlus and now a wider audience can enjoy it.

Week of Jan 3 – 9 Round-up

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Disco Elysium has its passionate fans and many games people whom I respect speak highly of it but I don’t have the desire to check it out. Maybe when it’s dirt cheap? Some have said it’s the game The Outer Worlds tried to be when it came down to player choice but I just don’t have the desire to delve deep into a exposition heavy game at the moment.

January 2020 Gold Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Styx: Shards of Darkness
  • Batman: The Telltale Series

Xbox 360 & Xbox One

  • Tekken 6
  • LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy

January 2020 Plus Games

Instant Game Collection

  PlayStation 4

  • Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection
  • Goat Simulator

January 2020 Twitch Prime Games

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  • Dandara
  • Anarcute
  • Kingdom: New Lands
  • A Normal Lost Phone
  • Splasher
  • Enter the Gungeon
  • Ape Out
  • Witcheye
  • Gato Roboto
  • Heave Ho

Week of Dec 27 – Jan 2 Round-up

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A bunch of poos chasing a green cube wearing a hat. That’s a certainly a game made by the Katamari Damacy creator, Keita Takahashi. I didn’t play any of his games since Katamari Damacy but I kept tabs on his output since that smash hit. I haven’t seen anything of his that tickled my fancy like Katamari.

Week of Dec 20 – 26 Round-up

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Happy holidays! I spent a number of Christmas breaks playing PC games like MechWarrior 2: 31st Century Combat and its expansions, Ghost Bear’s Legacy and Mercenaries. Those were good times! And now with MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, I have the opportunity to create new memories with a brand new mech simulator. It looks like a fine installment in the MechWarrior franchise but there’s something about it that doesn’t sit right with me. They seemed to have nailed the mech sim part but everything else seems lacklustre.

Boxing Day 2018 Was Alright

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Boxing Day isn’t what it once was. It’s now a repeat of Black Friday with a handful of new deals.

2018 featured some notable deep discounts on select titles but they were by and large repeats from Black Friday 2018.

The Annual Franchises

Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII continued the 2017 trend of offering $30 off the MSRP of Activision’s long running first person shooter franchise. It’s early, but Call of Duty: Modern Warfare looks to wind up with an average sale price of $59.99 for Boxing Day 2019.

Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey plunged all the way down to $29.99 thanks to a $50 discount which is the lowest price ever for an Assassin’s Creed title during Boxing Day.

Other Releases

The floor for most of 2018’s titles was around $30 for Boxing Day 2018. Battlefield V was $29.96 ($50 off) which was $10 lower than Battlefield 4’s sale price back in 2013 during the same period.

Other than that standout, other releases fell within expectations.

Boxing Day 2019? More Like Boxing Weeks 2019

The old joke a few years ago was to view Boxing Day like Boxing Week but now it’s more apt to describe this sales event as Boxing Weeks 2019. We’re seeing deals that are guaranteed Boxing Day deals a full two weeks before the actual day.

In other words, you can simply look at the deals page and see what Boxing Day 2019 will be like because it’s pretty much all there already.

Week of Dec 13 – 19 Round-up

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Life is Strange and Life is Strange: Before The Storm were some of my favorite adventure games to date. Life is Strange 2 would have been an exciting 2019 release for me but I am not one to keep up with episodic gaming. I don’t want to be left hanging and after games like SiN Episodes: Emergency and the Half-Life 2: Episodes were left unfinished, I felt it was just safer to wait it out. Game developers have figured out episodic gaming but old habits die hard.

Week of Dec 6 – 12 Round-up

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Halo: Reach is my favorite of the franchise so I’m happy to see it come back in its remastered glory. I should replay it but at the same time, it may just make me long for that long lost Bungie of old. I had very high hopes for Destiny and it was a bummer that they didn’t continue with what made Halo: Reach so good. Exciting combat with a strong narrative is all I ask for.

Week of Nov 29 – Dec 5 Round-up

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Respawn Entertainment are talented and productive. Apex Legends and now Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. It sounds like the latter has some technical issues on consoles but people seem to find their latest single player game to be solid. I already added it to my list of future purchases.

Here are a few things you may have missed

December 2019 Gold Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Insane Robots
  • Jurassic World Evolution

Xbox 360 & Xbox One

  • Toy Story 3
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate HD

December 2019 Plus Games

Instant Game Collection

  PlayStation 4

  • TitanFall 2
  • Monster Energy Supercross

Week of Nov 22 – 28 Round-up

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I picked up the Pokemon Sword/Shield Double Pack for my brother and I. I chose to be on team Sword. No idea when I will get around to starting it but I heard it’s a pretty good game. I know of its shortcomings but as a person who’s only played the first two generation of Pokemon games and the Let’s Go remake, I’m not fussed about what’s missing.

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