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.
Didn’t realize how hard to see the comment text was posting comments so I decided to back pedal that one and install disqus which seems to be much more obvious that you can post your thoughts on the site. Gonna see how well that works since I’m not sure how well it works against spam.
But, YA KNOW I’ll keep you guys up to date.
Till then, don’t be shy and leave a comment! I’d like to see how this system works and hear your thoughts.
This is the new site and it’s taken me longer than I thought. I thought I could have it done before issue 10 but, just wasn’t going to happen.
But hey that’s all in the past now. We’re sporting a new site that’s mobile friendly, more able and has better features like the ability to link to individual pages instead of just issues! And COMMENT on single pages!
Please let me know if you found anything wonky. I’ll have a more in depth blog for this later.