If you’re a person of my age, or even a little older, you’ve been playing Street Fighter II for more than 25 years at this point. I have very fond memories of sitting in bowling alley arcades, quarters lined up on the screen playing with a group of regular friends who were always there the same nights I was. Then there were home console versions of the game on the Super Nintendo and the Genesis. The game has evolved over the years and numerous iterations have been released in that time on most platforms available. Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers on Switch is the most recent version of the game to be available and the first since the 2008 release of Hyper Street Fighter II: Turbo HD Remix on the PS3 and Xbox 360.
It is absolutely impossible to talk about Minecraft in today’s gaming landscape as if it’s a new game. It’s been commercially available since 2011 and it’s been ported to nearly every possible platform available. It would be redundant, then, to talk about this as if it was a new release and I’m just not going to do that. Instead I’m going to talk about the things that are specific to this version of the game, and hopefully by the end of this review you’ll understand why I think this is the best possible console version of the game to date.
The Caligula effect is the wanting to see and do prohibited things.
Think back to the long lost year of 2013. It was a simpler time, when man could walk the streets without fear of dragons falling from the heavens and One Punch Man wasn’t massively popular in the west yet. One day Atlus appeared before mankind and gifted him a trailer that showed chairs tethered with balls and chains and liberal use of the color red. The video ended with a line of text that read Persona 5 Winter 2014 for PS3. Mankind went wild with excitement and praise for the gift bestowed upon them by the Atlus overlords and for a brief moment all was right with the world until man realized the newest console on the market was Playstation 4. After some time the God Emperors of Atlus decided time was on their side and worked tirelessly to present Persona 5 to man for the PS4, thus adding an extra layer of polish. And after a series of events, Persona 5 was placed in the hands of man in Japan and months later… the rest of the world. Continue reading “Persona 5 Review (PS3 & PS4)”
I’m going to be completely honest with you. I was very skeptical about the idea of a new version of Mario Kart 8 for Switch and not a completely different game altogether. The stuff I was seeing didn’t seem like it would really justify warranting another purchase for people who already owned the game. Yes, for people who didn’t buy the game on Wii U a purchase of the Switch edition of the game would be a no-brainer, but is there enough to really justify coming back and double dipping on the game if you already own it?
I’ve had a Nintendo Switch since launch and well over 90% of my play time with it has been on the go. That said, a functional, durable, good looking case was on my shopping list well before release.
Let me sum this up for you. You’re a master thief who’s been tasked with stealing a plutonium core for a corrupt corporation led by a man named Chairman Stone. You have the power to shift (i.e. teleport) short distances. You have to sneak and many times fight your way through dozens of hired goons to accomplish this task while also avoiding clever traps that Stone has set for you. Sounds pretty cool, right? That’s the premise behind Mr. Shifty, a top down brawler in the vein of games like Hotline Miami.
Just about everybody on the planet has some sort of internet connected device these days. whether it’s a phone, iPod, tablet, laptop, or a Wii U GamePad. That’s also all it takes for people who are interested in playing the Jackbox Party Pack. These bundle of trivia games will also leave everyone in the room laughing for hours. The Switch just received the third set of this series, Jackbox Party Pack 3. While it’s a hefty price $25 for what amounts to five different trivia games it’s well worth the asking price.
We’ve all played platformers over the years and many of them have to do something to stand out from the rest. Most platforming games have you jumping from place to place to place trying to collect everything in sight. Snake Pass, the latest game from Sumo Digital, is a platformer, with light puzzle elements and plenty of things collect. Unlike most games in the genre, however, this one stands out from the crowd in how you move around the world and explore.
You play as a snake named Noodle and you’re accompanied by your friend Doodle, a hummingbird. Someone is threatening the peace of their world and it’s up to you to play through the game’s 15 levels to bring peace and beauty back to the world. You slither around the world in a way that most platformers have never really asked you to do before. You can’t jump. You’re a snake. So you must navigate around the world using no arms, and no legs. Only your slippery, serpentine body and the motions that would allow a snake to move. The story is there, but it’s not the reason you’re going to want to go through the game. This puzzle platformer is unlike anything you’ve probably played before.
I’m not exactly what you’d call an audiophile. My criteria for a set of headphones has generally been “does it cost $15 or less”, “will it play music or game audio”, “will it not break on day one?”. That’s not to say that I don’t appreciate good audio, just that when it comes to day to day use I’m not as picky about the sound quality as I am ease of use. However, this new headset that I received has changed that.
With the release of Switch, Kingston Technology reached out to us to see if we’d be interested in taking a look at some of their products and test them out with the system. We agreed and they sent along a very nice, budget friendly pair of headphones for us to test out.