Sunday, November 22, 2015

Shoppers Drug Mart having an early Black Friday Sale on games

For all those Canadian shoppers looking for Black Friday gaming deals you will be pleased to know that Shoppers Drug Mart is having a massive sale on November 21st and 22nd 2015 only. This is supposed to be an early Black Friday Sale for those looking to get a head start on their Black Friday shopping.

Probably the most interesting item is the PS4 Uncharted Collection Bundle for $429 which includes a $100 Shoppers Drug Mart Gift card which you can THEN use to buy other PS4 games that are on sale such as Destiny: The Taken King Legendary Edition for $49.98 and Fifa 16 for $49.98 or anything else from Shoppers.

Other deals include the Xbox One 500GB Console with gears of War for $399.88 which includes 22,000 Bonus Microsoft Points, the New Nintendo 3DS XL for $179.88 and the Nintendo Wii U Super Mario 3D World Deluxe Set for $249.88.

There is also a Nintendo 2DS Mario Kart 7 Bundle on sale for $79.88.

The Shoppers Drug Mart Flyer indicated that selected games are on sale for $49.88 and some of the confirmed titles are Destiny: The Taken King Legendary edition for both the Xbox One as well as the PS4, NHL 16 for both the XBOX One and the PS4, Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain for the Xbox One and the PS4 and Fifa 16 for both the Xbox One and PS4.

Considering this IS Shoppers Drug Mart, there are probably a whole list of other items on sale store wide for this Super Black Friday Sale but all I mentioned in this post were the major gaming sales. For a full list of items on sale feel free to check out their flyer.

These deals are supposedly only for the Weekend so hurry in to pick up your console bundles and/or games before they are all sold out. This can also potentially serve as early Christmas shopping in addition to early Black Friday shopping as well, if you are shopping for gamers. 

Sunday, November 15, 2015

One more Day Left to win FUT United Grand Prize

This is the first year I am hearing of this but apparently EA is giving one lucky person the chance to win tickets to THREE BPL matches all in December around Boxing Day.

So What do you have to do to win this awesome Prize?

Not much actually, Apparently all you need to do is play and win ANY match in FIFA 16 Ultimate Team. That’s right; you read that correctly that’s ALL you have to do, well at least according to the official contest page. You have to play and win the match anytime between November 13th and November 16th because that is the duration of the contest.

This includes games BOTH online AND offline (which makes things even easier) in Seasons, Tournaments and Challenges. The only game mode that this contest DOES NOT apply to is the new Fifa Ultimate Team Draft mode, but with the already available choices who can really complain. The contest is also open to all platforms including PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC.

Apart from the grand Prize to watch 3 Premiere League games, there are other in-game prizes available for Fifa 16 Ultimate Team.

The First Prizes include 1 million Fifa coins awarded to 10 lucky people and the Second Prizes include Jumbo Premium Gold Packs awarded to 3000 lucky players. While these prizes are certainly enticing for anyone who plays Fifa Ultimate team, especially the 1 million fifa coins prize, it is still nothing compared to the Grand Prize.

The specific details of the Grand Prize package includes round-trip airfare as well as 4 days and 3 nights’ hotel accommodations and tickets to 3 different Barclays Premier League matches, which are:

Southampton vs Arsenal on Sat Dec 26th
Manchester United vs Chelsea on Mon Dec 28th
Leichester City vs Manchester City on Tue Dec 29th

The prizes includes the cost of airfare, 4 days and 3 nights hotel stay and all three games not just for one lucky winner but a friend as well essentially doubling the fun.

I personally can’t think of a better Christmas gift for a BPL fan, let alone any football fan. And the best part of all this is? It doesn’t cost a single thing to enter. The chance to win this grand prize as well as the other prizes only by playing a Fifa Ultimate Team game I was probably going to play anyways? Sign me right up.

Like I mentioned this contest originally began on November 13, 2015 and will end on November 16, 2015 at 11:59 PM GMT, which means you have about 1 more day to officially enter the contest. The contest winners will be announced on November 17, 2015 according to the official rules.

The contest rules indicate that the contest winners will be chosen randomly and that purchasing something will NOT increase the chances of winning and all you have to do is play and win a single FUT game to be eligible, but I think I am going to play a game from each type match type both offline and online as well as buy some Fifa packs while I am at it, anything to increase my odds of winning.

Happy FUT United and May the odds be ever in your favor!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Can Fallout 4 live up to its Hype

Finally! At long last Fallout 4 will be released today for the XBOX ONE, PS4 and PC and considering it has been about 7 years since Fallout 3, I’d say it’s about damn time. While Fallout 3 was an absolutely immersive and fun game to play at the time, I just did not feel the same way about Fallout New Vegas. So when Fallout 4 was announced the excitement was real as I believed Fallout 4 to be the real followup game to its predecessor, and I am certain there were others who felt the same way.

From the looks of things Fallout 4 follows along the lines of Fallout 3 in terms of its vast post-nuclear apocalyptic world where you essentially get to live out a scavenger’s paradise while partaking in a not so typical RPG.

The hype for Fallout 4 began long before its official announcement, especially among the fans and community of Fallout and so when it WAS finally announced the excitement escalated to an uncontrollable level. Fallout 4 has attained an almost cult like following in the past few months leading up to the release of the game. Often times when a game is hyped up to this extent by fans and non-fans alike, the game sometimes fails to meet the expectations set upon it.

I’m not saying Fallout 4 will be a bad game, on the contrary everything from the initial trailers, to early game footage as well as critic reviews point strongly in favor of Fallout 4 being an amazing game. The problem is that the fans of the Fallout series have hyped up the game up to such an extent that the average gamer might feel let down after spending their money on Fallout 4. I personally feel that Fallout caters to a specific genre of gamers and you either really like the game or don’t and this was true even for Fallout 3.

Early adopters already complained that the graphics of fallout 4 were not up to par with next gen standards that they have been so accustomed to over the last two years. Bethesda has already tried to address this problem by announcing an immediate graphics update for the PC version. For hardcore fans however Fallout 4 is so much more than the graphics and how the game stacks up against other RPG games currently on the market.

As someone who played Fallout 3 and thoroughly enjoyed the game, when I first looked at the screenshots for Fallout 4, the graphics of the game were the furthest thing from my mind. I immediately felt a sense of familiarity and nostalgia probably from my time spent playing Fallout 3. To me playing Fallout 4 was an absolute must.

For new adopters to the series, however this will definitely not be the case and if they haven’t played Fallout 3, they might not fully understand what all the excitement was about in the first place or what Fallout 4 has to offer in comparison to the multitude of other games being released this year.

I personally feel that Fallout 4 is more about a “culture” of Fallout and I also think the game will be a lot more challenging than the average RPG game, especially to newcomers. This game will be centered around a community, but for those willing to give it a try I think that it will definitely be worth the time.

SO, the big question remains, will Fallout 4 live up to the hype?

I think that for the hardcore fans or even not so hardcore fans such as myself, the game will be an absolute joy to play with an abundance of changes and tweaks to the old mechanics, as well as new additions to the game such as the base-building system, the game can become a potentially dangerous time sink. For all the fans of the series, Fallout 4 is probably going to take top priority over other new games for some time to come.

For the average gamer, however this might not be the game they expected or imagined, considering all the hype leading up to its release, especially if they have never played Fallout 3.

I still think that Fallout 4 has a lot to offer especially in terms of content and uniqueness and if given the chance can totally immerse a person for hours on end.

I think that Fallout 4 is one of the biggest games of the year but only time will tell if it truly lives up to its long anticipated hype.

What are your thoughts on Fallout 4, and what do you think about all the hype surrounding the game? I would really like to hear from you, so feel free to leave your comments in the comments section below.