August Releases

It’s with wistful sadness that we have said goodbye to two mainstays of the Monthly Releases, the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3. We had a great run, you guys, but it’s time for you to ride off into the sunset and make way for the current generation. But don’t worry, you’ve got a great back catalog and will probably still get Madden and NBA 2k for the next few years. Speaking of Madden, on to this month’s releases:

Xbox One

Week of August 4th
Rare Replay – Who needs next-gen-60-fps-smooth-as-butter-Halo 5 when there’s Perfect Dark to be played?

Week of August 11th
Toy Soldiers: War Chest Hall of Fame Edition – Speaking of things that were cool twenty years ago…

Week of August 25th
Gears of War – Ultimate Edition – Releasing the same day as Madden? Epic Games has nards! Having Gears in 1080p is probably pretty cool and of course there’s that Gears of War Beta! (He, I know I bought ODST for the Halo 3 demo)

Madden NFL 16 Madden is the Energizer Bunny of video games. Do you think there’s a “deflate footballs” cheat code?


Week of August 4th
Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight

Week of August 18th
LBX: Little Battlers eXperience


Week of August 4th
Adam’s Venture Chronicles
Fairy Fencer F
Submerged

Week of August 11th
Hacknet
Duskers

Week of August 18th
Volume – If there was a game on this list I’d be tempted with, it’d be Volume.
Armikrog
Shift Happens
FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0™ HD
Shadowrun: Hong Kong
DiscStorm
Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings

Week of August 25th
Crookz: The Big Heist – So, if you’re a crook, and you’re pals with some other crooks, do you think you refer to each other as Crookz, with the zee? I gotta think you don’t.
Hegemony III: Clash of the Ancients
Dead In Bermuda


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Week of August 11th
Toy Soldiers: War Chest Hall of Fame Edition

Week of August 18th
Helldivers Super Earth Edition

Week of August 25th
Madden NFL 16
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3
Dishonored Definitive Edition
Until Dawn


Week of August 11th
Xblaze Lost: Memories

Week of August 18th
Dungeon Travelers 2: The Royal Library & the Monster Seal

What are you picking up this month?

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July Releases

I think this July will be the last Monthly Releases for the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3. I probably should have dropped them months ago, but it’s apparent now that nothing exciting will be coming out from those platforms, so it’s time to move on. July usually isn’t rife with games anyway, so now seems as good as a time as any. With that said, on to this month’s releases:

Xbox One

Week of July 14th
EA SPORTS Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR

Week of July 21st
Zombie Army Trilogy – I’d like to think I’m fairly current with video game news and what-not, but this was the first time I have heard of a game called “Zombie Army Trilogy”. I mean, for starters, it’s the first game but it’s called Trilogy. That seems odd, but a quick Google search reveals that there were two previous Zombie Army games which were stand-alone “expansions” to Sniper Elite V2. This trilogy has the two Nazi Zombie Army games, along with third, unreleased installment. You learn something new everyday! (Game still doesn’t look that great)
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood – … speaking of killing Nazis…
F1 2015 (Formula One)


No notable releases for the Xbox 360 for July.


Week of July 28th
Legend of Kay Anniversary


No notable releases for the Nintendo 3DS for July.


Week of July 7th
Mystery Maze Of Balthasar Castle
F1 2015
The Amber Throne
Knee Deep
Prompt
TIMEframe
Cosmophony – This game looks like it would be right up Buttonmashing Blogger Emeritus Nat’s alley.

Week of July 14th
Guild of Dungeoneering
Legions of Steel

Week of July 21st
Feist
Niko: Through The Dream
Abducted
Kyn

Week of July 28th
King’s Quest: The Complete Collection


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Week of July 14th
Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess
Godzilla – Rampage 2015?
God of War 3 Remastered
EA SPORTS Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR

Week of July 21st
Zombie Army Trilogy
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
Onechanbara Z2: Chaos – ‘Banana Split’ Edition – “Banana Split” Edition?
F1 2015 (Formula One)

Week of July 28th
Legend of Kay Anniversary


Week of July 28th
Lost Dimension


Week of July 28th
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma EXTEND
Lost Dimension

Nothing really sets my hair on fire this month, although a couple of the indie PC games look like that have potential. What are you picking up this month?
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June Releases

June doesn’t bring much to the table this month unless you have a Playstation Vita or really like LEGO. Another month to work on the backlog! With that said, on to this month’s releases:

Xbox One

Week of June 9th
LEGO Jurassic World
Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited – Apparently Elder Scrolls Online is still a thing?

Week of June 16th
Payday 2 Crimewave

Week of June 23rd
Ride

Week of June 30th
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma EXTEND
F1 2015 (Formula One)


Week of June 9th
LEGO Jurassic World


Week of June 9th
LEGO Jurassic World – Why didn’t they just reuse the model for Emmett from the LEGO Movie? Seems like a lost opportunity!


Week of June 9th
LEGO Jurassic World


Week of June 16th
Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition – Nothing like having adding a ten year old game to your Steam Library!

Week of June 23rd
FINAL FANTASY XIV: Heavensward
Batman: Arkham Knight
Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward and Realm Reborn


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Week of June 9th
LEGO Jurassic World
Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited

Week of June 16th
Payday 2 Crimewave

Week of June 23rd
Batman: Arkham Knight
Final Fantasy XIV Online
Ride

Week of June 30th
J-Stars Victory Vs+
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma EXTEND
Legend of Kay Anniversary


Week of June 9th
LEGO Jurassic World

Week of June 23rd
Final Fantasy XIV Online

Week of June 30th
BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma EXTEND


Week of June 9th
LEGO Jurassic World
Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy
Terraria

Week of June 30th
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth3: V Generation

What are you picking up this month?
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May Releases

We’re getting close to the summer, which means there’s not much to see this month. It’s great if you’re a fan of The Witcher Series, but other than that, there’s not much. With that said, on to this month’s releases:

Xbox One

May 5th
Wolfenstein The Old Blood

May 12th
Project CARS

May 19th
The Witcher: Wild Hunt
Farming Simulator 15


May 19th
Farming Simulator 15 – With just one release for the Xbox 360, I think we can safely say that its days are numbered on the Monthly Releases. It had a great ten year run and will eventually be phased out here. It looks like ports and downgrades fromm here on out.


May 26th
Splatoon – The Wii-U, on the other hand, is not in its twilight. It appears to still be struggling to garner any type of third party support.


May 5th
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker

May 19th
Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros.

May 26th
Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX


May 5th
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
Project CARS

May 12th
Final Fantasy IV : The After Years
Airport Firefighters: The Simulation – Not just a Firefighter simulator, but an Airport Firefighter. Sounds like fun for HOURS.
Trainz: A New Era

May 19th
The Witcher: Wild Hunt

May 26th


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May 5th
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor Game of the Year

May 12th
FINAL FANTASY X/X-2 HD Remaster Limited Edition
Project CARS

May 19th
The Witcher: Wild Hunt
Farming Simulator 15

May 26th
ArcaniA – The Complete Tale


May 19th
Farming Simulator 15


May 19th
Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed

What are you picking up this month?
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Weekend Gaming

Pillars Of Eternity Wallpaper High QualityBy the looks of the forecast, this weekend is going to be downright springlike, which means my gaming time may be limited, but after a winter of harsh cold and snow, I think it will be a welcome sight to get out of the house.

That won’t, of course, stop us from gaming this weekend. After a few less-than-stellar Dota 2 performances this week, I’m not sure how high my desire to get back into the game will be. So I think this weekend will be spent with some single player games, most likely Pillars of Eternity. I don’t think I’ve quite hit the five hour mark, but I’m getting close. So far I’ve enjoyed Pillars but with so many complex, contiguous systems, I do feel a bit overwhelmed. There are tactics to be deployed but I find myself more often than not just heading in to battle and focusing down each bad guy. It’s not a great system and I know it’s not sustainable. This weekend I hope to delve a little more into the tactics and actually make sense of what I’m trying to do.

Since my boys are knee-deep in Terraria, I may jump back into my Terraria world and mess around a bit, show them what I have and what I’ve been working on. I sent my gaming laptop back to Asus to get fixed and I’m anxious to get it back so we can play multiplayer Terraria. The boys love playing together on the Xbox 360 but I think playing together on the PC would be even better.

And of course if the invite comes to play some Dota 2, I’ll be playing some Dota 2. What are you playing this weekend?

Road Trip! Funspot Arcade

Since I was exiled to the chilly East Coast for work for the past couple of months, I decided I’d make use of my free time during the long, boring weekends to check out an item on my Buttonmashing Bucket List — the Funspot Family Entertainment Center, home of the “American Classic Arcade Museum” in New Hampshire. If you’ve seen The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (the documentary of Steve Weibe’s attempt to break the Donkey Kong world record), you’ve seen Funspot, as it’s the arcade where he makes his record breaking attempt.

Funspot Arcade

When I first arrived, I didn’t know what to expect. I knew it was big and I knew I would find more than arcade games (the place has to make money, so I knew there would be skee ball and the ticket machines) but what I found was pretty much like any other arcade I’ve been to. It was dark, loud, had the presence of a slightly off-putting smell and arcade games. Tons of aracde games.Ivan "Ironman" Stewart's Off Road

I thought it would feel like stepping into the way-back machine, a trip to memory lane but the arcades I went to (and worked at) were never this big and never had this many classic games. I decided that I had to play some of the games I remember from my childhood/teen-age years and also some of the classics.

Hands-down, my favorite upright arcade game of all-time is Ivan “Ironman” Stewart’s Super Off Road. I pop in a token and hearing the familiar rev of the video game engine, the honk of the upgrades and seeing the cheesy bikini glad girls takes me back to 1990. Unfortunately, nostalgia does funny things, like make you forget how punishing and unforgiving the controls are or how often the stupid nitro button sticks or doesn’t respond at all and above everything else — how terribly floaty the physics are in this game. Frustration could have set in quickly, and if this game was released in 2015 it would be eviscerated.

OffroadBut that funny nostalgia still prevails and I have a blast. I remember every track, every configuration, every shortcut and I still try to ruin the silver truck’s (that’d be the CPU-controlled Stewarts truck) race when I find myself in last place with no hope of surviving. Nitro-ing into his front-end will never get old.

I played Offroad first and probably dumped more tokens in it than any other game. After maxing out all the upgrades on my truck, I decided to move on and explore other areas of the arcade.

The majority of the games in the “Arcade Museum” are pre-1988, which meant a few of my favorites weren’t found in the main drag. I went with express purpose of playing some of my favorites along with some classics. I headed downstairs from the Arcade Museum area, in search of a few modern games and found exactly what I was looking for, all lined up in a row:

NBA Jam

This basically encapsulates my formative arcade game playing years — NBA Jam, Mortal Kombat I and II (and III, but I didn’t spend nearly as much time playing III as I did I and II). I written about it before, but Mortal Kombat II was both my jam and my introduction to the nascent internet. I was attending classes at Cleveland State University at the time and had access to Usenet groups, including the alt.games.mk2 group which had daily updates to the fatalities and rumors of babalities, nudalities and something called a “friendship”. I would show up every afternoon with freshly printed out move lists that we would all pore over. When I read about the secret way to get to fight Smoke on the Portal level, I waited patiently as others played over and over again, waiting for the “Toasty” to pop up. I reached over and hit the start button and everyone in the room had their minds BLOWN.

Jax and Scorpion were my dudes, so I spent some time reliving the glory days of MKII and then threw a few tokens in NBA Jam. Hearing “IS IT THE SHOES” as my guy cannon ball dunks from the free-throw line, spitting fire, was a great moment.

I headed back upstairs to play some of the classics. Unfortunately, the lighting there was not conducive to taking pictures so I didn’t get many up there. Because I really didn’t play these games as obssessively as I did newer games, I don’t have the same memories of loving Donkey Kong or Centipede or Robotron 2084. But because I was at Mecca, I had to play some of them. Spy Hunter was a favorite so I sat down to play a few minutes of that but Holy Lord that game is hard. I have these beautiful memories of jamming through levels of Spy Hunter like it was my job and 20 years later it felt like I was driving a red wagon, out of control, down a giant hill. It was not fun.

Ditto can be said about Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Junior and Zaxxon. These games did not age well. I tip my hat to guy’s like Weibe that have taken the time to master these games. It was painful.

Pong

So painful that when I saw this Pong machine, I couldn’t do it. This is history and I couldn’t bring myself to relive the pain. We lived with games that had this brutal difficulty and we liked it! What was wrong with us?

So toSmash TV end the trip on a high note, I emptied out the rest of my tokens into the Smash TV machine. It was mindless fun and was just as ridiculously hard as I remembered it. I would like to meet the guys who could get through the first level of Smash on one credit. I maintain it can’t be done, but I’m sure it has. One day I’ll have to do a deep dive into Smash TV YouTube runs to see if I’m right.

The trip down memory lane was great and the chance to visit an American Treasure. Not sure if you’ll ever find yourself near Lake Winnipesaukee, but if you do, you owe it to yourself to visit The Funspot.

Weekend Gaming

The weekend is upon us and it’s time to plan out a weekend’s worth of gaming.

I am concluding a long series of trips out of town and I’m taking a 3-day weekend in celebration so there will be plenty of gaming going on in the Buttonmashing household. My gaming cup runneth over. I have been jonesing for some Dota 2, so that will be the first course of gaming. After that, I can finally download Pillars of Eternity, which was one of the first games I ever backed on Kickstarter. I’ve avoided pretty much all the reviews to avoid spoilers, but looking at review scores, I think I’m in for quite a fun ride. I loved Baldur’s Gate back in the day and it looks like Obsidian has knocked it out of the park again. So I’ll be spending a good chunk of my gaming time with Pillars.

And I still have Dragon Age: Inquisition warming on the backburner and I recently re-started my playthrough of Mark of the Ninja. There should be plenty of gaming to go around this fine weekend.

What are you going to play?

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March Releases

I’m going to be out of town the majority of the month of March, which means gaming will be light for me. But there are a couple decent games coming out that have been on my watchlist for a while. I just don’t know when I’ll get to play them. With that said, on to this month’s releases:

Xbox One

Week of March 3rd
ScreamRide – Front runner for “Worst Boxart of 2015”.

Week of March 10th
DMC Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition

Week of March 17th
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD
Battlefield Hardline
Resident Evil: Revelations 2

Week of March 24th
Borderlands: The Handsome Collection

Week of March 31st
BLADESTORM: Nightmare


Week of March 3rd
ScreamRide

Week of March 10th
Resident Evil: Revelations 2
Sniper Elite III Ultimate Edition

Week of March 17th
Battlefield Hardline

Week of March 31st
Ultimate Stealth Triple Pack – These “Ultimate Triple Packs” seem like an intriguing idea.
Ultimate Action Triple Pack


Week of March 17th
Mario Party 10


Week of March 10th
Etrian Mystery Dungeon – Everytime an Etrian Odyssey game comes out I think “this time I’m going to pick it up. Still haven’t played one. Probably won’t get to this one, either.
Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.

Week of March 31st
Story of Seasons


Week of March 3rd
Tallowmere
White Night – I really like the way this game looks. Very stylized.
Shiftlings
Tormentum – Dark Sorrow
FranknJohn – Bonk’s Adventure 2015?
FORCED 2: The Rush
Savage Lands – You’re not going to believe this — another survival game!

Week of March 10th
Professional Lumberjack 2015 – Not to be confused with “Amateuer Lumberjack 2015”. Feel like they really missed a golden opportunity here by not going with Lumberjack Simulator or FlannelCraft or something.
Reign Of Kings – If you only click on one link in this list, PLEASE let it be Reign of Kings and watch the trailer video. You will not be disappointed. Actually, you might be very disappointed. But at least you’ll get a good laugh or two out of it.
Assassin’s Creed® Rogue
Cities: Skylines
Ori and the Blind Forest

Week of March 17th
Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas – Nope, not Zelda at all. Totally not Zelda.
Aware – Taking the survival game to a whole new level — race to repair your plane before your friend does so you can fly away in your one-seat plane without her! Nevermind the two of you flew there in the plane, there’s just one seat!
Hektor
Ride

Week of March 24th
Pillars of Eternity – I won’t be around to game much this month, but I will definitely be picking up Pillars when it comes out — because I backed it on Kickstarter back in the day. I’ve followed it’s development and am anxious to get this in my grubby hands.

Week of March 31st
DEAD OR ALIVE® 5 Last Round


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Week of March 10th
Sniper Elite III Ultimate Edition

Week of March 17th
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD
Battlefield Hardline
Resident Evil: Revelations 2

Week of March 31st
MLB 15: The Show
Toukiden: Kiwami
BLADESTORM: Nightmare


Week of March 10th
Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea
Resident Evil: Revelations 2
Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters
Sniper Elite III Ultimate Edition

Week of March 17th
Battlefield Hardline

Week of March 31st
MLB 15: The Show
Ultimate Stealth Triple Pack
Ultimate Action Triple Pack


Week of March 10th
Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters

Week of March 24th
LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin

Week of March 31st
MLB 15: The Show
Toukiden: Kiwami

What are you picking up this month?
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