Top Games of January

By: JD Hardin

Video games are fantastic and have changed over the years to become more and more realistic and fantastic. Many of us, however, like to take a step back from the controller once in a while to enjoy a card game, board game or a trivia game. As the largest wholesaler of these games, Diamond Distributors has begun to issue market reports on these games. For those who don’t know, Diamond is the primary distributors of comics in the U.S. and has been issuing market reports for years. For the first time we can now look at the biggest trends in gaming and toys as well.

Put your life jacket on, we’re about to go into deep water.

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Nintendo Hits The Switch!

We normally only have one person write an article. When I caught wind of this, I handed to two. I kinda figured it would put two diverse opinions into one publication. Let’s see how well Ricky and Luis can switch it up and see what they think about Nintendo’s latest unveiling!

-JD

Luis:

First impressions of the newest console/portable release today from Nintendo…..

HOLY F*#@&!? SHIT!!!!!

The first true console/portable is something that has been a big topic in the gaming world since PS2/XBOX. Nintendo is taking a big risk with this recent console release due to the mild sucess of the WiiU, but the 3DS is destroying the portable console wars. With 3DS out selling Vita 3 to 1 in the holiday seasons, it only go to show that Nintendo could give up on home consoles and stick to portable and mobile licensing (cough*pokemon go*cough) and still remain a very profitable company. This annoucement comes a little on the late side, with no word of this at the E3 panel earlier this year. Nintendo was also quiet at the Tokyo Game Show, which was also surprising due to it being one of companies bigger shows. Leaving a lot of fans wondering if the new console rumor were  in fact only rumors. Well not anymore.Image result for nintendo switch

Lets take a look at the obvious features of the new console, The Switch. The gaming controller button and joystick section remove, and connect to a tablet like screen. The gaming tablet/screen can be removed from the dock and can play on the go. Now from here you’ll say to yourself “Sony has a simular function with the PS4 and Vita” and for all purposes your right. However, you’re also very wrong. The detachable controller
ensures that the button scheme doesn’t change going from sitting in the living room or sitting in the DMV office waiting for rapture. Which also incorporates one of the best things from the WiiU, the game pad. Playing Nintendo classics on the game pad was a Image result for nintendo switchabsolute joy and pretty awesome. Next you’ll see that the game is no longer on a disc but an SD card like the 3DS. The introduction of 1TB and 2TB SD cards have made it possible for bigger titles and games to be put on the SD cards. At first you may think NO MORE LOADING SCREENS. However, you would be wrong again. When I had my 3DS I still got loading screens, so we’re not out of the woods on that one yet. Lets get to the nunchucku function. When playing a game on the go you can detach the controller and use it like the traditional Wii controller. The innovation of this feature allows the user to turn the game tablet back into a console. In the announcement trailer we see the potential for couch co-op and LAN gaming. The display of having two pads back to back, and playing 4 player co-op or vs matches is insane. We also get a look at the new pro controller which looked amazing with the best of the Gamecube ergonomic handling and WiiU’s button layout. The announcement video and the introduction to the new console pretty much shows that the gaming parties can go anywhere and anytime. But with all these advancements true gamers begin asking a lot of questions.Image result for nintendo switch

One of the biggest questions I got out of the announcement was “Whats the battery life looking like once it’s off the dock? What netcode are running here? Are going to continue with the WiiU or will they incorporate the 3DS netcode? With both doing very well on the online gaming, they really have options. How will the controllers sell, will they sell just the joystick and buttons separately from the frame? Will they sell the game pad as a console bundle?

Honestly at this point it’s all in the air. But one thing is for sure, Nintendo is definitely setting the bar getting praised for console innovation. All this makes me believe that this will be a real game changer that Sony and Microsoft can’t ignore.

Luis #failluis Benavides Jr
VP of Gaming for The Nerdery Podcast

Ricky:

Today Nintendo officially unveiled the Nintendo Switch, a new gaming console with dual capabilities between your living room, and mobile on the go entertainment. Switch is comprised of a 6” tablet you can insert into a dock that allows it to connect and be played on your TV! When detached, the tablet sports a controller that can split in half, each individual piece can connect to each side of the tablet. The Switch also allows controls with an adapter to connect the controller pieces leaving the tablet independent. Nintendo is known for pushing the boundaries of creativity and using methods not commonly used by its competitors. The GameCube was the system Nintendo utilized a smaller DVD disc system, allowing the console to be ridiculously small.Image result for nintendo switch Nintendo shocked the world again, when the Wii released and opened the world of active gaming. Users were bowling, by actually standing up, and using bowling motions of their bodies. With the success of the Wii. Nintendo decided to create a High Definition Wii. The Wii U, was not well received by developers, and most claimed the system was under powered and lacked the hardware needed to display cutting edge graphics. This resulted in low sales and underwhelming quarterly reports. Nintendo vowed to up their game with the next console, and the Nintendo Switch could very well be the answer needed. The system uses a custom Nvidia Tegra processor. Honestly, the name worried me considering Tegra processors were typically aimed at mobile gaming in android tablets. Nvidia made it clear that the Tegra inside the Switch is capable of keeping up with the GeForce line of processors, and if this holds true, developers will have no problem with the console. Image result for nintendo switchNintendo made a point to announce both partnerships with a large number of developers, and a list of games to be on the console including the new Zelda, and Mario games everyone is waiting for! The system will be available March 2017, and March can’t get here soon enough!

 

Warframe War Within

By: JD Hardin

The guys at Digital Extremes are back at it again. Not long ago, DE released The Second Dream mission set to Warframe players and received excellent reviews. Last month, Digital Extremes hosted their own convention, TennoCon, in London, Ontario Canada near their home office. All the attendees got a sneak peak into what’s up their sleeve with Warframe.

For those who don’t know what Warframe is, here’s the original trailer.

 

As players, we were stoked when The Second Dream mission set was released. The Second Dream finally confirmed where the Tenno and Warframes came from, and what they had to do with the Orokin.

Warframe’s first cinematic mission set was a massive success and set players on the warpath wanting it available for replay (including myself). As soon as most players finished watching the last cinematic, they immediately wanted to know what was next. A few months later and DE answered by giving us Lunaro.

A Lacrosse game that pits Tenno vs Tenno in two teams, Lunaro was not what most players expected to come next. But, it was enough to keep us interested and playing.

As of TennoCon, all players have something to be excited about. Teshin is up to something. Don’t believe me, take a look.

So, let’s walk through this real slow. Teshin, the Orokin survivor who assists in training the Tenno (as far as I can tell), is possibly turning traitor?

Wow! I can’t wait for this to come out.

Digital Extremes also teased an animated series entitled 100 Days of Warframe.

The arrival of a new fairy inspired Warframe debuted to gasps and ooh’s and ah’s.  After watching this profile video, I can see why

So, if you’re not playing Warframe. You’re missing out.

The DC Universe is HUGE!

By: JD Hardin

So, I initially reviewed this on the show (CLICK HERE TO WATCH), and it did’t get a very good rating. There were good reasons for the lack of capes, and most of those have been remedied. First, however, I will go back over the issues I had with the new open-world “freemium” game from DC.

I was initially very excited when I found out that DC Online was crossing to XBox One. I had a blast creating my hero. It was a little confusing at first, but I got the hang of it very quickly. I finished my character and proceeded to enter the game itself, and that’s when it happened…

wait

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WARFRAME: The Second Dream

By: JD Hardin

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For those of you who don’t listen to the podcast (or view depending on how old this article is when you read it), I am a Warframe player. Some may remember the game DarkSector for XBox360, PlayStation 3, and PC. If you ever got the chance to play it, consider Warframe a continuation that takes place thousands of years after the events of DarkSector.

Wikipedia classifies Warframe as such:

“Warframe is a free-to-play cooperative third-person shooter video game developed by Digital Extremes for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Equipment can be earned through gameplay or bought with premium currency called Platinum. Most cosmetics and boosts can only be purchased with platinum, though some items are available from other sources. The game is free to download and play.

In Warframe, players control members of the Tenno, a race of ancient warriors who have awoken from centuries of cryosleep to find themselves at war with the Grineer, a race of militarized human clones; the Corpus, a mega-corporation with advanced robotics and laser technology; the Infested, disfigured victims of the Technocyte infection; and The Sentients a race of machines, that were the chief enemies of the Orokin’s during the Old War. To fight back, the Tenno use advanced exo-armor with unique abilities—the eponymous Warframes. Available missions are scattered across the planets of the solar system, the moons Phobos and Europa and dwarf planets Pluto, Ceres, Eris and Sedna. Additionally, players can also access missions set in a pocket dimension known as “The Orokin Void” or “The Orokin Derelict” through the use of keys.”

Here recently Digital Exremes released a new quest for Warframe, The Second Dream. TSD is the first cinematic quest since Warframe initially released on March 25, 2013.

Having played through quite a few missions, it’s positively breathtaking. The graphics are stunning as always, the cut scenes are powerfully ominous and foreboding. As a seasoned player, the opening cut scene is quite terrifying.

Even those who don’t play can sense the palpable danger and difficulty of this quest.

The story is one of mystery and secrets, each mission exposing one or more. The opponent is quick, deadly, and near unfazed by Tenno attacks and Warframe abilities. As far as the ending goes, I’ll let you know when I get there.

For those of you who play Warframe, this is the quest we’ve all been waiting for. Those of you who don’t play, it would seem you should reconsider.

Warframe: The Second Dream

Graphics: 5/5

Story: 5/5

Gameplay:5/5