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Average User Score: 8.0Dec 30, 2018The first installment of The Banner Saga does an amazing job hammering in a constant sense of complete and utter hopelessness. I can’t wait toThe first installment of The Banner Saga does an amazing job hammering in a constant sense of complete and utter hopelessness. I can’t wait to see where it all goes.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.6Dec 30, 2018It’s Smash Bros. I mean, what can I possibly say that you don’t already know? If you’ve scrolled down the metacritic user reviews far enoughIt’s Smash Bros. I mean, what can I possibly say that you don’t already know? If you’ve scrolled down the metacritic user reviews far enough to see what I’m writing right now, what can I conceivably tell you about Smash Bros that you haven’t already read multiple times anywhere else?
I had 75 hours logged after my first ten days, which I think speaks for itself. But, I gave this a 9, instead of a 10, because the online mode is complete trash. Nintendo was more than ten years late implementing online play into their games, when the finally added an online feature in their last Smash game, which was 5 years ago, and even over 5 years after their first attempt at online play they still haven’t figured it out. Online play has been a mainstream thing for over 15 years now. Nintendo has had more than 15 years to learn from the rest of the video game industry how to do online play properly. They have no excuse to let what should be a core feature of this game remain in such an utterly unplayable state, especially now that they’re charging for that feature.
Anyways, even though the online component is complete trash, the game itself is as strong as it’s ever been.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.5Dec 3, 2018I missed out on experiencing Splatoon for the Wii U, so my experience with Splatoon 2 on the Switch is untampered by some complaints I'veI missed out on experiencing Splatoon for the Wii U, so my experience with Splatoon 2 on the Switch is untampered by some complaints I've heard by people who did play it on the Wii U, namely the fact that they're calling it a sequel, though there's a sparsity of new features and overall it doesn't feel as though Nintendo heeded the feedback they received from the first game. If they had called it a "deluxe" edition, as they did with Mario Kart 8 on the Switch, rather than "Splatoon 2," I think the disappointment could have been avoided.
But luckily, this is the first experience I've had with the game, so my impressions are overall very positive, if number of playtime hours displayed on my Switch's profile are any indication, which would be 70 hours within just a month getting the game, and I don't see myself taking a break from it any time soon. I'll make a list of pros and cons, starting with the cons:
-there really should be more modes than there are. What is there is apparently fun enough to drain 70 hours of my life throughout the course of a single month, but with only four modes (five if you include Salmon Run, which is only available on specific days at specific times), it really does make you wish for more
-the single player campaign is fine, but there really is a lot more potential for it, given that the core gameplay mechanics are so unique. And locating the actual levels in each of the five worlds is irritating
-there are a lot of different loading screens in the community area, whether you walk into a shop, walk into the lobby, walk into the Salmon Run waiting area, or equip new gear. A loading screen pops up for everything
-the game does not do a good job of acclimating new players to the different features, and things you can do. There are some things I just recently found out about (after playing for a month), such as all the different things Murch can do for you, like ordering specific gear items you like that you see players in the community area wearing, or scrubbing slots, or collecting ability chunks, etc. That's probably my fault for not going out of my way to talk to the NPCs, but I still wish there had been a more comprehensive tutorial available somewhere (maybe there is, I just have to go out of my way to find it, I have no idea. Most informative and useful things to know in this game you need to go out of your way to find out about, which is frustrating)
-that freaking "talk show" that comes up EVERY time you turn the game back on, and is completely unskippable, wasting 45 second of my life on information that can me conveyed in three seconds, makes me want to rip my hair out. What the hell was Nintendo thinking when they made that unskippable, and why the hell has there not been an update allowing you to skip it after almost a year since the game was released?
-there isn't an option to save replays of matches. The screenshot button allows you to record up to 30 seconds of footage, but there's no way I can know something awesome is going to happen before I start recording. Really wish they would include a replay feature.
-I am not convinced it is conceivably possible to win a match if one of your team mates dips out last minute. One time I got stuck on a team of three and we made it within four percent of winning, but that is the closest I've ever seen it. Typically it's just a slaughter. It isn't as if their team has an edge over you, and you're simply fighting with the odds stacked against you. Nope. You're just done.
-no split screen competition of coop. I'd love to play it with my wife, but we'd have to get a second Switch and a second copy of the game, which is a shame.
All that being said, this is still some of the most straight up fun I've ever had with a game.
-kids that are also squids
-game mechanics are super unique
-matches can be ridiculously tense
-you play as kids, and squids
-there may be a lack of modes, but the sheer amount of mileage you get out of such few modes is amazing
-customization options are expansive, but it never feels as though other players have an unfair advantage over you because they have better gear
-First I'm a kid, then I'm a squid, then I'm a kid, then I'm a squid
-all of the control options feel good, whether I'm using joy cons, my pro controller, or handheld mode
-no lootboxes, no paywalls, no "pay to win" features. You buy the game, you play the game, the end
-so many colors
-there are kids and there are squids and the kids are also squids
I thought I might retroactively change my score, because I wrote this review back when I had only spent around 15 hours with this game and I original scored it with an 8. I now have spent over 300 hours playing this game, and I'd feel dishonest not giving any game that managed to steal 300 hours of my life away a perfect 10.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.3Dec 3, 2018I've been itching for more creepy, demented, puzzle based platformers to play ever since I checks out the unqualified masterpiece that isI've been itching for more creepy, demented, puzzle based platformers to play ever since I checks out the unqualified masterpiece that is Inside just a few months ago, and Little Nightmares was pretty good. I very much enjoyed it. No, it's nowhere on the level of Inside (what is?), and I don't think it has as much to say as Inside did, but had just enough of that "WTF" factor to keep me interested from beginning to end, and I think it's worth checking out for anybody that's into this kind of niche indie horror genre.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.7Dec 3, 2018This is a near perfect 2D platforming adventure game, I only wish there was more of it. It lasts a decent amount, just under ten hours, but byThis is a near perfect 2D platforming adventure game, I only wish there was more of it. It lasts a decent amount, just under ten hours, but by the end I found myself wishing for more, though I guess it isn't necessarily a bad thing to be enjoying a game so much that I just want a little more of it.
When it comes to 2D indie platformer/action/adventure games that have come to the Switch in 2018, this doesn't quite hold a candle to Hollow Knight, Celeste, or Dead Cells, but if you've already played all three of those, this is a great place to go next.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.5Dec 3, 2018I decided to check this one out after I enjoyed Steamworld Heist, and I thought it was very meh. It gets repetitive very quickly, which isI decided to check this one out after I enjoyed Steamworld Heist, and I thought it was very meh. It gets repetitive very quickly, which is especially problematic because it takes five hours or less to beat. It's fine, it just failed to make an impression on me.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.6Nov 29, 2018As far as 2D platformers that were originally on the Wii U, which were later porter over to the Switch go, I honestly prefer Rayman Legends. IAs far as 2D platformers that were originally on the Wii U, which were later porter over to the Switch go, I honestly prefer Rayman Legends. I liked the artwork better, I liked the music better, I liked the design and handling better, it has more content, and it’s half the price. But if you’ve already played Rayman on your Switch, this isn’t a bad place to go next. I… Expand
Average User Score: 8.4Nov 26, 2018The ultimate competitive party game, with no exception. Nothing has ever held a candle to this for me.
I'm a huge fan of TowerfallThe ultimate competitive party game, with no exception. Nothing has ever held a candle to this for me.
I'm a huge fan of Towerfall Ascension, but I never got to play it the way it was meant to be played (with four players) very often, since I wasn't willing to buy four controllers compatible with my Mac just in case I happened to run into three other people who want to play with me, which is a shame. So I was ecstatic to learn this was coming to the Switch, a system that I already own three controllers for, on top of the fact that I recently bought a GameCube controller to Switch adapter for the upcoming Smash bros, and the GC controllers happen to work perfectly with this game. And to top off my excitement, the Switch also exclusively comes with six player matches.
Anyways, other than the fact that the Switch version comes with the DLC, six player matches, and Madeline from Celeste is included as an archer, everything is exactly the same. B jumps, Y shoots, triggers dodge, all players scramble murder as many other players as they can at the start of each match. It is intense, insane, accessible, hyper competitive fun.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.3Nov 26, 2018This is actually my first time experiencing Skyrim, ever. I'd managed to avoid it for almost seven years after its release before now, andThis is actually my first time experiencing Skyrim, ever. I'd managed to avoid it for almost seven years after its release before now, and overall, I'd say I'm pretty impressed with it. I'm sure it was way more impressive back when it came out than it is now, and it was definitely interesting to see just how much inspiration Breath of the WIld took from it (though I'd still prefer Breath of the Wild).
I'll just list a few things I really liked about this game:
-there is an insane amount of quests in this game, and thankfully, they aren't just cumbersome fetch quests (though a few of them are). Too many of them boil down to "go to this location and kill these guys then come back for a reward," but even though actually completing the quests boils down to repetitive tasks, the mini-plots you're treated to for completing those quests are very often entertaining, unpredictable, and do more to flesh out Skyrim's rich lore.
-the amount of locations and unique characters you can interact with is genuinely staggering
-unpredictable things are happening to you constantly. You might be on one quest, but then suddenly you'll witness a random NPC murder another random NPC which throws you into another quest that you want to watch play out. You may walk into a town that you've come to a hundred times before, only for somebody to confront you with something you may have seen earlier in the game but never given a second thought to. You may go to bed in an old tavern only to be kidnapped by a freaky murder cult and forced to do work for them. There's really no telling what could happen to you next.
Those are the things that I enjoyed most about this game, but, that being said, there are quite a few issues that kept this from being one of the greatest games I have ever played (though it did come close to being one of the best):
-people really weren't joking when they talked about the infamous glitches in this game. There are a lot of them. Many visual glitches, and often enough there are annoying audio glitches.
-glitches can be very easy to exploit. I only started playing about 5 weeks ago, and I've already passed level 250, because I came upon a glitch that lets you instantly go from 15 to 100 in individual magic skills if you've got enchanted armor that reduces the amount of magika it takes to cast spells in certain schools of magic, and you fast travel while you're casting that spell on something (for example, you can use the Telekinesis spell on an object, and fast travel while doing so to instantly get that skill to 100), then you just need to reset the skill and repeat, every time you fast travel anywhere. That's just one exploit I came across, there are several others I've used, and I'm sure many bloggers and forumers have uncovered hundreds of others.
-the actual gameplay is somewhat cumbersome and lacking in real challenge. Combat is based more on statistics than skill, so your progression is more based on grind than anything else.
-the voice acting can be laughable
-some aggravating glitches prevented me from completing certain side quests.
Anyways, I actually really really liked this game (I've already played it for 160 hours, and plan to play it more), there's just a few technical things that keep it from being one of my favorite of all time, though I completely understand why so many other people are in love with it.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.6Nov 26, 2018The artwork and music are absolutely gorgeous, and I love the combat system, and if just those three things were the only thing I could baseThe artwork and music are absolutely gorgeous, and I love the combat system, and if just those three things were the only thing I could base my rating off of, it would easily be a perfect ten, but, there is a gratuitous amount of grinding required to progress in the story's chapters, and you have to grind with every single one of the characters, even the ones you don't enjoy using, there is practically not organic character interaction, as if each of the character's stories are just happening around each other with no effort put into weaving the stories in and out of each other, and the very often the dialogue bits drag on to an insufferable degree.
But aside from those story flaws, everything else in this game is practically perfect in every way.… Expand