PS+ starts 2018 with a Bang

Sony’s PlayStation + service has offered games ranging from “pretty damn awful” (See my Review of Zombi from a while ago) to “pretty ok actually” (See my review of Furi from a while ago….i need the page views, ok). Personally, while I’ve kept adding the games to my library it has been a while since I’ve bothered to download and play any of them. Well, it seems like that might change next month as the two free games coming January are both pretty big names.

First up is “Deus Ex: Mankind Divided”. While i wasn’t as big on “Human Revolution” as most everyone else was but it wasn’t bad and i was very interested in seeing where the story went. While the game was pledged by controversy before it’s release (Which i wrote about….like i said, i need the page views) the reception upon launch was still rather positive.

The other game is Telltale’s Batman. This one i was a little worried about upon it’s original announcement, becuase i am so tired or “Mature” takes on Batman as they almost always turn him into a Frank Miller style violent sociopath that i find simply tiring. But from what I’ve heard that’s not what this does. I’m still not 100% sure i’m sold on the idea of Telltale doing a more action based franchise, but it is undoubtedly an interesting step for them to take.

All in all, it’s not a bad way to kick off the new year, especially for those who are going to be a little short on cash after the holidays….or just in general….god i hate being poor.

Price Plus: PS+ Gets Price Hike Next Month


That’s right fellow PS+ subscribers, next month you’re going to have to shell out some extra cash to keep the monthly free games and multiplayer going. Starting on the 22nd a years Subscription will run you $59.99 instead of the current $49.99 and a three month subscription is going from $17.99 to $24.99. Monthly subscriptions will stay the same at $9.99 a month. The justification for this change is that the new prices “…reflects the current market conditions…” according to The Playstation Blog, but no word was given to what those market conditions were that brought on the change. I have tweeted to Sony in attempt to gain information, but it’s unlikely i will receive any answers.

First 18 Minutes of Persona 5

The one near universal complain with Persona 4 was that the opening was a bit slow, taking nearly three full hours to get moving at a steady pace. It seemed Atlus took this to heart as the first thing you do in this new installment is go through a mini-dungeon before, assumedly, going back to the beginning. I don’t have much of an issue with that but i do think its an odd choice for games as they tend to also have you playing with early game equipment that wont be what you’re using when you get to that point chronologically. Not a big deal, but that kind of thing always break immersion a little for me. Other than that one incredibly small grip i could just sit here and go “HOLYSHITHOLYSHITPERSONA5HOLYSHITHOLYSHIT” and give you a pretty good look at what’s going through my mind right now, but i’ll try and be a little more constructive.

The new combat system looks freaking sweet: by mapping each command to a button instead of just having a command list i can see fights feeling more interactive and dynamic while still keeping to the franchises turn based roots.  Also, the animated cutscenes look simply beautiful. The animation work for these games have always been pretty great, but this is the best they’ve looked and i’m stoked to see more. My only complaint with the video was the lack of English subtitles, but i’m sure someone will come along any day now and add them like they did with the previous promotional material for the game. Even if they don’t, thins is already going to be a birthday present to myself when it’s released this February, so i’ll know what’s going on soon enough.

Gamestop offering Pre-Owned Last Gen Consoles for $60 or less

Before i provide the link i want to point out that the prices are after  $20 rebate. So while you will be able to get a PS3 for $60, you’ll have to fork over $80 upfront. However, even with that and shipping this will be a good deal for anyone looking to catch up on last gen games they weren’t able to play at the time.

With That out of the way:

160GB PS3  for $59.99 post rebate,

Nintendo Wii for $29.99 post rebate and

Xbox 360 for $29.99 post rebate.

There is no expiration date mentioned for any of these deals, so my best guess is “until supplies run out”, so i suggest getting what you want as soon as possible. Go preserve your piece of gaming history today (and be able to play last gen games you can’t now because companies suck and have all but eliminated backwards capability).