Checkpoint: Resurgence Edition

Checkpoint: Resurgence Edition

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The Game Awards have improved dramatically. So much so that I am considering watching more of it next year. I caught a very brief glimpse of it and I was impressed with presentation and production; it actually resembled a normal awards show. Congratulations to Geoff Keighley.

The two announcements that were of note to me SoulCalibur VI and Bayonetta 3. I hear SCVI is channeling the original Dreamcast release which is something that tickles my fancy. As far as Namco fighters are concerned, I have a stronger affinity towards this sword swinging fighter than the King of Iron Fist Tournament. Bayonetta 3 is coming out exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. It’s truly amazing to see Nintendo go out and just grab this former multiplatform character action game and treat it like one of their own.

I will undoubtedly pick up the third installment but what about the upcoming Switch re-releases? I very much enjoy the idea of having the entire trilogy on one platform – especially if they all run at a near faultless 60 FPS. If I end up picking up Bayonetta 1+2 again, this would be the third copy of Bayonetta 1 that I own and the second copy of 2. Who am I kidding? If Bayonetta 2 ends up being a superior version of the Wii U exclusive, I think I’ll just pull the trigger and pick both up.

Capcom is on the upswing with a handful of announcements that’s slowly restoring my faith in the company. They’re making Mega Man 11 and it doesn’t look like a pure nostalgia grab like the 9 and 10. It looks a bit weird at first glance but I am warming up to the chosen art style. They’re also re-releasing all the Mega Man X titles on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Switch. I love the idea of owning all the X games on the Switch. If it’s a quality port, I might just pick it up there.

The same can be said for the 30th Anniversary Collection of Street Fighter which includes arcade ports of 12 Street Fighter games excluding IV and V. I understand not including Street Fighter V but what about IV? I would even pay closer to $79.99 for a version with that game included.

And finally, Street Fighter V actually piqued my interest this past Sunday with the reveal of the third season’s cinematic opener. Sakura, Blanka, Cody, and Sagat make their return and Capcom looks to be injecting some serious effort into the single player portion of the game. I don’t know if I would go as far as to buy this game again but I’m happy to see Capcom still trying with it.

I am still marching towards full completion of Super Mario Odyssey. By and large, I am enjoying the hell out of Super Mario Odyssey; there’s a lot to love but I am losing steam collecting Moons. Huge swathes of the moons feel like tedious collectibles like feathers in Assassin’s Creed. But for every frivoulous Moon, there’s a charming or clever one that makes it worthwhile. I think I’m ready to write up my review of it.

I started Uncharted: The Lost Legacy last week and it’s a bit of an eye opener. Going from playing Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to playing Uncharted highlights some glaring communication issues with Naughty Dog’s otherwise excellent game. Uncharted (and games in general) speak their own languages and despite years of playing Uncharted, I still mess up and drop to my death on occasion. My girlfriend asked: “How do you know where to go?” and I had to explain the subtle cues and other signposts that a hyper detailed game like Uncharted uses to her. It takes time to learn and adjust to the way games like this communicate but once you do, games like this become a cake walk.

Game of the Year 2014 Day 1 of 3

Game of the Year 2014 Day 1 of 3

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I didn’t think I’d play enough good games to form a top 10 this year. Part of it was due to me being cheap and waiting for games to drop to the price point I was willing to pay. The other being the fact that I chose some less than stellar titles earlier this year. However, with a bit of luck, some sales and good decisions, I found ten titles that  worth listing.

But first some other awards!

The 2014 Game I Wish I Bought & Played in 2014

Winner: Wolfenstein: The New Order

Wolfenstein - The New Order Box Art

I saw it for $30 but decided to wait and it never fell in price. I’m a fan of Return to Castle Wolfenstein and a fan of many of the ex-Starbreeze members who founded MachineGames. Those guys made the excellent Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay. I heard nothing but positive impressions about it and if I weren’t such a cheap ass, it may have made it onto my top 10. But alas, it’ll have to settle for this consolation prize.

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Bayonetta 2 Review

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Bayonetta 2 Logo

I wish every sequel came bundled with an enhanced version of its predecessor. It’s not economically viable for the creators but it offers players such a fantastic opportunity to catch up, refresh or compare and contrast. How does the predecessor at its best fare against the hot new sequel? Well, I can answer that without having to dig into memories with rose tinted glasses.

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Checkpoint: Black Friday 2014 Edition

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Checkpoint - Black Friday 2014

Apparently Black Friday festivities start two weeks before November 28th this year.

None of the deals have been jaw dropping and anything worthwhile was initiated by the manufacturer. It looks like retailers are simply branding the weekly sales with Black Friday labels in hopes to conjure up sales.

I don’t have a thing that I desperately want to buy during these sales but it would be nice to pick up Wolfenstein and/or Rayman: Legends for around $20.

I’m content just to see what deals pop up. Spending large sums of money during these sales is a bit of a risk for Canadians because things can drop in price during Boxing Day sales.

Black Friday is one of two days where running GameDealsCanada feels like a job. Gathering the deals and organizing them is helpful but it does take a fair bit of time. Over the past week, I was thinking of ways to improve that situation for myself and for the audience. I was considering a wiki or Google Spreadsheet but I didn’t think they would sufficiently supplant the current method.

I want to give users the ability to organize by price, retailer, platform or title. The spreadsheet immediately comes to mind but it’s not mobile friendly or particularly attractive. Hopefully I can think of something by the next time Black Friday rolls in.

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