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 Nov 3 – 9 Round-up

Week of Nov 3 – 9 Round-up

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Another year, another Call of Duty title that will pass me by. I passed on last year’s Infinite Warfare and will likely pass on WW2 for as well. I have zero interest in the multiplayer campaigns but the single player? I heard good things about Infinite Warfare’s and I was a fan of Sledgehammer’s effort with Advanced Warfare, so I wouldn’t mind spending a few dollars on the campaign. Seeing Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare for $24.99 already has me thinking that WW2 will end up being heavily discounted rather quickly as well.  

November 2017 Plus Games

Instant Game Collection

PlayStation 4

  • Worms Battlegrounds
  • Until Dawn: Rush of Blood
  • Bound
  • Dungeon Punks

PlayStation 3

  • R-Type Dimensions
  • Rag Doll Kung Fu: Fists of Plastic

PlayStation Vita

  • Dungeon Punks
  • Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse (Episodes 1 & 2)
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 Jun 2 – 8 Round-up

Week of Jun 2 – 8 Round-up

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Tekken 7 looks like a quality entry in the long running Namco fighter. I’m especially impressed with the visuals compared to Capcom’s efforts with Street Fighter V. Akuma looks positively vicious in Tekken 7 whereas his Street Fighter V incarnation leaves a lot to be desired. I’m not a huge Tekken fan but I really enjoyed my time with Tekken 5. With that in mind, I doubt I would be be picking up Tekken 7 any time soon. However, I’m still very happy to see another quality Japanese title emerge this year. It’s been a hell of a year for Japan.

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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 Plus Games

Instant Game Collection

PlayStation 4

  • Killing Floor 2
  • Life is Strange
  • Neon Chrome
  • Spy Chameleon

PlayStation 3

  • Abyss Odyssey
  • WRC 5: World Rally Championship

PlayStation Vita

  • Neon Chrome
  • Spy Chameleon

 

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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Here’s Something You May Have Missed

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 Mar 3 – 9 Round-up

Week of Mar 3 – 9 Round-up

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It’s amazing how quickly we went from announcement to launch with the Nintendo Switch. I have one pre-ordered but I don’t have that Switch fever that many across the globe seem to have. I can wait a couple of weeks for my stuff to arrive. It’s good to see The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild receive so much praise as well. Nintendo needs a strong launch game like this and it looks like we’re getting one. Will it be enough to convince people to drop $399.99 to play it? We shall see.

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Here’s Something You May Have Missed

  • Price cut: Oculus Rift + Touch Bundle is $598 USD ($200 off) via Oculus
  • Costco membership fees going up by $5 – $10 on June via CBC
  • Until Mar 28: Buy GeForce GTX 1070 or 1080, choose your free game (sold by Amazon.ca only) via Amazon.ca

March 2017 Plus Games

Instant Game Collection

PlayStation 4

  • Disc Jam
  • Tearaway Unfolded
  • Lumo

PlayStation 3

  • Under Night: In-Birth
  • Earth Defense Force 2025

PlayStation Vita

  • Lumo
  • Severed
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