Sunday, January 22, 2017

Plot Twist

Loyal kcduckling readers. It is great to see your beautiful faces again. I have some important news to discuss with you gang of folks here and I think you're gonna like it.
I made the announcement recently that I was starting a Twitch channel and would be streaming videos of Halo 5: Guardians from it and I have been! I've got four videos up archived for your viewing pleasure, but while you're there, consider giving me a follow and you'll know whenever I'm online.
Right now, the only videos I have up are just game sounds and no chatter from me, but that will change in the future. I'll be doing some videos in that silent style, and others in a more chatter oriented style.
IN ADDITION, some of these gems will then be uploaded yo YouTube for the world's viewing pleasure. YEAH that's right, ol kcduckling is getting his shit together and making a YouTube channel. Who saw that coming?
Anyhoo, that's all for now. Look forward to some excellent videos in the future. Maybe I'll even do some Switch streaming when that arrives. But until then, kcduckling out.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Twitch Streaming

Hello folks, kcduckling here with a quick video update. Although my dream of having a neat little YouTube channel is no closer to being completed, I have set up a Twitch channel under the name kcduckling. I'll be streaming Halo 5 every now and then, feel free to drop by and hang out for a bit if you get a chance.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Split Personalities

Oh hey Internet, didn't see you there. It's me, kcduckling, wanting to address a minute detail of the blog that I'm sure 0% of my reading audience has noticed.
Whenever a post is uploaded to the ol' bloggo, there is an author line underneath it and for years it has displayed the name: KC Duckling. Well, because that was with an old e-mail and I have a new personal e-mail, I have decided to switch the e-mail for Blogger, but Blogger won't let me remove the original account from the blog, so now I have registered my current e-mail as the new admin for the blog. Those posts will be authored as: kcduckling. Don't fret my loyal readers. It is still me. I bid you adieu until our next chat. kcduckling out.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Weekly Update Update

The cherished and always highly anticipated weekly update series will return March of 2017. The format this time will be a little more in tune with the post I did yesterday, with the news and then my opinion coming below the news. Such as:

The Nintendo Switch will release with Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild as a launch title on March 3rd 2017.
This is incredibly awesome and I have already pre-ordered both.

Like that. Good shit, right? So I have made the executive decision to have the weekly update return in March, coinsiding with the release of the Nintendo Switch.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Nintendo Switch Presentation Breakdown and Thoughts

Yep. The Nintendo Switch hype train has just received a pretty heaving scoop of coal and now it is chugging along at max speed just less than two months before its launch. The one hour presentation that Nintendo had the other night can be found right here, in case you missed all of the madness. If watching 60 minutes of video doesn't suit your liking, simply read on, as I'll touch on just about everything from the event and give my thoughts on it all.

First things first. The release date is March 3 and the retail price is $300.00.
This news is absolutely incredible to hear. From presentation to release will be less than two months and that is some seriously impressive secrecy that Nintendo has kept this system in. As for the retail price, that's pretty good and very competitive with XBOX One and PS4. Although, given that the Switch does not come with any games bundled with it, this price seems a little less fair.

The Nintendo Switch online service will become a paid online service. Starting in March, Nintendo Account owners can enlist in a trial for the new service, but come Fall 2017, that service will be paid. No news on price, but a few incentives are listed. Firstly, Nintendo will offer exclusive discounts and deals on digital games. Secondly, Nintendo will have one free NES and SNES game every month, although this is literally just for that one month. A companion app will be used for chat/setting up lobbies.
A gargantuan loss for Nintendo here, giving up on their free online service that they have held over Microsoft and Sony for years now, but oh well, I guess we have to move on. As for Nintendo's "incentives", also extremely weak. One NES and SNES game for that month. No playing it after the month ends. Ridiculous.

The Nintendo Switch will not be region locked.
This literally effects me zero, but I realize this is really cool of Nintendo to do.

Battery life for the tablet outside of the dock is 3.5-6.5 hours and the dock uses a USB Type-C charger. The tablet has a capacitive touch panel and supports up to eight player local multiplayer.
All good news. Obviously the Switch was not going to outlast a 3DS battery, so the announced life seems reasonable for playing Skyrim or Legend of Zelda for three hours outside the dock. The USB Type-C is incredible, amazing, fantastic news, as is the news that the touch screen will not be a stylus touch screen, but rather a capacitive touch screen, the kind most phones nowadays have. Local multiplayer could be pretty neat if the Switch market gets big enough. Especially for Mario Kart and Splatoon 2 games.

The Joy-Con controllers are packed to the absolute brim with neat little functions and features. The details are shown below in a handy little picture.
Most notable new features are the HD rumble feature, which the presenter compared to holding a cup with one, two, or three ice cubes in it. Additionally, the IR Motion Camera allows the sensor to see how far away something is and what shape it detects. 
The Joy-Con controller could honestly be one of my favorite controllers of all time. I always liked the feel of the Wii remote with the nunchuk, hanging my arms down the sides of my body, fully relaxing while I played, but there was always the cord there impairing me. These Joy-Cons are incredibly versatile in addition to their functionality, which is what I think makes them so damn impressive.

1-2 Switch is the first game that Nintendo announced for the Switch during their presentation. 1-2 Switch is a party game with the main premise that to play the game, players do not even need to look at the screen, just each other. There will be a variety of games within. 1-2 Switch is a launch title and will be $50.00.
1-2 Switch looks decent. I think it looks like a great introduction to the new features of the Joy-Con. My biggest complaint about this game is that it will not be bundled with the Nintendo Switch. I think it was huge for the Wii having Wii Sports, and for the Wii U having Nintendo Land. Nintendo has come out and said that they settled on the $300 price point and would let players decide what games they wanted, but I still can't help but feel like the new console would have benefited from some kind of game support in a starter bundle.

Arms was the second game announced in the presentation. Arms is a new fighting game for the Nintendo Switch. Both local and online multiplayer will be supported in the game and Nintendo described the game as having lots of replay value. Arms comes out in the spring and will be $60.00.
Arms looks incredibly intriguing and frankly, a lot of fun. What gets me about Arms is the price point. I haven't seen enough of Arms yet to really make an informed decision, but as of now I for sure would not purchase this game for a full $60.00. Nonetheless, the game looks like a lot of fun and I really liked the description "Arms is to fighting games what Splatoon is to shooters". Now to the big boys.

Splatoon 2 is the sequel to the Wii U's Splatoon that will feature new weapons, maps, hair styles, and special weapons. The trailer did not go into any detail about the game's single player adventures, but Nintendo confirmed that Splatoon 2 will have periodic updates after release, similar to the updates given to the original Splatoon after its launch. Splatoon 2 will come out this summer for $60.00.
For absolutely sure Splatoon 2 is one of my three top games for the Nintendo Switch as of now. The new additions to the game look really, really good, and the gameplay shown was very impressive and left me with very few questions regarding how the game will play. I will absolutely be buying Splatoon 2 upon its summer release.

Super Mario Odyssey is the new, previously unannounced, 3D Mario title that Nintendo had been working on for the Nintendo Switch. Super Mario Odyssey is set up like Super Mario Sunshine, in that it has a hub world and from there, you depart to various other worlds for levels. Super Mario Odyssey has new abilities for Mario, from rolling to clambering and shimmying, to his newest signature move for the game, throwing his sentient hat. The game also has loads of new characters and a new style for Bowser. Super Mario Odyssey will be released this holiday season for $60.00.
Jesus Christ, Super Mario Odyssey looks beautiful. From the Sunshine vibes to the new abilities and characters, this game looks extremely promising. The hub world of New Donk City (or whatever its called) looks a little off, with Mario running alongside regular human beings, but this is quickly washed away by the stunning views of the different worlds. From running along a forest path to wall jumping between two city buildings, Super Mario Odyssey is an absolute treat and I cannot wait for its release.

Several projects were given updated news, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Skyrim, and 80 other games are in development for the Switch. EA also announced that FIFA is coming to the Switch.
I figuratively fell asleep during this part, because I literally. Literally. L i t e r a l l y. Could not care less about these announcements. If you like these games, good for you.

What comes in the box?
These things. The Nintendo Switch has a grey pack and a red/blue pack.

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild received another trailer. Zelda was shown for the first time and it was revealed that most of the major characters would be voiced. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be a launch title for the Nintendo Switch for $60.00.
WOw. And yes, that was on purpose, because holy goddamn crap. Legend of Zelda continues to impress me more and more every time I see it. This trailer was pretty much nonstop goosebumps, and I simply cannot wait to get my hands on this masterpiece, come March 3rd.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was officially announced after the presentation on the Nintendo YouTube channel. The game is virtually the same as Mario Kart 8 for Wii U, with a few roster changes, (King Boo, Dry Bones, Bowser Jr., and the Inklings) kart additions, (two new Splatoon-themed cars and Bowser Jr.'s Clown Car) the ability to carry two items, and a completely revamped battle mode, featuring new and returning battle maps and some new items, the return of the Boo item and the brand new Feather. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe comes out in April for $60.00.
This is coming from the guy who loved Mario Kart 8 dearly, holds Mario Kart as his favorite franchise of all time, and believes Mario Kart 8 was the best game for Wii U. I am not excited for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Why?
  1. The main addition to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is Battle Mode (I never was a fan of battle mode)
  2. The roster additions are too little, too late
  3. There are zero new tracks for grand prix or online racing
And 60 dollars for battle mode and some characters who should have been in the game in the first place just doesn't sit well with me. And, seriously, still no Diddy? What the hell does Nintendo have against Diddy Kong? C'mon man. 
Will I get the game eventually? Maybe. Will I be proud of that purchase. Almost certainly not. But, if you did not own a Wii U and Mario Kart 8 and are now getting the Nintendo Switch, I can tell you that this game is one of the most fun games you will ever play. And you absolutely should not pass up on it.

Well, there you have it. The complete Switch Presentation condensed into some brief sentences. I'll include a few more resources down here at the bottom of this post for you to keep up to date on Nintendo Switch news. And, until next time, kcduckling out.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Quick Break

Hello all, kcduckling here. A few things to keep in mind moving forward for this fine year of 2017.

  1. Weekly Updates will return! Albeit not for a bit. I'll start em up come February. Same format, weekly, although probably not on Sunday because I tended to forget about it or be away from my computer on Sundays, so stay tuned.
  2. Videos! Yeah, not gonna happen. After a fair amount of false hype, I have ultimately decided to hold off on any gameplay videos featuring everybody's favotite blogger: kcduckling.
  3. I don't have a third point.
Also, if you're a Nintendo fan, or even a fan of video games in general, you simply have to check out Nintendo's Switch presentation coming up on the 12th. The YouTube page is already up, so prepare yourself. This event will show price, specs. games, and release date. HYPE HYPE HYPE. As for when I'll see you guys again, look for a Switch Presentation follow-up a few days after. Until then, kcduckling out.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2016 Game of the Year

AND now before I show the number one game of the year, check out the previous winners of the most coveted prize: kcduckling Game of the Year

2013 - Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

2014 - Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

2015 - Rocket League

2016 - Titanfall 2

Man, I love this game. From the newly introduced single player campaign to the redesigned and revamped multiplayer. 
First of all, the single player campaign is a decent challenge, but more importantly, Respawn has created some of the greatest levels of platforming in any first person shooter that I have ever played. Because Titanfall is so heavily based on the platforming aspects of sprinting, jumping, boosting, sliding, and wall running, Respawn perfectly tailored each and every level to utilize these mechanics to their fullest. My favorite level of the campaign and definitely one of my very favorite levels of any shooter I've ever played is a level where the main pilot, Jack Cooper, must traverse a mechanized assembly line to track down his Titan, BT. Jumping from line to line while avoiding getting crushed or lasered or shot my security really was fun over everything else. Another point about the campaign is the Titan that you travel with, BT, providing his dry, robotic takes on Cooper's human expressions and sayings. It's been done before, but this banter provides an extra layer to the campaign that is really enjoyable. Final point about the campaign is that there is one level with, and I'm going to avoid spoilers here, a watch and it is the most incredible level of a video game that I have goddamn played in a long time. Enough campaign notes though, let's get to the meat of this feast.
The multiplayer is incredible. Also vastly improved from its predecessor, which was already a good game in its own right, the new multiplayer offers more variety while maintaining the same fluidity and fast-paced gameplay as before.
Final notes: calling in a Titan is just as freaking awesome as ever, the gameplay is the best feeling gameplay that I've gotten to experience in recent history, and the addition of a single player story mode really puts it over the rest of the field as the greatest game of 2016.
Also note: the game is available on sale in a lot of places right now, so if you haven't nabbed it yet, do it!