In the cold dark reaches of space, total void eminates a dark and somber echo of creation. The great womb of the universe through eons of scattered birth and death, trial and error of a formless creation, brought about billions and billions of stars, who in turn fathered countless planets each with unlimited possibilities.
When a dying star shatters its being upon its kin, a bud of life is given a chance to blossom, ushering in brand new life in the galaxy–
-This is known as Antares Complex.
Conrad forces Neige to do some R&R at a casino while Toji’s surgery goes on. Will she get to relax or is she going to run into more trouble?
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So the switch has been shown, it’s had games been shown and played in person on real hardware and as I figured there’s problems with it, which I’d all happily ignore if it wasn’t for one glaring fault, but I’ll get to that after I talk about the Switch a bit.
I’m going to be going through the negatives I have on this device, so if bringing up flaws of a device gets you angry enough to send death threats, spare us the drama and go read IGNs preview then. I do want the device regardless of these negatives but I’m not going to ignore them either. I have plenty of negatives for the other consoles before you go shouting bias.
If you want a TL:DR of things that are wrong:
-Crap battery life.-Accessories are even more expensive than the pricey competition.
-Storage space is the abysmal.
-Pay to play Online
-It doesn’t have a real dpad.
The Switch is a lot of things I was looking for in a handheld, I hated that handhelds forgot they should be able to be put on a big screen. The PSP was the last one to do this but that was fairly janky since you had to go to the main menu and even then it only took up a fraction of the screen. DS and 3DS just didn’t even try, and at their resolutions? Probably best they didn’t bother as, if you looked up any screenshot taken from the device it’s small and VERY blocky. BUT ANYWAY It’s a feature I really wanted on my device since it could bring some more usability.
Problem is when you make things nice and pretty on a portable it tends to kill the battery fast, the estimated battery life is 2-6 hours which frankly is pretty bad. I’m already annoyed at fans defending this short battery life by stating “you can use a backup battery like with a phone” that’s a bandaid there dear, that doesn’t remove a negative. Thankfully they moved away from proprietary chargers and it works via USB-C which is nice and much easier than ..well NOT including a charger at all (New 3DS XL).
Also, the joycons also have their own individual batteries, and there’s no word on how long they last…agh.
The other major issue is accessories are comically costly, a Pro Controller will set you back $70 bucks, that’s the most expensive controller now. Likely because they want to justify their JoyCons (the 2 slide in controllers) costing $80 for a pair! Really hope 3rd party take up the gap here because those prices are really stupid. A dock will apparently set you back $90 bucks if you lose it, confusing since it’s pretty much a connector, maybe a fan and something to hold the unit in.
Also, the LOVELY and amazing WiiU Pro controller ..isn’t compatible with the Switch…which is immensely frustrating since I love that controller and it’s perfect analog sticks and pretty nice dpad and STELLAR battery life (crushes the PS4 & XB1 battery life that’s for sure)
The biggest glaring flaw is the 32GB of storage, which before you shout “it’s EXPANDABLE” give me a minute. 32GB isn’t enough frankly, not for digital purchases and not for physicals with installs and updates, nevermind system updates. A micro SD card can be used (again, a bandaid much like replacing the HDD or using an external on a PS4 or XB1) but that’s costly as well. At current time of writing microSD cards at the 128GB size go for $60-100 and those fancy pro models are SLOWER than a 5400rpm hdd, that which is in the competition’s storage.
So even a bandaid here is not only costly but not a very good solution.
Now Nintendo, like the others, want you to pay for online. Which doesn’t make sense since 99% of games are local hosted. In otherwords if you’re playing Splatoon or Gears of War or whatever online? Your game is likely being hosted on one of the players consoles. Match making is the only thing going on their end. Some of you may say it’s justified by the included (NOT FREE) games you get. And, okay fine that’s cool…but with Nintendo’s new plan, you aren’t getting free games, you’re getting rentals. You lose the NES/SNES title after a month. That’s ….I …have no words for how BAD this is. Again, paying for online I think is stupid regardless of the console but Nintendo offers the objectively worst benefits for paying for online but asks you to pay the same amount. I don’t play for PS+ and I sure as hell have no interest in spending the cost of a entire game on Nintendo’s online service.
Other problem is any of you with Virtual Console titles, Nintendo is going to expect you to pay AGAIN or pay a fee after migrating your user data off your WiiU or something. The competition however save these games to your file with them and you can install your purchased titles on your other machines.
My biggest personal gripe is it doesn’t have a freaking dpad, Nintendo, the guys who for ages made some of the best ones have entirely neglected putting one in because they wanted the joycons to be able to do 2player in some gimmicky mode. There is technically a dpad, but it’s 4 face buttons which frankly sucks, this has been tried on the SNES (Smash TV), the 64 for camera, the DS and 3DS for camera controls and it’s just NOT a good substitute. The gap between the buttons and the lack of linked dpad-y goodness doesn’t work. Please just crowbar a SNES dpad in there and call it a day!
Yes maybe some will get use out of it, and that’s fine. But me personally with games like Sonic Mania hitting the device and maybe Freedom Planet 2 I would LOVE to have these games easily accessible on the go and I’m not into using analogsticks for games like that.
I’m excited for the multi-functional/multi-role abilities it has, I like that Nintendo is ignoring the stupid 4k hype and going for 60fps since that enhances gamesplay over just visuals! I like how the joycons can be separate and away from the device, or in a controller thing, I like that they’re embracing options for many tastes.
I think the switch is an important device, it could be that stepping stone that pulls the other two idiots out of 30 or less FPS being acceptable in games and focus on more …versatile fun and enjoyment. … I mean it’s doubtful because…That’s what they’ve been pushing for the last 2 gens and it’s annoying.
So, Mike is obviously some kinda Nintendo hating Sony/MS fanboy. Sorry to disappoint but I have all their consoles from the SNES to the WiiU, sans the 64, I’ve had every handheld they’ve made (GG,GBP,GBC,GBA, GBASP, GBASP+,DS Lite, 3DS XL & n3DSXL) and the 3DS is my primary handheld ! So, no I’m just very critical of the things I buy, maybe for you the dpad thing isn’t a big deal, but for me it’s almost a deal breaker… I LOVE 2D platformers and I want a dpad with them on the go. The over priced pro controller is a bandaid I will not buy either.
I have one preordered but I may wind up holding off till more stuff is out/announced because as is, I’m thinking I may have more milage with my primary art device the Surface Pro 4 and my 8BitDo: FC30 controller, which will do Freedom Planet, Sonic Mania, Skyrim etc…I wonder if it’ll run Dragon Quest Heroes….ahem, anyway, that said, I really am eagerly looking forward to what they have going for this.
I WANT the Switch to be good, Monster Hunter, Kirby….maybe a new 7th Dragon ( wink wink! ) among other jRPGs on the go with a nice large 720p display? Or on my TV?! Yes, PLEASE. But there’s flaws with this device, AS THERE ARE WITH THE OTHER CONSOLES and I wanted to get my thoughts out.
I was going to make this a video but it’d probably be more simple for me to type it out with some images shoved in. 2016 many claim was a great year for games, me I was kinda scratching my head to come up with a larger list than this.
Also these are games I played in 2016 and may not have actually come out then. If you think that’s cheating well, some of these games may have come out in 2016 in the US but in previous years in Japan, so that’s my excuse.
So, with that out of the way. Welcome to Mike’s TOP 5 CLICK BAIT GAMES OF 2016!
Sky Rogue (PC):
Already I’m cheating with a game that isn’t actually out yet but is in early access! Gah, ruined my list. It’s a really fun game, you don’t see many flight games being released or at least ones that aren’t going a bit too far with complexity. This feels like an Ace Combat game …but with MODDING! Yes you want a Tie Fighter in it your game? Well hit the steam workshop and hit 1 button and now you have a tie fighter. Want Silpheed? Just one cl- what do you man what is SILPHEED?! …..
Anyway, it’s got a standout graphical style that’s both light on system requirements but also stylish. Kinda reminds me of a 32x or DOS game.
It’s in early access as I said but it offers a lot of options in an expanding simple package….Like SPLIT SCREEN CO-OP!!
This is a dumb game, a really really dumb game and it knows it. The idea is the earth is under attack by every b-movie cliche you can imagine. Giant ants? In hordes. Giant robots? With lasers even! Godzilla ripoffs? With giant mech battles!
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This is a case of so-bad it’s good. The game is ugly, the art design is goofy, the voice acting is HORRIBLE, the music is forgettable, it chugs no matter what platform you play it on but…It’s got co-op, you fight giant bugs with shotguns or weapons that make no sense (rockets you can roll faster than) has an assortment of weapons, 4 classes and tons of levels to play through. Online co-op, SPLIT-SCREEN CO-OP (YES, ON PC)
Only a few of the games have made it to the US, 1 made it exclusively on 360, the other on PS3, PS4 PC (maybe XB1? IDK) and there’s a spinoff by another dev which some like some hate.
It’s a bit grindy and that’s about the only thing I can say that’s a full stop turn away for some but it’s a series I hope to see more from. E.D.F.!!! E.D.F.!!! E.D.F.!!! E.D.F.!!!
But as the only one that’s on PC currently besides the spinoff, I’d say you’re missing out if you don’t give this game a shot.
Monster Hunter Generations (3DS)
Ah hah! Thought this would be PC ranty-rant only? Nonsense! That said the screenshots are going to look awful because the 3DS’s native resolution is somewhere between a potato and a NES.
There have been other games trying to ape what Monster Hunter brings and sure you can say games have done the formula before but this is the first one I’ve seen that has such deliberate and precise gameplay mechanics. Some have said the game is unresponsive with the attacks, but that’s inaccurate I feel. Attacks are deliberate, swinging a giant sword would require a lot of strength and when you see the hit it feels like a real solid impact. The combat feels good, attacks are deliberate and you have to plan them out it feels like…almost like Dark Souls I guess?
The goals typically boil down to you and your friends gang up and beat up a giant monster to make weapons out of them. This is another case of grinding turning away players I’d say as monster drops are pretty random so, if you want a specific weapon and you don’t get everything you need? You’ll be going back to fight them again.
The game is fun, feels rewarding and I only wish I could play it more but seems my friends have gotten way too far head of me and this is a game that I feel is best played with friends. Even if they have a single player that works good on your own.
The only other negative…It’s 3DS only, and works much nicer on the NEW 3DS with better framerates, textures and added effects. So there’s no split screen option and your friends will need to have a their own 3DS units as well.
DOOM 4 (PC/PS4/XB1)
This game, this was not a game I was expecting to be good. How many shooters get fucked in sequels or when a company buys them up? FEAR was great then FEAR 3 happened, DeadSpace was great then 3 happened. Really top this off with the fact the last game id made was RAGE which was …..mediocre at best. I didn’t expect DOOM to work as well as it did.
It does nearly everything right. No reloading, no regeneration health, not open world, not a buggy garbage mess, no forced walking spots, no leveling and stat points. (kinda)
DOOM 4 looks great, runs great, plays great has 2 shotguns….. Also you get to rip an imp in half with your bare fucking hands:
So it’s pretty damn great. The only negatives are a few times you have a forced story bit that usually don’t last too long annnd…there’s no expansions as of the writing of this ….’review’.
It manages to add enough to not be a stupid retread of old DOOM games nor does it try and be something it isn’t. It’s fast, it’s brutal it’s mean, it’s bloody good fun. It’s as good as you’ve heard.
and my ARBITRARY NUMBER 1 pick iiiiis:
7th Dragon III: Code V.F.D. (3DS)
Again, I apologize for the potato resolution screenshots but unless a port to a more more powerful device happens …or 3DS emulation takes off we’re stuck with teeny-weenie screenshots.
This game I took a gamble on, as I usually like to go into games blind I saw the art from this game and PART of a video and went in to a preorder (like you shouldn’t do). Boy was I surprised, not only did it come in a larger box with a artbook but the game itself is really fun.
The story is simple but kinda unique. Dragons have invaded the world, the world is not doing well as some people are dying from a sickness and others are straight up being killed. Your job is to make a team of characters of your own creation: their looks, job and skills are up to you and your goal is to travel through time (DBZ style where it creates break off timelines) and defeat all the dragons in the areas.
This is where the combat gets crazy, there’s random battles then there’s dragons. If there are dragons on the map? They can invade your battle, even if it’s a dragon battle making for some hectic gameplay. What makes this nice is unlike Pokemon, moves rarely drag on. I think the longest attack in this game is about the length of all the dialogue & attack animation of the SHORTEST move in pokemon. Making battles fast and fluid. Every fight is fast an energetic, only enhanced by the music.
What makes the music more fun and interesting is they totally planned out a peak in climax in the music, so if the battle has dragged out a bit, it only gets you more pumped for the fight.
The story is simple and despite your characters being character created generics you still kinda get a feel for character and enjoy them. Its’ also gotta be said this game has one of the few cases of having a gay character that wasn’t the characters ONLY trait. It’s just apart of them, it’s not what makes them a person. An intelligent scientist and engineer who’s a bit fruity, finally! If you want you can even date him or anyone else on your party or in the office.
Either way this lengthy thing has gone on a bit too long. The game is overall pretty simple but it’s a game that I’ve really come to enjoy, the music, the combat, the flow of things really work well together. I wish it was on more platforms but I think the dev actually went out of business …so unless the publisher has someone else do it…this game is stuck on the small screen.
The other titles are japan only on the PSP.
Check the game out if you have a 3DS! It’s obscure, REALLY obscure, I didn’t even see a gamefaq walkthrough for it!
Well there’s my top whatever games of 2016. I may have missed some games or chosen not to include them like Pokemon (because it disappointed me) but if you disagree you can make your own list 🙂 . I really thought there’d be more but at the time of writing this is what I enjoyed playing………….Well besides way, way, WAY too much Freedom Planet.
The final page of issue 10 is up and now I’m taking a short ‘break’ …….by break I mean I’m going to be working hard on more pages and hopefully revamping my patreon.
Had a lot of things going on recently, work picked up in December understandably and on top of this we had family in while I was trying to get comic work done. So Let’s Plays have been feeding from a buffer of videos I’ve made and I haven’t been able to stream much either.
Hopefully this will all be changing soon! More streams and I’ll get to play a bloody game and record some stupid commentary over it.
Hey guys so, I love technology so here’s a bit of a blog/rant on my jump to the NEXT GENERATION OF GAMING…(If you don’t count my WiiU)
I’ve had every Playstation iteration till recently, I found a hell of a deal this black friday and some deals aside from that. I got a PS4 Slim + Uncharted 4, Last of Us, Ratchet and Clank for $250, even better my brother went half in on it. One more deal later and our library expanded with the Uncharted Collection & Gravity Rush Remastered.
I opted not to bother for the PS4 Pro since this deal was FAR better than spending $400 for just the console alone, that and the PS4 Pro is …comically useless, I’d argue even if you had a 4kTV. But EITHER WAY since my brother went in half I couldn’t pass up the deal, good thing too since it sold out fast.
I haven’t had too much time to mess with my new device since the holidays have been slamming me around like crazy with work but I’ve had some time to enjoy the unit. Let me share my thoughts! :V
So firstly the interface is changed on the PS4, I liked the PS3’s XMB but it seems SONY wanted to cram some ads and icons for services which irks me. I bought the damned thing and I don’t want ads on my home page, even to services. I don’t want their streaming service, their music service and especially not PS+ just to play games on the thing. That’s what consoles have been to me, things to slap a game disc or movie disc in and enjoy something fast and dirty.
Either way, the games I got to try were Uncharted 2, great on PS3 and even nicer on PS4 since the framerate is now 60 (which is important to me) and the visuals are lightly touched up. The collection is a bit bare-bones and doesn’t include anything else like dev documentaries but that’s fine, 3 awesome games and I’m looking forward to playing them with my cousin!
Ratchet and Clank I’m less impressed by…The writing is far less cynical, or as good and the characters never, shut, up. I’m not sure I’ve heard more than 5 minutes of music in the game, or much of the gunfire. Characters just keep talking and agh. I’ve got EVERY main game in the series and I LOVE them. The real shame is the game runs at 30fps, and this isn’t a bloody PC Master Race thing, every game in the series runs at 60 minus the original title. It makes the animation look all the more pretty and the game that much more responsive.
It’s by no means a bad game, it’s just disappointing…I’m probably most of the way through and I have to say it’s the least impressive of all the games I’ve played. It’s still fun and I like it just ..bah. It’s a shame, still worth getting if you see it for cheap.
One thing that impresses me is that they have a sleep mode like handheld game devices which I LOVE, LOVE, LOOOVE. It’s something that made the Disgaea series playable for me, since diving into item world could be the better part of 2-3 hours it’s nice to be able to stop when you need to or give yourself a break. The interface is also snappier and store is way more responsive (though it still sucks to navigate). The controller is FAR better than the PS3’s with it’s crappy triggers and it’s only ..major shortcoming is the battery life is laughable. I’m not sure I’ve seen battery life this poor since the 360’s crap battery packs.
One thing that I do want to touch on later is a lot of the exclusives and games that I got are …remakes or remasters. Which is really telling and damning of this generation of devices, especially when Sony and MS both said backward compatibility was both unwanted and added extra cost to devices. Which they obviously make up by reselling. But, that’s another blog rant.
I may talk more on this later but, for now I’m happy with my purchase. For …$140 or so I got a PS4 Slim and all the games I had an interest in, and I’m sure there’s more to come in time.
Let me know if you guys have a console, what you do with them and if you like or dislike them and why! Thanks for reading and stay awesome.
Well, where do I start, ever since the rumors have talked about the unit being a tablet with detachable controllers I was interested, however ever since the announcement I’ve been worried since Nintendo has left us with little answers for a device that’s coming out fairly soon.
Like I said, I think a tablet with detachable controllers and a TV out is a great idea, it’s been partially done before by android tablet makers so I’m already on board with that. Having a Surface Pro 4 the only thing that keeps it from being more of a portable gaming device is the lack of physical controls on the sides. They’ve been ignoring the TV with their handhelds since the GBA, it’s nice to see them remembering they used to do embrace that. So I see a lot of potential.
+LOVE the idea they built a handheld with TV in mind.
+Split screen Co-Op is still important still
+Playable split screen with the removable controllers
+Bigger higher res screen than the 3DS’s pitiful 240p screen
+Has TV FINALLY.
Some of my complaints are negatives only because, as usual, Nintendo is far too secretive for their own good and we’re left wondering. We’re obviously not going to see any backward compatibility between either the 3DS or WiiU. Battery life is a HUGE concern with such a device, especially since there’s 3 batteries to worry about between the tablet, the controller and the other controller. Speaking of the removable controllers, there’s no dpad. Making 2D gaming annoying. Yes, I know there’s those buttons but coming from the PSP were shooters tried to use the face buttons to work a camera, I’m skeptical on this working any better with the spacing.
-No Dpad on the removable controllers
(-)No idea on battery life between the tablet and it’s 2 controller bits.
(-)No idea on internal storage. After the WiiU’s pitiful 8GB and 32GB they need to step it up (2007’s PS3 had 60GB!!)
(-)3rd Party support, wave that graphic Nintendo put out all you want, they did the same thing with the WiiU and developer support dried up, FAST.
(-)Graphical output, yes graphics do matter. If there’s too much of a graphical difference between it and the competition, 3rd parties are less likely to port to the unit.
-Awful launch line up because of lack of backward compatibility
-They’re porting games from the WiiU to bolster the launch library, no backward compatibility means we have to hope their pricing isn’t bad.
Many people narrowmindly only buy Nintendo brand games on Nintendo console, but other developers supporting the device is only a bonus for all. Look at the great selection of 3DS games made by 3rd party. Nevermind the fact that many of Nintendo’s IPs are now made by 3rd party such as Namco, SEGA, and Platinum games. I’m not saying they need AAA games developed by 3rd party for it but great indie titles such as Freedom Planet, Mighty Switch Force, Shantae, Fast Racing Neo, etc. Support has been great from publishers like Sega bringing over RPGs like 7th Dragon III and Stella Glow, Capcom with Resident Evil Revelations!
So if they don’t have the hardware umph it may be hard for them to get on board with the device, or even Nintendo to realize their ideas. The new Zelda title is supposed to be fully open world in an expansive open area, meaning they have high end needs as well. I don’t mind if the unit has around PS3/360/WiiU levels of visuals, but I think devs might is my concern.
As I said earlier, tablet makers have already created a Switch/NX like device that was more about emulators and featured a TV out and controls built into the unit but had me hoping for the big console makers to go for. So I have interest in the unit but I’m cautiously optimistic.
So, as it stands with the really small launch library and all these concerns I’m optimistic about the future of the unit but as for it’s launch I’m only interested to see where the hardware pans out. With the lack of games coming out for it I’m not invested….However if they had a new METROID game announced by oh …say …Retro Studios, I’d be all over it!…Because I’m a sucker.
The last thing I’m worried about is new iterations, Nintendo loves their revisions (GB, GBP, GBC, GBA, GBA SP, GBA SP+, GBA Micro, DS, DSLite, DSi, DSiXL, 3DS, 3DS XL, n3DS, n3DSXL) so buying early to me always seems like a bad idea from them, especially now with Sony and MS jumping on that band wagon.
Either way, let’s hope to hear more from Nintendo’s new project. Don’t take this as me hating on the unit, I’m eager to see where it goes, but I’m very critical of these things and cautious about jumping onto new tech so early.