Author: Seth

PSN Picks for the Week of Nov. 14

A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I preordered the follow-up to 2015’s gorgeous but slim Star Wars Battlefront. The sequel includes a long-asked-for single-player campaign and robust multiplayer that spans every era of the Star Wars saga. However, following the game’s beta and the uproar surrounding loot boxes, pay-to-win and the overall cost of heroes, I cancelled my preorder. Cost-balancing has been adjusted quite a bit since the beta, but many have lost their interest in the game. Yet, Battlefront II looks absolutely gorgeous and should be a fine companion to The Last Jedi...

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PSN Picks for the Week of Nov. 7

What. A. Week. Just a week removed from a frankly light week — aside from the annual Call of Duty juggernaut — this week’s PSN releases are absolutely packed with interesting games big and small. Sadly, the newest release featuring my favorite speedy blue hedgehog, Sonic Forces, will not be appearing on the weekly picks. Though not reviewed by all yet, it has received some absolutely dreadful reviews thus far. (See: OpenCritic) But even without that game, you’re looking at a big week. Also, we’re only covering full games in this post…but it would be a shame to not...

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PSN Picks for the Week of Oct. 31

There is nothing releasing this week on the PSN that I will ever play. While Call of Duty World War II is coming, I have come to the realization that I am just no good at Call of Duty, to the point it isn’t fun to play. The rest of the week is largely unappealing as well, whether it’s the 8-bit Anthology, a licensed Steven Universe game or the return of Bubsy, DatNinjaDev’s favorite franchise. The PSN Picks of the week are that there are no picks of the week. Just keep playing Assassin’s Creed or Wolfenstein! Or take...

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Game impressions: Gran Turismo Sport made me love racing again

Gran Turismo Sport is one of my favorite games of the year in my so-far short time with the game. I feel like I keep gushing about how great games look in my reviews, but man — GT Sport looks darned good. The cars look amazing whether you’re in full movement or taking a picture in the (surprisingly fun) Scapes photo mode. I’ve spent a lot of time setting up photo ops with my kids, and now cycle through the photos for my console background. I’ll note that I’m playing the game on a PS4 Pro, with a 1080p television...

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PSN Picks for the Week of Oct. 24

Welcome to the biggest single week in gaming for the year. (Note: This may not be entirely true. But this Friday is baller, and that isn’t even counting the release of Stranger Things season two). While I will most likely be playing Super Mario Odyssey on the Nintendo Vita 2 — it that right? Sound like the right name for the console — Assassin’s Creed and Wolfenstein have enticing new games releasing that same day. There also might be a hidden gem releasing on PSN, if you catch my drift. Without further ado, here are my top PSN Picks...

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Podcast Review: Wulverblade (Switch)

Seth recently tackled the hardcore sidescroller, Wulverblade, available on Nintendo Switch at this link. Don’t forget you can find us at www.playsomevideogames.com Twitter: @PSVG | Facebook | YouTube | email us: podcast@playsomevideogames.com PSVG reviewed Wulverblade after receiving a download code from the...

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PSN Picks for the Week of Oct. 17

I hear the sound of engines revving, as this is a big week on the PlayStation Store. There are a couple of interesting smaller titles — sci-fi fantasy RPG Elex, Rogue Trooper Redux and a sequel 30 years in the makings in Bokosuka Wars II — but this week is all about the big dogs. This week brings heavy hitters from the worlds of racing, wrestling, comedy and trivia. Check out the full lineup on The Drop from the Playstation Blog. Gran Turismo Sport Although I’ve owned every PlayStation console with the exception of the PSP, I’ve never played...

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PSN Picks for the Week of Oct. 10

The fall gaming season is upon us with two huge mainstream releases bolstered by a couple of strong PC ports. In reality, I’ll be passing on this week’s releases for now as I wrap up Uncharted Lost Legacy, and continue with Destiny 2 and NBA 2K18, but this is a great week for gaming on PlayStation. Check out the full lineup on The Drop from the Playstation Blog. Always Sometimes Monsters I’ve played very few games on Steam, but Always Sometimes Monsters intrigued me enough to give it a try, and I’m glad I did. In this side-scrolling, pixelated...

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PSN Picks for the Week of Oct. 3

We are officially into the fall gaming season, and October promises to be a huge month in game releases. This week’s releases are a bit slight, though it should give gamers time to dig into a few gems this week, from the second episode of the new season of TellTale’s Batman to a re-release of Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen and WRC 7. There’s one other game I’m really excited about this week, which I’ll detail below. Take a look here at the full drop of games, via the PlayStation Blog. Battle Chasers: Nightwar Inspired by the awesome Battle Chasers comic book, this game...

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Red Dead Redemption 2 and my love of the wild west

I’ve always been drawn to the wild (wild) west, though it took a while for me to recognize it. Before I wrote this, I thought my love of westerns began in high school; turns out, it’s been a lifelong passion. We’ll start this tale in 1991, the year Fievel Goes West and Sunset Riders were both released. I don’t remember much about Fievel — other than the giant stuffed animal I had as a kid — but I still love Sunset Riders to this day. There weren’t a lot of other western games or movies I fell in love...

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PSN Picks for the Week of Sept. 26

Low-key? This is a pretty cool week on the PSN. The biggest release in terms of sales will undoubtedly be EA Sports’ FIFA 18, which features the Frostbite Engine for the second year, along with the story of Alex Hunter. (Though, personally, if I’m picking up FIFA this year, it’ll be on the Switch – soccer on the go!) Another huge release this week is Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony. Also this week is the Fallout 4 Game of the Year Edition, Gundam Versus, Hob and Steamworld Dig 2 are all out this week. So, what am I downloading this week? (Or, more accurately:...

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NBA 2K18 impressions for Nintendo Switch

This is not a review of NBA 2K18 for the Nintendo Switch. The game has been out for a week, and for a working parent who is also playing Destiny 2, there just isn’t enough time to really put a game like NBA 2K through the paces. In many ways, this year’s game is a continuation of the great gameplay and systems behind this generation’s 2K efforts. NBA 2K18 offers a deep career mode experience that ties into online streetball play and its popular pro-am mode. This behemoth of a mode could easily occupy players for upwards of 50...

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PSN Picks for the Week of Sept. 19

You can’t have a winner every week, and this week isn’t looking too great on PSN. Arguably the largest release of the week, NBA 2K18, was actually released last Friday for the “special” preorder edition (but, actually, you could just buy it any time beginning Friday…it’s all a little confusing). Outside of that, you’ve got Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite, which looks fine, but in a world that includes InJustice, it just doesn’t seem to compare. Instead, we are going to take a look at a couple smaller releases this week, as well as highlighting the sales that should be on your radar....

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PSN Picks for the Week of Sept. 12

There are a lot of new games on PSN this week, though nothing that will tear this writer away from Destiny 2. This week includes the return of NBA Live, as well as the early release for NBA 2K18, JRPG Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana and Dishonored: Death of the Outsider. Below, I’m going to highlight a couple smaller games that interest me. Also this week, we will take a look at some of the sales available in the PSN store. Take a look here at the full drop of games, via the PlayStation Blog. Tooth and Tail Adorable mice, pigs and owls in...

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PSN Picks for the Week of Sept. 5

The PlayStation releases this week are dominated by sequels to two games that launched to middling reviews in the first year of the PS4’s life cycle. While Destiny has proven to have a long tail, Knack was largely forgettable to many. Now both games are back and bigger than ever. Also this week, the PSN picks will take a look at some of the sales available in the PSN store. Take a look here at the full drop of games, via the PlayStation Blog. Destiny 2 The Tower has fallen. Light from the Traveller has been extinguished. Now it’s up to...

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Glorious new Shovel Knight Amiibo are Glorious

Nintendo announced three new Amiibo coming from the Shovel Knight franchise during their Nindies @ Night stream on Thursday night, and they are amazing. The new Amiibo are Plague Knight, Spectre Knight and King Knight, which are the three members of the Order of No Quarter who have been (or will be) featured in their own campaigns through the Shovel Knight Treasure Trove. The individual Amiibo look amazing, and will make great companions for my lonely Shovel Knight Amiibo. Their functionality is similar to that of Shovel Knight’s: they will provide fairy companions during your campaign, a Spectre Knight armor set...

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Podcast Review – Pyre PS4

Set in a desolate land called the Downside, Pyre’s shining achievement is in how it makes the player feel weary from loss and the journey, while remaining compelling throughout. The latest game from indie developer Supergiant, Pyre continues the company’s stellar track record in creating an engaging story, and marrying that story to gameplay. This is also a very different experience compared to Transistor and Bastion. Pyre is mostly a visual novel, filled with player choice; the other large part of the game consists of conducting the “Rites,” which come in the form of a magical three-on-three game of...

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NBA 2K18 MyGM/MyLeague Detailed

The NBA 2K series is, quite possibly, my favorite annualized franchise. I love watching basketball, and think the series continually does a great job of representing the game you see on TV. Today, Erick Boenisch from 2K Sports outlined a lot of enhancements to NBA 2K18’s MyGM Mode — which is my preferred way to play the game. What isn’t mentioned is whether these additions apply also to the Nintendo Switch version of the game. (If not, I won’t be getting the game on Switch. If it’s included, I will be grabbing the game on Switch). Check out the...

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PSN Picks of the Week

It’s a relatively light week on the PSN, with no major physical releases. But that doesn’t mean there’s any lack of greatness that dropped this week. Take a look here at the full drop of games, via the PlayStation Blog. Here are a few of the most interesting games to drop this week: Superhot and Superhot VR A first-person shooter where time and enemies only move with you do. Superhot looks super stylish and brings a level of strategy to movement of an FPS. The VR edition is a totally different game from the core PS4 version, and is also...

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All Humans Safe – Nex Machina Review – PS4

The screen pulsates with pink neon lasers, flashes of light and gleaming skulls that chase after me, while I dash and dodge around, searching for humans and trying to stay alive. The latest title from Housemarque, Nex Machina is an amazing visual spectacle and the pinnacle of the twin-stick shooting genre, which the Finnish developer owns almost exclusively. (Graceful Explosion Machine on Switch notwithstanding.) The pace is frenetic from the moment your hero hops off his motorcycle and into the fray of attacking robotic spiders. Each of the six worlds is broken down into stages where the goal is...

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