Week of Oct 2 – 8 Round-up

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Star Wars Squadrons looks very pretty. In fact, I can emphatically say that with many of Electronic Art’s published Star Wars titles. Fortunately for fans, this game looks to be a solid game as well. I’m happy for them. I know it hasn’t been the smoothest ride with EA at the helm of console/PC Star Wars games, but maybe they’re turning it around

Here Are A Few Things You May Have Missed

October 2020 Gold Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Slayaway Camp: Butcher’s Cut
  • Maid of Sker

Xbox 360 & Xbox One

  • Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy
  • Costume Quest

October 2020 Plus Games

Instant Game Collection

  PlayStation 4

  • Need for Speed: Payback
  • Vampyr

October 2020 Games With Prime

Twitch Prime

  • Dead Age
  • Surf World Series
  • SEUM: Speedrunners from Hell
  • Layers of Fear
  • Silver Chains
  • Bridge Constructor
  • Jay and Silent Bomb: Mall Brawl
  • 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 Sep 25 – Oct 1 Round-up

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I’ve enjoyed many of SuperGiant Games’ works including Bastion, and Transistor. I skipped Pyre because I wasn’t looking for an RPG at the time and I didn’t plan on checking out Hades any time soon, but it’s receiving a lot of positive buzz. I’m tempted to get it, but I’m in the middle of playing through Final Fantasy VI and Super Mario 64 for the first time. Who has time for new games when there are old ones to be played?

Here Are A Few Things You May Have Missed

  • The Game Deals Canada Twitter feed reached 10K followers! Thank you, everyone!
  • U.S only for now, but Amazon launching a cloud gaming service named Luna
  • Microsoft bought Bethesda via Xbox News Wire
    • Doom Eternal entering Xbox Game Pass on October 1, 2020. PC later in 2020 via Xbox News Wire

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

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