My take on the Nintendo Switch

Ever since the big Nintendo presentation last thursday, all anyone is talking about is the Switch and the high hopes they have for the hybrid console.

Personally, I haven’t been on the Nintendo bandwagon since the GameBoy Advanced. I really couldn’t tell you what made me change my mind about the company. The Xbox has been my go-to system ever since Halo 2 came out back in 2004 and I have always been a fan of Sony but when it came to the Wii and Wii U, I couldn’t find what I was looking for in terms of games and being comfortable with a controller and now with the Switch, I can’t see myself commiting to a company that has not lived up to past console expectations.

Now with that being said, after Thursdays presentation, I have higher hopes for the new console that I did previously. The fact that I could be playing my favorite console games on the go and anywhere I want is an extremely appealing triat. How many times have we been at work or the mother-in-law’s house thinking “I could be playing Zelda right now” and you just had to wait? Unfortunately, it looks like the average lifespan of the battery while the Switch is in tablet mode is anywhere from two to four hours which is kind of a buzzkill.

The games they are releasing at launch feel a little underwhelming as well. Of course, your big seller is The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild. It’s the first time that Link will be in a completely open world enviroment and looks very promising. As for the graphics, not that it should matter that much, they look pretty simular to the Wii U. It will look even worse when the game is in tablet mode as it doesn not run on 1080p. As for the rest of the games, Arms seems like it could be fun… for about 15 minutes. It’s a boxing game with extendable arms which seems like a fun idea but doesnt show a lot of replay value unless you have friends over.

Mario Kart 8 will be making its way to the Switch, along with a few other releases that have been available for the Wii U. Splatoon, the third person competitive paint shooter, will be back with its second installment of the franchise. Apart from those games I’ve mentioned, it doesnt seem like theyll have any games until the holidays for anyone to drool over. Oh! Bethesda has partnered with Nintendo to bring the Elder Scrolls phenominon Skyrim to the Switch! The game has only been out for six years now and has been remastered for both Xbox and PS4 so if you havent already owned the game, you’re a bit behind.

Speaking of Bethesda, third party games are the one thing I am going to be very interested in. If they could get a few games that are shying away from the kid stuff and more of a God of War or type of game, it could breathe life back into the company.

This is obviously my opinion and I think the Switch will be successful but I just cant bring myself to buy one. Still, this is a very big step for gaming with the switching between home and mobile options. I can’t wait to see what else Nintendo can dish out this year!

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Gears OF War 4 Brings Back Familiar Faces, Places In Series 2 Update

This afternoon, The fine people at The Coalition will be releasing the Series 2 cards with some familiar faces and two classic fan favorite multiplayer maps and of course, new weapon skins along with updates to the community features that you’ve all asked for to help boost your online experience for Gears Of War 4.

This will be the biggest addition to the game since it’s release in September with 280 new cards to collect. There’s new weapon skins, 13 new playable characters including Armored Anya and Armored Sam, that show the deadly divas in their prime, dressed in the Gears 3 armor. Zombie Minh makes his debut sporting the giant hole from General RAAM’s sword right in his chest and according to The Coalition, there is a surprise Legacy character coming soon that can only be acquired through collecting scrap. Could it finally be the return of RAAM or Skorge!? Let’s hope so.

260 of the 280 new cards will be weapon skins across 13 full weapon skin sets. The animated lightning skin looks to be a popular one or acquire the Chillin weapon set to show how cool you can be in the middle of battle. These skins offer more unique ways to show what kind of soldier you really are and are sure to make you stand out in the battlefield. All Series 2 cards are available to everyone and are craftable using scrap.

Season pass owners new and old will be receiving the Series 2 Airdrop that is loaded 20 gears packs that have 60 random cards that will give you a head start on your collection of new content. The airdrop will be awarded to season pass holders January 13th. In addition to the airdrop, season pass owners will now be able to log in every Friday and be awarded a bonus bounty gear pack! That’s pretty killer! (See what I did there?)

Two fan favorite maps return to gears multiplayer as Blood Drive and Clocktower are now available. Blood Drive was a center focused map that spawned your team at the top a flight of stairs and head to the city streets to take control of the longshot or overkill to see who the better team really is. Clocktower, a personal favorite of mine, brings back memories of the first Gears Of War that I know an love. Its a close quarters map that is sure to bring intense one on one battles up top and lancer heavy fire down in the streets.

Quit penalties are now enforced for the first time in GOW4. You will have matchmaking timeout if you leave the game early, but there is a Join In Progress feature now so if you were kicked from the game for whatever reason, you can rejoin the match with no penalty. Spectator mode has improved now so that the action is kept front and center. Series 2 seems to deliver but you can never truly know until you play it yourself! Tell us what you think!