There it is, potentially the biggest game of the year. In a year of a surprisingly decent amount of really cool games games coming out, Zelda still ends up being at the top of the list for GotY contenders (and that was even before anyone had played it).
So as I was playing this game, and even after being done, I was wondering… how are you supposed to review this game? I feel any reviewer that talked in-depth about gameplay is doing it wrong, because the gameplay itself is something that is… spoilable. Basically, Breath of the Wild is a game that should be played “blind”. The less you know about it, the better the experience (at least in the first couple hours).
So what I’m attempting here, rather than an actual review, is a sort of… discussion of my thoughts on the game. I’ll include a big spoiler warning in before elements that I consider spoilers.
So the Switch is out. We’ve had some time to play it, and I didn’t want to rush this “review” (not really a review, you can’t review consoles until the end of their life). I could’ve written this day 2 (which was day 5 for everyone else), but that’s a bit hasty. I took a good week to live with the Switch, try it out in different configurations and such, play some games.
So yeah, I feel like I’ve had the full Switch experience at this point (as far as hardware goes) and I can talk about it. I’ll talk about games separately (whenever I get far enough in Zelda to be able to review it), this is about the platform itself.
So I got my copy of Horizon late because Amazon Canada sucks, and was planning on not touching it yet due to Switchmas being on Friday. Sadly I didn’t receive my Switch on Friday because Amazon Canada sucks, instead I received Horizon (and Zelda, but no Switch to play it on). So I figured, while waiting for the Switch, I’d get started on Horizon.
At this point I don’t know how far I am (looking at the map I have almost a third of it explored already), and I don’t really know when I’ll get back to it since many other games are taking priority over this one. SO, I figure I’d make a quick impressions post. Some of my previous impressions posts were kinda mini-reviews, this one will be quite different.
Eventually I MIGHT post a full review. We’ll see. I just wanted something out there about this game before Zelda starts taking all my free time. I don’t think I’m anywhere near far enough to really review this.
I don’t know that this is a kind of game that really merits a full review. There’s a lot of Dynasty Warriors games that use other licenses nowadays, so one review generally works for multiple games.
Berserk feels like a weird choice for the genre, at least as far as the story goes. That said, the idea of cleaving through armies with Guts’ giant sword is a great one. So I picked it up, basically as mild distraction until other stuff came out.
So this is a quick impressions post. Not doing a full review because I’m not fully done with it yet, and because there’s not really much to say about this game that a full review would cover.
The PS4 got a high-level not-completely-niche exclusive. This is something to celebrate in and of itself, considering how rarely this actually happens. So I had to pick it up.
Despite playing the demo, I wasn’t extremely hyped for this game, but I knew it was gonna be pretty strong. I wasn’t very good at the demo, for some reason, but the full game is working out nicely for me. So why am I writing an impressions post instead of a review? Well, I’m progressing through the game really slowly, and I don’t know when/if I’ll be done with it. While I believe I played enough for a decent review, I don’t want to be weird and write a review when I’m only halfway through a game like this.
So there. I’m not calling this a review, but I guess it might as well be if that’s what you want to consider it. I’m not writing another post about this game.
And out of nowhere, right before releasing Fire Emblem Heroes, Nintendo also released Pokemon Duel. It was called Pokemon Co-master in Japan, and apparently didn’t even warrant Nintendo announcing it at all. I get that it’s The Pokemon Company releasing it, but they’re a subsidiary of Nintendo so… I dunno, seems a bit odd that it would get NO buzz.
I’m not really far into this yet but whatever. This is just an impressions post. I don’t think this kind of game really warrants a full-on review. Let’s go!
Mobile games just tend to not be good. I’ve been searching long and hard for good mobile games, and the only ones that end up being acceptable tend to be digital versions of already-good board games.
So here comes Nintendo in the mobile scene. I haven’t played Super Mario Run yet because it’s not out on Android (and not compatible on my iPod), but they have given a big spotlight to Fire Emblem Heroes. Before the announcement I joked that they’d make it a Gacha game with permadeath. I guess I was close enough, since it is a Gacha game.
So I thought I’d give my impressions about the game. Not really a review, not sure a game like this is “reviewable”. Let’s do this and see if this finally provides a good mobile gaming experience.
(this is not the last mobile game I will talk about, as I keep searching for any that are actually good)
Well I WOULD call this a review, if FF15 was a reviewable game. It’s not, by my estimation. So this is an impressions post instead.
So I just finished this, and as you may have noticed it made no appearance in my GotY 2016 post. There’s a few reasons for that.
So let’s go and talk about one of the biggest releases of the year!
Note: This does not mention any of the extra content they’re adding later down the line, may it be cutscenes or new scenarios. I won’t play those either way. This is about what the game is as of this writing.
So this is one I had completely missed on release, but I don’t really know why. It’s something that’s right up my alley, as someone who played lots of Diablo and even more Diablo 2 and was exceedingly disappointed by Diablo 3 (yet still played a decent amount of it).
I was about to buy this on Steam during the latest sale, but then it was on humble bundle, so for the same price I also got Legend of Grimrock 2 and something else I wanted (and a bunch of crap I care not about), so that was the better deal. (yes that probably means I’ll review Grimrock 2 if I can manage to get to it)
I haven’t played enough yet to really “review” this, and I don’t plan to (because that would require me to replay the game many times with different classes and I’m not even done with my first character yet, though I think I’m nearing the end). So this is an impressions post, rather than an actual review.
Read on and see if I like this so far.
Alright, so Nintendo finally unveiled the codename NX, with the final name of Nintendo Switch.
While I wasn’t as critical of the Wii U as most people were, Nintendo made some extremely massive mistakes with it, may it be when they revealed it, when they launched it, and throughout its lifetime. The Nintendo Switch, I feel, needs to do a few things to be a success. I mean, it should be, but people have this tendency to hate Nintendo for literally no reason at all.
So here’s my reactions to the reveal trailer, and my thoughts on what Nintendo should do with the Switch from here on out. Basically my initial reaction, some impressions and a bunch of random thoughts.
*MINOR UPDATES DONE ON OCTOBER 22nd*