Why I Bought An Xbox One

I Bought An Xbox One.
Allow Me To Explain.

At the end of 2014, I still hadn’t jumped into the “next gen” consoles yet. I was spending my gaming time on the Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii, and my low-end PC. Then a miracle happened: I won a fantasy football league that provided me with enough money to purchase a brand new console. I now stood at a fork in the road. Do I stick with Microsoft and get the Xbox One? Does the underperforming Wii U have enough for me to justify a purchase? Or do I play catch-up on all the Sony games I’ve missed and pick up a PS4? I did the research, asked my friends, checked the deals and made my decision. In February, 2015, I bought a Playstation 4. Check out this post to find out why.

Here we are, almost a year later, and I still haven’t bought the Xbox One or Wii U. As fate would have it, I won that same fantasy football league – much to the dismay of the 9 other team owners – and I find myself at another impasse. Is it Nintendo or Microsoft? The title of this post gives the ending away, but the meat of why I made that decision is worth sharing. Continue reading “Why I Bought An Xbox One”

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Episode 4 – Fathers of the Grind Podcast

There have been some amazing dogs in video games, but which ones stand above the rest? We took it to the community, and in this episode, we’ll share the results of the “Best Video Game Dogs” poll.

Also, we talk about games our young kids like to watch us play, and Derek and Tim have both been playing shorter gaming experiences recently. Are shorter games the better option for busy parents?

Insomniac has finally announced their new game, Song of Deep, and the ambitious game, Conan Exiles, has been revealed by developer Funcom. With all the game announcements that keep popping up do the Playstation and Xbox stores run the risk over over-saturating the market with smaller games. Will these console stores become just another app store?

Tim and Derek discuss a couple games you’ve probably never heard of before today, including Crashlands and Who’s Your Daddy?

Lastly, Tim has some “big” personal news to announce, so don’t miss it!

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Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China Review

Just Misses The Mark (of the Ninja)

See what I did there? The obvious comparison for Ubisoft’s side-scrolling stealth-action game is 2012’s Mark of the Ninja from Klei Entertainment. Unfortunately for Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China, this comparison sets the bar way too high – out of reach, actually. Check out some of the reviews for Mark of the Ninja on Metacritic to get an idea of how well-regarded it is.)

Before you start thinking that this is bad game, however,  Continue reading “Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China Review”

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Xbox Live Games With Gold – February 2016

Xbox Live Subscribers Rejoice

Each month, subscribers to Microsoft’s Xbox Live service are given access to a new set of games for the Xbox One and the Xbox 360. For several months last year, Games with Gold offered the same Xbox One game time after time: Pool Nation FX. No insult to that game or its development team, but it’s nice to see some variation to that lineup in recent months. You can read the full write up over on Major Nelson’s blog, but here are the games:

For Xbox One owners, the Games with Gold for February 2016 are:

xbox one games with gold february 2016

Hand of Fate (normally $19.99) available for download February 1-29

Styx: Master of Shadows (normally $29.99) available Feb. 16 – Mar. 15

For Xbox 360 owners, the Games with Gold for February 2016 are:

xbox 360 games with gold feb 2016

Sacred Citadel (normally $9.99) available February 1-15

Gears of War 2 (normally $19.99) available February 16-29

So what are your thoughts on the games for this month? Let us know in the comments or with the Contact Us form!

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Fathers of the Grind Podcast – Episode 1 (parts 1 and 2) – VIDEO

For those of you who prefer to follow podcasts on YouTube, you’re in luck! We will be posting our episodes in video format each week for your enjoyment.

We aren’t currently planning to use webcams for our conversations, but that might change in the future. For now, we can continue to pick our noses during the show, and you guys will be none the wiser! #Winning

Episode 1 (part 1)

Episode 1 (part 2)

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PS Plus Free Games – February 2016

Playstation Plus Games for February 2016

Each month, PS Plus subscribers are given access to a new batch of games for the PS4, PS3, and Vita. Although they aren’t yours “forever,” as long as you have an active PS Plus Subscription, access is unlimited. 2015 saw a wide variety of games released, with some months being major highlights over others. For example, in July, Rocket League was launched as a PS Plus game, and it is still a popular game with a large player base. As a side note, it was one of our GOTY contenders in 2015! (Check out part 2 of our premiere podcast episode for our top 10 games in 2015)

Before we look at the upcoming month of games, be sure to hop onto the PS Store on or before Feb 1 to download the PS Plus games from January! If you haven’t done that yet, go do it now. Go ahead, we’ll wait.
Done? Ok, good work!

On February 2, players will be able to download the following games:

  • Grid Autosport, PS3
  • Helldivers: Democracy Strikes Back , PS4, PS3, PS Vita
  • Lemmings Touch, PS Vita
  • Nom Nom Galaxy, PS4
  • Nova-111, PS Vita
  • Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, PS3

You can head over to the Playstation Blog for full details, or check out their video below:

What do you think about these games? Which ones will you be jumping into this month? Let us know in the comments!

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Reviewing The Uncharted Collection – Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

As far as I’m concerned, the Uncharted games were brand new experiences since I completely skipped out on the PS3 (listen to our opening podcast episode to find out why). The first two games were so good, and I couldn’t wait to fire up the 3rd entry, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. Feel free to check out my thoughts on Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves as well!

How does it stack up? Read on…

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

The bar has been set ridiculously high, thanks to the masterful execution of Uncharted 2. How could a sequel improve on the story, characters, and gameplay that were already top-notch? As it turns out, they didn’t really Continue reading “Reviewing The Uncharted Collection – Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception”

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