Podcasts

The 37th Simply Syndicated Gaming News

Just in case you didn’t know, I do a podcast that covers gaming news. It’s brilliant and you should listen to it. Here’s the latest episode.Mike isn’t with us this week. We were a mess. We were still really really good.Just in case you didn’t know, I do a podcast that covers gaming news. It’s brilliant and you should listen to it. Here’s the latest episode.

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Hardware

A New Switch

There’s a lot going around the internet about people finding a reference to new Switch hardware in the latest operating system update. Is there going to be a new version of the Switch? Yeah, probably, why not? If they did, it certainly wouldn’t be the first Nintendo platform to get a system revision. How many versions of the Gameboy were there?

3DS

Fire Emblem Echoes

The whole shrine experience is really really bad. It’s easy to get lost, and there’s usually no logic to the layout of the caves. I would go so far as to say that the shrine exploring has ruined this game for me. Sadly it’s not the only problem.

Games

Destroy All Humans

I’ve read criticisms of the length of the game. I haven’t made it to the end yet so I can’t speak to that. What I can speak to is the fact that it only cost me £5 so I can live with it not being a 100 hour Epic. This is the beauty of playing older games. I’ve payed more for games on my iPad that I’ve never so much as launched once.

Games

Arms

It’s a fighting game, very much like Street Fighter 2. You fight a person, then you go on to fight the next person. There are Grand Prix events, during which you fight ten people in a row. There are ten skill levels for a Grand Prix event, and you have to be on at least level four before the game will let you play online.

3DS

The Legend of Zelda: Link Between Worlds

There are approximately eight million known Zelda games, and Link Between Worlds is the only one that was created entirely for the 3DS. I say that, but it’s based on the third Zelda game, Link to the Past. It uses the same map, and has the same top-down style gameplay, but it uses a fancy new 3D graphics. The two games play very similarly to each other. I’ve been thinking about this, and I’ve decided to recommend that you play Link to the Past first. It’s an old game that holds up perfectly, and currently has a meta critic score of 95.

Games

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Review

The main story of the game is good and there’s just the right amount of it. There doesn’t need to be much, there’s so much to do in the world that too much story would ruin it. You want to spend time playing around. I’d describe it as the computer game equivalent of delaying orgasm.

Hardware

Nintendo Switch Review

The concept of iPad gaming has always appealed to me. There’s this really powerful, really portable machine, that is more than capable of running some spectacular games. The trouble is that there are no spectacular games for the iPad. There are lots of very clever casual games, but nothing so deep that Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft should start worrying. iPad gaming has two problems. Price and control. Currently the top selling game on the UK iTunes store is a game called The Escapists. It costs £3.99. I haven’t played the game, but I think I’m safe to assume that you control it by touching the screen with your finger. Most likely one finger. Right now you’re probably wondering why I’m talking so much about the iPad. The reason for that is I’m writing a review of it’s newest competitor, the Nintendo Switch.

3DS

Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright

So Fire Emblem. Hmmm. Fire Emblem is something that I didn’t know existed until I got a 3DS. Apparently Fire Emblem has been a thing for ages, in Japan, but has been a huge hit since it arrived on Nintendo machines in Europe and the USA.

Hardware

The New Nintendo 3DS Review

I know I’m reviewing a game system that has been available for well over a year. Everything that there is to say has been said. So why review an old piece of tech? Simply because it’s by far the most exciting, interesting, and joy inducing piece of tech to end up in my grubby mitts in 2016. Also, you’d be right to point out that I’ve said some less than pleasant things about Nintendo over the years. Now is time to make amends.