Week of Feb 26 – Mar 3 Round-up

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After trying the Superhot prototype, I knew this had potential. A stylish and unique blend of action and puzzle solving that we’ve never seen before in a first person shooter made it a must play. That prototype was a couple of years ago and now the final game is out. I don’t have time for it right now but as soon as it goes on sale, I’ll be there. In the meantime, I’ll just keep muttering “SUPERHOT” over and over again.

Here Are A Few Things You May Have Missed

  • Starting March 1, Fallout 4 Season Pass will be $59.99 USD (Up from $29.99 USD) via Bethesda Blog
  • Until March 1, Spend $100 & get $15 via PlayStation

March 2016 Gold & Plus Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Crimes & Punishments: Sherlock Holmes
  • Lords of Fallen

Xbox 360

  • Supreme Commander 2
  • Borderlands

Instant Game Collection

PlayStation 4

  • Broforce
  • Galak-Z

PlayStation 3

  • The Last Guy
  • Super Stardust HD

PlayStation Vita

  • Flame Over
  • Reality Fighters

Week of Feb 19 – 25 Round-up

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Fire Emblem: Awakening was my first Fire Emblem title and it left a good impression on me. Then Nintendo tested my commitment to the series by announcing a trio of Fire Emblem games including Birthright, Conquest and Revelations. I immediately recoiled at the thought of three titles in quick succession but I came around to the idea after the Amazon.ca E3 promo lessened the financial blow. I have no idea which version to play first so I’m going to leave it up to Amazon.ca and according to my shipping notice, it’s going to be Birthright.

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Week of Feb 12 – 18 Round-up

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Street Fighter V is finally upon us and it’s weird. It’s weird to see a Street Fighter follow-up so soon. I’m still expecting the long hiatus between III and IV. I’m happy to see the inclusion of PlayStation 3 fight stick compatibility because I wasn’t going to invest in another stick. I already bought and feel more comfortable with the Hori Fighting Commander 4 but it’s always to have the option to “upgrade”.

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Week of Feb 5 – 11 Round-up

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We all know what this game is right? It’s a first person adventure title from talent filled indie developer, Campo Santo. The two big names behind Telltale’s The Walking Dead first season founded the studio. They nabbed Olly Moss for the beautiful art and Chris Remo (Gone Home) to lend his musical touch. I’m not going to wade into this one at launch but I have high hopes for it.

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Something You May Have Missed

  • Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012) is free via Origin

February 2016 Gold & Plus Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Zheroes
  • Hand of Fate
  • Styx: Master of Shadows

Xbox 360

  • Sacred Citadel
  • Gears of War 2

Instant Game Collection

PlayStation 4

  • Helldivers: Democracy Strikes Back
  • Nom Nom Galaxy

PlayStation 3

  • Grid Autosport
  • Helldivers: Democracy Strikes Back
  • Persona 4 Arena Ultimax

PlayStation Vita

  • Helldivers: Democracy Strikes Back
  • Lemmings Touch
  • Nova-111

Week of Jan 29 – Feb 4 Round-up

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That’s an unsettling image isn’t? XCOM 2 comes out February 5 exclusively on the PC and they made one crucial mistake to dissuade me from picking it up any time soon. I loved XCOM: Enemy Unknown on the PC but I loved it for its excellent controller support which this sequel currently lacks. And I just discovered they didn’t bring back the excellent Michael McCann to compose the music. Bummer. Hopefully they will announced a console version during this year’s E3 or, at the very least, release a controller patch.

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Week of Jan 22 – 28 Round-up

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I recall hearing the name Final Fantasy Explorers mentioned during one of 2015’s trade shows but I never followed up on it. A quick search is yielding results like “Final Fantasy x Monster Hunter” and “Action RPG for the Nintendo 3DS” which are terms that resonate with me. I doubt I’ll pick it up unless it’s like $25 or less. That’s when Theatrhythm pinged on my radar and I wasn’t disappointed with that spin off.

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Week of Jan 15 – 21 Round-up

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Resident Evil 0 HD Remaster comes out on January 19. I never played it. It and Resident Evil 6 are the only two mainline Resident Evil titles that I never played. I don’t know much about it either other than it involves a train and one of the protagonists is named Rebecca Chambers. I might pick it up for PC but I don’t feel the urge to play a Resident Evil title at the moment. 

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Here Are A Few Things You May Have Missed

  • EA announced Origin Access for $4.99 per month via Origin
  • The Canadian dollar dipped below 70 cents US for a bit via CBC

Week of Jan 8 – 14 Round-up

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Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India comes out on January 12 and if I didn’t have such an adverse reaction to the words “Assassin’s Creed”, I would check it out because it looks like an interesting take on the franchise. I’ll consider playing China, India and Russia when Ubisoft inevitably bundle all three later. Who knows? Maybe I’ll get over my Assassin’s Creed illness by then.

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Something You May Have Missed

Nights of Azure 85 Dollars at Amazon

Upcoming release, Nights of Azure, is listed at $84.99 @ Amazon.ca. Is this a sign of things to come? Are we looking at the new Canadian MSRP? $59.99 USD does roughly translate to $84.xx.

Week of Jan 1 – 7 Round-up

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With Life is Strange done (fantastic experience, by the way), I think I’ll spend some time with Ori and the Blind Forest. A Metroidvania with challenging platforming sounds very promising. 

Something You May Have Missed

  • Valve issued statement on the Christmas accidental personal info issue via Steam News

January 2016 Gold & Plus Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Thief
  • Killer Instinct Ultra Edition Add-on
  • Zheroes

Xbox 360

  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • Dirt: Showdown

PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection

PlayStation 4

  • Grim Fandango: Remastered
  • Hardware: Rivals

PlayStation 3

  • Dragon Age: Origins
  • Metal of Honor: Warfighter

PlayStation Vita

  • Grim Fandango: Remastered
  • Legends of War Patton
  • Nihilumbra

Week of Dec 24 – 31 Round-up

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It’s a shame the console versions of Just Cause 3 are suffering from performance issues. The GiantBomb Quick Look has it looking like a game full of dumb fun they played the PC version. I’m hoping for patches to smooth over the framerate issues but I’m not holding my breath. I guess I’ll have to pick this up after my PC upgrade. 

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Boxing Day/Week is upon us and it looks like it’s in line with previous years. The round-up will be updated with undocumented deals as they’re unearthed.

Boxing Day Sale Start Times

Boxing Day starts online on December 24 for a number of retailers. Here are the known start times listed in chronological order.

December 24

December 25

 

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