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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.

      Personally, I'm excited to try out Little Mac now that air dodges improve recovery. I hope that might help to balance out his attacks without occasionally falling off the map with no control whatsoever. I also want to try out the Ice Climbers and how their two-in-one combo fares against some of the newer fighters. 

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    • Proud to announce that as of today NintendoRadar is now available in app-form on all your favorite mobile devices! We had a feeling you might like one *cough, ahem, a'choo* 
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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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NEW RELEASES - Outlast: Bundle of Terror

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SAY WHA????!?!?!?! 

That's right, folks! Outlast: Bundle of Terror is coming to the Switch and surprising the blood and guts out of everyone. It first popped up unannounced on the European eShop, and is set to release in the US shortly after. This bundle version of the game comes with the DLC Whistleblower, which serves as a prequel to the original game.  Outlast 2 is also on its way to the Switch later in the year. I am a huge horror nerd, but never got around to picking up this game. Resident Evil, Dead Space, The Evil Within, & Silent Hill are some of my all time favorites, not to mention my deep and everlasting Stephen King obsession, so it is pretty fair to say that I will probably be buying this game. Unless, of course, someone here can persuade me not to!

I would love to hear from anyone who has played it and whether or not it is A) a game worth playing, and B) a good candidate for a Switch port. 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDNmLPATW0s 

What are you Ghandi from Clone high xD 

As for the games they are essentially high quality indie titles for horror that came at a time  when the horror genre was lacking and in dire need or a revival and it just did that.

Now whilst the 1st game has some obvious flaws such as jump scare moments that come off as funny when the animation loops and some of the "events" Seeming a bit underwhelming at times. Overall the game is filled with a great atmosphere and sound accompanied by a nice albeit gimmicky aspect of the cam-recorder both for capturing footage and used to see in the dark at the cost of battery life.

Overall I guess I would say its a flawed but fun time and a worthy entry to any horror fans library. Especially considering its an indie devs attempt it looks amazing and sounds it too.

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Now as for Outlast 2 they polished the graphics and sound even more so thanks to a higher budget and it really shows!

The environments are more varied so less repetitive and more open ended making for some new game play elements which again are flawed, alot of people find this a black sheep since it has some issues where you'll find yourself getting stuck very early on and unsure of what to do.

If you manage to get past the start of Outlast 2 and the early flaws the game develops and gets alot better from there. 

So as long as your good at stealth and play very patiently you'll have no problems there.

 

All in all though a great franchise and a great staple to what horror games should be and they serve as a great well to show how we dont need Triple AAA developers to make great games. 

So with all that done and said are the games worth your time? Absolutely without a doubt, no games perfect but this is certainly on the spectrum of great than bad 8/10 overall around that area.

That is if your a fan of horror, stealth and story atmosphere over pure game play and action of course ;) 

Based on your opinions towards Stephen kings work Im sure you will feel at home here!

As for the switch port, I cant say it would benefit from the switch I mean dont get me wrong survival horror can work portable sure, revelations 3ds worked wonderfully but Id always recommend a dark room late at night with a quiet ambience. 

Still the switch gives the best of both and as long as its optimised well I see no reasons to persuade you other wise than to give it a shot.

 

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I've been meaning to pick this up, was always too scared though lol. The switch may be the perfect console for this! I don't have the gonads to play on a TV 😂

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