Author: ShawnS

It’s Free! on PlayStation Store for March 21st

It’s Free! on PlayStation Store for March 21st

There aren’t a ton of individual freebies for the week of March 21st but there are a surprising number of totally free games. The biggest of which is Hitman, returning with the Spring Pack that offers Episode 2: Sapienza free for a limited time. It includes the ‘World of Tomorrow’ campaign mission, Escalation Contracts, and access to Contracts Mode and future Elusive Targets in Sapienza.

Also free this week is Don’t Bite Me Bro, a compelling looking “open-world zombie apocalypse game with local co-op for up to four players”. What looked like yet another boring twin-stick shooter in screenshots turned out to be really interesting in video: there’s crafting, there’s resource gathering, there’s base defending. It’s been on itch.io for a while now but publisher Arcade Distillery has seen fit to bring it to PlayStation 4.

Our other free offering is a bit more dubious. I’ll let the description do the talking but see if you can decipher the clues to find out what kind of game Minefield is: “This is pretty simple game. It includes bombs, flags, and boxes. Do not detonate the bombs. Click boxes to open it. Put flags on the box if you believe there is a bomb there.” Got it, Minesweeper knock-off.

Moving on to free Add-Ons, Capcom is offering a Free Character Edit Voucher for Monster Hunter: World in case you’ve been yearning to remix your character’s appearance (including gender, the copy reads) after so long with the game. That peculiar racing game Gravel is also back with a free car to race around with, the Acciona.

And lastly there’s a pair of free static themes straight from Japan featuring Atelier Lydie & Suelle and Yakuza 6.

Bloomingdale’s Nintendo Collab Underwhelms and Overprices

Bloomingdale's Nintendo Collaboration Underwhelms and Overprices

Nintenclothes are back in the spotlight with a new collection, this time from Bloomingdale’s. First up, forgive me for being a dude who doesn’t pay more than $25 for a pair of pants when I say wow, these prices: $45 for a fannypack, $50 for an inflatable pool ring, and $200 for a short sleeved shirt. Even if I loved these designs I’d have to stick with appreciating them from afar, and that leads to my bigger concern.

Dana pointed out this collection to me and we both agreed there’s something low-rent about these high-end items. “It’s just pixels and shit” were her exact words, and I can’t deny it on most of these 82 items. I’ll give it to ‘em, they sure made a lot of stuff but some of these designs are barely on par with the fare you can find at Walmart: a pixel heart with the words “Game On” above it in script font, a shirt that simply says “Nice Play” with a heart in place of the ‘A’, and a sweatshirt with rainbow stripes on either side of the word “SUPER”.

Bloomingdale's Nintendo Collaboration Underwhelms and Overprices

P.S. If you bought all three of those you’d be at $385.

Elsewhere there are tops, bottoms, and accessories that barely evoke the concept of graphic design, nevermind a connection to video games or even Nintendo. Rainbow stripes, dual tone stripes, checkerboards, and polka dot patterns are lumped in here as “gamer wear” and priced up to $200. It isn’t all bad though, there a few items I really dig the look of.

Most of the short sleeved shirt patterns are simple but appreciable, with the Donkey Kong design being the most elaborate. These mushroom swim trunks are also pretty good and the black-and-white “camo” version is frantic and rad. The one thing I might actually have bought is this assortment of Sugarfina candies in Mario Cloud, Yoshi Egg, and Strawberry Mushroom varieties. Unfortunately they’re either sold out or include one of the fun animal-derived ingredients that I avoid.

Bloomingdale's Nintendo Collaboration Underwhelms and Overprices

These aren’t so bad… still, it’d be $282.

Personally, of all the unexpected fashion crossovers we’ve seen so far it was Uniqlo that hit the best balance of design and price. Take a look at my last roundup and let us know which was your favorite or if there’s a Bloomingdale’s piece you’re already adding to cart.

It’s Free! on PlayStation Store for March 14th

It’s Free! on PlayStation Store for March 14th

It’s a bit of a slow week for freebies, that is, unless you’re a fan of styyyyylish action! To celebrate the release of another Devil May Cry HD Collection, Capcom is giving away two DmC themes for PlayStation 4 in “Alright!” and “Cool!” varieties.

For PlayStation Plus subscribers there’s a pair of monthly top-up booster packs for both Dungeon Defenders 2 and 3on3 Freestyle. And free for everybody, Trove is back with another weapon style download, this time for the Wraithflame. Finally, there’s a new theme for N++, for some reason. It was released on PS4 in 2015 and it isn’t on sale. Not sure what’s up with that but, hey, a free theme for an old game is still free.

It’s Free! on PlayStation Store for March 7th

It’s Free! on PlayStation Store for March 7th

That Gravel demo didn’t turn out to be all that great. Kinda bland but kinda fun, the demo only gives you the snow level which is always my least favorite. It did have some choice, bad voiceover from the announcer though so there’s that much. This week doesn’t hold anything personally interesting but if you’re into farm simulators, Telltale adventure games, or Horizon: Zero Dawn, by all means, read on!

SOEDESCO’s farm simulator Real Farm is getting some new free bonuses this week including a whole new map (Grünes Tal), a whole new crop (Potatoes!), and a whole bunch of free avatars depicting various farm equipment. Telltale Games is trying to entice new players with some free trials of The Walking Dead: A New Frontier, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Minecraft Story Mode: Season 2. There are also new free booster packs for Happy Dungeons and Knights of Valor for PlayStation Plus subscribers.

It’s been just over a year since Horizon: Zero Dawn launched and Guerrilla is celebrating with a pack of free avatars and a free dynamic theme to decorate your PlayStation 4 with. Last but not least is Sprint Vector, the PSVR racing game with unique controls, that’s offering up another bunch of free avatars.

Oops! My YouTube Channel might be gone for good

Oops! My YouTube Channel might be gone for good

If you were the kind of person to keep up with GameLuv on even a semi-regular basis, you might have noticed some disgusting gray YouTube thumbnails popping up across the site. Unfortunately, my YouTube account which I’ve had since 2006 has been terminated and it took nearly 2,000 videos down with it. How’d it happen? I’m still hopeful it’s a case of mistaken identity.

Last year my separate Delisted Games YouTube channel got hit with an infringement claim and was terminated. I then created a new, also separate account linked to my main YouTube channel to start rebuilding. After some time the sub-channel was logged out of my main account. I assume it was for security reasons because I hadn’t switched over to it for a few months and when I went to reconnect it a few weeks ago it must’ve tipped off the YouTube algorithm.

Possibly because both channels were named “Delisted Games”, the bot mismatched my totally-legit and still-active Delisted channel with the one that was banished in 2017. That kind of behavior is apparently a no-no in the YouTube EULA and so it dragged my main account down with it. That was a frantic and frightening thing to discover on a random Wednesday evening.

It’s been nearly a week since I sent YouTube my carefully measured appeal and I’m hoping the channel will be reinstated sometime soon. If not, the appeals will continue. If that still doesn’t work, well, I’ve got a lot of re-uploading to do… somewhere. DTube maybe? Until this shakes out please forgiven the gross gray thumbnails littering the site, and if you’d like to help me rebuild, follow along on the new Delisted channel. Even if I get my original channel back I’ll be actively using that one from now on for delisted work. I think a little decentralization is in order so 100% of my efforts aren’t totally lost again.