Shack Snack: June 26, 2014

Kick back and treat yourself to a Shack Snack, a short recap of three big stories you should know. It's like a CliffsNotes for video games! If you enjoy, don't forget to subscribe to us on YouTube.

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PlayStation Plus July line-up includes Strider, TowerFall Ascension, and more

Sony has revealed the July line-up for PlayStation Plus, diving headfirst into the slow summer months. And they're fairly notable titles, too, offering something for just about everyone, whether they enjoy multiplayer romps or single-player adventures. In particular, the PlayStation 4 looks to have your summer needs met with its offerings. Check out the full list after the break.

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Games with Gold July line-up includes Guacamelee

July is just around the corner, which means it's about time for Microsoft to outline next month's Games with Gold offerings. Next month will include three new games, and one that is oddly sticking around from last month for some reason.

Octodad's adventures continue with Shorts DLC, coming this summer

Oh, Octodad. You somehow managed to slither your way into our hearts, you squid devoted to his family while struggling to do things as simple as shopping for groceries. Now, your adventures will continue, and it'll be interesting to see what you do next.

Plants vs Zombies 2 expands to the 'Dark Ages'

Plants vs Zombies 2 has rolled out its next time period. The Dark Ages expansion is available now, focusing on night missions since it's so dark. Eh? Yes?

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Shovel Knight review: an ageless wonder

The classics are often considered classics for a good reason. There's something simplistic and beautiful about the old-school 8-bit age of gaming, encapsulating just why we both love (and hate) games so much. No genre grasps this dichotomy quite like the 80s platformer. It's easy to see Yacht Club Games' affinity for a bygone era. Shovel Knight practically bathes in its retro NES-era aesthetic, as evidenced by its look, its music, and its simple-to-explain story. But more than that, the developer fully understands what made those old-school games so appealing to begin with. By embracing certain aspects of classic platformers, while thankfully doing away with others, Shovel Knight emerges as a fantastic effort, regardless of the time period.