Week of Dec 1 – 7 Round-up

Week of Dec 1 – 7 Round-up

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I didn’t care for Xenoblade Chronicles 3D which subsequently poisoned the franchise for me. I found their worlds to be incredibly beautiful but I didn’t care for any of the stories and characters. I didn’t play Xenoblade Chronicles X and I doubt I’ll give Xenoblade Chronicles 2 a look but more Switch games is always good. Even if it’s not for me.

December 2017 Gold Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide
  • Back to the Future: The Game – 30th Anniversary Edition

Xbox 360 & Xbox One

  • Child of Eden
  • Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death

December 2017 Plus Games

Instant Game Collection

PlayStation 4

  • Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition
  • Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends
  • Forma.8

PlayStation 3

  • Syberia Collection
  • Xblaze Lost: Memories

PlayStation Vita

  • Forma.8
  • Wanted Corp
Week of Oct 27 – Nov 2 Round-up

Week of Oct 27 – Nov 2 Round-up

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Super Mario Odyssey might be my most anticipated game of the year. I’m not waiting for it with bated breath and festering with rage because Amazon.ca isn’t going to deliver it to me tomorrow but I am looking forward to playing it. I’m kinda glad it may not make it to me this weekend because it will give me a few more days to wrap up Breath of the Wild which I’ve been milking for quite some time. 

November 2017 Gold Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Trackmania Turbo
  • Tales from the Borderlands

Xbox 360 & Xbox One

  • Nights into Dreams
  • Deadfall Adventure
Week of Sep 29 – Oct 5 Round-up

Week of Sep 29 – Oct 5 Round-up

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The Super NES Classic Edition is here. Let us hope Nintendo will make enough for everyone who wants one. 

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October 2017 Gold Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Slime Rancher
  • Trials Fusion

Xbox 360 & Xbox One

  • Bayonetta
  • Red Faction: Armageddon

October 2017 Plus Games

Instant Game Collection

PlayStation 4

  • Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain
  • Amnesia Collection
  • Hue
  • Sky Force Anniversary

PlayStation 3

  • Monster Jam Battlegrounds
  • Hustle Kings

PlayStation Vita

  • Hue
  • Sky Force Anniversary
Week of Sep 1 – 7 Round-up

Week of Sep 1 – 7 Round-up

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When you offer a first person shooter at 30FPS and 60FPS, I’ll be hard pressed to not choose the latter. There has to be some crazy circumstances where I would want to play Destiny 2 on a console instead of PC. I prefer playing shooters with a controller on a couch so talks about the removal of aim assist from controllers would be discouraging but not enough for me to forgo choosing the PC version. Then again, do I want to play Destiny 2? I do not know yet.

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September 2017 Gold Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Slime Rancher
  • Trials Fusion

Xbox 360 & Xbox One

  • Bayonetta
  • Red Faction: Armageddon

September 2017 Plus Games

Instant Game Collection

PlayStation 4

  • inFamous: Second Son
  • Strike Vector Ex
  • Hue
  • Sky Force Anniversary

PlayStation 3

  • Monster Jam Battlegrounds
  • Hustle Kings

PlayStation Vita

  • Hue
  • Sky Force Anniversary
Week of Jul 28 – Aug 3 Round-up

Week of Jul 28 – Aug 3 Round-up

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Patapon was one of my favorite PlayStation Portable titles. It was charming, unique, and surprisingly addictive. Pon-Pon-Pata-Pon. While I think it would look brilliant on a 4K display, a game like this would be better suited for the likes of the PlayStation Vita or the Nintendo Switch. I just wouldn’t feel right otherwise.

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August 2017 Gold Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Forza Motorsport 5: Game of the Year Edition
  • Oxenfree

Xbox 360 & Xbox One

  • Hydro Thunder Hurricane
  • Battlefield 3

August 2017 Plus Games

Instant Game Collection

PlayStation 4

  • Just Cause 3
  • Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry
  • Downwell

PlayStation 3

  • Super Motherload
  • Snakeball

PlayStation Vita

  • Downwell
  • Level 22
Week of Jun 30 – Jul 6 Round-up

Week of Jun 30 – Jul 6 Round-up

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Happy 150th birthday, Canada!

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July 2017 Gold Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Grow Up
  • Runbow

Xbox 360 & Xbox One

  • Kane & Lynch 2
  • LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game

July 2017 Plus Games

Instant Game Collection

PlayStation 4

  • Until Dawn
  • Game of Thrones
  • Don’t Die, Mr. Robot

PlayStation 3

  • Tokyo Jungle
  • Darkstalkers Resurrection

PlayStation Vita

  • Element4l
  • Don’t Die, Mr. Robot
Week of May 26 – Jun 1 Round-up

Week of May 26 – Jun 1 Round-up

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RIME is coming out! I remember being impressed with initial reveal trailer in 2013. It was a PlayStation 4 exclusive at the time, then it fell off the face of the Earth for a couple years before resurfacing as a non-Sony funded title. I still think it looks incredibly pretty but the initial excitement has long faded and now I’ll pick it up on the cheap.

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Here’s Something You May Have Missed

  • Jun 9 – 20: Spend $100 Get $15 on PSN Store via PlayStation

June 2017 Gold Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Speedrunners
  • Watch_Dogs
  • DLC for Phantom Dust

Xbox 360 & Xbox One

  • Assassin’s Creed III
  • Dragon Age: Origins
Week of Apr 28 – May 4 Round-up

Week of Apr 28 – May 4 Round-up

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Mario Kart 8 is my favorite Mario Kart game. I’ve tried the original on SNES, I’ve sat around old CRTs with Mario Kart 64 and I’ve dabbled with Mario Kart Wii but none of them grabbed me quite like Mario Kart 8 for Wii U. Needless to say, it was easy for me to trade-in my Wii U copy for the Switch version. Having a portable version of my favorite Mario Kart title seems like it’s a shoe-in. It may not have significant visual or technical improvements over Wii U version but all the little additions and refinements make it worthwhile for me. I’m genuinely curious how it will fare on the Joy Cons.

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May 2017 Plus Games

Instant Game Collection

PlayStation 4

  • Abzu
  • Tales from the Borderlands
  • Laser Disco Defenders
  • Type:Rider

PlayStation 3

  • Blood Knights
  • Port Royale 3: Pirates and Merchants

PlayStation Vita

  • Laser Disco Defenders
  • Type:Rider

May 2017 Gold Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams – Director’s Cut
  • Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris

Xbox 360 & Xbox One

  • Star Wars: The Force Unleased II
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
Week of Mar 31 – Apr 6 Round-up

Week of Mar 31 – Apr 6 Round-up

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Persona 5 is nearly upon us and that’s a wonderful thing. I enjoyed Persona 3 and absolutely loved Persona 4. I bought a PS Vita just so my bro could play Persona 4: Golden — that’s how much I loved it and wanted him to enjoy it. How do you follow up Persona 4? How do you create a follow up to a game that spawned so many spin-offs and generated so many fans? I have no idea but I am intensely curious. I’m just about done with Yakuza 0 but instead of jumping from one epic Japanese game to another, I’m going to take a small break with Nier: Automata. Vinny is totally right: There’s never been a better time to be playing video games.

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April 2017 Plus Games

Instant Game Collection

PlayStation 4

  • Drawn to Death
  • Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
  • 10 Second Ninja
  • Curses ‘n Chaos

PlayStation 3

  • Invizimals: The Lost Kingdoms
  • Alien Rage – Extended Edition

PlayStation Vita

  • 10 Second Ninja
  • Curses ‘n Chaos

April 2017 Gold Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Ryse: Son of Rome
  • The Walking Dead: Season 2

Xbox 360 & Xbox One

  • Darksiders
  • Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
Week of Feb 24 – Mar 2 Round-up

Week of Feb 24 – Mar 2 Round-up

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Horizon: Zero Dawn looks to be Guerrilla Games’ first universally acclaimed game. Their efforts with the Killzone franchise have been spotty at best. I liked Killzone 2 but I know plenty who hated the way the game controlled. I had Horizon pre-ordered but decided to hold back on it until it got cheaper. (Way too many games in March!) I might be waiting a while if this game ends up selling well which is fine when you consider I have in my backlog and on the way to me.

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Here’s Something You May Have Missed

  • Until Feb 28: Spend $100 Get $15 on PSN Store via PlayStation
  • Until Mar 28: Buy GeForce GTX 1070 or 1080, choose your free game (sold by Amazon.ca only) via Amazon.ca
  • Xbox Game Pass coming this Spring for $13.99 per month via MapleSyrup & Xbox Wire

March 2017 Gold Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Layers of Fear
  • Evolve: Ultimate Edition

Xbox 360 & Xbox One

  • Borderlands 2
  • Heavy Weapon
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