Week of Sep 18 – 24 Round-up

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The criticisms laid against Super Mario 3D All-Stars are valid. It is too expensive. They should have done more than simple resolution bumps. They really should have included Super Mario Galaxy 2 as well. However, even with those caveats, I still pre-ordered it because I never finished Super Mario 64 or Super Mario Sunshine. But more importantly, I love Super Mario Galaxy. It’s probably my favorite of the 3D Mario games. I will gladly play it again on the Nintendo Switch. My only hope is that it’s a good emulation effort by Nintendo.

Here Are A Few Things You May Have Missed

  • PlayStation 5 will launch on November 12, 2020
    • Disc Edition: $629.99
    • Digital Edition: $499.99
  • PlayStation 5 software will range from $49.99 USD to $69.99 USD via PS.Blog

Week of Sep 11 – 17 Round-up

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My first Tony Hawk game was Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 on the Sega Dreamcast. I wasn’t much of a skater, or much of a fan of the music, but I still enjoyed the gameplay. It was such a smooth running game that allowed for a lot of creative expression. I wasn’t great at it, but I had fun. I don’t know if I am ever going to pick up Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1+2, but I’m so glad that this remake turned out well. It’s been far too long since they made a good one.

Here Are a Few Things You May Have Missed

  • Xbox All Access is coming to EB Games this holiday – bit.ly/33dIBKY
  • Starting this holiday, get EA Play with Xbox Game Pass for no additional cost – bit.ly/2FcNJXI
  • Until Nov 8: Owners of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning can get 50% off Re-Reckoning version on Steam
  • Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X will launch on November 10, 2020 for $379.99 and $599.99 respectively

Week of Aug 28 – Sep 3 Round-up

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I like soccer/football. I like some anime as well. I also like video games. So when all three are combined together in Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions, this should be appealing right? Well, I was until I saw it in action. Yikes!

Here Are A Few Things You May Have Missed

  • FYI: Digital PS4/X1 version of Hitman 3 will receive PS5/XSX next-gen upgrade for free – bit.ly/3bdA52h
  • FYI: Next-generation upgrade paths for physical editions of COD:BLOPS Cold War detailed in FAQ: bit.ly/3hxKecm
  • FYI: Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will be $89.99 for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X

September 2020 Gold Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • The Division
  • The Book of Unwritten Tales 2

Xbox 360 & Xbox One

  • de Blob 2
  • Armed & Dangerous

September 2020 Plus Games

Instant Game Collection

  PlayStation 4

  • PUBG: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
  • Street Fighter V

September 2020 Games With Prime

Twitch Prime

  • The Inner World
  • Pumped BMX Pro
  • Effie
  • Truberbrook
  • Impulsion
  • Outcast – Second Contact
  • Tempest
  • Tiny Troopers: Joint Ops
  • Autonauts
  • SNK 40th Anniversary Collection
  • Metal Slug 2
  • Sengoku 3
  • King of the Monsters
  • Ironclad
  • Shock Troopers 2nd Squad
  • Baseball Stars 2
  • The King of Fighters 2002
  • Samurai Shodown II
  • Blazing Star
  • Pulstar
  • Art of Fighting 2
  • Fatal Fury Special
  • The King of Fighters 2000

Week of Aug 21 – 27 Round-up

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I think I played a Sega Genesis or NES version of Battletoads via emulation for a whole of 5 minutes during the mid-1990s. I am a fan of beat’em ups, but these games were a noticeable step down compared to the likes of Final Fight? They just were not my thing. This new one doesn’t look like a winner to me either. If I were looking to get my beat’em up fix, I still have to finish Streets of Rage 4.

Week of Aug 14 – 20 Round-up

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I never played a Microsoft Flight Simulator game. The only flight simulators that I ever played were the Comanche and AH-64 Longbow games of the mid-1990s. I didn’t stick with those games for very long though. I tried several times to learn them, but I was too young and impatient to actually learn how to fly. They were also quite boring. I was looking for a Mechwarrior equivalent and those games weren’t it. Microsoft’s return to Flight Simulator looks very impressive and thanks to Game Pass, I might give it a go? I don’t know how much joy I will derive from it, but flying in a virtual plane during this pandemic doesn’t sound like the worst idea.

Here Are a Few Things You May Have Missed

  • Permanent price drop. Get up to 20% savings on V-Bucks and real-money offers for every purchase on PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, PC, and Mac, and on mobile when using select payment methods via Epic Games
    • Fortnite was removed from Apple App Store and Google Play Store
    • Epic Games also filed an anti-trust lawsuit against Apple and Google
  • The free upgrade path to Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 version of Control is only available for Control Ultimate Edition via Remedy Games

Week of Aug 7 – 13 Round-up

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For me, Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is the Rocket League of 2020. I was introduced to both via PlayStation Plus’ Instant Game Collection and the surrounding buzz for its upcoming launch. It looked silly and quite easy to pick up and play, but it can become very frustrating to engage with on a serious level. Early server issues are dampening my enthusiasm for it. I’ll try it again, but with every connection issue, I am increasingly dissuaded to go back to it.

Week of Jul 31 – Aug 6 Round-up

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Yakuza 2 was my favorite Yakuza title until Yakuza 0 and now I can relive its tiger punching glory with Yakuza Kiwami 2. I have access to the PC version and I think I’ll revisit it sooner rather than later.

Here Are A Few Things You May Have Missed

August 2020 Gold Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Portal Knights
  • Override: Mech City Brawl

Xbox 360 & Xbox One

  • MX Unleashed
  • Red Faction 2

August 2020 Plus Games

Instant Game Collection

  PlayStation 4

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered Campaign
  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

August 2020 Games With Prime

Twitch Prime

  • SNK 40th Anniversary Collection
  • Metal Slug 2
  • Sengoku 3
  • King of the Monsters
  • Ironclad
  • Shock Troopers 2nd Squad
  • Baseball Stars 2
  • The King of Fighters 2002
  • Samurai Shodown II
  • Blazing Star
  • Pulstar
  • Art of Fighting 2
  • Fatal Fury Special
  • The King of Fighters 2000

Week of Jul 24 – 30 Round-up

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Super Paper Mario was my first and only Paper Mario game. I enjoyed it but not enough to pursue its successors or predecessors. The new Paper Mario & the Origami King looks like a laugh, but I’m not certain if I am ready to buy another Nintendo first party game quite yet. I have yet to finish Yoshi’s Wooly World. I keep getting sucked into Nintendo’s whimsy charm, but not quite loving what I play.

Week of Jul 17 – 23 Round-up

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I enjoyed Sucker Punch’s inFamous games including their PlayStation 4 game, inFamous: Second Son. Time has passed and the open world game formula wears me out rather quickly. You need to exceptional in other areas to make up for the fact that you are leaning in on the open world tropes. Ghost of Tsushima looks amazing but nothing about the game’s structure or gameplay resonates with me. I’ve seen it described as a pre Origins Assassin’s Creed game set in Japan; that’s the last thing I want right now.

Here’s Something You May Have Missed

  • Microsoft discontinued Xbox One X and Xbox One S All-Digital Edition consoles via The Verge
  • Project xCloud will be included with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate in September via Microsoft
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