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Xbox One X is it Worth a Buy?

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Xbox One X has just been announced (Code name “Project Scorpio”). Is it really worth $499 dollars?

Hmm…. Let me think about it…..

At the moment the Xbox One X is NOT worth a buy in my opinion. Better graphics at 4k resolution is not worth it right now if you don’t have enough money to throw away like its raining money. But but but…. Did I say but?  The power is there! And it can play huge games with massive open worlds in gorgeous 4k graphics and that there….. is worth a buy! But…. wait. There aren’t even enough games worthwhile right now to use such power :(.  Perhaps next year when they announce Halo six and other titles that harness this power will it be so desirable. It’s just, the Xbox One X has not been out long enough for developers to be cooking up new titles to release on it to make us shed a tear of what we’d been missing this whole time. I’d say wait a year from now. It’s too early to buy it right now. But if I could get it for the price of Xbox One S at $250, then heck yes!

 

 

 

 

 

Nintendo Switch Review (March 6th)

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Let me get the obvious out the way first, the Nintendo Switch is a great console when it comes to portability from handheld to console as its flawless and easy. The UI is very responsive and fast, going back to the home menu is like a snap of the fingers.

As for the library of games at launch, it’s disappointing, only about five games to play. So if you don’t like Zelda, then there isn’t much for you to enjoy until at least April when indie games hit the market and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe comes out. Some of the indie games next month will be implementing HD RUMBLE which will be exciting.

Do I enjoy the Nintendo Switch? Only because of Zelda I do, otherwise I wouldn’t like it that much because there isn’t much software to enjoy. I’m not going to buy 1 – 2 switch, so I will have to wait to feel the new tech in the joycons. I spent $540 which is a lot of money and even with the new Zelda game it doesn’t feel justifiable, yet (I haven’t beat the game to see how good it is, only 8 hours in). However, I think at the end of the year, the switch will be amazing because lots of software and future releases to look forward too that we’ve never seen before.

Online? There isn’t much, its bare bones right now with nothing fancy, very simplified with only adding friends and thats basically it. No online games really, except for Bomberman which uses this functionality.

The pro controller is okay, I’m not too crazy about it. I prefer the joycons attached to the base remote that comes with the Switch. It seems that my thumb has to reach too far to reach the right toggle stick which leads to finger exhaustion in me after a while. I didn’t get 1-2 switch because I heard and saw reviews that the game was a waste of money for the amount of content. But I think ARMS will really show the magic of the joycons in which I have yet to feel (Because Zelda doesn’t include HD Rumble.)

Verdict? Probably wait, if you wan’t to make the smartest choice. If you like Zelda, then why not? Only a few more months until we get lots more content :). Might as well enjoy that  Zelda on that Switch.

I Bought a Nintendo Switch by Waiting in Line! (My Experience)

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When the switch came out at 12:00 midnight, I missed the console release because I decided to be a risky frisky guy and showed up thirty minutes before it officially released. At 11:30PM at Walmart. I was sitting at my computer eating tater chips and feeling lazy. I wanted to wait as short of a time as I could to get the Nintendo Switch. I come to find out that there was a small line already waiting and camping out, and my chances of switching it up was now on cracked ice. When I finally reached the top of the line I was told “Did you preorder?”, “No?”, “Sorry, we ran out of Nintendo Switches, but we still have accessories”. (“____’)  Does it look like I want mother _ _ _ _ kin accessories for my Nintendo Switch placeholder spot which was now being overshadowed by sadness? Just kidding I wasn’t being that over dramatic or dramatic at all but not going to lie I was disappointed a little bit. But anyways,  I prepped myself beforehand to feel disappointment so I wouldn’t get mad. Before I got there I thought in my mind that I wasn’t entitled to one anyways and that I should be grateful for all the stuff that I already have. This made me feel a whole lot better instead of having the “entitled” mentality. Later that night I woke up before the crack of dawn and waited in line for 2 hours at GameStop. I am fourth in line, yay! Not only am I fourth in line, but I am the LAST one to get a Switch. My patience is rewarded. I am not bragging and if you didn’t get the switch, I’m sorry, this is just my experience. I hope everyone has an awesome day and please be patient if you didn’t get a Switch and you too will be rewarded.

Gaming on PC or Console?

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PC versus Console, which one is better? PC (personal computer) is without a doubt much more superior in “hardware” compared to its electronic cousins, the consoles. Without a PC, consoles wouldn’t be that successful because developers need computers to make games. PC is also a powerhouse in software and tools and houses thousands of exclusive games. You can surf the internet, shop, watch movies, and create so many things like, art videos, videogames, and blogs. The PC has changed the world enormously. PC is also upgradable, the graphics are upgradeable enough to make the consoles graphics look laughable. Also you can have the best version of virtual reality, what can’t a PC do? Be cheap, that’s what it cannot do. If money wasn’t a problem, the PC would outweigh consoles in capabilities by a hundred mountains and more, in my opinion. Anyways, why buy a console then? Because, even though the PC looks like a rich kid that owns everything and is pitch perfect, the reality is he/she doesn’t have everything. Good PC’s are expensive and spending $300 (near cost of a console) only qualifies one to play Minecraft on low settings. Consoles on the other hand are cheap and have exclusives that PC doesn’t have. Also Consoles have different services and hardware benefits then the PC, unlike the past where it didn’t.

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Reasons to buy a Xbox One Console over PC –  If you are a competitive gamer and love online capabilities and services along with exclusive games that take full advantage of this, Halo and Gears of War. The console is $299 + taxes and has a lot of features. No other console compares to online services like Xbox One and don’t even try to say the Wii U or the PlayStation 4. You can play with hundreds of friends, message each other by text or microphone, gain achievements, and have the most flexibility and freedom out of competitive online gaming. Not to mention you can listen to music while playing games and have multiple screens on the television for movies and apps. The downside of this console is the lack of first party exclusives and you can scratch Scalebound from that list because that has been cancelled. A controversy about the Xbox One is its owned by Microsoft which is good and bad. Xbox One’s biggest weakness is the lack of first party titles and considering that Microsoft has many businesses, I start to believe it’s not their main priority.

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Reasons to buy a Wii U Console over PC – If you love Super Smash Bros, innovation with hardware that gives you different ways to play a game, and only spending $299 + taxes. The graphics are good but not mind blowing like the PC. You can make use of the gamepad’s touchscreen features and play mini-games that involve throwing ninja stars, cutting pieces of paper, coloring pictures, hide and seek, shooting bows, and etc.. Too be honest, the use of the Wii U gamepad really never reached its full potential because of the lack of developers. The biggest downsides of the Wii U is the lack of third-party games and by far the weakest online capabilities. There was no real microphone use and talking to other people was as bad as using telegraphs from the 1800s. The friends list was mediocre and joining other players was a mental challenge. Super Smash Bros, Splatoon, and Mario Kart 8 were the only titles that made very good use of the little online features. There was rarely any lag while playing with others and the gameplay was flawless. The greatest strengths of the Wii U are the first party games and gamepad. Most of the first party games felt cherished and loved and received very high review scores. Nintendo truly knows how to make “fun” games and is a company who is driven at its best to make it happen.

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Reasons to buy a PlayStation 4 over PC – PlayStation 4’s greatest strengths are the cheapest virtual reality headsets for $399 and best console graphics. They also have more first party exclusives then the Xbox One but IMO not as good as Nintendo’s. The online is good and better than the Wii U’s online. However, its online is not as good as Xbox One. PlayStation is a great console.

You may be wondering what platform I spend the most time on, that would be the PC. There is so many things to do on it. As for my most spent time Console, that would be the Wii U because the games are phenomenal. The next would be the Xbox One because I love competitive games and playing with friends. At the end of the day PC could never replace consoles. Even if I have a thousand dollar PC with many games.

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HyperSensitiveBob a Game that I Love and Hate

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I bought this game for a $1.00 on the Steam Winter Sale on my PC a few months ago. And boy, my dollar surely wont be missed. But the reviews are mixed on steam, so how is it good? It’s a good game, however very short. It’s like I got served half a chocolate chip cookie while the baker ate the other half and then forgot the recipe. It’s basically a rock that could have formed into a diamond if given the time but taken out of the process too soon. My expectations were as low as they should be and I got what I got. HypersensitiveBob is a rage inducing game that will make you want to smash your keyboard into pieces and scream. If you like suffering, then here you go. It’s a rogue-like game in which a character who is allergic to everything must shoot all his allergies to smithereens to get to his cure, a vaccine machine. Bees, porcupines, weird balls of dust, turkeys and etc are exterminated in the process for their vaccine bottles and dopamine chemicals. It took me about three hours to beat the game however it’s very possible to beat the game in less than an hour. After dying countless times, I finally came back in my true super saiyan form and beat the game in thirty minutes.

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The graphics are some of the best graphics I have laid my eyes upon, brimming with colors that gave me a Disney-like impression. The levels are small so avoiding enemies is like sitting next to someone in public transportation that stinks but you got no choice. Each time you beat a level you can choose an upgrade (more bullets, farther bullet range, more damage, etc). Would I pay $4.99 regular price for this title? Yes, if they were going to make a sequel to the game and give the other half of my cookie. What I mean by that is add more content because the game is too short. Would I pay a dollar? Absolutely!

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Is the Steam Controller Worth Buying?

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This innovative alien controller created by valve has its pros and cons. I bought mine for $49.99 and have at least one month of experience with it. I think at it’s core, it’s a good foundation controller that is okay. The steam controller is great in some aspects but is NOT for everyone. It’s a love hate kind of thing.

Reasons to buy the Steam Controller

1. If you like playing strategy games like RimWorld, City Skylines, Civilization, Sims, and Factorio, then this controller is great. It feels much more intuitive and faster then the mouse. The controller also feels much more rewarding to play with, at least for me it does.

2. Fantastic for the television, sit back and relax on the couch with this controller. Use this controller to play strategy games and games that don’t require fast reflexes and precision. Walking simulators like the Stanley Parable is a good one.

Reasons to NOT to buy the Steam Controller

1. If you have carpal tunnel like me or arthritis then absolutely no. Moving your thumb on the track pad eventually becomes a workout. After an hour or two my thumb starts to hurt and I can no longer use this controller.

2. When playing a first person shooting game, I find it to be a handicap tool compared to a optical mouse. FPS games can take a lot of precision and with this controller it’s very hard to nail down that right precision before getting shot. At this point you might want to break your controller and ask for a refund.

3. The price is too much to risk for a gimmicky controller. You could buy a great gaming mouse for the same price. The batteries are also a pain to take out.

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The Problems with Final Fantasy XV

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I’m level 35 now in Final Fantasy XV with 25 hours of gameplay and I think I can finally give an impression of the game.

Thee Regalia Car

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Immediately I was turned off from playing the game when I had to ride in a car. But cars are fun, why are you complaining? Rides can take up to ten minutes, more or less, to reach a quest location. You don’t even have full control over the car when you select manual driving. I literally go to the bathroom and browse my computer while I’m waiting to reach my destination. Sitting there and watching four dudes drive a car for ten minutes is sleep provoking. The good thing is you can upgrade the looks of your car and make it go faster, but honestly? Is it worth it? To me It’s a hindrance and burden of playing the game.

Thee Grind of Thy Quests

Car + Grind Quest with no relevance = boredom

Quests that I have encountered so far are all the SAME. You go there and fight this monster, you go to another location to fetch some ingredients. You go to another location and pick up some cart parts. Most of these quests are literally the same, there’s nothing unique about them. The items you pick up, whether it be cart parts, ingredients, or ores, are all the same object, they are shiny blue orbs to represent the object. After you travel across the world to complete your quest, you need to come back to get your reward. Really?

A Tale of Many Scenes

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What happened to the fantastic story cutscenes like in previous Final Fantasies, Square? What happened to the character building to make me care about the characters. Square Enix, these are the best strengths you have. There are barely any cut scenes to get my adrenaline going. Another thing, every cutscene looks like it’s made differently. There was even a movie cutscene I saw you place from the terrible movie incarnation of Final Fantasy XV. What in tarnation were you thinking? What’s the main characters name again? I forgot. Oh Prince Noctis was it? How about the other three dudes?

Besides all that, the game is sort of fun. I like the combat, although I prefer normal Final Fantasy combat with turns. It’s not an I can’t go to sleep I must play type of game or I need to jump out bed when I wake up type of game. I think I need to keep playing to get into the deeper roots of the game. It’s going to be challenging (hint hint) but alas it shall be done.