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Calendar Man – Week of 12/10

Ok, there’s pretty much nothing coming out this week. I mean, sure, there are some PC releases, a new map pack for Halo 4, some Assassins Creed 3 DLC and a terrible James Bond game for the Wii U, but the real reason to head out the store this week is the retail release of Telltale’s The Walking Dead. All five episodes are collected and sure, at thirty bucks it’s five bucks more than buying the episodes individually online, but hey, at least you get a swanky case for your game and, uh, I don’t know, the satisfaction of propping up brick and mortar establishments everywhere? Whatever. Go play it. It’s awesome and if you’re an achievement/trophy junkie, you can get all of the awards just by playing the game.


Toys R Us – Get a $10 gift card with Skylanders purchase of $30 or more, get a $3o gift card with purchase of $80 or more. Free $10 gift card with purchase of DSi, free $25 gift card with purchase of 3DS or 3DS XL. Free copy of Uncharted: Golden Abyss with purchase of PS Vita. Free $30 gift card with purchase of two or more select games, free $10 gift card with purchase of one. See store for full list of games.

Target – Free $20 gift card with purchase of 3DS XL Mario Kart bundle. Free $20 gift card with purchase of Wii system bundle. Get the following games for $29.99 each: Max Payne 3, LEGO Batman 2, Just Dance 4, Angry Birds Trilogy,Pokemon Black 2. Get the following games for $39.99 each: Halo 4, Forza Horizon, LEGO Lord of the Rings, Skyrim, Hitman Absolution, Dishonored. Get the following games for $49.99 each: Resident Evil 6, Borderlands 2, WWE 13, Family Guy, PlayStation Allstars Battle Royale, LittleBigPlanet Karting, Batman Arkham City Armored Edition, Epic Mickey 2. Get the following games for $44.99 each: Madden NFL 13, NHL 13, NCAA Football 13, FIFA Soccer 13.

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Best Buy – Get $40 off any 3DS system. Save $20 when buying any two of the following games (all on 3DS): Paper Mario Sticker Star, Super Mario 3D Land, New Super Mario Bros. 2, Style Savvy Trendsetters, Mario Kart 7, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask. Get a free $40 gift card with the purchase of any two of the following games: Forza Motorsport Horizon, FIFA 13, NBA Baller Beats, Far Cry 3, Skyrim, Medal of Honor Warfighter LE, Assassin’s Creed III, Hitman Absolution, Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, Halo 4, Madden 13, Resident Evil 6, Need for Speed Most Wanted, WWE ’13, Dishonored, Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, Sleeping Dogs, Star Wars Kinect, Just Dance 4. Get Darksiders II for $39.99. Get Black Ops 2 and Tekken Tag Tournament for $49.99 each.


Brandon loves games, which shouldn't be a surprise given where you're reading this. He has written for GameShark, The Escapist and G4, and made them all less relevant as a result.

9 thoughts to “Calendar Man – Week of 12/10”

  1. So quiet.

    Wife and I are playing Borderlands 2. Halo 4 with a friend. Downtime spent bashing out the last few achievements left in Sleeping Dogs, which is still one of the best games I played this year.

      1. Game deserves a sequel just because of that achievement.

        I am finding the umbrella kill much harder to master.

        I also appreciate that races are tough but not impossible if you have the right cars. I could never stand that about the GTA series.

        1. The races in GTA IV were laughably easy because the AI was so inept. Most of the time the AI drivers would take every turn at 180 and all you had to do was drive a clean race and pass the pileups. I have only done a few races in Sleeping Dogs. Just enough to know that my one car and one motorcycle won’t cut it.

  2. I’m pretty much done with Bastion and have just a few levels left on New Super Mario Bros U to get the star coins on, after that I still have not decided what to play. I was thinking JRPG but now I’m not sure. My mood changes to quickly to get anything done.

    Maybe I’ll give Darksiders another chance? I want to play Metro 2033 but I will need to upgrade my computer first…maybe that’s just the excuse I need though? We’ll see.

    1. How far did you go in Darksiders?

      Really doesn’t get rocking until the first dungeon. Love that game though. A lot.

      Persona 4 is still better though ??

      1. I did not get very far at all. It’s my biggest problem with games, I have a hard time getting through that intro section in most games, but once I get through it I can sit and play for hours.

        Persona is still being considered, but just the thought of how long it is may put me off. I played Xenoblade for ~100 hours and could not finish and that is very depressing. Maybe I’ll go back and finish that, and just ignore everything that is not the main story.

        1. Darksiders is okay to start, then kicks into high gear :).

          My problem is refusing to let anything go until I finish :P.

          Persona’s only 60 hours or so, provided you grind the bare minimum needed to win the game. I have no idea how people sank that much time into XC. I enjoyed it to the end, but I gave up doing the relationship quests and any side quests that required serious effort. Life was just too short :).

  3. I just started The Walking Dead on Sunday to help fill the gap of no new episodes, and I’ll probably play through one episode a week until I’m done. On the off days, I’m still having a great time with Dishonored, Assassin’s Creed 3, and bouts of Torchlight II.

    Oh, and congratulations to Dirk and Bill for making their Kickstarter goal with 28-days to spare!

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