Good day folks
. I am writing this blog from the comfort of a home. If you have been following my friend feed, you will be aware that this is a novel experience for me, as I have been without a home for the past 17-18 weeks
. The house won't be finished until at March 2018, but it is habitable.
As I type this blog, I have just unpacked my PS4 and it is currently downloading Everybody's Golf to play with friends later on tonight
. Anyway, let's have a catch up and follow on from my previous blog My Gaming Change
Last time I blogged I said I was going to change up my gaming by limiting what I was going to play and how I played games. My wishlists are massively cut down and I decided I wasn't going to buy games unless I intended to play them right there and then!
I am happy to say I have stuck to my plan! I finished up Crash Bandicoot trilogy and made a start on The Witcher 3. The only Playstation games I have bought in the past 6 weeks are Babysitter sim and Everybody's Golf, both of which I will play immediately after purchase.
But what have I been doing for the past few weeks, you cry? There has been no activity from you on my friend feed! Well dear reader, due to being on the go, I have been playing a fair amount of...My Nintendo Switch
The Nintendo Switch is ideal for me given that I am always on the go, so in the end I decided to buy one. Mario Odyssey was out and my Vita can't hold a charge so I figured the Switch was a worthwhile investment! I also had a gaming week with friends and that gave me access to a bunch of Switch games and we all had a ton of fun So what do I think of the Switch itself? The Hardware and Design
- I feel the Switch really shines in this department, particularly for someone like me who travels a lot. The dock works exactly as advertised and you can seamlessly switch between console and handheld, the screen is very high quality and and being able to sit on a stand so that you can play in a plane or train is great (though I do feel the stand could have been more sturdy).
I have never cared for graphics therefore I don't care that it isn't all that powerful, especially as I view the Switch as a handheld. I use PS4 as my home console and also play on PC. The Functionality
- This is where I feel the Switch has it's downfall. Nintendo still don't get that gamers want a full profile and functionality with friends. You can create a profile but it might as well not exist. You can add friends but it is awkward to play games with them and you can't message or speak with them. It is just far too bare bones for this day and age.
The fact that you cannot back up saves, it is difficult to play games you bought on another Switch etc just makes you really consider what to buy and how easily you could lose everything. Because of this, I have decided to buy physical games whenever possible on Switch, but for every other platform I have gone pretty much fully digital.
Also, the storefront is awful. Games are far too expensive (The same game is always more expensive on Switch than any other platform it is on), there are hardly ever any sales and even searching for a game is cumbersome. Someone at Nintendo really needs to bring them into the 21st century with this stuff IMO.The Games
- That brings us to the games. I have actually played a fair few games since I got my Switch. Either because I bought them myself or because I had access to them during my gaming week with friends. I want to address each one in turn below, but I will keep it short and sweet, these aren't reviews :PMario Odyssey - Rating = 9/10
I have 100% completed this game and it makes up most of my Switch game time. I am debating whether it is worth 10/10, but it is certainly my favourite 3D Mario (the only one I haven't played is Galaxy 2)Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Rating = 8/10
It really is just Mario Kart 8 with all the bells and whistles. I like it and it feels good to play on Switch, but my favourite Mario Kart is still Double Dash on GamecubeSplatoon 2 - Rating = 7/10
I played this up to level 9 online. It is very similar to the first game, but due to the servers being significantly improved for this entry, it is more fun to play. Arms - Rating = 4/10
I really couldn't get into this one. It is an interesting concept, but it just doesn't do it for me. I don't understand the praise it gets, but it certainly is a unique cross between a boxing and fighting game.Pokken Tournament DX - Rating = 5/10
A bog standard, middle of the road fighting game. It is very shallow in terms of mechanics, which means that is easy for anyone to play. It controls well enough, but there just isn't anything that stands out to me. Snipperclips - Rating = 7/10
I had a lot more fun with this than I expected. I would never have bought this, but my friend had it so I played through it. There is a lot of charm in the game and most puzzles can be solved a number of different ways. Super Bomberman R - Rating = 6/10
It is Bomberman, you know what you are getting here. The story is a decent experience and you can play multiplayer with friends.Vroom in the Night Sky - Rating =1/10
So I had to get this game due to my need to play terrible games JUST to see how bad they are! Overall, this is a pretty bad game, but still a lot more enjoyable than Orc Slayer Other Games
I also played Stardew Valley, Neo Turf Masters and a little bit of Zelda. Stardew and Neo Turf Masters are on PS4 so I won't go into them here.
I REALLY did not like Zelda from what I played. I actually consider it to be my worst Switch experience, even behind Vroom in the Night Sky (please no pitchforks, I don't want burned on the pyre
Overall, I am very happy with my Switch purchase so far. It fits my lifestyle even if i pretty much exclusively use it as a handheld. I think my Vita will certainly get even less love but I will continue to be on PS4 as my console. I really wish Nintendo would be more modern with some features but I don't expect them to change at this point!
I have already had more fun gaming experiences with the Switch than I did with N64, Wii or Wii U and I still have a few games to play through such as Golf Story, Kingdom Battle, Fast RMX and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 coming out next month
. I haven't played a Xenoblade game before but I am looking forward to the game and love the Scottish accents Final Note
I would like to thank everyone in the community who has been submitting flags for the GI team and I hope that the whole community knocks a bunch out of the park throughout December.
I have been inactive recently but went through a few this morning and it is amazing how much it helps to have everyone submitting. TT is my favourite online community. We may be fairly small, but we are a friendly bunch and come together when needed
And yes, I did taste a Switch, How couldn't I?