Weekend Gaming

It’s the first full weekend of 2017, so what’s on tap? What gaming do you see in your future?

For me, I’m declaring 2017 the year of finishing games. I have so many hanging storylines that it’s practically fringe on the Pile-of-Shame leather coat I wear. I decided late last year that I was going to wrap up at least one of the triple-A titles that I had started. So that meant I went back to both Fallout 4 and Dragon Age: Inquisition. I did a quick review of quest journals and reacquainted myself with where I left things and resolved to bring both games to a close. The initial plan was to alternate playing the two games, an hour of Fallout here, an hour of Dragon Age there. Seemed like a good plan at the time.

What actually happened was that Dragon Age dug its claws in deep. It took me a couple hours to get my bearings and to remember what I was actually supposed to be doing but now I’m up to speed and I’m in the process of bringing peace to Thedas once again.

Initially, I was focusing solely on the main thrust of the storyline, racing headlong into finishing the game and moving on. I had amassed all the companions and had found a team that seemed to work really well. Then, as I worked through the story dialog of each companion, I realized they were asking me to complete personal tasks for them. It was Mass Effect 2 (which is currently free, BTW) all over again. The companion quests have me revisiting parts of the map I had moved on from, encountering NPCs that previously shunned me now being open to my quest to amass an Inquisition of formidable proportions.

So this weekend is going to be mostly Dragon Age for me, perhaps with a little interlude to check out the Diablo 20th Anniversary events going on in Diablo 3.

What are you playing this weekend?

January Releases

For the new year, we’re playing around with the format of the list of games coming out this month. In the past, we’ve just listed the games with a little commentary. This month, we’re trying a more graphical approach. The Steam section requires a little work, we’re not quite sure how to do that, since Steam doesn’t have box art. We’ll figure something out. If you have any feedback, please let us know in the comments! On to this month’s releases:

Microsoft Xbox One

Week of January 10th

Week of January 24th


Nintendo Wii-U

No new releases.


Nintendo 3DS

No new releases.


PC

Week of January 10th
Illyriad
Alien Shooter TD
DED

Week of January 17th
Warhammer 40,000: Sanctus Reach
M.E.R.C.
Urban Empire

Week of January 24th
Tales of Berseria
RESIDENT EVIL 7

Week of January 31st
Disgaea 2 PC
Conan Exiles


Sony Playstation 4

Week of January 17th

Week of January 24th


Sony Playstation Vita

Week of January 17th


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

On to this month’s releases:

Microsoft Xbox One

Week of December 6th
Dead Rising 4

Week of December 13th
Stern Pinball


Nintendo Wii U

Week of December 20th
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero – Risky Beats Edition


Nintendo 3DS

No new releases for the Nintendo 3DS


PC

Week of December 6th
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun
Arizona Sunshine
Wanted Corp.

Week of December 13th
Twisted
reconquest

Week of December 20th
The Walking Dead: A New Frontier


Sony Playstation 4

Week of December 6th
The Last Guardian

Week of December 20th
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero – Risky Beats Edition


Sony Playstation Vita

Week of December 20th
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero – Risky Beats Edition


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.)

November Releases

Normally, this is a monthly I dread to put the monthly release post together. November brings the onslaught of the year’s Triple A releases and the Triple A shovel-ware trash that feasted on uninformed Wii owners. But this month’s list is actually pretty sparse on the filler trash and has a pretty amazing line-up with some tent pole franchises like Call of Duty, Pokemon and Finaly Fantasy. Oh and some up-and-comer named Dishonored. On to this month’s releases:

Microsoft Xbox One

Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 + Arcade Game Series – Sure, I’ll buy Galaga for the eight time.
Super Dungeon Bros.

Week of November 1st
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

Week of November 8th
Dishonored 2
Cartoon Network Brawler

Week of November 15th
Watch Dogs 2
Overcooked

Week of November 29th
Final Fantasy XV
The Dwarves
Steep


Nintendo Wii-U

Week of November 1st
Runbow

Week of November 15th
Steamworld Collection


Nintendo 3DS

Week of November 1st
Mario Party Star Rush

Week of November 8th
Harvest Moon Skytree Village – YESSSS a new Harvest Moon release, which means I get to link my Harvest Moon review for the Gamecube!
Cartoon Network Brawler

Week of November 15th
Pokémon Moon
Pokémon Sun

Week of November 29th
Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS


PC

Week of November 1st
Darkness Ahead
Defense Of Greece TD
Digimon Masters Online
Owlboy
Eisenwald: Blood of November
Shift Orb
Xanadu Next – Not sure about the gameplay, but the trailer has some wailing guitars!
Battle Islands: Commanders
Another Brick in the Mall – Seems like this game is about 15 years too late.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Football Manager 2017
Dungeon Rats
Moto Racer 4
City Car Driving – Nick, I think this game was made specifically for you.

Week of November 8th
Dispatcher: Revoke – Every time I put together the list of monthly releases, there’s always a title or two that looks eerily familiar. I usually notice it and don’t include it in the month, but apparently I have included Dispatcher: Revoke in the September and October releases. Maybe this is the month it comes out! Or maybe this becomes a running joke in the monthly releases…
Transport Fever
Dishonored 2
Yesterday Origins

Week of November 15th
Resin
Neptune Flux
Brief Karate Foolish – It’s here guys — we have hit PEAK FIGHTING GAMES.
Planet Coaster

Week of November 22nd
ARAYA

Week of November 29th
Watch_Dogs 2
COLINA: Legacy
Steep


Sony Playstation 4

Week of November 1st
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
BlazBlue: Central Fiction
Earth’s Dawn
Super Dungeon Bros.
Steamworld Collection

Week of November 8th
Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization – The starting town of this MMORPG is called the Town of Beginning. Bad Japanese translation or game designers just giving up?
Dishonored 2
Root Letter
Cartoon Network Brawler

Week of November 15th
Watch Dogs 2
Overcooked

Week of November 29th
Steep
Deponia
The Dwarves
Final Fantasy XV
Steins;Gate 0


Sony Playstation Vita

Week of November 8th
Root Letter

Week of November 29th
Steins;Gate 0


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.)

October Releases

October is when the big video game releases start ramping up, and this October is no different, with Mafia III, Gears of War 4 and Titanfall 2 headlining this month’s lineup. On to this month’s releases:

Microsoft Xbox One

Week of October 4th
Mafia III

Week of October 11th
Gears of War 4

Week of October 18th
Batman: Return to Arkham
Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter

Week of October 25th
Minecraft: Story Mode- The Complete Adventure
Just Dance 2017
Farming Simulator 17
Titanfall 2


Nintendo Wii-U

Week of October 4th
Paper Mario: Color Splash

Week of October 11th
Skylanders Imaginators – TIL — Skylanders are still a “thing”

Week of October 25th
Runbow
Just Dance 2017
Tumblestone


Nintendo 3DS

Week of October 4th
Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack

Week of October 18th
Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse

Week of October 25th
Corpse Party: Back to School Edition


PC

Week of October 4th
Aragami
Endless Space 2
BUTCHER
Omega Reaction
The Challenge
Mafia III
Syndrome

Week of October 11th
Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour
Stars Beyond Reach
Clockwork
Shadow Warrior 2 – Looks juicy.
BitMaster
Manual Samuel
The Deep Paths: Labyrinth Of Andokost
Yesterday Origins

Week of October 18th
Lance A Lot
Sid Meier’s Civilization VI
Dispatcher: Revoke

Week of October 25th
Iron Fish
Yomawari: Night Alone
Lithium: Inmate 39


Sony Playstation 4

Week of October 4th
Mafia III
Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide

Week of October 11th
WWE 2K17
Aragami: Collector’s Edition
Payday 2: The Big Score
Reus
Dragon Quest Builders
Skylanders Imaginators

Week of October 18th
Exist Archive : The other side of the sky
Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter
Battlefield 1

Week of October 25th
Infinite Air
Just Dance 2017
Root Letter
Farming Simulator 17
World of Final Fantasy
Nobunaga’s Ambition: Sphere of Influence – Ascension
Minecraft: Story Mode- The Complete Adventure
Titanfall 2


Sony Playstation Vita

Week of October 11th
Valkyrie Drive -Bhikkhuni
Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors

Week of October 18th
Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls – Contrary to what the title might lead you to believe, this is Teen-rated video game and not some weird Japanese pornography.
Exist Archive: The other side of the sky

Week of October 25th
Root Letter
World of Final Fantasy
Yomawari: Night Alone / htol#NiQ: The Firefly Diary


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.)

September Releases

September has a few oldies but goldies and lots of sports. Nothing is setting my world on fire, but maybe something will set yours ablaze. On to this month’s releases:

Microsoft Xbox One

Week of September 6th
The Elder Scrolls Online: Gold Edition

Week of September 13th
Dead Rising – I normally don’t like listing re-releases in the monthly releases, but Dead Rising is in my top 10 of favorite games of all time and I think everyone should play it at least once.
Batman: The Telltale Series
Pro Evolution Soccer 2017
Pac-Man Championship Edition 2
NHL 17
ReCore – Developed by some people from Retro Studios (Metroid Prime series)? You officially have my attention.

Week of September 20th
NBA 2K17

Week of September 27th
FIFA 17
Forza Horizon 3
XCOM 2


Nintendo Wii-U

Week of September 27th
Tumblestone


Nintendo 3DS

Week of September 13th
Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past

Week of September 20th
Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse

Week of September 27th
YO-KAI WATCH 2: Fleshy Souls
Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice


PC

Week of September 6th
Mother Russia Bleeds – I think I saw someone get hit in the face with an accordion, so, day one purchase?
Police Tactics: Imperio
Divided We Fall
Ember
Calm Down, Stalin – I had to link this game on the strength of the gameplay trailer. It looks like it would get old after ten minutes, but those first ten minutes would be hilarious.
Project Highrise
Line of Sight
Outbreak: Pandemic Evolution
Escape The Past

Week of September 13th
RIVE
Spaera
Mystery Chronicle: One Way Heroics
DEAD RISING – Frank West on my PC? *clicks buy button*
Avadon 3: The Warborn
Pro Evolution Soccer 2017
Dispatcher: Revoke

Week of September 20th
King Oddball
Cossacks 3
Klang
The Uncertain
Agenda
Pankapu
NBA 2K17

Week of September 27th
Lance A Lot
Quantum Break
FIVE: Champions of Canaan
Rogue Wizards


Sony Playstation 4

Week of September 6th
The Elder Scrolls Online: Gold Edition
Touhou Genso Rondo: Bullet Ballet

Week of September 13th
NHL 17
Pro Evolution Soccer 2017
Batman: The Telltale Series
PSYCHO-PASS: Mandatory Happiness
NBA 2K17

Week of September 20th
Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters Daybreak: Special Gigs!

Week of September 27th
XCOM 2
Reus
Tumblestone


Sony Playstation Vita

Week of September 6th
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II

Week of September 13th
PSYCHO-PASS: Mandatory Happiness
MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death


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.)

August Releases

August is usually a Sports Gamer National Holiday, as the Sports Gamer’s Christmas comes with the release of Madden. That usually means most companies don’t drop titles to compete with Madden. But this August is more than just Madden, which is a welcome change for the rest of us (my sports gaming days died with NCAA Football [RIP, brutha]). On to this month’s releases:

Microsoft Xbox One

Week of August 16th
F1 2016

Week of August 23rd
Madden NFL 17 – I first played “John Madden Football” on the PC. That was TWENTY EIGHT YEARS AGO. A new world of video games opened up for me when I designed my first running play and I wore that game out playing it so much.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided


Nintendo Wii-U

Week of August 30th
Tumblestone


Nintendo 3DS

Week of August 16th
Metroid Prime: Federation Force – This is how far removed I have been from the world of Nintendo: I had no idea a new Metroid Prime game was being released. I have a bad taste in my mouth from Metroid Prime: Hunters, but I’ll always give a Metroid Prime game a fair shake.

Week of August 30th
Corpse Party: Back to School Edition


PC

Week of August 2nd
Selma and the Wisp
Lethe – Episode One
System Crash – See Nick’s review of System Crash here.
This Is the Police
Rising Islands
Might and Magic: Heroes VII – Trial by Fire
Extreme Forklifting 2

Week of August 9th
No Man’s Sky – Ya’ll can have your Madden Foosballs, No Man’s Sky has my attention this month.
The Uncertain
Hexoscope

Week of August 16th
Typoman: Revised
F1 2016

Week of August 23rd
Obduction
Worms W.M.D
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Week of August 30th
Ira
Tahira: Echoes of the Astral Empire
The Turing Test – I’ll file this one away in the “when it goes on sale” column.


Sony Playstation 4

Week of August 2nd
GalGun: Double Peace

Week of August 9th
No Man’s Sky

Week of August 16th
F1 2016
Among the Sleep

Week of August 23rd
Madden NFL 17
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
The King of Fighters XIV

Week of August 30th
God Eater 2: Rage Burst
Tumblestone


Sony Playstation Vita

Week of August 2nd
GalGun: Double Peace


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.)

In My Hand (Literally)

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Decided it was time to up my mouse game for the Gaming PC Workhorse (even though it’s been in service for over a year). For the longest time, I’ve been running a vanilla Logitech M510. While a perfectly serviceable mouse, it is wireless and I never could find an optimal place to plug in the little USB wireless nub. It might be totally psychosomatic, but I blamed any hiccup I noticed on the placement of the dongle. It’s been nagging me even more acutely lately when the mouse seems to lag slightly or outright not react to my movements. When you’re as bad as I am at games, every mis-click and mis-movement is amplified by my initial lack of skill.

So after some research at my favorite Recommendation Engine (The Wirecutter) and some PC Gaming reading, I decided on the Razer Deathadder. It’s not the “Chroma” version the Wirecutter recommends, but it’s just a minor stepdown from it. I had also considered the Cooler Master Mizar but my local PC Mecca (Microcenter) was out of stock, so Razer it is!

So far, so good. This mouse is definitely a +1 to movement smoothness and a 25% increase in point-and-click efficiency.

July Releases

July is usually light on the Triple-A titles (or just titles in general) so it doesn’t seem that there will be much action, except for a couple outliers. That being said, on to this month’s releases:

Microsoft Xbox One

Week of July 5th
Carmageddon: Max Damage

Week of July 12th
Ghostbusters


Nintendo Wii-U

No Nintendo Wii-U games for the month of July.


Nintendo 3DS

Week of July 12th
Monster Hunter Generations
7th Dragon III Code: VFD


PC

Week of July 5th
Frost – “Inspired by deck-building board games like Dominion, Ascension and the like, it’s an unique take on the genre as it puts you in charge of a group of people struggling against a restless, lethal storm.” You officially have my attention…
Cavernus
Furi
INSIDE – This game has been getting a tremendous amount of buzz recently. Definitely one I’ll be looking into.
Leviathan: the Cargo
Hero Zero
Haven Moon

Week of July 12th
Last Will
Song of the Deep
NECROPOLIS: A Diabolical Dungeon Delve
Tumblestone
Dead Age

Week of July 19th
Dreambreak
I am Setsuna

Week of July 26th
We Happy Few
Obduction
Industry Manager: Future Technologies


Sony Playstation 4

Week of July 5th
Carmageddon: Max Damage
Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII

Week of July 12th
Ghostbusters

Week of July 26th
GalGun: Double Peace
OlliOlli: Epic Combo Edition
N.E.R.O : Nothing Ever Remains Obscure
Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force


Sony Playstation Vita

Week of July 26th
Shiren The Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate
GalGun: Double Peace


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.)

In my Hands (Gaming on a Surface Pro 4)

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So I didn’t pick this up for the express purpose of gaming (I built a new PC for that last year (I should probably write a post about that)) but I do expect to do some gaming-on-the-go when the opportunity arises. I don’t expect to pump out the eff pee esses at an alarming rate, but I do plan on putting this Surface Pro 4 through its paces.

So far, I’ve installed Steam on it and I’ve installed Dota 2 (Because of course that’s what I’d do).

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I spectated some of the Manila Major and it did just fine. I was running it at its native resolution (2736×1824) and it looked great. (Seriously though, the screen on the Surface Pro 4 is FANTASTIC. I can’t stop raving about it). I haven’t tried playing Dota 2 on the Surface Pro 4 yet, so I can’t comment on in-game performance yet, but I anticipate having to back down the resolution and tone down the settings. That remains to be seen.

The other test I was able to try so far was using Steam In Home Streaming. This harnesses the power of my gaming PC (Seriously, I need to write about that) and play anything in my Steam library on the Surface Pro 4.

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For this test, I hooked up an Xbox 360 controller to the Surface Pro 4 and streamed some Fallout 4. Aside from a slight (but noticeable) input lag, the game ran fine and looked pretty good on the little screen. I’m not sure what resolution the game was playing at but it looked fine. This will probably prompt me to buy a new wireless Xbox One controller, as this can be synced directly with the Surface Pro 4 (and I could eventually stream Xbox One games to it (if I ever breakdown and pick up and Xbox One)).

So my initial impressions are that it’s not going to replace my PC anytime soon but for gaming, the Surface Pro 4 seems like it’s going to be a competent little machine.

(And yes, this post was written using a Surface Pro 4)