I don't play on PlayStation 4 very often, so when I do it's generally for a very good reason. Horizon Zero Dawn is so good that I finally figured out how to stream from PS4 to YouTube. The game has a solid open world exploration dynamic that starts with an emphasis on stealth but can evolve into other combat styles depending on how you invest skill points. The story is pretty great too.

The first 30 minutes covers the main tutorial and back story leading up to the first opportunity to really free roam:

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Another Artifex Mundi hidden object game, and you know I'm in. It actually took me a week to record a stream I could save, so I actually played the start of Enigmatis 3: The Shadow of Karkhala some 5 or 6 times.

So you know this stream is a solid tour. And, yes, I pretended to make a few extra mistakes not to fool anyone but to ensure the game didn't go by so fast you couldn't tell what was going on:

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There's a new Artifex Mundi hidden object game coming out soon, but I thought Subject 13 might help scratch that puzzler itch until then. It appears to be The Room, with its puzzle boxes and hidden codes, blended with your typical puzzle adventure.

If it weren't for the clunky walking animation and awkward interface, it would be pretty good. The price is right, though: just $3 on Xbox One with Deals with Gold or $7 without Gold:

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As a fan of Re-Volt, famously used to beta test the original Xbox Live service, I'm always on the lookout for the next good miniature car racer. Table Top Racing: World Tour had mixed reviews but looked promising. Best of all, it was only $5 via Deals with Gold on Xbox One.

Alas, based on my first 30 minutes (plus a little time to beat the first championship), this isn't it. Gameplay is more random than I'd like, tuning your vehicle helps you win back some control but effects vary depending on the type of challenge. Definitely a mixed bag (look at Mad Tracks, available on Xbox 360 and Xbox One via 360 backward compatibility, for something better):

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South Park: The Fractured But Whole is something of a mixed bag but overall a solid follow-up to The Stick of Truth. I purchased the Gold edition expecting I would want the DLC, and I'm happy I did. The new bonus story From Dusk Till Casa Bonita plays off the excellent Robert Rodriguez action flick (and more recently, TV series) From Dusk Till Dawn and what many consider the best episode of the South Park TV series, Casa Bonita.

In the first 30 minutes, you will NOT get into Black Bart's Cave. But you will enter the restaurant, battle Vamp Kids, play Skee-Ball and Shooting Gallery games for prize tickets, and enjoy a new playable class and enlist a new teammate - both of which carry over to the main game:

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Rime is an attractive puzzler with no dialogue that I found on Xbox Game Pass - you're just a character who must figure out through context how to progress through a visually stunning world.

I made a few mistakes but ultimately prevailed in this first 30-minute walkthrough - learn the basics and, in a few spots, what not to do:

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Crackdown is one of our favorite games of all time. Something about feeling your powers grow from bunny hops to being able to leap tall buildings in a single bound made this game an amazing experience.

I originally uploaded my cloud save thinking I'd want to pick up where I left off a decade ago. But I had more or less beaten the game, leaving just a few hidden orbs to find. When the game was announced as hitting Xbox One via backward compatibility last week, I realized I wanted to start anew and feel my powers grow again. Alas, Crackdown does not permit you to simply start a new game and deleting the cloud save proved tricky. It turns out you need to access the Xbox 360 "blade" interface via a game running in back compatibility (press the two buttons on either side of the center Guide button to open and use the Manage Storage option there).

If only the fun stopped there. My next few attempts at streaming via Mixer failed. It's too bad, since my first 30-minute run went really well - showing some pitfalls as well as quick victories in the first few battles. It turns out that Mixer sometimes forgets your save VOD setting so if this happens, the fix is to toggle it off and then back on again.

This run still went pretty well. You'll see the settings screens, how to exit the agency garage, where to quickly secure a supply point, the first mini-boss, a bunch of agility orbs that greatly increase my jumping distance, and where to go to take out the second Los Muertos general:

A few weeks later, I've maxed out my agility and decided to take a run at ascending the Agency Tower. It took a few tries but I made it. The voiceover comment when I reached the apex - priceless. Then I plunged toward the water and missed it by feet:

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I love a good racing game, the more mayhem the better. Split/Second looked very much like a Burnout clone, and in fact delivers a fulfilling racing dynamic - sort of like Mario Kart but instead of sending Koopa shells after your enemies, you trigger remote explosions that'll take them out if you time it right.

The tutorial was pretty meh but covered the basics of drifting to generate explosive opportunities. The first actual race was awesome! There's another race (which proved much more challenging, so much that I played it twice) and then a bonus time trial level:

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Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India is another in a series of side-scrolling stealth/action titles in the Assassin's Creed franchise. It's also free with Games with Gold for the next few weeks.

This isn't my first time at the Assassin's Creed Chronicles rodeo, but you wouldn't know it from watching this First 30 Minutes play through. You will learn the basics of jumping, hiding, distracting, pickpocketing, and takedowns. I went a little long so that I could show how to beat a section that was giving me trouble:

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Assassin's Creed: Origins was a Valentine's gift for GrrlGotGame. What can I say, she loves to kill stuff (in games). And the Assassin's Creed series is one of her favorites, especially the Ezio saga. And this one has the best rep since Ezio hung up his wrist-mounted shivs.

After she was through with the start of the game, I gave it a go. Here you'll get the basics of combat, how to find your way out of the stupid opening cave (eventually), where to invert aiming, your first stealth slayings, and an eagle's flight:

 

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I'm starting to become a wee bit Internet famous for my adoration of Artifex Mundi hidden object games. So when I saw that Nightmares From The Deep 3: Davy Jones joined the console lineup today, I dove right in.

Here's the first 30 minutes (don't worry if you haven't played prior games in the series - there are no significant spoilers):

 

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Shadow Warrior is a reboot of the first-person shooter/slasher originally built on the 3D Realms Duke Nukem engine with a new story and a modern engine and sensibilities.

Not to say it's not still highly offensive, not to mention bloody as hell (hence the age gating). I've been meaning to pick it up for some time - so when it showed up in the Games with Gold lineup, I readily grabbed my katana and started hacking away:

 

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I dabbled in the Sea of Thieves technical alpha but this was my first earnest attempt to play the game. Alas, I didn't find my first mission (a freebie I picked up from a merchant I sailed to find) until near the end. And I didn't see where to activate it - right behind the map table - until just after I cut the feed.

No worries, I was at time and that may be worth a second 30-minute-or-so stream tomorrow. For now, learn the basics of sailing a ship solo, slay a few skeletons (which appear to only spawn at night), nab a powder keg, get chomped by a shark, and - amazingly - not run into any other players (I kept expecting them to surface and slay me PUBG-style - better luck next time, you scurvy seadogs!):

 

So I decided to go after that mission I found at the end of my first expedition. But activating it didn't add it to my ship's map, so I wasn't sure where to go. I set sail anyway, heading northwest toward the corner of the map (which seemed to be what the map fragment was telling me). I never did reach it as my ship spontaneously sank. I swam to the surface and found a mer-person, who teleported me to a nearby isle and resurrected my skiff. I forgot that weapons were mapped to Y so I ran away from enemies and located a captain's chest. I hauled it into a nearby outpost (as opening it is apparently not a thing) and was able to trade it for some gold. Phew! I can see why you are better of with a crew as navigating while sailing is a challenge. But I do enjoy exploration, so I'll likely keep at it:

 

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Seasons After Fall is visually amazing.The painterly art style alone is worth a look. Gameplay is a bit predictable, which for a puzzle platformer is a good sign that you can probably figure everything out and finish it.

I don't know - I'm just 30 minutes in, but so far so good. There's not a lot of time spent figuring things out. It's mostly running and jumping and interacting with the weather change dynamic - plus watching the occasional cut scene:

 

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Oh...Sir!! The Insult Simulator doesn't look like much of a game, and in fact I grappled for more than a day on whether to pick it up when it dropped below $3.

The reviews are surprisingly positive. The game, laced with many Monty Python references, throws a bunch of random phrases and words at you and your opponent. Most are shared - this took me a few matches to figure out, which is why I didn't do better. You construct insults which, when grammatically correct and press on an opponent's sore spot, will earn you massive takedown points:

 

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Nevermind is a mess-with-your-head kind of game. On PC and Mac, it's designed to work with a biofeedback accessory to determine when you are stressed, and ups the ante accordingly.

On Xbox One, you're off the hook as there is no compatible hardware (yet) to determine when you're freaking out - but there's still stuff in there to make you jump out of your skin. The tutorial mission, aimed at easing you into exploring some screwed up psyches, is still pretty intense in spots - though I did think it was judging how fast I reacted so I tried to slow my pace a bit. Turns out I need not have bothered.

As you'll see, it's just getting interesting when I cut the feed about 32 minutes in:

 

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Tacoma is basically Gone Home - in spaaace. You arrive on a space station to find everyone missing, and therein a mystery to unravel. You're aided by augmented reality (AR) that lets you view recent interactions between the crew members and unlock sometimes very corrupted bits of data containing clues to their relationships and what happened. There are also AR kitties to find hidden away in the memory logs, if you like that sort of thing.

Watch the start of the game and see how the mechanics work (don't worry, it doesn't spoil much story - there's still plenty to find):

 

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I played Broken Age on Steam back when it first came out, and loved it - but never quite finished it. I played the girl's story in full, and was glad that I starting with her as it made guessing how it would intersect with the boy's tale quite the mind game.

I've recreated the experience, this time on Xbox One (at this writing it's one sale for a very reasonable $6). I hope to finish both stories this time, and maybe I'll stream the first 30 of the boy's story too - though Vella is a favorite character of mine:

 

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Playdead's Inside is one of the more disturbing games I've played in awhile. I never finished Limbo, a similar puzzle platformer from the same studio. This one is both more accessible and easier to get lost in due to the depth of its dystopian vision. I'm still not sure about the ending though - ick.

On my first play, I couldn't get Mixer to work. But after finishing the ganme, I decided to go again - partly to show off the start of this amazing game and also to collect some of the hidden orbs I missed that unlock Inside's achievements (you can beat the story with zero gamerscore):

 

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Toasting yourself in I Am Bread is a bigger challenge than you'd think. Moving around requires careful control of your corners, and too much time on the floor will make you too disgusting to consume. It's a good thing that I'm not bread in real life, as my career path would be limited.

Watch the tutorial and then see if I can finally toast myself during the first half hour of play:

 

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