The past few months away from Gamer Assault Weekly have not been unlike my own experience with crushes and liking someone in general. That is to say that since the day my laptop broke two months ago I have been watching the Gamer Assault Weekly website closely and longing to get back to all the mischief and butt talk in our Skype conversations, but above all else I have missed being in an environment where my own creativity is pushed to new levels by my peers and we constantly look to one another for guidance, for fun. So in the spirit of February and all the love the corporate holiday of Valentine’s day brings to the table, here are a few games I’m sure you will love (or at the very least have a casual “relationship” with until one of you hopes to take it to the next level). Rocket League (Xbox One, PS4, PC) What started off for me as just a mild interest on Twitch has turned borderline obsession once I bought my PS4. It began over on Gassy Mexican’s Twitch channel where he would stream the game for hours on end and as soon as I got my hands on a PS4 before I knew it I had put ten hours in to the game! Psyonix’s hit brings out the competitor in me for better or worse as I often find myself cursing and simultaneous cackling like the Joker as I my car flies after the ball during the absolute chaos that is 3v3 match making. I can also say I now feel bad for all those times I teased my dog with a ball as I constantly find myself thinking “Ball. Ball. BALL?! WHERE IS THE BALL?!” while playing. Step inside the mind of a dog and play soccer with cars for only twenty dollars on all platforms. Left 4 Dead 2 (PC, Xbox 360) The recent rumors and “accidental leaks” about Left 4 Dead 2 being allegedly remade for backwards compatibility on Xbox One have me all kinds of giddy thinking about the thousands of hours I already have in the older versions of the game. Lately I have been craving another attempt at Realism mode on the hardest difficulty. Yes to squelch the little voice of masochism in the back of my head, but mostly because I have had the game since it’s release on Xbox a few years back and have yet to successfully complete any campaign on those parameters. My Xbox 360 also corrupted the DLC files and refuses to let me connect to Xbox Live so I can’t try downloading it again. So if the game does get the backwards compatibility treatment I would love to dive back in to the post apocalyptic nightmare that brings me so much joy. Grab some ammo and avoid the Witch at all costs for as low as eighteen dollars on Amazon. Pocket Mortys (Mobile) Rick and Morty isn’t a cartoon I have had a much experience in outside of a few episodes, so I wasn’t too thrilled with the idea of a game being released. Regardless I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised by the depth and enjoyment the game brought to the table. In a Pokémon-like display Rick and Morty enter a mysterious multiverse where different Rick’s battle various Morty’s that have a wide variety of abilities much like the aforementioned animated show. The key differences being that Morty is a child and not a rat that shoots lightening or a lizard that shoots fire, and the different class types aren’t even based on the elements of earth, fire, water, etc. Instead Pocket Mortys relies on the Roshambo (Rock, Paper, Scissors for all you scrubs out there) Rock beats Scissors, Scissors beats Paper, and Paper beats Rock which helps keep the game simplistic and balanced in the higher levels of the game as Rick and Morty battle different Gym leaders trying to get back to their own world. The best part of the game? It is 100 percent free to download right now on your mobile phone. Gotham City Impostors (Xbox 360, PS3, PC) As far as strictly online shooters go, you can do a lot worse than Gotham City Impostors. It takes all the fun of Indie games like Loadout, via allowing players to customize their characters and weapons but with the added benefit of dressing up like groupies for either Batman or his lovingly psychopathic antitheses, The Joker. Then players are treated to copious amounts of good ole fashioned gun fights in an array of colorful maps that rival Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare; While the game features four modes of play; Psych Warfare, Fumigation, Bounty Hunter, and the standard Team Deathmatch most prefer to play the latter of the modes on the list. The other game modes were fun, however they soon became tedious if you were matched with other players who were not willing to go after the actual objectives. For instance in Psych Warfare I frequently found myself annoyed when I seemed to be the only one who gave a Penguin’s ass about getting the battery back to base to win the round. All the other players ran around using the grappling hook and shooting each other like a standard Deathmatch. The game is only fifteen bucks (free to play on PC) and I recommend grabbing it and playing it if you have a half hour or so to kill. Any longer and you risk getting stuck talking in a permanent Batman voice from all the yelling you will likely do. Brutal Legend (PS3, Xbox 360, PC) Thinking of this game always hits me right in the feels every time. From the point I first booted up the game I couldn’t help but think my grandfather would have loved this game. From cameos of some of the great rockers of his generation and mine, such as Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Halford and the late, great Lemmy Kilmister, to absolutely prolific amount of music on the sound track this game it would have been an experience I know we both would enjoy. The game itself generally plays out as third person hack and slash action adventure game with a little bit of real-time strategy thrown in to the mix. For the most part this works pretty well as you can mix in guitar riffs that rain lightening down on your fearful enemies as well as slashing them in to chunks with your trusty battle axe. Both of which brought a smile to my face as I did so to the dreaded screamo enemies that were trying to invade as Cradle of Filth’s lead singer Dani Filth belted out “Her Ghost in the Fog” in his haunting voice. If you’re a fan of heavy metal or just rock and roll in general I highly recommend grabbing this game from Game Stop for only three bones. DayLight (PS4, PC) Procedurally generated horror games are pretty hit or miss by standard. Sometimes they work and are nearly perfectly executed, like SCP, and other times they are plagued with little variation in level design and constant glitches such as objectives getting caught in walls or not spawning in at all. DayLight pleasantly manages to keep itself very atmospheric and maintains it’s entertainment levels despite its tiny flaws. In my own purely original fashion I want to get the problems out of the way first to hopefully discredit them. My biggest grievance with the game was the ghost that haunted the player for the duration of the game lost its scare factor given enough time. That’s not to say that I stopped being scared permanently, it was primarily when I was in the same area for far too long. Outside of that I loved the game and my Twitch chat had a blast using the fun chat commands to make the ghost pop up, make foot steps run towards me (which usually made me leap out of my skin) and even have screams interrupt my game commentary. At the time of this writing the game is currently half off on PlayStation Network (the game is usually listed at ten dollars) and I recommend it for the actual story alone. It kept me really intrigued and had my viewers locked on to the screen for the duration of my stream. I can honestly say it is good to be back bringing you lovely people great cheap games every month. I hope you pick up a few of these titles for yourself and try them out. Let us know below what games you recommend to those of us stuck gaming on a budget. On the other hand you could just comment how absurd it was of me to compile these games together and that all you want to do is play Fallout 4.