Night in the Woods is a kickstarted project that recently made its way to the Switch! At a $20 price point and great reviews from last year, I decided to give it a try. At first, I wanted my wife to play while I helped her along but we quickly found that this a definitely a slowly paced, dialogue-driven story game, and those just aren’t up her alley.
Listen I tried meat boy and it opened a can on me man. I wasn’t about to put myself through that same torture but then Celeste came out of nowhere. Although it is pretty similar in basic mechanics, it has a completely different feel. Meat boy is a punishing platformer that is incredibly fast-paced. Each level in Celeste is almost like a puzzle that has a very tight-knit solution. Put it together with a mountain metaphor and great sprite work to make a contender this year so far.
I don’t have a history or nostalgia for games like Doom or Wolfenstein but I at least understand their roots. I’ve played a good amount of first-person shooters over the years and one thing they typically lack is a campaign worth your time. The multi-player is where they choose to shine and for good replayable reason. Doom didn’t shine at first look. The game previewed poorly but they left a surprise buried underneath. Although it came out a little while ago, recently I finally got the chance to explore hell with my good friend Doom Guy.
When I first purchased my PS4, Steamworld Dig was one of the first games I played because it was freeeee and I love free games. It took me completely by surprise with its simple progression and quaint story and became a fond memory. I was excited to pick up the new release on my Switch since it seemed like a perfect game for on the go play.
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!