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LEGO City: Undercover (PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One, PC)

You’re Chase McCain, a cop in LEGO City trying to stop notorious crime boss Rex Fury.  When Rex threatens Chase’s lady friend Nalalia, it’s up to him to go undercover and don disguises to thwart the criminal’s plans. LEGO City: Undercover isn’t based on any movie license, but does feature vehicles and playsets from the LEGO City toy line, as well as parodies of other cop movies and TV shows.  Originally the game was only available exclusively on Wii U.  But now that the Wii U has kind of run its course, you can now get the game on nearly all current game consoles and PCs, but it’s reviewed on PS4 here.

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Nyko Peripherals (PS4)

Sometimes the tangle of wires coming out of your game system is just a pain in the neck. If you want to simplify your setup, Nyko has several options to make your gaming gear easier to store and charge. The Charge Block serves as a drop and forget controller rest and charger while the SpeakerCom is a cheap and easy way to play without needing a headset and mic.

 

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Has-Been Heroes (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC)

In a fantasy kingdom, legendary heroes have saved the land multiple times.  But time has passed and the heroes have gotten old.  However, the king of the land has one more quest for the remaining heroes: take the king’s daughters to school.  Guide the last two heroes and an accompanying enthusiastic rogue as you escort the king’s daughters and fight evil along the way in this action-strategy roguelike.  It’s available to download for nearly all current game consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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LEGO Worlds (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

The popular line of LEGO toys have always been about building, creativity, and discovery.  The LEGO video games, while great, have kind of evolved into games about silly takes on movies and TV shows, and don’t offer much in the way of creativity and imagination.  Sure they’ve branched out more into the toy realm with games like LEGO Dimensions.  And for a while, a couple of the LEGO movie games had simple and limited level editing tools.  But they were rather clunky so that’s why you probably don’t see them anymore.  But now there is a game focused on building and creativity with LEGO Worlds.  It’s available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Dice Stars (Boardgame)

In Dice Stars, players choose dice from a common pool to best fill in their scorepad. Choosing stars is important as they can double or zero out sections of your score. Players roll dice into a common pool and then choose sets of dice in the pool to score on their pad. A quick, 20 minute game provides players with interesting choices to mitigate luck and provide strategic play, while still providing some of the highs and lows of a dice-based game.

 

 

Dice Stars
Publisher: Wizkids
Ages: 10+
Players: 1-4
Time: 20 minutes
(Review copy provided by Wizkids)

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The Deer God (PS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PC, iOS, Google Play)

In this game you play as a deer hunter who has been killed by wolves in a storm.  A deer deity offers you a second chance at redemption and brings you back to life as a deer.  Now you must learn how to survive and gain new skills in your newfound form in this 2-D platform game.  It’s available for most current consoles, computers, and mobile devices, but reviewed on PS4 here.

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Planescape: Torment (PC, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux)

Emphasizing story and setting over combat, the 1999 role playing game Planescape: Torment is near the top of every list of all time best RPGs. It flips the genre on its head as you start by waking up from death, without a clue of who you are or where you came from. This information is slowly gained as the story progresses and players have the opportunity to solve most problems without having to resort to combat. Lauded for its story and depth, Planescape: Torment is a must-play game for RPG fans and the new, graphically enhanced edition (playable in 4k!) is a great way to experience it.

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Loot Rascals (PS4, PC)

Loot Rascals is a space-themed, strategy board game that’s got a style of its own.  Your job as a spaceman is to save the robot head of your pal Big Barry from an interdimensional tentacled beast.  But first you must escape from an artificial moon that the beast created.  The game has a look that reminds me of Katamari Damacy with a bit of British humor thrown in.  In fact I think I read they had an Adventure Time animator do some of the art for this game.  Anyway you can download this game on PS4 and PC, but it’s reviewed on PS4 here.

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Discover the World of Super Mario in McDonald’s Happy Meals

Looks like McDonald’s is doing Mario toys in their Happy Meals again.  I don’t know when they started or how long this promotion lasts, so I wanted to post this as quickly as possible so it would at least be topical for a little while.  Click on the link to see pictures and read more details.

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The Mini-Games of 1-2-Switch

One of the launch titles for the Nintendo Switch was 1-2-Switch.  It’s a party mini-game collection showing off the capabilities of the new console.  At first I wasn’t sure if I would get it, but after playing it at PAX South, I decided I would get it after all.  And since I like to write about mini-game collections, here is a blog about all the ones found in 1-2-Switch.

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