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Everything posted by MastaRedSnappa

  1. Wow, this certainly is looking like a holiday season cash grab by Sony. Whatever interest I had in the PS Classic has been obliterated. At least, my wallet thanks you, Sony.
  2. There are quite a few early Black Friday deals on the new Surface Pro 6. For Costco members only, you can get the Surface Pro 6 base model (i5/8GB RAM/128GB SSD) with standard type cover (not the Alcantara one) and pen for $799 so you're basically getting the type cover, pen and $100 off of the regular cost of the tablet alone ($899). On the Microsoft website, they are selling the SP6 base model with standard type cover for $799 (no pen). Yesterday, the Microsoft website was either having a glitch or a very good non-bundle deal (I checked just now and it's back to $899). They were selling the SP6 base model for $639. That's 29% off of a device they released just last month! It was too good of a deal (especially since I already have a type cover and pen from my SP4) so I bought one to replace my SP4 (I picked it up at the Microsoft store within an hour of ordering it before they could possibly cancel my order). The flicker issues on my SP4 are starting to come back after being dormant for months and I was always having issues with it only having 4GB of RAM.
  3. This review of the Rampage/Joust/Gauntlet/Defender unit has me kind of turned off: https://comicbook.com/gaming/2018/11/06/arcade1up-rampage-arcade-game-review-gauntlet-joust-defender/ Problems mentioned: Gauntlet - 2 player (not 3 player even though there are 3 joysticks); some sounds missing due to mono speaker; scrolling issues Defender - controls are wonky FYI: Rampage/Joust were fine.
  4. I quadruple-dipped Diablo III and put about 3 hours into it (about 50/50 split between TV and handheld modes). It runs great in both modes. I was pleasantly surprised that my old eyes could read the text in handheld mode! I never bought the necromancer DLC on any previous version so I started a necro to go through the campaign again.
  5. In light of the news that Nintendo recommends an Ethernet connection for playing Super Smash Bros Ultimate online, if you're looking for a cheap LAN adapter for the Switch, I just bought this Plugable Gigabit USB-to-Ethernet Adapter for $15 that is listed as Switch-compatible: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B00AQM8586/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x_z8i3BbG1MKDEK I've only used it for one day so far but the connection seems faster/more stable and I can confirm that it is plug-and-play with the latest Switch firmware. With this, the Pro controller, and 10 foot 3.5mm headset jack extension cable, there are literally no excuses for not playing better in Fortnite (except for my old age hindering my reaction time, aim, etc.)!
  6. Yeah, I bought a Pro controller when it was on sale a few weeks ago. It is like night and day. I'm still pretty bad at the game but I never won any matches prior to getting a Pro controller and I've won 3 since. The sounds the joy-cons make doesn't really bother me but the smaller size of the analog thumbsticks and all the buttons really made playing Fortnite a chore, especially since you're pressing so many different buttons during a match. Now if only the Pro controller had a headset jack like the Xbox 1/PS4 controllers do!
  7. I've been playing a lot of Fortnite on the Switch in TV mode lately and the Switch's lack of support for Bluetooth headphones/headsets is really glaring. For most games, the audio coming from the TV is good enough. In Fortnite, you need to hear where the sound of footsteps/gunfire is coming from so headphones are a must (a mic is also a must if you play duos/squads). Right now, I currently have the docked Switch sitting on the couch with me so I can plug in my wired earbuds but I have ordered a 10-ft 3.5mm extension cable from Amazon.
  8. If you unlocked any heroes on the mobile version of Arena of Valor, you have until this Sunday, October 7th, to link your mobile account with your Switch account to receive gold and other items on your Switch account based on how many heroes you had unlocked on your mobile account. Even if you aren't playing the game right now (like me), you might as well link your account and get free gold in case you do ever start playing on the Switch. Touch Arcade wrote an article explaining the process (scroll down about halfway): https://toucharcade.com/2018/10/05/arena-of-valor-news-annette-blows-in-switch-qa-and-guides-aplenty/
  9. A smaller/cheaper/tougher portable-only Switch without detachable controllers to replace the 2DS/3DS makes a lot of sense.
  10. That is nice! I'm more familiar with the silver age of Marvel comics when he wore all red (or the original ghastly yellow and red!).
  11. Can't wait! I always liked his black costume better than the red one (even though the red one is more reminiscent of his costume from the comics).
  12. According to the Wall Street Journal, an updated version of the Switch will be coming out in the latter half of 2019: https://www.wsj.com/articles/nintendo-plans-new-version-of-switch-next-year-1538629322
  13. I bought the RDS Industries GoPlay Grip for $14.99 from Amazon and I have to say, it's definitely my favorite Switch accessory. It snaps on and off easily so you can quickly take the grip off and dock your Switch for playing on your TV. I mostly play in handheld mode and the GoPlay Grip is a true godsend. No more hand/wrist cramps from long play sessions of Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate! The joy cons can be detached without removing the GoPlay Grip and the grip will act as a stand in tabletop mode (although the angle is slightly more upright than when using the Switch's built-in kickstand). The GoPlay Grip extends not only behind the Switch but also out from its sides to provide a comfortable holding angle similar to the joy con grip included with the Switch. The GoPlay Grip also has a rubbery texture on the parts that come in contact with your hands. It feels good but I can't say how it may or may not hold up long-term. The GoPlay Grip has been available at retail/online for awhile now as part of a $39.99 bundle that includes a carrying case which will fit the Switch with the grip attached. Only within the last month or so has the grip been available to buy by itself (I've only seen it at Amazon). Here's the link, if you're interested: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CBJBQHG/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x_kO9OBbHXJZ78A
  14. I absolutely love 2D retro games but I have a hard time playing 3D retro games, even ones I loved when they first came out like Star Fox. I'm not sure if it's the resolution, the textures, or the framerate but my feeble brain just has a hard time getting over the hump to accepting it and enjoying the retro experience. I'll have to see what other games are on it and read some reviews before I take the plunge on a PlayStation Classic I think.
  15. I got an early access code to Arena of Valor. My desire to play the game on the Switch kind of died once they announced that the Switch version would not feature cross-platform play with other mobile devices though.
  16. Anybody else buy Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate? I pre-downloaded it and started playing it at midnight. There's an insane amount of clicking thru dialog (which most of the game seems to be explained thru) but I can see myself getting really addicted to the hunting/looting/gathering/crafting of this game. It will definitely keep me busy until Diablo III.
  17. My wife accidentally knocked my Switch off of the dresser the other day. There didn't seem to be any visible issues but after playing with it, I noticed that the L button was no longer registering clicks. I contemplated getting a new left joy-con but $50 seems outrageous so I ended up buying a triwing screwdriver to open it up to see if something got disconnected (I also thought I would need it if I ever wanted to do the joy-con shell swap in the future). After opening up the joy-con, I noticed that the internal button the L button was pressing had partially broken off from the PCB board it was soldered to. Unfortunately, I don't own any soldering equipment (or know how to use it) but I found that Amazon sells replacement parts for this broken piece in the $11-12 range so I bought one. Here's the link, if you need it: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07BGX533Y/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Installing it was very easy (particularly since I already had it disassembled). The replacement button makes a little louder of a clicking sound but otherwise works just like the original. I suggest watching this joy-con teardown video before opening up the joy-con:
  18. That looks amazing (much better than I was expecting)... Can't wait to quadruple dip!
  19. Did anyone else try the Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate demo that came out today? It's the first time I've ever played a Monster Hunter game. I don't know if the real game is like this but it seems very confusing for newcomers. The lack of a tutorial or even a screen that showed the controls makes the game hard to pick up (can you even jump in this game?). After a few failed attempts at the beginner monster, I had to look up some MHG videos for the 3ds version for tips on the controls/abilities. I was finally able to beat the beginner monster with 43 seconds to spare. It seems like a fun game and I assume there are other things to do in the game like loot/gather/craft/etc. I'll probably end up buying it if anything to show my support for Capcom bringing more games to the Switch.
  20. Diablo III is an insta-buy for me. Hopefully, Blizzard is also working on porting Overwatch. Has their been any announcement about if Blizzard is porting Diablo III themselves or contracting it out to someone like Panic Button?
  21. My kids really got into Beat Saber (PC) at a gaming exhibition we went to over the weekend so when it comes out for PSVR, it's definitely going to be a day one purchase.
  22. I just ordered a 200GB Sandisk Ultra micro SD card. I figured I might as well get a bigger one while I'm at it. After reading everyone's comments and going through some pros and cons of digital games, I decided to just stick with going all digital, mainly because of the convenience and the fact that I'm already so invested in digital games. Looking through my Amazon order history, my bad micro SD card was a 128GB PNY Elite from almost 2 years ago so at least it exceeded its warranty by 11 months.
  23. Welp, it happened again. My Switch no longer recognizes my microSD card. It was working fine until I started downloading a Fortnite update (after downloading and installing, all games error out. I guess I'll have to try get another microSD card.
  24. I was playing with my SNES Mini Classic last night and I realized how amazing the controller feels. I think it might be my favorite controller ever.
  25. I'm most interested in the Rampage/Joust/Defender/Gauntlet one. I liked all 4 of those games. I'm kind of disappointed that you'd only be able to play 3 player Gauntlet though but I guess there was barely enough room for 4 players on the full-size game. I wonder how Defender plays with only two buttons (I assume you flip directions with the joystick but you'd still need 4 more buttons for thrust, fire, smart bomb, and hyperspace). Map thrust to the joystick as well, smart bomb/fire to the two buttons and hyperspace by hitting both at the same time? I've always wanted an arcade machine in my house but I'll wait for the reviews to start coming out.
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