Buying Guide (Oct 2015)

Hello gamers. The fall gaming season is in full swing, and I hope it has started off well for you all. The next couple of months are the busiest of the gaming year, so I hope you’ve been saving your rupees. It’s hard to say which of this month’s titles excite me most honestly. I’m too busy playing Destiny to pay attention to much else. But my world is not the real world, so I’m peeking out of my guardian helmet to let you all know what’s going on this month. Let’s get to it.

Week of Oct. 6

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Rock Band 4 (PS4, XB1) – I MISSED YOU ROCK BAND! Words cannot adequately explain how happy I am for the return of Rock Band. They also cannot explain how I sad I am that I can’t buy this on Tuesday. It’s ok though, I’ll be singing off key with joy in my heart very soon. Harmonix had the nerve, THE NERVE, to effectively turn the career mode into an RPG. I have all of the smiles. Add in Harmonix desire to allow much more expression into the experience, and I know Rock Band 4 will be the ultimate music game.

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Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (PS4) – I want to talk to those 360 owners who didn’t play Uncharted on the PS3 and now own a PS4. BUY THIS GAME! Uncharted is seriously one of the best trilogies in the gaming universe. It’s action packed, charming, humorous, and very fun. It’s an experience that I would recommend to any gamer, and it is the perfect way to get ready for Drake’s final chapter early next year. Just go get it.

Aside from Rock Band, you may want to give Transformers: Devastation a look. Dragon Age: Inquisition will be getting its GOTY edition this week as well. Disgaea 5 will mark the series PS4 debut, while Metal Gear Online will go live. Darksiders 2: Deathinitive Edition will be coming to the PS4 as well. Motorcycle enthusiasts may want to check out Ride to get their fix.

 

Week of Oct. 13

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Minecraft: Story Mode Ep 1 – Order of the Stone (Everywhere Minecraft is Playable) – Telltale Games has been given the task of putting their magic touch on Minecraft. One may wonder how Minecraft will fare in a stand-alone story driven title. If Telltale’s track record means anything to you, you aren’t worried at all. If you are a fan of Minecraft at all, do yourself a favor and check this game out.

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Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below (PS4) – Dragon Quest 8 stole my heart a few years back, and I suspect this title could do the same. This particular Dragon Quest is an action RPG, as opposed to its normal turn based style. Some fan favorites will return alongside 2 new characters to help restore order in a kingdom thrown into chaos. Sounds like an RPG alright.

The Witcher 3 will see the release of its Hearts of Stone DLC. I’m personally interested on the puzzle title The Talos Principle. Also, Yoshi’s Woolly World will finally be released. I feel like I included it in a prior Buying Guide. If so, my apologies.

 

Week of Oct. 20

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Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate (PS4, XB1, PC) – Are you ready to see the Industrial Revolution through an assassin’s eyes? Ubisoft is banking on it. AC Unity wasn’t very well received, and another lackluster entry could spell doom for the franchise. I am a huge fan of Evie Frye though, so maybe Syndicate can set the franchise back on the right track.

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The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes (3DS) – Triple your Link! This co-op Zelda adventure will let 3 players act as a team to solve whatever obstacles are placed in Link, and Link, and Link’s way. You’ll share one set of hearts, so teamwork will be essential. You can acquire different costumes that bestow different abilities, as well as stack the three Links together to form a team tower. Three is the magic number.

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Tales of Zesteria (PC, PS3, PS4) – I LOVE the Tales series. The last one I played was Tales of Xillia, which was great. The combat in Tales games is fantastic, and Zesteria is no exception. Zesteria also marks the first game in the series with an open world you can explore. That was weird to even type. I don’t know if I have the time to check this out now, but it’s definitely one to watch for RPG fans.

The rest of the music games I don’t care about release this week. What are they you ask? Just Dance 2016, Just Dance: Disney Party 2, and Guitar Hero Live. I DON’T CARE! But you might. Also, episode 5 of Life is Strange will wrap that series up.

 

Week of Oct 27

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Halo 5: Guardians (XB1) – It’s Halo. What do I need to say? If you own an Xbox One, you’re probably buying it. If you aren’t, nothing I say will swing the pendulum. Enjoy your holiday Halo fans.

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WWE 2K16 (XB1, 360, PS3, PS4) – I haven’t seriously layed a wrestling game since Wrestlemania 2000 honestly. However, I believe WWE 2K fans should be extremely excited. The reversal system this year seems well thought out, and it sounds like it will make matches more of a thinking man’s affair. Add in a new submission mechanic, an improved MyCareer mode, and some tweaks to stamina management, and WWE2K16 may prove a worthy champ this year.

 

 

Free Stuff

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Sidebar. I hate how Games With Gold is so confusing about the dates these games will be free. I’ll clear things up.

  • XBox 1 – Valiant Hearts will be free for the entire month of October. The Walking Dead: Season One will be free from Oct. 16 to Nov.15.
  • XBox 360 – MGSV: Ground Zeroes will be free from Oct 1-15.  The Walking Dead: Season One will be free from Oct. 16-31.

Stupid. Stupid. Stupid. Why a two week window to download?

PS Plus

  • PS4 – Broken Age, Super Meat Boy, Unmechanical Extended
  • PS3 – Unmechanical Extended, Kickbeat, Kung Fu Rabbit
  • Vita – Chariot, plus all previously mentioned games except UE.

There’s a nice mix this month of bog budget releases, indie darlings, and multiple genres represented. I might just be saying that because of the RPG love I’m feeling for the month. Either way, there’s a little something here for most gamers to latch on to. Enjoy whatever you decide to play. See you next month when we’re called to duty.

 

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