Platform Played On: Switch
Release Date: April 28, 2017
Let me get this out of the way first: Diddy Kong Racing for the Nintendo 64 will always be 100 times better than any Mario Kart game ever, in my eyes. That’s my opinion and I’m stating it. It’s totally cool if you disagree. The Mario Kart series has more of an emphasis on needing multiplayer to be truly fun, which is a huge reason why I like Diddy Kong Racing’s single player story mode style a lot better (even if the story is hilariously nonsensical… giant space pig… LOLz). Plus David Wise music… sorry, Mario. That being said, I’ve still enjoyed the few Mario Kart games I’ve raced around in, including this one!
Platform Played On: Android
Developer: Freakout Games
Publisher: Freakout Games
Genre: Casual Arcade Release Date: July 22, 2018
Well, then. Consider me super flattered! An indie developer took the time to reach out to me on Twitter and requested that I write something about their game. Wow. That’s cool! Anyway, I think Freakout Games has an excellent marketing strategy here. By reaching out to a bunch of the lesser known websites on the wild web, it’s win-win self-promotion scenario, eh. Most importantly, it shows me that they care about their game. And that, my friends, was more than enough of a reason to check out this game and give a fair babbling about on my website!
The Android version of the game can be found here. The iOS version of the game can be found here.
Platform Played On: Switch
Developer: Tequila Works
Publisher: Grey Box, Six Foot
Genre: Puzzle Adventure
Release Date: November 14, 2017
Wannabe Writer’s Note: This is the re-posting of the RiME Review I wrote on my old website. This article was originally posted on April 7, 2018. Enjoy past me’s unedited ramblings!
Games that care about things… I love games that care about things! With promises of an epic emotional experience that deals with the difficult topic of grief, I was expecting something special. I also read numerous criticisms about technical faults and “terrible” level designs. Well, I go into every game with an open mind to avoid disappointment and with the hope of being pleasantly surprised. I had already made my mind up that I was getting the game so I ignored the internet crying about technical imperfections. The best way for me to know if I’ll like something is if I actually play it myself. RiME seemed more than worth taking a chance on so I did. I had to, especially with that cute fox I kept seeing in the screenshots people were sharing!
Platform Played On: PC
Developer: Moon Studios
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Genre: Platform-adventure Release Date: March 11, 2015
Yep. These popular Metroidvania style platformers are not my forte, but I do enjoy the special ones on occasion. This one came very highly recommended by the great Mr. Moron so I thought it was mostly safe to assume I’d really enjoy it (okay… trusting his opinion was a huge risk, I know). He was totally right, though! I was not emotionally prepared for the awesomeness of this masterpiece game…
Platform Played On: PlayStation 4
Developer: Ninja Theory
Publisher: Ninja Theory
Release Date: August 8, 2017
Wannabe Writer’s Note: This is the re-posting of the Hellblade Senua’s Sacrifice review I wrote on my old website. This article was originally posted on December 10, 2017. Enjoy past me’s unedited ramblings! Oh oh oh! And I thought it was worth mentioning that THE Melina Juergens, Senua’s actress, liked my original review tweet on Twitter!! 😱 It really means a lot when famous people take the time to do stuff like that for fans.
It’s rare when a game changes my perspective on life and makes me seriously consider why the hell I’m on this planet in the first place. Hellblade Senua’s Sacrifice is an experience unlike anything else I’ve ever lived in a game world. It left me with an inspiring message at a time when I was feeling a bit overwhelmed by my own shadows. We all see this crazy world of ours in a different light. At the end of it all, and in the grand scheme of things, do we really matter anyway? It’s a harsh reality that is both depressing and inspiring at the same time, just like this game. “When the illusion of self is shattered, you simply cease to be.”
Platform Played On: Switch Developer: Nintendo Publisher: Nintendo
Genre: 3D Platformer
Release Date: October 27, 2017
Wannabe Writer’s Note: This is the re-posting of the Super Mario Odyssey Review I wrote on my old website. This article was originally posted on April 11, 2018. Enjoy past me’s unedited ramblings!
I really hate to admit this, but I’ve finally accepted it’s true; the Mario series has lost the special spark of magic I once felt for it. Back when I was little, I was head over heels in love with Super Mario World, Yoshi’s Island, and Super Mario 64. Later in life, I also had a blast with Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy. So like almost every other Nintendo fan lucky enough to own a Switch, I preordered my copy of this game and played it on launch day. Instead of being swept away into a magical gaming land (like everyone else on the internet), I found myself eye-rolling at everything… worse than a cranky pink haired Final Fantasy protagonist.
Don’t get me wrong! I didn’t hate the game on launch day. It was kinda fun at the time, but it completely failed to live up to the hype I had for it. Plus I was in a bad mood… it was too cheery… and helpless princesses… blah blah blah. Excuses! I’m ashamed to call myself a Nintendo fan. Sigh.
Platform Played On: Android
Developer: Genius Sonority
Publisher: The Pokemon Company
Release Date: August 31, 2015
Wannabe Writer’s Note: This review article was originally posted on my old website on July 9, 2016. Enjoy my past self’s unedited ramblings! I also suspect the game has changed a bit since then…
I was intrigued when I first heard that Nintendo was dabbling in the mobile game scene. One of their initial titles is a freemium Pokemon puzzle game remake, so I decided to give it a try. I’m willing to play any game for free, and I have fond childhood memories of those little pocket monster creatures. I was skeptical as I watched it download from the Google PlayStore. The whole freemium model in general sends chills down this cranky old gamer’s spine; How many crafty paywalls did they slip into this title?