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Brian Clark

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  • Avatar for BrianClark BrianClark 28 days ago

    Not a party scenario, but on break at work. I generally play games on my breaks (usually on 3DS, but now that the Switch is out I've been bringing it most days) and I work in a room with 5 other people doing data processing and some light programming. So yeah, it almost goes without saying most of them like to play games here and there.

    I realized that Mario Kart 8 was pretty much a requirement for me to buy due to my work environment, and also that it seemed like the perfect way to show off the multiplayer capabilities of the Switch.

    On Friday, when break time arrived, I handed the right joy-con to the coworker closest to me and we were off to the races. We passed the controller around to a few other people and had a blast.

    The built-in multiplayer aspect of the Switch wasn't really a selling point for me, but it's turning out to be a damned cool feature. I'm excited to bring it to my next family gathering and challenge my dad and nephew to a few races.

    Posted in Strangers Bond over Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch

  • Avatar for BrianClark BrianClark A month ago

    I actually disabled 3D through the parental controls on my original 3DS. The technology was neat, but having to hold the device at the exact right position gave me flashbacks of the original GBA's very dim, unlit screen.

    On my New 3DS XL, I actually have it enabled most of the time since the screen can be viewed from a much wider angle with the added face-tracking 3D. Really, the 3D is just a neat little gimmick that just gives the games a little extra oomph on such a low resolution screen. Fun fact: 3D mode technically doubles the horizontal resolution of the top screen. Of course, each eye is seeing a different set of pixels so the games still look the same resolution, but I've always felt there's just a little bit of extra detail in 3D mode.

    Then again, the frame rate tanks in a lot of games in 3D mode (I'm looking at you, Pokemon X and Y), so sometimes I still turn it off.

    But, honestly, I would've taken a higher resolution screen than the 3D one we ended up with. Good riddance 3D; even though I still use you, I'd drop you in a heartbeat.

    Posted in The 2DS XL is More Proof That 3D Was Kind of a Bust for Nintendo

  • Avatar for BrianClark BrianClark A month ago

    This would be pretty awesome on the Switch! I already do a lot of in-home streaming of games in my house using my Vita and laptop, but the Switch would be my ideal way to stream.

    I was just playing Cosmic Star Heroine on my PC and was wishing I could stream it to my Switch since there's no Switch version yet.

    I'll be curious to see if Nintendo will allow them to put the native app on the eshop.

    Posted in Rainway Wants to Bring PC Game Streaming to Switch and More

  • Avatar for BrianClark BrianClark A month ago

    @floydferrera By all accounts the PS3 version runs great. The biggest difference between the two is the resolution; 720p on PS3 and 1080p on PS4. The framerate is more-or-less the same, but load times are slightly shorter on PS4.

    If you're hesitant to upgrade, it sounds like the PS3 version will not disappoint!

    Here's a comparison video if you're interested:

    Posted in Persona 5 Review

  • Avatar for BrianClark BrianClark 4 months ago
  • Avatar for BrianClark BrianClark 4 months ago

    @Tetragrammaton Yeah, I suppose I don't remember the speed of it. It sure did look pretty though!Edited January 2017 by Unknown

    Posted in Should You Buy Dragon Quest VIII for the Nintendo 3DS?

  • Avatar for BrianClark BrianClark 4 months ago

    I probably only played around 10 hours of the PS2 version, but I noticed another change (beyond the removal of the orchestrated music) that made me sad while playing the 3DS version: The interface.

    Level 5 put in a lot of their signature charm into the interface in creating the PS2 version. But the 3DS version discards the parchment-like backgrounds, character pictures, and item art and replaces it all with a bunch of white text over black backgrounds.

    While certainly not a deal breaker, it's something I'll miss while playing.Edited January 2017 by Unknown

    Posted in Should You Buy Dragon Quest VIII for the Nintendo 3DS?

  • Avatar for BrianClark BrianClark 4 months ago

    Will you be publishing this on the podcast feed?

    Posted in Watch: USgamer Breaks Down Whether the Switch's Presentation Was a Success or a Failure

  • Avatar for BrianClark BrianClark 4 months ago

    @ericspratling56 I'm not even a dad and I agree with you (and Jeremy) completely.

    The 3DS is my go-to console these days. I play it pretty much every day, be it on my exercise bike, during breaks at work, waiting for a table at a restaurant, sitting in my favorite recliner while sipping on a nice glass of whiskey, or lying in bed. Occasionally I'll play it while watching a TV show with my wife if it's something I've seen before or I'm not particularly invested in. The Switch will let me keep doing all of these things while also offering me the opportunity to drop it in the dock and play on a TV. I can easily imagine myself playing the Switch when I have kids too.

    The price is exactly what I expected it to be. I'm not really sure what people expected, and I've seen a lot of comments elsewhere saying, "Oh, but I could buy a PS4 for less." Sure, but that's a 3-year-old home console and you can't exactly walk out the door with your PS4 and expect it play it on-the-go.

    I'll admit, the launch line-up looks disappointing and the "2.5 hours" for the low estimate on battery life makes me a bit hesitant, but Nintendo (finally) using a non-proprietary charging method (USB-C) means it'll be easy to charge on the go using a car charger or an external battery pack.

    Plus, I'm very excited for all the RPGs announced for it. Sure, some of them are coming to other consoles as well, but having a convenient way to play them is almost essential for me since they take several hours to complete.

    And hell yes for more SMT. Jeremy, I picked up SMTIV a few weeks ago based on your 5/5 review (I was look at SMTIV Apocalypse but decided to give the original a shot, especially since it was only $20) and I love it. I'm also glad I'm not the only one getting a SaGa vibe from... uhh... whatever the hell Square Enix named it... Octopath Traveler! It looks pretty cool, even if it'll take me forever to remember that name.

    Sure, maybe the Switch isn't a day-one purchase for me (if they're easy to find I might change my tune), but I'll definitely be getting one once the games start rolling out.

    Posted in Opinion: Switch Isn't for Everyone, But It's Definitely For Me

  • Avatar for BrianClark BrianClark 10 months ago

    I think part of the issues the game has been facing is just an overload of people trying to play it. It seems pretty reliant on connecting to servers to generate the content.

    Posted in My First Day With Pokémon Go Was a Bust