Welcome to Boss Fight Friday, a weekly video game hot stove where the writers of Game Savvy give their take on video games and where you, the reader, get to start the weekend off right. Last week we discussed what we as gamers see as “gems”. Everything from past games to gaming companies to the games we’re most looking forward to.
This So without further ado, let’s get into and of course, feel free to leave your answers in the comments below!
Q1: How do you typically find new games to buy?
Christian: Usually I try to keep up with reviews and what people are saying for previews. But for something I KNOW I’m going to buy (Spider-Man PS4, Animal Crossing) I just eat up any coverage and wait until release.
Steven: I check the coming soon titles on the Xbox store weekly, and I do a lot of my own research of it looks interesting then I’ll grab it.
Em: I keep up with big titles coming out, otherwise I go to the game store and browse the shelves/ dig through the used games bin. For PC I shuffle through my steam recommendations. I rarely read reviews unless it’s games other GS staff review and recommends.
Dennis: Well seeing as I’ve been writing up game releases since last year in March, originally for a podcast segment for the Canadian Geekcast and now on here. That’s usually how I discover new games on a week to week basis. I even find a couple of the hosts on the podcast getting into new games they find out about thanks to my list, which is nice.
Nana: I mostly look on steam.
Tyler: I have web sites like IGN, Kotaku, Polygon and a bunch more bookmarked on my computer. I also listen to a ton of video game podcasts. Not to mention the constant research we do for the website and my Twitter is exclusively following video game related accounts.
Q2: What format do you prefer to buy games in, and why?
Christian: PS4 I get digital mainly because of space. I live in a small apartment and if I had every PS4 game I owned physically I would need another room for storage. For Switch, I get physical because I don’t buy that many mainline games for it. I currently only have 5 physical Switch Games and all the carts are in a carrying case. Other indie style games I buy them digitally.
Steven: Physical. Part of it is because of the smell of a freshly opened case, you know that smell that’s probably chemicals that will either give me cancer or superpowers. The other part is that if I buy something digital I can’t return it if I don’t like it.
Em: I buy physical copies of most games, except for PC. Particularly because I like to buy used games when I can. However, I recently also got GamePass Ultimate, so I’ve been downloading lots of games in the last little bit.
Dennis: I don’t really have a preference of formats, I’ll go for either physical or digital whatever works best for my wallet. I usually go physical for the bigger games though because downloading them is a pain. Especially for a couple of games, I got some E3 preorder deals on. If a game ever goes on sale on digital storefronts, I’ll take a bite on that deal.
Nana: Digital, because I own a PC, which is my sole gaming device.
Tyler: Digital, hands down. I can be really ADD with my games so it’s great to be able to switch from game to game to game really easily. It’s also great bringing over a hard drive to a friends place as opposed to a box of games.
Q3: Buying games on day one – yes or no? Are there specific games you buy right away?
Christian: Mostly yes. Right now I have Control pre-ordered. I will also be getting Jedi Fallen Order, Death Stranding, Pokémon Sword, UA3, Watch Dogs Legion and Animal Crossing New Horizons.
Steven: Depends on the game, If it’s something I’ve been waiting a while for then I’m going to be at the midnight release no question, but if it’s something I’m only kind of interested in then I’ll wait for reviews.
Em: There are certain games I pre-order if I’m excited about them. I pre-order call of duty every year, any new AC games, anything from BioWare, and obviously Elder Scrolls games. Otherwise, I wait a little bit, usually for used copies.
Dennis: Like I said any games I saved $20-30 through E3 deals, I’ll get Day One on that game but if I don’t get that money saving on any big games then I’ll usually just wait for it to go on sale during Black Friday, Boxing Day or whenever.
Nana: I don’t really do it because the price gets lower over time so no.
Tyler: I don’t actually remember the last time I bought a game of day one. They usually go on sale pretty quick. Especially when most of the good stuff comes out in September / October and Black Friday and Boxing Day is always around the corner. That being said, Nintendo games are probably the only ones I buy on day one just because the prices never drop on those and most of them are very high quality. It doesn’t often seem that Nintendo Games have game breaking glitches on day one.
Q4: Be honest – how’s your backlog looking?
Christian: I don’t believe in backlogs. If you stopped playing a game you either completely lost interest (Days Gone for me) or something else came out and you forgot about the game (Yoshi’s Crafted World when Katana Zero came out).
Steven: I don’t want to talk about it. I have over 200 games that I’ve downloaded on the Xbox that I haven’t even started yet.
Em: crazed laughter — I buy lots of used games. I play the same 5 games over and over. My backlog is upsettingly large and only getting bigger.
Dennis: looks up at my leaning tower of backlog — … let’s just say it’s a work in progress.
Nana: Hefty. Lots of JRPG.
Tyler: Actually not too bad! I’m pretty happy with where I’m at with my games and I think it’s because I’m extremely picky these days. There are even cases where a game comes out that I want to play but I don’t have the time or money so I’ll just watch a Twitch streamer like Cohh Carnage play through it so in terms of games I’ve never purchased but know everything that happens in it versus games I’ve actually purchased and have never touched, I’m pretty much breaking even.
Q5: What’s the most recent game you’ve purchased, and what made you pick it up?
Christian: Crash Team Racing for Switch because it was on sale at work and I was peer pressured by two friends.
Steven: Judgement on PS4, it looked pretty interesting, but then I started playing the Witcher 3 and nothing has been able to break my focus on that.
Em: I bought Overcooked for PS4, because I saw it on Travis Willingham’s Yeehaw Game Ranch. It’s a fun couch co-op.
Dennis: Judgement is still my focus, I beat it a while ago but now I’m playing a new game plus on Legend difficulty. This game is still my GOTY for sure. Brings what I love and expect from the Yakuza games(be it the great gameplay, the ridiculous side quests, & side activities). Adds to this with a solid 13 episode detective TV season story that is so good.
Nana: Forward to the Sky, because it looks like a nice indie platformer.
Tyler: Oh jeez. Inside? But that was free this month with Games With Gold. I usually get most of my games on Christmas / Birthdays so the last two games I purchased were probably Far Cry 5 and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey on boxing day. Awesome games! I heard such great things about them, especially Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and couldn’t resist when I saw them for 50% off at Best Buy.