May Releases

We’re changing up the format this month’s release list. I’ve cleaned it up a little bit, removed the images that I never really loved to begin with and now another Buttonmashing blogger, Nick, has joined in with his two cents on the releases that interest him. I hope to add another twist on the monthly release list, but that twist will have to wait until June. With that said, on to this month’s releases:

Microsoft Xbox One

Week of May 3rd
Battleborn

Week of May 10th
Battle Worlds: Kronos
Doom

Week of May 17th
Homefront: The Revolution

Week of May 24th
Overwatch – Origins Edition
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mutants in Manhattan
Tropico 5 – Penultimate Edition

Week of May 31st
Dead Island Definitive Collection
One Piece: Burning Blood
Prison Architect


Nintendo Wii-U

Week of May 31st
Mighty No. 9


Nintendo 3DS

No new releases for the Nintendo 3DS in May.


PC

Week of May 3rd
Shadow Complex RemasteredTony: Shadow Complex was a game I enjoyed on the 360 and never got around to finishing. The Metroidiness of Shadow Complex is real and I may pull the trigger on this game this month.
Battleborn
Dr. Spacezoo
Positron
StellarisNick: I wish I was more excited for Stellaris. Part of this apathy may perhaps stem from my overexcitment for Hearts of Iron IV, by which Stellaris is caught in the back side of this eclipse. Also, perhaps, that I’m just tired of spacey spacey pew-pew stuffs. I don’t know. meh. *shrug*

Week of May 10th
Rocket Fist
Neon Drive
Elite vs. Freedom
DOOM

Week of May 17th
Homefront: The Revolution
Tales from the Void
DuskersNick: Technically this isn’t a new release since it is actually just coming out of early access. But the game has a really cool concept and looks like it pulls it off rather well. The environment looks convincing and the command line interface has me giddy. This is a strong contender for an official ButtonMashing review.

Week of May 24th
Feudalism
Portal Stories: VR
Robot Arena III
Total War: WARHAMMER

Week of May 31st
Meridian: Squad 22


Sony Playstation 4

Week of May 3rd
Battleborn

Week of May 10th
Battle Worlds: Kronos
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s EndNick: Uncharted 2 was one of the most fun I’ve ever had playing a video game. The set pieces were a blast and there was minimal platforming. Uncharted 3 was pretty meh. It tried to do too much and diluted itself. Let’s see what the closing chapter of the franchise brings, if anything other than copious amounts of hype.
Doom

Week of May 17th
Homefront: The Revolution
Valkyria Chronicles RemasteredNick: The more that time passes, the more enticing the PS4 looks to me. Initially the main appeal was just Bloodborne. And now, just in May alone, we’ve got Uncharted 4 and Valkyria Chronicles. Bruh.

Week of May 31st
One Piece: Burning Blood
Dead Island Definitive Collection


Sony Playstation Vita

Week of May 10th
MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune VS Zombies

What are you picking up this month?
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The Friends of Nintendo Humble Bundle

The Friends of Nintendo Humble Bundle is currently available, offering a number of Nintendo Wii U and 3DS games.

I could be mistaken, but as far as I can remember, this is the first time Nintendo games have been available as part of a Humble Bundle. And it’s a great deal — 13 bucks gets you everything, including Street Fighter IV for the 3DS and Darksiders 2 for the Wii U.

April Releases

April marks the release of the HTC Vive, the Valve VR experience. There are a couple other big titles, including Quantum Break and Dark Souls III, so this month is shaping up to be a decent month of games. With that said, on to this month’s releases:

Xbox One

Week of April 5th
Star Wars Battlefront Outer Rim
Fallout 4: Automatron
Quantum Break
RBI Baseball 2016 – I haven’t followed baseball closely for a few years now, so I don’t know which Boston Redsox player is featured as this year’s cover athlete, but it sure looks like he’s REAL excited about diving for the ball!
DiRT Rally

Week of April 12th
Dark Souls III

Week of April 26th
Tales from the Borderlands
Lichdom: Battlemage


Week of April 19th
StarFox Zero


Week of April 12th
Bravely Second: End Layer

Week of April 19th
Langrisser Re: Incarnation – Tensei

Week of April 26th
Pokemon Rumble World
SEGA 3D Classics Collection – I know this whole “SEGA games on Nintendo systems” thing has been going on for quite a while now, but 14 year-old me would be very disappointed to see Sonic on a Nintendo. (That being said, I’d be perfectly happy with Altered Beast)


(**Editor’s Note: There are a TON of games coming out at the beginning of April on Steam, mostly VR games. I didn’t think that every game deserved a link, but if you have new VR Kit and you’re wanting to get some games, there possibilities are numerous)

Week of April 5th
Gunjack
Enter the Gungeon – (Guns are apparently a thing this month)
Outrage
Until I Have You
Fortify
Glitchrunners
Silver Bullet: Prometheus
The Fifth Expedition

Week of April 12th
DARK SOULS III
Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan
Secrets of Deep Earth Shrine

Week of April 19th
The Banner Saga 2
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
Wayward
Battlefleet Gothic: Armada

Week of April 26th
Pavilion – If looks were all that counted, this would be a 2016 GotY contender.
Cubium Dreams
Elite vs. Freedom


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Week of April 5th
Ether One
DiRT Rally
RBI Baseball 2016

Week of April 12th
Ratchet & Clank
Dark Souls III

Week of April 19th
Zombie Vikings
Lichdom: Battlemage

Week of April 26th
Tales from the Borderlands


Week of April 5th
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles

Week of April 26th
Stranger of Sword City

What are you picking up this month?
(Note: As always, all Amazon.com links have our affiliate code embedded in them. If you purchase something through our link, we get a little commission. It’s appreciated.)

Weekend Gaming: Spring Break Edition

1352293438_3c76a6fbeb_zThis coming week is Spring Break for the young buttonmashers, so we’ve been playing a family trip to the Big Apple. I’ll be driving the majority of the way there, so while we’re on the road they’ll be jamming with their 3DSes and Fire HD’s while I slave away in the driver’s seat. I don’t anticipate a whole lot of gaming for me for the next week or so.

Of course, being the Buttonmasher that I am, I am planning on a trip to the Nintendo Store in New York. Besides filling up our 3DSes with Street Passes, I’m looking forward to the kids’ reactions to two floors of Nintendo gaming Nirvana. If there was such a place when I was 12, I’d have to be dragged out, kicking and screaming. The Statue of Liberty has the history and the Empire State Building has the views, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to be Dad of the Year when we walk into the Nintendo Store.

But we aren’t leaving until Sunday, so in the meantime, it’s extremely possible that I pick up a copy of The Division before I head out of town. I think the communal love-affair with Diablo III has waned and we’re all looking for something new to play. Right now, The Division has risen to the top of everyone’s wishlist.

And you know, with the game set in Manhattan, I could actually say I need to get this game. It’d be a great way to ahem familiarize myself with the city.

Especially if the Apocalypse hits while we’re there!

What are you playing this weekend?

February Releases

February is a great month. For starters, it’s Mr. Buttonmashing’s birthday month. It’s cold and miserable outside for most of the northern hemisphere, so it’s perfect for gaming. And it’s short, so the cold isn’t that bad. With that said, on to this month’s releases:

Xbox One

Week of February 9th
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
Dying Light: The Following
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles
Arslan: The Warriors of Legend
Alekhine’s Gun

Week of February 23rd
Far Cry Primal
Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2
Megaman Legacy Collection


No new releases for the Nintendo Wii U in February.


Week of February 16th
Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright – Tempting…
Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest
Project X Zone 2

Week of February 23rd
Megaman Legacy Collection


Week of February 2nd
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 4
XCOM 2
Fortified
Sorcery! Parts 1 and 2
Cobalt
Tales of Symphonia

Week of February 9th
Defragmented
The Renegades of Orion 2.0 – I watched most of the video for this game on the Steam Store page and it is a singularly bizarre experience.
Doors
Wayward Terran Frontier: Zero Falls
Firewatch – As a long-time fan of the Idle Thumbs podcast, I feel like it’s my duty to give this game a try.
ARSLAN: THE WARRIORS OF LEGEND
Space Pirates and Zombies 2 – I played and enjoyed the first SPAZ.

Week of February 16th
Talisman: The Horus Heresy
Dead Effect 2 – A game with an upgrade called “Thor’s Biceps” can’t be all that bad.
Street Fighter V – There is something that feels distinctly wrong with playing a Street Fighter game on the computer.
Dub Dash

Week of February 23rd
The Descendant
Disgaea PC – There is a very good possibility I will be picking this one up.
The Town of Light


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Week of February 2nd
Gravity Rush Remastered
Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth
Megadimension Neptunia VII
Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel

Week of February 9th
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles
Arslan: The Warriors of Legend
Alekhine’s Gun
The Last Tinker City of Colors
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4
Dying Light: The Following

Week of February 16th
Street Fighter V

Week of February 23rd
Megaman Legacy Collection
Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2
Far Cry Primal


No new releases for the Playstation Vita in February.

What are you picking up this month?

(Note: As always, all Amazon.com links have our affiliate code embedded in them. If you purchase something through our link, we get a little commission. It’s appreciated.)

Read In 2015

(Oops this was supposed to be done before the end of the year. Better late than never, right?)

LordOfTheFliesBookCover2015 wasn’t a great year of reading for me. I had plenty of time to read (I spent six weeks in Boston, during the biggest snowfall in decades, and didn’t read as much as I should have). But I did get to check off a couple of the books I have on my ever-growing To Read list. Here’s what I read in 2015:

Roadside Picnic by Arkady & Boris Strugatsky (145)
Roadside Picnic had been sitting on my night stand for years. I bought a copy after I watched the Russian film Stalker, based loosely on RP. I wish all books could be like Roadside Picnic — it was complex, had interesting characters and moved along at a brisk pace. The movie set the stage for how an alien visitation site would have looked and felt but the book really drove the weird, almost post-apocalyptic isolation, home.

Very enjoyable, not heavy on the Sci-Fi but recommended if you like science fiction. Not recommended if you like your stories tied up in nice pretty bows at the end, though.

The Chronicles of Amber: Volume I (The Chronicles of Amber #1-2) by Roger Zelazny (338)
This was the second book I’ve ready by Zelazny. (Technically second and third, but who’s counting?) Lords of Light was difficult to follow but a great read. The Chronicles of Amber: Volume I (Nine Princes in Amber and The Guns of Avalon) made me nervous that it would be equally difficult to follow with the cast of characters (nine princes and four more sisters) and an opening to the book of the main character suffering from amnesia, but it picked up steam quickly and wasn’t that hard to follow at all.

The main character Corey (Corwin) wakes up in a hospital heavily drugged, with no memory of how he got there or who he is. Turns out he is one of nine Princes of Amber, a fantastical world in which our Earth is one of many “Shadow Worlds” of Amber, and these Princes have the ability to walk in shadows, to travel freely between our world and theirs. The first book details Corwin’s first attempt to get back to Amber and take the throne from his brother Eric, with the help of the siblings still loyal to him.

That first attempt doesn’t go too well, which leads to the second book, wherein Corwin attempts to bring gunpowder into the world of Amber (which previously was that to be impossible) and make a second attempt at the throne. The second attempt is a little more successful but still results in things going south for Corwin and Amber.

There are more stories to go in the world of Amber, and I hope to get to them soon.

The Martian by Andy Weir (369)
This book delivered one of the best reading experiences I’ve enjoyed in a while.

It might be called “hard science fiction” but “hard” like college physics or chemistry classes. It’s not obtuse or dense but still feels like what is happening could actually be how things would happen on Mars. The science is solid and thorough. Maybe a little too easy to follow, but is that a bad thing?

The book had a couple of those “moments” I love, where you’re left hanging on a cliff, anxious for the next chapter or section. Highly recommended. (The movie wasn’t too shabby, either)

Lord of the Flies by William Golding (208)
Another in the list of “Classics Tony Needs to Read” has been crossed off. This time, it’s Lord of the Flies and it’s considered a classic for a reason. I was in love with the writing of this book. At times it is elegantly descriptive and beautiful (the imagery of fists being pistons, pounding someone in the face, was a personal favorite) and plain and yet still evocative (“His head opened and stuff came out and turned red,” was particularly jarring).

I won’t pretend to understand all the symbolism and the commentary on society and its morals, but I recognize them and the story is a scathing representation of the breakdown of civilization when there is no rule of law and the way power corrupts and all that comes with that. I just enjoyed the story and I’ll let other people figure out “what it all means”.

That’s the short reading list of 2015. A total of four books and 1,060 pages. What did you read this week?

Books (and pages) read in 2013: Five books (1,546 pages)
Books (and pages) read in 2014: Six books (1,724 pages)

In My Digital Hands

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As Nick said in the most recent Weekend Gaming post, the Buttonmashing crew is back into Diablo 3 in a BIG WAY. That includes the Reaper of Souls Expansion, which Nick and I finished up Sunday night.

The Loot Loop struggle is real.

LOOT LOOT LOOT.

Weekend Gaming

fallout_4_communismIt’s the first real weekend of gaming of 2016 (that New Years Day nonsense doesn’t count), so what better way to get the year started with some video games!

I recently (and very belatedly, I’m ashamed to admit) hopped on the Rocket League bandwagon. I heard people rave about this game for weeks on Twitter and podcasts but never took the time to check it out (Dota 2 still had me firmly in its grasp). It went on a nice deep discount during the Steam Winter Sale, so I picked up a four-pack for me and my fellow co-bloggers.

Rocket League is some good stuff, man. It hits on all this buttonmasher’s cylinders — matches that are quick and easy, excellent co-op, and that sweet, sweet nectar of “HOLY SCHNIKES, DID YOU SEE THAT?!”. Rocket League also hits the Portal 2 areas of my brain, where connecting on a centered ball and slamming it home with a perfectly timed jump is as satisfying as that “ah-ha!” moment in Portal 2. Except in Rocket League those moments come all the time. The satisfaction is real.

So yeah, I think I’ll be playing quite a bit of Rocket League this weekend.

I’m also making significant progress in Fallout 4. As much as I’m loving Fallout 4, I’m also starting to see some serious repetition in a lot of the side “missions”. I’ve defended my settlements enough times to know that it’s a never ending battle, so I’m going to focus on the main mission for a while. I think I just hit a major milestone, so I’m going to follow this next batch of missions to see where it takes me.

So it’s Rocket League and Fallout 4 for me. What are you playing this weekend?

January Releases

gameboxesIt’s a new year and a new batch of video game releases for the month of January. There aren’t any major titles this month (with the exception of The Rise of the Tomb Raider on the PC) so I don’t think I’ll be rushing out to grab any of these titles. Besides, I just recently discovered the joy that is Rocket League, so my gaming plate is full. With that said, on to this month’s releases:

Xbox One

Week of January 19th
Resident Evil Origins Collection – Capcom keeps banging that Resident Evil Remake drum, don’t they?
Life is Strange

Week of January 26th
Warner Bros Lego Marvel Avengers


Week of January 26th
Warner Bros Lego Marvel Avengers


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Week of January 19th
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam – One of my junior buttonmashers will be very excited to hear about a new Mario & Luigi RPG for the 3DS.

Week of January 26th
Warner Bros Lego Marvel Avengers
Final Fantasy Explorers


Week of January 5th
Dead TrailZ
Dungeons Are Random
Contract

Week of January 12th
Big Action Mega Fight!
Oxenfree

Week of January 19th
Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak
The Deadly Tower of Monsters
Resident Evil 0 / biohazard 0 HD REMASTER
The Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human
Crashlands

Week of January 26th
Bombshell
LEGO MARVEL’s Avengers
Rise of the Tomb Raider


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Week of January 19th
Resident Evil Origins Collection
Life is Strange

Week of January 26th
LEGO Marvel’s Avengers
Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel


Week of January 19th
Steins;Gate

Week of January 26th
LEGO Marvel’s Avengers

What are you picking up this month?

(Note: As always, all Amazon.com links have our affiliate code embedded in them. If you purchase something through our link, we get a little commission. It’s appreciated.)

December Releases

December is usually a dumping ground for releases publishers don’t really care about, having already released their marque titles the month before to get in before the holiday crush. This December isn’t much different than that but with a couple notable exceptions. I don’t remember a December in a while that has two quote-unquote Triple-A titles but this month has just that. Weird. With that said, on to this month’s releases:

Xbox One

Week of December 1st
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
Just Cause 3
Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends


Week of December 1st
Xenoblade Chronicles X

Week of December 8th
Devil’s Third

Week of December 15th
Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends


No notable releases for the Nintendo 3DS for December


Week of December 1st
Guardians of Orion

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
Just Cause 3
HELLDIVERS
DRAGON QUEST HEROES™ Slime Edition

Week of December 8th
RollerCoaster Tycoon World: Deluxe Edition
LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII – There is a trademark AND a copyright symbol in the name of this game. That has to be some kind of record.
Pale Echoes

Week of December 15th
Golf Masters


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Week of December 8th
Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair


Week of December 8th
Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders from Planet Space

What are you picking up this month?

(Note: As always, all Amazon.com links have our affiliate code embedded in them. If you purchase something through our link, we get a little commission. It’s appreciated.)