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Joggernauts: Game Review for 2018

 Joggernauts game review for 2018

From developer Space Mace, Joggernauts is a refreshingly fun and colorful game that requires a lot more skill than first impressions would suggest.  Advertised as an auto-scrolling platformer, Joggernauts requires the player to control two color-coded avatars, jumping with each separately, and switching between the two to pass through the matching color barriers. Although it has many of the features you would expect from a traditional platformer, it also provides a unique art style and playful music.  This review takes a look at several facets of the game, including controls, presentation, and overall gameplay, ultimately providing an evaluation of the game as a whole.  

 

Gameplay: 9/10

Mechanically, the game is deceptively straightforward.  You push one button to jump for each character, and one to switch between them, utilizing three total buttons to coordinate dodging obstacles and engaging barriers with the correct color character.  There’s even a laughably simple tutorial that gives the player a very false sense of confidence.  This feeling of aptitude is quickly shattered, as the player realizes the inherent difficultly in maintaining control over two separate entities while also keeping track of their relative position to each other.  The result is a game that poses a significant challenge, but rewards improvement in timing, memorization and pattern recognition.  Each level brings increasing difficulty and new mechanics, which keeps the player striving for map completion.  As with most platformers, there is very little plot associated with the gameplay itself, which, given the quality of the humor and writing in the brief moments it is used, seems like it would have been an excellent addition to the game.

 

5 Reasons to Order the Magic: The Gathering Ultimate Masters Set Before Christmas

5 Reasons to Order the Magic The Gathering Ultimate Masters Set Before Christmas

The latest Masters Set from Wizards includes many of the excellent legacy, modern, and commander cards the community has come to expect from such a release; however, Ultimate Masters comes with some added bonuses.  Due to a number of specific situational occurrences, Ultimate Masters could end up being the most valuable of the specialty sets, if the purchase is timed well.  Here are five reasons why buying a box of Ultimate Masters before the end of the year could be an incredibly lucrative decision. 

 

Last Masters Set

Wizards has not released a great deal of information about the future of the Masters sets, however they have explicitly declared that Ultimate Masters will be the last of its kind for the foreseeable future.  With this in mind, the designers for this set not only were purposeful in their decision to overload this set with value, but also created a sense of scarcity among collectors.  With an unknown period of time without a Masters set looming ahead, Ultimate Masters will likely be in high demand.

 

Epic High-End Arcade Fight Stick for Consoles and PC

Epic High-end arcade fight stick for consoles and PC

With a number of great fighting game titles recently launching, the discussion regarding arcade sticks has come back into full force, especially in regards to newer consoles.  For those looking for a competitive edge, arcade fight sticks can provide a level of precision and customization that regular controllers cannot, and although an arcade stick has a high learning curve, many find that the hand positions are more natural for fighting games when utilizing an arcade stick.  There are a number of different options available for arcade sticks, but for those looking for high quality controllers, and who are looking to spend more to acquire top-end hardware, this article focuses on excellent arcade fight sticks that are quite expensive but exceptionally made.  Whether you’re looking for a specific console or to ladder on PC, this article will help you make the selection that best fits your needs.

 

Fighting Edge Arcade Stick for Playstation 4

This arcade stick is officially licensed by Sony from the legendary controller manufacturer Hori, making it one of the best for the system.  The Fighting Edge comes stock with Hori’s proprietary Hayabusa buttons and joystick, both of which are specifically designed to optimize inputs for fighting games.  The joystick, for example, has been engineered to increase responsiveness vastly superior to that of a regular controller’s D-pad, while the buttons are beveled to reduce the physical distance needed to engage the switch itself.  The increase in precision and speed with the joystick and buttons respectively makes this stick exceptional for PS4 titles, and is also adaptable for PC.

 

Most Popular Handheld Gaming Consoles for 2018

Most Popular Handheld Gaming Consoles for 2018

The obvious benefit of handheld gaming is that these consoles offer mobility and portability unmatched in traditional consoles.  However, handhelds have become so sophisticated that many transcend the traditional expectations of what a console that fits in our pocket ought to do.  Handhelds are still great for bus rides and down time in between class, but are now also capable of a myriad of other functionalities, including television display, in-person cooperative play, and expandability.  In this article, we take a look at some of the most popular handheld gaming consoles for 2018 and discuss the awesome features these devices possess.

 

Nintendo Switch

As we discussed in our previous article in regards to Super Mario Party, the Nintendo Switch is an impressive console that has improved dramatically on features its predecessors pioneered.  The Switch, however, is also a handheld console, seamlessly transitioning from television display to utilizing a portable screen.  Perhaps even more impressive is the capability the controllers provide; although you can use the Switch like a regular handheld console, holding each side with both hands and gaming as a single player, the Joy-Cons can be removed from the base system itself and distributed to more than one player, enabling cooperative play from the handheld device itself.  This innovated feature, in addition to others, has elevated the Switch to be one of the best handheld devices on the year.

 



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