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Five Pretty Good Video Game Clocks

This weekend, most people in North America are celebrating daylight saving by setting their clocks ahead an hour. Well, not “celebrating” so much as “being required to observe,” but either way, you’re probably going to have to mess with a clock in the near future. To mark the occasion, we have made this list of video game clocks that you can look at to prepare yourself.

Are these the very best clocks in all of video game history? Possibly, but it’s not about determining which timepieces are better than others. That would be silly. Let’s just acknowledge that they’re all pretty good, then applaud them for keeping us running on schedule, okay?

BioShock Infinite – Fink Manufacturing Clock
No one likes those pretentious clocks with a blank face and no numbers. The clock at Fink Manufacturing in Columbia is different; even though it doesn't have numbers, it still does its job. It saves you the hassle of thinking about the actual time, and jumps straight to telling you exactly what you should be doing.  

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask – Clock Tower
Hang on to your hands and faces, because this is one fully loaded clock. In addition to conveying time, it has luxury features like transforming for the Carnival of Time, and serving as a passageway to the moon. You might be able to find another clock that does one of those two things, but both? Probably not.

Assassin’s Creed Unity – Arno’s Pocket Watch
Even though Arno's pocket watch is broken and isn't a practical time-telling tool for more than two minutes per day, it serves as a poignant reminder: we need to accept clocks of all shapes and sizes, and from all across the spectrum of functionality. It also serves as a reminder that you should be careful with your pocket watch because it is fragile.

Mega Man: Powered Up – Time Man
We thought we were big-time clock fans, but this guys puts us to shame. You might think that's just a costume, but it isn't; Time Man is basically a sentient clock. No one could love clocks more than him. They're, like, his relatives.

007 Legends – Laser Watch
Yeah, you were hoping that the last clock on our list would be the clock tower from Symphony of the Night. Or the watch from Dead Rising. Or just about anything else. Well, sorry, but it’s this one from 007 Legends – a game hardly anyone played, and those who did play it didn’t like it. Oh, well. Shooting a laser is still neat.

There you have it. Those were definitely five pretty good clocks. Are you really into stories about time and video games? Then you’re in luck, because we have another one for you.

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2015 Video Game Release Schedule

It wasn’t even September when readers started asking when we’d publish the initial list of 2015 release dates. Our ever-popular and regularly updated roster of launch dates for the new year is here.

If you see anything we’ve missed, please let us know in the comments. Please note that games will not get assigned to a month until they have confirmed release dates. Prior to that, they will appear in the bottom grouping.

January

Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition (Vita) – January 6
Warhammer Quest
(PC, Mac, Linux) – January 7
Chariot (Wii U) – January 8
Funk of Titan (Xbox One) – January 9
Assassin's Creed Unity: Dead Kings DLC (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – January 13
Atelier Ayesha Plus: The Alchemist of Dusk (Vita) – January 13
Evolve Open Beta (Xbox One) – January 15
Blackguards 2 (PC) – January 20
Citizens of Earth (PS4, Wii U, Vita, 3DS, PC) – January 20
Gunman Clive 2 (3DS) – January 20
Ironclad Tactics (PlayStation 4) – January 20
Planetside 2 Beta (PS4) – January 20
Resident Evil Remastered (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) – January 20
Saints Row IV: Re-Elected / Gat Out of Hell Expansion (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) – January 20
Grey Goo (PC) – January 23
Dying Light (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – January 27
Grim Fandango (PS4, Vita) – January 27
Heroes of Might & Magic III – HD Edition (PC) – January 29
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1 (PC) – January 29
Supreme League of Patriots (PC) – January 29
Life is Strange: Episode 1 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) – January 30 
Unmechanical: Extended Edition (Xbox One) – January 30 

February

#IDARB (Xbox One) – February 1
Apotheon (PS4) – February 3
Criminal Girls: Invite Only (Vita) – February 3
Kick & Fennick (Vita) – February 3
SpongeBob HeroPants (360, 3DS, Vita) – February 3
Deathtrap (PC) – February 4
Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy (3DS) – February 10
Evolve (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – February 10
Minutes (PS4, Vita) – February 10
Super Stardust Ultra (PS4) – February 10
Unmechanical: Extended (PS4, PS3) – February 10
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2 (Vita) – February 11
Decay – The Mare (PC) – February 13
The Escapists (Xbox One) – February 13
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D (3DS) – February 13
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (3DS) – February 13
New 3DS XL – February 13
Dead or Alive 5: Last Round (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3) – February 17
Deadrock (PC) – February 17
Hand of Fate (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – February 17
Pillar (PS4) – February 17
Total War: Attila (PC) – February 17
Frozen Cortex (PC) – February 19
The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 (PC) – February 20
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (Wii U) – February 20
The Order: 1886 (PS4) – February 20
Roundabout (Xbox One) – February 20
Auru's Awakening (PC, Mac, Linux) – February 24
Desert Ashes (Vita) – February 24
Dragon Ball Xenoverse (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) – February 24
Dynasty Warriors 8 Empires (Xbox One, PS4, PS3, PC) – February 24
htol#NiQ: The Firefly Diary (Vita) – February 24
Hyperdevotion Noire­: Goddess Black Heart (Vita) – February 24
Limbo (PS4) – February 24
Resident Evil Revelations 2 – Episode 1 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) – February 24 (PSN) and 25 (XBL, PC)
Rugby 15 (Xbox One, PS4, PS3) – February 24
Starwhal (PS4, PS3) – February 24
There Came an Echo (PC) – February 24
Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late (PS3) – February 24
Homeworld Remastered (PC) – February 25
Isbarah – The First Journey (PC, Mac, Linux) – February 25
Republique Remastered (PC) – February 26

March

Helldivers (PS4, PS3, Vita) – March 3
La Mulana EX (Vita) – March 3
OlliOlli 2 (PS4, Vita) – March 3
Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines (Vita) – March 3
Resident Evil Revelations 2 – Episode 2 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) – March 3 (PSN) and 4 (XBL, PC)
ScreamRide (Xbox One, Xbox 360) – March 3
Shiftlings (PS4, PC) – March 3, (Xbox One) – March 4
White Night (PS4, PC) – March 3, (Xbox One) – March 4
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars (Wii U, 3DS) – March 5
OlliOlli (Wii U, 3DS) – March 5, (Xbox One) – March 6
Zombie Army Trilogy (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – March 6
Assassin’s Creed Rogue (PC) – March 10
Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea (PS3) – March 10
Cities: Skylines (PC) – March 10
DmC Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition (Xbox One, PS4) – March 10
Flame Over (Vita) – March 10
Hotline Miami 2 (PS4, PS3, Vita, PC) – March 10
Mushroom Men: Truffle Trouble (PC) – March 10
Resident Evil Revelations 2 – Episode 3 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) – March 10 (PSN) and 11 (XBL, PC)
Sniper Elite 3: Ultimate Edition (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3) – March 10
Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters (PS3, Vita) – March 10
Ori and the Blind Forest (Xbox One, PC) – March 11
Sid Meier's Starships (PC, Mac, iOS) – March 12
Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. (3DS) – March 13
Awakened Fate Ultimatum (PS3) – March 17
Battlefield Hardline (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) – March 17
Bladestorm: Nightmare (Xbox One, PS4, PS3) – March 17
Final Fantasy Type-0 (Xbox One, PS4) – March 17
Jamestown+ (PS4) – March 17
Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas (PC) – March 17
Resident Evil Revelations 2 – Episode 4 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) – March 17 (PSN) and 18 (XBL, PC)
Woolfe – The Red Hood Diaries (PC) – March 17
Worlds of Magic (PC) – March 19
Mario Party 10 (Wii U) – March 20
Bloodborne (PS4) – March 24
Borderlands: The Handsome Collection (Xbox One, PS4) – March 24
Lego Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin (Vita, 3DS) – March 24
Slender: The Arrival (PS4) – March 24, (Xbox One) – March 25
Pillars of Eternity (PC) – March 26
Forza Horizon 2 presents Fast & Furious (Xbox One, 360) – March 27 
Dead or Alive 5: Last Round (PC) – March 30
Axiom Verge (PS4) – March 31
MLB 15 The Show (PS4, PS3, Vita) – March 31
Neverwinter (Xbox One) – March 31
Toukiden: Kiwami (PS4, Vita) – March 31 

April
Project CARS (PC) – April 2
Bastion (PS4) – April 7
Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin Edition (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) – April 7
Etrian Mystery Dungeon (3DS) – April 7
Project CARS (Xbox One, PS4) – April 7
Dead Synchronicity (PC) – April 10
Xenoblade Chronicles 3D (New 3DS) – April 10
Grand Theft Auto V (PC) – April 14
Mortal Kombat X (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) – April 14
Titan Souls (PS4, Vita) – April 14
Shovel Knight (PS4, PS3, Vita) – April 21
Dungeons II (PC) – April 24
Kholat (PC) – April 24
State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition (Xbox One) – April 28 

May
Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker (3DS) – May 5
Not a Hero (PC) – May 7
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (PS4) – May 12
Ride (Xbox One, PS4) – May 19
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
(Xbox One, PS4, PC) – May 19 
Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX (3DS) – May 26 

June
Batman: Arkham Knight (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – June 2
The Elder Scrolls Online (Xbox One, PS4) – June 9
Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy (Vita) – June 9 

July

August

September
Mad Max (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – September 1
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) – September 1

October

November

December

 

Confirmed for 2015, but undated

A Virus Named Tom (PS3)
Aaru's Awakening (PS4, PS3)
Adr1ft (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Alienation (PS4)
Alone with You (PS4, Vita)
Amplitude (PS4, PS3)
APB Reloaded (Xbox One, PS4)
Armikrog (PS4, Wii U, PC)
Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer (Vita)
Assassin's Creed Chronicles (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC)
Assault Android Cactus (PS4, Vita)
Astebreed (PS4)
Axiom Verge (Vita, PC)
Aztez (Xbox One, PS4, PC, Vita)
Baboon (Vita)
Badland: Game of the Year Edition (Xbox One, PS4, PS3, Wii U, Vita, PC, Mac, Linux)
The Banner Saga (PS4, Vita)
The Banner Saga 2 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Bastion (PS4, Vita)
Battlecry (PC)
Bedlam (PC)
Before (PC)
Below (Xbox One, PC)
Bigfest (PS4, PS3, Vita)
Blast 'em Bunnies (PS4, Vita, 3DS)
Blek (Wii U)
Blood Bowl 2 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Bodycheck (Vita)
Broforce (PS4, Vita)
Broken Age (PS4, Vita, PC)
Capsule Force (PS4, PC)
Carmageddon: Reincarnation (Xbox One, PS4)
The Castle Game (PS4)
Chasm (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Chroma Squad (PS4, PS3, Vita, PC)
Chronicle: Runescape Legends (PC)
Color Guardians (PS4, Vita)
Cosmic Star Heroine (PS4, Vita, PC, Mac)
Crookz – The Big Heist (PC)
Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls (Vita)
Darkest Dungeon (PS4, Vita, PC)
Darksiders II (PS4)
Day of the Tentacle Special Edition (PS4, Vita)
Dead Island 2 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Death Ray Manta (Vita, PC)
Death Tales (Vita)
Deathtrap (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax (PS3, Vita)
Desert Ashes (Vita)
Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition (Xbox One, PS4)
The Devil’s Third (Wii U)
Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance (PS4)
Distance (PS4)
The Division (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Don Bradman Cricket 14 (360, PS3)
Dragon Fantasy: The Volumes of Westeria (Wii U, 3DS, PC)
Dragon Fin Soup (PS4, PS3, Vita, PC)
Drawn to Death (PS4)
Dreadnought (PC)
The Dreamfall Chapters (PS4)
Dream Pinball 3D II (360, PS3, Wii, PC, Mac, iOS)
Drifter (PS4, Vita, PC, Mac, Linux)
Dungeon Defenders II (PS4, PC)
EarthNight (PS4, Vita, PC, Mac, iOS, Android)
Elliot Quest (Wii U)
Energy Hook (PS4, Vita, PC)
Enter the Gungeon (PS4, PC, Mac)
Ether One (PS4)
Everybody's Gone to the Rapture (PS4)
Extreme Exorcism (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Fable Legends (Xbox One)
Fairy Fencer F (PC)
Farming Simulator `15 (PS4, PS3)
Fat Princess Adventures (PS4)
Fenix Rage (Xbox One, PS4, Vita)
Final Fantasy VII (PS4)
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (PS4)
Final Fantasy Record Keeper (iOS, Android)
Firewatch (PC)
Flame Over (PS4, Vita)
The Forest (PS4)
Forma.8 (PS4, Vita, Wii U, PC, Mac, Linux, iOS)
Fortified (Xbox One)
Fortnite (PC)
Foul Play (PS4, Vita)
FutureGrind (PS4)
Galak-Z: The Dimensional (PS4, Vita)
Gang Beasts (PS4, PC)
Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions (Vita)
Get Even (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Giana Sisters 2 (Xbox One, PS4, Wii U)
Godzilla (PS4, PS3)
Grand Ages: Medieval (PC)
Grave (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Guns of Icarus Online (PS4)
Guns Up! (PS4)
Gunship X (PS4, Vita)
Gunsport (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Habitat (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Halo 5: Guardians (Xbox One)
Halo: Spartan Strike (PC, Windows Phone)
Hatoful Boyfriend (PS4, Vita)
Hellblade (PS4)
Hellraid (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Henka Twist Caper (PS4)
Heroes of Loot (Vita)
Hollowpoint (PS4, PC)
Homefront: The Revolution (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
HTR+ Slot Car Simulation (Vita)
Hyper Light Drifter (Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, Vita, PC)
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2: Sisters Generation (PC)
Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed (Vita)
Imagination is the Only Escape (PS4)
Invokers Tournament (PS4, Vita)
Ironfall (3DS)
J-Stars Victory VS+ (PS4, PS3, Vita)
Jamestown+ (PS4)
Jet Car Stunts (PS4)
Journey (PS4)
Just Cause 3 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Killing Floor 2 (PS4, PC)
Kill Strain (PS4)
King's Quest (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC)
Kingdom Under Fire II (PS4, PS3, 360, PC)
Klaus (PS4, Vita)
Kodoku (PS4, Vita)
Krinkle Krusher (PS4, PS3, Vita)
Kyn (PS4, Vita, PC, Mac, Linux)
Legend of Raven (Xbox One, PS4, Vita)
The Legend of Zelda (Wii U)
Lego Jurassic World (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Wii, 3DS, Vita, PC)
Lego Marvel's Avengers (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Wii, 3DS, Vita, PC)
Let it Die (PS4)
Lost Orbit (PS4, PC)
Lost Sea (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Magicka 2 (PS4, PC)
Mario Maker (Wii U)
Massive Chalice (Xbox One, PC)
Metal Slug 3 (PS4, PS3, Vita)
Miegakure (PS4)
Might & Magic Heroes VII (PC)
Mighty No. 9 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, Wii U, Vita, 3DS, PC)
MillitAnt (PS4, PS3, Vita, PC)
Monster Bag (Vita)
Moon Chronicles: Episodes 2-4 (3DS)
Moon Hunters (PS4, Vita, PC)
Murasaki Mist (PS4, PS3, Vita)
N++ (PS4)
Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Night in the Woods (PS4, PC, Mac, Linux)
Ninja Pizza Girl (Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, PC, iOS, Android)
Ninjin: Clash of Carrots (PS4, PS3, Vita, PC)
No Man’s Sky (PS4)
Nom Nom Galaxy (PS4)
Not a Hero (PS4, Vita)
Nova-111: A Cosmic Voyage (Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, PC, Mac, Linux)
Nuclear Throne (PS4, PS3, Vita, PC)
Octodad: Dadliest Catch (Vita)
Oddworld New 'n' Tasty (PS3, Vita)
Omega Quintet (PS4)
Once Upon Light (PS4)
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 (PS4, PS3, Vita, PC)
One Way Trip (PS4, Vita)
Onigiri (PS4)
Orcs Must Die Unchained (PS4)
Oreshika (Vita)
Ori and the Blind Forest (Xbox One, PC)
Paparazzi (PS4)
Paperbound (PS4, PC)
Pavilion (PS4, Vita)
Persona 4: Dancing All Night (Vita)
Persona 5 (PS4, PS3)
PGA Tour Golf (Xbox One, PS4)
Pier Solar and the Grand Architects (Vita)
Pix the Cat (PC)
Planetside 2 (PS4)
Pokemon Shuffle (3DS)
Primal Carnage: Extinction (PS4)
Project CARS (Wii U)
Project Root (Xbox One, PS4, Vita)
Project Treasure (Wii U)
Pure Hold 'Em (PS4)
Puzzle & Dragons Z / Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Edition (3DS)
Q*Bert Rebooted (PS4, PS3, Vita)
Quantum Break (Xbox One)
Rack 'n' Ruin (PS4, PC, Mac, iOS, Android)
Rainbow Six: Siege (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Ratchet & Clank (PS4)
Ray's The Dead (PS4, Vita)
Rebel Galaxy (Xbox One, PS4, PC, Mac)
Relativity (PS4, PC, Mac, Linux)
Resogun: Defenders DLC (PS4)
Ride (360, PS4, PC)
Rime (PS4)
Riot (PC)
Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox One, Xbox 360)
Rocket League (PS4)
Rocketbirds 2: Evolution (PS4, Vita)
RocketsRocketsRockets (PS4, PC, Mac, Linux)
Rodea The Sky Soldier (Wii U, 3DS)
Roller Coaster Tycoon World (PC)
Roundabout (Xbox One, PS4)
Salt & Sanctuary (PS4, Vita)
Samurai Gunn (PS4)
Savant Ascent (PS4)
Scalebound (Xbox One)
Scram Kitty (PS4, Vita)
Sega 3D Classics (3DS)
Severed (Vita)
Shadow of the Beast (PS4)
Shadowrun: Hong Kong (PC)
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero (Xbox One, 360, PS4, Ps3, Vita, PC)
Shiftlings (PS4)
Shovel Knight (PS4)
Shroud of the Avatar (PC)
Shu (PS4, Vita, PC)
Silence: The Whispered World (Xbox One, PS4, PC, Mac)
Silent Hills (PS4 confirmed, others TBA)
The Sims 4 (Mac)
Sketchcross (Vita)
Skullgirls Encore (PS4, Vita)
Skulls of the Shogun: Bone-a-Fide Edition (PS4)
Skytorn (PS4)
Smite (Xbox One)
Snow (PS4, PC, Mac, Linux)
Soft Body (PS4, Vita, PC)
Soldner X-2: Final Prototype (Vita)
SOMA (PS4, PC)
Son of Scoregasm (Vita, PC)
Soul Axiom (Xbox One, PS4, PS3, Wii U, PC, Mac, Linux)
Source (Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, PC)
Space Engineers (Xbox One)
Space Hulk: Deathwing (Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC)
Splatoon (Wii U)
Squares (Vita)
Star Fox (Wii U)
Star Wars Battlefront (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Starbound (PS4, Vita, PC)
Starwhal (PS4, PS3, Vita, Wii U, PC)
Steamworld Heist (Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, Vita, 3DS, PC, Mac, Linux)
State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition (Xbox One)
Steins;Gate (PS3, Vita)
Story of Seasons (3DS)
Street Fighter IV Ultra (PS4)
Street Fighter V (PS4, PC)
Super Exploding Zoo (PS4, Vita)
Super Time Force Ultra (PS4, Vita)
Superhot (Xbox One)
Supermagical (PS3, Vita)
The Swindle (Xbox One, PS4, PS3, Wii U, Vita, PC)
Table Top Racing: World Tour (PS4)
Tacoma (PC)
Tales of Zestiria (PS3)
The Talos Principle (PS4, PS3)
Tearaway Unfolded (PS4)
Teslagrad (PS4, Vita)
There Came an Echo (PS4)
Tinertia (PS4)
Titan Attacks (3DS)
Titan Souls (PS4, Vita, PC)
The Tomorrow Children (PS4)
Toren (PS4)
Tower of Guns (Xbox One, PS4, PS3, Vita)
Towerfall Ascension (Vita)
Tropico 5 (PS4)
Ultratron (Xbox One, PS4, PS3, Wii U, Vita)
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (PS4)
Underground (Wii U)
Until Dawn (PS4)
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (PS4)
Velocity 2X (Xbox One, PC)
Viking Squad (PS4)
VizionEck (PS4)
Volume (PS4, Vita)
Wander (PS4, PC)
Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Wattam (PS4)
We Are All Doomed (Xbox One, PS4)
World of Tanks (Xbox One)
Whoa Dave (PS4, Vita, 3DS, iOS)
The Witness (PS4)
Xenoblade Chronicles X (Wii U)
Xeodrifter (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Y2K (PS4)
Yakuza 5 (PS3)
Yorbie – Episode 1: Payback's a Bolt (Xbox One, PS4)
Yoshi’s Woolly World (Wii U)
Zombie Vikings (PS4, PC) 

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2015 Video Game Release Schedule

It wasn’t even September when readers started asking when we’d publish the initial list of 2015 release dates. Our ever-popular and regularly updated roster of launch dates for the new year is here.

If you see anything we’ve missed, please let us know in the comments. Please note that games will not get assigned to a month until they have confirmed release dates. Prior to that, they will appear in the bottom grouping.

January

Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition (Vita) – January 6
Warhammer Quest
(PC, Mac, Linux) – January 7
Chariot (Wii U) – January 8
Funk of Titan (Xbox One) – January 9
Assassin's Creed Unity: Dead Kings DLC (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – January 13
Atelier Ayesha Plus: The Alchemist of Dusk (Vita) – January 13
Evolve Open Beta (Xbox One) – January 15
Blackguards 2 (PC) – January 20
Citizens of Earth (PS4, Wii U, Vita, 3DS, PC) – January 20
Gunman Clive 2 (3DS) – January 20
Ironclad Tactics (PlayStation 4) – January 20
Planetside 2 Beta (PS4) – January 20
Resident Evil Remastered (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) – January 20
Saints Row IV: Re-Elected / Gat Out of Hell Expansion (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) – January 20
Grey Goo (PC) – January 23
Dying Light (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – January 27
Grim Fandango (PS4, Vita) – January 27
Heroes of Might & Magic III – HD Edition (PC) – January 29
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1 (PC) – January 29
Supreme League of Patriots (PC) – January 29
Life is Strange: Episode 1 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) – January 30 
Unmechanical: Extended Edition (Xbox One) – January 30 

February

#IDARB (Xbox One) – February 1
Apotheon (PS4) – February 3
Criminal Girls: Invite Only (Vita) – February 3
Kick & Fennick (Vita) – February 3
SpongeBob HeroPants (360, 3DS, Vita) – February 3
Deathtrap (PC) – February 4
Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy (3DS) – February 10
Evolve (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – February 10
Minutes (PS4, Vita) – February 10
Super Stardust Ultra (PS4) – February 10
Unmechanical: Extended (PS4, PS3) – February 10
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2 (Vita) – February 11
Decay – The Mare (PC) – February 13
The Escapists (Xbox One) – February 13
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D (3DS) – February 13
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (3DS) – February 13
New 3DS XL – February 13
Dead or Alive 5: Last Round (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3) – February 17
Deadrock (PC) – February 17
Hand of Fate (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – February 17
Pillar (PS4) – February 17
Total War: Attila (PC) – February 17
Frozen Cortex (PC) – February 19
The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 (PC) – February 20
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (Wii U) – February 20
The Order: 1886 (PS4) – February 20
Roundabout (Xbox One) – February 20
Auru's Awakening (PC, Mac, Linux) – February 24
Desert Ashes (Vita) – February 24
Dragon Ball Xenoverse (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) – February 24
Dynasty Warriors 8 Empires (Xbox One, PS4, PS3, PC) – February 24
htol#NiQ: The Firefly Diary (Vita) – February 24
Hyperdevotion Noire­: Goddess Black Heart (Vita) – February 24
Limbo (PS4) – February 24
Resident Evil Revelations 2 – Episode 1 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) – February 24 (PSN) and 25 (XBL, PC)
Rugby 15 (Xbox One, PS4, PS3) – February 24
Starwhal (PS4, PS3) – February 24
There Came an Echo (PC) – February 24
Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late (PS3) – February 24
Homeworld Remastered (PC) – February 25
Isbarah – The First Journey (PC, Mac, Linux) – February 25
Republique Remastered (PC) – February 26

March

Helldivers (PS4, PS3, Vita) – March 3
La Mulana EX (Vita) – March 3
OlliOlli 2 (PS4, Vita) – March 3
Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines (Vita) – March 3
Resident Evil Revelations 2 – Episode 2 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) – March 3 (PSN) and 4 (XBL, PC)
ScreamRide (Xbox One, Xbox 360) – March 3
Shiftlings (PS4, PC) – March 3, (Xbox One) – March 4
White Night (PS4, PC) – March 3, (Xbox One) – March 4
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars (Wii U, 3DS) – March 5
OlliOlli (Wii U, 3DS) – March 5, (Xbox One) – March 6
Zombie Army Trilogy (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – March 6
Assassin’s Creed Rogue (PC) – March 10
Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea (PS3) – March 10
Cities: Skylines (PC) – March 10
DmC Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition (Xbox One, PS4) – March 10
Flame Over (Vita) – March 10
Hotline Miami 2 (PS4, PS3, Vita, PC) – March 10
Mushroom Men: Truffle Trouble (PC) – March 10
Resident Evil Revelations 2 – Episode 3 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) – March 10 (PSN) and 11 (XBL, PC)
Sniper Elite 3: Ultimate Edition (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3) – March 10
Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters (PS3, Vita) – March 10
Ori and the Blind Forest (Xbox One, PC) – March 11
Sid Meier's Starships (PC, Mac, iOS) – March 12
Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. (3DS) – March 13
Awakened Fate Ultimatum (PS3) – March 17
Battlefield Hardline (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) – March 17
Bladestorm: Nightmare (Xbox One, PS4, PS3) – March 17
Final Fantasy Type-0 (Xbox One, PS4) – March 17
Jamestown+ (PS4) – March 17
Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas (PC) – March 17
Resident Evil Revelations 2 – Episode 4 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) – March 17 (PSN) and 18 (XBL, PC)
Woolfe – The Red Hood Diaries (PC) – March 17
Worlds of Magic (PC) – March 19
Mario Party 10 (Wii U) – March 20
Bloodborne (PS4) – March 24
Borderlands: The Handsome Collection (Xbox One, PS4) – March 24
Lego Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin (Vita, 3DS) – March 24
Slender: The Arrival (PS4) – March 24, (Xbox One) – March 25
Pillars of Eternity (PC) – March 26
Forza Horizon 2 presents Fast & Furious (Xbox One, 360) – March 27 
Dead or Alive 5: Last Round (PC) – March 30
Axiom Verge (PS4) – March 31
MLB 15 The Show (PS4, PS3, Vita) – March 31
Neverwinter (Xbox One) – March 31
Toukiden: Kiwami (PS4, Vita) – March 31 

April
Project CARS (PC) – April 2
Bastion (PS4) – April 7
Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin Edition (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) – April 7
Etrian Mystery Dungeon (3DS) – April 7
Project CARS (Xbox One, PS4) – April 7
Dead Synchronicity (PC) – April 10
Xenoblade Chronicles 3D (New 3DS) – April 10
Grand Theft Auto V (PC) – April 14
Mortal Kombat X (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) – April 14
Titan Souls (PS4, Vita) – April 14
Shovel Knight (PS4, PS3, Vita) – April 21
Dungeons II (PC) – April 24
Kholat (PC) – April 24
State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition (Xbox One) – April 28 

May
Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker (3DS) – May 5
Not a Hero (PC) – May 7
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (PS4) – May 12
Ride (Xbox One, PS4) – May 19
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
(Xbox One, PS4, PC) – May 19 
Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX (3DS) – May 26 

June
Batman: Arkham Knight (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – June 2
The Elder Scrolls Online (Xbox One, PS4) – June 9
Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy (Vita) – June 9 

July

August

September
Mad Max (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – September 1
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) – September 1

October

November

December

 

Confirmed for 2015, but undated

A Virus Named Tom (PS3)
Aaru's Awakening (PS4, PS3)
Adr1ft (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Alienation (PS4)
Alone with You (PS4, Vita)
Amplitude (PS4, PS3)
APB Reloaded (Xbox One, PS4)
Armikrog (PS4, Wii U, PC)
Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer (Vita)
Assassin's Creed Chronicles (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC)
Assault Android Cactus (PS4, Vita)
Astebreed (PS4)
Axiom Verge (Vita, PC)
Aztez (Xbox One, PS4, PC, Vita)
Baboon (Vita)
Badland: Game of the Year Edition (Xbox One, PS4, PS3, Wii U, Vita, PC, Mac, Linux)
The Banner Saga (PS4, Vita)
The Banner Saga 2 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Bastion (PS4, Vita)
Battlecry (PC)
Bedlam (PC)
Before (PC)
Below (Xbox One, PC)
Bigfest (PS4, PS3, Vita)
Blast 'em Bunnies (PS4, Vita, 3DS)
Blek (Wii U)
Blood Bowl 2 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Bodycheck (Vita)
Broforce (PS4, Vita)
Broken Age (PS4, Vita, PC)
Capsule Force (PS4, PC)
Carmageddon: Reincarnation (Xbox One, PS4)
The Castle Game (PS4)
Chasm (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Chroma Squad (PS4, PS3, Vita, PC)
Chronicle: Runescape Legends (PC)
Color Guardians (PS4, Vita)
Cosmic Star Heroine (PS4, Vita, PC, Mac)
Crookz – The Big Heist (PC)
Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls (Vita)
Darkest Dungeon (PS4, Vita, PC)
Darksiders II (PS4)
Day of the Tentacle Special Edition (PS4, Vita)
Dead Island 2 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Death Ray Manta (Vita, PC)
Death Tales (Vita)
Deathtrap (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax (PS3, Vita)
Desert Ashes (Vita)
Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition (Xbox One, PS4)
The Devil’s Third (Wii U)
Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance (PS4)
Distance (PS4)
The Division (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Don Bradman Cricket 14 (360, PS3)
Dragon Fantasy: The Volumes of Westeria (Wii U, 3DS, PC)
Dragon Fin Soup (PS4, PS3, Vita, PC)
Drawn to Death (PS4)
Dreadnought (PC)
The Dreamfall Chapters (PS4)
Dream Pinball 3D II (360, PS3, Wii, PC, Mac, iOS)
Drifter (PS4, Vita, PC, Mac, Linux)
Dungeon Defenders II (PS4, PC)
EarthNight (PS4, Vita, PC, Mac, iOS, Android)
Elliot Quest (Wii U)
Energy Hook (PS4, Vita, PC)
Enter the Gungeon (PS4, PC, Mac)
Ether One (PS4)
Everybody's Gone to the Rapture (PS4)
Extreme Exorcism (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Fable Legends (Xbox One)
Fairy Fencer F (PC)
Farming Simulator `15 (PS4, PS3)
Fat Princess Adventures (PS4)
Fenix Rage (Xbox One, PS4, Vita)
Final Fantasy VII (PS4)
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (PS4)
Final Fantasy Record Keeper (iOS, Android)
Firewatch (PC)
Flame Over (PS4, Vita)
The Forest (PS4)
Forma.8 (PS4, Vita, Wii U, PC, Mac, Linux, iOS)
Fortified (Xbox One)
Fortnite (PC)
Foul Play (PS4, Vita)
FutureGrind (PS4)
Galak-Z: The Dimensional (PS4, Vita)
Gang Beasts (PS4, PC)
Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions (Vita)
Get Even (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Giana Sisters 2 (Xbox One, PS4, Wii U)
Godzilla (PS4, PS3)
Grand Ages: Medieval (PC)
Grave (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Guns of Icarus Online (PS4)
Guns Up! (PS4)
Gunship X (PS4, Vita)
Gunsport (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Habitat (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Halo 5: Guardians (Xbox One)
Halo: Spartan Strike (PC, Windows Phone)
Hatoful Boyfriend (PS4, Vita)
Hellblade (PS4)
Hellraid (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Henka Twist Caper (PS4)
Heroes of Loot (Vita)
Hollowpoint (PS4, PC)
Homefront: The Revolution (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
HTR+ Slot Car Simulation (Vita)
Hyper Light Drifter (Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, Vita, PC)
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2: Sisters Generation (PC)
Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed (Vita)
Imagination is the Only Escape (PS4)
Invokers Tournament (PS4, Vita)
Ironfall (3DS)
J-Stars Victory VS+ (PS4, PS3, Vita)
Jamestown+ (PS4)
Jet Car Stunts (PS4)
Journey (PS4)
Just Cause 3 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Killing Floor 2 (PS4, PC)
Kill Strain (PS4)
King's Quest (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC)
Kingdom Under Fire II (PS4, PS3, 360, PC)
Klaus (PS4, Vita)
Kodoku (PS4, Vita)
Krinkle Krusher (PS4, PS3, Vita)
Kyn (PS4, Vita, PC, Mac, Linux)
Legend of Raven (Xbox One, PS4, Vita)
The Legend of Zelda (Wii U)
Lego Jurassic World (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Wii, 3DS, Vita, PC)
Lego Marvel's Avengers (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Wii, 3DS, Vita, PC)
Let it Die (PS4)
Lost Orbit (PS4, PC)
Lost Sea (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Magicka 2 (PS4, PC)
Mario Maker (Wii U)
Massive Chalice (Xbox One, PC)
Metal Slug 3 (PS4, PS3, Vita)
Miegakure (PS4)
Might & Magic Heroes VII (PC)
Mighty No. 9 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, Wii U, Vita, 3DS, PC)
MillitAnt (PS4, PS3, Vita, PC)
Monster Bag (Vita)
Moon Chronicles: Episodes 2-4 (3DS)
Moon Hunters (PS4, Vita, PC)
Murasaki Mist (PS4, PS3, Vita)
N++ (PS4)
Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Night in the Woods (PS4, PC, Mac, Linux)
Ninja Pizza Girl (Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, PC, iOS, Android)
Ninjin: Clash of Carrots (PS4, PS3, Vita, PC)
No Man’s Sky (PS4)
Nom Nom Galaxy (PS4)
Not a Hero (PS4, Vita)
Nova-111: A Cosmic Voyage (Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, PC, Mac, Linux)
Nuclear Throne (PS4, PS3, Vita, PC)
Octodad: Dadliest Catch (Vita)
Oddworld New 'n' Tasty (PS3, Vita)
Omega Quintet (PS4)
Once Upon Light (PS4)
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 (PS4, PS3, Vita, PC)
One Way Trip (PS4, Vita)
Onigiri (PS4)
Orcs Must Die Unchained (PS4)
Oreshika (Vita)
Ori and the Blind Forest (Xbox One, PC)
Paparazzi (PS4)
Paperbound (PS4, PC)
Pavilion (PS4, Vita)
Persona 4: Dancing All Night (Vita)
Persona 5 (PS4, PS3)
PGA Tour Golf (Xbox One, PS4)
Pier Solar and the Grand Architects (Vita)
Pix the Cat (PC)
Planetside 2 (PS4)
Pokemon Shuffle (3DS)
Primal Carnage: Extinction (PS4)
Project CARS (Wii U)
Project Root (Xbox One, PS4, Vita)
Project Treasure (Wii U)
Pure Hold 'Em (PS4)
Puzzle & Dragons Z / Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Edition (3DS)
Q*Bert Rebooted (PS4, PS3, Vita)
Quantum Break (Xbox One)
Rack 'n' Ruin (PS4, PC, Mac, iOS, Android)
Rainbow Six: Siege (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Ratchet & Clank (PS4)
Ray's The Dead (PS4, Vita)
Rebel Galaxy (Xbox One, PS4, PC, Mac)
Relativity (PS4, PC, Mac, Linux)
Resogun: Defenders DLC (PS4)
Ride (360, PS4, PC)
Rime (PS4)
Riot (PC)
Rise of the Tomb Raider (Xbox One, Xbox 360)
Rocket League (PS4)
Rocketbirds 2: Evolution (PS4, Vita)
RocketsRocketsRockets (PS4, PC, Mac, Linux)
Rodea The Sky Soldier (Wii U, 3DS)
Roller Coaster Tycoon World (PC)
Roundabout (Xbox One, PS4)
Salt & Sanctuary (PS4, Vita)
Samurai Gunn (PS4)
Savant Ascent (PS4)
Scalebound (Xbox One)
Scram Kitty (PS4, Vita)
Sega 3D Classics (3DS)
Severed (Vita)
Shadow of the Beast (PS4)
Shadowrun: Hong Kong (PC)
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero (Xbox One, 360, PS4, Ps3, Vita, PC)
Shiftlings (PS4)
Shovel Knight (PS4)
Shroud of the Avatar (PC)
Shu (PS4, Vita, PC)
Silence: The Whispered World (Xbox One, PS4, PC, Mac)
Silent Hills (PS4 confirmed, others TBA)
The Sims 4 (Mac)
Sketchcross (Vita)
Skullgirls Encore (PS4, Vita)
Skulls of the Shogun: Bone-a-Fide Edition (PS4)
Skytorn (PS4)
Smite (Xbox One)
Snow (PS4, PC, Mac, Linux)
Soft Body (PS4, Vita, PC)
Soldner X-2: Final Prototype (Vita)
SOMA (PS4, PC)
Son of Scoregasm (Vita, PC)
Soul Axiom (Xbox One, PS4, PS3, Wii U, PC, Mac, Linux)
Source (Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, PC)
Space Engineers (Xbox One)
Space Hulk: Deathwing (Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC)
Splatoon (Wii U)
Squares (Vita)
Star Fox (Wii U)
Star Wars Battlefront (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Starbound (PS4, Vita, PC)
Starwhal (PS4, PS3, Vita, Wii U, PC)
Steamworld Heist (Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, Vita, 3DS, PC, Mac, Linux)
State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition (Xbox One)
Steins;Gate (PS3, Vita)
Story of Seasons (3DS)
Street Fighter IV Ultra (PS4)
Street Fighter V (PS4, PC)
Super Exploding Zoo (PS4, Vita)
Super Time Force Ultra (PS4, Vita)
Superhot (Xbox One)
Supermagical (PS3, Vita)
The Swindle (Xbox One, PS4, PS3, Wii U, Vita, PC)
Table Top Racing: World Tour (PS4)
Tacoma (PC)
Tales of Zestiria (PS3)
The Talos Principle (PS4, PS3)
Tearaway Unfolded (PS4)
Teslagrad (PS4, Vita)
There Came an Echo (PS4)
Tinertia (PS4)
Titan Attacks (3DS)
Titan Souls (PS4, Vita, PC)
The Tomorrow Children (PS4)
Toren (PS4)
Tower of Guns (Xbox One, PS4, PS3, Vita)
Towerfall Ascension (Vita)
Tropico 5 (PS4)
Ultratron (Xbox One, PS4, PS3, Wii U, Vita)
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (PS4)
Underground (Wii U)
Until Dawn (PS4)
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (PS4)
Velocity 2X (Xbox One, PC)
Viking Squad (PS4)
VizionEck (PS4)
Volume (PS4, Vita)
Wander (PS4, PC)
Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Wattam (PS4)
We Are All Doomed (Xbox One, PS4)
World of Tanks (Xbox One)
Whoa Dave (PS4, Vita, 3DS, iOS)
The Witness (PS4)
Xenoblade Chronicles X (Wii U)
Xeodrifter (Xbox One, PS4, PC)
Y2K (PS4)
Yakuza 5 (PS3)
Yorbie – Episode 1: Payback's a Bolt (Xbox One, PS4)
Yoshi’s Woolly World (Wii U)
Zombie Vikings (PS4, PC) 

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Ignoring Amiibos And The Video Game Collector Itch

Like most kids growing up, I only got a few games a year on birthdays or Christmas. I would inhale video game magazines to try and soak up information about every video game I could, confident I would only truly get to play a few. It was my way of getting as close to playing a video game without actually touching it as I could – something I think today’s younger generation gets from watching Let’s Plays.

When I finally had an income unguarded by my parents, an embarrassing amount of it went to recovering all the video games I missed out on, and making sure I didn’t miss out on any more in the future. I loved collecting and tracking down hard to find games and would seek out mom and pop video game shops, purchase games from flea market video game vendors, and later pay probably too much on eBay for the hardest to find games.

My wife (girlfriend in those early days) was more of a collector than I with a far grander collection. She often jokes that the reason I married her was for her video game collection. I remember us visiting a flea market and tracking down a copy of Chrono Trigger sealed not behind a locked glass cabinet, but a cabinet that was literally nailed shut. When we expressed interest in buying the game, the owner pulled out a screwdriver to open his cabinet, not a key. I’ll never know if he just didn’t want to buy a lock, or just wanted to make it as difficult as possible to get to that game.

For one anniversary, I bought my wife a CD-i and copies of two of the Zelda games that released for the console. Her opinion may have shifted over the years, but at the time it was the greatest gift she ever received.

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One day, however, my wife and I looked at our closet of mostly sealed video games, and finally admitted we would never find time to play most of them. We decided it was time to cut back. We opened an eBay store and started selling off all of our rare Japanese PlayStation RPGs and hard to find SNES games in bundles, recovering nothing close to what we spent on the collection.

It stung at first. I remember organizing the PlayStation games, and popping in Wild Arms to watch the game’s opening cutscene while we worked with the idea that it wouldn’t be in our house much longer, and my wife welled up with tears with the knowledge that we were selling off the collection. We didn’t immediately need the extra room (children were being discussed, but not in the works), it was just time. It was cathartic.

We still have a large DVD shelf nearly full of video games, but our collection is about a quarter of what it was in the past. We now try to only buy games we intend to truly play, and with rare exceptions, pricey collector’s editions are a thing of the past.

I can’t deny however, that the itch to collect still exists.

I am not collecting amiibos, I keep telling myself and the clerks ringing me up at the store, but I love trying to track them down. On the day they launched, I made a trip to a nearby Walmart expressly to see what figures were available after the initial rush. That’s when I tweeted the tweet below, and will forever regret not buying everything they had (even though, I swear, I am not collecting them).

When Andrew Reiner tweeted he was on the hunt for a Mega Man amiibo and I learned there was one possibly nearby, I immediately made a trip to go track it down – and I did. I never had any intention of keeping Mega Man. I am trading him to Reiner for a Sheik amiibo. I just wanted to see if I could find him.

Again, I am not collecting amiibos. But I do want all the Zelda ones.

I have arguably and with some difficulty, overcome the itch of wanting to own an impressive collection of video games, but I haven’t overcome the desire to happen upon rare or hard to find items in a store. It’s a strange subset culture that certainly isn’t exclusive to video games – the art of collecting – and it’s one I don’t know if I will ever be able to totally give up. But I am going to try.

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Oscar Nominated Films And Their Video Game Adaptations

The Oscars are considered the most prestigious of all film awards. Every year, the films that win and are nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture are considered the best of the best. Some of those movies (a surprising amount, in fact) have had video games based on them. Do these games live up to the standards set by the films on which they are based?

Winners
Among the movies featured in the best film category that have had video game adaptions, only a few actually won.

The Godfather (1972)
We gave the game a 7.5 when it released in 2006 calling it a disappointment. We actually thought the game might have benefitted without the license.

The Godfather Part II (1974)
Released in 2009, The Godfather II received terrible reviews. We gave it a 5.5, citing technical issues and just general poor use of the license. There’s a reason Electronic Arts made the decision not to pursue a third game based on the third film.

Rocky (1976)
There were a few games based on the Rocky license. We gave the boxing game that released during the PlayStation 2 era in 2002 a 7. There was also a Sega Master System in 1987 where players fought against Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang, and Ivan Drago. It had some amazing graphics for its time, and a punching bag mini-game.

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
Released the same year as the film of the same name, all of Electronic Arts’ games based on the Lord of the Rings film licenses have been generally well-regarded. We gave the game an 8.25. The popularity of the films, and the success of the licensed video games have led to a whole franchise of Lord of the Rings game.

Nominees
These films did not win the best picture, but they were nominated.

Jaws (1975)
There are a few games based on the Jaws license. There was an NES game in 1987 that is generally disliked. Jaws Unleashed released in 2006 and in his review Andrew Reiner said, “After this miserable showing, the only waters that Jaws will be patrolling are those of the great video game toilet.”

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Star Wars (1977)
There isn’t so much one singular game that defines the Star Wars video game experience. Star Wars video games have become their own separate business spanning a wide range of quality.  For the most part, people like Star Wars video games, and the future for the franchise is looking strong.

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Similar to Star Wars, Indiana Jones has become a brand in the world of video games. There are some games that people really love, like the point and click adventure Fate of Atlantis and Lego Indiana Jones. Others though, like Nintendo 64 game The Infernal Machine, are generally panned.

E.T. (1982)
E.T. released for the Atari 2600 in 1982 and it is usually the first game brought up when discussing the worst games of all time. Attempts to release better E.T. games in the early 2000s did almost nothing to repair its reputation.

Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Beauty and the Beast had a few 8 and 16-bit platformers based on it for NES, Super Nintendo, and Genesis, but Belle’s adventures are often forgotten in favor of other platformers based on Disney films like Aladdin and Lion King.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
Released three years after the movie, the video game based on the film did little to renew interest. We gave the game a 6.

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Before Electronic Arts began releasing Lord of the Rings games, Sierra and Universal released a Fellowship of the Ring game. It released in time to coincide with the movie of the same name, but it more closely followed the plot of the book. We gave it a 3.

Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
Faring much better than game based on Fellowship of the Ring, Electronic Arts’ game based on the Two Towers is often considered one of the better video games based on a licensed film property. We gave the game a 9.25.

Avatar (2009)
James Cameron invested a lot of time and energy into the experience of the film Avatar, and he seemed nearly as excited about the game. The world created for the film is a deep one and the video game was meant to flesh it out beyond the film. Unfortunately, it merely existed in its shadow. We gave the game a 6.5 calling it, “A lackluster, though not entirely unpleasant, experience.”

Up (2009)
The video game based on Pixar’s film is your standard fare in regards to video games based on animated films. Great for kids with some fun moments, but nothing particularly special.

Toy Story 3 (2010)
In many ways, Disney Infinity wouldn’t exist without the lessons learned from Toy Story 3. The two games have a similar structure with both creative and campaign-driven content. We gave the game an 8 highlighting its creativity and good use of the license saying that it stands as proof that developers can do much better than your average licensed video game.

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Readers Tell Us Their Video Game Adaptation Ideas For This Year’s Best Picture Nominations

Yesterday, I posed a reader discussion asking what Best Picture nominated films could possibly receive video game adaptations and readers responded.

You can check out the responses below where readers came up with ideas for every nominated film, posed some original ideas, while many said that the discussion was ridiculous and the two mediums – film and video games – should stand alone as they represent totally different forms of artistic expression.

You can check out the responses below.

American Sniper
Considering sniper games already exist and are popular, many suggested a sniper game for American Sniper. “Well, the only one I know anything about is American Sniper,” wrote rooster707, “I think it would pretty much be exactly the same as Sniper Elite.”

The Imitation Game
The Imitation Game takes place in 1939 following the true events of Cambridge mathematician as he works to crack the Nazi code. Stonecutters908 suggested, “A Puzzler/ War Strategy game based around the code breaking in The Imitation Game would be kind of cool.”

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Birdman was a popular response. It seems most of our readers are picking it as a favorite to win, but also see some potential in it being a video game. Reader cyruz wrote, “Considering that Birdman is already Max Payne x BioShock x Psychonauts…” and Cycledude10 wrote, “I don't care if it's a game, a book, or a freaking abstract art museum exhibit; I just really want more Birdman,” and elects Telltale as a developer. Dan Mellman wrote that he’d like to see a Sierra-style adventure game adaptation of Birdman.

Selma
Readers Robert Hansen and Dan Mellman had interesting ideas for Selma, the historical film that follows the evens of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965 Hansen wrote, “I'd play a Selma game focused on organization, speechwriting, rhythmic oratory, and ‘battles’ where you do worse the more you fight.” Mellman wrote, “I can really see Selma as a Telltale game – if it weren't for the historical context, which sort of locks you in to certain decisions.”

The Theory of Everything
Reader BRAV0 F1VE wrote, “The Theory of Everything as a Japanese dating sim,” which could be considered a joke until you factor in the romance angle of the film. It kind of makes sense.

Boyhood
Reader buddyacker had a serious response writing,  “Boyhood would be excellent if presented in the same format as Life Is Strange.” Heaven1134 had a slightly different idea writing, “Quantic Dream should make it and it will take 12 years to complete a playthrough.”

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Reader SummitJay suggested The Grand Budapest Hotel, not necessarily because it would be a great video game, but because he would like to see Wes Anderson’s directorial style lent to an interactive experience. Polish Thunder called out some specific scenes they think would work writing, “I feel confident saying The Grand Budapest Hotel would make a good game. It has gunfire, a murder mystery, and a toboggan race.”

Whiplash
For Whiplash, blackjango wrote, “A Rock Band clone of Whiplash would be possible.” locopenguin99 wrote, “That final drum solo in Whiplash would be absolutely insane in a rhythm game.”

Many readers had multiple ideas for Best Picture nominations. GhostReconSpart suggest that Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Whiplash would all work with Telltale Games treatment.

Reader avpfan13 wrote, “A gritty, tripped-out Birdman adventure game would be awesome. We're basically already up to American Sniper Elite III.” They also suggested, hopefully in jest, “A kart-racing game based on The Theory of Everything could be cool, as well as an endless runner game for Selma.”

BreakingBald wrote, “I think a Boyhood or Birdman game made by Quantic Dream would be really cool.”

Despite all the ideas from readers, many were openly opposed to the discussion at all, offering some worthwhile arguments. Head to page two to see what else readers had to say.


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