Week of May 1 – 7 Round-up

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Gears of War and XCOM? That sounds very promising. It sounds like a match made in heaven and I’m all for it. I have access to it via Xbox Game Pass for PC but I haven’t found the time to try it yet. It sounds like it doesn’t have much of a strategic layer like base building or R&D though. That’s a bit of a bummer I’m also very open to the idea of new approaches the for Gears of War franchise.

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May 2020 Gold Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • V-Rally 4
  • Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr

Xbox 360 & Xbox One

  • Sensible World of Soccer
  • Overlord II

May 2020 Plus Games

Instant Game Collection

  PlayStation 4

  • Cities: Skylines
  • Farming Simulator 19

May 2020 Games With Prime

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  • TBD

Week of Apr 24 – 30 Round-up

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Persona 5 was a great game. I don’t replay games let alone JRPGs but once I got my hands on a copy of Persona 5 Royal, I haven’t been able to stray away. Revisiting this game during this lockdown feels nostalgic and comforting. I’m playing it a bit different this time. I switched over to the Japanese audio track and pursuing different confidants this time around. I’m also trying different activities and traits like the batting cage. I don’t know how long I will stick with it considering the pending arrival of Final Fantasy VII: Remake though. However, I do have every intention to eventually complete it.

Week of Apr 17 – 23 Round-up

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Blizzard continues to support Overwatch with free post-release content including new characters. Echo is the latest addition. She’s a bunch of fun but I haven’t had the opportunity to play as her in a real match and not free for all. I’ve been playing Overwatch on-and-off since 2016 and while it hasn’t always been the most compelling content, I am content with Blizzard’s output overall.

Week of Apr 10 – 16 Round-up

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It’s finally happening. Final Fantasy VII Remake (Part 1 of 3) will be making its way to PlayStation 4 owners. I pre-ordered this back in 2015 and it’s finally seeing the light of day during this 2020 lockdown. It’s never been a better time to dive into a hefty JRPG.

Week of Apr 3 – 9 Round-up

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A new Half-Life game is upon us and the only way to experience Half-Life: Alyx is through the use of a PC virtual reality headset. I don’t have a PC headset and I don’t see myself getting one any time soon. In all honesty, I believe the only way that I will ever experience Half-Life: Alyx is through a PlayStation 5 port through PSVR or something along those lines.

April 2020 Gold Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Project CARS 2
  • Knights of Pen and Paper Bundle

Xbox 360 & Xbox One

  • Fable Anniversary
  • Toybox Turbos

April 2020 Plus Games

Instant Game Collection

  PlayStation 4

  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Dirt Rally 2.0

April 2020 Twitch Prime Games

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  • Earthlock
  • Kathy Rain
  • Turok
  • Etherborn
  • Lightmatter

Week of Mar 27 – Apr 2 Round-up

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Doom Eternal sounds like it’s a pretty good game but I also have concerns after hearing/reading some impressions. Some fans of Doom 2016 are claiming the sequel is needlessly complicated and muddled by the new additions. I was content with what as on offer with Doom 2016 and didn’t feel the need for more skill trees or movement options. I’m still optimistic for the game but it’s a cautious optimism now. As to when I’ll be playing it? Likely on the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X.

Week of Mar 20 – 26 Round-up

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Doom Eternal or Animal Crossing: New Horizons? Well, one game can be played today without the promise of superior and cheaper version later this year. The other? It’s a brand new Animal Crossing title. If you need one game to help move the days forward, it’s definitely this.

Week of Mar 13 – 19 Round-up

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I have a feeling that I would like Nioh 2 if I actually gave it a try. I hear nothing but good things about its predecessor and the betas of its sequel. I just haven’t found the motivation to embark on a game like this; I just didn’t feel the need to subject myself to an ass kicking.

Week of Mar 6 – 12 Round-up

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I loved Ori and the Blind Forest. It was such a great Metroidvania game. It looked great, sounded phenomenal, and had an enjoyable level of challenge. When it comes to Ori and the Will of the Wisps, I have purposely kept myself in the dark. Apparently this sequel has some similarities with another Metroidvania, Hollow Knight. Hearing that revelation on the Giant Bombcast gave me pause. I didn’t love Hollow Knight but I also didn’t hate it. I disliked parts of it and I hope Will of the Wisps doesn’t repeat some of those decisions.

Week of Feb 28 – Mar 5 Round-up

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I have little to no knowledge of GranBlue Fantasy Versus. All I know is that it’s another property that the talented team at Arc System Works have been asked to work on and that’s enough for me to pay attention to it. They did a fantastic job with DragonBall FighterZ and it looks like they did GranBlue Fantasy justice as well.

March 2020 Gold Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Batman: The Enemy Within – Complete Season
  • Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

Xbox 360 & Xbox One

  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2
  • Sonic Generations

March 2020 Plus Games

Instant Game Collection

  PlayStation 4

  • Shadow of the Colossus
  • Sonic Forces

March 2020 Twitch Prime Games

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  • Bomber Crew
  • Furi
  • Epistory – Typing Chronicles
  • Mugsters
  • Whispers of a Machine
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