I was so happy when the announced the late October release date for Super Mario Odyssey because everyone was expecting it to be the big holiday game for the Switch. It still will be for many but man I am so glad I got to play it earlier in the year. The last big game in the Mario franchise was 3D World and although enjoyable, didn’t quite scratch the itch of the expansive exploration and single player gameplay that fans loved in 64 and Galaxy. However, I am now completely satisfied because the itch has been scratched.
At another indie presentation by Microsoft, the first footage of a game called Cuphead was seen. WIth it is old-timey cartoon style, it was unlike anything video games had seen before. The only footage they showed, however, was what looked like boss after boss and that made me worried initially. I wanted an amazing platformer with these characters, not just a shooter. I was SO very wrong.
When Nintendo showed off a few of its indie games coming up earlier this year, Golf Story caught everyone’s eye. With a pixelated style and gameplay reminiscent of Mario Golf, it could be the casual golf game we’ve been waiting for. Not only was there the promise to tee up anywhere but also the variety of environments to explore. I dove right in very excited to finally enjoy a golf game!
I really wasn’t planning on buying this game. In the wake of minions, I couldn’t imagine subjecting myself to another type of annoying side character like the Rabbids. Then I watched as the lead developer almost cried at E3 when they showed it off and I could see the passion behind making this the best crossover title that Nintendo has seen. It also didn’t hurt that this game looked like an approachable XCOM style strategy game, a genre that I hadn’t ventured into yet.
I didn’t have a Sega Genesis growing up and really wasn’t aware of the Mario and Sonic feud. I would just go over to a friend’s house and play Sonic and then go back to my house and play Mario. I enjoyed my short amount of time with Sonic back then and when Sonic Adventure Battle 2 came out and I could raise beautiful Chao babies. I really haven’t touched the series since and for good reason (looking at you Sonic Boom). I was pretty thrilled to find that Sonic Mania was receiving good initial impressions so I jumped in on Day 1 to try and feel that sweet nostalgia.
Clustertruck is a clever play on words and a clever play on a platformer. I bought the game on summer sale (of course) and decided to play it while waiting for people to get on PUBG or Splatoon 2. It got its hooks in me quickly and I couldn’t wait to see how to game evolved over the course of the nine worlds.
Super Hot came out a while ago but before it was officially released, there was a free online demo which really caught my attention. I knew as soon as I built my PC, this would be one the first things I played. The concept is relatively simple to understand but difficult to master. It is a first person shooter where time only moves when you move. After booting up for the first time, you’ll soon find that the game is wrapped in a stylistic shell and mysterious story.