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Checkpoint: Post-Black Friday 2013 Edition

This past Black Friday may be the most I ever spent on America’s biggest shopping day. I didn’t approach it with the intention to spend but surprise sales and opportunities arose and I just couldn’t say “No”.

  • 2 x Seagate 1TB Solid State Hybrid Drive w/ 8GB NAND (ST1000LM014)
  • Mario & Luigi Wii U 32GB Deluxe Set
  • 2 x 1 year PlayStation Plus membership codes

The Seagate drives will be used to upgrade PlayStation 4’s storage solution. I look forward to both the capacity and performance increases. The two years of PlayStation Plus for $30 each was too irresistible. As for the Wii U? I wanted to wait for a price drop to around $199 but when Amazon.ca took $50 off the $299.99 price tag, I couldn’t resist. I had gift certificates to use as well.

One of the 500GB PlayStation 4 hard drives will be going into the PlayStation 3. It doesn’t really need it but I figured why not? That upgrade process will be long and arduous though; the backup utility takes forever.

I wanted the Wii U sooner rather than later for one game: Super Mario 3D World. I am very curious how the Wii U Gamepad will fare compared to the likes of Remote Play. I wanted to like Remote Play but it cuts the framerate in half and ruins the image on fine details with compression. Digital Foundry found the Wii U’s remote playing capabilities to be superior and I want to see that for myself.

Speaking of PlayStation 4, I’ve been spending a lot more time with it. I’ve been trying to finish Killzone: Shadow Fall’s campaign and trying to play some quality games of Battlefield 4. Both have been disappointing in their own way however Battlefield 4 only has to fix bugs and technical shortcomings. Killzone: Shadowfall’s campaign issues cannot be addressed by a patch unless they’re will