The Nintendo Switch Lets You Take Minecraft Wherever You Go

The Nintendo Switch Lets You Take Minecraft Wherever You Go

Game on the go.

With the recent release of "Minecraft" on the Nintendo Switch the latest console edition of the seemingly endless survival/creativity game has found a new home on Nintendo’s bizarre hybrid console. While the PC version is still the absolute best way to experience "Minecraft" (after all it is a game suited perfectly for the mouse and keyboard) the Nintendo Switch is now a close second in terms of my preferred method of play. The Switch edition doesn’t change much from the other console releases of the game, but rather it is the Switch itself that really adds to the game and its many worlds.

In essence "Minecraft" on the Nintendo Switch is the same game that has been released on the X-Box 360, X-Box One, PlayStation 4, and even the PlayStation Vita. The control scheme is similar, if not identical, to the previous console releases, and graphically it is a smooth, clean experience (though the options are far more limited than the PC version). In terms of pure horsepower the game worlds are limited to Medium rather than Large, but this is still a substantial world size. The render distance is about ten chunks (a unit of distance measurement in the game world) when docked with the television, but that bumps down to about seven when it is in handheld mode. This is still a far cry above the PlayStation Vita’s meager draw distance and world sizes, but still lies beneath the power of the PS4 and X-Box One. Even though it sits between these two graphical power levels it is a gorgeous, smooth experience.

The real joy of "Minecraft" on the Switch, much like with the other releases on the console, is the versatility and ease of use. Before if you wanted to take it on the go you’d have to have a Vita in order to play a slightly downgraded version, or a cellphone where you’d have to settle for an extremely bare-bones, barely playable mess of a mobile game. The simple joy of playing with a controller on the television, switching (excuse the pun, it’s unavoidable at times) to handheld mode, and then being able to prop up the console on a kickstand and separate the Joy-Cons leads to the most versatile and comfortable non-PC edition of the game yet.

For context it had been almost a year since the last time I played "Minecraft" on any system, so I was mildly skeptical of spending my money on yet another release of the game. Yet once it was downloaded I found myself sequestered to a corner of my room, bouncing between having my switch in hand, docked, and propped, building to my heart’s desire. I hadn’t had this much fun with the game in a long time. Maybe it was just my extended hiatus from "Minecraft" fueling my seemingly addicted play session at first, but even when I came back to it later in the day I found myself obsessively building and exploring. Aside from my laptop the Nintendo Switch edition has quickly become my preferred way to play.

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Top 5 Things 'Fallout" Fans Know To Be True

It's always a fun time in the wasteland.

In the gaming world, no title is as popular or as revered as "Fallout." Set in an alternate future ravaged by nuclear war (and imagined by the 1950s), you are tasked with taking on a wasteland filled with mutants, raiders and irradiated creatures. "Fallout" constantly leads the pack in sales, it's most recent title, "Fallout 4," sold over 12 million copies in the first 24 hours at retail, generating over $750 million in sales.

"Fallout" has become something of a cultural icon now, finding its way into stores such as Hot Topic and even Target! If you're anything like me, you'll know these 5 things to be true if you're a "Fallout" fanatic:

1. You check every nook and cranny for valuable loot, even if the containers are empty

I know it says empty, but you can never be too sure!

2. You listen to the radio while shooting down any enemies in your path

Listening to "Anything Goes" while mowing down raiders into a bloody paste is quite a relaxing experience

3. There's always a settlement that's in trouble, apparently

Preston Garvey, a companion and Minuteman in "Fallout 4," is always there to tell you that there's a settlement in trouble. Don't worry, he'll mark the location on your map for you.

4. Deathclaws are your worst nightmare

When you see it charging at you with the velocity of a freight train, it's time to run the other way.

5. Nothing is better than goofing off after a long day of questing

Whether it be strategically placing buckets and barrels on people's heads or dragging around dead bodies, it's always fun just to mess around in the wasteland.

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Fortnite On Your Phone? It's Here

"Fortnite" on mobile. Need I say more?

"Fortnite," the popular PC/Console game that everyone is talking about, has just done the unthinkable. They released to mobile. You heard me right. MOBILE. It's been a long time since any PC/Console game went to the mobile platform or was even popular enough to do so. In fact, there were so many people who wanted to sign up for the "Fortnite" mobile beta that Epic Games' site, the creators of "Fortnite," actually crashed just a little bit after the sign up was posted because so many people tried to access the website, overloading their servers. And it takes a lot of people to do that. And from the gameplay previews that have been released by Epic Games, the mobile version looks pretty decent.

And to me, this model doesn't look bad at all. The controls look clean and sleek, and questions about buttons for mechanics like building are answered by the photo. And I've gotta say, I'm impressed by the initiative Epic Games is taking. They really are revolutionizing the gaming industry. And I signed up for the mobile beta, so hopefully, I'll get an opportunity to try the game out for myself.

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