27/07/21 - Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
I was never a SS hater. I actually loved it on Wii and found the MotionPlus controls worked really well. As this was the only Zelda I’ve never replayed I jumped at the chance to throw another 45 quid at Nintendo (I understand I am part of the problem) to experience those dungeons in HD knowing that the motion controls would most likely be a tad woolly this time around.
I think I was right. The controls are fine for the most part but the way the JoyCons lose centre if you so much as twitch a finger gets very old and does detract somewhat from the experience. However the dungeons are still brilliant and the general QOL improvements make this worth playing through again.
03/08/21 - Broken Age
I backed the original Kickstarter for this and played through and enjoyed the first part in one sitting the day it dropped. Then my PC blew up before I got to play the second part and it kind of drifted away from my brain. I finally got around to playing the whole thing last week and what a great little time it was.
Part 1 was a little light on puzzles when it first came out with too many items obtained by choosing a certain line of dialogue, but the settings and humour made it. Part 2 ramped up the puzzles nicely while maintaining what was good from the Part 1 and adding a nicely bonkers story.
I think this was unfairly judged when it first came out as people expected a genre defining experience after the hype of the kickstarter. What we actually got was a gorgeous looking, solid P&C adventure in **checks watch** 2014? Shit!
10/08/21 – Bowser’s Fury
I blasted through 3D World earlier this year, so I thought it was time to play the other part of the package while I have a spare few hours.
This is a fantastic premise for Mario and like others I would be very interested to see where they could take the concept, but I feel it needs better hardware to do it justice. Some of the slow down when it gets busy is really off-putting and the camera is weirdly cumbersome for a Mario title.
As a proof of concept it’s brilliant and a lot of fun to play but I can’t see it being ‘The Next Mario’ until a more powerful Switch or whatever hits.