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Recently, the PlayStation Blog put up a post about how you can get $15 credit for spending $100 or more in the PS Store. The promotion runs from 10/1/14 - 10/28/14, so I better get started!

What games would I buy for $100 from the PlayStation Store?

While, I could just buy 2 games for the PS3 or PS4 and make it happen, I figured that this might be a good excuse to expand my nearly non-existent PS Vita collection. In the legendary words of Barney Stinson, "Challenge Accepted!"

I really only have a few PS Vita games which are: Uncharted: Golden AbyssBatman: Arkham OriginsPlaystation All-Stars Battle Roayle, Limbo, and Need for Speed: Most Wanted. For the purpose of this article, I will throw out these games in the games I consider.

I will also only consider games made for the PS Vita, excluding games that are playable on the Vita, but made for PS1, PSP, or are PS Minis. The games I will mention in this article are games that I have not purchased yet, and will base my decisions primarily on titles that interest me, and their previews, descriptions, and screenshots. I have decided not to base any decision on game reviews, mainly because reviews discourage me from buying games 99% of the time. 

That being said, here are my choices for games that add up to around $100:


I really love the stealth genre of games, which means that games based on spies, ninjas, and thieves usually will grab my attention. Looking at the game preview of CounterSpy, what really caught my attention was the soundtrack, which has a James Bond-esque sound to it, combined with fluid animation, and lots of stealth action. However, it looks like the game can also be played in a non-stealth way, and if you choose, you can also play it guns out, with heavy gun play and explosions. I also like the fact that I can play it across various PS systems, though I probably would end up just playing it on the Vita.

At the time of this writing, the game is $14.99. So, that'll be game #1.

Still left to buy: $85.01

Murasaki Baby

Purple is one of my favorite colors, so the title Murasaki Baby definitely caught my attention ("murasaki" is the Japanese word for "purple"). The game looks to be very unique, considering the graphics are all hand-drawn, and the game looks very unique, in that you are to help this baby girl find her mommy, while guiding her through the world, and teaching her right from wrong.

As a new father, this game particularly caught my interest, though I am not sure if this would be the way that I would teach my son about the world. What I also found interesting in listening to the interviews with the developers is that they want the user to create an emotional bond with the character, which makes me want to play it even more. Along with the fact that the game uses only touchscreen and rear touchpad, I think this would make for a fairly interesting game.

This game is also selling for $14.99. That's game #2.

Still left to buy: $70.02


I have absolutely no idea what Metrico is about, except that the game is looks to be a puzzler based on infographics. Infographics! I love those things! Putting them to use in a video game is very intriguing to me, and I would buy this game simply to see how they do this! According to the description, everything you do in the world, will directly affect it, which makes me think that while there may be more than one way to solve a puzzle, how you solve the puzzle will determine the difficulty of solving other puzzles in the game, which also makes for a very interesting gameplay.

This game is a little cheaper at $13.99. That's game #3.

Still left to buy: $56.03


Mousecraft combines several games of my past together! In part, it reminds me of Lemmings, in the sense that you direct the mice through an obstacle course, by placing objects in their path. The pieces that you lay down remind me of Tetris, and I guess the mice themselves, remind me of ChuChu Rocket. That's three great games all come together in an updated, 3D and cartoony look! Hmm... I see that I seem to be on a kick with puzzlers here. Gotta do something to change that...

This game is currently selling at $10.49. That's game #4.

Still left to buy: $45.54

Stick It to the Man

I like the clever naming of this game. Stick It to the Man has a unique story where your character has the ability to read people's minds, and can change the world using stickers. I like the crazy artwork in the game, where everything is paper in a 3D world. It looks like it's basically a strategy game, with a bit of a puzzle element to it. (yup, I think I am addicted to puzzlers)

The game sells for $12.99. That's game #5.

Still left to buy: $32.55.

Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed

Another clever naming of a game. Akiba's Trip (or Akiba Strip) is an adventure game where you hunt down vampires, but in order to kill them, you need to rip off their clothing so they burn in the day light. The setting, as the name implies, is in the Akihabara district of Tokyo, (aka Akiba) best known as a district for selling all kinds of electronics, but also for its huge otaku culture. The open-world game recreates the entire district, along with over 100 real-life shops. Yes, I guess a game about ripping off other people's clothes could seem a bit pervy - but aside from that, a game based on Akihabara is also very interestingif only to see how close it can come to to recreating the actual district.

This is by far the most expensive game in my selections, at $39.99. That's #6!

Still left to buy: -$7.44 Goal Reached!

So these are the games that I would purchase to reach my $100 goal:

Murasaki Baby
Stick It to the Man
Akiba's Trip: Undead and Undressed

Additionally, I should take a look and see what I would do with the $15 credit.

Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational

Now that I am older, I have more of an appreciation for the game of golf. While I have played other golfing games in the past, they all seem to be a bit too serious for my tastes. Hot Shots Golf seems to be more up my alley. It has a more NBA Jam style of gameplay to me, in that everything in the game seems to be larger than life, and much more cartoony. 

So that's my list. I know everyone has their own opinion on the games that they would get, and since I had $100 to play with, I just chose the games that really popped out at me at first. Of course, there were other games that I would also consider, but I think these are the ones that I would first buy in order to jump-start my collection.

I would be curious to see what other people might get instead, and also would be interested in seeing whether the games I chose actually will meet my expectations based on their descriptions. When I get around to it, I'll have to update this in another article to see how they all fare.

Upcoming Game Releases - May 2014 Tue, 29 Apr 2014 15:28:46 -0400 NorthwestGamer

Well, we have officially finished a third of 2014, and seen surprisingly good games for the start of the year. A portion of this success is probably due to the release of the PS4 and Xbox One. 

Unfortunately, they can't keep pouring out great games forever; however, fortunately, they have not run out yet. May has a large number of new, notable games and while many of them may be collections or ports, there are still some pretty big new titles in here.

This month, I had to call a draw for the most anticipated game. While this seems like a cheap way to avoid making a decision, one of the most anticipated games is coming to everything except Wii U and the other is a Wii U exclusive. So, things worked out perfectly.

Without further ado, let's take a look into what May 2014 has to offer us.

Watch Dogs - Highly Anticipated

Watch Dogs

Release Date: May 27   

Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One

It is almost like Watch Dogs was the most anticipated game before and then fell under the radar. With a 7 month delay. Originally intended as a next-gen launch title — many people seem to have moved on, but it is time to start remembering the game that got you so excited.

If you are a fan of open-world games and you are a stickler for detail, then Watch Dogs is the game for you. With so many people trying to get a world size comparison with Grand Theft Auto V, the developers want people to know that Watch Dogs is big, but it is not huge.

Instead of making the world immensely large, the developers chose to take the time to make sure that the world they did have is perfect. So expect the areas to be rich in details and full of numerous interactions.

A Wii U version of this game is in development, but will not be arriving until later this year.

Mario Kart 8 - Highly Anticipated

Mario Kart 8

Release Date: May 30   Platforms: Wii U

Everybody should have very fond memories of playing Mario Kart. It doesn't even matter which one, all of them have been great. Since the series first made its debut on the SNES, players have been constantly awaiting the next installment.

The newest installment in the franchise will build upon the previous games, particularly Mario Kart 7. This means that expanded customization, gliders, and many more great features will be arriving on console for the first time.

For those of you who have been on edge about a Wii U for a while, this might finally be the big game to make the decision for you.

Borderlands 2

Borderlands 2

Release Date: May 6   Platforms: PlayStation Vita

Pretty much all of you will know about Borderlands 2 (at least, I sure hope so). The sequel to 2K's critically-acclaimed Borderlands came in and improved on almost everything. 

Since pretty much right after Borderlands 2 came out, 2K has been talking about bringing it to the Vita. Last year they finally officially announced it, and also announced that it would be available in a Vita bundle.

On May 6, the bundle will be arriving in stores and then the game will be available as an individual purchase on May 13.

Wolfenstein: The New Order

Wolfenstein: The New Order

Release Date: May 20

Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One

Anybody here remember back to the very first installment of this series? Back when Castle Wolfenstein released, back in 1981, many of today's gamers wouldn't have been alive, including myself.

These were the games that helped pioneer the gaming industry, and the series is still kicking today. The New Order is the newest installment in series that has been consistently releasing new games an average of about 4 years apart since that 1981 debut.

The last installment, Wolfenstein, was essentially a reboot for the series and, frankly, was not the game people had hoped for. The New Order looks like a great game so hopefully it can turn the tide on the new Wolfenstein games.

Bound By Flame

Bound By Flame

Release Date: May 9

Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360

Is there some sort of issue with the Xbox One that is scaring developers away? This is another of several games that have been releasing to the PlayStation 3 and 4, AND the Xbox 360, but not the Xbox One.

Most recently, and probably most significantly, we have been hearing lately about an undisclosed issue with the Xbox One that had halted development of The Amazing Spiderman 2 (the game) indefinitely. All other versions of the game are still planned to release April 29, as planned.

Anyways, now that I've got that off my chest. Bound By Flame looks like it is going to be a great action-RPG. It may not appear to be on the level of other upcoming games, such as Dragon Age: Inquisition, but it will be the best RPG that the PlayStation 4 has to offer... for now.

Stick it to the Man

Stick it to the Man

Release Date: May 6   Platforms: PlayStation 4

You know those games that looked really screwed up, but are actually really fun? Well Stick it to the Man is a perfect example of that. The game released to PlayStation 3 first, back in November, and then the Vita and PC in December.

PlayStation Plus members will be happy to know that, once it releases, the PlayStation 4 version will be available free as part of the Instant Game Collection.

This game is also slated to release to the Wii U in May, but, at the time of writing this article, there was no set date and, therefore, it could easily be delayed.

Mario Golf: World Tour

Mario Golf: World Tour

Release Date: May 2   Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

Ah, it's finally time for some love for the 3DS. I can still remember spending hours playing Toadstool Tour on my GameCube years ago, so I am excited to see a new title in the Mario Golf series.

As we all know, Mario and his friends tend to somehow always have great games, regardless of if they fighting, go-karting, golfing, or playing tennis. Some reviews have already been posted for this game (Metacritic already featured 26 critic reviews at the time of writing), so be sure to check them out.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe

Kirby: Triple Deluxe

Release Date: May 2  Platforms: Nintendo 3DS

Look at that, another 3DS game... on the same day. Seem like poor planning, two notable 3DS games come out all month and they're on the same day. Regardless, it could be an expensive days for Nintendo fans because both of the games are in a blockbuster Nintendo series.

I find that, of all Nintendo's most famous characters, Kirby's games seem to have the least love. Everybody I know loves Kirby, but from old games or from Super Smash Bros.; however, I think that Kirby has great current games and that this is something you should be looking into if you are a Nintendo fan.

God of War Collection

God of War Collection

Release Date: May 6   Platforms: PlayStation Vita

Having already been released on the PlayStation 3 back in 2009, the Vita version of the God of War Collection will be coming May 6, this year. This collection contains God of War and God of War II, so it is not to be confused with the God of War: Origins Collection, which includes the two PSP God of War games.