Choosing games this time around was pretty difficult since it was my birthday this month and I did get gifted a few full price games. I am aching to talk about those, but at the same time, I understand that we all have bills to pay and it’s hard to give up your gaming habits. I get it. I’m mostly playing Apex Legends at this point myself. Nonetheless, below is a bunch of games that will bring you hours upon hours of enjoyment, whether you can splurge for full price, or, like me, are just trying to get by right now. Let’s Go Pikachu (Switch) This is going to come as a shocker to some of you, but I have not played a single Pokemon game since Pokemon Snap on the N64. So, when I got myself a Switch a few weeks ago, one of the first games I sought out was Let’s Go Pikachu! It is hands down one of the most fun games I have played in recent memory. It has been an amazing off-stream relaxation game since I tend to play more fast pace shooters on camera. Let’s Go Pikachu starts off with players seeking out Professor Oak (a la Pokemon Red & Blue) in order to get their first Pokemon and set out to be one of the best Pokemon trainers that world has ever seen. This time around instead of choosing a start-up in his lab, you run into Professor Oak outside of the building studying some local Pidgeys. Just then a wild Pikachu comes out of the underbrush and locks eyes with you and the two of you seemed destined to be a team. From there it feels like the standard for Pokemon games; head out on an adventure, level up in fights, and take out the Gym-Masters in each town. With perhaps some side quests along the way. What is different though is that you basically have a pet Pikachu. In the menus players can select the option to play with him, this allows you to feed him and scratch his head, which boosts the morale between you two. It’s most of what I spend my time doing. Other than swearing at Pokemon that pop out of the ball that I’m trying to catch them in. This game is full price right now so if you are like me and money is incredibly tight lately wait for it to go on sale. Borderlands 2 (Last Gen Consoles, Xbox One, PS4, PC) Borderlands is one of the most beloved franchises in recent memory and with the third game coming out later this year, now is as good a time as any to revisit the series. The whole series was on sale for less than twenty dollars not that long ago but you can still grab them now for about that price. Borderlands 2 presents fans with a whole new cast of playable characters to get to know and love. The DLC character Gaige has so far been my favorite to play with she can throw out this badass mech to help her fight and has some of the best style in the game. The story though centers around stopping Handsome Jack from killing the vault hunters and getting into the vault he’s been feverishly after. Along the way, you will meet a ton of characters both new and old which is, of course, met with a ton of tragic and hilarious moments. Depending on who you ask Tiny Tina is one of the best new characters added to the universe and has a DLC story centered around her getting the group to play a version of Dungeons and Dragons. This DLC will hit players right in the feels sometimes. Either way grab the game now for as low as twenty bucks! Strange Brigade (Xbox One, PS4, PC) The Xbox Spring Sale ends very soon but Strange Brigade is currently only $16.50 in the Xbox Store. Usually, the treasure hunting adventure runs about forty bucks so to see it this low is a steal! Choose from one of the available characters each with different abilities and personality and get ready to face hordes of the dead and mythical creatures as you fight to keep the world from being taken over by an ancient evil. This game has a ton of personality to it and mixes a bunch of elements together quite expertly. The puzzles offer players extra items and a ton of money to spend on various in-game items, such as the gun box ala Call of Duty Zombies as well as unlockables in the lobby before the start of the game. Outside of the superb campaign Strange Brigade also features a wonderfully crafted survival mode. Just like in the campaign one to four players load in but this time around they fight endless waves of increasingly difficult enemies while trying to unlock more and more to the area. Usually, game modes like this feel like they aren’t made for players like myself who usually run solo but I was actually able to make it quite far on my own earning most of the modes achievements on my first run. Grab the game right now before the price jumps back up to forty bucks! If you’re still on the fence about it feel free to check out the full review I did of it. Pick of The Month: Sekiro: Shadow Die Twice (Xbox One, PS4, PC) This game is hard; I mean ball bustingly hard. What else can you expect at this point from the developers at From Software who created Dark Souls and Bloodborne in the same veins? This time around though the combat focus seems to be set on blocking and parrying as opposed to just getting the hell out of the way or rolling behind your enemies to slap their backs with a sword. Think about it as an overly complex rhythm game. Each attack at the character is a beat and the success of the “song” that is the fight depends on what your reaction is to that beat. You could block outright and keep the tempo or if you time it just right, the strike hits, and change the speed causing the enemy to possibly open up for an attack. If you’re desperate just wear down your enemy with slashes akin to a speed guitar riff. Something else to note about this is the increased mobility that Sekiro has. He has a grappling attachment to his arm that allows him to move around the battlefield in new and incredibly useful ways. I think that’s one of the most appealing aspects to this game for me at least. I felt really restricted in Bloodborne and Dark Souls. It at least feels like in Sekiro I have a better way out of fights I am losing. Outside of that, the familiarity is still present from other games in the genre, the lack of an objective on screen, relying on context clues, saving at idols, enemies respawning every time you save. There’s so much more to this game then what was discussed here, if you’re a fan of this genre then Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a must play and the amount of content alone is worth the sixty dollar price tag. All the games above are top tier in their own right. Whether you like your games so difficult you risk snapping the controller or just want to spend time shooting stuff with your friends and looting there is a game out there for you. If you have any deals or games on the cheaper side to recommend feel free to drop them down below.