GAMES ON THE CHEAP: JANUARY 2018

Games with Gold, PlayStation Plus, Humble Bundle and more Start 2018 off right with some cheap and free game goodness. My pick of cheap games for January 2018 is Batman: The Telltale Series (season 1) as part of this month's PlayStation Plus offerings. This episodic game has you playing in a familiar Batman world, but with unexpected and daring developments of familiar characters. If you want my opinion of the other PlayStation Plus game for the month, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, my recommendation would be to instead play Deus Ex: Human Revolution. I enjoyed Tomb Raider: Underworld on Xbox 360 back when it came out. Not sure if I could go back though after the latest two stellar Lara Croft games. At the very least it shows the growth and evolution of the storytelling and style of the series. PlayStation Plus members are also getting another VR game, Starblood Arena. Check out the trailer for it here: https://youtu.be/EZr0NiFbEaY Here are the GAMES ON THE CHEAP for January 2018 Xbox Games With Gold Out from the 1st The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III - Xbox One Tomb Raider: Underworld - Xbox 360 Out from the 16th ZOMBI – Xbox One Army of Two – Xbox 360 https://youtu.be/pPbNITIasZ4  PlayStation Plus Starblood Arena - PS4 VR Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - PS4 Batman: The Telltale Series - PS4 Sacred 3 - PS3…

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GAMING WITH THE KIDS: MARVEL HEROES OMEGA

A kid friendly coop action role-playing game with Marvel characters Marvel Heroes Omega is a third person isometric game in the vein of Diablo, with a whole heap of playable (and even more non-playable) Marvel characters. It has recently been released on console after being around of PC for a while. This right here is pretty much the definition of a gaming with the kids game. It has cooperative play, no camera to worry about, the controls are simple, it has flashy attack animations, it's not too hard, there is fun dialogue and there are all the Marvel characters that your kids will be familiar with, along with all the more obscure ones (aka: non-Marvel Cinematic Universe characters). Oh, and it's free to play. While Marvel Heroes Omega is classified as a MMO, there is no worries about voice chat unless you choose it. Also, having other players run around the world makes the game easier. For my kids, it doesn't get much better than when there are multiples of the same character fighting right along side us. There have been plenty of "Go Hulks!" cried out. Giving a helping hand One of my favourite things to do when playing Marvel Heroes Omega with my kids either playing or watching is to ham up the on-screen dialogue in true Marvel comic fashion. If…

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20: E3 2017 NEEDED MORE ALEX HUNTER

The one where we talk about all the E3 2017 announcements, including everything Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo, PC, Bethesda and Ubisoft. Join us as we talk about what we are pumped to play, what really surprised us, more games we want to see Alex Hunter in, Monster Hunter and the difference between Enzio and Ezio.

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E3 2017: SONY PRESS CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS

You want games? Sony has games! All the games you want! So the Sony E3 2017 Press Conference starts off with some Uncharted goodness. Then they throw in an incredible looking Shadow of the Colossus remake early on amidst a whole bunch of other games. Then they show some VR hits and misses. Then some very intriguing titles that look different and so very cool. Then, then...! Let me just say it is an awesome time ahead for gaming and this has been a great run of E3 Press Conferences. Oh, in case you want another PS4, there is a limited edition gold one. Because who doesn't like gold? Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Truthfully, I didn't watch this that closely as I don't want story spoilers. Without watching it I'm sure it looks phenomenal... surely! https://youtu.be/i8qzBkHjk_0 Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds More Horizon is always welcome. Didn't give too much away, which is good. https://youtu.be/J5xsS1WZA54 Day's Gone We got to see more of Bend's new game that has been long coming. Looks very brutal, even more so than The Last of Us. Also, is it just me or is that Starkiller? https://youtu.be/4SnXOtfN7VQ Monster Hunter World I know people will go wild for this because it's a Monster Hunter game (Jase?), but I'm not sure about this one. Also, did that creature actually not…

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A KING’S TALE: FINAL FANTASY XV

No strings attached A King's Tale: Final Fantasy XV is a free downloadable side-scroller beat 'em up. Think Castle Crashers crossed with Final Fantasy XV crossed with the original sprite based Final Fantasy games. A King's Tale: Final Fantasy XV was originally a preorder bonus (yuck!), but now is being given away for free (yea!). Now this is nothing like most of the free-to-play offerings we get now days. While it's a short play at about one and a half hours, there are no microtransactions in sight, no ads, it's not a rip off of another game and it's not generic (although it does start off that way). https://youtu.be/tKJ_Ni4d5EE A King's Tale: Final Fantasy XV. Throwbacks galore A King's Tale: Final Fantasy XV breaths new life into the side-scrolling beat 'em up genre by adding in the fighting mechanics of Final Fantasy XV. This includes warp strikes, elemancy (magic), link strikes and a few little surprises. This makes combat fun and really sees the game stand on its own. As someone who played Final Fantasy XV right through, I feel that having the back story made the relationship in the story telling parts (parts that quite literally tell the story) have more impact, but it's really not necessary to have played Final Fantasy XV to enjoy A King's Tale: Final Fantasy XV. Shorter than Kingsglaive The big shame here is…

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JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT YOU’D SEEN EVERYTHING

Everything the video game. The existential crisis simulator. Just when you thought video games couldn't get any weirder, along comes Everything the video game from Double Fine and David OReilly. Everything is a beautiful new interactive experience from David OReilly, narrated by the late great philosopher Alan Watts - coming to Playstation on March 21st I recommend watching the full gameplay trailer below before reading anything more about the game. If you make it to the two minute mark you won't be disappointed in what comes next. The first two minutes are kinda rough though. https://youtu.be/JYHp8LwBUzo Everything the video game launches on PS4 March 21st & Steam on April 21st. From everything-game.com: Everything is an narrated sandbox in which everything you see is a thing you can be, from animals to planets to galaxies and beyond. Travel between outer and inner space, and explore a vast, interconnected universe of things without enforced goals, scores, or tasks to complete. If you found this interesting, you might like to follow VERSUS PLAYER on Facebook. We post things about games, life and everything in-between, some as unique as this game seems to be. Happy gaming!

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GAMING WITH THE KIDS: LITTLEBIGPLANET 3

Customisable cuteness LittleBigPlanet 3 is part cooperative platformer, part creation toolkit. The platforming side of LittleBigPlanet 3 has varying degrees of difficulty, but the great thing here that makes GAMING WITH THE KIDS work is that there is no timer, revival checkpoints are frequent and really difficult parts are infrequent.  What makes LittleBigPlanet 3 stand out is that it adds three layers of depth to the 2D sidescrolling genre. The game can also be played with up to four players, which is a big plus for whole family gaming time. The creation side of things is very deep and complex, but placing stickers and objects is easy as. Plus, slapping them on top of your cooperative partner will have you and your little one giggling. As the adult gamer, you might find creating a custom stage for your kid to be fun in and of itself, let alone the joy to be had when you play through the stage with them. I'd recommend writing their name, using their favourite colour and using the bounce pads. Lots of bounce pads! Beyond the 2D stages, there are loads of minigames and custom stages that have all sorts of perspectives, have you controlling vehicles and weird ones that do things like play music. I played one stage that was essentially Xevious. LittleBigPlanet 3 boasts millions of stages…

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FINAL THOUGHTS: FINAL FANTASY XV

How the Mighty Have Fallen Stumbled A while back I posted an article, IMPRESSIONS: FINAL FANTASY XV, where I wrote about my thoughts on the game 12 hours in. You can find that article below. What I wanted to do now though is give an update with my final thoughts on the game after spending a total of 42 hours with it. This included finishing the main campaign, playing around with the first DLC pack and completing a few more quests for my girl Cidney. The Good Overall, Final Fantasy XV gets a huge thumbs up. Pretty much most of what I had to say about the game initially was positive. Beyond that point there was more to love. I found the boss battles to be fun. In fact, battles stayed interesting the whole way through, feeling fast and dynamic, with a sense of danger of losing. Many modern RPGs have you tearing through your foes or repeating the same exact move over and over. In Final Fantasy XV, I felt encouraged to try out new weapons, mix up my magic and combos with my crew and to actually use items. The summons looked amazing, although they were underused. There was one particular summon that had one of the best cutscenes to go along with it that will satisfy all the old school Final Fantasy fans…

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THE GAMESMEN RETRO VIDEO GAME MUSEUM

The Gamesmen is worth a trip for Sydney folk If you are at all interested in retro gaming and live in the Sydney area, then a trip to The Gamesmen in Penshurst is worth your time. While the museum space is about the size of an average EB games, it's packed to the brim. There are retro game consoles, other hardware, games and store displays. You can see pictures of parts of the collection above. We headed out to The Gamesmen the other day and spent about 40 minutes looking through the museum collection and reminiscing over the many games on display. There is also a large video game store, which is probably the draw-card for the locals. The prices are about standard, but there are many products in the main store that you will be hard pressed to find anywhere else. These include fight sticks, controllers for simulation games, retro inspired (rip off) PC and Mac controllers, board games, plushies and a whole lot more. Check out their website for opening hours and store details. If you like gaming from all eras, then you might like our VERSUS PLAYER podcast. We talk about the new and old, with many a story to be told (no more rhymes now, I mean it). Happy gaming!  

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GAMES ON THE CHEAP: JANUARY 2017
Games on the Cheap

GAMES ON THE CHEAP: JANUARY 2017

Games with Gold, PlayStation Plus, Humble Bundle and more My top pick of games on the cheap for January 2017 would have to be XCOM 2 on PC as part of the Humble Monthly bundle. You can pick this up for $12USD and unsubscribe at any time. This would be closely followed by Mass Effect 2 on PC as EA's On the House freebie. My other picks of games on the cheap for the month are The Cave and Killer Instinct Season 2 Ultra Edition for Xbox, Titan Souls for PlayStation and the $1 level of the Assassin's Creed Humble Bundle (just to have a quick go of the Chronicles games) for PC. Here are the games on the cheap for January 2017 Xbox Games With Gold Out from the 1st The Cave - Xbox 360 World of Van Helsing: Deathtrap - Xbox One Out from the 16th Rayman Origins - Xbox 360 Killer Instinct Season 2 Ultra Edition - Xbox One https://youtu.be/15G2zCnMjF0 PlayStation Plus Day of The Tentacle Remastered - PS4 (Cross buy on PS Vita) This War of Mine: The Little Ones - PS4 Blazerush - PS3 The Swindle - PS3 (Cross Buy on PS4 and PS Vita) Azkend 2 - PS Vita Titan Souls - PS Vita (Cross Buy on PS4) https://youtu.be/Yj0OVBhiu9g Humble Bundle Humble Monthly - XCOM 2 Assassin’s Creed (for UPlay) Pay $1 or more for Assassin’s Creed, Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India, Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China, and Assassin's Creed…

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