Weekend Gaming Review – February Pickups

It’s show-and-tell time again! I had kind of a short weekend and didn’t get to spend much time playing games, but got some time looking through a few stores and talking about games. I actually ventured outside and stopped by my local used game store to check out the selection as well as the nearby pawn shop for the off chance something interesting had turned up. The pawn shop ended up having a pretty impressive amount of games other than the anticipated abundance of Madden and Call of Duty games. I was able to get a couple pretty good deals and added a few more entries to my ever-growing list of RPGs in my backlog.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story – I’ve had my eye on this one for quite a few years, Alpha Dream’s Mario & Luigi games are always easy to pick up and play, but provide enough depth to them for a satisfying RPG experience. The humor and dialogue are also similar to Paper Mario games. I did happen to find a very nice copy of Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door also….then proceeded to talk myself out of buying it.

Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster Busts Loose! – As a kid in the 90’s, I spent plenty of hours sitting watching cartoons. The Steven Spielberg produced cartoons like Tiny Toon Adventures and Animaniacs were very popular, so of course there was a variety of games based on them. I remember always getting the SNES game Buster Busts Loose! confused with the NES game, simply titled Tiny Toon Adventures. I’m curious to try this out…

Sin & Punishment: Star Successor – I recently mentioned Sin & Punishment 2 in my post about underappreciated Wii titles. I had previously owned the game, but ended up parting with it a few years ago when I attempted to downsize my game collection. I started replaying some of my old Wii games a couple months ago and really wanted to play Star Successor again, so I’ve been looking out for a copy of it in decent condition. This copy was in near mint condition when I found it, though it took a little effort to get the sticker residue off once I got it home.

Tetris Attack – I love puzzle games, especially games like Tetris, Dr. Mario, or Tetris Attack. There’s something so simplistic, yet satisfying about them that I find myself completely getting lost in them even after many years of play. I found Tetris Attack at the pawn shop for only $1, making it too hard to pass up. I had never played it on the Game Boy before, but it seemed to play remarkably fluid when I tested it out on my trusty old Game Boy Color. Nice!

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 – I’ve been on the lookout for Xenoblade Chronicles 2 for the Switch for a while now, with the lowest price I had seen to this point being about $40. While at the local pawn shop looking through the surprising amount of good games available, I noticed a copy of it for a mere $20. A pretty simple decision…

Also, I happened to acquire an Xbox One X over the weekend. I haven’t played too much Xbox since before the One was released and was excited to jump back on Xbox Live and play some Microsoft exclusives like Halo 5, Forza Horizons 4, and Gears 5. After my initial setup I spent a fair amount of the weekend browsing the different games available on Game Pass Ultimate, which is one of Microsoft’s better moves of this current console generation. After adding a few dozen games to my “play later” list, I decided to download the Rare Replay games and try out some R.C. Pro-Am and later a bit of Perfect Dark(this is where I’ll re-state how AWESOME this collection would be on the Switch given Microsoft and Nintendo’s current working relationship). The Xbox One X bundle I received came with the code for the deluxe version of Jedi: Fallen Order, so I do intend to play through that shortly and will more than likely write up a post of my thoughts on the game; it being a game that I had been incredibly anxious to play(Star Wars/Dark Souls/Super Metroid, double-bladed lightsabers!).

Have you made any recent pickups? Have you played Jedi: Fallen Order yet? Let me know. I’m off to go for a little drive in Forza and then jump into some Star Wars. Thanks for reading!

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