Over the past several years, wireless technology has improved so much that slowly, trip by trip, I’ve come to rely on it more and more to get my job done on the road. It’s convenient, and it lets me leave behind the jumble of cables I used to need.
Hyrule Warriors is coming to the Switch, but what makes it different from Breath of the Wild?
First, you finish Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Then you turn your sights to the expansions and you squeeze every last possible second of gaming out of that. You then lift your head from your Nintendo Switch as you start to surface from your Zelda-induced stupor. You are well aware of the fact that there are other games out there, and perhaps you should play one of those. However, you hunger for more Zelda. You know that no other franchise can scratch the itch that lives deep inside your gaming soul. That’s when you begin to hear it. There are rumblings coming from far out on the horizon. There is a different Zelda title coming to the Switch in spring of 2018. It’s Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition. You breathe a sigh of relief. You can take solace in the fact that there will indeed be more Zelda for your Switch.
Is it anything like Zelda: Breath of the Wild?
Hyrule Warriors was originally released in the summer of 2014 on the Wii U. It was developed by Omega Force, which means that it has far more shared DNA with Dynasty Warriors than it does with any previous Zelda title. Hyrule Warriors is most decidedly a hack-and-slash affair. Whereas other Zelda games are beautifully and lovingly crafted to give you a perfectly designed experience, Hyrule Warriors is madness. If you have very specific feelings about Link and what he should be up to, then maybe this title isn’t the one for you. However, if you love everything Zelda and can get behind a crazy, action-packed, sword-swinging romp, then you are probably going to love Hyrule Warriors
Whilst controlling Link, you will utilize various weapons and moves which you will find familiar from the Zelda franchise. However, rather than combating just a few characters at a time, you will be pitted against vast multitudes of enemies. It’s Link versus the world. As expected, once you manage to smash through a few armies, you will have to stand toe to toe against massive bosses. These sorts of games are all about feeling powerful and you will definitely feel like a hero as you take down army after army and boss after boss.
Hack-and-slash games can run the risk of feeling painfully repetitive. While you will be repeatedly tasked with taking down hundreds of foes, Hyrule Warriors manages to keep things interesting and engaging. There are nearly 30 unlockable characters from Link’s long and storied past that will keep you pushing for the next goal. In addition, the game is absolutely overflowing with winks and nods to Zelda enthusiasts. If you have been looking for a game which services Zelda’s massive fandom then maybe you should take a second look at Hyrule Warriors.
The Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition on Nintendo Switch will feature every bit of expansion that was released for the original game plus some new outfits modeled from Breath of the Wild. Hyrule Warriors may be wildly different than Breath of the Wild, but it is still a lot of fun. If you’re a Zelda purist, then you may want to give this one a pass. However, if you love crazy action games and you love Link, then you should consider putting Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition on your must-play list this spring.
We always get a positive response whenever we post about Switch stuff now and again as it seems like there’s loads of crossover in our audience between people who are into gaming on the go who also, unsurprisingly, are also really into the Nintendo Switch. Maybe we’ll eventually get into full-on Switch reviews, but for the time being I like the idea of posting these sort of mini-review roundups. So, if you’re even half as into the Switch as we are, strap in. Otherwise, well, we’ve posted other iOS stuff today you can check out instead!
Golf Story – I’m a bit of an anomaly when it comes to sports games. I never played any actual sports outside of gym class as a kid, and as a byproduct, never really learned much beyond the basics. I loved the Mutant League games on the Genesis, because you only needed to know the basics of football and hockey- The rest was filled in with arcade ridiculousness. Golf Story is similar. You don’t need to know that much about golf beyond the basics, and the rest of the game gets filled in with a shockingly captivating story with RPG elements which are all solved by either playing golf or doing golf-like things.
The story of the game kicks off with you being a no-name golfer, and being put to the task of proving yourself to the people at the nearby course. Most of them turn out to be scum bags, and are only looking to take advantage of you. The story evolves from there, taking often hilarious turns where you’ll end up in the middle of a rap battle, fighting off undead armies, and so much more. It’s hard to put into words just how much of a surprise this game turned out to be, as I really only downloaded it because I was looking for something to play and it looked kinda-sorta like Mario Golf.
Really, the only knock I can come up with for Golf Story is that putting on greens that have a slope to them feels more difficult than it should be. There isn’t any sort of grid that pops up to give you an idea of the contour, instead it just tells you that you’re on a slope. It’s needlessly tricky, but then again, maybe it’s intentional? Either way, Golf Story is among the most surprising games I’ve played this year, as it’s so, so much better than I was expecting.
Stardew Valley – On the podcast we often talk about games we know of that we’ve heard absolutely nothing but good things about, but just haven’t played for one reason or another (usually because they’re on a platform we’re not that into). That definitely describes Stardew Valley, as if I’m playing a game on my PC, it’s usually something multiplayer with friends. So, I was super excited for the Switch launch of Stardew Valley to see what all the fuss is about.
Well, I’m now fifty hours into the game and my girlfriend is eighty hours in. The hype was real. The core of Stardew Valley involves managing a farm, planting crops, harvesting them, taking care of your animals, and selling all of your farm products for cash which you then use to reinvest in more crops, upgrade things, and so much more. This loop is so compelling I’ve spent entire cross-country flights playing it, and have stayed up until 2:00 AM to just play one more in-game day more times than I can count.
Maybe I’m just too used to playing mobile games, but it’s unbelievably refreshing playing a game like this where you have complete control over how time progresses. Have nothing left to do for the day and want to advance to the next day? Just go to bed. Easy peasy. The amount of depth is unbelievable too, particularly once you get into forming relationships with the townspeople and exploring the (many) secrets of the game. One word of warning: Stardew Valley is best enjoyed learning, discovering, and experiencing things as you go. It’s been power gamed to death on the PC, and wikis for everything exist online, but you’ll really spoil the game for yourself min/maxing everything.
Fire Emblem Warriors – This is the only game I have on my Switch so far that I don’t like. I had never played a Dynasty Warriors game before, and haven’t played a Fire Emblem game since the Game Boy Advance, so I figured this would be a great way to kill two birds with one stone. That doesn’t seem to be the case at all.
Maybe my expectations were out of whack, but I was hoping for a Nintendo-fication of these games. Take a game like Mario Kart– You don’t need to know anything about Nintendo characters or even racing games to really enjoy it. Fire Emblem Warriors, on the other hand, makes massive assumptions in both your knowledge of Fire Emblem characters as well as how Dynasty Warriors games work.
The entire gimmick of the game seems to hinge on fighting massive swaths of bad guys, which is pretty cool, but feels weirdly repetitive. I’m not sure if I missed something, or I should just know how this all works from playing other Dynasty Warriors games, but I basically just run around, mash one button, tons of stuff dies, and a story with a ton of characters I have no idea who they are is told. That being said, people who are into Fire Emblem and/or Dynasty Warriors seem to really be enjoying this, I guess I’m just not in that demographic.
Super Mario Odyssey – If you own a Switch and don’t have this game yet, you need to just stop right now and either go to the store and buy the cartridge or download the digital version. It is simply unbelievable how good this game is. So good, in fact, that between The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Odyssey I feel confident in saying that the Switch has had the best first year of game releases of any console I’ve seen in my life.
Imagine Super Mario 64, with way better graphics and an entirely new mechanic that comes from Mario’s new ability to throw his hat around and take over whatever it lands on. Throw it at a Goomba, and now you’re a Mario Goomba. Each enemy or object you possess with your hat has its own unique mechanics, adding a simply unreal amount of depth and variety to the game. I’m reluctant to even mention many more of the enemies/objects you can throw your hat as as discovering these interactions is so unbelievably delightful that I don’t want to spoil any of that experience.
The feeling of playing Odyssey is similar to that displayed in the “final taste” scene in Rataouille. It brings all your best Mario memories back, and the game continues to surprise all the way up to the “end” finale which culminates in a way that is so incredible that I’d put it up there on a list of games with the best endings I’ve ever played.
One tip I’ll give is don’t worry about picking up extra moons in the initial story mode beyond what’s required for you to get to the next level. The story mode of the game is barely more than a multi-hour long tutorial. The game opens up to an unbelievable extent after you first “beat” it, adding so much to do that I feel like I can be playing Super Mario Odyssey for months to come. This game will win man game of the year awards, mark my words.
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Trump wants players who protest the anthem to be fired
A pro football season already rankled by lower-than-usual ratings took a sharp political turn this weekend, as President Donald Trump took aim at NFL players.
Some of the league’s stars — including the still-unemployed quarterbackColin Kaepernick — have knelt during the ceremony, raised their fists or turned their backs to the U.S. flag in a bid to raise awareness to injustice, including the mistreatment of African Americans at the hands of police around the country.
Without mentioning any particular names, Trump continued the attack on Saturday, tweeting that protesting players should not have jobs in the NFL at all.
Trump’s broadside quickly drew condemnation: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell did not mention the president by name, but did say Trump’s comments “demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players.”
If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL,or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect….
Trump’s tweets targeting the NFL mark only his latest attacks against athletes who have criticized his presidency. Earlier, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry said he he would not attend a ceremony at the White House honoring his team’s NBA championship win — a move that led Trump to tweet that the “invitation is withdrawn.”
Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!