Wednesday, July 12, 2017

[REVIEW] Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas (Switch)

Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas
Played on: Switch
Genre: Top-down action-adventure
Developer: Cornfox & Bros.
Publisher: FDG Entertainment

Originally released on mobile platforms, Oceanhorn is a title that has been on my radar for a while now. That's because it's impossible to not get the feeling that this is a game majorly inspired by The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, which is one of my favorite games on one of my favorite franchises. After spending twenty hours to 100% the game, I came out impressed, even if, as expected, originality isn't really something that's all that present here.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Post-Mortem: My 20 Favorite Wii U Games, Part 1 (#20 - #11)

Ah, Wii U. Nintendo's biggest commercial flop since the ill-fated Virtual Boy just so happens to have become a console that's near and dear to my heart. Those two facts are probaby not unrelated, either, as I've been getting less and less enamored with the typical AAA gaming output of these days (which the Wii U severely lacks) and more and more fond of those lovely, excellently-designed indie titles (which the Wii U has in spades). Add Nintendo's first-party output, which is what made me a fan of the company in the first place, and you have a library that's actually pretty great.

Here are the twenty main reasons why I think so. (I mean, ten. This is only part one, after all.)

EDIT: Click here for part two.

Monday, June 19, 2017

[REVIEW] Mighty Gunvolt Burst (Switch)

Mighty Gunvolt Burst
Played on: Switch
Genre: 2D Action Platformer
Developer: Inti Creates
Publisher: Yacht Club Games

It's fair to say Mighty No. 9, Keiji Inafune's spiritual successor to the dormant Mega Man franchise, was a disappointment. A successful Kickstarter campaign was followed by numerous delays and bad game design decisions. Mighty Gunvolt Burst, then, is an attempt to salvage the franchise by making a crossover with Inti Creates' well-received 3DS series Azure Striker Gunvolt. The result, surprisingly enough, feels like the game Mighty No. 9 should have been all along.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

[REVIEW] Night in the Woods (PS4)

Night in the Woods
Played on: Playstation 4
Genre: Story-based adventure
Developer: Infinite Fall
Publisher: Finji

My opinion on the relationship between gaming and storytelling is... well, complicated. Stories have always been a very efficient way to make players emotionally invested in a game, but the trend of turning all of the spotlights to the story, while actual gameplay takes on a supporting role, isn't something that usually appeals to me. This is pretty much what happens in Night in the Woods, and yet the game's many charms kept me coming back until its shiver-inducing ending.