The new trophies and achievements for Destiny’s Rise of Iron Expansion have been picked up by scanners. Here’s the list:
Complete the “King of the Mountain” mission.
The Young Wolf
Complete the “Rise of Iron” quest.
Student of History
Activate all Iron Lord Artifacts.
Sing the Iron Song
Play the Rise of Iron theme on the bells in the Iron Temple.
Complete the “Glory and the Taking of It” quest.
Eye for an Eye
Complete the “Kovik’s Sin” quest.
Complete an encounter in the Archon’s Forge.
Complete the “Wrath of the Machine” raid.
Complete the “Wrath of the Machine” raid on heroic difficulty.
Destiny’s Rise of Iron expansion launches on September 20, 2016 on Playstation 4 and X-Box One. The Playstation 3 version of Destiny shares a trophy list with the Playstation 4 version. The X-Box 360 version and X-Box One versions of the game had separate lists but until recently, progress in one game carried over to the other. Due to this expansion no longer being available for last generation consoles, the X-Box 360 and X-Box One versions are no longer linked together so you can no longer pop achievements at the same time on both platforms.
The free games for X-Box Live’s Games with Gold program were announced for September 2016. They are:
Earthlock Festival of Magic (New Release)
Assassin Creed Chronicles: China (Metacritic Rating: 67)
Forza Horizon (Metacritic Rating: 85)
Mirror’s Edge (Metacritic Rating: 79)
Here’s my opinions on all of the games:
Earthlock Festival of Magic:
It’s always great to get a new release in Games with Gold or Playstation Plus. No one can complain about already having purchased the game previously. It also looks like a game I might enjoy.
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China
This is a 2d stealth puzzle platformer. I personally am burnt out on the puzzle platformer genre and the one AC Chronicles game I did play I did not really enjoy due to this. If you enjoy the genre or stealth games though, you may enjoy it. Don’t expect it to be anything like the main Assassin’s Creed series.
I love this series. I am only a casual racing fan but I have enjoyed both of the Forza Horizon games. Definitely give this a try. It is a fantastic game.
This game has been on sale quite often for around $3 and given away for free several times in the past on different platforms so it isn’t the best in terms of value. I personally did not play the original but enjoyed my time with Mirror’s Edge Catalyst.
Nintendo is creating a new device that plugs into your HDMI display and allows you to play 30 classic NES games. Here’s the full list of games that are included:
Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest™
Donkey Kong Jr. ™
DOUBLE DRAGON II: THE REVENGE
Mario Bros. ™
MEGA MAN® 2
Punch-Out!! ™ Featuring Mr. Dream
Super Mario Bros.™
Super Mario Bros. ™ 2
Super Mario Bros. ™ 3
The Legend of Zelda™
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link™
These games are stored onboard the device. You will not be able to play classic NES cartridges with it. The NES Classic Edition will retail for $59.99.
This seems like a great move by Nintendo to start to take advantage of their aging NES generation who may now want to introduce their kids to the retro games they used to play. This is a reasonably priced and legal way to play older NES games. I expect this to be a big seller during the 2016 holiday shopping season.
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens has a demo up for the Playstation 4. The game releases on June 28, 2016 but you can play the demo now. Here’s the link to the Playstation store where you can download the demo for free:
The demo contains one story mode level from the game and will give you a good idea of how the mechanics of the game work. It’s a lot like the other LEGO games but has a few new mechanics like ‘Multi Build’ which allows you to build multiple structures to solve puzzles with a single pile of bricks.
The Wolf Among Us (83 Metacritic rating on other platforms)
Sunset Overdrive (81 Metacritic rating)
On X-Box 360 (and X-Box One with backwards compatibility):
Dead Space (89 Metacritic rating)
Saints Row IV (81 Metacritic rating)
My Personal Take:
This is a great month with some very high quality releases. The Wolf Among Us is definitely worth playing through for the story if you have not played it before. It is also a very easy completion taking about 8-10 hours for the 1,000 Gamerscore. While I’ve played a small amount of all of the other games offered, I haven’t completed them. Sunset Overdrive is probably the game I’m most eager to try since I’ve never got around to playing more than the first few minutes of the game. If you were to buy these games on sale, you would probably be paying a minimum of $35 for the four so this is a great month in terms of value.
I was interrupted on Steam today with the above pop-up noting that a game in my library was removed. I didn’t recognize the game name or how I acquired it so I searched and found this thread on the Steam forums:
Apparently, keys of the game ‘Days Under Custody’ from an Indiegala bundle sold in December are being revoked. I checked my mail and found that I had bought this bundle. The pop-up I received was pretty intimidating and since I didn’t remember purchasing the game, I immediately thought there might be some issue with my Steam account. At least my account is safe but this definitely raises some questions on how easy it can be to remove games right out of your Steam account.
I’ll post any updates here as necessary. I wanted to throw up this post quickly for anyone else who may have had this pop-up and not known what was going on.