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Nintendo Switch Launch Party

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The Nintendo Switch has now Launched, so now the Party begins and we get to spend the weekend enjoying the latest console and handheld at the same time!!  Zelda is bound to steal the spotlight, but there are other launch games!!!  These will also be played and show off the unique features of the Nintendo Switch.  Feel free to participate in the chat, and watch on twitch.tv/theGamerPad or on the front page at theGamerPad.com

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This of course is the biggest title and most anticipated on the Switch.  Check back here for progression updates in the campaign and attached videos of our playthrough so far.

First Update: Played for a little over an hour and just obtained the Bombs.  This game feels so polished and pacing seems perfect.  Still very early but I can tell the greatness in this title. Wow this game is going to be amazing.

Second Update: There is so much to do in this world, we spent so much time exploring and hunting, every single action feels so polished.  We have just past the introduction and received the Paraglider.  Before that we obtained the ability to stop time and also to freeze water.  These mechanics combined with the previous ones will open up so many areas in the world and surely be a part of a lot of dungeon puzzles.    Can’t wait for more.

12switchminibanner.jpgThis is the local multiplayer party game that should really bring out some of the unique features of the Switch.  Will update with impressions and information about the different games as we play them.  Unsure how well this game will be represented in a stream.

First Update: This doesn’t show well in a stream, at least without a webcam.  The mini-games are very fun and I was very satisfied with the fun we had playing the games.  There was 3 of us and all 3 agree Ping Pong is the best.  It feels incredibly real.

bombermanminibanner.jpgA new Bomberman with a co-op campaign and the same classic multiplayer (plus online), this seems perfect, especially when paired with the ability to break off the joycons and play co-op while out of the house.  Will update with multiplayer impressions and co-op progress.  Videos coming.

First Update: This is traditional Bomberman at its best, and it’s everything a Bomberman fan would hope for.   We played local multiplayer a little bit online and even some co-op campaign.   This will be played a lot.

Second Update: We completed the first world in Co-Op.  The game is actually harder than I expected.  The boss fight was my favorite part so far.  Online multiplayer was lagging heavily today, wasn’t at all on Friday.

snipperclipsminibanner.jpgSnipperClips is another interesting launch title that should show off the Switch’s local multiplayer and co-op play.   Expect impressions and video updates.

First Update:  We cleared the first world.  This is a very unique game excellent co-op and great way to showcase the local multiplayer and joycons controls.

shovelknightminibanner.jpgShovel Knight Treasure Trove includes the brand new Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment.  Love the 8Bit style and I was a fan of the original Shovel Knight.  This will get some playtime too.  Expect updates about progress.

First Update: Didn’t really play much.   Expect more tomorrow.

Second Update: I beat the first level. The sprites are beautifully colored, the game is definitely for fans of 8bit retro games such as Mega Man.   Want to play more

PSVR Launch Impressions

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Playstation VR launched last month and I picked up my pre-order along with a handful of games. I was ready to jump head first into the alleged next big thing for gaming.  I pre-ordered the PSVR back in February (maybe March?) before I ever had any experience with VR.  Eventually in the summer I got to play Battlezone on PSVR at a Best Buy Demo.   From that brief experience I was pretty amazed at how immersive VR felt.  It was like I was no longer in a Best Buy, and I had entered a different world.  The Sony rep didn’t completely adjust the device for my eyes, so it was a little blurry.  It was similar to looking at a side view of the 3D effects on the 3DS.  I didn’t think it mattered to have the Rep adjust it 100%, it was still 85% – 90% fine.   But later after playing I felt vertigo a couple times over the next 30 minutes.  I figured this was because I didn’t accurately adjust the device.  It still was such an amazing experience I was now convinced it was worth keeping my pre-order and exploring it some more when it came out.

launchlineupWhen launch day came, I had fully bought in on the hype and wanted to try out just about everything.  I picked up the Launch Bundle that included 2 Move Controllers, the Camera and PS Worlds. I got every game that I thought seemed interesting, all the physical copies shown above and I bought Job Simulator and Rez Infinite digitally.  I figured these would be great to showcase the PSVR.

My first game I played was PS World, specifically London Heist.  This was by far the most fun I had on the first night, but it was also a very short experience.  In London Heist you are always in a sitting position, and there isn’t much movement.  Sitting at a table, sitting at a desk while shooting, sitting in a chair, and sitting as a passenger in a van while you shoot enemies.  Using the Move Controllers as my hand, and interacting with objects was so immersive, I felt like I was actually lighting a cigar in front of my face and shooting Uzi’s in a car chase.

 

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Playstation 4 Launch Preview

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Earlier in the year I picked Playstation 4 as my most likely system for the “next-gen”, before it was even unveiled.  Now here we are, just 2 weeks away from the Playstation 4 Launch.  My pre-order has been in since June but now I’ve got to start figuring out the games I want to buy and the ones I may want to just rent.  I like trying out the system exclusives, so i can really see what experiences I can only get on that specific system.  There are also games currently available on the Wii U/PS3/360 that I think I’m looking forward to experiencing on the Playstation 4 to see how far the gap is between generations.  Target is supposed to be having a Buy 2 Get 1 Free Sale on games the week of the PS4 Launch, and that might change some of these “rentals” into a “purchase”

ac4bannerAssassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – Rental I feel obligated to support the Wii U and would’ve picked this up on Wii U over the 360 or PS3, but the PS4 version should clearly be the best.  I’m in no rush to purchase this game though, I still haven’t played Assassin’s Creed Revelations or Assassin’s Creed III.  I’ll eventually get around to those other Assassin Creed games and then I’ll rent ACIV (or purchase it if it’s cheap by the time I get around to it).  If AC IV gets high praise and reinvents the franchise, then I may just skip past AC:R & AC III so I can play some next-gen Assassin’s Creedbar2

bf4bannerBattlefield 4 – PurchaseI loved Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and was really hyped for Battlefield 3’s release, however when BF3 came out I ended up not playing that much of it.  I’m not too pumped up or excited about Battlefield 4, but I know when it comes out I’ll get sucked into it and hooked.  Playing it on the Playstation 4 will let me see the high quality graphics and environments PC gamers got to enjoy in BF3 while I was playing on 360.  I’m sure I’ll sink a lot of time into this one.
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Wii U Launch Preview

I’m a huge Nintendo fan, and I supported the Wii, GameCube and Nintendo64 strong at launch, so the Wii U wasn’t going to be any different.  I pre-ordered my Wii U (32GB) shortly after Nintendo unveiled the price and release date, then I started sorting through titles I wanted to pre-order for the launch.  So far I’ve pre-ordered a good amount, I’m unsure if I will actually end up purchasing all of them, some I’ll probably cancel if they get weak reviews/feedback.  Newegg had a promotion for $15 off $60 pre-orders, $12 off $50 pre-orders and $10 off $40 pre-orders, and I took advantage of this.   The following is the list of games I pre-ordered.

007 Legends ($45) – I have played almost every James Bond game that has been released since GoldenEye, and I can’t think of one that I didn’t enjoy (sure some weren’t great, but had their moments).  I’ve always preferred James Bond games on Nintendo consoles, I guess just for the nostalgia factor, but I chose to get this on Wii U since it’ll give me something different to play on the system.  If I were to get it for 360, it would get buried behind Borderlands 2, Assassin’s Creed III & Resident Evil 6.   Even if this receives weak reviews, I’m sure I’ll still stick with it.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii U ($45) – While I personally don’t like the idea of a 2D Platformer as Nintendo’s launch title on their new “powerful” system, it is still a Mario title, so it will be anywhere between good and classic.  There’s no chance I’m not getting this, even if I’m wishing it were a new Galaxy style Mario Read the rest of this entry