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May 25, 2017 / Jett

NBA Playgrounds Review (Nintendo Switch)

[NOTE: This reviews the current version of the game that does not have online play. It was not available at this point in time and based on recent comments from the developer, it’s not coming in a timely manner. As such, I’ve chosen to publish the review without online play.]

Coming out just as my beloved Toronto Raptors get bounced from the playoffs yet again, NBA Playgrounds arrives just in time to ease the pain of another failed attempt at the championship. Unlike the simulation-based NBA 2K series, NBA Playgrounds is a throwback to the arcade insanity of NBA Jam. Is this new take on a classic play stile a somersault slam dunk?

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May 23, 2017 / Jett

Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows Review

Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows is the first piece of downloadable content for Shovel Knight. This time, you take on the Enchantress and the Order of No Quarter as Plague Knight, one of the bosses from the original game. While it uses the same levels, the experience of playing as Plague Knight gives the game a different, more challenging, and arguably not as fun game.

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May 21, 2017 / Jett

Gaming Chair Get!

For years, I have punished my body by sitting on a worn out office chair when I game. The butt cushion flattened out years ago, as did the additional cushion I bought as a stopgap fix.

My cheap and stubborn self probably would have stuck with that crappy chair forever. Thankfully, my wife recently gifted me this awesome gaming chair. It’s a sexy-looking chair with great cushioning and arm rests that flip up for when I need extra elbow room for fighting games. Thank you love!

I know that this style of gaming chair is hot right now, but whatever you’re sitting on when you game, make sure it’s comfortable! For all the time you spend sitting down in front of a television, you should take care of your body and feel good while you’re at it.

May 20, 2017 / Jett

The Promise of the Nintendo Switch is Real

When Nintendo first revealed the Switch, they did so by showing off a myriad of different scenarios for when the product would be useful. From showing how quickly the game could transfer from your screen to the unit, to showing off a woman bringing her Switch to a rooftop party to play with friends, Nintendo pitched this as providing a quality gaming experience everywhere you go.

At first, I didn’t buy it. Sure, the novelty was neat, but I didn’t see the ability to play the same games at home or on the go as a revelation. Now that I’ve had the console for a few months, I realize that its selling point is the real deal.

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May 19, 2017 / Jett

Coming Soon: NBA Playgrounds Review

For the last few days, I’ve been playing NBA Playgrounds on the Nintendo Switch. I’ve been working on a review, but I don’t feel comfortable publishing it until online play is activated on the Switch. When that goes live, I’ll give it a go and finish the review.

What I can say for the time being is that it’s fun, but highly flawed. The game’s shooting mechanics make shooting 3s too easy and 2s too difficult. The AI is unbalanced, as it will steal the ball from you every two seconds, but can’t stop a long range shot to save its life. Unless you’re a fan of the sport with an unshakeable urge to play a modern NBA Jam, you can probably pass on this one. Full review coming soon!

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May 18, 2017 / Jett

Arms Impresses at the May 17th Nintendo Direct

With its impending release less than a month away, Nintendo pulled back the curtain even further on Arms. In this 20-minute presentation, they unveiled new characters, a number of new modes, a commitment to free post-launch DLC and the announcement of an upcoming beta. Despite my skepticism of the game, Nintendo might have me on the brink of caving in.

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May 17, 2017 / Jett

Defenders of the Triforce – Real Escape Game Review

Defenders of the Triforce takes the Legend of Zelda universe into the real world with an escape challenge game. Touring across North America this summer, my family and I gave it a shot when it came to our city. Should you carve some time out of your busy schedule to try out this limited run challenge?

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