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The Google Pixel 2 XL Camera is INSANE!!!

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Hey guys! It’s Ray back here and welcome to another blog post! Last month during my trip to California, I actually had an awesome opportunity thanks to Verizon to try out the Google Pixel 2 XL as one of my main cameras and overall as just a daily driver! You guys know, there’s no hiding it, I am a hardcore Apple fan. I've never really gone outside of that ecosystem - I’ve been sheltered in iPhone country for a long, long time so this was an interesting change of pace for me and a real treat! If there’s one thing that can change my mind about something, it’s an amazing camera and one thing is for certain - the Pixel 2 EASILY has the best camera on a phone!

So I figured there’s already been a ton of reviews done already on the Pixel 2 XL and everyone knows it’s an awesome phone so I thought rather then focusing on that, we could focus on using this thing as a camera by itself because man is it impressive!!

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After trying it, this seriously has me tempted to pick one of these up for use as a point and shoot travel camera - not only is the quality outstanding but you also have all of the functions of a phone to shoot, edit and share create content on the go! Even if you just got it to only use on Wi-Fi - you just can't beat the size and convenience of it - I was most definitely that guy carrying around two phones for most of my trip! I'm like nothing to see here, just a boy and his cameras trying to make cool stuff.

Video quality on the other hand is also pretty solid on the Pixel, obviously there's only so much you can squeeze out of a small phone camera sensor but it is really good for what it is. Where the camera really shines though on this phone is in it's photos. I don't know if it's the screen that makes them look incredibly sharp or if it's the camera itself but goodness guys this phone produces some incredibly crisp and vibrant photos - especially in portrait mode. I mean, the images really speak for themselves here - it's hard to believe these were actually taken on a phone!

Overall, as much as I love iPhones and always will, I will admit Android is right up there with them nowadays, the Pixel 2 XL is a fantastic phone and I can only imagine how insane the Pixel 3 is going to be whenever it gets revealed. Until then, the Pixel 2 XL is a fantastic option and I really have to thank Verizon for introducing me to it. You can find some pretty great deals on it now and when the 3 comes out, probably even better ones!

Bayonetta 1 and 2 Review (Nintendo Switch)

Hey guys! It’s Ray back here and welcome to another blog post! Thanks to Nintendo, today I have an awesome opportunity to share with you guys both Bayonetta 1 and 2 for the Switch! How exciting is this!? 

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Now if you’ve never played any of the Bayonetta games before. Boy are you in for a treat. These games are action-packed from start to finish…I’m not even joking from the second you launch the games you’ll see what I am talking about. One of the best things about the Switch version of the games is that if you’re trying to decide between getting Bayonetta 1 or Bayonetta 2, both games come together for $60 so effectively you’re getting Bayonetta 1 for $10 since 2 is $50 or each for $30 - no matter how you look at it, it’s a solid deal. Especially when you consider you’re basically getting double the Bayonetta sassiness - can’t go wrong with that!

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If you’re only are going to only play one of the two though, hands down Bayonetta 2 is a much better experience of the two. The first does have it’s tech issues with camera movement and stuff like that but with the second all of those issues have been ironed out. The graphics are absolutely gorgeous, the gameplay is much smoother and it also has a much easier learning curve. I’m not taking anything away from the first, I’m just stating the obvious that the second is easily better then the first so we’ll talk about that one for a bit.

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So obviously in these games you take control of the main character, Bayonetta, who is a strong and empowered shape shifting witch. In the cut scenes she is hella sassy and on the battlefield she is a force to be reckoned with. If you’ve ever played Devil May Cry or Ninja Gaiden games, the combat style in both Bayonetta games are very similar. The battles are fast and furious with combos flying everywhere and added mechanics like Witch Time and Torture Attacks make for some really intense and fluid action. The combat system is truly amazing.

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However, the action doesn’t just stop at the battles. It very translates over to the moments in between when you’re adventuring through the story mode. It’s not uncommon to have a city start crumbling leading up to a battle or a gigantic wave form to try to sweep you away. To speed things up and avoid these obstacles quickest, you can also transform into a panther to get around faster…Black Panther anyone? There’s no denying the fact that Bayonetta is a weird series full of ridiculous creatures and moments that will surely make you go what the f****. 

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One second you’re fighting half man, half horse Accolades, the next the mighty Gomorrah, the next the gigantic Glamor. The battles are not easy either. I can confidently say that I died a few times at the ends of the Gomorrah and Glamor the first time I faced them. There is never a dull moment in this game because once you think you’ve just got done with a battle, another one is only a few steps away. 

That's what I love the most about Bayonetta games. They are literally cinematic masterpieces that feel like playable movies. They are more than just games, they are experiences.

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Overall, if you’ve ever played the original Bayonetta’s obviously, you’re going to love them here on the Switch. In fact, these games feel right at home on the Switch. Having the ability to play anytime, anywhere is really great and whether you play handheld or docked…the games simply look stunning. If you’ve never played any of the previous Bayonetta games, the Switch versions are the perfect place to start. I may even go as far to say that these are must-have titles for the Switch.

Bayonetta 1 and 2 for Nintendo Switch: 9.5 out of 10

Thank you, Nintendo for making this all possible and introducing me to these incredible games! 

 

Raymond Strazdas Launches New Brand

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I am beyond excited to officially launch my new branding! After months of planning a grand redesign for my social media channels, the launch day is finally here!

Check out my new assets and new look in action! 

Profile Pictures.

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 The star of the show.

Profile pictures are usually the first impression you leave on someone. With a deep love for video games (especially Nintendo) and all things tech, I decided to reflect that passion on all of my profiles with this new photo. Not to mention, it’s red...and I love the color red!

Header Imaging.

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Having a unique look doesn’t just stop at your profile picture. Cover photos are just as important. My new cover photo introduces a fun color scheme that just “pops”!

Thumbnails.

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Video thumbnails will also be getting a fresh new look. These thumbnails now incorporate a unique vibe that will automatically make new and current viewers understand what makes Raymond standout, at a glance.

New Branding in Action.

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 And voilå! The new branding is live! Let me know what you think of it!

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