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It’s time to discuss May’s free games for Xbox Gold members. Keeping in mind, it cost about $60 a year to be a member, the games they have been giving away this year are worth far more than that…but, you have to like them or want to play them to make it worth your time. April’s roundup was quite nice, featuring a bunch of free games. May can be considered a little on the light side comparatively speaking since there are only four games including one from April that is still on the list. But, when given free stuff can you really complain?
Here is the lineup for the Xbox One:
Castle Storm Definitive Edition. Available all month.
Pool Nation FX. Available all month.
If you have been following A Metal State of Mind, you may have noticed that Opeth gets mentioned quite a bit for one reason or another. I guess you could say, as a whole, we like them here. Just putting the bias up front. This time it’s yet another show review; my first from the island nation of Japan. The Roppongi district of Tokyo was the setting for the show; my third time seeing Opeth and my first ever concert that actually ended at a very reasonable time. In short, it was a great night for many reasons and here is a rundown of the evening.
First, I will say that the cost of a show in Japan is more than I have ever paid to see one band. As a result I will have to pick and choose my future shows carefully. ¥7,500 ($62.41, €55.75, kr524.30) seems to be the average price from what I have been seeing lately. The cost was for a standing ticket. If I wanted a seat it would have cost ¥2,000 extra. Seems to me being closer to the action would cost more, but I am sure there is a reason to price tickets that way. Anyway, throw in train tickets (took about an hour to get there), a shirt for ¥3,500 and it adds up to an expensive night out…for one band. There was also a pre-show dinner for about ¥2,800. But, for metalheads it’s always worth it to see a band you love. I don’t have to explain this, you know…
I am not one for live albums anymore. I used to always buy them because I felt I was enjoying a piece of the band that I did not have regular access to. The live setting was raw and mostly unedited back then. It seemed pure and energetic. Then, bands like Dream Theater and Opeth (to name just two) went and threw a whole bunch of production into their live albums/DVDs and now my bar has grown accustomed to excellent sound. How can I go back to bootleg-ish production now? There is one exception to the rule though. The (sort of) “unplugged” setting is an intimate atmosphere free of distortion and all around craziness. More importantly, bands have to rehearse quite a bit because the audience will be able to hear every single nuance of the music. It has to be awesome. This is where Katatonia’s new live concert, Sanctitude, comes in. It is (basically) unplugged, crisp, and sensational. Of course, the production helps. Read the rest of this entry
According to the article on Yahoo! Games, since Xbox launched the Games with Gold program, there has been over 100 million downloads. People seem to be enjoying the Games for Gold deal. Currently, Xbox gamers can download…for free…Rayman Legends and It Draws a Red Box for the Xbox One and Bioshock Infinite on the Xbox 360. Not a bad deal at all even if you just download Bioshock. It’s a great game.
April’s new download list should excite some gamers simply for the sheer volume of games that will be available during the month of April. Six this time. Of course, this should appeal mostly to those still hanging on to that 360 since there will be more games available for that system.
For the Xbox One during the entire month of April 2015, you will be able to download with your Gold subscription:
Pool Nation FX. Personally not much for these games, but I do like billiards. I may squeeze this one on to my hard drive. Try not to giggle when she says you can “play with your balls.”
Child of Light. Based on the trailer, it looks like this game is uniquely challenging. Read the rest of this entry
One of the biggest complaints I hear from gamer buddies about online gaming is having to pay for it. I understand that a whopping $50 to play Xbox online for an ENTIRE year is tough for some people, but they do give stuff away that might help take the edge of shelling out $50 to fry your brain shooting people, racing, or whatever it is you do online. For Xbox Gold members, it’s that time again to announce the Games With Gold and Deals with Gold lineup. They have just been updated. Here is the listing. Read the rest of this entry