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    Alright folks, the Fall gaming deluge is upon us. Though August was a busier month than normal (for an August), September looks to be opening the floodgates for great games. Here's a look at the biggest games out this month. Sept 5 Knack 2 (PS4) Sept 6 Destiny 2 (PS4, XB1) Sept 8 Monster Hunter Stories (3DS) Sept 12 Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 (PC, PS4, XB1) Ys: Lacrimosa of Dana (PS4, PS Vita) Sept 14 Divinity: Original Sin II (PC) Sept 15 Dishonored: Death of the Outsider (PC, PS4, XB1) Metroid: Samus Returns (3DS) NBA Live 18 (PS4, XB1) NHL 18 (PS4, XB1) Sept 19 Marvel vs Capcom Infinite (PC, PS4, XB1) NBA 2K18 (PC, PS4, XB1, Switch) Sept 21 Steamworld Dig 2 (Switch, PC) *PS4 and Vita versions on 26th Sept 22 The LEGO Ninjago Movie Videogame (PC, PS4, XB1, Switch) Pokken Tournament DX (Switch) Project Cars 2 (PC, PS4, XB1) Sept 26 Blue Reflection (PS4, PC) Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (PS4, PS Vita, PC) FIFA 18 (PC, PS4, XB1, Switch) Ruiner (PC, PS4, XB1) Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash (PS4) Total War: Warhammer 2 (PC) Sept 29 Cuphead (XB1, PC) Gundam Versus (PS4) Yokai Watch 2: Psychic Specters (3DS) What I'm Buyin' Despite that massive list, the only two games I'm looking forward to digging into are Metroid: Samus Returns and Steamworld Dig 2 (aside from what I'm already playing from August). There's a few that I'm curious about (like MvC Infinite), but purchases on those can wait, especially since Black Friday is getting closer and closer. Not sure what the pricing is on Cuphead as well, but I may wait on that one. We'll see. WHAT ARE YOU BUYIN' THIS MONTH?
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    Bundle Stars has Shadow of Mordor complete for $4.99 as part of its Bundlefest. If you don't have this hit game now is your chance go grab it here. Check out Bundle Stars and its Bundlefest for more great bundles here.
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    I love foreign movies! So many good ones. I have always loved Japan with its anime and China for its martial arts movies. I have watched a bunch of Korean movies recently as you can see above and I am really enjoying them. So what have I watched this time? Vanishing time: A boy who returned - A Korean movie about a group of kids that go into the woods but only the girl comes back. Later a man appears claiming to be one of the kids. I almost skipped on this movie because when it started it looked like a documentary or something but after a quick read of a review it had me interested. I am so glad I watched this it was very well done and you really feel for all the characters and you're just glued to the screen on the edge of your seat the entire movie. Luk-key - A Korean comedy about an assassin who slips and hits his head waking up with amnesia and a washed up actor who switches places with him living each other's lives. It was super funny and loads of fun I really liked it. Leap! aka Ballerina - A French CG move about an orphan girl who dreams of being a ballerina and runs away to do so. It was a cute little story I enjoyed it.
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    Developers: PagodaWest Games, Headcannon Publisher: Sega Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC Release Date(s): August 15th, 2017; August 29th, 2017 (PC) ESRB: E for Everyone Note: This review is based on the Nintendo Switch version of the game Let’s be real for a second; Sonic the Hedgehog hasn’t exactly had the best of luck over the years. Ever since he entered the 3D realm, our favorite supersonic hedgehog has stumbled a few too many times for his own good. That’s not to say that there aren’t any good 3D Sonic games, but… well, let’s just say the blue blur hasn’t exactly had the greatest track record (and I’m not talking about literal track records here, as I’m sure he breaks them all). Sonic the Hedgehog in 2D, however, has almost always been great, at least in my opinion. So, you can imagine my excitement when Sonic Mania was first announced. I’ve awaited a game like this for what feels like an eternity. In fact, I’d say I’ve been waiting for Sonic Mania ever since I beat Sonic 3 & Knuckles, I just didn’t know what it would be called. And once it was released, I couldn’t help but feel like I was in the 90s again. Not only does it feel like a true entry in Sonic’s Genesis era, but with today’s technological advancements, Sonic Mania performs even better, too. Some extremely creative level designs, an insanely good soundtrack, and all the nostalgia you could ever ask for makes Sonic Mania one game no Sonic fan should miss. As with most of the classic Sonic games, Sonic Mania doesn’t really focus too much on story. There is a story being told, but it takes a back seat to just about every other aspect of the game. The gist is that, following the events of Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles, Sonic and Tails have noticed a strong energy reading similar to the Chaos Emeralds coming from Angel Island, so they head on over there. Of course, Dr. Eggman (who else?) and the Hard-Boiled Heavies – a group of robots created by the bad doctor – noticed the signal too, so they made sure to get there first. What they find is a gem known as the Phantom Ruby, which enables Eggman and the Heavies with immense power, including the ability to warp Sonic & co. through time and space. And thus, the possibility to replay old stages becomes possible. Sonic Mania is more than just a collection of old levels, of course. While the development team most definitely repurposed some of the old levels’ designs, they also made sure to change some things. For example, while the Act 1 stages of the classic zones are very reminiscent to the originals, Act 2 tends to be a brand-new level entirely. Aside from that, there are also some new zones you will only see in Sonic Mania (at least for now). And if I’m being honest here, I’d even wager that the newer stuff has the better level design (please don’t kill me…). As for how Sonic Mania controls, it’s exactly what you would expect. From the simple running, jumping, and spin-dashing mechanics to Tails flying and Knuckles gliding and climbing, the game really feels like you’re playing Sonic 3 & Knuckles again, but with a different lineup of levels. The power-ups from Sonic 3 & Knuckles even make a nice comeback. There is a new mechanic, however, that helps Sonic Mania stand out a bit more – the Drop Dash. Basically, while Tails can fly & Knuckles can glide, Sonic can now dash immediately after dropping to the ground after a jump. It can be very useful if you get the hang of it, although until I figured out how to use it, I sometimes found myself drop-dashing accidentally to unfortunate consequences. Speaking of things from Sonic 3 & Knuckles that have returned for Sonic Mania: love it or hate it, the blue sphere special stages are back. They don’t unlock Chaos Emeralds this time, however. Instead, upon clearing these special stages, you earn silver medals when hitting all blue spheres and gold for also collecting the rings. Collect enough medals and you start unlocking additional features, such as moves from previous games, Debug Mode and the much-needed “& Knuckles” Mode, a feature that allows you to have Knuckles tag along on your adventure, even if you’re playing as Knuckles. Because if there’s one team-up I always wanted to see, it’s Knuckles & Knuckles. While the blue sphere special stages don’t unlock Chaos Emeralds, they aren’t the only special stages in this game. Finding a giant ring hidden in each stage will warp you to a new type of special stage exclusive to Sonic Mania where you must catch a UFO and take the emerald from its grasp, collecting blue spheres to gain speed and rings to not run out of time. I actually found these special stages quite enjoyable, with a definite Sonic Jam/Sonic R vibe going on. And like with any type of special stage, they get harder and more frustrating, which can get annoying when you have to keep looking for the giant rings in order to retry the stages after failing. But it’s all worth it in the end, once you can become Super Sonic and fight the true final boss of the game. There’s not a ton to say about the graphics aside from it being like Sonic 3 & Knuckles, but better. And I found that delightful. As a long-time fan of the game (and the series in general, of course), I just love how similar it looks. Obviously, the resolution is higher and the overall quality is better since it can be. And I was impressed by how seamlessly the development team could create new levels that look exactly like something from Sonic 3 & Knuckles. Like, seriously, these levels don’t look out of place at all. If you’re a sucker for nostalgia, then Sonic Mania will have no trouble satisfying you. The music, though. THE MUSIC, THOUGH. Seriously, Sonic Mania not only lives up to the awesomeness of the classic games it borrows levels from by remastering certain songs we all remember from those games, but the remixes used in the Mania-exclusive Act 2 stages of some of those zones and the songs written for the brand-new zones are just pure gold. In fact, I’d even go so far as to say that Sonic Mania has my all-time favorite soundtrack of any Sonic game ever. And that’s really saying something. Of course, it certainly helps that many of my favorite Sonic tunes have returned in Sonic Mania. I realize I haven’t said a whole lot about the negatives in Sonic Mania. But there’s a reason; I simply can’t think of that many. I remember one time when the game glitched on me and somehow replaced the jumping sound effect with the ring one, which was weird. I also ran into a glitch in a certain new stage right before the boss that kept the boss from showing up, thus keeping me from progressing until I either ran out of time or killed myself. Other than that, there are a few annoyances that carried over from the classics, such as abruptly and unfairly getting crushed to death. And if you’re one of those people who didn’t care too much for the stop-and-go style of classic Sonic games, this game probably won't change your mind. For the longest time, I’ve considered Sonic 3 & Knuckles to be my favorite Sonic game of all time. But now that I’ve played Sonic Mania, I’m not so sure anymore. The game has its share of glitches, but they are few and far between and takes nothing away from what makes the game so good. With some level designs so good I might even consider them the series’ best, graphics that make the game look like a Genesis game with higher resolution, and possibly my favorite soundtrack of any Sonic game ever, Sonic Mania is one hell of a comeback. If you’re a fan of the classic Sonic games, you owe it to yourself to get this game. You won’t regret it. I promise. Pros + Incredible level design that might even top the classics + Fun special stages with plenty to unlock + Delightfully retro graphics style + Amazing soundtrack that is hard to stop listening to Cons - A few minor glitches - Some frustrations passed down from the classics Overall Score: 9 (out of 10) Fantastic A wonderful throwback to Sonic's Genesis days, Sonic Mania is a fantastic game and a strong contender for best Sonic game of all time, thanks to some incredible level design, a delightfully retro graphics style, and an amazing soundtrack. This is one game no Sonic fan should miss out on.
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    Yeah, sorry. I should clarify that it doesn't tag people via Twitter; only on this site, haha. Glad you like the new look, TK! And thanks everyone else for the kind words so far!
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    This is quite the fascinating upgrade. It's like a brand new knight quarters. Welcome home gamers! It's blue with a colorful feeling of positivity. Testing testing @setaimx am I doing this right? Just seeing if the notification is awesome. Sounds awesome that you can tag people via Twitter. EDIT: Uh @Jason Clement guess this is how to use it lol. I was thinking differently. So the twitter thing only works for the users on the site then. Pretty nifty upgrade feature. This is quite a nice way instead of replying or quoting in a way.
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    I have two lists: Games to Play (That I Own) and Games to Buy. I try to limit both to games I will legitimately play. I find that this limits my impulse buys a ton. Also since I know what I still need to play, I don't mind waiting until great deals on the Games to Buy list.
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    I'm not going to complain. Free is free. I'll take them all.
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    There is a lot to consider. First the list only shows domestic gross, it shows Deadpool ahead of Spiderman 3, but if you click on it and look at worldwide Spiderman made $890,871,626 with Deadpool at $731,004,344. Second, being R rated does limit profits which is why studios prefer PG-13. Currently the highest grossing R rated movie is Matrix Reloaded with $742,128,461. Deadpool is getting close to that, but not there yet and most R rated movie don't get anywhere near that. The Avengers made $1,519,557,910 which is the 5th highest grossing movie of all time, it never would have made that much money if it were rated R. I think unless the movie really outperforms Matrix Reloaded (I would say at least the billion dollar mark that has become pretty common among PG-13 movies recently), then they probably will keep making movies the way they do currently. Mostly PG-13 with the occasional R.
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    There's legitimately no reason not to get in on this. Metro 2033 is that good.
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    Thanks Marcus! I was able to get a code and activated it on Steam. Woo! Sadly I don't have a gaming laptop so definitely play it in the future while I add this to the backlog of games lol.
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    I actually decided to give Marvel vs Capcom Infinite a try in hopes that I end up enjoying it a lot more than Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, so here's hoping that's the case! Though, phew, so many fighting games and not nearly enough time to play them anymore with the stuff I stream.
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    If you've got money to spare and have really been wanting another Batman game, I hear Knight is definitely worth it for $15. Can't speak as to whether the DLC is worth it (I think John K. might know more about that). Word of warning: I hear it's around 50GB or something like that!
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    Add an 'o' to it and you have the Spanish word for sky!
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    Yup I got a copy. No wonder the steam gifts site was going crazy with so many Metro 2033 giveaway.
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    THQ is running a promotion through Facebook right now where you can get a copy of Metro 2033. I don't know how many codes they have left, but the promo went live earlier today so you might want to hurry as more people find out about it. Anyway, all you have to do is "like" their page (which means you need a Facebook profile). Then you can click to reveal the code, and it makes you authorize something, then you can see it and use it on Steam. After that I would suggest removing their app .