Gateway 3 DSFR Sat, 13 Aug 2022 20:05:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Gateway 3 DSFR 32 32 Is the Nintendo Switch still worth buying in 2022? Sat, 13 Aug 2022 17:28:00 +0000

Nintendo’s latest console was certainly quirky, but it was nothing short of a smash hit. Despite being released in 2017, the nintendo switch continues to enjoy strong sales, with its first-party games continually topping the charts. Its hardware sales also continue to impress, with the hybrid console selling over 111 million units worldwide, putting it on track to achieve higher lifetime sales than behemoths like the PS4 and the Xbox One.


Although there are millions of Nintendo Switch consoles out there, many gamers are still wondering if they should take the plunge and buy one. There are plenty of reasons to be hesitant, as the console has been around for a few years, and there are constant rumors that a successor is just around the corner. Plus, it feels grossly underpowered compared to other gaming systems on the market. However, the hybrid console’s continued supply of great first-party games ensures that even in 2022, the Nintendo Switch is a smart choice.

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Why it might be worth reconsidering buying a Nintendo Switch

The biggest knock against the Nintendo Switch is that it’s severely underpowered compared to its competitors. When the console released in 2017, its inferior hardware was easy to overlook because it offered portability, which the PS4 and Xbox One are incapable of. However, the hardware gap is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore, with the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S gaining more market share. With these consoles capable of pumping out 4K graphics at 60 FPS, going back to the Nintendo Switch can make games feel outdated even if they were recently released.

The problem of the Nintendo Switch’s inferior hardware is especially evident when it comes to cross-platform gaming. Titles that work well on other consoles will sometimes struggle on the Nintendo Switch, leaving players with a lackluster experience, as was the case with The Outer Worlds. The Nintendo Switch’s weaker hardware isn’t a problem for everyone, though. For gamers who don’t shy away from 720p gaming when playing in handheld mode, or who mostly stick to first-party games, the Nintendo Switch still packs a mighty punch. Even better, the Nintendo Switch OLED model brightens colors and darkens blacks when playing in handheld mode thanks to its beautiful OLED display, making it a perfect choice for newcomers.

While the Nintendo Switch’s ability to switch between dock mode and handheld mode is impressive, it still lacks much of the versatility of other gaming devices. For gamers looking for a device that will go beyond gaming and also serve as a media hub, they’ll have to look elsewhere because even in 2022 the Nintendo Switch is still lacking in that department. The Nintendo Switch also has to deal with a new problem: the Steam Deck. Like the Nintendo Switch, the Steam Deck can be played handheld or connected to a display. However, the Steam Deck also allows players to access most of the Steam library, which includes many ported console games. This makes it an attractive alternative for gamers looking for a portable gaming option, except for gamers with an attachment to Nintendo’s attractive proprietary library.

Why the Nintendo Switch is still worth buying

One of the factors that has kept many people from buying the Nintendo Switch is the constant rumor of an upcoming revision or successor that will replace the current console, whether in the form of a Nintendo Switch Pro or a Nintendo Switch 2. As part of these rumors, it is generally claimed that the new console will be capable of 4K gaming. Given that these rumors have been around for over a year at this point, and the Nintendo Switch OLED was released in late 2021, it’s unlikely Nintendo will produce a Switch successor anytime soon, and gamers who are on the fence probably would. . better go with an OLED Switch instead of waiting for the elusive Switch 2.

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In 2022, gamers also have a variety of Nintendo Switch options to choose from, allowing gamers to find the right model to suit their budget and needs. There’s the classic Nintendo Switch model that offers hybrid play and detachable Joy-Cons. For gamers looking for a cheaper option and planning to play exclusively in handheld mode, there is the Nintendo Switch Lite which is a purely portable device. The lack of detachable Joy-Cons and the inability to connect it to a display means the handheld is incompatible with a few Switch titles, but it’s still a great gaming device for young gamers or casual gamers looking to play on the go.

Finally, there’s the Nintendo Switch OLED, which is the latest model. It looks just like the classic Nintendo Switch, except it sports a slightly larger fancy OLED display. The difference is significant and it’s the best choice for new players who are ready to jump in for the slight price difference.

The main reason the Nintendo Switch continues to be a smart buy is because of the console’s first-party lineup. Any gamer who hops into the Nintendo ecosystem now has access to five years of phenomenal Nintendo Switch exclusives, including must-have titles like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Luigi’s mansion 3, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

The steady release of quality games hasn’t slowed down, and in 2022 gamers can expect more stellar titles including Splaton 3 and Pokemon scarlet and violet. The console hasn’t suffered any major gaming droughts yet, and it remains heavily backed by first-party titles. The Nintendo Switch has been around for a while and while it has its downsides, especially compared to other options on the market, it’s still a remarkable device that rarely fails to entertain. It shines with its library of outstanding, must-watch games, and it doesn’t look like the steady release of new titles is slowing down anytime soon. Even in 2022, the nintendo switch remains a valid purchase.

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PlayStation dominates Xbox in South Africa Sat, 13 Aug 2022 11:14:03 +0000

South African gamers seem to prefer Sony’s PlayStation to Microsoft’s Xbox, although game console distributors have declined to reveal their exact market share.

Statcounter’s Console OS Market Share in South Africa in the Last 12 Months shows PlayStation sits at 94.54%, while Xbox is at 5.56% for July 2022.

That’s far more than a recent poll conducted by MyBroadband, which showed around 53% of tech-savvy consumers in South Africa preferred the PlayStation 5, while 37% voted for the Xbox Series X.

As expected, only around 5% said they preferred the cheaper Xbox Series S.

MyBroadband contacted PlayStation and Xbox distributors in South Africa to see if they could provide more accurate market share statistics.

Gamefinity CEO Mario Dos Santos said that while Statcounter’s numbers favored PlayStation, they were inaccurate.

“In our opinion, it is unlikely that the delta between the platforms could be that wide,” Dos Santos said.

Xbox Sales Manager Nathaniel Naicker said Statcounter’s market share isn’t right for the current generation of consoles.

“It is my understanding that Xbox does not work with Statcounter, and the data posted by them is not official Xbox data,” Naicker said.

PlayStation’s dominance over Xbox in South Africa is unsurprising, given the history of both consoles in the country.

Sony’s original PlayStation was available in South Africa for several years before being replaced by the hugely popular PlayStation 2 at the turn of the 20th century.

Microsoft then launched the original Xbox console less than a month after the PlayStation 2, but never introduced it to the South African market.

The PlayStation 2 would eventually become the best-selling game console of all time, with 155 million units sold worldwide as of March 2012.

By the time Microsoft launched the Xbox 360 in South Africa in 2006, the PlayStation brand was firmly entrenched in South Africa.

While South Africans seem to prefer Sony’s consoles, Microsoft’s gaming subscription service for PC and Xbox was unbeatable until recently.

Microsoft’s excellent cross-platform support combined with Game Pass for PC could also explain why many South African PC gamers don’t bother buying an Xbox.

Since most of the games available to Xbox Game Pass subscribers are also available to PC owners, they’re more likely to buy a PlayStation for exclusive games on Sony’s platform.

In an effort to track Microsoft, Sony recently revamped its PlayStation Plus subscription service merging it with its game streaming service, PlayStation Now.

PlayStation Now was Sony’s closest competitor to Xbox Game Pass before the revamp, but Sony never made it available in South Africa.

With the three-tier PS Plus subscription giving South African gamers access to a library of almost 400 PS4 and PS5 games, Sony has a better chance of upholding Game Pass.

However, South Africans who subscribe to the PS Plus Deluxe plan still do not have access to the PlayStation 3 game library, which requires a PS Now subscription to play.

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PS5 stock – live: EE, Currys, PS Direct and AO are restocking the console – here’s where to buy one today Fri, 12 Aug 2022 23:55:44 +0000

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Update August 12: Standalone PS5 disc edition console is in stock at PlayStation Direct. PS5 bundles are also in stock at curries, EEthe BT Shop, Studio, Very, Hughes, The collection of games, ShopTo, AO and To analyse. In-store stock is available at select branches of Smyths Toys. Read on for more information.

Since its launch in 2020, the PlayStation 5 has been ridiculously difficult to pick up. Supply chain issues resulting from the coronavirus pandemic have all but halted production of Sony’s latest games console.

Thankfully, the inventory situation has improved significantly in recent months, with PS5 bundles readily available from at least one retailer since late April. Game and BT Shop, as well as several independent retailers such as The Game Collection and Scan continued to lead the charge.

This flurry of console restocks continued throughout July, and so far it looks like the good news will continue through August and into September. But while restocks have become more frequent, buying a console on its own remains a challenge, with retailers preferring to restock bundles rather than the standalone console – those sell out in the blink of an eye. We only started seeing digital console bundles hitting stores last month, but even those have since dried up.

If you’re still on the hunt for the elusive PlayStation 5, we’ve got a tip for you: sit back on this live blog and watch your real-time alerts. Our goal is to guarantee you a next-gen machine, whether it’s a bundle, standalone disc or digital edition console, as well as providing you with the details on the best games and accessories to grab with your new console, plus the latest game reviews.

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That’s it for us this week! We still see consoles available from Currys, EE, BT Shop, Studio, Very, Hughes, The Game Collection, ShopTo, AO, Game and Scan. There are many packages to choose from, so be sure to find the one that suits you best.

We’ll be back first thing Monday for more PS5 updates, see you soon!


Save £35 on games when you buy a Nintendo Switch from Argos

As for other game deals, Argos is currently offering a Nintendo Switch OLED with a game included for just £5, which is the best deal you can get if you’re looking for the “best version of the Nintendo console to date”. ”.

Some of the games you can choose from include recent Pokémon titles and even Metroid Dread, which made our list of the best games you can play on the Switch.

The offer is valid until September 9, 2022, so grab this deal while you still can. You can read our article below to learn more.


Can you play Playstation games on PC?

If you’re hoping to play some of the best games the PS5 has to offer, then Playstation recently launched a dedicated page on its website for (previously) exclusive titles that are now available to play on PC. Expect to see fan favorites such as God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn, and Days gone appearing on this list.

All of these games are marketed as “Playstation Studios” and the company has been wanting to enter the PC gaming space for quite some time. Sony has even developed headphones and gaming monitors for the booming market.

To learn more about Playstation games you can play on PC, visit their website to learn more.

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Are PS5 bundles still available on PS Direct?

If you’re hoping to pick up a new PS5 disc edition of the console, without all the bells and whistles of a bundle, then PS Direct currently has stock available for the standard edition of its consoles.

You’ll need to have an existing Playstation account to buy it, but it’s pretty rare to see standalone consoles these days, so get it while you still can.


Can you buy a PS5 from Smyths Toys?

Some stores occasionally have PS5 stock available for walk-in customers, but there have been very few consoles available so far this year. With Smyths Toys, the retailer has a tool on its website to check stock across all of its stores. Currently there are small handfuls of consoles available at various Smyths branches across the UK.

Find PS5 stock at your nearest Smyths Toys store


What PS5 bundles are available from Very?

Very is currently operating a pre-order system for its remaining PS5 stock, which is expected to ship around August 26, 2022.

There is currently still a bundle available from them with a copy of Forbidden Horizon West as well as an additional dualsense PS5 controller. This is a total of £559.98.


What PS5 bundle is available from Currys?

If you’re looking to pick up a new PS5 bundle from Currys, the retailer offers the standard edition of the console, Forbidden Horizon West, Gran Turismo 7 and a Steelseries Arctis wireless gaming headset, costing a total of £649.


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And we are back! It’s been a busy week for stock drops as we see new packs available at Currys and EE. They will join our long list of other retailers with the PS5: BT Shop, Studio, Very, Hughes, The Game Collection, ShopTo, John Lewis, AO and Scan.

But we don’t discount any other offers to appear to make sure you get the best deal. We’ll keep an eye on all the retailers to help you find the plan that’s right for you. Stay tuned.

Other visual novels to play on Nintendo Switch if you liked Digimon Survive Fri, 12 Aug 2022 19:32:00 +0000

Digimon Survive, the latest game featuring the titular digital monsters, surprised many fans by using visual novel elements rather than remaining a strict action role-playing game. Described as a hybrid between a visual novel and a tactical role-playing game, Digimon Survive tasked players with making the right choices as they navigated a dramatic story alongside a large cast of humans and Digimon. Many gamers who have enjoyed the game have found themselves looking for other visual novels to play next – and the Nintendo Switch is the perfect console for such an endeavor.


Although it features combat, Digimon Survive draws on many elements of the visual novel genre. Between battles, players experience the game’s story in “Drama Parts”, in the form of a text-based adventure. They can also talk and interact with other characters during “Free Action” and use “Search Actions” to search for ways to survive in the mysterious world they are trapped in. Player choices affect everything from how certain Digimon Digivolve to which characters survive the game to which Digimon Survive end to which they finally arrive. Those who have found themselves enjoying these visual novel elements can explore the genre further with the Nintendo Switch, as the hybrid console has seen the release of a number of both classic and contemporary visual novels.

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Visual novel with combat: 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim

Some fans and critics have already drawn comparisons between Digimon Survive and 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, as both are considered hybrid visual novels with elements from other genres, including tactics-based combat. Gamers looking for a similar experience to Digimon Survive should give 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim a try, as the 2019 version – which debuted on the PlayStation 4 before finally making its way to the Nintendo Switch in 2022 – also alternates between text-based visual novel-inspired scenes featuring dialogue choices and battle cards tactics.

13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim tells a complex story based on time travel. It centers on the titular thirteen characters, each of whom discovers that they are able to pilot giant robots called Sentinels and must defend the world against attacking monsters called kaiju. The game features a twisting plot that will keep players guessing until the very last moment as they jump between different time periods and gradually uncover the story of 13 Sentinels room by room. It’s a modern and unique take on the visual novel genre that features non-linear stories and gives each of its 13 playable characters time to shine.

Visual novel with dark tone: AI: Somnium files

Digimon Survive surprised some players with its dark tone, which wasn’t afraid to detract from the more family-oriented storytelling found in some previous Digimon games and a large part of Digimon animated television series. Depending on the choices players make, not all characters will survive the endgame, and some of their deaths may be unexpected and even disturbing. Fans who were drawn to this darker tone should check it out. AI: Somnium files and its sequel IA: Somnium files – nirvanA initiative, a visual novel duology created by Japanese developer Kotaro Uchikoshi.

The Somnium files the visual novels center on the ABIS, a special investigative unit made up of detectives who can get into the very minds of witnesses and suspects. Each game tasks members of ABIS with solving a grisly serial murder – in the first game, the killer gouges out their victims’ eyes, while in the second, the victims’ bodies are found completely cut in half. Gameplay alternates between choice-based dialogue and exploration sections and escape room-style puzzles based on the witnesses’ psyches. Both Somnium files the games are available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in addition to the Nintendo Switch.

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Visual Novel centered on the characters: the ace lawyer Series

An element of Digimon Survive which generally received praise was its large cast of unique characters, which includes both humans and over 100 of the titular Digimon. Each Digimon the player encounters offers unique interaction options as the player strives to befriend them, and the choices made and actions taken can influence how and when Digimon Digivolve throughout the game. story. Players who have logged in to Digimon Survive through its large cast of characters would probably enjoy As a lawyer, a series of deduction and exploration based visual novels that introduce a new set of characters to interact with in each game.

Currently, several games in the ace lawyer are available on the Nintendo Switch. The first three games, which feature attorney Phoenix Wright as the protagonist, can be purchased together as The Ace Attorney Trilogy, while The chronicles of the great ace lawyer is a duology starring Phoenix ancestor Ryunosuke Naruhodo as he solves mysteries in London alongside the great detective Herlock Sholmes. These two titles can be purchased together in a five-game bundle called The Turning collection. Other games in the series including Apollo Justice: Ace Lawyer and the Ace Lawyer Investigations spin-off games, have yet to make their way to the Switch but may in the future.

These are just a few of the visual novels available on the Nintendo Switch. Other options include Famicom Detective Club, a remake duology of two classic titles considered among the first of their kind, the mysterious Danganronpa series, and the creepy curvy Doki Doki Literature Club. Both seasoned fans of the genre and those new to visual novels through Digimon Survive can certainly take advantage of the wide variety of titles the Switch has to offer.

Digimon Survive is currently available for Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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]]> Nintendo Switch Won’t Get Price Increase, Says Company President Fri, 12 Aug 2022 00:22:02 +0000

I’m just going through a phase without semiconductors…

When it comes to Nintendo, they’re generally known for doing (mostly) good things for their consumer base, and they also know how to make sure they keep a good thing running…sometimes even to a point where it’s just a little too much. But, with the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo reached a peak it hadn’t reached since the Wii (yes, that was only two generations ago, but it still counts!!!). The system has some amazing sales going on, and not only that, they have an impressive lineup of titles that are not only for buy right now, but you can expect a lot more to come this year and next.

But, just like other console makers, they are going through tough times in terms of console manufacturing. Because if you remember the recent sales numbers Nintendo Switch is over 111 million but in the quarter by quarter analysis its sales are down over 1 million due to shortage of semiconductors that affects the industry. It’s bad, of course.

In an interview however, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa spoke about the shortage and how it wasn’t going to make a difference for Nintendo as a whole. They’re still going to sell all three versions of the Switch from the regular version, the Lite, and the OLED, and they’re going to make sure it’s still at a price everyone can afford:

“We will work out the best strategy as we go along. We are doing our best to source high quality products at an appropriate price for the next few years.

He claimed that a price increase was not in the cards, not only because it was more about “demand outweighing supply”, but software for the Switch is also something. something that helps them make a profit. Indeed, the console market may be slowly declining in terms of what can be made, but the software market is still going strong, to the point where many Nintendo Switch titles are selling millions of units.

Additionally, Nintendo knows that with key franchises yet to be released this year, surging software sales will no doubt make up for some of what’s lost in the console sales market.

Going forward, it will be interesting to see how the three major console manufacturers try to adapt to the shortage of semiconductors. Especially Microsoft and Sony, who launched their new consoles before everything went down, and therefore their sales are also hampered by it. It’s impossible to know when this shortage will end, so as such it will be something to watch out for in the future, no matter which side you are on.

Source: Nikkei

card fight!! Vanguard Dear Days gets a release date Thu, 11 Aug 2022 21:50:20 +0000

The next card fight!! Avant-garde The video game has finally set its release date, with the game set to launch on Nintendo Switch and PC on November 17, 2022.

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The video game, card fight!! Dear Vanguard Days, is based on the anime and the incredibly popular collectible card game, and will be released for Japanese and English players on both platforms. The game will focus on protagonist Yuki Ichidoji, a second-year high school student at Omi Academy who finds herself embroiled in Avant-gardea collectible card game set on another planet.

The story is said to be based on the world of card fight!! Vanguard Tracksuit anime series, which premiered in 2021 and acted as the fourth main series of the anime series. The series has run for two seasons so far, with a third and fourth currently in production.

As far as games go, this is the latest in a long line of releases based on the successful property. Before that, a handful of Nintendo 3DS games were released, the latest being the 2019 mobile title card fight!! Vanguard ZERO.

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“Taking the world by storm, the card game Vanguard Cardfight influenced many people to incorporate card games into their daily lives,” reads the anime’s official synopsis. “Players of the popular game are called ‘cardfighters’, and they frequently compete in card shops. The game has inspired many people, including the quiet and shy Aichi Sendou, who is often ridiculed and bullied by his peers. Whenever he feels down, he glances at Blaster Blade – a legendary rare card given to him when he was young – and gains the motivation to move on with his life.

Google search adds ‘Play now’ button for cloud games Thu, 11 Aug 2022 19:31:19 +0000

If you’re not sure where to stream a show or movie that’s been recommended to you, a quick Google of the title is always your friend. Now, the search giant is doing the same for video games.

In a sign of the advancement of game streaming, Google is adding a “Play Now” card to search results for hit games like Destiny 2.

It helps, of course, that Google has its own Stadia streaming service to promote, but there’s also room for other platforms like Nvidia’s GeForce Now. According to a 9to5Google report, the company also presents results for Amazon’s Luna streaming service and Xbox Cloud Gaming.

It looks like the feature isn’t widely available yet, as we currently don’t see Play Now options in search results. However, those currently seeing the options can click Play to be transported to the dedicated app on Google Play, for services like Stadia.

Once the feature is available to all users, it will be an extremely handy guide to finding the games in question. For games available on multiple services, users will be able to quickly choose which one, while those exclusive titles will now be easier to find.

Cloud gaming is having a Stella year in 2022, with Microsoft resuming its efforts, and Facebook and Amazon getting more involved. Samsung TVs now feature a gaming hub offering all major cloud gaming services and we expect other manufacturers to follow suit.

Have you adopted cloud gaming yet? Or are you still going with the reliable old disk and console solution? Let us know @trustedreviews on Twitter.

Games that let you role-play as a bard Wed, 10 Aug 2022 19:45:00 +0000

Sometimes the best way to fight a world-ending plague or intergalactic conflict is not with swords or guns, but rather through the performing arts. Bards excel in this category, because not only do they inspire their comrades in the heat of the moment, but they also look cool doing it. Unfortunately, few games allow players to take on the role of the magnificent minstrel.

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There are only a handful of games that allow players to be colorful in battle as bards. Most of them tend to be RPGs, as bards have been a staple of the fantasy genre ever since.Dungeons and Dragonspopularized the class and the profession. Still, gamers will want to check those games that allow them to play the role of bards just to show those rude warriors and nerdy wizards how it’s actually charisma that saves the day.


8 Divinity 2: Original Sin

  • Release year
    : 2017

  • Platforms
    : Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, macOS, Nintendo Switch, iPad

Divinity 2: Original Sin is often considered one of the best CRPGs to date thanks to its expansive gameplay that feels more like a video game refinement of the Dungeons and Dragons formula. Of course, bards are also a class in the game, and they tend to be magic-inclined.

Players don’t even have to create their own custom bard as one of the characters, Lohse is canonically a bard and the default class during character creation. Either way, don’t expect to throw guitars or juggle magic stones as the game’s bard gameplay isn’t quite as deep, unless modding is counted as a possibility.

seven Baldur’s Gate 3

  • Release year
    : 2020 (early access)

  • Platforms
    : Macintosh operating systems, Google Stadia, Microsoft Windows

Currently under development by the same guys who made Divinity: Original Sin 2, Baldur’s Gate 3 is available as an early access title (at the time of writing). It has similar gameplay to the studio’s previous game but takes the more traditional Dungeons and Dragons set of rules.

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The gameplay is turn-based and yes, this time around there’s some real bard class to the character creation. This bard therefore has the same abilities and dispositions as that of the dungeons and dragons fifth edition set of rules. Players can dive right in or wait for the official release.

6 Pillars of Eternity

  • Release year
    : 2015

  • Platforms
    : Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, macOS, Microsoft Windows, Linux, Macintosh operating systems

The first one pillars of eternity was a love letter to all old and hardcore CRPG fans. It has added its own twist and created its own charming and deep game world, so there is no shortage of cool novelties here for RPG lovers. Bards, by the way, are also welcome here, and they are extremely unique when it comes to bards in RPGs.

They have their own separate gameplay mechanic where they can recite poems and songs like how wizards open their spellbook to be effective in battle. This party-based game also has a sequel in the form of Dead fire, so there’s a lot of content here for bards.

5 monster hunter world

  • Release year
    : 2018

  • Platforms
    : PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows

Monster Hunter World, in a way, was one of the franchise’s biggest leaps since it’s one of the few games in the series to be cross-platform. Moreover, it has the best graphics of all monster hunter titles, even compared to the last.

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As for the bards, there is a weapon in the game which is actually a musical instrument. It’s called the hunting horn, and it allows players to play sequences of notes as combos; these can be used to achieve different results such as healing, stunning the monster, or improving damage. This is one of the most fun ways to play as a prehistoric themed bard.

4 Dragon Age: Origins

  • Release year
    : 2009

  • Platforms
    : Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Mac OS X

Dragon Age: Origins is no different from old and new CRPGs. It relies on its own system, but it is still based on a Dungeons and Dragons set of rules. This means for bards that they have plenty of toys and tools for their combat maneuvers and spells.

Heck, there’s even a character whose profession is canonically a bard, Leliana. Fortunately, she joins the party, because otherwise she would have been a formidable opponent. Either way, one of the rogue specializations allows players to be a bard, with some cool skills and abilities suited to the playstyle.

3 Warframe

  • Release year
    : 2013

  • Platforms
    : Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S

War is a cooperative multiplayer RPG about mercenary space ninjas and their eternal war against the various factions that want their power. How do bards fit into the equation? Well, one of the warfames in the game is designed with bard gameplay in mind. Her name is Octavia and she uses the power of music to enhance her allies and decimate her enemies.

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All of the game’s warframes are unique, but Octavia takes the cake with her fun and musical abilities. She can even make herself and her allies invisible using a specific musical ability, while also providing funky, customizable tunes for the entire squad, so they can carry out mass alien genocide in style.

2 The story of a bard

  • Release year
    : 2005

  • Platforms
    : PlayStation 2, Xbox, Windows, iOS, OS X, Linux, PlayBook, Android, Ouya, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

Players don’t have to put too much effort into roleplaying as a bard in The story of a bardthe game does it for them all the time. The story of a bard is a 2000s classic that defies the conventions of typical storytelling standards of the era.

Players don’t control the stereotypical goody-two-shoes hero here. They embody a weary, cynical, self-aware bard, tired of side quests and rat-infested dungeons. The game has several different endings and humor appropriate to its time.

1 The Lord of the Rings online

  • Release year
    : 2007

  • Platforms
    : macOS, Microsoft Windows, classic Mac OS

The Lord of the Rings online remains to this day one of the most successful video game adaptations of the Tolkien franchise. Part of its success is how it offers many different styles of play for players. They can even be minstrels if they wish, and they function similarly to bards.

The minstrel class in The Lord of the Rings online mostly functions as everyone’s favorite medium. They are some of the best party healers and the best part is that they can also bring a musical instrument into battle. If players wish, they can accompany the minstrel’s style of play with Pippin-level chants while the heads of enemies are crushed like cherry tomatoes between Lord Denethor’s teeth.

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In memory of Nintendo Life writer and contributor Philip J Reed Wed, 10 Aug 2022 16:00:00 +0000
Philip J. Reed

We are heartbroken to announce that former Nintendo Life contributor Philip J Reed has passed away.

Those of you who have been around since the days of the 3DS and Wii U will no doubt remember Philip’s incredibly tireless contribution to this website. During that time, he wrote countless reviews and more than a few amazing features, making him one of the key players in the evolution of the site during a tough time in Nintendo’s history.

It was Philip who reviewed titles as important as shovel knight, crimson veil, Azure Striker Gunvolt and Project area X for us – all classic titles from a time when the 3DS became Nintendo’s most important platform.

However, his talents weren’t limited to just reviewing games; he also wrote a bunch of fantastic features for us, a selection of which you can see below:

Philip’s love of writing has led him to craft some epics outside of Nintendo Life, including an extensive retrospective on the original Resident Evil for Boss Fight Books.

The Triple Jump team, of which Philip was a contributor at the time of his death, opened a fundraiser for a charity close to his heart. We invite you to join us by donating if you can.

Rest in peace, Philip. We will miss you.

How to connect a Bluetooth headset to your Nintendo Switch Wed, 10 Aug 2022 11:04:53 +0000

Nintendo has now enabled Bluetooth support on the Nintendo Switch, which means you can connect the gaming laptop to wireless headphones.

As the industry gradually shifts from wired headphones to their Bluetooth counterparts, it only makes sense that Nintendo would finally embrace the technology. This will likely appeal to a lot of gamers who like to play on the go.

But how do you actually connect your Bluetooth headphones to the Nintendo Switch? We’ve created this article to guide you through the process. Keep reading our step-by-step guide.

What you will need:

The short version

  • Go to System Settings
  • Scroll down to Bluetooth Audio and click Add Device
  • Put your headphones in pairing mode
  • Click on the name of your helmet
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    Go to System Settings

    First, you need to enter the System Settings menu. You can do this by moving to the cog icon on the bottom row. It is sandwiched between the Controllers and Sleep Mode options.

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    You will now need to scroll down to Bluetooth Audio. It’s the third option from the bottom, located above the TV Output menu.

    You should see the Add device option on the right. Click on it.

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    Put your headphones in pairing mode

    Once the Nintendo Switch starts searching for a Bluetooth audio device, it’s time to activate pairing mode on your headphones.

    How to do this depends on the headset you have. For my Sony WF-1000XM3, I simply had to press both touchscreens for seven seconds. Check your headset’s instructions or the website for pairing instructions for your model.

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    Click on the name of your helmet

    Once detected, your headset’s name will appear on the Switch’s screen. Make sure it’s your headphones, because the Switch may be trying to connect to someone else.

    Click on the name of your headset. The pairing process should now be complete.


How do I reconnect my Bluetooth headphones to the Nintendo Switch?

Luckily, it’s much easier to reconnect your Bluetooth headphones to the Nintendo Switch after the first time you pair them. Follow steps 1 and 2, then you should see your headset’s name listed on the right side.

If your headphones are on and within range, click them to immediately connect them to your Nintendo Switch. And if you no longer have these headphones, it’s also easy to remove them from the Switch.

Why is my Bluetooth microphone not working?

Unfortunately, the Nintendo Switch does not allow you to use Bluetooth microphones with the Switch. To chat with friends, you’ll need to use the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app instead.