Week of Jan 3 – 9 Round-up

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Disco Elysium has its passionate fans and many games people whom I respect speak highly of it but I don’t have the desire to check it out. Maybe when it’s dirt cheap? Some have said it’s the game The Outer Worlds tried to be when it came down to player choice but I just don’t have the desire to delve deep into a exposition heavy game at the moment.

January 2020 Gold Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Styx: Shards of Darkness
  • Batman: The Telltale Series

Xbox 360 & Xbox One

  • Tekken 6
  • LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy

January 2020 Plus Games

Instant Game Collection

  PlayStation 4

  • Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection
  • Goat Simulator

January 2020 Twitch Prime Games

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  • Dandara
  • Anarcute
  • Kingdom: New Lands
  • A Normal Lost Phone
  • Splasher
  • Enter the Gungeon
  • Ape Out
  • Witcheye
  • Gato Roboto
  • Heave Ho

Week of Nov 29 – Dec 5 Round-up

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Respawn Entertainment are talented and productive. Apex Legends and now Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. It sounds like the latter has some technical issues on consoles but people seem to find their latest single player game to be solid. I already added it to my list of future purchases.

Here are a few things you may have missed

December 2019 Gold Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Insane Robots
  • Jurassic World Evolution

Xbox 360 & Xbox One

  • Toy Story 3
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate HD

December 2019 Plus Games

Instant Game Collection

  PlayStation 4

  • TitanFall 2
  • Monster Energy Supercross

Week of Nov 1 – 7 Round-up

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I was initially very impressed with the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare multiplayer beta earlier this year. But a few matches more, I grew tired of the same old game. The limited map selection didn’t help but I also found the flow a bit jarring coming from Apex Legends. I’m still looking forward to the single player campaign but to buy it on launch day is foolish considering the high chance of a deep discount on Black Friday.

Here are a few things you may have missed

November 2019 Gold Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter
  • The Final Station

Xbox 360 & Xbox One

  • Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter
  • Joyride Turbo

November 2019 Plus Games

Instant Game Collection

  PlayStation 4

  • Ni-oh
  • Outlast 2

Week of Sep 27 – Oct 3 Round-up

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Untitled Goose Game looks like a mischievous good time. I like the art style for its simple charm. I heard it’s a bit on the short side but that’s alright with me. I don’t know when I’ll get around to picking it up (I just started Red Dead Redemption 2), but it’s right up my alley.

Here are a few things you may have missed

October 2019 Gold Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Tembo: The Badass Elephant
  • Friday The 13th: The Game

Xbox 360 & Xbox One

  • Disney Bolt
  • Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge

October 2019 Plus Games

Instant Game Collection

  PlayStation 4

  • The Last of Us Remastered
  • MLB The Show 19

Week of Aug 30 – Sep 5 Round-up

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I hear Astral Chain is Platinum Games’ best game for a long time. That has my attention but I’m still not convinced enough to pick it up any time soon. My reservation comes from the fact that I haven’t loved anything they’ve done since Bayonetta 2.

Here are a few things you may have missed

September 2019 Gold Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Hitman: The Complete First Season
  • We Were Here

Xbox 360 & Xbox One

  • Earth Defense Force 2025
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2

September 2019 Plus Games

Instant Game Collection

  PlayStation 4

  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Darksiders III

Week of Aug 2 – 8 Round-up

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Here’s a game I’ve heard about for years. It’s one of the big Kickstarter success stories that propped up crowdfunding games. I never played it and I doubt I ever will. I never played Baldur’s Gate so my affinity for those kinds of RPGs is non-existent. I keep hearing good things about it though. Add it to the list of games I may check out one day…

Here are a few things you may have missed

August 2019 Gold Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Gears of War 4
  • Forza Motorsport 6

Xbox 360 & Xbox One

  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
  • Torchlight

August 2019 Plus Games

Instant Game Collection

  PlayStation 4

  • Sniper Elite 4
  • Wipeout: Omega Collection

Week of Jun 28 – Jul 4 Round-up

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I liked the idea behind Super Mario Maker more than the reality itself. I felt it wasn’t entertaining when I was playing through poorly designed or convoluted levels. Watching others challenge one another with levels was far more entertaining than it had any right to be though. Mario Maker 2 seems like a game that’s trying to address these issues by introducing co-operative play and making. I hope that addresses my concerns with the game but I really won’t know until I actually dig into it.

Here are a few things you may have missed

July 2019 Plus Games

Instant Game Collection

PlayStation 4

  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2019
  • Horizon Chase Turbo

Week of May 31 – June 6 Round-up

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Atlus keeps putting out Persona Q and Etrian Odyssey games and I keep wondering if they’re good. Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth is the latest Persona themed dungeon crawler but I have grand reservations with these kinds of games. The mainline Persona games are already 80+ hour affairs. Do I really want to get into spin-offs that are similar in length? Probably not.

Here are a few things you may have missed

June 2019 Gold Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • NHL 19
  • Rivals of Aether

Xbox 360 & Xbox One

  • Portal: Still Alive
  • Earth Defense Force 2017

June 2019 Plus Games

Instant Game Collection

PlayStation 4

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection
  • Sonic Mania

Week of May 3 – 9 Round-up

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Final Fantasy XII: Zodiac Age for the Nintendo Switch — on paper — seems like a good fit. In fact, it’s such a good fit that I kinda regret buying the game for the PlayStation 4. I feel doubly worse because I have yet to open my PS4 copy yet.

Here are a few things you may have missed

May 2019 Gold Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Marooners
  • The Golf Club 2 Featuring PGA Tour

Xbox 360 & Xbox One

  • Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon
  • Comic Jumper

May 2019 Plus Games

Instant Game Collection

PlayStation 4

  • What Remains of Edith Finch
  • Overcooked

Week of Mar 29 – Apr 4 Round-up

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These cutesy Nintendo titles like Kirby’s Epic Yarn and Yoshi’s Wooly World look phenomenal but for whatever reason I just never got around to playing them — and I own Epic Yarn. I’m changing that with Yoshi’s Crafted World which wooed me with its demo. I’m angling it as a co-op title with my life partner but we’ll see if that pans out.

Here are a few things you may have missed

April 2019 Gold Games

Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • The Technomancer
  • Outcast: Second Contact
  • Star Wars: Battlefront II

Xbox 360 & Xbox One

  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2

April 2019 Plus Games

Instant Game Collection

PlayStation 4

  • Conan Exiles
  • The Surge
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