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    • Sony announced its Playstation Classic today and somewhat surprisingly I have been reading some threads of people who are not at all excited by this. Now, I am a Playstation man, through and through, so my opinion may be somewhat biased, but overall I really like the idea of the retro mini console and having it stocked with games. Older consoles, controllers, and especially game carts and discs become worn and useless as time goes on. Experiencing older games on a crisp new screen with responsive brand new controllers sounds great to most of us, but to many it will never live up to the original experience of untangling the controller cords, blowing the dust from your cartridge and switching the TV input over to RGB. I totally see both sides of the argument and I think that these retro consoles are not for everyone. I had serious plans to purchase the SNES Classic but never got around to it and now it seems as though many of those games I would've bought it for will end up on the Switch at some point anyways. Even the PS Classic is kind of lost on me now considering Final Fantasy 7, 8, 9, 10, 10-2, and 12 will all be out on the Switch soon. So what do you all think?
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    • Hello fellow Radarians! It has been a while since I have posted anything new so I figured.... I would do exactly that! This post concerns my newest obsession: Hollow Knight. Man, oh man. What a game this is! I am a major metroidvania fan, so games like Axiom Verge and Owlboy already appeal to me, and Hollow Knight is no different. There isn't a ton to mention as far as what makes this game special to me or stand out in a major way, but it is special and it does stand out. I like everything about this game. The art style is simple and unique. The gameplay is very simple and easy to handle, however, the enemies and bosses are anything but. This game challenges me in the same way I am challenged by a Dark Souls title. You fight, you die. You fight again, you die again. You try and level up, return to fight, die again. It's really a smashing good time. Something about the lore of the story has me drawn in as well. This underground kingdom of bugs, that has this tragic and mysterious past, is tons of fun to explore and master, searching every nook and cranny for new things. The other bugs you meet all have distinct and engaging personalities and voice acting, although they are speaking "bugish" and we cannot understand them without reading the text on screen, that somehow just fits perfectly and sounds right 100% of the time. My favorite bug voice is of the cartographers wife, Iselda, and her bored sounding sigh of "bafanada..." This game is hard as hell and super engaging. I highly recommend it for its playability and the way it translates from big screen to handheld. Some metroidvania games are best viewed on a smaller screen(Axiom Verge is a great example of this; on my 66" screen the game looks silly), but that does not apply to Hollow Knight. I love the way it looks on my TV and it is perfect and cozy in handheld mode. I bought this game while it was on sale for around $8 and I had a few hundred points, too. It cost me maybe $5 in the end and I have enjoyed it far more than Octopath Traveler(which I was SUPER excited for) that I paid $59.99 for. 
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    • So now that Smash Ultimate has been announced and EVERY SINGLE Smash fighter ever (and some extras) are a part of the roster, I'm curious to find out who everyone's main might be.

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    • I finally got around to finishing Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn and I have to say I had a lot of fun with it. I don't mind the crude, verging on racist, humor and the play style is reminiscent of early 90s beat 'em ups. There's even a move where you hit A to land a size 22 kick that launches the enemy straight into the screen just like TMNT IV: Turtles in Time. Shaq Fu never takes itself seriously, poking fun at crowd funding and the game itself. All of the old beat 'em up tropes are present and accounted for; endless enemies, random things in the background and foreground to smash, the odd object you can use as a weapon until it breaks, etc. At $20 USD in the eshop I think that the price is a bit steep for the amount of game time you'll get from it, if you play it on easy you can walk through this game in one sitting and I don't see much replay value in it. Harder difficulties does make it a longer process though. There is a DLC pack called "Barack Fu"  that opens up a new story line where you play as President Obama, the humor continues as one of "Dirty Barry's" moves lets you call in a "Peace Prize" drone strike. Nintendo's eShop says it released on June 5, but I can't seem to find it. The game's website says that physical copies come with a code to download a "bonus game" later this month. I haven't seen what that game is yet but I would suspect that it is the DLC so if you really want to fight as Barack Obama the physical version might save you a bit of money. Overall I give Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn a solid 5 out of 7 Size 22 Reebok Pumps. Pick it up if you find it on sale, and you enjoy old school beat 'em ups (think TMNT IV style with some off color humor and a stupid plot).
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PS Vita 2 anyone? Sony says no.

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PSP3-PS-Vita-2.jpg.bf3c1bb29290f2b81da0ca6d4569dbde.jpgSad days indeed for those of you holding out for a PS Vita 2 as Sony remains adamant they have no plans to jump back into the handheld market.

 

When asked about a potential Switch competitor, that line of discussion was swiftly shut down by Sony CEO Andrew House. House said

 

"The company does not see big potential in the handheld market."

 

“The Nintendo Switch is a hybrid device, thus it has a completely different strategy from the PlayStation,” House told Bloomberg Japan, adding “We are focusing our attention on making products that can be played in the living room.”

 

It's odd that Sony have adopted such a stance as it was recently revealed they had already filed patents for a Vita successor:

 

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Sony launched the Vita in 2012 off the back of its older more successful brother the PSP which over its lifetime sold 84 million units, but sadly the Vita just couldn't compete selling a poor 10 million units down to Sonys lack of support, poor third party and multiplayer offerings and funky weird control scheme all of which contributed to its demise whereas it’s competitor the 3DS went on to sell 69million units.

 

Some would argue that the Vita laid the groundwork for the Switch by wetting the appetite of gamers who wanted to experience home-console like games on the go. And while the Vita may not have been a success, that’s not to say they couldn’t be successful in the future.

 

Just look at the Switch; it’s off to a great start selling over 7 million units thus far and had there not been any availability issues that number may have been even higher and going into the holiday season the Switch is looking to be a hot ticket item with an impressive games lineup and a sweet price tag so we can see it being under many a Christmas tree this year!

 

Would you like to see a PS Vita 2? Let us know your thoughts in the ....!

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Nah. I think that Sony is right by not investing in handhelds anymore. It's clearly something Nintendo mastered ages ago, and while the PSP was cool, Sony doesn't have what it takes to compete in so many markets. Sony makes televisions, computers, speakers, amplifiers, headphones, cameras, cell phones, printers, projectors, laptops, and tablets.

Let Nintendo have this one. They consistently do it better.

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I'd love Sony to continue the handheld industry going. I feel with Gameshark announcing(hinting) at Pokemon US/UM being the last Pokemon game on the system is a sign that the system might be losing its production soon, and the switch will be the main focus. Not that it would be a bad thing, just seems that the handheld Era may be coming to a close. (yes the switch is a handheld hybrid, but it's more of a 'main line console' if you get what I mean?'

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I'd love Sony to continue the handheld industry going. I feel with Gameshark announcing(hinting) at Pokemon US/UM being the last Pokemon game on the system is a sign that the system might be losing its production soon, and the switch will be the main focus. Not that it would be a bad thing, just seems that the handheld Era may be coming to a close. (yes the switch is a handheld hybrid, but it's more of a 'main line console' if you get what I mean?'

 

I love my 3DS, there's just something really compelling about having something I can flip open and closed and shove in my pocket! I just don't see smartphones as a practical alternative right now with 'touch-screen' inputs - sorry, touch isn't a good enough substitute for physical buttons!

 

Hope Sony decide to join the handheld game again, I will never give up on handheld gaming. Smartphone companies can keep shoving touch-screen phone gaming down my throat but I aint biting!

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I love my 3DS, there's just something really compelling about having something I can flip open and closed and shove in my pocket! I just don't see smartphones as a practical alternative right now with 'touch-screen' inputs - sorry, touch isn't a good enough substitute for physical buttons!

 

Hope Sony decide to join the handheld game again, I will never give up on handheld gaming. Smartphone companies can keep shoving touch-screen phone gaming down my throat but I aint biting!

 

Totally agree with the touchscreen versus physical buttons thing. I suppose that's from growing up with GB/GBA influencing me though.

The PSP was so good;it's such a shame that the vita isn't doing so well and Sony want to pull out of the handheld market when they have something as good as the PSP on their backs.

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I think Sony's stance is understandable, handhelds are aimed at more casual gamers, where as most PS4 owners are hardcore gamers and mostly into their COD, battlefield etc, games that should be played on a large screen.

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Lets be realistic the psp did okay but it hardly put a dent in nintendos ds market.

The vita did poorly and couldn't hold a candle to the 3ds, providing ironically the same old lesson that Nintendo has been implementing forever.

That handheld units benefit from lessor graphics but better affordability, battery life and usability.

The game boy had an atrociousness non backlit screen as we all know but the battery life was like 8hrs and it was alot cheaper than rivals just like 3ds to vita and same for the games.

Meanwhile the Sega game gear was colour and backlit but it had like 2hrs and was alot more expensive ect.

Sorry for the history lesson Im sure everyone already knows... Point is Nintendo own the portable market and Sony's lost more than they've gained from trying.

Sadly it just doesn't make sense from a business standpoint to try and compete with them at this point as much a shame it is to see such potential to go to waste. 

 

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