Paris Games Week 2017: Ghost of Tsushima

Sucker Punch Productions is back, showcasing a new samurai adventure that got people like me officially and successfully hyped for its arrival.

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Bargain Gamer: Double Discount Sale & GameStop Power Pass *UPDATED*

9*UPDATED 11/15/17* Gamestop has temporarily suspended the PowerPass program.  The speculation is that Gamestop’s Point-of-Sale system was unable to handle tracking the rentals.  Those who bought a pass can return their checked-out game for a refund.  In addition, they can receive any pre-owned game for free.

This week I’m writing about the Double Discount Sale on the PS Store and also a brief commentary on GameStop’s upcoming rental program.

Double Discount Sale

This week’s PS Store sale spans many different titles, and the idea is that PS+ subscribers get twice the discount as everyone else.  Which basically means that this is a normal sale for PS+ subscribers, but a mediocre sale for everyone else…

So if you are a PS+ subscriber, here are some games to point out.  This week I’m not putting the non-subscriber price because it probably isn’t worth it.

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Overcooked $6.79 (Retail $16.99)

Good local co-op games are hard to come by these days, so seeing this 60% off is exciting.  Have fun frantically cooking with friends!

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The Jackbox Party Pack 3 $12.49 (Retail $24.99)

Even though you’re probably just getting it for Quiplash and Trivia Murder Party, the Jackbox Party Packs are a great way to get an entire room of strangers having fun and busting out laughing.  Although I prefer using Steam for these games (so I don’t have to lug around my PS4), even Steam prices haven’t gotten this low!

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Horizon Zero Dawn $27.99 (Retail $49.99)

This is the lowest I’ve seen this massive open-world game so for.  However, you may also get a good deal by waiting for the Complete Edition to come out in December, especially if you have Amazon Prime or the Best Buy Gamer’s Club discounts.

All sales last until 11/7.

GameStop Power Pass

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So last week, GameStop confirmed that it will be launching a rental program for pre-owned games.  Basically, for $60, you can rent out any pre-owned game from any GameStop store for 6 months.  You can only have one game at a time, and you must be registered in their free rewards program so they can track which game you have checked out.  There’s no restrictions either, other than the game has to be pre-owned, so if you manage to find a pre-owned copy of a game that released last week, it’s fair game.  But here’s the kicker:

At the end of the 6 months, you get to keep one game which you’ve checked out.

There’s a lot of potential to “game” the system by grabbing a recently released pre-owned game as your keeper, while being able to play almost any game for half a year.  This is really good for those that like to try different games without feeling buyer’s remorse.  No more getting burned by Day 1 glitches and disappointments.  Since the gaming industry has been pushing more and more towards pre-ordering, this program has potential to be a game-changer.

But before we get too excited, there’s some things to keep in mind.  On copies at brick-and-mortar stores are eligible, so no renting through their online stock.  While right now it may be easy to go to your local GameStop and find the used game you want, this program could flip the supply-and-demand, resulting in it being very difficult to find what you’re looking for, especially just after release or for not as popular titles.  GameStop could also change the terms of the program later on, adding some restrictions on eligible rentals.  And obviously, if you take pride in your personal game collection, then this may not be the program for you, since you only keep one game every six months.

If you’re down for the GameStop Power Pass, sign ups start November 19th, and the program itself launches early next year.

Bargain Gamer: NISA Publisher & Sale of the Dead Week 2

This week, I’m taking a look at the PS Store’s NISA Publisher Sale, as well as the new additions to the Sale of the Dead.

NISA Publisher Sale

If you’re not familiar with NIS, it’s the Japanese game developer/publisher most known for Disgaea.  Their North American branch, NISA, was responsible for localizing many other Japanese games such as Persona 4 Golden, Trails of Cold Steel, Danganronpa, and Etrian Odyssey.

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Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance $15.99/$19.99 (Retail $39.99)

For fans of SRPGs, this installment, along with most of the other entries in the series, are on sale.  This series is known for the countless hours spent grinding and min/maxing your units.  The sky is limitless for upgrading your character, whether it be exploiting stats, gear, or abilities.  Eventually you’ll wind up with an OP squad of your own.

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Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony $44.99/$50.99 (Retail $59.99)

If you’re not familiar with this visual novel series,  it’s basically a cross between Battle Royale and the Ace Attorney series.  A group of high school students are placed in a murder game,  and you’re tasked with investigating and solving these murders in class trials.  I’m surprised that this game is already on sale since it came out last month, so it’s a great deal if you’re can’t wait to see how it all unfolds.  If it’s not on your priority list, I bet it’ll go on sale again later at the same price or lower.

For those curious about the first two games, the Reload 1-2 bundle is 40% off (though I’ve seen it as low as 50% off).  And for all 10 people still using their PS VITA, the portable versions are also on sale.

Sale of the Dead Week 2

For the second week of this sale, Sony simply added some games to the discounted list.

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XCOM 2 $23.99/$29.99 (Retail $59.99)

The sequel to 2012’s tactical strategy game will have you developing your strike team, watching them get slaughtered, then training a new batch of recruits to take their place.  The digital deluxe edition, which contains a few add-on packs (but not the expansion) is also on sale.  Not a bad price for a game just over a year old.

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Diablo III: Eternal Collection $35.99/$41.99 (Retail $59.99)

This bundle includes all expansions, including the Necromancer pack.  A good chance to start grinding for rare drops if you haven’t gotten to yet.  But if you’re able to play it on PC, there’s probably a cheaper deal if you wait for a Steam sale.

Honorable Mentions

Psychonauts $2.49/$3.49 (Retail $9.99)

Detention $9.09/$10.39 (Retail $12.99)

Grand Theft Auto V $29.99/$35.99 (Retail $59.99)

 

Both sales go until the morning of Halloween, so be sure to check it out!

Bargain Gamer: Sale of the Dead Week 1

As a gamer, there are so many games on my watch list that I wait months or even years after release.  When I finally get around to getting these games, it’s easier to find them for a fraction of the price through either Amazon or other sales.  My goal is to help share deals I see.  I may or may not have played these games, so there won’t be much in terms of a review.  But, I’ll try to explain why I think these deals are worth it.

For my first Bargain Gamer article, I’m highlighting a few sales from the first week of PS Store’s Sale of the Dead!  Personally, I’m not really into scary games, but if you’re into the thrill, then check out these games below!

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Telltale Undead Survival Bundle $21.99/$27.49* (Retail $54.99)

If you haven’t picked up any of Telltale’s Walking Dead series, this may be a good time to do so.  This bundle includes 4 full games (both seasons and the Michonne mini-series, along with the open-world 7 Days to Die).  If you already have some of these titles, each game is also on sale separately, including the most recent Season 3 (not included in this bundle).

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Resident Evil 7 biohazard $29.99/$35.99* (Retail $59.99)

This survival horror series goes back to its roots and is now half off, which is pretty good for a game less than a year old.  If you’re interested in the DLC or deluxe edition, those are also marked down.  If you’re interested in the other installments and spin-offs, plenty of those are on sale as well.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition $19.99/$24.99* (Retail $49.99)

This is probably the best deal of all.  All DLC and expansion packs of an already massive open-world RPG.  I’m currently playing this after getting during the E3 sale, and I’ve put in over 100 hours and counting. We sometimes talk about getting a good deal if you get an hour for each dollar, but with this game you can get over 5 times as much.  If you’re into games like Skyrim, I think CD Projekt Red has done an even better job at the formula.  Doing sidequests are varied enough while adding loads of depth to the wide cast of characters, so there’s no feeling of getting burnt out.

For Xbox owners, it’s also currently on sale for XBOX Live Gold subscribers for $20 as well!

 

Honorable Mention

Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition $4.49/$5.99* (Retail $14.99)

There are a ton of other games on sale that I couldn’t mention, so check out the full sale here.  These sales last until the end of the month!

*The cheaper price is if you have a PS+ subscription.

Final Fantasy XIV: Dad of Light – Every gamer’s heartwarming story

Highly anticipated J-drama Final Fantasy XIV: Dad of Light finally hit Netflix this month and it’s a beautiful tale of games, family and drama. Continue reading Final Fantasy XIV: Dad of Light – Every gamer’s heartwarming story

Skyrim Diaries #3: Cultists Cramping My Style

Things are getting more interesting on Skyrim as I’m encountering a bunch of cultists questioning my Dragonborn, and I spend some time in the snow to find the Shrine of Azura. All in the third edition of the Skyrim Diaries!

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