Buying Guide (May 2014)

ARE YOU READY FOR WATCH DOGS????? The game that a gang of people bought a current generation console for is finally upon us. I can only hope it delivers on the promise and hype. This month isn’t very heavy on titles, but we made a vow to keep you informed of what’s to come. So we shall. Here are the games to keep an eye on for May. Again, I encourage you to use this list as a starting point, do a little research if something catches your eye on the list. Also, there are other games I might not include that you may fancy. So explore! Watch Dogs Watch Dogs (PS4, PS3, 360, XB1, PC) – By now, you know what this game is all about. Control Aiden Pearce, control Chicago. Personally I have been up and down with this game, but right now I’m way up. The bumps in the road seem to have been just that, and all impressions lately have been beaming. We’re only three weeks away from playing the game that pretty much introduced us to the next generation of consoles. Carve aside some time, I’m sure you’ll need it. mariokart Mario Kart 8 (Wii U) – The Mushroom Kingdom crew is back for more kart hi-jinks. Customizable item sets can make for some interesting races, and the new Super Horn finally provides a counter for the hated Blue Shell. Battle Mode makes a return, and Mario Kart TV allows you to edit race footage and upload it to the Miiverse or YouTube. You can create online tournaments for others to participate in as well. All of the additions have been received positively, and we know the core game play will be as fun as ever. Get your game pads ready!

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MLB 14: The Show (PS4) – The king of baseball simulators is back and better than ever. I’m happy to report that it is identical to the PS3 version feature wise, so nothing was lost in translation. Those who skipped the PS3 release last month in anticipation of this one will be pleased. The game is beautiful, but that’s nothing new. Early reports state that the ballparks have undergone the most jarring transformation. Baseball fans, your holiday is here.

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Bound By Flame (PS3, PS4, 360) – I had to show this action RPG some love, even though I am undecided about how good it will actually be. A branching plot and multiple endings sounds good. Hearing the developers state it only takes 20-25 hours to do everything isn’t. It was created by a small team on a small budget, so don’t go in expecting another Skyrim here. The game was developed with both generations of consoles in mind, so it likely won’t truly feel next generation. Adjust your expectations before you give it a shot.

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Wolfenstein: The New Order – (PS4, PS3, 360, XB1, PC) – The latest entry in the long running series popped up out of nowhere. At least for me it did. I must say it looks really good. The alternate history angle is always fun, so that’s another plus. Initial previews seem to imply that while it isn’t a game changer, it is a very solid shooter that does the basics well. I guess in sports terms it would be a high level role player on a championship team. I want to give it a shot, but I’m not sure if I want to pay 60 bucks to do so. Maybe I’ll try to Redbox it or something.

Quick Hits

The PS Vita is getting some love this month! Look for God of War Collection, Borderlands 2, Soul Sacrifice Delta, and Sly Collection. Transistor lands on your PS4 and PC. Outlast; Whistleblower, the first DLC for Outlast, will see release soon.

PS Plus and Games With Gold

PS Plus is offering its subscribers Stick It To The Man! on PS4, Puppeteer, PES 2014 and Skullgirls Encore on PlayStation 3, and Limbo and Surge Deluxe on PS Vita. Games With Gold is offering subscribers Saints Row: The Third and Dust: An Elysian Tail. 

So there you have it everyone. Go forth and prosper. I’m starving, so I’ll see you guys and gals later. Happy Gaming!

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