Category:  Weekly Digital Roundup

By Allain Richard, April 13, 2014 0 News, Weekly Digital Roundup

In space, no one can hear you scream… except in games and movies. Could you imagine how boring if the realism of space was added to games? Just… a whole lot of quiet? It would be maddening.

Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut has been released on multiple consoles. If you want sweet space battles with a mech suit that can overpower hoards of enemies, then this is for you. Plus I was always surprised that I could play the original Strike Suit Zero on the highest settings on my older PC with no hiccups. Very well polished indeed. And yes, it sounds awesome.

The second batch of GBA titles has reached the Wii U Virtual Console in the shape of Kirby & The Amazing Mirror and WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$. So our choices this week is between a cooperative suck-fest and crazy fast minigames.

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 has hit the PS2 classics, available on PS3. For those that didn’t pick up Persona 4 Golden on Vita, this is your chance to have fun playing as a high school student. It’s a lot more fun than it might sound. There’s fighting… and Teddie’s voice (and bear puns) is simply golden.

Make the jump for the full list of sweet sounding digital titles available this week.

(more…)

By Allain Richard, April 5, 2014 0 News, Weekly Digital Roundup

Sneak in the shadows, spot your target and throw your wallet at it. This week’s digital releases is full of sneaky titles, classics and other sorts of craziness.

The Game Boy Advance has taken over the Wii U Virtual Console, beginning with Metroid FusionAdvance Wars and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga as our first three choices with many more to come. Patrick has some impressions in regards to that.

Steam recently had a sale on everything all Square Enix, but now GOG.com sneaked those savings onto their website. Now is your chance to get the best of the Thief, Hitman and Deus Ex series among others.

The free titles on both Microsoft and Sony’s end encompass a wide variety of choices for those who enjoy the more violent side of gaming. For the 2D fans, there is the fast action of Mercenary Kings and the survival horror of Deadlight. Those who prefer 3D titles can either choose the darker side of Hitman: Absolution or be the righteous saviour of Gotham in Batman: Arkham City.

There’s plenty more available as well this week, including Super Monkey Ball 3DBatman Origins: Blackgate Deluxe Edition and much more, so put on your sneaking gear and make the jump to view the rest of this week’s digital roundup.

(more…)

By Allain Richard, March 29, 2014 0 News, Weekly Digital Roundup

Here it is guys, the game we’ve all been waiting for for months. That’s right, Skater Cat has hit the Nintendo eShop.

What else has come out this week? Well, nothing other than My Style Studio: Hair Salon. Everything else falls under the radar.

Fez? What’s that? A story about a hat? Monster Hunter Freedom Unite? Bah. Give me the more popular and much better Cabela’s Big Game Hunter Pro Hunts.

Dr. MarioTomb RaiderSonic Lost World? What are these games I never heard of? They all sounds like easily forgettable snore-fest characters. I would recommend you stay with the big titles where you know you can get quality gameplay – especially when it involves cats on skateboards.

Make the jump for some more fluffy skateboarding goodness. P.S. Happy early April Fool’s everyone.

(more…)

By Allain Richard, March 22, 2014 0 News, Weekly Digital Roundup

War never changes but Zen brings a peaceful change of pace to the gaming world. And while most games brings conflict, this week has some offerings that are way more on the side of relaxation.

For example, Nintendo is helping us build up on your body by offering us all of the Wii Sports Club sports for free until midnight on Sunday while strengthening our minds with some Pure Chess. But then this gets balanced out with the puzzle brawler Pokémon Battle Trozei.

PlayStation has plenty of war scenarios to pass around, including, inFamous Second Son and Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, but have some downtime with some EA Sports 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. Just make sure you wear a cup.

Steam has been especially feeling the hate, offering mad bargains on titles such as Men of War: Assault Squad and Dragon Age: Origins Awakening, but then you can complete the Yin Yang with Racing Manager 2014. Then again managing a racing team may become as maddening as taking a stroll in Vice City.

Pain or pleasure – What’s your choice? War is everywhere and any break of peace is wonderful to see. Make the jump to see this week’s digital good and evil choices.

(more…)

By Allain Richard, March 15, 2014 0 News, Weekly Digital Roundup

Leprechauns are jumping around, throwing their luck around and you can bet that there’s plenty of drinking afoot with St. Patrick’s Day around the corner. I predict that for a lot of us, the drinking will combine with joyous bouts of gaming.

GOG.com must be feeling particularly lucky, as it’s offering the boldly titled “Luck of the Irish” bundle, which includes select games such as Fez, Hotline Miami, Spelunky and much more that you can get for up to 90 percent off. The real trick here is that GOG.com hired a leprechaun that, for $2, will fetch you a game that’s not on the list for you to purchase for up to 90 percent off. Feeling lucky yet?

Eager PlayStation member weren’t so lucky this week as the store update got delayed with no prior warnings. With the wait now over, member can now enjoy dying (a lot) in Dark Souls II. PlayStation Plus members can get the 2D survival horror title Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut for free.

Nintendo offers a more prehistoric shade of green with the launch of Yoshi’s New Island on 3DS. And if you’ve got a Wii U, you can grab the NES version of Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels. Good luck with that one.

Rockstar has practically taken over Steam, bringing in the big guns. The Max Payne series, all of the Grand Theft Auto titles and even Bully have been thrown onto its steamy pastures for anyone to pick them up at a steal.

Microsoft is playing a different ballgame altogether, bringing mechs and jetpacks in Titanfall. You might want to find a four leaf clover though if you think you can outrun bullets.

So grab a drink and get to gaming. And make the jump for more digital shamrocks, and may the luck of the Irish be with you.

(more…)

By Allain Richard, March 8, 2014 0 News, Weekly Digital Roundup

March is here, meaning one of the busiest and most brutal months for gamers’ wallets is upon us.

As usual, the digital realm got another boost of content. Everything from classic titles like NES Open Tournament Golf on the Wii U to Hatsune Miku Project Diva F finally making its way to the PlayStation Vita.

After living through a publisher’s closure and some delays, South Park: The Stick of Truth has finally been released.  Classic South Park toilet humor? Check. Role-Playing Game? Check? ManBearPig sightings? Ask Al Gore about that one. This makes me want to see a fighting game based on the “Good Times with Weapons” episode. I would be so happy if they did that.

If you’re not into kids being douches towards each other and instead prefer the full-on trash-talking experience that comes with racing, the Need For Speed series is on a Spring Fever sale on the PlayStation Store. While it doesn’t include the superior, older titles, it does feature the remakes of Hot Pursuit and Most Wanted, which were still good, decent fun. Most Wanted in particular has an amazingly well-trained police force

The Xbox Live Marketplace is chock-full of discounts on action-packed titles such as Call of Duty: Ghosts, Assassin’s Creed IV and Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game.

So what are you waiting for? Make the jump for the complete list of this week’s digital releases.

(more…)

By Allain Richard, March 1, 2014 0 News, Weekly Digital Roundup

Enjoy playing the role of the anti-hero? This week’s digital titles offers you plenty of chances to be just that.

The biggest release of the week, Thief, has you playing as Garrett as he steals from the rich, Robin Hood style. Stealth titles usually induce players with a sense of accomplishment, and it even got a few of us thinking about our most satisfying stealth moments in games.

If straight up brawling is more you style, The classic arcade title Renegade is now beating players down on the Wii U. Apparently the main character, known as Kunio in Japan, is also the main character of River City Ransom. Oh, Technos and your crazy girlfriend-saving action brawlers.

In the more traditional sense of evil, Dracula makes his return in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2. Vampires and demons are aplenty and there’s no lack of brutal murder here.

This week’s range-free titles however take a step back from larceny and offer three different genres for free. PlayStation Plus subscribers can enjoy arcade kart racing in ModNation Racers while Xbox Live’s “Game with Gold” program brings you colonization and war in Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution and a crazy mix of tower defense and RPG with Dungeon Defenders.

Take a leap of faith over to the dark and dangerous side to see the complete list of this week’s digital releases.

(more…)

By Allain Richard, February 22, 2014 0 News, Weekly Digital Roundup

Weapon-smithing, soccer and ninjas. Those are some of the flavors you’ll be tasting with this week’s batch of digital releases.

You can become a JRPG weapon-smith in the 3DS eShop’s newest release, Weapon Shop de Omasse. This silly game doesn’t just involve becoming a blacksmith – that would be too obvious. What intrigues me more is that it’s actually a rhythm game where upholding the beat of your hammer leads to better weapons. 3DS eShop title Inazuma Eleven also similarly mixes things up by combining regular soccer with RPG battle sequences that are similar to Final Fantasy. Talk about literally fighting for gold.

Strider fulfills the ninja quota for this week. This remake offers plenty of fast-action swordplay and beautiful visuals. Just make sure you get your sword sharpened by that rhythmic weapon-smith first.

PlayStation Plus subscribers can have fun screwing around with other people’s memories in Remember Me or have some  good old fashioned street brawling fun in Street Fighter X Tekken, which are both free.

I’ve missed out on a lot of goodies since my subscription ran out in November. Seems like I’ll have to get it again for all of these freebies.

That’s not all in our little digital gaming world. There’s still plenty more flavors out there. Make the jump to get the full menu.

(more…)

By Allain Richard, February 15, 2014 0 News, Weekly Digital Roundup

I hope everyone enjoyed their Van Halen-tines day with some good old classic hard rock and a day full of gaming. What’s that? Valentine’s day? Pfft, that’s too mellow. Let’s rock on and see what digital V-day chocolates our pals at the gaming companies gave us this week.

GOG.com spread the love by giving us the chance to get a free copy of Dungeon Keeper. Fans of Dungeons and Dragons can also enjoy a slew of D&D-like titles on GOG.com. The more you get, the higher the savings – up to 80 percent off. And I have to say that the Baldur’s Gate series features some of the downright best fantasy roleplaying elements we’ve seen in years. Plus it’s also BioWare’s second game they ever released.

Demon slayers can unite their love together and take down the biggest and baddest demons in Toukiden: The Age of Demons. It may not be the greatest monster hunting title out there, but damn is it ever pretty and you can take my preliminary word for it. My review will be coming up soon.

And of course if you love brutally murdering the infected, The Last of Us: Left Behind has made its way to the PlayStation 3. There’s plenty more emotional moments to be had as you see the story from Ellie’s point of view. For those with simple love for stacks of cash, Payday 2 has made its way to the Instant Game Collection.

So rock on and make the “Jump” to see the slew of games released for our hearts’ content.

(more…)

By Allain Richard, February 8, 2014 0 News, Weekly Digital Roundup

BioShock Infinite has finally made its way to PlayStation Plus, making it a free title in less than a year since its release.

I regret not playing this amazing title earlier as the convoluted plot continuously thickens and keeps me wondering about what’s going to happen next. And from what I hear, the ending is crazy and difficult to understand. As a big fan of mindboggling stories, such as the one found in Virtue’s Last Reward, this is going to be right up my alley. Also, the songbird’s theme is pure nightmare fuel.

GOG.com is offering a collection of TopWare games for 70 percent off. If you want to experience the cringe worthy voice acting of Two Worlds for yourself, now is your chance. I wouldn’t recommend it though, but I’m pretty certain they have some other titles that are well worth it.

Those looking for a JRPG fix won’t be disappointed: Bravely Default has finally found its way onto the Nintendo 3DS eShop. This Final Fantasy-esque title brings a twist to random encounters, where you “Default” to store power and “Brave” to launch an all-out attack – just like the game’s name suggest. I tried the demo and while I personally couldn’t get into it, it seems like my fellow staffers are.

Make the jump to see this week’s digital choices. Just don’t anger the songbird.

(more…)