Checkpoint: Digging Deep Edition

Checkpoint - Digging Deeper Edition

I started and finished SteamWorld Dig over this past week. It was a solid palette cleanser and just what I needed after action heavy titles like Bayonetta and Advanced Warfare. I think I’ll write a couple of paragraphs about it but the bottom line is: If you’re looking to unlock a mystery and collect ore in a handful of hours, give it a go. It’s free on PlayStation Plus.

While I would like to get $69.99 retail games free via the PlayStation Plus service, it’s nice to just get something like this for free at launch. They’re titles that I wouldn’t normally pick up until it’s dirt cheap on Steam.

Speaking of titles that I wouldn’t normally pick up, I think it’s time to pick up Far Cry 4 when it eventually discounts to $30. It appears to be similar to Far Cry 3 but more refined. Maybe now I can finally forgive them after Far Cry 2.

I started Bayonetta 2 which, so far, is a wonderful refinement of the original Bayonetta formula. I’m only three chapters in and I already see many sensible adjustments to make for a more enjoyable experience.

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon PC Review

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I’m a child of the 1980’s but I would not call myself a fan of it. My knowledge of 1980’s come from action movies of that era and the Grand Theft Auto: Vice City’s soundtrack. I see the fashion and style of that era through the lens of Scarface and American Psycho. My vision and interpretation of the 1980′ was molded by media which is fitting because that’s exactly how Ubisoft shaped Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon’s sound and aesthetic.

The game started on a high note with a wonderful 80’s inspired Ubisoft logo. Power Glove’s excellent soundtrack made frequent calls back to that bygone time with Terminator inspired tracks and other sounds we just don’t hear anymore. A healthy dose of neon lights were bathed the entirety of the game while a title card infused with pink and chrome certified this as an 80’s themed game.

Then it was Far Cry 3.

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Checkpoint: Netflix Canada Edition

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I’m finding a lot of enjoyment from NetFlix — even in the so called “limited” Canadian version. I have not even considered looking into changing IPs and connecting to the U.S repository yet.

The shows I’m currently watching and re-watching include:

  • Arrested Development
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • Twin Peaks

NetFlix’s gamble with original content like “House of Cards” worked; they lured me in with fantastic original programming and now I’m continuing to give them a monthly rate. I’m going to continue paying for it until I’ve exhausted all that they have.

I don’t think that’s going to happen any time soon though. I still have the often praised Mad Men to watch and much more “shows” that I’ve been skipping on because I was too lazy to invest in. As it turns out, I will gladly consume content if it’s as easy as watching a YouTube clip.

My latest muse is Twin Peaks. I’ve heard many good things about it but I had my reservations. I finished House of Cards UK but there were signs from its time that were a bit jarring. Twin Peaks, on the other hand, holds up remarkably well. I’ve only watched the first episode but I can see all the cultural influences at work here. I look forward to watching more of it.

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Far Cry 3 Trailer Shows Even More Promise

Far Cry 2 was okay. The first half of the game was fine, but the other half of it was insulting because of how they repeated the same concepts with little effort to differentiate it.

I’m hoping Far Cry 3 turns out a whole lot better. This trailer released today shows off a lot of beautiful scenery, wildlife and brutality, but it’s all for nothing if they’re not going to design interesting missions around all of this.

I was looking through my pre-orders from the great E3 2010 pre-order spree I went on and it looks like I pre-ordered the Xbox 360 version of Far Cry 3. I hope it turns out alright. I guess this also means I get whatever special edition pre-order bonus they mentioned at the end of the trailer.

Far Cry 3 debuts September 4th, 2012 on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.

Checkpoint: Post E3 2011 Edition

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E3 2011 is over.

For me it was a nice E3 filled with pleasant titles and a steady year or so of gaming. Nintendo’s Wii U won’t be out until sometime in 2012 and with what they’ve shown, it’s a bit tough to get excited for it at the moment. Meanwhile, ┬áthe PlayStation Vita seems to be in its own little world. Much of it was exciting from the mindset of a $250 handheld, but I didn’t see anything that would compel me to pre-order one as of yet.

This E3 was about games and there were plenty of promising titles — many of which I pre-ordered via FutureShop’s awesome promotion:

  1. Deus Ex: Human Revolution (PC) – Aug. 23, 2011
  2. RAGE (PC) – Oct. 4, 2011
  3. Forza Motorsport 4 (360) – Oct. 11, 2011
  4. Battlefield 3 (PS3 & PC just in case) – Oct. 21, 2011
  5. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception – Nov. 1, 2011
  6. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (PS3) – Nov. 8, 2011
  7. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PC) – Nov. 11, 2011
  8. Mass Effect 3 (360) – March 6, 2012
  9. Ninja Gaiden 3 (PS3) – Q1 2012
  10. BioShock: Infinite (PC) – Q2 2012
  11. Halo 4 (360) – Q3/Q4 2012
  12. Far Cry 3 (360) – TBA 2012
  13. SoulCalibur V (PS3) – TBA 2012
  14. Diablo III (PC) – TBA – *
  15. Max Payne 3 (PC) – TBA – *

* – Not shown at E3, but part of the promotion

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E3 2011: Sony & Ubisoft Round Ups & More

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  • Far Cry 3 announced for 2012 release
  • Brothers in Arms: Furious Four announced for 2012 release
    • Developed by Gearbox Software
  • TrackMania 2 coming September 2011
  • Ghost Recon Online
    • Free to Play multiplayer shooter
  • Beyond Good & Evil 2 not coming this generation (via GameIndustry.biz)

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Checkpoint: Trading It In Edition

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Last week I spoke of some of my tips for saving money as a gamer. I mentioned trading or selling off old games and I even pointed out the fact that EB Games isn’t the best place to trade-in your old titles. “I’m trying not to sell them to the likes of EB Games who don’t believe in offering fair prices at a consistent basis “.

Well it looks like they’re offering some pretty good prices. Check it out:

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