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Was Digimon Cyber Sleuth Worth It?

There are a ton of games out there vying for your attention and cash. Gaming studios want your time and money, and let’s be honest, some companies just want to bleed you dry. In Was It Worth It, we look at a full game and give you our insight as to whether it’s worth your time. We also look at the mechanics of the game and offer tips from someone who has actually completed the game. With that said, follow the link below to find out: Was Digimon Cyber Sleuth Worth it?   https://aggregatorreviews.com/was-digimon-cyber-sleuth-worth-it/

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GBL Podcast 4/2 – Quarantined Rapport recap, FGC “Online Majors” explored, TLOU2 DELAYED & More!

Welcome back to another episode of the GBL Podcast!

This week we recap the Quarantined Rapport online charity tournament and discuss the future of these kinds of events within competitive gaming and FGC. A lot has been said on the topic already and the team wanted to voice their personal takes on the matter. On gaming news, The Last of Us 2 has been delayed and we go over the implication of that to Sony’s gaming strategy. Final Fantasy 7 Remake has once again made headlines for its early release in some regions, and a huge new Mario rumor has surfaced for this year!

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February 19 Nintendo News Aggregate

It’s been a busy week, but we’ve got the Nintendo news aggregate regarding the next Nintendo Direct, Cooking Mama, Animal Crossing, Persona 5, and more!

The Aggregate is a weekly news article covering recent and upcoming game news. We collect the most interesting gaming news and wrap it up with a bow. While each issue is different, our theme this week is the Nintendo News Aggregate.

We’ve got a lot to cover, so head on over to Aggregator Reviews to read the full news bulletin!

Looking for more content from Fioyl? Check out some of these articles:

An hour with Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore

What to expect from Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth

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Choose your Pokemon: Galar Starters

 

Which Starter Pokemon should you pick in Pokemon Sword and Shield?

Your first Pokemon will likely influence your playstyle throughout the game – but which one should you pick? Will you run with the Sobble Squad or Grookey Gang? I’ve got a few tips to help you choose the Pokemon that’s right for you in your quest to become the Galarian Champion.

This analysis is subject to change pending official Pokemon events. It is likely that special event versions of the Sword and Shield starter Pokemon will be released with hidden abilities and new moves.

Grookey line: Grookey, Thwackey, Rillaboom

Grass-type

Rillaboom Base Stats:

HP 100

Attack 125

Defense 90

Sp. Atk 60

Sp. Def 70

Speed 85

Base Stat Total: 530

Abilities:

Overgrow – Grass-type moves are powered up by 50% when this Pokemon is at 1/3 health or lower

Grassy Surge (currently unavailable) – When this Pokemon enters battle, it summons Grassy Terrain. Grassy Terrain restores 1/16th of the Pokemon’s max HP each turn if they are on the ground (i.e. not Flying type or Levitating). The moves Magnitude, Earthquake, and Dig deal half damage while Grassy Terrain is in effect.

Pros:

Good physical movepool

Good overall defenses: 100 HP/90 Def/70 Sp. Def

Grassy Surge will provide plenty of utility when it is released and mitigates some recoil damage from Wood Hammer

Cons:

Common weaknesses in Fire, Flying, and Ice

No real way to threaten Flying types like Corviknight, Togekiss, or Hawlucha

Special Attack is nonexistent

Speed is pretty average

 

Moves to consider:

Wood Hammer, Drum Beating, Superpower, Knock Off, U-Turn, Earthquake, Darkest Lariat, Bulk Up, Brick Break, Drain Punch, Hammer Arm, High Horsepower, Swords Dance

 

Suggestions:

I would suggest running Rillaboom as a physical attacker, but be advised that there are a lot of fast special attackers that can ruin your day. Despite obviously having the dexterity to play the drums, it’s a real shame that Rillaboom doesn’t have access to moves like Thunderpunch or Poison Jab to at least threaten Flying or Fairy types. Rillaboom also unfortunately doesn’t have any Rock-type moves in its wheelhouse, further limiting coverage options. As someone who owns Harambe merchandise, I’m definitely a fan of this green gorilla. However, I would say hold off on using Rillaboom seriously until the hidden ability is released. Grass-type coverage is pretty easy to come by.

Alternatives: Gyarados with Power Whip, Ferrothorn, Dhelmise, Abomasnow, Flapple, Appletun, Venusaur (when available)

Scorbunny line: Scorbunny, Raboot, Cinderace

Fire-type

Cinderace Base Stats:

HP 80

Attack 116

Defense 75

Sp. Atk 65

Sp. Def 75

Speed 119

Base Stat Total: 530

Abilities:

Blaze – Fire-type moves are powered up by 50% when this Pokemon is at 1/3 health or lower

Libero (currently unavailable) – When this Pokemon changes its type to the type of the move it is about to use.

Pros:

Amazing Attack and Speed

Signature moves (Pyro Ball and Court Change) are great

Cons:

Fragile

Unusable Special Attack

Very common weaknesses (Water, Rock, Ground)

 

Moves to consider: Court Change, Pyro Ball, High Jump Kick, Flare Blitz, Sucker Punch, Zen Headbutt, Gunk Shot, U-Turn, Bounce, Bulk Up, Iron Head, Fire Punch

 

Suggestions:

Cinderace will probably become Greninja 2.0 once its Hidden Ability is released. As of now, it’s a fast physical attacking starter Pokemon with a more shallow movepool. You can use moves like Bounce or Gunk Shot for coverage when Dynamaxed, but they aren’t terribly reliable otherwise. Court Change can spectacularly screw over your opponents by stealing their entry hazards and screens. Cinderace can buff itself with Max Knuckle or Bulk Up, but it would be better off pivoting out with U-Turn before eating a super effective attack.

Alternatives: Rotom-H, Galarian Darmanitan, Centiskorch, Charizard, Chandelure, Salazzle, Manectric with Flamethrower, Boltund

Sobble Line: Sobble, Drizzile, Inteleon

Water-type

Inteleon Base Stats:

HP 70

Attack 85

Defense 65

Sp. Atk 125

Sp. Def 65

Speed 120

Base Stat Total: 530

Abilities:

Torrent – Water-type moves are powered up by 50% when this Pokemon is at 1/3 health or lower

Sniper (currently unavailable) – This Pokemon’s critical hits deal an extra 50% damage

 

Pros:

Very high Special Attack and Speed

Cons:

Fragile

Both abilities are average at best

 

Moves to consider:

Air Slash, Aqua Jet, Blizzard, Ice Beam, Dark Pulse, Hydro Pump, Scald, Shadow Ball, Sucker Punch, Surf, Swords Dance, Snipe Shot, U-Turn, Focus Energy

 

Suggestions:

Once Sniper Inteleon is available, you’ll be able to fish for crits with a Scope Lens + Focus Energy moveset. In the meantime, you have a very fast and hard hitting lizard…and that’s about it. Inteleon has a usable movepool but no way to boost its Special Attack, and it lacks any really amazing coverage options. Be careful of priority moves or entry hazards that can take out your sniper gecko before it gets a shot off!

Alternatives: Gyarados, Cloyster, Dracovish, Lapras, Lanturn, Rotom-W, Pelipper, Barraskewda Seismitoad, Blastoise (when available)

 

I don’t like any of these!

Not a fan of the Galar region’s starters? You’re not alone! I actually benched my Rillaboom after the second gym. If you don’t care for the alternatives that I’ve listed, try using some of the recommendations that the Pokedex lists based on your area.

 

Looking for more Pokemon content? Check out our five essential tips for any player starting out in Pokemon Sword & Shield.

 

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4 more Switch RPGs you may have overlooked in 2019

Looking for some hidden gems from 2019? I’ve whipped up another batch of great RPGs for you to enjoy. 

Author’s note: None of the titles on this list were sponsored, and all titles were purchased at the author’s expense. 

1) Puzzle Quest: The Legend Returns

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bkbxp6jMMQ

The premise is simple: match 3 gems, use spells and skulls to defeat your enemies. This revamped version of the 2007 title is a welcome return, without any insidious tricks to waste your time or money like “energy” or “premium currency”. The developers have added more content and classes to further exemplify the match 3 experience, and the rich customization options are still as enticing as ever. 

If you can close your eyes without seeing cascades of gems, then you haven’t played enough. 

2) Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1skc1U-PtM

When’s Mahvel? While not an RPG per se (let’s be honest, it’s a beat ’em up), Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order has a wide roster of over 50 characters and has more content slated to be released right before Christmas 2019 and in Spring 2020. It’s been a solid decade since the previous title, so if you grew up with the previous games, then consider giving this one a try. 

The game does lean heavily on the Infinity War storyline, so you might get a sense of deja vu from this title. However, I’d argue it’s a lot more satisfying to stomp Thanos outright with your favorite Marvel superheroes than to sit through Avengers: Endgame again. 

3) Fire Emblem: Three Houses

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADaRsEhTB70

The venerable Fire Emblem series’ first title on the Switch has been met with nothing but praise. You start as a teacher in a Hogwarts analogue for part of the game, and then segue into leading your students into battle in the later parts. Players seeking a challenge can opt for the Classic mode which features permadeath, or the new “Maddening” difficulty mode. 

Between the multiple endings and social link aspects, there is plenty to do in what is one of the best strategy RPGs on the Switch. 

4) Divinity: Original Sin II Definitive Edition (also available on PC, PS4, XBOX)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cf_eCJl5-ts

The Switch port of Divinity: Original Sin II was recently published in September of 2019. If you’re a fan of CRPGs like Fallout 1 and 2, Dungeon Siege, or Baldur’s Gate, then this is a game you simply cannot pass up. This game is so expansive that it would be impossible to do it justice in a short blurb. Just check out the Wikipedia page, which calls the game “one of the best roleplaying games of all time”, with no less than 7 sources cited to back up that statement. 

Honorable Mention: Collection of Mana

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OE9tcYSRFqI

Square Enix has also bundled three classic games: Final Fantasy Adventure (aka Sword of Mana or Adventures of Mana), Secret of Mana, and Trials of Mana (more commonly known as Seiken Densetsu 3). 

Trials of Mana is an absolute gem of a game that was never released stateside. I was able to play the game via translation patch and emulator as a kid, but it really is a much better experience on the Switch. Trials is also getting a total remake from the ground up that is set to release in April of 2020, so if you want to familiarize yourself with class changing, now’s the time to do it. 

Have you already played the titles on this list? Check out our other article.

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4 Switch RPGs you may have overlooked in 2019

Did you check out these Switch RPG titles? 2019 was a busy year, and between taking pictures of black holes or storming Area 51, you might not have had the chance to enjoy some of the year’s RPG releases. With the new decade almost upon us, it’s time to take a well deserved break and indulge in some of these titles. While this list isn’t all-encompassing, I’ve curated a selection that should have something for just about anyone who appreciates RPGs. 

Author’s note: None of the titles on this list were sponsored, and all titles were purchased at the author’s expense. 

1) Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6dsxCfdZlk

The original RPG franchise is back! A likable and interesting cast of characters make this nostalgic escapade through Erdrea an enjoyable experience with plenty of Easter eggs and references that will delight veteran fans of the series. The game even allows you to choose between playing it in 3D or 2D, hearkening back to the series roots. 

You can pick up the original version of the title on PS4 or PC, but we recommend the Nintendo Switch version so that you can take advantage of all the nifty quality of life changes the developers have implemented. The Switch version also has the added benefit of being portable. 

2) Digimon Cyber Sleuth Complete Edition (also available on Steam)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zY_RWXre3o

Cyber Sleuth and its sequel, Hacker’s Memory, originally dropped on the PS4 and Vita a couple years ago. Namco Bandai has bundled the games with all of the DLC and accoutrements, making it easier than ever to enjoy traversing through Tokyo as a detective or hacker. I’m a big fan of the more mature premise in these games, and the game’s tone feels as though it’s one step away from being a Persona spinoff. 

Between some of the heavy plot elements and the monster collecting aspect, the biggest difference between Digimon Cyber Sleuth and a Shin Megami Tensei game is that the apocalypse hasn’t happened yet. If you’re not a fan of the next title on this list but like monster catching games, then definitely give Digimon a second chance.

3) Pokemon Sword and Shield 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grO7u1R866o

If you weren’t sold on Let’s Go! Pikachu or Eevee, then you’ll be happy to know that Game Freak has finally made a dedicated mainline game for the Nintendo Switch.

The open nature of the Galar region allows the player an unprecedented amount of freedom in the normally linear series. The Wild Area is a great addition to the gameplay loop and hunting for Gigantamax Pokemon in Raids is the most fun I’ve had in a Pokemon game since the Battle Frontier in Gen IV. 

Another change that I’m a big fan of is the over-the-top nature of the Gym Challenge. Instead of quietly walking from town to town defeating gym leaders, Sword and Shield showcase a much more bombastic journey through the Gym Challenge. Each benchmark battle takes place in a large stadium with the crowd cheering you on, and the game acknowledges your progress, making you feel like you’re a contender. 

Read these 5 Tips to get you started in Pokemon Sword and Shield

Still on the fence? Pokemon Home, a Pokemon cloud storage service, is slated to release at some point in the near future, allowing some compatibility with previous titles in the series. 

4) The Witcher 3 (also available on PC, PS4, XBOX)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ql2BJiDg7hY

The Switch was a little late to the party on this one, but if you haven’t gone on a romp with Geralt of Rivia in this installment yet, then we fully recommend getting on your horse and slaying some griffins. CDProjekt Red has gone a great job with porting this title to the Switch: the graphics have been tweaked to run more smoothly and it does a good job of maintaining a steady 30 FPS.  Regardless of whether you’re a fan of Henry Cavill or the new Netflix series, you owe it to yourself to check out this game. 

Honorable Mentions: Dragon Quest 1, 2, and 3; Dragon Quest Builders 2

Square Enix is drastically rethinking their release strategy and is practically dumping their catalogue on the Switch. Dragon Quest 1-3 are available on the eShop, allowing you to scratch that classic JRPG itch. If you just can’t get enough of Dragon Quest, consider Dragon Quest Builders 2, which is essentially Minecraft with a Dragon Quest skin. Dragon Quest Builders was an excellent foray into the survival/crafting genre, but the second entry, Dragon Quest Builders 2, is even more polished and accessible. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLY06_-1_nA

The Switch is really carving out a niche for itself as a platform with a ton of great titles, and with the advent of the new Switch models having more battery life, you’d crazy not to pick up some of these games! We’d argue that the only downside of the Switch having such a selection is that you can only play one of these titles at a time.

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DOOM 64 announced for November

As of very recently you were able to buy DOOM I and II almost anywhere, and DOOM 3 on modern consoles. So where was Doom 64? A little late, is all. On today’s Nintendo Direct, Doom 64 was announced for a November 22nd release date. Check out the trailer.

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Nintendo Switch Online announces SNES support

Being able to emulate classic NES titles as part of your Nintendo Switch Online subscription always was a neat bonus. The question remained: When would we get other platforms? After all, Nintendo has a long history of portable consoles and title ports. Look no further than tomorrow, when Nintendo Switch Online will add Super NES games. Starting September 5, check out the following games:

  • Super Mario World
  • Super Mario Kart
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Super Metroid
  • Stunt Race FX (Available for the first time since its original Super NES release!)
  • Kirby’s Dream Land 3
  • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
  • Star Fox
  • F-ZERO
  • Pilotwings
  • Kirby’s Dream Course
  • BRAWL BROTHERS
  • Breath of Fire
  • Demon’s Crest
  • Joe & Mac 2: Lost in the Tropics
  • SUPER E.D.F. EARTH DEFENSE FORCE
  • Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts
  • Super Puyo Puyo 2 (Available for the first time in the U.S.!)
  • Super Soccer (Available for the first time since its original Super NES release!)
  • Super Tennis (Available for the first time since its original Super NES release!)

Which game are you looking forward to the most? Let us know.

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New Mii Fighter costumes include Sans from Undertale

While it would appear almost anyone can get into Smash these days, Mii Fighters need crossovers too. Announced at today’s Nintendo Direct, a new wave of paid Mii Fighter costumes are available now. The most notable is Sans from Undertale crossing over, including a remix of the Megalovania if you purchase him.

Here’s the full list:

  • Protoman (Mega Man)
  • Zero (Mega Man X)
  • Goemon (Mystical Ninja starring Goemon)
  • Team Rocket (Pokemon)
  • Sans (Undertale)

Each skin is available for $0.75 each on the eShop.

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Overwatch comes to Nintendo Switch next month

Leaked just a few hours early by retailers, Overwatch is headed to Nintendo Switch as confirmed on today’s Direct. The Legendary Edition of the game is currently available for pre-order on the e-Shop, and will be available October 15. Check out the trailer showing off gyro controls.