Steve Andrade

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Series X
CrossFireX
Reviewed: Feb 17, 2022
5.50

Reviewing for single player campaign. This game feels like all the tropes from Battlefield and Call of Duty rolled into one. The cover mechanics are interesting seeing as how it won't last long if it keeps getting shot at. The weapons are your basic ones: assault rifles, machine guns, personal defense weapons, and pistols.

I do think the mechanic of switching from character to character at points in the story was pretty cool, but not enough to make it interesting. The story is god-awful and the campaigns are way too short; though they should be as shallow as the storytelling is.

The gunplay mechanics are okay, but could use some fit and finish. Not enough customization to the weapons. I think Crysis set the precedent for weapon customization and first person shooter games and I hate that not many have followed.

Good game if you're into an unscrew your brain, sit it next to you for a couple of hours, play through, then screw it back on.

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Switch
Immortal Redneck
Reviewed: Sep 14, 2021
6.00

As much as I enjoy the over the top, Duke-esque humor, this game fell a little short of my expectations as described in the eShop. Repetitive map design, cheap enemies, lots of deaths, and very blurry Nintendo 64-esque motion blur and textures almost ruin the experience. There is no option to invert the gyro controls which sucks (if you tilt your Switch to the right, you should aim right, or at least that's my thinking). Weapon selection is scant, and ammo is hard to come by and the weapons seem a little nerfed - especially the double barreled shotgun, which could use a little more ass and better pellet spread. Item drops disappear too quickly and this game desperately needs a save anywhere, anytime feature, or at least a checkpoint system to keep you from needlessly looping around and to spare you the cheap deaths.

The humor is foul, the way I like it and I enjoy the foul-mouthed Redneck protagonist, he kind of reminds me of Duke Nukem, which is a game I passed over to buy this. The enemies are to say the least, bizarre and eclectic. They're deadly accurate and extremely aggressive so this game is a bit on the steep side of the difficulty curve. This game has quickly lost its appeal to me and I have relegated it to a toilet game.

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Switch
Team Troopers
Reviewed: Sep 1, 2021
4.00

A somewhat decent attempt at a back to basics, bare-bones bang bang shoot em up that runs at 60FPS. Too bad there's nobody to play against. The weapon selection is pretty scant, too. Glad I bought it when it was on sale in the eShop. 

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Switch
Quake
Reviewed: Aug 26, 2021
10.00

My first time experiencing Quake was on my Sega Saturn, which was a fantastic attempt at the port, seeing how it didn't even run on the original engine, but instead running on the game engine of Power Slave. I also played the N64 port extensively, but never got to play the PC original.

If this is how the original Quake looked, played, and felt, then you're in for a treat! It runs at a rock solid 60 FPS all the time and the running and gunning and that sweet, sweet, satisfying sound of the double barreled shotgun turning enemies into gibs is very pleasing to the ear, sight, and overall, the imagination. If this is what I've been missing out on for 25 years, it's like opening a gift twice! The "hidden" addition of Quake 64 sweetened the deal and it would have been great if they at some point include Saturn Quake (mentioned in Quake 64's description in the game) so I can revisit my teenage love of that port.

My only complaint is that I had to go into system settings and create a "Southpaw" controller profile to swap the thumbsticks; the game doesn't offer that natively, but now that I have that preset, I can thoroughly enjoy this excellent remaster of Quake and other games with my preferred controller layout.

Otherwise, great port of an excellent classic. Enjoy! 

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Switch
DOOM (1993)
Reviewed: Aug 22, 2021
10.00

Perfect port. This is actually my first time playing original Doom in it's entirety, as it's meant to. My first time experiencing Doom was on Sega 32X, so again, I had the "castrated" experience. Messed around with the Jaguar port a little, but nothing I had to create a system-kennel preset to swap the thumbsticks so I can play more comfortably, not even a minor annoyance. Enjoy!

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Switch
DOOM 64
Reviewed: Aug 18, 2021
10.00

I only got to play this for a couple of hours at a friend's house when this came out on N64 as a teenager and although I owned an N64, it never crossed my mind to buy it.

So glad this was re-released on Switch. It plays so incredibly well. The controls are perfect and there's an option for right thumbstick movement; which is a deal breaker for me if it's not featured - thank you to the devs for taking us that love the "Southpaw" controller configuration into account.

The action is incredibly intense and served as a diving board for me to install Brutal Doom 64 on my laptop, phone, tablet, and Nvidia Shield TV. A month after beating the game, I still revisit this classic masterpiece to rip and tear.

Though I did not experience how the save feature worked on the original N64 iteration; the ability to save at any point in time, anywhere is excellent, as if you play on "Bring It On!" or higher difficulty, you'll definitely be leveraging it a lot; there'll be a lot of deaths!

My only complaint is of course what harks back to the N64 original: somewhat confusing map design. Pull a lever/push a button somewhere, and something on a distant part of the map becomes accessible, which can lead to a lot of repeated backtracking and confusion.

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Switch
Doom 3
Reviewed: Aug 17, 2021
9.00

Perfect port of a classic AAA game. My first time experiencing Doom 3 was on the original Xbox, so I had somewhat of the "castrated" experience. Glad to see it back and running perfectly on Switch! My gripes are that when in Hell, the toggle for ruining is oddly disabled; something not present in the other levels and makes the Guardian of Hell boss a pain to beat, because you're going to need that running to be toggled on all the time; having to continuously have the thumbstick mashed down to run while moving, aiming, firing, and reloading is a little unnecessary and I'm puzzled why they turned that feature off in the Hell levels. Also, I do not like the auto save system; it'll save when you're in a bad spot health, armor, and ammo wise and you end up with several unnecessary save slots. I'll take the save anytime, anywhere system any day. Lastly, I don't like how there's no weapon wheel. Something they did for Quake Remastered and you'd think it would be a staple nowadays - especially with the pacing of the game and having to cycle through weapons in the heat of CQC in the games's already confined spaces is inconvenient and can lead to deaths. In the original Xbox port, you could bind any weapon of choice to the d-pad, conspicuously absent here.

Regardless, enjoy!

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Stadia
DOOM Eternal
Reviewed: Aug 16, 2021
10.00

As someone who has this on Xbox One S, this game comparatively doesn't run as well on the Switch. Though in the sense of the Switch even being able to run it, it's fantastic, in a way - impressive that they were able to get this game running in it's entirety on Switch; faithfully and with all of its content. I'm very impressed at how well it runs on this lower-spec hardware. I've probably been spoiled by playing this off of a more powerful console (and off of a slower, bargain 5200 RPM external HDD at that), but the experience is noticably degraded; which is understandable as the Switch is obviously somewhat of a lightweight for AAA third party games. However, as you run through the game, you realize that you get very used to the lower-spec experience; with the game only really stuttering somewhat when there are lots of demons in the area and lots of gunfire, explosions, flames, missiles and bolts of plasma flying around.

If you've only ever played this on Switch, or only have a Switch and are looking forward to playing it, I'm sure it'll a delight for you.


Side note: I encountered a glaring fault when trying to play for the first time, the game would not let me log into my existing Bethesda.net account at all (I'm logged into a bunch of other Bethesda titles, maybe I reached a limit? I don't know?). After an hour and a half of Googling and Binging and checking Bethesda's website, I saw no other option but to have to create an entirely new Bethesda.net account to simply log in and play. Stupidly inconvenient and it appears that once logged in to DE, on Switch, you can't log out and back into your other account.

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Switch
DOOM Eternal
Reviewed: Aug 16, 2021
10.00

As someone who has this on Xbox One S, this game comparatively runs.....worse on the Switch. Though in the sense of the Switch even being able to run it, it's fantastic, in a way - impressive that they were able to get this game running in it's entirety on Switch. I've probably been spoiled by playing this off of a more powerful console (and off of a slower, bargain 5200 RPM external HDD at that), but the experience is noticably different in frame rate, though as a lifelong console gamer, I can appreciate the effort that went into the mostly steady 30 FPS; which is understandable as the Switch is obviously somewhat of a lightweight for AAA third party games. If you've only ever played this on Switch, or only have a Switch and are looking forward to playing it, I'm sure it'll a delight for you. 9 for the incredible effort made for this port.

Side note: I encountered a glaring fault when trying to play for the first time, the game would not let me log into my existing Bethesda.net account at all (I'm logged into a bunch of other Bethesda titles, maybe I reached a limit? I don't know?). After an hour and a half of Googling and Binging and checking Bethesda's website, I saw no other option but to have to create an entirely new Bethesda.net account to simply log in and play. Stupidly inconvenient and it appears that once logged in to DE on Switch, you can't log out and back into your other account.

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Switch
The Outer Worlds
Reviewed: Aug 12, 2021
6.00

Wow. Reading the reviews of people that have played it on other platforms, I'm glad I bought it when it was on sale on the eShop. The action-RPG and humor elements make for an eerie cross between Fallout and Borderlands. I haven't played it on any other platform, but I can definitely resonate with the opinions of others who have played the other ports; this game runs sluggishly. I love FPSs, but this game's plodding (in my opinion) style doesn't suit me. I've already put it on my back burner.

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Switch
Aery - Calm Mind
Reviewed: Jul 31, 2021
4.10

Fun and relaxing so long as you don't play some of the more expansive levels, in which the game becomes virtually unplayable with the frame rate dropping to seemingly single digit/teen levels. The hit boxes for the orbs could be slightly larger, as it is very easy to fly right over them. Some of the orbs are located in the ground, forcing you to nose dive into the terrain to collect them. In some levels, the orbs are almost completely washed out by the background colors, making them very difficult to navigate to.